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GEVO, Cray Valley to Scale Up Renewable Isoamylene (Ind. Report)
GEVO, Cray Valley
Date: 2021-05-07
Exton, Pennsylvania-headquartered Total Cray Valley and Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. are reporting completion of Phase 1 of their Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to upgrade fusel oils into renewable isoamylene. Phase 2 will scale up GEVO's technology at a demonstration scale.

Fusel oils, made during the production of ethanol, equate to approximately 1 million tons of bio-based feedstock. The JDA, signed in 2020, is based on GEVO's chemical-based catalytic processes that selectively convert low-value fusel oils, a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol or isobutanol production, into higher-value renewable chemicals such as isoprene, ketones, aldehydes, or olefins, in this case isoamylene, which has various industrial applications.

Total Cray Valley is a global supplier of specialty chemical additives, hydrocarbon specialty chemicals, and liquid and powder "tackifying" resins used as ingredients in adhesives, rubbers, polymers, coatings and other materials. The company pioneered the development of these advanced technologies, introducing hundreds of products that enhance the performance of products in energy, printing, packaging, construction, tire manufacture, electronics, and other demanding applications. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: TOTAL, Valerie Goff, Snr. VP Polymers, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@total.com, www.total.com; GEVO,, Dr. Paul Bloom, CTO, www.gevo.com; Total Cray Valley, www.crayvalley.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Cray Valley,  


UK Targets 40GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
UK Wind
Date: 2021-05-07
As previously reported, in October 2020, the UK government announced plans to increase offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030 as part of a larger plan aimed at reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, in keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to Oxford-based independent energy market analytics company Aurora Energy Research, reaching 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 will require a clear government strategy, an investment of at least £50 billion ($69.34 billion) and a methodical approach for grid development and advanced infrastructure for integrating the electricity generated by offshore wind farms into the electricity grid. An investment of £160 million ($221.91 million) will also be need to upgrade the country's ports and factories to boost turbine production. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, Various Media, Power Technology, May, 2021) Contact: Aurora, Martin Anderson, Head of Renewables, +44 (0) 1865 952 700, contact@auroraer.com, www.auroraer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Energy Research,  UK Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Marathon Martinez Refinery Set to Produce RD in H2 2022 (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2021-05-07
Houston-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports its converted Martinez, California, refinery it is on track to begin producing 17,000 bbl/day of renewable diesel (RD) from bio-based feedstocks such as animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil by the second half of 2022 rising to 48,000 bbl/day once the project is completed in the second half of 2023.

As previously reported, the facility is expected to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon,  Renewable Diesel,  


Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
Date: 2021-05-07
The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Jump 12 pct in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-05-07
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 12 pct to more than 31,000 bpd in 2020 due to the growing demand to meet government programs. This was the second consecutive year that the U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel increased.

    EIA notes nearly 60 pct of the U.S. biomass-based diesel imports in 2020 was renewable diesel, primarily from Singapore since 2015. Renewable diesel imports increased to a record-high level of more than 18,000 bpd in 2020 and biodiesel jumped to more than 12,800 bpd. Imports from Canada accounted for the majority of the U.S. biodiesel imports in 2020 at 7,500 bpd -- up 47 pct from 2019. (Source: US EIA, May, 2021)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  U.S. Energy Information Administration,  Renewable Diesel,  


    CVR's Wynnewood Refinery RD Production Delayed (Ind. Report)
    CVR Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Sugarland, Texas-headquartered CVR Energy reports its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, refinery is not expected to begin producing renewable diesel (RD) from soybean oil and similar feedstocks until late Q3 this year due to severe weather in February and equipment delivery delays. The project is expected to come in at $135 million to $140 million, up from earlier estimates of $110 million The unit was expected to start processing renewable diesel this July.

    CVR is also exploring renewable diesel production at its 132,000 barrel-per-day Coffeyville, Oklahoma, refinery and the possibility of using biomass as a feedstock for its renewable projects. (Source: CVR, PR, Website, Reuters, 3 May, 2021)Contact: CVR Energy Inc., David Lamp., CEO, (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CVR Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


    UL, NREL Partner on SolarAPP+ Permitting Tool (New Prod & Tech)
    UL, NREL
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Northbrook, Illinois-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are reporting a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the further development and commercialization of Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) software that will automate the permitting process for residential solar systems.

    The SolarAPP+ enables local governments to shorten the time required to grant a permit from a national average of five business days to zero. NREL released a US DOE-funded pilot version of the free SolarAPP+ software in 2020. (Source: UL, PR, 5 May., 2021) Contact: UL, Steven Brewster, (847) 664-8425, ulnews@ul.com, www.ul.com; NREL, Wayne Hicks, (303) 275-4051, wayne.hicks@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UL,  NREL ,  Solar,  


    Aker Carbon Capture, SINTEF Continue CCS Collaboration (Int'l.)
    Aker Carbon Capture, SINTEF
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Oslo-headquartered Aker Carbon Capture and SINTEF, one of Europe's largest independent research organisations, are reporting a new MoU to continue and advance their collaboration on bilateral R&D projects ranging from membrane technology, hydrogen applications and testing higher capture rates. The two parties will also work in hydrogen and other new market segments.

    The parties were the main participants in SOLVit, an eight-year research and development program that started back in 2008. The NOK 317 million ($38.2 million) program was partially funded by Gassnova and Akerand was one of the biggest of its kind in the CCS industry. (Source: Aker Carbon Capture, PR, 4 May, 2021) Contact: Aker Carbon Capture, Jim Stian Olsen, CTO Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; SINTEF, Alexandra Bech Gjorv, CEO, www.sintef.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Carbon Capture,  SINTEF,  CCS,  


    ACWA Power to Construct 1.5GW Uzbekistan Wind Park (Int'l.)
    ACWA Power
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power is reporting an agreement agreement to construct a 1500 MW wind project in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan.

    When fully operational, the project will be the largest wind farm in the Central Asian region and one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world, according to the ACWA release. (Source: ACWA Power, renews, 4 May., 2021 Contact: ACWA Energy, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, +966 11 2835555, +966 11 2835500 - fax., twitter.com/acwapower, www,acwapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power ,  Wind,  


    83 Smithfield Lagoons in Missouri Now Producing RNG (Ind. Report)
    Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Roeslein Alternative Energy reports it has covered 83 lagoons and installed eight gas purification systems capable of producing 800,000 dekatherms of RNG for Smithfield Foods hog finishing farms at six different sites that are now producing renewable natural gas (RNG) in northern Missouri.

    Roeslein has also completed 26 new lagoon digesters including over 30 miles of on-farm and off-farm piping to move the RNG into the connection point for Smithfield in Milford, Utah. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, May, 2021) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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,  


    Spire Launches Online Energy Assessment Tool (Ind. Report)
    Spire Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    In the Show Me State, natural gas supplier Spire Energy is reporting the launch of a free, online energy assessment tool that provides recommendations on how to save energy and money. The new tool provides:
  • Professional-level insights for homes across Spire's service territory in Missouri.

  • Interactive home energy reports to show potential money and carbon savings.

  • Recommendations that allow customers to act immediately to see results.

    The energy assessment tool is currently available to Spire residential customers. Once customers establish an account, the energy assessment takes less than 10 minutes, on average. Upon completion, customers receive a report and rebate recommendations. Customers also can audit multiple properties within one account. (Source: Spire, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Spire Energy, Shaylyn Dean, Energy Efficiency Manager, www.spireenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spire Energy,  


  • SAF Soon Available at Munich Airport (Int'l. Report)
    Munich Airport
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Munich Airport reports sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be available to refuel aircraft at the airport from June. The fuel will be dispensed from an onsite depot as a 35 pct SAF-- conventional jet fuel blend 35 pct blend, ready for refuelling.

    Munich Airport is also pursuing an ambitious climate protection strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and operating the airport in a CO2-neutral manner by 2030. To that end, the airport will invest €150 million by 2030 to cut all CO2 emissions to net-zero by 2050. (Source: Munich Airport, Initiatives, May 2021) Contact: Munich Airport, www.munich-airport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News sustainable aviation fuels,  


    Lithium Specialist EnergyX Raises $20Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
    EnergyX
    Date: 2021-05-07
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-based direct lithium extraction (DLE) and solid-state battery energy storage technology specialist Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. (EnergyX) reports it has secured commitments of $20 million in financing, ensuring the company as a world leader in DLE technology. New partners and strategic investors include Obsidian Acquisition Partners, Helios Capital, and the University of Texas.

    Lithium, a metallic component integral to the batteries found within electric vehicles and personal electronics, is set to be a major component in the global transition to a sustainable energy future. Being the lightest metal on the periodic table, lithium's inherent properties make it an efficient, high-capacity storage medium for energy systems that provide electromobility and the intermittency of renewable energy. Rising global demand for electric vehicles and economic energy storage systems has led to projections showing an orders-of-magnitude increase in demand for lithium. In 2020 global supply was roughly 315k tons; this is expected to rise to 5.5M tons by 2040, according to the EnergyX release. (Source: EnergyX, PR, May, 2021) Contact: EnergyX, Teague Egan, CEO, (510) 426-7206 , www.energyx.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyX news,  Lithium news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  


    The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

    Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

    The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;

  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;

  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);

  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity: AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);

  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;

  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today's dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power,  


  • Agilitas Energy's RI Energy Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Agilitas Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Wakefield, Mass.-based distributed energy, solar and battery energy storage developer Agilitas Energy reports pre-construction work is underway on a 3 MW/ 9 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in Pascoag, Rhode Island.

    The project is expected to begin commercial operation in Q2, 2022, and will provide peak shaving services to the Pascoag Utility District and ancillary services to ISO-New England.

    Agilitas Energy is presently constructing over 40 MW of solar and over 70 MWh of energy storage projects in Massachusetts and New York State. (Source: Agilitas Energy, Website, Pr, 6 May, 2021) Contact: Agilitas Energy, Barrett Bilotta, Pres., 781-486-4007, www.agilitasenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agilitas Energy news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis (Marine Conservation Society Report Attached)
    Marine Conservation Society
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the UK, the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with Rewilding Britain, has released Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis, a report on the ocean's vital role in fighting the climate crisis and blue carbon solutions as an effective strategy for hitting net zero by 2050. In recognition of the vital role oceans must play in climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean-based solutions must be adopted with pace and at scale by 2030.

    Globally, the "rewilding" of key blue carbon securing marine and coastal ecosystems -- seagrass beds, saltmarshes and mangroves -- could deliver CO2 mitigation amounting to 1.83 billion tonnes. That is 5 pct of the emissions savings we need to make globally. This figure doesn't include the enormous quantities of carbon stored in fish and other marine life; in marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seaweeds and shellfish beds; or the vast stores of carbon in our seabed sediments.

    The report motes that 500,000 km2 of the UK's shelf seas hold an estimated 205 million tonnes of carbon -- 50 million tonnes more than the entire quantity held within the UK's forests. Harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling, and other activities such as dredging, disturb seabed sediments and have the potential to result in the loss of 13 million tonnes of carbon from vital blue carbon stores, including shellfish beds and kelp forests, over the next decade.

    Nature-based solutions could provide a third of climate change mitigations required to address the climate crisis, but currently they attract less than 3 pct of funds invested globally in addressing climate change, he report notes. Internationally, the UK is leading the way by committing to significantly increase its spending on nature-based solutions, including those offered by the ocean. This must be matched with equally ambitious actions at home. Investment in protecting our marine ecosystems is vital, for both biodiversity and blue carbon storage.

    The report makes the case for the development of a four nation Blue Carbon Strategy, focusing on three key action areas. First, scaling up marine rewilding for biodiversity and blue carbon benefits. Second, Integrating blue carbon protection and recovery into climate mitigation and environmental management policies. Third, working with the private sector to develop and support sustainable and innovative low-carbon commercial fisheries and aquaculture.

    With COP26 occurring in six months time, it has never been more pertinent for UK governments to take action. Ocean-based solutions must be part of the many urgent and varied solutions required to address the climate crisis.

    Download theBlue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis report HERE. (Source: Marine Conservation Society, PR Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Marine Conservation Society, Dr Chris Tuckett, Prog. Dir., info@mcsuk.org, +44 0 1989 566017, www.mcsuk.org

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


    250 MW French Offshore Wind Farm Tendered (Int'l. Report)
    France Offshore Wind
    Date: 2021-05-05
    The French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) -- the independent administrative body in charge of regulating the French electricity and gas markets -- reports a tender launch for construction of a 230-270 MW wind farm at a yet to be identified exact location off the coast of Brittany, northwest France. The government will subsidise any difference between the wholesale power price and the winning company or consortium's bid.

    Bids for the project are due by 1 July at 12:00 CET. A shortlist of bidders will be determined in September and a final selection announced in February 2022.

    As previously reported, France's first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Saint-Nazaire (486 MW) is due to come on line in 2022 followed by six additional projects totaling 3.5 GW capacity. France is aiming to have installed capacity of 2.4 GW by 2023 increasing to 5.2-6.2 GW by 2028. (Source: CRE, Website PR, Montel, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: CRE, www.cre.fr/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  France Offshore Wind,  


    FACA Recommends USDA Carbon Bank Pilot Projects (Ind. Report)
    Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance
    Date: 2021-05-05
    The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) has developed the following specific recommendations for how the U.S. USDA should approach a potential carbon bank -- a voluntary policy mechanism to help reduce barriers that producers and landowners face to participating in voluntary carbon markets and adopting climate-smart practices.

    FACA recommends that USDA lay the foundation for a potential carbon bank by first developing a series of pilot projects aimed at:

  • Scaling climate solutions -- Pilot projects should help increase adoption of climate-smart practices that reduce, directly capture or sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and/or increase climate resilience. Pilots should deploy "critical climate infrastructure" to increase the capacity of farmers, ranchers and forest owners to adapt to climate change, while ensuring food and economic security.

  • Removing barriers to adoption -- Pilot projects should encourage the widespread adoption of climate-smart practices and critical climate infrastructure by removing barriers and making it easier for producers and landowners to adopt these practices.

  • Improving carbon accounting standards -- USDA should develop consistent and credible criteria to account for the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction benefits of climate-smart agriculture and forestry projects and practices.

  • Ensuring equitable opportunities -- Pilot projects must be developed with and provide equitable opportunities for minority, socially disadvantaged and small-scale producers.

  • Information gained from the pilots will serve two critical purposes -- First, it will help USDA build a durable foundation for a carbon bank that gains long-term bipartisan congressional support. Second, it will help USDA build confidence in how to verify the climate benefits delivered by specific practices and management approaches.

    According to the FACA, this approach will lay essential building blocks for a voluntary carbon bank that creates opportunities for all producers and landowners to participate in rapidly developing voluntary private markets and leverages private investment in agricultural and forestry climate solutions. As USDA develops a carbon bank, it must protect all existing funding for farm bill conservation and insurance programs, and it must ensure that a USDA-led carbon bank doesn't undermine voluntary private markets.

    The FACA consists of 70 member organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, sportsmen, and environmental advocates. These groups have broken through historical barriers to develop and promote shared climate policy priorities across the entire agriculture, food and forestry value chains, according to its website. (Source: FACA, Website PR, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: FACA, www.agclimatealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voluntary Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Bank,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  


  • EU ETS Carbon Price Tops €50 per Tonne (Int'l. Report)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2021-05-05
    The EU carbon price has extended its record-breaking rally to jump above €50 ($60 US) a tonne for the first time, pushing up the cost of polluting in the bloc to more than double its pre-pandemic level.

    The EU Emissions Trading System (U ETS), which is designed to put a cost on carbon dioxide for some of the most highly polluting industries ranging from power generation, cement production to aviation, has rallied more than 50 pct since the start of the year. (Source: Various Media, 4 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Price,  


    Mitsubishi, Powin Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Power Americas, Powin
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. reports it and battery energy storage specialist Powin, LLC have received an order from Southern Power for two utility-scale lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage system (BESS) projects totaling 640 MWh.

    The BESS projects are among the first collocated solar and storage projects in California and represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America to date. They are designed for a 20-year life cycle and four hours of energy storage duration. Southern Power's 205 MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County will add 88 MW and 352 MWh of energy storage, and its 204 MW Tranquillity Solar Facility in Fresno County, California, will add 72 MW and 288 MWh. Both projects are scheduled to come online in 2021.

    The energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, both of which have existing ownership interests in the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities that went into commercial operation in 2016.

    Southern Power operates the solar projects and will be responsible for operating the energy storage projects upon completion. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Powin LLC, www.powin.com; Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Mitsubishi Power Americas,  Powin,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    Mitsubishi, PSE Collaborating on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi,Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Lake Mary, Florida-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Americas and Washington State-based utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE) are reporting an agreement to collaborate on project development and technology solutions, such as green hydrogen production, to support the implementation of large-scale, carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage in PSE's service territory.

    One of the key areas of focus will be the development of green hydrogen production, storage and transportation facilities in addition to developing hydrogen gas turbine combined cycle facilities. This could see the implementation of Misubishi Power's Hydaptive package that optimises integration across renewables, energy storage and hydrogen-enabled gas turbine power plants.

    Mitsubishi Power and Magnum Development will also develop green hydrogen storage assets in PSE's territory under the terms on the agreement having previously introduced green hydrogen storage at grid scale in Delta, Utah. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Puget Sound Energy, Mary Kipp, Pres., CEO, www.pse.com

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    First Solar, Nel Partner on PV Hydrogen Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, First Solar
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Oslo-headquartered hydrogen technology specialist Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser and Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar -- global manufacturer of solar panels and developer of utility-scale solar power plants -- report they have joined forces to develop an integrated power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for PV hydrogen power plants.

    The SCADA system will enable optimization of PV-electrolyser hybrid projects resulting in lowest total cost of hydrogen and electricity. The parties will also explore further ways of optimising and integrating technology elements throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant. (Source: First Solar, Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, PR, Contact: Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, www.nelhydrogen.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser,  First Solar,  Hydrogen ,  


    Solar4America Touts Res. Battery Storage System (Ind. Report)
    SPI Energy, Solar4America
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Santa Clara, California-based SPI Energy Co Ltd is reporting the launch of its UL-certified S4A-Hybrid (DC/AC compatible) residential battery energy storage solution.

    With up to 8.6-kilowatt max output, intelligent energy management, and on-grid/off-grid seamless switching, the battery system is outdoor rated and provides homeowners with complete control of the energy in their home using real-time data.

    The global battery energy storage market is widely expected to grow at a 20.4 pct CAGR to reach $19.7 billion by 2027. (Source: SPI Energy Co Ltd, PR May, 2021) Contact: SPI Energy Co. Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Colar4America, www.solar4america.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SPI Energy,  Solar4America,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Batter,  


    So Energy Inks £20Mn UK Wind PPA (Int'l. Report)
    So Energy,Ventient Energy
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the UK, renewable energy electricity supplier So Energy is reporting a roughly £20 million PPA for output from the A'Chruach wind farm in Argyll, Western Scotland and the Sisters wind farm in Northumberland. Both wind farms are owned by Edinburgh-based Ventient Energy, one of Europe's largest independent generators of onshore wind energy.

    Power from the two wind farms will supply sufficient electricity for roughly 15 pct of So Energy's 250,000 customers. (Source: So Energy, PR, renews, 4 May, 2021) Contact: So Energy , www.soenergy.com; Ventient Energy, +44 131 243 1380, www.ventientenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ventient Energy,  


    Leclanche Launches Interlinking Battery ESS (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Leclanche
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Swiss lithium-ion battery energy storage specialist Leclanche is reporting the launch of "LeBlock", a new modular battery energy storage system (ESS) based on easily transportable, plug and play racks that can be assembled onsite to reduce costs, complexity and the environmental footprint of stationary ESS installations.

    The LeBlock system assembles liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery racks into 5 ft blocks/units, each with integrated fire protection systems and a capacity of up to 745kWh of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. (Source: Lechanche, Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: Lechanche, www.leclanche.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    REGI Announces Proposed $500Mn Green Bond Offering (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. reports it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2028 in a private placement.

    REGI estimates the offering will net approximately $489 million, which will be used to finance or refinance, in part or in full, new and/or existing eligible green projects, including the expansion of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery.

    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is leading the energy industry's transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high-quality, cleaner fuels. REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and one of North America's largest producers of advanced biodiesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. The company utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 12 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2020, REGI produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction, according to the release. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc. Website PR, 4 May, 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Todd Robinson Deputy CFO, (515) 239-8048, todd.robinson@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group news,  REGI news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


    EVLO 4-MW ESS Slated for Remote Quebec Community (Ind. Report)
    EVLO Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-05-05
    EVLO Energy Storage Inc., a unit of the public utility Hydro-Quebec, reports it will deploy a 4-MW / 20-MWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery energy storage system (ESS) in the remote Quebec municipality of Parent on the Hydro-Quebec grid.

    The system will include EVLO's advanced software for remote storage system management. The system components will be delivered this fall and the system is expected to be in service by spring 2022.

    The system , which will be deployed as part of work being carried out on a transmission line, will be the utility's largest energy storage system and will remain in place to manage peaks on the grid, serve as an auxiliary power source in the event of an outage. (Source: EVLO Energy Storage Inc., PR, May, 2021) Contact: EVLO Energy Storage Inc., Alain Aubuchon, Director of Business Relations, www.evloenergie.com; Hydro-Quebec, www.hydro-quebec.com

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Technologies Inc.,  Woody Biomass,  


    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,  


    Jetflite Offers Neste SAF Fueled Private Flights in Finland (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Finland-headquartered business aviation company Jetflite AB is offering lower-emission private business flights in Finland. Jetflite is committed to sustainable aviation and is reducing greenhouse gas emissions with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The first lower-emission flight by Jetflite will take place this month. Jetflite specialises in business flights, group charter and air ambulance services, aircraft management and air cargo services.

    As previously reported Neste's SAF supply capacity is currently 100,000 tpy but expected to grow to 1.5 million tpy when its expanded Singapore refinery comes on line in 2023.(Source: Jetflite, Neste, PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Jetflite, +358 20 510 1900 | sales@jetflite.fi www.jetflite.fi; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  


    American Coalition for Ethanol Comments on Biden's GHG Reduction Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-05-05
    "Renewable fuels like ethanol are a significant part of the solution to climate change and should be part of US commitments to contribute to global emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement. In fac, ethanol is the only transportation energy source that can reach net-negative carbon intensity through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and continued advancements within ethanol facilities and on-farm practices in how biofuel crops are grown.

    "Other countries have initiated national ethanol policies as part of their countries' global initiatives to decarbonize transportation fuels, and US biofuel producers are ready to play a larger role in meeting these targets here and around the world." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  Climate Change,  


    CABBI Investigates RFS Biofuel Mandates, Incentives (Ind. Report)
    CABBI
    Date: 2021-05-03
    New studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) have found the need to adopt more targeted policies that value the environmental and ecosystem benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options -- and provide financial incentives for farmers to grow them.

    In particular, the study calculated the net economic and environmental costs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandates and found that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate would lead to a cumulative net cost to society of nearly $200 billion from 2016 to 2030 compared to having no RFS. The social cost of nitrogen damage from corn ethanol production substantially offsets the social benefits from GHG savings, the report notes.On the otherhand, the additional cellulosic mandate could provide substantial economic and environmental benefits with technological innovations that lower the costs of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol and policies that place a high monetized value for GHG mitigation benefits. The study notes that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate pushes more land into corn production which increases the market price of other agricultural commodities. While producers might benefit from higher market prices.

    The study notes the cellulosic ethanol mandate could provide an overall benefit with the right policies. Supporting research and development to lower the cost of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol would substantially reduce production costs and increase social benefits, and a high monetized value for GHG mitigation could offset all other costs.

    CABBI researchers hope performance-based policies -- including the low carbon fuel standard, carbon and nitrogen leakage taxes, or limits on crop-residue harvest -- can be implemented to supplement the RFS mandates after 2022.

    CABBI aims to integrate recent advances in agronomics, genomics, and synthetic and computational biology to increase the value of energy crops -- using a "plants as factories" approach to grow fuels and chemicals in plant stems, an automated foundry to convert biomass into valuable chemicals, and ensuring that its products are ecologically and economically sustainable. This holistic approach will help reduce fossil fuels dependence, according to the CABBI website. (Source: CABBI, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a, (217)244-1586, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CABBI,  Biofuel,  RFS,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Tata Power Reportedly Considering Renewable Energy IPO (Int'l.)
    Tata Power
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Mumbai, India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power, controlled by Tata Group, is reportedly considering an IPO that could raise roughly $473 million before the year end.

    Tata, including subsidiaries and joint entities has 12.8 GW capacity, 30 pct of which is from solar and wind energy. (Source: Tata, Business Standard, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

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    EverGen, FortisBC Ink RNG Offtake Agreement (Ind. Report)
    EverGen, FortisBC
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In British Columbia, Canada, waste management services company Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EverGen, Canada's RNG infrastructure platform, is reporting a 20-year offtake agreement under which FortisBC will purchase up to 173,000 gigajoules per year of RNG for injection into its natural gas system -- subject to completion of an anaerobic digester project at EverGen's existing Net Zero Waste Abbotsford composting and organic processing facility.

    Subject to British Columbia Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies, the project would convert municipal and commercial organic waste into enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 1,900 homes. (Source: EverGen, Website PR, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: EverGen, Chase Edgelow, CEO, www.evergeninfra.com; Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, (604) 557-7065, www.netzerowasteabbotsford.com; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  EverGen,  FortisBC,  


    USGBC Develops LEED Safety First Credits (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-05-03
    As part of its Healthy Economy strategy, the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched LEED Safety First credits that support project teams as they work toward reentry and safe operation. The Safety First Credits were designed to be "agile" and up-datable as more is known about the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Safety First LEED credits are helping building teams provide healthy spaces and assisting with building reentry. The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace reoccupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification.

    While all these measures are aimed at supporting how building design and operations can help mitigate the spread of disease, including the virus that causes COVID-19, they are also based on ensuring healthy indoor air and spaces even beyond the effects of a pandemic, and they could help frame future long-term updates to the LEED rating system.

    Download USGBC LEED Safety First details HERE. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

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    Gevo's Northwest Iowa RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Following up on our April 19 coverage, Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has broken ground on its Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from dairy cow manure project in Northwest Iowa. Upon completion and commissioning early in 2022, the facility is expected to generate roughly 355,000 MMBtu of RNG per year and significantly reduce methane from being released into the atmosphere.

    According to the release, Gevo's mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons that can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, that when burned have the potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products.

    Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, according to the release. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Summit Carbon Solutions Adds Biorefinery Participants (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions reports that since its February launch it has added Green Plains, Husker Ag, Louis Dreyfus Company other biorefineries to its network, bringing the current total to 30.

    Summit Carbon Solutions aims to address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The company will accelerate the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other industrial CO2 emitters throughout the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, PR, Apr,2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  


    Revolution Wind Offshore Project Awaits BOEM Review (Ind. Report)
    Revolution Wind, BOEM
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Orsted and Eversource-owned Revolution Wind's planned offshore wind farm 12 miles southwest of the Martha's Vineyard, is headed into its BOEM environmental impact statement (EIS) phase.

    If approved by BOEM, Revolution Wind would be allowed to construct and operate a 100-turbine, 880-MW wind energy facility offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts and deliver energy to Connecticut and Rhode. (Source: BOEM, MV Times, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Revolution Wind, www.revolution-wind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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    Peel Cubico Renewables JV to Develop UK Wind, Solar (Int'l.)
    Peel Cubico Renewables
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the UK, London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments reports it has partnered with natural resources and energy business Peel NRE to created a joint venture (JV), Peel Cubico Renewables to develop more than 500 MW of onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the UK over the next 5-10 years. All electricity generated by the wind and solar projects will either flow to the grid or directly to end-users.

    Cubico Sustainable Investments is a global renewable energy investor with more than 4GW of energy capacity across 12 countries in Europe, the Americas and Oceania. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, Website, Power Technology, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Cubic Sustainable Investments, Matt Boss, www.cubicoinvest.com; Peel NRE, Rob Tate, Dir. Dev., www.peellandp.co.ok

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    Evergy Scuttling Coal, Transitioning to Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Evergy
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission, Kansas City-headquartered Evergy Inc.'s integrated resource plan reports the utility will retire its 487-MW coal-fired power plant in Lawrence by the end of 2023 and "nearly all" of its remaining coal generation by 2040 on its way to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

    According to the release, within the next 10 years Evergy will retire nearly 1,200 MW of coal-based energy and add 3,200 MW of renewable generation including 700 MW of solar energy. (Source: Evergy, PR, Website, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Evergy, David Campbell, Pres., CEO, Terry Bassham, Pres., info@evergyventures.com, www.evergyventures.com

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    Cat Creek Taps Voith for Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Voith
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Voith Hydro North America reports it has been selected to design, manufacture and install 720 MW of ternary pumped energy storage equipment for the planned Cat Creek Energy and Water (CCEW) Project in Elmore County, Idaho.

    The overall project, which includes wind and solar generation parks, the pumped storage plant and associated electrical transmission facilities and structures, and a very large upper reservoir, will provide more than $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs over the next six years and offset more than 2.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions .

    The CCEW project also addresses many national and regional issues including the transition to renewable energy and the mitigation of long-term effects of climate change. (Source: Voith, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Voith Hydro North America, Stanley J. Kocon, Pres., COO, www.voith.com/us-en/about-us/locations-in-the-united-states/u-s-hydro-locations.html, Voith GmbH, www.voith.com; Cat Creek Energy, www.catcreek-energy.com

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

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

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

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    Enbridge, Walker Ind., Comcor Partner on RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge Inc
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., environmental waste management specialist Walker Industries and Cambridge, Ontario-based Comcor Environmental, are reporting a partnership to jointly develop renewable natural gas (RNG) projects . The partnership aims to transform landfill waste into carbon-neutral energy, which will be injected into local natural gas distribution networks across Canada, reducing the overall carbon emission of the gas supply used to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicle fleets.

    The industry estimates over 33 Petajoules (PJ) of landfill derived RNG can be generated in Canada, potentially supplying energy to approximately 400,000 homes for a year. Canada has over 10,000 landfill sites, generating approximately 30 Megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annually, accounting for 20 percent of national methane emissions, according to the release. (Source: Enbridge Inc., Website, PR, Greenlane, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370 leanne.mcnaughton@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com; Comcor Environmental Limited, www.comor.com; Walker Industries, www.walkerind.com

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    Solano County Investing $38Mn in Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Solano County
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the Golden State, Solano County supervisors are banking on energy cost savings to pay for most of the $38.08 million in new and upgraded power infrastructure they recently approved. said in an interview Friday that the county pays about $3 million a year in utility costs. That is the entire county and not just the project sites.

    The energy cost savings after 20 years is estimated at $39.45 million, and $60.55 million over 25 years, the report to the board states. The larger number reflects five years of having no debt service payments. Most of the savings will be generated by rooftop solar systems, battery energy storage, more efficient LED lighting systems and newer more efficient equipment at five sites where it will produce 85 to 90 pct of the energy needs. The county hopes the project will be operational in two years; 18 months of that is basically waiting for PG&E to approve an inner-connectivity agreement.

    The county notes its master plan calls for $89 million in new buildings in the coming decades and it aims to reduce its energy use by 50 pct by 2035. (Source: Saolona County, PR, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Solano County, Megan Greve, Dir, General Services, (707) 784-7900, GSDAdmin@solanocounty.com, www.solanocounty.com

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    UGA Joins Drawdown Georgia to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    University of Georgia
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Academics at University of Georgia-Athens (UGA) report they have joined Drawdown Georgia, an organization dedicated to combating climate change and significantly reducing Georgia's carbon footprint by the year 2030 based on solutions tailored to Georgia's unique social, economic and natural resources.

    Between 2019 and the end of 2020, Phase One of Drawdown Georgia brought together experts from across the state to research and analyze the best possible solutions to reduce carbon emissions for the specific needs of the state economy, public health, environment and "social equity." Phase Two looking to implement these solutions and evaluate their effectiveness got underway in Jan., this year. (Source: University of Georgia, PR 2 May, 2021) Contact: Drawdown Georgia, www.drawdownga.org; UGA, 706-542-3000, www.uga.edu

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    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,  


    Talen Energy Unveils 1GW of Battery Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Talen Energy
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based Talen Energy Corporation -- one of North America's largest competitive power generation and infrastructure companies -- reports that as part of its strategic transformation to a renewable energy and digital infrastructure growth platform, the company is developing one gigawatt of stand-alone battery storage projects across its U.S. footprint.

    The battery projects, which range from 20 to approximately 300 MW across three states, are expected to be developed over the next three to five years. The projects will leverage the company's advantaged asset footprint and legacy transmission interconnection assets, including those within densely populated areas with high power demand. The battery storage installations will support grid resiliency as Talen's wholly-owned coal-fired facilities transition to run on lower carbon fuels, including natural gas and co-located renewables.

    Talen's first two planned battery storage development projects are 20-MW demonstration projects adjacent to its H.A. Wagner (Baltimore, Md.) and Camden, N.J. generation facilities. The H.A. Wagner generation facility is among the coal-fired facilities that Talen announced will cease burning coal by the end of 2025The Camden battery project is expected to serve as an added capacity resource adjacent to this natural gas generation facility. The company expects to begin construction on these demonstration projects in Q4 2021.

    Talen Energy owns and/or controls approximately 13,000 MW of generating capacity in wholesale U.S. power markets, principally in the Mid-Atlantic, Texas and Montana. (Source: Talen Energy, PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: Talen Energy, Alex Hernandez, Pres., Olivia Sigo, Dir. Finance & Investor Relations, 281-203-5387 Olivia.Sigo@talenenergy.com, www.talenenergy.com

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    Tucson Electric Turning to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Co. reports it plans to "flip the switch" on its 100-MW Wilmot Solar Energy Center which was built and owned by NextEra Energy. The facility includes 30MW of linked battery storage.

    The utility's largest renewable energy resource, the 250MW Oso Grande Wind Project in New Mexico is also expected to come online soon. With both the Wilmot solar and Oso Grande wind projects online, TEP will have 628 MW of large-scale wind and solar resources.

    TEP aims to generate 70 pct of its power from renewables and cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2035. The Arizona Corporation Commission is aiming for state-regulated utilities to source 100 pct of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Source: Tucson Electric Power, PR, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, Susan Gray, Pres., CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

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