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Kintrex Indianapolis Landfill RNG Plant Underway (Ind. Report)
Kinetrex Energy ,EDL North America
Date: 2019-11-08
Following up on our June 17th coverage, Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy reports work is underway on what the company claims will be the largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Indiana.

Kinetrex is working with Australia-based sustainable energy producer EDL and South Side Landfill of Indianapolis on the $25 million project that will process landfill methane into about 8 million gpy of RNG transportation fuel. The new RNG plant is expected to be fully operational in January, 2020. (Source: Kintrex Energy, Inside Indiana, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDL North America, Jim Grant, CEO, (517) 208-0743, www.edlenergy.com; Kintrex, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


I-80 Alt. Fuels Corridor Wins Federal Support (Funding Report)
Illinois DOT
Date: 2019-11-06
The Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting receipt of federal funding for an alternative fuel -- natural gas, electric vehicle -- corridor on Interstate 80 from New Jersey to the Iowa-Nebraska border.

The $70,000 in federal funds will be combined with $10,000 each from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The money will be used to identify gaps along Interstate 80 where fueling and charging facilities aren't available, and to help provide those options, according to the Illinois DOT release. (Source: Illinois DOT, Chicago 5, 2 Nov., 2019) Contact: Illinois DOT, www.idot.illinois.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  


$1Bn Chinese LNG Terminal Plan Announced (Int'l. Report)
Suntien Green Energy Company
Date: 2019-11-06
Hong Kong-headquartered independent natural gas distributor and wind energy developer Suntien Green Energy Company is reporting plans to construct a 5 mtpa, $1 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in northern China by 2023. The project is backed by the Hebei provincial government,

The project will initially incorporate 8, 200,000 cubic meter storage tanks and berthing for LNG tankers between 80,000 and 266,000 cubic meters, according to Kallanish Energy coverage. (Source: Suntien Green Energy Company, Kallanish Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Suntien Green Energy Company, www.marketscreener.com/CHINA-SUNTIEN-GREEN-ENERG-6782039/company

More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  


Clean Energy Fuels Announces Calif. RNG, CNG Contacts (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Fuels Corp
Date: 2019-11-06
In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting a major fueling infrastructure upgrade for trucks operating in the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach -- the country's largest maritime port complex.

Also in California, the company reports the City of Ontario has inked a 5-year RNG supply contract for roughly 3 million gallons of Redeem™; Nationwide Environmental Services, based in Norwalk, hasinked a 5-year maintenance and RNG supply contract for an anticipated one million gallons of Redeem; the Ccity of Sacramento has contracted for an expected 650,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel approximately 100 solid waste vehicles; Ruan Transportation Management Systems has contracted for an approximate 450,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel an additional 20 CNG tractors for its dairy operations; the City of Commerce has extended its operations and maintenance agreement for six years; and bus and rail service provider Omnitrans has signed a 5-year O&M agreement for two CNG stations that dispense an approximate 4 million gpy of fuel.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel with a network of approximately 540 stations across North America. The company builds and operates CNG and LNG stations and delivers more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, CEO, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


Pennsylvania Slashed Emissions 92 pct Since 1990 (Ind. Report)
Consumer Energy Alliance
Date: 2019-11-06
According to a Consumer Energy Alliance the Keystone State reduced its emissions by 92 pct since 1990, despite growing energy demand, production increasing by 11 times over, and an increase in natural gas plant processing 8 times between 2010 and 2017. Key findings of the study include:
  • 72 pct reduction in nitrogen oxides, a 92 pct decrease in sulfur dioxide, a 53 pct reduction in volatile organic compounds and a 17 pct drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Pennsylvanians spent $3,108 for their energy needs in 2016 with at 25.6 pct of their income going to energy expenses. Residents saved more than $30 billion owing to clean energy and energy efficiency programmes, according to CEA's Energy Savings Report for Pennsylvania report.

    Review study analysis HERE. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Nov., 2019) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, www.consumerenergyalliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Consumer Energy Alliance,  


  • Holland Fine-Tunes Climate Change Plan with Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Holland Michigan
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In Michigan, the city of Holland (pop. 35,000 +-) reports it is upgrading its Community Energy Plan -- the city's strategy to bring per capita GHG emissions down to 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita over 40 years.

    With the recent the decommissioning of the coal-powered James DeYoung power plant and the opening of the Holland Energy Park natural gas plant, the city has already cut emissions from 24 metric tons per capita in 2010 to an estimated 17 metric tons as of 2017. Moving forward the the city plans retrofitting all city buildings for better energy efficiency, replacing streetlights with LEDs to cut energy costs, further cutting the use of fossils fuels and increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and refining its Energy Plan to include:

  • reaching a total of 1,000 homes retrofitted through the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit program

  • growing capacity so that an additional 250 homes can be retrofitted annually

  • create local residential, commercial and industrial Energy Waste Reduction programs to replace expiring state programs

  • pilot and then study district heating at the Holland Civic Center to determine its effectiveness

  • achieve the highest rate of per-capita electric vehicle ownership in the state, twice the state average

  • draft a five-year plan for adapting the city's infrastructure for autonomous vehicles

  • secure a $3 million endowment for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

    If all interim goals for 2021 are met, the changes are predicted to bring CO2 emissions levels down to 15.75 metric tons per capita. With 82 percent of the city's electricity delivered to commercial or industrial facilities, Holland's business sector will be key to the continued progress toward its goals. (Source: City of Holland, Holland Sentinel, 3 Nov., 2019)

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


  • Vistra Announces CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
    Vistra Energy
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy is reporting its long-term emissions reduction targets to achieve a greater than 50 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2030 as compared to a 2010 baseline and a greater than 80 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2050 as compared to a 2010 baseline. The company also aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the same timeframe assuming necessary advancements in technology and supportive market constructs and public policy, according to a release. Since 2010 Vistra's combined power generation portfolio has decreased CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 31 pct, removing nearly 170 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere, according to the company which recently announced the anticipated retirement of approximately 2.5 GWs of coal assets in Illinois. The Illinois closure will further reduce the company's CO2 equivalents an additional 11 pct compared to a 2010 baseline.

    In total, since 2010, Vistra and its predecessor companies have retired, or announced plans to retire, nearly 13 GW of fossil generation, including 14 coal generation plants and 3 natural gas generation plants.

    Vistra notes it believes a national or regional, economy-wide carbon fee is the ideal public policy solution to appropriately incentivize investments in carbon-free and carbon-reducing technologies. (Source: Vistra, PR, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


    Energy Efficiency Key in Addressing Climate Emergency (Int'l.)
    Energy Savings Trust
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In the UK, London-headquartered Smart Energy GB has recently launched its Missing Piece Campaign highlighting energy efficiency as the missing element in the fight to mitigate against the effects of climate change. In particular, it notes that we will continue to be behind on the national target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without a greater stress on using less.

    The Missing Piece Campaign draws on Energy Saving Trust and University of Salford research stats, not least the fact that if every household took energy efficiency measures now, we could achieve 11 pct of the UK's 2050 carbon target.

    UK home energy consumption represents over a quarter of nationwide total energy use and efficiency could result in a 26 pct reduction in natural gas imports by 2030, worth £2.7 billion.

    A key focus of the report is bringing all the UK's homes up to energy performance certificate (EPC) band C by 2035 through reasonable measures like installing insulation and more efficient heating systems. Should the government invest in programmes to support these measures, analysis suggests this would be money well spent, with a £3.20 return in GDP for every £1 invested. (Source: Energy Savings Trust GB, Blog, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Savings Trust GB, +44 0 20 7222 0101, +44 0 20 7654 2444-fax, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk; Missing Piece Campaign, www.smartenergygb.org/en/missing-piece

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


    IEA Projects Offshore Wind Growth to $1Tn Bus. (Int'l Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2019-10-28
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting steep cost reductions and improved technology could make offshore wind central to the world's green energy power supply. Offshore wind could also be crucial to limiting temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius this century, and the avoidance of five to seven billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power sector globally.

    Offshore wind presently accounts for only 0.3 percent of global electricity generation, according to the IEA. Based on current and proposed policies, capacity is set to increase 15-fold over the next two decades, turning wind power into a $1 trillion business, according to the IEA.

    In Europe, offshore wind will soon beat new natural gas-fired capacity on cost and be on a par with solar PV and onshore wind. The UK today has the biggest capacity for wind power, but China is likely to have the largest offshore wind fleet by 2025. The industry is also growing in markets such as the United States, Taiwan and Japan. (Source: IEA, Reuters , Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Offshore Wind,  


    Dominion, Smithfield Foods Up Align RNG Investment (Ind. Report)
    Smithfield Foods, Dominion Energy
    Date: 2019-10-25
    Following up on our August 19 coverage, Richmond, Virginia-headquartered Dominion Energy Inc and meat processing giant Smithfield Foods Inc are reporting plans to will double their joint investment in their 2018 Align Renewable Natural Gas (Align RNG) joint venture anaerobic digestion project to the tune of $500 million through 2028.

    The two firms anticipate Align RNG will undertake RNG from hog methane projects outside of North Carolina, Virginia and Utah, where its initial projects are located, according to a release. The newly announced investment injection will support projects that could produce sufficient RNG for 70,000 or more households and businesses by 2029. (Source: Smithfield Foods, Dominion Energy, PR 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com; Smithfield Foods, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Align RNG, (833) 658-9396, www.alignrng.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Dominion Energy,  Smithfield Foods,  


    Vancouver, BC Landfill Approved for RNG Production (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC
    Date: 2019-10-25
    In British Columbia, Surrey-based regulated utility FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at the City's landfill in Delta. Construction of the biogas facility will get underway in 2020 and take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.

    The project aligns with the City of Vancouver's and FortisBC's shared commitment to develop more renewable energy and support the broader greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals outlined in the province's CleanBC strategy, according to the FortisBC release. "This new and substantial supply will bring us closer to our target of having 15 pct of our gas supply be renewable by 2030 -- a key deliverable within our 30BY30 Target to reduce our customers' greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct by 2030."

    FortisBC currently works with five RNG suppliers and owns and operates two RNG purification facilities on existing landfills. (Source: FortisBC, PR, CNW, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev. www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  RNG,  


    Growdiesel Supporting Indian Biofuel Industry Growth (Int'l.)

    Date: 2019-10-16
    Indian renewable fuels major Growdiesel, a provider of turn-key Bio-CNG, bio-PNG (Piped natural gas), green biodiesel and bio-fertilizer solutions to more than 20 state and federal government organizations, reports it is currently an advisor to the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise and the Skill Council for Green Jobs and will provide funds, equipment, and mentorship to help Indian students and business advance in the biofuels industry.

    The company holds more than 50 patents and has issued over 150 research papers on Biofuels. (Source: Growdiesel, PR, Digital Journal, 15 Oct. 2019) Contact: Growdiesel Ventures Ltd., +921 284 4166, www.instagram.com/growdieselventures, www.growdiesel.com


    CEA Reports Falling Empire State Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Consumer Energy Alliance
    Date: 2019-10-16
    The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) recently released analysis of U.S. government emissions data that looks at key pollutants and the overall environmental improvements seen across New York, shows that statewide emissions have fallen by as much as 95 pct since 1990 even as the state’s energy demand remained strong and natural gas usage surged.

    The analysis demonstrates to policy leaders and anti-development activists that the state's hastily passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) can ensure energy production and sound environmental stewardship at the same time. This policy plan came as New York had a marked increase in consumption from 2017 to 2018 in both residential and commercial end-users. These facts show, despite ideologically driven attempts to shame energy development, many of the emissions reductions are the fruit of ongoing innovation, technology and the increased use of natural gas and nuclear energy in the Empire State's energy mix.

    CEA's analysis found that from 1990 to 2017, New York's emissions of key pollutants have decreased across the board, with a: 73 pct reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx); 95 pct reduction in sulfur dioxide (SO2);13 pct reduction in volatile organic compounds (VOCs); and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 22 pct. The CEA analysis notes these reductions and improvements occurred while more than 78 pct of the state's energy needs were being fueled by oil and natural gas.

    This analysis follows CEA's Energy Savings Report for New York consumers, which found that families, small business and manufacturers across the state saved almost $30.9 billion thanks to low-cost energy over the past decade. This is essential for New York as one of the top five energy consuming states in the nation, where one in four households heat with oil and 40 pct of the state's electricity generation is powered by natural gas. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Website, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, Wendy Hijos, CEA NY State Director, Emily Haggstrom, (720) 582-0242, ehaggstrom@consumerenergyalliance.org, www,consumerenergyalliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumer Energy Alliance,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NIPSCO Seeks Massive Boost to Renewables Capacity (Ind. Report)
    NIPSCO
    Date: 2019-10-14
    In the Hoosier State, the Merrillville-based utility NIPSCO is reporting issuance of solar energy request for proposals (RFP)as it looks to retire coal-fired power generation by 2028 and replace it with renewables in keeping with its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 pct by 2030.

    NIPSCO, the largest natural gas provider and the second-largest electricity provider headquartered in Indiana, currently generates power from natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, purchased wind power and customer-owned renewables. The utility is specifically soliciting proposals for thermal energy, 300 MW of wind capacity, and 2,300 MW of solar or solar paired with storage. NIPSCO's RFP seeks to produce more solar than is reportedly currently installed in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin combined. (Source: NIPSCO, NWI.COM, 12 Oct., 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco-rfp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Energy Costs Must Rise Sharply to Avoid Climate Crisis (Int'l.)
    IMF,International Monetary Fund
    Date: 2019-10-14
    According to the Washington, DC-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), avoiding dangerous global warming-climate change will require world government's to impose stringent taxes on fossil-fuel usage -- equating to a 43 pct hike in household energy bills over the next decade. The IMF notes the battle against climate change could only be won if the average carbon tax levied by its member states increased from $2 to $75 a ton.

    IMF's economists show that a $75-a-ton carbon tax would also lead to an average 214 pct increase in the cost of coal and a 68 pct increase in natural gas. For the UK, the increases would be 157 pct for coal, 51 pct for natural gas, 43 pct for electricity and 8 pct for gasoline.

    The IMF said it was calling for a substantially higher carbon tax because the CO2 from fossil fuels accounted for almost two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions and was the most immediately practical to control. (Source: International Monetary Fund, Various Media, Guardian, Oct., 2019) Contact: International Monetary Fund, www.imf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Monetary Fund,  ,  Carbon Tax,  


    UPS Adding 6,000 CNG, RNG Vehicles to Fleet (Ind. Report)
    UPS
    Date: 2019-10-11
    In Atlanta, global delivery giant UPS is reporting plans to invest $450 million in the purchase of more than 6,000 CNG and RNG capable natural gas-powered trucks beginning in 2020 and running through 2022. The new vehicles will be equipped with CNG fuel systems provided Agility Fuel Solutions.

    Vehicles equipped with CNG fuel systems can interchangeably use RNG and conventional natural gas. UPS has agreed to purchase 230 million gallon equivalents of RNG over the next seven years, making the company the largest consumer of RNG in the transportation industry.

    Over the past decade, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel, advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations to help meet its target of reducing its global ground operations greenhouse gas emissions by 12 pct by 2025. (Source: UPS, PR, 9 Oct., 2019) Contact: UPS, 404-828-6000, www.ups.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPS,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Compressed Natural Gas,  RNG,  CMG,  


    Tobacco Giant PMI Aiming for 2030 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    Philip Morris Int'l.
    Date: 2019-10-11
    Lausanne, Switzerland-based diversified international tobacco industry giant Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) reports it aims to have all of its manufacturing facilities worldwide become carbon neutral by 2030.

    At its first carbon neutral plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, PMI implemented multiple projects to optimize its energy usage and reduce carbon emissions: upgrading utilities equipment, such as chillers and compressors, and facilitating heat recovery to optimize fuel use for heating purposes; installing a biomass boiler; procuring certified renewable electricity and offsetting natural gas carbon emissions with biogas certificates. To offset the remaining carbon emissions, PMI invested in Gold Standard certificates from climate protection initiatives.

    PMI is also pursuing initiatives to address the pressing climate challenge beyond its operations. For example, it is working with farmers and suppliers across its tobacco supply chain to lower the greenhouse gas emissions in the tobacco curing process by 70 percent by 2020 (vs. 2010) and to achieve zero-net deforestation of natural forest by 2025. PMI has also set and committed to science-based targets -- greenhouse gas emissions levels that science acknowledges as tolerable for the planet -- and to go beyond these in its operations by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

    Among its diversified portfolio, Philip Morris purchased General Foods Corp. in 1985 for $5.7 billion and Kraft Inc. in 1989 for $13 billion. Despite its move into foods, Philip Morris' tobacco business reportedly still accounts for 65 pct of its operating profit and 40 pct of its operating revenue.(Source: Philip Morris International, PR, 10 Oct., 2019} Contact: Philip Morris Int'l., Huub Savelkouls , Chief Sustainability Officer, +41 (0)58 242 5502, www.pmi.com/sustainability, www.pmi.com, www.pmiscience.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon-Neutral,  


    Qatar Commissions Region's Largest CCS Facility (Int'l. Report)
    Qatar
    Date: 2019-10-09
    In Qatar, the Ministery of State for Energy Affairs reports the commissioning of a previously unannounced carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility aimed at storing as much as 5 million tonnes of carbon from Qatar's liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities by 2025.

    According to the Ministry announcement, the 2.1 million tpy capacity facility is the region's largest such facility. (Source: Qatar Ministery of State for Energy Affairs, The Peninsula, Reuters, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs, www.gco.gov.qa › ministries › minister-of-state-for-energy-affairs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Qatar,  


    Monarch Bioenergy Extends RNG Marketing Contract (Ind Report)
    Element Markets Renewable Energy,Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Element Markets Renewable Energy (EMRE) reports Monarch Bioenergy -- a joint venture between Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) -- has awarded it a 5 - year contract as exclusive marketer for the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced at Monarchs biomethane production facilities in Northern Missouri.

    Monarch converts hog manure collected from Smithfield Hog Production farms in that state into RNG, while simultaneously delivering ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. Through this joint venture, all Smithfield company-owned finishing farms in Missouri will have the infrastructure to produce RNG.

    Monarch's next-generation manure-to-RNG project incorporates restorative prairie grass planting and harvesting techniques, in combination with methane captured from covered manure lagoons or digesters to create a steady supply of RNG. (Source: Element Markets Renewable Energy, Canadian Biomass, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: Smithfield Foods, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Element Markets Renewable Energy,  


    Ca. Clean Power Alliance Eyes Solar-Energy Storage Site (Ind Report)
    Clean Power Alliance
    Date: 2019-10-04
    In the Golden State, the Clean Power Alliance, the California government-run agency now responsible for supplying electricity to over 1 million homes and businesses in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, reports it is looking to Moorpark as the site of its first stand-alone battery solar energy storage facility. The exact location and developer of the facility have not been revealed.

    If constructed, the energy storage facility would enable the Alliance comprising 29 cities and two counties, to distribute electricity during peak-demand times and reduce the need for natural gas at night or on cloudy days, according to CPA.

    Required by state law to get 55 pct of their energy from renewable sources by 2025, all power companies in California are investing in solar storage. To date, CPA has executed three agreements, two for solar and one for hydroelectric. The projects, still under construction, are expected to go online between December 2020 and December 2022, according to CPA. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Oct., 2019) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Exec. Dir., www.cleanpoweralliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Alliance ,  Soar,  Energy Storage,  


    Solar, Wind Now Cheaper Than Coal, says IPPC (Ind. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-30
    According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial averages within this century -- the goal set by the Paris climate agreement -- the entire world would have to transition to 100 pct clean energy by the middle of the century -- a lofty goal. But up until now, clean energies haven't bee cost competitive in a market flooded with cheap natural gas, coal, and oil. But now, renewables that one needed financial incentives to be adopted at any serious scale, have fallen in price to the point that no government subsidies are required.

    Download the report HERE. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Yahoo Finance, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind ,  


    EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-09-30
    According to the recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report, despite renewable energy investment more than tripling globally during the current decade compared to the last 10-year period, most of the power delivered to the world's electric grids during the recent decade was from coal -- still the world's largest source of electricity, providing 38 pct of world electrical generation in 2018, about the same as 1997.

    The world spent about $2.6 trillion on renewable energy projects during the decade, over three times the amount spent from 2000 to 2009. Solar PV investments totaled around $1.3 trillion, and onshore and offshore wind investment totaled around $1 trillion. Globally, solar energy capacity increased by 638 GW between 2009 and 2019, while coal-fired capacity increased by 529 GW, wind capacity increased 487 GW, and natural gas capacity increased 436 GW. In 2018, $41 billion was invested in coal worldwide.

    China's spending on renewable electricity was the highest in the world at $758 billion from 2000 to the first half of 2019. The US was second with $356 billion, followed by Japan at $202 billion. The European nations spent around $698 billion on wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources, with Germany and the UK spending the most. It is expected that 330 GW of new wind power capacity will come online over the next five years, driven primarily by onshore wind power projects in the US and China. Investments in renewable power capacity in 2018, however, dropped 38 pct in China and by 6 pct in the US, while rising 45 pct in Europe.

    The report predicts that electric power demand for coal will fall to 17 pct of total generation by 2050. Moody's Investors Service predicts coal will represent 11 pct of total U.S. power generation by 2030 -- down from 27 pct in 2018. The over 50 pct drop in coal demand from utilities by 2030 implies that coal demand would decline by about 7 pct per year on average over the next 10 years.

    Download the US EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report HERE. (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  


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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methan,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    DOE Announces $110Mn Grant Funding for CCUS R&D (R&D Funding)
    US DOE,NETL
    Date: 2019-09-16
    The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $110 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects under three funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Approximately $75M is for awards selected under two FOAs announced earlier this fiscal year; $35M is for a new FOA.

    These FOAs further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening coal while protecting the environment. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for coal-fired energy sources or gas-fired power plants and other industrial sources to lower their CO2 emissions.

    Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 million for cost-shared R&D. The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.

    Under the second FOA award, Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment, DOE selected four projects to receive up to $20 million for cost-shared R&D. The projects also advance existing R&D by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer.

    Under the new FOA, , DOE is announcing up to $35 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will accelerate wide-scale deployment of CCUS through assessing and verifying safe and cost-effective anthropogenic CO2 commercial-scale storage sites, and carbon capture and/or purification technologies. These types of projects have the potential to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit for each ton of CO2 sequestered or utilized. The credit was recently increased to $35/metric ton for enhanced oil recovery and $50/metric ton for geologic storage.

    Projects selected under this new FOA shall perform the following key activities: complete a detailed site characterization of a commercial-scale CO2 storage site (50 million metric tons of captured CO2 within a 30 year period); apply and obtain an underground injection control class VI permit to construct an injection well; complete a CO2capture assessment; and perform all work required to obtain a National Environmental Policy Act determination for the site.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL) will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 13 Sept., 2019)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy. www.energy.gov/fe/foa-2058-front-end-engineering-design-feed-studies-carbon-capture-systems-coal-and-natural-gas, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  CCS,  US DOE,  CCUS,  CO2,  Office of Fossil Energy,  


    US Transit Buses Switching to Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
    American Public Transit Association
    Date: 2019-09-11
    The American Public Transit Association (APTA) reports the share of conventional diesel buses in public transit fleets dropped from 70 pct to 42 pct and were replaced with alternative fuels -- CNG, LNG, Biodiesel -- and advanced hybrid drive-trains powered vehicles in 2017 and 2018.

    In the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018, natural gas and diesel hybrid drive-trains have replaced the greatest share of diesel buses followed by biodiesel, propane, hydrogen and electric. (Source: American Public Transportation Association, 2019 Public Transportation Fact Book, Washington, DC, April 2019, Green Car Congress, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: American Public Transit Association, (202) 496-4324, www.apta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CNG,  


    Efficiency Projects Cut School's Energy Use 43 pct (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In Montana, Kalispell Public Schools is reporting completion of approximately $4 million in energy efficiency and energy saving projects. The upgrades included switched out approximately 29,000 fluorescent and halogen bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs for a 43 pct reduction in energy usage across the school district. Other projects included water efficiency retrofits, HVAC improvements; boiler and domestic hot water heater replacements, and others. The upgrades delivered a nealy 15 pct reduction in natural gas usage, an 18 pct drop in electrical demand and a 13 pct water usage, excluding irrigation, by 21 pct.

    Projects were completed under Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) and funded through zero-interest U.S. Department of Education Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, grants, rebates and some district funds. The projects were completed by energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco. (Source: Daily Inter Lake, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  


    PetroBio Converting Tomato Grower from Nat Gas to Bioenergy (Int'l.)
    PetroBio,Maartens
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Goteborg, Sweden-based engineering company PetroBio reports it has been commissioned to convert the energy production at the Dutch tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato in Groningen from natural gas to renewable bioenergy. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by the year end.

    According to PetroBio, its "traditional market has been mainly the Nordic countries but since merging with the Belgian biofuel company VYNCKE in January 2018 the opportunities to take market shares in Europe have increased significantly." Via VYNCKE's European customer base PetroBio were able to establish contact with the Dutch pellet manufacturer Maartens and the tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato. Maartens is responsible for funding and contracting the entire combustion equipment. The project is partly financed by the Dutch government as part of the incentive programme to encourage businesses to switch from combusting natural gas to biofuels. The plant in Holland is planned to be up and running at the end of 2019. (Source: PetroBio, Energy Global, 4 Sept., 2019) Contact: PetroBio AG, +46 31 335 49 50, www.petro.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maartens,  PetroBio,  Natural Gas,  Biogas,  Wood Pellet,  


    Rice Univ. Researching CO2 As Fuel Feedstock (New Prod & Tech)
    Rice University
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Houston, researchers at Rice University report they've developed a cleaner and more efficient process to turn CO2 into a feedstock for chemicals and fuel -- including ethanol and propanol -- for electric power generation without using oil, natural gas or coal. Researchers developed an electrolyzer that uses carbon dioxide and electricity from renewable sources to produce purified, high concentrations of formic acid, a feedstock in the petrochemical industry for various products.

    Typically, producing liquid fuel with an electrolyzer is costly and energy-intensive, since the process requires mixing CO2 in a liquid electrolyte, such as salty water, to conduct electricity. At the end of the reaction, the salts have to be removed from the end product, which takes more energy and money. The Rice research team was able to eliminate the need for the salt by using solid, highly conductive fibers to conduct the electricity. As a result, the end product is a purer fuel and cheaper to produce.

    Using CO2 to produce liquid fuels could allow more power to be stored in less space. Formic acid can produce 1,000 times the energy of the same volume of hydrogen gas. Similarly, the process can provide a use for excess energy generated by renewable energy sources, providing the electricity to power the electrolyzer to create fuels. In essence, the excess energy is being stored as a new product. The electrolyzer could also be used to create ethanol and propanol fuels. (Source: Rice University, Houston Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Rice University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer Haotian Wang, Lead Researcher, 713-348-0000, htwang@rice.edu, chbe.rice.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Rice University,  Alternative Fuel,  Ethanol,  Propanol,  


    Ervia, Equinor Ink Carbon Capture & Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
    Equinor,Ervia
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Dublin, the Irish state utility company Ervia reports it has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian firm Equinor -- f.k.a. Statoil -- to undertake research on the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

    Under the MoU, Eriva will work with Equinor and the Norwegian Government's wider "Northern Lights" project which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, this would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and exported via ship to be permanently stored in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea.

    Ervia, previously known as Bord Gais or Bord Gais Eireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fiber services in Ireland. (Source: Business Irish, Ervia, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300www.ervia.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Bord Gais,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Brazil Ups Tariff-Free Ethanol Imports Quota (Int'l Report)
    Ethanol, Brazil
    Date: 2019-09-04
    Reporting from Sao Paulo, the Brazilian government reports it has renewed and increased the size of its tariff-free ethanol imports quota to a limit of 750 million lpy (198 million gpy) for a one year period. Imports above the quota are subject to a 20 pct import duty.

    In 2018 Brazil imported 1.7 billion liters of ethanol, primarily from the U.S., surpassing that years quota. Imports this year have also surpassed the quota, reaching 991 million liters from January to July, according to Brazil's National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) oil and fuels regulator. (Source: ET Auto, ANP Brazil, Brazil Reuters, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: ANP Brazil, www.anp.gov.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Unica,  


    Big Oil Opposes Trump's Proposed Methane Rule Rollback (Ind Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-08-30
    The Trump administration reports it will loosen Obama era federal rules on methane, a significant contributor to the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Although shorter-lived than CO2 and is not emitted in as large amounts, methane is roughly 80 times more damaging to the atmosphere than CO2.

    The proposed rule will reverse standards enacted under President Barack Obama that require oil and gas operations to install controls on their operations to curb the release of methane at the well head and in their transmission equipment, including pipelines, processing and storage facilities.

    Despite EPA estimates the proposed changes would save the oil and natural gas industry between $17 million and $19 million a year, Shell, Exxon, BP and other major fossil fuels players are opposing the proposed rollback and urging the current standards be kept in place. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Wash. Post, 29 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  


    Vectren's RFP Responses Dominated by Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Vectren
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Evansville, Indiana-based Vectren reports its "all-source" request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to 700 MW of power has received approximately 100 proposals for various means of energy generating capacity. The RFP was issued in consideration of the company's intention to close its coal-fired A.B. Brown plant in Posey County and most of its F.C. Culley plant in Warrick County by 2023.

    According to the company's website, solar and wind generation dominated the proposals. Other proposals included combining solar power with energy storage technology. The utility originally sought to replace the coal-burning plants with an 850-MW natural gas-fueled combined cycle but the proposal was nixed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission which suggested Vectren consider various combinations of less expensive alternatives such as renewable energy sources. (Source: Vectren Website, Evansville Courier & Press Published , 23 Aug., 20190 Contact: Vectron, 800-227-1376, www.vectren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren,  Renewable Energy,  


    ComTech Snares Alt. Fuels Dispenser Specialist Kraus Global (M&A)
    Comtech Energy, Kraus Global
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Toronto-based compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure developer ComTech Energ reports acquisition of a controlling interest in Winnipeg-headquartered alternative fuels dispenser manufacturer Kraus Global Ltd.

    ComTech designs, builds and maintains CNG fueling infrastructure across Canada under the "Swift Fuel Solutions" moniker,

    Kraus designs and manufactures transportation fuel dispensers, components and electronics for various types of alternative fuels. More than 6,000 Kraus dispensers have been installed in over 30 countries around the world. (Source: ComTech Energy, Yahoo, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: ComTech Energy, www.comtechenergy.ca; Kraus Global, www.krausglobal.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG,  Alternative Fuels,  


    German H2 Fueling Station, Power-to-Gas Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
    Wind2Gas Energy
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In Germany, Winde2Gas Energy is reporting the roll out of the first wind-to-gas hydrogen (H2) refueling station in the town of Brunsbuttel, Schleswig-Holstein, The station can refuel up to 80 hydrogen cars daily.

    The new Brunsbuttel hydrogen fuel station is funded with €1,022,667 ($1,147,176 +-) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

    The town of Brunsbuttel also hosts the first plant in Schleswig-Holstein to feed green hydrogen into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wind2Gas Energy, Linde, Hydrogen Fuel News, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wind2Gas Energy, Tim Brandt, Managing Director, +49 (0)4852 83 76 976, info@w2g-energy.de, www.w2g-energy.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Winde2Gas Energy,  Hydrogen,  


    Align RNG Plant Construction Underway in N. Carolina (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods,
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. report their joint venture Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project construction is underway in Duplin and Sampson counties, North Carolina. When fully operational, the plant will be the state's largest such facility and will generate sufficient power for than 3,500 homes.

    Align RNG is a multi-state JV that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into RNG to power homes and businesses. The project will include as many as 19 area farms.

    This is the first manure-to-energy project to begin construction under Align RNG since the joint venture was announced in late 2018. Additional projects are planned in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, and are projected to produce suficient energy to power 14,000 homes and businesses. (Source: Smithfield Foods, PR,Dominion Energ, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com; Smithfield Foods,Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Align RNG, (833) 658-9396, www.alignrng.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Dominion Energy,  Smithfield Foods,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    French Energy Major Joins Nat. Carbon Capture Center (Ind. Report)
    National Carbon Capture Center
    Date: 2019-08-16
    The U.S. DOE National Carbon Capture Center reports French energy major player TOTAL has joined its ranks. TOTAL is the second major oil and gas producer to sponsor the center -- following ExxonMobil in 2018. Active in more than 130 countries, TOTAL produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity.

    The National Carbon Capture Center serves as a neutral research and testing facility to advance technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based power plants.

    Through the evaluation of over 60 technologies, the Center has already reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil generation by one-third, according to the Center which is currently adding infrastructure to expand testing of carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plants.

    National Carbon Capture Center partners include DOE and its National Energy Technology Laboratory, American Electric Power, ClearPath, the Electric Power Research Institute, ExxonMobil, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Peabody Energy and Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.

    The National Carbon Capture Center is operated by the Southern Company and to date has worked more than 30 organizations from seven countries to evaluate and scale up emerging carbon capture technologies. (Source: National Carbon Capture Center , PR, AAAS, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: National Carbon Capture Center, John Northington, Dir., Marc Willis, (202) 586-3628, marc.willis@hq.doe.gov, www.nationalcarboncapturecenter.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  National Carbon Capture Center,  TOTAL,  Carbon Capture,  


    Bioenergy DevCo Finds RNG, AD Operations Expansion Funding (Funding)
    Bioenergy DevCo,
    Date: 2019-08-14
    Columbia, Maryland-based anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities developer Bioenergy DevCo is reporting receipt of its first institutional investment of $106 million from Newlight Partners LP.

    Bioenergy DevCo has more than 200 worldwide plants that create renewable natural gas (RNG) and soil fertilizers. The new funding will be used to expand its North American AD projects and RNG operations, according to a company statement. (Source: Bioenergy DevCo, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Bioenergy DevCo, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, Peter Ettinger, VP Bus, Dev., www.bioenergydevco.com; Newlight Partners LP., Mark Longstreth, (347)344-8399

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy DevCo,  anaerobic digestion,  


    TVA ups nuclear output, cuts carbon
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Date: 2019-08-06
    ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it’s completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions. The Times Free Press reports modifications to reactors at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama added power and expanded service to almost 300,000 more homes. CEO Jeff Lyash said the upgrades, coupled with increased use of solar power, will help TVA reduce carbon emissions by 70% of 2005 levels by 2030. The newspaper reports solar energy is a small part of TVA’s overall generation. Although nuclear power is expected to produce about 40% of TVA’s electricity, its plan for the next 20 years shows about 15% of power will still come from coal and 20% from natural gas. (Source: TVA, AP, WVVA, 6 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA news,  


    Ameresco Advocates for Renewable Natural Gas (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2019-08-02
    In testimony at recent EPA hearings on 2020 Renewable Fuel Volume Standards and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), Framingham, Mass.-based RBG developer and renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. Senior Project Manager Jeff Stander noted -- "We strongly encourage the EPA to set the 2020 cellulosic biofuel RVO to account for at least 650 million gallons of RNG."

    Stander led the 2018 development of Ameresco's RNG production facility at the Woodland Meadows Landfill in Canton, Michigan and was one of several industry experts representing the RNG Coalition at the EPA public hearing on July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, for the EPA's proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2020, according to the release.

    Ameresco has developed 39 beneficial use projects involving biogas at wastewater treatment plants and landfills, including three RNG facilities in Arizona, Michigan and Texas that participate in the RFS program. The RNG facilities generate D3 Cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and provide transportation fuel that is injected into the natural gas pipeline grid.

    Since 2014, the EPA has recognized the use of RNG to meet fuel volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). RNG makes up more than 95 pct of the renewable fuel used to meet the RFS cellulosic biofuel requirement, according to the Ameresco release. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 31 July, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Jeff Stander, Senior Project Developer, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  RNG,  RFS,  


    North American RNG Market Surpasses 100 Facilities (Ind. Report)
    Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In Sacramento, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) is reporting the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry has reached the "100 facility benchmark" with the recent addition of three operational facilities -- a 150 pct growth over the past five years from the 41 projects built between 1982 and 2014. (Source: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Johannes Escudero, CEO, (916) 588-3033, info@rngcoalition.com, www.rngcoalition.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas ,  


    SocalGas Unveils Country's Largest RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    SocalGas,Calgren
    Date: 2019-07-31
    SocalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, reports the completion of the Calgren dairy renewable natural gas facility in Pixley. The natural gas facility, developed in partnership with Calgren Dairy Fuels, is the first of its kind in California. SocalGas has provided Calgren with a $5 million incentive, authorised by the California PUC to support the project.

    Calgren will collect cow manure from four dairy farms and process it using an anaerobic digesters to produce methane emissions which will then be used to produce transportation fuel. The digesters in the Calgren project are partially funded under California's Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme, which aims to reduce GHG emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms. California currently has about 30 operational dairy RNG projects and 50 under development.

    A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SocalGas, SmartEnergy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SocalGas,  Calgren,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    RNG Producer AMP Americas Raises $75Mn for Expansion (Funding)
    AMP Americas
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Chicago-based AMP Americas, a clean-tech startup that turns cow manure into renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation fuel, reports it has raised another $75 million for construction of two new facilities that would double its RNG production capacity. Solid location and ground breaking dates have not been disclosed .

    At its existing facilities, AMP produces 5 million gpy of biodiesel from waste processed at nearby dairy farms. The new plants will allow AMP to produce almost 5 million additional gallons.

    In addition to this new $75 million investment, AMP recently closed on an investment by an unnamed infrastructure investor as part of a recapitalization and sold its 20 ampCNG fueling stations to American Natural Gas for $41 million. It also launched an operating services business and expanded its RNG marketing and risk management business.

    AMP was the first company to bring dairy RNG to market and is the only producer delivering dairy renewable natural gas to California trucking fleets, including UPS, under the low-carbon fuel standard, according to AMP. (Source: AMP Website, Crains, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, info@ampamericas.com, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax., www.ampamericas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AMP Americas,  RNG,  CNG,  


    Brightmark Energy Acquires Wisconsin Dairy Biogas Project
    Brightmark Energy,CLean Fuel Partners
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Following up on our 8th April coverage, San Francisco-based renewable energy development company Brightmark Energy reports the purchase of a 90,000 gpd dairy waste anaerobic digester project in Dane County , Wisconsin, from Clean Fuel Partners. Clean Fuel Partners will continue its work on the project by providing operations and maintenance support.

    The Dane County facility is the first such facility in the United States designed to receive biogas from multiple off-site locations and connect that renewable gas with RNG stations locally and across the nation.

    When fully operational the project is expected to produce sufficient renewable natural gas (RNG) to replace at least 50,000 MMBtu of conventional natural gas each year.(Source: Brightmark, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, (415) 689-8395, info@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com; Clean Fuel Partners, John Haeckel, Founder and CEO, (608) 957-7995, info@cleanfuelpartners.com, www.cleanfuelpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark Energy,  anaerobic digester,  Clean Fuel Partners,  


    Bright Biomethane Opens First North America Office (Ind. Report)
    Bright Biomethane
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Netherlands, Enschede-headquartered membrane separation biogas to biomethane upgrading systems specialist Bright Biomethane is reporting the opening of its first North American office in NYC, NY.

    Bright Biomethane North America will supply biogas upgrading systems with membrane separation technology for the refining of biogas from biomass to biomethane, and is working on the first five renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, all of which being realized in the Northeast of the U.S. (Source: Bright Biomethane, PR, Cdn. Biomass, Others, June, 2019) Contact: Bright Biomethane, Herman Klein Teeselink, CEO, +31 53 460 9088, info@brightbiomethane.com, www.brightbiomethane.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Biomethane,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


    Georgia Power Plan Boosts Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Kallanish Energy reports Georgia state regulators have approved Georgia Power's plan to expand renewable energy generation and develop up to 80 MW of energy storage, while closing 5 coal-fired units at 2 power plants. Georgia Power will also invest in five hydropower projects and retire three other hydro dams under the 20-year plan. The plan calls for 2,260 MW of new capacity from wind, solar and biomass, increasing those resources to 22 pct of its overall generation capacity, increasing to 5,380 MW -- 72 pct -- by 2024.

    Southern Company-owned Georgia Power notes that 25 pct of its power production is presently coal fired down from 52 pct in 2005. Natural gas produces 45 pct of power, up from 27 pct in 2005. (Source: Georgia Power, Kallanish, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Georgia Power, Allen Reaves, VP, Senior Production Officer, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Fall (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-07-17
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reported to be forecasting a 2.2 pct decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019, due primarily to fewer emissions from coal consumption while natural gas CO2 emissions increase and petroleum CO2 emissions remain virtually unchanged.

    For the remainder of 2019, EIA expects relatively mild forecast temperatures will keep energy demand and resulting energy-related CO2 emissions below 2018 levels. Accordingly, the agency forecasts CO2 emissions from coal will decrease by 169 million metric tonnes (MmMmt) in 2019, the largest decrease in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015.

    On the other hand, natural gas CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 53 Mmmt, largely due to forecast changes in the electric power generation mix as natural gas continues to grow as the most prevalent electricity generation fuel. Power generation consumes nearly 92 pct of the coal used in the U.S..

    EIA also projects CO2 emissions from petroleum consumption, which have risen every year for past six years, will be virtually flat in 2019. Petroleum accounted for 45 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. (Source: Energy Information Administration, Kallanish Energy, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide Emissions,  EIA,  


    AEP Utilities Seeking 1,485 MW New Wind Generation (Ind Report)
    American Electric Power,Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
    Date: 2019-07-17
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports two of its companies -- Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) -- are seeking regulatory approvals for the approximate $2 billion purchase of three Oklahoma wind projects totaling 1,485 MW.

    The projects, under development by Invenergy, include a 999 MW facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287 MW facility being built southwest of Enid and a 199 MW facility being built south of Alva. Collectively, the three facilities would provide more than 5.7 million MWh of new wind energy annually to serve customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

    AEP notes it recently added 724 MW of wind and battery generation to its contracted competitive portfolio and has proposed adding more than 9,100 MW of new wind and solar generation and nearly 2,300 MW of new natural gas generation to its regulated power plant fleet by 2030. (Source: AEP, NA Windpower, 16 July, 2019)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, www.psoklahoma.com; Southwestern Electric Power Co., www.swepco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    San Mateo Reviewing Green Building, Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
    San Mateo,Green Building
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In the Golden State, the city of San Mateo (pop. 105,000 +-) is considering new construction energy efficiency incentives to encourage new construction developers to electrify their buildings, install solar panels, expand EV charging capacity and other initiatives in an effort to increase energy efficiency, cur energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.

    For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.

    The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.

    If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019) Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building

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


    Notable Quote -- "Natural Gas Has Its Place"
    Natural Gas
    Date: 2019-07-08
    "Natural gas has its place on the road to less carbon-intensive energy options. It's a necessary transition phase until renewable energy sources and carbon capture and storage (CCS) become commercially viable for large-scale implementation." -- Professor Francesco Cherubini, NTNU Trondheim - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Natural Gas,  Climate Change,  

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