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$2Bn Hemp Bioethanol Plant Slated for BC (Ind. Report)
BC Hemp
Date: 2020-05-22
The Prince George, British Columbia-based BC Hemp Corporation has announced plans to construct a $2 billion hemp plant stover waste to-biofuel plant in the BCR industrial area. The plant is expected to produce between 60to 120 million lpy.

Few details were given . The announcement was made on a live Facebook video stream with the BC Resources Coalition. (Source: BC Hemp Corp,, Facebook, 22 May, 2020) Contact: BC Hemp , Remi Balaj, Pres., 250-596-1150, info@bchempcorporation.ca, www.bchempcorporation.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hemp. Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  


Scout Clean Energy 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy reports it will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County, Washington for its 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm project south of Kennewick later this year.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022.

Horse Heaven Wind Farm is subject to regulatory review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Facebook, Tri Cities Journal of Business, May, 2020)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


SWEPCO Adding 819-MW of Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Southwestern Electric Power
Date: 2020-05-13
Shreveport, Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co.(SWEPCO) is reporting the Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved its plan to add 810 MW of wind energy through the purchase of three wind facilities in north central Oklahoma (the North Central Energy Facilities) along with its sister company Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).

SWEPCO would own 810 MW or 54.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects with an investment of $1.01 billion. PSO would add 675 MW of wind energy, or 45.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects, which are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021. (Source: SWEPCO, Facebook, 11 May, 2020) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO, www.swepco.com; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, 888-216-3523, www.psoklahoma.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Service Company of Oklahoma ,  Southwestern Electric Power,  Wind,  


IPPCA Supports Philippine Ethanol Blending Suspension (Int'l.)
Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association
Date: 2020-05-06
In Manila, the Philippines, the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) has come out in support of the Philippine Department of Energy's suggested diversion of biofuel production into the creation of ethyl alcohol on the grounds that "diverting it [biofuels] to ethyl alcohol, or even as alcohol beverage, will be more beneficial for the economy."

Under 2006 legislation, the Philippines mandates a 10 pct bioethanol-gasoline blend rate. The energy Department noted "Let's use the ethanol to produce alcohol and since the price of oil is low, we can use 100 pct gasoline." Under the country's Biofuels Act, prohibits the "diversion of biofuels, whether locally produced or imported, to purposes other than those envisioned in the Act." (Source: Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association, Business World, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association, www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Independent-Philippine-Petroleum-Companies-Association-IPPCA-120279771348470

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,   Ethanol Blend,  Philippine Ethano,  Biofuel Blendl Blend,  


TVA Announces First Solar, Origis Energy Solar Projects (Ind Report)
Tennessee Valley Authority,First Solar, Origis Energy
Date: 2020-04-29
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reports the selection of First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MWAC of solar power to fulfill the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) March 2020 commitment to new renewable energy. KUB is using the TVA Green Invest program to produce carbon-free energy equivalent to 8 pct of KUB's annual electric load.

As part of the initiative, TVA has entered into a 20-year PPA with the 177-MW Ridgely Energy Farm in Lake County, Tennessee, developed by First Solar. With this agreement, TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar developed projects, including an existing 20-year PPA for the 227-MW project in Muscle Shoals.

The KUB project marks a 60 pct increase in TVA's operating and contracted solar capacity since the start of fiscal year 2020. In March, TVA announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200-MW solar site in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for TVA, with 35 MW of this facility supporting KUB's Green Invest purchase.

TVA modeled Green Invest after work with Facebook and Google, beginning in 2018, to identify new renewable energy solutions for data centers locating in the region. Green Invest program leverages long-term agreements to build new, large-scale renewable energy installations through a competitive bid process. (Source: TVA, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  First Solar,  Origis Energy,  


Ameren Investing $7.6Bn in Renewables, Smart Grid Tech (Ind. Report)
Ameren,Ameren Missouri
Date: 2020-03-02
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports that under its Smart Energy Plan it will its will invest $7.6 billion over five-years in wind and solar energy, energy storage and smart meters to serve its customers, primarily in Missouri. The plan includes;
  • More than 2,000 infrastructure improvement projects across the state totaling $5.3 billion in capital investments over the next five years, including approximately $1 billion in electric investments in 2019.

  • Major renewable energy projects to continue the transition to a cleaner energy future for customers, including $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. This also includes modernizing the energy grid to allow Ameren Missouri to add more solar energy and battery storage on the system to cost-effectively boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

  • New smart grid sensors, switches and self-healing equipment to rapidly detect and isolate outages- reducing the number of outages and speeding power restoration when service interruptions occur.

  • A stronger, more secure energy delivery backbone including installing 12,000 new utility poles for storm hardening, many fortified with composite materials to better withstand severe weather.

  • More than 400 miles of new underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient and reliable underground energy delivery system that better serves customers.

  • Over 70 new or upgraded substations to increase energy service reliability and serve more customers through a streamlined network that is more cost-effective and efficient.

  • Addition of 800,000 smart electric meters through 2023 to give customers more insight and control of their energy options and costs.

    Details of Ameren's Smart Energy Plan are HERE. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Corporation, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  


  • Cincinnati Piloting WarmUp Cincy Energy Efficiency Aid (Ind. Report)
    Cincinnati
    Date: 2020-02-12
    On the banks of the Ohio River, the city of Cincinnati's new "WarmUp Cincy" program aims to help low- and moderate-income -- less than $40,000 per year for a family of three -- renters in multi-family buildings with home energy assessments, energy efficiency upgrades, energy education and financial assistance as needed. Now in a pilot phase, the program will serve 65 families over a 90-day period.

    Following the pilot, the City will work with program partners and participants to develop a strategy for enhancing the program including scaling up to reach more renters in need of these services. Additional plans to expand the program include addressing whole-building energy efficiency challenges of multifamily structures.

    The City is working with the Community Action Agency, People Working Cooperatively, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, and American Cities Climate Challenge to implement the project. (Source: City of Cincinnati, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: City of Cincinnati, www.cincinnati-oh.gov; WarmUp Cincy Program, www.facebook.com/warmup.cincinnati

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Penna. Governor Sets Energy Use, Efficiency Goals (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf (D) reports the issuance of an executive order under which the Keystone State will aim for a 3 pct reduction in state government electricity, natural gas and steam use for commonwealth facilities. That executive order also established the inter-agency GreenGov Council, which is implementing new and analyzing existing state agency energy and sustainability strategies.

    A key contributor to the initial 3 pct reduction is investments through the state's Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) program, which allows public entities to fund energy efficiency projects with the savings from reduced energy costs. The GESA program expanded to 13 projects investing over $124 million in energy efficiency upgrades, saving $6.8 million each year. Action is also being taken to meet the executive order’s high-performance design criteria into its facility design and construction practices. To date, 11 state-owned buildings, along with one build-to-suit leased building, are being designed or in construction to meet or exceed the high-performance building standards. (Source: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, PR, 8 Jan., 2020)Contact: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500, www.facebook.com › governorwolf, www.governor.pa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Pennsylvania Sets Carbon Pollution Reduction Goals (Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In Harrisburg, Keystone State Governor Tom Wolf (D) has announced the signing of an executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth will work to achieve a 26 pct reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an 80 pct reduction by 2050, from 2005 levels.

    The executive order also establishes the GreenGov Council to serve as a central coordinating body to encourage and coordinate the incorporation of carbon emissions relate environmentally sustainable practices into the commonwealth government's policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions, and strive for continuous improvement in efficiency and performance. (Source: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, PR, 8 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500, www.facebook.com › governorwolf, www.governor.pa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    United Airlines Invests $40Mn in SAF, Decarbonisation (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines,Fulcrum Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-10-28
    Following up on our Sept. 19th coverage, US air carrier United Airlines is reporting a $40 million commitment to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuels and other technologies to decarbonize the aviation industry.

    As previously reported , United agreed to purchase up to 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over the next two years. United also invested over $30 million in Fulcrum Bioenergy, a producer of SAF. The airline's option to purchase almost one billion gallons of sustainable fuel from Fulcrum represents the largest offtake agreement for SAF in the airline industry. (Source: United Airlines, Biofuels Int;l., 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: United Airlines, ;F ulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuels,  Jet Biofuel,  United Airlines,  Fulcrum,  Bioenergy,  


    WSU Research Contributes to Aviation Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
    Washington State University,GEVO
    Date: 2019-10-07
    Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF) reports it is working with Washington State University's Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a project that established the availability and sustainability of woody biomass/forest residues as a feedstock for the production of aviation biofuels using Boulder, Colorado-based GEVO technology, The planned biorefinery, which is expected to go into production in 2023, would be constructed at Aberdeen, Washington.

    As previously reported, Delta Air Lines, in partnership with NWABF, is investing $2 million to assess the biofuel refinery project's feasibility. Additionally, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded NARA with $39.5 million over 5-years. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF), Washington State Univ. Evergreen, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Washington State University, NARA, Ralph Cavalieri, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.nararenewables.org; Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC Chris Whitworth,Dir. Project Dev., www.facebook.com/NWABiofuels; Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    Colorado 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Holy Cross Energy,Guzman Energy
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Glenwood Springs, Colorado-based Holy Cross Energy (HCE) and Guzman Energy in Denver are reporting an agreement with NGC Partners to develop the 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm in Lincoln County, Colorado. HCE will purchase 100 MW of the project's total 150 MW output which is expected to come online in mid-2021.

    Guzman has the option to commission another 50 MW in increased project size, and expand its share of the project to 100 MW. HCE's is aiming to source 70 pct of its annual energy from clean and renewable sources without increasing power costs for their members.

    NGC Partners is an investment and asset management firm focused on the clean energy sector. (Source: Holy Cross Energy, Facebook, Twitter, 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com; Guzman Energy, (720) 778-2000, www.guzmanenergy.com; NGC Partners, +34 914 319 994, info@ngcpartners.com, www.ngcpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Holy Cross Energy,  Wind,  


    Cdn. Energy Efficiency Rebates Funded by Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency, Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Following up on our 6 March coverage, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses. The rebates would cover approximately 50 pct of the purchase price energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

    A separate program will allow businesses to apply for rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

    The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20 per-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source: Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Catherine McKenna,  


    Barbados Pursuing Bioenergy to Meet Renewables Goals (Int'l)
    Barbados
    Date: 2019-05-22
    According to the Barbados Advocate, the Bridgetown-based non-profit organization Design Council SIDS, the island nation can play a leading role in the adoption and use of bioenergy. That's according to Industrial Designer Mark Hill as he revealed that they are in the process of commissioning a 250-kilowatt Chicken Manure Biogas Plant in St. Lucy, and plans for a plastics-to-energy project, as well as a 1 MW biogas facility for food waste and a 1.5 MW ryngas project on the island.

    "We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable. (Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill, www.facebook.com/designcouncilsids

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Renewable Energy,  


    Dominion Energy Reports Facebook Solar Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy ,Facebook
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy is reporting six new solar projects totaling 350 MW in its Virginia and North Carolina serive area will provide 100 pct clean renewable energy to serve Facebook.

    The six solar projects include: the 20 MW Montross Solar in Westmoreland County, Va. (completed) ; 20 MW Gloucester Solar in Gloucester, Va. (completed); 80 MW Grasshopper Solar in Mecklenburg, Va.; 75 MW Chestnut Solar in Halifax County, N.C.; 75 MW Pecan Solar in Northampton County, N.C. (completed); and the 80 MW Gutenberg Solar in Northampton County, N.C. Dominion Energy developed the Montross Solar project, and the other projects have been acquired or will be acquired from EDF Renewables Inc., BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC and Strata Solar.

    The solar projects are all expected to be fully operational by mid-2020. Dominion aims to have 3 GW of new solar and wind energy in operation or under development by 2022. Facebook aims to power it global operations with 100 pct renewable energy by the end of 2020.(Source: Dominion Energy, 22 April, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Solar,  Facebook,  


    Notable Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-22
    "We are taking real action on climate change. By pricing pollution, supporting energy-efficiency measures, and investing in our forests and in new infrastructure to manage waste, British Columbians can be proud that their governments are creating the tools needed so that everyone can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution." -- The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Chang,  Catherine McKenna,  


    Geminor Snares Norwegian Biofuel Business Bon Biobrensel (M&A)
    Geminor
    Date: 2019-03-08
    Staffordshire, U.K.-based waste fuels specialist Geminor is reporting the acquisition of Norwegian biofuel producer Bon Biobrensel AS. According to the firm, the move doubles its capacity in the production of wood chips for fuel in waste-to-energy facilities in the region.

    Bon Biobrensel produces 75,000 tpy of wood chips and had a turnover of €1.5 million in 2018. Geminor is currently England's biggest exporter and Norway's biggest importer of waste wood derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF), according to the release. (Source: Geminor, PR, LetsRecycle.com, Mar., 2019) Contact: Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO, +44 0 1782 950 471, info@geminor.co.uk, www.geminor.no/en; Bon Biobrensel AS, +47 63 99 51 00, www.facebook.com/BonBiobrensel

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Wood,  Woody Biomass,  ,  Biofuel,  


    $100Bn Clean Energy Resolution Tabled in California (Reg & Leg)
    California
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Sacramento, Sen. Henry Stern and several Democratic California State lawmakers have tabled a proposal calling for the Golden State to invest $100 billion in clean energy to slash the state's carbon emissions and end its reliance on fossil fuels by 2030.

    The resolution, which is seen as a response to freshman US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ballyhooed Green New Deal, would set non-binding goals and declare a climate emergency, citing recent devastating wildfires and the impacts of air pollution on child asthma.

    The $100 billion would be spent over 12 years and come from existing funds, including the state's carbon emissions auction program and a gas tax increase to fund transportation projects. The resolution would say all of that money should be spent toward projects that reduce, sequester or remove greenhouse gas emissions.

    California presently aims to eliminate fossil fuels for electric power generation and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

    To refresh your memory, download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: The State, AP, 4 Mar., 2019) Contact: Calif. State Senator Sen. Henry Stern (D), https://www.facebook.com/HenrySternCA, sd27.senate.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CAVU Lauds N.Mex. Commitment to U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance,
    Date: 2019-02-04
    New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is being applauded for he leadership in taking her state into the U.S. Climate Alliance and for adding New Mexico to the growing list of states pledging to embrace the necessary and ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Governor specifically tagged methane capture and the crucial role that methane capture will play in the fight against climate change.

    The most recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the narrow twelve-year window we have to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Because of its potency as a greenhouse gas, regulating methane emissions is one of the most promising ways to make dramatic short-term changes to the atmosphere that could be the difference between manageable climate impacts and disastrous ones.

    CAVU (Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas), has worked to inform a wide audience about the the impacts of methane emissions to New Mexico. (Source: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas, New Mexico Public Radio, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas, www.facebook.com/CAVUorg/?rc=p; U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


    Maine Dem. Legislator Tables State Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Augusta, Maine House Rep. Deane Rykerson (Kittery - D) is proposing a $5 per ton fee on CO2 emissions that would increase every year for eight years.

    The bill calls for all fees collected from the carbon tax would be used to help reduce Maine State power consumer electric bills. Rep. Rykerson claims his bill already has over 70 cosponsors. (Source: Rep. Deane Rykerson,WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery), www.facebook.com/RYKERSONFORKITTERY

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Wyoming Gov. Seeks $10Mn for Carbon Capture Test (Funding)
    CCS,University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Cheyenne, the freshman republican governor of Wyoming, Mark Gordon, is reportedly seeking $10 million from the state legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee to fund a carbon capture test project at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources in Laramie.

    The $10 million in state funds would be used to try and acquire an additional $40 million from the U.S. DOE for another project that would be connected with the Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

    The proposed 5-MW equivalent pilot project would use enhanced coal-based technology that captures at least 75-pct of the carbon emissions, according to the governor's request. (Source: Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Wyoming Public Media, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, www.facebook.com/markgordon4wyoming; University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, www.uwyo.edu/ser

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


    Thailand's MCE Plans Boost in Sugarcane Ethanol Production (Int'l)
    Mae Sod Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Thailand, Bangkok-based e chemicals and ethanol producer Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. (MCE) is reporting it plans to ramp up sugarcane ethanol production at its plant in Tak province, Northern region, to full capacity of 260,000 lpd by the year 2021. The production increase is dependent upon local sugarcane production and availability. (Source: Mae Sod Clean Energy, Jan., 2019) Contact: Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. LTD,. +66 2 695-9499, https://msce.page.tl; www.facebook.com/pages/Mae-Sot-Clean-Energy-Company-Limited/107862185914285

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Sugarcane Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  


    Enel Green Power Activates 620 MW of US Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) reports its 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska and the approximate 300-MW Diamond Vista wind farm in Kansas are now generating power.

    The two facilities, which together cost about $830 million, have a combined capacity of about 2,600 GWh per year, have long-term PPAs -- the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm will sell its power to Facebook and Diamond Vista will supply power to software major Adobe Systems Inc. Diamond Vista also has three separate PPAs, the first two of which are for 100 MW each with global manufacturing company Kohler Co and City Utilities of Springfield. The third is for 84 MW with the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.

    Enel owns all of the "Class A" interests and manages and operates the wind farms. With these two wind farms, the total renewable capacity added by Enel Green Power around the world this year reaches 2.6 GW, of which over 830 MW in North America. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Enel,  Wind,  


    Fulcrum Commits to $600Mn Centerpoint Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-12-17
    California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. reports it will invest an estimated $600 million in a 50-acre trash-to-biofuels plant in northwest Indiana. The 50-acre Centerpoint Biofuels facility will process 700,000 tpy of garbage into approximately 33 million gpy of transportation fuel.

    The project will receive $2.1 million support from the state' Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) conditional tax credits as well as local incentives. Construction is expected to break ground in 2020. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy, WBAA, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Biofuel,  


    Bullfrog, KRP Expanding Green Power Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Bullfrog Power
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Toronto, green energy provider Bullfrog Power reports Canadian real estate management firm KRP Properties (KRP) is expanding its agreement with Bullfrog by choosing green electricity for the common areas of all properties and green natural gas for the common areas of four properties.

    To date, Bullfrog Power has supported 140 installations across Canada, which include wind and solar projects with schools, Indigenous Peoples and community co-ops.

    KRP Properties owns and operates over 30 buildings totaling approximately 3.1M sq-ft in Kanata North, Ontario, often referred to as "Canada's Largest Technology Park." (Source: Bullfrog Power, PR, CNW , 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Bullfrog Power, Facebook (facebook.com/BullfrogPower), KRP Properties, Terry Young, VP Operations, facebook.com/KRPProperties

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power,  Green Energy,  Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


    Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-11-19
    Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

    The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


    Facebook's Alabama Data Center Going 100 pct Solar (Ind. Report)
    First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy
    Date: 2018-11-05
    Social media giant Facebook is reporting First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy will construct two solar projects totaling nearly 380MW of solar generation capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama. Terms and time lines have not been disclosed.

    The First Solar project in Colbert County, Alabama, will supply 227 MW, and the NextEra project in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will provide 150 MW, according to the TVA.

    Facebook has committed to run all its data centers and offices with 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. (Source: Facebook, Data Center Knowledge, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  First Solar ,  NextEra Energy,  


    Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels Dropping NV Energy (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel
    Date: 2018-11-02
    In the Silver State, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has approved California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels' request to drop NV Energy utility as its energy services provider. To complete its exit, Fulcrum must now file with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Nevada Power Company within 120 days.

    Fulcrum plans to use an alternative, independent energy provider for a biorefinery currently under construction in Storey County, Nevada, according to documents submitted to the PUC.

    Six major corporate customers have have opted for substantial "but-outs" to exit NV Energy, including: Barrick Gold, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Peppermill Resorts and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum ,  Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel,  


    Fulcrum Tech, Licenses Fischer Tropsch Technology (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Matthey, BP,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Oil giant BP and chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (JM) report they have inked an agreement with California based Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum's drive to convert municipal solid waste into biobased jet fuel at their new Sierra BioFuels Plant near Reno, Nevada.

    When fully operational early in 2020, the Sierra plant is expected to convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into roughly 11 million gpy of jet fuel.

    FT technology can operate at large and small scale to economically convert synthesis gas generated from municipal solid waste and other renewable biomass into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. (Source: Johnson Matthey, BP, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Johnson Matthey, www.matthey.co; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  BP,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  


    JA Solar Supplies PERC Modules for Aramex Solar Project (Int'l)
    JA Solar,IMG Solar,
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Beijing, solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports it has delivered 3.2MW of mono passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) modules for a solar project in Dubai Logistics City, e regional transportation hub.

    The project, which is reportedly the largest single-rooftop solar project in the MENA region, is constructed on a turnkey basis by Jordan's IMG Solar and is expected to generate 5,000,000 kWh of electricity per year. (Source: JA Solar, ME Construction News, 26 Aug., 2018) Contact: JA Solar Holdings, www.jasolar.com;IMG Solar IMG Solar, www.facebook.com/IMGsolar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  


    Aussie Energy Retailer Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign (Int'l)
    Enova Energy
    Date: 2018-08-20
    Australian Community-owned energy retailer Enova Energy is reports it plans to extend beyond its home base in the NSW Northern Rivers region, with the launch of new round of crowd-sourced fundraising to raise at least $3 million to finance Enova Community Energy's extension across NSW regions.

    The company's latest fund-raising comes three years after the launch of Australia's first community-owned energy retailer and aims to "further democratize" its ownership model, by offering investors shares priced at $1 each, with a minimum purchase amount of $100. (Source: Enova, One Step Off the Grid, 16 Aug., 2018) Contact: Enova Community Energy, https://www.facebook.com/enovaenergy/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enova Energy,  Solar,  


    Ukrainian Residential Energy Efficiency Fund Announced (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In a Facebook posting from Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has announced the soon to be launched State Energy Efficiency Fund. The Fund aims to support the comprehensive modernization of the country's residential sector including: energy efficiency initiatives; implement tools and support measures aimed at improving building energy efficiency; cut energy consumption; contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in order to implement the Paris Agreement; conduct communication activities related to raising the level of awareness of the population in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency; promote compliance with Ukraine's international obligations in the field of energy efficiency.

    The posting also notes the government's program "Warm loans" is delivering good results with over 19,000 loans worth over UAH 585 million ($21.7 million) issued. (Source: MENAFN, UKRAININFORM, 6 Aug., 2018)

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


    Tahoe-Reno Biofuels Plant Seeks $47Mn in Bond Funding (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Further to our May 18th coverage, Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. is awaiting the Nevada Board of Finance's approval of revenue bonds to help expand Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County. The $410 million plant is under construction at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center using previously approved $175 million in revenue bonds. The new bond funds will be used to create efficiencies in the conversion plant and cover the cost of a water recycling facility that will reduce the plant's water consumption by 50 pct.

    The company plans to complete the biorefinery in late 2019 and be in full production in 2020 when it will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum, Nevada Appeal, 23 July, 2018)Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


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

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

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

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


    Cathay Pacific Delivering Aircraft on Jet Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Hong Kong-headquartered air carrier Cathay Pacific reports it will use a 10 pct blend of alternative jet biofuel to deliver new of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Hong Kong over the next 4 years. The first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

    In 2014, Cathay Pacific became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. As previously reported, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant last month in Nevada. When fully operational in 202, the plant is expected to produce approximately 10 million gpy. (Source: Cathay Pacific, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, CEO, www.cathaypacific.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cathay Pacific,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  


    Facebook Inks 294MW Wind PPA in Norway (Int'l Ind. Report)
    Facebook
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Social mega-media player Facebook reports the signing of a 15-year PPA for the entire output of the 294MW, Bjerkreim cluster of three Norwegian wind farms due to come online in late 2019.

    The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.

    The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook. The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date. (Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Facebook,  Wind,  


    Fulcrum BioEnergy Nevada BioFuels Plant Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-05-18
    Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. reports construction is underway on Phase 2 of its first waste-to-fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant (Sierra), in McCarran, about 20 miles east of the city of Reno, Nevada.

    The Sierra project will utilize Fulcrum's proprietary thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels which, when compared to traditional petroleum transportation fuel, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 pct., according to the company.

    When commissioned and fully operational in Q1, 2020, Sierra will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., PR, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


    Grassroots Green Homes Lowers Energy Efficiency Costs (Ind. Report)
    Grassroots Green Home
    Date: 2018-05-11
    According to a 2016 report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, low-income Pittsburghers spend 9.5 pct of their paychecks on energy costs. The national average is 3.5 pct. To help homeowners improve on energy efficiency, the Grassroots Green Homes program, which helps people make their houses more energy efficient, is launching in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homewood this weekend.

    Grassroots Green Homes program is grant-funded and free for participants, eliminating financial barriers to decreasing one's carbon footprint. This is the second round of the program, according to Alison Steele of Conservation Consultants Inc., which runs the program. In 2016, Grassroots Green Homes began in Oakland and Uptown, working with more than 300 homeowners and saw a 15 pct reduction on average daily home usage. Homewood's program will follow the same pattern as the first iteration. Each month, Grassroots Green Homes will provide a tool and a tip to the 300 enrollees. A second program within Grassroots Green Homes called Home Boost will financially support 20 households in receiving contract work to their homes. Under the program, contractors will perform weatherization work such as sealing drafts and adding insulation, as well as check for radon levels and lead paint. Ultimately, this will decrease energy bills for the participants. The Homewood program runs through next April. (Source: Grassroots Green Home, Pittsburgh NPR, 10 May, 2018)Contact: Grassroots Green Home, www.facebook.com/GrassrootsGreenHomes

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Kenya Promoting Energy Efficiency, Green Building Construction (Int'l)
    Kenya Building Research Centre
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Speaking in Nairobi, Charles Kagura, the Chief Research Officer at the state-owned Kenya Building Research Centre (KBRC) said conventional buildings are a major source of greenhouse emissions in Kenya and construction of green buildings in order to promote environmental sustainability must be encouraged.

    To that end, KBRC is currently undertaking research on new materials, technologies and processes to ensure that the building sector does not contribute to climate change. The agency is also partnering with academic institutions to develop and roll out environmentally friendly building material and techniques to the construction sector.

    Kagura added that a key challenge facing the country's building sector was the environmental sustainability. "If no major innovations are introduced, the construction industry will, over a long-term impact negatively on the environment through pollution -- research on building materials and construction technologies is still under-tapped in Kenya." (Source: Kenya Building Research Centre, The Independent, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Kenya Building Research Centre, Charles Kagura, Chief Research Officer, +254 2027 27740, www.facebook.com/Kbrce

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    Pruitt Looks to Limit RFS RINs Speculation (Reg & Leg)
    Scott Pruitt
    Date: 2018-03-14
    The Houston Chronicle is reporting that US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering limiting what he sees as speculative trade of ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in an effort to keep prices down. .

    "There's some things on the trading platform I think should happen no matter what. There seems to be a hoarding of RINs which inflates the price of RINs. Some have talked about limiting the participants who buy and sell, so you can get away from some of the speculation that's taking place," Pruitt told the Houston Chronicle.

    Reforming the RINs program has been a top request of refiners and their allies in recent months, particularly after a major Philadelphia refiner declared bankruptcy in January, blaming RIN costs.

    Pruitt also told the Houston Chronicle he supports letting fuel stations sell higher ethanol blends in the summer than they are currently allowed to, but only if such a change can withstand legal challenges. (Source: US EPA, Houston Chronicle, The Hill, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RINs,  RFS,  Scott Pruitt,  


    PNM Seeks Wind, Solar Approvals for Facebook Data Center (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Company of New Mexico
    Date: 2018-01-24
    In Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting New Mexico's largest electricity provider Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook's new Los Lunas data center which is under construction south of Albuquerque.

    PNM is presently constructing three solar plants to supply the center's first two buildings, and has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc. to construct and operate two wind farms and a $75 million solar facility to meet the data center's added energy needs. The companies would sell the generated power to the utility for delivery. PNM is proposing Avangrid build a wind farm by 2020 east of Estancia in central New Mexico, and that NextEra constructs a $72 million wind farm before the year end. (Source: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican ,Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jan., 2018) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane, CEO, www.avangridren.com; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables ,  NextEra Energy,  Public Service Company of New Mexico,  Wind,  Solar,  Facebook,  


    Nike Uses 100 pct Renewables in North America (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid Renewables,Nike
    Date: 2018-01-22
    Following on our Sept. 26, 2015 coverage, footwear manufacturer Nike reports its recently signed 86 MW PPA with Avangrid Renewables brings its total North American energy consumption up to 100 pct from renewable energy sources. Under the new agreement, Nike will take 86 MW of wind power from the Karankawa Wind Farm in the Bee and San Patricio counties, just east of Mathis, Texas.

    This is the second PPA Nike has signed with Avangrid, following a 2016 deal which saw Nike secure 100% of the energy needed for its worldwide headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, thanks to three wind farms in the Columbia Gorge. (Source: Nike, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Dave Carroll, VP Projects, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com; NIKE, Eric Sprunk, CEO, Hannah Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer, (212) 367-4400, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nike-NYC-Headquarters/101156763284532

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nike,  Avangrid Renewables,  Wind,  


    EPA Under the Gun on Obama Climate Rule Changes (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    It is being widely reported that the Trump administration EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is under the gun to repeal and replace the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan before the year end.

    Obama's rule aimed to cut carbon levels 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Under Trump, the EPA is expected to do little more than consider coal plant efficiency upgrades which would do little to curb emissions.

    (Source: Politico, Twitter, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  ,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EPA Stymies RFS Point of Obligation Blending Change (Reg. & Leg.)
    EPA, Valero
    Date: 2017-11-27
    Bloomberg is reporting that the Trump administration EPA has nixed a bid by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) biofuel mandate on the grounds that it wouldn't "result in net overall benefits to the program." The Environmental Protection Agency denied petitions by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. biofuel mandate because it does not believe the changes "would result in net overall benefits to the program," according to the agency's website.

    The proposed changes were widely opposed by farm-state legislators and ethanol producers. The EPA's formal declaration satisfies EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledge to retain the current structure of the RFS requiring refiners and importers to blend biofuels into petroleum transportation fuels.

    Refiners are reportedly affected unevenly by the current mandate -- those without sufficient infrastructure to blend in biofuels themselves must instead buy credits to comply while other companies that blend transportation fuels, but do not own refineries and therefore are not required to satisfy annual biofuel quotas, can sell those tradable credits. (Source: EPA, Industry Week, Bloomberg, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Valero Energy, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  Valero,  Point of Obligation,  


    EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Environmental Defense Fund,International Energy Agency
    Date: 2017-10-30
    According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

    The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, Facebook, Oct. 26, 2017) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  International Energy Agency,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  ,  


    Ubiquity Energy, EFAF Partner on Philippines Solar Projects (Int'l)
    Ubiquity Energy
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Davao City, Philippines-based international solar panel and solar roofing tile distributor Ubiquity Energy reports it is partnering with EFAF to bring innovative solar solutions to under-served areas of the Philippines. The partnership's first project is slated tp get underway this month.

    EFAF will install and maintain residential, commercial and municipal solar projects throughout the Philippines and will offer a wide range of Ubiquity Energy products including solar cell phone/laptop chargers, portable solar chargers for outdoor use, LIFI bulbs, Solar Air Conditioning/Central Air and others. (Source: Ubiquity Energy, MENAFN, 11 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ubiquity Energy, Michael Tabudlong, +63-917-716-3438, www.ubiquityenergy.com; EFAF, www.facebook.com/EFAF-Corporation-243268219193934/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Ubiquity Energy ,  


    $1Mn DOE Grant Supports Seaweed Fuel R&D in Mississippi (R&D)
    University of Southern Mississippi
    Date: 2017-09-22
    The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab at Ocean Springs has received two US Department of Energy grants totaling $1,000,000 for research on seaweed "ranching" and the use of seaweed as fuel or biofuel feedstock.

    The grants were announced by the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran (R.-Miss.) who commended the university for promoting research that could help the economy and the environment. (Source: US DOE, University of Southern Mississippi, Penn Energy, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab., (228) 872-4200, https://www.facebook.com/GCRL1, University of Southern Mississippi, (601) 266-1000, https://home.usm.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Seaweed,  Biofuel,  


    STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF (Int'l)
    EDF,Stornetic
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Julich, Germany-headquartered flywheel energy storage specialist STORNETIC reports it has delivered its DuraStor® Flywheel Energy Storage system to the EDF Concept Grid site near Paris where it will be used in an advanced smart grid project. The project will assess the DuraStor® flywheel energy storage technology in a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

    The STORNETIC DuraStor® flywheel is purely mechanical and designed for a very high number of charging cycles. Applications include Grid Services, Micro Grids and Island Grids, Hybrid-Systems (e.g. in combination with thermal power stations or batteries), breaking energy of rail vehicles, wind energy, and others. (Source: Stornetic, PR, Facebook, 12 Sept,. 2017) Contact: STORNETC, +49 24 61 65-7100, info@stornetic.com, www.stornetic.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Stornetic,  Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  

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