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Ontario Upping Biofuels Blend to E15 as soon as 2025 (Ind. Report)
Ontario, E15
Date: 2018-12-05
The province of Ontario is touting its "Greener Gasoline" plan to move from a E5 blend to a E10 ethanol fuel blend by 2020. Key elements of the Greener Gasoline plan include: increasing renewable fuels content in gasoline to 15 pct as early as 2025; the increased use of renewable natural gas and other lower-carbon fuels will be encouraged; large emitters will be subject to emission performance standards; and a $350 million Carbon Trust Fund and a $50 million Ontario Reverse Auction Fund will provide financial assistance for emission reduction initiatives.

The plan builds on the amended Ethanol in Gasoline & Greener Diesel regulations that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Download details of Canada's Clean Fuel Standard HERE. (Source: Prov. of Ontario, Farm Progress, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  E15,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
ORE Catapult
Date: 2018-06-25
At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555, ore.catapult.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  


UK BEIS Funding Industrial Energy Efficiency Technologies (Int'l)
BEIS,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies.

To support innovation in energy efficient technologies, the government will be investing up to £9.2 million for an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, to be delivered over the next 4 years. This Accelerator will seek industry-specific solutions that are close to commercialization by leveraging private sector investment and strengthening UK supply chains to reduce energy costs for UK industry.

After a competitive process, the Carbon Trust has been awarded the contract to help BEIS deliver this programme. The Carbon Trust has been holding events to engage with both industry and their suppliers, and the competition is now open to applications.

BEIS recently committed £560,000 to 2 projects in the first round of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA). The IEEA aims to broaden the range of technologies available for industrial energy efficiency. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, 14 June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


BLUE PILOT to Cut Offshore Wind Const. Costs (New Prod & Tech)
The Carbon Trust
Date: 2018-03-16
The Carbon Trust is reporting the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV., a Dutch technology company founded as a spin-off from Eindhoven University of Technology.

It is anticipated that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of €33 -- €40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.

OWA partners E.ON, EnBW, Orsted, Statoil and Vattenfall, alongside additional industry partners Fistuca, Van Oord, Shell and Sif are contributing €3.2 million in project funding, while the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has granted public subsidies of over €2.5 million.

In the BLUE PILOT project the hammer will be tested offshore at a location in Dutch waters. Sif will provide the monopile, and Van Oord will support the installation logistics. The other industry partners will provide funding and strategic advice into the project to ensure its relevance to future commercial projects. (Source: Carbon Trust, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Offshore Wind Accelorator, www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Carbon Trust,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Biogas Project Included in Carbon Inv. Fund Portfolio (Ind. Report)
Carbon Trust,California Bioenergy
Date: 2017-09-22
U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the Climate Trust, reports it will invest more than $862,000 of Climate Trust Capital's Fund I in a covered lagoon digester -- its first carbon investment in the biogas sector.

The project will destroy methane and produce carbon offsets under California's cap-and-trade system. The investment is based on the anticipated ten-year value of carbon credits from a livestock digester project located at West-Star North Dairy farm in California's San Joaquin Valley. Visalia-based California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) is partnering on the digester project which is expected to begin generating carbon offsets in January 2018 with initial cash flow from the sale of these offsets in 2019.

Climate Trust Capital's Fund I is focused on investing in high-quality, U.S.-based carbon offset projects. Fund I will be the first in a series of Climate Trust Capital-led investment funds built to appeal to institutional and impact investors. The West-Star North project will be developed in accordance to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Compliance Offset Protocol for Livestock Projects. (Source: Climate Trust Capital, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Bioenergy Inc., (559) 667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com; Climate Trust Capital, (5030 238-1915 x211 , www.climatetrust.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Bioenergy,  CalBio,  Carbon Trust ,  


Energy Efficiency Saves Tesco £200Mn per year (Int'l)
Tesco
Date: 2017-08-14
In the UK, grocery giant Tesco reports it saved approximately £200 million last year through its refrigeration and energy efficiency efforts. According to Carbon Trust estimates, a 20 pct cut in a retailers' energy costs represents the same bottom-line benefit as a 5 pct increase in sales. . (Source; Tesco, Retail Week, Aug., 2017) Contact: Tesco, +44 (0) 11 44 1992 632222, www.tesco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  


£1.5Mn Added to Scottish Gov. Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-07
The Scottish Government is reporting an additional £1.5 million investment in the Carbon Trust's world-leading Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) development and demonstration programme in a bid to stimulate innovation in the sector. Funding will also continue for other projects exploring potential opportunities that offshore wind can offer to Scotland and ultimately lead to a reduction in costs.

Schemes receiving funding will be those which encourage international collaboration and knowledge-sharing between offshore wind developers. sectors to improve the industry as a whole. The OWA programme brings together nine of the largest offshore wind developers in Europe – DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, The Courier, Various Media, 5 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Scotland Offshore Wind,  Carbon Trust,  


Smart Energy, Energy Storage Plan Touted in UK (Int'l)
SMart Energy,Ofgem
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is promoting an innovative plan that will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. The plan would support innovative new technologies that give homes and businesses more control over their energy consumption.

The proposed plan would also create opportunities and jobs in new technologies such as smart appliances, smart meters and other improvements to manage the energy system.

The plan also recognizes the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy.

The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save as much as £40 in energy costs over the next few decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust. (Source: Ofgem, Various Media, 26 July, 2017) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary, Rt. Hon. Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; Ofgem, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Energy Storage,  Ofgem,  


Carbon Trust Managing IEEA Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme (Intr'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it will run a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) launched in January by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). IEEA aims to support marketing, funding and co-funding of new and available energy efficient technologies from start-up and existing companies for a range of industrial sectors.

The IEEA is funded by the Energy Innovation Programme, led by BEIS, and will be delivered by the Carbon Trust with support from engineering firm Jacobs and infrastructure specialist AMEC Foster Wheeler. Funding, which will range from £150,000 tp £1 million will support demonstration projects across the UK, is anticipated to unlock a further £11 million of private sector investments. (Source: Carbon Trust, British Palstics and Rubber, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trust,  Energy Efficiency,  


£9Mn Programme to Accelerate UK Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Date: 2017-07-26
In the UK, new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme to help develop energy efficient technologies and the UK's industrial competitiveness has been launched. The Carbon Trust, an independent carbon reduction organization, will run the four-year scheme which aims to reduce costs and increase energy efficient options for a range of industrial sectors.

Under the IEEA scheme, between 15 and 30 technology developers and industrial companies may receive funding ranging from £150,000 to £1 million to support demonstration projects. The programme also aims to address technical and commercial challenges by providing "incubation support" and funding to increase UK expertise, exports and jobs.

The industrial sector accounts for 17 pct of the UK's total energy use, up to 40 pct of which is lost due to inefficiency in equipment, mechanical limitations and heat loss during the manufacturing process. (Source: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, UK Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/industrial-energy-efficiency-accelerator

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