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Dominion Offers Agribusinesses Financial Incentives to Cut Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2021-10-13
South Carolina agricultural businesses may now be eligible for thousands of dollars in incentives toward qualifying energy efficiency projects through Dominion Energy's EnergyWise for Your Business program.

The program offers financial incentives and technical assistance for eligible non-residential electric customers to replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with energy-efficient technologies. Participating customers can apply for up to $100,000 per eligible project type and customer tax ID annually, subject to terms and conditions.

The program offers incentives for site-specific, cost-effective technologies. Projects must demonstrate specific and proven energy savings and costs. Qualifying projects might include: heating pads for swine; dairy milk pre-coolers; animal agricultural LED lighting; horticultural LED lighting; grain bin variable frequency drives (VFD); well pump tune-ups nnd VFDs; and others.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 11 Oct., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy, Ashley Cunningham, (803) 904-2877, ashley.cunningham@dominionenergy.com, www.dominionenergy.com; EnergyWise for Your Business, 877-784-7234, DominionEnergySC.com/ForYourBusiness.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Incentive news,  


Building Climate Change Resilience -- Notable Quote

Date: 2021-10-13
"Let's win the race to a zero emissions and resilient built environment, regions and cities. We can't win the Race to (net) Zero (emissions) without winning the Race to Resilience as well. Climate breakdown and the pandemic multiply inequalities -- social, environmental and economic gaps are widening across nations and across the Global North and South.

"By 2030, we must catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of four billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks." -- Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion at COP26, www.buildingtocop.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Resilience news,  COP26 news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


Northvolt's $750Mn Battery R&D Center Underway (Ind. Report)
Northvolt
Date: 2021-10-08
Stockholm, Sweden-based battery manufacturer Northvolt reports construction of its $750 million battery technology R&D center is underway. The project includes a new campus with lithium-ion battery design and development facilities for the entire lifecycle from the testing of active materials, cell design, battery systems engineering, to recycling.

The new campus includes a new office complex and space for partners, startups, scale-ups and academia to meet, collaborate and collectively drive forward battery tech development and vehicle electrification. (Source: Northvolt, PR, Automotive Testing Tech, 8 Oct., 2021) Contact: Peter Carlsson, CEO, Northvolt, hi@northvolt.com, www.nortvolt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northvolt news,  Battery news,  


Hy24 Hydrogen Infrastructure Investment Platform Launched (Int'1)
Ardian, Hy24
Date: 2021-10-06
Paris-headquartered private global investment house Ardian and FiveT Hydrogen, a clean-hydrogen enabling investment platform, are reporting the launch of an equally owned joint venture Hy24 to invest in clean hydrogen infrastructure and global decarbonization.

Hy24's first €1.5 billion fund will be set up and managed as an impact fund with the aim to reduce global carbon emissions, in accordance with Article 9 of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

The portfolio will be diversified across Europe, Americas and Asia and value chains from upstream projects like green hydrogen production, to downstream projects such as fleet and refueling stations. (Source: Ardian, PR, Website, 3 Oct., 2021) Contact: Ardian, +33 1 4171 9200, www.ardian.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Decarbonization,  


Canberra Funding Aussie CCUS Hubs (Int'l., Funding)
Australia CCS
Date: 2021-10-01
In Canberra, the Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , Hon. Angus Taylor, reports the government is providing $250 million (US$180 million) to fund a new programme to "turbocharge" the development of commercial-scale Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) hubs across the country, before the end of the decade.

Of the total, $100 million will support the design and construction of carbon capture hubs and shared infrastructure, with $150 million earmarked for research and commercialization of CCUS technologies and identifying viable carbon storage sites.

The Minister noted the programme would help drive down the cost of CCUS, reduce carbon emissions, create significant employment, and had the potential to support the ongoing use of Australia's resources, including coal. (Source: Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , PR, upstream, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , Hon. Angus Taylor, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


DOE Offers $2.5Mn Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-10-01
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has launched the new Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize that will award a total of up to $2.5 million to 10 groups and organizations to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically under-served in climate and energy technology funding.

The Prize aims to create an inclusive and just innovation ecosystem in climate and energy technologies. Funds will support underrepresented groups and organizations with ongoing or proposed incubation, acceleration, and other community-based innovation services. The prize will also help lower barriers to entry to DOE funding opportunities and other forms of assistance for first-time applicants, people and organizations from underrepresented communities, under served and frontline communities. The prize will:

  • Fund organizations for activities that support, build trust and strengthen relationships and partnerships with underrepresented, under served communities.

  • Enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

  • Enable clean energy and climate research, commercialization, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions , community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.

  • Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved.

  • Identify and fund activities that will help traditionally underrepresented groups become aware of, apply for and receive DOE funding, in support of DOE's Justice40 goals.

  • Support community-serving organizations to develop replicable clean energy transitions based on renewable energy and associated opportunities.

  • Organizations eligible to participate in the prize include non-profit and non-governmental organizations; state, local, and tribal governments and government entities; for-profit companies; academic institutions with experience in supporting environmental, climate, and energy justice.

    The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will be distributed in two phases. In Phase One, up to 10 winners will receive an initial cash prize of $200,000 each, with the opportunity to receive additional awards. Phase One awardees will also receive in-kind mentorship and other support services and be eligible to participate in Phase Two of the prize. In Phase Two, up to three teams will be awarded cash prizes from a prize pool of $500,000. The prize is open for submissions for Phase One until Friday February 25, 2022.

    Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize details HERE. (Source: US DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, PR, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: US DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, www.energy.gov/diversity/office-economic-impact-and-diversity


  • Major Clean Hydrogen Infrastructure Fund Launched (Int'l.)
    TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Paris-headquartered energy giant TotalEnergies reports it is joining Air Liquide, VINCI and other large international companies to sponsor the creation of the world's largest fund exclusively dedicated to clean hydrogen infrastructure solutions. The fund aims to reach €1.5 billion and has initial commitments of euro;800 million.

    The fund will invest in the entire value chain of renewable and low carbon hydrogen as a partner with key project developers and/or industry players, in large upstream and downstream clean hydrogen projects.

    The fund will be managed by Hy24, a brand new 50/50 joint venture between Ardian, a world-leading private investment house and FiveT Hydrogen, a clean hydrogen enabling investment platform.

    According to the release, the hydrogen economy is expected to be key in the fight against climate change and offers a solution to decarbonize industrial processes and the transportation sector. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 1 Oct., 2021) Contact: VINCI, +33 (0)1 47 16 31 82, www.vinci.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com; Air Liquide, Corporate Communications, +33 (0)1 40 62 58 49, media@airliquide.com, www.airliquide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TotalEnergies,  Air Liquide,  Hydrogen,  Hydrogen Infrastructure ,  


    NYC Plans $191Mn Wind Infrastructure Investment (Ind. Report)
    New York City,New York City Economic Development Corporation
    Date: 2021-09-29
    In the Emoire State, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) reports it is planning a $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) program designed to make the region a leading destination for the offshore wind industry. The program aims to create 13,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in average annual investment while helping the city meet its goal of 100-pct clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Under the plan NYCEDC will make commitments focused on three core areas: sites and infrastructure, business and workforce, and research and innovation. The city will work to develop best-in-class infrastructure that will support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

    The plan also commits the city to developing workforce training and support businesses and public-private partnerships to create good-paying, green jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The city will also work to promote research and innovation in offshore wind so new technologies and approaches are created in New York City.

    NYCEDC will also work with the offshore wind industry and partners to launch an accelerator that will allow New York-based startups to build out the next generation of offshore wind technologies. (Source: New York City Economic Development Corporation, PR, Maritime Exec, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: New York City Economic Development Corporation, www.edc.nyc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  New York City,  New York City Economic Development Corporation,  


    Siemens Gamesa Ups Onshore Turbine Power Output (Ind.Report)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2021-09-27
    Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa report it has increased the rating of its 5.X onshore platform output to 6.6MW. The new SG 6.6-155 and SG 6.6-170 turbines will now offer a higher unitary power while delivering a lower Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE).

    Both turbines combine a flexible power rating from 5.6MW to 6.6MW with two of the largest rotor diameters in the market -- 155 and 170 meters. The new rating, together with the biggest rotor in the industry, configures the Siemens Gamesa 5.X as the highest yielding onshore turbine in the industry, according to the company release. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Marco Lange, +49 174 1882479, marco.lange@siemensgamesa.com, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


    Offshore Wind for North Carolina Coalition Launched (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the Tar Heel State, ten wind advocacy groups have formed the Offshore Wind for North Carolina coalition to lobby and work with state and federal agencies for regulatory certainty and funding to promote and establish a market for offshore wind in North Carolina.

    Members of the new offshore wind coalition include Audubon North Carolina, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Conservation Network, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Sierra Club North Carolina and Southeastern Wind Coalition. (Source: Offshore Wind for North Carolina, PR, NCPR, 24 Sept., 2021) Contact: Offshore Wind for North Carolina, info@offshorwindfornorthcarolina.org, www.offshorewindfornorthcarolina.org


    NSF Funds Building Energy Smart Technologies Center (Ind. Report)
    University of Colorado Boulder
    Date: 2021-09-24
    The University of Colorado Boulder and City College of New York are announcing the Building Energy Smart Technologies (BEST) Center, a joint research center for sustainable building technology. The Center will receive $1.5 million over 5 years from the National Science Foundation with matching funds from industry partners to advance sustainable buildings and cities ranging from HVAC manufacturing, to smart glazing for windows, smart building controls, advanced insulation materials, new energy storage systems, and improved air quality systems. It will also seek to promote the integration of renewables such as solar systems.

    CU Boulder will lead the project with CCNY as a partner site. The effort is focused on business collaboration, directing research into areas needed for the construction industry and building retrofits.

    The new center will operate under the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers model designed to help startups, large corporate partners and government agencies connect directly with university researchers to develop new technology faster in a low-risk environment. In addition to meeting emissions goals, new smart and adaptable technologies in the built environment will provide responses for increasingly frequent extreme weather events due to the rapidly changing climate. (Source: University of Colorado Boulder, Website, PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: University of Colorado Boulder, Prof. Moncef Krarti, 303-492-1411, www.colorado.edu; City College of New York , Prof. Jorge Gonzalez, Mechanical Engineering, www.ccny.cuny.edu; NSF Industry--University Cooperative Research Centers, www.iucrc.nsf.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Colorado Boulder,  Energy Efficiency,  National Science Foundation,  


    Univ. of Iowa Ups Miscanthus Bioenergy Use (Ind. Report)
    Convergen Energy, University of Iowa
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the Hawkeye State, the University of Iowa reports its met its goal of a 40 pct renewable energy mix by 2020 on its way to going coal free by 2025, with the use miscanthus grass pellet fuel. The university presently sources 42 pct or more of its power from renewable sources and one boiler exclusively fed biomass fuels.

    The University initially grew and dried miscanthus and combined it with coal which was burned for power production. But this year the University sent its harvested miscanthus crop to Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Convergen Energy which incorporates miscanthus and non-recyclable paper as ingredients in fuel pellets to be burned for power production. The pellets are EPA-designated as a non-waste alternative fuel with reduced emissions over traditional fuels.

    Fast-growing giant miscanthus can grow in marginal soil and produces twice the biomass of switch grass, according the USDA. (Source: University of Iowa, Gazette, 21 Sept., 2021] Contact: University of Iowa, Convergen Energy, 920 432 3200, info@convergenenergy.com, www.convergenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Miscanthus,  Biomass Pellet,  Convergen Energy,  


    100+ Taps Enexor to Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Enexor Bioenergy,100+ Accelerator
    Date: 2021-09-13
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy, LLC reports it has been selected by 100+ Accelerator for Climate Action for solutions to the world's environmental and social challenges.

    Enexor BioEnergy's patented Bio-CHP technology provides on-site, renewable energy and carbon conversion solutions from organic and plastic waste by producing 24/7 continuous power and thermal energy for facilities and microgrids worldwide.

    Sponsored by AB InBev, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, and Colgate-Palmolive, 100+ Accelerator selected 36 startups out of over 1,000 applicants from across the world to solve the sustainability challenges of their supply chains, with Enexor in their Climate Action category. (Source: Enexor Bioenergy, 13 Sept., 2021) Contact: 100+ Accelerator, www.100accelerator.com; Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 100+ Accelerator,  Climate Change,  Enexor Bioenergy,  


    Veolia Ups Composting Recovery for Biomass Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Veolia
    Date: 2021-09-08
    In the UK, Veolia reports it currently processes over 500,000 tpy of green and food waste derived from a nationwide network of 11 composting sites that produce over 250,000 tpy. Previously, around 25 pct of green waste ended up as oversize after composting, as some green waste bins contain physical contaminants such as plastic and metal, mistakenly discarded by customers. Even after careful processing, this contamination ends up in the compost oversize which is the larger, woody fraction remaining after the valuable compost product fraction is removed.

    The new more efficient process required a £1 million investment for a fixed cleaning line to remove the contamination from the 30,000 tonnes of compost oversize arising annually across four sites in southern England. This transforms the material into a clean wood product such as PAS100 approved mulch for gardening and landscaping, or a renewable biomass fuel for electricity and heating.

    To date, more than 55,000 tonnes of contaminated compost oversize has been processed in this way, and the plant is aiming to find an alternative use for all contaminants removed to achieve zero waste to landfill.(Source: Veolia, Website PR, 3 Sept., 2021) Contact: Veolia, Donald Macphail, COO, www.veolia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia ,  Biomass,  


    ACE Seeks Hearings to Bolster Ethanol Industry (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-09-03
    Reporting from Lincoln, Nebraska, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is calling on the Biden Administration and Congress to make ethanol part of discussion by considering the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021 which was introduced last week by Rep. Cheri Bustos, (D-Ill.) as part of the administration's efforts to decarbonize the U.S. fuel supply.

    ACE wrote to Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-N.J.), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, "ACE encourages you to schedule a legislative hearing to hear from ethanol companies leading the way towards decarbonization and chart a path for policy that can help meet 2050 decarbonization goals. If appropriate, ACE or its member companies would be willing to testify at such a hearing," the letter noted.

    Ethanol industry groups have expressed support for the bill because it would require a number of steps to be taken to expand the ethanol market as part of the overall climate strategy.The bill would require a lifecycle assessment of transportation fuels using the Greenhouse gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept/. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept. 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    £4Mn Funding to Boost UK Biomass Production (int'l.)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2021-08-30
    In the UK, the the government's Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is reporting £4 million funding to 24 projects to boost domestinc production of biomass that can be used as sources of green energy. Individual projects my be awarded up to £200,000 from the total £4 million funding.

    The 24 innovative projects, from start-ups and family-run businesses to research institutes and universities, will receive funding to produce low-carbon energy using organic materials. The projects will boost biomass productivity in the UK, through breeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting of organic energy materials.

    Biomass -- non-food energy crops such as grasses and hemp, forestry wastes and marine-based materials such as algae and seaweed -- is backed by the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and is a small but important part of the renewable energy mix the UK requires to meet its climate change goals.

    The Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is funded through the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Business News Wales, 26 Aug., 2021) UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_for_Business,_Energy_and_Industrial_Strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change,  


    NGVAmerica Pledges Carbon Negative Fuels by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    NGVAmerica
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Washington, DC, NGVAmerica, the national organization representing the natural gas in transportation industry, reports that in 2020 renewable natural gas (RNG) from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters displaced fossil fuel derived conventional natural gas as the dominant on-road NGV fuel source nationwide. Moreover, the carbon intensity of RNG biofuel continues to drop. California fleets that fueled with bio-CNG in 2020 achieved carbon negativity for the year, with an annual average carbon intensity score of -5.845 gCO2e/MJ. Latest data puts the carbon intensity of bio-CNG in California's system at -16.57 gCO2e/MJ (Q1, 2021).

    NGVAmerica has commited to:

  • Further accelerate the use of ultra-low to negative carbon natural gas in our fleets and as part of the supply provided to our transportation customers, marking 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050;

  • Support the procurement of natural gas from energy production and distribution companies that undertake responsible best practices to effectively minimize fugitive methane emissions and flaring; and

  • Support continued advancements in the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel by working with other stakeholders including government authorities to improve the efficiency of future natural gas engine technology and further control emissions from natural gas engines.

    There are currently 190 RNG production facilities in operation in North America with an additional 232 facilities under construction or under substantial development (e.g., permitting).

    NGVAmerica is a national organization of roughly 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. (Source: NGV America, PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: NGV America, Dan Gage, Pres., (202) 824-7360, www.ngvamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NGVAmerica,  NGV,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


  • Birla Carbon Aims for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    Birla Carbon
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Mumbai- India-headquartered global carbon black manufacturer Birla Carbon reports it plans to bring down its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The company's initiative, which is in line with The Paris Agreement and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Tire Industry Project SDG Roadmap, is in collaboration with sister companies to develop decarbonization initiatives through the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Center.

    To reach net-zero carbon emission by 2050, Birla Carbon will focus on all three scopes in the measurement, reduction, and offsetting of carbon emissions. A majority of its carbon footprint reduction is expected to come from Scope 1 and 2 based on its direct and indirect emission reduction initiatives. A smaller portion of its reduction will come from scope 3 based on the operations of upstream and downstream industries in the value chain. The company will focus on research to discover new ways for the capture and conversion of carbons; reducing dependence on traditional manufacturing processes; increasing energy efficiency; increased use of alternative energy and feedstocks; and the addition of renewable energy solutions.

    Part of the Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon provides innovative sustainable carbon black solutions that enhance the performance of paints and coatings, inks and toners, plastics, adhesives, sealants, textile fibers, mechanical rubber goods, and tires. The company's footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities and two technology centers in Marietta, Georgia (USA) and Taloja, India). (Source: Brila Carbon, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Birla Carbon, John Loudermilk, CEO, www.birlacarbon.com

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


    DOE Building Tech. Office Residential Energy Dispatch (Ind. Report)
    DOE Building Technology Office
    Date: 2021-08-13
    New DOE Health and Home Performance Infographic -- The Better Buildings Residential Network launched a new Health + Home Performance Infographic that illustrates the link between efficiency and health to better engage homeowners. Efficiency and also home health programs and contractors can use the infographic's easy-to-follow question-and-answer format to discover a homeowner's needs.

    The infographic is ideal for the "kitchen table" conversations where people decide what to do -- and who they want to do it. It also has links for homeowners to find a qualified contractor if they do not already have one. Details: Health + Home Performance Infographic, www.energy.gov/eere/better-buildings-residential-network/articles/new-doe-health-home-performance-infographic

    Map Offers Details of Energy Efficiency Careers -- An interactive career map funded by the DOE Building Technologies Office allows job seekers to explore 55 energy efficiency careers and provides information such as salary range, education requirements and future opportunities. Developed by the Interstate Renewable Industry Council and other industry groups, the Green Buildings Career map targets a broad group of workers with a variety of skills and education levels, providing hundreds of potential pathways to jobs in the green building industry. Details: Green Buildings Carrer Map, www.greenbuildingscareermap.org

    CLEAResult Completes Over 263,000 Home Energy Upgrades -- Austin, Texas-based CLEAResult reports in fiscal year 2020, it completed 263,284 home energy upgrades, direct installations, and benefits to homes in 22 states, with 20 pct of upgrades completed in low-income homes. Contact: CLEAResult, 888-812-6146, www.clearesult.com

    Efficiency Maine Completes 18,953 Upgrades -- Efficiency Maine reported 18,953 home energy upgrades in fiscal year 2020. Their residential customers are able to leverage a variety of programs, including Home Energy Savings, Low Income Initiatives, Retail Initiatives, and Distributor Initiatives. Contact: Efficiency Maine, 866-376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com

    DOE Home Energy Score Recognizes Partner Achievements, Upgrades Modeling Capabilities -- The DOE Home Energy Score™ team recognized three of its partners this month for their outstanding efforts to provide homeowners and renters with a Home Energy Score -- a miles per gallon-type rating that measures a home's energy efficiency. Award winners include the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which produced nearly 6,000 scores over the past year; Detroit-based Walker-Miller Energy Services, which used the score to reach under-served households in Michigan; and Energize Connecticut, which helped lead Connecticut's innovative efforts to expand Home Energy Score, including to renters. Currently 25 Home Energy Score Partners exist with a network of nearly 300 assessors actively producing scores nationwide.

    The latest improvement to Home Energy Score™ enhances the tool's modeling capabilities by incorporating EnergyPlus™, a whole-building energy simulation already considered the standard by engineers, architects, and researchers for measuring energy consumption in buildings. The switch to EnergyPlus enables Home Energy Score to produce more accurate energy estimates through comprehensive modeling calculations. Details: Home Energy Score, www.betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/home-energy-score. (Source: US DOE Building Technology Office, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Building Technology OfficeBetter Buildings Residential Network, www.bbresidentialnetwork@ee.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Building Technology Office,  Energy Efficiency,  


    "Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    "No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

    "The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

    The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

    "Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

    Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

    Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

    The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Australia Climate Change,  


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

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

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

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

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


    New Jersey Clean Energy Startups Funding Announced (Funding)
    Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:

  • Andluca Technologies Inc., located in Princeton, is a spin-out of Princeton University that is developing solar-powered smart glass technology. ($74,969), www.andluca.com

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www. arbelalabs.com

  • Eion NJ Corporation in Princeton is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000) www.pnecycle.com

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

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  • EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
    Carbon Removal
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

    The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

    According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

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    Carbon Capture Shield, Inc - Reversing Climate Change Through Land Stewardship (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Capture Shield
    Date: 2021-07-09
    "What if it was possible to not only eliminate the entire human Carbon footprint, but also eliminate the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (saving the bees); eliminate the use of inorganic chemical fertilizers (protecting our waterways); increase soil health and resilience (buffering against disease, drought, and flood) while improving the size, yield, and nutrient density of crops grown in such living soil (with as much as 500 pct increase in yield); all while creating a global network of smallholder farmers and connecting them to a corresponding global market of conscious consumers?

    "This is the express goal of (Washington, DC-based) Carbon Capture Shield, Incorporated; a Delaware C-Corp formed in 2021, by a team with decades of experience in global farming, renewable energy, and government contracting: To shift 1 billion acres of farmland to Regenerative Agriculture by 2030. According to co-founder and President, Darryl J. Nicke II, 'Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they also cause many problems by upsetting the natural balance of microorganisms that live in our gut. Probiotics can reverse and even completely cure many diseases caused by such imbalances. Similarly, herbicides, pesticides, and even chemical fertilizers have destroyed the natural balance of life in the soil. By supplementing and restoring that natural balance, you return Earth's Surface to its natural healthy state. This is Earth's natural defense against human activity and pollution. This is Earth's Carbon Capture Shield.'

    "With a clear vision, they have begun Phase 01 of a 10-year, multi-phase plan to transform the way humans care for our shared home, starting in your own backyard - literally. Americans dump more than 60 million ppy of pesticides on their lawns. Fourteen of the most used lawn pesticides are neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens, yet this is where our children play. Not only that, but lawn fertilizers are also a major source of water pollution. The EPA reports that pollution from fertilizers is "one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems." This does not even consider the dire effects on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who visit these toxic home gardens.

    "Numerous solutions have been found by farmers and researchers all around the planet, and Carbon Capture Shield aims to "bring these solutions home" to anyone with a lawn - by introducing a line of lawn and garden products that are non-toxic and protect the environment while fertilizing your soil and helping the microcosmos of Living Soil.

    "Phase 01 will supply education and solutions for anyone with a lawn, in the form of edutainment and consumer products. Carbon Capture Shield has launched this initiative to educate and empower both farmers and consumers! Using their ability to create engaging media to inspire an avid base of conscious consumers, they will then use this market demand to encourage wary farmers into adopting the protocols of Regenerative Agriculture, and thereby restore the environment through promoting and upholding stewardship by all landholders, large and small." (Source: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., Darryl J. Nicke II, Pres., 407 603 6417, djnicke@carboncaptureshield.com, www.carboncaptureshield.com

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    World Bank Ups Developing Country Climate Action Support (Int'l.)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Reporting from Washington, the World Bank Group has announced its new Climate Change Action Plan that aims to deliver record levels of climate finance to developing countries, reduce emissions, strengthen adaptation, and align financial flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Action Plan for 2021-25 broadens World Bank Group efforts from investing in "green" projects to helping countries fully integrate their climate and development goals. The Plan also comes as countries seek sustainable pathways out of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key highlights of the Action Plan include:
  • Providing major increases in climate finance. The World Bank is already the largest multilateral provider of climate finance for developing countries. The Plan includes a commitment to increase delivery to an average of 35 pct of total World Bank Group financing for climate over the duration of the Plan. At least 50 pct of International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Developing (IBRD) climate finance will support adaptation.

  • Identifying and prioritizing opportunities for high-impact climate action to inform future World Bank Group climate engagements and investments. A new core diagnostic tool, the Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR), will help countries align climate action and development efforts and absorb new climate-related technologies as they emerge.

  • Boosting support to countries for implementing and updating their Nationally Determined Contributions and Long-Term Strategies pursuant to the Paris Agreement; and adjusting incentives by reducing subsidies for and increasing taxation of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Catalyzing and mobilizing private capital for climate action; stepped up efforts to develop carbon credit markets, green bonds and loan markets in countries; and support for global public goods in the poorest countries through IDA funds as well as other sources.

  • Prioritizing action in key systems -- energy, agriculture, food, water, land, cities. transport and manufacturing -- that must be transformed to address climate change, achieve a resilient and low-carbon future, and support the protection of natural capital and biodiversity. The Action Plan will place a strong emphasis on supporting a "just transition" out of coal.

  • Aligning all World Bank Group financing flows with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to support countries' climate commitments. The World Bank -- comprising of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) -- will align all new operations starting July 1, 2023. For the World Bank Group's private sector development arms, IFC and MIGA, 85 percent of Board approved real sector operations will be aligned starting July 1, 2023, and 100 percent of these operations starting July 1, 2025, two fiscal years later.

    The new Action Plan builds on the World Bank Group's achievements under its first Climate Change Action Plan which delivered over $83 billion in climate finance over five years, including a record $21.4 billion in 2020.

    Download Climate Action Plan details HERE. (Source: World Bank, PR 25 June, 2021) Contact: World Bank, Ferzina Banaji, (202) 372-5885, fbanaji@worldbankgroup.org, www.worldbank.org/climate, www.twitter.com/worldbank

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  • "One of the Most Ambitious (Climate Action Plans) in the Nation" Released (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-06-23
    In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has released the county's Climate Action Plan that aims to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2027 and by 100 pct by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. The plan, which outlines 86 climate actions, is "one of the most ambitious climate plans in the nation for a local government", according to the release.

    The main elements of the Climate Action Plan include:

  • Reduce Emissions in the Energy, Buildings and Transportation sectors -- The plan recommends actions that include increasing the use of and investment in clean, reliable and affordable energy; implementing code requirements related to energy efficiency, solar installations and net-zero standards and building energy performance standards for existing buildings; expanding public transit service, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and a shared micro-mobility network; and supporting community-wide adoption of electric vehicles.

  • Center Racial Equity and Social Justice -- The plan considers the racial equity and social justice implications of each climate action through the identification of equity-enhancing measures. The plan also assesses impacts on communities most vulnerable to climate hazards.

  • Address Residual Emissions and Carbon Sequestration -- The plan identifies nature-based carbon sequestration actions including retaining, managing and expanding forests, wetlands, grasslands and urban tree canopy. It also seeks to increase carbon in soils through improved agricultural practices.

  • Reduce Climate Risk -- This will be achieved through actions that enhance the resilience of the community and infrastructure assets, including repairing and upgrading stormwater drainage and management systems; updating green streetscape and green infrastructure standards; hardening emergency shelters and installing resilience hubs; and updating floodplain maps.

  • Identify Ways to Pay for Climate Action -- Implementing the actions in the plan calls for commitment from the public and private sectors while leveraging local, State and Federal government resources. It will be critical to mitigate the cost impacts to low-and moderate-income residents in particular to ensure that the most vulnerable residents are not adversely impacted.

  • Enhance Climate Governance -- This will be accomplished through actions that institutionalize climate change considerations within Montgomery County Government processes and decision making; measure and report on progress; and foster creativity, collaboration and innovation to implement climate solutions.

  • Engage the Community as Partners in Climate Action -- Residents will be involved in the implementation of the plan through a climate communications coalition; a Community Justice Academy in which community ambassadors work with neighbors and the County to co-create community-based solutions; and enhanced partnerships with municipalities. The plan increases opportunities for climate change education in the public school system and calls for a statewide coalition of local governments and youth groups focused on advancing ambitious State climate policy.

    Download the plan details HERE. (Source: Montgomery County, PR June, 2021) Contact: Montgomery County Maryland, Marc Elrich, Climate Action Plan, County Executive , www.montgomerycountymd.gov

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  • Brightmark Announces Georgia Recycling Facility (Ind. Report)
    Brightmark Energy
    Date: 2021-06-09
    San Francisco-based Brightmark Energy reports it will construct the world's largest advanced plastics recycling and renewal fuel facility in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia.

    The 5.3 million square-foot facility is expected to cost more than $680 million and upon completion and commissioning will convert 400,000 tpy of plastic waste -- plastic film, flexible packing, Styrofoam, plastic beverage cups, car seats, toys and others -- into 64 million gpy of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, and 20 million gallons of wax.

    Brightmark's first plastics renewal facility in Ashley, Indiana, will divert 100,000 ttpy of plastic waste from landfills, waterways and incinerators, and convert it into 18 million gpy of ultra-low sulfur renewable diesel fuel, naphtha blend stocks and 6 million gallons of wax when fully operational later this year, according to the release. (Source: Brightmark Energy, Website PR, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, 415-689-8395, bob.powell@brightmarkenergy.com, info@brightmark,com, www.brightmark.com

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    NOVATEK, Severstal Ink GHG, Blue Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    NOVATEK
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In Russia, Saint Petersburg-based natural gas major NOVATEK and Russian mining and steelmaker Severstal are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of alternative/renewable energy and hydrogen energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Under the MOU, to two groups will develop a joint pilot project to produce blue hydrogen from natural gas and use technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The partners also intend to develop jointly technical requirements, standards and engineering solutions for the manufacturing and supply of hydrogen transport pipelines, turbines, hydrogen storage systems and hydrogen transport tanks.

    The partners have also agreed to cooperate in the production and supply of hydrogen, development of technological solutions for the use of fuel types based on hydrogen and its carriers, specifically ammonia. (Source: NOVATEK, Website PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: Severstal, www.severstal.com; NOVATEK, +7 (495) 730-6013 ir@novatek.ru, www.novatek.ru/en

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    Ductor, Enagas Biogas Partnership Announced (Int'l. Report))
    Ductor, Enagas
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Zug, Switzerland-headquartered global biotech company Ductor and Madrid-based Enagas SA are reporting an agreement to make a "substantial" investment in Enagas Emprende, a corporate venture arm of Spanish gas infrastructure company, Enagas S.A.

    Enagas Emprende invests in start-ups and innovative energy technologies with an emphasis on biogas and hydrogen, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, digitalisation and other clean techs, according to the company website. (Source: Ductor, PR, Website, 28 May, 2021) Contact: Ductor, Ari Mokko, CEO, +41 41 710 1092, info@ductor.com, www.ductor.com; Enagas S.A., www.enegas.es

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    Shell Ordered to Slash Emissions 45 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-05-28
    At the Hague, in what must certainly be a landmark ruling, a Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its emissions 45 pct by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. In its ruling, the Court found the oil giant's current climate strategy was "not concrete enough and full of caveats," and that the oil major has a legal obligation to reduce its emissions in line with international climate goals -- the Paris Climate accord and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Seven environmental groups argued that Shell is violating its international climate obligations and threatening the lives of these citizens by continuing to invest billions every year in expanding its oil and gas production. Shell's net-zero strategy allows for oil and methane gas production to expand until 2025.

    Shell as quick to respond that it "fully expects to appeal today's disappointing court decision" and that "urgent action is needed on climate change which is why we have accelerated our efforts to become a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050, in step with society, with short-term targets to track our progress." (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Various Media Reports, 26 May, 2021)

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)
    Shell, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)

    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)


    FACA Recommends USDA Carbon Bank Pilot Projects (Ind. Report)
    Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance
    Date: 2021-05-05
    The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) has developed the following specific recommendations for how the U.S. USDA should approach a potential carbon bank -- a voluntary policy mechanism to help reduce barriers that producers and landowners face to participating in voluntary carbon markets and adopting climate-smart practices.

    FACA recommends that USDA lay the foundation for a potential carbon bank by first developing a series of pilot projects aimed at:

  • Scaling climate solutions -- Pilot projects should help increase adoption of climate-smart practices that reduce, directly capture or sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and/or increase climate resilience. Pilots should deploy "critical climate infrastructure" to increase the capacity of farmers, ranchers and forest owners to adapt to climate change, while ensuring food and economic security.

  • Removing barriers to adoption -- Pilot projects should encourage the widespread adoption of climate-smart practices and critical climate infrastructure by removing barriers and making it easier for producers and landowners to adopt these practices.

  • Improving carbon accounting standards -- USDA should develop consistent and credible criteria to account for the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction benefits of climate-smart agriculture and forestry projects and practices.

  • Ensuring equitable opportunities -- Pilot projects must be developed with and provide equitable opportunities for minority, socially disadvantaged and small-scale producers.

  • Information gained from the pilots will serve two critical purposes -- First, it will help USDA build a durable foundation for a carbon bank that gains long-term bipartisan congressional support. Second, it will help USDA build confidence in how to verify the climate benefits delivered by specific practices and management approaches.

    According to the FACA, this approach will lay essential building blocks for a voluntary carbon bank that creates opportunities for all producers and landowners to participate in rapidly developing voluntary private markets and leverages private investment in agricultural and forestry climate solutions. As USDA develops a carbon bank, it must protect all existing funding for farm bill conservation and insurance programs, and it must ensure that a USDA-led carbon bank doesn't undermine voluntary private markets.

    The FACA consists of 70 member organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, sportsmen, and environmental advocates. These groups have broken through historical barriers to develop and promote shared climate policy priorities across the entire agriculture, food and forestry value chains, according to its website. (Source: FACA, Website PR, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: FACA, www.agclimatealliance.com

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  • Solar4America Touts Res. Battery Storage System (Ind. Report)
    SPI Energy, Solar4America
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Santa Clara, California-based SPI Energy Co Ltd is reporting the launch of its UL-certified S4A-Hybrid (DC/AC compatible) residential battery energy storage solution.

    With up to 8.6-kilowatt max output, intelligent energy management, and on-grid/off-grid seamless switching, the battery system is outdoor rated and provides homeowners with complete control of the energy in their home using real-time data.

    The global battery energy storage market is widely expected to grow at a 20.4 pct CAGR to reach $19.7 billion by 2027. (Source: SPI Energy Co Ltd, PR May, 2021) Contact: SPI Energy Co. Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Colar4America, www.solar4america.com

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-04-30
    For greater clarity, the Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:

  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 pct of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia)

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  • China's 2021 Renewables Capacity to Surpass Coal (Int'l. Report)
    China Electricity Council
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The China Electricity Council (CEC), a non-profit trade association representing China's power groups, is reporting China's installed capacity of producing non-fossil energy will surpass that of coal-fired power generation at about 1.12 billion kilowatts in 2021, accounting for 47.3 percent of the total capacity.

    According the CEC, China's major power companies invested roughly $20.6 billion in increased power generation capacity in Q1, 91 pct of which went to non-fossil fuel power generation. The CEC noted that China's newly installed power generation capacity will reach around 180 million kilowatts in 2021, of which about 140 million kilowatts of non-fossil energy power generation capacity will be put into operation.

    China's installed capacity of coal power generation stood at 1.09 billion kilowatts at the end of March. The proportion of the total installed capacity fell below half for the first time since the end of 2020, before further dropping to 48.8 pct at the end of March this year, according to the CEC.

    China ranked first in the world in newly installed wind capacity amid efforts to pursue greener development in 2020, the NEA data showed. Besides wind energy, the country is also a global leader in the production and use of solar energy and hydropower, among others.

    As previously reported, China pledged to reach the CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. (Source: China Electricity Council, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: China Electricity Council, english.cec.org.cn

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    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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  • Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  


  • California Carbon Reduction Partnership Growing (Ind. Report)
    Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the Golden State, the Oakland-based not-for-profit Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is reporting the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and East Bay Community Energy have joined other Bay Area industry, labor, and government agencies to work to "ensure equitable access to high-road jobs in the building decarbonization industry" and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

    Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

    According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.

    The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org

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


    WELTECH BIOPOWER Delivers Two Biogas Plants in Japan (Int'l.)
    WELTECH BIOPOWER
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Vechta, Germany-based WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is setting up two agricultural 250-kW biogas plants for one of Japan's major milk producers. Both plants, one in Urahoro the other in Sakata, Yamagot prefecture, are on Japan's largest island, Honshu. The generated power and heat will be used directly on site. Commissoning is slated for summer 2021 in Urahoro and in autumn 2021 in Sakata.

    The two biogas project dairy farms yield approximately 30,000 tpy of liquid cattle manure, which will be used for the energy production in the anaerobic digestion plants. Apart from the two projects' digesters, upstream and digestate storage tanks, separation and pump technology, WELTEC BIOPOWER is also setting up a 250-kW CHP unit at each location.

    The biomass potential in Japan amounts to approximately 284.4 million tpy, enough to produce about 13 billion kWh of electricity and continually supply 2.8 million households, according to the WELTECH release. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 9 April, 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441/99978-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTECH BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  anaerobic digestion ,  


    Kirk Roller Joins ClearFlame as Business Dev. VP (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for the commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets, reports Kirk Roller has joined the company as V.P. of Business Development.

    With more than 35 years in the renewable energy and high-tech industries, Kirk has diverse experience providing business strategy and guidance to startups and early-stage companies. Most recently, he served as a consultant for Hyliion and Terminus AI where he led business development and regulatory compliance. Roller also held leadership positions in sales and marketing at Hyliion, Cenergestic and CommScope as well as led sales and business development efforts for the solar industry, supporting building management and infrastructure development.

    "At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we're breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. ClearFlame's technology meets global emissions regulations using readily available climate-friendly fuels. Our technology lowers costs by negating the need for complex after treatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines", according to the company release. (Source: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, B.J.Johnson, CEO, Michelle Caldwell, 313.418.4692, PR-Comms@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  


    Jet Zero Council Commits £15Mn to Waste-to-Aviation Fuels (Funding)
    Jet Zero Council
    Date: 2021-03-17
    The UK Jet Zero Council is touting its "Green Fuels, Green Skies" competition to support UK companies as they pioneer new technologies to convert household rubbish, waste wood and excess electricity into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The £15 million competition is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to "build back better, support green job and accelerate the path to net zero."

    The government's Future flight Challenge has committed £125 million funding over 4 years. This has been matched by £175 million from industry to develop "green aviation." .

    Download Green Fuel, Green Skies competition details HERE. (Source: Jet Zero Council, Mar., 2021) Contact: Jet Zero Council, JetZeroCouncilSecretariat@dft.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/groups/jet-zero-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Zero Council,  Green Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


    Wisc. Seeks Low-Carbon, Clean Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service Commission
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Madison, Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has 2-1 to launch an investigation into utilities' ongoing transition to zero-carbon electricity. The investigation seeks to identify economic and environmental benefits of a transition to clean energy and chart a course toward a clean energy future while maintaining reliable and affordable electricity.

    To that end, the PSC will review goals set by the state's five largest utilities to reduce carbon emissions 100 pct by 2050 and meet recommendations stemming from Gov. Tony Evers' executive order on clean energy, as well as the Governor's Climate Change Task Force and ideas for accelerating the clean energy transition as outlined by a Wisconsin group of utilities, consumer advocates and business groups. The investigation will also consider:

  • Retirement of fossil fuel power plants and deployment of new energy alternatives;

  • Increase in customers who generate their own power and are tied to the grid;

  • Increase in new technologies like battery storage;

  • Programs that help customers control their energy use and lower utility bills;

  • The design and operation of the regional transmission grid and wholesale markets.

    According to the most recent strategic energy assessment, 75 pct of the state's power is currently generated with fossil fuels. If nuclear were also excluded, 91 pct of the Badger State's power mix would need to be replaced with renewable energy sources.

    Under Wisconsin state law, the PSC is required to prioritize energy conservation and efficiency, as well as renewable energy resources, to the extent it's "cost-effective, technically feasible, and environmentally sound." (Source: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, PR, Wisc. NPR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Rebecca Valcq, Chairperson, (608) 266-5481, fax -- (608) 266-3957, www.psc.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Public Service Commission,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Wartsila Wins Philippines Floating Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
    Wartsila,Aboitiz Power Corporation
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Finnish technology group Wartsila Energy reports landing an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to supply a barge-mounted energy storage system to Aboitiz Power Corporation subsidiary Therma Marine for deployment next to its existing 100-MW thermal power barge in the municipality of Maco, offshore the Philippines.

    Wartsila's 54 megawatt/32 MWh barge will include 10 Wartsila GridSolv Max systems supported by the company's advanced GEMS energy management platform. The project is expected to complete in Q4, this year.

    Wartsila presently has 26 power barge installations totaling 1500 MW worldwide. (Source: Wartsila, upstream, Mar., 2021) Contact: Aboitiz Power Corp., +63 32 411 1800, www.aboitizpower.com; Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Energy Storage,  Floating Energy Storage,  


    9H, Wyoming University Partner on Solar Energy Research (R&D)
    9H Research Foundation
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In Wyoming, the Laramie-based 9H Research Foundation reports it will donate possibly millions of dollars to the University of Wyoming (UW) in the form of clean energy installations and in-kind support services for construction of a philanthropic student research facility and the creation of a world-class clean energy engineering curriculum at UW.

    First Solar, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, made a $300,000 in-kind donation to the project with more than 2,000 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic modules totaling nearly 1 megawatt of capacity. Other funders include Creative Energies Solar, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Alt E Wind & Solar, RiskThinking.AI, and Black Bean Capital Partners.

    To drive innovation and provide students with hands-on research experience, 9H Foundation is hiring additional student interns and funding $15,000 worth of projects for seven student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects out of the new research facility. (Source: 9H Research Foundation, Gillette News Record, 7 Mar., 2021) Contact: 9H Energy, 9H Research Foundation Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder, info@9henergy.com, www.9henergy.com; University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science, 307-766-4253, enginfo@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  9H Research Foundation,  Solar,  


    TABREED Ups Funding to Boost Efficiency, Sustainability (Int'l.)
    Emirates National Central Cooling Company
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In Abu Dhabi, the Emirates National Central Cooling Company (TABREED) has announced the launch of four pilot projects, all part of the agency's R&D funding commitment to improvements in operational efficiency while enhancing district cooling plant life and reliability. The funding is expected to contribute towards increasing plant energy efficiency by 30 pct against comparable industry performance benchmarks as well as lowering overall plant lifecycle costs.

    The first initiative aims to introduce a new concept design and control philosophy as well as innovative and disruptive technologies into each district cooling plant, resulting in an expected 25 -- 30 pct improvements in plant performance, prolonged plant life and lower plant lifecycle costs.

    The second initiative aims at drastically enhancing the performance and life span of plant and equipment as well as reducing plant and energy transfer station (ETS) footprints using carbon nanotube (CNT) material which has outstanding properties in terms of heat transfer.

    The third initiative will forecast customer demand more accurately for the next 24 hours to allow for a more efficient operation by optimising production of cooling, using AI.

    The last initiative targets enhancing the district cooling plant’s condenser circuit and its cooling tower. Tabreed is currently redesigning the equipment to enhance its efficiency through improving water and air distribution as well as heat transfer. (Source: Tabreed, Emirates News Agency, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: Tabreed, Bader Saeed Al Lamki, CEO, +971 2 202 0400, www.tabreed.ae

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    Thermal Energy Ups Brewery Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Thermal Energy International Inc.
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered energy efficiency and emissions reduction solutions specialist Thermal Energy International Inc. reports it has been commissioned by a multinational brewer to supply a turn-key heat recovery system to one of its North American sites.

    The system, valued at over $1,000,000, will feature Thermal Energy's proprietary FLU-ACE® condensing heat recovery unit and HeatSponge indirect heat recovery unit to recover waste heat exhausted from the site's boilers. The energy will then be repurposed to heat the water required for three separate applications -- reverse osmosis which removes contaminants, "deaeration" which protects the steam system from corrosive gases, and boiler makeup water.

    By reducing the steam load, the project is expected to increase energy efficiency, reduce fuel use, and save an estimated 8 million lpy of water as well as reduce CO2 emissions by over 1,800 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing more than 380 cars from the road.

    The turn-key project includes engineering, equipment, installation, commissioning, and training. The project is expected to be completed and revenue earned within nine months. (Source: Thermal Energy International, PR, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: Thermal Energy International Inc., William Crossland, Pres., CEO, 613-723-6776, Bill.crossland@thermalenergy.com, www.thermalenergy.com

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


    Fuel a Greener Future -- Achieve Carbon Negative Transportation Today (Alt. Fuel Report Attached}
    NGVAmerica
    Date: 2021-02-24
    In Washington, Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) has released its Fuel a Greener Future report detailing the significant environmental and economic benefits of renewable natural gas (RNG)-fueled fleeting.

    RNG-fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are commercially available, proven, and affordable. Depending on the feedstock, they can be carbon-free or carbon negative. Commercial pickups and vans, refuse trucks, transit buses, and Class 8 short haul freight trucks cost-effectively run on RNG, or biogas produced from methane.

    Download the Fuel a Greener Future -- Achieve Carbon Negative Transportation Today report HERE.

    NGVAmerica is a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane.

    NGVAmerica represents more than 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations interested in the promotion and use of natural gas and biomethane as transportation fuels. NGVAmerica member companies are those that produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across the country; manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment; and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels, according to the organization's website. (Source: NGVAmerica, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: NGVAmerica, Dan Gage, Pres., (202) 824-7360, www.ngvamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News lternative Fuel ,  


    EPA Changes Course on RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg.)
    EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2021-02-24
    In Washington, the US EPA reports it will support a January 2020 decision by the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and farm groups lawsuit over "improperly granted" renewable fuel standard (RFS) "hardship" waivers granted to oil refineries under the Trump administration. The lawsuit is expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this spring.

    The EPA under Trump issued 85 retroactive small refinery exemptions for the 2016-2018 compliance years, undercutting the renewable fuel volumes by a total of 4 billion gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance (Source: US EPA, 22 Feb., 2021)Contact: RFA, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship Waiver",  Ethanol Blend,  


    EPA changes stand, sides with ethanol industry
    EPA
    Date: 2021-02-23
    DES MOINES — The federal government announced Monday that it will support the ethanol industry in a lawsuit over biofuel waivers granted to oil refineries under President Donald Trump’s administration. The Environmental Protection Agency said it is reversing course and will support a January 2020 decision by the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit filed by the Renewable Fuels Association and farm groups. The lawsuit is headed to arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring. The appeals court concluded the EPA improperly granted exemptions to refineries that didn’t qualify. The EPA under Trump issued 85 retroactive small refinery exemptions for the 2016-2018 compliance years, undercutting the renewable fuel volumes by a total of 4 billion gallons, (15.1 billion liters) according to the Renewable Fuels Association. Roughly a month after President Joe Biden took office, his EPA reversed the federal government’s stand, saying the EPA agrees with the appeals court that the exemption was intended to operate as a temporary measure. (Source: US EPA, 22 Feb., 2021)

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