Under the terms of the MoU, SWET will receive development fees and royalties from tower project(s) in Kenya while allowing Elperta a 6 month exclusivity period to fully evaluate and vet a specific site previously identified for the first Tower Facility. Each facility is estimated to have an installed capacity rating of up to 1,250 megawatts.
(Source: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc., 18 July, 2015) Contact: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Ron Pickett, CEO, (410) 973-4713, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.solarwindenergytower.com
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ENGIE is committed to offer new services in energy management to its global client base. KiWi has developed a leading technology and extensive industry expertise within the demand response, energy management and smart grid space.
Combining proprietary hardware and software, KiWi Power delivers significant commercial returns and sustainability benefits to large consumers of electricity, utilities and grid operators. (Source: ENGIE, KiWi Power, 20 July, 2015) Contact: KiWi Power, Yoav Zingher, CEO, 011 +44(0)20 7183 1030, www.kiwipowered.com; ENGIE, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com
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The agency proposes spending $2.8 million to replace high-pressure sodium streetlights with efficient LED lighting on state highways, and $1 million for LED streetlights throughout municipalities.
The proposed investments also include $3 million for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, the state's hub for green infrastructure financing initiatives, and about $3.6 million for energy efficiency measures, among other projects.
(Source: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, WPRO News AP, 20 July, 2015) Contact: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, (401) 574-9003, www.energy.ri.gov; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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Using their proprietary metabolic engineering tools, DEINOVE R&D designed a Deinococcus bacterium capable of producing renewable muconic acid, a particularly sought-after chemical intermediate, from a variety of feedstocks. The physiology of Deinococcus is well-suited for the production of this molecule, providing a critical competitive advantage compared with other alternatives.
Muconic acid is a versatile chemical intermediate whose derivatives -- caprolactam, terephthalic acid (a precursor to PET) and adipic acid are widely used in the plastics industry. (Source: Deinove, 21 July, 2015)
Contact: DEINOVE, Emmanuel Petiot, CEO,
011 +33 (0)4 48 19 01 28, email@example.com, www.deinove.com
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New York's mayor is a founding member of a group of local leaders who have vowed to reduce carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Various Sources, Guardian, 21 July, 2015) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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Vivint, the second-biggest installer of rooftop solar panels behind SolarCity Corp., has operations in seven states including California and New York. SunEdison said its unit, TerraForm Power Inc., would subsequently buy Vivint’s rooftop solar portfolio of 523 megawatts, expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922 million in cash.
(Source: BDN Maine, 21 July, 2015)
The NanoCatalyst fuel unit is a distilling processor utilizing a high-pressure, supercritical solid metal catalyst reactor that reaches full reaction in minutes and make biodiesel for one-third the cost of traditional reactors using high-FFA feedstock such as brown grease. It says the process is scalable and portable, and the entire processor with an 8 MMgy capacity can be packed into a 40-foot shipping container.(Source: Argo Fuels, 17 July, 2015) Contact: Argo Fuels, Ray Dellinger, Founder and CEO, (385) 240-2746, www.argofuels.com
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In the $500,000 pilot,
TransAlta will combine five fridge-sized Tesla batteries and install them in a medium-sized building, like a grocery store or apartment building. The batteries collectively will store 500 kilowatts, being able to discharge at 250 kW an hour over two hours. The batteries can be charged and discharged daily, with a life expectancy of 10 years. (Source: TransAlta, Tesla, BNN, 17 July, 2015)Contact:
TransAlta, Brent Ward Director, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, (800) 387-3598, (403) 267-2540, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.transalta.com; Tesla Motors, www.teslamotors.com
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LG's LED troffers with wireless capabilities are designed for small- and medium-sized office applications. They offer an integrated daylight and occupancy sensor with three levels of system integration, including stand-alone, group control, and third party wireless controls using ZigBee® open standard protocol. (Source: LG Electronics USA, 16 July, 2015) Contact: LG Electronics, www.lglightingus.com, www.LG.com; Mass Save, www.masssave.com
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The program helps residents in unincorporated areas finance eligible home improvement projects such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency improvements and seismic strengthening improvements. Drought tolerant landscaping, energy efficient roofs, energy efficient outdoor and indoor lighting, insulation, water heaters, solar or wind electrical generation, windows and doors, attic fans, ceiling fans, evaporative cooler, sky lights, energy efficient furnaces, greywater systems and others are included, according to the CalFirst website.
The terms allow the borrowing of up to 15 pct of the property value and the amount financed can be repaid through property tax payments over 5 to 25 years with no prepayment penalty. An unpaid balance can be transfered to a new owner upon sale.
(Source: California Statewide Communities Development Authority, CaliforniaFIRST, Willits News, 17 July, 2015) Contact: CaliforniaFIRST, (888) 862-4516, www.californiafirst.org
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As per their agreement, Sunrun will now utilize Itron Total Solar which provides production measurement and managed services for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. Itron Total Solar will supervise Sunrun's daily system operations and collect, store and support the validation of solar PV production data via a secure 4G LTE cellular network. The production data and analytics services will be made available to Sunrun through a secure, cloud-based infrastructure and easy-to-use API-based interface.
Itron currently monitors nearly 100,000 solar installations across the U.S., representing over 500 megawatts of clean energy capacity.
(Source: Itron, NASDAQ, 16 July, 2015) Contact: Sunrun, Edward Fenster, CEO, (415) 982-9000, www.sunrunhome.com; Itron, www.itron.com
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As a modular system, Seanergy® can be scaled to meet any requirements up to 750 V. The modules are based on SAFT'S Li-ion Super Phosphate (SLFP) cell chemistry which offers the advantage of improved high energy capability and optimized total cost of ownership when compared with standard Li-ion phosphate technologies. The two Seanergy® systems, which provide a total of 800 kWh of energy storage, can power the vessel in battery mode only and in hybrid mode in combination with a diesel generator. When at sea, Imtech's energy management system will balance the energy delivered by the diesel genset and battery systems to make propulsion as efficient and clean as possible enabling the genset to run at peak efficiency. (Source: SAFT Batteries, July 20, 2015) Contact: SAFT Batteries, Jayesh Vir, Marine Segment Key Account Manager, Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager, Energy Storage Systems Business Unit, www.saftbatteries.com; Imtech Marine,www.imtech.com
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"We cannot fully express our gratitude to Reps. Kuster and Westerman, along with the other 19 signers and all of their staff members, for supporting biomass in this letter to EPA. Each of the signers recognizes the significant role that biomass plays in his or her district, and the urgent need to preserve the industry. This letter continues the momentum needed to ensure that biomass receives fair treatment in the Clean Power Plan and other regulations.
"Biomass companies are doing an incredible job of turning unused material into an energy source, and they are creating jobs for workers across the country and in New Hampshire,' said Congresswoman Kuster in a joint press release with Congressman Westerman. 'Biomass producers need to know upfront how the EPA's proposed carbon emission rules will affect them, so these regulations do not come as a surprise and hinder their ability to expand, grow, and continue to hire American workers. I urge EPA to swiftly make it known how these rules will be applied to the biomass industry, and to consider partial- or full-exemption from these rules for sustainable biomass producers.
"Biomass fuel is important to a growing renewable energy industry in the U.S. and abroad. We ask that the Environmental Protection Agency create a fair, clear set of regulations sooner rather than later so this industry can have certainty in their processes as they grow. A new industry that sequesters carbon, is environmentally sound, and is creating jobs deserves to be treated fairly and to know the rules upfront. That is what we are requesting from the EPA today,' said Congressman Westerman."
The EPA's Clean Power Plan, also known as Section 111(d), is currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget and is due to be released later this summer.
(Source: Biomass Power Association, 19 July, 2015)
Contact: Biomass Power Association, Bob Cleaves, Pres., CEO,(703) 722-7043, http://www.biomasspowerassociation.com
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The first auction which allocated carbon credit price guarantees, marks a new and innovate way to finance reductions of emissions of methane gas which is potentially 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The first auction focused on methane-reduction projects at landfills, agriculture and wastewater sites. Most of the eligible projects are in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand. The auction winners will purchase a special type of World Bank bond that pays holders a guaranteed price upon delivery of eligible carbon credits.
By using auctions to bid the guarantee price, or price floor down, the PAF aims to achieve the most results for climate change mitigation from limited public funds. Additionally, as it is set up on a pay-for-performance basis, the PAF will only pay the auction’s guarantee price, if exercised, once results are achieved.
Donors are Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States and have agreed to contribute more than $50 million to the PAF. It has a capitalization target of $100 million dollars and is actively fund-raising to hold two to three more test auctions over the next 18 months. (Source: World Bank Group, 17 July, 2015) Contact: World Bank Group, Rachel Kyte, VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, (202) 473-1000, email@example.com, www.worldbank.org;
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As the world's fifth-largest GHG emitter, Japan's emissions rose to 1.41 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent, the second-highest on record, in the year through March 2014. That was up 10.8 pct from 1990, reflecting the rise in coal-fired power after the indefinite closure of nuclear power plants following the tsunami disaster.
Japan set the renewable energy target at 22 to 24 pct, liquefied natural gas at 27 pct, and coal at 26 pct of the country's energy mix. (Source: Japan Times, Others, 17 July, 2015)
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The new directive amends the 2009 renewable energy directive (RED) and the 1998 fuel quality directive (FQD), and places a 7 pct cap on conventional biofuels that can count towards the RED targets. The directive also allows EU states to set a lower cap. It also encourages the transition to advanced biofuels, includes a provision for double counting of feedstocks for advanced biofuels, and requires reporting on greenhouse gas emission savings from the use of biofuels to be carried out by fuel supplier and the commission.
According to the European renewable ethanol association ePure, EU member states have 24 months to adopt the new rules.
(Source: AFC EU, ePure, Biodiesel Mag. July 15
Contact: European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council, http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/council-eu/configurations/agrifish;
ePURE, Robert Wright, Sec. Gen, 011 +32 2 657 6679, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.epure.org
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In its suit, EELI claimed that some out-of-state coal producers will lose business with out-of-state utilities who feed power onto an interconnected grid serving 11 Western states, Canada and Mexico.
(Source: Law Review, BNA, Various Others, 14 July, 2015)Contact: Energy and Environment Legal Institute, (202) 785-8301, email@example.com, http://eelegal.org
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The grant funding is coming from the CDFA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and other state agencies that are investing money from California's Cap-and-Trade Program auctions.
Captured methane from the project
will be used for power generation with the excess sold back to the grid.
(Source: CDFA, AgPower Visalia LLC, Times-Delta, 13 July, 2015) Contact: CDFA, Karen Ross, www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/dd; AgPower Visalia, www.agpowergroup.com
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In the submission, Peabody addresses the company's concerns regarding new policies the government has proposed that would treat greenhouse gas emissions and considerations regarding climate change as part of environmental impact reviews under the US government's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Peabody coal fuels approximately 10 pct of America's and 2 pct of the world's electric power generation. In 2013, 73 pct of the company's total coal sales (by volume) were to U.S. electricity generators in nearly 40 states. Peabody has over 7 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves in the U.S. Peabody also has an ownership interest in a 1,600 megawatt coal-fueled electricity generation plant in the U.S.
Access a full copy of the Peabody's March 2015 submission HERE. (Source: Peabody Energy, DESMOG, 14 July, 2015) Contact: Peabody Energy, Beth Sutton, (928) 699-8243, www.peabodyenergy.com
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The Pepco contract extends to multifamily properties throughout its service area in Maryland. The Commercial Multifamily Program, which launched in June 2015, is offered exclusively to multifamily properties in Maryland seeking to implement energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades. Under the program, multifamily properties will be eligible to receive enhanced rebates for energy efficiency projects, including apartment-level direct install measures, LED light upgrades and HVAC enhancements.
The SMECO contract extends to all multifamily owners and operators in Prince George's, Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties. (Source: Energesco Solutions, 15 July, 2015) Contact: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative , (888) 440-3311, www.smeco.coop; Energesco Solutions, (703) 201-7781, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.energescosolutions.com
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Big Island Biodiesel, which joins Pacific Biodiesel Logistics as Pacific Biodiesel's second subsidiary, began production in 2012 and is the most recent of 13 facilities designed by its Maui parent, featuring fuel distillation and zero-waste processing.
(Source: Pacific Biodiesel, Pacific Bus, News, 15 July, 2015) Contact: Big Island Biodiesel, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, (808) 877-3114, email@example.com, www.biodiesel.com
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Big Rivers is owned by and generates electricity for three Western Kentucky rural electric co-ops, including Henderson-based Kenergy Corp.
(Source: Ceres, Gleaner, 16 July, 2015) Contact: Big Rivers Electric Corp., (270) 827-2564, www.bigrivers.com
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