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Automakers Rally to Trump's Banner in Calif. Vehicle Emissions Fight (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Association of Global Automakers
Date: 2019-10-30
In the Golden State, the Sacramento Bee is reporting General Motors, Toyota and other major automakers are supporting the Trump administration's lawsuit regarding California's higher than national standards for vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions to address climate change.

The Association of Global Automakers and the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation -- a group including GM, Toyota, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi -- split with four other automakers that had agreed to follow tougher rules enacted by California. The coalition said it simply wants to avoid a two-track system in which carmakers have to follow one set of rules for California, and the states that are supporting California, and another set of rules imposed by the federal government. Such a scenario would create chaos in the industry, the group argued. (Source: Sacramento Bee, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Association of Global Automakers, www.globalautomakers.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  CO2,  GHGs,  EPA,  California Vehicle Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


Trump Dumps on Auto Giants for Backing Stricter Vehicle Emissions Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Trump
Date: 2019-08-23
Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford would be "very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn't work as well, because execs don't want to fight California regulators" (over vehicle emissions legislation).

"The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are 'rolling over' at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy! -- President "The Donald" Trump, Aug., 2019.

Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen -- which interestingly was recently paid a more than $10 billion fine for deliberately skewering their vehicle emissions tests and cheating on excessive emissions levels -- have all struck a voluntary deal with California on emissions rules, defying Trump's bid to strip the state of its right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. According to California attorney general Xavier Becerra, Trump's proposed rules would create an extra 540 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. (Scource: City A.A., 22 Aug., 2019)

Editor's Note: It's hard not to ask -- "When will the Trump circus end?"

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Trump,  


Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2019-05-03
Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."

The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • Carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue;
  • The rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and
  • Border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.

    Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


  • GM Scores $2.8Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    GM,Consumers Energy
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Michigan's largest energy provider, Consumers Energy is reporting the payment of $2.8 million worth of incentives to General Motors (GM0 for energy efficiency upgrades at it Flint Assembly Plant where the automaker completed 21 energy-saving projects in the last year. GM has received $13.3 million in payments from Consumers Energy for energy upgrades at its Michigan plants over the past 10 years. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com; GM, www.gm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GM,  Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


    GM Increases Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In the Motor City, automaker General Motors (GM) reports it will purchase 300,000 MWh of renewable wind power from DTE Energy to run its Warren Tech Center as well as most of its world headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

    In February, Ford Motor Company made a similar commitment to procure 500,000 MWh of locally sourced Michigan wind energy via DTE's MIGreen Power Program.

    Among its clean energy efforts, GM is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as well as an early signatory of RE100, which is a collaborative global initiative that brings together influential businesses that are committed to 100 pct renewable power and the delivery of renewable electricity.

    DTE Energy, which has 13 wind parks in Michigan, plans to double its renewable energy capacity over the next five years, investing in another $2 billion by 2024. The utility also proposes to build at least 3,000 additional MW of solar and wind energy over the next 20 years. DTE currently produces about 1,000 MW of primarily wind renewable energy. (Source: GM, Crains Detroit Business, Hydrogen Fuel News, 4 Mar., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  DTE MIGreen,  General Motors,  Wind,  


    GM Proposing National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Rule (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2018-10-26
    In Detroit, it is being widely reported the America's largest auto maker General Motors will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles that run on electricity or hydrogen fuel cells.

    Although full details of the auto giant's proposal are not yet available, the GM proposal is thought to be based on current standards now required in California and nine other states. Under those rules, GM must sell a minimum of around 2,200 fully electric vehicles in California this year, or about 1.1 percent of the roughly 200,000 cars, trucks and SUVs that it normally sells in the state each year.

    Under a regulation finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama administration, the fleet of new automobiles would have to deliver 36 mpg by 2025 -- 10 mpg higher than the current requirement. (Source: GM, Washington Post, Various Media,26 Oct., 2018) Contact: GM, Mark Reuss, Exec. VP Product Development, www.gm.com/contact-us.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


    Starwood Closes on 100MW NE Ohio Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Starwood Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Greenwich, Conn.-headquartered privately held investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, reports it has finalized an agreement to finance and construct the 100 MW Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County, Ohio. The project, which will utilize GE 2.5-116 wind turbines, will sell 100 pct of its output to General Motors under the terms of a long-term power purchase agreement. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2018. An affiliate of Citi has committed to provide tax equity for the project and Rabobank will provide the construction and term debt. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

    To date, Starwood Energy Group has raised equity commitments of approximately $3 billion and has executed transactions totaling more than $6 billion in enterprise value. Starwood Energy Group is an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group Global, L.P. www.starwoodenergygroup.com. (Source: Starwood Energy Group Global, www.starwoodenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group,  Wind,  


    Major Corporations Calculating Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Footprint,World Bank
    Date: 2017-09-15
    According to a recent report from Arlington, Virginia-based Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and General Motors are among the major companies worldwide calculating how much they spend on carbon emissions to show investors they are concerned about global warming. The report also found that over 700 other worldwide businesses are planning to introduce "carbon pricing" by 2018. Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

    Some 500 companies, including 80 in the United States, reported using carbon pricing. Many oil and gas companies such as British energy company BP use an internal, or "shadow," accounting method to track their carbon emissions, it said. Other companies charge carbon fees to internal business units.

    According to the World Bank, 42 governments have or plan to have a way to tax carbon emissions or have a cap-and-trade system that allows industries with low emissions to sell their unused permitted capacity to larger emitters. (Source: C2ES, World Bank, Voice of America, Sept., 2017) Contact: Climate and Energy Solutions , (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emission,  Climate and Energy Solutionss,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Exxon, BP, Shell Back $40 per Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2017-06-28
    Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations that have announced their support for the Climate Leadership Council, a group of senior Republican figures who in February proposed a $40 per tonne carbon tax as part of a "free-market, limited government" response to address climate change. The $40 carbon tax, which would rise over time and encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources, would be returned to the American public as "carbon dividends" with a family of four receiving approximately $2,000 in the first year. The Climate Leadership Council proposal would dismantle all major U.S. climate regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over CO2 emissions and an "outright repeal" of the Obama administration's clean power plan.

    Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.

    Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy. (Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552, info@clcouncil.org, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Tax,  


    GM Cuts Energy Consumption, Costs Across 32 Sites (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Automaker GM reports it has saved $2.3 million annually with the installation of 45,000 efficient LED lighting fixtures and sensors across 32 of the company's global locations. The energy efficient light upgrades are expected to improve future productivity and cut energy consumption by 60 pct for an estimated $2.3 million savings in annual energy costs.

    According to a GM release, the company is committed to reducing energy intensity 20 pct by 2020 using a 2010 baseline. To date, the company has reduced its energy 14 percent using GE software solutions to improve inline scheduling and production monitoring, as well as data collection for existing energy systems. (Source: GM, GE, MarketWired,Mar. 29, 2017) Contact: GE, www.ge.com; GM, www.gm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News General Motors,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    GM Taps Power Solutions as Alt-Fuel Vehicle Modifier (Ind. Report)
    Power Solutions International,General Motors
    Date: 2016-11-23
    U.S. automaker General Motors (GM) reports the selection of Woodale Illinois-based Power Solutions International (PSI) as its alternative-fuel specialty vehicle modifier in North America. Under the terms of their agreement, PSI is authorized to design, engineer and manufacture emissions-certified, alternative-fuel power systems conversions, including biogas, natural gas (CNG) and others , on a range of GM specialty vehicles for fleet, commercial and retail markets.

    UNder the agreement, PSI will be the point of sale company for the fuel conversion systems including components, such as injectors, tanks, electronics and harnessing. It will also be responsible for the validation and EPA / CARB certification for the converted vehicles, as well as warranty, service and aftermarket sales for the conversions. The company expects to begin taking orders before the year end. (Source: Power Solutions International, Inc., 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Power Solutions International, Inc., Gary Winemaster, CEO, Philip Kranz, Investor Relations, (630) 451-5402, Philip.Kranz@psiengines.com, www.psiengines.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  General Motors,  


    GM Ups Renewable Energy Sourcing (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2016-11-21
    U.S. auto giant General Motors reports it has sealed a deal with Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a global renewable energy and energy storage development and construction company, for 50 MW of wind power from RES' 150 MW Cactus Flats wind farm being developed by RES in Concho County, Texas.

    The 50 MW will serve as the equivalent electricity to power 16 of the GM's facilities, including its business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, as well as 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River.

    The contract, which comes into force in early 2018, will bump GM's global use of renewable energy up to 6 pct, according to the auto maker. By 2018, GM that, will host 114 MW of wind power and 24 solar installations worldwide. (Source: GM, CleanTechnica, 18 Nov., 2016) Contact: GM, Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewable Energy, https://twitter.com/robthrelkeld

    More Low-Carbon Energy News General Motors,  Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

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