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Keystone XL Commits Net-Zero Emissions by 2023 (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-01-20
Houston-headquartered TC Energy Corporation is reporting a new sustainable energy initiative for the Keystone XL Project. The company will achieve net zero emissions across the project operations when it is placed into service in 2023 and has committed the operations will be fully powered by renewable energy sources no later than 2030. This announcement comes after an extensive period of study and analysis, and as part of the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability, thoughtfully finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while providing communities with reliable energy needed today.

Implementation of the initiative is expected to eliminate more than 3 million tpy of CO2 from the pipeline project's operations -- equivalent of removing approximately 650,000 cars from the highway. TC Energy is expected to spur an investment of over $1.7 billion in communities along the Keystone XL footprint creating approximately 1.6 GW of renewable electric capacity, according to the release.

By implementing this initiative, Keystone XL will allow responsibly produced Canadian oil to be safely transported into the United States from many producers who have set their own net zero emissions goals. Canadian Oil Sands producers have cut emissions intensity by 21 pct in recent years and they are expected to fall another 27 pct by 2030.

Net zero emissions will be achieved when the pipeline is placed into service by purchasing renewable energy from electricity providers the purchase of renewable energy credits (REC) or carbon offsets.

The pipeline would carry heavy Canadian tar-sands oil from Alberta to refineries and ports on the Texas Gulf of Mexico via connections in the U.S. Midwest. Former President Barack Obama had killed the $8 billion Keystone XL project saying that it would cause emissions linked to climate change and do little for U.S. drivers. President Donald Trump resurrected the 830,000 barrels-per-day project two months after taking office in 2017. Incoming Pres. Jor Biden has indicated he will kill the project almost immediately upon entering the White House. (Source: Keystone XL, PR, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: KeystoneXL, Richard Prior,, Pres., CEO, 866-717-7473, keystone@tcenergy.com, www.keystonexl.com


MN. School District Touts Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2021-01-20
In Minnesota, the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District (PLSAS) is reporting $173,000 in energy cost avoidance cost saving over the last school year through energy efficient buildings, mechanical renovations and monitoring of system controls. PLSAS was also able to contain cost by carefully controlling its energy use. Adjusting building automation controls to avoid peak demand and turning off lights when not in use have contributed to lower energy costs for the district.

The annual report also showed that during distance learning from April through June, lower energy usage saved the district more than $123,500 in cost avoidance, in spite of an active construction time in which energy usage is typically high.

According to Minnesota's B3 Energy Benchmarking for public buildings, with data current within the last 180 days, only one other school district of comparable size realized this kind of energy efficiency, earning the district a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. (Source: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District, PR, 15 Ja., 2021) Contact: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District Jim Dellwo, Director of Operations, Transportation and Health and Safety 952-226-0000, www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


Greenergy Investing in Adv. Biofuels Project (Advanced Biofuel)
Greenergy
Date: 2021-01-20
In the UK, London-based biodiesel producer Greenergy has announced an investment in advanced biofuels. Using a combination of existing technologies, the project will create low-carbon fuels from waste tyre feedstock.

The project, which is at the Front End Engineering Design stage, will used pyrolysis and hydrotreating technologies to convert 300 tpd of shredded waste tyres into renewable drop-in advanced biofuels that can be used in diesel and petrol and qualify as development fuels under the UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. The plant will also have the capability to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) when fully operational in 2025.

The conceptual design was developed in Canada by Green Tire Technology Ltd then implemented in the UK in partnership with Greenergy. The project will use ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions' advanced thermal treatment technology and Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex™ renewable fuels technology. (Source: Greenergy, PR, ForeCourt, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Greenergy, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com; Haldor Topsoe, Kim Knudsen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenergy,  Advanced Biofuel,  Haldor Topsoe,  Renewable Fuel,  


EU Aviation, NGOs Concur on SAF Climate Impact (Int'l.)
European Climate Foundation, SAF, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, ClimateWorks Foundation
Date: 2021-01-18
As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact. The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts. Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Climate Foundation news,   SAF news,   Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,   ClimateWorks Foundation news,  


DOE Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects (R&D, Funding)
DOE Office of Fossil Energy
Date: 2021-01-18
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

Funding is available for significant advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or Negative Carbon Hydrogen Production from Modular Gasification and Co-Gasification of Mixed Wastes, Biomass, and Traditional Feedstocks -- The objective is to advance gasification technologies capable of improved performance, reliability, and flexibility to produce net-zero or negative carbon hydrogen by readily accommodating integration of pre-combustion carbon capture. An additional objective is utilizing low-cost and negative-cost feedstock materials, along with traditional feedstocks, to produce low-cost net-zero carbon fuels and chemicals.

  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology (SOEC) Development -- The objective is to develop new or modified materials for SOECs and improve understanding of degradation mechanisms in SOECs for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.

  • Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

  • Advanced Turbines -- The objective is to advance the performance of gas turbine combustion systems fueled with high purity hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and other carbon neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia). An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production -- The objective is to develop transformative natural gas decarbonization technologies to produce zero- or negative-carbon hydrogen, to meet the needs of future hydrogen markets.

    li> Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure -- The objective is to develop technologies that improve the cost and performance (e.g., resiliency, reliability, safety, integrity) of hydrogen transportation infrastructure, including pipelines and compression stations.

  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage -- The objective is to develop technologies to improve the cost and performance (efficiency, safety, integrity) of subsurface hydrogen storage.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL).

    Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogem,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy ,  


  • EU Aviation Ind., NGOs Concur on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation,ClimateWorks Foundation
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact.

    The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

    A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts.

    Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Climate Foundation,  SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  ClimateWorks Foundation ,  


    EU Aviation, NGOs Concur on SAF Climate Impact (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation, SAF, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, ClimateWorks Foundation ,
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact.

    A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts.

    The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

    Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Climate Foundation,   SAF,   Sustainable Aviation Fuel,   ClimateWorks Foundation ,   ,  


    Neste, Avfuel Partnering on Supplying SAF (Ind. Report)
    Neste, SAF, Avfuel
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste and Avfuel Corp. have announces a strategic partnership to create an efficient, continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the U.S.

    Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Neste, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote from the National Biodiesel Board
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-01-15
    "Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

    "While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board news,  Biodiesel news,  


    Verde Energy Efficiency Experts Energy Savings Accelerator Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Verde Energy Efficiency Experts
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Chicago-based Verde Energy Efficiency Experts is touting the launch of its Savings Accelerator™ Program that helps commercial and municipal customers substantially reduce operating expenses by cutting their monthly energy expenses by as much as 40 pct.

    The company finds and implements the most efficient and effective ways for organizations to save on energy costs. Verde identifies and swaps out inefficient lighting, refrigeration, HVAC systems, and more with efficient models, while also taking full advantage of utility rebates, discounts and programs. Verde's fees are also reduced under the program. Its initial Customer Virtual Consultation is now free; its In-person Consultation is now free; and its Custom Plan Development is now free for qualifying companies. Verde also provides free analysis and consultation over outside air flow control, a key building component for both energy efficiency and Covid 19 safety. (Source: Verde Energy Efficiency Experts, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verde Energy Efficiency Experts, Jamie Johnson, CEO, (773) 413-9587, info@verde.expert, www.verde.expert

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UK Hydrogen-NatGas Energy Pilot Announced (Hydrogen, Alt Fuel)
    Northern Gas Networks
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In the UK, Northern Gas Networks is reporting 670 homes in the village of Winlaton in Gateshead will take part in a 10-month pilot project that will see 20 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas for residential cooking and heating. Project construction is underway for startup in the Spring.

    The Winlaton pilot -- the first in the UK -- is being seen as a test case in the battle to reduce the household emissions. The pilot is led by Northern Gas Networks and the energy company Cadent, in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive.

    UK Pprime Minister Boris Johnson's government plans to invest in enough hydrogen capacity to power 1.5 million homes by 2030 and develop the first hydrogen-heated town by the end of the decade. (Source: Northern Gas Networks, ITV Tyne Tee News, Jan., 2020) Contact: Northern Gas Networks, Tim Harwood, +44 0800 040 7766, www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Hydrogen,  


    SkyNRG Building Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Production Plant (Int'l.)
    SkyNRG.LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-01-11
    The FLITE (Fuel via Low Carbon Integrated Technology from Ethanol) consortium, led by Amsterdam-headquartered SkyNRG and with LanzaTech as the technology provider, reports it will construct the first-of-its-kind LanzaJet™ Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility to convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the rate of over 30,000 tpy.

    This pre-commercial AtJ production plant will pave the way to implementing SAF production across Europe and around the globe, producing commercially relevant quantities of SAF to support future aviation industry climate targets. The project, which received €20 million in grant funding from the EU H2020 programme, is expected to be fully operational in 2024. (Source: SkyNRG, Website News Release, 7 Jan., 2020) Contact: SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  LanzaTech,  SkyNRG,  


    United Airlines Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Further to our 14th Dec, 2020 coverage, US air carrier United Airlines notes it recognizes the role it plays as an airline in contributing to climate change, its responsibility in solving it and has accordingly set a goal of going 100 pct green by reducing 100 pct of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    To that end, United notes "true sustainability is about taking on the biggest culprit in our industry -- the emissions generated by our aircraft." Accordingly, the company notes it is looking beyond using carbon offsets which "simply don't go far enough to address the emissions caused by our operations."

    To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, United aims to tackle its emissions from their source by continuing and accelerating development and investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). United well also make a multimillion-dollar investment to help fund start-up company 1Point Five's planned Direct Air Capture plant to capture, remove and store 1 million metric tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to the work of 40 million trees. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 6 Jan., 2021)Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines 1Point Five, www.1pointfive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  SAF,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  United Airline,  Carbon Neutral,  ,  


    New Years Day Publications Schedule -- Important Notice

    Date: 2020-12-30
    Please note, we will not be publishing on Friday, 1 Jan., 2021, in celebration of New Years Day holiday. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Monday, 4 Jan., 2021.

    We wish all our readers a safe holiday, good health and a more certain and prosperous new year.


    Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Climate Change Report 2020 (Report Attached)
    Wesconsin Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-28
    "Over the course of 2020, the U.S. experienced another unprecedented year of extreme heat, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding. The devastation of these disasters impacted the lives and livelihoods of Americans already struggling to cope during a world-wide pandemic. While the climate crisis and COVID-19 pandemic are distinct, the known systemic impacts are not. Like COVID-19, climate change is a global phenomenon requiring massive structural transformations of economic and social institutions.

    "Climate (change) challenges include more hot, humid weather with more intense and more frequent heavy rainfalls, as well as freezing winter rain instead of snow, followed by deep winter freezes (such as those from a polar vortex). These changes affect the stability of Wisconsin's economic sectors as well as human health and safety. Immediate action is necessary:

  • We must develop opportunities to mitigate carbon emissions and increase renewable energy;

  • We must enhance our infra-structure's adaptive capacity and strengthen overall economic, environmental and social resilience;

  • We must educate and train our workforce with the skills needed for a transition to a low-carbon economy, and;

  • We must ensure all actions are equitable and minimize unintended and disproportionate impacts.

    Download the Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Climate Change Report 2020 HERE. (Source: State of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Task Force on Climate Change, Public News Service, 28 Dec., 2020) (Contact: Climate Change Wisconsin, climatechange.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Climate Change,  


  • DHL Express to Fly on Shell Supplied SAF (Int'l. Report)
    Shell Aviation
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Shell Aviation reports an agreement to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to DHL Express at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. DHL Express be the first customer to be supplied under Shell and Neste's SAF supply agreement, announced in September 2020.

    The SAF being supplied by Shell Aviation represents a full year of DHL Express's fuel requirements from Schiphol Airport, The SAF will be used in blended form and is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. (Source: Shell Aviation, 18 Dec., 2020) Contact: Shell Aviation, www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html; Neste Oyi, Salla Ahonen, VP Sustainability, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Shell Aviation,  SAF Aviation Fuel,  


    United Invests in SAF Fuels, CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines
    Date: 2020-12-14
    United Airlines is reporting a multi-million-dollar investment in direct air carbon capture specialist 1PointFive -- a partnership between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Rusheen Capital Management -- to construct the first US industrial-sized direct air capture plant to permanently sequester one million tpy of CO2. United's participation is part of its previously reported plan to be 100 pct "green" by 2050. The carbon capture project is expected offset nearly 10 pct of the air carrier's annual emissions.

    United notes it is also investing in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which has up to 80 pct less carbon emissions than conventional jet fuel.(Source: United Airline, Hospitality Ireland, Reuters, 13 Dec., 2020) Contact: 1Point Five, www.1pointfive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Airlines,  Aviation Biofuel,  CCS,  


    GEVO Supplies SAF to Avfuel in Pacific Northwest (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, AvFuel
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO reports it has supplied sustainable aviation duel (SAF) to Ann Arbor, Michigan-based global fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation Leading Edge Jet Center, a provider of business aviation services throughout the Pacific Northwest.

    The delivery marks the first load of sustainable aviation fuel for an FBO at Washington State's King County International Airport Boeing Field (BFI) for resale to its customers.(Source: GEVO, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com, gevo.com/products/sustainable-aviation-fuel; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  AvFuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Leading Edge Jet Center Offering SAF at Seattle BFI (Ind. Report)
    Leading Edge Jet Center
    Date: 2020-12-11
    In Seattle, Leading Edge Jet Center (LEJC) a provider of business aviation services throughout the Pacific Northwest, is reporting the the introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to its Fixed Base Operator facility at the King County International Airport-Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States.

    The offering is in partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based global aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation which last August announced it would supply 7,300 gallons of SAD to operators flying in and out of Jackson Hole Aviation airfield in a demo to encourage commercial-scale SAF production and use. (Source: Leading Edge Jet Center, PR, 9 Dec., 2020) Contact: Leading Edge Jet Center, Scott Helms, GM , Steven Levesque, (843) 412-6881, slevesque@aviationinfrastructure.com, www.LeadingEdgeJet.com: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuels,  


    Orsted, MITAGS Develop Offshore Wind Training Prog. (Ind. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-12-04
    Offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it is working with the Maryland Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) to create a virtual reality training program that simulates the experience of piloting through a commercial-scale offshore wind farm.

    The MITAGS partnership is Orsted's latest step to forge ties with local stakeholders and to expand offshore wind related training in the Chesapeake region.

    MITAGS recently received $300,000 in grant funding from the state to create the Global Wind Organization Basic Safety Training platform. Development of the full course is expected to be completed soon and offered in 2021. (Source: Orsted, Baltimore Business Journal, Dec., 2020) Contact: MITAGS, 410-859-5700, www.mitags.org; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, 857-284-1430 -- US Boston Office, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    Scottish Homes to Test 100 pct Green Hydrogen Heating (Int'l.)
    Ofgem, Hydrogen
    Date: 2020-12-02
    In Scotland, 300 homes in Fife are slated to become the first in the world to use 100 pct green hydrogen to heat their properties as part of a 4-year trial that could help households across the country replace fossil fuel gas.

    The test aims to determine whether zero carbon hydrogen, made using renewable energy and water, could help the UK meet its fossil fuels reduction and climate goals.

    UK energy regulator Ofgem, has awarded £18 million to support the project and the Scottish government is adding £6.9 million in grant funding. Ofgem is also supporting a £12.7 million project from National Grid for "offline" hydrogen trials, using old gas grid pipes, to test the safety of transporting hydrogen. (Source: Ofgem, Guardian, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ofgem, Jonathan Brearley, CEO, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ofgem,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Aemetis Subsidiary Wins $24Mn Purchase Order (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aemetis Health Products, Inc., has received a $24 million initial purchase order after signing a supply agreement for sanitizer alcohol and nitrile gloves with a California distributor of health safety products.

    Aemetis Inc. owns and operates a 65 million gpy ethanol production facility near Modesto, California and owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin.

    As we reported on 24 Aug., Aemetis is also building a biogas anaerobic digester network and pipeline to convert dairy animal waste gas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and is developing a plant to convert waste orchard wood into cellulosic ethanol.

    Aemetis holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals, according to a release. (Source: Aemetis Inc., Street Insider, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  RNG,  


    Xi Calls for G-20 Paris Climate Agreement Implementation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    G20
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Addressing the G-20 Leaders at the Riyadh Summit via video link, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the G-20 countries to take the lead in tackling climate change, follow the guidance of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and push for the full and effective implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Xi also reaffirmed China's commitment to striving to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Xi noted "China has put in place the world's biggest clean energy system, and will pursue clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient use of energy and accelerate the growth of new energy and green industries to promote greener economic and social development in all respects."

    Xi added China supports deepening G-20 cooperation in reducing land degradation, conserving coral reefs, and cleaning up plastic from the ocean.

    While 19 of the G20 member country leaders were listening to Xi, the soon-to-be former U.S. President Donald Trump was tweeting and playing golf! Enough is Enough. (Source: G20, MINT, Various Media, 23 Nov., 2020)Contact: G20, www.g20.org; UNFCCC, Monique Nardi, mnardi@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News G20,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  UNFCCC,  


    sonnenCore Home Energy Storage Launched (New Prod & Tech)
    sonnen
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Smart residential battery energy storage and virtual power plant specialist sonnen is touting the launch of sonnenCore, a new compact and affordable home battery solution.

    sonnenCore provides customers with straightforward access to reliable emergency backup power, intelligent energy management, and round-the-clock access to stored solar energy with an easy-to-install, competitively-priced system.

    sonnenCore is equipped with 4.8kW/10kWh of maximum usable capacity and pairs with new and existing PV systems, with an MSRP of $9,500. The system uses long-lasting, cobalt-free, recyclable and safe lithium iron phosphate batteries designed for stationary energy storage and backed by a limited warranty of 10 years / 10,000 charge cycles. (Source: sonnen, Website, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: sonnen, Blake Richetta, CEO US Operations, www.sonnenusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Clallam PUD Designated APPA Smart Energy Provider (Ind. Report)
    American Public Power Association
    Date: 2020-11-18
    In Washington State, the Clallam County PUD is reporting receipt of Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for demonstrating commitment to, and proficiency in, energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe and reliable electric service.

    The SEP designation, which lasts for two years recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in : smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives, and customer experience.

    The APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations for not-for-profit, community-owned utilities in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. More than 85 public power utilities nationwide presently hold the SEP designation. (Source: Clallam County PUD. PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Clallam County PUD , Doug Nass, GM, 509-663-8121, www.chellampud.net; American Public Power Association, www.publicpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Public Power Association,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels Seeks SAF Funding (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
    Date: 2020-11-16
    Scottsdale, Arizona-based Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF) reports it currently holding active investment and funding discussions with U.S. infrastructure, energy investment firms and industry partners to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for its SAF Project in Washington State to produce and supply over 60 million gpy of SAF for Delta Air Lines.

    The company has already received investment term sheets for the construction CAPEX of the project, from multiple qualified investors eager to participate in the project's funding needs. As a result, final development funding is expected to close soon. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, PR, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels Washington State project, David P. Smoot, Chris Whitworth, 602-753-8386, www.nwabiofuels.com,www.nwabiofuels.com/our-solution

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    Notable Quote from National Biodiesel Board
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-11-13
    "Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

    "While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  


    TOTAL, Partners Tout Next-Gen. CO2 Storage Simulator (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Stanford University,LLNL
    Date: 2020-11-10
    Paris-headquartered energy major Total , US DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Stanford University have released GEOSX, an open source simulator for large-scale geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.

    GEOSX was developed using advanced new technologies in high-performance computing and applied mathematics and aims to improve the management and safety of geological CO2 repositories. Its computing performance is unmatched to date. The open-source nature of GEOSX aims to ensure a high level of transparency, sharing and community support to pave the way for the large-scale development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies.

    GEOSX is the first major outcome of the five-year FC-MAELSTROM research project launched in 2018 by Total, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and LLNL. It draws on each partner's 20-plus years of expertise in simulation and high-performance computing research. GEOSX, www.geosx.org. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Total Marie-Noelle Semeria, Total's Chief Technology Officer Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com

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    Enbridge Sets New Environmental, GHG Goals (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge Inc
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Markham. Ontario-headquartered Enbridge Inc reports release of its expanded environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and targets related to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, diversity and increasing transparency and accountability. The company's ESG goals include:
  • A new goal to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050; with an interim target to reduce GHG emissions intensity 35 pct by 2030;

  • Increased representation of diverse groups within our workforce by 2025 including acceleration of existing goals of 28 pct from Racial and Ethnic groups, along with new actions to enhance supplier diversity;

  • Further strengthening Board diversity with an increased goal of 40 pct representation of women and new goal of 20 pct of Racial and Ethnic groups by 2025;

  • Most transparency and reporting of safety and reliability targets that drive continuous improvement towards our goal of zero incidents, injuries and occupational illnesses, and implementation of robust cyber defense programs.

    The ESG goals support the company's strategic priorities to optimize its core energy delivery businesses and execute on the company's capital program with emphasis on modernization, technology and innovation. They also contribute to strengthening Enbridge's ability to capture new growth opportunities and adapt to a lower-carbon future over time, building on the Company's significant expansion into natural gas and rapidly growing renewables portfolio. (Source: Enbridge, AIT, Nov., 2020) Contact: Enbridge Inc., Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com

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  • DISCA Touts Weatherization, Energy Efficiency Success (Ind. Report)
    DOE Weatherization Assistance Program
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In Michigan, the Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency (DISCA) is reminding the region about the US DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) -- the nation's largest whole-house home energy upgrade program -- to assist low-income families invest in energy efficiency.

    Every $1 invested in WAP returns $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings and the health and safety of individuals, according to WAP. Under the WAP program, DICSA has weatherized 1,315 homes in Iron County and 2,015 homes in Dickinson County since 1989, at no cost to the home owner. Rental units also are eligible with landlord approval and 25 pct contribution on costs.

    Qualifying weatherization and energy efficiency measures include major bypasses, duct sealing/repair/replacement, duct insulation, attic insulation, smart thermostat, knee wall insulation and exterior wall insulation. Reducing electric baseload, such as refrigerator replacement and compact fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, clothes dryer vents, combustion appliance testing/repair and/or replacement.

    Download DOE Weatherization Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, Daily News, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, 906-774-2256, www.dicsami.org

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    Neste Inks First Asian SAF Supply Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Corp
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp. is reporting a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline, that will see ANA become the first airline to use SAF on international flights from both Haneda International airport and Narita International Airports. It and also Neste's first SAF supply agrement with an Asian airline.

    ANA and Neste plan to expand the collaboration to a multi-year agreement after 2023. Neste currently has a capacity of 100,000 tpy of SAF but is increasing capacity with a Singapore refinery expansion on a possible additional investment in its Rotterdam refinery. With these additions Neste's SAF production capacity will come in at 1.5 million tpy by 2023, according to the release.

    Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. The fuel is blended with fossil jet fuel and then certified to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP for Renewable Aviation, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; ANA, www.ana.co.jp/group/en

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    SunCool Offers Enphase Solar-Plus-Storage in Fla. (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy, SunCool
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Freemnont, California-based Enphase Energy, Inc., a global energy technology company and solar microinverter supplier, reports Boca Raton-based SunCool Energy is now offering the Enphase Encharge™ storage system in South Florida.

    Encharge storage systems feature Enphase Ensemble™ energy management technology, which powers the world's first fully integrated, grid-agnostic microinverter-based solar-plus-storage system.

    With a grid-agnostic system and fail-safe design with multiple, redundant microinverters in each storage device and a passive cooling system with no moving parts, the Encharge storage system offers maximum reliability and energy independence when the grid goes down and saves money when the grid is up. Encharge storage systems offers a maintenance-free battery system, remote software upgrades, and a limited 10-year warranty. (Source: Enphase Energy Inc., PR, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enphase, Christian Zdebel, (484) 788-2384, pr@enphase.com; SunCool Energy, Greg Gearhart, (855) 446-2786, info@suncoolenergy.com, www.suncoolenergy.com

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    DOE Sued Over Energy Efficiency Standards Changes (Ind. Report)
    NRDC, US DOE
    Date: 2020-10-19
    The NYC-headquartered Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports it has again sued the Trump administration DOE for altering its energy efficiency standards-setting process to make it more difficult to set rigorous energy-saving levels for America's appliances and equipment.

    NRDC was joined by three other environmental groups and 13 states in this suit, which is closely related to an ongoing lawsuit regarding DOE's "Process Rule."

    At issue is how the DOE determines whether a new energy efficiency standard is "economically justified" -- meaning that its benefits, such as consumer savings from lower utility bills, exceed its costs.

    DOE is looking for ways to set weaker standards, or no standards at all as part of an ongoing pattern to weaken a critically important program. And it's illegal. Without strong efficiency standards, purchasers can't be sure the appliances they buy are not wasting energy, which can substantially increase their energy bills.

    According to NRDC, these changes represent yet more attacks on the nation's highly successful energy efficiency standards program that has been saving U.S. households, on average $500 every year and will deliver $2 trillion in savings to consumers and businesses as well as help avoid 3 billion tonnes of CO2 pollution by by 2030.

    This is the 130th lawsuit NRDC has filed against the Trump administration's rollbacks and efforts to undermine environmental safeguards. To date, NRDC has prevailed in 73 of the 81 cases resolved thus far. This latest lawsuit related to the Process Rule also marks the fourth time in 11 months that NRDC and other environmental and consumer groups have sued DOE over energy efficiency standards.

    Meanwhile, DOE has repeatedly failed to meet its statutory requirements to update standards for appliances and equipment, having now missed 26 deadlines -- the most of any administration, according to the NRDC release. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 17 Oct., 2020) Contact: Natural Resource Defense Council, 212.727.2700, www.nrdc.org

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    Enoc Launches UAE Mobil Biodiesel Fueling Fleet (Int'l. Report)
    Emirates National Oil Company
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UAE, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC Link) is reporting the launch of a mobile fuel delivery service for bio-diesel fuels -- B5, B20 and B100 -- for commercial fleets. Enoc Link is the only digital mobile fueling operator in the UAE to offer customers bio-diesel.

    Enoc Link has deployed dedicated biodiesel delivery trucks with tank capacities varying from 800 to 5,000 litres and plans to expand the fleet to meet increasing customer demand in the near future. Enoc Link is part of Next, Enoc Groups accelerator programme that provides safe delivery of petrol and diesel to businesses. Enoc Link offers an end-to-end digital fueling experience along with advanced fuel analytics, fleet management, and mileage reporting. Commercial fleets also have access to an online dashboard to track fuel consumption on an aggregated level, by site, and even by vehicle or equipment. (Source: Enoc Fleet, PR, Trade Arabia. 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enoc Fleet, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO, www.enoc.com/en

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    Powerfuel Proposes UK Carbon Neutral Waste-to-Energy Plant (Int'l.)
    Powerfuel Portland
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UK, Dorset-headquartered waste recycling and waste-to-energy firm Powerfuel Portland reports it has submitted a planning application to develop a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) facility to generate 15MW of electricity using up to 202,000 tpy of largely combustible organic, household and commercial municipal solid waste as fuel.

    The proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will use the latest technologies and best available techniques to safely and efficiently produce low carbon energy from non-recyclable waste. The facility could also feature a local heat network to provide sustainable heat for local services, businesses and housing projects.

    Modern ERFs are strictly monitored by the Environment Agency and subject applicable legislation including the control of emissions. ERFs can only operate with an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency (EA) under the Pollution Prevention and Control regulations and operators must monitor and report emissions from the plant. A large proportion of the plant is devoted to cleaning emissions.

    Powerfuel's commitment is that the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the ERF operation will be offset, making the project "carbon neutral", according to the company website. (Source: Powerfuel Portland, Website, PR, HUB4, 10 Oct., 2020) Contact: Powerfuel Portland, Steve McNab, Director, info@powerfuelportland.co.uk, www.powerfuelportland.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy news,  


    Wartsila to Supply German LNG/bio-LNG Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports it has contracted to supply and construct a 100,000 tpy plant for the production of carbon-neutral bio-LNG transport fuels in Cologne, Germany.

    The plant, which is slated to be fully operational by autumn 2022, will incorporate a gas treatment system based on Wartsila's Puregas CA technology, a liquefaction unit using Wartsila's Semi-Dual Brayton technology, storage tanks, truck filling stations and necessary safety flare and auxiliary equipment.

    The project will use liquid manure, food waste and similar waste material as feedstock that will be processed using anaerobic digestion to produce biogas to be upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Bioenergy Insights, 8 Oct., 2020)Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

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    EU Calls for Stiffened GHG Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l. Report)
    EU,European Commission
    Date: 2020-10-05
    On Monday, the European Union (EU) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Executive VP Frans Timmermans presented the EC plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

    Timmermans noted that although GHG emissions are not currently falling fast enough he underlined that becoming carbon neutral is both feasible and beneficial for the EU. He called for the European Parliament (EP) to confirm the proposed 55 pct 2030-target as the EU's new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Agreement, and to submit this to the UNFCCC by the end of this year. The EP is expected to vote next week on the EU Climate Law, which calls for 60 pct emission reductions in 2030. Timmermans also noted the EC would come up with proposals by June 2021 to revise key EU legislation such as the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and strengthening CO2 standards for road vehicles to enable the EU to reach a more ambitious target.

    As previously reported this past March, the EC proposed climate legislation requiring the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050 as part of the European Green Deal. This follows the December 2019 EC decision to endorse the 2050 climate-neutrality objective. On 17 September, the Commission amended its proposal to incorporate a new 2030 emissions reduction target. (Source: European Commissions, PR, EU News Room, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

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    Swedish Airline Increasing SAF Use (Int'l. Report)
    Swedavia
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Stockholm, Sweden's state-owned air carrier Swedavia reports it is increasing its use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and refueling 9,000 flights with SAF at Stockholm Arlanda Airport since 22 September, this year. Swedavia began using SAF bio-aviation fuel in 2016.

    Swedavia is aiming to use least 5 pct bio aviation fuel at Swedish airports by 2025. The air carrier owns and operates ten of Sweden's busiest airports from its head office at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sigtuna Municipality near Stockholm. (Source: Swedavia, Website PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Swedavia, Jonas Abrahamsson, Pres., CEO, info@swedavia.se, www.swedavia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF news,  Aviation Biofuels news,  


    AFL-CIO, EDI Release Low-Carbon Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
    AFL-CIO,Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure analysis to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www.energyfuturesinitiative.org

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  • AFL-CIO, EFI Release Low-Carbon Energy Futures Initiative (Int'l.)
    AFL-CIO, Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www. energyfuturesinitiative.org

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  • NATO Must Combat Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    NATO
    Date: 2020-09-28
    "I (NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg) have been passionate about climate change all of my life. Now, as NATO Secretary General, it is my responsibility to address the threat climate change poses to our shared security.

    "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened.

    "Climate change threatens our security. So NATO must do more to fully understand and integrate climate change into all aspects of our work, from our military planning to how we exercise and train our armed forces. Climate change also makes it harder for NATO troops to keep people safe. Our soldiers work in some of the most difficult environments on earth. For example, NATO's training mission in Iraq where, this summer, temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees. It is essential that we adapt to this new reality. That means better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure. And it means explicitly including climate change in NATO's work to improve the resilience of Allies and partners, something that we have been doing for decades in areas like infrastructure.

    "NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks. We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

    "Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure.

    "As many countries increasingly plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, NATO can also do more to help our armed forces contribute to this goal. It is time for NATO to raise its ambition and help drive down emissions. A first step could be to help our members measure their military emissions. The next step could be to agree voluntary cuts in their carbon emissions.

    "Climate change is making the world more dangerous. NATO's task is to preserve peace and keep us safe. So to fulfill our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change for our security today and for the security of future generations." (Source: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO NEWS, Die Welt, 27 Sept., 2020)

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    USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

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    Neste, Shell Upping Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply (Ind. Report)
    Neste,Shell
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste is reporting an agreement with Shell Aviation to significantly increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    "It (the agreement) brings together Neste's expertise in the production and supply of renewable diesel and SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) with Shell Aviation's world-class credentials in supplying and managing fuel around the world," the company said in a statement. The Finnish company, which has invested heavily in renewables, said the cooperation is in anticipation of increasing demand from airlines to reduce emissions. (Source: Neste, PR, 23 Sept., 2020) Contact: Neste Oyi, Salla Ahonen, VP Sustainability, +358 50 458 5076, , www.neste.com

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    Natron Touts New UL Listed Sodium-Ion Battery (New Prod & Tech)
    Natron Energy
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Santa Clara, California-headquartered Natron Energy, a leading supplier of high-power, long-life and fire-safe Sodium-ion batteries using Prussian blue chemistry, reports it has achieved Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing for its BlueTray™ 4000 battery -- an industry first and major leap forward for safe, nonflammable battery technology that can be integrated into data centers and telecom companies at scale.

    Natron's unique Sodium-ion technology enables energy storage products that are both higher-powered and safer than traditional options -- with none of the fire, toxic gas or thermal runaway risks associated with lithium or lead batteries. Unlike existing products, Natron's BlueTray™ 4000 is a self-contained, pizza box size unit no larger than a pizza box and requires no bolt-on external circuits, fire protective packaging or unreliable cooling systems. (Source: Natron Energy, PR Webdite, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Natron Energy, info@natron.energy, www.natron.energy

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    CBI Calls for £500Mn Aviation Fuel Investment (Int'l. Report)
    Confederation of British Industry
    Date: 2020-09-25
    In the UK, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling for the Government to support the UK aviation sector in the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as part of a new six-point plan for achieving net zero carbon. According to the CBI release, The organisation said the UK has the chance to use its expertise to drive innovation and global leadership through the Jet Zero Council, Sustainable Aviation and others.

    To that end, CBI is calling for the creation of an Office for Sustainable Aviation Fuels and £500 million in matched public/private funding over five years. to support the establishment of commercial SAF plants in the UK. (Source: CBI, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: CBI, +44 020 7379 7400, +44 020 7379 7200 -- fax, enquiries@cbi.org.uk, Iwww.cbi.org.uk

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    GEVO Lauds Sweden, Norway Targeted SAF Increase (Int'l. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2020-09-23
    In a press release, Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. welcomed two announcements from the Scandinavian region regarding Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

    As part of Sweden's target to be fossil-free by 2040, the Swedish Government on September 11 announced its intention to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel. The mandated reduction level is expected to be 0.8 pct in 2021 increasing to 27 pct by 2030, with most of the savings expected to come from the use of SAF.

    As previously reported, Norway announced it would introduce a 0.5 pct biofuel blending mandate leading to a 30 pct share of biofuels in the aviation sector by 2030.

    GEVO notes its SAF product is approved for use in commerce and has already been used to power numerous commercial flights. The company says it "looks forward to increasing its SAF production to help countries like Sweden and Norway in the battle to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 21 Sept., 2020)Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Sweden Sustainable Aviation Fuel Front-runner, says Neste (Int'l.)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In Helsinki, in line with its "fossil-free fuel by 2045" initiative, the Swedish Government reports plans to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden in 2021. The reduction level will be 0.8 pct in 2021, and gradually increase to 27 pct in 2030. This makes Sweden an undisputed leader in sustainable aviation, according to Neste Oyi.

    "We need front-runners to lead the way in sustainable aviation. The ambitious target now set by the Swedish government is an example others should follow in order to support the aviation industry in meeting its emission reduction targets. It also creates the necessary certainty for sustainable aviation fuel producers to invest in increasing the production", says Neste VP for Renewable Aviation Europe, Jonathan Wood.

    Earlier this year, Norway introduced a 0.5 pct biofuel blending mandate. There will be enough capacity on the market to supply the anticipated volumes of sustainable aviation fuel to Sweden and Norway. Neste is already producing commercial scale volumes of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, refined from renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form and over the lifecycle, the fuel can reduce up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel, according to Neste.

    Neste's sustainable aviation fuel capacity is currently 100,000 tpy. With Neste's Singapore refinery expansion on the way and possible additional investment in the Neste Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel by 2023.

    The global aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transport, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 pct reduction of net aviation carbon emissions by 2050. Aviation needs multiple solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, sustainable aviation fuels offer the only viable alternative to fossil fuels for powering aircrafts, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste Corporation, Press Release, Website PR, 17 September 2020) Contact: Neste, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

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    GEVO Inc. Provides Business Update (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Gevo
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO Inc. provided the update on its business and strategic plan today, 8 Sept.:

  • GEVO recently raised approximately $46 million, net of expenses, from a Registered Direct Offering and approximately $16 million as a result of warrant exercises. This capital infusion substantially improves the company's ability to execute on its strategic plans.

  • GEVO continues to pursue a licensing and developer strategy that is expected to enable the construction of up to three production facilities and capacity expansions. The production facilities and expansions are needed to provide the product required under its existing and expected, future take-or-pay, off-take agreements. The licensing and developer strategy should reduce or eliminate the need for GEVO construction capital by utilizing project-level debt and third-party equity.

  • GEVO continues to seek a targeted capital raise of $200 million of project-level equity using a project financing structure to build up to three production facilities. The first expanded production facility or project is expected to be located at Gevo's facility in Luverne, Minnesota.

  • As previously announced, GEVO engaged Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to lead a process to develop the three projects and procure the capital needed by the company to build up to three production facilities. GEVO expects it will take approximately one year to develop and close the financing for the first project. Assuming Gevo successfully closes on a financing in the next 12 months, GEVO would expect production of hydrocarbon fuels from the first project in late 2023 or early 2024.

    Additionally, the GEVO release noted it currently has approximately $81 million in cash on the balance sheet and will continue to develop the marketplace and try to create additional customer demand for its next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel products that have the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, while addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website News, 8 Sept., 2020)Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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  • Canadian and U.S. Labor Day Holiday Publishing Schedule

    Date: 2020-09-06
    In celebration of the U.S. and Canadian Labor Day holiday, we will not be publishing Monday, 7th September. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Wednesday, 9th September.

    We wish all our readers a safe holiday. Thank you.


    Saffron Offers Retro-Fit Energy Efficiency Mortgage (Ind. Report)
    Saffron Building Society
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the UK, the Sussex-based Saffron Building Society reports the launch of a retro-fit mortgage which offers a reduced rate if the borrower improves their EPC -- building energy efficiency -- rating after six months.

    The mortgage is aimed at people planning to move to an older or period property and need to remortgage or upgrade on their existing home. The "green"mortgage offers the borrower a rate relief for the remainder of the fixed rate period, when the works undertaken on the property produce a one-step rise in the EPC rating -- as long as this is above an E.

    Saffron's retro-fit, energy efficiency mortgage comes in the month the government is launching its Green Homes Initiative which offers up to £5,000 for cavity wall insulation, window and door glazing, solar panel installations and other energy efficiency improvements and upgrades to existing buildings. (Source: Saffron Building Society, Mortgage Finance Gazette, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saffron Building Society, Laura Bright, +44 0 1799 522211, www.saffronbs.co.uk

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