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Green-Hydrogen Plant Opens Near Fukushima, Japan (Int'l. Report)
Toshiba,NEDO
Date: 2020-03-20
In Japan, a consortium including Toshiba, Tohoku Electric Power and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) are touting completion of the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), the world’s largest facility for green hydrogen production from renewables in Fukushima. not far from the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

FH2R uses a 20MW solar array, backed up by renewable power from the grid, to run a 10MW electrolyser to produce up to 100kg of hydrogen an hour. The project will be used as a test bed for mass production of green H2, with initial output directed to fuel hydrogen cars and buses in Japan, according to a release. (Source: Toshiba, Various Media, Recharge, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field, www.jaif.or.jp/en/videos/fukushima-hydrogen-energy-research-field-%EF%BC%88fh2r%EF%BC%89/; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  NEDO,  


US Expected to Add 50GW of Green Energy by 2023 (Ind. Report)
Sun Day Campaign,FERC
Date: 2020-03-20
According to Takoma Park, Maryland-based Sun Day Campaign, renewables will soon cover 25 pct of the US total electricity capacity in the US with nearly 50GW coming online within three years, based on figures published by federal energy watchdog FERC.

FERC data found that by the end of 2022, wind energy will account for 26.4GW, solar 19.973GW and natural gas 21.09GW of the nation's total electric power capacity. The FERC statistics show that net installed capacity for coal, nuclear and oil will shrivel over the next three years, with respective drops of 18,857MW, 3,391MW and 3,085MW forecast. (Source: Sun Day Campaign, FERC, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: FERC, 202-502-6088, www.ferc.gov; Sun Day Campaign, Ken Bossong, Exec. Dir.,301-270-4291, www.sun-day-campaign.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Day Campaign,  FERC,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


South Korea Aims for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
South Korea Carbon Emissions
Date: 2020-03-20
In Seoul, the South Korean government has announced plans to be the first East Asion nation to adopt a Green New Deal and deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, if reelected in the upcoming legislative elections. To that end, the government would institute a carbon tax, phase out domestic and overseas coal project financing, and make large-scale investments in renewable energy.

South Korea, the world's seventh-largest carbon emitter as well as the third-largest public coal financier, is home to energy-intensive industries such as automotive and steel and likely to remain heavily dependent on climate-wrecking coal in the immediate future. (Source: Various Media, EcoBusiness, Mar., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  


100MW Libyan Solar Power Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)

Date: 2020-03-20
Construction of a 100MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the town of Kufra in south-eastern Libya is reportedly underway The project, which is contracted to an unnamed Chinese company, aligns with the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy's 2030 vision of exploiting alternative and clean energies, particularly solar and wind power.

In 2013, the Libyan government launched the Renewable Energy Strategic 2013-2025 Plan, which aims to achieve 7 pct renewable energy contribution to the electric energy mix before end of 2020, increasing to 10 pct by 2025. (Source: General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy, Construction Review, 19 Mar., 2020) Contact: General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy information presently unavailable.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Libya,  Solar ,  


Harrisonburg Launches 50by25 Renewables Campaign (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-03-18
In the Old Dominion State, the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia (pop. 50,000 +-) reports the launch of the "50by25" Campaign. More than 150 US cities presently participate in the initiate that calls for 50 pct renewable energy by 2025 rising to 100 pct renewable energy by 2030. The 50by25 Harrisonburg campaign calls for:
  • the Harrisonburg Electric Commission utility to provide 50 pct renewable energy, including solar and wind, to the electric grid by 2025 and 100 pct by 2030.

  • all city schools and municipal building to increase enertgy efficiency by 25 pcy by 2025;

  • the creation of weatherization and energy efficiency incentive to reduce energy costs for residential and commercial properties.

    Over 900 community members including individuals, businesses, and civic organizations presently support the campaign. (Source: City of Harrisonburg, Augusta Free Press, Mar., 2020) Contact: City of Harrisonburg, 540-432-7701, www.harrisonburgva.gov; 50by25 Harrisonburg, www.50by25Harrisonburg.org; Harrisonburg Electric Commission, 540-434-5361, www.harrisonburgelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 50X25,  Renewable Energy,  


  • ITOCHU Invests in Midwestern Renewables Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    ITOCHU
    Date: 2020-03-18
    Tokyo-based ITOCHU Corporation and Kansas-based Tyr Energy, Inc. are reporting an agreement to provide equity financing to Minnetota-based Aspenall Energies' Kimball Wind and South Fork Wind projects. The fully operational projects are located in Nebraska and Minnesota and have a combined nameplate capacity of 43 MW.

    The Projects consist of eighteen towers utilizing General Electric's 2 MW class onshore wind turbine platform. Commercial operation was achieved in December of 2016 for South Fork Wind and in June of 2018 for Kimball Wind. Together, the Projects produce enough electricity to power approximately 16,000 US households and have 20-year offtake agreements with Iowa-based Muscatine Power & Water and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, respectively.

    ITOCHU has an ownership interest in 15 power generation projects in the United States through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tyr Energy Inc. and offers O&M services through its wholly owned subsidiary, NAES Corporation. (Source: ITOCHU, 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: ITOCHU, www.itochu.co.jp; Tyre Energy, www.tyrenergy.com; Aspenall, www.aspenall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ITOCHU ,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    C-PACE Energy Efficiency Funding in Latimer County, CO (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In Colorado, the Larimer County Assessor's Office is reporting the availability of Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Colorado C-PACE program for older commercial structures.

    The C-PACE program allows building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements via a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. (Source: Larimer County Assessor Office, North Forty,C-PACE, Mar., 2020) Contact: Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy [C-PACE] , Bob Overbeck, [970] 498-7050, overbebc@larimer.org, Tracy Phillips, Colorado C-PACE Program Director, [720] 933-8143, TPhillips@copace.com, www.copace.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    BayWa Creates Solar Training Scholarship Fund (Int'l Report)
    BayWa r.e. Solar Systems ,Solar Energy International
    Date: 2020-03-18
    German renewable energy specialist BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC reports it is partnering with Solar Energy International (SEI) to create a $10,000 scholarship fund for solar training tuition fees for SEI students.

    The BayWa r.e. Scholarship Fund will contribute 100 pct of tuition fees to nine future solar professionals who will receive training via SEI's PV101, PV203 and/or PV201L/PV301L classes and lab(s). (Source: BayWa r.e., Solar Systems, Mar., 2020) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, Christine Owens, VP Marketing , www.us.baywa-re.com/en; Solar Energy International, 970-527-7657, www.solarenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Solar Systems ,  Solar,  Solar Energy International ,  


    Greenbacker Acquires Rights to 15.3-MW Maine Wind Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-03-18
    Kansas City, Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co LLC is reports the purchase of the rights to the 15.3-MW RoxWind wind project in Maine . The RoxWind project, which is expected to come online in Q3, 2021, was developed by Palmer Management Corp Horseshoe Valley Wind, and Solaya Energy.

    With this project, Greenbacker's first wind asset in Maine, the company's portfolio has expanded to 543.1 MW, including to-be-constructed assets. Of these, wind accounts for 192.5 MW, while 338.6 MW are utility-scale and distributed solar plants. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Renewables, 17 Mar., 2020)) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, 888-292-3178 www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy ,  


    TVA Seeking 200 MW of Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Date: 2020-03-18
    The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 200 MW of renewable energy that can be brought online by the end of 2023. Proposals are due to TVA by April 24 and the projects selected will be announced in the fall.

    Previously this year, contracted with Origis Energy for 200 MW of solar and 200 MWh of battery storage .(Source: TVA, 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com; RFP and doing business with TVA details HERE. www.tva.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  


    CPPIB Completes Pattern Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy,Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Following up on our 6 Nov., 2019 coverage, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is reporting the completion of its previously reported $6.1 billion – including debt -- acquisition of Pattern Energy.

    Pattern Energy presently hold 28 renewable energy plants, predominantly wind farms totaling 4.4 GW in North America. The company also has solar plants and onshore wind operations in Japan as well as a 112-MW offshore wind project under development. (Source: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, PR, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, www.cppib.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Turkey Temporarily Terminating Ethanol-Fuel Blending (Int'l.)
    Turkey Energy Market Regulatory Authority
    Date: 2020-03-16
    In Ankara, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority has reportedly lifted regulations governing the blending blending of domestically produced ethanol with gasoline for a three month period beginning 1 April, 2020.

    The blending regulation was first introduced at 2 pct in 2013 and raised to 3 pct in 2014 to comply with renewable energy policies, reduce import dependency in energy and support the agricultural sector.

    On March 13, Turkey scrapped the requirement to include ethanol in gasoline as the ethanol will be used in a disinfectantbid as a measure against the spread of coronavirus. (Source: Turkey Energy Market Regulatory Authority, Hurriyet Daily News, 14 Mar., 2020) Contact: Turkey Energy Market Regulatory Authority,www.erranet.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  


    Global Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market Report Offered (Ind. Report)
    Sweet Sorghum
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Market Research Hub is offering Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market Insights 2018-2025, an in-depth study of the current state of the global Sweet Sorghum Ethanol industry.

    The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Sweet Sorghum Ethanol manufacturers and in-depth insights into the 2018-2025 global Sweet Sorghum Ethanol market. The report depicts the global total market of Sweet Sorghum Ethanol industry by geographic region, product type and key players -- Poet, Valero Energy Corporation, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Flint Hills Resources, Chemguide, Shrijee Group, Anchor Ethanol -- the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2018-2025 market shares for each company.

    Reports details HERE . Report purchase information HERE. (Source: Market Research Hub, 1Daily Science, 5 Mar., 2020) Contact: Market Research Hub, 800-998-4852, sales@marketresearchhub.com, www.marketresearchhub.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sweet Sorghum,  Ethanol ,  


    Washington Legislators Pass Solar Recycling Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Washington State
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Sitting in Olympia, the Washington State House and Senate are reporting the unopposed passage of legislation covering the final design and adoption of a comprehensive solar recycling program that is data-driven and considers the up to 50-year service life of modules in the field.

    The legislation requires the state to create a task force to study solar end-of-life and related issues and use this information to suggest revisions to the state's existing solar energy program. (Source: SEIA, Various Media, Solar Ind., 11 Mar. 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Cellulosic Biofuel Significantly Mitigate Climate Change (Int'l Study)
    Biomass. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    Date: 2020-03-11
    A recent long-term field study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU) has found cellulosic biofuels derived from switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar trees, maize residuals, restored native prairie, and a combination of grasses and vegetation that grows spontaneously following field abandonment, could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon emissions.

    The study found when compared with petroleum only emissions, cellulosic ethanol was "78--290 better in reducing carbon emissions; ethanol was 204--416 pct improved, biomass powered electric vehicles powered by biomass was 74--303 pct cleaner and biomass-powered electric vehicles combined with CSS was 329--558 pct superior." The research will next assess other environmental and economic aspects of bioenergy crops.

    The study was conducted at Michigan State University's (MSU) Kellogg Biological Station and the University of Wisconsin's Arlington Research Station which is part of the U.S. DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Financial support was provided by the U.S. DOE Office of Science, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation and Michigan State University AgBioResearch. (Source: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, PR, EurekaAlerts, 9 Mar.,2020) Contact: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. (212) 302-6443, info@aabgu.org, www.aabgu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethnol,  Biomass ,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    Virginia Legislates Clean Economy, Renewables Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Virginia Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Old Dominion State, the recently passed Virginia Clean Economy Act will create a state Renewable Energy Portfolio program requiring 30 pct or more of Virginia's electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2030. By 2050, the Act requires that 100 pct of the state's electricity will be zero-emissions.

    The Act includes measures to harness wind and solar power, expand home rooftop solar and reduce energy waste through mandatory efficiency standards. The act also sets a 5.2-gigawatt offshore wind power target, one of the largest state commitments to offshore wind to date and one with the potential to power up to 1.5 million Virginia homes. The Act also confirms the Old Dominion State's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-invest program, which to date has provided net benefits of over $4 billion to participating members, while helping them slash carbon emissions over 50 pct. (Source: PR, Mar., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Virginia Renewable Energy,  


    Syracuse Marriott Uses C-PACE Program for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Empire State, the Marriott Downtown Syracuse Hotel it used the C-PACE program to fund almost $10 million in cost-effective energy efficient improvements including HVAC, LED lighting and other energy efficiency improvements.

    The C-PACE program allows building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on via a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. (Source: Marriott Downtown Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, WAER, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: Marriott Downtown Syracuse, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/syrmc-marriott-syracuse-downtown; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Tri Global Offloads 180-MW Flatland Solar Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Tri Global Energy,Silverpeak
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based renewable energy developer Tri Global Energy is reporting an agreement to sell the 180-MW Flatland Solar project south of Lubbock to Silverpeak, an alternative investment firm focused on real estate, energy and credit. Tri Global will continue as lead developer through project financing and construction.

    The 960-acre, 690,000 panel Flatland Solar project -- Tri Global's first Texas solar project -- is expected to break ground later this year.

    Great Bay Renewables, a subsidiary of Altius Renewable Royalties, provided royalty financing in support of Tri Global Energy completing project development. (Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, Valdosta Daily Times, Mar.,2020) Contact: Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, inquiries@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Tri Global Energy,  


    Ameren Calls for Higher Renewables Portfolio Standard (Ind Report)
    Ameren Illinois
    Date: 2020-03-11
    Ameren Illinois is proposing the Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act which, if implemented, would raise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard goal to 32.5 pct by 2030. If adopted, the Act will identify and increase renewable energy sources and and lower energy costs in central and southern Illinois.

    Under the plan, Ameren Illinois will increase the production of renewable energy and put that energy on the grid for a fraction of the cost to downstate customers as compared to other proposals. Part of the plan would include continued work with other renewable energy-based companies and developers.

    Illinois has mandated 19 renewable energy by 2021, 25 pct by 2025 and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050, according to Ameren. (Source: Ameren Illinois, MY Journal Courier, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois,  Renewable Energy,  


    NGP ETP3 to Invest in Energy Tech. Companies (Ind. Report)
    NGP Energy Capital Management
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based NGP Energy Capital Management (NGP) reports investing in NGP Energy Technology Partners III, L.P. (NGP ETP 3) through an equity commitment from NGP Natural Resources XII, L.P..

    NGP ETP 3 will target investments between $20-30 million of growth capital in companies with products, services or technologies serving the renewable energy, power, energy storage, energy efficiency, environmental and transportation sectors. (Source: NGP, Valdosta Times, Dallas BusWire, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: NGP, James Wallis, Partner, (713) 579-5700, www.ngpenergycapital.com; .NGPETP3, Phil Deutch, CEO, (202) 536-3930, inquiries@ngpetp3.com, www.ngpetp3.com.


    Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Orsted Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa,Borkum Riffgrund
    Date: 2020-03-09
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it's selection as "preferred supplier" for the the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 development -- Germany's largest offshore wind project to-date -- and the 242MW Gode Wind 3 -- and will deliver over 1GW of its SG11.0-200DD offshore wind turbines including a 5-year service and maintenance contract for two projects being developed by Orsted in the German North Sea.

    The award hinges on Orsted taking a final investment decision on the developments, which are subject German regulatory approvals.

    The turbines are slated for installation on Gode Wind 3 in early 2023 and on Borkum Riffgrund 3 in 2024, with commissioning on the two projects to being completed in 2024 and 2025, respectively (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Utilities, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Borkum Riffgrund ,  


    NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Aussies Launching $350Mn Emissions Cutting Initiative (Int'l.)
    Australia
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In the Land Down Under, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison is touting the launch of a $350 million initiative to lead the energy grid away from fossil fuel, promote renewable energy and cut carbon emissions. It will also invest $68.5 million to create the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Co-operative Research Centre (RACE for 2030). And, in what seems a contradiction, the government will also fund a $4 million investigation of the economic case for a new coal-fired power station in north Queensland State.

    Working with private industry, RACE for 2030 will fund research into a "distributed grid"; a national strategy for charging stations required under the forecast growth in electric vehicles; harnessing rooftop solar and paying householders for their energy; and trial community scale micro-electricity grids.

    Under the Paris Agreement, Australia committed to reducing emissions by at least 26 pct on 2005 levels by 2030, but may have to use "carryover" credits gained under the previous Kyoto Protocol to achieve half of its Paris target, according to the Brisbane Times report. (Source: Various Media, Brisbane Times, 8 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


    Noor Ouarzazate Solar Energy Storage Complex Opens (Int'l.)
    Azelio ,Masen
    Date: 2020-03-09
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting installation of its renewable energy storage with 24-hour clean power production at the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex in Morocco.

    Azelio's system uses recycled aluminum as a storage medium, contains no rare minerals , suffers no reduced capacity over time and is scalable from 100 kW to 100 MW .

    The installation is a partial result in a joint technical and business development agreement between Azelio and the Moroccan Agency For Solar Energy (MASEN. (Source: Azelio, PR, Tech Review Middle East, 8 Mar., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO , +46-709-40-35-80, jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com; MASEN, www.masen.ma

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Solar,  Energy Storage ,  


    John Laing Ditching Standalone Wind, Solar Business (Int'l. Report)
    John Laing
    Date: 2020-03-06
    UK infrastructure giant John Laing is quitting the standalone solar and wind markets, citing "industry-wide issues" and renewable energy write-downs and falling power prices.

    The company, which claims to have invested approximately £850 million ($1.088 billion) in clean energy projects throughout the 2010s, intends to divest its solar and wind portfolio over the next two years. The company will, however, consider global opportunities that include "technologies that enable high penetration of renewables", transportation electrification and other decarbonisation and energy efficiency ventures. (Source: John Laing, PR, PV Tech 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News John Laing,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    GreenFront Launches Renewables Sector Investment Banking, Advisory Platform (Ind. Report)
    GreenFront Energy Partners
    Date: 2020-03-06
    Richmond, Virginia-based GreenFront Energy Partners reports the launch of its investment banking and advisory platform focused on the growing renewable and alternative energy sectors.

    With over 2,000 contacts ESG serves both the corporations that commit to using more renewable energy, as well as the project developers and sponsors who make solar and wind energy a reality.

    GreenFront Energy Partners is an investment banking and advisor focused on the new energy economy. The global energy landscape is undergoing its most significant transformation in over a century and our founding partners believe we all have a role to play. Our role at GreenFront is to bring together the financial, intellectual, entrepreneurial, and natural resources to meaningfully decarbonize our energy sector, according to the company website. (Source: GreenFront Energy Partners, Mar.,2020) Contact: GreenFront Energy Partners, info@greenfrontenergy.com or call our office at (804) 905-8467. www.greenfrontenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenFront Energy Partners,  


    "Listening to the Candidates Debate" Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-03-04
    "Invest in sustainable, resilient infrastructure to meet the energy demands of the 21st century. Set aggressive sector-specific standards to rapidly decarbonize across every sector of our economy. Encourage our farmers to adopt climate-friendly sustainable agriculture practices. Conserve our public lands and make them part of the climate solution. Craft international economic policies that encourage countries around the world to reduce emissions." -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from Massachusetts since 2013 and former law school professor specializing in bankruptcy law.

    "Commit to reducing emissions throughout the world, including providing $200 billion to the Green Climate Fund, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and reasserting the United States' leadership in the global fight against climate change. Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis." -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, 16 years as Vermont's congress member in the House of Representatives.

    "Restore America's leadership in fighting the global climate crisis and propel the U.S. toward a 100 pct clean energy future while making environmental justice a national priority. Ensure 100 pct of new vehicles are pollution-free by 2035, 'green' our buildings and invest in projects to reduce and protect against climate impacts, including wildfires." -- Michael Bloomberg, NY business tycoon, philanthropist and three term mayor of New York City.

    "We must turbocharge our efforts to address climate change and ensure that every American has access to clean drinking water, clean air, and an environment free from pollutants. Reduce greenhouse emissions and speed the transition to low-carbon shipping aviation and electric cars." -- Joe Biden, Former senator from Delaware and two-term Vice President under President Barak Obama.

    The above talking points are sourced from each candidate's website. Each candidate's position is posted in no particular order of preference and no endorsement for any candidate is intended.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Platte River Power Pursuing 90 pct Renewables by 2036 (Ind. Report)
    Platte River Power Authority
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In Colorado, the not-for-profit Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) utility serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park, reports it is nearing completion of its integrated resource plan to deliver 65 pct renewable energy by 2030, rising to 90 pct by 2036, "contingent on maintaining affordability and reliability."

    To that end, Platte River has invested in Roundhouse Renewable Energy, a 225-MW Wyoming wind farm that is expected online before the year end. Platte River is also in negotiations with two final bidders for an up-to-150-MW solar project expected to come online by the end of 2023. Together with the nearly finished 22-MW solar array at Rawhide Energy Station, the new projects will bring Platte River from about 30 pct renewable electricity to 60 pct renewable energy. (Source: Platte River Power Authority, Coloradoan, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: Platte River Power Authority, Jason Frisbie, CEO, 970-226-4000, www.prpa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platte River Power Authority,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Eni Looks to Methanol, Biomethane to Meet Sustainability Goals (Int'l.)
    Eni S.p.A.
    Date: 2020-03-04
    is reporting plans to planning to have 55GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2050. Under its Long-Term Strategic Plan to 2050, Italian oil and gas firm Eni S.p.A. is aiming to slash net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its energy products by 80 pct by 2050 by using renewable energies, biomethane, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), methanol and products from the recycling of waste materials.

    According to a release, the Rome-headquartered company has "quantified our carbon footprint reduction targets giving ourselves a comprehensive method of calculating emissions, which includes both direct and indirect emissions deriving from the end-use of our products, whether from our own production or purchased from third parties." (Source: Eni S.p.A., Bioenergy Insight, Mar., 2020) Contact: Eni S.p.A., Claudio Descalzi, CEO, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com/en-IT/home.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Biodiesel,  Green Diesel,  Biomethane,  


    Consumers Energy Aims for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions (Ind Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In its 2019 Clean Energy Plan, Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy announced it aimed to reduce 90 pct of the carbon emissions it generates by eliminating the use of coal and working with customers to use energy more efficiently in an effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

    Consumers previously committed to being coal-free by 2040 in its Integrated Resource Plan which included building 6,000 MW of new solar by 2030. The utility also launched a public outreach campaign focused on energy efficiency. The new commitment will supplement Consumers' existing plan to eliminate coal, expand renewable energy resources and help customers reduce their energy use. Consumers also may offset further emissions through strategies such as carbon sequestration, landfill methane capture or large-scale tree planting. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Mar., 2020) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


    Hungary Planning Major Solar Power Investments (Int'l Report)
    Hungary
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In the capital city of Budapest, the Hungarian Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy is reporting plans to meet European Union climate change targets with a two-phase planned €55 billion investment in solar energy 2030, and up to €152 billion by 2050.

    Hungary's combined energy and climate change plan targets a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 40 pct compared to 1990 levels, and a minimum 21 pct share of renewable energy sources in gross energy consumption by 2030. The country plans to increase its photovoltaic capacity, almost six times the current installed solar capacity to 6,000 GW while maintaining its wind energy capacity at 330 MW. (Source: Hungary Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy, Budapest Business Journal, 29 Feb., 2020) Contact: Hungary Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy, Peter Kaderjak, www.bruegel.org/author/peter-kaderjak

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Westlands Solar Park Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    CIM Group
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles-based CIM Group LLC reports construction of its 20,000 acre, 2.7 GW Westlands Solar Park (WSP) in the San Joaquin Valley is underway. When fully online, the solar park could generate sufficient electric power for as many as 1,200,000 homes.

    The WSP project has a completed and certified programmatic environmental impact report and is one of the few renewable energy zones identified as a Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) through the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) process. (Source: CIM Group, Mar., 2020) Contact: CIM Group, 323.860.4900, 323.860.4901 - fax, www.cimgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CIM Group,  Solar,  


    UK Carbon Emissions Tumbling to New Record Lows (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Brief
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Further to our 20 Mar., 2019 report, according to data from Carbon Brief, the UK's carbon emissions fell by 2.9 pct in 2019 to its lowest level since 1888. The drop is attributed to coal's ever decreasing role in the UK energy mix and the increased reliance on renewable energy in electric power generation.

    Since 2010, UK emissions from coal power sank 80 pct, CO2 from gas dropped by 20 pct and from oil fell 6 pct, according to Carbon Brief data. The Carbon Brief analysis is in agreement with the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) data which confirmed low carbon sources -- including renewables and nuclear generation -- for the first time provided more than half of the UK's electricity in 2019, while overall energy production fell for the first time since 2014.

    Climate Brief is funded by the European Climate Foundation. (Source: Carbon Brief, BEIS, Mar., 2020)Contact: UK Business and Energy Department, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org; European Climate Foundation, www.europeanclimate.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Brief,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  UK Carbon Emissions,  


    Net Zero Teesside Project Consortium Announced (Int'l. Report)
    OGCI Climate Investments
    Date: 2020-03-04
    OGCI Climate Investments, a $1-billion investment fund of The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, is reporting the formation of a consortium of OGCI members -- BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell, and Total -- to accelerate the development of the Net Zero Teesside carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project in the northeast of England.

    Net Zero Teeside aims to capture up to 6 mtpa of CO2 emissions from local industries. There are also plans for a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facility with carbon capture technology which will provide low-carbon power as a complement to renewable energy sources and underpin the investment in the infrastructure. Net Zero Teesside also said it signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with three existing industrial partners demonstrating the strong local commitment to decarbonizing existing local industry. (Source: OGCI, OIL GAS Facilities, 2 Mar., 2020)Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, +44 (0) 203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www. oilandgasclimateinitiative.com › climate-investments; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  Teeside,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  ,  


    India Needs $500-$700Bn to Meet Renewable Energy Targets (Int'l.)
    Central Electricity Authority
    Date: 2020-03-04
    India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA), an arm of the power ministry, is reporting the country's renewable energy power generation stood at 10.325 billion units (BU) in January 2020, a 9.46 per cent increase from 9.433 BU generated in the same month in 2019.

    The combined generation from solar, wind turbines, solar thermal, small hydro, biomass, bagasse, and other sources stood at 10.647 BU in December 2019, as against 9.083 BU of green energy generation for the same month in 2018, the data showed. Among renewable sources, wind power generated the highest amount of power followed by solar at 3,943 million units (MU) and 3,932 MU, respectively, in December 2019. For the corresponding month in 2018, solar generated more power than wind energy at 3,182.12 MU and 2789.24 MU, respectively.

    According to the Australia-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India's renewable energy sector needs between $500 billion and $700 billion by 2030 in new investments to meet its target of 450 GW of installed capacity. (Source: India Central Electricity Authority, PR reve, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: India Central Electricity Authority, www.cea.nic.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Wind,  Wind,  


    Energy Focus Claims Navy Fleet LED Lighting Contract (Ind. Report)
    Energy Focus
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Solon, Ohio-headquartered sustainable LED lighting technologies specialist Energy Focus reports it has been awarded a $3.4 million contract to supply tubular LED (TLED) lighting products to the U.S. Navy by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a world-wide combat support agency in the U.S. Department of Defense.

    The company expects to deliver on the contract beginning in the second quarter of 2020 with completion expected by year-end.

    Since 2007, Energy Focus has installed approximately 650,000 lighting products including TLEDs, waterline security lights, explosion-proof globes and berth lights, saving more than four million gallons of fuel and 200,000 man-hours in lighting maintenance annually. (Source: Energy Focus, Renewable Energy, 3 Mar., 2020) Contact: Energy Focus Inc., James Tu, CEO, and President, (440) 715-1300, www.energyfocus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Focus,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Enexor BioEnergy Launches Waste-to-Energy System (New Prod & Tech)
    Enexor BioEnergy
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy is touting the release of its patented "Bio-200" Bio-CHP direct combustion system that converts various organic biomass waste into on-site energy.

    The Bio-200 is a small-scale -- 75 kW power, 125 kW thermal -- modular unit that provides 24/7 continuous renewable power. The hurricane-proof unit is ideally suited for renewable energy microgrids and can be installed and commissioned within one day. The unit, which is fueled by a blend of on-site or locally sourced organic materials, offsets as much as 2,200 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The company's Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership model eliminates upfront customer capital-outlay and delivers immediate cost savings unlike typical on-site energy projects, according to the company website. (Source: Enexor BioEnergy, PR , EngineerLive, 3 Mar., 2020) Contact: Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enexor BioEnergy ,  


    IFC Supports South African Green Bond Issuance (Int'l, Funding)
    IFC,Standard Bank of South Africa
    Date: 2020-03-04
    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and one of the world's largest green bond issuer, reports it has invested $200 million in the Johannesburg-based Standard Bank of South Africa Limited's green bond placed on the London Stock Exchange.

    The 10-year green bond -- Africa's largest and South Africa's first offshore green bond issuance -- is compliant with the International Green Bond Principles and will enable Standard Bank Group's Sustainable Finance Business Unit to on-lend to and finance climate-smart projects in South Africa such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency and green buildings. (Source: IFC, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: IFC, www.ifc.org; Standard Bank of South Africa, Nigel Beck, Sustainable Finance, www.standardbank.co.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IFC,  Green Bond,  Climate Change,  


    Ameren Investing $7.6Bn in Renewables, Smart Grid Tech (Ind. Report)
    Ameren,Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2020-03-02
    St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports that under its Smart Energy Plan it will its will invest $7.6 billion over five-years in wind and solar energy, energy storage and smart meters to serve its customers, primarily in Missouri. The plan includes;
  • More than 2,000 infrastructure improvement projects across the state totaling $5.3 billion in capital investments over the next five years, including approximately $1 billion in electric investments in 2019.

  • Major renewable energy projects to continue the transition to a cleaner energy future for customers, including $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. This also includes modernizing the energy grid to allow Ameren Missouri to add more solar energy and battery storage on the system to cost-effectively boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

  • New smart grid sensors, switches and self-healing equipment to rapidly detect and isolate outages- reducing the number of outages and speeding power restoration when service interruptions occur.

  • A stronger, more secure energy delivery backbone including installing 12,000 new utility poles for storm hardening, many fortified with composite materials to better withstand severe weather.

  • More than 400 miles of new underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient and reliable underground energy delivery system that better serves customers.

  • Over 70 new or upgraded substations to increase energy service reliability and serve more customers through a streamlined network that is more cost-effective and efficient.

  • Addition of 800,000 smart electric meters through 2023 to give customers more insight and control of their energy options and costs.

    Details of Ameren's Smart Energy Plan are HERE. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Corporation, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  


  • University of Pittsburgh Commits to Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    University of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the Steel City, the University of Pittsburgh reports it has committed to become carbon neutral on the Pittsburgh campus by 2037. Through partnerships, increased building and infrastructure efficiencies, expanded use of renewable energy sources and other measures, Pitt will build on the success of its ambitious Sustainability Plan and existing greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 22 pct between 2008 and 2017. Key initiatives to achieve this goal include:
  • Building Efficiency -- With 130 buildings, including 14 projects certified under U.S. Green Building Council standards, Pitt will continue pursuing its 50 pct reduction in energy use by 2030 in existing facilities. For new construction, the goal is an 80 pct reduction by 2030 in support of the 2037 neutrality goal.

  • Renewable Energy -- The University has committed to purchase at least 50 pct of campus electricity from renewable sources by 2030, including from a low-impact hydroelectric power plant in the Allegheny River that will come online by 2023.

  • Infrastructure Efficiency -- In 2009, Pitt built one of the most efficient steam plants in the nation which has helped reduce CO2 emissions to date. The University is also growing its current fleet of five zero emissions electric vehicles. Efficiencies in purchasing supply chains, materials diversion, greater utilization of active and shared transportation modes and offsets will also help Pitt to become carbon neutral.

  • Leadership and Collaboration -- Students, faculty and staff have embraced Pitt's commitment to sustainability and continue to develop new initiatives, many with funding support.

    The University's pledge exceeds the carbon reduction targets of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh. Pitt's progress toward carbon neutrality will be shared via a newly created online "sustainability dashboard" updated by the University Office of Sustainability. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Office of Sustainability, Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Dir., (412) 624-5122, asharrard@pitt.edu, sustainability@pitt.edu, www.sustainable.pitt.edu


  • Acciona Expanding Wind Capacity over Five Years (Int'l. Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2020-03-02
    Madrid-headquartered engineering group ACCIONA Energia reports it will increase its wind energy capacity from the present 10.1 GW currently installed to 15 GW in the next five years, at a rate of 1 GW net per year.

    At the end of 2019, Acciona had a portfolio of green power generation facilities of 10,117 MW installed -- 56 pct in Spain and 44 pct in international markets -- 13 GW of renewable energy between consolidated and semi-consolidated, 835 MW under construction., according the company release. (Source: Acciona, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Acciona SA, +34 91 663 28 50, +34 91 663 28 51 - fax, www.acciona.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Charlotte Participating in "Green Tariff" Solar Project (Ind Report)
    Charlotte,Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-02-28
    In North Carolina, the city of Charlotte City Council reports it will participate in the construction of a 35-MW solar farm expected to generate sufficient power for 10,000 homes in Iredell County. The project, which will be developed and constructed by Carolina Solar Energy and Ecoplexus, is expected to be operating by 2022.

    With 860,000 +- residents, Charlotte will be the most populous U.S. city to obtain renewable energy through a utility "green tariff" such as Duke's Green Source Advantage program that lets large customers negotiate directly with solar developers.

    Under the program, customers enter into trilateral agreements among the customer, the solar developer and Duke. Duke buys the solar energy generated by the projects and credits the customer's account. The customer keeps renewable energy certificates that prove that a percentage of its energy use is from a renewable source. (Source: City of Charlotte, Tribune News Serv. 27 Feb.,2020) Contact: City of Charlotte, Heather Bolick, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator, www.charlottenc.gov; Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

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


    Helena Considering 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Helena City Commission
    Date: 2020-02-26
    In Montana, the Helena City Commission reports it is considering a resolution that if adopted would see the city of 26,500 residents switch to 100 pct clean, renewable electricity by 2030. The resolution, which also calls for increased energy efficiency efforts and a loan program to encourage homeowners to make energy improvements, is in keeping with the city's commitment to address climate change.

    Helena presently sources about 40 pct of its electricity from fossil fuels. (Source: City of Helena, KTVH, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: Helena City Commission, 406-447-8410, www.helenamt.gov/government/departments/city-commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NY Pushing Renewables Siting to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    New York Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-02-24
    In Albany, the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Governor is advancing a 30-day budget amendment to dramatically speed up the permitting and construction of renewable energy projects as part of its effort to combat climate change. If adopted, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to improve and streamline the process for environmentally responsible and cost-effective siting of large-scale renewable energy projects statewide.

    The new structure created by the Act centralizes renewable energy siting and permitting activities within the Department of Economic Development. The structure also creates, separately, a new program through which the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will collaborate with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Public Service to develop build-ready sites for renewable energy projects. Under its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the Empire State has mandated 70 pct of its electricity come from renewable sources. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, PR, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Andrew Cuomo,  


    20 pct of U.S. Electricity from Wind Will Have Limited Impacts on System Efficiency and Regional Climate (Cornell Report Attached)
    Cornell University
    Date: 2020-02-24
    According to new research from Cornell University, the U.S. could increase its present wind energy energy production from 7 pct to 20 pct within a decade "without requiring additional land, negative impacts on system-wide efficiency or local climates." The Cornell research, published Jan. 17 in Nature Scientific Reports, is funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Science and is based on an extensive series of high-resolution atmospheric simulations.

    Access the 20 pct of U.S. Electricity from Wind Will Have Limited Impacts on System Efficiency and Regional Climate report HERE. (Source: Cornell University Chronicle, 22 Feb., 2020) Contact: Cornell University, Prof. Sara C Pryor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences , 607-255-3376, sp2279@cornell.edu, www.cornell.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cornell University,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    "New USDA Mandate for Biofuels Should be Withdrawn" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-02-24
    "When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its 'innovation agenda' to align USDA's resources, programs, and research to help the agriculture industry meet the 'climate demands of the future' the first reaction at Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is that this looks and sounds far too much like more taxpayers subsidies for programs that already exist. According to an April 30, 2018 Government Accountability Office report, the Office of Management and Budget found $13.2 billion in climate change funding across 19 agencies in 2017. The GAO reviewed six agencies and found that 94 pct of their reported climate change funding went to programs that touch on, but aren't dedicated to climate change, such as nuclear energy research. The government should determine whether those are effective and consolidate or terminate ones that are not before creating costly new mandates and programs.

    "The plan to reach 30 pct for biofuels in 2050 is especially troubling. The USDA's historic approach to 'market-driven blend rates' has been to aggressively pursue unachievable biofuel mandates that put manufacturing jobs at risk, result in more emissions and create a reliance on foreign fuels. Ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and does not need a mandate. If the USDA is truly interested in 'market driven' approaches, it should advocate eliminating the renewable fuel standard (RFS) so that renewable energy can economically compete on its own, rather than trying to promote mandates that drive quantities of ethanol-laced fuels that consumers may not want, while putting jobs at risk and raising costs at the pump. In fact, the blend rate is gradually increasing despite falling renewable identification numbers and small refinery exemptions. This shows that ethanol is economic on its own and that markets, not mandates, should determine our nation's fuel mix.

    "Calling for a 30 pct biofuels goal for 2050 is not something that should be coming out of the Trump administration. It sounds like an objective of the $93 trillion Green New Deal which President Trump and every free market and taxpayers group including CAGW has said is both unachievable and devastating to the economy. The USDA should withdraw its proposal and the RFS should be eliminated."(Source: The Waste Watcher - Against Government Waste , 21 Feb. 2020) Contact: The Waste Watcher -Against Government Waste www.cagw.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  


    More Wind Farm Notable Quotes from "The Donald"
    Trump
    Date: 2020-02-24
    "And they're all over the place. You look at Palm Springs, California. Take a look. Palm Springs ... They're all over the place. They're closed, they're rotting, they look like hell."

    "You know if you shoot a bald eagle they put you in jail for a long time. But the windmills knock them down like crazy." -- Pres. Donald Trump, KESQ, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Heathrow Claims 93 pct Emissions Cut (Int'l. Report)
    Heathrow Airport
    Date: 2020-02-24
    In the UK, carbon neutral Heathrow Airport reports it has cut emissions 93 pct since 1990 after investing £100 million in energy efficiency measures and onsite power generation facilities. Heathrow noted it uses strictly "Clean" energy as needed, purchased carbon credits for 2019-21, and aims to achieve zero emissions from its operations within the next fifteen years.

    As we previously reported, Heathrow's four-part action plan to reduce and offset the growth in emissions builds on the momentum of technological change within the aviation industry to make travel more sustainable. The plan outlines action on four key areas including: cleaner aircraft performance and technology; improvements to airspace and ground operations; increased use of sustainable aviation fuels; and developing and promoting new carbon offsetting technologies and options. Additionally, Heathrow is calling on the ICAO -- the UN body for international aviation -- to develop global goals for the uptake of sustainable alternative fuels, and calling for the UK Government to engage ICAO and fellow member states to agree on a 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal for international aviation

    Other UK airports and airlines have committed to bring UK aviation to net-zero status by 2050 -- Gatwick Airport claimed carbon neutrality through renewable energy and offsets in 2018 and Birmingham Airport has committed to net-zero by 2033. (Source: Heathrow Airport, PR Feb 21, 2020) Contact: Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, CEO, +44 0 8443 351801, www.heathrow.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heathrow,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NY Easing Renewables Permitting, Siting Process (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-02-24
    In Albany, the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Governor is advancing a 30-day budget amendment to dramatically speed up the permitting and construction of renewable energy projects as part of its effort to combat climate change. If adopted, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to improve and streamline the process for environmentally responsible and cost-effective siting of large-scale renewable energy projects statewide.

    The new structure created by the Act centralizes renewable energy siting and permitting activities within the Department of Economic Development. The structure also creates, separately, a new program through which the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will collaborate with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Public Service to develop build-ready sites for renewable energy projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Siting,  Cuomo,  


    TOTAL Looks to Refocus, Cut Carbon Footprint (Int'l Report)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Reuters is reporting French energy giant TOTAL intends to stop selling fuel oil -- one of the most carbon-intensive refinery products -- for power generation in order to reduce its carbon footprint. The move is aimed at helping the company reduce its carbon emissions and overall carbon footprint as well refocus its image as a "global energy company" with renewable energy interests rather than oil and gas major.

    Reducing its carbon footprint fits in TOTAL's ambition to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products it makes available to customers by 15 pct between 2015 -- the date of the Paris Agreement -- and 2030, according to Reuters. (Source: TOTAL, Reuters, OilPrice, 15 Feb., 2020) Contact: TOTAL, Media, +33 (0) 1 47 44 46 99 , presse@total.com, www.total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

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