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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,  


PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
Date: 2019-07-01
In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG),  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Greenlane Wins $3.4Mn Vancouver RNG Biogas Contract (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Biogas,Fortis
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned Burnaby, British Columbia-based subsidiary Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $3.4 million-dollar biogas upgrading contract for a Metro Vancouver municipal wastewater treatment facility. Work is slated to begin immediately for a mis 2020 completion.

    The facility will produce clean Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for injection into the gas distribution network owned and operated by FortisBC, the local gas utility.

    Greenlane's "water-scrubbing" gas purification technology uses no chemicals or heat to cleans impurities and CO2 from biogas to produce high-purity biomethane, suitable for injection into the natural gas grid and for direct use as vehicle fuel. (Source: Greenlane Biogas, PR, July,2019) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, salesna@greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Dev., 604-576-7000, www.fortisbc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  Fortis,  


    Chevron, California Bioenergy to Produce Biomethane

    Date: 2019-06-26
    Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Bioenergy announced a joint investment in a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a vehicle fuel in the state. The holding company, CalBioGas, secured funding from Chevron to build infrastructure for dairy biomethane projects in California’s San Joaquin Valley, adding to the investment from dozens of dairy farmers. Manure storage on dairy farms results in the release of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. CalBio brings technology, operational experience and capital to help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert this methane to a beneficial use as renewable natural gas. The dairy biomethane projects are designed to send dairy biogas to a centralized processing facility, where it will be upgraded to RNG and injected into the local gas utility’s pipeline. The RNG is then marketed as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and eventually off-road and farm equipment. (Source: Transport Topics, 24 June, 2019)


    Sempra Releases 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report (Ind. Report)
    Sempra Energy
    Date: 2019-06-26
    San Diego-based Sempra Energy reports release of its Delivering Energy With Purpose 2018 corporate sustainability report outlining the company's clean energy, environmental, social and governance performance and investments in energy infrastructure in North America.

    The report covers the company's efforts to build infrastructure to connect customers to renewable energy supplies including energy from solar, wind, battery storage and renewable natural gas. Sempra's operating companies also have a number of programs that aim to enhance electric reliability and energy efficiency.

    According to the report, the company expects to play a leadership role in the worldwide shift away from coal toward lower-emissions natural gas through the development of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure projects in North America.

    Download Sempra's Delivering Energy With Purpose -- 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report HERE. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, NewsWire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Sempra Energy, Dennis V. Arriola, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jeff Martin, CEO (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Energy,  


    Notable Quote -- "Volkswagen Committed to Paris Climate Agreement"
    VW,Volkswagen
    Date: 2019-06-26
    "Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group's electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective.

    "Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centers. Refueling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas." -- Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group

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


    UK Sourcing More Green Than Fossil Fuel Energy (Int'l Report)
    National Grid UK
    Date: 2019-06-24
    In the UK, the National Grid is reporting 48 pct of the country's electricity is now being sourced from wind and solar, 47 pct from natural gas and coal with the remaining 5 pct being generated by biomass.

    National Grid notes it is the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It also notes the majority of energy imported from Europe this year has also come from carbon free sources, at an estimated 63 per cent. The bulk of this has come from nuclear power stations in France. Imported power coming from greener sources is only set to increase with the UK seeking to acquire more energy from hydropower generators in Norway. (Source: National Grid UK, BBC, The Parliamentary Review, 22 June, 2019)Contact: National Grid UK, John Pettigrew, CEO, ttps://twitter.com/nationalgriduk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  National Grid UK,  


    CalBio, Chevron Partner on Dairy Biomethane Projects (Ind Report)
    CalBioGas
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the Golden State, Visalia-headquartered California Bioenergy LLC and oil giant Chevron are reporting a joint investment in CalBioGas LLC, a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a transportation fuel in compliance with California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

    CalBio will help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert methane into renewable natural gas (RNG). Chevron will fund as many as 18 digesters across three geographic "clusters" in Kern, Tulare and Kings counties. The three clusters of digesters have been awarded California Department of Food and Agriculture grants which must be augmented with additional capital to complete the projects. (Source: California Bioenergy, PR, Chevron, Renewable Energy, 20 June, 2019) Contact: CalBioEnergy, N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, 559-667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  California Bioenergy,  Chevron,  Biogas,  Methane,  Biomethane,  


    Global Methanol Market to Surpass $91.53Bn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
    Polaris Market Research
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Methanol Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, anew study from Polaris Market Research, estimates the global methanol market could reach $91.53 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 9.8 pct during the forecast period.

    The report provides an extensive analysis of present market dynamics and predicted future trends. In 2018, the natural gas feedstock segment dominated the market, in terms of revenue. In 2018, North America accounted for the majority share in the global market.

    Methanol is one of the largely produced chemicals in bulk by making use of feedstock such as natural gas and coal. Approximately 200,000 kilo tons per day of methanol is being consumed for the production of various chemicals or as transportation fuels. The global methanol industry is anticipated to witness moderate growth rates during the forecast period due to maturity in direct gasoline blending and moderating growth rates of MTO projects, especially arising from the Northeast Asia, according to the report.

    Request a reports sample HERE. Browse a report summary and other report details HERE. Contact: Polaris Market Research, (Source: Polaris Market Research, May, 2019) Contact: Polaris Market Research, (646) 568-9980, sales@polarismarketresearch.com, www.polarismarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


    Kinetrex Touts Indiananapolis Landfill RNG Plan (Ind. Report)
    Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy is reporting it will capture landfill gas -- methane from the city of Indianapolis South Side Landfill and processes it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. The facility will be the company's first renewable natural gas (RNG) plant although it already fuels its trucking customers with gas purchased from other states.

    The company estimates estimates that the RNG produced by the Indianapolis plant will replace more than 8 million gallons of diesel fuel.

    Kinetrex Energy supplies a portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline natural gas, and renewable natural gas energy solutions in the Midwest. It serves customers in the transportation, commercial, industrial, agricultural, gas utilities, power generation, asphalt, and commercial and industrial markets, as well as churches, hospitals, and schools. (Source: Kinetrix Energy, Lakeshore Public Radio, 14 June, 2019)Contact: Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, Pres., CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  


    CO2 Emissions Rise at Fastest Rate since 2011 (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Oil industry giant British Petroleum's (BP) just released 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy -- in its 68th year of publication -- notes that as energy consumption has grown, greenhouse gas emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which account for around two-thirds of total emissions, rose by 2 percent in 2018 -- equivalent to driving an extra 400 million combustion engine cars onto the world's highways.

    According to the report, energy consumption growth was driven by natural gas, which contributed more than 40 pct of the increase. All fuels grew faster than their 10-year averages, apart from renewables, although renewables still accounted for the second largest increment to energy growth.

    The report found the rapid increase in carbon emissions was at least partially due to the sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating. China, the US, and India together accounted for more than two-thirds of the global increase in energy demand, with US consumption expanding at its fastest rate for 30 years.

    Download the BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, Digital Journal, June, 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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


    Williams Joins One Future to Cut Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
    Willioams,Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Tulsa, Okloahoma-headquartered midstream giant Williams reports it has become the 17th member of the Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition (One Future), a Houston-based natural gas industry-led organization dedicated to voluntarily achieving meaningful reductions in methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

    In August 2018, Williams and other members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America pledged to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations. The companies pledged to achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions to 1 pct or less of total natural gas production by 2025. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines. (Source: Williams, Kallanish Energy, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Williams, Alan Armstrong, CEO, www.williams.com; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, 202-216-5900, www.aga.org

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


    Devon Cutting Natural Gas Production Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Devon Energy
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-headquartered Devon Energy Corp. is reporting it plans to further cut methane emissions from its U.S. oil and natural gas production sites by at least 12.5 pct in six years. For 2018, the company's methane intensity rate was an estimated .32 pct which is now expected to be cut to .28 pct or less by 2025, according to the company release. The company release also noted that employee and top-level executive compensation levels will be tied to meeting its new methane reduction goals. (Source: Devon Energy, The Oklahoman, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Devon Energy, Dave Hager, CEO, (405) 235-3611, www.devonenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Devon Energy,  Methane Emissions,  GHGs,  Natural Gas,  


    Notable Quote -- Natural Gas "Bridge" Fuel Questioned
    Natural Gas,Oil Change International
    Date: 2019-06-12
    "Gas is not a viable bridge fuel toward a carbon-free energy system and is one of the 'dumbest partners' in energy generation alongside renewable."

    "Gas is not a transition or bridge fuel, it is an old dirty fuel from the 20th century and we need a real transition to renewable. There is no way the world can achieve the Paris goals if we keep adding more oil, coal, and gas to the system." -- Gregg Muttitt, Oil Change International Think Tank, Green News.ie, June, 2019) Contact: Gregg Muttitt, (202) 518-9029 , greg@priceofoil.org, www.priceofoil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Fuel,  ,  


    Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2019-06-03
    "In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

    "There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

    "Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

    "The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Renewable Energy in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
    Sustainable Pittsburgh
    Date: 2019-06-03
    "In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

    "There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

    "Just recently, a bipartisan group of state senators announced legislation that would update Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include a target of 30 pct energy from Tier 1 renewable sources by 2030. This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 600, is growing in support and has a House companion bill, House Bill 1195.

    "Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

    "The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Notable Quote -- Natural Gas on the Road to a Low-Carbon Economy
    Natural Gas
    Date: 2019-05-31
    "Research tells us natural gas can only become a 'bridge' fuel to the needed, lower-carbon economy if appropriate policy is enacted. Otherwise natural gas expansion is predicted to slow renewable energy growth." -- Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., Sustainable Pittsburgh Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh,(412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Low-Carbon Economy,  


    UPS to Purchase 170Mn Gallon Equivalents of RNG (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp., UPS
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Atlanta-headquartered logistics company UPS reports an agreement with Newport Beach California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG, aka biomethane) through 2026 -- the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the US with a range of 22.5 -- 25 million gallon equivalents per year.

    RNG is a key part of UPS's strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40 pct of total ground fuel purchases by 2025, supporting the the company's efforts to reduce the absolute GHG emissions of its ground fleet 12 pct by 2025.

    UPS has used more than 28 million gallons of RNG in its ground fleet since 2014. Since 2009, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.(Source: UPS, PR, 28 May, 2019) Contact: UPS, Mike Casteel, UPS Director of Fleet Procurement, (404) 828-6000; Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO, Ashley White, Corporate Sustainability, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels Corp.,  UPS,  RNG,  


    Capstone, Gess Ink Biogas, RNG Marketing Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine ,Green Energy Sustainable Solutions
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) are reporting a joint marketing agreement to further the awareness of biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG).

    GESS is presently developing biogas projects across the US. Each project will produce 550,000 MMBtu worth of RNG to be directly injected into the national natural gas pipeline infrastructure. Under the new national account agreement, GESS would purchase a total of approximately $53 million of Capstone product. (Source: GESS, Capstone Turbine, Bioenergy Insight, 21 May, 2019)Contact: GESS International, (888) 662-4333, www.gessinternational.com; Capstone Turbine, Jim Crouse, VP Marketing, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  RNG,  Biogas,  Green Energy Sustainable Solutions,  


    Xcel Energy Recognizes Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Minneapolis-headquartered utility Xcel Energy reports it recently recognized 52 Minnesota businesses for their efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The Efficiency Partner awards, recognized the contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to conservation programs in 2018.

    Xcel offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. The rebates submitted by these 52 companies saved Xcel Energy customers over 81 gWh of electricity and 127,000 dekatherms of natural gas -- equivalent of powering 7,665 homes for a year. (Source: Xcel Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    Xcel Energy Utility to be Coal-Free by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Further to our April 1 coverage, Minnesota's largest utility, Xcel Energy reports that subject to Minnesota PUC approval, it plans to close its two remaining coal-fired power plants -- the Allen S. King plant in Oak Park Heights, Minn., and the Sherco 3, plant in Becker, Minn. -- 10 years earlier than previously announced. The two are the largest greenhouse gas, carbon-emitting sources on Xcel's system. The company's Monticello, Minnesota nuclear power plant will be kept online until 2040.

    Xcel's broader energy plan includes extending the life of the Monticello nuclear plant, continuing to rely on natural gas power plants and increased focus on renewable energy sources. (Source: Xcel Energy, MPR News, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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    ABC Decries Indiscriminate RFS Refinery Exemptions (Ind. Report)
    American Biogas Council
    Date: 2019-05-24
    The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's continued attempts to erode the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the indiscriminate granting of small refinery "hardship" exemptions:

    "The continued issuance of small refinery exemptions undermines the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and imperils the ability of biogas and other renewable fuel producers to create new investments and jobs, especially in rural communities.

    "As a program, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works for the biogas industry. It has boosted American production of renewable fuels, brought new revenue streams to farmers and catalyzed investment in biogas systems. In fact, the number of biogas systems that have been built or upgraded to participate in the RFS has grown at a rate of 30 pct annually supplying valuable renewable fuel that can replace conventional natural gas. In the RFS, biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) related projects represent the fastest growing sector of the RFS and are therefore critical to addressing the gap between the congressionally mandated fuel volumes and the EPA-lowered fuel volumes.

    "But the recent management of the RFS program, in particular, the Administration's frequent issuance of small refinery ("hardship") exemptions has killed demand in this market-based program and is now impeding growth, development, infrastructure investments and the creation of quality American jobs. The prevalent issuance of exemptions has created the impression that any refinery can get one. As a result, small refineries and some larger ones, both in growing numbers, have stopped purchasing biogas hoping that each one might also be granted an exemption by the Administration to not comply with this congressionally mandated program. Due to the volume of fuel that most biogas systems produce, a large proportion of biogas systems sell to small refineries.

    "The Administration must dramatically slow the issuance of small refinery exemptions (SREs) to small refineries and stop granting SREs to large or unqualified refineries. Indiscriminate and frequent issuance of SREs undermine the integrity of the RFS and imperil economic prosperity and energy security. The Administration needs to follow the law that Congress passed." (Source: American Biogas Council, PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact: ABC, Patrick Serfass, Exec. Dir., (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel,  American Biogas Council ,  Biogas,  


    Barbados Pursuing Bioenergy to Meet Renewables Goals (Int'l)
    Barbados
    Date: 2019-05-22
    According to the Barbados Advocate, the Bridgetown-based non-profit organization Design Council SIDS, the island nation can play a leading role in the adoption and use of bioenergy. That's according to Industrial Designer Mark Hill as he revealed that they are in the process of commissioning a 250-kilowatt Chicken Manure Biogas Plant in St. Lucy, and plans for a plastics-to-energy project, as well as a 1 MW biogas facility for food waste and a 1.5 MW ryngas project on the island.

    "We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable. (Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill, www.facebook.com/designcouncilsids

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Renewable Energy,  


    Gasum Opens First Swedish LNG Filling Station (Int'l Report)
    Gasum Oy
    Date: 2019-05-22
    In Espoo, Finland, the Nordic energy company Gasum Oy, a major biogas producer and distributor, is reporting the opening of its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) biogas filling station in the city of Vasteras, central Sweden, where it also owns a biogas production facility. In the long term, the company plans to expand its Swedish filling station network to 50 outlets.

    Under the European Union's emissions reduction standards, CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30 pct by 2030. Sweden is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70 pct by 2030. (Source: Gasum,Regeringen.se, Europa, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Gasum Oy, Mikael Antonsson, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com/en/About-gasum/Information-about-Gasum/Gasum-in-brief

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  LNG news,  Biofuel news,  Liquified Natural Gas news,  


    Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
    Bioeconomy
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

    . The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute, phys.org, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute, www.esci.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Cioecoomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


    $3Mn Funding for BC Hydrogen Fueling Stations (Funding Report)
    HTEC
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and the provincial Government of British Columbia is reporting $3 million in funding for two North Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) hydrogen filling stations in that province. HTEC is building a hydrogen filling station network to support the rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles.

    HTEC will receive $2 million funding from NRC through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and $1 million from The Government of British Columbia through its Clean Energy Vehicle Programme.

    The funding is part of Canada's $182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. The investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure. (Source: HTEC, gasworld, May, 2019) Contact: HTEC, Colin Armstrong, CEO, (604) 904-0412, www.htec.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HTEC,  Hydrogen,  

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