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Carbon Sequestration in Soil: The potential Underfoot (Ind. Report)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Date: 2015-10-21
A new collaborative study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA and the University of Hamburg published in the journal Global Environmental Change projects that carbon sequestration in European cropland could store between 9 and 38 megatons of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) per year in the soil, or as much as 7 pct of the annual GHG emissions from agriculture in the EU, at a price of carbon of $100 /tCO2.

In order to reach the EU goals on climate change, mitigation measures will be needed across many sectors. This research focuses on the agriculture piece of that puzzle. The world's soils contain the third largest stock of carbon and any disturbance of soils through inappropriate land management , use change or others, could therefore release significant amounts of carbon to the atmosphere. Good management practices, on the other hand, can significantly reduce emissions.

The study shows that a carbon tax only within Europe could cause some part of European agricultural production to be reallocated outside Europe. Consequently, emissions outside Europe would increase, thereby partly offsetting the emission reductions inside Europe, a problem known as emissions leakage.

Starting from a baseline scenario for future population and economic growth, the researchers examined scenarios in which the carbon price was varied inside Europe thereby mimicking emission reduction targets for the agricultural sector. Given the remaining uncertainties, the small mitigation potential at carbon prices below $100 /tCO2 and the potential leakage effects, the researchers conclude that carbon sequestration on European cropland will probably not contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and should therefore be accompanied by additional mitigation efforts. (Source: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, PR, Oct., 2015) Contact: IIASA, Stefan Frank, +43 2236 8070, info@iiasa.ac.at, http://www.iiasa.ac.at

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  Soil Carbon,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis ,  


Wood Wins $31Mn Wyoming Coalbed Methane Contract (Ind. Report)
Wood Group
Date: 2015-10-21
The Aberdeen- Scotland-headquartered energy services giant Wood Group reports it has been awarded a $31 million (£20 million) contract by Carbon Creek Energy for a coalbed methane project clean-up in the Powder River basin in Wyoming.

Carbon Creek’s coalbed methane asset produces about 385 million cubic feet of gas a day and PSN will deliver operations management services to the field, the largest of its kind in the region with about 7,000 drilled wells. (Source: Wood Group, Scotsman, 20 Oct., 2015) Contact: Wood Group, John Glithero, President Americas Division, (281) 828-3500, http://www.woodgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Group,  Coalbed Methane,  


CEIVA Powers Savings for National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions Customers (Ind. Report)
CEIVA Energy ,National Grid
Date: 2015-10-19
Worcester, Mass.-based home energy management and demand response (DR) systems specialist CEIVA Energy reports that its Entryway–a DR management system has helped more than 1,000 National Grid customers save 20 pct more electricity during times of peak demand, as denoted by National Grid as Peak Events.

Through CEIVA's Entryway-a, National Grid can segment customers, monitor and control a range of smart energy technologies, enable the smart meter HAN, and access full reporting and analytics, according to the National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions Program which deploys smart energy technology, advanced infrastructure and tiered energy rates to help electric customers reduce their energy bill and support DR programs. (Source: CEIVA Energy , PR, National Grid, Oct., 2015) Contact: CEIVA, Dean Schiller, CEO, http://ceivaenergy.com ; National Grid, William Jones, Energy Smart Solutions Program Mgr., https://www1.nationalgridus.com/SmartEnergy-MA-RES?ng=us

More Low-Carbon Energy News CEIVA Energy,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  National Grid,  Demand Response ,  


Missouri Clean Power Plan Plan Sets Direction Away from Coal -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Date: 2015-10-19
In the Show Me State, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has released a comprehensive State Energy Plan that set a course for the state to accelerate its transition away from coal and toward cleaner,local power supplies. The plan recommends increased investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Details of the plan are available HERE. (Source: Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, (855) 522-2796, energy@ded.mo.gov, https://www.ded.mo.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Enery,  Energy Efficiency,  


Illinois Tech, Elevate Energy Examine Climate Change Effects on Indoor Air Quality (Ind. Report)
Elevate Energy
Date: 2015-10-19
Illinois Institute of Technology and Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization that designs and implements energy efficient programs, report they have joined forces to study the impact of climate change and weatherization on residential indoor air quality. The partners are recruiting 30 homes from Chicago and the suburbs to participate in the study to assess the air quality of a dwelling before and after weatherization retrofits are applied. A set of nationally representative indoor air quality models will be used to predict long-term concentrations and health risks.

The study measurements will be conducted by the Built Environment Research Group at Illinois Tech and include ventilation rates, infiltration factors, indoor deposition rates, and envelope penetration factors for a number of priority pollutants. (Source: Illinois Inst. Of Technology Today, Illinois Inst. of Technology, Oct. 15, 2015) Contact; Illinois Inst. of Technology, (312) 567-3000, web.iit.edu; Elevate Energy, (773) 269-4037, IAQfieldstudy@gmail.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Illinois Institute of Technology,  Elevate Energy,  


Ameresco, Army Fort Hamilton Ink Energy Savings Performance Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco Inc.
Date: 2015-10-19
Energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. and the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton report inking an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) for solar PV, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades.

The $16.7 million contract is designed to provide for facility-wide energy conservation measures, including 1.16 MW of new solar photovoltaic systems at the military base in New York City. The ESPC will also provide for comprehensive upgrades to air-handlers for cooling and ventilation, LED lighting upgrades, new high-efficiency transformers and the installation of a new open-protocol building automation system to control all HVAC equipment. Ameresco will provide ongoing maintenance services to Fort Hamilton for the new solar systems and the building controls systems installed under the ESPC. (Source: Ameresco, Benzinga, Others, Oct. 15, 2015) Contact: Ameresco Inc., Suzanne Messere, IR, (508) 598-3044, ir@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco Inc.,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


ENVISION Acquires 600MW Mexican Wind Project Portfolio (M&A)
ENVISION Energy
Date: 2015-10-19
ENVISION Energy, a leading smart energy solution provider, reports it has acquired a controlling stake in a portfolio of more than 600 MW of wind energy projects developed by Mexican renewable energy developer ViveEnergia with the aim to commissioning its first wind farm by the end of 2016.

Under the terms of the strategic alliance entered with ViveEnergia, the consortium will bring current portfolio into a 'shovel ready' stage by the end of this year and initiate construction of the first wind farm early next year. A goal of 1.5GW of projects developed and in operation has been set by 2020. (Source: Envision, PR, NewsWire 14 Oct., 2015) Contact: ENVISION Energy, John Childs, Business Dev., 011 +86 21 6031 8000, contact@envisioncn.com, Rafael Valdez Mingramm, Director for Latin America & Caribbean, Tina Liu, +86-151-2101-3157, bi.liu@envisioncn.com, www.envision.com; ViveEnergia, www.viveenergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVISION Energy,  Wind Turbine,  


Philippines City Receives Biodiesel Project Support (Int'l)
Philippine City of Davao, Biomass Japan
Date: 2015-10-19
In the Philippines, the City of Davao reports receipt of a cooking oil-to- iodiesel project grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The city is presently gathering the necessary information and data for the project and is beginning to collect used cooking oil that will be used in a pilot project. Representatives from JICA and its private partner, Biomass Japan, the manufacturer of the technology, will meet with city officials on November 14 to validate the city's initial data and to determine the future viability of the project. Biodeisel production from an initial pilot project will be the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and other city vehicles . (Source: City of Davao, Minda News, Oct. 19, 2015) Contact: Japan International Cooperation Agency, www.jica.go.jp/english; Biomass Japan

More Low-Carbon Energy News JapanBiodiesel news,  International Cooperation Agency news,  Biomass Japan news,  


GCC Drafting Unified Green Building Code (Int'l Report)
Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
Date: 2015-10-16
Meeting in Doha, Qatar, the Ministers of Housing from the member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) have proposed the drafting and implementation of a standard unified building code by the year-end.

The proposed Gulf Building Code will be in tune with international standards and guidelines and will be drafted considering the environmental needs and topography of the region. The code is expected to include architecture, construction, fire safety, green buildings, renewable energy, building maintenance, mechanical and electricity standards. It will also include provisions to reduce energy consumption, preserve heritage and enhance the Arab and Islamic identity. It will also contain a system for assessing sustainable green buildings to promote protection of the environment. (Source: MuscatDaily.com, 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, http://www.gcc-sg.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Code,  Energy Efficiency,  


San Francisco Commercial Building Energy Use Drops (Ind. Report)
Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance
Date: 2015-10-16
San Francisco's commercial buildings consume less energy than five years ago, according to a performance report released by the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance. The report was prepared in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

The report, which tracked 176 commercial properties since 2010, found that the buildings reduced energy consumption by 7.9 pct. A wider review of 817 buildings shows that energy reduction measures could save tens of millions of dollars over the course of years while adding to the properties' value.

The report is the result of San Francisco's 2011 Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance requiring nonresidential buildings to annually benchmark energy use as well as undergo an energy audit every five years.

According to the San Francisco Department of the Environment, "Nearly $61 million in cost effective energy efficiency investment opportunities have been identified by local engineers which, if completed, will result in $170 million in net present value." (Source: Commercial Property Executive, 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance, uli.org/research/centers-initiatives/greenprint-center; San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie Raphael, Dir., (415) 355-3700, www.sfenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmark,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


KfW Supports Bulgarian Energy Efficiency Program (Int'l, Funding)
KfW Development Bank
Date: 2015-10-16
Germany's KfW Development Bank reports it will lend €100 million to the state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank (BDB) to finance small and medium size companies execute Bulgaria's multi-family residential building energy efficiency program.

The BDB has also received commitments from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) for a total €400 million for the same residential energy efficiency program. (Source: KfW, novinite.com, 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: KfW Development Bank, https://www.kfw-entwicklungsbank.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News KfW Development Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


BPA Energy Smart Program Sticks with Cascade (Ind. Report)
Bonneville Power Administration,Cascade Energy
Date: 2015-10-16
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) reports the selection of Portland, Oregon-headquartered Cascade Energy, Inc. to continue implementing BPA's Energy Smart Industrial (ESI) program. To date, the BPA program has helped more than 650 Northwest industrial companies save energy and reduce operating costs.

The ESI program provides technical expertise and other assistance to help industrial customers maximize energy savings through energy management, better operations and maintenance, improved lighting and other measures.

To date, BPA and 113 Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have completed over a thousand energy efficiency and management projects in a variety of market segments, including food processing, pulp and paper, wood products, advanced technology, water/wastewater and mining. Through ESI, facilities have collectively saved nearly 100 average megawatts of electricity -- enough energy to power about 73,000 homes for a year. (Source: BPA, Cascade Energy, Inc., 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: Cascade Energy, Marcus Wilcox, CEO, Barbara Weiss, Media, (971) 202-1624, www.cascadeenergy.com; BPA, www.bpa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bonneville Power Administration,  Cascade Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


GSEP calls for Innovative Technologies, Policies to Reach CO2 Goals (Ind. Report)
Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership
Date: 2015-10-16
In advance of the upcoming COP21 meeting in Paris, the Montreal-headquartered not-for-profit public interest group Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), an association of the world's leading electricity firms has issued Powering Innovation for a Sustainable Future. The report is the organization's view of a future high-tech enabled world energy mix that would help nations meet climate-related CO2 reduction pledges and the expanding demand for electricity.

The report describes the outlook for some 50 existing and emerging technologies related to electricity generation,. grids, batteries and other means of energy storage, and energy efficiency. It also outlines electric power trends in key regions and countries: Europe, USA, China, Japan, Brazil and India, stressing that an optimal combination of existing and new technologies will vary from country to country, even within geographical regions. Variables include the structure and state of local and regional electricity systems, the availability of energy resources, the development of industry and the speed at which the less mature technologies improve in terms of performance and cost.

GSEP is urging policy makers to:

  • Establish secure, stable, clear, consistent and long-term policies that address critically important energy, legal/regulatory economic development, financial and environmental matters with the goal of ensuring an adequate supply of cleaner, secure, reliable, accessible and affordable electricity to tackle climate change;
  • Develop a systemic approach to electricity systems which takes into account the interrelations and synergies between the various elements of the electricity value chain, in order to enable electricity providers to plan, design, construct and operate the most advanced electricity systems with the goal of providing cleaner, reliable, sustainable, secure, flexible, and resilient electricity infrastructures;
  • Promote and engage in public-private partnerships that facilitate decision making among electricity providers, government representatives, and private stakeholders and that foster the development and deployment of new commercially available technologies; and
  • Make urgent progress with innovative research, development and demonstrations of advances economically viable technologies that will stabilize and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and accelerate the efficient generation, delivery and end-use of electricity. (Source: Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, Oct., 2015) Contact: Global Sustainable Electricity Partnetship, Caroline Mei, 9513) 392-5642, mei.caroline@globalelectricity.org, www. globalelectricity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • APEC to Double Renewables, Slash Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
    Date: 2015-10-16
    The energy ministers of the 21-member states of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have announced that they will encourage and accelerate the development of renewable energy technologies take measures to double the share of renewable energy in their overall energy mix by 2030. The ministers also agreed to implement sustainable technologies in the transportation and power generation sectors, and to work, subject to individual circumstances, towards achieving APEC's target of cutting aggregate energy intensity by 45 pct from 2005 levels by 2035.

    The APEC member states also adopted a target to reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct over a period of 10 years.

    APEC members are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam. (Source: APEC, CleanTech, 15 Oct., 2015)Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, www.apec.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Electrovaya-Litarion Intro 40Ah Lithium Ion Cell (New Prod & Tech)
    Electrovaya,Litarion
    Date: 2015-10-16
    Mississauga, Ontario-based lithium-ion battery specialist Electrovaya Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, are reporting the introduction of a unique 40Ah lithium ion cell (Litacell LC-40) to OEMs and battery pack integrators worldwide.

    The Litacell-LC40 features a combination of safety, cycle life and cost. For the first time, OEMs and battery pack integrators can now purchase standalone cells that feature the combined innovation and experience of the newly integrated Electrovaya and Litarion. The new 40Ah Litacell promises extraordinary cycle and calendar life (nearly 9000 cycles at 1C/1C and 100% DoD), unique safety properties due to the unparalleled stability of Separion™ flexible ceramic separator membrane, stringent quality standards and excellent pricing options. The 40Ah Litacell contains optimized NMC/graphite based electrode chemistry. (Source: Electrovaya, Oct. 14, 2015) Contact: Electrovaya, (905) 855-4618, sales@electrovaya.com, www.electrovaya.com; Litarion, Fritz Meuller, Marketing Dir., +49 3578 3735 9425, info@litarion.com, www.litarion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electrovaya,  Litarion,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    UAE MoEW Launches National Blue Carbon Project (Int'l Report)
    UAE Ministry of Environment and Water
    Date: 2015-10-16
    In Abu Dhabi, the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) reports the launch of the National Blue Carbon Project report marking the first national quantification of the UAE's Blue Carbon (carbon emissions which are stored in seagrass, salt marshes, mangroves and surrounding sediments) stocks which will help guide decision-making in coastal ecosystem preservation and climate change mitigation.

    The project is a collaborative initiative managed and facilitated by a partnership between MoEW and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and implemented in collaboration with the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the local authorities of the other emirates.

    The National Blue Carbon Project report aims to broaden the scope of knowledge of blue carbon its associated ecosystem services and the importance of assessment across coastal environments. This project also represents an important step in efforts to conserve biodiversity and mitigate climate change which is one of the main objectives of the National Strategy for Biodiversity. The project is an important landmark in the efforts to transform the national economy into a low-carbon green economy in line with the UAE Green Growth Strategy by linking biodiversity and ecosystem services to economic standards where "the value of natural resources" and "best use of resources" are key elements in the major sights supporting the mechanism for strategy implementation. (Source: UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, Emirates News Agency, MENAFN, Oct 12, 2015) Contact: UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minster, www.moew.gov.ae/en/home.aspx; Blue Carbon Portal - Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, http://bluecarbonportal.org/dt_portfolio/abu-dhabi-global-environmental-data-initiative-agedi/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Gamesa Touts New G126-2.5 MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    Gamesa
    Date: 2015-10-16
    Spanish wind power giant Gamesa is reporting the launch of its new 2.5-MW turbine specifically designed for low wind conditions. The new G126-2.5 MW turbine boosts energy production by up to 25 pct compared to the G114-2.0 MW, according to the company.

    The new turbine has a 126 meter rotor diameter, tower height options of 84, 102 and 129 meters, and other customization features depending on site conditions. The G126-2.5 MW is fitted with the same electric system as the rest of the company's 2.5 MW products (the G106-2.5 MW and G114-2.5 MW). In addition, the blades, which are 62 metres long, are equipped with the technology already validated in the G114's 56-metre blades.

    Gamesa expects to install it first prototype in Q3, 2016. Production is slated to begin by 2017. (Source: Gamesa, Oct. 15, 2015) Contact: Gamesa Corp., http://www.gamesacorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    AGA, Pi Innovo Launch CNG Bi-Fuel Module (New Prod & Tech)
    Pi Innova,AGA Systems
    Date: 2015-10-16
    Plymouth, Michigan-based Pi Innovo and AGA Systems Inc. of Kaysville, Utah are reporting the launch of a new bi-fuel system diagnostic interface module.

    The new diagnostic module is based on Pi Innovo's flexible OpenECU® M220 control module, which enables AGA Systems to develop its own software and control methodologies with an electronic module ideal for low to medium volume commercial and automotive applications.

    The module monitors driver inputs and vehicle conditions, and allows seamless switching between gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). (Source: AGA Systems, Oct. 15, 2015) Contact: Pi Innova, Dr. Walter Lucking, CEO, (734) 656-0140, pi-innovo.com; AGA Systems, Aaron Stuart, VP Engineering and Technology, (801) 290-8010, agasystemsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Al-Corn Co-op Considering Expansion Finance Options (Ind. Report)
    Al-Corn Clean Fuel Co-Op
    Date: 2015-10-16
    Claremont, Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel Co-Op members are considering a proposal that would slash the co-op's share value from its present $2.50 to $0.50 to finance a $146 million plant expansion and equipment modernization program.

    The plant presently processes 17.5 million bpy of corn into 50 million gpy of ethanol. With the proposed expansion, ethanol production would increase to 120 million gpy from 42 million bpy of corn, making the Claremont facility one of the North Star State's largest ethanol producers.

    The cooperative presently has 13.5 million shares of bushel commitments from members. As of Sept. 30, 2014, the total patron's equities and partner's capital was approx. $71 million, with $10 million disbursed to members, leaving $60 million in cash on hand. (Source: Al-Corn Clean Fuel, Post Bulletin, Others, 14 Oct., 2015) Contact: Al-Corn Clean Fuel, Randall Doyal, CEO, (507) 681-7100, www.al-corn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Green Fuel Sinks $300Mn into Zimbabwe Ethanol Project (Int'l)
    Green Fuel
    Date: 2015-10-16
    Harare, Zimbabwe-headquartered Green Fuels, Zimbabwe's only ethanol producer, reports that to date it has invested $300 million in its Chisumbanje ethanol plant. Green Fuel began working on the Chisumbanje ethanol project in 2009. The plant has a production capacity 120 million lpy of high quality, anhydrous ethanol, as well as 18 megawatts of electricity.

    Green Fuel is a JV between the government's Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) and private companies, Macdom and Rating Investments. (Source: Green Fuel, AllAfric, 14 Oct., 2015) Contact: Green Fuels, +263 4 852077, http://www.greenfuel.co.zw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


    Carbon Mercantile Launching Int'l Carbon Trading Platform (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Mercantile Exchange
    Date: 2015-10-16
    In Toronto, Carbon Mercantile Exchange (CMX) reports it is set to launch its global carbon-trading platform to offer bankable carbon offset (credit) trading to the voluntary and compliance markets.

    According to CMX president Trevor Ducharme, "We've signed partnership agreements in 15 countries to properly serve our private and public clients. We'll be launching trading platforms in each country to allow cross border trading and voluntary carbon offset purchases to provide a Global solution to carbon emission mitigation. The majority of our clients are operating in multiple countries and each country carries a different set of regulations with respect to carbon trading or emission reduction strategies."

    To date, CMX will operate in Canada, the USA, Colombia, the Netherlands, Australia, Poland, Panama, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, China, France, South Korea, Chile, Japan and France with more expansions planned for late 2015. (Source: CMX, Others, SBWire, Oct., 9, 2015) Contact: CMX, Trevor Ducharme, Pres., info@globalcmx.com, www.globalcmx.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Mercantile Exchange,  Carbon Market ,  


    Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income, Value (Ind. Report)
    Bentall Kennedy
    Date: 2015-10-14
    Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team.

    The study, which analyzes 10 years of financial performance data across a Bentall Kennedy-managed office portfolio totaling 58 million sq-ft, finds that buildings with sustainable certification outperform similar non-green buildings in terms of rental rates, occupancy levels, tenant satisfaction and the probability of lease renewals.

    The study of nearly 300 office properties across North America included lease-level data such as rents, rent concessions, lease renewal rates, as well as building-level information such as occupancy rates, tenant satisfaction scores, energy and water consumption, and green building certifications. Study highlights included: energy consumption, net effective rents and rent concessions, occupancy rates and tenant lease renewal rates as well as tenant satisfaction.

    Bentall Kennedy is a member of the Sun Life Investment Management group of companies. (Source: Bentall Kennedy Group, PR, Journal of Portfolio Management, 6 Oct., 2015) Contact: Bentall Kennedy Group, Giselle Gagnon, Sr. VP, Strategic Resources Group, Shaun Little, Corp. Communications, (416) 681-2726, slittle@bentallkennedy.com, www.bentallkennedy.com

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


    ECSU Participating in NREL Green Building Pilot (Ind. Report)
    NREL,Seventhwave,Eastern Connecticut State University
    Date: 2015-10-14
    Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU)in Willimantic reports that it's Institute for Sustainable Energy is participating in a $2 million US DOE program that aims to increase energy efficiency in new buildings. ECSU's Institute for Sustainable Energy will work with the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Wisconsin-based energy modeling specialist Seventhwave to incentivize developers to enter into energy performance-based contracts. ECSU will work with Eversource and United Illuminating to identify Connecticut projects.

    The pilot program, called "Accelerate Performance," aims to tie incentives to energy benchmarks measured after construction. That's compared to the current system of comparing relative energy savings to a baseline before construction. (Source: ECSU, Hartford Business.com, 9 Oct., 2015) Contact: Eastern Connecticut State University, (860) 465-0251, www1.easternct.edu/sustainenergy; Seventhwave, (608) 210-7100, http://www.seventhwave.org; US DOE NREL, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Green Building,  Seventhwave,  Energy Efficiency.Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


    Wash. State Leg. would Cut Industrial CO2 Pollution (Reg & Leg)
    Washington State Dept. of Ecology
    Date: 2015-10-14
    The Washington State Dept. of Ecology has proposed legislation that would target about 35 industrial facilities which it claims are jointly responsible for about 60 pct of the heat-trapping gases produced statewide. Factories and other facilities that produce more than 100,000 metric tpy of GHGs would be affected by the new regulations. Targeted polluters include Avista Corp., Kaiser Aluminum's Trentwood , the City of Spokane's Waste-to-Energy Plant, and others.

    According to the Dept. of Ecology, the new rules would gradually reduce CO2, methane and five other heat-trapping gases that contribute to climate change. Companies could significantly cut their emissions by changing manufacturing methods, increasing efficiency, conserving energy and/or purchasing carbon offset credits. An economic analysis will be part of the rule-making process. If passed into law, the new regulations would take effect in 2017. (Source: Washington State Dept. of Ecology, Spokane Review, 9 Oct., 2015) Contact: Washington State Dept. of Ecology, http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/engagement.htm

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


    CAPP Submits Alberta Climate Change Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
    Date: 2015-10-14
    Following on our June 29th coverage, on Friday, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) made more than 30 climate change, emissions and carbon tax related recommendations to oil-rich Alberta's newly elected NDP government.

    CAPP's recommendations includ the creation of a new royalty credit program, setting a target for technology investment over the next 10 years, and others, none of which would constrain growth in overall oil production or increase costs for industry members without corresponding tax or royalty credits. The association also recommended that the government work with industry to reduce methane emissions from existing sources in a manner that do not negatively affect competitiveness. The recommendations are part of CAPP's submission to the province's Climate Change Advisory Panel, which is due to report before the COP21 world climate change summit in Paris this December.

    According to CAPP president Tim McMillan, the clean infrastructure royalty credits CAPP is seeking would be similar to a program in British Columbia where producers are allowed to claim up to 50 per cent of the costs of qualifying road and pipeline projects against their royalty payments that amount to public subsidies for the oil and gas sector to reduce pollution.

    A recently released Pembina Institute report found that the majority of Albertans support stronger provincial climate change policies and legislation. (Source: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers , PR, Cdn. Press, Oct., 2015) Contact: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Tim McMillan, Pres., (403) 267-1100, http://www.capp.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers,  Climate Change,  Oil Sands,  Carbon Tax ,  


    Trump Takes Offshore Wind Battle to UK Supreme Count (Int'l)
    Donald Trump
    Date: 2015-10-14
    Brash U.S. billionaire and Republican presidential wannabe Donald Trump -- aka "The Donald" and the "Terrible Tycoon" -- has taken his ongoing loosing legal battle against an Scottish offshore wind farm to the Supreme Court in London. The subject of the tycoon's ire, the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre project, is a Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group joint venture.

    Trump claims the 11-turbine development in Aberdeen Bay would spoil the view from his luxury golf links at the Menie Estate. The Donald's legal team asked a panel headed by Lord Neuberger to rule on the correct construction of the Electricity Act 1989 and explore whether a condition attached to the consent for the wind farm was "so imprecise and uncertain" that it was unenforceable and destroyed the consent.

    The consent granted by the Scottish government in March 2013 was subject to a condition requiring the submission of a detailed design statement for approval before the development was started. The court has not yet ruled on Trump's application. (Source: STV, Various Sources, 8 Oct., 2015)Contact: Donald Trump, twitter.com/realDonaldTrump, www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump, (212) 832-2000, www.trump.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Offshore Wind,  


    Johnson Helps Merchandise Mart Manage Energy Usage (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls,Merchandise Mart
    Date: 2015-10-14
    Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls reports it is bringing its world-class battery technology and building systems expertise to the growing energy storage market by installing distributed energy storage technology in Chicago's iconic 4.2 million sq-ft Merchandise Mart, one of the world's largest commercial buildings and wholesale design centers. This represents one of a number of energy storage projects in development by Johnson Controls for customers across North America.

    Identifying the need to install a distributed energy storage system through its partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Program (EDF), the Merchandise Mart chose to partner with Johnson Controls to enhance its energy storage capabilities.

    The Merchandise Mart has relied on Johnson Controls' Integrated Demand Resources Group for many years to generate energy savings through multiple demand response programs. Leveraging this new energy storage solution, the Merchandise Mart will be able to participate in advanced fast response programs such as frequency regulation to adjust demand in response to changing conditions on the electric grid. Johnson Controls' Active Load Management strategy coupled with distributed energy storage, which is being used by the Merchandise Mart, has the potential to reduce a facility's annual electric spend up to 35 percent. TheMerchandise Mart is already the world's largest LEED® EB certified building, the benchmark recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com, Johnson Controls Distributed Energy Storage, www.johnsoncontrols.com/content/des/index; Merchandise Mart, (312) 527-4141, www.mmart.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  


    Irvine Company Announces Hybrid-Electric Building Energy Storage Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Irvine Company
    Date: 2015-10-14
    In the Golden State, mega landlord The Irvine Company announced this week an initiative to create a fleet of hybrid-electric buildings powered by energy storage systems from Tesla Energy. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the ground-breaking environmental initiative with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS).

    The Irvine Company will institute a portfolio-wide program to install energy storage systems that will reduce peak-energy consumption from local utilities, ease the need for additional power plants, reduce electricity costs and provide back-up power during grid outages.

    Large battery systems at each building will be charged during nonpeak hours for peak daytime use or in the event of a power failure. The first phase of the Irvine Company project -- which will include up to 24 office buildings in Irvine -- is expected to reduce peak demand in those buildings by 25 pct and provide SCE with up to 10 megawatts of reserve capacity, enough to supply power to 10,000 homes. The first energy storage units in Irvine are expected to be installed by the end of this year.

    Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), www.advmicrogrid.com. (Source: The Irvine Company, PR, 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: Irvine Company, Bill Lobdell, (949) 720-2636, blobdell@irvinecompany.com, www.irvinecompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  


    Notable Quotes on Climate Change from Presidential Hopefuls (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2015-10-14
    "Record low temperatures and massive amounts of snow, Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING?" -- Donald Trump, (R), Businessman, Television Celebrity

    "It may not be warming, by the way. The last six years we've actually had mean temperatures that are cooler. I think we need to be very cautious before we dramatically alter who we are as a nation because of it (climate change)." -- JEB Bush, (R), Former Governor of Florida

    "If you listen to the hysterics you'd think that the Statue of Liberty will shortly be under water and the polar bears are all drowning and that we're dying from pollution. It's (climate change) absolutely and utterly untrue." -- Paul Rand, (R), US Senator , Kentucky

    "If you look even at the last 15 to 20 years, most scientists -- regardless of what their belief is in the larger question -- would say there hasn't been a noticeable (climate) change in recent times." -- Scott Walker, (R), Governor of Wisconsin

    "Satellite data demonstrates that the last 17 years there's been zero warming. None whatsoever." -- Ted Cruz, (R), US Senator, Texas.

    "Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face." -- Hilary Clinton, (D), former Secretary of State

    Editor's Note: This publication strives to delivery unbiased coverage of the issues and industries that we cover. That being said, considering some of the quotes above, keeping our opinions to ourselves is sometimes difficult. More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Global Warming,


    WSU Researcher Granted $450,000 to Improve Biofuel Prod. (R&D)
    Washington State University
    Date: 2015-10-14
    Jean-Sabin McEwen, assistant professor in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman has received a three-year $450,000 US DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences grant to develop computer models for using iron to more efficiently refine bio-oils and make better biofuels.

    By using chemical reactions, bio-oils can be refined into usable biofuels by removing oxygen; however, the refinement process is inefficient and expensive. Refining bio-oils often uses costly precious metals as catalysts, which makes the final biofuel very expensive. As part of the three-year grant, McEwen and his colleagues will develop and test computer models to accurately predict catalysts' behavior under real-life conditions. They hope the work will improve understanding of every aspect of the catalytic reactions and help researchers make better use of less expensive catalysts like iron.

    In particular, the researchers will use their models to test their idea of combining abundant and cheap iron with miniscule amounts of precious metals to make an affordable and efficient catalyst for biofuel production. (Source: University of Washington, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, 12 Oct., 2015) Contact: University of Washingtom, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, Jean-Sabin McEwen, (509) 335-8580, js.mcewen@wsu.edu, voiland.wsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


    Consumers Supports Habitat's Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
    Date: 2015-10-12
    In Kalamazoo, Michigan, a partnership between Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, CBS EcoMedia's EcoAd program, and Consumers Energy is contributing to critical energy efficiency and weatherization home-improvement projects as part of a county-wide neighborhood revitalization program.

    As part of Kalamazoo Valley Habitat's neighborhood revitalization program, the weatherization projects aim to improve the quality of housing for first-time homeowners and help reduce energy costs for low-income homeowner families. Consumers Energy has financially supported the Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity project. (Source: Consumers Energy, Habitat for Humanity, Just Means, Ecomedia, 9 Oct., 2015) Contact: Consumers Energy, Teri VanSumeren, Dir. of Energy Efficiency Solutions, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/save; Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, (269) 344-2443, www.habitatkalamazoo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ILFI Supports D.C. Net Positive Energy Townhouse Project (Ind. Report)
    International Living Future Institute.
    Date: 2015-10-12
    The Seattle-based not-for-profit International Living Future Institute (ILFI) reports it is providing technical assistance to the District of Columbia's program that will create a series of sustainable low-income townhouses in the Deanwood area. The 10-15 homes will be geared toward households earning less than 80 pct of the area's median income.

    The homes will be built to achieve net-positive energy usage, net-zero water usage, be built with nontoxic and sustainably sourced materials. (Source: International Living Futures Institute, Oct., 2015) Contact: International Living Futures Institute, Green Building Challenge, Kathleen Smith, Dir.,. (206) 223-2028, http://living-future.org

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


    Indian Firms Ink Bamboo Biofuel MoU (Int'l Report)
    Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources Development Agency,Numaligarh Refinery Limited
    Date: 2015-10-12
    India's Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources Development Agency (APBRDA) and the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) -- a public sector enterprise under the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas -- are reporting the signing of a MoU that could pave way for sourcing three lakh tons of bamboo per year by NRL for biofuel production. (1 lakh tonne = 100,000 metric tonne). NRL is presently building a bio-refinery in Assam to produce bio-ethanol from bamboo. The plant is expected to be commissioned within 24 months.

    According to NRL the agreement will help identify community bamboo catchment areas and processing clusters for primary processing of bamboo into biofuel. (Source: Green Gold Bamboo, Bamboo Resources Development, Press Trust India, 9 Oct., 2015) Contact: Bamboo Resources Development Agency, Yura Tugfung, Chair., http://adgenez.gov.in; Numaligarh Refinery Limited, Bruno Ekka, www.nrl.co.in

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


    US EPA Seeks Comments on GHG Emissions Analysis of Jatropha Oil (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2015-10-12
    The U.S. EPA is seeking comments on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable jatropha oil as a feedstock for biodiesel, renewable diesel and other biofuels to qualify under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

    Th agency anticipates jatropha oil-based biodiesel or renewable diesel could qualify as biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel under RFS, both of which require a 50 pct reduction in GHG emissions compared to petroleum diesel, if typical fuel production processes and technologies with the same or lower GHG emissions are used.

    In the first scenario, EPA assumes that jatropha production will occur on grassland in southern Mexico and northeastern Brazil that is not currently being used for crop production or pasture use. The results from this scenario were varied but most were slightly to moderately lower than GHG emissions from soybean oil; one analysis under this scenario was higher than soybean oil.

    In a second scenario, agency conducted two analyses where jatropha will displace corn crops on agricultural land. Various results under this scenario showed significantly lower GHG emissions than soybean oil, with some even negative. (Source: EPA, Various Others, BioMass Mag, 9 Oct., 2015) Contact: EPA, Renewable Fuels Program details HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha Oil,  Carbon Emissions,  US EPA,  


    Addenda Capital Inks Montreal Carbon Pledge (Ind. Report)
    Addenda Capital, Montreal Carbon Pledge
    Date: 2015-10-12
    Addenda Capital, one of the largest investment management firms in Canada, with assets under management of CAD 24.5 billion, announced today that it has signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge, a commitment to measure and disclose the carbon footprints* of its investment portfolios as part of an effort to better understand the investment implications of climate change. This announcement makes Addenda Capital the first investment firm to disclose the carbon footprint of all its equity funds.

    As a signatory to the Montreal Carbon Pledge, Addenda Capital has compiled greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for companies and will use this data in their investment decisions and discussions with companies regarding their GHG emissions and the climate change related risks and opportunities that they face. Addenda Capital will consider both direct and indirect GHG emissions in the context of expected regulatory changes as well as potential physical impacts and other climate change related risks.

    The Montreal Carbon Pledge was launched on September 25, 2014 at the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) annual meeting in Montreal. Signatories commit to measure and disclose their investments' carbon footprint annually by December 2015. More than 95 institutional investors, including 7 others from Canada, have signed the pledge. More than $8 trillion (US) of assets under management have already committed to the Pledge. (Source: Addenda Capital Inc., PR, CNW, 8 Oct., 2015) Contact: Addenda Capital, Jim MacDonald, (514) 287-7373, info@ addenda-capital.com, http://www.addenda-capital.com; Montreal Carbon Pledge, montrealcarbonpledge@unpri.org, www.http://montrealpledge.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Montreal Carbon Pledge,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Pembina Calls for Carbon Tax to Cut Alberta's Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Pembina Institute ,COP21
    Date: 2015-10-12
    According to the Alberta-based not-for-profit Pembina Institute , if the Alberta government implemented its recent climate change and emissions recommendations, the province would achieve an 80-pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) below 1990 levels by 2050.

    In a nut shell, Pembina says the province should take the following measures to reduce its carbon emissions: introduce carbon taxes; reduce methane flares and natural-gas leaks; give Old King Coal his walking papers; create a provincial energy-efficiency program; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and freight. Pembina also recommends the shuttering of all of the province's 18 coal plants by 2030 at the latest.

    Pembina's submission is one of approximately 400 that will help form the report of the oil-soaked provinces climate review panel. Panel chairman and University of Alberta energy expert Andrew Leach will present his review to the province in late October or early November so Premier Rachel Notley can head to the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in December, armed with a provincial climate-change plan. (Source: Pembina Institute, Edmonton Journal, 9 Oct., 2015)Contact: Pembina Institute, (403) 269-3340, www.pembina.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pembina Institute,  Alberta Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  GHG,  COP21 ,  


    UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall Again (Int'l. Report)
    UK Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2015-10-12
    In the UK, the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) reports that the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions have been provisionally estimated at 520.1 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) for the twelve months leading to Q2 2015 -- decrease of 17.6 MtCO2e (3.3 pct) compared to the same period in 2014, when emissions were estimated to be 537.7 MtCO2e.

    The DECC says the downward turn in the numbers is a positive result for the UK, especially in the run up to the COP21 meeting in Paris. This is in no small part due to the influence of renewable generation of energy -- which, at around 20 pct, underpins this encouraging trend, resulting in a 0.6 pct decrease in emissions. The past two winters have also been relatively mild – 0.4 degrees Celsius above the average-- resulting in lower energy usage and helping to keep emissions down. (Source: DECC, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Times Union, Others October 8th, 2015) Contact: DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DECC,  UK Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    Jayhawk State Challenges EPA Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2015-10-09
    In Kansas, the recently formed Clean Power Plan Implementation Study Committee, Gov. Sam Brownback, and Republican legislative leaders all claim that the EPA's Clean Power Plan's regulations violate states' rights and will lead to utility cost increases of 40 pct or more for Kansas businesses and individuals.

    With the governor's support, the Kansas legislature has instructed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to draft either a state plan to satisfactorily cut emissions or find a way to meet the EPA's 2030 mandate. According to the EPA, Kansas was assigned "one of the least stringent" goals of any state in the country. Even so, Kansas and 13 other states have filed a legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan. (Source: Various Sources, Salina Post, 2 Oct., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Plan,  EPA,  


    The Age of Renewable Power: Designing National Roadmaps for a Successful Transformation -- IRENA Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2015-10-09
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released The Age of Renewable Power: Designing National Roadmaps for a Successful Transformation. a new report to help countries integrate renewables into their power sectors.

    According to the report, policy makers will need to play a central role in this transformation, anticipating the effects of the transformation and take a holistic approach and long-term perspective when planning. They will also need to remain flexible, and adapt strategies based on what has been learned. The report also highlights the importance of stakeholders, including both identifying new stakeholders -- distributed generators, financial institutions and others -- and the changing roles of existing stakeholders; and engaging them in dialogue. Selecting relevant grid integration measures is also crucial.

    Access the IRENA The Age of Renewable Power report HERE. (Source: IRENA, 8 Oct., 2015) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org


    SustainCo Wins "Best Smart Building Solutions" Award (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2015-10-09
    Toronto-based SustainCo Inc. reports that SustainCo Solutions & Services, through its wholly owned investee, VCI Controls Inc., has received the "Best Smart Building Solutions" award from the UK's New Economy Magazine 2015 Clean Tech Awards.

    SustainCo is a diversified investment company focused on Impact Investing in areas of sustainability. SustainCo Solutions & Services provides comprehensive building performance services including: engineering; building automation controls; performance monitoring; energy and lighting retrofits; mechanical and electrical installation and services; thermal energy systems; and operations and maintenance services for multi-residential and ICI facilities. (Source: SustainCo, New Economy Mag., 8 Oct., 2015) Contact: SustainCo Inc., Emlyn David, Pres., CEO, (647) 258-0960, www.sustainco.ca


    WRI Offers How States Can Meet Their Clean Power Plan Targets Series -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    WRI
    Date: 2015-10-09
    New analysis from the Washington, DC-based World Resources Institute (WRI) shows that the Old Dominion State can meet or exceed its emissions target under the EPA's Clean Power Plan for reducing emissions from the power sector.

    According to a WRI report, if Virginia achieves its current goals to improve energy efficiency, increase use of renewable energy and better utilize existing natural gas plants, the state can decrease carbon emissions from its power sector by 43 pct below 2012 levels by 2030 and exceed its mass-based target of 23 pct reductions required under the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

    The new analysis is the first in a WRI series titled How States Can Meet Their Clean Power Plan Targets. The series examines how selected states can meet, or even exceed, their standards under the Clean Power Plan while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability, and harnessing economic opportunities in clean energy.

    Information on WRI's fact sheet How Virginia Can Meet Its Clean Power Targets is available HERE. (Source: WRI, Oct., 2015) Contact: WRI, Sam Adams, Director, U.S. Climate Initiative, www.wri.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WRI,  Clean Power Plan,  


    Wyndham Meets CO2 Emission Goal Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Wyndham Worldwide
    Date: 2015-10-09
    Parsipanny, N.J.-headquartered hotel and hospitality giant Wyndham Worldwide reports it reached its 20 pct carbon emissions reduction goal six years ahead of schedule.

    The Company cut its carbon emission using its Wyndham Green Toolbox, a proprietary state-of-the-art eco-software program that tracks and measures the entire organization's environmental impact; increased energy efficiency, management and conservation efforts; and other initiatives. (Source: Wyndham Worldwide, PR, 8 Oct., 2015) Contact: Wyndham, www.wyndhamworldwide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyndham Worldwide,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Wyoming Commits $15Mn to CO2 Emissions Study Lab. (Funding)
    Basin Electric
    Date: 2015-10-09
    Wyoming governor Matt Mead reports that the state has committed $15 million to a planned Integrated Test Facility where researchers will study carbon dioxide emissions, CCS and climate change related issues. The facility will be built at Bismark, North Dakota-based Basin Electric's Dry Fork power plant near Gillette.

    Wyoming is America's top coal-producing state. (Source: K2 Radio, Basin Electric, 7 Oct., 2015) Contact: Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, (701) 223-0441, www.basinelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Basin Electric,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Agave Plant Shows Promise as Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    University of Adelaide
    Date: 2015-10-09
    In the Land Down Under, researchers at the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls have demonstrated that the agave plant could produce up to 15,000 liters per hectare a year of biofuel. The agave plant -- from which tequila is made -- produces large amounts of sugar that is easily fermented to bioethanol, and suitable also for use as raw material for products such as paints, plastics and high value chemicals which normally use fossil fuels.

    The researchers modeled ethanol yields from analysis of whole plants, waste leaves from existing agave industries and agave juice. Whole plants were predicted to yield between 4000 and 15,000 liters of ethanol per hectare per year. Additional research will establish the best cultivation methods for bioethanol production -- planting densities and mechanization to maximise yield, and optimization of fermentation. (Source: University of Adelaide, 10 Oct., 2015) Contact: University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Rachel Burton, www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/rachel.burton

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock news,  Agave news,  


    DC Water Commissions 10MW MSW-to-Energy Project (Ind. Report)
    DC Water Commission
    Date: 2015-10-09
    In the nation's capitol, the DC Water Commission reports the commissioning of its $470 million, Blue Plains wastewater treatment facility.

    Initiated in 2011, the facility includes a dewatering building, 32 thermal hydrolysis vessels, four concrete, 80ft-high anaerobic digesters that hold 3.8 million gallons of solids each, and three turbines the size of jet engines. The facility utilizes the CAMBI thermal hydrolysis process and anaerobic digestion to produce methane which fires the turbines to generate electricity. (Source: DC Water Commission, Power Technology, 8 Oct., 2015) Contact: DC Water Commission, George Hawkins, CEO, (202) 787-2000, //www.dcwater.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy,  MSW,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digester,  


    Qatar Touts Emissions Cutting, Climate Change Progress (Int'l)
    Qatar Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2015-10-07
    In Doha, the Government of Qatar Ministry of Environment has launched a series of emission mitigation projects including a $1 billion Qatargas-supported gas recovery facility which is expected to recover more than 600,000 tpy of liquefied natural gas. The project is capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1.6 million tpy.

    Qatar has also launched a series of national and international initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish several voluntary initiatives to address climate change and sustainable development objectives. Those initiatives include an effort to achieve zero gas flaring, the recovery and utilization of associated gases, and subsequent registration of this project under the World Bank Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

    Qatar is also working on a $70 million 10-year joint carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies research project with Shell, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Science and Technology Park and Imperial College London.

    Other initiatives include the funding of research into clean technologies, renewable energy and water and energy efficiency, and the funding and establishment of formal institutions to manage climate change issues, the development of clean public transport systems, and other low-carbon initiatives. (Source: Qatar Ministry of Environment, The Peninsula, 5 Oct., 2015) Contact: Qatar Ministry of Environment , +974 4420 7000, .moe.gov.qa/English/SitePages/Default.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Qatar,  CDM,  CCS,  


    College Light Bulb Swap Delivers Big Savings (Ind. Report)
    Orange Coast College
    Date: 2015-10-07
    Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa California reports that by replacing its classroom and parking lot lighting with energy-efficient bulbs, the school saved 3.2 million kWh of power -- sufficient for power 294 homes for a year. The school's energy efficiency efforts won the California Community College Board of Governors' Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award for 2015 and saved more energy than any other school in the Golden State.

    The college district's retrofit was funded almost entirely by outside sources. The school paid only $14,000 of last year's $887,000 price tag for the retrofit, with Southern California Edison energy incentives covering $150,000 while and California's Proposition 39 funding contributed $722,000, according to a state press release. (Source: Orange Coast College, Orange County Register, 30 Sept., 2015) Contact: Orange Coast College, www.orangecoastcollege.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  LEDs,  


    Whole Foods Wholesaler Score USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2015-10-07
    Palm Beach, Florida-based whole foods wholesaler Garden of Life has earned US GReen Building Council LEED Gold Certification and has also been honored as South Florida's 2015 Most Outstanding LEED Commercial Interior (CI) Project.

    Garden of Life's headquarters energy efficient features include the use of recycled and regionally resourced materials; low VOC materials; Greenguard Certified Furniture and Furnishings; low flow plumbing fixtures; energy saving lighting fixtures; optimal building ventilation; ENERGY STAR® equipment and appliances; high-efficiency HVAC and water source heat pumps; and the use of non-toxic green cleaning methods. (Source: Garden of Life, 7 Oct., 2015) Contact: Garden of Life, Rhonda Price (561) 371-9407, rprice@gardenoflife.com, www.gardenoflife.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    "The Cost of Doing Nothing" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions,Climate Change
    Date: 2015-10-07
    "Just last week, six major banks in the U.S., including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, issued a joint release to the government in an attempt to convince them that the cost of doing nothing is simply too high to risk, and that they should support a strong climate deal at the upcoming climate meeting in Paris.

    "(According to the Huffington Post) The banks said that putting a price on carbon emissions is crucial to increasing investments in clean energy. The right policy frameworks, they wrote, 'can help unlock the incremental public and private capital needed to ensure' that the estimated $90 trillion in new infrastructure investments projected over the next 15 years will help reduce, not increase, carbon emissions.

    "In July, 13 major U.S. companies, including Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, signed a White House statement in favor of a Paris deal. Politically, support from the business community could help to undercut the argument that economic growth and reducing carbon emissions are mutually exclusive goals.

    "There's no silver bullet to avoid any additional warming, but there are more than enough solutions that, if enacted in unison, could avoid a 2-degree temperature rise. And maybe framing the issue in terms of dollars and cents might finally get businesses and the government on board when they realize that the problem is going to soon begin hitting them in the wallet -- because that's the only thing they care about." (Source: DESMOG, Huffington Post, 2 Oct., 2015)

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


    Xcel Plans Partial Shutdown of Minn. Coal-Fired Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2015-10-07
    In Minnesota, Xcel Energy reports it will shut down two out of three units at its Sherco coal-fired power station, the state's largest power plant and emissions polluters, by 2026. XCel has also committed to develop 1,200 MW of renewable energy over the next five years and will build a 50 MW solar installation on the site of one of the dismantled Sherco units. The move will help the company meet the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan requiring power plants slash carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030. (Source: Xcel Energy, Bring Me the News, Midwest Energy New, Others, 2 Oct., 2015) Contact: Xcel Minnesota, Chris Clark, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Plan,  Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

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