If passed, HB 2005 would be incorporated into the State Constitution which empowers the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission to set utility rates and determine the appropriate mix of energy sources.
Using that authority the commission set the goal of 15 pct from renewable sources by 2025.
This initiative would amend the constitution to boost that to 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, Payson Roundup, 15 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-4251, www.azcc.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard, Renewable Energy Arizona, Renewables,
Under the SBT initiative, companies publicly commit to a detailed emissions reduction goal which is then independently verified as being in line with the trajectory suggested by scientists to give the world a reasonable chance of keeping temperature increases below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels.
(Source: MacDonalds, businessgreen, 20 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, SBT, Science Based Targets,
The East Mesa Public Safety Complex LEED certification strategies and solutions included: sustainable site development; water savings; energy efficient materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and others (Source: WDG Architects, Sun News, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: WDG, http://wdg-architects.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, LEED Certification,
Vandewater Capital Holdings, the lead investor and controlling shareholder of AltAir Fuels from its inception in 2013 until Delek acquired a controlling stake in October of 2015, brought AltAir from concept to a leading refinery of renewable fuels .
World Energy, one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs nationwide.
(Source: Delek, PR, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson
VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com;
AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Delek Holdings, Renewable Fuels, AltAir,
The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenbeltresources.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,
The new pre-treatment unit allows the use of high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstocks while meeting the biodiesel quality standards set by international fuel standards.
The advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit was built to supply biodiesel to the EU and US under the three-year supply agreement signed with BPS in May of 2017.
The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, is the first and only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California.
(Source: Aemetis, Inc., MENAFN, 16 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Biodiesel,
The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy.
The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed.
Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni, Renewable Energy, Renewables,
Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport, install and maintain 11 of its SWT-3.2-113 turbines (35.2 MW) for Innovent's Eplessier project in Hauts de France. The company will deliver another 11 SWT-3.2-113 turbines for the ENGIE Green's Les Monts projects in the Grand Est region.
Siemens Gamesa will also supply eight SG 2.1-114 turbines with a 16 year service agreement for a 16 MW project in Burgundy and four G97-2.0 MW turbines with a 15-year service contract for an 8 MW project in Western France. The company will also supply another five G97-2.0 MW turbines to an undisclosed customer for a 10 MW wind farm located in Western France.
(Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, Various Media, Penn Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Offshore Wind, Wind Turbine ,
The company presently has 1,147 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Spain. (Source: Gas Natural Fenosa, Renewables Now, 18 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Gas Natural Fenosa, www.gasnaturalfenosa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Natural Fenosa, Wind,
Aemetis continuously operated its gas fermentation process for over 120 days, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. The IDU proved out a yield of 77 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass.
Using adjusted engineering models and subsequent results from the IDU, Leidos engineers expect the yield from the IDU to translate to commercial yields of approximately 96 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass at Aemetis' planned 12 million gpy commercial facility in Riverbank, California.
(Source: Aemetis Inc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Cellulosic,
The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.
The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.
China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy.
Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement.
(Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University, www.ed.ac.uk; British Geological Survey, www.bgs.ac.uk; Scottish Funding Council, www.sfc.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCus, CCS, Carbon Dioxide,
The proposed policy would require all new buildings to be constructed to standards that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct to 50 pct compared to New York state code standards. The policy would ramp down over time to require all new buildings be designed to a net-zero energy standard within the next 12 years.
The proposed policy would have two compliance paths available to all property owners: a point system where the builder chooses from a menu of over 20 features to achieve six points equaling a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases; a second path of compliance allows the use of US Green Building Council LEED and similar rating systems to show a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases.
The Green Building Policy second draft report prepared by consultants STREAM Collaborative, Randall + West, and Taitem Engineering is posted at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com.
(Source: City of Ithaca, Ithaca Journal, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Ithaca, email@example.com, www.cityofthaca,org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, USGBC, LEED Certification,
Natcore is targeting over 25 pct real-world efficiency for its eventual production solar cells, roughly a 25 pct performance improvement over many high-end commercial cells being installed today.
Natcore has begun an accelerated development program to produce a prototype with the new process, as well as include production cost and efficiency modeling by independent authorities.
Natcore plans to pursue partnerships with leaders in the industry to commercialize its technology. The production of this prototype will be a key part of this process.
(Source: NatCore, PR 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NatcoreChuck Provini
More Low-Carbon Energy News Natcore Technology, Solar,
Detractors claim changes in the proposed legislation would scale back or eliminate measures that have lowered energy costs and usage, lessened the need for new power plants and have attracted industries to the state.
Current energy efficiency programs make the state more attractive and competitive to businesses, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. (Source: Hawkeye Community College, Courier, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact:
Senate File 2311 www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=sf2311
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Incentives, Energy Efficiency Rebates,
Under the CLEER program, Montgomery County Green Bank lists eligible contractors, businesses use these contractors to define energy savings scopes of work and Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital provide loans to businesses to finance the eligible scopes of work. The borrowing businesses are considered approved based on credit with loan terms set to match the expected energy savings. Montgomery County Green Bank also provides overall program oversight to ensure the success of the program and track progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The CLEER program works in a complementary manner with the Pepco program and builds on its offerings. The CLEER program is primarily funded by proceeds from the merger of Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc. Montgomery County's support for the merger has resulted in over $41 million to the County to create programs benefiting Pepco customers.
Montgomery County Green Bank is a publicly-chartered nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating affordable clean energy and energy efficiency investment in Montgomery County, MD. It is also the nation's first county-level green bank. In support of the County's goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Montgomery County Green Bank partners with the private sector to build a more inclusively prosperous, resilient, sustainable, and healthy community by providing affordable financing options for projects that private investors may not currently be able or willing to finance alone. (Source: Montgomery County Green Bank, PR, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact:
Montgomery County Green Bank, Tom Deyo, CEO, www.mcgreenbank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy,
Under the new agreement, the South Philadelphia-based refiner will retire 138 million RINs before April 1, when it plans to emerge from bankruptcy, and another 64.6 million of the credits after that date.
Although the price of RINs has been as high as $1.45, it has dropped to about $0.35 its lowest in a year.
PES claimed has been paying $75-85 million a year for RINs since 2014, and the cost is now the second-biggest after crude oil.
(Source: State Impact Pennsylvania, Law360, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS,
In addition to the UK, Gaia-Wind turbines are operating Tonga, Japan, Australia, the US, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy.
(Source: Gaia-Wind, Various Media, Renewables Now, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gaia-Wind, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com
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Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear® solution.
The Ice Bear provides a unique solution to the problem of peak load management by connecting to one or more standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units and serving as a thermal battery. Ice Bear systems freeze standard tap water at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. The stored ice is then used during the peak period of the day to provide uninterrupted cooling, using a fraction of the energy required to operate a traditional HVAC system and reducing air conditioning bills by up to 40 pct.
Ice Energy thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, and for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. (Source: Ice Energy, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ice Energy Keep Your Cool , Tony Huffman, (800) 808-9539, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.keepyourcool.com; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres, www.ice-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy, Energy Storage, Thermal Energy Storage,
"The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants. We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.
"The noise of uncertainty is detrimental to the future of the industry. We've seen biodiesel and renewable diesel production grow from 25 million gallons before the tax credit to nearly 3 billion gallons. Imagine how much farther we could be as an industry if this federal policy mechanism hadn't lapsed so many times," the letter said.
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, 13 Mar., 2018)
Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Tax Credit,
Smartcool products allow air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and heat pumps to function more efficiently by reducing the energy consumption of their compressors by as much as 40 pct and deliver a RoI in as little as 12 months, according to the company release.
TEC partners with schools and government agencies to reduce the energy footprint of their buildings. Offering energy project financing, public entities are able to reduce energy costs without capital expenditures.
(Source: Smartcool, PR, Streetwise Reports, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: TEC, Damian Smith, CEO, (218) 844-5848, www.totalenergyconcepts.com;
SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Total Energy Concepts , Smartcool,
Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. Both fibre supply and customer off-take agreements are in place under long-term agreements, the company reports.
Pinnacle presently operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal in B.C., and has a new production plant under construction in Entwistle, Alta. (Source: Pinnacle Pellet, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: West Fraser Timber, www.westfraser.com; Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, www.pinnaclepellet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Pellet, Wood Pellet,
The Boundary Dam CCS project is one of the initiatives the Crown corporation is pursuing to meet the province's power needs. CCS is part of SaskPower's long-term strategy to meet environmental regulations and reduce the company's carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct from 2005 levels, by 2030.
The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Saskpower, Boundry Dam, CCS,
The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.
The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Swithgrass, Biofuel, Biofuel Feedstock,
(Source: Otary, Offshore Wind, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Mermaid THV chief executive Mathias Verkast
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Offshore Wind, Otary ,
The turbine was pre-assembled and shipped from Merkur's logistics hub in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The project's remaining 65 nacelles, blades and tower pieces will also be assembled and shipped from Eemshaven.
Upon completion, the
Merkur project will be among the largest offshore windfarms in Germany with a generation capacity of 1,750MWh annually -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 homes. GE will also provide operations and maintenance services at the site for a period of ten years. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Power, Mar., 2018)
Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy , Wind, Merkur Offshore ,
The order includes supply, installation and commissioning as well as a 25-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated to get underway in 2Q of 2019 for commissioning in Q3, 2019. (Source: Vestas, WindTech, Various Media, 12 Mar., 2018) Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Stena Renewable, +031-85 53 90, www.stenarenewable.se
More Low-Carbon Energy News Stena Renewable, Vestas, Wind, Wind Turbine,
Aldergate Group members, including Aviva, BT, Cemex, Ikea, Kingfisher, M&S, Nestle, Sky and Tesco, published recommendations to improve non-domestic energy efficiency.
Download the Aldgate Group energy efficiency recommendations HERE. (Source: Aldergate Group, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aldergate Group, +44 (0) 20 7841 8966, email@example.com, www.alghergategroup.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Among the investors in the new Growthpoint Green Bonds is the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund), an initiative of KfW Development Bank and the German Government backed by additional investors. It aims to promote the development of African capital markets by acting as an anchor investor in primary bond issuance. It has invested around $70 million since inception in 13 countries.
Growthpoint is a leader in green building and climate change mitigation. Over 86 of its properties are green-certified buildings.
The proceeds of the bonds will be used exclusively to finance or refinance Growthpoint's new and existing sustainable green properties and projects that reduce environmental impact.(Source: GrowthPoint, eProperet News, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: GrowthPoint, www.growthpoint.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds, Climate Change,
The Merger, the Plan of Merger, and the transactions contemplated thereby, were approved by over 90 pct of the ordinary shares voted.general meeting.
(Source: JA Solar Holdings, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) (Contact: JA Solar Holdings, www.jasolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar, Solar,
Canadian Solar has more than 700 MW under operation and 1.2 GW contracted worldwide, according to its website.
(Source: Canadian Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 12 Mar., 2018) Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar, Solar,
The move means a nationwide ban on the use of smoky coal by 2025, including at the 900-MW ESB Moneypoint generation station, the nation's largest power station.
The ESB has been reducing coal consumption since 2012 but has yet to announce an alternative energy source.
ESB Moneypoint is Ireland's only remaining coal-fired powered station using approximately 2 million tpy of imported Coal. (Source: Irish Times, Mar., 2018) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, www.beyond-coal.eu; Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/canada-international-action/coal-phase-out/alliance-declaration.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal, Coal,
The program will cut the volume of organic waste entering the landfill and thus reduce landfill gas -- methane -- emissions from the facility.
The project is expected to cost $7,425,472. (Source: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, PR, Alberni Valley News, Mar., 2018)Contact: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, www.acrd.bc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas, Metrhane,
In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.
The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.battelle.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, Battelle, Core Energy ,
WECC will leverage the new energyOrbit Marketplace portal to enhance customer engagement and increase participation in energy efficiency programs. The energyOrbit Marketplace provides home and business owners with a simple and intuitive online experience when looking for energy efficiency rebates and incentives.
Presently, 5 of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in North America, and other public utilities, cooperatives and third-party implementers, use energyOrbit to manage $1.6 billion in energy efficiency incentive dollars. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: WECC, Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and CEO, (800) 969-9322, email@example.com, www.weccusa.org; Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744 www.energy-orbit.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, Energy Orbit, Energy Efficiency,
To that end, the two entities have agreed to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13, and to focus on experience-sharing and programs to build capacity and enhance the contribution of the private sector in protecting the environment.
(Source: Honeywell, ACHRnews, 12 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com; UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unep.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell, UN Environment, Climate Change,
PACE financing provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and other qualifying improvements made to a property.
The hotel will feature new historic replica windows, energy efficient aluminum window wall glazing systems and other insulation measures, high efficiency HVAC and lighting systems.
(Source: Baker Tilly Capital, RE Journal, 12 Mar., 2018)Contact: Baker Tilly Capital, (312) 729-8000, www.bakertilly.com; PACE, email@example.com, www.pacenow.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy, PACE, Energy Efficiency Funding, Energy Efficiency ,
Energy conservation measures implemented via the two energy performance contracts (EPCs) are expected to save the Authority an estimated $8.4 million in the first year with continued savings through the 18-year performance period. The work will take place throughout NYCHA properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The EPCs align with the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, which commits to reducing energy consumption by 20 pct by 2026.
Energy conservation measures to be implemented include exterior and interior LED lighting, building automation heating controls and water conservation. The project is slated to be completed in December 2019. (Source: Constellation, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: NYCHA, www.nyc.gov/nycha; Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.constellation.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYCHA, New York City Housing Authority , Constellation, Energyu Efficiency,
The permits were distributed to companies free during the first phase (2015-17). Companies eligible to join the auction are those with a bidding price equivalent to or higher than the minimum set by the environment minister each month.
The list of industrial categories required to purchase permits will be announced this June. The permit cap for each category will be decided in September. These are the preliminary steps before Seoul's launch of the bidding system the following year.
The ministry's latest carbon permit measures are part of the revised greenhouse gas emission trading scheme laws.
(Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment Korea Times, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, eng.me.go.kr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea ETS, Korea Carbon Market, Carbon Permit,
The Solar for All program seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households in Washington and reduce their energy bills by 50 pct by 2032.
WinnCompanies has invested more than $50 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across its affordable housing portfolio over the past decade. (Source: WinnCompanies, Affordable Housing Finance, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WinnCompanies, Gilbert Winn, CEO, Darien Crimmin, VP Energy and Sustainability, (617) 742-4500, email@example.com, www.winncompanies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar, Solar, Community Solar,
"For farmers, ethanol blending equals corn demand. Farmers care about RIN values, not because we want them to be high, but because we want the RIN market mechanism to work freely to incentivize (ethanol) blending. Increased blending will, in turn, lower RIN values, exactly the way the RFS is intended to work. Government manipulation of the RIN market, on the other hand, disrupts the incentive to blend."
An Iowa State study concluded that:
a leading Renewable Fuel Standard reform proposal considered by policymakers would allow E15 sales throughout the year and implement a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10 to $0.20/RIN;
while year-round sales of E15 would encourage retailers to sell the fuel, capping D6 RIN prices would reduce consumption of E15 and E85:
a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10/gal to $0.20/gal would likely reduce the effective ethanol mandate from 15 billion gallons to about 14.3 billion gallons in 2018; and
unless increased ethanol exports compensate for the reduced mandate, corn prices would decrease under the proposal's D6 RIN price cap. (Source: NCGA, Farm Equipment, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA, Corn Ethanol, Ethanol Blends, RFS,
The Bennington resolution calls on the state legislature and governor to "commit by act of legislation to the goal of meeting 90 pct of all energy needs within the state from renewable sources by 2050" and "ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents."
350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice -- resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience, according to its website.
(Source: 350Vermont, Bennington Banner, 11 Mar., 2018)
Contact: 350 Vermont, (802) 444-0350, www.350vermont.org
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With some modifications and scaling up, the proton battery technology could be used for medium-scale storage on electricity grids as well as powering electric vehicles, household storage of electricity from solar PV panels, and other applications.
The RMIT working prototype uses a carbon electrode as a hydrogen store, coupled with a reversible fuel cell to produce electricity. A major potential advantage of the proton battery is much higher energy efficiency than conventional hydrogen systems, making it comparable to lithium ion batteries.
RMIT's research on the proton battery has been partially funded by the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group and the US Office of Naval Research Global.
(Source: RMIT University, PR, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: RMIT University, Professor John Andrews, +61 3 9925 2000, www.rmit.edu.au
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According to Praj, its techno-socio-economic model of 2nd gen ethanol technology is already progressing in India and can be replicated in the developed region like Europe.
Praj Industries opened India's first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals from agri-residue including rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stover, and other feedstocks in May, 2017. The second-generation bio-refinery demonstration plant boasts a 2nd generation ethanol production capacity of 1 million lpy.
The Indian governments is calling for a 20 pct ethanol blend ratio in auto fuels. To meet that goal, 10 to 12 second generation ethanol projects with an average 100,000 lpy capacity are expected to be developed. (Source: Praj Industries, Economic Times of India, 11 Mar., 2018)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.praj.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries, Cellulosic, Ethanol,
Ontario's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. To date,
the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Canadaian Press, 8 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Ontario Carbon Tax, Cap-and-Trade,
The EIB notes it is committed to increasing support for climate related investment, including renewable energy, in developing and emerging economies to represent 35 pct of overall financing activity.
New EIB financing for solar investment in 2017 included backing for new projects in India, Mexico and Peru, as well as 13 EU countries.
Since 2002 the EIB has financed more than €6.35 billion of new solar energy investment.
(Source: EIB, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) (Source: EIB, www.eib.org
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The agreement was free of cost for GM which will use transferable renewable energy credits (RINs) to measure emission reduction at its manufacturing sites.
Consumers handled direct investment and resourcing.
GM plans to run one-fifth of its global facilities on renewable energy by the end of 2018 and all 350 operations by 2050.
Consumer's Energy aims to produce more than 40 pct of its energy through renewable sources and energy storage by 2040.
(Source: Consumers Energy, Crains Detroit Business, Mar., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,email@example.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
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"We support those renewables. Not only are they ultimate clean fuel, but they are inexhaustible by definition." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, 7 Mar., 2018)
Secretary Perry will also be remembered for his response
when asked whether CO2 is the main driver of climate change? "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in. (Climate change is) one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry
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In 2015, the company initiated a two-year study project to verify the methane emission reduction for a newly applied effluent treatment method. The project, which was conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions in Indonesian palm oil mills in collaboration with Dutch palm oil company KLK. The project used a belt filter press to remove organic matter such as degrading parts of the oil palm fruit in the mill effluent, the source of the methane emissions. The Neste-lead project verified 50 pct reduction in methane emissions at palm oil mills, as validated by Neste.
In Indonesia and Malaysia, approximately 70 pct of palm oil is produced without methane reduction methods. If all the producers in these countries were to adopt the studied new method, greenhouse gases would be reduced by approximately 4.5 million tpy, better than the 50 pct greenhouse gas emission reduction requirement defined in the Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) for all biofuels, according to the Neste release.
(Source: Neste Oyj, PR, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neste, Annamari Enstrom, Senior Researcher, +358 10 458 7658, annamari.enstrom(@)neste.com, www.neste.com
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The bids could include power purchase agreements (PPAs) or any of several ownership structures, including PPAs with purchase options or obligations, sales of existing assets, acquisition of project development assets and rights, joint ownership, and build-own-transfer agreements, the utility notes.
PGE plans to submit a final draft RFP to the Oregon PUC by the end of next week, and a tentative schedule sees proposals due by June 15 and the process completed by year end. (Source: PGE, Portland Business Journal, 2 Mar., 2018)Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com
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