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German Biodiesel Trade Hit New Record Highs (Int'l. Report)
German Biodiesel
Date: 2020-03-06
In Germany, the German Federal Statistical Office is reporting German foreign import and export trade in biodiesel reached a total volume of 3.7 million metric tons (1.1 billion gallons) -- 20 pct above 2018 levels. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, they amounted to 2.3 million tons (690.5 million gallons), cracking the mark of 2 million tons for the first time. This translates to an 18 percent, or 346,000 ton (103.9 million gallons), rise from the previous year.

The Union zur Forderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V -- Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants EV (UFOP) -- notes Germany is the most important country in the European Union to produce and market biodiesel, thus safeguarding the country's rapeseed production. The association has complained that although, in purely arithmetic terms, the entire German rapeseed harvest goes into biodiesel production, there is no positive impact on ex-farm prices. (Source: German Federal Statistical Office, UFOP. 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: UFOP, +49 0 30/31 90 42 02, +49 0 30/31 90 44 85 - fax, info@ufop.de, www.ufop.de; German Federal Statistical Office, www.destatis.de/EN/Home/_node.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel.Germany Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


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

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


Danish Scientists Tout Biogas Aviation "Electro Fuel" (Int'l Report)
University of Southern Denmark
Date: 2019-10-30
In Odense, University of Southern Denmark esearchers are reporting the production of sustainable, green aviation fuel from readily available carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and biogas.

The idea is that biogas from manure, straw, food waste or wastewater is supplied to hydrogen, which is obtained by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The resultant "electro fuels" can be used for climate-friendly alternatives including aviation fuel. The report was prepared in collaboration with the Nordic aviation industry and engineering consultancy agency NIRAS. (Source: University of Southern Denmark, NIRAS, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Southern Denmark, Prof. Henrik Wenzel, +65 507 374, +65 507,454, henrik.wenzel@kbm.sdu.dk, www.sdu.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Biogas,  


Burlington Releases Net Zero Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
City of Burlington
Date: 2019-09-11
In Vermont, the city of Burlington (pop. 43,000 +-) and the Burlington Electric Department (BED) are reporting release of the city's Net Zero Energy Roadmap, a study of four strategic pathways for the city to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030. The City also reported it has begun putting the report's strategies into action and has launched a slate of new programs and initiatives designed to help Burlington achieve it Net Zero Energy climate goal.

To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.

In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates. (Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability, www.burlingtonvt.gov; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager, www.burlingtonelectric.com/NZE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Energy,  City of Burlington,  Energy Efficiency,  


Consumers Willing to Pay More for Net-Zero Energy (Ind. Report)
Propane Education & Research Council
Date: 2019-08-26
A recent survey by the Propane Education & Research Council of 2,200 U.S. adults planning to purchase, remodel or build a home, found most have a favorable opinion of Net-Zero Energy (NZE) homes. Of those surveyed, 83 pct of purchasers would consider an NZE home even if it meant paying more -- cost savings and environmental benefits of NZE homes being the prime motivation.

Of the survey respondents planning to remodel their existing homes, 81 pct said they'd be willing to pay 20 pct to 30 pct more on the cost of their projects to achieve NZE.

Construction professionals estimate, on average, that it would cost 36 pct more for a home to meet ZNE standards compared to a standard home. (Source: Propane Education & Research Council, Realty Business News, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Propane Education & Research Council, www.propane.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  


Riverhead Town takes pledge to become a ‘climate-smart’ community

Date: 2019-07-21
The town board at its meeting Tuesday adopted a resolution taking the “climate-smart pledge,” the first step in New York State’s “Climate Smart Communities” certification program, which aims to help local governments deal with the impacts of climate change. The board approved the measure 4-0, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio absent. By adopting the resolution, Riverhead Town becomes a registered community in the program, making a commitment to addressing the 10 areas described by the state program: • build a climate-smart community; • inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action; • decrease energy use; • shift to clean, renewable energy; • use climate-smart materials management; • implement climate-smart land use; • enhance community resilience to climate change; • support a green innovation economy; • inform and inspire the public; These action areas are described in detail here. Local governments then pursue mandatory, priority and optional actions defined by the program to achieve certification by the state as bronze, silver or gold climate-smart communities. The certification is based on a point system, with different points assigned to different actions. The mandatory and priority actions are those “deemed foundational to a successful local climate action program, some of which must be completed for each certification level,” the program website states. Applicants must complete the required number of mandatory and priority actions for each level. Participating in the program does not subject the town to any regulation by the state, the website states. Certification in the program will better position the town for future grant funding, said Councilwoman Catherine Kent, who put the resolution forward at the recommendation of the town’s new Environmental Advisory Committee, which was established in November at her initiative. Kent is the town board liaison to the committee. In Suffolk County, every town except Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island had already at least registered in the Climate Smart Communities program, according to the CSC website. East Hampton and Southampton are so far the only towns in Suffolk that have achieved a certification; both are certified at the bronze level. (Source: Riverhead Local, 21 July, 2019)


Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2019-05-08
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech ,  


NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


Oregon Adopts Com. Bldg Energy Efficiency Codes (ind. Report)
Oregon Building Codes Division,
Date: 2018-11-16
In Salem, the Oregon Building Codes Structures Board is reporting the launch of its new Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard -- an optional code to help builders and developers achieve increased energy efficiency in commercial structures. The new standard has been approved and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use statewide.

The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.

The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses. The standard includes a fully programmed online tool allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.

Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard HERE. (Source: State of Oregon, Building Codes Div., KTVZ.COM, Nov., 2018) Contact: Oregon Building Codes Division, Mark Long, Admin., (503) 378-4133, bcd.info@oregon.gov, oregon.gov/bcd

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Anellotech Announces Commercial Bio-TCat Progress (Ind. Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2018-10-19
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech is confirming progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program . The company is planning to scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

Anellotech's patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used in the production of polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock. The company notes that co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies. (Source: Anellotech, Public Release, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,  


Quinbrook's Persimmon Creek Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2018-09-14
Global investment management company Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners reports it has begun commercial operations at its 200MW Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma. The 17,000 acres facility incorporates 73 GE 2.5MW turbines.

The project is a JV between Quinbrook and Elawan Wind, US, and was constructed by Florida-based firm Wanzek Construction. The project was financed with equity investments from Quinbrook and Elawan along with tax equity investments from a consortium comprising of GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan. To be initially operated under a GE Full Service Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement, Persimmon is reported to be the first project to be completed by the Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer and owner-operator Scout Clean Energy. (Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, power Tech, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, (713) 580- 8022, www.quinbrook.com; Scout Clean Energy, Micheal Rucker, Pres., (303) 284-7566, info@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Wind,  


Xcel's $200Mn Foxtail Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting groundbreaking on its 75-turbine, 150-MW Foxtail Wind project southwest of Fargo, North Dakota.

The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.

The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  Foxtail Wind,  


Con Edison's South Dakota Wind Farm Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2018-07-16
Con Edison is reported to nearing completion of a 9-turbine wind farm in Brule County, near the community of Kimball, South Dakota. Wanzek Construction was the project contractor.

When fully operational, the $10 million project is expected to generate sufficient power for power about 2,250 homes. (Source: Con Edison, Daily Republic, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Con Edison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, Project Development Director Corey Juhl, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Con Edison,  


Anellotech Scores Additional $6Mn Suntory Investment (Ind. Report)
Anellotech,Suntory
Date: 2018-03-28
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech, is reporting two weeks of continuous operation of its seven-story tall TCat-8 pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas, producing primarily benzene, toluene, and xylenes (aromatics) from loblolly pine feedstock. The company also reports receipt of an additional $6 million investment from Suntory Holdings Limited, which was part of a previously announced $15 million package. To date, Suntorys has invested more than $30 million in Anellotech.

The Anellotech Bio-TCat Process's cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals are "drop in" replacements for their identical petroleum-derived counterparts, and can be used in manufacturing plastics renewable transportation fuels.

The alliance with Suntory, one of Anellotech's principal strategic investment partners, began in 2012 with the goal of enabling the development and commercialization of cost-competitive 100 pct bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory currently uses 30 pct plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands and is pursuing the development of a 100 pct bio-based PET bottle through this alliance, as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices. (Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suntory news,  Anellotech news,  Biochemical news,  Bioplastic news,  Renewable Fuel news,  PET Plastic news,  


Vertimass Wins New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Sustainable Chemicals Challenge (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, NCGA
Date: 2018-03-07
The National Corn Growers Association named Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals Competition.

Vertimass believes their technology of converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) can substantially increase corn demand in the US. This innovative technology eliminates the ethanol blend wall that currently limits ethanol use and allows for further expansion of renewable fuels and chemicals while maintaining a low greenhouse gas footprint.

According to Vertimass, "This innovative technology will be fully applicable to conversion of ethanol from cellulosic biomass such as agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops and sugars into BTEX and hydrocarbon fuels as it is to corn ethanol." (Source: Vertimass LLC, PR, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307, www.vertimass.com; : NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Vertimass,  Corn,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Younicos, TerraForm Ink Wind Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
Younicos, TerraForm Power
Date: 2018-02-05
In Berlin, smart energy and grid solutions based on battery energy storage specialist Younicos reports the signing of an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm in Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

Under the terms of the agreement, Younicos will replace existing lead-acid batteries with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will be managed by Y.Q, Younicos's proprietary control software. Lithium-ion technology will provide a significantly higher usable energy capacity potential, increase the operational lifetime of the system and enable fully automated operation with no manual battery balancing or state-of-charge management needed. (Source : Younicos Energy, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, (512) 268-8191 -- Austin Texas Office, mail.us@younicos.com, www.younicos.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos ,  Energy Storage,  TerraForm Power,  


Anellotech Raises $9M from Suntory Holdings (Funding)
Anellotech,Suntory Holdings
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Empire State, Pearl River based renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports Japanese consumer beverage company Suntory Holdings Limited has invested $9 million as part of a total $25 million investment in Anellotech .

Anellotech's Bio-TCat Process will produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals, benzene, toluene and xylenes from non-food biomass for use in manufacturing polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or renewable transportation fuels. (Source: Anhellotech, FinSMEs, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: Anellotech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,  Suntory Holdings,  


EU Zero Energy Building Directive Acknowledges Challenges (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2017-12-22
According to researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, EU Directive 31/2010 requires all EU countries to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings, either by constructing new nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) that consume the minimum of energy or retrofitting existing buildings to nZEB standards. Under the directive, all public buildings must be nZEBs as from 1 January, 2019, and by 1 January 2021, all new buildings must be nZEBs.

The directive acknowledges construction in seven Southern Europe countries -- Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain -- have subtle construction and climate differences that make it difficult to directly compare nZEB regulations and programs. The directive also recognizes sociological and technological barriers hampering the retrofitting of existing buildings or development of new nZEBs. The directive also notes "the poor training of practically all the players, starting with the administration, including construction workers, and going right up to citizens, constitutes a huge human chain in which there is still a lack of understanding about what nZEBs are and how to achieve them." (Source: University of the Basque Country, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: University of the Basque Country, Juan María Hidalgo, Study Co-author, +34 946 01 20 00, www.ehu.eus/es

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


Green Award "Platinum" Launched for Emissions-Free Shipping (Int'l)
Green Award
Date: 2017-12-18
Green Award, a certification scheme for inland and sea-going ships, has introduced a new Platinum label for ships operating emission-free -- CO2, SOx, NOx and PM. The emissions are avoided for extended periods by use of electrical propulsion powered by batteries or fuel cells. The Green Award certifies ships that demonstrate better than legally required performance in terms of quality, safety and environmental practices.

The first inland navigation vessel with zero emissions is expected to be certified in 2018. Platinum label comes in addition to the existing Bronze, Silver and Gold certification levels within the Green Award programme.

The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Since 1 January 2000 Green Award is completely independent. (Source: Green Award Foundation, Dry Bulk, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Award Foundation, +31 10 21 70 200 info@greenaward.org, http://www.greenaward.org/greenaward/26-foundation.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shipping Emissions,  Maritime Emussuioons,  


Statoil Wins Floating Wind Farm Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Statoil,Younicos
Date: 2017-12-01
Upon winning Hywind Scotland's Batwind floating wind farm energy storage contract, Norwegian state-owned Statoil, in partnership with Masdar, reports it has awarded a contract to Berlin-based intelligent energy storage and grid solutions specialist Younicos Energy to deliver a 1 MW/1,3 MWh battery storage system for connection to Hywind Scotland's Batwind project which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2018.

Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar. Statoil holds an ownership share of 75 pct and Masdar 25 pct. (Source: Statoil, Elec. Light & Power, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos,  Batwind,  Statoil,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Wanzek Contracts for Xcel's Foxtail Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Wanzek,Xcel
Date: 2017-10-27
In North Dakota, West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction has been hired by Xcel Energy to build the utility's $270 million Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota. Wanzek will also build the the Freeborn Energy Project in southern Minnesota and Iowa. The cost of the North Dakota project is $270 million. Work is scheduled to begin next spring with completion scheduled for 2019. (Source: Wanzek, PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Wanzek Construction, (701) 893-3623, www.wanzek.com; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wind,  


WKN Unloads 25 MW Swedish Wind Farm Projec (Ind. Report, M&A)
WKN
Date: 2017-10-04
Husum, Germany-headquartered turn-key wind energy developer WKN AG is reporting the sale of its seven-turbine, 25.2-MW Laxaskogen Sweden project to an un-named German private investor. Financials details have not been released. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned in Q1 of 2019.

WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG, Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100
, www.wkn-ag.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WKN,  Wind,  


Solifor Perthuis Reports Forest Carbon Credits Sale (Ind. Report)
Carbonzero,Enviro EcoCredit
Date: 2017-09-22
In Quebec City, Solifor Perthuis, a partrnership initiative of the Fonds de solidarite FTQ and Scierie Dion & Fils, is reporting the sale of 140,000 tonnes of voluntary carbon credits to Just Energy and TD Bank Group. The transaction was handled by Canadian voluntary carbon credit trader Enviro EcoCredit and Carbonzero and is the largest transaction in Quebec involving forest carbon capture.

The Solifor Perthuis project generated 140,000 tonnes of CO2 reductions by establishing plantation forests dedicated to carbon sequestration. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the carbon credits will be donated to Laval University. (Source: Fonds de solidarite FTQ, PR, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: CarbonZero, Dan Fraleigh, CEO, www.carbonzero.ca; Fonds de solidarite FTQ, (514) 850-4835, pmcquilken@fondsftq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviro EcoCredit,  Carbonzero,  Carbon Credits,  


Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Watertown Mass., USGBC
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning, http://www.watertown-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=85; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


BETO Validates Vertimass' Catalytic Technology (Ind. Report)
Vertimass
Date: 2017-08-23
Irvne, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC is reporting completion of the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) validation of its low-cost transformative catalytic technology. BETO's verification provided progress on performance, scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass' estimated cost for their technology.

According to Vertimass, BETO's verification paves the way for a demonstration scale of the technology for converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX). This new Vertimass pathway can enhance use of biomass-derived renewable fuels that lower greenhouse gas emissions and allow ethanol producers to expand their product portfolio. The Vertimass systems can be added to existing ethanol producers' facilities at fractions of the cost of a new facility, according to the company. (Source: Vertimass LLC, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307, www.vertimass.com; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Biofuel,  DOE BETO,  


Ont. Bldg. Code Upgraded for Greater Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-07-24
At Queen's Park, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes support the government's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June 2016, with a view to reducing GHG emissions and implementing energy-efficient measures in new homes and large buildings. The concept is to bring these structures closer to being "net-zero energy buildings" (NZEB) where the energy used by the building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

New and modified requirements include: solar-ready roofs and conduits; reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings; encouraging "greywater" reuse systems; continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041, www.mah.gov.on.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  Ontario Building Code,  


UPM's Straw Ethanol Plants Left Blowing in the Wind (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2017-07-19
The future of Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels' proposed straw bioethanol plants in Myllykoski and Savonlinna in southeast Finland appears to be in doubt with the reported failure of an un-named Shenzen-based Chinese investor to supply €200 million of agreed upon funding.

The Chinese investor was supposed to sign the financing agreement in March this year so that the facilities could begin production in June 2019. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy previously awarded €30 million in grant funding to the planned bioethanol plants in an arrangement that is valid until the end of July. (Source: UPM Biofuels, Kouvolan Sanomat, Yle, 17 July, 2017)Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com

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Vermont Joins AG's Coalition to Reduce GHG Emissions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-23
Vermont Business Magazine reports that Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general and the City of Chicago to intervene in a lawsuit that supports regulations to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is against the US EPA which is seeking to halt the implementation of regulations that stop leaks of greenhouse gas and other harmful air pollutants from new oil and gas sources.

The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.

Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago. (Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, www.atg.state.vt.us

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