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Maritime Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Emissions Vessels by 2030 (Int'l)
Maersk.Martime Emissions
Date: 2019-09-25
At the UN climate action summit in New York. senior figures from the maritime, infrastructure, energy and finance sector, including shipping giant Maersk and oil company Shell, joined the "Getting to Zero Coalition" and pledged zero emissions shipping will be a commercial reality by the end of next decade.

To that end, the companies will seek to coordinate the launch of clean fuels and vessels while making sure that these are supported by adequate ports, finance and policy incentives.

The initiative is in keeping with UN International Maritime Organization's (IMO) pledge to halve emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. Currently responsible for 2 - 3 pct of annual global emissions, the international shipping industry could see its emissions jump up to 250 pct by 2050 in the absence of any action. (Source: Maersk, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, Soren Skou, CEO,www.maerskline.com International Maritime Organization Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  Climate Change,  


Associations Call for Canadian Clean Fuel Strategy (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2019-09-13
Advanced Biofuels Canada, Canadian Biogas Association, Canadian Gas Association, Electric Mobility Canada and Wood Pellet Association of Canada are forecasting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada.

Collectively, the associations say they represent technologies that can, with the right policy measures in place, exceed the proposed federal Clean Fuel Standard's objective of 30 Mt of annual GHG emission reductions by 2030.

To that end, the associations are calling on the Canadian federal government to adopt a Clean Fuel Strategy by 2020. The strategy would include setting a clear path to clean and renewable fuel use by 2030 by: establishing clear market signals for clean fuels and electric vehicles; aligning clean and renewable fuel regulations to meet targeted clean fuel and EV use; establish clean fuel program funding to support clean and renewable fuel production capacity and infrastructure investments, and support EV adoption; and Support research and development programs to maintain Canadian leadership in clean fuel technologies and innovation. (Source: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Biomass Mag., Sept., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, www.pellet.org; Canadian Biogas Association, (613) 822-1004, www.biogasassociation.ca; Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Canadian Biogas Association,  Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Clean Fuel,  Biofuel,  


WPA Takes Canadian Clean Fuel Standard to Task (Ind Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2019-09-09
Since 2017, the government of Canada has been developing the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a low carbon fuel standard-type policy, to reduce the life-cycle carbon intensity of fuels and energy used in Canada. The CFS aims to achieve 30 million tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has been providing input to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as it works to design and shape the CFS. And, upon review of ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, WPAC is seriously concerned that the government will not allow end-use fuel switching in the buildings/stationary fuel use sector.

WPAC believes it is unfair for ECCC to recognize fuel switching from gasoline to electricity or hydrogen in transportation, but not to recognize switching from heating oil to solid biofuels -- wood pellets or chips -- for Canada's second largest renewable energy product -- solid biomass heating. To that end, WPAC made the following representations to ECCC:

  • One of the three primary objectives of the CFS is low-cost compliance. By prohibiting recognition of fuel switching for stationary applications, ECCC will actually significantly increase the cost of CFS compliance, exclude the forest sector from participation in the short-term, and inhibit investment in the most proven commercial technology for displacement of heating oil -- wood pellet and chip boilers.

  • Canada consumes approximately three billion lpy of heating oil, the majority of which is consumed by Canadians in rural and Atlantic Canada. The latter accounts for 44 pct of heating oil consumption in the residential sector and 50 pct of heating oil consumption in the commercial/institutional sectors. Rural and Atlantic Canada also have among the lowest per capita income. ECCC's proposed regulatory approach will make CFS compliance for these low-income areas significantly more expensive than for those living in cities.

  • Under ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, the principal mechanism for ensuring compliance from heating oil primary suppliers will be to blend renewable diesel with heating oil. Since heating oil has low carbon intensity (CI) relative to other liquid fuels and much of the crude used to produce heating oil is sourced from outside of Canada, there is less opportunity for upstream reductions than with other liquid fuels. The 2030 target of 74 g CO2e/MJ is less than heating oil combustion emissions, meaning upstream efficiency improvements will be insufficient to meet the requirements. The only heating oil-miscible fuel that can also be stored outside in winter, as is often the case with heating oil, is renewable diesel.

  • Renewable diesel has a useful heat fuel cost of $65-82 per gigajoule (GJ) ($234-295 per MWh. In contrast, wood pellets, at $300-350 per tonne for residential sales, have a useful heat fuel cost of $20-24 per GJ. Wood pellets also have half the of default renewable diesel (29 g CO2e/MJ). Wood chips are half the carbon intensity of wood pellets which means, on an implied carbon price basis and assuming wholesale $0.75 per litre for heating oil, blending renewable diesel with heating oil has a fuel cost of $630/ per tonne CO2e to 884 per tonne CO2e. Switching from heating oil to wood pellets saves money on a fuel basis, in addition to avoiding taxes on heating oil. In this case, there is little reason to implement a complex policy such as the CFS.

  • Despite the billions of dollars invested in lignocellulosic liquid transportation biofuels, all technologies are still pre-commercial -- especially forest feedstock-based liquid transportation biofuels due to the recalcitrant structure of wood fibre. Co-processing of pyrolysis oil or biocrude in existing oil refineries at a meaningful volume will not occur before 2030. The forest sector represents over 75 pct of annually-available biomass resources in Canada and its exclusion from participation in the liquids class will dramatically increase the cost of fuel, especially in rural communities where wood chips and bioheat are a cost efficient and convenient source of energy. (Source: WPAC, Canadian Biomass, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murra, Exec. Dir., ; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment and Climate Change Canada,  Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet ,  


  • Neste Introduces IMO 2020 Compliant Maritime Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2019-08-16
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it will introduce Neste Marine 0.5 , a new fuel before the year end.

    The new fuel will help maritime shippers comply with the International Maritime Organization's 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 pct to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, effective 1 Jan, 2020. Neste Marine 0.5, which is manufactured at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland, will be available at yet to be announced locations in Northwest Europe.

    In other Neste news, the company announced it is partnering with Valdosta, Georgia-based McCall Companies to distribute its branded Neste MY Renewable Diesel in Oregon, which implemented clean fuels standards in 2016. (Source: Neste, Biodiesel Mag., 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; McCall Companies CEO Kevin Jones, CEO, 229.242.2551, Fax - 229.244.8358, mail@mccallinc.com, www.mccallinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Maritime Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  IMO ,  


    Brightmark Energy Acquires Wisconsin Dairy Biogas Project
    Brightmark Energy,CLean Fuel Partners
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Following up on our 8th April coverage, San Francisco-based renewable energy development company Brightmark Energy reports the purchase of a 90,000 gpd dairy waste anaerobic digester project in Dane County , Wisconsin, from Clean Fuel Partners. Clean Fuel Partners will continue its work on the project by providing operations and maintenance support.

    The Dane County facility is the first such facility in the United States designed to receive biogas from multiple off-site locations and connect that renewable gas with RNG stations locally and across the nation.

    When fully operational the project is expected to produce sufficient renewable natural gas (RNG) to replace at least 50,000 MMBtu of conventional natural gas each year.(Source: Brightmark, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, (415) 689-8395, info@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com; Clean Fuel Partners, John Haeckel, Founder and CEO, (608) 957-7995, info@cleanfuelpartners.com, www.cleanfuelpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark Energy,  anaerobic digester,  Clean Fuel Partners,  


    Canadian PC Leader Vows to Scrap Clean Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
    Clean Fuel,Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2019-07-10
    The CBC is reporting Progressive Conservative (PC) Party Leader and Prime Ministerial hopeful Andrew Scheer says a government led by him would scrap a "secret fuel tax" -- a plan by the sitting Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to improve fuel standards and cut emissions through regulatory changes that have not yet been finalized.

    In addition to the existing carbon tax regime, the Liberal government aims to make the heating and transportation fuel supply cleaner to reduce carbon emissions and help Canada meet targets set under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    According to a government backgrounder, fossil fuel suppliers will be able to meet the performance standard by "taking action themselves" to make fuels cleaner -- through improvements to the refining process, for example, or by purchasing credits from low-carbon-intensity fuel producers and other credit generators. (Source: CBC News, Various Media, 8 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Clean Fuel Standard,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Clean Fuel,  


    REGI Launches Clean Fuel Resource Website (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group ,REGI
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ames, Iowa-based Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REGI) is touting a new website www.regi.com that includes hundreds of resources about biodiesel, renewable diesel, and emission-cutting fuels.

    The new website also features a resource center with white papers, case studies, tips, articles and information for the news media. This library serves as a centralized location for visitors to learn about the environmental, performance, and financial benefits of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other fuels. (Source: REGI, 1 July, 2019) Contact: REGI, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REGImBiofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    U.S. Gain's Sixth RNG Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions, is reporting completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project at the Carter Valley Landfill in Church Hill, Tennessee.

    Methane gas from Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal specialist Republic Services, Inc., is captured, cleaned, and converted to RNG for the transportation sector. The project will generate enough RNG to fuel more than 80 class 8 trucks daily, displacing almost 1,500,000 gpy of diesel.

    As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. U.S. Gain has also built a network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada (Source: U.S .Gain, PR, 7 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Manager, (920) 381-2190, www.usgain.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  


    "Every Company Should Pay a Fee to Invest in Clean Energy" - Sir Richard Branson (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Richard Bransom,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-18
    "I believe there is an extremely simple way to whip climate change and I plan to set it out below.

    "Many people working on this subject believe the world needs a carbon tax on dirty fuels -- coal and oil -- to solve the problem. However, the problem with a carbon tax is that it has so far been impossible to impose without governments falling. The Australian government tried to bring one in and they were kicked out -- the new government cancelled it. In November 2018, the state of Washington voted against a carbon tax for the second time in two years.

    "Carbon taxes are of course well-intentioned. But others are skeptical that they will raise enough resources to tackle the problem, or if the money will actually even be spent on the issue. So aside from being unpopular with the companies, carbon taxes are also often unpopular with the public and unpopular with governments. There are really no winners -- except ultimately the globe and the environment.

    "So I would like to propose the following: a Clean Energy Dividend. Every company in the world should accept a Clean Energy Dividend to be imposed on the fossil fuel they use and the carbon emissions they cause. The dividend could be the equivalent percentage that a carbon tax would have been, and based on cutting pollution at the rate the climate science shows is necessary. However, unlike a carbon tax, that money wouldn't disappear into government coffers, but would be used specifically to be invested in generating clean energy through wind farms and solar panels, as well as the development of more low carbon fuels and other breakthrough technologies. The companies, through those investments, can get that money back, plus dividends (it would be wise to have some independent governance to make absolutely certain that all companies comply with this remit.)

    "The good news about this approach is that:

  • Clean energy will have literally billions poured into it over the next few years - enough money to switch the world from dirty to clean energy. This is important because what climate change initiatives are still lacking at the moment is major investment;
  • Companies investing this money should be happy because the investments they make should be secure ones;
  • Millions of new jobs will be created through a climate change revolution;
  • The public should be happy because although some fuel prices might increase in the short-term, the competition from clean fuel will rapidly drive prices of both dirty and clean fuel down very quickly and they will stay down forever:
  • Governments should be happy because the lower fuel prices will result in a great boost to the economy. Lower fuel prices are politically attractive and politicians will also be able to say that by implementing this, they have made a major move towards getting on top of climate change.

    "This is a win-win all-round. It's a win for companies, a win for the people who work in them, a win for the public, a win for creating new jobs, win for governments, and most importantly of all a win for our beautiful globe. Today I am just throwing this open to debate and would love feedback. We will work hard with The B Team, The Elders, The Rocky Mountain Institute and others to get something along these lines implemented as soon as possible." (Source: The Virgin Foundation, Mar., 2019) Contact: The Virgin Foundation, Sir Richard Branson, www.virgin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Richard Branson,  


  • Alabama CFC to Lobby Feds on Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (CFC) reports it will join other clean transportation leaders representatives next week in Washington D.C. in an effort to educate and lobby federal policymakers on the benefits of expanding alternative fuels.

    "Despite the recent drop in gasoline prices, gas prices remain extremely volatile and we continue to send more than $200 billion per year to OPEC and other nations for oil," said Mark Bentley, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition's executive director. "We are going to Washington to help our representatives understand that Alabama and the United States must aggressively expand our use of alternatives to petroleum-based fuel if we are to stabilize gas prices, decrease our reliance on foreign oil and maintain and create domestic jobs in the transportation energy industry."

    There are approximately 1.8 million alternative fuel vehicles currently on the road in the United States and nearly 70,000 alternative fueling stations, according to the US DOE. (Source: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alabama Reporter, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Mark Bentley, (205) 402-2755, www.alabamacleanfuels.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition,  Alternative Fuel,  


    NCCETC Offers Clean Fuel, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, North Carolina State University's North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) reports the issuance of a RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC DOT. The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation fuel-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    Up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded this year in three consecutive rounds. Specifically, the available funds are issued with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel news,  Vehicle Emissions news,  


    N. Carolina Offers Clean Transport, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University has issued an RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded in three consecutive rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the second round of funding is March 29, 2019. Specifically, the available funds total $2,350,000 with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


    SCAQMD Awards $47Mn for Cleaner Technologies, Fuels (Funding)
    South Coast Air Quality Management District
    Date: 2019-01-07
    In the Golden State, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reports it has awarded $47.4 million to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley to help them purchase and upgrade their equipment with cleaner flues and energy efficient technologies.

    Under the federal Clean Air Act, the SCAQMD service region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years.

    Established in 1976, the Diamond Bar-based SCAQMD is responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, in Southern California. (Source: SCAQMD, Sentinel News Service, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SCAQMD, Wayne Nastri, CEO, (909)396-2000, www.aqmd.gov/home/rules-compliance/rules

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel,  Air Quality,  Clean Air,  SCAQMD,  South Coast Air Quality Management District,  


    Inslee Calls for Reduced Energy Consumption, Increased Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Jay Inslee
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (DEM) has unveiled a plan that the governor claims would drive a dramatic reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.

    Inslee's proposal is designed to accelerate the innovation and efforts already underway across the economy to transition to 100 pct clean energy, construct ultra-energy efficient buildings, establish a clean fuel standard, electrify the state's transportation system and phase down super-pollutants in certain products -- all of which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state to 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2035. To achieve that goal, the state needs to further reduce emissions by nearly 16 million metric tpy, according to a release. The transition to 100 pct clean energy would place Washington among the first states to end all coal-fired electric power consumption by 2025, transition toward carbon neutral electricity in 2030, and lay the groundwork to eliminate all fossil fuels in electricity generation by 2045.

    Inslee is also calling for a 40 pct increase in the state's Clean Energy Fund, a comprehensive clean energy and energy efficiency building package; a clean fuel standard; support for electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure; and a reduction in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- a super-pollutant that is thousands of times more damaging than carbon. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, PR, The Hill, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate CHange,  Clean Energy,  


    China Plans Tripling of Ethanol Production (Int'l Report)
    China Ethanol,China National Renewable Energy Centre
    Date: 2018-12-12
    According to the China National Renewable Energy Centre in Guangzhou, China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020 to meet an expected surge in demand for clean fuels. The country is currently building or seeking approval for new ethanol plants totaling 6.6 million tpy capacit.

    China produced 2.8 million tonnes of ethanol in 2017. Current capacity is estimated at approximately 3.38 million tonnes, including recently approved plants still under construction. Of those, corn-based ethanol capacity is around 1.45 million tpy, followed by cassava, wheat, sorghum and rice. (Source: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Reuters, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Dou Kejun, Researcher, www.cnrec.org.cn/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  China National Renewable Energy Centre,  


    CleanBC Climate Action Plan Targets Heavy Emitters (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the province of British Columbia's just released CleanBC Climate Action Plan aims to cut the province's emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years. To reach its goal, the plan calls for increasing the use of electricity by all sectors -- including heavy industry and transportation -- and boosting the use of low-carbon fuels.

    The plan depends most heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned -- achieving that with aggressive electrification, major new hydro transmission lines, and a $240-million a year technology fund.

    Another third of the cuts would come from greener transportation, particularly a ban on emission-producing new vehicles within 20 years, clean fuel car incentive incentives, and an increased reliance on renewable fuel.

    The plan also calls for increasing the provincial price on carbon emissions to $50 per tonne and ramping up buildings' energy efficiency each account for a further one-tenth emissions savings, the latter by retrofitting 51,000 provincially owned housing units and requiring at least 15 pct of natural gas use to come from renewable sources.

    In 2015, the province's emissions were 61.6 million tonnes net after offsets -- equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 13.4 million passenger vehicles. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Star Metro Vancouver, CBC, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Province of British Columbia, CleanBC Climate Action Plan, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action, www2.gov.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    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,  


    AU, UA Partner on Bio-based Fuel Additive Project (R&D Report)
    Auburn Universit
    Date: 2018-10-22
    Researchers at Auburn University (AU) and the University of Alabama (UA) are working on a bio-based additive to make diesel fuel burn cleaner as part of a $2 million U.S. DOE funded project. The Auburn project is part of about $10 million in funding from the DOE for the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

    The AU project focuses on a process to efficiently produce a bio-based fuel additive called "butyl acetate" -- a naturally occurring organic compound in various fruit but that can also be produced in a lab. The traditional petrochemical-based production is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly, according to Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn's College of Agriculture.

    Auburn researchers have developed a process using a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Clostridium that has resulted the highest butyl acetate production ever reported in a microbial host. A patent has been filed from this work.

    The additive can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Blends with different amounts of butyl acetate will be studied by the engineering researchers at UA.(Source: Auburn University, Tuscaloosa News, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: Auburn University, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering, www.eng.ua.edu/people/aagrawal

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US DOE,  Clean Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


    Kansas Ethanol Producer Supports Healthcare Foundation (Ind. Report)
    Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In Phillipsburg, Kansas, Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels reports it has partnered with the charitable Phillips County Healthcare Foundation (PCHF) to promote the health benefits of using ethanol blended fuel. For every gallon of E15, E20, E30 and E85 sold at USA Clean Fuels in Phillipsburg, three cent a gallon will be donated to the Phillips County Healthcare Foundation (PCHF).

    Prairie Horizon produces more 40 million gpy of ethanol and grinds 15 million bpy of grain to produce 127,000 tpy of high protein livestock feed (DDGs). (Source: Prairie Horizon, USA Clean Fuels, Hays Post, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuel, (785) 543-6719, www.prairiehorizon.com; Phillips County Healthcare Foundation, www.pchc.foundation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels,  


    Purdue FLORE Researchers Investigating Alternative Fuels (R&D)
    Purdue University
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Researchers at Purdue University's Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE) in West Lafayette, Indiana, report they are one of three laboratory's in the US testing the composition of diesel and aviation fuels in an effort to create cost efficient fuels.

    According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which regulates the development of fuels, testing guidelines it can take up to 5 years' development to approve a fuel. The tests consume thousands of gallons of fuel and cost nearly $30 million, a cost that FLORE hopes to reduce. (Source: Purdue, wlfi.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Purdue University, FLORE, Gozdem Kilaz, Dir., (765) 494-7486, gkilaz@purdue.edu, www.purdue.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purdue University,  Biofuel,  Clean Fuel,  


    ABC Clarifies Statements on Proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Reporting from Vancouver, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC), Canada's national industry voice for the low carbon biofuels necessary for Canada to successfully implement a proposed federal government Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), offers the following commentary by President Ian Thomson:

  • An average driver under BC's low carbon fuel standard has paid $16/year less than they would have paid for gasoline alone since 2010 (Navius 2018);

  • Carbon pricing can be effective in reducing industrial emissions, but is largely ineffectual on transportation emissions due to market failures (lack of competition), design failures (in the carbon tax systems), and the broad absence of practical fuel alternatives;

  • Existing provincial renewable and low carbon fuel regulations do not duplicate the CFS; to the contrary, compliance with them will do much of the work to ease the CFS requirement;

  • Provinces continue to assert their sovereignty over energy and climate regulation -- this refutes refiners' claims that the provinces should rescind their 'duplicative' regulations and be ruled by federal regulations (which they also oppose);

  • Provincial and federal fuel regulations have negligible actual overhead costs, in contrast to refiners' claims that the CFS will be costly to administer. Public filings by one large refiner with $4.5 billion of 2017 net earnings show its 2017 compliance and administrative costs associated with the BC low carbon fuel standard to be 0.009 pct of net earnings of $0.4 million;

  • Because imported liquid transportation fuels must also meet low-carbon content requirements, competitiveness issues for refiners relative to blending low carbon fuels into gasoline and diesel are addressed. This may not be the case for gaseous and solid fuels, or liquids used in petroleum refinery processes.

    Modelling by a number of CFS stakeholders shows that a minimum of two-thirds of the compliance for the 2030 CFS target can be met with liquid fuels. This significantly lowers the potential cost of compliance with the gaseous and solid fuels CFS components for Canada's industrial sector. In addition, there is considerable positive economic growth that will be realized by investments in clean fuel production and use.

    Transportation fuels make up 80 pct of the liquid fuels used in Canada, and their climate change emissions are rising. Many in the industrial sector see the rationale for Canada to largely follow the design of low carbon fuel standards successfully operating for almost a decade in British Columbia and in California.

    Download the Canadian clean fuel standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 28 August, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, (604) 947-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Canada Clean Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  


  • Advanced Biofuels Canada Membership on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Vancouver-headquartered Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) is reporting a significant expansion of its membership with the recent addition of: Canada Clean Fuels, Canfor Pulp, EcoEngineers and Honeywell UOP, an international leader in process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

    In May 2017, Ensyn Corporation, Iogen, LanzaTech, OPIS, Steeper Energy, and Targray joined ABFC. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, (604) 494-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

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    160 Biomass Processing Plants Planned for Punjab (Int'l Report)
    National Thermal Power Corporation
    Date: 2018-06-25
    Aiming to use "paddy" straw and agriculture waste to produce animal feed and biocoal, the Punjab government reports it is seeking to attract private investment to establish 160 "paddy" straw biomass processing plants. The Punjab finance minister confirmed the state would invest Rs 10,000 crore in the 160 biomass plants which could directly and indirectly employ approximately 50,000 people.

    The plants will purchase straw and agriculture waste from farmers and convert it into biocoal which will be sold to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

    In related Indian clean fuels news, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited Is reported to be working on supplying CNG gas for vehicles and Erika, an English firm, is working on production of bioethanol from straw. (Source: Times of India, TNN, 25 June, 2018) Contact: National Thermal Power Corporation, www.ntpc.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Straw Biomass news,  


    Notable Quote
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-04-04
    "America's standards on clean cars are the country's biggest environmental success stories.

    "We should be racing toward a cleaner, healthier transportation future. Instead, the Trump administration is steering us onto a dead end road. We have solutions at hand to build the cars of tomorrow. Strong clean cars standards will move us forward" -- Fred Krupp, Pres Environmental Defense Fund, commenting on the Trump EPA's announced intention to cut US auto fuel efficiency standards and roll-back standards on greenhouse gas emissions introduced under the Obama administration. Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  Vehicle Emissions,  Clean Fuel,  Pruitt,  


    So Sayeth Secretary Perry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Rick Perry
    Date: 2018-03-09
    "As we progress to a zero emission goal, we can still reduce emissions without draining the growth of our developing nations. Let us unleash innovation, let us invest in emission-free resources like nuclear and hydro [power] while at the same time making fossil fuels cleaner.

    "We support those renewables. Not only are they ultimate clean fuel, but they are inexhaustible by definition." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, 7 Mar., 2018)

    Secretary Perry will also be remembered for his response when asked whether CO2 is the main driver of climate change? "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in. (Climate change is) one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry,  Renewable Energy Carbon Emissions,  


    Vt. Republican Gov. Nixes State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Meeting in Montpelier, Republican governor of Vermont Phil Scott's office reports the governor is rejecting a key state carbon tax recommendation from his own Climate Action Commission. The Governor has opposed a carbon tax clear -- both on the campaign trail and after his election -- on the grounds that Vermonters can't afford a tax on fossil fuels.

    The governor did, however, agree on four fossil and clean fuel recommendations, including supporting advanced wood heat, boosting weatherization efforts, growing the climate economy, and electrifying the transportation system. (Source: Various Media, WCAX3, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, (802) 828-3333, (802) 828-3339 - fac., governor.vermont.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Cdn.Clean Fuel Standard Design Framework Released (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada,Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Following on our November, 2016 coverage, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the design framework for the national Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). Key elements of the framework include:
  • The CFS objective is 30 megatonnes of GHG reductions annually by 2030;
  • The current federal Renewable Fuels Standard levels will be maintained, with replacement by the CFS over the longer term;
  • Separate carbon intensity reduction requirements will be established for liquid, gaseous and solid fuels;
  • With transportation fuels comprising 80 pct of liquid fuels, the effective partitioning of fuel types will ensure GHG reductions occur in the transportation sector. Some sub-fuel type grouping may be considered;.
  • Gaseous fuels may see a volumetric requirement or a hybrid approach;
  • Credit exchanges and other flexibilities to enable cross-sector compliance will be considered.

    Advanced Biofuels Canada and other advocates have called on Ottawa to develop a Clean Fuels Strategy to ensure the success of the CFS. This multi-year initiative would support domestic production and distribution of low carbon fuels to allow the economic benefits of clean fuels to be realized by all Canadians. It would also address the effectiveness of complementary measures that, if well designed, will drive growth across the low carbon economy. Carbon pricing and fuel taxation are two areas where legacy policies and emerging rules can inadvertently discourage the production and use of clean fuels in Canada, according to the release.

    Download the Canada Clean Fuel Standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, (604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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  • Canadian Clean Fuel Standard Behind Schedule (Reg & Leg)
    Clean Energy Canada
    Date: 2017-11-10
    In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government's plan to have national Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) regulations to help reduce vehicle emissions in place by mid-2018 is in doubt, according to Vancouver-based Clean Energy Canada. The CFS was supposed to start with consultations in the spring and then follow up with the framework this fall. The discussion paper came in February followed by discussion groups and consultations with other governments and industry, but Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will no longer commit to unveiling the framework before Christmas.

    The Canadian CFS would require fuel producers to reduce the carbon intensity of their products and require the blending of ethanol, biodiesel and/or renewable diesel with petroleum-based fuels. The CFS The standard aims to cut 30 million tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions total by 2030, which is more than one-third of the emissions cuts predicted from the entire Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    A CFS could add 5 cents to the price of a litre of gasoline in addition to the 11.6 cents a litre a $50 a tonne carbon price is expected to add. (Source: Clean Energy Canada, CleanTech Canada, Canadian Manufacturing, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Canada, Jeremy Moorhouse, Snr. Policy Analyst, (604) 947-2200, www.cleanenergycanada.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CFS,  Clean Energy Canada,  Canada Clean Fuel Standard,  


    Old Dominion State Switching to Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Virginia
    Date: 2017-07-28
    In Richmond, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reports that 319 state and local government vehicles have been transitioned to alternative fuel, exceeding the Governor's 300 vehicle goal by the end of the Administration. It is also is also notable progress toward a low-carbon clean fuel alternatives Virginia.

    The Governor also awarded Chesterfield County with the Governor's Green Fleet Award for its leadership in the alternative fuels transition by implementing 50 vehicles and five advanced fueling stations that allow state and local vehicles to visit and refuel.

    In 2014, Governor McAuliffe unveiled the Virginia Energy Plan committing to accelerating the development of advanced vehicle technology and the use of alternative fuels for vehicles in the Commonwealth as well as advancing the existing 2012 Commonwealth Alternative Fuel Program. (Source: Office of the Governor of Virginia, PR, 26 July, 2017)Contact: Governor Terry McAuliffe, https://governor.virginia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Electric Vehicles,  


    Al-Corn Modernization-Expansion Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Al-Corn Clean Fuel
    Date: 2017-07-19
    Claremont, Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel Co-Op is reporting that its plant expansion and modernization project is several months ahead of the scheduled July, 2018 completion. The expansion includes two 112-foot silos, two 2 million gallon ethanol storage tanks, four 75-feet tall fermenters with a total capacity 4 million gallons, and new corn storage bins.

    Al-Corn, founded in 1994, grinds 17.5 million bpy of corn and produces 50 million gpy of ethanol. The expansion and modernization will expand ethanol production to 120 million gpy. (Source: Al-Corn, agrinews.com, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Al-Corn Clean Fuel , Randall Doyal, CEO, (507) 681-7100, www.al-corn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Al-Corn Clean Fuel,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Driving Decarbonization: Pathways and Policies for Canadian Transport -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    https://www.canada.ca/en/services/.../climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html
    Date: 2017-07-12
    As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Canadian federal government announced plans at the end 2016 to develop a national clean fuel standard (CFS). This report addresses several issues related to applying a CFS to transport.

    The report examines the potential for biofuels to contribute to transport decarbonisation, assess the potential for a CFS to be the key policy driving transport decarbonisation, and conducts a modeling exercise in comparing a highly flexible CFS with carbon pricing to drive transport decarbonization in Canada.

    Access the full Driving Decarbonization: Pathways and Policies for Canadian Transport report HERE. (Source: Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG) School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, June 29, 2017) Contact: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, www.canada.ca/en/services/.../climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html

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    Solar Paint Creates Energy from Water Vapor (New Prod & Tech)
    RMIT University
    Date: 2017-06-19
    In the Land Down Under, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne are reporting development of a new solar paint that can be used to produce clean energy.

    The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source. The paint contains a recently-developed compound that looks and feels like silica gel commonly used to absorb moisture but acts like a semiconductor. Additionally, the synthetic molybdenum-sulphide material catalysis the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.

    According to lead researcher Dr. Torben Daeneke, mixing the compound with titanium oxide particles leads to a sunlight-absorbing paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.

    Because titanium oxide is the same white pigment commonly found in wall paint when it is combined with the new material, the solar paint can "convert a brick wall into an energy harvesting and fuel production real estate." This means there is no need for filtered or clean water to feed the system. And, any location that has water vapor in the air -- including remote areas -- can produce fuel, according to Daeneke. (Source: RMIT University, Inhabitat, Science Daily, June, 2017) Contact: RMIT University, Dr. Torben Daeneke, +61 3 9925 2090, torben.daeneke@rmit.edu.au, www.rmit.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Biodiesel Supplier Targray Honored as PwC V2R Innovator (Ind. Report)
    Targray
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Montreal-headquartered Targray, a market-leading supplier to the international biofuels and other industries, has been named a finalist for the PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) "Vision to Reality (V2R) Innovator of the Year Award". The nomination identifies Targray's turnkey biodiesel solution, designed to enable fuel retailers and transport fleets to become more profitable, competitive and cost-efficient while helping to create a sustainable economy.

    Since first launching its biodiesel solution in 2012, Targray has become one of the North American clean fuel industry's largest biofuel suppliers, with a dedicated rail fleet linking supply terminals in California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Louisiana to fuel retailers and fleets in the US and Canada. (Source: Targray, PwC, PR, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Targray, www.targray.com/biofuels; PwC, www.pwc.com/ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    ITM Power Seals £3.5Mn 3MW Electrolyser System Deal (Ind. Report)
    ITM Power
    Date: 2017-04-07
    London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports its has inked a £3.50 million contract for the deployment of 3MW of electrolysis with associated hydrogen energy equipment, in the UK. Details of the transaction have not been released.

    ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.

    The Company presently has £21.79 million of revenue under contract and a total pipeline of £24.65 million, according to a company release. (Source: ITM Power, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ITM Power,  Energy Storage,  Electrolyser,  


    UNIST Touts 1-Step CO2 to Diesel Fuel Process ( New Prod & Tech)
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2016-11-23
    In South Korea, researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) are reporting a new, one-step way of converting CO2 to a road-ready green diesel fuel. Their findings showed that changing the currently available catalysts used in the conversion could turn CO2 into liquid hydrocarbon-based fuel in one single step, according to a UNIST release.

    The UNIST process uses a new delafossite-based copper and steel based catalyst in a reaction between industrial CO2 emissions and H2 generated from a solar hydrogen plant to produce diesel which, compared to methane and methanol, has a longer chain of carbon and hydrogen atoms.

    The researchers noted that their direct CO2-FT synthesis is different from Audi's CO2-to-dielsel conversion process which involves two steps, including the reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction and CO Fisher-Tropsch (FT) synthesis. (Source: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Nature World News, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Jae Sung Lee, Professor of Energy and Chemical Engineering, +82 53 217 0114, www.unist.ac.kr

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