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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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc.,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  RFS,  


US DOE Offering $125.5 Mn for Solar R&D Initiatives (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-02-12
The US DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $125.5 million financing for research and development projects focused on reducing the cost and enhancing the cooperativeness of domestic solar energy.

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, energy.gov/solar-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  ,  


WMU Scores $9.6Mn for Li-Ion Battery RED (R&D, Funding)
Western Michigan University
Date: 2020-02-12
In Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University (WMU) is reporting receipt of $9.6 million in US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant funding for a new sustainable lithium-ion battery R&D project entitled "Enabling Advanced Electrode Architecture through Printing Technique."

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,  


SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2020-02-12
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

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,  


SMMPA Opting for Renewables to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Date: 2020-02-10
The Rochester-based nonprofit power provider Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) reports it plans to produce 80 pct of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2030.

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,  ,  


Illinois County Claims LED Lighting Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Ameren
Date: 2020-02-10
In the Land of Lincoln, Madison County Facilities Director Rob Schmidt reports the county saved more than $47-thousand on energy costs after switching electric providers in April 2019 and gained a net savings of $15,266 after paying a $32,520 termination fee with its previous provider.

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 Efficiency Efforts to Include Heating, Transport (Ind. Report)
Efficiency Vermont
Date: 2020-02-10
In Montpelier, the Vermont Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee is reporting approval of a bill that would allow the state's electric efficiency utilities -- Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department -- to spend up to $2 million over the next three years on heating and transportation efficiency projects. Previous projects included home weatherization which saved Vermonters an estimated $1.7 billion from 2000-2018. Transportation and heating account for close to 80 pct of Vermonters' energy costs as well as contribute to climate change pollution.

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.

Download the 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,  


LLNL Envisions CO2 Cuts Without Cutting CA Oil Prod. (Ind. Report)
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Date: 2020-02-07
In the Golden State, a new study from the US DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) has found that California can bury or offset 125 MW per year of CO2 by 2045 through land management practices, waste material processing, capturing atmospheric CO2 and storing the gas deep underground without negatively impacting the state's oil production.

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 ,  


Public, Private Utility Energy Efficiency Costs Compared (Ind. Report)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
Date: 2020-02-07
In the Golden State, a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (BNL) has found the cost of saving electricity in publicly owned utilities (POU), which account for 60 pct of all U.S. electric utilities, is lower than in privately owned electric utilities.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  ,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP,  Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


EU Emissions Tumble as Nat. Gas, Renewables Replace Coal (Int'l.)
Agora Energiewende
Date: 2020-02-07
According to a new joint report by two European climate think-tanks -- Agora Energiewende in Berlin, Germany and Sandbag in the UK -- the European power sector emitted 12 pct less carbon dioxide in 2019 than during the prior year, suggesting the continent has sped up its shift away from fossil fuel energy sources. During the same period, the share of energy from renewables increased to almost 35 pct.

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 HERE (Source: Sandbag, Al Jazeera, Feb., 2020) Contact: Agora Energiewende, www.agoraenergiewende.de; Sandbag, www.sandbag.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sandbag,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  EU Emissions,  


UK AI System Measures Commercial Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
UWE Bristol
Date: 2020-02-07
In the UK, the University of West of England in Bristol (UWE Bristol) reports it is collaborative;y developing a system incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the energy consumption and cost efficiency of commercial buildings.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Schneider EcoStruxure Building Solution Delivers Energy Efficiency, Savings (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2020-02-05
In the UK, global energy efficiency and energy management services specialist Schneider Electric reports its EcoStruxure Building Solution is overseeing the University of Nottingham's building management and operations optimization.

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, www.nottingham.ac.uk

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


Renewables Surpassing Natural Gas in US Power Mix (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-02-05
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which previously predicted natural gas energy would dominate the country's energy market through 2050, now says renewable energy will soon surpass natural gas in the U.S. electric power mix.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Natural Gas,  


Enexor BioEnergy Touts Organic Waste-to-Power System (Ind. Report)
Enexor BioEnergy
Date: 2020-02-05
Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy is touting the release of its patented "Bio-200" Bio-CHP direct combustion system that converts various organic biomass waste into on-site energy.

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, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enexor BioEnergy,  Bioenergy,  Bio-waste,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Nebraska MEAN Planning Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (ind. Report)
Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
Date: 2020-02-05
The Lincoln, Nebraska-based not-for-profit electric power wholesaler Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) is reporting plans to significantly slash its reliance on fossil fuels over the next 30 years and work to achieve a totally carbon- neutral power resource portfolio by 2050.

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,  


JCI Affirms Green Commitment with WGEO Membership (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls International,World Green Economy Organization
Date: 2020-02-05
Johnson Controls International (JCI), a global leader in building technologies and solutions, reports it has joined the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) as one of its latest affiliate members under the Private Sector Platform.

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.dcosta@jci.com, www.jci.com; World Green Economy Organization, +971 4 388 7878, www.worldgreeneconomy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls International,  World Green Economy Organization,  


Energport Touts Turnkey Energy Storage Lease Program (Ind. Report)
Energport
Date: 2020-02-05
Fremont, California-based Energport Inc. is reporting the launch of its turnkey on-site energy storage systems leasing program with low up-front costs and fixed monthly payments, for California businesses.

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, info@energport.com, www.energport.com/lease-program

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Pioneering EEaaS Providers, Navigator Touted (Ind. Report)
CBRE, General Electric,Johnson Controls
Date: 2020-02-03
Nasdaq is reporting Johnson Controls, commercial real estate services provider CBRE, and industrial conglomerate General Electric Company have made investments in companies that provide Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS) and perform energy efficiency upgrades under long-term contracts with private and public sector building owners.

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.

Access the Better Buildings Financing Navigator HERE. (Source: Various Media, Nsadaq News, 31 Jan., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  General Electric,  CBRE,  Johnson Controls,  


Czech Firm Invests €80Mn in Woody Biomass Plants (Int'l. Report)
GEEN Holding
Date: 2020-02-03
In the Czech Republic, Prague-headquartered GEEN Holding reports it will soon break ground on its third woody biomass power plant in Gospic, Croatia. The plant is expected to be fully operational and grid connected by mid 2021.

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, geen@geen.eu, www.geen.eu

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


SaskPower Launches Energy Efficiency Assistance Prog. (Ind Report)
SaskPower
Date: 2020-02-03
On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatoon-based utility SaskPower reports it preparing to launch a new Energy Assistance Pilot Program in the province's largest cities, Regina and Saskatoon.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Energy Efficiency,  


Enlight Acquiring Rights to Georgian Wind Project (M&A, Int'l.)
Enlight Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-01-31
Tel Aviv-based Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd. is reporting it will acquire the rights to a 100-MW wind power project under development in the eastern European country of Georgia at a cost of €122.5 million ($135 million).

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enlight Renewable Energy,  


Twain Financial Provides $34Mn C-PACE Resort Financing (Funding)
Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2020-01-31
St. Louis-based Twain Financial Partners reports it provided $34 million in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing to the development of a luxury boutique hotel and parking structure located in the Old Town neighborhood at the heart of Temecula, CA.

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,  


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,  


Aemetis Awarded $14Mn in Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission,Aemetis
Date: 2020-01-29
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc. has scored two grants totaling $14 million from the California Energy Commission for plant upgrades to reduce reduce natural gas consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve efficiency and decrease operating costs, and reduce the carbon intensity of fuel grade ethanol produced at the Keyes plant. The upgrades are expected to improve the annual operating cash flow of the Keyes plant by $13 million, according to the release.

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, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Aemetis,  Biofuel,  


Montpelier Supports Waste-Water Biogas Project (Ind. Report)
Montpelier City Council
Date: 2020-01-29
In the Green Mountain State capital city of Montpelier, City Council is reporting approval of $200,000 investment in support of the city's Waste Water Treatment Facility methane biogas project upgrade, which is expected to cost $5 million to complete. The project was initially funded by a $16.75 million bond issuance in November 2018.

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,  


DOE Finalizes Rule for Appliance Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
DOE
Date: 2020-01-29
"There are a number of problematic Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards for home appliances. Perhaps worst of all is the one resulting in dishwashers taking hours to do the job. Fortunately, CEI's petition to modify the regulations to allow dishwashers that can finish a load in an hour or less is making headway at the agency, and it doesn't hurt that President Trump has expressed strong support for the effort. But even better than fixing bad regulations is preventing them from happening in the first place, and DOE's recent process rule, applicable to all future appliance rule-makings, contains a number of useful measures.

"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 Expects Pilot Plant Completion This Spring (Ind Report)
Green Hydrogen Coalition
Date: 2020-01-29
In the Golden State, Santa Barbara-based HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, is reporting it's Gen 1 product manufacturing pilot plant is slated for completion in late Spring, 2020.

"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, info@hypersolar.com, www.hypersolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HyperSolar,  Sola,  Renewable Hydrogenr,  


Greek Biodiesel Producer Simplifies Feedstock Collection (Int'l.)
Prasino Ladi
Date: 2020-01-27
Greek biodiesel producer Prasino Ladi (Green Oil) is touting a new web-sites based program that makes it easier and more cost effective for consumers to collect used cooking oil and animal fats the company uses for biodiesel production.

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, info@prasinoladi.gr, www.prasinoladi.gr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Aussie Brush Fires Double Average Yearly GHG Emissions (Int'l.)
Global Fire Emissions Database, Global Carbon Project
Date: 2020-01-27
The Global Fire Emissions Database is reporting fires in Australia's New South Wales and Victoria states in have emitted around 400 million tons of COs so far, "pushing country-level estimates for all of 2019 to a new record in the satellite era" of about 900 million tons of carbon dioxide.

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

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Philly Planning 105,000 LED Streetlight Installation (Ind Report)
Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
Date: 2020-01-27
In the Keystone State, the city of Philadelphia Energy Authority has issued a request for qualifications from contractors for the installation of 105,000 LED streetlights under the cities' Municipal Energy Master Plan.

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


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)

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Michigan Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants Available (Ind. Report)
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Date: 2020-01-27
In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is reporting the availability of matching fund grants up to $15,000 per applicant for energy efficiency projects. The grant funding is aimed at energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits for small manufacturers, agribusinesses, farms, and small businesses in rural communities.

More about the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot:

  • Offers matching grants for activities including technical assistance services from energy assistance programs, energy efficiency training courses or workshops, enrollment in energy efficiency programs, bench-marking, or boiler, chiller or furnace tune-ups

  • Open to any manufacturer in Michigan with 500 or fewer employees worldwide.

  • Companies can qualify for up to $15,000 with a 100 percent match.

    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:

  • Farms, agribusinesses, food processors and small businesses in rural areas can qualify for energy-related project rebates based on recommendations identified following an energy audit.

  • Applicants can qualify for up to $15,000 or 25 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less.

  • Eligible projects include benchmarking, energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy projects, and training or workshops. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, LMTonline, Jan., 2020) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, www.michigan.gov › egle; Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot, www.michigan.gov › energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Bench-marking,  


  • New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

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  • GTI Launching Hydrogen Fuel Tech Center (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Des Plaines, Illinois, the not-for-profit Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a research, development and training organization focused on natural gas and energy markets, is reporting the launch of a hydrogen fuel technology center.

    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, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute ,  Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  GTI,  ,  


    DOE Announces $300Mn for Sustainable Transport R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-01-27
    The US DOE has announced three separate funding opportunities totaling nearly $300 million for sustainable transportation fuels, resources and technologies R&D.

    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:

  • FY20 Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO) Multi-Topic FOA ($133M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's VTO , topic areas within this FOA address priorities in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

  • H2@Scale New Markets FOA ($64M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's Fuel Cells Technologies Office (FCTO), topic areas within this FOA advance DOE's H2@Scale initiative. This investment will support innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use, including heavy-duty trucks, data centers and steel production.

  • FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Multi-Topic FOA ($100M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's BETO, topic areas within this FOA support the U.S. bioeconomy by reducing the price of drop-in biofuels, lowering the cost of biopower, and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources.(Source: USDOE, 25 Jan, 2020) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Bioenergy,  DOE BETO,  DOE EERE,  


  • World Governments Committed to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In response to and compliance with the COP15 Agreement, the following governments have set a global goal and committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the second half of the century:

    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,  


    MSU Researching Green Algae Biofuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Missouri State University
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Missouri State University (MSU) reports professor Jianlin Cheng is working with the St. Louis-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to make green algae an efficient, cheap source of energy to replace fossil fuel.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


    DOE Changes Update Efficiency Standards Process (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-01-24
    The Trump administration DOE's recently announced changes to the Process Rule reverse benefits achieved owing to the adoption of previous and current climate-friendly energy efficiency regulations are being widely questioned.

    The changes add new and lengthy steps to the procedure used in updating existing or developing new energy efficiency standards include:

  • A minimum savings threshold that will make new standards for many products illegal, even if the standards have zero cost.

  • Increased deference to industry developed test procedures, which may emphasize reducing manufacturer costs rather than efficiency ratings that give consumers accurate information.

  • Increased deference to standards established by ASHRAE for commercial products, a professional society in which manufacturers have a strong voice, rather than those developed by DOE.

  • A pre-rulemaking process that can lead to a decision to not conduct a rulemaking.

  • The requirement that DOE re-start the standards rulemaking process whenever more products are included within the scope of regulation, once again forcing a choice between including products that logically should be part of a rule, or more delay.

  • A mandate that makes the process rule legally binding in all instances, which will create endless litigation further tying up future standards.

    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)

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  • Home Builders Focusing on Energy Efficient High-Performance Building Practices (Ind. Report)
    National Association of Home Builders
    Date: 2020-01-24
    According to the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), almost all home builders in the US are incorporating energy-efficient practices and over two-thirds are using practices designed to improve indoor air quality and water efficiency. Key findings include:
  • 91 pct of home builders use energy-efficient approaches, and 69 pct do so on the majority of their projects. These practices may include the use of LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances and appropriately-sized, highly efficient HVAC systems;

  • Energy efficiency and durability are the top influential green attributes in product/system selection;

  • Over two-thirds use practices designed to improve indoor environmental quality and water efficiency; and

  • 97 pct of green builders report using energy efficiency practices on more than 75 pct of their projects.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Association of Home Builders,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


  • Maritime Shipping Decarbonization Costs Explored (Report Attached)
    Energy Transitions Commission
    Date: 2020-01-22
    A new study by University College London's University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) and Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) prepared for the Global Maritime Forum for the Getting to Zero Coalition, estimates the cost of cutting the maritime shipping industry's CO2 emission by 50 pct between 2030 and 2050 would come in at roughly $1-1.4 trillion -- that's $50 billion to $70 billion per year for 20 years. To fully decarbonize by 2050, this will require further investments of some $400 billion over 20 years, bringing the total to $1.4 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

    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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    SeaTwirl Floating Vertical Axis Turbine Awarded EU Patent (Int'l.)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2020-01-22
    Following up on our Jan. 10, 2018 coverage, SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) for its divisible offshore wind turbine. The European patent is in addition to earlier patents issued in Sweden, the USA and China.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  SeaTwirl,  Floating Wind,  Vertical Wind Turbine,  


    Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain operations and meet critical mission requirements during utility outages, according to the Westborough, Mass.-based energy services company. The base hosts the Air Force’s largest combat wing. The contract with DLA Energy, part of the Defense Logistics Agency, will generate more than $153 million in guaranteed cost savings over the performance period, Noresco said. (Source: Noesco, 21 Jan., 2020)
    Noresco
    Date: 2020-01-21
    Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain operations and meet critical mission requirements during utility outages, according to the Westborough, Mass.-based energy services company. The base hosts the Air Force’s largest combat wing. The contract with DLA Energy, part of the Defense Logistics Agency, will generate more than $153 million in guaranteed cost savings over the performance period, Noresco said. (Source: Noesco, 21 Jan., 2020)

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    Stillwater Considers Energy Saving, Efficiency Upgrades (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In Minnesota, the Stillwater City Council reports it is considering an energy assessment and proposal from Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco. The Ameresco assessment projects that $700,000 -- $1,000,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to nine city owned facilities could significantly cut energy consumption as well as reduce energy and future maintenance costs. The savings would cover the cost of the infrastructure upgrades or the difference would be covered by Ameresco.

    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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    Kilgore Scores SWEPCO Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
    SWEPCO
    Date: 2020-01-20
    Shreveport, Louisiana-based AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) reports it has awarded $121,386 to Kilgore College, in Kilgore Texas, for energy efficiency upgrades that are expected to save the college roughly $155,000 a year in energy costs.

    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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    EC Cutting Industrial Carbon Cost Refunds (Int'l. Report)
    EU,EC,EU ETS
    Date: 2020-01-17
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) is reporting a proposal to reduce the number of industries eligible for compensation for the costs incurred from their inclusion in the EU's carbon market Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Under the proposal, reparations would be "conditional upon decarbonisation efforts by the companies concerned."

    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 Energy-Efficient Cooling Technology Raises $5Mn (Funding)
    Rebound Technologies
    Date: 2020-01-17
    In Denver, Rebound Technologies, developer of an energy-efficient and more cost-effective alternative to traditional vapor compression cooling systems, reports the closing of a $5 million Series A financing. The lead investors were Clean Energy Ventures and Skyview Ventures, with participation from Autodesk Foundation, the philanthropic investing arm of multinational software corporation Autodesk.

    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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    Green Mountain Power Rebates Deliver CO2 Emission Cuts (Ind Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2020-01-15
    Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it is building on the success of its customer programs to cut carbon emissions and energy costs by renewing its 2019 rebates program for 2020. GMP's rebates were intended to reduce energy costs and customer carbon footprints, and customers responded by making thousands of purchases -- offsetting 156 million lifetime pounds of carbon, equal to taking 15,000 fossil-fueled vehicles off the road for a year.

    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, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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    Minn. Energy Efficiency Disclosure Ordinance in Force (Ind. Report)
    Minneapolis
    Date: 2020-01-15
    The city of Minneapolis is reporting a city ordinance requiring one- and two-family homeowners to collect energy consumption and efficiency data before listing their homes for sale came into force Jan. 15, 2020.

    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

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


    Blue Carbon For Our Planet Act on Capitol Hill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Blue Carbon
    Date: 2020-01-15
    U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) reports the Blue Carbon For Our Planet Act has been sent to the U.S. House Natural Resources; Science, Space, and Technology and the House Administration Committees. If enacted, the Act would create an Interagency Working Group on Coastal Blue Carbon and a national map of coastal blue carbon ecosystems and their sequestration potential, study the effects of environmental stressors on rates of carbon sequestration, improve protections for existing coastal blue carbon ecosystems and restore degraded ecosystems.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  

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