The top courts in Ontario and Saskatchewan rejected arguments by those provinces that the federal government lacks constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax in provinces that don't impose a carbon price that meets federal standards. The same provinces have appealed the provincial court rulings to the Supreme Court. ((Source: Various Media, Cdn Press, 17 Mar., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,
Under the terms of th agreement, Canadian Solar will build a 103-megawatt-peak (MWp) solar power project in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. (Source: Canadian Solar, NASDAQ, 11 Mar., 2020)
Contact: Techgen S.A. de C.V., +52-818865 2828, www.techgen.com.mx; Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar, Solar,
According to the guide, the reliability, efficiency and versatility of modern bioheat systems allows for the supplementation or even replacement of current fossil fuel or electric heating systems. These systems can use local, sustainably sourced, economical, and renewable solid woody biofuels. Provincial laws require that Crown forests be sustainably managed following approved forest management plans that require harvested areas to be regenerated. This means that carbon emitted to create bioheat generated from solid woody biofuels is recaptured by the growing forest making bioheat a low-carbon heating system. Emissions from particles and volatile compounds are also low and on par with fossil fuel heating systems.
Download the Solid Wood Bioheat Guide for Rural and Remote Communities in Ontario guide HERE. (Source: FPInnovations, Cdn, Biomass, 2 Mar., 2020, Contact: FPInnovations, Glen Prevost, Guide Author, (705) 358-4667, (514) 630-4100, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fpinnovations.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News FPInnovations, Woody Biomass,
To address the issue, CFIB recommends the federal government::
exempt natural gas, propane, and aviation fuel used by farmers for farming activities such as drying grain, heating livestock facilities, or spraying crops from the federal carbon tax, including those farm expenses from 2019;
end the practice of charging GST on the federal carbon tax;
stop further increases in the overall tax burden (e.g. CPP and carbon tax) on farmers; and
work to improve Canada's overall tax and regulatory competitiveness in the agriculture sector. (Source: CFIB, Weyburn Review, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: CFIB, Marilyn Braun-Pollon, VP Western Canada and Ari-Business, 416-222-8022,
416-222-4337 - fax, www.cfib-fcei.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Carbon Tax, Canada Carbon Tax,
In addition to offering the potential to make major contributions to a low-carbon sustainable energy transition, energy efficiency improvements can reduce energy costs to consumers, avoid the adverse environmental and social impacts of new energy supplies, improve productivity, strengthen energy security and enhance the resilience of energy systems to the impacts of climate change.
Despite their benefits, energy efficiency initiatives have struggled to achieve their full technological and economic potential to reduce to energy demand. These failures have been due to a range of market, institutional, financial, policy, regulatory, behavioural and informational barriers.
In recent years, new challenges have emerged beyond these traditional and well-understood obstacles. Changes in policy direction, often flowing from changes in governments, have resulted in significant retrenchments, and in some cases wholesale dismantlings, of energy efficiency strategies in North America. The Government of Ontario's decision to terminate its "Conservation First" strategy in March 2019 was among the most dramatic of these developments, but far from unique.
This study seeks to understand the dynamics behind these developments and to identify potential strategies and design principles to inform the development of more effective and resilient governance structures for energy efficiency in Canada. Specifically, the study examines a series of cases in which commitment and consensus around energy efficiency faltered, threatening the stability and, at times, the existence, of energy efficiency programming in a variety of Canadian (BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and the U.S. (Maine, Connecticut and Indiana) jurisdictions.
Download the York University Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency study
HERE. (Source: York University, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Feb., 2020)
Contact: York University, sei.info.yorku.ca, www.yoku.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Climate Change,
In New York, UGE and Wildflower signed an agreement for a 100 kW system on the roof of a storage facility in Holbrook, NY.
In the Philippines, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT-U) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UGE Philippines for a 97 kW solar energy system for their high school building in Cebu City. UGE Philippines also signed a contract with Lite Properties Inc. for a 200 kW project on Bohol Island.
In Ontario, UGE Consulting Services has inked an agreement to complete the engineering scope of work for a rooftop system that will increase the existing system's capacity from 218kW to 350kW. UGE Consulting Services also signed an agreement for the engineering of a commercial solar project for a large commercial-scale developer in the southwest USA.
All of the above projects are expected to be completed in 2020.
(Source: UGE, PR, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: UGE, 917-721-5685, email@example.com, www.ugei.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News UGE International, Solar, Community Solar,
The $30 million facility will recently purchased patented lipid-to-hydrocarbon technology developed by Dr. David Bressler at the University of Alberta. The technology takes waste fats and oils and turns it into renewable fuels, including jet fuel.
(Source: Forge Hydrocarbon Technologies, PR, Blackburns, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: University of Alberta in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, Prof. Dr. David Bressler, 780-492-4986, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ualberta.ca; Forge Hydrocarbons, Tim Haig, Pres., 905-815-7786, email@example.com, www.forgehc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel, Forge Hydrocarbons,
To that end, BIc is establishing the Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Network (OBIN) -- a second hybrid chemistry cluster in Brockville, Eastern Ontario. BIC will partner with the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission and St. Lawrence College to deliver OBIN.
Further to our BIC May, 2019 coverage, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has released Canada's first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflecting the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country. The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada's forestry ministers. These priority areas call for: creating agile regulation and government policy; establishing biomass supply and stewardship; building strong companies and value chains; and building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems.
Download the Canada's Bioeconomy Strategy report HERE.
(Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Biofuel Int'l. 17, Feb, 2020) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, (226) 778-0020, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bincanada.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioindustrial Innovation Canada , Biofuel,
The order calls for the delivery of bifacial polycrystalline PERC modules, of the BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) type, which, according to Canadian Solar, enhance power production when installed in a limited area and "dramatically" cut the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the solar plant. The high-power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules are also part of the deal.
BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabeled Lightsource BP.
(Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, PR, Feb., 2020)
Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP, Canadian Solar, Solar,
TerraForm has stakes in 2,392MW of wind and 1,674MW of solar PV facilities in the US, Europe, Canada, Chile and Uruguay.
The deal is board, regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, WindPower, 13 Jan., 2020)
Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100, www.brookfieldgis.com;
TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, email@example.com, www.terraform.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewables, TerraForm,
OEG is looking to administer approximately $100 million per year -- from private entities like financial institutions or insurance companies looking for investments in energy efficiency projects -- to finance projects under the PACE program,
(Source: Our Energy Guelph, Guelph Mercury Tribune, Jan., 2020)Contact: Our Energy Guelph, Alex Chapman, Exec. Dir., www.ourenergyguelph.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE, Energy Efficiency, Guelph,
Construction is slated to begin sometime during the first half of 2020, with full commercial operations targeted for 2021.
Since 2007, Greengate has developed close to 600 MW of operating -- or near-operating -- wind energy projects in Alberta and Ontario, and is currently pursuing the development of close to 1,000 MW of new solar and wind energy projects.
(Source: Greengate, Good News Network, 3 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greengate Power Corp., Dan Balaban, Pres., CEO, Dan Phaure, VP Bus. Dev., (403) 930-1300, www.greengatepower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greengate Power, Solar,
In its appeal, Suncor, which received waivers for what were previously two refineries in Commerce City, Colorado, argued the agency's action was "arbitrary, capricious, and not otherwise in accordance with law." The EPA reportedly rejected Suncor's petition because the refineries no longer meet EPA's definition of a small refinery, which produces 75,000 bpd or less. Suncor previously received waivers for what were two small refineries, one that produced nearly 33,000 bpd and another at nearly 67,000 in 2018. The refineries were among the original facilities to receive waivers in 2006.
According to the company's website, since 2006, Suncor has been making a significant impact in Canada's emerging biofuels industry. Suncor is using revenues from oil sands development to invest in biofuels, particularly ethanol produced from corn. Ethanol is a cleaner burning, renewable resource. The ethanol production industry is expanding in Canada and the United States. New government regulations require that a percentage of ethanol be blended into fuels to reduce the environmental impacts of vehicle emissions. Suncor operates Canada's largest ethanol facility -- the St. Clair Ethanol Plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario. (Source: Suncor Energy, DTN, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Suncor Energy USA, 303-793-8000, www.suncor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor Energy , RFS, "Hardship Waiver",
The first project is the development of superconducting wire based on Saint Jean's provisional patent application for the development of a diamagnetic superconducting wire. The second project is to develop a waste energy capture system patented by K-Technology. The project entails the rewiring of the motors (4) on a drone with Saint Jean hyper-conducting wire and engineering an alternator re capture system to recharge the batteries.
Both projects are moving along on time and are expected to be completed in early 2020. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon, PR, 23 Dec., 2019) Contact:
Saint Jean Carbon Inc.
Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon, Battery, Energy Storage,
The approval withdrawal was based on the wind farm's possible irreversible harm to endangered bat populations in the area. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. is the owner and operator of the project. (Source: Electrical Business, 13 Dec., 2019) Contact: Nation Rise Wind Farm, 416.479.9736, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nationrisewindfarm.com; EDP Renewables Canada, www.edpr.com › edpr-canada; Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, www.ontario.ca › page › ministry-environment-conservation-parks
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, EDP Renewables Canada ,
The first-of-its-kind utility-scale Goderich A-CAES Facility is commercially contracted to Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for peaking capacity and ancillary services to support grid reliability.
was supported by Export Development Canada (EDC), Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). (Source: Hydrostor, Elec. Bus., 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis Vanwallegham, CEO, (416) 548-7880, email@example.com, www.hydrostor.ca: NRStor,
Peter Gregg, President, (647) 281-7200, www.nrstor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrostor, Compressed Air Energy STorage, Energy Storage, NRStor,
Of Canadian LEED v4 projects, almost half are commercial and institutional new construction, with Ontario leading the way regionally with 27 per cent of projects, followed by British Columbia at 17 per cent and Alberta at 15 per cent.
The CaGBC reached another milestone Nov. 27 with the first 10 certifications under the Zero Carbon Building Standard. To date, 20 projects are registered.
(Source: Canada Green Building Council, Daily Commercial News, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Peter Whitred, Senior Manager, Green Building Programs, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council , LEED, Energy Efficiency,
H2O Power, the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in Ontario, is a wholly owned private asset within PSP Investments which has never publicly disclosed the power company's value.
There are no plans for changes in reservoir management or operations, according to the statement.
(Source: TCorp, Investment Mag., Dec., 2019) Contact: TCorp , Stewart Brentnall, CIO, www.tcorp.nsw.gov.au; H2O Power,905.438.8539. 905.438.8226 - fac., www.h20power.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News H2O Power, Hydroelectric, ,
The company, which has operations in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as New York State, focuses on renewable jet/diesel fuel, hydrogen distribution, fuel desulphurisation and related-enabling process technologies. (Source: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies Web Site, 28 Nov., 2019) Contact: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, Tim Haig, CEO, email@example.com, www.valentcorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, Renewable Duels,
For Canada to reach its emissions reduction targets and transition to a low-carbon economy over the next decade it is essential that existing buildings achieve significant energy efficiency improvements. One of the barriers to meeting these goals is the current lack of publicly available data on commercial building performance in Canada.
While energy bench-marking regulations are in effect in Ontario, the Challenge marked the first time Canadian real estate owners have voluntarily disclosed their Canada-wide portfolio data. These five participants publicly disclosed available data for over 11 million square meters of space in buildings spread across the country from Victoria to Halifax including offices, warehouses, residential apartment buildings and retail shops. Insights from the Disclosure Challenge show:
View the full Canada Green Building Council Disclosure Challenge HERE.
(Source: Canada Green Building Council, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council, Energy Benchmark, Energy Efficiency, Building Eddiciency,
The project is reportedly being vigorously opposed by city residents due primarily to its residential area location.
The city says it is aiming to utilize facilities that are already in place.
If approved and constructed, the proposed project would be completed in about a year. (Source: City of Stratford, DDS, 30 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Startford, 519-271-0250 ext. 315,/www.stratfordcanada.ca › dobusiness › waterandsewage
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, RNG, Biogas,
Greenfield's Varennes biorefinery, which is the first ethanol plant to be built in Quebec, has been in operation since 2007. The facility produces the lowest carbon intensity ethanol in Canada, as well as corn oil and distillers' grain (DDCs).
Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America
(Source: Greenfield, Agri, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, (613) 698-0116, email@example.com, www.greenfield.com; HY2GEN Canada, 514-906-8736, www.hy2gen.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global , HY2GEN Canada, Ethanol, Green Hydrogen,
With the proposed conversion to LEDs, energy consumption is projected to decrease by approximately 76 pct with a resulting 80 pct drop in annual maintenance costs and a $40,000 drop in operating cost.
The proposed switch to LEDs is expected to cost roughly $2.850 million.
(Source: City of Orillia, CTV, 20 Nov., 2019)Contact: City of Orillia, www.orillia.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight, Energy Efficient Lighting,
According to Efficiency Canada policy director Brendan Haley, B.C.'s top ranking is largely due to the province's green building code, ambitious natural gas savings and significant progress in vehicle electrification.
But it says there's still room for improvement when it comes to electricity savings, an area where B.C. is dropping compared with other provinces. (Source: Efficiency Canada, Canadian Press, 20 Nov., 2019)
Contact: Efficiency Canada, www.scorecard.efficiencycanada.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Canada,
The province's public accounts for 2018-19 show spending of $231 million on what the Ministry of Energy deceptively described only as "other transaction." Upon further investigation the unexplained "other transactions" were found to cover the cost of keeping the often colourful Premier's campaign promise to wind down wind energy and other renewable energy development in Ontario.
(Source: CBC, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford https://twitter.com/gregrickford?lang=en; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Wind, Wind, Doug Ford,
According to the release,
consultations will look at opportunities for "on-farm" biogas production upgrading, ways to streamline approvals and requirements for off-farm and agricultural feedstocks. The discussions could lead to changes that would also benefit Ontario's food processors by providing an alternative to landfill disposal while saving millions of dollars and reducing greenhouse gases. (Source; Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Bioenergy Insights, 21 Nov., 2019)
Contact: Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 519-826-3100, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.omafra.gov.on.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,
Also in California, the company reports the City of Ontario has inked a 5-year RNG supply contract for roughly 3 million gallons of Redeem™; Nationwide Environmental Services, based in Norwalk, hasinked a 5-year maintenance and RNG supply contract for an anticipated one million gallons of Redeem; the Ccity of Sacramento has contracted for an expected 650,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel approximately 100 solid waste vehicles; Ruan Transportation Management Systems has contracted for an approximate 450,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel an additional 20 CNG tractors for its dairy operations; the City of Commerce has extended its operations and maintenance agreement for six years; and bus and rail service provider Omnitrans has signed a 5-year O&M agreement for two CNG stations that dispense an approximate 4 million gpy of fuel.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel with a network of approximately 540 stations across North America. The company builds and operates CNG and LNG stations and delivers more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, CEO,
949-437-1397, email@example.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels, Renewable Natural Gas, RNG, Alternative Fuel,
One Wind specializes in delivering operations and maintenance (O&M), and construction-related services to renewable asset owners, OEMs, and developers. Approximately 80 pct of One Wind's revenue comes from the US market and Eastern Canada .
One Wind is a renewables services provider with a focus on wind power operations and maintenance (O&M) and construction related services, primarily doing business in Texas and Canada's east coast markets.(Source: Spark Power Group Inc ., PR, CNW, 1 Nov., 2019) Contact: One Wind, Paul Pynn , Pres., www.onewindinc.com; SparkPower Group Inc., Jason Sparaga , Co-Founder and Co-CEO, www.sparkpowercorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Spark Power ,
The 300-MW Henvey Inlet Wind facility and the 220-MW Grady Wind facility have 20- and 25-year PPA respectively. (Source: Pattern, Zacks, 15 Oct., 2019)
Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy Group,
The company notes it continues to work on the required documentation for the transaction aiming to close the transaction by October 31st. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon, PR, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: Saint John Carbon, Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200, email@example.com, www.saintjeancarbon.com; Process Research Ortech, www.processortech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon, Energy Storage, Ortech,
Alongside Built Green's Single Family Renovation Program, also applicable to multi-family low rise, the High Density (HD) Renovation Program offers builders a means to renovate high density and high density mixed-use buildings more sustainably.
To qualify for the HD Renovation program, substantial upgrades/retrofits must be made to the energy-related building systems, including the building envelope and the mechanical and electrical systems. The energy performance of the building's upgrades and retrofits are then compared to the requirements of the current energy standard or energy code used for modeling with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB 2011 to show energy savings resulting from the renovation. Beyond efficiency, the renovations must be sustainable.
Strategic Group has four high density renovation projects enrolled in this pilot. Additionally, the company has two projects enrolled in Built Green High Density New Construction, while yet another project was certified in 2017.
Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven, not-for-profit organization offering third-party certification programs in the residential building sector. Since its inception, builders have completed over 32,750 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; including units in multi-storey projects, this total is over 36,090 (as at March 31, 2019).
Download the BuiltGreen® Canada pilot program HERE
(Source: BuiltGreen Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jennifer Christenson, CEO,
780.485.0920, firstname.lastname@example.org,, www.builtgreencanada.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News BuiltGreen Canada, Energy Efficiency,
Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with specific interests in energy storage and green energy creation and green re-creation, with holdings in graphite mining claims in Quebec, Canada. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon Inc., PR, Global Newswire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saint John Carbon,
Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200, email@example.com,
www.saintjeancarbon.com; Process Research Ortech, www.processortech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon,
With a biofuel research platform dating back to 2003, Bressler's lab has been the focal point of a push to test and validate renewable jet fuels.
Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons, a TEC Edmonton spinoff company based on Bressler's research, is already building a commercial plant.
(Source: Univ. of Alberta, Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, TEC Edmonton, 780.492.8977, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tecedmonton.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, (905) 518-7786, www.forgehc.com; Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada, www.wd-deo.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
Brampton is aiming foe a 30 pct emission reduction by 2030 and 80 pct by 2025. The interim target has been set to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2024.
In a release, the city notes has recovered $5.8 million in costs through energy-efficient programs, third-party funding, energy procurement and water rebates
and has introduced more than 13 renewable energy projects implemented 50 energy conservation projects in its effort to address emissions and climate change.
(Source: City of Brampton, Brampton Guardian, 3 Sept., 2019)
Contact: City of Brampton, 905.874.2130, www.brampton.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose."
Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change.
(Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax, Canada Carbon Tax, Doug Ford,
Of the total investment, $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will support the company's development of a technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood and agricultural waste. A second investment of more than $2.8 million, funded by NRC Clean Growth Program, will be used to increase the efficiency of the company's cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland's first commercial-scale ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: Woodland Biofuels, PR, Ethanol Producer, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Woodland Biofuel, Greg Nuttall, CEO,(647) 494-5553, www.woodlandbiofuels.com;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Natural Resources Canada, Biofuel,
Independent TUV testing of dynaCERT HG units confirms emission reduction in NOx of 55 pct, CO of 50 pct, and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while saving fuel, providing better torque, and lowering maintenance costs, according to the company.
dynaCERT has also initiated Carbon Credit applications for its HG Technology and engaged UK-based International Environmental Partners Ltd for that effort.
(Source: dynaCERT, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc., Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT, Transportation Emissions, Vehicle Emissions,
As previously reported, three Northwestern Ontario First Nations groups, AurCrest and carbon offset developer Blue Source, will work together to assess the potential of forests to capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) within the First Nation's traditional territory for the development of Greenhouse Gas offsets.
AurCrest, a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of gold properties, holds a portfolio of properties in Ontario, which include the Richardson Lake and Bridget Lake gold properties. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., PR, 19 Aug., 2019)
Contact: AurCrest Gold Inc.
Christopher Angeconeb , CEO, (807) 737-5353, email@example.com; Blue Source, (403) 262-3026, www.bluesource.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News AurCrest Gold, Blue Source, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Offset,
The Suffield project will incorporate Canadian Solar's high efficiency BiKu bifacial solar modules that produce electricity from both sides of the solar panel as well as single-axis trackers,
As previously reported, the Suffield project received $15.3 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada's Emerging Renewable Power Program.
(Source: Canadian Solar, Others, newkerala, 18 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Centrica PLC, www.centrica.com; Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com;
Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700, www.directenergybusiness.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar, Solar, Direct Energy,
Waterloo's 2015 emissions breakdown identified the transportation sector is the largest emitter of CO2 at 49 pct, followed by industrial, commercial, and institutional work places at 27 pct, residences at 18 pct, agriculture emitted 5 pct and waste management picked up the remaining 1 pct.
Between 2010 and 2015 the Climate Action WR plan spearheaded 5.2 pct reduction in GHG emissions, the equivalent of 235,935 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 58,000 cars removed from the roads.
Th meet its transportation-related GHG reduction goals, Waterloo has instituted a community bike and car share program, a light rail electric transit system and reduced bus traffic in the city.
The municipality also established "green" building and energy efficiency standards, retrifited street lights to LED which are expected to reduce GHG emissions by 920 tpy.
(Source: Municipality of Waterloo, Alternatives Journal, 3 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Waterloo Region, Tova Davidson,Executive Director, Samantha Tremmel, Acting Climate Action Manager, (519) 603-2223, www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, GHG,
TGOD will use Fluence's high-intensity, high-bay VYPR lighting solutions in two greenhouses measuring over 1.4 million square feet in total.
Fluence Bioengineering, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., creates energy-efficient LED lighting -- Grow Light -- solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. (Source: Fluence, PR, BusinesWire, 8 Aug., 20190 Contact: Fluence,
David Cohen, CEO, www.fluence.science/fluence-by-osram-emea; The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., www.tgod.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light, Fluence,
Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Solar Energy Systems Lab will lead the CU-CABER project to develop and evaluate new building envelope technologies. The six-year project has $3 million support from Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program and $2.1 million from the Ontario Research Fund.
Prof. Burak Gunay is working to develop an open source software platform that will help building managers identify energy efficiency issues. Gunay and his team received $510,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure Fund for his Next Generation: Actionable Building Energy Performance Metrics, Data Analytics and Visualization research effort.
The researchers are partnering with CopperTree Analytics, Delta Controls, and Sensible Building Science, and BentallGreenOak will develop a suite of diagnostic algorithms and methods to help facility managers pinpoint problems, and solve them.
(Source: Carlton University, July, 2019)Contact: Carlton University Building Performance Research Centre, 613-520-7838, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency, ,
The Ontario government committed to increasing the use of timber in the home building industry through its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and the Housing Supply Action Plan. (Source: Canadian Consulting Engineer, 30 July, 2019) (Source: Element5, Frank Dottori, 888-670-7713, email@example.com, www.elementfive.co
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
The new HiDM panels will use a first-of-its-kind shingled module technology that can be adapted to any type of solar cell, and are 20 pct more efficient than conventional panels, according to a company statement. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, Renewables, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC, Canadian Solar , PV,
The building will be an eco-friendly structure with the highest "green" certifications and low-carbon footprint. The building is aiming for Canada Green Building Council )CaGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification as well as WELL Building certification.
(Source: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Downsview Advocate, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 416-661-6600, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.trca.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, email@example.com, www.cagbc.org; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wellcertified.com
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Convergent develops, owns and operates large-scale energy storage for industrial customers and utilities. The company self-fund its projects, raising $70 million to do so. Convergent also took the title for largest commercial and industrial storage project, with a 10-megawatt/20-megawatt-hour system in Ontario, Canada.
ECP acquired Convergent as part of its Fund IV. The company has been investing in a range of energy companies, including gas generator Calpine and residential solar company Sunnova. Financial details of the acquisition have not been revealed.
(Source: Energy Capital Partners , Website, 10 July, 2019) (Contact: Energy Capital Partners, Andrew Gilbert, email@example.com, www.ecpartners.com; Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, (917) 508-0190, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.convergentep.com
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The city of 165,000 +- residents recently announced it was reducing by one-half several development charges for select multi-unit residential buildings. Council also voted to incentivize the construction of energy efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet. The city said "It is hoped that developers will incorporate green building technologies into new builds in order to reduce future CO2 emissions."
(Source: City of Sudbury, Sudbury Star 8 July, 2019)
Contact: City of Sudbury, 705-671-2489, www.greatersudbury.ca
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