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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,  


Solex, Jinchen Ink Solar Module Production MoU (Int'l. Report)
Solex Energy
Date: 2021-06-09
Gujarat, India-headquartered solar PV manufacturer Solex Energy Ltd is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of 1.2 GW of solar module production equipment from China's Jinchen Machinery. The new machinery is in keeping with Solex's planned production expansion.

The first phase of 600 MW will be commissioned by October-2021, followed by the 600 MW second phase immediately following the first phase startup. It will be a fully automated production line capable of manufacturing modules up to M12/G12 multi busbar solar cells with Microgap Technology.

The facility is planned near Surat and is in the advanced stage of completion.

Solex Energy Limited manufactures solar photovoltaic modules and provides turnkey solar solutions for solar power plants, solar water pumps, and other utility scale applications, according to the company website. (Source: Solex Energy Ltd, Website PR, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Solex Energy Ltd., 1800 572 8787, info@solex.in, www.solex.in; Jinchen Machinery, www.jinchensolar.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solex Energy,  Solar,  


Talos Energy, Storegga Announce US CCS Joint Venture (Ind. Report)
CCS, Talos Energy
Date: 2021-06-09
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based Talos Energy and UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies are reporting an exclusive joint venture to source, evaluate and develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) project opportunities on the US Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico and area containing over 100 facilities emitting more than 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions .

Under the joint venture framework, the partners will originate and mature CCS ventures with emitters, infrastructure providers, service companies and financing partners, among others. According to Talos, the agreement requires zero up front capital commitments, and the partnership will share costs 50/50 in the initial phases. Talos is designated as the operating partner of the joint venture.

Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS and Acorn hydrogen projects in the UK. The Acorn project is the most advanced large-scale CCS project in the UK with final investment decision expected in 2022. (Source: Talos Energy, Website PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: Talos Energy, Timothy Duncan, CEO, (713) 328-3000, (713) 351-4100 fax , www.talosenergy.com; Storegga Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, CEO, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Carbon Capture & Storage news,  


EESL, Indian Hotel Chaine Ink Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l.)
EESL
Date: 2021-06-09
In New Delhi, India's state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is reporting a MoU with Lemon Tree Hotels Limited for the 3-year implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation measures at a selected number of hotel properties in India .

EESL and its subsidiary companies Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) and EPSL Trigeneration will complete the projects which are aimed at improving the energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption of the hotels chain's various properties and reducing the company's overall carbon footprint. (Source: EESL, PR, PTI 8 June, 2021)Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India), www.eeslindia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EESL,  Energy Eficiency,  Energy Conservation ,  


Green Hydrogen Systems IPO Aims for $153Mn (Int'l. Alt. Fuel)
Green Hydrogen Systems
Date: 2021-06-09
Copenhagen-based Green Hydrogen Systems, a maker of electrolysers to produce "clean" hydrogen derived from renewable power, reports it plans to raise $163 million with its IPO. Shares will be priced at 40 Danish crowns ($6.54), valuing the company at about 3 billion Danish crowns ($491 million US).

A.P. Moller Holding, the owner of maritime shipping giant Maersk, holds 18 pct of the company and has committed to buy shares worth 37 million crowns. Maersk is aiming to put the world's first vessel powered by carbon-neutral fuel into operation in 2023. Green Hydrogen Systems' current customers include the world's biggest offshore wind farm developer Orsted and top wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa. The firm is also in talks with Maersk.

Green Hydrogen Systems is backed state pension fund ATP, the Danish Growth Fund and Nordea. (Source: Green Hydrogen Systems, PR, Zawya, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Green Hydrogen Systems, +45 7550 3500, www.greenhydrogen.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen Systems ,  Green Hydrogen,  


Greenleaf Scores Biomass Projects Recapitalization (Funding)
Greenleaf Power
Date: 2021-06-09
In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Greenleaf Power LLC reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Greenleaf Biomass Holdings has secured $36.7 million in biomass project funding from East West Bank.

The funds will be used to recapitalise Greenleaf's 30 MW Honey lake Power project in Lassen County, California, and the 22 MW St-Felicien Cogeneration project in Quebec, Canada. Both are power generation facilities that convert woody biomass waste into electricity that is sold under long-term PPAs to San Diego Gas & Electric and Hydro-Quebec, respectively. Greenleaf also notes it is developing battery storage at sites adjacent to its biomass power facilities. (Source: Greenleaf Power, PR, 8 June., 2021) Contact: Greenleaf Power LLC, 916-596-2500, info@greenleaf-power,com, www.greenleaf-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenleaf Power,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


mCloud Delivers AI Grid-Adaptive Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
mCloud
Date: 2021-06-09
Following up on our 21 April coverage, Calgary, Alberta-based artificial-intelligence (AI) powered asset management and ESG solutions specialist mCloud Technologies Corp. is reporting the addition of grid-adaptive demand management to its AssetCare™ for Buildings solution using AI in the cloud to actively manage the electric demand of a building in direct response to signals from local utility operators.

The Company is adding its first 20 new AssetCare customer buildings to benefit from this capability in partnership with local utilities in British Columbia, California, and New York.

Through AssetCare, mCloud offers a subscription-based solution enabling customers to automatically respond to utility requests to reduce energy consumption at peak times to decrease the concurrent load on a local utility grid during periods of high demand. Any utility supporting the industry-standard OpenADR protocol for grid interactivity is directly supported by AssetCare. Likewise, AssetCare customers can track their energy savings and reductions in their carbon footprint anywhere, anytime (Source: mCloud Technologies Corp., PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: mCloud, Dr. Patrick O'Neill, Pres.,Connected Buildings, 403.569.6480, www.mcloudcorp.com/HVAC-and-indoor-air-quality, www.mcloudcorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News mCloud,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


May 2021 CO2 Emissions Rise to Record High (Ind. Report)
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Date: 2021-06-09
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are reporting atmospheric carbon dioxide -- by far the most abundant human-caused greenhouse gas -- peaked for 2021 in May at a monthly average of 419 ppm, the highest level since accurate measurements began 63 years ago.

While the year-to-year increase of 1.8 ppm in the May CO2 peak was slightly less than previous years, CO2 measurements for the first five months of 2021 showed a 2.3 ppm increase over the same five months of 2020, close to the average annual increase from 2010 to 2019.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Covid-induced lock downs in 2020 led to a 5.8 pct decline in global energy-related CO2 emissions, the largest annual percentage decline since World War II. However, with the opening up of lock downs and pandemic-induced restrictions loosened, global CO2 emissions started climbing again. The IEA notes CO2 emissions will see a rise of 1.5 billion tonnes -- the second-largest annual increase ever -- in 2021. (Source: NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, June., 2021) Contact: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 858-534-3624, www.scripps.ucsd.edu; NOAA, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration news,  Scripps Institution of Oceanography news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


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,  


  • Duke's Pisgah Ridge Solar Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a non-regulated commercial brand of Duke Energy , reports construction is underway on its 250-MW Pisgah Ridge Solar project in Navarro County, Texas. When fully operational, the facility will be the largest utility-scale solar facility in Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions' fleet.

    Charles River Laboratories International Inc. , a provider of critical research tools and integrated support services that enable innovative and efficient drug discovery and development, has inked a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 102 MW of the project over 15 years. This commitment will address the entirety of the company's North American electric power load with clean, renewable energy by 2023. (Source: Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, PR 7 June, 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, www. sustainablesolutions.duke-energy.com/solutions

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions news,  Solar news,  


    Lime Supports GWP Clean Energy Transformation (Ind. Report)
    Willdan, Lime Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In California, Willdan Group, Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary Lime Energy had been awarded a seven-year, $18 million contract from Glendale Water & Power (GWP) to support the City of Glendale, California's clean energy transformation.

    Lime Energy will deliver 36,500 MWh in energy savings by providing a combination of targeted energy efficiency technologies, upgrades, and services for small and large Glendale businesses, making GWP's shift toward a clean energy future more feasible. Lime Energy will provide marketing, sales, engineering, project implementation, and customer support for a comprehensive mix of lighting and non-lighting measures. (Source: Willdan, PR 7 June, 2021) Contact: Glendale Water & power, www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com; Willdan Lime Energy, www.lime-energy.com; Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, CEO, Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  Lime Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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,  


    UCLA Touting sCS2 Seawater Carbon Removal Tech.(R&D Report)
    UCLA
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are developing a single-step carbon sequestration and storage (sCS2) technology that captures carbon from the atmosphere in a process that mimics the formation of seashells on the ocean floor. In lab experiments, the team tested a prototype that pulls in seawater and creates limestone and magnesite, the same materials created by mollusks to form seashells.

    Because the ocean and atmosphere are in a state of equilibrium, the ocean essentially acts as a sponge for the atmosphere's CO2. However, as it is already saturated it can't take any more. If CO2 is removed in large amounts from the ocean though, it will then suck more out of the atmosphere. This is the main idea behind the UCLA scientists' new technology, which is aimed at speeding up the process of turning CO2 into minerals in ocean water. The machine can either gather the seashell-like material for use on land, or it can release it back into the ocean. The seawater used in the machine flows back out to the ocean, where it will then absorb more CO2.

    A benefit of this method is that CO2 levels are 150 times more concentrated in seawater than they are in the air, meaning any method extracting CO2 from the ocean is more efficient. The sCS2 method also develops hydrogen as a commercial byproduct. The research notes that removing CO2 from the atmosphere is "first and foremost" an economic challenge, given the scale of the task, and that it would take approximately 1,800 of their sCS2 plants to remove 10 billion metric tpy of CO2 at a cost of trillions of dollars. Capturing 10 billion metric tpy of CO2 would require 1,800 of the devices.

    The research team's next step is to run real-world experiments to improve their technology by collect data they couldn't acquire in the laboratory. The e process has some advantages compared to other carbon-removal technology, including the fact that seawater already naturally takes up CO2 at a high concentration, 150 times the level in air. (Source: UCLA, PR, June, FastCo, 3 June, 2021) Contact: UCLA, Civil Engineering Prof. Gaurav Sant, www.samueli.ucla.edu/gaurav-sant

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  UCLA,  Hydrogen,  


    WMO Says Chance of Earth Exceeding COP21 Climate Goals (Int'l.)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2021-06-07
    According to the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) recently released Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update there is roughly 40 pct chance annual average global temperatures will temporarily exceed the 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels Paris COP21 Agreement goal. This probability is thought to have doubled compared to last year's predictions, due in part to the use of an improved temperature dataset offering accurate baseline predictions.

    The WMO also suggests a 90 pct chance that at least one year between 2021 and 2025 will eclipse the current standings for the warmest year on record, currently measured in 2016.

    Download the Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update HERE. (Source: WMO, PR, June, 2021) Contact: WMO, Clare Nullis, Media,, +41 79 709 13 97, cnullis@wmo.int, www.wmo.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization,  COP21,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  


    EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

    The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

    Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Breakthrough Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Bill Gates,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Missouri Department of Natural Resources,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Notable Quotes from Texas Republican Senators Cornyn, Cruz
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-07
    "It's pure fantasy. This is part of the cult, or religion, of renewable energy. This is just the Green New Deal wearing other clothes." -- Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Tex.), 3 June, 2021

    "Climate change isn't science, it's religion. Look at the language, where they call you a denier. Denier is not the language of science," fellow Texas republican Senator Ted Cruz agreed.

    According to website, Cornyn's position on energy and climate change is to encourage conservation while "increasing the responsible production of our domestic sources of fossil fuels and exploring alternative sources to make our nation more energy-secure." (Source: Various Media, 6 June, 2021) Contact: Sen. John Cornyn, www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact; Sen. Ted Cruz, www.cruz.senate.gov

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


    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,  


  • BHE Renewables Nails 54-MW Iowa Wind Acquisition (M&A)
    BHE Renewables
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BHE Renewables LLC is reporting completion of its acquisition of the 54-MW Independence wind energy project near Ryan, Iowa, from RPM Access LLC for an undisclosed price.

    The project incorporates 20 wind turbines -- 18 GE 2.8-MW wind turbines and 2 GE 2.3--MW wind turbines -- and is expected to be completed and online in Q4, this year. The project will serve Central Iowa Power Cooperative under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

    Since 2012, BHE Renewables has invested extensively in solar, wind, geothermal and hydro projects. As a long-term owner of assets, the company's wind projects include the 300-megawatt Jumbo Road project near Hereford, Texas; 168-megawatt Pinyon Pines I and 132-megawatt Pinyon Pines II projects, located near Tehachapi, California; 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II project in Henry County, Illinois; 400-megawatt Grande Prairie project in Holt County, Nebraska; 72-megawatt Marshall project in Marshall County, Kansas; 212-megawatt Walnut Ridge project in Bureau County, Illinois; and the 300-megawatt Santa Rita wind project in Reagan and Irion counties in west-central Texas, according to the release. (Source: BHE Renewables, Website, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: BHE Renewables LLC, Alicia Knapp, Pres, CEO, 515-281-2437, info@bherenewables.com , www.bherenewables.com; RPM Access, www.rpmaccess.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BHE Renewables news,  RPM Access news,  Wind news,  


    Elecnor Wins Major Brazilian Solar Farm Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Elecnor, Atlas Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Madrid-headquartered Elecnor reports it has been awarded the construction of the Lar do Sol-Casablanca complex, a new 359 MWp solar farm in the Brazilian city of Pirapora.

    Atlas Renewable Energy's Lar do Sol-Casablanca photovoltaic solar complex will incorporate 676,000 bifacial modules and generate sufficient power for a city of 1.4 million inhabitants. Elecnor will be in charge of engineering, supply, services and start-up of the solar farm and the step-up substation, the power transmission line and the incoming line in a substation that already exists.

    The project will be funded by BID Invest and DNB Banks to the tune of $150 million.

    Elecnor has been active in Brazil since 1979 in the electricity market, where it has developed its global capacity as an EPC company over the years and as promoter of its own concessional projects. The two other major areas where it operates are renewable energy, with the consolidation of one of the main wind farm complexes in the whole of the southern hemisphere in the Rio Grande do Sul state, and gas infrastructures, according to the company release. (Source: Elecnor, PR, Website, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Elecnor, elecnor@elecnor.com, www.elecnor.com; Atlas Renewable Energy, +52 55 7252 2000, www.atlasrenewablenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlas Renewable Energy,  Elecnor,  Solar,  


    EIB Grants €2.48Mn to Promote Spanish Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-06-07
    The European Commission (EC) reports that along with the European Investment Bank (EIB) it is allocating funds for European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) for the Primavera project -- a €2.48 million financing for Pamplona-based Nasuvinsa -- a manager of social housing and industrial land for purchase and-or rent -- to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in existing residential buildings in Spain.

    The funds will support Nasuvinsa's communication plan, technical studies, energy audits, feasibility studies for housing energy efficiency renovations.

    The ELENA programme, targeting entities across Europe, provides financial support for actions aimed at achieving greater energy efficiency and the incorporation of renewable energies. With this support, the European Union is promoting investments especially in buildings, heating networks, public lighting and clean urban transport. (Source: European Commission, PR, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Nasuvinsa, www.nasuvinsa.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SUNY Cobleskill Biomass Gasifier Scores Grant Funding (Funding)
    SUNY Cobleskill
    Date: 2021-06-07
    The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) is reporting it and its Modesto, California-based industry partner Caribou Biofuels have received $255,879 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to further develop its biomass gasifier that turns waste streams into biofuels, biopower, and soil supplements.

    The patented gasifier technology is a fully automated, portable waste-to-energy system that can produce 60 kilowatts of power a day -- sufficient power for around 50 homes -- from roughly two tpd of feedstock. For almost any combustible material, it produces both gaseous and liquid fuels that are significantly higher in energy content than other similar gasification technologies, according to the release. (Source: SUNY Cobleskill, PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: SUNY Cobleskill, 518-255-5011, www.cobleskill,edu; Caribou Biofuels, 510-421-0365, www.cariboubiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY Cobleskill news,  Caribou Biofuel news,  Biomass Gasification news,  


    Enviva Biomass Announces Public Share Offering (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva Partners, LP is reporting a public offering of 4,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests. The Partnership expects to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 460,000 common units from the Partnership at the issue price of the Offering.

    Offering proceeds will fund a portion of the aggregate purchase price for the acquisitions of a wood pellet production plant in Lucedale, Mississippi, a deep-water marine terminal in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and three long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy Japanese counterparties. The Offering is not conditioned on the consummation of the above acquisitions.

    Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the Offering. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities, LLC and USCA Securities LLC are acting as co-managers for the Offering. (Source: Enviva Biomass PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Enviva Partners, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA news,  Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  


    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-06
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    Iberdrola, Vestas Ink Baltic Eagle Turbine Agreement (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola, Vestas
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Madrid-headquartered renewable energy major Iberdrola reports it has contracted with Vestas to supply 50 units of its V174-9.5 MW wind turbine -- including service and maintenance -- for Iberdrola's Baltic Eagle project which is being developed roughly 75 km off the island of Rugen, in the German Baltic Sea.

    When fully operational, Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola's second major offshore initiative in Germany after the installation of 350-MW Wikinger wind farm in 2017, will generate sufficient energy to meet 45 pct of the total electricity consumption of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and it will displace 1.65 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

    Iberdrola has 1.3 GW installed and is progressing with the construction of a further 2.6 GW and expects to have 12,000 MW offshore wind in operation by 2030. The Group operates the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (since 2014), 350-MW Wikinger in the German Baltic Sea (since 2017) and the 714-MW East Anglia One in British waters in the North Sea (since 2020). At different stages of planning and development are 496-MW Saint-Brieuc project, off the coast of Brittany in northern France, which will use 62 Siemens-Gamesa turbines each with 8-MW unit capacity; 800-MW Vineyard Wind, a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, off the coast of Massachusetts; and Baltic Eagle. (Source: Ibersdrola, PR, Website, 25 May, 2021)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es; Vestas, www.vestas.com

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    Lightsource BP Secures $330Mn for Aussie Solar Projects (Int'l.)
    Lightsource BP
    Date: 2021-06-04
    London-headquartered Lightsource bp, a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects, is reporting closing on a $330 million (AUS) financing package and begun construction on its West Wyalong and Woolooga solar projects located in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Financing for the projects was secured from EDC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo and Westpac.

    Combined, West Wyalong and Woolooga will produce approximately 673GWh of renewable electricity a year -- sufficient power for 100,000 Australian homes and cut carbon emissions by 540,000 metric tpy. The projects are expected to come online in mid-2022.

    Queensland is aiming to have 50 pct of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and New South Wale has pledged to construct 12GW of clean energy over the next ten years. (Source: LighthouseBP, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Lighthouse BP, Adam Pegg, Country Manager, Australia (732) 429-3906, asam.pegg@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    Vitol Supplying Neste SAF at Heathrow (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Helsinki-headquartered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Oy reports Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow Airports in the UK, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available beginning today, June 3rd, ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from 11 to 13 June 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower-emissions.

    Neste MY SAF is produced 100 pct from renewable and sustainable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, in its neat form and over the life cycle, reduces up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation, Susanna Sieppi, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com , www.neste.com; Vitol , Andrea Schlaepfer, +44 (0)7525 403796, acs@vitol.com, www.vitol.com

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

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

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

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

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    AEG Ashland, Me. CoalSwitch Plant Begins Production (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2021-06-04
    London, UK-based Active Energy Group reports (AEG) reports it has begun production of its CoalSwitch biomass pellets at its 5- tph plant in Ashland, Maine .

    CoalSwitch pellets, which burn at temperature roughly equal to coal, are produced from locally-sourced woody biomass-forestry wastes including bark and treetops/branches and other.

    The Ashland facility is aiming to increase production to 35,000 tpy. (Source: Active Energy Group, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Active Energy Group, Michael Rowan, CEO , www.aegplc.com

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    ABB Strengthens Commitment to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    ABB Group
    Date: 2021-06-04
    As part of its new Sustainability Strategy, Zurich-headquartered ABB Group is reporting a commitment to partner with its customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030. ABB also announced that it has joined three initiatives led by the international non-profit Climate Group in line with its action plan and focus areas identified to reduce its own emissions:
  • ABB commits to electrifying its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by 2030. ABB in Sweden, for example, has already started to convert its around 700 company cars to all-electric vehicles, while ABB in the UK announced last year that the company will be transitioning its over 500 company cars to an all-electric fleet by 2025.

  • ABB commits to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity until 2030. In 2020, 32 percent, of all the electricity used by ABB, was either purchased as certified green electricity or generated by the company's own solar power plants. Since 2020, ABB in Switzerland already sources 100 percent of its power from renewable sources.

  • ABB commits to establishing energy efficiency targets and continue deploying energy management systems at the company's sites. Already today, more than 100 ABB sites are covered by externally certified or self-declared energy management systems.

    Additionally, the company's own reduction targets have now also received approval by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) confirming that they are in line with the 1.5 degree C scenario of the Paris Agreement .ABB has also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Campaign, a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, led by the UNGC.

    ABB's Sustainability Strategy has a clear focus on areas with the biggest impact -- enabling a low-carbon society by reducing emissions, preserving resources, and promoting social progress underpinned by a strong commitment to integrity and transparency. As part of the strategy and starting in 2021, ABB has also added specific targets related to sustainability into its senior management remuneration, according to the release. (Source: ABB Group, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: ABB, Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, www.abb.com

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  • Indian Banking Major Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2031 (Int'l)
    HDFC Bank
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In Mumbai, India's largest bank with $3.8 billion (US) in assets. HDFC Bank has announced it plans to become carbon-neutral by 2031-- 32.

    To that end, the bank will implement a three-pronged strategy to reduce energy consumption, transition to renewable energy, and offset carbon footprint. The strategy calls for a decrease in absolute emissions and energy consumed from the current level of 3,15,583 MT CO2 emissions, converting 50 pct of its total sourced electricity to renewable energy, creating single-use plastic-free corporate offices, planting 250 million trees and reducing water consumption by 30 pct. The bank will also focus on offering loans for green products like electric vehicles at lower interest rates and is also working on a framework for issuing green bonds. (Source: HDFC Bank, PR, June, 2021) Contact: HDFC Bank, www.hdfcbank.com

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    Maritime Zero-Emissions Mission Launched (Int'l. Report)
    Mission Innovation
    Date: 2021-06-04
    The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the United States, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission aimed at accelerating international public-private collaboration to scale and deploy new green maritime solutions, setting international shipping on an ambitious zero-emission course. The Mission will also be supported by the governments of India, Morocco, the UK, Singapore, France, Ghana, and South Korea.

    Carrying 80-90 pct of global trade in a less carbon-intensive manner than other freight transport modes, international maritime shipping nonetheless represents about 2-3 pct of the world's total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Without immediate and concerted efforts, emissions from the sector could increase between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050.

    Download the MISSION STATEMENT FOR ZERO-EMISSION SHIPPING HERE. (Source: Mission Innovation, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Mission Innovation, www.mission-innovation.net

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    CCm Scores £2Mn for Carbon Capture Tech (Int'l., Funding)
    CCm Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In London, the UK Sustainable Innovation Fund reports the awarding of £2 million to CCm Technologies Inc. to develop new modular units that will accelerate emission-producing industries' ability to capture onsite CO2 and produce zero carbon fertilisers.

    CCm will collaborate with the UK's pioneering Advanced Thermal Conversion (ATC) lead, KEW Technology, to maximise value for both technologies in terms of sustainability and carbon abatement. (Source: CCm Technologies, PR, Business Cloud, June, 2021) Contact: CCm Technolofies, Pawel Kisielewski, CEO, +44 1865 309605, www.ccm-technologies.com; KEW Technology, www.kew-tech.com; UK Sustainable Innovation Fund www.apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/709/overview

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    Solar PV Window Coating Innovator Raises $13.4Mn (Ind. Report)
    Next Energy Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Golden State, Goleta-based photovoltaic window developer Next Energy Technologies Inc reports it raise $13.4 million in a Series C funding round that should help the company commercialise its window coating technology that allows windows to function as solar panels.

    The new funds will be used to speed up the transition to large-area coating for commercialisation, pilot installations, durability testing and industry certification. Lead investors in the funding round include Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd, the innovation arm of Golden Energy and Resources Ltd and architectural glass fabricator Viracon and others. (Source: Next Energy Technologies, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Next Energy Technologies, 805-222-4546, Dan Emmett, CEO,www.nextenergytech.com

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    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

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    NRCAN Offers $964Mn Smart Renewables, Electrification Pathways Program Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) reports the launch of the 4-year Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREP), four-year programme that will provide up to $964 million ($799 million US) in grant funding for smart renewable energy and grid modernisation projects including: on- and offshore wind, solar, geothermal, concentrated solar, grid modernization, tidal and wave energy, energy storage and other established and emerging clean energy technologies.

    The applicants in the established renewables category need to have a minimum net installed capacity of 4 MW if a generating project, or 500 kW if an Indigenous-owned scheme, and must be commercially viable in Canada.

    Emerging technologies to be considered will have been successfully deployed at the utility scale in other countries but still not commercially viable in Canada. Heating and storage projects need to have capacities of not less than 40 terajoules (TJ) and 1 MW, respectively. The minimum sizes for generating and Indigenous-owned projects in this category are the same as in established renewables. Demonstration projects, renewable fuel production projects and non-organic waste-to-power projects will not be considered eligible.

    The maximum funding in all categories is $50 million and there is also a limit to the percentage of total cost that can be supported, which is 10 pct for established renewables, 30 pct for emerging technologies and 50 pct for grid modernisation. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/green-infrastructure-programs/smart-renewables-and-electrification-pathways-program/23566

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    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

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    Huawei World Energy Storage Standards Certified (Int'l. Report)
    Huawei
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Shanghai-headquartered global information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices provider Huawei reports its smart string energy storage system (ESS) for residential use, the LUNA2000, has scored 2PfG 2511 energy storage standard certification from German testing and certification service provider TUV Rheinland.

    The TUV Rheinland standars cover most of the safety risks involved with energy storage systems, and set rigorous technical requirements and test conditions in terms of electrical safety, battery safety, electromagnetic compatibility, functional safety, energy management, transportation safety, and environmental impact.

    The LUNA2000 series (LUNA2000-15-S0, LUNA2000-10-S0, LUNA2000-5-S0), designed to be a modular system, focuses on the functional safety of its electrical, battery, performance, BMS, EMS, and thermal management components. As such, the series are adaptable to a wide range of users and markets. Huawei's LUNA2000 product series not only satisfies the requirements of German and other EU markets, but are eligible to enter other markets in the world. (Source: Huawei, PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: Huawei, Connie Wang, wangjing402@huawei.com, www.huawei.com; TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com

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    EESL, ISHRAE Partner for Indian HVAC Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In New Delhi, India state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) reports it is partnering with the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineers (ISHRAE) to develop and implement energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) space.

    Under this association, EESL and ISHRAE will establish committees and task forces to address specific areas requiring joint participation for the promotion of energy efficient low carbon technologies in cooling & heating and in the cold chain sector, including transportation. The partners will also work on District Energy Systems including awareness & adoption, training, and capacity building programmes for Refrigerator and Air Conditioning (RAC) technicians engaged in original equipment manufacturing (OEM), channel partners or independent service centres.

    EESL is a "Super Energy Service Company" (ESCO) seeking to advance the Indian energy efficiency market. It acts as the resource center for capacity building of State Distribution Companies (DISCOMs), State Development Authorities (SDAs), upcoming Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), financial institutions, etc. (Source: EESL. PR, PTI June, 2021) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; ISHRAE, www.ishrae.in

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    NBB Thanks Senators, Representatives for Proposing Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    NBB
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington, "the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and its members thank Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) for introducing the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax credit through 2025. The bill introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House today would provide the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry certainty for an additional three years, supporting continued growth in U.S. production of better, cleaner fuels that are reducing carbon emissions now and boosting rural economies.

    "As Congress looks to jump-start economic growth, rebuild infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions, they can count on biodiesel and renewable diesel to help achieve those goals. Biodiesel production is supporting economic opportunities and job creation in rural communities across the country. NBB members sincerely thank Senators Grassley and Cantwell and Representatives Axne and Kelly, along with the 27 original cosponsors.

    "The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to clean, low-carbon fuels. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are on average 74 pct less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel and have cut more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, these cleaner, better fuels substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as the associated healthcare costs"

    According to the NBB, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. (Source: NBB, PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

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    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

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    BayWa r.e. Snares Renewables Developer Enerpole (M&A, Int'l.)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2021-06-02
    German renewables specialist BayWa r.e. GmbH reports it is acquiring Carcassonne-headquartered French wind and solar energy developer Enerpole. The company has a portfolio of 600-MW projects including 300 MW of solar and 300 MW of wind capacity.

    Active in France since 2005, BayWa r.e. has installed and commissioned 315 MW of wind and solar farms, and is responsible for the technical and commercial management of almost 600 MW. BayWa r.e. now has a project pipeline of 2.2 GW under development in France (1 GW wind and 1.2 GW solar) and is working on the development of technological solutions such as Floating-PV and Agri-PV in France. Worldwide, BayWa r.e. has installed over 4 GW of renewable energy capacity and manages over 10 GW of renewable energy assets. Its projects portfolio amounts to 13.7 GW under development. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: Enerpole, +33 4 68 25 72 80, www.enerpole.fr; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

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    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

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    Magnora Increases Stake in Perovskite Specialist Evolar (Int'l, M&A)
    Evolar, Magnore
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Swedish perovskite solar specialist Evolar AB is reporting Oslo-headquartered Norwegian renewables investor Magnora ASA has increased its investment in the company to a 40.7 pct stake .

    Evolar which owns R&D prototype equipment to scale and test solar cells, is a spin-out from Uppsala University's thin film solar cell research cluster in Sweden. (Source: Evolar, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: Evolar AB, Mats Ljunggren, CEO, www.evolarab.se; Magnora ASA, www. magnoraasa.com

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    LightsourceBP Announces €900Mn INSUN Investment (Int'l)
    Lightsource BP
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In London, renewables group LightsourceBP reports it will invest €900 million ($1.1 billion) in solar energy specialist INSUN Power to fund the development of utility-scale solar projects totaling 1.35 GW in Moura, Castelo Branco, Mogadouro, Chamusca and Viseu, Portugal. The five projects are currently in the early development stage.

    Lightsource BP's present project development pipeline in Portugal and Spain totals 3.5GW capacity. (Source: LightsourceBP, PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: INSUN, www.insun-power.co.id; Lightsource BP, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    RES Acquires 412MW of DNV Wind Assets Under Management (M&A)
    RES Group, DNV
    Date: 2021-06-02
    UK renewable energy company RES is reporting acquisition of several of Norwegian independent quality assurance specialist DNV GL's wind management assets activities across 412 MW of operating wind farms in the UK and Ireland, foe an undisclosed amount.

    The specific assets are owned by a number of DNV's clients, among which are CGN Europe and Cubico Sustainable Investments.

    With the acquisition, RES group's global support services portfolio, including asset management, operations and maintenance services, has increased to more than 7.5 GW of wind, solar and battery storage sites globally, according to the company. (Source: RES . PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: RES, Darren Cook, Asset Management Dir., www.res-group.com; DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com

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    Biden Budget Proposes $36Bn for Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    Biden
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington on Friday 27 May, US president Joe Biden released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 calling for more than $36 billion to fight climate change -- $14 billion more than the 2021 figure.

    The budget proposes $4 billion for climate change research and $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as a $2 billion investment aimed "putting welders, electricians, and other skilled laborers to work building clean energy projects." The budget also earmarks $6.5 billion in loans for clean energy, energy storage and transmission projects in rural communities.

    The funding would include $10 billion or more, a up roughly 30 pct from 2021, for clean energy innovation across non-defense agencies. (Source: The White House, PR, 27 May, 2021)

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    Biden Climate Change Budget Supports Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    Biden, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington on Friday 27 May, US president Joe Biden released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 calling for more than $36 billion to fight climate change, $14 billion more than the 2021 figure.

    The budget proposes $4 billion for climate change research and $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The budget also earmarks $6.5 billion in loans for clean energy, energy storage and transmission projects in rural communities with $2 billion earmarked for "putting welders, electricians, and other skilled laborers to work building clean energy projects." The funding would also include $10 billion or more, up roughly 30 pct from 2021, for clean energy innovation across non-defense agencies. (Source: The White House, PR, 27 May, 2021)

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