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Aemetis Inks $100 Mn Financing Terms Sheet (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2021-11-26
Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding term sheet and is working towards completing $100 million of new debt financing from Toronto-based Third Eye Capital. The debt financing is expected to be comprised of $50 million for carbon reduction projects and $50 million for working capital.

The new, lower interest rate debt financing is expected to fund Aemetis initiatives that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels (sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel), carbon sequestration, and upgrades to the Keyes, California, ethanol plant.

Cash and grants of more than $32 million have already been invested in the Aemetis Phase I, 45 million gpy carbon -zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

A $125 million USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan has been signed by Aemetis and an additional $100 million under the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program is in process, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


Hydrostor Proposes Calif. Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Hydrostor
Date: 2021-11-24
In the Golden State, Toronto-headquartered energy storage specialist Hydrostor reports submission of an application with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a 400-megawatt energy storage facility between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. If approved and constructed, the proposed Pecho Energy Storage Center would provide large-scale, long-duration energy storage for the region would interconnect at the existing PG&E Morro Bay Switching Station.

Hydrostor anticipates the planned 400-MW facility could come in at roughly $800 million and open as early as 2026 as one of California's largest energy storage facilities.

In June , this year, the California PUC called for 1,000 MW of long-duration energy storage that would become operational between 2026 and 2028. (Source: Hydrostor, Website, PR, CalCoast Tines, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO, (416) 548-7880, www.hydrostor.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrostor ,  Energy Storage,  A-CAES,  


Connecticut Solar, Energy Efficiency Program Extended (Ind. Report)
Connecticut Solar for All Program
Date: 2021-11-19
The Town of Branford, Conn., -- pop. 28,000 -- is reporting the extension of the Connecticut Solar for All Program for solar and energy efficiency upgrades to all Eversource-serviced homeowners through a partnership between the Connecticut Green Bank and PosiGen Solar.

PosiGen's lease program covers the full cost of installing, maintaining, and ensuring the solar system, with no minimum income or no credit score requirements nor equipment to buy. The nationally-recognized program combines a solar lease with energy efficiency upgrades to lower the energy burden on participating households. (Source: Branford Clean Energy Committee , Town of Branford , 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Connecticut Solar for All Program, (844) 787-6527, www.SolarforAllConnecticut.com; PosiGen Solar, www.posigen.com; Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP Financing Programs, 860-563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  Connecticut Green Bank,  


Amsterdam Biofuel Storage Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
VTTI New Energy
Date: 2021-11-19
In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered VTTI New Energy reports its 75,000 cubic meter capacity Eurotank Amsterdam biofuels storage project will be commissioned by the end of the year for operational start-up in early 2022. The facility will supply mixed biofuels (B-7 or more), hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) to the facility's new truck rack and upgraded jetty, according to a release.

The project is inline with VTTI New Energy's focus on exploring new renewable energies opportunities, including renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen carrier fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste-to-renewable energy solutions. (Source: VTTI New Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: VTTI New Energy, +31 10 453 20 20 www.vtti.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTTI New Energy ,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  RNG,  


Ameresco, Kauai Beach Resort Ink EaaS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-11-19
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco Inc. is reporting a 15-year Energy as a Service (EaaS) agreement with Kauai Beach Resort, in Hawaii.

The agreement allows the 25-acre ocean front resort to update and replace its energy-related equipment without up-front capital costs.

Ameresco will install new lighting and air conditioning equipment in several phases over the next two years and maintain the improvements for the following 15 years. The upgrades include replacing 350 fan coil units with smart thermostats and humidity controls, a new central chiller plant with added redundancy for AC and hot water, new electrical transformers, a new building automation system to monitor and control temperatures in guest rooms, the kitchens and ballrooms, and updating the exterior lighting with LEDs throughout the resort. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Britta MacIntosh, Senior VP, Ameresco Western Region, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  EaaS,  


JCI, DND Ink CFB Halifax Decarbonization Contract (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2021-11-17
Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls (JCI) reports it has contracted with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) for decarbonization, infrastructure improvements and energy efficiency upgrades and improvements to 112 buildings at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax (Nova Scotia) and other area Defence facilities in alignment with DND's Greening Government Strategy and pledge to achieve net-zero government operations by 2050.

CFB Halifax aims to achieve annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of 23 pct and generate $3 million in savings annually, once upgrades have been completed.

Under the $53 million performance contract, upgrades are being designed to decrease the Base's annual electric power consumption by 22 pct, GHG emissions by 15,000 tpy (23 pct) and natural gas use by 21 pct. The contract is aimed at: reducing energy needs; decarbonization and education; water conservation; increasing HVAC systems efficiencies; and others. Proposed measures to increase efficient energy production include heat recovery, steam trap repairs, high efficiency boilers and heat pumps.

Johnson Controls has also contracted to perform similar sustainability upgrades at CFB Bagotville in Quebec, and CFB Patewawa and CFB Kingston in Ontario. (Source: Johnson Controls International Plc., PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Ryan Edlman, IR, (609) 720-4545, ryan.edelman@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com, Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service, www.johnsoncontrols.com/openblue/net-zero-buildings

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Control,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  


"It's Cheating" -- Carbon Offsetting Notable Quote
Carbon Offset
Date: 2021-11-17
"I think (carbon) offsetting is cheating. It's a short-term stopgap if you haven't got a more sustainable alternative, but it's cheating." -- Tony Douglas, CEO, Etihad Airways , 17 Nov., 2021

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


European Biogas Association Issues Biogas, Gasification Technologies Overview (Reports Attached)
European Biogas Association
Date: 2021-11-15
In Brussels, the European Biogas Association (EBA) is launching the first comprehensive categorization of European Biogas and Gasification Technologies, aimed at giving visibility to high-quality European biogas products and services.

According to the EBA, the EU biogas sector is committed to climate-neutrality, well developed and ready to scale-up production. According to EBA data, the combined production of biogas and upgraded biomethane could today cover 4.6 pct of the whole EU's gas demand. By 2050, about 30-40 pct of EU gas needs could be met by biogas/biomethane. As one of the global leaders in biogas production, European producers are now seeking new ways for cooperation with third countries to support the deployment of biogas outside EU borders, according to the report. The EBA, together with the German Biogas Association (FvB) and the Austrian Compost and Biogas Association, are already working on this direction in the framework of the DiBiCoo EU Project. One of the fruits of this cooperation is the Categorization of European Biogas and Gasification Technologies. The overview is divided in 2 different publications, one dedicated to anaerobic digestion (AD) and the other one focused on gasification.

Download CATEGORIZATION OF EUROPEAN BIOGAS TECHNOLOGIES report HERE

Download CATEGORIZATION OF EUROPEAN GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES report HERE . (Source: European Biogas Association, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, Angela Sainz Arnau , +32 2 400 10 89, sainz@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu; German Biogas Association, www.nde-germany.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Gasification,  RNG,  


Johnson Controls, UND Ink Efficiency Upgrade Deal (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls, University of North Dakota
Date: 2021-11-15
Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls reports the extension of its collaboration with the University of North Dakota (UND) through a new $219 million Buildings-as-a-Service (BaaS) campus housing upgrade project.

The project incorporates the risk reduction mechanisms of Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracts, so that UND provides monthly payments for the upgrades and services rather than providing upfront capital for the project.

The 10-year OpenBlue Enterprise Manager powered project includes construction, renovation and long-term operations & maintenance (O&M) of multiple new and updated student residence halls.

The first phase of the project includes a design-build-finance-maintain contract for the construction of two new student residence halls, the upgrading of an existing housing facility and the demolition of obsolete student apartments and residence halls. As part of the construction and renovation, Johnson Controls will implement Metasys® building automation systems (BAS), chilled water systems and air systems in the managed facilities. To ensure all energy, cost and performance targets are met over the 30-year period, the residences will be integrated and managed with OpenBlue Enterprise Manager. These connected, data-powered implementations will modernize residence halls to deliver long-term student satisfaction and maintain comfortable conditions while maximizing energy efficiency.

This is the second large infrastructure contract Johnson Controls has secured with UND. (Source: Johnson Controls, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Maureen Blase, VP Performance Infrastructure , www.johnsoncontrols.com; University of North Dakota, Mike Pieper, Associate VP for Facilities, 701.777.6862, michael.pieper@UND.edu, www.und.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of North Dakota ,  Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  


DOE Signals Major Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2021-11-12
In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it has upgraded one million American homes with energy efficiency improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. Since 2001, the program has helped American homeowners and renters save $7.7 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions equivalent to a year's worth of 11 coal-fired power plants.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is a national home improvement program administered by the DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the energy efficiency of single-family and low-rise multifamily homes. It connects homeowners with a network of over 1,300 home performance contractors and utility and nonprofit energy efficiency program administrators to make upgrades that save energy and improve the comfort, health, and safety of their homes. Together with its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE has serviced almost eight million U.S. homes with the same home energy improvements that the transformative investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda will accelerate.

Sponsors and their networks of contractors follow a proven "whole-house" approach set by DOE guidelines to assess and improve home energy use with the most comprehensive and economically feasible upgrades, such as sealing leaks to control outside air from entering the home, adding insulation, or installing a new clean heating and cooling system like an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump. Additional savings can be achieved by installing rooftop solar panels, EV chargers, or connected home products like smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust energy use. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest in the American workforce to ramp up the manufacturing of solar panels, wind farms, batteries and other clean energy technologies for export.

Additionally, the EPA has launched new residential sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under-served residential households through its ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Program. With rebates for home weatherization and electrification in the President's Build Back Better agenda, these inter-agency efforts will provide consumers, utility programs and energy efficiency service providers with greater access to residential energy efficiency solutions and technologies, which will enable many more households to lower their energy burden, which is especially high for low-moderate income households. (Source: US DOE, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE, Building Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office; Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/home-performance-energy-starr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  ,  


Matrix Acquiring Italian Solar Portfolio from Solaer (Int'l. M&A)
Matrix Renewables
Date: 2021-11-12
In Madrid, Matrix Renewables is reporting an agreement with Madrid-based Solaer Group to acquire an initial 91 MW solar portfolio of 15 different assets across Italy with construction of the first phase of these projects expected to begin in 2022. Matrix aims to grow its Italian market to more than 500MW in the solar, storage and wind sectors.

Matrix Renewables, which is backed by U.S. global alternative asset manager TPG Rise, has a portfolio of 1.3 GW of operational, under construction, or near ready-to-build solar PV projects and a further 2.3 GW pipeline of renewable energy projects under development, across Europe, US and Latin America.

Founded in 2006, Solaer is a Spanish group dedicated to the development, promotion, construction, operation and maintenance of photovoltaic solar plants in Spain, Italy, the U.K. Israel, India, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. Chile and Colombia, according to the release. (Source: Matrix Renewables, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Matrix Renewables, +34-91-343-2264, info@matrixrenewables.com, www.matrixrenewables.com ; Solaero, www.solaerotech.com; Solaer, info@solaer.net, +34 917 993 043, www.solaer.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Matrix Renewables ,  Solar,  Solaer,  


North Bend Wind Wins South Dakota Tax Break (Ind. Report)
ENGIE North America
Date: 2021-11-12
North Bend Wind, a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-headquartered ENGIE North America, Inc., is reporting S.D. Board of Economic Development approval for a state sales-tax refund for its planned 200-MW, 71-turbine project in eastern Hughes and western Hand counties.

If permitted and built, North Bend Wind will receive a refund of up to 50 pct of the state sales and use tax on its eligible costs, up to $5,104,023.64.

North Bend Wind currently has two projects operating in South Dakota -- Dakota Range III Wind in Grant and Roberts counties and Triple H Wind in Hyde County -- both of which were approved for reinvestment payments .

The N.D. Board of Economic Development is authorized to approve up to a 100 pct refund of state sales and use tax, based on whether a new or expanded facility that exceeds $20 million, or for equipment upgrades that exceed $2 million, would have happened without the reinvestment payment. (Source: S.D. Board of Economic Development, ENGIE North America, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Engie North America, www.engie-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE North America,  Wind,  


Duke Energy Florida Touts Solar Power Expansion (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2021-11-10
In St. Petersburg, Duke Energy Florida reports its Duette Solar Power Plant in Manatee County is now online and fully operational .delivering on the company's commitment to expand its clean energy portfolio statewide. The 74.5-MW facility consists of approximately 227,000 single-axis tracking solar panels generating sufficient power for approximately 23,000 homes at peak production annually.

The Duette facility is part of Duke Energy Florida's $1 billion investment to provide customers with 700 MW of clean energy by 2022. With a combined investment of over $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida's solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-tied solar power plants providing about 1,500 MW by 2024. The company notes it is well on its way to completing 10 new solar projects by 2022. Eight of those facilities are now in service, while the remaining two are under construction. Duke also expects to have six battery sites totalling more than 50 MW in operation in Florida by 2022. Duke is aiming to cut carbon emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to that end is investing in major electric grid upgrades, expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Melissa Seixas, Fla. State Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy news,  Solar news,  


Orbex Touts BioLPG Powered Space Rocket (Ind. Report)
Orbex
Date: 2021-10-29
UK-headquartered Orbex is reporting its new Orbex Prime space rocket is poised to become the first in a new generation of ultra green launch systems, using renewable, ultra-low-carbon BioLPG sourced from Calor, the U.K.'s leading BioLPG supplier.

BioLPG is a by-product from the waste and residual material from renewable diesel production. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) factor for BioLPG is 90 pct lower than a fossil-based fuel such as RP-1, the highly-refined form of Kerosene typically used as rocket fuel, according to the release.

Orbex is also committing to offsetting all emissions from the rocket and its launch operations, ensuring every launch is carbon neutral. Orbex plans to launch Prime from Space Hub Sutherland, the carbon-neutral Spaceport in the North of Scotland. (Source: Orbex, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: Orbex, Chris Larmour, CEO , contact@orbec.space, www.orbex.space; Calor, www.calor.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioLPG,  Biofuel,  


UGI Announces Third NY State RNG Project (Ind. Report)
UGI Corp,Cayuga RNG
Date: 2021-10-29
Cayuga RNG Holdings LLC is reporting an agreement to develop its third renewable natural gas (RNG) production project at El-Vi Farms in upstate New York. This is in addition to the previously announced Spruce Haven and Allen Farms projects. Cayuga RNG is a joint venture of UGI Energy Services LLC, a subsidiary of King of Prussia, Penna.-headquartered UGI Corp. and Global Common Energy LLC.

The El-Vi Farms project will include the construction of a manure digester and gas upgrading equipment. Once completed in early 2023, the project is expected to produce 55 million cubic fpy of RNG that will be delivered to a local natural gas pipeline serving the regional distribution system. UGI subsidiary, GHI Energy, will be the exclusive marketer for Cayuga RNG.

In total, the Spruce Haven, Allen Farms, and El-Vi Farms projects represent an investment of nearly $50 million. Cayuga RNG is actively pursuing several other projects in the region, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corp., Website PR, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp, Robert F. Beard, Exec VP Natural Gas, (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Corp,  RNG,  


Jay, Maine Upgrading to Energy-Efficient Illumination (Ind. Report)
Jay, Maine
Date: 2021-10-29
In the Pine Tree State, the city of Jay (pop. 4,850+-) reports Select Board approval of the replacement and upgrading of lighting at three public works facilities and both fire stations with more energy-efficient systems at an expected cost of $42,679. That cost is expected to be offset by an Efficiency Maine grant estimated at $20,951, leaving the town’s public works and fire departments' share at an estimated $21,728. Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in the state.

The Select Board also agreed to enter into an agreement with Optimal Energy Group to act as an energy adviser consultant on a proposed project to potentially replace the heating, ventilation and air condition system at the Town Office/Police Station and possible other energy efficiency upgrades and improvements. (Source: City of Jay, Maine, Sun Journal, 27 Oct., 2021) Contact: Efficiency Maine, www.efficiencymaine.com; City of Jay, 207-897-6785, www.jay-maine.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


GSA Seeks Building GHG Reduction Technologies (Ind. Report)
GSA
Date: 2021-10-29
In Washington, he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) are calling for a request for information (RFI) to identify "evaluation ready" and adaptable technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings. This RFI covers three broad categories:
  • High-Performance/Low-Carbon Building Technologies and Solutions -- Technologies of interest include electrification of major building loads; larger scale and integrated heat pump systems, retrofit heat recovery systems, electrification of major loads, and building envelope retrofits.

  • Onsite Energy Generation and Storage Systems -- Technologies of interest include building-integrated photovoltaics, high-efficiency PV, solutions to better integrate PV and storage into building management systems, solar and geothermal, on-site distributed wind, and hydrogen fuel cells.

  • Carbon Reducing or Capture -- Technologies of interest include on-site carbon capture for fuel-fired processes and technologies that use next-generation, low, or no global warming potential refrigerants.

    December 7, 2021 is the deadline for response. Download the RFI details HERE . (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , General Services Administration, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: GSA, gpg@gsa.gov, www.gsa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • Ameresco, Trent Univ. Renew Energy Efficiency EPC (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-10-25
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting it will partner with Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario , on an energy performance contract (EPC) for various energy efficiency upgrades including the installation of a 2.5MW/5 MWh battery energy storage system BESS, the replacement of aging switchgear components and the implementation of a carport canopy photo-voltaic (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The PV and EV charging station will complement the newly installed BESS and reduce the University's greenhouse gas emissions.

    The University’s renewed EPC with Ameresco builds on previous energy saving projects such as converting the campus lighting to LEDs, implementing smart ventilation systems and using solar energy to power the university's new zero-carbon Forensics Crime Scene Facility. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 19 Oct., 2021)Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com , www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amersco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    TerraVest Claims Cdn. Biogas Upgrading Contract (Ind. Report)
    TerraVest
    Date: 2021-10-22
    In Canada, Alberta-based TerraVest Industries Inc reports it has contracted to supply a biogas upgrading system -- including engineering, equipment design, manufacturing, and system integration -- for a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Western Canada .

    The system will process up to 1,200 Nm3/h of raw biogas and will remove hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and other impurities to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in compliance with Canadian RNG specifications for pipeline injection. (Source: TerraVest Industries Inc. , Website, PR, 20 Oct., 2021) Contact: TerraVest, Dustin Haw, CEO, (416) 855-1928, dhaw@terravestindustries.com, www.terravestindustries.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerraVest,  RNG,  Biogas,  


    REGI Geismar Renewable Diesel Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-10-22
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports the expansion and upgrading of its renewable diesel (RD) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, is underway.

    The project will increase the site's production capacity from 90 million gpy to 340 million gpy. The expansion and upgrade is expected to come in at $950 million and to be mechanically complete by 2023 with full operability in 2024.

    With the plant improvements, the Geismar plant will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2.8 million metric tpy -- equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 7.1 billion miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, according to the release. (Source: REGI, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 979-3771, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


    Cognizant Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Cognizant
    Date: 2021-10-20
    Teaneck, New Jersey-headquartered global business consultancy Cognizant reports it has committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. Cognizant's commitment calls for reducing emissions by 50 pct from the company's global operations and supply chain by 2030, and by 90 pct by 2040, with the remaining emissions negated with carbon offsets. Specific initiatives to achieve net-zero include:
  • Aligning to climate science -- Cognizant is developing a science-based emissions reduction target that is aligned with the need to keep global average temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and will submit this target for third-party validation with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

  • Ongoing investments in renewable energy -- Building on initial success in India, where over a quarter of Cognizant's energy has come from renewable sources since 2020, Cognizant plans to expand its use of onsite solar energy and enter new power purchase agreements with clean energy developers. It will also continue as a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a global initiative bringing together the world's most influential businesses committed to procuring 100 pct renewable electricity.

  • Increasing energy efficiency -- Cognizant will be investing in new energy efficient equipment and technologies across its owned offices and data centers throughout the world. In 2019 and 2020, the company improved energy efficiency across several offices in India, replacing outdated conventional power supply systems with modular systems, upgrading conventional lighting with energy efficient LED fittings, and retrofitting cooling systems.

    In addition to its own net zero agenda, Cognizant is developing and deploying solutions enabling its global client base to double down on reducing their own carbon footprints, reducing waste, and sustainable product development by leveraging technology advancements in AI, data and analytics, cloud and IoT. Examples include: transitioning energy-intensive data centers to public cloud use; designing IoT-enabled smart buildings that manage electricity, heating, cooling and water consumption more efficiently to reduce power needs; and using IoT and cloud solutions in transportation and supply chain applications for real-time vessel emissions monitoring to improve shipping route planning and increase fuel efficiency. (Source: Cognizant, Website PR, 19 Oct., 2021) Contact: Cognizant, Brian Humphries, CEO , Sophia Mendelsohn, Chief Sustainability Officer , Jodi Sorensen, jodi.sorensen@cognizant.com, www.cognizant.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cognizant news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Renewable Energy news,  


  • DOE Announces $61Mn for Smart, Efficient Buildings, Grid Resilience (Funding)
    DOE Building Technologies Office
    Date: 2021-10-15
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact with the electrical grid to optimize their energy consumption which will substantially decrease their carbon emissions and cut energy costs.

    Connected communities of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) use smart controls, sensors, and analytics to communicate with the electrical grid, reducing the amount of energy they require during periods of peak demand. This capability is used to optimize buildings and distributed energy resources to maintain the comfort of the building occupants, lowers utility bills, and reduces grid system costs.

    A recent DOE study estimated that by 2030, GEBs could save up to $18 billion per year in power system costs and cut 80 million tpy of carbon emissions -- more than the annual emissions of 50 medium-sized coal plants or 17 million cars. DOE's first two connected communities in Alabama and Georgia have already demonstrated this potential by using approximately 42-44 pct less energy than today's average all-electric home.

    The 10 pilot projects include:

  • Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.(PRI) (New York City, Seattle, San Diego) $5.27 million -- will be used to transform multi-family buildings in affordable housing developments into GEBs that will demonstrate different ways to decarbonize buildings, make them more resilient, and reduce utility bills.

  • IBACOS, Inc. (NC) $6.65 million -- will deploy a coordinated control program to optimize the energy use of a comprehensive mix of distributed energy resources in 1,000 new and existing homes, including single-family and multifamily homes and both owner-occupied and rental properties.

  • Open Market ESCO Limited Liability Company (MA) $6.65 million -- will bring the benefits of efficiency, demand flexibility, renewable generation, and energy storage with more affordable renovations in up to 20 low-to-moderate-income apartment communities.

  • PacifiCorp (UT) $6.24 million -- to establish a program to manage solar photovoltaic, batteries, electric vehicle charging in a diverse community of all-electric buildings and a mass transit transportation center, equipped with the latest market-leading efficient technologies to optimize their collective energy use and provide grid services at scale.

  • Portland General Electric (OR) $6.65 million -- will renovate over 500 buildings in North Portland's historically underserved neighborhoods to reduce their energy burden with numerous energy efficiency measures and connected devices that provide the grid with a range on energy services. (Award amount: $6.65M)

  • Post Road Foundation (ME, NH) $6.65 million -- will investigate the capacity of a novel Transactive Energy Service System to harmonize communications and optimize energy use among the distributed energy resources, local energy markets, and buildings of three rural communities.

  • Slipstream Group Inc. (WI) $5.18 million -- will convert approximately 15 facilities in Madison, Wisconsin into GEBs that connect with nearby electric vehicle charging stations to establish a scalable business model for utilities to install demand flexibility and energy efficiency upgrades across multiple building sizes in public and private sectors.

  • Spokane Edo LLC (WA) $6.65 million -- to unlock demand flexibility up to 2.25 megawatt (MW) using flexible loads in residential and commercial buildings augmented by distributed energy resources within Spokane, Washington's Opportunity Zones of vulnerable populations.

  • SunPower Corporation (CA) $6.65 million -- to build tomorrow's homes today in two communities of all-electric homes in Menifee, California that meet DOE's zero-energy-ready home qualifications and feature solar energy, home energy management systems, and community-scale battery storage.

  • The Ohio State University (OH) $4.2 million -- will investigate the capacity of Ohio State's existing on-campus connected community to provide essential but overlooked ancillary grid services from a diverse range of grid-interactive technologies in a cyber- and data-secure environment.

    The Connected Communities funding opportunity is led by DOE's Building Technologies Office. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, 13 Oct., 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Software,  DOE Building Technologies ,  DOE Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Honeywell, Preem Trial Biomass Pyrolysis Oil Renewable Fuel (Int'l.)
    Honeywell, Preem
    Date: 2021-10-08
    Honeywell is reporting completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. Utilizing UOP's proprietary bioliquid feed system with Optimix™ GF Feed Distributor, pyrolysis oil was co-processed in the FCC at Preem's Lysekil refinery to produce partially renewable transportation fuel.

    Pyrolysis oil produced from sustainable solid biomass materials such as sawdust or agricultural residuals is a low carbon feedstock suitable for refinery upgrading. Biomass-based pyrolysis oil can qualify as an Annex IX Part A feedstock under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. Pyrolysis oil co-processed in an FCC is an economically attractive method of meeting RED biofuel mandates for Advanced Biofuels.

    Preem AB is Sweden's the largest fuel company with more than 18 million cubic MPY capacity, Preem refines and sells gasoline, diesel, heating oil and renewable fuels worldwide. By 2030, Preem will produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels, and thereafter aims to become the world's first climate neutral biofuels- and refining company.Honeywell is aiming for carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035 (Source: Honeywell , PR, OGM, Oct., 2021) Contact: Preem AB, Peter Abrahamsson, Sustainable Development, +46 (0)70-450 10 01, www.preem.se; Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions, Ben Owens, VP, GM, www.uop.com

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    Ameresco Renovating Indiana Jail Facility (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-10-06
    Framingham, Mass.-bases energy effeiciency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it is partnering with Wells County, Indiana on a comprehensive jail facility renovation and modernization project.

    Ameresco's work will include: upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure; replacement of HVAC units; update interior and exterior lighting with LED retrofits; and upgrade controls system and remodel and build a new facility addition.

    Implemented improvements are expected to save the facility $560,000 annually. Construction is slated to get underway this month for completion in Oct. 2022. ( Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website Release, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com , www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

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    Willdan Wins Dublin, California $21.2 Mn Energy Contract (Ind. Report)
    Willdan
    Date: 2021-10-06
    In the Golden State, Anaheim-headquartered Willdan Group, Inc. reports it has been selected by the City of Dublin (pop. 67,800 +-), California, to implement citywide energy efficiency, infrastructure, resiliency, and smart-city upgrades.

    Through a comprehensive $21.2 million contract, Willdan will perform project engineering, development, construction, commissioning and energy savings measurement and verification at over 20 sites across the City, including the deployment of distributed energy resources and three years of maintenance at 10 sites.

    Ten sites will receive additional solar capacity, totaling 1.4 MW-DC capacity, and four sites will be paired with battery energy storage. The projects are expected to be completed within the next 18-24 months. (Source: Willdan, Website PR, Sept., 2021)Contact: City of Dublin, Laurie Sucgang, City Engineer and Assistant Public Works Director, 925-833-6650, www.dublin.ca.gov; Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, CEO, Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

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    Enbridge, Vanguard Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge, Vanguard Renewables
    Date: 2021-10-04
    Boston-based food and dairy waste-to-energy project developer Vanguard Renewables and Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge, Inc. a leading North American energy infrastructure company today announced a partnership whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic fpy of renewable natural gas (RNG) from anaerobic digesters in which Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Enbridge will invest approximately $100 million in RNG upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality renewable natural gas and transport and market the gas to U.S. customers.

    Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates on-site farm anaerobic digestion facilities that process and store methane from food waste and manure into low-carbon organic fertilizer. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, Website PR, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables , John Hanselman, CEO, 781.371.4935, www. vanguardrenewables.com ; Enbridge, Bill Yardley, Exec. VP, Gas Transmission and Midstream, 519-619-0370 bill.yardlet@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com

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    LyondellBasell Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    LyondellBasell
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Rotterdam-headquartered chemicals and refining giant LyondellBasell has announced a strategy to achieve an absolute 30 pct reduction of scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions from global operations by 2050. In 2019, LyondellBasell announced an initial GHG emissions reduction target of 15 pct per ton of product produced by 2030 (relative to 2015 levels), and to raise the 15 pct target at a later date.

    To that end, the company has developed an achievable pathway to an absolute reduction in scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 30 pct (relative to 2020 levels). This approach includes: enhanced energy management and low emission steam; flare minimization; use of lower-emitting fuels; process electrification and furnace upgrades; and sourcing at least 50 pct of electricity from renewable sources. The company is also actively embedding emissions reduction efforts into certain business processes including long-range planning and risk management, and identifying collaboration opportunities across multiple sectors to accelerate the scale up and deployment of breakthrough technologies.

    The company notes it is committed to transparency by reporting our climate risk as well as our progress in reducing GHG emissions annually in the CDP climate change questionnaire and according to the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). (Source: LyondellBasell, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: LyondellBasell, www.lyondellbasell.com

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    Ameresco Nails Stadium Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., is reporting completion of its latest phase of work for Paul Brown Stadium, in Cincinnati.

    Ameresco replaced over 500 2000-Watt metal halide technology sports field lights and installed 300 1400-Watt LED technology sports field lights and a new, state-of-the-art DMX lighting control and monitoring system.

    The LED fixtures will eliminate future costs associated with routine lamp and ballast replacements and are expected to generate more than $60,000 in annual electric cost savings. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR. 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  LED Light,  


    Vanguard, Enbridge Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Vanguard Renewables, Enbridge
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables and Calgary-headquartered North American energy infrastructure developer Enbridge, Inc. are reporting an agreement whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic feet per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) from the anaerobic digesters that Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.

    Enbridge will invest roughly $100 million in upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality RNG and provide transportation and marketing services to market that gas to U.S. customers.

    Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates the farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that sequester the methane from food waste and manure, produce clean energy and low-carbon organic fertilizer, and support regenerative agriculture by returning the food nutrients back to the soil. Host farmers receive cost savings and a new income stream.

    In December 2020, Vanguard launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling, and decarbonization of the manufacturing and supply chain. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, PR, The Daily Times, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, John Hanselman, Founder and CEO, 781-232-7597, www.vanguardrenewables.com; Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370 leanne.mcnaughton@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com

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    Marriott Touts Net-Zero Emissions Game Plan (Ind. Report)
    Marriott
    Date: 2021-09-24
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered hotel and hospitality industry giant Marriott International has outlined its net-zero strategy building on its existing 2025 sustainability goals.

    Marriott's current sustainability strategy aims to "reduce environmental impacts through the construction and operation of sustainable hotels and responsible sourcing while protecting and restoring ecosystems" including: reducing use of single-use plastics; introducing an internal food waste prevention and reduction educational campaign; creating a responsible sourcing guide for Marriott's suppliers; creating a certifications database to help Marriott properties operate more responsibly and work towards the goal of 100 pct of the portfolio receiving a third-party sustainability certification; and develop ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration projects.

    Other initiatives "may" include: increased use of renewable energy and building electrification to maximize use of renewable electricity; continued modifications to building design standards for greater energy efficiency including the installation of smart thermostats, automation systems and other energy efficiency upgrades.

    Marriott aims to reach net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Marriott Int'l., PR, Business Traveler , 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: Marriott Int'l., Anthony Capuano, CEO, 301-380-3000, www.headquartersof.com/marriott-international-corporate-headquarters-info

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marriott,  


    Clarke Energy, BioTown Tout Indiana RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Clarke Energy, BioTown
    Date: 2021-09-17
    In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Clarke Energy USA Inc., a KOHLER Company, is reporting a turn-key agreement with Reynolds, Indiana-based BioTown Biogas under which Clarke will design, supply and install equipment to an upgraded biogas digester plant to process 500-- 600,000 gpy of locally sourced dairy farm waste and slurry into biomethane for the national gas grid in Indiana.

    The biogas will be used for two functions: 460 scfm of treated biogas will fuel an INNIO engine to generate renewable electricity and heat to support the local operations and; over 1,500 scfm of raw biogas will be cleaned and injected into the national gas grid where it will be marketed into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard program and capture D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs). The installation will also enable the avoidance of 150,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Clarke Energy Inc. USA, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: BioTown AG, Chad Hoerr, GM, (219) 984-5915, www.biotownag.com; Clarke Energy, James Clarke, CEO, 262 565 5020, usa@clarke-energy.com, www.clarke-energy.com/us/usa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clarke Energy,  BioTown,  Biogas,  RNG,  


    Aemetis Biogas, PG&E Ink RNG Pipeline Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis Biogas, PG&E
    Date: 2021-09-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis Inc., a renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, reports its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement with San Francisco-headquartered utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E's interconnection equipment to deliver renewable natural gas (RNG) into the utility gas pipeline in Q4 2021.

    The PG&E RNG interconnect equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the Keyes plant and installed during the next three months. RNG produced by the Aemetis Biogas Central Diary Digester Project will be delivered into the PG&E natural gas pipeline for sale to customers throughout California as transportation fuel. (Source: Aemetis Inc. , PR, Website, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis Biogas,  PG&E,  Biogas,  RNG ,  


    Greenlane Renewables, Green Impact Partners Colorado RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables,Green Impact Partners
    Date: 2021-09-17
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-headquartered Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed with Green Impact Partners, through its EPC contractor, a biogas upgrading system supply agreement for $6.1 million (US$4.8 million) for a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Colorado.

    The Colorado Project will utilize two Greenlane pressure swing adsorption (PSA) upgrading systems, one for each of the two dairy farms in the project . The project got underway in July for completion in the second half of 2022. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Green Impact Partners, Jesse Douglas, CEO, www.greenipi.com; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

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    Ameresco Upgrading Mesquite Infrastructure Metering (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-09-15
    Framingham, Mass-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has been selected by the City of Mesquite, Texas, to install a comprehensive smart metering infrastructure improvement project for the city of 159,000 residents' residential and commercial water utility customers.

    The project will include installation of solid-state water meters and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to allow for wireless reading of water usage data. Ameresco will replace more than 42,000 water meters and 41,000 meter boxes citywide, all of which are expected deliver significant operational savings. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: City of Mesquite City Manager Cliff Keheley, Water Dept., 972-216-6208, www.cityofmesquite.com/225/Utilities; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Metering,  


    Greenbacker Expands Clear Energy Renewables Investment (Funding)
    Greenbacker Capital,Clear Energy Renewables
    Date: 2021-09-01
    NYC-headquartered Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC is reporting a Greenbacker affiliated fund it is increasing its investment in Denver-based Clear Energy Renewables, an owner-operator of hydroelectric power generation facilities in the Empire State. Clear Energy will use Greenbacker's additional investment to finance the acquisition and upgrade of two more hydro facilities in New York.

    Greenbacker's initial 2020 investment in Clear Energy was used to acquire and modernize two hydro assets and upgrade a previously acquired facility in New York State. (Source: Greenbacker Capital, Website PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Capital, www.greenbackercapital.com; Clear Energy Renewables, www.linkedin.com/company/clear-energy-renewables

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    Greenlane Claims $12.8MN in U.S. RNG Project Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2021-09-01
    In Vancouver, Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a total of Cdn. $12.8 million (US$10.2 million) in contracts for renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the U.S. One of the contracts involves the supply by Greenlane of its membrane separation biogas upgrading system for a project owned by an international energy company. This is a repeat order within eight months from the last one.

    Greenlane is also announcing contracts signed for the supply of two biogas upgrading systems, one each for separate RNG dairy farm projects in Wisconsin and New York State. These two projects will each utilize Greenlane’s pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system. ((Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, Aug., 2021) )Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com,

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


    StoreDot Touts Patent-Pending Battery Tech (New Prod & Tech.)
    StoreDot
    Date: 2021-08-30
    Israeli battery specialist StoreDot, the pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), is underpinning its leadership in XFC technologies with a patent for revolutionary systems that will decrease EV charging times and increase milage per charge.

    The patent pending technology incorporates hardware and software advances that create a "booster" feature, allowing the battery to analyze the capability of the charging station in real time and to adjust the battery's ability to carry high current rates. This communication between a vehicle's XFC battery and charging system means that cells can be charged faster, safely accepting a higher current without overheating. It also has the ability to immediately boost existing infrastructure systems, enabling faster charging, and thus optimizing future fast-charge technologies without the need to upgrade to newer equipment in the near future.

    The patent pending technology will be accessible to the entire market, marking a first for an advanced automotive battery company, according to the release.

    The Company is also in advanced talks with several global car makers and is on track to deliver mass-produced XFC batteries, by 2024 and to begin mass production in 2028. (Source: StoreDot., Website PR, 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: StoreDot, Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO, +972.3.509.7710 I, info@store-dot.com, www.store-dot.com

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    China Sinopec Plans Major Hydrogen Push to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
    Date: 2021-08-30
    In Beijing, China's largest oil distiller and petrochemicals producer, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is reporting plans to invest roughly 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) over 5 years to establish 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations with 200,000 tpy of capacity, and facilities run by renewable energy that can produce over 1 million tpy of the zero-emission fuel.

    Sinopec's preliminary budget will fund the necessary R&D, production of hydrogen, purification, treatment, storage and transport facilities. The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use "green" hydrogen in their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to avoid 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2025.

    The company also plans to install 7,000 solar power projects totaling 400 MW at its network of 30,00 fuel stations and increase its low carbon plant-based fuel supply capacity to provide 100,000 tpy of aviation biofuel (SAF) and 1.45 million tpy of ethanol by 2025.

    Sinopec emitted 170.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020, 84 pct of which were attributed to its oil refining and chemicals manufacturing operations, according to its latest sustainability report. (Source: Sinopec, S.China Morning Post, Sept., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

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    Ameresco Tackles Tarleton State's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-08-27
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports inking an an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, to develop an energy and water conservation project.

    Planned improvements at Tarleton State include light-emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofits and replacements, water fixture improvements, occupancy and similar controls and instrumentation improvements and HVAC upgrades and replacements, all of which are expected to cut the university's electric power and natural gas consumption by 21-23 pct and water consumption by 33 pct per year.

    The project is slated to be completed by June, 2022, and will be self-funded using the utility savings. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Tarleton State University, 254-968-9000, www.tarleton.edu

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    UK Doubling Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-08-27
    In the UK, the Department for Transport has estimated doubling of the country's present E5 biofuel blend standard to E10 could cut transportation CO2 emissions by 750,000 tpy -- equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road.

    The upgrading to E10 is inline with a renewed push towards lowering carbon emissions through the massive transportation decarbonization plan (TDP) aimed at phasing out polluting vehicles. The plan also bans the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles starting in 2030, followed by a ban on hybrids in 2035 and petrol and diesel heavy trucks in 2040.

    According to the London-headquartered UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) "The average UK biofuel CO2 emissions savings in 2019 were over 80 pct under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation meaning that increasing the renewable fuel content of petrol will reduce overall CO2 emissions. It is also worth noting that renewable fuels added to UK petrol and diesel must meet the government's sustainability criteria." (Source: UK Petroleum Industry Association, The Express, Aug., 2021) Contact: UK Petroleum Industry Association, +44 20 7269 7600, www.ukpia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  UK Department for Transport,  


    IoEnergy Helps PG&E Business Customers Tap Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    IoEnergy Solutions
    Date: 2021-08-27
    Carmel, California-headquartered IoEnergy Solutions is touting its new On-Bill Finance division to help Bay Area PG&E businesses access utility-sponsored, zero out-of-pocket lighting efficiency upgrades.

    IoEnergy provides start-to-finish, on-site project identification, utility application management and retrofit implementation for buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger.

    On-bill financing gives commercial building owners the opportunity to retrofit the lighting in their buildings with ultra-efficient LED luminaries and tech-forward sensors and controls. The projects are financed through the energy cost savings associated with the upgrade. For upgrades on large commercial facilities, these savings, combined with lowered maintenance costs over time, can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to the company release. (Source: IoEnergy Solutions, PR, 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: IoEnergy Solutions, Danny Krueger, CEO, (831) 298-0048, www.ioenergyinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IoEnergy Solutions news,  PG&E news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
    USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
    Date: 2021-08-25
    Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

    The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

    Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

    In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

    In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

    In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

    The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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    Rocky Mountain Power Upgrades Wyoming Wind Fleet (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In Cheyenne, Wyoming, PacifiCorp's Rocky Mountain Power reports it has more than doubled its wind energy production with the recently completed addition of new wind resources and upgrading its existing wind turbine fleet located in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. The installation of new larger state-of-the-art nacelles and blades increased the output and useful life of about 1,000 mw of existing generating capability from the same wind source.

    The program began in 2017 when PacifiCorp announced its $3.1 billion Energy Vision 2020 initiative that included four new wind projects located in Wyoming: Cedar Springs 1, Cedar Springs 2; Ekola Flats; TB Flats, totaling 1,150 MW of new generating capability. (Source: PacifiCorp. Rcky Mountain Power, PR, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

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    Eagle's Nest Lands Energy-Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In the Badger State, the Riverwood Senior Living-Eagle's Nest is discovering first-hand how "Focus On Energy" worked with Wisconsin Dells Power and Light and Alliant Energy incentives for using energy-efficient equipment including: LED lighting; occupancy sensors with in-place switches; in-floor heat throughout the building and other energy efficiency upgrades that earned the facility $10,458.52 in incentives from Focus on Energy, according to an Aug. 20 release.

    Riverwood is the first senior living project in the state to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency upgrades. Riverwood's PACE consultant noted the Eagle's Nest facility 38 pct more energy efficient than what is typically required by code. (Source: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, Wisconsin Dells Events, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, www.citywd.org/index.asp?SEC=725C79B5-E2A5-417A-A4AC-76357C6E05A3&Type=B_BASIC

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    Gevo Releases Corporate Governance (ESG) Report (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, Gevo
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Englewood, Colorad0-based Gevo, Inc. has published IMPACT, a sustainability report which demonstrates the company's mission to be transparent on its environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) performance.

    In addition to disclosing Gevo's progress in 2020 and goals for the future, IMPACT shares details on Gevo's holistic approach to commercializing high-value nutritional products and groundbreaking energy-dense, renewable transportation fuels. The report also demonstrates the company's environmental stewardship, workplace culture and internal leadership.

    Download Gevo's full IMPACT report HERE. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Gevo Reboots Luverne Minn. Renewable Fuels Facility (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Gevo reports it has rebooted production of fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA) at its renewable fuels facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne plant as shutted last spring after the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The IBA will be used as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline production to fulfill existing sales contracts. These renewable hydrocarbons will be produced in Silsbee, Texas at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. hydrocarbon production facility. Gevo also expects to utilize some of the IBA produced to develop certain IBA specialty markets.

    The Luverne facility will also allow Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into the company's Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to the release. (Source: Gevo, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Edmonton Set to Launch 100 Bldg. Retrofits Program (Ind. Report)
    Edmonton Alberta
    Date: 2021-08-20
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton (pop. 1.49 million), Albert, City Council reports unanimous approval of a $12.4 million, two-year pilot program to finance energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades to 100 existing Edmonton buildings as part of the city's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The program, which will launch in September, will be available to homeowners and organizations for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The project financing will be repaid over time through a clean energy improvement tax.

    The program is primarily funded by a Federation of Canadian Municipalities loan of $8.4 million and a grant of $1.2 million and a $2.1 million contribution by the city. (Source: City of Edmonton City Council, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: City of Edmonton City Council, www.edmonton.ca/city_government/mayor-city-councillors

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    Aemetis Names Biogas Pipeline Construction Contractor (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc.reports it has awarded a construction services contract to Machado & Sons Construction Inc. to construct the Company’s 32-mile biogas pipeline extension connecting multiple dairy anaerobic digesters throughout Stanislaus and Merced Counties in California.

    The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.

    The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.

    . Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    Ohio State Plans $44Mn in Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    Ohio State University
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In Columbus, The Ohio State University reports it plans to start work on more than $44 million in energy system improvements. The project, which will upgrade 40 of the Ohio State Campuses 100 or more academic, administration, medical, athletic and student residence buildings, is pending approval by the Board of Trustees this week. This will be the fourth of five phases of energy efficiency measures that are part of the Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) program.

    The projects, which are guided by building-specific energy audits performed in 2020 include: changing heating and cooling elements in campus buildings; optimizing air-handling and airflow; and upgrading fans and pumps for optimally efficient circulation, and others, all of which are expected to reduce annual energy consumption for the optimized buildings by an average of more than 25 pct when completed.

    To date, Ohio State Energy Partners has:

  • Converted a total of 107,000 indoor light fixtures and 1,700 outdoor light fixtures to energy-efficient LED technology over the past two years.

  • Completed the deployment of smart energy meters on campus -- now totaling more than 750 electricity, natural gas, steam and chilled water meters -- which are linked to a custom-built Digital Platform that allows ENGIE and Ohio State to monitor the utility system infrastructure and campus-wide energy consumption.

  • Completed infrastructure improvements to support utility systems for facilities around the "Oval" within the Arts District and for health sciences facilities. (Source: The Ohio State University, Ohio State News, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: The Ohio State University, www.osu.edu

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  • DOE Building Tech. Office Residential Energy Dispatch (Ind. Report)
    DOE Building Technology Office
    Date: 2021-08-13
    New DOE Health and Home Performance Infographic -- The Better Buildings Residential Network launched a new Health + Home Performance Infographic that illustrates the link between efficiency and health to better engage homeowners. Efficiency and also home health programs and contractors can use the infographic's easy-to-follow question-and-answer format to discover a homeowner's needs.

    The infographic is ideal for the "kitchen table" conversations where people decide what to do -- and who they want to do it. It also has links for homeowners to find a qualified contractor if they do not already have one. Details: Health + Home Performance Infographic, www.energy.gov/eere/better-buildings-residential-network/articles/new-doe-health-home-performance-infographic

    Map Offers Details of Energy Efficiency Careers -- An interactive career map funded by the DOE Building Technologies Office allows job seekers to explore 55 energy efficiency careers and provides information such as salary range, education requirements and future opportunities. Developed by the Interstate Renewable Industry Council and other industry groups, the Green Buildings Career map targets a broad group of workers with a variety of skills and education levels, providing hundreds of potential pathways to jobs in the green building industry. Details: Green Buildings Carrer Map, www.greenbuildingscareermap.org

    CLEAResult Completes Over 263,000 Home Energy Upgrades -- Austin, Texas-based CLEAResult reports in fiscal year 2020, it completed 263,284 home energy upgrades, direct installations, and benefits to homes in 22 states, with 20 pct of upgrades completed in low-income homes. Contact: CLEAResult, 888-812-6146, www.clearesult.com

    Efficiency Maine Completes 18,953 Upgrades -- Efficiency Maine reported 18,953 home energy upgrades in fiscal year 2020. Their residential customers are able to leverage a variety of programs, including Home Energy Savings, Low Income Initiatives, Retail Initiatives, and Distributor Initiatives. Contact: Efficiency Maine, 866-376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com

    DOE Home Energy Score Recognizes Partner Achievements, Upgrades Modeling Capabilities -- The DOE Home Energy Score™ team recognized three of its partners this month for their outstanding efforts to provide homeowners and renters with a Home Energy Score -- a miles per gallon-type rating that measures a home's energy efficiency. Award winners include the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which produced nearly 6,000 scores over the past year; Detroit-based Walker-Miller Energy Services, which used the score to reach under-served households in Michigan; and Energize Connecticut, which helped lead Connecticut's innovative efforts to expand Home Energy Score, including to renters. Currently 25 Home Energy Score Partners exist with a network of nearly 300 assessors actively producing scores nationwide.

    The latest improvement to Home Energy Score™ enhances the tool's modeling capabilities by incorporating EnergyPlus™, a whole-building energy simulation already considered the standard by engineers, architects, and researchers for measuring energy consumption in buildings. The switch to EnergyPlus enables Home Energy Score to produce more accurate energy estimates through comprehensive modeling calculations. Details: Home Energy Score, www.betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/home-energy-score. (Source: US DOE Building Technology Office, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Building Technology OfficeBetter Buildings Residential Network, www.bbresidentialnetwork@ee.doe.gov

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