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NV Energy Adding Major Solar, Storage Capacity (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-12-06
In Las Vegas, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) reports approval of NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan to bring three projects totaling an additional 1,190 MW of new solar renewable energy projects to the state -- sufficient power for 230,000 homes -- and an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity. The three new projects include:
  • Arrow Canyon Solar Project -- 200 mw solar photovoltaic project with a 75 mw -- 5 hour battery storage system being developed by EDF Renewables North America.

  • Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center -- 300 mw solar array that includes a 135 mw-4 hour Li-Ion battery energy storage system being developed by 8minute Solar Energy.

  • Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project -- 690 mw solar PV array coupled with a 380 mw AC battery storage system in Clark County being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in collaboration with Arevia Power.

    The projects, which are expected to be online prior to January 1, 2024, will double NV Energy's renewable energy resources portfolio to include 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications,, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


  • Nexans Inks Offshore Wind Cabling Projects Agreement (Ind Report)
    Nexans
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Paris-based cabling specialist Nexans is reporting a framework agreement with Eversource, New England's premier transmission builder, and offshore wind energy developer Orsted. Under the agreement Nexans will provide up to 1,000 km of subsea high voltage export cables for Orsted's offshore wind farms in North America. The first delivery is expected by 2022 and the agreement extends until 2027.

    Nexans notes it is also investing in a North American high-voltage, sub-sea cable manufacturing facility in the U.S. as well as a 10,000-ton capacity cable-laying vessel to service the offshore wind market. (Source: Nexans, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Nexans, Inv. Relations, Aurelia Baudey-Vignaud, +33.(0)1.78.15.03.94, aurelia.baudeyvignaud@nexans.com, www.nexans.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexans,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Eversource,  


    Notable Quote from ScottishPower CEO
    COP25,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-12-06
    "Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting 'net zero' in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever.

    "This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider. In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.

    "The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year." -- Keith Anderson, ScottishPower, Speaking at COP25 in Madrid.Contact: ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  ScottishPower,  CO25,  


    IBM Climate Change Policy Supports Early Climate Action and Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    IBM
    Date: 2019-12-06
    "IBM has stated for more than a decade that climate change is a serious concern that warrants meaningful action on a global basis. Notwithstanding many important efforts, this remains the case today. The Earth's climate is warmer now than it was before the onset of the modern industrial era, and the increased temperature presents significant adverse risks which cannot be ignored. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide fuel this warming. According to scientists, the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is now greater than it has been for the last several hundred thousand years. Compounding this circumstance is the fact that carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for quite a long time after having been emitted.

    "Some may debate how this happened, but that doesn't change the need to address it. Although our collective use of fossil fuels for energy has enabled remarkable economic development, the use of fossil fuels has also resulted in substantial emissions of carbon dioxide, and the cost of these emissions has not been reflected in the price of energy. As a matter of policy, this should change.

    "IBM is no newcomer to the realm of climate change. In 2017, we reaffirmed our support for the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. Our commitment to the Paris Agreement builds on a long history of leadership in this space. In 1992 IBM helped the U.S. EPA launch the ENERGY STAR program. In 1994 we began to voluntarily disclose carbon dioxide emissions associated with IBM's consumption of energy and have done so annually now for 26 years. And in 2015, IBM was one of the first signatories to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate our support for the Paris Agreement.

    "Performance is a key measure of commitment. IBM has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions associated with our consumption of energy by 32 pct since 2005. We are on track to achieve our goal of a 40 pct reduction by 2025, a rate consistent with what scientists say is needed to limit warming to between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees C. Energy conservation has been -- and remains -- a key ingredient for this. IBM continues to rigorously conserve energy equal to at least 3 pct of its annual consumption, something we have done for decades. Reducing consumption, when possible, is preferable to purchasing offsets.

    "Responsible companies should also make transparent commitments regarding their consumption of renewable energy. Today, 38 pct of the global electricity IBM consumes comes from renewable sources, and we aim to increase this to 55 pct by 2025. Importantly, IBM does not rely upon the purchase of unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset its consumption of electricity from fossil fuels and thereby claim the company is a certain 'percent renewable.' Transparency matters in the transition away from carbon-based fuels, which is why our reporting about the use of renewables reflects our actual physical and matched consumption of renewable electricity.

    "Climate change is real, and that is why IBM supports a responsible plan to tax carbon emissions. It is also why IBM supports the Paris Agreement and is on track as a company to reduce emissions associated with our consumption of energy consistent with what scientists say is needed. And it is why we are making transparent our own use of renewable energy and aiming to increase that use substantially.

    "The enormity of the challenge requires more than business as usual. Putting a price on carbon emissions requires a plan in which economies will keep growing, but in a way that addresses the risks of a changing climate. We believe the Climate Leadership Council plan is the best way to secure agreement for action, and IBM will work to build support for it with elected officials, corporate colleagues, and our fellow citizens." (Source: IBM-The Weather Company (an IBM company), 2 Dec., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


    Kingspan Commits to 45 pct Cut in Emissions by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Kingspan
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the UK, global insulation and building envelopes specialist Kingspan is reporting the launch of its 10-year strategy to address the impact of the company's business operations and manufacturing with commitments to cut its carbon emissions by 45 pct by 2030, as determined in the Paris Agreement, and to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Kingspan's strategy includes:
  • Energy -- powering 60 pct of all Kingspan operations directly from renewable energy with a minimum of 20 pct of this energy generated on manufacturing sites (up from 5.9 pct today)

  • Carbon -- achieving net zero carbon manufacturing and a 50 pct reduction in product C02 intensity from primary supply partners;

  • Circularity -- upcycling of 1 billion PET bottles per annum into insulation products plus zero company waste to landfill across all sites;

  • Water: -- harvesting 100 million liters of Kingspan’s water usage from rainwater.

    In 2011, Kingspan announced a Net Zero Energy program with a 2020 target to match 100 pct of its operational energy use with renewable energy. The company is on track to achieve this goal. As part of this program, Kingspan also joined the Science Based Targets initiative, setting a target of 10 pct reduction in Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Kingspan, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Kingspan, +44 (0)1352 716100, info@kingspanpanels.com, www.kingspan.com

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


  • Repsol Sets 2050 Net-Zero Emissions Goal (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In Madrid, Spanish energy major Repsol SA reports its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan sets new goals for the reduction of its carbon intensity indicator from a 2016 baseline -- 10 pct by 2025, 20 pct by 2030, 40 pct by 2040, and net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

    To that end, the company plans to double the production of high-quality biofuels derived from vegetable oils (HVO) to 600,000 tpy in 2030, half of which will be derived from waste transformation before 2025. Repsol will also integrate renewable energy into refining operations, which will incorporate production of green hydrogen as well as the use of renewable energy to fuel industrial processes.

    Repsol was the first company in the industry to support the Kyoto Protocol, and it is now intensifying its decarbonization ambitions with the aim of being a net- zero emissions company by 2050. In addition, the company has pledged to work so that all the associations and initiatives in which it participates are in alignment with the targets derived from the Paris Agreement. (Source: Repsol, PR, RE Mag., 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biofuel,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    Consumers Energy Cross Winds Phase III Project Online (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports commercial operations have begun at Phase III of its 231-MW Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan's Tuscola County. The $150 million, 76-MW Phase III facility incorporates 33 GE turbines.

    The Cross Winds Energy Park complex consists of three wind farms with a total of 114 turbines is expected to generate sufficient energy for 90,000 homes. Consumers Energy aims to cover 90 pct of its customers electric power needs with clean, renewable energy by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Renewables, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  


    ScottishPower Plans Solar and Battery Installations at UK Wind Parks (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the UK, Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower is reporting plans to install solar panels and batteries next to its wind turbines nationwide.

    Applications for the solar and battry installations have been submitted for existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire in England with projects in Scotland and Ireland to follow. The company is also developing 1,000 MW of new onshore wind projects which will also be solar panel and battery equipped.

    ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to solely generate 100 pct renewable energy, according to the company. (Source: ScottishPower, Scotland Herald, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  ScottishPower,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar,  


    Orsted, Covestro Ink Major Offshore Wind Energy PPA (Int'l.)
    Covestro,Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Leverkusen, Germany-based high-performance polymer materials specialist Covestro reports the inking of a 10-year indexed fixed-price agreement with offshore wind developer Orsted to offtake from Orsted's planned 900-MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm which is expected to be fully commissioned in 2025, subject to Orsted's final investment decision. (Source: Covestro, Orsted, PR, reve 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Covestro, Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO, +49 2151 4856000, www.covestro.com; Orsted Offshore, Martin Neubert, Exec. VP, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covestro,  Orsted,  Borkum Riffgrund,  Offshore Wind,  


    Netherlands Marine Biofuel Oil Test Success (Int'l. Report)
    GoodFuels
    Date: 2019-12-06
    IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the CMA CGM Group, and the GoodShipping Program are reporting the successful completion of their 2019 maritime biofuel trials of GoodFuels Heavy Fuel Oil-equivalent (HFO) Bio-Fuel Oil during CMA CGM North Europe-Asia voyages.

    Under the trial, sustainable Bio-Fuel Oil was used in a blend with conventional fossil-based marine fuels to power a vessel on a major oceangoing route. Both applications of the Bio-Fuel Oil showed a positive result and the technical compatibility of sustainable marine biofuels.

    The Bio-Fuel Oil trialed was supplied by Dutch sustainable marine biofuels specialist GoodfuelGoodFuels. (Source: GoodFuels, Green Car Congress, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goodfuels,  Marine Biofuel,  pyrolysis oil,  BTG,  


    Univ. Wyoming Coal Plant Carbon Capture R&D Funded (Funding)
    University of Wyoming
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the Cowboy State, the Casper Star-Tribune is reporting the US DOE will partner with and fund University of Wyoming researchers in Laramie with $5 million to study the economics and technology behind carbon capturing at two of the state's coal-fired power plants -- the Dave Johnston power plant in Glenrock and the Naughton power plant in Kemmerer.

    To advance the project, the University Energy Resources Council is seeking proposals for the construction of coal-based generation technology that can collect carbon emissions. Proposals until be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 14, 2020. (Source: University of Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune, News Observer, AP, 4 Dec., 2019) Contact: University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council, Trish Steger, Executive Administrative Assistant, 307-766-6897, Fax: 307-766-6701, psteger@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu/ser/about-us/energy-resources-council, www.uwyo.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Wyoming ,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


    Taunton Utility Wins APPA Recognition (Ind. Report)
    Taunton Municipal Light & Power,American Public Power Association
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the Bay State, Taunton Municipal Light & Power (TMLP) utility has earned the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives. TMLP joins 66 other public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation.

    The SEP designation, which lasts for two years recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first year the association has offered the SEP designation. (Source: Taunton Daily Gazette, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: TMLP, Kenneth Goulart, GM, 508-824-5844, www.tmlp.com; American Public Power Association, www.publicpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  American Public Power Association,  


    Eni JV to Investigate Castor as Biofuel Feedstock (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Italian energy giant Eni S.p.A. is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tunisia's Societe National de Distribution des Petroles (SNDP) to create a joint venture company for the cultivation of castor as a sustainable biofuels feedstock to replace palm oil. Castor is native to Tunisia.

    Eni S.p.A. is an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome with operations in 79 countries, and is currently world's 11th largest industrial company with a market capitalization of €68 billion euros, as of August 14, 2013, according to Wikipedia. (Source: Eni, Biofuels Int'l, Dec., 2019) Contact: SNDP, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entreprise_Tunisienne_d%27Activites_Petroliere; Eni, www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Biofuel,  Castor,  Palm Oil,  


    Helsinki Pledges Improved Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Helsinki
    Date: 2019-12-06
    The Finnish capital city of Helsinki (pop. 632,000) reports it has joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment developed by the World Green Building Council.

    The commitment, which has been adopted by both private companies and public authorities, pledges participants to ensure that the portfolios of buildings for which they are responsible produce net zero carbon emissions by 2030. And, since buildings generate more than half of Helsinki's carbon emissions, reducing heating consumption and increasing energy efficiency is central the city's effort. Accordingly, the city has set a range of targets and initiatives aimed increasing building energy efficiency.

    Helsinki has also introduced Climate Watch, an online tool for assessing the city's progress on each of the 147 measures outlined in its Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan. (Source: City of Helsinki, Government Europa, 6 Dec., 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org; City of Helsinki, Esa Nikunen, Director Environmental Services, https://fi.linkedin.com/in/esa-nikunen-560b9a78

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    Diamond Green Diesel Seeks Ren. Diesel Pathways Cert. (Ind. Report)
    Diamond Green Diesel
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Diamond Green Diesel -- a JV formed between a subsidiary of Valero and Irving, Texas-based low-carbon feedstock supplier Darling Ingredients Inc. -- reports it has filed an application with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeking carbon intensity (CI) certification for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) of renewable diesel (RD) pathways from distillers corn oil; rendered animal fat; and used cooking oil (UCO) at the Diamond Green Diesel LLC facility in Norco, Louisiana.

    The Norco plant uses the UOP Ecofining Process to produce renewable diesel. The process hydrogenates triglycerides and free fatty acid feedstocks which are then isomerized to create a high-quality hydrocarbon fuel (RD). In addition to RD, the process produces a liquid petroleum gas vapor stream (LPG vapor); a liquid petroleum liquid stream (naphtha LPG); and a purge gas stream. All of the co-product streams go to the adjacent Valero oil refinery to be separated into fuel gas, propane, and naphtha through a distillation process. For the purposes of the CI certification, displacement credit was given to the fuel gas used as fuel gas for hydrogen production at the Valero refinery.

    Producing 275 million gpy of Honeywell Green Diesel™, Diamond Green Diesel is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the US. (Source: Diamond Green Diesel,Green Car Congress, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Diamond Green Diesel, sales@diamondgreendiesel.com, www.diamondgreendiesel.com; Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Darling Ingedients, Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR , (972) 281-4478, mgaither@darlingii.com, www.darlingii.com; Honeywell UOP, Bryan Glover, VP Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies, www,uop.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Diamond Green Diesel,  


    Orsted Plans "Green Hydrogen" Alt Fuel Pilot Investment (Int'l.)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In Copenhagen, Danish renewable energy giant ORSTED reports it will to invest in pilot projects that will use wind power and other renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

    Orsted plans to invest $30 billion in green energy up to 2025 in efforts to be become a major renewable energy firm, leading a shift away from fossil fuels, according to the company. (Source: Orsted, Reuters, Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    ENERGY STAR Redefines "Smart" Home Products (Ind. Report)
    EPA, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-12-06
    The US DOE ENERGY STAR® has released its new program requirements for "smart home" connected products included in Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS), including lighting and HVAC voice control.

    With SHEMS, ENERGY STAR has "gone from defining products that are energy-efficient to defining a service and smart home service providers that will result in energy savings." (Source, ENERGY STAR, Home Accest, HAT, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficient Ligh,  


    AEM Urges EPA to Support RFS and Corn Demand (Ind. Report)
    RFS
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Last week, The Milwaukee-based Association of Equipment Manufacturer (AEM) filed the following comments with the EPA urging them to support American agricultural equipment manufacturing jobs by reallocating Renewable Fuel Standard gallons lost through small refinery exemptions (SREs).

    "The current EPA proposal would base the number of reallocated gallons on Department of Energy (DOE) recommendations, not actual gallons waived. Basing the three-year average of waived gallons on DOE recommendations is an illogical approach that hurts our nation's farmers. Using the DOE recommendations results in 770 million gallons of reallocated biofuels. However, this is far short of the 1.36 billion three-year average when based on actual gallons lost -- a difference of 590 million gallons. Failure to reallocate real gallons lost would reduce corn demand in 2020 by 210 million bushels.

    "The current EPA proposal on gallon reallocation will hurt both farmers and equipment manufacturers. A modified proposal to properly reallocate gallons keeps the Administration's promise to our industries, and it also supports an environmentally friendly solution that strengthens our energy independence. Additionally, increased ethanol sales will benefit farmers, equipment manufacturers, and the greater U.S. economy. We encourage the EPA to base reallocated gallons on the real numbers, instead of a short-sighted, bureaucratic recommendation.

    "With commodity prices already low and the link between farm income and equipment sales well established, AEM strongly encourages the EPA to address our concerns." (Source: AEM, PR, 5 dec., 2019) (Source: AEM, Dennis Slater, Pres., Nick Tindall, (414) 272-0943 ntindall@aem.org, www.aem.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


    Repsol Doubling HVO Biofuels Production (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In Madrid, Spanish energy major Repsol SA reports its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan sets new goals for the reduction of its carbon intensity indicator from a 2016 baseline -- 10 pct by 2025, 20 pct by 2030, 40 pct by 2040, and net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

    To that end, the company plans to double the production of high-quality biofuels derived from vegetable oils (HVO) to 600,000 tpy in 2030, half of which will be derived from waste transformation before 2025. Repsol will also integrate renewable energy into refining operations, which will incorporate production of green hydrogen as well as the use of renewable energy to fuel industrial processes. (Source: Repsol, PR, RE Mag., 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biofuel,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    Florida Energy Efficiency Conservation Act Endangered (Reg. & Leg.)
    Florida Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Reporting from Tallahassee, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nicole Fried has announced a newly created council to address climate and energy is considering changes to, or replacement of, the Sunshine State's 30-year old Florida Energy Efficiency Conservation Act (FEECA).

    . Under FEECA, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is mandated to set energy conservation and efficiency goals for utilities every five years. The utilities are in turn required to offer energy conservation and efficiency goals and incentives -- LED light bulbs, attic insulation, water heater wraps and others -- to utility customers and add the cost of the programs to customers' power bills. The PSC previously rejected a call from the state's utilities to eliminate the FEECA program completely.

    FEECA uses the rate impact measure (RIM) to measure the impact and effectiveness of energy conservation programs on customers based on costs, not on the net savings produced by lowering energy consumption. (Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Miami-Herald, Contact: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 800-435-7352, www.fdacs.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Wartsila Providing Mine Hybrid Energy Storage Solution (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp. reports it has contracted Canadian gold mining firm B2Gold to design and engineer a 17MW/15MWh energy storage system based on its GEMS energy management solution for B2Gold's Fekola Mine in southwest Mali. The installation will improve the mine's operations, reduce fuel consumption, and lessen the carbon emissions.

    Wartsila's advanced GEMS technology will not only control the new energy storage system, but will also control a new 30MW solar plant currently under construction and continuously optimize energy production for the entire mine.

    The hybrid system is created through a combination of renewables and an energy storage control system to form an environmentally sound and cost-efficient power source. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2019) Contact: Wartsila Energy Business, Christophe Demay Senior Business Development Manager, +33 6 7889 2182, christophe.demay@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Energy Storage,  


    Enviva Alabama Pellet Plant Environ. Permit Approved (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Further to our October 11th edition, Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings, LP, the world's largest producer of wood pellets, is reporting receipt Alabama Department of Environmental Management permitting to construct a new facility in Alabama, US. The new $175 million facility at the Port of Epes Industrial Park in Sumter County is expected to produce around 1,150,000 metric tpy wood pellets from locally sources woody biomass wastes. Construction is expected to break ground in early 2020. (Source: Enviva, Bioenergy, Dec., 2019) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, (301) 615-5560, jennifer@envivabiomass.com, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    Amazon Announces New Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Online shopping juggernaut Amazon is reporting three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support its Climate Pledge to reach 80 pct renewable energy by 2024, 100 pct renewable energy target by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040.

    Amazon's newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company's first large-scale solar project generating 149 MW near Sevilla. The company's newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. Once complete, the three new renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity.

    To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects providing more than 1,900 MW and over more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. (Source: Amazon, PR, BusinessWire, Dec., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    BP Bunge Bioenergia Joint Venture Formation Completed (Ind. Report)
    BP, Bunge,BP Bunge Bioenergia
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Following up on our 24th July report, UK petroleum and energy major BP and White Plains, NY-based agribusiness and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. are reporting the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, the Brazilian bioenergy joint venture that combines their Brazilian bioenergy and sugarcane ethanol businesses.

    The joint venture has 11 biofuels sites in five Brazilian states and more than 1.5 billion lpy of ethanol production capacity. (Source: BP Bunge Bioenergia, PR, Energy Global, Dec., 2019) Contact: Bunge, www.bunge.com; BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP Bunge Bioenergia,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  BP,  Bunge,  


    Cargill Expands, Confirms Climate Change Commitments (Ind. Report)
    Cargill
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Minneapolis-headquartered agriculture industry giant Cargill reports it has adopted a Scope 3 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030.

    To that end, Cargill is focused on targeted supply chain interventions, programming and policy solutions benefiting farmers, customers and the broader food system including: accelerating sustainable progress in beef, advancing soil health, reducing carbon for sustainable shipping and Protecting forests in partnership with farmers . Cargill has also reinforced its intent to prioritize climate change concerns through pledging to the CEO Climate Statement, signing on to the We Are Still In coalition to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord and convening at this week's UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.

    The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from its global supply chain by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030, in combination with the previously announced operational goal to reduce absolute emissions by 10 pct , has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). (Source: Cargill, PR, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Cargill,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    MIT Touts New Carbon Capture Technology (New Prod. & Tech.)
    MIT
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In the Bay State, MIT engineers are reporting the creation of a device to trap carbon dioxide while consuming less energy and at a lower cost than current technologies, according details published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.

    The devise works much like a battery and absorbs the CO2 from the air that passes on its electrodes. And, unlike current carbon capture techniques, it works in a wide range of sizes ranges of concentrations. It could therefore be used to purify CO2 from flue gases from factories and power plants, or even extract it directly from the atmosphere.

    The new MIT system contains two thin sheets of soft electrodes covered with two different chemical compounds. During charging, one of the compounds -- polyanthraquinone -- reacts with CO2 and incorporates the gas into the electrode. The idea is to let a stream of flue gas or air through the unit during charging to clean it of CO2. Once the electrode is saturated, the device would go into discharge mode and pure CO2 released could be compressed to be stored underground or used for the manufacture of fuels and other chemicals.

    The system uses about one gigajoule of energy per ton of CO2 captured. Other existing methods can use up to 10 times more, according to Sahag Voskian, developer of the technology. (Source: MIT, Anthropocene Magazine, Tech Ballad, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: MIT, Sahag Voskian, 617.253.4588, svoskian@mit.edu, www.hattongroup.mit.edu/sahag-voskian

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Captute,  MIT,  


    Enel Magdalena II Solar Plant Now Online in Mexico (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Enel renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM) reports its $165 million, 220 MW Magdalena II solar facility in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala is now oiline.

    With this project, EGPM has exceeded 2,300 MW of managed capacity, of which 977 MW are wind power, 1,308 MW from solar and 53 MW from hydro. The company is also completing 593 MW of wind projects, including Amistad II and Amistad III, of around 100 MW each, and Amistad IV, of around 149 MW, all located in the state of Coahuila, as well of the 244 MW Dolores plant, located in the state of Nuevo Leon. Magdalena II incorporates 550,000 bifacial modules generating approximately 640 GWh per year, and avoiding about 350,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: Enel, Enel Green Power Mexico, PR, reve, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power Mexico, +52 55 5083 0310, www.enelgreenpower.com › country-mexico

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  


    Danes Developing Shipboard DecarbonICE CCS System (Int'l.)
    CCS
    Date: 2019-12-04
    A group of world leading maritime shipping companies and ship builders, including NYK, Sovcomflot, DSM and others, are reported to have joined forces with the København, Denmark-based Maritime Development Center to develop DecarbonICE, an on-board carbon capture and storage (CCS)solution.

    The DecarbonICE concept captures ship exhaust CO2 and other GHGs in a cryogenic process and turns it into dry ice. Proven offshore technology is then applied during normal ship operations to transport the dry ice into the seafloor sediments for permanent sequestration as liquid CO2 and CO2 hydrate.

    In combination with future carbon neutral fuels like biofuels and electro fuels, the DecarbonICE technology can create carbon negative shipping and thus contribute to atmospheric carbon reduction at a significantly lower cost than shore-based CCS. capture.

    The shipping industry is looking for carbon free solutions to achieve the IMO 2050 target of a 50 pct CO2 emissions reduction compared to the 2008 level. (Source: Maritime Development Center, Port News, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Maritime Development Center, +45 33 33 74 88, www.mdc.center

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  CO2,  Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  


    Eolus, Aquila Complete 163MW Swedish Wind Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Eolus,Vattenfall
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Hassleholm, Sweden-headquartered wind energy developer Eolus Vind AB is reporting completion and sale of its 163MW Kraktorpet wind farm in the municipality of Sundsvall, Sweden, to Hamburg, Germany-based Aquila Capital for a purchase price of €173.5 million ($192.5 million),

    The wind farm, which incorporates 43 Vestas V136 3.8MW turbines, was constructed by Eolus and financed by Aquila.

    Eolus will provide asset management services for Kraktorpet and Vattenfall will buy and manage the output of the wind farm, as well as provide balancing services, under an agreement signed with Aquila in September. (Source: Eolus, renews, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eolus Vind AB North America, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com; Aquila Capital, +49 40 87 5050-100, +49 40 87 5050-129 info@aquila-capital.de, www.aquila-capital.de/en; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus,  Wind,  Vattenfall,  Aquila Capital,  


    Black Hills Commissions 60 MW Colorado Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Black Hills Corp
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Black Hills Corporation reports construction has been completed and commercial operations begun for its $71 million, 60-MW Busch Ranch II wind project in southern Colorado. The project was developed by Black Hills Corp.'s Black Hills Electric Generation, LLC, unit for the utility, Colorado Electric. All of the wind project's energy will be delivered to Colorado Electric through a 25-year PPA. (Source: Black Hills Corp., Various Media, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Black Hills Corp., www.blackhillscorp.com; Colorado Electric, 303-885-8135

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Corp.,  Wind,  


    Pacifico Energy Launches 2nd Solar Investment Fund (Int'l.)
    Pacifico Energy
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Izumi Garden-based Japanese solar power projects developer Pacifico Energy reports the launch of its second solar investment fund -- Fund II -- which raised ¥29 billion ($264 million) from Japanese institutional investors. The fund will cover five Japanese solar power plants with a combined generating capacity totalling more than 216 MWdc. After acquiring its first 35MW solar plant in Tochigi Prefecture, the fund plans to purchase the remaining four solar plants next year.

    In 2017, the company launched its first solar investment fund (Fund I), which raised ¥15.5 billion and covered five Japanese solar power plants totaling 100MWdc. The company also intends to launch new renewable energy funds for developing its own solar projects and external solar assets. (Source: Pacifico Energy, PR, PowerTech, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Pacifico Energy, +81 3-4540-7830, www.pacificoenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacifico Energy,  Solar,  


    US Gain Snares Wisc. Dairy Anaerobic Digesters (M&A, Ind Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Appleton, Wisconsin-headquartered U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) is reporting the purchase of anaerobic digesters at two Wisconsin dairy farms -- S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC and Dallmann East River Dairy LLC -- to expedite RNG development for the transportation and energy markets.

    The company is currently coordinating installation of biogas clean-up equipment at both dairy farms to strip the impurities from the biogas, in preparation for injected into the natural gas pipeline system. It will then seek RNG certification through the U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to allow RNG distribution through private natural gas fueling stations, the GAIN Clean Fuel network and other non-transportation outlets. (Source: US Gain, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: US Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Bus. Dev., Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Manager, (920) 381-2190, www.usgain.com

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


    Valent Low-Carbon Tech Raises $30Mn in Funding (Ind. Report)
    Valent Low-Carbon Technologies
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Alberta, Canada-headquartered renewable fuels marketing specialist Valent Low-Carbon Technologies reports it has secured $30 million (Cdn)($2.8 million US) from the Kensington Private Equity Fund, part of Canadian alternative asset investor Kensington Capital Partners Limited, and private investment company CFFI Ventures Inc.

    The company, which has operations in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as New York State, focuses on renewable jet/diesel fuel, hydrogen distribution, fuel desulphurisation and related-enabling process technologies. (Source: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies Web Site, 28 Nov., 2019) Contact: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, Tim Haig, CEO, info@valentcorp.com, www.valentcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valent Low-Carbon Technologies,  Renewable Duels,  


    Wa. Post Comments on China, COP25 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    COP25
    Date: 2019-12-04
    "China is already the world's carbon-emitting leader, emitting nearly twice the levels of America in second place, and it is building up its lead. And in 2019, China's only significant climate change accomplishment was its slaughter of 100 million methane-producing pigs. But of course, that wasn't about climate change; it was about restraining a swine flu outbreak.

    "And things are set to get worse as China opens dozens of new coal-fired power plants. China's carbon output is heading even higher in 2020, even as America's is projected to decline. This speaks to something: Chinese President Xi Jinping is lying when he says he takes climate change seriously. His dirty coal plants and opposition to European carbon tariffs, evidence Xi's global economic and political ambitions come first.

    "The COP25 community doesn't seem to care. Instead, this week's summit has opened with a range of thinly veiled jabs at the United States. This, even though America is leading the world in reducing its carbon emissions.

    "Why the choice to attack America and ignore China? Because most nations prefer pomp to practicality on this issue. They know they can attack America but keep trading with America. But it's not so simple when it comes to China. These nations know that China views trade through the distinct prism of Xi's mercantilist worldview. And led by President Emmanuel Macron of France, the European Union is keen to keep Beijing happy in order to maintain Chinese investment and trade deals. The contrast here between European leaders' rhetoric and activists' demands is striking.

    "But it doesn't change the exigent truth. Until COP25 puts China front and center in its carbon reduction sights, these summits will continue to produce nothing but hot air." (Source: Washington Post, 3 Dec., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Climate Change,  


    PORTHOS Announces Rotterdam CCS Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil , Shell
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub and Offshore Storage Project (PORTHOS) is reporting a non-binding agreement with Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell to collectively work on preparations for the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide in Rotterdam for eventual storage in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea.

    The carbon capture will take place at Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell refineries and hydrogen production facilities in Rotterdam. The transport and storage of the CO2 beneath the North Sea will be prepared by Porthos.

    The Netherlands has clear climate objectives: the emission of greenhouse gases must be reduced by 49 pct by 2030 and by 95 pct by 2050 compared with 1990. One way to achieve the climate objectives is to capture CO2 for use or for storage underground (CCUS). The national coalition agreement and the national Climate Agreement underline the importance of CCUS for the energy transition. (Source: PORTHOS, Gas World, Dec., 2019) Contact: PORTHOS, +31 6 2246 6553, info@rotterdamccus.nl. www.rotterdamccus.nl/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Air Products,  CCS,  CCUS,  ExxonMobil ,  Shell ,  Carbon Capture,  


    Nevada PUC Proposes 1,000 MW Energy Storage Target (Ind. Report)
    Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In Carson City, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) reports it is considering a proposed 1,000 MW statewide energy storage target for utilities for the end of 2030.

    The proposal would create biennial targets, beginning with 100 MW by the end of 2020, ramping up to 400 MW and 800 MW by 2024 and 2028, respectively. Utilities would be required to file progress updates with the commission beginning in 2022. The proposal, which was submitted to the state Legislative Counsel Bureau on Nov. 26, could be finalized sometime in early or mid-2020.

    In June, NV Energy proposed to procure 590 MW of energy storage as part of an amendment to its integrated resource plan. (Source: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada , Utility Dive, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, (775) 684-6101, puc.nv.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Utilities Commission of Nevada ,  Energy Storage,  


    Canadian Real Estate Leaders Call for Public Disclosure of Building Energy & Carbon Data (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-12-04
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released the results of its Disclosure Challenge, an initiative designed to champion the importance of energy bench-marking and data transparency in the Canadian commercial real estate market. The results have CaGBC and initiative participants, including QuadReal, Triovest Realty Advisors Inc., Concert Properties Ltd., Colliers International, and the Minto Group calling on federal and provincial governments to implement consistent building data disclosure regulations and requirements.

    For Canada to reach its emissions reduction targets and transition to a low-carbon economy over the next decade it is essential that existing buildings achieve significant energy efficiency improvements. One of the barriers to meeting these goals is the current lack of publicly available data on commercial building performance in Canada.

    While energy bench-marking regulations are in effect in Ontario, the Challenge marked the first time Canadian real estate owners have voluntarily disclosed their Canada-wide portfolio data. These five participants publicly disclosed available data for over 11 million square meters of space in buildings spread across the country from Victoria to Halifax including offices, warehouses, residential apartment buildings and retail shops. Insights from the Disclosure Challenge show:

  • In comparison with Natural Research Canada (NRCan) average site energy use intensity values, overall participant office buildings performed approximately 10 pct better than the average office in Canada, whereas participant multi-residential buildings were about even with the average.

  • Average energy use intensity for office and multi-residential buildings in the challenge were 286 kWh/m2 and 256 kWh/m2 respectively. As compared to high-performance efficiency standards for new office and multi-residential buildings in Canada coming into force in different jurisdictions (with a standard of 100 kWh/m2). Disclosure Challenge office buildings were approximately 65 pct less efficient and multi-residential buildings were 61 pct less efficient.

  • GHG Emissions intensity varied across the country and was generally correlated with the electricity supply grid intensity, so office buildings in Alberta were as high as 170 kgCO2e/m2 and apartments in British Columbia were as low as 24 kgCO2e/m2 .

    View the full Canada Green Building Council Disclosure Challenge HERE. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Benchmark,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Eddiciency,  


  • Indonesia Targets 2022 for Palm Oil Green Diesel Production (Int'l)
    Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In Jakarta, Reuters is reporting the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry plans to start producing 3.7 million kiloliters per year of second-generation biodiesel from palm oil in 2022,increasing to 6.1 million kiloliters per in 2024.

    Indonesia, the world's major palm oil producer, currently uses biodiesel made from fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) from palm oil, which is blended with fossil fuel.

    Green diesel can be made by refining fossil crude oil and palm derivatives together in a single process, or refining palm oil in dedicated refineries. (Source: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Reuters, Dec., 2019) Contact:Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Energy_and_Mineral_Resources_(Indonesia)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Green Diesel,  Biodiesel,  


    Ireland Announces Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (Int'l.)
    Irish Minister for Communications
    Date: 2019-12-04
    The Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has announced details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction, which has received government approval.

    The RESS invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate. The frequency of future RESS auctions, which is dependent on the renewable electricity project supply pipeline, is envisaged as a minimum of four auctions between 2020 and 2027 to deliver on the country's 2030 targets.

    Every project developer will be obliged to contribute to a Community Benefit Fund at a rate of €2 per MWhr every year. Ireland is aiming to source 70 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030. (Source: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, PR 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, +353 1 678 2000 , www.dccae.gov.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Vivint Solar Promotes New Residential PPA Rate (Ind. Report)
    Vivint Solar
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Lehi, Utah-headquartered residential solar provider Vivint Solar has a new power purchase agreement (PPA) option that includes one simple rate for both solar and battery storage in California. Vivint Solar's new solar + storage PPA option comes on the heels of recent wildfires and power blackouts throughout California.

    PPAs contracts in which a solar company arranges for the design, permitting, financing, and installation of a solar energy system, and in exchange, the homeowner agrees to purchase the solar energy the system produces. This option allows homeowners to benefit from powering their home with solar energy, with the convenience of having Vivint Solar finance the system, own it, operate, and maintain it on behalf of the homeowner. (Source: Vivint Solar, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Vivint Solar, David Bywater, CEO, 877.404.4129, www.vivintsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Int'l Alliance to Provide Biogas Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables , Integrated Biogas Alliance
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Burnaby, B.C.-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting AB Energy (Italy), Eisenmann Corporation (USA), Entsorga (Italy), Tietjen (Germany), and Greenlane Renewables (Canada) -- the founding members of the Integrated Biogas Alliance (IBA)-- have joined forces on a non-exclusive basis to provide the global biogas industry with a renewable energy platform solution that will lower the inherent risks facing developers, investors and EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) firms in developing biogas plants, lower project execution risks and improve their bankability.

    With its global footprint, reach and supply chain, the IBA has the capability to process virtually any organic waste including livestock, food and green waste, generating both renewable natural gas as well as compost and other organic fertilizers for projects anywhere in the world, according to the release. (Source: Greenlane, PR, Cdn. Biomass, Dec., 2019) Contact: Integrated Biogas Alliance, www.ibabiogas.com; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 649-4459, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanerenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Integrated Biogas Alliance,  Greenlane Renewables ,  Biogas,  


    IEA Announces Nebraska Thunderhead Wind Contract (Ind. Report)
    Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Indianapolis-headquartered Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), through its IEA Constructors unit, reports receipt of a wind energy project award for construction of the Thunderhead Wind Project in Antelope and Wheeler counties, Nebraska.

    The project will utilize 108 GE wind turbines with 300 megawatts of capacity. The power will be delivered into the Nebraska electrical grid. Project work is underway for completion in September 2020.

    Chicago-based Invenergy developed the project. The company owns and operates large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities across North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. It has developed 150 projects with more than 24,000 megawatts of power capacity. (Source: IEA, PR, reve 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: IEA, JP Roehm, CEO, (800) 688-3775, Andrew Layman, (765) 828-2580, andre.layman@iea.net, www.iea.net

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


    RenewAire Plant Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    RenewAire,USGBC
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Waunakee, Wisconsin-based RenewAire reports its 111,000-square-foot, 35 year-old HVAC manufacturing plant has achieved LEED Gold certification in the “Optimize Energy Performance” category in. received 60 out of a possible 110 points for its efforts. Of the 60 points awarded, RenewAire received 14 in the. The ERVs and DOAS processes, which reduce cooling/heating loads and result in smaller chillers and boilers and less refrigerants, earned two points in the refrigerant management category. Other energy performance credits came from LED lighting, which cut lighting costs by 50 pct compared to industrial/office space lighting.

    RenewAire has previously received two Green Globes and a LEED Silver certification for its former headquarters, a 32,000-square-foot Madison-based indoor soccer stadium it retrofitted in 2005 for its manufacturing headquarters. (Source: RenewAire, PR, HVAC, Dec., 2019) Contact: RenewAire, Chuck Gates, CEO, (800) 627-4499, www.renewaire.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    MTD Transitions Diesel Fleet to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Santa Barbara MTD
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In the Golden State, the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTS) reports it has stopped purchasing petroleum diesel and will now fuel its diesel bus fleet with renewable diesel. This transition requires no infrastructure changes and the new fuel can be dispensed into the same tank that held the old fuel.

    While not zero-emission, renewable diesel represents an 80 pct reduction in emissions and carbon intensity from petroleum diesel. This transition to renewable diesel speeds up a reduction in emissions fleetwide and is in line with MDT's emissions reduction and sustainability plans. (Source: MTD Santa Barbara. PR. 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: MTD Santa Barbara, www.sbmtd.gov

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    CO2 Emissions Down Slightly in the Land Down Under (Int'l. Report)
    Auistralia,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-12-02
    According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, year to June, Australia emitted 532 million tons of CO2 and equivalent greenhouse gases (Mt CO2 -e), a .01 pct drop from the previous 12-month period.

    Agricultural emissions exerted the strongest downward pressure, falling 5.9 pct on the previous year to 67.4 Mt CO2-e, driven by decimated livestock numbers as a result of both drought and this year's floods in northern Queensland. Electric power generation contributed 179.9 Mt CO2 -e, down 1.2 pct for the year and 1.8 pect for the quarter, although it remained by far the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Department credited increased use of renewable energy and decreases in coal and natural gas power generation for falling emissions levels. Transport sector emissions also fell by 0.5 pct while emissions in all other sectors increased. Fugitive emissions rose 4.4 pct as a result of escaped methane during the natural gas extraction process. Emissions from fossil fuels burned directly by industry increased 3.6 pct.

    Australia's Paris Climate Accord targeted of 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Currently, Australia's emissions are 12.5 per cent below 2005 levels. (Source: Australian Department of the Environment and EnergyFinancial Review, 29 Nov., 2019) Contact: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, 1800 057 590, www.environment.gov.au

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


    Lafarge Canada Touts Carbon Efficient Cement Plant (Ind. Report)
    Lafarge,SVante
    Date: 2019-12-02
    Following the implementation of Project CO2MENT, cement giant Lafarge Canada reports flue gas from its Richmond Cement Plant is now being captured using a $28-million Savante system that purifies cement flue gas by trapping its contaminants to enable an efficient and durable CO2 capture process.

    The next phase of Project CO2MENT will demonstrate of CO2 utilization solutions such as reinjecting it into low-carbon fuels, CO2concrete, and fly ash, will begin in 2020.

    The CO2MENT Project -- a partnership between LafargeHolcim and TOTAL S.A. -- is constructiung a 1 tpd plant in Richmond, BC that will re-inject captured CO2 into concrete as a storage solution. A 30 tpd demonstration plant was completed this summer at Husky Energy's Pikes Peak South thermal project in Saskatchewan, Canada. (Source: Lafarge Canada Inc., PR, Businesswire, 29 Nov., 2019) Contact: Lafarge Jill Truscott, (403) 723-7151, jill.truscott@lafargeholcim.com; Svante, Claude Letourneau, Pres., CEO, www.svanteinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge,  


    Solar Roadways Touts S4R LED Solar Panels (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Solar Roadways
    Date: 2019-12-02
    Sandpoint, Idaho-headquartered Solar Roadways is touting the first installation of its modular S4R solar panels at the Jeff Jones Town Square in Sandpoint. The new roadway surface mounted panels should be available to customers in the first quarter of next year, according to the release.

    The LED equipped, non-skid surface, low-glare 50-watt panels -- Solar Roadways' first commercially available product -- are manufactured from all recycled materials -- under contract in Ohio where the company has a development, contracts and installations team, according to the company. (Source: Solar Roadways, PR, 30 Nov., 2019) Contact: Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw, customers@solarroadways.com, www.solarroadways.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Roadways,  Solar,  


    Liquid Filled Energy Efficient Window Tested (New Prod & Tech)
    Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    Date: 2019-12-02
    The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sophia reports it is testing energy efficient window panes filled with a constant flow of 70 litres of distilled water and 30 litres of ethylene glycol, which serves as antifreeze.

    The window panes also act as an individual solar collectors using solar cells to absorb solar radiation and turn it into thermal energy to heat the building's interior. The advantage of using liquids instead of air inside the glass is that water is denser, so it absorbs infrared light in a broader range.

    The technology is being tested for an extended period at the InDeWag experimental building pavilion in Sofia. InDeWaG -- Industrial Development of Water Flow Glazing Systems -- Innovation action project is funded under Horizon 2020, a Public Private Partnership on "Buildings Design for New High Energy Performance Buildings." (Source: euronews, European Commission, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: InDeWag, www.indewag.eu; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Miglena Nikolaeva-Dimitrova, www.bas.bg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    EBRD Supporting Increased Egyptian Renewable Energy (Int'l.)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2019-12-02
    The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it will lend $183 million to state-owned the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), a state-owned company for grid and network modernization, new sub-station construction to accommodate the injection of 1.3 GW of electricity produced from renewable sources.

    The EBRD funded projects are expected to reduce CO2emissions by 77,000 tpy in Egypt. (Source: EBRD, Afrik21, 30 Nov., 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, www.eehc.gov.eg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ,  


    Saipem Claims Scottish Offshore Wind Foundation Contracts (Int'l)
    Saipem, EDF Renewables,,
    Date: 2019-12-02
    Milan, Italy-headquartered engineering firm Saipem is reporting receipt of two contracts totaling €750 million for engineering, procurement, construction and installation of steel foundation jackets for 54 8MW wind turbines at the £1.4 billion Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm to be constructed near the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland.

    Neart na Gaoithe will have a capacity of 450MW and is being developed by EDF Renewables, which closed project financing on 28th, November. This is Saipem's first turnkey contract in the offshore wind sector. (Source: Saipem, PR, Power Tech, Nov. 2019) Contact: Saipem , Francesco Racheli, Offshore COO, www.saipem.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  EDF Renewables,  ,  

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