The recycling project is in collaboration with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology which has developed the technology to treat the cooking oil waste. The project aims to promote recycling, reuse and provide the means for communities to suitably dispose of waste. (Source: Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, Gulf News, 14 Feb., 2016) Contact: Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, +971 2 818 5555, www.tadweer.ae; Masdar Institute, 011 +971 02 8109365, email@example.com, www.masdar.ac.ae
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"India has made it very clear that coal will be critical to delivering its economic development and energy access objectives. India is working hard to reduce emissions from coal, but it would benefit from greater international support to build modern coal technology.
Coal will help fuel the economic development of India's economy as it urbanizes and industrializes over the decades to come," Sporton said.
Sporton also noted that modern high efficiency low emission coal technologies will be essential to providing affordable electricity while reducing emissions to meet climate objectives. (Source: World Coal Assoc., BigNews, 15 Feb., 2016) Contact: World Coal Association, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, 011 +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.worldcoal.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Coal Association, Coal, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
Under the terms of a previous agreement, DONG Energy will take over the lease and RES will provide support through project development services, subject to BOEM approval. (Source: RES America Developments Inc., PR, 9 Feb., 2016)
Contact: RES Americas, Glenn Davis, CEO, Raheleh Folkerts, Media, (303) 439-4200, email@example.com, http://www.res-americas.com, www.res-offshore.com; DONG Energy, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; BOEM, (202) 208-6474, http://www.boem.gov
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The project includes a €2 billion Siemens investment in 2 GW of wind energy capacity distributed across 12 wind projects to be commissioned by 2022. Siemens is expected to supply 600 turbines for the wind projects and also invest €100 million to establish wind turbine equipment manufacturing facility.
Siemens is already implementing other renewable energy projects in Egypt. (Source: Siemens, Various Others, 10 Feb., 2016) Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens, Renewable Energy, Egypt Renewable Energy,
The researcher found 60 pct of the UK's total soil carbon stored in grasslands -- which cover approximately one-third of the UK land surface -- is between 30cm and 1 metres deep. Researchers also found the greatest soil carbon stocks at intermediate levels of grasslands management, where carbon stocks were 10 pct higher than in intensively managed grasslands. The team estimates YK grassland soil carbon to be 2097 teragrams of carbon to a depth of 1 metre, with about 60 pct of the total below 30cm.
The research is part of a five year research project, supported by the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA}, aimed at managing UK grassland diversity for multiple ecosystem services, including carbon capture. (Source: Univ. of Manchester, DEFRA, phys.org, 10 Feb., 2016)Contact: University of Manchester, Professor Richard Bardgett, +44 161 275 5477, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.manchester.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon, Carbon Storage,
MANA's new silicon casting process allows for a reduction of production costs, when compared to the method to produce dislocation-free single crystal silicon, such as the Czochralski method. (Source: International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics,PR, Various Others, 8 Feb, 2016) Contact: MANA, +81 29 860 4709, email@example.com; http://www.nims.go.jp
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This new result confirms the world-leading technology position of Heliatek as demonstrated by its continuous progress from 3 pct to more than 13 pct efficiency over the last 10 years. It also supports its roadmap towards 15 pct efficient organic solar cells and validates Heliatek's technology of using vacuum deposition of small molecules on plastic films. (Source: Heliatek, 8 Feb., 2016) Contact: Heliatek, Thibaud Le Seguillon, CEO, +49-351-213-034-421; Cornelia Jahnel, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.heliatek.com
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The Portland-based Biomass Power Association has come out in support of the measure. (Source: MPBN, Maine Public Radio, Feb., 2016) Contact: Biomass Power Association, www.biomasspowerassociation.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Forest Biomass, Woody Biomass, Carbon Neutral,
On average, renewable sources met 77 pct of Kauai's energy demand during the peak solar hours, spiking to 90 pct on some days.
On a typical day, solar generates 62 pct of the island's electric power, followed by biomass at 8 pct and hydro at 7 pct.
On an annual basis, renewables comprise 38 pct of the utility's energy mix -- up from 8 pct in 2010.
KIUC aims to generate 50 pct or more of its electricity from renewables by 2023. (Source: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Pacific Business, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, (808) 246-4300, website.kiuc.coop
More Low-Carbon Energy News Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Renewable Energy,
Orion will replace the hospital's existing inefficient lighting with approximately 12,000 Orion LED systems and American-manufactured sensors including LED Troffer Retrofit (LDR) fixtures.
Financed with a utility energy services contract, the project will not require hospital operating funds to install the Orion technology. Installation will begin in March and continue through the spring. The project also helps meet several federal mandates and VA policies for sustainability to reduce energy consumption.
(Source: Orion Energy Systems, PR, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Bill Hull, Inv. Relations, CFO, (312) 660-3575, email@example.com, http://www.oesx.com
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CQ University's fully automated "demo" plant is computer-controlled, and can treat and refine fatty waste product such as cooking oil at a rate of 200 lph of biodiesel at a cost of about 30 cents per liter. CQ University expects the plant to receive an Australian Quality Fuel Standard certification in the coming weeks. Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund, Mackay Regional Council, and others are supporting the project. (Source: CQ University of Australia, +61 7 4930 9777), www.cqu.edu.au; Caltex Australia, +61 2 9250 5000, www.caltex.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Caltex Australia,
According to International Energy Agency (IEA) statistics, Taiwan's total greenhouse gas emission increased by 98.1 pct between 1990 and 2012 -- from 136.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (MMTCDE) to 270.7 million MMTCDE -- due primarily to the country's economic and industrial growth.
Taiwan's carbon emissions totaled 256.61 million tonnes in 2012, accounting for 0.81 pct of the world's total, and ranking 24th largest, with a per capita average of 10.95 tonnes, or 20th-largest in the world and 11th in Asia. The government aims to reduce carbon emission level by 2050 to less than half of 2005 levels. To that end, the government
offers economic incentives to businesses for their greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, so as to gradually establish a flexible mechanism for emissions trading.
(Source: China Central News Agency, Various Others, 8 Feb., 2016)
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In 2015, the CEFC funded a $60 million community housing energy efficiency loan program. The loan was in line with the agency's mandate and a core part of the former government's carbon pricing package.
The government, which aims to eventually abolish the CEFEC, is merging the body into a new division in the environment department named "Climate Change and Renewables Innovation."
(Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Guardian, Australian, Others, 8 Feb., 2016) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, http://www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au
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AVANGRID is one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S. with operations in 25 states and a member of the Iberdrola Group, a global energy leader.
The MCPC proposal would expand Maine's bulk power transmission system to gather and transmit up to 550 MW of clean energy. The project includes a new 345 kV substation and a new 66-mile transmission line connected to the company's existing grid in Pittsfield, Maine. Construction of the MCPC would be paid for by utility customers in the states that issued the RFP. (Source: AVANGRID, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: AVANGRID, Central Maine Power, Sara Burns, President and CEO,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Wind, Central Maine Power, AVANGRID,
The researchers bubbled air through an aqueous solution of pentaethylenehexamine (or PEHA), adding a catalyst to encourage hydrogen to latch onto the CO2 under pressure. They then heated the solution, converting 79 pct of the CO2 into methanol. Though mixed with water, the resulting methanol can be easily distilled, according to a G.K. Surya Prakash.
Previous efforts have required a slower multistage process with the use of high temperatures and high concentrations of CO2, meaning that renewable energy sources would not be able to efficiently power the process, as the USC researchers hope.
The new system operates at around 125 to 165 degrees C (257 to 359 degrees F), minimizing the decomposition of the catalyst which occurs at 155 degrees C (311 degrees F). It also uses a homogeneous catalyst, making it a quicker "one-pot" process. In a lab, the researchers demonstrated that they were able to run the process five times with only minimal loss of the effectiveness of the catalyst. (Source: Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California, PR, 2 Feb., 2016) Contact: USC, Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute,
G.K. Surya Prakash, George Olah, (213) 740-5962, https://www.usc.edu/dept/chemistry/loker/
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To date,the Honolulu-based Energy Excelerator has awarded $15 million to 43 portfolio companies that address critical energy problems in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. Portfolio companies have gone on to raise $223 million in follow-on funding and scale their Energy Excelerator demonstration projects to larger markets. Energy Excelerator's dual-track program is primarily funded by U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. DOE, the State of Hawaii, and its corporate sponsors, GE Ventures, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, DENSO, and Mathworks.
SheerWind's multi-patented wind energy technology uses a funnel to collect wind, channeling that wind to increase its speed, and then delivering it to multiple turbines safely housed on the ground. (Source: SheerWind, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: SheerWind, Daryoush Allaei, CEO, Carla Scholz, (952) 556-0173, www.sheerwind.com;
Hawaii Energy Excelerator, Dawn Lippert, Director, (808) 237-5050, www.energyexcelerator.com
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At Stanford, researchers will receive funding to develop integrated electrochemical-biological systems for the production of fuels and chemicals from CO2. The goal of this project is to improve the microbial production of biofuels with electrocatalysts that feed the microorganisms a steady supply of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
Carbonate-catalyzed CO2 hydrogenation to multi-carbon products. The research team will test whether carbon dioxide and water can be chemically converted into renewable fuels using Earth-abundant carbonate salts instead of metal catalysts and conventional solvents.
Robust microalgal production strains for high-yield growth on fossil-flue gas: researchers will identify strains of algae capable of producing large quantities of biofuel by metabolizing carbon dioxide captured from industrial smokestacks. Deployed at scale. Investigators: G. Charles Dismukes and Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University.
GCEP is an industry partnership that supports innovative research on energy technologies to address the challenge of global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project includes four corporate sponsors: ExxonMobil, General Electric Co., Schlumberger and Bank of America. GCEP has awarded more than $177 million for energy research and other technical activities since the project's launch in 2002. (Source: Stanford University, Global Climate and Energy Project , 4 Feb., 2016) Contact: Rutgers University, www.rutgers.edu; Stanford, GCEP, Sally Benson, Dir., (650) 725-3230, http://gcep.stanford.edu/
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Stanford University, Rutgers,
Plastipak's Jackson Center, Ohio plant increased the energy efficiency of its HVAC, compressed air system, and motors and drives to become only the second DP&L customer to score $1 million in total energy efficiency rebates. The Platipak plant
will also realize a total of 18,101,109 kWh per year in energy savings.
(Source: DP&L, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: DP&L, Tom Raga, Pres,
Mary Ann Kabel, (937) 224-5940 www.dplinc.com; AES,
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Argentina produces approximately about 800,000 cubic mpy of ethanol, 59 pct of which is corn-based and 41 pct is sugar cane-based. The increase in blending rate will require an additional 160,000 cubic meters Argentina produced sugar cane ethanol.
Argentina initially legislated a 5 pct ethanol blend rate in 2010.(Source: Argentine Biofuels Association, AG Week, Various Others, 5 Jan., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Argentina Biofuel, Biofuel Blend, Sugar Ethanol,
By way of comparison, the World Bank data found that all Latin American countries ranked substantially below the U.S., which averaged 17 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2011. (Source: World Bank, Latin Correspondent, 5 Feb., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, World Bank, CO2,
The retrofits and upgrades would allow homeowners to cut their gas bills while lowering the overall amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The investment will allow 37,000 homeowners to conduct energy audits and benefit from measures such as the replacement of furnaces and water heaters, upgraded insulation, or installation of "smart" thermostats.
Ontario's $325-million Green Investment Fund is tied to the province's cap-and-trade program.
(Source: Ontario Green Investment Fund, Ottawa Community News, 5 Feb,. 2016)
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The projects, which are expected to demonstrate cost-effective solar energy storage technologies,
will involve at least one year of field demonstration by a utility partner. The department hopes the work with utilities, the private sector and universities will cut the cost of solar generation to 6 cents per kWh from the current level of 12 cents to 30 cents per kwh. (Source: NRECA, ECT.coop, 1 Feb., 2016) Contact: NRECA, Jo Ann Emerson, CEO, (703) 907-5500, http://www.nreca.coop; Aquion Energy, Jay Whitacre, CEO, (412) 904-6400, Elizabeth Pond, (412) 904-6460, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aquionenergy.com; Carnegie Mellon Univ., (412) 268-2000, www.cmu.ed
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The plan includes insulation incentives of 75 pct up to $2,000. Year-round renters can also benefit from the plan on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard with 100 pct of Compact insulation services being covered up to $4,000. Residential customers that are between 61 and 80 pct of the state's median income can receive 100 pct up to $4,000 compared to 90 percent up to $3,000 statewide. Municipal and government owned and operated homes get 100 percent up to $4,000 through the compact which is an enhancement from just 75 percent up to $2,000 in the statewide proposal.
Over the past three years, the compact has provided energy efficiency services for an average of 14,000 customers per year. (Source: Cape Light Compact, CapeCod.com, Feb., 2016) Contact: Cape Light Compact, Meredith Miller, Program Manager, (508) 375-6644, www.capelightcompact.org/eep
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"According to the Energy Information Administration, Oregon produces over 74 pct non-carbon emitting energy and, in terms of GDP, produces more with less carbon emissions than any non-nuclear power state. In addition, according to the U.S. EPA's state inventory of CO2 emissions (2013 data), Oregon's industrial sector emits 13 pct less CO2 than it did in 1990. In other words, the industrial sector has met the 1990 goal seven years ahead of schedule. This is all due to the investments of businesses and consumers.
"In simple terms, the Healthy Climate Act requires the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to cap greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 20 pct in 2025, 45 pct in 2035 and 75 pct in 2050. To meet those targets, the DEQ must create a 'market mechanism' to allow for trading of carbon credits or allowances. The revenues generated from the sales of allowances would fund government approved climate mitigation and related projects in select rural committees.
"Moreover, this (Healthy Climate Act) is an aggressive, costly proposal that fails to address cost or economic impacts. The result: higher energy costs, a depressed economy, and no meaningful contribution toward improving an otherwise global problem.
"According to a study commissioned by the Legislature, Portland State University found that carbon prices (e.g., allowances) need to be priced at $60 per metric ton to meet the ambitious 2025 cap. Using 2014 emission levels, this would result in over a $3 billion tax increase on businesses and consumers, raising gas prices by approximately $.60 per gallon and electricity rates by approximately 30 pct by 2025. Overall, the proposal would have a significant impact on our working class and lower income workers trying to heat their homes, drive to school, or even find work.
"Unfortunately, the cap and trade legislation will require tens-of-millions of dollars in new compliance costs that will force companies to leave Oregon to other higher carbon emitting energy markets. That's not good for Oregon's environment, economy, workers and communities.
The Healthy Climate Act increases prices on those least able to afford it, drives jobs to other states, and harms the goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. AOI is strongly opposed to this bill. (Source: Associated Oregon Industries, 3 Feb., 2016) Contact: Associated Oregon Industries, www.aoi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax,
Additionally, Inox and Continuum Wind Energy
have signed an agreement for 24 MW of wind turbines and are in advanced discussions for further orders for installation at the same site.
(Source: Inox Wind, MoneyControl, 3 Feb., 2016) Contact: Inox Wind Ltd., Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, email@example.com, www.inoxwind.com; Continuum Wind Energy, www.continuumenergy.in
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Ameresco is in discussions with the Town of New Milford and, if approved, the project would operate under the business name New Milford Clean Power.
Connecticut legislation directs the state to obtain 20 pct of its electricity from Class 1 renewable solar, wind, fuel-cell and hydrogenerated power sources by 2020.
Ameresco is submitting a bid to the state to be one of those Class 1 suppliers. New Milford Clean Power must now submit an application to the Connecticut Siting Council to move the project forward.
February 3, 2016) Contact: Ameresco Inc., Suzanne Messere, IR, (508) 598-3044, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameresco.com
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The IFC funding is intended for the development of a module production facility in Vietnam, as well as the expansion of solar cell and/or module production in other emerging markets.
(Source: Canadian Solar, PR, CleanTech. 30 Jan., 2016) Contact: IFC World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.ifc.org; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881, www.canadiansolar.com
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According to the regulatory filing, Georgia Powerplans to add 525 MW of generating capacity by 2019 from new renewable energy projects, 425 megawatts of which would come from large utility-scale solar, wind or biomass plants, and the balance from long-term contracts with a mix of medium- and small-scale alternative power generators such as residential and other solar power installations. (Source: Georgia Power, AJC, 1 Feb., 2016)Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgia power.com
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The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council represents a broad spectrum of stakeholder perspectives, including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, low-income advocates, advocates for large and small businesses and environmental groups.
(Source: Mass. Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, MetroWest, 31 Jan., 2016) Contact: Mass. Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, email@example.com, http://ma-eeac.org
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Orion will replace more than 3,400 inefficient T8 fluorescent and HID fixtures with U.S.-manufactured Orion LED high bays and Orion's patented LED Troffer Retrofit (LDR) and linear LED products.
Installation is slated to get underway begin in March. The lighting upgrade will help meet several federal sustainability mandates to cut energy consumption. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, 1 Feb., 2016) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, John Scribante, CEO, Bill Hull, Inv. Relations, (312) 660-3575, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.oesx.com
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The Washington State Labor Council and other I-732 supporters contend that their tax swap is "revenue neutral" while nonpartisan legislative staff and the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) disagree.
According to DOR's calculations, I-732 would cut revenue by nearly $1 billion over the next four years. CarbonWA claims the DOR's analysis is erroneous, and that the initiative would ultimately be "approximately revenue neutral".
CarbonWA proposes to:
CarbonWA believes that pursuing bipartisan climate action through a revenue-neutral approach is the right strategy in Washington State and in Washington, DC. The alliance believes that the way to win is to use a revenue-positive package to unite the left. (Source: CarbonWA, Cascadia Advocate, 31 Jan., 2016)
Contact: CarbonWA, (206) 632-1805, email@example.com, www.carbonwa.org
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In those comments, RGGI "welcomed the EPA's continued recognition that well-designed multi-state, market-based programs like RGGI can deliver cost-effective emissions reductions." RGGI added that "RGGI states have seen benefits to the economy and public health, as well as consumer savings, experiencing 8 pct GDP growth across the region while reducing power sector carbon pollution by more than 40 pct since 2005, while maintaining electric power reliability."
Accordingly, the RGGI states encouraged EPA to select mass-based approaches as the most cost-effective, transparent, and reliable way to achieve emission reductions. Mass-based approaches set limits on the total mass of carbon allowed to be emitted -- like 100 million tons. By contrast, rate-based approaches might limit the rate of carbon emissions per unit of useful electric energy. RGGI also urged the EPA to "adopt a trading platform that is flexible and customizable to encourage broader trading markets."
The RGGI states also asked EPA to encourage auctioning of carbon allowances, and reinvestment of the auction proceeds.
The RGGI states also encouraged the EPA to prevent "leakage" of carbon emissions from existing sources to new sources, by including new sources in a mass-based program or some other equally effective alternative method of allocation.
(Source: RGGI, Others, Supra, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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The panel recommended that thermal power plants should be equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and that the introduction of renewable energy sources will help improve the fundamental strength of local economies and promote regional revitalization. (Source: Science Council of Japan, Japan Times, 31 Jan., 2016) Contact: Science Council of Japan, Takashi Onishi, Pres., www.scj.go.jp/en
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The company reports it plans to eliminate $275 million in annual costs and cut capital investments in its businesses by at least $1 billion. To that end, the company is reviewing its corn dry mills, which grind, crush and roll corn to make it into feed and ethanol fuel, and considering its options. ADM operates ethanol-producing dry mills in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.
(Source: Archer Daniels Midland , DowJones, Various Others, 2 Feb., 2016) Contact: ADM Ethanol Group, Craig Willis, Pres., (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com
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The project reportedly has arranged financing "contingent upon local and state permit approval as well as approval of a franchise agreement that would include a long-term feedstock supply agreement." Further details and contact information are not available.
(Source: Sustainable Organics Recycling Technology Bioenergy, Sustainable Life, 2 Feb., 2016)
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The oil soaked province of Alberta has already taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a new climate strategy that will cap oil sands emissions, phase out coal-fired electric power generation, and impose a broad-based carbon tax.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, Government of Alberta, Chronicle Journal, 27 Jan., 2016)
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According to Duke, its collaborative model is similar the plan used to develop the state's Clean Smokestacks Act in 2002 and the Omnibus Energy Act of 2007. The first created state standards and a regulatory framework for reducing sulfur and nitrogen oxides from plant emissions, and the second included the renewable energy portfolio standards that have helped make North Carolina a national leader in developing utility-scale solar projects.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has joined several other states in a legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan. It is also developing its own state plan that does not meet the EPA's Clean Power Plan requirements.
(Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Business Journal, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, Mike McIntire, Dir. Environmental Affairs, www.duke-energy.com; North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, portal.ncdenr.org
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The PUC ruling has been opposed by utilities and ratepayer advocates on the grounds that the policy rewards solar users while leaving others to shoulder the cost of maintaining the electricity grid.
On the otrher side of the coin, solar installers and supporters claim customers should receive the retail rate because the power they generate helps the power industry by lowering strain on the grid or helping lessen the need to buy power at expensive prices.
On a national basis, 20 states are considering similar policies and regulations.
(Source: Calf. PUC, Public News Service, Others, TechTimes, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: California Public Utilities Commission, www.cpuc.ca.gov
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As of Jan., 2018, all LED bulbs sold in California must meet certain color requirements and have a minimum 10,000-hour service lifetime.
The new standards are expected save consumers $4 billion or more over 13 years and to conserve enough electricity to power approximately 400,000 homes. (Source: California Energy Commission, Standard Journal, 28 Jan., 2016) Contact: California Energy Commission, Andrew McAllister, Energy Efficiency Lead, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Ethanol production totaled 28,347 million liters from January to November.
In November alone, ethanol consumption came in at 2,624 million liters of which 950 million liters were anhydrous ethanol and 1,673 billion liters were hydrated ethanol. (Source: SeeNews, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, Others, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, www.mme.gov.br
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The NBB wants Congress to change the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive to a producer's credit from a blender's credit which overseas produced and U.S blended biodiesel is benefiting from.
Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA's definition as an Advanced Biofuel -- meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces GHG emissions by more than 50 pct when compared with petroleum diesel.
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, Jan., 2016)
Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, VP Fed. Affairs, Ben Evans, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org
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The research was intended to design and produce high efficiency nanostructured solar cells by using two layers -- a light scattering layer is added to the initial layer containing titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Surface area of the layer increases in this research due to the change in titanium dioxide nanostructure used in the scattering layer. Therefore, dye and light absorption capacity increase in these cells and efficiency increases.
Previous studies suggested that application of scattering layer -- which usually has a one-dimensional structure such as nanobars and nanotubes -- results in scattering and increasing the length of the path through which light comes in.
(Source: Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, MEHR News, Various Others, 27 Jan., 2016) Contact: Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, http://nano.ir/?lang=2
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SENASA, Airbus Group, Biotehgen, CLH, Embraer, EPFL, Manchester Metropolitan University, RE-CORD and SkyNRG are also involved in the ITAKA project which is funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme. (Source: Oslo Airport, CBTR, SeeNews, Neste, Others, 25 Jan., 2016)
Contact: Neste Oil, Lars Peter Lindfors, Sr. VP, Kaisa Hietala, Exec. VP Renewable Products, 011 +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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CO2 Solutions contracted with Tetra Tech, Inc. a leading international engineering firm, for an independent review of the project data related to the mass and energy balances. This review allowed the Corporation to confirm core process capture costs for a 1,250 tonne-CO2/day (tpd) scale of $28/tonne, in line with earlier published estimates. This cost is below the proposed Alberta carbon tax and below the United States Department of Energy's target for new carbon capture processes. In this regard, to the knowledge of the Corporation, its technology has achieved the lowest demonstrated cost in the industry for a post-combustion carbon capture application, by a significant margin.
(Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., CNN, Others, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, Pres., CEO, (418) 842-3456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.co2solutions.com
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According to the Indian report, the country experienced a 50 pct increase in emissions from power generation in 2000-2010. This is the biggest sector contributing to India's emissions with 1510 Megatonnes of CO2 equivalent emitted in 2010.
Emissions from industrial activities, the second largest contributor to GHG emissions, nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010. In 2010, more than half of the emissions among industrial activities came from the "minerals" category, followed by chemicals and metal production at approximately about 14 pct each. (Source: New Delhi DNA, Catch News, Others, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: UNFCCC, Download complete UNFCCC Framework HERE.
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