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,
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,
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
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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,
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,
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,
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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.alliancebioe.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance Bioenergy, Cellulose, Cellulosic, Lingin,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, APEC, Climate Change,
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,
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,
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,
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
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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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Unlimited, Ethanol, CO2,
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, email@example.com
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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
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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,
www.pvsilverpaste.com, www.heraeus-pvsilverpaste.com; Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., www.murata.com/en-global
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taf.ca;
Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Sheila Penny, VP facilities management, (416) 981-4926, email@example.com,www.torontohousing.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Toronto Atmospheric Fund,
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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.bneenergy.com;
Eversource Energy, https://www.eversource.com
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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, email@example.com. University of Bristol, Joanna House, +44 (0) 7986 860 335, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The UK, France and Germany's planned cheats included:
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,
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,
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,
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,
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
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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
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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,
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
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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
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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, email@example.com, http://www.suncor.com
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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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News BuildingIQ, Xcel Energy, Energy Management, Energy Management Software, Demand Response ,
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)
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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
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"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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gepowerconversion.com
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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)
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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,
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,
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."
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
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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
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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
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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., email@example.com, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/cardiff-catalysis-institute
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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
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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
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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
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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
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