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Vattenfall Building Wind Components Warehouse in Denmark (Int'l.)
Vattenfall
Date: 2021-06-28
In Sweden, Stockholm-based wind energy giant Vattenfall reports it plans to construct a large wind turbine parts and components -- gearboxes, generators, transformers, shafts, blades and others -- warehouse at the Danish Port of Esbjerg. The 2,100 sqm indoor warehouse and an 8,200 sqm outdoor storage facility will serve wind farms in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the UK when completed and stocked in 2022.

Vattenfall presently operates more than 1,300 on- and offshore wind turbines in Northern Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, all of which are monitored from Vattenfall's central control room in Esbjerg. (Source: Vattenfall, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Kryssare, +46 (0)76-769 56 07, magnus.kryssare@vattenfall.com, www.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Wind,  


CS Energy Solar+Storage Project Lauded (Ind. Report)
CS Energy
Date: 2021-06-21
Edison, New Jersey-based renewables and solar energy specialist CS Energy is reporting its 4.5 MW solar plus 3.8 MWh energy storage project installation in Amesbury, Massachusetts, is a finalist for the 2021 smarter E AWARD's Outstanding Project category.

The smarter E AWARD receives global submissions which are independently judged on economic benefits, pioneering character, uniqueness, proof of innovation and benefits for the environment and society. The Kearsarge Amesbury LLC project is the only U.S project to be named a finalist.

CS Energy has constructed over 175 MW across 36 landfill projects. The Kearsarge Amesbury LLC project, which came in under budget and four weeks ahead of schedule, is generating sufficient power for about 400 households per year and will generate $3.6 million over 20 years in new tax and lease revenues, and major energy savings for the city. (Source: CS Energy, PR, Website, 15 June, 2021) Contact: CS Energy, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Kearsarge Amesbury LLC, www.kearsargeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CS Energy,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


Coriolis Energy, ESB Partner for Scotland Wind Farm (Int'l.)
Coriolis Energy, ESB
Date: 2021-05-17
In the UK, Maidenhead-headquartered independent wind farm developer Coriolis Energy and the Dublin-based Irish state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) report they have submitted plans to the Scottish Government for the 37-turbine Garvary Wind Farm in Scotland. If approved, the project could cost as much as £220 million.

Coriolis Energy has delivered 15 renewable energy projects across the UK. (Source: Coriolis Energy, PR, Indepentant Ireland, 16 May, 2021) Contact: Coriolis Energy, +44 1628 629344, www.coriolis-energy.com; ESB Generation and Trading, Jim Dollard, esbnetworks@esb.ie, www.esb.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coriolis Energy,  ESB,  Wind,  SCotland Wind,  


USGBC Names LEED for Cities Prog. Participants (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2021-05-12
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting selection of 15 cities or counties for its LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program which has contributed more than $1.75 million and helped 56 cities and counties pursue LEED certification since 2017.

The Program funds are provided to reduce climate change and advance resilience and social equity by measuring and tracking performance using the LEED for Cities rating system. The Program also provides networking opportunities, technical assistance, access to educational resources, membership, registration and LEED certification with the fees waived.

The cities/counties selected for the 2021 program are: Atlantic Beach, Florida; Billings, Montana; Claremont, California; Coral Gables, Florida; Durango, Colorado; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Houston, Texas; Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Long Beach, California; Pinellas County, Florida; Racine, Wisconsin; Tempe, Arizona; West Palm Beach, Florida and Wilmington, North Carolina.

Since launching in 2016, LEED for Cities and Communities has certified more than 120 municipalities. LEED for Cities program details HERE. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, ay, 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


EnBW Sells Stake in 133MW Onshore Wind Portfolio (Int'l. M&A)
EnBW,Commerz Real
Date: 2021-02-24
EnBW Group, a German utility company and wind developer, reports Wiesbaden-based investment management services company Commerz Real AG has acquired a 49.9 pct stake in a 133 MW EnBW portfolio of 14 German onshore wind farms with a total of 47 turbines. Financial details have not been released.

EnBW will continue to manage, service and maintain the wind farms and market the green power they generate. Completion of the transaction is subject to clearance by relevant regulatory authorities and is expected this spring. (Source: EnBW, PR, Website, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: EnBW, Stefanie Klumpp, +49721 63-00, stefanie.klumpp@enbw.com, www.enbw.com; Commerz Real, +49 611 7105 0, : +49 611 7105 5410 -- fax, www.commerzreal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW,  Wind,  


South Africa G20's Worst Carbon Performer (Int'l. Report)
Pricewaterhousecoopers
Date: 2021-02-08
In Johannesburg, PriceWaterhouseCoopers South Africa (PWC) is reporting South Africa remains one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters and ranked the the country the worst G20 performer in terms of carbon intensity.

According to the Net Zero Economy Index, South Africa recorded a 1.3 pct increase in carbon intensity for the second consecutive year compared to a 2.4 pct fall globally in 2019.

The index compares the amount of CO related emissions from a country to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country for the year. South Africa saw the lowest economic output in terms of GDP per ton of CO that it emits, across the economy. Currently, over 90 pct of South Africa's energy is generated by relatively low quality coal. The country's Integrated Resource Plan 2019 commits to cutting coal fired power generation by 43 pct of the total energy supply by 2030. (Source: PWC, IOL, 7 Feb., 2021) Contact: PWC South Africa, www.pwc.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pricewaterhousecoopers,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Intensity,  


Everfuel Acquiring Danish Hydrogen Fueling Firm (Int'l. M&A)
Hydrogen
Date: 2021-01-04
Herning, Denmark-based green hydrogen producer Everfuel A/S reports it will acquire hydrogen fueling stations operator Danish Hydrogen Fuel A/S (DHF) from Nel Hydrogen A/S, industrial gas firm Strandmollen A/S and fuel retailer OK A.m.b.a. for an undisclosed price.

DHF runs four stations near the Danish cities of Korsor, Kolding, Esbjerg and Aarhus. Everfuel produces green hydrogen for zero emission mobility with operations in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. (Source: Everfuel A/S, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Everfuel A/S, +45 53 66 69 99, www.everfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Fuel,  


Carroll County Miss, Community Solar Park Underway (Ind. Report)
Cubico Buffalo Holdings,RES America Development
Date: 2020-12-09
Cubico Buffalo Holdings I, LLC is reporting acquisition of the 100 MW, Delta's Edge Solar facility near Greenwood in Carroll County, Mississippi, which is being developed by RES America Developments. The project is expected to come online in about two years.

Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy will purchase all facility's power production. Cooperative Energy is a not-for-profit, 11 member-owned generation and transmission cooperative. Cooperative Energy approved its first member-owned (residential) solar systems in 2010, and began operating five solar-powered electrical stations in 2016 in Taylorsville, Lucedale, Kiln, Greenwood, and Lyon Mississippi.

The 11 electric cooperatives own and maintain approximately 57,300 miles of distribution lines and provide service to approximately 432,000 homes and businesses in 55 counties. (Source: Cubico Buffalo Holdings Contact: Cubico Buffalo Holdings, Cubico Invest, www.cubicoinvest.com; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, andrew.fowler@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com; Cooperative Energy, 601-268-2083, www.cooperativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  RES America ,  


Red Rock Power Announces Inch Cape Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Red Rock Powe,ESBr
Date: 2020-11-11
Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited is reporting a 50:50 joint venture with ESB, the leading Irish energy group, for Inch Cape Offshore Limited and its offshore wind farm development The 72-turbine Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be one of Scotland's largest single sources of renewable energy projects and power up to 1 million homes when connected into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to one gigawatt having already secured both onshore and offshore consents in 2019. (Source: Red Rock Power Lyd, Website Press Release, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Red Rock Power, Guy Madgwick, CEO, +44 (0) 131 557 7101, www.redrockpower.co.uk; Inch Cape Wind, +44 (0) 131 557 7101, www.inchcapewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inch Cape Wind,  Red Rock Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ESB,  


ABO Wind Announces First Polish Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
ABO Wind
Date: 2020-09-16
Wiesbaden, Germany-headquartered ABO Wind reports its first wind farm in Poland -- Donaborow Wind Farm -- will be constructed northeast of Wroclaw and will incorporate 9 Siemens Gamesa SG114 turbines totaling 19.8 MW capacity.

ABO Wind has been active in Poland since 2019 and is now working on various renewable energy projects including development of solar greenfield projects. The company has realized more than 3,000 MW of energy projects in 16 countries on four continents. (Source: ABO Wind, Website, PR, 14 Sept., 2020) Contact: ABO Wind, +49 611 267 65-674, +49 611 267 65-599 – fax, presse(at)abo-wind.de, www.abo-wind.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABO Wind,  Poland Wind,  


Apple Investing in Danish Onshore Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
Apple
Date: 2020-09-04
Apple reports it is investing in the world's largest onshore wind turbines as part of its commitment to becoming 100 pct carbon neutral by 2030.

The wind turbines, which will be located near the Danish town of Esbjerg and will power an Apple data center in the town of Viborg, are expected to generate 62 gigawatt hours per year -- sufficient to power almost 20,000 homes with the excess power feeding into the Danish national grid. (Source: Apple, PR, 9TO5MAC, 3 Sept., 2020)Contact: Apple, www.apple.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Onshore Wind,  Apple Data Center,  


Waste Knot Fuel Pellet Plant Slated for Teesside (Int'l. Report)
Waste Knot Energy
Date: 2020-08-17
In the UK, London-headquartered Waste Knot Energy has secured funding from Gresham House's British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF) for construction of its first fuel pelleting plant at distribution logistics firm AV Dawson's port facility in Teesside, Middlesbrough.

The plant will produce Waste Knot's "Green Knot" branded pellets using non-recyclable waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill. The high-calorific value of the pellets makes them a reliable, low-emission bulk alternative to coal and pet-coke for energy-intensive industries such as cement and steel.

When fully operational,the Waste Knot plant is expected to produce more than 240,000 tpy of fuel pellets. (Source: AV Dawson, BDaily, Aug., 2020) Contact: BSIF Greshham House, Ed Simpson, Fund Manager, Waste Knot Energy, +44 0 7808 964640, info@wasteknotenergy.com, www. wasteknotenergy.com; Gresham House, +44 20 3837 6270, www.greshamhouse.com; AV Dawson, +44 1642 219271, www.av-dawson.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Knot Energy,  Pellet Fuel ,  


Bay State Offers C-PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
Property Assessed Clean Energy,PACE
Date: 2020-07-31
Commercial landlords and nonprofits in 22 Massachusetts communities have a new option for financing energy-efficiency upgrades. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Massachusetts program applies to commercial and industrial buildings, multifamily buildings with five or more units and buildings owned by nonprofits.

The PACE program, which is administered by MassDevelopment and the Department of Energy Resources, requires that energy savings pay for the cost of improvements. Projects can be financed up to 20 years.

The PACE program is available to building owners in the following participating communities: Acton, Agawam, Amesbury, Barnstable, Devens, Erving, Fall River, Fitchburg, Franklin, Gardner, Greenfield, Lexington, New Bedford, North Adams, Northampton, Orange, Pittsfield, Randolph, Rockland, Wendell, West Springfield and Yarmouth. Specifics on the guidelines and application materials are available at massdevelopment.com/pace. (Source: Various Media, Banker & Tradesman, 30 July, 2020)Contact: C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Recurrent Energy TX Solar Projects Close on Funding (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2020-07-22
Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has closed $282 million of debt financing for construction of its Maplewood and Maplewood 2 solar projects, in Pecos County, West Texas. The financing was provided by a bank clubled by Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB), which included Export Development Canada , Rabobank, National Bank of Canada and Bayerische Landesbank

The 327MW Maplewood Solar Project will deliver clean energy to Anheuser-Busch under a PPA contributing to the brewer's 2025 sustainability goals for the United States, which include a 100 percent renewable purchased electricity target and a 25 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions across its supply chain.

The projects will utilize Canadian Solar's high efficiency bifacial moduleswhich, relative to traditional monofacial modules,produce electricity from both sides of the panel thereby increasing total energy generation and improving reliability during winter months. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, Website, 21 July, 2020) Contact: Canadain Solar, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  Solar,  


Amesbury Solar-Plus-Storage Project Completed (Ind. Report)
CS Energy,Kearsarge Energy
Date: 2020-06-24
Edison, New Jersey-based clean energy contractor CS Energy is reporting completion of a 4.5MW solar project installation with a 3.8 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion battery system on a landfill cap site in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

The project, which was developed as part of a partnership between the City of Amesbury and Kearsarge Energy, was one of the first solar plus energy storage projects to participate in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program (Source: CS Energy , renews.biz, 24 June, 2020) Contact: CS Energy, Sean Harrington, Dir. Energy Storage, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Kearsarge Energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CS Energy news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  Kearsarge Energy news,  


Aussie Small Turbine Specialist Raises $400,000 (Int'l. Funding)

Date: 2020-06-10
In the Land Down Under, University of Newcastle spin-out Diffuse Energy reports it has secured $400,000 in seed funding from Shearwater Growth Equity to scale production of its very small, enclosed-blade diffuser wind turbine technology.

The company's plan is to use the lightweight turbines to plug into existing telecommunications infrastructure, enabling rapid setup of turbines in hard-to-service locations. The funding will be used to cover the cost of new full-time staff and to scale up production. (Source: Diffuse Energy, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Diffuse Energy, Joss Kesby, CEO, sales@diffuse-energy.com, www.diffuse-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine news,  Australia Wind news,  


B&W Volund Claims Biomass Waste-to-Energy Contracts (Ind Report)
Viridor,B&W Volund,Babcock & Wilcox
Date: 2020-05-04
Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc reports its Esbjerg, Denmark–based Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S (Volund) subsidiary has won multi-year service contracts worth more than $4 million for two U.K. waste-to-energy plants owned by Taunton-based Viridor, and a plant upgrade service contract for Frederikshavn Forsyning A/S's CHP waste-to-energy plant in Denmark.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. supplies technologies for efficient and environmentally sound waste-to-energy and biomass energy plants worldwide. world. (Source: B&W, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: B&W, Megan Wilson, VP Corp. Dev., 704.625.4944 investors@babcock.com, www.babcock.com; Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox,  Biomass B&W Volund,  Viridor,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Jonesboro Ark. Utility Announces 13.25 MW Solar Project (Ind. Report)
TurningPoint Energy, Jonesboro City Water and Light
Date: 2020-05-01
In Arkansas, the city of Jonesboro (pop. 77,000) City Water and Light (CWL) utility reports it has entered into a turnkey agreement with TurningPoint Energy (TPE) to develop the city's first solar power system totaling 13.25 MW.

Construction of the approximately 98 acre project is slated to begin during the summer of 2021, for commissioning and startup no later than December, 2021.

CWL will own the system, which will generate an estimated total of 24,292 MWh during the first year of operation -- sufficient power for roughly 1,600 homes. (Source: Jonesboro City Water and Light, KASU News, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Turning Point Energy, turningpoint-energy.com; Jonesboro City Water and Light, 870-930-3300, www.jonesborocwl.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TurningPoint Energy ,  Solar,  


Bio Agrigas Ltd Planning Westmeath, Ireland AD Project (Int'l.)
Bio Agrigas Limited
Date: 2020-04-27
In the UK, Westmeath, Ireland-based Bio Agrigas Limited reports it is seeking regulatory approval for the construction and operation of two anerobic digestors in The Downs in Mullingar.

The company plans to construct two anerobic digestors (AD) along with accompanying tanks, gas cleaning vessels and an ESB substation. An environmental impact statement has also been prepared and submitted. (Source: Bio Agrigas Limited, Milands News,23 April, 2020) Contact: Bio Agrigas Limited, +353 53 9160600, F +353 53 9160699

More Low-Carbon Energy News anerobic digestor,  


WiSolar Inks LG Electronics Solar Panel Dealership Deal (Int'l.)
WiSolar, LG Electronics
Date: 2020-03-13
Johannesburg-based WiSolar is reporting a deal under which it will supply LG Electronics MonoX and NeON2 Black solar panels to the South African market.

The LG MonoX Plus and LG NeON2 Black solar panel has a 20.4 pct efficiency rating on 60 cell 350W and 20.1 pct on 345W. The product features enhanced durability, performance under real-world conditions, an enhanced warranty and aesthetic design suitable for roofs. (Source: WiSolar, Mar., 2020) Contact: WiSolar, +27 10 446 7671, www.wisolar.co; LG Electronics, www.lg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WiSolar,  LG Electronics,  Solar,  Solar Panel,  


IFC Supports South African Green Bond Issuance (Int'l, Funding)
IFC,Standard Bank of South Africa
Date: 2020-03-04
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and one of the world's largest green bond issuer, reports it has invested $200 million in the Johannesburg-based Standard Bank of South Africa Limited's green bond placed on the London Stock Exchange.

The 10-year green bond -- Africa's largest and South Africa's first offshore green bond issuance -- is compliant with the International Green Bond Principles and will enable Standard Bank Group's Sustainable Finance Business Unit to on-lend to and finance climate-smart projects in South Africa such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency and green buildings. (Source: IFC, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: IFC, www.ifc.org; Standard Bank of South Africa, Nigel Beck, Sustainable Finance, www.standardbank.co.za

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


Equinor, ESB Pursuing Irish Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Equinor,ESB
Date: 2019-11-25
In Dublin, the Irish state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) reports it is partnering with Oslo, Norway-based energy company Equinor to identify suitable sites for and develop new offshore wind farms in Irish waters. The two firms will also investigate potential wind energy storage and other related technologies.

Together, ESB and Equinor are specifically interested in large scale wind projects that could be in commercial operation by 2030. ESB notes its recent investment in the Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK in line with its Brighter Future Strategy. (Source: ESB, Equinor, Silicon Republic, Others, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: ESB Generation and Trading, Jim Dollard, 00353 21 238 6555, esbnetworks@esb.ie,www.esb.ie ; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  ESB,  Wind ,  Offshore Wind,  


Irish Peat-Burning Power Plants Face Closure (Int'l. Report)
Bord Na Mona
Date: 2019-11-13
In Dublin, Ireland, the Independent.ie is reporting the Electricity Supply Board has ordered the closure of two peat-burning electric power plants in West Offaly and Rough Lee. The Board proposed the plants be refitted to co-fire with peat and biomass from 2021 until 2027 when the plant could be fully biomass-powered. Bord Na Mona, an Irish peat firm, had been supplying peat to the facilities. (Source: Electricity Supply Board, Bord Na Mona, Bioenergy Insight, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ireland Electricity Supply Board, www.esb.ie; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord Na Mona,  Peat,  Biomass,  


Luxcara Adds Finnish Wind Farms to Portfolio (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Luxcara GmbH,ABO Wind
Date: 2019-09-11
Luxcara GmbH, an independent asset manager providing institutional investors with access to equity and debt opportunities in the international renewable energy market, is reporting acquisition of the the Sievi and Pihtipudas projects totaling 60 MW in Finland. Both of the projects were developed by Wiesbaden, Germany-based ABO Wind.

Completion and grid connection is expected late in 2020. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. (Source: Luxcara, PR, IP&E, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Luxcara, Philip Sander, Managing Partner , +49 40 60 56 410, contact@luxcara.com, www.luxcara.com; ABO Wind, www.abo-wind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Finland Wind,  ABO Wind,  


Amesbury Upgrading to Energy Efficient LEDs (Ind. Report)
Amesbury Mass
Date: 2019-08-28
In the Bay State, the city of Amesbury reports the upgrading of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights to LEDs program is slated to get underway in early Sept. The Essex County city of 16,700 resident recently purchased all of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights from National Grid for $23,267 and has entered into a contract with Rhode Island-based Arden Engineering Constructors to begin converting the halogen/mercury vapor lights to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The $469,748 upgrade to LEDs is expected to cut the city's energy consumption by roughly 5 pct. The project received grants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and expects to receive rebates from National Grid. (Source: City of Amesbury, PR, Daily News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Amesbury, Tom Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, (978) 388-8110 x314, www.amesburyma.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


Ameren Nixes 157 MW Missouri Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri, EDF Renewables
Date: 2019-08-02
The Show Me State's largest utility, St. Louis-headquartered Ameren Missouri reports it and EDF Renewables have pulled the plug on a mutual 157 MW wind project in Atchison County, Missouri due to "unacceptably high" transmission infrastructure upgrade costs.

Transmission infrastructure is an important component of grid modernization and as utilities incorporate more renewable energy sources on to the grid, having the equipment to transmit that power can be a challenge, according to Utility Dive. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, Utility Dive, 30 July, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com; Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.ameren.com/missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri ,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  


South African Carbon Tax Now In Force (Int'l Report)
Carbon Tax,South Africa
Date: 2019-07-19
In Johannesburg, South Africa, the Southern Courier is reporting that country's recently enacted carbon tax is now fully in force. The 120 Rand ($8.63 US) per tonne carbon tax is intended to penalize large South African emitters of greenhouse gase and thus help . minimize the climate risks that hydrocarbon fuels present, being a major cause of air pollution and global warming.

According to the International Monetary Fund, carbon tax is the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions as it allows for a reduction in energy consumption. (Source: Southern Courier, 18 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  GHG Emissions,  CO2,  South Africa Carbon Tax,  


Ameren Missouri Plans $1Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-07-08
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan, www.ameren.com/missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ameren Missouri Touts Smart Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-07-08
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Energy Efficiency,  


U20 Demands Climate Change Action (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
U20
Date: 2019-05-24
At the U20 Mayors Summit Mayors meeting this week in Japan, the mayors of some of the world's major cities urged their national leaders to "leverage the tremendous potential of our cities as hubs of diversity and innovation for the purpose of tackling global challenges, including climate change." Cities from G20 member states, known as the Urban 20 (U20) presented the following recommendations on addressing climate change;

  • Set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to peak no later than by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

  • Commit to decarbonizing the energy grid, with 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050.

  • Enact national regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.

  • [Help] expedite the transition to zero-emission vehicles and support cities' efforts to diffuse such vehicles.

  • Reduce the generation of plastic waste -- phasing-out certain single-use and hard to recycle plastics in particular.

  • Ensure a just transition to decarbonized development.

    The U20 Communique was signed by the mayors, or governors of Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels-Capital Region, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Christchurch, Durban, Hamburg, Helsinki, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka, Paris, Port Vila, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane. (Source: U20, Japan Today, 23 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News G20,  Climate Change,  


  • Nexamp, Radiance Complete Georgia Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    Nexamp, Radiance
    Date: 2019-05-20
    Under the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), Georgia Power is adding more solar power to the grid with new commercial and industrial solar installations.

    Two of these new installations, owned and operated by Nexamp Inc. and developed jointly with Radiance Development LLC, are now in operation. The projects, located in Bainbridge and Leesburg, are generating more than 2 MWs of power feeding into the Georgia Power utility grid under the terms of PPAs.

    The 7.5 acre site in Bainbridge site includes more than 3,400 panels and generates over 1.2 MWs of power. The site in Leesburg generates over 1.1 MWs of power from its roughly 4.2-acre plot that includes more than 3,100 panels. Both sites came fully online in the past few weeks.

    Nexamp worked closely with Radiance Development LLC on the projects. Radiance led the local development permitting and property leasing while Nexamp handled the construction and will provide all ongoing operations and maintenance support. (Source: Nexamp. RP. 19 May, 2019) Contact: Nexamp Inc., Zaid Ashai, CEO, Keith Hevenor, (617) 431-1440, www.nexamp.com

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    Wind Dominant S.African Power Source by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Eskom,South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) are saying wind energy offers the country's greatest potential for replacing fossil fuels for power generation in South Africa.

    The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other research institutes note they have "conclusively demonstrated that the option of new wind, solar PV and flexible generation capacity in South Africa delivers the least-cost electricity price trajectory in the years ahead to 2050 and beyond, as well as least water consumption, lowest carbon emissions and the most jobs. According to this scenario, wind would be the largest source of electricity by 2040. The DoE foresees 12 GW of wind by 2030, 38 GW by 2040 and 50 GW by 2050." (Souce: Eskom, MyBroadBand, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development, www.eskom.co.za; CSRI, www.csir.co.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Wind,  South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ,  


    Lambert Mo. Community Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri reports its new 1-MW community solar facility near Lambert, Missouri is well underway and slated for startup up by mid-summer. Subscriptions for the solar energy blocks filled up in just 55 days and a waiting list of subscribers has been established, according to the release. (Source: Ameren Missouri, 22 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience, www.ameren.com/missouri

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    Eaton Scores Int'l. Industrial Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l)
    Eaton
    Date: 2019-04-15
    UK-headquartered power management specialist Eaton reports it has won the Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The Wadeville microgrid installation includes the first-ever deployment of Eaton's xStorage energy storage system in Africa. This innovative solution strengthens the energy supply for Eaton's Wadeville site, thereby reducing demand on the national grid and on regional infrastructure.

    The newly-created Industrial Energy Efficiency Award is dedicated to identifying and awarding prizes to outstanding industrial processes and applications based on their energy efficiency, targeting providers as well as users of energy-efficient solutions for production processes. (Source: Eaton, Creamer Media, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Eaton, +44 (0) 1206 593 12, 8Eaton's xStorage, www.eaton.com/gb/en-gb/products/energy-storage.html?wtredirect=www.eaton.com/xstorage

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    Ameren Missouri Offers 26 Energy-Efficiency Programmes (Ind Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Ameren Missouri electric is reporting the launch of 26 new residential and business energy efficiency programs backed by $120 million in incentives and rebates to help customers reduce energy usage, and cut down their bills. The utility also announced a total of $50 million allocated for income-eligible customers and social services agencies.

    Ameren Missouri expects to invest $226 million over the life of the energy efficiency programmes, which in turn would provide $592 million in benefits for customers.

    The utility's new Peak Time Savings program offers customers a $50 sign-up bonus and an additional $25 every summer for participating in the scheme, while other programs encourage the purchase of new energy-efficient equipment.

    In addition to new energy efficiency programmes to help customers save, the power company recently announced Smart Energy Plan, which includes a freeze on base electric rates until April 2020 and rate caps to limit the size of any future rate increases. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Smart Energy, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience, www.ameren.com/missouri

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    Forest Biomass Renewable Fuels Classification Challenged (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In an action filed Monday at the European General Court in Luxembourg, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona Plc and six other plaintiffs claimed that classifying forest biomass as a renewable fuel "fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive's biomass energy policy."

    The lawsuit seeks to remove forest biomass from the EUs Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) which raises the overall EU target for renewable energy sources consumption by 2030 from 20 pct to 32 pct. The plaintiffs contend RED II "ignores the science on forest bioenergy and promotes false climate solutions" and that RED II failed to properly account for the lifecycle carbon emissions from harvesting, producing, transporting, and burning woody biomass fuels.

    The case is coordinated by the US-based Partnership for Policy Integrity with input from experts including the Dogwood Alliance; one of more than 30 conservation and environmental justice organizations in the southern US who wrote to the Government, the ESB and Bord na Mona in August 2018 pointing out it was planned that wood used in the Irish power plants would come from their region -- the U.S. North Atlantic Coastal Plain. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the annual supply gap in wood production for biomass could be up to 1.88 million cubic metres by 2020 and more than twice that by 2025, all of which must be sourced outside Ireland.

    According to Dr Mary S Booth, director of the US Partnership for Policy Integrity and lead science advisor on the case, "burning wood for energy emits more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal but RED II counts these emissions as zero.". (Source: (Source: Bord na Mona, All Things Arb, Agricultural News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  RED II,  Bord na Mona,  Carbon Emissions,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  


    AB InBev Touts UK LNG Fuel Pilot to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    AB InBev
    Date: 2019-02-06
    International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) reports it is trialing liquified natural gas (LNG) in its UK delivery vehicles run out of its UK brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire. The company is launching a two-week pilot to reduce CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions by using natural gas, the most environmentally friendly fuel for deliveries.

    The pilot will be closely monitored to quantify environmental and cost savings and, if successful, AB InBev has pledged to put LNG fueled tractors on the road permanently. The pilot is expected to deliver emissions reductions of up to: 15-80 pct of CO2 (mission dependent); 60 pct of NOx; 99 pct of PM; and 19dbs of noise pollution.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV is a multinational drink and brewing holdings company based in Leuven, Belgium. Additional main offices are located in São Paulo, New York City, London, St. Louis, Mexico City, Bremen, Johannesburg and others. (Source: AB InBex, SHD Logistics, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: AB InBev, www.ab-inbev.com

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    Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Begins Power Production (Int'l)
    Horns Rev 3
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Further to our October 25, 2017 coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the 49-turbine, 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the Danish Jutland Peninsula in the Danish North Sea has begun power production and anticipates full power production in the first half of the year. Horns Rev 3 is expected to increase annual Danish electricity generation from wind energy by about 12 pct.. The 8.3-MW turbines are being supplied by MHI Vestas and shipped from Esbjerg. (Source: Horns Rev 3, Offshore Wind, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Horns Rev 3,  Offshore Wind,  


    Cox Phoenix Facility Wins Green Business Certification (Ind. Report)
    Green Business Certification,USGBC
    Date: 2018-12-17
    Atlanta-headquartered Cox Communications reports that its area fulfillment center (AFC) in Phoenix has scored Gold level under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) certification system for waste reduction efforts.

    Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource and energy efficient. The program aims to change the way materials flow through society so that all products are reused and diverted from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. TRUE provides best practices and training that helps businesses, property managers, schools, government agencies and nonprofits rethink how resources are used.

    Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program focused on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries -- Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group -- and encourages eco-friendly practices. The company's sustainability goals are to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.

    GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED green building rating systems, as well as the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), TRUE Zero Waste Certification, Parksmart, the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org. (Source: Cox Enterprises, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Cox Enterprises, Cox Conserves, Meredith Lindvall, Recycling Waste Diversion Program Manager, www.coxenterprises.com; GBCI, www.gbci.org; : USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Cox Enterprises,  Green Business Certification ,  USGBC,  


    Pacific Bioenergy Broadening Woody Biomass Pellet Mix (Ind Report)
    Pacific Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Vancouver-based Pacific Bioenergy reports it has secured Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia funding for an experiment to determine how cedar logging wastes can be added into their waste woody biomass pellet fuel mix. The company's wood pellet fuel is targeted primarily to overseas markets.

    Pacific Bioenergy operatse wood pellet plants in Prince George, Chetwynd and Fort St. John and is involved in a wood waste partnership in Quesnel, British Columbia. (Source: Pacific Bioenergy, Rocky Mountain Goat, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, www.fesbc.ca; Pacific Bioenergy, Don Steele, CEO, (604) 602-1099, www.pacificbioenergy.ca

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    Fort Fairfield Maine Woody Biomass Plant Shuttered (Ind. Report)
    ReEnergy Holdings,Maine Biomass
    Date: 2018-11-16
    ReEnergy Holdings reports it has ceased operation at its plant in Fort Fairfield, Maine, due to a "falling market for biomass electricity." The 1987 vintage 37-MW, 260,000 MWhy plant burned lumber mill residues and wood chips to generate sufficient electric power for about 34,000 homes

    Maine's six biomass energy plants have been struggling due to the declining value of renewable energy credits (RECs) in southern New England states, as well as lower electric power rates in general.

    In 2016, the state enacted a two-year $13.4 million aid package for ReEnergy's Ashland and Fort Fairfield facilities and Stored Solar's West Enfield and Jonesboro plants in an effort to support the struggling facilities and the logging industry.

    Plans for the Fort Fairfield plant, property and related equipment are uncertain. (Source: ReEnergy Holdings, The County, 14 Nov., 2018) RE Energy Holdings, Press Herald, 4 Dec., 2017) Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Maine Biomass,  ReEnergy Holdings,  


    Aquicore, Healthy Buildings Int'l Tout Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Aquicore, Healthy Buildings
    Date: 2018-09-26
    Washington, DC-based Aquicore, the leading IoT-driven asset operations platform for commercial real estate (CRE), and indoor environmental consultant Healthy Buildings International, are reporting a new partnership that will enable building owners and operators to achieve better internal reporting and secure key industry certifications -- U.S. Green Building Council's LEED, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR.

    Aquicore's CRE platform tracks, analyzes and predicts key building metrics in real time enabling asset and property managers to make faster and more informed decisions on key performance indicators such as energy and water use, budgeting and more. Through Aquicore's partnership, Healthy Buildings' services will be available in the Aquicore Marketplace, a best-in-class network of partners, collaborators and applications that are integrated with Aquicore's platform.

    Healthy Buildings International helps the commercial building industry benefit from the public's awareness of the indoor workplace environment by taking a proactive, business-minded approach to environmental due diligence. Through its three service lines Indoor Environmental Quality, Sustainability, and Energy & Resources, Healthy Buildings helps it clients attract & retain tenants and employees, enhance building marketability, lower operating costs, and increasing asset value. (Source: Aquicore, PR, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Healthy Buildings Int'l, 800-352-6102., http://healthybuildings.com; Aquicore, 202-446-0246, info@aquicore.com , https://aquicore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ENERGY STAR,  Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Aquicore,  Healthy Buildings,  


    Angola Scores $1Mn for Renewable Energy Investments (Int'l)
    African Development Bank
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The Johannesbug, South Africa-headquartered Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, managed by the African Development Bank, reports it has approved a $1 million grant to independent power producers in Angola. The grant will be used to establish a "one-stop shop" to encourage private investment in renewable energy and provide technical assistance on project procurement, contract design implementation and monitoring.(Source: African News Agency, African Development Bank, ESI, 14 Sept., 2018) Contact: African Development Bank, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

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    Irish Peat Biomass Burning Subsidies Questioned (Int'l Report)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In letters to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, the Irish NGO Friends of the Irish Environment and others claim that the Irish Government's recently announced decision to subsidize large-scale biomass burning at its peat-fired power stations undermines Ireland's commitments to meeting EU climate obligations. The letters call on the government to reconsider and end its approximate €120 million per year support through the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on electricity consumers.

    FIE claims the subsidy and the burning of peat at government owned Bord na Mona's Edenderry power station and two ESB facilities in the Midlands is leading to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the price of biomass to home users, thus increasing the burning of more fossil fuels. The group argues that the continued co-firing of biomass comes despite the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Council that the Government resources should not support measures that lead to increases in emissions. The expert body concluded that the biomass subsidy for peat power plants is an "environmentally harmful" subsidy that is responsible for higher emissions levels at a "direct cost to the nation." (Source: GREEN NEWS.ie, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Friends of the Irish Environment, www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org

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    Sasol Opposes Proposed South African Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
    Sasol
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Johannesburg, South Africa-headquartered Sasol has estimated that the state's proposed 120 Rand per ton Carbon Tax Bill would cost the company 1 billion Rand ($70,330,389 US) a year and would be detrimental to growth and would do little to reduce carbon emissions. The draft legislation, which was originally tabled in 2015, is aimed at aligning the South Africa with the Paris Agreement.

    The South African Treasury expects the carbon tax to help reduce emissions and help restructure the economy to be less emissions-intensive. The bill is currently before a Parliamentary committee.

    Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages its technologies and expertise in 33 countries. The company develops and commercialises technologies, and builds and operates world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product stream, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. (Source: Sasol, Fin24, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sasol, Stephen Cornell, Pres., CEO, +27 10 344 5000, www.sasol.com

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    Environmentalists Seek Irish Peat-Fired Power Plant Closures (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2018-08-15
    Green News Ireland is reporting the National Resources Defence Council, the Southern Environmental Law Centre, and other US conservation and environmental groups have in an open letter to the Irish government, ESB and Dublin-based Bord na Mona voiced their concerns that plans for large-scale biomass burning at Ireland's peat-fired power stations are a serious threat to southern US forests.

    Accordingly, the 30-some groups are calling on the Irish government to close its three peat-powered stations by 2020, to stop subsidizing co-firing with biomass and to refuse approval for ESB's forthcoming planning application to convert its two Midlands stations to co-firing with peat.

    Both the ESB and state-owned Bord na Mona plan to co-fire with increasing amounts of woody biomass and to convert them to burn 100 pct biomass by 2030. The company, which currently imports woodchip from Africa, says it aims to phase out imported biomass over time in favor of indigenous sources.

    The US groups claim there is "no realistic prospect" of Ireland producing enough biomass from domestic energy crops such as willow for industrial-scale burning at peat stations and that plantations in the US will be the "most likely biomass source" for co-firing and future full biomass conversions in Ireland.

    Wood pellet exports to Europe soared from 530,000 tonnes in 2009 to 3.89 million tonnes in 2014, making the US the world's leading exporter. (Source: Green News Ireland, 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Peat,  Bord na Mona ,  


    Cape Town Cuts Emissions by Cutting Power Consumption (Int'l)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2018-08-13
    In Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille is reporting Cape Town cut its energy-related carbon emissions by 4.1 pct between 2012 and 2015 primarily by reducing energy consumption.

    "This achievement is a testament to the City's efforts to be a leader among a network of global cities (the C40 Cities initiative) that is increasingly taking action to reduce their CO2 emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change," the Mayor claimed. She said, as a member of the C40 Cities, Cape Town is committed to meeting the goals set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    Cape Town is aiming for 37 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2040 or a 13 pct reduction by 2022, as set out by the City's Energy2040 goal. (Source: City of Cape Town, News Channel Africa, 12 Aug., 2018)

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