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Maritime Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Emissions Vessels by 2030 (Int'l)
Maersk.Martime Emissions
Date: 2019-09-25
At the UN climate action summit in New York. senior figures from the maritime, infrastructure, energy and finance sector, including shipping giant Maersk and oil company Shell, joined the "Getting to Zero Coalition" and pledged zero emissions shipping will be a commercial reality by the end of next decade.

To that end, the companies will seek to coordinate the launch of clean fuels and vessels while making sure that these are supported by adequate ports, finance and policy incentives.

The initiative is in keeping with UN International Maritime Organization's (IMO) pledge to halve emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. Currently responsible for 2 - 3 pct of annual global emissions, the international shipping industry could see its emissions jump up to 250 pct by 2050 in the absence of any action. (Source: Maersk, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, Soren Skou, CEO,www.maerskline.com International Maritime Organization Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  Climate Change,  


Senvion Negotiating Asset Sale to Siemens Gamesa (Int'l Report)
Senvion , Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-09-25
Hamburg, Germany-based bankrupt wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it is in talks with Siemens Gamesa over the sale of a substantial part of its business.

Senvion, which is in self-administration after declaring insolvent in April, plans to reach a final agreement on certain services and onshore assets in Europe by the end of the month. The agreement on exclusive talks is consistent with insolvency plans adopted by the creditors' assembly on Sept. 11 and was also approved unanimously by Senvion's creditors' committee, the company added. (Source: Senvion, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  


Democrats Table Community Energy Savings Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-06
In Washington, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Tina Smith are touting the introduction of the Community Energy Savings Program Act of 2019.

The legislation is designed to address and intended to help homeowners lower household energy costs and mitigate climate change chaos. The Act, if passed into law, would provide low-interest financing for residential energy efficiency, renewable energy or energy storage upgrades -- reducing wasted energy and carbon pollution. These energy efficiency projects also help create good-paying jobs through the manufacturing and installation of materials used in energy efficiency upgrades.

A summary of the Community Energy Savings Program is HERE. (Source: KTVZ, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, (503) 326-3386, Fax - (503) 326-2900, www.merkley.senate.gov

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


Vestas Offloading Romanian Wind Farm Stakes (Int'l. M&A)
Vestas
Date: 2019-08-30
Vestas reports it has agreed to sell 80 pct of its shares in the subsidiaries owning the Romanian wind power plants Pantelimon, Pegasus, and Apollo €136 million to an unnamed purchaser. The deal is expected to close within eight to ten weeks, subject to certain closing conditions and regulatory approvals. (Source: Vestas, Energy Ind. Review, 29 Aug., 2019)Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736., chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  


Neste Introduces IMO 2020 Compliant Maritime Fuel (Int'l Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-08-16
Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it will introduce Neste Marine 0.5 , a new fuel before the year end.

The new fuel will help maritime shippers comply with the International Maritime Organization's 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 pct to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, effective 1 Jan, 2020. Neste Marine 0.5, which is manufactured at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland, will be available at yet to be announced locations in Northwest Europe.

In other Neste news, the company announced it is partnering with Valdosta, Georgia-based McCall Companies to distribute its branded Neste MY Renewable Diesel in Oregon, which implemented clean fuels standards in 2016. (Source: Neste, Biodiesel Mag., 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; McCall Companies CEO Kevin Jones, CEO, 229.242.2551, Fax - 229.244.8358, mail@mccallinc.com, www.mccallinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Maritime Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  IMO ,  


FuelCell Energy Touts 9Mn MWh of Power Generation (Ind. Report)
FuelCell Energy
Date: 2019-08-14
Danbury, Conn.-based fuel cell power and energy storage specialist FuelCell Energy, Inc. reports more than 9 million MWh having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation.

SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar.

The company's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies. Presently, ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico have classified stationary fuel cells in the highest tier of clean power generation due to the high efficiency and resultant low carbon emissions and negligible NOx and particulate matter typical of other combustion sources of baseload power. Fuel Cells are usually classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy Inc., PR, Newswire, Street Insider, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Reno Approves Sustainability, Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Reno Nevada
Date: 2019-08-02
On Wednesday, the Reno Nevada City Council unanimously signed off on a comprehensive plan outlining concrete goals and steps steps toward making the city more resistant to carbon emissions and climate change.

The plan notes that over the last half-century, the city's average annual temperature has increased nearly seven degrees. The report expects climate change to worsen wildfires, have a negative affect on the snow-pack -- the region's primary source of, air pollution, public health and the standard of living in general. In addressing those and related issues, the report looks at mitigation and adaptation, carbon emission reductions and climate resilience with the aim of progressively reducing emissions by 28 pct by 2025, 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.

The report also calls for a reduction in city fleet emissions, encourages electric vehicles, and encourages more walkable neighborhoods, improved sustainability, solid waste reductions and watershed restoration.

Download Reno's Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Reno, Nevada Independent, 1 Aug., 2019)


Ameresco Advocates for Renewable Natural Gas (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-08-02
In testimony at recent EPA hearings on 2020 Renewable Fuel Volume Standards and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), Framingham, Mass.-based RBG developer and renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. Senior Project Manager Jeff Stander noted -- "We strongly encourage the EPA to set the 2020 cellulosic biofuel RVO to account for at least 650 million gallons of RNG."

Stander led the 2018 development of Ameresco's RNG production facility at the Woodland Meadows Landfill in Canton, Michigan and was one of several industry experts representing the RNG Coalition at the EPA public hearing on July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, for the EPA's proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2020, according to the release.

Ameresco has developed 39 beneficial use projects involving biogas at wastewater treatment plants and landfills, including three RNG facilities in Arizona, Michigan and Texas that participate in the RFS program. The RNG facilities generate D3 Cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and provide transportation fuel that is injected into the natural gas pipeline grid.

Since 2014, the EPA has recognized the use of RNG to meet fuel volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). RNG makes up more than 95 pct of the renewable fuel used to meet the RFS cellulosic biofuel requirement, according to the Ameresco release. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 31 July, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Jeff Stander, Senior Project Developer, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  RNG,  RFS,  


Mass. House OKs Community Climate Resiliency Funding (Funding)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2019-07-31
In Boston, the Massachusetts House of Representatives reports the unanimous passage of legislation investing $1.3 billion to help Bay State communities fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant "GreenWorks" program to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects including:

  • $100 million for investments in municipal microgrid energy systems;
  • $125 million for electric vehicles in municipal or regional transit authority fleets;
  • $20 million for the hiring of sustainability coordinators to develop and manage municipal projects resulting for the GreenWorks program;
  • $50 million to establish the Green Resiliency Fund to offer low-interest loans for municipalities when pursuing GreenWorks projects; and
  • $30 million for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' MOR-EV electric vehicle rebate program.

    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will administer the program, which is funded through the issuance of bonds. The bill was forwarded to the Senate for approval. (Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wicked Local Beverly, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Mass GreenWorks,  


  • Lake Erie Wind Developers Meet the Opposition (Reg & Leg)
    Chautauqua County Legislature
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Empire State, the Chautauqua County Legislature didn't pull its punches in passing two motions in unanimous opposition to the construct of wind farms on Lake Erie and its shores.

    Councilor Robert Bankoski(D-Dunkirk) cut right to the chase -- "We're not interested and you're not welcome here." County Executive George Borrell echoed his colleagues disdain -- "Wind turbines are destroying the economy and would destroy the lake. (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo's Green Energy Standard calling for more renewable energy is just partisan politics. (Wind farms) support a bogus political agenda. That's all it is. It is a horrible idea that has risen from the dead, again."

    The resolutions as passed read that the construction of wind turbines on the lake could negatively impact migratory birds, impact fishing waters through the destruction of spawning grounds; possible leaks from turbine hydraulic systems create pollution and the turbines could present physical barriers to fishing vessels, as if that wasn't enough. . (Source: Chautauqua County Legislature, Observer, 25July, 2019) Contact: Chautauqua County Legislature, 716-673-1704 www.chautauqua.ny.us/396/Legislature

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Lake Erie Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    $84.9Mn Green Climate Funding Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Green Climate Fund,UNDP
    Date: 2019-07-08
    Meeting in Songdo, Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports its commitment of more than $84.9 million towards United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Bhutan, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands and Ecuador.

    According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.

    Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.

    With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.

    The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development. (Source: UN Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  UNDP,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  CO2,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    Maryland Agencies to Cut Bldg Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
    Date: 2019-06-28
    The Baltimore Sun is reporting Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has instructed the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) and the Maryland Energy Administration to develop an initiative to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 10 pct by 2029.

    To that end, DGS will annually audit state-owned buildings that are determined to be the least energy efficient. The audit will identify low-cost measures to increase energy efficiency and savings. (Source: Office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Sun, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901, www.governor.maryland.gov; Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, https://energy.maryland.gov

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


    Maritime Shipping Majors Could Miss Emissions Targets (Int'l)
    CDP
    Date: 2019-06-26
    A Sea Change, a new report from the London-headquartered environmental non-profit and investment research provider CDP notes the world's maritime shipping majors are not investing in key technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, and that the sector is at risk of missing the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) targets to reduce GHG emissions by 50 pct by 2050.

    The report ranks 18 of the largest publicly listed shipping companies, representing $62 billion of market capitalization, on business readiness for a low-carbon transition. CDP's analysis finds maritime innovation trends currently focus on technologies and fuels that only deliver marginal improvements; the shipping sector has poor rates of disclosure with only 5 companies completing CDP's 2018 Climate Change questionnaire; and board level oversight of climate issues is very low with only 3 companies having board level climate committees.

    According to the report, shipping accounts for up to 3 pct of global emissions and 10 pct of transport emissions while transporting around 80 pct of the world's trade in physical goods. (Source: IMO, CDP, 25 June, 2019) Contact: CDP, Carole Ferguson, Head of Investor Research, www.cdp.net; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  CDP,  


    NJ Offshore Wind Solicitation Goes to Orsted (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Sitting in Trenton, the The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) report it unanimously granted the Garden State's first award for a 1,100 MW offshore wind project to Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted.

    The 1,100 MW project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits.

    The project is single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward meeting New Jersey's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJBPU, 23 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


    Federal Bldg. Energy Efficiency Legislation Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
    Federal Energy Management Program
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Last week in Washington, US Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) tabled the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019 (S. 1857) authorizing the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establishing energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings. The act -- S.1857 -- would require:
  • Establishment of energy use reduction goals of 2.5 pct per year for 10 years (2020 to 2030) in federal buildings;
  • Establishment of water use reduction goals of 54 pct in federal buildings by 2030 relative to 2007;
  • Codification of FEMP and detail its directives and the duties of its director; and
  • Provide authorizations for FEMP through fiscal year 2030.

    As an existing program within the DOE, FEMP works with agencies and stakeholders to identify and establish affordable solutions that facilitate energy and water savings through public-private partnerships. FEMP also provides training, guidance, and technical assistance to enable federal agencies to meet energy-related goals.

    Download FEWMPA background and details HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Big Island Now, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Phone: (202) 224-6361, Fax - (202) 224-2126, www.hirono.senate.gov; Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/federal-energy-management-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Federal Energy Management Program,  Energy Management,  


  • Ammonia Considered as Alternative Marine Fuel (Ind. Report)
    C-Job, Marine Fuel,Alternative Fuel
    Date: 2019-06-14
    According to research from the Netherlands-based ship design and engineering firm C-Job Naval Architects, ammonia can be used as an alternative marine fuel to reduce harmful maritime ship emissions. The research is based on a new concept design of an ammonia carrier powered by the gas as its own cargo.

    In 2017, C-Job Naval Architects established a consortium with Proton Ventures and Enviu to investigate ammonia as marine fuel. It further joined Ammonia Energy Association in 2018 to study the topic. With the completion of this theoretical research, C-Job Naval Architects is now moving towards the next phases, which includes laboratory testing, pilot and evaluation.

    C-Jobs Naval Architects noted that with the IMO aiming to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 and eventually fully eliminate harmful emissions, the global maritime industry will need to seriously look into renewable fuels like hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. (Source: C-Job Naval Architects, Seatrade, 13 June, 2019) Contact: C-Job Naval Architects, Niels de Vries, +31 (0)88 02 43 700, info@c-job.com, www.c-job.com; Proton Ventures, +31 10 426 7275, www.protonventures.com/en; Ammonia Energy Association, www.nh3fuelassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Amonia,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Amonia,  


    Hannon Armstrong, Summit Ridge Partner on Community Solar Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Hannon Armstrong,Summit Ridge
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions, and community solar specialist Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) are reporting they will jointly invest in community solar projects across several US markets including Maryland, where the initial solar power plants will come online in Prince George's and Baltimore Counties this summer.

    As part of the agreement, Hannon Armstrong will provide long-term financing to community solar projects developed and acquired by Summit Ridge Energy across multiple states. Summit Ridge is targeting construction of over 250 MW of community solar power over the next few years.

    Hannon Armstrong investments are focused on climate change solutions, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable infrastructure markets. (Source: Summit Ridge Energy , CleanTechnica, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Hannon Armstrong , Jeffrey Eckel, Pres., CEO, Gil Jenkins , (443) 321-5753, media@hannonarmstrong.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com; Summit Ridge, Steve Raeder, CEO, www.srenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hannon Armstrong,  Community Solar,  Solar,  


    RI PUC OK's Nat. Grid, Revolution Offshore Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Revolution Wind Farm
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In Warwick, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports its unanimous approval of the 20-year PPA under which National Grid will buy power from the 400-MW Revolution Wind Farm being developed in Rhode Island Sound by Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Boston-based energy company Eversource.

    National Grid will pay 9.8 cents per kilowatt-hour as part of a deal that state energy officials estimate could save Rhode Island electric consumers $90 million over the life of the contract -- roughly 50 cents per month for the typical customer.

    The Revolution project is expected to generate sufficient energy for approximately 270,000 homes when it comes online in 2023. (Source: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Fall River Herald, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, (401) 941-4500, www.ripuc.org; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Revolution Wind Farm,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    Glenwood Springs Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Glenwood Springs
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Colorado, the Glenwood Springs City Council reports its unanimous approval of a resolution to purchase all of Glenwood Springs' electricity from clean wind energy from the city's power supplier the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN). With passage of the resolution the city of roughly 10,000 residents becomes the seventh city in the country to be powered 100 pct by renewable energy.

    MEAN is bringing the equivalent wind power onto its grid to provide for all of the electricity in Glenwood Springs. As other communities follow in Glenwood's path, MEAN will increase the total renewables on the grid, benefiting all the members.

    According to MEAN, move to 100 pct wind saves the environment 77,156 tpy of CO2 emission that the City of Glenwood Springs would have "created" using MEAN fossil fuel plants to generate power. (Source: MEAN, City of Glenwood Springs, PR, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759, www.nmppenergy.org/mean; City of Glenwood Springs, (970) 384-6400, www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Maryland Mandates 50 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maryland
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly last month, utilities in the state will be required to subsidize solar and wind farms as well as maintain incentives for trash incinerators and paper mills even though they generate pollution and greenhouse gases.

    With the green energy legislation, Maryland joins seven others with renewable energy goals of 50 pct or more. Three-quarters of Maryland's green energy supply came from outside the state in 2017.

    The new Clean Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to increase an average Maryland residential utility bill by approximately $1.50 per month, has been criticized as not doing enough to combat climate change and not guaranteeing that the tens of millions of dollars of subsidies paid out each year translates to jobs in Maryland.

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R), who endorses renewable energy, expressed his support for expanding the mandate to 100 pct clean energy by 2040, and said he would push for competition in the industry to limit costs for ratepayers. (Source: Baltimore Sun, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901, https://governor.maryland.gov/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maryland Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Maritime Shipping to Halve Carbon Footprint by 2050 (Int'l)
    International Chamber of Shipping
    Date: 2019-05-22
    The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the world's major maritime shipping organization, representing around 80 pct of the world's merchant tonnage, reports it "remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

    ICS also noted it welcomes the additional guidance agreed by the IMO MEPC to assist the smooth implementation of the global sulphur cap on 1 January 2020 -- requiring ships outside sulphur emission control areas to use fuel with a sulphur content of 0.5 pct or less. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Marine Link, 17 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, Sec. Gen., www.ics-shipping.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


    Wabash Valley Resources Developing US CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Wabash Valley Resources
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In Terra Haute, Wabash Valley Resources (WVR), an affiliate of Phibro LLC, reports the closing of an investment from OGCI Climate Investments to develop a 1.5-1.75 million tpy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project near West Terre Haute, Indiana.

    The project will capture and sequester virtually all of the plant' facilitate the production of fertilizer, from the co-located WVR plant, with a very low carbon footprint. Wabash Valley Resources LLC acquired the plant in 2016, with plans to convert it to an ammonia production plant and CCS project. (Source: Wabash Vallet Resources, May, 2019) Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC, www.wvresc.com; Philbro LLC, Simon Greenshields, Pres., CEO, www.phibro.com; OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, http://oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wabash Valley Resources,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


    Shipping Will Meet 2030 CO2 Target, says ICS (Int'l)
    International Chamber of Shipping
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a maritime shipping industry group, reports it remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the IMO targets to reduce shipping greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to ICS Secretary General Guy Platten, the ICS is "keen to see further progress on developing more short term measures to help the existing fleet reduce its emissions and are optimistic that IMO Member States can agree some additional regulations, during 2020, combining prescriptive and goal based approaches that will deliver further GHG reductions before 2023."

    "While short term measures are important, ICS continues to assert that IMO needs to move quickly onto considering the critical long term measures that will help the industry to deliver the very ambitious target of a 50 percent total cut of GHG emissions by 2050 regardless of trade growth. This can only realistically be achieved with the introduction of commercially viable zero -- or near zero -- CO2 emitting propulsion systems, which means that accelerated research and development programs have to be at the center of the IMO strategy," Platten added. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Various Media, MarEx, 18 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, Secretary General, Guy Platten, www.ics-shipping.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote -- JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon's Thoughts on "Green"
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-05-20
    "So here's my view: -- at JPMorgan we have risk committees, and green stuff. And we're going to be 100 percent green ourselves. We're very careful who we do -- how we do it. I didn't pick it up because it's hard to have a policy around that. So here's my own view, OK, is that I believe that this carbon dividend, carbon tax -- which some of you may have seen George Shultz and Jim Baker and, like, eight secretaries of state, former secretary of trade signed onto it. I think it's brilliant. And that is the solution. And so I personally would support something like that. And the company may say we support proper policy to start reducing CO2. I do think it's an issue." -- Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JP Morgan Chase

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


    Junction Solar Seeks 100-MW Solar Farm Permitting (Ind. Report)
    Junction Solar LLC
    Date: 2019-04-29
    In the Land of Lincoln, Junction Solar LLC is seeking permitting and regulatory approval from Lee County for construction of a 100-MW solar farm in Alto and Reynolds townships. If constructed, the 760-acre facility would generate sufficient power for as many as 20,000 homes.

    Junction Solar would be developed by Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, which also owns the 13,000 acre Green River Wind Farm in Lee and Whiteside counties. The proposal is slated for the County Zoning Board agenda later this week. If approved, the project could break ground as early as spring 2020 for completion with 6 months. (Source; Junction Solar LLC, saukvalley.com, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Junction Solar LLC, Geronimo Energy, Lee County, www.leecountyil.com; Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geronimo Energy,  Junction Solar LLC,  Solar,  


    Kiwi Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Reporting from Wellington, New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment notes that the country's greenhouse gas emissions are rising and has recommended a two-pronged approach to address the issue.

    New Zealand's gross greenhouse gas emissions were 80.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2017 -- up 2.2 pct from the year prior -- according to the just released annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The report notes that NZ's net emissions increased by 65 pct from 1990 to 2017, while gross emissions increased by 23 pct since 1990.

    The rise was largely driven by dairy cattle, road transport, and chemical and food processing as well as nitrogen deposited onto agricultural soils, industrial and household refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The country's two largest contributors to gross emissions in 2017 were the agriculture sector at 48.1 pct and the energy sector at 40.7 pct followed by road transport at 17.9 pct of gross emissions in 2017. (Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Stuff NZ, 11 April, 2019) Contact: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, +64-4-471 1669, +64-4-495 8350 - fax, pce@pce.parliament.nz, www.pce.parliament.nz

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


    NEC Confirms New Chinese Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) has announced 24 MW of new energy storage systems in China.

    Through its exclusive distributor in China, Puxing Energy, NEC is commissioning two, 9-MW projects for Ray Power in in Ordos City, Neimongol Province and Tanshan City, Hebei Province. Ray Power will own and operate systems which will provide frequency regulation for the the Hang-Jin and Feng-Run power plants. NEC reports it was also awarded a 6-MW project by Ray Power which is currently under construction in Puzhou City, Shanxi Province. It is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

    NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. The company's scalable distributed energy storage and control systems provide greater grid stability and flexibility to the benefit of both providers and users of electricity, according to the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Daily Energy Insider, 11 April, 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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    Notable Quote -- JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon's Thoughts on "Green"
    JP Morgan Chase
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "So here's my view: Is that we don't -- at JPMorgan we have risk committees, and green stuff. And we're going to be 100 percent green ourselves. We're very careful who we do -- how we do it. I didn't pick it up because it's hard to have a policy around that. So here's my own view, OK, is that I believe that this carbon dividend, carbon tax -- which some of you may have seen George Shultz and Jim Baker and, like, eight secretaries of state, former secretary of trade signed onto it. I think it's brilliant. And that is the solution. And so I personally would support something like that. And the company may say we support proper policy to start reducing CO2. I do think it's an issue." -- Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JP Morgan Chase

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Green Energy,  


    St. John Properties Scores 50th LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Baltimore-based commercial building developer St. John Properties reports receipt of its 50th U.S. Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification.

    Since initiating its LEED program a decade ago, St. John Properties has developed close to 3 million square feet of Gold, Silver or Certified space throughout Maryland, Utah and Virginia. Nearly every new property constructed by St. John Properties is designed to earn LEED certification, including buildings in Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin. (Source: St.John Properties, Commercial Property Executive, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: St.John Properties, Richard Williamson, Snr. VP, (410) 788-0100, (410) 788-0851-fax, www.sjpi.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UK Rental Property Energy Efficiency Pilot Launched (Int'l)
    TrustMark
    Date: 2019-03-15
    TrustMark is reporting a pilot project in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards to improve the quality and energy efficiency of rented accommodation within Hastings and its surrounding area.

    The initiative, Better Homes for Hastings, will bring together area private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses, including TrustMark Registered Businesses, to promote rental property energy efficiency and related standards.

    TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home. (Source: TrustMark, Volitmum, Mar., 2019) Contact: TrustMark, Simon Ayers, CEO, www.trustmark.org.uk

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


    Swiss Environment Minister Calls for Climate Change Solidarity (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In a recent interview, Simonetta Sommaruga, the incoming Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication minister, called for the country to unite to tackle climate change and stressed the need for urgent action on road and air transportation and aligning the financial sector with climate priorities.

    The minister noted that politicians should stop burying their heads in the sand in the face of climate change and stop fooling themselves and the population. “When the cows run out of water or the harvest fails, you can't pretend that everything is in order. Doing nothing costs money, she asserted, pointing to the costs of damage from avalanches, fires, and floods. We should stop seeing climate protection as something that only costs", she noted to illustrate her point.

    In December 2017, the Swiss Federal Council adopted revisions to the Federal Act on the Reduction of CO2 Emissions (CO2 Act) to help it achieve its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. But, in December 2018, the House of Representatives rejected the proposal after conservative-right parties weakened the revisions including removing a domestic CO2 emissions target. (Source: Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, SWI SwissInfo.ch, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, Simonetta Sommaruga, Minister, +41 58 462 55 11, www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/departments/department-of-environment-transport-energy-communications-detec.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Enel to Start Spanish Wind Farm Construction (Int'l Report)
    Enel Green Power Espana
    Date: 2019-03-06
    Enel Green Power Espana (EGP), the renewables unit of Spanish utility Endesa SA, reports it will begin construction of the 34.64-MW Primoral wind farm in Spain this July. The 10-turbine wind farm, which is located in the town of Villamayor de Gallego in the province of Zaragoza, is expected to reach the operation stage in 2020 and generate sufficient electric power for 27,281 households. (Source: Enel Green Power Espana March 4, 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power Espana, www.enelgreenpower.com/country-spain

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power Espana ,  


    US Energy Storage Deployments on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Wood Mackenzie
    Date: 2019-03-06
    According to international consultancy Wood Mackenzie's US Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review, the US added 777 MWh of grid connected energy storage capacity in 2018 -- an 80 pct jump over 2017. The fourth quarter of 2018 alone set a new record for MWh deployed, due in part to large front-of-the-meter (FTM) projects in Hawaii and Texas.

    In megawatt terms, capacity additions rose 44 pct to 310.5 MW, with California as the main market. Hawaii, New York and Texas also had a good year.

    Wood Mackenzie forecasts annual megawatt deployments in the US of 642 MW in 2019 growing to 4,447 MW through 2024 when it will hit $4.73 billion, according to the market research company. (Source: Wood Mackenzie, U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review, Mar., 2019) Contact: Wood Mackenzie Power and Research, www.woodmac.com/research/products/power-and-renewables; Wood Mackenzie, Brett Simonwww.woodmac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    BIMCO Calls for "Realistic" Maritime Emissions Reduction (Int'l)
    Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Denmark-headquartered Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization (BIMCO) notes that the forthcoming Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study should not include "unrealistically high GDP growth projections to determine the future level of shipping industry emissions."

    BIMCO wants the next IMO study to ignore Scenarios 1 and 5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP) because they are based on unrealistic short- to mid-term economic growth projections. According to BIMCO, "The previous [IMO] study's most pessimistic projection of a 250 pct increase in CO2 emissions from shipping has since proven to be totally unrealistic, given the actual and projected economic development of the world, Unfortunately, the 250 pct projection has frequently been used as a stick against the shipping industry and to shape regional policy. BIMCO wants to avoid that happening again."

    BIMCO claims a new report by the CE Delft consultancy uses a more realistic GDP growth forecast to project a reduction of 20 pct against a goal of 50 pct by 2050. Acknowledging the 30 pct shortfall in emissions reduction "We will need new solutions, in addition to traditional efficiency measures, to reach the 2050 target. But to pick the right solutions, we need realistic projections." BIMCO says.

    BIMCO has 2,000 members in more than 120 countries representing shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. (Source: Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization, Project Cargo Global, Feb., 2019) Contact: BIMCO Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Sec. Gen., +45 44 36 68 00, +45 44 36 68 68. mailbox@bimco.org, www.bimco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIMCO,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  


    Trump Considers Contentious Climate Committee Appointment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Washington Post is reporting President Donald Trump may put climate-denying physicist William Happer at the head of the proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Securitywhich would evaluate whether climate change poses a national security threat.

    Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, is connected to fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, has acknowledged accepting payment for testimony from from Peabody Coal, and presently serves as Trump's deputy assistant for emerging technologies on the National Security Council.

    Happer is also known for his comment: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." "There's no reason for climate hysteria. I don't think it's a problem at all, I think it's a good thing." (Source: Washington Post, Wikipedia, Media Matters, EVLONDO COOPER, Blog, , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: William Happer, (609) 258-3020, (609)258-2168 -fax, dof@princeton.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump Climate Change,  


    Snomish PUD Pledges Energy Efficiency, Green Energy (Ind. Report)
    Snohomish County Public Utility District
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Everett, Washington, the Snohomish County Council reports it has unanimously approved transitioning to 100 pct "clean, renewable" energy for government operations by 2045. To that end, the Council has committed to reducing energy consumption through retrofits, upgrades to LED lighting, improved energy efficiency and the installation of solar panels with energy storage capacity on county buildings. The PUB will also develop a clean energy plan and adopting a construction policy that will require all new county facilities be built to US Green Building Council LEED gold energy efficiency standards. The PUD resolution also calls for establishing a fund to pay for energy conservation retrofits and upgrades.

    To tackle the county's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector according to the resolution, the county plans to develop a policy to build a "green" vehicle fleet.

    The move was proposed and supported by the Snohomish County chapter of The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, 350 Everett and the statewide group Environment Washington.

    Snohomish County is the fifth government in Washington state to set a goal of 100 pctclean energy, after Edmonds, Whatcom County, Bellingham and Spokane, according to Environment Washington. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, HeraldNet, Everett, Washington, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District, www.snopud.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Snomish PUD,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
    ThermoChem Recovery International
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

    TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ThermoChem Recovery International,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    UWI Studying Solar Radiation's Climate Change Impact (Int'l., R&D)
    University of the West Indies
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In Kingston, Jamaica, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona,reports it will study the impacts of solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering on the world's most vulnerable countries. SRM geoengineering is a controversial proposal for reducing the risks of climate change by reflecting some sunlight away from the Earth, according to the UWI release.

    The UWI SRM project, which received Developing World Impacts Modelling Analysis (DECIMALS) grant funding,would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the Earth by spraying reflective particles into the upper atmosphere. If successful, the study results could be important in regional climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. rejected, according to the UWI release.

    . Through the DECIMALS grant, the research group from the UWI, Mona, will work alongside teams in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, and South Africa, and with some of the world's leading SRM modelling experts, ultimately publishing their findings at the end of 2020.

    DECIMALS was set up by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a non-governmental project founded in 2010 by Environmental Defense Fund, The World Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society. (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Gleaner, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of the West Indies, Dr Leonardo Clarke, principal investigator, (876) 927-1660-9 Exts. 2336/2339 (876)927-0253- fac., vcoffice@uwimona.edu.jm, www.uwi.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  University of the West Indies,  


    Senators Coons, Flake Table Bipartisan Carbon Tax, Climate Change Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Chang
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tables the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act that places an increasing price -- carbon tax -- on carbon and other GHG emissions. The legislation is designed to drive down pollution, reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 33 pct within a decade, create employment, encourage market-driven innovation in clean energy technologies, and to pay a monthly dividend directly to every American family.

    Download Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act key points HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Christopher Coons, KTAR News, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Senator Christopher Coons, www.coons.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  


    Golden State Mandating Carbon-Free Buses by 2029 (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-12-17
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board unanimously agreed last week to require all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. Environmental advocates project that the last buses emitting greenhouse gases will be phased out by 2040.

    California presently has 153 zero-emission buses on the road now with hundreds more on order. Most of them are electric, though technology also exists for buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Existing state and federal subsidies are available to help transit agencies absorb some of the higher costs of carbon-free buses, along with money from the state's settlement with Volkswagen over the German automaker's emission-cheating software.

    The transportation sector accounts for 40 pct of California's greenhouse gases, and those emissions are rising even as electrical emissions have fallen substantially. California needs to drastically reduce transportation emissions to meet its aggressive climate change goals. (Source: CARB, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board.Low Carbon FUel,  


    Geronimo Plans Second Mankato, Minnesota Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Geronimo Energy
    Date: 2018-12-12
    In Minnesota, Geronimo Energy is reporting plans for the construction of a 19-acre solar array in the city of Mankato. Construction is expected to get underway in 2020.

    Geronimo previously developed the Corvus solar farm Mankato which was sold to Berkshire Hathaway Energy. (Source: Geronimo Energy, Mankato Free Press, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

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    NATSO Comments on Draft Legislation to Reform Renewable Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NATSO,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered truck stop and travel plaza industry group NATSO testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Congress on Tuesday to discuss new legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and transition the gasoline market to a high octane fuel performance standard.

    In his testimony, NATSO VP of Government Affairs David Fialkov focused on the diesel market and the opportunities for policymakers to incentivize diesel retailers to incorporate increasing amounts of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into the nation's diesel fuel supply.

    "NATSO supports the provisions of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act that would facilitate market conditions and opportunities for its members to lower prices for consumers for advanced biofuels. Fialkov also recommended revisions to the draft legislation that would eliminate unnecessary obstacles to market investment in renewable fuels infrastructure and that undermine the returns on those investments that industry has already made.

    "Specifically, Fialkov testified in favor of the provisions that would extend the advanced biofuels mandate for another decade. But Fialkov strongly urged lawmakers to revise the draft legislation to address NATSO's concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS, including small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities.

    "The bill's rules-based Renewable Volume Obligations system will only achieve the objectives of enhanced certainty and less volatility if it addresses the Program's current flawed small refinery exemption regime," Fialkov testified. "The fact that the Legislation is silent on this topic is a real flaw. Any legislation to reform the RFS must remedy this situation." (Source: NATSO Inc. , PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  NATSO,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    IMO Accused of Heel Dragging on Maritime Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    IMO,Clean Shipping Coalition
    Date: 2018-10-29
    MarEx is reporting the Clean Shipping Coalition, an umbrella group for nine environmental NGOs, has warned that the London-headquartered IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) isn't doing enough to meet its commitment to reduce shipping's CO2 emissions.

    The Coalition pointed to mandatory "slow steaming" speed reduction as a leading possibility for cutting back shipping's emissions. Even as a standalone measure, industry-wide speed limits could deliver on the IMO's goal to reduce carbon intensity by 40 pct by 2030, the group said. (Source: Clean Shipping Coalition, MarEx, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact:Clean Shipping Coalition, www.cleanshipping.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Clean Shipping Coalition,  


    MethaShip Touts Methanol's Maritime Fuel Prospects (Ind. Report)
    Methanol Institute
    Date: 2018-10-24
    The Washington-based Methanol Institute is reporting the findings of the MethaShip Research Project which has concluded that renewable Methanol offers a long term solution for the maritime shipping industry's carbon emission reduction strategy.

    The MethaShip research found that Methanol can offer a dramatic improvement in emissions reduction across multiple ship types once the IMO has established the statutory framework conditions necessary for an industry-wide reduction of CO2 emissions.

    The MethaShip research project concluded that: the properties of Methanol surpass other alternative fuels in shipping; the major benefit is the storage at ambient temperature and ambient pressure without loss; in terms of ship design, Methanol is space-saving, simple and practical with the established advantages of a liquid fuel; methanol offers compelling environmental properties and has the most promising lifecycle analysis when produced from renewable sources; and an already widespread availability could be a key enabler for methanol. (Source: The Methanol Institute, Shipping News, 23 Oct., 2018) Contact: Methanol Institute, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org

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    RMR Boasts 93 Property Energy Efficiency Awards (Ind. Report)
    RMR, ENERGY STAR,BOMA,USGBC
    Date: 2018-10-12
    In the Bay State, Newton-headquartered RMR Group Inc. is reporting that 93 properties managed by The RMR Group LLC have been recognized for excellence by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program, and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Protection.

    Of the total, 85 properties were awarded US DOE ENERGY STAR certification while 7 properties were designated as BOMA 360 Performance Buildings by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 360 Performance Program. One property scored USGBC LEED Silver certification and 1 property in Rockville, MD was recognized by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for its achievements in the 2018 Business Revitalized Recycling Program.

    The RMR Group Inc. is a holding company and substantially all of its business is conducted by its majority owned operating subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC. The RMR Group LLC is an alternative asset management company that primarily provides management services to publicly traded REITs and real estate related operating companies nationwide. (Source: RMR Group, Contact: RMR Group Inc. Timothy A. Bonang, Snr. VP, (617) 796-8230; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov; BOMA, www.boma.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  ENERGY STAR,  BOMA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Pattern's New Mexico Wind Projects Win Approval (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-10-08
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy is reporting that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has unanimously approved the location control permit for Pattern's 950-turbine, 2,200 MW Corona Wind Projects.

    Construction and commissioning of the Corona project in Lincoln County, New Mexico, is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: Pattern Energy, PR, Clean Technica, Oct., 2018)Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


    Offshore Wind Shifts in the Garden State (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-09-19
    In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has unanimously agreed to accept offshore wind project proposals for a total of 1,100 MW to be sited approximately 17 to 20 miles off the New Jersey coast.

    New Jersey Legislation to develop offshore wind was passed in 2010, but the effort was stymied by then Republican Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie. The state's new Gov. Phil Murphy (D) revived the offshore wind initiative with a call for 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJ PUB, KYW Radio, 17 Sept., 2018)Contact: NJ PUB, Joseph Fiordaliso, Pres., (609) 777-3300, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  New Jersey Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Hickenlooper Committed to Cutting Vehicle Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2018-08-20
    On Thursday, Colorado air quality officials reportedly launched a push ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper (R) to ensure ever-more-efficient gas-powered vehicles calculated to cut 2 million tpy of CO2. The state air commissioners also committed to consider requirements on the auto industry aimed at accelerating a shift toward zero-emission electric vehicles.

    Hickenlooper ordered action requiring manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency after Trump officials ended the gradually toughening of federal emissions standards that over four decades has led to reduced toxic and heat-trapping pollution from tailpipes.

    State air-quality-control commissioners voted unanimously in favor of developing a rule proposed by health department staffers to require new cars and light trucks to meet California's miles-per-gallon standards for tailpipe pollution. If passed, the regulation would add about $950 to the cost os a new gasoline power vehicle, according auto industry analysts. (Source: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Post, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, (303) 866-2471, www.colorado.gov/governor/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Vehicle Emissions,  Jay Hickenlooper,  


    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Announces Opportunity Projects Program Funding (Funding)
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Institute for Climate (PIC) Solutions is calling for applications under its new Opportunity Projects Program -- partnership-driven research initiatives that aim to generate high-impact climate solutions. The program will award up to $60,000 per year for each project, with a total allocation of up to $600,000 annually.

    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 program aligns with the PICS mandate to contribute to effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions in BC and beyond by linking leading evidence-based, climate solutions research with partners and users.

    Opportunity projects possess potential for impact in climate change mitigation and adaptation including emerging and novel issues. We welcome proposals across broad disciplines potentially involving more than one principle investigator and multiple graduate-level and postdoctoral researchers.

    With a commitment to build human resource capacity in BC, the program mandates participation by research faculty at one of our four collaborating universities with half of funds granted allocated to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond. The deadline for application is Oct. 15, 2018.

    The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering high-impact climate solutions that can be applied by users. Our four collaborating research universities in BC are University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia. PICS’ mandate is to produce leading evidence-based, climate solutions research that can be actively used by decision-makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, (250) 853-3595, (250) 853-3597, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca/opportunity-projects-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  


    Zero Emissions Building Exchange Opens in Vancouver (Ind. Report)
    Zero Emissions Building
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In British Columbia, the first of its kind not-for-profit Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) has opened in Vancouver. The ZEBx center aims to "accelerate the capacity and enthusiasm of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, zero-emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver."

    The free one-stop shop will compile and collate all available information on zero emissions building to assist the construction industry to collaborate and partner in all aspects of zero emissions building.

    ZEBx is a partnership of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society. Other area stakeholders include: the BC Institute of Technology; Canada Green Building Council; Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association; the Roofing Contractors Association of BC; Simon Fraser University; Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance; University of British Columbia; and others.

    ZEBx is one of the strategies of the City of Vancouver's 2016 Zero Emissions Building Plan to eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 by increased energy efficiency and renewable energy. The plan requires the majority of new buildings in Vancouver to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and all new buildings to have no emissions by 2030. (Source: ZEBx, Journal of Commerce, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: ZEBx , Christian Cianfrone, Exec. Dir, (604)330-2017, info@zebx.org, www.zebx.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Emissions Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

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