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Built Green Canada launches Communities Program Pilot (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada
Date: 2020-10-02
Built Green Canada (BGC) is reporting the launch of its Communities Program pilot aimed expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and sustainable communities.

The Communities' Program framework takes a holistic approach to development, consistent with Built Green's other third-party certified programs, and focuses on the optimization of health, resiliency, life-cycle sustainability, new urbanism, greenhouse emissions, green spaces and resource and energy consumption. From an environmental perspective, a sustainable community contributes to climate mitigation and contributes to Canada moving closer to meeting its reduced GHG emission targets in the Paris Agreement.

Sustainable development results in reduced GHGs, water use, and waste; job creation as well as financial support for those already working in environmental services; and improved potential for development financing.

Download Built Green Canada Communities Program details HERE.

Since BGC's inception, builders have completed over 34,175 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, 855-485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  Built Green Canada,  


UK's Green Fuels Recognized for COVID Related Work (Int'l.)
Green Fuel
Date: 2020-10-02
In the UK, Green Fuels Ltd reports receipt of €86,000 ($100,000) in grant funding to support and amplify the impact of its work as a global producer of sustainable transport fuels and its work in addressing the immediate and long term challenges resulting from used cooking oil and other organic wastes collection for biofuel production on the global pandemic.

"Green Fuels has been pioneering the technology and chemistry of sustainable fuels since 2003. Waste-derived biodiesel is one of the most carbon-efficient fuels available, and Green Fuels equipment has displaced an estimated 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions (CO2 equivalents) to date. The company was founded from a desire to transition from the use of fossil fuels into net zero carbon fuels -- a mission that is embedded into everything we do," according to the company website. (Source: Green Fuels Ltd., PR Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: Green Fuels , James Hygate, CEO, +44 333 011 8522, www.greenfuels.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Biodiesel news,  


O2 Power, Ayana After Azure Power Global Solar Assets (Int'l. M&A)
O2 Power, Ayana Renewable Power
Date: 2020-09-28
India's O2 Power and Ayana Renewable Power have reportedly emerged as the front-runners to acquire Azure Power Global's 305 MW rooftop solar assets valued at in a potential deal valued at roughly $200 million. The deal is reportedly backed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Canadian pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ).

O2 Power is a $500-million renewable energy platform with an 800 MW solar portfolio in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to the company website. (Source: O2 Power, Mint, 27 Sept., 2020) Contact: Azure Power, Ranjit Gupta, CEO, +91-11-4940-9854, pr@azurepower.com, www.azurepower.com; O2 Power, info@O2power.in, www.O2power.in; Ayana Renewable Power, +9180-48511001, www.ayanapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News O2 Power,  Ayana,  Azure Power,  Solar,  


NATO Must Combat Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
NATO
Date: 2020-09-28
"I (NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg) have been passionate about climate change all of my life. Now, as NATO Secretary General, it is my responsibility to address the threat climate change poses to our shared security.

"Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened.

"Climate change threatens our security. So NATO must do more to fully understand and integrate climate change into all aspects of our work, from our military planning to how we exercise and train our armed forces. Climate change also makes it harder for NATO troops to keep people safe. Our soldiers work in some of the most difficult environments on earth. For example, NATO's training mission in Iraq where, this summer, temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees. It is essential that we adapt to this new reality. That means better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure. And it means explicitly including climate change in NATO's work to improve the resilience of Allies and partners, something that we have been doing for decades in areas like infrastructure.

"NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks. We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

"Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure.

"As many countries increasingly plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, NATO can also do more to help our armed forces contribute to this goal. It is time for NATO to raise its ambition and help drive down emissions. A first step could be to help our members measure their military emissions. The next step could be to agree voluntary cuts in their carbon emissions.

"Climate change is making the world more dangerous. NATO's task is to preserve peace and keep us safe. So to fulfill our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change for our security today and for the security of future generations." (Source: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO NEWS, Die Welt, 27 Sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  NATO news,  


Capital Dynamics to Acquire LS Power Solar PV Projects (M&A)
Capital Dynamics
Date: 2020-09-28
In New York, Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, reportsn its Clean Energy Infrastructure will acquire interests in three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects from LS Power. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The 316-MW portfolio includes: 100 pct interest in Centinela Solar Energy, 252 MW in Imperial County, CA; 30 pct interest in Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, 53 MW in Maricopa County, AZ; 100 pct Interest in the 11-MW Dover Sun Park in Dover, DE. All project have PPA agreement in place.

Capital Dynamics is an independent global asset management firm focusing on private assets including private equity, private credit and clean energy infrastructure. Capital Dynamics' Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund is one of the largest renewable energy investment managers in the world with $6.5 billion assets under management. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400, www.capdyn.com; LS Power, www.lspower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Dynamics news,  Solar news,  PV news,  LS Power news,  


$13Mn Supports Cdn. First Nations Woody Biomass Heating (Funding)
Biomass
Date: 2020-09-23
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is investing nearly $13 million in woody biomass projects in First Nation communities across northern Canada.

The $13 million investment includes $2.4 million for the Wiikwemkoong Development Commission to demonstrate the effectiveness of forest-based biomass for heating in the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

The Wiikwemkoong community has converted 102 homes to wood biomass boilers and wood pellet furnaces to reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Canada Minister of Natural Resources, PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan, www.narcan.gov.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  NRCAN,  


KAMC Energy Efficiency Project to Cut Energy Consumption (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-09-21
In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company (Tarshid) reports energy efficiency upgrade work is underway at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC). The work is intended to raise the energy efficiency of the KAMC headquarters and other buildings and cut electric power consumption across a total area of 18,440m2.

The work will include: rehabilitation of chiller systems with higher efficiency systems; installation of control systems in the main cooling station; replacement of chilled water pumps with better efficiency pumps; installation of speed control devices for cooling pumps and air handling units; lighting systems upgrade with energy-saving and high-performance LED systems linked to smart motion sensors, and others.

Currently, KAMCs total annual electric power consumption is approximately 143 million kWh per year. The rehabilitation project aims to decrease the consumption to approximately 108 million kWh per year -- about 25 pct of the current electrical consumption. (Source: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Saudi Press Agency, !7 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Walid bin Abdullah Al-Ghariri, CEO, +966 9200 12370, www.tarshid.com.sa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


15.7 Inch Global Sealevel Rise by 2100, says NASA Study (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2020-09-21
A new study from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found that GHG emissions-caused meltwater from glacial ice sheets contributes about one-third of the total global sea-level rise and could lead to a nearly 40 cms -- 15.7 inches -- rise by 2100.

The study, which was published in a special issue of the journal The Cryosphere, notes that Greenland would contribute 8 to 27 cm to global sea-level rise between 2000-2100 and Antarctica could contribute 3 to 28 cm. (Source: NASA, IANS, Jagran, 19 Sept., 2020) Contact: NASA, (301) 286-2000, www.nasa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Climate Change,  GHG,  


US Biomass Pellet Assoc. Supports EU's Carbon-Neutral Goals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
US Industrial Pellet Association
Date: 2020-09-21
In a release, the Richmond, Virginia-based US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) welcomed the European Commission (EC) proposal to accelerate the EU's transition to a climate neutral economy. Over the past decade, sustainable biomass has displaced millions of tons of coal in Europe and will play a critical role in helping achieve the EU's 2030 Climate Targets.

The EC's plan calls for a series of new climate targets to be met by the end of the decade on the path to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Sustainable biomass is poised to make significant contributions to several of these, including reducing the 27-member trading bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct compared to 1990 levels; increasing its share of renewable energy to 38-40 pct and cutting coal and gas consumption by 70 pct and 25 pct respectively, compared to 2015 levels.

As its largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU's low-carbon energy transition. We welcome the EC's recognition that in to meet its ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050 the EU will need more sustainable biomass to balance the grid and support a massive expansion of intermittent renewables like wind and solar.

According to the USIPA, sustainability is paramount to ensuring biomass delivers tangible benefits for the climate. US producers are leading in this area, thanks to our ability to provide substantial quantities of renewable fuel to EU Member States while supporting healthy forests and protecting biodiversity. (Source: USIPA, PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: USIPA, 804.775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Neutral,  Climate Change,  


DOE-NETL Funds LH CO2MENT Carbon Capture Tech (Funding, R&D)
DOE-NETL
Date: 2020-09-18
As previously reported, the US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) awarded $1.5 million in funding for cost-shared R&D to support the initial engineering analysis and advancement of the LH CO2MENT Colorado Project which was launched earlier this year.

The commercial-scale carbon-capture project, based in Florence, Colorado, is a partnership of Svante Inc., LafargeHolcim, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc., Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, and Total.

With DOE funding in place the partnership has committed to evaluate the feasibility of the facility designed to capture up to 2 million tpy of CO2 directly from the Holcim cement plant and the natural gas-fired steam generator, which would be sequestered underground permanently by Occidental.

Santa Clarita, California-based Electricore, Inc. will facilitate management of the federal grant, and Kiewit Engineering Group Inc. will lead the engineering development.

This joint initiative follows the recently-launched Pilot Plant Project CO2MENT between Burnaby, British Columbia-based Svante, cement maker LafargeHolcim and Total in Canada at the Lafarge Richmond B.C. cement plant where progress has been made towards re-injecting captured CO2 into concrete. (Source: Total, PR, Business Wire, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Savante, (604) 456-0504, info@svanteinc.com; www. svanteinc.com; Total, www.total.com; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, www.oxy.com; Electricore, 661-607-0160, www.electricore.org; Kiewit Engineering, www.kiewit,ca DOE NETL, www.doe.netl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE NETL,  Total,  Carbon Capture,  DOE NETL,  LafargeHolcim,  Kiewit ,  


EnBW Growing Onshore Wind Energy Portfolio (Int'l. Report)
EnBW
Date: 2020-09-18
In Germany, Stuttgart-headquartered power producer EnBW reports it expects to increase its output in Germany by almost 90 MW in 2020 through the acquisition of existing wind turbines in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg and the further development of its own projects.

As previously reported, EnBW acquired 20 wind turbines with an output of 36 MW in Saxony-Anhalt and plans to replace the older wind turbines with more modern and powerful units. In addition, EnBW has recently acquired another wind farm with a capacity of 18 MW in Brandenburg. Furthermore, EnBW is developing its own projects in Germany in 2020 that have a total output of 33.5 MW and will be placed into operation by the end of the yearIn order to help push forward the expansion of wind power in Germany. EnBW has also joined with 50 partner organisations and companies to form the sector-wide initiative Windforfuture -- a wind energy support campaign by the German wind energy sector.

Half of the EnBW generation portfolio will be comprised of renewable energies by the end of 2025. In the area of wind energy, the company offers planning, construction, operation, maintenance and servicing from one source. A current focus of its onshore business activities is also repowering. The goal is to be operating onshore and offshore wind power plants with a total output of 4,500 megawatts by 2025. (Source: EnBW, Website PR Contact: Windforfuture, www.windforfuture.eu; EnBW, Stefanie Klumpp, +49721 63-00, stefanie.klumpp@enbw.com, www.enbw.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW news,  Wind news,  Onshore Wind news,  


Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System (Ind. Report)
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Date: 2020-09-16
In Washington, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee (MRAC) has released its Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System Report, the first of-its-kind effort from a U.S. government entity.

The report, which presents 53 recommendations to mitigate the risks to financial markets posed by climate change, concludes the following:

  • Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system and to its ability to sustain the American economy;

  • Climate risks may also exacerbate financial system vulnerability that have little to do with climate change; including vulnerabilities caused by a pandemic that has stressed balance sheets, strained government budgets, and depleted household wealth;

  • U.S. financial regulators must recognize that climate change poses serious emerging risks to the U.S. financial system, and they should move urgently and decisively to measure, understand, and address these risks;

  • Existing statutes already provide U.S. financial regulators with wide-ranging and flexible authorities that could be used to start addressing financial climate-related risk now;

  • Regulators can help promote the role of financial markets as providers of solutions to climate-related risks; and

  • Financial innovation is required not only to efficiently manage climate risk but also to facilitate the flow of capital to help accelerate the net-zero transition and increase economic opportunity.

    View the full MANAGING CLIMATE RISK IN THE U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM report HERE. (Source: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 202-418-5000, 202-418-5521--fax, www.cftc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Shetland Viking Wind Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Scottish and Southern Energy
    Date: 2020-09-14
    Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is reporting construction is underway on the £580 million, 103 Vestas turbine equipped Viking Wind Farm which received planning consent eight years ago.

    The project were first proposed in 2005 when it was presented to Shetland Island residents as a community-owned enterprise with the potential to earn them £37 million a year and to power roughly 500,000 homes.

    With that in mind, the Shetland Islands Council (SIC) as developers faced accusations of conflicts of interest and transferred its share -- 50 pct of ownership -- to the Shetland Charitable Trust, which invested about £10 million in the project which is now solely funded by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). (Source: SSE, The Herald, 12 Sept., 2020) Contact: Scottish and Southern Energy, www.ssepd.co.uk, SSE Renewables, www.sse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish and Southern Energy,  Wind,  Viking Wind ,  


    Gevo Inc. Offers Business Update (Ind. Report)
    Gevo,GEVO
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered Gevo, Inc. provided the following 8th Dept. update on its business and strategic plan:

  • Gevo recently raised approximately $46 million, net of expenses, from a Registered Direct Offering and approximately $16 million as a result of warrant exercises. This capital infusion substantially improves Gevo's ability to execute on its strategic plans.

  • Gevo continues to pursue a licensing and developer strategy that is expected to enable the construction of up to three production facilities and capacity expansions. The production facilities and expansions are needed to provide the product required under its existing and expected, future take-or-pay, off-take agreements. The licensing and developer strategy should reduce or eliminate the need for Gevo construction capital by utilizing project-level debt and third-party equity.

  • Gevo continues to seek a targeted capital raise of $200 million of project-level equity using a project financing structure to build up to three production facilities. The first expanded production facility or project is expected to be located at Gevo's current production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota.

  • As previously announced, Gevo engaged Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to lead a process to develop the three projects and procure the capital needed by Gevo to build up to three production facilities. Gevo expects it will take approximately one year to develop and close the financing for the first project. Assuming Gevo successfully closes on a financing in the next 12 months, Gevo would expect production of hydrocarbon fuels from the first project in late 2023 or early 2024.

    Additionally, Gevo noted it currently has approximately $81 million in cash on the balance sheet and will continue to develop the marketplace and try to create additional customer demand for its next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel products that have the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, while addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website News, 8 Sept., 2020)Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Gevo,  


  • RFA Offers EPA Advisory Committee Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-09-11
    At a recent EPA Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee meeting Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Pres. and CEO Geoff Cooper suggested the following steps the EPA needs to take immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America:

  • adopt the recent Tenth Circuit Court decision (Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency) nationwide;

  • deny all pending so-called "gap year" small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions;

  • decide the 31 pending SRE petitions for 2019 and 2020 according to the Tenth Circuit Court criteria;

  • publish the proposed rule for 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs);

  • as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in ACEI v. EPA, restore the 500 million-gallon conventional renewable fuel volume that was illegally waived from the 2016 RFS requirements, (Source: RFA, AgWired, Sept., 2020 Contact: Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee, www.epa.gov/faca/farm-ranch-and-rural-communities-federal-advisory-committee-frrcc-membership; Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Geoff Cooper,  


  • EDF's 87MW Moroccan Wind Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    EDF Renewables, Mitsui
    Date: 2020-09-11
    EDF Renewables and its Japanese partner Mitsui report construction is underway on the 87MW first 27-turbine phase of the Taza wind project in Morocco, North Africa. EDF Renewables and Mitsui will respectively hold 60 pct and 40 pct interests in the project which is expected to come online early in 2022.

    The project secured financing by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), MUFG Bank and the Moroccan bank Bank of Africa, and has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in place. Morocco is aiming to generate 52 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030. (Source: EDF Renewables, renews.biz, 9 Sept., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO, www.edf-re.com: Mitsui & Co, www.mitsui-global.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind,  Morocco Wind,  Mitsui,  


    SJG Offers Nest Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    South Jersey Gas
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Atlantic City, the South Jersey Gas (SJG) utility reports it is offering customers a free "smart" thermostat to help cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    Under the offering, customers can choose a $0 Google Nest Thermostat E or a discounted Google Nest Learning Thermostat -- which retails on Amazon in the $320 range -- for $49 after applicable rebates, when they shop on the South Jersey Gas Marketplace.

    Independent studies show that Google Nest thermostats saved people an average of 10 pct to 12 pct on heating and 15 pct on cooling costs for an estimated average savings of $131 to $145 per year, according to the South Jersey Gas release. (Source: South Jersey Gas, PR, Beachcomber, Sept., 2020) Contact: South Jersey Gas, Deborah Franco, VP Clean Energy & Sustainability, www.southjerseygas.com; Uplight, www.uplight.com; Neste Thermostat, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas ,  Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Minority Households Shoulder Higher Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2020-09-11
    A new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has found roughly 25 pct of U.S. households face a high energy burden, meaning they put more than 6 pct of their income toward energy bills. The study noted that 67 pct -- 25.8 million -- of low-income households are facing a high energy burden.

    The energy burden is also disproportionate across racial lines. In comparison to White households, Black households spend 43 pct more of their income on energy costs while Hispanic households spend 20 pct more and and Native American households spend 45 pct more. Renters also have about a 13 pct higher energy burden than home owners and depend upon a landlords' willingness to implement energy efficiency measures. (Source: ACEEE, Smart Cities Dive, 10 Sept., 2020) (Source: ACEEE, Smart Cities Dive, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ,  


    Ricardo Commits to Net Zero Carbon by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Ricardo
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy Ricardo plc is reporting its commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions from its operations by the end of 2030.

    To that end, the company will: maximize the use of renewable energy; make more energy- and space-efficient use of its commercial property portfolio as more flexible office working is implemented; maximize its 'digital-first' strategy and avoid unnecessary business travel; increase energy efficiency; use verified offsetting schemes to offset residual emissions.

    Ricardo's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including 'scope 3' emissions from air travel, for the financial reporting year 2019/2020 have been independently verified by Lloyds Register. Ricardo plans to implement Science-Based Targets during the financial year 2020/2021 to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the release. (Source: Ricardo, Website, PR, 7 Sept., 2020) Contact: Ricardo, Dave Shemmans , CEO, info@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ricardo,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  NetZero Carbon,  


    Woodstock Equipping Fleet with dynaCERT HydraGEN Tech (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2020-09-09
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT Inc. reports it will equip diesel powered vehicles of the City of Woodstock, Ontario, with HydraGEN™ technology to reduce carbon emissions and cut fuel costs. Installation is slated to get underway this month.

    Woodstock (pop. 44,000) is the first Canadian city to equip its vehicles with dynaCERT's proprietary technology. The installations are in accord with the city's 2016 Community Energy Plan to reduce energy use and cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: dynaCERT, PR, Street Insider, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: dynaCERT, Jim Payne, CEO, Pres., 416 766 9691 ext 602, jpayne@dynacert.com, www.dynacert.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT,  Carbon Emissions,  NOx,  


    GEVO Inc. Provides Business Update (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Gevo
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO Inc. provided the update on its business and strategic plan today, 8 Sept.:

  • GEVO recently raised approximately $46 million, net of expenses, from a Registered Direct Offering and approximately $16 million as a result of warrant exercises. This capital infusion substantially improves the company's ability to execute on its strategic plans.

  • GEVO continues to pursue a licensing and developer strategy that is expected to enable the construction of up to three production facilities and capacity expansions. The production facilities and expansions are needed to provide the product required under its existing and expected, future take-or-pay, off-take agreements. The licensing and developer strategy should reduce or eliminate the need for GEVO construction capital by utilizing project-level debt and third-party equity.

  • GEVO continues to seek a targeted capital raise of $200 million of project-level equity using a project financing structure to build up to three production facilities. The first expanded production facility or project is expected to be located at Gevo's facility in Luverne, Minnesota.

  • As previously announced, GEVO engaged Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to lead a process to develop the three projects and procure the capital needed by the company to build up to three production facilities. GEVO expects it will take approximately one year to develop and close the financing for the first project. Assuming Gevo successfully closes on a financing in the next 12 months, GEVO would expect production of hydrocarbon fuels from the first project in late 2023 or early 2024.

    Additionally, the GEVO release noted it currently has approximately $81 million in cash on the balance sheet and will continue to develop the marketplace and try to create additional customer demand for its next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel products that have the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, while addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website News, 8 Sept., 2020)Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


  • U.S.Gain's Fourth Dairy RNG Dev. Project Operational (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist U.S. Gain reports the recent installation of gas production equipment at Dallmann East River Dairy in Brillion, Wisconsin, which is now producing clean RNG for the transportation industry.

    A key partner to U.S. Gain in the Dallmann project was Nacelle Solutions, an industry leader in developing gas clean-up equipment specifically designed for the RNG industry, according to the U.S. Gain release. (Source: U.S, Gain,Sept., 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation , 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Nacelle Solutions, Gov Graney, (855) 622-3553, info@nacellesolutions.com, www.nacellesolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  Methane,  


    Reed Biomass Power Plant Planned in Kazakhstan (Int'l. Report)
    Kazakh Invest
    Date: 2020-09-02
    A new investment project supported by In Kazakhstan, the national investment company Kazakh Invest reports it is supporting KAMYSAY ATYRAU LLP plans to construct a reed-burning biomass power plant and biochar production facility in Atyrau. The project will be "eco-friendly" and the biomass fuel will be processed without chemicals or other harmful additives.

    The roughly €1 million project -- the first in Central Asia to replace fossil fuels with biofuels on an industrial scale -- "will meet the needs of the local market for 'green' thermal and electric energy in remote communities, greenhouses, schools, hospitals and industrial facilities presently using fossil fuels. As a result, the volume of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will be significantly reduced." Additionally, the plant hopes to export over 200,000 tpy of biochar to European markets, according to a release.

    Kazakh Invest is seeking project funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank (WB) and the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK). (Source: Kazakh Invest, Website News, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Kazakh Invest, +7 7172 620 620 www.invest.gov.kz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biochar,  


    First German "Green" Bond Attracts Strong Demand (Int'l. Report)
    German Finance Ministry
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Today in Frankfurt am Main, Germany's first 10-year "green" bond offering reportedly drew bids for €30 billion ($35.480 billion US) -- five times the issue volume, according to Stuttgart-based German public bank LBBW.

    In August, the German Finance Ministry announced it would raise as much as €11 billion this year 2020 to support climate-related projects. A further bond issue is expected to be offered before the end of the year. (Source: German Finance Ministry, Space Daily, AFP, 2 Sept., 2020) Contact: LBBW, Elmar Voelker, +49 711 127-0, kontakt@lbbw.de, www.lbbw.de; German Finance Ministry, www.bundesfinanzministerium.de

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


    SoCalGas Touts Energy Savings Assistance Program (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas Company
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has announced a virtual enrollment option for the Energy Savings Assistance Program.

    The Program provides an average of $705 in professionally installed home energy efficiency improvements at no cost to the low-income renter or homeowners. The program aims to help program recipients conserve energy, reduce natural gas use and enhance safety, health, and comfort. Qualifying improvements may include: high efficiency washers, water heater replacement, furnace replacement, attic insulation, door weather-stripping and more.

    Between 2015 and 2019, SoCalGas energy efficiency programs delivered more than 208 million therms in energy savings -- enough natural gas usage for 127,000 households a year and saved SoCalGas customers more than $229 million in utility costs. The Energy Savings Assistance Program is funded by California investor-owned-utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

    Download SoCalGas Energy Savings Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: SoCalGas, Website PR, 1 Sept., 2020) Newswire Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Walker, VP Customer Solutions, www.socalgas.com

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    California Carbon-Neutral by 2045? (SCE Whitepaper Attached)
    California,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In the Golden State, according to a plan developed by utility Southern California Edison (SCE), if California is to meet it goal of becoming carbon neutral within 25 years the state's electric power grid will need to deliver 100 pct clean power to consumers through the addition of more wind, solar, and energy storage capacity.

    SCE also foresees half of the state's households having solar panels and vehicles and buildings running primarily on electricity. The utility estimates that 75 pct of cars , space and water heating need to be electric by 2045.

    Download the SCE PATHWAY 2045 -- Update to the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway whitepaper HERE. (Source: SCE, Yale Climate Connections, Aug., 2020) Contact: SCE, Ignacio Fernandez, Climate Policy Aadvisor, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

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    USDA Grants Support Hudson Valley Renewables Projects (Funding)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-08-31
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports it is investing more than $7.4 million in loan and grant funding to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural New York State. Projects in the Hudson Valley include: Aeon Holdings, LLC in Catskill has been awarded a Rural Development investment of $15,943 in grant funding to be used for the purchase and installation of a 37.6-kW Solar array. Aeon Holdings is a REHC that leases the property to Hearthstone Care which provides social adult daycare in Catskill. The project will realize more than $5,000 per year in savings and will replace a 40,783 kWh per year

    AIREAGO Corp. is a construction technology small business that designs, builds, and improves furniture, tools, and structures in Bloomingburg. The investment of $20,000 in grant funding will be used to purchase and install a 46.97 KW solar energy system.

    Ellenville's 209 Storage Vault, Inc. is receiving $15,011 in grant funding that will be used to purchase and install a 24-kW solar energy array. 209 Storage Vault is a self-storage facility. This project will realize $3,668 per year in savings and will replace 26,198 kWh per year.

    USDA Rural Development loans and grants support infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and others. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Mid-Hudson News, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov

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    Thames Valley Zero-Carbon Management Platform Online (Int'l.)
    Smarter Grid Solutions,Stantec
    Date: 2020-08-31
    Glasgow-based energy software specialist Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) reports the Thames Valley Live Lab has gone live. The project brings engineering consultancy Stantec, SGS and six local authorities together to implement their required moves towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    In 2019, the cloud-based project partnership was awarded £4.5 million as part of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) SMART Places Live Labs Programme -- two-year £22.9 million project funded by the Department for Transport and supported by project partners SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business, EY, Kier, O2, Ringway, and WSP.

    Local authorities are working on 8 projects across England to introduce digital innovation across SMART mobility, transport, highways maintenance, data, energy and communications.

    The Live Labs system is based on SGS's ANM Strata fleet distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) to create the Smart Energy Operations Platform (SEOP). (Source: Smarter Grid Solutions, Energy, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Smarter Grid Solutions, Graham Ault, executive director, www.smartergridsolutions.com; Stantec, www.stantec.com

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    Iowa Announces Biofuel Aid Packages (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In the Hawkeye State, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has allocated approximately $100 million in relief funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.

    The $100 million is part of Iowa's share of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which Congress approved in March. Of the $100 million allocated the following biofuel related concerns will receive funding:

  • $15.5 million, State Biofuel Grant Program -- Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers based on gallons produced. Grants will also be awarded through IEDA's existing small business relief program and are capped at a maximum grant of $750,000 per producer. IEDA administers the program.

  • $7 million, Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program -- This previously announced funding supports a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels, including E15 or higher, and B11 or higher. IDALS administers the program.

    Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

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  • Rex Optimistic on Improving Ethanol Markets (Ind. Report)
    Rex American Resources
    Date: 2020-08-28
    "It looks like the worst is behind us", according to Dayton, Ohio-headquartered Rex American Resources Inc. chairman Stuart Rose in reference to the recent challenges faced by the ethanol industry. Rose noted the ethanol industry is currently profitable and prices are up compared to last quarter.

    Rex has ownership stakes in six ethanol plants including: Gibson City, Illinois-based One Earth Energy LLC, Marion, South Dakota-based NuGen Energy LLC, Big River Resources West Burlington LLC, Big River Resources Galva LLC, Dyersville, Iowa-based Big River United Energy LLC, and Big River Resources Boyceville LLC in Wisconsin. (Source: Rex American Resources, Aug., 2020) Contact: Rex American Resources, Zafar Rizvi, CEO, (937) 276-3931, Fax: (937) 276-8643, www.rexamerican.com

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    Israel Legislates Mandatory Green Building Codes (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2020-08-28
    In Jerusalem, the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is reporting the passage of mandatory "green" building codes and regulation to replace voluntary "green" building codes as introduced in 2005.

    The new standard offers a definition of green building in Israeli terms, and includes the areas of energy, land, water, waste, health, environmental management, transportation, innovation, construction materials, and heating and cooling systems.

    The standard applies to both new and existing buildings including residential, office, educational, commercial, public health and industrial buildings. The new regulation will also correct social inequality, with green construction currently carried out mainly in the socio-economically strong cities rather than weaker cities in northern and southern regions. (Source: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection , Website News, Aug., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, pniot@environment.gov.il, www.sviva.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx

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    US DOE Awards $7Mn for Vehicle Emissions R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE,SoCalGas
    Date: 2020-08-28
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports awarding more than $7.1 million for three vehicular emissions R&D projects aimed at advancing zero and near-zero emissions technologies for heavy and medium duty transportation vehicles. The R&D projects are run by Cummins, Inc., the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the West Virginia University Research Corporation respectively with $730,000 in additional funding from SoCalGas.

    Cummins will work to develop a prototype, modular, scalable zero-emissions fuel cell design meant for both heavy-duty trucks and transit buses. The GTI project seeks to create a hybrid line-haul rail locomotive that runs on renewable natural gas, while West Virginia University will study the difference in maintenance and labor costs for alternative fuel trucks powered by natural gas, propane, and electric when compared against standard diesel trucks. In particular, it will examine the link between the operational facets of alternative fuel vehicles and their effects on maintenance and repair. (Source: US DOE, Daily Energy Insider, 28 Aug., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy; Cummins Inc., (317) 610-4244, www.cummins.com; SoCalGas, (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com

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    Aemetis Completes RNG Dairy Digester, Pipeline Project (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2020-08-24
    Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion of construction of the first two dairy digesters and four mile pipeline for the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) to supply below-zero carbon intensity RNG to displace petroleum based natural gas used at the Keyes ethanol production facility, and to provide fuel for RNG trucks and buses.

    The company is currently commissioning Phase I of the Central Dairy Digester Project. After Phase I of the project is operational, construction will begin on the additional 15 dairies that have signed agreements with Aemetis and approximately 30 miles of private pipeline. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 21 Aug., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    ICD Brookfield Place Scores LEED Platinum Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Brookfield Properties,USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In Dubai, real estate services firm Brookfield Properties reports its ICD Brookfield Place building has achieved US Green Building Council (UEGBC) LEED® Platinum certification for green building design, construction, operations and performance. ICD Brookfield Place is the tallest and largest office building in the EMEA region to achieve the rating, and is among the top 20 of the world's largest LEED® Platinum projects.

    The 53-story, 1.1 million square foot office and retail complex in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is designed to be energy efficient and minimize its ecological footprint, and has reduced its energy consumption by 28 pct above industry standards. (Source: ICD Brookfield, MENAFN , 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: Brrokfield Properties, www.brookfieldproperties.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Minneapolis Pushes "Inclusive" Energy Efficiency Finance (Ind. Report)
    City of Minneapolis,EEtility,
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In the Badger State, the city of Minneapolis reports it is seeking state regulatory approval of a $50 million "inclusive financing" pilot program that would allow homeowners to borrow money for energy efficiency improvements and repay it through a line on their monthly utility bill.

    Unlike conventional loans, homeowners face income requirements or credit checks, and the obligations would stay with properties. The city anticipates being able to assist around 10,000 households each of which would spend an average $5,000 on projects.

    The city's likely vendor, EEtility, Inc., has more than 5,000 customers participating in similar programs. The company works with 18 mostly rural and electric cooperatives in 8 states.

    The program financing process would after a home inspection to identify cost-efficient upgrades. Contractors who sign up to be part of the EEtility program agree to fix any issues that result in a project not meeting the desired cost savings.

    The city believes the program could begin in the fall of 2021, if approved. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Institute for Nonprofit News, Star Tribune, 23 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Minneapolis, Kim Havey, Sustainability Manager, www.minneapolismn.gov; EEtility, Tammy Agard, CEO, www.eetility.com

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    Half of World's Oceans Affected by Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-24
    A study published in Nature Climate Change notes that since the 1950s, the oceans have absorbed roughly 93 pct of the energy entering the climate system, and while most of that heating has been observed near the ocean surface, rising temperatures are now permeating even the deep ocean.

    Data based on recent measurements and nearly a dozen climate models, suggests climate change has already impacted up to about half -- 20 to 55 percent -- of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean basins. What's more, in just six decades, these human-induced changes in temperature and salinity could very well spread to 80 pct of the world's oceans.

    The data suggests that during the second half of the 20th century human-induced warming was responsible for most observed ocean changes -- "statistically" and "unambiguously" different from what would occur naturally. Heat and salt from the ocean surface are usually transported relatively slowly to the ocean's interior, which means that many of the deepest parts experience a lag in human-induced changes. Some deeper areas, however, circulate quicker, and thus respond faster to emissions.

    In the new model, for instance, the Southern Ocean, which is relatively well-ventilated, experienced human-induced changes quite quickly, showing up as early as the 1980s. In the Northern Hemisphere, oceans took a little longer to respond, with most changes calculated to appear sometime between 2010 and 2040. Together, by 2020, the model shows somewhere between 20 and 55 pct of the world's oceans had been altered by anthropogenic climate change. By mid-century, these changes could make up 50 to 60 percent of the world's oceans, and by 2080, 55 to 80 pct, according to the study published in Nature Climate Change. (Source: Science Alert, Nature Climate Change, Aug., 2020)

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    GEVO Announces $50Mn Registered Direct Offering (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has entered into definitive agreements with institutional and accredited investors for the sale of an aggregate of 38,461,545 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $1.30 per share in a registered direct offering priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules. The offering is expected to close on or about August 25, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

    Offering proceeds are expected to be $50 million, before placement agent (H.C. Wainwright & Co.) fees and other offering expenses. GEVO intends to use the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of outstanding indebtedness.

    GEVO is commercializing the next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel with the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity, according to the company. (Source: GEVO, PR, Website, 20 Aug., 2020) Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide Launched (Ind. Report)
    Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    Date: 2020-08-21
    The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel has published a new guide on how to incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into operations from the perspective of the business aviation community. According to the coalition, the free online guide was designed to serve as a resource on topics such as the practicalities of SAF development, industry adoption and pending expansion of supply and use. Fueling the Future is an updated edition of a SAF guide published by the coalition in 2018.

    In addition to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the SAF Coalition is made up of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The coalition is supported by a steering committee, whose participants include Air BP, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace and Phillips 66.

    Download the guide details HERE. (Source: Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, PR, AVweb, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, www.futureofsustainablefuel.com

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    CERI Touts EU ETS Over Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Energy Research Institute
    Date: 2020-08-19
    A recent study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) compared the province of British Columbia's $40 per tonne carbon tax and Alberta's Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program taxing heavy emitters $30 a tonne, to the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) and Quebec's cap-and-trade agreement with California and noted that overall, the EU ETS policy was more effective at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the Carbon Tax policy or a Hybrid policy.

    In keeping with the study findings, the CERI study proposed the following to lower emissions:

  • Both carbon tax and emissions trade systems have a great capacity to reduce GHG emissions; however, a level at which they are utilized is not adequate for significant change towards low carbon economies;

  • Strengthening existing and adding new carbon policies and actions, especially those that can deal with carbon leakage, is needed;

  • Current carbon prices in many jurisdictions remain insufficient to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, even with extended carbon pricing policies in place to align with the specific GHG reduction targets;

  • Stronger complementary policies and actions are needed to achieve the total reductions in GHG emissions in a case of the BC carbon tax;

  • Lessons from ETS systems, especially California's cap-and-trade system, has revealed that the economy-wide approach can be more efficient than managing specific sectors differently;

  • Linkage of a cap-and-trade system with those in other jurisdictions (such as California's cap-and trade system linked with Quebec) could potentially reduce abatement costs, price volatility, and market power.

    The Calgary-based Canadian Energy Research Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research establishment created through a partnership of industry, academia, and government in 1975. CERI aims to provide relevant, independent, objective economic research in energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia and the public and to build bridges between scholarship and policy,combining the insights of scientific research, economic analysis, and practical experience. (Source: Canadian Energy Research Institute, PR, Western Standard, Aug., 2020) Contact: Canadian Energy Research Institute, (403) 282-1231, info@ceri.ca, www.ceri.ca

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  • Zero Carbon Fund Set to Invest £1.5Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Zero Carbon Fund
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Havant, England-headquartered Zero Carbon Fund Ltd reports that after raising more than £1.5 million over the last 6+ months it is now moving into investment mode.

    The company aims to invest in ten EIS-eligible start-ups with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least half a gigaton per year in some of the big unsolved problem areas in the climate space, such as energy storage, cooling, food & agriculture, industrial heat and carbon capture.

    Zero Carbon Capital delivers the fund in partnership with Sapphire Capital Partners and aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of hard science solutions to the most pressing issues of climate change.

    The Zero Carbon Fund is an EIS fund investing in early-stage companies on a mission to address climate change through technology innovation. The company invests in ambitious teams with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half a gigaton per year and deliver long-term value, according to its website. (Source: Zero Carbon Fund, PR, 18 Aug., 20200 Contact: Zero Carbon Capital, Zero Carbon Fund, Pippa or Alex Cawley, info@zerocarbon.capital, www.zerocarbon.capital; Sapphire Capital Partners, www.sapphirecapitalpartners.co.uk

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    Post Brexit UK Retaining EU CO2 Emissions Regulations (Int'l.)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2020-08-19
    In London, according to a new Department for Transport consultation the UK will maintain a "regulatory regime as close to business-as-usual scenario for manufacturers and remain with EU regulation on CO2 emission standards" even after leaving the European Union at the end of this year.

    The consultation document includes proposals aimed at avoiding confusion, especially as the country's vehicle fleet is heavier than the 27 country EU fleets. Moving from the EU fleet average to a UK specific value would "immediately make regulatory targets more demanding for all manufacturers," the consultation document notes.

    When made into legislation as proposed, the UK will keep the EU's 15 pct CO2 emission reduction target for cars and vans from 2025, and a 37.5 pct reduction for cars and 31 pct for vans come 2030. Carmakers will face fines of £86 instead of €95 for every gram of CO2 exceeded. The limit is 95 grams per km, and manufacturers will still base their targets on the average weight of vehicles sold.

    Download the Department for Transport document details HERE. (Source: UK Gov. Department for Transport, electrive.com, Aug., 2020)

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    Croatia Launching $32.2Mn Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-19
    In Zagreb, the Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency is launching HRK 203 million ($32.2 million) family homes energy efficiency upgrades grant program.

    According to the agency website, Croatian family homes account to 65 pct of the country's housing stock and 40 pct of total energy consumption -- 70 pct of energy for heating, cooling, and hot water -- at the national level. The ministry estimates household energy consumption can be cut by as much as 60 pct.

    Under the scheme, eligible applicants may qualify for grants to cover 60 pct of the costs of energy efficiency upgrades and renovations including: external wall insulation; replacement of windows and doors, and others energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, Website, Croatia Week, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, www.fzoeu.hr/en/home

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    EPA Urged to Stop Penalizing Ethanol Blends ( Editorials & Asides)
    Urban Air Initiative,American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-08-17
    In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) -- a coalition of state corn grower organizations -- along with the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition last Friday filed comments asking the EPA not to penalize ethanol's ability to reduce carbon emissions.

    The EPA is proposing to penalize the current Tier 3 test fuel that all automakers will use to meet CO2 emission standards because it contains 10 pct ethanol. This Tier 3 test fuel lowers CO2 emissions compared to the prior E0 test fuel from 1975. The EPA is creating this new penalty against ethanol by manipulating test procedures to inflate the tailpipe CO2 emissions of vehicles certified as using E10. Since the penalty would presumably increase with higher ethanol volumes, this rule would be a major disincentive for automakers to transition to higher ethanol blends.

    "Basically ethanol can't win. First EPA ignores ethanol's ability to reduce toxic aromatics, and now it wants to penalize ethanol for being a more efficient, lower-carbon fuel additive. The EPA is making this more complicated than it needs to be. It's creating rules based on older, non-representative fuels in its testing. Plus, EPA has no authority to penalize a particular fuel. Automakers can take advantage of high octane ethanol but not if they are penalized before they even start. In short, let the market work," Urban Air President Dave VanderGriend commented.

    "EPA's anti-ethanol bias is not limited to how it has badly mismanaged the Renewable Fuel Standard, it extends to the Agency's proposal to artificially inflate CO2 emissions from vehicles being tested on E10 blends for Tier 3 Test Fuel Procedures," ACE CEO Brian Jennings commented. (Source: Urban Air Initiative, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Urban Air Initiative, Dave VanderGriend, Pres., www. fixourfuel.com; Clean Fuels Development Coalition, 301-718-0077, www.cleanfuelsdc.org; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

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    Death Valley Sets 54.4C Record Heat (Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2020-08-17
    Yesterday in Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, California, the US National Weather Service verified what could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth -- 130F (54.4C) with temperatures forecast to rise further this week. Before this, the highest temperature reliably recorded on Earth was 129.2F (54C) -- also in Death Valley in 2013. (Source: US National Weather Service, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: US National Weather Service, www.weather.gov

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    Eguana, Highlight Solar Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Eguana, Highlight Solar
    Date: 2020-08-17
    Eguana and Highlight Solar report they are partnering to bring the Evolve Energy Storage system to homeowners in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area of California.

    The Evolve Energy Storage system, available in both NMC and Cobalt free LFP lithium battery chemistries, allows new and existing residential solar owners to store excess solar power while increasing energy security and independence. Evolve is a cost-effective solution for homeowners to reduce energy costs and increase energy security while helping the environment.

    Evolve is a fully integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company's proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5 kW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39 kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. The companies expect to install more than 1 MWh of energy storage systems over the next 12 months. (Source: Eguana Technologies, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: HighLightSolar, Dean Alayleh, www.HighLightSolar.com; Eguana Technologies, Livio Filice, (905) 929-7522, livio.filice@eguanantech.com, www.eguanatech.com

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    SIGECO Issues Wind, Solar & Solar + Storage RfP (Ind. Report)
    Vectren,CenterPoint Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    Vectren's CenterPoint Energy reports Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co (SIGECO) is issuing an RfP for 700 to 1,000 MW of solar and solar + storage as well as 300 MW of wind resources to replace 730 MW of coal-fired generation slated to be scuttled in 2024.

    The last date for submission of proposals in response to the RfP is September 23, 2020, and the initial review will begin on the same date. The shortlisted candidates will be revealed on November 5, 2020. Only resources capable of firm deliverability to MISO Local Resource Zone 6 will be considered.

    RFP details are HERE. (Source: Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co./, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co., Vectren, www.vectren.com; Center Point Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com

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    England's Green Homes Energy Efficiency Grants Soon Available (Int'l)
    UK Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In London, the UK government is touting its £2 billion ($2.6 billion) Green Homes Program through which homeowners in England can claim up to £5,000 worth of vouchers -- or £10,000 for the poorest households -- for energy-saving renovations. The program is expected to be available in England, but not the rest of the UK, this September.

    Homes with existing insulation or low-carbon heating can apply for funding for "secondary measures" such as draught proofing, double or triple-glazing for windows, energy-efficient doors to replace those installed before 2002, and various heating controls. The vouchers will cover roughly two-thirds of the overall cost for most homeowners, but possibly the entire cost for the lowest-income households.

    About half of England's homeowners are already planning to apply, while the real figure could end up being about three quarters, according to the release. (Source: UK Green Homes Program, Yahoo Finance UK, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: UK Green Homes Program, www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures

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    NV Energy Offers Free Energy Efficient Appliances (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    Las Vegas-based NV Energy has added Qualified Appliance Replacement to its list of PowerShift products and services that help customers save energy and money. The new service will provide, free of charge, an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator, electric clothes dryer and other products to customers who meet income guidelines and other eligibility requirements. In addition to the refrigerator and electric clothes dryer, customers will receive advanced power strips, LED lights and dusk to dawn lighting control.

    "PowerShift's new Qualified Appliance Replacement service will help those eligible customers who are unable to replace older appliances, such as refrigerators and dryers, with new, more energy-efficient models. We're excited to bring this offering to our customers who either own or rent their home as it will help them to better manage their energy use and save on monthly utility bills. And, it is part of our other PowerShift tools which focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption," said PowerShift program manager Chad Piekarz. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Chad Piekarz, Program Manager. 775-834-3891, cpiekars@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; PowerShift, www.nvenergy.com/powershift

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    Mustard Family Member Seen as Biobutanol Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Peoria, Illinois, a research team at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (ARS) is working to rekindle the production of butanol from Lesquerella (a.k.a. Fendler's bladderpod and Yellow Top), a member of the mustard family that's native to the U.S. Southwest. Other possible feedstocks include wheat straw, sweet sorghum bagasse, penntcress, corn stover and other food wastes and processing byproducts like dried distillers grains, solubles and "presscake" (the crushed remains of lesquerella seed whose oil has been extracted).

    The ARS team's efforts are part of a broader umbrella effort to create new, value-added markets for agricultural commodities, especially those that serve as sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.

    In laboratory trials, the researchers produced 11-14 grams of butanol per liter of lesquerella presscake. The total chemical production (combined butanol, acetone and ethanol) was 19 to 29 grams per liter -- a nearly 67 pct increase over using corn and glucose sources to produce these three same chemicals. The research team plans on scaling-up their experiments using two-liter bioreactors and, if successful, even larger ones.

    Keeping feedstock costs down is key to making butanol competitive with gasoline, he added. At $25 a ton or less, lesquerella presscake would command a selling price of $2.27 or less a gallon -- about a dollar less than from sweet sorghum, another promising feedstock source, according to the release. (Source: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Nasib Qureshi, Chemical Engineer, www.ars.usda.gov/midwest-area/peoria-il/national-center-for-agricultural-utilization-research

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    DOE Offers $20Mn to Advance Perovskite Solar Tech (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). has announced $20 million in funding to advance perovskite solar photovoltaic technologies. When used to create solar cells, perovskites have shown potential for high performance and low production costs. To be competitive in the marketplace, perovskite’s long-term durability must be tested and verified, the aim of this funding opportunity announcement.

    The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office is aiming to improve understanding of perovskite stability; establish methods to produce high-efficiency, stable perovskite devices using industry-relevant fabrication techniques; and develop test protocols that enable high confidence in long-duration field performance of perovskite-based photovoltaic technologies. DOE will fund projects in three topic areas: Device R&D (Efficiency and Stability); manufacturing and R&D; and validation and Bankability.

    This topic area seeks to establish a neutral, independent validation center that can be used to verify perovskite device performance and address acceptance and bankability challenges. Independence and neutrality are required to ensure there are no conflicts of interest between this effort and other projects seeking to demonstrate high-performance devices. This center will be responsible for developing and refining test protocols, including accelerated life testing that closely correlates with long-term field performance. The center will also be responsible for operating an extensive field testing effort using devices produced by the R&D community to iteratively refine all test protocols and improve community understanding of remaining stability and performance issues. The center will investigate the environmental impact of perovskite technologies and serve as an objective source of information and analysis for the investment and finance communities. Teams must be led by a DOE Federally Funded Research and Development Center/National Laboratory. (Source: US DOE, EERE Solar Energy Technology Office, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: EERE Solar Energy Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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