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Notable Quote from Microsoft Energy Manager
Microsoft
Date: 2019-07-19
"It's important that what we build leaves a positive legacy, that we don't build it on the back of fossil fuels, but rather, we build it on the back of the next generation of energy technology of wind and hydro and solar." -- Brian Janous, Microsoft Lead Energy Manager

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Microsoft news,  


Microsoft Netherlands to Run on Offshore Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Blauwwind
Date: 2019-05-24
IT giant Microsoft reports the inking of a 15-year agreement with Eneco to purchase 90MW of power from the 731.5MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The contracted wind power will power Microsoft's datacenters for a period of fifteen years from 2022 onward.

The Borssele III & IV wind farm is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium -- Partners Group, Shell, Eneco,Van Oord -- and will incorporate 77 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed 22km offshore Zeeland. The project is slated for commissioning and operation in 2021. (Source: Microsoft, Offshore Wind, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Microsoft Netherland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, General Manager, +31 20 500 1500, www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/overnederland;Blauwwind ConsortiumBlauwwind , LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/blauwwind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blauwwind,  Microsoft,  Offshore Wind,  


County Carbon Credit Program Protects Local Forests (Ind Report)
King County Washington
Date: 2019-05-13
In Washington State, King County's newly launched Forest Carbon Program offers Puget Sound area companies the opportunity to offset a portion of their carbon emissions within King County.

Under the program, King County acquires high-value forests that are at risk of development and then offers buyers the opportunity to purchase carbon credits generated by keeping carbon in the forests. The county will then invest the revenue generated by the program to protect additional forests and offer credits to additional buyers.

In the first five years of the program, the urban and rural components of King County's Forest Carbon Program will store at least 100,000 metric tons of CO2 that otherwise would have been released into the atmosphere.

The project will meet standards developed by the internationally recognized Verified Carbon Standard, while the county's urban forest carbon projects meet the standards developed by City Forest Credits, a Seattle-based nonprofit that developed an innovative verification protocol for urban forest canopy preservation.

Microsoft has committed to purchasing all of the credits from the rural program in its first year to offset carbon emissions from its operations.

Download program details HERE. (Source: King County Washington, PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: King County, https://kingcounty.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits,  Microsoft,  Forest Carbon,  Verified Carbon Standard,  


Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2019-05-03
Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."

The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • Carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue;
  • The rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and
  • Border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.

    Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


  • Notable Quote from Microsoft
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-05-03
    "We are getting extremely impatient, frankly, for policy action on climate change. We support a carbon fee because we believe it's a policy mechanism that works and accords with economic principles." -- Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Fee,  


    Microsoft Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Redmond, Washington-based tech giant Microsoft reports the unveiling of new sustainability plans to shift its data centers to 75 pct renewable energy by 2023 rising to 100 pct within the next decade. The company is also launching a new initiative to encourage recycling of data center assets using artificial intelligence (AI) and other techniques.

    Additionally, Microsoft plans to nearly double its 2012 "internal carbon tax" to $15 per metric ton as part of the effort. The "internal carbon tax" is based on projected carbon emissions from each part of the company -- everything from carbon use in buildings to transportation. The tax produces about $30 million annually for a fund Microsoft uses to invest in energy improvements. The company also plans to join the Climate Leadership Council and advocate for carbon pricing nationwide as part of the new sustainability push. (Source: Microsoft, GeekWire, 16 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Renewable Energy,  


    Microsoft Ups Internal Carbon Fee to $15 per Tonne (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Tech giant Microsoft reports it will nearly double its internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions. This internal Microsoft "tax" was established in 2012 to hold the company's business divisions financially responsible for reducing their carbon emissions.

    The funds from this higher fee will both maintain Microsoft's carbon neutrality and help the company take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the company's business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes and to cut the company's operational carbon footprint. (Source: Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Pres., 15 April, 2019)Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Fee,  Carbon Tax,  Microsoft,  


    Notable Quote -- Bill Gates Talks De-Carbonization
    GHGs,Bill Gates
    Date: 2019-04-05
    "We should discuss soil as much as we talk about coal."

    "De-carbonizing the way we generate electricity would be a huge step, but it won't be enough if we don't reach zero net emissions from every sector of the economy [...] That includes the agriculture, forestry, and land use sector, which is responsible for 24 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions." -- Bill Gates

    Bill Gates is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. Gates' fortune is estimated at $100 billion. (Source: Bill Gates, Gates Notes, CIRCASA, 3 April, 2019)Contact: Gates Notes www.gatesnotes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill Gates,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    Microsoft, Invenergy Announce NC Solar Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft, Invenergy
    Date: 2019-03-08
    IT giant Microsoft reports it is collaborating with Invenergy to work on a 74-MW solar project in Beaufort County, NC. The new Wilkinson Solar Energy Center project is slated to come online before the year end.

    Microsoft entered into a 15-year deal, by which it will be the single off-taker of the renewable energy produced by the estimated $20 million Wilkinson Solar Energy Center. (Source: Microsoft, Zacks Equity Research March 07, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Invenergy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Malta Raises $26Mn forThermal Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Malta Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Boston-based electro-thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc.reports it has raised $26 million to commercialize a heat pump energy storage system invented by the Nobel Physics laureate Professor Robert Laughlin of Stanford University, California.

    Malta Inc. is looking to commercialize the heat pump energy storage system that uses electricity to drive a heat pump which converts the electrical energy into molten salt thermal energy by creating a temperature differential.

    Malta Inc. will work with industry partners including Sweden-based heat exchange manufacturer Alfa Laval, Hong Kong-based Concord New Energy Group and US-based Breakthrough Energy Ventures LLC (led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates), to make this technology cost-effective. (Source: Malta Inc., Hudrocarbons 21, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Malta Inc., https://x.company/projects/malta

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  Malta Inc.,  


    Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax, Again (Reg & Leg)
    Western States Petroleum Association
    Date: 2018-11-12
    The third time around wasn't lucky for Washington States I 1631 groundbreaking carbon tax , despite broad support from MicroSoft's Bill Gates, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and the far away New York Times, labor organizations, environmentalist and others.

    I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.

    In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.

    Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov; Western States Petroleum Association, www.wspa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News I 1631,  Carbon Tax,  Washington Carbon Tax,  Jay Inslee,  


    Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
    EPA Green Power Partnership
    Date: 2018-10-31
    In the Silver State, Wynn Las Vegas resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading innovation and the production and use of efficient green energy in America.

    The Wynn announcement follows on the heels of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 percent of the resort's electric load.

    Wynn Las Vegas becomes the largest Green Power Partner in the hotel industry in the nation and remains dedicated to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, energy efficiency and exceeding US Green Building Council LEED Gold Building Certification standards.

    The Green Power Partnership aims to increase the use of green energy and advance the green power market. The 1,500-strog partnership -- which counts Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks among its members -- voluntarily uses nearly 53 billion kWh of green power annually. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas, www.wynnlasvegas.com; EPA Green Power Partnership, www.epa.gov/greenpower

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA Green Power Partnership,  


    Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
    EPA Green Power Partnership
    Date: 2018-10-31
    In Nevada, Wynn Las Vegas Resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of renewable energy in America.

    The distinction comes less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 pct of the resort's electric load.

    Other Green Power Partners, The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership has over 1,500 partners -- including Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks -- voluntarily using nearly 53 billion kWh of green power per year.. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas, Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.wynnlasvegas.com; EPA Green Power Partnership, www.epa.gov/greenpower

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Green Energy news,  EPA Green Power Partnership news,  


    Dow 30 Companies Report CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-10-01
    The newly released Sustainability Reporting Performance report, which ranks Dow 30 companies on their sustainable business practices, finds that despite a lack of mandatory reporting regulations on climate risk, 100 pct of companies publicly report carbon emissions in response to shareholders demands to see climate risk assessed as part of company governance. The research also finds a high level of adherence to reporting frameworks using the Global Reporting Initiative which offers a comprehensive yet concise way to communicate sustainability commitments to shareholders and potential investors.

    Energy is a key theme in the research with 97 pct of Dow 30 companies already implementing energy efficiency technologies and 87 pct using renewable energy, whether it is purchased from verified sources or generated on-site. Moreover, 13 pct of DOW 30 organizations are actively divesting from fossil fuels and a further 47 pct of DOW 30 companies have adopted green finance policies or consider sustainability in their investment decisions.

    EcoAct also scored companies in three other international indices -- the FTSE 100 (London,) CAC40 (Paris), and IBEX 35 (Madrid). EcoAct's annual research report aims to acknowledge and highlight those businesses that are taking real action towards meeting ambitious sustainability plans and environmental targets, while sharing best practice when it comes to managing the risks and maximizing the opportunities of climate change.

    Down load the UN Sustainable Development Goals Report HERE

    Details on The Sustainability Reporting Performance of the DOW 30 HERE. (Source: UN, DOW, Yahoo, 30 Sept., 2018) Contact: EcoAct, www.eco-act.com

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


    Grassland Carbon Credits Fund Carbon Sinks (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In San Francisco, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits that will allow the Southern Plains Land Trust to restore and preserve two Colorado ranches that sequester 8,000 metric tpy of soil.

    The EDF facilitated the development and sale of the credits with the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA. Natural Capital Partners purchased the credits on behalf of its client Microsoft, which began a carbon neutrality program in 2012.

    Grassland carbon credits reward landowners for retaining soil carbon and avoiding the emissions associated with converting grasslands into croplands. Grassland projects also provide ecosystem benefits such as habitat for threatened species.

    The Climate Action Reserve's Grassland Project Protocol uses biogeochemical modeling and emissions factors to quantify carbon that would be released from the soil if the land were tilled. (Source: EDF, Aug., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org; Southern Plains Land Trust, https://southernplains.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund news,  Carbon Credit news,  Carbon Sink news,  


    Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
    Date: 2018-08-17
    The recently launched Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator reports the following Caribbean regin nations have joined its ranks: Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Belize, Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Panama, Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras. Additionally, more than 40 public and private sector organizations and prominent individuals such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, the Clinton Foundation, Airbnb, Tesla, Sir Richard Branson's The Virgin Group, and others are also onboard.

    The Accelerator aims to make the Caribbean the world's first climate-smart zone that will include the implementation of solutions for resilience, renewable energy, development of sustainable cities, oceans, and transportation.

    The InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) has committed $3 million in start-up funding plus $1 billion to support innovative solutions focused on low-carbon emissions, sustainable infrastructure, and energy efficiency projects. The World Bank Group has committed $1 million annually for 3 years in in-kind services, in addition to its existing support for the region which adds up to almost $2 billion in projects aimed at strengthening resilience and financial protection against climate disasters. (Source: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, CleanTechnica, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, www.caribbeanaccelerator.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator ,  


    Grassland Carbon Credits Fund Carbon Sinks (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund,
    Date: 2018-07-18
    In San Francisco, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits that will allow the Southern Plains Land Trust to restore and preserve two Colorado ranches that sequester 8,000 metric tpy of soil.

    The EDF facilitated the development and sale of the credits with the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Natural Capital Partners purchased the credits on behalf of its client Microsoft, which began a carbon neutrality program in 2012.

    Grassland carbon credits reward landowners for retaining soil carbon and avoiding the emissions associated with converting grasslands into croplands. Grassland projects also provide ecosystem benefits such as habitat for threatened species.

    The Climate Action Reserve's Grassland Project Protocol uses biogeochemical modeling and emissions factors to quantify carbon that would be released from the soil if the land were tilled. Offsets are then generated for preserved belowground soil carbon, avoided use of nitrogen-based fertilizers and avoided use of carbon-emitting machinery for crop cultivation. (Source: EDF, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  USDA,  Carbon Credit,  


    Apple Opposes Repeal of Obama Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    Apple
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's announced plan to cancel the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) , communications giant Apple issued the following "public comment" in opposition to the Trump administration's proposed rule changes:

    "Apple is committed to leaving the world better than we found it. Part of our commitment is to reduce our own impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products and facilities. However, we believe that governments, as well as industry leaders, must take a lead role in the global battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. For a number of reasons, EPA should not repeal the Clean Power Plan."

    According to Apple, adopting the plan would help the US become a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Apple adds that its own efforts have shown that the CPP's targets are achievable without negatively impacting reliability or resiliency.

    In 2016, Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft filed a joint brief to the Supreme Court supporting the CPP and its goals. (Source: Apple, April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  


    Microsoft Announces Major Virginia Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In the Old Dominion State, IT giant Microsoft is touting its Pleinmont solar power purchase deal as "the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States." Microsoft will purchase over 60 pct of the planned 750,000 panel, 500 MW Pleinmont project in Spotsylvania County -- the largest solar project in Virginia. (Source: Microsoft, Blue Virginia, 22 Mar., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microsoft,  


    Microsoft, Sunseap Seal Rooftop Solar PPA (Int'l Report)
    Microsoft,Sunseap Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    IT giant Microsoft reports it has inked a a 20-year PPA with Singapore's largest clean energy solutions provider Sunseap Energy all of the renewable energy output from a 60 MW solar installation spread across hundreds of Singapore rooftops. The deal is Microsoft's first in Asia. (Source: Microsoft, CNBC, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information; Sunseap Energy, +65 6816 1000, www.sunseap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Sunseap Energy,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Gates Backing Carbon-Neutral A2F Fuel Project (New Prod & Tech)
    Greyrock,Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Following up on our October 7, 2016 coverage, A new carbon-neutral fuel project that extracts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and converts it into a new transportation fuel is being touted by its developers Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, Sacramento-based Carbon Engineering, and Harvard physicist David Keith, is being developed and tested in Squamich, BC.

    The project, which is being funded by Bill Gates, involves the capture of air and technology involving water electrolysis and fuels synthesis to make a liquid, carbon-neutral synthetic fuel.

    Carbon Engineering's prototype plant will extract 1 tpd of pure CO2 for a year. The company is working with Greyrock Energy and directly synthesizing CO2 and hydrogen split from water with clean electricity, and a mixture of petrol and diesel, to create a process called Air-to-Fuels (A2F). (Source: Carbon Engineering, GreenerIdeal, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Geoff Holmes, Dir. Business Dev., gholmes@carbonengineering.com, www.CarbonEngineering.com; Greyrock Energy, Robert Schuetzle, CEO, Charles Nelson, VP Sales & Marketing, cnelson@greyrock.com, www.greyrock.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News A2F,  Carbon Neutral Fuel,  Greyrock,  Bill Gates,  Carbon Engineering,  


    Univ. of Calif. Lauded for Sustainability Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    Excellence in Green Power Use Award
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In the Golden State, the University of California's Daily Calofirnian reports the school has been awarded the EPA's Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its efforts to reduce emissions and consistently generate sustainable energy.

    The award, presented in conjunction with the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, recognizes partners that both exceed the minimum benchmark requirements for green power usage and "demonstrate a distinct market impact through innovation, communications, and stakeholder engagement." Other award winners include Google and Microsoft.

    The UC had previously entered into long-term purchase agreements for power from two solar farms in California's Central Valley, the largest solar purchase ever made by a university system in the country. There are currently five solar locations on campus, Additionally, some buildings on campus use the US Green Building Council LEED, to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The campus is also on track to become carbon-neutral by 2025 (Source: EPA, Daily Californian, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA Excellence in Green Power Use Award, www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Microsoft Adding 37 MW of Wind Energy to Irish Grid (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft,ElectroRoute
    Date: 2017-10-09
    In Dublin, Microsoft Corp. reports it is entering into a 15-year PPA with GE for purchase 100 percent of the wind energy from its new, 37-MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. As part of the deal, Microsoft also signed an agreement with Dublin-based, Mitsubishi-controlled energy trading company ElectroRoute which will provide energy trading services to Microsoft.

    This PPA builds on Microsoft's strategic partnership with GE, announced last year. The wind farm will integrate GE's Digital Wind Farm technology, which makes renewable energy outputs even more reliable. Microsoft is also acquiring an Irish energy supply license from GE. The supply license will benefit both Microsoft and the Irish power grid, as it allows the company the flexibility to easily grow and invest in renewable energy in Ireland over time. ElectroRoute will act as trading service provider for the supply company. Once operational, the new wind project will bring Microsoft's total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to almost 600 MW. (Source: Microsoft, PR, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Sebastien Duchamp, sebastien.duchamp@ge.com, www.ge.com; ElectroRoute, +353 1 687 7122, www.electroroute.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft news,  General Electric news,  Wind news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Major Corporations Calculating Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Footprint,World Bank
    Date: 2017-09-15
    According to a recent report from Arlington, Virginia-based Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and General Motors are among the major companies worldwide calculating how much they spend on carbon emissions to show investors they are concerned about global warming. The report also found that over 700 other worldwide businesses are planning to introduce "carbon pricing" by 2018. Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

    Some 500 companies, including 80 in the United States, reported using carbon pricing. Many oil and gas companies such as British energy company BP use an internal, or "shadow," accounting method to track their carbon emissions, it said. Other companies charge carbon fees to internal business units.

    According to the World Bank, 42 governments have or plan to have a way to tax carbon emissions or have a cap-and-trade system that allows industries with low emissions to sell their unused permitted capacity to larger emitters. (Source: C2ES, World Bank, Voice of America, Sept., 2017) Contact: Climate and Energy Solutions , (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emission,  Climate and Energy Solutionss,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Capital Power's KS Wind Farm Online Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Capital Power Corp
    Date: 2017-06-19
    Following on our May 9, 2016 coverage, Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power Corp. reports the ahead of schedule completion and commercial-scale operation of its 178 MW Bloom Wind project south of Dodge City, Kansas.

    The wind farm incorporate 54 Vestas V117 3.3-MW turbines and was developed using a 10-year proxy revenue swap agreement with Allianz Risk Transfer, a subsidiary of Allianz SE. Microsoft has acquired the environmental attributes connected to Bloom Wind from ART for a 10- year period. (Source: Capital Power, NA Windpower, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Capital Power, Brian Vaasjo, Pres., CEO, (617) 330-1340 - Boston Office, usdevelopment@capitalpower.com, www.capitalpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Power Corp,  Wind,  


    "We Are Still In" on Paris Climate Agreement Declaration Represents 120 Million Americans and $6.2Tn U.S. Economy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-06-14
    A grand total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., representing the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, today declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

    Together, these leaders are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change absent leadership at the federal level. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America's emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

    Signatories include leaders from 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, and include Oregon and cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston as well as smaller cities like Pittsburgh and Dubuque. A mixture of private universities, state schools and community colleges have added their institutions to the statement. In total the businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses, have also signed the statement.

    The statement calls "The Trump administration's announcement [one that] undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change [and a move which is] out of step with what is happening in the United States." The signers all understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States' clean energy transition is an opportunity -- not a liability -- to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness. By declaring that "we are still in," the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.

    In addition to this statement, since Trump's announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, 211 Climate Mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 Governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris. Today's statement embraces this rapidly growing movement of sub-national and civil society leaders, by announcing that not only are these leaders stepping forward, they are stepping forward together. (Source: We Are Still In, June, 2017) Contact: We Are Still In, www.WeAreStillIn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  


    "An Historic Failure of American Global Leadership" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2017-06-02
    Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement!

    Exxon, General Electric, BP, Tesla, Monsanto, Microsoft, Starbucks, Disney, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other national and international corporations and organizations, both large and small, as well as the 191 participant nations of the Paris Climate Accord -- with the exception of Syria and Nicaragua -- agree that "the Donald's" move displayed "an historic failure of American global leadership."

    We agree with America's friends and foes alike -- President Donald J. Trump and his administration have displayed an historic failure of good judgement, accountability, responsible government and transparent leadership!

    In our opinion, America needs a new team in the White House! -- Editor, LC Energy Reports

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Gates Launches $1Bn Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund,Bill Gates
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Microsoft billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has launched the Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund with more than $1 billion to invest in technologies aimed at counteracting climate change.

    The Fund "will finance emerging energy breakthroughs that can deliver affordable and reliable zero carbon emissions," according to a statement.

    In addition to Gates, other Fund participants include Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist John Doerr, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son, and others.

    The fund is also connected to the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. The Coalition's climate-change mitigation funding focuses on electricity, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and buildings. (Source: USA Today, Various Others, 13 Dec., 2016)

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    Microsoft Scores GBCI Zero Waste Certification (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft,Green Building Council Inc.
    Date: 2016-12-02
    Washington, D.C.headquartered Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI) reports that tech giant Microsoft has achieved Gold Level Zero Waste Facility Certification at the gold level at its global 125 building headquarters campus in Redmond, Wash.

    Zero Waste Facility Certification program participants aim to divert all end-use material from landfill, incineration and the environment, while achieving a minimum of 90 pct diversion.

    Certification is based on the peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of zero waste developed by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and has been aligned with USGBC LEED for Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification. GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates of LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB and Parksmart. (Source: Microsoft, ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Zero Waste Business Alliance, www. Zwia.org; GBCI, Stephanie Barger, director of market development at GBCI.Stephanie Barger, Dir. Market development,(202) 742-3792, www.gbci.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GBCI,  Microsoft,  Zero Waste Facility Certification,  USGBC,  Green Building,  


    Microsoft to Purchase Power from Bloom Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Allianz,Bloom Wind,Microsoft,Capital Power
    Date: 2016-11-21
    Microsoft is reporting it will purchase 178 MW of electric power from the Bloom Wind farm which is presently under construction near Dodge City, Kansas. The power will supply the high-tech giant's data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    The Bloom Wind farm will incorporate 54, Vestas V117-3.3 MW wind turbines totalling 178 MW across 15,000 acres about 20 miles south of Dodge City in Ford and Clark counties. Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power will operate the wind farm and has contracted the facility's output to a subsidiary of Allianz, which plans to sell the power to Microsoft under the terms of a 10-year PPA. (Source: Microsoft, KSCB, 18 Nov,2016) Contact: Capital Power, Michael Sheehan, (617) 330-1340, usdevelopment@capitalpower.com, www.capitalpower.com; Microsoft Corporate Offices,http://www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Allianz,  Capital Power ,  Bloom Wind,  Microsoft,  


    Microsoft Confirms Largest Wind Energy Deal to Date (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft,Allianz Risk Transfer,Black Hill Energy
    Date: 2016-11-16
    Hi-Tech giant Microsoft confims it has inked two power purchase agreements (PPAs) to purchase U.S. generated wind energy to power its data centers in Kansas and Wyoming. The PPAs with Allianz Risk Transfer (ART) and Black Hills Energy.

    Allianz Risk Transfer will supply power from its 178MW Bloom Wind project in Kansas. The project will use a risk management solution which can offset high upfront costs associated with the development of large-scale wind projects. The second wind energy agreement is with Black Hills Corp, a subsidiary of Black Hills Energy, will see Microsoft purchase 59MW of wind energy from the Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind projects which are adjacent to Microsoft's data centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming. (Source: Microsoft, Computer Bus. Review, 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information; Allianz Risk Transfer Inc., art.allianz.com; Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com

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    Vulcan Selling Kenyan Mini Solar Plants (Int'l, M&A)
    Vulcan,Steama.co
    Date: 2016-11-07
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's multi-billion dollar private firm, Vulcan, reports it will sell 10 mini-grid solar plants in Kenya. The mini-grids connect homes and businesses to solar power to demonstrate business viability of rural mini-grids to investors, empower communities and encourage businesses to invest in off-grid power solutions.

    Vulcan has been selling electricity to rural Kenyans at a tariff of between $1.80 and $4.00 per kWh per unit, depending on their consumption levels. This is higher than charges for solar power connected to the national grid but customers do not pay upfront charges for connection to mini grids. Vulcan's mini grids have a capacity of between 1.5 an 6 kW with each unit powering up to 62 customers. The grids are operated and remotely monitored by Manchester, UK-headquartered Steama.co using smart meters, making it flexible to track consumption and payment. (Source: Daily Nation, 2 Nov., 2016) Steama.co, www.steama.co; Vulcan, www.vulcan.com

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