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Wattstor Offers UK Energy Storage, Management Training (Int'l)
Wattstor
Date: 2016-01-04
In the UK, Cornwall-headquartered renewable energy, energy storage and energy management firm Wattstor, reports it is offering free training sessions for installers around the country.

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, info@wattstor.com, www.wattstor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wattstor news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  Energy Management news,  


CH2M Announced as Recipient of World Environment Center’s 2016 Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development

Date: 2015-12-23
In the Nation’s capitol, The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to CH2M, one of the world’s premier infrastructure and natural resource management companies. CH2M is being recognized for its deep commitment to sustainability and social responsibility throughout the company, including valuing ecosystems services, partnering with leading environmental non-profits, and acting as a global leader in international water initiatives.

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). www.wec.org. (Source: The World Environment Center, PR, 15 Dec., 2015) Jacqueline Hinman, CEO and Chairman of CH2M


VIASPACE Touts Giant King Grass Electricity Projects (Ind. Report)
VIASPACE Inc.
Date: 2015-12-23
Walnut Creek, California based high-yield Giant King Grass grower VIASPACE Inc. has provided the following update on projects being pursued by VIASPACE and partners

Direct Combustion Power Plant Projects:

  • Reino Verde in Nicaragua is a 12.3 MW project co-located with a 2,100 acre Giant King Grass plantation that is part of a larger 10,000 acre rice plantation. This project, which is being developed with Nicaraguan partners, has received a letter of intent from two international development banks for 70 pct debt financing. The Nicaraguan partners will arrange the majority of the equity financing. The boiler technology has been selected and an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been signed. Giant King Grass has been growing in Nicaragua for more than two years.

  • VIASPACE has completed a per-feasibility study for an unidentified customer to essentially reproduce the a fore mentioned Nicaraguan project in Africa. VIASPACE will provide the Giant King Grass and training for the 2,100 acre project.

  • Another Central American customer has contracted for a formal feasibility study for a 35 MW Giant King Grass power plant and 6,400 acre Giant King Grass plantation. A draft feasibility study has been delivered to the customer and the final product will be delivered in January 2016.

    Biogas Power Plant Projects -- Typical anaerobic digestion projects are from 1 MW to 7 MW:

  • Tibbar Energy USVI, LLC is developing an anaerobic digestion (AD), renewable energy facility that will produce a Net of 7MW of base load power to be sold to Virgin Island Water and Power Authority (WAPA) for the next 25 years on the island of St. Croix. The project will provide almost 20 pct of the island's base load power.

  • Clean Energy Solutions Pacific is developing a 2 MW anaerobic digestion power plant in Papua New Guinea. Giant King Grass will be the exclusive fuel. The company has contracted with VIASPACE for a design and engineering study and operations plan of the power plant. These have been completed. The company has a power purchase agreement and is in discussions on the financing of the power plant.

    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,  


  • Notable Quotes
    Greenpeace International,COP21,EDF
    Date: 2015-12-23
    "While the Paris (COP21) commitments won't deliver all the emissions reductions that are needed, the agreement provides a framework to ratchet up ambition over time: a transparent system for reporting and review, regular assessments of progress, and strengthening of commitments every five years beginning in 2020. The agreement relies on each nation to enact its own policies to reduce emissions while ensuring that their progress can be monitored by all. We look forward to each country's work to both meet and build on their pledges in order to finish the hard work of protecting future generations." -- Fred Krupp, Pres., Environmental Defense Fund, /www.edf.org

    "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,  


    SSI Calls for Action on Maritime CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Shipping Initiative
    Date: 2015-12-23
    In a Friday press release, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) said the 2 degrees global warming target agreed at the COP21 conference in Paris will only be achieved if the International Maritime Organization (IMO) takes early action to create a global framework to tackle shipping emissions. According to the SSI, the Marine Environmental Committee Meeting (MEPC 69) in April 2016 would therefore be a "crucial landmark" for International Maritime Organization IMO to "show real leadership" in the development of a progressive international framework for maritime CO2 emissions reductions.

    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,  


    $4Bn Offshore Nova Scotian Wind Farm Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Beothuk Energy
    Date: 2015-12-23
    St. Johns, Newfoundland-headquartered Beothuk Energy Inc. reports it is in the preliminary planning stages of a proposed 120-turbine offshore wind farm 20 kilometers off the coast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The $4 billion wind farm would generate upwards of 1,000 MW of electric power which would be marketed to the New England states.

    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 Completes Quimatec Produtos Químicos Acquisition (M&A)
    Solenis LLC,Quimatec Produtos Qumicos Ltda
    Date: 2015-12-23
    Wilmington, Delaware-based Solenis LLC, a global producer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, biorefining and other markets through its Brazilian subsidiary Solenis do Brasil Quimicas Ltda, is reporting the acquisition of all shares of Quimatec Produtos Quimicos Ltda, a Brazilian manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the sugar and ethanol processing industry. The acquisition is part of Solenis' plan to broaden its process chemical and industrial water treatment offerings in the bioethanol market worldwide.

    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, cmabernathy@solenis.com, www.solenis.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solenis LLC,  Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  


    UK Slashes Solar, Other Renewable Energy Subsidies (Int'l.)
    UK DECC
    Date: 2015-12-21
    On Thursday, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced it was cutting the country's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Obligation (RO) subsidy schemes. According to the DECC, since the cost of solar and other renewable energy technologies has fallen dramatically, high levels of taxpayer support and subsidies is no longer needed to ensure the industry growth.

    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:

  • Close the RO across Great Britain to new solar PV capacity at 5MW and below from 1 April 2016;
  • Introduce grace period arrangements to protect developers who made a significant financial commitment on or before 22 July 2015 and developers who experience grid delay beyond their control;
  • Provide clarification of the planning evidence for the significant financial commitment grace period to exclude incomplete or invalid applications;
  • Remove "grandfathering" (a fixed rate of support from the date of accreditation) from 22 July 2015 for solar projects in England and Wales with an exception for those which meet the significant financial commitment criteria as of 22 July 2015;
  • Hold a solar-specific banding review in England and Wales and consult on new bands for 2016/17;
  • Consult on an exception designed to provide projects with protection against the proposed reduction in support where they qualify for the grandfathering exception.(Source: UK DECC, 17 Dec., 2015)Contact: DECC, Hon. Amber Rudd, Minister, +44 (20) 7979 7777, correspondence@decc.gsi.gov.uk, www.decc.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DECC,  Renewable Energy Subsidies,  Renewable Energy Incentives,  Solar,  Feedin Tariffs,  


  • Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2015-12-21
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. DOE and the EPA created and released the attached Roadmap as a response to the White House Climate Action Plan's directive to develop an inter-agency strategy to reduce methane emissions.

    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.

    Download the full Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report HERE. (Source: USDA, Dec., 2015)Contact: USDA, (2020 720-2791, http://www.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biogas,  


    AGL Resources' Methane Emissions Declining (Ind. Report)
    AGL Resources
    Date: 2015-12-21
    Atlanta-based energy services holding company AGL Resources has released the findings of its 2014 methane emissions inventory, which shows a 29 pct reduction in emissions year-over-year the past 15 years. Industry data shows a 22 pct decline over that period, even as the amount of industry sector pipelines grew by about 30 pct over the same time.

    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, sstashak@aglresources.com, www.aglresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


    SolarCity Wins Federal Multi-Agency PV Contract (Ind. Report)
    SolarCity, General Services Administration
    Date: 2015-12-21
    Following on our April 6th coverage, San Mateo, California-headquartered SolarCity reports it has inked a multi-agency agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. DOE, U.S. EPA, and U.S. Forest Service for the installation, management and sale of solar power at nine federal agency facilities on the U.S. West Coast.

    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, michele.long@gsa.gov, www.gsa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarCity,  Solar,  General Services Administration,  


    Energy Dept. Touts Historic Energy Efficiency Standard (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2015-12-21
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Ct. Green Bank, Hannon Armstrong Partner for Commercial Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Financing (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Green Bank
    Date: 2015-12-21
    In a joint press release, the Connecticut Green Bank and debt and equity investment firm Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI) have announced the availability of up to $100 million in funding for commercial and industrial buildings and businesses green energy and energy efficiency projects.

    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, info@hammonarmstrong.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hannon Armstrong,  Connecticut Green Bank ,  


    World Forest Carbon Stocks Overestimated, says Stanford Study (Ind. Report)
    Stanford University
    Date: 2015-12-21
    According to Scientists with The Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, the amount of carbon stored in the world's tropical forests has been grossly overestimated. The new findings, published in Nature Communications, apply to forests where people have cleared trees for roads, timbering or agricultural activities. The more intensely humans use a forest, the more fragmented it becomes. This fragmentation creates more dry, exposed forest edges, which are less able to store carbon.

    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, bchaplin@stanford.edu; Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. (650) 736-8668, www.stanford.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Carbon,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sink,  


    Minnesota Power Completes Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions-Reduction Project (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Power
    Date: 2015-12-21
    Minnesota Power , a division of Duluth-based Allete, is reporting that its $260 million upgrade to Unit Four of its Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset is now complete and the unit back online and generating power.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Feds Award Multi-agency Solar PPA to SolarCity (Ind. Report)
    SolarCity
    Date: 2015-12-18
    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Forest Service, have jointly awarded the federal government's first-ever joint solar PPA contract to SolarCity Corporation of San Mateo, Calif. The contract is part of the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot (FASPP) -- a contracting solution designed to take advantage of economies of scale by combining several small to mid-size photovoltaic (PV) installation opportunities within northern California and northern Nevada into a single procurement.

    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) Contact: U.S. GSA, Traci Madison, Traci.madison@gsa.gov, (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, ]jheil@fs.fed.us, (707) 562-9004; SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SolarCity,  


    Australian CEFC Back in the Wind Finance Business (Int'l)
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    Date: 2015-12-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of Malcolm Turner reports it has reversed the previous Tony Abbott government's banning of wind power projects and has instructed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to invest in both on- and offshore wind projects that incorporate "emerging and innovative" methods.

    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, www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  Tony Abbott,  


    Congress Reconsidering Biodiesel Tax Incentive (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2015-12-18
    Following on our 18th November coverage, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has commended congressional leaders for seeking reinstatement of the expired biodiesel tax incentive from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016 in the tax and spending proposal released late Tuesday, Dec. 15, but continued pressing to reform the incentive as a domestic production credit. Voting is expected later this week.

    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,  


    Boeing, Alaska Air Plan Biofuel Offering at Sea-Tac (Ind. Report)
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    Date: 2015-12-18
    Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Alaska Airlines report the inking of a memorandum of understanding to launch a $250,000 Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study to assess costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver a blend of aviation biofuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). If the plan succeeds, Sea-Tac would be the first US airport to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure.

    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, jessica.m.kowal@boeing.com, www.boeing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Boeing,  


    Decarbonizing Transport Must Take Center Stage in Europe, says European Renewable Ethanol Association (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2015-12-18
    "On Dec, 12, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen global action to fight climate change. The Paris Agreement includes an objective to limit global warming to 'well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts' to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C. The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) welcomes the COP21 agreement and calls on the EU to make decarbonizing its transport sector a key priority of its actions to meet the COP21 ambitions.

    "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, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Biofuel,  


    E.ON, Samsung Targeting Energy Storage Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    E.ON,Samsung
    Date: 2015-12-18
    Frankfurt-headquartered utility E.ON and South Korea's Samsung SDI report they have entered a memorandum of understanding under which they will develop a potential business model for targeting Lithium-Ion battery applications and opportunities in selected markets -- U.S., Germany, UK and the Czech Republic and others, according to an E.ON release. No financial details were disclosed. Financial and/or other details have not been released. (Source: E.ON, Economic Times, Others, 16 Dec., 2015)Contact: E.ON, Markus Nitschke, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, http://www.eon.com; Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Samsung SDI,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    LG Chem, AES Energy Storage Seal Li-Ion Battery Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    LG Chem,AES Energy Storage
    Date: 2015-12-18
    Arlington, Virginia-based AES Energy Storage reports it has sealed a multi-year deal with South Korea's LG Chem for access to a gigawatt-hour (GWh) of lithium-ion battery capacity for AES Advancion® energy storage solution.

    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, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  AES Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  Lihium-Ion Battery,  


    SSC Pacific Touting Solar Hydrogen Sponge (New Prod. & Tech)
    Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific
    Date: 2015-12-18
    In San Diego, researchers at the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) are reporting development of the "Hydrogen Sponge", a solar-powered means of generating, storing and recovering hydrogen gas for use in an integrated or stand-alone fuel cell as well as other hydrogen-based technologies.

    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's Tallest Building Scores LEED CS Certification (Int'l)
    hinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
    Date: 2015-12-18
    In Shanghai, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, recently achieved LEED CS (core and shell) Platinum, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The 632 meter tall Shangai Tower also holds a China Three Star Certification from the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD).

    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,  


    Laying a Foundation for International Energy Efficiency in Buildings Energy Efficiency Cooperation Through Effective Exchanges on Building Energy Codes -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    PNNL,Joint Global Change Research Institute,
    Date: 2015-12-18
    Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) working with the Global Building Performance Network and other international partners, have published a report on building energy consumption and efficiency which was delivered to the Major Economies Forum, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, and the G-20 group, describing topics and approaches to international collaboration.

    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

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    Automakers Surpassing EPA's Emissions Standards (Ind. Report)
    EPA Office of Air Quality
    Date: 2015-12-18
    The US EPA reports that for the third year in a row all US automakers have passed the tougher 2014 standards for greenhouse gas emissions, and exceeding GHG emissions standards by 13 grams of CO2 per mile.

    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

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    Notable Quotes -- Experts Weighs-In on COP21 Agreement
    COP21
    Date: 2015-12-18
    "It's a pretty remarkable achievement. The reason this is so important is that we didn’t have another Copenhagen. This maintains the international momentum and desire to move forward." -- Martin Wilder, Sydney-based head of the global environmental practice at law firm Baker & McKenzie,

    "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,  


    NZ achieved emissions reduction targets: Paula Bennett

    Date: 2015-12-17
    New Zealand has achieved its first round of emissions reduction targets and is on track to meet its 2020 target, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says. In the first commitment period in the Kyoto Protocol, New Zealand had to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. Mrs Bennett said the target was reached through a combination of emissions reductions, the capture of carbon through forestry, and international trading. Reports released by the Ministry for the Environment today showed New Zealand would also hit its targets for the second agreement period between 2013 and 2020. The ministry said New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions had increased by more than 42 per cent since 1990, but these had been offset by carbon sequestration and the purchase of carbon credits. New Zealand's dependence on buying carbon credits has been criticised by some climate scientists, who described them as "hot air" credits which do nothing to reduce atmosphere-warming emissions. In climate change talks in Paris last week, countries signed a deal for reducing emissions after 2020. New Zealand has committed to cutting emissions by 11 per cent from 1990 levels by 2030. Under one of the key measures in the Paris Agreement, New Zealand will be asked to review its target in five years' time. (Source: NZ Herald, 18 Dec., 2015)


    Essroc Wins ENERGY STAR for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Essroc, US DOE ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2015-12-16
    Nazareth, Penna. cement maker Essroc Italcementi Group reports that its Martinsburg and Nazareth, Penna. operations have been awarded the US EPA's ENERGY STAR certification for a second consecutive year.

    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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    Cambridge, UTM Continuing Small Engine Biofuels R&D (R&D)
    Cambridge University
    Date: 2015-12-16
    Biofuels experts at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and University of Cambridge, UK, report they are workiung together on an R&D project to develop low-cost biofuels from Jatropha and similar biomass for use in small machines. The research project will study the combustion mechanism of syngases generated from industrial wastes and effluents, and explore ways to effectively convert syngas into renewable energy. (Source: UTM, SunDaily, 14 Dec., 2015) Contact: University of Cambridge, Prof Simone Hochgreb, +44 1223 7 64098, sh372@eng.cam.ac.uk; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, +60 7 553 3333, www.utm.my

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    COP21 Attendees Building Carbon Markets (Int'l Report)
    UNFCCC,Carbon Markets
    Date: 2015-12-16
    According to the Government of New Zealand, IB nations in attendance at the COP21 meeting in Paris have agreed to work together to develop international carbon markets to help speed the pace of emission reductions under the COP21 climate deal struck last Saturday in Paris. The 18 nations will develop standards and guidelines to ensure the integrity of carbon credits and to encourage other countries to support markets to "complement the Paris Agreement and with the ultimate aim of strengthening action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    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)

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    Freshwater Methane Emissions Higher than Expected (Ind. Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2015-12-16
    According to University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) researchers and their colleagues, the world's rivers and streams pump about 10 times more methane into the atmosphere than previous studies indicated. The new study also found that human activity seems to drive which streams are the biggest contributors.

    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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    Notable Quote
    COP21
    Date: 2015-12-16
    "The most important thing that really happened today (COP210 is that the business community of the entire world is receiving a message of countries now moving toward clean, alternative, renewable energy and trying to reduce their carbon footprint."

    "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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    New Grand Rapids "2030 District" Vows to Slash Energy (Ind. Report)
    Grand Rapids,2030 District
    Date: 2015-12-16
    The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, reports it will slash its downtown district's energy and water consumption by 50 percent within to next the next 15 years with the formal launch of its "2030 District" program. "2030 Districts" are private/public partnerships that bring together property owners and managers with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders through a common goal of reducing energy use, water use, and transportation emissions in urban settings.

    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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    Marine Shipping Industry Divided Over COP21 Accord (Ind Report)
    International Chamber of Shipping,IMO
    Date: 2015-12-16
    While the London-headquartered International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) hailed the Paris climate change agreement as a breakthrough in tackling emissions , other marine and transportation groups have criticized the accord for its exclusion of maritime shipping and air transport sectors. According to the ICS, the agreement will support ongoing moves by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the shipping industry's main regulatory body, to cut CO2 emissions across the entire world merchant fleet.

    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

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    COMUNICACIÓN DE INFORMACIÓN RELEVANTE 1NKEMIA IUCT GROUP, S.A.

    Date: 2015-12-15
    De conformidad con lo previsto en la Circular 9/201 0 del Mercado Alternativo Bursátil (en adelante, Mercado), por medio del presente 1NKE MIA IUCT GROUP, S.A. comunica al Mercado la siguiente información relevante. En el presente Hecho Relevante se comunica la prese ntación de los resultados obtenidos en el proyecto de I+D Europeo “2G Biofuel ” que ha proporcionado 2 familias de PATENTES relacionadas con: el desarrollo de los Biocombustibles de 2ª Generación o Avanzados para motores diésel “IUCT-S50” y el de sarrollo de nuevos biocombustibles para calderas industriales “Heatin g BioOil”. Dichos resultados concluyen con la presentación de la tesis doctoral realizada por la subdirectora del departamento de green chemistry de IUCT, Natividad Bayarri, titulada “Desarrollo de un biocombustible avanzado de máxima economía de át omo a partir de aceites usados y grasas animales”. Dentro del proyecto finalizado “2G Biofuel” se desa rrolló el proceso de producción hasta escala piloto de dichos biocombustibles para verificar su viabilidad económica industrial. Conjuntamente se desarrollo un exhausti vo estudio de los parámetros de emisiones y propiedades de la combustión en motores diésel y en calderas industriales con resultados altamente positivos que incrementan claramente el valor de las patentes propiedad de InKemia. Los principales resu ltados obtenidos en dichos estudios son: • Minimización del uso de materias primas correspondi entes a compuestos que forman parte de la cadena alimentaria humana en la producción del biocombustible. Este hecho conlleva que entren en l a categoría de Biocombustibles de 2ª Generación o Avanzados en tér minos de legislación europea. • El cálculo de los costes de producción en todos los casos inferiores o los de los biocombustibles convencionales. • Verificación del cumplimiento de la norma EN590 con mezclas de hasta un 20% de biocarburante IUCT-S50 en el diesel comercial, p ara uso en motores diesel. Dicha verificación ha sido llevada a cabo en el Lab oratorio de Motores del Doctor Magín Lapuerta en la Universidad de Castilla la Mancha. • Realización del ensayo en motores, en el mismo Labo ratorio de Motores, con un ciclo europeo de homologación de vehículos NEDC en motores Nissan modelo M1D-BK. Con los siguientes resultados en la mezcla del 20% de IUCT- S50: o Mejora de la lubricación del motor. o Disminución de entre -20% y el -40% de las emisione s de partículas. o Cuando el motor está a régimen de temperatura, dism inución significativa de la emisión de CO y de hidrocarburo s sin quemar. o Disminución de las emisiones de NOx en los ciclos u rbanos manteniendo la emisión global estable. o La correlación de emisión de partículas y NOx permi te concluir, que se puede conseguir una disminución clara de la emisión de NOx manteniendo estable la emisión de partículas. o La eficiencia energética se mantiene idéntica con u n ligero incremento del consumo inferior al 0,15% por cada punto porcen tual de IUCT-S50 en la mezcla. • El ensayo con el Heating BioOil demuestra que se me jora las propiedades de combustión en calderas de los biocombustibles clási cos, acelerando el proceso de quemado y la estabilidad de llama. Dicho ensayo ha sido realizado en el Laboratorio LIFTEC perteneciente al Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CESIF) de la Universidad de Zaragoza. En Mollet del Vallès, a 11 de Diciembre de 2


    Sloppy Management Blamed for Romania's Lose of Carbon Credit Trading Privileges (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions Trading
    Date: 2015-12-14
    The Romanian Insider is reporting that due to the National Agency for Environment Protection's "improper management" Romania lost out on €3 billion from carbon emissions trading. According to Romania's Audit Court, the country lost its carbon trading privileges in 2011, when it was found that the country had no national parameters to measure the level of carbon emissions in energy, agriculture, industry, or forestry sectors.

    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)

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    COP21 Climate Change Accord Approved! -- Full Accord Document Attached (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2015-12-14
    In Paris, 195 countries have agreed to curb the worst effects of climate change by limiting global warming to "well below" 2 degrees C or an even more ambitious 1.5-degree C goal in the future. The agreement, which aims to be the world's road-map to kicking the fossil fuel habit, is being widely acclaimed as "a good start."

    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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    DuPont, Dow Chemical Tout Merger Plan (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Dow Chemical,Dupont
    Date: 2015-12-14
    American giants DuPont and The Dow Chemical Co. have announced that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The combined company will be named DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies through tax-free spin-offs. This would occur as soon as feasible, which is expected to be 18-24 months following the closing of the merger, subject to regulatory and board approval.

    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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    Closing the gap on climate -- Why CCS is a Vital Part of the Solution -- ENGO Network on CCs Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Engo Network
    Date: 2015-12-14
    Carbon capture and storage technology, which can dramatically reduce carbon pollution from industry and biomass facilities, as well as gas- and coal-fired power plants, has made great strides, but government policies are urgently needed if this piece of the climate mitigation portfolio is to be deployed widely, according to a new report released today.

    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.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: ENGO, Dec., 2015) Contact: ENGO, Chris Smith, Coordinator, engoccs@gmail.com, www.engonetwork.org

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    Ameresco, Newport News Schools Ink $14.8Mn ESPC (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco Inc.
    Date: 2015-12-14
    Framingham, Mass-based energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco, Inc. and the Newport News Public Schools (NNPS )are reporting a comprehensive $14.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to improve buildings, cut carbon emissions and increase building and operational efficiency in 50 buildings comprised of approximately 4.3 million sq-ft. (Source: Ameresco, 7 Dec., 2015) Contact: Ameresco Inc., Suzanne Messere, IR, (508) 598-3044, ir@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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    As Expected, Heartland Comments on COP21 Paris Agreement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Heartland Institute
    Date: 2015-12-14
    "The final draft of the proposed Paris Agreement gives disastrous primacy to politics, political correctness, and international wealth transfers at the expense of sound science. This proposed Agreement should be dead on arrival if submitted to the United States Senate.

    "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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    USGC Touts US Ethanol Export Program Success in Peru (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Grain Council
    Date: 2015-12-14
    The U.S. Grain Council (USGC) reports that following after a U.S. trade team visited, 10 million gallon of ethanol valued at over $15 million was exported to Peru from the United States a value of more than $15 million. Peru began its renewable energy portfolio seven years ago, and is now up to a 7.8 pct ethanol blend in its gasoline.

    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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    Iowa Sodium Methylate Plant Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    New Haven Chemicals,TSS Group
    Date: 2015-12-14
    India-based TSS Group reports it's subsidiary New Haven Chemicals is close to completion of its $15 million, 2,000 mtpy sodium methylate production facility in Manly, Iowa. The fully automated plant is expected to be commissioned and in production prior to 1 February, 2016.

    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, info@newheavenchemicals.com, http://newheavenchemicals.com

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    Norway's Green Commission Urges Broader Carbon Tax Base (Int'l)
    Norwegian Green Tax Commission
    Date: 2015-12-11
    In Oslo, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance's Green Tax Commission has proposed an expansion of carbon taxation in Norway to help the government meet its emissions reduction targets. Under the proposed expansion, emissions not presently covered by the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) would be subject to a carbon tax of NOK420 ($48) begining in 2016.

    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, thorvald.moe@fin.dep.texemax.no

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    AXYS WindSentinel Buoy Deployed Off New Jersey Coast (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE.AXYS WindSentinel
    Date: 2015-12-11
    The US DOE reports the deployment of one of its two AXYS WindSentinel buoys off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The vessel can operate autonomously and is uniquely equipped with instrumentation to help researchers gather necessary data needed to plan future offshore wind deployments.

    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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    APEX Wind Energy Project In The Works
    APEX Clean Energy
    Date: 2015-12-11
    Royal, IA (KICD)–A proposed 300 megawatt wind energy project is currently under consideration in Clay County. Dan Blondeau with APEX Clean Energy tells KICD News that the Upland Prairie Project includes 130-150 wind turbines. The project area comprises Clay and Lone Tree Townships along with smaller portions of Lincoln, Peterson, and Waterford Townships. - See more at: http://kicdam.com/news/170071-apex-wind-energy-project-in-the-works/#sthash.lbtJrF74.dpuf APEX has opened an office in Royal to meet with landowners and community members to inform them about the Upland Prairie Wind project. (Source: APEX Clean Energy, kicd am , 9 Dec., 2015) Contact: APEX Clean Energy

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    India Plans Observatories to Monitor Climate Change (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2015-12-11
    At the UN COP21 meeting in Paris, India announced plans to open eight long-term observatories across the islands, deserts, and the Himalayas to monitor the effects of climate change. The ecological observatories institute a multi-disciplinary approach to further the country's understanding of the effects of climate change on it various regions and natural biodiversity. (Source: Various, TechTimes, 9 Dec., 2015)

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    Cdn. Provinces MoU Links Cap-and-Trade Programs (Ind. Report)
    Ontario,Quebec,Manitoba,Western Climate Initiative
    Date: 2015-12-11
    At COP21 in Paris, the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec report the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their intent to link their cap-and-trade systems.

    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, pcummins@wci-inc.org, http://wci-inc.org

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    California, Germany Top Res. Energy Storage Markets (Int'l)
    Enviacon International
    Date: 2015-12-11
    According to the World Energy Storage Markets Report 2015 from Berlin-based Enviacon International, California and Germany are the world's largest energy storage markets. Other top markets include three Australian states, four European markets, two US states and one Asian country.

    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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