Djibouti is in an unenviable situation. As one of the world's poorest countries it is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including extreme drought and temperatures, rising sea levels, and flash floods.
According to the country's government, it would invest more than $3.8 billion in collaboration with the international community to achieve its carbon reduction goal and for sustainable development.The country is developing a new National Strategies for the green economy, biodiversity and meeting the challenges of climate change. (Source: Business Green, COP21, The Road to Paris, Others, 17 Aug., 2015)
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The biodiesel tenders are designed to meet the legal requirement for at least 7 pct blend of biodiesel to diesel oil sold at the pump station.
(Source: Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, SeeNews, 18 Aug., 2015) Contact: Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, http://www.bnamericas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Brazil Biodiesel, Brazil Biofuel, Biodiesel Blend,
The project, which was granted regulatory approval more than four years ago, "no longer fits into Vattenfall's strategy of developing and operating wind energy sites," according to the company. The developer also claims the 100 meter-high wind turbines are no longer economically viable and to proceed at this time the company would have to refile for planning permissions. (Source: Vattenfall, Various Sources, 18 Aug., 2015) Contact: Vattenfall
Jonny Hewett, Nant Bach Project Manager, www.vattenfall.com
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Information on filing a written statement to the committee or to attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda is available HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 10, Aug., 2015) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
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When a bearing is subject to a load, its thickness is reduced by a very small amount due to elastic deformation, and the speed of sound is affected by the stress level in the material. Both these effects change the time of flight of an ultrasound wave through a bearing. The new technology uses a custom-built piezoelectric sensor mounted in the bearing to measure the time of flight and determine the load.
The new technology has been laboratory validated and is currently being tested at the Barnesmore wind farm in Donegal, Ireland by the company, Ricardo. It is hoped it will be used in the future inside monitoring systems for other turbines. (Source: University of Sheffield, Eurekalert, 13 Aug., 2015) Contact: University of Sheffield, Wengu Chen, 011 +44 114 222 2000, www.sheffield.ac.uk
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According to the company, the expansion will support the increased demand it has received from its Riverside County Solar Program, which allows local property owners to install solar for no upfront cost and receive up to $1,500 cash-back for their participation. The company adds that
solar energy systems incentives are dwindling and its solar power program for Riverside County property owners will end this year. In 2016, the 30 pct federal tax credit will also expire. In addition to local and federal incentives, the current favorable financial net-energy metering benefits to solar producers will also end for those who do not install a solar energy system before the Southern California Edison deadline.
(Source: Sullivan Solar, 14 Aug., 2015) Contact: Sullivan Solar, www.sullivansolarpower.com
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Official qualified teams are: Advanced Ocean Energy @ Virginia Tech (Hampton Roads, Va.) ; AquaHarmonics (Oakland, Calif.); Atlantic Wavepower Partnership (Newport, R.I.); Atlas Ocean Systems (Houston, Texas); CalWave (Berkeley, Calif.); Enorasy Labs (Bedford, Mass.); Float Inc. BergerABAM (San Diego, Calif.); IOwec (MIT Sea Grant College Program -Cambridge, Mass.); M3 Wave (Salem, Ore.); Mocean Energy (Annapolis, Md.); OceanEnergy USA (Sacramento, Calif.); Oscilla Power (Seattle, Wash.); Principle Power (Berkeley, Calif.); RTI Wave Power (York, Maine); Sea Potential (Bristol, R.I.); SEWEC (Redwood City, Calif.); Super Watt Wave Catcher Barge Team (Houston, Texas); Team FLAPPER (Floating Lever and Piston Power ExtractoR) (Research Triangle Park, N.C.); Wave Energy Conversion Corporation of America (WECCA) (North Bethesda, Md.); Waveswing America (Sacramento, Calif.)
A panel of expert judges identified the qualified teams based upon the quality of their technical submissions, which described their concepts in detail. Among other requirements, qualified teams will now build a 1/50th scale model and will participate in small-scale tank testing as a means of validating their concepts.
Finalist teams, which are scheduled to be announced in March 2016, will have the opportunity to receive seed money to build their 1/20th scale WEC prototypes, which will be tested at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at Carderock, Md.
(Source: US DOE, Wave Energy Prize, 14 Aug., 2015) Contact: US DOE, Wave Energy Prize, info@ waveenergyprize.org, http://waveenergyprize.org
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According to the report, the EU is the world's largest wood pellet market with a consumption level of approximately 18.7 million metric tpy of wood pellets last year. Demand is projected to grow to nearly 21 million metric tons by next year, with equal shares expected to go to industrial and household use.
The GAIN report indicates the residential heating sector is a relatively stable growth market when compared pellet use for power generation, as the industrial market which is highly dependent on government funding. The report also notes that pellet use for co-firing is expected to resume in the Netherlands next year.
The report notes that approximately 14 million tons of oil equivalent (toe) of biogas is expected to be used for heat and electricity in the EU this year, with 9.7 million toe of that coming from anaerobic digestion, 2.85 million ton coming from landfill gas and 1.4 million toe from sewage sludge.
A full copy of the EU Biofuels Annual 2015 report can be downloaded HERE. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Aug., 2015) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, http://gain.fas.usda.gov
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This new certification system has many of the original Passive House standards; both require a building with a super-insulated, airtight envelope that consumes less than 4.7 kbtu/sf/yr for heating and cooling and has fewer than 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of air pressure. But Passive House Plus has a much lower primary source energy cap at 4.18 kWh/sf/yr, compared with 5.57 kWh/sf/yr for basic certification.
The Passive House Institute has also recently introduced Passive House Premium, which increases the amount of renewable energy required, essentially making the building a small power plant.
The Chicago-based Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has its own program for encouraging net zero energy buildings -- PHIUS+ -- the outcome of a three-year study funded by the U.S. DOE. (Source: Passive House Institute, Architectural Record, 14 Aug., 2015) Contact: Passive House Institute, Jessica Grove-Smith, Sr. Scientist, www.thepurehouse.com; Passive House US, (312) 561-4588, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.phius.org
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The available funds offer building owners a source of energy investment capital that allow energy efficiency upgrades at no initial project cost and that can provide immediate cash flow savings to a building owner. (Source: E2 Eenrgy Advisores, 14 Aug., 2015) Contact: email@example.com, http://esquaredenergyadvisors.com
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The EPA expects the combined proposed rules slash methane emissions by an estimated 487,000 tpy beginning in 2025 -- equal to cutting carbon pollution emissions from more than 1.1 million homes.
The EPA estimates that the two proposals would cost an estimated $55 million in 2025. It set the climate benefits from the combined proposals at nearly $750 million for that year, or nearly $14 for every dollar spent to comply. (Source: US EPA, 17 August, 2015)
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Flathead Electric Cooperative's new Solar Utility Network should be running next month, giving members the ability to lower their electricity bills and earn energy tax credits.
The project, which is slated for completion Sept. 15, is limited to one panel per member for the 25-year life of the program. (Source: Flathead Electric Cooperative, Missoulian 13 Aug., 2015) Contact: Flathead Electric Cooperative, (406) 293-7122, www.flatheadelectric.com
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In addition to public sessions beginning the week of August 24, and an online survey, the panel will also hear from industry, municipalities, academics, First Nations and Metis communities. A discussion guide, available online, provides an outline of key issues and areas the panel will explore and investigate.
At the end of this process, the panel will provide advice to government to help form the foundation of Alberta's new proposal to address climate change, which will be in place in time for the COP21 world summit in Paris in December.(Source: Alberta Ministry Environment and Parks, 14 Aug., 2015) Contact: Alberta Ministry Environment and Parks,
Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister, (780) 310-3773, aep.alberta.ca
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In addition to carbon dioxide, the report covers methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride which together account for 17 pct UK's greenhouse-gas emissions. The calculations take into account the effects of new policies on transport, forestry and waste management and regulations governing air conditioners that affect greenhouse-gas emissions. The new figures also incorporate changes in methodology with the baseline of 1990 against which cuts are measured.
The report found that Great Britain has met its goal to cut greenhouse gases, including CO2, by 12.5 percent from 1990 to 2012. It is also working toward EU targets of reducing it by 20 pct within five years and double that in 2030. The new projection represents an annual cut of 1.12 million tons from the 95.8 million tons registered in 2013.
Calculation of data has changed in terms of the measure of emissions from agriculture and waste and accounting fully for new EU regulations on fluorinated gases. In the new methodology the global warming potential of methane has been raised and that of nitrous oxide has been lowered, according to the report.
Isobutanol is attractive because its energy density and octane values are much closer to gasoline and it is useful not only as a direct replacement for gasoline but also as a chemical feedstock for a variety of products. For example, isobutanol can be chemically upgraded into a hydrocarbon equivalent for jet fuel.
"When we reported our initial finding four years ago, we were using Clostridium celluloyticium, which is a less complex organism from a metabolic engineering perspective," said report co-author James Liao of UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. "With this paper, we have successfully engineered similar traits in the much higher yielding Clostridium thermocellum, and that has taken us to new levels of consolidated bioprocessing efficiency."
Consolidated bioprocessing refers to the bundling of several processes in a single microbe that can be used to extract sugar from a plant's cellulose and convert those sugars into a biofuel. This approach can be used to combine several steps -- pretreatment, enzyme treatment and fermentation -- to produce biofuel at a lower cost. The process also helps overcome a plant's natural defenses to being chemically dismantled -- an economic barriers to using lignocellulosic biomass such as corn stover and switchgrass as a biofuels feedstock.
While the previous genetically engineered microbe achieved conversion results of 0.6 gram of isobutanol per liter, Clostridium thermocellum has produced 5 to 6 grams per liter by inserting five genes into the microbe, enabling it to synthesize isobutanol. Scientists view this as a clear next-generation advance over strategies that use yeast to create biofuels from cellulose. (Source: ORNL, Metabolic Engineering, Aug., 2015) Contact: ORNL, BESC,
Paul Gilna, Director, http://www.ornl.gov
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ARF is also launching a paid media blitz celebrating the success of the RFS over the past ten years. (Source: America's Renewable Future,
August 10, 2015) Contact: ARF,
Majda Sarkic, (319) 404-2091, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.americasrenewablefuture.com
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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has worked with the SMECO Business Solutions Program to save energy on past projects and annually receives energy usage rebates through SMECO's EMPOWER MD Program.
(Source: SMECO, Southern Maryland Online, 11 Aug., 2015) Contact: SMECO, (888) 440-3311, https://smeco.coop;
St. Charles High School, www.ccboe.com/schools/StCharles.php
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According to the Brooklyn assemblyman, his proposed carbon tax would in effect penalize the use of fossil fuels and be easier to implement than a cap-and-trade program. With a carbon tax, renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, would be subject to little or no tax; fuels that generate more emissions, including coal, would be subject to higher fees, creating a disincentive for their use.
New York State is a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
(Source: Legislative Gazette, 13 Aug., 2015)
New York State Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz, (518) 455-3821, (718) 492-6334, http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Felix-W-Ortiz
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The EcoSolifer installation will have an initial capacity of 90 to 100 MW which will be scaled up to 500 MW. The contract includes Meyer Burger's integrated cell performance measurement and sorting technology and a FabEagle MES modular software system for scaleable production management. EcoSolifer also has an option to acquire the Meyer Burger's SmartWire Connection Technology. (Source: EcoSolifer, Others, PV Mag, Others, 10 Aug., 2015) Contact: EcoSolifer, 011 +36 783 0927, www.ecosolifer.com;
Meyer Burger Technology Group, www.meyerburger.ch/en
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The Tenant Star Program authorizes the US EPA and the DOE to create a voluntary program modeled after the ENERGY STAR program. Once it is put into effect, the program is expected to provide similar recognition for property owners and tenants that design, construct and operate energy-efficient building spaces.
This request for comments is seeking comments regarding "effective methods, measures, and practices for the design and construction of separate building spaces (also known as tenant spaces) to create high-performance, energy efficient spaces."
Comments are due by Sept. 30, 2015.
(Source: US DOE, GlobeSt.com, 10 Aug., 2015)
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Moncton (pop. approx. 70,000) is one of 33 New Brunswick municipalities participating in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection initiative to reduce greenhouse gas initiatives. Participating municipalities are required to:
The city is currently reviewing proposals from consultants to develop a plan to meet the 20 pct and expects to have a draft report by February 2016. The Moncton project is receiving $40,000 from the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund.
(Source: City of Moncton, CBC New Brunswick, 11 Aug., 2015) Contact: City of Moncton,
Melissa Lee, Environmental Technologist, (506) 853-3333, http://www.moncton.ca;
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection, http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/partners-for-climate-protection.htm
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Ground expected the be broken this fall on the first plant under the agreement this fall will in central Georgia. The plant will process up to 1,000 metric tpd of agriculture and forestry waste. RRDA is in advanced negotiations with local municipalities and expects to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2016.
RRDA's background also extends to chemical extraction from or for manufacturing, and cellulose material conversion into sugars for the manufacturing of bio-fuels, bio-plastics and other products. The company is also developing business facilities using cellulose conversion technology.
(Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., August 10, 2015) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Daniel deLiege, CEO, (888) 607-3555, email@example.com, http://www.alliancebioe.com;
Renewable Resources Development of America, James Voyles, CEO, (770) 334-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.rrda-usa.com
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The report further details POET's contribution to the economic prosperity in each of the seven states where it operates -- South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. POET operates a total of 27 dry mill corn ethanol plants with an annual capacity of 1.7 billion gallons -- more than 11 pct of the total U.S. ethanol output.
According to the report, POET's production of 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol displaces nearly 1.2 billion gallons of gasoline, which requires 61 million barrels of crude oil to produce. This displacement potentially reduces the outflow of money to foreign producers of oil by nearly $5.5 billion.
The use of POET ethanol also reduces greenhouse gas emissions relative to gasoline. Burning a gallon of ethanol opposed to gasoline results in a 35 percent reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Reflecting this, the production of 1.7 billion gallons of POET ethanol cuts CO2 emissions by approximately 874,000 metric tons.
Access the full report and additional information on state-level data HERE. (Source: Poet, 13 August, 2015) Contact: POET, Jeff Lautt, CEO, www.poet.com
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Just to refresh your memory, the Democratic contenders on the left include the current frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee, Martin O'Malley, the fast rising Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb.
On the right, the Grand Old Party's contenders are: Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christy, Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker and "THE Donald" Trump.
Their positions on the following climate change related questions are just about what followers of the Amnerican political circus would expect:
In working the numbers, if action on climate change IS your major consideration your best bets are all Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley or Bernie Sanders, all of whom answered "YES" to every question.
If action on climate change is NOT an issue, your best bets are: Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker and "THE Donald" Trump, Republicans all who answered "NO" to every question.
It's the usual partisan political posturing when it comes to climate change and very little hope of real action no matter who ends up in the Oval Office. (Source: Various Sources, National Public Radio, 11 Aug., 2015)
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juwi AG offers project development and EPC services as well as primarily wind and solar energy products and solutions mainly projects with solar and wind.
The juwi group was established in 1996 in Rhineland-Palatinate. Since the end of 2014, MVV Energie AG has been co-owner and partner of the juwi-group. To date, juwi has realized around 840 wind turbines with a total capacity of approx. 1,800 MW at more than 100 sites. In the solar segment, more than 1,500 projects with a total capacity of around 1,400 megawatts have been designed and constructed. Combined, these energy systems produce around six billion KWh of clean energy per year.
With annual sales of €3.7 billion, the publicly listed MVV Energie Group is one of Germany's leading energy companies
(Source: juwi AG, 11 August, 2015)
Contact: juwi AG, Christian Hinsch, Communications, +49 (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, +49 (0) 172. 67 949 12, email@example.com, www.juwi.de;
MVV Energie AG, Dr. Georg Müller, CEO, www.mvv-energie.de
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"Today, manufacturers of commercial trucks, engines and their components produce the cleanest, safest and most fuel-efficient technology in the world, and over 95 pct of those vehicles are powered by diesel engines. Advances in diesel engine technology will continue to contribute to the overall efficiency gains of vehicles under this proposed rule. As a result, we expect diesel technology to remain the primary power-plant for commercial trucks into the foreseeable future.
"For all parties, the challenge of further increasing fuel efficiency while maintaining or improving environmental, safety and productivity of commercial vehicles is as important as it is complex. To be successful, the final outcome here must build on the success already accomplished in achieving near-zero emissions with today's new clean diesel technology and drive continued innovation while ensuring that the end products are highly desired by customers.
"When finalized, these rules will join the Clean Power Plan [and] light-duty vehicle efficiency standards as the third key component of the administration's climate change plan and are expected to contribute substantial greenhouse-gas emission reductions while helping to advance commitments to the international climate convention."
In light of the recently released Clean Power Plan, Schaeffer noted "We thought it was important to note that new technology clean diesel trucks on the road between 2010-2014 have already reduced annual carbon emissions by about the same amount as 2.4 coal-fired power plants and [nitrogen oxide (NOx)] emissions equivalent to 158 coal-fired power plants."
"Now achieving near-zero emissions, clean diesel technology powers the overwhelming majority of medium and commercial trucks today, and thanks to these improvements is poised to continue as the prime powertrain technology for commercial vehicles in the future. The engine may look and perform somewhat differently, and may be burning different kinds of low-carbon fuels, but in the end it will still be a diesel engine and an integral component of meeting the needs of a growing economy and a cleaner and more sustainable future," Schaeffer concluded.
(Source: Diesel Technology Forum, NGT News, Others, 10 August, 2015)
Contact: Diesel Technology Forum, Allen Schaeffer, Exec. Dir., (301) 668-7230, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The "pathetically inadequate" pledge, which environmental groups say will leave Australia the highest per capita emitter in the world, is proportionate because of "Australia's higher population growth and the higher economic costs of global climate action on coal exports", according to the government.
An analysis by the Climate Institute suggests that the government's emissions reduction target will place Australia in the worst three of a group of nine comparable countries when it comes to reducing carbon emissions on a whole range of metrics from total emissions cuts to emissions per unit of gross domestic product to emissions per capita.
(Source: Climate Institute, Guardian, 10 Aug., 2015)
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The USA is the world's second biggest emitter of CO2 and has committed to a 26-28 pct cut by 2025 based on 2005 levels. Obama has ordered power plant owners to cut carbon dioxide emissions 32 pct by 2030 based on 2005 levels. In the longer term, it has committed to an 83 pct reduction by 2050 based on 2005 levels.
INDIA is the world's third biggest emitter of carbon dioxide. The has pledged to reduce its GDP emissions intensity 20-25 per cent by 2020 based on 2005 levels.
RUSSIA is holding down the fourth largest emitter spot and has committed to a 25-30 pct reduction by 2030 based on 1990 levels.
INDONESIA is the world's fifth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and has pledged to reduce emissions such that in 2020 they are 26 per cent below 2020 forecasts; if sufficient international support is in place, it has pledged to cut by 41 per cent.
BRAZIL is the world's sixth major CO2 emitter and has pledged that by 2020 its emissions will be 36.1 per cent to 38.9 per cent lower than 2020 emissions forecasts.
The LAND OF THE RISING SUN is in seventh place and has committed to a 26 per cent reduction by 2030 based on 2013 levels. This converts to a reduction of 25 per cent by 2030 based on 2005 levels. CANADA is the world's eighth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and has committed to cut emissions 30 pct by 2030 based on 2005 levels.
DEUTSCHLAND is ninth and has pledged to a 55 per cent reduction by 2030 based on 1990 levels.
MEXICO is the world's 10th biggest CO2 emitter . Mexico has committed to cut its GHG and short-lived climate pollutants emissions 25 pct by 2030, based on forecasts for the nation's 2030 emissions.
The runner-ups are Iran, South Korea Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in that order. (Source: Climate Tracker, Climate Change Authority, Global Carbon, Others, Aug., 2015) Contact: Climate Action Tracker, www.climateactiontracker.org
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Investment support will be provided under the "Investments for the Future" programme (PIA), a ten-year plan launched in 2010 to support research and innovation in France, as well as through feed-in tariff mechanism. Financing will cover conception and development, equipment related to construction of the facilities including including turbines, floating structures, anchor systems, electrical architecture and grid connection as well as operation and maintenance of the selected pilot projects.
The tender closes on April 4, 2016.
(Source: French Environment and Energy Management Agency, SeeNews, Various Others, 6 Aug., 2015) Contact: French Environment and Energy Management Agency, http://www.ademe.fr
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The £4 million project received grant funding from the Scottish Government's Local Energy Challenge Fund, and is being led by Bright Green Hydrogen along with project partners, Fife Council and Toshiba.
The project will further develop an existing local energy research center in Methil, Fife into a world-class demonstrator of hydrogen applications generated from renewable sources. Bright Green Hydrogen awarded Edinburgh-based Logan Energy as the integrator for the project.
Hydrogenics will deploy one alkaline electrolyzer and one PEM electrolyzer which will be integrated by Logan Energy for containerized fueling, along with another PEM electrolyzer and fuel cell module to be part of an energy storage system powered by wind. August 06, 2015 (Source: Hydrogenics Corporation, 6 Aug., 2015) Contact:
Hydrogenics Corporation, Daryl Wilson, CEO, Bob Motz, CFO, (905) 361-3660, www.hydrogenics.com
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The 10-year bonds would be used to finance renewable energy projects and to help the bank meet its commitment of financing 5 gigawatts of renewable energy projects by 2020.
KPMG will provide annual Assurance Services on the use of proceeds.
(Source: Yes Bank, PVTech, 6 Aug., 2015) Contact: Yes Bank, Rana Kapoor, CEO, https://www.yesbank.in
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The project includes boiler replacements, LED lighting retrofits, installation of solar photovoltaic arrays at two schools, heating and cooling unit replacements, and building control system upgrades. Future phases will integrate energy efficiency and capital upgrades in the remaining 29 district facilities over the next two to three years.
(Source: McKinstry, Energy Mgr., Others, 6 Aug., 2015)
Contact: McKinstry, (262) 297-1630, www.mckinstry.com
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"It may not be warming, by the way. The last six years we've actually had mean temperatures that are cooler. I think we need to be very cautious before we dramatically alter who we are as a nation because of it (climate change)." -- JEB Bush, (R), Former Governor of Florida
"If you listen to the hysterics you'd think that the Statue of Liberty will shortly be under water and the polar bears are all drowning and that we're dying from pollution. It's (climate change) absolutely and utterly untrue." -- Paul Rand, (R), US Senator , Kentucky
"If you look even at the last 15 to 20 years, most scientists -- regardless of what their belief is in the larger question -- would say there hasn't been a noticeable (climate) change in recent times." -- Scott Walker, (R), Governor of Wisconsin
"Satellite data demonstrates that the last 17 years there's been zero warming. None whatsoever." -- Ted Cruz, (R), US Senator, Texas.
"Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face." -- Hilary Clinton, (D), former Secretary of State
Editor's Note: This publication strives to delivery unbiased coverage of the issues and industries that we cover. That being said, considering some of the quotes above, keeping our opinions to ourselves is sometimes difficult.
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Arlington, Virginia-headquartered ALEC offers workshops by "experts" who deny climate science, and has promoted model bills to roll back renewable energy and try to stymie President Obama's Clean Power Plan. ALEC recently adopted the Environmental Impact Litigation Act which would allow fossil fuel interests to fund state litigation against environmental policies. (Source: Shell, PRWatch, 7 Aug., 2015)Contact: American Legislative Exchange Council, (703) 373-0933, www.alec.org
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The report estimates that in 2012, when total GHG emissions reached the equivalent of 4546 Mt CO2, the deployment of all renewables in the EU avoided the equivalent of 716 Mt CO2 emissions. The report adds that the highest contribution by renewables in climate change mitigation in the EU in 2012 came from renewable electricity, which covered 64 pct of the savings, due to high penetration of wind and solar power, followed by renewable heating and cooling at 31 pct and renewable transport at 5 pct.
Nearly two thirds of the total savings came thanks to renewable energy development in Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and Spain.
(Source: European Commission's Joint Research Centre , SeeNews, Others, 7 August, 2015) Contact: European Commission's Joint Research Centre, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
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According to the Renewable Fuels Association,
ethanol producers were using 14.571 million bushels of corn to produce ethanol and 106,603 metric tons of livestock feed, 94,967 metric tons of which were distillers grains. (Source: RFA, US EIA, 7 Aug., 2015)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, RFA, US EIA,
The Clean Power Plan includes a new proposed early credit program for energy efficiency savings achieved in 2020 and 2021 in low-income communities. The rule also clarifies a number of particulars regarding the broad range of energy efficiency savings that can be counted, increasing the likelihood that states will include energy efficiency in their plans.
A majority of states already have significant experience employing energy efficiency as a utility-system resource. Currently, twenty-four states have an annual energy savings target, while forty-one states have adopted national model building codes. Additionally, over 30 pct of the U.S. industrial sector's electricity needs are being met through combined heat and power. (Source: ACEEE, 4 August, 2015) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4043, www.aceee.org
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In other SolarCity developments,
SolarCity is building a $900 million, 1.2 million-square-foot solar panel factory in Buffalo that is expected to meet the lion's share of the company's solar panel needs beginning in 2017.
(Source: SolarCity, Various Sources, 5 Aug., 2015) Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com;
Ilioss, 011 + 52 (55) 5282 0738, email@example.com, www.ilioss.com
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Finland-based Nuuka Solutions' Nuuka BEMS cloud solution helps identify energy efficiency in buildings, monitors indoor air condition and develops sustainability.
The device- and manufacturer-independent cloud service enables building owners and managers to read real-time data from any building automation system, energy meter, intelligent sensor network (IOT) or other IT-system.
Approximately 100 public and commercial buildings currently use the system and have improved their building energy efficiency approximately 35 pct annually.
(Source: Cleantech Invest Oy, PR, 5 August, 2015) Contact: CLEANTECH INVEST PLC
Alexander Lidgren, Managing Director, 011 +46 73 660 1007, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cleantechinvest.com; Nuuka Solutions, 011 +358 40 8220 896, www.nuukasolutions.fi
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Seven native seaweed varieties will be planted at the farm, which is expected to produce up to 24 tpy. It is anticipated that the seaweed can be used for bioenergy and biofuels production as well as in anaerobic digestion plants to create methane gas or fermented to produce ethanol. (Source: Scottish Association for Marine Science, Bioenergy Insights, 4 Aug., 2015)
Contact: Scottish Association for Marine Science,011 +44 1631 559000, www.sams.ac.uk
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According to the Algenol release, the company's technology is the leading qualified and patented solution to utilize power plant emissions to produce renewable fuels. In 2015, the EPA issued Algenol a renewable fuels standard (RFS) pathway for its Direct-to-Ethanol process. Algenol's technology displaces fossil fuels with a renewable and sustainable fuel, which according to an independent study by the EPA, reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 69 pct, compared to gasoline.
(Source: Algenol PR, 6 Aug., 2015) Contact: Algenol, Paul Woods, CEO, www.algenol.com
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According to a recent report from Ceres, a nonprofit that advocates for sustainability leadership, Dominion is one of the energy producers that has achieved some of the best levels of improvement in CO2 emission rates. (Source: Dominion Resources, 6 Aug., 2015)
Contact: Dominion Resources, https://www.dom.com
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Under the new standards, North Dakota is required to slash 45 pct of its 7 coal-fired power plant GHG emissions by 2030.
State officials and power producers claim the plan and 45 pct emissions reduction will drive up electric power costs and damage the state's economy.
Over the next 15 years, North Dakota's power plants would be limited to about 1,300 pounds of CO2 emissions per MWh of electricity they generate. The current average for the state's seven coal-fired plants is about 2,300 pounds per megawatt hour.
(Source: Office of ND Attorney General, Washington Times, Various Others 6 Aug., 2015) Contact: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, www.ag.nd.gov
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The increase in biofuels use is being attributed to biodiesel sales which are up +7.8 pct while ethanol consumption held stable at +0.1 pct. Biodiesel represented 79.7 pct of biofuels consumption and ethanol 19.1 pct, when taking into account the energy content (instead of the metric volume).
EurObserv'Er also notes that oil companies are expanding their biofuels activities and are already the biggest producers of biodiesel. (Source: EurObserv'Er, Brussels Times 3 Aug., 2015)
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According to the study,
energy efficiency efforts were driven primarily by cost savings, environmental benefits and industry standards. While 92 percent of respondent schools had a culture that encourages energy efficiency practices, organizational barriers are seen as challenging their ability to achieve efficiency goals. Fifty-nine percent view this as the biggest obstacle, with insufficient funding and lack of a clear definition of success also ranking highly. Aging infrastructure is ofter seen as a hindrance to greater energy efficiency., according to the survey.
(Source: Schneider Electric, Alliance to Save Energy, August, 2015) Contact: Schneider Electric, Tara Canfield, Segment Director, Education and Commercial Office Buildings, www.schneider-electric.com/us; Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org
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"Investments in energy efficiency can provide a significant benefit to ratepayers, especially in low income households and rural communities and renewable energy keeps money closer to home. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory forecasted that an 80MW wind farm can generate nearly 400 jobs, $4.8 million in land lease payments and $6.3 million in new tax revenues. That spending translates into $50.14 million in local economic benefits.
"Nebraska's wind resources have the potential to meet more than 118 times the state's current energy needs, and large-scale solar energy could provide over three hundred times our needs. With new incentives under the Clean Power Plan, pairing our incredible renewable resources with energy efficiency measures is an opportunity that Nebraska can't ignore. These energy options can create good-paying jobs and keep money closer to home in the communities and households that need them the most.
"We should champion an implementation plan that is more than just a temporary fix, but favors solutions that are widely beneficial in the long term."
Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.
(Source: Center for Rural Affairs, 3 August, 2015) Contact: Center for Rural Affairs,
Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch, Energy and Climate Program Associate, (402) 687-2100, http://www.cfra.org
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Gevo's isobutanol, which is registered as a "fuel additive" with the EPA, is blended with gasoline to help meet renewable fuel and clean air standards. Recently, the National Marine Manufacturers Association endorsed isobutanol as a drop-in fuel for marine and recreational boat engines.
(Source: Gevo, 30 July, 2015) Contact: Gevo Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
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"We now own 100 pct of Gulf Wind, which is located in a unique site on the Gulf Coast where the winds blow strongest at the times of Texas' peak demand and pricing," said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy. "The acquisition of the Gulf Wind equity interests and recapitalization of the project debt provides us with increased cash flow and complete control of the facility. The acquisition of the Gulf Wind interests, along with our recently announced dividend increase, demonstrate our commitment to increasing value for our shareholders."
The Gulf Wind facility consists of 118 wind turbines and has the capacity to generate 283 MW of energy, the power equivalent to the annual energy usage of approximately 80,000 Texas homes. (Source: Pattern, 3 August, 2015)Contact: Pattern Energy, Pattern Development, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, Communications, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
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