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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


"We Need a Green Economy, Not a Grey Economy." (Notable Quote)
Green Economy
Date: 2019-05-17
Speaking at the recent Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted the Pacific, sea-level rise in some countries is four times greater than the global average and is an existential threat to some island states. To address the problem, the Secretary-General recommended the following in his message to world governments:
  • Shift taxes from salaries to carbon -- "Tax pollution, not people."

  • End fossil fuel subsidies -- "Taxpayer money should not be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heatwaves, melt glaciers, and bleach corals."

  • Stop building new coal fired power plants by 2020 -- "We need a green economy, not a grey economy. We have the blueprints, the frameworks and the plans. What we need is urgency, political will and ambition."

    (Source: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-05-14/secretary-generals-remarks-the-pacific-islands-forum-delivered

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Economy,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • Dow, Petronas Partner on Emissions-Reduction Project (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-04-15
    Dow (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) signed an agreement with Petronas Chemicals Glycols, a subsidiary of the petrochemical arm of Petronas and Malaysia's leading chemicals producer, Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad to collaborate on a carbon project at Petronas ethylene oxide (EO) production facility in support of the Dow- International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Official Carbon Partnership.

    Dow and Petronas Chemicals Glycols will also quantify and obtain third-party verification of the climate benefits following the methodology of the Dow Climate Solutions Framework.

    The Dow-Petronas project agreement is among the first of many similar joint efforts that will result from the Collaborative Blueprint initiated in 2017 to encourage organizations outside the Olympic movement to collaborate on projects that lead to verified climate benefits while catalyzing change across value chains. (Source: Dow, Chemical Engineering, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Dow, www.dow.com/en-us/sports/sustainability; Petronas Chemicals Group , www.petronaschemicals.com.my


    DOE Funds Wind Energy Environmental Research Projects (Funding)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office reports the allocation of $6.2 million for nine early-stage research projects expected to reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts of offshore and onshore wind energy. With cost sharing, the projects are expected to total $9.5 million.

    According to DOE, the projects will develop technology solutions to environmental siting and operational challenges to reduce project permitting time and costs, increase the certainty of project development outcomes and provide more deployment options at reduced costs. Three projects by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), American Wind Wildlife Institute of Washington and Stantec Consulting Services of Topsham will receive $2.3 million to further the advancement of smart curtailment strategies to minimize energy loss from curtailment and wind farm environmental impacts to bats. $1.4 million will be awarded to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, General Electric Renewable Energy of Greenville and the Iowa State University of Ame for projects dedicated to advancing the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment.

    The remaining $2.5 million will be allocated to SMRU Consulting of Friday Harbor, Oregon State University of Corvallis and Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne to develop and validate pre- and post-construction monitoring and mitigation solutions for the offshore wind environment to ease regulatory barriers to deployment. (Source: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, offshoreWIND .biz, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Phone: (202) 586-5348, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  EPRI,  


    Springfield Launches Energy Efficiency, Resilience Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In the Bay State, the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,700 -- is promoting its Strong, Healthy and Just Climate Action and Resilience Plan aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The plan, which offers free home energy audits and financial aid for energy efficiency improvements, provides a blueprint for the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050, according to the city's release.

    As part of the plan, thermal images were taken of more than 6,500 single-family homes in Springfield to detect heat leakage. Home owners were then notified of the imaging's findings and advised where their homes were wasting energy and money. With the scanning results in hand, omeowners can apply for an energy audit and then consider energy conservation incentives available from utility companies. (Source: City of Springfield, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ener-G-Save, www.ener-g-save.com, www.springfield-ma.gov

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


    AgriChemWhey Claims Innovative Dairy Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
    AgriChemWhey
    Date: 2019-02-15
    EU-funded AgriChemWhey reports it is testing and proving the techno-economic viability of converting agriculture and agri-food waste into sustainable lactic acid at a first-of-a-kind 25,000 tpy dairy-waste biorefinery in Ireland.

    Representing the first major industrial venture to convert residues from food processing, the Irish plant will scale-up a unique fermentation processes of WP/DLP-to-lactic acid by reducing the fermentation time to a 12-hour process, optimize the upstream processes of DLP and WP and optimize the downstream steps for simplified novel LA purification to industrial scale. AgriChemWhey will also develop a blueprint of an economic sustainability concept so that other EU regions can replicate the plan.

    The project will establish a new value chain for industrial symbiosis with other local actors and create several added value products for the global market. (Source: AgriChemWhey, Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: AgriChemWhey, info@agrichemwhey.com, www.agrichemwhey.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefinery,  


    GTI Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes Study Released (Report Attached)
    GTI
    Date: 2019-02-15
    The Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has released a site-specific engineering design titled Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes, a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock.

    New RNG production facilities using the commercial technologies outlined in the analysis could reduce criteria pollutants by approximately 99 pct compared to existing operational biomass power plants and produce a very low carbon fuel in the base case and below zero in the case including carbon sequestration technologies, according to the study.

    The engineering design illustrated in the report was performed by GTI, Black & Veatch, Andritz, and Haldor Topsoe. The engineering design study was funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB), PG&E, SoCalGas, Northwest Natural and SMUD.

    Download Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes report HERE. (Source: GTI, Feb., Green Car Congress, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: GTI, Vann Bush, VP Technology Technology Development and Commercialization, (847)768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GTI,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  Rnewable Natural Gas,  


    Texas A&M Awarded $2.2 Mn for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Texas A&M
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In College State, Texas A&M AgriLife Research is reporting receipt of $2.2 million in grant funding from grant from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office to support investigation of waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents.

    According to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and project leader Dr. Joshua Yuan, "The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass has been around for many years, but many of the waste products can not be commercialized due to the configuration of these biorefineries. What we are trying to accomplish is developing a streamlined process where the biomass waste at these refineries can be fractionated to produce lipids for biodiesel, asphalt binder modifier and quality carbon fiber. All of these bioproducts can add great value to the economy and enhance their market value."

    Yuan noted that lignocellulose bioconversion refineries burn off 60 pct of the lignin produced. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions. The work will include developing an integrated biorefinery program or "a blueprint for future biorefinery development," Yuan added. (Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Dr. Joshua Yuan, Dir. Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub, people.tamu.edu/~syuan, www.tamu.edu; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Texas A&M,  US DOE BETO,  lignocellulosic ,  biofuel,  


    Florida Future Fund Proposed to Build Climate Change Resiliency (Ind. Report Attached)
    Center for American Progress
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Infrastructure and Communities for a Changing Climate, a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Pinecrest, Florida-based CLEO Institute suggests the creation of a private and public-funded "Florida Future Fund" to support infrastructure upgrades and flood protections that would make communities more resilient to climate change threats.

    The Florida Future Fund would provide low-interest or interest-free loans and loan guarantees to projects, including investments in parks, the urban tree canopy, clean energy, and smart grids. It would also support energy efficiency upgrades, expand local and regional transportation access, upgrade public transportation systems, and more. Successful implementation of such a fund in Florida could provide a blueprint to other states searching for ways to build resilience to climate change.

    Download the Florida Future Fund Report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Center for American Progress, Tom Caiazza, (202)-481-7141, tcaiazza@americanprogress.org, www.americanprogress.org; CLEO Institute, (305) 284-0908, www.cleoinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEO Institute,  Center for American Progress,  Limate Change,  


    Trump's Draft Budget Rips Renewable Energy Funding (Reg & Leg)
    DOE EERE,ENERGY Star
    Date: 2018-02-14
    "President Trump's draft budget released today proposes to slash funding for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program by $1.3 billion, a 65 pct cut from the 2017 budget. Trump's budget serves as a starting point for congressional negotiations as well as a blueprint for the administration's priorities.

    "Trump's steep cuts are a really ugly assault on clean energy. This is a counterproductive move that will threaten our climate, good jobs and economic progress, said Greer Ryan, renewable energy and research specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. 'While the proposal is unlikely to make it through Congress, it's another clear signal that Trump will do anything to prop up dirty coal and nuclear power.'

    "The EERE program, which includes programs to increase the generation of electricity from clean energy sources and improve the efficiency of homes, businesses and industries, has been widely successful. A third-party analysis found that $12 billion in funding yielded an estimated $230 billion in net economic benefit to the U.S.

    "The administration also proposed to eliminate funding for the popular Energy Star program as part of cuts to the EPA. The budget proposes that the program's administrative costs be covered by user fees, which companies would have to pay to use the label."

    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Greer Ryan, (812) 345-8571, gryan@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE EERE,  ENERGY Star,  


    Meritage reNEWable Living Home Redefine Energy Use (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,Duke Energy,EPRI
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Creating a net zero home that redefines how utilities work is amazing. That's exactly what Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered Meritage Homes is touting its reNEWable Living Home, a 2018 BUILDER Concept project engineered and designed to use and cut energy consumption energy in a completely different way.

    Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.

    Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.

    This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system. (Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; EPRI, www.epri.com; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero,  Duke Energy,  EPRI,  


    N.J. Missing GHG Reduction Target, says Rutgers Report (Ind. Report)
    Rutgers
    Date: 2017-09-27
    According to a new report from the Rutgers University Climate Institute, the Garden State "lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by mid-century and is going to require much steeper reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to reach a goal to lower carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2050." New Jersey enacted its Global Warming Response Act almost a decade ago.

    Although the attached Rutgers report is short on recommendations it could provide a blueprint for the steps -- carbon tax, RGGI participation, cleaner transportation and greater reliance on renewable energy -- needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct which will require a 76 pct reduction from today's pollution levels.

    According to the report, New Jersey's emission profile differs from other states in that there is less pollution from the power sector because of the state's reliance on nuclear which comprises 43 pct of the state's electricity mix. Mobile emissions and fossil fuels used in homes and businesses, primarily for heating, account for a greater share of the emission mix.

    Download the An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in New Jersey -- September 2017 report HERE. (Source: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center, NJ Spotlight, Sept., 2017) Contact: Rutgers, www.climatechange.rutgers.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissiuons,  Emission Reduction Target,  


    CEE Snares 12-MW European Energy A/S Wind Farm (Int'l., M&A)
    CCE,European Energy A/S
    Date: 2017-09-13
    In Hamburg, German private equity group CEE reports its acquisition of Denmank-based European Energy's 6-turbine, 12-MW wind farm in Gilmerdingen, Lower Saxony. With the acquisition CCE has over 600 MW of installed renewable energy capacity. It is CEE third acquisition from the Danish company since April. Financial details were not disclosed. (Source: CEE, Renewables Now, Others , 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: European Energy A/S, +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk; CCE, www.ceeprivateequity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Boralex Confirms 30MW French wind Farm Financing (Ind.Report)
    Boralex
    Date: 2017-08-04
    In Montreal, Canadian wind developer Boralex Inc. reports it has closed on €46.4 million (C$67.9million) for the construction of the 30MW Chemin de Gres wind farm in France. The wind farm will incorporate 9, 3.3MW Vesta wind turbines.

    The funding has been provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Credit Industriel et Commercial, Bpifrance Financement and Arkea Banque Entreprise et Institutionnels. The financing includes tax-free long-term financing of €40m (C$58.5 million) and VAT credit financing of €6.4 million (C$9.4m). (Source: Boraex, CBTR, Others, 1 Aug. 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Enercon,  Wind,  


    Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme Saves $100Mn (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-07-05
    In Kingston, the Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology reports the Jamaican government has saved more than $100 million in energy costs under its Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). Electric power consumption by State entities has fallen 410 gigawatt-hours (GWh) since the beginning of the programme in 2011 to under 400 GWh in 2015.

    The Ministry has begun adoption of an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Methodology as a blueprint to guide the strategic development and modernization of the energy sector over the next 20 years. When completed, the IRP will establish the projected electricity demand over a 20-year period and determine the generating capacity and technologies necessary to satisfy the demand over the period. The IRP components include: institutional strengthening; investments in energy efficiency and conservation; demand side management and energy efficiency/conservation education awareness. The IRP programme is administered by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 30 June, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Kentucky Utilities Tout Energy Storage Testing Demo (Ind. Report)
    Electric Power Research Institute
    Date: 2017-06-30
    Following up on our March 13th coverage, in the Bluegrass State, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and the Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is reporting the launch of an Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site at the E. W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Ky.

    The project will allow the utility to develop, test and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery energy storage technologies and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.

    The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage. Testing multiple storage technologies at one time will allow researchers to assess how the individual systems operate and any potential grid integration challenges as the systems work together. The site will also function as a "virtual lab" for use by other utilities working with EPRI to address potential gaps associated with utility-scale energy storage. (Source: LG&E KU , 28 June, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric, https://lge-ku.com; EPRI, www.epri.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Electric Power Research Institute ,  


    "We Are Still In" on Paris Climate Agreement Declaration Represents 120 Million Americans and $6.2Tn U.S. Economy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-06-14
    A grand total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., representing the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, today declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

    Together, these leaders are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change absent leadership at the federal level. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America's emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

    Signatories include leaders from 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, and include Oregon and cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston as well as smaller cities like Pittsburgh and Dubuque. A mixture of private universities, state schools and community colleges have added their institutions to the statement. In total the businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses, have also signed the statement.

    The statement calls "The Trump administration's announcement [one that] undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change [and a move which is] out of step with what is happening in the United States." The signers all understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States' clean energy transition is an opportunity -- not a liability -- to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness. By declaring that "we are still in," the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.

    In addition to this statement, since Trump's announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, 211 Climate Mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 Governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris. Today's statement embraces this rapidly growing movement of sub-national and civil society leaders, by announcing that not only are these leaders stepping forward, they are stepping forward together. (Source: We Are Still In, June, 2017) Contact: We Are Still In, www.WeAreStillIn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  


    Port of Oakland HQ Among Top ENERGY STAR Recipients (Ind. Report)
    Port of Oakland,US DOE ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In the Golden State, the Port of Oakland headquarters building has received its eleventh consecutive EUS DOE ENERGGY STAR certification for energy efficiency. The Port headquarters is one of only 70 buildings in the State of California to score ENERGY STAR certification and is ranked in the top 19 pct of EPA benchmarked facilities nationwide.

    According to the EPA, on average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 pct less energy and cause 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Port of Oakland, Port News, April, 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Port of OPakland, (510) 627-1100, www.portofoakland.com

    Editor's Note: Is this the Port of Oakland's Last ENERGY STAR?

    As reported on March 23rd, President Donald Trump's budget blueprint, which serves as a framework for his official budget request to be released in May, calls for many alarming budgetary cutbacks, including the virtual elimination of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program as well as cuts in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

    The Trump presidential "circus" described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. As for the EERE, the new administration would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" the agency on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out by private commercial enterprises, not the government.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    Trump Budget Calls for Elimination of ENERGY STAR (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-03-24
    President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint, which serves as a framework for his official budget request to be released in May. The blueprint calls for the elimination of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program , as well as cuts in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

    The Trump presidential "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. The DOE proposal for EERE would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" it on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out and funded by private commercial enterprises, not by governments. (Source: Various Media, Window & Door Manufacurers Assoc., 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    LGE-KU, EPRI Launch Energy Storage Demo Site (Ind. Report)
    EPRI,Louisville Gas and Electric
    Date: 2017-03-13
    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), are reporting the launch of a new Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site near Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky.

    The project will allow the utilities to develop, test, and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery technologies, and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage, and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.

    The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage, resulting in a total hosting capacity of up to three megawatts of energy storage. The first energy storage system installed on the site consists of a 1-MW lithium-ion battery system, a 1-MW smart power inverter and an advanced control system. (Source: Louisville Gas and Electric, Solar Power World, Various Media, 9 Mar, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric, https://lge-ku.com; EPRI, www.epri.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  Electric Power Research Institute ,  


    UK to Reset Carbon Price Following EU ETS Brexit (Int'l)
    EU ETS,European Union
    Date: 2017-03-10
    At Whitehall, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond's new budget is suggesting that the UK government will set a new carbon price following Brexit and the country's exit from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

    According to the new budget, starting 2021/22, the government will target a total carbon price and set the specific tax rate at a later date. The budget announcement is intended to pave the way towards a domestic scheme designed to disincentivize high carbon emissions, although previous similar programmes to regulate high energy use have been criticized for allowing the most energy intensive industries a reprieve from regulations. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy, 9 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Washinton, the US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reports the release of Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The report details the agency's blueprint for tackling the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable U.S. bioeconomy.

    The report sets the foundation for the development of BETO's multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, and technology program areas as well as identifying opportunities to adapt and align BETO activities and project portfolios with those in both the public and private sectors.

    The Strategic Plan centers around four key opportunities: enhancing the bioenergy value proposition; mobilizing the nation's biomass resources; cultivating end-use markets and customers; and expanding stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The Strategic Plan outlines goals for each of these key opportunities, which will be implemented through a range of sub-strategies and measured by specified success indicators.

    Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy details are HERE. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office ,  


    India Plans 60 pct Renewable Power by 2027 (Int'l Report)
    Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
    Date: 2016-12-23
    In New Delhi, the Indian government's draft 10-year energy blueprint is forecasting that India will exceed the renewable energy targets -- 40 pct by 2030 -- set in Paris last year by nearly half, as well as three years ahead of schedule. The recently release draft document also predicts that 57 pct of the country's total electric power capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027, and thus negate the need for new coal-fired power stations.

    The forecast reflects an increase in private and corporate sector investments, but little from government, in India's renewable energy projects over the past year, according to Tim Buckley, a director at the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

    In the 2027 forecasts, India aims to generate 275 GW of total renewable energy, in addition to 72GW of hydroenergy and 15 GW of nuclear energy. Nearly 100 GW would come from "other zero emission" sources, with advancements in energy efficiency expected to reduce the need for capacity increases by 40GW over 10 years. (Source: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Guardian, 22 Dec., 2016)Contact: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, (216) 688-3433, http://ieefa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  


    Dow Energy Efficiency Innovations Support Chinese Green Technology, says Dow (Ind. Report)
    Dow Chemical
    Date: 2016-11-23
    Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Company reports that several of it products and technologies have been recommended for use in projects supported by the U.S.- China Building Efficiency and Green Development Fund (Fund). The Fund is a public-private partnership convened by the Paulson Institute that provides financing to bring innovative U.S. energy efficiency technologies to China in an effort to reduce building-energy emissions.

    Building Solutions, Construction Chemicals, Polyurethanes, Elastomers and Coating Materials are among the Dow products that will play an instrumental role in bridging green technology implementation and affordability to China.

    Dow serves as a core member of the Paulson Institute's CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization. The company's engagement with the Fund is aligned to it's Leading the Blueprint 2025 Sustainability Goal, a pledge to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels to facilitate the transition to a sustainable planet and society. Dow is working alongside governments and U.S. and Chinese companies to ensure that sustainability is considered at the design phase of building development. (Source: Dow Chemical,PR, Nov., 2016) Contact: Dow Chemical, Jarrod Erpelding, (989) 633-1863, jarrod.erpelding@dow.com, www.dow.com; Paulson Institute, (773) 702-1799, www.paulsoninstitute.org

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    DOE, NRCan Partner on Oxy-Combustion CO2 Capture (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resources Canada,Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2016-10-21
    The US DOE and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are reporting the launch of a new 1MWth facility at NRCan's CanmetENERGY Laboratory in Ottawa. The project, which aims to test an advanced process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. could potentially capture 98 pct of CO2 emissions. The project is intended to assess oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC), a process which uses pure oxygen instead of air to burn fuel and produces heat that generates electricity without generating other pollutants. By concentrating on the CO2 produced prior to combustion of either biofuel-biomass or fossil fuel in the turbine, the process can cut the cost of CO2 capturing, according to the US DOE.

    Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is leading the project in partnership with the Linde Group, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Alstom Power and Alberta Innovates. The project, which received $13 million in grant funding under DOE Fossil Energy Advanced Combustion Program, is managed by the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: US DOE, NRCan, EBR, Others, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca; GTI , Ron Snedic, VP Corp. Dev., www.gastechnology.org; NETL, https://netl.doe.gov

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