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Biofuel Leaders Question Retroactive RFS Exemptions (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-06-10
In a 9 June letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Renewable Fuels Assoc. wrote:

"We are writing to request further information about petitions reportedly received by the U.S. EPA from small refiners seeking exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years.

"The petitions in question were discussed during your testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 20, 2020. On the same day, U.S. DOE Under Secretary Mark Menezes confirmed that EPA is 'send[ing] over' past-year petitions for DOE review. Mr. Menezes described the petitions as 'gap filings' intended to reconstitute after-the-fact a continuous string of exemptions for select oil companies 'to be consistent with the Tenth Circuit decision.'

"This attempt to circumvent the courts and the RFS should be rejected out of hand. Even if EPA granted retroactive 'gap' exemptions without simultaneously returning the number of RINs associated with the exemption to the petitioner, such exemptions would be inconsistent with EPA's own policies and regulations, legal precedent, and Congressional intent.

"These 'gap filings' appear to be little more than the latest in a string of oil industry tactics designed to subvert the law and sidestep a court order to uphold the RFS. Read the full letter HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 9 June, 2020) Contact: RFA, www.fuelsamerica.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS Waiver,  RFS,  RFA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Stena Line Sinking Emissions Ahead of IMO Schedule (Int'l.)
Stena Line, IMO
Date: 2020-06-10
The world's largest marine ferry service operator Stena Line reports it has cut both its total CO2 emissions and emissions per transported tonne, 10 years ahead of International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets which call for the shipping industry to reach zero emissions by 2050.

According to the newly published sustainability overview A Sustainable Journey, Stena Line has reduced total CO2 emissions by 1.7 pct, corresponding to 24,000 tonnes of CO2 in total. The company has also reduced the emissions per transported tonnne of freight and passenger vehicles by 3.6 pct , meeting the IMO's targets for a 40 pct improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008 to 2030. (Source: Stena Line, Cruise & Ferry, June, 2020) Contact: Stena Line, Eric Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability , +46 (0)31 85 80 00, www.stenaline.com; 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,  


National Grid Supports UN Race to Zero Campaign (Ind. Report)
National Grid,UNFCCC
Date: 2020-06-10
National Grid reports it is supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global "Race to Zero Campaign" and has to date cut its emission by 70 pct over 1990 levels.

To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.

In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid, John Pettigrew, CEO, www2.nationalgrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  Carbon Emission,  UNFCCC,  


Gasum Completes Norwegian LNG Marine Fuel Bunkering (Int'l.)
Gasum
Date: 2020-06-08
The Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum is reporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering for the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel, which is owned by Netherlands-based marine contracting firm Heerema.

As a marine fuel, LNG meets all current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. In addition, the use of LNG removes all Sox emissions and particles and reduces Nox emissions by 85 pct compared to heavy fuel oil. LNG also lowers CO2 emissions by at least 20 pct, according to the release. (Source: Gasum, Port News, June, 2020) Contact: Gasum, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com: Heerema, www.heerema.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Gasum,  Marine Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  LNG,  


Alliant Acquiring Geronimo Solar Development (M&A, Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy, Geronimo
Date: 2020-06-03
Minneapolis-based renewable energy developer Geronimo Energy and Alliant Energy are reporting Alliant will purchase Geronimo's 50-MW North Rock Solar power development in the town of Fulton, Wisconsin, subject to regulatory approvals. Geronimo will continue acting as developer of North Rock Solar. (Source: Alliant Energy, Milton Courier, June, 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy, Susan Gille, Inv. Rel, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com; Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Solar,  Geronimo,  


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,  


First Solar, Geronimo Seal 415 MW Module Supply Deal (Ind Report)
First Solar,Geronimo Energy
Date: 2020-05-08
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting a framework supply agreement with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, for 415 MW of its high-performance, eco-efficient Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules for delivery in 2022. 2022.

Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.

First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  Geronimo Energy ,  


Tunisian Concentrated Renewable Energy Capacity Hits 379 MW (Int'l.)
Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies
Date: 2020-05-06
In Tunis, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, reports the North African country's concentrated renewable energy power generation hit 379 MWin 2019, against 115 MW in 2010. Of the total, 63.3 pct of renewable energy capacity was from wind, 20.4 pct was from photovoltaic solar and 16.3 pct was from hydropower. (Source: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, African Manager, 3 May, 2020) Contact: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, Mohamed Sdiri, +216 0 97333562,sdirimohamed@gmail.com; www.geocradle.eu/platform/stakeholder/sdirimohamed

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Maritime Carrier Completes GoodFuels Bio-Bunkering Trials (Int'l.)
GoodFuels,Stena Bulk
Date: 2020-05-01
Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered marine tanker operator Stena Bulk is reporting the satisfactory completion of its Bio Fuel Oil (BFO) trial with GoodFuels in a typical commercial operation. The fuel, which GoodFuels launched in 2018, reportedly cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 83 pct and substantially reduces SOX emissions, according to GoodFuels.

Because it substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions, GoodFuels' Bio Fuel Oil further ensures marine shipping firms' compliance with the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping. The success of this trial also underlines sustainable marine biofuel's potential within the marine fuel mix. (Source: Stena Bulk, Manifold Times, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Stena Bulk, Erik Hanell, Pres., CEO, +46 31 85 50 00, info@stenabulk.com, www.stenabulk.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  


Longi Solar launches 370W Solar Module (Int'l. Report)
Longi
Date: 2020-05-01
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered Longi Solar is reporting the virtual launch of its new higher power, higher efficiency monofacial PERC module HiMo 4 solar panel range in Australia.

The HiMo 4 series offers a 370W panel with a 20.3 pct efficiency -- a record high in mid-range price products pitched at the residential and small commercial segment as "maximum power on limited roof space", according to Longi. A larger panel of up to 450W with 20.7 pct efficiency is aimed more at the large commercial and industrial market.

The modules use half-cell technology to reduce power loss from resistance, lower the module operating temperature, reduce hot spot temperature by 10~20 degree C and improve the panels' overall performance in partial shade. (Source: Longi, One Step Off the Grid, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Lomgi Solar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, Ted Yang, +86-153-886-37121, en.longi-solar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longi Solar,  Solar Module,  Solar Cell,  


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,  


BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® Recognized (Ind. Report)
Baltimore Gas and Electric,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-15
0 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reports its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® has been recognized by the DOE ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® features a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs to help customers reduce energy demand and usage in support of EmPOWER Maryland which is funded by a charge on customers' energy bill.

BGE customers are expected to save more than $5.3 billion as a result of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® and have reduced their electricity use by 4.6 billion kilowatt hours since 2008. (Source: BGE, M2 Communications, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; BGE, Laurie Duhan, Energy Efficiency Manager,www.BGESmartEnergy.com; EmPOWER Maryland, www.bgesmartenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Baltimore Gas and Electric,  BGE,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


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,  


Alaska Allowing Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
Alaska, Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-04-01
In the Last Frontier State, legislation that allows the creation and utilization of a property tax credit to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency has been unanimously passed by the Alaska State Senate and now awaits Gov. Mike Dunleavy's (R) signature into law.

The legislation would allow businesses and homeowners to maximize money circulating in local economies but would not direct or mandate governments to offer initiate or manage energy efficiency programs. The legislation was endorsed by the Alaska Municipal League, Alaska State Home Building Association, Alaska Miners Association and others. (Source: AEResearch, Seattle Times, 30 Mar., 2020)

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


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BIRD Foundation,  BIRD Energy,  


Inmarsat Joins Asian Shipping Decarbonization Initiative (Int'l.)
Inmarsat, IMO
Date: 2020-04-01
UK-based Global satellite communications provider Inmarsat has taken the role of a founding member in Asia's first decarbonising shipping initiative. The Singapore-based initiative is part of the Trade and Transport Impact (TTI) programme from venture development firm Rainmaking to bring global startups together to look into meeting UN targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Backed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the initiative expects to identify more than 1,000 projects offering models to tackle decarbonisation, with selected startups to be matched with maritime industry leaders willing to build collaborative pilot projects.

Other initiate participants include Cargill, DNV GL, Hafnia, Mitsubishi Corp's subsidiary MC Shipping, Vale, and Wilhelmsen.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is targeting a 50 pct cut in shipping GHG emissions by 2050, and average carbon intensity (CO2 per tonne-mile) reductions of 40 pct by 2030 and 70 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 figures. (Source: Inmarsat, Seatrade, Mar., 2020) Contact: Inmarsat, +44 (0)20 7728 1000 -- London, +65 6499 5050 -- Singapore, maritime@inmarsat.com, www.inmarsat.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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


Energy Efficiency Included in BIRD Energy Funding (Int'l. Funding)
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 energy management, smart grid and energy efficiency among other 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. 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

More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  Smart Grid news,  


Renewable Fuels Coalition Urges EPA to NOT Appeal Court "Hardship" Waiver Decision (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2020-03-20
With the need for a decision only days away, the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union -- the coalition that scored a unanimous court decision against the U.S. EPA -- is now calling for the agency to not appeal the decision.

The coalition took the EPA to court and won over several "hardship" exemptions the EPA granted to small refineries, releasing them from their renewable fuel obligations in 2016 and 2017. The Trump Administration sought and secured an extension of the appeal deadline until Tuesday, March 24, this year.

"With the renewable fuels industry reeling from coronavirus, trade disputes and small refinery exemptions, now is certainly not the time for the Trump administration to take any action that would cause further pain for ethanol producers or the farmers that supply them. The best thing they could do to support our industry and keep ethanol plants open is to announce immediately that they will not appeal," the coalition wrote.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol , Various Trade Media, 18 March 2020) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, Tom Sleight, Pres., (202) 789-0789, (202) 898-0522, www.grains.org; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381 ext. 3389, www.ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  "Hardship Wiver",  Renewable Fuel ,  


WA Legislation Aligns Timber Ind., Carbon Goals (Reg. & Leg.)
Washington State
Date: 2020-03-09
Sitting in Olympia last Thursday, the Washington State Senate reported the near unanimous passage of House Bill 2528 recognizing the state's timber industry's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through reforestation and other management practices. The legislation also recognizes the role of forest products in carbon sequestration and directs the state Department of Commerce to promote markets for the state's forest products.

Having been amended in the Senate, House Bill 2528 returns to the the Washington State House for full approval the on to the governor to be signed into law. (Source: The World, Various Media, chronicleonline. 7 Mar., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Reforestation,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Sodra Announces World's First Commercial Biomethanol Plant (Int'l.)
Sodra,Emmelev
Date: 2020-02-28
Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer cooperative SODRA is reporting construction of the world's first commercial-scale biomethanol -- a sustainable fuel from forest biomass -- plant at its pulp mill in Monsteras. The plant's first delivery will go to Emmelev A/S, a customer that will be using biomethanol in its biodiesel production.

Biomethanol is produced from the crude methanol recovered from the manufacturing process at Sodra's pulp mills. It is part of the circular process in which all parts of forest products are used for the best possible effect.

Emmelev A/S is a Danish family-owned agricultural company that has developed large-scale biodiesel production from local canola, but uses fossil methanol as a raw material in production. (Source: Sodra, Website, PR, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Sodra, Henrik Brodin, Strategic Business Development Manager, +46 (0)470-856 24, henrik.brodin@sodra.com, www.sodra.com; Emmelev A/S, Morten Simonsen, www.emmelev.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Sodra,  Emmelev,  Biomethanol,  Biodiesel,  


ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2020-02-24
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


296 Finnish Municipalities Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Finnish Environment Institute
Date: 2020-02-21
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is reporting from Helsinki that only 16 of Finland's 310 municipalities failed to lower their GHG emissions by an average of 15 pct between 2005 and 2017.

On the high end of the reductions scale, Finnish Lapland is estimated to have lowered its emissions by 121 percent, while emissions grew in Ilomantsi in North Karelia, far eastern Finland.

The SKYE emissions figures are calculated according to standards set by the Carbon Neutral Municipalities Network which is backed by SYKE and the EU as part of a six-year climate project called Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities and Regions.

Finnish emissions must still be slashed by 70-80 pct if to country is to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. (Source: Finnish Environment Institute, YLE News, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: Finnish Environment Institute, Johannes Lounasheimo, +358 29 5251000, www.syke.fi › en-US

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Brazilians Investigate Floating Wind Platform Dynamics (Int'l. R&D)
Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo
Date: 2020-01-13
In Brazil, the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo (EPUSP) reports it is leading research seeking to reduce the structural weight in new designs of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The research is being funded by the US Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global).

According to the EPUSP release, the design of FOWTs can be a complicated task as variables such as the responses to waves, current and wind loads, the static and dynamic stabilities, and the structural behaviour of the mooring lines should be considered. The researchers will use modeling to understand how to better design and manage complex structures in the dynamic ocean environment, according to the release. (Source: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Energy Global, Jan., 2020) Contact: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Professor Alexandre Simos, 11 2648-6094, www.tpn.usp.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Refiners Raise Clean Fuel to IMO Standard (Int'l. Report)
International Maritime Organisation
Date: 2020-01-06
Reuters is reporting global oil refiners have "upgraded processing units and adjusted operations to raise output of low-sulphur residual fuels and marine gasoil (MGO) to prepare for stricter shipping fuel standards that kick in on Jan.1, 2020."

The new London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards prohibit the use of fuels containing more than 0.5 pct sulphur, compared with 3.5 pct through the end of December, unless the ship is equipped with exhaust-cleaning "scrubbers".

The shipping industry consumes about 4 million bpd of marine bunker fuels, and the rule changes will impact more than 50,000 merchant ships globally, opening a significant new market for fuel producers. (Source: International Maritime Organization, Gulf Today, Reuters, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Sulphur Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Gasoil,  IMO,  Maritime Fuel,  Shipping Fuel,  Bunker Fuel,  


Portland 10th on U.S. Sustainable Cities List (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2019-12-16
A recent CommercialCafe study ranking the top 50 U.S. cities on CO2 emissions reductions, air quality improvements, improvements in air quality, the number of US GReen Building Council LEED certifications, growth in environmentally focused occupations, ratings given by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and other related factors has rated top ten 10 U.S. cities making the most progress toward sustainability. According to the study , Washington, D.C. leads followed by New York City, Denver, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon, in that order. (Source: CommercialCafe, KATU News, 14 Dec., 2019) Contact: CommercialCafe, www.commercialcafe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


SK Chemicals Testing Marine Biodiesel Blends (Int'l Report)
SK Chemicals
Date: 2019-12-13
Reuters is reporting Pangyo, South Korea-based biofuels producer SK Chemicals announced tests are underway on blending its biodiesel with petroleum-based fuels to create low-sulphur marine oil compliant with International Maritime Organization's (IMO) move to mandate that from January 2020 ships must cut harmful emissions either by burning fuel with 0.5 pct sulphur, down from the current 3.5 pct, or installing emissions-removing scrubbers.

The company is also noted it is considering increasing its biofuels output by 50 pct as it eyes what will be a new market in the shipping sector.

SK Chemicals can produce 500,000 kilolitres per year of biodiesel and biofuel oil, primarily from palm fatty acid distillate. (Source: SK Chemicals, Nasdaq, Reuters, 12 Dec., 2019) Contact: SK Chemicals, 02-2008-2008, 02-2008-2009 - fax., www.skchemicals.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SK Chemicals,  Biodiesel,  Maritime Biofuel,  Marine Biofuel ,  


Danes Developing Shipboard DecarbonICE CCS System (Int'l.)
CCS
Date: 2019-12-04
A group of world leading maritime shipping companies and ship builders, including NYK, Sovcomflot, DSM and others, are reported to have joined forces with the København, Denmark-based Maritime Development Center to develop DecarbonICE, an on-board carbon capture and storage (CCS)solution.

The DecarbonICE concept captures ship exhaust CO2 and other GHGs in a cryogenic process and turns it into dry ice. Proven offshore technology is then applied during normal ship operations to transport the dry ice into the seafloor sediments for permanent sequestration as liquid CO2 and CO2 hydrate.

In combination with future carbon neutral fuels like biofuels and electro fuels, the DecarbonICE technology can create carbon negative shipping and thus contribute to atmospheric carbon reduction at a significantly lower cost than shore-based CCS. capture.

The shipping industry is looking for carbon free solutions to achieve the IMO 2050 target of a 50 pct CO2 emissions reduction compared to the 2008 level. (Source: Maritime Development Center, Port News, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Maritime Development Center, +45 33 33 74 88, www.mdc.center

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  CO2,  Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  


IMO Updates Maritime GHG Emissions Strategy (Ind. Report)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2019-11-18
In London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is reporting its Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships has agreed on a draft strategy on the voluntary reduction of GHG emissions from ships. The resolution urges IMO member states to develop National Action Plans that could include:
  • improving domestic institutional and legislative arrangements for the effective implementation of existing IMO instruments;

  • developing activities to further enhance the energy efficiency of ships;

  • initiating research and advancing the uptake of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels;

  • accelerating port emission reduction activities; and fostering capacity-building, awareness-raising and regional cooperation;

  • facilitating the development of infrastructure for green shipping.

    IMO noted that it has already adopted mandatory technical and operational measures to improve the energy efficiency of ships and reduce GHG emissions, including the energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships of 400 GT and above. (Source: IMO. Bunkerspot, Nov., 2019)Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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  • Goodfuels, BTG Planning Major Marine Biorefinery Demo (Int'l.)
    Goodfuels, BTG
    Date: 2019-11-15
    Dutch sustainable marine Biofuels specialist Goodfuels is reporting it and biomass technology group BTG will establish BTG-neXt -- a new high-tech company that can convert crude pyrolysis oil into 100 pct sustainable diesel biofuel suitable for the maritime shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil, produced from woody biomass wastes, grass cuttings and similar plant materials.

    The technology for producing oil via pyrolysis from plant-based waste was developed 30 years ago at the University of Twente.

    The new demonstration facility has a planned 1,000 tpy production capacity. Depending on the demo tests, production can be scaled-up to support the industry in meeting International Maritime Organisation (IMO) targets of a 50 pct reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2050 -- roughly 85 pct reduction per vessel. GoodFuels intends to market the pilot volumes produced to further strengthen the commercial business case. The ports of Rotterdam and Eemshaven are the locations being considered for the first commercial processing plant. (Source: Goodfuels, Hellenic, 14 Nov., 2019) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goodfuels,  Marine Biofuel,  pyrolysis oil,  BTG,  


    Growth Energy Calls on EPA to Fix Flawed RFS Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy, EPA, RFS
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In testimony before the US EPA on the agency's proposed supplemental rule on 2020 biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on EPA to fix this flawed draft proposal and reverse the demand destruction that has shuttered biofuel plants across the heartland. "As drafted, EPA's plan fails to accurately account for lost gallons and betrays President Trump's promise to rural America. It cuts the fix we were promised in half, if not more, and destroys what may be our last chance to bring back the ethanol plants that have shut down and help ease the burden facing American farmers," Skor said.

    To begin repairing the damage, Skor called on the EPA to uphold the president's commitment to farmers and biofuel workers. "Midwestern lawmakers and governors have seen the damage firsthand and worked with the president to secure a deal that would start to undo the damage -- a deal that would honor this administration's commitments to farmers, biofuel producers, rural America, as well as small refineries. But instead, the EPA has undercut the president's promise and has yet again tilted the table in favor of the nation's largest oil companies -- all at the expense of the American farmer," Skor said.

    Skor urged regulators to use the rolling average of actual exempted volumes from the three most recently completed compliance years in the final rule, as promised by the administration. She also called on the agency to formally bind itself to the revised methodology for future years and expedite work to remove additional barriers to the sale of E15. "EPA must fix this rule immediately by properly accounting for exempted gallons and restoring lost demand. American biofuel producers and farmers cannot afford anything less," concluded Skor. (Source: growth Energy, PR, 30 Oct., 2019)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    Insurer Limits Fossil Fuel Underwriting, Investments (Ind. Report)
    AXIS Capital Holdings
    Date: 2019-10-25
    Bermuda-headquartered insurance and re-insurance major AXIS Capital Holdings Limited is reporting a new policy addressing underwriting and investments related to thermal coal and oil sands. The policy is in keeping with the company's commitment to a low-carbon economy and addressing the challenges of climate change.

    Under the new policy, which takes effect January 01, 2020, AXIS will not provide new insurance or facultative reinsurance for the construction of new thermal coal plants or mines, oil-sands extraction and pipeline projects, and their dedicated infrastructure, nor insure companies that generate 30 pct or more of their revenue or generate 30 pct or more of their power from thermal coal, or hold more than 20 pct of their reserves in oil sands.

    AXIS Capital is the first US insurer to restrict insurance for both coal and oil sands -- a move that won praise from environmental advocacy groups. (Source: AXIS Capital, Insurance Business America, Oct., 2019) Contact: AXIS Capital Holdings, Albert Benchimol, CEO, www.axiscapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Climate Change,  Oil Sands,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    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

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  • 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,  

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