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SINOPEC Leading CO2 Emissions Peak Research (Int'l. Report)
SINOPEC
Date: 2020-11-25
Beijing-based integrated energy and chemical specialist China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINPOEC) is reporting three strategic cooperation agreements to take the lead in a joint research on green and low-carbon energy and the energy and chemical industry's carbon emissions peak and move toward carbon neutrality before 2030 following China's action plan.

And in terms of greenhouse gas recovery and utilization, Sinopec is focusing on promoting the recovery and utilization of high-concentration CO2 tail gas from refining and chemical enterprises, carrying out CO2 flooding field tests and methane gas release recovery.

Carbon emissions peak refers to the inflection point of total CO2 emission, after which the emissions will begin to decline. The carbon neutral target aims to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon transformation of energy, realizes zero CO2 emissions, reduce other types of greenhouse gas emissions significantly as well as total man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero through increasing carbon sinks and artificial negative emission measures.

In recent years, Sinopec has promoted its green and low-carbon development tactic for the corporate development strategy, actively control its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve significant carbon emissions results. In the area of clean energy development, Sinopec has expanded its construction of natural gas production capacity and promoted the development of new energy resources such as biomass energy and geothermal energy, while driving forward the development and utilization of hydrogen energy. (Source: SINOPEC, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SINOPEC, www.sinopecgroup.com/group

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


Evli Bank Impact Forest Fund Aims to Mitigate Climate Change (Int'l.)
Evli Bank
Date: 2020-11-25
In Finland, Evli Bank Plc reports the launch of its new Evli Impact Forest Fund I, which provides institutional investors and high net worth individuals access to the world's leading forestry funds. The Evli Impact Forest Fund I can remove an estimated 21,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere" according to portfolio manager Roger Naylor.

The fund operates a fund of funds strategy, with the best 6--8 global forest funds selected for the investment portfolio. The fund focuses on low-risk strategies and low-risk countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.. "Up to 65 pct of the forest investments in our portfolio will be in the US. These forests provide good cash flow and are located in areas with large forest industries. Another important area is plantation forests in South America, where the trees grow exceptionally fast -- eucalyptus trees, for instance, can grow many times faster than trees in Europe." according to the release.

Evli's alternative investment product offering covers real estate, unlisted equities, infrastructure and forestry, which are managed through eight funds. Evli's expertise in alternative investment products dates back to 2005, when Evli was the first in Finland to start real estate investment in the form of a fund. Today, Evli's alternative investments portfolio management team consists of 20 investment professionals, and the funds' total assets under management have risen above €1 billion, according to the release. (Source: Evli Bank Plc., PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: Evli Bank Plc., Tero Tuominen, Managing Director, Evli Fund Management Company Ltd, +358 50 439 2867, tero.tuominen@evli.com, www.evli.com


Knoxville Commits to 20 pct Solar Power by 2023 (Ind. Report)
Knoxville Utilities Board
Date: 2020-11-25
In the Volunteer State, the city of Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is reporting solar-generated electricity will supply 20 pct -- equivalent of the energy 83,000 average homes -- of the city of 191,000 residents power by the end of 2023. To reach that goal, KUB will access the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Green Invest program support dor the construction of 502 MW of solar power generation.

KUB was the first local power company in TVA's service area to enter a Green Invest agreement with a commitment of 212 MW of solar power announced in March, 2020. (Source: KUB, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: KUB, Gabriel Bolas, Pres., CEO, (865) 521-2911, www.kub.org; TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, TVA Green Invest, www.tva.com/energy/valley-renewable-energy/green-switch/green-invest, www.tva.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA Green Invest,  Knoxville Utilities Board,  Solar,  TVA,  


Suez, BP to Explore UK CCS, CCUS Project (Int'l. Report)
Suez SA, BP
Date: 2020-11-16
Paris-based French waste and water management specialist Suez SA is reporting a memorandum of understanding with BP PLC to explore the feasibility of a carbon-capture, utilization and storage project in the U.K.

The project would develop a system to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from an energy-from-waste facility in the Teesside area. The captured carbon would be supplied to the CCUS project to then be transported and stored in a storage site in the North Sea. The project would allow the capturing of up to 10 million tpy of CO2 emissions -- equal to the annual energy use of over three million UK households, according to Suez. (Source: Suez SA, PR, Market Screener, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Suez AS, www.suez.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS ,  


JV to Expand Battery Energy Storage Solutions in SoCal (Ind. Report)
Tangerine Energy
Date: 2020-11-09
In the Golden State, Voit Real Estate Services is reporting an agreement with Tangerine Energy to lease or acquire 50 industrial warehouses or land sites per year over the next five years to house battery storage centers. These facilities would be located in areas with dense population, where energy pricing is highly volatile.

The joint venture will primarily serve commercial property owners seeking stability, said Todd Holley, senior vice president in Voit's San Diego office, as each warehouse or land site will be either acquired or fully leased by a credit tenant for a term of up to 15 years. (Source: Voit Real Estate Services, Commercial Property Executive, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Voit Real Estate Services, www.voitco.com; Tangerine Energy, www.linkedin.com/company/tangerine-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Tangerine ,  


Md, Va, N.Carolina Ink Offshore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-11-02
The office of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is reporting Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina have inked the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources, a memorandum of understanding to work together to promote the area as a hub for offshore wind energy, streamline the development of regional offshore wind resources, increase regulatory certainty, encourage manufacturing of component parts, reduce wind project costs through supply chain development and share information and best practices.

According to the U.S. DOE, the Atlantic Coast offshore wind project pipeline is estimated to support up to 86,000 jobs, $57 billion in investments and provide up to $25 billion in economic output by 2030. Moreover, along the coasts of the signatories' states, the net technical energy potential is roughly 900,000 GWh per year and the net technical resource capacity is approximately 245 GW.

The wind project pipeline totals more than 27 GW in the Atlantic Coast, and the DOE projects that the nation has the potential to develop 86 GW of offshore wind projects by 2050.

Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources details HERE. (Source: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, PR, AP, Chapelboro.com, 31 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


DRAX, Earthworm Foundation Tout Forest Health Tool (Int'l. Report)
DRAX, Forest Trust
Date: 2020-10-30
In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with the not-for-profit Earthworm Foundation -- fka Forest Trust -- on Healthy Forest Landscapes (HFL), an evidence-based tool to measure and evaluate the health of a forest in four key areas -- forest cover, carbon stock, biodiversity, and community well-being, all key focus areas for Drax and its woody biomass-fired power generation plants. The tool will give businesses like Drax the information needed to ensure its operations positively impact the forests where it sources its biomass feedstocks.

HFL measures changes in the forest landscape using empirical evidence such as big data from government statistics and input from earth observations from satellites, other remote sensing technologies, and its own socio-economic evaluation methodology to assess community wellbeing. (Source: DRAX, Bioenergy Insight, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Earthworm Foundation, www.earthworm.org; DRAX, Richard Peberdy, Head of Sustainable Forests, +44(0)1757 618381, www.drax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Trust,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  


UK Energy Efficiency in Buildings Group Launched (Int'l. Report)
Building Engineering Services Association
Date: 2020-10-30
In the UK, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Energy Services Technology Association (ESTA) are reporting the establishment of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Group to promote awareness and the economic benefits of energy demand reduction, energy management and building energy efficiency to government, business organisations and relevant trade associations.

BESA and ESTA will retain their independence, but plans for the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Group include a combined newsletter and webinars to share information with a wider audience. The group will also enable the associations to work together on areas such as the Youth Stem Summit and Young People in Engineering, where energy management is a link. (Source: BESA, Cooling Post, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: BESA, www.thebesa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Buidling Energy Efficiency,  


ABM Projects $7.8Mn Energy Saving for MASD (Ind. Report)
ABM Industries
Date: 2020-10-16
New York-based ABM Industries Inc. is reporting the initiation of an Energy Performance Contracting program for McKeesport Area School District (MASD), in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. The project is expected to the school district $7.8 million in annual energy and operating costs. The project includes the following various upgrades to MASD facilities:
  • Adding air conditioning to McKeesport Area High School (MAHS), including on-site construction and piping required;

  • Installing new and upgraded building automation systems, including a web-based front-end and new controllers, valves, actuators, and sensors;

  • Replacing or upgrading HVAC assets, such as new split systems, rooftop units, and energy-saving variable frequency drives (VFDs)

  • Upgrading boiler plants, including boiler and domestic water heater replacements;

  • Retrofitting and replacing lighting with efficient LED technology;

  • Replacing oversized transformers with new, energy-efficient transformers and installing capacitor banks for power factor correction;

  • Installing water conservation for each school, including repairs to the rainwater harvesting system at Twin Rivers Elementary;

  • Installing new control systems to operate existing geothermal systems efficiently , and other energy efficiency / conservation upgrades.

    ABM's Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)Program enables a school system to invest in facility upgrades without drawing new capital from the community. ABM works with more than 500 K-12 school systems, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. (Source: ABM. PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: ABM, Investor Relations, Susie A. Kim, (212) 297-9721, susie.kim@abm.com, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM Industries,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • IrBEA Outlines Irish Bioenergy Priorities (Int'l. Report)
    Irish Bioenergy Association
    Date: 2020-10-14
    According to the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), there is significant potential for bioenergy to contribute to renewable heat, transport and electricity targets, provide opportunities to farmers through farm diversification and development of alternative enterprises, development of rural jobs and addressing the climate changes and emissions challenges faced by the country. IrBEA notes the bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels are all part of the bioeconomy and offer considerable potential and opportunity to drive the economic, jobs and growth agenda in rural areas.

    IrBEA notes that despite Ireland's natural climate and fertile soil advantage in producing bioenergy, out of 28 member European Union states Ireland is 27th in terms of its use of renewable heat and derives only 4 pct of its energy from Bioenergy. IrBEA also calls for:

  • financing of biomass CHP, biogas CHP and local heating projects, with particular reference to community involvement, and mobilization of forest biomass;

  • establishment of the Midlands Renewable Energy hub to allow the repurposing away from peat to the efficient usage of bioenergy for heat and power provision and the establishment of supply chains, employment opportunities and rural development;

  • introduction of a biogas support scheme to mobilize an Irish biogas industry on a phased basis;

  • provision be made in the Finance Act for the revenue treatment of biomass chipping and related equipment to be the same as the treatment of other mobile machinery such as mobile cranes and concrete pumping equipment;

  • immediately increase the blending rates to E10 (10 pct Ethanol) petrol blend and B12 (12 pct Biodiesel) diesel blend in Ireland. This would increase the blending rates from the current substitution rates of E5 for petrol and B7 for Diesel, and others. (Source: Irish Bioenergy Association , PR, 13 Oct., 2020) Contact: Irish Bioenergy Assoc., Sean Finan , CEO, +44 0 87 4146480, www.irbea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  Biofuel news,  Peat news,  Forest Biomass news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


  • Energy Storage Innovation Key to Clean Energy Transition (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-10-09
    A new joint study from the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes affordable and flexible electric power storage technologies have grown 14 pct a year over the past decade, are set to catalyse a worldwide transition to clean energy.

    Between 2005 and 2018, patenting activity in batteries and other electricity storage technologies account for nearly 90 pct of all patenting activity in the area of electricity storage -- chiefly driven by advances in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in consumer electronic devices and electric cars. Electric mobility in particular is fostering the development of new lithium-ion chemistries aimed at improving power output, durability, charge/discharge speed and recyclability, the report notes.

    Technological progress is also being fueled by the need to integrate larger quantities of renewable energy such as wind and solar power into electricity networks.

    The joint study shows that Japan and Korea have established a strong lead in battery technology globally, and that technical progress and mass production in an increasingly mature industry have led to a significant drop in battery prices in recent years. Prices have declined by nearly 90 pct since 2010 in the case of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, and by around two-thirds over the same period for stationary applications, including electricity grid management.

    Developing better and cheaper electricity storage is a major challenge for the future. According to the IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario, for the world to meet climate and sustainable energy goals, close to 10 000 gigawatt-hours of batteries and other forms of energy storage will be required worldwide by 2040 -- 50 times the size of the current market.

    The study notes Innovation is increasingly recognised as a core part of energy policy and this year the IEA has been introducing more tools to help decision-makers understand the technology landscape, their role in it, and to track progress in innovation and the deployment of technologies. This includes the ETP Clean Energy Technology Guide, a comprehensive new interactive guide to the market readiness of more than 400 clean energy technologies.

    Download the ETP Clean Energy Technology Guide HERE. (Source: IEA, Modern Diplomacy, Sept., 2020) Contact: European Patent Office, www. europeantrademarks.eu; International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    CSIRO Maps Forest Regrowth Carbon Capture Potential (Int'l.)
    CSIRO
    Date: 2020-10-09
    In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, Australia's Commonwealth science agency, reports it joined researchers across the globe to produce a 1km resolution map of carbon accumulation potential from forest regrowth. Published in Nature, the study is the first of its kind wall-to-wall global map that highlights forested areas with greatest carbon returns if allowed to regrow naturally.

    The researchers found that average default forest regrowth rates used by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may have been underestimated by 32 pct.

    Led by the Nature Conservancy, the study redefined international estimates and highlighted the role of natural forest regrowth in carbon accumulation, according to Report co-author and CSIRO Principal Research Scientist Dr. Stephen Roxburgh. "The global study complemented recent Australian work on carbon accumulation rates for planted and naturally regenerating stands of woody biomass across Australia," Roxburgh noted and added climate, rather than past land use, was the most important driver of potential carbon accumulation.

    The study provides an important benchmark to assess the global potential of forest regrowth as a climate mitigation strategy. (Source: CSIRO, Spatial Source, October, 2020) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Carbon Capture,  


    Vestas Touts New Low-Wind Variant Turbine (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Vestas is touting its new V155-3.3 MW wind turbine will initially target low and ultra-low wind condition projects in India and USA. It increases the turbine swept area by 67 pct in comparison to V120-2.2 MW, and with a large rotor to rating ratio, it significantly improves the partial load production in low-wind conditions. The V155-3.3 MW improves the annual energy production (AEP) by more than 3 pct for a 300 MW wind park with 46 fewer turbines, creating an improved level of business case certainty.

    Built on the globally proven 4 MW platform, the V155-3.3 MW features a full-scale converter delivering excellent grid compliance, faster active and reactive power during dynamic frequency and voltage events. Prototype installation is planned for Q3, 2021, while serial production is expected by the first quarter of 2022, according to the release. (Source: Vestas, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas, Kristian Holmelund Jakobsen, Communications , +45 52211467, krhja@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Low-Wind Turbine,  


    Michelin Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    Michelin, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Greenville, South Carolina-based tire manufacturing giant Michelin North America, Inc. reports its southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficient materials, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells solution to power its material handling lift trucks, and other energy efficiency features.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) buildings account for roughly 40 pct of national CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 pct less energy and 11 pct less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, according to the USGBC. (Source: Michelin North America, Inc., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Michelin North America, www.michelinman.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michelin,  LEED Gold,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-10-07
    The fifth ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy, encourage renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also focusing on equity in development and delivery.

    ACEEE ranks 100 large U.S. cities for their energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts across 5 policy areas -- local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation.

    In this year's results, New York earns the top spot in the rankings for the first time. followed by Boston and Seattle (tied for second) and Minneapolis and San Francisco (tied for fourth). St. Paul and St. Louis are the most-improved since the 2019 City Scorecard.

    The report notes many cities continue to ramp up their clean energy efforts, but bottom-scoring cities are years behind the policy efforts of the leaders. The Scorecard provides a roadmap for cities aiming to take the next step in their pursuit of clean energy by learning from others' successes and adapting best practices to suit their own communities.

    Download the ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard HERE.. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, www3.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    $20.1Mn Israeli Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Announced (Int'l.)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the ministries of economy, environment protection and finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses and local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Israel Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


    BP Moves Towards Zero Carbon and Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In response to growing public concern over sustainability and climate change, global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) recently announced it plans to reduce its oil and gas outputin the next 10 years by 40 pct from the present levels, with an emphasis on low carbon technologies especially on renewables, bioenergy, hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS). Similarly, global oil major Shell has announced similar moves to a zero carbon future.

    Sustainability and climate change has become an integral strategy of all the global firms, especially in the energy and downstream area, thanks to public pressure as well as due to the sustained efforts of think tanks and activist organizations like Greenpeace, according to the BP release. (Source: BP, Sept., 2020)Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


    Israeli Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Announced (Int'l, Funding)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the Ministries of Economy, Environment Protection and Finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses as well as local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  GHG news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


    $20.1Mn Israeli GHG Reduction Grant Funding Announced (Int'l.)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with Israeli ministries of economy, environment protection and finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses as well as local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    AFL-CIO, EDI Release Low-Carbon Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
    AFL-CIO,Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure analysis to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www.energyfuturesinitiative.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AFL-CIO,  Energy Futures Initiative,  


  • AFL-CIO, EFI Release Low-Carbon Energy Futures Initiative (Int'l.)
    AFL-CIO, Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www. energyfuturesinitiative.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Futures Initiative,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy ,  


  • NATO Must Combat Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    NATO
    Date: 2020-09-28
    "I (NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg) have been passionate about climate change all of my life. Now, as NATO Secretary General, it is my responsibility to address the threat climate change poses to our shared security.

    "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened.

    "Climate change threatens our security. So NATO must do more to fully understand and integrate climate change into all aspects of our work, from our military planning to how we exercise and train our armed forces. Climate change also makes it harder for NATO troops to keep people safe. Our soldiers work in some of the most difficult environments on earth. For example, NATO's training mission in Iraq where, this summer, temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees. It is essential that we adapt to this new reality. That means better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure. And it means explicitly including climate change in NATO's work to improve the resilience of Allies and partners, something that we have been doing for decades in areas like infrastructure.

    "NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks. We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

    "Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure.

    "As many countries increasingly plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, NATO can also do more to help our armed forces contribute to this goal. It is time for NATO to raise its ambition and help drive down emissions. A first step could be to help our members measure their military emissions. The next step could be to agree voluntary cuts in their carbon emissions.

    "Climate change is making the world more dangerous. NATO's task is to preserve peace and keep us safe. So to fulfill our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change for our security today and for the security of future generations." (Source: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO NEWS, Die Welt, 27 Sept., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  NATO news,  


    USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Development,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SunPower Secures Res. Solar Lease Financing (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2020-09-25
    San Jose, California-based distributed generation storage and energy services provider SunPower reports it has secured financing commitments from Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. and other capital providers for its residential solar lease program, as well as its new solar plus storage program, SunPower Equinox® system with SunVault™ storage. These customer financing provisions will supplement the solar loan, solar lease and cash sale alternatives that SunPower presently offers.

    SunPower has provided solar lease financing options to customers since 2010 and has offered them through its network of residential solar dealers in many areas across the U.S., new home builders where the company holds a market-leading position, and direct sales teams. Last year, SunPower's U.S. residential business saw annual deployment growth of more than 15 pct bringing the total number of American homes with SunPower solar to over 330,000 households, according to the company website release. (Source: SunPower Corp., Website PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, www.sunpower.com

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    KAMC Energy Efficiency Project to Cut Energy Consumption (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company (Tarshid) reports energy efficiency upgrade work is underway at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC). The work is intended to raise the energy efficiency of the KAMC headquarters and other buildings and cut electric power consumption across a total area of 18,440m2.

    The work will include: rehabilitation of chiller systems with higher efficiency systems; installation of control systems in the main cooling station; replacement of chilled water pumps with better efficiency pumps; installation of speed control devices for cooling pumps and air handling units; lighting systems upgrade with energy-saving and high-performance LED systems linked to smart motion sensors, and others.

    Currently, KAMCs total annual electric power consumption is approximately 143 million kWh per year. The rehabilitation project aims to decrease the consumption to approximately 108 million kWh per year -- about 25 pct of the current electrical consumption. (Source: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Saudi Press Agency, !7 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Walid bin Abdullah Al-Ghariri, CEO, +966 9200 12370, www.tarshid.com.sa

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    Aussie PM says Zero-Emissions Achievable but Won't say When (Int'l. Report)
    Australia, Zero Emissions
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Further to our Jan 15, 2020 coverage when Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison (Lib) claimed Australia's carbon emissions will be slashed by 42 pct within this decade -- a far greater reduction than the Australian Department of Environment's latest projection of just 4 pct by 2030 -- the PM now says Australia can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 but won't commit to making that an explicit target.

    Morrison notes reaching the goal will require more lower emissions technologies and energy sources such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen and to that end his government has pledged to put $1.9 billion into the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFE) while allowing them to back CCS projects which they are presently prohibited from making. (Source: Office of Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison, PR, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Sept., 2020) Contact: Office of Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison, www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm; Australian Renewable Energy Agency, www.arena.gov; Clean Energy Finance Corporation, www.cefc.com.au

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    Clean Power Alliance Going 100 pct Green Power (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Alliance
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In the Golden State, the city of Malibu reports it has adopted Clean Power Alliance's (CPA) 100 pct Green Power Program allowing customers to receive 100 pct solar, wind and other renewable and carbon-free resources at a premium of 7-9 pct above Southern California Edison -- the Malibu areas major utility -- rates.

    Starting on Oct. 1, 2020, the Green Power program will be the default for Malibu CPA customers, though they may opt out at any time and choose different rates and "renewable content" options.

    CPA operates across Los Angeles and Ventura counties and purchases clean power which is then delivered by Southern California Edison. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, PR, Malibu Times, 19 Sept., 2020) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, 888-585-3788, www.cleanpoweralliance.org

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    IFC's CAFI Helps Financials Measure Climate Impact (Ind Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-21
    The Washington-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has updated its first-of-a-kind online climate impact measurement platform to help financial institutions assess the climate eligibility of their investments and estimate the development impact of their climate-related activities.

    Version 2.1 of the Climate Assessment for Financial Institutions (CAFI) platform gives users new insights through graphics, enhanced climate metrics, and improved key performance indicators. The platform incorporates feedback from IFC's industry experts and the broader community of financial institutions.

    Present;y, 120 financial institutions have access to CAFI, with $5.8 billion of climate disbursed loans reported through the platform. The resulting impact captured through CAFI is an annual reduction of 12.1 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, 26.2 GWh of renewable energy generated, 1.1 million square meters of green area built, and 1.7 million cubic meters of water saved.

    CAFI will be updated to ensure its climate metrics and eligibility criteria stay in line with IFC's Definitions for Climate-Related Activities and IFC's GHG Reduction Accounting Guidance for Climate-Related Projects. Download CAFI details HERE. (Source: IFC, PR, 14 Sept., 2020) Contact: IFC, Jay Pulizzi, (202) 473-3031, hpulizzi@ifc.org, www.ifc.org

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    US Biomass Pellet Assoc. Supports EU's Carbon-Neutral Goals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    US Industrial Pellet Association
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In a release, the Richmond, Virginia-based US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) welcomed the European Commission (EC) proposal to accelerate the EU's transition to a climate neutral economy. Over the past decade, sustainable biomass has displaced millions of tons of coal in Europe and will play a critical role in helping achieve the EU's 2030 Climate Targets.

    The EC's plan calls for a series of new climate targets to be met by the end of the decade on the path to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Sustainable biomass is poised to make significant contributions to several of these, including reducing the 27-member trading bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct compared to 1990 levels; increasing its share of renewable energy to 38-40 pct and cutting coal and gas consumption by 70 pct and 25 pct respectively, compared to 2015 levels.

    As its largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU's low-carbon energy transition. We welcome the EC's recognition that in to meet its ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050 the EU will need more sustainable biomass to balance the grid and support a massive expansion of intermittent renewables like wind and solar.

    According to the USIPA, sustainability is paramount to ensuring biomass delivers tangible benefits for the climate. US producers are leading in this area, thanks to our ability to provide substantial quantities of renewable fuel to EU Member States while supporting healthy forests and protecting biodiversity. (Source: USIPA, PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: USIPA, 804.775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org

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    ODE Claims Polish Offshore Wind Farm Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2020-09-18
    International engineering and technical services provider ODE Engineering, part of the DORIS Group, reports it has contracted with Poland's Baltic Power for the initial technical design and building permit design for the Baltic Power's offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea.

    ODE will be support Baltic Power across multiple technical areas -- technical designs of the offshore site, turbine foundations, inter-array cables layout, energy production calculations, budget, project scheduling, supporting analysis and others.

    Contract work is slated to begin almost immediately for construct in 2024. (Source: ODE Engineering, PR, 4Coffshore, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: ODE Engineering, David Robertson, Head of Renewables, +44 20 8481 1190, www.ode-ltd.co.uk; Baltic Power, www.balticpower.eu

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    EnBW Growing Onshore Wind Energy Portfolio (Int'l. Report)
    EnBW
    Date: 2020-09-18
    In Germany, Stuttgart-headquartered power producer EnBW reports it expects to increase its output in Germany by almost 90 MW in 2020 through the acquisition of existing wind turbines in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg and the further development of its own projects.

    As previously reported, EnBW acquired 20 wind turbines with an output of 36 MW in Saxony-Anhalt and plans to replace the older wind turbines with more modern and powerful units. In addition, EnBW has recently acquired another wind farm with a capacity of 18 MW in Brandenburg. Furthermore, EnBW is developing its own projects in Germany in 2020 that have a total output of 33.5 MW and will be placed into operation by the end of the yearIn order to help push forward the expansion of wind power in Germany. EnBW has also joined with 50 partner organisations and companies to form the sector-wide initiative Windforfuture -- a wind energy support campaign by the German wind energy sector.

    Half of the EnBW generation portfolio will be comprised of renewable energies by the end of 2025. In the area of wind energy, the company offers planning, construction, operation, maintenance and servicing from one source. A current focus of its onshore business activities is also repowering. The goal is to be operating onshore and offshore wind power plants with a total output of 4,500 megawatts by 2025. (Source: EnBW, Website PR Contact: Windforfuture, www.windforfuture.eu; EnBW, Stefanie Klumpp, +49721 63-00, stefanie.klumpp@enbw.com, www.enbw.com

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    Ameresco Updating Woodlands Water Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Ameresc
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco reports it has been selected by Woodlands Water -- the central management agency for ten Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) in Montgomery County, Texas -- to install automatic metering infrastructure (AMI) across the MUD service area .

    The AMI project will create a more efficient and effective water distribution system while enhancing transparency for customers tracking water consumption and monthly water service costs.

    Ameresco's "turnkey" solution will identify, design, install and monitor a comprehensive water efficiency program that includes the installation of more than 34,000 smart water meters that will seamlessly integrate water consumption data into customers' existing WaterSmart portals. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Woodlands Water, 281-367-1271, www.woodlandwater.org; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , Leila Dillon, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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    Energy Transformation Needed for Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l.)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 is a major new IEA publication focused on the technology needs and opportunities for reaching international climate and sustainable energy goals. This flagship report offers vital analysis and advice on the clean energy technologies the world needs to meet net-zero emissions objectives.

    The report's comprehensive analysis maps out the technologies needed to tackle emissions in all parts of the energy sector, including areas where technology progress is still lacking such as long-distance transport and heavy industries. It shows the amount of emissions reductions that are required from electrification, hydrogen, bioenergy and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. It also provides an assessment of emissions from existing infrastructure and what can be done to address them.

    Download the Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 report HERE. (Source: IEA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    Eastern New Energy Supports UK Businesses Decarbonization (Int'l.)
    Eastern New Energy
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the UK, the University of East London is reporting the launch of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) programme aimed at building a stronger and locally focused low carbon economy in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire region by supporting and helping area organizations understand and address the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and the economy in general.

    To that end, ENE will work with businesses, communities and others to: develop and deliver net zero action plans; construct new zero-carbon homes; retrofit existing homes and commercial buildings; transition vehicle fleets to lower carbon alternatives; develop community and commercial energy projects; and design, develop and bring to market new low carbon products and services.

    The ENE project is receiving up to £5.1 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund which will be managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The environmental charity PECT will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to help catalyze capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

    PECT is an independent, grassroots charitable climate change focused organization that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals and organizations to change their behavior to deliver a positive environmental impact. PECT previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realized through recommended actions. (Source: University of East London, Cambridge Network, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PECT, Carly Leonard, CEO, +44 0 1733 882549, ene@pect.org.uk, www.pect.org.uk; University of East London, Eastern New Energy, www.uel.ac.uk/sri/eastern-new-energy

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    Molecule Developed to Store Solar Energy (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Linkoping University
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In Sweden, researchers at Linkoping University (LiU) are reporting development of a "molecular photoswitche" that efficiently captures solar energy and stores it in chemical bonds. The molecules are available in two different forms having different properties and, in the case of the molecule developed by the LiU researchers, different energy contents.

    The chemical structures of all photoswitches are influenced by the energy of light. This means that the structure and therefore the properties of the photoswitch can be changed by lighting it. One of the possible fields of application for photoswitches is molecular electronics, in which the two forms of the molecule have different electrical conductivity. Another area is photopharmacology, in which one form of the molecule is pharmacologically active and can bind to a specific target protein in the body, while the other is inactive.

    Most chemical reactions begin in a state where a molecule is high in energy and then goes on to a low energy molecule. In the new study, the researchers did the opposite -- a low-energy molecule becomes a high-energy molecule. Researchers will now explore how stored energy can be best released from the energy-rich form of the molecule. The study is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). (Source: Linkoping University, FreeNews, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Linkoping University, Bo Durbeej, Professor of Computational Physics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, www.liu.se

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    5B Prefab Solar Technology Touted (Ind. Report)
    AES Corp., 5B
    Date: 2020-08-31
    New South Wales-based Australian solar energy specialist 5B is touting the idea of rather than constructing a solar array onsite a solar array would be pre-assembled as units that are hinged together and fold up like the sides of an accordion. Under the 5B model, a pre-fabricated solar installation can be installed three times faster and at lower cost than a traditional ground mounted system and can produce up to twice as much electricity per unit of area as a traditional ground-mounted system.

    To date, 5B has installed its prefabricated systems throughout Australia in the Northern Territories, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia.

    AES Corp., a global grid scale battery storage installations specialist and co-founder of Fluence Energy, has invested in 5B and anticipates adding 2 to 3 GW of solar power annually using 5B's systems in upcoming projects, including projects in Panama and Chile as a part of an expansion of the 10 MW Los Andes solar facility in the Atacama Desert. (Source: AES, PR, Clean Technica, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: AES Corp., Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; 5B, Chris McGrath, CEO, www.5b.com.au

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    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-30
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its SRK House, the 2,25 million sq. ft. crafting unit of one of the largest diamond companies, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification -- the US GBC’s highest rating for sustainable and environment-friendly building operations .

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility eith energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy sources; increased recycling; energy benchmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas ; Natural Cooling through out; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020)

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    Ethanol Ind. Stabilization Quotes from Growth Energy CEO
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-08-28
    "We have to make sure the (Trump) administration follows through on commitments that it has made. Last October, the administration made a series of commitments in terms of evaluating things like E15 labeling. An additional hurdle for us to have unfettered market access for higher blends is making sure the president has EPA follow through on its commitment to uphold a strong Renewable Fuel Standard.

    "We want to be building stronger global markets with free trade. We want expansion of E15. As drivers are hitting the road again as we are recovering from Covid, there's more opportunity to get higher blends like E15. We, ultimately, want to focus on that road to recovery conversation because that's what our future is going to be all about.

    "At this point, I think we may be okay. I think it will have different impacts in different areas regionally, and then certainly in the value chain. We're going to have to just wait and see. It's very disheartening to know what everybody has gone through." -- Emily Skor, Growth Energy, CEO , discussing ethanol industry stability.

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    Israel Legislates Mandatory Green Building Codes (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2020-08-28
    In Jerusalem, the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is reporting the passage of mandatory "green" building codes and regulation to replace voluntary "green" building codes as introduced in 2005.

    The new standard offers a definition of green building in Israeli terms, and includes the areas of energy, land, water, waste, health, environmental management, transportation, innovation, construction materials, and heating and cooling systems.

    The standard applies to both new and existing buildings including residential, office, educational, commercial, public health and industrial buildings. The new regulation will also correct social inequality, with green construction currently carried out mainly in the socio-economically strong cities rather than weaker cities in northern and southern regions. (Source: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection , Website News, Aug., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, pniot@environment.gov.il, www.sviva.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx

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    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its 2,25 million sq. ft. SRK House diamond manufacturing unit has scored US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly building operations.

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility with energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy; increased recycling; energy benc-hmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas; natural cooling and lighting; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Shree Ramkrishna Exports, +91 261 404 0544, www.srkexport.com

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    Half of World's Oceans Affected by Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-24
    A study published in Nature Climate Change notes that since the 1950s, the oceans have absorbed roughly 93 pct of the energy entering the climate system, and while most of that heating has been observed near the ocean surface, rising temperatures are now permeating even the deep ocean.

    Data based on recent measurements and nearly a dozen climate models, suggests climate change has already impacted up to about half -- 20 to 55 percent -- of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean basins. What's more, in just six decades, these human-induced changes in temperature and salinity could very well spread to 80 pct of the world's oceans.

    The data suggests that during the second half of the 20th century human-induced warming was responsible for most observed ocean changes -- "statistically" and "unambiguously" different from what would occur naturally. Heat and salt from the ocean surface are usually transported relatively slowly to the ocean's interior, which means that many of the deepest parts experience a lag in human-induced changes. Some deeper areas, however, circulate quicker, and thus respond faster to emissions.

    In the new model, for instance, the Southern Ocean, which is relatively well-ventilated, experienced human-induced changes quite quickly, showing up as early as the 1980s. In the Northern Hemisphere, oceans took a little longer to respond, with most changes calculated to appear sometime between 2010 and 2040. Together, by 2020, the model shows somewhere between 20 and 55 pct of the world's oceans had been altered by anthropogenic climate change. By mid-century, these changes could make up 50 to 60 percent of the world's oceans, and by 2080, 55 to 80 pct, according to the study published in Nature Climate Change. (Source: Science Alert, Nature Climate Change, Aug., 2020)

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    Capital Dynamics, Tenaska Plan Calif. BESS Projects (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Infrastructure
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska will develop nine battery energy storage systems (BESS) with approximately 2,000 MW of capacity in the Cal-ISO market to "help integrate" renewable energy.

    Presently, Clean Energy Infrastructure and Tenaska jointly own two solar facilities in California's Imperial Valley area and are developing additional solar projects. (Source: Capital Dynamics, Website Press Release, , 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 – NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

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    Zero Carbon Fund Set to Invest £1.5Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Zero Carbon Fund
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Havant, England-headquartered Zero Carbon Fund Ltd reports that after raising more than £1.5 million over the last 6+ months it is now moving into investment mode.

    The company aims to invest in ten EIS-eligible start-ups with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least half a gigaton per year in some of the big unsolved problem areas in the climate space, such as energy storage, cooling, food & agriculture, industrial heat and carbon capture.

    Zero Carbon Capital delivers the fund in partnership with Sapphire Capital Partners and aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of hard science solutions to the most pressing issues of climate change.

    The Zero Carbon Fund is an EIS fund investing in early-stage companies on a mission to address climate change through technology innovation. The company invests in ambitious teams with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half a gigaton per year and deliver long-term value, according to its website. (Source: Zero Carbon Fund, PR, 18 Aug., 20200 Contact: Zero Carbon Capital, Zero Carbon Fund, Pippa or Alex Cawley, info@zerocarbon.capital, www.zerocarbon.capital; Sapphire Capital Partners, www.sapphirecapitalpartners.co.uk

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    World GBC Claims Net Zero Carbon Bldg. Growth (Int'l Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-19
    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced that the total number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment has reached 100, marking a doubling of participation in the programme in just over one year. The Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonisation across global portfolios.

    Since inception, businesses and organizations signed up to the Commitment now cover nearly 6,000 assets, over 32 million sq-meter total floor area and $100 billion in annual turnover. By 2030, this means that the operational portfolio emissions of these Commitment signatories will be at net zero, affecting approximately 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e). (Source: World GBC, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: World GBC, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, www.worldgbc.org/thecommitment, www.worldgbc.org

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    Rooftop Solar Rejected to Avoid Solar Saturation (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-08-17
    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reported to have rejected several new residential rooftop solar installation applications under new Arizona Corporation Commission rules governing the maximum solar generation capacity on any one neighborhood circuit.

    The rule is designed to prevent "solar saturation" and protect the system from damage due to an excessive amount of power being exported back onto the power grid.

    The neighborhood solar capacity rule has led to the rejection of applications in 11 areas of Tucson that already have reached solar "solar saturation", according to TEP. (Source: TEP, Tuscon,com, Aug., 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

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    Eguana, Highlight Solar Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Eguana, Highlight Solar
    Date: 2020-08-17
    Eguana and Highlight Solar report they are partnering to bring the Evolve Energy Storage system to homeowners in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area of California.

    The Evolve Energy Storage system, available in both NMC and Cobalt free LFP lithium battery chemistries, allows new and existing residential solar owners to store excess solar power while increasing energy security and independence. Evolve is a cost-effective solution for homeowners to reduce energy costs and increase energy security while helping the environment.

    Evolve is a fully integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company's proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5 kW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39 kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. The companies expect to install more than 1 MWh of energy storage systems over the next 12 months. (Source: Eguana Technologies, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: HighLightSolar, Dean Alayleh, www.HighLightSolar.com; Eguana Technologies, Livio Filice, (905) 929-7522, livio.filice@eguanantech.com, www.eguanatech.com

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    Vineyard Wind Agrees to $34.4 Mn Mitigation Payment (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2020-08-14
    On Nantucket, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind reports it has agreed to pay the town of Madaket $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for a proposed 84-turbine offshore wind farm 14 miles southwest of the town. Area preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see the wind farm as "potentially environmentally and visually devastating."

    Vineyard Wind has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-MW project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system (ADLS) that only activates when planes are overhead to address the concerns. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer & Mirror, 12 Aug., 2020)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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    Mustard Family Member Seen as Biobutanol Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Peoria, Illinois, a research team at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (ARS) is working to rekindle the production of butanol from Lesquerella (a.k.a. Fendler's bladderpod and Yellow Top), a member of the mustard family that's native to the U.S. Southwest. Other possible feedstocks include wheat straw, sweet sorghum bagasse, penntcress, corn stover and other food wastes and processing byproducts like dried distillers grains, solubles and "presscake" (the crushed remains of lesquerella seed whose oil has been extracted).

    The ARS team's efforts are part of a broader umbrella effort to create new, value-added markets for agricultural commodities, especially those that serve as sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.

    In laboratory trials, the researchers produced 11-14 grams of butanol per liter of lesquerella presscake. The total chemical production (combined butanol, acetone and ethanol) was 19 to 29 grams per liter -- a nearly 67 pct increase over using corn and glucose sources to produce these three same chemicals. The research team plans on scaling-up their experiments using two-liter bioreactors and, if successful, even larger ones.

    Keeping feedstock costs down is key to making butanol competitive with gasoline, he added. At $25 a ton or less, lesquerella presscake would command a selling price of $2.27 or less a gallon -- about a dollar less than from sweet sorghum, another promising feedstock source, according to the release. (Source: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Nasib Qureshi, Chemical Engineer, www.ars.usda.gov/midwest-area/peoria-il/national-center-for-agricultural-utilization-research

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    DOE Offers $20Mn to Advance Perovskite Solar Tech (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). has announced $20 million in funding to advance perovskite solar photovoltaic technologies. When used to create solar cells, perovskites have shown potential for high performance and low production costs. To be competitive in the marketplace, perovskite’s long-term durability must be tested and verified, the aim of this funding opportunity announcement.

    The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office is aiming to improve understanding of perovskite stability; establish methods to produce high-efficiency, stable perovskite devices using industry-relevant fabrication techniques; and develop test protocols that enable high confidence in long-duration field performance of perovskite-based photovoltaic technologies. DOE will fund projects in three topic areas: Device R&D (Efficiency and Stability); manufacturing and R&D; and validation and Bankability.

    This topic area seeks to establish a neutral, independent validation center that can be used to verify perovskite device performance and address acceptance and bankability challenges. Independence and neutrality are required to ensure there are no conflicts of interest between this effort and other projects seeking to demonstrate high-performance devices. This center will be responsible for developing and refining test protocols, including accelerated life testing that closely correlates with long-term field performance. The center will also be responsible for operating an extensive field testing effort using devices produced by the R&D community to iteratively refine all test protocols and improve community understanding of remaining stability and performance issues. The center will investigate the environmental impact of perovskite technologies and serve as an objective source of information and analysis for the investment and finance communities. Teams must be led by a DOE Federally Funded Research and Development Center/National Laboratory. (Source: US DOE, EERE Solar Energy Technology Office, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: EERE Solar Energy Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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    Egypt Scraps 200MW Solar Tender (Int'l. Report)
    Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Cairo, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) reports the cancellation of its 200 MW tender to establish a solar photovoltaic power plant in the West Nile area due to the country achieving surplus electricity amid lower demand, and other projects already in progress.

    By 2022, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity aims to produce 20 pct of the country's energy from renewable sources by 2022 increasing to 42 pct by 2035. The total installed capacity of renewable energy will be 5.5GW -- 2.8GW from hydroelectric, 2.7GW from wind and solar plants, and 1.4GW from the Benban Solar Complex. (Source: Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, Energy Egypt Newsletter, ESI, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, www.energyegypt.net/tag/eetc

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