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$90Bn Invested in Energy Efficient Buildings in 2014, says IEA (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2015-11-23
An International Energy Agency (IEA) study published by Standard & Poors reports that $90 billion was invested in energy efficient buildings in 2014 and predicts that figure will grow substantially as policymakers target energy efficiency as a cost-effective way to meet climate change goals.

According to the report, interest in energy efficiency has also led to growth in bonds raised by companies such as Schneider Electric which issued €200 million in green bonds last month. The report also claims renewable energy projects have "reached a maturity level in the past 15 years", enabling investors to make "timely and full repayments on debt." The report adds that energy efficiency projects like those in the building sector are less established and cause investors to question credit risk and repayment issues. (Source: International Energy Agency, Various Sources, EnergyLive News, Nov. 20, 2015) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  International Energy Agency ,  


Carnival Lauded for Climate Change Info Transparency (Ind. Report)
Carnival Corporation,CDP
Date: 2015-11-20
Miami-headquartered cruise ship giant Carnival Corporation & plc has been identified as a leader for the quality of climate change- related information that it has disclosed to investors and the global marketplace through CDP, the international nonprofit organization that drives sustainable economies. Carnival was awarded a position on the FTSE 350 and the S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), recently released in the UK and S&P editions of CDP's annual global climate change reports.

In 2014, Carnival met its goal to reduce the intensity of CO2 emissions by 20 pct -- one year ahead of schedule. This year, the company aims to develop and deploy operating exhaust gas cleaning systems and increasing cold ironing capacity to further reduce the intensity of its CO2e emissions. To that end, Carnival has invested $400 million in exhaust gas cleaning systems that reduce sulfur compounds and particulate matter from ship engine exhausts. (Source: Carnival Corporation, PR, 16 Nov., 2015) Contact: Carnival, John Haeflinger, vice president, maritime policy and analysis www.canival.com; CDP, www.cdp.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Maritime Emissions,  CDP,  


University Pledges Carbon-Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Millersville University,Second Nature
Date: 2015-11-20
In the Keystone State, Lancaster County's Millersville University reports it has committed to fight climate change and achieve carbon neutrality within 20 years through a program of building upgrades, energy efficiency,a transition to on-site renewable energy generation and the use of low-carbon modes of travel. The university made its carbon-neutrality pledge under a "Climate Commitment" with Second Nature, a Boston-based not-for-profit coalition devoted to promoting environmental sustainability in higher education.

A recently completed greenhouse gas inventory found that the school emits about 35,000 metric tpy of carbon dioxide, approximately 60 pct of which comes from building energy consumption and the balance from from transportation. (Source: Millersville University, Lancaster OnLine, 18 Nov., 2015) Contact: Millersville University, John Anderson, Pres., Chris Steuer, Sustainability Mgr., (717) 871-4636, http://www.millersville.edu; Second Nature, (617) 722-0036, info@secondnature.org, http://secondnature.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Climate Change,  


Harvard Completes 100th USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Harvard University
Date: 2015-11-20
Driven by an ambitious science-based emissions reduction and climate change goal, Harvard University, which has embraced the US Green Building Council's LEED building certification program more vigorously than other institutions of higher learning, reports the completion of the Platinum-level renovation of Esteves Hall -- Harvard's 100th LEED certified space. According to the USGBC, Harvard now has more certified building projects than any other higher education institution in the world.

Ninety percent of Harvard's greenhouse gas emissions are associated with heating and cooling at more than 700 buildings across its campus. In total, Harvard's LEED projects are estimated to save more than $4.7 million in utility costs and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 11,000 metric tpy. These improvements are allowing Harvard to reach its 2008 climate change and carbon emissions goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions -- including growth -- by 30 pct by 2016. (Source: Harvard Gazette, 17 Nov., 2915) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Harvard,  Energfy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Harvard,  Energfy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  


Propel Touts 300 pct Jump in Renewable Diesel Sales (Ind. Report)
Propel Fuels
Date: 2015-11-20
In Southern California, Los Angeles-headquartered Propel Fuels reports that since the August, 2015 launch of its Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) sales of the fuel have jumped 300 pct compared to its former biodiesel product (B20).

Propel's Diesel HPR is a low-carbon fuel that meets the ASTM D-976 petroleum diesel specifications for use in diesel engines while offering drivers better performance and lower emissions. Performance features include a 75 cetane rating, 40 pct higher than regular diesel. Diesel HPR provides cleaner and more efficient combustion for more power and a smoother ride at a cost similar to or lower than petroleum diesel.

California Air Resources Board (CARB) studies show that renewable diesel can reach up to 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction compared to petroleum diesel. Diesel HPR improves local air quality due to the reduction of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate (PM 2.5) emissions.

Propel has also developed CleanDrive®, the nation's first integrated carbon emission reduction tracking platform. (Source: Propel Fuels, PR, 17 Nov., 2015) Contact: Propel Fuels, Rob Elam, co-founder and CEO, (650) 241-7800, www.propelfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Propel Fuels,  Renewable Diesel,  


Renmatix Plans First Commercial-Scale Facility (Ind. Report)
Renmatix
Date: 2015-11-20
Philadelphia-headquartered Renmatix Inc., a leader in affordable cellulosic sugars for renewable chemicals and fuels markets, reports that it and an unidentified partner will develop a 100,000 - 300,000 tpy waste wood-based commercial scale cellulosic sugar biorefinery in 2016. The plant is expected to be built in Europe, Asia or the Americas.

Renmatix's technological platform, the Plantrose® Process, uses water-based chemistry instead of enzymes, solvents, or acids to provide a cleaner, faster, and lower-cost method for deconstructing many non-food plants into economical Plantro® cellulosic sugars and novel Omno™ polymers. (Source: Renmatix, Others, Nov. 18, 2015) Contact: Renmatix, Mike Hamilton, CEO, (484) 751-4000, www.renmatix.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Renmatix,  Biochemical,  Bioproducts,  


Toronto Hydro Testing Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Toronto Hydro,Hydrostor
Date: 2015-11-20
In Ontario, Toronto Hydro reports it is partnering with energy storage systems specialist Hydrostor Inc. for the world's first compressed-air underwater energy storage system in Lake Ontario. The system will store compressed air large, underwater balloon-like structures from which the compressed air is released to generate electricity for the grid when needed. The storage facility will be located in 55 meters of water three kilometres off the southern tip of the Toronto Island.

The two-year-pilot project is intended to create a backup for the city's electricity grid big enough to power approximately 350 homes. (Source: Toronto Hydro, CTV, 18 Nov., 2015) Contact: Toronto Hydro, Anthony Haines, CEO, (416) 542-8000, www.torontohydro.com; Hydrostor, Curtis Vanwallegham, CEO, (416) 548-7880, info@hydrostor.ca, http://www.hydrostor.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toronto Hydro,  Hydrostor,  Energy Storage,  


Global CC Institute's Global Status of CCS 2015 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2015-11-18
According to the Melbourne, Australia-based Global CCS Institute's just released, sixth edition, Global Status of CCS 2015 report, as much as 28 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be captured by existing operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects this year. The report profiles two large-scale CCS projects -- the Canadian Quest project and the Uthmaniyah CO2-EOR Demonstration Project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At the launch of this year's report, the number of operational projects stands at 15, with another seven projects in various stages of construction and due to come online over the next 18 months.

In a similar report, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report, released in November 2014, highlights the importance of CCS as a vital climate mitigation technology. Without CCS, the cost to avoid a global warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius would likely increase by 138 pct -- more than double.

Access the Global Status of CCS 2015 report HERE. (Source: Global CCS Institute, Nov., 2015) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, Grant Smith, +61 421 559 610, grant.smith@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture and Sequestration,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions Global Warming,  


UK, Indian PMs Stress Climate Change Commitments (Int'l)
DECC
Date: 2015-11-18
At a recent meeting, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed their commitment to addressing climate change and promoting secure, affordable and sustainable energy. They also introduced a comprehensive £3.2 billion collaboration package on energy and climate change that will support economic growth, energy security and energy access.

The collaboration includes commercial agreements, joint research programmes and initiatives to share technical, scientific, and financial and policy expertise. The package is intended to encourage related R&D and the development and deployment of clean technology, renewables, gas and nuclear.

The two countries also agreed on the need for an ambitious and comprehensive global agreement to tackle climate change at next month's COP21 meeting in Paris, and that the agreement should signal to investors and innovators the long term commitment of governments to clean and more sustainable economies. (Source: UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 12 Nov., 2015) Contact: DECC, Hon. Amber Rudd , Minister, www.decc.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  DECC,  


LED Bulb Standards Proposed for California (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2015-11-18
In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it is considering energy-efficient lighting standards that, if approved, would establish LED bulbs as a statewide staple and eliminate some forms of track lighting. The proposed standards could save Californians more than $4 billion in energy costs over 13 years, according to the agency.

The CEC notes that previous legislation requires the adoption of lighting energy consumption by 50 pct for residential and 25 pct for businesses from 2007 levels by 2018. If approved, the proposed standards for LEDs would take effect in a two-tiered process, with effective dates of Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2019.

The agency notes that all manufacturers presently produce bulbs that meet the proposed standards. (Source: Calif. Energy Commission, Sacramento Bee, Nov. 16, 2015) Contact: California Energy Commission, Andrew McAllister, Energy Efficiency Lead, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  California Energy Commission,  


Russia to Annouce 75 pct Emissions Cut at COP21 (Int'l)

Date: 2015-11-18
The Russian news agency TASS reports that the Russian Minister of Natural Resources, Sergey Donskoy, will announce at the upcoming COP21 meeting in Paris that his government intends to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 75 pct of 1990s level. The Russian Minister will also urge conference participants to determine actual emission reduction targets based on their individual circumstances and capabilities. The Minister said "it is critical everyone comprehends he is working for the common solution of a global program -- to prevent the growth of adverse impact on climate of the planet and identify movement towards transition to low-carbon or 'green' economy," according to TASS. (Source: TASS, 16 Nov., 2015)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Landfill Methane to Power Toyota Georgetown Ky. Plant (Ind. Report)
Toyota,Toyota Georgetown Kentucky
Date: 2015-11-18
In the Bluegrass State, Toyota reports it will soon begin harnessing methane from the Central Kentucky Landfill to generate electric power for its Georgetown assembly plant.

Although the methane gas will initially meet only about 2 pct of the plant's power requirements power production will increase as the landfill matures and produces more gas. The project is expected to deliver a modest cost saving and environmental benefits. (Source: Toyota, WFPL News, 16 Nov., 2015) Contact: Toyota Georgetown Kentucky, Chris Adkins, Energy Management Specialist, (502) 868-2000, http://www.toyotageorgetown.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Biogas,  Toyota,  


Ryder Using Clean Energy Fuels' REDEEM RNG (Ind. Report)
Ryder Systems,Energy Fuels Corp
Date: 2015-11-18
In California, fleet vehicle specialist Ryder System, Inc. reports it will begin using and offering Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp.'s REDEEM renewable natural gas (RNG) -- both CNG and LNG -- at its Orange and Fontana, California stations. Clean Energy will also be provide fuel station maintenance services at both locations which are open to both the public and other fleet operators.

REDEEM , which is also known as biomethane, is derived from biogenic methane which is processed, purified, and sent into the interstate natural gas pipeline. REDEEM biomethane vehicle fuel is procured from over 15 biomethane production facilities, including two owned and operated by Clean Energy. (Source: Ryder, HDT Trucking Info, 16 Nov., 2015) Contact: Ryder Systems, www.ryder.com; Energy Fuels Corp., (949) 437-1000, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  CNG,  Biomethane,  Alternative Fuel,  


Trident Touts West Coast Offshore Wind Farm Plan (Ind Report)
Trident Winds
Date: 2015-11-18
Seattle-based Trident Winds LLC recently filed its plans withthe City of Morro Bay, California, for the installation of 100 deep-water, floating turbines 20 miles from shore. If built, 1 gigawatt project would be the first offshore wind farm in the Golden State. Trident Winds projects the wind farm would generate 1 gigawatt (1,000 megawatts) of electricity.

According to a company statement, several interested parties have been identified and public meetings are being organized. The company anticipates a project completion and commissioning date sometime in 2025. (Source: Trident Winds, K5 News, 16 Nov., 2015) Contact: Trident Winds LLC, Alla Weinstein, info@tridentwinds.com, http://tridentwinds.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trident Winds,  Offshore Wind,  


alpha-En Corp, Princeton Ink Battery R&D Sponsorship Deal (R&D)
alpha-En Corporation, Princeton University
Date: 2015-11-18
alpha-En Corporation, an innovative clean technology company focused on enabling next-generation battery technologies by producing high purity lithium metal and associated products, reports it has signed a contract with Princeton University commencing immediately for a sponsored research project focused on development work in the field of lithium processing and battery innovation. (Source: alpha-En Corporation, 17 Nov., 2015) Contact: alpha-En Corporation, Steve Fludder, CEO, http://alpha-encorp.com; Princeton, Daniel Steingart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, http://acee.princeton.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News alpha-En Corporation,  Princeton,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Methode Energy Solutions Completes Cycle Life Testing for Data Center UPS (New Prod & Tech)
Active Energy Solutions
Date: 2015-11-18
Active Energy Solutions, a business unit of Methode Electronics, Inc., is reporting the successful completion of cycle life testing of their new AC6000 data center-specific uninterruptible power supply.

The AC6000 features a custom lithium-ion battery pack and power electronics designed to provide up 6 kW of power to rack-mounted equipment for up to six minutes.

Testing performed at 25 degree C reached over 1,100 cycles before falling below the 70 pct runtime capacity at which UPS' are typically replaced. The AC6000 survived 600 cycles under the same load at 40 degrees C, a 220 pct improvement over lead acid performance.

The AC6000 is currently offered for sale directly through Methode Electronics and select distribution partners. (Source: Methode , PR, 17 Nov., 2015) Contact: Methode Active Energy Solutions, http://methode-activeenergy.com, www.methode.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Data Center,  Energy Storage,  


Lazard Launches Levelized Cost of Energy Storage Analysis -- Studies Attached (Ind. Report)
Lazard,Enovation Partners,
Date: 2015-11-18
Leading financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard Ltd has launched the first Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis (LCOS 1.0), an in-depth study comparing the costs of various energy storage technologies for particular uses. LCOS 1.0, conducted with support from Chicago-based Enovation Partners, is being released in tandem with Lazard's annual Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 9.0), which analyzes the costs of generating electricity from conventional and alternative technologies.

LCOS 1.0 studies major energy storage technologies in the context of their various uses, from large-scale, power grid-oriented applications to small-scale, residential applications. It compares the cost-effectiveness of each technology on an "apples to apples" basis within applications, and compares each application to conventional alternatives. The two studies offer a variety of insights, including the following selected highlights: LCOE 9.0

  • The costs of generating electricity from renewables continues to decline, especially in utility-scale solar PV technology, where the median levelized cost has droped about 25 pct from one year ago.
  • Despite declining natural gas prices, utility-scale solar and wind power remain cost-competitive complements to traditional generation technologies, even without subsidies. Rooftop solar PV technology is still not cost competitive without significant subsidies, primarily due to higher installation costs. However, the levelized cost of rooftop solar PV is expected to decline in coming years, primarily as a result of more efficient installation techniques, lower costs of capital and improved supply chains.
  • Even though alternative energy is increasingly cost-competitive and storage technology holds great promise, alternative energy systems alone will not meet the baseload generation needs of a developed economy for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the optimal solution is to use complementary traditional and alternative energy resources in a diversified generation fleet.

    LCOS 1.0

  • Even without subsidies, certain storage technologies are already cost-competitive with certain conventional alternatives (i.e. lithium-ion battery power grid support applications). Other storage technologies are close to being cost-competitive in other applications, and costs are expected to decline in coming years. The transformational scenarios envisioned by some renewable energy advocates ( i.e. residential energy storage paired with solar panels are still very expensive without subsidies). If industry projections materialize over the next five years, cost-effective energy storage technologies will have increasingly broad applications across the power grid, such as providing an alternative to conventional gas-fired peaking plants in certain areas.

    Lazard's Global Power, Energy & Infrastructure Group is active in all traditional and alternative energy industries, including regulated utilities, independent power producers, alternative energy and infrastructure.

    Access Lazard's LCOS 1.0 and LCOE 9.0 studies HERE. (Source: Lazard, 17 Nov., 2015 Contact: Lazard Global Power, Energy & Infrastructure Group, Jonathan Mir, www.lazard.com; Enovation Partners, (312) 953-03555, www.enovationpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lazard,  Energy Storage,  Enovation Partners,  ,  


  • DONG Proposes Offshore Bay State Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    DONG Energy,BOEM
    Date: 2015-11-16
    Following on our April 2nd coverage, subsidiary of Danish offshore wind developer DONG Energy has proposed an offshore wind development to be located in federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. The "Bay State Wind" project would be a utility scale offshore wind farm off the south coast of Martha's Vineyard. The area being considered was originally auctioned by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in January 2015 to RES America Developments, Inc. and a wind energy lease for the site was signed on l March 23, 2015.

    According to DONG, the Bay State Wind development could have a generatin capacity of as much as 1,000 MW. 1,000 megawatts of generating capacity. (Source: DONG Energy, PR, JD Supra, Others, 12 Nov., 2015) Contact: Dong Energy, Samuel Leupold, VP for Wind, 011 +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, www.res-americas.com; BOEM, (202) 208-6474, http://www.boem.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


    Eurostat Reports EU Member States Emissions Levels (Int'l)
    EU Eurostat
    Date: 2015-11-16
    Data from the European Union's statistics agency Eurostat shows that Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Ireland Greece, Austria and Slovenia have all seen an increase in CO2 emissions over the past two decades. On the other hand, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania followed by Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic have all managed to cut their emission by half or better during the same period.

    According to Eurostat, energy, transport and increased human intervention in the environment have all been major contributors to climate change. Compared with 2005, all EU Member States have seen their primary energy consumption in 2013 fall, except Estonia and Poland. Twenty EU Member States have already reached in 2013 the level required to meet their national 2020 targets, while Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and the United Kingdom registered primary energy consumption still above their Europe 2020 targets. (Source: European Union Eurostat, MaltaToday, 5 November 2015) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  EU Eurostat,  


    Mobile Carbon Capture Tech. Cuts 1000 kg CO2/day from Polish Coal Power Plant (Int'l)
    Polish Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal
    Date: 2015-11-16
    The Polish Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, in collaboration with an industrial partner, TAURON, reports that its pilot portable technology to remove CO2 from coal plant combustion exhaust gases captured approximately 1,000 kilograms of CO2 per day and as such could be a viable future means of mitigating CO2 emissions from the power generation sector without major utility price increases. The mobile plant technology being tested absorbs CO2 from coal-buring power plant flue gases using a low-cost chemical (amine-based) solvent.

    In 2013, the mobil plant was installed at TAURON's Laziska Power Plant in Poland, where 550 hours of tests were conducted using the solvent monoethanolamine (MEA), a baseline solvent suitable for extended comparisons. During testing, over 90 pct of CO2 was removed from the flue gases and over 19 000 kilograms of CO2 was captured -- approximately 1000 kg per day, depending upon temperature, chemical concentrations and other variable factors. (Source: Polish Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, European Commission, 5 Nov., 2015) Contact: Polish Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, +48 32 271 00 41, office@ichpw.zabrze.pl, www.ichpw.zabrze.pl


    Paper Battery Lauded for Energy Storage Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Paper Battery Company
    Date: 2015-11-16
    Troy, New York-headquartered supercapacitor-based energy storage and battery enhancement technology specialist Paper Battery Company reports it has been awarded the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA)™ Innovation Entrepreneur Award for leadership in advancing energy technology for all types of electronic devices.

    Paper Battery's primary product lines includes: PowerResponder™ -- a hybrid supercapacitor that can replace lithium batteries in key applications without significant electronic changes needed. PowerResponder is ideal for high reliability backup power applications like UPS on computing boards, and in consumer, medical and industrial products.

    The second product line is PowerWrapper™ which uses ultra-thin supercapacitor technology that changes where and how power management components can be placed, allowing product developers to integrate the form-flexible and conformable PowerWrapper supercapacitor in the interstitial space over components, rather than having to work to fit in more components in limited space. (Source: Paper Battery Company, PR, Nov. 11, 2015) Contact: Paper Battery Company, Shreefal Mehta, CEO, (508) 720-0990, http://www.paperbatteryco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paper Battery Company,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Green Climate Fund Supports Amazon Off-Grid Energy Storage (Int'l)
    Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2015-11-16
    The South Korea-headquartered U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it has selected South Korea's off-grid energy model for its $9.11 million support project which aims to give in the the northwestern Amazon Basin. The project will supply a 24/7 supply of energy to fruit-processing plants by utilizing solar power generators and energy storage systems. Area plants presently use fossil fuels and forest biomass to meet their energy needs.

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will contribute $1.8 million for solar power generators and energy storage systems. The Green Climate Fund will provide $6.24 million, while Peru's environmental protection fund Profonanpe will invest $1.0 million. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Korea Portal 10 Nov., 2015) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, +82 32 458 6059, info@gcfund.org, http://www.greenclimate.fund; Korea International Cooperation Agency, http://www.koica.go.kr/english/main.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  Energy Storage,  


    Argentina Cuts Biodiesel Export Duties, Consumer Prices (Int'l)
    Argentina,Biodiesel
    Date: 2015-11-16
    In Buenos Aire, Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's administration reports it has retroactively cut the effective export duty on biodiesel by more than 60pc in an effort to prop up an industry that has been hard-hit by the oil price collapse and a virtual blockade of the European market. The new level is the lowest since the government implemented a sliding-scale system in 2012.

    Argentina has a multi-tiered wholesale pricing system for biodiesel based on the size of production. Small and medium-sized producers supply around 80 pct of the domestic market, while the larger producers primarily serve the export market. (Source: Argus, Various Others, 12 Nov., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argentina Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


    Opower, Enervee Partner on Product Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Opower, Enervee
    Date: 2015-11-16
    Cloud-based software company Opower and Venice, California-based commerce platform provider Enervee report they have partnered to develop a customer engagement tool -- the Opower Marketplace Suite -- to provide consumers with energy consumption and efficiency product information. The Opower Marketplace Suite will also enable utilities to effectively target customers with incentives and and related offers. The platform, comprising 600,000 product and service offers, is also expected to drive higher programme participation rates and create new value from customers' energy efficient purchases.

    The Marketplace Suite also features an advanced analytics dashboard that produces evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) ready data and allows utilities to link leads with marketing initiatives.

    A mobile-user ready capability modernizes customer rebate applications online, and the suite itself integrates into utility web portals to give consumers personalized energy insights and product recommendations. (Source: Opower, 13 Nov., 2015) Contact: Enervee, Matthias Kurwig, CEO, (844) 363-7833, https://enervee.com; Opower, Dan Yates, CEO, (703) 778-4544, info@opower.com, https://opower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enervee,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Climate Transparency Finds G20 Carbon Emissions Fall (Int'l. Report)
    G20,Climate Transparency
    Date: 2015-11-13
    The Germany NGO Climate Transparency reports that on a per capita basis CO2 emissions are falling in 11 of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies, and that 15 of the G20 members have seen strong growth in renewable energy in recent years. According to Climate Transparency, the G20 countries account for about three-quarters of world greenhouse gases.

    The report found that the trend in per capita carbon dioxide emissions from 2007 to 2012 was down in Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Britain, the European Union, South Africa, Italy, France and Mexico. Per capita emissions were , however, still rising in heavily populated China and India, as well as Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Russia, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia. The report also found that over the past 25 years, G20 carbon dioxide emissions rose by almost 50 pct while per capita emissions gained by about 18 pct, reflecting population growth.(Source: Climate Transparency, G20, Release, EWN, 11 Nov., 2015) Contact: G20, https://g20.org; Climate Transparency +49 30 3438 20666, ti@transparency.org, www.transparency.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News G20,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Insurance Giant MetLife Adopts Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    MetLife,CDP
    Date: 2015-11-13
    New York-headquartered insurance and financial services giant MetLife, Inc. reports that it will achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by the end of 2016, becoming the first U.S.-based insurer to do so. The company will achieve its goal by reducing energy consumption greenhouse gas emissions, not through the purchase of carbon offsets. MetLife will also require its top suppliers to publicly disclose their GHG emissions and mitigation efforts.

    MetLife's environmental goals include: carbon neutrality in 2016 and going forward; a 10 pct reduction in energy consumption from a 2012 baseline by 2020; a reduction of location-based greenhouse gas emissions (metric tons of CO2 equivalent) by 10 percent from a 2012 baseline by 2020; and requiring 100 of its top suppliers to publicly disclose their GHG emissions and emission-reduction activities.

    According to MetLife, it is the first U.S.-based insurer to adopt carbon neutrality based on an analysis of the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) database of responses from thousands of organizations worldwide. (Source: MetLife, 10 Nov., 2015) Contact: MetLife, Marty Lippert, Exec. VP Global Technology and Operations, Jon Richler, (212) 578-5370, www.metlife.com, www.metlifeglobalimpact.com; CDP. www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP news,  Carbon Neutrality news,  GHGs news,  


    Energize NY Spreads to Dutchess County (Ind. Report)
    Energize NY
    Date: 2015-11-13
    In the Empire State, Dutchess County reports that the Energize NY program is now available to help county commercial and institutional building owners and not-for-profit institutions make clean-energy and energy efficiency improvement such as efficient lighting, insulation and air sealing, efficient heating and cooling systems, smart controls, energy storage and combined heat and storage, as well as renewable energy installations such as solar electric, biomass and geothermal. The program also helps commercial property owners identify incentives, find reliable contractors and access low-cost, long-term financing.

    Energize NY financing is repaid through an annual charge on the property's tax bill, which automatically transfers to a new owner if the property is sold. Energize NY financing is based on the property's ability to save energy, not on traditional credit measures. All Energize NY financing generates savings to the building owner on day one, with the annual energy savings exceeding the annual cost of the financing.

    Energize NY is a mission-driven, local development corporation that works with its member municipalities and building owners across NY State to unlock energy savings in their buildings, saving money, fuel and greenhouse gas emissions. Energize NY drives demand for clean energy upgrades to existing buildings through community-based marketing and outreach, building owner support and by providing affordable and accessible project financing. Contact: Energize NY, Mark Thielking, Executive Director , (914) 302-7300, info@energizeny.org, http://commercial.energizeny.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energize NY,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


    Oil Soaked Saudi Arabia Submits INDC Carbon-Cutting Pledge (Int'l)
    Saudi Arabia
    Date: 2015-11-13
    On Tuesday, middle eastern oil export giant Saudi Arabia submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) pledge to "avoid" up to 130 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year by 2030. The Saudi pledge, which did not to specify whether it meant a cut from existing or projected CO2 pollution levels, is conditional on the diversification of the country's fossil fuel-reliant economy. Petroleum revenue makes up roughly 90 pct of government's income.

    Saudi Arabia is the fourth OPEC member and the 157th country to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) pledge. INDE pledges will form the backbone of a 195-nation COP21 meeting pact which is due to be inked Paris this December. (Source: AL ARABIYA NEWS, Others, 12 Nov., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  INDC,  COP21,  


    SunPower, Turlock Irrigation Dist. Ink Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    SunPower,Turlock Irrigation District
    Date: 2015-11-13
    In the Golden State, Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and San Jose-headquartered SunPower report the inking of a 20-year PPA under which TID will purchase solar power from SunPower's soon to be built 54-MW (AC) solar PV photovoltaic power plant in Kern County. The new facility, which is slated to be online by the end of 2016, will generate sufficient power for approximately 20,000 homes and move the district approximately 7 pct closer to meeting California's recently increased Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement of 50 pct renewables by 2030. (Source : SunPower Corp., Turlock Irrigation District, SunPower, OThers, 9 Nov., 2015) Contact: Turlock Irrigation District, (209) 883-8222, www.tid.org; SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, Ingrid Ekstrom, (510) 260-8368, iekstrom@sunpower.com, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  


    SaskPower Delays Boundary Dam CCS Expansion (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2015-11-13
    In the Saskatchewan capital of Regine, SaskPower reports it will not yet make a decision on the conversion of additional units at the $1.5 billion Boundary Dam power station carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility until the end of 2017. (See our Nov. 6 edition for recent shutdown details).

    A single CCS facility -- unit 3 -- has been in place at Boundary Dam since October last year. Plans for the conversion of units 4 and 5 are also in place but have been put on hold in anticipation of new federal regulations on coal burning power stations that would go into effect in 2019. Additionally, unit 3 is said to have been performing at about 50 pct of its expected capacity due to mechanical issues. SaskPower has also indicated it would like to see the facility operating at capacity before deciding on expansion. (Source: SaskPower, Global News, Others. Nov., 2015) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Boundary Dam,  CCS,  


    TEP, UniSource Launch Online Energy Efficiency Suite (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power, UniSource Energy Services
    Date: 2015-11-13
    Arizona utilities Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and UniSource Energy Services (UES) report they are offering a series of web-based energy efficiency tools to help homeowners save energy and cash. Developed by Apogee Interactive, the online tools offer a fast, visual summary of energy usage, specific energy-saving recommendations, and estimates of dollar savings for each measure implemented.

    The suite features an online "Home Energy Calculator" for residential customers and a "Commercial Energy Calculator" that customer service representatives can use to help business customers. And, because TEP and UES already offer instant rebates for high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and lighting upgrades, the calculators will also direct customers to rebate details whenever their energy-use summaries indicate a potential for savings in these areas.

    Savings generated from the new suite of cost-effective online tools will help TEP and UES work toward the goals in Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, which calls on utilities to achieve cumulative energy savings of 22 percent by 2020. (Source: TEP, Apogee, Virtual-Strategy, 12 Nov., 2015) Contact: Apogee Interactive, Susan Gilbert, Pres.& CEO, Karen Morris, Media, (678) 684-6801, kmorris@apogee.net, www.apogee.net: TEP, Dan Hogan, Manager Demand Side Management and New Products, (520) 884-3725, dhogan@tep.com, www.tep.com; UniSource Energy Services, www.uesaz.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    USDA Offers $4Mn Funding for Genomic-Based Biofuel R&D (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2015-11-13
    The USDA reports it plans to commit up to $4 million funding in 2016 to support genomics-based research to improve the use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels or renewable chemical feedstock. Qualifying projects include those that accelerate the breeding of dedicated bioenergy feedstocks, particularly through the identification and characterization of the molecular mechanisms underlying plant resistance/tolerance to pathogens. The agency is also interested in research on non-food oilseed feedstock crops, including efforts to identify and functionally characterize plant genes and alleles influencing plant response to pathogens to enhance breeding programs, and projects uncovering genes and alleles that influence agronomic, yield, and quality traits of non-food oilseed crops excluding soybean and food-grade canola.

    Annual budgets for each of the grants are expected to be in the range of $200,000 to $400,000. Projects should not request support for whole genome-scale sequencing, the USDA noted. Program details and funding applications can be found HERE. (Source: USDA, GenomeWeb, 12 Nov., 2015) Contact: USDA, science.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Genomics,  USDA,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    Joule, Red Rock Biofuels Announce Planned Merger (M&A)
    Joule Unlimited, Red Rock Biofuels
    Date: 2015-11-13
    Bedford, Mass.-headquartered liquid fuels from recycled CO2 specialist Joule Unlimited,and Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels, a developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, are reporting their intent to merge. Red Rock adds a proven technology pathway to Joule's helioculture technology and strengthens Joule's platform for global supply of carbon neutral fuels. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days.

    Red Rock Biofuels utilizes Fischer-Tropsch technology to convert sustainably harvested biomass residues from forests and sawmills into jet fuel and diesel products. The company is set to begin construction of its first refinery located in Lakeview, Oregon in early 2016. The project is supported by a $70 million grant from the USDA, the US Navy and the DOE. Red Rock offtake agreements in place with Southwest Airlines and FedEx for the fuel that will be produced.

    As part of this merger and expansion of the commercial pathways, Joule Unlimited has also restructured its business operations to streamline resources and focus on its two commercial pathways. (Source: Red Rock Biofuels, Joule Unlimited, 12 Nov., 2015) Contact: Joule Unlimited, (781) 533-9100, nfo@jouleunlimited.com, www.jouleunlimited.com; Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule,  Red Rock Biofuels,  Jet FUel,  Aviation Biofuel ,  


    China Revises Coal Consumption Data Upward (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    China Coal
    Date: 2015-11-11
    The New York Times and other publications are reporting that the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China has released revised data showing it consumed 4.2 billion metric tons of coal in 2013 -- 17 pct more than previously reported. Unfortunately, Chinese CO2 emissions data is still based on the 17 pct lower coal consumption and is therefore still being grossly under reported.

    If China's data is seen as "unreliable" next month at the COP21 meeting Paris, it could be difficult for other countries to be confident that China is upholding its commitments to cut emissions. (Source: COP20 Lima, Newsy, 4 Nov., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  


    Sierra Club Reports Falling Coal Ind. Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Sierra Club
    Date: 2015-11-11
    A just released Sierra Club report claims the U.S. electric sector is expected to fall to its lowest carbon emissions levels -- just 1,983 million metric tons -- since 1995 this year. The report attributes the fall partly to the widespread closure of coal-powered power plants over the past five years. The report also found that economy-wide reductions will total approximately 5,357 metric tons in 2015.

    If the report is correct, it will be the first time in 20 years that the coal sector's carbon emissions have dropped below 2 billion metric tons. (Source: Sierra Club, Various Sources, Huff Post, 4 Nov., 2015)Contact: Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sierra Club,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Green Charge Recognized with Energy Storage Award (Ind. Report)
    Green Charge Networks
    Date: 2015-11-11
    Santa Clara, California-headquartrered commercial energy storage specialist Green Charge Networks reports it has been awarded the Fierce Innovation Award for Energy Storage by FierceMarkets and Smart Grid News. Judges evaluated submissions based on technology innovation, financial impact, market validation, ability to integrate into existing network environments, and end-user customer experience. Green Charge was recognized for its industry-leading intelligent energy storage platform.

    Green Charge's intelligent energy storage solution enables customers to manage demand and lower energy bills, and helps utilities and grid operators manage their networks. In 2013 Green Charge announced the industry's first no-cost, shared savings offering -- the Power Efficiency Agreement -- where the equipment, installation, warranty, ongoing operations and maintenance are owned and operated by Green Charge, and the energy savings from the system are shared between the host site customer and Green Charge.

    Green Charge has 31 Megawatt hours in contracts and customers include 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Kohls, Safeway, UPS, and more. Green Charge has an ecosystem of industry partners including SunEdison (solar), ChargePoint (EV charging) and Nissan (second life batteries) allowing customers to optimize their assets. (Source: Green Charge Networks, 9 Nov., 2015)Contact: Green Charge Networks, Vic Shao, CEO, Anne Smith, (408) 313-8089, asmith@GreenCharge.net, www.greencharge.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Charge Networks,  Energy Storgae,  


    WMO Reports World GHGs Hit Record Highs in 2014 (Int'l)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2015-11-11
    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Monday reported that global concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including methane and CO2, increased to record highs in 2014, with carbon levels nearly crossing a critical global warming threshold for the whole year. The WMO report found that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 hit 397.7 ppm in 2014, and in some areas passed the 400 ppm barrier, which is widely considered the maximum threshold allowed to prevent catastrophic global warming.

    According to the study, the worldwide warming effect of greenhouse gases increased 36 pct between 1990 and 2014, something the group blamed on the increase in CO2, methane and nitrous oxide emissions from human activity. (Source: World Meteorological Organization, Nov., 2015) Contact: WNO, www.wmo.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Lekela Commits to Egyptian Wind, Solar Energy Projects (Int'l)
    Mainstream Renewable Power,Actis
    Date: 2015-11-11
    Lekela Power, a pan-African renewable energy generation platform reports the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company to develop a 250 MW wind energy project in Egypt .

    Lekela Power was established earlier this year as a $1.9 billion joint venture between developer Mainstream Renewable Power and the international investment firm Actis. Mainstream holds 40 pct in the Lekela JV while 60 pct is held by Actis.

    The new wind energy project will be set up in the Gulf of Suez region. Lekela Power will develop, own, and operate the project, which is expected to require a total investment of $350 million. The company will also set up a 50 MW wind energy projects in Aswan, and an additional 50 MW solar power project. (Source: Lekela Power, Mainstream Renewable Power, Others, 9 Nov., 2015) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Barry Lynch, Managing Director Onshore Procurement, Construction and Operations, Info-US@mainstreamrp.com, www.mainstreamrp.com; Actis, Michael Till, CEO, +44 20 7234 5000 - London Office, info@actis.is, www.actis.is Lekela Power, www.lekela.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mainstream Renewable Power,  Actis,  Wind,  Solar,  


    New Biofuels Eliminate Need for Petroleum Fuels Blending, say EIA Report (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2015-11-11
    A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. Unlike other biofuels, hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) fuels are nearly indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. Worldwide, more than a billion gallons of HEFA fuels were produced in 2014.

    HEFA fuels are hydrocarbons rather than alcohols or esters. Hydrocarbons from nonpetroleum sources are known as drop-in fuels because they are nearly identical to comparable petroleum-based fuels. During the refining process, the oxygen present in the alcohols and esters is removed, leaving only hydrocarbons. HEFA fuels are the most common drop-in biofuels; they can be used in diesel engines without the need for blending with petroleum diesel fuel. Currently, HEFA fuels are approved by American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) International for use in jet engines at up to a 50% blend rate with petroleum jet fuel.

    HEFA fuels are produced by reacting vegetable oil or animal fat with hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst. The equipment and process are similar to the hydrotreaters used to reduce diesel sulfur levels in petroleum refineries. There are currently 10 plants worldwide that produce renewable diesel, one of which is ENI's former petroleum refinery in Venice, Italy. Total is planning to convert its La Mede, France, refinery to HVO production, and there are four other renewable diesel projects also underway. Finnish Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable diesel. Other major producers are Italy's ENI, U.S.-based Diamond Green Diesel, and Swedish refiner Preem.

    Beyond diesel, another outlet for HEFA fuels using similar technology is biojet fuel, which can currently be blended with petroleum jet fuel in proportions up to 50%. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Nov., 2015) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HEFA Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel. US EIA,  


    Acciona Cements Concrete Wind Tower Position (Ind. Report)
    Accoina
    Date: 2015-11-09
    Madrid-headquartered Acciona Windpower reports the installation of 1045.5MW of wind capacity using concrete towers, of which 924MW is with 3MW turbines and the balance with 1.5MW machines. On a capacity by national basis, Brazil - 411MW, Mexico - 225MW, South Africa -138MW, Spain - 84MW, Poland - 63MW, and USA - 3MW) all with AW3000 wind turbines. The company has also installed 121.5MW with the AW1500 platform. The company has completed additional orders for more than 800MW of concrete-tower-mounted wind turbines worldwide, which will be installed between 2016 and 2018.

    The company presently operates two concrete tower production plants in Brazil with a third plant slated for opeing in February, 2016. It also operates a plant Additionin Mexico and a facilty that is about to come online in India. (Source: Accoina, 6 Nov., 2015) Contact: Accoina, +34 91 663 28 50, http://www.acciona.com

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    UpGrade Athens Building Energy Efficiency Launched (Ind. Report)
    Athens County Ohio
    Date: 2015-11-09
    In the Buckeye State, Athens County has launched UpGrade Athens County, a program of strategies, initiatives and objectives aimed at revitalizing municipal and county owned buildings and creating lasting regional energy efficiency policies. The program aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade.

    Through the work of UpGrade's Municipal Buildings Committee (MBC), one of four active working committees in the organization, members are modeling the Athens program on the US DOE "Better Buildings Challenge" and other federal and state tax credits, initiatives and programs. To monitor building-by-building efficiency throughout Athens County, The MBC will utilize the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager system to monitor the Athen's county program's progress. (Source: UpGrade Athens, Nov., 2015) Contact: UpGrade Athens, http://www.upgradeathens.org/get-involved/working-groups/municipal-buildings-committee, www.upgradeathens.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Buiilding Energy Efficiency,  DOE ENERGY Star,  


    CalCharge Battery Energy Storage Initiative Growing (Ind. Report)
    CalCharge
    Date: 2015-11-09
    The California Energy Storage Initiative (CalCharge) reports that Southern California Edison and the University of California, San Diego have joined Toyota, Bosch and 25 other predominant research and industry members of CalCharge. As members, the new organizations have access to researchers and labs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) (LLNL). Over 130 California companies are working to advance battery technology.

    CalCharge is a public-private partnership focused on accelerating the development of energy storage technologies and their adoption. A Berkeley Lab researcher, Venkat Srinivasan, explained why public-private collaborations are important. One prospect is using vehicle batteries to make stationary energy storage devices. (Source: CalCharge, CleanTechnica, 7 Nov., 2015) Contact: CalCharge, Danny Kennedy, Pres., info@calcef.org, http://calcharge.org

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    Envision Solar Closes $1Mn Line of Credit (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar International
    Date: 2015-11-09
    San Diego-based renewable energy specialist Envision Solar International, Inc. reports it has closed a revolving Line of Credit with Silicon Valley Bank. The funds will be used to fulfill existing and future orders for the company's EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® products.

    Envision Solar designs, manufactures and deploys electric vehicle (EV) charging and media and branding systems. All of Envision Solar's products can be enhanced with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, ARC Technology™ energy storage, SunCharge™ Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and digital advertising packages. (Source: Envision Solar, CNN, Others, 6 Nov., 2015) Contact: Envision Solar, Desmond Wheatley, CEO, (866) 746-0514, www.envisionsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Solar International,  


    Superior Block Selects CarbonCure Technology (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Cure
    Date: 2015-11-09
    New York concrete masonry manufacturer Superior Block Corporation reports it will be using Halifax's CarbonCure technology to help its N.Y. area customers meet Big Apple Mayor Bill de BLasio's goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2050.

    Halifax, Nova SCotia-headquartered CarbonCure captures industrial carbon dioxide emissions and chemically converts it into mineral form and permanently stores it inside the concrete, with the added side effect that it reinforces the material.

    CarbonCure has been relatively modest with its fundraising efforts, aiming instead at taking enough to put it on a path to profitability. As previously reported, low profile CarbonCure raised $1.6 million in December, 2012 followed by a $3.5 million round led by BDC Ventures in December 2013, followed by a $3 million round in May 2015. (Source: Carbon Cure, CanTech Letter, 6 Nov., 2015) Contact: Carbon Cure Technolgies, Robert Niven, Pres., (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

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    Houston Adopting PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Keeping PACE in Texas,PACE
    Date: 2015-11-09
    Last week in the Lone Star State, the Houston City Council approved a measure that would enact a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) , program in Texas. Houston is the first city to create its own program, following Travis County earlier this year. Dallas is considering a similar program. A measure is also under consideration in Dallas.

    The Houston program allows owners of commercial, industrial and residential properties with five or more units to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for energy-efficiency and renewable retrofits. The voluntary program requires the local government to place an assessment secured with a senior lien on the property until it is paid in full, in exchange for the funds provided by a private lender to pay for the improvement. (Source: Keeping PACE in Texas, City of Houston, Nov. 6, 2016) Contact: Keeping PACE in Texas, Charlene Heydinger, Exec. Dir., www.keepingpaceintexas.org; City of Houston, Office of Sustainability, Laura Spanjian, Dir., (713) 837-0311, http://www.houstontx.gov; PACE, info@pacenow.org, http://pacenow.org

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    Veolia Wins Japanese Biomass Power Plant Contracts (Int'l)
    Veolia Environment
    Date: 2015-11-09
    French resource management firm Veolia Environment's subsidiary Veolia Japan reports receipt of 2, 20-year contracts to operate two biomass power plants in northern Japan in partnership with Takeei, a local environmental services company. The two contracts represent total cumulative revenue of €90 million.

    The two facilities will produce 100 GWh of electricity per year - sufficient for 22,000 homes. Taken together, the facilities will avoid the emission of more than 40,000 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: Veolia, RTT, 4 Nov., 2015) Contact: Veolia Environment, www.veolia.com/en

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    Chapman Univ. Funded for Peatland Climate Change Study (Funding)
    Chapman University
    Date: 2015-11-09
    Chapman University in Orange, California, is the recipient of $1.5 million in U.S. DOE grant funding as part of a larger DoE project designed to understand climate change impacts in peatland ecosystems. The project -- The Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climate and Environmental Change Experiment (SPRUCE) -- is located at a peat bog in northern Minnesota. The grant allows Chapman researchers to participate in the SPRUCE project by investigating the controls of the production and release of methane in this ecosystem. The University of Oregon and Purdue University are also participating.

    Peatlands store vast amounts of carbon in their soils -- about 60-times the amount of carbon that is released annually from fossil fuel burning. One-third of all the soil carbon in the world is in peatland ecosystems even though they cover only 3 pct of the terrestrial land surface.

    According to SPRUCE, "the ultimate goal is to determine the levels of warming at which ecosystems will reach a critical change in temperature and CO2 levels in the future that would push them into a new state. (Source: Chapman University, Eureka, Nov. 2015) Contact: Chapman Univ., Prof. Jason Keller, Ph.D., (714) 997-6815, http://www.chapman.edu; SPRUCE Project, http://mnspruce.ornl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change.Peatland,  Carbon Sink,  Carbon Sequestration,  Methane,  GHG,  Soil Carbon ,  


    Shale Gas Cleaner than Coal, says Berkeley Report (Ind. Report)
    Onshore Energy Services Group,Berkeley Earth
    Date: 2015-11-09
    The UK-headquartered pro fracking Onshore Energy Services Group has welcomed a University of California Berkley report showing that problems of escaped methane from the fracking process may not be as bad as some environmentalists feared. The study also claims that electricity from fracking gas is cleaner than generating electricity from it from coal.

    The Berkeley report found that methane leaks from deep lying shale rock fractured by high pressure water and chemicals, would have to exceed an implausibly high 12 pct before shale gas could be considered worse than coal for GHG problems.

    Professor Robert Muller of the University of Berkeley California and Elizabeth Muller, co-founder and Executive Director of Berkeley Earth, a non-profit research organization, say that because methane is broken down in the atmosphere much more quickly than COs released into the environment by burning coal, it would be necessary for huge quantities of it to escape uncaptured for shale gas to be considered worse than coal. (Source: Onshore Energy Services Group, 6 Nov., 2015) Contact: Onshore Energy Services Group, Lee Petts, CEO, oesg.org.uk; Berkeley Earth, www.berkeleyearth.org; University of California Berkeley, (510) 642-6000, www.berkeley.edu

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    India's 8.2 pct Energy Emissions Growth World's Highest (Int'l)
    PwC India
    Date: 2015-11-06
    According to a report by global consultancy firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC), India's 2014 energy emissions rise at 8.2 pct on-year was driven by a double-digit growth in demand for coal, as power consumption increased. Globally, emissions rose just 0.5 pct, albeit on a much lower world GDP growth of 3.3 pct, the PwC report added.

    "The country's carbon intensity grew 0.7 per cent, as renewable energy adoption remained slow. However, its share in India's energy mix remained unchanged at 7 pct, despite high growth in coal-fired power generation," according to the report. the PwC report said.

    In advance of the upcoming COP21 meeting in Paris, India has pledged to curb its GHG emissions by up to 35 per cent from 2005 levels. The country also announced it aims to achieve around 40 pct cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources by 2030. (Source: PwC, PTI, Econo0mic Times, 2 Nov., 2015) Contact: PwC India, Arvind Sharma, Exec. Dir. Sustainability, http://www.pwc.in

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    Saipol Invests in Increased Biodiesel Production (Int'l Report)
    Avril Group,Saipol
    Date: 2015-11-06
    In the South of France, Avril Group subsidiary Saipol is reporting a total investment of €28.5 million in two biodiesel projects.

    The first investment of €13 million established a new biodiesel processing facility in Sete, where Diester Industrie opened a commercial-scale biodiesel plant in 2006. The plant uses Axens' Esterfip-H process to manufacture 160,000 tpy of biodiesel. With the addition of the new Lurgi process biodiesel production unit, the Sete complex can now produce 280,000 tpy (84 million gpy) of Diester-branded biodiesel and 28,000 tpy of glycerin from 600,000 tpy of rapeseed.

    The second investment of €15.5 million included a French government grant of €4.2 million covered the installation of a biomass boiler fueled by sunflower seed to produce steam to process rapeseed into oil, meal, biodiesel and glycerin. (Source: Avril Group , PR, Saipol, Biodiesel Mag, 3 Nov., 2015) Contact: Saipol, Avril Group, Jean-Philippe Puig, Manager, +33 (0) 1 40 69 48 00, www.groupeavril.com/en

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