The report notes that continued support for the ethanol and biodiesel industries will have a positive causal effect on union jobs, will help mitigate against a downward trend in U.S. union membership and is likely to increase the number of middle-wage and middle-skill union jobs in traditionally agricultural economies.”
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in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries:
An American Success Story report HERE .
(Source: RFA, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021)
Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org
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December 7, 2021 is the deadline for response. Download the RFI details HERE .
(Source: US DOE Office of
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , General Services Administration, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: GSA, email@example.com, www.gsa.gov
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Green Science Alliance researches and manufactures chemical products that can be applied to solar cell, secondary battery including lithium ion battery, capacitor, fuel cell, biomass biodegradable resin, biofuel and biochemicals and other products, according to the company website.
(Source: Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd., PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Green Science Alliance, +81-72-759-8543, www.gsalliance.co.jp/en; EneCoat Technologies, www.enecoat.com/en
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The Roadmap outlines DOE's national goal of tripling the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of the buildings sector by 2030 and defines technology attributes, integration considerations, and barriers to achieving the full potential, adoption and deployment of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). The report makes 14 recommendations to overcome those barriers in "action steps" that all key industry stakeholders can take to expand the prevalence of grid-interactivity in buildings.
GEBs can remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resource. By combining smart technologies and distributed energy resources with energy efficient buildings, GEBs can provide comfort and convenience for building occupants, sell services to the power grid, and cut costs and pollution. All buildings, including federal buildings, can benefit from implementing GEB technologies. In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently published a complementary blueprint for practical guidance and tools to integrate GEB technologies into federal energy savings performance contracts and has committed to 100 pct renewable energy for all federal buildings by 2025.
A grid-interactive efficient building can offer services that cut costs, eliminate waste, and improve grid operations. For example:
These actions -- involving the General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- focus on key levers available within the administration's existing authority now, without waiting for the anticipated infrastructure package, the release notes. (Source: The White House, PR, 17 May, 2021)
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The overall project objectives for the retrofit program include: reducing energy and water consumption; improving efficiency of lighting, water and HVAC systems and transforming building automation systems, and others. The retrofits will be designed to provide financial paybacks in 25 years or less, according to the release. Work associated with the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) contract is expected to start 1 May, this year. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com; GSA, Kevin Kampschroer, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov
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As part of the program, Schneider Electric will implement modern technologies that will generate savings and, in turn, create a revenue stream to help fund future improvements . Schneider’s work will include:
The project, which is expected to begin construction before the year end, will incorporate the company's Q.Peak Duo Poseidon modules specifically designed for floating solar farms and offering peak power of 420 watts and energy efficiency of 20.3 pct, according to the release.
(Source: Hanwha Q Cells, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Hanwha Q Cells, www.q-cells.com
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The 13 OptimaFlex technology equipped wind turbines are slated for installation in 2021 and will be covered by a 15-year full-service agreement. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 April, 2020)
Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com
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Buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2 emitter. Our homes, offices and buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2emitters, as well as its single largest energy user. Decreasing and decarbonising the energy consumption to heat, cool and use buildings is crucial for the transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 at the latest. Since most of the buildings that we will occupy in 2050 are already built, the main challenge is to renovate these 210 million existing buildings to make them less energy-hungry. At the current rate of renovation, it would take another century to achieve a decarbonised building stock, instead of the targeted30 years. Further inaction risks the EU missing its climate objectives by up to 400 million tonnes of CO21.Around 50 million people still live in energy poverty. Deep renovation of their homes would lower their energy bills and make their houses more comfortable and healthy. Well-insulated buildings moreover offer the flexibility to receive energy when it is available, thereby allowing the effective integration of renewables in the energy system during the entire year
.Integrating buildings in the EU ETS is complex and time-consuming. Urgent action on buildings is vital to overcome the climate and social crises facing Europe today. Integrating the building sector in the EU ETS is complex and likely to take at least several years. That is time we do not have, and which diverts attention from more effective short-term measures. The EU should instead prioritize a Green Deal for housing to unlock vast investments for building renovations, while creating local jobs and more energy-efficient and affordable housing.
What is the EU ETS? The EUETS sets a cap on the total amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by installations from the power, industry and aviation sectors. The cap is reduced over time so that emissions go down. Within the cap, companies receive or buy emission allowances which they can trade with each other, thereby creating a carbon price. The building sector is already covered by a cap on how much greenhouse gases can be emitted as part of the Effort Sharing Regulation; the EU’s other climate legislation targeting sectors not included in the EU ETS.
Carbon pricing does not deliver more affordable, energy-efficient homes. According to the International Energy Agency2, most of the energy efficiency potential is available at a negative cost. This means that these efficiency measures already pay for themselves, even in the absence of a carbon price. The reasons why these measures, such as energy renovation, are not taken are usually not economic in nature, but rather the result of market-barriers and -imperfections. In the case of the building sector, these barriers include split incentives between those making investments (i.e. home-owners) and those paying energy bills (i.e. tenants), the inability to come up with high upfront costs and a lack of information on renovation opportunities and financing options. Including the building sector in the EU ETS would do nothing to overcome these barriers to make buildings more energy-efficient. Even worse, the introduction of a carbon price for the heating and cooling of buildings could lead to higher energy bills for tenants or homeowners who are not able to, or cannot afford to, renovate their homes.
Governments should remain responsible for the built environment. Extending the EU ETS to buildings would mean that governments are no longer accountable for introducing measures to decarbonise the building stock under the Effort Sharing legislation. Under the Effort Sharing Regulation, each Member State has annual climate targets that it needs to meet. By integrating buildings in the EU ETS, the sector would be taken out of the Effort Sharing Regulation, putting the responsibility of climate action instead on heating fuel suppliers. The integration of the building sector in the EU ETS could lead to the dismantling or shying away from more effective EU and national energy efficiency legislation, under the pretext that this would undermine the functioning of the carbon market. This would be dangerous as the decarbonisation of the building stock requires dedicated policies beyond a carbon price. It is up to governments to put in place programmes to accelerate renovation, to introduce minimum energy performance standards for buildings and to prioritize measures to alleviate energy poverty. These actions will not happen through the EU ETS, but by policymakers taking ownership of the transition to a climate-neutral built environment.
Green Deal for housing should be a key priority for Europe. Without urgent and accelerated action to renovate up to 97% of the European building stock by 2050, it will be impossible to meet the EU’s climate objectives. Fortunately, buildings’ operational emissions can be cut by 100%, mostly by using already commercially available solutions such as insulation. Including the building sector in the EU ETS distracts from taking effective measures to overcome the main barriers hampering the renovation of the EU building stock and the alleviation of energy poverty. The EU instead needs to put in place an enabling framework to ensure that the worst energy performing buildings are phased out over time, to guarantee quality homes for people and clear a pathway to climate-neutrality. The European Green Deal presents a perfect opportunity to deliver on comfortable, affordable and energy-efficient housing. This Green Deal can help unlock 130 billion euro per year to fill the investment gap for energy-efficient buildings3. Over 2 million jobs in Europe could be created throughsuch investments in energy efficiency –in particular in the deep renovation of buildings4.
(Source:EURIMA - European Insulation Manufacturers Association, Nov., 2019) Contact: EURIMA, Femke de Jong, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The GSA program give large energy users flexibility in selecting and negotiating all contract prices and terms directly with a renewable supplier of their choice, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by that renewable facility. The GSA program will be available until the total capacity of 600 MW is fully subscribed. Of this 600-MW capacity, 100 MW will be set aside for military installations and 250 MW set aside for University of North Carolina institutions, according to North Carolina's Competitive Energy Solutions legislation. The remaining 250 MW will be reserved for large nonresidential customers -- 160 MW for Duke Energy Carolinas and 90 MW for Duke Energy Progress. Facilities that are used for the GSA program will be owned and operated by eligible renewable energy developers.
Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program for residential, commercial and nonprofit customers in North Carolina has helped 3,000 customers go solar in its first two years. Duke Energy will continue offering these rebates over the next three years.
In 2018, Duke Energy launched a competitive bidding process for new solar capacity and connected over 500 MW of new solar capacity. To date in 2019,
Duke Energy has contracted for more than 600 MW of new solar capacity. The company also offers a solar leasing program.
(Source: Duke Energy North Carolina, , PRN, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com
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The 95 MW project will feature a Vestas Online® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize energy output. Turbine delivery is scheduled for Q1, 2021, for commissioning in Q2 of 2021. (Source: Vestas Northern & Central Europe, PR, 5 Sept., 2019)
Vestas Northern & Central Europe, states Nils de Baar, Pres., Christina Schmidt
+49 40 46778 5153,
www.twitter.com/vestas; BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com
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Biomethane plants such as Lane Farm Energy will play an increasingly important role in the UK national energy mix. Compared to coal or oil, the biomethane production from leftovers enables carbon savings of about 90 pct, according to the company.
"With the UK needing to boost energy security post-Brexit, and to re-balance its energy mix to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement, recovering clean, reliable biomethane from organic wastes and injecting it into the gas grid is a crucial piece of the energy jigsaw. The provision of sustainable renewable heat and transport fuel from wastes means that biomethane will surely be further promoted by forward-thinking Governments. Biomethane plants are the epitome of the sustainable circular economy," the company notes.
(Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries
+49 (0) 4441-999 78-220
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The project incorporates "passive housing" standards for energy efficiency and features extra insulation, high-quality windows, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery for greater energy efficiency and minimum energy consumption. The aim is to maintain constant inside temperatures in
The 5.9-acre property is being developed by PSC East LLC, an affiliate of GMA Management Development Group and Mstick Construction, and financed via housing tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, as well as $10 million in financing from Citizens Bank.
(Source: City of Erie, GoErie.com, Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Erie, Chris Groner, Economic Dev. Director, (814) 870-1272, email@example.com, www.erie.pa.us;
GMA Management Development Group, (312) 690-4205,
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As part of its continuing compliance, CGSA has set-up a team to verify and create mechanisms to lower the port's industrial emissions, and has also
sponsored the preservation of 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 4,600 hectares of native forests as part of its carbon emissions-climate change mitigation efforts.
(Source: Port Strategy, 3 Jan, 2019) Contact: Sambito SA, +593 (2) 246 602, www.sambito.com.ec; Contecon Guayaquil, +593 4-600-6300, www.cgsa.com.ec/inicio.aspx
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A bipartisan bloc of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have also found common ground on the contracting vehicle federal agencies can use to upgrade their offices with energy-efficiency technology. Through the indefinite delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) program manages, agencies have awarded more than 400 ESPC projects, invested more than $6 billion and saved nearly $14 billion in energy costs since 1998. In fiscal 2018 alone, federal agencies awarded $809 million in facility infrastructure investment, according to FEMP.
With ESPCs, contractors finance the upfront cost and certify that the upgrades will generate sufficient savings to cover the initial cost of the project. The agency pays an annual amount to the contractor for a fixed period of time, while the contractors get paid through the energy savings achieved by agencies.
Across the government, agencies face a repair backlog of more than $150 billion, according to the GSA. (Source: GSA, Federal News, 18 Dec., 2018)Contact: GSA,
Kevin Kampschroer, CSO, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov
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