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Greenbacker Acquires 41-MW Michigan Solar Asset (M&A Report)
Greenbacker,Prism Power Partners
Date: 2021-09-10
NYC-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports a wholly owned subsidiary has purchased Heathlands, a 41-MW utility-scale solar pre-construction solar project in Manistee County, Michigan, from Prism Power Partners LLC. The Heathlands solar facility was designed with the option to add co-located battery energy storage systems onsite.

The Heathlands project has a long-term PPA with an investment-grade offtaker and is slated to enters commercial operations in Q4, 2022.

With the acquisition -- Greenbacker's third from Prism -- Greenbacker will own approximately 2.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 1.82 GW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 330.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities Prism Power Partners is an experienced renewable energy project developer focused on leveraging strong relationships with host communities and electric load-serving entities throughout the Midwest, including Michigan. Prism's team has developed over 250 solar projects and over 100 MW of energy storage across North America. (Source: Greenbacker, PR., Sept., 2021) Contact: Greebacker Capital, www.greenbackercapital.com; Prism Power Partners, Randall Wood Managing Director, (312) 330-5014, randy@prismpowerpartners.com, www.prismpowerpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Prism PowerBattery Energy STorage,  Solar+Storage,  Partners,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Greenbacker,  


Energy Storage Association -- Now is the Time for Energy Storage ITC (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Energy Storage Association
Date: 2021-09-10
"More than 700,000 utility customers remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, damaging homes and critical facilities while knocking out more than 2000 miles of transmission needed to deliver electricity to the region.

"This came a week after Tropical Storm Henri dumped nearly two inches of rain on New York City in a single hour and flooded communities along the coast of New England, causing power outages to more than 120,000 homes. The remnants of Hurricane Ida topped that record, dropping over 3 inches of rain on New York City and shutting down key infrastructure. Both incidents come amidst a year already marred by days-long, statewide outages in Texas, during an unprecedented period of freezing temperatures, and recurring power shut-offs across California in an attempt to forestall the worst wildfires in recent history.

"Yesterday's infrastructure cannot deal with tomorrow's weather. We need to eliminate carbon-emitting power sources to blunt the long-term climate drivers of extreme weather. And we also need to make our homes, businesses, and electric grids more resilient to those extremes.

"Most power grids are ill-equipped to confront mounting climate challenges. For example, Hurricane Ida took out all eight transmission lines that carry electricity into New Orleans; Entergy, the principal utility in the area, anticipates weeks before power is restored for most customers. If onsite energy storage, solar, and microgrids had been installed at critical facilities throughout southern Louisiana, they could have enabled continuity of key services during the storm and would have been operating immediately afterward for community benefit, unconstrained by fuel shortages. Importantly, energy storage assets can continue helping well after a disaster has passed.

"American companies have led the world in large-scale battery installation for homes and businesses, directly on the power grid, and integrated into wind and solar energy facilities. Other storage technologies, like thermal storage in buildings, flow batteries in substations, liquid air storage paired with generators, and renewable power-to-gas hydrogen offer opportunities for even longer durations that can further diversify our sources of power system reliability without adding to carbon pollution.

"The U.S. energy storage industry has grown up fast, with recent reports showing nine consecutive quarters of increasing deployment in the power system. Companies in the U.S. are on track to install 12,000 MWh of new storage capacity in 2021, enough to power 1.5 million homes through daily peaks and three times the amount added in 2020. Nevertheless, this pace of storage deployment is still much slower than what is needed to equip vulnerable communities for resilience to increasingly extreme weather and meet President Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power system by 2035.

"Congress has an immediate opportunity, through an energy storage Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to speed storage installations that enable greater deployments of wind, solar, and hydro power while mitigating catastrophic power outages. ITCs have long been an effective policy for driving down technology costs associated with solar power and other clean energy technologies. ITC legislation is a common-sense way to accelerate cost declines in storage technologies that can bolster some of the country's most vulnerable communities.

"Congress must ensure the nation's power infrastructure is capable of meeting 21st century needs and avoids catastrophic outages like we're seeing now in Louisiana. An ITC that makes energy storage more accessible creates a cleaner and more reliable grid and gives Americans greater control over their fate." (Source: Energy Storage Association, PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Storage Assoc., www.energystorage.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage Association news,  Energy STorage news,  


Colorado City Fleets Switching to RNG (Ind. Report)
City of Longmont, City of Boulder
Date: 2021-09-08
In Colorado, in late 2019 the City of Longmont completed and commissioned a renewable natural gas (RNG) project at its Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) to produce fuel for use in the City's fleet of trash trucks. Eleven of Longmont's 21 diesel collection trucks were replaced with compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks capable of using RNG fuel. The remaining diesel trucks are expected to be replaced in 2024. The Waste Services division anticipates using about 50 pct to 70 pct of the biogas produced at the WRRF.

The City of Boulder's WRRF completed its Biogas Use Enhancement Project in 2020, producing RNG from the treatment plant's biogas. The RNG is sold to Western Disposal which can fuel up to 38 trucks in it trash collection fleet. Tetra Tech provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to the Boulder facility which incorporates Tetra Tech's proprietary BioCNG™ gas conditioning system.

The RNG is injected into the Public Service Company of Colorado's pipeline. Boulder also is capitalizing on the sale of RIN credits in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) marketplace. (Source: City of Longmont, Pr, 31 Aug., 2021)Contact: City of Longmont, Longmont Utilities, (303) 776-6050, www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/utilities; Tetra Tech, www.tetratech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Boulder,  City of Longmont,  RNG,  RenewableBiogas,  Natural Gas,  Tetra Tech,  


Energy Transfer to Buy Solar Energy from N. Texas (Ind. Report)
Energy Transfer, SB Energy
Date: 2021-09-08
Dallas-based Energy Transfer reports the signing of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Francisco-based SB Energy for 120 MW of electricity from its Eiffel Solar project in northeast Texas -- Energy Transfer's second renewable energy PPA.

SB Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., is scheduled to begin construction of the 200-MW Eiffel Solar project located in Lamar County, Texas, in the first half of 2022 for completion in January 2024.

Energy Transfer LP has installed approximately 18,000 solar panels across the country that provide power to its metering stations. Energy Transfer owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the U.S., according to the company release. (Source: Energy Transfer LP, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Transfer, Tom Mason, Exec. VP. Bill Baerg, Investor Relations, 214.981.0795, investorrelations@energytransfer.com, www.energytransfer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Transfer ,  Solar,  SB Energy,  


TransAlta Renewables Acquired 122 MW, NC Solar Portfolio (M&A)

Date: 2021-09-02
Calgary-based TransAlta Renewables Inc. is reporting definitive agreements for the acquisition of a 122 MW portfolio of operating solar facilities located in North Carolina (collectively, “North Carolina Solar”).

The assets will be acquired from a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for US$96.65 million, subject to working capital adjustments and the assumption of existing tax equity obligations. The acquisition will be funded using existing liquidity. Income distributions to the Company will be net of cash and tax attributes provided to the tax equity investor. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. The transaction is structured so that at closing, TransAlta Renewables will acquire a 100% economic interest in North Carolina Solar from a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransAlta Corporation through a tracking share structure.

. The North Carolina Solar portfolio consists of 20 solar photovoltaic facilities across North Carolina, with an aggregate capacity of 122 MW. The facilities are all operational and were commissioned between November 2019 and May 2021. The facilities are secured by long-term power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) with two subsidiaries of Duke Energy (“Duke”), which have an average remaining term of 12 years. Under the PPAs, Duke receives the renewable electricity, capacity, and environmental attributes from each facility. North Carolina Solar is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of approximately US$9 million and average annual cash available for distribution (“CAFD”) of approximately US$7 million. The $96 million acquisition is expected to produce approximately 195,000 MWh per year; average annual EBITDA and CAFD of approximately US$9 million, and US$7 million; respectively; an investment Tax Credit (ITC) Partnership flip-based tax equity structures with target flip dates in 2026-- 2028, with assumed tax equity obligations of US$28 million at close, reducing to US$11 million by end of 2021 upon monetization of the ITC; and long term contracted cashflows with investment grade counterparties. The portfolio includes: 20 operating facilities across North Carolina ranging in size from 3.2 MW to 6.7 MW;commercial operational dates ranging from November 2019 to May 2021, andaverage remaining PPA term of 12 years with Duke. (Source: Transalta, PR, Sept., 2021


Greenbacker Expands Clear Energy Renewables Investment (Funding)
Greenbacker Capital,Clear Energy Renewables
Date: 2021-09-01
NYC-headquartered Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC is reporting a Greenbacker affiliated fund it is increasing its investment in Denver-based Clear Energy Renewables, an owner-operator of hydroelectric power generation facilities in the Empire State. Clear Energy will use Greenbacker's additional investment to finance the acquisition and upgrade of two more hydro facilities in New York.

Greenbacker's initial 2020 investment in Clear Energy was used to acquire and modernize two hydro assets and upgrade a previously acquired facility in New York State. (Source: Greenbacker Capital, Website PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Capital, www.greenbackercapital.com; Clear Energy Renewables, www.linkedin.com/company/clear-energy-renewables

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Capital,  Clear Energy Renewables,  Hydro ,  


Pattern Energy Western Spirit Wind Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
Pattern Energy
Date: 2021-09-01
Pattern Energy Group LP reports it is nearing completion of it Western Spirit wind project in east central New Mexico. When fully operational the coming December the project will constitute the largest single-phase renewable energy build-out in U.S. history, according to the company.

The Western Spirit project includes four wind farms totaling 1,050 MW of joint generating capacity and a new, 155-mile transmission line to California markets. Western Spirit farms will be twice the size of Xcel Energy's 522-MW Sagamore Wind Farm in Roosevelt County, the state's largest wind facility when it came online in December, 2020. (Source: Pattern Energy Website PR, 30 Aug., 20210 Contact: Pattern Energy, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, 917-363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com,www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


Topsoe Taped for Calumet Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
Calumet,Haldor Topsoe
Date: 2021-09-01
Further to our 19th Feb. report, Indianapolis-headquartered Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is reporting the selection of Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex solution to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) at its revamped plant in Great Falls, Montana, in 2022.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. specializes in naphthenic and paraffinic oils as well as aliphatic solvents and paraffin waxes production.

Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet (SAF) and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Calumet, PR, Biofuels News, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Calumet Specialty Products, Bruce Flemming, VP, (317) 328-5660, www.calumetspecialty.com; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Calumet,  SAF Jet Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Lenovo Stresses Climate Change, Mitigation Goals (Ind. Report)
Lenovo, SBTi
Date: 2021-09-01
In its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based Lenovo Group reports it is committing to new goals in the areas of climate change mitigation, circular economy, energy efficiency and sustainable materials.

Lenovo is committing to achieving 50 pct improvement in energy efficiency for desktops and servers and 30 pct for notebooks and Motorola products by FY 2029/30. The company also aims to purchase 90 pct of electricity from renewable energy sources and remove one million tons of GHG emissions from its supply chain by FY 2025/26.

These goals further support its 2030 science-based targets, which include reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50 pct and decreasing emissions intensity throughout the products, suppliers and transportation value chain by 25 pct .

The company notes it is exploring a path to net-zero targets after being selected by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to road test science-based methodology for achieving net-zero emissions.

This is Lenovo's 15th annual ESG Report, covering the Fiscal Year 2020/21 (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021). Download Lenovo’s ESG Report HERE . (Source: Lenova, PR, 30 Aug., 2021) Contact: Lenova, www.lenovo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  SBTi news,  


Equis' 50MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant Finds Funding (Int'l.)
Equis Development
Date: 2021-08-30
Singapore-headquartered Asian renewable energy and waste infrastructure developer Equis Development Pte. (Equis) reports it has secured $282 million in funding for construction of the 50 MW Niigata East Port Biomass Power Plant in Niigata, Japan, the company's third biomass plant in Japan.

When fully operational in October, 2024, the plant will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 117,000 households from sustainable wood pellets or palm kernel shells and save approximately 190 tpy of carbon emissions. Construction is expected to break ground in May 2022. (Source: Equis Development Pte., 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: Equis Development Pte, +65 6220 0040, equis@equis.com, www.equis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Development ,  Biomass Power,  


POSCO Developing Waste Heat Power Generation Tech (Int'l.)
POSCO
Date: 2021-08-30
Seoul, South Korea-based POSCO Energy, a wholly owned energy unit of South Korean steelmaker POSCO, reports it is collaborating with with heat exchanger manufacturer Innowill Corp. and the Korea Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology to develop air turbine power generation technology that makes use of waste heat.

Under the terms of a collaboration agreement, POSCO Energy will be responsible for supporting the commercialization of energy efficiency improvement technology and Innowill will design and produce of the heat exchanger.

The new system will leverage air turbine technology, in which the turbine will be operated directly by heating the air efficiently and cost effectively. The company plans to complete the development and verification of the technology's economic feasibility by February 2022 and to make gradual forays into high energy consumption markets based on the feasibility study. (Source: POSCO, PR, 30 Aug., 2021) Contact: POSCO, www.posco.co.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Heat,  POSCO,  


Lowercarbon Capital Raises $800 MN (Ind. Report)
Lowcarbon Capital
Date: 2021-08-30
Lowercarbon Capital, the climate technology-focused fund reports it has closed on raising $800 million.

"Ultimately, we had to wrap up fundraising just a few days after starting and say 'no thanks' to some very flattering offers so we could keep the funds small enough to be collaborative with other investors. I'm mentioning this to encourage any of you looking to start your own climate fund. There is massive unmet demand for climate investments, and humanity's only shot is if we get as many people and as many resources focused on solutions," according to the fund's website release.

"We are thrilled to see how many investors understand the urgency of the climate crisis and are already dedicating their time, as well as their capital, to real solutions. However, to be frank, we were also heartened by those investors who actually don't care that much about the planet and instead are just chasing financial returns. Of course, that's part of our underlying thesis: massive change will happen because these types of investments will pay off for sheer business reasons alone.

"The latest once-only-every-seven-years IPCC report on the state of the climate was indeed bleak, but it also crystallized the opportunities ahead. During a time when it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the news, our companies and the talent involved make us optimistic and proud. Maybe it's time for you to feel the same way about your job and join one of them. Better yet, there has never been a better time to start a company focused on emissions reduction or actively removing carbon already in the atmosphere. The total addressable markets are literally the biggest in history and we have no doubt that multitrillion-dollar market caps are just up ahead." (Source: Lowcarbon Capital, Website, 29 Aug., 2021) Contact: Lowercarbon Capital, Chris Sacca, Partner, www.lowercarboncapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lowcarbon Capital,  Low Carbon Energy,  


GENIALG Develops Seaweed Biorefinig Manual (Report Attached)
GENIALG
Date: 2021-08-27
Results from an innovative European seaweed research project have laid the foundations to strengthen Europe's seaweed cultivation and biorefining industry. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, GENIALG has developed innovative solutions to help production of seaweed biomass in Europe to become more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Since its initiation in 2017, GENIALG has made significant contributions to the European seaweed research and industry landscape, including the GENIALG Biorefinery Manual: Benefits and Sustainability of Seaweed Biorefinery This manual is based on outputs and insights from GENIALG, whose overall objective was to make seaweed biomass production more economically and environmentally sustainable by designing high-yielding seaweed cultivation systems that optimize the seaweed crops for biorefinery.

GENIALG focused on seaweed biorefinery of Ulva spp. and Saccharina latissima. The Manual highlights the general methodology, innovations and protocols for effective implementation of each stage of the biorefinery process. It demonstrates good practices acquired during the project and will be used by private partners to exchange with current clients on the approach as well as to attract new clients and potential markets liable to develop the Blue Economy.

More on the GENIALG Seaweed Biorefinery Manual HERE . (Source: GENIALG, The Fish Site, 23 Aug, 2021) Contact: GENIALG, www.genialgproject.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seawqeed Biofuel,  


Repsol Announces Third Spanish SAF Production Run (Int'l.)
Repsol
Date: 2021-08-27
In Madrid, Repsol is reporting the production of the first batch -- 5,300 tons -- of sustainable biojet fuel produced from waste on the Spanish market at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. The fuel, which meets meets product quality requirements and sustainability conditions in the production, logistics, and marketing chain and will avoid 300 tpy of CO2e emissions.

This is Repsol's third production of SAF biojet in Spain following production at the company's Puertollano and Tarragona refineries, in 2020 and early 2021, respectively. The company's Strategic Plan 2020-2025, calls for the production of 1.3 million tons of sustainable biofuels in 2025 and more than 2 million tons in 2030. (Source: Repsol, Website, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biojet Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


Itochu Backs Aussie Carbon Utilization Start-up (Int'l.)
Itochu Corporation,Mineral Carbonation International
Date: 2021-08-27
Japan's Itochu Corporation reports it has invested in Canberra, Australia-based start-up Mineral Carbonation International (MCI), developer of a scalable carbon platform technology that converts industrial CO2 emissions into solid bulk materials used in new low-carbon products for construction, industrial and consumer markets.

MCI builds carbon plants that enable CO2 emissions reduction, avoidance and removal and creates high quality permanent carbon offsets. the company recently raised $14.6 million from the Australian Federal government to help fund construction of a demonstration plant near Newcastle. (Source: Itochu Corporation, Financial Review, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Mineral Carbonation International, Marcus Dawe, CEO, contactus@mineralcarbonation.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com; Itochu Corporation, www.itochu.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itochu Corporation,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Utilization,  


NGVAmerica Pledges Carbon Negative Fuels by 2050 (Ind. Report)
NGVAmerica
Date: 2021-08-23
In Washington, DC, NGVAmerica, the national organization representing the natural gas in transportation industry, reports that in 2020 renewable natural gas (RNG) from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters displaced fossil fuel derived conventional natural gas as the dominant on-road NGV fuel source nationwide. Moreover, the carbon intensity of RNG biofuel continues to drop. California fleets that fueled with bio-CNG in 2020 achieved carbon negativity for the year, with an annual average carbon intensity score of -5.845 gCO2e/MJ. Latest data puts the carbon intensity of bio-CNG in California's system at -16.57 gCO2e/MJ (Q1, 2021).

NGVAmerica has commited to:

  • Further accelerate the use of ultra-low to negative carbon natural gas in our fleets and as part of the supply provided to our transportation customers, marking 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050;

  • Support the procurement of natural gas from energy production and distribution companies that undertake responsible best practices to effectively minimize fugitive methane emissions and flaring; and

  • Support continued advancements in the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel by working with other stakeholders including government authorities to improve the efficiency of future natural gas engine technology and further control emissions from natural gas engines.

    There are currently 190 RNG production facilities in operation in North America with an additional 232 facilities under construction or under substantial development (e.g., permitting).

    NGVAmerica is a national organization of roughly 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. (Source: NGV America, PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: NGV America, Dan Gage, Pres., (202) 824-7360, www.ngvamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NGVAmerica,  NGV,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


  • Major Mongolian Green Hydrogen Project Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report
    Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Beijing, the China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association is reporting the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia Energy Administration has approved a massive power project that will use solar and wind to produce green hydrogen which is widely viewed as vital to China's drive to decarbonize its economy by 2060.

    The project includes several plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 GW of solar and 370 MW of wind to produce 66,900 tpy of green hydrogen. Development is slated to get underway this October for commissioning and startup mid-2023, the association reported. Cost and other details were not released. (Source: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, www.ihfca.org.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Wind,  Solar,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


    Standard Solar Snares 35 MW Maine Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Rockville, Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. is reporting acquisition of 35 MW of solar projects in Maine being developed under the state's Net Energy Billing (NEB) program. The program allows customers to benefit from clean energy savings by offsetting their electrical bills with either owned or shared energy projects, like community solar, which, in turn, spurs further development of these assets within the state.

    The 35 MW acquisition includes five ground-mount projects all of which are expected to commence construction within the next 12 months. Standard Solar's generation portfolio is currently around 200 MW. (Standard Solar, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Standard Solar, 301-944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Standard Solar,  Solar,  


    Nel ASA, SFC Partner on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    SFC Energy
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered hydrogen specialist Nel ASA reports it is partnering with Brunnthal/Munich-based fuel cell maker SFC Energy AG to develop the world's first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system for decentralized energy generation and storage.

    The partnership will develop industrial solutions to replace less efficient diesel generators with hydrogen fuel cell systems in combination with green hydrogen production through electrolysis. Initially, SFC Energy and Nel will address applications in a power range of up to 50kW with a daily operating time of two to ten hours which can be used as reliable emergency power generators for critical power applications. In the medium-term, the partnership is aiming to develop systems in the power range of up to 500 kW for telecom, data center and auxiliary power unit (APU) markets. The parties aim to introduce the first products to the market during the second half of 2022.

    SFC Energy AG is a provider of hydrogen and methanol fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions and has delivered more than 50,000 fuel cells to date from production facilities in Germany, Netherlands, Romania and Canada. (Source: Nel ASA, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: SFC Energy AG, Susan Hoffmeister , +49 89 125 09 03-33, susan.hoffmeister@sfc.com, www.sfc.com; Nel ASA , Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, +47 907 44 949, www.nelhydrogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SFC Energy,  Hydrogen,  Fuel Cell,  Energy STorage,  


    TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
    TC Energy, Irving Oil
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

    The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

    The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com; Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com/en-CA/discover-irving/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Decarbonization,  TC Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Irving Oil,  


    AIR TO EARTH Offers Carbon Removal for Consumers (Ind. Report)
    AIR TO EARTH
    Date: 2021-08-20
    New York-based AIR TO EARTH LLC® (A2E) is offering permanent carbon removal subscription plans that deliver measurable emission reduction results and advance the removal of legacy emissions using a three pillars approach -- pollution rights removal, natural carbon removal and technology innovation of direct air capture, an emerging pathway for removing CO2 directly from the Air for use or storage.

    A2E issues, registers, and retires A2E carbon removal offsets on behalf of individuals, corporations and institutions seeking a measurable and low-cost way to offset difficult to abate carbon emission. Each A2E CRO represents one metric ton of avoided carbon emissions and is backed by carbon pollution rights that are permanently removed from use under an emissions reduction framework validated by 11 U.S. States and the U.S. EPA.

    A2E has partnered with Kiss the Ground, Restore America's Estuaries and Texas A&M Energy Institute to advance natural carbon removal and innovate direct air capture. (Source: AIR TO EARTH, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: AIR TO EARTH LLC, Joseph Stark, Founder and CEO, 914.924.5505, jstark@airtoearth.com, www,airtoearth.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  AIR TO CARBON,  


    Gevo Reboots Luverne Minn. Renewable Fuels Facility (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Gevo reports it has rebooted production of fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA) at its renewable fuels facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne plant as shutted last spring after the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The IBA will be used as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline production to fulfill existing sales contracts. These renewable hydrocarbons will be produced in Silsbee, Texas at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. hydrocarbon production facility. Gevo also expects to utilize some of the IBA produced to develop certain IBA specialty markets.

    The Luverne facility will also allow Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into the company's Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to the release. (Source: Gevo, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel ,  


    BlackRock Acquires National Renewables Solution (M&A, Ind. Report)
    BlackRock, National Renewable Solutions
    Date: 2021-08-20
    BlackRock Real Assets reports the acquisition of Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered early-stage wind and solar energy developer National Renewable Solutions (NRS) with a goal of developing, owning, and operating the company's current project development pipeline of more than 3.5GW, with assets in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

    Founded in 2011, NRS has developed over 1GW of renewable energy projects that are currently operating or are entering construction this year. BlackRock Real Assets operates one of the largest renewable power equity investment platforms in the world with over $9 billion in total commitments and investments in 250 wind and solar projects across 13 countries and 4 continents. (Source: BlackRock, Real Assets, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: National Renewable Solutions, Patrick Pelstring , CEO, 952-473-7500, www.natrs.com; BlackRock, www.blackrock.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock ,  National Renewable Solutions,  Renewable Energy,  


    JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

    Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

    Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

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    Victoria Wins $175,000 for Energy Efficiency Study (Ind. Report)
    Victoria British Columbia, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    Date: 2021-08-18
    In Victoria, British Columbia, the Capital Region District (CRD) reports it will receive $175,000 in grant funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to study the feasibility of a planned multi-year residential energy efficiency retrofits plan.

    The money is part of a $1 million program for B.C. communities and will pay for industry experts to draft low-carbon retrofit packages for regional buildings, come up with methods for retrofit program delivery and determine potential funding schemes and target markets. A plan for the region-wide residential energy retrofit program will be presented to the CRD board this fall. (Source: Victoria Capital Region District , PR, 17 Aug., 2021) (Contact: Capital Region District, Nikki Elliot, Program Coordinator, 250.360.3000, www.crd.bc.ca; Federation of Canadian Municipalities, www.fcm.ca › programs › green-municipal-fund

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    Aemetis Names Biogas Pipeline Construction Contractor (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc.reports it has awarded a construction services contract to Machado & Sons Construction Inc. to construct the Company’s 32-mile biogas pipeline extension connecting multiple dairy anaerobic digesters throughout Stanislaus and Merced Counties in California.

    The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.

    The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.

    . Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    American Manganese, Itavolt Partner on Li-Ion Battery Recycling (Int'l.)

    Date: 2021-08-16
    American Manganese Inc. is receiving advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap pilot project to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets. With NRC support, and in collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant that will include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

    Italvolt plans to construct one of Europe's largest lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Scarmagno, Italy, and to collaborate on developing a commercial recycling plant using the American Manganese's patented RecycLiCo™ technology that extracts cathode metals -- lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. -- to be recycled into new battery products (Source: American Manganese Inc., PR, Investing News, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Manganese Inc. , Larry Reaugh, Pres., CEO, 778-574-4444, lreaugh@amymn.com, www.americanmanganeseinc.com; RecycLiCo, www.recyclico.com; Italvolt, www.italvolt.com


    Bluefield Solar Expands Wind, Solar+Storage Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
    Bluefield Solar
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In the UK, Isle of Gurnsey-headquartered Bluefield Solar Income Fund Ltd is reporting acquisition of a 13-MW portfolio of 109 small-scale wind turbines across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, totalling 12.59 MW for £63 million ($74.1 million).

    Bluefield also purchased a 45-MWp shovel-ready solar+storage project with 25 MWp in Lincolnshire UK. The assets were purchased from Arena Capital Partners Ltd . (Source: Bluefield Solar Fund Ltd., John Rennocks, Chairman, +44 (0) 1481 742 742, bluefieldteam@ocorian.com, www.bluefieldsif.com; Arena Capital Partners, www.arenacapital.ie

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    American Manganese, Itavolt Partner on Li-Ion Battery Recycling (Int’l.)

    Date: 2021-08-16
    American Manganese Inc. is receiving advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap pilot project to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets. With the NRC support, and in collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant to include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

    Italvolt plans to construct one of Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Scarmagno, Italy, and to collaborate on developing a commercial recycling plant using the American Manganese’s patented RecycLiCo™ technology.

    American Manganese Inc. is a critical metals company focused on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries with the RecycLiCo™ patented process that provides high extraction and purity of cathode metals -- lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. -- to produce recycled battery products (Source: American Manganese Inc., PR, Investing News, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Manganese Inc. , Larry Reaugh, Pres., CEO, 778-574-4444, lreaugh@amymn.com, www.americanmanganeseinc.com; RecycLiCo, www.recyclico.com; Italvolt, www.italvolt.com


    DOE Announces $83Mn to Increase Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In Washington, the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $82.6 million in funding to 44 projects that will lower Americans' energy bills and help meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by investing in new energy efficient building technologies, construction practices, and the U.S. buildings-sector workforce.

    The 44 projects across 20 states will improve building energy efficiency through innovations in thermal energy storage, building envelopes, lighting, HVAC, water heating -- as well as by bolstering the energy efficiency workforce with trainings, educational programs, and other technical support. The following are among the 44 funded projects:

  • North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota will develop a novel absorption material that will efficiently store thermal energy.

  • Baryon Inc. based in Wilmington, Delaware will develop an innovative air-conditioning system based on a new method of evaporative cooling combined with dehumidification that can consume 50 to 85 pct less energy than traditional air conditioning systems.

  • In Sidney, Ohio, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions will design, fabricate, and validate a highly efficient refrigerated display case for use in supermarkets.

  • The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will design, prototype, install, test, and evaluate a high-performance residential wall retrofit that can achieve estimated heating and cooling energy savings of 30 pct or more.

  • The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia, will develop training resources on electrified building systems such as electric heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging systems, and battery storage systems. These resources will help members of the workforce learn how to educate consumers on the benefits of these technologies.

    Download the full list of funded recipients HERE.

    The mission of the DOE EERE is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

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  • Biobased Products Major Jobs Creator, says USDA (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2021-08-13
    USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson on July 29, the 10th anniversary of the creation of the USDA's Certified Biobased Product Label, unveiled an Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry .

    According to the report, in 2017 the biobased products industry: contributed $470 billion to the U.S. economy; directly and indirectly supported 4.6 million American jobs; and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job. Additionally, biobased products displace approximately 9.4 million barrels of oil annually, and have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.

    Established in 2011 underneath USDA's BioPreferred Program, the Certified Biobased Product Label is intended to spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities. By harnessing the powers of certification and the marketplace, the program helps purchasers and users identify products with biobased content and assures them of its accuracy.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Website, , Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development, Justin Maxson, Deputy Under Sec., USDA BioPreferred Program, www.biopreferred.gov/BioPreferred/faces/catalog/Catalog.xhtml

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    DOE Building Tech. Office Residential Energy Dispatch (Ind. Report)
    DOE Building Technology Office
    Date: 2021-08-13
    New DOE Health and Home Performance Infographic -- The Better Buildings Residential Network launched a new Health + Home Performance Infographic that illustrates the link between efficiency and health to better engage homeowners. Efficiency and also home health programs and contractors can use the infographic's easy-to-follow question-and-answer format to discover a homeowner's needs.

    The infographic is ideal for the "kitchen table" conversations where people decide what to do -- and who they want to do it. It also has links for homeowners to find a qualified contractor if they do not already have one. Details: Health + Home Performance Infographic, www.energy.gov/eere/better-buildings-residential-network/articles/new-doe-health-home-performance-infographic

    Map Offers Details of Energy Efficiency Careers -- An interactive career map funded by the DOE Building Technologies Office allows job seekers to explore 55 energy efficiency careers and provides information such as salary range, education requirements and future opportunities. Developed by the Interstate Renewable Industry Council and other industry groups, the Green Buildings Career map targets a broad group of workers with a variety of skills and education levels, providing hundreds of potential pathways to jobs in the green building industry. Details: Green Buildings Carrer Map, www.greenbuildingscareermap.org

    CLEAResult Completes Over 263,000 Home Energy Upgrades -- Austin, Texas-based CLEAResult reports in fiscal year 2020, it completed 263,284 home energy upgrades, direct installations, and benefits to homes in 22 states, with 20 pct of upgrades completed in low-income homes. Contact: CLEAResult, 888-812-6146, www.clearesult.com

    Efficiency Maine Completes 18,953 Upgrades -- Efficiency Maine reported 18,953 home energy upgrades in fiscal year 2020. Their residential customers are able to leverage a variety of programs, including Home Energy Savings, Low Income Initiatives, Retail Initiatives, and Distributor Initiatives. Contact: Efficiency Maine, 866-376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com

    DOE Home Energy Score Recognizes Partner Achievements, Upgrades Modeling Capabilities -- The DOE Home Energy Score™ team recognized three of its partners this month for their outstanding efforts to provide homeowners and renters with a Home Energy Score -- a miles per gallon-type rating that measures a home's energy efficiency. Award winners include the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which produced nearly 6,000 scores over the past year; Detroit-based Walker-Miller Energy Services, which used the score to reach under-served households in Michigan; and Energize Connecticut, which helped lead Connecticut's innovative efforts to expand Home Energy Score, including to renters. Currently 25 Home Energy Score Partners exist with a network of nearly 300 assessors actively producing scores nationwide.

    The latest improvement to Home Energy Score™ enhances the tool's modeling capabilities by incorporating EnergyPlus™, a whole-building energy simulation already considered the standard by engineers, architects, and researchers for measuring energy consumption in buildings. The switch to EnergyPlus enables Home Energy Score to produce more accurate energy estimates through comprehensive modeling calculations. Details: Home Energy Score, www.betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/home-energy-score. (Source: US DOE Building Technology Office, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Building Technology OfficeBetter Buildings Residential Network, www.bbresidentialnetwork@ee.doe.gov

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    Northland Power Closes on Spanish Renewables Portfolio (M&A)
    Northland Power
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Following up on oue 16th April coverage, Toronto-headquartered Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc. reports the completion of its €348 million ($408.7 million US) acquisition of a 551 MW portfolio of operational renewable energy assets in Spain from Madrid-based Helia Renovables FCR fund. Northland also assumed debt of €716 million in the deal.

    The portfolio includes 33 operating assets totaling 435 MW of onshore wind, initially 424 MW, 66 MW of solar PV and 50 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP). (Source: Northland Power, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Northland Power, Mike Crawley, CEO, Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Helia Renovables, www.dnb.com/business-directory/companyprofiles.helia_renovables_fcr.17923b9d5b34a27511c140416afe2293.html

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    JCI, Apollo Offering Bldg. Energy Efficiency Services (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Cork, Ireland-headquartered "smart" and sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls and funds managed by affiliates of New York-based Apollo Global Management, Inc., a global alternative asset manager, are reporting a partnership to provide turn-key sustainability and energy efficiency services at no up-front cost to help U.S and Canadian customers address building decarbonization and cut operating costs.

    The sustainability services will leverage Johnson Controls' energy efficiency performance contracting, along with its OpenBlue smart buildings technology and services, including the recently launched OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service. Apollo brings its infrastructure expertise and fund capital to offer customers flexible solutions to meet their energy savings and decarbonization objectives.

    The venture targets a range of efficiency offerings tailored to schools, campuses, data centers, healthcare facilities as well as commercial and industry facilities, as more customers look to meet environmental standards to combat climate change and reach their carbon neutrality goals. The partnership provides a new strategic option for addressing the North American segment of the estimated $240 billion global market1 for decarbonization retrofit and services over the next decade, according to the release.

    Download Johnson Controls recent survey on Net Zero buildings as a service offerings HERE (Source: Johnson Controls International plc, PR, 12 Aug., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, +41 52 6330374 Antonella Franzen, IR, 609.720.4665, antonella.franzen@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com; APOLLO, Peter Mintzberg, Inv. Relations, (212) 822-0528 APOInvestorRelations@apollo.com , www.apollo.com

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    CCV Targets Carbon Capture-as-a-Service Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Svante Inc, Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Vancouver-based Svante Inc., Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC and OTS Ltd, are reporting a commercial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes Cross Carbon Ventures (CCV), an independent carbon capture development partnership aming to develop, build, own and operate carbon capture projects for carbon intensive North American industries -- cement, steelmaking, petroleum refining, large-scale hydrogen production and others -- seeking to decarbonise their operations.

    CCV will leverage Svante's innovative technology to capture carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases to produce pipeline-grade CO2 for safe transportation and storage. (Source: Cement News, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Svante Inc, www.svanteinc.com; Crossriver Infrastructure, www.crossriverllc.com

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    GreenGas USA, Duke Univ. Ink RNG Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GreenGas USA, Duke University,
    Date: 2021-08-09
    As previously reported in July, Durham, North Carolina's Duke University inked a 20-year agreement to purchase 95,000 MMBtus of renewable natural gas (RNG) from Charleston, South Carolina-based GreenGasUSA, which captures wastewater methane to upgrade into RNG.

    The GreenGas project will supply RNG from biomethane currently being off-gassed from roughly 700 million ppy of vegetable food processing wastewater holding ponds at McCall Farms in Effingham, South Carolina. Duke University will use the RNG in its on campus steam plants to replace about 6 pct of the fossil natural gas currently being combusted.

    Duke has pledge net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2024. (Source: Duke University, PR, Biocycle, 3 Aug., 2021) Contact: Duke University, Tanja Vujic, WasteNot Strategies, LLC Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, www.duke.edu; GreenGasUSA, Marc Fetten, 412-726-3331, marc.fetten@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com

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    Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Center Slated for WA State (Alt. Fuel)
    Universal Hydrogen, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Seattle, Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have announced the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

    The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen's retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025. The Dash-8 conversion will be the first commercially-relevant hydrogen-powered aircraft on routes up to 1,000 kilometers.

    According to the release, early adopters of the zero-carbon emission technology include Ravn Alaska, Icelandair, and Spain's Air Nostrum, which have entered into letters of intent with Universal Hydrogen to convert their existing and future fleets to a hydrogen powertrain and for long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts using Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule distribution network.

    The hydrogen powertrain comprises electric propulsion units (EPUs) from Everett, Washington-based magniX and fuel cells from Plug Power. Seattle-based AeroTEC will lead aircraft conversion, flight test, and certification activities, drawing on its own extensive experience with electric aviation and expertise from across the aerospace sector. The conversion work for U.S.-based airlines, flight test, as well as continuing airworthiness support would be based in AeroTEC's Moses Lake facility.

    To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology. (Source: Universal Hydrogen, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel; Universal Hydrogen, Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO, investors@hydrogen.aero, www.hydrogen.aero; AeroTEC, www.aerotec.com

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    Misubishi, K Line Tout Ship-Board Carbon Capture Project (Int'l.)
    Misubishi, K Line
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Japanese maritime shipping operator K Line is touting the world first on-board carbon capture system on an ocean going bulk carrier as part of its CC-Ocean project carried out jointly with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK.

    The small CO2 capture plant was installed and commissioned on K Line’s coal carrier Corona Utility. The company and technical experts will evaluate the carbon capture plants operation performance at sea and analyze the captured CO2until the end of FY 2021, when the ship’s crew will further evaluate the plant’s operation and conduct demonstration tests in order to "fine-tune" and commercialize the plant.

    K LINE notes it will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-OCEAN project, and contribute to activities aimed at achieving GHG reduction targets and realising a carbon-neutral society. (Source: Mitsubishi, K Line, PR, ShipInSight, Aug., 2021)

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    ConEd's 100MW East River Storage Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Consolidated Edison,174 Power Global
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In the Big Apple, Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd) reports the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has given the nod to ConEd's planned 100-MW East River Energy Storage Project in Astoria, the borough of Queen, New York City. Irvine, CA-headquartered renewable energy project specialist 174 Power Global's subsidiary East River ESS LLC will develop the battery system on site.

    Under a seven-year contract between ConEd and 174 Power Global, the batteries will connect to a ConEd transmission substation, allowing ConEd to bid power from the batteries into the state’ss wholesale market. At the end of the contract, 174 Power Global will dispatch the batteries’ power to the state’s bulk power transmission system. ((Source: Consolidated Edison Inc., PR, 5 Aug., 2021) Contact: ConEd 174 Power Global

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    Misubishi, K Line Tout CC-Ocean Carbon Capture Project (Int'l.)
    Misubishi, K Line
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Japanese maritime shipping operator K Line is touting the world first on-board carbon capture system on an ocean going bulk carrier as part of its CC-Ocean project carried out jointly with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK.

    The small CO2 capture plant was installed and commissioned on K Line's coal carrier Corona Utility. The company and technical experts will evaluate the carbon capture plant's operation performance at sea and analyze the captured CO2until the end of FY 2021, when the ship's crew will further evaluate the plant's operation and conduct demonstration tests in order to "fine-tune" and commercialise the plant.

    K LINE notes it will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-OCEAN project, and contribute to activities aimed at achieving GHG reduction targets and realising a carbon-neutral society. (Source: K Line, ShipInSight, 6 Aug., 2021)

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    Energy Transfer Joins Environmental Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Energy Transfer
    Date: 2021-08-04
    Dallas-based Energy Transfer reports it has joined the not-for-profit Environmental Partnership, a growing coalition of nearly 100 energy companies committed to continuously improving the industry's environmental performance. Environmental Partnership works with its members to adopt technology and best practices that will significantly reduce emissions.

    Energy Transfer joined the Environmental Partnership as part of its overall effort to reduce its environmental footprint across its operations, which includes more than 90,000 miles of pipelines and associated facilities in 38 states and Canada. This initiative includes several projects to increase Energy Transfer's use of renewable energy including support of the development of the Maplewood 2 Solar farm in West Texas. Energy Transfer also has installed approximately 18,000 solar panels across the country that provide power to its metering stations.

    Energy Transfer LP owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States, according to the company release. (Source: Energy Transfer LP, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Energy Transfer, Tom Mason, Exec. VP. Bill Baerg, Investor Relations, 214.981.0795, investorrelations@energytransfer.com, www.energytransfer.com

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    Enel Purchasing ERG Hydro Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
    Enel, ERG
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In Milan, Europe's largest utility Enel reports an agreement to purchase a 527 MW portfolio of hydroelectric assets from Italian renewable energy major ERG S.p.A. The €1 billion ($1.19 billion) deal is expected to close early in 2022.

    Enel, Italy's dominant hydroelectric player with almost 12.5 GW of capacity, will fund the deal from cash flow and current debt lines.

    ERG, one of Europe's leading wind power players, is reportedly selling the assets, along with some gas-fired power plants, to speed up the process to create a pure wind and solar player. (Source: Enel, PR, Aug., 2021)Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; ERG, +39 010 2401804, stampa@erg.eu, www.erg.eu

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    Vantage Data Centers to Reach Net Zero Carbon by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Vantage Data Centers
    Date: 2021-08-04
    Denver-based Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyper-scale data center campuses, reports the company will achieve net zero carbon emissions globally by 2030, by reducing emissions that the company directly controls -- Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as reductions that it can guide or influence throughout its supply chain. The company's reduction targets are in alignment with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) methodology.

    To reach its net zero goal the compay will focus:

  • Emissions Reduction -- Vantage is investing in technologies that target reductions in emissions, starting with a focus on energy efficiency and emissions reductions from on-site generators. The company will also develop processes and partnerships to reduce Scope 3 emissions outside of its control, such as emissions associated with customer IT and cooling loads.

  • Renewable Energy -- Vantage has already taken a proactive approach in designing highly efficient data center campuses with industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The company offers renewable energy options to customers across all campuses globally and works with energy providers to advocate for and invest in additional renewable energy sources globally.

  • Supply Chain -- Vantage is working closely with its vendors and suppliers to decarbonize its supply chain.

  • Carbon Offsets -- Only in areas where emissions are unavoidable, Vantage will purchase offsets. The offsets purchased will provide funding for carbon removal projects and investments in communities where the company operates its data centers. (Source: Vantage Data Centers, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Vantage Data Centers, Amanda Sutton, Director of Sustainability, 408) 748-9830, www.vantage-dc.com/features/sustainability

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  • Europe's Largest Energy Storage Project Comes Online (Int.l)
    Sungrow
    Date: 2021-08-04
    China's Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd reports the largest energy storage project in Europe, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant with Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been grid-connected and is now fully operational.

    Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage systems featuring high integration, which minimize the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost. The solution meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment -- requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second.

    Sungrow is the world's most bankable inverter brand with over 182 GW installed worldwide as of June 2021. Sungrow is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters, with a dedicated R&D team and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial, and residential applications, as well as internationally recognized floating PV plant solutions. With a strong 24-year track record in the PV space, Sungrow products power installations in over 150 countries, according to the company. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, +86 551 65327879, overseas@sungrow.cn, www.sungrowpower.com

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    RES, Octopus Renewables Ink Wind Management Agreement (Ind. Report)
    RES, Octopus Renewables
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Four of the nine are new sites totaling 234.4 MW to the RES portfolio, while the other five will continue to be managed by indpendant renewable energy developer RES after the successful re-tendering of the projects. Takeover of the four new sites: Cour, Beinneun, Grange and Hillhead of Auquhirie is complete, and work has already started to identify asset enhancements to make the sites as efficient as possible.

    The latest agreement means RES now delivers asset management services for over 130 wind, solar and storage assets in the UK and Ireland, with an installed clean energy capacity in excess of 2 GW. (Source: RES, Octopus Renewables, PR, Energy Global, 29 July, 2021)

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    Israel Aims to Cut GHGs by 27 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Isreal Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Tel Aviv, the Israel Environmental Protection Ministry has submitted updated targets for cuts to Israel's global warming gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    The targets commit the state to slashing economy-wide net global warming gas (GHG) emissions by 27 pct by 2030 and 85 pct by 2050, relative to 2015. In quantitative terms, this means cutting emissions from 79 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015 to 58 MtCO2e by 2030 and to 12 MtCO2e by 2050.

    In terms of Israel's submission, the gases comprise carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

    Specifically, electric power generation GHG emissions will be cut by 30 pct by 2030, compared with 2015, and by 85 pct in 2050. Industry will be expected to cut emissions 30 pct or more by 2030, compared with 2015. In transportation, all new municipal buses will have to be electric by 2026 and total emission increases from transportation will be capped at 3.3 pct in 2030 compared with 2015. By 2050, they will be at least 96 pct less than those of 2015. Furthermore, all cars weighing up to 3.5 tons that are registered in 2030 will have to emit no more than 5 pct of the average global warming gases emitted by similar-sized vehicles registered in 2020. (Source: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, PR, Times of Israel, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_environmental_protection/govil-landing-pag

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    Aussie Carbon Market Trading Platform Launched (Int'l.)
    Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-headquartered Renewable Energy Hub reports the launch of its Core Markets Carbon and Clean Energy Workbench, an over-the-counter platform for wholesale market proponents, project developers and end users.

    The Core Markets platform provides access to spot and forward contracts in carbon and electricity markets with a new suite of clean energy products developed by Renewable Energy Hub, and a full complement data and insights on price, co-benefits visibility and benchmarking of carbon credits and environmental market certificates.

    Renewable Energy Hub has also announced the execution of its first ACCU "Put option" carbon transaction in 100.000 units. (Source: Renewable Energy Hub, PR, RenewEconomy, 2 Aug, 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Hub, Chris Holliwell, +61 2 9135 4932, www.renewableenergyhub.com.au

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    Green Plains Partners Completes Debt Refinancing (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Omaha-headquartered Biofuels producer Green Plains Partners LP and Green Plains Inc. are reporting the partnership's debt facility was purchased by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock and was converted into a $60.0 million term loan facility maturing in 2026.

    The loan facility is secured by substantially all of the the partnership assets and became effective on July 20, 2021. (Source: Green Plains, Website PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Biofuel,  


    Carbon Tax Notable Quote
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-07-30
    "I think it's (carbon tax) not a bad thing. We know that there is a huge economic cost to greenhouse gas emissions, which comes home at some point in time, not immediately; but it could come later, a year later, a decade later, but these are the externalities. So I think we need to recognize that climate change is a result of unmanaged externalities."

    "Carbon markets and carbon taxes are two sides of the same coin in the sense that these are alternative ways of ensuring that polluters pay and carbon is a form of pollution." -- Pavan Sukhdev , WWF International, Pres.; Deutsche Bank, Former Managing Director

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    Norfolk Southern Touts GHG Emissions Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
    Norfolk Southern Railway
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Atlanta-headquartered Norfolk Southern Railway reports it plans to cut scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 43 pct from a 2019 base year by 2034. The rail carrier's target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    Locomotive fuel accounts for over 90 pct of the railroad's carbon emissions. Norfolk Southern set a fuel-efficiency goal as part of its 2015 strategic plan, targeting an 8.6 pct improvement by 2020. The company exceeded that goal with a 9.4 pct improvement, which resulted in savings of more than 130 million gallons of diesel fuel and avoidance of approximately 1.3 million metric tonnes of emissions, according to the release. Norfolk Southern is making significant efforts to lower GHG emissions across the company, including:

  • $500 million of green bonds were recently issued by the company to fund eligible green projects. Norfolk Southern was the first Class I railroad in North America to launch green bond financing.

  • More than 700 locomotives were retired by the company in 2020, targeting older, less fuel-efficient models. Through precision scheduled railroading, the company has achieved operating efficiencies which allow for the movement of more freight with fewer locomotives, reducing fuel burn.

  • A company locomotive modernisation programme is converting older DC traction models to more reliable and efficient AC units, and quipping locomotives with smart energy management technology for increased fuel efficiency

  • An innovative public-private partnership program to recycle older locomotives into low-emission 'Eco' models is reducing emissions in urban communities on our rail network and enabling them to meet their Clean Air Act obligations.

  • An initiative to replace diesel-powered overhead cranes with hybrid and fully electric cranes at company intermodal facilities is projected to reduce emissions at those facilities by approximately 75 pct. (Source: Norfolk Southern Railway, PR, July, 2021) Contact{ Norfolk Southern Railway, www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/contact-us.html

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