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NRCAN Invests in PQ Paper Mill Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
NRCAN
Date: 2021-08-13
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is reporting a $40,000 investment in paper products manufacturer Kruger Products's effort to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and obtain ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard certification at its Crabtree plant in Quebec.

Through ISO 50001 certification, the plant commits to reducing its impact on the environment, conserving energy resources and improving its performance through the efficient management of all forms of energy. The average IS0 50001-certified facility will experience a cumulative energy performance improvement of almost 3 pct in the first two years alone.

Federal funding for this project is provided by the Industrial Energy Management Program, which offers financial assistance to help fund Canadian industrial facilities' energy management projects. This funding supplements the investments made by Kruger Products itself to carry out this energy efficiency project and obtain ISO 50001 certification, for a total combined investment of $660,000. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Website, Aug., 2021) Contact: NRCAN, www.nrcan.gc.ca; ISO 50001, www.iso.org target=_blank>Energy Efficiency,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News ISO 50001 ,  NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  


TC Energy Advancing Ontario Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
TC Energy
Date: 2021-07-30
Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. is reporting an agreement with the Canadian Department of National Defense for development of a 1,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage project on federal lands in Ontario.

The multi-billion Ontario Pumped Storage Project, which would be Ontario's largest energy storage project, would optimize the province's electricity system and deliver roughly $250 million in annual savings to electricity consumers, provide emission-free electricity for the province while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an expected 490,000 tpy -- the equivalent of removing 150,000 cars from Ontario roads.

The project also aims in part to reduce the amount of electricity exported from the province to Quebec and Manitoba, as well as to New York, Michigan, and Minnesota, at a loss of $384 million ($309 million US). (Source: TC Energy, PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-7859, www.tcenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TC Energy news,  Energy STorage news,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage news,  


LM Wind Power Expanding Gaspe Wind Blade Plant (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-07-23
GE Renewable Energy reports is partnering with the governments of Canada and Quebec for the expansion of its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade facility in Gaspe, Quebec, Canada.

The plant, which was previously expanded in 2017, has manufactured more than 10,000 blades, equivalent to approximately 6,000 MW. since it began production in 2005.

According to the Canadian Renewable Energy Association , Canada has more than 13,500 MW of installed wind capacity, enough to supply approximately three million homes. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy (Canada, Heather Chalmers, Pres., CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power ,  Wind Blade,  


Ethanol Producer Greenfield Global, Port of Montreal Cooperate on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
Greenfield Global
Date: 2021-06-18
In Quebec, the Montreal Port Authority is reporting a cooperation agreement with Ontario-based ethanol producer Greenfield Global to develop green hydrogen for an indirect shore supply of electrical power for the marine industry. The agreement is intended to identify and implement innovative green energy solutions, of which green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol are at the forefront.

The agreement aims to address commercial shipping's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) which account for roughly 3 pct of global GHG emissions.

Greenfield is the largest ethanol producer in Canada and owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Port of Montreal, Website, PR, H2 View, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Montreal Port Authority, Martin Imbleau, Pres., CEO, 514 283-7011, www.port-montreal.com; Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Green Hydrogen,  Ethanol,  


Waga Reports Spanish, Canadian Landfill Biomethane Projects (Int'l)
Waga Energy
Date: 2021-06-18
Meylan, France-headquartered Waga Energy reports it has been selected by Ferrovial Servicios to produce biomethane at the Can Mata landfill, one of Spain's largest landfill, near Barcelona. The WAGABOX® unit to be installed will treat up to 2,200 m3/h of landfill gas and inject 70 GWh of biomethane per year into the gas network of the Spanish operator Nedgia, The waste stored in Can Mata generates nearly 40 million cubic meters per year of biogas

The project is the first ever landfill gas injection project to be financed by a long-term power purchase agreement in Europe. The facility, which will avoid 17,000 tpy of CO2 by substituting renewable natural gas (RNG) for natural gas, is expected to be commissioned in 2022.

As previously reported in April, , Waga Energy contracted with Brome-Missiquoi Intermunicipal Waste Management Board (RIGMRBM) in Quebec to construct a WAGABOX® purification unit at Cowansville landfill to produce biomethane (RNG). The project is the company's second contract in Canada and is expected to commissioned early in 2023.

Waga Energy will finance the construction of the unit and the connection of the installation to the gas network, operate and maintain the unit as well as purchase the RNG produced on-site for 20 years then sell the gas to a Canadian energy company. Cowansville landfill treats 75,000 tpy of waste from which the WAGABOX unit will produce 30 GWh of biomethane per year and supply 1,750 Quebec households with RNG, and avoid 5,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

Waga Energy presently operates 10 WAGABOX units in France, representing a production capacity of 225 GWh per year of biomethane and has 6 units under construction. (Source: Waga Energy, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Waga Energy, Mathieu Lefebrve, CEO, www.waga-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waga Energy,  RNG,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  


Greenleaf Scores Biomass Projects Recapitalization (Funding)
Greenleaf Power
Date: 2021-06-09
In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Greenleaf Power LLC reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Greenleaf Biomass Holdings has secured $36.7 million in biomass project funding from East West Bank.

The funds will be used to recapitalise Greenleaf's 30 MW Honey lake Power project in Lassen County, California, and the 22 MW St-Felicien Cogeneration project in Quebec, Canada. Both are power generation facilities that convert woody biomass waste into electricity that is sold under long-term PPAs to San Diego Gas & Electric and Hydro-Quebec, respectively. Greenleaf also notes it is developing battery storage at sites adjacent to its biomass power facilities. (Source: Greenleaf Power, PR, 8 June., 2021) Contact: Greenleaf Power LLC, 916-596-2500, info@greenleaf-power,com, www.greenleaf-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenleaf Power,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Quebec Low-Carbon Fuel Regulation Lauded (Opinions & Asides)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2021-05-14
Vancouver-based Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) applauds the Government of Quebec's release of a draft regulation to require increased use of low carbon fuels in the province.

Effective January 1, 2023, gasoline and diesel fuels distributed in the province are to have low-carbon content of 15 pct and 10 pct respectively by 2030, with progressively higher inclusion rates between 2023 and 2030. Diesel pool content in 2023 will be 3 pct and gasoline pool content 10 pct in 2023. In both pools, the low-carbon content volume requirements will be adjusted by a carbon intensity factor. Volume bonuses will be awarded if the average carbon intensity of low carbon fuels in the year is greater than 45 pct below the gasoline carbon intensity, or 70 pct below the diesel carbon intensity; in 2028, the bonus will apply after 50 pct and 75 pct, respectively. Consultation on the draft regulation closes June 26, 2021.

The regulation respecting the integration of low-carbon-intensity fuel content into gasoline and diesel fuel is expected to result in 2.5 MT of GHG reductions per year by 2030, and contribute to the provincial goal of reduced reliance on fossil fuel imports. With Quebec's regulation, over 90 pct of Canadian fuel consumption will be subject to a provincial low-carbon or renewable fuel standard, with biofuels supplying most of the compliance pursuant to these standards.

ABFC is the national voice for producers, distributors, and technology developers of advanced biofuels. ABFC promotes the production and use of low carbon advanced biofuels in Canada, which our members supply across North America and globally. These companies have invested in processing and supply chain operations in Quebec and are actively bringing to market the next generation of low carbon biofuels. Since 2005, ABFC has provided provincial and federal leadership on sound biofuels policies to expand clean energy options, achieve measurable climate action results, and stimulate new investments and clean growth. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.caABFC, Ian Thomson, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Biofuel Blend,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


EVLO 4-MW ESS Slated for Remote Quebec Community (Ind. Report)
EVLO Energy Storage
Date: 2021-05-05
EVLO Energy Storage Inc., a unit of the public utility Hydro-Quebec, reports it will deploy a 4-MW / 20-MWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery energy storage system (ESS) in the remote Quebec municipality of Parent on the Hydro-Quebec grid.

The system will include EVLO's advanced software for remote storage system management. The system components will be delivered this fall and the system is expected to be in service by spring 2022.

The system , which will be deployed as part of work being carried out on a transmission line, will be the utility's largest energy storage system and will remain in place to manage peaks on the grid, serve as an auxiliary power source in the event of an outage. (Source: EVLO Energy Storage Inc., PR, May, 2021) Contact: EVLO Energy Storage Inc., Alain Aubuchon, Director of Business Relations, www.evloenergie.com; Hydro-Quebec, www.hydro-quebec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EVLO Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  Hydro-Quebec ,  


Thyssenkrupp Inks NA Green Hydrogen Plant Contracts (Ind. Report)
Thyssenkrupp
Date: 2021-04-28
Essen, Germany-headquartered industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG is reporting two EPC contracts to construct what it says will be record-size commercial green hydrogen production facilities in North America. One was awarded this month at a Louisiana chemical plant and a larger one in January at a Quebec greenfield site.

The German firm will construct a 20-MW alkaline water electrolysis plant for Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries' ammonia production complex in Donaldsonville, La.. The plant will produce 20,000 tpy of green hydrogen that will be integrated into its existing ammonia production. “Ammonia is a critical enabler for storage and transport of hydrogen and can also be used as a carbon-free fuel, according to CF Industries. Construction is slated to get underway in the second half of this year for completion and commissioning in 2023.

As previously reported, Thyssenkrupp has also contracted with Canadian utility Hydro Quebec to design a $200 million, 88-MW water electrolysis plant near Montreal that will produce 11,100 metric tpy of green hydrogen. (Source: Thyssenkrupp AG,PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Thyssenkrupp AG, www.thyssekrupp.com; CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com; Hydro Quebec, www.hydroquebec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen news,  Hydro Quebec news,  Thyssenkrupp news,  CF Industries news,  


Quebec, CARB Joint Emissions Auction Set for May (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2021-03-22
In Quebec City, the Quebec Ministere de l'Environnement et de la Lutte Contre les Changements Climatiques (MELCC) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in Sacrament have announced the next joint carbon market auction will be held on May 19, 2021.

The Auction Notice, which includes the number of emissions units for sale, minimum prices and application requirements, marks the beginning of the application period which closes on April 19, 2021.

Download auction details HERE. (Source: MELCC, PR, 19 Mar., 2021) Contact: MELCC, www.environnement.gouv.qc.ca; Contact: CARB, Richard Perry, CEO, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Carbon Emissions,  Quebec Carbon Emissions,  


Xebec Completes Inmatec Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
Xebec Adsorption
Date: 2021-03-03
Montreal, Quebec-headquartered Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of clean energy solutions for renewable and low carbon gases, reports the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Rheinbach, Germany-headquartered on-site nitrogen and oxygen generator manufacturer Inmatec Gase Technologie GmbH & Co. KG, Inmatec GmbH and Inmatec Gas Technology FZC RAK.

The Inmatec acquisition positions Xebec to execute and accelerate its distributed renewable and low carbon gas strategy and access new markets and service capabilities. (Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc. , PR, Website, 1 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xebec Adsorption, Dr. Prabhu Rao, COO, Brandon Chow, Investor Relations Manager, (450) 979-8700 ext 5762, bchow@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com; Inmatec GmbH, +49 800 5893427602, www.inmatec.de, www.inmatec-gmbh.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec Adsorption,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


Bonduelle Scores Energy Efficiency Study Funding (Funding)
NRCAN
Date: 2021-02-08
In Ottawa, the the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is providing a $24,000 investment to Bonduelle Canada for a process integration study that will recommend energy-efficiency improvements to reduce energy consumption and cut costs at the company's vegetable processing facility in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The province's Energi agency also contributed to the project to bring the total investment to nearly $50,000. (Source: Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, Food Canada, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Bonduelle Canada, www.bonduelle.com/en; Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, www,nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  


Thyssenkrupp Touts Green Hydrogen (Green Hydrogen, Biofuel)
Thyssenkrupp
Date: 2021-01-20
Essen-based German steel producer Thyssenkrupp reports its subsidiary Uhde Chlorine Engineers was awarded an engineering contract for its first green hydrogen project and installation of an 88 MW water electrolysis plant in Varennes, Quebec, for Hydro-Quebec.

After a late 2023 startup, the plant would be "one of the world's first and biggest production facilities for green hydrogen" at 11,100 metric tpy.

Both the hydrogen and the oxygen, produced as a by-product in the electrolysis process, would be used in a biofuel plant to produce biofuels from residual waste for the transport sector, the release noted. (Source: Thyssenkrupp, PR, Website, Xinhua, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Thyssenkrupp, +49 201 844 0, Fax: +49 201 844 536000, info@thyssenkrupp.com, www.thyssenkrupp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thyssenkrupp ,  Green Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  


Shell Invests in Enerkem's Quebec Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada,Enerkem,Forge Hydrocarbons
Date: 2021-01-08
Shell Canada reports it will invest $350 million in a biofuel plant that is slated to open in Varennes, Quebec in 2023.

The plant -- which has received funding from Suncor Energy Inc., natural gas company Proman, Hydro-Quebec and the Quebec and federal governments -- will use Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem Inc technology to process contaminated wood, construction and demolition leftovers, plastics, municipal and solid waste into methanol and ethanol. The plant will use hydrogen produced from hydroelectricity as its gasification agent.

As previously reported, Shell Canada's other biofuels partnership in Sombra, Ont., will convert waste fats and oil into renewable diesel using technology developed by Alberta-based Forge Hydrocarbons Corp.

The Canadian federal government estimates the global biodiesel market will grow to $44-billion by 2025. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Enerkem, Jan., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, www.forgehc.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons,  Shell Canada,  Enerkem,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Hydro-Quebec Launches EVLO Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Hydro-Quebec
Date: 2020-12-11
In Montreal, Canada's largest electricity producer Hydro-Quebec is reporting the launch of its subsidiary EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO) to design, sell, and operate medium- and large-scale energy storage systems for power producers, transmission providers and distributors, as well as the commercial and industrial markets.

EVLO's lithium-iron phosphate batteries and modular design can be scaled to meet a wide variety of needs and includes power control and energy management software. They also have a smaller environmental footprint, are made from naturally abundant, nontoxic materials, and can be recycled using a process that allows 99 pct of the active materials to be recovered and reused. Moreover, EVLO systems do not contain any cobalt or rare earth elements. (Source: Hydro-Quebec, Website, PR, 9 Dec., 2020)Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Sophie Brochu, Pres., CEO, www.hydroquebec.com; EVLO, www.evloenergy.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro-Quebec,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Enerkem Proposes Advanced Biorefinery in Quebec (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2020-12-09
Montreal-based biofuels-renewable fuels from wastes specialist Enerkem and strategic partners Shell, Suncor, Proman and Hydro-Quebec is reporting plans to develop a 33.2 million gpy biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec.

The proposed $875 million (Cdn) Varennes Carbon Recycling facility would produce ethanol and renewable chemicals from roughly 200,000 metric tpy of wood waste, forest biomass and non-recyclable plastic and solid waste materials using a proprietary thermochemical technology.

Enerkem notes the proposed project will leverage green hydrogen and oxygen produced through electrolysis and include construction of one of the world's largest renewable hydrogen and oxygen production facilities. The first phase of the proposed project is slated for commissioning in 2023. (Source: Enerkem, Website, 8 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


ADRIQ Announces Cellulosic Tech Partnership Award (Ind. Report)
DPInnovation,Resolute Forest Products
Date: 2020-12-04
In November, the Association Pour le Developpement de la recherche et de l'Innovation du Quebec (ADRIQ) recognized Resolute Forest Products, Pointe-Claire, QC-based FPInnovations, and Vancouver-headquartered Performance BioFilaments with the ADRIQ Technology Partnership Award for their developement, production and commercialization of cellulose filaments.

Extracted from wood-pulp fibre, cellulose filaments can be utilized as a reinforcing agent in materials used in industrial sectors such as transportation, or as a rheological agent to modify the texture and behaviour of paint and other applications. (Source: FPInnovations, PR, Cdn. Biomass, Dec., 2020) Contact: Resolute Forest Products, www.resolutefp.com; Performance BioFilaments, (604) 806-0261, www.performancebiofilaments.com; FPInnovations, Glen Prevost, Guide Author, (705) 358-4667, (514) 630-4100, glen.prevost@fpinnovations.ca, www.fpinnovations.ca; ADRIQ, (514) 337-3001, www.adriq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Resolute Forest Products,  FPInnovations,  Cellulose,  Cellulosic,  


Quebec Supports Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Project (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2020-12-02
The Government of Quebec has announced $5.943 million ($4.55 million US) in funding to a non-profit organization Bioenergie La Tuque (BELT) to develop and demonstrate the potential of producing advanced biofuels from locally-sourced forestry waste, woody biomass in La Tuque, Quebec, Canada. The funding will be used to continue project development and plant design, and the potential of building a renewable fuels plant in the area.

BELT, the Council of the Atikamekw Nation and renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel provider Neste have been jointly assessing the feasibility of utilizing sustainably-sourced forest-based biomass and residues for advanced sustainable biofuels production since 2017.

The BioEnergie La Tuque project would utilize 650,000 metric tpy of forest biomass and aligns with and supports Quebec's established forest product industry and commitment to sustainable forestry management and biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Neste Corporation, Press Release, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Woody Biomass,  Advanced Biofuel ,  


Boralex Takes Control of 3 Quebec Wind Farms (Ind. Report, M&A)
Boralex
Date: 2020-11-20
Montreal-headquartered Boralex Inc. is reporting an agreement to acquire the full 49 pct equity stake held by the Province of Quebec Pension Fund -- Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) -- in 3 wind farms totaling 296 MW in Quebec, already 51 pct owned by Boralex.

The 3 wind farms, located in the Avignon RCM in Gaspesie and the Appalaches RCM in eastern Quebec, are equipped with Enercon turbines and have long-term PPAs with Hydro-Quebec Distribution, expiring between 2032 and 2033 with a weighted average remaining contract duration of nearly 12.5 years.

As part of the acquisition, Boralex will pay $121.5 million cash to CDPQ on closing, which may be supplemented by a conditional consideration of up to $4 million subject to the settlement of certain future conditions that need to be met. The closing is expected to take place at the end of November 2020, subject to standard closing conditions. With this transaction, Boralex's installed capacity will be 2,212 MW. (Source: Boralex Inc., Website, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; CDPQ, 514 847-5493, www.cdpq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  CDPQ,  


O2 Power, Ayana After Azure Power Global Solar Assets (Int'l. M&A)
O2 Power, Ayana Renewable Power
Date: 2020-09-28
India's O2 Power and Ayana Renewable Power have reportedly emerged as the front-runners to acquire Azure Power Global's 305 MW rooftop solar assets valued at in a potential deal valued at roughly $200 million. The deal is reportedly backed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Canadian pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ).

O2 Power is a $500-million renewable energy platform with an 800 MW solar portfolio in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to the company website. (Source: O2 Power, Mint, 27 Sept., 2020) Contact: Azure Power, Ranjit Gupta, CEO, +91-11-4940-9854, pr@azurepower.com, www.azurepower.com; O2 Power, info@O2power.in, www.O2power.in; Ayana Renewable Power, +9180-48511001, www.ayanapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News O2 Power,  Ayana,  Azure Power,  Solar,  


NRCan Invests in Quebec Woody Biomass Bioenergy (Ind. Report)
CRB Innovations,CanmetENERGY
Date: 2020-09-09
The Canadian federal Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) reports its Clean Growth Program will invest $4.5 million in Sherbrooke, Quebec-based CRB Innovations to support eco-sustainable development of the forest sector. The Quebec government Wood Innovation Program invested $2.5 million in the project -- a first of its kind for Canadian bio-refineries.

CRB Innovations is developing a commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other woody biomass sources into intermediate products that will be converted into biofuels and co-bioproducts.

The Natural Resources Clean Growth Program -- a $155-million investment fund -- also provided support to CRB Innovations collaboration with CanmetENERGY (Ottawa) to convert CRB Innovations' mid-products to drop-in transportation biofuels. The NRC investment was made through the program's Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative which provides federal laboratory support for innovators, intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CNBW, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: NRCan, Natural Resources Canada Clean Growth Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/canadas-green-future/clean-growth-programs/20254#wb-cont; CRB Innovations, (819) 566-2335; CanmetENERGY, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/energy-offices-and-labs/canmetenergy/5715#wb-cont

More Low-Carbon Energy News CanmetENERGY,  Natural Resources Canada,  Bioenergy,  Woody Biomass,  


Elkem Investing in Canadian Biocarbon Pilot Plant (Ind. Report)
Elkem
Date: 2020-09-09
Oslo, Norway-headquartered Elkem reports it will invest $19.7 million in a new pilot plant in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada to pilot an industrial biocarbon process specifically for silicon and ferrosilicon production.

The pilot plant will source raw materials including recycled bark, wood chips, sawdust, and wood shaves, with more than 2 million green tons (Gt) of potential raw material from local sources. The project has received financial support from the Canadian government, the Quebec government and the city of Saguenay.

The pilot is intended to verify Elkem's technology for renewable biocarbon, with a long-term goal of contributing to climate-neutral metal production. The technology has potential other industry application while contributing to reduced CO2 emissions, the company says. (Source: Elkem, Chemical Weeks, 9 Sept., 2020) Contact: Elkem, Michael Koenig, CEO, www.elkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Elkem,  Biocarbon,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


CERI Touts EU ETS Over Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
Canadian Energy Research Institute
Date: 2020-08-19
A recent study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) compared the province of British Columbia's $40 per tonne carbon tax and Alberta's Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program taxing heavy emitters $30 a tonne, to the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) and Quebec's cap-and-trade agreement with California and noted that overall, the EU ETS policy was more effective at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the Carbon Tax policy or a Hybrid policy.

In keeping with the study findings, the CERI study proposed the following to lower emissions:

  • Both carbon tax and emissions trade systems have a great capacity to reduce GHG emissions; however, a level at which they are utilized is not adequate for significant change towards low carbon economies;

  • Strengthening existing and adding new carbon policies and actions, especially those that can deal with carbon leakage, is needed;

  • Current carbon prices in many jurisdictions remain insufficient to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, even with extended carbon pricing policies in place to align with the specific GHG reduction targets;

  • Stronger complementary policies and actions are needed to achieve the total reductions in GHG emissions in a case of the BC carbon tax;

  • Lessons from ETS systems, especially California's cap-and-trade system, has revealed that the economy-wide approach can be more efficient than managing specific sectors differently;

  • Linkage of a cap-and-trade system with those in other jurisdictions (such as California's cap-and trade system linked with Quebec) could potentially reduce abatement costs, price volatility, and market power.

    The Calgary-based Canadian Energy Research Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research establishment created through a partnership of industry, academia, and government in 1975. CERI aims to provide relevant, independent, objective economic research in energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia and the public and to build bridges between scholarship and policy,combining the insights of scientific research, economic analysis, and practical experience. (Source: Canadian Energy Research Institute, PR, Western Standard, Aug., 2020) Contact: Canadian Energy Research Institute, (403) 282-1231, info@ceri.ca, www.ceri.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Energy Research Institute,  ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • Innergex Snares 138MW Idaho Wind Portfolio (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Innergex,Wind,Terna Energy
    Date: 2020-07-17
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is reporting the acquisition of all Class B shares of Athens, Greece-based renewable energy developer Terna Energy's portfolio of six operating wind farms in Elmore County , Idaho. Together, the sites have a total installed capacity of 138MW, with 23MW per site.

    The wind portfolio is covered under a full scope service maintenance agreement and has PPAs with Idaho Power Company for a remaining period of nearly 12.5 years. (Source: Innergex, PowerTech, 16 July, 2020) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy , Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, Jean Trudel, (450) 926-2550, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Terna Energy, +30 210 6968000, F: +30 210 6968098-99, info@terna-energy.com, www.terna-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex,  Terna Energy,  Wind,  


    KKR, Actis Pursuing Indian Solar Assets (Int'l. M&A)
    KKR,Actis,Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec,Azure Power
    Date: 2020-07-07
    Private equity investors KKR and London-based Actis are reportedly in talks to acquire a solar portfolio of 435 MW from Canadian province of Quebec's pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) -- backed Azure Power Global Ltd., at an expected cost of roughly $200-250 million.

    CDPQ holds a 50.9 pct stake in Azure Power which has a pan-India portfolio of more than 7 GW.

    Actis is a global emerging markets investment firm focused on the private equity, energy, infrastructure, and real estate asset classes. It has a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa, and Latin America and US$12 billion in assets under management. (Source: CDPQ, livemint, July, 2020) Contact: KKR, www.kkr.com; Actis. www.actis.is; Azure Power, www.azurepower.com; CDPQ, 514 847-5493, www.cdpq.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec ,  Solar,  Azure Power ,  


    ICE Global Carbon Futures Index Exchange Launched (Ind. Report)
    ICE Global Carbon
    Date: 2020-04-24
    Exchange operator ICE reports the launch of a new carbon market index, joining a growing number of companies seeking to track allowance prices in the world's major greenhouse gas emissions trading systems.

    The new ICE Global Carbon Futures Index is made up of prices from the EU ETS, the California-Quebec Market and RGGI markets which together represent some of the largest regional economies in the world. To date, 46 nations and more than 30 cities, states and regions have imposed a price -- carbon tax -- on carbon emissions.(Source: ICE, 23 April, 2020) Contact: ICE Global Carbon, www.theice.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICE Global Carbon,  Carbon Market,  


    Boralex Claims French Wind, Solar Tender Wins (Ind. Report)
    Boralex
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Quebec, Canada-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. is reporting two of its solar projects -- the 15.4-MW Peyrolles en Provence in Bouches-duRhone department and the 12.5-MW La Cle des Champs in Haute-Loire -- have been selected in France' s latest tender call for ground-mounted solar plants.

    The company's 25.2-MW Mont de Bezard II and 17.3-MW Extension Seuil de Bapaume wind projects in Marne and Pas-de-Calais were also selected for onshore wind schemes.

    Boralex presently has more than 1,000 MW of French wind and solar projects at various stages of development, and 978 MW of operational wind, solar and thermal power capacity in France. (Source: Boralex, PR,Renewables, April, 2020) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  Solar,  


    California-Quebec 2020 Carbon Auction Results In (Ind. Report)
    California-Quebec Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2020-02-28
    The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) is reporting the results of February's joint California-Quebec auction.

    The auction raised roughly $600 million for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which California will use for programs that further reduce climate and local air pollution and advance environmental equity.

    Quebec raised over $240 million (Cdn) ($185 million) to support climate action in the province.

    Western Climate Initiative Inc is a non-profit corporation formed to provide administrative and technical services to support the implementation of state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. (Source: Western Climate Initiative, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: Western Climate Initiative, www.wci-inc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Climate Initiative,  Cap-and-Trade,  


    Hydro-Quebec Taking Stake in Innergex Renewable (M&A)
    Innergex Renewable Energy ,Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports provincially- owned Hydro-Quebec will invest roughly 661 million Cdn ($497 million US) for 34.6 million common shares -- a nearly 20 pct stake in Innergex.

    The two companies plan to invest in wind and solar projects with battery storage or transmission, distributed generation, off-grid renewable energy networks, and other sectors.

    Innergex anticipates using about $50 million from the private placement to develop its 200 MW Hillcrest solar photovoltaic project in Brown County, Ohio, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, Reuters, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Jean Trudel, (450) 926-2550, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy ,  Hydro-Quebec,  


    Azure Power Raises $75Mn from Quebec Pension Fund (Int'l Report)
    Azure Power
    Date: 2019-12-20
    New Delhi-based independent Indian solar power producer Azure Power Global Limited is reporting closure of its previously announced $75 million (US) private placement.

    The total was raised from Canadian pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) through sale of 6,493,506 equity shares at $11.55 per share. CDPQ's equity interest in Azure Power now stands at 49.4 pct. Azure Power has a pan-India portfolio of more than 3 GW. (Source: Azure Power, PV Mag., 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Azure Power, Ranjit Gupta, CEO, +91-11-4940-9854, pr@azurepower.com, www.azurepower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azure Power,  Solar,  


    Hydro-Quebec Decrbonization Effort Supports Clean Hydrogen (Ind Report)
    Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2019-12-09
    Hydro-Quebec operates some 60 hydroelectric generating stations, making it one of the largest hydroelectricity producers in the world. Decarbonizing the economy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the company's priorities.

    Hydro-Quebec's Strategic Plan 2020-2024 identifies various applications for clean hydrogen, including renewable natural gas (RNG), carbon-neutral synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, and others Overall, GHG emissions from Quebec hydropower (run-of-river generating stations and generating stations with reservoirs) are similar to those from wind, five times lower than those from photovoltaic solar, 50 times lower than those from natural gas-fired plants and 70 times lower than those from coal-fired plants. (Source: HydroQuebec, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2019) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro-Quebec,  Hydrogen,  Clean Hydrogen,  RNG,  Wthanol,  


    Greenfield Global, HY2GEN JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global, HY2GEN Canada
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Toronto, Ontario-based Greenfield Global -- Canada's largest ethanol producer -- and green hydrogen specialist HY2GEN Canada are reporting an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to develop and operate an industrial scale facility in Varennes, Quebec.

    Greenfield's Varennes biorefinery, which is the first ethanol plant to be built in Quebec, has been in operation since 2007. The facility produces the lowest carbon intensity ethanol in Canada, as well as corn oil and distillers' grain (DDCs).

    Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America (Source: Greenfield, Agri, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com; HY2GEN Canada, 514-906-8736, www.hy2gen.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global ,  HY2GEN Canada,  Ethanol,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Trump's Emissions "Political Vendetta" Lambasted (Ind. Report)
    CARB
    Date: 2019-10-25
    In the Golden State, the US Justice Department (DOJ) is claiming the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system is unlawful because it included the Canadian province of Quebec. The DOJ cited the constitutional prohibition on states making their own treaties or agreements with foreign governments.

    California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom didn't miss a beat when he responded from Sacramento saying the Trump DOJ move was a "political vendetta" and only one in a series of acts against a liberal state government that has brought more than 30 environmental lawsuits alone, most of them to stop the rollbacks of climate change regulations enacted under the Obama administration.

    "Carbon pollution knows no borders, and the Trump administration's abysmal record of denying climate change and propping up big polluters makes cross-border collaboration all the more necessary. This latest attack shows that the White House has its head in the sand when it comes to climate change and serves no purpose other than continued political retribution," Gov. Newsome noted. (Source, Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, NY Times, Various Media, Oct, 2019) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom, www.gov.ca.gov; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  California Cap-and-Trade,  California Air Resources Board ,  


    Greenfield Expanding Ethanol Production in Quebec (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2019-10-16
    Canada's largest ethanol producer Greenfield Global reports it will expand production at its Varennes biorefinery following the Government of Quebec's introduction of draft regulations on the minimum renewable fuel blending volumes in the province of Quebec.

    The Government of Quebec's draft regulations on the minimum volume of renewable fuel proposal would set blending thresholds of 10 pct renewable fuel in gasoline, and 2 pct renewable fuel in diesel by 2021 -- increasing to 15 pct in gasoline and 4 pct in diesel by 2025.

    Greenfield's Varennes biorefinery, which is the first ethanol plant to be built in Quebec, has been in operation since 2007. The facility produces the lowest carbon intensity ethanol in Canada, as well as corn oil and distillers’ grain.

    Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, Biofuel Int'l., 16 Oct., 2019)Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Canada Ethanol,  


    Targray Opens Antwerp Biodiesel Fuel Terminal (Int'l. Report)
    Targay
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered international biodiesel marketer and distributor Targray is reporting the opening of its Antwerp Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 biofuel storage and blending center serving fuel producers, distributors, traders and retailers Europe-wide.

    The opening comes as EU fuel suppliers seek to meet sustainability targets for two key European Commission (EC) directives -- the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The FQD requires a reduction of the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels in the EU by a minimum of 6 pct while the RED sets a 20 pct target for renewable energy and a 10 pct target for renewable energy in transport by the end of 2020. (Source: Targray, PR, EIN, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: Targray, Olivier Benny, (514) 695-8095, www.targray.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targay,  Biodiesel,  


    350-MW Foard City Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Vistra Energy, Innergex Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports its 350.3-MW Foard City, Texas wind farm has begun commercial operation. The 139 GE wind turbine project benefits from a 12-year PPA with Vistra Energy for 300 MW of the wind farms total installed capacity, with the remainder to be sold at merchant market price. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, Oct., 2019) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Jean Trudel, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  Wind,  Innergex Renewable Energy,  


    CO2 Solutions Working Through Bankruptcy Process (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Quebec-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture specialist CO2 Solutions Inc reports it has filed a notice of intention to make a proposal pursuant to the provisions of Part III of the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Ernst and Young Inc. has been appointed as trustee and will assist CO2 Solutions in its restructuring efforts.

    CO2 Solutions' technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) positioning it as a viable CO2 mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new products from these emissions. The company has an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low-energy aqueous solvents. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Inc., PR, CNW/Telbec, Sept. 16, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions Inc., Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions Inc.,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  CCUS,  


    Saint Jean Carbon Updates Process Research Ortech Acquisition Progress (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Saint Jean Carbon
    Date: 2019-09-13
    Oakville, Ontario-based carbon science and green energy storage specialist Saint Jean Carbon Inc. reports its recently announced acquisition of Process Research Ortech Inc. is advancing and expected to close by October 15th.

    . Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with specific interests in energy storage and green energy creation and green re-creation, with holdings in graphite mining claims in Quebec, Canada. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon Inc., PR, Global Newswire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saint John Carbon, Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200, info@saintjeancarbon.com, www.saintjeancarbon.com; Process Research Ortech, www.processortech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon,  


    Canadians Want Gov. Climate Change Action, says Poll (Ind. Report)
    iPol
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Over 60 pct of Canadians want the government to address climate change with action even if the economy suffers, according to a Mainstreet poll 2,651 Canadians conducted for iPolitics.

    The 61 pct was higher in Quebec at 76.8 per cent, 67.3 pct in Atlantic Canada and 62 pct in British Columbia. In oil-soaked Alberta only 36.5 pct agreed.

    Additionally, roughly 47 pct of respondents said a carbon tax was not helpful to the economy and 85 pct agreed that private companies should have to pay to pollute. Also, just under 68 pct of respondents agreed there is a "collective moral duty to future generations to not destroy the environment further, even if it means paying more taxes in the short term." (Source: iPolitics, 30 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Ontario Commits $5Mn to Cross Laminated Timber Plant (Ind. Report)
    Element5
    Date: 2019-07-31
    The Ontario government reports it will invest almost $5 million to support development of the province's first fully automated cross laminated timber (CLT) plant. The proposed $32 million plant is being planned for St. Thomas, Ontario by Element5 which has operations in Toronto, Montreal and Ripon, Quebec. The company specializes in design, engineering and fabrication for environmentally friendly and energy efficient timber-based construction.

    The Ontario government committed to increasing the use of timber in the home building industry through its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and the Housing Supply Action Plan. (Source: Canadian Consulting Engineer, 30 July, 2019) (Source: Element5, Frank Dottori, 888-670-7713, info@elementfive.co, www.elementfive.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ontario's Energy Ottawa Re-labeled Portage Power (Ind. Report)
    Energy Ottawa
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. subsidiary Energy Ottawa Inc. reports its renewable generation business will now operate under a new name -- Portage Power. The renamed company is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in the province of Ontario with hydroelectric facilities in Ontario, Quebec and New York State totaling 128 MW -- sufficient power for 107,000 homes.

    Portage Power's hydroelectric generation produces 115.5 MW of electricity annually. The company also holds majority interests in two landfill gas-to-energy facilities which produce 10.2 MW of electricity per year. Portage Power also operates eight large solar generation systems installed on Ottawa municipal buildings. (Source: Portage Power, Hydro Ottawa, PRN, newKerala, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Portage Power, Bryce Conrad, CEO, Pres, (613) 225-0418, www.portagepower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Ottawa,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Quebec LED Lighting Specialist Wins CED Support (Funding)
    RayonLed,Canada Economic Development
    Date: 2019-06-28
    In Ottawa, Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec Regions reports it has awarded $300,000 in repayable funding to Brossard, Quebec-based RayonLed, a newly established distributor of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures.

    The CED funds will be used to acquire two production lines and equipment that will enable the company to manufacture heavy duty LED lighting systems. (Source: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, PR News,Telbec, 26 June, 2019) Contact: RayonLed Lighting Systems, 450-444-4567, info@rayonled.ca, www.rayonled.com/en; CED Regional Economic Growth through Innovation, www.dec-ced.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  Canada Economic Development ,  


    CO2 Solutions Completes Que, Carbon Capture Project (Ind Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Further to our March 15th coverage, Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions is reporting completion of its first CO2 capture unit installation at the Resolute Forest Products (RPF) pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, Que. The unit is expected to produce a minimum of 30 tpd of captured CO2 which will be used by Serres Toundra greenhouses. The unit is expected to be operating at full commercial capacity within weeks, according to a release.

    CO2 Solutions notes the installation is the first commercial deployment of an enzymatic carbon capture process, the first carbon capture unit in the forest industry, the first carbon capture from unpolished emissions of a lime kiln, and the first unit to make extensive use of C-PVC as a low-cost material in a carbon capture unit.

    The Saint-Felicien CO2 capture plant received grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a loan from Canada Economic Development (DEC), and financial support from the Green Fund through the Technoclimat program of Quebec Energy Transition. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Greenhouse Canada, 14 May, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions ,  Carbon Capture,  


    CO2 Solutions Completes Que. Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Following up on our 15th March report, Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions Inc. is reporting completion, commissioning and successful operation of its first commercial carbon capture unit.

    The project, with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., and Serres Toundra Inc., deployed a 30-tpd CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment at the RFP pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the Serres Toundra greenhouse facility. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Gas World, 30 April, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions Inc.,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    Quebec's Support for RNG Lauded (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    Energir
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Qubec's largest natural gas distributor Energir -- formerly known as Gaz Metro -- is applauding the adoption of the regulation respecting the quantity of renewable natural gas (RNG) to be delivered by a distributor, as announced by the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

    The provincial regulation establishes a governing framework for one of the objectives of the 2030 Energy Policy Action Plan. The new regulation sets the minimum quantity of RNG produced in Quebec and to be injected by a natural gas distributor at 1 pct of the total quantity of natural gas the distributor distributes as of 2020, progressively increasing to 5 pct in 2025.

    According to a recent study, the province has the technical and economic production potential to replace two-thirds of the natural gas currently distributed in Quebec with RNG by 2030. (Source: Energir, PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Energir, Sophie Brochu, Pres., CEO, (855) 393-1313 www.energir.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
    Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

    .HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

    Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Hydro,  Run-of-River,  Innergex,  Macquarie Infrastructure,  


    CO2 Solutions Starts Que. Pulp Mill CO2 Capture Unit (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions Inc. reports the commissioning of its CO2 capture unit at the Resolute Pulp Mill in Saint-Felicien, Quebec, is underway.

    CO2 Solutions expects to increase the overall capture rate to validate the unit's nominal capacity of 30 tpd of CO2.

    The Saint-Felicien unit, which is a 3x scale-up from the company's currently operating 10-tdp unit in Montreal-East, involves the deployment of a 30-tpy CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Toundra Greenhouse complex. The Saint-Felicien CO2 capture unit was partly financed with investments from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Technoclimat programme of the Quebec government as well as a loan from Canada Economic Development (CED). (Source: CO2 Solutions, Gas World, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    Concordia Univ. Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Concordia University
    Date: 2019-03-11
    The Province of Quebec's Ministere de l'Education et de l'Enseignement superieur has, for the 21st, recognized Concordia University -- enrollment 45,000 -- for its commitment to green building, sustainability and the lowest energy consumption per unit area among the six major institutions evaluated.

    . As part of its 2019-2024 Sustainability Plan, the university has taken a holistic approach to energy efficiency by repairing or replacing inefficient lighting and other equipment along with other measures to reduce the energy footprint of new projects. The school is also developing a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the overall campus energy footprint. (Source: Concordia University News, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Concordia University, Daniel Gauthier, Building Performance Facilities Management Coordinator, (514)848-2424, ext. 2400, www.concordia.ca/offices/facilities.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Quebec Carbon Market Revenue Exceeds $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Quebec Carbon Market
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In Quebec City, the Province of Quebec is reporting it raised $215 million at last week's auction of greenhouse gas emission credits that now total more than $3 billion. At last week's auction, roughly 80.9 million vintage credits were sold out at $20.82 each, and around $6 million in future credits were sold at $20.68 each. On the Quebec side, most of the buying was done by the roughly 150 companies required by provincial law to purchase one credit for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

    In Quebec, energy and industry produce a relatively small percentage of the province's overall emissions due primarily to the province's reliance on carbon-free hydroelectricity. The transport sector is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the province's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the most recent figures available. (Source: CBC, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Quebec Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Market,  Western Climate Initiative ,  


    Ontario Leads in Canadian LEED Certified Projects (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council.
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual List for Top 10 Countries and Regions has ranked Canada second for LEED certified projects internationally.

    Canada has the largest number of certified projects outside the U.S. with 3,254, according to the Canada Green Building Council. Ratings by province are Ontario, 3,015; Quebec, 1,643; British Columbia, 1,571; Alberta, 1,194; Atlantic Canada, 378; Manitoba, 282; Saskatchewan, 129; and Territories, 24. (Source: USGBC, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

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