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Denver Apartment Complex Awarded LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
LEED Gold
Date: 2018-04-06
Denver-based KTGY Architecture + Planning is reporting that Vita, a LEED Gold-designed 55+ mixed-use residential rental apartment community in the Denver Metro area is nearing completion. The sustainable 159-unit apartment community developed by Denver-based Zocalo Community Development in Downtown Littleton, Colorado.

The Vita apartment complex incorporates: a photovoltaic solar array to generate power that is given back to the energy grid; water conserving sink faucets, showerheads, and dual-flush toilets, which use 34 percent less water; low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets with no added urea-formaldehyde; low-E, high STC (sound transmission class) windows to reduce noise pollution and heat gain; high-efficiency LED lighting, and others. (Source: Multifamily Biz, 5 April, 2018)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


Obama-Era Methane Waste Rule on Hold in Wyoming (Reg & Leg)
BLM
Date: 2018-04-06
In the Cowboy State, the Casper Star-Tribune reports federal Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled Wednesday that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Obama administration regulations curbing the flaring of excess methane gas from wells, as well as more labor-intensive checks for accidental leaks, make "little sense" because those requirements will soon disappear under the Trump EPA. Although the court didn't comment on the Obama era methane regulations, the judge claimed his decision "will provide certainty and stability" while BLM completes its rule making process. The Environmental Defense Fund, which favors methane rules, vowed to appeal. (Source: Wyoming Public Media, Casper Star Tribune, 5 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Waste,  Methane,  Obama Methane Rule,  


Genex Touting Australian Pumped Hydro/Solar/Wind Project (Int'l)
Genex Power
Date: 2018-04-06
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based Genex Power is exploring the option of building a new 150 MW wind farm alongside its Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland, If constructed, the $1 billion Kidston renewable hub will be the first pumped hydro/solar/wind project in the world. The $300 million 250-MW pumped hydro project has been likened to a giant battery which will have a 1500 MWh storage capacity.

Genex will conduct a feasibility study on the new wind farm proposal -- which is expected to come in at $300 million -- while it is targeting financial close for the second solar project and pumped hydro by the end of the year. The $115 million 50 MW wind farm is presently operating under-pinned by a 20 year Queensland government PPA.

Genex has received almost $8.9 million from the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency for the first 50 megawatt solar project at Kidston and a further $9 million towards the pumped hydro and second solar stage of the project. The company has also applied to funding from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. (Source: Genex Power, Financial Review, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Genex Power Lid., www.genexpower.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Genex Power,  Soilar,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage ,  


A Blast from the Past (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Shell Oil
Date: 2018-04-06
"Man-made carbon dioxide, released into and accumulated in the atmosphere, is believed to warm the earth through the so-called greenhouse effect. The gas acts like the transparent walls of a greenhouse and traps the heat in the atmosphere that would normally be radiated back into space. Mainly due to fossil fuel burning and deforestation, the atmospheric CO2 concentration has increased some 15 percent in the present century to a level of about 340 ppm. If this trend continues, the concentration will be doubled by the third quarter of the next century. The most sophisticated geophysical computer models predict that such a doubling could increase the global mean temperature by 1.3 to 3.3 degrees C. The release of other trace gases, notably chloroflurocarbons, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide have the same effect, may amplfy the warming by predicted factors ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 degrees C..

"Mathematical models of the earth's climate indicate that if this warming occurs then it could create significant changes in sea level, ocean currents, precipitation patterns, regional temperatures and weather. These changes could be larger than any that have occurred over the last 12,000 years. Such relatively fast and dramatic change would impact on the human environment, future living standards and food supplies, and could have major social, economic and political consequences." -- Shell Oil "Confidential" Internal Report, 1988 (Source: Shell, De Correspondent, E&E News, April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  CO2,  Shell Oil,  


RFA Demands EPA Answers on Refinery RFS Waivers (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association,RFS
Date: 2018-04-06
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports it has submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)requests to both the U.S. EPA and the DOE seeking more information and transparency regarding the recent issuance of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance exemptions to dozens of oil refineries. The FOIA request follows a January letter to EPA in which RFA asked for data and documents regarding small refiner exemptions and called for more openness and transparency in the Agency's process to consider exemption requests. EPA never responded to the January letter.

"Several media reports over the past week have confirmed the fears we voiced in January about EPA's expansive and abusive administration of the small refiner exemption provision," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. 'One article even quoted a refining executive as saying EPA is 'handing out those exemptions is like trick or treat candy.' EPA's unbelievable issuance of secret compliance bailouts to refining giants like Andeavor goes far beyond the pale and stomps all over President Trump's commitment to protect the RFS and support America's family farmers, whom he called 'the backbone of our nation.' Combined with the free pass EPA handed out this week to Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and the Agency's refusal to enforce the 2016 RFS requirements as remanded by the courts, these subversive actions are literally destroying demand for both ethanol and corn.

"EPA's secretive actions are having real impacts on the marketplace. Every new revelation about EPA's latest handout or kickback to refiners serves as yet another gut punch to markets that are already reeling from the impacts of new Chinese tariffs. Make no mistake, EPA's underhanded refinery waivers are negatively affecting the welfare of our nation's ethanol producers and the very livelihood of America's family farms. At the very least, they deserve some answers about EPA's cloak-and-dagger decision-making process on small refiner exemption petitions." (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 5 April, 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


NYU Science Bldg, Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
American Council of Engineering Companies
Date: 2018-04-04
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) reports it has recognized the NYC architectural firm of Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JBB) for its role in the design of the 365,000 sqare-foot New York University Langone Health Science Building in Manhattan.

The building's energy efficiency features include: external facade sunshades to reduce solar load and glare; an innovative beam cooling system to reduce air change rates to almost half that of conventional technologies; rooftop stormwater capturing and reuse for flushing and irrigation systems; advanced meteringfor optimal utility usage; high-efficiency energy recovery devices in the central air handling equipment and other upgrades to lower energy consumption and costs.(Source: American Council of Engineering Companies, NYREJ, April, 2018)Contact: American Council of Engineering Companies, (202) 347-7474, acec@acec.org, www.acec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


NETL Offers Carbon Capture Simulation Software (New Prod & Tech)
NETL,Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative
Date: 2018-04-04
The Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI), led by the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is reporting release of the CCSI Toolset as open source software.

The CCSI Toolset is the nation's only suite of computational tools and models designed to help maximize learning and reduce cost and risk during the scale-up process for carbon capture technologies. The toolset is critically important to perform much of the design and calculations, thus reducing the cost of both pilot projects and commercial facilities.

The release makes the toolset code available for researchers in industry, government, and academia to freely use, modify, and customize in support of the development of carbon capture technologies and other related technologies. The toolset is hosted on GitHub.

The CCSI Toolset capabilities include: rapid computational screening; accelerated design & evaluation and; risk management support

Led by NETL, CCSI leverages the the US DOE's National Laboratories' core strengths in modeling and simulation -- bringing together the best capabilities at NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. CCSI has more than 50 industrial partners representing the power generation industry, equipment manufacturers, technology providers, engineering and construction firms, and software vendors. Academic participants include Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, West Virginia University, Boston University, and the University of Texas.

This critical work is being extended by the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact project, which is using the CCSI Toolset to support the scale up of second-generation capture technologies and the development of new transformational carbon capture systems through partnerships with technology developers. (Source: NETL, April, 2018) Contact: NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, www.acceleratecarboncapture.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative,  


Indian Bamboo Bio-Ethanol JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
Numaligarh Refinery , Chempolis
Date: 2018-04-04
Further to our 17 Feb., 2016 coverage, India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., a public sector crude oil refinery located at Morangi Golaghat district, Assam, reports it's previously announced $200 million bamboo bio-ethanol joint venture with Finland's Chempolis is advancing.

The JV anticipates production of approximately 60 million lpy of bio-ethanol to meet the mandatory 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blending for northeastern India. More importantly, this is only a fraction of the potential market given the abundance of bamboo in the northeast. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, The Week, 3 April, 2018) Web Desk April 03, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., www.nrl.co.in; Chempolis, Chempolis Limited, +358 10 38 76666, www.chempolis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chempolis,  Biofuel,  Bamboo,  Ethanol,  


EU ETS Emissions Rise First Time in Seven Years (Int'l Report)
EU ETS,EU
Date: 2018-04-04
The European Union Newsroom is reporting GHG emissions regulated by the trading block's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose for the first time in seven years in 2017 due in part to stronger industrial output, according to European Commission data. About 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gases is regulated by the EU ETS.

The EU ETS is expected to contribute about 65 pct of the reductions necessary to meet the EU's target of cutting emissions by 20 pct from 1990 levels.

UE ETS caps the emissions of around 12,000 power plants, factories, and airlines, forcing them to surrender one carbon permit for every tonne of CO2 emitted annually by the end of April of the following year. (Source: European Union Newsroom, Devdiscourse, 3 April, 2018) Contact: EU Newsroom, https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


BIC Approves Investment in Benefuel Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Benefuel,Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2018-04-04
Sarnia, Ontario-based non-profit industry group Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) reports it has been advising on, and approved an investment in Benefuel's planned commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ont. BIC provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies.

Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, April 03, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Benefuel,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  


DTE Plans Doubling Renewable Power by 2022 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-04-02
Jackson-based DTE Energy, Michigan's largest utility reports its latest plans to comply with Michigan's renewable energy portfolio standards include a doubling renewable energy production from 1,000 to 2,000 megawatts annually, primarily from wind power.

DTE plans to bring two wind energy projects that are already in the works online by 2019, and build two more that will go online by 2022. The company also plans to invest in another 300 megawatts of wind energy capacity to serve businesses that want to participate in a voluntary green energy program. (Source: DTE, Michigan NPR, 30 Mar., 2018) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind,  


ASTM Approves GEVO Additional Route to STJ Fuel (Ind. Report)
ASTM, GEVO
Date: 2018-04-02
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. is reporting an ASTM International Sub-Committee last week voted in favor of revising specification Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons (D7566) to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 pct to 50 pct alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) when blended with petro-based jet fuel. These revisions will now go to the full ASTM International for final approval which is expected later this year.

GEVO's proprietary technology uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. The company aims to commercialize bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products. The company produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed at its fermentation plant in Luverne, MN. GEVO has also developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. Gevo currently operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, TX, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics like polyester. (Source: GEVO, StreetInsider, 2 April, 2018) Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM International,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  alcohol-to-jet fuel,  


JV Confirms Rotterdam Waste-to-Fuel Project (Int'l., Report)

Date: 2018-04-02
A consortium of companies including Paris-based Air LIquide, Amsterdam's AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, and Enerkem Inc. of Montreal, Canada, and the Port of Rotterdam are confirming a development agreement covering initial investments in a non-recyclable advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

An initial €9-million investment will cover engineering, the setup up of a dedicated joint venture (JV) and completing the permitting process. The €200 facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tons of methanol using Enerkem's bubbling fluidized-bed gasification technology, and will convert non-recyclable mixed waste, including plastics, into syngas for the production of methanol. a (Source: Enerkem, Others, Chemical Engineering, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Air Liquide,  AkzoNobel,  Syngas,  Port of Rotterdam,  ,  


Indian Oil Co. Building Waste-to-Ethanol Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-04-02
In New Delhi, India's biggest oil firm, Indian Oil Corp. reports it plans to invest about Rs 1.43 lakh crore (approx. $22 billion) to nearly double its oil refining capacity to 150 million tpy as part of a larger initiative to axpand into petrochemicals and alternative fuels.

IOC, which owns and operates 11 of the country's 23 refineries, is establishing a new ethanol from refinery off-gases production unit at its Panipat refinery, as well as an agricultural waste-to-ethanol facility. India is targeting blending of up to 10 pct (E10) ethanol with petrol to cut reliance on imports to meet oil needs. (Source: Indian Oil Corp PTI, Money Control, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corp,  


EBRD Lending €5.1Mn for Bosnian Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2018-04-02
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reportedly a €5.1 million loan to Sarjavo-based microfinance organization MKF Partner to support residential energy efficiency measures.

The loan has been made through the EBRD's €85 million Green Economy Financing Facility for the Western Balkans, according to an MKF Partner statement. The funds will be lent to individuals, residents' associations, suppliers of green energy and others to finance thermal insulation of buildings, replacement of windows and doors, purchase of pellet and biomass boilers, solar collectors, heat pumps, economical lighting and other energy efficiency measures.

MKF Partner is an active lender to micro and small enterprises in Bosnia.

The EBRD has invested over €2.1 billion in more than 150 projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina to date. (Source: European Parliament, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2 April, 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; MKF Partner, www.partner.ba

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  Energy Eficiency,  


Cypress Creek Touts First Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Cypress Creek Renewables
Date: 2018-03-30
California-headquartered Cypress Creek Renewables reports the use of Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage solutions for 12 projects totaling $1.5 billion in communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, primarily in North Carolina.

The Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation project includes development, construction, financing and commissioning, and is Cyprus Creek's first foray into solar-plus-storage. (Source: Cyprus Creek Renewables, Energy Storage, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com; Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, (910) 754-4391, www.bemc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cypress Creek Renewables,  Solar,  Solar Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


SoftBank, Saudis Planning Massive $200Bn Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
SoftBank
Date: 2018-03-30
Tokyo-headquartered SoftBank Group Corp. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia to for the construction of a $200 billion, 200 GW solar power plant expected to come online by 2030. The development will be the largest of its kind in the world.

Previous SoftBank - Saudi deals include a $93 billion tech investment fund that was announced in May 2017, with backing by the Vision Fund and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. (Source: SoftBank Group, TechCrunch, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: SoftBank Grouo, www.softbank.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SoftBank,  


Olleco Snares Renewi plc Anaerobic Digestion Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Olleco
Date: 2018-03-30
In the UK, agrribusiness ABP Food Group subsidiary Olleco is reporting the acquisition of the unprofitable Westcott Park anaerobic digestion facility in Aylesbury from Renewi plc (fka Shanks). The Westcott facility can process 96,000 tpy of food waste a year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity and 4.8Mw of heat. Financials and terms of the deal were not divulged.

In 2015, Renewi increased food waste input into the Buckinghamshire facility by 150 pct to more than 900 tonnes per week and achieved PAS110 standard for the digestate produced. Olleco has two existing AD plants in Aylesbury, and in Bootle, Merseyside adjacent to the company's biodiesel plant. (Source: Olleco, LetsRecycle.com, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Olleco, Robert Behan, +44 0 1604 857 001, enquiries@olleco.co.uk, www.olleco.co.uk: Renewi, +44 (0)1908 650580, www.renewiplc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Olleco,  anaerobic digestion,  


Global Market Drivers, Trends, and Forecasts for the Large-Scale Energy Storage Industry: 2018-2027 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant
Date: 2018-03-30
Global Market Drivers, Trends, and Forecasts for the Large-Scale Energy Storage Industry: 2018-2027, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-headquartered Navigant Research examines key trends, challenges, and growth projections in the energy storage for the grid and ancillary services (ESGAS) market. While the ESGAS industry has matured significantly over the past two years, activity remains concentrated in select countries. In these countries, the availability of financing, favorable regulations, and innovative business models are helping to drive unprecedented growth. According to the report, the global ESGAS industry is projected to deploy 1,220.7 MW of new capacity in 2018, growing to 29,300.5 MW by 2027.

The report provides an update on the market drivers, technology and application issues, as well as regional market developments related to the global ESGAS market. The study examines key ESGAS trends, challenges, and growth projections with market forecasts, segmented by region, technology, and application segment, extended through 2027. The report also examines trends in the development of combined renewable energy and ESS plants worldwide as well as the major merger and acquisition activity in the global utility-scale energy storage industry.

Global Market Drivers, Trends, and Forecasts for the Large-Scale Energy Storage Industry: 2018-2027 report details and an Executive Summary is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, Mar., 2018) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant,  Navigant Research,  Energy Storage,  


Walmart Urging Chinese Suppliers to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Walmart
Date: 2018-03-30
US retail juggernaut Walmart Inc is reporting the launch of a program aimed at helping its Chinese suppliers cut their GHG emissions by 50 million tpy by the end of the next decade. The program would begin with around 100 major Chinese suppliers and provide tools to measure emissions and set targets.

More than 800 Chinese factories are enrolled in a Walmart a 2014 energy efficiency programme that is reportedly saving $40 million a year in energy costs, according to Walmart. The company aims to eventually expand the programme to its entire China supply chain.

China, the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gas, aims to cut its energy intensity by 15 pct over the 2016-2020 period.

Walmart is aiming to slash 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from its global value chain by the end of 2030, equivalent to taking 211 million vehicles off roads for a year. (Source: Walmart, NASDAQ, 29 Mar., 2018)Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, http://corporate.walmart.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart,  China Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Walmart,  


Duke Touting NC Hog-Waste RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,OptimaBio
Date: 2018-03-30
A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas (RNG) from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity -- the first application of the technology from in-state farms. The OptimaBio facility gathers methane gas from five local hog farms and converts it to pipeline-quality natural gas that will be injected into the Piedmont Natural Gas system which transports it to Duke Energy's Smith Energy Complex in Richmond County where it is used to produce electricity.

The project will help Duke Energy satisfy state swine waste-to-energy mandates under the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard law in North Carolina. Under this law, Duke Energy must generate 0.20 percent of its retail sales from swine waste by 2023.

Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., OptimaBio is a swine waste-to-energy project developer and the leader in RNG development for North Carolina. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, (704) 382-8379, Randy.wheeless@duke-energy.com, www.dukeenergy.com; OptimaBio, Mark Maloney, (910) 632-0752, mark@pig.energy, www.pig.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News OptimaBio,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Duke Energy,  


Milwaukee Touts 2nd Building Energy Benchmarking Jam (Ind. Report)
Milwaukee
Date: 2018-03-30
To date, the City of Milwaukee has reduced energy use intensity by 5%, saving taxpayers on energy-consumption costs. The city of Milwakee is reporting it met previously this month with business and energy industry leaders to discuss energy efficiency opportunities and technologies and how the city can take advantage of them. The meeting -- tagged the second "Benchmarking Jam" -- was part of the city's public-private partnerships and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge and community engagement strategy.

Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) partners have achieved particular energy-efficiency success by securing PACE financing for energy efficiency projects. The city encourages local businesses and K-12 schools to implement energy efficiency projects and to participate in the city's comprehensive energy efficiency program which aims to assist 200+ buildings, particularly Class B & C commercial buildings, small commercial buildings, and K-12 schools, in every aspect of energy efficiency projects, including assessment, financing, and implementation. To date, more than 100 non-city buildings are participating in BBC-MKE. The City of Milwaukee has committed to reduce the energy used in city buildings by 20 pct by 2022. (Source: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge, Energy Manager, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge Download Better Buildings Challenge details HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  


Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
Byogy Renewables
Date: 2018-03-30
San Jose, California-based biofuel producer Byogy Renewables is reporting last week's ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, to produce "full replacement" renewable aviation jet fuels. With this jet fuel specification ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

As the pioneer of the ATJ process, Byogy is one of the few companies that produce full replacement fuels, as opposed to only blend-stock products. Significantly, Byogy's fuels may ultimately be able to be distributed into the existing fossil fuel infrastructure at any point and at any ratio without tracking. This will allow carbon credit accounting to take place at the production source, similar to the carbon credit bookkeeping of the wind and solar industries. The new specification modifies a previous ATJ specification to allow ethanol as a feedstock with a maximum final fuel blend of 50 pct, according to Byogy. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com; ASTM, www.astm.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM,  Byogy Renewables,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Dubai Touting World's Largest CSP Solar Park Project (Int'l)
Concentrated Solar
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting ground breaking of a 700 MW solar project touted as "the world's biggest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project," near Al Qudra.

The completed CSP project is expected to provide clean energy to over 270,000 homes in Dubai, estimated to cut 1.4 million tpy of power generation-related carbon emissions. The $13.5 billion CSP project will altogether generate 1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. (Source: DEWA, Gulf News UA Environment, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  


China Ahead of Schedule on Carbon Emissions Targets (Int'l)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-03-28
Xinhua is reporting China, the world's biggest energy consumer, met its 2020 carbon intensity target in 2017, three years ahead of schedule. The country cut its 2005 carbon intensity level by 46 pct in 2017 when carbon intensity fell 5.1 pct compared to 2016 levels.

In 2009, China promised to cut its 2005 carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 pct, as part of its commitments to the international community ahead of negotiations for a new global climate pact in Paris in 2015. (Source: Xinhua, Business Insider, Reuters, Mar., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News NDRC,  China,  Carbon Emissions,  


NBB Qustions PES RFS Settlement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-28
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) called on the Department of Justice to reconsider its proposed settlement allowing Philadelphi Energy Solutions (PES) to escape the vast majority of its 2016-17 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to NBB, the proposed settlement would harm the renewable fuels industry and undermine the intent of the RFS program by excusing more than 70 pct of the company's compliance obligations for the two-year period.

"While PES continues to blame the RFS for its woes, the fact is, the bankruptcy is a mess of its own making," said Kurt Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs. "Poor management and a failure to respond to changes in the crude oil market is to blame. PES should not be rewarded for deliberately failing to comply with the decade-old Renewable Fuel Standard. Doing so is akin to rewarding a toddler in the midst of a temper tantrum. Instead, the government should hold PES to the same renewable volume obligation as all other refiners. Not doing so could severely hinder the RFS's goals of enhancing energy security, protecting the environment and building our nation’s rural economy."

NBB highlighted two key components in comments to the DOJ submitted March 26. First, the RFS holds parent companies liable for the compliance obligations of their subsidiaries. Thus, PES's corporate parents Carlyle and Sunoco can be required to comply with the RFS obligations incurred by PES. EPA has not explained why it is abandoning that avenue for ensuring complete fulfillment of PES's obligations. Second, the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. The RFS creates an affirmative duty for obligated parties to blend or use biofuels or to buy credits from others who have done so. Such a duty persists through the bankruptcy because it cannot be resolved by a payment to the government. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  PES,  Point of Obligation,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  NBB,  RFS,  


Thermion Snares 171MW Mexican Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Thermion,Comexhidro
Date: 2018-03-28
Mexican independent renewable energy power producer and supplier to corporate customers Thermion is reporting acquisition of the 171MW Los Molinos wind project from Mexican power developer Comexhidro for an undisclosed price.

The self-supply wind project, which will be built in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, is the company's third wind acquisition and increases the company's capacity in Mexico to 348MW. In late 2017, Thermion acquired a self-supply 117MW wind and a self-supply 48MW solar project. The company expects to break ground on the three power plants between Q4 of this year and Q1 of 2019. (Source: Thermion, EBR, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Thermion Energy, Michael Bax, CEO, contact@thrmion.mx, www.thermion.mx; Comexhidro, www.comexhidro.com

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USGBC Expands LEED Certification with LEED v4.1 4.1 (Ind. Report)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2018-03-28
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has unveiled LEED v4.1, the next step for the LEED rating system, which starts with the existing buildings market.

The LEED v4.1 rating system is simplified, the scorecard and requirements are streamlined and new methodologies for tracking and rating building performance are integrated directly into the rating system, providing a clear framework for achieving LEED certification, not just for entire buildings, but also for spaces within buildings.

With LEED v4.1 O+M, an initial certification will be awarded to projects based on the implementation of sustainable operational strategies and performance score achievement in LEED Online. (Source: USGBC, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Perfomance,  U.S. Green Building Council,  


Chinese US Ethanol Imports Up Ahead of Possible Tariff (Int'l)
China
Date: 2018-03-28
Bloomberg is reporting China's purchases of ethanol from the US totaled 189,035 cubic meters in February, the highest since May 2016, according to Chinese customs data. Purchases had slumped in 2017 after China imposed a 30 pct tariff on imports from the US.

Chinese companies have ordered more than 600,000 tons of ethanol from the US for blending into gasoline in the first half of the year, according to the China Alcoholic Drinks Association, which oversees the fuel ethanol industry. China is expanding its ethanol mandate nationwide by 2020. (Source: China Alcoholic Drinks Association, Bloomberg, 26 Mar., 2018)

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Nat Gas, Carbon Tax Credited with Cutting UK CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
University of Sheffield
Date: 2018-03-28
A new study from the UK's University of Sheffield finds Britain's emissions dropped by 6 pct in 2016 due largely to a meaningful carbon tax and switching from coal to natural gas for power production. The report notes that Britain is on track to become the first major economy to transition away from coal after centuries of production and consumption.

The study highlights the scale and speed of emissions reduction in Britain as a result of fuel switching from coal to natural gas through effective carbon pricing. The switch analyzed in the study was made possible by incentivizing gas over coal through effective carbon pricing. A carbon price of £18 per tonne in 2016 was needed to incentivize the fuel switch.

The research found that if spare capacity already existed, then switching from coal to gas will be a quick win method of reducing emissions as it does not require several years to build the generation to impact reductions in emissions, unlike other options such as renewable and nuclear energy. The necessity for spare capacity is one of the factors that the potential for other countries adopting this tactic was contingent upon. Other factors for success outside Britain include the security of supply chains, price, and also political interest.

The study also notes that Russia and the US could potentially convert 40-50 pct of their coal generation to natural gas but China and India could only displace 6-12 pct due to the relative size of their natural gas generation. A high level assessment of the scale of decarbonisation if other countries were able to switch with existing generation assets was found to be in the region of one Gigatonne of CO2 per annum, which is equal to 3 pct of global emissions.

A major benefit of switching from coal to gas is that the electrical system has decarbonised faster in the short term. Although, one risk of switching fuels is that natural gas may stay on the system for longer than necessary to be compatible with longer term decarbonising targets. (Source: University of Sheffield, PR, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Sheffield, Dr Grant Wilson, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Energy, +44 (0) 114 222 7608, grant.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk, www.sheffield.ac.uk; Dr Iain Staffell, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, +44 0 7940 329303, i.staffell@imperial.ac.uk, www.imperial.ac.uk www.sheffield.ac.uk

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EDF Commits to Global Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
EDF
Date: 2018-03-28
French energy giant EDF reports it will invest €8 billion in energy storage between 2018 and 2035and will develop an additional 10GW of energy storage projects globally by 2035, on top of the 5GW already operated by the company.

Planned new facilities that will be delivered over the next 12 month include at least three battery storage facilities and an extension to battery/solar initiatives in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The company also plans to increase its research and development capabilities for energy storage, doubling investment to €70 million for the 2018-2020 period. (Source: EDF, renews, 27 Mar., 2018) (Source: EDF, Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Gimbert, CEO, Sandia Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525, sandi.breiner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com

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Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Transport Forum
Date: 2018-03-28
Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 , the International Transport Forum (ITF) identifies In the recently releasedfour potential decarbonization pathways for shipping that, it says, would result in a CO2 emission reduction of between 82 pct and 95 pct of the currently projected 2035 level. Remaining CO2 emissions would be between 44 and 156 million tonnes in 2035, according to the report.

ITF has proposed three key recommendations: the setting of a clear, ambitious emissions-reduction target to drive decarbonization of maritime transport; supporting the realization of emissions-reduction targets with a comprehensive set of policy measure; and providing smart financial incentives to advance the decarbonization of maritime shipping.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: International Transport Forum, Bunkerspot, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Transport Forum, www.itf-oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Ottawa Launches $500Mn Low Carbon Economy Challenge (Ind. Report)
/www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm
Date: 2018-03-28
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Catherine McKenna, has launched the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The will consider projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, under two streams:
  • Champions: Valued at over $450 million, the champions stream is open to applicants of any size. Eligible applicants include all provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Partnerships: Valued at $50 million, the partnerships stream is limited to Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities. The partnerships stream will help ensure a broad range of Canadians are able to participate in the challenge.

    Successful projects will be selected based primarily on their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the growth of clean energy. The funding is available until 2021-22.

    Download details HERE. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada , Mar., 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm


  • Enzyme Enables First-time Microbial Production of Aromatic Biofuel (R&D, New Prod & Tech)
    Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tpy..

    A major focus of research at JBEI, and in the broader community of biofuel researchers, is the production of industrially and commercially relevant fuels and chemicals from renewable resources, such as lignocellulosic biomass, rather than from petroleum. The enzyme discovered in this study will enable the first-time microbial production of bio-based toluene, and in fact, the first microbial production of any aromatic hydrocarbon biofuel.

    The enzyme discovery resulted from the intensive study of two very different microbial communities that produced toluene. One community contained microbes from lake sediment, and the other from sewage sludge. Since microbes in the environment are a reservoir of enzymes that catalyze an extraordinarily diverse set of chemical reactions, it's not unusual for scientists working in biotechnology to source enzymes from nature.

    The toluene-synthesizing enzyme discovered in this study, phenylacetate decarboxylase, belongs to a family of enzymes known as glycyl radical enzymes (GREs). The radical nature of GREs allows them to catalyze chemically challenging reactions, such as anaerobic decarboxylation of phenylacetate to generate toluene.

    In fact, metagenome analyses revealed that these microbial communities each contained more than 300,000 genes - the equivalent of more than 50 bacterial genomes. Another challenge was that the anaerobic microbial communities and many of their enzymes were sensitive to oxygen, forcing the scientists to manipulate cultures and enzymes under strictly anaerobic conditions.

    The discovery process combined protein purification techniques used by biochemists for decades, such as fast protein liquid chromatography, with modern metagenomic, metaproteomic, and associated bioinformatic analyses, some of which were carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. An important component of the discovery process was to validate the researchers' predictions of the toluene biosynthesis enzyme with experiments using highly controlled assays involving purified proteins.

    The researchers believe that their study results have implications for fundamental and applied science. From a biochemical perspective, the study expands the known catalytic range of GREs, and from a biotechnological perspective, it will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of an aromatic fuel hydrocarbon from renewable resources. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, www.jbei.org; LBNL, Harry Beller, Snr. Scientist, JBEI scientific lead, (510) 486-7321, HRBeller@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

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    PET Recycling Team Cuts Carbon Emissions by 10 pct (Int'l Report)
    PET Recycling
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Wollersdorf, Austria-based PET Recycling Team Gmbh reports it has obtained a measurement of the environmental impact of recycled bio-plastic PET (rPET) bottles and food containers. The calculated value was a CO2 equivalent of 0.45 kg for every kilogram of material produced.

    The plant produces approximately 31,000 tpy of rPET and generates a volume of emissions that would take a forest the size of 6,231 football fields to absorb -- the same amount of CO2 emissions the company says it is saving each year compared to the production of new PET material. The GHG emissions for recycled material from Wollersdorf are only a tenth as high as a new material, also known as virgin PET, has a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram.(Source: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, Gunther Lehner, CEO, +43 2622 433330, www.petrecyclingteam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  PET Plastic,  Bioplastic,  


    USGC Seeks to Expand Ethanol Exports to India (Ind. Report)
    US Grains Council
    Date: 2018-03-26
    The US Grains Council (USGC) representing US ethanol producers reports it is interested in supplying ethanol for India's 10 pct (E-10) ethanol-blending programme, which suffers from an inadequate supply of domestically produced ethanol. India's sugar producers produce enough ethanol to meet only 4 pct of the country's ethanol blend mandate.

    USGC presently exports 50 million lpy of ethanol to India, which is used for industrial applications. A significant percentage of India's ethanol refining capacity is frequently idled due to feed stock and other shortfalls, according to the Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) which estimates 3.13 billion lpy are required to meet the E-10 mandate. However, as of end-December 2017, Indian sugar and ethanol producers have entered into an agreement for only 1.4 billion litres of ethanol, leaving a huge gap. (Source: US Grains Council, Hindu Business Line, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: US Grains Council, Kurt Shultz, (202) 789-0789, https://grains.org, Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, +91 44 4284 9613, /www.ficci-hes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Grains Council,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  India Ethanol,  


    Brit Researchers Tout Diesel NOx Emissions R&D (Int'l., R&D)
    Loughborough University
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.K.'s Loughborough University are reporting development of "ammonia creation and conversion technology" (ACCT), a simple, cost effective way to all but eliminate NOx emissions from diesel fuel

    The ACCT system converts the universally available urea-based after-treatment AdBlue into a special ammonia-rich 'ACCT fluid' under accurately controlled conditions in a chamber mounted in the exhaust system. Just as with the current selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, the new process uses freed ammonia to tear the components of NOx apart leaving only nitrogen and water. The ACCT fluid works effectively at high levels of efficiency in low-exhaust temperature conditions that severely challenge current systems.

    Initial tests on a Skoda taxi equipped with ACCT show as much as 98 pct of exhaust-borne NOx emissions are captured -- significantly more efficient than the 60 pct offered by current methods. And that 98 per cent figure was achieved even before researchers had the opportunity to fine-tune the ACCT system for optimum performance. (Source: Loughborough University, CTV News, Mar 15, 2018) Contact: Loughborough University, +44 20 3818 0777, www.lborolondon.ac.uk

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    Suzlon Touts India's Longest Wind Blade (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Suzlon
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports it has designed and manufactured India's longest wind turbine blade at its Padubidri rotor blade unit.

    The 63 meter (SB 63) rotor blade was developed for Suzlon's new S128 wind turbine family with a rotor diameter of 128 metres. The blade, which was engineered with a carbon girder allowing a thinner aerodynamic profile and higher lift with less drag, offers 33 pct greater sweep area (12,860 m2) for an expected 32 pct more energy generation compared to the company's S111 model, according to a Suzlon release. (Source: Suzlon,PR, MoneyControl, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

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    GMP Touts Home Battery Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reporting the launch of a new program to reduce customer power costs during high energy use times.

    Under the program, GMP will share access with customers' home or business battery storage systems through the internet rather than purchasing surplus power. In return, GMP will issue credits to customers based on the amount of energy transferred from the customer's battery to the grid. The monthly credit starts at $14.50.

    The agreement between GMP and the customer will yield a monthly bill credit based on assumed value for each kW of storage capacity contractually available to GMP for a minimum duration of 3 hours at the full capacity rating. The minimum offer amount must be 2kW or greater with the maximum aggregate offer being 10kW for an individual meter.

    Download program details HERE. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Vermont Business, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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    ADM Suspending German Biodiesel Plant Production (Int'l)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Reuters is reporting Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is curtailing biodiesel production at its 275,000 tpy Mainz, Germany, plant due to a flood of cheap biodiesel imports into the European Union. The shutdown is expected to extend to Q3 of 2018.

    It is widely thought that imports from Argentina and an expected surge of Indonesian palm oil biodiesel could threaten the EU's biodiesel output. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, Reuters, 22 Mar, 2018) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

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    Indonesia Wins Palm Oil Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Duty Dispute (Int'l)
    Indonesian Ministry of Trade
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade reported on Wednesday his country, one of the world's largest exporters of palm oil-based biodiesel, has won an appeal against the European Union in a dispute over the bloc's anti-dumping duty on biodiesel.

    The European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, ruled that the EU trading bloc must do away with anti-dumping duties of between 8.8 pct to 23.3 pct on imports of Indonesian biodiesel products, effective 16 March, 2018. The EU court ruling reinforces a decision made by the World Trade Organization (WTO) earlier this year, which said the EU needed to bring its measures into conformity with WTO agreements.

    Indonesia also plans to challenge anti-subsidy duties in the United States in a US court and at the WTO. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Trade, Jakarta Globe, 21 Mar., 2018) Contact: Indonesian Ministry of Trade, www.kemendag.go.id/en

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    Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 -- IEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-03-23
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 the global energy demand rose by 2.1 pct in 2017, more than twice the 2016 rate.

    More than 70 pct of global energy demand growth was met by oil, natural gas and coal, while renewables accounted for almost all of the rest. Improvements in energy efficiency slowed down last year. As a result of these trends, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.4 pct in 2017, after three years of remaining flat. While most major economies saw a rise in CO2 emissions, the US, the UK, Mexico and Japan experienced declines. The biggest drop in emissions came from the United States, driven by higher renewable energy deployment.

    Download the IEA Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 HERE. (Source: IEA, 22 Mar., 2018] Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    World's Carbon Emissions on the Rise, says IEA (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Paris, a recently released report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that global energy related CO2 emissions rose in 2017 for the first time in three years. The report attributes the rise to a 2.1 pct increase in the demand for energy pushed by strong economic growth.

    According to the report, approximately 70 pct of those additional energy needs were met by fossil fuels -- oil, gas and coal -- pushing global energy-related CO2 emissions up by 1.4 pct after three years of remaining flat. The remaining needs for energy were met by renewables, the report notes.

    "The significant growth in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 tells us that current efforts to combat climate change are far from sufficient," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement.

    The 29-nation IEA provides analysis on global energy markets and advocates policies enhancing the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy. (Source: International Energy Agency, Channel News Asia, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Committed Sea-level Rise Under the Paris Agreement and the Legacy of Delayed Mitigation Action -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-03-23
    "Sea-level rise is a major consequence of climate change that will continue long after emissions of greenhouse gases have stopped. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims at reducing climate-related risks by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and limiting global-mean temperature increase.

    "Most previous studies examining sea-level rise under different climate change scenarios only looked forward to 2100. Although a few extended farther into the future, none had yet to consider the implications of meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement. The goal of the study was to fill this gap and assess the legacy of the Paris Agreement on sea level rise beyond the 21st century," according to report author Alexander Nauels.

    Access the Committed Sea-level Rise Under the Paris Agreement and the Legacy of Delayed Mitigation Action report HERE. (Source: Nature Communications, Glacier Hub, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Glacier Hub, www.glacierhub.org

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    Alta Energy Completes Office Zero-Energy Retrofit (Ind. Report)
    Alta Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    San Mateo, California-based sustainable energy advisory and procurement services provider Alta Energy is reporting completion of energy efficiency upgrades at Great America, a six-story a 654,000 sqaure-foot, Class A office tower in Santa Clara, California.

    Energy efficiency upgrades and advanced energy technologies included LED lighting and advanced lighting controls, a 2.4MWh solar power system, electric vehicle charging stations, and a plan to replace the property's HVAC system with a high-efficiency unit, all of which contribute to the facility's Emerging Zero Energy status. It is the first building owned by an institutional commercial real estate investor to be included in the New Buildings Institute's registry of emerging and verified Zero Energy retrofit buildings.

    Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, provided an incentive for the solar power system as well as rebates for some of the energy upgrades. (Source: Alta Energy, Inc., PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: Alta Energy, Sam Lee, CEO, Marc Roper, Media, (650) 489-1302, mroper@altraenergy.com, www.altraenergy.com; PGIM Real Estate, www.pgimrealestate.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

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    HomeWorks Expands Energy Efficiency Services to NY (Ind. Report)
    HomeWorks Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    HomeWorks Energy, one of the largest providers of home energy efficiency services in the Northeastern U.S., reports it is expanding into Westchester County, New York.

    HomeWorks Energy, the leading partner of the Mass Save® program, conducts thorough home energy assessments and manages retrofits to improve in-home energy efficiency, including the installation of LED lighting, smart thermostats, upgraded insulation, window treatments and more. HomeWorks Energy makes energy efficiency simple for homeowners by connecting them to available financing and government incentive options and offers streamlined paperwork and logistics processing to remove traditional barriers to adoption.

    In January alone, HomeWorks Energy's upgrades prevented more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the environment. The company's efforts will support New York State's ambitious energy initiatives, including a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emission from 1990 levels, and a 600-trillion Btu increase in statewide energy efficiency. (Source: HomeWorks Energy, PR, AltEnergy, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: HomeWorks Energy, Max Veggeberg, CEO, www.homeworksenergy.com

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    Congress Stymies Trump's EPA Budget Cut Proposals (Reg & Leg)
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-03-23
    On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and clean energy programs.

    At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the bill rejects Trump's proposed 31 pct cut in the agency's budget and maintains funding at 2017 levels -- $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2018 -- while maintaining full funding for the EPA's state and regional grants.

    The bill also instructs the EPA to treat wood burning as a carbon-neutral and renewable electricity source, something the federal government has not done since 2010. Critics of biomass believe the rider would circumvent science and encourage the burning of biomass for electricity.

    The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

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    Congress Counters Trump's EPA Budget Proposals (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-03-23
    US EPA Date: 2018-03-23 On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and low-carbon energy programs designed to fight climate change.

    At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the bill rejects Trump's proposed 31 pct cut in the agency's budget and maintains funding at 2017 levels -- $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2018 -- while maintaining full funding for the EPA's state and regional grants.

    The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

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    Congress Counters Trump's DOE Budget Cut Proposals (Reg & Leg)
    US DOE, DOE ARPA-E
    Date: 2018-03-23
    On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and clean energy programs.

    At the Department of Energy (DOE), the agency gets $34.5 billion, an increase of nearly $4 billion over the FY 2017 enacted level. With funding increases for research efforts and energy efficiency programs that the Trump administration has tried to cut.

    The bill funds the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at $2.32 billion, $290 million more than FY 2017. Trump had proposed cutting the EERE's to a meager $636 million.

    It also funds Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at $353 million, more than $47 million over the F 2017 budget. The Donald was calling for the agency's termination.

    The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

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    Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
    Sultan Qaboos University
    Date: 2018-03-21
    In Oman, municipal solid wastes (MSW) consisting primarily of wood, waste paper, food materials, plastics, metals and glass are being investigated by Dr Sivakumar Nallusamy, assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, as an ideal cellulosic-organic waste as a substrate for bacterial fermentation for the growth of microorganisms used for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, bioplastics and other valuable products.

    The project, which is receiving grant funding from the Research Council, is converting pre-treated waste papers and other municipal solid wastes into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis. The sugars were successfully converted into bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel using appropriate microorganisms. (Source: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat Daily, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Dr. Sivakumar Nallusamy, +968 2414 2229, www.squ.edu.om/science/Departments/Biology

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