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Dominion Offers Agribusinesses Financial Incentives to Cut Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2021-10-13
South Carolina agricultural businesses may now be eligible for thousands of dollars in incentives toward qualifying energy efficiency projects through Dominion Energy's EnergyWise for Your Business program.

The program offers financial incentives and technical assistance for eligible non-residential electric customers to replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with energy-efficient technologies. Participating customers can apply for up to $100,000 per eligible project type and customer tax ID annually, subject to terms and conditions.

The program offers incentives for site-specific, cost-effective technologies. Projects must demonstrate specific and proven energy savings and costs. Qualifying projects might include: heating pads for swine; dairy milk pre-coolers; animal agricultural LED lighting; horticultural LED lighting; grain bin variable frequency drives (VFD); well pump tune-ups nnd VFDs; and others.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 11 Oct., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy, Ashley Cunningham, (803) 904-2877, ashley.cunningham@dominionenergy.com, www.dominionenergy.com; EnergyWise for Your Business, 877-784-7234, DominionEnergySC.com/ForYourBusiness.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Incentive news,  


Air Products' Texas Liquid Hydrogen Plant Onstream (Alt. Fuels)
Air Products
Date: 2021-10-08
Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based hydrogen supplier Air Products reports its new liquid hydrogen plant at its La Porte, Texas facility is onstream and producing approximately 30 tpd liquid hydrogen. The La Porte facility will join the company's existing hydrogen and syngas production operations, as well as an air separation unit at the site. The liquid hydrogen plant will connect to, and draw hydrogen to be liquefied from, Air Products' Gulf Coast Pipeline (GCP), an approximately 700-mile pipeline from Texas to New Orleans, and capable of supplying customers with over 1.9 billion feet of hydrogen per day from 25 hydrogen production facilities. The pipeline includes the supply of blue hydrogen from Air Products' Port Arthur, Texas facility where approximately one million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) has been captured annually since 2013, transported via pipeline, and used in enhanced oil recovery operations.

In addition to La Porte, Air Products has liquid hydrogen production plants in New Orleans, Louisiana; Sacramento, California; Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Air Products recently announced its intent to begin the process of converting its global fleet of approximately 2,000 distribution vehicles to hydrogen fuel cell zero emission vehicles starting in 2022. (Source: Air Products, PR, 7 Oct., 2021) Contact: Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Products,  Blue Hydrogen,  Liquid Hydrogen ,  


Austria Sets Carbon Tax Price (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2021-10-04
In Vienna, Austria's governing Conservative and Green Party coalition has reportedly agreed to tax reforms that include tax cuts for individuals and companies and a new carbon pricing scheme . It set a price of € 30 per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) from 2022, rising to € 55 in 2025, according to Reuters. (Source: EU Media, Reuters, 3 Oct., 2021)


Pacific Inst. for Climate Solutions Plans CCS Demo (Ind. Report)
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Date: 2021-09-27
In British Columbia, Canada, the University of Victoria and its Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Ocean Networks Canada divisions are reporting plans for a demonstration project to equip a floating drilling platform with turbines that would gather carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester the CO2 in Cascadia Basin sub-sea basalt formations roughly 100 km off the coast of Vancouver Island in 2024.

The Solid Carbon Project demois projected to cost between $30 million and $60 million, with private companies stepping up and governments likely to follow, according to the release.

The project's next steps will include further investigation of the mineralization processes, efficient well injection strategies and ocean system architectures.

It is currently estimated that human activity adds about 51 billion tpy of GHGs to the atmosphere, according to the release. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions , Sybil Seitzinger, Exec. Dir., 250-853-3595 Fax 250-853-3597, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


ONEOK Touts 30 pct Emissions Reduction Target by 2030 (Ind. Report)
ONEOK, Inc.
Date: 2021-09-24
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, ONEOK, Inc. has announced a companywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target to achieve an absolute 30 pct reduction -- 2.2 million metric tons of its combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030, compared with 2019 base-year levels. Scope 1 and 2 emissions totaled 7.2 MMT of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

Opportunities for reductions include the electrification of certain natural gas compression assets across ONEOK's operations, methane mitigation through best management practices and system optimizations. Additionally, ONEOK is identifying opportunities to collaborate with utilities and power generators to accelerate the availability of lower-carbon power options across the company's operations.

ONEOK, Inc. is a midstream service provider and owner of one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent and Permian regions with key market centers and an extensive network of natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets. (Source: ONEOK, Inc.. PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: ONEOK Inc., Pierce H. Norton, CEO, Megan Patterson , 918-561-5325, www.oneok.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  


Community Renewables Launched in Rochester (Ind. Report)
City of Rochester
Date: 2021-09-17
In the Empire State, the City of Rochester reports activation of its Rochester Community Power clean energy program to provide as many as 57,000 city residents and small businesses with locally sourced 100 pct wind and hydro renewable energy.

The program is the default electricity supply choice so eligible residents and businesses are automatically enrolled. The program will supply more than 300 million kWh per year of renewable energy and roughly 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next two years. Joule Assets, as the program administrator (Source: City of Rochester, Rochester Community Power, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rochester Community Power, info@rochestercommunitypower.com, www.rochester-cp.com; Joule Assets, www.jouleassets.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Assets,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  Community Solar,  


A4A Touts Sustainable Aviation Fuel Goal (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-09-15
The Washington, DC-based airlines trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) reports its member carriers have pledged to work with government leaders and other stakeholders to make 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030. The trade organization is also committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to work toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable SAF.

To that end, A4A noted the need for positive government policy support, including a $1.50-$2.00 per gallon SAF blenders tax credit; public-private SAF research, development and deployment programs such as a new SAF and low emissions technology grant program under consideration by Congress and other collaborative initiatives.

"For decades, U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have been investing in increasingly fuel-efficient aircraft and operating them in more efficient ways, improving overall fuel efficiency by more than 135 percent year-end 2019, saving over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A and our members have helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020," the A$A release noted. (Source: Airlines for America, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, CEO, 202-626-4141, www.airlines.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America,  SAF ,  


China Reforestation, Climate Change Plan Touted (Int'l.)
China National Forestry and Grassland Administration
Date: 2021-08-25
In Beijing, the China National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) is reporting plans to plant 500 million mu (about 33.33 million hectares) of forests and grasslands in the next five years to help the country achieve its commitment to peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, as forests and grasslands are important carbon sinks that absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The plan calls for planting 54 million trees and 46 million mu of grass each year over the next five years to increase the country's forest coverage rate to 24.1 pct and its grassland vegetation coverage to 57 pct by 2025, as outlined in the country's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on the protection and development of forests and grasslands. The country also aims to raise its forest stock volume to 19 billion cubic meters by the end of 2025, an increase of 1.4 billion cubic meters from last year.

China's forest carbon reserves have hit 9.2 billion tonnes, with an average annual increase of over 200 million tonnes over the past five years -- equivalent to a carbon sink of 700 million to 800 million tonnes, according to NFGA data. (Source: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, www.iucn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  Carbon Sink,  Cargon Emissions,  ,  


Ethanol Producers Announce Nebraska CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Chief Industries, Catahoula Resources
Date: 2021-08-23
As previously reported, Nebraska ethanol producer Chief Industries Inc reports it has inked an agreement with Catahoula Resources to jointly develop carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) within the state.

The agreement follows a May, 2021, announcement that Catahoula and Battelle are partnering to develop solutions for the capture, transport and sequestration of carbon dioxide produced at ethanol facilities in Nebraska.

Chief Industries is currently working with Catahoula to evaluate CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production. The work follows legislation, LB 650, that creates a legal framework for CCS projects located within the Cornhusker State. (Source: Chief Industries, Oil & Gas News, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chief Industries,  Ethanol,  CCS,  Catahoula Resources,  


China Industrial Bank Grants First Carbon Sink Loan (Int'l.)
Industrial Bank C.
Date: 2021-08-23
China's Industrial Bank Co., Ltd reports the issuance of a carbon sink loan totaling roughly $2.77 million to an unnamed company managing coastal wetlands in Jiaozhou Bay in east China's Shandong Province. The loan proceeds will be used for purchasing and planting crops with higher carbon uptake capacity on wetland for ecological conservation, according to the bank.

The issuance of the loan took into account an overall analysis on the wetland's carbon sequestration capacity as a fundamental factor, and the loan amount was based on the transaction prices in the national carbon market, with the wetland's long-term income from carbon trading as collateral, the bank noted.

China previously announced it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China.org,, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Industrial Bank Co., Ltd., www.cib.com.cn/en

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


Scottish Green-Methanol Project Partnership Announced (Alt. Fuel)
Global Energy Group, Proman
Date: 2021-08-23
Inverness, Scotland-based Global Energy Group Ltd. (GEG) is reporting an agreement with Swiss methanol producer Proman to develop a commercial-scale renewable-power-to-methanol plant utilizing locally sourced captured CO2 to be located at the GEG-owned Nigg Oil Terminal in Scotland. Subject to ongoing technical feasibility studies, financing and development, Proman will become the owner, operator and off taker of the “Cromarty Clean Fuels Project“ green methanol production facility.

Green methanol is a renewable, liquid used as a transportation fuel or chemical industry feedstock produced from recycled carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from renewable electricity using proven technologies such as electrolysis. As a transportation fuel, green methanol drastically cuts greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating sulphur oxide and particulate matter, and significantly reducing nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Global Energy Group Ltd., Chem. Eng., 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Global Energy Group Ltd., Tim Cornelius, CEO, www.gegroup.com; Proman, David Cassidy, CEO, +41 43 888 29 99 , Switzerland@proman.org, www.proman.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Energy Group news,  Proman news,  Methanol news,  Green Methanol news,  Alternative Fuel news,  


DOE Announces $24Mn for Air Carbon Capture R&D (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-08-18
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new materials, processes, chemistries and methods of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.

The nine awards are led by two national laboratories and seven universities, including North Carolina A&T State University. Projects were chosen based on peer review under a DOE funding opportunity announcement open to universities, national laboratories, industry and non-profit research organizations. {Source: US DOE, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021)Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Carbon Capture,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Blue Hydrogen Found Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels (Alt. Fuel)
Cornell
Date: 2021-08-16
Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a "low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings." But researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities found that blue hydrogen's carbon footprint is more than 20 pct greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60 pct higher than burning diesel oil for heat and causes more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels

"Blue hydrogen provides no benefit. We suggest that blue hydrogen is best viewed as a distraction, something than may delay needed action to truly decarbonize the global energy economy, in the same way that has been described for shale gas as a bridge fuel and for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in general."

"In the past, no effort was made to capture the carbon dioxide byproduct of gray hydrogen, and the greenhouse gas emissions have been huge. Now the industry promotes blue hydrogen as a solution, an approach that still uses the methane from natural gas, while attempting to capture the byproduct CO2", study co-author Robert Howarth noted.

The vast majority of hydrogen (96 pct) is generated from fossil fuels, particularly from steam methane reforming (SMR) of natural gas, but also from coal gasification. In SMR, heat, and pressure are used to convert the methane in natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen so produced is often referred to as "gray hydrogen" -- this type is responsible for 6 pct of all-natural gas consumption globally, the study notes.

Blue hydrogen is produced using the same reforming process that is used to create other types of hydrogen, but the CO2 that would ordinarily be released is captured and stored underground. As of 2021, there were only two blue-hydrogen facilities globally that used natural gas to produce hydrogen on a commercial scale, according to the study.

The full study is available HERE. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Cornell University, Robert Howarth, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, (607) 255-6175, howarth@cornell.edu, www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel. Climate Change,  


Tallgrass Takes Majority Stake in Hydrogen-to-Power Project (M&A)
Tallgrass Energy, H2 Power
Date: 2021-08-11
Laewood, Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy LP is reported to have taken a 75 pct majority stake in Escalante H2 Power -- a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at a retired 253-MW coal-fired power plant near Prewitt, New Mexico. Texas-based fuel processing, conversion and purification company Newpoint Gas will retain a 25 pct stake in the partnership, which licensed its zero-emission technology that converts natural gas into hydrogen for the project.

The project, which is expected to cost $250 million, includes construction of a net-zero emissions hydrogen purification plant that will produce commercial-scale fresh water,and an underground carbon dioxide sequestration facility. (Source: H2 Power, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Tallgrass Energy LP, William Moler, CEO, (913) 928-6060 www.tallgrassenergy.com; H2 Power LLC, www.linkedin.com › company › h2powerllc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tallgrass Energy,  H2 Power,  Hydrogen,  


New Jersey Clean Energy Startups Funding Announced (Funding)
Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
Date: 2021-08-09
In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:

  • Andluca Technologies Inc., located in Princeton, is a spin-out of Princeton University that is developing solar-powered smart glass technology. ($74,969), www.andluca.com

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www. arbelalabs.com

  • Eion NJ Corporation in Princeton is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000) www.pnecycle.com

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


  • NJ Clean Energy Funding Climate-Carbon Projects (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:
  • Eion NJ Corporation, located in Princeton, is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  


  • AirCarbon Exchange Reports Carbon Credits Trades (Ind. Report)
    AirCarbon Exchange
    Date: 2021-08-04
    Singapore-headquartered AirCarbon Exchange (ACX), a fully digital exchange for voluntary carbon credits with real-time trading and settlement, reports it has executed transactions representing 3,603,284 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) during the first six months of 2021.

    Most of the trading on the exchange has been on the CET (CORSIA Eligible Token) contract, making it one of the world's most traded carbon contracts. Open interest on the exchange continues to increase, from 854,366 tCO2e as at 30 June, 2021 to 1,115,266 tCO2e currently, according to the company release.

    ACX has attracted over 130 clients across 29 countries and is expanding its global footprint with offices in Abu Dhabi, London and Canada, according to the company website. (Source: AirCarbon Exchange, Website PR, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: AirCarbon Exchange, Thom McMahon, CEO and Co-Founder, +65 8168 4248, info@aircarbon.co, www.aircarbon.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AirCarbon Exchange,  Carbon Credit ,  


    Israel Aims to Cut GHGs by 27 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Isreal Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Tel Aviv, the Israel Environmental Protection Ministry has submitted updated targets for cuts to Israel's global warming gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    The targets commit the state to slashing economy-wide net global warming gas (GHG) emissions by 27 pct by 2030 and 85 pct by 2050, relative to 2015. In quantitative terms, this means cutting emissions from 79 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015 to 58 MtCO2e by 2030 and to 12 MtCO2e by 2050.

    In terms of Israel's submission, the gases comprise carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

    Specifically, electric power generation GHG emissions will be cut by 30 pct by 2030, compared with 2015, and by 85 pct in 2050. Industry will be expected to cut emissions 30 pct or more by 2030, compared with 2015. In transportation, all new municipal buses will have to be electric by 2026 and total emission increases from transportation will be capped at 3.3 pct in 2030 compared with 2015. By 2050, they will be at least 96 pct less than those of 2015. Furthermore, all cars weighing up to 3.5 tons that are registered in 2030 will have to emit no more than 5 pct of the average global warming gases emitted by similar-sized vehicles registered in 2020. (Source: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, PR, Times of Israel, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_environmental_protection/govil-landing-pag

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Isreal Carbon Emissions,  UNFCCC,  


    PowerTap Takes Stake in Green Hydrogen Tech. AES-100 (M&A)
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital
    Date: 2021-07-28
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. reports it has acquired 49 pct of AES-100 Inc. -- the owner of exclusive rights and all intellectual property pertaining to the Advanced Electrolyzer System (AES), a novel electrochemical technology that selectively recovers high purity hydrogen from dilute syngas streams.

    The technology was invented by Burbank, California-based clean technology specialist T2M Global to address the problem of hydrogen trapped in dilute syngas streams that is wasted on low-value applications. The ability to economically extract high purity, clean hydrogen from gas streams commonly produced by carbon-intensive processes and containing contaminates such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or methane, presents great potential to drive lower emissions footprints for many industrial processes, while unlocking more hydrogen to fuel a cleaner global energy system, according to the release.

    The parties expect considerable synergy between the AES and PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling's SMR technology with the AES complementing it via provision of syngas to PowerTap's SMR. This will essentially broaden the pool of feedstock required to produce hydrogen to include biomass in addition to natural gas/renewable natural gas. (Source: PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., PR, Newswire, 27 July, 2021) Contact: T2M Global, Pinakin Patel, CEO, 203-616-5514, bpatel@t2mglobal.com, www.t2mglobal.com; PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., Raghu Kilambi, CEO, www.powertapcapital.com; AES-100 Inc., www.aes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  


    IOCL Planning India's First "Green" Hydrogen Plant (Int'l.)
    Indian Oil Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In New Delhi, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) reports it will set up India's first 'Green Hydrogen' plant at its Mathura refinery in Uttar Pradesh.

    Green hydrogen is derived from water electrolysis using renewable energy. Biomass-based "brown and grey" hydrogen production technologies also qualify under the green category but are produced through coal gasification and natural gas reforming, respectively generate a significant amount of carbon dioxide. Integration with appropriate carbon capture and utilisation technologies results in Blue hydrogen.

    While Indian Oil has been working on various hydrogen production pathways, the current project at Mathura Refinery will be pioneering the introduction of green hydrogen in the Indian oil and gas sector, according to the IOCL release. (Source: IOCL, PR, 25 July, 2021) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation ,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Blur Hydrogen,  


    Ireland Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
    Irish Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change. Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In preparation for the research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland.

    Download the Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, July , 2021) Contact: Irish Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  


    Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

    The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

    The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

    "Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

    Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Aker Clean Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


    Alliant Energy Touts 1,000,000 Tree Planting Plan (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In its recently released 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy noted it will plant 1 million trees across its service area -- Wisconsin and Iowa -- as part of efforts to promote sustainability and transition to clean energy. The utility would be the state's first corporate partner to help Wisconsin fulfill its pledge of planting millions of trees in the next decade to help address climate change.

    Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.

    To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide . (Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Tree Planting,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Enchant Seeks Carbon Storage "Pore Space" Clarity (Ind. Report)
    Enchant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In New Mexico, Enchant Energy is calling for state lawmakers to consider legislation to clarify "pore space" ownership and related issues.

    Pore space -- the empty space between grains of rocks underground where the firm hopes to store carbon it would remove while running the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology -- starts just below the surface and can be used to sequester carbon dioxide by injecting the gas thousands of feet underground.

    Enchant Energy has been working with the City of Farmington to retrofit the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology after current operations end next year.

    According to the company, pore space ownership is beneficial to the state by creating jobs, furthering economic development and generating taxes and payments from injection fees as well as defining ownership and conveyance without harming mineral rights. Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming presently have pore space legislation. (Source: Enchant Energy, PR, Farmington Times, 17 July, 2021) Contact: Enchant Energy, Ciny Crane, CEO, 505-436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enchant Energy,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Pennsylvania Moving Closer to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Following up on our February 17 coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board reports it voted 15-4 to adopt the final regulation that would have the Keystone State join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program that targets power sector carbon dioxide emissions. The rule now goes to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Attorney General's Office for final review before publication.

    Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order starting the RGGI process in October 2019, as part of his overall climate goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions 26 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The Pennsylvania DEP estimates RGGI participation will prevent between 97-227 million tons of carbon emissions between 2022 and 2030, depending on factors such as energy demand. Pennsylvania is among the country's top five carbon emitting states.

    Under RGGI, power plants with a generation capacity of at least 25 MW and that send 10 pct or more of their power to the grid must purchase allowances for each ton of CO2 they emit. RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, Allegheny Front, 14 July, 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    EU ETS Adding Maritime Emitters to Meet Climate Goals (Int'l.)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2021-07-14
    The European Union reports its Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) will soon include maritime emissions. The EU ETS, which forces major EU emitters to pay for each tonne of carbon dioxide they generate, is the keystone of an EU drive to cut net greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct from 1990 levels by 2030.

    Manufacturers, power firms and airlines operating flights inside Europe are already covered by the scheme but, under the EU's recently released plan, maritime shipping would be phased into the ETS over a three-year period. Emissions from sea voyages within the EU, plus 50 pct of ships' emissions from international voyages starting or ending in the EU, would fall under the existing ETS, plus emissions that occur when ships are at berth in EU ports, will be included. (Source: European Commission, 14 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS news,  Maritime Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    LG Innotek Reports Efficiency Upgrades, Emissions Cuts (Int’l.)
    LG Group,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Seoul, South Korea-based materials and components manufacturer and an affiliate of the LG Group, LG Innotek reports it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11 pct in 2020 from 2019 levels. The total reduction amount is about 45,000 tons (tCO2eq, carbon dioxide equivalent) -- equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 3.9 million trees in one year. The emission cutbacks were announced in the company's 2020-2021 LG Innotek Sustainability Report.

    In achieving the cutback, LG Innotek proactively performed green management activities with the goal of 'zero environmental impact including introducing renewable energy and expanding the application of high-efficiency production facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LG Innotek also cut its consumption of water resources by 7 pct from the previous year through expanding investment in recycling and water management facilities, according to the report. LG Innotek has an A- rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on climate change for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020 and on water security for four consecutive years between 2017 and 2020. (Source: LG Innoteck, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: LG Innotech, www.lginnotek.com; Carbon Disclosure Project

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Group news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Disclosure Project news,  


    Dana Inc.Cutting GHG Emissions with SBTi Goals (Ind. Report)
    Dana Incorporated
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Maumee, Ohio-headquartered Dana Incorporated reports it will accelerate plans to reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and, to that end, has inked a commitment letter with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) to help set its future emission targets. Dana is aiming to cut more than 300,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions.

    SBTi is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund. It focuses on partnering with companies to help guide emission reduction initiatives using science-based goals.

    Dana Incorporated is an American supplier of axles, driveshafts, transmissions, and electrodynamic, thermal, sealing, and digital equipment for conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles. The company's products and services are aimed at the light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and off-highway equipment markets. (Source: Dana Incorporated, PR, 12 July, 2021) . Contact: DANA Corp, Doug Reedberg, Chief Compliance and Sustainability Officer, www.dana.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Disclosure Project news,  


    China's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    China Offshore Wind
    Date: 2021-07-07
    The China Morning Post is reporting the 29 June completion of China's largest offshore wind farm in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Rudong county in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

    The wind farm is expected to generate "a massive amount of renewable energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.46 million tonnes (1.6 million tons), helping the nation achieve its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2060", according to the release. (Source: South China Morning Post, 6 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    May 2021 CO2 Emissions Rise to Record High (Ind. Report)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are reporting atmospheric carbon dioxide -- by far the most abundant human-caused greenhouse gas -- peaked for 2021 in May at a monthly average of 419 ppm, the highest level since accurate measurements began 63 years ago.

    While the year-to-year increase of 1.8 ppm in the May CO2 peak was slightly less than previous years, CO2 measurements for the first five months of 2021 showed a 2.3 ppm increase over the same five months of 2020, close to the average annual increase from 2010 to 2019.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Covid-induced lock downs in 2020 led to a 5.8 pct decline in global energy-related CO2 emissions, the largest annual percentage decline since World War II. However, with the opening up of lock downs and pandemic-induced restrictions loosened, global CO2 emissions started climbing again. The IEA notes CO2 emissions will see a rise of 1.5 billion tonnes -- the second-largest annual increase ever -- in 2021. (Source: NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, June., 2021) Contact: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 858-534-3624, www.scripps.ucsd.edu; NOAA, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Fannie Mae Green Bonds Cut Emissions, Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Fannie Mae
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Washington, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, reports its lending against environmentally friendly/energy efficient apartment and single-family homes has helped deliver environmental benefits and save money for apartment renters and homeowners.

    The energy efficient buildings financed by Fannie Mae in 2020 alone resulted in 1.7 billion btu in annual energy savings -- equivalent to the amount of energy used to power more than 12,000 US homes for one year. They also saved around 800 million gallons of water, and an estimated reduction of 106,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing roughly 23,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

    Fannie Mae is the largest global green bond issuer in the world over the past 10 years, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, having issued over $88 billion in multi-family green mortgage-backed securities since the program began in 2012. (Source: Fannie Mae, 2 July, 2021) Contact: Fannie Mae, Laurel Davis, Snr. VP, www.fanniemae.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Fannie Mae news,  Green Bond news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Delayed China Carbon Market Launch "Imminent" (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-06-30
    According to the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China's stalled national carbon market may start trading as soon as next month, but with more moderate standards than originally planned. Even so, the launch of what will be the world's largest carbon market is not expected to have an impact on the country's goal of hitting peak emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, analysts noted.

    The long-awaited national carbon market will put a price on carbon and set emission permits and quotas for energy-intensive industries, will initially cover more than 2,200 companies in China's power sector. When finally online, China's market will overtake the EU ETS to become the world's largest, covering 12 pct of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

    The release noted, the biggest barrier for launching a national market lies in the establishment of a multi-dimensional and flexible trading mechanism "It is very difficult to set a unified cap on carbon emissions because CO2 emissions vary in different regions, as does demand for electricity. Some provinces' energy consumption tilts to hydropower, while others rely on coal and accordingly standards for carbon emissions set at the beginning might be relatively moderate and prudent to reduce the impact on the overall economy," according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

    Although China's total energy consumption is expected to be controlled within 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, government anticipates "moderate" carbon emissions growth, and the country's energy consumption from 2020 to 2030 should peak at 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent. (Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China National Development and Reform Commission, Global Times, 28 June, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn

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    UK Direct Air Carbon Capture Project Design Work Underway (Int'l)
    Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Squamish, British Columbia-based Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. reports it and London, UK-based Storegga, a company pioneering carbon reduction and removal projects, have begun pre-front end engineering and design (Pre-FEED) work on a proposed DAC facility in North-East Scotland.

    The Pre-FEED work will focus on engineering design, further developing costs, economic modelling, and final site selection.

    When fully operational in 2026, the first of its kind in Europe facility will permanently remove roughly 500,000 to one million tpy of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    According to the release, DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. Carbon Engineering has to date raised more than $100 million from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Chevron Technology Ventures and others. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

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    NASA Study Finds SAF Reduces Jet Contrails, Fights Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2021-06-21
    According to a new study from the NASA Langley Research Center Airborne Science Program, aircraft using cleaner-burning sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can produce between 50 pct and 70 pct fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude than those using conventional aviation jet fuels.

    Contrails produce increases in temperature, further leading to climate change over time. Richard Moore, NASA's scientists, says that researchers know contrail formation from jet exhaust has more impact on climate than carbon dioxide emissions. The new study shows that a chance to use SAF that can help make immediate changes that could help save the planet.

    Download the NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails study HERE. (Source: NASA, June, 2021) Contact: NASA, Richard Moore, (757) 864-6043, Mobile -- (757) 759-1951, www.airbornescience.nasa.gov/person/Richard_Moore

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    North Dakota Aiming for Carbon-Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    UNDEERC
    Date: 2021-06-16
    At the recent Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Douglas Burgum (R) reiterated that his state -- the nation's second largest oil-producing state due in part to the Bakken/Three Forks Shale in the Williston Basin -- aims to become carbon-neutral by 1930.

    To that end, the governor noted the potential of, and opportunities offered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the state's oil and gas sector and the importance of related research work being carried out by the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC). The Governor also noted the state is working on water recycling in oilfields, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing natural gas flaring, and other efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. (Source: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, UNDEERC Website, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, (701) 328-2200. Fax: (701) 328-2205, www.governor.nd.gov; UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

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    Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Chart Industries, TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

    The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

    When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

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    DTE Energy Touts Customer Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    In Michigan, DTE Energy reports its residential and business customers will save nearly $400 million on their cumulative lifetime energy bills with the company's energy efficiency programs. Along with dollar savings, the 2020 combined electric and natural gas verified net savings from energy efficiency programs equate to lifetime greenhouse gas reductions of 6.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 2,869 metric tons of nitrogen oxides, and 3,785 metric tons of sulfur dioxide.

    DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance programs team up with local nonprofit organizations and community action agencies to provide free energy-saving home improvements to eligible customers. In 2020, the DTE Income-Qualified program had 10,926 electric and 12,273 natural gas participants. This program includes Energy Efficiency Assistance, the Income-Qualified Heat Pumps initiative and the Income-Qualified components of the Multifamily and Home Energy Consultation programs.

    DTE's commercial and industrial programs offer incentives to replace existing equipment and fixtures with new energy efficient equipment and incentives for designing and building new or remodeling projects that are energy efficient. In 2020, DTE energy efficiency programs achieved:

  • Over 400,000 customer applications were processed within the commercial electric and natural gas programs;

  • More than 110,000 customers used the DTE Insight mobile app to help understand, manage and control their energy usage;

  • 85,000 energy efficient product rebates were issued;

  • 11,400 natural gas and electric appliance rebates were issued;

  • Over 5,000 electronics incentives were provided through the DTE Consumers Electronics program;

  • More than 29,000 HVAC residential customer applications were processed;

  • 30,000-plus home energy efficiency Consultations were completed and more than 500,000 Home Energy Reports mailed to customers;

  • Participating builders in the DTE New Home Construction program increased from 25 in 2019 to 40 in 2020 and 1,500 business energy consults carried out;

  • 21,152 customers recycled inefficient appliances. (Source: DTE Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: DTE Energy, John Boladian, Dir. Energy Efficiency, (313) 235-9994, www2.dteenergy.com

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  • Alberta Establishing CCUS, Carbon Management Hubs (Ind. Report)
    ALberta
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In Edmonton, "The Government of Alberta sees carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) as an integral part of our environmental and economic future. Injecting carbon dioxide underground is a proven process and has occurred in Alberta for decades. However, as a means to address greenhouse gas emissions and recognize the environmental benefit of CCUS, a strong regulatory system must exist. The regulatory system is especially important with the large volumes of carbon dioxide that need to be captured and injected to meet global climate targets. The system must establish a high level of rigor that accounts for and demonstrates the permanent storage of every tonne of carbon dioxide.

    "Moving forward, the government will issue carbon sequestration rights through a competitive process, advancing the development of strategically located carbon storage hubs that will provide carbon sequestration services to a number of industrial facilities. The intent is to enhance Alberta's carbon management system by providing confidence to industry investors and Albertans that CCUS will be deployed in a responsible and strategic manner."

    Download the Carbon Sequestration Tenure Management document HERE. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Energy Operations, May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Energy, carboncapture.energy@alberta.gov.ca, www.alberta.gov.ca

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    Bi-partisan Carbon Capture Improvement Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2021-06-09
    In Washington, U.S Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Michael Bennet (D- Colorado) have introduced the Carbon Capture Improvement Act. If passed into law, the act would allow power plants and industrial facilities to easily finance the purchase and installation of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) equipment. It would also allow businesses to use private activity bonds (PABs) issued by local or state governments to finance a carbon capture project, such as direct air capture (DAC).

    Under the act, if more than 65 pct of carbon dioxide emissions from a given facility are captured and injected underground, then 100 pct of the eligible equipment can be financed with PABs. Tax-exempt financing is permitted on a pro-rate basis if less than 65 pct of emissions are captured and sequestered. (Source: U.S. Senators Portman and Bennet, GasWord, 28 May, 2021) Contact: U.S Senator Rob Portman, www.portman.senate.gov; U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, www.bennet.senate.gov

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    May 2021 CO2 Emissions Rise to Record High (Ind. Report)
    Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are reporting atmospheric carbon dioxide -- by far the most abundant human-caused greenhouse gas -- peaked for 2021 in May at a monthly average of 419 ppm, the highest level since accurate measurements began 63 years ago.

    While the year-to-year increase of 1.8 ppm in the May CO2 peak was slightly less than previous years, CO2 measurements for the first five months of 2021 showed a 2.3 ppm increase over the same five months of 2020, close to the average annual increase from 2010 to 2019.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Covid-induced lock downs in 2020 led to a 5.8 pct decline in global energy-related CO2 emissions, the largest annual percentage decline since World War II. However, with the opening up of lock downs and pandemic-induced restrictions loosened, global CO2 emissions started climbing again. The IEA notes CO2 emissions will see a rise of 1.5 billion tonnes -- the second-largest annual increase ever -- in 2021. (Source: NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, June., 2021) Contact: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 858-534-3624, www.scripps.ucsd.edu; NOAA, www.noaa.gov

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    DRAX, Bechtel Partner on Bioenergy/CCS (Ind. Report)
    DRAX, Bechtel
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with Reston, Virginia-based U.S. engineering giant Bechtel up to identify opportunities and to construct new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power plants around the world, primarily in North America and Western Europe.

    DRAX presently has a pilot BECCS project at its power station in Yorkshire. Bechtel will study potential regions for new BECCS plants and how to optimise plant design for maximum efficiency and lowest cost.

    BECCS is a negative emissions technology which extracts bioenergy from biomass and then captures and stores the carbon dioxide but is not yet at commercial scale. (Source: DRAX, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Bechtel, www.bechtel.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    Vestas Offloads Colorado Wind Tower Plant (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Vestas, CS Wind
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Following up on our 19 February, 2021 report that Vestas Wind Systems A/S planned to slash its manufacturing capacity across three of its four factories in Colorado due to "lower near-term market demand", the company is now reporting the sale of its 2009-vintage Pueblo, Colorado tower plant to South Korea-based CS Wind Corp..

    As part of the agreement, Vestas will secure an agreed upon volume of the plant's output to support its North American market and CS Wind continue Vestas' investments and initiatives to reduce the facility's carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Vestas, PR, Reporter Herald, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; CS Wind, www.cswind.com

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    HeidelbergCement Plans Carbon-Neutral Plant in Sweden (Int'l.)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Germany's HeidelbergCement AG is reporting plans to construct a carbon-capture facility next to its cement plant in Slite, Sweden. The facility is expected to capture as much as 1.8 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to the plant's total yearly emissions. The company notes it also intends to ramp up the use of biomass and other "green" fuels in an effort to lower its, and the cement industry's, overall carbon footprint.

    The Slite cement plant carbon-capture project, the cement maker's second such facility, is slated to be fully operational by 2030. As previously reported, the company is building another carbon-capture plant in Brevik, Norway, that will capture 400,000 metric tpy of CO2 from 2024. (Source: HeidelbergCement, 2 June, 2021) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

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    LanzaTech Lands $4.1Mn ARPA-E Funding (Funding)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-05-26
    LanzaTech, with partners from the University of Michigan and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is reporting receipt of $4.1 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA.E).

    The funding will be used to enhance existing technology to enable the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to ethanol at 100 pct efficiency and usher in a new industrial era in which recycled CO2 will be the feedstock of "arbon refineries" to produce ethanol. The technology developed under this project can be integrated with multiple CO2 sources, such as corn grain ethanol refining and direct air capture.

    Download ARPA.E ECOSynBio Project details HERE. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 24 May, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; ARPA.E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

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    Ethanol Producer ADM Completes Illinois CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland,ADM
    Date: 2021-05-24
    Chicago-based commodities trader and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the University of Illinois are reporting completion of the Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project (IBDP), a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project designed to test and evaluate the technology at commercial scale. IBDP is one of two CCS projects located adjacent to ADM's corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois.

    The project was primarily funded through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with the goal of confirming the ability of the Mt. Simon Sandstone to accept and store one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over a period of three years -- equivalent to the annual emissions from about 1.2 million passenger cars, according to the EPA .

    Working together through the MGSC, the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois designed, implemented, and monitored the project. ADM was the host and operator.

    ADM notes it also began injection operations at a second CCS project, the Illinois Industrial Sources Carbon Capture and Storage Project, in Decatur in April 2017. The project is currently permitted to operate through 2022 and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    Collectively, these two projects have successfully stored more than 3.4 million metric tons to date.

    The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Source: ADM, Corporate Release, Website, 19 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jackie Anderson , 312-634-8484, media@adm.com, www.adm.com; Illinois State Geological Survey, www.isgs.illinois.edu

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    Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector (IEA Report Attached)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-05-19
    "The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to date -- even if fully achieved -- fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C.

    "This report is the world's first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050 while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access and enabling robust economic growth. It sets out a cost-effective and economically productive pathway, resulting in a clean, dynamic and resilient energy economy dominated by renewables like solar and wind instead of fossil fuels. The report also examines key uncertainties, such as the roles of bioenergy, carbon capture and behavioural changes in reaching net zero."

    Download the IEA Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector report HERE. (Source: IEA, PR, May, 2021) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    Carbon Streaming Invests in Blue Carbon Project (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Streaming
    Date: 2021-05-19
    In Toronto, Carbon Streaming Corporation (CSC) reports an agreement to invest $6 million to implement the proposed MarVivo Blue Carbon Conservation Project in Magdalena Bay in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The project is anticipated to be one of the largest blue carbon conservation projects in the world and once implemented will reduce an estimated 26 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) over 30 years by conserving and sustainably managing approximately 22,000 hectares of mangroves and 137,000 hectares of its marine environment across Baja's largest mangrove forest.

    The project aims to limit deforestation, promote wildlife conservation and generate unique benefits for the local communities. The UNFCCC REDD+ framework will be used to define the project which is anticipated to be certified through the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) administered by Verra, an international institution based in Washington D.C. Verra manages carbon credit standards so that "blue carbon" credits may be generated.

    Information on the MarVivo Blue Carbon Conservation Project can be found at www.marvivo.earth. (Source: Carbon Streaming Corp., PR, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Carbon Streaming Corp., 647.846.7765, info@carbonstreaming.com, www.carbonstreaming.com

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    UAE Energy Min. Comments on Low-Carbon Energy -- Notable Quote
    UAE
    Date: 2021-05-19
    "Over the past 50 years, the UAE has been at the forefront of the ongoing energy transition in the region and among leading nations worldwide. We were among the first nations to ratify the Paris Agreement, thereby showing our commitment to the efforts toward a low carbon economy, which requires a low carbon energy system." -- Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, May, 2021

    The UAE National Energy Plan 2050 calls for a 70 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a 50 pct increase in renewable energy use by 2050 when clean energy will represent 50 pct of the nation's total energy mix -- reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70 pct for an estimated saving of $190 billion. Contact: UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, www.moel.gov.ae

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    China's Emissions Top OECD's Combined Total Emissions (Int'l.)
    China Greenhouse Gas,OECD
    Date: 2021-05-10
    According to new research from the New York City-based Rhodium Group, China's heat-trapping, greenhouse gas emissions -- carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen triflouride (NF3) -- totaled 14.09 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, more than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 37 member nations emissions combined.

    China accounted for 27 pct of global emissions followed by the U.S, with 11 pct with India in third place with 6.6 pct. Historically, OECD members have pumped four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China since 1750. (Source: Rhodium Group, Bloomberg, May, 2021) Contact: Rhodium Group, 212.532.1157, 212.532.1162 -- fax, nyc@rhg.com, www.rhg.com: OECD, www.oecd.org

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)
    Shell, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)

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