Replacing the analog meters with digital ones will allow for the management of energy both by the grid operator and by consumers, while efficiently dealing with the problem of electricity theft for good, according to the report.
Schneider Electric recently installed an energy management system in the network of Italian power company Enel, which has led to savings of some 30%, the report adds. (Source: Schneider Electric, Balkan Green Energy News, 4 June, 2019)
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Xcel Energy's annual Corporate Responsibility Report tracks non-financial performance and includes information related to environmental impact, safety, economic development, community giving and workplace programs.
Download Xcel Energy's Destination 2050: Building the Future --
2018 Corporate Responsibility Report
HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, BusinessWire, 29 May, 2019)
Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations
(612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com
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The facility is optimally located adjacent to a 20 megawatt (MW) wind farm and existing Hydro One electrical infrastructure. With support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Hydro One, the facility originally demonstrated the effectiveness of distributed energy resources (DERs) and successfully completed reactive power validation and power quality testing. Ten 500 kilowatt (kW) flywheels were deployed in a modular arrangement to deliver 10 MW of flexible range (+/-5 MW) to the Ontario grid.
(Source: NRStor Inc., PR, 30 May, 2019)
Temporal Power, (905) 581-4474, www.temporalpower.ca
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The two firm's Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project will deploy four types of energy storage technologies at utility scale, which include renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells.
The project is sited adjacent to the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project and will connect with the Western US power grid using existing infrastructure, according to the company. (Source: Magnum Development , Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Energy Manager, 29 May., 2019) Contact:
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, www.amer.mhps.com; Magnum Development, Craig Broussard, CEO , (801) 993-7001, www.magnumdev.com
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Currently, CO2 emissions are measured by conducting "inventories" of fuel burning on a country-by-country basis which, while it can provide a workable estimate of global emissions figures, is affected by poor measuring and reporting protocols by a number of national governments. It is also limited by the scope of the observation equipment used on satellites presently used to measure emissions and track climate change. The new satellites will orbit the planet 14 times a day, passing over each individual source of CO2 emissions approximately every two to three days.
(Source: European Space Agency, Government Europa, 29 May, 2019) Contact: European Space Agency, Mark Drinkwater, +33 1 53 69 76 54, www.esa.int
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More than 200 companies represent the global pharmaceutical market, yet only 25 consistently reported their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions in the past five years. Of those, only 15 reported their emissions since 2012, the report notes.
According to the report, the total global emissions of the pharma sector amounts to about 52 megatonnes of CO2e in 2015, more than the 46.4 megatonnes of CO2e generated by the automotive sector in the same year. The reports calculates the value of the pharma market is smaller than the automotive market the pharma market is 28 pct smaller yet 13 pct more polluting than the automotive sector.
(Source: The Conversation, 27 May, 2019) (Contact: The Conversation, www.theconversation.com
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The Act, which is intended to bring transparency to the EPA's small refinery "hardship" exemption (SRE) programme under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), will also set a deadline for refineries to submit petitions for RFS exemptions of 1 June to ensure that any waivers granted are "prospectively reallocated to non-exempt obligated parties, as well as require that key information surrounding the SREs is publicly available" according to a statement from the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE).
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. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct.(Source: ACE, Various Media, 29 May, 2019)
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A separate program will allow businesses to apply for rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.
The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20 per-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source: Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa
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The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.
The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units.
The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies.
(Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060, https://jordan.gov.jo
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According to Klobuchar, EPA waivers that allow small refineries to avoid the requirements are "misguided" and manipulated by financial institutions and the biofuels credit trading market. The senator proposed new compliance standards and additional oversight. Klobuchar also supports year-round sales of E15.
To date in the presidential primary race, Klobuchar is near the bottom of the pack and playing on the small refinery waiver program could play well in the Corn-husker State.
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. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct (Source: IJR, Various Media, Reuters, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/email-amy
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Electricity generated by the project will be distributed through Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power Association, a wholesale electric supplier to 19 non-profit electric cooperatives in Indiana. The agreement extends through 2057.
Approximately 1,014 acres of the 1,200 acres of the Ranger Power project are devoted to panels; the balance is for buffer space and other project elements. Ranger has signed 17 lease agreements with private landowners in the county, which adjoins Indianapolis.
The project is called Speedway Solar, a reference to the Indianapolis 500 racing tradition. It was approved by the Shelby County Council approval in March 2019.
Four-hundred jobs will be created during construction; four will be required to operate the site.
Ranger is developing a total of 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects in the Midwest. Wabash Valley partnered with Ranger Power on two large arrays in Illinois in 2017. (Source: Ranger Power, Building Indiana, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Ranger Power, Adam Cohen, CEO, email@example.com, www.rangerpower.com; Wabash Valley Power Association, Brian Anderson, Ec. Dev., (317) 481-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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"We know that the Earth is warming; years ago it was covered in ice. Several times since it has gone through periods of being encapsulated in ice!!! Fifty-five thousand years old samples drawn from Antarctic core drills indicate the Earth was 2% warmer than it is today. The reason for this is that the proximity between the sun and the Earth is in a constant state of flux., "The United Nations has propagated an agenda that has a goal of establishing income equality between all countries. To reach that objective, they have decided on the 'Robin Hood' approach -- rob from the rich and give to the poor. Guess who the villain is -- that's right, the USA. How do they accomplish this? They develop a 'Chicken Little' narrative and generate a villain -- that rich country whose people live in luxury.
"Please humor me while we address the UN's narrative. They repeatedly reiterate that 97 pct of the scientists say that the earth is warming and it is caused by humans and the use of 'fossil fuels.' In 1988, The UN formed a committee, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) 11,944 scientists were questioned. Of those, 66.4 pct (7,930) said they did not believe that was true. Of the other 4,014, 1,344 said they did not know leaving 2,670 that agreed, which is 22 pct, not 97 pct. That is the first big lie!!! The question I have is: How many of those 22 pct have a parochial interest in the warming equation? Bear in mind that our government spent $22 billion in 2016 to have this warming theory authenticated, with most going to academics.
"Next, let's address the fossil fuel cause. 70.9 pct of the Earth's surface consists of ocean water. The National Oceanographic Survey Department states that the average depth of the ocean is 12,100 feet, which means there are 351,600,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water in the ocean.
"Salt water weighs 8.5 lbs. per gallon. One pound of water uses 1 BTU to raise the temperature 1 degree Fahrenheit. All countries combined in 2015 produced 9 billion tons of coal. The heat factor of the Pittsburgh seam of coal is 12,000 BTU. Using the 35/65 pct factor with 35 pct used to generate electricity and 65 pct lost to the stack gases, allowing for 0 pct dissipated to the land masses or the atmosphere, all heat being transferred to the ocean, it would take 21,610 years to raise the temperature of the ocean 1 degree Fahrenheit!
"We (the U.S.) are the only industrialized country that has cut CO2 emissions since 2005. Following is a list of coal-fired power plants in several other countries: Europe has 480 and is building 27 more; Turkey- 56 and building 93; South Africa-79, building 24; India- 589, building 446; Philippines- 19, building 60; South Korea- 58, building 26; Japan- 90, building 45; China- 2363, building 1171; and the USA- 359, building 0 . Totals: 4,075 existing and 1,892 under construction not including Russia, North Korea and Eastern Europe, with most of their electric generation being coal fired.
"My fellow Americans, the most outrageous hoax that has ever been attached to any group of people since the beginning of mankind is attempting to be heaped on the United States of America -- all in the interest of taxing this country into oblivion.
They are trying to do what two World Wars, communism and socialism could not accomplish, but it is being condoned and sanctioned from within by progressive liberals who apparently have had lobotomies, or missed a good chance, and our own politicians who gush with delight at the unending stream of $$$$ coming from this potential 'Cash Cow'"! (Source: WCWV, Exponent Telegram, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Exponemt Telegram,
Mr. Phil Southern, (800) 982-6034, www.wvnews.com/theet/news
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The minister noted that while there had been opposition to the current practices of planting oil palm, the market is strong and "Malaysia is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and market size to improve the quality and production of palm-based energy products." He also noted agencies such as the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute and SIRIM Bhd had the technological capabilities necessary to make make palm oil biodiesel a "leading biofuel contender."
Malaysia introduced B10 biodiesel to the domestic transportation market in December 2018, increasing its blend from seven per cent (B7 Biodiesel) to 10 per cent. The government plans to introduce B20 biodiesel by 2020.
(Source: Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malay Mail, 24 May., 2019)Contact: Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking, www.miti.gov.my
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The Borssele III & IV wind farm is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium -- Partners Group, Shell, Eneco,Van Oord -- and will incorporate 77 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed 22km offshore Zeeland. The project is slated for commissioning and operation in 2021.
(Source: Microsoft, Offshore Wind, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Microsoft Netherland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, General Manager, +31 20 500 1500, www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/overnederland;Blauwwind ConsortiumBlauwwind , LinkedIn
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"The continued issuance of small refinery exemptions undermines the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and imperils the ability of biogas and other renewable fuel producers to create new investments and jobs, especially in rural communities.
"As a program, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works for the biogas industry. It has boosted American production of renewable fuels, brought new revenue streams to farmers and catalyzed investment in biogas systems. In fact, the number of biogas systems that have been built or upgraded to participate in the RFS has grown at a rate of 30 pct annually supplying valuable renewable fuel that can replace conventional natural gas. In the RFS, biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) related projects represent the fastest growing sector of the RFS and are therefore critical to addressing the gap between the congressionally mandated fuel volumes and the EPA-lowered fuel volumes.
"But the recent management of the RFS program, in particular, the Administration's frequent issuance of small refinery ("hardship") exemptions has killed demand in this market-based program and is now impeding growth, development, infrastructure investments and the creation of quality American jobs. The prevalent issuance of exemptions has created the impression that any refinery can get one. As a result, small refineries and some larger ones, both in growing numbers, have stopped purchasing biogas hoping that each one might also be granted an exemption by the Administration to not comply with this congressionally mandated program. Due to the volume of fuel that most biogas systems produce, a large proportion of biogas systems sell to small refineries.
"The Administration must dramatically slow the issuance of small refinery exemptions (SREs) to small refineries and stop granting SREs to large or unqualified refineries. Indiscriminate and frequent issuance of SREs undermine the integrity of the RFS and imperil economic prosperity and energy security. The Administration needs to follow the law that Congress passed." (Source: American Biogas Council, PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact: ABC,
Patrick Serfass, Exec. Dir., (202) 640-6595, email@example.com, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Hardship Waiver, Biofuel, American Biogas Council , Biogas,
"We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to
the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable.
(Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact:
Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill, www.facebook.com/designcouncilsids
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Borrowers participating in the program pay back the cost of the upgrades to the state Energy Improvement Corp. (EIC), which administers the loans on behalf of the county. The loan will be secured through a lien placed on the "Benefitted Property" by the EIC.
(Source: Franklin County, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Malone Telegram, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Franklin County Economic Dev., Russ Kinyon, Dir., www.fcadc.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.c-pacealliance.com
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Aerojet Rocketdyne provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, as well as tactical systems, in support of domestic and international customers.
ZAF Energy Systems develops and commercializes next-generation battery technologies that use sustainable, nontoxic materials and can be safely and easily recycled. Its breakthrough battery technologies include a nickel-zinc (NiZn) chemistry and a zinc air chemistry, both of which deliver the highest power and energy density of any battery system in their class. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, PR, 21 May, 2019)
Contact: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Eileen Drake, Pres., CEO,
Ashley Gudzak, In-Space Communications, (571) 236-4091,
ZAF, Randy Moore, Pres., CEO,
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Among the findings, Perdigao, a field experiment in Vale do Cobrao, a valley in eastern Portugal, shows that the speed and direction of wind over complex terrain at the height of wind turbine hubs differ by as much as 40-50 pct from standard weather forecasts that wind turbine operators rely on to bring facilities online and supply wind power to the grid, according to a report published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
To be useful, wind power forecasts need to be made at least six hours in advance so electric grid operators can balance loads effectively. The Perdigao study aims to improve such forecasts by improving "microscale" models which capture the details of flow surrounding a wind turbine providing wind information at points separated by 100 meters compared to tens of kilometers in standard weather prediction models.
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. (Source: NSF, 19 May, 2019) Contact:
NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070, email@example.com; www.nsf.gov
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According to Koleilat, the problem with perovskite cells is their durability when exposed to oxygen and humidity. To address the issue, Koleilat and her team designing an environmentally friendly, hybrid organic-inorganic material with perovskite that can stand the test of time.
Koleilat's lab can produce more than 10 solar cells in 3 hours from perovskite film than can be created in just 15 minutes. Koleilat
aims to perfect the molecular recipe of her hybrid material over the next few years. (Source: Dalhousie Univ., CBC, 19 May, 2019) Contact: Dalhousie University, Ghada Koleilat, Assist. Professor of Engineering, (902) 494 4177, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The tie-up with Cemex will provide Energy Vault with a network to distribute its “storage towers”. Gonzalo Galindo, Cemex Venture’s chief executive, said: “Energy storage that enables power to be delivered for less than the cost of fossil fuels is critical as the world shifts away from its reliance on carbon-based fuels to renewable energy.
(Source: CEMEX, Global Construction Review, 20 May, 2019) Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, 1.626.535.2726,
CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX USA, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com
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To that end, both cities have set targets exceeding the Scottish government's 2045 net-zero target and that set by the UK government's Committee on Climate Change of 2050.
Achieving net-zero status involves more than reducing emissions, it also involves offsetting greenhouse gases released with initiatives such as planting trees.
Glasgow City Council is working with Scottish Power, the energy provider in charge of the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. Glasgow's energy sector is dominated by wind power and continued investment in the electricity grid has allowed the city to focus on other parts of the economy such as transport and heating.
Edinburgh's carbon emissions have fallen by about a third since 2005, and the city council aims to continue that momentum by boosting renewable energy, making the city centre a low-emissions zone and encouraging low-carbon design for construction projects.
The city also has schemes in place to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Additionally, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport will have better access to the city centre, which will be off-limits to most cars to help cut emissions. (Source: World Economic Forum May, 2019)
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Axis Energy Ventures, the flagship company of Axis Energy Group, develops renewable and clean energy projects and has committed to develop 12,500 MW of renewable energy projects by FY 2022. (Source: Brookfield Asset Management, Economic Times India, 16 May, 2019)
Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com; Axis Energy Group India, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/axisenergygroup, www.axisenergy.in
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The workshop covered the current status of and regional policy plans for the development of offshore wind, along with the key opportunities for accelerating deployment and the main challenges constraining growth. It took place in support of the first in-depth look at offshore wind in the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the IEA's flagship publication.
(Source: International Energy Agency, OE Digital, 13 May, 2019)
Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.
As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030.
(Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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Assessments by the IPCC show that these approaches are essential parts of the technology mix needed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C.
In Europe the largest potential to store CO2 is located offshore in deep saline aquifers and other sub-seabed geological formations of the North Sea where over 10,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled. At many of these wells, methane gas from shallow biogenic deposits is leaking into the environment because the surrounding sediments were mechanically disturbed and weakened during the drilling process. The study notes that CO2 stored in the vicinity of these wells may leak and ultimately return into the atmosphere.
"We have performed a release experiment in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea to determine the footprint and consequences of such a leak", explains study lead author Dr. Lisa Vielstadte from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.
In the study, CO2 released at the seabed in 82 meters of water was tracked and traced using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with chemical and acoustic sensors and additional measurements on board of Research Vessel Celtic Explorer. The resulting data showed that CO2 gas bubbles were completely dissolved close to the seafloor and the pH value of ambient bottom waters was lowered from a background value of 8.0 to a more acidic value of 7.0 at the release site as a consequence of the dissolution process. This bottom water acidification has detrimental effects on organisms living at the seabed", However, strong bottom currents induced a rapid dispersion of the dissolved CO2 such that the area at the seabed where potentially harmful effects can occur is small.
Accordingly, the study tentatively concluded it is possible to store CO2 safely in sub-seabed formations if the storage site is located in an area with a small number of leaky wells, the report summarizes.
(Source: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact:
GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Dr. Lisa Vielstadte, +49 431 600-0,
Fax:+49 431 600-2805, www.geomar.de/en
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According to the DOE, commercial and residential buildings account for roughly 40 pct of the nation's total energy demand at a cost in excess of $380 billion per year.
While an ideal project would address a combination of issues across areas such as heating, cooling, the building envelope, water heating and ventilation, funding applications should focus on one of three topics:
Funding is issued through the DOE's Building Technology Office (BTO) which aims to find new, energy-efficient technologies while improving the efficiency of current technologies to help the department realize its goal for reducing the energy use of U.S. buildings by 30 pct by 2030.
BETO programs currently include: HVAC; water heating and appliances; solid-state lighting; building energy modeling; sensors and controls; and buildings-to-grid integration.
(Source: US DOE BETO, 14 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office
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The standard set aspirational yet rational requirements incorporating annual benchmarks and establishing accountability measures such as implementation plans. As the Commission deliberates its next steps on energy efficiency, here are a few considerations commissioners should keep in mind:
For the sake of ratepayers, air quality and public health, the Commission should vote on May 22 to advance Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to at least 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Green Valley News, 12 May, 2019)
Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3026, www.azcc.gov
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The research team achieved it by using organic molecules capable of absorbing light wavelengths. These transparent panels primarily focus on infrared and UV light, All of the captured light is transported to the contour of the panel where it will be converted to electricity.
Determining the commercial viability of these transparent cells will take up some time. If deemed commercially viable, this technology can easily offset most of the energy use of large buildings. For households and store owners, it can help them cut down on regular electricity bills as well. There are a lot of potential consequences to this research, albeit nothing has been set in stone at this time.
(Source:Michigan State University, NULLTX, 12 May,
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Perovskite solar cells, using materials with the same 3D structure as calcium titanium oxide, are cheaper to make, thinner and can be easily printed onto surfaces. They also work in low light conditions and can produce a higher voltage than silicon cells.
The research team tested the waterproofing by submerging the coated perovskite cells in water and using the harvested solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The coated cells worked underwater for 30 hours, roughly ten hours longer than the previous record.
. The study is published in the open access journal Nature Communications. (Source: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Gren Car Congress, 13 May, 2019)
Contact: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, +44 0 1225 385820, email@example.com, www.csct.ac.uk
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The Vineyard Wind Connector project will consist of sub-sea and sub-surface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind turbine array to the Massachusetts electric grid.
Construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be operational by 2021. (Source: Vineyard Wind, May, 2019)
Contact: Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com
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NIPSCO claims its recently completed analysis found its plan would save its 460,000 Indiana ratepayers and the state money over the long term.
In its Integrated Resource Plan, NIPSCO proposes closing its Wheatfield coal plant by 2023 and its coal unit in Michigan City by 2028. With the closures, the percentage of electric power generated by coal would decrease from 65 pct today to 15 pct in 2023 and zero by 2028.
NIPSCO proposes replacing the 1,800 MW of electric power generated by the two coal plants with a mixture of 1,500 mw of solar with battery backup, 150 mw of wind, 125 mw of reduced demand through efficiency and demand-side management programs, and 50 mw of electricity purchased from other utilities.
Although NIPSCO says its electric power shift will save ratepayers more than $4 billion in the long run, it has asked IURC to approve a 12 pct rate hike to pay for decommissioning its existing power plants and building the renewable capacity to replace it. (Source: NIPSCO, Heartland Inst., May, 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco.com
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The project is subject to US EPA approval.
(Source: News & Tribune, 8 May, 2019)
Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC, (929) 400-5230, www.wvresc.com
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This year the Forest Service received 140 proposals, demonstrating the expanding interest in using wood in traditional and unconventional ways as an innovative building material or a renewable energy source. Of the 41 projects selected, 29 focus upon expanding markets for wood products and 12 seek to increase markets for wood energy. Some of the proposed projects will help fuel small-scale, combined heat and power projects and biochar market development.
Projects will take place in 20 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
The Forest Service notes that over the past decade, low harvest rates, aging forests, mortality from insect and disease infestations, and extreme weather events have combined to create conditions prime for catastrophic wildfires. These grants support the development of consumer products that use the excess forest material.Download information on the Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center
(Source: U.S. Forest Service, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov
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The innovative 3D design removes many of the manufacturing process steps required by existing photovoltaics (PV) modules and allows new materials to be used that would not usually be appropriate in regular solar cells, according to a release.
Other benefits of the design include the removal of expensive transparent conductive oxides and the use of simple and low cost electrical interconnections and the ability to tune electrical output to match user requirements.
(Source: The Tribune, PTI, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Power Roll, Neil Spann, CEO, +44 (0)191 543 9254,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.powerroll.solar; University of Sheffield,
Professor David Lidzey, Department of Physics and Astronomy , +44 (0)114 22 23501,
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In traditional wind farms, each turbine is individually optimized. Each creates its own turbulence, or wake, which prevents downwind turbines from receiving full energy from the wind stream, significantly reducing wind energy production. Vayu estimates two-thirds of U.S. wind farms experience reduced capacity due to wind wake. Emerson and Vayu's solution leverages key data and machine learning to enable turbines to work cooperatively, adjusting the side-to-side movement of each turbine based on wind speed, wind direction and other parameters to extract the optimum energy from wind.
Emerson's Ovation compact controller will communicate data from each turbine's wind sensor to the Vayu system every 1-2 seconds thus enabling near-real-time data to accurately calculate the optimum setting for each turbine.
Ovation compact control technology can easily interface with any turbine controller, regardless of manufacturer, eliminating the significant time and expense associated with removing and replacing existing turbine controls. (Source: Emerson, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Emerson, Bob Yeager, Pres. Power & Water, (314) 982-8608, www.emerson.com/en-us; Ystrategies Corp., www.ystrategies.com
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In the face of EU palm oil environmental concerns, Indonesia has been working to make its palm oil-based fuel more environmentally-friendly after the EU and other countries called for a "cleaner" Indonesian biodiesel.
Indonesia's B20 biofuel-biodiesel blend rate is expected to be raised to B30. According to Agra-Net, Indonesia exported 52,356 tonnes of palm oil biodiesel in February, 2019
Domestic markets have also shown increased consumption of biofuel during the first quarter of 2019. Reuters notes Indonesians consumed 1.5 million kl in Q1, this year.
Business Times, 3 May, 2019) Contact: APROBI, +62 2129380882, email@example.com, www.aprobi.or.id
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The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:
This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere
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The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.
The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019)
Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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The plan helps qualifying homeowners finance home improvement and energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and cooling, windows, doors, siding and roofing, air sealing and insulation, electrical and plumbing, geothermal and whole home energy projects. All work must be completed by NEIF-approved contractors.
The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is currently available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with other states being added shortly. Separately, Maine homeowners can use Efficiency Maine financing, administered by NEIF.
The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is simple interest, longer term, fixed rate installment financing from $2,500 to $25,000. There is no lien on the borrower's home, no fees to the borrower and no penalty for pre-payment. The interest rate and monthly payment are locked in for the full term of the loan, up to ten years. To date, $700 million in energy efficiency financing has been placed through the NEIF program. NEIF also provides financing for commercial energy improvements through its NEIF Commercial Energy Finance division and advance funding to contractors for rebates through its Rebate Bridge program.
(Source: National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: NEIF, Peter Krajsa, NEIF, Co-Chair and Founder, (484) 838-5460, www.neifund.org
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Download details on ABM's Energy Performance Contracting Program at www.abm.com/services/energy. (Source: ABM, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: ABM, www.abm.com
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The plant also makes use of non-recyclable papers and plastics to produce ReEngineered Feedstock (ReEF), a clean, low-carbon renewable fuel sold to industry, cement and utility customers to replace coal in production processes. The EPA has classified the product as a low-carbon, non-waste fuel.
(Source: RePower South, Waste360, 2 May, 2019) Contact: RePower South, Brian Gilhuly, CEO, 800-917-4526, www.repowersouth.com
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According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."
The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:
Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.
Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org
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"We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun -- we oppose EPA's reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters," said NMMA senior VP of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros. "With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfueling -- including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.
"EPA's decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems -- potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15." said API VP of downstream and industry operations Frank Macchiarola.
"To make matters worse, the agency's proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post." (Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMMA, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org
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Redpative offers energy efficiency as a service, covering all the upfront costs. The company designs the project, pays for the equipment and construction, maintains the equipment and monitors the building's systems to verify the energy savings which, according to the ACEEE can save up to 25 pct in energy costs.
The company presently manages over 1,300 sites, covering more than 100 million square-feet of commercial and industrial facilities in 44 states, according to the company.
(Source: Redaptive, Denver Post, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Redaptive, (415) 413-0445, www.redaptive.com
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The project, contracted through DLA Energy and in collaboration with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, will help the base advance resiliency, security and renewable energy usage while reducing deferred maintenance and energy costs.
The scope of work includes: a 1.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array; chiller plant optimization controls; outdated building controls replacement; installation of 30,000 LED light fixtures; and others. The project also includes oversight of the controls and maintenance of the PV array throughout the contract term. (Source: NORESCO, PR 30 April, 2019) Contact: Noresco,
www.noresco.com; Keesler AFB, www.keesler.af.mil
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Various recent studies have identified how climate change is already affecting the U.S. and the globe -- regional temperatures have increased by almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1970s, early snow-melts extending the fire season by three months and quintupling the number of large fires. Another EPA co-authored paper found that unless the U.S. slashes carbon emissions, climate change will probably cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars annually by 2100.
The plan allows for $14,100 for a home and $220,000 for a commercial business to make the energy-saving changes. The program is aimed at encouraging the switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and improve building envelopes, which include walls, windows, roofs and foundations.
The incentives aim to help replace fossil fuel heating systems with electric air-source heat pumps, improve insulation, encourage upgrades to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and install more windows and doors that minimize heat loss.
(Source: BC News, 26 April, 2019)
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The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.
The study notes that
on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide.
This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes.
(Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019)
Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax.,
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