The Home Upgrade program encourages homeowners to take a comprehensive, whole-house approach to energy efficiency to maximize savings, rather than making upgrades one at a time. Program participants cut their home energy usage by an average of 18 pct.
PG&E works with the not-for-profit, Oakland-based Build It Green to help customers understand the benefits of the whole-house approach and find a contractor to perform the upgrades. PG&E also works closely with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area that oversees the program in the Bay Area. (Source: PG&E, 10 Sept., 2015) Contact:
Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade, www.pge.com/homeupgrade; PG&E, Ari Vanrenen, (415) 973-5930, www.pge.com;
Build It Green, (510) 590-3360, www.builditgreen.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Energy Efficiency,
The Aussie PM countered that "Australia and New Zealand have already announced very ambitious targets for emissions reduction to take to the Paris conference. I was very pleased to explain to the forum today what Australia is doing, and just how ambitious we are being. We can be constructive global citizens when it comes to climate change without clobbering our economy," he said. In response to Abbotts comments, Enele Sopoaga, the prime minister of Tuvalu said "We're simply seeking for the rights of small island states to survive."
In August , the Aussies, one of the world's highest per-capita emitters, pledged to cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 pct on 2005 levels by 2030 -- a pledge that climate scientists and environmental groups characterized as "pathetically weak."
(Source: Various Sources, Telegraph, 10 Sept., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tony Abbott, Australia, Climate Change,
According to a NCGA release, "When the National Corn Growers joined the American Ethanol partnership five years ago we wanted to show the tens of millions of NASCAR fans the performance and environmental benefits of higher ethanol blends like E15. Eight million miles is a big accomplishment and sends a strong message to consumers that E15 works and works well. NASCAR has not had one fuel related issue since switching to E15." The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is a family owned and operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto-racing sports events. (Source: NCGA, PR, 11 Sept., 2015) Contact: NASCAR, www.nascar.com;
NCGA, Jon Holzfaster, Chairman, Chip Bowling, Pres., (202) 628-7001, Jennifer Myers, (202) 326-0644, email@example.com, www.ncga.com
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Edeniq was awarded $3.9 million in grant funding for the project from the California Energy Commission under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. (Source: edeniq, 6 Sept., 2015) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, CEO, Tom Griffin, CTO, Erika Schuetze, (805) 540-4318, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edeniq.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq, Cellulosic, Ethanol,
Many Alabama local school boards and educators, however, have responded to the new curriculum saying that
the new rules "don't require that students believe in evolution or accept the idea that climate is changing globally." The local school boards set each school's individual curriculum and there me be considerable irregularity in programming in the Bible Belt State. (Source: AP, Various Sources, 11 Sept., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
In August 2015, the OMCs issued tender calls for the purchase of 225 million gpy to meet a portion of the country's 5 pct biodiesel blend policy. The Indian diesel market is roughly calculated to be 25 billion gpy. Aemetis owns and operates a 50 million gpy biodiesel production facility located on the East Coast of India. (Source: Aemetis, Various Others, Sept., 2015) Contact: Aemetis, Eric MacAfee, CEO, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Inc., Biodiesel, India Biodiesel,
Embracing clean, renewable energy like solar to combat greenhouse gas emissions has the potential to drive economic growth instead of limiting it.
EnaSolar , NZ’s only PV manufacturer, General Manager Trevor Foster. “It is anticipated to be a large growth industry, as seen overseas, that will provide a range of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.”
New Zealand’s Climate plan of cutting emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 has been labelled “inadequate” by Climate Action Tracker, an independent group of scientists which monitors the emission commitments and actions of countries around the world.
(Source” Solar Living, Scoops, 6 Sept., 2015)
He pinpoints electricity generation as the biggest source of emissions. However, it would be easier to meet the global target by decarbonising electricity generation in Australia. Many power plants in Australia still use carbon as source of fuel since the country is rich in the commodity, and even Prime Minister Tony Abbott favours the continued use of coal because of its contribution to the Aussie economy.
The consequence of failure to meet global emissions reductions targets would be “serious damage to global economic activity and political instability,” said the professor. He noted that China and India, two of the world’s biggest carbon emitters, are changing their polluting behaviours which could result in achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
The hearings, which would reach 30 hearing days until December, according to a press release from the commission, aims to study the possibility of expanding the nuclear industry in South Australia. The sessions would tackle climate change, energy policy, national electricity market, geology and hydrogeology. (Source: Int’l. Business Times, 10 Sept., 2015)
The EPA contended that Duke illegally modified the power plants, increasing their emissions, without also upgrading air pollution controls. In its defense, Duke countered that the modifications were part of routine maintenance that did not require pollution control improvements The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the agency’s interpretation of the rules in 2007. In a statement, Duke denied any wrongdoing or error on its part by opted for a settlement that would ultimately be less costly than an ongoing expensive legal battle with an uncertain outcome.
The settlement was part of an EPA initiative to reduce emissions from major sources, including coal-fired power plants, under Clean Air Act provisions. The EPA has sued more than 30 electric utilities on similar grounds since 2000 and has resolved most of the litigation.
Duke agreed in the settlement to operate pollution controls and meet interim emission limits at the remaining two units at the Allen plant before retiring them by 2024. It will retire a third unit by 2024.
The three units had already been scheduled for retirement in 2028. Shutting them down will leave two operating units at Allen but cut the plant’s output by about half, Duke said.
The agreement will reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from Allen by 2,300 tpy.. Sulfur dioxide contributes to haze and acid rain. Nitrogen oxides form ozone. Both form fine particles that can damage the heart and lungs.
Duke will pay a $975,000 fine and spend $4.4 million on environmental projects including energy efficiency projects in distressed parts of the Carolinas, donations to the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service and, potentially, installation of electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: US EPA, Duke, Charlotte Observer, 10 Sept., 2015)
BIO is calling for papers for the event. The submission of papers for breakout panels, breakout papers, posters, and Green Tech investor sessions will be accepted beginning Sept. 17th. Leaders from the biotechnology industry, academia, and policy community are invited to offer an abstract or a proposal for a 15 minute presentation. Proposed papers and presentations should address any in a range of topics, including renewable chemicals, algae for fuels and bioproducts, and chemicals, biobased products, biomass utilization, cellulosic biofuels, metabolic engineering, new chemical pathways, regional economic development, synthetic biology, regulatory issues, new feedstock crops and feedstock sustainability, aviation biofuels, genetically engineered crops, project finance, biopathways to bulk chemicals, enzyme development, green plastics, work force training and specialty chemicals.
The 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, held in Montreal, drew 1,200 industry leaders from 725 companies, 50 countries and 37 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Further, the 2015 World Congress hosted more than 1,400 partnering meetings, a 40 pct increase from the 2014 BIO World Congress.
Information on the conference or to submit a proposal, please visit http://www.bio.org/worldcongress. (Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization , 8 Sept., 2015) Contact: Biotechnology Industry Organization, Brent Erickson, Exec. VP,
(202) 962-9200, www.bio.org
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The Chinese government has announced that a national emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be established in early 2017, although many expect it could be 2020 before the national ETS is functional across mainland China. China presently operates seven ETS pilot carbon markets and aims to establish a national ETS by 2017.
The survey suggests that until 2025, China's mix of policy instruments to control carbon emissions will markedly shift towards carbon trading, tax, and information disclosure, although most respondents expect that a carbon tax will eventually be introduced. (Source: China Carbon Forum, National Development and Reform Commission, Xinhua, CRI, 8 Sept., 2015) Contact: National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn;
National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, www.ctc-n.org; China Carbon Forum, www.chinacarbon.info
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The state agency has not, however, divulged how it will cut the state's energy sector GHG emissions by one-third over the next 15 years while still maintaining its status as an energy exporter.
The US EPA included different approaches and measurements states can use, including whether to cut the overall mass of carbon emissions to a certain number of tons or the rate of emissions per MWh of electrical generation. Choosing between a rate-based or mass-based path will dictate whether power plant owners are assigned emission allowances, or if they can trade in credits generated by plants that emit below a certain level, according to DEP policy director Patrick McDonnell. It also will determine whether and how Pennsylvania could coordinate efforts with surrounding states.
The EPA's plan is expected to further reduce the percentage of electricity generated by coal, which has diminished as coal-fired plants close because of tougher regulations and competition from natural gas.
The department also will hear from lawmakers once it writes a final plan by next year. A state law passed in 2014 requires approval of the implementation plan by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. (Source: Penna. Dept. of Environmental Protection, TribLive, 9 Sept., 2015) Contact: Penna. Dept. of Environmental Protection, John Quigley, Sec., Patrick McDonnell, Policy Director, RAfirstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Plan, Coal, GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
New entrants will join 24 round-one winners in the second round of the competition, where the CCEMC is placing particular emphasis on projects that can be commercialized in Alberta by 2020 and reduce GHG emissions by at least 1 megatonne annually. The deadline for this round of submissions is Jan. 18.
CCEMC plans to name five second round winners in 2017, each of whom will receive $3 million and have two years to refine their technology. At the end of the competition in 2019, one project will receive $10 million to help them commercialize their technology in Alberta.
Round one winners were drawn from 344 entries originating in 37 countries. Each of the 24 winners received $500,000 to advance their idea. (Source: CCEMC, CleanTech Canada, 9 Sept., 2015) Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp., Kirk Andries, Managing Dir., (687) 352-1973, email@example.com, http://ccemc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp., Carbon Capture,
Inverters convert solar power into usable energy and are measured by size, efficiency, and reliability. While advances have been made in the solar inverter space throughout the years, the large size of magnetics and cooling components have significantly limited any leapfrogging in the inverter space. SolarEdge's new HD-Wave technology will dramatically reduce the size of the inverter's magnetics by means of advanced digital processing. The new technology is designed to increase reliability and optimize the performance of solar energy systems to 99 pct efficiency.
SolarEdge's first inverters powered by HD-Wave technology will be available in December 2015. (Source: SolarEdge, 10 Sept., 2015) Contact: SolarEdge Technologies Inc., (877) 360-5292, infoNA@solaredge.com, www.solaredge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, SolarEdge, Inverters, Solar,
Bio LPG will enable fossil fuels users to reduce their carbon footprint without modifications to existing gas applications technology. Bio LPG, which can be used as a transportation fuel, heating oil and other applications, is recognized as an effective method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting sustainability targets.
SHV Energy will be the exclusive distributor of Neste Oil's Bio LPG, supplying the 160,000 tonnes over four years.
SHV Energy provides decentralized energy sources LPG, LNG and biomass worldwide.
(Source: Neste, 8 Sept., 2015) Contact: Neste Oil, Lars Peter Lindfors, Sr. VP, Kaisa Hietala, Exec. VP Renewable Products, 011 +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; SHV Energy, www.shvenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SHV Energy, Neste Oil, Bio LPG, Alternative Fuel,
The solids would be dried at the Annacis Wastewater Treatment Plant using excess heat from the cogeneration facility, but an additional facility would have to be established to dry half of the biosolids currently generated in the region. The cost of the project is estimated at $25 million plus an additional $10 million in 2030 when capacity is expected to grow. The initial annual operating cost is projected at $2.6 million jumping to $4 million in 15 years.
Metro Vancouver is developing an RFP for the conceptual design of a facility at the Annacis plant to produce the dried pellets. The RFP would establish the life-cycle cost, footprint, and preferred procurement method. The conceptual design process is expected to get underway this November. Construction would not get underway until June 2019.
Metro Vancouver is the provincially created political body and service provider that oversees the Greater Vancouver region's 24 local authorities. (Source: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver24Hrs, 7 Sept., 2015)
Contact: Metro Vancouver, Laurie Ford, Utility Residuals management program manager, (604) 432-6200, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.metrovancouver.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biosolid, Biofuel, Alternative Energy,
To achieve these levels of LEED equivalency, Caesars is building upon current conservation efforts already in-place by installing energy efficient LED lighting, introducing day lighting controls, and rewiring lighting systems for better control. Caesars is also educating operations management on new purchasing processes that encourage the use of supplies made with recycled content, as well as training staff on sustainability procedures that enhance facility operations.
In 2015, GOE awarded tax incentives to the owners of 22 buildings in Nevada that achieved LEED certification or equivalency, for a total of more than 46 million square feet. The largest contributor to this robust figure was the Caesars Entertainment properties at 28.5 million square feet.
(Source: Caesars Entertainment, GOE, 10 Sept, 2015) Contact: Caesars Entertainment, www.caesars.com; Nevada Governor's Office of Energy, (775) 687-1850, www.energy.nv.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Funding, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Incentive,
The initiative, called Rocky Forge Wind, has met with local criticism, opposition and a legal action against the county for its passage of an ordnance approving the project.
The ordinance allows wind turbines under 550 feet tall and that emit less than 60 decibels from the nearest property line.
The Rocky Forge Wind project would be the first large scale wind farm in Virginia, which is not generally considered to offer good wind energy potential. (Source: University of Virginia, Cavalier Daily, 31 Aug., 2015) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Mark Hood, Pres., Dahvi Wilson, (434) 220-6351, email@example.com, www.apexcleanenergy.com
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The filing indicated that the pledge could be substantially higher, depending upon the level of international financial support it receives. It also confirmed that the country aims to source 27 pct of its electric power from renewables by 2030 and to
cut its energy consumption by 9 pct. Algeria also aims to convert at least one million private vehicles and 20,000 buses from diesel to petrol power,
develop a national adaptation plan to boost its climate resilience,
establish a new monitoring mechanism with early warning systems for managing extreme weather events, and amend its institutional and regulatory framework to improve its ability to tackle climate change.(Source: Various Sources, Business Green, 7 Sept., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Intended Nationally Determined Contribution,
The agreement came out of an annual conference of the regional leaders, adding to a list of carbon reduction targets already set for 2010, 2020 and 2050. renewables goals.
The premiers and governors also agreed to "to help orient mid-term climate policy making efforts to meet the 2050 goal of reducing emissions by 75 pct to 85 pct below 2001 levels.
(Source: Maine Office of the Governor, BDN Maine, 8 Sept., 2015) Contact: Maine Office of the Governor,
Patrick Woodcock, Governor's Energy Office, (207) 287-3531, www.maine.gov/governor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
CWRU's research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy conversion in solar cells for lightweight thermal coatings and more. In early testing, a 3D fibre-like supercapacitor made with the uninterrupted fibres of carbon nanotubes and graphene matched or quadrupled the reported record-high capacities for this type of device.
Used as a counter electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell, the material enabled the cell to convert power with up to 6.8 pct efficiency and more than doubled the performance of an identical cell that instead used an expensive platinum wire. The properties can be customized. With the one-step process, the material can be made very long, or into a tube with a wider or narrower diameter. The material can be used for charge storage in capacitors and batteries or the large surface could enable storage of hydrogen.
(Source: Case Western Reserve University, Science Advances, BGR, Sept. 7, 2015) Contact: Case Western Reserve Univ., Prof. Liming Dai, case.edu/cse/eche/daigroup
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Battery,
The CoServ array is one of 14 pilot projects nationwide to be selected for the US DOE's Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) project. The SUNDA project is intended to expadite the use of solar energy by electric co-ops. Under the program, co-ops receive assistance in areas such as engineering, finance and procurement in an effort to drive down the soft costs of solar development.
Beginning in September, CoServ members will be able to buy units of solar energy under a special solar residential rate. (Source: CoServ, AZO, 7 Sept., 2015)
Contact: SolarWorld AG, SolarWorld USA, (805) 482-6800, www.solarWorld-usa.com; CoServ, Donnie Clay, Pres., CEO,
(940) 321-7800, www.coserv.com; SUNDA Project,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, SolarWorld,
InnoLas Solutions utilizes cutting-edge innovations in laser technology to produce highly efficient and reliable processing systems. Incorporating these advances, the company's products offer best-in-class performance in existing and emerging micromachining applications. Laser systems for micro material processing -- particularly in the photovoltaic industry -- with applications in semiconductors, electronics and precision engineering. InnoLas Solutions designs and manufactures machinery solutions as stand-alone systems for inline integration, meeting industrial production requirements in complex process flows. Worldwide service and support ensures smooth installation, training, and reliable operation.
(Source: InnoLas Solutions GmbH, PR, PV Mag., 7 Sept., 2015) Contact: Innolas Solutions, Markus Nicht, CEO, www.innolas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News InnoLas Solutions GmbH.PV, Solar, SemiconductorSolar, PV,
For the calibration of different types of solar cells, the reference cell's spectral response can be accurately adjusted using optical filters, thereby significantly reducing any measurement uncertainty.
The new version of the reference cells, which meets all international standards -- World PV Scale and IEC 60904-2) -- allow test laboratories and cell and module manufacturers in particular to significantly improve the quality of their measurements.
In combination with optical filters, the new reference cells can be adjusted for the calibration of various solar cell technologies. (Source: Fraunhofer ISE, SolarServer, 8 Sept., 2015) Contact: Fraunhofer ISE, www.ise.fraunhofer.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer ISE, Solar Cell,
Clarke Energy will provide a Ecomagination-approved 1.4 megawatt J420 Jenbacher hospital CHP unit that will provide electricity and heat; a 250 kilowatt absorption chiller delivering cooling water for the hospital; and balance of plant equipment. The system will be installed to create a new energy centre at the hospital to increase energy efficiency, reliability and durability and also increase financial savings.
Clarke Energy is multinational specialist in gas and diesel engine-based power plants for energy efficient and renewable power generation generation.
(Source: Clarke Energy, ClickGreen, 4 Sept., 2015)
Contact: Clarke Energy, https://www.clarke-energy.com
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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin claims that an "extensive and detailed analysis" of the new rules found that they exceeded the EPA's regulatory authority and are "uncommonly cumbersome, difficult and costly to implement, could undermine reliability, and would yield insufficient results given the effort to comply."
New Jersey's opposition comes after 15 other states, most of them in the south and midwest, petitioned a federal court in Washington last month to delay implementation of the new rules. That prompted 15 other states, including New York, to issue statements supporting the plan.
(Source: Various Media, EPA, NJ.com. 4 Sept., 2015)
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BDC, which began in 2006 as a regional effort, became a national non-profit organization in 2010 through its ability to promote and assist in the deployment of commercially viable, advanced biofuel and biochemical technologies. BDC is unbiased in its approach to promoting deployment and provides due diligence and trustworthy information to members and partners. BDC advocates for promising technologies in a number of ways, including seeking to broker partnerships, facilitating contact with government agencies, assisting in the acquisition of government funding for existing and new technologies, and writing pertinent articles in major publications. BDC provides opportunities for members to meet and hear timely updates, to network at two symposiums per year, and tour a cutting-edge bio-facility.
Register for the Symposium and hotel accommodations HERE. (Source: Bioenergy Deployment Consortium, 8 Sept., 2015) Contact: Bioenergy Deployment Consortium, Eric Horn, Administrator, (608) 332-0189, http://www.bioenergydc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Deployment Consortium,
The cooperative has to date invested $2 million in the plant including land and building construction, biodiesel processing equipment, designs, permitting and planning. Common Good Finance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and promote rCredits, a democratically controlled electronic credit system generating financial resources to benefit communities. Its pilot rCredits system, launched in May 2013 in Greenfield, has 160 account holders making electronic purchases at 20 area businesses,
The loan to Co-Op Power comes from donations to the nonprofit organization from individuals and foundations from around the country, according to Common Good Finance President William Spademan. Under terms of the loan agreement, Co-op Power members will be able to join the rCredits system and purchase biodiesel at local pumping stations using an rCredits electronic card or pay with traditional credit cards. (Source: Greenfield Mass Recorder, 4 Sept., 2015) Contact: Common Good Finance, William Spademan, CEO, (413) 628-1723, http://www.commongoodfinance.org; Northeast Biodiesel, (413) 772-8898, info@northeastbiodiesel,com, www.northeastbiodiesel.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Northeast Biodiesel, Biodiesel,
Lakeview Energy's portfolio includes wind, agribusiness and Biofuels investments. Including two biorefineries located in Merrill, Iowa, and Coshocton, Ohio. The two biorefiners produce 132 million gpy of biofuel, 300,000 tpy of DDGs and 3 millionppy of corn oil. (Source: Lakeview Energy LLC, Jim Galvin, CEO, (312) 386-5897, http://www.lakeviewenergyllc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biofuels (M&A),
BoatUS, the nation's largest recreational boating organization, is calling for greater availability of ethanol-free gasoline and insurance programs that cover ethanol-related damage to marine engines. (Source: BoatUS, PR, 1 Sept., 2015) Contact: BoatUS, www.BoatUS.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Ethanol BLends,
The researchers found that although heating makes carbon containing materials' absorbancy, in the case of coffee grounds, soaking in a solution of sodium hydroxide is sufficient to activate the carbon.
(Source: Pohang University, Tech Times, 2 Sept., 2015) Contact: Pohang University, Christian Kemp, +82 54 279 0114, www.postech.ac.kr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon, Carbon Capture, Methane,
Homeless military veterans receiving support from the Virginia Housing Development for Veterans through the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program and Total Action for Progress will be eligible for energy assistance funding from Appalachian. These veterans can receive an "energy voucher" that will be used to establish an account with the company and/or make payments on an electric bill.
Energy efficiency education will pinpoint customers who receive assistance paying their electric bill and mail them information regarding measures they can take to save energy and reduce bills. The mailing will provide information regarding programs on energy conservation including those offered by Appalachian and by agencies in the area.
A multi-family residential pilot project will weatherize and improve the energy efficiency of a selected apartment building. The project will then be studied to determine the energy savings achieved and an evaluation of tenant savings and impact on bill payments. The evaluation includes a report of the costs of each component of the upgrade and expected savings, the actual energy usage for each unit before and after the upgrade, and the unit's payment record before and after the upgrade.
(Source: Appalachian Power, WSLS Roanoke, 2 Sept., 2015) Contact: Appalachian Power, Tammy Stafford, Energy Efficiency and Consumer Programs Coordinator, www.appalachianpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power, Energy Efficiency,
According to Khan, Pakistan's energy consumption and emissions are growing rapidly. In response, the World Bank delegation underlined the need for regional exchange programs and the sharing of knowledge and technical expertise relative to climate change adaptation and mitigation. (Source: World Bank Islamabad Daily Times, 3 Sept., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, World Bank,
Some of the required items on the LEED-ND Pilot Project checklist included:
In other Sun Edison news, the company has begun
construction of two meteorological test towers in the Misery Ridge area and is testing wind conditions in the Misery Ridge area of Somerset County where it may build a 26-turbine wind farm.
The company has not yet submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for the project. (Source: SunEdison, Portland Press, 28 Aug., 2015) Contact: Weaver Wind LLC, (607) 379-3678, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://weaverwindenergy.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, (314) 770-7325, email@example.com, www.sunedison.com
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The volunteer program, which was designed by a building energy efficiency task force, aims to convince buildings of 50,000 sq-ft or more to cut energy consumption by 20 pct annually. The Building Owners and Managers Association of Columbus, which was a member of the task force, launched the program in June, 2014.
American Electric Power, Anheuser-Busch, Continental and the Miranova Condominium Association are among the organization that have signed on to the program. The The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission says that the region uses 3 pct more energy per capita than the rest of the state, and 8 pct more than the national average. Saving 20 percent would save about $60 million, (Source: Columbus Dispatch, Others, 2 Sept., 2015) Contact: Columbus Energy Challenge, www.columbus.gov/energychallenge
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Consumption,
AMSC's ECS are an integrated, high-performance suite of power electronics systems that include the wind turbine power converter cabinet, internal power supply and various controls.
(Source: AMSC, StreetInsider, Penn Energy, 31 Aug., 2015) Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amsc.com; Inox Wind Limited, www.inoxwind.com
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Chemists Christopher Chang and Omar Yaghi, who invented COFs, added a metal catalyst to the crystal structure in order to turn the captured CO2 into carbon monoxide (CO), a primary building block for fuels, plastics and other applications.
The COF research was supported by the US DOE Office of Science in part through its Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program. The porphyrin COFs were characterized through X-ray absorption measurements performed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, a DOE Office of Science User Facility.
(Source: UC Berkeley, Science31 Aug., 2015) Contact: UC Berkeley, Prf. Chris Chang, (510) 642-4704, email@example.com, www.berkeley.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Monoxide, CO2, UC Berkeley,
A rate-based plan looks at pounds of CO2 produced per MWh while mass-based considers overall CO2 emissions. In a mass-based plan, Colorado would seek to reduce total emissions by 28 pct to 29.9 million short tons of CO2 in 2030 from 2012's 41.7 million short tons.
In 2012, Colorado produced 1,973 pounds of CO2 for every MWh generated, meaning it will have to achieve a 40 pct reduction to meet the 2030 goal of 1,174 pounds per MWh.
In a recently released statement, the Attorney General reiterated the state's position that
"The rule is an unprecedented attempt to expand the federal government's regulatory control over the state's energy economy. The EPA appears unwilling to accept limits set by Congress in the Clean Air Act and instead is pushing its agenda forward through regulatory rewrites that overreach its legal authority."
(Source: Office of Colorado Attorney General, Steam Boat Daily, 31 Aug., 2015) Contact: Colorado Attorney General, Cynthia H. Coffman, www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov
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The tax would start at $40 per metric ton of carbon dioxide and jump in annual $10 increments to $180 per metric ton, which, according to the bill's sponsors, would completely eliminate CO2 emissions in New York State. The bill would refund 60 pct of its revenues to low and lower middle income New Yorkers and utilize the remaing 40 pct to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy byaugmenting mass transit to reduce carbon emissions, and improving climate change adaptation. The bill also calls for an initial $35 per ton levy on "carbon-based fuels" and other products that contain carbon and emit CO2, methane, N2O or other GHGs when burned.
As an aside, New York already imposes a price on power plant CO2 emissions through its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap and trade program.
(Source: Fuels News, Others, 31 Aug., 2015) Contact: Kevin A. Cahill, New York State Assembly, (845) 338-9610, assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Kevin-A-Cahill
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The campaign partners include the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA) and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA). The partners are calling for technology-neutral and results-oriented policy to ensure the uptake of the latest low-emission vehicles. With this support, they will continue to work together to ensure that modern diesel remains one of the key pillars in the portfolio of low CO2 technologies and fuels. (Source: Clean Diesel Tech., Fleet News, 1 Sept., 2015)
Contact: CleanDieselTech, www.cleandieseltech.eu
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The conference resolution states "that for the region to successfully continue reducing its GHG emissions, [the governors and premiers] must identify and implement additional strategies, policies and measures at the regional level."
A climate change steering committee will present a plan on how to advance the 2030 target at next year's conference.
The resolution comes the same day as a new report by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council shows that the area's emissions have fallen 26 pct since peak levels in 2004 due in great part to the region's faltering economic growth. (Source:CBC News, Various Others, 31 Aug., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions Targets,
The energy cost savings associated with these energy consumption reductions realized over 10 years, the NIST economists estimate, would total $1 billion -- a 15 pct drop compared with the status quo. And it would reduce the houses’ total carbon footprint by 9.3 million metric tons (an 11 pct decrease), avoiding the equivalent of a year’s worth of carbon emissions from about three coal-fired power plants.
The free NIST BIRDS is a combination of software tools and building databases for evaluating the costs and benefits associated with alternative building designs, technologies and codes and standards Just released, BIRDS Version 2 includes all the capabilities from BIRDS Version 1 -- which was focused on commercial buildings-- and has added a database for residential building analysis.
(Source: NIST, 1 Sept, 2015) Contact: NIST BIRDS, Mark Bello, (301) 975-3776, Download FREE software at http://ws680.nist.gov/Birds
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According to the study, "Carbon released during the plow-out of native grasslands was the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions before 1930. Livestock production, direct energy use for tractors and irrigation, and soil nitrous oxide emissions from nitrogen fertilizer application are currently the largest sources."
The analysis demonstrated that adoption of best management practices -- no-tillage agriculture, slow release fertilizer, and others -- could substantially mitigate agricultural greenhouse gas fluxes. The report estimated that "if 25 percent of agricultural producers in the region adopted these practices, we estimate a 34 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. If 75 percent of them adopted the practices greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in the region could be completely eliminated." These reductions in greenhouse gas fluxes would occur without any reduction in food production and are primarily a result of no-tillage cultivation practices.
The report also found that climatic factors mediate GHG emissions , with cool and wet weather promoting carbon sequestration, and hot and dry weather increasing greenhouse gas releases. Potential future increases in hot and dry weather conditions could enhance GHG fluxes from the Great Plains. A 25 percent reduction in harvested cropland and increases in the conservation reserve program have resulted in major reductions in GHG emissions from the Great Plains during the last 40 years. Potential expansion of cropland in the Great Plains due to high crop prices could greatly increase future GHGs fluxes.
The study was funded by the
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Child Health and Human Development, the USDA and the National Science Foundation. (Source: Colorado State Univ., Pork Mag., 6 Aug., 2015) Contact: Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University, William Parton, Sr. Researcher, www.ecology.colostate.edu/nrel;
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The project includes comprehensive energy-saving and efficiency improvements at four major buildings throughout the train yard. Improvements include the replacement of several air-handling systems, a new boiler, electric smart meters and a building energy monitoring and management system. This system will help the MTA better track and curtail its energy use and reduce operation and maintenance costs at the facility.
The New York Power Authority oversaw the project from an initial energy audit through its completion and provided upfront financing. The energy savings resulting from the project will offset the MTA's payments back to the New York Power Authority.
Launched in 2012, BuildSmart NY calls for an increase in energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020.(Source: NYPA, RealEstateRama, August 25, 2015) Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA President and CEO, http://www.thenypa.com, Arun Vedhathiri, (914) 390-8186, www.nypa.gov; BuildSmart NY, http://www.buildsmart.ny.gov
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