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Denver Carbon Tax Vote Slated for 5 Nov. (Ind. Report)
Denver
Date: 2019-08-28
On Monday in Colorado, the Denver mayor's office and Denver City Council announced an agreement that will see a proposed carbon tax proposal on the ballot of an upcoming Nov. 5 election.

The measure, which includes the creation of an Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency, would apply to commercial and industrial buildings in Denver. The Nov. 5 vote may, however be postponed until June 1, 2020 in light possible amendments to consider funding and other issues.

The Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency would, under the agreement, be functional by next July 1, 2020 and will combine employees from the existing Office of Sustainability and Department of Public Health and Environment. It would report to the mayor. (Source: The Denver Channel, 26 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


American AllWaste Acquires Onsite Environmental (M&A, Ind Report)
American AllWaste,Onsite Environmental
Date: 2019-08-09
NYC-based NewHold Enterprises, LLC (NewHold), a holding company focused on long-term ownership and acquisition-led growth of middle-market industrial and services companies, is reporting American AllWaste LLC has acquired the assets of OnSite Environmental, Inc. (Onsite), Tennessee’s leading provider of non-hazardous liquid waste hauling and treatment services. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Onsite covers Tennessee with trucking services and processing facilities of wastes including leachate, grease and grit and grease trap waste, oily waters. The company also processes byproducts reused in agriculture as a beneficial soil amendment approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Onsite also produces nearly 500,000 gpy of brown grease for biodiesel production. (Source: American AllWaste, PR 8 Aug., 2019)Contact: American AllWaste, www.allwastecorp.com; New Hold LLC, (212) 653-0153, info@newholdllc.com, www.newholdllc.com; Onsite Environmental, www.onsite-env.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American AllWaste,  Biodiesel,  


EPA Releases 2020 RVOs Proposal (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
EPA, RVO
Date: 2019-07-24
The US EPA's recently proposed 2020 and 2012 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) require 91 billion litres of renewable fuels to be blended into the US fuel supply in 2020, up from 90.5bn litres in 2019 -- 23 billion litres of advanced biofuels, 11 billion litres of biomass-based diesel - which was set last year and is the same for 2021, and 2.4 billion litres of cellulosic biofuel -- up 545 million litres from the 2019 figure.

The proposed RVO would require biofuels to make up 10.92 pct of US transportation fuel, including 2.75 pct advanced biofuels, 1.99 pct biomass-based diesel and 0.29 pct cellulosic biofuel.

The rule making also proposed amendments to the RFS regulations including: clarification of diesel RVO calculations; pathway petition conditions; a biodiesel esterification pathway; distillers corn oil and distillers oil pathways; renewable fuel exporter provisions allowing the production of biomass-based diesel from separated food waste; flexibilities for renewable fuel blending for military use; heating oil used for cooling; RFS facility ownership changes; additional registration deactivation justifications; a new Renewable Identification Number (RIN) retirement; a new pathway for co-processing biomass with petroleum to produce cellulosic diesel, jet fuel and heating oil; public access to information; and other revisions. The amendments came as part of the as yet finalized Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. (Source: EPA, Oils & Fats Int'l., 22 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RVO,  Biofuel Blend,  


Oberon Fuels Planning Renewable Dimethyl Ether Production (Int'l)
Oberon Fuels,California Energy Commission
Date: 2019-07-01
In the Golden State, San Diego-based clean transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting receipt of almost $2.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funding is in support of a project to produce the the state's first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), an economic fuel and key step in the development of a California-based, renewable hydrogen (rH2) pathway to zero-emission mobility fuel.

Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361, Fax - (619)756-6470, info@oberonfuels.com, www.oberonfuels.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DME,  Oberon Fuels,  California Energy Commission,  


Equinor Exploring Korean Offshore Wind Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
Equinor,Korea East-West Power
Date: 2019-05-06
Norwegian energy giant Equinor has partnered with Korea National Oil Corporation, Korea East-West Power Company and Ulsan City to explore floating offshore wind opportunities.

To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Ulsan City, a major South Korean maritime shipping center, and an amendment made to include Korea East-West Power Company in a previously executed MoU with Korea National Oil Corporation. (Source: Equinor, PR, Smart Energy, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr; Korea East-West Power, www.ewp.co.kr/eng; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


GEVO Cuts "Going Concern" Qualification in Audit Report (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2019-04-03
Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. is reporting that due to its improved balance sheet, the "going concern" qualification in the audit report of Gevo's independent registered public accounting firm has been removed from the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018. For the past several years, the audit reports to Gevo's consolidated financial statements have included a "going concern" qualification. Gevo's consolidated audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 were included as part of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 that was filed on March 28, 2019 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

This announcement does not represent any change or amendment to Gevo's consolidated, audited financial statements or to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. (Source: Gevo, PR, Nasdaq, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Biofuel,  Biobutanol,  Ethanol,  


Emerging Fuels Tech. Amends License with Red Rock Biofuels to Increase FT Capacity (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuels, Emerging Fuels Technology
Date: 2019-03-06
As previously reported, Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. (EFT) has amended their license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL*a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for Red Rock's Bio-Refinery in Lakeview Oregon. The amendment doubles the FT capacity to be provided by EFT. The new capacity will be incorporated imediately in the plant which is currently under construction.

EFT is focused on methods for producing synthetic fuels and specialty products from a variety of feedstocks including natural gas, biomass, municipal solid waste (MSW) and bio-derived oils. EFT is one of the world's foremost authorities on FT and related synthesis licensing the core technologies and upgrade packages for 500 to 10,000 bpd applications. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc., PR 27 Feb., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc, Kenneth Agee, Pres., (918) 286-6802, www.emergingfuels.com: Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  Emerging Fuels Technology,  


GroundMetrics Applies Deep Learning to CCS Monitoring (Ind Report)
GroundMetrics
Date: 2019-02-22
San Diego-based electromagnetic sensor system company and oil and gas technology pioneer GroundMetrics Inc reports it will use proprietary sensor systems and machine learning to monitor CO2 in the subsurface through a new project awarded by the US DOE.

In partnership with the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory LBNL) and Expero Inc., GroundMetrics will develop a continuous sequestered carbon monitoring system to measure resistivity changes in the subsurface. The system will help carbon sequestration managers monitor CO2 saturation and thus provide time and cost-effective insight into how the CO2 is being distributed underground and whether it is leaking.

GroundMetrics offers full-field survey and monitoring services as well as partnership opportunities to oil and gas, geophysical service, and mineral exploration companies. (Source: GroundMetrics, Inc., PR, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: GroundMetrics, George Eiskamp, CEO, Jessie Kaffai, (858) 381-4155, jkaffai@)groundmetrics.com, www.groundmetrics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Velocys, Red Rock Amend Fischer-Tropsch Reactors Deal (Ind Report)
Velocys,Red Rock Biofuel
Date: 2019-02-13
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it and Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) have agreed to amendments in RRB's licensing of Velocys' Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst for RRB's biorefinery which is under construction in Lakeview, Oregon.

The amended agreement will see Velocys accelerate delivery of the first of four reactors and first four charges of catalyst. It will also reduce RRB's commitment for reactors from six to four but RRB will retain an option to acquire reactors 5 and 6 units at the existing price until the end of 2020. (Source: Velocys, Hydrocarbon Engineering, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  Velocys,  Red Rock Biofuel,  


$4.7Mn for California Soil Amendments CCS Research (R&D, Funding)
Carbon Sequestration,UC Davis
Date: 2019-01-21
In the Golden State, the University of California, Davis, and the UC Working Lands Innovation Center are reporting receipt of $4.7 million in grant funding over 3-years from the California Strategic Growth Council to research scalable methods of using soil amendments to sequester greenhouse gases like (CO2) in soil. The project aims to find ways to capture billions of tons of CO2 and bring net carbon emissions in California to zero by 2045.

The consortium will conduct and oversee 29 treatment and control sites across California and assess whether soil amendments -- pulverized rock, compost and biochar -- can bring additional carbon Capture and storage (CCS) co-benefits, such as improved crop and rangeland productivity and soil health to California growers and ranchers across diverse regions.

The sites range from croplands in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to the Imperial Valley, as well as ranchlands from Marin County to Southern California.

In addition to UC Berkeley and UC Davis, the consortium also includes scientists from UC Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California State University, East Bay. The group will be working with the California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions (C4S), Larta Institute, the Almond Board of California, commercial manufacturers of compost and biochar, ranchers and farmers, carbon offset registries, the USDA California Climate Hub, and UC Cooperative Extension. (Source: UC Davis, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu; California Strategic Growth Council, www.sgc.ca.gov, UC Working Lands Innovation Center Grant Award, www.sgc.ca.gov/programs/climate-research/docs/20181221-CCR_Summary_2019CCR20007.pdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Davis,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Greenhouse Gas,  


Kigali Amendment Addresses Ozone Deleting HFC GHG (Int'l Report)
Montreal Protocol
Date: 2019-01-04
With the recently announced Kigali Amendment hammered out in Niarobi, the world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse gasses known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)-- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- and limit global warming. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1st January 2019.

If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.

The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.

Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.

Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.

The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Download the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Montreal Protocol,  HFCs,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  


Pa. Petition Offers Pathway to RGGI Carbon Cap-and-Trade Participation (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2018-12-19
In the Keystone State, a recent petition signed by 60 or more legal scholars, environmental organizations, clean energy players and others could give the state an opening to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)-- a cap-and-trade effort among nine northeastern states to lower carbon emissions and drive clean energy investments.

The petitioners argue Pennsylvania regulators have the legal authority and constitutional duty to address climate change and ask them to create an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, using California as a model. The move triggers a legal process to which the state is required respond.

Petitioners claim the state's Air Pollution Control Act allows for such an action, and the state's Environmental Rights Amendment requires it. The petition is now being reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and will then go before the state's Environmental Quality Board, which can decide whether to move forward with it or not.

A report published by RGGI last year said participating states were able to cut power sector carbon pollution over 45 percent since 2005, while the region’s economy grew. The Investment of RGGI Proceeds in 2017 report is HERE. (Source: RGGI, Energy News, Dec., 2018) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

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


NextEra, OSMPC Agree to Wind Farm Deadline Extension (Ind. Report)
NextEra
Date: 2018-11-30
In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) reports it has again granted a mitigation plan deadline extension for NextEra Energy's planned wind farm along a route of airspace the military uses for training west of Hinton.

As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA. OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded. (Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  


Albioma Plans Coal-to-Biomass Conversion in Guadeloupe (Int'l)
Albioma SA
Date: 2018-11-23
French renewable energy producer Albioma SA reports its planned conversion of a 34-MW power plant in Guadeloupe from coal to biomass has been approved by the French energy regulator CRE. The agency approved a draft amendment to a PPA between Albioma and French electric utility EDF SA that is tied to the Albioma Caraibes power plant.

In granting approval, the regulator determined that converting the facility to run on biomass will increase the share of renewables in Guadeloupe's energy mix to about 35 pct from the present 20.5 pct. (Source: Albioma SA, Renewables, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Albioma SA, +33 (0)1 47 76 67, 00, www.albioma.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Albioma SA ,  


EC Prepares for Brexit, Updates Energy Efficiency Legislation (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Kallanish Energy is reporting the European Commission (EC )is proposing a "technical" amendment to the EU energy efficiency legislation as part of its preparation for UK's still uncertain withdrawal from the 28-member trade group.

According to the EC, the energy consumption figures outlined in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union are based on 28 member statistics, and need to be revised downward to reflect the UK's exit. In terms of GDP, the UK -- $2,770,000 million US -- is the second strongest EU member after Germany at $3,930,000 million US. (Source: EC, Europe Gov. News, 16 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brexit,  Energy Efficiency,  


CARB Fine-Tunes California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-10-03
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board reports it has approved several amendments to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, including one that sets a new carbon intensity target for fuel sold within the state. The changes include the creation of additional incentives for zero-emissions vehicles and establish protocol for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

The Golden State's LCFS currently requires a 10 pct reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020. The amendments will require a 20 pct reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

According to CARB, the amendments align with the Golden State's overall target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, and will incentivize the development of additional zero emission vehicle infrastructure and the sale of electric and hydrogen vehicles. (Source: CARB, Ethanol Producer, Oct., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Low Carbon Fuel,  


Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-09-12
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


EU Parliamentarians Back 45 pct Fleet Vehicle Emission Cuts (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-09-10
In Brussels, Reuters is reporting many EU parliamentarians are backing a 45 pct cut in fleet vehicles carbon dioxide by 2030 and an interim reduction goal of 20 pct by 2025.

The 28 member EU trading bloc's new rules aim to help meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. Other proposed amendments address whether renewable fuels will be allowed to count toward zero-emission targets and whether to allow industry to combine their targets for cars and vans. European automakers association ACEA has called for laxer CO2 limits, saying poor infrastructure and an underdeveloped consumer market limit their ability to sell more electric cars. (Source: Fiji Times, Reuters, Various Media, 8 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


WELTEC Snares 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany (Int'l M&A)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2018-08-13
Vechta, Germany-based Nordmethan GmbH, a company of the WELTEC BIOPOWER Group, has taken over an insolvent biogas plant in Sudergellersen, Lower Saxony. The German specialist for the development and operation of biomethane and biogas plants will fully modernize the technical and operational overall concept of the 2.2-MW plant. The project development work is currently under way.

The original plant had been set up in 2009 and expanded in 2014. The operator's concept was based on the digestion of horse manure and sale of the digestate as fertilizer pellets. However, as the concept turned out to be technically difficult and economically unfeasible, the plant went bankrupt. Following the takeover by the WELTEC Group, the substrate input is now being adjusted, and the plant technology is being modernised.

Henceforth, the two digesters with a capacity of 3,000 M2 each, will be largely fed with locally sourced horse manure and other raw materials. The generated biogas will be used to run two cogeneration power plants with an electrical output of 1.1 MW each. Nordmethan will supply the power to the public power grid. Part of the exhaust heat from the cogeneration is to be used for drying the digestate.

Among other upgrades, WELTEC will modernize the two cogeneration power plants and the solid matter input systems, and install two digestate dryers and storage units. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Jens Albartus, Director, +49 4441 99978 0, +49 4441 99978 8, info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  


Proposed CAFE Standards Positive for Ethanol, says ACE CEO (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-06
In response to the US EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced proposed amendments to the current fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2021-2026, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings says that while the proposals are less stringent they are also exploring the role higher octane fuel could provide a pathway for higher blends of ethanol as they maintain fuel economy in smaller engines and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jennings noted that the premium high octane fuel on the market now is petroleum which is costlier than ethanol. He says ethanol has several advantages and is also a high octane fuel.

According to Jennings, the EPA's proposal to flatline the standards will lead to increased gasoline use and tailpipe pollution, but not if the final rule paves the way for E25-E30 high octane fuel in future engines. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, WNAX Radio, 3 Aug., 2018)Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  CAFE Standard,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  


Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
Alternative Fuels
Date: 2018-07-09
In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

"At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari , https://www.facebook.com/nitingadkary/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  


ADM, DuPont Announce Biobased FDME Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
ADM, DuPont
Date: 2018-05-02
DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) are reporting the collaborative opening of the world's first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois. FDME technology, which starts with fructose from corn, is a more efficient and simple process than traditional conversion approaches and results in higher yields, lower energy usage and lower capital expenditures.

DuPont's proprietary Bio-PDO*trade; (1,3-propanediol). PTF is a 100 pct renewable polymer that, in bottling applications, can be used to create plastic bottles that are lighter-weight, more sustainable and better performing. (Source: ADM, DuPont, PR, World Grains, 1 May, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, www.biosciences.dupont.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  Archer Daniels Midland,  DuPont ,  FDME,  Bioplastic,  Biochemical,  


California Extending Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-05-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is preparing to extend the state's 2011-vintage low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in the Golden State by 20 pct.

The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.

In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.) The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  CARB,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CCS,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


Hawaiian Legislators Mulling B10 Biofuels Blend (Reg & Leg)
Biofuel Blend
Date: 2018-02-23
In January,In the Aloha State, the Hawaiin legislature is reported to be considering Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019), and several amendments to the original bill, requiring transportation fuel sold in the state to contain no less than 10 percent biofuel by volume.

Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel. The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction. The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


Victoria Ready for New B.C. Energy Step Code (Ind. Report)
City of Victoria,BC Building Code
Date: 2018-01-22
In British Columbia, the City of Victoria reports it is initiating the implementation of the new B.C. Energy Step Code. In a move being criticized as premature at best, Victoria is taking initial moves to implement the new B.C. Energy Step Code, an amendment to the 2017 B.C. Building Code that establishes performance-based energy efficiency requirements for new residential and commercial construction. The plan's ultimate goal is that all new buildings will be "net-zero energy ready" -- wind or solar -- by 2032.

Rather than mandating particular building practices or materials, the code is performance-based. Builders choose how to achieve performance targets -- design issues related to heat loss, such as placement of windows and doors, types of heating systems, and others.

The new code came into effect in 2017, but requires individual municipalities to pass bylaws that advise local builders what is expected of them.

Download the Step Code HERE. (Source: City of Victoria, Times Colonist, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Victoria, www.victoria.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


BC Low-Carbon Fuels Standard Consultations Underway (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2017-12-11
Advanced Biofuels Canada is reporting the government of British Columbia has launched consultations on the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation (RLCFRR) on the feasibility of the carbon intensity targets.

The proposed targets include a required 15 to 20 pct total reduction in carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2030, as well as potential amendments regarding cost containment, refinery improvements, biojet recognition, and non-fuel credit generating activities.

The RLCFRR includes a renewable fuel mandate -- 5 pct in gasoline, 4 pct in diesel -- as well as a 10 pct below 2010 by 2020 low carbon fuel standard which was considered "possible, but challenging." (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, EIN, Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, President, (604) 947-0040, (778) 233-3889 , ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Low Carbon Fuel,  


China Welcomes Bonn COP 23 Climate Meeting Results (Int'l)
COP23,Climate Change
Date: 2017-11-20
Reflecting on the just concluded cop23 meeting, China's special representative on climate change affairs, Xie Zhenhua, said that the dialogue on climate change, "while still not 100 percent satisfactory," did succeed in reflecting the concerns of all sides in a balanced manner. Xie Zhenhua added that he hoped developed countries would uphold their Paris Agreement obligations in dealing with climate change.

"We hope that all sides adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and their respective capabilities, and consider the actual conditions of each country while pushing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement," Xie said. He said he also hoped that all sides would speed up ratification of the Doha Amendment that establishes the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and that developed countries would continue to uphold their obligation to provide funds, technology and capacity-building to developing countries. (Source: Global Times, Xinhua, 19 Nov., 2017)

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NAIT Developing Long-Haul Trucking Low-Carbon Fuel (Ind. Report)
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology,Oberon Fuels
Date: 2017-11-13
On the Canadian Praries, the Edmonton-based Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) reports it has has partnered with industry stakeholders to bring all-weather low-carbon fuel to the long-haul trucking industry. Working with Mack Trucks, Westcan Bulk Transport, and Oberon Fuels, the effort is supported by the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade with funding of $368,000. .

NAIT researchers will work to develop fuel moisture management technology for dimethyl ether (DME), which is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel alternative made from natural gas or methanol produced from biomass feedstock. The technology aims to remove any residual water from the DME before injection into the engine, eliminated the risk of corrosion and reduced performance. NAIT plans to test the technology using Mack trucks from Westcan's operating in Alberta. (Source: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Truck West, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dr. Glenn Feltham, Pres., CEO, (780) 471-6248, www.nait.ca

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Ameren Ill. Expands Energy Efficiency Plan Savings (Ind. Report)
Ameren Illinois
Date: 2017-10-16
Ameren Illinois recently filed an amendment to its energy efficiency plan under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which commits the company to an additional average annual savings of 12,043 megawatt-hours (MWhs) over four years. The amendment seeks to expand Ameren's efficiency programs to more moderate- and low-income customers and create local, sustainable jobs.

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency plan in September but directed the company to change and amend the plan in accordance with the final order in the case.

Ameren's energy efficient plan includes $114 million in annual investments for the next four years in electric and gas efficiency programs. It aims to achieve nearly 9 pct, or 2,502,368 MWhs, in cumulative persisting energy savings by the end of 2021 and includes a goal of 16 pct cumulative persisting savings achieved by 2030. The plan will go into effect in Jan., 2018. (Source: Ameren Illinois, PR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois

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Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Watertown Mass., USGBC
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning, http://www.watertown-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=85; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Delaware Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-08-30
In Dover, Delaware Governor John Carney on Monday signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware.

The working group will begin meeting next month and will review economic opportunities and environmental benefits of offshore wind development, and the costs and benefits of developing offshore wind. Working group members also will review laws and regulations governing the development of renewable energy, and recommend changes. Additionally, they will identify barriers and opportunities involved in developing offshore wind to benefit Delawareans.

By December 15, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act. (Source: news.delaware.gov, 28 Aug., 2017)Contact: Delaware Governor John Carney, governor.delaware.gov

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Senvion Installs Low-Speed Turbine Prototype (New Prod & Tech)
Senvion,Notus Energy
Date: 2017-08-16
German wind turbine maker Senvion SA is reporting the first installation of its 3.4M140 model wind turbine prototype wind turbine at Notus Energy Group's project in the municipality of Heckelberg-Brunow in Brandenburg, northeastern Germany.

The 3.4M140 turbine with hub heights of 110 and 130 meters, is specifically designed for low wind conditions, such as forested and mountainous areas. Serial production of the 3.4M140 is slated to get underway before the year end, according to a company release. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Notus Energy, +49 331 620 4340, http://w3.windmesse.de/notus; : Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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House Anti-Climate Change Amendment Defeated (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-07-17
Last Thursday in Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment proposed by Arizona Rep. Scott Perry (R) that would have blocked a requirement in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for the armed services to study the impact of climate change on the military over the next 20 years.

That requirement was included in Democratic amendment requiring each military service to identify which 10 of its bases were most threatened by the effects of climate change. That amendment passed with support from Republicans. (Source: Climate Solutions Caucus, Think Progress, Others, 14 July, 2017)

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Tar Heel State Senate Adopts Wind Energy Moratorium (Reg & Leg)
Wind
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Tar Heel State, the Senate has approved an amendment that would stop all wind energy projects in North Carolina for four years. The amendment was added to House Bill 589, a strongly supported solar energy policy update.

The moratorium through the end of 2020 would give a consultant time to determine where wind farms might conflict with training areas for military aircraft. The moratorium would block two projects already in development, Alligator River in Tyrrell County and Timbermill Wind in Chowan and Perquimans counties. Both have already been approved by the Department of Defense under the state's 2013 regulations governing wind development. (Source: WRAL, Other Media, 29 June, 2017)

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Florida Legislation Expands Solar Incentives (Reg & Leg)
Center for Biological Diversity
Date: 2017-06-21
In Tallahassee, Florida Governor Rick Scott is reported to have signed Senate Bill 90, a legislative measure expanding tax breaks for commercial and industrial building rooftop solar installations. The bill extends renewable-energy tax breaks already given to residential properties and exempts a percentage of the assessed value of renewable installations from property taxes.

S.B. 90 is widely seen as a compromise solution to implement a clean energy constitutional amendment approved by 73 pct of Florida voters in August.

According to the not-for-profit Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunshine State's solar industry ranks only 13 in the nation for installed capacity, although it is third in technical solar potential. The Center also notes that Florida is one of the 10 worst states for blocking distributed solar with bad policies. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Various Media, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Chad Tudenggongbu, (917) 558-0849, ctudenggongbu@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

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SynTech Bioenergy Touts BioMax®Technology (Ind. Report)
SynTech Bioenergy
Date: 2017-05-24
In Denver, renewable energy technology specialist SynTech Bioenergy is reporting the completion of its newest facility which will convert pecan shells into electricity in Texas.

Five similar plants are currently operating on walnut shells in California, and the company is preparing three additional units for a new California customer. The company is also manufacturing its first unit for the Japanese market.

Heat created in the Texas process is used to dry the pecan shells, creating no waste. The only byproduct of the technologies is organic biochar, a soil amendment (fertilizer) which aids plant growth, reduces the need for irrigation and increases global food supplies. From the feedstock entering the system to the electricity produced by the installed generator sets, the BioMax® system is carbon negative. Each system sequesters 1.07 ounces of carbon per kWh, amounting to approximately 35 tpy of sequestered carbon. (Source: SynTech Bioenergy, PR, 23 May, 2017). Contact: SynTech Bioenergy LLC, Jason Erickson, (360) 869-6766, jerickson@syntechbioenergy.com, www.syntechbioenergy.com

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EC Calls for EU ETS Upgrades, Amendments (Int'l, Reg. & Leg.)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2017-02-06
The European Commission (EC) reports it is amending the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to better tackle aviation industry CO2 emissions. The amendment follows an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to stabilize international aviation emissions.

At the 2016 ICAO Assembly, the European Union and its member states played an instrumental role in securing a deal on a global market-based measure to stabilize international aviation emissions. The system will require airlines to monitor and report their annual CO2 emissions on international routes and offset those exceeding 2020 levels.

The EC is proposing to continue with the current geographic scope of the EU ETS for aviation, covering flights between airports in the European Economic Area. The roposal to revise the EU ETS will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council, which are expected to finalize the co-decision process before the year end.

Detailed rules of the Global Market-Based Measure will be prepared in 2017 and endorsed by ICAO in the course of 2018. The EU is committed to reduce domestic economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organization, EU, Press Release, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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Hawaiian Waste-to-Energy Plant Wins Approval (Ind. Report)
BioEnergy Hawaii
Date: 2017-02-06
In the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tribune Herald is reporting that the Hawaii County Planning Department has given the nod to BioEnergy Hawaii's proposed waste-to-energy plant at the Hawaii Concrete Quarry in Waikoloa. The project includes waste separation and anaerobic digestion facilities that will produce methane and other gases and by-products tsuch as soil amendments and fertilizer. The project includes a small closed thermal gasification unit for on-site electric power generation.

The plant is expected to be open in the summer of 2019. The planned 200-tpd facility, which could be expanded to 400 tpg under the plan, is expected to be operational in the summer of 2019. (Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: BioEnergy Hawaii, Guy Kaniho, GM, ourfuture@bioenergyhawaii.com, www.bioenergyhawaii.com

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India Inks Kyoto Protocol Doha Amendment (Int'l. Report)
Kyoto Protocol
Date: 2017-01-27
In New Delhi, the Indian government Union Cabinet reports it has ratified the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, mandating global actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 2013-2020 period. Although adopted in 1997, is yet to be ratified by most developed nations, including the U.S.

The protocol mandated rich and developed countries to cut emissions in two phases, between 2005-2012, and then between 2013-2020, through the Doha amendment. It did not mandate any obligations on developing countries to cut emissions. With India’s ratification, 76 countries have now ratified the second commitment period and 144 countries need to ratify it for the Doha amendment to enter into force.

The Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005. There were 192 parties (Canada withdrew effective December 2012)to the Protocol. (Source: Daily News & Analysis, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)

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GEVO Plans Reverse Spilt to Hold NASDAQ Listing (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2016-12-19
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol and renewable chemicals maker Gevo, Inc. reports its its stockholders have approved an amendment to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation allowing a reverse stock split of the company's outstanding shares of common stock. This happened by a ratio of not less than one-for-two and not more than one-for-twenty at any time on or prior to 6 January 2017, with the exact ratio to be set at a whole number within this range by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion. The exact date of the split has not yet been determined. (Source: GEVO, Various Trade Media, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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Portland Joining 2030 District Initiative to Improve Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
2030 District
Date: 2016-10-28
Following on our Oct. 18th coverage, the city of Portland, Maine, is slated to join the continent-wide 2030 District initiative with the launch of the Portland 2030 District on Nov. 7. Thirteen U.S. cities, including Dallas, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, as well as Toronto, Ontario, are 2030 District cities.

The goals of the new district are to reduce energy consumption and emissions in existing downtown buildings and new construction, while also promoting alternative transportation, installing energy efficient lighting, establishing electric vehicle charging stations, upgrading windows for greater energy efficiency and others.

To garner city and business community support, the Portland 2030 District will host events to educate builders and building owners on methods to reduce energy and water consumption, and look for ways to reduce downtown traffic and parking problems. It also looks to establish a buildings database and establish a public hub of information on reaching sustainability goals, including best practices, local vendors, financing options and case studies on making buildings more efficient. All data would be updated annually and measured against the internet benchmarking tool developed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.

Establishing the Portland 2030 District occurs as city councilors will hold a Nov. 7 public hearing and vote on an amendment to City Code Chapter 6 to require owners of commercial buildings of more than 20,000 sq. ft. or residential buildings of 50 or more units to report annual data on energy and water consumption. The amendment would also require the city to report the same data on municipal buildings of 5,000 sq.ft. or larger. By Dec. 31, 2020, city staff would be required to review data on the properties affected and possibly recommend ordinance amendments to improve energy efficiency and water use. (Source: City of Portland, Forecaster, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: 2030 Districts, www.2030districts.org/portland-maine

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