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Ontario Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-op Unplugged (Ind. Report)
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative
Date: 2020-05-20
In Canada, the farmer-owned Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) which was originally formed to develop new processing opportunities for crop residues like corn stover and wheat straw -- one of the main opportunities for crop biomass derived from a once-proposed sugar refinery in Sarnia, Ontario to be constructed by Comet Bio, has pulled the plug.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Cellulosic,  Bioindustrial Innovations Canada,  


GE Supplying Turbines for Fina Enerji Turkish Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
General Electric,Fina Enerji
Date: 2020-05-20
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply Fina Enerji with 52 of its 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines totaling 193 MW -- sufficient to power roughly 195,000 Turkish homes -- for four wind farms in Turkey. The 156 blades will be manufactured at GE’s LM Wind Power factory in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. The sale includes a 15-years service agreement.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy news,  Wind Turbine news,  


Vestas Wins 46 MW E-Connection Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,E-Connection
Date: 2020-05-19
Danish wind turbine specialist Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from Bunnik, Netherlands- headquartered wind power project developer E-Connection for 11 turbines totaling 46 MW for the first phase of the Oosterscheldekering Wind Optimization project that consists of the four waterfront wind parks -- Binnenhaven, Roggeplaat-West, Noordland Buiten and Vluchthaven -- in the province of Zeeland where high wind conditions are common.

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, info@e-connection.n', www.e-connection.nl; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E-Connection,  Vestas,  Wind,  


TOTAL, Equinor, Shell Agree on Carbon Capture Network (Int'l.)
TOTAL, Equinor, Shell
Date: 2020-05-19
International Energy giants Equinor, Shell and TOTAL are reporting agreement on the planned $685 million Northern Lights -- North Sea carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

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, ir@total.com, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Equinor,  Shell ,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Scout Clean Energy 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy reports it will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County, Washington for its 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm project south of Kennewick later this year.

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, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


Total Exploring Quantum Algorithms for CO2 Capture (Ind. Report)
TOTAL
Date: 2020-05-19
Paris-based energy giant TOTAL reports it is partnering with UK start-up Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to develop new quantum algorithms to improve Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) materials and technologies.

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, ir@total.com, www.total.com; Cambridge Quantum Computing, www.cambridgequantum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Direct Air,  


HECO Selects 16 Solar, Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2020-05-15
Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric Power (HECO) is reporting the seclection of 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on three islands as part of its transition to using 100 pct renewable energy to generate electricity by 2045.

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:

  • On O'ahu -- eight solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 287 MW of generation and 1.8 GWh of storage;

  • On Maui Island -- three solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 100 MW of generation and 560 MWh of storage;

  • On Hawai'i Island -- two solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 72 MW of generation and 492 MWh of storage.

    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, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric ,  HECO,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Hawii Solar,  


  • Equinor, SSE Name Tyne as Dogger Bank Wind Onshore Base (Int'l.)
    Equinor,SSE Renewables,Dogger Bank
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Reporting from Oslo, Equinor and SSE Renewables, the companies behind the world's largest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have announced plans to build a new on-shore Office, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the deep water Port of Tyne in the northeast of England.

    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, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewables,  Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Dogger Bank,  


    Liberty Completes First Wind Turbine of 600-MW Project (Ind Report)
    Liberty Utilities
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Following up on our 15 Jan report, in the Show Me State, Joplin-based Liberty Utilities is reporting the first of more than 270 wind turbines slated for its $1.2 billion, 600-MW wind project in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas has been completed. The project includes two wind farms, North Fork and King's Point, in Southwest Missouri, each of which incorporates 69 turbines that combined are projected to generate a total of 300 megawatts.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities ,  Wind,  


    Indian Energy Efficiency Deliver Major Savings (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-05-13
    The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is reporting several of the various energy efficiency programs in India has led to 113.16 billion units (BUs) in 2018-19 -- a 9.39 pct reduction in the country's net electric power consumption.

    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

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


    Trump Urged to Reject Waiver Requests (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EPA,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the nation's capitol, a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators -- including Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tina Smith(D-Minn) Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) have written the following to the White House:

    "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:

  • Challenging market conditions in the oil sector are the directresult of oversupply from international competitors combined with falling gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demand as a result of the COVID-19, not the RFS.

  • The RFS already accommodates demand reductions and provides flexibility to reflect the reality of motor fuel demand. EPA translates the annual RFS requirements into a percentage share of gasoline and diesel. Thus, the existing structure of the RFS regulations already results in an oil refiner's renewable volume obligations being proportionally reduced if overall motor fuel demand drops over the year

  • EPA has repeatedly found that RIN prices do not negatively impact refiners, a position reinforced by the 10th Circuit court in January 200. In addition, a record-large supply of RINs is available to refiners today, largely as a consequence of EPA's abusive expansion of the small refinery exemption program, so the threat of high RIN prices is currently non-existent.

    "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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


  • energyOrbit Energy Efficiency Report Reveals Savings (Ind. Report)
    energyOrbit
    Date: 2020-05-08
    A new Energy Efficiency Impact Report from San Francisco-based cloud energy efficiency and Demand-Side Management specialist energyOrbit unveils the energy and cost savings for residents and businesses by aggregating data from its customers, including utility companies and other energy efficiency (EE) organizations.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News energyOrbit,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Reykjavik Announces Climate Change Related Funding (Int'l Report)
    Iceland
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In Reykjavik, the Icelandic government has announced several new environmental policies and proposals including grants totaling 550 million ISK ($3,750,000 US) to projects addressing climate change.

    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

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


    CVR Energy Considering Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    CVR Energy
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Reuters is reporting Sugarland, Texas-based CVR Energy Inc. is looking to convert certain units in its petroleum refineries to renewable diesel production (RNG) to reduce its exposure to the cost of renewable fuel credits (RINs) which it estimate will come in at roughly $65 million to $75 million in 2020.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CVR Energy ,  Renewable Diesel,  RINs,  RNG,  


    Tunisian Concentrated Renewable Energy Capacity Hits 379 MW (Int'l.)
    Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In Tunis, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, reports the North African country's concentrated renewable energy power generation hit 379 MWin 2019, against 115 MW in 2010. Of the total, 63.3 pct of renewable energy capacity was from wind, 20.4 pct was from photovoltaic solar and 16.3 pct was from hydropower. (Source: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, African Manager, 3 May, 2020) Contact: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, Mohamed Sdiri, +216 0 97333562,sdirimohamed@gmail.com; www.geocradle.eu/platform/stakeholder/sdirimohamed

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


    $100Mn Biofuel Blends Infrastructure Incentives Available (Funding)
    USDA,Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Nation's capital, the USDA reports it intends to make up to $100 million available in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to support activities designed to expand the availability and sale of ethanol and biodiesel.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  USDA,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    New Mexico CCS Project Scores $22Mn in Funding (Funding Report)
    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology,
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) is reporting the carbon capture project at San Juan Generating Station has scored $22 million in cooperative funding for a northwest New Mexico site analysis.

    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 , 575-835-5434, www.nmt.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology,  ,  


    TOTAL Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int 'l. Report)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The Paris headquartered energy giant TOTAL reports it has set a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner for its worldwide operations. In addition, the company will pursue a reduction of 60 pct or more by that date in the average carbon intensity of energy products used globally by its customers, rising to 100 pct for energy products used by customers in Europe.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CO2 news,  


    Forest Service Details State-by-State Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    USDA Forest Service
    Date: 2020-05-04
    USDA Forest Service reports the release of its Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals from Forest Land, Woodlands, and Urban Trees in the United States, 1990-2018 report, a state-by-state overview of carbon emissions and related trends and details on deforestation and reforestation across the 49 continental states. Estimates of carbon movement from the atmosphere into living trees, dead wood, and soil as well as state-by-state estimates of emissions from forest fires is included.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  USDA Forest Service,  Carbon Emissions,  


    SCE Grows Renewables, Energy Storage Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Golden State, Rosemead-based Southern California Edison (SCE) reports inking seven contracts totaling 770 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to help enhance the region's electric system reliability needs. The recently conducted solicitation and the resulting contracts make up one of the country's largest energy storage procurements.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison ,  SCE,  Energy Storage,  


    Siemens Gamesa Nails €200Mn Senvion Assets Acquisition (M&A)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the final acquisition of all shares in Ria Blades, S.A., the business entity which owns and operates the onshore wind turbine blade production plant in Vagos, Portugal, as well as other additional assets required to operate the facility.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Senvion,  Wind,  


    SoCalEd Grows Energy Storage Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Golden State, Rosemead-based Southern California Edison (SoCalEd) reports inking seven contracts totaling 770 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to help enhance the region's electric system reliability needs. The recently conducted solicitation and the resulting contracts make up one of the country's largest energy storage procurements.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Claification -- Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2020-05-01
    "Mature trees do not stop absorbing carbon. It's just the opposite. Carbon sequestration actually accelerates as a tree grows older. 'Managed forests' is usually code for trees farms full of longleaf pine that are cut [down] frequently and absorb a lot less carbon than mature forests."

    "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.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    Jonesboro Ark. Utility Announces 13.25 MW Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    TurningPoint Energy, Jonesboro City Water and Light
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In Arkansas, the city of Jonesboro (pop. 77,000) City Water and Light (CWL) utility reports it has entered into a turnkey agreement with TurningPoint Energy (TPE) to develop the city's first solar power system totaling 13.25 MW.

    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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    Duke Energy Issues 2020 Climate Change Report (Report Attached
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    According to Duke Energy's 2020 Climate Report the company reduced carbon emissions from electricity generation by an additional 8 pct in 2019 from 2005 levels, bringing total reductions to date to 39 pct -- on track to achieve its 2030 goal of reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation by at least 50 pct from 2005 levels and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    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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    Vestas Claims 67MW Vietnamese Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Vestas reports it will supply, transport, install and commission a total of 16 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines delivered in different power ratings for two wind farm developments in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

    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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    TVA Announces First Solar, Origis Energy Solar Projects (Ind Report)
    Tennessee Valley Authority,First Solar, Origis Energy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reports the selection of First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MWAC of solar power to fulfill the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) March 2020 commitment to new renewable energy. KUB is using the TVA Green Invest program to produce carbon-free energy equivalent to 8 pct of KUB's annual electric load.

    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, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  First Solar,  Origis Energy,  


    Cambodian Solar-Biomass Hybrid Power JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Aura Green Energy, WWB Corp
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Japan's Aura Green Energy Co. is reporting a 50-50 joint venture with solar panel system provider WWB Corp. for the construction of a rice husk fueled power generation plant that incorporates solar panels near Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The biomass-solar hybrid power plant is expected to launch in 2021.

    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 Raises $12Mn for Autonomous Building Tech (Ind Report)
    BrainBox
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Montreal-based autonomous building technology specialist BrainBox AI reports raising $12 million to further deploy its ground-breaking AI technology for buildings across North America and abroad.

    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

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


    8minute Solar Development Pipeline Grows to 18 GW (Ind. Report)
    8minute Solar Energy
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Los Angeles-based solar and solar energy storage developer 8minute Solar Energy is reporting the addition of 3 gigawatts (GW) of large-scale solar projects to its development pipeline this month, for a total of over 18 GW. Additionally, the company announced it has attracted additional corporate-level funding to develop the rapidly growing pipeline, the majority of which will be converted to the company's new generation solar power plant design with battery energy storage.

    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, kstruble@8minute.com, www.8minute.com

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    US Greenhouse Gas Emission Down 27 pct Since 2005 (Ind. Report)
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions,EPA
    Date: 2020-04-27
    According to the just released US EPA 2020 Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report on nationwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, since 2005, national GHG emissions have fallen by 10 pct and power sector emissions have dropped by 27 pct -- even as our economy grew by 25 pct.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  GHG,  


    USFS Announces Woody Biomass Energy Funding (Funding Report)
    U.S. Forest Service
    Date: 2020-04-24
    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) reports it has awarded a total of $7.62 million in matching fund grants to 35 projects as part of the agency's Wood Innovations Grant Program. Eight of those projects focus on renewable energy, while the remaining 27 focus on expanding markets for wood products.

    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:

  • Hoonah Indian Association: Hoonah, Alaska; Hoonah biomass design based on 2017 feasibility study;

  • Maine Energy Systems LLC: Bethel, Maine; Demonstration project for increasing whole house pellet heating clusters;

  • Red Lodge Mountain: Red Lodge, Montana; Red Lodge Mountain waste to warmth energy project;

  • Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District: Valentine, Nebraska; Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District headquarters heating project;

  • City of Prineville: Prineville, Oregon; Prineville renewable energy project engineering and design study;

  • Blue Mountain Lumber Products LLC: Pendleton, Oregon; Expanding forest biomass pellet manufacturing capacity;

  • Smokehouse Products LLC: Hood River, Oregon; Installation of wood chip dryer and processing equipment using renewable energy and heat provided by Wind River biomass utility;

  • Next Generation Wood Inc.: Hiwassee, Virginia; Market assessment for the expansion of biochar use and sales;

  • Long Falls Paperboard LLC: Brattleboro, Vermont; Long Falls Paperboard biomass combined-heat-and-power conversion project—flue gas condensation alternative to achieve maximum efficiency.

    Access Wood Innovations Grant Program details HERE (Source: US Forest Service, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: US Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Forest Service,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


  • Biofuel Producers Left in the Lurch on $19Bn Aid Pkg (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-04-22
    . "We don't have a fundamental way to help that (biofuel) sector," responded USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to the Trump administration's announced $19 billion aid package to farmers.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Sonny Perdue,  USDA,  Corn,  Corn Ethanol,  


    2020 Global Carbon Emissions Drop at Record High (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Project
    Date: 2020-04-22
    The Global Carbon Project -- commissioned by the Guardian -- projects carbon emissions could fall by as much as 2.5 billion tons in 2020 -- the highest-ever -- an unprecedented reduction of pct of the total CO2 in the atmosphere.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Project,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Siemens Gamesa Scores Swedish Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-04-20
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 13 units of its SG 5.8-155 totaling 85.8 MW for the RES Rodene project near Alingsas, Sweden.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


    Wind Hawkeye State's Major Electric Power Source (Ind. Report)
    Kansas, Wind,AWEA
    Date: 2020-04-20
    According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 41 pct of the Hawkeye State's electricity -- sufficient energy for roughly 2 million Kansas homes -- is derived from wind power.

    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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    Canada Commits $1.7Bn to Methane Cleanup (Ind Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In Ottawa, the Government of Justin Trudeau (Lib) has announced it is putting a combined $2.5 billion toward cleaning up thousands of risky, contaminated oil and gas wells and cutting methane emission leaks. Of the total commitment, $1.72 billion is earmarked for cleaning up orphan or inactive wells in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as $750 million to create an Emissions Reduction Fund to help firms meet federal methane-reduction standards. A tenth of that fund, designed to offer loans, is meant for cutting pollution in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry.

    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)

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


    Pacific Ethanol Completes Pacific Aurora Sale (M&A, Ind Report)
    Pacific Ethanol,Aurora Coop
    Date: 2020-04-20
    Following up on our 6th March coverage, Pacific Ethanol Inc. reports closure of its agreement to sell its 74 pct ownership interest in Pacific Aurora LLC to Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company in Nebraska (Aurora Cooperative) for $52.8 million -- $20.2 million in cash after adjustments.

    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, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

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    Bioenergy 10 pct of World Total Primary Energy Supply (Int'l. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2020-04-20
    Modern bioenergy is an important source of renewable energy, its contribution to final energy demand across all sectors is five times higher than wind and solar PV combined, even when the traditional use of biomass is excluded . In recent years, bioenergy for electricity and transport biofuels has been growing quickly, mainly due to higher levels of policy support. However, the heating sector remains the largest source of bioenergy.

    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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    COVID-19 Stymies Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Program (Int'l. Report)
    Malaysian Biodiesel Affiliation
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Jakarta, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association is reporting the postponement of the nationwide implementation B20 biodiesel palm oil program due to additional travel restrictions aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

    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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    Univ. Penn., Community Energy Ink 25-yr Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Community Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is reporting a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Radnor, Pennsylvania-based Community Energy for the creation of a solar power project moving the University significantly closer to meeting its commitment of a 100 pct carbon neutral campus by 2042.

    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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    Tire Giant Cutting Plant Carbon Footprints with Renewables (Int'l.)
    Bridgestone
    Date: 2020-04-15
    Tokyo-headquartered global tire and rubber giant Bridgestone is reporting that as part of its effort to reduce its carbon footprint, three of its manufacturing plants -- one in Hungary and two in Poland -- are now being run using 100 pct renewable energy sources.

    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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    Ameresco Completing WHA Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-04-15
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc., is reporting work is underway on the second stage of work totaling $13.5 million with the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) through its existing energy performance contract. This second-phase project extends the term of Ameresco's work on behalf of WHA and builds on energy conservation measures the company implemented in 2008, bringing the total project value to $23.6 million affecting 15 of the WHA's federal developments.

    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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    Korean Woody Biomass-Based Power Up 51 pct in 2019 (Int'l. Report))
    Korea Electric Power Corp.
    Date: 2020-04-13
    According the state-owned Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), South Korea saw its trading volume of electricity generated from woody biomass jump nearly 51 pct in 2019 from 2018. The amount came to 4,199 gigawatt-hours (GWh) last year, up 50.7 pct from the previous year.

    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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    Berlin's ecoworks GmbH Raises €5Mn (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    ecoworks
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In Germany, Berlin-based startup ecoworks GmbH, a pioneer in the rapid modernization and upgrading of apartment building for greater energy efficiency, reports it has raised €5 million in seed financing.

    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

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


    Benin Joins CORSIA Aviation Emissions Offsetting Programme (Int'l.)
    CORSIA, ICAO
    Date: 2020-04-10
    The West African nation of Benin (pop. 12.2 million) is confirming its participation in the UN affiliated International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Including Benin, 83 countries will begin offsetting their international flight emissions when the CORSIA voluntary pilot phase kicks off in 2021. Together they account for 76.64 pct of current international scheduled flights.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  ICAO,  CORSIA,  


    BOP Reports Belgian Offshore Wind Energy Record (Int'l Report)
    Belgian Offshore Platform
    Date: 2020-04-06
    The Brussles-based Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) reports the country's six North Sea offshore wind facilities generated a record 803 GWh of electricity in March. In February, offshore wind energy supplied 9 pct of Belgium's total electricity demand -- a 50 pct increase over the annual average in 2019.

    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 www.belgianoffshoreplatform.be

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    Gravitricity Energy Storage Scores Innovat UK Funding (Int'l Funding)
    Gravitricity, Innovate UK
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In the UK, Edinburgh-based energy storage start-up Gravitricity is reporting receipt of £300,000 from Innovate UK's Energy Catalyst programme to explore the possible use of its energy storage technology in South African gold mines.

    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, info@gravitricity.com, www.gravitricity.com; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, foi@innovateuk.gov.uk, www.innovateuk.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Innovate UK,  


    Siemens Gamesa Turbines Going to Vietnam (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Hoa Thang Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will supply 25 units of its 4.5-145 turbines with a 10 year service agreement for Hoa Thang Energy's 113 MW 1.2 wind farm in Vietnam.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind Vietnam Wind,  


    Tata Power Touts 90 City Rooftop Solar Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Tata Power
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In India, Mumbai-based Tata Power subsidiary Tata Power Solar reports it is now offering its rooftop solar installations and related services in 90 Indian cities.

    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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