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UIPA, RMP Ink Renewables Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Inland Port Authority
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Beehive State, the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) report the inking of a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation Statement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area. The agreement allows the sharing of data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, planning for electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs.

Work will begin by developing a 10-year power use forecast for the current UIPA jurisdictional land that identifies how much power is needed, followed by a renewable energy generation and storage forecast to serve as a roadmap for future action that includes resource type (wind, solar, battery, renewable energy credits, etc.), resource size (in megawatts), and capital. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are anticipated as this work goes forward.(Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Eficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


EPA Asked to Review Ethanol's Public Health Benefits (Ind Report)
Urban Air Initiative
Date: 2020-05-29
The Kansas-based Urban Air Initiative has called for the EPA Science Advisory Board COVID-19 Review Panel to look at the research that shows the impact gasoline additives have on tailpipe emissions and air pollution.

The review panel asked the question, "Does long term exposure to pollution increase the susceptibility of respiratory viruses like COVID-19?" Studies show that 40 pct of particulate emissions in urban areas come from gasoline vehicles. Most of these particulate emissions come from hydrocarbon based additives (aromatics) added to gasoline to boost octane. Ethanol has the ability to reduce the amount of aromatics in fuel, reducing tailpipe emissions.

UAI urged the panel to review the EPA's emissions model called the Motor Vehicle emission Simulator (MOVES) Model. For years UAI has raised concerns that the MOVES Model does not use real world fuel properties when assessing gasoline emissions. (Source: Urban Air Initiative, May, 2020) Contact: Urban Air Initiative, Steve Vander Griend , Director, Fuels and Combustion Research, info@urbanairinitiative.com, www.ficourfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Air Initiative,  Ethanol,  


BBVA Calculates Client Carbon Footprints (Int'l. Report)
BBVA
Date: 2020-05-27
In Madrid, banking firm BBVA is reporting a new feature to its financial aggregator One View. Using data analytics, companies can calculate their daily greenhouse gas emission and overall carbon footprint as well as reduce their energy consumption and related costs.

BBVA has committed to being neutral in CO2 emissions in 2020. It also set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 68 percent from 2015 levels and for 70 percent of the energy consumed to come from renewable sources by 2025. These goals are part of BBVA’s Pledge 2025, which was launched by the bank to help attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

As part of this Pledge 2025, BBVA will also mobilize €100 billion in sustainable financing between 2018 and 2025. According to the figures available at the end of 2019, BBVA has already reached nearly one third of this amount. (Source: BBVA, PR, 21 May, 2020) Contact: BBVA, +944 875 555, www.bbva.es

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


Capital Dynamics Acquires 23MW Irish Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Capital Dynamics
Date: 2020-05-27
Global asset manager Capital Dynamics' European Clean Energy Infrastructure business is reporting acquisition of the 23.1-MW subsidy-free Castlegore Wind Farm project in Northern Ireland from ABO Wind NI for an undisclosed sum.

The project is expected to commence construction later this year and will be supported by a long-term power purchase agreement once operational.

With this acquisition, Capital Dynamics manages 7.3GW of gross power generation across more than 100 projects in the US and Europe. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, IP&E, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics European Clean Energy Infrastructure, Simon Eaves, Dir., +44 20 7297 0200 -- London Office, www.capdyn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


BBVA Calculates Client Carbon Footprints (Int'l. Report)
BBVA
Date: 2020-05-27
In Madrid, banking firm BBVA is reporting a new feature to its financial aggregator One View. Using data analytics, companies can calculate their daily greenhouse gas emission and overall carbon footprint as well as reduce their energy consumption and related costs.

BBVA has committed to being neutral in CO2 emissions in 2020. It also set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 68 pct from 2015 levels and for 70 pct of the energy consumed to come from renewable sources by 2025. These goals are part of BBVA's Pledge 2025, which was launched by the bank to help attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

As part of this Pledge 2025, BBVA will also mobilize€100 billion in sustainable financing between 2018 and 2025. According to the figures available at the end of 2019, BBVA has already reached nearly one third of this amount. (Source: BBVA, PR, 21 May, 2020) Contact: BBVA, +944 875 555, www.bbva.es

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


UIPA, RMP Announce Energy Efficiency Agreement (ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-20
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are reporting a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation agreement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area.

The two organizations will share data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are also anticipated. (Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ill. EPA Awards Waste Water Plant Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Date: 2020-05-19
In Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Office of Energy reports the awarding of $422,250 in energy efficiency grant funding to four Illinois wastewater treatment facilities.

The $422,250 in grant funding will be leveraged by an estimated $16,018,574 in matching funds being applied toward the projects from the four grantees: the City of Anna, Union County, $52,250; City of Rock Island, Rock Island County, $45,000; Village of Romeoville, Will County, $200,000; and Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District, Chicago Heights, Cook and Will counties, $125,000.

The grants will enable the municipal organizations to make energy efficiency upgrades to wastewater equipment identified by previous energy audits, in some cases audits were provided at no-cost by the Office of Energy. These grants are expected to save the grantees 2,431,955 kWhs of energy annually for significant money savings. (Source: Illinois EPA, Gazette Democrat, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Illinois EPA, Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency Program, www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Water,  Energy Efficiency,  


Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals Announce Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals
Date: 2020-05-13
Montreal-based biofuels-renewable fuels from wastes specialist Enerkem and Calgary-headquartered NOVA Chemicals Corp. are reporting a joint development agreement to research advanced recycling technology to transform hard-to-recycle municipal waste, including items such as plastics, household waste, and construction materials, into ethylene at full commercial scale.

Enerkem is the world's first to produce renewable methanol and ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste at full commercial scale. Enerkem's technology replace the use of fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas to produce sustainable chemicals and transportation fuels. Calgary-based NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins. (Source: NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem Inc., May, 2020) Contact: NOVA Chemicals, Todd Karran, Pres., Jennifer Nanz, Communications, Jennifer.Nanz@novachem.com, www.novachem.com; Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800 communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOVA Chemicals,  Enerken,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Sulzer Chemtech Announces Bio-Based Development Team (Int'l.)
Sulzer Chemtech
Date: 2020-05-13
Winterthus, Switzerland-headquartered chemical separation technology specialist Sulzer Chemtech has announced the creation of a new global bio-based and renewables application development team focused on the conversion of renewable feedstocks into biochemicals and biofuels. The new unit will also help create the technology and engineering solutions to enable a successful transition towards sustainable processing and manufacturing activities.

Sulzer notes it has participated in non-conventional biofuel production, plastics recycling and bio-based plastic commercial production projects. These include the Quantafuel (Norway) and Steelanol (Belgium) projects for the transformation of non-recyclable plastics and carbon rich waste gases into fuel. In addition, Sulzer's PLAnet venture offers turn-key production equipment and plants to obtain polylactic acid (PLA) from sugars or starches. (Source: Sulzer Chemtech, PR, BioMarkets, May, 2020) Contact: Sulzer Chemtech, Torsten Wintergerste, Division Pres., www.sulzer.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Chemtech,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biochemical,  


Greece, Baltic State's 2019 CO2 Emission Fall (Int'l. Report)
Eurostat,EU
Date: 2020-05-13
Eurostat, the European Unions statistics agency is reporting Greece posted an annual drop of 8.9 pct of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from fossil fuel combustion in 2019 -- the third-highest rate of decrease among the 27 European Union member states.

On a regional basis, Slovenia's CO2 emissions fell by an annual 4.9 pct, Romanian emissions dropped 4.2 pct, Bulgaria's CO2 emissions fell by 4.1 udring the same period and Croatian emissions fell by 0.2 pct -- the least among EU member states. (Source: Eurostat, May, 2020) Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurostat,  EU Carbon Emissions,  


Form Energy, Great River Energy Storage Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
Form Energy, Great River Energy
Date: 2020-05-11
Somerville,Mass.-based grid energy storage specialist Form Energy reports it is partnering with Minnesota-based utility Great River Energy to jointly deploy a 1MW / 150MWh pilot project in Cambridge, MN. Great River Energy is Minnesota's second-largest electric utility and the fifth largest generation and transmission cooperative in the U.S.

This system will be the first commercial deployment of Form Energy's proprietary grid-connected aqueous air battery system.

In preparation for the pilot, Form Energy conducted a portfolio optimization study of Great River Energy's unique system characteristics with Formware™, a proprietary software analytics platform design to help energy planners model future grids. Formware™ was purpose-built to model high penetration renewables at the system level and determine how all types of storage enable cost-effective renewable energy integration.

Since its 2017 founding, Form Energy has raised over $50 million in funding. (Source: Form Energy, PR, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Form Energy, Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, www.formenergy.com; Great River Energy , Vice President and Chief Power Supply Officer Jon Brekke. www.greatriverenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great River Energy,  Energy Storage ,  


Trump Urged to Reject Waiver Requests (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EPA,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2020-05-11
In the nation's capitol, a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators -- including Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tina Smith(D-Minn) Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) have written the following to the White House:

"We are writing to urge you to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and immediately reject the requests for a waiver of the RFS under Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act recently received by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) from five state governors.

"Across our states, biofuels lower fuel prices, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the new energy economy, many of which are in rural areas, provide an important market for farmers, cut our reliance on foreign oil, reduce emissions and harmful air pollutants, and provide critical inputs to our food supply.

"Our nation is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19, with the impacts being felt across all of society. Waiving the RFS would cause further harm to the U.S.economy, especially our most vulnerable rural communities. It would also exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment. The resiliency of America's renewable fuel industry has already suffered as a result of the EPA's drastic expansion of the small refinery waiver program in recent years.

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified the biofuels sector as an essential critical infrastructure workforce during the COVID-19 response. However, as motor fuel demand has plummeted, prices have slumped to record lows and producers are suffering heavy losses. At this point more than 70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized. At least 46 pct of the ethanol industry's total production capacity is now idled, and eight biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities remain offline. Highly-skilled jobs across the country are being lost at an alarming rate.

"Biofuel plant closures have ripple effects through the U.S. economy. Farm income is directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Plant shutdowns are causing commercial CO2 supply shortages and inhibiting the ability of meat packers and other food sectors to refrigerate, preserve,and supply food and beverages at current, affordable rates. Ethanol plants also produce low cost, high-protein animal feed (distillers grains). Supply shortages as a result of biofuel plant closures are impacting livestock feed procurement, rations, and prices. Biodiesel producers provide value to surplus and waste oils, fats and greases from food, feed and other biofuel production. Without the biodiesel industry, excess feedstocks will clog the supply chain, causing livestock producers to potentially raise prices for consumers. Removing biofuels from gasoline and diesel will also lead to an increase of greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and toxics-causing degradation to our air quality.

"Recent requests for a waiver of the RFS are unjustified and clearly do not satisfy the rigorous requirements necessary for EPA consideration. RFS waivers can only be granted by EPA if there is a demonstration of 'severe harm' to the economy or environment of a state, region or the United States that is directly caused by the RFS. None of these standards are met today and the following reasons clearly demonstrate the case for rejecting the waiver requests:

  • Challenging market conditions in the oil sector are the directresult of oversupply from international competitors combined with falling gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demand as a result of the COVID-19, not the RFS.

  • The RFS already accommodates demand reductions and provides flexibility to reflect the reality of motor fuel demand. EPA translates the annual RFS requirements into a percentage share of gasoline and diesel. Thus, the existing structure of the RFS regulations already results in an oil refiner's renewable volume obligations being proportionally reduced if overall motor fuel demand drops over the year

  • EPA has repeatedly found that RIN prices do not negatively impact refiners, a position reinforced by the 10th Circuit court in January 200. In addition, a record-large supply of RINs is available to refiners today, largely as a consequence of EPA's abusive expansion of the small refinery exemption program, so the threat of high RIN prices is currently non-existent.

    "We urge you to direct the EPA to reject all calls to waive the RFS. The RFS is more important now than ever as farmers, the biofuel sector, and rural America struggle to remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis." (Source: US Senate, 8 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


  • Eguana Technologies Scores $2.4Mn in New US Orders (Ind. Report)
    Eguana Technologies
    Date: 2020-05-11
    CALGARY, Alberta, May 05, 2020 -- Calgary, Alberta-based high performance residential and commercial energy storage systems developer and manufacturer Eguana Technologies is reporting receipt of $2.4 million in new orders, predominantly for Hawaii and California, which are expected to ship over the next 2-3 months.

    The Company has also notes it has expanded its relationship with CED Greentech branches throughout Southern California -- San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Coachella Valley. Over the next 90 days, Eguana will launch its Evolve into Northern California with a focus on regions that were heavily impacted by the forest fires.

    Home Energy Storage Systems Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company's proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. (Source: Eguana Technologies, PR, 7 May, 2020) Contact: Equana Technologies, Justin Holland CEO, (416) 728.7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies ,  Energy Storage,  


    Clean Energy Trust Invests in Energy Storage Startups (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Trust,Renewance,
    Date: 2020-05-08
    The Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust is reporting recent investments in two early-stage cleantech startups -- Renewance Inc., a software platform and services (software-as-a-service, SaaS) for battery lifecycle management and silicon photonics technology specialist Iris Light Technologies, Inc.

    Renewance provides lifecycle management solutions to the battery energy storage and electric vehicle industries. Services include enabling clients with defect or end-of life batteries to compare, select and contract with battery recyclers on the Renewance Connect platform; turnkey recycling solutions; and several other software solutions and services to ease management of battery energy storage assets throughout the full life cycle.

    The investment in Renewance was made from the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund. As part of the support Clean Energy Trust offers their portfolio, they will also provide both companies with access to resources and programs that have helped current portfolio companies raise more than $140 million of follow-on funding.

    Since 2014, Clean Energy Trust has invested in 33 companies in states located across the Mid-Continental region of the United States. (Source: Clean Energy Trust, PR, Website, May, 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Trust, 312.487.4000, info@cleanenergytrust.org, www.cleanenergytrust.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Trust,  


    Ethanol Producer Aemetis Begins Messer CO2 Deliveries (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,Messer
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has begun CO2 deliveries from its 65 million gpy ethanol plant to Messer Group, the world's largest privately run industrial gas specialist, for processing into liquid CO2 -- a key product in the food freezing and chilling, carbonated beverage, and electronics sectors. The new Messer plant is connected via pipeline to the Aemetis ethanol production facility.

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the supply of liquid CO2 has been significantly disrupted in California and throughout the United States as ethanol production plants have decreased production rates. Aemetis anticipates selling Messer approximately 450 tpd of CO2 from its ethanol fermentation process. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Messer Group, www.messergroup.com; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Ethanol,  CO2 ,  


    ICAT Offers Buildings Efficiency Guidance Assessment (Int'l Report)
    New Climate Institute
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The Berlin-based New Climate Institute (ICAT) Buildings Efficiency Guidance provides guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of buildings sector energy efficiency policies. The guidance provides a stepwise approach for estimating the effects of policy design characteristics and barriers associated with regulatory and financial support policies on GHG impacts.

    This guidance specifically covers regulatory and financial support policies that address both new building stock and existing building stock with retrofit. Users are guided on how to estimate the impacts of these policies for the residential sector, although this guidance may also be used for the commercial and public sectors. The guidance focuses on the assessment of impacts from built-in energy loads, including space heating, cooling, lighting and hot water. The guidance does not assess the impacts of appliances that are unrelated to heating, cooling and hot water.

    ICAT assessment guides help policymakers and other users assess the impacts of countries' climate policies and actions. They can play a critical role in providing the information needed for effective policymaking, for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions and for preparing reports under the enhanced transparency framework of the Paris Agreement and on progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: ICAT, May, 2020) Contact: New Climate Institute, Carsten Warneke, +49 221 999 83 302 c.warnecke@newclimate.org , www. climateactiontransparency.org/icat-toolbox, www.newclimate.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Climate Institute ,  ICAT,  Paris Climate Accord,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    Methanol Data Available on DNV GL Alt. Fuels Platform (Int'l.)
    Methanol Institute,DNV GL
    Date: 2020-05-04
    The Methanol Institute is reporting new data on the potential global availability of methanol will be hosted on the DNV GL Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform for evaluating the potential uptake of marine alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies.

    Of the world's top 100 ports where methanol is known to be stored and shipped, 47 have confirmed methanol storage of more than 50,000 mt.

    DNV GL, the world's leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry, developed the AFI platform to support the shipping industry's transition to a cleaner, green future with freely-available tools and resources.

    Methanol (CH3OH) is a liquid chemical used in thousands of everyday products, including plastics, paints, cosmetics and fuels. Methanol is also an energy resource used in the marine, automotive, and electricity sectors, and an emerging renewable energy resource.

    Access the DNV GL AFI Platform HERE. (Source: Methanol Institute, DNV GL, Manifold Times, 30 April, 2020)Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, COO, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  DNV GL,  


    US-MAP Boosts Solar Perovskite Commercialization (Ind Report)
    NREL
    Date: 2020-05-04
    NREL reports it has joined with the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo to form the US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAPPS).

    While perovskite cells have shown promise in the lab, more work remains to be done to ensure that the technology is ready for commercial success, according to NREL. Manufacturing, durability, and sustainability remain challenges and will be the consortium's research focus. Members of US-MAP will share R&D, validation, and pilot manufacturing, which will reduce development costs and technology risks for potential investors.

    US-MAP has six major US-based industry players as founding members: BlueDot Photonics, Energy Materials Corporation, First Solar, Hunt Perovskites Technologies, Swift Solar, and Tandem PV. (Source: NREL, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Center for Materials Science, Joseph J. Berry, 303-384-7611, Joe.Berry@nrel.gov, | HERE; US-MAP, HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  perovskite,  Solar,  


    Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Kicks Off 2020 Webinars Series (Ind Report, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Reacting to the global COVID-19 pandemics effect on how we are doing business these days, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) is continuing to add value to its members by developing and providing a series of webinars once or twice a month on both short-term and long-term opportunities. The webinars will feature world-class speakers and be completed in 1-hour, including time for Q&A. With input from its advisors and members, BDC has selected some important key topics.

    The webinar series will kick off on Thursday, April 30 to address energy savings in the pulp mill and on the paper machines. BDC has assembled a team of Subject Matter experts to provide insight into energy reduction opportunities for pulp and paper mills.

    "During this unparalleled time of economic uncertainty, BDC, now more than ever, will do its best to continue to provide value to its members through this webinar series," said Masood Akhtar, President and Co-Founder of BDC.

    Upcoming confirmed webinars will focus on Alternative Fuels for Recauticizing Operations, Methanol Extraction and Purification, Bleach Plant Operations, and Converting Mill Sludge to Solid Boiler Fuel. BDC members have unlimited access to live and all archived webinars and events on the BDC website www.biorenewabledc.org.

    BDC, since 2006, has worked to bring together like-minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy, by investigating new processes, being a resource, brokering partnerships, and holding two forums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success. (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, 27 April, 2020) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Ben Thorp, 870-501-1836, Ben.Thorp@biorenewabledc.org, Masood.Akhtar@biorenewabledc.org, Harry.Seamans@biorenewabledc.org, www.biorenewabledc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,  Biofuels,  Alternative Fuels ,  


    Trump Admin. Continues to Weaken Climate Change Laws Amid Pandemic (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-04-27
    "Most American are probably unaware of how aggressively the Trump administration is rolling back environmental laws. Just recently, the administration implemented a far-reaching climate change rollback that dismantled an Obama-era clean air standard. Unfortunately, that rollback, as well as other rollbacks, have received little media attention -- and understandably so -- because most news outlets are preoccupied with Covid-19.

    "However, this pandemic does not provide decision makers with a license to haphazardly reverse decades of environmental progress and climate change laws. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening as the administration is seemingly using the pandemic as a 'red herring' to gut numerous laws. This misguided attempt to undermine climate change policy is particularly troublesome especially when considering that 64 pct of Americans believe climate change is a serious threat and/or a crisis.

    "Surfrider believes it is unconscionable to gut environmental laws while most Americans are deeply concerned about the global pandemic and will be less likely to engage in civics. Not only are these rollbacks underhanded, but they contribute more air and water pollution which will impact residents with health conditions, making them more susceptible to Covid-19. A new Harvard study found that air pollution can be significantly linked to higher rates of death in people with Covid-19.

    "It should be noted that some rollbacks were proposed prior to Covid-19, and are part of a broader pattern of environmental deregulation under the Trump administration. Yet, the most recent rollback is particularly troubling because it dramatically weakens vehicle emissions standards that were hard-fought over the past decade. Another attempt to undermined climate change efforts came when the administration proposed to revoke California's authority's to set higher air quality standards than the federal government. Of course, California promptly sued and the case is making its way through the courts.

    "The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a paramount environmental law that mandates climate change review, has also become another target. The Trump administration brazenly proposed a rule that climate change impacts should not be considered under NEPA. The proposal has met significant opposition in Congress where a Democrat and Republican co-authored a bipartisan sign on letter opposing the administration's plan. Moreover, the courts have a long history of requiring government agencies and businesses to weigh climate change impacts during decision-making and implementing large projects.

    "Then there are oil and gas production rollbacks. For years, the DoI has drastically weakened offshore drilling safety regulations. To add insult to injury, the administration launched a controversial plan to open up roughly 90 pct of U.S. waters to oil drilling, which Surfrider and our partners have helped stall. Most recently, the administration auctioned off 78 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil/gas producers despite cries to halt sales until after the pandemic.

    "Right now, our global community is experiencing two crises -- Covid-19 and climate change -- and we should be applying the same lessons to each crisis. While times have been challenging the past several weeks, there are positive lessons to embrace that relate to climate change:

  • Global society can work together to stave off 'worst case scenarios.' With sufficient leadership, we can take the necessary (albeit painful) collective steps to avoid catastrophe. A similar global response is needed to tackle climate change.

  • There is undeniable strength in science. At first, Covid-19 was framed as being no worse than the flu (some alluded it was a hoax). Once clear facts and science were embraced, the situation was taken more seriously.

  • A deeper appreciation for nature is emerging. Since people have been staying home, the great outdoors has never been so appealing.

  • The earth has appreciated the pause. Satellites images show air pollution over major worldwide cities has significantly dropped. In fact, in the northeast U.S. there was a 30 pct drop in pollution.

    Needless to say, it shouldn't take a global pandemic for us to make bold reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The threats posed by climate change have become abundantly clear and the solutions are right in front of us. Please join Surfrider in opposing environmental rollbacks and urging our government leaders to take bold action on climate change. (Source: Surfrider Foundation, Sefanie Sekich-Quinn, Blog, 23 April, 2020) Contact: Surfrider Foundation, Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, California Policy Manager, ssekich@surfrider.org, www.surfrider.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Archer Daniels Midland Idling Two Corn-Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports the idling of two of its 300 million gpy corn ethanol plants in Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the demand for ethanol continues to fall. The shutdown is expected to last for 3 or 4 months.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), fuel ethanol production is now at 563,000 bpd, the lowest level of production since the EIA began reporting ethanol production statistics in 2010. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, ICIS, 23 April, 2020) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    NASA, USask Tout Newly Developed Green Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
    NASA,University of Saskatchewan
    Date: 2020-04-27
    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the developement and testing of a new technology which turns waste into "green" fuel for possible use on the International Space Station and in long term space missions.

    Developed in a recent collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the high-quality fuel gas mixture is made from crop and forestry residues, food waste, cattle manure, petroleum, and petrochemical waste.

    Consisting of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane, the syngas can be used as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, green diesel and other applications. (Source: NASA, Gasworld, 24 April, 2020) Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda,Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  NASA,  Green Fuel,  University of Saskatchewan,  Ajay Dalai,  


    N.J. Plans Wind Innovation, New Development Institute (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Wind Council
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Garden State, the New Jersey Wind Council established by Governor Phil Murphy reports plans to create a Wind Innovation and New Development Institute (WIND) to serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. To that end the WIND institute will:

  • Establish a wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey -- Wind turbine technicians are critical for industry growth and are in demand across the country. For each project, an individual original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requires dozens of wind turbine technicians to support installation and provide efficient turbine maintenance throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. New Jersey will need to train qualified wind turbine technicians to achieve Murphy's goal of producing 7,500 MW by 2035.

  • Expand the pipeline of trade workers with the skills and qualifications required for offshore wind;

  • Introduce a Global Wind Organization (GWO) Safety Certification program -- Working in the offshore wind industry requires workers on turbines, including wind turbine technicians, to complete the GWO's safety training. New Jersey currently does not provide GWO training.

    As previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is contributing $200,000 to clean energy research and educational outreach activities at New Jersey's Montclair State University's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC). The company will also aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, the development of educational events and stakeholder engagement activities.

    The Wind Council report is HERE. (Source: New Jersey Wind Council, Maritime Exec., 25 April, 2020) Contact: New Jersey Wind Council, www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200422a.shtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey BPU,  New Jersey Wind Council,  Wind,  


  • Chelan County PUD Ups Window Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Chelan County PUD
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Wentachee, Washington State the Chelan County PUD says some of its energy-saving rebate amounts will almost double this year. Customers can cash in on rebates through use of energy efficient windows and insulation materials. Insulation rebate rates for walls, floors, and attics have doubled from .50 per square foot to $1.00. In addition, customers who use furnace, baseboard or wall heat in homes with single-pane windows can get $12 per square foot for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The previous rebate was $6. The rebates are retroactive through January 1, 2020

    The PUD aims to make it more affordable to replace inefficient single-pane windows, especially where the heat source is not a heat pump, and to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and programs in its service district. (Source: Chelan PUD, Columbia Basin News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Chelan County PUD, Josh Mitchell, Resaidential Energy Advisor, 888-663-8121, www.chelanpud.org

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


    2020 Global Carbon Emissions Drop at Record High (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Project
    Date: 2020-04-22
    The Global Carbon Project -- commissioned by the Guardian -- projects carbon emissions could fall by as much as 2.5 billion tons in 2020 -- the highest-ever -- an unprecedented reduction of pct of the total CO2 in the atmosphere.

    There have been other significant drops in carbon emissions in the last century. Many have to do with various global recessions, with the second-largest drop of one billion tons occurring in conjunction with the early-1980s recession. Another substantial drop in emissions occurred after the end of World War 2, most likely due to a sudden end to the boom in factory military production. ( Source: Global Carbon Project, Electronics Weekly, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Project,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Global Aviation Alternative Fuel Market Report Offered (Ind. Report)
    Aviation Biofuels
    Date: 2020-04-20
    The recently release Global Aviation Alternative Fuel market report from Report Hive is a comprehensive study focused on market influencing factors, competitive landscape, data, trends, information, and exclusive vital statistics of the market. The study investigates the Aviation Alternative Fuel industry competitors, distribution, Aviation Alternative Fuel growth potential, potentially disruptive trends, product innovations, market size value/volume on a regional, national and global level.

    The report identifies key industry and market players -- GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, SkyNRG, Swedish Biofuels, UOP, Amyris, AltAir Fuels, Byogy Renewables, Fulcrum BioEnergy, Gevo, Sasol, Mobil, and Syntroleum Corporation -- their products and production capacity, market share and other relevant aviation alternative fuel data.

    Free Sample PDF (including full TOC, Tables and Figures) of the Global Aviation Alternative Fuel Market report HERE. Report purchase details HERE. (Source: Report Hive Research, April, 2020) Contact: Report Hive Research, 312-604-7084, sales@reporthive.com, www.reporthive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  


    Alternative Fuels for Int'l Shipping Study Launched (Int'l)
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Maritime Institute
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting release of their 12-month study covering the technological, environmental and economic considerations in adopting alternative fuels.

    The comprehensive study evaluates the characteristics of liquefied natural gas (LNG), methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen, and outlines ways to incorporate them into existing ship systems. The study also provides short-, medium- and long-term measures, for shipping companies to overcome challenges in incorporating alternative fuels into their value chain and outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 pct, compared to the levels in 2008.

    Download the Alternative Fuels for International Shipping studyHERE.(Source: NTU, SMI, Sea News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: NTU, Dr. Prapisala Thepsithar , Professor Louis Phee, Dean of College of Engineering, +65 6791 1744, www.ntu.edu.sg; Singapore Maritime Insitute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Alternative Fuel,  


    $38Mn Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Tech. Development (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-04-13
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of up to $38 million in funding through its Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program for the design of economically attractive hydrokinetic turbines for tidal and riverine currents.

    The turbine devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. They are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other "blue economy" and utility-scale applications. Hydrokinetic energy can also be used for climatological observation, aquaculture, desalination, ocean floor and seawater mining, disaster recovery, powering isolated communities and autonomous underwater vehicle support.

    Currently, significant technical and environmental barriers make current hydrokinetic turbine systems prohibitively expensive. SHARKS will fund the development of solutions for hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations.

    SHARKS projects will work towards a reduction in Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of up to 61.5 pct compared to current state-of-the-art hydrokinetic turbine systems. (Source: US DOE, April, 2020) Contact: SHARKS, arpa-e-foa.energy.gov › FileContent PDF

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Tidal Energy,  Tidal Turbine,  Run of River,  


    Alberta Geothermal Feasibility Study Provincially Funded (Funding)
    Geothermal
    Date: 2020-04-10
    On the Canadian prairies, the Municipality of Whitecourt and the town of Whitecourt, together with the county of Woodlands is reporting receipt of $125,000 in grant funding from the Alberta Community Partnership for a geothermal development feasibility study.

    A previous study on the geothermal potential in Norther Alberta conducted by Edmonton-based Terrapin Geothermics showed great potential for the use of geothermal heat and power generation in the region. (Source: Think GeoEnergy, April, 2020) Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339, www.terrapingeo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    COVID-19 and climate change The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behaviour, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalising question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

    More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic. Comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organisations which work internationally.

    The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of ‘COVID-19 Green New Deal’. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions (including, for example, short-range electric aircraft) and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

    This ‘Build Back Better’ approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company.


    Date: 2020-04-10
    The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behaviour, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalising question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

    More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic. Comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organisations which work internationally.

    The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of ‘COVID-19 Green New Deal’. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions (including, for example, short-range electric aircraft) and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

    This ‘Build Back Better’ approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company. Society is showing how quickly it can adapt – can the momentum be maintained and used to help solve the pressing issues of air quality and climate change? (Source: Cranfield University, Press Release, April, 2020) Contact:Cranfield University, Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics , Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics , +44 (0) 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behaviour, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalising question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

    More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic. Comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organisations which work internationally.

    The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of ‘COVID-19 Green New Deal’. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions (including, for example, short-range electric aircraft) and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

    This ‘Build Back Better’ approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company. Society is showing how quickly it can adapt – can the momentum be maintained and used to help solve the pressing issues of air quality and climate change? (Source: Cranfield University, Press Release, April, 2020) Contact:Cranfield University, Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics , Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics , +44 (0) 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk


    LBNL Explores Cheaper Biofuels Production Costs (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2020-04-10
    Scientists at the US DOE Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report they have designed simulations to determine how much biofuel is needed for the whole bioproduct extraction process to be labeled as cost-efficient. Their results showed that the target levels are actually modest and within reach, according to a press release.

    The development of biofuels over the past years is part of the strategy to decrease the demand for petroleum-based gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. However, biofuels are yet to reach the level where they can compete with petroleum-based fuels in terms of cost production. Conventional biofuel production often involves genetically engineered plants that can produce essential chemical compounds, or bioproducts. These bioproducts are extracted from the plant, and the remaining plant parts are converted into fuel. This led scientists from the Berkeley Laboratory to investigate exactly how much bioproduct does a plant need to determine if the whole extraction process to be determined efficient, and how much bioproduct should be produced to reach the target ethanol selling price of $2.50 per gallon.

    To do this, the researchers studied existing data of well-studied plant-based bioproduct production. They used this data to make simulations that will determine the factors involved in extracting bioproducts using the context of bioethanol refinery, which means that bioproducts will be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant materials will be converted to ethanol. Their results determined that the bioproduct levels needed to accumulate in plants to offset the production cost recovery is quite feasible. Using limonene as an example, they calculated that an accumulated 0.6 pct of biomass dry weight would already produce net economic benefits to biorefineries. To illustrate, it means harvesting 10 dry metric tons of sorghum mass from one acre will only need 130 pounds of recovered limonene from that biomass to say that the whole production process is efficient, according to the release.

    The BNL researchers note this new finding can provide new insights into the role of bioproducts to improve biorefinery economics and offer the first quantitative basis for implementation of this cost-saving strategy for future studies on plant-based biofuel breeding and engineering. The scientists also recommended that crops need to be engineered to produce a broad range of bioproducts in order to provide options and diversify products in the market. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April, 2020) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Berkeley National Laboratory,  Biofuel,  


    "COVID-19 Green New Deal" Touted (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Cranfield University
    Date: 2020-04-10
    According to a release from Cranfield University, "The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behavior, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalizing question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

    "More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic which comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organizations which work internationally.

    "The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of 'COVID-19 Green New Deal'. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

    "This 'Build Back Better' approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company. Society is showing how quickly it can adapt -- can the momentum be maintained and used to help solve the pressing issues of air quality and climate change? (Source: Cranfield University, Press Release, April, 2020) Contact:Cranfield University, Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics , Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics , +44 (0) 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COVID-19,  


    Alliance BioEnergy's Next-Gen CTS 2.0 Underway (Ind Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In the Sunshine State, Palm Beach Gardens-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports construction is underway on its new 4th generation Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS 2.0) prototype.

    CTS 2.0 can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and subsequently into biofuels, and bioplastics, without the use of enzymes or liquid acids. CTS stands for Cellulose to Sugar. The cellulose is converted into sugar and lignin. The sugar is further converted into bio-ethanol and other biofuels; the lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The company notes that biofuel originating from the CTS process will receive the generous D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) which are currently $1.40/gallon of ethanol. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, PR, 9 April, 2020) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., Ben Slager, CEO, Ben.slager@alliancebioe.com; www.Alliancebioe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Biomass,  Alliance BioEnergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    Ethanol Biofuel Crop Data Sought by USDA NASS (Ind. Report)
    USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
    Date: 2020-04-08
    The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has requested a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection that, in part, provides data on the production of biofuels from agricultural commodities. Data collected is used in the agency's various agricultural industrial reports (CAIR).

    NASS collects crop data on acres planted and harvested, production, price and stocks for these crops, along with the data on livestock.

    Download details HERE. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, April, 2020) Contact: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 800-727-9540, www.nass.usda.gov

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    Charting the Course to Net-Zero Industrial Emissions (Ind Report)
    Applied Energy,Resources for the Future
    Date: 2020-04-06
    A recent study from a team of researchers at Energy Innovation and Resources for the Future has found that it is possible -- and critical -- to bring industrial greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2070.

    The study assesses the range of technologies and policies interventions available to enable global industry decarbonization. The paper noted that the industrial sector was responsible for 33 pct of global GHG emissions in 2014 -- including process emissions and indirect emissions from purchased electricity -- and that cutting emissions from this sector is critical to meeting international climate goals, such as those set by the Paris Agreement.

    The paper finds that governments can accelerate research and development in sustainable manufacturing and incentivize new technology deployment and market scale-up through policy mechanisms such as R&D support, emissions standards, carbon pricing, and government procurement of low-carbon materials and industrial products. The paper also finds that, when used together, the right technologies and policies enable net-zero industrial GHG emissions by 2070. It particularly examines the role of the following technologies, innovation areas, and policy interventions that can be part of the emissions reduction strategy:

  • Electrification, use of hydrogen, energy efficiency, and carbon capture;

  • Material efficiency, longevity, re-use, material substitution, and recycling;

  • Specific technologies for iron and steel, cement, and chemicals and plastics:

  • Carbon pricing, research support, standards, government purchases, data disclosure. (Source: Resources for the Future, Applied Energy, Technology Network, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Resources for the Future, Dallas Burtraw, 202.328.5000, 202.939.3460 - fax., info@rff.org, www.rff.org; Energy Innovation, Jeffrey Rissman, 415-799-2176, www.energyinnovation.org

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  • DRAX Receives 100th US Woody Biomass Shipment (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In the UK, the DRAX Power Station in North Yorkshire is reporting receipt of its 100th shipment of woody biomass for power generation from its three woody biomass pellet plants in the southern US.

    Roughly two thirds of the 7.5 million tpy of sustainable biomass Drax uses comes from the company's US three pellet mills. Drax also has agreements with a number of other suppliers in the US and elsewhere around the world including in Canada, the Baltics and Portugal, according to a release. (Source: Drax, PR , April, 2020) Contact: Drax, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 07712 670 888,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    RES Sells Norwegian Wind Project to Macquarie Green Invest. (M&A)
    RES Nordic,Macquarie Green Investment Group.
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Global independent renewable energy company RES is reporting the sale of its 79.8MW Buheii wind farm project in southern Norway to Edinburgh-based Macquarie Green Investment Group. Financial details have not been divulged by both companies.

    Under the agreement, RES will provide construction management and asset management services for the project which will incorporate 19 Vestas V150 turbines. (Source: RES, Power Technology, 2 April, 2020) Contact: RES Nordics, Matilda Afzelius, CEO, www.res-group.com/en/countries/nordics; Macquarie Green Investment Group, +44 0330 123 2167, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com

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    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Report (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Institute for Climate (PIC) Solutions (PIC) reports the release of its Annual Report 2019 highlighting the organization's climate change solutions and innovative research.

    PICS' collaborative research approach is based on active engagement between solutions seekers, researchers and PICS to create timely, relevant research that can be actively implemented by users. This approach aims to contribute to climate solutions by bringing together the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills, and networks to solve pressing problems and realize opportunities. The four PICS universities include UVic, SFU, UBC and UNBC.

    Download the PICS report HERE. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, April, 2020) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, 250-853-3595, 250-853-3597 - fax, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca

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    BIRD Energy Announces Renewables, Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l.)
    BIRD Foundation, BIRD Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Reporting from Tel Aviv, BIRD Energy has announced its next funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on Renewable Energy and Efficiency and Natural Gas Technologies.

    Proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution - one from the U.S. and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

    Examples of research and development topics within the scope of this call are: Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas and other associated technologies, Smart Grid, Storage, Water-Energy Nexus, Advanced Manufacturing or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology. This year the topic of AI for Energy Management has also been added to the scope. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.

    BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: The BIRD Foundation, PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and BIRD Energy, +972-3-698-8310, limorn@birdf.com; Maya Vardi Shoshani, Director, Business Development, West Coast, -650-752-6485, mayav@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

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    Maine Enacts Renewable Biomass, Chemicals Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
    Maine Tax Credit
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In Augusta, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) has signed into law legislation establishing an 8 cent per pound tax credit for chemicals produced from renewable biomass via a biological conversion, thermal conversion or combination of the two technologies. The resulting renewable chemical must be sold or used for the production of chemical products, polymers, plastics, or formulated products.

    Eligible products must have at least 95 pct bio-based content and cannot be sold or used for the production of food, feed or fuel. Exceptions are allowed for cellulosic sugars used to produce aquaculture feed and food additives, supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals that do not provide caloric value and are not considered food or feed.

    The tax credit comes into force Jan. 1, 2021. Download full copy of the bill H.P. 1213 - L.D. 1698 An Act To Create Jobs and Slow Climate Change by Promoting the Production of Natural Resources Bioproducts HERE. (Source: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills, 18 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Maine Gov. Janet Mills, 207-287-3531, www.maine.gov/governor/mills/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Chemical,  Biomass,  


    Economy Could Lose $10Tn with Business-as-Usual Approach to Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    World Wildlife Fund,University of Minnesota
    Date: 2020-03-27
    A recently released collaborative report from the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the World Wildlife Fund has found that the global economy stands to lose $10 trillion by 2050 if countries continue to operate under a "business as usual" approach to climate change. The report notes the U.S. will likely be the biggest loser.

    Through a combination of applied economics and environmental mapping, the team uses satellite technology to analyze different landscapes and ecosystems around the world. Based on the geographical data, researchers can calculate the landscape's susceptibility to things like carbon storage or erosion and can predict how local economies will be affected by the damage done by climate change.

    The study predicts that if countries begin to follow an alternative "global conservation" approach, the U.S economy could gain as much as $11 billion by 2050. (Source: University of Minnesota, World Wildlife Fund, Minnesota Today, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: WWF, Toby Roxburgh, www.worldwildlife.org; University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, Justin Johnson, Stephn Polasky, (612) 624-6973, www.environment.umn.edu

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    US Expected to Add 50GW of Green Energy by 2023 (Ind. Report)
    Sun Day Campaign,FERC
    Date: 2020-03-20
    According to Takoma Park, Maryland-based Sun Day Campaign, renewables will soon cover 25 pct of the US total electricity capacity in the US with nearly 50GW coming online within three years, based on figures published by federal energy watchdog FERC.

    FERC data found that by the end of 2022, wind energy will account for 26.4GW, solar 19.973GW and natural gas 21.09GW of the nation's total electric power capacity. The FERC statistics show that net installed capacity for coal, nuclear and oil will shrivel over the next three years, with respective drops of 18,857MW, 3,391MW and 3,085MW forecast. (Source: Sun Day Campaign, FERC, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: FERC, 202-502-6088, www.ferc.gov; Sun Day Campaign, Ken Bossong, Exec. Dir.,301-270-4291, www.sun-day-campaign.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Day Campaign,  FERC,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Ecobricks Debut in South African "Green" Bldg. (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Ecobricks
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In South Africa, a new custom-designed "green" building to accommodate the Cape Town offices of international professional services firm Deloitte is reportedly among the first commercial buildings in the world to use ecobricks -- recycled beverage bottles filled to constant density with a wide range of waste plastics. The project will use 12,000 ecobricks that will displace of 57 tons of concrete.

    A typical ecobrick is filled with 250 small size chip packets or 56 shopping plastic bags and weighs an average of 600 grams. The plastic filled bottles are used as fillers usedEcobricks are used to fill space and reduce the amount of concrete required in non-load-bearing parts of a building. The building is designed to meet Deloitte's commitment the energy efficiecy and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: Ecobrick Exchange, Creemers Eng. News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Ecobrick Exchange, Ian Dommisse , info@ecobrickexchange.org, ecobrickexchange.org; United Nations Sustainable Development, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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    CNG Market - The Alternative Option for Conventional Fossil Fuel Report (Ind Report Offered)

    Date: 2020-03-18
    According to CNG Market - The Alternative Option for Conventional Fossil Fuel Report , a new report from Allied Market research, the global compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel market is projected to reach $36,035 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 14.1 pct from 2017 to 2023 and in 2016 was valued at $14,842 million. CNG is one of the most commonly used fuel in heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

    Key Findings of the Compressed Natural Gas Market:

  • The unconventional sources market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.3 pct in terms of volume during the forecast period.

  • The medium duty/heavy duty trucks end user segment is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR of 14.0 pct from 2017 to 2023.

  • North America is expected to show highest growth rate in terms of revenue with a CAGR of 14.5 pct.

  • China is one of the major countries in the market and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 14.4 pct by value in Asia-Pacific region.

  • The non-associated gas segment accounted for more than half of the market share in 2016, and is anticipated to grow at the significant CAGR of 6.1 pct by volume.

  • The Asia-Pacific and Europe region collectively accounted for approximately 75 pct of the global market share by revenue in 2016.

    Emerging economies such as China, India, Pakistan, and Argentina are estimated to dominate the market for the coming years.

    Major companies profiled in this report are National Iranian Gas Company, Indraprastha Gas Limited, Trillium CNG, Gazprom, NEOgas Inc., Trillium CNG, China Natural Gas Inc., Pakistan State Oil, J-W Power Company, and GNVert.

    Access report details HERE. Download Sample PDF HERE Report purchase details HERE (Source: Allied Analytics LLP, 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: David Correa, +1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141 help@alliedmarketresearch.com, www.alliedmarketresearch.com

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  • Stony Brook Univ. Energy Management Platform Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Smart Energy Decisions
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In the Empire State, Stony Brook University Office of Energy Management reports receipt of a 2020 Innovation Award from Smart Energy Decisions. The award was in recognition of the Office of Energy Management's in-house data analytics platform.

    The platform pools data from 400 sensor points and utilises a visual heat map to assist visual analysis to detect electric power consumption and HVAC anomalies around the campus and deal with them efficiently. The Stoney Brook IoT programme has been in place since 2018. (Source: Stoney Brook University, CSO Mag., 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: Stoney Brook University, Tom Lanzilotta, Campus Sustainability and Energy Manager,www.stonybrook.edu; Smart Energy Decisions, www.smartenergydecisions.com

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    Falling Petroleum Oil Prices Diminish Palm Oil Profitability (Int'l.)
    Biodiesel,Palm Oil Analytics
    Date: 2020-03-16
    According to Singapore-headquartered Palm Oil Analytics (POA)-- an independent online publisher of palm oil market news, price, data and analytics -- OIL firms could be absorbing significant costs of fuel blending with the plunge in Brent crude and crude palm oil (CPO) prices.

    "Although CPO prices have also fallen, the price spread of CPO to gas oil to date is $140 US on average, which indicates the government must step in and offer a subsidy to make CPO blending into biodiesel an attractive option. The low CPO benchmark is expected to drag palm futures in the first half of 2020 as lower exports and continued restriction of refined palm oil products by India weigh on the commodity. (Source: Palm Oil Analytics, Malaysian Reserve, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Palm Oil Analytics, www.palmoilanalytics.com

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    Global Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market Report Offered (Ind. Report)
    Sweet Sorghum
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Market Research Hub is offering Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market Insights 2018-2025, an in-depth study of the current state of the global Sweet Sorghum Ethanol industry.

    The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Sweet Sorghum Ethanol manufacturers and in-depth insights into the 2018-2025 global Sweet Sorghum Ethanol market. The report depicts the global total market of Sweet Sorghum Ethanol industry by geographic region, product type and key players -- Poet, Valero Energy Corporation, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Flint Hills Resources, Chemguide, Shrijee Group, Anchor Ethanol -- the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2018-2025 market shares for each company.

    Reports details HERE . Report purchase information HERE. (Source: Market Research Hub, 1Daily Science, 5 Mar., 2020) Contact: Market Research Hub, 800-998-4852, sales@marketresearchhub.com, www.marketresearchhub.com

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    WiSolar Inks LG Electronics Solar Panel Dealership Deal (Int'l.)
    WiSolar, LG Electronics
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Johannesburg-based WiSolar is reporting a deal under which it will supply LG Electronics MonoX and NeON2 Black solar panels to the South African market.

    The LG MonoX Plus and LG NeON2 Black solar panel has a 20.4 pct efficiency rating on 60 cell 350W and 20.1 pct on 345W. The product features enhanced durability, performance under real-world conditions, an enhanced warranty and aesthetic design suitable for roofs. (Source: WiSolar, Mar., 2020) Contact: WiSolar, +27 10 446 7671, www.wisolar.co; LG Electronics, www.lg.com

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    NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

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    Wascon Blue Planing Four Mexican Biorefineries (Int'l Report)
    Wascon Blue
    Date: 2020-03-09
    Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico-based gasoline company Wascon Blue reports it will invest $720 million in four new "green" biorefineries to produce gasoline from byproducts of the process of refining crude oil and natural gas. The company's "innovative formula of BluePower® Biofuels , its Additive acts at the molecular level by increasing the octane in gasoline and cetane in Diesel", according to its website.

    Wascon will source the raw material from the state oil company Pemex, which currently exports the byproducts and later imports them after they've been converted to gasoline. The Wascon biorefineries will produce a gasoline with a lower concentration of aromatics, which are base components of gasoline that are a main source of octane and also one of the leading pollutants in the fuel. Conventional gasoline contains around 30 pct aromatics, but the goal of Wascon Blue is to reduce that to 20 pct an replace the remaining 10 pct with sustainably produced sugar cane and sorghum ethanol.

    The first of the 4 new biorefinery complexes will be constructed in Veracruz and will have 30,000 bpd capacity beginning in 2021. The company plans to supply 100,000 bpd of "green" gasoline by 2025. (Source: Wascon, Wascom Blue, El Financiero , 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Wascon Blue, Enrique Olivera, Pres., contacto@wasconblue.com, +55 6385 5542 www.wasconblue.com

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