According to the company, its "bio-derived" fuel is completely non-toxic and can serve just as well, if not better in some cases, than traditional rocket fuels and deliver payloads to space at a lower cost per kilogram than traditional RP 1 (refined kerosene rocket propellant) fuel.
(Source: bluShift Aerospace, PR, Various Media, Tech Digest, 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: bluShift Aerospace , Sascha Deri, CEO, www.blueshiftaerospace.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,
The ARENA funds will support the development of new combinations of materials that can be used to generate energy more efficiently and to place the energy generation devices in more places than rooftop panels or solar farms.
(Source: Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics, Brisban Times, 12 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics , Dr Renata Egan, research facility Chairperson, +61 3 9035 5511, www.science.unimelb.edu.au; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, email@example.com, www.arena.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Photovoltaic, ARENA,
According to Enel Group CEO Francesco Starace, the company is developing green hydrogen projects in Spain, Chile and the United States. Starace noted the cement, fertilizer and chemical industries, as well as transport by sea or air cannot be fully electrified and need green hydrogen if we want to achieve a fully decarbonized society going forward. For these sectors, green hydrogen can truly be the answer to decarbonization. Technological development, however, is just in the initial phase and we have to accelerate its pace and study its evolution carefully in order to avoid mistakes in capital allocations and bets in solutions that need to be tested before large investments are put to work, Starace added.
The European Hydrogen Forum was jointly organized by the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), in partnership with Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. (Source: Enel Group, Romania Business Review, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact:
Enel Group, Francesco Starace, CEO, www.enel.com; Hydrogen Europe, www.hydrogeneurope.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen, Enel Group,
"This $50 million investment coupled with the guaranteed supply of low cost renewable power will make green hydrogen projects economically viable from day one," according to the release. (Source: Gov. of NSW, EchoNet Daily, 19 Nov., 2020)
The two-year feasibility study will look for opportunities to collaborate on the production, storage, transport and use of hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, as well as assess current technologies, identify regulatory and logistical barriers, and recommend business models for the development of this two-way trade and investment.
Australia and Germany have both released national hydrogen strategies to help support and grow the development of renewable hydrogen as a clean source of energy with the potential to lower national carbon emissions.
UNSW is a world-leader in hydrogen research and home to the ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy, as well as the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre.(Source: UNSW, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNSW, Assoc. Prof. Iain MacGill, +61 2 9385 2864, www.unsw.edu.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen, Renewable Hydrogen ,
The company's "eArc" solar cells are 70 pct lighter than glass solar cells, cheaper and easier to transport and install, malleable and durable enough to be glued onto roofs, incorporated into building materials and even shaped to fit refrigerated trucks.
The new funds will be used to expand the applications for the already proven technology and to ramp-up the company's international growth.
(Source: Sunman, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Sunman Energy, Shi Zhengrong, CTO, + 61 402 064 445,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunman-energy.com; Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Ian Learmonth, CEO, www.cefc.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunman Energy, Solar Cell,
RWE presently operates seven onshore wind farms with a totaling 300 MW in the Netherlands and currently constructing four new onshore wind farms with more than 115 MW total capacity in the country. The company is also developing projects in Europe as well as in North America with a total capacity of more than 5 gigawatts as well as constructing a 249 MW solar project in NSW, Australia. (Source: RWE, PR, reve, Sept., 2020)
Contact: RWE Renewables, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, www.rwe.com
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The project has received $10 million funding from the NSW government Emerging Energy Program, which is targeting new projects that can provide firming support to the NSW energy system, as it transitions away from coal and towards wind and solar for its electricity supplies.
(Source: Goldwind Australia, ReNew Economy, 15 Aug., 2020) Contact: GoldWind Australia, +61 (2) 9008 1715, email@example.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com
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LS Power is currently developing the Diablo Energy Storage project in Pittsburg, California; LeConte Energy Storage in Calexico, California; and Ravenswood Energy Storage in Queens, New York. (Source: LS Power, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: LS Power, www.lspower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power news, Energy Storage news,
Infigen's onshore wind generation facilities total 670 MW, 268 MW of conventional generation assets and backup energy storage, 246 MW of acquired third-party renewable generation capacity as well as a portfolio of projects at different stages of development for a total capacity greater than 1 gigawatt (GW).
(Source: Iberdrola. PR, reve, Contact: Iberdrola, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; InfigenEnergy, Ross Rolfe, CEO, +61 2 8031 9901, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.infigenenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Iberdrola, Infigen,
Photon will act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the two projects which are expected to be completed and commissioned in Q4,2020. Battery storage is expected to be added to the solar farms at some point and no PPA have yet been signed.
Photon Energy Australia is a subsidiary of Photon Energy, a global provider of complete large solar power systems,according to the company website.
(Source: Photon Energy Australia, PR, ReNew Economy, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Photon Energy Australia, Michael Gartner, Managing Dir., email@example.com, www.photonenergy.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Photon Energy, Solar, Australia Solar,
The project, which is expected to be completed early in 2022, will combine a 4-MW solar farm with two 4.5-MW wind turbines, a lithium ion battery system and gas generators. (Source: Juwi Renewable Energy Australia, Website, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Juwi Renewable Energy, Cameron Garnsworthy,
+61 7 3107 0908, www.juwi.com.au
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IUCA members will work across climate change science, impact, mitigation strategies and adaptation to further and communicate research on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.
(Source: University of New South Wales, Mirage News, 7 April,2020)
Contact: International Universities Climate Alliance, www.universitiesforclimate.org;
University of New South Wales,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Global Warming,
As previously reported, the tax will raise $10 per tonne each year until 2022.
(Source: Various Media, 604NOW, April, 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,
According to the NSW's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 comprehensive roadmap, three previously identified rural renewables zones could spur AU$23 billion ($14.1 billion) of private sector investment.
The NSW state government and Australian federal governments have committed to invest almost AU$2 billion ($1.21 billion) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next ten years, according to the Ministry release.
(Source: NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment, PV Tech, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact:
Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Keen, Minister, www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/minister-for-energy-and-environment
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In addition to offering the potential to make major contributions to a low-carbon sustainable energy transition, energy efficiency improvements can reduce energy costs to consumers, avoid the adverse environmental and social impacts of new energy supplies, improve productivity, strengthen energy security and enhance the resilience of energy systems to the impacts of climate change.
Despite their benefits, energy efficiency initiatives have struggled to achieve their full technological and economic potential to reduce to energy demand. These failures have been due to a range of market, institutional, financial, policy, regulatory, behavioural and informational barriers.
In recent years, new challenges have emerged beyond these traditional and well-understood obstacles. Changes in policy direction, often flowing from changes in governments, have resulted in significant retrenchments, and in some cases wholesale dismantlings, of energy efficiency strategies in North America. The Government of Ontario's decision to terminate its "Conservation First" strategy in March 2019 was among the most dramatic of these developments, but far from unique.
This study seeks to understand the dynamics behind these developments and to identify potential strategies and design principles to inform the development of more effective and resilient governance structures for energy efficiency in Canada. Specifically, the study examines a series of cases in which commitment and consensus around energy efficiency faltered, threatening the stability and, at times, the existence, of energy efficiency programming in a variety of Canadian (BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and the U.S. (Maine, Connecticut and Indiana) jurisdictions.
Download the York University Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency study
HERE. (Source: York University, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Feb., 2020)
Contact: York University, sei.info.yorku.ca, www.yoku.ca
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According to the company release, the project is subject to regulatory and environmental approvals and still in the early planning stage.
UPC/AC Renewables Australia is the developer of the 1-GW Robbins Island and Jims Plain wind projects in Tasmania and the 600-MW New England solar park scheme in New South Wales, and has an additional development portfolio of 3 GW located in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria, according to the company website. (Source: UPC Renewables, Renewables, Feb., 2020) Contact:
UPC Renewables Australia, (852) 2673 2233,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.upcrenewables.com › australia
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BPI is intended to give greater transparency the construction industry's thatselection and use of materials that meet sustainability regulations intended for "green" building ratings.
In addition to the green rating of building materials, the free BPI Rating also assesses the expected performance and resilience of products and the companies producing them.
The BPI search platform is the brainchild of Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of sustainability advisory firm Edge Environments and was developed by IT firm ComplyFlow with the backing of a government grant from AusIndustry and support from the Insurance Council of Australia.
(Source: Edge Environment, Hotel Management, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Edge Environment,
Jonas Bengtsson, CEO, +61 2 9438 0100, www.edgeenvironment.com
NB Power had pumped $13 million into the company and reportedly continues to lease a lab space for the company that cost about $20,000 a month.
The company, which claims its "Hydrogen 2.0" technology isolates hydrogen gas from seawater, which can then be burned to create clean energy, failed to prove its technology by a December 31, 2019 deadline.
(Source: NB Power, GlobalNews, 31 Dec., 2019)
Contact: NB Power, Gaetan Thomas, CEO, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com; JOI Scientific, 209-787-3564,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen, NB Power,
In 2017, the 320,000 bpd Irving family owned refinery in St. John emitted just over 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to Environment Canada. In effect, the company is no longer targeting an outright reduction in carbon emissions but is maintaining the status quo as dictated by the top 25 pct of rival refineries in Canada through 2025.
Founded in 1924, privately held Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, more than 900 fueling locations and a network of distribution terminals spanning Eastern Canada and New England. It also operates Ireland's only refinery, located in the village of Whitegate, according to Wikepedia. (Source: Irving Oil, Reuters, Chronicle Herald, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irving Oil,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
H2O Power, the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in Ontario, is a wholly owned private asset within PSP Investments which has never publicly disclosed the power company's value.
There are no plans for changes in reservoir management or operations, according to the statement.
(Source: TCorp, Investment Mag., Dec., 2019) Contact: TCorp , Stewart Brentnall, CIO, www.tcorp.nsw.gov.au; H2O Power,905.438.8539. 905.438.8226 - fac., www.h20power.com
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The company, which has operations in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as New York State, focuses on renewable jet/diesel fuel, hydrogen distribution, fuel desulphurisation and related-enabling process technologies. (Source: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies Web Site, 28 Nov., 2019) Contact: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, Tim Haig, CEO, email@example.com, www.valentcorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, Renewable Duels,
Fayetteville Public Works Commission will use the funding to support the participation of 10 eligible households in their PWC Community Solar Weatherization Pilot project.
Blue Ridge Energy's Community Solar Savings Pilot will serve 10 households, with each receiving a bill credit for the energy generated by solar panels plus a rate reduction from the standard residential energy charge.
Roanoke Electric Cooperative will serve 20 homes participating in the Upgrade to Save Community Solar Program. The community solar participation will allow the households to share in the community solar garden and receive future billing credits estimated at approximately $365 per year per eligible household for a period of no less than 15 years. (Source: NCWAP, rrspin.com, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact:
N.C. Weatherization Assistance Program , www.nc.gov/weatherization-assistance-program
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The ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program focuses on three areas critical to the successful development of radically new floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) -- new designs, new computer tools, and experiments that collect data to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.
Bilgen and his team plans to use their software to design a FOWT that generates more electricity while using fewer materials to manufacture and reducing turbine maintenance and operational costs.
(Source: Rutgers University, PR, 10 Oct., 2019)
Contact: Rutgers University, Professor Onur Bilgen, 848-445-5869, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Floating Wind, Rutgers,
The project consortium includes the world's largest lime and cement companies, with Calix as the core technology provider and project leader.
Construction of the €21 million project was completed in early May. The project, which received €12 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is part of the EU's target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050. To that end, European cement industry needs to deploy carbon capture across 60 pct of its plants.
Calix's patented "Direct Separation" carbon capture technology will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty.
The technology works on both lime and cement meal, with calcination near to target levels and CO2 of more than 95 pct purity successfully separated at the top of the reactor, although not yet at full design capacity.
which will be tested until the end of 2020.
(Source: Calix, Manufacturing Mag., 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: Calix, Mark Sceats, CEO, +61 (2) 8199 7400, www.calix.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Calix, Carbon Capture, Cement,
National Carbon Bank of Australia helps businesses and residences take advantage of savings that are available from government state-based schemes and financial incentives to reduce the consumption of electricity through energy savings. (Source: National Carbon Bank of Australia, The Fifth Estate, 24 July, 2019) Contact: National Carbon Bank of Australia, +61 2 9939 5559, www.nationalcarbonbank.com.au; Green Energy Trading, +61 3 9805 0700, www.greenenergytrading.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy Trading,
The Rutgers University researchers, from the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, will conduct monitoring and research at the largely wooded Duke Farms over five years.
The study will begin by compiling baseline data on the presence of carbon in various land types and land management protocols. The Rutgers scientists will then create strategies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in soil and vegetation.
The study will also determine the greenhouse gas emissions supporting the Duke Farms operations compared to the carbon stored on the property.
(Source: Rutgers, Bridgewater Courier, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Rutgers Climate Institute, Marjorie Kaplan, Assoc. Dir., (848) 932-5739, www.climatechange.rutgers.edu; Duke Farms, Michael Catania, Exec. Dir., www.dukefarms.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Sink,
In a statement the Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Dev elopement said; "We've removed the carbon-pricing (tax) element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions. (There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans."<
the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Manitoba's then proposed carbon tax was insufficient an demanded the province match the federal carbon tax of $20 a tonne rising to $50 per ton by 2022. To date,
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have challenged the federal carbon tax plan.
(Source: Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development, CBC, Canadian Press, 10 June, 2019) Contact:
Manitoba Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister, (204) 945-6784, www.gov.mb.ca/sd
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Under its new offering, ERM will match-up supply on offer from wind and solar power ventures in NSW and Victoria States with the demands of energy users looking to source a part of their supply from renewables. Customers would pay an agreed upon fixed price for renewable energy over three years, sourcing 5 pct -- 10 pct of their power from that source.
The customer can choose their level of participation in increments of 5 pct. Additionally,
ERM will aggregate multiple business customers to gain access to large PPAs, giving smaller commercial energy users access to the terms normally available only to larger customers.
(Source: ERM Power, Aust. Financial Review. 29 April, 2019) Contact: ERM Power, David Guiver, Wholesale Markets, www.ermpower.com.au
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Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams,
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
(343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca
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The federal levy, which starts at $20 (US$15) per tonne of pollution and rises incrementally to $50 per ton, is expected to add about 4.5 cents to the price of a liter of gasoline, as well as drive up drive up other energy related costs. To ease the pain on consumers, the feds pledged to refund most of the carbon tax cash directly to taxpayers.
Canada's remaining six provinces are exempt from the federal tax having imposed their own carbon tax or cap-and-trade system to help Canada meet its Paris Agreement target of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, CBC, Various Media, 1 April, 2019)Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
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During the two-month pilot program, Carbon Lighthouse will use dozens of sensors in the 111,109-square-foot building to collect thousands of thermodynamic data points, from air and water temperatures in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment to lighting and occupancy. Carbon Lighthouse then uses its proprietary software to model energy scenarios and optimize the building's existing equipment.
Previously, Hawaiian cut energy use at its airport headquarters by 5.6 pct by optimizing energy efficiency with the installation of LED lighting and motion sensors.
(Source: Hawaiian Airlines, Pacific Business News, 25 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Hawaiian Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO,
Hawaiian Airlines, Corporate Office, http://hawaiianair.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1885/~/contact-information---corporate-headquarters; Carbon Lighthouse, www.carbonlighthouse.com
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The plant's power production is sold to the New Brunswick power grid.
(Source: Southeast Eco360, CBC, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Southeast Eco360, Gena Alderson, Waste Conversion Coordinator, (506) 877-1050, www.eco360.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Landfill Gas,
After the success of the first project, the city has approached NPPD with a second, 4.6 MW project to be developed by SolSystems. If the project is agreed upon, construction would begin at the end of spring with an operational date sometime in Q4, 2019.
Community solar projects are not subsidized and communities that choose not to participate do not pay costs associated with the facilities that do.
Currently, NPPD rates in Scottsbluff for community solar programs are the lowest in the state.
NPPD's Sunwise Community Solar program currently includes a 98-kilowatt unit operating in Venango and a 5.7-megawatt facility in Kearney, which is currently the largest solar facility in Nebraska. NPPD is also close to finishing community solar projects in Norfolk, Chadron, O'Neill, Ainsworth ,Pawnee City and Loup City. (Source: Scottsbluff Star-Herald, NPPD, Other media, Feb. 17, 2019) Contact: City of Scottsbluff, www.scottsbluff.org;
Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com
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The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.
About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.
The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions.
Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks.
(Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019)
Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400,
+61 3 9545 2176, email@example.com, www.csiro.au
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Upon completion, the facility is expected to be Australia's largest solar power station. Details on construction contracts, solar supply contract, and Power Purchase Agreements are expected to be announced within days.
The project is being developed and structured by Edify Energy, which will retain an equity stake in the solar project. Construction is expected to get underway in March, 2019, and when fully operational sometime in early 2020, will displace over 600,000 tpy of CO2 and generate 685,000 MWh of electric power per year -- sufficient to power around 115,000 homes.(Source: Edify Energy, Various Media, 18 Jan., 2019) (Contact: Edify Energy, John Cole, CEO, +61 2 8790 4000, +61 2 8790 4000, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.edifyenergy.com; Octopus Investments,
+44 800 316 2295,
www.octopusinvestments.com; Contact: Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com
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The HPB will be a state-of-the-art facility containing biomass processing and fermentation equipment applicable to a range of biofuel and renewable chemical production technologies.
The first phase of the project received $4.6 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government under the Growing Local Economies fund to unlock long-term growth opportunities in regional NSW through targeted infrastructure investment.
The foundation project of the Biorefinery is a $30 million cellulosic ethanol pilot plant project by Apace Research Limited (Apace), Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chinese engineering company JTL and the University of Newcastle. (Source: University of Newcastle, Australia, PR 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au;
Ethtec, + 61 7 4776 5300, +61 7 4776 5392 - fax, www.ethtec.com.au
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The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.
The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place,
Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
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The study will explore the potential conversion of up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill hardwood residues from a BORAL owned sawmill near Port Macquarie, NSW, into renewable transport-grade diesel and bitumen using world-first technology.
The study will consider a mechanical catalytic conversion technology, developed by Spanish-based Global Ecofuel Solutions, combined with the potential biorefinery. The process has never before been used in a production-scale facility.(Source: BORAL, ARENA, AggNet, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, email@example.com, http://arena.gov.au; Boral Limited, www.boral.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel, Biofuel, Renewable Fuel, ARENA, BORAL,
Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.
Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia.
(Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018)
Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.snowyhydro.com.au
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The analysis is intended to help the state meet the energy storage targets set by the Clean Energy Act of 2018. To that end, the report will summarize the analysis and discuss and quantify the potential benefits and costs associated with increasing energy storage and distributed energy resources in New Jersey. It will also recommend ways to increase opportunities for energy storage and distributed energy resources in the state. Additionally, the analysis will assess whether the implementation of renewable electric energy storage systems would promote the use of electric vehicles in New Jersey as well as the potential impact on renewable energy production.
The 2018 Clean Energy Act calls for 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030.
(Source: NJBPU, Energy Insider, 1 Nov., 2018)
Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., www.bpu.state.nj.us; Rutgers University, www.rutgers.edu
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The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality
The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022.
The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019.
To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019.
(Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax, Justin Trudeau,