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Ireland Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
Irish Marine Institute
Date: 2021-07-23
The Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change. Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

In preparation for the research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland.

Download the Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, July , 2021) Contact: Irish Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  


Argonne Awarded $4.15 Mn for Bldg. Efficiency (Funding)
Argonne National Laboratory
Date: 2021-07-23
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects that will accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies -- ranging from clean energy to building efficiency, energy efficiency and next-generation materials.

The DOE's Argonne National Laboratory was awarded $4.15 million in federal funds, cost-shared by industry partners in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The awards are supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), which is managed by DOE Office of Technology Transitions.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne is managed by University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; Argonne National Lab, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency,  


RFA Comments on Refiners' RFS Arguments Rejection (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2021-07-23
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) issued the following comments on the D.C. Circuit Court's July 16th rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) causes them economic hardship and therefore the EPA should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations." The court ruled on the follow specific points:

  • Severe Economic Harm Waiver -- The court rebuffed the refiners' argument that EPA should have waived the 2019 RFS requirements because East Coast refiners purportedly could not pass through their RFS compliance costs and thus experienced "severe economic harm." According to the Court, "Obligated parties assert that the 'pass-through' theory is flawed and that RFS requirements impose severe economic consequences on refiners in the Eastern United States. We reject this challenge. EPA reasonably concluded that obligated parties had failed to make the strong causal showing required to trigger the waiver. It was reasonable for EPA to conclude that RFS costs alone were not the primary driver of the refineries' economic difficulties", the Court added.

  • Inadequate Domestic Supply Waiver -- The court also shot down the refiners' claim that a waiver of 2019 RFS requirements would have been justified due to an "inadequate domestic supply" of renewable fuels to meet the standards. "EPA adequately explained its refusal to exercise the inadequate domestic supply waiver," the judges wrote.

  • Point of Obligation -- Refiners also argued that EPA should have used the 2019 RFS rule-making to change the point of obligation for RFS compliance from refiners and importers to fuel blenders. The court discarded that argument stating "Refiners have repeatedly but unsuccessfully urged EPA to include blenders in the point of obligation. EPA's decision not to undertake another reassessment in the 2019 rule-making was not an abuse of discretion."

  • Exported Renewable Fuel -- The Court similarly rejected refiner arguments that exported renewable fuels should count toward RFS compliance. "EPA at no point suggested that it was substantively reconsidering its longstanding policy concerning the treatment of exported renewable fuel, and it reasonably refused to consider obligated parties' arguments for changing that policy," the court ruled. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., Website PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  RFS Waiver,  


  • AEP, Opdenergy Ink US Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Opdenergy
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Madrid-headquartered independent offshore wind and solar energy developer Opdenergy reports the closing of a new 15-year Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement (REPA) in the United States with AEP Energy, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP).

    Under the agreement, Opdenergy will develop a solar PV plant with an installed capacity of 63 MWdc in Clarke County , Virginia, and AEP Energy will purchase 100 pct of the project's power production. The project expects to reach RtB in 2023 and grid connection in the first half of 2024. (Source: Opdenergy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Opdenergy, Luis Cid, CEO, +34 914 559 996, www.opdenergy.com/en; www.opdenergy.com; AEP Energy, Ben Buckworth, beduckworth@aepes.com, www aepes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Opdenergy,  AEP Energy,  Solar,  


    Bloomington Launches Green Home Program (Ind. Report)
    Bloomington
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Illinois, the City of Bloomington is touting the Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program, a partnership between the city's Department of Economic and Sustainable Environment, the not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Friendly Bloomington, and Clean Energy Credit Union -- a low-income designated, federally chartered credit union that offers loans for clean energy projects.

    Under the program, qualified Bloomington homeowners will be eligible for $1,000 rebates and low-interest loans for solar electric system installations, geothermal heat pump systems, energy efficient HVAC , LED lighting and others.

    All eligible Bloomington city residents will be directed to apply directly for a loan from Clean Energy Credit Union at an interest rate reduced by 0.5 pct according to the release. Residents with a household income below $100,000 who verify completion of a green energy project are then eligible for a $1,000 rebate from the city. A federal solar income tax credit of 26 pct is also available for solar or geothermal projects completed in 2021 or 2022. (Source: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Indiana Daily Student, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Brian Payne, Executive Director, www.cdfifriendlybtown.org; Clean Energy Credit Union, www.cleanenergycu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Alliant Energy Touts 1,000,000 Tree Planting Plan (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In its recently released 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy noted it will plant 1 million trees across its service area -- Wisconsin and Iowa -- as part of efforts to promote sustainability and transition to clean energy. The utility would be the state's first corporate partner to help Wisconsin fulfill its pledge of planting millions of trees in the next decade to help address climate change.

    Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.

    To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide . (Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Tree Planting,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EPA Year-Round E15 Approval Ruling Overruled (Reg & Leg)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2021-07-19
    On 2nd July In Washington, in the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA case, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2019 EPA rule that lifted restrictions on the year-round sale of a 15 pct ethanol fuel blend.

    Under the June 2019 expansion, E15 could be sold year-round without additional Reid vapor pressure (RVP) control rather than just eight months of the year. The one pound per square inch waiver for RVP was approved by EPA for year-round E10 sales in 1992, but not for E15.

    The Court found that Congress "balanced wide-ranging economic, energy-security and geopolitical implications" and that the law "reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs" and that "Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round." (Source: Various Media, AgriNews, 18 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  


    EQT Acquiring Waste-to-Energy Specialist Covanta for $5.3Bn (M&A)
    Covanta, EQT Group
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Morristown, New Jersey-headquartered Covanta Holding Corporation reports it is to be taken private by Sweden-based investment firm EQT at a total of $5.3 billion including debt.

    The deal, to be completed by EQT Infrastructure Fund V, is expected to aid Covanta's expansion, including outside of the United States, according to separate statements.

    Covanta is the world's leading waste-to-energy provider with more than 40 facilities in North America, Europe and the UK processing roughly 21 million tpy of waste from municipalities and businesses into renewable electricity to power over one million homes, according to the company. (Source: Covanta, Website PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Covanta, EQT Group, www.eqtgroup.com; Covanta, 862-345-5000, www.covanta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covanta,  Waste-to-Energy,  


    NC Acts to Cut Power Plant Emissions (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina Environmental Management Commission
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Further to our 21 June coverage, in Raleigh, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission reports its will develop rules governing power plant pollution and emissions in an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 70 pct of 2005 levels by 2030 .

    The directive also prepares North Carolina for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It’s a cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions in 11 mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Website, PR, AP, 14 July, 2021) Contact: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, 877-623-6748, deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-commissions/environmental-management-commission; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Opal Fuels Announces RNG Fuel Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Opal Fuels
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Opal Fuels LLC, a producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports it has contracted with Contract Transport Services to sell 15 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of RNG and construct a fueling station and related infrastructure at CTS's facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. TruStar Energy, an Opal Fuels company, will manage the construction and operation of the station.

    CTS, which owns 103 CNG-powered trucks, has partnered with the U.S. EPA as a SmartWay affiliate to help reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel efficiency. As a result of its sustainability efforts, CTS won Wisconsin Clean Cities' 2019 Forward Fleet Award and was named a Top Green Fleet of 2019 by Heavy Duty Trucking. (Source: Opal Fuels LLC, PR July, 2021) Contact: Opal Fuels, www.opalfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Opal Fuels,  RNG,  


    Bioenergy Devco Completes MD's Largest AD Project (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy Devco
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Bioenergy Devco is reporting completion of the state's newest and largest anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority campus in Jessup, Maryland. The $25 million project received more than $460,000 in grant funding to support construction.

    According to the release, the project represents an important part of building the capacity and infrastructure needed to successfully implement HB264/SB483 (Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion -- Food Residuals) which was passed into law in 2020. The bill will require businesses that generate two tons or more per week of excess food waste to separate and divert food residuals away from final disposal in landfills and incinerators beginning in January 2023. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, 12 July 2021) Contact: Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Devco,  Anaerobic Digester,  


    Columbus, Ohio Biodiesel Ventures Announced (Ind. Report)
    Clean Air Biodiesel Group
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based Clean Air Biodiesel Group reports it is planning construction of a new 10 million gpy ATSM-certified renewable biodiesel from virgin and reclaimed oils production facility in Columbus. Global Biodiesel Trading, a related but separate company from Clean Air Biodiesel Group, will specialize in import and export of both feedstock and biofuels.

    Clean Air Biodiesel plans to commence operations in the fall of 2021. (Source: Clean Air Biodiesel, Mandalay Group, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Clean Air Biodiesel Group, Bruce Burke, 727-612-5775, www.clean-air-biodiesel.com; Global Biodiesel Trading, www.globalbiodieseltrading.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Air Biodiesel Group,  Biodiesel ,  


    DOE BTO Awards $8.6Mn to Accelerate Bldg. Tech. (Funding)
    DOE BTO
    Date: 2021-07-12
    According to the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO), U.S. homes and commercial built environment consume a staggering 40 pct of the country's total energy. To help decarbonize the built environment BTO has awarded $8.6 million to accelerate the commercialization of 20 research projects through a recent laboratory cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) call.

    The 2021 BTO Laboratory CRADA Call leveraged the expertise of the DOE national laboratories by funding collaborative projects that involve one or more national laboratories and non-lab partners. The awards will fund projects across six areas of interest.

    "We cannot meet clean energy goals without addressing building technology. This investment will accelerate the commercialization of U.S. building technologies and create new, clean energy jobs for Americans in construction, skilled trades, and engineering professions," according to Erika Gupta, Acting Manager of the BTO Emerging Technologies Program.

    Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE BTO, PR, 9 July, 2021) Contact: DOE EERE, BTO Emerging Technologies Program, Erika Gupta, Acting Manager www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy


    Carbon Capture Shield, Inc - Reversing Climate Change Through Land Stewardship (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Capture Shield
    Date: 2021-07-09
    "What if it was possible to not only eliminate the entire human Carbon footprint, but also eliminate the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (saving the bees); eliminate the use of inorganic chemical fertilizers (protecting our waterways); increase soil health and resilience (buffering against disease, drought, and flood) while improving the size, yield, and nutrient density of crops grown in such living soil (with as much as 500 pct increase in yield); all while creating a global network of smallholder farmers and connecting them to a corresponding global market of conscious consumers?

    "This is the express goal of (Washington, DC-based) Carbon Capture Shield, Incorporated; a Delaware C-Corp formed in 2021, by a team with decades of experience in global farming, renewable energy, and government contracting: To shift 1 billion acres of farmland to Regenerative Agriculture by 2030. According to co-founder and President, Darryl J. Nicke II, 'Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they also cause many problems by upsetting the natural balance of microorganisms that live in our gut. Probiotics can reverse and even completely cure many diseases caused by such imbalances. Similarly, herbicides, pesticides, and even chemical fertilizers have destroyed the natural balance of life in the soil. By supplementing and restoring that natural balance, you return Earth's Surface to its natural healthy state. This is Earth's natural defense against human activity and pollution. This is Earth's Carbon Capture Shield.'

    "With a clear vision, they have begun Phase 01 of a 10-year, multi-phase plan to transform the way humans care for our shared home, starting in your own backyard - literally. Americans dump more than 60 million ppy of pesticides on their lawns. Fourteen of the most used lawn pesticides are neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens, yet this is where our children play. Not only that, but lawn fertilizers are also a major source of water pollution. The EPA reports that pollution from fertilizers is "one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems." This does not even consider the dire effects on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who visit these toxic home gardens.

    "Numerous solutions have been found by farmers and researchers all around the planet, and Carbon Capture Shield aims to "bring these solutions home" to anyone with a lawn - by introducing a line of lawn and garden products that are non-toxic and protect the environment while fertilizing your soil and helping the microcosmos of Living Soil.

    "Phase 01 will supply education and solutions for anyone with a lawn, in the form of edutainment and consumer products. Carbon Capture Shield has launched this initiative to educate and empower both farmers and consumers! Using their ability to create engaging media to inspire an avid base of conscious consumers, they will then use this market demand to encourage wary farmers into adopting the protocols of Regenerative Agriculture, and thereby restore the environment through promoting and upholding stewardship by all landholders, large and small." (Source: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., Darryl J. Nicke II, Pres., 407 603 6417, djnicke@carboncaptureshield.com, www.carboncaptureshield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Shield,  Soil Carbon,  CCS,  Climate Change,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Avfuel Supplies Million Air Burbank with SAF (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is collaborating with Million Air Burbank (KBUR) -- an Avfuel-branded FBO -- to supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Avfuel's first truckload of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrived at the FBO on June 24, this year.

    As previously reported ,Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Avfuel Corp., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466,ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; Million Air Burbank, Priscilla Howden, GM, 818-843-8311, www.millionair.com; Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  Neste MY,  


    IEA, US Treasury Discuss Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Last week in Washington, the International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol met with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to discuss "how the energy sector can reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and what should be done to unlock more investments for clean energy transitions around the world."

    The meeting, which included representative from both agencies, discussed the findings and implications of two major recent IEA reports -- the IEA's Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and its special report on Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies. The discussions covered on a wide range of topics, including what the US can do to support international climate finance; the future of oil and gas investments on the path to a net-zero world; and how to mobilize financing to speed up the deployment of clean energy technologies.

    Download the IEA Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 HERE . (Source: IEA, PR, 5 July, 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; US Treasury Department, home.treasury.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  


    Old King Cole's UK Dethroning Advanced to Oct. 2024 (Int'l.)
    U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In London, the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it has advanced the deadline to phase out coal from the UK's energy system by one year to 1 October 2024. From that date forward the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned.

    The move is in accord with government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050. The UK is similarly calling on all nations to accelerate the phase out of coal power.

    The UK has made huge progress in reducing the use of coal across the power sector, with coal accounting for only 1.8 pct of the UK's electricity mix in 2020, compared with 40 pct almost a decade ago. In 2020, the UK went 5,000 hours without coal-fired electricity and earlier this year broke a new wind power record, with just over a third of the country's energy coming from wind. The rise in the use of renewables has helped drive down the cost of green energy, with coal power now being more expensive in most countries. (Source: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  


    Fed. Appeals Court Strikes Down Year-Round E15 Sales (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Washington, Friday 2nd July, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the EPA approval of year-round sale of E15 on the grounds that the EPA "overstepped its authority in 2019 when it removed the last remaining barriers to selling the 15-percent ethanol blend in the summer months."

    The Court noted "it's clear from federal law that Congress balanced 'wide-ranging economic, energy-security, and geopolitical implications' and that the wording of the law 'reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs."

    The court concluded Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round, according the AP. (Source: EPA, Convenience Store News, 6 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  FES news,  


    SanteeCooper Announces New Solar Power Contracts (Ind. Report)
    SanteCooper,Silicon Ranch
    Date: 2021-07-02
    South Carolina's largest utility, SanteeCooper reports it has contracted for its share of 425 MW of new utility-scale solar power that will be added to the utility system in 2023, through several projects to be built across a wide swath of South Carolina. Central Electric Power Cooperative, SanteeCooper's largest customer, has finalized contracts with the same developers for the remaining share.

    SanteeCooper has executed purchase power agreements (PPAs) for approximately 27.5 pct of the output of projects to be developed by Silicon Ranch, Birdseye Renewable Energy, Ecoplexus, and Johnson Development Associates, as follows:

  • Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, one of the nation's largest independent solar power producers, will build, own, and operate two projects totaling 200 MW in Georgetown County. The Lambert I and Lambert II projects are expected to be operational in Q4, 2023.

  • Birdseye Renewable Energy a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, Inc., is developing a 75-MW solar farm in Aiken County which is expected to be operational in Q4, 2023.

  • Ecoplexus will build a 75-MW solar project in Williamsburg County. The project is named Hemingway and is expected to be operational in Q2,2023. Ecoplexus is a U.S. headquartered international, solar, wind and energy storage developer, owner, and operator with operations in seven countries and over 70 renewable energy facilities worldwide and closed financing transactions in excess of $1 billion.

  • Spartanburg, South Carolina-based Johnson Development Associates (JDA) will develop a 75-MW solar farm near Summerville, in Dorchester County which is expected to be operational in Q4, 2023.

    Although SanteeCooper and Central Electric Power Cooperative have contracted separately for their respective load share of each project, SanteeCooper will manage the projects as part of its combined power system.

    This group of solar projects represents the first of three phases SanteeCooper is planning as it transforms its generating portfolio to a leaner, greener mix. Other phases, of another approximately 500 MW each, are scheduled for later in the 2020s and early 2030s, according to the release. (Source: SanteeCooper, PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: SanteeCooper, Mark Bonsall, CEO, www.santeecooper.com; Johnson Development Associates, www.johnsondevelopment.net; Birdseye Renewable Energy, www.birdseyeenergy.com; Central Electric Power Cooperative, www.cepci.org; Ecoplexus, www.ecoplexus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SanteCooper,  Silicon Ranch,  Birdseye Renewable,  Solar,  


  • Clariant, India Glycols Renewable Ethylene JV Confirmed (Int'l.)
    Clariant
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Sustainable,specialty chemicals producer Clariant and India Glycols Limited (IGL), a manufacturer of green technology-based chemicals, are reporting their 51-49 pct joint venture for renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives made from bio-ethanol under the name Clariant IGL Specialty Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. has received all necessary approvals and will begin operation this month.

    Originally announced in March 2021, the joint venture combines IGL's renewable bio-ethylene oxide derivatives business, which includes a multipurpose production facility including an alkoxylation plant located in Kashipur, Uttarakhand (India), with Clariant's local Industrial and Consumer Specialties business in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. To support production, India Glycols has agreed to a long-term supply agreement for ethylene oxide made from bio-ethanol as well as further utilities. (Source: Clariant, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Glycols Limited, www.indiaglycols.com; Clariant, Conrad Keijzer, CEO, +41 61 469 63 63, Fax: +41 61 469 69 99, www.clariant.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Ethanol,  Ethylene,  


    Azelio, MMR Energy Storage Collaboration Announced (Ind. Report)
    Azelio,MMR Constructors
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Stirling Engine and solar energy specialist Azelio is reporting a MoU with Baton Rouge, La.-headquartered MMR Group (MMR) for the development of projects combining Azelio's TES.POD® energy storage system with solar PV. The collaboration aims at an installed capacity of 250 MWh of Azelio's TES.POD by 2027, starting with a small scale installation in 2022.

    Azelio's TES technology stores energy as heat in a phase change material (PCM) made of an aluminium alloy heated to 600 degrees C, which is then converted to electricity using a Stirling engine. Azelio claims the technology can enable 13 hours' duration of electricity storage as well as provide heat on demand, is effective in hot or cold climates and has an expected system lifetime of 30 years, according to the release. Azilio's patent portfolio includes specific components critical to the performance of the company's Stirling engine as well as details in the design and functioning of the energy storage. In total, Azelio has 13 approved patents, 15 patent applications pending and is preparing patent applications for further innovation

    MMR Group is an instrumentation and electrical construction, maintenance, and technical services provider with a global footprint of projects completed in 36 countries.

    (Source: Azelio, Website, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 709 40 3580, jonas.eklind@azelio.com , www.azelio.com; MMR Group,225-756-5090, www.mmrgrp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Stirling Engine,  Azelio,  Energy Storage,  


    Growth Energy Warns Against More RFS Waivers (Opinions & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Addressing a recent U.S. Senate Ag subcommittee meeting, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted there's both a practical and a political downside if the US EPA lets small oil refiners off the hook in blending ethanol or buying biofuel credits.

    "In 2019, President Biden said in Iowa, and I quote, 'Those waivers are a gigantic mistake. We should not be exempting, we should be insisting that these major oil companies meet the criteria that are set,' end quote. We wholeheartedly agree. Lowering, waving, caping, or any backtracking on the promise of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) damages our ability to decarbonize our vehicle fleet, threatens large agricultural markets, and jeopardizes hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the biofuel industry."

    According to Skor, a new study shows switching to E15 with incentives pending in Congress would add $18 billion to the economy, $10 billion to household income and 183,000 jobs. (Source: Growth Energy, DRG News, 29 June, 2021). (Source: Growth Energy , Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS,  Hardship Waivers,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


    Singapore Airlines Launches Voluntary Carbon Offsets (Int'l.)
    Singapore Airlines
    Date: 2021-06-28
    The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme that allows passengers on both Singapore Airlines and Scoot to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated microsites beginning in late July, this year. Passengers will also be able to use "frequent flyer" points to offset emissions, starting in Q4, 2021.

    The offset projects selected include: protecting forests in Indonesia; supporting renewable solar energy projects in India ; and providing efficient, clean burning cook stoves for rural families in Nepal. The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.

    As previously reported, the SIA has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by: increased investments in new-generation aircraft; achieving higher operational efficiency; adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and sourcing high quality carbon offsets.

    SIA is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: Singapore Airlines, Business Traveler, 27 June, 2021) Contact: Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Singapore Airlines,  Carbon Offsets ,  


    Ariel Univ. Develops Hydrogen Generator (Alt. Fuel, Int'l.)
    Ariel University
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Tel Aviv, researchers at Ariel University are reporting development of a new type of portable, lightweight hydrogen generator for on-demand use with fuel cells.

    Hydrogen is produced in a catalytic hydrolysis reaction of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) with ruthenium powder as a catalyst. The system consists of an upper chamber with granulated sodium borohydride powder and a lower reaction chamber with a solution of water and catalyst. A peristaltic pump regulates the flow of solution through a spiral channel which is situated in the solids chamber.

    The powder is separated from the channel by a mesh which prevents its clogging. The solution becomes saturated while flowing through the channel and drips into the reaction chamber. To maintain constant H2 flow rate levels, the solution temperature and H2 pressure in the reaction chamber are constantly controlled.

    The generator has high energy density, is light weight, portable, easy to use, refill, clean and designed for long working periods and easy restarting. (Source: Ariel University, ACS journal Energy & Fuels, June, 2021) Contact: Ariel University, Abigail Szymkiewicz, +972-3-9371418, abigailsz@ariel.ac.il, www.ariel.ac.il/wp/en

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    NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050:

  • position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • Md. DHCD Bonds Support Energy Efficient Housing (Ind. Report)
    Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    Date: 2021-06-25
    The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is reporting the issuance of approximately $13.6 million in Sustainability Bonds to support energy efficient affordable housing in Frederick County.

    The Sustainability Bonds designation combines green and energy efficiency elements alongside social factors including the low and moderate income population served by the department.

    The Hamilton Station in Frederick -- the inaugural project -- will be financed with the proceeds of the Sustainability Bonds and will feature construction of 80 affordable units in 5, three-story "green" buildings featuring Energy Star Certification; National Green Building Standards: Bronze Certification; Energy Star windows, appliances, and light fixtures; EPA WaterSense faucets and fixtures; and high efficiency 15-SEER mechanical systems.. (Source: Maryland DHCD, PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Maryland DHCD, Sara Luell, Director of Public Information, (301) 429-7400, sara.luell@maryland.gov,

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    "One of the Most Ambitious (Climate Action Plans) in the Nation" Released (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-06-23
    In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has released the county's Climate Action Plan that aims to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2027 and by 100 pct by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. The plan, which outlines 86 climate actions, is "one of the most ambitious climate plans in the nation for a local government", according to the release.

    The main elements of the Climate Action Plan include:

  • Reduce Emissions in the Energy, Buildings and Transportation sectors -- The plan recommends actions that include increasing the use of and investment in clean, reliable and affordable energy; implementing code requirements related to energy efficiency, solar installations and net-zero standards and building energy performance standards for existing buildings; expanding public transit service, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and a shared micro-mobility network; and supporting community-wide adoption of electric vehicles.

  • Center Racial Equity and Social Justice -- The plan considers the racial equity and social justice implications of each climate action through the identification of equity-enhancing measures. The plan also assesses impacts on communities most vulnerable to climate hazards.

  • Address Residual Emissions and Carbon Sequestration -- The plan identifies nature-based carbon sequestration actions including retaining, managing and expanding forests, wetlands, grasslands and urban tree canopy. It also seeks to increase carbon in soils through improved agricultural practices.

  • Reduce Climate Risk -- This will be achieved through actions that enhance the resilience of the community and infrastructure assets, including repairing and upgrading stormwater drainage and management systems; updating green streetscape and green infrastructure standards; hardening emergency shelters and installing resilience hubs; and updating floodplain maps.

  • Identify Ways to Pay for Climate Action -- Implementing the actions in the plan calls for commitment from the public and private sectors while leveraging local, State and Federal government resources. It will be critical to mitigate the cost impacts to low-and moderate-income residents in particular to ensure that the most vulnerable residents are not adversely impacted.

  • Enhance Climate Governance -- This will be accomplished through actions that institutionalize climate change considerations within Montgomery County Government processes and decision making; measure and report on progress; and foster creativity, collaboration and innovation to implement climate solutions.

  • Engage the Community as Partners in Climate Action -- Residents will be involved in the implementation of the plan through a climate communications coalition; a Community Justice Academy in which community ambassadors work with neighbors and the County to co-create community-based solutions; and enhanced partnerships with municipalities. The plan increases opportunities for climate change education in the public school system and calls for a statewide coalition of local governments and youth groups focused on advancing ambitious State climate policy.

    Download the plan details HERE. (Source: Montgomery County, PR June, 2021) Contact: Montgomery County Maryland, Marc Elrich, Climate Action Plan, County Executive , www.montgomerycountymd.gov

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  • ANA, JAL Test SAF Blends on Domestic Flights (Int'l. Report)
    JAL
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In Japan, All Nippon Airways Co.(ANA) and Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) last week announced separately that they used domestically produced sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) jointly developed by IHI Corp., Mitsubishi Power Ltd., and other firms on regular domestic flights.

    All Nippon Airways used an SAF made from algae, and Japan Airlines used a fuel made from a combination of algae and wood chips at a 1 pct blend rate with regular jet fuel. (Source: All Nippon Airways, Japan News, 19 June, 2021)

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    NC Legislators Debating RGGI Membership (Reg. & Leg.)
    RGGI
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In the Tar Heel State, a state environmental committee is considering a proposal that North Carolina joins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort to shrink emissions by a group of East Coast states.

    At the same time, state legislators are debating a separate energy bill that could enshrine natural gas and fossil-fuel use for the next decade, limit the use of renewable energy and thus complicate the effort to join RGGI. "Joining RGGI would put North Carolina on a path to reduce carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 70 pct before 2030, and become carbon-neutral by 2050," according to Southern Environmental Law Center atorney Derb Carter,

    RGGI requires companies to purchase an allowance for each ton of carbon-dioxide pollution they produce. RGGI member states have seen carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants drop 47 pct over the last decade.

    RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, June, 2021) Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center, 919-967-1550, www.southernenvironment.org; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    Boise Aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    City of Boise
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Idaho, the City of Boise (pop. 455,000 +-) City Council this week approved a long-term Climate Action Roadmap aimed at the city achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The roadmap proposes that city operations are carbon neutral by 2035, that the community as a whole is carbon neutral by 2050 and that the community's resilience to climate change impacts is enhanced. In 2019 the city adopted an energy plan with a goal of 100 pct citywide clean electricity by 2035.

    Boise's plan is guided by three principles: advancing equity, improving human health and wellness and growing a climate-friendly economy. It prioritizes emission reductions for energy and buildings, transportation and consumption and waste along with enhancing resiliency of the city's food systems, water and natural environment. It also includes 23 opportunities, or specific actions, such as shifting heating sources from natural gas to cleaner electricity or geothermal or planting trees within the city and in nearby forests. (Source: City of Boise, PR, Spokesman-Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: City of Boise, Public Works Dept., Steve Hubble, Climate Action Manager , 208-608-7150, www.cityofboise.org/departments/public-works

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    Canadian Hydrogen from Nuclear Study Underway (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global,Nuclear Innovation Institute
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Ontario, Canada, the independent, not-for-profit Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) has launched a new study into the role of nuclear power in supporting a growing hydrogen economy. The study will be led by global consultancy Arcadis, supported by NII and project partners electric utility Bruce Power and Canada's largest ethanol producer, Greenfield Global.

    The study will be the first of its kind in Canada to evaluate the technical viability and business case for hydrogen use and production from emissions-free nuclear power in Ontario. This study will investigate the viability of a local pilot project to demonstrate the economics of the technology, in preparation for the rapid growth of the hydrogen economy.

    Greenfield Global owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Greenfield Global, Website PR, 11 June, 2021) Contact: Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) www.nuclearinnovationinstitute.ca/centre-for-next-generation-nuclear; Arcadis, www.arcadis.com; Bruce Power, www.brucepower.com; Greenfield, www.greenfield.com

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    New Mexico Climate Change Map Released (Ind. Report, Map Attached)
    New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ECMD), in collaboration with the University of New Mexico's Earth Data Analysis Center, is reporting the release of a state Climate Change Map to help New Mexicans see how climate change can impact heat, precipitation, wildfires, flooding and how socioeconomic factors can contribute to the overall climate risk of an area.

    The heat category of the map includes past temperature data as well as projections for the future. According to the map, the greatest increase in temperatures will occur in the northern part of the state, which could see an approximately 3 pct increase in average temperatures between now and 2050. Temperatures will continue increasing after 2050, with the greatest change projected to occur between 2070 and 2099 when the northern part of the state could see a more than 8 pct increase in temperatures.

    Access the New Mexico Climate Change Map HERE. (Source: ECMD, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ECMD , Louise Martinez , Dir., 505-476-3200 www.emnrd.state.nm.us; University of New Mexico’s Earth Data Analysis Center, 505-277-3622, www.edac.unm.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    Future Biogas Plans July £35Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
    Future Biogas,Northern Lights
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the UK, Guildford-based biogas project developer Future Biogas Ltd. reports it is preparing a £35 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange this July.

    The IPO supports the company's plan to construct roughly 25 new power projects by 2028 and to grow an existing portfolio of 10 biogas plants operated on behalf of investment entities backed by Aviva and JLEN Environmental Assets Group.

    The growth strategy includes carbon-capture and storage (CCS) "bolt-on" projects which further boost the environmental credentials for the soon-to-be-listed share.

    Future Biogas is teamed up with the Northern Lights Project -- a venture by a number of oil and gas firms with a presence in the North Sea. Carbon captured by Future Biogas will be supplied to Northern Lights for permanent storage underground, beneath the North Sea. The Northern Lights venture partners include Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor. Future Biogas will generate carbon offsets for its part in the venture, and it intends to sell them to corporate buyers. (Source: Future Biogas Ltd., PR, Investor, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Future Biogas Ltd., Philipp Lukas, CEO, +44 1483 375920, www.futurebiogas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Future Biogas,  CCS,  Biogas,  Northern Lights ,  Carbon Offsets,  


    DMT Completes Seabreeze Farm RNG Equipment Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    DMT Clear Gas Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Tualatin, Oregon-based DMT Clear Gas Solutions, a leading technology supplier for biogas conditioning and upgrading, is reporting the renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at Seabreeze Farm in Delta, British Columbia is now operational. The third-generation dairy farm previously used water wash technology to convert biogas into RNG but now uses DMT's three-stage membrane separation technology, the Carborex®MS .

    The facility upgrades 180 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM), or 290 Nm3 per hour of biogas generated by 250 milk cows and 12,000 annual tons of off-farm organics. With DMT's biogas upgrading system, Seabreeze Farm produced up to 99.5 pct RNG for direct injection into the natural gas pipeline. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the project equates to removing 650 vehicles from roadways or generating energy for 360 homes.

    Seabreeze Farm sells the RNG to FortisBC, a natural gas and electricity utility that serves British Columbia's 1.2 million customers. (Source: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Website PR, June, 2021)Contact: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Robert Lems, GM, (503) 379-0147, www.dmt-cgs.com

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    Los Angeles Tops EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The U.S. EPA's 13th annual U.S. Top Cities list of cities with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings during the previous year has ranked Los Angeles, California at the top of the big cities category with a total of 587 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

    The list ranked metropolitan areas in three categories -- the Top 25 Big Cities, Top Mid-Sized Cities and Top Small Cities.

    To earn an Energy Star certification, buildings must be independently verified to be more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide. On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EPA, Wheeling News Register, 16 June, 2021) (Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov DOE Energy Star

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    Blue Carbon, Climate Change Mitigation Study Launched (Int'l.)
    Ireland Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The of Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake collaborative research aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric CO2 in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change.

    Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In order to prepare the ground for such a large-scale research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland. Download the report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, June, 2021) Contact: Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

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    Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Chart Industries, TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

    The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

    When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

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    Airbus Leads Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study (Int'l. Report)
    Airbus,TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Netherlands-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE, along with Safran, Dassault Aviation, Onera and Ministry of Transport, is reporting a joint in-flight study to determine the compatibility of un-blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

    The VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux) project is the first time in-flight emissions will be measured using 100 pct SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

    For the tests, Airbus is responsible for characterizing and analyzing the impact of 100 pct SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation while Onera will support Airbus and Safran in analyzing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will prepare, analyze and interpret test results to determine the impact of 100 pct SAF on emissions and contrail formation. Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100 pct SAF bio-contamination susceptibility. The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by Paris-based TotalEnergies. (Source: Airbus, TradeArabia News , 12 June, 2021) Contact: Airbus, www.airbus.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

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    Dexter, NM Dairy Biogas Plant Expects October Startup (Ind. Report)
    Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    National construction firm Kolb Group reports its dairy-waste biogas plant near Dexter, New Mexico, is expected to begin operation in October, this year, for natural gas sales early in 2022.

    The $45 million to $50 million plant has received the necessary air emissions related permits but is awaiting an agricultural wastewater discharge permit through the New Mexico Environment Department.

    The plant will managed by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy. The plant's anaerobic digestors can handle up to 350,000 gpd of dairy waste.(Source: Kilb Group, 11 June, 2021) (Contact: Kolb Group, Kolb Bioenergy NM 1 LLC. www.brinkmannconstructors.com/work/kolb-bioenergy; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

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    VINCI Airports Announces Lyon Airports Carbon Sink (Int'l. Report)
    VINCI Airport
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In France, VINCI Airports is reporting a reforestation program to absorb the residual emissions of Lyon-Saint Exupery and Lyon-Bron airports.

    The first project of this program, conducted in partnership with the French National Forest Office and the Rhone Departmental Council, is located about 30 kilometers away from Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, and will restore, reforest, maintain and manage 3.6 hectares with locally resilient species selected for their strong capacity to adapt to water stress and absorb CO2. This reforestation project, which will sequester more than 500 tons of CO2 over the planting's growth period, aims at achieving the Low Carbon Label certification.

    By developing other similar projects within a five-year framework agreement with the Rhone department, VINCI Airports will create a network of forest sinks in the Rhone region that will offset 100 pct of Lyon airports' residual emissions and enable Lyon-Saint Exupery airport to become the first French commercial airports to achieve net-zero emissionsby 2026. (Source: VINCI Airports, PR, June, 2021) Contact: VINCI Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, CEO, www.vinvi-airports.com

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    Maldives Seeking 40 MW/40 MWh of Battery Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    Maldives
    Date: 2021-06-11
    The Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology is seeking bids from engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 40 MW/40 MWh capacity on 11 islands.

    The installations sought in this tender will be supported by a $23 million concessional loan to the Government of Maldives, allocated from the World Bank Clean Technology Fund.

    The BESS installations will support high renewable energy penetration for island grids and ensure efficient operation of the existing diesel generators needed in the solar-diesel hybrid generation mix.

    The island nation of 516,000 +- residents aims to be a low-carbon economy and to meet 30 pct of its daytime electricity requirements with renewable energy by 2023. It is also targeting carbon neutrality by 2030. Renewable energy presently accounts for only 4 pct of the national energy mix.

    As previously reported, the Asian Development Bank approved a concessional loan worth $7.74 million and a project grant worth $2.73 million to advance the Maldives' existing Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development. (Source: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Website, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, www.environment.gov.mv/v2/en; World Bank Clean Technology Fund, www.fiftrustee.worldbank.org/en/about/unit/dfi/fiftrustee/fund-detail/ctf

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    Air Liquide, Samsung Plan Malaysian Methanol Plant (Alt. Fuel)
    Air Liquide
    Date: 2021-06-09
    French industrial gas giant Air Liquide Engineering & Construction reports it and Seoul, South Korea-headquartered Samsung Engineering are planning construction of a 5,000 tpd methanol production facility in Bintulu, Sarawak State, Eastern Malaysia.

    The methanol plant will utilise Air Liquide Engineering & Construction's proprietary process technology, Lurgu MegaMethanol, to convert natural gas into methanol. Air Liquide will license the technology required, as well as providing an Air Separation Unit (ASU) with a production capacity of 2,200 tpd of oxygen.(Source: Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, PR, Website, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, +33 1 49 83 55 55, www.airliquide.com/engineering-construction; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

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    MO. DNR Offers Energy Efficiency Loans to Not-for-Profits (Funding)
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports the availability of $5 million in loan financing for public schools, public higher education institutions, not-for-profit hospitals and local governments and similar entities to make investments that reduce their energy use. The loan money can be used for high-efficiency lighting fixtures, low-flow plumbing, HVAC and insulation improvements and similar energy efficiency upgrades.

    The loans are not defined as debt and do not impact the borrowing entities' debt limit and loan recipients are usually able to repay the loan through money saved from the efficiency improvements. The DNR Energy Loan Program is accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2021. (Source: Missouri Department of Natural Resource, PR, Website, June., 2021) Contact: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Daniel Dahler, Energy Loan Program and Energy Assurance supervisor, 573-751-3443, contact@dnr.mo.gov, www.dnr.mo.gov

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    Tallahassee Scores USGBC LEED Gold for Cities (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the Sunshine State, the state capital City of Tallahassee (pop. 195,000) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold for Cities certification.

    To earn City LEED Gold certification, the City conducted an in-depth, cross-departmental data analysis and evaluation related to its strategic sustainability and resilience efforts. Following the receipt of a partial grant from USGBC in 2019, the city established a team to begin coordinating the certification of the City through the global LEED for Cities program. The following initiatives helped the City earn certification:

  • Integrative Planning -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its comprehensive planning and leadership.

  • Natural Systems and Ecology -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its ecosystem assessment, green spaces availability, natural resource conservation and resilience planning.

  • Transportation and Land Use -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its historical site preservation policies. It also received points for its transportation performance.

  • Water Performance -- The City earned LEED points for its annual water consumption per capita data and progressive water management policies.

  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management, which included an assessment of Tallahassee’s per capita and total GHG emissions. The City also earned points for its renewable energy generation and declining GHG intensity (GHG relation to GDP). Lastly, the City received the maximum points allowed for its net metering practices.

  • Innovation -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its innovative approaches to advancing sustainability and resiliency.

  • Regional Priority -- The City received regional priority credits for membership and participation in the Capital Area Sustainability Compact, its disaster preparation efforts, initiatives to reduce housing insecurity, as well as the City's significant efforts to protect Wakulla Springs. (Source: City of Tallahassee, June, 2021) Contact: City of Tallahassee, www.talgov.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • JCI Commits to Environmentally Sustainable Refrigerant (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin-headquartered Johnson Controls (JCI) is reporting The Chemours Company manufactured Opteon™ XL41™ (R-454B) will serve as the primary low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant in the company's ducted residential and commercial unitary products as well as air-cooled scroll chillers in North America and specific international markets where codes are in alignment.

    According to the JCI release, with the transition to R-454B refrigerant transition "we will exceed key regulatory requirements and also take a significant step toward reaching one of our ambitious sustainability benchmarks: helping our customers achieve a 16 percent reduction in emissions by 2030."

    R-454B has the lowest EPA SNAP approved GWP for unitary applications of all ASHRAE classified A2L (low-toxicity, mild flammability) refrigerants on the market today, coming in at 466 -- one-fifth the GWP of R-410A, far lower than the pending 750 GWP limits being proposed and offering the longest-term viability. In addition, the refrigerant can reduce the energy use of HVAC systems and improve system efficiency.

    The transition to R-454B will apply only to the sale of new air-cooled scroll chillers by the pending manufacturing cutoff date of January 1, 2024, and residential and commercial unitary products by the pending manufacturing cutoff date of January 1, 2025, for the following brands: Johnson Controls, YORK, Luxaire, Coleman, Champion, Fraser-Johnston, TempMaster,, Evcon,, Guardian and Quantech. Existing R-410A equipment manufactured prior to the manufacturing cutoff dates can be sold, installed and serviced indefinitely. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Katie McGinty, VP Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Katie.mcginty@jci.com, www.jci.com; Chemours, www.chemours.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls ,  


    Growth Energy Applauds Senate Push for RFS Transparency (Ind. Report, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has thanked U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), who reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Integrity Act. A companion to House legislation introduced in February, the bipartisan proposal would bring greater transparency to the U.S. EPA small refinery exemption (SRE) process and ensure refiners apply for exemptions in a timely manner.

    "This legislation provides long-overdue transparency for requests to avoid blending more low carbon renewable fuels that are key to America's low-carbon future. We applaud Senators Fischer and Duckworth for working to protect the integrity of the RFS so that farmers and biofuel producers, as well as the entire fuel supply chain, across the nation can count on stable demand and continue providing cleaner and more affordable fuel choices at the pump, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said."

    "By arming the public with greater information on biofuel exemptions, we can keep oil refineries accountable to following the law and ensure uninterrupted progress toward achieving cleaner air and a healthier climate," Skor added.

    Currently, EPA does not provide a deadline for refiners submitting a request for an SRE. The bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act explicitly sets a June 1st deadline the year prior to the biofuel targets going into effect the following year. This will allow EPA to account for any exempted gallons in the following year's Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) as required by the Clean Air Act and ensure that the RVOs are met. Additionally, the legislation increases transparency into the SRE application process, allowing the public greater insight into which companies are receiving exemptions and why, according to the release. (Source: Growth Energy , Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

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    NRCAN Offers Energy Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is touting the launch of its Canada Greener Homes Program offering homeowners grants of up to $5,000 for improved insulation or roof panels, high-efficiency water heaters, heating equipment, solar panels and other energy efficiency-energy saving home improvements. The program is expected to award 700,000 grants, at an overall cost of $2.6 billion over seven years.

    To be eligible a home -- including detached homes, rowhouses, townhouses, mobile homes and residential units in mixed-use buildings -- must be eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation and at least six months old. The loans could be available as soon as this summer and more than 200,000 households are expected to participate.

    Additionally, the Liberal government has proposed a separate fund of $4.4 billion over seven years through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The fund would offer interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for authorized energy-efficient retrofit projects. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, 343-292-6096, www.nrcan.gc.ca/home

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    Greasezilla Scores $8Mn Investment (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Downey Ridge Environmental
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In West Virginia, Downey Ridge Environmental Co., developer of Greasezilla FOG separation and processing systems, reports Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I LLC, is investing over $8 million to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide. The funding will be use to place ten new Greasezilla FOG receiving stations with private and public joint venture partners across the country.

    By separating FOG into its basic components, Greasezilla generates a consolidated brown grease advanced biofuel (ABF) with a 1 pct or less moisture content providing an ideal, low-cost, conversion-ready feedstock for biodiesel producers. Greasezilla is currently installing new systems in Austin, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach, New York, Florida, Cincinnati and overseas, with 10 sites committed for installation over the next 12 months. (Source: Downey Ridge Environmental Co., PR, Website, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Downey Ridge Environmental Co., Greasezilla, Ron Crosier, CEO, 304-658-4778, info@greasezilla.com, www.greasezilla.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Downey Ridge Environmental,  Greasezilla,  ,  


    LBNL Compares Standalone Battery, Renewables+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-05-26
    A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) finds standalone battery energy storage can potentially offer better value to the US electricity system than pairing batteries directly with solar or wind generation, but the pros and cons of each approach vary greatly from location to location and project to project. This is largely because siting the resources separately means the optimum location where batteries in particular offer most value to the electricity network can be chosen.

    The report notes adding four hours of battery storage sized at half the nameplate capacity of a renewable power plant adds, on average, $10 per MWh of electricity market value across the service territories of the country's seven main independent ISOs. On the other hand, independently siting renewable power and battery storage can enable each to be located at the grid node where it offers most locational value, adding an estimated $12.5 per MWh of value.

    In California, where 89 pct of large-scale solar waiting in network operator CAISO's interconnection queues is hybridised with storage. One of the factors is that interconnection to the grid is an expensive process which can take a lot of time, while available interconnection capacity is limited. Connecting generation and storage to the grid at the same point can therefore significantly lower the cost of a battery project. Another factor is that there is currently an investment tax credit (ITC) in the US which offers a reduction on the tax burden for building renewable energy projects and for batteries if paired with renewable energy. That can be worth as much as $10 per MWh.

    The study notes that while the value of storage and renewables can go up if separate locations are chosen, the increase in value could be outweighed by the increase in costs. Different states also have different policies which could favor one or the other choice. The report also notes both separate and hybrid projects can be of benefit to the electricity system, the relative benefits vary from market to market and through a variety of other factors.

    T here is a growing appetite for hybrid resources from renewable developers, the study notes. In the West of the US, around 70 pct to 90 pct of proposed new solar plants at the end of 2020 would be paired with energy storage, with a national average of about 34 pct of solar and 6 pct of wind project proposals including co-located batteries. (Source: LBNL. Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

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    World's Largest Biomethane Fueling Station Slated for UK (Int'l)
    CNG Fuels
    Date: 2021-05-24
    In the UK, CNG Fuels Ltd reports it will open the world's largest public access Department for Transport's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) approved biomethane refueling station for heavy transport trucks in Avonmouth, near Bristol, before the year end.

    When fully operational, the facility will have the capacity to refuel as many as 80 heavy trucks per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers and joins six existing refueling stations already operational across the UK.

    According to CNG Fuels, renewable biomethane is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative to diesel for heavy trucks. It is also roughly one-third less expensive than diesel and cuts GHG emissions by nearly 90 pct. (Source: CNG Fuels Ltd. , PR, May, 2021) Contact: CNG Fuels, Philip Fjeld, CEO, www.cngfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG Fuels ,  Biomethane,  RNG,  

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