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World Governments Committed to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2020-01-24
In response to and compliance with the COP15 Agreement, the following governments have set a global goal and committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the second half of the century:

Bhutan, California, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, The European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, The UK and Uruguay. (Source: Various Media, Climate News, Jan., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


NEC Providing 100MW of Grid Energy Storage in Ireland (Int'l.)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Bay State, Westborough-based energy storage specialist NEC Energy Solutions, Inc. reports it will provide 100MW of energy storage in Northern Ireland for the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) and project developer Low Carbon.

The 100MW of energy storage is comprised of two 50MW projects now under construction in County Tyrone and County Armagh. The two projects are the largest projects to date in Northern Ireland and are expected to derive revenue from the new Irish "Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System" (DS3) program to enable Ireland to meet its target of 75 pct non-synchronous and renewable (i.e. wind and solar) electricity across the all-island network. Both 50MW projects will be completed and commissioned in Q1 2021. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: NEC, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  


Irving Cuts Climate Change, Emissions Commitment (Ind. Report)
Irving Oil
Date: 2019-12-23
St.John New Brunswick-based Irving Oil, Canada's largest carbon emitter has reportedly abandoned a previous pledge to cut carbon output by 17 pct from 2005 levels by 2020, in favor of a "keeping up with the Jones" approach of keeping its emissions and environmental performance competitive with its rivals.

In 2017, the 320,000 bpd Irving family owned refinery in St. John emitted just over 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to Environment Canada. In effect, the company is no longer targeting an outright reduction in carbon emissions but is maintaining the status quo as dictated by the top 25 pct of rival refineries in Canada through 2025.

Founded in 1924, privately held Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, more than 900 fueling locations and a network of distribution terminals spanning Eastern Canada and New England. It also operates Ireland's only refinery, located in the village of Whitegate, according to Wikepedia. (Source: Irving Oil, Reuters, Chronicle Herald, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com

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


Energia Acquiring Irish Solar Projects (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Energia Group
Date: 2019-12-11
The Dublin-headquartered Irish energy provider and infrastructure investor Energia Group is reporting acquisition of two new solar projects in Glenamoy and Darthogue, Co Meath , the first investment under the group's €3 billion renewable energy programme. Energia Group will also acquire the Irish solar developer, Solfar Farmers Ltd, which has solar projects at Glenamoy and Darthogue in County Meath. Together, the projects will generate sufficient energy for 58,000 homes.

The group plans to develop the two projects, as both sites have secured planning permission for the construction of solar infrastructure that will generate up to 32MW of exported power, with the potential for future expansion to 220MW.

Energia Group presently powers more than 763,000 homes in Ireland. (Source: Energia Group, Silicon Republic, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Energia Group, Garrett Donnellan, Corporate Development, contact@energiagroup.com, www.energiagroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energia Group,  Solar,  


Notable Quote from ScottishPower CEO
COP25,ScottishPower
Date: 2019-12-06
"Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting 'net zero' in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever.

"This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider. In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.

"The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year." -- Keith Anderson, ScottishPower, Speaking at COP25 in Madrid.Contact: ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  ScottishPower,  CO25,  


ScottishPower Plans Solar and Battery Installations at UK Wind Parks (Int'l. Report)
Iberdrola,ScottishPower
Date: 2019-12-06
In the UK, Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower is reporting plans to install solar panels and batteries next to its wind turbines nationwide.

Applications for the solar and battry installations have been submitted for existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire in England with projects in Scotland and Ireland to follow. The company is also developing 1,000 MW of new onshore wind projects which will also be solar panel and battery equipped.

ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to solely generate 100 pct renewable energy, according to the company. (Source: ScottishPower, Scotland Herald, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  ScottishPower,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar,  


Ireland Announces Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (Int'l.)
Irish Minister for Communications
Date: 2019-12-04
The Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has announced details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction, which has received government approval.

The RESS invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate. The frequency of future RESS auctions, which is dependent on the renewable electricity project supply pipeline, is envisaged as a minimum of four auctions between 2020 and 2027 to deliver on the country's 2030 targets.

Every project developer will be obliged to contribute to a Community Benefit Fund at a rate of €2 per MWhr every year. Ireland is aiming to source 70 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030. (Source: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, PR 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, +353 1 678 2000 , www.dccae.gov.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


ScottishPower Planning Major Onshore Wind Initiative (Int'l.)
ScotlandPower,Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-27
In the UK, a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change -- the official policy advisory group for the UK government -- warns that any hope the UK has of meeting its carbon-neutral by 2050 goal will require construction of at least 1,000 MW of onshore wind capacity every year for the next three decades as well as a quadrupling of offshore wind farm construction -- an unlikely scenario since wind farm construction in the UK has plummeted 80 pct since 2015 due primarily to a lack of government support.

Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report. (Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk; ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  ScotlandPower,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


Ervia, Equinor to Evaluate Irish CCS Potential Benefits (Int'l)
Ervia,Equinor
Date: 2019-11-27
On the Emerald Isle, Dublin-based utility company Ervia is reporting a MoU with Stavanger, Norway-based Equinor ASA under which the two firms will assess the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Under the MoU, Ervia will work with Equinor, a world leader in CCS technology, and the Norwegian Government's wider Northern Lights project, which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, the project would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and sequestered in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea. Northern Lights project partners include ArcelorMittal, Air Liquide, Shell, Total, Equinor and others. (Source: Ervia, Chemical Engineering, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, Interim CEO , www.ervia.ie; Equinor ASA, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ervia,  CCS,  Equinor,  


Irish Peat-Burning Power Plants Face Closure (Int'l. Report)
Bord Na Mona
Date: 2019-11-13
In Dublin, Ireland, the Independent.ie is reporting the Electricity Supply Board has ordered the closure of two peat-burning electric power plants in West Offaly and Rough Lee. The Board proposed the plants be refitted to co-fire with peat and biomass from 2021 until 2027 when the plant could be fully biomass-powered. Bord Na Mona, an Irish peat firm, had been supplying peat to the facilities. (Source: Electricity Supply Board, Bord Na Mona, Bioenergy Insight, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ireland Electricity Supply Board, www.esb.ie; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord Na Mona,  Peat,  Biomass,  


McDonald's Pledges Major Emissions Cuts by 2030 (Ind. Report)
McDonald's
Date: 2019-11-11
Fast food giant McDonald's reports it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to its offices and establishments by 36 pct, as well as cut 31 pct of its emission intensity per metric ton of food and packaging over its supply by 2030.

McDonald's also reports its outlets in UK/Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, France, and Austria, are near to sourcing all of their power from renewable energy sources. (Source: McDonald's, PR, Nature World News, 9 Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Re-Gen Waste Expanding Irish Waste-to-Fuel Facility (Int'l.)
Re-Gen Waste
Date: 2019-10-23
Newry, Ireland-headquartered waste management specialist Re-Gen Waste Ltd. reports it has invested £5 million ($6.4 million) to develop and expand its alternative fuel production facility at Carnbane industrial estate, Newry. The expanded facility is expected to reach full production by next month.

The company presently exports 80,000 tpy of solid recovered fuel (SRF) but will now manufacture higher calorific value pellets and baled material for export to the European cement and steel industries. Joseph Doherty, managing director.(Source: Re-Gen Waste Ltd., Cement News, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Re-Gen Waste Ltd., Joseph Doherty, Managing Director, +44 28 3026 5432, www.regenwaste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternatiove Fuels,  


Wave Energy Converter Ready for Testing (Ind. Report)
Vigpr.Ocean Energy
Date: 2019-10-21
In Washington State, Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC is reporting completion of a OE 35 Buoy wave energy converter for Ireland-based Ocean Energy. The buoy weighs 826 tons, measures 125 feet by 59 feet, has a 31-foot draft, and has a potential rate capacity of 1.25 MW in electrical power production.

The $12 million buoy, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, will be transported to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy

Test Site in Kanehoe Bay Hawaii for 12 months testing. Ocean Energy plans to construct an additional five buoys for deployment at the Oregon wave Energy Test Site off the coast of Newport, Oregon. (Source: Vigor Industrial LLC, Ocean Energy, Env. Oct., 2019) Contact: Vigor Industrial LLC, Brian Akin, (503) 247-1777, www.vigor.net; Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, info@oceanenergy.ie, +353 (0)21-4816780, +353(0)21-4816778 - fax, www.oceanenergy.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  Vigor,  


Irish Carbon Tax Raises €3Bn (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-10-14
In Dublin, Ireland, the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee has announced the country's National Oil Reserve Agency has raised more than €3billion ($3.309 billion) in carbon tax revenue since 2010 while at the same time subsidizing coal and turf (peat). The National Oil Reserve Agency has also accumulated a surplus of more than €200 million that will be rolled into a climate action fund.

Both coal and turf (peat), which are used for heat and electric power production, are expected to be eventually phased out because of their high contribution of CO2 to greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, www.oireachtas.ie; National Oil Reserve Agency, +353 1 676 9390, www.nora.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Irish Carbon Tax Raises €3Bn (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-10-14
In Dublin, Ireland, the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee has announced the country's National Oil Reserve Agency has raised more than €3billion ($3.309 billion) in carbon tax revenue since 2010 while at the same time subsidizing coal and turf (peat). The National Oil Reserve Agency has also accumulated a surplus of more than €200 million that will be rolled into a climate action fund.

Both coal and turf (peat), which are used for heat and electric power production, are expected to be eventually phased out because of their high contribution of CO2 to greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, Irish Times, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, www.oireachtas.ie; National Oil Reserve Agency, +353 1 676 9390, www.nora.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax news,  


UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
Date: 2019-09-23
Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


Galway Adopts Statutory Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Int'l)
Galway,Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-16
In Ireland, the City of Galway City Council is reporting the adoption of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the period from 2019 to 2024. The strategy aims to prepare the city of roughly 90,000 residents for, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Strategy contains 31 individual adaptation actions covering governance and support, critical infrastructure and buildings, natural and cultural capital, water resources, flood risk management, and community services. These adaptation measures will be implemented over the next ten years to help cope with climate change.

The adoption of the Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 is mandated under the National Adaptation Framework, requiring all Local Authorities to have such a plan in place by the end of September 2019. (Source: City of Galway, www.galwaycity.ie; National Adaptation Framework, www.dccae.gov.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Big storage comes to Ireland

Date: 2019-09-13
A 200 MW storage project is being developed by Hanwha Energy Corporation and Lumcloon Energy. The €300 million facility is intended to stabilize the grid to host more renewable energy capacity. With that tweet, Ireland’s minister for communications, climate action and environment, Richard Bruton, welcomed the beginning of construction of a 200 MW storage project planned in County Offaly, in Leinster province in the east of Ireland. The project consists of two 100 MW lithium-ion storage units near the municipalities of Ferbane and Shannonbridge, Irish broadcaster RTE revealed. The developer is Korea-based Hanwha Energy Corporation, the parent company of module maker Hanwha Q Cells, and Irish company Lumcloon Energy Limited is a partner on the project. The storage facility is intended to secure power supply for the country’s future energy grid, which is expected to accommodate a rising share of renewable energy generation. Lumcloon Energy Limited announced the project with Hanwha in April 2018. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Ireland had a pumped storage capacity of 292 MW at the end of last year. Its installed hydropower capacity stood at 529 MW while solar and wind had shares of 3,518 MW and 29 MW, respectively. Fossil fuels still meet around half of Ireland’s power demand. (Source: pv mag, 10 Sept., 2019)


Greencoat Acquiring Glennmont Partners' Laois Wind Farm (M&A)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2019-09-13
Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it has agreed to buy the 10 year old Gortahile wind farm in County Laois, Ireland, from Glennmont Partners. The wind farm generates sufficient power for about 20,000 homes. Details have not been released. The deal is expected to close next week.

UK-based Glennmont Partners also owns Gruig wind farm near Ballymena in Co Antrim. The company recently raised €850 million which it intends investing in renewable energy projects. (Source: Grencoat Renewables, Irish Times, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London, www.greencoat-capital.com; Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables,  Wind,  


Univ. of Cyprus Promoting SWEL Wave Energy Converter (Int'l.)
University of Cyprus
Date: 2019-09-11
In Nicosia, University of Cyprus is touting a new Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called SWEL which was created by an R&D company based in Cyprus and the UK.

Unlike other wave energy converters, the waves pass through the unit to generate power at a low cost in any wave environment. SWEL is expected to be tested officially in October in Ireland and again in April in France.

The pilot projects were introduced within the framework of Maestrale EU, a project that aims to lay the basis for maritime energy deployment strategies in the Mediterranean. MAESTRALE Project details HERE. (Source: EU Intereeg Mediterranean, Cyprus Mail, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Cyprus, Assistant Prof., Democratis Gregoriades, +357 22 894000, www.ucy.ac.cy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  


Wind Turbine Installer Windhoist Group Sold (Int'l, M&A)
Windhoist
Date: 2019-09-09
Irvine, Scotland-based wind turbine installation business Windhoist Group is reported to have been sold to European fund manager Star Capital for an undisclosed price.

Windhoist, which has premises in Germany and subsidiaries in Morocco, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, has erected more than 6000 turbines across the world, with a capacity of more than 11GW. Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, Enercon and Nordex are among Winhoist's customers. Recent Windhoist projects include the construction of 84 offshore wind towers for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project in the Moray Firth. (Source: Windhoist, insider.co.uk, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Winhoist, +44 1294 204860 info@ windhoist.co.uk, www.windhoist.co.uk; Star Capital, www.star-capital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windhoist,  Offshore Wind,  


Ervia, Equinor Ink Carbon Capture & Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
Equinor,Ervia
Date: 2019-09-06
In Dublin, the Irish state utility company Ervia reports it has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian firm Equinor -- f.k.a. Statoil -- to undertake research on the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Under the MoU, Eriva will work with Equinor and the Norwegian Government's wider "Northern Lights" project which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, this would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and exported via ship to be permanently stored in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea.

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gais or Bord Gais Eireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fiber services in Ireland. (Source: Business Irish, Ervia, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300www.ervia.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Bord Gais,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Irish "Environmentally Damaging" Climate Change Directed Spending Opposed (Int'l. Report)
Social Justice Ireland
Date: 2019-09-04
In Dublin, Social Justice Ireland is criticizing the Government's €4 billion yearly incentives, lost and forgiven taxes and other expenditures as "potentially environmentally damaging." The not-for-profit organization suggests this €4 billion would go a long way to supporting a "Just Transition Fund" for low income households in rural Ireland most affected by the implementation of the necessary changes to support climate action.

Social Justice Ireland notes these subsidies effectively cancel out 80 pct of all tax revenues collected through environmental taxes -- the carbon tax -- and thus undermine any positive impact environmental taxes might have.

The group classed fuel allowances for low income households as a potentially damaging subsidy because they could result in increased greenhouse gas emissions through the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. The group suggests the subsidies be spent on fuel allowances for low income households to refurbish properties through improved energy efficiency. The group is also opposed to indirect subsidies -- including tax revenues forgone by the imposition of lower excise duties on diesel, kerosene, gas oil, aviation fuel, so-called green diesel and other fuel oil -- and most farm related subsidies as being potentially environmentally damaging.

Also included in the €4 billion targeted by Social Justice Ireland are direct government subsidies such as the transfer of €115 million from electricity consumers through a PSO levy to subsidize the burning of peat for electricity to maintain jobs in the midlands. (Source: Social Justice Ireland, RTE.ie Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Social Justice Ireland, +353 1 213 0724, www.socialjustice.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Crown Estate ID's UK Offshore Wind Expansion Sites (Int'l.)
Crown Estate
Date: 2019-08-30
In London, The Crown Estate reports it has identified seven offshore wind sites that could expand operations without posing any threat to the environment. The expansion will add 2.85 GW to the UK's wind farm capacity, equating to an extra 10pc in the UK's offshore wind farm capacity.

The Crown Estate is made up of land and holdings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that belong to the Queen. The collection is part of the sovereign's "public estate" so the monarch is not involved in day-to-day management of the land and has only limited control of its affairs. (Source: The Crown Estate, Telegraph, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  


Irish Bio-coal Developer Raises £ 2Mn (Int'l. Report, Funding)
Silform Technologies
Date: 2019-08-23
On the Emerald Isle, Belfast-based Silform Technologies reports it has raised £2 million ($2.5 million +-) from the Bank of Ireland to establish a pilot factory in Northern Ireland for its unique process that turns coal mine waste into industrial fuel.

Silform's technology includes a formula and process that process coal mine waste into a water resistant pellet fuel. The company is also developing a pellet that mixes 30 pct biomass "biocoal" with 30 pct less CO2 emissions compared with traditional coal and 70 pct more calorific value compared to pure wood Biomass pellets.

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) fundg will establish the plant and also scale-up R&D on broader applications of the technology and products. (Source: Silform Technologies, PR, Irish Times, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Silform Technologies, +44 28 9446 3759, www.silform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silform Technologies,  Coal,  Bio-coal,  Biomass,  


Ovo Energy Considering SSE's Household Supply Business (Int'l.)
Ovo Energy, SSE, Offshore Wind, Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-08-12
In the UK, Bristol-based household energy supplier Ovo Energy reports it is in talks for the possible £250 million purchase of the UK's second-largest energy company, SSE's household energy supply business -- SSE Energy Services.

The SSE deal would add 5.7 million residential customers to Ovo's existing 1.5 million customers putting Ovo in second place after British Gas, which has 12 million domestic customers.

A completed sale would leave SSE focused on its offshore wind farm activity and networks businesses as a generator and distributor of energy. SSE's offshore wind facilities include the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm in the Moray Firth. SSE also operates the biggest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland and has consent to increase offshore wind generation from 1 gigawatt to about 3.3GW, which would make it the biggest offshore supplier. (Source: Ovo Energy, SSE, Guardian, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: SSE Energy, www.sse.co.uk; Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick CEO, www.ovoenergy.com

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


Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Raises £30.9Mn (Int'l Report)
Gore Street
Date: 2019-08-05
Gore Street Capital reports its Energy Storage Fund's latest fundraising campaign grossed approximately £30.9 million. The total raised included gross proceeds of £5.91 million by way of an initial placing and offer for subscription together with an additional £25 million commitment from the National Treasury Management Agency.

The proceeds of the initial Issue are earmarked for invest in a diversified portfolio of utility-scale Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland energy storage projects, the company noted. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Aug., 2019) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street,  Energy Storage,  


Kilkenny Wins €320,000 for Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-07-26
In Southeastern Ireland, the town of Kilkenny reports it will receive more than €321,562 in funding from the EU Operational Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund for the upgrading of the energy efficiency of local authority homes this year. The funding is for upgrades to dwellings with solid/hollow block wall construction, heating upgrades such as heat pumps, and solar panel installation. To date, over 68,000 homes have received over €128 million for energy efficiency upgrades and installations. (Source: Kilkenny People, 25 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


IEA Bioenergy Releases Latest Biorefinery Report (Int'l)
IEA Bioenergy
Date: 2019-07-22
In Ireland, International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy is reporting release of its Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefinery Concepts -- Developing a Practical Approach for Characterisation Report providing an overview on biorefinery assessments methods and results.

According to the report, there are currently two main challenges related to assessing the environmental and economic components of biorefining processes -- data availability and stakeholder participation. To address these issues, IEA Bioenergy's Task 42, Biorefining in a Circular Economy, examined assessments currently underway to determine the capability of biorefineries in creating a sustainable future. Such assessments aim to highlight the potential of biorefineries to enhance the use of biomass in generating both products and energy.

IEA Bioenergy was established in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. The International Energy Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 EU Member Countries plus the European Commission, in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

Access report details HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 20 July, 2019) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  ,  


Schneider Electric Touting 'Rethink Energy' Initiative (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-07-15
In the UK, Telford-based Schneider Electric UK his reporting the launch of its 'Rethink Energy" initiative aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change.

A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.

The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.

"HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, gb-customerservices@gb.schneider-electric.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change ,  


Ardagh Group's Energy Star Plant Adds Solar (Ind. Report)
Ardagh Group
Date: 2019-07-08
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Ardagh Group, a supplier of sustainable packaging, is reporting its US DOE Energy Star Certified glass manufacturing facility in Bridgeton, N.J., is now powered by a 5.5-MW, 15,930 photovoltaic array expected to produce approximately 7.5 kWh of renewable electricity in the first year.

The Bridgeton, N.J., facility was awarded Energy Star plant certification for superior energy performance and is the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn this recognition.

The company's facilities in Dunkirk, In., and Madera, Calif., have also received the Energy Star award for energy efficiency perform within the top 25 pct nationwide for energy efficiency. Additionally, all 13 of the company's manufacturing facilities in North America are ISO 14001 certified. (Source: Ardagh Group, Commercial Prop.Exec, July, 2019) Contact: Ardagh Group, www.ardaghgroup.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

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


S. Korea Near Bottom for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
KEPCO,OECD
Date: 2019-07-01
In South Korea, the KEPCO Management Research Institute in Seoul recently reported that South Korea ranked 33rd out of the 36 member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states with an exorbitant energy basic unit of 0.159 -- which refers to the primary energy consumption rate required to generate added value that is equivalent to US$1,000 of GDP.

An energy basic unit is used to measure the level of energy efficiency -- the higher the value the lower the efficiency of the energy consumed.

South Korea's energy basic unit is four times higher than Ireland, which ranks first among OECD states for energy efficiency.

The KEPCO institute noted low electricity bills were a factor leading to the over consumption of electricity and energy inefficiency, and called for the South Korean government to boost energy efficiency efforts and introduce policies to raise electric power prices to lessen consumption. (Source: KEPCO Management Research Institute, Korea Bizwire, 1 July, 2019) Contact: KEPCO Management Research Institute, www.kepco.co.kr/eng

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Portuguese Subsidy-free Solar Farm Nears Completion (Int'l)
Jetion Solar,WElink Energy
Date: 2019-06-28
Chinese manufacturer Jetion Solar has supplied 221 MW of its polycrystalline modules to the scheme, which is being developed by Irish firm WElink Energy with state-owned China National Building Materials the EPC provider. Jiangsu, China-based solar manufacturer and project developer Jetion Solar reports subsidy-free construction is nearing completion on its 221-MW Solara 4 project in Vaqueiros, Portugal.

With the project set to become Europe's largest subsidy-free solar facility upon completion in September. The project is being developed by Dublin, Ireland-based renewables company WElink Energy with state-owned Chinese entity China National Building Materials Group Corp performing engineering, procurement and construction at the site. (Source: Jetion Solar, PV Mag, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Jetion Solar, 0510-86687300-2500, 0510-68822889 marketing@Jetion.com.cn, en.jetion.com.cn; WElink Energy, info@welink.eu, +353 1 2944 294, www.welink.eu/energy

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RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
Royal Town Planning Institute
Date: 2019-06-21
In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

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  • Iberdrola Announces €100Mn Irish Wind Energy Investment Plan (Int'l)
    Iberdrola,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Spanish utility company Iberdrola reports will begin selling electricity to Irish residential customers this week. The firm also notes it will invest €100 million on renewing three of its wind farms with newer, more efficient wind turbines to boost their power generation capacity.

    Iberdrola has been operating in Ireland for 20 years through its UK business ScottishPower, which owns several Irish wind farms, including Barnesmore in County Donegal. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Irish Times, reve, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Iberdrola] Ireland, Colin McNeill, CEO, Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

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    SkyNRG, Univ. Limerick Ink Aviation Biofuel MoU (Int'l Report)
    SkyNRG, University of Limerick
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Ireland, the University of Limerick Bernal Institute reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Netherlands-based SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

    Under the term of the MoU, the Bernal Institute and SkyNRG will collaborate to explore the potential of a regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain in Ireland and "expand the relationship for research cooperation on environmental, technological, societal and market development of sustainable aviation biofuels in the Irish context." The collaboration emerged from the industry drive for the development of SAF production capacity and an EU-wide call to reduce aviation emissions. (Source: University of Limerick, Limerick Leader, 15 June, 2019) Contact: University of Limerick, Dr. Mary Shire, VP Research, vpresearch@ul.ie, +353 (0) 61 213005, www.ul.ie/research/content/research-office; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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    Gore Street Snares Irish Energy Storage Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
    Gore Street
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the UK, the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund reports it has inked an agreement to acquire a 160MW portfolio of battery storage projects in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, as well as a £30 million ($38.17 million) commitment from Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), a sovereign wealth investor which manage's the state's strategic investment fund.

    It estimates that the total funding required for those projects to be constructed, acquired and other associated Capex costs to be around £77 million. Gore Street also has an option to purchase a further 190MW worth of energy storage projects in Ireland, taking its potential pipeline to some 350MW.

    The Irish projects are to be developed under a joint venture with renewables investor and large-scale energy storage specialist Low Carbon. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Energy Storage, June, 2019) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

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    Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
    Bioeconomy
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

    . The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute, phys.org, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute, www.esci.eu

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    EU Countries Show CO2 Emissions Reduction Progress (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-05-10
    A new report from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics bureau, notes that 20 of the 28 EU member countries managed to reduce their CO2 emissions during 2018. Combined EU emissions from burning fossil fuels fell by 2.5 pct in 2018 compared to a 1.7 pct increase in 2017.

    Of the 20 countries that reduced emissions, Portugal made the largest reduction with 9.0 pct in 2018, followed by Bulgaria at 8.1 pct, Ireland at 6.8 pct, and Germany with a 5.4 pct drop.

    Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Finland's emissions were unchanged while Latvia's emissions jumped 8.5 pct in 2018. (Source: Eurostat, CPH Post, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

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    ERG Snares 25-MW Graiggmore Wind Project (Int'l. M&A)
    ERG UK, Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-05-03
    UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) is reporting the sale of its Craiggore Energy Ltd ., 10-turbine Craiggore wind farm project in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to ERG UK Holding Ltd for a reported £ 37 million ($4 48.3 million. Construction on the 25-MW project is expected to get underway in Q4, 2019 for a 2021 commissioning and startup. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, 2 May, 2019) Contact: ERG, www.erg.eu; Renewable Energy Systems

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    Greenfield Global Plans Irish Manufacturing Plant (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Toronto, Ontario-based Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, has announced plans to establish a new, 40,900 sq-f EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland. The new facility, which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2020, is supported by the Irish Government.

    Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, Ken Finegan, Managing Director, Ireland, Andrea Kent, VP Gov.t and Public Relations, (613) 698-0116, Andrea.Kent@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

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    Amazon Adding 229 MW Wind Power (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-04-12
    US online retailing juggernaut Amazon.com Inc is reporting plans to purchase the output of electric power output of three wind parks totaling more than 229 MW in Ireland - 91.2-MW, Sweden - 91-MW, and the US - 47-MW in keeping with its long-term goal of powering all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure entirely with renewable energy.

    The three wind projects are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually.

    These plants, combined with AWS's previous nine renewable energy projects, will produce over 2,700,000 MWh of power each year, according to the Amazon press release. (Source: Amazon, PR, April, 2019)

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    BIG's Ince Woody Biomass Power Plant Operational in UK (Int'l)
    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the UK, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports its Ince Bio Power plant in Ince, Cheshire has completed test and is now fully operational.

    The 21.5 MW plant, which processes up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood to generate low carbon energy, produces sufficient electric power for more than 40,000 homes. The plant will deliver a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worth around 65,000 tpy of CO2, the equivalent of taking more than 40,000 cars off the road.

    BIG also owns and operates energy from waste wood biomass plants in Birmingham, Northern Ireland and Widnes and has projects under development in Hull, Lanark in Scotland and Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, PR, LesProm, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Alex Young, Project Dev., +44 118 929 8350, www.bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk

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    EU Reports Renewable Energy Roll-out Slowdown (Int'l Report)
    EU,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The European Commission (EC) is reporting that the 28 member trading block is still "on track" towards achieving its goal of 20 pct of 2020 energy coming from renewables, primarily because of its pre-2014 progress.

    The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)

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    Amazon Announces New Data Center Wind Power Sources (Ind. Report)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Internet retail giant Amazon's cloud computing platform Amazon Web Services (AWS) is reporting new three wind projects as part of its goal to power its entire web services infrastructure with renewable energy. The three new wind projects will power AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US.

    AWS will purchase the output of a new 91.2MW project in Donegal, Ireland, expected to be online by the end of 2021. AWS will also purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, to deliver energy by the end of 2020. Thirdly, a wind project in California, US, will provide up to 47MW of wind power to AWS by the end of 2020. The names of the projects or developers have not been disclosed. The combined capacity of over 229MW, is expected to generate more than 670GWh annually. (Source: Amazon, Windpower, Others, 9 April, 2019)

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    Irish SMEs Claim They Can Do More in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In a recently released survey, the Dublin-headquartered Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) notes Irish firms believe they have a role in tackling climate change but highlight the lack of time and funding as the biggest obstacles to fulfilling that role. Even so, 20 pct of the SMEs surveyed believe they've done all that they could.

    The SME sector in Ireland spends more than €2 billion per year on energy, of which 10 pct can be readily saved through good energy management practices, energy efficient lighting, as well as efficient heating and air conditioning an other measures, according to SEAI. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Irish Times, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie

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    ABP Strikes UK Wind Energy Supply Dear (Int'l Report)
    ABP Food Group
    Date: 2019-03-25
    In Ireland, ABP Food Group reports has inked an agreement with London-based Natural Capital Partners to power all of ABP's Irish sites with 100 pct wind energy souced from from nearby windfarms.

    The agreement will enable ABP to reach its carbon-reduction goals two years ahead of schedule. ABP will have recorded carbon emissions reductions of around 350,000 tonnes across its operations against a 2008 baseline. (Source: ABP Food Group, edie.,et, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: ABP Food Group, +353 1 685 0200, www.abpfoodgroup.com; Natural Capital Partners, +44 (0)20 7833 6000, solutions@naturalcapitalpartners.com, www.naturalcapitalpartners.com

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    €31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
    European Marine Energy Centre
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

    The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

    The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk

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    BHSL Announced €1.5Mn French Biogas Tech. Deal (Int'l Report)
    BHSL
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Limerick, Ireland-headquartered agri-rech, waste-to-energy business BHSL reports it has agreed to €1.5 million French deal to sell its fluidized bed combustion (FBC) technology to Liger Bioconcept foir installation at a fertiliser plant in Brittany. The plant will burn by-products sourced from a large anaerobic digestor located nearby, that processes a mixture of food waste, animal manure and waste water sludge into biogas.

    According to BHSL, there are currently 500 anaerobic digester facilities in France and 8,000 in Germany, two of BHSL-Hydro's target markets. The company plans to construct 300 new anaerobic digestor plants in Ireland. (Source: BHSL, RTE, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: BHSL, Denis Brosnan, +353 (0) 69 85926, +353 (0) 69 85927 - fax., info@bhsl.com, www.bhslhydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biowaste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestor,  


    Forest Biomass Renewable Fuels Classification Challenged (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In an action filed Monday at the European General Court in Luxembourg, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona Plc and six other plaintiffs claimed that classifying forest biomass as a renewable fuel "fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive's biomass energy policy."

    The lawsuit seeks to remove forest biomass from the EUs Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) which raises the overall EU target for renewable energy sources consumption by 2030 from 20 pct to 32 pct. The plaintiffs contend RED II "ignores the science on forest bioenergy and promotes false climate solutions" and that RED II failed to properly account for the lifecycle carbon emissions from harvesting, producing, transporting, and burning woody biomass fuels.

    The case is coordinated by the US-based Partnership for Policy Integrity with input from experts including the Dogwood Alliance; one of more than 30 conservation and environmental justice organizations in the southern US who wrote to the Government, the ESB and Bord na Mona in August 2018 pointing out it was planned that wood used in the Irish power plants would come from their region -- the U.S. North Atlantic Coastal Plain. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the annual supply gap in wood production for biomass could be up to 1.88 million cubic metres by 2020 and more than twice that by 2025, all of which must be sourced outside Ireland.

    According to Dr Mary S Booth, director of the US Partnership for Policy Integrity and lead science advisor on the case, "burning wood for energy emits more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal but RED II counts these emissions as zero.". (Source: (Source: Bord na Mona, All Things Arb, Agricultural News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  RED II,  Bord na Mona,  Carbon Emissions,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

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