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Algonquin's Deerfield 2 Wind Farm Site Plan Approved (Ind. Report)
Algonquin Power
Date: 2021-04-12
In Ontario, the Huron County Planning Commission has approved a site plan review for the second phase of Algonquin Power's Deerfield Wind Energy farm. The second phase includes constructing 21 new turbines that can produce between 2.65 MW and 6MW and generate sufficient power for as many as 100,000 homes.

Subject to permitting, commissioning and startup is expected by the end of the Q3, 2022. (Source: Huron County Planning Commission, Huron Daily Tribune, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Huron County Planning Commission, 519-524-8394 x3, planning@huroncounty.ca, www.huroncounty.ca/plandev; Algonquin, Arun Banskota, CEO, 905-465-4500, www.algonquinpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algonquin Power,  Wind,  


Two Philippines Geothermal Projects Underway (Int'l. Report)
FIRST GEN Corp
Date: 2021-04-12
In the Philippines, FIRST GEN Corp. reports its subsidiary Energy Development Corp. (EDC) expects to complete construction on its 3.6 MW Mindanao 3 binary plant by the first half of 2022. It also plans to complete its 28.9-MW ORC (organic rankine cycle) binary plant within the Bac-Man geothermal facility by the second half of 2022. The Palayan Bayan-based binary plant will produce power using residual brine from the existing steam field of the Bac-Man facilities.

According to the release, the company is exploring and assessing geothermal growth prospects in Indonesia, Chile, Peru, and other countries in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America. As of end-2019, the company's total installed capacity was 3,492 MW from its natural gas, geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar portfolios. (Source: First Gen, PR, 8 Apr., 20210 Contact: First Gen, www.firstgen.com.ph

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Development Corp.,  Geothermal,  


Affordable Solar Expanding in Albuquerque N.M. (Ind. Report)
Affordable Solar
Date: 2021-04-12
Albuquerque, New Mexico-headquartered large-scale solar and energy storage integration specialist Affordable Solar is reporting plans to double the size of its fabrications facility and corporate headquarters by the end of 2021.

The expansion is being supported by a pledge of $500,000 in assistance from the New Mexico Economic Development Department's LEDA job-creation fund. The City of Albuquerque has committed to $125,000 in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds, as well as the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) to assist with the project, pending public review and approval by the Albuquerque City Council. (Source: Affordable Solar, PR, Area Development News Desk 9 Apr., 2021) Contact: Affordable Solar, Ryan Centerwall, CEO, (505) 305-0278, www. affordable-solar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Affordable Solar,  Solar,  


Tokyo Utility Plans 19-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm (Intl.)
Tokyo Gas Co.
Date: 2021-04-12
Japanese gas and power utility Tokyo Gas Co. reports it will install 19 offshore wind turbines totaling 159.6 MW capacity near the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan. The project, which will be funded by Wind Power Group Co. and Singapore-headquartered Vena Energy Holdings Ltd. is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 70,000 homes when fully online in 2024.

The Japanese government is aiming to generate up to 45 GW of renewable power per year by 2040 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Tokyo Gas Co., PR, reve, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tokyo Gas Co., www.tokyo-gas.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo Gas Co.,  Offshore Wind,  


BP Planning Teeside Blue Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
BP
Date: 2021-04-12
In the UK, London-headquartered group BP reports it has begun a feasibility study for Britain's largest blue hydrogen plant to be constructed in Teeside , northern England, by 2030. The planned 1-GW facility will produce roughly 20 pct of Britain's target of 5 GW of hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade.

Blue hydrogen is produced by converting natural gas into hydrogen and storing the CO2 emissions from its production. The Teeside project could capture up to 98 pct of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process. (Source: BP, PR, Economic Times, Mar, 2021); Contact: BP PLC, Sean Reavis, Senior VP, Low Carbon and Trading, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Blue Hydrogen,  CCS,  


1.5GW Saudi Solar EPC Contract Inked (Int'l. Report)
Larsen & Toubro
Date: 2021-04-12
Mumbai-based multinational technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd. is reporting a turnkey EPC contract with Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and the Water and Electricity Holding Company for the 1.5GW Sudair Solar PV Project that will incorporate single axial tracker and inverters.

The project, near Riyad, is considered the largest solar plant in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest such plants in the world, and is in line with the Kingdoms 58.7 GW renewable energy target. (Source: Larsen & Toubro Ltd., PR, Oil&Gas, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Larsen & Toubro Ltd., www.larsentoubro.com; : ACWA Power, www.acwapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Saudi Arabia,  ACWA Power,  


CMA CGM Investing in Low-Carbon Biomethane Fuel (Int'l. Report)
CMA CGM
Date: 2021-04-12
In France, Marseille-based global ocean carrier CMA CGM Group reports it intends to invest in biomethane production facilities and is studying the viability of the liquefaction process and its potential as maritime shipping fuel. As a fuel for vessels, 12,000 tonnes of biomethane would provide the equivalent to a year's supply of fuel consumption for two 1,400-TEU ships operating on CMA CGM's European Balt3 line between St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, according to the release.

The initiative is in line with the company' s objective to become carbon-neutral by 2050. CMA CGM Group notes it cut its overall CO2 emissions by 4 pct in 2020 following a 6 pct reduction in 2019, and has also lowered its CO2 emissions per container-kilometer by 49 pct since 2008. With CMA CGM's dual-fuel gas-power technology, it can reduce entire value chain greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, by at least 67 pct, according to the company release. (Source: CMA CGM Group, PR, BreakBulk, 10 Apr., 2021) Group Contact: CMA CGM Group Rodolphe Saade, Chairman and CEO, +33 (0)4 88 91 90 00, www.cma-cgm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Biogas,  


Rhode Island Act Eliminates CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Reg. & Leg.)
Rhode Island
Date: 2021-04-12
In Newport, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) has affixed his signature to the 2021 Act on Climate which is designed to incrementally reduce and eliminate carbon emissions in the Ocean State by the year 2050. Plans on how to meet the goals of the bill will now be decided by a climate council involving members of the executive branch. The legislation will be regularly reviewed and updated every five years.

The legislation's advocates say it will drive green jobs and deliver cleaner air and fight climate change while, as expected, opponents claim the legislation will be a big financial hit to homeowners and businesses. (Source: Office of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, 10-WJAR, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, (401) 222-2080, Fax: (401) 222-8096, governor.ri.gov

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


California Carbon Reduction Partnership Growing (Ind. Report)
Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Date: 2021-04-12
In the Golden State, the Oakland-based not-for-profit Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is reporting the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and East Bay Community Energy have joined other Bay Area industry, labor, and government agencies to work to "ensure equitable access to high-road jobs in the building decarbonization industry" and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.

The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org

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


Glasgow Consider "Massive" Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Int'l. Report)
Glasgow
Date: 2021-04-12
In Scotland, the city of Glasgow (pop. 598,000) reports it is undertaking a feasibility study of a proposed energy retrofit / energy efficiency programme that could target over 420,000 homes, especially properties with the lowest energy efficiency / energy performance ratings across the Glasgow city region. Program partners include both the Scottish and UK Governments, Skills Development Scotland, the construction industry, social landlords and homeowners.

The £80,000 feasibility study of appropriate energy efficiency solutions including insulation, clean energy and low/zero emissions heat technologies and others is expected to be completed by September. The study will also look at potential barriers, such as mixed ownership in flats and ensuring uptake among private landlords and homeowners. (Source: City of Glasgow, PR, GlasgowLive, 10 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Performance,  


Decarbonisation Funds Awarded in South Wales (Int'l. Report)
UK Research and Innovation
Date: 2021-04-12
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) reports the awarding of £20 million funding to support the engineering phase of a £37 million decarbonisation programme that includes the use and production of hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales.

The programme is being led by the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) -- a partnership of organisations from the English border to Pembrokeshire's coastline that's working to promote green energy and the decarbonisation of industrial areas of Wales.

The project partners include: Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, RWE, Shell, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy, Wales & West Utilities and others. (Source: UK Research and Innovation, Wales Energy & Environment, 11 April, 2021) Contact: UK Research and Innovation, www.ukri.org; South Wales Industrial Cluster, www.swic.cymru

More Low-Carbon Energy News Decarbonization,  Carbon Emissions,  


Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Honeywell
Date: 2021-04-12
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


WELTECH BIOPOWER Delivers Two Biogas Plants in Japan (Int'l.)
WELTECH BIOPOWER
Date: 2021-04-12
Vechta, Germany-based WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is setting up two agricultural 250-kW biogas plants for one of Japan's major milk producers. Both plants, one in Urahoro the other in Sakata, Yamagot prefecture, are on Japan's largest island, Honshu. The generated power and heat will be used directly on site. Commissoning is slated for summer 2021 in Urahoro and in autumn 2021 in Sakata.

The two biogas project dairy farms yield approximately 30,000 tpy of liquid cattle manure, which will be used for the energy production in the anaerobic digestion plants. Apart from the two projects' digesters, upstream and digestate storage tanks, separation and pump technology, WELTEC BIOPOWER is also setting up a 250-kW CHP unit at each location.

The biomass potential in Japan amounts to approximately 284.4 million tpy, enough to produce about 13 billion kWh of electricity and continually supply 2.8 million households, according to the WELTECH release. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 9 April, 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441/99978-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTECH BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  anaerobic digestion ,  


Praj Plans India's Largest Ethanol Plant in Karnataka (Int'l.)
Praj Industries,Godavari Biorefineries,
Date: 2021-04-12
Indian ethanol producer and global process solutions provider Praj Industries reports receipt of an order Godavari Biorefineries (GBL) to set up a 600 kilo litre per day sugarcane syrup based ethanol plant -- – India's largest -- in Karnataka.

The expansion will maintain zero liquid discharge norms by deploying innovative technology i.e. SHIFT, developed in Praj Industries' R&D facility -- Praj Matrix. The 'SHIFT' technology minimizes energy and water footprint.

GBL produces biofuels, chemicals and related products using sugarcane and other biomass as the primary feedstock. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 12 April, 2021) Contact: Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., +91-22 61702100, +91-22 22048272, rathod.rajeev@somaiya.com, www.somaiya.com; Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Godavari Biorefineries,  


Fulcrum Bioenergy Selects UK SAF Fuel Plant Site (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2021-04-12
As previously reported, Pleasanton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy, a producer of low-carbon transportation fuels from municipal solid waste, has announced the site selection and launch of development activities on its first United Kingdom residual waste to low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plant.

The Fulcrum NorthPoint biorefinery will be located at the Essar Oil (UK) Ltd refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port ,in the North West of England.

Subject to planning permission and financing, construction is expected to get underway in late 2023 for completion within 18-24 months. When fully operational, the plant will convert several hundred thousand tons of pre-processed waste into approximately 30 million gpy of low-carbon Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy, PR, 2021) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy news,  SAF news,  


Continental Tyre SA Scores Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l.)
Continental Tyre,South African Energy Efficiency Confederation
Date: 2021-04-12
Continental Tyre South Africa's Sustainable Technology and Infrastructure Department is reporting receipt of the Industrial Corporate Project of the Year Award from the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation for its focus on sustainability and and reducing its energy consumption.

The award was given for a heat-recovery project that significantly reduced the tyre plant's energy consumption and operating costs. Continental was also shortlisted in the categories of Corporate Company of the Year and Young Professional of the Year, further demonstrating its long-term commitment to energy saving and sustainability. (Source: Continental Tyre, PR, 12 April, 2021) Contact: South African Energy Efficiency Confederation, www.saeeconfed.org.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


EGLE Submits Mich. U.P. Energy Task Force Report (Ind. Report)
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
Date: 2021-04-12
In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) reports the submission of its Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Energy Task Force (UPETF) energy supply report to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. Gov. Whitmer created the UPETF by Executive Order with the mandate to:
  • Assess the U.P.'s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met.

  • Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness -- inclding but not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources currently used by UP residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.

  • Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the UP; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and the alternatives for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs in response to such change.

    The report includes 16 recommendations for actions the state could take to improve affordability, enhance reliability, and promote energy security for U.P. residents includes:

  • Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.

  • Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion

  • Offer residential programs for energy efficiency and energy upgrade grants

  • Develop renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging

  • Examine the rate of disparity between customer classes.
  • Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development, and others. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy , U.P. Energy Task Force, www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3306_88771_93973---,00.html

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


  • Thermal Battery Specialist Secures €110Mn Investment (Int'l.)
    EnergyNest
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Norwegian thermal battery pioneer EnergyNest report it has secured €110 million investment as part of a deal with Infracapital, making Infracapital EnergyNest's largest shareholder.

    The new funds will be used to scale up development of the company's modular heat-based energy storage system batteries and offer long term, financed energy storage solutions to customers that unlock "substantial energy and carbon cost savings," acording to the release.

    EnergyNest describes itself as one of the first thermal storage companies globally with a market ready battery and projects in execution, including for Norwegian chemical giant Yara and Italian energy company Eni, where installation is expected to take place in Q2, The firm claims that it is The company is targeting an industrial heat energy storage market that it says could excess €300 billion a year in the coming decades, according to the release. (Source: EnergyNest, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: EnergyNest, Christian Thiel, CEO, www.energy-nest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyNest news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  


    Thermal Battery Specialist Secures €110Mn Investment (Int'l.)
    EnergyNest
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Norwegian thermal battery pioneer EnergyNest reports it has secured €110 million investment as part of a deal with Infracapital, making Infracapital EnergyNest's largest shareholder.

    The new funds will be used to scale up development of the company's modular heat-based energy storage system batteries and offer long term, financed energy storage solutions to customers that unlock "substantial energy and carbon cost savings", according to the release.

    EnergyNest describes itself as one of the first thermal storage companies globally with a market ready battery and projects in execution, including for Norwegian chemical giant Yara and Italian energy company Eni, where installation is expected to take place in Q2, The firm claims that it is The company is targeting an industrial heat energy storage market that could excess €300 billion a year in the coming decades, according to the release. (Source: EnergyNest, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: EnergyNest, Christian Thiel, CEO, www.energy-nest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyNest,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    PSU $4.6Bn Endowment Aims for Net-zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Penn State University
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Keystone State, the Penn State University Office of Investments has announced it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with underlying investments, but not necessarily divesting fossil fuels, in Penn's $4.6 billion endowment by 2050.

    The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.

    Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New-Zero Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable NOAA Quote -- Emissions Reduction Progress
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    "Progress in emissions reductions is not visible in the CO2 record. We continue to commit our planet -- for centuries or longer -- to more global heating, sea level rise, and extreme weather events every year.

    "If humans were to suddenly stop emitting CO2, it would take thousands of years for our CO2 emissions so far to be absorbed into the deep ocean and atmospheric CO2 to return to pre-industrial levels." -- Pieter Tans, Senior Scientist, NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, June, 2020, www.research.noaa.gov

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


    Idaho Power Touts Energy Efficiency Program Savings (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Boise, Idaho Power Company's just released Demand Side Management 2020 Annual Report (IPC) noted customers saved 196,809 MWh of energy by participating in energy efficiency activities last year -- enough energy to power almost 17,000 average homes for a year.

    Idaho Power's report outlines the utility's two energy savings programs -- energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing overall electricity consumption, and demand-response programs that shift energy use from high demand periods of extreme demand periods and in the summer months. Idaho Power has committed to provide 100 pct clean energy by 2045. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Idaho Power, Theresa Drake, Customer Relations & Energy Efficiency Senior Manager, www.idahopower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CO2, Methane Emissions Surged in 2020 (NOAA Ind. Report)
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Washington, just released research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found carbon dioxide and methane -- which is nearly 30 times more potent at trapping heat within the atmosphere than CO2 -- emissions surged in 2020.

    Research data collected at remote NOAA sampling locations indicated the global surface average for CO2 was 412.5 parts per million last year -- a 2.6 ppm increase. The global increase rate constituted the fifth-highest on record for a single year, after 1987, 1998, 2015 and 2016, according to NOAA. Atmospheric methane's annual increase for 2020 was 14.7 parts per billion, the largest in the 37 years NOAA has measured it. (Source: NOAA Research News, Website PR, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: NOAA, oar.communications@noaa.gov, www. research.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Mathane,  NOAA,  


    NYC Wind Energy Hub Proposed (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Big Apple, mayoral candidate Eric Adams has unveiled an ambitious new plan that aims to build wind turbines and their manufacturing plants at ports throughout New York City.

    According to the candidate, the plants would design, produce and ship the turbines through Arthur Kill, Port Richmond in Staten Island, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Red Hook Container Terminal.

    Adams noted his plan includes job-training programs and will create well paying, eco-friendly employment and aid the city in reaching its goal of using 70 pct renewable energy by 2030 and a zero-emission power sector by 2040. (Source: NY Post, Various Media, Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Archaea Energy Renewable Natural Gas Platform Announced (M&A)
    Archaea Energy
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Carnegie, Pennsylvania- based Rice Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the energy transition sector, reports an agreement to combine Novi, Michigan-based Aria Energy LLC and Belle Vernon, Penna.-based biogas developer Archaea to create Archaea Energy, a renewable natural gas (RNG) platform. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 this year.

    New company highlights include:

  • The business combination is expected to create the industry-leading platform in the U.S. to capture and convert waste emissions from landfills and anaerobic digesters into low-carbon RNG, electricity, and green hydrogen.

  • Aria, a portfolio company of funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares Management Corp is being acquired for $680 million and brings a comprehensive portfolio of operational LFG assets, best-in-class operating experience, and a deep inventory of greenfield LFG-to-RNG projects and electric-to-RNG conversion opportunities.

  • Archaea LLC is being acquired for $347 million and brings leading RNG technology professionals, a deep inventory of LFG-to-RNG projects -- including the world's largest RNG plant currently under construction (Project Assai) -- an innovative commercial strategy, groundbreaking low-cost carbon sequestration, and negative-carbon LFG-to-green hydrogen development projects currently in the design stage.

  • Pro forma for the transaction, the combined Company will have over $350 million of cash on the balance sheet, providing ample liquidity to fund its pipeline of development projects and bridging the combined Company to free cash flow generation starting in 2023.

    The combined Company will be headquartered in Cannonsburg, Penna. led by a majority-independent board consisting of executives Daniel J. Rice, IV, Kyle Derham, Kate Jackson, Joe Malchow, and Jim Torgerson of RAC; Nicholas Stork, CEO of Archaea; and Scott Parkes of Aria. (Source: Rice Acquisition Corp., PR, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Archea Energy, Nick Stork, CEO, info@archaea.energy, www.archaeaenergy.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com: Rice Acquisition Corp., www.ricepac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Aria Energy,  Archaea Energy,  ,  


  • Colorado Mtn. College Solar+ Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    AMeresco
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a partnership with Glenwood Springs, Colorado-headquartered Holy Cross Energy (HCE) for a solar and battery energy storage project at Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley Campus.

    Under the agreement, Ameresco will install, maintain and own 4.5MW of solar PV and 15 MWh battery energy storage and sell the generated output to HCE under a long-term PPA.

    The project's avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be 6,853 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which equates to the emissions benefit of removing 1,481 passenger vehicles from the road, or not burning 7,551,050 pounds of coal.

    Holy Cross Energy aims to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. (Source: Colorado Mountain College, PR. 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Colorado Mountain College, www.coloradomtn.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Holy Cross Energy,  Solar+Storage,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Amerseco,  


    Navajo Nation Inks N.M. Solar Energy Project Lease (Ind. Report)
    Navajo Nation
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Fort Defiance, Arizona, the not-for-profit Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is reporting a lease agreement for construction of the 200-MW Cameron Solar Generation Plant in New Mexico.

    The Plant is expected to generate $90 million in transmission payments and over $13 million in land lease payments to the Navajo Nation over the life of the project. Construction will also create $6 million in tax revenue. (Source: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, PR, KOAT News, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, 928-729-5721, www.ntua.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Energy Efficiency Legislation Advances in W. Va. (Reg & Leg)
    West Virginia
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Charleston, the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee reports it has advanced House Bill 2667 aimed at reduce energy usage in all state buildings to 25 pct below 2018 levels by 2030. The bill also requires annual reports on building energy performance compared to similar buildings in similar climates be submitted to the West Virginia Office of Energy.

    If passed into law, the West Virginia Office of Energy would audit at least 20 pct of energy-metering devices at state buildings each year so all devices are audited by the end of 2026. The Energy Office would also establish a program for measuring and benchmarking the energy efficiency of all state buildings and submit energy usage data to a U.S. EPA operated benchmarking tool, to which the state is already registered. Sixty out of roughly 3.600 state owned buildings statewide are presently bench hmarked.

    West Virginian spends an estimated $88 million to $100 million per year on utility costs. Benchmarking, utility auditing and other low-cost and no-cost measures are projected to cut those cost by 15 to 28 pct. (Source: West Virginia Office of Energy, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: West Virginia Office of Energy, Karen Lasure, Energy Efficiency Administrator, www.westvirginia.gov/divisions/office-of-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    Spruce Power, sonnen Partner on Home Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Spruce Power, sonnen
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Spruce Power, a power-as-a-service company with roots in energy efficiency and residential solar energy, is reporting a supply and partnership agreement with sonnen that will provide Spruce's existing 50,000 residential solar customers a chance to add energy storage. In addition, the two companies plan on developing virtual power plant (VPP) projects in emerging distributed energy resource (DER) aggregation markets like New York and California that have programs to support the growth of behind-the-meter residential energy storage systems.

    Under the partnership , existing Spruce solar customers have the option to add sonnen's newest offering, the 10 KWh sonnenCore home battery system, to their solar home. Together with its partners, sonnen has already deployed more than 12.6 MWh of VPP projects built around the sonnen ecoLinx, which Bloomberg described as the "iPhone of batteries." Spruce and sonnen plan to develop VPP projects using behind-the-meter solar and retrofit battery customers in markets where DER aggregation opportunities are emerging. (Source: Spruce Power, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Spruce Power, Christian Fong, CEO , 866-216-5474, www.sprucepower.com; sonnen, Blake Richetta, CEO US Operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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    Duke Renewables Plans 175 MW Indiana Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables is reportedly planning a $180 million, 175 MW solar installation across 1,500 acres of reclaimed strip mine in Vigo and Sullivan Counties, southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Construction could break ground in 2023 for commercial operation in mid-2024. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PV Mag., Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Solar,  


    IRENA Presents Measures to Drive the Energy Transition (Int'l.)
    IRENA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The International Renewable Energy (IRENA) has published a preview of its publication, World Energy Transitions Outlook report on technology choices, investment needs, and socio-economic contexts necessary to set the world on a trajectory towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

    IRENA Dir. General Francesco La Camera notes that over 170 countries have set renewables targets, many of which are included in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    To meet the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree C goal, the report notes the following could be used in combination: Energy efficiency and circular economy measures; decarbonized power systems with supply dominated by renewables; electrification of end-use sectors, with the increased use of electricity in buildings, industry, and transport; expanded production and use of green hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and feedstocks to pursue indirect electrification; and targeted use of sustainably sourced biomass.

    According to the report, financial markets and investors have begun directing capital away from fossil fuels and towards other energy technologies including renewables. However, to achieve the 1.5 degrees C climate ambition, energy transition investment will have to increase by 30 pct over currently planned investments, to an average annual level of $4.4 trillion. The report also suggests that national social and economic policies will play important roles in delivering the energy transition at the necessary speed.

    Preview the World Energy Transitions Outlook report HERE. (Source: IRENA, Apr., 2021) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

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    Japan's Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant Const. Underway (Int'l.)
    RENOVA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Japan, Omaezakikou Biomass Energy GK, manager of the woody biomass power specialist RENOVA-led 74.95 MW Omaezakikou Biomass power generation project in Shizuoka Prefecture, reports plant construction is underway for an expected startup in July, 2023.

    Aside from Omaezakikou Biomass, RENOVA's biomass power portfolio includes the fully operational Akita Biomass power generation facility and the Kanda and Tokushima Tsuda Biomass power generation facilities, which are under construction. (Source: RENOVA, REM, 6 Apr, 2021) Contact: Omaezakikou Biomass Energy, www.renovainc.com/en/business/power_plant/omaezaki_kou_biomass; RENOVA, www.renova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  RENOVA,  


    RWE wraps up Italian wind farm construction
    RWE
    Date: 2021-04-09
    RWE reports it has completed construction of the 13.6MW Alcamo 2 wind farm utilizing four GW 136-3, 4MW Goldwind turbines inSicily, Italy. The 13.6MW wind farm has a power purchase agreement with Italian paper manufacturer Sofidel for 100 pct of the facility’s power output until Dec., 2030. (Source: RWE, PR, renews, 6 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE news,  Wind news,  


    Shell Invests in LanzaTech's LanzaJet SAF (Ind. Report)
    Shell, LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Petroleum giant Shell reports it has invested in LanzaTech's LanzaJet unit to scale-up the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at LanzaJets 10 million gpy Freedom Pines Fuels alcohol-to-jet facility which is under construction in Soperton, Georgia.

    Suncor Energy Inc., LanzaTech, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and British Airways are among the other LanzaJet investors.

    LanzaJet's technology is uniquely able to produce up to 90 pct of its fuels as SAF, with the remaining 10 pct as renewable diesel. The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform, according to LanzaJet. (Source: LanzaTech, Shell, Digest, Apr., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, LanzaJet, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  LanzaTech,  LanzaJet,  SAF,  


    Minn., California and Iowa E15 Sales on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The Iowa Department of Revenue is reporting sales of E15 jumped 24 pct in Iowa in 2020 , despite the pandemic-related drop in overall fuel consumption. Iowa retailers sold 60.59 million gallons of E15 in 2020, up from 48.96 million gallons in 2019 and more than double the 2017 volume of E15 sales, despite a 14.3 pct drop in the state's overall petroleum consumption from 2019 levels.

    Similarly, recent data from the Minnesota Department of Commerce showed 2020 E15 sales there nearly held steady with 2019 sales levels, despite the pandemic. Minnesota E15 sales were 93.46 million gallons, down 4 pct from 97.40 million gallons in 2019.

    On the west coast, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) noted 40.37 million gallons of E85 were sold in the Golden State in 2020, down 0.6 pct from the 40.6 million gallons sold in 2019. (Source: Iowa Department of Revenue Renewable Fuels Association, CARB, Biofuels News, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  FlexFuel,  E15,  E85,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Kirk Roller Joins ClearFlame as Business Dev. VP (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for the commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets, reports Kirk Roller has joined the company as V.P. of Business Development.

    With more than 35 years in the renewable energy and high-tech industries, Kirk has diverse experience providing business strategy and guidance to startups and early-stage companies. Most recently, he served as a consultant for Hyliion and Terminus AI where he led business development and regulatory compliance. Roller also held leadership positions in sales and marketing at Hyliion, Cenergestic and CommScope as well as led sales and business development efforts for the solar industry, supporting building management and infrastructure development.

    "At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we're breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. ClearFlame's technology meets global emissions regulations using readily available climate-friendly fuels. Our technology lowers costs by negating the need for complex after treatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines", according to the company release. (Source: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, B.J.Johnson, CEO, Michelle Caldwell, 313.418.4692, PR-Comms@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  


    Clean Energy, Climate Change Notable Quote
    Eileen Claussen
    Date: 2021-04-09
    "Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen.

    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    IWRC Helps Small Businesses with Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Waste Reduction Center
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Cedar Rapids, the University of Northern Iowa's Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is touting its energy efficiency program for small businesses. Since August, IWRC programs have completed 27 energy reduction assessments and identified more than $110,000 in potential energy efficiency savings.

    The IWRC provides free comprehensive, on-site energy assessments that analyze all aspects of a business' energy use, including compressed air leak detection along with facility lighting analysis and a building envelope inspection. After the on-site energy assessment, the IWRC team reports the amount of energy being lost, potential savings based on the facility's annual operation hours and energy costs and an estimated return on investment for the energy saving recommendations. The IWRC also provides on-site technical assistance and educational materials specifically tailored to individual business energy efficiency needs.

    The free assistance is funded through an Iowa Economic Development Authority grant awarded to the IWRC. (Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center, PR, Website, Iowa News Now, Apr., 2021) Contact: Iowa Waste Reduction Center, Dan Nickey, Associate Director, (319) 273-8905, www.iwrc.uni.edu

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    A4A Commits to Net-Zero Emissions, SAF (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and for a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

    Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America news,  Aviation Emissions news,  SAF news,  


    USDA Touts Carbon Sequestration Easements (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that over the past 28 years it has protected more than 5 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and prime farmland -- an area the size of New Jersey -- in perpetuity through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches through conservation easements

    Wetland Easements -- totaling over 2.8 million acres nationwide -- improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reducing flooding, recharging groundwater, protecting biological diversity while Agricultural Land Easements protect productive working lands being converted to non-agricultural uses. Agricultural land easements total more than 1.9 million acres.

    Working with private landowners to protect, preserve and restore wetlands, grasslands, forests and farmlands is integral to USDA's efforts to build resiliency and reduce the impacts of climate change across the nation. Easements allow landowners to partner with NRCS to implement voluntary climate-smart management practices that maximize the amount of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere and stored in soils or plant biomass across these landscapes.

    The Biden Administration USDA is engaged in a "whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis and conserve and protect our nation's lands, biodiversity and natural resources including our soil, air and water." (Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, PR, 3 April, 2021) Contact: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Terry Cosby, Acting Chief, 202-690-7246, www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Oregon Credit Union Launches Green Horizons Initiative (Ind. Report)
    OnPoint Community Credit Union
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered OnPoint Community Credit Union, the states' largest credit union, is touting its Green Horizons Initiative aimed at making it more affordable for Oregon and Southwest Washington members adopt new sustainable technology and help address the effects of climate change.

    Among the Initiative's features, homeowners applying for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home improvements can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25 pct discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. (Source: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Website PR, Appril, 2021) Contact: OnPoint Community Credit Union, 800.527.3932, www.onpointcu.com

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


    Triton's Offshore Wind Anchoring System Scores Funding (Funding)
    Triton Systems
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In the Bay State, Chelmsford-based Triton Systems Inc. is reporting receipt of $1.3 million funding from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (Consortium) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to support Triton's Helical Anchor Group Installation System (HAGIS), a low cost, flexible anchoring system for small- and large-scale offshore wind farms. The company previously received $1.1 million from the U.S. DOE to develop the technology.

    Triton's patent-pending HAGIS anchoring system: can be applied to any offshore wind platform or mooring configuration; minimizes acoustic impact on the environment and sea life; can be easily removed for decommissioning; is scalable and applicable to many types of subsea foundations beyond offshore wind; and delivers cost savings by lower manufacturing (40 pct) and installation costs (25 pct reduction). (Source: Triton Systems, Inc., PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Triton Systems Inc., Dave Model, COO, Zach Miller, 978-250-4200, fax: 978-250-4533, zmiller@tritonsys.com, www.tritonsys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Triton Systems . Offshore Wind,  


    Ocean Winds Targeting Expansion Into Ireland (Int'l. Report)
    Ocean Winds,China Three Gorges
    Date: 2021-04-07
    EDP Renewables and Engie joint venture company Ocean Winds reports it is evaluating the expansion of its global offshore wind portfolio -- 1.5 GW under construction and 4 GW in development -- to include a potential offshore wind farm 8 miles from the shore at County Wicklow, Ireland. To that end Ocean Winds has established Cailleach Offshore Wind Farm based in Edinburgh as a project delivery company.

    In the UK, Ocean Winds will soon complete the 100-turbine, 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. When fully operational in 2022, the project is expected to generate sufficient energy for roughly 950,000 homes. It is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East, which is majority owned by Ocean Winds with Diamond Green and China Three Gorges holding minority positions. (Source: Ocean Wind, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Ocean Wind, communications@oceanwinds.com, www.oceanwinds.com; China Three Gorges Europe, www.hydropower.org/our-members/china-three-gorges-corporation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Three Gorges ,  Ocean Winds,  Offshore Wind,  


    LCRI Cutting Rural Oregonians' Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lake County Resources Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Oregon, the Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRE) is reporting a two-year partnership with not-for-profit Spark Northwest to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) program support to rural Oregonians.

    REDA is a service process that increases rural energy productivity and independence. It can help small businesses and farming operations implement solar photovoltaics, solar heating, energy efficiency, micro hydro, wind energy and methane digesters and other energy efficiency systems and initiatives to lower energy expenses.

    LCRI connects producers and small business owners to funding opportunities and project assistance for energy saving projects. LCRI can also provide technical guidance and grant assistance as well as direct people toward Energy Trust trade ally energy saving project contractors statewide. (Source: LCRI, Contact: LCRI, Nick Johnson, Dir., 541-947-5461, www.lcri.org; Oregon Renewable Energy Development Assistance, www.oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Renewable-Energy-Grants.aspx; Spark Northwest, 206.267.2212, www.sparknorthwest.org

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    Altaaqa, AFC to Develop Zero-Emission Hydrogen Power (Int'l)
    Altaaqa, AFC Energy
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Saudi Arabian turnkey water and power solutions provider Altaaqa and London-headquartered scalable alkaline fuel cell systems specialist AFC Energy are reporting a long-term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the Middle-East region's transition to zero emission power generation using AFC Energy's hydrogen fuel cell technology.

    Altaaqa, which owns and operates a 2-GW mobile diesel generator rental fleet, provides temporary and off-grid power solutions to oil & gas, power utilities, mining, military, manufacturing, data centers, construction and government services sectors.

    AFC Energy's fuel cell technology is presently deployed in electric vehicle chargers and off-grid decentralised power systems as part of a portfolio approach to the decarbonisation of electricity and gaining market leadership for "hydrogen-to-power" solutions for various industry segments and applications. (Source: Altaaqa, AFC Energy, PR, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Altaaqa, Alexandra Roger-Machart, +49 172 397 0957, alexandrarm@altaaqa.com, www.altaaqa.com; AFC Energy, +44 (0) 203 727 1000, afcenergy@fticonsulting.com

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    Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

    To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Lotte Chemicals, Samsung Cooperation on Net-Zero Carbon (Int'l.)
    Lotte Chemical,Samsung Engineering
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered Lotte Chemical is reporting a collaboration agreement with Samsung Engineering to expand, promote and jointly invest in the development and commercialization of eco-friendly technologies and the realization of carbon neutrality at Lotte Chemical.

    To that end, Samsung Engineering will help Lotte Chemical improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies, and promote Lotte's green hydrogen business and technology licensing.

    As previously reported in February, Lotte Chemical declared "Green Promise 2030" an ESG management strategy for the implementation of its eco-friendly business and achieving growth without expanding carbon generation by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, Business Korea, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

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    Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
    Orsted, NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

    Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO,, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  NOAA,  Offshore Wind,  


    Oregon Credit Union Launches Green Horizons Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Oregon Credit Union
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered OnPoint Community Credit Union, the states' largest credit union, is touting its Green Horizons Initiative aimed at making it easy and more affordable for Oregon and Southwest Washington credit union members adopt new sustainable and efficient energy technology and help address the effects of climate change.

    Among the Initiative's benefits, homeowners applying for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home energy efficiency and other energy related improvements can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25 pct discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. (Source: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Website PR, 2021) Contact: OnPoint Community Credit Union, 800.527.3932, www.onpointcu.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


    Clearway Repowering Pinnacle Wind Farm Turbines (Ind. Report)
    Clearway Energy
    Date: 2021-04-07
    San Francisco-based Clearway Energy Group reports upgrades to the 2012-vintage Pinnacle Wind Farm in Keyser, West Virginia are underway and expected to be completed before the year end.

    According to the release, the company secured $128 million in financing for the repowering work that will sequentially replace the 23 existing turbines with newer, more efficient units.

    Clearway Energy Group is one of the largest developers and operators of clean energy in the United States with over 4.7 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage in operation, including assets owned through affiliate company Clearway Energy, Inc., according to the company website. (Source: Clearway Energy Group, PR, Cumberland Times-News, Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  CLearway Energy,  

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