Combined, Indonesia and Malaysia have over 1,000 palm oil mills that produce almost 90 percent of global palm oil supply. This results in the generation of around 126 million tonnes of POME yearly. The demand for biogas has grown because of the need to shift to more renewable sources of energy and to increase electricity penetration within the ASEAN region.Indonesia has set a bioenergy capacity target of 810 MW by 2025, Thailand's goal is 5,570 MW by 2036 and Malaysia aims to achieve 1,065 MW this year.
The ASEAN nations -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- have a combined population of population of 650 million and a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion.
(Source: ASEAN Post, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact:
ASEAN Centre for Energy, +62 21 527 9332,
+62 21 527 9350 - fax, email@example.com, www.aseanenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, ASEAN,
To be successful in retrofit projects, 51 pct of respondents said more innovation in renewable power generation and energy storage is needed, with 48 pct agreeing that solar power will provide the biggest performance gain on retrofit projects over the next two years.
As well, digitalised energy systems, which could feed into smart meters or energy use apps, look set to allow customers greater control over their energy use to the point where efficiencies can result in a surplus of energy, was also widely agreed upon.
50 pct of respondents believe that net-zero carbon buildings will soon be able to generate income by selling excess energy.
The survey also found
an ambitious national retrofit campaign is needed. (Source: WSP Consultancy, pbctoday, Feb., 2020) Contact: WSP,
Nick Offer, UK Building Services Head, www.wsp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
As per the EoI document, the winning bidder will be required to lock in its shares for a period of three years during which it cannot undertake the sale of its stake in CEL. The last date for the submission of interest is March 16, 2020. Private or public limited company registered under the Companies Act can participate in the offering.
(Source: Indian Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, PR, 11 Feb., 2020)
Contact: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology; www.dst.gov.in;
Central Electronics Limited, +91-120-2895155, 2895156,
+91-120-2895142, 2895148 - fax, www.celindia.co.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Central Electronics Limited, India Solar, Solar,
Global Permafrost covers an area almost equal to Canada and the United States combined, and holds about 1,500 billion tonnes or carbon -- twice as much as in the atmosphere and three times the amount humanity has emitted since the start of industrialization.
According to the UN's scientific advisory body for climate change, the IPCC, global permafrost areas show a decrease of 24 pct by 2100. The IPPC also notes that 70 pct of permafrost could gradually disappear if fossil fuel emissions continue growing over the next 50 years and release 60 to 100 billion tonnes of carbon by 2300. This is in addition to the 200 billion tonnes of carbon expected to be released in other regions, according to the study.
(Source: Arctic and Alpine Research, Nature, AFP, Feb., 2020) Contact: INSTAAR, Merritt Turetsky, (303) 492-6387,
(303) 492-3287 - fax, www.colorado.edu › innovate › institute-arctic-and-alpine-research
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Permafrost,
In North America (Canada and USA), new capacity additions grew by nearly 18 pct compared to 2018. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, new capacity additions decreased by 5 pct compared to 2018. Overall, this means that the region has tripled its wind power installations since 2010, Other GWEC findings include:
The member-based GWEC represents over 1,500 wind energy sector companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. (Source: GWEC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: GWEC,Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gwec.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council, Wind,
The first topic aims to build on the success of the Geothermal Technologies Office's Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) initiative. The PFA technique is a method for discovering hidden hydrothermal systems in the Basin & Range region of the western U.S using known geologic factors associated with geothermal systems. By reducing the uncertainty of discovering geothermal systems in such settings, development and investment in the area can become more attractive.
The second topic aims to enhance the resilience of energy systems through the use of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) technology particularly in low-temperature geothermal systems. Deep-Direct Use (DDU) for space heating is being considered as the best application of this technolgoy, as excess thermal energy during summer could be stored as a reserve for winter heating.
Interested applicants may submit a letter of intent until February 28, 2020, 5 PM. Only those who have submitted the letter will be eligible for full applications, which will be accepted until April 6, 2020, 5 PM.
(Source: U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal, US DOE EERE,
The Warrens Emerald Biogas plant processes 115,000 tpy of food and agricultural waste at its site in County Durham. The waste is converted into more than 100 million kWh of clean energy to power the equivalent of 19,000 homes in the region, as well as supplying local farmers with 100,000 tonnes of bio-fertilizer.
(Source: Warrens Emerald Biogas, PR, Bioenergy Insights, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Warrens Group, Warrens Emerald Biogas, Kevin Quigley, Commercial Director, +44 01388 487029, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion, Biogas ,
Under the bill, diesel fuel must have a 5 pct blend with biodiesel starting next year, but only between June 1 and Sept. 15. The blend rate would increase to 10 pct in June, 2023. (Source: Colorado State Senate, PR, Daily Sentinel, 4 Feb., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Blend, B5, B10,
The program is aimed at assisting
low income customers cut home energy costs by as much as $230 per year with affordable home energy-efficient upgrades. The program also includes
the installation of free smart thermostats; energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures; personal home walk-through energy assessments and, recommendations on cutting energy consumption.
(Source: SaskPower, Public Release, Feb., 2020)
Contact: SaskPower, Shawn Schmidt, VP Distribution and Customer Services, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower, Energy Efficiency,
Under the The Act requires the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into stewardship contracts or similar agreements with Indian tribes to carry out at least four new demonstrations projects to promote biomass energy and biofuel production as well as heat and electric power generation on Indian forest land and in nearby communities by providing reliable supplies of woody biomass from federal land. The requirement is in place for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. That requirement is also in place for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.
The RfP seeks solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technology projects compliant with Nevada's existing renewable portfolio standards. NV Energy will also consider adding supplemental energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource and stand-alone energy storage systems. Projects will be competitively evaluated on a number of factors, including best value to customers of NV Energy and creation of economic benefits to the State of Nevada.
NV Energy requests that all parties interested in becoming a bidder for this opportunity register on the company's website www.nvenergy.com and follow each of the directives under the "Steps to Complete" section of the website. Bids are due by 4 p.m. on March 9. Projects proposed by successful bidders will require the approval of the PUCN. It is anticipated the projects would be completed and producing energy for customers by December 31, 2025.
Las Vegas-based NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy.
(Source: NV Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2020)
Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corp. Communications,
More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,
In his address, the Governor reported
"the state is leading the way in transitioning to clean, renewable energy" and noted a 50 pct drop in emissions from the power industry over the last decade under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Baker added the state's investments in renewable energy would meet 30 pct of the state's electric power needs and at the same time eliminate 5.7 million metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Smart Energy, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon, Climate Change, CO2, Charlie Baker,
Enphase microinverters come with a 25-year limited warranty as a result of a rigorous reliability and quality testing regimen with more than one million hours of power-on testing to ensure exceptional performance under heat, high humidity, salty air, and extreme cold. Enphase Encharge storage systems feature Always-On Enphase Ensemble™ energy management technology and will offer usable and scalable capacity of 3.4 kWh and 10.1 kWh, respectively. (Source: Enphase, Jan., 2020) Contact: Enphase Energy, Badri Kothandaraman, Pres., CEO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enphase.com; Peterson-Dean, Christine Rombouts, 949-887-7723, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Energy Storage,
The plant would utilize REGI's proprietary BioSynfining® technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel from waste fats, oils and greases, regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and various other feedstocks.
According to a joint statement, the cancellation is due to due permitting delays and "uncertainties." .
(Source: Renewable Energy Group, Phillips 66, Various Media, 21 an., 2020) Contact: REGI, Cynthia J. Warner, President and CEO, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com; Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Phillips 66, Renewable Energy Group, Phillips, Renewable Diesel,
According to its website, the Fund's goal is to be a catalyst for investments in critical forest and habitat conservation in the North Carolina coastal plain and southeastern Virginia region. More than three years into the planned 10-year partnership, seventeen projects have been funded with a total commitment of over $2 million including the grant announced today. When these projects are completed, the Fund will have protected an estimated 24,500 acres of sensitive wetland forest and other habitats. (Source: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, 16 Jan., 2020) Contact: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities , 864.233.7646,
864.235.3842 - fax, email@example.com, www.usedndowmwnt.org; : Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, (301) 615-5560, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.envivabiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva, Wood Pellet, Woody Biomass,
To that end, the PM announced the formation of an official inquiry to investigate and make recommendations on emissions reduction and building better resilience and adaption to climate events such as fire, drought, floods and cyclones.
However, the PM emphasized, reducing carbon emissions required a "balanced and global response because even if Australia shut down all its power-generation assets, the equivalent amount of emissions would be produced by China in just nine days." (Source:Office of Australian Prime Minister Scott MorrisonFinancial Review, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, www.pm.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Climate Change, Carbon Credits ,
The cut backs are being viewed as a sign of the government's intention to completely eliminate financial support to renewable energy firms as their technology becomes more commercially competitive.
(Source: Shanghai Securities News, CX Tech, 9 Jan., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Renewable Energy, China Wind, China Solar,
The Great Plains Institute (GPI) combines a consensus-building approach, expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action to find and implement lasting solutions, according to its website.
Download A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest HERE. (Source: Great Plains Institute, Jan., 2020) Contact: Great Plains Institute, Rolf Nordstrom, CEO, (612) 278-7150, email@example.com, www.betterenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Plains Institute, Clean Fuel, Biofuel,
In its appeal, Suncor, which received waivers for what were previously two refineries in Commerce City, Colorado, argued the agency's action was "arbitrary, capricious, and not otherwise in accordance with law." The EPA reportedly rejected Suncor's petition because the refineries no longer meet EPA's definition of a small refinery, which produces 75,000 bpd or less. Suncor previously received waivers for what were two small refineries, one that produced nearly 33,000 bpd and another at nearly 67,000 in 2018. The refineries were among the original facilities to receive waivers in 2006.
According to the company's website, since 2006, Suncor has been making a significant impact in Canada's emerging biofuels industry. Suncor is using revenues from oil sands development to invest in biofuels, particularly ethanol produced from corn. Ethanol is a cleaner burning, renewable resource. The ethanol production industry is expanding in Canada and the United States. New government regulations require that a percentage of ethanol be blended into fuels to reduce the environmental impacts of vehicle emissions. Suncor operates Canada's largest ethanol facility -- the St. Clair Ethanol Plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario. (Source: Suncor Energy, DTN, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Suncor Energy USA, 303-793-8000, www.suncor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor Energy , RFS, "Hardship Waiver",
Eligible home improvements include: electrical and plumbing upgrades, structural repairs, accessibility modifications, septic repairs or replacement, heating and hot water system repairs or replacement, replacing windows, roof repairs or replacement, wells, lead paint abatement, insulation and weatherization and other energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Town of Hawley, Greenfield Recorder, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, 413-863-9781, www.fcrhra.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Download the full Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
HERE (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA, 27 Dec., 2019) Contact: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Bette Brand, Admin., (202) 690-4730, 202-690-4737 - fax., www.rd.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA, RFS, Advanced Biofuel,
An amount equal or equivalent to the net proceeds of the Green Securities will be used to finance and/or refinance one or more of the new or existing loans and investments including renewable energy -- wind and solar projects, bioenergy, energy efficiency, waste and water management, building sustainability, clean transportation and other "green" projects.
Credit Agricole Group, sometimes called "la banque verte" due to its historical ties to farming, is the world's largest cooperative financial institution. It consists of a network of Credit Agricole local banks, the 39 Credit Agricole regional banks, and a central institute, the Credit Agricole S.A.. Credit Agricole supports environmentally engaged companies and projects which implement best practices in terms of energy transition and climate change strategies in line with the COP25 Paris Agreement.
(Source: Daiwa Securities, Credit Agricole, PR,
23 Dec 2019)
Contact: Daiwa Securities , www.daiwa-grp.jp › english; Credit Agricole, www.credit-agricole.fr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Credit Agricole, Green Bond, Green Securities, Daiwa Securities ,
Siemens notes it has expanded its investment in Saudi Arabia by transferring its know-how in energy efficiency, as well as its regional competency centers and global know-how to enable the Kingdom to reduce its dependency on oil and cut power consumption of its critical facilities, like the NIC. (Source: Siemens, Middle East Utilities, 29 Dec., 2019) Contact: Tarshid, (+966) 920012370, www.tarshid.com.sa; Siemens Middle East, www.new.siemens.com/mea/en.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens, Energy Efficiency,
In October, the Trump DOE announced it would not impose the new rules, framing the decision as one of choice for consumers who were already moving in the direction of energy-efficient bulbs on their own. The department doubled down Friday, with a notice in the Federal Register that it has determined tougher restrictions on general service incandescent lamps "would not be economically justified." When Trump signed the rollback in October, he criticized the rules for forcing consumers to buy a "much more expensive bulb that doesn't have a good-looking light."
The Trump plan to roll back the tighter rules was challenged in court by 15 states -- NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, ILLINOIS, MARYLAND, MAINE, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW JERSEY, NEVADA, OREGON, VERMONT, and WASHINGTON, the COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,and the CITY OF NEW YORK. The NRDC has joined multiple environmental groups in a separate lawsuit. To date, the courts have allowed the rollback to proceed. (Source: Cronkite News, Arizona State University, 27 Dec., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightbuld Efficiency,
Canada expects to its greenhouse gas emissions to 603 million tonnes by 2030 -- well above the 511 million tonne target Canada committed to under the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement. To that end, the government
plans to plant two billion trees, cut energy waste and support zero-emissions clean tech companies, and various other initiatives and measures.
Unfortunately, Canada is reportedly warming at twice the global average and and three times the global rate in its extreme northern regions. (Source: Environment Canada, Various Media,
Canadian Press, Dec., 2019) Contact: Environment Canada, Environment Canada, www.canada.ca/en/government
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Emissions, Canada Climate Change, Environment Canada,
Under its contract, Broco will deliver an estimated 90,000 gpy of B-20 heating oil that will reduce the City's CO2 equivalent (CO2e) building emissions by 322,560 ppy -- equivalent GHG emissions of 357,728 passenger vehicle miles according to the U.S. EPA. (Source: Broco Oil, PR, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Broc Oil, www.brocoil.com: Renewable Energy Group, Marc MacLean, 603-812-1248, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend, B20, Renewable Energy Group, B20 ,
Countries participating in the Alliance commit to accelerate action by 2020 and achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To that end, 73 countries have 'signaled their intention to submit an enhanced climate action plan" to the UNFCCC. An additional 11 countries have initiated an internal process to enhance ambition and to reflect this enhanced ambition in their national plans by 2020. Schmidt further announced that 73 parties to the An additional 14 regions, 398 cities, 768 businesses and 16 investors are also on board to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
The Alliance will also focus on implementing measures to strengthen the protection of forests and oceans,improve water management, resilient infrastructure and sustainable cities.
(Source: Government of Chile Press Release, Dec., 2019)Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25, Climate Change, UNFCCC,
The order now provides some certainty to solar developers and will provide a transition program until the BPU establishes a new long-term incentive program. (Source: NJ BPU, Dec., 2019)
Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Solar Incentive, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,
With the new solar additions, Sonnedix's total Italian operating capacity stands at 194 MW.
(Source: Sonnedix, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Sonnedix, Axel Thiemann, CEO, email@example.com, www.sonnedix.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) oil refiners are required to blend some 15 billion gpy of corn-based ethanol into their gasoline, but small facilities can be exempted if compliance would hurt them financially.
The October proposal was intended to placate corn growers and compensate the biofuel industry for the administration's expanded use of refinery exemptions, but which the industry has largely panned as insufficient, according to Reuters. The EPA's October plan would raise the biofuels volumes that some refineries must blend in 2020 based on DOE recommendations for volumes that should be exempted.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 19 Dec., 2019)
For details see our Oct. 21 report as follows -- Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021. The Trump administration EPA has issued the attached supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking seeking additional comment on the recently proposed rule to establish the cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
The notice does not change the proposed volumes for 2020 and 2021. Instead, it proposes and seeks comment on adjustments to the way that annual renewable fuel percentages are calculated. Annual renewable fuel percentage standards are used to calculate the number of gallons each obligated party is required to blend into their fuel or to otherwise obtain renewable identification numbers (RINs) to demonstrate compliance.
Specifically, the agency is seeking comment on projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions based on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the BOE, including where DOE had recommended partial exemptions. The agency intends to grant partial exemptions in appropriate circumstances when adjudicating 2020 exemption petitions. The agency proposes to use this value to adjust the way it calculates renewable fuel percentages. The proposed adjustments would help ensure that the industry blends the final volumes of renewable fuel into the nation's fuel supply and that, in practice, the required volumes are not effectively reduced by future hardship exemptions for small refineries. Consistent with the statute, the supplemental notice seeks to balance the goal of the RFS of maximizing the use of renewables while following the law and sound process to provide relief to small refineries that demonstrate the need.
Download the Renewable Fuel Standard Program -- Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021 HERE. Contact: EPA Renewable Fuel Standard, 800-385-6164, www.epa.gov/fuels-registration-reporting-and-compliance-help/forms/fuels-program-helpdesk
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship" Waiver, Ethanol.Ethanol Blend, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Red Trail Energy,
Sao Martinho SA is one of the country's largest sugar and ethanol producers. In June this year, the company announced plans to construct a 200 million litre -- 140,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDGs) corn ethanol plant at a cost of roughly $90 million in the municipality of Quirinopolis, an important grain producing region in Goias State.
Sao Martinho is the latest in a growing number of companies starting to produce ethanol from corn in Brazil, a country where the fuel has always been made from sugarcane.
(Source: Sao Martinho Website, FO Licht, 17 Dec., 2019)
Contact: Sao Martinho, +55 11 2105 4100, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sao Martinho, Ethanol, Corn Ethanol, Brazil Ethanol, Biofuel,
The €22.6 million scheme is for cofinancing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects undertaken by registered companies, proprietorships and limited liability cooperatives engaged in the hotels, inns and similar accommodation industries.
The program covers costs in energy renovation of buildings and material efficiency, information and communication and outsourcing services. Funds are awarded as "de minimis" state aid, as regulated by the European Union. (Source: Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Balkan Green Energy News, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, www.gov.sl
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The GCF grant will be implemented by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) in collaboration with national designated authorities and leading civil society organizations in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States from 2020-2022. It aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations, including their knowledge, skills and organizational structures, to access climate finance and deliver climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. It also seeks to strengthen institutional mechanisms to enable civil society voice and participation in climate change decision-making nationally and regionally.
CARICOM members include Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Suriname.
The GCF is a funding mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that supports climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. The GCF's Readiness Support and Preparatory Grant Facility, which supports capacity building to enhance design and delivery of adaptation and mitigation projects, provided the $1.29 million grant. (Source: Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, St.Lucia News, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6059, email@example.com, www.greenclimate.fund
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
Most of the Asian development is occurring in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. China added 1.8 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and approved an additional 13.1 gigawatts in 2018. The Taiwanese government plans to have 5.7 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2025 and an additional 5 gigawatts by 2030.
Currently, Europe has the most offshore wind capacity followed by Asia. But, going forward, Asia is expected to add offshore capacity at a faster rate than Europe, with China and Taiwan leading the development. (Source: Institute for Energy Research, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Research, www.instituteforenergyresearch.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,
The European Green Deal is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use.
It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts. At the same time, this transition must be just and inclusive. It must put people first, and pay attention to the regions, industries and workers who will face the greatest challenges. Since it will bring substantial change, active public participation and confidence in the transition is paramount if policies are to work and be accepted. A new pact is needed to bring together citizens in all their diversity, with national, regional, local authorities, civil society and industry working closely with the EU's institutions and consultative bodies.
This Communication presents an initial roadmap of the key policies and measures needed to achieve the European Green Deal.
Download the full The European Green Deal HERE. (Source: The European Commission, 11 Dec., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News The European Green Deal, Climate Change, COP25,
1. The development of biobased products will vary widely by region on a worldwide basis, and national policy will continue to be a driver of emerging industries,
2. Conversion of waste streams to value added products is a trend that will continue,
3. The US will continue to be a leader in the use of biofuels, on a percentage basis,
4. The relatively recent communication of the environmental impact of spent plastic has caused a public awareness that now pushes the development of sustainable replacements,
5. The use and value of lignin will emerge this decade.
For additional detail, please request full text from firstname.lastname@example.org at the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium.
Since 2006 , BDC has become a highly respected 501(c)(3) organization and has worked to bring together like-minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy, by investigating new processes, being a resource, brokering partnerships, and holding two forums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success. (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium , Eric Horn, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.biorenewabledc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium ,
Of Canadian LEED v4 projects, almost half are commercial and institutional new construction, with Ontario leading the way regionally with 27 per cent of projects, followed by British Columbia at 17 per cent and Alberta at 15 per cent.
The CaGBC reached another milestone Nov. 27 with the first 10 certifications under the Zero Carbon Building Standard. To date, 20 projects are registered.
(Source: Canada Green Building Council, Daily Commercial News, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Peter Whitred, Senior Manager, Green Building Programs, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council , LEED, Energy Efficiency,
To that end, Norwegian has partnered with the Oslo-based climate company CHOOOSE to make it easy for customers to offset their carbon footprint as part of the ticketing process.
When first selecting a flight, Norwegian informs customers how its flights' emissions compares to industry average. The CO2 emissions calculation is based on the official methodology of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT) and Norwegian's own flight emissions data. Next, customers are offered a simple option to offset their calculated carbon footprint directly in the checkout process. For customers that opt in, offsetting is then performed through carefully selected CO2-reducing clean energy projects in regions Norwegian flies to. The projects are certified by the UN and the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard also includes contributions to other UN Sustainable Development Goals.
(Source: Norwegian, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Norwegian, Geir Karlsen, Acting CEO, www.norwegian.com; CHOOSE, Andreas Slettvoll, CEO, email@example.com,
wwwchooose.today; International Council of Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsetting, Airline Emissiuons, Aviation Emissions,
COP25 was originally scheduled for Brazil but moved to Chile after Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, widely criticized by environmentalists for his policies on the Amazon region, took office last January. However, following lengthy spells of civil unrest in Chile, the Sebastian Pinera government there announced in early November that the country was ceding the hosting of COP25 to Spain, four weeks before it was set to start.
Despite having given formal notice on withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the U.S. will attendant the Madrid
meeting. (Source: UN COP25, Various Media, 30 Nov., 20190 Contact: COP25, www.ifema.es/en/cop25; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25, Climate Change, World Meteorological Organization ,
To that end, the Vancouver Airport Authority has partnered with the Green Aviation Research and Development Network, the Waterfall Group and Netherlands-based SkyNRG -- a consortium of companies that source and market aviation biofuels -- to launch BioPortYVR, a new project to develop a source and pipeline for biofuels for YVR and other regional airports.
(Source: Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), Burnaby Now, Nov.28, 2019) Contact: Vancouver Airport Authority, Marion Town, Env. Affairs, 604-207-7077,
604-207-7070 - fax., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yvr.ca; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, email@example.com, www.skynrg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, SkyNRG,
As previously reported, KFWind inked a MoU with the City of Ulsan to cooperate on the development of floating wind projects and support the Ulsan region as a manufacturing hub for domestic and export offshore wind markets.
South Korea is targeting 13 GW of offshore wind installed by 2030, and 30 pct or more renewable energy by 2040. (Source:
WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables, Aker Solutions 25 Nov., 2019)Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, email@example.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
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The ISO's comments were in response to a letter from a group of New England senators upbraiding ISO for failing to support the region's renewable energy goals, and preserving the fossil fuel status-quo.
that the integration of renewable resources has always been one of the organization's goals when existing fossil fuel generators are retired.
Setting a system-wide price on carbon-emissions would be the most effective way to move that ahead, the ISO said. (Source: IOS New England, Maine Public Radio, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact:
ISO New England, Gordon Van Welie, CEO,
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The OSS program included the creation of four Energy Circuit Rider (ECR) positions and the development of tools and resources. ANCA was awarded the OSS grant in 2015 as part of NYSERDA's Cleaner Greener Communities Program which has assisted 195 North Country communities in completing a variety of clean energy projects including: LED lighting upgrades; building envelope improvements; battery energy storage feasibility studies; net zero design; pellet boiler installations; LED streetlight conversions; electric vehicle charging station installation; solar siting and solar installations.
Starting in 2016, ANCA's ECRs led an outreach campaign through the CEC program, providing technical and financial support for 35 North Country communities and assisted each in the adoption of at least four of ten "high impact action items" determined by the State as important first steps in achieving its clean energy goals.
The first 18 communities to achieve CEC designation were awarded $50K-$250 to complete clean energy projects. To date, 19 North Country municipalities have been designated CEC Communities.
(Source: ANCA, Adirondack Almanac, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: ANCA, (518) 891-6200 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.adirondack.org; NYSERDA Designated Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities/Designated-Clean-Energy-Communities
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Insight is available as a feature of the Arc platform and provides information on the design attributes of LEED certified buildings within a specified geographic region. Using the tool, project teams can compare and rank potential sustainability strategies to see how they stack up against the performance of other buildings.
Insight leverages the depth of the existing LEED data to aid designers and builders in adopting smart, practical and achievable sustainability strategies.
Insight can be leveraged by LEED and green building teams to improve the design -- and eventually performance -- of their buildings by encouraging the implementation of best practices during the design and construction stage. Insight helps green building and LEED project teams identify practices that could improve building performance and eliminate those that pose a risk to their long-term investment.
(Source: USGBC, Milehigh CRE, 20 Nov., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The city of Ann Arbor has declared a climate emergency and set a goal to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030.
Ypsilanti plans to work with Ann Arbor officials to develop a regional plan.
Washtenaw County allocated $30,000 to hire a consultant to do a greenhouse gas inventory for the county to begin the action plan that could include moving away from fossil fuels, using clean energy, and balancing remaining carbon emissions with offsetting efforts like planting trees to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. (Source: City of Ypsilanti, MLive, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Ypsilanti, 734-482-1025, www.cityofypsilanti.com
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The 4-year programme, which is intended to strengthen the capacity of SADC Member States to undertake climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions, will receive €8 million in funding from the 11th European Development Fund
The programme is a European Union flagship initiative aimed at helping the world's most vulnerable countries address climate change.
(Source: SADC Secretariat, PR, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: SADC, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Dir., +267 395 1863, email@example.com,
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