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RWE AG Wins 17MW German Wind Farm Bid (Int'l. Report)
RWE AG
Date: 2021-06-16
Essen, Germany-headquartered RWE AG on Tuesday said that it has won a bid in the German auction for onshore wind energy for a 17-megawatt wind farm in the region of Lower Saxony.

The Sandbostel-Bevern farm, which is expected to begin construction in 2022, is expected to generate sufficient green electricity for the equivalent of 15,500 households. (Source: RWE AG, PR, Market Watch, 15 June, 2021) Contact: RWE AG www.group.rwe

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Wind,  


Rolls-Royce Developing Aviation Energy Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
Rolls-Royce
Date: 2021-06-16
UK Aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce reports it plans to invest £80 million ($112.9 million) to develop energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero-emissions flights of over 100 miles on a single charge.

Aerospace-certified ESS solutions from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and fixed-wing aircraft, with up to 19 seats, in the commuter market.

According to the release, Rolls-Royce has to-date designed 10 different aerospace battery systems, four of which have flown in three aircraft, accumulating more than 250 hours of flight experience and another two designs will complete their first flight in aircraft in 2021.

Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are currently working with Scandinavian regional aircarrier Wideroe to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, which is planned to be ready for revenue service in 2026. Rolls-Royce will deliver the entire electrical propulsion system including an energy storage system for the new P-VOLT aircraft.

The Rolls-Royce ESS effort is being supported by the UK Government Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). (Source: Rolls-Royce, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce, Rob Watson, Director of Electrical, www.rolls-royce.com/contact-us/rolls-royce-headquarters.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Rolls-Royce news,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Aalto Studies Green Infrastructure to Cut Carbon Foot Prints (Int'l.)
Aalto University
Date: 2021-06-16
A new study led by Finland's Aalto University is the first to map out how green infrastructure can be a resource for cities on the path to carbon neutrality. The study, done in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Helsinki, charted the lifecycle phases of plants, soils and mulches to determine the basic considerations needed to create standards for products commonly used in green urban spaces. p> The study identified the existing carbon footprint standards, widely used in the construction industry, that would need development if applied to green infrastructure. To do so, they compared the flows of carbon in soils, mulches and plants over their lifespans. The team then tried to translate these carbon flows into the standardised reporting format used for conventional building products.

The study recommendations provide a concrete basis for developing global and regional -- for example, European Union -- standards for green infrastructure. The aim is to ensure claims of carbon storage hold true, as well as eventually have a tool for landscape designers to help plan new areas or refurbishing existing urban spaces.

The recommendations are particularly relevant for countries and regions like the Nordics, where nature has been traditionally integrated into urban landscapes. However, they can also help other areas meet their carbon targets.

Researchers at Aalto University, together with consortium partners of the Co-Carbon project, are currently starting field tests to determine the exact carbon sequestration potential of plants at various stages of growth. While the carbon storage potential of trees is relatively well-known, the study is set to be the first to focus on plants and bushes, elements commonly used in urban landscaping. At Luke, researchers are developing a tool to model the changes in carbon storage of plants and soil at regional level due to land use changes. Such a tool could help planners target and maintain existing carbon storage in plants and soil. (Source: Aalto University, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Aalto University, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, +358 5059 47990, matti.kuittinen@aalto.fi, www.aalto.fi; Natural Resources Institute Finland, Dr. Eeva-Maria Tuhkanen, Research scientist, +358 2953 26595, eeva-maria.tuhkanen@luke.fi, www.luke.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Foot Print,  


ACI Global Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
Airports Council International
Date: 2021-06-14
Montreal-headquartered Airports Council International (ACI) and its five ACI region member airports are reporting a net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 goal and to that end are urging governments world-wide to provide the support necessary to reaching that goal.

ACI's goal relates to the carbon emissions under the direct control of airport operators and will be a crucial component of the aviation industry's contribution towards this global effort.

Airports have long taken a leadership role in addressing, minimizing, and mitigating the environmental impacts of aviation. This has been demonstrated through their ability to decrease emissions over the last 10 years, supported and enabled by Airport Carbon Accreditation despite significant traffic growth in that time. Building upon the commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 initially launched by ACI EUROPE in June 2019, ACI has created this ambitious long-term carbon goal to drive further action and support the decarbonisation efforts of airports as they respond to the climate challenge. Through a combination of new technology, operational efficiencies and infrastructure improvements, more than ten billion tonnes of CO2 have been averted by the industry since 1990, but we must build on this and accelerate our collective efforts to decarbonise, accoding to the ACI release.

The study underlying the setting of the goal was conducted by ACI World with consultants ICF and Airbiz, sponsored by Hong Kong International Airport, Oman Airports, the Schiphol Group, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Vancouver Airport Authority, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; the study was also sponsored by EXOLUM, World Fuel Services, and Terpel. (Source: Airports Council International, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Airports Council International, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General, 514-373-1200, Fax: 514-373 -1201, , www.aci.aero; Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airports Council International,  Airport Carbon Accreditation,  


Baltic Seas Sustainable Fuels Bunkering Hub Planned (Alt Fuel)
Bornholm Bunker Hub
Date: 2021-06-14
The newly formed Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium is reporting the launch of a feasibility study to determine the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels produced from wind energy on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

The project, involving major energy group Orsted and Danish marine fuels firm Bunker Holdings Ltd. will investigate how local power-to-X green energy can support the supply of sustainable fuels for the more than 60,000 ships per year that pass the island. Consortium partners include Danish ferry operator Molslinjen, Finnish engine maker Wartsila, French classification society Bureau Veritas, Bornholm's Port of Roenne, Danish engineering group Ramboll and hydrogen catalysis firm Haldor Topsoe.

Bornholm Island's central location in the Baltic region gives it added potential to exploit green electricity from offshore wind from Sweden, Poland and Germany as well as Danish waters. (Source: Bunker Holdings Ltd, Website PR, Trade Winds, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Bunker Holdings Ltd, +45 88 38 28 28, bh@bunker-holding,com, www.bunker-holding.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Sustainable Fuel,  


IRENA, Morocco Partnering to Advance Green-Hydrogen (Int'l.)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2021-06-14
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports it will work the Morocco Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEME) to strengthen joint collaboration to advance knowledge in renewable energy and advance the national green hydrogen economy in line with Morocco's aim to become a major green hydrogen producer and exporter.

Under the agreement, IRENA and the MEME Morocco will work together to develop technology and market outlook studies, craft public-private models of cooperation in the hydrogen space, explore the development of new hydrogen value chains and lay the groundwork for the trading of green hydrogen at a national and regional level. The two parties will also conduct joint analyses to explore the socio-economic benefits of renewables, emphasising the development of new value chains, job creation at the national level and lessons learned to the broader region.

At the end of 2020, the Kingdom of Morocco had a total installed renewable energy capacity of almost 3.5 GW, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  Carbon Credit,  Reforestation,  


BrainBox AI Names ATS Automation Systems Integrator (Ind. Report)
BrainBox
Date: 2021-06-09
Montreal-based BrainBox AI, a provider of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) technology for commercial real estate, is reporting the appointment of ATS Automation as a BrainBox AI Master Systems Integrator for the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Alaska.

BrainBox AI technology leverages AI to improve building operational efficiency while reducing energy consumption and costs. Combining machine learning, cloud-based computing and self-directed decision-making, BrainBox AI enables a building HVAC system to operate autonomously and in real-time, generating up to a 25 pct reduction in total energy costs, 20-40 pct reduction in carbon footprint and 60 pct increase in occupant comfort.

(Source: BrainBox, PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: ATS Automation, Josh Cales, Pres., Brian Veach, brianv@atsinc.org, www.atsinc.org; BrainBox, 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BrainBox,  Artifical Intelligence,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management ,  


Hydrostor Touts 200-MW Aussie A-CAES Project (Int'l. Report)
Hydrostor
Date: 2021-06-09
Tornont, Ontario-headquartered long duration energy storage specialist Hydrostor is reporting the latest results from a third-party economic impact study for its 200 MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) project being developed in Broken Hill, New South Wales (NSW).

The report notes the total investment is expected to be up to $560 million and the majority of construction expenditures will be local and, during the 50+ year project life, approximately 53 pct of all operations expenditures -- roughly $460 million -- will be purchased in the Broken Hill region.

Hydrostor's long-duration energy storage system is environmentally low-impact, cost-effective and can store energy for up to 6+ hours. In 2020, Hydrostor's 200 MW and 8 hours (or 1600 MWh) A-CAES system was selected by New South Wales (NSW) Transmission Network Service Provider, Transgrid, as the preferred option in its Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) for reliable and secure supply for Broken Hill. Hydrostor and Energy Estate are developing this project which has received grant funding from the NSW Government's Emerging Energy Program , according to the release. (Source: Hydrostor, PR Website, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO, www.hydrostor.ca/brokenhill-a-caes-project, www.hydrostor.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrostor ,  Energy Storage,  A-CAES,  


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

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

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

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

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

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


Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
Canadian Natural Resources
Date: 2021-06-09
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy are touting the recent launch of the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative. The Initiative will work collectively with the Canadian federal and Alberta governments is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands operations by 2050 to help Canada meet its climate goals, including its Paris Agreement commitments and 2050 net zero aspirations.

Pathways vision is anchored by a major Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) trunkline connected to a carbon sequestration hub to enable multi-sector tie-in projects for expanded emissions reductions. The initiative pathways to address GHG emissions includes:

  • A core Alberta infrastructure corridor linking oil sands facilities in the Fort McMurray and Cold Lake regions to a carbon sequestration hub near Cold Lake via a CO2 trunkline. The trunkline would also be available to other industries in the region interested in capturing and sequestering CO2. There is also potential to link the infrastructure corridor to the Edmonton region.

  • Deploying existing and emerging GHG reduction technologies at oil sands operations along the corridor, including CCUS technology, clean hydrogen, process improvements, energy efficiency, fuel switching and electrification.

  • Evaluating, piloting and accelerating application of potential emerging emissions-reducing technologies including direct air capture, next-generation recovery technologies and small modular nuclear reactors.

    In addition to collaborating and investing together with industry, it is essential for governments to develop enabling policies, fiscal programs and regulations to provide certainty for this type of long-term, large-scale investment. This includes dependable access to carbon sequestration rights, emissions reduction credits (RECs) and ongoing investment tax credits. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, PR, Website, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Natural Resources, Tim McKay, Pres., (403) 517-6700, Facsimile (403) 517-7350 , www.cnrl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil Sand,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • DRAX, Bechtel Partner on Bioenergy/CCS (Ind. Report)
    DRAX, Bechtel
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with Reston, Virginia-based U.S. engineering giant Bechtel up to identify opportunities and to construct new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power plants around the world, primarily in North America and Western Europe.

    DRAX presently has a pilot BECCS project at its power station in Yorkshire. Bechtel will study potential regions for new BECCS plants and how to optimise plant design for maximum efficiency and lowest cost.

    BECCS is a negative emissions technology which extracts bioenergy from biomass and then captures and stores the carbon dioxide but is not yet at commercial scale. (Source: DRAX, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Bechtel, www.bechtel.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BECCS,  DRAX,  Bechtel,  CCS,  Biomass,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  LEED for Cities,  


  • BIOGEST Announces French Biomethane-RNG Projects (Intl.)
    BIOGEST
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Vienna, Austria-based BIOGEST reports it has contracted to construct two biomethane (RNG) plants in France that will use regionally sourced agricultural, poultry waste and by-products to produce RNG.

    The first project, Enerfees, is located close to Rennes, joint by the Cooperative des Fermiers de Janze and ENGIE will produce 400 Nm3/h biomethane. The second project, Methagrilou,, near Le Mans will produce 130 Nm3/h of biomethane.

    BIOGEST's biomethane plant technology offers significant advantages in energy efficiency and operational safety, as well as an easy and cost-efficient maintenance system. During the fermentation process of both projects 94,400 tonnes (in total) of waste/year are transformed into high-quality organic fertilizer that acts as a substitute for chemical products. According to the Biogest website. (Source: BIOGEST, Website PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: Biogest, Martin Schlerka, CEO, +43 1 2260700, office@biogest.at, www.biogest.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIOGEST,  RNG,  Biomethane,  


    wpd Commissions 36-MW French Wind Farm (Int’l. Report)
    wpd
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Bremen,Germany headquartered renewables developer wpd AG is reporting the commissioning of its 35.6-MW Auzay wind farm in the Pays de la Loire region of northwestern France.

    The facility incorporates 9, E-138 EP3 turbines from Enercon and is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 34,200 homes while offsetting 8,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: wdp AG, PR, June, 2021) Contact: wpd AG, www.wpd.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News wpd,  Wind,  


    Gasum Opens Lohja, Finland Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Gasum
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Helsinki-headquartered Gasum reports its 40 GWh biogas plant in Lohja, Finland is now in operation. The Lohja facility will process around 60,000 tpy biomass waste from the Helsinki region to produce renewable biogas transportation fuel and organic recycled fertiliser.

    Gasum presently operates 17 biogas plants in Finland and Sweden and has a 120 GWh per year manure-based biogas facility under construction in Gotene, Sweden. (Source: Gasum, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Gasum, Johanna Lamminen, CEO, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum,  Biogas,  Methane,  RNG,  


    JTA Transportation Hub Wins USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Sunshine State, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) reports its 67,000-square-foot multimodal transportation hub -- Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla -- has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The JRTC at LaVilla received 63 out of 65 eligible credits for the Build Design and Construction category, which is used for new constructions or major renovations of existing spaces. LEED Gold certification requires between 60-79 credits.

    JRTC at LaVilla facility's energy efficiency LEED qualifying features include: LED lighting complete with occupancy sensors, dimming and daylight harvesting; low-flow plumbing fixtures; energy-efficient HVAC systems; an indoor air quality management plan; heat reflective cool roof; bio-swales, rain gardens and bio-retention areas to pre-treat surface water runoff from the site and reduce water used for irrigation by 50 pct; and other features. (Source: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), PR, June, 2021) Contact: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 904-630-3181, www.jtafla.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    UK Renewable Hydrogen Project to Use Food-Waste Biomethane (Int'l.)
    IBMS Group,BayoTech
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In London, IBMS Group reports it will partner with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based BayoTech Inc. to launch the UK's first renewable hydrogen project using food waste to generate biomethane as a feedstock. The project will produce 1000kg per day and provide fuel for mobility projects in the London and Surrey region of the UK.

    Using IBMS's food waste and biomethane expertise and BayoTech's modular SMR technology the partnership will create renewable hydrogen and high-grade fertiliser products from a multi-purpose eco facility. The project will produce 1,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day to fuel zero-emission vehicles in London and Surrey.

    Further phases of the project will see carbon capture introduced to take the project from carbon neutral to carbon negative. The system is due to be online by Q2 of 2022, following which the system will be deployed at multiple locations around the UK to create a national network of carbon negative hydrogen production facilities.

    According to the release, regional hydrogen production and distribution reduces unnecessary costs, storage, and transport leading to a reduced carbon footprint overall when compared with traditional production models and electrolyser systems. (Source: IBMS Group, Website PR, 24 May, 2021) Contact: BayoTech, Steve Jones, VP Europe, 505-977-7954, www.bayotech.us, IBMS Group, Steve Sharratt, CEO, www.ibmsgroup.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBMS Group,  BayoTech,  Renewable Hydrogen,  Biomethane,  


    Bunge Sustainability, Non-Deforestation Report (Report Attached)
    Bunge
    Date: 2021-06-02
    St. Louis-headquartered global agribusiness industry player Bunge has released its 2021 Global Sustainability Report highlighting the company's Action on Climate, Responsible Supply Chains and Accountability initiatives.

    The 2021 report includes Bunge's Global Non-Deforestation Report, featuring progress against soy sourcing in key regions at a higher risk of deforestation including the Cerrado region of South America and critical palm-producing areas in Southeast Asia.

    The Global Non-Deforestation Report includes details on Bunge's traceability and monitoring efforts, supplier and farmer engagement -- including digital tools and incentives -- actions against non-compliance, multi-stakeholder collaborations and sustainability certifications.

    Download the 2021 Global Sustainability Report HERE. (Source: Bunge, Website PR, 26 May, 2021) Contact: Bunge, Greg Heckman, CEO, Rob Coviello, Sustainability Officer, 314-292-2000, www.bunge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bunge,  Deforestation,  Sustainability,  


    Wartsila Commissions Philippines Energy Storage Projects (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it has inked multiple energy storage contracts with Philippines-based SMC Global Power Holdings Inc. through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc., in the Philippines during 2019-2020.

    The first two projects, Integrated Renewable Power Hub-Toledo and BCCPP, Limay, Bataan, have achieved final commissioning in May. The projects have a capacity of 20 MW / 20 MWh and 40 MW / 40MWh respectively, and are part of the earlier announced energy storage orders.

    These are the first energy storage systems supplied by Wartsila to the Philippines. The projects are delivered on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, and include Wartsila's propriety software and hardware solutions. The systems comprise the company's GridSolv Max system, a standardised energy storage solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets of the systems, including the batteries, a safety and fire system, and inverters, alongside the advanced GEMS Digital Energy Platform.

    According to the company website, "Wartsila is enabling the transition towards a 100 pct renewable energy future by designing and building flexible systems that integrate renewable energy sources, thermal assets and energy storage."

    In 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to meeting 23 pct of its primary energy needs from renewable by 2025. The region aims to leverage its abundant wind and solar resources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, especially as grid systems are developing and economies growing. (Source: Wartsila, PR, 28 May., 2021) Contact: Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage; SMC Global Power Holdings, www.smcglobalpower.com.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Energy Storage,  


    Burns & McDonnell Tapped for TX, Solar, Wind Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Burns & McDonnell
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Kansas City-headquartered engineering firm Burns & McDonnell reports it has been selected by LG Energy Solution and Sustainable Environmental Renewable Capital Partners to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion, stand-alone battery energy storage systems in the West Texas region.

    The project consists of owner-provided LG Chem battery racks populated with JH3 and JH4 modules. Burns & McDonnell has engaged in its direct-hire subsidiary Ref-Chem to complete construction and installation of the batteries. Containers will be shipped to the job site with empty racks pre-wired to direct current combiner panels and alternating current auxiliary panels. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Burns & McDonnell, Matt Domeier, Director Energy Storage, www.burnsmcd.com; LG Energy Solution , www.lgensol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  LG Energy news,  


    Everfuel, Cabonline Developing Hydrogen Taxis Market (Alt. Fuel)
    Everfuel
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Herning, Denmark-based transportation fuels distributor Everfuel A/S is reporting an agreement with Cabonline, the Nordic region's largest taxi fleet operator, to jointly develop the market for taxis fueled by green hydrogen for zero emission mobility.

    Under the agreement, Cabonline will provide its participating taxi license holders with incentives to use new Toyota supplied Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The participating license holders will benefit from discounted hydrogen fuel prices at Everfuel's stations. The initiative will initially be offered only in Helsinki then expanded to Norwegian cities where Everfuel's hydrogen station network is established. (Source: Everfuel, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Everfuel, Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO,+45 2871 8945, jk@everfuel.com, www.everfuel.com

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    Meyer Burger Opens German Solar Module Production Line (Int'l.)
    Meyer Burger
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Swiss-headquartered module maker Meyer Burger reports the opening of its first new manufacturing facility in Thalheim, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, with a second plant slated to open in Frieberg before the month end.

    The Thalheim, Bitterfeld-Wolfen has a 400 MW capacity that the company says will be ramped up to 5GW by 2026 and will produce roughly 200,000 solar cells each day.

    As previously reported, Meyer Burger aims to increase its production capacity to 1.4GW by 2023, and has been awarded €22.5 million in regional German government grants to support construction of a HJ PV cell production plant in the country. (Source: Meyer Burger, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Meyer Burger, Gunter Erfurt, CEO, +41 33 221 28 00, mbtinfo@meyerburger.com, www.meyerburger.com

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

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

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

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

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    UAE Energy Min. Comments on Low-Carbon Energy -- Notable Quote
    UAE
    Date: 2021-05-19
    "Over the past 50 years, the UAE has been at the forefront of the ongoing energy transition in the region and among leading nations worldwide. We were among the first nations to ratify the Paris Agreement, thereby showing our commitment to the efforts toward a low carbon economy, which requires a low carbon energy system." -- Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, May, 2021

    The UAE National Energy Plan 2050 calls for a 70 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a 50 pct increase in renewable energy use by 2050 when clean energy will represent 50 pct of the nation's total energy mix -- reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70 pct for an estimated saving of $190 billion. Contact: UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, www.moel.gov.ae

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    Indian Refinery Expansion to Use Honeywell UOP Tech. (Int'l)
    Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-05-17
    Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Honeywell reports Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a public sector facility under the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, will use UOP technology in an expansion to produce cleaner-burning diesel fuel in compliance with India's BS-VI emission standards.

    The Numaligarh Refinery Expansion Project (NREP), part of the Government of India's Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for the northeast Indian states, will increase the region's processing capacity from the present 3 million metric tpy to 9.0 million metric tpy in the state of Assam. (Source: Honeywell, PR May, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com, www.uop.com/biofuels, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywellprocess.com

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    ENGIE, NHEC Complete Solar Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE North America,Hampshire Electric Cooperative
    Date: 2021-05-17
    The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) in Plymouth is reporting the completion of its first utility scale, 2.45 MW solar battery energy storage project developed in partnership with Houston-headquartered energy storage services provider ENGIE North America.

    ENGIE will own and operate the battery unit on the site of NHEC's 2 MW solar array in Moultonborough, NH, and discharge the battery to supply energy to NHEC members up to 70 times per year. The battery project will provide NHEC with insight and direct experience into how battery storage technologies interact with its electrical system and respond to price signals, and will be used to reduce NHEC's transmission charges and regional capacity payments. NHEC estimates these discharges will save its members $2.3 million over the next 12 years. (Source: ENGIE North America, PR, 17 May, 2021) Contact: NHEC, 800-698-2007, www.nhec.com; ENGIE North America, www.engie-na.com

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    ENGIE Completes N.H. Battery Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE
    Date: 2021-05-17
    The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) in Plymouth is reporting the completion of its first utility scale, 2.45 MW battery energy storage project developed in partnership with Houston-headquartered energy storage services provider ENGIE North America.

    ENGIE will own and operate the battery unit on the site of NHEC's 2 MW solar array in Moultonborough, NH, and discharge the battery to supply energy to NHEC members up to 70 times per year. The battery project will provide NHEC with insight and direct experience into how battery storage technologies interact with its electrical system and respond to price signals, and will be used to reduce NHEC's transmission charges and regional capacity payments. NHEC estimates these discharges will save its members $2.3 million over the next 12 years. (Source: ENGIE North America, PR, 17 May, 2021) Contact: NHEC, 800-698-2007, www.hhec.com; ENGIE North America, www.engie-na.com

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    CleanBay Renewables, Climate Action Reserve Refining Emissions Accounting Framework (Ind. Report)
    CleanBay Renewables, Climate Action Reserve
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Annapolis, Maryland-based enviro-tech company CleanBay Renewables Inc. reports it is working with the Los Angeles-headquartered carbon offset registry Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to establish a nitrous oxide (N2O) avoidance framework and a protocol for carbon credit accounting associated with fuel and fertilizer derived from poultry manure.

    The Climate Action Reserve will initially focus on quantifying the emission reductions from the conversion of agricultural byproducts, like poultry manure, into controlled-release fertilizers and establish mechanisms to calculate the displacement of fossil transportation fuels through the use of agriculture-derived renewable natural gas (RNG). The end goal is to develop a science-based framework applicable across the entire agricultural sector, enabling science-based carbon credit accounting for agricultural N2O emission reductions.

    CleanBay is developing a portfolio of bioconversion facilities across the U.S., each of which will recycle more than 150,000 tpy of chicken litter to generate over 750,000 MMBtus of sustainable renewable natural gas (RNG), 125,000 tpy of organic fertilizer, and an estimated 500,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent emission abatement that will be available for purchase in carbon markets. (Source: CleanBay Renewables Inc., PR, 12 May, 2021) Contact: CleanBay Renewables Inc., 410-514-6488, info@cleanbayrenewables.com, www.cleanbayrenewables.com; Climate Action Reserve, (213) 891-1444, fax: (213) 623-6716, reserve@climateactionreserve.org, www.climateactionreserve.org

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    Sapphire Gas Solutions Transporting RNG (Ind. Report)
    Sapphire Gas Solutions
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In the Lone Star State, Conroe-based LNG and CNG specialist Sapphire Gas Solutions reports it has entered the renewable natural gas (RNG) market with the recent awarding of transportation and logistics contracts for seven farm-based RNG operations in central California.

    The farms which utilize Redding, Califoria-based Maas Energy anaerobic digestion installations are not connected to local gas pipeline infrastructure. This created a need to compress and deliver the RNG to pipeline systems in the region via tractor trailer. Sapphire's solution was to utilize CNG-fueled transport to provide this service, according to the release. (Source: Sapphire Gas Solutions, Website, PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Sapphire Gas Solutions, Sam Thigpen, SEO, 833-662-5427, info@sapphiregassolutions.com, www.sapphiregassolutions.com; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545, info@maasenergy.com, www.maasenergy.com

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    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

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    Boralex Commissions 12-MW French Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Boralex
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Montreal-based renewable energy specialist Boralex Inc. is reporting commercial commissioning of the 12-MW Bazougeais wind farm in the Ille-et-Vilaine department, in the Brittany region, France.

    The wind farm incorporates four Vestas V117 wind turbines with a unit capacity of 3 MW for an estimated 30 GWh of electricity sufficient power for roughly 10,000 French households.

    Boralex is aiming for a worldwide installed capacity of 2,800 MW by 2023. (Source: Boralex, PR May, 2021)Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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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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    Canberra Commits to $100Mn Ocean, Blue Carbon Initiative (Int'l.)
    Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Canberra, the Australian Government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib.) last week committed $100 million to ocean conservation in an effort to protect 'blue carbon' environments and reduce emissions.

    Of the total, $30.6 million will be invested in practical action to restore and account for blue carbon ecosystems to improve the health of coastal environments in Australia and regionally:

  • Almost $19 million will go to four major on-ground projects restoring coastal ecosystems across the country, including tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrasses;

  • $10 million will provide four major on-ground projects to assist developing countries in the region restore and protect their blue carbon ecosystems;

  • Over $1 million will help to solidify Australia as a leader in ocean and natural capital accounting assistance enabling Australia to understand and account for the environmental and economic benefits of protecting these critical ecosystems.

    The Government has also newly pledged $59.9 million to develop a high-integrity carbon offset scheme in its Indo-Pacific region to stimulate investment in high-quality projects that deliver carbon offsets that meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

    The investments are in addition to more than $1.1 billion the Morrison Government previously announced it will invest in low emissions energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage and is in addition to the $18 billion of investment the Government is making alongside the Technology Investment Roadmap over the next 10 years to drive at least $70 billion of total new investment in low emissions technologies in Australia by 2030. (Source: Gov. of Australia, PR, Good News Network, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Australia, www.Australia.gov.au

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  • TOTAL Takes Stake in Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    TOTAL,Yunlin Holding GmbH
    Date: 2021-04-30
    TOTAL is reporting an agreement Bremen, Germany-based wpd WG to acquire a 23 pct interest in Yunlin Holding GmbH, the owner of the 80-turbine Yunlin offshore wind farm roughly 200 km located off the coast of Taiwan.

    The 640 MW Yunlin Offshore Wind farm , the region's largest, incorporates 80 Siemens Gamesa turbines and benefits from a 20-year guaranteed-price PPA with the state-owned company Taipower. (Source: Total, PR, Yahoo, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; wpd AG, www.wpd.de; Taiwan Power Company, www.taipower.com.tw

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-04-30
    For greater clarity, the Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:

  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 pct of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia)

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

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

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

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    Maine Historic Bldg. Energy Efficiency Grants Offered (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Portland, the Maine Community Foundation reports it is seeking grant proposals to its Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The program invests in the preservation, restoration, and retrofitting of historic buildings in Maine.

    Grant awards of up to $20,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural, or economic hubs for Maine communities. All proposed projects must be for non-profit owned historic buildings listed or declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or contributing buildings within a federally designated historic district.

    Grant application deadline is June 1, 2021. (Source: Maine Community Foundation, PR, PenBayPilot, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, 207-667-9735, www.mainecf.org

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

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

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

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

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

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    Clariant, Pertamina Collaborating on Cellulosic Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Clariant, Pertamina
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Switzerland-headquartered Clariant International reports it is working with Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas corporation Pertamina to further investigate and test the feasibility of using its "sunliquid" technology to process regionally sourced feedstocks such as empty fruit bunches and palm leaves into cellulosic ethanol.

    The collaboration previously focused on techno-economic performance analysis, and the testing of empty fruit bunches and palm leaves. Indonesia has a nationwide E10 ethanol blending mandate. (Source: Clariant, Website PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Clariant, +41 61 469 63 63, Fax: +41 61 469 69 99, www.clariant.com; Pertamina, pcc135@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

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    Neste Expands SAF Hub in Northern California (Ind. Report)
    Neste, AvFuel
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Neste Oyi and NuStar Energy L.P. is reporting supply trucks are now able to load Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ at the NuStar-operated Selby Terminal near San Francisco, California. The first gallons have been safely picked up and delivered to the nearby Monterey Regional Airport.

    Due to the strategic location of the Selby Terminal, Neste and its partners Avfuel and Signature Flight Support are now able to supply sustainable aviation fuel to a growing number of airports across the western United States.

    NuStar handles and stores a significant proportion of the total low-carbon fuels volumes utilized in California, including nearly 27 percent of renewable diesel, 18 percent of ethanol, and 6 pct of biodiesel.

    In 2020, Neste established a continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) from NuStar's Selby Terminal using an existing pipeline - a first for the industry. (Source: Neste Corporate News, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com; Neste, Chris Cooper, VP North Am., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    California Carbon Reduction Partnership Growing (Ind. Report)
    Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the Golden State, the Oakland-based not-for-profit Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is reporting the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and East Bay Community Energy have joined other Bay Area industry, labor, and government agencies to work to "ensure equitable access to high-road jobs in the building decarbonization industry" and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

    Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

    According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.

    The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org

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

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

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

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

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

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