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US GAO to Investigate EPA RFS Small Refinery Exemptions, "Hardship Waiver" Program (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
RFS,U.S. Government Accountability Office
Date: 2020-01-15
On Capitol Hill, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has replied in the affirmative to a request from bi-partisan group of U.S House members led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer, (D-Iowa) -- Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Committee on Small Business House of Representative -- urging the agency to examine the review and approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs), including the DOE's viability of scores for the 40 compliance year 2018 SRE applications that had been reviewed as of that date.

In its Jan. 10 reply, the GAO accepted the request as being within the scope of its authority and assigned Mark E. Gaffigan, managing director of Natural Resources and Environment to begin the investigation shortly.

"Granting more than 80 small refinery exemption waivers isn't just something this administration can sweep under the rug," Finkenauer said in a statement announcing the GAO investigation.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Office of US Rep. Abby Finkenaur, 10 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of US Rep. Abby Finkenaur , https://finkenauer.house.gov/sites/finkenauer.house.gov; U.S. Government Accountability Office, (202) 512-3000, contact@gao.gov, www.gao.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


NIFA Supports Bio-jet Fuel Technology R&D (R&D Report)
USDA,National Institute for Food and Agriculture
Date: 2019-12-18
In the Cornhusker State, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is reporting receipt of grant funding from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support collaborative research by Washington State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the use of camelina oilseeds and other vegetable oil crops in renewable bio-based jet fuel manufacturing.

The research is aimed at developing new bio-based jet fuel manufacturing technology and crop feedstocks with vegetable oil compositions tailored for this technology.

The research team will use camelina as an oilseed platform to develop vegetable oil formulations with shorter carbon chains that are better suited for the processing technology. These genetic strategies will be transferred to other vegetable oil feedstocks, such as soybean and oil-rich sorghum, which are currently being developed by university faculty for the U.S. DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI).

Research at UNL builds on prior US DOE and Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research'funding. (Source: University of Nebraska, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL IANR NEWS, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 402-472-2081, www.unl.edu; National Institute for Food and Agriculture, www.nifa.usda.gov; U.S. DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, www.cabbi.bio

More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina,  Oilseed,  USDA,  National Institute for Food and Agriculture,  


Canola Growers Seek Increased Biofuel Blend Rates (Ind. Report)
Alberta Canola.
Date: 2019-11-15
On the oil-soaked Canadian prairies, Alberta Canola reports it is labbying the Province of Alberta to boost the amount of biofuels blended into diesel fuel to 5 pct from the existing 2 pct as mandated under the Alberta duel standard. The trade association notes the increase could provide new markets for hard-hit canola producers and encourage more processing capacity. Alberta's fuel standard also dictates gasoline sold in the province must meet a minimum 5 pct average of renewable fuels, such as ethanol.

Alberta farmers produced nearly 6 million tonnes of canola in 2018. (Source: Alberta Canola, Red Deer Advocate, Nov., 2019) Contact: Alberta Canola, John Guelly, (780) 454-0844, www.albertacanola.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Canola,  Canola,  Biouel,  Biofuel Blend,  


NATSO Urging Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Opinions & Editorials)
NATSO
Date: 2019-11-08
NATSO, the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry, issued the following statement with regard to a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), urging Democratic leadership to support extending the biodiesel tax credit and other clean energy tax extenders:

"This letter is an extraordinary showing of support for the biodiesel tax credit and other clean energy tax policies. What is especially significant is the ideological and geographic diversity of the Democrats who signed this letter. Many of them have very difficult re-election campaigns ahead of them next year. The fact that lawmakers representing places such as Oklahoma City, Upstate New York, Salt Lake City, and Southern California -- areas far from the farming Midwest -- strongly support biofuels incentives underscores the economic and environmental benefits that these clean energy tax extenders bring to their communities. NATSO is grateful to Representatives Abby Finkenauer and Kendra Horn for their continued leadership on this important issue." (Source: NATSO, PR, The Central Virginian, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Relations, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, 703-739-8578, www.natso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


ABB Unveils Solar Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
ABB
Date: 2019-09-27
ABB Group reports it is collaborating with Lindin, Utah-based solar power battery storage specialist Humless Universal on a 10/4 "plug-and-play" residential energy storage system powered by 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM) and ABB's UNO-DM-TL-PLUS line of residential inverters.

The system integrates with existing residential grid-tied solar systems and works with any manufacturer's panels. Humless Universal is the first to enable simultaneous AC/DC Coupling and is very expandable. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: ABB, Franklin Sullivan, EVP, Market Manager US Electrification, www.abb.com; Humless Universal, 866-438-7129, www.humless.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Humless,  Solar,  Energy Management,  Energy STorage,  


ABB Touts Humless Solar Energy Storage Collaboration (Ind. Report)
ABB,Humless
Date: 2019-09-25
ABB reports it is collaborating with Lindin, Utah-based solar power battery storage specialist Humless on the new Universal 10/4 "plug-and-play" Residential Energy Storage System powered by 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM) and ABB's UNO-DM-TL--PLUS line of residential inverters.

The ESS integrates with any existing residential grid-tied solar system and works with any manufacturer's panels. Humless Universal is the first to enable simultaneous AC/DC Coupling and is very expandable. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: ABB, Franklin Sullivan, EVP, Lead Market Manager, U.S. Electrification business, www.abb.com; Humless, 866-438-7129, www.humless.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Solar Energy Storage,  


House Reps Call for RFS "Hardship" Waiver Investigation (Ind Report)
Biofuel,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-08-28
In the nation's capitol, a dozen members of Congress, spurred on by Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) have writtn to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the review and approval of small refinery "hardship" waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) , including the DOE's viability scores for the 40 waivers reviewed to date by the DOE for the 2018 compliance year.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.

Download the letter HERE. (Source: Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911, finkenauer.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


Notable Quotes -- New UK PM Boris Johnson Talks Climate Change
Climate Change
Date: 2019-07-24
"I can't stand this December heat, but it has nothing to do with global warming: We may all be sweating in the winter air, but remember, we humans have always put ourselves at the centre of cosmic events."

"It is fantastic news that the world has agreed to cut pollution and help people save money, but I am sure that those global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear -- as far as I understand the science -- is equally without foundation. There may be all kinds of reasons why I was sweating at ping-pong [in December] -- but they don't include global warming."

"As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands -- when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball (the sun) around which we revolve."

"I am all for theories about climate change, and would not for a moment dispute the wisdom or good intentions of the vast majority of scientists. But I am also an empiricist; and I observe that something appears to be up with our winter weather, and to call it 'warming' is obviously to strain the language."

"I wish I knew more about what is going on, and why. It is time to consult once again the learned astrophysicist, Piers Corbyn. Now Piers has a very good record of forecasting the weather. He has been bang on about these cold winters. Like JMW Turner and the Aztecs he thinks we should be paying more attention to the Sun. According to Piers, global temperature depends not on concentrations of CO2 but on the mood of our celestial orb." (Source: Various Media, Left Foot Forward, July, 2019)

Editor's Note: Why do Johnson's comments sound familiar -- almost like "the Donald" Trump and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who will be long remembered for his comment that "The science of human-caused climate change is 'CRAP."

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  


FIMER SpA Acquring ABB's Solar Inverter Business (M&A)
ABB,FIMER SpA
Date: 2019-07-10
Zurich-headquartered ABB and Italy's FIMER S.p.A are reporting an agreement that will see FIMER acquire ABB's solar inverter business. The transaction is expected to close in Q1, 2020, subject to certain conditions.

ABB's solar inverter business has approximately 800 employees in more than 30 countries, with manufacturing and R&D facilities in Italy, India and Finland. The business offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, systems, and services for various types of solar installations. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, Contact: ABB, Tarak Mehta, President ABB Electrification Business, www.abb.com; FIMER, www.fimer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Solar,  Solar Inverter,  


EPA Signals No Timeline for Decisions on RFS Exemption Requests (Reg. & Leg.)
EPA
Date: 2019-05-03
Reuters is reporting the EPA's decision relative to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligation small refiner "hardship waiver" may come in late May, although the date remains uncertain.

Although the DOE has provided their scoring of the exemption requests to EPA relative to the 40 requests that have been received for the 2018 compliance year, the agency has not yet to acted on any of those requests. "No decisions regarding 2018 SREs [small refiner exemptions] have been made," Michael Abboud, a spokesman for the EPA said. "Many aspects of the decisions for exempting individual refineries are based on confidential business information."

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 3 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  Biofuel Bleand,  


Utica Food2Energy AD Facility Underway (Ind. Report)
anaerobic digestion
Date: 2019-04-02
In the Empire State, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority reports construction of its $3.4 million, landfill Food2Energy anaerobic digestion (AD) project is well underway and expected to be commissioned before the end of May. The Food2Energy project is part of a $330 million initiative to upgrade the county's sewer infrastructure.

The Utica landfill presently handles approximately 169,000 tpy of municipal solid waste, roughly 14 pct of which is classified as "food scraps." (Source: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Observer-Dispatch, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Bill Rabbia, Exec. Dir., (315) 733-1224, www.ohswa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


CABBI Sustainable Crop Byproduct Energy Project Progressing (R&D)
Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
Date: 2019-03-04
The Urbana, Illionis-based Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) reports that with $115 million in us DOE grant funding, its project to develop energy using sustainable crop byproducts is progressing steadily.

CABBI is working with soy gum, which is converted into products like biodiesel by looking at the gene structure of the plant stem and extracting the oil and gases which can be used directly as biodiesel or further processed into different value-added products,” according to CABBI director Evan DeLuc1a. (Source: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, Illinois News Network, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a , (217)244-1586 cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  CABBI,  Biofuel,  


Aussie PM Expected to Announce $2Bn Emissions Fund (Int'l)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Date: 2019-02-25
In the Land Down Under, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib) will reportedly announce a new $2 billion 10-year Climate Solutions Fund aimed at cutting emissions and fighting climate change.

The new fund , which will extend the Abbott government's 2014 "direct action" Emissions Reduction Fund, will partner with farmers, local governments and businesses to deliver practical climate solutions to reduce emissions. The new climate solutions package is intended to ensure Australia meets its 2030 target of lowering emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030. (Source: Armidale Express, Australian AP, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ww.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Austalia,  


Saft ESS Spinning Reserve Supports Bermuda Electric (Int'l)
Saft
Date: 2019-02-20
French battery energy storage specialist Saft reports it is supplying a turnkey Energy Storage System (ESS) to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO). The system will provide up to 10 MW power for "spinning" reserves and frequency response to maintain grid stability.

Spinning reserves refer to the historic practice of keeping generators idling with their internal components spinning enabling them to quickly ramp up to full power. The ESS spinning reserves allow the utility to switch off generators and save fuel. The ESS also provides frequency response services by injecting or absorbing energy to or from the grid within seconds to maintain consistent frequency and grid stability. In addition to the batteries, the ESS will integrate control and monitoring equipment, as well as power conversion components and switchgear supplied by ABB.

As the turnkey supplier Saft is carrying out the design, delivery and installation of the ESS and connecting it to BELCO's grid.(Source: Saft, Renewable Energy Mag., 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Saft, +33 1 58 63 16 00, www.saftbatteries.com; BELCO, 441-295-5111, www.belco.bm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saft,  Energy Storage,  


Veracity of Australia's Emissions Cuts Questioned (Int'l Report)
CSIRO
Date: 2019-02-06
In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, the Australian research agency is questioning the environmental benefits claimed under the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), the Liberal government of Prime Mister Scott Morrison's main climate policy, raising concerns that Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against climate change. Even so, the Fund is expected to receive up to $1 billion in federal funds over three years as the government seeks to neutralize claims it is failing to address the potential dangers associated with climate change.

The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.

About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.

The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions. Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks. (Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abbott,  CSIRO,  Carbon Emissions,  Australia Climate Change,  


Sweden's Largest Solar Park Panel Installations Underway (Int'l)
Goteborg Energi
Date: 2018-09-14
In Stockholm, Swedish government controlled soler energy developer Goteborg Energi is reporting panel installation is underway at the country's largest solar park near the former Goteborg City Airport. The 5.5MW solar park will generate approximately 5,000kWh of electricity per year.

Swiss technology company ABB will supply a substation with switchgear, distribution transformers, and relays along with control equipment and inverters for the solar project. The project is slated for commissioning in November. (Source: Goteborg Energi, Power Tech. 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Goteborg Energi, www.goteborgenergi.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  ABB,  


Aussie PM Ditching Climate Change Target Legislation (Int'l)
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-10
In the Land Down Under, newly elected Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the new government will not revive plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law, as promised by his Liberal predecessor Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull was ousted in a palace coup by his more conservative colleagues over support for the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

Morrison noted the NEG's proposal to help the government meet its Paris Agreement pledge was "dead" and his government would focus instead on lowering soaring electricity prices.

Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters, and is a heavy user of coal-fired power. Even so, Canberra indicated it would still work to reduce Australia's emissions despite a lack of legislation to enforce the Paris target.

The ruling Liberal-National coalition as well as previous Labor governments have struggled to introduce climate policies over the past decade amid political infighting and turbulence, especially during the term of Tony Abbott who is perhaps best remembered for his colourful declaration -- "Climate change is a load of CRAP." (Source: AFP, Australian, Economic Times, 9 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australaia,  Climate Change,  


Emirates GBC Urging Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2018-08-31
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has called upon all businesses, entities, and cities in the region to formally endorse and sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.. The Commitments aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and motivate national and regional governments to regulations or planning policy to drive construction of new buildings operating at net zero carbon from 2030, and enable all existing buildings to operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, engagement@emiratesgbc.org, www.emiratesgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Council,  


Bay State Towns Score Green Community Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding, Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2018-08-27
In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources reports it has awarded $250,000 in additional Green Community energy efficiency and energy improvement grant funding to six towns in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area.

Among the six recipient communities, Orange and Royalston are new to the program this year, and will be eligible to apply for these competitive grants when the initial grants are exhausted. The town of Warwick was awarded $225,807 and is expected to collaborate with Northfield, which was awarded $244,929. The funds will be applied to school HVAC system improvements, upgrades to motors and drives, weatherization projects and other energy efficiency projects that are expected to reduce the regional school district's energy costs by $80,000 a year. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Athol Daily News, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Energy Efficiency,  


Australian PM Scuttles Paris Climate Change Agreement Targets (Int'l)
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-22
In the Land Down Under, under pressure from party infighting and the opposition, Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has scuttled plans to set a new emissions reduction target.

Turnbull's signature energy policy -- the National Energy Guarantee -- pledge to cut Australia's emissions by 26 pct based on 2005 levels, by 2030. The laws would have helped the country meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

Australia signed on to the Paris agreement during the term of former prime minister Tony Abbott who now claims he was "misled" while in Paris, and recently argued that using energy policy as a means of reducing emissions is "madness." Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP", now says he wouldn't have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it. (Source: The Independent, Various Other, 21 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Afreement,  Climate Change,  Australia Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  


Aussie PM Dropping Carbon Emissions Target? (Int'l. Report)
Australia Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-08-20
According to various media in the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the Paris Climate accord of 2015. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

The 2015 Paris Agreement, which was signed on former PM Tony Abbott's watch, is considered an integral part of PM Turnbull's National Energy Guarantee.

Abbott, now part of the official opposition, recently commented that "had he known Trump and the Americans would pull out, he'd never have signed the damned thing in the first place." the Former Liberal Prime Minister will no doubt be remembered for his colorful and politically incorrect comment "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP." (Source: The Australian, news.au.com, Various Media, 18 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tony Abbot,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emission,  Australia Carbon Emissions,  


Advanced Energy Storage Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2018-07-16
According to the Advanced Energy Storage Market report from Research Cosmos, the global advanced Energy storage systems market was valued at $11.79 billion in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.88 pct in terms of revenue from 2017 to 2025.

The Research Cosmos report provides an in-depth analysis of advanced energy systems and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR pct) for the forecast period (2016 -- 2024), using 2015 as the base year. The report projects potential revenue opportunity across different segments and provides insights on market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, competitive strategies and profiles leading players in the global advanced energy systems market including: ABB Ltd., LG Chem, Ltd., Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc.

Review report details HERE. Sample Market Brochure HERE (Source: Research Cosmos, July, 2018)5 Contact: Research Cosmos, Kevin Stewart, Global Sales Manager, (888) 709-8757, kevin@researchcosmos.com, www.researchcosmos.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


ABB Announces Hornsea 2 Connection Contract (Int'l Report)
ABB,Orsted
Date: 2018-07-13
Further to our 31 Jan. coverage, Zurich-headquartered Swiss power and automation giant ABB reports receipt of more than $150 million (€128 million) in orders from Denmark's Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- to help integrate the Danish energy group's 1.4-GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK grid.

ABB's scope on Hornsea Project Two, which is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, includes the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations. The Hornsea Project Two power flow will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built in the offshore wind space and the ABB Ability MACH control, protection and monitoring system is the brain of the STATCOM, according to an ABB release. (Source: ABB, Renewables, 12 July, 2018) Contact: ABB, www.abb.com; Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  ABB,  Offshore Wind,  Hornsea,  


Trump Finds a Kindred Spirit in Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Tony Abbott,Trump,Climate Change
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the prime minister who signed Australia on to the Paris Climate Agreement, now says Australia should pull out of the treaty to end "the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis."

In a recent speech to a group of "climate skeptics", Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP", now says he wouldn't have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it.

In his speech, Abbott noted: "I didn't anticipate how agreeing to emissions that were 26 pct lower in 2030 than in 2005 would subsequently become a linear progression of roughly equal cuts every year over the next decade." "As long as we remain in the Paris agreement -- which is about reducing emissions, not building prosperity -- all policy touching on emissions will be about their reduction, not our well-being. It's the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis and it's this that has to end for our problems to ease."

Other oft repeated Abbott comments include:

"There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009

"I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010 "We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my) Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010.

"Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010

"Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011

(Source: Various Media, Guardian, 3 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  


NorthVolt, Marubeni Ink Li-Ion Battery MoU Agreement (Int'l)
Marubeni, Northvolt
Date: 2018-05-16
Reuters is reporting Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in a lithium-ion battery business to meet growing demand in Europe.

Northvolt plans to build Europe's largest battery cell plant in Sweden, with the backing of VW-owned truckmaker Scania and Swiss engineering group ABB.

Marubeni is considering supplying Northvolt's battery plant with manufacturing equipment and raw materials including cathode and anode materials. Marubeni also plans to support Northvolt's battery sales and jointly develop a battery recycling business. (Source: Marubeni, Reuters, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: NorthVolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marubeni,  Northvolt,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Li-Ion,  Lithium-Ion,  


Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-02-28
According to the just released Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management report from Energias Market Research Pvt. Ltd., the global advance energy storage market is expected to grow from $8.8 billion in 2017 to $17.6 billion in 2024 -- a CAGR of 9.1 pct from 2018 to 2024.

Factors propelling the growth of market include electric energy storage for energy arbitrage and increasing investment in modernizing the grid for robust and resilient electricity delivery system.

The report segments the Advance Energy Storage market by technology : mechanical; electrochemical; -- electrical; chemical; biological and others. The report also segments the Advance Energy Storage market by application. The report notes the key players in Advance Energy Storages Market are Alevo, AES, GE, Altair, LG Chem, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc., Hitachi,Ltd., Calmac, ABB Ltd. are among others. It also notes that North America represents largest region for the growth of Advance Energy Storages market.

Global Advance Energy Storage Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2024 details are HERE. Source: Energias Market Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energias Market Research, Manas Nagi , Bus. Dev., (716) 239-4915, info@energiasmarketresearch.com, www.energiasmarketresearch.com

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Ameresco's Scottish Colleges Energy Efficiency Projects Completed (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2018-02-23
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of $3.7-million energy savings projects at four colleges in Scotland. The project is the first large, multi-site energy performance contract delivered through the Scotland government Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework. It's also the first higher education contract in Scotland for Ameresco's UK operation.

Installations and improvements included LED lighting and controls, a combined heat and power system, controls optimization, variable speed drives and CO2 sensing, natural gas conversion, smart occupancy controls, low flow-taps and showers, building envelope improvements, and transformer tap downs.

Each college -- Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College -- is expected to save nearly $370,000 each year and to cut its carbon emissions by an average of 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, WBJournal, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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Univ. of Illinois Launches Bioenergy, Bioproducts Innovation Center (Ind. Report)
University of Illinois
Date: 2018-02-05
In Urbana, the University of Illinois is reporting the inauguration of the new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a $115 million, US DOE-funded research center. CABBI is a collaboration between Illinois' Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and 17 partner institutions.

CABBI researchers will focus on: feedstock development, conversion of plants into fuel and the economic and environmental costs of turning plants into fuel. "CABBI seeks to harness the latest technologies in genomic biology, synthetic biology, and crop sciences to create breakthrough discoveries for sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts," according to IGB Director Gene Robinson. (Source: The Daily Illini, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Gene Robinson, Dir., (217) 284-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu; CABBI, Evan DeLucia, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, https://cabbi.bio

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Notable Quotes from Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott
Date: 2018-01-05
"The science of human-caused climate change is 'CRAP." -- Tony Abbott, Sept., 2009

"I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010

"There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009

"We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my)Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010

"Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010

"Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011

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Former Aussie Prime Minister Still Opposes Carbon Tax (Int'l)
Australia Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-05
Australian parliamentarian and former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his politically incorrect comment "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP", is reportedly "back on the warpath" in his crusade against low carbon energy and may well sink the current Labour Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's national energy guarantee policy. Abbott has declared he doesn't support plans for overseas carbon credits being made available to Australian businesses on the grounds that it is a carbon tax in sheep's clothing.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target. According to acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek, major business and industry groups support reducing carbon pollution by trading in well-regulated markets.

Abbott was Australia's 28th Prime Minister serving from 18 Sept., 2013 to 15 Sept., 2015. (Source: DailyMail, Australia AP, Others, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Tony Abbott, https://twitter.com/TonyAbbottMHR

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SiemensGamesa Announces Americas Consolidation (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-12-11
SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it has consolidated its North America and Latin America regions under the leadership of a new CEOs Jose Antonio Miranda and Darnell Walker of its onshore and service businesses, respectively.

Prior to his start with Gamesa, Miranda worked for ABB in numerous roles, including business unit director of medium voltage in Spain.

SGRE notes it has a strong presence in the Americas: a total installed base of over 26 GW, capable of powering nearly 8 million average households. Of the 26 GW installed, 17.5 GW is under service. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Various Media, 7 Dec., 2017) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

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