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Masdar, EDF Launch Energy Efficiency, Services Firm (Int'l)
Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
Date: 2019-09-13
At the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and French low-carbon electricity leader EDF are reporting an agreement to launch a new joint venture energy services company in order to expand into non-utility scale building energy efficiency, solar technology below 50 MW and others. The agreement is in line with Masdar's global clean energy ambitions and further supports the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 objectives to increase renewable energy usage and energy efficiency across the UAE region, according to a release. (Source: Masdar, EDF, Trade Arabia News, Sept., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  Energy Efficiency,  


SSHA, Common Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
Common Energy
Date: 2019-09-13
In the Empire State, the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) reports it is partnering with community solar energy specialist Common Energy to increase use of clean energy and use the saving to fund more then $100,000 in energy efficiency investments at SSHA facilities.

This partnership is supported by NYSERDA through its NY-Sun Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program, which provides funding to address resource gaps and solve market barriers preventing the development of solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households.

Common Energy works with businesses and households to connect their existing utility account to local, clean energy projects. (Source: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, PR, NewsWire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, Malcolm Bliss, www.saratogaspringspha.org; Common Energy, www.commonenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


AEP Accelerates CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2019-09-11
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 pct from 2000 levels. The company's previous target was a 60 pct reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. The company will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050, according to a release.

To that end, AEP will further invest in renewable generation and transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. AEP's resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company's regulated utility customers by 2030. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage and approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.

To date, AEP has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 pct since 2000. (Source: AEP, PR, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: AEP Clean Energy Strategy, www.aep.com/investors/ESG .

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Lincoln Proceeding with 230-MW Nebraska Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Lincoln Clean Energy
Date: 2019-09-06
Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it is proceeding with construction of the 230-MW, Plum Creek wind farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. When fully online in 2020, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 100,000 homes. (Source: Lincoln Clean Energy, Kallanish, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


Australia Meets 2020 Renewables Target (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2019-09-06
In the Land Down Under, the Melbourne-based Australian Clean Energy Regulator is reporting Australia met its 2020 target for generating electricity from large-scale renewable energy a year ahead of plan despite more than a decade of climate policy uncertainty.

The target, launched in 2001 and reduced in 2015, called for Australia to generate 33,000 GWh power from large-scale renewable energy by 2020. Australia's total power generation is presently around 260,000 GWh, according to Reuters.

The clean energy industry reports A$24 billion ($16 billion US) has been invested in renewable energy in the last 18 months alone, while wind and solar have gone from the most expensive form of power in 2001 to the least expensive today.(Source: Clean Energy Regulator, Reuters, Sept., 2019) Contact: Australia Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, CEO, +61 3 9929 4100www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au

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


Sunrun, Blacks in Green Partner on Inner-City Solar (Ind. Report)
Sunrun
Date: 2019-09-04
In Chicago, not-for-profit environmental and economic development organization Blacks in Green (BIG) reports it is partnering with residential solar, battery energy storage and energy services company, Sunrun, to expand access to solar energy and jobs in the Chicago area. The partnership aims to to increase opportunities for Southside Chicago homeowners to access solar energy and to increase clean energy career opportunities for residents in traditionally under-served and underrepresented communities.

Under the partnership, Sunrun commits to recruit solar trainees from the BIG network and support BIG at educational events throughout the community so residents can learn about rooftop solar, including the Illinois "Solar for All" low-income solar program to increase access to solar energy for underserved communities. (Source: Blacks in Green, Sunrun, Chiago Defender, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Blacks in Green, Naomi Davis, Pres., www.blacksingreen.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Sunrun,  


Toledo Univ. Granted $750,000 for New Technology (Funding)
University of Toledo
Date: 2019-08-30
In Ohio, the University of Toledo is reportedly slated to receive a $750,000 award from the U.S. DOE Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Energy Technology for the development of low-cost, unassisted photoelectrochemical water-splitting technology -- the process of separation of water into oxygen and hydrogen which has clean energy sector applications. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy contributed to this project. (Source: University of Toledo Blade, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Toledo, (800) 586-5336, www.utoledo.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Technologies Funding,  


Poll Finds N.M. Supports Strong Methane, Climate Policies (Ind. Report)
New Mexico
Date: 2019-08-30
A recently released survey by Washingto, DC-based Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research Inc. for The Majority Institute (TMI) has found that New Mexicans strongly support policies, rules and regulations aimed at cutting methane and climate pollution, as well as transitioning to a 100 pct clean energy economy in New Mexico.

The survey found strong and growing support to reduce methane waste and pollution and the implementation of new methane waste standards statewide as an important part of the boom in Permian Basin development. The survey also found that two-thirds of New Mexico voters want strong limits and the eventual elimination of carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Majority Institute PR, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Majority Institute, 303-586-3176. www. majorityinstitute.com; Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 202-478-8330, www.gqrr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Methane Emissions,  


Vestas Claims German "Lighthouse" Wind Project (Int'l Report)
E.ON, Vestas
Date: 2019-08-28
Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of an order from German utility E.ON's Avacon Natur subsidiary for a 29 MW wind power plant at a steel production facility in Lower Saxony.

The order is a "lighthouse project" due to its location and limited space on the steel producer's premises, according to Avacon Natur. To accommodate, Vestas will develop specific transportation and installation solutions as well as engineer, procure and construct turbines, foundations, roads and crane pads for the site-specific approach. The project will generate roughly 75 GWh per year -- sufficient power for over 20,000 German households. (Source: Vestas, Clean Energy Wire, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vestas, +34 689 64 83 91, crtca@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  E.ON,  


Colorado 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm Project Announced (Ind. Report)
Holy Cross Energy,Guzman Energy
Date: 2019-08-26
Glenwood Springs, Colorado-based Holy Cross Energy (HCE) and Guzman Energy in Denver are reporting an agreement with NGC Partners to develop the 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm in Lincoln County, Colorado. HCE will purchase 100 MW of the project's total 150 MW output which is expected to come online in mid-2021.

Guzman has the option to commission another 50 MW in increased project size, and expand its share of the project to 100 MW. HCE's is aiming to source 70 pct of its annual energy from clean and renewable sources without increasing power costs for their members.

NGC Partners is an investment and asset management firm focused on the clean energy sector. (Source: Holy Cross Energy, Facebook, Twitter, 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com; Guzman Energy, (720) 778-2000, www.guzmanenergy.com; NGC Partners, +34 914 319 994, info@ngcpartners.com, www.ngcpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Holy Cross Energy,  Wind,  


German Ministry Calls for Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Int'l)
Energy Incentives
Date: 2019-08-26
In Bonn, the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is supporting the introduction of tax incentives for residential energy efficiency upgrades and renovations. According to the Ministry, tax incentives for home heating systems, insulation and water heating should be possible but would mean at least €1 billion loss in tax revenues.

Previously, the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, proposed the issuance of climate bonds with a guaranteed interest rate for citizens who want to invest in climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovations. A premium payable to home owners for scrapping inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters and major appliances was also proposed. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer previously proposed making the climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovation of older buildings tax deductible. (Source: Merkur, Clean Energy Wire, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Ministry_of_the_Interior,_Building_and_Community

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Incnetives,  


Habitat Energy Awarded UK Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l Report)
Habitat Energy
Date: 2019-08-23
Oxford, UK based start-up Habitat Energy reports it has been selected operate a 40-MW battery storage facility, which is currently under construction in the UK on behalf of clean energy asset investor Arlington Energy. Habitat will provide optimization services for the installation through its algorithmic trading platform and facilitate its marketing.

The system will be registered as a balancing mechanism (BM) unit and will be one of the UK's largest such systems when it comes online in October.

The company is also involved in a 50-MW Oxford battery project with Pivot Power, which is planned for completion in 2020. (Source: Habitat Energy, Various Media, 20 Aug, 2019) Contact: Habitat Energy, Dr. Andrew Leurs, CEO, +44 (0)1865 261 470, www.habitat.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Habitat Energy ,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Oklahoma Follows Only Texas Nat. Wind Energy Growth (Ind. Report)
Environment America Research & Policy Center,Frontier Group
Date: 2019-08-23
According to the just released Renewables on the Rise 2019 -- A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group, Oklahoma, with over 70 entities selling electricity, played second fiddle only to Texas when it came wind energy power generation. The report also noted the Sooner State was among the top 20 states when it comes to energy efficiency improvements over the past decade.

at the Environment America Research & Policy Center, one of the entities that generated the report, attributed Oklahoma's ranking in that category to energy efficiency programs offered to Oklahoma customers. The report notes that the continuing decline in per-capita energy consumption and the drop in renewable energy costs and prices have fostered continued growth in the wind energy sector, and is expected to continue doing so. (Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, The Oklahoman, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Environment America Research & Policy Center, Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, www.environmentamericacenter.org; Frontier Group, www.frontiergroup.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America Research & Policy Center ,  Frontier Group,  Wind,  Oklahoma Wind,  


NYSERDA Launches Second Phase of Home Energy Efficiency Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-08-23
Following up on our March 4th coverage, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot), the first phase of which was launched in February, 2019.

Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.

Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.

Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.

Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Home Certification,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


Wisc. Gov. Inks Carbon-Free Electric by 2050 Order (Ind. Report)
Gov. Tony Evers
Date: 2019-08-19
In the Badger State, Gov. Tony Evers (D) has again issued an Executive Order to have Wisconsin utilities carbon-free by 2050. The Governor's first carbon-free electricity proposal "missed the cut" when it was stripped out by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee earlier this year.

The new plan calls for the state Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy which will work with other state agencies and utilities to achieve carbon-free energy within the state by 2050.

Although the Governor's executive order is not a mandate, he has said he is confident the Sustainability and Clean Energy office will work with the state's utilities to achieve the plan's goal. (Source: Office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Various Media, 16 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, 608-888-1665, info@tonyevers.com, www.evers.wi.gov


EDP Renewables Inks Calif. PV, Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables North America
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Golden State, EDP Renewables North America reports it will sell 110 MW of electricity from the Sonrisa solar farm and battery storage facility to San Jose Clean Energy The 20-year PPA covers 100 MW of solar energy and 10 MW of storage capacity. In June, EDP inked a similar PPA with East Bay Community Energy for 100 MW of photovoltaic and 30 MW of storage.

The two PPAs together account for 100 pct of the facility's power and storage capacity.(Source: EDP Renewables North America, PR, ReNEWS, Aug., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America ,  


Notable Quote -- The Donald's "Do Nothing" ACE Rule
ACE, Affordable Clean Energy Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
"Without significant course correction, we are careening toward a climate disaster. (the coalition of) States and cities will fight back against this unlawful, do-nothing (Affordable Clean Energy) rule." -- Letitia James , New York Attorney General

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Affordable Clean Energy Rule,  


FuelCell Energy Touts 9Mn MWh of Power Generation (Ind. Report)
FuelCell Energy
Date: 2019-08-14
Danbury, Conn.-based fuel cell power and energy storage specialist FuelCell Energy, Inc. reports more than 9 million MWh having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation.

SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar.

The company's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies. Presently, ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico have classified stationary fuel cells in the highest tier of clean power generation due to the high efficiency and resultant low carbon emissions and negligible NOx and particulate matter typical of other combustion sources of baseload power. Fuel Cells are usually classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy Inc., PR, Newswire, Street Insider, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  Energy Storage,  


States, Cities Coalition Tackle Trump's ACE Rule (Ind. Report)
Trump.Obama Clean Power Plan
Date: 2019-08-14
Reuters is reporting New York and California, along with 20 other states and seven cities on Tuesday sued to challenge the Trump administration EPA's replacement of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

The suit claims the Trump Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule will prolong the country's reliance on coal power, hinder states that pursue cleaner electricity generation, will not curb rising power plant carbon emissions and will prolong the operation of dirtier coal plants. (Source: HPMG News, Various Media, Reuters 13 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Affordable Clean Energy ruke,  ACE Rule,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Trump,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  


County Considering PACE Energy Financing Plan (Ind. Report)
PACE
Date: 2019-08-12
In Michigan, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners reports it is considering the Monroe County Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program for energy efficiency and renewable energy financing for both residential and businesses and is holding hearings to that end.

PACE provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects. Funding from PACE can be used for commercial, industrial and nonprofit properties for either retro fitting or new construction.

If adopted, the county would administer the voluntary program that finances up to 100 pct of an energy efficiency or renewable energy project's hard and soft costs for terms up to 25 years. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property. (Source: Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Commission, Monroe News ,9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Michael Bosanac, Administrator, CFO, (734) 240-7267, michael_bosanac@monroemi.org, www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/officials/board_of_commissioners/index.php;

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE Financing,  Energy Efficiency,  


Stanford, DEWA Collaborate on Solar Energy R&D (R&D, Int'l)
DEWA,Stanford University
Date: 2019-08-07
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) reports it's Research and Development Center will collaborate with California's Stanford University on radiation cooling to improve the efficiency and performance of solar panels. The research will include the utilization of autonomous robots in monitoring and maintaining solar power plants, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to forecast the performance and production of photovoltaic solar plants in the short term.

The DEWA R&D Centre, situated at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, also has renewable and alternative energy co-operation agreements with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre, as well as the United Arab Emirates University and Khalifa University.

The UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 aims to position the UAE as a global leader in AI by 2031; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to diversify the country's energy mix and provide 75 pct of Dubai's total power output from clean sources by 2050. (Source: DEWA, MEP Middle East, Stanford, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae; Stanford, www.stanford.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Solar,  Stanford,  PV,  


Scout's Sweetland Wind Farm Issued Construction Permit (Ind Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2019-08-07
In Peirre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports approval of a construction permit for Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy's proposed 200-MW Sweetland Wind Farm near Miller, in Hand County, S.D.

Scout expects to complete and commission the $240 million facility and begin operations by Dec. 31, 2020. The project will incorporate up to 71 GE 2.82 MW wind turbines spread over 20,979-acres. The company seeking a purchaser for the facility's power production.

Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a global investment manager specializing in lower-carbon and renewable energy infrastructure assets. Construction will be managed by Scout. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, Yahoo Finance, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, www.quinbrook.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  


IEA, Apex Clean Energy Plan 300 MW Kansas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy,Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
Date: 2019-08-07
NYC-based Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) reports an agreement with Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy for an approximate 300 MW wind farm project incorporating 139 Vestas turbines in Neosho County, Kansas.

IEA's work will include: wind turbine installation; public road maintenance; turbine access roads; MV collection system installation; and construction of a high-voltage project substation and transmission line connecting the project to the electrical grid.

IEA has assembled more than 7,200 wind turbines across North America, according to the release. (Source: Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, PR, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: IEA Energy Services, JP Roehm, CEO, https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-p-roehm-427a8119; Apex Clean Energy, Mark Goodwin, CEO, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives ,  Wind,  


Mass. House OKs Community Climate Resiliency Funding (Funding)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2019-07-31
In Boston, the Massachusetts House of Representatives reports the unanimous passage of legislation investing $1.3 billion to help Bay State communities fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant "GreenWorks" program to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects including:

  • $100 million for investments in municipal microgrid energy systems;
  • $125 million for electric vehicles in municipal or regional transit authority fleets;
  • $20 million for the hiring of sustainability coordinators to develop and manage municipal projects resulting for the GreenWorks program;
  • $50 million to establish the Green Resiliency Fund to offer low-interest loans for municipalities when pursuing GreenWorks projects; and
  • $30 million for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' MOR-EV electric vehicle rebate program.

    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will administer the program, which is funded through the issuance of bonds. The bill was forwarded to the Senate for approval. (Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wicked Local Beverly, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Mass GreenWorks,  


  • Boston Tops 2019 City Clean Energy, Efficiency List (Ind. Report)
    City Clean Energy Scorecard
    Date: 2019-07-29
    For the second consecutive year, Boston has been ranked the top U.S. city for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard's comprehensive look at any and all initiatives taken by cities to become more energy efficient.

    Boston city officials credit its Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requiring all large and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy usage and complete an energy savings action or energy assessment every five years.

    San Francisco came in second in the ratings followed by Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. in that order. (Source: ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard, Up to Boston, 27 July, 2019) Contact: City Clean Energy Scorecard, www.aceee.org/local-policy/city-scorecard; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City Clean Energy Scorecard,  Energy Efficiency,  


    PSEG Plans Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    PSEG
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Garden State, Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), which claims one of the lowest carbon emissions rates among the largest U.S. power producers, reports it expects to cut its power fleet's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2046, from 2005 levels, and attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, assuming advances in technology and public policy. PSEG also notes it has no plans to build or acquire new fossil-fueled power plants and is committed to reporting annually on sustainability and climate using the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, starting in 2020.

    PSEG claims a long history of addressing climate change as an embedded part of its business and culture including:

  • PSEG's emission rate in 2017 was 461 lb/MWh, below the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Beyond 2C Scenario" 2030 projected CO2 emission rate for the U.S. electric sector of 510 lb/MWh. PSEG's projected emission rate upon the completion of our coal exit strategy will be 334 lb/MWh.

  • PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants supply more than 90 pct of the Garden State's emissions-free power.

  • By 2021, PSEG will have retired or exited through sales more than 2,400 MW of coal-fired generation, thus nearing completion of its coal exit strategy. In June 2019, PSEG announced an agreement to sell its interest in the Keystone and Conemaugh coal plants in western Pennsylvania.

  • PSE&G energy efficiency programs are currently saving participants $242 million a year in energy costs and avoided emissions equal to removing 37,000 cars from the road for one year.

  • Looking forward, PSE&G's $2.5 billion Clean Energy Future investment proposal for 22 energy efficiency programs would allow participating customers to save $5.9 billion on their bills by helping them use less energy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • PSEG is also a leading developer of solar energy resources having invested approximately $1.8 billion in 674 MW of solar, including 262 MW in New Jersey and 412 MW in 13 other states. PSEG also supports New Jersey's efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

    PSEG is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in with operating subsidiaries -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (Source: PSEG, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.corporate.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • IEA Bioenergy Releases Latest Biorefinery Report (Int'l)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-07-22
    In Ireland, International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy is reporting release of its Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefinery Concepts -- Developing a Practical Approach for Characterisation Report providing an overview on biorefinery assessments methods and results.

    According to the report, there are currently two main challenges related to assessing the environmental and economic components of biorefining processes -- data availability and stakeholder participation. To address these issues, IEA Bioenergy's Task 42, Biorefining in a Circular Economy, examined assessments currently underway to determine the capability of biorefineries in creating a sustainable future. Such assessments aim to highlight the potential of biorefineries to enhance the use of biomass in generating both products and energy.

    IEA Bioenergy was established in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. The International Energy Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 EU Member Countries plus the European Commission, in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

    Access report details HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 20 July, 2019) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  ,  


    HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

    Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

    Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

    In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

    For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

    View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


    Aries NJ Biosolids Gasification Plant Construction-Ready (Ind Report)
    Aries Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy -- fka PHG Energy -- is reporting receipt of all required approvals and permits for construction of New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility. The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility, which will process about 400 tpd of biosolids into clean renewable energy for in-house use and biocharcoal, will be located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex, 20 miles from Manhattan.

    The plant will utilize Aries patented fluidized bed gasification system specifically designed for processing biosolids. (Source: Aries Clean Energy LLC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Aries Clean Energy LLC, Gregory Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, Info@AriesCleanEnergy.com, www.ariescleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aries Clean Energy ,  Biosolid,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


    Keeling Curve Prizes for CO2 Reduction Tech Awarded (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund
    Date: 2019-07-12
    The Keeling Curve Prize is reporting two San Francisco Bay Area organizations -- Opus 12, based in Berkeley, and the Oakland-based New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund (NEX/CalCEF) -- have been awarded $25,000 apiece for developing promising global warming solutions.

    The Keeling Curve Prize recognizes ideas in the areas of Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), Energy Access, Transportation, Finance, and Social & Cultural Impacts, that either effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake, according to a June 28 Keeling Curve Prize press release.

    The Opus 12 team was one of the Carbon Capture & Utilization winners, and the NEX/CalCEF team was one of the Finance winners. The Opus 12 award-winning device takes CO2 and water and produces high-value chemicals and fuels that are conventionally made with petroleum. The technology diminishes emissions and produces the "critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization." The process can generate 16 different products, including ethylene, a precursor for most plastics, methane and syngas, according to the Opus 12 website.

    The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.

    The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website. (Source: Keeling Curve Prize, PR, Daily Californian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund, hello@newenergynexus.com,www.newenergynexus.com; Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, Dir., director@kcurveprize.org, www.kcurveprize.org; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Climate Change,  


    Notable Quote -- Obama Clean Power Plan v.s. Trump Affordable Clean Energy Plan
    Obama Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2019-07-12
    "You can see just with that comparison (with the Obama Clean Energy Plan) that the Trump (Affordable Clean Energy) plan is actually designed to do almost nothing to deal with carbon pollution from the electric power sector.

    "It's very interesting that a rule that purports to be trying to reduce pollution -- by their own projection -- might increase it. There is a part of the proposal that would allow coal plants to update, allowing them to run longer without putting any pollution controls on. That's kind of a life extension project for coal plants.

    "So a policy that says that it's supposed to be reducing pollution actually increases it under certain projections. And I think a court might have a hard time with that and say how could this be defended as a rational plan." -- Jody Freeman, Former Obama White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change; founder of the Harvard University Environment and Energy Law Program (Source: NPR News, 12 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plam news,  Trump Afordable Clean Energy Plan news,  


    Tennessee's "Outdated" Energy Standards Questioned (Ind. Report)
    Southern Environmental Law Center
    Date: 2019-07-10
    The Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is reportedly questioning proposed building codes issued by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office which the SELC says fail to help residents with high energy bills.

    Based on an early draft shared with stakeholders, SELC contends "the Fire Marshal's Office appears poised to propose adoption of largely adopt outdated residential energy efficiency standards, despite obvious advances in building technology." SELC also contends the Fire Marshal's Office fails to address "appropriate standards" as outlined in the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. The SELC says by maintaining the status quo, the Fire Marshal's office would "discriminate against techniques and materials that further energy efficiency."

    Tennessee has the 12th highest residential average of energy consumption in the nation, with an average monthly bill of $123.30, according to the SELC. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

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


    New York's "Green New Deal" Awaits Cuomo's Signature (Reg & Leg)
    Clean New Deal,Cuomo
    Date: 2019-07-10
    In Albany, the New York State legislature is reporting the passage of SB 6599/AB 8429, the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) requiring the Empire State to source 100 pct carbon-free electricity by the year 2040 and reach net-zero carbon emissions across the state's entire economy by 2050.

    Under the CCPA, electric utilities will be forced to purchase around 9,000-megawatts of clean energy by 2035. The capital development and construction work related to converting the existing capacity to wind, solar and other clean and renewable sources will fall under the regulatory purview of the act which will make it illegal for hydroelectric power to receive subsidies because wind and energy will not be able to compete if long-term savings and reliability are taken into account..

    "The [bill] will virtually eliminate New York's greenhouse gasses, foster renewable energy production, create green jobs, invest in lower-income communities, and protect our planet," according to the bill's sponsor and chair of the NY Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D). Both chambers of the state Legislature passed CCPA and it now awaits the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Source: Various Media, Post Journal, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Clean New Deal,  Renewable Energy,  Cuomo,  


    WE Energies Stymies Third-Party Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    Eagle Point Solar
    Date: 2019-07-08
    Dubuque, Wisconsin-based Eagle Point Solar reports its planned partnership with the city of Milwaukee to power seven municipal buildings with solar energy is being opposed by the public utility We Energies which claims Eagle Point would essentially be illegally selling electricity to the city within We Energies' legally monopolized service area. Under Eagle Point Solar's plan, it would help finance the city's solar project, taking advantage of federal tax breaks for which local governments do not qualify.

    Eagle Point, which is suing the public utility for refusing to connect a series of solar arrays, has also sued the Public Service Commission (PSC) which declined to take up its complaint against We Energies and avoided the bigger question of the extent the state's utilities can control third party provision of solar energy. Eagle Point's position is that it is not a utility and is therefore not in conflict with WE Energies.

    Wisconsin is one of 15 states that have not clarified whether they will allow such third-party solar arrangements. Five states prohibit it, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, a state-funded research group.

    The city of Milwaukee wants to grow its solar power use to 25 pct of consumption by 2025 through public utility-run programs as well as with companies like Eagle Point Solar which planned to install, maintain and finance the solar equipment, lowering the overall cost of the project by taking advantage of a 30 pct federal solar energy tax credit. (Source: NPR, AP, Eagle Point Solar, Telegraph Herald, 6 July, 2019)Contact: Eagle Point Solar, Barry SHear, CEO, 563-582-4044, www.eaglepointsolar.com; City of Milwaukee, Erick Shambarger, Director of Environmental Sustainability, www.city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability/About-Us/ErickShambarger.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Milwaukee,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    California Community Wind, Solar Projects Approved (Ind Report)
    East Bay Community Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Golden State, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a community choice energy provider, reports approval of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 157.5 MW from new wind and solar facilities, along with 30 MW of battery energy storage, to be built in Alameda and Fresno counties in California. The approved contracts include:
  • the Summit Wind Project -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 57.5 MW of wind from the Altamont Winds LLC project, near Livermore in Alameda County, from San Diego-based Salka LLC in partnership with a global private equity firm. The project will see the repowering a 569, 100 kW turbines with 23 modern turbines at a former Altamont Pass wind farm and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

  • Sonrisa Solar Park -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of energy storage from the Sonrisa Solar Park, located in Fresno County and owned/operated by EDP Renewables North America. Construction on the Sonrisa solar project will begin as early as December 2021. It is expected to be operational in 2022.

    As one of 19 community choice aggregation programs operating in California, EBCE will provide clean energy at competitive rates and will reinvest earnings back into the community. (Source: East Bay Community Energy, NA Windpower, 24 June, 2019) Contact: East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  Community Solar,  


  • Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires 103-MW S,Dakota Wind Project (M&A)
    Lincoln Clean Energy,Pattern Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) is reporting the purchase of Pattern Energy Group's a 103-MW shovel-ready wind project in Butte County, South Dakota. Financial details were not disclosed.

    The facility is expected to be completed and online in Q4, 2020. (Source: Lincoln CLean Energy, Renewables Now, July, 2019) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


    PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG),  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Ontario's Energy Ottawa Re-labeled Portage Power (Ind. Report)
    Energy Ottawa
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. subsidiary Energy Ottawa Inc. reports its renewable generation business will now operate under a new name -- Portage Power. The renamed company is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in the province of Ontario with hydroelectric facilities in Ontario, Quebec and New York State totaling 128 MW -- sufficient power for 107,000 homes.

    Portage Power's hydroelectric generation produces 115.5 MW of electricity annually. The company also holds majority interests in two landfill gas-to-energy facilities which produce 10.2 MW of electricity per year. Portage Power also operates eight large solar generation systems installed on Ottawa municipal buildings. (Source: Portage Power, Hydro Ottawa, PRN, newKerala, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Portage Power, Bryce Conrad, CEO, Pres, (613) 225-0418, www.portagepower.com

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


    Statement from a Coalition of Free-Market State Think Tanks on Trump Administration Affordable Clean Energy Rule (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Affordable Clean Energy Plan
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Editor's Note: This publication, its editors and administration neither agrees or disagrees with the views presented in the following statement from the McIver Institute

    "The Trump administration's finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule is a major victory for America's middle class, many of whom work in energy intensive industries like manufacturing and mining. It also represents a boon to America's least fortunate for whom energy costs represent a significant part of their budget. All Americans would have been harmed by the Obama administration's legally flawed Clean Power Plan. It would have dramatically increased the cost of electricity and was predicted to reduce global warming by only 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100, an amount far too small to be measured.

    "After Congress rejected proposed cap-and-trade legislation, the Obama administration crafted the Clean Power Plan to force states into regional cap-and-trade plans. President Trump's plan disallows such plans for compliance and focuses, instead, on improving the efficiencies of individual plants.

    "The Clean Power Plan claimed to seek a 32 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, at an estimated compliance cost of $9 billion. The US Chamber of Commerce estimated a more realistic $75 billion in compliance costs. The Rule was met with bipartisan opposition by 27 states who won a Supreme Court stay of the Rule in 2016.

    "The Clean Power Plan was also completely unnecessary. Thanks to the Trump administration's commonsense approach, emissions have fallen by 28 pct since 2017 and are forecast to be reduced 35 pct by 2030. At a compliance cost of $0.3 billion for the ACE rule, these gains were at 250 times less cost than the previous administration's alternative." -- The MacIver Institute

    The MacIver Institute is joined by the Caesar Rodney Institute, the Center of the American Experiment, the Commonwealth Foundation, the Independence Institute, John Locke Foundation, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the Rio Grande Foundation, and the Roughrider Policy Center in supporting the ACE. (Source: MacIver Institute, June, 2019) Contact: The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy Brett Healy, President 608.588.6477, bhealy@maciverinstitute.com, www.maciverinstitute.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  Affordable Clean Energy,  


    Sempra Releases 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report (Ind. Report)
    Sempra Energy
    Date: 2019-06-26
    San Diego-based Sempra Energy reports release of its Delivering Energy With Purpose 2018 corporate sustainability report outlining the company's clean energy, environmental, social and governance performance and investments in energy infrastructure in North America.

    The report covers the company's efforts to build infrastructure to connect customers to renewable energy supplies including energy from solar, wind, battery storage and renewable natural gas. Sempra's operating companies also have a number of programs that aim to enhance electric reliability and energy efficiency.

    According to the report, the company expects to play a leadership role in the worldwide shift away from coal toward lower-emissions natural gas through the development of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure projects in North America.

    Download Sempra's Delivering Energy With Purpose -- 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report HERE. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, NewsWire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Sempra Energy, Dennis V. Arriola, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jeff Martin, CEO (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Energy,  


    Notable Quote -- Woody Biomass and the EPA's ACE Rules
    Biomass
    Date: 2019-06-26
    "In a bit of an Orwellian logic, the (Trump) EPA's recently finalized ACE (Affordable Clean Energy) rules ... ignore the basis for why using biomass for power and heat is the principal pathway for decarbonization in most other developed countries. By only counting the CO2 emission at the source and ignoring the continuous adsorption of CO2 by sustainably managed forests, the EPA has excluded a proper consideration of the dynamics that keep the net CO2 added into the atmosphere neutral or even negative.

    "In Europe, wood pellets and wood chips are recognized as low carbon fuels because a full life-cycle analysis shows that under well-crafted (and necessary) sustainability criteria, the combustion of those fuels is carbon neutral. The supply chain carbon footprint accounting, given that fossil fuel are used in transportation and in the electricity used to upgrade the biomass into pellets, typically yields an 85 percent or more reduction in net CO2 added to the atmosphere. Because of the carbon benefits, biomass derived fuel makes up about 60 percent of the total renewable energy in the EU28." -- William Strauss, Pres, FutureMetrics, June 24, 2019

    Bethel, Maine-based FutureMetrics released the above statement criticizing the Trump Administration EPA's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program's discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions "misguided."

    The ACE program, which replaces Obama's Clean Power Plan, specifies that biomass co-firing is not compliant with the ACE program. Contact: FutureMetrics LLC, William Strauss, 207-824-6702, 207-357-8708 Cell, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.info

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  CO2 Emissions,  


    NJ Offshore Wind Solicitation Goes to Orsted (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Sitting in Trenton, the The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) report it unanimously granted the Garden State's first award for a 1,100 MW offshore wind project to Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted.

    The 1,100 MW project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits.

    The project is single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward meeting New Jersey's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJBPU, 23 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


    EPA Rolls Back Obama's Coal-Plant Clean Power Plan (Reg. & Leg.)
    Obama Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Republican Trump administration's EPA has over ruled former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the introduction of its Affordable Clean Energy rule allowing states to set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.

    As absurd and politically motivated as it may appear, the EPA's new rule could, by the agency's own admission, result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.

    The Obama Clean Power Plan, which was never officially implemented, would have prevented 3,600 premature deaths a year, 1,700 heart attacks and 90,000 asthma attacks, as well as cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 pct compared to 2005 levels, according to analysis conducted by the Obama era EPA.

    The Trump administration's plan is a shamefully thin- veiled move to support the coal industry, as promised in his election campaign. Environmental groups and several states who see Trump's action as detrimental to clean air and efforts to fight the climate crisis have already given notice of impending action against the Trump plan. (Source: EPA, Various Media, 19 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Battle Creek YMCA Scores PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Funding)
    PACE
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Austin, Texas-based Petros PACE Finance, LLC reports it has closed a $1.3 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) transaction to finance energy efficiency upgrades for the Battle Creek, Michigan YMCA.

    C-PACE is a low-cost financing product secured as a property tax assessment that allows building owners to invest in energy efficiency or renewable energy with little or no up-front costs.

    The YMCA will use the funds to upgrade inefficient and outdated electrical and mechanical systems, for new, more efficient lighting, and other energy-saving property enhancements that are expected to reduce electricity use by as much as 47 pct. Over the 22-year life of the loan, energy-efficient features will generate $3,233,342 in savings and a CO2 reduction of 68,384,274 pounds -- roughly equivalent to the amount of emissions from driving 6,586 passenger vehicles for a year.

    The YMCA project is Petros' eighth deal in Michigan. (Source: Petros PACE Finance LLC, PR, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Petros PACE Finance LLC, Mansoor Ghori, CEO, (512) 599.9038, (512) .532.0792 -- fax., info@petrospartners.com, www.petros-pace.com

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    NJ PUC Aims for 100 pct Clean Energy by 2050. (Ind. Report)
    NJ PUC
    Date: 2019-06-12
    The New Jersey Public Utilities Commission's NJPUC) recently released (NJ PUC) Energy Master Plan provides an initial blueprint for the total conversion of the Garden State's energy profile, calls for "carbon-neutral electricity generation and maximum electrification of the transportation and building sectors to meet or exceed the Global Warming Response Act greenhouse emissions reductions of 80 pct relative to 2006 levels by 2050.

    The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.

    Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019) Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Bank Of America Banking on On-Site Solar Savings (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Bank of America is reporting plans to install more than 60 new on-site solar installations over the next three years. The program is expected to generate more than 25 MW of renewable electricity, which will directly power the bank's operations with clean energy and help it meet 100 pct renewable energy by the year 2020 goal, cut energy costs and save an estimated $50 million over 25 years.

    In 2018, Bank of America's total sourcing of renewable electricity was 1.8 million MWh -- equivalent of powering 153,000 homes for one year, according to the release. (Source: Bank of America, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Bank of America, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/bank-of-america-corporation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bank of America,  Solar,  


    Scout Completes MMPA Three Waters Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy,Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy, a Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners portfolio company, reports the inking of 200 MW PPA with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) for the entire renewable energy capacity of the Three Waters Wind Farm in Jackson County, Minnesota.

    The project, which will incorporate up to seventy-one, 2.82 MW GE wind turbines, is expected to begin construction and startup in 2021. Three Waters is being developed and will be owned and operated by Scout Clean Energy.

    Scout is presently developing 2,400 MW of wind energy projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, info@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com; Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, (507) 285-0478, www.mmpa.org

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


    Glennmont Raises €850 Mn for Renewables Investments (Int'l)
    Glennmont Partners
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Reuters is reporting London, UK-headquartered fund manager Glennmont Partners has raised €850 million ($947 million) at the final close of its third clean energy fund, which will invest in renewables projects in Europe and Britain.

    Glennmont, which has €2 billion in assets under management, claims to be the world's largest fund manager in terms of investment in clean energy infrastructure. It had aimed to raise €600 million through the Clean Energy Fund III but exceeded the target. (Source Glennmont Partners, Reuters, 3 June, 2019)Contact: Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Glennmont Partners,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ottawa Announces $30Mn in Clean Energy Investments (Funding)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-05-31
    . On Monday in Vancouver, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Hon. Amarjeet Sohi announced a new $30-million clean energy investment fund, $15.5 million of which will support remote First Nations communities that rely largely on diesel power.

    The largest investment is $10.4 million in Haida Gwaii, B.C. where the villages of Old Masset and Skidegate are planning to transition to 100 pct renewable energy -- increased power production from an existing hydro dam, and installation of 2 megawatts of solar power and power storage. Other funding a includes a $1.5 million woody biomass heating project; a $2.1 million college building energy retrofit project; and $1.5 million to Carbon Upcycling Technologies for a carbon capture and reuse project in Calgary. The Minister noted the federal government earmarked $1 billion in the last federal budget for energy efficiency initiatives. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, JWN, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Minister, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    1,000-MW Utah Energy Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Holloday, Utah-based Magnum Development are reporting plans to develop 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy storage in a Magnum-owned salt cavern in central Utah.

    The two firm's Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project will deploy four types of energy storage technologies at utility scale, which include renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells.

    The project is sited adjacent to the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project and will connect with the Western US power grid using existing infrastructure, according to the company. (Source: Magnum Development , Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Energy Manager, 29 May., 2019) Contact: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, www.amer.mhps.com; Magnum Development, Craig Broussard, CEO , (801) 993-7001, www.magnumdev.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems,  Energy Storage,  

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