The company, which has a background in both renewables including solar and in ecobuilding tech, sells products including the Wattstor 5/6, a battery-based energy storage system designed to maximise self-consumption of PV power with the average 3.8kW size of UK domestic PV systems in mind.
According to a recent case study produced by Wattstor, a UK household with a 3.78kWp PV system reduced its grid demand by nearly 60 pct over a six month period. When deployed alongside a range of complementary technologies including energy efficiency measures, the household's demand for power from the grid dropped by almost 90 pct.
Wattstor's storage system works in conjunction with the Wattstor IMP (Intelligent Management of Power), which provides smart switching and export limitation. The IMP turns on equipment whenever electricity is free or inexpensive and reduces the export of electricity back to the grid -- guiding surplus power into necessary equipment such as refrigeration or heating before directing it into an onsite battery energy storage pack. (Source: Wattstor, 4 Dec., 2015) Contact: Wattstor, +44 (0) 845 524 0221, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wattstor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wattstor news, Energy Storage news, Battery news, Energy Management news,
The WEC Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has demonstrated a unique example of sustainability in business practice and is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition of a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).
(Source: The World Environment Center, PR, 15 Dec., 2015) Jacqueline Hinman, CEO and Chairman of CH2M
Direct Combustion Power Plant Projects:
Biogas Power Plant Projects -- Typical anaerobic digestion projects are from 1 MW to 7 MW:
Proprietary Giant King Grass™ is the highest yielding biomass crop in the world. Bio-electricity, biogas, biofuels, biochemicals, bio plastics, and biomaterials all need biomass as feed-stock, and Giant King Grass is suitable for these applications. Because of its high yield, it is a low-cost feed-stock. Equally important, Giant King Grass provides the reliable and well-characterized feed-stock that is required by banks and investors in order to provide financing for these bioenergy projects, according to the company website. (Source: Viaspace, 21 Dec., 2015) Contact: ViaSpace, Dr. Jan Vandersande, Communications, (800)517-8050, IR@VIASPACE.com, www.VIASPACE.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News VIASPACE Inc., Giant King Grass, Biomass Crop Grass, Miscanthus Grass,
"When it comes to forcing real, meaningful action, Paris fails to meet the moment. We have a 1.5-degree wall to climb, but the ladder isn't long enough. To pull us free of fossil fuels we are going to need to mobilize in ever greater numbers. We will push our beautifully simple solution to climate change -- 100 percent renewable energy for all -- and make sure it is heard and embraced." -- Kumi Naidoo, Exec. Dir., Greenpeace International http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, COP21, Carbon Emissions, Greenpeace, EDF,
As previously reported, aviation and maritime emissions were NOT included in the final COP21 agreement, and their exclusion could lead to national or regional regulations that could well prove more stringent and costly to aviation and marine interests.
(Source: Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Ship & Bunker, Others, 21 Dec., 2015) Contact: Sustainable Shipping Initiative, http://ssi2040.org; International Maritime Organization, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions, Maritime Emissions, COP21, Marine Emissions, IMO,
Beothuk is working with Jacob Capital Management, Siemens Offshore Wind, Talon Energy and Maderra Engineering. (Source: Beothuk Energy Inc., Various Others, CBC, Jan, 2016) Contact: Beothuk Energy Inc., Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241, http://www.beothukenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Beothuk Energy, Wind, Offshore Wind,
Solenis plans to leverage Quimatec's sales channel to bring Solenis' water treatment offerings to Brazil's sugar and ethanol producers, while taking Quimatec's process chemistries and applications technology to Solenis' global heavy industry markets. (Source: Solenis, 23 Dec., 2015) Contact: Solenis, John Panichella, Pres, CEO, Catherine Abernathy, Media, (904) 256-0333, email@example.com, www.solenis.com.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solenis LLC, Ethanol, Sugar Ethanol,
The RO came into effect in 2002 in England, Wales and Scotland, followed by Northern Ireland in 2005. It places an obligation on UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources. The original schemes were to be paid as subsidies which were paid out sooner than the originally set dates.
With Thursday's announcement, the Government will:
Strategically deployed biogas systems offer the nation a cost-effective and profitable solution to reducing emissions, diverting waste streams, and producing renewable energy. This report is a progress report of the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap originally published in August 2014.
AGL credits its emissions reductions in the development of corporate sustainability programs and and its founding participation in EPA's Gas STAR program which encourages industry companies to implement methane emissions-reducing technologies and practices and to document their voluntary emission reduction activities.
AGL's emissions report can be downloadedHERE
(Source: AGL Resources, 15 Dec., 2015) Contact: AGL Resources, John Somerhalder, CEO, Sarah Stashak, IR, (404) 584-4577, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aglresources.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Methane Emissions,
The contract calls for a mixture of rooftop, ground-mounted, and parking lot canopy solar installations totaling 5 MW backed by a 10-year PPA. The entire project, which is slated for completion by the end of 2016, is part of the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot (FASPP), a strategic sourcing project that combines several small to mid-size photovoltaic installation opportunities within northern California and northern Nevada into a single procurement.
The FASPP is a contracting solution designed to take advantage of economies of scale in solar installation with no up-front cost to the government.
Under this agreement, SolarCity will install and operate the PV systems San Jose, Menlo Park, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Bruno, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, Carson City and Reno, and sell power by the kWh to the federal government.
(Source: EPA, GSA, Dec., 15, 2015) Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com; General Services Administration, Michele Long, email@example.com, www.gsa.gov
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During the Obama administration, the Department has finalized new efficiency standards for more than 40 household and commercial products, HERE including commercial refrigeration equipment, electric motors, and fluorescent lamps, which will save consumers nearly $535 billion and cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 2 billion metric tons through 2030.
The announcement brings the DOE more than two-thirds of the way to achieving the goal of reducing carbon pollution by 3 billion metric tons through standards set in the President's first and second terms. This is equivalent to cutting more than a year's carbon pollution from the entire U.S. electricity system.
These new standards will occur in two phases. The first phase will begin in 2018 and will deliver a 13 pct efficiency improvement in products. Five years later, an additional 15 pct increase in efficiency is required for new commercial units.
The Energy Department's High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge catalyzed several manufacturers to develop more efficient, cost-effective rooftop air conditioners. With these new units commercialized, the Department's Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign has spurred businesses to upgrade over 40,000 rooftop units by providing technical assistance throughout the process. The new standards will ensure all businesses have access to energy-saving air conditioners that lower their utility bills for years to come. (Source: US DOE,
December 17, 2015) Contact: US DOR, (2020 586-4940, HERE
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The innovative financing structure, which supports the Green Bank's successful C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, allows the Green Bank to effectively leverage private capital, while providing Hannon Armstrong with the ability to access a high quality, rapidly growing class of assets.
The agreement between the Green Bank and Hannon Armstrong will streamline the process building owners currently undergo to source competitive financing for comprehensive energy projects, the release said. Hannon Armstrong brings its expertise in programmatic financing and risk assessment, as well as predictability in execution, while the improved access to financing will enable Connecticut businesses to achieve even more meaningful energy savings with zero upfront costs. (Source: ProudGreenBuilding, 19 Dec., 2015)Contact: Connecticutt Green Bank, Bryan Garcia, Pres., CEO, (860) 563-0015, http://www.ctcleanenergy.com; Hannon Armstrong, Jeffrey Eckel, CEO, (410) 571-9860, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hannonarmstrong.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hannon Armstrong, Connecticut Green Bank ,
Forest clearing accounts for an estimated 12 to 15 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions through the annual loss of nearly 77,000 square miles of forest (an area about the size of Nebraska), a third of which is in the tropics. These emissions are calculated through forest carbon inventories, which do not take into account the decrease in carbon stocks occurring in forests where they meet with converted land. If current carbon stock estimates for tropical forests are low, then mitigation plans designed to offset timber cutting will need to be adjusted to achieve climate stabilization goals.
The Natural Capital Project is a collaboration between Stanford University, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. (Source: Stanford News, 18 Dec., 2015) Stanford University,
The Natural Capital Project, Becky Chaplin-Kramer, (831) 331-6015, email@example.com; Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. (650) 736-8668, www.stanford.edu
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The upgrades to the 585 MW unit included the installation of new emissions control equipment integrated with existing equipment, replacement of an existing wet scrubber and particulate control technology with a semi-dry system that uses less water, the installation of a powdered-activated carbon injection system to capture flue gas mercury, and the addition of a fabric filter to further control particulates. It also included a new 25,000-square-foot building to house a system that removes mercury, sulfur dioxide and particulates from plant emissions.
The upgrade is expected to cut mercury emissions by 90 pct and significantly reduce sulfur dioxide emissions and particulates.
(Source: Minnesota Power, Forum News, 19 Dec., 2015)
Contact: Minnesota Power, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com
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Under this PPA, SolarCity Corporation will install, own and operate the system and will sell power by the kWh to the federal government under a 10-year contract which is renewable for an additional 10 year term. All of the PV systems will be installed and operational by the end of 2016. The PV systems will be a mixture of rooftop, ground-mounted, and parking lot canopies with an aggregate capacity of approximately 5 MW.
The federal government expects to save $5 million over 19 production years and will cut greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40,000 metric tons of CO2 over the contract period.
The nine project locations in northern California and northern Nevada include: Regional Office Building in Vallejo, Calif. (U.S. Forest Service); Robert F. Peckham Federal Building in San Jose, Calif. (GSA); John F. Shea Federal Building in Santa Rosa, Calif. (GSA); Federal Building at 2800 Cottage Way in Sacramento, Calif. (GSA); Leo J. Ryan Federal Records Center in San Bruno, Calif. (GSA); U.S. Geological Survey Campus in Menlo Park, Calif. (GSA); James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, Calif. (GSA); C. Clifton Young Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Reno, Nev. (GSA); and the Carson City Federal Building in Carson City, Nev. (GSA).
Four sites will achieve net zero for electricity: Carson City Federal Building, C. Clifton Young Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Leo J. Ryan Federal Records Center, U.S. Forest Service Regional Office Building. (Source: GSA, DOE, Various Other Federal Agencies, 15 Dec., 2015)
U.S. GSA, Traci Madison, Traci.firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 581-1788;
U.S. DOE, Joshunda Sanders, DOENews@hq.doe.gov, (202) 586-4940;
U.S. EPA, Niloufar Nazmi, Nazmi.Niloufar@epa.gov, (415)972-3684;
U.S. Forest Service,John C. Heil III, ]email@example.com, (707) 562-9004; SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com
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Under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's often contentious leadership, the CEFC was ordered to stop investing in wind farms. the country's second biggest clean energy source after hydropower.
The colorful former Prime Minister is perhaps best for his comment that "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP."
(Source: CEFC, stuff.co.nz, Various Others, 14 Dec., 2015)
Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Australia Wind, Tony Abbott,
Under the current blenders tax credit, biodiesel produced overseas that is blended with diesel in the U.S. qualifies for the $1-per-gallon tax credit. This has caused imports to rise sharply in recent years. In 2012, the U.S. imported fewer than 100 million gallons of biodiesel. The vast majority of those imports are coming from companies in Argentina, Asia and Europe. In most cases, the imported fuel has already received significant policy support in its country of origin, and the double-dipping of overseas and U.S. incentives paves the way for predatory exports that undercut U.S. producers. Additionally, many of the imports do not meet strict sustainability requirements under the U.S. renewable fuel standard (RFS).
By narrowing the scope of the credit to domestic production, the producer's incentive would save some $90 million, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. The proposed reform is inconsistent with other manufacturing tax incentives in current law focused on stimulating domestic production such as bonus depreciation , the R&D tax credit, and the domestic manufacturers deduction. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 15 Dec., 2015) Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, VP Fed. Affairs, Ben Evans, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend,
Sea-Tac is served by 26 airlines with 380,000 flights annually.
(Source: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, ATW, Dec 16, 2015) Contact: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac; Boeing, Julie Felgar, Environmental Strategy, Jessica Kowal, Envir. Communications, (206) 660-6849, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.boeing.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Boeing,
"Europe's transport emissions have increased by 36 pct from 1990 levels and now account for 26 pct of Europe's total GHG emissions -- the continent's second largest source of GHG emissions. Unless European policymakers take decisive and immediate action to decarbonize Europe's transport sector, there is little hope Europe will achieve the level of GHG reductions needed to meet the COP21 climate ambitions.
"According to the IPCC, Europe's transport's growing emissions could be cut substantially through 'aggressive and sustained' policy measures, including reducing the carbon intensity of fuels by substituting oil-based products with biofuels.
"The EU-wide roll-out of E10 -- which is widely sold in France, Germany and Finland -- would reduce Europe's transport emissions by 15 million tonnes, the equivalent to the annual emissions from 9 million cars or 4 pct of Europe's total car fleet. Because ethanol can be blended with petrol, and used in existing petrol engines, it is a technology that will allow Europe to decarbonize its current vehicle fleet without needing to replace existing vehicles and fuel infrastructure.
"In order to maximize this potential, energy taxation in the EU needs to be changed. European renewable ethanol, with around 60 pct savings compared to petrol, is currently the most heavily taxed of all transport fuels used in Europe despite it being the most available and feasible solution needed to help Europe achieve its climate objectives. Taxing fuels based on their CO2 emissions and energy content is a fairer approach that would incentivize the increased use of low carbon alternatives, including ethanol."
(Source: ePure, 14 Dec., 2015) Contact: ePURE, Robert Wright, Sec. Gen, 011 +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org
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The agreement covers the supply of several of LG Chem's battery modules that have been designed and configured for AES' Advancion grid-scale energy storage solution. The agreement provides access to batteries to meet the present and future needs of Advancion installations currently under construction. (Source: AES Energy Storage, LG Chem, Others, 15 Dec., 2015) Contact: AES Energy Storage, (703) 522-1315, http://www.aesenergystorage.com; LG Chem, Kwon Young-soo, Pres., Battery Div., Terry Lee, Public Relations, 011 +82 (2) 3773-6951, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lgchem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem, AES Energy Storage, Energy Storage, Lihium-Ion Battery,
When the sponge, which consists of a modified version of a standard solar cell mated with a uniquely designed silicon substrate, is placed in sunlight and an ionic fluid -- seawater, catalyzed greywater or wastewater -- it uses solar-powered water electrolysis to generate and safely store hydrogen gas which can be released as needed by increasing pressure in the micro-chambers through mechanical, electrical or thermal means.
According to SSC Pacific, homeowners could place hydrogen sponge devices in a reservoir of water -- such as an under-utilized swimming pool -- and store energy from roof-mounted solar panels and then reclaim the energy as needed. SSC Pacific is seeking opportunities to commercialize the technology
(Source: Armed with Science, US Defense Dept. Blog, 15 Dec., 2015)
Contact: SSC Pacific, Russel Clement, (619) 553-2717, www.spawar.navy.mil/sandiego
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China has 118.3 million gross square meters of building space participating in the LEED green building rating system.
(Source: USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding, 15 Dec., 2015)
Contact: China Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, https://www.uschina.org/policy/ministry-housing-and-urban-rural-development-mohurd; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification, Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency,
PNNL researchers and team focused on 22 countries that account for about 70 pct of global building energy consumption, based on their membership in the Major Economies Forum, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (in partnership with the Global Building Performance Network, GBPN) and the G-20 group. They surveyed each of these countries by developing clear information on each country's building energy code policies from the literature.
Download the full report HERE. (Source: PNNL, Dec., 2015)
Contact: PNNL,Joint Global Change Research Institute, Meredydd Evans, Energy Codes, (301) 314-6714, www.globalchange.umd.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL, Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Consumption,
The EPA estimates the tougher GHG emissions standards reduced emissions by 60 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of the CO2 emissions from 8 million homes annually.
It's estimated the EPA emissions standards will save drivers $8,000 annually on fuel costs during their lifetime and save a cumulative $1.7 trillion. The EPA also expects the standards to reduce fuel use by 12 billion barrels of oil and reduce gasoline emissions by 6 billion metric tons.
(Source: EPA Office of Air Quality, Examiner, 17 Dec., 2015) Contact: EPA Office of Air Quality, http://www3.epa.gov/airquality/contact.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG, CO2 Emissions,
"We have been waiting 23 years for an agreement and we finally got one. There was a huge risk of it all falling apart at the last minute but that didn't happen. It sends a strong message that there's only one direction the world is traveling in and that's towards a low-carbon economy." -- James Hulse, Head of Investor Initiatives, CDP
"We think it's a huge win for carbon markets. It kickstarts a new era of cooperation between governments, businesses and civil society on carbon." -- Jeff Swartz, International Policy Director, the International Emissions Trading Association (Source: Various, Environmental Finance, 14 Dec., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,
The ENERGY STAR award signifies that Essroc's facilities perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict performance levels set by the EPA.
(Source: Essroc, World Cement, Dec., 2015) Contact:
Essroc, http://www.essroc.com; EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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The participating 18 countries include Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Ukraine, and the U.S. (Source: Gov't. of NZ,Bloomberg, Others, 14 Dec., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC, Climate Change, GHG, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Markets, Carbon Credits, UNFCCC,
Together with researchers and scientists at the University of Winnipeg and the U.S. Geological Survey's LandCarbon Project, the UW-M team created a database of measured methane flux (the exchange of the gas between water and atmosphere) and methane concentrations measured in streams and rivers using data from 111 publications and three unpublished datasets. The research team then calculated the best estimates of global methane emissions from the data and found the emissions to be an order of magnitude higher than scientists had previously reported.
The researchers pointed to one possible reason: Not every stream is identical. The analysis revealed noticeably higher methane emissions from streams and rivers in watersheds marked with heavy agriculture, urban development or the presence of dams. This suggests efforts to improve stream health may have the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gases.
(Source: University of Wisconsin Madison, PR, 14 Dec., 2014) Contact: UW-M, Prof. Emily Stanley, (608) 263-2567, http://limnology.wisc.edu
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"That is going to spur massive investment. And it's technology.
That is going to be an enormous transformation of our economy and all to the better because it will reduce our dependency on foreign fuel, it will increase our security, it will provide for our environment, cleaner air, healthier, healthier people." -- John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State commenting on COP21 final agreement, 12 Dec., 2015)
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TGrand Rapids launched its "2030 District" initiative on Monday, Dec. 14, with 39 members, including 20 property owners and operators of 61 downtown buildings covering almost 10 million square feet of interior space. Grand Rapids also plans to invest $9.3 million in LED street lighting retrofits and the installation of a 3 MW solar energy farm to help it reach its "2030 District" goal.
Other cities that have created 2030 districts include: Albuquerque, N.M.; Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Stamford, Conn.; and Toronto, Ontario. (Source:city of Grand Rapids MLive, 14 Dec., 2015)
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The shipping industry is concerned that a lack of agreement in the IMO on reducing CO2 emissions on a flag-neutral basis will prompt the EU to draw up unilateral or regional far more stringent emissions legislation that could prove disastrous for shipping and for global CO2 reductions. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, JOC, 14 Dec., 2015) Contact: ICS, Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization , www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping, Maritime Emissions, IMO, ,
Romania previously pledged to cut carbon emissions by 8 pct during the 2008-2012 period compared to 1990, within the Kyoto Protocol. It received 1.2 billion certificates for carbon emissions allowing it to produce 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide. In 2012, the country had a surplus of 515 million unused certificates at valued at €6 per ton which it could have sold to countries that had used all of their certificates.
(Source: Romania-Insider, Others, 7 Dec., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions Trading, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Markets,
Despite the euphoria, political obstacles and technological challenges remain to bring climate change -- global warming under control. Individual countries will have to replace GHG-emitting energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas for low-emission sources such as wind, solar and nuclear power. Along with yet-to-be-realized technologies that pull GHGs from the air, these changes are meant to reduce net carbon emissions to zero in the second half of the century. By 2020, countries will release their long-term plans to cut emissions. Every five years, countries will reassess their progress and tweak their carbon-cutting goals.
For developed countries, the plan is to reverse the rise in carbon emissions as soon as possible. Developing countries such Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda have greater leeway on when they have to start cutting back carbon emissions. They also will also receive technological support and a $100-billion-a-year fund provided by developed countries by 2020.
It is important to note that the pledges and commitments make in the historic document are strictly voluntary and there are no enforcement mechanisms in place.
Download the complete UN Framework Convention on Climate Change HERE. (Source: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, 12 Dec., 2015)
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DowDuPont, which will have a combined market capitalization of approximately $130 billion, will be dual headquartered in Midland, Michigan and Wilmington, Delaware. The merger is expected to close in the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and shareholder approvals. The intended separation of DowDuPont into three independent spin-offs is expected within 18-24 months of the merger.
DuPont, which operates a 30 million gpy cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa,
recently announced its first licensing agreement with New Tianlong Industry to build China's largest cellulosic ethanol plant. Last fall, DuPont entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ethanol Europe and the government of Macedonia to develop a second-generation biorefinery project. The company is also working in partnership with Procter & Gamble to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide® laundry detergents.
(Source: Dow, DuPont, PR, 11 Dec., 2015)
Contact: Dow Chemical, www.dow.com; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres., www.biosciences.dupont.com
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The report updates their 2012 report, and chronicles CCS development since the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Carbon Capture (IPCC and Storage, which called for targeted governmental support at the local and international levels to foster the deployment of CCS. The IPCC continues to highlight CCS as a crucial technology that can help prevent cumulative CO2 emissions pushing global temperature rises above 2 degrees C.
Members of the international ENGO Network on CCS share knowledge and work toward common positions and public responses to international developments related to CCS. Network members include The Bellona Foundation, Clean Air Task Force, The Climate Institute, E3G, Environmental Defense Fund, Green Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Pembina Institute, Sandbag, World Resources Institute, and Zero Emission Resource Organisation.
"Among the proposed Agreement's unacceptable provisions: The proposed Agreement stresses an urgent need to keep temperatures 'well below' a 2-degree increase compared to pre-industrial times, yet human civilization first developed and excelled in temperatures warmer than that.
"The proposed Agreement repeatedly mentions a $100 billion per-year wealth transfer from developed to developing nations, yet does not clearly state whether that wealth transfer is an obligation under the proposed Agreement. Such ambiguous language could be interpreted as forcing the US to commit to such a fund.
"The proposed Agreement claims it is important to enact some of the concepts of 'Climate Justice' which would legally obligate the US to enact extreme leftist wealth transfer and 'social justice' programs.
"The proposed Agreement requires the United States and other nations to enact ever-escalating carbon dioxide restrictions and wealth transfer obligations, even if real-world evidence continues to contradict the notion of a global warming crisis and exposes alarmist global warming speculation as unjustified.
"If the Obama administration requests approval of this Agreement by the US Senate, the Senate should reject this treaty unanimously." (Source: Heartland Institute, 14 Dec., 2015) Contact: Heartland Institute, James Taylor, (312) 377-4000, www.heartland.org
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According to USGC Chief Economist Mike Dwyer, "This success was due to recent policy changes in Peru's energy sector, creating new demand for ethanol. While Peru has a few modern ethanol production facilities, domestically produced ethanol is still a relatively new industry. While it develops, Peru's growing appetite for ethanol can be met with imports from the United States."
"As a result of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement , Peruvian trade barriers to U.S. goods, services and investments have been reduced, making the United States a prime choice for becoming the long-term supplier of ethanol to this market," Dwyer said. "We will continue building on this success through buyers' teams, workshops and providing important market information that will build the confidence of Peru's energy industry in U.S. ethanol." (Source: U.S. Grain Council, Crop Protection News, 12 Dec., 2015) Contact: ,U.S., Grain Council. Ashley Kongs, Ethanol Exports Program Mgr., Mike Dwyer, Chief Economist, (202) 789 0789, http://www.grains.org
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New Heaven Chemicals received $128,000 in loans and $402,000 in tax incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and
$30,000 in cash incentives and a five-year tax increment financing (TIF) rebate of 100 percent from the Worth County Board of Supervisors. (Source: New Haven Chemicals, 11 Dec., 2015) Contact: New Haven Chemicals, (614) 454-4030, email@example.com, http://newheavenchemicals.com
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The Commission also recommends that reduced carbon tax rates and exemptions, which currently benefit certain industries and activities, including domestic shipping, fishing vessels, and natural gas emissions, should be abolished and aligned with the general carbon tax. Important changes to the taxation of road vehicles are also proposed in the report, including a new pricing mechanism for all light vehicles in major urban areas. All fuels, including biofuels, should also be taxed.
The Green Tax Commission report is now subject to a three-month period of public consultation. (Source: Norwegian Green Tax Commission, Tax-News, 10 Dec., 2015) Contact: Norwegian Green Tax Commission, Norwegian Minister of Finance, +47 22 244 112, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The AXYS WindSentinel buoy utilizes a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) device to measure wind speeds at various altitudes, as well as meteorological and oceanographic instruments that record air and sea surface temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity, wave height and period, water salinity, and subsurface ocean currents. In December 2014, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory deployed the first specialized Energy Department buoy near Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Details are available HERE.
(Source: US DOE, Energy.gov
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 7 Dec., 2015) Contact: US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere
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Under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), the three provinces' cap-and-trade systems will be linked with California's.
Quebec presently has an active cap-and-trade market with California. Ontario plans to introduce its system in 2017 while Manitoba's cap-and-trade program will initially be aimed at 20 large emitters.
(Source: Various Sources, CTV, 7 Dec., 2015) Contact: WCI, Patrick Cummins, Exec. Dir., (916) 449-9966, email@example.com, http://wci-inc.org
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The report, which was produced in collaboration with the German Energy Storage Association (BVES) and the German Solar Association (BSW), notes that the most promising markets are those with large photovoltaic (PV) adoption and where electricity prices are significantly higher than the levelized cost of solar power. It also noted that financial support for residential PV should be below electricity prices in order to make selling power to the grid a less attractive option. Hawaii, Denmark and Germany are the markets with the highest spread between electricity price and levelized cost of solar, while Italy and Germany are those with the highest spread between electricity price and PV support per kWh.
Enviacon claims that net metering is the strongest competitor for residential energy storage systems because this scheme does the same tasks as a battery does, but almost for free. (Source: Enviacon International, Others, SeeNews, 10 Dec., 2015) Contact: Enviacon International, +49 30 8148 8410, www.enviacon.com
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