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API Awarded $100Mn for GHG Emissions Reduction (R&D, Funding)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2021-02-17
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is reporting receipt of $100 million funding under the US DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme. The program aims to identify and develop innovative technologies to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and tackle climate change.

According to API, over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has provided low-cost natural gas, while reducing CO2 emissions in the electric power sector and addressing methane emissions. Methane emissions have declined by nearly 70 pct between 2011 and 2019 in five of the largest US oil and gas producing regions, according to the EPA's new Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data.

API notes its members are already investing in direct air carbon capture, carbon capture use astorage, CCS, decarbonisation infrastructure such as CO2 pipelines, sustainable and efficient fuels, and lower cost, low-carbon hydrogen. (Source: API. PR, Website, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: API, Mike Sommers, CEO, (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

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Spire Joins ONE Future to Cut Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Spire
Date: 2021-02-08
St. Louis-headquartered natural gas giant Spire Inc. reports it is joining the Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition to help reduce methane emissions to 1 pct or less by 2025.

In July, 2020, Spire committed to reduce methane emissions by 53 pct by 2025 and to become carbon-neutral by mid-century. The company also noted its emissions have fallen by more than 39 pct since 2005, with roughly a 54 pct reduction projected for 2025.

The ONE Future Coalition is a group of 37 natural gas production, gathering & boosting, processing, transmission & storage and distribution companies in the U.S. and represents approximately 15 pct of the U.S. natural gas value chain companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas value chain to 1 pct (or less) by 2025, according to the group's website. (Source: Spire, PR, 7 Feb., 2021) Contact: Spire, Suzanne Sitherwood, CEO, www.spireenergy.com; ONE Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us

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Oil, Gas Methane Emissions Fell 10 pct in 2020 , says IEA (Int'l. Report)
IEA
Date: 2021-01-22
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas production dropped 10 pct in 2020 mainly because of lower output as opposed to concerted climate action.

Methane has more than 80 times the warming potential than carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Major methane emitters include oil and gas infrastructure leaks and agriculture. In 2020, oil and gas operations emitted over 70 million tonnes of methane, or around 10 pct less than in 2019. In absolute terms, Russia and the U.S. were the biggest emitters of methane, the IEA notes. (Source: International Energy Agency, Jan., 2021) Contact: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

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Oregon Aims to Cut Landfill Methane Emissions (Reg. & Leg.)
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Date: 2021-01-13
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed rule changes to landfills under Gov. Kate Brown's Exec. Order 20-04, addressing the effects of climate change and landfills.

The proposed rule, which would affect methane gas emissions from landfills and require that landfills work on reducing methane emissions, would align the state's methane gas emission more with the most stringent requirements of neighboring states, including California which are the most stringent amongst neighboring states.

Mid-size landfills of 450,000 to 2.5 million tons of waste would be required to model their potential methane gas emissions, if the modeling exceeds a threshold of emissions then they would be required to install a landfill gas collection and control system.

According to the DEQ, methane gas emissions is one of the highest greenhouse gas emitters in the state. In 2017, six of the 25 largest stationary sources of methane gas emissions in Oregon were landfills. (Source: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Oregon DEQ, Heather Kuoppamaki, kuoppamaki.heather@deq.state.or.us, www.deq.state.or.us

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Earthworks Comments on Incoming Administration's Low-Carbon Energy, Climate Change Policies (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
Earthworks
Date: 2020-12-30
"The Biden-Harris administration's energy policies will ready our nation for the just, equitable, and fair renewable energy transition. We hope this will result in more science-led decisions with greater focus on renewable energy and less on fossil fuels, especially from our public lands and waters.

"We may see a few major steps within the first 100 days, by re-entering the Paris Climate Accords and a new climate Executive Order redirecting agencies' missions toward sustainability. The environmental agencies like the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will again take climate change seriously. CEQ will take a 'hard look' at climate impacts across all our government's decisions while the EPA tackles methane emissions from oil, gas, and other sources.

"Our public lands agencies like the Departments of Interior and the Agriculture Department's Forest Service will plan for net zero greenhouse gas emissions. This, of course, means fewer oil and gas leases while scaling up renewable energy. These agencies will manage our resources with a renewed climate emphasis on restoring ecosystems, preserving wetlands, reclaiming abandoned mines and oil wells, and better forest management, paired with other techniques to naturally sequester carbon." (Source: Earthworks, Power Tech, 23 Dec., 2020) Contact: Earthworks, Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Council, 202-887-1872, info@earthworks.org, www.earthworks.org

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Hailey Idaho Releases GHG Study Results (Ind. Report)
Hailey
Date: 2020-12-18
In Idaho, the Hailey City Resiliency Coordinator Rebecca Bundy has released results of the city's 2020 Greenhouse Gas Inventory conducted in partnership with Local Governments for Sustainability, an international organization of more than 1,750 local and regional governments.

The study -- which began in January -- takes a holistic look at CO2 and methane emissions in the broader Ketchum, Sun Valley and Blaine County Idaho community. Using the most recent available data from utility companies, the study found residential and commercial emissions from natural gas and electricity made up 33 and 29 pct, respectively, of the total community greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation emissions from fossil fuels represented 30 pct, solid waste emissions, 5 pct and industrial emissions and natural gas leaks finished at 3 pct. The audit does not include data from Friedman Memorial Airport, which accounts for over 40 pct of the city's ground-level emissions.

Additionally, the city of Hailey is considering a standalone agreement with Idaho Power that would see the utility regularly update the city on renewable energy projects and provide the city with aggregated data on energy use starting in 2022.

The study is considered a starting point for the community's plan to transition to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035. (Source: City of Hailey, Idaho Mountain Express, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: City of Hailey, Rebecca Bundy, 208-788-4221, www.haileycityhall.org; Idaho Power, Megan Ronk, Director of Business Innovation and Dev., Local Governments for Sustainability, www.iclei.org

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Trudeau Tables New Cdn. Net-Zero Emissions Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
Canada Climate Change
Date: 2020-11-20
In Ottawa, the Government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau (Lib) Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has tabled new "legally binding" legislation -- bill C-12 -- that would force current and future federal governments to set binding climate targets although the bill fails to specify penalties for non compliance. If passed into law, federal governments would be required to set five-year interim emissions reduction targets over the next 30 years to ensure progress toward reaching "net-zero" by 2050.

The legislation calls for the creation of an outside 15-member advisory board composed of climate experts, scientists and Indigenous representatives, among others to advice the minister on setting targets and the best "sectoral strategies" that are "deemed effective" for achieving net-zero. The legislation also requires the minister to a plan in Parliament outlining how Ottawa will meet those targets as well as annual reports on the bill's progress.

Canada's carbon reduction target, set by the former Conservative government in May 2015, is to reduce emissions by 30 pct compared to 2005 levels by 2030. Current policies -- including the carbon tax, banning coal power plants and regulating methane emissions in the oil and gas industry -- will only get Canada about two-thirds of the way to its goal.

While the government describes this legislation as "legally binding," there would be no tangible penalty applied if the country fails to drive down emissions as promised. In short, bill C-12 appears to be little more than political window dressing.

As previously reported in Nov, 2019, Prime Minister Trudeau committed Canada to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and to reduce CO2 levels by 30 pct by 2030. In December 2018, Climate Change Canada projected Canada's total emissions by 2030 are only on track to be 19 pct -- not 30 pct -- below 2005 levels. (Source: Environment Canada, Various Media, CBC News, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

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Notes on Climate Change from the Washington Post
Washington Post, Climate Change
Date: 2020-11-02
"Global methane emissions are up this year. Methane is several times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide. Emissions have risen 32 percent.

"(Global) Warming has killed half of the coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Recovery might not happen.

"Let's move to Phoenix! So far this year the temperature has reached 100 degrees on half of the days.

"September was the warmest month on record for Earth. That just might push us into the hottest year ever." (Source: The Washington Post, WingNut Blog, 30 Oct., 2020)

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Dominion's VA Offshore Wind Turbines Installed (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy,Orsted
Date: 2020-10-16
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting the two-turbine, 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach has completed reliability testing and is ready to enter commercial service. Installation of the two pilot turbines was completed in June. Orsted served as the offshore engineering, procurement and construction lead for the pilot project.

The next significant regulatory step for CVOW is to submit the final documentation for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to complete its technical review, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The turbines will remain in operation during this review process. CVOW is the only project currently permitted under the BOEM process and will be the first fully operational wind power generation facility in U.S. federal waters with the capability to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes.

Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy's comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards mandated in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company's net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Joshua Bennett, VP Offshore Wind, www.DominionEnergy.com

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Duke Plans Net-Zero Methane, Early Coal Retirements (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2020-10-14
Charlotte, North Carolina-based gas and electric utility Duke Energy reports it expects to invest $123 billion -- $133 billion on a 10-year plan to significantly reduce its carbon footprint through accelerating coal plant retirements and achieving net- zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030. Of the total proposed expenditures, $58 billion would be spent in 2020-24 and $65 billion -- $75 billion in 2025-29.

According to a release, Duke plans to achieve net-zero methane emissions by 2030 partly with new technologies to enhance measuring and monitoring, operational efficiencies and damage prevention initiatives. The company also plans to: retire all coal-only units in the Carolinas by 2030; double the company's renewable portfolio to 16 GW by 2025; at least triple the renewable capacity for Duke's regulated utilities by 2030 and increase regulated renewable capacity to 40 GW by 2050, and add more than 11,000 MW of energy storage by 2050. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, NGI, Oct., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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Duke Plans Coal Retirements, Increased Renewables (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2020-10-14
Charlotte, North Carolina-based gas and electric utility Duke Energy reports it expects to invest $123 billion -- $133 billion on a 10-year plan to significantly reduce its carbon footprint through accelerating coal plant retirements and achieving net- zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030. Of the total proposed expenditures, $58 billion would be spent in 2020-24 and $65 billion -- $75 billion in 2025-29.

According to a release, Duke plans to achieve net-zero methane emissions by 2030 partly with new technologies to enhance measuring and monitoring, operational efficiencies and damage prevention initiatives. The company also plans to: retire all coal-only units in the Carolinas by 2030; double the company's renewable portfolio to 16 GW by 2025; at least triple the renewable capacity for Duke's regulated utilities by 2030 and increase regulated renewable capacity to 40 GW by 2050, and add more than 11,000 MW of energy storage by 2050. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, NGI, Oct., 2020)

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Williams Aims for 56 pct Carbon Emissions Cut by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Williams Companies
Date: 2020-08-26
Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered natural gas processing and transmission firm The Williams Companies Inc reports it is aiming for a 56 pct absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Williams currently delivers renewable natural gas (RNG) in partnership with energy companies in Idaho, Ohio, Washington and Texas to transport methane emissions captured from landfills or dairy farms. (Source: The Williams Companies, PR, Website, 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: The Williams Companies, 800-945-5467,www.williams.com

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Williams Aims for 56 pct Carbon Emissions Cut by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Williams Companies
Date: 2020-08-26
Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered Williams Companies Inc reports it is aiming for a 56 pct absolute reduction from 2005 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Williams currently delivers renewable natural gas (RNG) in partnership with energy companies in Idaho, Ohio, Washington and Texas to transport methane emissions captured from landfills or dairy farms. (Source: Williams Companies,

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Methane Emissions Rollback Legislation -- Notable Quotes
Methane Emissions
Date: 2020-08-17
"They (methane emissions regulations) offered no environmental benefit as methane emissions are under ten percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, and the oil and gas industry had already reduced methane emissions by more than 40 percent between 2006 and 2012." -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma R), www.inhofe.senate.gov

"Methane emissions from oil and natural gas have significantly declined in recent decades without multiple, overlapping federal regulations." -- Congressman Markwayne Mullin, (Oklahoma R), House Energy and Commerce Committee, mullin.house.gov;

Neither republican legislator noted that methane, the largest component of natural gas, is at least 25 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

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Anthropogenic Methane Emissions Sources Investigated (Ind. Report)
Methane
Date: 2020-07-20
"Emissions of methane (CH4) -- a planet-warming gas several times more potent than carbon dioxide -- have risen by nine percent in a decade driven by humanity's insatiable hunger for energy and food," a major international study has concluded .

"Methane has a warming potential 28 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period and its concentration in the atmosphere has more than doubled since the Industrial Revolution," according to the report.

Download the report HERE. (Source: IOP Science, AFP, Science Alert, July, 2020) Contact: IOP, www.iop.org

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Global Methane Emissions Hit Record High (Ind. Report)
Methane Emissions,Stanford University
Date: 2020-07-17
A report from Stanford University has found global methane emissions have risen to the highest levels on record. Between 2000 and 2017, levels of the potent greenhouse gas barreled up toward pathways that climate models suggest will lead to 3 -- 4 degrees Celsius of warming before the end of this century.

In 2017, the last year when complete global methane data are available, the Earth's atmosphere absorbed nearly 600 million tons of methane which is 28 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat over a 100-year span.

More than half of all methane emissions now come from human activities. Annual methane emissions are up 9 pct -- 50 million tpy -- from the early 2000s, when methane concentrations in the atmosphere were relatively stable. In terms of warming potential, adding this much extra methane to the atmosphere since 2000 is akin to putting 350 million more cars on the world's roads or doubling the total emissions of Germany or France.

Throughout the study period, agriculture accounted for roughly two-thirds of all methane emissions related to human activities; fossil fuels contributed most of the remaining third. However, those two sources have contributed in roughly equal measure to the increases seen since the early 2000s.

Methane emissions from agriculture rose to 227 million tons in 2017, up nearly 11 pct from the 2000 -- 2006 average. Methane from fossil fuel production and use reached 108 million tons in 2017, up nearly 15 pct from the earlier period.

Methane emissions rose most sharply in Africa and the Middle East; China; and South Asia and Oceania, which includes Australia and many Pacific islands. Each of these three regions increased emissions by an estimated 10 to 15 million tpy during the study period. The U.S. followed close behind, increasing methane emissions by 4.5 million tons, mostly due to more natural gas drilling, distribution and consumption, the report notes. (Source: Stanford University News, 14 Jul, 2020) Contact: Stanford University, Rob Jackson, Department of Earth System Science, (650) 497-5841, rob.jackson@stanford.edu, www.stanford.edu

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BP Invests in Satelytics to Address Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
BP,Satelytics
Date: 2020-06-24
BP Ventures, the investment arm of BP, is reporting a $5 million investment in Toledo, Ohio-headquartered geospatial analytics specialist Satelytics to help the oil and gas giant accurately spot and remedy methane leaks which contribute to the greenhouse gas effect and climate change.

BP plans to install Satelytics methane measurement capabilities at all its major oil and gas processing sites by 2023. This will be to measure the base level of methane in its current operations so that it can work towards cutting methane levels by 50 pct. BP's investment is in line with its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Satelytics is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multi or hyper-spectral imagery gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras alerting our customers in oil and gas, power, pipeline, rail, mining and water to identify operational challenges as early as possible. Pinpointing the specific problem, its location and magnitude, is critical to minimizing cost, impact, and operational disruption, according to the company's website. (Source" BP Innovations, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Satelytics, 419-728-0060, www.satelytics.com; BP Innovations, 702-528-3029, www.bpinnovations.com

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Bureau Veritas, Shell Ink Global GHG Reduction Agreement (Int'l.)
Bureau Veritas
Date: 2020-06-05
In Paris, laboratory testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas reports the signing of a global framework agreement intended to help global energy and petrochemicals giant Shell reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from operations.

Methane emissions are a major component of indirect greenhouse gas emissions generated along the oil and gas value chain. Shell has set a target to maintain methane emissions intensity below 0.2 pct by 2025. Bureau Veritas will provide support and help enable the company meet that target. (Source: Bureau Veritas, PR, 4 June, 2020 Contact: Bureau Veritas, Bruno Ferreyra, , Exec. VP., Delphine Doungouss, Media, +33 (0)1 55 24 70 95, Delphine.doungouss@bureauveritas.com, www.bureauveritas.com

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UAF researchers use space-based radar to measure methane emissions in Arctic lakes
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Date: 2020-05-27
One of the many greenhouse gases that is contributing to global warming is methane. Methane is emitted a lot of ways, including from lakes across Alaska. However, studies on how much methane flows up from those lakes into the atmosphere haven’t always been very accurate. New research from the University of Alaska Fairbanks utilizing radar instruments positioned on satellites has led to a breakthrough in lake methane emission research. That research could help climate scientists better see how Alaska’s lakes contribute to the world’s methane emissions. As permafrost under lakes begins to break down, it releases carbon, which is broken down by tiny microorganisms, which in turn, release methane. “Sometimes you’ll sit on the edge of the lake and you can see a little pop,” said “And you might think ‘oh hey, it’s a fish.’ But it could also be a little methane bubble that’s coming out.” Since methane is an odorless, colorless gas, it can be difficult to monitor how much is released by lakes. But not when they’re frozen. “The ice forms around the bubbles; more bubbles are released and [ice] forms around the bubbles,” Engram said. “And the ice creates a time-lapse freeze frame, pardon the pun. It’s a freeze-frame historical record of the methane bubbling.” To study these methane bubbles, Engram and other researchers use small bubble traps to make micro-measurements of methane and then scale them up to the full area. However, she says, those aren’t super accurate. Now, UAF researchers have begun to use what’s called a synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, to better map methane being released from lakes. Basically, a satellite sends a pulse down to a lake. A portion of that pulse bounces back to the satellite in what’s called a backscatter. Backscatters range in luminosity from kind of dim to very bright. Engram and other researchers used SAR to map methane emissions from 48 lakes across five regions of Alaska, including the northern Seward Peninsula near Kotzebue, lakes near Atqasuk — south of Utqiagvik — and the Fairbanks area. Of course, researchers still had to go out to the lakes that SAR was mapping to make sure it actually worked. To Engram’s delight, it did. Engram says the success of using SAR to map out methane emissions in Arctic lakes means the system can monitor thousands of lakes across the state. And that’s not just exciting from a research perspective. Engram says that there isn’t a lot of global data on methane release from lakes, and use of the SAR can help create a baseline to track in the future. That will be useful to climate scientists tracking changes in the atmosphere. Studies show that methane is about 30 times stronger than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. And while methane is naturally emitted from these lakes, Engram says the amount is drastically dwarfed by the amount produced from those anthropogenic sources. (Source: University of Alaska Fairbanks Water and Environmental Research Center, KOTZ, 17 May, 2020) Contact: University of Alaska Fairbanks Water and Environmental Research Center, Melanie Engram, (907) 474-7789, (907) 474-7041 – fax, nmisarti@alaska.edu R, www.ine.uaf.edu/werc

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Dane County WI Adopts Community Climate Action Plan (Ind Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2020-04-29
In Wisconsin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is touting the 2020 Dane County Climate Action Plan - Today's Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow (CAP) calling for a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction of 50 pct countywide by 2030 with the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050. The plan's goal to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030 exceeds the 45 percent worldwide reduction goal set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030. CAP climate change emission reduction strategies include:
  • Increase electric vehicles sales (and transition heavy-duty trucks to electricity or renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicles.

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled by shifting from driving alone to increase use of public transit, carpooling and biking.

  • Cut energy consumption by 2 pct per capita by 2030 by increasing the efficiency of old and new residential and commercial buildings.

  • Process 50 pct of livestock manure in anerobic digesters reducing GHG methane emissions, limiting phosphorus in area lakes and creating a new revenue source for farms.

    CAP notes these actions will result in major economic and health benefits, lead to energy security and great resilience to the harmful impacts of a changing climate, and address racial and economic equality to ensure the benefits of carbon reductions are equitably shared.

    In 2017, Parisi created the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change (OECC) to lead public and private efforts across the county to address climate change. The OECC led by its director, Keith Reopelle, created the Council on Climate Change -- a work group of 38 local governments, energy utilities, businesses, and environmental and community organizations that provided input into the development of the CAP to reduce GHG emissions across all 61 cities, towns and villages as well as the private sector. (Source: Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Herald Independent, 26 April, 2020) Contact: Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Keith Reopelle, Dir., www.daneclimateaction.org

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  • Canada Commits $1.7Bn to Methane Cleanup (Ind Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In Ottawa, the Government of Justin Trudeau (Lib) has announced it is putting a combined $2.5 billion toward cleaning up thousands of risky, contaminated oil and gas wells and cutting methane emission leaks. Of the total commitment, $1.72 billion is earmarked for cleaning up orphan or inactive wells in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as $750 million to create an Emissions Reduction Fund to help firms meet federal methane-reduction standards. A tenth of that fund, designed to offer loans, is meant for cutting pollution in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry.

    Methane, although shorter lived in the atmosphere, is 86 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat over a 20-year period.

    Canada has committed to cutting methane from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 pct from 2012 levels by 2025. (Source: Gov. of Canada, National Observer, Various Media, 17 April, 2020)

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    Atmospheric Methane Levels Hit Record High (Ind. Report)
    NOAA
    Date: 2020-04-13
    A preliminary estimate from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that levels of atmospheric methane, a relatively short-lived heat-trapping gas roughly 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide, have hit an all-time high.

    In 2019, the concentration of atmospheric methane reached nearly 1875 ppb, the highest level since record-keeping began in 1983. 2019 also saw the second-largest single-year leap in two decades.

    The NOAA analysis notes "methane emissions primarily come from natural sources, like wetlands, and man-made sources, like farms and oil and gas wells. In wetlands, microbes excrete methane, an issue that humans can do little about. On farms, cows and sheep belch methane -- a problem that people can address by raising fewer livestock. The easiest way to stem methane pollution, however, is to limit its release from oil and gas drilling sites."

    Methane levels were more or less flat from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. They began to rise after 2006 thanks, at least in part, to more oil and gas drilling. Their recent uptick threatens the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, as scientists had assumed that methane concentrations would stay level and then drop off when they projected how countries would meet their climate targets.

    Download the NOAA Trends in Atmospheric Methane HERE. (Source: NOAA, Nexus Media, Jeremy Deaton, 12 April, 2020) Contact: NOAA, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

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    Mitigating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry -- Model Regulatory Framework ( ExxonMobil Report Attached)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-03-27
    This model framework discusses key sources and control measures for methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Some issues for authorities to consider when establishing regulatory approaches are also provided where relevant. While this model focuses on upstream operations, many of the mitigation measures could be applicable to emission sources in other segments of the natural gas value chain such as distribution and storage.

    Download the ExxonMobil Mitigating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry -- Model Regulatory Framework HERE. (Source: ExxonMobil, April,2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-03-16
    From the Land Down Under, The Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:
  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 per cent of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia, Mar, 2020)

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  • CenterPoint Energy Commits to Emisions Reductions (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy
    Date: 2020-03-06
    Houston-headquartered electric and natural delivery company CenterPoint Energy reports it aims to reduce its operational emissions by 70 pct by 2035 and emissions attributable to natural gas usage in heating, appliances and equipment within the residential and commercial sectors by 20 to 30 pct by 2040 -- based on its 2005 emissions.

    To that end, CenterPoint will continue to offer customers energy efficiency programs and continue investing in renewable forms of energy on both the natural gas and electric sides of the business. The company will also partner with natural gas suppliers to lower methane emissions across the natural gas value chain as well as support communities where it operates with their climate action goals, according to the company release. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: CenterPoint Energy, Angila Retherford, VP Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability, www.CenterPointEnergy.com

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    Xcel Energy Claims Carbon Emissions Cutting Record (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy,ONE Future
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting its largest single-year drop in emissions in 2019, cutting carbon by 5.6 million tons -- more than 10 pct reduction in one year.

    Since 2005, Xcel has reduced carbon emissions by 44 pct due in part to the completion of three significant wind projects in 2018 and 2019, including Rush Creek in Colorado, and Hale and Bonita in Texas. Other factors include flexible coal plant operations, strong performance from the company's nuclear fleet and low natural gas prices, which allowed Xcel Energy to continue reducing coal generation, according to the release.

    Xcel Energy notes it has joined ONE Future -- a consortium of natural gas companies working to voluntarily reduce methane emissions below 1 pct by 2025 -- and has pledged to keep its own methane emissions to less than .2 pct in its natural gas operations. The company has also invested more than $1 billion to improve its natural gas pipelines and tighten its system. The company also participates in EPA's voluntary Natural Gas STAR and its Methane Challenge program. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, Bus.Wire, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: Xcel Energy, Media, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; ONE Future, www.onefuture.us

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    Dominion Ups Emissions Goal to Net-Zero by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports it is expanding its greenhouse gas emissions-reduction goals with a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its electric power generation and and gas infrastructure operations by 2050.

    Dominion previously committed to cut methane emissions from its natural gas operations by 50 pct between 2010 and 2030 and carbon emissions from its power generating facilities by 80 pct between 2005 and 2050. To date, Dominion has cut carbon emissions approximately 50 pct since 2005 and reduced methane emissions by nearly 25 pct since 2010.

    The utility has committed to invest in carbon-beneficial renewable natural gas (RNG) projects that will capture an amount of methane from U.S. farms at least equivalent to any remaining methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the company's natural gas operations, making Dominion's gas infrastructure area net zero 10 years before the overall company. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, NewsWire, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Pres., www.dominionenergy.com

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    Equinor Announces New Net-Carbon Intensity Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2020-02-12
    Following up on our 10th Jan. report, Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports the launch of a new climate roadmap aiming to ensure a competitive and resilient business model in the energy transition, fit for long term value creation and in line with the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement. In short, Equinor plans to:
  • Reduce the net carbon intensity, from initial production to final consumption, of the energy produced with at least 50 pct by 2050.

  • Cut absolute emissions from operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, 70 pct by 2040 and towards near zero by 2050.

  • Slash CO2-emissions per barrel of oil and gas produced to below 8 kg by 2025 from operated fields;

  • Run carbon neutral operations globally by 2030;

  • Eliminate routine flaring before 2030;

  • Maintain methane emissions near zero;

  • Continue to apply an internal price on CO2-emission of at least $55 per tonne in all investment decisions;and

  • Continue support of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). (Source: Equinor, PR, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

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  • PA. DEP Orders Natural Gas Well Methane Leak Repairs (Ind. Report)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,Range Resources
    Date: 2020-01-17
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has laid down the law to Fort Worth-headquartered Range Resources ordering it to "once and for all" fix a faulty and leaking cement casing at the Harman Lewis Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Lycoming County, in north-central Pennsylvania.

    The DEP claims the well has been leaking methane for the past 9 years -- since 2011. Range Resources disagrees with order and contends the methane contamination is from natural ground sources. The DEP contends the well's cement casing is defective, despite attempts in 2015 and 2016 to repair it, and has given Range Resources two months to submit a plan to reduce the methane gas migration and, after the department approves the plan, four months to submit a plan to successfully plug the well and a bore hole next to it. Range has 30 days to appeal the order to the Environmental Hearing Board, and probably will.

    Editor's note: While carbon dioxide is typically painted as the bad boy of greenhouse gases, methane is reported to be roughly 30 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas. As temperatures rise, the relative increase of methane emissions will outpace that of carbon dioxide from these sources. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, TrbLive, Ap, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; Range Resources, www.rangeresources.com

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    Canada Stiffens Methane Emissions Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Methane,Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2019-11-25
    As previously reported, Environment and Climate Change Canada has announced proposed regulations to cut methane emissions from drilling and processing by 20 megatonnes a year.

    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 the country's escaping methane which represents about 15 pct of Canada'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, Nov. 2019) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada,(800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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    Bay State AG Pushes Back on Trump EPA's Planned Methane Regulations Rollback (Reg. & Leg.)
    Methae, EPA
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Reporting from Boston, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday last joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general in calling on the Trump administration EPA to "withdraw its illegal attempt to gut Obama era regulations that limit methane emissions and other harmful pollutants from new, reconstructed and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sector" -- the largest industrial source of environmentally damaging methane emissions.

    The coalition contends the EPA's unlawful proposal to rescind the Obama era methane regulation will threaten public health and the environment by increasing extremely harmful methane emissions, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, formaldehyde and others.

    The Obama era 2015 rule is projected to reduce 300,000 tons of methane, 150,000 tons of VOCs, and 1,900 tons of hazardous air pollutants in 2020 alone. The rule will protect the environment and save businesses money with a net benefit of $35 million in 2020 and $170 million in 2025. On the other hand, the EPA's estimates show their planned proposal will increase methane emissions and VOCs by hundreds of thousands of tons through 2025!

    Joining AG Healey are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the City of Chicago, the City and County of Denver, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. (Source: Office of Mass. AG, STL News, 23 Nov., 2019) Contact: Office of Mass. AG, (617) 727-2200, www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-attorney-general-maura-healey

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    NZ Investing in Methane Measurement Satellite (Int'l Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2019-11-13
    The Government of New Zealand reports it is investing $26 million in an international mission to find and measure agricultural, industrial and oil and gas industry methane emissions from space.

    The state-of-the-art "MethaneSAT" satellite initiative is scheduled to launch in 2022. Data gathered by the satellite will be used to help shape and support New Zealand's climate change, emissions reductions efforts. (Source: NZ Newshub, 7 Nov., 2019)

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    Governor Nixes California RNG Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    California Independent Petroleum Association
    Date: 2019-11-13
    In Sacramento, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has vetoed AB 1195, a bill to allow the use of renewable natural gas (RNG)-- biomethane -- in the production of traditional transportation fuels in the Golden State. The governor alleged it would misapply the state's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) regulation.

    Newsom claimed AB 1195 would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to allow RNG deliveries via common carrier pipelines to crude oil production or transport facilities from a source that CARB determines reduces methane emissions under the state's LCFS regulations.

    The bill was supported by the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) on the grounds that it would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of the state's climate change initiatives. (Source: NGI Daily, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: California Independent Petroleum Association, 916-447-1177, www.cipa.org; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Calf. Gov. Gavin Newsom, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3150 - fax; https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail

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    NZ Enacts Zero Carbon Climate Change Legislation (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Wellington, the Liberal Government of New Zealand is reporting passage of a bipartisan Zero Carbon bill aimed at combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The bill requires all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Methane emissions would be reduced by 10 pct by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050.

    The legislation establishes a Climate Change Commission to advise the government which has committed to plant 1 billion trees over 10 years and to ensure that the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy by 2035. The bill also aims to fulfil New Zealand's obligations under the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Daily Independent, Others, Nov., 2019) Contact: New Zealand Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-james-shaw

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    Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Commits to Cutting Emissions (Int'l)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In London, the thirteen-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reporting a $1 billion commitment to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord -- including investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and supporting carbon taxes and economic incentives aimed at reducing emissions.

    Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.

    The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website. (Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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    Pittsburgh Firms Support Methane Emissions Ruductions (Ind. Report)
    Equitrans Midstream Corporation
    Date: 2019-09-27
    In the Steel City, Equitrans Midstream Corp. (ETRN) and EQM Midstream Partners LP (EQM) have come out in support of the US oil and gas industry's ongoing efforts to reduce methane emissions and therefore oppose the US EPA's proposed rollback of methane regulations.

    The EPA's April 2019 inventory report showed total methane emissions are down 15.8 pct since 1990 -- insufficient to achieve regulatory compliance on methane emissions in order to address the global impacts of climate change.

    ETRN and EQM currently utilize various methane mitigation methods across their operations and are evaluating additional enhancement and mitigation efforts, such as: expansion of the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programme; pneumatic controller upgrades; re-compression of pipeline gas prior to maintenance procedures; and upgrading existing stations with air or electric starts.

    ETRN is a member of the Environmental Partnership -- a voluntary reduction programme offered through the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the ONE Future Coalition of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain to 1 pct pct. (Source: ETRN, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Diana Charletta , Pres., CEO, www.equitransmidstream.com; EQM Midstream Partners, www.eqm-midstreampartners.com

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    Shell, BP Join Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (Int'l)
    Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Petroleum giants BP and SIEP, Inc. (Shell) are reported to have joined the Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (CAMS), an industry-led consortium researching methane emissions and delivering transparent data to evaluate the most effective methane emissions reduction strategies. Other CAMS participants include Cheniere, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, and Pioneer Natural Resources.

    CAMS undertakes scientific studies addressing methane emissions along the natural gas value chain, from production through end use. Studies will focus on detection, measurement and quantification of methane emissions with the goal of finding opportunities for reduction. CAMS' first project is to develop an open access oil and gas operations emissions calculator that will estimate methane emissions at a basin level and enable operators to evaluate effectiveness of mitigation strategies. (Source; CAMS, Green Car Congress, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science, www.methanecollaboratory.com

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    F4CR Calls for Global Action on Climate Restoration by 2050 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Foundation for Climate Restoration
    Date: 2019-09-18
    The New York-based not-for-profit Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) ihas released the findings from its first Wite Paper -- Climate Restoration: Solutions to the Greatest Threat Facing Humanity and Nature Today. Key points from the report include:
  • Current international commitments to limit temperature rise to 2 degree C over pre-industrial conditions would still leave atmospheric CO2 at levels 50 pct higher than humans have ever experienced -- presenting conditions humans are unlikely to survive long-term.

  • Climate Restoration is possible using both technologies and financing available today.

  • Climate Restoration solutions must be permanent, scalable and financeable. Examples of solutions that meet these criteria include mineralizing CO2 into synthetic limestone, large-scale restoration of native forests and promoting photosynthesis and healthy fisheries through ocean restoration methods.

  • Because commercially viable carbon sequestration solutions already exist, the private sector can play a significant role in leading the way toward Climate Restoration. Companies are already buying carbon byproducts and can use their purchasing power to restore the climate if we further raise awareness of products derived from Climate Restoration methods and establish a supportive policy environment.

    Download the Climate Restoration: Solutions to the Greatest Threat Facing Humanity and Nature Today White Paper HERE.

    Climate Restoration is the global movement to return the Earth's climate systems to the safe and healthy state in which humanity and our natural world evolved. This requires returning atmospheric CO2 to safe levels of less than 300 parts per million (ppm) and restoring sufficient Arctic ice to prevent permafrost melt and the resulting disastrous methane emissions. Over the course of the last 100 years, CO2 levels have already increased by nearly 50 pct, exceeding 415 ppm in 2019, and continue to climb. (Source: Foundation for Climate Restoration , PR, 17 Sept., 2019) Contact: Foundation for Climate Restoration, Rick Parnell, CEO, (347) 741-1503, www.f4cr.org

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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)

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    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

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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