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Arctic Wildfires Release Unprecedented CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2019-07-22
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) wildfires in the Arctic in June emitted as much CO2 as all of Sweden emits in a year. Speaking at a regular UN briefing in Geneva on July 12, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said "In June alone, these wildfires emitted 50 megatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of Sweden's annual total CO2 emissions. This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined."

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which has been tracking the fires, says the latitude and intensity of the fires, as well as the length of time they have been burning, have been particularly "unusual." According to CAMS "It is unusual to see fires of this scale at such high latitudes in June. But temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow and persist once they have been ignited."

Since the beginning of June, CAMS has tracked more than 100 intense and long-lived wildfires in the Arctic Circle with the most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football fields.

Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission (EC) and implemented in partnership with the EU Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Ocean. (Source: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Contact: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Mark Parrington, Snr. Scientist and Wildfires Expert, www.atmosphere.copernicus.eu; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service,  World Meteorological Organization,  


Canon Canada HQ Awarded LEED® Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-07-22
Brampton, Ontario-headquartered digital imaging specialist Canon Canada Inc reports it has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED®, Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters. . Canon Canada collaborated with Colliers Project Leaders and architects Moriyama & Teshima to construct the building which features:
  • Energy reduction and efficiency is built-in to the building's lighting and cooling/heating systems, with LED lighting that helps to save approximately 70 to 80% of energy (compared with traditional 60W incandescent lights) and building systems are set to shut off after hours to help reduce energy.

  • Natural light and solar-adaptive shading help to maximize daylight in the office while minimizing glare and solar heat, simultaneously aiding in the regulation of lighting and temperature.

  • Rooftop greywater collection system helps save 20%of the building's annual domestic city water usage (the equivalent of 4.5 million bottles of water); the water is reused for flushing and irrigation.

  • Energy-saving office technologies like Canon's own multifunction devices and display projectors automatically power down to minimize energy consumption in all meeting and copier rooms.

  • A sophisticated kitchen digestion system helps divert and reduce organic waste from landfills.

  • Encouraging employees to reduce carbon emissions by offering premium parking for green vehicles, employees that carpool as well as sheltered bicycle parking.

  • Employees and the surrounding residential community enjoy an expansive community green space, including a pond and recreational path, 6,000 drought-resistant shrubs and 200 drought-resistant trees to promote the area's wildlife biodiversity.

  • Phasing out the sale single-use plastic water bottles and plastic straws has begun at the headquarters and at all Canon Canada's 13 office locations across the country by the end of 2019. (Source: Cannon Canada, CNW, 22 July, 2019) Contact: Canon Canada, www.cannon.ca ; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO (CaGBC) and GBCI Canada

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LEED Certification news,  Canada Green Building Council news,  


  • HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

    Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

    Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

    In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

    For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

    View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


    NZ Considering Bldg. Energy Efficiency Rating System (Int'l)
    NABERSNZ
    Date: 2019-07-19
    The New Zealand Government, with more than 1.2 million square metres of office and other space, is looking at ways to increase the energy efficiency of the offices it owns and leases. To that end, the Government now requires any new building developed for Government office accommodation to be measured for a 4-star NABERSNZ energy efficiency rating.

    NABERSNZ , the tool used to measure energy efficiency in office buildings, was developed in Australia, adapted for New Zealand and introduced here in 2013. Its use is funded by the Government and promoted by Government organizations like EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) to private businesses.

    Although seldom used in New Zealand, the system is mandatory for large office buildings in Australia where it has reportedly accounted for more than $750 million of energy savings. (Source: Stuff NZ, 18 July, 2019) Contact: NABERSNZ, www.nabersnz.govt.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NABERSNZ ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CCS Market to Boom by 2025, says Report (Ind. Report)
    CCS
    Date: 2019-07-19
    g The recently released global Carbon Capture and Sequestration Market Report analyzes various trends, obstructions, and challenges faced by the leading CCS players and competitors in the global and regional markets.

    The report delivers an in-depth analysis of the industrial value chain, Information and data by manufacturer, by type, application and others.

    Download CCS report sample HERE. Access CCS report details HERE. (Source: Market Research Pioneer, 18 July, 2019) Contact: MR Pioneer, Elvis Fernandes , 513. 549. 5911 (U.S.) , +44 203 318 2846 (U.K.) , sales@marketresearchvision.com, www.marketresearchvision.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


    EPA's RFS Obligations Another Setback for American Farmers, says NFU (Ind. Report)
    NFU,EPA,RFS
    Date: 2019-07-19
    The US EPA's recently proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020 would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year's 19.92 billion gallons. The difference is primarily attributable to an expansion of cellulosic biofuel, from 420 million to 540 million gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol, according to a NFU release.

    In the face of the EPA's proposal, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed its disappointment in the almost unlimited issuance of RFS refinery "hardship waivers", the newly released RVO's and the that the agency's failure not only to factor the lost demand into its proposed RVOs but to increase biofuel use at all. "At every turn, EPA and this (Trump) administration have undermined the intent of RFS and destroyed demand for billions of gallons of ethanol", NFU President Roger Johnson added. (Source: The Cattle Site, National Farmers Union, PR, July, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  NFU news,  National Farmers Union news,  "Hardship Waiver" news,  


    Sunrun Scores Aggregated Home Solar, Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun,East Bay Community Energy
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Alameda County, Oakland, California-based energy aggregator East Bay Community Energy (BCB) reports it has approved a 10-year contract under which it will pay San Francisco-based solar installer Sunrun for 500 KW of solar capacity from residential solar-plus-storage, starting in 2022.

    The contract marks a second win for Sunrun's theory of using aggregated residential energy assets for grid services. The company won its first virtual power plant contract in February to supply ISO New England with 20 MW by 2022.

    Whereas the 20-MW battery will literally replace the peaker turbines, the Sunrun deal will provide 2 MWh of energy storage -- 500 KW with 4-hour duration -- throughout the service territory, primarily in West Oakland where the company will install the equipment on low-income single-family and multifamily homes.

    Sunrun draws on funds from California's Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program and works with building owners to deliver solar at no cost to tenants. (Source: Sunrun, gtm, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EBCE, Nick Chaset, CEO, www.ebce.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    KeyBank, Dividend Finance Partner on Residential Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Key Bank,Dividend Finance
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Cleveland-headquartered regional banker KeyBank and Dividend Finance, a San Francisco-based national provider of solar and home improvement financing solutions, are reporting a new partnership to finance residential solar and energy storage systems.

    Although previously limited to commercial projects, KeyBank's partnership with Dividend will now allow homeowners to invest in solar energy and create potential long-term savings by cutting energy costs. The KeyBank-Dividend Finace partners services will be offered in 35 states. (Source: KeyCorp-KeyBank PR, July, 2019) Contact: KeyCorp-KeyBank,, Chris Manderfield, Head of Product Management, www.key.com; Dividend Finance LLC, (415) 805.7000, www.dividendfinance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy,  Dividend Finance Storage,  Solar,  KeyBank,  


    Vestas Wins 415 MW Saudi Wind Park Order (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas Mediterranean,EDF Renewables , Masdar
    Date: 2019-07-17
    Madrid-headquartered Vestas Mediterranean is reporting a consortium formed by EDF Renewables and Masdar has placed a 415 MW order for the Dumat Al Jandal wind park in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia -- the country's first utility-scale wind park. The order is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the supply and installation of 99 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.

    The Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded to the consortium by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in January 2019 by the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM). Once operational, it will produce electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC). (Source: Vestas Mediterranean, PR, 16 July 2019) Contact: Vestas Mediterranean, Eduardo Medina, Andres Dominguez, Communications Consultant, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas Mediterranean,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  


    Schneider Electric Touting 'Rethink Energy' Initiative (Int'l.)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In the UK, Telford-based Schneider Electric UK his reporting the launch of its 'Rethink Energy" initiative aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change.

    A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.

    The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.

    "HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, gb-customerservices@gb.schneider-electric.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change ,  


    Green Biologics Shuttering Minn. Biobutanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    Green Biologics
    Date: 2019-07-12
    UK-headquartered biochemicals producer Green Biologics reports it is shuttering its Little Falls, Minnesota plant due to cash flow problems. The modified Little Falls ethanol plant produces acetone and 1-butanol via fermentation. Approximately 50 employees will be affected by the shutdown, the company said.

    The company raised roughly $100 million from investors in 2015. (Source: Green Biologics, Chemical & Engineering News, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Green Biologics, 320-632-1614, www. greenbiologics.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biologics news,  Biobutanol news,  Biofuel news,  


    FTSE Russell Launches New Climate Risk Gov. Bond Index (Int'l)
    FTSE Russell
    Date: 2019-07-10
    London-headquartered global index provider FTSE Russell reports the launch of the FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted World Government Bond Index (Climate WGBI) enabling investors to consider a quantitative measure of climate risk to sovereign debt for the first time, according to the release.

    Derived from the firm's World Government Bond Index, the Climate WGBI will be available to investors as both a portfolio performance measurement tool and the basis of an investment portfolio.

    FTSE Russell said the new index followed the same rebalancing mechanics of the standard index with respect to universe membership, but would tilt the market value weights of the standard index according to a country's climate scores, which are assessed according to that country's scores across three core climate risks -- transition risk, physical risk, and preparedeness and resilience to cope with climate change. Countries better prepared for the risks of climate change receive higher exposures, while those more threatened by the risks receive lower exposures. (Source: FTSE Russell, Financial Standard, 9 July, 2019) Contact: FTSE Russell, Mark Makepeace, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7866 1810, (866) 551-0617 - NYC, www.ftserussell.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Risk,  


    Are EPA's Proposed RFS 'Obligations' Actually Just Suggestions?" asks RFA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFA, RFS
    Date: 2019-07-08
    By neglecting to prospectively reallocate small refinery exemptions and blatantly ignoring a court order to restore improperly waived gallons, the U.S. EPA's proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) completely betrays President Trump's commitment to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

    "As long as EPA continues to dole out compliance exemptions to oil refiners without reallocating the lost volume, the agency may as well start referring to the annual RFS levels as 'renewable volume suggestions' rather than renewable volume 'obligations'. It is a complete misnomer to call these blending volumes 'obligations' when EPA's small refinery bailouts have essentially transformed the RFS into a voluntary program for nearly one-third of the nation's oil refineries.

    "In its announcement today, EPA has proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 20.04 billion gallons, of which 5.04 billion gallons are advanced biofuel, including 540 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That leaves, on paper, a 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol, unchanged from 2019.

    "Most notably, EPA failed to prospectively account for any expected small refinery exemptions in the 2020 proposal, even though it is almost a foregone conclusion at this point that the Agency will continue to grant more exemptions.

    "Congress gave EPA the direction and tools necessary to ensure that the statutory RFS volumes are enforced, and that includes prospectively reallocating exempted volumes to non-exempt parties. Instead, EPA has chosen to continue its demand destruction campaign that has been crippling to both ethanol producers and the farmers who supply our industry. Enough is enough.

    "EPA approved 54 exemptions for 2016 and 2017 and an additional 38 requests for 2018 exemptions are pending. Not a single exemption request has been denied by EPA since 2015. The exemptions effectively lowered the total RFS requirement for 2017 by 1.82 billion gallons and cut the 2016 requirement by nearly 800 million gallons.

    "Making matters worse, EPA's proposal continues to flout the D.C. Circuit Court's 2017 order requiring the Agency to restore 500 million gallons of renewable fuel obligations that it inappropriately and illegally waived from the 2016 RVO. Unbelievably, the Agency is proposing to snub the court's ruling by refusing to restore the 500 million gallons remanded volume. EPA's stubborn refusal to obey a court order to restore lost demand is yet another kick in the teeth to U.S. renewable fuel producers and farmers already facing the worst market conditions in a generation. EPA's suggestion that following the court's directive would place an 'additional burden' on obligated parties is an insult and an affront to the farmers and ethanol producers who trusted this administration would follow the law. The RFS wasn't intended to make oil refiners comfortable; it was intended to change the status quo by guaranteeing renewable fuels would have access to a marketplace otherwise closed to competition.

    "EPA appears to be selling out to oil refiners -- again -- at the expense of rural America. The court found in favor of renewable fuel producers in 2017 because it was clear our industry had been harmed by EPA's illegal use of a general waiver -- now EPA is doubling down on that harm to the ethanol industry and farmers.

    "Today's proposal undermines the pledge President Trump made to farmers and renewable fuel producers that his administration would enforce the statutory RFS volumes. By failing to prospectively reallocate, failing to commit to a more judicious and restrained approach to refinery waivers, and failing to follow a court's order to restore lost demand, EPA is blatantly undercutting President Trump's commitment to ethanol, which he restated less than a month ago when he visited the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant. We urge the President to resolve the disconnect between the oval office and EPA and get the RFS back on track." (Source: RFA, PR, 8 July, 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  RFS,  


    Notable Quote -- "Natural Gas Has Its Place"
    Natural Gas
    Date: 2019-07-08
    "Natural gas has its place on the road to less carbon-intensive energy options. It's a necessary transition phase until renewable energy sources and carbon capture and storage (CCS) become commercially viable for large-scale implementation." -- Professor Francesco Cherubini, NTNU Trondheim - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Natural Gas,  Climate Change,  


    EPA's RFS Obligations Another Setback for American Farmers, says NFU (Ind. Report)
    RFS,EPA,National Farmers Union
    Date: 2019-07-08
    Last Friday, the EPA released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020. The proposal would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year's 19.92 billion gallons. The difference is primarily attributable to an expansion of cellulosic biofuel, from 420 million to 540 million gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol.

    In the face of the EPA's proposal, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed its disappointment in the almost unlimited issuance of RFS refinery "hardship waivers", the newly released RVO's and the that the agency's failure not only to factor the lost demand into its proposed RVOs but to increase biofuel use at all.

    "At every turn, EPA and this (Trump) administration have undermined the intent of RFS and destroyed demand for billions of gallons of ethanol", NFU President Roger Johnson added. (Source: The Cattle Site, National Farmers Union, PR, 8 July, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News "Hardship Waiver",  RFS,  National Farmers Union,  Biofuel,  Ethanol Blend,  


    SG Claims MidAmerican Wind Repowering Project (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy, Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy is reporting the selection of Siemens Gamesa (SG)for the repowering of its 429.3-MW Rolling Hills wind power project in Iowa.

    The project will utilize 163, SG 2.7-129 and 18 previously sold SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines including blades, hubs, and nacelles as well as the top tower sections for the SG 2.7-129 units. Commissioning of the project is expected for late 2021. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, PR, July, 2019) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

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


    Oklahoma Wind Developers Face New State Agency Fees (Ind. Report)
    Oklahoma Corporation Commission
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Effective Aug. 1, wind energy facility owners will be charged an annual $2,000 per wind farm fee payable to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to help compensate the agency for its oversight responsibilities. Under the new rule, developers of proposed wind energy facilities will be charged $5,000 to submit notices of planned new project.

    With 58 operational wind farms that are not owned by a state-regulated utility, the fee is initially is expected to generate $116,000 per year. As adopted, the rule requires the annual fee to be paid on each project by March 1, concurrently with operational data related to each project's nameplated capacity and production. Owners of individual turbines that generate power consumed by a home or business are not included in the fee. Oklahoma-regulated utilities that own wind projects in the state, given they already pay fees to the division as part of their annual utility assessments, will also be exempted from the fee.

    Oklahoma is the third-top producer of wind energy in the country. (Source: Oklahoman, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Oklahoma Corporation Commission, (405) 521-2211, www.occeweb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Capitalizing on Carbon Included at Ace Conf. (Events & Conferences)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2019-07-01
    The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) reports its annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, August 14-16, will feature a discussion on how the ethanol industry can benefit from the emerging carbon economy and the new opportunities during the Capitalizing on Carbon general session panel on August 15.

    This timely discussion will be moderated by ACE CEO Brian Jennings, and includes Pam Miller, ACE board chair and director of industry and investor relations for Siouxland Ethanol LLC; Ron Alverson, ACE board chair and director of Dakota Ethanol; and Brendan Jordan, VP of transportation and fuels at the Great Plains Institute.

    Conference details HERE. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, June, 2019) Contact: ACE, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  


    Boralex, Infinergy Limekiln Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l)
    Infinergy,Boralex
    Date: 2019-06-28
    UK-based green energy firm Infinergy and Montreal, Canada headquartered Boralex reports the Scottish Government's approval of their proposed 90-MW, 21-turbine joint-venture wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness.

    Construction is expected to get underway in 2021 for completion and commissioning before the end of 2022. The wind farm will provide sufficient electricity to meet the needs of at least 39,500 homes based on the average generation mix of UK power sources and has grid connection contracts in place.

    Infinergy, which is active in the UK, The Netherlands and Australia with a strong focus on the development of onshore wind energy in Scotland, develops wind and solar energy projects from inception through to construction and operation. In the UK the company develops most of its projects in close cooperation with Boralex. (Source: Infinergy, Boralex, PR,. NewsWire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Infinergy, www.infinergy.co.uk: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infinergy,  Wind,  Boralex,  


    Statement from a Coalition of Free-Market State Think Tanks on Trump Administration Affordable Clean Energy Rule (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Affordable Clean Energy Plan
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Editor's Note: This publication, its editors and administration neither agrees or disagrees with the views presented in the following statement from the McIver Institute

    "The Trump administration's finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule is a major victory for America's middle class, many of whom work in energy intensive industries like manufacturing and mining. It also represents a boon to America's least fortunate for whom energy costs represent a significant part of their budget. All Americans would have been harmed by the Obama administration's legally flawed Clean Power Plan. It would have dramatically increased the cost of electricity and was predicted to reduce global warming by only 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100, an amount far too small to be measured.

    "After Congress rejected proposed cap-and-trade legislation, the Obama administration crafted the Clean Power Plan to force states into regional cap-and-trade plans. President Trump's plan disallows such plans for compliance and focuses, instead, on improving the efficiencies of individual plants.

    "The Clean Power Plan claimed to seek a 32 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, at an estimated compliance cost of $9 billion. The US Chamber of Commerce estimated a more realistic $75 billion in compliance costs. The Rule was met with bipartisan opposition by 27 states who won a Supreme Court stay of the Rule in 2016.

    "The Clean Power Plan was also completely unnecessary. Thanks to the Trump administration's commonsense approach, emissions have fallen by 28 pct since 2017 and are forecast to be reduced 35 pct by 2030. At a compliance cost of $0.3 billion for the ACE rule, these gains were at 250 times less cost than the previous administration's alternative." -- The MacIver Institute

    The MacIver Institute is joined by the Caesar Rodney Institute, the Center of the American Experiment, the Commonwealth Foundation, the Independence Institute, John Locke Foundation, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the Rio Grande Foundation, and the Roughrider Policy Center in supporting the ACE. (Source: MacIver Institute, June, 2019) Contact: The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy Brett Healy, President 608.588.6477, bhealy@maciverinstitute.com, www.maciverinstitute.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  Affordable Clean Energy,  


    Iron Edison Picks Nuvation for Solar Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Iron Edison
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Denver-based Lithium Iron and Nickel Iron battery specialist Iron Edison reports its selection of Sunnyvale California's Nuvation Energy's Low-Voltage Battery Management Systems for use in their lithium iron phosphate battery system for residential solar energy storage applications.

    Iron Edison lithium iron phosphate batteries can be used as drop-in replacements to lead-acid batteries in in existing systems or can be purchased as part of a turnkey energy storage solution. (Source: Nuvation Energy, PR, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Nuvation Energy , Micheal Worry, CEO, Joseph Xavier, Director of Marketing, (408) 228-5580, (519) 594-0072 - Ontario Canada Office, joseph.xavier@nuvation.com, www.nuvationenergy.com; Iron Edison, Brandon Williams, CEO, (720) 432-6433, info@ironedison.com, www.ironedison.com

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


    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, www.gevwindpower.com

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


    Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Wind Turbine Arrays Set (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the Bay State, New Bedford-based Vineyard Wind reports it has eliminated three 9.5 MW offshore wind turbines located near the Nantucket Historic District and Chappaquiddick on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. The total size of the first U.S. large-scale offshore wind facility will remain unchanged at approximately 800 MW.

    Project changes, which were made in response to community and stakeholder input, will see a 20 pct reduction in the project's overall footprint, greater space between offshore wind towers, a white-grey paint finish to limit the project's visual impacts on Martha's Vineyard, and other changes. The project is in 2022. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod Today, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Notable Quote -- Woody Biomass and the EPA's ACE Rules
    Biomass
    Date: 2019-06-26
    "In a bit of an Orwellian logic, the (Trump) EPA's recently finalized ACE (Affordable Clean Energy) rules ... ignore the basis for why using biomass for power and heat is the principal pathway for decarbonization in most other developed countries. By only counting the CO2 emission at the source and ignoring the continuous adsorption of CO2 by sustainably managed forests, the EPA has excluded a proper consideration of the dynamics that keep the net CO2 added into the atmosphere neutral or even negative.

    "In Europe, wood pellets and wood chips are recognized as low carbon fuels because a full life-cycle analysis shows that under well-crafted (and necessary) sustainability criteria, the combustion of those fuels is carbon neutral. The supply chain carbon footprint accounting, given that fossil fuel are used in transportation and in the electricity used to upgrade the biomass into pellets, typically yields an 85 percent or more reduction in net CO2 added to the atmosphere. Because of the carbon benefits, biomass derived fuel makes up about 60 percent of the total renewable energy in the EU28." -- William Strauss, Pres, FutureMetrics, June 24, 2019

    Bethel, Maine-based FutureMetrics released the above statement criticizing the Trump Administration EPA's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program's discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions "misguided."

    The ACE program, which replaces Obama's Clean Power Plan, specifies that biomass co-firing is not compliant with the ACE program. Contact: FutureMetrics LLC, William Strauss, 207-824-6702, 207-357-8708 Cell, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.info

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  CO2 Emissions,  


    Permafrost Collapses 70 Yrs Early (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-24
    "Climate scientists have been warning about the dangers of global warming for decades. Now, it's happening, in spades. It should be noted that America's politicians are guilty of ignoring warnings by their own scientists. Those warnings officially started 31 years ago when Dr. James Hansen, then head of NASA Institute for Space Studies, testified before the Senate[ in 1988: 'If the current pace of the buildup of these gases (GHG) continues, the effect is likely to be a warming of 3 to 9 degrees F from the year 2025 to 2050, according to these projections. This rise in temperature is not expected to be uniform around the globe but to be greater in the higher latitudes.'

    "Global warming is prominent throughout the North. Ergo, climate news doesn't get much worse (well, actually, it could, and will) than the collapse of permafrost in the Canadian High Arctic's extreme coldest region (where): 'Observed maximum thaw depths at our sites are already exceeding those projected to occur by 2090. The aforementioned study, from 2003-2016, found permafrost melt up to 240 pct more than previous years. In geological terms, that's like winning the Indy 500, hands down. That permafrost had been frozen solid for 'thousands of years.' Accordingly, scientists predicted the permafrost 'wouldn't melt for another 70 years.' Yet, the landscape has already collapsed by up to three feet.

    "Bottom line, the top 25 pct of the Northern Hemisphere, where permafrost is ubiquitous, is coming apart at the seams, and climate scientists are behind the eight ball while America's politicians deny the legitimacy of science and openly spit on the underlying thesis of anthropogenic global warming. In point of fact, Farquharson's '70-yr too early permafrost collapse' makes the onset of RGW look like a dead-ringer, but when?

    "There's no getting around the fact that ecosystems are collapsing. The evidence is too palpable to ignore. It's serious; it's deadly, and it could be too late to do much to stop it, other than a last-ditch WWII Marshall Plan Worldwide Consortium dedicated to converting the world to renewable energy, and forcing removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, yet, those solutions take years and years of planning, setup, construction, and billions upon billions of funding. It's not happening.

    Meanwhile, carbon that has been trapped in and under permafrost over eons readies to escape to turbo-charge an already over-saturated turbo-charged climate. It's literally happening right now. The waiting room is already full. Farquharson's study proves it, and Alaska's permafrost carbon emissions that compete with U.S. commercial CO2 emissions prove it, as sled dogs wade through it." (Source: Dissident Voice, Robert Hunziker, 21 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    DRAX, Deep Branch Biotech to Turn CO2 into Animal Feed (Int'l)
    DRAX
    Date: 2019-06-24
    In the UK, power plant operator DRAX and Nottingham-startup Deep Branch Biotechnology, a lab located at DRAX's giant power station in Yorkshire, reports the two organizations will explore ways to capture and process CO2 into protein for sustainable animal feed.

    Deep Branch Biotechnology is to run the new pilot project within the DRAX power plant's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Incubation Area. For the pilot project, scientists will gather waste CO2 from energy generation and feed it to microbes which will use it to make single-cell proteins that could replace soy and fish meal in fish and livestock feeds.

    Deep Branch claims it can convert "up to 60-70 pct of CO2 into protein, helping to both minimize the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during power generation and other industrial processes, whilst producing protein for animal feeds which will help reduce the impact of agricultural sectors on the environment as well."

    The Deep Branch pilot, which is slated to get underway this autumn, aims to capture enough CO2 to produce 100kg of protein. If successful, Deep Branch Biotechnology plans to build a larger production facility by 2020. DRAX has been capturing CO2 since February through its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin-out company C-Capture. (Source: Deep Branch Biotechnology, DRAX, June, 2019) Contact: Deep Branch Biotechnology, Peter Rowe, CEO, info@deepbranchbio.com, www.deepbranchbio.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; C-Capture, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, Tel/Fax +44 0 113 245 0418, www.c-capture.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-Capture,  CCUS,  DRAX,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


    Kemira Participates in Bio-based Chemicals Project (Int'l)
    Kemira Oyi
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper firm Kemira Oyi reports it has joined a four-year, EU funded project to develop 100 pct bio-based chemicals from renewable raw materials. The project aims to develop and improve woody biomass production efficiency at pulp mills.

    The project, which was launched in May 2019, received €5.9 million funding from the EU's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The €9.6 million project is one of several undertakings aimed at developing a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe.

    Ecohelix , Avantium Chemicals BV, Metgen Oyi , Novamont Spa , Fundacio Universitaria Balmes , Graanul Biotech Ou , and Spinverse are also participating in the four-year project in which members will conduct demo-scale trial runs at a dissolving pulp mill in Europe. The aim is to develop fully bio-based polymeric chemistries for paper and cardboard production to complement and even replace polymers that are derived from petroleum. (Source: Kemira Oyi, PR, GlobalNewswire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Kemira Oyi, +358 10 8611, Fax. +358 10 862 1119, www.kemira.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kemira Oyi,  Biochemical,  


    Clearwater Paper Lauded for Improved Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Clearwater Paper
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Lewiston, Idaho-based tissue and cardboard manufacturer Clearwater Paper reports it has been recognized with the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for reducing its annual energy consumption by 7.7 million kWh -- sufficient energy for 740 homes per year -- at its Lewiston manufacturing facility.

    The company's energy efficiency efforts included: replacement of fan pump motors with more efficient units, retrofitting a fixed-speed water pumping system with a variable speed unit; adjustment of paper machine pulper agitators to run at lower speeds 40 pct of the time when the pulper is idling; and other upgrades and improvements. (Source: Clearwater Paper, Lewiston Tribune, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Clearwater Paper Corp., www.clearwaterpaper.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Photosynthesis Transforms CO2 into Liquefiable Fuels (R&D)
    University of Illinois
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Chemists at the University of Illinois – Chanpaign are reporting the production of fuels using water, CO2 and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting CO2 into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 to store solar energy in the form of chemical bonds.

    There are several ways in which the energy stored in bonds of the hydrocarbon fuel is freed. However, the easy conventional method of combustion ends up producing more CO2 -- which is counterproductive to the notion of harvesting and storing solar energy in the first place, according to research tem leader Prof. Prashant Jain,

    Plants use sunlight to drive chemical reactions between water and CO2 to create and store solar energy in the form of energy-dense glucose. In the new study, the researchers developed an artificial process that uses the same green light portion of the visible light spectrum used by plants during natural photosynthesis to convert CO2 and water into fuel, in conjunction with electron-rich gold nanoparticles that serve as a catalyst.

    "The goal is to produce complex, liquefiable hydrocarbons from excess CO2 and other sustainable resources such as sunlight. Liquid fuels are ideal because they are easier, safer and more economical to transport than gas and, because they are made from long-chain molecules, contain more bonds and pack energy more densely," according to Jain.

    The research was supported by The Energy and Biosciences Institute, through the EBI-Shell program. Download the paper Plasmonic photosynthesis of C1–C3 hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide assisted by an ionic liquid HERE. (Source: University of Illinois, PR, June, 2019) Contact: University of Illinois, Prof. Prashant Jain, (217) -333-3417; jain@illinois.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Illinois news,  CO2 news,  


    Kuala Lumpur Upgrades 212,639 Street Lights to LED (Int'l. Report)
    Tenaga Nasional Berhad
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Kuala Lumpur reports it has replaced almost 60 pct of the city's 367,000 street light bulbs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.

    The utility replaced 212,639 units of the old High Pressure Sodium Vapour (HPSV) bulbs with a capacity of 150 Watts with LED lights with a capacity of 90 watts, with the remaining HPSV united scheduled for replacement in December, 2020.

    The conversion to LED, which is under the Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) initiative for the period 2018 to 2020, is expected to deliver street light energy cost savings of between 30 and 40 pct as well as maintenance cost savings. (Source: TNB, Edge Source, 21 June, 2019) Contact: Tenaga Nasional Berhad, www.tnb.com.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    $186Bn Global Fuel Ethanol Market Valuation by 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Zion Market Research's recently released Fuel Ethanol Market for Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Feedstock, and Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 – 2022 offers a resourceful means to assess the Fuel Ethanol Market with all-inclusive market data analysis and upfront statistics.

    The report encompasses the leading market players across the globe with insights into products and specifications, market share, company profiles, sales, and contact details along with an objective estimation and analysis of prospects in the Fuel Ethanol Market. with systematic market study report containing several other market-allied factors. The report also encompasses wide-ranging data on market strategies, specific business and financial terms, projected growth of the market, and others complete with flowcharts, figures, and graphs.

    Request Free Sample Fuel Ethanol Market Report HERE. Download Free PDF Report Brochure HERE; Report details and general information HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, June, 2019) Contact: ZMR, (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Zion Market Research,  


    HP Targeting 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    HP,Science-Based Target
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In its latest Sustainable Impact Report, San Jose, California-headquartered computing and business machine giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced a portfolio of environmental pledges.

    By 2035 all of HP's global operations will be powered by 100 pct renewable electricity and the amount of recycled plastics used in HP personal computers and printers will hit 30 pct by 2025, according to the report. HP also says its sustainable impact programmes drove almost $1 billion of new revenue in 2018 -- up 35 pct on 2017. In addition, HP noted that it has an approved Science-Based Target (SBT) in place to cut its direct GHG emissions 25 pct by 2025, against a 2015 baseline, alongside a goal to cut emissions associated with the use of its products by a quarter by 2020. The company also plans to cut its supply chain emissions by 10 pct by 2025, against a base year of 2015. (Source: HP, BusinessGreen, 15 June, 2019) Dion Weisler, HP's president and CEO www.hpe.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy,  Science-Based Target ,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
    Royal Town Planning Institute
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

    Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Town Planning Institute,  Climate Change,  


  • EPA Rolls Back Obama's Coal-Plant Clean Power Plan (Reg. & Leg.)
    Obama Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Republican Trump administration's EPA has over ruled former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the introduction of its Affordable Clean Energy rule allowing states to set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.

    As absurd and politically motivated as it may appear, the EPA's new rule could, by the agency's own admission, result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.

    The Obama Clean Power Plan, which was never officially implemented, would have prevented 3,600 premature deaths a year, 1,700 heart attacks and 90,000 asthma attacks, as well as cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 pct compared to 2005 levels, according to analysis conducted by the Obama era EPA.

    The Trump administration's plan is a shamefully thin- veiled move to support the coal industry, as promised in his election campaign. Environmental groups and several states who see Trump's action as detrimental to clean air and efforts to fight the climate crisis have already given notice of impending action against the Trump plan. (Source: EPA, Various Media, 19 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote -- "Carbon Offsets Not Silver Bullets"
    Carbon Offsets
    Date: 2019-06-19
    "UN Environment supports carbon offsets as a temporary measure leading up to 2030, and a tool for speeding up climate action. However, it is not a silver bullet, and the danger is that it can lead to complacency.

    "The October 2018 report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that if we are to have any hope of curbing global warming we need to transition away from carbon for good: by traveling electric, embracing renewable energy, eating less meat and wasting less food." -- Niklas Hagelberg, UN Environment Climate Specialist. Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Carbon Offsets,  


    NYPA Seeks LED Street Lighting Service RFP (Ind. Report)
    NYPA
    Date: 2019-06-19
    The New York Power Authority administered Smart Street Lighting NY program has released a request for proposals (RFP) for multiple contractors to provide routine and on-call maintenance services for LED street lighting fixtures installed by NYPA throughout the state. The new service program will be available to municipalities that have engaged NYPA to implement a LED street lighting conversion and have elected to install an asset management controls system on their street lighting system, which is designed to reduce the number of failures and repairs needed after the installation is complete.

    NYPA is working with cities, towns, villages and counties throughout the Empire State to fully manage and implement a customer's transition to LED streetlight technology. The agency provides upfront financing for the project, with payments to NYPA made in the years following from the cost-savings created by the reduced energy use of the LED streetlights, which are 50 to 65 pct more efficient than alternative street lighting options.

    Established in 2018, Smart Street Lighting NY calls for at least 500,000 street lights throughout the state to be replaced with energy-saving LED technology by 2025. To date, NYPA has installed, or is installing, more than 128,000 LED street lights at municipalities statewide.

    The RFP can be viewed at www.nypa.gov/procurement. (Source: NYPA, June, 2019) Contact: NYPA, www.mypa.gov; Smart Street Lighting NY, www.nypa.gov/services/customer-energy-solutions/smart-street-lighting-ny

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Smart Streetlight,  


    Miramar's $1.4M Alt. Fuels Program Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In the Golden State, San Diego Miramar College, a public community college, is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $1.4 million contract from the California Energy Commission to develop the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Training Enhancement Program to help participating students enter the alternative fuels, energy and technology fields.

    Students will receive workplace "on the job" training for jobs focusing on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. The program will be additional to the college's existing automotive technology program. (Source: Miramar College, City News Service, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Miramar College, www.sdmiramar.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Alternative Fuels,  


    Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

    Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

    According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

    Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

    Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

    Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  


    AutoGrid, ENERES Announce Virtual Power Plant Agreement (Ind. Report)
    AutoGrid, ENERES
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Redwood City, California-headquartered AutoGrid, the leader in flexibility management software for the energy industry, reports its latest project in Japan, which will be the largest storage-virtual power plant (VPP) in the world by asset volume. The project anticipates adding more than 10,000 assets to the VPP between 2020-2021, with rapid scaling in subsequent years.

    Under the partnership, AutoGrid will supply Japanese energy services and trading company ENERES Co., Ltd. with VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DERs). The partnership will enable ENERES to combine DR resources into large enough blocks of energy to sell into capacity markets.

    AutoGrid will supply a custom-branded, cloud-based software solution that will allow ENERES to manage all aspects of the VPP, including program configuration, customer enrollment, monitoring and forecasting, event dispatch, event notifications, and measurement and verification (M&V). ENERES will use the AutoGrid Flex™ platform for AI-driven DER management, and it will use AutoGrid Engage™ to support customer marketing, signup and participation. AutoGrid's activity in Japan has increased as the new energy market's generation targets have driven rapid adoption of storage and as the industry races to integrate more renewable and storage into the mix to achieve 2030 goals.

    ENERES , a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation and an affiliate of Power Development Co., Ltd., will develop an "Energy as a Service" model that optimizes power for corporate power users, utilizing AI-driven management of distributed energy resources. including weather driven demand and power forecasting. www.eneres.co.jp (Source: AutoGrid, PR, 17 June, 2019) Contact: AutoGrid, . Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO, ,(415) 820-4176, www.auto-grid.com; ENERES, Masahiro Kobayashi, Pres., www.eneres.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AutoGrid,  ENERES,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


    Calendar Update -- UN Environment Climate Action Summit 2019
    UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The UN Climate Action Summit will take place in New York City on 23 September 2019 to increase ambition and accelerate action on the global climate emergency and support the rapid implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

    The 2019 UN Climate Action Summit is hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Source: UN Environment, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Conference details, Climate Action Summit 2019, www.un.org/en/climatechange


    VT. Communities RAMP up Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,ermont Council on Rural Development
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Vermont, the towns of Marshfield and Plainfield are reporting the launch of RAMP -- Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield -- a new building energy task force as part of a year-long push to build a robust economy in the face of climate change, cut carbon emissions and cut energy consumption and costs.

    Following the communities of Pownal, Randolph, Middlebury, and Swanton, RAMP is the fifth community participant in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program at the not-for-profit Montpelier-based Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), which works to connect rural economic development to climate change responses.

    The RAMP campaign encourages commercial building and homeowners to install solar panels, convert from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, weatherize their buildings and otherwise save money while saving energy and reducing emissions. (Source: The Bridge, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Vermont Council on Rural Development, 802-223-6091, www.vtrural.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Kinetrex Touts Indiananapolis Landfill RNG Plan (Ind. Report)
    Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy is reporting it will capture landfill gas -- methane from the city of Indianapolis South Side Landfill and processes it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. The facility will be the company's first renewable natural gas (RNG) plant although it already fuels its trucking customers with gas purchased from other states.

    The company estimates estimates that the RNG produced by the Indianapolis plant will replace more than 8 million gallons of diesel fuel.

    Kinetrex Energy supplies a portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline natural gas, and renewable natural gas energy solutions in the Midwest. It serves customers in the transportation, commercial, industrial, agricultural, gas utilities, power generation, asphalt, and commercial and industrial markets, as well as churches, hospitals, and schools. (Source: Kinetrix Energy, Lakeshore Public Radio, 14 June, 2019)Contact: Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, Pres., CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  


    AEE Program to Reduce Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Project Costs (Ind. Report)
    Alliance for Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The Washington, DC-based Alliance for Energy Efficiency (AEE) is reporting the launch of a new, wide-ranging program for commercial building owners to reduce energy demand and, as a result, significantly decrease the need for utilities to build new generating capacity or purchase expensive outsourced power to meet future energy demand.

    Central to the program is AEE's partnerships with trade associations in a wide range of industries, whose membership encompasses virtually every segment of the marketplace and collectively represents enormous purchasing power. These trade associations have established relationships and channels of communication with their members and are able to create broad scale awareness of economically compelling energy reduction opportunities.

    The massive, collective buying power of the trade associations has motivated installation contractors and manufacturers of energy products to offer substantially lower costs to complete projects. As a result, commercial building owners can complete projects to reduce energy cost by up to 80 pct at no cost at all, or costs so low to often be recovered through energy savings in as little as 3 to 12 months, according to the AEE.

    Despite the wide range of available energy-saving technologies and compelling economics, the broad marketplace still has little awareness of the opportunity, and has done little to participate, he said. The Alliance for Energy Efficiency focus is to change that by commercializing energy efficiency through this program.

    The AEE program includes a full range of energy technologies, including, but not limited to LED lighting, HVAC, controls, building management systems, demand control ventilation, variable frequency drives, window films and power factor correction. (Source: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, PNR, New Kerala, PR. 16 June, 2019) Contact: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance for Energy Efficiency,  


    Battle Creek YMCA Scores PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Funding)
    PACE
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Austin, Texas-based Petros PACE Finance, LLC reports it has closed a $1.3 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) transaction to finance energy efficiency upgrades for the Battle Creek, Michigan YMCA.

    C-PACE is a low-cost financing product secured as a property tax assessment that allows building owners to invest in energy efficiency or renewable energy with little or no up-front costs.

    The YMCA will use the funds to upgrade inefficient and outdated electrical and mechanical systems, for new, more efficient lighting, and other energy-saving property enhancements that are expected to reduce electricity use by as much as 47 pct. Over the 22-year life of the loan, energy-efficient features will generate $3,233,342 in savings and a CO2 reduction of 68,384,274 pounds -- roughly equivalent to the amount of emissions from driving 6,586 passenger vehicles for a year.

    The YMCA project is Petros' eighth deal in Michigan. (Source: Petros PACE Finance LLC, PR, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Petros PACE Finance LLC, Mansoor Ghori, CEO, (512) 599.9038, (512) .532.0792 -- fax., info@petrospartners.com, www.petros-pace.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  PACE Financing,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NASA, SpaceX Report Green Propellant Infusion Mission (Ind. Report)
    NASA,SpaceX
    Date: 2019-06-12
    NASA is reporting development of a cost-effective, non-toxic fuel that will be used in a future Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) launch of Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon Heavy spacecraft.

    The safe to handle green fuel, which features a mixture of hydroxyl ammonium nitrate and an oxidizer, was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in California. The new fuel also delivers almost 50 pct better performance than hydrazine, allowing a spacecraft to travel for a longer period of time even with minimal fuel onboard.

    According to Sacramento-headquartered Aeorojet Rocketdyne, the company that developed the propulsion system for the GPIM, the company will focus on building similar systems that can cater the new green fuel. (Source: NASA, International Business Times, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Aeorojet Rocketdyne, Fred Wilson, www.rocket.com; NASA, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov; SpaceX, www.spacex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aeorojet Rocketdyne,  NASA,  


    Built Green Canada Issues Sustainable Bldg Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Concurrent with National Environment Week, Built Green Canada announces its sixth annual challenge to municipalities across the country to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices, to challenge municipalities to encourage green building, and to highlight those builders leading the way.

    The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.

    The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.

    Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.

    Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.

    Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

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    Nordex Launches Argentine Wind Turbine Plant (Int'l Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Hamburg, Germnay-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group and Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) are reporting the official opening of Nordex Group's Argentinian production plant in Cordoba.

    The plant began production in mid-April with the first AW132/3300 nacelles for projects for the power utility AES Generacion S.A. The plant's nacelles and hubs assembly shop is designed for an annual capacity of up to 500 MW. Nordex is also establishing three plants for concrete towers.

    FAdeA is a listed aviation company under the auspices of the Argentinian Ministry of Defense.

    Nordex has installed more than 25 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and has joint manufacturing capacity factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India, Argentina and in the near future Mexico. (Source: Nordex, PR, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1000. +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com; FAdeA, www.fadeasa.com.ar

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    Greenko Raises $495 Mn for 2.4 GW of Energy Storage (Funding)
    Greenko
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In India, General Insurance Corporation (GIC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) are reporting an agreement to invest $495 million as primary equity in Hyderabad-headquartered renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings' planned installation of two 1.2 GW renewable energy storage projects in Pinnarpuram and Saundatti, in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

    The projects are slated for completion in 2022 at an expected cost of approximately $2 billion.

    Greenko aims to establish an efficient energy platform to generate round-the-clock (RTC) power is an attempt to create a reliable and schedulable power generation and eventually replace fossil fuels.The majority of Greenko's installations are in the wind, solar and hydro with a combined capacity of 4.2 GW. (Source: Greenko Energy, MERCOM, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Greenko Energy, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com

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    HM3 Bioenergy Biomass Plant Plan Scores USFS Funding (Funding)
    USFS,HM3 Energy,
    Date: 2019-06-05
    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is reporting the issuance of grant funding to Gresham, Oregon-based HM3 Energy, a company focused on biomass energy, for a feasibility study for a $4 million woody biomass fired power plant in northern Arizona.

    HM3 Energy's torrefaction technology converts biomass such as wood or grain into a coal-like material, according to the company.

    The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and range lands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.

    HM3 Energy's torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this "biomass bottleneck" by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip, according to the company website. (Source: HM3 Energy, KJZZ/Rio Salado College, 3 June, 2019) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, (503) 674-3380, www.hm3energy.com; U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.fed.us

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    Johnson Controls Releases Enterprise Management 2.0 Platform (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting the release of Enterprise Management 2.0, an open, scalable, comprehensive analytics platform with cloud-based versatility that enables enterprises to take a proactive approach to managing a building or an entire portfolio from a single pane of glass.

    Enterprise Management is an energy, asset, occupant and tenant billing management system that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to proactively analyze building data across the enterprise to identify opportunities to save money and streamline operations. Some features of the updated platform include:

  • Energy Management: Energy use -- thermal, water, electrical, storage, carbon -- can be tracked, analyzed and managed, allowing users to forecast energy usage in advance and adjust behavior accordingly.

  • Space Performance: Start with data for real understanding of building spaces and how they are used. Uncover underutilized spaces or get the true story behind complaints about conference room overbooking.

  • Data Visualization Widgets: Define a dashboard or use one of the available templates. This puts the power to predict, prioritize, perform, analyze, manage, question and share in the customer's hands.

  • Financial Health & Utility Bill Management: Track and manage each enterprise location with a broad view of costs and returns related to utility consumption, people services (such as cafeteria), space / infrastructure services (such as waste management), plus capital expenses -- all in one easy-to-use app.

  • Asset Performance & Maintenance Management: The Asset Performance App uses Fault Detection & Diagnostics to generate and track work orders, review equipment fault trends, and improves customer experiences. (Source: Johnson Controls, Contractor Business, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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