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GESS RNG Biogas Announces 4 RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
Date: 2022-01-12
Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered GESS RNG Biogas USA LLC is reporting four renewable natural gas (RNG) projects across the United States that will use its proprietary swine manure collection system to feed swine manure into anaerobic digesters.

GESS RNG Biogas will implement its system at two biogas plants in North Carolina. The Union County plant can accept swine manure, poultry litter, food processing byproduct, and agricultural row crops as feedstock. This plant is designed to initially produce up to 200,000 MMBtus of biogas per year, scaling up to 500,000 MMBtus per year. A second plant in Bladen County will collect swine manure and poultry litter from multiple surrounding farms, with initial production estimates between 160,000 and 200,000 MMBtus of biogas per year, scaling up to 500,000 MMBtus per year.

GESS RNG Biogas is also finalizing two dairy projects. The first, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will have 8,000 wet cow equivalent, producing up to 150,000 MMBtus of biogas per year. The second, in Syracuse, Kansas, will have 16,000 wet cow equivalent, producing up to 300,000 MMBtus of biogas per year.

For all projects, GESS RNG Biogas's sister company, Cyclum Renewables LLC , will be installing renewable microgrids allowing sites to utilize RNG, biodiesel, and EV trucks to be fueled on-site while also producing each biogas plant's electricity. (Source: GESS RNG Biogas, Website, 7 Jan., 2022) Contact: GESS RNG Biogas, Shaun Lee, Managing Partner, 984-289-8145,,; Cyclum Renewables,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GESS RNG Biogas ,  RNG,  Biodiesel,  Biogas,  

Verbio Opening Corn Ethanol Plant in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Date: 2022-01-10
Leipzig, Germany-based biodiesel producer Verbio reports its VERBIO Nevada Biorefinery, a retooled cellulosic ethanol plant in the city of Nevada, Iowa, is the first industrial scale renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in North America using agricultural residues as its feedstock. The plant is 100 pct owned by VERBIO North America Holdings Corporation.

RNG production from corn stover began in December 2021 with the completion of Phase I, at a capacity of 7 million ethanol gallons equivalent (EGE) per year. Upon completion of Phase II in the 4th quarter of 2022, the site will begin operating as a biorefinery, producing 60 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and an additional 19 million (EGE) of RNG from stillage. The integration of RNG and ethanol production, unique to VERBIO, incorporates advanced operational technology currently practiced at the company's facilities in Germany. The process also yields humus, a soil amendment, and organic fertilizers, according to the company website release.

When fully operational before the year end, the plant will consume roughly 100,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover to produce 60 million gpy of ethanol. (Source: Verbio, PR, Website, AgInsider, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verbio North America, Claus Sauter, CEO, (866) 306-4777, +49 (0) 3493 747-40,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Verbio,  Corn Ehanol,   Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  

Idaho Power Aiming for 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2022-01-10
In Boise, the state regulated monopoly Idaho Power utility reports it has submitted its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Plan phases out coal-fired power plants by 2028 in favor of renewable energy, battery storage, energy efficiency and additional power that will come with the completion of a transmission line connecting to the Pacific Northwest. The utility is aiming for 100 pct clean energy by 2045 when it expects to serve more than 850,000 customers.

Idaho Power's new 2021 plan calls for 700 MW of wind, 1,405 MW of solar and 1,685 MW of battery energy storage. The plan also considers various climate-related risks and ways of meeting the company's clean energy goal built around hydropower, which is key to the company's long term strategy. Idaho Power presently has 17 hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River and its tributaries. In 2020, company's energy mix was 41.7 pct hydro, 20.9 pct coal, 11.9 pct natural gas, 11.1 pct wind, 4.1 pct solar and 2.9 pct geothermal, biomass and other sources, plus 7.4 pct energy market purchases, according to the company. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Website, Columbian, Jan., 2022) Contact: Idaho Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Renewable Energy,  Coal,  

Archaea Energy Touts World's Largest RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Archaea Energy
Date: 2022-01-10
Houston-headquartered renewable natural gas specialist Archaea Energy Inc is reporting the start-up of Project Assai, an RNG facility at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Pipeline-quality RNG has been produced and commercial operations were achieved on Dec. 30, 2021. Assai is now the highest capacity operational RNG facility in the world, according to the release.

Assai, which combines landfill gas flows from the Keystone Sanitary Landfill and the Waste Management Alliance Landfill, is expected to deliver over 4 million MMBtu per year of RNG Approximately 80 pct of the Assai total RNG volumes have been contracted on a long-term, fixed fee basis with FortisBC Energy Inc., Energir, L.P., and The Regents of the University of California, for periods of up to 20 years. The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by over 200,000 metric tpy, according to the release. (Source: Archaea Energy Inc, PR, Website, 3 Jan., 2022) Contact: Archaea Energy Inc., Nick Stork, CEO, 346-708-8272,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archaea Energy ,  RNG,  FortisBC Energy,  

US Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise (Ind. Report)
Rhodium Group,Global Carbon Project
Date: 2022-01-10
According to a preliminary estimate released Monday by the NYC-based research and consultancy firm Rhodium Group, after falling 10 pct in 2020 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry rose 6.2 pct in 2021 as the economy began to recover from pandemic lows as pandemic related restrictions eased and economic activity picked up. The report notes that transport, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the country, saw its emissions increase by 10 pct in 2021 after a drop of 15 pct in 2020, due in part to an increase in the number of diesel trucks carrying goods to consumers as e-commerce has increased, with freight traffic exceeding pre-pandemic levels last year.

Coal-fired power plant emissions rose 17 pct in 2021 after dropping 19 pct in 2020. Prior to the pandemic, U.S. electric utilities replaced hundreds of coal-fired power plants with cheaper and cleaner natural gas, wind and solar power. In 2020, electricity use fell nationwide and many utilities ran their remaining coal plants much less often, as it was often the most expensive fuel. But in 2021 natural gas prices nearly doubled and many utilities returned to coal-fired power for electricity. According to the US Energy Information Administration , coal emissions will likely fall in 2022 if natural gas prices stabilize. Electric utilities have already announced plans to withdraw at least 28 pct of their remaining coal-fired power plants by 2035, and many have been turning to renewable energy at a record pace .

The Rhodium group report also notes emissions from heavy industry, such as cement and steel, rose 3.6 pct in 2021 after falling 6.2 pct in 2020. Emissions from buildings increased by 1.9 pct in 2021 after a 7.6 pct decrease in 2020. The report ignores the rise in emissions from last year's massive West Coast wildfires which burned millions of acres of forest and released the CO2 that had been locked in burning trees.

In November, the Global Carbon Project estimated that global CO2 emissions from energy and industry rose 4.9 pct in 2021, after falling 5.4 pct in 2020. China, India and the European Union have all seen large increases, suggesting that any climate effect of the pandemic has been fleeting. (Source: Rhodium Group, Jan., 2022) Contact: Rhodium Group, Kate Larsen, Partner , 212.532.1157, nyc@rhg,com,; Global Carbon Project, +61-2-6246 5631,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  CO2,  Global Carbon Project,  

Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, UGI Corp.
Date: 2022-01-07
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000,,; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  UGI Corp. Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  

Viking Energy Agrees to Renewable Diesel Facility Acquisition (M&A)
Viking Energy
Date: 2022-01-05
Houston-headquartered Viking Energy Group, Inc. is reporting a conditional Membership Interest Purchase Agreement to acquire a 100 pct interest in a group of (unnamed) companies that are in the process of engineering, developing and constructing a 43 million gpy plant to produce renewable diesel in Reno Nevada. The Plant is near completion.

The Membership Interest Purchase Agreement conditions Viking having obtained financing, on terms and conditions satisfactory to Viking in its sole discretion.

Viking Energy Group, Inc. is a growth-oriented diversified energy company. Through various majority-owned subsidiaries, Viking provides custom energy & power solutions to commercial and industrial clients in North America and owns interests in oil and natural gas assets in the United States. The company also holds an exclusive license in Canada to a patented carbon-capture system. (Source: Viking Energy Group Inc., PR, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: Viking Energy Group, 281-404-4387,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Viking Energy,  Renewable Diesel ,  

First WAGABOX® RNG Project in US Confirmed (Ind. Report)
WAGA Energy
Date: 2022-01-05
Maylan, France-headquartered WAGA Energy, a producer of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from landfill gas, and Steuben County, New York are reporting an agreement for the development of an RNG project at the Town of Bath municipal solid waste landfill.

Waga Energy will fund, build, operate and maintain the landfill gas upgrading unit using its patented WAGABOX® technology to produce grid compliant biomethane (RNG).

The WAGABOX unit, which is slated to be commissioned by March 2023, will purify 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute of raw landfill gas to deliver 207,000 mmBtu (60 GWh) of RNG for residential consumption or used as a transportation fuel while saving an estimated 13,500 tpy of CO2.

WAGA Energy, which has three international subsidiaries -- Philadelphia, Penna., Shawinigan Quebec, and Barcelona, Spain -- estimates there are 20,000 waste storage sites around the world -- with roughly 4,200 in North America -- and that less than 1 pct of the gas produced is currently converted into biomethane. (Source: WAGA Energy, Steuben Count NY, Joint PR, Jan., 2022)Contact: WAGA Energy, Marie-Amelie Richel, Administrative & Financial Director , Laurent Barbotin,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WAGA Energy,  RNG,  Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  

Greenlane Biogas Claims $7Mn in New System Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2022-01-05
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly owned subsidiary Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed two new biogas upgrading system supply contracts valued in total at $7.1 million (Cdn) for separate renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the United States and Brazil. Order fulfillment by Greenlane for both projects will commence immediately.

In the U.S., Greenlane has been awarded a contract for a biogas upgrading system for a dairy farm RNG project in Nebraska. Greenlane will supply its PSA system for upgrading biogas generated from anaerobic digestion of dairy cow manure into carbon negative RNG suitable for injection into the local pipeline network.

In Brazil, Greenlane has also won a contract for a landfill gas-to-RNG project with Orizon Valorizacao de Residuos, one of Brazil's largest landfill operators. Greenlane will supply its water wash system to upgrade the landfill gas to low carbon RNG. The project is Greenlane's sixth system supply contract in Brazil, according to the release. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 4 Jan., 2021) Contact: Orizon,; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aenerobic Digestion,  RNG,  Biogas,  Greenlane Renewables,  Greenlane Biogas,  

StormFisher Adds 3rd Anerobic Digester at Ont. Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2022-01-03
London, Ontario-headquartered StormFisher, a leader in circular economy decarbonization solutions, is reporting the construction of a third anaerobic digester at its London, Ontario, facility. Accompanied by a renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading system, the plant is now the largest food-waste anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Canada, providing heat to 2,500 homes in Ontario and supporting transport with sustainable fuel.

StormFisher has over 10 years of plant operating experience across 7 different facilities and operates the largest private organic waste-to-energy biogas facility in North America.

This expansion was made possible by StormFisher's partnership with Generate, a leading North American sustainable infrastructure company, which owns and operates the London plant in partnership with StormFisher. (Source: StormFisher, PR, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: StormFisher, Brandon Moffat, VP Dev., (519) 649-2464,

More Low-Carbon Energy News StormFisher,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

Lightsourcebp Partners on Portuguese Green Hydrogen Projects (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-12-31
London-headquartered global solar energy developer Lightsourcebp and Lisbon-headquartered Portuguese gas utility Dourogas are reporting a green hydrogen joint venture to explore the potential of eight green hydrogen sites and investment in solar and hydrogen infrastructure in Portugal.

As much as 200MWp of solar projects developed by Lightsourcebp will power 130MW electrolysers, developed by Dourogas. The green hydrogen will be injected directly into the country's gas grid. The first project will benefit from a €5 million grant from the EU's Portugal 2020 fund.

As previously reported, Lightsourcebp aims to develop 25GW of solar power by 2025, up from 10GW by 2023. Lightsourcebp has an existing solar pipeline in Portugal of around 1.5GW outside of this new JV. It is also part of hydrogen consortiums in Australia and the UK.

Dourogas, a gas mobility and natural gas utility supplying about 30,000 grid clients in 34 municipalities, is developing a number of green gas projects both with biomethane and hydrogen. (Source: Lightsourcebp, Website PR, 23 Dec., 2021) Contact: Dourogas, Lightsourcebp,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsourcebp ,  Green Hydrogen,  Solar,  

Greenlane, FortisBC Ink Biogas Systems Contract (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables, FortisBC
Date: 2021-12-29
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based biogas upgrading systems specialist Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has been awarded a $12.1 million contract by the regulated utility FortisBC Energy Inc. to supply a biogas upgrading system for a new project at the Vancouver landfill. Order fulfillment is expected to begin immediately.

Greenlane will supply its two-stage pressure swing adsorption (PSA) system to upgrade the landfill gas to clean, low carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) for direct injection into FortisBC's regional natural gas pipeline system. With over 30 years industry experience, Greenlane has sold more than 125 biogas upgrading systems 19 countries, according to the company release. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc., PR, 23 Dec., 2021) Contact: FortisBC Energy Inc., David Bennett, Dir, Renewable Gas and Low Carbon Fuels,; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables ,  FortisBC,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  

Bloom Energy Tapped for Indian Green Hydrogen Microgrid (Int'l.)
Bloom Energy
Date: 2021-12-29
San Jose, California-headquartered hydrogen fuel cell specialist Bloom Energy reports it has been tapped by NTPC Limited, India's largest energy conglomerate and utility, to provide electrolyzer and hydrogen-powered fuel cell technologies for India's first green hydrogen-based energy storage deployment. Thee project aims to explore large-scale, off-grid hydrogen energy storage and microgrid projects at strategic locations throughout the country.

The collaboration will utilize Bloom Energy's solid oxide, high temperature electrolyzer to generate green hydrogen from solar powered electricity. The project is expected to commence in 2022.

Bloom Energy's high-temperature electrolyzer produces hydrogen more efficiently than low-temperature PEM and alkaline electrolyzers. Bloom's solid oxide fuel cells combine ambient air with natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, or a blend of fuels to produce electricity through a non-combustion electrochemical reaction, resulting in reduced carbon emissions, harmful air pollutants, and water use compared to grid alternatives, according to Bloom. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Bloom Energy, Edward Vallejo, (267) 370-9717,, ;; NTPC Limited,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bloom Energy,  Fuel Cell,  Hydrogen,  NTPC ,  

Hitachi Zosen, Yulin Chemical Developing RNG in China (Int'l. )
Hitachi Zosen, Yulin Chemical
Date: 2021-12-29
Osaka, Japan-headquartered engineering company Hitachi Zosen Corp. and China's Yulin Chemical will work together to develop renewable natural gas (RNG) for industrial and household use. The two companies will oversee the trial project in China's Yulin Economic and Technological Development Zone in northern Shaanxi Province.

Hitachi Zosen will build a plant capable of producing 17,657 cubic feet (500 m3) of synthetic methane an hour from hydrogen and carbon dioxide sourced from local factories by Yulin Chemical.

The project is backed by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). (Source: Hitachi Zosen, Gas Compression, 28 Dec., 2021) (Contact: Hitachi Zosen, +81-6-6551-9101, Facsimile: +81-6-6551-9111, › english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hitachi Zosen,  Yulin Chemical,  RNG,  

Aemetis Inks 450Mn gpy Renewable Diesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-12-22
Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable fuel and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports signing a 10-year, 450-million-gpy renewable diesel supply agreement with an unnamed industry-leading travel stop company -- 450 million gallons is enough fuel for an estimated 3.6 billion miles of heavy truck and cargo transportation.

Renewable diesel is a drop-in fuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gases and other emissions from heavy duty vehicles that would otherwise use petroleum diesel. The agreement is in keeping with the travel stop company's continuing strategy to diversify its fueling operations, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 20 December, 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO,, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  

EC Acts to Decarbonize Gas Markets (Int'l. Report)
European Commission
Date: 2021-12-22
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it has adopted a set of legislative proposals to decarbonize the EU gas market by facilitating the uptake of renewable and low-carbon gases, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen.

The proposals aim to establish a market for hydrogen, create the right environment for investment, and enable the development of dedicated infrastructure, including for international trade, and to make it easier for renewable and low-carbon gases to access the existing gas grid by removing tariffs for cross-boarder interconnections and lowering tariffs at injection points. The proposals also create a certification system for low-carbon gases to ensure a level playing field in assessing the full greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint of different gases and allow the EU member states effectively compare and consider them in their energy mix.

The 27-member EU trading bloc is aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 and to become climate neutral by 2050. (Source: European Commission, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: European Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  RNG,  Hydrogen,  

GreenGasUSA, Duke Univ. Ink RNG Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-12-22
In Durham, North Carolina, Duke University and Charleston, South Carolina-based have announced a 20-year partnership under which Duke will purchase of renewable natural gas (RNG) which will be used to achieve carbon neutrality at the University's Campus.

Renewable Natural Gas is produced by capturing methane which is 28 times more damaging to the atmosphere greater than CO2. As demand for renewable sources of energy continues to increase, GreenGasUSA is committed towards partnering with world class educational institutions and businesses that are committed to environmental stewardship and improving technologies and processes to further reduce carbon emissions. (Source: GreenGasUSA, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: GrenGasUSA, (307) 201-3516.,; Duke University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenGasUSA,  RNG,  

Greenlane Renewables to Acquire Italian Biogas Specialist (M&A)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-12-20
British Columbia-headquartered Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held, Viccenza, Italy-based Airdep S.R.L., a provider of biogas desulfurization and air deodorization products.

The acquisition will add an in-house, effective and proven technology to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from biogas to Greenlane's portfolio of biogas upgrading systems that produce low-carbon and carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG. It will also add an attractive line of products for sales into existing and new biogas projects globally, independent of the full biogas upgrading system.

Since its founding in 2011, Airdep has deployed over 100, H2S treatment systems that use a proprietary liquid reagent for removal of H2S in biogas. The Airdep system offers lower capital and operating costs than competing methods, and is especially compelling for use in higher flow, higher H2S concentration applications.

Consideration for the acquisition will include $8million cash, $1.4 million in Greenlane shares, and additional contingent earn-out consideration of up to $3.6 million to a maximum total of $13 million. Closing is anticipated in January, 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: Airdep S.R.L., Andrea Valerio,; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Greenlane Biogas,  RNG,  

Octopus Energy, Sterlite Ink Indian Green Energy Deal (Int'l. Report)
Octopus Energy,Sterlite Power
Date: 2021-12-20
In the UK, London-headquartered Octopus Energy Group is reporting a partnership with Sterlite Power to construct renewable energy generation and storage assets to supply renewable power to large industrial, commercial users and domestic consumers in India. The two firms are also aiming to drive down the needs for coal and natural gas and drastically decarbonising the country's energy demand.

Sterlite Power is a private sector power transmission infrastructure developer and solutions provider operating in India and Brazil. The company has been increasingly focused on integrating renewable energy to the grid.

Octopus Energy has operations in 13 countries buoyed by $600 million funding from Generation Investment Management and subsequent $5 billion valuation. The company is currently considering the launch of a retail energy business in India, according to the release. (Source: Octopus Energy, PR, 17 Dec.,2021) Contact: Octopus Energy, Greg Jackson, CEO, +44 2045 308369,; Sterlite Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Octopus Energy,  Sterlite Power,  

Big Apple Joining "Green Buildings" Initiative (Ind. Report)
New York City Council
Date: 2021-12-17
New York City Council is reporting the passage of legislation banning fossil fuels in new developments in the Big Apple. The bill would impact buildings of seven stories or less beginning in 2023 but would apply to all buildings by 2027. The bill is expected to be signed into force by Mayor Bill de Blasio before the year end.

Under the legislation, new buildings would likely have to use more electricity -- largely generated using coal and natural gas.

With the legislation, New York City would join other cities, such as Berkley, California, which started the "green buildings" initiative two years ago, in prioritizing an arbitrary climate change agenda over economic ends.(Source: New York City Council, PR, NPR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: New York City Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City CouncilCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Green Building,  

German Ethanol Plant to Utilize ESG's Carbon-Free Power (Int'l.)
ESG Clean Energy,Ethatec GmbH
Date: 2021-12-15
West Springfield, Mass.-based ESG Clean Energy LLC, a developer of net-zero, distributed power generation and clean energy manufacturing solutions, is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) with Weselburg, Germany-based Ethatec GmbH for the use of ESG's patented CO2-free power generation technology to power its production of ethanol.

Ethatec's process crushes bakery waste and other starch-based food products mixed with water and enzymes then heated in a multi-stage mashing process to "saccharify" the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks. Yeast is then added for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar and after 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained. Ethatec's process can also produce biogas and nitrogen fertilizer.

By using the ESG Clean Energy carbon-capture power generation system, Ethatec will be able to use natural gas to power their manufacturing plants while achieving a net-zero carbon footprint. (Source: ESG Clean Energy, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: ESG Clean Energy, (413) 272-2135,; Ethatec GmbH, : +49 1512 5217803,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ESG Clean Energy,  Ethatec GmbH,  Ethanol,  

Science Hydrogen Coalition Launch Announced (Int'l. Report)
Hydrogen Science Coalition
Date: 2021-12-15
An international coalition of scientists, academics and engineers are touting the launch of the Hydrogen Science Coalition to "bring an evidence-based viewpoint to the heart of the hydrogen discussion and ensure that any public investments in hydrogen reflect the most effective path towards net zero emissions by 2050."

The Coalition aims to support green hydrogen as the only true zero-emissions hydrogen made from renewable electricity and emphasizes:

  • Green hydrogen should be deployed for hard to decarbonise sectors, starting with where grey hydrogen is used today, such as for chemical feedstocks and steel production.

  • With blended hydrogen in the existing natural gas grid likely to have a limited impact on emissions -- a maximum 20 pct green hydrogen blend is expected to save only 7 pct. (Source: Hydrogen Science Coalition, Website Dec, 2021) Contact: Hydrogen Science Coalition,

  • MWM Touts Hydrogen Fueled Engines, Genssts (Alt. Fuel Report)
    MWM Engine
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Engine manufacturer MWM reports it will begin a staged roll-out of commercially available MWM generator sets configured to operate on natural gas blended with up to 25 pct hydrogen, beginning in Q4, 2022. The company will also offer retrofit kits that provide hydrogen blending capabilities up to 25 pct hydrogen for select generator sets.

    MWM gas engines can presently be operated with hydrogen blends of up to 10 pct and can be configured to operate on a wide range of biogas fuels. (Source: MWM, Website PR, Diesel & Gas Turbine World, 14 Dec., 2021) PR Contact: MWM, Tim Scott,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen,  

    Hydrogen Science Coalition Launched (Int'l. Report)
    Hydrogen Science Coalition
    Date: 2021-12-15
    A coalition of international scientists, academics and engineers is reporting the launch of the Hydrogen Science Coalition which aims to "bring an evidence-based viewpoint to the heart of the hydrogen discussion" and ensure that any public investments in hydrogen reflect the most effective path towards net zero emissions by 2050.

    The Coalition aims to support green hydrogen as the only true zero-emissions hydrogen made from renewable electricity and emphasizes:

  • Green hydrogen should be deployed for hard to decarbonise sectors, starting with where grey hydrogen is used today, such as for chemical feedstocks and steel production.

  • Hydrogen should not be used in sectors in which there are cheaper and perhaps more rapidly deployed electrification alternatives, such as in heating and transport.

  • With blended hydrogen in the existing natural gas grid likely to have a limited impact on emissions -- a maximum 20 pct green hydrogen blend is expected to save only 7 pct of emissions -- blending does not make sense and is a waste when there are areas that can have significant and immediate reductions, the Coalition says. (Source: Hydrogen Science Coalition, Website Dec, 2021) Contact: Hydrogen Science Coalition,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Science Coalition ,  Green Hydrogen,  

  • First South Dakota RNG Pipeline Gets the Nod (Reg. & Leg.)
    Brightmark,NorthWestern Energy
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has given the nod to a NorthWestern Energy contract with San Francisco-based BrightMark Full Circle RNG for construction of a roughly eight-mile pipeline to a dairy farm facility near the town of Parker.

    The dairy farm could be the state's first supplier of renewable natural gas. The facility would use a Brightmark-owned compressor.

    Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC's subsidiaries currently own RNG projects in New York, Michigan, Florida, South Dakota and Arizona. Additional joint equity investments will fund construction of infrastructure and commercial operation of 10 dairy biomethane projects, including new sites in Iowa and Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota. Chevron will purchase and market RNG produced from these projects for use in vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG). (Source: SD PUC, Brightmark, KELO, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: NorthWestern Energy,; Brightmark,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark,  RNG,  NorthWestern Energy,  

    Bright Biomethane Touts bio-CNG Biogas Upgrader (Ind. Report)
    Bright Biomethane
    Date: 2021-12-06
    As previously reported in Sept., Netherlands-headquartered Bright Biomethane has been developing a project to "clean-up and upgrade" biogas for bio-CNG production through membrane biogas upgrading and the compression of biomethane, all in a compact unit.

    Bright's compact system using scalable modular membrane biogas upgrading technology enables small-scale biogas producers to convert biogas to bio-CNG. A recently completed mini bio-CNG unit in Houffalize has a capacity of 60 Nm3 per hour of biogas and 32 Nm3 per hour of biomethane.

    Bright Biomethane offers biogas purification systems to upgrade biogas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) in standard capacities starting from 19 SCFM (30 Nm3/hr) biogas. With the company's PurePac systems using membrane technology, Bright is able to deliver the total range from small to large biogas upgrading installations, according to the company website. (Source: Bright Biomethane, Website PR Dec., 2021) Contact: Bright Biomethane, +1347 688 4941,,

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    Clean Energy Fuels, TotalEnergies Texas RNG Dairy Digester Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels, TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-12-06
    In a joint venture with TotalEnergies, Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. reports construction is underway on a renewable natural gas (RNG) digester at Del Rio Dairy in Friona, TX. When fully operational, the digester will capture the waste from more than 7,500 cows and generate an anticipated 1.1 million gpy of RNG, all of which will be used in Clean Energy's nationwide network of RNG stations.

    According to the release, "Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the country's largest provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market. Our mission is to decarbonize transportation through the development and delivery of renewable natural gas (RNG), a sustainable fuel derived from organic waste. Clean Energy allows thousands of vehicles, from airport shuttles to city buses to waste and heavy-duty trucks, to reduce their amount of climate-harming greenhouse gas. We operate a vast network of fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397,,, @CE_NatGas on Twitter; TotalEnergies, Investor Relations,,

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    AFFECT Energy Efficiency, BESS Funding Announced (Funding)
    Federal Energy Management Program
    Date: 2021-12-01
    In Washington, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is reporting the selection of federal agency projects to receive a combined total of $13 million in Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding. The grants, which are expected to lead to more than $737 million when leveraged with energy performance contracts from private industry, include the following:
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) -- USCG will implement the agency's first microgrid control system (MCS) coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) resilience energy conservation measures (ECMs), to provide 10 days of off-grid operation during a power disruption event.

  • Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic -- The project will provide a comprehensive approach to enhancing its climate change adaptation-resilience posture and energy efficiency across eight NIWC Atlantic sites located in South Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. NIWC will deploy solar PV and an MCS to enable renewable back-up generation while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Internal Revenue Service -- Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a near-net zero, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project that will empower up to 30 days of off-grid operation in the event of utility power disruption, amplify energy efficiency to substantially reduce baseload energy use and corresponding GHG emissions, and deploy solar PV coupled with an MCS, BESS.

  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst -- A large-scale, wholistic energy efficiency and climate change adaption-resilience project will deploy 40 MW of solar PV combined with a 12-MWh BESS and two unique MCSs alongside a wide range of key energy efficiency and resilience ECMs.

  • DoE, Office of Science -- A new project will bundle comprehensive traditional energy efficiency ECMs and resilience technologies such as lighting, water fixtures, simple HVAC controls, solar PV, BESS, and pumped water storage to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.

  • U.S. DoD, Pentagon -- Project will implement improvements to energy and water efficiency, as well as resilience to climate change-attributed severe weather events, via a comprehensive list of ECMs that will reduce baseload energy and water use and GHG emissions while adding renewable energy technologies. The project will achieve a net GHG reduction cost-effectively via combined reductions in baseload electricity (49 pct), water (8 pct), and sewer costs (40 pct).

  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall -- The project will deploy an advanced, hybrid geothermal heat recovery chiller system coupled with energy efficiency and resilience ECMs to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and address climate change adaptation-resiliency.

  • Eglin Air Force Base -- Within this integrated, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project, Eglin Air Force Base will implement various resilience ECMs including solar PV, an MCS coupled with a BESS, and natural gas generators while replacing aging chillers that serve critical loads such as data centers.

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest -- A new project to integrate a cybersecurity-compliant MCS and 150-kW/600-kWh BESS with a total of 1.1 MW of solar PV to augment climate change adaptation-resilience, increase energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions, while allowing for full, continuous mission-critical operability of essential facilities and systems in the case of power disruption events.

  • GSA Region 4, Valdosta and Brunswick -- The project will deploy and demonstrate an advanced solar PV technology utilizing bifacial modules at two federal sites in Georgia, directly reducing GHG emissions and assisting GSA in meeting its internal agency commitment of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The project will also build out capabilities for these sites to consider implementing complementary resilience ECMs such as a MCS or BESS in the future. It will also validate an advanced, bifacial module solar PV technology, which if successful could be replicated and scaled throughout not only GSA Region 4 and the Southeast, but also more broadly across all GSA Regions nationwide.

  • GSA Region 7 -- This project will implement resilience ECMs including an MCS and BESS to boost climate change adaptation-resiliency, reduce GHG emissions by 47 pct, and provide the means to demonstrate GEB concepts such as advanced energy load-shifting and management, and demand response at sites in Laredo and Houston, Texas.

  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis -- This project will augment the capacity of a BESS to 1MW/4MWh, which will be coupled with a recommissioned energy management control system, cybersecurity-compliant MCS, and 1-MW solar PV array to meet the U.S. Air Forces' resilience requirements for energy performance contracts, allowing the base to shed noncritical energy loads and support mission-critical operations should climate change-induced severe weather such as hurricanes or other external forces result in an extended power disruption event.

    The project will also allow the joint base to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency, and provide peak shaving, demand response, energy time-of-use-shifting, dynamic frequency, and voltage regulation to reduce overall base electricity demand and energy costs.

  • Federal Aviation Administration -- A novel project to directly address federal building energy efficiency and load management, in coordination with their serving utility, to bundle electric vehicle supply equipment with a range of other energy efficiency and resilience ECMs including ground-mounted solar PV, LED lighting, HVAC upgrades, and variable frequency drives.

    The project will reduce GHG emissions by 89 pct by coupling electrification of buildings and transportation, which are key priorities of the Administration's decarbonization goals. (Source: US DOE Federal Energy Management Program, PR 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, Federal Energy Management Program,

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  • UK Organic Waste Biomethane Heating Touted (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Networks Association
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In the UK, the London-headquartered Energy Networks Association's (ENA) first annual Britain's Green Gas Scoreboard reports biomethane produced from cow manure, food waste and household sewage can to supply 770,654 homes while also supporting greener electricity production by displacing natural gas.

    The report notes that a total of 109 biomethane green gas production sites are now connected to the UK's gas grid, with developers building a further 23 sites across the nation. In 2011, only one site was connected to the grid. (Source: Energy Networks Association, Website PR, 26 Nov., 2021) Contact: ENA, David Smith, CEO, +44 (0)7792 220 974,

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    EBA Highlights Biomethane Ramp-up for Full Renewable Gas Deployment (Int'l. Report Available)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2021-11-29
    A just released report from the Brussels-headquartered European Biogas Association notes that 30 - 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be made up of sustainable biomethane by the year 2050.

    The 11th edition of EBA Statistical Report provides an in-depth analysis of and biogas / biomethane's potential and the best pathways to ensure full deployment in a future energy mix.

    The report analyses the current availability of renewable gases in Europe, notably biogas and biomethane. Combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy and this figure is expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh or as high as 1,700 TWh.

    Agriculture- based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of the total production, which is now already more than the entire natural gas consumption of Belgium and represents 4.6 pct of the gas consumption of the EU. The biogas and biomethane industries also presently provide over 210,000 green jobs that expected to approximately 420,000 jobs by 2030 and one million or more by 2050. The report also highlights the needed collaboration as well between the biomethane and the other potential major renewable gases, such as green hydrogen in future years.

    Over the last decade, the delivery of dispatchable power and heat from biogas has been very important and its role will continue to some extent. However, the current trend places the emphasis squarely on sustainable biomethane production, and it is expected that this tendency will be amplified in the coming decade: biomethane is a versatile energy carrier, suitable for a range of sectors, including transport, industry, power and heating. 2020 saw the biggest year on year increase in biomethane production so far in spite of the pandemic, with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. An even bigger increase is to be expected in 2021, as a record number of new biomethane plants started production in 2020 and are due to become fully operational within 2021, the report notes.

    Future gas demand can be met by other renewable and low-carbon solutions such as green hydrogen. The development of synergies between green gases will be key to meeting future gas market demands. In line with this, the report highlights the need to develop a vision of how biomethane and hydrogen will integrate with each other in the future. Future infrastructure investments should aim to strengthen the distribution of renewable gases by considering the specific requirements of each gas as well as their most suitable development.

    The report points out as well a clear tendence towards the increasing use of sustainable feedstocks for biogas and biomethane production. These include mostly industrial waste, municipal waste or agricultural residues. It is also expected that the remaining energy crops to produce biogas will be replaced by sustainable cropping, for example with the introduction of sequential cropping systems which at the same time allows for carbon farming and revitalization of the soil.

    The contribution to sustainability is one of the benefits of biogas and biomethane production for our society, but there are many others. As the EBA report points out, a solid calculation of the economic value of the wider benefits of biogas and biomethane is needed, so that the revenue channels for biogas and biomethane producers can be diversified. The translation of these societal benefits into market signals would allow biogas and biomethane production to compete on fairer terms with other types of energy supply while at the same time further stimulating production plants to achieve the highest levels of societal benefit.

    In terms of use by sectors, the need for decarbonization of all transport modes will be especially relevant for the coming years and thus the need for further renewable gas uptake in that sector. According to the report launched today, the sustainable European Bio-LNG (liquified biomethane) production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year. This projected 2024 production capacity could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year.

    The report, which includes new and more detailed country insights and forecasts, is available on the EBA website. (Source: EBA, PR, Website, 25 Nov., 2021) Contact: EBA, Harmen Dekker, Director,

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    EGA, GE Planning Decarbonisation, CCUS Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
    Emirates Global Aluminium, GE Gas Power
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In Abu Dhabi, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and GE Gas Power are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint steering committee to develop a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of EGA's existing GE natural gas turbines by exploring hydrogen as a fuel, as well as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) solutions. The roadmap will include a strategy to support low-carbon industries to contribute towards the achievement of the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.

    EGA has 33 GE natural gas turbines at Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, with a total power generation capacity of 5,200 MW. Electricity generation accounts for a significant proportion of EGA's total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release. (Source: Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates News, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Joseph Anis, Pres., CEO,; Emirates Global Aluminium,

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    A Hydrogen Primer (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2021-11-29
    Procuring hydrogen requires its separation from other elements through chemical processes that require energy and have varying degrees of impact on the environment and climate change.

    Gray hydrogen is produced by reforming natural gas, a processing technique used to rearrange the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. In this process, methane is mixed with steam at a high temperature to yield hydrogen and CO2 through a catalytic chemical reaction.

    Roughly 10 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 1 kg of gray hydrogen produced, making it the least renewable form of hydrogen with an overall negative climate impact, much like drilling for oil or mining coal. Gray hydrogen is seen as a "bridging" energy alternative and is relatively inexpensive and commonly used in the chemical industry to make fertilizer and for refining oil.

    Blue Hydrogen uses the same chemical processing technique used to make gray hydrogen. The difference, however, is the management of CO2. With blue hydrogen, the CO2 is captured at the production facility and stored separately.

    Blue hydrogen has a significantly lower CO2 impact on the environment than gray hydrogen, but the blue hydrogen process but does not eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere entirely.

    Green Hydrogen production process employs electrolysis -- the separation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules by applying electrical energy to water. Utilizing renewable energy sources to generate the electricity for this process is the key to making green hydrogen. This technique yields a closed loop of sustainable energy free of harmful emissions. (Source: JD Power, Sept., 2021)

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    SW Gas, RTC Expand Clean Fuel Options in S. Nev. (Ind. Report)
    Southwest Gas, US Gain
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Las Vegas-based Southwest Gas (SW Gas), the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), and U.S. Gain are reporting their partnership that will supply RTC's transit buses with cost-effective renewable natural gas (RNG) to help reduce RTC's greenhouse gas emissions and decrease operating costs.

    Under the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved agreement, SW Gas will supply RTC with environmentally friendly Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to fuel most of the agency's public transit fleet. U.S. Gain, a Sustainable Energy Solutions provider, was selected to supply the RNG. (Source: US Gain, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: SW Gas, John Hester, CEO,; U.S. Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. Bus. Dev., S. Lowney, 920.381.2190,,; RTC, M.J. Maynard, CEO,

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    Clean Energy Fuels, TotalEnergies JV Texas RNG Dairy Digester Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels, TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In a joint venture with TotalEnergies, Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. reports construction is underway on a renewable natural gas (RNG) digester at Del Rio Dairy in Friona, TX. When fully operational, the digester project will capture the waste from more than 7,500 cows and generate an anticipated 1.1 million gpy of RNG, all of which will be used in Clean Energy's nationwide network of RNG stations.

    According to the release, "Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the country's largest provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market. Our mission is to decarbonize transportation through the development and delivery of renewable natural gas (RNG), a sustainable fuel derived from organic waste. Clean Energy allows thousands of vehicles, from airport shuttles to city buses to waste and heavy-duty trucks, to reduce their amount of climate-harming greenhouse gas. We operate a vast network of fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397,,, @CE_NatGas on Twitter; TotalEnergies, Investor Relations, +44 (0) 207 719 7962,,

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    NW Natural Gas Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    NW Natural Gas
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered NW Natural is touting its "VISION 2050: Destination Zero" plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 with a program of more aggressive energy efficiency actions coupled with new equipment technologies that reduce energy consumption, according to its website.

    The company is also seeking to replace conventional natural gas supplies with lower-carbon energy sources, including renewable natural gas (RNG) captured and converted from organic waste and trash and also clean hydrogen that can blend with waste carbon dioxide and be converted into synthetic natural gas. (Source: NW Natural Gas, PR, The Columbian, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: NW Natural Gas,

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    Amsterdam Biofuel Storage Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    VTTI New Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered VTTI New Energy reports its 75,000 cubic meter capacity Eurotank Amsterdam biofuels storage project will be commissioned by the end of the year for operational start-up in early 2022. The facility will supply mixed biofuels (B-7 or more), hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) to the facility's new truck rack and upgraded jetty, according to a release.

    The project is inline with VTTI New Energy's focus on exploring new renewable energies opportunities, including renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen carrier fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste-to-renewable energy solutions. (Source: VTTI New Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: VTTI New Energy, +31 10 453 20 20

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    Consumers Energy Launches Mobil Natural Gas, Methane Leaks Detection Fleet (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports it is debuting two Ford Edge SUVs equipped with state-of-the-art mobile natural gas leak detection systems that gather and instantly analyze methane, wind, atmospheric and GPS data to find natural gas leaks and calculate their risks. The $4 million, five-year investment is part of the company's plan to achieve net-zero methane emissions by 2030.

    The rolling labs are equipped with Santa Clara, California-based Picarro continuous monitoring technology -- a combination of hardware, software and data analytics that's one thousand times more sensitive than the process currently used to survey Consumers Energy's nearly 28,000-mile distribution network, according to the release. Each vehicle system includes: a parts-per-billion sensitivity gas analyzer measuring atmospheric gas composition and other tracers; an anemometer for detecting wind speed, direction and wind variability; and antennas for the 4G wireless connectivity and for sub-meter GPS vehicle positioning, as well as a 4G wireless router enabling the internet connection and data transmission to and from the Picarro Cloud and Wi-Fi connection to the in-vehicle tablet.

    Consumers Energy is aiming to cut its emissions emissions by 10,000 metric tpy -- equal to taking 55,000 vehicles off the highway -- and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: Consumers Energy, Greg Salisbury, VP Gas Engineering and Supply, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,,; Picarro, Vince Gaeto, (408) 962-3900,,

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    JCI, DND Ink CFB Halifax Decarbonization Contract (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls (JCI) reports it has contracted with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) for decarbonization, infrastructure improvements and energy efficiency upgrades and improvements to 112 buildings at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax (Nova Scotia) and other area Defence facilities in alignment with DND's Greening Government Strategy and pledge to achieve net-zero government operations by 2050.

    CFB Halifax aims to achieve annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of 23 pct and generate $3 million in savings annually, once upgrades have been completed.

    Under the $53 million performance contract, upgrades are being designed to decrease the Base's annual electric power consumption by 22 pct, GHG emissions by 15,000 tpy (23 pct) and natural gas use by 21 pct. The contract is aimed at: reducing energy needs; decarbonization and education; water conservation; increasing HVAC systems efficiencies; and others. Proposed measures to increase efficient energy production include heat recovery, steam trap repairs, high efficiency boilers and heat pumps.

    Johnson Controls has also contracted to perform similar sustainability upgrades at CFB Bagotville in Quebec, and CFB Patewawa and CFB Kingston in Ontario. (Source: Johnson Controls International Plc., PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Ryan Edlman, IR, (609) 720-4545,,, Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service,

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    SK Innovation Taps Honeywell for Hydrogen Plant CCS Study (Int'l.)
    SK Innovation and Energy, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Soul, South Korea-headquartered SK Innovation and Energy is reporting the selection of Des Plaines, Illinois, based Honeywell UOP for a feasibility study to retrofit a hydrogen plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) of more than 400,000 tons of CO2 at its 840,000 bpd petroleum refinery in Ulsan, Korea. The captured CO2 would be stored in depleted natural gas reservoirs, beginning in 2026.

    The project is in line with South Korea's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the release. (Source: SK Innovation and Energy, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SK Innovation and Energy,; Honeywell UOP,

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    NW Natural Forms Renewable Natural Gas Subsidiary (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Natural Holding
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered Northwest Natural Holding Co. (NW Natural) is reporting the formation of NW Natural Renewables, a subsidiary focused on supplying renewable fuels processed from existing waste streams and renewable energy sources to utilities and commercial, industrial, and transportation sector customers nationwide.

    NW Natural will initially seek to acquire or develop RNG projects with key permits and feedstock and lease agreements in place. The company previously entered into deals to invest in RNG facilities and purchase the fuel, leveraging a nation-leading RNG tariff. The company is also developing a green hydrogen project and pioneered the use of voluntary carbon offsets and decoupling mechanisms to encourage energy efficiency, according to the company release. (Source: Northwest Natural Holding Co., PR,S&P, 5 Nov., 2021) Contact: NW Natural, Dave Anderson , CEO, Pres., 503-721-2530,

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    Clean Energy Fuels, bp Expanding RNG JV (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels, bp
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Newport Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and bp are reporting the expansion of their previously announced renewable natural gas (RNG) joint venture. The two firms plan to finance and develop new dairy farm RNG projects, starting in South Dakota and Iowa where Dynamic Holdings will oversee construction, develop and operate the facilities, the first of which is expected to be operational in 2022.

    With over 550 dispensing locations, Clean Energy has the largest network of RNG stations in the U.S. bp's world-class trading organization transports RNG to California markets and monetizes the environmental credits associated with dispensing the RNG. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Clay Corbus, VP Renewable Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397,, bp,

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    OPAL Opens Paloma Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    OPAL Fuels
    Date: 2021-11-12
    White Plains, NY-headquartered OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports the opening of the new Sunoma Renewable Natural Gas Facility at Paloma Dairy in Gila Bend, Arizona.

    The new facility will produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon per year equivalents (GGE) of renewable fuel for the heavy-duty trucking sector -- sufficient fuel to move 10 million miles of freight. The facility will also eliminate roughly 54,000 metric tpy of CO2.

    Including the Sunoma Biofuels Project, OPAL Fuels is investing more than $900 million in three operating projects, seven in construction and sixteen in advanced development. Upon completion, OPAL Fuels will be dispensing more than 150 million GGE per year, equivalent to removing more than 1.6 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to eliminating Scope 1 emissions from approximately 17,000 trucks each year, according to the release.

    OPAL Fuels has built more than 350 RNG projects nationwide and aims to double that in the coming years, according to the release. (Source: OPAL Fuels LLC, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: OPAL Fuels LLC, Jon Maurer, Co-CEO, 914-705-4000,

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    Baker Hughes Taking Stake in Ekona Power (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Baker Hughes,Ekona Power
    Date: 2021-11-12
    American oil and gas services company Baker Hughes reports it is investing an undisclosed amount for a 20 pct stake in Burnaby-British Columbia-based start-up Ekona Power Inc.

    Ekona is developing a methane pyrolysis process for making "turquoise" hydrogen from natural gas without carbon capture and storage (CCS) for lower capital and operating costs. Ekona plans to construct and commission a pilot plant at an as yetto be determinded location before 2024. (Source: Baker Hughes, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Ekona Power, Chris Reid, CEO,; Baker Hughes, Jud Bailey, Inv. Rel., 281-809-9088,

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    Carbon-Neutral Petrochemical Plant Planned for Grand Prairie (Ind. Report)
    Northern Petrochemical Corporation
    Date: 2021-11-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, Calgary-based Northern Petrochemical Corporation report it plans to invest $2.5 billion in a carbon-neutral ammonia and methanol production facility in the Greenview Industrial Gateway, in Grand Prairie, Alberta. The plant will be a first of its kind in Canada.

    The Greenview Industrial Gateway offers carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), rail transportation and access to significant natural gas feedstocks. (Source: CBC, Northern Petrochemical Corporation, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Geoff Bury, President and CEO, (403) 993-4450,,

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    Aussie PM Creates $1 Bn CCS, Low-Emissions Support Fund (Int'l.)
    COP26, Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) has announced a $1 billion ($738 million US) investment fund to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other emerging low-emissions technologies.

    The fund, which is expected to attract more than $500 million ($369 million US) in industry matching funds, would be administered by the government-owned green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. that was established to increase investment in the clean energy sector.

    Australia is a major greenhouse gas emitter and among the world's largest coal and liquid natural gas exporters. The government is aiming to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 and the reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 10 Nov., 2021)

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    Mass. DPU Updating Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) reports it is finalizing the plan to update lighting efficiency and energy efficiency guidelines for utility-supported programs that provide incentives to reduce energy use. Massachusetts requires utilities to develop energy efficiency programs and to set regular goals for the Mass Save program to help reduce emissions.

    The changes, which are backed by the state's Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, would scale up the Mass Save program to provide homeowner incentives to install thermal heating pumps and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to reduce the use of natural gas, heating oil and other fossil fuels.

    The program, which calls for reaching consumers -- including renters, low- and moderate-income households, immigrants with limited English skills and small businesses -- who traditionally don't participate in such programs. The program is funded by a surcharge on utility bills as well as proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Mass. Department of Public Utilities, Statehouse Reporter, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Mass. Dept. of Public Utilities, 617-305-3500,

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    Xebec Expands RNG, Hydrogen Footprint (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Xebec Adsorption
    Date: 2021-11-08
    Montreal-headquartered Xebec Adsorption Inc. is reporting acquisition of Henderson, Colorado-based UECompression (UEC), a designer and builder of custom air and gas compressor solutions for power generation, industrial, and energy applications.

    The acquisition enables Xebec to expand production of standardised renewable gas systems and optimises the company's manufacturing footprint, bringing European gas generation products such as Hy.GEN to the US. It also increases the Cleantech Service Network coverage to include Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North & South Dakota, and Nebraska.

    Xebec is a global provider of clean energy solutions for renewable and low carbon gases used in energy, mobility and industrial applications. The company specializes in deploying a portfolio of proprietary technologies for the distributed production of hydrogen, renewable natural gas, oxygen and nitrogen. (Source: Xebec, Website PR, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Xebec Adsorption Inc., Brandon Chow, Dir. Investor Relations, 450.979.8700 ext 5762,,; UECompression, 303-515-8600,

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    SoCalGas Opens 16th Public RNG Fueling Station (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In the Golden State, L.A.-based Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is reporting the opening of its sixteenth public renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in Menifee, The new fueling station will exclusively offer renewable natural gas (RNG), a clean, sustainable fuel made from methane that would otherwise be emitted from landfills, dairy farms, and other waste sources.

    The use of RNG as a transportation fuel in California has increased 177 pct over the last five years. In 2020, over 92 pct of natural gas trucks in California were fueled by RNG, displacing 1.83 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the SoCalGas release.

    SoCalGas noted it is currently working with the SunLine Transit Agency to test two technologies that will produce hydrogen from RNG at SunLine Transit Agency's hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called "H2 SilverSTARS," will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine's fleet of 21 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.

    SoCalGas is the largest gas distribution utility in North America to set a net-zero emissions target that includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, Website, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: SoCalGas,

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    Developing Resource-Efficient Agriculture with Biogas (Report Attached)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2021-11-08
    "As Europe is preparing for a winter of uncertainty regarding natural gas supplies while setting the pace towards climate-neutrality, the availability of domestic renewable gas to meet energy demand is in the hotspot. Among these renewable gases, biomethane production is scaling-up and the sector is exploring the potential of alternative sustainable feedstocks to support this objective.

    "A recent article published by Ghent University in collaboration with the EBA and Consorzio Italiano Biogas (CIB) shows that with appropriate innovations in crop management, sequential cropping (a practice currently mainly implemented in Italy) could be applied as feedstock for biomethane production in different agroclimatic regions of Europe, contributing to climate and renewable energy targets."

    Access the European Biogas Association report HERE . (Source: European Biogas Association, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, +32 24 00 10 89,,

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    China Accounts for 31 pct of Global CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
    Global Carbon Project
    Date: 2021-11-05
    According to a Global Carbon Project 2021 report, China, which recovered more quickly from the economic consequences of the pandemic than the rest of the world, was responsible for 31 pct of CO2 emissions in 2020. If 2021 trends continue, a further increase in global emissions in 2022 cannot be ruled out, especially if road traffic and air traffic return to their pre-pandemic levels and coal consumption remains stable. The energy sector and industry are responsible for the sharp rise in CO2 emissions in China, according to the report.

    Globally, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels fell by 5.4 pct in 2020 because of the Corona measures. However, the new report forecasts a 4.9 pct increase this year. Emissions from coal use are projected to be above 2019 levels in 2021, but still below the 2014 peak. Natural gas use emissions are also projected to rise above 2019 levels in 2021, continuing an upward trend that has persisted for at least 60 years. Only CO2 emissions from petroleum will remain well below 2019 levels in 2021.

    The Global Carbon Project forecasts a 7.6 pct increase in EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 compared to 2020, which would leave emissions 4.2 pct lower than in 2019. The People's Republic of China has already been responsible for 25 pct of global CO2 emissions since 2007.

    To have a 50 pct chance of stopping global warming at 1.5 degrees, humanity's remaining global CO2 budget has shrunk to 420 billion metric tons, according to the Global Carbon Project, and would be depleted in 11 years if CO2 emissions remain at 2021 levels, according to the report. (Source: Global Carbon Project, Munich Eye, 5 Nov., 2021) Contact: Global Carbon Project, +61-2-6246 5631,,

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