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Wind Blade Maintenance Specialist Opening RI Facility (Ind. Report)
GEV Wind Power
Date: 2019-06-26
In Providence, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation reports the awarding of $1.93 million in state Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credits to Hull, UK-based GEV Wind Power as an incentive to open its U.S. headquarters in North Kingstown, where the company expects to employ 125 individuals in wind blade maintenance services to the global wind power industry.

In qualifying for the incentives, GEV will commit to operating in Rhode Island for 12 years. The tax credits are expected to generate $3.5 million in net revenues for the state over the 12-year period, and, once the new hires are in place, an increase of $13.67 million in the state's annual gdp. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Providence Journal, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEV Wind Power Daniel Boon, GM U.S. Operations, +44 (0) 1482 300 640,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power ,  Wind,  

Notable Quote -- "Volkswagen Committed to Paris Climate Agreement"
Date: 2019-06-26
"Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group's electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective.

"Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centers. Refueling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas." -- Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Volkswagen Claims 2 pct of Global CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2019-04-01
In a recent interview, a Wolfsburg, Germany-headquartered Volkswagen Group official noted that VW alone is responsible for around 2 pct of global carbon emissions -- roughly equal to Germany's total emissions from all sources.

Germany accounts for nearly 2.2 pct of the world's C02 emissions, the equivalent of 800 million tonnes, and was ranked 6th globally, according to Global Carbon Project 2017 data. The auto giant with 12 brands previously noted it planned to cut ts total emission to zero by 2050. (Source: VW Group, Sunday Times, (NZ) 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Volkswagen Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon EMissions,  VW,  

VW Plans Internal Carbon Levy, Carbon-Neutral Production (Int'l)
Date: 2019-02-18
German auto juggernaut Volkswagen reports it plans to introduce an emplyee incentives plan and an internal CO2 levy as part of its effort to reduce the company's carbon footprint and carbon emissions. The internal levy would be set on the use of electricity, heat and fuel, and the carbon pollution from flights will have to be compensated.

The company also notes that its first electric car, the ID, will be "CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle," including all manufacturing. The electric car is expected to go into production at the end of this year. At the end of last year, Volkswagen announced that it will convert several production sites into pure e-car factories and will invest over €40 billion in future technologies in the next years.

"The Volkswagen Group will be a climate-neutral company by 2050 at the latest," according to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. (Source: VW, Der Spiegel, Electrek, Bloomberg, Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Volkswagen ,  Carbon Emissions,  

VW Dumping Fossil Fuels Following $27Bn in Emissions Fines (Int'l)
Date: 2018-12-10
Wolfsburg, Germany-based auto juggernaut Volkswagen Group reports it plans to end production of petrol, biofuel and diesel powered vehicles for all of its auto marquees -- VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti and others -- from 2026.

The decision to completely stop production of petrol and diesel powertrains showcases the company's shift in focus towards battery-driven vehicles.t may also be influenced by VW's recent "diesel-gate" emissions scandal that cost the company €27 billion in fines and penalties. (Source: VW, DriveSpark, Others, Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Vehicle Emissions,  

Brazilian Foreign Minister Parrots Trump's Climate Change Lead (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-11-19
In the heart of the Amazon, Brazil's freshman foreign minister Ernesto Araujo has declared that "climate change is a Marxist tactic to instill fear, stifle the economic growth of western countries, and benefit China."

Writing on his blog, Araujo described climate science as a "dogma" that ignores "evidence" showing the opposite of rising temperatures and greater concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

"The left has sequestered the environmental cause and perverted it to the point of paroxysm over the last 20 years with the ideology of climate change. The climate [scientists] gathered some data suggesting a correlation between rising temperatures with increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, ignored data suggesting the opposite, and created a scientific dogma that no one else can contest on pain of being excommunicated from good society.", the new foreign minister's blog contends.

Araujo's blog parrots U.S, President Donald Trump adding, "This dogma has served to justify an increase in the regulatory power of states over the economy and power of international institutions over national states and their populations, as well as to stifle economic growth in democratic capitalist countries and foster China's growth."

Pres. Donald Trump, who recently raked the U.S. Forest Service over the coals for not adequately raking leafs to prevent forest fires, will perhaps be best remembered for calling climate change a "hoax" and a "con-job created by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive." (Source: Ernesto Araujo, Blog, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ernesto Araujo, Blog

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump.Climate Change,  

IWVWD Energy Efficient Upgrades to Save $9.3Mn (Ind. Report)
Indian Wells Valley Water District
Date: 2018-06-20
In Ridgecrest, California, the Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVWD) is reporting the completion and startup of a comprehensive solar and energy efficiency project expected to cut electric power consumption by as much as 63 pct for an expected savings of $9.38 million. The work was completed by ENGIE Services U.S.. IWVWD serves approximately 30,000 residential and commercial customers across 37 square miles.

IWVWD's energy program includes the installation of a total of 2.08 MW of ground-mounted solar PV projects across five water well sites and a solar carport system at the District Office which has also been refitted with LED lighting and high efficiency HVAC units.

IWVWD financed the project through the Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer Program (RES-BCT), which allows local government entities with eligible renewable generating facilities to send energy to the grid and receive generation credits for other benefiting accounts within the District. (Source: Indian Wells Valley Water District, ENGIE Services U.S., June 15, 2018) Contact: ENGIE, Ashu Jain, Senior Business Leader,,; Indian Wells Valley Water

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

NorthVolt, Marubeni Ink Li-Ion Battery MoU Agreement (Int'l)
Marubeni, Northvolt
Date: 2018-05-16
Reuters is reporting Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in a lithium-ion battery business to meet growing demand in Europe.

Northvolt plans to build Europe's largest battery cell plant in Sweden, with the backing of VW-owned truckmaker Scania and Swiss engineering group ABB.

Marubeni is considering supplying Northvolt's battery plant with manufacturing equipment and raw materials including cathode and anode materials. Marubeni also plans to support Northvolt's battery sales and jointly develop a battery recycling business. (Source: Marubeni, Reuters, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: NorthVolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO,; Marubeni,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marubeni,  Northvolt,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Li-Ion,  Lithium-Ion,  

VVWRA Scores $92,600 Energy Efficiency Design Rebate (Ind. Report)
Southern California Edison
Date: 2018-02-02
In the Golden State, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is reporting receipt of a $92,676 rebate from Southern California Edison for incorporating energy efficiency into the design of two sub-regional water recycling facilities in Apple Valley and Hesperia.

The rebate check was afforded by Southern California Edison Savings by Design Program, which provides incentives to SCE customers who engage early in the design process and incorporate energy efficiency recommendations into their projects. The subregional plants included high-efficiency blowers, pumps, variable frequency drives and dissolved oxygen controls to maximize energy savings of 460,667 kwh at the Apple Valley facility and 531,961 kwh savings at the Hesperia plant. The authority began working with SCE on energy efficient designs in 2010, equaling an annual energy savings of approximately $430,000, according to officials. (Source: VVWRA, Southern California Edison, Daily Press, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: VVWRA, Logan Olds, GM, (442) 249-0258,; Southern California Edison,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  

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