The fifth annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University analyzed green certified office space across America's 30 largest metros, and found the highest in the index's history at 41 pct of market totals. "Green" office buildings hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification or both. According to the report, 11.5 pct of all buildings surveyed are ENERGY STAR labeled, while 5.0 pct of buildings are LEED certified, both at all-time highs for the five-year study.
According to the report, 69.8 pct of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 pct of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 pct. Los Angeles and Minneapolis claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.
In 2019, the city plans to implement the Chicago Energy Rating System, to make energy use information for large buildings easily accessible while encouraging additional energy savings. If all buildings with ENERGY STAR scores below 90 were to improve their scores by only 10 points to earn one additional star in the new Rating, buildings would see savings of over $70 million per year.
In April 2017, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all Chicago public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion KWh will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, Prairies State Wire, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact:
City of Chicago Mayor's Press Office,
email@example.com; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care,
CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index, https://www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/pillars/environmental-sustainability/green%20building%20adoption%20index, www.cbre.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC LEED, CBRE Group, Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
The project, which is reportedly the largest single-rooftop solar project in the MENA region, is constructed on a turnkey basis by Jordan's IMG Solar and is expected to generate 5,000,000 kWh of electricity per year.
(Source: JA Solar, ME Construction News, 26 Aug., 2018) Contact: JA Solar Holdings, www.jasolar.com;IMG Solar
IMG Solar, www.facebook.com/IMGsolar
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Trump's proposal aims to replace the Obama administration's signature effort to slow global warming by limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. To that end, Trump's plan broadly increases each individual state's authority to decide how to regulate coal plants, the reasoning being that states that are heavily into coal and other fossil fuels will legislate favorably toward its fossil fuel industries.
Wheeler claims carbon emissions would continue decreasing under Trump's plan, albeit, not as quickly as under Obama's plan which Trump claims was tantamount to a "war on Coal." The Trump administration has acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the U.S. billions of dollars. (Source: Various Media, LEX 18, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_R._Wheeler
More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal, Clean Coal, Clean Power Plan, Trump,
Forest City and 10 other companies earned Gold landlord recognition as part of the Green Lease Leaders program, which recognizes innovative companies and real estate practitioners who manage high-performance buildings through energy efficiency and sustainability. The company also was one of nearly 50 organizations to be recognized as part of ENERGY STAR's Charter Tenant Space program, which was designed to strengthen landlord-tenant relationships and shared commitment to energy efficiency.
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $7.9 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of office, apartment and mixed-use real estate nationwide.
(Source: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., PR, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Forest City Realty Trust, David LaRue , CEO, www.forestcity.net; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Green Building, ENERGY STAR,
In New Zealand's building energy ratings are voluntary while neighboring Australia has had a mandatory building energy ratings system since since 2009.
A 2015 Australian report -- Commercial Building Disclosure -- estimated $44 million in energy savings and $168 million in energy rating system.
(Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, Stuff, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996, www.nzgbc.org.nz
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Neste also reports it will continue renewable jet fuel production as planned and volumes will increase year-on-year. With the company's planned additional 1 million ton renewable product capacity in Singapore, renewable jet fuel production is estimated to increase significantly by 2022.
Under the umbrella of Neste Green Hub, Neste continues efforts linked to the reduction of CO2 emissions in aviation and to support the objectives set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for carbon-neutral growth in aviation from 2020.
Neste Green Hub connects key stakeholders and creates a platform where airports, solutions providers, airlines, authorities, local community and passengers all unite and contribute to more sustainable traveling. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is an essential element in the Green Hub initiative. (Source: Neste, euronews, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel,
The orcanization's Merle Anderson Award is given to individuals who display unmatched dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry. This year's award winner was Owen Jones, long time ACE Board Member representing Full Circle Ag of Britton, South Dakota. The ACE Grassroots Award went to Dale Tolifson representing the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company.
Jetz Convenience Centers of Milwaukee won the Paul Dana Marketing Vision award and
Ken Anderson of Brownfield Ag News scored the Media Excellence Award,
(Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 22 August, 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,
The facility, which will be built on an 11-acre plot north of Simplot, received more than $56,000 in incentives from the Grand Forks City Council.
The Grand Forks County Commission also approved a resolution to help the business sell $80 million in bonds, which will go toward the project.
The plant is slated to come online in the winter 2019. (Source: BioMass Solutions, Grand Forks Herald, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171, Jacek.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biomasssolution.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Beet Ethanol, Ethanol, BioMass Solutions,
India, the world's third-largest energy consumer after the US and China, aims to achieve 175GW of clean energy capacity by 2022 as part of its global climate change commitments. Its plan to add 100GW of solar capacity by 2022 includes 40 GW from rooftop projects. (Source: Fotowatioo, LIVEMINT, 21 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, www.frv.com/en
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To date more than 76,000 new LED smart streetlight fixtures have been installed as part of the four-year modernization program implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Upon completion, the program will have replaced 270,000 of the city's outdated High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights. The city is also installing a citywide lighting management system that will alert the City when lights need service.
The switch to LEDs is expected to slash the city's streetlight electricity costs by more than half for a savings of $100 million over 10 years. The switch to LEDs is also expected to qualify for as much as $35 million in ComEd energy efficiency rebates.
The program, which was procured by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) in coordination with CDOT and the Department of Innovation and Technology, will be implmented by Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Chicago Smart Lighting Program, http://chicagosmartlighting.org
The new EPA proposal, which is projected to release 12 times the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere compared with Obama's Clean Power Plan, flies in the face of the 2015 Clean Power Plan requiring states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on their individual energy production and consumption.
Obama's plan was challenged as "unconstitutional" and outside the federal government's power to regulate. (Source: Various Media, WSJ, Various Media, 21 Aug., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Obama Clean Power Plan,
The unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. Lockheed Martin's modular, resilient GridStar® energy storage units and Geli, Inc.'s predictive analytics control software. The BESS is intended to substantially reduce demand charges that Fort Carson pays to its electric provider. (Source: Lockheed Martin, PR, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: AECOM, www.aecom.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News AECOM, Lockheed Martin, Energy Storage, Battery,
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted, in part, to drive innovation and production of low carbon biofuels that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and as a result the program has replaced 10 pct of petroleum in the U.S. transportation fleet with carbon-friendly fuel. However, the EPA has yet to update its original corn ethanol GHG assessments of a decade ago to reflect today's significant GHG reduction benefits, the report says.
"The ACE White Paper makes a compelling case that lifecycle GHG modeling must reflect the latest science if low carbon fuel programs are to achieve their desired results. The Great Plains Institute agrees there is a huge opportunity for existing corn ethanol plants to lower their carbon footprint through innovative technology and updated lifecycle modeling," said Brendan Jordan, VP of the Great Plains Institute.
Download the full The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol White Paper HERE.
(Source: American Coalition for Ethanoll, Aug., 2018)
Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org;
Great Plains Institute, (512) 278-7150, www.betterenergy.org
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The company's latest fund-raising comes three years after the launch of Australia's first community-owned energy retailer and
aims to "further democratize" its ownership model, by offering investors shares priced at $1 each, with a minimum purchase amount of $100.
(Source: Enova, One Step Off the Grid, 16 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Enova Community Energy, https://www.facebook.com/enovaenergy/
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will own and operate the system for 20 years through the U.S. DOE Energy Savings Performance Contract program. On the energy efficiency side, the project included the replacement of more than 1,400 interior and exterior lighting fixtures with high-efficiency LED lights. (Source: Ameresc, PR, 18 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, email@example.com, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco, Solar,
The 2015 Paris Agreement, which was signed on former PM Tony Abbott's watch, is considered an integral part of PM Turnbull's National Energy Guarantee.
Abbott, now part of the official opposition, recently commented that "had he known Trump and the Americans would pull out, he'd never have signed the damned thing in the first place." the Former Liberal Prime Minister will no doubt be remembered for his colorful and politically incorrect comment "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP."
(Source: The Australian, news.au.com, Various Media, 18 Aug., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tony Abbot, Paris Climate Agreement, Carbon Emission, Australia Carbon Emissions,
These energy efficiency upgrades are expected to deliver a better then 26 pct increase in building energy efficiency over the current standard.
Under the 2015 IECC as adopted by the state are requirements for automatic daylight-responsive controls for windows and skylights; a new automatic lighting shut off provision requiring the use of occupancy sensors in 12 building space types including classrooms, conference rooms, lunch rooms, private offices, and restrooms; and exterior lighting control provisions that now require building façade and landscape lighting to be controlled independently of all other site and parking lighting.
The more stringent 2018 IECC in Philadelphia includes: occupancy sensor control of lighting in open plan office areas with control zones limited to 600 square feet; occupancy sensor shut-off time delay decreased to 20 minutes from the 30 minutes under the prior code; and use of Luminaire Level Lighting Control technologies as an alternate lighting control compliance option. (Source: LeGrand, EC&M, 17 Aug., 2018)
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Of the more than 1,000 global businesses interviewed, one-quarter have already invested in on-site generation in the form of solar and/or combined heat and power (CHP) with one-third considering investing in these technologies. The study found businesses that have adopted strategies to use energy efficiently and effectively were more than twice as likely to use their energy management as a competitive tool. The survey also found that while 35 pct of US businesses consider themselves to have a formalized energy strategy in place, far fewer have specific targets or budgets in place to support their ambitions.
The study of more than 1,000 global businesses was launched to identify the key drivers and barriers to adopting new energy approaches including battery storage, on-site generation and demand side response. (Source: Centrica Business Solutions, Energy Manager, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Centrica Business Solutions North America, Stephen Prince, Centrica Business Solutions North America, www.centricabusinesssolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica Business Solutions, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency,
SunPine's new facility will be constructed adjacent to the company's existing plant at Haraholmen in Pitea, Sweden. With the addition, the plant's capacity will be increased by 50 pct with a second tall diesel production line. The approximately €25 million project is expected to be commissioned in 2020.
(Source: Poyry Oyj , PR, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Poyry Oyi, Jonny Stridh, Managing Director, Industry Business Group, +46 705 83 4351
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.poyry.com; SunPine, Magnus Edin,
CEO, +46 70 320 24 69, www.sunpine.se
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Four major real estate investor groups are presently participating and BRE America is accepting other investor groups into the pilot program with a minimum of three properties. The goal of the pilot is to develop technical criteria based on evidence using existing properties to adapt BREEAM In-Use for residential space type not currently addressed by other rating programs. The technical manual will be made available for public consultation and formalized in tandem with the BREEAM In-Use update scheduled for 2019.
BRE is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science center that provides standards for the built environment. Unlike other building standards providers, BRE conducts research and develops science-backed standards to advance the built environment. (Source: BRE, PR, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: BRE America, Susan Giles, (831) 840-8282,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, BREEAM,
The PACE program covers energy efficient lighting, insulation and air sealing, heating and cooling systems, smart controls, energy storage and combined heat and power, as well as renewable energy installations such as solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass and geothermal.
The PACE program allows eligible commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and residential property owners to obtain (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that is repaid through a charge on the property's tax bill.
PACE financing is an alternative to traditional project financing and can fund up to 100 pct of the project costs with competitive, fixed interest rates for flexible terms of five to up to 20 years. (Source: Rome Sentinal, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Energize NY, www.energizeny.org; PACE, www.pacenation.us/pace-in-new-york
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The Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes study is receiving $350,750 from Natural Resources Canada as well as support from engineering consultancy RWDI and construction software firm Autodesk.
Energy-efficient buildings are a major part of Canada's climate strategy -- almost a third of energy used by consumers takes place in buildings and homes that represent 17 pct of Canada's total carbon pollution.
Almost half of the energy use in Canada's buildings is from natural gas, followed by electricity, according to government statistics. The federal
government’s national climate change framework relies on energy efficiency in buildings to help drive its carbon emissions reduction projections.
The framework calls for building codes, which are under the authority of provinces and territories, to be progressively tightened to "net-zero" starting in 2020.
While nearly all of the energy used in buildings is used by basic services like indoor heating, cooling and lighting, Prof. Gunay notes that building codes "aren't very good at taking into account how occupants actually use those services day to day."
As heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems become more efficient, the role the occupants play in a building's energy use becomes more and more important, Gunay said. (Source: Carleton Unversity, National Observer, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, https://carleton.ca/cee/people/gunay-h-burak
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Codes, Energy Consumption, Energy Efficiency,
According to the company, it will mow proceed with the commissioning programme to achieve flying full subsea trajectories and verify the power take-off system and electricity generation.
Minesto is a marine energy is a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab.
The company has operations in Sweden, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Minesto Website, 14 Aug.2018)
Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60 https://minesto.com
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In the installation of the 56 wind turbines, 20 will use the suction bucket technology as foundation and 36 will be supported using monopiles. The three-legged foundations measure more than 50 meters in height and weighing 950 tons each.
(Source: Framo, Engineering Live, 9 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Thomas Langford, Director for Offshore Energy, +47 22 02 30 00, www.ngi.no/eng
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The report found that the Voluntary Agreement has reduced national set-top box annual energy consumption by 34 pct since 2012. Year-over-year energy savings increased by nearly 50 pct from 2016 to 2017 as the companies successfully completed their commitment to meet an even more rigorous set of energy-efficiency levels that became applicable in 2017 under the terms of the agreement developed with the energy efficiency advocates and endorsed by the Department of Energy in 2013.
Signatories of the Voluntary Agreement include all of the major multichannel video service providers representing more than 93 pct of the US multichannel video market -- AT&T/DIRECTV, COMCAST and others -- major manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Consumer Technology Association.
(Source: D+R International, Rapid TV News, 12 Aug., 2018} Contact: D+R International, (301) 588-9387, www.drintl.com
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Green Bond pledge adherents agree that climate change poses an existential threat and that the rapid growth of a green bonds market will not only meet the unique challenges the world faces, but will do so while making communities more economically competitive, prosperous, and productive.
Green bonds may be sold by governments, as well as by private entities, to finance projects that have positive environmental or climate attributes. The projects can range from clean transportation to renewable energy.
The green bond market started in 2007 with bonds issued by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. By 2017, both California and New York had issued more than $4 billion in bonds to finance such things as clean water projects, green schools, mass transit, land preservation, and green housing. The state is now looking to build on that start and help grow a much more robust market for green bond financing.
Download a copy of the Green Bonds Pledge and other details HERE.
(Source: California Treasurers Office, Lake County News, Aug., 2018) Contact: California Treasurers Office, (916) 653-2995, www.treasurer.ca.gov
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The agreement build on the Company's and DGIST's prior work,
Attis expects to collaborate with DGIST and provide the adjacent research and other resources needed to increase conversion efficiencies even further, while expanding process tolerances and capabilities. The Company's early-stage commercialization targets include commercially viable production of methane for direct use and conversion into methanol, synthesis gas for conversion into Fischer-Tropsch fuels, and ethane for conversion into polyethylene and ethanol. Each target has extreme significance to the Company's biorefinery goals, including its plans to consolidate existing renewable fuel production assets, such as first generation corn ethanol plants.
(Source: Attis Industries, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Chris Kennedy, (678) 580-5661, email@example.com, www.attisind.com;
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Dae Im Kang, VP R&D,
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The report focuses on areas where the public and private sectors can work together, and sets out four key messages for Government:
The report emphasizes the importance of creating regional CCUS clusters where several facilities share infrastructure and knowledge in order to lower costs, unlock value for local economies, and foster technical innovation.
(Source: Imperial College London, Aug., 2018)
Contact: Imperial College London, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk; Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce, www.gov.uk/government/groups/ccus-cost-challenge-taskforce
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The finding indicates that the carbon cycle in this region is speeding up and releasing carbon at a pace more associated with a North American boreal forest.
As the temperature increases, the amount of time carbon stored in the Arctic soil also decreases. Consequently,
the balance between these two dynamics will determine whether Arctic ecosystems will ultimately remove or add atmospheric carbon dioxide in the future climate," the latter being the study's most likely conclusion. (Source: NASA JPL, 14U News, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: NASA JPL, Anthony Bloom, of NASA JPL, www.jpl.nasa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Global Warming,
The posting also notes the government's program "Warm loans" is delivering good results with over 19,000 loans worth over UAH 585 million ($21.7 million) issued.
(Source: MENAFN, UKRAININFORM, 6 Aug., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Funding,
In 2008, the city hired Schneider to provide energy efficiency upgrades to 34 facilities. The project focused primarily on building automation systems for HVAC and lighting system upgrades and mechanical system replacements.
According to Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna, the city has "aging facility infrastructure that does not comply with the most current energy standards. We think there's an opportunity to upgrade those fixtures, HVAC units, whatever, to reduce the amount of energy they consume, and then have those improvements pay for themselves through that energy savings." Abilene's population is about 122,000.
(Source: Abilene Reporter News, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Abilene, Robert Hanna, City Manager, (325) 676-6206, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.abilenetx.gov
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With the agreement, Novartis hopes to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 220,000 metric tpy -- more than 70 pct of the company's carbon footprint from purchased electricity in the US market. (Source: Novartis, Invenergy, Energy Manager, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com
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According to Jennings, the EPA's proposal to flatline the standards will lead to increased gasoline use and tailpipe pollution, but not if the final rule paves the way for E25-E30 high octane fuel in future engines. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, WNAX Radio, 3 Aug., 2018)Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend, CAFE Standard, American Coalition for Ethanol,
At the halfway point for 2018, Brazil was the leading market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 345.9 mg -- about 37 pct of total shipments. Exports to Brazil in the first half of 2018 were up 28 pct over the same period in 2017.
Canada came in as the second-largest export market, with 159.5 mg of U.S. ethanol in the first six months of the year -- up 8 pct from the same period a year ago.
Other top markets for the first half of 2018 were India at 70.1 mg, China at 52.9 mg, South Korea at44.5 mg, followed by the Philippines for 43.7 mg.
RFA provides monthly export updates on its E-blog (including a summary of the June data released today) and annual statistical summaries for exports of both ethanol and distillers grains.
(Source: Renewable Fuels Association, SE AGNet, August 3, 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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The project is one of the first ground-up new construction projects in Colorado to come through the state's C-PACE Program, which allows developers to use C-PACE funds for up to 20 pct of their construction budgets for property elements that meet or exceed the state's energy- and water-efficiency standards. It is also the second C-PACE investment in manufacturing for the state, and the second Montrose County project.
Greenworks provides C-PACE financing in 13 states and the District of Columbia and has funded several energy retrofits of commercial buildings in the greater Denver metro area. C-PACE funding is designed to help building owners access private-sector financing to upgrade or build anew with energy-efficiency, clean-energy and water-efficiency infrastructure.
Greenworks Lending is a private capital provider dedicated to funding commercial property owner investment in renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects through state legislated C-PACE programs on a national level. Greenworks utilizes C-PACE financing so building owners can access long-term, lower-cost capital to make smart, cost-saving improvements to commercial buildings.
(Source: Greenworks Lending, PR, Aug., 2018)
Contact: Greenworks Lending, Adam Moskowitz, (203) 837-7816,
www.greenworkslending.com; Mayfly Outdoors, www.mayflyoutdoors.com; C -PACE, www.copace.com
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A wide array of environmental data, including global climate indicators and extreme weather events, were examined for the 300-page study spearheaded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society.
Many climate scientists blame greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels for driving man-made climate change. Concentrations of CO2 reached 405 ppm in the atmosphere in 2017 -- up 2.2 ppm above 2016 levels. Global surface temperatures were 0.68 to 0.86 degrees F above the 1981 to 2010, depending on the dataset used, making 2017 the warmest non-El Nino year on record. The report also notes the number of tropical cyclones and Atlantic hurricanes rose slightly above an average 82 per year to 85 per year. Meanwhile, after reaching a peak in global drought area in 2016, scientists saw the drought area dip in 2017 before rising to above-average values later in the year. While Mexico and other countries experienced their warmest year on record, the U.S. only saw it's third-warmest year since records began in 1895.
Download A Look at 2017 Takeaway Points from the State of the Climate Supplement HERE. (Source: NOAA, American Meteorological Society, Ang, 2018) Contact: American Meterological Society, ; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov
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The placing is to happen in two tranches of 30 million shares each. Cannacord Genuity Group, Numis Securities Ltd, Peat & Co and Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Ltd arranged the placing, which is not being underwritten. (Source: Velocys, Renewables, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys, Waste-to-Fuel, Jet Fuel, Aviation Fuel, Woody Biomass,
The program, which is reportedly the first line of credit exclusively dedicated to promoting energy efficiency investments, could support 494 SMEs.
El Salvador is promoting energy efficiency and supporting renewable energy as a way of implementing a low-carbon economy, reducing the country's dependence on oil derivatives and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions.
The IDB financing is for a 20-year term, with a 5.5-year grace period and a 0.75 fixed interest rate.
(Source: IDB, PR, 26 July, 2018) Contact: IDB, Juan Pablo Bonilla, Climate Change and Sustainability Sector Manager, Therese Turner-Jones, GM Caribbean Country Department, www.iadb.org
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To that end, the "Green the Bankhead" project plans to replace incandescent lighting with energy efficient LED lighting which will generate less heat and reduce air-conditioning cost for an expected annual savings of $8,000 to $10,000. The project includes the eventual installation of rooftop solar panels, low-flow water fixtures and other energy efficient upgrades.
(Source: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Pleasanton Weekly, 25 July, 2018)
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The company plans to complete the biorefinery in late 2019 and be in full production in 2020 when it will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum, Nevada Appeal, 23 July, 2018)Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy
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"We're pleased to see a bill that achieves results for people, communities, the economy, and the environment," says Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. "Our infrastructure needs as a nation are significant, and the current federal gas tax isn't covering the costs. The bill secures funding that will repair existing roads, bridges and railways and also make a significant contribution to addressing the challenges of climate change. By placing a price on carbon pollution and making critical investments in low-carbon technologies, the bill is an important first step in putting the U.S. on a path to a prosperous, clean energy future. It will also enable investments in natural and traditional infrastructure to help coastal communities address the impacts of a changing climate and help fund improvements on agricultural and forest lands to store carbon. All these investments also create jobs.
"Although many will be attracted to the infrastructure and economic gains in this bill, the climate benefits should not be ignored," says Jason Albritton, Director of Climate and Energy Policy for The Nature Conservancy. "The bill is designed to ensure actual, measurable pollution reductions are achieved through the inclusion of measurable benchmarks and by retaining EPA regulatory authority as a backstop. While we will need to continue the discussion on how to achieve the long-term emission reductions called for by science, the bill offers real solutions that bring measurable results.
"We look forward to working with diverse stakeholders to advance this legislation and its innovative ideas," says Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy's Co-chief of External Affairs. "Today is an important milestone in the growing bipartisan conversation about finding solutions to the challenges of our changing climate. We are grateful to Mr. Curbelo and Mr. Fitzpatrick for their leadership on this." (Source: The Nature Conservancy, PR, 23 July, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, (703) 841-5300, www.nature.org
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The Curbelo carbon proposal is expected to face lively opposition from the bulk of the Republican Party which has attacked the proposed legislation as an energy tax. (Source: Various Media, Business Green 24 July, 2018)Contact: Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo, (202) 225-2778, (305) 722-0160, curbelo.house.gov
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In the joint release, the two countries said: "The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever. They confirm their commitments under the historic 2015 Paris Agreement and step up their co-operation to enhance its implementation."
Download the EU-China Leaders' Statement on Climate Change and Clean Energy
HERE. (Source: GreenPeace, Various Media, 16 July, 2018)
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"On the surface, the numbers appear positive. Conventional biofuels like corn ethanol are set at 15 billion gallons and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and total advanced levels are all proposed to increase. But the EPA's decision to grant numerous small-refinery waivers and to not reallocate those volumes as the law envisioned, undercuts the 15 billion gallon level.
"These small refinery waivers have created the backdoor destruction of 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol demand. That means 500 million bushels of corn will be left in the bins, putting added pressure on already low commodity prices. Every RFS category is reduced by these small refiner waiver exemptions. In fact, it almost wipes out the proposed increase for advanced biofuels.
"And the 15 billion gallons ethanol number is in reality more like 13.5 billion. To put that in context, nearly 1 billion gallons less ethanol than was blended into U.S. gasoline in 2017. That is not progress. That is not the letter or spirit of the RFS. And that is not what President Trump promised the voters of Iowa. This issue must be addressed. The criteria for exemptions must be reasonable and transparent, and any exemptions must be reallocated to the remaining obligated parties. Correcting the small refinery exemption excesses need to be in the final rule. 15 billion gallons must mean 15 billion gallons.
"The former head )Pruitt) of the EPA often said that the decision to allow year-round sales of E15 was a matter of authority, not policy.
The EPA has publicly acknowledged it has the authority, so it's time to act.
It's also time for the EPA to stop ignoring a court order to restore 500 million gallons of conventional ethanol demand that was illegally waived by the Obama Administration for the 2016 compliance year." (Source: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), 18 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, https://governor.iowa.gov
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"With the departure of the previous EPA Administrator (Pruitt) , I hope EPA will take this opportunity to return to implementing the RFS as intended by Congress. Pruitt's seemingly sole focus on helping merchant refiners ignore or skirt their longstanding obligations under the RFS has further shaken the rural farm economy while undermining Congress' goal of increasing renewable fuel use in the United States.
"EPA's misapplication of the small refiner (hardship) waiver authority has destroyed an estimated 2.25 billion gallons of biofuel demand in 2016 and 2017 alone. The 2019 proposal does nothing to reallocate the gallons of ethanol lost due to RFS waivers, nor does it restore the 500 million gallons of biofuel demand lost because of EPA's actions in misapplying the economic harm waiver in the 2016 RVO as determined by the courts that ordered EPA to return those gallons as well. This RVO rulemaking is the perfect place for EPA to restore these biofuel volumes under the RFS, allow for E15 and higher blends to be sold year-round, and discard of its refiner win-at-all-costs mentality."
As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.(Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Convenience Store Decisions, 19 July, 2018)
Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org
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"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum consisted of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy duty transport. The work of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels put forward a simple and transparent definition for advanced biofuels, proposed reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in the EU market by 2030, updated the technology status of the various value chains and examined thoroughly the production costs of advanced biofuels.
"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considered carefully the proposals on decarbonizing transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and put forward proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework for encouraging billions of investments.
Building Up the Future
Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels
Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu
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