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CBRE Toasts Chicago Offices as Nation's Greenest (Ind. Report)
CBRE Group
Date: 2018-08-27
Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The Windy City gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index, according to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

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, 312.744.3334, press@cityofchicago.org; 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,  


JA Solar Supplies PERC Modules for Aramex Solar Project (Int'l)
JA Solar,IMG Solar,
Date: 2018-08-27
In Beijing, solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports it has delivered 3.2MW of mono passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) modules for a solar project in Dubai Logistics City, e regional transportation hub.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  


New EPA Administrator Wheeler Touting Trump's "Affordable Clean Energy Rule" (Reg & Leg)
Coal,Clean Power Plan
Date: 2018-08-27
Greg Pruitt's replacement at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has been making the rounds in Kentucky coal country touting President Donald Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a new plan aimed at aiding the beleaguered coal industry.

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.

Even so, 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 Realty Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Forest City Realty Trust
Date: 2018-08-24
In Cleveland -- "The Best Location in the Nation' -- Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. reports it has been recognized as a LEED Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Lease Leader by The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and The DOE's Better Buildings Alliance; ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition by the U.S. DOE.

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,  


NZ Considering Compulsory Office Bldg. Energy Ratings (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2018-08-24
The 450 member New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is lobbying the Government for compulsory energy efficiency ratings for commercial buildings, similar an Australian mandate. In 2017, made it compulsory for commercial space of 1000 square metres and more for lease and sale to have an energy efficiency rating.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Geneva Airport Grounds Renewable Jet Fuel Project (Int'l Report)
Neste
Date: 2018-08-24
Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj reports that due to funding shortfalls Geneva Airport has decided not to proceed with its September, 2017 plan to replace 1 pct of the conventional jet fuel used for aircraft with renewable jet fuel in a pilot project with Neste.

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,  


ACE Honors Domestic Ethanol Industry Contributors (Ind. Report)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-24
Last week in Minneapolis, The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recognized several ethanol industry advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry.

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,  


Red River Beet Ethanol Plant Ground Breaking Today (Ind. Report)
BioMass Solutions
Date: 2018-08-22
Middleton, Wisconsin-based BioMass Solutions reports groundbreaking is set for today on the 60,000 sq-ft, sugar beet waste-to-ethanol Red River Biorefinery in Grand Forks, Idaho. The $35 million biorefinery will convert more than 500,000 metric tpy of agricultural byproducts per year which is expected to be sold to Canadian and Californian markets.

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.chmielewski@biomasssolution.com, www.biomasssolution.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Beet Ethanol,  Ethanol,  BioMass Solutions,  


Fotowatio Seeking Purchaser for Indian Solar Project (Int'l)
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
Date: 2018-08-22
Madrid-headquartered large-scale solar power plant developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) reports it plans to exit its solar project located in Ananthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh. It is the company's only investment in the Indian solar power space. Greenstone Energy Advisors, an investment bank focused on the Indian renewable energy sector, is running the sales process.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fotowatio Renewable Ventures,  


Chicago LED Streetlight Modernization Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Chicago
Date: 2018-08-22
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reports the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) installed new lights in all of the city's 50 wards in its first year.

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


Trump Dumps Obama Era Clean Air Act (Reg & Leg)
Clean Power Plan
Date: 2018-08-22
It is being widely reported that acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a proposal calling for individual states to regulate power plant emissions, unlike the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan that made the regulation of power plant emissions a federal responsibility.

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,  


AECOM, Lockheed Martin Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
AECOM,Lockheed Martin
Date: 2018-08-22
In Los Angles, global infrastructure firm AECOM reports it has begun construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson, Colorado, using Bethesda, Maryland-based global security and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh system is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project to reduce Fort Carson's energy costs and increase its energy resilience at no up-front cost.

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,  


ACE Touts Low Carbon Corn Ethanol Benefits (Ind. Report)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-20
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is reporting the release of its White Paper -- The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol.

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

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


Aussie Energy Retailer Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign (Int'l)
Enova Energy
Date: 2018-08-20
Australian Community-owned energy retailer Enova Energy is reports it plans to extend beyond its home base in the NSW Northern Rivers region, with the launch of new round of crowd-sourced fundraising to raise at least $3 million to finance Enova Community Energy's extension across NSW regions.

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/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enova Energy,  Solar,  


Ameresco Completes DEA Texas Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2018-08-20
Following up on our 29 Novemberm 2017 coverage, Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of a 2.5-mW solar energy system near the U.S.-Mexico border to help power a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Intelligence Center at Fort Bliss In El Paso, Texas. The installation incorporates more than 7,340 solar panels and is expected to reduce the facility's electric power costs by at least $9.2 million over 20 years.

Ameresco 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, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  


Aussie PM Dropping Carbon Emissions Target? (Int'l. Report)
Australia Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-08-20
According to various media in the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the Paris Climate accord of 2015. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

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,  


PA, Philadelphia Adopt New Building Energy Codes (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-08-20
Effective October 1, the Keystone State is adopting a new energy conservation code through an update of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC). The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be the new building efficiency standard statewide except in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, which is adopting the newer 2018 IECC standard.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


A Blast from the Past -- 1912

Date: 2018-08-17
"The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tonnes of coal per year. When this is burned, united with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries." (Source: National Library of New Zealand, Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette, 14 August 1912)

More Low-Carbon Energy News limate Change,  CO2 Emissions,  


Business Foresees On-Site Power Generation, says Report (Ind. Report)
Centrica Business Solutions North America.
Date: 2018-08-17
According to a study by Centrica Business Solutions, 80 pct of businesses believe that 25 pct of their energy requirement will be generated on-site by 2025.

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,  


Poyry Scores SunPine Biorefinery EPCM Contract (Int'l)
Poyry,SunPine
Date: 2018-08-17
Finland-headquartered Poyry Oyi reports it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by SunPine AB for SunPine's biorefinery expansion project in Pitea, Sweden. The assignment includes all engineering disciplines, project management services, procurement and construction management services.

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 jonny.stridh@poyry.com, www.poyry.com; SunPine, Magnus Edin, CEO, +46 70 320 24 69, www.sunpine.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPine,  Tall Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel,  


BRE Touts BREEAM In-Use Standard for Multifamily Residential Properties (Ind. Report)
BREEAM
Date: 2018-08-17
San Francisco-based multi-disciplinary building science organization BRE is reporting the launch of an International pilot program using BREEAM In-Use with multifamily and other residential properties. BREEAM In-Use for existing buildings was introduced to the USA marketplace in 2016 and is spearheading the pilot to provide a science-based sustainable improvement solution and certification not covered by existing green building programs.

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, susan.giles@breamerica.com, www.breamerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  BREEAM,  


Rome County Approves PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Rome County, PACE
Date: 2018-08-17
In the Empire State, the Rome County Board of Legislators reports the passage of arange of energy efficiency measures, including the Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) sustainable energy loan program.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes Investigated at Carleton Univ (Ind. Report)
Carleton University
Date: 2018-08-17
. Better predicting this imbalance in energy use is what In Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University assistant professor Burak Gunay and a team of colleagues report thay are working to better understand the energy savings that can be had when technologies are deployed to take advantage of a building's partial occupancy. The aim of the two-year program is to aid in the design of buildings that are better tuned to the way different people use energy in different building scenarios.

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,  


Minesto Tidal Kite Aces Commissioning Tests (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-08-15
Gotherberg, Sweden-headquartered tidal energy company Minesto AB is reporting the successful initial commissioning sea trials of its Deep Green subsea kite technology off Holyhead, North West Wales. The commissioning programme of the company's first commercial-scale project -- a 0.5-MW DG500 tidal energy converter installed at the site -- was initiated early in July.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB ,  Tidal Power,  


Suction Bucket Offshore Wind Foundations Placed (Int'l Report)
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Date: 2018-08-13
The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and GeoSea are reporting the installation of the first of the 20 suction bucket jackets at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 windfarm 54 kilometers off the coast of Lower Saxony, in the German North Sea. The foundations of all 20 wind turbines have been safely pumped into the seabed full commissioning of the wind farm is slated for early 2019.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suction Bucket,  Offshore Wind,  


STB Agreement Sees Major Energy Savings in 5 yrs. (Ind. Report)
D+R International
Date: 2018-08-13
A recently released report from independent auditor D+R International notes consumers have saved $3.5 billion, and more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have been avoided, as a result of the voluntary set-top box (STB) energy conservation agreement among pay-TV providers.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Cal. Pledges "Green" Financing in Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Green Bond, Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-10
In Sacramento, California Treasurer John Chiang reports his office has signed on to the Green Bond Pledge committing the Golden State to fight climate change through a strategy using green financing. The Green Bond Pledge is a declaration with broad and far-reaching impact, under which states and cities nationwide are being urged to commit to a strategy that will finance infrastructure and capital projects that meet the challenges of climate change with "green bonds," or green financing.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Climate Change,  


Attis Industries, DGIST Announce Renewable Fuel Research, Licensing Agreement (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-08-10
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company, is reporting the execution of a sponsored research and exclusive license agreement with South Korea's Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), to develop and commercialize processes that use sunlight to efficiently promote conversion of CO2 and water into hydrocarbon fuels.

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, ckennedy@attisind.com, www.attisind.com; Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Dae Im Kang, VP R&D, +82-53-785-7000, dikang@dgist.ac.kr, en.dgist.ac.kr

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CCUS Taskforce Urges Carbon Capture Tech. Investments (Int'l)
Imperial College London
Date: 2018-08-10
Urgent investment is needed in carbon capture and storage to secure UK’s position as global leader in the field. In the UK, The Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce has published a report detailing the steps needed to develop CCUS in the UK and ensure its place as a leader in decarbonisation. The Delivering Clean Growth Report stresses the urgency with which Government must act if it intends to meet its goal of deploying CCUS cost-effectively and at scale during the 2030s. The report notes UK has the potential to secure its global leadership in CCUS but investment in projects must be made now to enable this to happen.

The report focuses on areas where the public and private sectors can work together, and sets out four key messages for Government:

  • The need to recognize the CCUS opportunity and the urgency of acting now in order to deliver CCUS at scale, at lowest cost;
  • CCUS can unlock value across the economy to enable low carbon industrial products;
  • Viable business models are needed to move the technology to a sustainable commercial footing;
  • The taskforce believes that CCUS can already be deployed at a competitive cost, as the project concepts being proposed are comparable on cost with other first of a kind low carbon technologies.

    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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  • Arctic Carbon Cycle Speeding Up, NASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-08-08
    A study from researchers at the NASA JPL in Pasadena, California has found that carbon in Alaska's North Slope spends about 13 pct less time locked in frozen soil than it did 40 years ago. According to the report, warming temperatures are exposing the arctic frozen soil carbon to microbial decomposition which is in turn releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at an increasing rate, possibly due to the region's rapid warming and climate change.

    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,  


    Ukrainian Residential Energy Efficiency Fund Announced (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In a Facebook posting from Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has announced the soon to be launched State Energy Efficiency Fund. The Fund aims to support the comprehensive modernization of the country's residential sector including: energy efficiency initiatives; implement tools and support measures aimed at improving building energy efficiency; cut energy consumption; contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in order to implement the Paris Agreement; conduct communication activities related to raising the level of awareness of the population in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency; promote compliance with Ukraine's international obligations in the field of energy efficiency.

    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,  


    Abilene City Council Considering Energy Audit, Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Lone Star State, a resolution before the Abilene City Council is proposing that Schneider Electric be engaged to do an energy audit that would provide an in-depth analysis of selected city buildings and/or systems and present a detailed business case for projects guaranteed to cover the cost of investment. If approved by the council on Thursday, Schneider Electric would perform the audit for $138,600.

    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, council@abilenetx.gov, www.abilenetx.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Schneider Electric,  


    Invenergy, Novartis Ink 100 MW Wind Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    East Hanover, New Jersey-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is reporting a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Chicago-based Invenergy for 100 MW of wind power from Invenergy's 300-MW Santa Rita East wind farm project in Texas. The wind farm is slated to come on line in 2019.

    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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    Proposed CAFE Standards Positive for Ethanol, says ACE CEO (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In response to the US EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced proposed amendments to the current fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2021-2026, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings says that while the proposals are less stringent they are also exploring the role higher octane fuel could provide a pathway for higher blends of ethanol as they maintain fuel economy in smaller engines and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jennings noted that the premium high octane fuel on the market now is petroleum which is costlier than ethanol. He says ethanol has several advantages and is also a high octane fuel.

    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,  


    2018 Ethanol Exports Set to Break 2017 Record (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-08-06
    According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 pct from the first half of 2017 and on pace to exceed last year's record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg). According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), robust export markets are more important now than ever before, as actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are undermining domestic ethanol demand.

    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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    Greenworks Lending, Mayfly Partner on Clean Energy Bldg (Ind. Report)
    Greenworks Lending
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Greenworks Lending, a national leader in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, is reporting the closing with Mayfly Outdoors to support the construction of Mayfly's new 41,000 square-foot headquarters and manufacturing center in Montrose.

    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, amoskowitz@greenworkslending.com, www.greenworkslending.com; Mayfly Outdoors, www.mayflyoutdoors.com; C -PACE, www.copace.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenworks Lending,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    2017 3rd Warmest Year on Record, says NOAA Study (Ind. Report)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Date: 2018-08-03
    According to the recently released 28th annual State of the Climate Report report only 2016 and 2015 were warmer than 2017.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  NOAA,  Climate Change,  


    Velocys Planning £6Mn Share Offering (Int'l Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-07-30
    UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it is seeking to raise £6 million ($7.9 million) gross in a share placement. The proceeds will be earmarked for the company's waste-to-renewable jet fuel project in the US, as well as for support for the ENVIA project and for on-boarding strategic investors for the Natchez, Mississippi biorefinery project, which will use woody biomass as feedstock.

    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, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Jet Fuel,  Aviation Fuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    IDB Supports El Salvador Energy Efficiency Effort (Int'l Funding)
    Inter-American Development Bank
    Date: 2018-07-30
    In San Salvador, the El Salvadoran government reports it will expand the availability of financing for energy efficiency projects to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Funds for the loan come from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and will be executed by Banco de Desarrollo de El Salvador (BANDESAL).

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inter-American Development Bank ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Pruitt's Replacement Open to RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-07-27
    This week in Washington, the Omaha World Herald is reporting former EPA top dog Greg Pruitt's replacement, Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler commented: "When everybody's complaining about a program (the Renewable Fuel Standard RFS) from every side, then we ought to take a look and figure out if there's a way to make the program better, and I'm certainly open to trying to make the program better." Wheeler also noted that "the EPA must ensure it's following both the letter and spirit of the law" and rejected changes to ethanol policy in "piecemeal fashion." (Source: Various Media, Omaha World Herald, 26 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  EPA,  Sorghum,  Biofuel Blend,  Pruitt,  


    "Green the Bankhead" California Theater Energy Efficiency Project Launched (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In the Golden State, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is touting "Green the Bankhead", a new program that aims to make the Bankhead Theater more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The goal of the new project is to achieve LEED certification by 2019 as well as WELL certification, which assesses the health and well-being of patrons and staff.

    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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    Tahoe-Reno Biofuels Plant Seeks $47Mn in Bond Funding (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Further to our May 18th coverage, Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. is awaiting the Nevada Board of Finance's approval of revenue bonds to help expand Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County. The $410 million plant is under construction at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center using previously approved $175 million in revenue bonds. The new bond funds will be used to create efficiencies in the conversion plant and cover the cost of a water recycling facility that will reduce the plant's water consumption by 50 pct.

    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, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

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    Nature Conservancy Comments on US Rep. Curbelo's Market Choice Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Nature Conservancy
    Date: 2018-07-25
    The Nature Conservancy applauds Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick for sponsoring the Market Choice Act, which is being introduced in the House of Representatives Monday. The Act replaces the federal gas tax with a price on carbon -- $24 per metric ton with an annual increase of 2 percent plus inflation -- that unleashes the market to find the most efficient ways to reduce carbon pollution. The revenue from the legislation would fund current infrastructure repair and provide a surplus of roughly $11 billion per year that could be invested in modernizing and upgrading our infrastructure and provide over 100,000 jobs per year.

    "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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    Fla. Republican Tables Federal Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Following up on our 20th July coverage, on Monday, Florida Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo tabled "Market Choice" proposals for a new carbon tax to replace a range of fuel taxes. Revenue from the proposed legislation would be used for infrastructure investment.

    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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    Power Grid India, UPPCL Ink Energy Efficiency MOU (Int'l)
    Power Grid Corporation of India
    Date: 2018-07-23
    India's state owned utility Power Grid Corporation of India reports it has inked a MoU with Lucknow-headquartered Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) for energy efficiency and agricultural demand side management programme. An official release issued in Lucknow today said further discussions will be held between Power Grid Corp and UPPCL to decide terms and conditions for replacement of agriculture pump sets in East and South DISCOMs of UP. Power Grid is contemplating an investment of about Rs 2,200 to 2,500 crore in these projects, subject to necessary clearances. (Source: Power Grid Corporation of India, All India Radio, 22 July, 2018) Contact: Power Grid Corporation of India, www.powergridindia.com; Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, www.uppclonline.com


    EU-China Leaders' Statement on Climate Change and Clean Energy -- Statement Attached (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Beijing, a China-EU Summit held on Monday resulted in the signing of a joint statement between the two economic powers on climate change and clean energy, reaffirming their respective commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and to intensify their cooperation on climate change and clean energy.

    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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    Iowa Gov. Comments on RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynols
    Date: 2018-07-20
    "Our (Iowa) farmers need some positive news. It's our hope new EPA leadership will adhere to promises made by President Trump to protect the RFS and grow demand for our homegrown fuels. It's time to end the domestic demand destruction by undermining of the RFS. It's time to open up the market for higher ethanol blends, E15 and above, to be sold year round. Unfortunately, the proposed RFS rule before us does neither of those things.

    "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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Hardship Waiver,  E15,  


    ACE Testifies on Proposed 2019 RVOs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2018-07-20
    The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) VP Ron Lamberty testified on July 18 during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., on the EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

    "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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  Pruitt,  HJardship Waiver,  


    Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report -- EC Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
    Advanced Biofuel
    Date: 2018-07-18
    The attached study seeks to support the European Commission (EC) in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels."Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in the EU with a relative higher cost than fossil fuels they aim to replace.

    "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.

    Download the Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  

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