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DRAX North Yorkshire Plant Piloting Bioenergy CCS (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2022-05-13
In the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered renewable energy pioneer DRAX Group reports it has partnered with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham-based Promethean Particles Ltd. to trial a new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (CCS) process at its North Yorkshire power station.

The new process uses Promethean Particles-developed solid sorbent called Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which have a simple structure and can be tailored to separate and soak up specific molecules making them excellent for CCS. The two month trial will allow all three organizations to determine if this new carbon capture process performs well in real conditions on large-scale projects.

As previously reported, DRAXGroup converted Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to use sustainable biomass instead of coal to become the UK's largest renewable generator. The company, which plans to deploy the essential negative emissions technology BECCS in the 2020s, would be the world's largest carbon capture power project, delivering a significant proportion of the negative emissions needed for the UK to meet its climate targets. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, May, 2022) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Promethean Particles Ltd., +44 115 967 8119, www.prometheanparticles.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  DRAX,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Biomass,  


UK Carbon Capture Startup Raises $5Mn (Int'l. Funding)
Mission Zero Technologies
Date: 2022-05-13
In the UK, London-headquartered direct air carbon capture (DAC) technology startup Mission Zero Technologies (MZT) reports closue of its $5 million seed financing round with investment from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and Anglo American.The new funds will be used accelerate R&D activities, to support a 120 tpy pilot plant and a subsequent planned first commercial project, and general business operations.

MZT was created in 2020 from a collaboration between global mining company Anglo American and venture creators Deep Science Ventures (DSV), to identify impactful ideas and create transformational ventures with the aim to accelerate decarbonization pathways across key industries.

Previous capital was provided through pre-seed investment from Anglo American, the UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and various other sources. MZT's patented brand of electrochemical DAC sets out to eliminate scale-up constraints from the get-go. It is fully electric to leverage growing renewable and low-carbon electricity supply globally, it can continuously provide high-grade CO2 that easily integrates downstream, and it has a highly compact footprint allowing greater utilisation of available land. Their innovations also enable drastically reduced energy footprints, minimise plant complexity by reducing the number of unit operations in their process, and bring in the stability of existing manufacturing supply chains to de-risk the growth of their technology, according to the company website. (Source: Mission Zero Technologies, Website PR, May, 2022) Contact: Mission Zero Technologies, Dr. Shiladitya Ghosh, info@missionzero.tech, www.missionzero.tech

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Mission Zero Technologies,  


Comerica Launching Renewable Energy Solutions Group (Ind. Report)
Comerica Bank
Date: 2022-05-11
Dallas, Texas-headquartered Comerica Bank reports it is expanding its Environmental Services Department with the introduction of a new Renewable Energy Solutions group dedicated to growing and supporting Comerica's renewable energy business.

The Renewable Energy Solutions group allows Comerica to better align credit resources, including underwriting and approval, drive greater organizational consistency, and benefit its broader sustainability objectives by driving green loan growth and improving the accuracy of data related to the bank's renewable efforts.

Since the department's origination in 2006, Comerica's ESD has seen significant achievements in the renewable energy space. In recent years, its historical experience in financing landfill gas and biomass has naturally evolved into financing independent renewable energy generators for other forms of renewables, including those involved in the solar, wind and anaerobic digestion industries, according to the Comerica release.

Comerica is a member of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their loans and investments. Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated, a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with reported total assets of $89.2 billion as of March 31, 2022. (Source: Comerica Incorporated, Website PR, 5 May, 2022) Contact: Comerica Incorporated, Matt Breight, Senior VP and ESD Group Manager, www.comerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comerica Bank,  Renewable Energy ,  


Ameresco Nails Brophy College Preparatory Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2022-05-09
Framingham, Mass-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting the completion of its 911.25kW DC (736.0kW AC) comprehensive solar installation at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona. Ameresco also installed 488.43kW of rooftop solar systems and 422.82kW of carport solar systems campus-wide.

The installations and upgrades are expected to offset about 48 pct of the school's annual electricity consumption and deliver significant cost savings and sustainability benefits, according to the release. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 6 May, 2022) Contact: Ameresco: Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  


Ice Cream Giant Pilot to Cut GHG Emissions by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Ben & Jerry's
Date: 2022-05-09
Burlington, Vermont-headquartered ice cream industry icon Ben & Jerry's is touting "Project Mootopia" and a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions on 15 dairy farms to half the industry average by the end of 2024. Once proven, pilot project initiatives will be expanded to farms across Ben & Jerry's global dairy supply chain.

Dairy ingredients account for more than half of Ben & Jerry's total greenhouse gas emissions, so the company is focusing on dairy farms as the best opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint. The Project Mootopia pilot will use regenerative agricultural practices and new technology to address:

  • Enteric emissions -- managing methane-producing cow burps through a high-quality forage diet and innovative rumen modifiers that act as a digestive aid.

  • Manure -- managed through methane reduction technology such as digesters and separators, which reduce the need for commercial fertilizer.

  • Feed crops -- using regenerative practices to grow more grass and other feed crops to maintain healthy soils, increase carbon sequestration, improve the use of grassland, lower synthetic inputs, promote biodiversity, and raise the percentage of homegrown feed.

    Ben & Jerry's is committed to using renewable energy is taking a more meaningful and direct approach: attacking the systemic causes of climate change in its own supply chain to achieve measurable, Science Based Targets. The ice cream maker received $9.3 million to prove and scale regenerative practices on dairy farms from the Climate and Nature Fund of its parent corporation, Unilever. (Source: Ben & Jerry's, PR, 9 May, 2022) Contact: Ben & Jerry's, Jenna Evans, Global Sustainability Manager, www.corporateofficehq.com/ben-jerrys-corporate-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • DOE Offers $2.3Bn for CO2 Emissions Reduction Initiatives (Funding)
    DOEDOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management
    Date: 2022-05-09
    In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to allocate more than $2.3 billion to three different initiatives to advance approaches that reduce CO2 pollution.

    One is a notice of intent for a $2.25 billion effort to accelerate geologic carbon storage projects capable of permanently storing at least 50 million metric tons of captured CO2. The other two are funding opportunities, which total $91 million, will increase the number of available CO2 storage sites and advance critical carbon management technologies.

    . CO2 removal (CDR) pathways, like direct air capture with storage, remove CO2 pollution directly from the atmosphere to draw down the concentration of CO2. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies mitigate CO2 emissions from point sources such as power plants and industrial facilities by capturing and storing the CO2 they produce. CCS and CDR have the potential to reduce and remove hundreds of millions of tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The $2.25 billion notice of intent will help address the feasibility, site characterization, permitting, and construction stages of CCS project development, including project siting processes that will emphasize active engagement of local communities and avoid the imposition of additional burdens on overburdened and under-served communities. The second is a $45 million funding aims to improve procedures to assess onshore and offshore CO2 storage sites at a commercial scale. The third is a $46 million funding opportunity called "Carbon Management" for technologies to remove, capture, and convert or store CO2 from utility and industrial sources or the atmosphere.

    The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) will manage the three opportunities. (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Website PR, May, 2022) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, 202-586-5000, www.energy.gov/fecm/office-fossil-energy-and-carbon-management

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management,  


    EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks Report Released (Report Attached)
    EPA
    Date: 2022-05-06
    The US EPA has released its 29th annual report, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks , an overview of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1990 to 2020. The GHG inventory covers; carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.

    The GHG reductions reflected in this year's report reveal a 10.6 pct decrease from 2019 to 2020 and a 21.4 pct decrease from 2005 levels. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased 10.5 pct, and there was a 10.4 pct drop in emissions in the electric power sector. The electric power sector decrease is attributed to a decrease in electricity demand of about 2.5 pct and also reflects the continued shift from coal to less carbon intensive natural gas and renewables," the report notes.

    The annual report is submitted to the United Nations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change by April 15.

    Down load the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report HERE . (Source: US EPA, PR, EHS Administration, May, 2022) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  


    B&V Tapped as Green Hydrogen Hub EPC Provider (Ind. Report)
    Black & Veatch , Mitsubishi Power
    Date: 2022-05-02
    Overland Park, Kansas-headquartered Black & Veatch (B&V) reports it has been selected by Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development, co-developers of what will be the world's largest industrial green hydrogen production and storage facility, to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for that Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Delta, Utah.

    As previously reported, the new hydrogen hub will convert more than 220 MW of renewable energy daily to 100 metric tons of green hydrogen that will be stored in two salt caverns.

    Mitsubishi Power will provide the hydrogen equipment integration, including the 220 MW of electrolyzers, gas separators, rectifiers, medium-voltage transformers and distributed control system.

    The hydrogen storage hub will be adjacent to the Intermountain Power Agency's (IPA) IPP Renewed Project and support that 840-MW, hydrogen-capable gas turbine combined cycle power plant presently under construction. That plant initially will run on a blend of 30 pct green hydrogen and 70 pct natural gas starting in 2025, growing to 100 pct hydrogen by 2045. (Source: BV, Website PR, 26 April, 2022) Contact: Black & Veatch Black & Veatch, www.bv.com; Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Intermountain Power Agency, www.ipautah.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Black & Veatch,  Green Hydrogen,  Mitsubishi Power,  


    EPA 15 pct Ethanol Waiver -- Notable Quote
    EPA E15
    Date: 2022-05-02
    "The US EPA believes that the current extreme and unusual circumstances affecting global (gasoline) supply will continue in the near term, while the pressure on U.S. markets, including production and distribution of gasoline and other petroleum products, may worsen considering that crude oil disruptions, record usage of existing refineries, and even stronger international demand, have put significant pressure on the ability of domestic gasoline and other petroleum product supply to meet demand." -- EPA administrator Michael S. Regan, commenting on the issuance of the EPA's waiver for sales of 15 pct (E15) ethanol blend during summer driving season.

    The waiver for the corn-produced ethanol blend will last until May 20, but the EPA could extend the waiver. In roughly two-thirds of the country, E15 cannot be sold from terminals starting on May 1 and at retail stations starting on June 1. The waiver affects a small portion of gas stations in the U.S. that sell corn-based ethanol fuel -- only 2,300 gas stations nationwide offer a 15 pct ethanol blend compared to the more than 140,000 gas stations across the U.S. (Source: EPA, 29 April, 2022)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  E15,  


    A Hydrogen Primer (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Hydrogen
    Date: 2022-04-29
    Procuring hydrogen requires its separation from other elements through chemical processes that require energy and have varying degrees of impact on the environment and climate change.

    Gray hydrogen is produced by reforming natural gas, a processing technique used to rearrange the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. In this process, methane is mixed with steam at a high temperature to yield hydrogen and CO2 through a catalytic chemical reaction.

    Roughly 10 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 1 kg of gray hydrogen produced, making it the least renewable form of hydrogen with an overall negative climate impact, much like drilling for oil or mining coal. Gray hydrogen is seen as a "bridging" energy alternative and is relatively inexpensive and commonly used in the chemical industry to make fertilizer and for refining oil.

    Blue Hydrogen uses the same chemical processing technique used to make gray hydrogen. The difference, however, is the management of CO2. With blue hydrogen, the CO2 is captured at the production facility and stored separately.

    Blue hydrogen has a significantly lower CO2 impact on the environment than gray hydrogen, but the blue hydrogen process but does not eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere entirely.

    Green Hydrogen production process employs electrolysis -- the separation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules by applying electrical energy to water. Utilizing renewable energy sources to generate the electricity for this process is the key to making green hydrogen. This technique yields a closed loop of sustainable energy free of harmful emissions. (Source: JD Power)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen news,  


    BayoTech Touts Hydrogen for Heavy Duty Trucking (Ind. Report)
    BayoTech
    Date: 2022-04-25
    According to Albuquerque, New Mexico-based BayoTech Inc. "It's no wonder there's a global push to reduce emissions coming from heavy-duty vehicles. Transportation produces 29 pct of America's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- more than any other sector. In August 2021, the EPA announced a set of rules to reduce GHG emissions caused by the transportation sector. Many of these rules, which come into effect in 2027, target heavy-duty trucks. In addition, California's Advanced Clean Trucks regulations require truck manufacturers to increase the percentage of zero-emission vehicle sales.

    "Heavy-duty transport is the ideal use case for hydrogen. The long-range capabilities and fast refueling mean they can match and exceed the performance of diesel trucks -- while producing zero emissions at the tailpipe. Battery electric trucks -- the only other zero-emission alternative -- quickly run into payload issues. Long-distance trips require massive battery packs which reduces the amount of weight the truck can carry due to weight restrictions and cargo space. The further the trucks need to go, the less they can transport.

    "Storage space isn't a problem with hydrogen-powered trucks. Fuel cells take up less room than battery packs. For long-distance trips, where maximizing the amount of cargo per truck is a key consideration, this is a valuable benefit, according to BayoTech.

    "A hydrogen truck can complete a cross-country drive 35 pct faster than a battery-powered truck. Hydrogen trucks refuel 15 times faster than their battery-powered counterparts. Long-haul trucking also delivers diesel-like performance while producing zero emissions. High cargo capacity, fast fueling, and a lower total cost of ownership than electric trucks. It's the ideal combination. And as hydrogen fueling infrastructure expands, costs will reduce further.

    "The biggest question port operators and fleet managers have is about the source of the hydrogen. Where are they going to refuel their trucks? BayoTech's BayoGaaS® Hydrogen Hubs provide a low-cost, low-carbon fuel solution. We install and operate a hub to generate onsite hydrogen. The hubs are quick to deploy, have a small footprint of only 0.25 acres, and utilize existing natural gas infrastructure," according to the BayoTech release. (Source: BayoTech, Blog, April, 2022) Contact: BayoTech Inc., Steve Jones, 505-977-7954, www.bayotech.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayoTech ,  Hydrogen,  


    EPA Canola Oil Pathways Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2022-04-22
    In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for certain biofuels that are produced from canola/rapeseed oil and is providing an opportunity for comment on the Agency's lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of these pathways. With the approval, these fuel pathways would be eligible to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), provided they satisfy the other definitional and RIN generation criteria for renewable fuel specified in the RFS regulations.

    The EPA's assessment considers diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas produced from canola/rapeseed oil via a hydrotreating process and proposes to find that these pathways would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 percent required to qualify to generate RINs for advanced biofuels (D5) and biomass-based diesel (D4) under the RFS program.

    Pathways for Renewable Fuels details are HERE and HERE . (Source: US DOE, April, 2022) Contact: EPA Renewable Fuels Program, 800-385-6164, FuelsProgramSupport@epa.gov, www,doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Renewable Fuels,  Canola,  RFS,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  


    Oregon Qualifies for $82.5Mn to Cut Carbon Emissions (Funding )
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Date: 2022-04-22
    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reporting the state of Oregon will receive $15.8 million in 2022, and up to $82.5 million over five years, under the FHWA Carbon Reduction Program .

    The funding is for projects focused on zero emission vehicles and facilities such as EV infrastructure, Bus Rapid Transit corridors, and other projects aimed at cutting transporation related carbon emissions and fighting climate change. (Source: FHWA, KOIN 6, 21 April, 2022) Contact: FHWA, www.fhwa.dot.gov; FHWA Carbon Reduction Program, www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/crp_fact_sheet.cfm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of Transportation news,  Transportation Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


    "Climate Change is the Problem, Clean Energy is the Solution" -- Notable Quote

    Date: 2022-04-22
    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.


    Nucor, Univ. Kentucky Partner on CCS Tech. R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Nucor, University of Kentucky
    Date: 2022-04-22
    Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Nucor Corporation -- America's largest steel maker and recycler -- reports it is partnering with the University of Kentucky Research Foundation to test an innovative carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system at Nucor Steel Gallatin, Kentucky.

    This is one of 12 research projects being funded by a Department of Energy grant to advance point-source carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that can capture CO2 emissions generated from natural gas power plants and industrial facilities which produce commodities like cement and steel.

    According to the Nucor release, industry/university partnerships like the one between Nucor and UK are not new but are vital for piloting and successfully implementing new technology. More than 50 industry and university experts are working together to tackle the difficult challenge of applying carbon capture and sequestration techniques to an electric arc furnace steel making process. Once this pilot is complete Nucor and UK will have a better understanding of the costs and effectiveness of carbon capture technology for flue gas with low CO2 content and the feasibility of replication of this technology at other electric arc furnace steel mills. (Source: Nucor Corporation, PR, 22 April, 2022) Contact: University of Kentucky, College of Engineering, Kunlei Liu, 859-257-0293, kunlei.liu@uky.edu; Nucor Corporation, Ph: 704.366.7000, |Fax: 704.362.4208, www.nucor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture & Storage news,  CO2 news,  CCS news,  


    Boralex, Energir, Hydro-Quebec Partner on Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Boralex, Energir, Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2022-04-20
    In Le Belle Province, Montreal-headquartered Boralex inc., Energir LP and Hydro-Quebec are reporting a partnership to equally develop -- through affiliated companies -- three wind projects of 400 MW each in the Seigneurie de Beaupre territory in Quebec, Canada. Energir, L.P. is the largest natural gas distributor in Quebec and,through its joint ventures, generates electricity from wind power.

    Together, the three projects could come in at roughly $3 billion (CDN). Power generated by the three projects would be purchased by Hydro-Quebec under separate PPAs and included in the volume of energy available to supply its various markets. The decision regarding whether each project is carried out will depend on Hydro-Quebec's evolving needs. The three projects include:

  • Des Neiges Wind Farm -- South, in the RCM of La Cote-de-Beaupre (400 MW);

  • Des Neiges Wind Farm -- Charlevoix, in the RCM of Charlevoix (400 MW);

  • Des Neiges Wind Farm -- West, in the RCM of La Cote-de-Beaupre and potentially in the municipality of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury in the RCM of La Jacques-Cartier (400 MW). (Source: Boralex, Website PR, 19 April, 2022) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, Pres., CEO, www.boralex.com; Energir, Eric Lachance, Pres., CEO, 514-598-349, www.energir.com; Hydro-Quebec, www.hydro-quebec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Energir,  Hydro-Quebec,  Wind,  


  • City of Raleigh Scores DOE SolSmart Designation (Ind. Report)
    City of Raleigh
    Date: 2022-04-18
    In the Tar Heel State, the City of Raleigh -- pop. 1.57 million -- is reporting receipt of the U.S. Department of Energy-funded SolSmart program SolSmart Silver designation.

    The SolSmart program recognizes communities that grow solar energy, work to educate residents on the options available, and work to "address barriers, fees, and permit processing for solar installations."

    The Raleigh City Council is aiming to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: City of Raleigh, PR, April,2022) Contact: City of Raleigh, Patrick Young, Planning & Dev., www. raleighnc.gov; US DOE SolSmart Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  


    Garden State Offshore Wind Cable Plant Pending (Ind. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2022-04-15
    Rise Light & Power and Delaware River Partners LLC (DRP) are touting their joint Outerbridge Renewable Connector project, a 30-acre submarine cable manufacturing facility at DRP-owned Repauno Port & Rail Terminal in Greenwich Township, South Amboy, New Jersey. The project is pending before the BPU.

    Rise and DRP will commence development and permitting work to make the site shovel-ready and to attract an offshore cable manufacturer, who would ultimately construct and operate the facility. Rise and DRP will develop the site to be shovel-ready and collaborate to attract manufactures of two types of subsea cables required for offshore wind farms. First are inter-array cables that connect turbines within the offshore wind farm to an offshore substation, and the second are export cables that connect the offshore substation to the onshore grid. (Source: Rise Light & Power, PR, 14 April, 2022) Contact: Outerbridge Renewable Connector, www.outerbridgenj.com; Rise Light & Power, www.riselight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind news,  Wind Cable news,  


    IPCC Report Recognizes Risks of Bioenergy (Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC,Natural Resources Defense Council
    Date: 2022-04-15
    "Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its final new report in a three-part series, prepared over years by hundreds of the world's leading scientists. It sends a very clear and final warning that we must rapidly cut emissions to avert climate disaster. It also emphazises that using bioenergy -- especially the burning of trees -- is a VERY risky way to do this, and may not even work at all.

    "The biggest takeaway from this report is that the IPCC has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) it thinks is necessary to achieve net zero. The IPCC assumes that, in the future, bioenergy will be used with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). But it recognizes that even then the climate benefits of BECCS are disputed, and that the environmental risks are clearer than ever. Because of this, it drastically reduces the role of BECCS in its net zero scenarios, predicting that BECCS will remove only 2.5 billion tpy of emissions compared with its previous predictions of up to 16 billion tpy. The report supports this decision with statements such as: "BECCS] may not prove as effective as expected, and its large-scale deployment may result in ecological and social impacts, suggesting it may not be a viable carbon removal strategy in the next 10-20 years.' It also states that 'life-cycle emissions impacts from bioenergy are subject to large uncertainties and could be incompatible with net zero emissions in some contexts.' This all builds off of the second report in the series in which it recognized more risks of bioenergy than ever before.

    "It also recognizes the risks of bioenergy more than ever before. Both this report and the one the IPCC released in March highlight the major risks bioenergy can pose to nature -- e.g., desertification, land degradation, biodiversity, food production, and water availability. In 2021, evidence mounted showing the significant impacts of biomass on global biodiversity. For example, information on logging in Estonia's protected areas became so concerning that the Estonian government banned logging in these areas for more than two years. Further, new satellite image analysis shows that logging of forests in the US Southeast has exceeded their growth (contrary to biomass industry claims) and decreased their carbon stocks.

    "In its moderated language, which must be signed off by all governments, this is IPCC code for a clear warning that, while its models include BECCS, they are just that -- models. They are not meant to describe reality and do not reflect the significant environmental and climate risks posed by this technology.

    "But while the IPCC urges governments to immediately cut emissions, protect forests, and use BECCS only in a very minimal way (if at all), the UK Government plans to do the exact opposite by increasing reliance on large-scale burning of trees for electricity to meet its climate goals. Its 2050 Net Zero Strategy, published in autumn 2021, states that it plans to rely on a significant level of BECCS over the coming decades, which is impossible without destroying global forests or carpeting the UK countryside with bioenergy crops (or both). And the UK is already the world's subsidizer of biomass energy.

    "We already know the impacts of both approaches. Drax power station recently published an annual report showing it burns over 8 million tonnes of wood every year. Drax is part of a growing global wood pellet industry driving the destruction of some of the world's forests. And the EU has tried the 'grow fields full of crops for fuel approach,' which actually increased greenhouse gases because it displaced food production, causing deforestation and climate damage elsewhere.

    "The best chance for the UK Government to heed the IPCC's warnings? Its new Biomass Strategy -- due out later this year -- must recognize that bioenergy is NOT zero carbon and that it has serious environmental and social impacts. It must stop handing over £2.7 million per day in subsidies to bioenergy generators and refuse to grant new biomass subsidies, instead redirecting these funds to technologies that will actually cut emissions (e.g., wind, solar, home insulation to help lower people's energy bills)." (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Elly Pepper, 14 April, 2022) Contact: NEDC, www.brdc.org; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Defense Council,  IPCC,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  BECCS,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  DRAX,  ,  


    IPCC Report Recognizes Risks of Bioenergy (Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC,
    Date: 2022-04-14
    "Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its final new report in a three-part series, prepared over years by hundreds of the world's leading scientists. It sends a very clear and final warning that we must rapidly cut emissions to avert climate disaster. It also emphasizes that using bioenergy -- especially the burning of trees -- is a VERY risky way to do this, and may not even work at all.

    "The biggest takeaway from this report is that the IPCC has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) it thinks is necessary to achieve net zero. The IPCC assumes that, in the future, bioenergy will be used with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). But it recognizes that even then the climate benefits of BECCS are disputed, and that the environmental risks are clearer than ever. Because of this, it drastically reduces the role of BECCS in its net zero scenarios, predicting that BECCS will remove only 2.5 billion tpy of emissions compared with its previous predictions of up to 16 billion tpy. The report supports this decision with statements such as: 'BECCS] may not prove as effective as expected, and its large-scale deployment may result in ecological and social impacts, suggesting it may not be a viable carbon removal strategy in the next 10-20 years.' It also states that '[l]ife-cycle emissions impacts from bioenergy are subject to large uncertainties and could be incompatible with net zero emissions in some contexts.' This all builds off of the second report in the series in which it recognized more risks of bioenergy than ever before.

    "It also recognizes the risks of bioenergy more than ever before. Both this report and the one the IPCC released in March highlight the major risks bioenergy can pose to nature (e.g., desertification, land degradation, biodiversity), food production, and water availability. In 2021, evidence mounted showing the significant impacts of biomass on global biodiversity. For example, information on logging in Estonia's protected areas became so concerning that the Estonian government banned logging in these areas for more than two years. Further, new satellite image analysis shows that logging of forests in the US Southeast has exceeded their growth (contrary to biomass industry claims) and decreased their carbon stocks.

    "In its moderated language, which must be signed off by all governments, this is IPCC code for a clear warning that, while its models include BECCS, they are just that -- models. They are not meant to describe reality and do not reflect the significant environmental and climate risks posed by this technology.

    "But while the IPCC urges governments to immediately cut emissions, protect forests, and use BECCS only in a very minimal way (if at all), the UK Government plans to do the exact opposite by increasing reliance on large-scale burning of trees for electricity to meet its climate goals. Its 2050 Net Zero Strategy, published in autumn 2021, states that it plans to rely on a significant level of BECCS over the coming decades, which is impossible without destroying global forests or carpeting the UK countryside with bioenergy crops (or both). And the UK is already the world's subsidizer of biomass energy.

    "We already know the impacts of both approaches. Drax power station recently published an annual report showing it burns over 8 million tpy of wood. Drax is part of a growing global wood pellet industry driving the destruction of some of the world's most precious forests. And the EU has tried the 'grow fields full of crops for fuel approach,' which actually increased greenhouse gases because it displaced food production, causing deforestation and climate damage elsewhere.

    "The best chance for the UK Government to heed the IPCC's warnings? Its new Biomass Strategy -- due out later this year -- must recognize that bioenergy is NOT zero carbon and that it has serious environmental and social impacts. It must stop handing over £2.7 million per day in subsidies to bioenergy generators -- and to refuse to grant new biomass subsidies, instead redirecting these funds to technologies that will actually cut emissions (e.g., wind, solar, home insulation to help lower people's energy bills)." (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Elly Pepper, 14 April, 2022) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org; IPCC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC news,  IPCC news,  Bioenergy news,  Biomass news,  BESS news,  CCS news,  GHG news,  Deforestation news,  Wood Pellet news,  


    Tidewater Renewables Touts RNG Projects Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Tidewater Renewables
    Date: 2022-04-13
    On the Canadian prairies, Calgary, Alberta-based Tidewater Renewables is reporting a strategic RNG and feedstock partnership with Rimrock RNG and Rimrock Cattle Company (RCC).

    The partnership will secure feedstock supply for both Tidewater's RNG and Renewable Diesel business units while accelerating the diversification of Tidewater's RNG low carbon-intensity fuels product offering. The partnering firms plan to evaluate and construct several projects across North America through RNG Facilities Partnership, a separate partnership.

    Under the agreement, Tidewater will invest $30 million in 4 quarterly payments and hold a 50 pct ownership stake in of RCC. (Source: Tidewater Renewables, PR, Website, April, 2022) Contact: Tidewater Renewables, (587) 475-0210, info@tidewater-renewables.com, www.tidewater-renewables.com

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    $466Mn DoI Funding for Tribal Climate Change Projects (Funding)
    US Department of the Interior
    Date: 2022-04-13
    The US Department of the Interior (DoI) is reporting the availability of $466 million in funding to indigenous / tribal communities for climate resilience and adaptation, ocean and coastal management, community-driven relocation, and protection-in-place projects and initiatives.

    The funding is included in the Biden administration's bipartisan infrastructure law which provides a total of $466 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs over five years, including $216 million for climate resilience programs. Of that funding, $130 million is provided for community relocation, $86 million is provided for Tribal climate resilience and adaptation projects, and $43.2 million will be available to spend annually for five years. (Source: US Department of the Interior, April, 2022) Contact: U.S. Department of the Interior, www.doi.gov

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    N.H. Updating Renewables Portfolio, GHG Standards (Reg & Leg)
    New Hampshire
    Date: 2022-04-11
    In Concord, the New Hampshire Department of Energy Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's soon to be released update of the Granite State's 10-year energy strategy notes immediate action is needed across all sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- from "transitioning the state's energy system, to protecting natural ecosystems, to changing the way we use transportation."

    The updates notes New Hampshire leaders have been slower than their regional counterparts to create greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and supporting a transition to renewable energy.

    New Hampshire is the only New England State that doesn't mandate economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard for new renewable energy sources is the lowest in the region.

    Details on the New Hampshire Renewable Energy Portfolio are HERE . (Source: NH Dept. of Energy, NPR, April, 2022)

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    UK CCUS Investors Road Map -- Capturing Carbon and a Global Opportunity (Int'l. Report Attached)
    CCUS
    Date: 2022-04-08
    The attached UK CCUS roadmap outlines joint government and industry commitments to the deployment of CCUS in the UK and sets out the approach to delivering 4 CCUS low carbon industrial clusters, capturing 20-30 mtpy of CO2 across the economy by 2030 to help meet the UK's 2050 net zero target.

    "The UK is ideally positioned to lead the global development and deployment of CCUS with the world class industrial experience and world leading capital investment landscape to enable innovation, development, and growth. It has one of the largest potential CO2 storage capacities in Europe making it one of the most attractive business environments for CCUS technology."

    This investor roadmap summarizes the current engagement of government and industry and outlines further opportunities to deliver on national CCUS objectives in collaboration with investors. It forms part of a series of roadmaps to be published over the course of this year for each sector of the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan, demonstrating how the UK is delivering on its green commitments.

    HERE . (Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, April, 2022)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  


    BDI-Built Rossi Biofuel Zrt Biodiesel Plant Now in Production (Int'l.)
    BDI-BioEnergy
    Date: 2022-04-08
    Austrian biodiesel plant designer, engineer and construction specialist BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH is reporting the 210,000 tpy biodiesel plnat which it constructed in Komarom, Hungary for Rossi Biofuel Zrt, a subsidiary of the ENVIEN Group, is now online.

    The new multi-feedstock plant incorporates BDI's patented Repeatable Catalyst Technology (RepCAT). With this innovative technology even the lowest-quality feedstock with high levels of impurities can be effectively processed to standards-compliant biodiesel. The RepCAT process can use a variety of waste oils and fats, for example used cooking oil, fat from grease separators or waste from plant-based oil production and is European Food Safety Authority EFSA approved as a disposal process for high-risk waste fats.

    Rossi Biofuel Zrt. is a joint venture of the ENVIEN Group and MOL Group where ENVIEN owns majority of shares. Rossi Biofuel Zrt. is an important player in the production of biodiesel in Hungary. (Source: BDI-Bioenergy Int'l. Gmbh, PR, Mar. 2022) Contact: BDI-Bioenergy, Andreas, +43 316 4009 100, press@bdi-bioenergy.com, www.bdi-bioenergy.com; Rossi Biofuel Zrt., +36 34 526 429, www.rossibiofuel.hu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BDI-BioEnergy ,  Biodiesel,  


    ICE Launches RFS RVO Futures Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Intercontinental Exchange
    Date: 2022-04-04
    Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has announced the launch of two Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) Futures Contracts, expanding its US renewable fuels futures market.

    The US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the incorporation of renewable fuels into transportation fuel and outlines the volume requirements for each renewable fuel category and sets those volumes through the annual renewable volume obligation (RVO).

    Companies need a means to hedge their RVO exposure and ICE has launched the RVO (OPIS) Current Year Future and the Argus RVO Current Year Future, based on the OPIS and Argus daily price assessments. Each futures contract is equivalent to 50,000 gallons.

    The Intercontinental Exchange is an American Fortune 500 company formed in 2000 that operates global exchanges, clearing houses and provides mortgage technology, data and listing services. The company owns exchanges for financial and commodity markets, and operates 12 regulated exchanges and marketplaces. (Source: Intercontinental Exchange, Mar., 2022) Contact: ICE, Jeff Barbuto, Global Oil Markets, 212 748 3949, www.theice.com

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    BTS Biogas Launches Authorisation Consultancy (Int'l. Report)
    BTS Biogas
    Date: 2022-04-01
    Italian anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas reports it is offering a highly specialised consultancy service in the field of authorisations for the construction and operation of biogas and biomethane plants. The consultancy service is aimed at companies planning to construct a biogas and/or biomethane plant, regardless of the technology that will be installed.

    The BTS consultancy offering includes: prepare the technical/environmental, construction and fire prevention documentation to obtain the single authorisation relative to Legislative Decree 387/2003 and PAS Legislative Decree 28/2011; prepare ENEL/SNAM applications for the connection to power lines and methane pipelines; produce complete PAUR and AIA paperwork for OFMSW/organic waste fueled plants; and actively support its customer for the presentation of the project and participate in the required service conferences and technical meetings as needed in the authorisation procedure. (Source: BTS Biogas, Website, Mar., 2022) Contact: BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., +39 0474 37 01 19, www.bts-biogas.com

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    Southern Co. Gas Identifies Pathways to Net-Zero (Ind. Report)
    Southern Company Gas
    Date: 2022-03-30
    A new study for Atlanta-headquartered Southern Company Gas (SCG) details pathways for the company's four natural gas distribution companies to reach net-zero direct methane and other greenhouse gas emissions while using its existing infrastructure. The analysis demonstrates that Southern Company Gas expects to be able to fully support its parent Southern Company's goal to reach enterprise-wide, net-zero direct GHG emissions by 2050.

    The study found that SCG's operating companies, in addition to continuing to reduce their operational GHG emissions, could offset direct methane emissions with renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. For example, in partnership with agricultural interests, such as dairy farmers or food processors, on-site facilities can convert animal, food and agricultural waste into a useful fuel for our customers and avoid the release of methane emissions.

    The study also analyzed four different potential pathways for reducing emissions associated with SCG's residential and commercial customers' natural gas use in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. Two of the scenarios were based on increased building efficiency, high efficiency gas heating technology and the use of RNG. The third scenario focused on mandatory 100 pct electrification, and the last scenario used a hybrid natural gas/electric approach for building heating.

    The study noted that the pathway incorporating natural gas efficiency technologies and RNG is lower cost and produces more GHG reductions than the mandatory 100 pct electrification pathway. Moreover, the study exhibits that energy costs can remain affordable by leveraging existing natural gas networks with new and energy-efficient technologies and renewable gas.

    According to the study, the high-efficiency natural gas technologies pathway estimated almost 25 pct more GHG reductions at almost half the cost of the mandatory electrification pathway – in terms of direct and indirect equipment and energy expenses. The solutions and pathways proposed will be customized for each Southern Company Gas subsidiary, and the company will continue to work with state regulators, key policy makers and stakeholder groups to design workable plans for each utility.

    The study's pathway for mitigating emissions from Southern Company Gas operations expands upon the company's ongoing efforts, including: continual infrastructure improvements; advanced leak detection and repair; strategic renewable natural gas integration; expanded alternative fuels for fleet vehicles; and enhanced measurement and reporting. The analysis shows the value of complementing these initiatives with methane capture offsets and research and development focused on modern technologies and carbon-neutral fuels. (Source: Southern Company Gas, PR, 25 Mar., 2022) Contact: Southern Company Gas, Kim Greene, CEO, www.southerncompanygas.com, www.southerncompanygas.com/environment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Company Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG ,  


    ICE Launches RFS RVO Futures Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Intercontinental Exchange
    Date: 2022-03-30
    Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has announced the launch of two Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) Futures Contracts, expanding its US renewable fuels futures market.

    The US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the incorporation of renewable fuels into transportation fuel and outlines the volume requirements for each renewable fuel category and sets those volumes through the annual renewable volume obligation (RVO).

    Companies need a means to hedge their RVO exposure and ICE has launched the RVO (OPIS) Current Year Future and the Argus RVO Current Year Future, based on the OPIS and Argus daily price assessments. Each futures contract is equivalent to 50,000 gallons.

    The Intercontinental Exchange is an American Fortune 500 company formed in 2000 that operates global exchanges, clearing houses and provides mortgage technology, data and listing services. The company owns exchanges for financial and commodity markets, and operates 12 regulated exchanges and marketplaces. (Source: Intercontinental Exchange Contact: ICE, Jeff Barbuto, Global Oil Markets, 212 748 3949, www.theice.com

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    Airports, Carriers Ink SAF Study MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    Date: 2022-03-28
    Paris-headquartered Airport operators Groupe ADP and GMR Airports along with Airbus, Axens and Safran have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a joint study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and their potential in India. The study aims to identify, understand and evaluate the demand, challenges and opportunities of supply, infrastructure and fueling, as well as to prepare a business case for SAF production.

    Globally, the aviation sector accounts for 2-3 pct of CO2 emissions as compared to other sectors. In 2009, the aviation industry collectively agreed under the frame of Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) to the world's first set of sector-specific climate change targets including carbon neutral growth from 2020 and achieving 50 pct reduction in carbon emission by 2050 relative to a 2005 baseline. In 2021, the ATAG commitments were upgraded to Net-Zero by 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The study is expected to be completed within 1 year. (Source: Groupe ADP, NewsX, 27 Mar., 2022) Contact: Groupe ADP, www.groupeadp.fr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  


    A Hydrogen Fuel Primer (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Hydrogen
    Date: 2022-03-25
    Procuring hydrogen requires its separation from other elements through chemical processes that require energy and have varying degrees of impact on the environment and climate change.
  • Gray hydrogen is produced by reforming natural gas, a processing technique used to rearrange the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. In this process, methane is mixed with steam at a high temperature to yield hydrogen and CO2 through a catalytic chemical reaction. Roughly 10 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 1 kg of gray hydrogen produced, making it the least renewable form of hydrogen with an overall negative climate impact, much like drilling for oil or mining coal. Gray hydrogen is seen as a "bridging" energy alternative and is relatively inexpensive and commonly used in the chemical industry to make fertilizer and for refining oil.

  • Blue Hydrogen uses the same chemical processing technique used to make gray hydrogen. The difference, however, is the management of CO2. With blue hydrogen, the CO2 is captured at the production facility and stored separately. Blue hydrogen has a significantly lower CO2 impact on the environment than gray hydrogen, but the blue hydrogen process but does not eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere entirely.

  • Green Hydrogen production process employs electrolysis -- the separation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules by applying electrical energy to water. Utilizing renewable energy sources to generate the electricity for this process is the key to making green hydrogen. This technique yields a closed loop of sustainable energy free of harmful emissions. (Source: JD Power)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hysdrogen news,  


  • BSC Investigating Biomass-to-Biofuels Conversion (Ind. Report)
    Bioprocessing Separations Consortium
    Date: 2022-03-25
    A group of researchers from the Bioprocessing Separations Consortium (BSC) have been developing separation processes and technology needed for the conversion of biomass to biofuel. The researchers from six national laboratories are part of the team established in 2016 by DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE)

    Unlike the battery recycling technology, which targets positively charged ions, bioenergy production requires negatively charged molecules. Once separated, these compounds are versatile and can be converted into hydrocarbon biofuels, such as renewable diesel or sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    The technical challenges in bioprocessing separations are as varied and diverse as the different types of biomass, conversion routes, and target products. In addition, biomass deconstruction produces chemically complex mixtures and desired products are often at low concentrations in aqueous streams. Finally, bioprocessing separations are significantly less mature than industrial separations that are well-established in the petrochemical industry, and there is a lack of heuristics or baselines to help guide separations approaches.

    The Consortium's research portfolio also addresses the needs and interests of other BETO consortia, including ChemCatBio, the Agile BioFoundry, Co-Optima, and the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry. Consortium's portfolio includes the development of new capabilities that include separation technologies and materials for product recovery and process intensification, according to BSC website. (Source: Bioprocessing Separerations Consortium, Website, Mar., 2022) Contact: Bioprocessing Separerations Consortium, bioesep @ anl.gov, www.bioesep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Bioprocessing Separations Consortium,  Biofuel,  Biomass ,  


    Agresti Energy RFS Pathway EPA Approved (Ind. Report)
    Agresti Energy
    Date: 2022-03-25
    Indianapolis, Indiana-headquartered Agresti Energy reports the US EPA has approved the company's fuel pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the generation of D3 cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for compressed renewable natural gas (RNG). The approval applies to Agresti Energy's proposed facilities in Stevens County, Minnesota; Swift County, Minnesota; and Jasper County, Indiana.

    Agresti Energy's proprietary process uses agricultural anaerobic digestion digestate as a feedstock which is subjected to pressure hydrolysis to break down lignin and convert hemicellulose and cellulose into sugar. The cellulosic sugar solution is injected into an anaerobic digester where it is converted into biogas which is purified and compressed.

    RNG produced through the Agresti Energy AD pathway achieves a 60.2 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a 2005 diesel baseline, according to Agresti Energy. (Source: US EPA, Agrest Energy, Website, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Agresti Energy, Ron Miller, Pres., 317-912-1343, www.agrestienergy.com

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    Impacts of Carbon Pricing on UK Aviation Sector ((Attached)
    Aviation Emissions
    Date: 2022-03-25
    The attached new report from Frontier Economics and Air Transport Analytics is published to assist the UK ETS Authority's development of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

    The report, commissioned by the Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, evaluates the impact of alternative approaches to carbon pricing, carbon leakage and the competitiveness of airlines in the UK. The report investigates how best to meet government objectives for carbon pricing, including: reducing emissions, mitigating carbon leakage risk and encouraging broader climate action in the UK and more widely for aviation.

    Access the Impacts of Carbon Pricing on UK Aviation Sector report HERE , (Source: Frontier Economics, Mar, 2022) Contact: Air Transport Analytics, www. airtransportationanalytics.com; Frontier Economics, +44 (0) 20 7031 7000, www.frontier-economics.com

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    SUEZ Advances Teesside CCS Plan (Int'l. Report)
    SUEZ
    Date: 2022-03-25
    In the UK, Maidenhead, Berksire-based SUEZ recycling and recovery reports its two applications to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop carbon capture plants at its Tees Valley and Tees Valley energy-from-waste facilities have been deemed eligible for support under the Government's Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Cluster Sequencing Process industrial business model. They now move forward to the evaluation stage.

    The project originally envisaged capturing the carbon dioxide from the facility's flue gas emissions and transporting this to a geological storage site beneath the North Sea. (Source: SUEZ, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: SUEZ , John Scanlon, CEO, +44 0 800 093 1103, www.suez.co.uk

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    ICM, Agribrasil Planning Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant (Int'l.)
    ICM, Agribrasil
    Date: 2022-03-23
    Colwich, Kansas-based ICM Inc. and Sao Paulo Brazil-based Agribrasil have signed an agreement to develop a greenfield dry-mill grain ethanol production facility in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The facility will utilise ICM's proprietary process technologies, including Base Tricanter System™ (BTS) for corn oil recovery, patented Selective Milling Technology™(SMT) for milling optimisation, and patented Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST ) for fibre removal before fermentation.

    The new plant will grid roughly 1,700 metric tpd of corn to produce more than 260 million lpy of anhydrous ethanol, 9,000 metric tpy of corn distillers oil and over 185,000 metric tpy of standard DDGS, according to the release.

    Agribrasil originates soybeans and corn from Brazilian cooperatives, resellers, and large producers then performs the logistics and sells the products for export, according to the company website. (Source: Agribrasil, Website News, Mar., 2022) Contact: Agribrasil, Fred Humberg, CEO, +55 (11) 2714 0800, www.agribrasil.net/en; ICM, 316-796-0900, www.icminc.com

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    AGP, Hartree Expand Global Solar Partnership (Ind. Report)
    AGP, Hartree, AMPYR Energy
    Date: 2022-03-23
    Singapore-headquartered AGP Sustainable Real Assets Pte Ltd (AGP) and Hartree Partners, LP are reporting the launch of their New York-based joint venture AMPYR Energy USA to construct a 5GW utility-scale solar PV platform across multiple US markets.

    AGP Sustainable Real Assets (AGP) is an asset development and investment management group, investing in, developing and operating sustainable infrastructure. AGP established AMPYR Energy, its global renewable energy platform, to power the future and respond to the rapid changes in the energy sector worldwide. With operations and assets in Europe, India, Australia, and the USA, AMPYR Energy provides low-cost renewable power, battery storage and other network and non-network solutions to customers, according to the company website.

    Hartree Partners is a global energy and commodities trading company, with decades of experience in the physical and financial energy and commodities markets. Hartree is at the forefront of finding investment solutions, consulting, and generating sustainable and commercially viable strategies for energy renewal and regeneration. The company has an extensive portfolio including midstream natural gas, oil assets, power generation, renewables, and environmental products, according Hartree's website. (Source: AMPYR Energy, Website PR, 21 Mar., 2022) Contact: AMPYR Energy, info@ampyrenergy.com, www.ampyrenergyusa.com; AGP, www.agpgroup.com; Hartree, 212 .536. 8915 -- NY Office, www.hartreepartners.com

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    Oregon Utilities Challenge Climate Protection Plan (Reg & Leg.)
    Avista Utilities, NW Natural Gas,Cascade Natural Gas
    Date: 2022-03-23
    Spokane, Washington-based Avista Utilities, along with NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas, reports it has filed a lawsuit in the Oregon Court of Appeals requesting a judicial review of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Climate Protection Program (CPP). The companies also challenge the DEQ's authority to enact and enforce the CPP.

    The CPP is to intended to create a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon sources by imposing declining limits (caps} on a covered fuel supplier's attributed emissions.

    According to Avista Pres. and CEO Dennis Vermillion, "The CPP does not reflect our feedback or collaborative efforts, and it is not a constructive pathway for reducing emissions. We are disappointed in the outcome and the negative impact it will have on our customers. It will increase their cost of energy and may ultimately cause them to replace their natural gas heating systems and appliances. Our customers value energy choice. This is why we are taking this legal action now." (Source: Avista Utilities, Website, PR 22 Mar., 2022) Contact: Avista Utilities, www.myvista.com; NW Natural, Kim Heiting, Snr. VP of Operations, (503) 721-2472, www.nwnatural.com

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    "Climate Change is the Problem -- Clean Energy is the Solution." -- Eileen Claussen.
    Climate Change, Clean Energy
    Date: 2022-03-23
    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

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    RNG Notable Quote
    RNG, US EPA
    Date: 2022-03-21
    "Developing RNG resources is one way to diversify fuel supplies and increase fuel security, provide economic benefits to communities and end users, improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions." -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG news,  US EPA news,  


    Neste, DHL Express Announce Major SAF Deal (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Neste, DHL Express
    Date: 2022-03-21
    Logistics firm DHL Express and Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste Corp. are reporting a new 5-year strategic collaboration that will see Neste supply DHL with approximately 320,000 tons (400 million liters) of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™. The agreement is Neste's largest for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to date and one of the largest SAF agreements in the aviation industry, according to the release.

    In 2020, DHL Express became the first cargo operator to use Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on flights departing from San Francisco International Airport and Amsterdam Airport. In 2021 DHL and Neste extended that cooperation to provide Neste's SAF for DHL Express' hub at the UK's East Midlands airport.

    Deutsche Post DHL Group has committed to using 30 percent of SAF blending for all air transport by 2030. Neste's SAF can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent, in its neat form and over the life cycle, compared to the fossil jet fuel it replaces, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP , Renewable Aviation, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Deutsche Post DHL Group, Sabine Hartmann, +49 228 182-9944, pressestelle@dpdhl.com, www.dpdhl.com

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    Growth Energy Calls on DOE to Set the Record Straight on Anti-Ethanol Study (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-03-18
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm calling on the DOE to address the most recent inaccurate and misleading study by Tyler Lark and others that claims to have been partially funded by the department.

    The study directly contradicts conclusions from DOE's own Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model, which has been tracking the impacts of corn-ethanol's lifecycle emissions since 1996. Last May, DOE's Argonne National Lab stated that, "for the United States, biofuels like corn ethanol can play a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint."

    "Failing to address this research's inconsistencies and departure from mainstream science could have negative consequences in our nation's quest to decarbonize the transportation sector -- both on the ground and in the air. According to recent research by the Rhodium Group, our (ethanol) industry's contributions in reaching net-zero emissions targets and decarbonizing the transportation sector will be necessary," wrote Skor.

    "The ethanol industry is continually finding new ways to innovate and reduce emissions throughout its production cycle, including by creating new applications for hard-to-decarbonize industries like aviation. We must rely on the best and most widely accepted science to achieve our climate goals and attain net-zero emissions by 2050."

    Download study details www.growthenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/GROW-22014-PNAS-Handout-2022-02-16-R3.pdf] HERE . Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET), HERE . (Source: Growth Energy, Website, PR, 15 Mar., 2022) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

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    Mirova, Rive Sell 106-MW French Wind Farm Portfolio (Int’l., M&A)
    Mirova, Rive
    Date: 2022-03-16
    Paris-headquartered Mirova, the sustainable investment unit of France's Natixis Asset Management, and real assets investor Rive Private Investment have offloaded a 105.7-MW wind farm portfolio in northern France, the partners announced on Friday. The bundle of six operating power plants was bought by Bern, Switzerland-based energy and infrastructure investor BKW. Financial details about the deal were kept under wraps.

    The wind parks, built by Mirova and Rive, were switched on between September 2018 and August 2021 and have a combined output estimated at about 250 GWh per year. The plants are split across two portfolios in the Somme department, Hauts-de-France region. (Source: Mirova, Website PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Mirova, www.mirova.com

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    EPA Funds Food-Waste Anaerobic Digestion Projects (Funding)
    EPA
    Date: 2022-03-11
    The U.S. EPA has announced the selection of 11 organizations expected to receive a total of approximately $2 million in funding to divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity nationwide. The 11 organizations selected for AD project funding are:

  • District of Columbia Department of Public Works (Washington, D.C.) -- Plans to establish a training and certification program for commercial food waste generators that will equip the participants to set up successful source-separated organics programs to divert food waste to anaerobic digesters for processing.

  • Food Lifeline (Seattle, Wash.) -- Plans to develop an AD demonstration project that introduces the community of South Park to alternative energy production through hands-on, culturally, and linguistically relevant engagement and education opportunities.

  • Georgia Southern University Research and Services Foundation (Statesboro, Ga.) -- Plans to conduct a feasibility study to advance the understanding of how existing AD capacity at pulp and paper mills can be sustainably leveraged for the treatment of food waste from university campuses.

  • Monterey One Water (Monterey County, Calif.) -- Plans to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the conversion of existing anaerobic digesters at its wastewater treatment facility to co-digest sewage sludge with food and other organic wastes diverted from the area.

  • Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) (Boston, Mass.) -- Plans to develop environmental justice engagement and regulatory compliance guidance and training to support states seeking to increase food waste diversion rates through AD utilization.
  • Ohio University (Athens County, Ohio) -- Plans to study and quantify the potential for waste diversion at microbrewery brewpub businesses and demonstrate an AD model system scaled for that sector.

  • San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (Mosca, Colo.) -- Plans to install a high-efficiency AD system to process food and organic waste that will demonstrate the technological feasibility and cost effectiveness of such a project in Colorado’s rural, high-alpine San Luis Valley region.

  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) -- Plans to conduct a project that will use computational modeling to demonstrate optimum conditions for biogas production while minimizing digester issues.
  • University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus -- Plans to conduct a project to empower and educate the local community in utilizing AD for organic material management through a seminar series and small pilot facility to demonstrate benefits.

  • University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.) -- Plans to perform a study to assess current capacity at digesters to accept food wastes; the potential impacts of food waste co-digestion on biogas production; and the potential impacts of co-digestion on nutrients and microplastics in digestate.

  • Yurok Tribe (Klamath, Calif.) -- Plans to establish an AD pilot demonstration project to divert the food waste generated on and near the Yurok Indian Reservation, beginning with a local elementary school.

    In 2019 and 2020, EPA awarded a total of more than $110,000 and more than $3 million in cooperative agreement grants, respectively. The project types selected for funding include feasibility studies, demonstration projects, workshops, as well as technical assistance and training. (Source: US EPA, PR, 4 Mar., 2022) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov/anaerobic-digestion

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  • Fullerton Commits to $8.4Mn Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Fullerton, Calif, Noresco
    Date: 2022-03-11
    In the Golden State, the City of Fullerton (pop. 139,000 +-) reports it has contracted with energy efficiency, resiliency and infrastructure solutions specialist NORESCO to implement an $8.4 million energy efficiency project guaranteed to save $12.1 million during the contract period. Funded entirely from generated savings, the project demonstrates that energy savings can help local governments tackle deferred maintenance while also expanding smart city technologies and distributed energy resources.

    A ground-mounted photovoltaic system at the main water plant will provide renewable energy, and carport-mounted photovoltaic systems at city hall and the police department will provide shaded parking in addition to renewable energy. Fifteen dual port integrated electric vehicle chargers throughout the city will provide public access to clean transportation fuel and generate revenue for the city. The project will also enable the city to replace critical air-conditioning equipment that is at the end of its useful life and make other energy efficiency updates to building systems.

    The upgrade of approximately 7,700 lighting fixtures with new LEDs will reduce energy consumption and extend the lifespan to at least 20 years. Additionally, NORESCO will assist the city in work with Southern California Edison to convert nearly 600 pole lights to LED technology. Smart city technology in parks will include improved lighting controls and motion activation, capable of providing greater public safety benefits.

    The project also provides decarbonization benefits and is expected to reduce the city’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide by 2,793,572 pounds. The total expected reduction in greenhouse gases equates to planting 1,306 acres of trees, providing air quality improvements to the community.

    The project includes a rigorous commissioning and measurement-based verification plan to ensure energy usage savings and operational success. It will also help prepare the city for conversion of series streetlight circuits to LED technology. Completion of the design package, cost calculations and budgets to convert a particularly problematic circuit will provide data the city needs to secure financing and then move forward with conversion. (Source: City of Fullerton, Website, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: NORESCO, Jim Williams, VP, www.noresco.com; City of Fullerton, (714) 738-6350, www.city offullerton.com

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    Anaergia Inks Mich. RNG Project Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Anaergia
    Date: 2022-03-11
    Burlington, Ontario-headquartered Anaergia Inc. and partner, Continuus Materials, are reporting a Project Development Agreement with the Board of the Kent County, Michigan, Department of Public Works.

    Under the terms of the PDA, the parties agreed to terms for a potential project under which an approximately US$280 million state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF) converting solid waste to products, fertilizer, and renewable natural gas (RNG), would be built by Anaergia and Continuus Materials. The PDA indicates that the initial term of this agreement is to be for a period of twenty-five years from the start of operations.

    As previously disclosed, the facility is expected to be a world-leading facility, achieving the County's ambitious landfill diversion targets, while supporting its visionary sustainability goals and creating economic stimulus in West Michigan. (Source: Anaergia, Inc., Website Release, 7 Mar., 2022) More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia news, RNG news,

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    "Climate Change is the Problem -- Clean Energy is the Solution." -- Eileen Claussen

    Date: 2022-03-11
    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions


    Anaergia Inks Mich. RNG Project Development Agreement
    Anaergia
    Date: 2022-03-09
    Burlington, Ontario-headquartered Anaergia Inc. and partner, Continuus Materials, are reporting a Project Development Agreement with the Board of the Kent County, Michigan, Department of Public Works.

    Under the terms of the PDA, the parties agreed to terms for a potential project under which an approximately US$280 million state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF) converting solid waste to products, fertilizer, and renewable natural gas (RNG), would be built by Anaergia and Continuus Materials. The PDA indicates that the initial term of this agreement is to be for a period of twenty-five years from the start of operations.

    As previously disclosed, the facility is expected to be a world-leading facility, achieving the County’s ambitious landfill diversion targets, while supporting its visionary sustainability goals and creating economic stimulus in West Michigan. (Source: Anaergia, Inc., Website Release, 7 Mar., 2022)

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    EnBW Exiting US to Focus on European Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
    EnBW
    Date: 2022-03-09
    Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered wind energy developer EnBW reports it will focusits future offshore wind activities on the European market. EnBW North America and their assets will be acquired by partner TotalEnergies.

    EnBW currently is developing their 900MW North Sea wind farm ‘He Dreiht’. In 2021 and 2022 EnBW was successful in auctions in England/Wales and Scotland where EnBW will develop three offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of approximately six gigawatts. Furthermore, the newly elected German government just recently announced ambitious build-out targets – an additional 10GW shall be installed in EnBW’s home market Germany by 2030.

    After establishing their U.S. market presence, EnBW started to develop offshore wind opportunities in both the East and West coasts of the country. After bidding in the 2018 Massachusetts offshore wind land lease auction, EnBW’s North America team prepared for the New York Bight land lease auction together with partner Total Energies. With this win in the auction, EnBW will sell their U.S. offshore wind activities to partner TotalEnergies and push forward their European asset.

    Since 2013, EnBW has invested economically successful nearly €5 billion in its Renewable Energies segment. Around another €4 billion is to be invested by 2025, primarily in further expanding wind and solar energy, meaning that a good 50 pct of EnBW’s generation portfolio will consist of renewables. EnBW was among the pioneers in offshore wind power with its Baltic 1 offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. In January 2020, the company took into operation Germany’s largest offshore wind power project, EnBW Hohe See and Albatros, with a combined capacity of 609 MW. The He Dreiht offshore wind farm with a capacity of 900 MW will be connected to the grid in 2025. He Dreiht will operate without any state subsidies. In January 2022, bp and EnBW secured a lease option off the east coast of Scotland to develop a 2.9 GW offshore wind farm. The auction win in Scotland is already the second joint success for EnBW and bp. In 2021 – likewise in January – the partners were awarded lease areas for 3 GW in the Irish Sea. The Morgan and Mona projects being developed there will have a total capacity of up to 3 GW, according to the company website.

    EnBW plans to halve by 2030. EnBW aims to attain climate neutrality by 2035. (Source: EnBW, Website PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: EnBW, Michael Class, Snr. VP Power Generation

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    Aemetis Closes New $100Mn Credit Facilities for Carbon Reduction Projects and Working Capital Funding
    Aemetis
    Date: 2022-03-09
    Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced today the closing of two new, lower interest rate credit facilities with aggregate availability of up to $100 million, comprised of up to $50 million for projects that produce lower carbon intensity renewable products and up to $50 million for working capital. In connection with the closing of the new credit facilities, Aemetis repaid $16 million of higher interest rate debt, building upon the more than $60 million of higher interest rate debt repaid during 2021.

    The credit facilities are expected to provide funding for the Aemetis projects that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels, including a zero carbon intensity solar array and extensive process equipment electrification upgrades to the Keyes ethanol plant, a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel plant, and carbon sequestration facilities. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 3 Mar., 2022) ← Return to the newsfeed...

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