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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc., DDGs, Ethanol, RFS,
Of the total, $39 million is earmarked for one or two projects seeking to develop a test site to speed up the commercialization of supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles used by concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Up to 11 projects will qualify for a total of $30 million for developing community microgrids and boosting the cybersecurity for solar inverters and power plants.
An additional $15 million will be shared by between * and 12 projects aimed at prolonging the lifespan of PV systems and cut hardware costs for plants using traditional silicon solar cells, as well as thin-film, tandem and perovskite cells. Innovative solar manufacturing projects, emerging technologies, solar farm siting and
artificial intelligence applications for the solar sector will also qualify for funding under this offering. (Source: US DOE, Feb., 2020) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov › eere › office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy,
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE, Solar, ,
The project focuses on developing cost-effective manufacturing process for better lithium-ion batteries for various applications.
The project is being led by assistant professor Dr. Qingliu Wu of WMU's Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering.
(Source: Western Michigan University, WKZ, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: Western Michigan University, Dept. of Paper and Chemical Engineering, (269) 276-3500 www.wmich.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery, Energy Storage,
SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs.
(Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas , Energy Efficiency,
The agency gets much of its power from the coal-fired Sherco 3 power plant in Becker, Minn. SMMPA holds a 41 pct stake in the generating unit. But Sherco 3's majority owner, Xcel Energy, announced last year it intends to retire the plant in 2030. SMMPA notes that with the declining costs of wind and solar it makes sense to replace most of that coal-fired electricity with renewables -- probably an equal mix of wind and solar. The planned change would result in a 90 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels.
SMMPA currently sources over 20 pctof its power from renewable sources, Schoenherr said. It also gets carbon-free electricity from hydropower projects.
SMMPA provides electricity to 18 city-owned utilities, mostly in the southern and central parts of the state, including Rochester, Austin, Owatonna and Mora. (Source: SMMPA, MN Public Radio. 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: SMMPA, Dave Geschwind, Exec. Dir., CEO, 507-285-0478, www.smmpa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency , SMMPA, ,
According to Schmidt, the savings were the result of switching 12,608 light bulbs with LED bulbs at 15 of the counties 26 facilities through Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Program. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the county roughly $67,900 in annual energy costs. (Source: Madison County, WBCZ Radio, Alton Daily News, 9 Feb., 2020)
Contact: Madison County, County Clerk, Debbie Ming-Mendoza, (618) 692-6290, Rob Schmidt, County Facilities Director, www.co.madison.il.us: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois, LED Light, Energy Efficiency,
Vermont legislators set a goal to weatherize 80,000 homes by 2020 but as of 2018, only 27,186 homes had been weatherized, according to a 2020 energy report from the state Department of Public Service.
Vermont Energy Burden Report 2019 HERE. Source: Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Digger, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Vermont, Energy Efficiency,
The study also suggests the local economy might be able to avoid fallout from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to achieve carbon neutrality, in part, by managing the decline of California's Kern-centric oil industry and Kern's previously recognized geologic underground carbon storage capacity.
The LNL report -- Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California -- also notes the entire effort would cost less than $10 billion per year, or less than .05 pct of the state's economic output.
According to the report, 84 megatons per year of CO2 emissions can be rerouted by creating biofuels from biomass and that carbon associated with such activities could then be buried.
Another 25 megatons per year could be avoided by restoring woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, among other land-management practices.
Additional savings could be pulled right out of the air using energy-intensive technology.
(Source: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Bakersfield.com,3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, www.llnl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California, Lawrence Livermore National Lab ,
According to the study, energy efficiency at POUs cost an additional $0.024/kWh, meaning it would cost an additional 2.4 cents to save the energy it would take to power a 1,000-watt appliance. In comparison, it costs $0.025/kWh to save energy at investor-owned utilities like PG&E - 0.1 cents more than POUs per kilowatt.
The study, which used American Public Power Association (APPA) data, also found there was variability in costs depending on the sector being examined. Commercial and industrial sectors cost the least for consumers at about $0.02/kWh, while low-income sectors cost the most at about $0.133/kWh.
Overall, the study projects spending on energy efficiency to increase by 3 pct per year until 2025.
(Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Daily Californian, 6 Feb., 2020)
Contact: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov
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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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP, Canadian Solar, Solar,
According to the report, emissions fell last year by 120 million tonnes as power generation from hard coal declined in every European Union country and sank by 24 pct overall to be replaced in nearly equal measure by natural gas and renewable energy. Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK accounted for 80 percent of the decline in energy produced from hard coal which is no longer cost competitive with natural gas and renewable energy.
Download the Sandbag report
(Source: Sandbag, Al Jazeera, Feb., 2020) Contact: Agora Energiewende, www.agoraenergiewende.de;
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The IoT-enabled Real-time Energy Analytics Platform (i-REAP) is a two-year £1.5 million collaborative R&D project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The system will use data collected from a network of small sensors to paint an accurate picture of energy consumption at a number of commercial building test sites with a view to setting up a service to offer energy efficiency advice to businesses.
The project is led by engineering firm TerOpta, which is developing Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensors for i-REAP.
Researchers from UWE Bristol's Big Data Lab will initially carry out a feasibility study in the buildings, assessing the heating layout, staff sitting arrangements, office structure, orientation of buildings and building facade, materials, as well as insulation.
UWE will then install up to 80 IoT sensors inside and four outside each of the buildings. By collecting data over a period of six months, the researchers will be able to gather enough intelligence on the building to then give client advice on how the current building systems are functioning and how they could be improved by retrofitting for energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
(Source: UWE Bristol, pbctoday, 6 Feb., 2020)
Contact: UWE Bristol, Prof. Lukumon Oyedele, +4411732 83443, L.Oyedele@uwe.ac.uk, www.uwe,ac.uk
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Schneider's EcoStruxure Building solution plays a pivotal role in reducing energy consumption and expenditure while driving drive greater cost savings through a better understanding of energy through a single platform. As a result, the University is seeing a 5 pct reduction in energy consumption, a 3 pct drop in overall energy costs , a 25 pct lowering in maintenance costs and increased efficiencies in areas where EcoStruxure has been deployed.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltium, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.co.in/en: University of Nottingham,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Management, Schneider Electric, Energy Efficiency,
In its annual energy outlook report, the EIA notes renewables are now growing faster as a source of power generation through 2050 as lower costs make them economically more competitive.
(Source: Energy Information Administration, Feb., 2020)
Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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The Bio-200 is a small-scale -- 75 kW power, 125 kW thermal -- modular unit that provides 24/7 continuous renewable power. The hurricane-proof unit is ideally suited for renewable energy microgrids and can be installed and commissioned within one day. The unit, which is fueled by a blend of on-site or locally sourced organic materials, offsets as much as 2,200 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.
The company's Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership model eliminates upfront customer capital-outlay and delivers immediate cost savings unlike typical on-site energy projects, according to the company website.
(Source: Enexor BioEnergy, PR , EngineerLive, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enexor BioEnergy, Bioenergy, Bio-waste, Waste-to-Energy,
To that end, MEAN's Power Supply Committee will develop policies around resource planning, portfolio optimization and emissions reduction. MEAN presently sources 50 pct of the power it supplies from renewables.
MEAN provides cost-based power supply, transmission and related services to 69 participating communities in four states: Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.
(Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Journal Star, Feb., 2020) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Bob Poehling, CEO, 402-474-4759, www.nmppenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral, Carbon Emissions,
Johnson Controls, which operates in 150 countries, sees its role within the WGEO as a leading strategic partner that will have a positive impact on innovative initiatives and solutions involving clean and sustainable energy. (Source: Johnson Controls,, PR, ETOSWire, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Johnson Controls, Tomas Brannemo, VP & Pres., Building Solutions, Sweeney D'costa, + 97143099941, Sweeney.email@example.com, www.jci.com;
World Green Economy Organization, +971 4 388 7878, www.worldgreeneconomy.org
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Energyport's 5-year leasing program incorporating California's Self Generation Incentive Program is built around Energport's L3060 energy storage system. The 30kW/60kWh systems feature lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery technology and are scalable and compliant with grid standards. (Source: Energport, PR, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Energport, Jack Chen, CEO, (510) 279-3183, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery, Energy Storage,
As defined by the US DOE, EEaaS is a pay-for-performance, off-balance-sheet type of finance structure that enables customers to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no up-front capital expenditure. The provider of the upgrades pays for project development, construction, and maintenance costs while the customer -- building owner -- makes service payments based on actual energy savings on a long-term basis.
In Decemeber 2019, GEEN announced it had three waste wood biomass-fired power plant in operation at a total cost of €80 million. was built.
GEEN Holding a.s. is an energy, engineering and investment group which was formed by 31 companies.
GEEN has six operating hydro, 10 photovoltaic power plants and e woody biomass plants in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to its website.
(Source: GEEN Holding, Total Croatia News, 31 Jan., 2020) Contact: GEEN Holding, +420 511 111 950, email@example.com, www.geen.eu
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The program is aimed at assisting
low income customers cut home energy costs by as much as $230 per year with affordable home energy-efficient upgrades. The program also includes
the installation of free smart thermostats; energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures; personal home walk-through energy assessments and, recommendations on cutting energy consumption.
(Source: SaskPower, Public Release, Feb., 2020)
Contact: SaskPower, Shawn Schmidt, VP Distribution and Customer Services, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
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Enlight Renewable Energy stands at the forefront of the green energy revolution. A leader in its field, the company is publically traded on TASE (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange). Since its foundation in 2008, Enlight has endeavored to create value through its energy and infrastructure initiatives. The company specializes in the initiation, development, financing, construction, management, and operation of projects involving the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources, according to the company website.
(Source: Enlight Renewable Energy, Renewable, 30 Jan., 2020) Contact: Enlight Renewable Energy, Gilad Yavetz, CEO, +972 3 9008700, www.enlightenergy.co.il
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Twain provided financing for the resort through Western Riverside Council of Governments' (WRCOG) C-PACE program. C-PACE offers developers low-cost, long-term financing for 100 pct of the cost of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements for commercial real estate projects.
(Source: Twain Financial Partners;Truax Development, PR, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: Twain Financial,
Fran Doherty, Bus. Dev., 314-300-4135, www.twainfinancial.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency C-PACE, Property Assessed Clean Energy , PACE, Energy Efficiency Financing,
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,
The upgrades will include installation of a 1.56-MW photovoltaic micro grid solar array with integrated battery energy storage and an AI-driven power distribution control system, which is expected to significantly reduce the natural gas consumption improve operational efficiency. (Source: Aemetis, PR, NewsWire, 28 Jan., 2020)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission, Aemetis, Biofuel,
The project would include upgrading digesters to process more organic waste and thus optimize the use of biogas to generate electricity and heat for the facility and minimize the flaring of unused digester methane gas -- a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
(Source: Montpelier City Council, Times Argus, 27 Jan., 2020) Contact: Montpelier City Council, www.montpelier-vt.org/258/City-Council-Mayor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, Methane,
"Most importantly, the agency will henceforth forbid standards that fail to deliver significant energy savings. Efficiency standards typically raise the upfront cost of the appliance, but presumably pay the consumer back in the form of lower energy bills -- unless the energy savings are too trivial.
"The process rule contains a new bright-line requirement that a new or amended standard must save an estimated 0.3 quadrillion BTUs over 30 years (or improve current efficiency by at least 10 percent). According to the agency, if this threshold had already been in place, 40 pct of the appliance rules would have never been enacted. These 40 pct are so useless that, in aggregate, they account for a mere 4 pct of the program's estimated energy savings. Thus, this provision would eliminate those standards most likely to impose more pain than gain for consumers.
"Other provisions in the process rule allow for a more open and interactive regulatory process, rather than one that limits the manufacturers' input while the rule is being fashioned by the agency. The process rule is also judicially enforceable." (Source: US DOE, Competitive Enterprise Institute - Blog, 29 Jan., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards,
"HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough, low cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct. By optimizing the science of water electrolysis at the nano-level, our low cost nanoparticles mimic photosynthesis to efficiently use sunlight to separate hydrogen from water, to produce environmentally friendly renewable hydrogen. Using our low cost method to produce renewable hydrogen, we intend to enable a world of distributed hydrogen production for renewable electricity and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles," according to the company website.
(Source: HyperSolar, PR, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: HyperSolar, Tim Young, CEO, email@example.com, www.hypersolar.com
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With the company's recently released website system restaurants and homes to can easily identify the nearest collection and collection schedule within a 2 kilometers radius.
In 2019, the company produced 13,600 tonnes of biodiesel from animal fats and used cooking oil collected for roughly
15,000 restaurants across the country.
(Source: Prasino Ladi, EURACTIVE, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: Prasino Ladi, Giorgos Kyriakopoulos, CEO, +30 210 572 2108, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.prasinoladi.gr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,
In 2018, Australia emitted 421 million tons of carbon dioxide, making it the 16th-largest emitter worldwide, ranking just above the UK, according to the Global Carbon Project, a group of 76 scientists in 15 countries.
2019 was the hottest and driest year on record in Australia, and December saw the country shatter its record for the hottest-ever day nationally. (Source: Global Fire Emissions Database, The Independent, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Global Fire Emissions Database, www.globalfiredata.org;
Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Project, GHGs, Carbon Emissions, Australia Carbon Emissions,
The Master Plan aims to reduce Philadelphia's energy consumption, lower its carbon emissions and expand the use of renewables.
According to the U.S. DOE, the widespread use of LEDs, compared to no LED use, could save the "equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants" by 2027 and "more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices."
Philadelphia presently spends $12.9 million per year on streetlighting costs but has not yet identified funding mechanisms or a date for the citywide LED switchover.
(Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, Plan Philly, WHYY PBS, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Philadelphia Office of Sustainability,
Christine Knapp, Dir., 215-686-3495, www.phila.gov › departments › office-of-sustainability; Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215-686-4483, www.philaenergy.org
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,
More about the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot:
Program priorities include manufacturers in rural or low-income communities, adoption of innovative or cutting-edge technology, and activities with significant environmental or economic benefits. More about the Agriculture and Rural Communities Energy Incentive Program:
GTI focuses its R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen using hydrocarbon fuels that incorporate carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration CCS) in a cost-effective manner. These technology efforts are directed at both large-scale hydrogen production using natural gas feedstock, and smaller distributed hydrogen production for transportation or remote power generation using either gaseous or liquid hydrocarbon fuels, according to the release.
Additionally, GTI is partnered with private industry to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate technologies that further the use of hydrogen (H2) as a transportation fuel by delivering infrastructure, vehicle, engine, fuel dispensing, and system solutions for clean transportation fuel cell vehicles.
(Source: GTI, Green Car Congress, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500
847-768-0501 - fax, email@example.com,
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Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the three FOAs will be issued on behalf of the three transportation offices: Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. Brief summaries of the FOAs follow:
Bhutan, California, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, The European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, The UK and Uruguay. (Source: Various Media, Climate News, Jan., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon, GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
According to the MSU report, if enough green algae could be produced to cover half the state of Maine, for example, it could supply enough "green oil" to replace all of the petroleum used in the United States right now. According to the US DOE, the U.S. has the capacity to produce 5 billion gallons of fuel from algae per year by the year 2030, at a cost of $2.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent. To that end, "algal biomass will need to be produced from large-scale farming operations, similar to agricultural crops," the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy said in a statement.
Cheng, a researcher with the Interdisciplinary Plant Group and director of Bioinformatic at MU, is adapting artificial intelligence to map the shapes and amino acids of proteins to help bioengineers change the structure of the algae and make it more less costly and more efficient for biofuel production.
Cheng's project Deep Learning Prediction of Protein Complex Structures was supported by $167,797 from the US DOE. (Source: University of Missouri, The Columbian, 23 Jan., 2020)
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The changes add new and lengthy steps to the procedure used in updating existing or developing new energy efficiency standards include:
The previous Process Rule, which was climate-friendly, would help in reducing carbon emissions and saved the average US household $500 per year. The Trump administration claims the revealed Process Rule will save consumers about $2 trillion by 2030.
According to ACEEE Exec. Dir. Steven Nadel, "These attacks defy the common-sense, bipartisan support that energy efficiency has long enjoyed.
They will cost consumers and businesses money, create market uncertainty for businesses due to likely legal challenges, add to harmful pollution, and undermine efforts to address the climate crisis."
(Source: ACEEE, Various Media, Smart Energy Int'l., 23 Jan., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The study reveals both customer demand and perceptions about performance are driving green engagement. Most builders believe that the top factors influencing consumer decisions about whether to invest in a green home are concerns about cost and performance, with related issues -- like their return on investment and the quality of the home -- following close behind. However, most builders and remodelers say it's a careful balance of production with demand. Lack of market demand was cited as the top reason why many companies are not ramping up their green building. Forty-two pct of single-family and 31 pct of multifamily builders reported doing no green projects at all.
Cost is also a major influencer in the green building market. However, 70 pct of single-family home builders believe that their customers will pay more for a green home, suggesting that many home buyers understand the benefits of green.
(Source: National Association of Home Builders, Jan., 2020) Contact: National Association of Home Builders, www.nahb.org
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The report notes these figures should be viewed in the context of annual global investments in energy, which in 2018 alone amounted to $1.85 trillion. The global shipping fleet accounts for 2.2 pct of CO2 emissions.
Download the The Scale of Investment Needed to Decarbonize International Shipping study
HERE. (Source: Global Maritime Forum, PR, GreenCar Congress, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Global Maritime Forum, www.globalmaritimeforum.org; Energy Transitions Commission, www.energy-transitions.org; University Maritime Advisory Services, +44 20 3108 5965, www.u-mas.co.uk;
University Maritime Advisory Services, www.u-mas.co.uk
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The turbine is mounted on a buoyant underwater structure anchored in deep water. The wind turbine, tower and underwater structure are permanently joined and rotate as a single unit with water carrying the full weight of the structure which, similar to a sailing boat, is stabilized by the keel.
The unit does not require a yaw system for the turbine to face the wind nor a pitching mechanism to turn the rotor blades. Accordingly, fewer moving parts incur lower maintenance and operating costs. The SeaTwirl S2, 1MW turbine is expected to be available in 2020.
(Source: SeaTwirl, Offshore Eng., 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, CEO, Managing Director, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com
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Ameresco's proposed upgrades include: replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs; occupancy controled lighting; installing mechanical insulation to pumps and piping; and building envelope improvements.
(Source: City of Stillwater, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Stillwater, Mick Greiner,Facilities Manager, 651-430-8800, www.ci.stillwater.mn.us; Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com
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The funds are part of the company's Schools Conserving Our Resources market transformation program which was created with the help of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The program provides financial incentive to private and public educational institutions for new and retrofit lighting installments.
The program aims to encourage: energy efficient products; transform the market by addressing barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency; provide educational and support services to implement the products and creating a simple process to streamline the process to encourage market participation.
(Source: SWEPCO, Longview News Journal, 15 Jan., 2020) Contact: Kilgore College, www.kilgore.edu; AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Co, 888-216-3523, www.swepco.com
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The industries affected by the proposal include: Iron ore mining; man-made fiber manufacturing; copper production; preparation and spinning of textile fibers; organic basic chemicals manufacturing; nitrogen compounds and fertilizer manufacturing; and mining of chemical and fertilizer minerals.
In a statement, the European Commission defended the The new state aid guidelines are inline with the European Green Deal which aims to cut global warming emissions, according to the EC release.
(Source: EC, EURACTIV, 16 Jan., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, EU ETS, EC, EU,
Rebound's IcePoint® technology reportedly uses significantly less energy than traditional methods, improves the freezing efficiency of cooling systems by 35 pct and potentially prevents 681 MMT of greenhouse gas emissions annually from the cooling sector by 2050.
Rebound will use the new capital to install its first industrial-scale systems with food manufacturers and cold storage logistics companies in North America.
The company previously received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and a group of seed investors including PRIME Coalition, Closed Loop Ventures, and Investors' Circle.
About Rebound Technologies.
(Source: Rebound Technologies, PR, 16 Jan., 2020)Contact: Rebound Technologies, Kevin Davies, CEO, www.rebound-tech.com
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The rebates helped GMP, working with customers, exceed aggressive 2019 carbon reduction goals by 40 pct. The utility's power supply is 90 pct carbon free and 60 pct renewable, with a commitment to be 100 pct carbon free in five years and 100 pct renewable by 2030.
(Source: Green Mountain Power, Vermont Bus. Mag, 8 Jan., 2020) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenmountainpower.com
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Homeowners can comply with the ordinance by having a Truth In Sale of Housing (TISH) inspector collect the data during the mandatory pre-listing evaluation or by getting an energy audit from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's Home Energy Squad program.
In either case, an inspection evaluates a home's windows, heating system and attic and wall insulation and compiles the data into an "energy score" of the home's energy efficiency. The inspector will also prepare a report detailing the improvements a homeowner or homebuyer could -- but is not required to -- make, how much those improvements typically cost and how much could be saved annually by making them.
The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan calls for 75 pct of houses to undergo energy retrofits by 2025, and notes the city offers no financing for energy efficiency improvements.
(Source: City of Minneapolis, Southwest Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: www.minneapolismn.gov/ccs/ccs_tish;
Home Energy Squad, www.homeenergysquad.net
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Blue Carbon is the carbon stored in coastal ecosystems of mangroves, tidal marshes and sea grass meadows contain large stores of carbon deposited by vegetation and various natural processes over centuries. These ecosystems sequester and store more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests.
(Source: Florida Daily, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact:
The Blue Carbon Initiative, www.thebluecarboninitiative.org
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