Originally, 118 Sarnia area growers signed on to the project and committed 30,000 acres in total. CSPC initially developed a business model for the aggregation, transportation and storage of corn stover and wheat straw, was validated with field demonstrations and received financial support from the federal government through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
In closing, the organization noted "The market just wasn't as valorized for cellulosic fibre and other products. They were just a little short on some of the financing.
We didn't want to continue without an actual plan to invest. The idea was, let's close it down before we start losing any money."
It also noted the knowledge generated from the endeavor will be retained by Bioindustrial Innovations Canada -- the overarching non-profit agency working with CSPC to develop its markets.
(Source Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Farmtario, 14 May, 2020) Contact: Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative, www.bincanada.ca
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To date, GE has an installed base of 1.2 GW of wind energy in Turkey and has built 500 wind turbines in the country, including the 350 MW of onshore wind energy projects that Fina Enerji and GE Renewable Energy have built together. (Source: GE, PR reve, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Fina Enerji, www.finaenerji.com
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The project is a mix of new and replacement turbines including nine V136-4.2 MW turbines and two V117-4.2 MW turbines with site-specific towers, combined with a 15-year Active Output Management (AOM 4000) service contract. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 13 May, 2020)
Contact: E-Connection, +31 (0) 30 659 8000,
+31 (0) 30 659 8001 - fax,
email@example.com', www.e-connection.nl; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vestas.com
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The project to be located off the Norwegian coast would capture and sequester 5 million tpy of CO2 from some of the EU's heaviest emitters.
A final investment decision on the project hinges on approval by the Norwegian authorities and rubber-stamping by the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
"The Northern Lights project could become the first step to develop a value chain for CCS, which is vital to reach the global climate goals of the Paris Agreement," according to Equinor Exec.VP Anders Opedal.
(Source: Total, Equinor, Shell Oil, ReCharge, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, email@example.com, www.total.com
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The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022.
Horse Heaven Wind Farm is subject to regulatory review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
(Source: Scout Clean Energy, Facebook, Tri Cities Journal of Business, May, 2020)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scoutcleanenergy.com
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TOTAL presently invests up to 10 pct of its $1 billion annual R&D effort on CCS related technologies and initiatives. TOTAL is working on nanoporous materials (adsorbents) that could eventually be used to trap the CO2 emitted by the Group's industrial operations or those of other major emitters. Absorbents could also be used to capture CO2 directly from the air (Direct Air Capture or DAC).
(Source: TOTAL, PR, Business Wire, 15 May, 2020) Contact: TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, email@example.com, www.total.com; Cambridge Quantum Computing, www.cambridgequantum.com
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The projects, part of the largest renewable energy procurement ever undertaken in Hawaii, could produce 460 MW of solar energy and nearly 3 gigawatt-hours of energy storage on O'ahu, Maui and Hawai'i Island, increasing HECO's total solar megawatts by 50 pct or more. The projects include:
Although possible COVID-19 related disruptions make time lines uncertain, the timeline for these projects assumes the first will
become operational in 2022. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR 11 May, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com
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Dogger Bank Construction began in January 2020.
When fully operational it is projected to generate sufficient power for more than 4.5 million UK homes.
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is estimated to trigger a total capital investment of approximately £9 billion between 2020 and 2026. (Source: Equinor, World Oil, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Satre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com; SSE Plc, www.sse.co.uk; Port of Tyne,
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Work is also underway on the utility's Neosho Ridge Wind Farm in Neosho County, Kansas, north of Parsons, where 139 more turbines will generate another 300MW of electricity.
When the project is completed, Liberty will generate over half of its electricity from its wind farm, or through purchasing agreements with two wind farms in Kansas.
(Source: Liberty Utilities, Joplin Globe, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Liberty Utilities, Tim Wilson, VP, 855-872-3242, www.libertyutilities.com
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The New Delhi-based agency's study aims to assess the impact of all the energy programs in India in terms of total energy saved and reduction in the amount of carbon emissions in 2018-19.
According to the report, the total energy savings achieved in 2018-19 stood at 23.73 Mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) -- 2.69 pct of the total primary energy supply, which was estimated to be 879.23 Mtoe during 2018-19. This includes both supply and demand-side sectors of the economy.
Overall, the study concluded that various energy efficiency measures have translated into monetary savings of $11.9 billion (US) against the savings in 2017-18, which stood at $7.1 billion.
The report also noted
the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in collaboration with BEE, is executing a global environment facility funded national project to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected MSME clusters in India.
(Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mercom, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, +91 11 26178352 - fax, www.beeindia.gov.in
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"We are writing to urge you to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and immediately reject the requests for a waiver of the RFS under Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act recently received by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) from five state governors.
"Across our states, biofuels lower fuel prices, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the new energy economy, many of which are in rural areas, provide an important market for farmers, cut our reliance on foreign oil, reduce emissions and harmful air pollutants, and provide critical inputs to our food supply.
"Our nation is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19, with the impacts being felt across all of society. Waiving the RFS would cause further harm to the U.S.economy, especially our most vulnerable rural communities. It would also exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment. The resiliency of America's renewable fuel industry has already suffered as a result of the EPA's drastic expansion of the small refinery waiver program in recent years.
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified the biofuels sector as an essential critical infrastructure workforce during the COVID-19 response. However, as motor fuel demand has plummeted, prices have slumped to record lows and producers are suffering heavy losses. At this point more than 70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized. At least 46 pct of the ethanol industry's total production capacity is now idled, and eight biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities remain offline. Highly-skilled jobs across the country are being lost at an alarming rate.
"Biofuel plant closures have ripple effects through the U.S. economy. Farm income is directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Plant shutdowns are causing commercial CO2 supply shortages and inhibiting the ability of meat packers and other food sectors to refrigerate, preserve,and supply food and beverages at current, affordable rates. Ethanol plants also produce low cost, high-protein animal feed (distillers grains). Supply shortages as a result of biofuel plant closures are impacting livestock feed procurement, rations, and prices. Biodiesel producers provide value to surplus and waste oils, fats and greases from food, feed and other biofuel production. Without the biodiesel industry, excess feedstocks will clog the supply chain, causing livestock producers to potentially raise prices for consumers. Removing biofuels from gasoline and diesel will also lead to an increase of greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and toxics-causing degradation to our air quality.
"Recent requests for a waiver of the RFS are unjustified and clearly do not satisfy the rigorous requirements necessary for EPA consideration. RFS waivers can only be granted by EPA if there is a demonstration of 'severe harm' to the economy or environment of a state, region or the United States that is directly caused by the RFS. None of these standards are met today and the following reasons clearly demonstrate the case for rejecting the waiver requests:
"We urge you to direct the EPA to reject all calls to waive the RFS. The RFS is more important now than ever as farmers, the biofuel sector, and rural America struggle to remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis." (Source: US Senate, 8 May, 2020)
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The report notes that $3.7 billion in incentives were paid to businesses and households and benefited customers participating in energy rebate programs. Enterprises also contributed to a cleaner atmosphere, taking the equivalent of 3.6 million passenger cars off the road, while avoiding 16.7 million metric tons of COշ.
For its report, energyOrbit tallied data from investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives and third-party implementers in the U.S. and Canada since 2008. The numbers have been charted in two areas: Total Energy Savings and Incentive Payments. The report also highlights the following savings reference points: Annual electricity use of 2.8 million homes; 4.4 coal-fired plants not in use; 3,600 wind turbines running for a year; 22 million acres of U.S. forests planted in one year , and 54 percent of New York City electricity consumption per year.
As of 2019, energyOrbit has helped utilities and third-party implementers manage more than 24 TWh of electricity savings. Additionally, 11 GW of peak demand has been reduced by efficiency measures tracked by energyOrbit. Additionally, over $3.7 billion in incentives have been managed and prepared for payment.
(Source: energyOrbit, PR, 5 May, 2020)
Contact: energyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , 866-628-8744, www.energy-orbit.com
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Of the total 550 million ISK, roughly 200 million ISK will be invested in projects aiming to naturally store carbon dioxide long-term in order to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. Carbon sequestration is a key part of the government's plan to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement's terms.
Additional grants totaling 75 million ISK will support the creation of new birch forests; 25 million ISK will address land reclamation projects; 60 million ISK for land quality recovery schemes; and 20 million ISK will be dedicated to wetland recovery.
A further 300 million ISK will be used to reduce Iceland's energy consumption and 50 million ISK has been earmarked for the government's recently launched climate fund to support climate change research and projects raising awareness of the impacts of global warming.
The release notes the government aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40 pct by 2030.
(Source: : Iceland Minister for the Environment, Reykjavik Grapevine, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Iceland Minister for the Environment, Gudmundur Ingi Guobrandsson, www.government.is/ministries/ministry-for-the-environment-and-natural-resources
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The project, which would involve using excess hydrogen capacity and converting some desulfurization units for renewable diesel production, is still in its early stages, according to the company.
The use of RNG as a transportation fuel has reportedly increased 291 pct over the past 5 years, displacing close to 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). That is the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of driving 18.6 trillion miles in a typical passenger cat. It is the CO2 emissions equivalent of consuming 842 million gallons of gasoline. This equates to the total amount of fuel used by 63,171 transit buses every year, according to trade data.
(Source: CVR Energy, Reuters 7 May, 2020)
Contact: CVR Energy Inc., (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com
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According to the USDA release, funds will be made directly available to assist transportation and fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities with converting to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to and/or offering sales incentives for the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure. distribution facilities.
Of the total $100 million, $86 million will be available for implementation activities related to ethanol blends above E10 and $14 million will be available for implementation activities related to blends of biodiesel above B5. Grants for up to 50 percent of total eligible projects costs, up to $5 million, are available to vehicle fueling facilities, including local fueling stations/locations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations, midstream partners and/or distribution facilities.
The agency expects the $100 million in funding to support approximately 150 awards and provide assistance to approximately 1,500 locations.
As an aside, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement in response: "U.S. ethanol producers today are facing the worst economic conditions in the industry's 40-year history due to COVID-19, and they need immediate emergency relief to survive this catastrophe. Once the pandemic is over and fuel markets are showing signs of recovery, expanding infrastructure via the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will be important to the long-term future of the ethanol industry and rural America. We thank the USDA for its efforts to support the future of renewable fuels."
(Source: USDA, May, 2020)Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec., www.usda.gov; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Data and analyses produced under the funding agreement will be used to prepare, submit and attain a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency to potentially construct a CO2 injection well, that would allow for geologic sequestration of 50 million metric tonnes of CO2.
Of the total funding, $17.5 million came from the US DOE and $4.5 million is in cost sharing from the other parties to the agreement.
(Source: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, PR, 4 May, 2020) Contact: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Dr. Robert Balch , Petroleum Recovery Research Centre ,
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This will be achieved in intermediate steps of 15 pct by 2030, and 35 pct by 2040. The company aims is to become a broad-energy company, with oil and gas, low-carbon electricity and carbon-neutrality solutions as integral parts of its business.
The company is presently targeting gross renewable power generation capacity of 25GW in 2025 and will continue to expand into renewable energies.
The company allocates more than 10 pct of its capex to low-carbon electricity, which it claims is the highest of any majors, and plans to raise this percentage to 20 pct by 2030 or sooner.
(Source: TOTAL, Offshore, 5 May, 2020)
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The Forest Service scientists quantified the contribution of forests, harvested wood products, and urban trees to carbon capture and storage. They found that, collectively, these natural systems account for more than 95 pct of Earth's terrestrial carbon sink. The atmospheric carbon absorbed by forests, harvested wood, and urban trees is equal to more than 11 pct of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States each year between 1990 and 2018.
Download the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals from Forest Land, Woodlands, and Urban Trees in the United States, 1990-2018 report HERE. (Source: USDA Forest Service, April, 2020) Contact: U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov
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Most of the projects are co-located projects since the battery project will use an adjacent solar power plant to charge the battery over the term of the contract. These projects will be located at the same point of interconnection and will be the first of their kind on the Golden State's grid.
(Source: SCE, Yahoo, 1 May, 2020) Contact: SCE, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com
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The total acquisition purchase price for Senvion's selected assets, including the manufacturing facility in Vagos, the Onshore European Services assets and IP came in at €200 million -- subject to closing accounts confirmatory adjustments. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Smart Energy, May, 2020)
Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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Most of the projects are co-located projects since the battery project will use an adjacent solar power plant to charge the battery over the term of the contract. These projects will be located at the same point of interconnection and will be the first of their kind on the Golden State's grid. (Source: SCE, Yahoo, 1 May, 2020) Contact: SCE, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com
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"From an emissions standpoint, the UK would be better off burning coal and leaving those (older) trees standing as long as possible." -- Bill Moomaw, Biomass Energy Researcher, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Source: IPCC, Eco Business, Mongabay, 20 April, 2020)
A Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels report subscriber noted the following:
First, the 40 million acres, more or less, of managed southern pine plantations are loblolly pine not longleaf pine. These two pine varieties have important differences in growth rate and ecological values.
Second, and more much importantly, mature pine forest do not 'accelerate' their storage as they mature. These are privately owned lands and the details of the site and management practices are very important, but the annually growth rate (carbon accumulation) on most pine sites slows after 15-20 years. The TOTAL carbon on the acre/hectare increase, but at a slower annual rate.
Finally, and completely absent from these discussion that are typically led by scientist or environmental groups who do not have a clear understanding of the on the ground ownership and motivations of private landowners in the southern US, is that without a source of income some of these forest will be converted to some other uses, probably pasture, which has very limited carbon storage potential. In effect these EU experts are trying to shift the costs of carbon sequestration to private landowners. One can argue that if they want to sequester carbon in trees, and take on the additional risk of unplanned, large scale release from fire, disease or hurricane, that is fine, but they should pay the landowner for the carbon and the lost income.
Editor's Note: We thank our reader for his input and clarification of our report.
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Construction of the approximately 98 acre project is slated to begin during the summer of 2021, for commissioning and startup no later than December, 2021.
CWL will own the system, which will generate an estimated total of 24,292 MWh during the first year of operation -- sufficient power for roughly 1,600 homes.
(Source: Jonesboro City Water and Light, KASU News, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Turning Point Energy, turningpoint-energy.com; Jonesboro City Water and Light, 870-930-3300, www.jonesborocwl.org
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Download the 2020 Climate Change Report HERE.
(Source: Duke Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy, 2020 Climate Report,
Phil Sgro, 800.559.3853, www.duke-energy.com
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The order includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to maximise energy production for both sites which are slated for ommissioning in Q3 of 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve,25 April, 2020) Contact: Vestas Asia Pacific, Clive Turton, Pres., +45 96 75 25 75, www.vestas.com
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As part of the initiative, TVA has entered into a 20-year PPA with the 177-MW Ridgely Energy Farm in Lake County, Tennessee, developed by First Solar. With this agreement, TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar developed projects, including an existing 20-year PPA for the 227-MW project in Muscle Shoals.
The KUB project marks a 60 pct increase in TVA's operating and contracted solar capacity since the start of fiscal year 2020. In March, TVA announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200-MW solar site in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for TVA, with 35 MW of this facility supporting KUB's Green Invest purchase.
TVA modeled Green Invest after work with Facebook and Google, beginning in 2018, to identify new renewable energy solutions for data centers locating in the region. Green Invest program leverages long-term agreements to build new, large-scale renewable energy installations through a competitive bid process. (Source: TVA, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TVA,
Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, email@example.com, www.tva.com; Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.firstsolar.com
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The ¥400 million ($3.7 million) project will have a total of 1,500 kilowatts. Any surplus power is to be sold to the national grid or a local power company as an IPP.
The project is partly subsidized by the Japanese government, at about ¥110 million under the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a greenhouse gas emission reduction plan to exchange reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
(Source: Aura Green Energy, Khmer Times, Mainichi News, 28 April, 2020)
Contact: WWB Corp., +81 3 64332789, www.enfsolar.com/directory/panel/48599/wwb; Aura Green Energy, +81 17-752-0682, www.gec.jp
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BrainBox AI technology combines deep learning, cloud-based computing and autonomous decision making to support a 24/7 self-operating building. BrainBox AI's solution enables a building's HVAC system to operate autonomously, in real-time, to generate up to a 25 pct reduction in total energy costs and a 20-40 pct reduction in carbon footprint.
In the 11 months since its launch to market in May 2019, BrainBox AI has installed its self-learning technology in over 15 million square feet of commercial properties, across 15 cities on 3 continents. The company has gained significant traction in its home market of Canada, and the recent raise will enable rapid expansion in both existing and new markets.
BrainBox AI works in collaboration with research partners including the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO), Montral's McGill University and others.
(Source: BrainBox AI, PR , 28 April, 2020)
Contact: BrainBox AI, Sean Neely, CEO and Co-Founder , 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com
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8minute Solar Energy is the largest privately-held developer of solar PV and storage projects in the U.S. 8minute has over 18 GW of solar and storage projects under development, with 2 GW in operation in 2020.
(Source: 8Minute Solar Energy, PR, Yahoo, 23 April, 2020) Contact: 8Minute Soplar Energy, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Pres., CEO, Katie Struble
Director, Corporate Communications, 608 332 2809,
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From 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12 pct. In contrast, global energy-related emissions increased nearly 24 pct from 2005 to 2018. (Source: EPA, 25 April, 2020)
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The Wood Innovations Grant program advances innovations in wood energy and products that create jobs, revitalize local economies and support sustainable forest land management. Selected projects include:
Access Wood Innovations Grant Program details HERE
(Source: US Forest Service, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: US Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov
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Biofuels producers were not included in the aid package, although the sector consumes approximately 40 pct of America's total annual corn crop.
In the 2018/2019 crop marketing year, (Sept. 1- Aug. 31) the U.S. grew more than 14.42 billion bushels (366 million metric tons) of corn.
(Source: USDA, nexstar, 21 April, 2020)Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec., www.usda.gov
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There have been other significant drops in carbon emissions in the last century. Many have to do with various global recessions, with the second-largest drop of one billion tons occurring in conjunction with the early-1980s recession.
Another substantial drop in emissions occurred after the end of World War 2, most likely due to a sudden end to the boom in factory military production. ( Source: Global Carbon Project, Electronics Weekly, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org
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The 13 OptimaFlex technology equipped wind turbines are slated for installation in 2021 and will be covered by a 15-year full-service agreement. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 April, 2020)
Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com
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Kansas has reported the nation's largest increase in wind energy production over the past five years totaling $11.4 billion in private investment, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, Topeka Capitol Journal, 17 April, 2020) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kirnan, CEO, www.awea.org
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Methane, although shorter lived in the atmosphere, is 86 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat over a 20-year period.
Canada has committed to cutting methane from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 pct from 2012 levels by 2025.
(Source: Gov. of Canada, National Observer, Various Media, 17 April, 2020)
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The sale includes two ethanol production facilities with a combined production capacity of 145 million gpy, a grain elevator with storage capacity of 4.1 million bushels and integrated rail facilities in Aurora.
Aurora Cooperative is one of the largest agricultural retailers in the nation, ranking 28th among all agricultural cooperatives.
In 2019, Aurora Cooperative had total sales of more than $1 billion, serviced more than 4 million acres, merchandised more than 120 million bushels of grain and had more than 34,000 equity members.
(Source: Pacific Ethanol, The Independent, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Aurora Cooperative, Chris Vincent , Pres., CEO, www.auroracoop.com; Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, email@example.com, www.pacificethanol.com
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Modern bioenergy does not include the traditional use of biomass in developing countries and emerging economies for cooking and heating, using inefficient open fires or simple cook stoves, which has impacts on human health and the environment. (Source: IEA, Website, April, 2020)Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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The Malaysian B20 mandate was first rolled out in January and was scheduled to be totally carried out throughout the nation by mid-June 2021.
(Source: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Global News Hut, 16 April, 2020)
Contact: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my
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The PPA will result in the construction in central Pennsylvania of two new solar energy facilities totaling 220MW of electricity, all of which will be purchased by the university. Community Energy expects this to be the largest solar power project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The university notes it intends to retire all Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Credits produced by the project, meaning that the solar power generated will be above and beyond Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requirements, and will be key to meeting the campus' carbon reduction goals.
Download the University's Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 HERE.
(Source: Univ. of Pennsylvania, PR, April, 2020) Contact: University of Pennsylvania, www.upenn.edu;Community Energy, Jay Carlis, Exec VP, 866-946-3123, www.communityenergyinc.com
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This brings the total number of such factories to six with the other three such plants being the Goodyear factories in Spain's Bilbao, Puente San Miguel, and Burgos, which had started using electricity from renewable sources in 2018.
(Source: Bridgestone, Tire & Parts News, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Bridgestone Tire, www.bridgestone.com/corporate/profile/index.html
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Under the energy performance contract (EPC) this second phase includes interior and exterior lighting fixture upgrades, window replacement and improvements to three cogeneration units at other WHA developments. These improvements come at no upfront cost to WHA, which also receives incentives for efficiency improvements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
(Source: Ameresco, Yahoo Finance, April, 2020)
Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com
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It was the first time since 2008 for the figure to surpass transactions of electricity generated from solar energy which reached
3,849 GWh. energy-based electricity totaling 26,606 GWh.
. (Source: Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), .Yonhap News, 8 April, 2020)Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr
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The company aims to reduce the total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions using factory-produced facade and roof elements and per-assembled building technologies that reduce the amount of work required in completing a project by a whopping 80 pct. With its processes, ecoworks converts an inefficient building into a "de-centralised and small power plant by installing photovoltaic systems, thermal reservoirs, and heat pumps that generate more energy than needed by the building's occupants." The surplus green energy is fed into the public power grid. (Source: ecoworks GmbH, silicon canals, 7 April, 2020)
Contact: ecoworks GmbH, www.ecoworks.tech
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As previously noted, ICAO will allow airlines to purchase CO2 offset units from six programs under CORSIA in order to meet its emissions reduction targets up to 2023. The approved schemes include the U.N. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard. Carbon Offsets under the CORSIA mechanism are set to be established using total emissions for 2019 and 2020 as the baseline
(Source: ICAO, CAPA, 9 April, 2020) Contact: ICAO, Secretary General Fang Liu, www.icao.in
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BOP recorded an average monthly production of 639GWh among six offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea.
(Source: Belgian Offshore Platform, Energy Live, 5 April, 2020)
Contact: Belgian Offshore Platform, Annemie Vermeylen, Sec. Gen., +32 471 61 03 19
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Gravitricity's innovative energy battery works by raising multiple heavy weights -- totaling up to 12,000 tonnes -- in a deep shaft and releasing them when energy is required.
The system can store energy at half the lifetime cost of lithium-ion batteries, according to the company.
(Source: Gravitricity, UKTN, 3 April, 2020) Contact: Gravitricity, Charlie Blair, +44 131 554 6966, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.gravitricity.com; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, email@example.com, www.innovateuk.gov.uk
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Hoa Thang Energy Joint Stock Company is a special-purpose vehicle of Vietnam's construction group Trading Construction Works Organization. The project is expected to come online in 2021 and will generate sufficient energy for roughly 240,000 Veitnam households.
The Vietnamese government estimates the country's total power generating capacity will reach 125-130 GW by 2030, up from 46 GW in 2018. The government also aims for renewable energy to account for 15-20 pct of its total energy output by 2030 and has established a target of developing 6 GW of wind power capacity by 2030. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, ME Construction News, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact:
Hoa Thang Energy, +84-988682389; Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com
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To date, the company has installed more than 375 MW of rooftop projects and 2.76 GW of utility-scale projects in 13 states.
The company has also built utility-scale projects in 13 Indian states with a total capacity of around 2.76 GW. (Source: (Source: Tata Power, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Tata Power Solar, www.tatapowersolar.com
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