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£40Mn UK Clean Growth Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
UK Clean Growth Fund
Date: 2020-05-22
In London, the UK government is reporting the launch of a £40 million venture capital fund for green energy, low-carbon technologies across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors.

The fund seeks investments in early stage, seed or Series A rounds in 'exciting, innovative clean growth start-ups". Qualifying projects could include: energy storage and smart grid systems to bolster resilience in the power system; renewable heating and ventilation technologies across homes and commercial buildings; and bio-fuels and bio-energy systems.

Investment parameters for the fund focus on clean growth technologies, hardware, products and services in sectors including power generation, waste, energy networks, buildings management, industries, bioenergy and alternative fuels. The fund will be managed by Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM). (Source: UK Clean Growth Fund, 21 May, 2020) Contact: UK Clean Growth Fund, www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-equity-fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Clean Growth Fund,  Low Carbon Energy,  


Toledo Solar Panel Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Toledo Solar
Date: 2020-05-22
In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc is reporting it has begun solar panel production at it's plant in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar, Toledo Blade, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145 , info@Toledo-Solar.com, www.toledosolar-inc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar news,  Solar Panel news,  


Amazon Launches Chinese Solar Energy Facility (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2020-05-22
On-line retail juggernaut Amazon is reporting the opening of its first solar energy facility in China. The 100-MW solar project in Shandong is expected to generate 128,000 MWh of power annually.

The company plans to construct similar facilities in Australia and the U.S. -- Ohio and Virginia -- as part of its Climate Pledge and commitment to be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2030.

Amazon presently has 31 renewable energy facilities and uses power from solar panels on rooftops at 60 fulfillment centers around the world. (Source: Amazon, GeekWire, 21 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Solar,  


Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2020-05-22
Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.

The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor

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


IMEA Offers Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Funding)
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
Date: 2020-05-22
Nonresidential customers of the Naperville electric utility are invited to apply for the 2020 Naperville/Illinois Municipal Electric Agency electric efficiency program.

The program for commercial, educational, nonprofit and institutional customers provides grant funding from the Springfield-headquartered Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA)for qualifying energy-related projects, including installation of LED lighting systems, refrigeration measures and variable-speed drives for HVAC pumps and motors. Projects can receive grant funding for up to 50 pct of the total project cost, up to $20,000. (Source: IMEA, Daily Herald, 19 May, 2020) Contact: IMEA, 217-789-4632, 217-789-4642 - Fax, imea@imea.org, www.imea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


NJ Lifts Ban on At-Home Energy-Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-05-22
In Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) is reporting the lifting of a recently imposed, COVID-19 inspired ban on utilities and energy firms entering homes for energy audit and energy efficiency upgrades.

After the agency sought to limit access to homes, the state's utilities essentially told contractors to end energy-efficiency work to comply with the directive, virtually shutting down programs to curtail energy use. As a result of the shutdown, New Jersey lost an estimated 11,000 or more energy efficiency sector , according to Environmental Entrepreneurs, and others.

The Murphy administration has touted energy efficiency as a key component of its plans to shift the Garden State to 100 pct clean energy by 2050, but it is lagging behind mandates to require utilities to achieve significant cuts in energy use. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 21 May, 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ingeteam Touting New Wind Power Converters (New Prod & Tech)
Ingeteam
Date: 2020-05-22
Milwaukee-based Ingeteam, a global technology Group specialized in electric power conversion, has launched its new-generation wind power converters developed for high power DFIG application. Ingeteam's DFIG converter series offer cost-optimized products for each market and application. The wind converters are extremely grid-friendly, and include FRT, SCR and SSR features, enabling them to be deployed anywhere in the world. To this day, DFIG converters remain the most proven, efficient and cost competitive drive train topology for onshore applications.

The new DFIG converters can be modulated to bring customized solutions that will effectively minimize wind turbine LCoE.

Download DFIG converter details HERE. (Source: Ingeteam. PR, reve, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Ingeteam Inc., (855) 821-7190, usa@ingeteam.com, www.ingeteam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam news,  Wind news,  Wind Energy news,  


Notable Quote -- Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-05-22
"The reality today is that offshore wind is being built several places around the world without subsidies and that is of course also the future we are looking into" -- Dan Jorgensen, Denmark Climate and Energy Minister , 20 May, 2020

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind news,  


UC Drops Fossil Fuel From $126Bn Portfolio (Ind. Report)
University of California
Date: 2020-05-22
The University of California system reports it has divested more than $1 billion in fossil fuels investments from its $126-bil lion investment portfolio in favor of renewable energy. The move is inkeeping with other university move to low-carbon energy to address climate change. (Source: University of California, PR, CBS San Francisco Bay, 20 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California news,  Fossil Fuel news,  Renewable Energy news,  


EPA Admin. Wheeler Comments on RFS Waivers -- Notable Quotes
RFS Waiver
Date: 2020-05-22
"I have talked personally with a number of small refiners all over the country -- (the agency is) working with them to see what we can do to help them during this time.

"We have extraordinary circumstances this year and we are looking at what relief we can provide everyone -- the ethanol industry is hurting as well." -- U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 20 May, 2020

More Low-Carbon Energy News FRS Waiver,  Andrew Wheeler,  


US Ethanol Production Slowly Rising (Ind. Report)
Ethanol,U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-05-22
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. ethanol production and use continues to slowly rebound following sharp declines in March and April due to market impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ethanol production for the week ending May 15 was up nearly 8 p ct while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 2 pct, EIA data shows.

The data shows U.S. ethanol U.S. ethanol production averaged 663,000 bpd the week ending May 15, up from an average of 617,000 barrels per day the previous week. Production was down 409,000 bpd when compared to the same week of last year, and down 416,000 bpd when compared to the volume of ethanol produced during the final week in February, before COVID-19 began to impact U.S. fuel markets. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, 20 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  U.S. Energy Information Administration news,  


Andritz Supplying Brazilian Biomass Project (Int'l Report)
Andritz
Date: 2020-05-22
International technology group Andritz has received an order from Klabin for a complete biomass gasification plant and a new biomass handling line for its Ortigueira mill in Brazil. The order includes a 51 MW gasification plant, a belt dryer, a multi-fuel lime kiln burner and biomass handling equipment with auxiliaries.

By replacing 100 pct of the heavy fuel oil currently burned in one of the mill's lime kilns, the Andritz gasification plant will significantly reduce the mill's carbon footprint. The current lime kiln production will remain at 650 tons of reburnt lime per day. Andritz was one of the main suppliers of major process technologies and equipment areas to the Puma II project, and also supplied major technologies and equipment to Klabin's Puma I project, which was started in 2016. (Source: Andritz, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andritz,  Biomass,  


Houston Commits to Renewables for Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
City of Houston
Date: 2020-05-22
In the Lone Star State, the City of Houston's recently released Climate Action Plan has committed to 100 pct renewable energy. To that end, the city has teamed up with NRG Energy to power all municipal operations with renewable energy beginning in July, this year.

Through the partnership, the City will receive 1,034,399 MWh of renewable electricity from a utility--scale solar facility each year over a 7 year contract projected to save the city a total of $65 million.

Houston is a member of C40 Cities Global Climate Leadership Group , Vice Chair of U.S. Climate Mayors, and committed to reach carbon neutral status by 2050, according to the release. (Source: City of Houston, Planetary Press, 19 May, 2020)

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


ArcVera Launches Energy Storage Tech. Service (Ind. Report)
ArcVera Renewables
Date: 2020-05-22
Renewable energy project consultant ArcVera Renewables reports it is now providing technical, financial, and independent engineering services for stand-alone energy storage or hybrid projects.

With over 100-gigawatts of operating renewable energy projects supported across 6 of 7 continents, ArcVera is recognized as one of the top technical consultants in the industry. Leaning on its expertise in both high-frequency time series resource and energy storage, ArcVera will enable a reliable and durable integration of storage capacities into a renewable energy plant design. Evaluations will also include assessments of the manufacture and supply chain to assure the plant can be built and performs as designed. Post-construction, ArcVera will evaluate and advise operations, asset management, software controls, and best-practice maintenance, according to the company release. (Source: ArcVera Renewables, PR, May, 2020) Contact: ArcVera Renewables, Gregory S. Poulos, CEO, David Simkins, Bus. Dev. 720-237-2929, david.simkins@arcvera.com , www.ArcVera.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energ,  Energy Storage,  


UND EERC Advancing Project Tundra CCS Project (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center
Date: 2020-05-22
The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) reports it has been awarded nearly $17 million last month from the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy for a project that will directly support Project Tundra, a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) research and development project led by Grand Forks-based Minnkota Power Cooperative. The EERC is the lead on the CarbonSAFE effort, which is a facet of the project that is looking at CO2 storage options for Project Tundra, according to the release.

Another $7.9 million in non-DOE funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), through Minnkota, as well as Computer Modelling Group Ltd. and Schlumberger, brings the total funding to $24.9 million for the CarbonSAFE Phase III project. DOE recently awarded a total of $131 million for cost-shared R&D CCUS projects in the U.S.

Project Tundra is currently in the advanced R&D phase. If the project moves forward, construction will commence in 2022–2023. (Source: UND Today, University of North Dakota, PR, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Minnkota Power Co-op, Mac McLennan, Pres., CEO, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; UND EERC, Charlie Gorecki, CEO, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center news,  Project Tundra news,  CCS news,  Minnkota news,  


$2Bn Hemp Bioethanol Plant Slated for BC (Ind. Report)
BC Hemp
Date: 2020-05-22
The Prince George, British Columbia-based BC Hemp Corporation has announced plans to construct a $2 billion hemp plant stover waste to-biofuel plant in the BCR industrial area. The plant is expected to produce between 60to 120 million lpy.

Few details were given . The announcement was made on a live Facebook video stream with the BC Resources Coalition. (Source: BC Hemp Corp,, Facebook, 22 May, 2020) Contact: BC Hemp , Remi Balaj, Pres., 250-596-1150, info@bchempcorporation.ca, www.bchempcorporation.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hemp. Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  


Trinidad-Tobago Granted $5Mn for Low-Carbon Research (Int'l,Funding)
Trinidad-Tobago
Date: 2020-05-22
In Port of Spain, the Trinidad-Tobago Ministry of Planning Development is reporting receipt of $5 million in grant funding under the Global Environmental Facility (GEF for a national project on the development of low-carbon refrigeration and air conditioning technologies.

The project, led by the National Ozone Unit -- Environmental Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Planning and Development, will help the country in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to climate change. The project will also deliver global environmental benefits in terms of direct emission carbon dioxide equivalent (tO2eq) savings of at least 644,396 tCO2eq over the four-year period. Additionally, the project aims to fulfil Trinidad and Tobago's national priorities including: developing a resilient whole-of-government approach to climate change related disaster risk management and strengthening capacities to reduce risk; promoting energy efficiency and the efficient use of resources for increasing energy security through low-carbon alternative energy; and developing climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies .

The project will also aid in meeting international commitments under the Montreal Protocol and United Nations Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Source: Trinidad -Tobago Ministry of Planning, Loop News, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Trinidad -Tobago Ministry of Planning, +1 612 9700

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Ozone news,  


Willdan Energy Design Assistance Contract Renewed (Ind. Report)
Wildan,CenterPoint Energy
Date: 2020-05-22
Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group Inc. reports it has been selected by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy Inc. to continue implementing the Energy Design Assistance (EDA) Program. This latest contract is valued at $10 million over four years.

The EDA program provides commercial building owners within Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's service territory with energy expertise to encourage energy-efficient building design and construction. The program uses Willdan's real-time energy modeling software -- Net Energy Optimizer (NEO) -- to allow project teams to visualize the effects of energy efficiency measures. The program serves new commercial construction, additions, and major renovations over 20,000 square feet.

Willdan has served more than 900 buildings through this program to date, delivering 23 million therms and 550 million kWh in annual savings, according to the release. (Source: Wildan, PR , BusinessWire, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Xcel Energy, xcelenergy.com; Center Point Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com; Willdan Group, Inc. , Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300 , smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wildan,  CenterPoint Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


SBP Biomass Standards Review Underway (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Biomass Programme
Date: 2020-05-22
The Sustainable Biomass Programme (SBP) certification scheme reports the launch of its standards development process. As part of the process, SBP's six standards will be reviewed and revised by working groups, and revisions will be passed to a technical committee, prior to approval from the standards committee.

SBP-certified biomass accounted for a 61pc share of the EU-28 industrial wood pellet market, with 11.95mn t of biomass with SBP claims traded in 2019. There are now just over 270 SBP certificate holders in 25 countries, up from 210 at the end of 2019.

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and wood chips used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP was launched in 2015. (Source: Sustainable Biomass Program, Argus, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Biomass Progra , Melanie Wedgbury, +44 (0)7734 793279, mkwedgbury@sbp-cert.org, www.sbp-cert.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  


Con Edison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2020-05-22
In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

The program aims to help ConEd customers reduce their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and continue its support of electric vehicle adoption, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed Con Edison's Clean Energy Commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Tenaska's 242-MW Missouri Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Tenaska
Date: 2020-05-22
Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska reports its 242-MW Clear Creek Energy Center wind farm in Northwest Missouri, is now in operation The facility incorporates 111 Vestas turbines across approximately 31,000 acres.

The $300 million wind farm produces renewable energy under a 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri, that provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives. The wind farm is owned by Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, which is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Bright Canyon Energy. Construction of the wind farm began in spring 2019. Vestas, a global wind turbine manufacturer, supplied the wind turbines and is providing maintenance services for the project. Mortenson was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. (Source: Tenaska, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenaska,  Wind,  Mortenson,  


Quinbrook Announces Primergy Solar Launch (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-05-20
Oakland, California-based low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is reporting the launch of Primergy Solar LLC, a new portfolio company to acquire, develop and operate distributed and utility scale solar PV and battery energy storage projects across North America.

Primergy will continue to pursue Quinbrook's established low-carbon investment strategy in the U.S. power markets, making direct investments from early-stage development through acquisitions of operational assets as both primary sponsor and in joint venture with our family of project development partners, according to the release. (Source: Quinbrrok Infrastructure Partners, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Quinbrook - Primertgy Solar, David Saybrook, www.quinbrook.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,  Solar,  


Sungrow Supplying Inverters to Oman PV Plant Project (Int'l.)
Sungrow
Date: 2020-05-20
Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, reports it will supply 1500V SG250HX inverter solutions to the 500 MWac IBRI II project in Oman. The delivery of inverter solutions will commence in Q2 this year.

The IBRI II PV project is an Independent Power Project (IPP) to be developed on a BOO (build, own, operate) basis. The $400 million project is located roughly 300 km west of Muscat is expected to come online in the summer of 2021 when it will supply power to state-owned utility Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) under a 15-year contract. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Sungrow, www.sungrowpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow,  Solar,  


HEROS Act Includes Renewable Fuel Reimbursement (Ind. Report)
Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group
Date: 2020-05-20
In the nation's capital on May 12, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES) which would make emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2020.

HEROS addresses various issues, including the introduction of a Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program that would make payments to eligible entities that experienced market losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020, and May 1, 2020. Eligible entities include facilities that produced renewable fuel or advanced biofuel in calendar year 2019. The amount of payment to an eligible entity will be the sum of $0.45 multiplied by the number of gallons of qualified fuel produced in that period. Should a determination be made that an entity was unable to produce qualified fuel for one or more months during the applicable period due to the pandemic, $0.45 multiplied by 50 pct of the number of gallons produced in the corresponding month in 2019 will be paid. (Source: Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, 202-833-6580, www.braginfo.org


Ontario Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-op Unplugged (Ind. Report)
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative
Date: 2020-05-20
In Canada, the farmer-owned Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) which was originally formed to develop new processing opportunities for crop residues like corn stover and wheat straw -- one of the main opportunities for crop biomass derived from a once-proposed sugar refinery in Sarnia, Ontario to be constructed by Comet Bio, has pulled the plug.

Originally, 118 Sarnia area growers signed on to the project and committed 30,000 acres in total. CSPC initially developed a business model for the aggregation, transportation and storage of corn stover and wheat straw, was validated with field demonstrations and received financial support from the federal government through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

In closing, the organization noted "The market just wasn't as valorized for cellulosic fibre and other products. They were just a little short on some of the financing. We didn't want to continue without an actual plan to invest. The idea was, let's close it down before we start losing any money." It also noted the knowledge generated from the endeavor will be retained by Bioindustrial Innovations Canada -- the overarching non-profit agency working with CSPC to develop its markets. (Source Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Farmtario, 14 May, 2020) Contact: Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative, www.bincanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Cellulosic,  Bioindustrial Innovations Canada,  


SilconAurora Touts Aussie Solar Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
1414 Degrees
Date: 2020-05-20
Further to our 2nd August, 2019 coverage, Australian energy storage developer 1414 Degrees -- the melting point of silicon -- reports the planned mid-2021 opening of the 70-MW first stage of its molten silicon energy storage technology at its SiliconAurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia. The company plans a 400 MW solar farm and one gigawatt of energy storage to be deployed in a number of stages to reduce risk.

According to SiliconAurora CEO Marie Pavlik, "the Aurora project is in a unique position to demonstrate thermal energy storage at large-scale and prove it to our global market." Pavlik noted the first stage of the project would be 70MW of solar PV opened in mid-2021, to be followed by a pilot TESS-GRID storage system utilizing the company's TESS molten silicon technology. (Source: 1414 Degrees, AuManufacturing, 18 May, 2020) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au, www.1414degrees.com.au/siliconaurora

More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


UIPA, RMP Announce Energy Efficiency Agreement (ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-20
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are reporting a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation agreement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area.

The two organizations will share data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are also anticipated. (Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU ETS Auctions Going On Line in 2021 (Int'l.Ind. Report)
European Commission
Date: 2020-05-20
The European Commission (EC) is reporting its EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) platforms could start hosting permit sales online from 2021.

Auctions will be held on behalf of 25 EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The auctions take place on the European Energy Exchange (EEX) platform. (Source: EUObserver, Reuters 18 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  


Praj, Sekab E-Technology Partner on Advanced Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Praj Industries,Sekab E-Technology
Date: 2020-05-20
Praj Industries and Ornskoldsvik, Sweden-based Sekab E-Technology AB are reporting an agreement to cooperatively upgrade and commercialize technology to produce advanced biofuels and bio-chemicals from forest residue as feedstock. As a part of this cooperation,

The partnership will facilitate CO2 reduction by offering Bio-mobility solutions for the transportation industry in the form of advanced biofuels produced from softwood. Praj's Bio-Mobility platform promotes the use of renewable resources to produce low carbon transportation fuel modes of mobility, namely surface, air and water, according to Praj, a global process solutions company offering solutions to add significant value to bio-energy facilities, compressed biogas plants, wastewater treatment systems and others.

Sekab is a Swedish Chemistry and Cleantex company that refine ethanol into biofuels and chemicals and develops biorefinery technology for new sustainable product possibilities based on cellulose raw materials, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Ind., Business Standard, 18 May, 2020)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, Jayant Godbole, Pres., Praj Americas, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Sekab E-Technology AB, +46 (0)660-793 00, info@sekab.com, www.sekab.com/en/products-services/biorefinery

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Advanced Biofuel,  


PSE, Klickitat PUD Ink RNG Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy,Klickitat Public Utility District
Date: 2020-05-20
Bellvue, Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is reporting an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) from Klickitat Public Utility District (PUD) from July 2020 to June 2040. Klickitat PUD has been a leader in the renewable energy sector for more than 20 years. The RNG will be produced at the H.W. Hill Renewable Gas facility in Roosevelt, Washington. The volume of energy produced at the facility is the equivalent of 18 million gpy of gasoline.

Under the first phase of the agreement, PSE will purchase around 550,000 dekatherms (dth) per year for the first three years. In the second phase, PSE will purchase around 1.65-1.9 million dth per year, which could grow to 2.5 million for the remainder of the contract. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Bioenergy Insights, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Klickitat PUD, Dan Gunkel, Board President, 509-493-2255, www.klickitat.com; PSE, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy,  RNG,  


Climate Change and COVID-19 Pandemic -- Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2020-05-20
"The extent to which world leaders consider climate change when planning their economic responses post COVID-19 will influence the global CO2 emissions paths for decades to come.

"Opportunities exist to make real, durable, changes and be more resilient to future crises, by implementing economic stimulus packages that also help meet climate targets, especially for mobility, which accounts for half the decrease in emissions during confinement." -- Prof. Corinne Le Quere , University of East Anglia, May, 2020) Contact: Prof. Corinne Le Quere, www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Chnage news,  


EC to Release Broad Bioenergy, Woody Biomass Strategy (Int'l.)
EC,EU,Woody Biomass
Date: 2020-05-20
The European Commission (EC) reports it plans to "push a transformative approach to all forms of bioenergy -- including biofuels and woody biomass -- as part of a biodiversity strategy aimed at continuously assessing biomass supply and demand at EU and global level in order to "ensure that EU biomass-related policies are sustainable." The draft strategy plan, which includes the use of forest biomass for energy production, is expected to be released today, 20 May.

That strategy is expected to focus on the conservation of old-growth forests, which are considered the most valuable for biodiversity and climate protection. Under the strategy, at least 10 pct of land will have to be protected.

The EU's biodiversity strategy will not become legislation legislation until 2021, when the Commission revises key EU laws, such as the EU's Renewable Energy Directive, and the Regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 18 May, 2020) Contact: EC, Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


Packaging Firm Smurfit Kappa Cuts Emission 32 pct (Ind. Report)
Smurfit Kappa
Date: 2020-05-20
Dublin, Ireland-based paper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa reports significant progress in reducing its relative CO2 emissions according to its just published 13th annual Sustainable Development Report (SDR) .

The company reported a 32.9 pct reduction in fossil CO2 emission intensity between 2005 and 2019. The company's current target calls for a 40 pct reduction by 2030, using a 2005 baseline. (Source: Smurfit Kappa, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Smurfit Kappa, www.smurfitkappa.com

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ITM Power Launches ITM Motive Energy Storage Div. (Int'l.)
ITM Power
Date: 2020-05-20
North Yorkshire-based ITM Power Ltd. has launched ITM Motive, a separate new business division for the management of the company's energy storage and network of eight publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations, which will expand to 11 by the end of 2020.

ITM Power has received UK and EU funding to support construction and deployment costs and has signed an agreement with Shell to deploy the technology on its forecourts. (Source: ITM Power, Website, May, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, Dr Duncan Yellen, Managing Dir., +44(0)114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

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New York City Green Roof Mandate and Grant Program (Attached)
New York City Green Roof
Date: 2020-05-20
In 2019 New York City passed the Climate Mobilization Act by New York City Council, a suite of legislation to combat the existential threat of climate change, targeting the development of clean energy infrastructure, greenhouse gas reduction, and improvements to ecosystem services through the implementation of green roofs city-wide .

New York City Green Roof Mandate and Grant Program details are HERE. (Source: living Architecture, 18 May, 2020)

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ConEdison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
Consolidated Edison
Date: 2020-05-20
In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

The program aims to help ConEdison customers cut their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and other upgrades and initiatives, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed ConEdison's commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020) Contact: ConEdison, www.conedsolutions.com

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GE Supplying Turbines for Fina Enerji Turkish Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
General Electric,Fina Enerji
Date: 2020-05-20
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply Fina Enerji with 52 of its 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines totaling 193 MW -- sufficient to power roughly 195,000 Turkish homes -- for four wind farms in Turkey. The 156 blades will be manufactured at GE’s LM Wind Power factory in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. The sale includes a 15-years service agreement.

To date, GE has an installed base of 1.2 GW of wind energy in Turkey and has built 500 wind turbines in the country, including the 350 MW of onshore wind energy projects that Fina Enerji and GE Renewable Energy have built together. (Source: GE, PR reve, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Fina Enerji, www.finaenerji.com

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Tenaska's 242-MW Missouri Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Tenaska
Date: 2020-05-20
Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska reports its 242-MW Clear Creek Energy Center wind farm in Northwest Missouri, is now in operation The facility incorporates 111 Vestas turbines across approximately 31,000 acres.

The $300 million wind farm produces renewable energy under a 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri, that provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives. The wind farm is owned by Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, which is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Bright Canyon Energy. Construction of the wind farm began in spring 2019. Vestas, a global wind turbine manufacturer, supplied the wind turbines and is providing maintenance services for the project. Mortenson was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. (Source: Tenaska, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO Mortenson

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Vestas Wins 46 MW E-Connection Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,E-Connection
Date: 2020-05-19
Danish wind turbine specialist Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from Bunnik, Netherlands- headquartered wind power project developer E-Connection for 11 turbines totaling 46 MW for the first phase of the Oosterscheldekering Wind Optimization project that consists of the four waterfront wind parks -- Binnenhaven, Roggeplaat-West, Noordland Buiten and Vluchthaven -- in the province of Zeeland where high wind conditions are common.

The project is a mix of new and replacement turbines including nine V136-4.2 MW turbines and two V117-4.2 MW turbines with site-specific towers, combined with a 15-year Active Output Management (AOM 4000) service contract. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 13 May, 2020) Contact: E-Connection, +31 (0) 30 659 8000, +31 (0) 30 659 8001 - fax, info@e-connection.n', www.e-connection.nl; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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Notable Quote -- Shell VP Comments on CCS
Shell Oil
Date: 2020-05-19
"CCS is a crucial technology to help society and economies thrive through the energy transition. We appreciate the leadership shown by the Norwegian government to accelerate the development of CCS value chains and believe that the Northern Lights carbon dioxide  solution has the potential to unlock investment in capture projects across Europe." -- Syrie Crouch, CCS VP, Shell Oil

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Pivot Energy Completes IREA Solar Installation (Ind Report)
Pivot Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Denver-based commercial and community solar provider Pivot Energy is reporting completion of a 431 kW solar carport installation for the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) in Sedalia, Colorado.

Pivot Energy contracted supplied the design, procurement, and construction management services for the solar carport installation. (Source: Pivot Energy, Solar Builder, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Intermountain Rural Electric Association, 800-332-9540, www.irea.coop; Pivot Energy, Rick Hunter, CEO, 888-734-3033, www.pivotenergy.net

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TOTAL, Equinor, Shell Agree on Carbon Capture Network (Int'l.)
TOTAL, Equinor, Shell
Date: 2020-05-19
International Energy giants Equinor, Shell and TOTAL are reporting agreement on the planned $685 million Northern Lights -- North Sea carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

The project to be located off the Norwegian coast would capture and sequester 5 million tpy of CO2 from some of the EU's heaviest emitters.

A final investment decision on the project hinges on approval by the Norwegian authorities and rubber-stamping by the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

"The Northern Lights project could become the first step to develop a value chain for CCS, which is vital to reach the global climate goals of the Paris Agreement," according to Equinor Exec.VP Anders Opedal. (Source: Total, Equinor, Shell Oil, ReCharge, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com

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100 MW Ontario Nation Rise Wind Farm Back on Track (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2020-05-19
EDP Renewables (EDPR) Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDPR, reports the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) has granted EDPR's judicial review application and reinstated the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 100-MW, 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm in the Municipality of North Stormont, Ontario.

The Nation Rise Wind Farm was under construction when the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, revoked the project's REA last Dec effectively halting the wind project. (Source: EDP Renewables, 13 May, 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

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Higher Biofuel Blends Infrastructure Grants Offered (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2020-05-19
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the launch of an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants.

USDA plans to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. The funds will be directly available to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure.

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program details HERE. Application information HERE.

(Source: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, 15 May, 2020) Contact: USDA, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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Eni, CDP Equity Waste-to-Fuel JV EU Approved (Int'l. Report)
Eni SpA ,CDP Equity
Date: 2020-05-19
The European Commission (EC) reports it has given to nod to Rome-headquartered oil and gas company Eni SpA and domestic investment fund CDP Equity SpA for the formation of CircularIT, a waste-to-energy joint venture that would construct municipal waste-water reuse and biofuel plants.

Under the terms, CDP Equity will own 51 pct of the new entity, and Eni Rewind, a subsidiary of the energy company, will hold the remaining 49 pct. (Source: EC, CDP Equity, May, 20200 Contact: CDP Equity, www.en.cdpequity.it; Eni SpA, www.eni.com

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Scout Clean Energy 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy reports it will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County, Washington for its 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm project south of Kennewick later this year.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022.

Horse Heaven Wind Farm is subject to regulatory review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Facebook, Tri Cities Journal of Business, May, 2020)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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Intel Targets 100 pct Renewables, Zero-Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Intel
Date: 2020-05-19
According to Santa Clara, California-headquartered Intel's just released environmental goals for 2030 the company aims to rely on renewable energy for all of its global electricity use and eliminate the trash and emissions by the end of the decade, or sooner.

To that end, is already recycling more than 90 pct of its trash, sending almost no hazardous waste to landfills, slashed its greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 30 percent since 2010 and plans to shave another 10 pct of the CO2 from its factories and generated from its electricity use -- 2.79 million metric tons in 2019. The company purchases enough renewable energy to cover more than 70 pct of its electricity use worldwide. (Source: Intel, The Verge, 14 May, 2020) Contact: Intel,www.intel.com

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Bio-bean Processing Coffee Ground Biofuel, Pellets (Int'l. Report)
Bio-bean
Date: 2020-05-19
In the UK, Cambridgeshire-based Bio-bean reports it is recycling roughly 7,000 tpy of used coffee grounds into solid pellet or log fuels for household and industrial use.

The coffee pellets burn about 20 pct hotter and 20 pct longer than wood logs, according to the company. Bio-bean's commercial biomass pellets are certified by the UK's Sustainable Fuel Register, while the coffee logs have "lower particulate emissions than most wood logs," the company notes.

Bio-bean has raised more than $7 million in funding since it's 2013 launch. was founded in 2013. (Source: Bio-bean, CNN, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Bio-bean, George May, CEO, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com

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Total Exploring Quantum Algorithms for CO2 Capture (Ind. Report)
TOTAL
Date: 2020-05-19
Paris-based energy giant TOTAL reports it is partnering with UK start-up Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to develop new quantum algorithms to improve Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) materials and technologies.

TOTAL presently invests up to 10 pct of its $1 billion annual R&D effort on CCS related technologies and initiatives. TOTAL is working on nanoporous materials (adsorbents) that could eventually be used to trap the CO2 emitted by the Group's industrial operations or those of other major emitters. Absorbents could also be used to capture CO2 directly from the air (Direct Air Capture or DAC).

(Source: TOTAL, PR, Business Wire, 15 May, 2020) Contact: TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com; Cambridge Quantum Computing, www.cambridgequantum.com

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Siemens Gamesa Expanding Taiwan Wind Turbine Facility (Int'l.)
iemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Further to our 15 Nov. 2019 report, Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (SGRE) is reporting plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan to deliver turbines for the Hai Long 2 wind farm with which it has a preferred supplier agreement.

The Hai Long offshore wind farm project is being developed by Toronto-based Northland Power Inc and Singapore's Yushan Energy Pte . SGRE is to supply wind turbines for the latter's 300 MW wind farm off the coast of Changhua County. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Taipei Times, 16 May, 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, www.siemensgamesa.com; Northland Power Inc., (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Yushan Energy, www.yushanenergy.com

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