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PSE Launches Clean Energy Implementation Plan (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2021-06-14
Washington State's largest utility Puget Sound Energy reports it has convened an Equity Advisory Group that will advise on its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) as mandated by the 2019 Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act.

The CEIP 13 members generally represent community-based organizations will help PSE develop a 4-year roadmap outlining clean electricity targets, actions and programs and ways to equitably distribute benefits and reduce burdens that stem from electric planning decisions.PSE is aiming to equitably and sustainably reach beyond net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Download PSE, CEIP details HERE. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Puget Sound Energy , Mary Kipp. Pres., CEO, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy,  


MPC Doubling Dominican Solar Plant Capacity (Int'l. Report)
MPC Caribbean Clean Energy
Date: 2021-06-14
St. Michaels, Barbados-based MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd. reports it and its partners plan to double the power generating capacity at its newly acquired Monte Plata solar plant in the Dominican Republic from 34 MW to 74 MW by 2022. The expansion will be financed by Dutch and German development finance institutions FMO and DEG.

MPC Caribbean partnered with Ansa McAL of Trinidad & Tobago and two other unnamed investors from Dominican Republic and Canada on the Monte Plata acquisition. The price paid to the seller of the plant, United Renewable Energy Company Limited of Taiwan, was also not disclosed.

Monte Plata currently sells its 33.4 MW total capacity to the state-owned Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies under a 20-year PPA.

MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund holds operational solar and wind assets in Jamaica, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. (Source: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., info@mpc-cleanenergy.com, www.mpc-cleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MPC Caribbean Clean Energy,  Solar,  


BTO Funds Small Bus. Building Efficiency Projects (Funding)
DOE EERE
Date: 2021-06-11
In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $54 million in funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects. As part of the funding, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) will invest $3.6 million in 21 projects across 14 states.

The SBIR/STTR Program helps small businesses conduct R&D for projects with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from commercialization while stimulating technological progress.

SBIR/STTR-funded projects are one way DOE supports the development of a clean energy workforce and engages all levels of the energy economy to combat the climate crisis.

The BTO-funded projects will focus on modeling, data, and analytics; lighting R&D; energy management for indoor agriculture; healthy, efficient buildings; advanced building technologies; heat exchangers; and thermal energy storage technologies.

Download BTO SBIR/STTR Phase I grant details HERE. (Source: US DOE, EERE, PR, 10 June, 2021) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings; Building Technologies Office, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE BETO,  


CSU Awarded $1Mn to Support Clean Energy Innovation (Funding)
Colorado State University, Innosphere Ventures
Date: 2021-06-09
In Denver, the Colorado State University (CSU) Energy Institute reports it will receive $1 million in new funding from the U.S. DOE to support low-carbon energy innovation and commercialization in Colorado and the region.

The award is part of the DOE's $10 million Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) and will provide resources to enable the CSU Energy Institute to launch the Rockies/Plains Energy Accelerator for Commercializing Hardtech (REACH) -- in collaboration with Innosphere Ventures, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (CERC) and 22 other ecosystem partners. REACH is tailored to the specific needs of the Rocky Mountains Great Plains region which produces 25 pct of the nation's energy.

Innosphere and CSU will plan, develop, and execute a growth strategy for clean energy innovation clusters throughout the region in partnership with public, private, non-profit, and higher education partners, and with support from CERC -- Colorado's inter-institutional partnership between CSU, University of Colorado- Boulder, Colorado School of Mines and the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

EPIC is a $10 million funding opportunity created by the DOE Office of Technology Transitions to underscore the importance of regional clusters which increase productivity of area companies, drive the direction and pace of innovation, and stimulate the formation of new businesses, further reinforcing the cluster itself.

CSU is one of 10 recipients of the EPIC funding award. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Colorado State University Energy Institute, Bryan Willson, Exec, Dir., Allison Vitt, Allison.Vitt@colostate.edu, www.energy.colostate.edu; Innosphere Ventures, Mike Freeman, CEO, www.innosphereventures.org; Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, www.coloradocollaboratory.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University ,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Innosphere Ventures,  


Lime Supports GWP Clean Energy Transformation (Ind. Report)
Willdan, Lime Energy
Date: 2021-06-07
In California, Willdan Group, Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary Lime Energy had been awarded a seven-year, $18 million contract from Glendale Water & Power (GWP) to support the City of Glendale, California's clean energy transformation.

Lime Energy will deliver 36,500 MWh in energy savings by providing a combination of targeted energy efficiency technologies, upgrades, and services for small and large Glendale businesses, making GWP's shift toward a clean energy future more feasible. Lime Energy will provide marketing, sales, engineering, project implementation, and customer support for a comprehensive mix of lighting and non-lighting measures. (Source: Willdan, PR 7 June, 2021) Contact: Glendale Water & power, www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com; Willdan Lime Energy, www.lime-energy.com; Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, CEO, Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  Lime Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
Date: 2021-06-07
European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Breakthrough Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Bill Gates,  


Lightsource BP Secures $330Mn for Aussie Solar Projects (Int'l.)
Lightsource BP
Date: 2021-06-04
London-headquartered Lightsource bp, a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects, is reporting closing on a $330 million (AUS) financing package and begun construction on its West Wyalong and Woolooga solar projects located in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Financing for the projects was secured from EDC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo and Westpac.

Combined, West Wyalong and Woolooga will produce approximately 673GWh of renewable electricity a year -- sufficient power for 100,000 Australian homes and cut carbon emissions by 540,000 metric tpy. The projects are expected to come online in mid-2022.

Queensland is aiming to have 50 pct of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and New South Wale has pledged to construct 12GW of clean energy over the next ten years. (Source: LighthouseBP, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Lighthouse BP, Adam Pegg, Country Manager, Australia (732) 429-3906, asam.pegg@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP ,  Solar,  


Bright to Build Aussie Biomethane-to-Grid Facility (Int'l.)
Bright Biomethane,
Date: 2021-06-04
Netherlands-based Bright Biomethane reports it is joining forces with Brisbane,Australia-headquartered clean energy infrastructure and equipment provider Eneraque, to construct its first biogas upgrader in Australia for energy company Jemena at the Sydney Malabar wastewater treatment site.

Biogas from Sydney Water will be purified to biomethane for distribution through the grid. The project is expected to be completed in 2022 and is claimed to be Australia's first biomethane gas grid injection project. (Source: Bright Biomethane, Website, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Bright Biomethane, +31 53 460 9088, info@brightbiomethane.com, www.brightbiomethane.com; Eneraque, +61 7 3434 3593 -- fax, www.eneraque.com; Jemena, www.jemena.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Biomethane,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  Eneraque,  


NRCAN Offers $964Mn Smart Renewables, Electrification Pathways Program Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Natural Resource Canada
Date: 2021-06-04
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) reports the launch of the 4-year Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREP), four-year programme that will provide up to $964 million ($799 million US) in grant funding for smart renewable energy and grid modernisation projects including: on- and offshore wind, solar, geothermal, concentrated solar, grid modernization, tidal and wave energy, energy storage and other established and emerging clean energy technologies.

The applicants in the established renewables category need to have a minimum net installed capacity of 4 MW if a generating project, or 500 kW if an Indigenous-owned scheme, and must be commercially viable in Canada.

Emerging technologies to be considered will have been successfully deployed at the utility scale in other countries but still not commercially viable in Canada. Heating and storage projects need to have capacities of not less than 40 terajoules (TJ) and 1 MW, respectively. The minimum sizes for generating and Indigenous-owned projects in this category are the same as in established renewables. Demonstration projects, renewable fuel production projects and non-organic waste-to-power projects will not be considered eligible.

The maximum funding in all categories is $50 million and there is also a limit to the percentage of total cost that can be supported, which is 10 pct for established renewables, 30 pct for emerging technologies and 50 pct for grid modernisation. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/green-infrastructure-programs/smart-renewables-and-electrification-pathways-program/23566

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada news,  Renewable Energy news,  


EESL, ISHRAE Partner for Indian HVAC Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Date: 2021-06-04
In New Delhi, India state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) reports it is partnering with the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineers (ISHRAE) to develop and implement energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) space.

Under this association, EESL and ISHRAE will establish committees and task forces to address specific areas requiring joint participation for the promotion of energy efficient low carbon technologies in cooling & heating and in the cold chain sector, including transportation. The partners will also work on District Energy Systems including awareness & adoption, training, and capacity building programmes for Refrigerator and Air Conditioning (RAC) technicians engaged in original equipment manufacturing (OEM), channel partners or independent service centres.

EESL is a "Super Energy Service Company" (ESCO) seeking to advance the Indian energy efficiency market. It acts as the resource center for capacity building of State Distribution Companies (DISCOMs), State Development Authorities (SDAs), upcoming Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), financial institutions, etc. (Source: EESL. PR, PTI June, 2021) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; ISHRAE, www.ishrae.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited news,  EESL news,  


Biden Budget Proposes $36Bn for Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Biden
Date: 2021-06-02
In Washington on Friday 27 May, US president Joe Biden released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 calling for more than $36 billion to fight climate change -- $14 billion more than the 2021 figure.

The budget proposes $4 billion for climate change research and $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as a $2 billion investment aimed "putting welders, electricians, and other skilled laborers to work building clean energy projects." The budget also earmarks $6.5 billion in loans for clean energy, energy storage and transmission projects in rural communities.

The funding would include $10 billion or more, a up roughly 30 pct from 2021, for clean energy innovation across non-defense agencies. (Source: The White House, PR, 27 May, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Biden news,  Renewable Energy news,  


Biden Climate Change Budget Supports Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
Biden, Climate Change
Date: 2021-06-02
In Washington on Friday 27 May, US president Joe Biden released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 calling for more than $36 billion to fight climate change, $14 billion more than the 2021 figure.

The budget proposes $4 billion for climate change research and $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The budget also earmarks $6.5 billion in loans for clean energy, energy storage and transmission projects in rural communities with $2 billion earmarked for "putting welders, electricians, and other skilled laborers to work building clean energy projects." The funding would also include $10 billion or more, up roughly 30 pct from 2021, for clean energy innovation across non-defense agencies. (Source: The White House, PR, 27 May, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Biden,  


Blue Planet Offers Clean Energy Microgrid Financing (Ind. Report)
Blue Planet Energy
Date: 2021-06-02
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered solar-plus-storage microgrid specialist Blue Planet Energy is touting a new zero-money-down financing program for solar-plus-storage microgrids. The Blue Planet system combines on-site solar energy generation with Blue Planet Energy's Blue Ion LX battery solution to power essential equipment when the utility grid is down.

With this first-of-its-kind Hybrid Power Purchase Agreement (hPPA) financing model, Blue Planet Energy eliminates the upfront cost barrier to solar-plus-storage microgrid adoption allowing owners to pay only for electricity usage generated by a new solar array and a fixed rate for the added benefits and services delivered by the battery storage system. All operations and maintenance is covered for the lifetime of the agreement. (Source: Blue Planet Energy, PR, Website, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Blue Planet Energy, Chris Johnson, CEO, 866.957.2246, sales@blueplanetenergy.com, CEO, www.blueplanetenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Planet Energy news,  Microgrid news,  Solar+Storage news,  Energy Storage news,  


TATC, Rainforest Energy Study Cdn Biomass Energy Project (Ind. Report)
Rainforest Energy
Date: 2021-05-26
On the Canadian prairies, Saskatchewan's Touchwood Agency Tribal Council (TATC) and Calgary, Alberta-based Rainforest Energy Corp. (RFEC) are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint evaluation and development of biomass and other clean energy in the TATC member territory in Saskatchewan.

The evaluation will consider the feasibility of a $250-million clean energy project at Punnichy, Sask. It involves the conversion of Indigenous-sourced waste biomass -- straw, hemp residue, logging slash, and others -- into 87 million lpy of low-carbon gasoline, sustainable jet fuel (SAF) and propane.

RFEC is currently in offtake discussions with major crude oil refiners which need low-carbon fuel output to blend down its fossil fuel sales to meet the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard, according to the release. (Source: Touchwood Agency Tribal Council, Rainforest Energy , PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Rainforest Energy, Jeff Arsenych, Pres., CEO, jarsenych@rainforestenergy.ca, www.rainforestenergy.ca; Touchwood Agency Tribal Counci, Rod Favel, Economic Development Program Manager , (306) 835-2937, www.touchwoodagency.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  Rainforest Energy,  


How U.S. Agriculture Can Be Part of the Climate Change Solution (Report Attached)
Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-21
Farmers are among the most-qualified people to help address greenhouse gases (GHGs) and related climate issues, according to How U.S. Agriculture Can Be Part of the Climate Change Solution, a new report commissioned by the Farm Journal Foundation.

While U.S. agriculture contributes about 10 pct of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the entire national economy, farmers could greatly reduce those emissions if they were provided with the right government incentives, according to the report. Expanding existing government programs could enable farmers to become more sustainable – helping them improve their soil health, increase livestock efficiency, convert animal waste into clean energy, and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Farm businesses run on tight margins and are affected by volatile commodity markets, so farmers need incentives – such as tax breaks, cost share, technical assistance, or favorable loan terms – in order for sustainable investments to make financial sense.

The report makes the following recommendations: increase funding for federal programs that help farmers reduce GHG emissions; increase funding for agricultural research that helps farmers adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change; reintroduce and pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act; and make it more affordable for farmers to adopt more radical -- and highly impactful --interventions to improve their energy efficiency.

Download the full report HERE.

The report was co-authored by John Reilly of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and Stephanie Mercier, senior policy adviser at Farm Journal Foundation. (Source: Farm Journal, May, 2021) Contact: Farm Journal Foundation, www.farmjournalfoundation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Apex Closes Isabella Wind Projects Sale to DTE (M&A, Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy, DTE Energy
Date: 2021-05-21
Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy reports the closing of the sale of the Isabella Wind I and II projects totaling 383 MW to DTE Energy, Michigan's leading producer of renewable energy, and the start of commercial operations for the facilities. Apex developed and managed construction of the wind farms.

The Isabella Wind projects, in Isabella County, Michigan, which will generate sufficient energy for as many as 86,000 average homes and displace roughly 700,000 tpy of CO2. Power from the wind projects will serve commercial and industrial customers -- including Ford, General Motors, and the University of Michigan -- who have enrolled in DTE's MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program

The projects were supported by a construction loan from KeyBank and CoBank, ACB as coordinating lead arrangers, Rabobank as joint lead arranger, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank as lender. (Source: Apec Clean Energy, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434-227-4196, www.apexcleanenergy.com; DTE, www.dteenergy.com, www.empoweringmichigan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DTE,  Apex Clean Energy,  


Pearl Expanding Energy Efficiency Certification Program (Ind. Report)
Pearl Certification
Date: 2021-05-21
Charlottesville, Virginia-based home energy efficiency and sustainability assessment service provider Pearl Certification reports it has raised $9.5 million to expand its third-party sustainability ratings which to date have certified and helped improve the energy efficiency of more than 72,000 homes. Clean Energy Ventures led funding round the round along with Keller Enterprises and the Felton Group. The National Association of Realtors, the Appraisal Institute and the US DOE Energy Star program also participated.

In 2020, Pearl launched its Green Door Web App, an online portal that enables homeowners to manage, maintain, and improve their home's energy-efficient performance. Pearl works with homeowners, contractors, and real estate professionals to set the global standard in high-performing, high-ROI home improvements. Pearl Certification drives demand by showcasing home improvements -- like efficient heating and cooling systems, solar, and smart home devices -- and capturing their value for resale and appraisal. Pearl is expanding its certification system to include other high-performing home features, like indoor air quality, energy storage and resilience. (Source: Pearl Certification, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Pearl Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557 5543, www.pearlcertification.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


REGI Releases 2020 ESG Report (Ind. Report Attached)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2021-05-19
Renewable Energy Group (REGI) Inc. reports the issuance of its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. In a year with so much disruption and hardship, the company felt it was more important than ever to support the environment, its employees and society, the company noted.

"In 2020, REGI was in the right place at the right time, providing essential clean energy to the transportation sector," said REGI President & CEO, C.J. Warner. "As consumers and businesses are increasingly recognizing a responsibility to be a part of the energy transition, there is strong desire to act now. REG is making real and immediate carbon reductions and stands ready to grow and innovate in order to meet increasing demand."

The report details the company's position on COVID-19, environmental sustainability, social responsibility and forward-looking governance.

Download the REGI report HERE. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc., 17 May, 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group Inc., C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000,www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  


FCM Invests $14Mn in PEI, NS Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Date: 2021-05-19
In Ottawa, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is reporting a $14.1-million investment through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) and drive cost savings in communities in Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Nova Scotia (NS).

The $14.1 million investment supports PACE Maritimes (Property Assessed Clean Energy), a multi-provincial program that will operate in Stratford and Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Wolfville, N.S. The program will finance residential energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage projects across the three municipalities. Of the total, $175,000 is earmarked for City of Charlottetown to study the feasibility of energy retrofits to cut energy consumption in 22 municipal buildings

CEF helps communities of all sizes implement innovative local financing programs that directly help homeowners cut GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency. The Canadian Government has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception 20 years ago. (Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Natural Resources Canada, PR, 19 May, 2021)Contact: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Municipal Fund, T. 613-241-5221, F. 613-241-7440, www.fcm.ca/en/programs/green-municipal-fund, www.fcm.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy .PACE news,  PACE-C news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy STorage news,  


AMP Energy Invests $2Bn In Aussie Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l.)
Amp Energy
Date: 2021-05-17
Mississauga, Ontario-based global clean energy developer Amp Energy (Amp) reports it has invested over $2 billion in establishing the 1.3 GW Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia (REHSA).

The REHSA facility will integrate large-scale wind, at least three solar PV, Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) assets and incorporate the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex. The PV projects will total 1,360 MW with BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio. Overall, the projects will create sufficient electricity to power 230,000 homes annually. Amp also plans to generate hydrogen for domestic and export markets from the Spencer facility to ports in Asia. (Source: AMP Energy, PR, Website, 15 May, 2021) Contact: AMP Energy, 905-271-7800, www.amp.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amp Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 (EMBER Study Attached)
EMBER, OCED
Date: 2021-05-17
"For countries eyeing economy-wide carbon neutrality in 2050, zero carbon power in the 2030s is a crucial short-term target. Recent Ember analysis found this timeline was the unspoken consensus behind US, UK and EU emission reduction plans, with power sector decarbonization in the next 10-15 years underpinning longer term goals.

"The Energy Transitions Commission has called for all 'developed economies' to commit to 2050 economy-wide net-zero and near zero-carbon power sectors by the mid-2030s. 21 of 37 OECD countries have a 2050 net-zero target in place, with some taking steps to set goals around coal phase out or clean power in the next decade and a half. So what progress are OECD countries making towards electricity sector goals that will need to be met in the 2030s on the way to 2050?

Download the EMBER OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 report HERE.

Ember's objective is to accelerate the global electricity transition from coal to clean energy. By gathering, curating and analyzing data on the global power sector and its impact on the climate. We use our data and analysis to: support high impact policies; empower campaign organizations; and shape the global narrative, according to the EMBER website. (Source: EMBER, Website PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: EMBER, www.ember-climate.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy news,  EMBER news,  Renewable Energy news,  


New Zealand Touts Gov. Carbon Neutral Commitment (Int'l.)
New Zealand
Date: 2021-05-17
In Wellington, the New Zealand Minister for Climate Change reports the government will allocate $67.4 million ($48.8 million U.S.) over four years to achieve the Carbon Neutral Government Program by 2025.

The funding includes a significant boost of $ 19.5 million to the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund, and $41.8 million for leasing 422 low-emissions vehicles and charging infrastructure; clean energy upgrades at 36 schools, seven universities and 10 hospitals, all of which is expected to save 76,000 tonnes f carbon emissions over ten years, according to the release. (Source: NZ Ministry of Climate Change, Xinhua, 16 May., 2021) Contact: NZ Ministry of Climate Change, www. environment.govt.nz/publications/statement-of-intent-2008-2011/operating-intentions/climate-change

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral news,  New Zealand news,  


Illinois EPA Supports Clean Energy Innovation Fund (Funding)
Illinois EPA
Date: 2021-05-14
In Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Energy has awarded $750,000 to the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund, which is administered by Clean Energy Trust (CET). This current investment is made possible through the State Energy Program grant awarded by the U.S. DOE to the Illinois EPA.

To date, the Innovation Fund has invested a total of $2.9 million in 11 Illinois-based companies which have gone on to raise tens of millions of dollars in follow-on investments. Two rapidly growing Illinois-based cleantech companies -- Intellihot and Agentis -- have received investment from the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

  • Intellihot designs and manufactures the first "smart" tankless water heaters suitable for commercial buildings. Their innovative, modular design saves space, cuts costs and energy use.

  • Chicago-based Agentis leverages billions of data points from over 2.5 million businesses in North America to change the way businesses work with their utilities. Agentis digital engagement software drives measurable energy efficiency results, allowing customers access to energy data that accelerate the adoption of new technologies like solar and battery storage. (Source: Illinois EPA Office of Energy, PR, 14 May., 2021) Contact: Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund, www.cleanenergytrust.org/programs/illinois-clean-energy-innovation-fund; Illinois EPA Office of Energy, www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/energy/Pages/default.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois EPA,  CLean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Quebec Low-Carbon Fuel Regulation Lauded (Opinions & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Vancouver-based Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) applauds the Government of Quebec's release of a draft regulation to require increased use of low carbon fuels in the province.

    Effective January 1, 2023, gasoline and diesel fuels distributed in the province are to have low-carbon content of 15 pct and 10 pct respectively by 2030, with progressively higher inclusion rates between 2023 and 2030. Diesel pool content in 2023 will be 3 pct and gasoline pool content 10 pct in 2023. In both pools, the low-carbon content volume requirements will be adjusted by a carbon intensity factor. Volume bonuses will be awarded if the average carbon intensity of low carbon fuels in the year is greater than 45 pct below the gasoline carbon intensity, or 70 pct below the diesel carbon intensity; in 2028, the bonus will apply after 50 pct and 75 pct, respectively. Consultation on the draft regulation closes June 26, 2021.

    The regulation respecting the integration of low-carbon-intensity fuel content into gasoline and diesel fuel is expected to result in 2.5 MT of GHG reductions per year by 2030, and contribute to the provincial goal of reduced reliance on fossil fuel imports. With Quebec's regulation, over 90 pct of Canadian fuel consumption will be subject to a provincial low-carbon or renewable fuel standard, with biofuels supplying most of the compliance pursuant to these standards.

    ABFC is the national voice for producers, distributors, and technology developers of advanced biofuels. ABFC promotes the production and use of low carbon advanced biofuels in Canada, which our members supply across North America and globally. These companies have invested in processing and supply chain operations in Quebec and are actively bringing to market the next generation of low carbon biofuels. Since 2005, ABFC has provided provincial and federal leadership on sound biofuels policies to expand clean energy options, achieve measurable climate action results, and stimulate new investments and clean growth. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.caABFC, Ian Thomson, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Biofuel Blend,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    Shell CEO Comments on Hydrocarbon-Clean Energy Mix (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-05-12
    "if you want to get rid of hydrocarbons in the (energy) mix, you have to do something about the use of it, not the production of it. If we do not make that type of process by the middle of next decade, we have a problem not just as a company but as a society.

    "What I also see is that the government is flirting with popular ideas that are clear, simple, and wrong, which is, 'Let's ban the production of oil and gas in our country.' Popular demand may well push you in the direction, but it is not smart policy. We (Shell) will focus on the demand side, and then the supply side is a resultant of that." -- Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, May, 2021)

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    HECO CER Strategy Calls for Rooftop Solar Ramp-up (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2021-05-12
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it has filed its Customer Energy Resources for Hawaii: A Customer-First CER Strategy for a 100 pct Clean Energy Future with the state Public Utilities Commission. The strategy aims to increase energy efficiency, rooftop solar and similar customer energy resources (CERs) to the scale needed to reach the state's clean energy benchmarks.

    Release of the CER strategy follows consultation and cooperation with the rooftop solar industry that has further smoothed and hastened the interconnection process during the COVID-19 pandemic and removed barriers to customers quickly getting rooftop solar and energy storage benefits. As a result of this continuing process, in 2020 nearly 6,000 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Hawaiian Electric's service territory -- 55 pct increase from 2019.

    The CER strategy details the "Equity Principle" that expansion of CERs benefit all customers, including those with moderate or fixed incomes and must fairly allocate utility costs among customers based on benefits they receive or provide the grid. Customer energy resources are technologies and devices on the customer-side of the meter that can alter energy use.

    The Strategy envisions a modern grid with about half of all customers' electricity needs coming from the "edge of the grid" (that is, from customers) not the "center of the grid" (large power plants that push power out to customers.)

    The strategy also notes that energy efficiency and conservation are essential to customer involvement. Hawaiian Electric continues to collaborate with Hawaii Energy, the Public Utilities Commission's independent entity that administers the state's energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency is incorporated in resource planning, including the state's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, which targets a continuing 30 pct electricity sales reduction by 2030.

    Download the Customer Energy Resources for Hawaii strategy HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Scott Seu, Pres., CEO, Shannon Tangonan, 808.351.4978, shannon.putnam@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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    HECO Customer Strategy Stresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric, HECO
    Date: 2021-05-12
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it has filed its new Customer Energy Resources (CER) for Hawaii A Customer-First CER Strategy for a 100 pct Clean Energy Future with the state's Public Utilities Commission.

    The CER strategy notes that energy efficiency and conservation are essential to customer involvement. Hawaiian Electric continues to collaborate with Hawaii Energy, the Public Utilities Commission's independent entity that administers the state's energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency is incorporated in resource planning, including the state's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, which targets a continuing 30 pct electricity sales reduction by 2030. And the strategy points out that the successful shift to a two-way flow of electricity +data +communication depends on linked, ongoing Hawaiian Electric initiatives of: advanced rate design, grid modernization and integrated grid planning.

    Download the Customer Energy Resources for Hawaii HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Scott Seu, Pres., CEO, Shannon Tangonan, 808.351.4978, shannon.putnam@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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    Chevron Upping Clean Energy Fuels RNG Investment (Ind. Report)
    Chevron USA, Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2021-05-12
    Chevron U.S.A reports in its increasing its investment in Clean Energy Fuels Corp’s Adopt-a-Port initiative from an originally reported $8 million to a total of $28 million. The initiative provides trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with cleaner, carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG).

    Chevron's funding will allow truck operators to subsidize the purchase of new trucks or conversion of trucks to use RNG fuel. Clean Energy Fuels will manage the programme, including fueling services for qualified truck operators.

    In other Clean Energy Fuels news, the company recently reported new fueling agreements with the following across the US, in Los Angeles, Portland, British Columbia, and Florida: Pac Anchor Transportation, a port drayage company serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles; Cal Portland; Ecology Auto Parts; Biagi Bros.; EVO Transportation & Energy Services; Republic Transportation Group; Matheson Trucking; Valley Metro RPTA in Mesa, Arizona; GTrans, the City Gardena's transit division; TransDev, a transit agency in Nassau County Long Island, New York; BC Transit; Port of Seattle; City of Pasadena; Mission Trails Waste Systems in Santa Clara, California; Salt Lake County Sanitation; Garden City Sanitation and and Atlas Refuel in Sacrament. (Source: Chevron USA, Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 12 May, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com; Chevron USA, www.chevron.com

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    Renewables Battery Energy Storage Slated for Dominica (Int'l)
    Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
    Date: 2021-05-10
    The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) funded UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) reports the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 5-mw/2.5 mWh battery energy storage system worth $50 million in Dominica. The battery-only project, in part financed by the Dominican government, is the first of its type under the CREF programme and complements existing and ongoing renewable energy generation projects in Dominica, enabling an increased share of renewable energy deployment without adverse impact to the grid.

    Under the UAE-CREF initiative, clean energy projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were inaugurated in March 2019. UAE-CREF intends to deploy renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean countries in three cycles to reduce energy costs, increase energy access, and enhance climate resilience. (Source: Masdar, PR, Utilities, May, 2021) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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    DTE Commissions Ford Rooftop Solar+Storage Array (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In Michigan, DTE Energy has announced that it has commissioned a new solar+storage array at the Ford Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn. The array is the third that DTE has constructed with Ford.

    The 2,159-panel solar array generates 1,127 mWh of clean energy includes an integrated battery storage system and will be used to power newly installed electric vehicle chargers. (Source: DTE, PR, 7 May., 2021)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, (313) 235-9994, www2.dteenergy.com

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    German MBU, Industry Agree on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In Bonn, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and state governments and industrial leaders have agreed on a roadmap aimed at establishing climate-friendly power-to-liquid (PtL) aviation fuel production.

    The PtL roadmap is intended to create the basis for the production of 200,000 tpy or more of sustainable kerosene for German air traffic by 2030 -- one-third of the current fuel requirement for domestic German air traffic. The plan aims to produce PtL fuels from green hydrogen and sustainable CO2 from bioenergy plants and other industry, sources therefore drastically reducing the overall amount of air traffic CO2 emissions.

    Although PtL fuels have not yet been produced in relevant quantities or at market prices due to the lack of industrial-scale production facilities, the German government has committed to emissions-free aviation as part of the country’s low-carbon energy transition. (Source: German MBU, PR, Clean Energy Wire, May, 2021) Contact:German BMU, www.bmu.de

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    LS Power Acquires GI Energy, Re-brands as Endurant Energy (M&A)
    LS Power, Endurant Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    NYC-based LS Power, a U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, reports acquisition of distributed energy infrastructure solutions provider GI Energy, which will be rebranded as Endurant Energy.

    Chicago-headquartered Endurant is a full-service provider of cost-effective, resilient and sustainable clean energy, microgrid and energy storage solutions to the education, commercial, industrial, real estate, public utility and other sectors. In addition, Endurant is advancing a development portfolio of ground-breaking eco-district projects in California.

    To date, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 45,000 MW of power generation, including utility scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired and battery storage projects, and over 660 miles of transmission, for which it has raised over $47 billion in debt and equity financing. Additionally, LS Power actively invests in businesses and platforms focused on distributed energy resources and energy efficiency, according to the company website. (Source: LS Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: LS Power, Paul Segal, CEO, (212) 615-3456, www.lspower.com; Endurant Energy, (630) 323-5254.

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    CETY Inks Mass. Woody Biomass Project MoU (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Technologies, Ashfield Ag Resources
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Costa Mesa, California-headquartered Clean Energy Technologies Inc. (CETY) is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ashfield Ag Resources to co-develop its initial biomass renewable energy processing facility in Massachusetts using the revolutionary high temperature ablative fast pyrolysis reactor (HTAP Biomass Reactor).

    The project will convert forest biomass waste products to renewably generated electricity and BioChar fertilizer. The project is expected to deliver up to 14,600 MWh per year of renewable electricity and 1,500 tpy of BioChar by Q1 2022.

    The MOU, which is subject to the execution of definitive agreements providing the project with rights to feedstock, site control, approved grid interconnection and power purchase agreement revenues. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies Inc., Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Technologies Inc., Kam Mahdi, CEO, (949) 273-4990, Fax -- (949) 273-4990,www.cetyinc.com; Ashfield Ag Resources, www.ashfield.org

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    DOE Invests $3Mn for Carbon Use, Rare Earths Research (Funding)
    University of Wyoming
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Laramie, the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) reports it will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. DOE for research focused on "expanding and transforming the use of coal to produce coal-based products using carbon ore, rare earth elements (REE) and critical minerals."

    The funds will cover research in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana and the Greater Green River and Wind River basins of Wyoming and Colorado.

    The production of rare earth elements and critical minerals is "vital for use in electronics, magnets, batteries, phosphors for lighting with applications in national security and clean energy production -- including the manufacturing of wind turbines", the release notes. The feasibility of recovering REEs from coal-based resources has been expanded through efforts led by the DOE and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, UW added. (Source: University of Wyoming, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Wyoming School of Energy Resources Center for Economic Geology Research Scott Quillinan, Dir, 307 766-6697, www.uwyo.edu/cegr

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    CAISO Releases Energy Storage Enhancements (Report Attached)
    California ISO
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Grid-scale storage resources are being rapidly deployed onto the California ISO (CAISO) grid to provide replacement capacity for retiring resources and to enable the integration of more renewable resources consistent with the statewide clean energy and climate goals. Energy storage complements intermittent variable energy resources by absorbing excess clean renewable energy and releasing that stored energy when needed to support and sustain grid reliability. Storage is also relied upon in several cases to help meet local capacity resource requirements and there are additional opportunities expected in the future.

    Given the unique characteristics of energy storage resources compared to traditional energy generation or load resources, new market rules and changes to the ISO's existing energy storage optimization models may be needed to fully integrate these resources into the market, to leverage the flexibility of these resources to maintain grid reliability, and to maximize their use and effectiveness to achieve clean energy goals.

    Download California ISO Energy Storage Enhancements HERE. (Source: California ISO, PR, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: California ISO, www.caiso.com

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    Scout Clean Energy Credit Facility to Back Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reporting receipt of a $50-million letter of credit facility. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as coordinating lead arranger, while Rabobank and Wells Fargo acted as joint lead arrangers to support expansion.

    Scout will use the facility primarily to provide letters of credit to support current and upcoming security requirements related to new project interconnections and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for its renewables pipeline.

    The company has over 4 GW of onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage projects in its 13-state pipeline and 843 MW of onshore wind farms in operation. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, Website, 26 Apr., 2021)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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    ExxonMobil Confirms Global Clean Energy RD Deal (Ind Report)
    Global Clean Energy,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it will purchase renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California biorefinery which is on schedule to begin production early in 2022. The Bakersfield facility will process up to 15,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) from Global Clean Energy's proprietary camelina feedstock.

    As previously reported, the original 5-fear agreement signed in August 2020 committed ExxonMobil to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel for distribution within California and potentially other US and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Apr. 27, 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com; Global Clean Energy, Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

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    N.D. Passes Clean Sustainable Energy Legislation (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) has signed House Bill 1452 into law. The legislation allocates $25 million from the state's general fund to create a Clean Sustainable Energy Fund and establishes a Clean Sustainable Energy Authority tasked with making recommendations to the North Dakota Industrial Commission for grant awards and loan programs to support promising low-emission technologies.

    The bill repeals the state's existing "25X25" initiative and replaces it with a low-carbon emission technology initiative. It also allows the state's EmPower Commission to make recommendations on low-emission technologies and affordable and sustainable energy policy, requiring the Legislature to consider such recommendations to develop comprehensive energy policy for the state.

    The bill, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support, follows HB 1412 exempting coal-fired power plants from the state's coal conversion facility tax for the next five years. (Source: Office of ND Gov. Doug Burgam, Website, PR, 25 Apr., 2021) Contact: Office of ND Gov. Doug Burgam, 701.328.2200, Fax: 701.328.2205, www.governor.nd.gov

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    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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  • American Clean Power Assoc. Applauds Clean Energy for America Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Clean Power Association
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Washington, DC-based American Clean Power Association (ACPA) issued the following statement after Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced the Clean Energy for America Act.

    "The American Clean Power Association applauds the collective efforts in Congress to promote economic investment and address climate change. Chairman Wyden's Clean Energy for America Act goes a long way towards addressing both of these pressing needs in America. This bill would be important to deploying more renewable energy and facilitating economic growth and job creation across the country. In addition, this legislation's focus on transmission infrastructure and project financing flexibility will help enable the U.S. to remain on the cutting edge of clean power development and to deliver additional clean energy to communities across the country. The wind, solar, energy storage, transmission, and hydrogen industries look forward to working on a bipartisan basis to help move towards an affordable, reliable, and clean electric system for America." (Source: American Clean Power Association, PR, 2 Apr., 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, Heather Zichal, CEO, (202) 383-2500 www.cleanpower.org

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    Environmental Defense Fund Lauds Biden's 50-52 pct GHG Reduction by 2030 Target (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EDF
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Today, the Biden administration announced an ambitious and credible emissions target under the Paris Agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

    "By announcing a bold target of cutting emissions 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, President Biden has met the moment and the urgency that the climate crisis demands. The message from the White House is clear: The U.S. is ready to go all-in to beat the climate crisis. This target aligns with what the science says is necessary to put the world on the path to a safer climate, and vaults the U.S. into the top tier of world leaders on climate ambition. And it's backed up by numerous analyses demonstrating that it can be met through multiple pathways using existing technologies.

    "For four years, the world wondered what's going on with the U.S. Now they're going to have to race to keep up. With this ambitious and credible target, the U.S. has joined the EU and UK at the top of the global league table, recaptured a leadership role on climate -- and positioned itself to push for greater global ambition in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow. Now it's time for other major emitters to follow suit and commit to deeper reductions in their own emissions over this next decisive decade.

    "Going bold on climate will help America create the jobs of the future. By taking swift action to invest in clean industries and technologies, the United States can supercharge its competitiveness in the global clean energy economy. Leading businesses and investors already know this: That's why over 400 of them called on the administration to cut emissions at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "With this target in place, there's not a moment to lose to start achieving it with a whole-of-government approach that leverages action from the White House and Congress. The Biden administration can jump-start progress by putting in place critical clean air and climate protections under existing law and by working with Congress to enact transformative investments in the American Jobs Plan. These measures can support millions of good-paying union jobs and improve air quality for low-income communities and communities of color that have borne and continue to bear a disproportionate share of harmful pollution.

    "Critical near-term actions are available in three sectors: power, transportation, and methane from oil and gas. A key step toward meeting the 2030 target is an enforceable Clean Electricity Standard for the power sector that ensures reductions of 80 pct below 2005 by the end of the decade. With transportation as the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. as well as a significant source of air pollution, electrifying cars, trucks and buses will be essential. And as the administration takes aggressive action to cut carbon emissions, it must also double down on actions to reduce methane -- the most immediate opportunity the world has to reduce warming now. As the world's largest oil and gas producer, the U.S. has both an opportunity and responsibility to take swift action to reduce oil and gas methane pollution here at home and be a leader in catalyzing international action on this global problem.

    "As the administration implements a whole-of-government approach to meet this target, it should ensure that policies expand access to economic opportunity, reduce exposure to harmful air pollution and empower American workers in every community.

    "We look forward to working with the administration, Congress, state and local leaders, businesses and advocates to help turn this bold commitment into strong policy action that delivers." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF Nathaniel Keohane, Senior VP for Climate, www.edf.org

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    Crown Battery Enhances Green Energy, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Crown Battery,AEP Energy
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Fremont, Ohio-headquartered industrial battery manufacturer Crown Battery reports the inking of a contract with AEP Energy to source clean energy through AEP's Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution to power its manufacturing operations.

    The long-term, fixed-price retail energy program will support new, locally sourced wind and solar power for more than 12 years beginning in January 2023. The company will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from AEP Ohio to power operations until the IRE supply begins, according to the company release.

    To date, Crown has invested over $8 million in energy efficiency, including the use of on-site solar panels, ultra-efficient lighting, geothermal cooling and an ultra-efficient charging system that will drastically reduce energy consumption, according to the company. (Source: Crown Battery, PR, DC Velocity, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Crown Battery, Hal Hawk, Pres., 419.334.7181, sales@crownbattery.com, www.crownbattery.com; AEP Energy, www.aepenergy.com

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    Sustainable Aviation Fuels Buyers Alliance Launched (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuels Buyers Alliance
    Date: 2021-04-21
    The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the launch of the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by driving investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), catalysing new SAF production and technological innovation and supporting member engagement in policy-making. SABA's founding member companies include Boeing, BCG, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Netflix and Salesforce. Key aspects of SABA's work will include:
  • Education and Policy Support -- SABA will help members navigate the technical aspects of SAF and the SAF market, aviation emissions accounting, and the SAF policy landscape.

  • Technology Innovation -- SABA will assess emerging SAF technologies and work with like-minded organizations to help address barriers to scale and cost reduction.

  • Investment Opportunity -- SABA will establish a rigorous, transparent SAF certificate system enabling air transport customers -- not only aircraft operators -- to invest in high quality SAF to meet their ambitious climate goals.

    According to RMI's managing director of climate intelligence Ned Harvey, "SABA will build on the strong foundation of these global efforts, and develop a system that enables SAF to grow at the same pace and scale that renewable electricity grew over the last decade. The benefits of investing in SAF will go beyond the aviation sector, creating vast new clean energy jobs and new, sustainable revenue sources for farmers and tech innovators." (Source: EDF, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF, www.edf.org

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  • DOE Helps Remote Communities Transition to Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) has announced it will work with 11 remote and island communities around the U.S and provide federal assistance to bolster their renewable energy and energy infrastructure, energy efficiency reduce the risk of outages, and improve their future energy and economic outlook, advance local clean energy solutions and improve resilience.

    To that end, ETIPP will use a community-led and inclusive approach to identify the each community's energy challenges and provide strategic assistance and funding to help communities determine and direct their energy transition. The 11 selected communities include: Sitka, Alaska; Dillingham, Alaska; Eastport, Maine; Honolulu, Hawaii; Islesboro, Maine; Kauai, Hawaii; Nags Head, North Carolina; Ocracoke Island, North Carolina; Ouzinkie, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; and Wainwright, Alaska.

    These projects are funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Energy Transition Initiative, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, and are supported by the DOE's Office of Electricity. Five regional stakeholder engagement partners will help communities identify and prioritize their energy resilience needs and connect them to experts from DOE's NREL, PNNL, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, ETIPP, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: ETIPP, www.energy.gov/eere/energy-transitions-initiative-partnership-project-who-we-are

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    Warren Joins Power A Clean Future Ohio (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In the Buckye State, the city of Warren (pop. 40,000 +-) reports it has become the 12th community to join the Power A Clean Future Ohio coalition as part of the city’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions 30 pct by 2030 based on 2010 emissions levels.

    Power A Clean Future Ohio is a nonpartisan coalition and campaign dedicated to working with local communities to develop equitable clean energy solutions to benefit the well-being of residents, the environment and the economy. . Other cities in the coalition are Lorain, Lakewood, Euclid, Lima, Dayton, Cincinnati, Silverton, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Lancaster and Athens. The coalition was launched in February 2020. (Source: Power A Clean Future Ohio, Tribune Chronicle, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Power A Clean Future Ohio, Joe Flarida, Exec. Dir., www.poweracleanfuture.org

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    NextEra Energy Partners Acquiring 400-MW Wind Portfolio (M&A)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Partners, LP is reporting a definitive agreement with Brookfield Renewable, a global owner and operator of renewable power assets, to acquire a 391-MW portfolio of four operating wind assets located in California and New Hampshire for a base purchase price of $733 million, subject to closing adjustments.

    The portfolio includes the Alta Wind VIII, 150-MW wind generating facility; Windstar,120-MW wind generating facility; a nd the Coram, 22-MW wind generating facility, all in California. The Granite, 99-MW wind generating facility in New Hampshire is also included. The acquisition will be completed with a combination of undrawn funds remaining from the 2020 convertible equity portfolio financing and existing debt capacity.

    NextEra Energy Partners acquires, manages and owns contracted clean energy projects with stable, long-term cash flows and owns interests in geographically diverse wind and solar projects in the U.S. as well as natural gas infrastructure assets in Texas and Pennsylvania. (Source: NextEra Energy Partners, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: NextEra Energy Partners, www.NextEraEnergyPartners.com

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    Smart Electric Power Alliance Lauds Con Edison (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance, Con Edison
    Date: 2021-04-16
    NYC-based utility Con Edison reports the not-for-profit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has ranked Con Edison as a "leader among U.S. energy companies for its actions to create a clean, carbon-free energy system."

    SEPA, which envisions a carbon-free electric system by 2050, lauded Con Edison for connecting customers solar panels and other clean, renewable energy resources, its smart meter program and a wide range of actions and strategies. To date, Con Edison customers have completed 37,000 rooftop projects totaling 334 MW of clean, renewable power capacity. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.'s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the U.S. and the seventh-largest worldwide.

    Con Edison is also investing in energy transmission and energy storage and offers energy efficiency programs that incentivize energy-saving upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and other equipment. The utility is seeking to triple its energy efficiency programs by 2025 and to offer 100 pct clean electricity by 2040. (Source: Con Edison of New York, PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: SEPA, Julia Hamm, President and CEO, www.sepapower.org; Con Edison, www.coned.com; www.coned.com/energyefficiency

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    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

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  • Glasgow Consider "Massive" Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Int'l. Report)
    Glasgow
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Scotland, the city of Glasgow (pop. 598,000) reports it is undertaking a feasibility study of a proposed energy retrofit / energy efficiency programme that could target over 420,000 homes, especially properties with the lowest energy efficiency / energy performance ratings across the Glasgow city region. Program partners include both the Scottish and UK Governments, Skills Development Scotland, the construction industry, social landlords and homeowners.

    The £80,000 feasibility study of appropriate energy efficiency solutions including insulation, clean energy and low/zero emissions heat technologies and others is expected to be completed by September. The study will also look at potential barriers, such as mixed ownership in flats and ensuring uptake among private landlords and homeowners. (Source: City of Glasgow, PR, GlasgowLive, 10 Apr., 2021)

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    Idaho Power Touts Energy Efficiency Program Savings (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Boise, Idaho Power Company's just released Demand Side Management 2020 Annual Report (IPC) noted customers saved 196,809 MWh of energy by participating in energy efficiency activities last year -- enough energy to power almost 17,000 average homes for a year.

    Idaho Power's report outlines the utility's two energy savings programs -- energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing overall electricity consumption, and demand-response programs that shift energy use from high demand periods of extreme demand periods and in the summer months. Idaho Power has committed to provide 100 pct clean energy by 2045. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Idaho Power, Theresa Drake, Customer Relations & Energy Efficiency Senior Manager, www.idahopower.com

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