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PG&E's Gas Transmission System Receives Dairy RNG (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2022-01-17
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting pipe-line ready RNG from Redding, California-based Maas Energy's anaerobic digestion facilities in Merced County has begun flowing via the California Energy Exchange's pipeline into PG&E gas transmission system.

The project, which produces pipeline-ready RNG (biomethane) from 15 dairy farms in Merced County, was largely funded by the California Public Utilities Commission's Dairy Biomethane Pilot Program -- part of the state's strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

According to the California Air Resources Board, roughly half of the state's methane emissions come from dairies and livestock. (Sources; PG&E, PR. 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: PG&E, Chris DiGiovanni, Business Dev., www.pge.com; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545, info@maasenergy.com, www.maasenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  RNG,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  Maas Energy ,  


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 ,  


CSI Solar, Crimson Ink Solar+Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar Inc
Date: 2021-09-15
Guelph, Ontairi-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary, CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has closed a 350 MW / 1400 MWh EPS contract to provide the fully-integrated battery storage system and maintenance service to Recurrent Energy's stand-alone battery storage project in Riverside County, California.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees,

The Crimson storage project is 80 pct owned by Axium Infrastructure -- an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long- term investment returns through investing in core infrastructure assets in North America -- and 20 pct owned by Recurrent Energy -- Canadian Solar's wholly-owned subsidiary. Crimson holds two 15-year stand-alone storage contracts with local utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees, ensuring system output, safety and reliability. The long term service agreement includes the operation and maintenance of the battery systems as well as their future augmentation services. The project will be augmented with planned additional installed battery capacity of approximately 300 MWh to be installed on regular frequencies over the 15-year term of the long term service contract. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, VP, 514-954-3781 asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.infrastructure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar Inc,  Solar+Storage,  


PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
PG&E, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-11-02
In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR,  


  • PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, Tesla
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Upon completion, the facility will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

    The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

    When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Tesla,  Energy Storage,  


    PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric, Tesla
    Date: 2020-08-03
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E’s electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Once operational, the Moss Landing substation will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

    The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

    When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020)Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


    PG&E Seeking Battery Energy Storage Project Approvals (Ind Report)
    Pacific Gas & Electric
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports it is seeking California PUC approval for seven battery projects totaling 423 MW -- 1.7 GWh of energy storage capacity -- to meet its share of a statewide procurement that must be brought online by late next year to assure statewide grid stability.

    PG&E's proposal represents a major boost to a battery fleet that's already set to be the largest in the world. PG&E's major projects include a 300-MW/1,200-MWh project by Irving, Texas-based Vistra Energy and a 182.5-MW/730-MWh project from Tesla being built near a natural-gas plant in Monterey County.

    PG&E is also adding another 100 MW/400 MWh of battery plant from Vistra and three 50-MW/200-MWh systems to the existing 50-MW Diablo Energy Storage project being constructed by LS Power in Contra Costa County. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric, gtm, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004, investor@vistraenergy.com, www.vistraenergy.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Energy Storage,  


    ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-02-24
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

    The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

    The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

    While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

    The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

    The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

    Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

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