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CIBC Joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (Ind. Report)
CIBC
Date: 2021-02-26
Following up on our 16 Dec, 2020 coverage, in Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports it has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an initiative led by the financial industry to develop a harmonized global standard to measure and disclose the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of loans and investments. Using jointly developed GHG accounting methodologies will help the bank align its targets with the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the bank release.

In 2019, CIBC committed $150 billion in support of environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027 and has to date achieved 28 pct of this goal. The bank also issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

In 2020, CIBC issued a $500 million(US), five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control. Also in 2020, CIBC ranked among the top-tier of global banks for climate change action by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

CIBC, which recently became the first Canadian bank to join RMI's Center for Climate-Aligned Finance, has more than 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, Website News, Feb., 2021) Contact: CIBC, Nima Ranawana, 647-456-4556, nima.ranawana@cibc.com, www.cibc.com; Partnership for Carbon Accounting, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CIBC,  Carbon Emissions ,  Partnership for Carbon Accounting,  


BOEM Issues Pacific Wave Energy Research Lease (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2021-02-26
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports it has issued a lease for the first wave energy research project to demonstrate the viability of wave energy in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.

The federal marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy research lease was offered to Oregon State University for the proposed PacWave South open ocean wave energy test center. The PacWave project will incorporate four test berths to support the testing of up to 20 wave energy converter (WEC) devices, with an installed capacity not to exceed 20 MW.

MHK technology harnesses energy from ocean waves, tides and currents and converts it into electricity. A WEC device converts the kinetic and potential energy associated with moving ocean waves into electrical or mechanical energy, BOEM noted. (Source: BOEM, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


BlocPower Raises $63Mn to "Green" Old Buildings (Ind. Report)
BlocPower
Date: 2021-02-26
In NYC, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based company BlocPower is working to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by "greening" older buildings which, according to BlocPower, produce more greenhouse gases than the entire U.S. transportation sector.

BlocPower utilizes its proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and monitoring urban clean energy projects and building owners and tenants saving 20-40 pct per year on their energy bills. The company's machine learning tech platform works by determining which retrofits will produce the most energy savings in a building while remotely monitoring energy consumption. Common retrofits include solar panels and cold-climate electric heat pumps which BlocPower offers to multifamily building owners for no money down.

To date, BlocPower has "green" upgraded more than 1,000 buildings in New York City, including over 200 in Brownsville, and is now working in 23 other cities, according to the company.

BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital, one of Uber's first investors, Andressen Horowitz, early investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and Lyft, the former Chairman of Google, and American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. (Source: BlocPower, Websitem BKReader, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BlocPower, Donnel Baird, CEO, (718) 924-2873, support@blocpower.io, www.blocpower.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News BlocPower,  Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


Thermal Energy Ups Brewery Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Thermal Energy International Inc.
Date: 2021-02-26
Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered energy efficiency and emissions reduction solutions specialist Thermal Energy International Inc. reports it has been commissioned by a multinational brewer to supply a turn-key heat recovery system to one of its North American sites.

The system, valued at over $1,000,000, will feature Thermal Energy's proprietary FLU-ACE® condensing heat recovery unit and HeatSponge indirect heat recovery unit to recover waste heat exhausted from the site's boilers. The energy will then be repurposed to heat the water required for three separate applications -- reverse osmosis which removes contaminants, "deaeration" which protects the steam system from corrosive gases, and boiler makeup water.

By reducing the steam load, the project is expected to increase energy efficiency, reduce fuel use, and save an estimated 8 million lpy of water as well as reduce CO2 emissions by over 1,800 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing more than 380 cars from the road.

The turn-key project includes engineering, equipment, installation, commissioning, and training. The project is expected to be completed and revenue earned within nine months. (Source: Thermal Energy International, PR, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: Thermal Energy International Inc., William Crossland, Pres., CEO, 613-723-6776, Bill.crossland@thermalenergy.com, www.thermalenergy.com

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


MEA Awards $1.3Mn Green Transport Incentives (Alt. Fuel, Funding)
Maryland Energy Administration
Date: 2021-02-26
In Baltimore, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is touting its Clean Fuels Incentive Program's (CFIP) support for both the purchase of fleet alternative fuel vehicles and funding to expand the state's alternative fueling infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via proven technology. The CFIP is designed to permanently "green" the state's transportation profile and improve air quality by reducing fossil fuels consumption.

The fiscal year 2021 (FY21) CFIP awards of $1.3M will fund an array of clean fuel projects across the state, including one of the largest electric school bus deployments in the country, electric vehile charging stations and emission-reduced propane autogas vehicles.

The MEA notes the transportation sector is responsible for the majority of Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan. The law requires the State to reduce GHG emissions 25 pct from a 2006 baseline by 2020, in a way that ensures a positive impact on Maryland's economy, protects existing manufacturing jobs and creates new jobs in the State. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PR, Feb., 2021)Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, Mary Beth Tung, Exec. Dir., Kaymie Owen, CMP 443-694-3651, kaymie.owen@maryland.gov, www.Energy.Maryland.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Transportation Emissions,  GHGs Electric Vehicle,  


Calif., CARB Could Miss 2030 GHG Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)
CARB
Date: 2021-02-26
In Sacramento, the California State Auditor's assessment of transportation programs intended to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has determined the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has not collected or evaluated sufficient data to allow it to determine how well or whether its existing incentive programs are performing and meeting their goal of cutting GHG emissions.

CARB's existing incentive programs pay consumers in exchange for purchasing low- and zero-emission vehicles to reduce GHG emissions beyond what CARB's regulations already require.

According to the auditor's report, CARB has done little to measure the extent to which its incentive programs lead to emissions reductions by causing individuals and businesses to acquire clean vehicles that they otherwise would not have purchased.

The auditor's report notes CARB has overstated the GHG emissions reductions its incentive programs have achieved, although it is unclear by how much. Additionally, CARB has not consistently collected or analyzed data to determine whether some of its programs provide the socioeconomic benefits that CARB has identified for those programs, such as maximizing participants' economic opportunities.

Because these programs may cost significantly more than other incentive programs from the perspective of reducing GHG emissions, CARB must do more to measure and demonstrate specific benefits to disadvantaged communities and low-income communities and households that the programs intend to serve, the auditor's report adds. (Source: Office of California State Auditor, Website, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: California State Auditor, Elaine M. Howle, CPA, (916) 445-0255, www.auditor.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News CARB,  California Air Resources Board,  Transporation Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


GEVO, SAS Increasing SAF Purchase Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
GEVO, SAS
Date: 2021-02-26
Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol, ethanol and SAF producer GEVO, Inc. and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) are reporting an amendment to their previously signed, October 2019 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) sales agreement. With the amendment, SAS will increase its minimum purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to 5,000,000 gallons per year.

GEVO expects to begin supplying SAF from its Net-Zero Projects to SAS at the beginning of 2024. The Net-Zero Projects are being designed to produce liquid hydrocarbons in the form of SAF and renewable gasoline. Each Net-Zero Project is expected to produce approximately 45 million gpy of liquid hydrocarbons and at least 350,000,000 lbs/yr of high protein animal feed. (Source: GEVO, PR, Website, 24 Feb., 2021)Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


NTR Acquires Irish Solar+Battery Storage Projects (Int'l., M&A)
NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II
Date: 2021-02-26
In Ireland, Dublin-based NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II (NTR) is reporting the approximately €29 million acquisition of a 54 MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in County Wexford, Ireland, from renewable energy developer RES.

The portfolio includes two battery storage projects, adding 25 MW of storage capacity to the Irish grid network, along with 29 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV). The projects are both slated to come online in 2022.

RES, which has developed and constructed over 20 battery storage projects across Ireland, UK and the US, will manage, operate and maintain the projects for NTR. (Source: NTR, PR, Energy Global, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: NTR, +353 1 206 3700, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II,  Solar,  


EU Ethanol Trade Assoc. Comments on Decarbonising Transportation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ePURE
Date: 2021-02-26
ePURE, the European renewable ethanol trade association, notes that as part of its European Green Deal roadmap, the EU is considering revising two key legislative tools it uses to drive decarbonisation -- the Emissions Trading System (ETS) which creates a market for carbon emissions by allowing emitters to buy or sell emission allowances, and the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) which sets binding greenhouse-gas emissions reduction targets for EU Member States for sectors not covered by the ETS, including transportation.

Among the policy options being considered are an extension of the scope of the ETS to include road transport and a possible phase-out of the ESR. ePURE has provided the following suggestions on how they can be better integrated with other EU policies to become more effective at achieving Europe's climate goals.

A successful decarbonisation policy in transport must ensure a total coherence of actions between car manufacturers, fuel suppliers and retailers. But an ETS for road transport would seriously disrupt the existing growing synergy between these stakeholders, hamper efforts to reduce emissions from transport, increase fuel prices and create social discontent.

A more effective solution would better integrate existing EU policies. For example, the targets of the EU Renewable Energy Directive should be increased in line with higher Green Deal ambitions. Other policies, such as the Energy Taxation Directive and CO2 standards for cars and vans must be revised in order to integrate the CO2 content and the biogenic content of fuels, thus better reflecting the real environmental performance of biofuels. These actions, however, do not necessitate the extension of the ETS to road transport, and their revision should be carried out independently.

At first glance the ESR has so far been a success with the EU achieving and even surpassing its 9.3 pct emissions reduction objectives as a whole by 2020 as early as in 2018, due mainly to progress in sectors that were the easiest to decarbonise, such as buildings and waste. There has been little to no decarbonisation in the transportation and agriculture sectors, which account for over 50 pct of the ESR emissions, and meeting the already agreed 2030 target of 30 pct. Moreover, there have been many differing levels of progress among Member States.

ePURE suggests the EU should not abandon what works but rather should strengthen and improve the legislative tools that actually boost renewable energy and fuels and encourage carbon abatement. This includes keeping ESR targets, the sole legally binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in sectors not currently in the ETS. Keeping the existing legislation and increasing their ambition levels, including ESR, RED II and the Fuel Quality Directive is a safety net that the EU should not phase out without good reasons. (Source: ePURE, Website PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


CleanSpark Nails Solar Watt Solutions Acquisition (M&A)
CleanSpark, Solar Watt Solutions
Date: 2021-02-26
Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting completion of its acquisition of Solar Watt Solutions, a Southern California commercial and residential solar developer.

This acquisition of an experienced solar and storage installation team will accelerate CleanSpark's residential plans, along with its microgrid product line mVoult, according to the company release. (Source: CleanSpark, PR, Solar Power, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com; Solar Watt Solutions, 855-600-9288, www.solarwattsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanSpark ,  Solar,  Solar Watt Solutions,  


Honda Plants Leaders in Energy Efficiency Recognition (Ind. Report)
Honda, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2021-02-26
Giant auto maker Honda is reporting four of its auto plants, two transmission plants and two engine plants in the U.S. have all earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Certificate for Outstanding Energy Efficiency -- the only automaker to earn the EPA distinction for energy efficiency at every mass production auto plant it operates in the U.S.

Honda's ENERGY STAR certified plants include: Honda Marysville Auto Plant and East Liberty Auto Plants in Ohio; Honda Manufacturing of Indiana; Honda Manufacturing of Alabama; the Anna Engine Plant, located in Anna, Ohio; the Honda Transmission Manufacturing plant, in Russells Point, Ohio and Honda Precision Parts of Georgia. Additionally, the Honda of Canada Mfg. auto and engine plants also earned first-time recognition in 2020 by the Canadian Department of Natural Resources.

Through its Green Factory initiatives, Honda is working to address the environmental impacts of product manufacturing by reducing water use, energy use, waste and emissions. Honda has reduced the CO2 emissions intensity of automobile production in North America by 27.5 pct since 2010 and has cut waste to landfills from manufacturing by 93 pct since 2001. The company also is moving toward the use of renewable wind and solar power for the majority of the electricity it consumes in its manufacturing operations.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $450 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 3.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. (Source: Honda, DOE ENERGY STAR, Feb., 2021) Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honda,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Revelstoke Arts Centre Energy Efficiency Funded (Ind. Report)
Columbia Basin Trust
Date: 2021-02-24
In British Columbia, the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre is receiving more than $90,000 in grant funding from the Columbia Basin Trust to support building energy efficiency upgrades. As one of 15 projects receiving a total of $634,000, from the trust's public building energy sustainability grant program, the upgrades will increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.

The Art Center will use the funding to replace low-efficiency propane boilers and a hot water tank, replace drafty windows with high-efficiency units and draft seal doors. (Source: Revelstoke Review, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, www.revelstokeartgallery.ca; Columbia Basin Trust, www.outrust.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


CLP Considering Honk Kong Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
CLP Power Hong Kong
Date: 2021-02-24
In Hong Kong, CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd, the city's largest power producer, reports it is considering development of offshore wind in Hong Kong waters. The company release noted that "recent advances in the technology of wind turbine generators and an increasingly mature supply chain in the region make it appear more feasible." (Source: CLP, PR, ejinsight, 23 Feb, 2021) Contact: CLP, Richard Lancaster, CEO, csd@clp.com, www.clp.com.hk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLP Power Hong Kong,  Offshore Wind,  


Clean Energy Fuels' Whittier RNG Station Opens (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Fuels
Date: 2021-02-24
In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp.is reporting the opening of an RNG fueling station in Whittier, California. The station, which is owned by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) but operated by Clean Energy Fuels, will supply RNG to fuel heavy-duty trucks and other medium-duty vehicles in the region, including LACSD's vehicles. The new station is expected to dispense over 30,000 gpy for a 50 pct increase from the prior facility.

LACSD was awarded a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, which offset a portion of the construction costs.(Source: Clean Energy Fuels, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels,  RNG,  


Ag Processing Supports Iowa Biofuels Standard (Ind. Report)
Ag Processing Inc
Date: 2021-02-24
In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-headquartered farmer owned Ag Processing Inc has announced its support for House Study Bill 185, the Iowa Biofuels Standard, an initiative that would support biofuel production and use in the state of Iowa. The legislation would establish biofuels standards for fuel sold in Iowa and provide tax credits and infrastructure support to biofuel blenders and retailers.

According to the release, the biofuels standard establishes a minimum level of biodiesel to be blended in the state's diesel fuel pool, gradually increasing over time. Beginning in 2022, the legislation ensures that biodiesel comprises 11 pct of the diesel pool and provides tax credits for higher blends. The program expands to 20 pct biodiesel blends (B20) in future years.

The legislation also establishes new retail income tax incentives for fuel marketers and provides funding for biodiesel projects through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. Financial support for renewable fuels would also be made available from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. (Source: Ag Processing Inc., PR, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ag Processing Inc., Troy Alberts, VP Refined Oils and Renewable Fuels, 402-496-7809, www.agp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ag Processing,  Biofuel Blend,  


Ontario Battery Energy Storage Project Slated for Jarvis (Ind Report)
NRStor
Date: 2021-02-24
Toronto-based NRStor Inc. is touting the joint venture Oneida Energy Storage project with Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. in Jarvis, Ontario as the largest such facility in the province.

When fully operational, the 250 megawatt/1,000 megawatt-hour battery energy storage project could lower electricity system costs by up to $760 million over its lifetime and help Ontario reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 4.1 million tonnes -- equivalent of taking about 40,000 cars off the road every year over the project's life. (Source: NRStor, Canadian Biomass, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, (519) 753-1950, www.sndevcorp.ca; NRStor Inc., Peter Gregg, President, (647) 281-7200, www.nrstor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRStor,  Energy Storage,  Battery Eenrgy Storage,  


Green Plains, Summit Carbon Solutions Carbon Offtake Agreement Announced (Ind. Report)
Green Plains, Summit Carbon Solutions
Date: 2021-02-24
Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. reports three of its biorefineries have entered into a long term carbon offtake agreement with Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS), a subsidiary of Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group. With this announcement, the three biorefineries can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their biofuels and Green Plains' products will become true low-carbon ingredients for aquaculture, pet food, dairy and poultry companies and low carbon feedstocks for renewable diesel.

Green Plains will initially connect the biorefineries at Fairmont, Minn., Fergus Falls, Minn. and Superior, Iowa, and have the option to expand to additional locations as the pipeline network grows. When completed, SCS is expected to have infrastructure capable of capturing and sequestering 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to removing over two million cars from the road each year. (Source: Green Plains, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Summit Carbon Solutions, www.summitag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Summit Carbon Solutions,  


Northvolt to Build Energy Storage Systems in Poland (Int'l.)
Northvolt
Date: 2021-02-22
Stockholm-headquartered battery cell start-up Northvolt reports it will construct Europe's largest factory for energy storage systems in Gdansk, Poland, by next year.The The announced $200 million plant will include an R&D center and is an expansion of an existing company built battery system dacility. The expansion will have an initial annual output of 5GWh, and a potential future capacity of 12GWh.

The Gdansk plant will be fed by lithium-ion battery cells from the company's Northvolt Ett gigafactory in Skelleftea, Sweden, as a raw material and then produce battery modules and larger battery systems for stationary grid and industrial scale energy storage systems for the most part, and additionally industrial energy storage systems. The new facility is expected to to begin operation in 2022. (Source: Northvolt, PR, Website, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northvolt,  Energy Storage,  lithium-ion battery ,  


EIA Foresees Gradual Biofuel Growth Through 2050 (Ind. Report)
EIA
Date: 2021-02-22
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected demand for all liquid fuels last year, the EIA notes that biofuel consumption has not decreased as much as petroleum-based fuels. AEO2021's reference case, which represents the EIA's best assessment of how energy markets will operate through 2050, predicts that biofuels consumption will return to 2019 levels in 2021, slightly faster than petroleum-based transportation fuels. As a result, biofuels will account for an increasing share of the domestic fuel mix.

The EIA attributes the quicker rebound in biofuels consumption primarily to regulatory support, such as the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

In the AEO2021 reference case, the EIA projects that the percentage of biofuels blended into the U.S. transportation fuel pool will increase and slowly grow through 2050. In the event of high oil prices, the EIA expects the share of biofuels consumed in the U.S. would rise to a greater percentage as higher prices for gasoline and diesel would make biofuels more competitive.

Biodiesel production is expected to grow slightly in the reference case, maintaining a steady level of supply through 2050. Renewable diesel production is expected to grow at a higher rate. Ethanol consumption is expected to return to pre-COVID levels in later years of the projection period, steadily growing through 2050 because of higher ethanol blends making their way into the on-road transportation fuel, according to the EIA.

Domestic production of other biomass-derived liquids, including pyrolysis oils, biomass-derived Fischer-Tropsch liquids, biobutanol and renewable feedstocks used for the on-site production of diesel and gasoline, is expected to grow by 3.5 percent, reaching 90,000 bpd by 2050. The AEO2020 reference case predicted a 5.3 percent increase, which would equate to 110,000 bpd in 2050. (Source: EIA, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Reforestation Included in Shell's Emission Reduction Plan (Int'l.)
Shell
Date: 2021-02-22
Oil industry giant Royal Dutch Shell reports plans to increase tree plantings, the use of nature-based carbon offsets and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in their effort to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.

Shell wants to ramp up its use of nature-based carbon offsets, which include forestation projects, to 120 million tpy by 2030, to as high as 300 million tpy . Shell, which currently has 4.5 million tonnes of CCS capacity either in use or in the pipeline, aims to sell CCS as a service to other emitters Globally, the entire voluntary carbon offset market reached 104 million tonnes in 2019, according to Ecosystem Marketplace . (Source: Shell, Yahoo, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  CCS,  Reforestation,  Carbon Offset,  


Italy's Eni Aims for 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
Eni
Date: 2021-02-22
In Italy, Rome-headquartered Eni's Strategy 2021-2024 & 2020 reports it aims to cut absolute emissions by 25 pct by 2030, from 2018 levels, and by 65 pct by 2040 with an end goal of achieving carbon neutral status by 2050.

The that end, the company will seek acquisitions to speed the green transformation and will increase its renewable energy capacity from today's 300 megawatts to 60 gigawatts in 2050. The company also plans more than €2 billion ($2.43 billion) of asset sales to help develop clean businesses -- including two possible new biorefineries in Italy and the U.S. and carbon capture and storage (CCS) units in the UAE and Libya. (Source: Eni, Website PR, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21, Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en-IT/home.htmlwww.eni.com/en-IT/home.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  CCS,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


BTS Biogas Announces North American Expansion (Ind. Report)
BTS Biogas
Date: 2021-02-22
Italian anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas is reporting the formation of BTS North America (BTS NA), a new subsidiary for its plan to expand into the North Americam market. BTS North America (BTS NA) will serve as the technology provider to Bioenergy Devco (BDC) to finance, design, engineer , construct and operate anaerobic digestion projects across the United States.

BTS Biogas's proprietary technology includes plant-wide real-time telemetry and modular design within a completely enclosed environment. It ensures anaerobic digestion projects efficiently divert excess organics headed for incineration and landfills while generating carbon-negative renewable energy and healthy soil amendments.

BTS Biogas is responsible for the development, engineering, construction and maintenance of over 230 biogas and biomethane plants across Europe, North America and East Asia. By recycling organic materials from municipalities, food companies and farms, BTS Biogas facilities are designed to generate a consistent supply of renewable energy as well as soil improvers and fertilizers.

Bioenergy Devco (BDC) is a global leader in the design, engineering, construction, financing and operation of advanced anaerobic digestion facilities. BDC's utility-grade anaerobic digestion technology, powered by BTS, is an environmentally sound process that creates a true source of renewable, carbon-negative energy for pipeline and vehicle use. In recycling organic material into natural gas, BDC creates circular economies in local communities, helping cities and companies achieve decarbonization, zero waste and renewable energy goals, while reducing air and water pollution, and creating healthier soils, according to the release. (Source: BTS Biogas, PR, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., www.bts-biogas.com; Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff , CEO ,www.bioenergydevco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BTS Biogas,  


U.S. Ethanol Production Drops (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2021-02-22
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), during the week ending on February 12, ethanol production fell to its lowest level in five months -- 911,000 bpd, down from 937,000 bpd during the prior week -- while stockpiles grew.

A Successful Farming report notes the U.S. Midwest, which produces more ethanol than any other region in the country, saw its production drop to 868,000 bpd from day from 895,000 bpd from the previous week and the lowest output level since late September. The East Coast and Gulf Coast regions stayed at an average of 12,000 bpd while the Rocky Mountain and West Coast production levels were unchanged at 9,000 bpd, on average, according to the EIA. Stockpiles increased to 24.297 million barrels in the seven days ending on February 12.

In other ethanol industry news, the US EPA has announced all 16 "hardship waiver" exemption petitions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from 2020 are still pending. In total, 66 petitions that date back as far as 2011 are still pending.

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. (Source: US EIA, Ag Central News, 20 Feb., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


Boundary Dam Captured 49,300 Tonnes of CO2 in Jan. (Ind. Report)
Boundary Dam,Saskpower
Date: 2021-02-22
On the Canadian prairies, SaskPower is reporting the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station captured 49,373 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2)uring the month of January, this year.

Since coming online in October 2014, the facility has captures 3,859,920 tonnes of CO2.

The Boundry Dam facility was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy but, due to construction and start-up delays, removed only 400,000 tonnes in 2015. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. At the time of opening , Saskatchewan committed to a 40 pct carbon emissions reduction in electrical power generation. ( Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 20 Feb., 2021)Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boundary Dam ,  CCS,  SaskPower,  


Facebook, UC Energy Partner on Data Center Efficiency (R&D)
Facbook, US Santa Barbara
Date: 2021-02-22
In the Golden State, the University of California Santa Barbara's Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE), a leader in silicon photonics, and Facebook are reporting a partnership to advance research into energy-efficient data centers and artificial intelligence (AI).

Facebook will provide a $1.5 million over three year grant in support of the research. Facebook will also help develop research projects and provide IEE researchers with insight from their prior experiences designing and operating data centers. Currently Facebook has eight operational data center sites in the U.S., with five on the drawing boards.

IEE will investigate advanced energy-efficient data center infrastructure, including low-power optical interconnects for computer networks and machine learning (ML) with reduced carbon footprint. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Website PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Rod Alferness, Dean -- College of Engineering, 805.893.4191, 805.893.7119 -- fax, www.iee.ucsb.edu news.ucsb.edu

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Advent Technologies Snares UltraCell Fuel Cell Technology (M&A)
Advent Technologies
Date: 2021-02-22
Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. an innovation-driven company in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, reports it has closed on its acquisition of UltraCell LLC , the wholly owned fuel cell division of Commack, New York-headquartered Bren-Tronics, Inc., a designer and producer of military rechargeable batteries, chargers, and power systems.

UltraCell's technology can use hydrogen or liquid fuels to deliver reliable power at a fraction of the weight of batteries. An UltraCell system is 3x-25x lighter in weight than the equivalent battery solution (depending on the application and use case).

UltraCell developed new technologies and intellectual property in the field of methanol, propane and JP8 - based fuel cells and continues to innovate in this rapidly emerging field. UltraCell was the first to commercialize reformed methanol fuel cell technology to provide clean, renewable energy to power portable electronics.

Advent's technology applies to electrification (fuel cells) and energy storage (flow batteries, hydrogen production) markets, which we commercialize through partnerships with Tier1s, OEMs, and System Integrators. (Source: Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., PR, 22 Feb., 2021) Contact: Advent Technologies, www.advent.energy; UltraCell, Ian Kaye, ikaye@ultracell-llc.com, www.ultracell-llc.com, Bren-Tronics, Doug Petito dpetito@bren-tronics.com, www.bren-tronics.com

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BayWa r.e. Snares High Constellation Wind Farm in UK (Int'l., M&A)
BayWa r.e. ,Blue Energy
Date: 2021-02-19
BayWa r.e. increases its onshore wind pipeline in the UK with the acquisition of High Constellation Wind Farm in Scotland from Simply Blue Energy. The proposed ten turbine wind farm is located on the Kintyre peninsula, roughly 20km South of Tarbert and 30km North of Campbeltown, in Scotland. Once installed, it will have a capacity of approximately 50 MW. Blue Energy will continue to support BayWa r.e. in the development process and ensure an effective handover of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e., BayWa r.e. UK Limited Christine McGregor, Head of Commercial, www.baywa-re.com; Simply Blue Energy, Simon Foy, +44 808 284 9441, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, www.simplybueenergy.com

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Duke Energy Breaks Ground on Florida Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2021-02-19
In the Sunshine State, US power company Duke Energy Corp. reports its Florida subsidiary Duke Energy Florida has begun construction on the 74.5-MW Duette Solar Power Plant in Manatee County and the Charlie Creek Solar Power Plant in Hardee County totaling 149.4 MW. Both projects are expected to come online before the year end.

The Duette project will incorporate 227,000 single-axis tracking panels and the Charlie Creek installation will use 235,000 single-axis tracking panels. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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Brightmark, Chevron Expanding RNG Agreement (Ind. Report)
Brightmark, Chevron
Date: 2021-02-19
San Francisco-based Brightmark LLC and San Ramon, California-headquartered oil industry giant Chevron U.S.A. Inc. are reporting the expansion of their previously announced joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, to own projects across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG).

Brightmark RNG Holdings' subsidiaries currently own RNG projects in Western New York state, Western Michigan, Central Florida and South Dakota. Additional equity investments by the joint venture companies will fund construction and commercial operation of five new dairy biomethane projects in Michigan and Arizona. Chevron will purchase and market the RNG from these projects and market it for use in vehicles operating on compressed natural gas, according to the release. (Source: Brightmark, Website PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

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Parkland Increasing Low-Carbon Fuel Production in BC (Ind. Report)
Parkland Corporation
Date: 2021-02-19
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered Parkland Corporation is reporting its Burnaby Refinery in British Columbia was the first facility in Canada to use existing infrastructure and equipment to co-process bio-feedstocks such as canola oil, tallow and crude oil to produce low-carbon fuels with less than one-eighth the carbon intensity of conventional fuels.

In 2020, the plant processed approximately 44 million litres of Canadian-sourced canola and tallow bio-feedstocks and aims to increase this to up to 100 million litres, including an up to 15 pct renewable content diesel, in 2021.

Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator across Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and the Americas through three channels -- retail, commercial and wholesale. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves, according to the company website. (Source: Parkland, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Parkland , Brad Monaco, DirectorCapital Markets, 587-997-1447, Brad.Monaco@parkland.ca, www.parkland.ca

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IBM Aims for Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
IBM
Date: 2021-02-19
IBM is reporting it aims to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2030 and will have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 65 pct by 2025 compared to its 2010 emission levels. IBM notes its net-zero target is "based on the energy the company can actually consume, not on the purchase of unrelated, un-bundled renewable energy certificates."

The company also notes it will procure 75 pct of its worldwide electric power from renewable energy sources by 2025, and hit 90 pct renewable consumption by 2030. The company also plans to use carbon capture by 2030 to remove emissions in "an amount which equals or exceeds the level of IBM's residual emissions" or those emissions IBM still produces after exhausting all avenues to reduce is greenhouse emissions.

As we reported on 15 July, 2020, IBM, a Founding Member of the Climate Leadership Council, reduced its operational CO2 emissions by 39.7 pct since 2005, well ahead of its goal of a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025. The company also noted 47 pct of the electricity it consumed in 2019 came from renewable sources, keeping the company on track to get 55 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2025. (Source: IBM, PR, ZD Net, 17 Feb., 2021)Contact: IBM, www.ibm.com/us-en

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Enel, Saras Touts Sarinian green Hydrogen Project (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Italian energy giant Enel reports its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power has inked a Memorandum of Intent (moI) with energy generation technologies firm Saras for the development of a green hydrogen project in Sardinia.

The plan calls for a 20MW electrolyser powered by renewable energy produced onsite to produce green hydrogen to be used as a raw material in the Saras refinery in the province of Cagliari.

The development is in line with Enel's effort to transition to low-carbon energy technologies. (Source: Enel, PR, Smart Energy, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO , Saras, Dario Scaffardi, CEO, +39 070 90911, Fax: +39 070 900209, www.saras.it/en

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Greenlane Inks $3.6Mn in New RNG Contracts (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-02-19
Barnaby, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has inked two contracts totaling $3.6 million (Cdn) for new renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. The first contract involves a project in the Midwest United States for upgrading biogas to RNG from dairy operations. Contract details have not been disclosed.

According to Greenlane Pres. and CEO Brad Douville, "The transition to renewable natural gas as an essential solution to decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid continues to build momentum. We're seeing new opportunities progress through our sales pipeline at an increased pace and we're seeing results from the investments we made in product development, marketing and sales over the last 12 to 18 months. These two new contract wins demonstrate continued success in sectors where we see additional upside potential and a unique position in the market for Greenlane." (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 18 Feb., 2021)Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

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CEMEX Carbon Capture Pilot Funded (Ind. Report)
CEMEX
Date: 2021-02-19
Houston-headquartered CEMEX USA is reporting receipt of an undisclosed amount of grant funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a pilot carbon capture unit at its Victorville, California, cement plant.

The project is a collaboration with Carbon Clean, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and RTI international which will lead the initiative. The project aims to develop and scaling-up specific CO2 capture process components and incorporate next-generation non-aqueous solvents. The collaboration will assess the integration of modular carbon capture technology with the cement plant as well as evaluate the cost and technical considerations of using the captured CO2 as a feedstock for new products.

As previously reported, in 2020 CEMEX announced its target of reducing CO2 emissions by 35 pct of cementitious products by 2030 as part of a longer-term goal of producing net-zero CO2 concrete by 2050. (Source: CEMEX, The Chemical Engineer, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: CEMEX USA, Jaime Muguiro, Pres., 713-650-6200, www.cemexusa.com

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Calumet Announces Montana Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
Calumet Specialty Products
Date: 2021-02-19
Indianapolis-headquartered Calumet Specialty Products reports plans to produce renewable diesel by re-configuring a hydrocracker at its 37,000 bpd redinery in Great Falls, Montana. Plans include converting a 24,000 bpd gas oil hydrocracker to process between 10,000-12,000 bpd of renewable feedstock while running between 10,000-12,000 bpd of Western Canada Select crude.

A project timeline was not announced but the company statement noted that hydrocracker conversions are "typically faster to market, cheaper, and less technically challenging than other methods of producing renewable diesel."

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. specializes in naphthenic and paraffinic oils as well as aliphatic solvents and paraffin waxes production. (Source: Calumet Specialty Products, PR, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: Calumet Specialty Products, (317) 328-5660, www.calumetspecialty.com

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Volta Energy Tech. Launches Energy Storage Fund (Ind. Report)
Volta Energy
Date: 2021-02-19
Warrenville, Illinois-based Volta Energy Technologies today announced an initial closing on its venture fund focused on batteries, energy storage, and related hardware and software required to enable the use of lower-cost electric vehicles and renewable power generation.

The new fund closed with $72.6M of committed capital in December and will continue to accept additional capital commitments through the end of Q1 2021. It is complemented by the firm's pledge fund launched in 2017, with the backing of corporate strategic investors Albemarle, Exelon, Equinor and Hanon Systems. Volta is currently seeking investors to participate in the final close of the new fund in Q1 of 2021 -- with the aim of raising up to an additional $150 million.

The firm expects significant impacts from a pipeline of investible deals aimed at lowering battery cost, improving safety, increasing battery longevity, grid energy storage, battery recycling technology, advanced manufacturing processes and others.

Volta Energy Technologies identifies and invests in battery and energy storage technology after performing deep diligence with the support of unparalleled global research institutions. Seeded by strategic corporate investors, Volta connects innovators with investors and relevant industries that are adopting energy storage technology, delivering strategic returns for all. (Source: Volta, PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Volta, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, CEO, www.plusvolta.com

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Mass Save Municipal Partnership Participants Announced (Ind. Report)
Mass Saves, Eversource, National Grd
Date: 2021-02-19
In the Bay State, Mass Save® program sponsors Eversource and National Grid are reporting the communities of Framingham, Andover, Cambridge, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marshfield, Methuen and Westborough have been selected to participate in the 2021 Municipal Partnership and will benefit from funding and support to implement energy efficiency outreach in their communities.

The Municipal Partnership provides grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts municipalities that meet the partnership's goals for implementing energy efficiency outreach in their residential and small business communities and achieve exceptional energy savings by completing energy assessments and the installation of energy upgrades. These incentives are in addition to energy efficiency incentives already available to residents.

The MassSave® program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy efficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. (Source: Mass Save, City of Framingham, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com

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The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

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  • Telkonet, EnPowered Expands Intelligent Energy Offering (Ind. Report)
    Telkonet
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent automation solutions to optimize energy efficiency and operational analytics for commercial markets, is reporting a new partnership with Waterloo, Ontario-based energy software developer EnPowered.

    Licensed as an electricity and natural gas provider across North America, EnPowered's software platform simplifies market participation and increases value to end-users. EnPowered combines regulatory expertise, load forecasting, and IoT enabling end-users to seamlessly participate directly in electricity markets, automating enrollment in peak-load shifting, peak shaving, or demand response programs, end-to-end energy awareness and improved energy management for building owners, according to the company website. (Source: Telkonet Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Telkonet, Bridget Donofrio, Marketing Manager, 414.302.2299 bdonofrio@telkonet.com, www.telkonet.com; EnPowered, Janine Scott Marketing and Communications Manager 888-280-0790, janine@getenpowered.com, www.GetEnPowered.com

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    HECO's Renewable Energy Portfolio Beats State Mandate (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric, HECO
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Driven by higher solar energy and wind production and lower consumer demand, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) achieved a 34.5 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2020.

    The 34.5 pct is the consolidated RPS for Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui County, up from 28.4 pct in 2019. Hawaiian Electric exceeded the state requirement to reach 30 pct by 2020 and has more than tripled the amount of renewable energy on its electric grids in 10 years, up from just under 10 pct in 2010. Even if electricity use had been the same as in 2019, Hawaiian Electric would have still reached a renewable portfolio standard of 32 pct.

    HECO's 2020 RPS highlights include:

  • Maui County reached 50.8 pct RPS, hitting the 50 pct mark for the first time. With a mix of solar, wind and biofuels, Maui County's RPS represents a nearly 25 pct increase from 40.8 pct RPS in 2019.

  • Oahu recorded a 30.5 pct RPS, exceeding 30 pct for the first time and up 5 percentage points from 25.2 pct in 2019.

  • Hawaii Island hit 43.4 pct, compared to 34.7 pct in 2019.

  • Total electricity generated by renewable energy resources increased 13 pct over 2019.

    Some of the factors that drove the year-over-year increase include:

  • A full year of production from West Loch Solar and Clearway Energy grid-scale solar facilities;

  • Increased production from private rooftop solar, with nearly 6,000 new systems coming online in 2020. There are 87,848 systems and 3.7 million solar panels, including rooftop and grid-scale facilities, producing electricity on the five island grids;

  • Higher wind production and lower electricity use due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The next RPS milestone required by state law is to reach 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Scott Seu, Pres., CEO, Shannon Tangonan, 808.351.4978 shannon.putnam@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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  • Iowa Bill Hastens Higher Biofuel Blends (Reg. & Leg., Ind Report)
    Iowa Biofuels
    Date: 2021-02-17
    In Des Moines, Hawkeye State Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on Feb. 8 introduced a bill that aims to speed the statewide adoption of higher biofuel blends, including E15 and B20. Representatives of the ethanol and biodiesel industries are speaking out in support of the bill.

    For biodiesel, the bill would require most diesel sold in the state to be B11 blend during warmer months, beginning in 2022. The requirement would ramp up to B20 during warmer months in 2024 and later. For ethanol, the bill would make E15 the standard fuel option by 2025. It would also update the E15 promotion tax credit to 3 cents per gallon year-round. Growth Energy estimates that over the first five years, the legislation would increase ethanol demand by more than 117 million gallons. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Website PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, (515) 281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov

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    Siemens, TC Energy Ink Waste Heat-to-Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Siemens Energy AG
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Munich, Germany-based Siemens Energy AG is reporting an agreement with Calgary, Alberta-based TC Energy Corp. to commission a novel waste heat-to-power pilot installation in Alberta. The facility will capture waste heat from a gas-fired turbine operating at a pipeline compression station and convert it into emissions-free power. The power will be fed into the grid for an estimated greenhouse gas reduction 44,000 tpy -- equivalent to taking more than 9,000 vehicles off the road.

    Siemens Energy will build, own, and operate the facility, with the option for ownership to be transferred back to TC Energy at a later date. The new facility is expected to be commissioned toward the end of 2022 and could generate sufficient power for 10,000 homes or more. The facility will incorporate a patented heat recovery process designed by Siemens Energy licensed under Echogen Intellectual Property. The technology is based on an advanced Rankine Cycle and uses supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) as the working fluid to convert waste heat into power.

    The project scored $8 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta's (ERA) Industrial Efficiency Challenge. (Source: Siemens Energy AG, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Siemens Energy AG, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en.html; TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com

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    Dominion Plans $72Bn Clean Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Dominion Energy reports it could invest up to $72 billion through 2035 to transition its primary power source from fossil fuels to emissions-free, clean fuel alternatives.

    The company expects to invest $32 billion through 2025 to clean up its emissions profile as follows: $17 billion for zero-carbon generation -- offshore wind, nuclear power life extensions , solar energy and energy storage; $6 billion on electricity transmission and distribution projects such as making its system more resilient to cyber and climate threats; $6 billion on customer growth and other related activities; $3 billion on natural gas distribution modernization and renewable natural gas systems. More than 80 pct of those investments will reduce emissions.

    Specifically, the company noted:

  • $17 billion for offshore wind projects, including an estimated $8 billion to build a 2.6 GW offshore wind project in Virginia that it hopes to complete by the end of 2026;

  • $20 billion on solar projects expanding the company's capacity from 2.2 GW to 13.4 GW by 2035;

  • $7 billion for energy storage projects;

  • $4 billion to extend the life of its zero-emission nuclear power plants;

  • $15 billion on electric grid transformation projects and $9 billion on natural gas distribution modernization projects and renewable natural gas.

    Roughly $72 billion by 2035 would increase the company's zero-carbon power sources from 45 pct in 2020 to 70 pct by 2035 while improving its zero- and low-carbon sources from 90 pct to 95 pct. Dominion is also investing in early-stage hydrogen projects. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

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  • CleanSpark Launches Residential Microgrid Solution (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting the launch of mVoult www.mvoult.com, a stand-alone energy management controller capable of directing the operations of both existing and new energy assets for residential microgrids.

    mVoult will be offered as a smart controller and mobile app specifically designed for residential applications. The Company also plans to launch a fully integrated mVoult branded battery energy storage and controls solution. The home power solution will enable the selection of optional add-ons such as solar integration or back-up generators. The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for both the stand-alone controls and the fully integrated solution in April 2021. Installations of the solution are expected to begin summer 2021.

    CleanSpark, Inc. offers a suite of software solutions that provide end-to-end microgrid energy modeling, energy market communications, and energy management solutions. Offerings include intelligent energy monitoring and controls, intelligent microgrid design software, middle-ware communications protocols for the energy industry, energy system engineering and software consulting services.

    Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ATL Data Centers LLC, CleanSpark also owns and operates a data center that provides customers with traditional on-site and cloud-based data center services. (Source: CleanSpark, Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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    PA. IRRC Calls for RGGI Implementation Delay (Ind. Report)
    RGGI,Independent Regulatory Review Commission
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Following up on our July 10, 2020 coverage -- PA RGGI Membership, Carbon Tax Stymied -- the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) has asked the state's Environmental Quality Board to delay the state's entry into the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for one year from Jan. 1, 2022, until Jan. 1, 2023.

    "This additional time would allow the regulated community an opportunity to clarify related issues including implementation procedures as well as adjust their business plans to account for the potential increased costs associated with Pennsylvania joining RGGI," according to the IRRC website release.

    RGGI is a collaboration of states that began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, PR, Indiana Gazette, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org; Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, (717) 783-5417, www.irrc.state.pa.us

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    EU "Surgical" Carbon Border Tax Proposed (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2021-02-17
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) will reportedly propose a highly targeted carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) this year that will focus on imports from countries that are not acting to reach climate neutrality by mid-century, according to green deal chief Frans Timmermans.

    As previously reported, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev has called for a EU carbon border tax to comply with international agreements on climate. "If the tax is imposed, there should definitely be an effort to keep it in compliance with the EU framework convention on climate and Paris Climate Agreement. We have to hold bilateral talks on this with the EU and via dedicated international platforms, such as the WTO, the agencies that deal with climate change and relevant conventions," Medvedev noted while speaking at a meeting on the potential impact of the tax on Russia.

    The EC proposed climate legislation requiring the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050 as part of the European Green Deal. This follows the December 2019 EC decision to endorse the 2050 climate-neutrality objective. On 17 September, the Commission amended its proposal to incorporate a new 2030 emissions reduction target. (Source: EC, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu; European Commission, ec.europa.eu

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    ENVIVA Targets Net-Zero Operations by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass, Finite Carbon
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered ENVIVA, a leading global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, has announced its goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations by 2030.

    This commitment to climate action reinforces ENVIVA's core purpose to displace coal, grow more trees, and fight climate change. It sets forth an ambitious plan for eliminating GHG emissions from its operations in keeping with international climate goals, including the Paris Agreement's goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C. To that end, ENVIVA will:

  • Reduce, eliminate or offset all of its direct emissions. Enviva will immediately work to minimize the emissions from fossil fuels used directly in its operations -- its Scope 1 emissions.

  • Source 100 pct renewable energy by 2030with an interim target of at least 50 pct by 2025.

  • Drive innovative improvements in its supply chain and proactively engage with partners and other key stakeholders to adopt clean-energy solutions.

  • Transparently report progress. Enviva will track and publish its progress in reducing its emissions annually and intends to disclose climate-relevant data and risks through CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) by the end of 2022.

    ENVIVA's sustainably sourced wood is used to manufacture wood pellets as a drop-in alternative to fossil fuels. ENVIVA exports its sustainable wood pellets primarily to the U.K., Europe, the Caribbean and Japan, enabling its customers to reduce their carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis, helping them reach their greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets with renewable energy, according to the ENVIVA release. (Source: ENVIVA, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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  • SoCalGas Adds to Hydrogen Transport Fuel R&D Funding (Funding)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Southern California Gas Co. reports will provide $1.3 million in funding for the development of four hydrogen fuel technologies that could provide emissions-free transportation for railways and at ports in California and around the world.

    The Southern California Gas funding is in addition to $10.4 million R&D funding from the California Energy Commissions (CEC) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports grant program. bringing the total funding to $11.7 million.

    Maritime fuel cell maker Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine Inc., research organization Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the nonprofit CALSTART are among the funding recipients.

    According to SoCalGas, the goal is to bring to market innovative clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel-cell marine vessels, hydrogen refueling stations at ports, and fuel cell locomotives. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, My News LA, Feb., 2021) Contact: SoCalGas, Neil Navin, VP Clean Energy Innovations, www.socalgas.com; CALSTART, www.calstart.org; GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 -- fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

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    Bank of America Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2021-02-15
    With assets of $2,031,940,000, the Bank of America -- the country' second largest bank by assets -- reports it is aiming to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its financing activities, operations and supply chain by 2050.

    To that end, Bank of America will need to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations as well as engage with its borrowers in order to "help accelerate their own transitions to net zero." The bank notes it plans to establish interim science-based emissions targets for "high-emitting portfolios, including energy and power."

    In the announcement, Bank of America laid out initial steps to cut its operational emissions by 2030, which include purchasing 100 pct zero carbon electricity and reducing energy use and potable water use by 55 pct, among other initiatives. The bank is also set to disclose its financed emissions by 2023 through the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials. (Source: Bank of America, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Bank of America, www.bankofamerica.com; Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

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    AW-Energy Touts Wave Energy for Green Hydrogen Prod. (Int'l.)
    AW-Energy Oy
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Finland-based AW-Energy Oy is touting its combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process wave energy device that when combined with other renewable energy sources, can significantly reduce green hydrogen production costs .

    Green hydrogen is produced by using renewable energy -- such as combining wave energy with solar -- to power electrolysis that splits water into its constituent parts. It is regarded as a leading approach in the journey to decarbonise emission-intensive industries and transport sectors. A $2/kg price is widely believed to represent a potential tipping point that will make green hydrogen and its derivative fuels the energy source of choice across multiple sectors, which includes steel manufacturing, fertilizer production, power generation, and shipping where vast near-term demand exists across Europe and internationally.

    Green ammonia, a derivative of green hydrogen, is also being assessed as a way to displace fossil fuels in thermal power generation, greatly decreasing the emissions intensity of existing energy infrastructure.

    The growth in green hydrogen production using wave energy could potentially be a cost-effective solution in reaching the world's latest hydrogen goals, according to the AW-Energy release. (Source: AW-Energy Oy, PR, 11 Feb., 2021) Contact: AW-Energy Oy, Christopher Ridgewell, CEO, info@aw-energy.com, www.aw-energy.com

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