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Indonesian Palm Biodiesel Producers Enjoy $195Mn Subsidy (Int'l.)
Indonesia Palm Oil, Palm Biodiesel
Date: 2020-07-01
In Jakarta, in a move to support producers and artificially lower the price of biodiesel at the pump to keep it competitive with regular diesel, the Indonesian government reports it is earmarking $195 million from state palm oil fund (BPDP-KS) to subsidize palm oil and palm oil biodiesel producers.

According to TuK Indonesia, an NGO advocate for environmental justice, the estimated total wealth of the top 27 families in the palm oil industry at more than $88 billion -- roughly 8 pct of the country's GDP . Among the top producers, Wilmar International, which produces 2.3 million kiloliters per year of palm oil biodiesel, is the major recipient of Indonesian government subsidies to the palm oil industry. Wilmar scored 55 pct of the total $530 million from the BPDP-KS distributed to five palm oil companies in 2017. (Source: Various Media, Mongabay, 1 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil news,  Biodiesel.Indonesia Palm Oil news,  


BP Invests in Satelytics to Address Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
BP,Satelytics
Date: 2020-06-24
BP Ventures, the investment arm of BP, is reporting a $5 million investment in Toledo, Ohio-headquartered geospatial analytics specialist Satelytics to help the oil and gas giant accurately spot and remedy methane leaks which contribute to the greenhouse gas effect and climate change.

BP plans to install Satelytics methane measurement capabilities at all its major oil and gas processing sites by 2023. This will be to measure the base level of methane in its current operations so that it can work towards cutting methane levels by 50 pct. BP's investment is in line with its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Satelytics is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multi or hyper-spectral imagery gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras alerting our customers in oil and gas, power, pipeline, rail, mining and water to identify operational challenges as early as possible. Pinpointing the specific problem, its location and magnitude, is critical to minimizing cost, impact, and operational disruption, according to the company's website. (Source" BP Innovations, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Satelytics, 419-728-0060, www.satelytics.com; BP Innovations, 702-528-3029, www.bpinnovations.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Satelytics,  ethane,  Methane Emissions,  BP,  


US Ethanol Production Slowly Rising (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2020-06-19
The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) is reporting U.S. ethanol production was up slightly the week ending June 12, while weekly ethanol ending stocks were down roughly 2 pct.

U.S. fuel ethanol production reached averaged 841,000 bpd the week ending June 12, up from an average of 837,000 bpd the previous week. Production was down 240,000 bpd when compared to the same week of 2019 and down 238,000 bpd when compared to the final week of February, before U.S. fuel markets started to be impacted by COVID-19. Weekly ending stocks fell to 21.346 million barrels the week ending June 12, down from 21.802 million barrels the previous week. Weekly ending stocks were down 267,000 barrels when compared to the same week of 2019. (Source: US EIA, 17 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Agency news,  Ethanol news,  


China's Emissions Dramatically Up Since 2011 (Int'l. Report)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2020-06-19
According to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy, China's CO2 emissions increased by 3.4 pct in 2019, higher than the ten-year average growth rate of 2.6 pct and the highest growth rate of Chinese emissions since 2011.

Chinese CO2 emissions accounted for the single largest share of global carbon emissions in 2019 at 28.8 pct. The country was also the key driver of energy consumption growth in 2019 when global growth slowed to 1.3 pct from 2.8 pct energy demand growth in 2018, according to the BP report. (Source: BP, Oil Price, 17 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions news,  


New Jersey’s community solar
Solar Landscape
Date: 2020-06-19
The New Jersey BPU has awarded 20.358 MW, or more than 26% of first-round capacity, to solar contractor Solar Landscape as part of the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program. It’s a joint effort: All those solar panels will sit on 1 million square feet of roof space on buildings on four industrial sites in the Garden State. The sites are located in Perth Amboy (pictured above), Peterboro, and Woodridge, and are owned by Duke Realty, the largest domestic-only real estate investment trust in the US. Solar Landscape says that 51% of the electricity the project generates will be sold to low- and moderate-income households. It will deliver more than 250 million kWh of green electricity over 20 years. (Source: Solar Landscape,NJBPU, June, 2020) Contact: Solar Landscape, .Shaun Keegan, CEO, NJBPU,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NJBPU news,  Solar Landscape news,  


NJBPU OKs Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-06-15
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is reporting approval of the next generation of Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction programs, including the setting of energy consumption reduction targets at 2.15 pct for electric distribution companies and 1.10 pct for gas distribution companies.

The just announced Board Order provides for the administration of the energy efficiency programs and establishes the mechanisms for the recovery of costs associated with the programs delivery, performance metrics and targets, an evaluation, measurement, verification framework and program filing and reporting requirements. The Order also includes the following energy efficiency related requirements:

  • The state's utilities will administer core, consistent energy efficiency programs that serve the residential, commercial and industrial, and multifamily sectors. These will include programs that serve moderate-income and small commercial customers.

  • Utilities will also be required to propose a peak demand program to start by program year four.

  • The state will continue to administer the Large Energy Users Program (with the exception of hospitals), combined heat and power projects, as well as state and local government programs. The utilities and state will continue to co-manage the low-income Comfort Partners program. The state will also take the lead on related R&D, workforce development initiatives, public education, and community energy planning grants.

  • Program expenses will be amortized over 10 years, which sets energy efficiency investments on a level playing field relative to other utility investments.

  • Over the next several months, staff will work with the utilities and the Division of Rate Counsel to develop a mechanism for the utilities to recover their lost revenue as an option should utilities not wish to utilize the Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism as laid out in the order. Further, the Board has instituted a system of incentives and penalties as required by the Clean Energy Act to encourage performance.

  • Staff will develop and distribute a mechanism for stakeholder comments, and recommend a test that will determine program cost-effectiveness in order to comply with the Clean Energy Act. The state will also hire a statewide evaluator to ensure transparency and accountability for state and utility programs.

  • The BPU will conduct a triennial review process to revisit key energy efficiency decisions, such as reviewing and establishing performance metrics and targets, cost recovery mechanisms, program administration and design, and "cost to achieve" budgets, among others, to ensure that the programs are "best-in-class."

    Other program components include enhanced required reporting and measurement for performance incentives and collection of additional information via a recently completed demographic analysis study to determine energy efficiency market barriers to penetration. (Source: NJ BPU, PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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


  • Shuttered Minnesota Ethanol Plants Rebooting Production (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Ethanol,Ethanol
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In the Badger State, three of the four recently COVID-19 battered and shuttered ethanol plants in Minnesota are reported to have rebooted production -- Guardian Energy 149 million gpy ethanol plant in Janesville, Granite Falls Energy, and the Denco II ethanol plant in Morris. Of the four shuttered plants, only Gevo's facility in Luverne, the state's smallest ethanol plant, remains closed.

    Nationwide, roughly 20 pct of all ethanol plants are still idle, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. U.S. ethanol production rose to 765,000 bpd for the week ending May 29, up from a historic low of 537,000 bpd for the week ending April 24, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (Source: MSN, Star Tribune, 4 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Guardian Energy news,  Gevo news,  Granite Falls news,  


    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,  


    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,  


    Indonesia Scores $56Mn for CO2 Emissions Reductions (Int'l Report)
    REDD+
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry is set to receive a US$56 million grant from Norway as the first payment for Indonesian success in reducing deforestation and carbon emissions under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) cooperation scheme. The fund would be channeled through the Indonesian Environmental Estate Fund (BPDLH), a public service agency tasked with managing funds related to environmental protection and conservation.

    The ministry reported to Norway that the country saw a decline in the deforestation rate in the 2016-2017 period, with 480,000 hectares of forest lost that was believed to have prevented the release of about 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions to the atmosphere -- a figure lower than the baseline agreed upon by both countries.

    Under the REDD+ scheme, Indonesia and Norway agreed to measure Indonesia's results against a 10-year average level of emissions between 2006 and 2016. The annual emissions during that period were estimated at 237 million tons CO2e from deforestation and 42 million tons from forest degradation. Each ton of CO2e under the scheme was valued at $5, referring to the price designated by the World Bank for the REDD+ scheme. (Source: Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry, Jakarta Post, 29 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  REDD+,  


    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,  


    Jamestown Considers $1.9Mn Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-05-19
    In the Empire State, the Jamestown City Council reports it is considering a $1,950 million agreement with Stark Tech Group for energy efficiency upgrades to city facilities that would save the city of roughly 30,000 residents approximately $78,000 per year in energy costs.

    The planned improvements include: cool planting and boiler upgrades for the city Municipal Building; heating plant upgrade for the Public Works Department; lighting upgrades for the city Municipal Building, fire stations, Public Works and other buildings and locations. (Source: City of Jamestown, Post-Journal, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Stark Tech Group, Todd Hanson , www.starktechgroup.com; City of Jamestown, NY, Energy Efficiency Programs, (716) 661-1660, www.jamestownbpu.com/178/Efficiency-Programs, www.jamestownny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    GCEH Converting Calif. Refinery to Biodiesel Production (M&A)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, Torrance-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) Inc. is reporting the $40 million purchase of the idled Alon USA Energy Inc. Big West gasoline and diesel refinery in Kern County.

    GCEH plans to convert the 70,000 bpd facility to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil, soybean oil and camelina. The refinery has not run for 12 consecutive months since 2012. (Source: GCEH, PR, The Bakersfield Californian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: GCEH, Richard Palmer, CEO, www.gceholdings.com; Alon USA Energy www.delekus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  DELEK,  Delek,  Biodiesell,  


    Bankrupt Philly Refiner Offered Cap on RFS Obligation (Ind Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-05-11
    The Trump administration has offered to place a $10 million cap on bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions' biofuel blending obligations, effectively cutting the refiner's regulatory liability by more than 70 pct and freeing more cash for the company's creditors. Under the deal PES will either surrender 161.8 million biofuel blending credits (RINs) valued at roughly $35 million or pay up to $10 million to meet its RFS obligations, according to Reuters.

    The Trump EPA previously waived $350 million in biofuels compliance costs for PES after its initial bankruptcy in 2018.

    As reported in Jan., Philadelphia-headquartered bioenergy developer SG Preston dropped its previously expressed interest in redeveloping the shut-down fire-damaged 335,000 bpd Philadelphia refinery, which is now being sold by creditors for $252 million and redeveloped under a bankruptcy court approved plan. (Source: Various Media,Reuters, May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  RINs,  


    St. Louis Enacts Building Energy Performance Standard (Ind. Report)
    St. Louis
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In the Show Me State, the city of St. Louise reports passage of Building Energy Performance Standard (BPS) legislation requiring buildings in the city to meet a minimum level of energy efficiency-performance standard. The legislation also establishes resources to help building owners achieve the savings that come with decreased energy usage. The City is the first jurisdiction in the Midwest and the fourth in the country to pass a BPS. The policy will use Site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) as its chief performance metric.

    The St. Louis BPS covers buildings 50,000 square feet or larger, which have been required to report the energy and water use of their properties since 2017 under the city's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance.

    Compared to other energy-saving building policies, a BPS requires greater changes, but allows building owners broad flexibility to make improvements. By setting long-term targets, a BPS provides the commercial real estate market with the certainty it needs to make confident investments in properties over time. It can also enable cities to achieve multiple city priorities at once, including carbon reductions, building electrification, energy efficiency, peak demand reductions, and more. (Source: City of St. Louis, NRDC Blog, May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St. Louis,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  


    State-Owned Bank of ND Offers Ethanol Ind. Assistance (Ind Report)
    Bank of ND ,North Dakota Industrial Commission
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Reporting from Bismark, the North Dakota Industrial Commission has authorized the Bank of North Dakota to provide a financing program to help the state's ethanol secure working capital to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The state's ethanol producers use 140 million bpy of corn to produce 400 million gpy ethanol and 1.3 million tpy of distiller’s grains (DDGs).

    The Industrial Commission will use the Partnership in Community Expansion program which offers buy-downs to to a maximum of $500,000 of a borrower's interest rate, in tandem with the legislatively authorized Fuel Production Loan Guarantee program for biofuels. Under terms of the program, ethanol producers may access up to $15 million or 50 cents per bushel of corn that would have normally been purchased in the first two quarters of 2020, whichever is less.

    The Bank of North Dakota is a state-owned, state-run financial institution and the only government-owned general-service bank in the United States. (Source: Bank of ND, Wahpeton Daily News, May, 2020) Contact: Bank of ND, 800.472.2166 , 701.328.5600, bnd@nd.gov, www.bnd.nd.gov; North Dakota Industrial Commission, www.dmr.nd.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  DDGs,  Corn,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Governors Seeking RFS Refinery "Hardship" Waivers (Ind. Report)
    EPS, Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-04-27
    ICIS is reporting the governors of Louisiana (D), Texas (R), Oklahoma (R), Utah (R) and Wyoming (R) have written to the US EPA asking for "hardship" waivers for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for refiners in their states. In their appeal, the governors noted plunging fuel demand as the reason for the request.

    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) the states currently under the COVID-19 pandemic "stay at home orders" account for 95 pct of US fuel demand. Meanwhile, ethanol market producers and players say that it is a "convenient reason for them (oil refiners) to escape a US law", and that doing so would further harm ethanol demand.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress.(Source: Various Trade Media, ICIS, 17 April, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Archer Daniels Midland Idling Two Corn-Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports the idling of two of its 300 million gpy corn ethanol plants in Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the demand for ethanol continues to fall. The shutdown is expected to last for 3 or 4 months.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), fuel ethanol production is now at 563,000 bpd, the lowest level of production since the EIA began reporting ethanol production statistics in 2010. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, ICIS, 23 April, 2020) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    N.J. Plans Wind Innovation, New Development Institute (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Wind Council
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Garden State, the New Jersey Wind Council established by Governor Phil Murphy reports plans to create a Wind Innovation and New Development Institute (WIND) to serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. To that end the WIND institute will:

  • Establish a wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey -- Wind turbine technicians are critical for industry growth and are in demand across the country. For each project, an individual original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requires dozens of wind turbine technicians to support installation and provide efficient turbine maintenance throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. New Jersey will need to train qualified wind turbine technicians to achieve Murphy's goal of producing 7,500 MW by 2035.

  • Expand the pipeline of trade workers with the skills and qualifications required for offshore wind;

  • Introduce a Global Wind Organization (GWO) Safety Certification program -- Working in the offshore wind industry requires workers on turbines, including wind turbine technicians, to complete the GWO's safety training. New Jersey currently does not provide GWO training.

    As previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is contributing $200,000 to clean energy research and educational outreach activities at New Jersey's Montclair State University's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC). The company will also aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, the development of educational events and stakeholder engagement activities.

    The Wind Council report is HERE. (Source: New Jersey Wind Council, Maritime Exec., 25 April, 2020) Contact: New Jersey Wind Council, www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200422a.shtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey BPU,  New Jersey Wind Council,  Wind,  


  • Kansas Johnson Corner Solar Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Sunflower Electric Power Corp,Lightsource
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In Kansas, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and Lightsource BP are reporting the 20-MW, $37 million Johnson Corner Solar Project in Stanton County has begun commercial operation. The project was financed and constructed by San Francisco-based Lightsource BP.

    100 pct of the project's power generation is being sold under a 25-year PPA to Sunflower, a nonprofit electric utility providing wholesale generation and transmission services to six member-owners serving in central and western Kansas. The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) played a key role in developing the project. (Source: Sunflower Electric Power Corp., Lightsource BP, Hays Post, 22 April, 2020) Contact: Lightsource BP, Kevin Smith, CEO in the Americas , www.lightsourcebp.com Sunflowe Electric Power Corp, Stuart Lowry, Pres., CEO, www.sunflower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunflower Electric Power,  Solar,  Lightsource,  


    U.S. Ethanol Production Sinks to Another New Low (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Further to our 3rd April report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. ethanol production fell to 570,000 bpd during the week ending April 10, the lowest daily average since record keeping began in 2010.

    Production was 15 pct lower than the 672,000 bpd reported a week earlier, at the time the lowest average daily output on record. (Source: U.S. EIA, Various Media, AG Insider, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Ethanol,  U.S. Ethanol,  


    Kuwait's KNPC Completes Biofuels Project (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Kuwait National Petroleum Corp
    Date: 2020-04-10
    The Kuwait News Agency is reporting the Kuwait National Petroleum Corp (KNPC) has completed the addition of two biofuel production units at its Mina Al-Ahmadi oil refinery.

    The two new coal and naphtha hydro treating units will produce 37,000 and 8,400 bpd of oil equivalent respectively. (Source: Kuwait National Petroleum Corp., Reuters 8 April, 2020) Contact: Kuwait National Petroleum Corp., Waleed al-Badr, CEO, www.knpc.com


    Conway Corp, Lightsource BP ink 132-MW PPA (Ind. Report)
    Conway Corp., LightsourceBP
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In Arkansas, the city-owned utility Conway Corp is reporting a 20-year PPA with Lightsource BP for the development of a 132 MWdc solar energy project roughly 60 miles from Little Rock. Lightsource BP will finance, construct, own and operate the facility and will deliver the solar energy it generates to Conway Corp under the fixed-rate power purchase agreement. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for about 24,400 homes. (Source: Conway Corp., PR, April, 2020) Contact: Conway Corp., Bret Carroll, CEO, www.conwaycorp.com; LighthouseBP, Kevin Smith, CEO, Mary Grikas, (732) 429-3906, mary.grikas@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Conway Corp.,  LightsourceBP,  Solar,  


    NJ BPU Restructures Solar Project Funding (Ind Report, Funding)
    NJ BPU
    Date: 2020-04-08
    In the Garden State, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has moved to close the way it funds New Jersey's solar program. The closing of the existing system was mandated under the 2018 Clean Energy Act, which required the BPU to eliminate the program by this June, or whenever the goal was met for 5.1 pct of the electricity in New Jersey to come from solar.

    The current program was established in 2004 to replace a system giving rebates to fund solar growth. Since then, more than 118,000 residential solar systems were installed statewide, not including many larger commercial and utility-scale projects. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 7 April, 2020)Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJBPU,  Solar,  Solar Rebate,  


    U.S. Ethanol Production Drops to 6 Year Low (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2020-04-03
    A just released report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes that U.S. ethanol production dropped 16 pct to an average of 840,000 bpd, the lowest level since September 2013, for the week ending March 27.

    Additional reductions are expected in upcoming weeks as several plants are switching a portion of their production to sanitizers and/or slowing or idling production due primarily to the falling demand for fuel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the EIA report says. (Source: US EIA, 1 April, 2020) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EIA,  


    NJ BPU Considering "Straw" Energy Efficiency Proposal (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the Garden State, a new "straw" proposal from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is calling for a new comprehensive program aimed at increasing energy efficiency programs and incentives across all sectors of the state’s energy customer base, but particularly focused on low income customers.

    To that end, the proposal suggested: allowing utilities to recover program costs; recovery of lost revenues tied to efficiency programs and earning opportunities for efficiency investments through performance incentives, as tools to align the utility business model with increased energy efficiency; and penalizing the utility's return on equity if it failed to achieve performance standards. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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


    Renewable Fuels Coalition Urges EPA to NOT Appeal Court "Hardship" Waiver Decision (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-03-20
    With the need for a decision only days away, the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union -- the coalition that scored a unanimous court decision against the U.S. EPA -- is now calling for the agency to not appeal the decision.

    The coalition took the EPA to court and won over several "hardship" exemptions the EPA granted to small refineries, releasing them from their renewable fuel obligations in 2016 and 2017. The Trump Administration sought and secured an extension of the appeal deadline until Tuesday, March 24, this year.

    "With the renewable fuels industry reeling from coronavirus, trade disputes and small refinery exemptions, now is certainly not the time for the Trump administration to take any action that would cause further pain for ethanol producers or the farmers that supply them. The best thing they could do to support our industry and keep ethanol plants open is to announce immediately that they will not appeal," the coalition wrote.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol , Various Trade Media, 18 March 2020) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, Tom Sleight, Pres., (202) 789-0789, (202) 898-0522, www.grains.org; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381 ext. 3389, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  "Hardship Wiver",  Renewable Fuel ,  


    PREEM Selects Topsoe Hydroflex for Gothenburg Refinery (Int'l.)
    PREEM. Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Stockholm-headquartered PREEM reports its selection of Lyngby, Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe A/S's HydroFlex renewable-fuel technology to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel at its Gothenburg refinery in Sweden. The 16,000 bpd unit, which is expected to come on line in 2024, will produce renewable fuels from tall oil, tallow, and other renewable feedstocks.

    Preem is the largest fuel company in Sweden, with a refining capacity of more than 18 million m3 of crude oil per year.

    Topsoe's HydroFlex is an industry-proven technology that produces renewable fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel, from all renewable feedstocks. Topsoe will license and supply basic engineering, proprietary equipment, catalysts and technical services. (Source: PREEM, PR, Chem Engineering, 12 Mar.,2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Morten Schaldemose, , EVP, www.topsoe.com; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  PREEM,   . Haldor Topsoe,  Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    BP, Santos Partnering on Aussie CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    BP,Santos
    Date: 2020-03-11
    Independent Asia-Pacific region oil and gas producer Santos and UK-based oil industry giant BP are reporting a non-binding agreement which could see BP invest $20 million to support Santo's Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Australia's Cooper Basin.

    The CCS project aims to capture 1.7 million tpy of CO2 currently separated from naturalthe CO2 back into the same geological formations for permanent storage. The Cooper Basin reinjection capacity is assessed at up to 20 million tpy of CO2 for 50 years. The non-binding agreement, which is subject to finalization of terms and a final investment decision, is targeted for the end of 2020. (Source: BP, GasWorld, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: BP Press Office, +44 (0) 20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com, www.bp.com; Santos, Kevin Gallagher, CEO, + 61 2 8016 2832, www.santos.com

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    EIA Reports Rising Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    EIA
    Date: 2020-03-09
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting US ethanol production for the week ending 28 Feb. jumped to the highest in a month while stockpiles were up slightly with an average output of 1.079 million bpd -- the highest level since Jan. 31.

    In the U.S. Midwest, by far the biggest-producing region, output of the biofuel jumped to 1.007 million barrels on average, from 977,000 a week earlier. Gulf Coast production increased to 24,000 bpd, on average, from 22,000 bpd seven days earlier. Rocky Mountain output was unchanged at an average of 14,000 bpd. West Coast production declined to 14,000 bpd from 15,000 bpd, and East Coast output fell to an average of 19,000 bpd from 26,000 bpd the previous week.

    Stockpiles in the seven days that ended on Feb. 28 came in at 24.964 million barrels, up from 24.718 million a week earlier, according to EIA. (Source: EIA March 8, 2020)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Corn,  Ethanol,  


    Wascon Blue Planing Four Mexican Biorefineries (Int'l Report)
    Wascon Blue
    Date: 2020-03-09
    Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico-based gasoline company Wascon Blue reports it will invest $720 million in four new "green" biorefineries to produce gasoline from byproducts of the process of refining crude oil and natural gas. The company's "innovative formula of BluePower® Biofuels , its Additive acts at the molecular level by increasing the octane in gasoline and cetane in Diesel", according to its website.

    Wascon will source the raw material from the state oil company Pemex, which currently exports the byproducts and later imports them after they've been converted to gasoline. The Wascon biorefineries will produce a gasoline with a lower concentration of aromatics, which are base components of gasoline that are a main source of octane and also one of the leading pollutants in the fuel. Conventional gasoline contains around 30 pct aromatics, but the goal of Wascon Blue is to reduce that to 20 pct an replace the remaining 10 pct with sustainably produced sugar cane and sorghum ethanol.

    The first of the 4 new biorefinery complexes will be constructed in Veracruz and will have 30,000 bpd capacity beginning in 2021. The company plans to supply 100,000 bpd of "green" gasoline by 2025. (Source: Wascon, Wascom Blue, El Financiero , 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Wascon Blue, Enrique Olivera, Pres., contacto@wasconblue.com, +55 6385 5542 www.wasconblue.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wascon Blue,  


    Tropical Forests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon (Study Attached)
    Carbon Sink
    Date: 2020-03-06
    The recently released attached study notes the Amazon and other tropical forests losing their "carbon sink" capabilities and could turn into a source of CO2 in atmosphere by next decade. owing to the damage caused by loggers and farming interests and the impacts of the climate crisis. In that event, the impact of climate change is likely to become much more severe and the world will have to cut its carbon emissions even faster than presently outlined under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, tracked 300,000 trees over 30 years, providing the first large-scale evidence of the decline in carbon uptake by the world's tropical forests. The researchers combined data from two large research networks of forest observations in Africa and the Amazon, as well as years spent traveling to remote field sites

    Access the Asynchronous Carbon Sink Saturation in African and Amazonian Tropical Forests study HERE. (Source: Nature, Mar. 2020)

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


    Net Zero Teesside Project Consortium Announced (Int'l. Report)
    OGCI Climate Investments
    Date: 2020-03-04
    OGCI Climate Investments, a $1-billion investment fund of The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, is reporting the formation of a consortium of OGCI members -- BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell, and Total -- to accelerate the development of the Net Zero Teesside carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project in the northeast of England.

    Net Zero Teeside aims to capture up to 6 mtpa of CO2 emissions from local industries. There are also plans for a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facility with carbon capture technology which will provide low-carbon power as a complement to renewable energy sources and underpin the investment in the infrastructure. Net Zero Teesside also said it signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with three existing industrial partners demonstrating the strong local commitment to decarbonizing existing local industry. (Source: OGCI, OIL GAS Facilities, 2 Mar., 2020)Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, +44 (0) 203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www. oilandgasclimateinitiative.com › climate-investments; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  Teeside,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  ,  


    NJ Announces 7,500 MW Offshore Wind Solicitation (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In Trenton, Garden State Governor Governor Phil Murphy (D) has announced the offshore wind solicitation schedule to meet the 7,500 MW offshore wind goal by 2035 and called upon the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to implement the schedule. Reaching 7,500 MW will generate enough electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet 50 pct of the state's electric power need.

    The proposed schedule calls for the next 1,200 MW solicitation to be opened by September 2020, with an award made by Q2, 2021.

    New Jersey aims to source 50 pct of it energy from renewables by 2030 and achieve a 100 pct clean energy economy by 2050. (Source: Office of Governor Phil Murphy, PR, 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJ BPU,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    US Renewable Fuel Prices Up With RFS "Hardship Waiver" Program Announcement (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuel
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Reuters is reporting U.S. renewable fuel prices were up by 25 pct the week following a Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration has decided to cut back on "hardship waiver" exemptions for oil refineries from the renewable fuel standard biofuel blending laws.

    Following the Bloomberg report, renewable fuel credits for 2019 traded at 35 cents each , up 7 cents while credits for 2020 traded at 40 cents each.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress.

    (Source: Various Media, Successful Farming, Reuters, 26 Feb., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


    BP Exits Ind. Groups Over Climate Policy Disagreements (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Petroleum industry giant BP reports it is dropping its affiliation with three industry trade association on the grounds that the associations' climate change related policies and positions do not align with BP's.

    BP is dropping the Western Energy Alliance because its interests did not aligned on federal regulation of methane in the US, and the Western States Petroleum Association and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers over carbon pricing positions.

    As previously reported on 14 Feb., BP plans to:

  • Achieve a 50 pct cut in the carbon intensity of its products by 2050 or sooner

  • Install methane measurement at all BP major oil and gas processing sites by 2023 and reduce methane intensity of operations by 50 pct.

  • Increase its investment in non-oil and gas businesses over time.

  • More actively advocate for policies that support net-zero, including carbon pricing -- carbon tax.

  • Further incentivise the company's workforce to deliver aims and mobilize them to advocate for net- zero and set new expectations for relationships with trade associations.

  • Aim for recognition as a leader for transparency of reporting, including supporting the recommendations of the TCFD, and launch a new team to help countries, cities and large companies decarbonize.

    BP's current worldwide greenhouse gas emissions from its operations stand at 55 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (MteCO2e), and the carbon in the oil and gas that it produces is equivalent currently to around 360 MteCO2e emissions a year -- both on an absolute basis. Taken together, delivery of these aims would equate to a reduction in emissions to net zero from what is currently around 415 MteCO2e a year, according to the BP release. (Source: BP Website, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: BP Press Office, +44 (0) 20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com, www.bp.com

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  • Garden State BPU Lifts Smart Meter Moratorium (Ind Report)
    New Jersey BPU
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Sitting in Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has lifted a more-than-two-year moratorium on utilities moving to smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) -- technology that is presently used in over 92 million homes nationwide.

    In its order, the BPU directed the state's three largest electric utilities to file plans with the agency within six months to implement smart meters and AMI. In lifting the moratorium, the board found that AMI has the potential to benefit the distribution system, streamline and modernize utility operations and benefit the environment.

    The installation of roughly 2 million smart meters over six years is expected to come in at roughly $794 million and aligns with the BPU's recently adopted Energy Master Plan. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Meters ,  New Jersey BPU,  


    NDSP Abandons Planned N.D. Soybean Crushing Plant (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Soybean Processors
    Date: 2020-02-19
    Brewster, Minnesota-based North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) reports it has been forced to abandon efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Spiritwood, North Dakota, after more than three years and a $6 million investment.

    If constructed, the NDSP soybean-crushing facility would have processed 42 million bpy of locally grown soybeans and produce approximately 935,000 tons of soybean meal and 475 million pounds of soybean oil for sale into domestic and export animal feed and soybean oil markets, including with respect to the soybean oil serving as a renewable feedstock for planned or existing renewable diesel refinery facilities in North Dakota and throughout the western U.S., according to the company website (Source: North Dakota Soybean Processors, , Website, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact:North Dakota Soybean Processors, Robin Skrivan (507) 842-6715, info@ndsoy.com, www.ndsoy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Soybean Processors,  Soybean,  


    Notable Carbon Budget Quote from BP CEO (Innt'l. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2020-02-17
    "The world's carbon budget is finite and running out fast; we need a rapid transition to net zero. We all want energy that is reliable and affordable, but that is no longer enough. It must also be cleaner. To deliver that, trillions of dollars will need to be invested in replumbing and rewiring the world's energy system. It will require nothing short of reimagining energy as we know it." -- BP CEO Bernard Looney, Feb., 2020

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    BP Aiming for Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the UK, petroleum industry giant BP is reporting plans to become a net-zero carbon company by 2050 or sooner. To that end, the oil giant aims to:
  • Reach net-zero carbon in its oil and gas production on an absolute basis by 2050 or sooner.

  • Achieve a 50 pct cut in the carbon intensity of its products by 2050 or sooner

  • Install methane measurement at all BP major oil and gas processing sites by 2023 and reduce methane intensity of operations by 50 pct.

  • Increase the proportion of investment into non-oil and gas businesses over time.

  • More actively advocate for policies that support net-zero, including carbon pricing -- carbon tax.

  • Further incentivise the company's workforce to deliver aims and mobilise them to advocate for net- zero.

  • Set new expectations for relationships with trade associations.

  • Aim for recognition as a leader for transparency of reporting, including supporting the recommendations of the TCFD, and

  • Launch a new team to help countries, cities and large companies decarbonise.

    BP's current worldwide greenhouse gas emissions from its operations stand at 55 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (MteCO2e), and the carbon in the oil and gas that it produces is equivalent currently to around 360 MteCO2e emissions a year -- both on an absolute basis. Taken together, delivery of these aims would equate to a reduction in emissions to net zero from what is currently around 415 MteCO2e a year, according to the BP release. (Source: BP, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: BP press office, +44 (0) 20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com, www.bp.com

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  • 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan (Ind. Report Attached)
    New Jersey PUC, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In January, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) released its 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan -- Pathway to 2050 outlining the policies, initiatives and actions the Garden State can take to affordably meet its ambitious 2050 clean energy and decarbonization target of cutting its carbon emissions by 80 pct and power its economy with a 100 pct carbon-neutral renewable energy by 2050.

    For the report, the Rocky Mountain Institute, together with Evolved Energy Research, analyzed six decarbonization pathways that New Jersey could take and summarized the findings and made recommendations for policymakers and the public.

    Download the 2019 nNew Jersey Energy Master Plan -- Pathway to 2050 HERE. (Source: NJPUC, Feb., 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Green Bldg. Materials Compliance Platform Launched (New Prod. & Serv.)
    Green Building
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the Land Down Under, Manely, NSW-based Edge Environments is touting its new Building Products Information Rating (BPI) national database that allows the building industry to check the sustainability credentials of construction materials in order to ensure material compliance with regulatory standards and "green" rating requirements.

    BPI is intended to give greater transparency the construction industry's thatselection and use of materials that meet sustainability regulations intended for "green" building ratings.

    In addition to the green rating of building materials, the free BPI Rating also assesses the expected performance and resilience of products and the companies producing them.

    The BPI search platform is the brainchild of Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of sustainability advisory firm Edge Environments and was developed by IT firm ComplyFlow with the backing of a government grant from AusIndustry and support from the Insurance Council of Australia. (Source: Edge Environment, Hotel Management, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Edge Environment, Jonas Bengtsson, CEO, +61 2 9438 0100, www.edgeenvironment.com


    Utility Reimbursement for Energy Efficiency Prog. Losses (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the Garden State, a draft proposal from the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is at the core of the agency's efforts to achieve the state's 2018 mandated energy efficiency goals that promote a shift to 100 pct clean energy by 2050 -- a target unlikely to be met without overhauling the NJBPU's energy efficiency programs since the demand for electricity is expected to double by mid-century.

    Under the staff proposal, utilities will be able to recover lost revenues attributable to their energy efficiency programs, as well as programs to reduce peak-time energy consumption -- all of which runs contrary to established utility business models that encourage energy consumption to the point of wastefulness for growth and higher profits.

    The draft proposal is modeled on energy efficiency programs adopted by South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas more than a decade ago, so-called limited decoupling. Dubbed Conservation Incentive Programs (CIP), they rely on incentives funded by shareholders to implement conservation programs. The staff draft balances the interests of both the utilities and ratepayers and allows utilities to earn a return on their energy efficiency investments, according to the NJBPU. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Green Plains Adding Corn-Based Livestock Feed (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc
    Date: 2020-02-12
    Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. reports it will invest $400 million over the next two years to refocus its business on the production of corn-based, high protein animal feeds at its various production facilities. With this refocusing, ethanol will become a low-margin byproduct for the company.

    According to Reuters, the company's new game plan is in response to an uncertain ethanol market outlook, the Trump administration's continued issuance of RFS ethanol blending "hardship waivers" and an almost 20 pct drop in revenues from ethanol sales in 2019.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single waiver request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Green Plains, Successful Farming, Feb., 2020)Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

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    Lightsource BP Orders 1.2 GW of Canadian Solar Modules (Int'l.)
    Lightsource BP,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2020-02-07
    UK oil and gas giant BP-backed Lightsource BP reports ordering 1.2 GW of Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. modules for various, un-named photovoltaic (PV) projects in the US and Australia.

    The order calls for the delivery of bifacial polycrystalline PERC modules, of the BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) type, which, according to Canadian Solar, enhance power production when installed in a limited area and "dramatically" cut the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the solar plant. The high-power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules are also part of the deal.

    BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabeled Lightsource BP. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    Biofuels Ind. Groups Applaud Court's RFS Waiver Ruling (Ind Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-01-29
    Further to Monday, 27 Jan. coverage -- Court Disqualifies Recent RFS "Hardship" Waivers -- the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and other biofuel industry groups are praising the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down three small refinery "hardship" exemption waivers.

    The court ruled the EPA cannot "extend” exemptions to any small refineries whose earlier, temporary exemptions had lapsed" as was the case in the three over ruled exemptions.

    Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)noted: "The Court has affirmed our long-held position that EPA's recent practices and policies regarding small refinery exemption extensions were completely unlawful. And while the decision addresses three specific exemptions, the statutory interpretation issues resolved by the court apply much more broadly."

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Various Media, Agri-Pulse, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFA,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Court Disqualifies Recent RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg.)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-01-27
    It is being widely reported that a U.S. appeals court has ordered the EPA to reconsider three recently issued Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery "hardship waivers" on the grounds that the refineries did not qualify for the waivers and their issuance was "flawed."

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit dated Jan. 24 came after a coalition of biofuel industry groups had challenged the 2016 exemptions for Holly Frontier's Woods Cross and Cheyenne refineries, as well as CVR Energy's Wynewood refinery.

    The court ruled the EPA overstepped its authority and errored in granting the waivers because the refineries had not received exemptions in the previous year. The court said the RFS is worded in such a way that any exemption granted to a small refinery after 2010 must take the form of an "extension".

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source (Source: Successful Farming, Various Media, Reuters, 25 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


    Tata Tackles Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Project (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Tata
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In Mumbai, Tata Projects Ltd., one of India's fastest growing infrastructure companies, is reporting acquisition of Bharat Petroleum Corporation's (BPCL) 2G Bio Ethanol Project at Bargarh, Odisha.

    The project is expected to produce 100 KL per day of fuel-grade cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste and residues primarily rice straw and corn stover. The project will also assist in addressing growing environmental concerns and supporting the Indian government's Ethanol Blended Petrol programme.

    Tata Projects provides turnkey solutions for the construction of roads, bridges, fully integrated rail & metro systems, commercial building and airports and setting up power generation plants, power transmission & distribution systems, chemical process plants, water and waste management and complete mining and metal purification systems, according to the company website. (Source: Tata Projects, Rural Marketing 24 Jan., 2024) Contact: Tata Projects, 00 9712 679 5565, tpl@tataprojects.com, www.tataprojects.com

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    NJ BPU Proposes Energy Efficiency Program Framework (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In a straw proposal, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it is proposing a framework for how the Garden State can significantly cut electric and gas use and implement 2018 state legislation mandating utilities curb customer electric usage by 2 pct and gas use by 0.75 pct per year.

    The energy efficiency plan proposes that state staff deliver statewide policy programs and goals, particularly those involving governmental entities, and that utilities help achieve goals based on the staff's assumption that utilities are best suited to deliver certain energy efficiency and peak reduction programs. (Source: New Jersey, BPU, Spotlight NJ, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Indian OMCs Ethanol Tender Seeks 2.5bn Litres (Int'l. Report)
    India Sugar Mills Association
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In New Delhi, the Indian government's three oil marketing companies (OMCs) -- Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum -- have reportedly floated a second tender for 2.53 billion litres of ethanol for delivery between February 1 and November 30, 2020, for the government's petrol-blending programme. In response to a September 2019 tender, sugar-ethanol producers offered less than one-third of the tendered amount.

    In the present tender, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is seeking 1.07 bn litres, Hindustan Petroleum (HPC) 787 million litres and Bharat Petroleum (BPC) seeks 672 million litres. (Source: India Sugar Mills Association (Isma), Business Standard, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: India Sugar Mills Association, +91-11-2626 2294 - 98, +91-11-2626 3231 - fax, isma@indiansugar.com, www.indiansugar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Sugar Mills AssociationmEthanol ,  

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