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European Auto CO2 Emissions 40 - 50 pct Higher Than Claimed, says ICCT Report (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2015-10-07
According to the independant research organization International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars registered in Europe in 2014 were a whopping 40 - 50 pct higher on average than their manufacturers claimed.

The ICCT report comes hot on the heels of German car giant Volkswagen admitting to having installed "defeat device" software in 11 million or more vehicles since 2009 in a predetermined effort evade nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution standards, especially in the US. Cars equipped with the software detect and pass emissions tests, then spew 30 to 40 times more NOx than permitted when on the road.

As Volkswagen has admitted, auto makers can -- and do -- skewer emissions and fuel consumption tests with a bag full of tricks such as manipulating test gradients, tire selection and pressure, weight, controlled wind and road conditions, switching off energy consuming air conditioning and heating, and just plain outright dishonesty. European regulations also make it easy for manufacturers to "optimize" test results in non-highway, manipulated tests.

The European Commission has acknowledged "shortcomings" -- that's putting it mildly -- in the way it measures vehicle pollution, especially for cars running on diesel fuel. (Source; International Council on Clean Transportation, EU, Sisat Daily, 3 Oct., 2015) Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600, http://www.theicct.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Council on Clean Transportation,  


Algal Biomass Biofuels Prod. Process Touted (New Prod & Tech)
UniVerve Ltd.
Date: 2015-10-05
Israel-based UniVerve Ltd. Reports it is scaling-up its technological process which is expected to change the feedstock market in biofuels and other industries which are seeking alternative feedstocks such as microalgae-oil.

UniVerve's innovative process provides a scalable, cost effective and sustainable solution for the production of microalgae-biomass. The oil, which can be extracted with off-the-shelf wet extraction technologies and used as an excellent feedstock for all kinds of biofuel, is expected to be produced at up to $50 per barrel.

According to UniVerve CEO, Ohad Zuckerman, "The heart of our innovative process is a Hanging Adjustable V-shaped Pond (HAVP) suspended, modular and scalable triangular structure with transparent walls that allows light to penetrate from all sides, thus increasing photosynthetic activity and enhancing biomass yield/m2. Mixing is done by bubbling air through a simple irrigation pipe at the bottom of the HAVPTM. Therefore, the unique pond design lowers water loss, energy consumption, operational costs and maintenance and in addition, enables modular scalability by prolonging the structure up to 100m, so it contains 100m3 of production medium. So far, 5 different strains were successfully grown in the HAVPTM", adds Zuckerman. (Source: UniVerve, World Scientific, AZO, Others, 5 Oct., 2015) Contact: UniVerve, Ohad Zuckerman, CEO, www.univerve-biofuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UniVerve Ltd.,  Biofuels,  Algae,  Algal,  microalgae,  


Aeromexico, MEXICO2 Ink Carbon Projects Deal (Int'l Report)
Aeromexico,MEXICO2,
Date: 2015-10-05
The Mexican national airline Aeromexico, through its "Fly Green" program reports signing an agreement with MEXICO2, the independent platform for trading carbon credits (CERs) for national projects certified under international standards. MEXICO2 facilitates the purchase and sale of CERs and supports offsetting emissions, thereby guaranteeing the transparency of transactions in the voluntary carbon market.

A percentage of the sum collected will be provided directly by the airline with another amount supplied by its customers. The full amount will be used to acquire carbon credits from renewable energy and methane capture projects through MEXICO2.

Aeromexico aims to raise environmental awareness and reduce CO2 emissions while offering customers a new way to travel by reducing the environmental impact of flying. (Source: Aeromexico, PR, 2 Oct., 2015) Contact: Aeromexico, www.aeromexico.com; Skyteam, www.skyteam.com; Mexico Carbon Platform, MEXICO2, Eduardo Piquero, Director, www.mexico2.com.mx, Aeromexico, https://aeromexico.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CERs,  Carbon Credits,  


Calpine Touts Energy Center Carbon Cutting Potential (Ind. Report)
Garrison Energy Center,Calpine Corp.
Date: 2015-10-05
Houston-headquartered Calpine Corporation's new natural gas-fired Garrison Energy Center in Delaware could help the state reduce its carbon footprint and meet the emission reductions targets set by the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, according to Calpine.

The $3 million Center's 309 MW combined-cycle power plant reroutes the waste heat from its gas turbine to a steam turbine and thus generates more power from the same fuel. This technology makes it more efficient than older power plants, Calpine reports. (Source: Delaware Public Radio, Calpine Corp, 1 Oct., 2015) Contact: Garrison Energy Center, http://www.calpine.com/power/plant.asp?plant=289; Calpine Corp., Thad Hill, CEO, (713) 830-2000, http://www.calpine.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Calpine Corp.,  Carbon Footprint,  Clean Energy Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


India Pledges 30-35 pct Emissions Cut by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2015-10-05
Ahead of this December's UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, India on Friday pledged to cut its emission levels by 33-35 pct over the next 15 years. India made the 38-page pledge submission under what is called the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The submissions, called from the 196 countries under the framework, will serve as the basis for negotiating an agreement that will lay the path for a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

According to the submission, "Through this submission, India intends to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35 percent by 2030 from 2005 level. This commitment is further echoed in India's actions in climate change adaptation with setting up its own National Adaptation Fund. India's INDC is fair and ambitious considering the fact that India is attempting to work towards low carbon emission pathway while endeavoring to meet all the developmental challenges the country faces today." The submission added that India's "current policy framework includes a favorable environment for a rapid increase in renewable energy, move towards low carbon sustainable development and adapting to the impacts of climate change -- the highest possible efforts as evident from its multiple initiatives." (Source: IANS, Mid-Day, Others, 2 Oct., 2015)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  INDC,  


Ohio Panel Recommends Green Energy Target Freeze (Reg & Leg)
Clean Power Plan
Date: 2015-10-05
Ohio's renewable energy portfolio requirements for utilities could be suspended indefinitely if recent recommendations from the legislature's Energy Mandates Study Committee are adopted. The panel examined state legislation requiring utilities to generate 25 pct of their electricity from alternative and advanced sources by 2025, to meet certain energy efficiency targets, and to be in compliance with the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan.

The panel's report cites legal uncertainty and a need for "greater clarity" surrounding proposed federal clean power rules among reasons for the recommendation. Other panel recommendations include ultimately switching from mandates to an incentive system to encourage use of renewables and greater energy efficiency; expediting the regulatory process for approving utilities' energy-efficiency plans; and ensuring advanced-energy projects receive maximum credit. The panel also recommended a two-year freeze on phasing in existing mandates while the issue was studied. If legislators fail to act, the law would resume as planned in 2017. (Source: Dayton Daily, Various Sources, AP, Sept. 30, 2015)

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


Ethanol Producers Should Expect Thin Profit Margins for 2015-16, says CoBank Report (Ind. Report)
CoBank
Date: 2015-10-05
According to Ethanol Industry Rebalances, a new report from Denver-based CoBank, the U.S. ethanol industry has "rebalanced" in 2015 after energy prices collapsed in late 2014, including ethanol prices and plant margins. Ethanol's supply and demand, however, has remained well balanced, and producers have maintained positive earnings, according to CoBank.

Looking ahead through 2016, the report says plant operators will face dueling positive and negative shifts in the market that are likely to result in lean, yet positive margins. The industry will see little growth in domestic sales as a result of improving fuel efficiency in the nation's vehicles and changes to the EPA's renewable fuels blending mandate, the report adds. The report cautions foreign markets also pose a risk to ethanol producers. China, which currently imports 60 percent of U.S. distillers grains, is expected to change its grain policies to discourage the import of corn-alternative feed grains. These changes could significantly impact producers' bottom lines.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy.. (Source: CoBank, 1 Oct., 2015) Contact: CoBank,Dan Kowalski, Director, CoBank Knowledge Exchange, www.cobank.comj

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RFS,  Biofuels,  


Alliance BioEnergy Touts Cellulose-to-Sugar Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Alliance Bioenergy
Date: 2015-10-05
West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. reports that its' subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, achieved a 63 pct commercial-scale conversion of Coastal Hay into fermentable sugars in under 30 minutes, using its licensed and patented mechanical/chemical CTS (Cellulose to Sugar) process. The CTS process can convert virtually any cellulose material using a simple, inexpensive mechanical process into fermentable sugars and other valuable products.

According to Alliance, at the current 63 pct conversion rate a CTS plant processing 1,000 MTPD of virtually any biomass should collect in excess of $84 million of revenue from the sale of cellulose sugars at the lowest market rate. That translates into more than $35 million in net profit per year, per plant. This does not include the sale or further processing of the pure lignin, which is the only byproduct of the CTS process, the company adds. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus Inc., Global NewsWire, 30 Sept., 2015) Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., August 10, 2015) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Daniel deLiege, CEO, (888) 607-3555, info@alliancebioe.com, http://www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance Bioenergy,  Cellulose,  Cellulosic,  Lingin,  


Newly Formed AESI to Advocate for Ethanol,RFS (Ind. Report)
Americans for Energy Security and Innovation
Date: 2015-10-02
The ethanol industry has a new advocate in the form of a non-profit organization called Americans for Energy Security and Innovation (AESI). The organization, which will be headed by former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, plans to enlist biofuels producers and investors nationwide and will work to support and expand the Renewable Fuel Standard. AESI is an "information campaign" that will mobilize at the grass roots level through social media, according to Talent. (Source: AESI, RSF, Others, 30 Sept., 2015) Contact: Americans for Energy Security and Innovation Missouri Senator Jim Talent, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_talent/300096, https://twitter.com/jimtalent

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  


Atlantic Region GHGs Decline, says Economic Council (Ind. Report)
APEC
Date: 2015-10-02
According to a report from the Atlantic Province Economic Council, GHG emissions dropped 26 pct since 2004 in Canada's Atlantic region compared to a 4 pct drop nationally. The report suggests a reduction in fossil fuel use, lower offshore oil and forest manufacturing output, and less fertilizer use as potential contributors to the decrease.

According to Robert Mitchell, the Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, the APEC report confirms that the region is on track to achieve a significant reduction in GHG emissions.

Mitchell says PEI's renewable energy efforts were noted at the recent meeting of premiers and governors as having a positive impact on GHG emissions. The island province -- Canada's smallest -- is a leader in wind energy which accounts for approximately 25 pct of the province's electric power consumption. Through wind projects across the province the province's installed wind capacity is up to 204 megawatts.

Additionally, the PEI Office of Energy Efficiency has assisted close to 10,000 Island homes and businesses with energy audits and/or complete energy retrofits to reduce their energy consumption. On average, clients see a GHG reduction of 3.61 tpy. Over the past five years, these programs have reduced GHGs by about 40,000 tonnes.

A recent resolution passed by the eastern premiers and New England governors committed to reducing emission levels by 35 to 45 per cent below the 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: APEC, 27 Sept., 2015) Contact: APEC, www.apec-econ.ca

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


SCE Issues 100MW Renewable Energy RFO (Ind. Report)
Southern California Edison
Date: 2015-10-02
Rosemead, California-headquartered Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a second Request for Offers (RFO) for renewable energy to support its Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP) in central and southern Orange County. The utility is seeking up to 100 MW for delivery in 2018. SCE is also looking to these resources to serve the local system, including providing ancillary grid services.

Eligible preferred resources for the RFO, which include renewable distributed generation, demand response, energy storage and renewable generation paired with energy storage, must connect to circuits or load that feed into the Johanna or Santiago substations in Orange County.

Projects that meet the RFO requirements can participate in the competitive bidding process and SCE has scheduled an in-person bidder's conference, details of which can be accessed by registering at sceprprfo.accionpower.com. (Source: Southern California Edison, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: Southern California Edison, Caroline McAndrews, Preferred Resources Pilot Director, Caroline Choi, VP Energy and Environmental Policy, www.sce.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  


Aussie Energy Giant AGL Commits to Climate Change Action (Int'l)
AGL Energy
Date: 2015-10-02
Australian energy giant and the country's largest coal-fire power plant operator AGL Energy reports it will disclose its carbon footprint information in corporate reports as well as promote carbon pricing as part of an international effort for sustainable action on climate change. AGL's initiative part of its commitment to join the Carbon Disclosure Project-led "We Mean Business", a worldwide coalition committed to greater transparency about their emissions activity.

Previously this year, the company announced that it would close its existing greenhouse gas emitting coal-fired power stations by 2050. It also indicated it would move into the rooftop solar, energy storage and electric vehicle services sectors by 2020.

AGL also recently joined some of Australia's largest companies in calling for a more serious approach to cutting carbon emissions and urging countries to ensure a deal is struck at the upcoming UN climate change talks in Paris.(Source: AGL, Australian, Various Others, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: AGL Energy, Michael Fraser, CEO, Stephen Mikkelsen, CFO, +61 (2) 9921 2999, www.agl.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL Energy,  Coal,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


Roanoke Co-op Touts Energy Savings Programs (Ind. Report)
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Date: 2015-10-02
In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC) has stepped up its efforts to address its membership's "pocketbook" issues with several energy cost savings initiatives including:
  • Community Solar which makes solar a more economical and accessible energy option. Members pay a one-time fee to purchase the energy output from solar panels;
  • Upgrade to $ave program which makes energy efficiency upgrades with the cost spread out with a fixed charge on members' bills that is less than the estimated energy savings from the energy efficiency upgrades;
  • Bright $avings which deploys energy efficient outdoor LED lights to all of the co-op's consumer-members over the next two years. To date, over 3,000 lights have been converted, accounting for nearly half of the outdoor lights on the co-op's system.

    The cost savings are made possible by a wholesale power cost credit that REC will pass along to its members in the form of a monthly power bill reduction this winter. The $.01 per kWh wholesale power credit equates to a monthly saving of $35 to $50 during the colder winter months.

    REC provides electric power service to 14,000 people in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan Counties. (Source: Roanoke Electric Cooperative, rrdailyherald.com, 30 Sept., 2015) Contact: Roanoke Electric Cooperative. Curtis Wynn, CEO, (252) 209-2236, www.roanoleelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Roanoke Electric Cooperative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Two 25-Turbine Israeli Farms Planned for Israel (Int'l)
    Afcon Holdings
    Date: 2015-10-02
    Isreal-headquartered Afcon Holdings, a part of the Shlomo Group of companies, reports it is building two, 25-turbine wind farms in Ramat Sirin and Ma'ale Gilboa in northern Israel.

    The new turbines will measure 29 meters (95.1 feet) each and will produce 850 kilowatts of energy an hour per turbine. The two projects are expected to be commissioned in late 2016. (Source: Afcon Holdings, jns.org, Oct., 2015) Contact: Afcon Holdings, (800) 234-7654, www.afcon.co.il

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    EPA Registers Joule's CO2-Recycled Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Joule Unlimited
    Date: 2015-10-02
    Bedford, Mass.-headquartered Joule Unlimited Inc. reports that its fuel-grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial use in E10 and E15 gasoline blends.

    Joule previously announced the successful third-party testing of Sunflow®-E ethanol, confirming its ability to meet standard s set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D4806 (denatured fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline for use as automotive spark-ignition engine fuel) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) EN 15376 ( ethanol as a blending component for petrol).

    Joule Sunflow®-E ethanol is chemically identical to its traditional counterparts, but differs in the way it is produced. Joule converts CO2 to ethanol directly in a continuous process, using engineered bacteria as living catalysts rather than biomass feedstocks. At full-scale commercialization, Joule ultimately targets productivity of up to 25,000 gallons of Sunflow-E ethanol per acre annually. (Source: Joule, Oct., 2015) Contact: Joule Unlimited, Felicia Krupps, (781) 533-9121, fkrupps@jouleunlimited.com, www.jouleunlimited.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Unlimited,  Ethanol,  CO2,  


    Building Energy Launches Better Buildings Marketplace™ (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Inc
    Date: 2015-10-02
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered Building Energy Inc., creator of the Better Buildings Marketplace™ reports the launch of its Accelerator Partner Program™ for energy management providers. The program is designed to boost energy and resource efficiency and connect energy management providers directly to customer's and customers.

    Building Energy Inc. is a technology company that combines cleantech and information technology to transform the way building owners and their service providers generate successful energy and water efficiency projects.

    Building Energy's Data-Powered Finance™ technology matches the best capital source with the best efficiency measures for specific buildings and, using a solution-oriented underwriting model, helps ensure project success.

    Cities use Building Energy to manage compliance with disclosure regulations. Portfolio owners and managers use Building Energy to identify opportunities and track results through the Building Energy data-based "rolling profile" visual feedback loop. Building Energy is the only production system that incorporates the emerging BEDES standard for data interoperability (Source: Building Energy Inc., Oct., 2015) Contact: Chris Preston, VP Sales and Marketing, chris.preston@buildingenergy.com

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


    London Underground Tests Regenerative Brake Energy (Ind. Report)
    London Underground
    Date: 2015-09-30
    In the UK, the London subway system -- London Underground (LU) has been trialing a train brakes inverter energy capture and storage technology on the Victoria Line that could cut its energy bill 5 pct. The inverter system is installed at LU's Cloudesley Road substation for a five-week trial period.

    According to LU, the reclaimed waste energy from Tube train brakes could potentially capture 1 Megawatt hour (MWh) of energy per day -- sufficient power for more than 100 homes for a year. The total potential savings are estimated £6 million per year. (Source: LU, The Engineer, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: London Underground, Chris Tong, Dir. Power and Cooling, www.londonunderground.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Harvesting,  


    Heraeus PV Expands Metallization Pastes Portfolio (M&A)
    Heraeus Photovoltaics,Murata Manufacturing
    Date: 2015-09-30
    German PV metallization pastes specialist Heraeus Photovoltaics, reports the acquisition of three metallization pastes patent families from the Japanese company Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.. The patented pastes contain glass compounds (glass frit) -- a key component in the formulation of metallization pastes -- with specific material combinations based on Tellurium-Oxide.

    Glass frit enables the electrical contact formation between the silicon substrate and the metal electrode. Tellurium containing pastes have demonstrated improved electrical contact to silicon solar cells over non tellurium containing paste. (Source: Heraeus, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: Heraeus, Andreas Liebheit, President Heraeus Photovoltaics, +49 61 81 35-4429, pv-info@heraeus.com, www.pvsilverpaste.com, www.heraeus-pvsilverpaste.com; Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., www.murata.com/en-global

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heraeus Photovoltaics,  PV Pastes,  


    Toronto Community Housing Plans Energy Retrofits (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Atmospheric Fund,Toronto Community Housing Corporation
    Date: 2015-09-30
    In Ontario, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) have launched the $4 million energy efficiency TowerWise Retrofit for 7 TCHC-owned residential buildings. TAF is financing the retrofits with an energy savings performance agreement.

    The retrofits include double glazed windows, low-flow faucets and toilets, high efficiency refrigerators, boilers, motors and lighting, that use off-the-shelf technology and can generate multiple benefits. The TowerWise Retrofit program involves before-and-after measurements of comfort and indoor air quality. (Source: Toronto Housing Corp., Inside Toronto, 25 Sept., 2015) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Julia Langer, CEO, (416) 392-0253, jlanger@taf.ca, www.taf.ca; Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Sheila Penny, VP facilities management, (416) 981-4926, info@torontohousing.ca,www.torontohousing.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toronto Atmospheric Fund,  


    Twin-Blade Offshore Wind Turbines Touted (Ind. Report)
    2-B Energy
    Date: 2015-09-30
    Netherlands-headquartered 2-B Energy reports it will build a 6-MW prototype two-bladed offshore wind turbine off Eemshaven. The "2B6" turbine, which is being financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Shell and Capital Truffle, is expected to power about 5,000 households by 2030.

    In the UK, the Crown Estate, reports it will build two-bladed offshore wind turbines with Forthwind Limited, a subsidiary of 2-B Energy. This 6-megawatt turbines will be constructed off Methil, Scotland.

    Two-bladed horizontal turbines are more economical to build and install than vertical 3-blade turbines which are larger, heavier and require higher towers, more material and time, and transportation costs to construct and install. Industry experts have pegged the cost differential at about 20 pct less. (Source: 2-B Energy Website, Maritime Exec, 25 Sept., 2015) Contact: 2-B Energy, +31 74 256 6330, www.2benergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 2-B Energy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Coke, Pepsi Fleets Switching to Low Carbon Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Business for Social Responsibility Future of Fuels
    Date: 2015-09-30
    U.S. beverage giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola report having committed to reducing their high-carbon fuel use and increasing the fuel efficiency of their vehicle fleets through the Business for Social Responsibility Future of Fuels Program.

    The companies are researching the sourcing of fleet fuels including biodiesel and others, and tracking their industry’s vehicle fleet efficiency.

    PepsiCo currently operates the largest all-electric delivery vehicle fleet in America. Coca-Cola operates the largest heavy-duty hybrid electric commercial truck fleet in North America. Both companies are actively working to add alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets.

    According to the US DOE, corporate and government fleets account for 35 pct of transportation-related fossil fuel consumption. (Source: Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Meltwater Press, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: Business for Social Responsibility Future of Fuels program, www.bsr.org/en/collaboration/groups/future-of-fuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuels,  


    BNE's Connecticut Wind Farm Nearing Completion (Ind. Report)
    BNE Energy,Eversource Energy
    Date: 2015-09-30
    West Hartford-based BNE Energy reports that construction of its Wind Colebrook South wind farm in Connecticut will be completed in October.

    The project utilizes two GE 2.85-103 wind turbines with a hub height of 98.3 meters. BNE has a PPA with Utility Eversource Energy for the project's output, which will be capped at 5 MW. When completed, Wind Colebrook South will be the Nutmeg State's first utility-scale wind project. (Source: BNE Energy, NA Windpower, Others, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: BNE Energy, Paul Corey, Pres., (800) 450-0503, info@bneenergy.com, http://www.bneenergy.com; Eversource Energy, https://www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNE Energy,  Wind,  


    Study Explores Forest Carbon Emissions Storage Capacity (R&D)
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Date: 2015-09-30
    As carbon emissions continue to rise, scientists project forests will grow faster and larger, due to an increase in atmospheric CO2, which fuels photosynthesis. But a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Bristol in the UK has found that these projections are overestimated.

    By modeling future land cover and land use changes and other factors, the researchers found many forests won't be able to absorb as much CO2 as projected because they'll have a shortage of nitrogen. "Forests take up carbon from the atmosphere, but in order for the plants to fix the carbon, it requires a certain amount of nitrogen," said graduate student Prasanth Meiyappan, who conducted the study with atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, in collaboration with Bristol geography lecturer Joanna House. "If that ratio of carbon to nitrogen isn't right, even if you add many times more carbon than it gets currently, the forests cannot absorb the extra carbon."

    The research deals specifically with forests that are regrowing after deforestation, wood harvest and fires and the removal of forest biomass for use a s fuel. The researchers found that because most climate models included in the IPCC projections don't take into account the effect of nitrogen, they underestimate 21st century net carbon emissions in the land sector by a minimum 90 pct and a high of 150 pct.

    The research project was supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Leverhulme Foundation. (Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sept., 2015) Contact: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Atul Jain, (217) 333-2128, jain1@illinois.edu. University of Bristol, Joanna House, +44 (0) 7986 860 335, jo.house@bristol.ac.uk

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


    VW False Emissions Test Plot Thickens! (Ind. Report, Int'l)
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2015-09-30
    It would appear that VW wasn't the only villain in the recently disclosed vehicle emissions tests cheating scandal. According to The Guardian, the UK, France, and Germany all secretly lobbied for the continued use of outdated vehicle emissions testing technologies and protocols that they knew would create major loopholes for automakers to exploit. The overall effect would have been to increase real-world CO2 emissions by 14 pct OVER those shown in the tests. Although not involving software, these loopholes would allow the CO2 testing procedures to be "gamed" to produce deceptively good results just as Volkswagen has been doing for NOx gases. The loopholes would have made it easier for auto manufacturers to meet the new standard while undermining EU efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The UK, France and Germany's planned cheats included:

  • Testing vehicle only when the battery was fully charged since a fully-charged battery prevents a car's alternator from kicking in and releasing carbon emissions during tests;
  • Using outdated "inertia classes" -- progressively adding weights to a car and measuring how much extra carbon dioxide is produced;
  • Skewing test results on sloping downhill tracks;
  • Allowing, indeed encouraging, manufacturers to declare a final CO2 value that was 4 pct lower than the measured test result.

    According to The Guardian, the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee has voted for real-world air pollutant emissions tests to begin no later than 2017, and demanded that no loopholes of the kind called for by the UK, France and Germany should be allowed. (Source: Various Sources, CarsTechnica, 24 Sept., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  NOX Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


  • Georgia Consulting Stakeholders on EPA Carbon Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2015-09-30
    Under the U.S. EPA's final version of the Clean Power Plan Georgia will have to cut emissions from existing power plants by about 34 pct from 2012 levels by 2030. The state does, however, have options on how to achieve those cuts, and is now considering its options.

    The state must first determine whether it wants to cut emissions by mass, essentially eliminating a set number of tons of carbon, or by rate, which would require only emitting a certain amount of carbon per megawatt hour. The state is also considering how to leverage its nuclear power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency options as well potential collaborations with others states to help meet its emissions reduction targets.

    According to Karen Hays, chief of the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the agency is working with other state agencies, the U.S. EPA, utilities, renewable energy companies, nonprofits and energy-efficiency experts, and is planning a series of stakeholder meetings to consider the state's options. (Source: US EPA, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta NPR, Sept., 2015) Contact: Georgia Environmental Protection Division, epd.georgia.gov

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


    Mexico Planning 30.s Million Smart Meter Deployment (Int'l)
    PIDIREGAS
    Date: 2015-09-30
    Metering and Smart Energy International reports that Mexico has issued several tenders for a total of more than 2 million smart meters as part of a planned deployment of 30.2 million smart meters between by 2025. The initiative is part of the country's $10.9 billion investment in smart grid infrastructure. In addition to smart meters, the investments include power distribution automation, battery storage, home energy management, information technology and other measures.

    The tender calls were issued by the government owned Federal Electricity Commission's PIDIREGAS program which uses private sources to carry out public projects. (Source: Federal Electricity Commission, Metering and Smart Energy International, Energy Mgr., 29 Sept., 2015) Contact: CFE, PIDIREGAS, http://www.cfe.gob.mx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


    UNL Leads $13.5Mn Sorghhum for Biofuel R&D Project (R&D)
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln,DOE-Joint Genome Institute
    Date: 2015-09-30
    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a 5-year, US DOE-funded $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. The Danforth Plant Science Center, Washington State University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Boyce Thompson Institute, Clemson University, Iowa State University, Colorado State University and the DOE-Joint Genome Institute are also participating in the research project.. Daniel Schachtman, professor of agronomy and horticulture and director of UNL's Center for Biotechnology, who will lead this project.

    Researchers will investigate sorghum genetics as well as the soil microbes that interact with plants in an effort to improve sorghum's productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to strategies to increase plant biomass as well as more water use- and nutrient-efficient sorghum crop systems. The work takes advantage of advances in marker-assisted breeding, metagenomics and computational genomic analysis.

    Geneticists will search for and study sorghum varieties that use water and nitrogen more efficiently under limited water or nitrogen conditions. At the same time, microbiologists will identify and characterize soil microbes that interact with and benefit sorghum, such as by enhancing nutrient uptake, water-use efficiency and disease protection. Bringing both approaches together, the team will experiment to find the genetic and microbial combinations with the greatest productivity benefits. The team also will create an extensive catalog and repository of sorghum-related soil microbes and their genetic sequences as a resource for the scientific community. (Source: UNL, 29 Sept., 2015) Contact: UNL, Prof. Daniel Schachtman, Dir., Center for Biotechnology, (402) 472-7211, www.unl.edu; Danforth Plant Science Center, (314) 587-1000, https://www.danforthcenter.org; DOE-Joint Genome Institute, (925) 296-5670, jgi.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biofuels,  Bioenergy,  DOE-Joint Genome Institute,  Genome,  


    Spire Considers Possible Company, Asset Sale (Ind. Report)
    Spire Corp
    Date: 2015-09-28
    Bedford, Mass.-headquartered solar module manufacturing equipment maker Spire Corp reports it is exploring its strategic options, including the possible sale of the entire company or select company assets as a means of addressing ongoing funding difficulties. In an August SEC filing, the company indicated that its lack of sufficient cash resources and financing, as well as the delays in product shipments and the now stricter payment terms from certain suppliers has hurt its liquidity and operations.

    Investment bank Mirus Capital Advisors has been engaged to advise Spire on it's course of action. The company's Sept. 30, 2014 financial report showed a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $5.9 million. (Source: Spire, University of Salford, SeeNews, 23 Sept., 2015) Contact: Spire Corp., Roger W. LaFavre, Pres., CEO, (800) 510-4815, http://www.spirecorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spire Corp.,  Solar,  PV,  


    Biomass Pellet Maker Westervelt Wins NSF SBP Cert. (Ind. Report)
    Westervelt Renewable Energy,NSF Sustainability
    Date: 2015-09-28
    Tuscalussa, Alabama-based woody biomass pellet manufacturer Westervelt Renewable Energy has achieved Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certification from NSF Sustainability, a division of the global public health organization NSF International.

    SBP certification confirms that the company's woody biomass pellets for energy production meet all European human health, regulatory and sustainability requirements and standards. The SBP Framework sets standards for the sustainable production and the responsible sourcing of woody biomass products, and provides a tool to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. (Source: Westervelt Renewable Energy, NSF, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: Westervelt Renewable Energy, (205) 562-5000, www.westervelt.com; NSF, (734) 418-6624, www.nsf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  NSF Sustainability,  


    White House Recaps Chinese, US Climate Change Initiative Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2015-09-28
    According to a White House press release, the U.S. and China have marked major milestone in their joint leadership in the fight against climate change with the release of a U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change. The Statement outlines a common vision for a new global climate agreement to be concluded in Paris this December. The Statement also includes significant domestic policy announcements and commitments to global climate finance, demonstrating the determination of both countries to act decisively to achieve the goals set last year.

    The two countries have articulated a set of shared understandings on the importance of a successful Paris agreement that ramps-up ambition over time, pointing toward a low-carbon transformation of the global economy this century. They agreed on the need for an enhanced transparency system to build mutual trust and confidence and promote effective implementation including through reporting and review of action and support in an appropriate manner, and made new progress on the issue of differentiation between developed and developing countries.

    China also confirmed plans to launch in 2017 a national emission trading system covering power generation, steel, cement, and other industrial sectors, as well as implement a "green dispatch" system to favor low-carbon sources in the electric grid. These announcements complement the recent finalization of the U.S. Clean Power Plan, which will reduce emissions in the U.S. power sector by 32 pct by 2030. Both countries are developing new heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards to be finalized in 2016 and implemented in 2019, as well as phasing out super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

    Both countries also announced increased efforts to accelerate the transition to low-carbon development internationally, including a new climate finance commitment by China of $3.1 billion to help developing countries combat climate change. The two countries also re-affirmed their commitment to bilateral cooperation at all levels.

    On mitigating the impact of climate change, the US and China agreed on three elements of a package to strengthen the ambition of the Paris outcome. First, they recognized that the emissions targets and policies that nations have put forward are crucial steps in a longer-range effort to transition to low-carbon economies and agreed that those policies should ramp up over time in the direction of greater ambition. Second, they underscored the importance of countries developing and making available mid-century strategies for the transition to low-carbon economies, mindful of the below 2 degrees Celsius global temperature goal. Third, they emphasized the need for the low-carbon transformation of the global economy this century. Finally, the two sides recognized the crucial role of major technological advancement in the transition to low-carbon economies, and endorsed significant increases in basic research and development into clean energy technologies in the coming years. (Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 26 Sept., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News White House,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    Energy Efficiency to Save BNL $1.3Mn Annually (Ind. Report)
    Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Date: 2015-09-28
    In Upton, New York, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is expecting recently completed energy efficiency upgrads to generate over $1.3 million in energy savings, rebates and incentives annually.

    The recently completed work was performed under a utility energy service contract (UESC) with National Grid and Siemens, under which National Grid facilitated $14.85 million in third-party financing. The laboratory will repay the loan over 10 years using the savings generated by the upgrades.

    The BNL upgrades include new lighting systems, occupancy sensors and timers in 18 buildings plus enhanced energy management controls in nine buildings and a new high-efficiency 1,250-ton water chiller and related components at BNL's Central Chilled Water Facility. The improvements are expected to reduce the BNL's annual energy intensity by approximately 11 pct compared to baseline measurements and help it meet its 30 pct energy intensity reduction goal for 2015. (Source: Brookhaven National Laboratory , September 25, 2015) Contact: Brookhaven National Laboratory, (631) 344-8000, https://www.bnl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookhaven National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Microorganisms to Develop Plant Oil R&D Wins Support (New Prod & Tech, R&D)
    BMG LABTECH Japan Ltd
    Date: 2015-09-28
    In Japan, BMG LABTECH Japan Ltd. and the Japanese company IR MAIL have awarded the 2nd IR MAIL Science Grant to Shigenobu Kishino, a member of the Laboratory of Fermentation Physiology and Applied Microbiology of the Kyoto University in Japan for their research into High Throughput Screening measurements of oil-producing oleaginous microorganisms to establish an alternative method of oil extraction.

    The research project aims to discover and develop unique functions of oleaginous microorganisms to create biofuels and other industrial products and applications. (Source: BMG LABTECH, Select Science, 28 Sept., 2015) Contact: BMG LABTECH Japan Ltd., Taeko Takashiro, www.bmglabtech.co.jp; Kyoto Univ. Laboratory of Fermentation Physiology and Applied Microbiology, http://www.microbial.kais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/Eaboutlab.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


    Suncor Expects Oil Patch Carbon Emissions to Rise (Ind. Report)
    Suncor
    Date: 2015-09-18
    According to a Bloomberg report, Alberta-based Suncor Energy Inc. expects greenhouse-gas CO2 emissions from its tar-sands operations in the Alberta oil patch to increase 28 pct in five years as it expands oil-sands production.

    Emissions including carbon dioxide will rise to about 26.2 million metric tons in 2019, from 20.5 million last year, according to the company's sustainability report.

    Download Suncor's Report on Sustainability 2015 HERE. (Source: Suncor, Bloomberg, 9 Sept., 2015) Contact: Suncor Sustainability Office, (800) 558-9071, info@suncore.com, http://www.suncor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    BuildingIQ, Xcel Partner on Bldg. Optimization Pilot (Ind. Report)
    BuildingIQ, Xcel Energy
    Date: 2015-09-18
    San Francisco-based energy management software specialist BuildingIQ reports that its Predictive Energy Optimization™ (PEO) platform will serve as the technology powering Xcel Energy's Building Optimization Pilot Program in Colorado.

    Through this pilot, approximately ten commercial buildings that average daily summer peak load over 500kW within the utility's Colorado territory will install BuildingIQ's cloud-based solution. Participating buildings will experience a reduction in day-to-day energy consumption and can be automatically called upon by Xcel Energy to assist in demand response relief, thus allowing the utility to avoid the need to purchase or produce additional power during periods of high demand.

    BuildingIQ's software leverages predictive analytics to enable intelligent building management. BuildingIQ's optimization platform is unique in that measurement and verification (M&V) is an intrinsic part of the system. All collected data is compared to baseline models and reported savings are consistent with International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocols (IPMVP). In addition, through Xcel Energy's program these savings will be examined by a third-party evaluator. (Source: BuildingIQ , PR, Sept., 2015) Contact: BuildingIQ, Michael Nark, CEO, (888) 260-4080, http://www.buildingiq.com; Xcel Energy, Anne Kraft, Manager Customer Solutions, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BuildingIQ,  Xcel Energy,  Energy Management,  Energy Management Software,  Demand Response ,  


    Biofuels Sales Target Legislation Introduced in Queensland (Int'l)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2015-09-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Queensland state government has introduced legislation requiring fuel sellers to meet targets for the sale of ethanol-blended petrol and bio-based diesel. The legislation and the proposed mandates are intended to help Queensland transition to a clean energy economy and grow the state's biofuels and bio-manufacturing sectors.

    The legislation includes an initial 2 pct ethanol blend mandate for petrol and a .5 pct biobased diesel mandate. If passed into law, the mandate will require E10 to make up 20 pct of regular petrol sales in Queensland. (Source: Daily Mercury, 15th Sept., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    TSK Scores $385Mn Kuwaiti Wind, Solar Park Contract (Int'l Report)
    TSK,Flagsol
    Date: 2015-09-18
    Spain's TSK Group reports winning a $385 million EPC contract to construct Kuwait's first major solar power installation at the Shagaya Renewable Energy Park solar energy project located 100km from Kuwait City. By 2030 the park is expected to have a total capacity of 2,000MW -- comprising solar thermal, solar PV and wind power -- and supply 15 pct of the country's electric power needs.

    The 60MW first phase of is divided into a 50MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant and a 10MW solar PV plant. The solar thermal component will use a parabolic trough technology designed by TSK's German subsidiary, TSK Flagsol. (Source: TSK, Utilities ME, 13 Sept., 2015) Contact: TSK Flagsol, +49 221 925 9700, www.flagsol.com; TSK Group, en.grupotsk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  TSK,  CSP,  Wind,  Flagsol,  


    Solar Surges in the Middle East and North Africa Driving Need for Latest in Efficient Technology -- GE Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    General Electric
    Date: 2015-09-18
    "Last year was a breakthrough year for solar in the Middle East with over 30 solar projects awarded -- a ten-fold increase on 2013, according to The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA). MESIA also predicts that in 2015, more than 1,500MW worth of solar projects will be tendered to meet the rising electricity demands set by the region's population, which is estimated to continue growing by approximately 1.9 percent year-on-year. Accelerating the growth of solar is the continued development of innovative technologies and services that are further driving down the cost of solar systems, offering the rapidly growing regions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) a valuable and economically viable energy alternative to conventional fossil fuels.

    "Over the last decade the MENA region has really started to harness solar energy. The popularity of solar energy across MENA is largely driven from the UAE. Dubai has awarded a 200MW Solar PV power plant, introduced solar powered 'palm trees' as well as the Dubai Rooftop Solar program, and has increased its target threefold, upping solar's target contribution to the energy mix from 5 percent to 15 percent, which means it will have 3,000 MW of solar power by 2030. Meanwhile, last year Jordan awarded 12 solar projects, the most in any country in the region in 2014. Morocco has the most ambitious clean energy target in the MENA region and is on track to have 42 percent of its installed energy capacity dedicated to renewable sources by 2020. Of that, 2,000 MW will come from solar.

    "This continued drive towards solar, following the reduction in the cost of solar systems, has resulted in it being competitive with the wholesale price of electricity in many regions. The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) recently secured a 25-year electricity tariff of roughly $0.06 per kWh for a 200MW solar PV power plant. This ground-breaking cost reduction has led solar to become one of the most competitive energy sources in the region and the IEA estimates that solar will become the cheapest form of electricity between 2025 and 2030. The implementation of solar projects throughout the region is also helping to reduce carbon emissions, which, have grown so rapidly in the last decade that the average person in MENA is set to emit more emissions than the average person globally by the end of this year."

    Access the full Solar Surges in the Middle East and North Africa Driving Need for Latest in Efficient Technology report HERE. (Source: GE Power Conversion , 17 Sept., 2015) Contact: GE Power Conversion, Wenlin Jin, +33 (0) 1 53 59 28 45, wenlin.jin@ge.com, www.gepowerconversion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  General Electric,  


    German Energy Storage Project Scores €9Mn EU Support (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2015-09-18
    In Europe, the German North Sea island of Borkum is working on the installation of energy storage technology with €9 million in support from the European Union.

    According to a release on the European Commission CORDIS website, the activities are supported by the project NETFFICIENT, 13 research organizations, large enterprises, SMEs and 7 European municipalities. The partners will develop a sustainable energy management system, integrate smart energy storage and enhance distribution technologies, to be implemented in the electric grid of the island.

    The project aims to demonstrate and deploy innovative local energy storage technologies in the island's grid. It will also develop a management and decision support tool from energy generation to consumption by the end-user, and address all levels of the energy value chain including stakeholder groups, municipalities and the island’s residents. (Source: EU CORDIS, Metering Smart Energy, 14 Sept., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Solidia Patents Cement CO2 Process (New Prod & Tech)
    Solidia Technologies
    Date: 2015-09-18
    In the Garden State, Piscataway-headquartered Solidia Technologies® reports that it has received U.S. Patent No. 9,095,815, Systems and Methods for Capture and Sequestration of Gases and Compositions Derived Therefrom,, a process of creating a solid ceramic form by requisitioning greenhouse gases with a chemical, non-hydraulic bond. When applied to concrete, this innovation drastically cuts hardening time because the concrete does not need to cure over a period of weeks.

    The technology offers the global construction and materials industry a way to reduce CO2 emissions in the production of cement and provide concrete manufacturers a sustainable way to make concrete that is stronger, cheaper to produce and faster to cure.

    The company's patented technologies start with sustainable Solidia Cement™ and cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, reducing carbon emissions up to 70 pct and recycling 60 - 100 pct of the water used in production. (Source: Solidia Technologie, PR, 15 Sept., 2015) Contact: Solidia Technologies, Tom Schuler, CEO, (908) 315-5901, info@ solidiatech.com, http://solidiatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solidia Technologies,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Cement,  


    Carrefour Supports CO2 Emissions Reduction Initiative (Int'l)
    Carrefour Group
    Date: 2015-09-18
    Multinational retail giant Carrefour Group reports its support for a global initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and keep global warming below 2 degrees C. Accordingly, French group has set a carbon reduction target of 40 pct by 2025 for its retail stores. Carrefour has already reduced its emissions by 30 pct in its European stores.

    The retailer is also encouraging its suppliers and customers to help ensure the success of the 21st World Climate Conference (COP21) which will be held in Paris later this year. The company is also combatting energy and food wastage and has donated the equivalent of 88 million meals to food charities worldwide. (Source: Carrefour, ESM, 15 Sept., 2015) Contact: Carrefour Group, http://www.carrefour.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    EU Wants Maritime Emissions Included in COP21 Deal (Ind Report)
    European Union, European Parliament
    Date: 2015-09-18
    The heads of 7 of the 8 political groups of the European Parliament's environment committee have urged the Environment Ministers of 28-member trading bloc to include international shipping and aviation in any global climate deal. The Environment Ministers will be meeting on September 18th to finalize the EU position for the UN Conference on Climate Change, COP21, in Paris later this year.

    International aviation and shipping already account for up to 8 pct of the global climate change problem -- if these two sectors were a country, they would be among the 10 largest polluting nations. Most importantly, their emissions are expected to grow by 2050 by 200-300 pct for aviation and 50-250 pct for shipping. Such increases would undermine efforts to limit the rise of global temperature to under 2 degrees C.

    According to Sotiris Raptis, clean shipping officer at sustainable transport group Transport & Environment, "It's simply fair to demand from two economic sectors with emissions the size of Germany and South Korea to reduce CO2 emissions in line with keeping the global temperature increase below 2 degrees C. The IMO and ICAO have been procrastinating so far. The time for action has come."

    (Source: EU, Various Sources, Maritime Executive, gCaptain, 14 Sept., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21 news,  Maritime Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Luminant to Purchase SunEdison Solar Energy (Ind. Report)
    Energy Future Holdings ,Luminant
    Date: 2015-09-16
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based energy generation provider Luminant, a Energy Future Holdings subsidiary, reports it has entered into a long-term PPA with SunEdison for the 116 MW of solar energy from SunEdison's 485,000 panel Castle Gap facility. Castle Gap, which is under construction in Upton County, is expected to come online in late 2016. The facility is projected to generate sufficient solar energy for 58,000 local households annually, and able to meet the peak demand power needs of 23,200 homes. The PPA stipulates that Luminant must sell the solar electricity to the ERCOT competitive market. (Source: Luminant, Various Source, 9 Sept., 2015) Contact: Luminant, Mac McFarland, CEO, (214) 812-4600, www.luminant.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, (314) 770-7325, pmorris@sunedison.com, www.sunedison.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunEdison,  Energy Future Holdings ,  Solar,  Luminant,  


    Ameresco to Build Solar Array in Northampton, ME (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco Inc.
    Date: 2015-09-16
    In Maine, the City of Northampton has contracted with Framingham-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. to develop a 3.3 MW solar array on a city-owned closed landfill site.

    The completed project would triple the amount of solar energy generated in Northampton and generate sufficient power for 600 average Northampton households. The array would generate 4.25 million kWh annually. (Source: City of Northampton, Gazettenet.com, 8 Sept., 2015) City of Northampton, www.northamptonma.gov; Ameresco, Louis Maltezos, Executive VP, http://www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  


    Carbon Management Software Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 32.50 pct Over 2014-2019 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Research and Markets,
    Date: 2015-09-16
    Dublin-headquartered Research and Markets reports the addition of the Global Carbon Management Software Market 2015-2019 report to its offerings.

    According to the report, using green energy is considered to be the most significant method of countering the challenges of GHG emissions. Green energy generation is the process of using renewable resources as raw materials for energy generation. Carbon management software provides a detailed report on the amount of CO2 generated per unit of production by organizations. This software helps reduce GHG emissions by monitoring, measuring, planning, storing, and reporting carbon emission data in organizations. It also helps increase awareness about the hazards of GHG emissions and helps identify and implement efficient measures to save costs by reducing electricity and heating and cooling bills.

    As the global carbon management software market is in its nascent stage, the users of the software are mostly unaware of all possible benefits of the software.

    Additional report information and details is HERE. (Source: Research and Markets, 10 Sept., 2015) Contact: Research and Markets, Laura Wood, Senior Manager (917) 300-0470 – US, Canada; International 011 +353-1-416-8900, www.researchandmarkets.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Research and Markets,  Carbon,  Carbon Software,  


    FGB, USAID Offering Climate Smart Tech Loans (Ind. Report)
    USAID,First Global Bank
    Date: 2015-09-16
    In Jamacia, Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Permanent Secretary Dr. Alwyn Hales has endorsed the partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Jamaica's First Global Bank (FGB) in offering loans to businesses and individuals for the installation of climate-smart technologies. The Permanent Secretary also commended the bank for joining in the climate change mitigation initiatives.

    The low interest loans in Jamaican dollars will enable cooperatives, individuals and community organizations to borrow between $5,000 and $100,000 for solar panels, solar water pumps, water catchments pools, tanks, hurricane straps and other necessary items. Small and medium-sized enterprises will be able to borrow loans from $100,000 to $875,000 to safeguard operations during natural disasters and other hazards. (Source: First Global Bank, Jamacia Information Service. 14 Sept., 2015) Contact: First Global Bank, Mr. Courtney Campbell, CEO, (876) 908-2327, https://www.firstglobal-bank.com; US Agency for International Development, www.usaid.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  USAID,  


    New Catalyst Increases Biodiesel Production (New Prod & Tech)
    Cardiff University, Cardiff Catalysis Institute
    Date: 2015-09-16
    In the UK, Researchers at Cardiff University's Cardiff Catalysis Institute report the development of a waste-recycling catalyst process that will increase the production of biodiesel by using the waste left over from its production process. The process allows the recycling of crude glycerol which is produced when biodiesel is formed from vegetable oil, and convert this into an ingredient to produce even more biodiesel.

    The crude glycerol contains many impurities and is costly to purify and re-use it in other areas. The researchers have reacted glycerol with water to convert it into methanol, which could be used as a starting reactant to create more biodiesel. The use of recycled methanol is expected to increase the biodiesel production by close to 10 pct. (Source: Cardiff Univ., Others, CTBR, Sept., 2015) Contact: Cardiff Univ. Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Stuart Taylor, Deputy Dir., cci@cardiff.ac.uk, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/cardiff-catalysis-institute

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Biodiesel,  Glycerol,  Biofuel,  


    AEG, BEE JV to Mkt. CoalSwitch Biomass Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
    Active Energy,Biomass Energy Enhancements
    Date: 2015-09-16
    London-headquartered timber and forestry group Active Energy Group Plc reports it is partnering with Utah-based Biomass Energy Enhancements (BEE) to form AEG CoalSwitch for the commercialization of a manufacturing process that allows biomass to be burned in unconverted coal-fired power stations. CoalSwitch is aiming to have a market-ready product capable of producing high volumes of clean energy coal switch biomass fuel by mid 2016.

    ActiveEnergy will invest in the new venture's initial working capital to construct a network of advanced fuel manufacturing facilities close to large-scale biomass raw material sources -- forests, sawmills and agricultural and industrial waste sites and others. ActiveEnergy will hold 51 pct stake in the JV company.

    BEE's fuel processing system process cleanses raw biomass by removing salts, minerals and other contaminants that can damage power plant furnaces. The process converts the material into high-energy fuel feedstock without the low and medium volatiles resident in other biomass-based fuels.

    Active Energyis an international supplier of Biomass for Energy (BFE) wood chips for green energy power generation, industrial wood chips for Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) manufacturing, Biomass fuel granules and granulating systems, as well as forestry/timberland development and management services. (Source: Active Energy, 14 Sept., 2015) Contact: Active Energy, Richard Spinks, CEO, 011 +44 (0) 20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com; Biomass Energy Enhancements LLC, Chaz Fritz, CEO, (239) 851-6304, http://www.biomassenergyenhancements.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Energy Enhancements,  Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  


    Penske Launches Alt. Fuel Station Finder Website (Ind. Report)
    Penske
    Date: 2015-09-16
    Penske Truck Leasing has launched www.AltFuelStations.com, a new website to help the heavy-duty transportation industry identify public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations in the U.S. and Canada.

    Users can search for stations by address or ZIP code, and the website will offer data including hours of operation, contact information, accepted payment method and a map to the location. Penske says the site will be updated monthly, and there are future plans to include propane fueling stations. (Source: Penske, NGT News, 14 Sept., 2015) Contact: Penske, www.pensketruckleasing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  Penske,  


    Minn. Power Files Renewables, CO2 Emissions Plan (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Power
    Date: 2015-09-14
    In a filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Duluth-headquartered Minnesota Power reports that it expects a 30 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, from 2005 levels. To meet its goal, the company has developed short- and long-term action plans that include:
  • Economic idling of the company's Taconite Harbor Energy Center in the fall of 2016 and ceasing coal operations there in 2020;
  • Expanding renewables through delivery of 383 megawatts of carbon-free hydropower from Manitoba Hydro via the company's planned 500-kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line;
  • Adding 200-300 megawatts of clean and flexible natural gas generation to the company's portfolio within the next decade;
  • Advancing both large- and small-scale solar generation additions;
  • Expanding the potential for additional energy efficiency savings.

    The company has also made significant investments in its power plants to reduce emissions. A project underway at Boswell 4, the largest unit in Minnesota Power's fleet, will result in a 90 pct reduction in mercury emissions. (Source: Minnesota Power, Hibbing Tribune, 5 Sept., 2015) Contact: Minnesota Power, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Clean Energy Plan,  


  • Vermont Energy Champ Challenge on a Roll (Ind. Report)
    Burlington Electric Department,Vermont Gas System
    Date: 2015-09-14
    The Burlington Electric Department (BED) and Vermont Gas Systems have announced that their popular Energy Champ Challenge program, aimed at increasing energy efficiency in some of Burlington's largest residential rental units, has reached its goal of 50 scheduled energy audits. The two utilities launched the energy efficiency Program in June. The program was intended to encourage landlords to install the recommended thermal and electric efficiency measures.

    As of today, 84 energy audits have been scheduled for 48 different landlords, with even more in the queue. BED and Vermont Gas now planning to schedule 100 scheduled energy audits by the end of the year.

    Under the program, Vermont Gas will cover 75 pct of all recommended weatherization upgrades that can significantly cut energy consumption, lower energy costs for both tenants and landlord, and increase a buildings value.

    BED is offering all Energy Champ owners and renters free electric efficiency tool kits, including LED light bulbs and advanced power strips, to further reduce energy consumption. (Source: Burlington Electric Dept., Vermont Business, Sept. 10, 2015.) Contact: Burlington Electric Dept., Barbara Grimes, GM, (802) 658-0300,www.burlingtonelectric.com; Energy Champ Challenge, (802) 863-4511, www.energychampbtv.com; Burlington Electric Dept., Vermont Gas System; (802) 863-4511, https://vermontgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Burlington Electric Department,  

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