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MBL Bioenergy to Develop South Dakota RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
UGI Energy
Date: 2021-09-20
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-headquartered UGI Energy Services, California Bioenergy (CalBio) and Tiburon, California-based Sevana Bioenergy are reporting their new joint venture company -- MBL Bioenergy -- will invest more than $100 million to develop RNG dairy digester projects in South Dakota.

When fully online in late 2024, the projects are expected to produce 650 million cubic feet per year of RNG for delivery to area natural gas pipelines serving the regional distribution system. UGIES' wholly-owned subsidiary GHI Energy will be the exclusive marketer for MBL Bioenergy. (Source: UGI Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: UGI Energy Services, 610-373-7999, customercare@ugies.com, www.ugies.com; Sevana Bioenergy, info@sevanabioenergy.com, www.sevanabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Energy ,  RNG,  California Bioenergy,  Sevana Bioenergy,  


Energy Storage Association -- Now is the Time for Energy Storage ITC (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Energy Storage Association
Date: 2021-09-10
"More than 700,000 utility customers remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, damaging homes and critical facilities while knocking out more than 2000 miles of transmission needed to deliver electricity to the region.

"This came a week after Tropical Storm Henri dumped nearly two inches of rain on New York City in a single hour and flooded communities along the coast of New England, causing power outages to more than 120,000 homes. The remnants of Hurricane Ida topped that record, dropping over 3 inches of rain on New York City and shutting down key infrastructure. Both incidents come amidst a year already marred by days-long, statewide outages in Texas, during an unprecedented period of freezing temperatures, and recurring power shut-offs across California in an attempt to forestall the worst wildfires in recent history.

"Yesterday's infrastructure cannot deal with tomorrow's weather. We need to eliminate carbon-emitting power sources to blunt the long-term climate drivers of extreme weather. And we also need to make our homes, businesses, and electric grids more resilient to those extremes.

"Most power grids are ill-equipped to confront mounting climate challenges. For example, Hurricane Ida took out all eight transmission lines that carry electricity into New Orleans; Entergy, the principal utility in the area, anticipates weeks before power is restored for most customers. If onsite energy storage, solar, and microgrids had been installed at critical facilities throughout southern Louisiana, they could have enabled continuity of key services during the storm and would have been operating immediately afterward for community benefit, unconstrained by fuel shortages. Importantly, energy storage assets can continue helping well after a disaster has passed.

"American companies have led the world in large-scale battery installation for homes and businesses, directly on the power grid, and integrated into wind and solar energy facilities. Other storage technologies, like thermal storage in buildings, flow batteries in substations, liquid air storage paired with generators, and renewable power-to-gas hydrogen offer opportunities for even longer durations that can further diversify our sources of power system reliability without adding to carbon pollution.

"The U.S. energy storage industry has grown up fast, with recent reports showing nine consecutive quarters of increasing deployment in the power system. Companies in the U.S. are on track to install 12,000 MWh of new storage capacity in 2021, enough to power 1.5 million homes through daily peaks and three times the amount added in 2020. Nevertheless, this pace of storage deployment is still much slower than what is needed to equip vulnerable communities for resilience to increasingly extreme weather and meet President Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power system by 2035.

"Congress has an immediate opportunity, through an energy storage Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to speed storage installations that enable greater deployments of wind, solar, and hydro power while mitigating catastrophic power outages. ITCs have long been an effective policy for driving down technology costs associated with solar power and other clean energy technologies. ITC legislation is a common-sense way to accelerate cost declines in storage technologies that can bolster some of the country's most vulnerable communities.

"Congress must ensure the nation's power infrastructure is capable of meeting 21st century needs and avoids catastrophic outages like we're seeing now in Louisiana. An ITC that makes energy storage more accessible creates a cleaner and more reliable grid and gives Americans greater control over their fate." (Source: Energy Storage Association, PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Storage Assoc., www.energystorage.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage Association news,  Energy STorage news,  


Arbor Taps Topsoe TIGAS™ Tech. for Renewable Gas (Ind. Report)
Arbor Renewable Gas, Topsoe
Date: 2021-09-08
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based industrial-scale renewable gasoline and green hydrogen projects developer Arbor Renewable Gas, LLC reports it will use Topsoe's TIGAS™ technology for producing renewable gasoline (RG) at a new facility in the Gulf Coast region. The facility is expected to be operational by 2024 to produce 1,000 bdp of RG with a significantly negative carbon intensity score under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Topsoe will supply the methanol synthesis technologies and the TIADS™ backend gasoline synthesis unit (TIGAS). The methanol synthesis loop is based on the modular MeOH-To-Go™ design. Arbor Gas aims to build out a fleet of cost-effective, safe, and reliable woody biomass to renewable gasoline and renewable hydrogen plants around the world. With an initial focus on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Arbor Gas brings a unique blend of management, financing, technology and project execution skills to successfully advance its vision of a clean, low carbon transportation fleet utilizing existing infrastructure and vehicles. (Source: Topsoe Website PR, 2 Sept., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Timothy Vail, CEO , 346.708.7819, info@arborgas.com, www.arborgas.com; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Topsoe,  Renewable gas,  


Canadian Solar Inks U.S. Solar+Storage O&M Agreements (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2021-09-08
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has entered into long-term operations & maintenance (O&M) agreements with the Slate and Mustang solar PV plus battery storage projects in Kings County, California. The projects were both developed by Canadian Solar's subsidiary Recurrent Energy and are currently owned by Goldman Sachs Asset Management Renewable Power.

The agreements cover the full Slate Project, which is a 300 MW AC solar plant designed with a 140 MW / 561 MWh battery energy storage system. It also covers the storage component of the Mustang Project, which is a 100 MW AC solar plant retrofitted with a 75 MW / 300 MWh battery storage system. Canadian Solar O&M work will include plant monitoring, NERC registration, performance management, and preventative and corrective maintenance. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com Canadian Solar Inc.,

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


Keystone State Close to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania, RGGI
Date: 2021-09-03
Fpllpwing up on our 14th July coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) reports it has given the nod for state's entrance into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- a collective of states aiming to reduce carbon emissions by placing a cap and restrictions on the amount of carbon emitted by power plants.

Pennsylvania currently has the fifth-highest emitting energy sector in the nation. Under RGGI, the state's CO2 emissions would be reduced by 31 pct compared to 2019 levels. The final form regulation will cap emissions at 78 million tons in 2022 and would be gradually lowered to 58 million tons in 2030.

RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, PR, City & State Pennsylvania, Sept., 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Pennsylvania RGGI,  


Swansea University Carbon Capture Research Funded (Int'l.)
Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute
Date: 2021-08-25
In the UK, Swansea University's Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is reporting receipt of £30,000 funding from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) to investigate new materials for carbon capture from industrial processes.

Led by Dr Enrico Andreoli, ESRI ESRI delivers research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines including renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and new oil and gas technologies.

Working with the University of Pisa and Immaterial Ltd, ESRI plans to use the funding to scale up materials in the lab and test the materials in industrial settings. The initiative is receiving £11.5 million in support from the Welsh government and the European Regional Development Fund's (ERDF) Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) project. RICE aims to drive forward new technologies for reducing emissions from Welsh industry. (Source: Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute, PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: ESRI, Dr Enrico Andreoli, +44 1792 205678, www.esri-swansea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


Cities Leading Through Energy Analysis, Demo Projects (Report Attached)
US DOE
Date: 2021-08-25
Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning demonstration project teams are led by local governments and have been selected to develop and pilot data-driven decision frameworks. To develop these frameworks, the local governments have partnered with academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non-governmental organizations for the following demonstration projects:
  • Drivers of Change for Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions Toolkit -- The Bellevue, WA and ICLEI-USA developed a toolkit to give cities details on what has been driving year-to-year changes in GHG emissions inventories. Report and details HERE

  • Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts Project Framework (PEEIF) -- The Upper Coastal Plain COG team piloted a new framework to enhance low income energy service delivery to households in northeastern North Carolina. Report and details HERE

  • Policy, Permit, Perform: Using City Benchmarking Data and Building Construction Permit History to Identify Energy Performance Improvements -- Portland, OR evaluated the use of the DOE Building Energy Asset Score Tool and rating system to commercial buildings disclosing their energy use. Report and details HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE,Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere; ICLEIUSA, www.icleiusa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE/EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


  • BayWa r.e. Closes €57Mn Financing on Italian Wind Farm (Int'l)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2021-08-25
    NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank and BayWa r.e. are reporting the completion of €57 million in financing for the Serralonga onshore wind farm currently under construction in the Campania Region, Italy. The project is slated to come online in Q1, 2022.

    The Serralonga project will incorporate 11 Vestas V136 turbines and 1 Vestas V117 turbine, totalling an installed ca-pacity of 50.5 MW -- sufficient power for roughly 45,000 house-holds. (Source: BayWa r.e. 15 Aug., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com/en/energy-solutions

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  Vestas,  


    Major Mongolian Green Hydrogen Project Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report
    Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Beijing, the China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association is reporting the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia Energy Administration has approved a massive power project that will use solar and wind to produce green hydrogen which is widely viewed as vital to China's drive to decarbonize its economy by 2060.

    The project includes several plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 GW of solar and 370 MW of wind to produce 66,900 tpy of green hydrogen. Development is slated to get underway this October for commissioning and startup mid-2023, the association reported. Cost and other details were not released. (Source: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, www.ihfca.org.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Wind,  Solar,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


    AIR TO EARTH Offers Carbon Removal for Consumers (Ind. Report)
    AIR TO EARTH
    Date: 2021-08-20
    New York-based AIR TO EARTH LLC® (A2E) is offering permanent carbon removal subscription plans that deliver measurable emission reduction results and advance the removal of legacy emissions using a three pillars approach -- pollution rights removal, natural carbon removal and technology innovation of direct air capture, an emerging pathway for removing CO2 directly from the Air for use or storage.

    A2E issues, registers, and retires A2E carbon removal offsets on behalf of individuals, corporations and institutions seeking a measurable and low-cost way to offset difficult to abate carbon emission. Each A2E CRO represents one metric ton of avoided carbon emissions and is backed by carbon pollution rights that are permanently removed from use under an emissions reduction framework validated by 11 U.S. States and the U.S. EPA.

    A2E has partnered with Kiss the Ground, Restore America's Estuaries and Texas A&M Energy Institute to advance natural carbon removal and innovate direct air capture. (Source: AIR TO EARTH, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: AIR TO EARTH LLC, Joseph Stark, Founder and CEO, 914.924.5505, jstark@airtoearth.com, www,airtoearth.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  AIR TO CARBON,  


    Toronto Partnership to Accelerate Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Carbon Reductions (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Atmospheric Fund,Toronto Community Housing
    Date: 2021-08-20
    In Ontario, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) have signed a new partnership agreement to accelerate their program of tenant-centered social housing retrofits. The agreement enables both TAF and TCHC to move from single-project retrofits to multi-building, accelerated projects while supporting Toronto's climate target goals and contribute to TAF's mission to achieve net-zero communities by 2050.

    TAF and TCHC have long cooperated on single-project retrofits to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy. Since 2015, TAF and TCHC : retrofitted more than 1,400 TCHC homes; completed more than $10 million in capital work; Reduced more than 20,000 tonnes of cumulative carbon (over the projects' life); and Saved more than $500,000 in annual utility bills with the installation of heat pumps, smart thermostats and other energy efficiency measures.

    Under the new partnership agreement, retrofit work in TCHC buildings will scale up significantly . By the end of 2021, the partners aim to initiate deep retrofit design work for an additional 1,500+ TCHC homes, representing more than $33 million in future capital work, and design retrofits to achieve a minimum 40-pct carbon reduction and improve energy efficiency health and comfort conditions .

    The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and helps scale them up for broad implementation. Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider, and home to nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. (Source: Toronto Community Housing, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund , Julia Langer, CEO, Julie Leach, Communications, 416-393-6382, Jleach@taf.ca, www.taf.ca; TCHC, 416-737-1352, www.torontohousing.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Toronto Atmospheric Fund,  


    U.S. Onshore Wind Construction Costs Down 27 pct (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-08-18
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), U.S. onshore wind generating capacity increased 74 pct from 2013 to 2019 to a total of 104 GW, including 9.6 GW built in 2019. The average U.S. construction cost for onshore wind generators fell from $1,895 per kW in 2013 to $1,391/kW in 2019, with significant regional variations.

    Average onshore wind construction costs for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages about 90 pct of Texas's electric load, totaled $1,114/kW in 2019 and were less expensive than the U.S. average for that year. ERCOT installed the most wind capacity of any U.S. electricity market region in 2019 (3.5 GW) and also had the highest total wind capacity (26 GW) as of December 2019. Favorable market conditions, wholesale prices, and geographic advantages contribute to lower construction costs in ERCOT.

    In 2019, the average construction cost for wind capacity was lower in ERCOT than it was in neighboring market regions Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). The average construction cost for wind in SPP, which manages the electric grid in all or parts of 14 states including northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, was $1,426/kW. In MISO, which covers the Midwest United States as well as parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the average construction cost for wind in 2019 was $1,637/kW. Average construction costs in both SPP and MISO were above the U.S. average in 2019.

    All three market regions -- ERCOT, SPP, and MISO -- are in the central US "Wind Belt" where some of the country's best wind resources and a large share of U.S. wind capacity are located. Wind Belt states were among the least expensive in the U.S. for constructing wind generating capacity from 2013 to 2019.

    Like many states in the Wind Belt, California had significant wind capacity (5.9 GW) at the end of 2019. However, California had relatively high average wind plant construction costs, averaging $2,310/kW for new wind installations between 2013 and 2019. The high costs could be driven by a variety of factors, including state policies and regulations, land use restrictions, and difficulties in developing wind projects.

    Additional information is HERE. (Source: US EIA, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News S EIA,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


    Victoria Wins $175,000 for Energy Efficiency Study (Ind. Report)
    Victoria British Columbia, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    Date: 2021-08-18
    In Victoria, British Columbia, the Capital Region District (CRD) reports it will receive $175,000 in grant funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to study the feasibility of a planned multi-year residential energy efficiency retrofits plan.

    The money is part of a $1 million program for B.C. communities and will pay for industry experts to draft low-carbon retrofit packages for regional buildings, come up with methods for retrofit program delivery and determine potential funding schemes and target markets. A plan for the region-wide residential energy retrofit program will be presented to the CRD board this fall. (Source: Victoria Capital Region District , PR, 17 Aug., 2021) (Contact: Capital Region District, Nikki Elliot, Program Coordinator, 250.360.3000, www.crd.bc.ca; Federation of Canadian Municipalities, www.fcm.ca › programs › green-municipal-fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federation of Canadian Municipalities ,  


    Hottest Month Ever Recorded, by the Numbers (Ind. Report)
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Following up on our 9th June report, according to new global data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, July 2021 has earned the unenviable distinction as the world's hottest month ever recorded!

  • Around the globe -- The combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 1.67 degrees F (0.93 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees F (15.8 degrees C), making it the hottest July since records began 142 years ago. It was 0.02 of a degree F (0.01 of a degree C) higher than the previous record set in July 2016, which was then tied in 2019 and 2020.

  • The Northern Hemisphere -- The land-surface only temperature was the highest ever recorded for July, at an unprecedented 2.77 degrees F (1.54 degrees C) above average, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.

  • Regional records -- Asia had its hottest July on record, besting the previous record set in 2010; Europe had its second-hottest July on record-tying with July 2010 and trailing behind July 2018; and North America, South America, Africa and Oceania all had a top-10 warmest July.

  • Extreme heat and global climate change -- With last month's data, it remains very likely that 2021 will rank among the world's 10-warmest years on record, according to NCEI's Global Annual Temperature Rankings Outlook. Extreme heat detailed in NOAA's monthly NCEI reports is also a reflection of the long-term changes outlined in a major report released this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change offsite link.

    "Scientists from across the globe delivered the most up-to-date assessment of the ways in which the climate is changing. It is a sobering IPCC report that finds that human influence is, unequivocally, causing climate change, and it confirms the impacts are widespread and rapidly intensifying," according to NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. (Source: NOAA, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: NOAA, Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., Administrator, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOAA,  Climate Change,  


  • Carrier Claims 68Mt in GHG Savings (Ind. Report)
    Carrier
    Date: 2021-08-13
    The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-headquartered air conditioning, commercial refrigeration and transport refrigeration product manufacturer reports it has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in absolute terms by over 78,000 tonnes compared to its 2015 baseline, according to its just released Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report .

    In the UK, Carrier estimates its introduction of more energy efficient technologies and lower GWP refrigerants has led to the avoidance of 68 million tonnes of GHG emissions in 2020.

    Carrier has pledged, where technically feasible, to employ “natural” or very low GWP refrigerant solutions and to deliver the right refrigerant for each application, depending on specific country or regional requirements. It says it will also continue to evaluate options to expand its offering of ultra-low GWP solutions of below 30. (Source: Carrier, PR, Website, Cooling Post, 11 Aug 2021; Contact: Carrier Corp., 561-365-2000, www.corporate.carrier.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carrier,  GHG,  


    IPCC Issues Dire Climate Change Report (Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.

    The assessment, after considering the latest advances in climate science and multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations, warns dangerous global warming of 1.5C to 2C will be exceeded before the end of the century unless deep cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions are made.

    The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, and to identify adaptation and mitigation options.

    The IPCC does not conduct its own research. IPCC reports are neutral, policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive and are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change.

    Download The Technical Summary (TS), the full Report Chapters, the Annexes and the Supplementary Materials which remain subject to revisions following the SPM approval HERE. (Source: IPCC, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  


    Hamilton RNG, Synthica Energy Ink RNG Agreement (Ind. Report)
    UGI Corporation, Synthica Energy
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Wyomissing Pennsylvania , Hamilton RNG Holdings, LLC is reporting definitive agreements to develop innovative food waste digester projects to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in Ohio and Kentucky. Hamilton RNG is a joint venture owned by a subsidiary of UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation and Blue Ash, Ohio-based Synthica Energy, LLC .

    Hamilton's first project is being developed in St Bernard, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The project's digester is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023 and will process around 190,000 tpy of locally sourced food waste to generate approximately 250,000 MMBtus per year of pipeline-quality RNG to be injected into a local natural gas pipeline on the regional distribution system. Hamilton RNG is also developing other digester projects in Ohio and Kentucky.

    GHI Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI, will be the exclusive off-taker and marketer of RNG for Hamilton RNG.

    Synthica Energy specializes in the development of environmentally friendly, clean, and low-odor anaerobic digesters using industrial food wastes and byproducts. (Source: UGI, Website PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Hamilton RNG, UGI Energy Services, Robert Beard, VP Natural Gas, 610-373-7999, www.ugies.com; Synthica, Energy LLC, 513-268-6688, www.synthica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Corporation,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  ,  


    JinkoSolar Modules LCA Certifified by TUV Rheinland China (Int'l.)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2021-08-09
    Shangrao, China-headquartered global solar energy specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has received the first PV module LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) certificate in the Greater China region issued by TUV Rheinland (China) Ltd. The LCA certified modules are monocrystalline mainstream modules, with a total of 6 series and 43 sub-models.

    The LCA certificate issued by TUV Rheinland is an important foundation for the Italian EPD certification. Based on the requirements of ISO 14040/ISO 14044, it adopts a life cycle assessment method focusing on environmental impact such as global warming potential, from raw material mining to the production of silicon wafers, cells, modules, upstream and downstream transportation, power station construction, operation and maintenance to final dismantling and disposal, and comprehensively evaluates and demonstrates multiple environmental impacts of JinkoSolar's photovoltaic products throughout their life cycle index.

    Combining the world's carbon neutrality commitments and China's domestic 30/60 decarbonization goal, this certification can help companies fulfill their pledges on carbon emissions reduction through recognizing product low-carbon design, optimized energy management systems, and energy efficiency improvements, social responsibility for emissions and ecological impact, and achieve the ultimate goals of energy-saving and emissions reduction.

    JinkoSolar has 9 production facilities and 22 subsidiaries globally and a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 22 GW for mono wafers, 11.5 GW for solar cells, and 31 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2021. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Kangping Chen, CEO, Stella Wang, +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosdolar.com; TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  PV Modules,  TUV Rheinland,  


    Vestas Lands 126 MW EnVentus Order in Finland (Int'l.)
    Vestas
    Date: 2021-08-09
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind energy giant Vestas is reporting receipt of a 126 MW order from Taaleri Energia for the Isoneva project in Finland, adding to the more than 1.8 GW in firm orders already received in Finland for the EnVentus platform.

    The order includes supply, installation of 21 V162-6.0 MW turbines from Vestas' EnVentus platform. Along with a long-term Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

    The Isoneva project, which will be situated in Siikajoki municipality in the North Ostrobothnia region, will receive turbines in the first quarter of 2022 and be fully commissioned by the end of 2022.

    Taaleri Energia is a Helsinki based renewable energy fund manager and developer and manages a 2.8 GW wind and solar portfolio in Europe, the US and the Middle East.The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange. (Source: Vestas, PR 6 Aug., 2021) Contact: Vestas, John Wawer, External Communications Specialist, +44 (0) 73 9792 9959, jowaw@vestas.com; Taaleri Energia, www.taalerienergia.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Ontario Incentivizing Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programs (Funding)
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities, NRCAN
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a $1.8 million investment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, driving cost savings for Ontario communities through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The following Ontario municipalities are being funded to design or conduct feasibility studies on implementing home energy efficiency retrofit financing programs:

  • Oakville Enterprises Corporation -- $70,000 to complete a feasibility study on a home energy retrofit financing program, in partnership with the Town of Oakville.

  • Peterborough -- $175,000 for a feasibility study on Peterborough's more equitable energy efficiency program.

  • Windsor -- $175,000 for a feasibility study on designing a residential deep energy efficiency retrofit (R-DEER) financing program.

  • Brampton -- $175,000 for a feasibility study on the Peel residential energy program (PREP).

  • Clean Air Partnership -- $175,000 for a feasibility study to develop a locally-tailored finance program for home energy retrofits with the County of Dufferin, London, Barrie and Huntsville.

  • Clean Air Partnership -- $175,000 for a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Clarington, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Tay Valley Township to develop locally-tailored home energy retrofit financing programs.

  • REEP Green Solutions -- $175,000 to complete a residential energy retrofit loan program design study in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo.

  • City of Greater Sudbury -- $170,000 for a study comparing home-retrofit financing models for Greater Sudbury.

  • Newmarket -- $133,700 for a feasibility study on the Newmarket energy efficiency retrofit (NEER) business implementation plan.

  • City of Thunder Bay -- $116,800 for a community efficiency financing feasibility study.

  • City of Burlington -- $100,000 for a feasibility study on a home energy efficiency retrofit program.

  • Municipality of Leamington and Essex Energy Corporation -- $91,200 for a study examining utility on-bill financing for home renewable energy projects in Essex County.

  • Town of Cobourg -- $71,500 for a community efficiency financing feasibility study. GMF's Community Efficiency Financing initiative helps communities of all sizes implement innovative local financing programs that directly help homeowners cut their GHG emissions, make their homes more energy-efficient.

    To date, the Government of Canada has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception. (Source: Natural Resource Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, PR, Oakville News, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, www.fcm.ca; NARCAN, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  Federation of Canadian Municipalities ,  


  • Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Center Slated for WA State (Alt. Fuel)
    Universal Hydrogen, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Seattle, Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have announced the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

    The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen's retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025. The Dash-8 conversion will be the first commercially-relevant hydrogen-powered aircraft on routes up to 1,000 kilometers.

    According to the release, early adopters of the zero-carbon emission technology include Ravn Alaska, Icelandair, and Spain's Air Nostrum, which have entered into letters of intent with Universal Hydrogen to convert their existing and future fleets to a hydrogen powertrain and for long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts using Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule distribution network.

    The hydrogen powertrain comprises electric propulsion units (EPUs) from Everett, Washington-based magniX and fuel cells from Plug Power. Seattle-based AeroTEC will lead aircraft conversion, flight test, and certification activities, drawing on its own extensive experience with electric aviation and expertise from across the aerospace sector. The conversion work for U.S.-based airlines, flight test, as well as continuing airworthiness support would be based in AeroTEC's Moses Lake facility.

    To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology. (Source: Universal Hydrogen, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel; Universal Hydrogen, Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO, investors@hydrogen.aero, www.hydrogen.aero; AeroTEC, www.aerotec.com

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    Greenbacker Invests in Commonwealth Energy Partners (Ind. Report)
    Greenbacker,Commonwealth Energy Partners
    Date: 2021-08-04
    NYC-based sustainable infrastructure investment firm Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC reports an affiliated fund has made a strategic investment in Alexandria, Virginia-based Commonwealth Energy Partners (CEP), through the company's subsidiary CEP Solar. The Greenbacker investment will enable CEP to expand and execute on its existing project pipeline, which is focused on solar power and energy storage development in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    The renewable energy market there is expected to grow exponentially, as demand for clean energy accelerates across both Virginia and the region’s broader PJM power market. Driven in part by the 2020 passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which mandates a statewide 100% clean energy standard by 2045, Virginia’s regulated market alone is expected to procure at least one gigawatt of solar annually for the next 15 years. (Source: Greenbacker Capital Management, Website PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: Commonwealth Energy Partners, 703-373-8138; CEP Solar, www.linkedin.com/company/cep-solar; Greenbacker, (646) 720-9463, www.greenbackercapital.com

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    Israel Aims to Cut GHGs by 27 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Isreal Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Tel Aviv, the Israel Environmental Protection Ministry has submitted updated targets for cuts to Israel's global warming gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    The targets commit the state to slashing economy-wide net global warming gas (GHG) emissions by 27 pct by 2030 and 85 pct by 2050, relative to 2015. In quantitative terms, this means cutting emissions from 79 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015 to 58 MtCO2e by 2030 and to 12 MtCO2e by 2050.

    In terms of Israel's submission, the gases comprise carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

    Specifically, electric power generation GHG emissions will be cut by 30 pct by 2030, compared with 2015, and by 85 pct in 2050. Industry will be expected to cut emissions 30 pct or more by 2030, compared with 2015. In transportation, all new municipal buses will have to be electric by 2026 and total emission increases from transportation will be capped at 3.3 pct in 2030 compared with 2015. By 2050, they will be at least 96 pct less than those of 2015. Furthermore, all cars weighing up to 3.5 tons that are registered in 2030 will have to emit no more than 5 pct of the average global warming gases emitted by similar-sized vehicles registered in 2020. (Source: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, PR, Times of Israel, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_environmental_protection/govil-landing-pag

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    bp Joins Zero Carbon Fuel, Shipping Effort (Int'l. Report)
    bp,Maresk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
    Date: 2021-07-28
    bp reports it has committed to a long term agreement with the Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to collaborate on the development of new alternative maritime fuels and low carbon solutions for the shipping industry.

    bp will join the Center's Advisory Board and "contribute the development of methodologies and optimized pathways for safe and sustainable fuel solutions for shipping," according to the release. (Source: bp, PR, July, 2021) Contact: bp, William Lin, Exec. VP Regions, Cities and Solutions, Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, www.zerocarbonshipping.com

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    bp Joins Zero Carbon Shipping Effort (Int'l. Report)
    bp,Mærsk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
    Date: 2021-07-28
    bp reports it has committed to a long term agreement with the Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to collaborate on the development of new alternative maritime fuels and low carbon solutions for the shipping industry. bp will join the Center's Advisory Board and "contribute the development of methodologies and optimised pathways for safe and sustainable fuel solutions for shipping," according to the release. (Source: bp, PR, July, 2021) Contact: bp, William Lin, Exec. VP Regions, Cities and Solutions, Mærsk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, www.zerocarbonshipping.com

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    Ireland Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
    Irish Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change. Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In preparation for the research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland.

    Download the Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, July , 2021) Contact: Irish Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

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    UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

    According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

    A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

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    Nicor's Illinois RNG Pilot Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Nicor Gas
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Naperville, Illinois-headquartered Nicor Gas is reporting it Renewable Gas Interconnection Pilot has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), paving the way for new renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities to be interconnected.

    With the project, Nicor Gas hopes to determine how RNG could be efficiently integrated into its natural gas distribution system at large and fill out its offerings with cleaner, reliable fuel.

    The project will be promoted with an investment cap of $16 million, setting a tariff for the distribution system to interconnect renewable fuel production systems, theoretically allowing Nicor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its distribution system and create economic benefits for the region, including $78 million in total economic output over a project's 20-year lifespan -- the amount predicted for a single RNG project -- according to the release. (Source: Nicor Gas, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Nicor Gas, John Hudson III, Pres., CEO, www.nicorgas.com

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    EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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  • Avolta Breaks Ground on Arizona RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    Avolta
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Charleston, West Virginia-headquartered Avolta Development , a renewable energy company focused on originating, developing, owning, and operating renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, and its regional development partner Atlas Global Holdings LLC, report the groundbreaking of the first of two RNG Projects at the Butterfield and Milky Way dairies outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

    Collectively, Butterfield and Milky Way dairies care for more than 50,000 cows and the projects will generate over 675,000 MMBtu of RNG annually which will ultimately be distributed as renewable transportation fuel. The two projects are scheduled to begin delivering gas into a Southwest Gas Pipeline at the end of 4Q 2021 and 1Q 2022, respectively. Both facilities will be operated and maintained by gas technology firm Nacelle Solutions. (Source: Avolta Development, Website, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Avolta Development, 855.622.3553, info@avoltadevelopment.com, www.avoltadevelopment.com

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    NC Acts to Cut Power Plant Emissions (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina Environmental Management Commission
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Further to our 21 June coverage, in Raleigh, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission reports its will develop rules governing power plant pollution and emissions in an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 70 pct of 2005 levels by 2030 .

    The directive also prepares North Carolina for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It’s a cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions in 11 mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Website, PR, AP, 14 July, 2021) Contact: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, 877-623-6748, deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-commissions/environmental-management-commission; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    Updated Bioheat® Mandates Demonstrate Value of Biodiesel (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-07-16
    The National Biodiesel Board reports Governors from Connecticut and Rhode Island signed graduated approaches to tackling carbon emissions into law this week through mandates requiring increased use of biomass-based heating oil (Bioheat®) over the next decade. A similar bill in New York awaits Governor Cuomo's signature, highlighting the growing momentum Bioheat fuel is experiencing in the region.

    Each of the mandates differ slightly. Yet, each result in elevated blend levels of Bioheat® fuel, including two of the mandates reaching B50 (50 pct biodiesel, 50 pct petroleum diesel): Connecticut's mandate requires B5 by 2022, B10 by 2025, B15 by 2030, B20 by 2034 and B50 by 2035. The Rhode Island mandate expands the B5 mandate to B10 by 2023, B20 by 2025 and B50 by 2030. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: NBB, Floyd Vergara, Gov. Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

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    Pennsylvania Moving Closer to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Following up on our February 17 coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board reports it voted 15-4 to adopt the final regulation that would have the Keystone State join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program that targets power sector carbon dioxide emissions. The rule now goes to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Attorney General's Office for final review before publication.

    Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order starting the RGGI process in October 2019, as part of his overall climate goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions 26 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The Pennsylvania DEP estimates RGGI participation will prevent between 97-227 million tons of carbon emissions between 2022 and 2030, depending on factors such as energy demand. Pennsylvania is among the country's top five carbon emitting states.

    Under RGGI, power plants with a generation capacity of at least 25 MW and that send 10 pct or more of their power to the grid must purchase allowances for each ton of CO2 they emit. RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, Allegheny Front, 14 July, 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    BayWa USA, SDCP Ink California Solar+Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e., San Diego Community Power
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Renewable energy developer and services provider BayWa r.e. is reporting a 20-year solar energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region.

    Under the agreement, SDCP will purchase power from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWa r.e.in San Diego County. The project will pair a 90MW (AC) solar photovoltaic array with a 70 MW/280 MWh DC-coupled battery energy storage system.

    The project, which is expected to break ground early next year for commissioning and operation in Q1 2023. will generate sufficient power for least 52,000 households and offset more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the life of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: San Diego Community Power, www.sdcommunitypower.org; BayWa r.e. USA, 949 398 3915, www.us.baywa-re.com

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    ReGenerate Nails Georgia Woody Biomass Plant Acquisition (M&A)
    Ember Infrastructure,ReGenerate Energy Holdings
    Date: 2021-07-02
    ReGenerate Energy Holdings, LLC, a recent Ember Infrastructure and ReEnergy Biomass Operations, is reporting completion of its acquisition of Albany Green Energy, a biomass heat-and-power facility located in Albany, Georgia, from a subsidiary of Exelon Generation Company LLC.

    The Albany Green Energy facility uses regionally sourced woody biomass from mill residue, forestry waste, recycling and agricultural waste to generate 50 MW of electricity to Georgia Power, process steam to the nearby Procter & Gamble paper products facility, and process steam that is used to generate electricity for the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base.

    With the acquisition, ReGenerate owns 137 MWs of operating biomass power generation across three facilities, including ReEnergy Stratton and ReEnergy Livermore Falls, in Maine. (Source: ReGenerate Energy Holdings , Ember Infrastructure, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Ember Infrtructure, www.ember-infra.com; ReEnergy Biomass Operations, ReEnergy Holdings, www.reenergyholdings.com

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    CSI Solar Plans Shanghai China STAR Market IPO (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has submitted an application for a potential initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR Market). The company plans to issue up to 541,058,824 shares, excluding shares issuable upon the exercise of a less than 15 pct over-allotment option.

    Canadian Solar presently owns approximately 80 pct of CSI Solar's shares.

    The IPO proceeds will be used to strengthen CSI Solar and the Company's market leadership position, R&D, increasing production capacity and additional working capital. The CSI Solar IPO is subject to Shanghai Stock Exchange review and China Securities Regulatory Commission registration and approval.

    Nasdaq-listed Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest solar technology and renewable energy companies and manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules, provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions, and developer of utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects with a geographically diversified pipeline in various stages of development. The Company presently has around 500 MWp of projects in operation, nearly 6 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 15 GWp of projects in pipeline. Canadian Solar also has 1.2 GWh of battery storage projects under construction and nearly 17 GWh of battery storage projects in backlog or pipeline. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: CSI Solar, Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com;

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    Toronto Considers Tighter Building Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
    City of Toronto,Toronto Atmospheric Fund
    Date: 2021-06-30
    In Ontario, part of the city of Toronto's proposed fourth update to the Toronto Green Standard and the city's goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the city could soon require developers to ensure new buildings have fewer carbon emissions and consume less energy, while adding more green roofs and electric vehicle parking spots, and other low-carbon, energy efficient features, according to the regional climate agency, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

    If adopted, the updated standard would come into force in May 2022 and require new mid-high rise residential and commercial builders to cut annual greenhouse gases and energy use intensity a further 25 pct and 28 pct, respectively, compared to the current voluntary version.

    Download Toronto Green Standard details HERE (Source: Atmospheric Fund, CBC, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, 416-359-7802, Fax: 416-338-0616, info@taf.ca, www.taf.ca

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    Delayed China Carbon Market Launch "Imminent" (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-06-30
    According to the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China's stalled national carbon market may start trading as soon as next month, but with more moderate standards than originally planned. Even so, the launch of what will be the world's largest carbon market is not expected to have an impact on the country's goal of hitting peak emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, analysts noted.

    The long-awaited national carbon market will put a price on carbon and set emission permits and quotas for energy-intensive industries, will initially cover more than 2,200 companies in China's power sector. When finally online, China's market will overtake the EU ETS to become the world's largest, covering 12 pct of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

    The release noted, the biggest barrier for launching a national market lies in the establishment of a multi-dimensional and flexible trading mechanism "It is very difficult to set a unified cap on carbon emissions because CO2 emissions vary in different regions, as does demand for electricity. Some provinces' energy consumption tilts to hydropower, while others rely on coal and accordingly standards for carbon emissions set at the beginning might be relatively moderate and prudent to reduce the impact on the overall economy," according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

    Although China's total energy consumption is expected to be controlled within 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, government anticipates "moderate" carbon emissions growth, and the country's energy consumption from 2020 to 2030 should peak at 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent. (Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China National Development and Reform Commission, Global Times, 28 June, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn

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    DEWA Claims Sixth LEED Green Building Certification (Int'l.)
    DEWA, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting receipt of the 2021 USGBC Regional Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) -- its sixth green building with LEED ratings.

    DEWA’s new headquarters under construction, is slated to be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Net Zero Energy building in the world when completed, according to past DEWA statements. (Source: DEWA, ZAWYA, 27 June, 2021) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    WorldGBC Hails Latin American Green Policy (Report Attached)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-28
    A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) notes that work by Green Building Councils in Latin American countries have led to the introduction of four significant building energy efficiency policies and the development of 10 others across the region since 2019.

    Four policies have been approved in Mexico and Colombia, while another 10 are in development in Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. These policies are boosting energy savings across the built environment while also introducing new systems for monitoring performance and accessing data. Given the size of the region -- a population of 624 million, more than 80 pct of whom live in cities -- introducing ambitious policies will be key in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, the WorldGBC said.

    According to the report, "the building and construction sector has a significant importance in the sustainability agenda, but it has traditionally been fragmented, slowing the scaling of innovation, improvements in productivity and best practice from one project to another."

    The WorldGBC Cities Climate Action Project was launched in 2019 with the aim of delivering projects and policies that promote resource efficiency in buildings.

    The regulations in development in each country will give the private sector "the right set of signals to align their investments with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.", according to the WorldGBC report.

    Download the WorldGBC report HERE. (Source: WorldGBC, PR, June, 2021) Contact: WorldGBC, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

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    IMF Proposes International Carbon Price Floor (Ind. Report)
    International Monetary Fund
    Date: 2021-06-28
    According to the Washington, DC-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), CO2 and other greenhouse gases must fall by a minimum 25 - 50 pct over the next decade to achieve the goal of restricting global warming to below 2 degree C. The fastest and most practical way to achieve this is by creating an international carbon price -- carbon tax -- floor arrangement, the IMF adds.

    The IMF notes carbon pricing has a wide environmental and social aim of encouraging producers and companies to reduce their carbon footprint in a bid to combat climate change, which is linked to greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to IMF, 80 pct of global emissions are currently un-priced and the average price for global emissions is only $3 a tonne. "As a knock-on effect, some countries and regions with high or rising carbon prices are considering placing charges on the carbon content of imports from places without similar schemes," the IMF said. But the IMF notes that the "charges on carbon content are insufficient instruments (to fight climate change) as carbon embodied in trade flows is typically less than 10 pct of a countries' total emissions."

    According to the IMF, a minimum carbon price "is an efficient, concrete, and easily understood policy instrument. Simultaneous action among large emitters to scale up carbon pricing would deliver collective action against climate change while decisively addressing competitiveness concerns. The focus on a minimum carbon price parallels the current discussion on a minimum for the tax rate in international corporate taxation." (Source: IMF, Daily Maverick 168, 24 June, 2021) Contact: IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, Dir., www.imf.org

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    Tahoe Touts GHG Reductions Progress (Ind. Report)
    Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
    Date: 2021-06-28
    At Lake Tahoe Calif./Nev., the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has released a comprehensive report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the Tahoe Region and an evaluation of the environmental standards that measure Lake Tahoe's ecological health. Both show substantial improvements, according to the agency.

    The Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report notes the Tahoe Region surpassed the initial target of 15 pct GHG emission reduction by 2020. From 2005 to 2018, overall GHG emissions in Tahoe declined 38.7 pct although emissions from 2015 to 2018 increased by 4 pct, primarily from the transportation sector. Over the full inventory period, natural gas became the top source of GHG emissions in the Tahoe Basin, largely due to the heat inefficiency of older homes and buildings.

    Strategies to reach carbon neutrality in the region also support Lake Tahoe Regional Plan goals for mixed-use, environmentally beneficial redevelopment in town centers. (Source: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, PR, South Tahoe Now, 26 June, 2021) Contact: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Joanne S. Marchetta, Exec. Dir., (775) 588-4547, (775) 588-4527 fax, trpa@trpa.org, www.trpa.gov

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    Neste, Boston Consulting Announce SAF Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste is reporting an agreement with business management specialist Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the purchase of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to be delivered to airlines SAS and Finnair covering the volume of fuel used on all Nordic region flights taken by BCG employees. Through this new arrangement, BCG expects to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on flights with these airlines.

    BCG has committed to achieving net-zero climate impact by 2030, and supports efforts to scale up the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels to decarbonize air travel as part of its broader strategy to reduce emissions resulting from business travel. SAF is an important lever to reduce the climate impact of flying, and the use of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel offers up to 80 pct reduction in life cycle GHGs compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.

    With this SAF-based solution, Neste's SAF is sold to organizations directly and delivered to their most frequently used airlines. The solution includes a third-party audit process to ensure that other customers cannot claim emission reduction on the same SAF volume. Neste's current MY SAF production capacity is approximately 34 million gpy. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Sami Jauhiainen, VP Business Development, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Boston Consulting Group, www.bcg.com

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    Baker Hughes, Borg CO2 Plan Norwegian CCS Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Baker Hughes, Borg CO2
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 AS, a Norwegian carbon capture and storage (CCS) developer for industrial clusters, are reporting a MoU to collaborate on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project to serve as a hub for the decarbonization of industrial sites in the Viken region of Norway.

    The Borg CO2 project aims to capture and store up to 90 pct of the CO2 emissions from the Port of Borg and industrial facilities in the cities of Fredrikstad, Sarpborg and Halden which combined emit approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The captured CO2 will be liquified, shipped and eventually stored beneath the North Sea.

    Borg CO2 and its partners have completed a first feasibility study and are proceeding with an extended feasibility study (pre-FEED) to be completed by the end of 2021 which Baker Hughes will support with its portfolio of carbon capture technologies and engineering services for the study and development of the hub. In addition, Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 will jointly evaluate the optimal structure for implementation of the carbon capture plants and pursue grant and incentive opportunities both in Norway and at the EU level. (Source: BakerHughes, Website PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: BakerHughes, www.bakerhughes.com; Borg CO2 AS, Jon Hermansen, +47 948 13 171, jon@biobe.no, www.borgco2.no

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    NC Legislators Debating RGGI Membership (Reg. & Leg.)
    RGGI
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In the Tar Heel State, a state environmental committee is considering a proposal that North Carolina joins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort to shrink emissions by a group of East Coast states.

    At the same time, state legislators are debating a separate energy bill that could enshrine natural gas and fossil-fuel use for the next decade, limit the use of renewable energy and thus complicate the effort to join RGGI. "Joining RGGI would put North Carolina on a path to reduce carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 70 pct before 2030, and become carbon-neutral by 2050," according to Southern Environmental Law Center atorney Derb Carter,

    RGGI requires companies to purchase an allowance for each ton of carbon-dioxide pollution they produce. RGGI member states have seen carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants drop 47 pct over the last decade.

    RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, June, 2021) Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center, 919-967-1550, www.southernenvironment.org; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    Titan America Cements USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    Titan America, USGBC
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Norfolk, Virginia-headquartered heavy building materials supplier Titan America LLC reports its Pennsuco Plant in Florida and its Roanoke Cement Company in Virginia have been awarded 2021 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Regional Leadership Award for green building and sustainable practices.

    Titan America LLC building products include cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and fly ash beneficiation. Its parent company, Titan Cement International, S.A., headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, is a participant of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, based on companies' commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to support the UN goals. (Source: Titan America, LLC, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Titan America LLC, 757-858-6500, www.titanamerica.com; Titan Cement International, S.A., www.titan-cement.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    RWE AG Wins 17MW German Wind Farm Bid (Int'l. Report)
    RWE AG
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Essen, Germany-headquartered RWE AG on Tuesday said that it has won a bid in the German auction for onshore wind energy for a 17-megawatt wind farm in the region of Lower Saxony.

    The Sandbostel-Bevern farm, which is expected to begin construction in 2022, is expected to generate sufficient green electricity for the equivalent of 15,500 households. (Source: RWE AG, PR, Market Watch, 15 June, 2021) Contact: RWE AG www.group.rwe

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    Rolls-Royce Developing Aviation Energy Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2021-06-16
    UK Aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce reports it plans to invest £80 million ($112.9 million) to develop energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero-emissions flights of over 100 miles on a single charge.

    Aerospace-certified ESS solutions from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and fixed-wing aircraft, with up to 19 seats, in the commuter market.

    According to the release, Rolls-Royce has to-date designed 10 different aerospace battery systems, four of which have flown in three aircraft, accumulating more than 250 hours of flight experience and another two designs will complete their first flight in aircraft in 2021.

    Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are currently working with Scandinavian regional aircarrier Wideroe to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, which is planned to be ready for revenue service in 2026. Rolls-Royce will deliver the entire electrical propulsion system including an energy storage system for the new P-VOLT aircraft.

    The Rolls-Royce ESS effort is being supported by the UK Government Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). (Source: Rolls-Royce, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce, Rob Watson, Director of Electrical, www.rolls-royce.com/contact-us/rolls-royce-headquarters.aspx

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    Los Angeles Tops EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The U.S. EPA's 13th annual U.S. Top Cities list of cities with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings during the previous year has ranked Los Angeles, California at the top of the big cities category with a total of 587 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

    The list ranked metropolitan areas in three categories -- the Top 25 Big Cities, Top Mid-Sized Cities and Top Small Cities.

    To earn an Energy Star certification, buildings must be independently verified to be more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide. On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EPA, Wheeling News Register, 16 June, 2021) (Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov DOE Energy Star

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    Blue Carbon, Climate Change Mitigation Study Launched (Int'l.)
    Ireland Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The of Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake collaborative research aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric CO2 in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change.

    Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In order to prepare the ground for such a large-scale research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland. Download the report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, June, 2021) Contact: Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

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