EGA has 33 GE natural gas turbines at Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, with a total power generation capacity of 5,200 MW. Electricity generation accounts for a significant proportion of EGA's total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release.
(Source: Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates News, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Joseph Anis, Pres., CEO, www.ge.com/gas-power; Emirates Global Aluminium, www.ega.ae
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The Australian government has committed $33.5 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA} to support the bioenergy sector through co-funding additional research, development and deployment of advanced sustainable aviation (SAF) and marine biofuels and to help make advanced biofuels more cost competitive with traditional jet and maritime fuels.
To date, the Government, through ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), has invested just under $500 million in Australian organic waste, biogas, biomass, biofuels and related low-carbon fuels projects. Current Government measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:
The biogas measures together aim to help the development of a voluntary zero-emissions gas markett hat will drive early demand for clean hydrogen and other zero-emissions gases and recognise consumers' voluntary purchase of zero-emission gas.
Download Australia Bioenergy Roadmap HERE
(Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Website Release, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, +02 6277 7120, email@example.com, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor; ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arena.gov.au
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"Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.
"Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021)
Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels, Ethanol,
China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions. China has vowed to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration , Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration,english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm
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The Baker administration noted the program was "no longer the best solution" to cutting transportation emissions and that support for the program was wavering or never materialized in other participating states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C..
Download Mass. Transportation Climate Initiative details HERE .
(Source: Office of Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker State House News Service, 22 Nov., 2021)
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The North American Leaders' Summit is the trilateral summit between the Prime Minister of Canada, the US President and the President of Mexico. The first Three Amegios meeting was held in 2005 but the Trump administration refused such meetings. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2021)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is a national home improvement program administered by the DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the energy efficiency of single-family and low-rise multifamily homes. It connects homeowners with a network of over 1,300 home performance contractors and utility and nonprofit energy efficiency program administrators to make upgrades that save energy and improve the comfort, health, and safety of their homes. Together with its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE has serviced almost eight million U.S. homes with the same home energy improvements that the transformative investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda will accelerate.
Sponsors and their networks of contractors follow a proven "whole-house" approach set by DOE guidelines to assess and improve home energy use with the most comprehensive and economically feasible upgrades, such as sealing leaks to control outside air from entering the home, adding insulation, or installing a new clean heating and cooling system like an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump. Additional savings can be achieved by installing rooftop solar panels, EV chargers, or connected home products like smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust energy use. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest in the American workforce to ramp up the manufacturing of solar panels, wind farms, batteries and other clean energy technologies for export.
Additionally, the EPA has launched new residential sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under-served residential households through its ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Program. With rebates for home weatherization and electrification in the President's Build Back Better agenda, these inter-agency efforts will provide consumers, utility programs and energy efficiency service providers with greater access to residential energy efficiency solutions and technologies, which will enable many more households to lower their energy burden, which is especially high for low-moderate income households. (Source: US DOE, PR, 11 Nov., 2021)
Contact: DOE, Building Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office; Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/home-performance-energy-starr
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The fund, which is expected to attract more than $500 million ($369 million US) in industry matching funds, would be administered by the government-owned green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. that was established to increase investment in the clean energy sector.
Australia is a major greenhouse gas emitter and among the world's largest coal and liquid natural gas exporters. The government is aiming to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 and the reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 10 Nov., 2021)
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The NREL researchers considered solar and wind as the source of renewable energy, given that most plans for meeting the 100 pct renewables target take those into account. They also used the DOE EnergyPlus and OpenStudio building energy modeling tools to simulate energy demand, considering such factors as building size, age, and occupancy type. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration informed the scientists about the existing building stock characteristics and energy load used by the buildings. Further, the researchers separated the country into five climate zones, ranging from the hot and humid (Tampa, Florida) to the very cold (International Falls, Minnesota)along with New York City, El Paso, and Denver. Knowing the extremes of heating and cooling demands in each zone enabled the researchers to select the appropriate mix of renewable power sources to minimize any needed storage.
The researchers define long-duration storage as "energy storage systems that meet electricity demands for more than 48-hour durations." Therefore, long-duration energy storage provides power days or months after the electricity is generated. However, most long-duration storage technologies are either immature or not available everywhere. The NREL researchers calculated reaching the last 75 pct to 100 pct of renewable energy would result in significant increases in costs associated with long-duration energy storage. Instead of focusing on storage, the researchers emphasized the optimal mix of renewable resources, oversized generation capacities and investments in energy efficiency. The researchers note that multiple pathways exist to reach 100 pct renewable and, as the costs and performance of technologies change, new pathways will emerge, but they identified a key pathway that is achievable today.
The researchers also determined that over-sizing renewable capacities by a factor of 1.4 to 3.2 and aiming for 52 pct to 68 pct in energy savings through building energy efficiency measures lead to cost-optimal paths depending on region of the country. The report notes that making homes and offices more energy efficient reduces the amounts of renewable resources needed, decreases the amount of storage, and cuts transmission costs, ultimately supporting the implementation of a carbon-free energy system.
The NREL study was funded by the DOE Building Technologies Office (BETO). NREL is the U.S. DOE's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
Download the NREL report HERE . (Source: US DOE, NREL, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: NREL, Report Authors Sammy Houssainy, William Livingood, 303-384-7490, William.Livingood@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov
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According to the release, the global momentum for green hydrogen is growing as a cornerstone of the shift away from fossil fuels. The rapid uptake of green hydrogen is essential for sectors like aviation, international shipping and heavy industry, where energy intensity is high and emissions are hardest to abate. The roadmaps show the top ten measures and critical timelines for their implementation in areas such as cost reduction, demand growth, international standards, infrastructure, and technology developments measures needed to boost the green hydrogen economy globally and enhance public-private dialogue to turn industry recommendations into concrete policy measures and accelerate action on the path to net-zero.
Download the Green Hydrogen roadmaps HERE .
(Source: IRENA, Website PR, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: IRENA, +97124179000, email@example.com, www.irena.org;
World Economic Forum, www.weforum.org
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According to the release, FortisBC expects to triple its supply of RNG by the end of 2022 and to assist in reaching CleanBC objectives.
Under FortisBC's previously announced "30BY30" target the company targeted reducing its customer emissions by 30 pct by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) by: investing in low and zero carbon transportation; supporting the growth of renewable gases; using LNG to help lower global emissions and increasing investment in energy efficiency and conservation. By the end of 2020, FortisBC reduced customer emissions by 420,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) -- equivalent to taking 128,000 cars off the road in one year.
(Source: FortisBC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, CEO, Pres., www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng
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The Select Board also agreed to enter into an agreement with Optimal Energy Group to act as an energy adviser consultant on a proposed project to potentially replace the heating, ventilation and air condition system at the Town Office/Police Station and possible other energy efficiency upgrades and improvements. (Source: City of Jay, Maine, Sun Journal, 27 Oct., 2021)
Contact: Efficiency Maine, www.efficiencymaine.com; City of Jay, 207-897-6785, www.jay-maine.org
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December 7, 2021 is the deadline for response. Download the RFI details HERE .
(Source: US DOE Office of
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , General Services Administration, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: GSA, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gsa.gov
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The MoU contemplates the production of both ethanol and isobutanol that would then be transformed into renewable low carbon-footprint hydrocarbons, including SAF, using Gevo's processing technology and capabilities. About 900 million gallons of ethanol produced at ADM's dry mills in Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as its Decatur, Illinois, complex, is expected to be processed utilizing this technology, resulting in approximately 500 million gallons of SAF and other renewable hydrocarbons. The isobutanol is expected to be produced at a proposed new facility in Decatur that would employ ADM's carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) capabilities.
The companies intend to work together to determine full commercialization plans and enter into definitive agreements enabling a timeline such that production of SAF can begin in the 2025-2026 time frame, according to the release.
(Source: ADM, Website Corporate release, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
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The BioUrja Group is an energy and agricultural commodity trading and supply group that includes BioUrja Trading, RiverCrest Power, West Plains, Energy Alloys Global Solutions, BioUrja Terminals & Land, and BioUrja Capital, among others. The Group supplies biofuels, grains, animal feed ingredients, specialty metal alloy pipes, and refined products to customers, as well as trades electric power, and owns and operates energy logistics terminals and grain storage facilities and has offices in Mexico, the UK, UAE, India, Singapore, and across the midwestern USA, according to the company website.
(Source: ADM, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2021) Contact: BioUrja Group, Shek Jain, CEO, 832-775-9000, www.biourja.com; ADM, www.adm.com
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LBNL's analysis focuses on eight consecutive years of efficiency program data. Researchers found that the cost of saving electricity has remained relatively constant since 2010, at less than 3 cents per kWh. Importantly, they found that about half of the savings that occur during times of peak demand cost utilities less than $100 per kW saved. Three-quarters of the peak demand reductions cost less than $200 per kW saved.
For comparison, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates the levelized cost of electricity of new resources at 3-12 cents a kWh and the cost to develop and install power-generating technologies ranges from $700-6,800/kW. This indicates that electricity efficiency programs appear to be a low-cost way for utilities to meet energy and peak demand needs.
LBNL collected data on costs and annual energy savings for efficiency programs for 62 utilities and other program administrators in 21 states between 2010 and 2018. The lab also collected peak demand savings data from efficiency programs for the same states for the period 2014-2018. Data analysis found :
Located on a former landfill, the Genesis Marina project site is expected to divert over 90 pct of its waste from landfills and incineration in line with California'a stringent policies driving the state to a circular economy future.
TRUE certification helps the site dramatically reduce waste that is brought in while also ensuring that removed waste is reused and diverted from becoming trash. The pursuit of TRUE certification directly aligns with Webcor's corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy and commitments to energy efficiency and zero waste on a job site by the end of 2022 and to reducing overall waste by 2 pct annually.
To achieve TRUE certification , eligible projects must meet a minimum of seven program requirements (prerequisites) and attain at least 31 points on the TRUE scorecard. Such criteria include implementing a zero waste policy by diverting 90 pct of all waste generated, as well as meeting all solid waste and recycling regulations, according to the TRUE website. (Source: TRUE, Webcore, PR, Oct., 2021)
Contact: TRUE, www.true.gbci.org
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"For the EU biofuels industry, the new proposals -- including major changes to policies on renewable energy, alternative fuels infrastructure, the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and energy taxation, as well as a de facto deadline for the end of the internal combustion engine -- promise a potentially bumpy road ahead as the implications become clear to policymakers as they fine-tune this legislation in the coming months: unleashing the true potential of crop-based ethanol and creating a policy environment that can spark investment in advanced ethanol are must-have components of any realistic roadmap to carbon-neutrality.
"Transport Decarbonisation -- As usual, the signals from the Commission about whether biofuels can play a major role in transport decarbonisation are mixed. On the one hand, the Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction and creates a solid foundation for reaching them by giving a role to renewable liquid fuels in decarbonising transport. On the other, the Commission still hesitates to make the best use of emissions-reduction tools it has today, including biofuels -- even when targets have been raised to such a degree that their contribution is essential.
"Fully enabling biofuels in the drive to carbon-neutrality is just common sense. Even under a scenario in which electric vehicles make rapid gains in market share and the sale of internal combustion engines is phased out, the EU car fleet will consist predominantly of vehicles that run fully or partly on liquid fuel in 2030 and beyond. For these petrol and hybrid cars, renewable ethanol is the most cost-effective and socially inclusive way to reduce emissions. Europe cannot afford to ignore this View on transport decarbonization are mixed important part of the equation.
"Sustainability Issues -- With the main components of the Fit for 55 package, the Commission should fully maximize the tools it has on hand for decarbonisation -- especially the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This is the third time since 2009 the Commission has tried to get RED right. With Fit for 55, the Commission finally realizes that to succeed it needs to focus on higher GHG intensity reduction targets that drive renewable energy in transport, without multipliers that hide the EU's continued reliance on fossil fuels.
Now that sustainability issues have been settled, the EU should unleash the potential of crop-based biofuels and encourage the wider deployment of advanced biofuels. The main questions about the sustainability of biofuels were settled after RED II was adopted in 2018 by phasing out high ILUC-risk biofuels.
"We know that deforestation and outdated 'food vs fuel' arguments do not apply to EU renewable ethanol. So with this revision we should be taking the next logical step and unleashing the potential of good biofuels. Other Fit for 55 components should work in concert to promote solutions that make a realistic impact on decarbonisation.
"The CO2 for Cars Standards should include more than just one technology and recognize the benefits of renewable fuels such as ethanol to reduce the carbon-footprint of cars on the road. The Energy Taxation Directive should incentivize renewable fuels, moving away from volume-based taxation and a parallel Emissions Trading System for transport should complement, not replace, binding national targets for emissions reductions in the Effort Sharing Regulation, and avoid increased fuel prices and social discontent.
"As the European Parliament and EU Member States go to work on this legislative package from the Commission in the coming months, it will be interesting to see whether Fit for 55 can be made fit for purpose." (Source: ePURE, Sept., 2021)
Editor's note -- ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association reports its members produced 5.57 billion litres (1.45 billion gallon +-) of ethanol and 6.16 million tonnes of co-products in 2020, with a significant increase in production of ethanol for industrial use. ePURE represents 35 members,including 19 ethanol producers with around 50 plants across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, www.epure.org
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According to The White House, aviation represents 11 pct of U.S. transportation-related emissions. The goals set by the Administration are ambitious but achievable with the use of SAF. Landfill gas is an abundant source of waste biogenic carbon, typically comprising -- 50 pct bio-based methane (CH4), 40 pct CO2 , and 10 pct nitrogen (N2). Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF, or Project LOTUS, will be the first to incorporate nearly all the carbon in raw LFG carbon, including the CO2 found in the raw biogas, into drop-in SAF and renewable diesel. Success in this project will materially increase the supply of low carbon intensity, low-cost SAF in the U.S. and enable rapid build-out of new landfill gas to SAF production capacity across the U.S.
The project will leverage green hydrogen and LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology to convert LFG to ethanol at an operating landfill. The ethanol will be converted to SAF using the LanzaJet Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology developed by LanzaTech and PNNL. Once the SAF has been produced, SkyNRG Americas has numerous contractual partners including Boeing and Alaska Airlines who are committed to advancing use of the fuel in flight.
Project LOTUS will enable a new domestic, regional supply chain to produce SAF that meets international ASTM specifications while reducing methane emissions and improving air quality. The resultant aviation fuel is high quality, low soot forming, and sustainably derived, reducing up to 110 pct of greenhouse gas emissions over traditional jet fuels. The funding from DOE will accelerate the commercial rollout of this exciting SAF production path from LFG by reducing the technical and financial risks for future integrated commercial plants across the US.
Capturing gas from 35 landfills would produce over 500 million gpy of SAF requiring at least 25 commercial-scale biorefineries, creating good paying jobs and creating a secure domestic SAF market. Further, analysis of the overall biogas resource potential indicates that more than 6 billion gallons of SAF could be produced from 25 pct of the biogas produced at U.S. landfills and from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes and other biogas sources. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact:LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, email@example.com, www.skynrg.com
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The partnership will support DRAX's plan to source sustainable biomass from UK farmers and to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to help address climate change. DRAX currently imports the majority if its woody biomass pellet requirements from the US and its US and Canadian subsidiaries. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, Sept., 2021)
Contact: National Farmers Union of England and Wales, www.nfuonline.com; DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com
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The program is the default electricity supply choice so eligible residents and businesses are automatically enrolled. The program will supply more than 300 million kWh per year of renewable energy and roughly 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next two years. Joule Assets, as the program administrator
(Source: City of Rochester, Rochester Community Power, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rochester Community Power, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rochester-cp.com; Joule Assets, www.jouleassets.com
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"Crop-based biofuels are necessary component in achieving the climate goals that we share with the White House and the aviation industry. We are energised by the potential opportunity to expand our role in reducing our nation's carbon emissions.
"With the appropriate investment in critical research and development and the right policy environment, we know our industry can continue to help decarbonise our transportation sector -- from passenger vehicles to our aircraft fleet. Importantly, to deliver game-changing solutions, we must have a healthy and thriving corn ethanol industry to make the long-term investments in research and development.
"To meet this challenge, it important that new tax incentives are guided by technology-neutral life-cycle assessments by scientists who understand the U.S. biofuel sector -- in this case, those at the US Department of Energy. US tax credits must reflect US-based modelling, and we will continue to press for policy that reflects the most up-to-date science available."
(Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 10 Sept., 2021)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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Under the agreement, the partners plan to launch a joint venture in early 2022 that would build, own and operate a U.S commercial-scale facility to produce high-purity corn-based lactic acid , followed by a second joint venture that would use lactic acid produced by the first joint venture to produce and commercialize polylactic acid (PLA), a plant-based, biodegradable plastic with commercial applications. The two companies will also cooperate in the joint development of technology for other biomaterials that can be applied in the biochemical and sustainability sector. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, email@example.com, www.lgchem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland , ADM, LG Chem, Bioplastic,
Fuel alcohol capacity fell 3 MMgy, from 17.396 billion gallons in May to 17.393 billion gallons in June while biodiesel production capacity held steady at 2.428 billion gpy. Other biofuels -- renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha, renewable gasoline -- dropped to 911 MMgy in June, down 60 MMgy when compared to the 971 MMgy reported for May.
According to the EIA data, 24.64 billion pounds of corn went to biofuel production in June, down from 25.136 billion pounds in May while grain sorghum feedstock increased from 12 million pounds in May to 36 million pounds in June.
The consumption of soybean oil feedstock fell to 663 million pounds, down from 788 million in June. The consumption of corn oil feedstock was also down, at 241 million pounds in June, compared to 257 million pounds in May.
Details on Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update (31 Aug., 2021)
(Source: US EIA, Sept., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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Administered on behalf of New York-based Sunlight General Capital by renewable energy provider Arcadia, the community solar portion of the project is expected to produce around 4,384,800 kWh of solar energy in its first year has attracted over 700 subscribers. (Source: Solar Edge, PR, Sept., 2021)
Contact: SunLight General Capital, James Pochez, Dir. of Project Development, 212-286-1801, www.dunlightgeneral.com;
SolarEdge Technologies, Guy Sella, CEO, (510) 498-3200, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.solaredge.com
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ACE wrote to Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-N.J.), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, "ACE encourages you to schedule a legislative hearing to hear from ethanol companies leading the way towards decarbonization and chart a path for policy that can help meet 2050 decarbonization goals. If appropriate, ACE or its member companies would be willing to testify at such a hearing," the letter noted.
Ethanol industry groups have expressed support for the bill because it would require a number of steps to be taken to expand the ethanol market as part of the overall climate strategy.The bill would require a lifecycle assessment of transportation fuels using the Greenhouse gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept/. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept. 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org
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Corteva's two-crop pilot study in three states this year will be expanded to an 11-state program covering 17 different crops as part of the agreement. Using soil tests and farming data such as planting dates, seed kinds, fertilizer treatments, and weather, the software will predict how much carbon is trapped and sequestered.
Farmers must sign up for a minimum five-year term, with payments made progressively over that time to guarantee that carbon is not re-released if the soil is tilled, for example, Farmers will receive 75 pct of the credit's worth, with the remaining 25 pct going to the businesses to cover administrative costs
Corteva, Inc. is a publicly traded, worldwide pure-play agriculture company that offers farmers around the world the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, including a well-balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital solutions aimed at increasing productivity and profitability. (Source: Corteva, Inc., PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Corteva, Inc., (833-267-8382), www.corteva.com
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Legacy Solar Co-op has partnered with Northwind Solar, a co-op member installer serving central Wisconsin and with Iowa-based greenpenny, a virtual and carbon-neutral bank, to offer financing options.
Communities with solar programs see many long-term benefits, including increased property values and a way to promote and support sustainability goals. Last year LSC Dane County group buy participants added over 118 kW of renewable energy to Dane County communities. Since 2014, LSC has helped customers in Wisconsin add over 3,500 kW of solar.
(Source: Legacy Solar Co-Op, PR, 27 Aug., 2021) Contact: Legacy Solar Wisconsin Co-op, Peter Fiala,
608-443-7820, www.legacysolarcoop.org; Northwind Solar, 715-223-0418, www.northwindre.com; greenpenny, 888-473-6690, www.greenpenny.com
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ADM will own 75 pct of the planned $350 million plant while Marathon will hold 25 pct. The Spiritwood plant will process locally-sourced soybeans into about 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil to be processed into roughly 75 million gpy of renewable diesel(RD) at Marathon's Dickinson, North Dakota refinery, according to the ADM release. (Source: ADM, PR, Website, Grand Falls Herald, 22 Aug., 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com; Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland , Marathon Petroleum, Cargill, Renewable Diesel, Soybean Oil,
The plan calls for planting 54 million trees and 46 million mu of grass each year over the next five years to increase the country's forest coverage rate to 24.1 pct and its grassland vegetation coverage to 57 pct by 2025, as outlined in the country's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on the protection and development of forests and grasslands. The country also aims to raise its forest stock volume to 19 billion cubic meters by the end of 2025, an increase of 1.4 billion cubic meters from last year.
China's forest carbon reserves have hit 9.2 billion tonnes, with an average annual increase of over 200 million tonnes over the past five years -- equivalent to a carbon sink of 700 million to 800 million tonnes, according to NFGA data. (Source: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, www.iucn.org
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The project includes several plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 GW of solar and 370 MW of wind to produce 66,900 tpy of green hydrogen. Development is slated to get underway this October for commissioning and startup mid-2023, the association reported. Cost and other details were not released. (Source: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, PR, 18 Aug., 2021)
Contact: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, www.ihfca.org.cn
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Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will own and operate ADM's previously reported soybean processing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota, with ADM owning 75 pct of the joint venture and MPC holding the balance. When complete in 2023, the Spiritwood facility will source and process local soybeans and supply the resulting soybean oil exclusively to MPC.
The Spiritwood complex is expected to produce approximately 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil -- sufficient feedstock for approximately 75 million gpy of renewable diesel.
In addition to the Spiritwood joint venture, the companies anticipate working together to explore other opportunities for agriculture to support renewable transportation fuels, according to the release. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 19 Aug., 2021) Contact: Marathon, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com
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Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.
Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, email@example.com, www.avfuel.com;
JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com
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"We recognize your goal is to electrify the vehicle fleet in the future, but the inconvenient truth is there are hundreds of millions more people driving vehicles capable of using low-carbon substitutes to petroleum such as E15 and E85 today than any other alternative. Since this reality will exist well into the future, increasing the use of ethanol today will immediately reduce GHGs while the production of electric vehicles (EVs) ramps up" the letter notes.
"In the near-term, a properly implemented RFS and year-round availability of E15 will meaningfully reduce the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector by capitalizing on the existing vehicle fleet's ability to use lower-carbon biofuels. In the mid-term, the pending RVO decision will act as a harbinger for companies on how much to rely on your commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 when making investment decisions," the letter added.
"If the Administration is not willing to ensure the RFS will call for 15 billion gallons of low-carbon ethanol already being produced to replace petroleum at the pump, legitimate questions will be asked about the merits of non-binding executive orders setting national goals for less deployable decarbonization technologies," the letter concluded.
Download the full ACE letter HERE .
(Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Website PR,11 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org
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To reach net-zero carbon emission by 2050, Birla Carbon will focus on all three scopes in the measurement, reduction, and offsetting of carbon emissions. A majority of its carbon footprint reduction is expected to come from Scope 1 and 2 based on its direct and indirect emission reduction initiatives. A smaller portion of its reduction will come from scope 3 based on the operations of upstream and downstream industries in the value chain. The company will focus on research to discover new ways for the capture and conversion of carbons; reducing dependence on traditional manufacturing processes; increasing energy efficiency; increased use of alternative energy and feedstocks; and the addition of renewable energy solutions.
Part of the Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon provides innovative sustainable carbon black solutions that enhance the performance of paints and coatings, inks and toners, plastics, adhesives, sealants, textile fibers, mechanical rubber goods, and tires. The company's footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities and two technology centers in Marietta, Georgia (USA) and Taloja, India). (Source: Brila Carbon, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Birla Carbon, John Loudermilk, CEO, www.birlacarbon.com
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"Scientists from across the globe delivered the most up-to-date assessment of the ways in which the climate is changing. It is a sobering IPCC report that finds that human influence is, unequivocally, causing climate change, and it confirms the impacts are widespread and rapidly intensifying," according to NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. (Source: NOAA, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact:
NOAA, Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., Administrator, www.noaa.gov
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The projects, which are guided by building-specific energy audits performed in 2020 include: changing heating and cooling elements in campus buildings; optimizing air-handling and airflow; and upgrading fans and pumps for optimally efficient circulation, and others, all of which are expected to reduce annual energy consumption for the optimized buildings by an average of more than 25 pct when completed.
To date, Ohio State Energy Partners has:
Winning projects will be eligible to receive state level incentives administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and must be in operation by the end of 2025.
New York State is aiming to deploy 3,000MW of storage on the grid by 2025.
SK Innovation set a step-by-step goal to achieve 100 pct Net Zero before 2050 after reducing 12.43 million tons of CO2 generated in Scope 1 and 2 as of 2019 to 25 pct in 2025 and 50 pct in 2030.
The company plans to invest roughly $1.3 billion to cut down 2.5 million tons of carbon emissions by 2030 by improving energy efficiency, transitioning to 25 pct renewable energy by 2025 and 100 pct by 2030. The company also plans to adopt Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, develop environmentally-friendly products, elevate factory operation efficiencies participate in carbon offset programs to further cut battery and materials business emissions 13.6 million tons by 2035. (Source: SK Innovation, PR 2 Aug., 2021)Contact: SK innovation, www.eng.skinnovation.com
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The Program contains two sub-programs designed to uplift solar market segments through long-term, tailored incentives for a variety of project types, allowing NJBPU to contain program costs and provide financial certainty for market participants:
The program will provide one New Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificate-II (SREC-II) for every MWh of solar electricity produced by a qualifying facility, with an additional $20/MWh added for public entities -- school districts, municipalities, etc. -- as well as a temporary incentive for projects built on contaminated lands.
Incentives range from $70-$120/SREC-II, providing continued support for solar development in New Jersey while also offering significant savings over the prior SREC value of approximately $220. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact:
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us
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The City has also identified potential landfill biogas opportunities at three other City waste facilities. All four sites combined would have the potential to produce sufficient gas to meet the City's entire natural gas needs annually (excluding City Agency, Boards and Commissions).
The City of 2.9 million residents currently consumes 50 million cubic metres of NG annually, and the City's Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) consume an additional 60 million cubic metres of NG annually, for a combined total consumption of 110 million cubic metres annually. Incorporating RNG into the mix will allow the City to create a low-carbon fuel blend that will be used to fuel City vehicles and heat City facilities. (Source: City of Toronto, PR, 29 July, 2021) Contact: City of Toronto Solid Waste Management Services Division , Matt Keliher, Dir., 416-392-2489, www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/city-administration/staff-directory-divisions-and-customer-service/solid-waste-management-services; Enbridge Gas Inc., www.enbridgegas.com
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According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy.
The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets."
(Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:
Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices.
Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments.
(Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings
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sonnen will be the exclusive hardware and software provider for the program, offering locally generated clean energy at a discounted rate to 200 homes in Westchester County, NY in an initial pilot phase. Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit administering Westchester Power Program and the largest community choice aggregator (CCA) in NY, will act as a premier partner for this project, working with sonnen and local solar contractors to build a dispatchable grid asset to provide resilient backup power, carbon-neutral living and generate revenue for participating in the New York energy market. (Source: sonnen, Pr, 14 July, 2021) Contact: sonnen, www.sonnenusa.com/en/NewYork
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The revised regulation will enable new on-farm biogas systems and expansion of existing systems to be more easily approved and at a lower cost, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from the landfill through increased maximum allowable limits and new types of off-farm anaerobic digestion materials and by encouraging production of renewable natural gas (RNG).
According to the release, "changes to regulations under the Nutrient Management Act will create more opportunities for farmers to treat on-farm materials as well as other types of off-farm food and organic waste materials in on-farm regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. This will enable an increase in on-farm production of biogas to generate renewable natural gas and will provide Ontario farmers with a new source of on-farm income. There are approximately 40 agri-food anaerobic digesters in the provinces $35 million-a-year biogas sector."
General Regulation O. Reg. 267/03 under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 establishes requirements for regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. It is jointly administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. OMAFRA is responsible for approvals, training and certification. MECP is responsible for inspection and enforcement to ensure compliance. (Source: Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 5 July, 2021) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 519-826-3100, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-agriculture-food-and-rural-affairs
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"On a positive note, 98 pct of respondents said that their organisation is investing in decarbonisation initiatives for the 12 months ahead. But the professionals, broadly, seemed keen to invest in initiatives with a low upfront cost and with quick payback times, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The most popular move cited by respondents is joining the UN's Race to Zero Initiative. There was also strong support for making processes more efficient, procuring renewable electricity and investing in emissions management and tracking.
"Only one-third of respondents worked for organisations with sustainable sourcing strategies, with two-thirds saying they would only align their sourcing strategies with net-zero if there were cost benefits. Similarly, only 35 pct of respondents worked for organisations that have already appointed a head of sustainability or are planning to do so this financial year."
The survey also revealed a gap in knowledge among members of the C-suites themselves. 74 pct of the respondents admitted that they do not have a complete understanding of their company's absolute carbon footprint and the changes that will need to be made to reduce emissions. (Source: Vendigital, July, PR, 2021) Contact: Vendigital, www.vendigital.com
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Holden's two other solar arrays generate a total of 7 MW of power which, when added to the new array, will generate 11.5 MW -- sufficient power for all Holden homes and businesses.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA),
Maine presently has roughly 246 MW of solar capacity , two-thirds of which has been installed since 2019. SEIA ranks Maine 21st in the nation for expected growth in solar over the next five years. (Source: Town of Holden, Bangor Daily News, 7 July, 2021)
Contact: Town of Holden , Benjamin Breadmore, Town Manager , www.holdenmaine.com; SEIA, www.seia.org
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According to the EIA, U.S. biodiesel production increased by approximately 5 pct from 2019 to 2020, averaging an estimated 118,000 bpd last year. The agency expects biodiesel to fall slightly to 117,000 bpd this year, before increasing by 10 pct to 129,000 bpd in 2022, due in part to biodiesel's role in meeting multiple Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the biodiesel production tax credit through 2022.
The EIA also noted that despite high renewable identification number (RIN) prices, record-high feedstock costs are expected to limit biodiesel production growth over the forecast period.
The EIA expects net imports to increase to an average of 29,000 bpd in 2021 and 44,000 bpd in 2022. (Source: EIA, July, 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo
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According to the report, "Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will have to play a major role if the aviation sector is to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. However, to date it added, commercialization has been slow and current policies have proved inadequate to accelerate commercialization and widespread deployment of the various technologies" described in the report.
As described in IEA's recent publication Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, although synthetic hydrogen-based jet fuels will also play an important role in the future, in the short-to-mid-term biojet fuels will predominate.
Annual volumes of biojet fuel have increased in recent years, from less than 10 million litres in 2018 to likely more than 1 billion litres by 2023 (and potentially 8 billion litres by 2030). (Source: International Energy Agency, PR, July, 2021) Contact: International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; IEA Bioenergy Task 39, www.task39.ieabioenergy.com
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