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TECO 2030 Touts Future Funnel Emissions System (Int'l. Report)
TECO 2030
Date: 2021-05-07
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian engineering firm TECO 2030 ASA reports the launch of its market-ready TECO 2030 Future Funnel hybrid and closed-loop emissions systems aimed at reducing SOx, NOx, further improvement of PM and BC emission reductions and ultimately integrated CO2 capture technology.

The closed loop system is primarily used for maritime vessels operating in areas where discharges overboard are prohibited and seawater alkalinity is low. The exhaust gases are washed on board, and substances are collected in a separate tank on board, which is emptied into ports for appropriate further treatment. The system gives ship owners a more flexible control of emissions and environmental impacts. (Source: TECO 2030, Website PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, Tore Enger, CEO, +4792083800, tore.enger@teco.no, www.teco.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News TECO 2030,  Maritime Emissions,  


Alfa Laval Claims €15.22Mn HVO, SAF Equipment Order (Int'l.)
Alfa Laval
Date: 2021-05-05
Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of a €15.2 million order to supply a feedstock pre-treatment processing line to an un-named petroleum refiner to support the production of renewable diesel (HVO) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe.

The order includes Alfa Laval high-speed separators and various compact heat exchangers along with other equipment, engineering, and services to provide a pre-treatment processing line to remove contaminants from fats and oil feedstock prior to the conversion to renewable diesel and SAF. Delivery is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, Website, May., 2021) Contact: Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  SAF,  


Qube's Methane Monitoring Alberta Regulator Approval (Ind. Report)
Qube Technologies, Enhance Energy
Date: 2021-05-03
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Qube Technologies Inc. reports the Alberta Energy Regulator has approved Qube's alternative leak detection and repair pilot program to detect and repair climate-warming methane leaks from the Oil and Gas industry.

Qube uses low-cost, high-sensitivity sensors to continuously and autonomously measure a host of gases in real-time to detect emissions faster than traditional industry approaches. Qube analyzes field data with the help of artificial intelligence and, by combining gas measurements, atmospheric data, and other operational inputs, can locate and quantify different leaks by emission source and severity, according to the release.

In collaboration with Enhance Energy and Highwood Emissions Management, Qube has become the first continuous monitoring technology to successfully demonstrate emission reductions effectiveness in the eyes of a regulator. Enhance is an Alberta-based energy company that specializes in using carbon sequestration to improve the recovery of energy resources in a sustainable fashion. To date, Enhance has sequestered over 1 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: Qube Technologies Inc., Website, PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: Qube Technologies, Alex MacGregor, CEO, Alex.MacGregor@qubeiot.com, www.qubeiot.com; Highwood Emissions Management, Thomas Fox, Pres., Thomas@highwoodemissions.com, www.highwoodemissions.com; Enhance Energy, www.enhancenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Methane Emissions news,  Methane Leak news,  


Obama's Methane Emissions Regulations Reinstated (Reg. & Leg.)
Obama Methane
Date: 2021-04-30
On Wed., the US Senate voted 52-42 to reinstate the Obama administration's 2019 federal limits on methane emission leaks from new and modified wells in 2016. Since 2016, Colorado and California have enacted more stringent methane emissions regulations.

The Clean Air Task Force, the Environmental Defense Fund and other environmental organizations have called on the Biden administration to pledge a 40 pct or more reduction in U.S. methane emissions by the end of the decade as part of its recommitment to the Paris Climate agreement.

On Oct. 1, 2019 we reported: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) has announced its decision to ease Obama-era , 2016, regulations on methane leaks which the Trump administration describes as "burdensome on the private sector" restrictions on oil and gas industry."

Under the Waste Prevention Rule, oil and gas producing companies were required to inspect their wells twice yearly and repair reported leaks within 30 days. The rollback of the regulation means companies are no longer obliged to check their wells and equipment more often than annually and have 60 days instead of 30 to complete repairs.

Though not as long-lived as CO2, methane prevents as much as 80 pct more heat from escaping in the first 20 years of its release. Methane leaks are the largest drawback of the otherwise environmentally friendly switch from coal to natural gas as a source of energy. Natural gas releases half as much carbon dioxide when burnt.

The rationale behind Trump's rollback on methane leaks restrictions was largely economic. It is estimated that drillers would save $734 million to $1 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: Various Media, ICN, 29 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama ,  Methane Emissions,  


Southern Maine Small Bus. Energy Audits Offered (Ind. Report)
Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Date: 2021-04-30
In Saco, the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) is reporting a new Energy Audit Program designed to help small businesses and farmers with energy efficiency upgrades. The Commission will use $100,000 in grant funding from the Rural Energy for America Program to conduct 15 or more energy audits for rural small businesses and farmers in the 39 municipalities in York, southern Oxford and Cumberland counties served by SMPDC.

SMPDC will work with the client and a local commercial energy audit firm to prepare an energy audit report, outlining ways to maximize long term savings, minimize energy consumption, recommend resources for financing, and estimate return on investment. (Source: Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, PR,Press Herald, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: SMPDC, Karina Graeter, Sustainability Coordinator, 207-571-7065, kgraeter@smpdc.org, www.smpdc.org or 207-571-7065.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency.Energy Audit news,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  CAISO,  


RINs Hit Highs as High Court Deliberates RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2021-04-28
Reuters is reporting U.S. renewable fuel standard credits (RINs) jumped Tuesday to record highs as costs for soybean oil pushed up both renewable fuel and biomass-based credits.

Renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 traded up from $1.44 to $1.50 each and biomass-based (D4) credits traded at $1.58 each, up from $1.52 previously -- highest since Reuters began reporting data for renewable fuel credits in 2013 and biomass-based credits in 2014.

The credits, known as RINs, rose at the same time that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing oral arguments for a case involving the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend biofuels into their fuel mix each year or buy RINs from those that do. The Supreme Court's decision around the case will likely heavily influence the future of the RFS.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 27 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  


Energix Planning Roanoke Valley Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Energix
Date: 2021-04-26
In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria-based Energix US, LLC, a subsidiary of Israeli renewable energy developer Energix Renewable Energies Ltd., is proposing what could become the first utility-scale, tracker-equipped solar array near Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County in the Roanoke Valley.

The 20-MW project would generate sufficient power for 2,400 homes and is subject to a conditional use permit from Franklin County and a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality permit. Construction could begin in 2022, according to Energix.

Energix US is developing, constructing, financing and owning utility scale solar projects across the US. To date, Energix US has constructed more than 80MW of PV projects across the US. The company offers a One Stop Shop strategy and will provide its own projects with Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services based on the significant experience of Energix in Israel and local executive with years of experience in this field that the company hired, according to the company website. (Source: Energix US, PR, Roanoke Times, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: Energix US LLC, (703) 373-7345, www.energixrenewables.com, www.energix-group.com/Energix-US

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Energix news,  


Greenlane Proceeds with Calif. Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-04-26
British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd. will begin immediate order fulfillment against the US$2.6 million ($3.3 million Cdn) previously announced contract as part of the $21 million in contract wins for a dairy farm cluster in California on June 29, 2020. The name of the supermajor involved in this project is not disclosed at this time.

The project will use Greenlane's Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA') biogas upgrading systems to create clean renewable natural gas (RNG) at a multi-location California dairy farm cluster through anaerobic digestion of the farm waste stream. The RNG will be supplied as fuel for the U.S. transportation sector.

According to the release, "Greenlane is the only biogas upgrading company offering the three main technologies: water wash, pressure swing adsorption, and membrane separation to remove trace impurities from the biogas stream and separate carbon dioxide from biomethane to create a clean, high-purity low-carbon fuel: RNG, no matter the size, feedstock or application. The company has 30 years industry experience, patented proprietary technology, and over 110 biogas upgrading systems supplied into 18 countries, including the world's largest biogas upgrading facility." (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  


Biofuels Included in USDA Infrastructure Investments (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2021-04-26
In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports it is investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states "build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship."

USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

  • Biofuel Infrastructure -- USDA is investing $18.4 million in 20 states through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to build infrastructure to help expand the availability of higher-blend renewable fuels by approximately 218 million gpy. This will give consumers more environmentally-friendly fuel choices when they fill-up at the pump.

    For example, in Georgia, RC Bells Inc. will use a $130,500 grant to replace four dispensers and a storage tank at a fueling station in Acworth. The infrastructure supported by this investment will expand the use of renewable fuels by approximately 420,000 gpy.

  • Other investments include: Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure -- $374 million; Renewable Energy in Rural Communities -- $78 million; and Rural Electric Infrastructure Upgrades -- $17.4 million.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to support infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development , PR 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development www.usda.gov, www.rd.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  HBIIP,  Biofuel,  


  • Renewables Included in USDA Infrastructure Investments (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports it is investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states "build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship." USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

  • Renewable Energy in Rural Communities -- USDA is investing $78 million in renewable energy infrastructure in 30 states through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Projects financed under this program can help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that affects our climate.

    For example, in Iowa, Textile Brewery LLC will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a 38-KW solar array. This project will save the company nearly $20,000 in electricity costs and will replace 50 pct of the electricity it uses each year.

  • Other investments include: Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure -- $374 million; Rural Electric Infrastructure Upgrades -- $17.4 million; Biofuel Infrastructure -- $18.4 million.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to support infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development , PR 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development www.usda.gov, www.rd.usda.gov; Rural Energy for America Program, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program ,  USDA,  HBIIP,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Biden Admin U.S. Int'l. Climate Finance Plan Summary (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-26
    This Plan -- the first of its kind in the U.S. government -- focuses on international climate finance. For the purposes of this Plan, "climate finance" refers in part to the provision or mobilization of financial resources to assist developing countries to reduce and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

  • Scaling-Up International Climate Finance and Enhancing its Impact. The Administration is embracing ambitious but attainable goals regarding the quantity of public climate finance provided by the U.S, recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, confronting the sharp drop in U.S. international climate finance during the FY 2018-2021 period, and understanding the need to re-establish U.S. leadership in international climate diplomacy. The U.S. intends to double, by 2024, our annual public climate finance to developing countries relative to the average level during the second half of the Obama-Biden Administration (FY 2013-2016).

    As part of this goal, the U.S intends to triple our adaptation finance by 2024.. The Biden Administration will work closely with Congress to meet these goals. U.S. agencies, working with development partners, will prioritize climate in public investments, enhance technical assistance and long-term capacity, align support with country needs and priorities, and boost investments in adaptation and resilience. For example, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will release a new Climate Change Strategy in November 2021. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will update its development strategy to not only include climate for the first time, but also to make investments in climate mitigation and adaptation a top priority. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will adopt a new Climate Strategy in April 2021, centered on investing in climate-smart development and sustainable infrastructure, and aims to have more than 50 pct of its program funding go to climate-related investments over the next five years. Treasury will direct U.S. executive directors in multilateral development banks (MDBs) to help ensure MDBs set and apply ambitious climate finance targets and policies, in partnership with other shareholders.

    U.S. departments and agencies will enhance strategic coordination on providing and mobilizing international climate finance and technical assistance to ensure the complementarily of agency efforts, instruments, and expertise. Departments and agencies will increase collaboration and adopt best practices on incorporating climate considerations into their international work and investments, such as screening all projects for climate-related risks to ensure they are resilient.

  • Mobilizing Private Finance Internationally Public interventions, including public finance, must also mobilize private capital. Several efforts will help mobilize more private finance. For example, MCC will expand partnerships and the use of blended finance to catalyze private capital for climate projects. DFC will increase its climate-related investments beginning in FY 2023, so that at least one-third of its new investments are linked to addressing the climate crisis. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) will identify ways to significantly increase, as per its mandate, its support for environmentally beneficial, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage exports from the United States. U.S. agencies, including DFC, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, EXIM, the Department of State, MCC, and USAID will work together to build a strong investable project pipeline.

  • Ending International Official Financing for Carbon-Intensive Fossil Fuel Based Energy Scaling back public investments in carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy is the necessary corollary to increasing investments in climate-friendly activities. Departments and agencies will seek to end international investments in and support for carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy projects. Departments and agencies will work with other countries, through bilateral and multilateral formula, to promote the flow of capital toward climate-aligned investments and away from high-carbon investments. Treasury, in partnership with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and other U.S. government departments and agencies, will spearhead efforts to modify disciplines on official export financing provided by OECD export credit agencies, to reorient financing away from carbon-intensive activities.

  • Making Capital Flows Consistent with Low-Emissions, Climate-Resilient Pathways Financial markets are increasingly demanding investment opportunities that are consistent with low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient pathways Supporting the flow of capital toward activities that are consistent with those pathways involves building an ecosystem of data, information, practices, and procedures that enable financial market actors to internalize climate-related considerations into their decisions. This concept is embodied in the Paris Agreement’s Article 2.1(c) and has been widely embraced by financial policy makers and regulators around the world. The Treasury Department, in coordination with other U.S. agencies and regulatory bodies, as appropriate, will continue to promote improving information on climate-related risks and opportunities; identifying climate-aligned investments; managing climate-related financial risks; and aligning portfolios and strategies with climate objectives.

  • Defining, Measuring, and Reporting U.S. International Climate Finance Drawing on over a decade of experience in tracking climate finance, the U.S. intends to ensure that our future reporting is on the cutting edge of transparency and evolves along with our strategic approach to climate finance. This will include more detailed reporting, tracking finance for vulnerable populations, and enhanced reporting on mobilization and impact. The National Security Council staff will conduct a review of this Plan in FY 2023 to take stock of progress and assess whether changes are needed to increase ambition and impact. (Source: The White House, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Coal-Fired Power Plant May Be Converted to Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Newpoint Gas
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Oklahoma City-headquartered Newpoint Gas LLC reports it has partnered with Plymouth, Conn.-based Brooks Energy Company to form Escalante H2 Power. The partners also announced a letter of intent to purchase Westminster, Colorado-headquartered wholesale power provider TriState Generation's shuttered 40-year old coal-fired Escalante Power Plant in New Mexico and convert it into a hydrogen facility at an expected cost of roughly $250 million.

    This project comes after Newpoint's 2019 announcement it was working to develop a technology that would separate hydrogen, water and carbon from natural gas. If successful, the project will be the first of its kind and pave the way for future hydrogen infrastructure, according to Newpoint. The project will also have carbon capture and storage (CCS) capability.

    According to the company website, "Newpoint has taken unprecedented action to develop and integrate processes to produce clean water, electricity and a hydrogen energy source from zero-emissions natural gas technologies. Newpoint's process converts methane and other gaseous hydrocarbons into blue hydrogen. The carbon dioxide produced in the process is sequestered and/or used in manufacturing." (Source: Newpoint Companies, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Newpoint Companies, Wiley Rhodes, CEO , info@newpoint.us.com, www.newpointgas.com; Brooks Energy Company, Robert Price, CEO, 860-585-1515, www.brooksenergycompany.com; Escalante H2 Power, www.linkedin.com/pulse/escalante-h2-power-mark-schott; TriState Generation, Duane Highley, CEO, 303-452-6111, www.tristategt.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Newpoint Gas,  Hydrogen,  Escalante ,  TriState,  


    First 3 MW of 60-MW Ill. Comm. Solar Project Activated (Ind. Report)
    Clearway Energy Group
    Date: 2021-04-21
    San Francisco-headquartered Clearway Energy Group is reporting completion of the first 3-MW of the 60 MW (dc), $160 million Southland community solar project composed of 19 separate solar farms near Kankakee, Illinois.

    The projects are supported by the Illinois Shines Programme, the brand name for the Adjustable Block Program -- a state-administered incentive program supporting the development of new solar energy generation in Illinois. (Source: Clearway Energy Group, Website PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com; Illinois Shines, www.illinoisshines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clearway Energy Group,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


    PA DEP Report Recommends Increased Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Penna. DEP
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Reporting from Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week released the Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment: Status, Barriers, and Opportunities report that assesses energy storage capacity statewide and recommends significantly increasing it by pairing solar energy with storage for a cleaner, more resilient electric grid. The report identifies policies, programs, and incentives that decision-makers can pursue to add energy storage technologies to the state energy portfolio and determine the best path forward to increasing energy storage statewide.

    The report recommends pairing grid-scale solar arrays with battery storage to help reduce carbon emissions and increase grid resilience. One way to catalyze this would be to set a state energy storage capacity target, as seven other states have done. There are currently about 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage capacity in the state. This represents 22 operational or announced energy storage projects, including traditional pumped hydro storage facilities (1.07 GW), lithium-ion batteries (18 megawatts; MW), lead-carbon batteries (12.5 MW), ice and chilled water thermal storage (6 MW), and other technologies providing smaller amounts.

    For example, to get 10 pct of electricity from solar energy, the DEP Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan recommends increasing in-state solar energy from about 700 MW today to 11 GW by 2030. If 25 pct of this solar target were paired with a target of 1.5 GW of battery storage, Pennsylvania energy customers could save $273 million per year in wholesale energy costs and cut 2.5 million metric tpy of carbon emissions.

    The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment recommends 14 other measures to foster energy storage investment and integration, including convening a statewide storage issues forum, designating public funding to accelerate storage deployment, establishing incentive programs for storage projects, and accelerating microgrid deployment at critical facilities. As of February, there were 64 solar-plus-storage projects, totaling more than 2.3 GW, in the Pennsylvania portion of the planning queue of PJM, the wholesale electric regional transmission organization serving all or part of 14 states.

    Download the report HERE (Source: Penna., PR, DEP Energy Programs Office MyChessCo, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Penna. DEP, www.dep.state.pa.us/Energy/Office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Penna. DEP,  Solar+Storage,  Solar Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance,  Con Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    Hunt Perovskite Tech. Scores $2.5Mn DOE Funding (Ind. Report)
    Hunt Perovskite Technologies
    Date: 2021-04-16
    Dallas-based Hunt Perovskite Technologies (HPT) reports it has been selected to receive $2.5 million in funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Perovskite Funding Program for research and development of more efficient and commercially viable perovskite photovoltaic (PV) devices. HPT is one of the 22 selected to receive a total of $40 million.

    The DOE funding is for projects that could increase access to reliable electricity by improving the country's understanding of perovskite stability. Eventually, the department hopes to enable the domestic production of high-efficiency perovskite devices. (Source: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, info@huntperovskite.com, www.huntperovskite.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell,  PV,  Perovskite,  


    Boston Properties Scores 2021 ENERGY STAR® (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Boston Properties, Inc., the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of Class A office properties in the U.S., is reporting receipt of the US EPA, DOE 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

    In 2020, 52 Boston Properties buildings earned the ENERGY STAR rating and the Company achieved an average ENERGY STAR score of 79 out of 100 across its actively managed and eligible in-service portfolio.

    The company notes that since 2008, it has reduced the energy use intensity of its actively managed office buildings by 27 pct with the goal of cutting building consumption by 32 pct by 2025. (Source: Boston Properties Inc., PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Boston Properties Inc., Laura Sesody, VP, Corporate Marketing & Communication, 617.236.3305, lsesody@bxp.com, www.bxp.com; DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    GEV Wind Power, Wind Power LAB Merge Announced (M&A)
    GEV Wind Power, Wind Power Lab
    Date: 2021-04-14
    UK-based wind turbine blade repair and maintenance provider GEV Wind Power is reporting a merger with Danish based Wind Power Lab, a leader in providing intelligent technology based blade solutions to wind park operators.

    GEV provides field blade repair and maintenance services to both onshore and offshore wind farm manufacturers and operators in the UK, Europe and the US. WPL offers world class blade expertise and machine learning enabled services for all wind farm park owners, irrespective of the number of turbines they operate. The merged organization will operate globally and is backed by Bridges Fund Management, a specialist private equity investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Website News PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: GEV Wind Power, David Fletcher, CEO, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.cvwindpower.com; Wind Power LabLAB, Mille Beck Klinto, +45 31 32 10 06, mbk@windpowerlab.com, www.windpowerlab.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power,  Wind Power Lab ,  Wind,  


    PEG Wins ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    PEG LLC, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Fairfax, Virginia-based energy efficiency, engineering, environmental, and management consulting firm PEG, LLC reports it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE for the fifth consecutive year.

    PEG specializes in building energy performance, green building program compliance, building diagnostics, environmental and code compliance, thermal performance, HVAC design and operation, and construction defect.

    ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. (Source: PEG, LLC, PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: PEG LLC, JoAnn Spence, President and CEO , www.pegenv.com: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Affordable Solar Expanding in Albuquerque N.M. (Ind. Report)
    Affordable Solar
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Albuquerque, New Mexico-headquartered large-scale solar and energy storage integration specialist Affordable Solar is reporting plans to double the size of its fabrications facility and corporate headquarters by the end of 2021.

    The expansion is being supported by a pledge of $500,000 in assistance from the New Mexico Economic Development Department's LEDA job-creation fund. The City of Albuquerque has committed to $125,000 in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds, as well as the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) to assist with the project, pending public review and approval by the Albuquerque City Council. (Source: Affordable Solar, PR, Area Development News Desk 9 Apr., 2021) Contact: Affordable Solar, Ryan Centerwall, CEO, (505) 305-0278, www. affordable-solar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Affordable Solar,  Solar,  


    WELTECH BIOPOWER Delivers Two Biogas Plants in Japan (Int'l.)
    WELTECH BIOPOWER
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Vechta, Germany-based WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is setting up two agricultural 250-kW biogas plants for one of Japan's major milk producers. Both plants, one in Urahoro the other in Sakata, Yamagot prefecture, are on Japan's largest island, Honshu. The generated power and heat will be used directly on site. Commissoning is slated for summer 2021 in Urahoro and in autumn 2021 in Sakata.

    The two biogas project dairy farms yield approximately 30,000 tpy of liquid cattle manure, which will be used for the energy production in the anaerobic digestion plants. Apart from the two projects' digesters, upstream and digestate storage tanks, separation and pump technology, WELTEC BIOPOWER is also setting up a 250-kW CHP unit at each location.

    The biomass potential in Japan amounts to approximately 284.4 million tpy, enough to produce about 13 billion kWh of electricity and continually supply 2.8 million households, according to the WELTECH release. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 9 April, 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441/99978-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

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    Continental Tyre SA Scores Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l.)
    Continental Tyre,South African Energy Efficiency Confederation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Continental Tyre South Africa's Sustainable Technology and Infrastructure Department is reporting receipt of the Industrial Corporate Project of the Year Award from the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation for its focus on sustainability and and reducing its energy consumption.

    The award was given for a heat-recovery project that significantly reduced the tyre plant's energy consumption and operating costs. Continental was also shortlisted in the categories of Corporate Company of the Year and Young Professional of the Year, further demonstrating its long-term commitment to energy saving and sustainability. (Source: Continental Tyre, PR, 12 April, 2021) Contact: South African Energy Efficiency Confederation, www.saeeconfed.org.za

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    EGLE Submits Mich. U.P. Energy Task Force Report (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) reports the submission of its Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Energy Task Force (UPETF) energy supply report to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. Gov. Whitmer created the UPETF by Executive Order with the mandate to:
  • Assess the U.P.'s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met.

  • Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness -- inclding but not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources currently used by UP residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.

  • Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the UP; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and the alternatives for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs in response to such change.

    The report includes 16 recommendations for actions the state could take to improve affordability, enhance reliability, and promote energy security for U.P. residents includes:

  • Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.

  • Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion

  • Offer residential programs for energy efficiency and energy upgrade grants

  • Develop renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging

  • Examine the rate of disparity between customer classes.
  • Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development, and others. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy , U.P. Energy Task Force, www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3306_88771_93973---,00.html

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  • Archaea Energy Renewable Natural Gas Platform Announced (M&A)
    Archaea Energy
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Carnegie, Pennsylvania- based Rice Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the energy transition sector, reports an agreement to combine Novi, Michigan-based Aria Energy LLC and Belle Vernon, Penna.-based biogas developer Archaea to create Archaea Energy, a renewable natural gas (RNG) platform. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 this year.

    New company highlights include:

  • The business combination is expected to create the industry-leading platform in the U.S. to capture and convert waste emissions from landfills and anaerobic digesters into low-carbon RNG, electricity, and green hydrogen.

  • Aria, a portfolio company of funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares Management Corp is being acquired for $680 million and brings a comprehensive portfolio of operational LFG assets, best-in-class operating experience, and a deep inventory of greenfield LFG-to-RNG projects and electric-to-RNG conversion opportunities.

  • Archaea LLC is being acquired for $347 million and brings leading RNG technology professionals, a deep inventory of LFG-to-RNG projects -- including the world's largest RNG plant currently under construction (Project Assai) -- an innovative commercial strategy, groundbreaking low-cost carbon sequestration, and negative-carbon LFG-to-green hydrogen development projects currently in the design stage.

  • Pro forma for the transaction, the combined Company will have over $350 million of cash on the balance sheet, providing ample liquidity to fund its pipeline of development projects and bridging the combined Company to free cash flow generation starting in 2023.

    The combined Company will be headquartered in Cannonsburg, Penna. led by a majority-independent board consisting of executives Daniel J. Rice, IV, Kyle Derham, Kate Jackson, Joe Malchow, and Jim Torgerson of RAC; Nicholas Stork, CEO of Archaea; and Scott Parkes of Aria. (Source: Rice Acquisition Corp., PR, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Archea Energy, Nick Stork, CEO, info@archaea.energy, www.archaeaenergy.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com: Rice Acquisition Corp., www.ricepac.com

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  • Energy Efficiency Legislation Advances in W. Va. (Reg & Leg)
    West Virginia
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Charleston, the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee reports it has advanced House Bill 2667 aimed at reduce energy usage in all state buildings to 25 pct below 2018 levels by 2030. The bill also requires annual reports on building energy performance compared to similar buildings in similar climates be submitted to the West Virginia Office of Energy.

    If passed into law, the West Virginia Office of Energy would audit at least 20 pct of energy-metering devices at state buildings each year so all devices are audited by the end of 2026. The Energy Office would also establish a program for measuring and benchmarking the energy efficiency of all state buildings and submit energy usage data to a U.S. EPA operated benchmarking tool, to which the state is already registered. Sixty out of roughly 3.600 state owned buildings statewide are presently bench hmarked.

    West Virginian spends an estimated $88 million to $100 million per year on utility costs. Benchmarking, utility auditing and other low-cost and no-cost measures are projected to cut those cost by 15 to 28 pct. (Source: West Virginia Office of Energy, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: West Virginia Office of Energy, Karen Lasure, Energy Efficiency Administrator, www.westvirginia.gov/divisions/office-of-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    Minn., California and Iowa E15 Sales on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The Iowa Department of Revenue is reporting sales of E15 jumped 24 pct in Iowa in 2020 , despite the pandemic-related drop in overall fuel consumption. Iowa retailers sold 60.59 million gallons of E15 in 2020, up from 48.96 million gallons in 2019 and more than double the 2017 volume of E15 sales, despite a 14.3 pct drop in the state's overall petroleum consumption from 2019 levels.

    Similarly, recent data from the Minnesota Department of Commerce showed 2020 E15 sales there nearly held steady with 2019 sales levels, despite the pandemic. Minnesota E15 sales were 93.46 million gallons, down 4 pct from 97.40 million gallons in 2019.

    On the west coast, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) noted 40.37 million gallons of E85 were sold in the Golden State in 2020, down 0.6 pct from the 40.6 million gallons sold in 2019. (Source: Iowa Department of Revenue Renewable Fuels Association, CARB, Biofuels News, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  FlexFuel,  E15,  E85,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Clean Energy, Climate Change Notable Quote
    Eileen Claussen
    Date: 2021-04-09
    "Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen.

    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

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    USDA Touts Carbon Sequestration Easements (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that over the past 28 years it has protected more than 5 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and prime farmland -- an area the size of New Jersey -- in perpetuity through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches through conservation easements

    Wetland Easements -- totaling over 2.8 million acres nationwide -- improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reducing flooding, recharging groundwater, protecting biological diversity while Agricultural Land Easements protect productive working lands being converted to non-agricultural uses. Agricultural land easements total more than 1.9 million acres.

    Working with private landowners to protect, preserve and restore wetlands, grasslands, forests and farmlands is integral to USDA's efforts to build resiliency and reduce the impacts of climate change across the nation. Easements allow landowners to partner with NRCS to implement voluntary climate-smart management practices that maximize the amount of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere and stored in soils or plant biomass across these landscapes.

    The Biden Administration USDA is engaged in a "whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis and conserve and protect our nation's lands, biodiversity and natural resources including our soil, air and water." (Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, PR, 3 April, 2021) Contact: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Terry Cosby, Acting Chief, 202-690-7246, www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home

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    DDGs Offer Opportunities for Ethanol Producers (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-04-07
    The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting new corn fractionation technologies at dry mills offer the potential for ethanol producers to diversify and produce specialized Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGs) for specific livestock and poultry needs.

    According the NCGA, as these next generation DDGs products become increasingly competitive in their nutritional composition, ethanol manufacturers have the opportunity to diversify their portfolio, plugging into newly created revenue sources. If an ethanol plant is experiencing a lull in liquid fuel demand, they could offset this loss or risk by continuing to produce specialized feed products for livestock, poultry and aquaculture producers as well as the pet food industry. This heightened level of confidence and corn demand consistency at a local ethanol plant could translate to additional dollars back on the farm.

    The new corn fractionation technologies create value by separating out the various components of corn to optimize feed for animals of different species in various geographies and life stages. Producers are working with regulatory agencies to develop specifications for these next generation feed products, according to the NCGA. (Source: NCGA, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: NCGA, Liz Friedlander, (202) 326-0644, friedlander@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

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    Springfield, Mass. Woody Biomass Plant Nixed (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2021-04-05
    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revoked the approval for a long controversial proposed 35-MW woody biomass-fired power plant in Springfield due to the developer's -- Palmer Renewable Energy -- failure to start construction of the plant within two years of the approval being issued.

    The $150 million power plant project was first planned a decade ago but has met determined public and environmental community opposition from the start. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, PR, WAMC News, 2 Apr., 2021) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Palmer Renewable Energy, c/o Palmer Paving Corp., (413) 283-8354, www.palmerpaving.com

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    ADM Rebooting Idled Ethanol Plant Production (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Further to our 27 April, 2020 coverage, Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports it is rebooting ethanol production at its 300-gpy corn dry mills plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska.

    "We've been carefully monitoring a wide variety of industry ethanol conditions, and in recent weeks, we've seen consistent signs pointing to accelerating demand for domestic ethanol. company said in a statement. Inventories across the industry are steadily coming down, China is importing volumes, we continue to expect driving miles to increase as the pace of vaccinations accelerates, and the EPA's support of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard is helping drive great blending economics," according to a company statement . Ethanol deliveries are expected by mid-April, with full capacity by late spring. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

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    World Bank Releases New Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Last week in Washington, the World Bank (WB) announced a new Climate Change Action Plan aimed at helping developing countries achieve measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and pledging to mobilize large-scale resources to aid the transition away from fossil fuels. The Plan will increase climate finance, focus on climate results and impact, improve and expand climate diagnostics and reduce emissions and climate vulnerabilities in key systems.

    The World Bank, the largest multilateral provider of climate finance for developing countries, provided $83 billion in climate finance over the past five years, peaking at $21.4 billion in 2020.

    Under the new plan, 35 pct of WB financing will have climate co-benefits, on average, over the next five years and 50 pct of WB climate financing will support climate change adaptation and resilience -- up from the 26 pct achieved on average in FY16-20 and an even more in dollar terms. The new Climate Change Action Plan will:

  • Focuse on climate results and impact -- WB will focus on measuring results and achieving impact, through a greater focus on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, adaptation and resilience goals, supported by new metrics.

  • Improving and expanding climate diagnostics -- WB will build a strong analytical base at the global and country level, including introducing new Country Climate and Development Reports that will support preparation and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Strategies (LTSs), and which will feed in to all WBG Country Partnership Frameworks.

  • Reducing emissions and climate vulnerabilities in key systems: -- WB will support transformative investments in key systems that contribute the most to emissions and have the greatest climate vulnerabilities: for example, energy, food systems, transport, and manufacturing.

  • Aligning our financing flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement -- The Bank Group is committed to aligning financing flows with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. For the World Bank, we plan to align all new operations by July 1, 2023. For the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), 85 percent of new operations will be aligned by July 1, 2023 and 100 percent of these by July 1, 2025.

  • The World Bank Group has been instrumental in helping countries address climate change -- including delivering over $83 billion in climate finance over the past five years and reaching the highest level in a single year in 2020 at $21.4 billion. Through this plan, we will be doing more in terms of both dollars and impact.

    The World Bank Group reiterated it “will work with all stakeholders to address climate change challenges head on and support our clients to unlock the benefits of green, resilient and inclusive development." (Source: World Bank Group, PR, April , 2021)Contact: World Bank, International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

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  • Belle Plaine Ethanol Plant Now Co-op Ethanol Complex (Ind. Report)
    Federated Co-operatives
    Date: 2021-04-02
    On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered Federated Co-operatives Ltd. reports its ethanol plant in Belle Plaine Saskatchewan has been renamed the Co-Op Ethanol Complex. The CEC facility produces up to 150 million lpy of ethanol and roughly 130,000 tpy of distillers dried grain (DDG) from 350,000 tonnes of regionally-sourced wheat, corn, rye and triticale.

    Co-op purchased the plant -- fka Terra Grain Fuels -- in June of 2019, with the aim of helping their fueling stations all over Western Canada prepare for the national Clean Fuel Standard. (Source: Federated Co-operatives Limited, PR, Mossejaw Today, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: Federated Co-operatives Limited, Brian Humphreys, VP Energy, (306) 244-3311, Fax: (306) 244-3403, inquiries@fcl.crs, www.fcl.crs/ethanol; Belle Plaine Complex, (306) 345-2280 Fax: (306) 345-2153, info@cec.crs, www.fcl.crs

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    USTC Takes Majority Stake in CM Biomass (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    USTC Group, CM Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Danish logistics and commodities trader USTC Group has acquired 60 pct interest in Kobenhavn-based CM Biomass, a major independent wood pellet trading company.

    CM Biomass will form a new, separate entity in the USTC Group portfolio that already includes companies such as Bunker Holding, Uni-Tankers, and Unit IT. (Source: USTC, CM Biomass Partners, PR. Mar., 2021) Contact: USTC Group, Nina Ostergaard Borris, Owner and COO, www.ustc.dk; CM Biomass, +45 39 96 53 30, www.cmbiomass.com

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    Southern Power Snares 109-Turbine S. Dakota Wind Farm (M&A)
    Southern Power, Invenergy
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Atlanta-based energy wholesaler Southern Power is reporting the acquisition of its 14th and largest wind project to date -- the 300-MW Deuel Harvest Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota -- from Invenergy. The 109-turbine Deuel Harvest facility was developed by Invenergy and came online Feb. 23, 2021.

    The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility are being sold under two separate power purchase agreements -- a 25-year agreement with Great River Energy, expected to commence January 2023, and a 15-year agreement with Xcel Energy, expected to commence in October 2021. Southern Power will be the majority owner. Invenergy will retain a minority ownership position, and Invenergy Services will operate and maintain the facility.

    With the addition of Deuel Harvest, Southern Power's wind portfolio consists of more than 2,533 MW of wind generation. Southern Power's wind facilities are a part of the company's 4,928-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 43 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or operate 54 facilities operating or under development in 14 states with more than 12,498 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. Southern Power is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Southern Power, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

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    Charles City Schools Solar, Energy Efficiency Funded (Funding)
    Charles City County Public Schools System
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In the Old Dominion State, the Charles City County Public Schools System is reporting receipt of $500,000 in grant funding from the Solar Enhanced Energy Savings Performance Contract Program at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for energy efficiency upgrades and the addition of renewable energy production at its schools.

    The $500,000 grant will fund the solar portion of the project which is expected to cut the school systems electric power bill by 59 pct for an annual savings of more than $86,000. Energy efficiency improvements -- HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, building automation, wastewater treatment plant and building envelope improvements and others -- are expected to save $3.4 million in energy costs over the next 15 years.

    This program is among several efforts to meet the goals put forth in the Virginia Governor's executive order, which include powering 30 pct of the state's electric system from renewable energy resources by 2030 and produce 100 pct of Virginia's electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Source: Charles City County Public Schools System, PR, Augusta Press, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: Charles City County Public Schools System, 804-652-4612, www.ccps.net; Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, 804-692-3200 www.dmme.virginia.gov


    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

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    UK Green Homes Grant Funding Scheme Gets the Chop (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In London, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its £1.5 billion Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which was launch launched last July, will close on Wednesday, 31 March. The scheme will be replaced with a £ 300 million national home energy upgrades and low carbon heating program.

    The scheme, previously due to run until March next year, offered households grants of up to £5,000 -- £10,000 for those on low incomes -- to pay for insulation or low-carbon heating. More than 123,000 grant applications were made in February but only 28,000 vouchers issued and just 5,800 energy efficiency measures installed. (Source: UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), PR, Morning Star, 28 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    UK Offshore Energy Transition, Emissions Deal Released (Int'l.)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the North Sea Transition Deal, a landmark climate transition agreement to support the offshore oil and gas industry work force and supply chain during the switch to renewable energy and a net-zero emissions economy.

    The Deal includes an agreement for early reductions in production-site GHG emissions (not including emissions from product utilization) totaling 10 pctt by 2025, 25 pct by 2027 and 50 pct by 2030, with a goal of reaching net zero by 2050 -- a 15 million tonne reduction in CO2 emissions over the next ten years.

    Additionally, the deal commits to delivery of investments of up to $22 billion in new energy technologies, including hydrogen production and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The government has pledged to spend $1.4 billion on CCUS projects by 2025, and expects to provide additional support for the development of CO2 pipelines, storage sites and wells. The deal also commits to a voluntary industry target of 50 pct local, UK-made content for all new energy technology projects by 2030, with the same set-aside for oil and gas decommissioning activity. (Source: UK BEIS, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Chicago PACE Closes $4.6Mn Amped Kitchens Funding (Ind. Report)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Chicago PACE, a program of the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, reports it has closed $4.6 million in Commercial (C-PACE) funding in support of completed energy efficiency work at the recently opened Amped Kitchens Chicago facility in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

    The $4.6 million in private funding through the Chicago PACE program was provided by CounterpointeSRE, a national C-PACE capital provider, and was earmarked to a long list of energy efficiency improvements that included new HVAC consisting of packaged RTUs, hoods, water heaters, and indirect fired gas furnaces as well as LED lighting at the 5801 W Dickens Ave. facility.

    The Chicago PACE program, a public-private partnership designed to fund energy-saving and renewable infrastructure improvements to commercial and multifamily properties, is administered by Loop-Counterpointe PACE LLC, a joint venture between Loop Capital Markets and Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate.

    Amped Kitchens provides long-term production space to some of the nation's most innovative and successful food brands. (Source: Chicago PACE, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Chicago PACE, inquiry@chicagopace.org, www.ChicagoPACE.org

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    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition Announcement (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-22
    "The Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition member organizations commend state agency and stakeholder efforts in recommending a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We thank Governor Walz for establishing the Governor's Council on Biofuels and strongly support the Council's recommendation -- finding number 10, recommendation number 4 -- to move forward with a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We also applaud the Minnesota Department of Transportation for establishing the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council, which also included a clean fuels policy and implementation guidelines in its set of approved recommendations to the Department. A clean fuels policy will help assure that Minnesota remains in a leadership position with respect to clean fuels innovation, building on past successes.

    "Minnesota is behind schedule in achieving the transportation greenhouse gas reduction and clean fuel adoption goals established through the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. We believe that a clean fuels policy, such as the proposed Future Fuels Act, can help get Minnesota back on track.

    "We believe that the Future Fuels Act, designed based on recommendations in the Mid-continent Clean Fuels Policy Initiative's white paper A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest, can have many benefits for Minnesota, including:

  • Benefits for consumers through market access for clean fuels that are often lower cost or a better value than conventional fuels but currently face barriers to entry in the marketplace.

  • Large net-positive and equitable economic impacts for the state through increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, other biofuels, electricity,and charging infrastructure.

  • Equitable access to clean transportation for all Minnesota communities.

  • Increased investment in cleaner fuels for all types of vehicles and a more innovative and prosperous clean fuels sector spurring consumer demand for cleaner products,

  • A technology- and fuel-neutral, performance-based approach that rewards the cleanest fuels without having government pick winners and losers and expands the fuels market.

  • Reductions in air pollution and increased health benefits, particularly in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by transportation pollution.

  • Economic incentives and market demand to maximize the resource value of organic waste (including manure, biosolids, and food waste), reducing the climate impacts of organic waste, and supporting counties' efforts to achieve state-mandated recycling goals.

  • Increased energy independence by relying less on imported resources and more on state resources.

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the two largest emitting sectors of transportation and electricity as well as in the agricultural sector.

  • A potential to support voluntary farmer-led efforts to invest in and adopt agricultural conservation practices that benefit soil health and water quality and reduce farm-level greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, www.BetterEnergy.org , Twitter: @GreatPlainsInst; Facebook: Great Plains Institute

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  • Penna. DEP Eases Energy Efficiency Loan Process (Ind. Report)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports it has revamped the Green Energy Loan Fund (GELF) to make it easier for commercial property owners to get low-interest loans for large-scale, high-impact energy efficiency projects.

    The DEP and GELF work with building owners to ensure projects meet minimum energy savings requirements. In preparation for financing, GELF offers borrowers technical assistance to help building owners identify the most efficient, effective solutions to improve their building's energy performance. The improvements make it easier for borrowers to get even lower interest rates if they commit to performing a retro-commissioning -- upgrading -- several years after installation of their energy-saving project. New equipment must reduce energy use at least 25 pct, and whole building projects must reduce energy use more than 10 pct over current building energy code.

    The GELP prioritizes local community development efforts and seeks to support projects in Environmental Justice areas. Nearly 30 pct of funded projects have been in buildings owned or controlled by persons of color or with low income, and more than half have been located in low-income census tracts.

    The Green Energy Loan Fund has financed 16 projects for a total of $23 million in improvements to 2.1 million square feet of building space since 2009. The financing has enabled a carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 110,000 tons over the life of these projects.

    Download Penna. Green Energy Loan Fund details HERE. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov

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    Bipartisan CCS, Emissions Reduction Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
    CCS
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Washington on Mar. 16, a bipartisan group of legislators -- Sens. Chris Coons, (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Reps. Marc Veasey (D-Tx) and David McKinley (R-WV) -- introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions Act (SCALE Act) to help develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure as a critical means of reducing CO2 emissions and creating regional economic opportunities and employment.

    The SCALE Act would support the build-out of infrastructure to transport CO2 from capture sites to locations where it can be either utilized in manufacturing or sequestered. The bill would also build upon the U.S. DOE's existing CarbonSAFE program to provide cost sharing for deployment of commercial-scale saline geologic CO2 storage projects.

    The program would give priority to larger, commercial saline geologic storage projects that could serve as hubs for storing CO2 from multiple carbon capture facilities. It would also authorize increased funding to the U.S. EPA for permitting Class VI CO2 storage wells in saline geologic formations and provide grants for states to establish Class VI permitting programs , as well as provide grant funding for CO2 utilization products and support for state and local programs that create demand for materials, fuels and other products made from captured carbon. I would also help develop standards and certifications for products that use CO2.

    shows The SCALE Act provisions could create approximately 13,000 direct and indirect jobs per year through the five-year authorization, according to Decarb America Project. (Source: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, (202) 224-5042, www.coons.senate.gov

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    Praj Claims HPCL Compressed Biogas Plant Order (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries is reporting receipt of an order from Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) for a 5,250 M tpy compressed biogas (CBG) project at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The project, which will process 35,000 MT of regionally sourced rice straw as feedstock, could also save up to 15,000 M tpy of CO2 emissions when commissioned with the next 12 completed and commissioned within 12 months.

    The project will incorporate Praj's RenGas technology which was developed at Praj-Matrix, Department of Scientific and Industrial research (DSIR) certified the R&D centre. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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    PACE Loans Under Review in the Show Me State (Reg. & leg.)
    PACE Loan
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Jefferson City, Missouri House and Senate committees have passed legislation that would place significant new regulations on residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans.

    Under the legislation, PACE programs would be examined by the state Division of Finance every 24 months at an estimated cost of $50,000 per review. Under another bill, (HB 697), mortgage lenders would have the power to veto PACE loans.

    PACE loans are repaid as a line item added to borrowers' property tax bills and processed by county collectors as though they were a tax and, in the event of a mortgage payment default, are collected ahead of the mortgage loan. Consequently, mortgage lenders are uneasy with PACE financing and federal mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae do not allow PACE loans on top of mortgages they hold.

    Current law allows PACE loans only in cities and counties that pass ordinances authorizing the lending. Proposed legislation would limit a PACE loan plus the outstanding mortgage debt to no more than 80 pct of a property's appraised value, plus the value of improvements made. (Source: Various Media, Energy News, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

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    DOE Offering $20Mn for Grid-Scale Energy Storage Tech. (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $20 million for R&D that will advance the manufacturability of mid-sized flow battery systems.

    With this funding opportunity, DOE will partner with industry to address technical and manufacturing challenges that have prevented flow battery systems from achieving cost targets and commercial viability. DOE seeks proposals for collaborative, multi-stage R&D projects that improve manufacturing processes for individual flow battery components and integrate those new or improved components into a prototype system with a mid-sized capacity for grid, industrial, or transportation applications.

    Projects selected will: enable cost-effective, scalable manufacturing for mid-sized (i.e., 10-100 kilowatt hour) flow battery systems; test and validate the flow battery system's manufacturability; and strengthen domestic flow battery supply chains by connecting battery manufacturing stakeholders.

    Funding will be provided by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office. Additionally, DOE's Office of Electricity (OE) will support testing for selected projects at facilities like the $75 million Grid Storage Launchpad at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

    The Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing funding opportunity is part of DOE's Energy Storage Grand Challenge to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage.

    DOE anticipates making four to six awards. A minimum cost-share of 20 pct for R&D projects is required. Concept papers are due on April 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Additional details, including application and submission requirements are HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge, www.energy.gov/energy-storage-grand-challenge/energy-storage-grand-challenge

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    DOE Projects to Receive $2Mn for Hydrogen Tech. (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected the following projects to receive $2 million in funding for cost-shared research and development the Enabling Gasification of Blended Coal, Biomass and Plastic Wastes to Produce Hydrogen with Potential for Net Negative Carbon Dioxide Emissions program.

    This FOA focuses on the advancement of net-negative carbon emitting technologies that aim to produce hydrogen or other high-value fuels, whether as the sole product or as a co-product. Developing co-gasification technologies is a way to introduce net-negative carbon technologies that can help alleviate concerns about potential feedstock availability and other operational issues. The four projects selected are described below:

  • Fluidized-Bed Gasification of Coal-Biomass-Plastics for Hydrogen Production -- Auburn University in Alabama plans to study the gasification performance of select feedstock mixtures in a laboratory-scale fluidized-bed gasifier. Specific objectives are to (1) study coal-plastic-biomass mixture flowability for consistent feeding in the gasifier; (2) understand gasification behavior of the mixtures in steam and oxygen environments; (3) characterize thermal properties of ash/slag from the mixture feedstock and investigate the interaction between slag/ash and refractory materials; and (4) develop process models to determine the technology needed for cleaning up syngas and removing contaminants for hydrogen production. -- Funding: DOE: $499,485; Non-DOE: $126,971; Total: $626,456

  • Performance Testing of a Moving-Bed Gasifier Using Coal, Biomass, and Waste Plastic Blends to Generate White Hydrogen -- Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) plans to qualify coal, biomass, and plastic waste blends based on performance testing of selected pellet recipes in a laboratory-scale updraft moving-bed gasifier. The testing will provide relevant data to advance the commercial-scale design of the moving-bed gasifier to use these feedstocks to produce hydrogen. The effects of waste plastics on feedstock development and the resulting products will be a focus of the research. The research team will review data, determine figures of merit, and interpret results to specify the range of feedstock blends that can be successfully gasified, as well as quantify gasifier outputs based on specific blends. -- Funding: DOE: $500,002; Non-DOE: $125,000; Total: $625,002

  • Development and Characterization of Densified Biomass-Plastic Blend for Entrained Flow Gasification -- University of Kentucky Research Foundation in Lexington plans to develop and study a coal/biomass/plastic blend fuel by (1) producing hydrophobic layer encapsulated biomass suitable for slurry with solid content with greater than 60 wt pct of blended coal/biomass and plastic suitable for oxygen-blown entrained flow gasification with slurry feed; (2) conducting lab-scale kinetic and gasification studies on the feedstock blend; and (3) demonstrating practical operations in a commercially relevant 1 ton/day entrained flow gasifier.--Funding: DOE: $500,000; Non-DOE: $125,559; Total: $625,559

  • Enabling Entrained-Flow Gasification of Blends of Coal, Biomass and Plastics -- University of Utah plans to leverage a high-pressure, slurry-fed, oxygen-blown entrained-flow system to enable co-gasification of biomass and waste plastic by creating slurries of coal, biomass pyrolysis liquids, and liquefied plastic oil. Gasification performance of the most promising mixtures will be evaluated in the University of Utah's 1 ton/day pressurized oxygen-blown gasifier fitted with a custom-built hot oxygen burner. -- Funding: DOE: $500,000; Non-DOE: $291,157; Total: $791,157

    The Office of Fossil Energy funds research and development projects to advance fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

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  • Lincoln Wastewater Biogas RNG Project Completed (Ind. Report)
    RNG
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) is reporting completion of the Theresa Street Water Resource Recovery Facility project to transform methane biogas into RNG fuel.

    The completed project is expected to produce 100 billion BTUs of RNG per year -- equivalent to roughly 875,000 gallons of gasoline -- and generate $2.6 million per year in revenue for a 3.3-year ROI.

    HDR Engineering, Building Crafts, and Black Hills Energy, which built the infrastructure to connect the RNG to the national natural gas pipeline system, and Bluesource, a national energy management company, worked on the project. (Source: City of Lincoln, Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department, 402-441-7548, ltu@lincoln.ne.gov, www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/Departments/LTU

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    Ameresco Completes Santa Fe Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting completion of a facilities energy efficiency upgrade project for the City of Santa Fe, N.M.

    The energy efficiency improvements included various building roof replacements, parapet and EFIS wall repairs, power conditioning, pool repair, HVAC and building automation and others. Ameresco will also help the city with facility maintenance and capital planning needs and to identify potential funding strategies to update its infrastructure.

    The completed energy efficiency measures are expected to save the city more than $88,600 per year in electric power and natural gas costs. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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