Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.
According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.
The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org
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The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.
Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments
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"We've been carefully monitoring a wide variety of industry ethanol conditions, and in recent weeks, we've seen consistent signs pointing to accelerating demand for domestic ethanol. company said in a statement.
Inventories across the industry are steadily coming down, China is importing volumes, we continue to expect driving miles to increase as the pace of vaccinations accelerates, and the EPA's support of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard is helping drive great blending economics," according to a company statement .
Ethanol deliveries are expected by mid-April, with full capacity by late spring. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com
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The $4.6 million in private funding through the Chicago PACE program was provided by CounterpointeSRE, a national C-PACE capital provider, and was earmarked to a long list of energy efficiency improvements that included new HVAC consisting of packaged RTUs, hoods, water heaters, and indirect fired gas furnaces as well as LED lighting at the 5801 W Dickens Ave. facility.
The Chicago PACE program, a public-private partnership designed to fund energy-saving and renewable infrastructure improvements to commercial and multifamily properties, is administered by Loop-Counterpointe PACE LLC, a joint venture between Loop Capital Markets and Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate.
Amped Kitchens provides long-term production space to some of the nation's most innovative and successful food brands.
(Source: Chicago PACE, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Chicago PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ChicagoPACE.org
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The DEP and GELF work with building owners to ensure projects meet minimum energy savings requirements. In preparation for financing, GELF offers borrowers technical assistance to help building owners identify the most efficient, effective solutions to improve their building's energy performance. The improvements make it easier for borrowers to get even lower interest rates if they commit to performing a retro-commissioning -- upgrading -- several years after installation of their energy-saving project. New equipment must reduce energy use at least 25 pct, and whole building projects must reduce energy use more than 10 pct over current building energy code.
The GELP prioritizes local community development efforts and seeks to support projects in Environmental Justice areas. Nearly 30 pct of funded projects have been in buildings owned or controlled by persons of color or with low income, and more than half have been located in low-income census tracts.
The Green Energy Loan Fund has financed 16 projects for a total of $23 million in improvements to 2.1 million square feet of building space since 2009. The financing has enabled a carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 110,000 tons over the life of these projects.
Download Penna. Green Energy Loan Fund details HERE. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov
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Under the legislation, PACE programs would be examined by the state Division of Finance every 24 months at an estimated cost of $50,000 per review. Under another bill, (HB 697), mortgage lenders would have the power to veto PACE loans.
PACE loans are repaid as a line item added to borrowers' property tax bills and processed by county collectors as though they were a tax and, in the event of a mortgage payment default, are collected ahead of the mortgage loan. Consequently, mortgage lenders are uneasy with PACE financing and federal mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae do not allow PACE loans on top of mortgages they hold.
Current law allows PACE loans only in cities and counties that pass ordinances authorizing the lending. Proposed legislation would limit a PACE loan plus the outstanding mortgage debt to no more than 80 pct of a property's appraised value, plus the value of improvements made. (Source: Various Media, Energy News, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: PACE, email@example.com, www.pacenow.org
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First Solar, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, made a $300,000 in-kind donation to the project with more than 2,000 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic modules totaling nearly 1 megawatt of capacity. Other funders include Creative Energies Solar, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Alt E Wind & Solar, RiskThinking.AI, and Black Bean Capital Partners.
To drive innovation and provide students with hands-on research experience, 9H Foundation is hiring additional student interns and funding $15,000 worth of projects for seven student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects out of the new research facility. (Source: 9H Research Foundation, Gillette News Record, 7 Mar., 2021) Contact: 9H Energy, 9H Research Foundation
Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.9henergy.com; University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science, 307-766-4253,
www.uwyo.edu; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, email@example.com, www.firstsolar.com
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Typically, compressed air is used to store energy in the form of pressure, but the pressure varies as fluid is dispensed. The potentially game-changing technology uses a liquid-vapor mixture (LVM) instead of air to maintain constant pressure as the stored liquid is dispensed. Potential applications beyond energy storage include constant high-pressure water distribution for high-rise buildings or municipalities, aero-space, residential, etc., according to the company release. (Source: LMV Technology LLC, PR, 4 Mar., 2021)
Contact: LVM Technology LLC, Ramsey Nashed,
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"We (NextGen) are optimistic about the courage and vision that the Japanese nation is showing in the hydrogen economy. Here in the U.S., officials are projecting a 2028 timeline to commercialize hydrogen as a fuel. It is obvious that Japan is much more aggressive and pushes the envelope in research, development and full-scale production operations. One recent example is the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries steel plant project in Australia, which is using hydrogen instead of coal.
"Japan's top two carmakers have been steadily selling hydrogen fuel cell cars at a loss in California for more than a decade. This business model has been valuable to both companies and the Japanese government, based on customer feedback and increased interest in supporting the U.S.'s build-out of a hydrogen infrastructure. These are cars limited to use only in California, where the U.S. has 44 of its 47 hydrogen fueling stations.
"We (NextGen) have worked with others in the biofuel and biofuel derivatives market to see how our Zilkha Black Pellets work in biosyngas reactors, where companies typically generate methane and other heavier petroleum replacements that can be converted to hydrogen. Most of these processes are not currently at full production scale. The factor holding many of them back is the variability of feedstock. When different feedstocks, or even the same feedstock with varying particle or different moisture contents are added, the process must sometimes be adjusted significantly to avoid loss of product, equipment and other hazards. Using Zilkha Black Pellets as a base for bioreactors ensures a stable, uniform size, moisture and makeup feedstock to which smaller amounts of varied feedstocks can be added. These pellets cost significantly less to transport than raw biomass ever will.
"Hydrogen from biomass is a viable, low-cost electricity solution, and we are excited to work with companies operating in this space. Using a stable uniform feedstock, especially in the initial full-scale production phases, can mean the difference between a successful project and one that never reaches its goal." (Source: NextGen Biomass Technologies,
Larry Price, (713) 979-9961,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, nextgenbiomass.com
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The off-take deal supports Enterprise's goal for sourcing 25 pct of its power from renewables by 2025. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, Renewables Now, Mar. 2021) Contact: Enterprise Products Partners, www.enterpriseproducts.com; EDF Renewables, Sandi Briner, 858-521-3525, www.edf-re.com; EnterSolar, 917-580-3198, www.entersolar.com
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UltraCell's technology can use hydrogen or liquid fuels to deliver reliable power at a fraction of the weight of batteries. An UltraCell system is 3x-25x lighter in weight than the equivalent battery solution (depending on the application and use case).
UltraCell developed new technologies and intellectual property in the field of methanol, propane and JP8 - based fuel cells and continues to innovate in this rapidly emerging field. UltraCell was the first to commercialize reformed methanol fuel cell technology to provide clean, renewable energy to power portable electronics.
Advent's technology applies to electrification (fuel cells) and energy storage (flow batteries, hydrogen production) markets, which we commercialize through partnerships with Tier1s, OEMs, and System Integrators.
(Source: Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., PR, 22 Feb., 2021)
Contact: Advent Technologies, www.advent.energy; UltraCell, Ian Kaye,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ultracell-llc.com, Bren-Tronics, Doug Petito
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According to Greenlane Pres. and CEO Brad Douville, "The transition to renewable natural gas as an essential solution to decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid continues to build momentum. We're seeing new opportunities progress through our sales pipeline at an increased pace and we're seeing results from the investments we made in product development, marketing and sales over the last 12 to 18 months. These two new contract wins demonstrate continued success in sectors where we see additional upside potential and a unique position in the market for Greenlane." (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 18 Feb., 2021)Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, email@example.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com
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"I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff," Musk said.
"If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don`t have a price on it, it is behaving badly," Musk noted.
"It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better," Musk elaborated. (Source: Elon Musk, DNA, 13 Feb., 2021)
Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
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XPRIZE aims to help scale efficient solutions to achieve the 10-gigaton-per-year carbon removal target by 2050.
The nonprofit organization announced the launch for Earth Day, April 22, and added the winner would be picked four years after that. In the first stage of the XPRIZE Carbon Removal, top 15 teams will be selected within 18 months and receive $1 million each. An additional 25 student scholarships of $200,000 each will also be awarded.
Milestone Awards will kick-start team fundraising for their operating budgets to achieve full-scale demonstrations. The grand prize winner gets $50 million, leaving $20 million and $10 million for the two runnerups. (Source: Elon Musk, Balkan Green Energy News, 15 Feb., 2021)
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Across the top states, more than 60 pct of certifications were office, healthcare, higher education and K-12 projects.
This year, USGBC also released a ranking of states with the most LEED professionals with California taking the top spot. Collectively, the 2020 rankings represent 1,171 certified LEED buildings and spaces, and more than 100,000 green building workers.
"If we are to rebuild an economy that supports our health and our planet, we must lead with changing the way we design and build," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. "Last year was a stark reminder that the quality of our buildings impacts the quality of our life. Looking ahead, people want to trust that the spaces they occupy are good for them and their communities, and LEED has always been a tool to support those goals. Now is the time to ensure that every building is LEED certified as that is the only way we are accomplishing our goals of access to healthy, green buildings, homes and spaces."
While offices, education and healthcare projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20 pct. Also, almost half of all projects were certified Gold, indicating a commitment to a high level of certification.
Top 10 States for LEED Green Building in 2020 are:
Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, New York, Maryland, California, Virginia, Texas and Nevada in that order. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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"In 2019, France kept its climate commitments and that's excellent news," the Ministry said announcing that emissions fell by 1.7 pct that year, exceeding the target of 1.5 pct.
In June 2020, the national emissions inventory agency CITEPA estimated that France produced 437 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2019, which represented a drop of only 1 pct from the previous year. But the environment ministry noted CITEPA has since revised its estimate to 441 million tonnes, a fall of 1.7 pct.
Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, France pledged to cut emissions by 40 pct by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, and aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: French Environment Ministry, AFP, Space Daily, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: French Environment Ministry, +33 140812122,
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Under the bill, PACE programs, which are advertised as a no-money-down way for homeowners and businesses to finance energy efficiency upgrades, would include projects related to storms and flooding, septic tank improvements and "health and environment" improvements such as removing mold, lead and asbestos.
Importantly, the bill allows PACE borrowers to cancel within three days and standardizes how the financial terms are disclosed. Also, PACE contractors and loan providers would be required to verify that PACE loans are not greater than 10 pct of the (borrower) homeowner's annual income and that the loan payment amount is not greater than $4,800 per year or that the homeowner is not in bankruptcy proceedings. (Source: Office of Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), Tampa Bay Times, 8 Jan., 2021)
Contact: Florida Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), www.facebook.com/voterandyfine
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