The researchers note that
molten salt batteries are used at a number of large-scale solar thermal farms, including the world's biggest solar tower and storage plant, the 110MW Crescent Dunes facility in Nevada, US. They also note that the use of salt as a phase-change material for smaller-scale, rapid-discharge batteries for residential and commercial use is unprecedented.
A full-scale commercial version of the technology is presently being used to store cheap night time electricity from the grid at an Australian farm. (Source: University of South Australia, RenewEconomy (with permission) August 28th, 2015) Contact: University of South Australia, 011 +61 8 8302 6611, https://www.unisa.edu.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
The utility behind the proposal wants solar owners to pay their "fair share" for connecting to the grid, which provides power when there is no sun. Nevada solar energy users presently pay relatively little to the utility because of credits. The state is expected to rule on the utility's request next year.
Nevada is not the first state to consider such a fee for solar energy installations. Louisiana, which recently axed the state's solar tax credits, has also considered a $50 per month demand fee.
(Source: American Public Media Marketplace, nola.com, 27 Aug., 2015) Contact: NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, NV Energy,
The proposed Highland Wind Farm in the Town of Forest in St. Croix County is being developed by Emerging Energies, a Wisconsin wind project developer. The project will incorporate 41 to 44 turbines.
At issue for the court was the PSC's finding that the wind developer would be considered in compliance with state noise standards if measurements of noise from turbines demonstrate that they are within maximum decibel levels 95% of the time -- or just under 23 hours a day. (Source: Emerging Energies,
Sentinel Journal, 28 Aug., 2015) Contact: Emerging Energies of Wisconsin, www.emerging-energies.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Emerging Energies, Wind,
The Danish project will distribute green methanol -- aka Vulcanol -- produced by Iceland's Carbon Recycling International (CRI). (Source: Carbon Recycling, 30 Aug., 2015) Contact: Carbon Recycling International, http://www.carbonrecycling.is;
Green Methanol Infrastructure Consortium, greenmethanol.dk/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Recycling International , Methanol,
Executive Order 13693 also mandates that all new federal buildings with planning beginning in 2020 or later be designed to reach net-zero status by 2030. (Source: DOE, NREL, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: NREL, http://www.nrel.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL, Energy Efficiency, Energy Use,
The Australian federal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set a national target of 50 pct renewables by 2030, which it describes as "more than enough." Abbott is perhaps best remembered for describing climate change as "A load of CRAP,"
Other Australian states are also set goal that equal or exceed federal levels: Tasmania is presently virtually at 100 pct renewables; South Australia has a 50 pct renewable energy target for 2025 which it will meet well before then; Queensland also has a 50 pct renewable energy target; and Victoria plans to vigorously support wind turbines and rooftop solar installations. (Source:
RenewEconomy, Others, 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Renewable Energy,
When it initially opened in 1996, the 2 million gpy per facility received of a 5-year, 40 cents per gallon tax credit from the state legislature. In 2006 Renova Energy purchased Wyoming Ethanol and the 40 cent tax credit was extended to 2012 at a cost of $17 million.
In 2012, the company again lobbied the state legislature for another a long-term tax credit extension, but the legislature set a cut-off date for 2013 which was then extended to July 1, 2015. The rest, as they say, is history without the tax credit. (Source: Wyoming Ethanol, Various Media, 27 Aug., 2015) Contact: Wyoming Ethanol LLC, (307) 532-2449; Renova Energy, www.renovaenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyoming Ethanol, Ethanol, Biofuels, Renova Energy,
The $3.5 million project, which involves new technologies that produce value-added products from both fossil and renewable methane, aims to develop an electrochemical cell that would directly convert methane to methanol and other liquid fuels using advanced metal catalysts. The cost-competitiveness of natural gas can be increased significantly by converting it to liquids, since liquid hydrocarbons, such as methanol, have up to ten times the value of natural gas on an energy basis. (Source: UNDEERC, StreetInsider, 28 Aug., 2015) Contact: UNDEERC, Tom Erickson, Director, Ted Aulich, Project Manager, Senior Research Manager, (701) 777-5000, www.undeerc.org; FuelCell Energy, Chip Bottone, CEO, Kurt Goddard, VP Investor Relations (203) 830-7494, www.fuelcellenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell Energy, University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center, Methanol ,
The study found that:
The BIO study is available for download HERE.
(Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: BIO, Brent Erickson, Exec. VP, www.bio.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels, Carbon Emissions, CO2, Biotechnology Industry Organization,
These projects helped avoid 0.78 million tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking 164,000 cars off the road for a year, while reducing local air pollution and the associated health risks, according to IFC. (Source: IFC, Financial, 26 Aug., 2015)
Contact: IFC World Bank, www.ifc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IFC World Bank, GHG Emissions,
The Opera House earned the 4Green Star rating the installation of new energy-efficient technologies in key performance venues; use of eco-friendly cleaning products; and a Reconciliation Action Plan among a wide range of initiatives in building management, environmental management and social sustainability.
(Source: GBCA, 26 Aug., 2015) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Medew, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.gbca.org.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia , Energy Efficiency, Green Building,
Organic Response's ambient light sensors connects and networks individual light fixtures in open areas such as commercial building offices and corridors and turns them into an energy efficient network that cut energy consumption by as much as 80 pct., E.ON claims. The technology is currently in use in hospitals, schools and a range of public buildings.
(Source: E.ON, Others, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: E.ON, www.eon.com; Organic Response, 011 +63 3 9486 9823, www.organicresponse.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Lighting, E.ON, Energy Efficient Light,
Xcel will develop, build, own and operate the wind farm project. Construction is slated to get underway within weeks for a late 2016 commissioning date.
Xcel Energy Inc. is a utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving more than 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. (Source: Xcel Energy, Grand Forks Herald, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com;
Geronimo Energy, (952) 988-9000, www.geronimoenergy.com
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Xcel scored Climate Registered™ status by measuring and reporting its emissions from 2005 to 2011. The scope includes direct and indirect GHG emissions associated with providing utility energy service as well as emissions considered optional to report under TCR's best-in-class Electric Power Sector Protocol. All of the emissions data has been third-party verified.
Xcel says it is on track to cut CO2 emissions by 30 pct by 2020 from 2005 levels. The company's clean energy strategy includes increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, as well as modernizing and retiring power plants.
(Source: Xcel Energy, Aug., 2015) Contact: Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP, Policy and Federal Affairs,
www.xcelenergy.com; The Climate Registry, www.theclimateregistry.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News The Climate Registry, Xcel Energy, GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
The study found that offsets created under the UN scheme significantly undermined the efforts to address climate change and increased emissions by approximately 600 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The study found that the majority of the credits from Russia and Ukraine were a sham and no actual emissions were reduced.
Access the SEI report HERE
(Source: SEI, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: Stockholm Environment Institute, www.sei-international.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Offset, Stockholm Environment Institute,
The JI program's aim is to support climate change mitigation by making it more cost-effective. But, according to the SEI study, the program's outcome has actually undermined global climate action, according to the study.
Under JI, host countries must cancel one of their emission allowances for every ERU issued, but the SEI found that more than 95 pct of ERUs were issued by countries with significant surpluses of allowances. If those countries issued non-additional ERUs, they would not have to make up the difference by further reducing emissions at home. Thus, ERUs worth about 600 Mt CO2e issued as of March 2015 may not represent actual emission reductions.
The SEI report also notes that almost two-thirds of JI credits being used in the EU ETS as well as the poor overall quality of JI projects may have undermined the EU's emission reduction target by some 400 Mt CO2e. The massive issuance of questionable credits towards the end of the first Kyoto commitment period also contributed to the collapse of credit prices.
The study offers recommendations for the upcoming UN climate talks and stresses the need to ensure that countries' pledges under the new climate agreement are truly ambitious. It also calls for the establishment of international accounting rules and robust oversight of international transfers of carbon units, so the problems that have arisen with JI are not repeated under a new climate regime. (Source: Stockholm Environment Institute, TechiNews, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: Stockholm Environment Institute, www.sei-international.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Stockholm Environment Institute, Kyoto, Joint Implementation, Carbon Credits, EU ETS,
The new funds would seek to improve energy efficiency for American households and boost reliance on solar energy. The White House believes the approach would help consumers save money on electric bills while growing clean energy jobs through the workers needed to make the clean energy upgrades to homes. Monday's announcement included a number of changes to drive more clean energy into the states:
According to a White House fact sheet these actions will help states meet their emission targets under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan places states on the hook to reduce emissions by 32 percent by 2030. (Source: The White House, Examiner, Various Others, 25 Aug., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy , Renewable Energy,
The FHA insures 7.6 million mortgages nationwide, and has recently been more important than ever for the housing market -- comprising over 20 pct of new mortgage originations.
J.P. McNeill, CEO of Renovate America which runs the HERO Program and is the nation's leading PACE provider with more than 40,000 funded projects in California in more than 35,000 homes, issued the following statement: "This is a significant step forward for PACE, as it unites national renewable energy and water and energy efficiency objectives with federal housing policy objectives. We are pleased the White House and FHA recognize PACE as 'an innovative mechanism' and enshrine in federal policy today a core principle of the program --'When the property is sold, the remaining PACE loan stays with the more energy efficient property and the next owner is responsible for repaying the loan.' As the policy guidance points out, PACE enables homeowners to benefit from the improvements immediately, spread the cost over time, and transfer the value of the retrofit from one owner to the next.
"Renovate America, through its HERO Program, has been successfully subordinating the assessment through contract since April of this year. Guidance from federal agencies that endorses these contracts -- and the tool of subordination we launched -- while preserving the key features of PACE, has the potential to unlock alternative sources of capital to accelerate renewable energy and efficiency retrofits for households, and reduce energy costs for consumers.
"It's encouraging to see the FHA embrace an innovative new payment option designed specifically to address the shortcomings of other financing options for home renovations to encourage energy efficiency and water conservation. PACE lowers a key barrier for families of all means to access these home improvements. Energy efficient mortgages and home equity lines have been available for many years, but studies show they have not been widely effective payment options for homeowners.
"Since 2011, Renovate America's HERO Program has helped more than 35,000 homeowners make more than $800 million in improvements to their homes which reduce energy and water consumption, saving them over $1.6 billion in estimated future energy costs and more than 1.3 billion gallons of water. Renovate America has helped create more than 6,500 local jobs.
We encourage the FHA to work closely with state and local governments to ensure that today's announcement helps to accelerate the availability and acceptance of PACE through contractual subordination." (Source: Renovate America, 24 Aug., 2015)Contact: Renovate America, JP McNeill, CEO, (877) 747-4889, email@example.com, www.renovateamerica.com; PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://pacenow.org; HERO Program, https://www.heroprogram.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News HERO Program, PACE Program, Renovate America, HERO Program,
Jacob Securities Inc. has been retained to identify both equity and debt financing provisions.
Beothuk is also seeking potential power purchase agreements "in multiple jurisdications".
(Source: Beothuk Energy, RENews, 23 Aug., 2015) Contact: Beothuk Energy, Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241, http://www.beothukenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Beothuk Energy, Wind, Offshore Wind,
The ZephIR 300, a continuous wave (CW) wind lidar, provides high resolution measurements at an unmatched data rate of 50 Hz, with up to 50 points per second measured in the free space targeted by the sensor, and chosen by the user, anywhere from 33 ft up to 650 ft. This type of CW wind lidar gives accurate wind speed, direction and other wind measurements and characteristics including Turbulence Intensity (TI).
(Source: Univ. of Malta, RE Focus, Others, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: Univ. of Malta, http://www.um.edu.mt; ZephlR Lidar, Ian Locker, www.zephirlidar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, ZephIR 300 Lidar, Wind Lidar,
According to Moniz, solar cost reductions have "been incredible for the solar industry, making for an improved value proposition ... in many contexts." The secretary added that the Obama administration supports extending renewable energy subsidies indefinitely, but in a Republican-controlled Congress that is likely to be difficult. The Senate Finance Committee this summer passed a measure that would temporarily re-instate important tax credits for wind energy, but did nothing for solar tax credits that phase out at the end of next year.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that utility-scale solar energy projects will increase by 100 pct between 2014 and 2016. The EIA says the growth could be due to developers wanting to get projects underway before solar subsidies end in 2016. (Source: US DOE, EIA, Examiner, 24 Aug., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Renewable Energy, Solar Subsidies,
In 2014, Hubei province distributed 3.24 billion free permits to a variety of companies to cover their emissions. Regulators at the emissions exchange then claimed a 100 pct compliance rate after twice postponing the compliance date by which companies were required to meet their carbon emissions cutting obligations.
(Source: The Export-Import Bank of China, Peoples Daily, Reuters, 25 Aug., 2015) (Contact: Export-Import Bank of China, english.eximbank.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Export-Import Bank of China, China Carbon Credits ,
On the University of Notre Dame's ND-GAIN Index, a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges is split into measurements of ecosystem services, food, health, human habitat, infrastructure, water, adaptive capacity, exposure and sensitivity. Preparedness for climate change was measured according economic, governance, and social readiness.
And the the World Economic Forum's climate change preparedness winner is -- Norway , followed by the Nordic sisters Finland, Sweden and Denmark in that order. New Zealand, Germany, the UK and Australia came next followed by Switzerland and the USA. (Source: World Economic Forum, (212) 203-2300, email@example.com, www.weforum.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The reportdetails the numerous benefits Californians have enjoyed thus far -- including monthly household electricity bills that are $240 per year lower than the national average -- thanks to the state's energy-saving programs, building codes, and appliance standards. The report also shows significant work remains in order to tackle California's climate and energy goals, and save residential, business, industrial, and agricultural consumers even more money while continuing to stimulate the economy.
Without a substantial acceleration and improvements to the existing implementation process, the current trajectory would fall far short of Governor Jerry Brown's goal to double energy efficiency savings by 2030. Efficiency programs -- along with new building codes and appliance and equipment standards -- would have to save enough energy over the next 15 years to cut the state's total electricity needs by almost one-third and its natural gas use by more than 10 percent, according to the NRDC and E2 report. Along with describing the many benefits to California, the report examines challenges with the current energy efficiency framework for customer-funded programs (which include assistance for weatherizing homes or help for businesses to manage their energy use), minimum energy-saving standards for appliances and equipment, and improved building codes to cut energy waste. It also includes detailed recommendations to improve upon the state's groundbreaking efforts and myriad successes.
The DED is accepting loan applications from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 for projects costing between $10,000 and $1 million. The loans are to be
repaid from energy savings and loans to public schools and local governments do not count against debt limits or require a public vote or bond issuance.
The loans are administered as part of the DED's Energy Loan Program.
(Source: Missouri Department of Economic Development , Waynesville Daily, 19 Aug/. 2015) Contact: Missouri Department of Economic Development, Mike Downing, Director, (573) 751-4241, https://ded.mo.gov; energyloan.mo.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Loan, Energy Efficiency,
In May 2009, Daimler purchased a 9.1 pct stake in Tesla but sold its shares for €600 million in October, 2014.
(Source: Mercedes Benz, Others, 19 Aug., 2015)Contact: Tesla Motors, www.teslamotors.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Battery, Energy Storage,
The proposed improvements were based on seven energy conservation measures as recommended by Ameresco during a seven-month-long investment-grade audit of all NMSU properties statewide. NMSU opted to proceed with a select number of those projects, several of which are now complete, to test the concept.
Under the contract, NMSU has 13 years to pay off a $15.7 million bond to pay for the upgrades which range from the installation of new lighting and solar panels to replacing HVAC systems. NMSU will use its annual energy savings to pay off the bond. NSMU has to date realized over $1.7 million in savings.
(Source: NMSU, Aug 8, 2015) Contact: NMSU, Patrick Chavez, Director of
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, (575) 646-0111, www.nmsu.edu; Ameresco, Louis Maltezos, Executive VP, http://www.ameresco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco, Energy Efficiency, Energy Performance,
The new facility, which is expected to be operational in April, 2016, will perform verification tests needed to establish large-scale microalga cultivation technologies required to improve biofuel production efficiency. The company says by 2018 time frame, it will have established large-scale microalga cultivation technologies. (Source: Denso Corp., AutoCar Pro, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: DENSO Corp., www.globaldenso.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Denso Corp, Algae Biofuel, Algae,
The NRDC report analyzes where Pennsylvania stands relative to its mass-based carbon reduction goal for existing and new power plants (90.9 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2030, down from the 116.7 million tons emitted in 2012), and how the Commonwealth's electric sector needs to change for it to reach that goal.
The analysis takes into account the state's existing mix of energy generation (coal, gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and other), and the changes to that mix that are already being planned or considered. These changes include retirements of older coal plants and the construction of new natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plants. The analysis also anticipated growth in electricity demand, and Pennsylvania's current Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard and demand-side energy efficiency laws.
Overall, NRDC concludes that if Pennsylvania takes a flexible, market-based approach for implementing the Clean Power Plan (e.g., a policy that allows for regional trading of mass-based carbon allowances and covers both existing and new power plants) and adopts complementary state energy policies to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Commonwealth can cost-effectively meet its carbon pollution limits and secure great public health, environmental, and economic benefits for its citizens.
Download the NRDC Pennsylvania's Pathway to
Cutting Carbon Pollution report
HERE. (Source: NRDC , Blog, Mark Szybist, Senior Program Advocate, Energy and Transportation, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: NRDC, www.nedc.org
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The money was part of some $2 million that was given to organizations all along the Massachusetts coast as part of the state's efforts to "advance local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, as well as implement measures that use natural or non-structural approaches as a viable alternative to hard structures like seawalls and groins."
The grant follows a growing interest by state leaders to start planning for the impacts of climate change. (Source: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency, Daily News, 22 August, 2014) Contact: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency, (617) 626-1200, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/czm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
ECAP, which currently provides corn to Missouri-based Laddonia Ethanol, will now provide corn and corn stover -- stalks, shucks and infected corn -- to Ameren for the production of bio-coal. Enginuity will provide the technology that compresses corn biomass with coal in a three-minute process.
Although the partners have run small scale tests, a large-scale burn has not been scheduled nor has a production site been chosen. (Start: Ameren Missouri, News Tribune, 23 Aug., 2015) Contact:
ECAP, LLC, www.ecapglobal.com; Ameren Missouri, , Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, Scott Wibbenmeyer, Mgr. Renewable Energy Dev., Bill Barbieri, Dir. Renewable Energy Strategy, (314) 554-2165, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameren.com, www.AmerenMissouri.com/renewables
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While U.S. 2015 ethanol exports to Canada are off 26 pct on a volume basis, all other major markets have shown increases due to strong demand and U.S. ethanol supplies that are competitively priced. Canada is the largest importer of U.S. ethanol.
US ethanol exports to Brazil and the Philippines, the second and third largest importers,are up 71 pct and 44 pct respectively, to 135 million gallons and 71.2 million gallons.
Other markets seeing significant growth during the first 10 months of 2014-15 include India, Korea, Mexico, the E.U., the UAE and Tunisia.
(Source: U.S. Grains Council, World Grain, 21 Aug., 2015) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, Mike Dwyer, Chief Economist, (202) 789 0789, http://www.grains.org; USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, www.fas.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Ethanol Export, U.S. Grains Council,
Nordex is supplying turbines which are especially designed for harsh environmental conditions. This version of the N100/2500 makes it possible to obtain the largest possible energy yield at this IEC-2 site. (Source: NordexSE, Engineerlive, Others, 24 Aug., 2015)
Contact: Gul Ahmed Energy Limited, www.gaenergy.com; Nordex, www.nordex-online.com
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"The air in China kills 1.6 million people a year."
"The sequoia trees, the oldest living things on Earth, over 3,000 years old some of them, and the biggest, and they've never really been in trouble through all that time, now they are."
"The forest service used to spend 16-percent of their budget fighting forest fires, now its over half. There are now 29,000 forest fighters fighting over 100 fires. I mean, the state of California is literally sinking because the water has been tapped out of the ground so much. We're not so much of a state as a fire pit at this point."
"2014, the hottest year on record. 2015 looking to be hotter. The heat index in Iran reached 165 degrees, couple of weeks ago."
Maher then expressed how he wishes someone on the left would -- in the unapologetic spirit of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump -- champion a carbon tax to combat climate change.
"I just wish there was someone on the left, a sane person on the left, who had what Donald Trump has. The ability to tough it out and say something like, 'We just need a carbon tax.' Because, obviously we need a carbon tax. And we don't have that person on the left." (Source: Bill Mahar, 21 August, 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The project technology uses the exhaust emissions and industrial wastewater to breed microalgae, which were first mutated from wild algae with special chemical formulas until they were capable of tolerating the level of heat emitted by factory chimneys. The newly bred microalgae is used to capture carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. The research team found that 1kg of microalgae can of absorb 2kg of carbon dioxide. The team also found that Chlorella and cyanobacteria microalgae, which is common in Taiwan rivers, were the most effective for the project's purposes. The research team has also established a 40 tonne microalgae breeding center for at the university's campus in Annan Tainan. The breeding center is expected to expanded to 200 tonne capacity. Additionally, researchers have developed the technology for extracting biodiesel from microalgae. It has also developed a process for breeding microalgae with rhodotorula rubra, according to Professor Chang.
The project, which was commissioned and funded by
the Ministry of Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Tunghai University, Fooyin University and National Chiao Tung University, as well as the Metal Industries Research & Development Center. (Source: National Cheng Kung University, Taipei Times, 18 August, 2015)
Contact: Cheng Kung University Professor Chang Chia-hsiu, 011 +866 6 275 7575, web.ncku.edu.tw
More Low-Carbon Energy News Microalgae, Algae, Biodiese, Carbon Capturel,
"If this rule were such a slam dunk for the climate, why hasn't the administration told the public how much potential future warming would be mitigated by these regulations? The fact of the matter is, these regulations will drive up costs for consumers and energy producers, but yield no tangible climate benefit.
"According to EPA estimates, only 1.5 percent of methane is lost during the life cycle of natural gas production, and these estimates were validated by the most recent research on the topic, which found emissions of just 1.6 percent of the life cycle production. At these emission levels, natural gas reduces total greenhouse gas emissions when substituted for burning coal.
"Make no mistake, there will be negative consequences for this rule. This rule won't hurt Big Oil; it will hurt smaller, independent oil companies who are already operating on thin margins. For an administration that supposedly cares about the little guy on Main Street, his policies seem to indicate otherwise."
The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. (Source: Heart5land Institute, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: Heartland Institute,
Research Fellow, Energy and Environment Policy, (312) 377-4000, email@example.com; www.heartland.org[endlink
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The Association, which promotes the replacement of fossil based fuels with energy from renewable sources, claims its strategy, which was released five years ago, could deliver nearly 40 pct of the annual GHG emission reductions required to meet the Government's target ten years ahead of the deadline. Most of the reductions would come from a significant increase in the use of transportation biofuels.
According the the Bioenergy Association,
"We believe that you can create a plan, using existing technologies and resources that are here, that also create jobs and economic growth in the regions, in particular."
(Source: NZ Bioenergy Assoc., Radio New Zealand, 18 Aug., 2015) Contact: NZ Bioenergy Association, Brian Cox, CEO, 011 +64 (0) 4385 3398, http://www.bioenergy.org.nz
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Emissions Reduction, GHG, , Biofuel.Carbon Emissions, GHG,
The AD facility uses distillery co-products and other feedstock to generate two million cubic metres of biogas per year -- about 8,000 MWh of thermal energy for use at the Glendullan distillery. The AD processes up to 1,000 cubic metres of distillery co-products daily.
(Source: Diiago, Resource, Various Others, 18 Aug., 2015) Contact: Diageo, +44 (0) 131 519 2090, http://www.diageo.com
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Additionally, IFC invested in three wind farms in Sindh to further boost renewable energy regeneration. These include a $15 million investment by IFC and additional $36 million from other investors in Gul Ahmed Wind Power to help the company build and operate a new 50-megawatt wind farm, $30 million in Tenaga Generasi Limited to develop a 49.5-megawatt wind farm and $25 million debt and equity investment to help the Metro Power Company develop a 50-megawatt wind farm in the province.
IFC also invested $25 million in the pioneering power company, Alcazar Energy, to help develop a series of renewable energy projects in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, with a focus on solar and wind power plants. (Source: IFC, Daily Times, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: IFC, www.ifc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation, World Bank, Renewable Energy,
The VDA has developed "3-nitro-oxy-pro-pan-ol" (NOP), a new cattle feed additive than can reduce catlle methane emissions significantly. One gram of NOP per cow per day will reduce the cow's methane emissions by 30 pct with no negative effect on milk production or quality and the cow will add approximately i kg of body weight per week without an increase in feed.
As an aside, the VDA researchers say that contrary to common belief, cattle "burp" acount for 95 pct of their methane emissions while "farts" bring up the rear.
(Source: Victorian Department of Agriculture, 4BC1116 News, August 11, 2015) Contact: Victorian Department of Agriculture,
Dr Peter Moate,Senior Dairy Nutrition Research Scientist, http://agriculture.vic.gov.au
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The 420 megawatt direct current facility is being developed by SunEdison and is fully funded and presently under construction. The project has a 20-year PPA with Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) subsidiary PacifiCorp and will generate sufficient electric power for 90,000 homes when it comes online in mid-2016.
Including funding for construction, Dominion will invest approximately $500 million for a 50 pct cash equity and 99 pct of tax equity stake in Four Brothers, as per the JV terms. A remaining $150 million will be covered by SunEdison to complete the project.
(Source: SunEdison, Various Others, Zacks, 13 Aug., 2015) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Renewables, www.berkshirehathaway.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, (314) 770-7325, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunedison.com; Dominion Resources, https://www.dom.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Resources, SunEdison, Solar,
The report, which is the latest in a series to rate the performance of leading companies across a number of verticals, assessed each chemical company's performance against six key metrics: process and energy efficiency, product innovation, supply chain optimization, carbon exposure, carbon regulation readiness, and water risk. Companies were assigned an A to E rating based on their levels of public disclosure regarding each of these areas and their efforts to improve environmental performance.
CDP report details are available HERE.
(Source: CDP. Green Business, 17 Aug., 2015) Contact: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), James Magness, Head of Investor Researh, 011 +44 (0) 20 3818 3900, www.cdp.net; DuPont, www.dupont.com
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