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Leeward's Rabbitbrush Solar+Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-11-05
Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), are reporting construction on the Rabbitbrush Solar+Storage -- 20 MW, 50 MWh energy storage -- project located in Kern County, California, is underway. Leeward previously signed two 15-year PPAs with CCCE and SVCE.

When fully operational, Rabbitbrush will generate sufficient solar energy to serve the needs of nearly 40,000 homes per year while displacing approximately 48,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually -- the equivalent of taking 10,500 cars with internal combustion engines off the road. (Source: Leeward Energy, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Leeward Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy news,  Solar+Storage news,  


E.ON Touts H2.Ruhr Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
E.ON, Enel, Iberdrola, ABB
Date: 2021-10-27
Essen, Germany-headquartered E.ON SE reports it is cooperating with Enel, Iberdrola, ABB and SAP on "H2.Ruhr" and to build an industrial-scale green hydrogen value chain as to serve the European market. The firms will leverage their competitive advantage in renewable production to supply green hydrogen and green ammonia to industrial hubs in central and northern Europe -- with a special focus on the German Ruhr region.

H2.Ruhr includes the construction of a regional hydrogen pipeline infrastructure including direct connection to a broad spectrum of consumers in the Ruhr area and the development of a terminal to receive, store and distribute roughly 80,000 tpy green ammonia and green hydrogen. H2.Ruhr will also test new innovative technologies at a large-scale, such as the ammonia cracking technology, electrolysis, emission-free transport (via hydrogen or ammonia powered vessels or trucks), as well as the long-distance transport of electricity dedicated for hydrogen production. (Source: E.ON, Website Release, Oct., 2021) Contact: E.ON, +49 2 01 18400, info@eon.com, www.eon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Amonia,  E.ON,  Enel,  Iberdrola,  ABB,  Green Hydrogen,  


"Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
IPCC
Date: 2021-08-11
"No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

"The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

"Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Australia Climate Change,  


EverGen Completes Initial Public Offering (Ind. Report)
EverGen Infrastructure
Date: 2021-08-06
Vancouver- based waste management services specialist EverGen Infrastructure Corp. is reporting completion of its previously announced IPO which raised aggregate gross proceeds of $20,020 million. If an over-allotment option granted to the IPO underwriters is exercised in full, an additional gross proceeds of $3,003,000 will be raised.

The IPO followed EverGen's previously reported recent 20-year offtake agreement with Fortis BC and the acquisitions of Sea to Sky Soils, Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, and Fraser Valley Biogas. IPO proceeds are expected to be used for continued growth and expansion. (Source: EverGen Infrastructure Corp., Website PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: EverGen Infrastructure Corp., Chase Edgelow, CEO, infohub@evergeninfra.com, www.evergeninfra.com; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  EverGen,  FortisBC,  


ABB Strengthens Commitment to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
ABB Group
Date: 2021-06-04
As part of its new Sustainability Strategy, Zurich-headquartered ABB Group is reporting a commitment to partner with its customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030. ABB also announced that it has joined three initiatives led by the international non-profit Climate Group in line with its action plan and focus areas identified to reduce its own emissions:
  • ABB commits to electrifying its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by 2030. ABB in Sweden, for example, has already started to convert its around 700 company cars to all-electric vehicles, while ABB in the UK announced last year that the company will be transitioning its over 500 company cars to an all-electric fleet by 2025.

  • ABB commits to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity until 2030. In 2020, 32 percent, of all the electricity used by ABB, was either purchased as certified green electricity or generated by the company's own solar power plants. Since 2020, ABB in Switzerland already sources 100 percent of its power from renewable sources.

  • ABB commits to establishing energy efficiency targets and continue deploying energy management systems at the company's sites. Already today, more than 100 ABB sites are covered by externally certified or self-declared energy management systems.

    Additionally, the company's own reduction targets have now also received approval by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) confirming that they are in line with the 1.5 degree C scenario of the Paris Agreement .ABB has also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Campaign, a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, led by the UNGC.

    ABB's Sustainability Strategy has a clear focus on areas with the biggest impact -- enabling a low-carbon society by reducing emissions, preserving resources, and promoting social progress underpinned by a strong commitment to integrity and transparency. As part of the strategy and starting in 2021, ABB has also added specific targets related to sustainability into its senior management remuneration, according to the release. (Source: ABB Group, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: ABB, Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, www.abb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB Group,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


  • CABBI Investigates RFS Biofuel Mandates, Incentives (Ind. Report)
    CABBI
    Date: 2021-05-03
    New studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) have found the need to adopt more targeted policies that value the environmental and ecosystem benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options -- and provide financial incentives for farmers to grow them.

    In particular, the study calculated the net economic and environmental costs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandates and found that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate would lead to a cumulative net cost to society of nearly $200 billion from 2016 to 2030 compared to having no RFS. The social cost of nitrogen damage from corn ethanol production substantially offsets the social benefits from GHG savings, the report notes.On the otherhand, the additional cellulosic mandate could provide substantial economic and environmental benefits with technological innovations that lower the costs of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol and policies that place a high monetized value for GHG mitigation benefits. The study notes that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate pushes more land into corn production which increases the market price of other agricultural commodities. While producers might benefit from higher market prices.

    The study notes the cellulosic ethanol mandate could provide an overall benefit with the right policies. Supporting research and development to lower the cost of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol would substantially reduce production costs and increase social benefits, and a high monetized value for GHG mitigation could offset all other costs.

    CABBI researchers hope performance-based policies -- including the low carbon fuel standard, carbon and nitrogen leakage taxes, or limits on crop-residue harvest -- can be implemented to supplement the RFS mandates after 2022.

    CABBI aims to integrate recent advances in agronomics, genomics, and synthetic and computational biology to increase the value of energy crops -- using a "plants as factories" approach to grow fuels and chemicals in plant stems, an automated foundry to convert biomass into valuable chemicals, and ensuring that its products are ecologically and economically sustainable. This holistic approach will help reduce fossil fuels dependence, according to the CABBI website. (Source: CABBI, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a, (217)244-1586, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CABBI,  Biofuel,  RFS,  Corn Ethanol,  


    EverGen, FortisBC Ink RNG Offtake Agreement (Ind. Report)
    EverGen, FortisBC
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In British Columbia, Canada, waste management services company Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EverGen, Canada's RNG infrastructure platform, is reporting a 20-year offtake agreement under which FortisBC will purchase up to 173,000 gigajoules per year of RNG for injection into its natural gas system -- subject to completion of an anaerobic digester project at EverGen's existing Net Zero Waste Abbotsford composting and organic processing facility.

    Subject to British Columbia Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies, the project would convert municipal and commercial organic waste into enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 1,900 homes. (Source: EverGen, Website PR, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: EverGen, Chase Edgelow, CEO, www.evergeninfra.com; Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, (604) 557-7065, www.netzerowasteabbotsford.com; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  EverGen,  FortisBC,  


    EverGen Raises $17Mn for Canadian RNG Projects (Funding)
    EverGen
    Date: 2021-03-29
    EverGen, Canada's renewable natural gas (RNG) infrastructure platform, announces that it has completed raising an additional $17 million to address a significant gap in renewable infrastructure across Canada, specifically focused on acquiring and building RNG and sustainable waste to energy projects. EverGen raised $8 million in equity capital (via a special warrants offering) and secured a senior debt facility of $9 million to pursue this strategy. This follows the company's previous financing and major project acquisitions of Sea to Sky Soils in Pemberton, BC and Net Zero Waste Abbotsford Inc., both of which were completed in December 2020.

    Sea to Sky Soils, located near Pemberton, British Columbia, is a composting and organic processing facility with existing municipal and commercial partnerships throughout the Sea to Sky corridor and Lower Mainland. The facility recycles organic waste using proven composting technology into soil amendments and Class A compost for use by local farms and developers as part of the circular economy.

    Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, a composting and organic waste processing facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia, accepts and recycles municipal organic/green bin waste using proven composting technology into soil amendments and Class A compost for use by local farms and developers as part of the circular economy.

    EverGen's projects involve the construction of infrastructure to capture and clean biogas using proven technology to create sustainable or renewable natural gas (RNG). (Source: EverGen, PR, 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: EverGen Infrastructure Corp., Chase Edgelow, CEO, www.evergeninfra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  EverGen,  


    Green Hydrogen, Ammonia Seen as Future Marine Fuel (Alt. Fuel)
    FuelEU Maritime Initiative
    Date: 2021-03-08
    According to a just published letter from Transport & Environment (T&E) and marine shipping companies DFDS, CMB, Viking Cruises and ommodities trader Trafigura, "biofuels do not offer a sustainable alternative for shipping as crop-based biofuels emit more emissions than the fossil fuels they replace and there will not be enough advanced biofuels to meet demand. On the other hand, green hydrogen and ammonia are sustainable and can be produced in sufficient quantities to decarbonise the shipping industry." Accordingly, "Lawmakers must send a clear signal to potential investors to focus on renewable electricity-based hydrogen and ammonia when the EU proposes its maritime fuel policy next month", the letter states.

    Globally, €1.4 trillion in capital investments will be required to produce green hydrogen and ammonia for the shipping industry. The EU should seize this opportunity to create new jobs and support sustainable economic growth in line with the EU Green Deal when it propose its FuelEU Maritime Initiative in April, the letter states.

    Not-for-Profit and politically independent shipping industry organization Transport & Environment's vision is for an affordable science-based zero-emission mobility system with climate and environment impacts. (Source: Transport & Environment, PR, Website 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Transport & Environment, Faig Abbasov, Shipping Program Director, +32 (0)487 717296, www.transportenvironment.org; FuelEU Maritime Initiative, www.safety4sea.com/eus-fueleu-maritime-initiative-to-drive-decarbonization

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Ammonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    ABB Joins Offshore Wind Maintenance Project (Int'l. Report)
    ABB
    Date: 2020-11-13
    ABB reports its "Octopus" optimisation software has been selected as a technology partner for the EU ATLANTIS Project exploring the use of remote inspection and maintenance techniques for offshore wind farms.

    The remotely operated Octopus software will enable improved efficiencies by cutting an inspection vessel's operational costs and transfer times to and from offshore wind farms.

    ATLANTIS promotes the use of robotics in offshore wind farms to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by eliminating or marginalising the use of supporting vessels for inspection and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. In the ATLANTIS project, a pioneer pilot infrastructure for demonstrating key enabling robotic technologies for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms is established in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, according to its website. (Source: ABB, ATLANTIS Project, Cordis Europa, Nov., 2020) Contact: ABB, www.abb.com; ATLANTIS Project, www.atlantis-h2020.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Offshore Wind,  


    ABB, Energon Boosting Bangladesh Solar Plant Efficiency (Int'l)
    ABB,Energon,ORION
    Date: 2020-08-26
    ABB Group reports it has contracted with independent power producer ORION to implement automation and control solutions at the 100 MW Moidhara solar power plant in Mongla, Bangladesh.

    ABB will collaborate with ORION subsidiary Energon Renewables which will use efficient "mono Perc" high efficiency solar cells to capture solar rays and convert to power which would be then supplied at 132 kV AC voltage to the main grid in Mongla, 13km aray.

    ABB will implement a fully integrated automation and electrical system to monitor and maximize the plant's efficiency and reliability. ABB will also supply the complete electrical solution comprising of transformers, RMUs and 33/132 kV substation along with the SCADA system communicating to the Bangladesh grid via IEC 60870-5-104 communication protocol. (Source: ABB, ORION, Energon Renewables, PEI, 25 Aug., 2020)Contact: ABB,India, +91 80 67 143 000, contact.center@in.abb.com, www.abb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Energon,  ORION,  Energy Efficiency,  


    $2.25Bn for Biofuels Included in U.S. House Economic Pkg (Ind Report)
    Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In the nation's capitol, the office of U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) reports the House's recently introduced $3 trillion economic aid plan includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry.

    Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce. "At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year, and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019," Finkenauer noted.

    Congresswoman Finkenauer's congressional district hosts 8 biofuel plants. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Radio Iowa, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, finkenauer.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abby Finkenauer,  Biofuel,  


    Windsourcing.com Launches Europe-wide B2B Online Shop (Int'l.)
    Windsourcing
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Wind turbine after-sales market repair and parts distributor Windsourcing.com reports it is now offering its product range for purchase in a B2B online shop throughout Europe.

    Associated with this are further service advantages, such as the display of the stock availability of all products, in order to guarantee the buyer planning security for necessary orders. Products offered include corrosion protection coating systems for on- and offshore wind turbines; adhesives and sealants; rotor blade repair materials; as well as hydraulic and electrotechnical products. Unavailable products can be ordered. Windsourcing.com counts 3M, Akzo Nobel, Sika, ABB, Vestas, Siemens and many more among its customers. (Source: Windsourcing, PR, Website, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Windsourcing, +49 (0) 40 - 9876 88 00+49; www.windsourcing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windsourcing,  Wind,  


    Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 Introduced (Reg & Leg)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In Washington, U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (Dem, IA-01)is reporting the introduction of the bipartisan Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 authorizing $600 million over six years to help retailers offer higher ethanol blends, expand the geographic area selling ethanol blends, support biodiesel, bioheat, and sustainable aviation fuel markets, and accelerate the deployment of fueling infrastructure.

    The legislation, co-sponsored by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), would provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

    The bill, given recent uncertainties in the renewable fuels industry, is more important than ever to fund infrastructure improvements and remove market barriers to accessing clean and renewable fuels. In addition to supporting the distribution of higher ethanol and biodiesel blends at fueling stations, the program could also be used to enhance pipelines and terminals to blend and carry ethanol and biodiesel.

    Program grant funding could be used to incentivize the deployment of ethanol and biodiesel fueling infrastructure and convert existing infrastructure to deliver ethanol blends greater than 10 percent and biodiesel blends greater than 20 pct. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Website, 28 April, 2020) (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, www.finkenauer.house.gov

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


    First Solar Inks Rabbitbrush Solar LLC PPAs (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,
    Date: 2020-04-24
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. reports inking two 15-year PPAs with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) for power from its 100-MW Rabbitbrush Solar LLC project in Kern County, California. The facility, which will include 20MW of battery storage capacity is expected to come online in Q2, 2022.

    The project will incorporate First Solar's proprietary thin film module technology, designed and developed at the Company's research and development (R&D) centers in Santa Clara, California, and Perrysburg, Ohio. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 45,000 average homes, while displacing 62,000 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: First Solar, PR, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Silicon Valley Clean Energy, www.SVCleanEnergy.org; Monterey Bay Community Power, www.mbcp.org; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


    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."

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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    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,  

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