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BP Commits to Continuous Methane Measurement Tech (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2019-09-13
London-headquartered oil industry giant BP reports it has installed continuous measurement of methane emissions technology at its existing oil and gas processing projects worldwide and will deploy the technology at all future BP-operations as part of its program to reduce methane emissions.

The methane data generated will help BP identify the largest opportunities to tackle methane emissions, drive efficiency and develop best practice – and is ultimately aimed at delivering and improving on BP’s methane intensity target of 0.2 pct from its upstream operations. In time, the data collected will feed information into an extensive digital cloud network as part of a global integrated approach to reduce both methane and carbon emissions. (Source: BP, World Oil, Sept. 10, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Methane,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  


Poll Finds N.M. Supports Strong Methane, Climate Policies (Ind. Report)
New Mexico
Date: 2019-08-30
A recently released survey by Washingto, DC-based Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research Inc. for The Majority Institute (TMI) has found that New Mexicans strongly support policies, rules and regulations aimed at cutting methane and climate pollution, as well as transitioning to a 100 pct clean energy economy in New Mexico.

The survey found strong and growing support to reduce methane waste and pollution and the implementation of new methane waste standards statewide as an important part of the boom in Permian Basin development. The survey also found that two-thirds of New Mexico voters want strong limits and the eventual elimination of carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Majority Institute PR, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Majority Institute, 303-586-3176. www. majorityinstitute.com; Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 202-478-8330, www.gqrr.com

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


Align RNG Plant Construction Underway in N. Carolina (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods,
Date: 2019-08-19
Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. report their joint venture Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project construction is underway in Duplin and Sampson counties, North Carolina. When fully operational, the plant will be the state's largest such facility and will generate sufficient power for than 3,500 homes.

Align RNG is a multi-state JV that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into RNG to power homes and businesses. The project will include as many as 19 area farms.

This is the first manure-to-energy project to begin construction under Align RNG since the joint venture was announced in late 2018. Additional projects are planned in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, and are projected to produce suficient energy to power 14,000 homes and businesses. (Source: Smithfield Foods, PR,Dominion Energ, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com; Smithfield Foods,Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Align RNG, (833) 658-9396, www.alignrng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Dominion Energy,  Smithfield Foods,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Dominion Announces Energy Storage Pilot Projects (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2019-08-07
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy Virginia is reporting four utility-scale battery storage pilot projects totaling 16 megawatts -- the largest projects of their kind in Virginia.

The four proposed Central Virginia-based lithium-ion projects will cost approximately $33 million to construct and will provide key information on distinct use cases for batteries on the energy grid. Pending SCC approval, the pilots would be evaluated over a five year period once operational as currently expected in December 2020. The projects include:

  • Two battery systems totaling 12 MW at the Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County that will demonstrate how batteries can store energy generated from solar panels during periods of high production and help optimize the power produced by the solar facility.

  • A 2-MW battery at a substation in Ashland will explore how batteries can improve reliability and save on equipment replacement costs by serving as an alternative to traditional grid management investments such as transformer upgrades, necessary to serve customers during times of high energy demand.

  • A 2-megawatt battery at a substation in New Kent County serving a 20-MW solar facility will show how batteries can help manage voltage and loading issues caused by reverse energy flow, to maintain grid stability.

    Dominion notes it expects to cut generating fleet CO2 emissions 80 pct by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  Battery Energy Storage,  


  • SocalGas Unveils Country's Largest RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    SocalGas,Calgren
    Date: 2019-07-31
    SocalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, reports the completion of the Calgren dairy renewable natural gas facility in Pixley. The natural gas facility, developed in partnership with Calgren Dairy Fuels, is the first of its kind in California. SocalGas has provided Calgren with a $5 million incentive, authorised by the California PUC to support the project.

    Calgren will collect cow manure from four dairy farms and process it using an anaerobic digesters to produce methane emissions which will then be used to produce transportation fuel. The digesters in the Calgren project are partially funded under California's Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme, which aims to reduce GHG emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms. California currently has about 30 operational dairy RNG projects and 50 under development.

    A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SocalGas, SmartEnergy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SocalGas,  Calgren,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Methane Emission Cuts Could Trigger Climate Cooling, Oxford Prof. Suggests (Int'l. Report)
    University of Oxford,
    Date: 2019-07-12
    In the UK, according to Myles Allen, a professor of Climate Dynamics at the University of Oxford, farming can become completely "climate neutral" if agricultural methane emissions are reduced by just 20 pct over the next 30 years.

    Prof. Allen claims UK farmers have been cutting methane emissions by 10 pct every 30 years, through measures such as better slurry storage and application, and didn't need to reach the Government's net-zero by 2050 target to stop, or actually reverse, warming caused by agriculture. This is because when methane is released into the atmosphere, it has a much stronger warming impact than the same amount of CO2, but unlike CO2 or nitrous oxide, which have a constant warming effect even when emissions fall to zero, cutting the amount of methane -- which is far more potent the CO2 -- emitted will actually cause global cooling, Prof. Allen suggests.

    Prof Allen contends that cutting agricultural methane emissions to zero over the next 35 years would cause global cooling, taking the industry's contribution to global warming back to the level it was in the 1960s. (Source: University of Oxford, Farmers Guardian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: University of Oxford, Prof. Myles Allen, +44 (0)1865 275895. myles.allen@ouce.ox.ac.uk, www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/mallen.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Climate Change,  Emissions,  Global Warming,  


    Teesside Clean Gas, CCS Project Awarded £3.8 Mn (Int'l Funding)
    OGCI Climate Investments
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the UK, Teesside's Clean Gas project on the former SSI steelworks site could become the world's first gas-powered energy plant using carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology at scale with £3.8 million in funding from the federal government. The £18 million project was announced in November by OGCI Climate Investments.

    Phase one is a huge power plant, which will run on natural clean gas and could be operational as early as 2024 or 2025. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020.

    The UK Government has laid out plans for the UK to be a world-leader in the field of CCS, with its Clean Growth Strategy and last November's CCUS Action Plan.

    OGCI companies set a target to reduce the collective average methane intensity of our aggregated upstream gas and oil operations to below 0.25 pct by 2025, with the ambition to achieve 0.20 pct. Starting from a baseline of 0.32 pct in 2017, reaching the 0.20 pct target would translate into greatly reducing our collective methane emissions by more than one-third -- approximately 600,000 tpy of methane -- by the end of 2025, according the OGCI website. (Source: Teeside Live, 27 June, 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  OGCI Climate Investments ,  


    Canada Tightens Methane Emissions Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Methane,Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In Ottawa, Environment and Climate Change Canada announced proposed regulations to cut methane emissions from drilling and processing by 20 megatonnes a year -- equivalent to pulling 5 million passenger vehicles a year from roadways. The changes will impact refineries, oil-sands upgraders and petrochemical facilities, along with individual drillers and processors.

    Under the new regulations, affected companies would be required to regularly check and repair leaks from their equipment, use cleaner technologies to minimize emissions, monitor emissions at their property lines and report the results to the Canadian government.

    The regulations are part of the Pan-Canada Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change to cut methane by 40 to 45 pct by 2025.

    The Canadian oil and gas sector produces about 44 pct of Canada's escaping methane which represents about 15 pct of the country's greenhouse-gas emissions. The changes are expected to cost the industry an estimated $3.3 billion over the next 20 years. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, Various Media, Kallanish Energy, 31 May, 2019) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  GHG,  Climate Change,  Environment and Climate Change Canada,  


    Williams Joins One Future to Cut Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
    Willioams,Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Tulsa, Okloahoma-headquartered midstream giant Williams reports it has become the 17th member of the Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition (One Future), a Houston-based natural gas industry-led organization dedicated to voluntarily achieving meaningful reductions in methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

    In August 2018, Williams and other members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America pledged to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations. The companies pledged to achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions to 1 pct or less of total natural gas production by 2025. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines. (Source: Williams, Kallanish Energy, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Williams, Alan Armstrong, CEO, www.williams.com; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, 202-216-5900, www.aga.org

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


    Devon Cutting Natural Gas Production Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Devon Energy
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-headquartered Devon Energy Corp. is reporting it plans to further cut methane emissions from its U.S. oil and natural gas production sites by at least 12.5 pct in six years. For 2018, the company's methane intensity rate was an estimated .32 pct which is now expected to be cut to .28 pct or less by 2025, according to the company release. The company release also noted that employee and top-level executive compensation levels will be tied to meeting its new methane reduction goals. (Source: Devon Energy, The Oklahoman, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Devon Energy, Dave Hager, CEO, (405) 235-3611, www.devonenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Devon Energy,  Methane Emissions,  GHGs,  Natural Gas,  


    PEI Landfill Gas Project Wins Low-Carbon Energy Funding (Funding)
    Enwave Energy Corporation
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Toronto-headquartered Enwave Energy Corporation reports it is inline to receive as much as $3.5 million in funding through the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Energy Fund to upgrade and expand an existing waste-to-energy system that will divert an additional 23,000 tonnes of organic waste from the Charlottetown District Energy System regional landfill in Prince Edward Island. The project will reduce landfill methane emissions, increase annual energy production, and reduce PEI's fuel oil consumption.

    According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy-efficiency measures in Canada's climate plan will help improve Canada's economy and environment between now and 2030 by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting the nation's GDP by $356 billion, and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

    The Low Carbon Economy Fund Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Enwave Energy, PRN, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enwave Energy Corporation, (416)392-6838, www.enwave.com; Canada Low Carbon Energy Fund, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate.../low-carbon-economy-fund.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Enwave Energy Corporation,  


    Atmospheric Methane Levels on the Rise Again (Ind Report)
    Atmospheric Methane
    Date: 2019-03-04
    According to a study from the Royal Holloway University of London, atmospheric methane, a greenhouse gas that is approximately 32 pct more potent in terms of trapping heat and causing climate change than CO2, has not been increasing since 1999. But in 2007 the concentration began rising to levels that could imperil the Paris climate accord.

    According to the study, about half of all methane emissions are churned out by the human activities including fossil fuel operations, agriculture and cattle farms. (Source: University of London, Canadian Homesteading, Mar., 2019) Contact: University of London, Euan Nisbet, +44 1784 443809, E.Nisbet@rhul.ac.uk, www.pure.royalholloway.ac.uk

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


    CAVU Lauds N.Mex. Commitment to U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance,
    Date: 2019-02-04
    New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is being applauded for he leadership in taking her state into the U.S. Climate Alliance and for adding New Mexico to the growing list of states pledging to embrace the necessary and ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Governor specifically tagged methane capture and the crucial role that methane capture will play in the fight against climate change.

    The most recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the narrow twelve-year window we have to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Because of its potency as a greenhouse gas, regulating methane emissions is one of the most promising ways to make dramatic short-term changes to the atmosphere that could be the difference between manageable climate impacts and disastrous ones.

    CAVU (Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas), has worked to inform a wide audience about the the impacts of methane emissions to New Mexico. (Source: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas, New Mexico Public Radio, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas, www.facebook.com/CAVUorg/?rc=p; U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


    China Missing Methane Emissions Reduction Goals (Int'l. Report)
    China Methane
    Date: 2019-02-01
    In a recent report, researchers at the Washington, DC-headquartered Carnegie Institution for Science have found Chinese regulations on coal mining have not curbed the nation's growing methane emissions over the past five years. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.

    China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal and the world's largest methane emitter accounting for about 33 percent of the world's total methane emissions.

    In China, regulations to reduce methane emissions from coal mining took full effect in 2010 and required methane to be captured or to be converted into carbon dioxide. The team of researchers set out to use atmospheric modeling and data from Japan's GOSAT satellite to evaluate whether these new rules actually curbed Chinese methane emissions.

    Although the goal was to remove or convert 5.6 million metric tons of methane from coal mines by 2015, the research team found that methane emissions instead rose by about 1.1 million metric tpy between 2010 and 2015. Overall, Chinese methane emissions increased by 50 pct from 2000 to 2015. This could account for as much as 24 percent of the total global increase in methane emissions over the same period.

    The report motes that technology, pipelines and other infrastructure challenges may be hampering the nation's ability to achieve their emissions reduction goals. (Source: Carnegie Institution for Science, Nature Communications, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Scot Miller, Anna Michalak, (202) 387-6400, www.carnegiescience.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coal Methane,  


    BC OGC Intros Tighter Methane Emission Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    B.C. Oil and Gas Commission
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Fort St. John, Canada, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) reports the introduction of new regulations that will cut methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of CO2e over a 10-year period -- equivalent to removing 390,000 cars per year from the province's highways.

    The new regulations, which will come into force January 1, 2020, include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Under the new regulations, industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.

    The Province aims to cut methane emissions by 45 pct by 2025 and feds have a similar target. (Source: BC Oil & Gas Commission, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: BC Oil & Gas Commission, 250-794-5200, www.bcogc.ca/public-zone/reducing-methane-emissions

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  


    Federal Lands Fossil Fuel Extraction Emissions Fell in 2005-14, says USGS (Ind. Report)
    US Geological Survey
    Date: 2018-11-30
    A just released US Geological Survey study reports the estimated emissions of the three main gases associated with climate change fossil fuel extraction on federal lands fell from 2005 to 2014 -- CO2 fell 6.1 pct to 1,279 million metric tons; methane emissions fell releases totaling an estimated 47.6 million tonnes of 10.5 pct and nitrous was 20.3 pct lower. Emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands represent, on average, 23 pct of national emissions, the study notes.

    The USGS study's data are consistent with both rising US production and the increased use of gas to generate electricity, according to the American Petroleum Institute. (Source: US Geological Survey, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: US Geological Survey, 888-275-8747, www.usgs.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG ,  Natural Gas,  Methane,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Align RNG Hog Manure-to-Energy JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    Smithfield Food,Dominion Energy
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In the Old Dominion State, Smithfield Foods Inc. reports it is partnering with Dominion Energy are forming Align Renewable Natural Gas (Align), a joint venture company that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean renewable energy for residential home heating and power for local businesses. The JV has also announced their first projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah.

    The companies The new joint venture will leverage Smithfield's relationships with contract hog farmers and the company's "manure-to-energy" anaerobic digestion project experience and expertise. Once collected and processed, the methane will be transported to a central conditioning facility where it will be converted into RNG. (Source: Smithfield Food Co., 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Align RNG, www.alignrng.com; Smithfield Food, (757) 365-3000, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Dominion Energy, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Methane,  Smithfield Food,  Dominion Energy,  


    Melting Icelandic Glacier Major Methane Emitter (Int'l Report)
    Lancaster University
    Date: 2018-11-26
    A new study from Lancaster University has found that during the summer months Iceland's Solheimajokull glacier releases up to 41 tpd of methane -- a greenhouse gas that is almost 30 times more potent and harmful to the the atmosphere than CO2.

    The Solheimajokull glacier, which flows from the active, ice-covered volcano Katla, has shrunk by about 2,050 feet between 2007 and 2015 and released enough methane to significantly accelerate climate change, according to the study.

    Dr. Hugh Tuffen, a volcanologist at Lancaster University and study co-author says "The heat from Katla volcano may greatly accelerate the generation of microbial methane, so in fact you could see Katla as a giant microbial incubator." (Source: Lancaster University, 14U News, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Lancaster University, Dr. Hugh Tuffen, Volcanologist, +44 (0)1524 594713, h.tuffen@lancaster.ac.uk, www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/hugh-tuffen, www.lancaster.ac.uk

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


    Oil-Gas Majors Launch Fugitive Methane Gas Project (Ind Report)
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
    Date: 2018-11-16
    On the Canadian prairies, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada are reporting the joint launch of the Fugitive Emissions Management Program Effectiveness Assessment (FEMP EA) Program,, a large-scale applied research project focused on methane leak detection, quantification and repair.

    FEMP EA is funded by more than 400 oil and gas producers through Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund.

    Project objectives and design have been informed by a review of over 100 studies conducted by Stanford University. The project is expected to be completed in 12 months. (Source: JWN, Nov. 14, 2018) Contact: Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund, www.auprf.ptac.org; Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, (403) 218-7700, www.ptac.org; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, www.capp.ca target=_blank>Methane Emissions,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


    EPA Reports Dropping New Mexicoan Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-10-22
    In New Mexico, the U.S. EPA is reporting methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state's Permian and San Juan basins fell by 6 pct between 2016 and 2017. Total emissions dropped nearly 830,000 metric tons, according to the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting program. That lowered overall releases in both basins from a combined 13.78 metric tons in 2016 to 12.95 metric tons last year.

    The Permian in southeastern New Mexico accounted for a drop of 728,000 metric tons, compared with a 100,000-metric-ton decline in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico.

    Onb the contrary, peer-reviewed report published in the Journal Science last June questioned the EPA's methodology and statistics , claiming emissions may actually be 60 pct higher than EPA estimates. (Source: US EPA, Albuquerque Journal, 19 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  US EPA,  Methane Emissions,  


    Oil, Gas Players Pledge to Slash Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-26
    The 13-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) -- which includes Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others -- reports it is committed to cutting methane emissions to an intensity of 0.25 pct of all fossil fuel the group's member companies produces by 2025. The pledge could be cut further to 0.2 pct intensity, which would echo targets set individually by group members BP, Royal Dutch Shell and XOM to reduce methane emissions.

    The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production. (Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  


    Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants Report (Ind. Report)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-09-10
    The attached International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 report -- Methane emissions from Biogas Plants - Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced -- addresses methane emissions from biogas applications.

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and therefore any fugitive methane emissions from a renewable energy production system are not conducive to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

    The attached IEA Bioenergy report addresses: methods used for emission quantification; presents selected results of measurements; proposes mitigation measures; and puts methane emissions in a context of a standard greenhouse gas balance.

    Download the Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org, www.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  IEA,  


    Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-06
    "I am all for putting a public eye, pressure to those companies (oil and gas) for being much more responsible energy companies and reducing carbon and methane emissions, but we don't have this same attention for the 200 gigawatts of sub-critical coal-fired power plants under construction in Asia, which will emit carbon emissions at least three to four times higher than all this oil production together. There is a need for understanding numbers when it comes to the climate change debate." -- Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency Exec. Director, June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency news,  


    Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    IEA
    Date: 2018-06-27
    "I am all for putting a public eye, pressure to those companies (oil and gas) for being much more responsible energy companies and reducing carbon and methane emissions, but we don't have this same attention for the 200 gigawatts of sub-critical coal-fired power plants under construction in Asia, which will emit carbon emissions at least three to four times higher than all this oil production together. There is a need for understanding numbers when it comes to the climate change debate." -- Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency Exec. Director, June, 2018)

    Editor's Note: The world's largest publicly traded oil and natural gas companies account for under 4 pct of the world's energy-related carbon emissions, according to the IEA.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol,  


    States Act Against EPA Over Landfill Methane Rules Delays (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    Methane, EPA
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The AGs from eight states plus the Pennsylvania DEP have together filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the US EPA for its alleged failure to implement the Obama administration's 2016 municipal landfill emissions guidelines in accordance with the timeline mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA).

    The complaints are asking the court to issue a mandatory injunction compelling the EPA to implement and enforce the emissions guidelines without further delay.

    The guidelines for existing landfills and the jointly issued New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) were revised primarily to control methane emissions that contribute to climate change.

    The EPA estimated that the two rules will reduce methane emissions by approximately 330,000 metric tons -- with a global warming potential equivalent to 8.2 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2025. That is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 1.8 million cars on the road. (Source: Various Media, EPA, EHS Daily Advisor, 12 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHGs,  Emissions,  EPA,  Landfill Gas,  


    Exxon Mobil Commits to 15 pct Methane Emission Cut (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant Exxon Mobil reports it is committing to new targets to reduce its worldwide methane emissions by 15 pct by 2020, compared to 2016 levels. The commitment includes reducing its natural gas flaring by 25 pct during the same timeframe.

    While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.

    The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE. (Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    BP Report Outlines Emissions Cutting Efforts (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2018-05-14
    London-based petroleum fuels and energy giant BP notes it hopes to attain zero net growth in operational emissions and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tons by 2025.

    BP, which runs the BP Whiting Refinery on the Lake Michigan shoreline, also seeks to target a methane intensity of 0.2 pct going forward. To that end, BP recently installed flare gas recovery systems to reduce flaring at its refineries to zero by 2030. The company also wants to cut methane emissions and improve energy efficiency, which would account for 40 pct of emissions reductions BP strives toward. BP is also investing in 20 different carbon-neutral products, natural gas, biofuels, wind, solar, a more lightweight concrete and startups working toward lower-carbon energy. According to its recently released Advancing the Energy Transition Report BP aims to provide lower-emissions gasoline, develop lower-carbon fuels and expand its lower-carbon business in which it is investing $500 million per year.

    Download the BP Advancing the Energy Transition Report HERE. (Source: BP, NWI,May, 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions.Methane,  


    Methane GHG "Feedback Loop" Discovered in Freshwater Lakes (R&D)
    Cambridge University
    Date: 2018-05-07
    A new Cambridge University study of chemical reactions that occur when organic matter decomposes in freshwater reports that the debris from trees suppresses production of the greenhouse gas methane while debris from plants found in reed beds actually promotes methane. The report notes that the constantly evolving lakes of the northern hemisphere -- already a major source of methane -- could almost double their emissions in the next fifty years.

    The report findings suggest the discovery of yet another “feedback loop” in which environmental disruption and climate change trigger the release of ever more greenhouse gas that further warms the planet, similar to the concerns over the methane released by fast-melting arctic permafrost. The report also finds up to 77 pct of the methane emissions from an individual lake are the result of the organic matter shed primarily by plants that grow in or near the water. This matter gets buried in the sediment found toward the edge of lakes, where it is consumed by communities of microbes. Methane gets generated as a byproduct, which then bubbles up to the surface.

    The study, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: Cambridge Univ., Eurasia Review , 6 May, 2018) Contact: Cambridge Univ., Dr. Andrew Tanentzap Department of Plant Sciences. +44 1223 333900, www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk

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    States Act Against EPA's Methane Standards Delays (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Methane Leak
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Reuters is reporting 14 states have filed suit against the U.S. EPA for delaying or failing to expeditiously issue regulations for curbing emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from existing oil and gas operations as required under the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is accused of putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of the EPA's obligation to protect air quality, including the control of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is seeking a court order compelling the EPA to devise and issue the emissions standards in question.

    The legal challenge includes New York State, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Vermont and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago. (Source: Guam Daily Post, Reuters, Others, 6 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  EPA,  Pruitt,  


    Landfill Cutting Organics to Reduce Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) reports receipt of $6 million in grant funding from the federal gas tax fund for the Alberni Valley Consolidated Strategic Landfill Diversion Program.

    The program will cut the volume of organic waste entering the landfill and thus reduce landfill gas -- methane -- emissions from the facility. The project is expected to cost $7,425,472. (Source: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, PR, Alberni Valley News, Mar., 2018)Contact: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, www.acrd.bc.ca

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    Neste Project Slashes Palm Oil Mill Methane Emissions (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-03-09
    According to a Helsinki-headquartered Neste release, Neste has long been exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emission from palm oil production.

    In 2015, the company initiated a two-year study project to verify the methane emission reduction for a newly applied effluent treatment method. The project, which was conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions in Indonesian palm oil mills in collaboration with Dutch palm oil company KLK. The project used a belt filter press to remove organic matter such as degrading parts of the oil palm fruit in the mill effluent, the source of the methane emissions. The Neste-lead project verified 50 pct reduction in methane emissions at palm oil mills, as validated by Neste.

    In Indonesia and Malaysia, approximately 70 pct of palm oil is produced without methane reduction methods. If all the producers in these countries were to adopt the studied new method, greenhouse gases would be reduced by approximately 4.5 million tpy, better than the 50 pct greenhouse gas emission reduction requirement defined in the Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) for all biofuels, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste Oyj, PR, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neste, Annamari Enstrom, Senior Researcher, +358 10 458 7658, annamari.enstrom(@)neste.com, www.neste.com

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    EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EDF
    Date: 2018-02-21
    According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

    The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund) ) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  EDF news,  Climate Change news,  


    PA. Oil, Gas Methane Emissions Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,EDF
    Date: 2018-02-21
    According to a new study conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Keystone State's oil and gas operations emit more than 520,000 tpy of methane from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. The study also found emissions of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to smog and respiratory diseases like asthma, are nine times higher than reported to the state by the oil and gas industry. "Oil and gas methane emissions could be as high as five times what industry reports through the state methane and greenhouse gas reporting inventories," The report claims.

    The study concludes that without additional regulatory action by the state, more than 5,000,000 million tons of methane pollution could be emitted in Pennsylvania by 2025. The Pennsylvania DEP is presently finalizing methane reduction requirements for new, unconventional facilities which are expected to reduce emissions by about 3 pct. If the state regulations included existing unconventional sources, emissions would be 25 pct lower, according to the report. (Source: EDF, Public News Service, Allegheny Front, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; EDF, Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    DoI Replacing Obama-Era Methane Emissions Rule (Reg & Leg)
    US Interior Department
    Date: 2018-02-14
    In Washington, the US Interior Department (DoI) reports it is replacing a 2016 Obama administration regulation with requirements similar to those in force prior to the Obama administration changed the regulation restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

    The DoI previously announced it was delaying the Obama-era rule until January 2019, arguing that it was overly burdensome to industry and the delay would allow federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) time to review the earlier rule while avoiding tens of millions of dollars in compliance costs to industry. Methane, although shorter-lived than CO2, is far more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. (Source: US Department of Interior, VOA, Others, AP, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: US Department of Interior, www.doi.gov; BLM, www.blm.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Methane,  US Interior Department,  Methane,  


    XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-02-07
    "In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

    "As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.

    "So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like? Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include: new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation." (Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com

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    Methane Increase Linked to Oil, Gas Industry, says NASA (Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2018-01-26
    According to a just released study led by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the oil and gas industry is primarily responsible for the increase in historically underestimated methane emissions. The increase, which equals around 25 teragrams (25 trillion grams) per year since 2006, underscores the need to transition to renewable energy sources in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the report says.

    The study research teams produced estimates for two known sources: emissions from the oil and gas industry; and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. However, the sum of the estimated emissions from these and other sources is greater than the observed increase. The researchers explored the role of fires since the area burned by fires each year decreased by about 12 pct between the early 2000s and the period of 2007 to 2014, according to NASA data. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: IISD, NASA, 23, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard

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    Apache Supports Operations Environmental Performance (Ind. Report)
    Apache Corp
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Houston-headquartered petroleum and natural gas giant Apache Corp. reports it has joined the Environmental Partnership, a collaboration among 25 oil and natural gas producers to support environmental performance enhancements in operations nationwide.

    The association will use expertise and knowledge within the industry to advance best practices, innovations and technologies that lower emissions. The voluntary plan comes into play January 1, 2018.

    By the means of the ONE Future Coalition, Apache has pledged to target 0.36 pct or less of methane released by 2025, and has already cut methane emissions by 12 pct from 2015 levels. The Environmental Partnership plan includes a program to retrofit, replace or remove high-bleed pneumatic controllers, a plan for manual liquids unloading targeting natural gas production sources and a leak detection and technology plan for production sources. (Source: Apache Corp., Financial Trends, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: ONE Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Apache Corp., www.apachecorp.com

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    Pa. Legislates "Best Available Technologies" to Cut Methane Emissions (Reg & Leg)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2017-12-04
    Last week in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that effective in early 2018, drilling companies will have to use the to prevent the potent greenhouse gas methane leaks at new well sites and midstream facilities.

    The most recent data show overall methane emissions from shale gas industry rising, while other air pollutants are falling. The DEP says the methane increase is mostly due to the growth in the number of facilities filing reports, while the average emissions per facility is staying relatively level.

    Yet methane leaks are notoriously difficult to pin down. Without technology to continuously monitor emissions in real time, regulators must rely on self-reporting by the industry and inspections. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pa. DEP, www.dep.pa.gov

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    Calif. Lauded for Short-Term GHG Pollutants Legislation (REG & LEG)
    COP23
    Date: 2017-11-15
    AT the UN COP23 meeting in Bonn, the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme's Climate and Clean Air Coalition has recognized the state of California with its Climate and Clean Air Award for having the "most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions -- black carbon, methane -- into state law."

    The U.N. award recognizes California Senate Bill 1383 aimed at cutting California's methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases to 40 pct and black carbon to 50 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of meeting the bill's targetswith the approval of approved new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas field operations by more closely monitoring and repairing methane leaks. (Source: CARB, Various Media, WQED, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Livestock Methane Acounts for 23 pct of Global Warming (Ind. Report)
    New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
    Date: 2017-11-15
    A new study from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre reports that methane emissions from livestock are responsible for approximately 23 pct of all global warming -- more than estimates based only on greenhouse gas emissions.

    The study also looked at how reductions in livestock emissions would impact on allowable carbon dioxide emissions consistent with long term temperature goals.

    Methane, which is a short lived gas in the atmosphere of 12 years. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has a 1000 year decay period, and nitrous oxide (NO3) about 100 years. (Source: NZ Farmer, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact: New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, Dr. Harry Clark, Dir., +64 6 356 8019, www.nzagrc.org.nz

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    Natural Gas Has No Climate Benefit, says UK Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency,EDF
    Date: 2017-11-15
    A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study concludes that just the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico's gas and oil industry are "equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants." And, the report concludes, if the goal is to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming, the evidence is overwhelming that natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale and "categorically has no role to play as a "bridge" fuel to a carbon-free economy.

    Download the Oil and Gas Methane Emissions in New Mexico report HERE. (Source: EDF, Think Progress, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDF, www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Methane,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Environmental Defense Fund,  IEA ,  


    $35.2Mn for Calif. Dairy Anaerobic Digester Projects (Funding)
    California Department of Food and Agriculture
    Date: 2017-11-13
    In Sacramento, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reports it has awarded $35.2 million in grant funding to 18 dairy digester projects across the state. Dairy digester grant recipients will provide an estimated $71.2 million in matching funds for the development of their projects.. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, will reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms.

    CDFA, which also administers the Alternative Manure Management Program promoting non-digester manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, received 53 applications requesting a total of $29.5 million in grants.

    Financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that uses Cap-and-Trade program funds to support the state's climate goals. CDFA and other state agencies are investing these proceeds in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide additional benefits to California communities.

    The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions. (Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact 2017 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/dd; CDFA, www.cdfa.ca.gov; California Climate Investments, www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

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    EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Environmental Defense Fund,International Energy Agency
    Date: 2017-10-30
    According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

    The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, Facebook, Oct. 26, 2017) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report Launched (Ind. Report)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2017-10-30
    In London, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary, CEO-led initiative comprised of ten oil and gas companies that pool expert knowledge and collaborate on action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has announced the release of its third Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report and its first three investments to advance its commitments to spur the growth of low carbon technologies.

    The billion-dollar OGCI Climate Investments fund was established in 2016 to invest in technologies and business models with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    OGCI is partnering with United Nations Environment and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide financial and technical backing for the world's first global methane study to fill gaps in the identification and quantification of global methane emissions. OGCI is also working with Imperial College London on research provide a more accurate picture of total greenhouse gas emissions across the natural gas value chain and to identify emission "hot spots."

    Download the full OGCI A Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: OGCI, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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    Canadian Methane Emissions Worse Than Feared (Ind. Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2017-10-23
    A just released study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports the Canadian oil and gas industry could be emitting methane -- a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 -- at rates 25 to 50 pct higher than official estimates. The research compared aerial survey measurements of fossil fuel infrastructure in Alberta to emissions reported by industry and other figures.

    Oil-soaked Alberta has set a goal of reducing methane emissions 45 pct by 2025 -- a target researchers say could be severely compromised by the study's findings. The methane gas currently being wasted would supply almost all the natural gas needs of Alberta, and is worth $530 million per year -- an economic cost for governments in the form of lost royalties and taxes, and for industry in terms of revenue, according to the syudy. (Source: Environmental Science & Technology, Other Media, Climate Nexus, 18 Oct., 2017)

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    Colorado Climate Plan Ignores Coal Pollution (Ind. Report)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to the Tuscon-based Center for Biological Diversity, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's recently released Colorado Climate Plan identifies financial subsidies to encourage methane capture or flaring, but fails to address or recommend limits on coal mine emissions or to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations.

    Specifically, Hickenloper's greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan ignores the state's major methane pollution producer -- the St. Louis-based Arch Coal-owned West Elk coal mine near Paonia, Colo. The mine spewed more methane into the air from 2011 through 2016 than any other man-made source and was the state's worst source of methane pollution, according to EPA data. In 2016 the West Elk Mine vented directly into the atmosphere. Mines can reduce methane pollution significantly by flaring the gas, putting it in a pipeline for household use or using it to generate power. But Arch Coal, which operates the mine on public land, has reportedly refused to implement these measures.

    Hickenlooper's administration has rejected recommendations from its own inspectors to require coal mines to file permits disclosing other pollutants emitted when methane is vented. In September the Trump administration proposed approval of an expansion of the West Elk Mine into 1,700 acres of wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252, center@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor

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    Zaluvida's "Mootral" Cuts Cattle Methane Emissions (New Prod & Tach)
    Zaluvida
    Date: 2017-10-11
    In the UK, researchers funded by the Swiss-led life science group Zaluvida, together with leading European universities have developed "Mootral", a fruit and vegetable-based cattle feed supplement that Zaluvida claims instantly reduces methane emissions from ruminants by at least 30 pct.

    By applying unique bio-active compounds in animal feed, Mootral reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the agricultural sector and enables increased revenues from climate-smart meat and dairy products. (Source: Zaluvida, PressWire, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Zaluvida, Christoph Staeuble, CEO, info@zaluvida.com, www.zaluvida.com; Mootral, www.mootral.com

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    Court Orders Reinstatement of Obama Methane Rule (Reg & Leg)
    Obama Methane Rule
    Date: 2017-10-06
    In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to immediately reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

    The order comes as the Department of Interior (DoI) is moving to delay the rule until 2019, on the grounds that it is too burdensome to industry. The DoI tried earlier to postpone part of the rule set to take effect next year. The ruling found the DoI failed to give a "reasoned explanation" for the changes and offered no details on why an earlier analysis by the Obama administration was faulty.

    The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year. (Source: DoI, Various Media, 4 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  Obama Methane Rule,  


    ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2017-10-06
    Fort Worth-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil has announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities nation wide. across the United States.

    The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.

    XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.

    ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

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    Livestock Methane's Climate Impact Underestimated (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-10-04
    A new study suggests that researchers may have underestimated the impact of methane emissions from livestock on climate change. Considering changes in the way livestock is kept and used, researchers found that previous estimates that served as basis for the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were underestimated by 11 as much as 11 pct. The study, which has been published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management, also showed that methane was responsible for about 16 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2006.

    Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.

    Download the full study HERE. (Source: Springer Open, Nature, TechTimes, Others, 30 Sept., 2017)

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