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UK DfT Announces Biofuel Projects Funding (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2020-01-06
In London, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has announced funding for four British plants producing biofuels from feedstock including household waste, unused straw from farmland and old wood.

According to the DfT release, two of the projects are being funded under the government's £20 million Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been awarded a share of £6.5 million for the production of biofuel for trucks. The KEW project will also begin research on aviation biofuel.

Tow additional projects being funded under the £25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC) are in the final stages of development. This includes Nova Pangaea Technologies which will focus on the production of bio-ethanol from wood waste that can be blended with existing petrol used in road transport.

These latest investments build on the government's push to go further and faster to harness innovation, drive down emissions and improve air quality -- including through the ground-breaking Transport Decarbonisation Plan which will set out plans to end the UK's transport emissions by 2050, according to the DfT website. (Source: Gov. of UK, DfT Website, Jan., 2019)Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  


Portland 10th on U.S. Sustainable Cities List (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2019-12-16
A recent CommercialCafe study ranking the top 50 U.S. cities on CO2 emissions reductions, air quality improvements, improvements in air quality, the number of US GReen Building Council LEED certifications, growth in environmentally focused occupations, ratings given by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and other related factors has rated top ten 10 U.S. cities making the most progress toward sustainability. According to the study , Washington, D.C. leads followed by New York City, Denver, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon, in that order. (Source: CommercialCafe, KATU News, 14 Dec., 2019) Contact: CommercialCafe, www.commercialcafe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Europe's Largest "Green" Wall Planned for London (Int'l Report)
Green Wall
Date: 2019-11-22
In the UK, plans have been submitted to the City of London to build Citicape House, including a 40,000 square feet exterior "green" wall incorporating more than 400,000 plants -- Europe's largest.

The "green" wall is projected to capture over 8 tpy ofcarbon, produce 6 tpy of oxygen, lower the local temperature by three to five degrees Celsius, and significantly improve local air quality by trapping approximately 500 kg per year of particulate matter.

Citicape House, designed by architecture firm Sheppard Robson, will feature a five-star hotel, 40,000 square-feet of workspace, a sky bar, meeting and events space, a spa, a restaurant, and various other spaces. (Source: Shepard Robson Architects, electrek, 20 Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Wall,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


Velocys Delivers on Japanese Biorefinery Project (Int'l.)
Velocys, Toyo Engineering
Date: 2019-11-20
Further to our 19 Sept. coverage, UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports the delivery of Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst to Toyo Engineering Corp. in Nagoya, Japan, for use in a biomass-to-jet fuel demonstration facility bio-jet fuel facility being developed by a consortium of Japanese companies.

Velocys enables sustainable fuels for aviation and heavy goods transport, using waste materials, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. Combining transformative technology, operational expertise and a partnership approach, we are working on commercial projects, today, that deliver the fuels of tomorrow, according to the company website. (Source: Velocys, PR, Biomass, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; Toyo Engineering, www.toyo-eng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toyo Engineering,  Velocys,  Fischer-Tropsch ,  


Aviation Emissions' Impacts On Air Quality Larger Than On Climate, study Concludes (Ind. Report)
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Date: 2019-11-11
In the Bay State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are reporting that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to air quality as to the climate.

The study notes reducing one type of emission can come at the cost of increasing another, either in absolute terms or by limiting potential reductions offered by new technology. The researchers applied the metrics to evaluate the effects of a global expansion in aviation, consistent in magnitude with its current annual growth, then used this as a benchmark for three scenarios: they considered a growth scenario with fuel efficiency increases and reductions in NOx emissions factors consistent with 10-year goals; they evaluated the trade-offs between the climate and air quality impacts of engine-based NOx emissions reductions; re-assessed the climate and air quality trade-offs of jet fuel desulphurization.

According to lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Eastham: "Three components are responsible for 97 pct of climate and air quality damages per unit aviation fuel burn -- air quality impacts of NOx at 58 pct, climate impacts of CO2 at 25 pct, and climate impacts of contrails at 14 pct. It is important to note that 86 pct of the NOx impacts on air quality are due to the emissions from cruise as opposed to the landing and takeoff cycle.

"To reduce the climate impacts of aviation, measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and contrails are likely to have the greatest net climate benefit. In contrast, 94 pct of air quality impacts are driven by NOx. This suggests that measures aimed at reducing NOx emissions during cruise could lead to the greatest net benefits", Eastham added.

"Finally, we found the air quality impacts of aviation emissions significantly exceed the climate impacts, with air quality impacts being 1.7 to 4.4 times higher than the climate impact per unit of fuel burn," he concluded. (Source: MIT, Eurasia Review, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Sebastian Eastham, Lead Researcher, 617-258-7537 www.aeroastro.mit.edu

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


Marquette BLP Touts Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Marquette Board of Light and Power
Date: 2019-10-28
In Michigan, the Marquette Board of Light and Power (BLP) is working to spread the word about the statewide energy optimization program that can provide rebates for consumers who purchase energy-efficient items, such as LED light bulbs or ENERGY STAR rated appliances.

From 2008 to 2017 the rebate program generated significant customer savings and reduced BLP customers' electric usage by over 31.3 million kWh and saving customers over $17 million in energy costs. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, saving 31.3 million equates to burning 24,188,356 pounds of coal or consuming 51,226 barrels of oil, according to the EPA.

This energy optimization program is part of a larger statewide effort that stems from Public Act 295 of 2008, which expanded energy efficiency efforts, supported the development of clean and renewable energy and aimed to improve air quality through a number of measures. Beyond saving energy at homes and businesses, the program also helps BLP reduce the need for costly new generation equipment.

Marquette BLP is one of 13 municipal and cooperative utilities that is part of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association collaborative -- a group of electric service providers that offer energy optimization programs. (Source: BLP, PR, Mining Journal, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: BLP. Toby Smith, Customer Service Manager, 906-228-0311, www.mplb.org, www.michigan-energy.org/utility/Marquette; Michigan Electric Cooperative Association, 517-351-6322, www.meca.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR ,  


EnergyX Touts Southern California Public Utilities Energy Savings Success (Ind. Report)
EnergyX Solutions
Date: 2019-10-28
Canadian SaaS company EnergyX Solutions is reporting its MIT award-winning online energy audit MyEnergyXpert is now being utilized by the City of Colton Electric Utility, Azusa Light & Water and Imperial Irrigation District in California.

California's energy performance standards to keep energy costs down even as the per-unit cost of energy increases are being validated by a decrease in both energy and carbon intensity.

EnergyX's AI-powered software technology determines how a building is using energy and identifies ways it can improve its overall performance. This helps utilities meet their commitments to drive customer engagement, program uptake and achieve environmental targets related to carbon emissions and air quality. (Source: EnergyX Solutions, PR, Valdosta Daily Times, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: EnergyX Solutions, Deepesh Kumar, 587-710-1494, www.energyxsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyX Solutions,  Energy Audit,  Energy Efficiency ,  


China Projected to Triple Biofuel Production by 2024 (Int'l. Report)
IEA
Date: 2019-10-23
According to the Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency's Renewables 2019 Report, the world total biofuel output is forecast to increase 25 pct by 2024. In 2018, production grew at its fastest pace for five years, propelled by a surge in Brazil's ethanol output. Overall, Asia accounts for half of the growth, as its ambitious biofuel mandates aimed at reinforcing energy security boost demand for agricultural commodities and improve air quality.

China is set to have the largest biofuel production growth of any country. The rollout of 10 pct ethanol blending in a growing number of provinces and increasing investments in production capacity drive a tripling of ethanol production by 2024. Brazil registers the second largest growth, boosted by the introduction of the Renovabio programme in 2020. The United States and Brazil still deliver two-thirds of total biofuel production in 2024. (Source: IEA Renewables 2019 Report, Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  ,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  China Biofuel,  


Climate Change Outpaces Renewables Boom -- Notable Quote
IEA
Date: 2019-10-23
"Renewables are already the world's second largest source of electricity, but their deployment still needs to accelerate if we are to achieve long-term climate, air quality and energy access goals" -- Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change ,  Dr Fatih Birol,  IEA,  


UK Planning Tougher New Home Green Bldg. Regulations (Int'l.)
Green Building
Date: 2019-10-16
In London, the UK Housing Secretary reports the Government plans to implement a new green standard for homes.

An impact assessment of the new green standard backed a 30 pct improvement on energy standards for new dwellings compared with 2013 as its "preferred option.". The assessment noted the new plans would deliver "a world-leading performance standard incorporating low-carbon heat in new homes by 2025."

The higher-level new standards are estimated to cost £10.46 billion over 70 years. Improvements would be sought via tougher building regulations based on overall carbon performance and primary energy targets, with mandatory energy efficiency requirements, improvements to ventilation and air-tightness standards.

However, the 30 pct improvement in energy efficiency and carbon reductions was estimated to deliver £7.7 billion in energy savings via lower heating bills as well as £3.3 billion in non-financial benefits such as carbon savings and air quality savings in the same period. The proposed changes could come into force in 2025. as part of plans to deliver on climate change targets. (Source: UK Housing Secretary, Inside Housing, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: UK Minstry of Housing, https://twitter.com › mhclg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Google's EIE to Help Cut Air Pollution, CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Google
Date: 2019-10-11
Tech giant Google has announced is touting Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE)⁠, a new tool that uses Google's global mapping data to help gauge and reduce carbon emissions and measure renewable energy potential across cities.

The EIE will initially be available in Europe starting with Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, with Wolverhampton and Coventry to follow soon. Copenhagen will get what Google is calling "hyperlocal, street-level air quality data" as part of EIE Labs, which will help streamline and optimize action against climate change by piloting climate-focused datasets. Dublin has already been utilizing the new tool to help track emissions from transportation modes.

Review EIE details HERE. (Source: Google, Oct., 2019) Contact: Google EIE Lab, insights.sustainability.google/labs

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


Manchester NHS Organizations Declare Climate Emergency (Int'l)
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership,
Date: 2019-09-06
In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) organizations in Greater Manchester have declared a "climate emergency" and committed to far-ranging action to "slash carbon emissions and avert predicted illness and disease." Greater Manchester is the first integrated care system -- defined as NHS bodies and council social care working together -- in the country to declare a climate emergency.

The joint Manchester NHS organizations will develop and agree upon that will meet its obligations under the Climate Change Act, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Manchester NHS organizations will also support pledges made to the Greater Manchester Five Year Plan for the Environment, -- the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership -- which will build on existing work already underway to cut the harmful impact of NHS activity on the environment, such as cutting carbon emissions from energy use by improving efficiency and using low-carbon sources. It will also work with partners to improve local transport around NHS sites, to improve air quality and cut the impact of supply chain transport and encourage reducing waste, managing waste better and reusing or recycling. (Source: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, PharmaTimes, 3rd September 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, www.gmhsc.org.uk

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


US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-08-28
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homes; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


UK Clean Alt Fuels R&D Funding Announced (Int'l, Funding)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Date: 2019-08-28
In London, the UK government reports £300 million will be spent on the development of "green" transportation.

As part of the initiative, five new transport research networks will each receive £5 million for their work developing cleaner fuels and other tech innovations to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

The new transport research networks will be led by the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds, the University of Durham, Cardiff University and University College London with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). (Source: Air Quality News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, +44 0 1793 444000, www.epsrc.ukri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fual,  Alternative Fuel,  Clean Transportation ,  


Corvus to Intro Battery Power in Carnival Cruise Ships (Ind. Report)
Corvus Energy
Date: 2019-08-26
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is reporting its German brand AIDA Cruises has inked an agreement with marine battery and energy storage specialist Corvus Energy for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet in 2020. The aim is to test stored battery power for emission-free ship operation for an extended period as well as to meet onboard energy needs.

Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is a pioneer in the development of maritime energy storage systems. The introduction of battery power to ships is the latest in a series of innovations that supports Carnival's "green cruising" strategy, which includes the introduction of new technologies, approaches and investments in sustainability.

In total, Carnival Corporation has 10 next-generation "green" cruise ships on order and is pioneering the use of ship-board Advanced Air Quality Systems "scrubbers" , the CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources through its "Power-to-Gas" project, and the use of LNG fuels. (Source: Carnival Corp., PR, 26 Aug., 2019)Contact: Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

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


Miami Business School Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-08-21
Coral Gables and West Palm Beach, FL: (August 19, 2019) In the Sunshine State, the Miami Business School, located on the University of Miami Coral Cables campus, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). The project is the first LEED v4.1 OM higher-education building in the State.

Energy deficiency and sustainable design features of the 163,885 square foot facility include:

  • the building is 30 pct more energy efficient than the national average of university college buildings;

  • more than 90 pct LED lighting, in-room air quality sensors, audio/visual and tele-presence technology, and automatic window shading;

  • an average of 60 pct of the waste generated is recycled and/or reused;

  • a comprehensive carbon-footprint assessment of student and faculty transportation was completed to help meet transportation needs;

  • indoor air-quality testing was conducted to quantify levels of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. (Source: Miami Business School, University of Miami, Florida Trends, 19 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Miami Business School, University of Miami, 305-284-4643, www.bus.miami.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


  • Moody AFB, Schneider Elec. Ink $11.2Mn, ESPC Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Moody Air Force Base
    Date: 2019-08-09
    The USAF Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County, Georgia reports inking an $11.2 million energy efficiency and infrastructure improvement project energy savings performance contract (ESPC) contract with Schneider Electric that is expected to generate more than $21 million in energy savings over the next 23 years.

    The project includes a 2.5 MW on-site solar array that will allow the base to move away from nuclear, coal and gas energy sources, as well as:

  • expands the base's energy management controls system (EMCS) for increased visibility of energy use;

  • upgrades and replaces current interior and exterior lighting systems with LED technology;

  • updates HVAC/Variable Frequency Drive systems to improve air quality and comfort for airmen;

  • replaces transformers for enhanced energy efficiency and added resilience and reliability.

    The project is expected to be completed within 18 months.(Source: Moody Air Force Base, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Moody Air Force Base, Don Montgomery, Energy Manager, 229-257-4211, www.military.com/base-guide/moody-air-force-base/contact/welcome--visitors-center/7293; Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  Schneider Electric,  Solar,  Energy Management,  


  • China's Ethanol Policy Remains Muddled, says USDA (Int'l. Report)
    USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
    Date: 2019-08-09
    Although Beijing's push to improve air quality is emerging as the major driver for expanded fuel ethanol production and use, Chinas ethanol policy in 2019 remains a patchwork of provincial and municipal-level policies, according to a USDA report.

    China's central and provincial authorities have not renewed subsidies for ethanol production. Without clear incentives and enforceable compliance measures, the country's ethanol industry will struggle to raise the level of biofuels use in transportation fuels to meet China's E10 goal by 2020. As a result of restrictive ethanol investment and trade policies, China will most likely achieve a blend rate of only 3.0 to 3.5 pct by 2020. Biodiesel remains neglected except for a limited program in Shanghai, the USDA report claims. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, GAIN Network, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, gain.fas.usda.gov


    LA Touts Sustainability pLAn 2019 Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
    LosAngeles
    Date: 2019-07-10
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting his Sustainability pLAn 2019, a "Green New Deal" to help the city of approximately 4 million residents deal with climate change.

    The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.

    Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.

    Download the Sustainability pLAn 2019 HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, City Watch, July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change ,  


    UK's £1bn Bioethanol Ind. at Risk, claims APPG Report (Int'l Report)
    All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol is reporting release of its its interim Introducing E10 in the UK report considering the to barriers to the introduction of E10 ethanol blended transportation fuel into the UK. The report notes:
  • The UK economy will likely lose its £1 billion ($1,272,225,000 US) bioethanol industry without the introduction of E10 by 2020 at the latest, and will continue to decline and likely disappear.

  • Introducing E10 would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, saving the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road.

  • Petrol fuel sales volumes in the UK are now increasing, due to the decreasing popularity of diesel cars. With widespread adoption of electric vehicles still decades away, the use of increasing blends of biofuels in petrol to make cars greener and cleaner must be a priority.

  • E10, or a higher blend of bioethanol, could help tackle the UK's air quality problems and health issues caused by high particulate levels.

  • If the British bioethanol industry is lost, the UK is unlikely to attract further investment, including for the next generation of biofuels and enhanced animal feed co-products, which would deliver further economic and environmental benefits.

  • Lose of the UK Biofuels industry could also increases the country's dependence on imported biofuels, force British farmers to source animal feed from less sustainable sources, and contribute the the UK missing its fuels quality directive target -- 4 pct rising to 6 pct in 2020 -- and miss its GHG emissions targets. (Source: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, June, 2019) Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com/about-the-appg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


  • India Launches Emissions Cap-and-Trade System (Int'l. Report)
    Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In New Delhi, the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reporting the launch of a pilot, market-based air polltion and emissions cap-and-trade programme in Gujarat, State. The programme is being initiated in Surat, a heavily populated industrial centre with significant emissions and air pollution.

    The emissions trading programme incorporates continuous emissions monitoring systems to track industry emissions in real time. About 350 Surat area industries have installed continuous emissions monitoring systems, the data from which will be used to implement and carry out industrial pollution audits and set incentives to encourage compliance.

    The Gujarat programme is the first in the world to regulate particulate air pollution, the single-largest threat to human health globally according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). (Source: Gujarat Pollution Control Board, livemint, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Gujarat Pollution Control Board, gpcb.gujarat.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  


    HM3 Bioenergy Biomass Plant Plan Scores USFS Funding (Funding)
    USFS,HM3 Energy,
    Date: 2019-06-05
    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is reporting the issuance of grant funding to Gresham, Oregon-based HM3 Energy, a company focused on biomass energy, for a feasibility study for a $4 million woody biomass fired power plant in northern Arizona.

    HM3 Energy's torrefaction technology converts biomass such as wood or grain into a coal-like material, according to the company.

    The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and range lands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.

    HM3 Energy's torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this "biomass bottleneck" by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip, according to the company website. (Source: HM3 Energy, KJZZ/Rio Salado College, 3 June, 2019) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, (503) 674-3380, www.hm3energy.com; U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.fed.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HM3 Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  USFS,  


    EPA Now Allows E15 Ethanol Blend Summer Sales (Reg & Leg Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Today in Washington, the US EPA announced the ending a summertime ban on the E15 blend imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend. Until the change, the only ethanol blend fuel typically found in summer months was a 10 pct (E10) ethanol blend . The move may well be challenged by environmental groups on the grounds that the U.S. Clean Air Act disallows year-round E15 sales over smog and air quality concerns.

    The change removes a barrier to wider sales of E15 and is expected to expand the market for ethanol -- although immediate effects on the market are expected to be minimal since only about 1,000 to 1,500 of more than 150,000 U.S. gas stations currently sell the higher-ethanol blend, according to the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. (Source: EPA, PBS New, 31 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  


    Hong Kong "Green Bond" Looking to Raise $1Bn (Int'l Report)
    Hong Kong
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Reuters is reporting the former British colony of Hong Kong is looking to raise $500 million to $1 billion through a five-year "green bond" issuance that will help establish Hong Kong as a "green finance" center for investment in "environmentally friendly" projects.

    The bond is the first to be issued under Hong Kong's HK$100 billion ($12.74 billion) green bond program to fund projects around clean transportation, air quality improvement and green buildings.

    "Green bond" issuance worldwide to date this year stands at $41.3 billion, $12 billion of which was raised in Asia. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  


    Green Valley News Comments on Arizona Energy Efficiency Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-13
    With the approaching demise of Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, the Arizona Corporation Commission should note that from 2010-17, every $1 of ratepayer money invested in energy efficiency by Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power returned about $4 in benefits to ratepayers. The Standard also helped reduce water consumption and contributed to job creation.

    The standard set aspirational yet rational requirements incorporating annual benchmarks and establishing accountability measures such as implementation plans. As the Commission deliberates its next steps on energy efficiency, here are a few considerations commissioners should keep in mind:

  • A strong standard will accomplish more than a goal. In large part, the reason Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard has worked is due to requirements the Commission placed on utilities. Without a Standard, it is unlikely Arizona's utilities would have significantly increased the use of energy efficiency resources.

  • Arizonans support energy efficiency. According to an energy poll released earlier this year, 68 pct of those polled agree that regulations applied to utility providers, such as Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power, UNS Energy Corporation, or Salt River Project should be increased to ensure they are offering energy efficiency to all their customers.

  • The recent trend among state policy makers and utilities in the Southwest is a shift to increased energy efficiency commitments. Just like it is realistic and no longer visionary to send a man (or a woman) to the moon; it is realistic and no longer visionary to increase Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard.

    For the sake of ratepayers, air quality and public health, the Commission should vote on May 22 to advance Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to at least 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Green Valley News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3026, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • London's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Zone Now in Force (Int'l)
    City of London
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Following on our Mar 21 coverage, in the UK, the mayor of London has brought the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) forward from 2020 to 2019. The ULEZ is part of a broader package of measures that the city is gradually introducing in order to tackle the health crisis caused by severe air pollution.

    In order to combat the health crisis, the ULEZ has significantly raised emission standards and demands a daily charge in order to travel in the area for not meeting them. The ULEZ, which is active 24/7 all year round, is part of the massive campaign undertaken by the mayor of London to clean up the air of the city. Further measures expected to kick in by 2020 include ensuring that all new double-decker buses are either hybrid, hydrogen or electric, creating 12 new low emission bus zones in areas where the air quality is at its worst and upgrading 5000 buses to be ultra low emission. (Source: City of London, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: City of London, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Big Apple Green Roof Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
    Nature Conservancy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In the Empire State, the Nature Conservancy, working with partners in the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, has released a comprehensive estimate of green roofs in New York City. The project merges publicly available data with remote sensing technologies to create data and maps that help better understand this asset and can be used to guide policymaking and city planning.

    Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.

    Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org; Green Roof Researchers Alliance, www.greenroofalliance.com, www.greenfoofs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy ,  Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    Tampa Electric Switching to Itron Smart Street Lighting (Ind Report)
    Itron,Tampa Electric
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In Florida, the investor-owned Tampa Electric Company reports it is working with Itron to deploy a smart lighting solution to allow streetlights to communicate with the utility. The Itron initiative is line with the utility’s streetlight replacement programme to convert traditional lighting infrastructure to energy-efficient LED technology, Tampa Electric will install more than 260,000 Itron smart photocells in the next five years.

    With Itron's smart streetlight solution, the utility can remotely control streetlight fixtures using advanced capabilities, such as dynamic dimming. Itron’s network also give the utility a foundation for future distribution automation and smart city applications, such as air quality management or smart parking. (Source: Tampa Electric, Smart Cities News, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com; Itron, Steve Hambric, VP, www.itron.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  Tampa Electric,  


    Congress Lobbied to Reinstate Alt-Fuel Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
    Alternative Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-15
    More than 700 transportation fuel related industry organizations representing users, retailers, customers, fleet managers, utilities, and producers of clean alternative transportation fuels submitted the following Chairmen Grassley and Neal, and Ranking Members Wyden and Brady:

    "We ask your support for including a reinstatement of the $0.50/gallon alternative fuels tax credit (AFTC) in a fiscal year 2019 government spending package. The AFTC is a credit of $0.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of certain transportation fuels, including natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, P Series Fuels, liquefied hydrogen and others.

    " Extending the AFTC retroactively for 2018 and prospectively for 2019 will allow businesses and customers to continue to deploy cleaner alternative fuel technologies. A full five-year extension of the AFTC would provide business certainty along with a significant contribution to our nation's economic growth.

    "Unfortunately, the credit has currently lapsed as of December 31, 2017 and many fleets, businesses, and manufacturers are unable to plan future investments as they manage current uncertainty. Immediately reinstating the AFTC for 2018 and 2019 is necessary to encouraging further deployment of new, clean transportation technology.

    " Extending the AFTC will bring significant environmental benefits, improved air quality, and enhance our energy independence by lowering our dependence on foreign oil. Renewal of the AFTC also promotes increased private sector investment in infrastructure and equipment, which leads to more jobs and economic output." (Source: NGT News, Various Other Media, 15 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Alternative Fuel Tax Credit,  


    Virgo, Punjab Confirm Indian Biofuel Project MoU (Int'l Report)
    Virgo Corporation
    Date: 2019-02-13
    The Punjab government Monday signed an MoU with the Delhi-based engineering products and services company Virgo Corporation for a Rs 630-crore ($88,389 million, &euro:77.931 million) biofuel project that will use Honeywell technology to produce renewable fuel from waste rice stubble and husks. The Punjab State agricultural sector generates approximately 20 million metric tpy of paddy straw.

    The new biofuel facility will create a new market cash flow for Punjab farmers as well as support the national government's biofuel blending and air quality targets. (Source: Energy InfraPost, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Virgo Corporation, +91 11 43588335-37, +91 11 43588338 - fax, virgo@vsnl.com, www.virgogroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virgo Corporation,  India Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    DRAX Plan Said to Threaten UK Emissions Target Success (Int'l)
    ClientEarth,DRAX
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the UK, London-headquartered environmental law specialist ClientEarth is warning DRAX Powers' planned gas plant in Selby, North Yorkshire would produce 75 pct of the country's entire power sector emissions budget.

    The DRAX proposal for four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) was warranted to replace its existing two coal-fired units ahead of the government's proposed coal phase-out in 2025. However,ClientEarth's assessment of the DRAX plans noted the project's scale, high emissions intensity and expected long operating life combined make it a "significant" threat to the UK achieving its carbon targets. ClientEarth also noted "DRAX has failed to prove why adding so much new large-scale fossil fuel power is necessary given existing and planned capacity. It has also failed to assess the project's full climate impact, at the precise time when the UK needs to rapidly decarbonize."

    The UK government estimates the UK will need 6GW of new gas power generation capacity through to 2035. Approving DRAX project would take this to 18GW -- three times the government's estimates.

    As previously reported, Drax announced that it is to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe which could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative. DRAX partnered with Leeds, UK-based C-Capture who invested £400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects undertaken at DRAX. (Source: DRAX, Air Quality News, Jan., 2019) Contact: ClientEarth, Sam Hunter Jones, Jon Bennett, +44 (0) 303 050 5935, jbennett@clientearth.org, www.clientearth.org; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NCCETC Offers Clean Fuel, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, North Carolina State University's North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) reports the issuance of a RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC DOT. The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation fuel-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    Up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded this year in three consecutive rounds. Specifically, the available funds are issued with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel news,  Vehicle Emissions news,  


    N. Carolina Offers Clean Transport, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University has issued an RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded in three consecutive rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the second round of funding is March 29, 2019. Specifically, the available funds total $2,350,000 with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


    75F Promoting Intelligent Building Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
    75F
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Burnsville, Minnesota-based energy efficiency and energy management startup 75F is touting its self-learning, intuitive building intelligence system.

    The 75F system improves a commercial building's operational efficiency and occupant experience by proactively controlling the HVAC, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and lighting settings based on inputs from sensors, weather data, configuration settings and predictive algorithms. Broadly, the 75F solution provides commercial building owners with improved energy efficiency, occupant comfort and productivity, indoor air quality management, controls automation, extended equipment lifecycles, and remote management capabilities. The system is equipped with IoT, Machine Learning, cloud-computing, data storage and processing power, according to the company. (Source: 75F Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: 75F, (888) 590-8995, websitecontact@75f.io, www.75f.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 75F,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Stamford Health USGBC LEED Healthcare Certified (Ind Report)
    USGBC,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Fairfield, Conn., the Stamford Health hospital, which opened in 2016, reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Certification. The facility is the largest in the country and the first such facility in Conn. certified facility.

    In qualifying for certification, the Stamford hospital focused on; airflow, energy consumption, air quality, and "green" roofs.Other LEED qualifying features include:

  • about 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;
  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens, courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;
  • sustainable, regionally sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were used throughout;
  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were selected.

    In addition, the hospital has also been lauded by Stamford 2030 District, a public-private nonprofit collaborative community of high-performance buildings in downtown Stamford. Stamford 2030 aims to cut energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation in the city by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: WestFair Online, Stamford Health, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Stamford Health, Kathleen Silard, Pres., CEO, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Rwanda Launches Global GHG, Ozone Measurement Project (Int'l)
    Rwanda Environment Management Authority
    Date: 2019-01-14
    The Rwanda Ministries of Education, Environment, the Rwanda Meteorological Agency in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, are reporting the launch of the first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped with the "Medusa System" that will measure more than 50 gases that deplete the ozone layer. The $2 million project, which will be based at the University of Rwanda's College of Science and Technology, will measure Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that deplete the ozone layer as well as other Rwandan and regionally emitted GHGs.

    Rwandan and regional policy makers will have access to and use of the data in their efforts to control power plant and transportation emissions, curb deforestation and encourage more tree planting, reduce fossil fuel use, develope smart green cities and other efforts. (Source: Rwanda Environment Management Authority, The New Times, Rwanda, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Environment Management Authority Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General, +250 25 258 9191, www.landportal.org/organization/rwanda-environment-management-authority

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ozone,  HFC,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  


    FuelCell Energy Scores $3.76Mn Calif. SCAQMD Award (Funding)
    FuelCell Energy,SCAQMD
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. is reporting receipt of $3,767,380 in funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to enable the development of a renewable fuel cell project that will renewable hydrogen and power from onsite biogas while avoiding nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino countries. The 10,743 square mile area is home to over 16.8m people. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, PR, SCAQM, Jan., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Chip Bottone, Pres., CEO, (203) 830-7494, ir@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com; SCAQMD, http://yourstory.aqmd.gov/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  SCAQMD ,  Biogas,  


    SCAQMD Awards $47Mn for Cleaner Technologies, Fuels (Funding)
    South Coast Air Quality Management District
    Date: 2019-01-07
    In the Golden State, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reports it has awarded $47.4 million to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley to help them purchase and upgrade their equipment with cleaner flues and energy efficient technologies.

    Under the federal Clean Air Act, the SCAQMD service region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years.

    Established in 1976, the Diamond Bar-based SCAQMD is responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, in Southern California. (Source: SCAQMD, Sentinel News Service, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SCAQMD, Wayne Nastri, CEO, (909)396-2000, www.aqmd.gov/home/rules-compliance/rules

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel,  Air Quality,  Clean Air,  SCAQMD,  South Coast Air Quality Management District,  


    Stamford Health CT's First LEED Certified Hospital (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-12-12
    In Conn., Stamford Health reports it has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Healthcare Certification for its 650,000-square-foot Stamford Hospital which was completed in 2016. Stamford Health is one of only 86 projects worldwide to be certified under the LEED healthcare system rating. It is also the largest LEED for healthcare certified project in the nation.

    In the project, the Stamford Hospital focused on air flow, energy consumption and air quality. The project's LEED qualifying features included:

  • 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;

  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens;

    courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;

  • green roofing system was implemented to provide a heat island effect, sending less heat into the atmosphere;

  • sustainably sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were regional sourced;

  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were installed throughout the building; and

  • an advanced facilities and energy management system was installed. (Source: Stamford Health, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Stamford Health, Stamford Hospital, Michael Smeriglio, Executive Director, Facilities Management, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Fourth National Climate Assessment Report Highlights (Ind. Report)
    Global Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-26
    The just released and already controversial Fourth National Climate Assessment Report from the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides a comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States.

    The Assessment's conclusions differ from the Trump administration’s position on climate change and include:

  • The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising;

  • Summers will be hotter. Warm-season temperatures are projected to increase more in the Midwest than any other region of the country -- by an average of more than four degrees by mid-century. In the winter, the frost-free season is projected to increase 10 days by 2045, and 20 days by 2065;

  • Increased spring humidity will cause more rainfall, with serious implications for agriculture. It will lead to more potential for water-logged soil, reducing planting time and causing more soil erosion;

  • Rising growing-season temperatures will have a "pervasive" effect on forests. The midwest region will likely have less tree growth and possibly widespread tree mortality;

  • The Great Lakes are at risk from rising temperatures. Current trends toward rising surface temperatures and declining ice cover will continue;

  • Higher temperatures will worsen existing air quality problems, with particularly negative impacts on industrial centers, low-income communities, children and seniors;

  • The habitats of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks will continue expanding throughout the region, likely leading to more cases of illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme Disease

  • Climate change will create conditions that make harmful cyanobacterial blooms like the persistent blooms in western Lake Erie more frequent and widespread. A combination of factors, including higher water temperatures and more agricultural runoff from more frequent rains will create favorable conditions for those events.

    Download the Fourth National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, Various Media, Michigan Public Radio, 23 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Possible by 2060, says India ETC (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Reporting from New Delhi, the recently launched Indian Energy Transitions Commission (India ETC) reports it initially plans to will focus on policy, research and outreach on decarbonizing the power sector.

    The organization's Mission Possible report notes that reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry and heavy-duty transport sectors is technically and financially possible by mid-century and even earlier at a cost of less than 0.5 pct GDP in developing global economies.

    The report outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonize cement, steel, plastics, trucking, shipping and aviation -- which together represent 30 pct of energy emissions today -- and could increase to 60 pct by mid-century as other sectors lower their emissions.

    The India ETC Mission Possible report is calling for the decarbonization of heavy industry and heavy-duty transport, a focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS) possibilities, increased reliance on renewable energy and increased energy efficiency are all crucial to reducing atmospheric CO2 and improving air quality. (Source: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, Economic Times, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, www.teriin.org

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


    Santa Rosa Considers "All-Electric Ready" Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    City of Santa Rosa
    Date: 2018-11-12
    In the Golden State, the city of Santa Rosa reports it is considering an "all-electric-ready" ordinance requiring all new homes to be equipped to operate without natural gas, a shift the city hopes could cut carbon emissions and lend momentum to green-building designs gaining favor after 2016's disastrous wildfires.

    The proposed ordinance would not ban the use of natural gas infrastructure in homes, but new development subject to the rules would be able to do without natural gas from the outset, according to city release. No other California city has adopted an all-electric standard, according to the city.

    Presently, the Advanced Energy Rebuild program, a collaboration between PG&E, Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, offers an all-electric-ready option and incentives to contractors working on the region's housing recovery. (Source: City of Santa Rosa, Press Democrat, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Santa Rosa, (707) 543-3200, www.srcity.org/262/Building-Division

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Natural Gas,  


    Wyndham HQ Wins LEED Gold Recertification (Ind. Report)
    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, US GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-10-26
    New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold recertification for the company's headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The Wyndham headquarters building won its first LEED Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.

    Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO, www.wyndhamhotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  ENERGY STAR,  


    Vaisala Acquiring Wind LiDAR Specialist Leosphere SAS (M&A)
    Vaisala Corp
    Date: 2018-10-19
    Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala Corp reports it is acquiring French LiDAR manufacturer Leosphere SAS for €38 million ($44 million). The transaction is slated to close before the month end.

    Leosphere SAS designs, develops, manufactures, sells and services remote-sensing tools for the wind energy, aviation, meteorology and air quality sectors. It offers both ground-based and turbine-mounted wind LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems.

    Following the takeover, Leosphere's Windcube and Wind Iris LiDARs will be added to Vaisala's offerings including the Triton Wind Profiler, a SoDAR (Sonic Detection and Ranging) system that has already been deployed on almost 5,000 measurement campaigns worldwide. (Source: Vaisala, PR, Renewables, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vaisala, Jarkko Sairanen, Exec. VP Weather and Environment, www.vaisala.com; Leosphere SAS, +33 0 1 8187 0500, info@leosphere.com, www.leosphere.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala,  Wind LIDAR,  


    Springfield Biomass Plant Cleared for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    Biomass
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Hampton County, Mass., the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,000 -- is reporting a long delayed woody biomass burning power plant could break ground this coming spring. The project has been stalled for several years by legal battles and resident concerns about air quality and traffic.

    According to the Springfield City Solicitor, Ed Pikula, the unnamed developer has the necessary permits and a four-year window to complete the project. (Source: City of Springfield, 22 News WWLP, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Springfiels, (413) 736-3111, www.springfield-ma.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    Cal. Cap-and-Trade Funds Address Transport Emissions (Funding)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Sacrament, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced up to $205 million in grant funding for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state.

    Eleven projects will receive a total of $150 million from California Climate Investments and other sources, with another $55 million to be considered by the Board at its October meeting. The grants will be matched by $210 million invested by private and public partners, bringing total investment to more than $400 million.

    The funding is intended to support cost-effective clean technologies that reduce pollution that contributes to regional air quality problems, particularly diesel particulate emissions. Funded projects are located in five air districts across the state: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

    California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in disadvantaged communities. (Source: CARB, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Karen Caesar Public Information Office, (916) 322-2990, (800) 242-4450, karen.caesar@arb.ca.gov, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  


    UC Santa Barbara Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    UC Santa Barbara
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index has tagged the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) as a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation's most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

    Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from STARS-rated institutions -- UCSB holds a STARS Gold rating for sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration.

    In existing buildings and new construction, UCSB is committed to the US Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system with more than 278,000 square feet currently certified as either LEED Platinum or Gold. UCSB also has an indoor air quality policy, a green cleaning policy and is ranked fifth, earning 69 pct, compared to an average of just 16.9 pct for institutions of comparable size in sustainable investments.

    AASHE's STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested system of its kind. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Sept., 2018) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Shelly Leachman, (805) 893-8726, shelly.leachman@ucsb.edu, www.ucsb.edu; AASHE, Meghan Fay Zahniser , Sustainable Campus Exec. Dir., https://stars.aashe.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Sustainability,  Energy Eficiency,  


    Sustane Technologies Plastics-to-Fuels Plant Wins Conditional Environmental Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Sustane Technologies
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Nova Scotia, Sustane Technologies Inc. reports receipt of a conditional environmental assessment approval to collect and process up to 50,000 tpy of municipal garbage into biomass pellets, diesel and kerosene at a plant at Kaisers Meadow near Chester.

    Those conditions of approval specify the types of raw material the company can bring in and process. The company must also develop and follow plans to monitor air quality, groundwater, noise levels and the effects of flaring and lighting on birds as well as create a map of species at risk in the project area. The company must also create a contingency plan for accidents. All of the conditions must be met before the company can apply for the industrial approval necessary for operations startup.

    When fully operational, the plant will produce both synthetic kerosene for onsite use, and about 9,000 lpd of synthetic diesel which will be sold. (Source: Sustane Technologies, CBC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sustane Technologies, Peter Vinall, CEO, (902) 200-1642, info@sustane.co, www.sustane.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustane Technologies,  


    Hickenlooper Committed to Cutting Vehicle Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2018-08-20
    On Thursday, Colorado air quality officials reportedly launched a push ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper (R) to ensure ever-more-efficient gas-powered vehicles calculated to cut 2 million tpy of CO2. The state air commissioners also committed to consider requirements on the auto industry aimed at accelerating a shift toward zero-emission electric vehicles.

    Hickenlooper ordered action requiring manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency after Trump officials ended the gradually toughening of federal emissions standards that over four decades has led to reduced toxic and heat-trapping pollution from tailpipes.

    State air-quality-control commissioners voted unanimously in favor of developing a rule proposed by health department staffers to require new cars and light trucks to meet California's miles-per-gallon standards for tailpipe pollution. If passed, the regulation would add about $950 to the cost os a new gasoline power vehicle, according auto industry analysts. (Source: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Post, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, (303) 866-2471, www.colorado.gov/governor/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Vehicle Emissions,  Jay Hickenlooper,  


    China, World Green Building Councils Promoting Chinese Programs (Int'l Report)
    World Green Building Council,China Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports it is partnering with China Green Building Council (China GBC) to improve and increase green building practices, cut carbon emissions and promote building sustainability in the world's largest building construction market. China is currently adding up to two billion square metres of building per year, and growing fast.

    The partnership aims to see the World GBC work with the China GBC in much the same way as it would work with an established Green Building Council. As part of the partnership, China GBC has committed to introducing a nearly net zero standard to its Three Star program, aligning with the WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero project.

    Indoor air quality is another key component of the partnership, with the China GBC keen to get involved with the Better Places for People project, which focuses on the health benefits of green buildings.

    China is projected to have the second-highest level of growth in green building activity over the next three years, behind Brazil, according to Dodge Data and Analytics. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, April, 2018) Contact: China Green Building Council, chinagreenbuildings.blogspot.com; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  

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