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ExxonMobil Touts Carbon Capture Material (New Prod. & Tech.)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-07-27
Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new material that could capture more than 90 pct of CO2 emissions from natural gas-fired power plants, using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

Laboratory tests indicate the patent-pending materials -- tetraamine-functionalised metal organic frameworks -- capture CO2 emissions up to six times more effectively than conventional amine-based carbon capture technology.

By manipulating the structure of the metal organic framework material, the team of scientists and students demonstrated the ability to condense a surface area the size of a football field, into just one gram of mass -- about the same as a paperclip -- that acts as a sponge for carbon emissions, according to the release.

"Through collaborations with strong academic institutions and national labs like UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, we are developing a portfolio of lower-emissions energy solutions. This provides yet another example of one of the many new materials ExxonMobil is researching to reduce CO2 in the production of energy," according to the release. (Source: ExxonMobil, Smart Energy, 26 July, 2020)Contact: ExxonMobil www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Global Gas Flaring Jumps to 2009 Levels (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2020-07-27
Estimates from satellite data indicate that global gas flaring increased to levels not seen in more than a decade, to 150 billion cubic metres (bcm), or an equivalent to the total annual gas consumption of sub-Saharan Africa. The data was released by the World Bank-managed Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR), which comprises governments, oil companies, and international institutions working to end routine gas flaring at oil production sites around the world. The data shows that the 3 per cent rise, from 145 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2018 to 150 bcm in 2019, was mainly due to increases in three countries, including the United States (up by 23 pct), Venezuela (up by 16 pct0 and Russia (up by 9 pct).

Gas flaring, the burning of natural gas associated with oil extraction, takes place because of technical, regulatory, and/or economic constraints. It results in more than 400 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions every year and wastes a valuable resource, with harmful impacts to the environment from un-combusted methane and black carbon emissions. (Source: World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, This Day, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org › programs › gasflaringreduction

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emissions news,  World Bank news,  


Meridiam, Sevana Bioenergy Partner on Biogas Project (Ind. Report)
Sevana Bioenergy
Date: 2020-07-24
Paris headquartered global investment firm Meridiam and Larkspur, California-based Sevana Bioenergy are reporting an agreement to develop an existing 2011-vintage biodigester project in Twin Falls, Idaho. The plant presently produces renewable electricity through the anaerobic digestion of dairy manure that is delivered to the grid under a power purchase agreement with Idaho Power.

Sevana Bioenergy will serve as the development partner, service provider, and long-term co-investor of the project, the second phase of which is expected to start in Q3 -- upgrading the facility to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel to be marketed under the renewable fuel standard ( RFS) programmes in the federal and California market.

Meridiam is a global investor and asset manager specialized in developing, financing and managing long-term public infrastructure projects. Founded in 2005, Meridiam invests in public infrastructure in Europe, North America and Africa, according its website. (Source: Meridiam Website, July, 2020) Contact: Sevana Bioenergy, info@sevanabioenergy.com, www. sevanabioenergy.com; Meridiam ,+33 1 53 34 96 99, 212 798 8690 -- NY Office, www.meridiam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG news,  Biogas news,  Sevana Bioenergy news,  


Greenlane Finance to Provide Biogas, RNG Support (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Biogas
Date: 2020-07-24
Barnably, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables is reporting a definitive joint venture agreement with the Paris-based SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWEN), to provide "biogas upgrading as a service" to developers and owners of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in Europe.

The joint venture -- Greenlane Biogas Finance B.V. -- will "remove the burden of ownership" on Greenlane's clients by allowing them to replace initial capital outlays with a monthly fee. With capital provided by SWEN, the joint venture is expected to accelerate deployment of Greenlane's biogas upgrading systems and assist in the decarbonisation of Europe's gas sector. (Source: Greenlane, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; SWEN Impact Fund for Transition, +33 1 40 68 17 17, contact@swen-cp.fr, www.swen-cp.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane,  Biogas ,  


Boris Launches Jet Zero Council to Cut Airline Emissions (Int'l.)
UK PM Boris Johnson
Date: 2020-07-24
In London, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a new Jet Zero Council to tackle aviation emissions as part of his government's £350-million ($445.4 million) plan for the UK to meet its net zero by 2050 goal.

The Jet Zero Council will bring together the government, environment sector and aviation and aerospace industry experts to work towards an ambition of the first-ever zero emission long-haul passenger plane.

The UK government's overall net zero by 2050 funding package will support the transition from natural gas to clean hydrogen power; scaling up carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology; a drive towards the use of innovative materials in heavy industry; support for advanced new building techniques; state of the art construction techniques; research and development for the automotive sector, and others. (Source: Various Media, Economic Times India, 22 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


USDA $10Mn Grant to Support AD, RNG Development (Funding Report)
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2020-07-22
A recently announced five-year, $10 million grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural will allow the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural reGenerative Enterprise (C-CHANGE) research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel and develop new value chains on US farms, with emphasis on renewable natural gas (RNG).

C-CHANGE researchers are developing new ways for farmers to produce RNG that could be used as an energy source both on and off farms. The project focuses on anaerobic digestion (AD) and new separation technologies, allowing biogas to be upgraded to RNG and distributed through the gas pipeline network.

The project director on the transdisciplinary and multi-institutional grant is Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State. According to Schulte Moore, the consortium will develop methods for farmers to make more efficient use of resources. (Source: USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural, PR, July, 2020)Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, (314) 729-0055, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Anaerobic Digestion,  RNG,  


Vietnam Coal Consumption Growing (Int'l. Report)
Vietnam
Date: 2020-07-20
Vietnam posted the highest growth in coal consumption among the top 10 global consumers last year, when the country consumed 2.07 exajoules of electricity from coal-- up 30.2 pct year-on-year, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, This makes Vietnam the 10th largest consumer of coal in the world behind China, India and the U.S.

Although Vietnam's coal imports surged to a record high in the first half of the year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has ruled out construction of new coal-fired power plants after 2030, when it will prioritize the use of renewable energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG). (Source: VNExpress, 20 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal news,  


Global Methane Emissions Hit Record High (Ind. Report)
Methane Emissions,Stanford University
Date: 2020-07-17
A report from Stanford University has found global methane emissions have risen to the highest levels on record. Between 2000 and 2017, levels of the potent greenhouse gas barreled up toward pathways that climate models suggest will lead to 3 -- 4 degrees Celsius of warming before the end of this century.

In 2017, the last year when complete global methane data are available, the Earth's atmosphere absorbed nearly 600 million tons of methane which is 28 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat over a 100-year span.

More than half of all methane emissions now come from human activities. Annual methane emissions are up 9 pct -- 50 million tpy -- from the early 2000s, when methane concentrations in the atmosphere were relatively stable. In terms of warming potential, adding this much extra methane to the atmosphere since 2000 is akin to putting 350 million more cars on the world's roads or doubling the total emissions of Germany or France.

Throughout the study period, agriculture accounted for roughly two-thirds of all methane emissions related to human activities; fossil fuels contributed most of the remaining third. However, those two sources have contributed in roughly equal measure to the increases seen since the early 2000s.

Methane emissions from agriculture rose to 227 million tons in 2017, up nearly 11 pct from the 2000 -- 2006 average. Methane from fossil fuel production and use reached 108 million tons in 2017, up nearly 15 pct from the earlier period.

Methane emissions rose most sharply in Africa and the Middle East; China; and South Asia and Oceania, which includes Australia and many Pacific islands. Each of these three regions increased emissions by an estimated 10 to 15 million tpy during the study period. The U.S. followed close behind, increasing methane emissions by 4.5 million tons, mostly due to more natural gas drilling, distribution and consumption, the report notes. (Source: Stanford University News, 14 Jul, 2020) Contact: Stanford University, Rob Jackson, Department of Earth System Science, (650) 497-5841, rob.jackson@stanford.edu, www.stanford.edu

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


Natural Gas Utilities Support Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
American Gas Association
Date: 2020-07-17
Natural gas utilities invested $1.47 billion -- $3.8 million per day -- in energy efficiency programs in 2018, according to a new report by the American Gas Association (AGA).

According to the report, natural gas utilities funded 132 natural gas efficiency programs in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 for a total investment of $1.47 billion -- an 8 pct jump from 2016 and a 20 pct increase from 2012. This includes programs to install tighter-fitting windows and doors, better insulation, and purchase more efficient natural gas appliances. One-quarter of their budget was spent on low-income efficiency programs, assisting over 214,581 participants in 2018. Further, more than 66,000 commercial customers and 72,000 industrial program customers were enrolled in natural gas efficiency programs that year.

Download AGA Natural Gas Efficiency Programs details HERE. (Source: American Gas Association , Website, 13 July, 2020) Contact: American Gas Association, Karen Harbert, CEO, 202-824-7000, www.aga.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Gas Association news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Gevo Raises $18Mn on Upsized Public Offering (Ind. Report)
Gevo
Date: 2020-07-15
Englewood, Colorado based Gevo, Inc. reports it has closed the previously announced public offering of an aggregate of 30,000,000 shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents), together with accompanying warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 30,000,000 shares of common stock, at a public offering price of $0.60 per share and accompanying warrant.

The gross proceeds of the offering were $18.0 million, before agent's fees and other offering expenses, will be used for general corporate purposes.

Gevo is commercializing the next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel with the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity, according to the company website. (Source: Gevo Website, July, 2020) Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  


DOE Announces $11.5Mn for FLExible CCS Program (Ind. Report)
DOE ARPA-E
Date: 2020-07-15
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has announced $11.5 million in funding for 12 projects as part of Phase 1 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program. FLECCS project teams will work to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes that better enable technologies, such as natural gas power generators, to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment.

FLECCS project teams are developing CCS retrofits to existing power generators as well as greenfield systems that intake fossil carbon-containing fuel like natural gas or bio-gas and output electricity. FLECCS Phase 1 teams will design, model, and optimize CCS processes that enable flexibility on a high-VRE grid. Later in the program, teams that move to Phase 2 will focus on building components, unit operations, and prototype systems to reduce technical risks and costs.

In FLECCS Phase 2, up to $31 million in additional funding will be available for teams. At the conclusion of the Phase 1 period, teams will be down-selected based on an engineering design review and the projected economic impact of their Phase 1 projects on a future electricity grid. Selected teams will move on to receive additional funding, further develop their technologies and address Phase 2 challenges.

Download a sampling of FLECCS projects and details HERE. (Source: US DOE ARPA-E, July, 2020) Contact: ARPA-E, Lane Genatowski, Director, arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE ARPA-E,  CCS,  


Greenlane Supply PSA Systenm to Brazilian Ethanol, RNG Project (Int'l)
Gleenlane
Date: 2020-07-15
Burnaby, B.C.-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a Cdn. $2.4 million ($1.8 million US) contract to supply its pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system to Brazilian sugar mill operator and ethanol producer Grupo Cocal for this first-of-its-kind renewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The Greenlane supplied system will process and upgrade biogas created from the anaerobic decomposition of byproducts from Cocal's sugar refining and ethanol production process into clean RNG. The RNG will be used, in part, to displace diesel fuel in Cocal's commercial operations and vehicle fleet and provide a clean low-carbon supply of RNG for the local gas grid. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc., 8 July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; Grupo Cocal, www.cocal.com.br

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


Biogas Can Meet 33 pct of Turkey's Annual Power Needs (Int'l. Report)
Ege University
Date: 2020-07-10
In Izmir, Turkey, the Ege University Biomass Energy Systems and Technologies Application and Research Center's (BESTMER) recently released Energy Potential Assessment (BEPA) 2020 report has found that biomass energy theoretically has the potential to meet almost one-third of Turkey's yearly electric power consumption.

The study showed that since Turkey has approximately 17 million cattle, it could procure almost 120 million tpy of cattle manure waste which, if fully utilized as biogas, could produce nearly 4 pct of the country's annual natural gas production. "When a variety of biomass sources are taken into accounts, such as agricultural and municipal waste along with cattle and poultry waste, biomass (biogas) offers very high potential to meet one-third of Turkey's annual electricity consumption", the report notes.

BESTMER, which received nearly TL 6.85 million ($1 million) and TL13.5 million in grant funding from the Izmir Development Agency and Presidency of Strategy and Budget respectively, carries out R&D on technological innovations, implementation, planning, strategy and policy development, consultancy and training on the country's biomass energy resource potential, according to its website. (Source: BESTMER, Anadolu Agency, Daily Sabah, 10 July,2020) Contact: BESTMER, Ege University Biomass Energy Systems and Technologies Application and Research Center, www. bestmer.ege.edu.tr/eng-10619/our_projects.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Biogas news,  


Decarbonizing Shipping: All Hands on Deck Launched (Ind. Report)
Shell Oil
Date: 2020-07-10
The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, Deloitte Netherlands and Deloitte UK have released their Decarbonizing Shipping: All Hands on Deck report -- a roadmap to decarbonize maritime shipping.

The report investigates alternative fuels such as biofuels, liquefied natural gas, and hydrogen, to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations and calls for the maritime shipping industry to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while reducing CO2 emissions intensity by at least 40 pct by 2030, rising to 70 pct by 2050, relative to a 2008 baseline.

To that end, the research report found that industry stakeholders should prioritize five solutions over the next few years -- scale-up customer demand; global regulatory alignment; cross-sector R&D; scale-up controlled pilot projects; coordinated industry commitment. The report also notes reducing emissions from the current fleet can be partially achieved by implementing operational measures such as lubricant quality, digitalization, and the use of data and smart navigation strategies.

Download the Decarbonized Shipping Shipping: All Hands on Deck report HERE (Source: SHELL, July, 2020) Contact: SHELL, www.shell.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Oil,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  


Report Investigates Marine Alternative Fuel Options (Ind. Report)
Shell Oil
Date: 2020-07-10
‎ Decarbonizing Shipping: All Hands on Deck, a recently released report from petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell, Deloitte Netherlands and Deloitte UK investigates the use of biofuels, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and other alternative in helping the maritime shipping industry meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations and ambitions calling for the shipping industry to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while reducing CO2 emissions intensity by at least 40 pct by 2030, rising to 70 pct by 2050, relative to a 2008 baseline.

The report also notes reducing emissions from the current fleet can be achieved by implementing operational measures such as lubricant quality, digitalization, and the use of data and smart navigation strategies.

Download the Decarbonized Shipping Shipping: All Hands on Deck report HERE (Source: SHELL, July, 2020) Contact: SHELL, www.shell.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Shell Oil,  Alternative Fuels,  IMO,  Marine Fuel,  Biofuel,  


Clariant Catalysts Power Ineratec's Green Fuel Tech (Int'l.)
Ineratec,Clariant
Date: 2020-07-10
Munich-headquartered Clariant reports it is partnering with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) spin-out Ineratec to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

Clariant will provide catalysis expertise to support Ineratec's gas-to-liquids process that combines hydrogen generated from renewable power, with CO2 to form CO2-neutral synthetic hydrocarbons and fuels. The technology relies on Clariant's catalysts to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals, fuels, and additives -- Clariant's HyProGen® R-70 produces renewable syngas via reverse water-gas-shift -- an essential step in the conversion of 'green hydrogen' and CO2 to 'green fuels' and Clariant's signature methanol catalyst, MegaMax® to generate renewable methanol which can be used as fuel additive, solvent, or as raw material for 'green chemical'. For the production of renewable synthetic natural gas (SNG), the catalyst METH® 134 supports the efficient hydrogenation of CO2 to methane, according to CLariant. (Source: Clariant News, Website, 8 July, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Stefanie Nehlsen, Global Trade Media Relations, +41 61 469 63 63, www.clariant.com; Ineratec, +49 721 864 84460, www.ineratec.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Syngas,  Sustainable Fuel,  


Romania Investing €12.5Bn in Energy, Decarbonization (Int'l.)
Romania
Date: 2020-07-08
In Bucharest, the Romanian Government reports it plans invest an estimated €12.5 billion in the National Energy System for the period 2020-2025. (€1 = 4.84 RON). Among the sectors being funded:
  • Green energy -- onshore and offshore wind parks (2x300MW) RON 4.6bn; new hydropower production capacities RON 1.6 billion;

  • RON 15.69 billion for State controlled natural gas provider Romgaz's gas turbine power plants , development of offshore projects in the Black Sea, methanol plant in partnership with private companies.

  • RON 7.2 billion for restructuring and decarbonization plan 2020-2025;

  • Increased nuclear power production capacity with at least one unit by 2030 and extending the life of Unit 1 by 30 years;

  • RON 1.175 billion for a proposed Romgaz natural gas-to-methanol production unit. (Source: Gov. of Romania, Energy Review, 6 July, 2020) Contact: ROMGAZ, www.romgaz.ro

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Methanol,  Decarbonization,  


  • Portland, S. Portland Call for 100 pct Renewables (Ind. Report)
    City of Portland,South Portland
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Maine, the city of South Portland and the city of Portland are reporting the continuance of their One Climate Future, a comprehensive action plan to advance shared municipal energy priorities, including preparation for an eventual phasing out natural gas use and requiring more sustainable and renewable heating options.

    As previously reported, the two cities' joint Municipal Energy Priorities 2020 aims for increasing data-gathering on energy use in privately owned buildings, and upgrading the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code requiring builders to meet higher standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. The cities have also committed to using only renewable energy for municipal operations by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct citywide by 2050. (Source: City of Portland, Herald-News, July, 2020) Contact: City of South Portland, Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director, www.southportland.org; City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685, www.portlandmaine.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Portland,  South Portland,  Renewable Energy,  


    Portland, S. Portland Tout Climate Action Partnership (Ind. Report)
    City of Portland,South Portland
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Maine, the city of South Portland and the city of Portland are reporting the continuance of their One Climate Future, a comprehensive action plan for both cities shared municipal energy priorities, including preparation for an eventual phasing out natural gas use and requiring more sustainable and renewable heating options.

    As previously reported, the two cities' joint Municipal Energy Priorities 2020 plan aims for increasing data-gathering on energy use in privately owned buildings, and upgrading the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code requiring builders to meet higher standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. The cities have also committed to using only renewable energy for municipal operations by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct citywide by 2050. (Source: City of Portland, Herald-News, 6 July, 2020) Contact: City of South Portland, Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director, www.southportland.org; City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685, www.portlandmaine.gov/475/City-Manager

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Portland,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    U.S. Gain Completes Jerseyland Dairy RNG Project Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-07-01
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), reports that after only eight months their digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is now transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market.

    The anaerobic digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy has been operational since 2011, initially converting waste from the farm's 4,000 herd of Jersey cows to renewable power. U.S. Gain purchased the farm's digester in September of 2019 and made the upgrades needed for fuel production. Gas collected at the facility is taken through a complex processing system that results in RNG comprised of 99.5 pct methane. The facility recently obtained project certification from the California Air Resources Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency

    A key partner to U.S. Gain throughout the project was Nacelle Solutions, a leader in developing gas clean-up equipment specifically designed for the RNG industry. "Methane recovery was maximized through additional processing capabilities in the upgrade portion of the plant, specifically a third stage membrane process. The more plants we do, the more efficient and streamlined we become, enabling speed to market with reliable results," explained Nacelle's Co-Founder, Gov Graney.

    Nacelle provides innovative technology solutions and 24/7/365 operations and service ensuring a high level of performance and success. Since inception, Nacelle has executed 150+ different projects with an average throughput of 2000 scfm (~3 million scf per day) of processed gas. Nacelle is committed to gas conditioning technologies and service that meet the complex and evolving demands of the energy and biogas industries. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 29 June, 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation , slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Nacelle Solutions, Gov Graney, (855) 622-3553, info@nacellesolutions.com, www.nacellesolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  Methane,  


    Greenlane Claims Biogas Upgrading Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-01
    British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America, has inked $20.6 million (Cdn) in new supply contracts using Greenlane's Pressure Swing Adsorption biogas upgrading system.

    At $17.1 million (Cdn), the first contract is for the supply of biogas upgrading and related equipment to an as yet unidentified multi-location dairy farm cluster in California. Greenlane's systems will create clean renewable natural gas (RNG) for injection into the local gas distribution network, owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

    The second contract, worth $3.5 million , is part of the same cluster but is subject to final financing approval. Greenlane confirmed the name of the purchaser is being withheld at this time. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanerenewables.com

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


    EU MEPs Call for Renewables, Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee have outlined their strategy for renewable energy, 'green' hydrogen, and energy storage, all of which play a crucial role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

    The Committee calls on the EC and member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities.

    MEPs also highlight the potential of hydrogen produced from renewable sources ("green hydrogen" ) and call on the EC to continue supporting research into and development of a hydrogen economy. The EC should also assess if retrofitting gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen is possible, as the use of natural gas is only of a transitional nature.

    The committee also supports the EC's efforts to create European standards for batteries and to reduce dependence on their production outside of Europe. The EU's heavy dependence on importing raw materials from sources where extraction degrades the environment should be reduced through enhanced recycling schemes and by sourcing raw materials sustainably, possibly in the EU.

    Finally, MEPs propose ways to boost other storage options, such as mechanical and thermal storage, as well as the development of decentralized storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems. The EC estimates that the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonized economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or "green" hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply for European citizens." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, July, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Hydrogen,  


    TEP Touts Clean Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035.

    The 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, supported by efficient natural gas fired generators and energy storage systems the retirement of TEP's remaining coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years. Key IRP elements include:

  • 2,457 MW of new wind and solar power systems, including 457 MW that will be coming online over the next year.

  • 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.

  • A proposal to ramp down and ultimately retire two units at the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032.

  • Eliminating the use of surface water for power generation and a 70 pc treduction in groundwater use.

  • Continued support for energy efficiency programs to reduce usage and peak power demands.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release.

    Download the TEP 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, HERE. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • CNOOC Reports First Carbon-Neutral LNG Shipment (Int'l. Report)
    CNOOC,Shell
    Date: 2020-06-24
    CNOOC Gas & Power, China's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, is reporting the purchase of the first of two carbon-neutral LNG shipments under a purchase and supply agreement with Shell. The purchase was offset by carbon credits through nature-based projects in China, Kallanish Energy reports.

    The inaugural agreement kick-starts the sale of carbon-neutral LNG through an online trading platform, which the Shanghai exchange described as a "global innovation." (Source: Shanghai Oil and Gas Exchange, Kallanish, 23 June, 2020) Contact: CNOOC Gas & Power, www.cnooc.com.cn

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    Northern Ireland GHG Statistics Show Steady Decrease (Int'l.)
    Northern Ireland
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently released statistical bulletin on greenhouse gas emissions for Northern Ireland (NI) outlines slight decreases for period 1990-2018.

    In 2018, Northern Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 19.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent -- a decrease of 2 pct compared to 2017. The longer term trend showed a decrease of 20 pct compared to the base year 1990.

    The largest sectors in terms of emissions in 2018 were agriculture at 27 pct, transportation with 23 pct, and power generation at 15 pct. The largest decreases, in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), were in the energy supply, waste management and residential sectors.

    The decreases were driven by improvements in energy efficiency, fuel switching from coal to natural gas, which became available in the late 1990s, and the introduction of methane capture and oxidation systems in landfill management. Northern Ireland accounted for 4 pct of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018.

    Details are HERE. (Source: DAERA, Farming Life,23 June, 2020) Contact: DAERA, www.dera-ni.gov.uk

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    New Tech Converts CO2 to Renewable Natural Gas (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric , Opus 12
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and clean-tech startup Opus 12 are reporting further advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the CO2 content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). Opus 12's proprietary Polymer Electrolyte Membrane electrolyzer uses electricity to convert water and CO2 into renewable natural gas in one step.

    While current biogas-upgrading technology removes the CO2 from biogas, this new technology captures the CO2 and converts it into additional renewable fuel. The new demonstration shows that improved catalyst activity could speed reactions by five times and nearly double conversion efficiency, making the technology commercially competitive with other new biogas upgrading methods, according to the release.

    The 12-month R&D effort was funded by SoCalGas and PG&E, and builds on an initial 2018 feasibility study. (Source: PG&E, Market Screener, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Southern California Gas Co., (909) 307-7070, www.socalgas.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  Southern California Gas ,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  Opus 12 ,  


    SoCalGas, UCSB Tout Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    SoCalGas, Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced completion of two joint energy efficiency projects that will save UCSB 66,000 therms per year of energy -- equal to removing about 350 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Both projects were part of California's joint Energy Efficiency Partnership between state universities and investor-owned utilities. Over the last five years, SoCalGas has supported 184 energy-efficiency projects, saving university campuses 6,000,000 therms of energy -- a $6 million savings -- and providing more than $6,300,000 in incentives through this state program.

    The first of the two UCSB projects began in 2018 as part of the university's high opportunity projects and programs (HOPP's) initiative. SoCalGas and Southern California Edison co-funded the project which investigated how best to update two important laboratories at the university.

    The utilities conducted an energy management plan to document and list the savings, costs and measures to implement an energy efficient system. The utilities identified multiple measures to reduce energy consumption in the building's lighting and HVAC systems by installing occupancy sensors, wireless thermostats and low-power LED lights. The campus also added high efficiency dedicated natural gas boilers to each building. A new chilled water system including a cooling tower, and pumps were also installed. The project resulted in natural gas savings of 60,959 therms, and the university received an incentive from SoCalGas of $152,000.

    UCSB also installed an ozone laundry system to support its laundering of uniforms and sports gear for the university's athletic department which was eligible for a rebate from SoCalGas in the amount of $5,850 and will save the university about 5,880 therms of energy. (Source: SoCanGas, PR, Noozhawk, 19 June, 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000, www.ucsb.edu

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    U.S. Gain Completes Testa Produce NG Fueling Station (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Appleton, Wisconsin based U.S. Gain is reporting completion of a private natural gas fueling station at Testa Produce Inc's headquarters in Chicago. The new modular station will supply alternative fuel for the company's fleet of 40 natural gas delivery vehicles.

    The use of natural gas as an alternative fuel significantly reduces transportation-related emissions, improves air quality, and delivers economic savings, according to the release.

    U.S. Gain is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable energy for the transportation and energy markets. Over the past 10 years, U.S. Gain has diversified throughout the renewable natural gas (RNG) supply chain -- investing in and managing development projects at farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants; generating, trading and monetizing clean fuel credits under the RFS, LCFS and CFP programs; designing, building and operating alternative fueling stations, both private and a public GAIN Clean Fuel network. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 15 June, 2020) Contact: Testa Produce, www.testaproduce.com; U.S. Gain, Ross Finlan, Business Development Manager, Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, 920.381.2190; Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Natural Gas,  Alternative Fuel,  


    The European Green Deal -- In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport (Int'l. Ind. Report Attached)
    European Biogas Association ,Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The attached document from the European Biogas Association (EBA) and the Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) illustrates the current and potential uptake of biomethane in the transportation sector.

    According to the document, 17 pct of biomethane is used today to fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in 25 pct of Europe's refueling network, resulting in a 35 pct reduction of emissions when compared to conventional fuels -- the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels, with greater potential when coupled with renewable gas. The report notes 117 terawatt-hours of renewable gas could be distributed as transport fuel as bioCNG and bioLNG by 2030 -- 40 pct of the overall fuel consumption of NGVs, estimated at more than 13 million vehicles in 2030.

    A higher uptake of bioCNG and bioLNG in the sector will result in an overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of 55 pct . Up to one million jobs will be created to ensure the scale-up of biomethane in the coming decades. New CNG and LNG stations and vehicles must also be created and must be compatible with their renewable counterparts, the document notes.

    Download the The European Green Deal -- In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport report HERE. (Source: European Biogas Association, Website, June, 2020) Contact: www.europeanbiogas.eu; Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association, www.ngva.eu

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    Brightmark Delivers RNG to Wisc. Offloading Station (Ind. Report)
    Brightmark
    Date: 2020-06-15
    Following up on our 26th July, 2019 coverage, in the Land of Lakes, Dane County landfill reports receipt of its first shipment of renewable natural gas (RNG) from San Francisco-based Brightmark's (fka Brightmark Energy) recently completed manure digester project in the town of Vienna, Wisconsin.

    The biogas, converted from 90,000 gpd of manure from local farms will be injected into the interstate transmission pipeline to be used as renewable fuel for RNG powered vehicles (Source: Brightmark, PR 15 June, 2020) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com

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    Pale Blue Dot Appoints Carbon Capture Project Engineer (Int'l.)
    Pale Blue Dot
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In Scotland, Aberdeenshire-headquartered Pale Blue Dot Energy reports it has tapped Jersey-based Petrofac to support front end engineering design and concept work on its Acorn carbon capture and hydrogen production project at the St Fergus gas terminal, near Peterhead. The project has secured funding from the EU and UK and Scottish governments.

    Project partners, including Chrysaor, Shell and Total, aim to reform North Sea natural gas into clean hydrogen, with carbon dioxide emissions safely mitigated through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure. The Acorn project holds the first UK CO2 appraisal and storage licence to be awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority. (Source: Pale Blue Dot, Thomson Media, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Petrofac Engineeing, Johm Pearson, CEO, www.petrofac.com: Pale Blue Dot, Ian Phillips, Project Director, info@pale-blu.com, www.pale-blu.com; pale-blu.com › acorn

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    National Grid Supports UN Race to Zero Campaign (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,UNFCCC
    Date: 2020-06-10
    National Grid reports it is supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global "Race to Zero Campaign" and has to date cut its emission by 70 pct over 1990 levels.

    To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.

    In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid, John Pettigrew, CEO, www2.nationalgrid.com

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    DNV GL Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 (Ind. Report)
    DNV GL,Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In Detroit, the not-for-profit Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) has named DNV GL as the Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 for the the fourth year in a row.

    DNV GL has served as the primary energy efficiency program implementer for both DTE and Consumers since 2009. During that time, DNV GL has completed more than 115,000 energy efficiency projects throughout the state of Michigan and distributed more than $532 million in incentive payments for these projects. These efforts have resulted in an energy savings of more than 30 million Mcf of natural gas, 10,000+ GWh of electricity, and $700 million in avoided energy costs for Consumers Energy's and DTE Energy's customers.

    MEECA is a nonprofit trade association that promotes and supports the contractors, utilities, manufacturers, and program implementers that provide energy efficiency products and services across Michigan.(Source: DNV GL, PR, 29 May, 2020) Contact: DNV GL, Nick Brod, Senior VP Program Design and Implementation, www.dnvgl.com; Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association, 517-896-2960, www.meeca.info

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    Global CCS Institute Reports CCS Pipeline Growth (Report Attached)
    Global CCS Institute
    Date: 2020-06-08
    The Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute is reporting the addition of 10 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to its global database, bringing the total number of CCS facilities in various stages of development to 59 -- 21 facilities in operation, 3 under construction, and 35 in various stages of development, with a capture capacity of more than 127 million tpy.

    The facilities added continue trends in CCS deployment that include innovative applications such as natural gas power, negative emissions and cement, as well as stacked and offshore geologic storage, according to the report.

    Download the The Value of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) report HERE. (Source: Global CCS Institute, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Global CCS Institute , Brad Page, CEO, +61 3 8620 7300 , info@globalccsinstitute.com,, www.globalccsinstitute.com

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    Gasum Completes Norwegian LNG Marine Fuel Bunkering (Int'l.)
    Gasum
    Date: 2020-06-08
    The Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum is reporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering for the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel, which is owned by Netherlands-based marine contracting firm Heerema.

    As a marine fuel, LNG meets all current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. In addition, the use of LNG removes all Sox emissions and particles and reduces Nox emissions by 85 pct compared to heavy fuel oil. LNG also lowers CO2 emissions by at least 20 pct, according to the release. (Source: Gasum, Port News, June, 2020) Contact: Gasum, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com: Heerema, www.heerema.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Gasum,  Marine Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  LNG,  


    Xebec Receives LoI for Alberta Commercial RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Xebec
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Montreal-based Xebec Adsorption Inc. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) for the sale of a multi-million dollar biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) installation to an unnamed large-scale utility customer in Alberta. System delivery is slated for 2021.

    Canada is the world's fourth largest natural gas producer. Renewable natural gas (RNG) production represents an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions of natural gas by creating renewable gas from organic waste sources, that can be blended with fossil natural gas to reduce the overall carbon intensity, according to the Xebec release. (Source: Xebecinc Inc., PR, June, 2020) Contact: Xebec Adsorption Inc., Dr. Prabhu Rao, COO, Brandon Chow, Investor Relations Manager, (450) 979-8700 ext 5762, bchow@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec news,  RNG news,  Renewable Natural Gas news,  Biogas news,  


    Bioenergy DevCo, CHPK Tout Poultry Waste RNG Project (Ind.Report)
    Bioenergy DevCo, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Columbia, Maryland-based anaerobic digestion facilities designer, builder, operator and financier Bioenergy DevCo (BDC) reports it has partnered with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CHPK) to bring renewable natural gas (RNG) to customers on the Delmarva Peninsula on the US east coast.

    BDC and CHPK will work on a project to remove and process poultry waste into RNG which will be transported and distributed by CHPK affiliate firms Eastern Shore Natural Gas, Chesapeake Utilities and Marlin Gas Services to multiple regional suppliers. (Source: Bioenergy DevCo, Bioenergy, June, 2020) Contact: Bioenergy DevCo, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com; Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Jeff Householder, Pres., CEO, 302.734.6799, www.chpk.com

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    Williams Planning Major 9-State Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Williams Companies
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered natural gas processing and transmission firm The Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB) reports it plans to install solar arrays near its existing facilities. The solar installations are expected to come online in late 2021.

    The on-site solar farms are expected to produce a combined 350 MW of power with some hubs having the potential to sell any excess power generated back to the grid.

    The company has identified initial sites suitable for solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. (Source: The Williams Companies Inc., Zacks, June, 2020) Contact: The Williams Companies Inc., 800-945-5467, www.williams.com

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    UK Gas Networks Seek Zero-Carbon Infrastructure Investment (Int'l)
    Ofgem, Energy Networks Association
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the UK, Britain's five gas networks -- Cadent, National Grid, NGN, SGN, and Wales & West Utilities have outlined a "Zero Carbon Commitment" and plan to spend £904 million on zero-carbon energy infrastructure and hydrogen deployment across the UK, subject to Ofgem funding approval which is expected in July.

    If approved, the spending would focus on projects across Britain between 2021 and 2026, under the RIIO-2 price control. The gas networks claim that spending could help the UK use "blue hydrogen" developed from carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, and "green hydrogen" from renewable electricity -- with the latter becoming cost-competitive by 2030.

    Under the plan, £446 million would be spent on a new network infrastructure for the industrial use of hydrogen, including £391 million for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects in the north-west of England, Aberdeenshire and the Isle of Grain. A further £264 million would be spent on projects to expand the capacity of local gas networks by connecting hydrogen and bio-methane generation projects and transport refueling stations. £150 million would be used to run large-scale trials for domestic use of hydrogen heating, cooking and transportation and how these are connected to the gas grid. £43 million would be spent to research blending more zero-carbon hydrogen with the natural gas currently used in the UK's gas networks.

    According to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), £182 billion could be invested to make hydrogen cost-competitive with the current natural gas-based system and would reduce energy system costs to the UK public by £189 billion by 2050. (Source: ENA, edie, 28 May. 2020) Contact: Energy Networks Association, www.energynetworks.org; OFGEM, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

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    Bolivia Ups Ethanol-Gasoline Blend Rate to 12pct (Int'l. Report)
    Bolivia
    Date: 2020-05-27
    In La Paz, the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy reports it is increasing the country's mandated ethanol - gasoline blend rate from 8 to 12 pct effective immediately. The increase is intended to cut emissions and promote ethanol production, employment and to advance the government's Green Economies program.

    Bolivia's Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy is responsible for policies, plans and regulations governing the country's energy sector in order to secure energy efficiency, security and sovereignty. The ministry's strategic objectives include changing the energy matrix, promoting the export of surplus power, managing resources and programs and consolidating the country's position as the region's main natural gas exporter. (Source: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, PR, 25 May, 2020) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, +591-2-2374051, +591-2-2374050, info@hidrocarburos.gob.bo, www3.hidrocarburos.gob.bo

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    Con Edison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Con Edison
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

    The program aims to help ConEd customers reduce their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and continue its support of electric vehicle adoption, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed Con Edison's Clean Energy Commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020)

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    PSE, Klickitat PUD Ink RNG Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Puget Sound Energy,Klickitat Public Utility District
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Bellvue, Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is reporting an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) from Klickitat Public Utility District (PUD) from July 2020 to June 2040. Klickitat PUD has been a leader in the renewable energy sector for more than 20 years. The RNG will be produced at the H.W. Hill Renewable Gas facility in Roosevelt, Washington. The volume of energy produced at the facility is the equivalent of 18 million gpy of gasoline.

    Under the first phase of the agreement, PSE will purchase around 550,000 dekatherms (dth) per year for the first three years. In the second phase, PSE will purchase around 1.65-1.9 million dth per year, which could grow to 2.5 million for the remainder of the contract. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Bioenergy Insights, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Klickitat PUD, Dan Gunkel, Board President, 509-493-2255, www.klickitat.com; PSE, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

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    ConEdison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Consolidated Edison
    Date: 2020-05-20
    In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

    The program aims to help ConEdison customers cut their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and other upgrades and initiatives, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed ConEdison's commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020) Contact: ConEdison, www.conedsolutions.com

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    U.S. Gain Oregon's Largest RNG Supplier (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-05-19
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation and energy markets reports it has become the largest RNG supplier in Oregon through supply agreements with Salem Area Mass Transit District, Gresham Sanitary, Heiberg Garbage & Recycling and Pride Disposal, all of which operate RNG fueled fleets. This news comes shortly after U.S. Gain announced their RNG supply agreement with the Port of Seattle for use at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

    Over the course of 10 years U.S. Gain has diversified throughout the renewable natural gas supply chain -- investing and managing RNG development projects at dairies, landfills and wastewater treatment plants; generating, trading and monetizing clean fuel credits; designing, building and operating natural gas fueling stations -- both private and a public GAIN Clean Fuel® network; dispensing alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy to forward-thinking organizations across market segments. This vertical integration allows U.S. Gain customers access to the cleanest fuel and energy at the best value.

    U.S. Gain continues to invest in RNG development to expand supply for organizations seeking RNG as an alternative fuel and/or renewable thermal energy solution. As a part of U.S. Venture, Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, U.S. Gain is committed to finding a better way for organizations to succeed -- both economically and environmentally. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., 800-274-4431, www.usgain.com

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    Nat Gas Futures Launches Emissions Mitigation Project (ind Report)
    Natural Gas Futures
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Natural Gas Futures (NGF) is reporting a collaboration with FortisBC Inc., Seaspan Ferries Corporation, and Solaris Management Consultants Inc. to provide technologies for low-emissions engine systems, and quantitative emission characterization for inventory and policy development purposes.

    To reduce the climate impacts of transportation systems, several approaches have been identified through which greenhouse gas (GHG) emission can be reduced, primarily through CO2 emission reduction. These approaches include electrification of powertrains, bio-derived fuels, and fuels with lower carbon content. For large engine applications (e.g., marine, stationary power generation, remote applications), electrification is not yet realizable, and bio-fuels carry energetic penalties and may require significant engine modifications. For such applications, natural gas (NG) and natural gas from renewable sources (RNG) are attractive alternatives because of their lower CO2 and NOx emissions, and the significant North American NG reserves.

    While natural gas is an attractive engine fuel to reduce these pollutants, it can also result in exhaust-stream CH4 emissions, which have a global warming potential (GWP) 28 times that of CO2 (on a 100 year timescale). Thus, all GHG emissions must be considered to ensure that the benefits of NG and RNG are realized, without also incurring unintentional increases in GHG or other emissions. The key objectives of this project are to:

  • Characterize in-use emissions and engine operation from NG engines, with a particular focus on CH4, CO2, PM, and NOX, under real-world operating conditions.

  • Develop strategies for GHG and other emission reductions, under the partner's operational constraints.

    Provide data and guidance for policy development to support effective implementation of natural gas engines and ensure GHG reductions.

    The project has received $356,566 in research grant funding. (Source: Natural Gas Futures, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Natural Gas Futures, University of British Columbia, 604 827 0790 ngf@cerc.ubc.ca, www.naturalgas.apsc.ubc.ca

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  • Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals Announce Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Montreal-based biofuels-renewable fuels from wastes specialist Enerkem and Calgary-headquartered NOVA Chemicals Corp. are reporting a joint development agreement to research advanced recycling technology to transform hard-to-recycle municipal waste, including items such as plastics, household waste, and construction materials, into ethylene at full commercial scale.

    Enerkem is the world's first to produce renewable methanol and ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste at full commercial scale. Enerkem's technology replace the use of fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas to produce sustainable chemicals and transportation fuels. Calgary-based NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins. (Source: NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem Inc., May, 2020) Contact: NOVA Chemicals, Todd Karran, Pres., Jennifer Nanz, Communications, Jennifer.Nanz@novachem.com, www.novachem.com; Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800 communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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    U.S. Gain Announces Dairy-Based RNG Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
    DTE Biomass Energy, U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) major is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced by two anaerobic digestors at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI.

    Statz Brothers Farms have been generating renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters. "In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

    U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets and operates alternative fuel stations on the U.S. West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com; DTE Biomass Energy, (313) 235-5555, www.dtepowerandindustrial.com

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    RNG Transportation Fuel Use on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Natural Gas
    Date: 2020-05-08
    According to Advanced Clean Tech News, the volume of renewable natural gas (RNG) as an on-road transportation fuel has grown by 39 pct since NGVs were first introduced in the 1990s.

    Natural gas vehicles (NGV) were first certified to California's ultra-low and super ultra-low emission standards the 1990s and natural gas technology has broken the ultra-low NOx barrier with engines certified to levels that are 90 pct cleaner than the most stringent U.S. EPA standards for oxides of nitrogen.

    According to California Air Resources Board (CARB) RNG fuel has the lowest EER-adjusted carbon intensity of any on-road motor fuel, as low as -400. (Source: CARB, Advanced Clean Tech News, May, 2020) Contact: CARB, Richard Perry, CEO, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Eurostat Notes Plunging EU CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Eurostat,EU
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The EU Eurostat is reporting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from mainly oil and oil products, coal, peat and natural gas fell by 4.3 pct year on year in the 27 member trade bloc in 2019.

    According to Eurostat estimates, emissions fell in 2019 in the majority of EU member states, with the highest decrease in Estonia at 22.1 pct , followed by Denmark at 9.0 pct while Greece and Slovakia recorded a fall of 8.9 pct each. On the other hand, Luxembourg emissions rose 7.5 pct, Austrian emissions were up 2.8 pct followed by Malta with 2.0 pct and Lithuania with 1.6 pct.. (Source: Eurostat, Anadolu Agency, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

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    U.S. Gain Brings More Dairy-Based RNG to CA (Ind. Report)
    US Gain
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in renewable natural gas (RNG) development and distribution, is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI. Purchased RNG will be taken to the California transportation market where "there's a significant demand for dairy-based RNG."

    Two digestors located at Statz Brothers Farms have been making renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters.

    "In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

    Along with supplying RNG, U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets to utilize and operates a number of alternative fuel stations on the West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com

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