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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Cray Valley,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spire Energy,  


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

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

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

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

  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;

  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Puget Sound Energy ,  Green Hydrogen,  


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

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

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


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  RNG,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voith,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Enbridge,  


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

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

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

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

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


    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

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


  • Octopus Acquires UK Biomass Plants for NEST-Backed Fund (Int'l.)
    Octopus Renewables,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Octopus Renewables has invested an undisclosed sum in two UK biomass plants -- one in Brigg, North Lincolnshire the other in Snetterton, East Anglia -- totaling 85.7MW from a joint venture by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and the contractor Burmeister & Wain, The acquisition was on behalf of and backed by UK workplace pension provider Nest.

    In March, Nest hired Octopus Renewables to help invest £250 million of UK defined-contribution pension capital in clean-energy infrastructure this year. Nest, which manages £16 billion of assets from the UK's auto-enrolment scheme is aiming to invest £1.4 billion in the European renewables sector by the end of the decade. (Source: Octopus Renewables, PR, IP&E, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Nest, www.nestpensions.org.uk; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Octopus Renewables,  Biomass,  UK Biomass,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ,  


    LG Chem, KIST Partnering to Commercialize CCU (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem,Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2021-04-30
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered chemicals giant LG Chem reports it is partnering with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to develop source technologies and promote the commercialization of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) as well as hydrogen energy technologies, which are essential for realizing carbon neutrality. The two organizations aim to jointly develop technologies to produce green hydrogen and utilize thermoelectric energy.

    The South Korean government is calling for the reduction of annual greenhouse gas emissions to 536 million tons by 2030. (Source: LG Chem, PR, AJU, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Korea Institute of Science and Technology, +82 2-958-5114, www.kist_school.kist.re.kr; LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  LG Chem,  Korea Institute of Science and Technology ,  


    Trinseo, ETB to Collaborate on Bio-Based 1,3 Butadiene (Ind. Report)
    Trinseo, ETB
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based Trinseo and Netherlands-headquartered ETB are reporting a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of purified bio-based 1,3-butadiene -- a first component in the value chain for enabling the replacement of fossil-based raw materials with renewable sources -- and to undertake a feasibility study for new pilot plant in Europe.

    The companies will jointly explore opportunities to scale up ETB's unique single-stage process to produce bio-based 1,3-butadiene from ethanol using polyfunctional catalyst technology. The collaboration will initially focus on demonstrating the viability of sustainable ethanol-based synthetic rubber in support of green tire production.

    Trinseo is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber with a focus on delivering innovative, sustainable, and value-creating products.

    ETB Global B.V. is developing unique catalysts for new sustainable & bio-based processes, drawing on over 100 years of experience and knowledge in the fossil-based petrochemical industry and catalysis. ETB aims to change the environmental footprint of the rubber and plastic products. (Source: Trinseo, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Trinseo, Marjolein Groeneweg, +49 6196 969 3124, mgroeneweg@trinseo.com, www.trinseo.com; ETB , Vladimir Trembovolsky , CEO, +31 657 881232, www.vladimir@etbcat.com, www.etbcat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Butadiene,  


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

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

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


    Boralex Supplying Wind Power to French Data Centers (Int'l.)
    Boralex, IBM
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Montreal-based renewable energy specialist Boralex Inc. is reporting a 5-year PPA under which it will supply IBM's data centers in France with renewable electricity equivalent to 55 pct of the IBM's annual consumption.

    The power will be sourced from Boralex's wind asset portfolio, specifically from assets whose contracts with EDF will have expired. Boralex is the largest independent producer of onshore wind power in France, (Source: Boralex, PR, 29 Apr., 2021)Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  


    Hydrostor Advancing Calif. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Hydrostor
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Hydrostor reports work is well underway on its two major Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) projects in California -- one in southern Kern County and one in Central California -- representing a combined investment of over $1.5 billion and supporting the Golden State's transition to a carbon-free and renewable energy grid.

    Hydrostor's patented and commercially proven A-CAES technology provides 8-12+ hours of energy storage, versus the 1-4 hours that current battery technologies can feasibly provide. This long duration energy storage is essential for establishing the pathway to California's decarbonized electricity grid. A CAES also has a longer lifespan, of more than 50 years, with zero degradation and a lower environmental impact than conventional alternatives available today, according to the company. Hydrostor is advancing a pipeline of large-scale A-CAES facilities that represent over 2,000 MW and 20,000 MWh of near-term project deployment potential in the USA, Canada, Chile and Australia. (Source: hydrostor, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO , Curt Hildebrand, curt.hildebrand@hydrostor.ca. www.hydrostor.ca/technology

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


    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)

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


  • Wartsila Launches Liquid CO2 Cargo Containment System (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Wartsila Gas Solutions reports its recently developed 7,500 cbm maritime cargo tank design suitable for LCO2 applications has been awarded awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) by the classification society DNV.

    Wartsila carried out an intensive engineering analysis to formulate an optimum design for the vessel containment systems and cargo handling systems, bearing in mind the specific nature of LCO2.

    Wartsila Gas Solutions is a market leader with innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain. Our main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions, according to the company website. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 25 Apr., 2021) Contact: Wartsila Marine Systems, Elin Saure Hasund , 47 81548500 Elin.saurehasund@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/marine

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  CO2,  Liquid CO2,  


    Thyssenkrupp Inks NA Green Hydrogen Plant Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Thyssenkrupp
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Essen, Germany-headquartered industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG is reporting two EPC contracts to construct what it says will be record-size commercial green hydrogen production facilities in North America. One was awarded this month at a Louisiana chemical plant and a larger one in January at a Quebec greenfield site.

    The German firm will construct a 20-MW alkaline water electrolysis plant for Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries' ammonia production complex in Donaldsonville, La.. The plant will produce 20,000 tpy of green hydrogen that will be integrated into its existing ammonia production. “Ammonia is a critical enabler for storage and transport of hydrogen and can also be used as a carbon-free fuel, according to CF Industries. Construction is slated to get underway in the second half of this year for completion and commissioning in 2023.

    As previously reported, Thyssenkrupp has also contracted with Canadian utility Hydro Quebec to design a $200 million, 88-MW water electrolysis plant near Montreal that will produce 11,100 metric tpy of green hydrogen. (Source: Thyssenkrupp AG,PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Thyssenkrupp AG, www.thyssekrupp.com; CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com; Hydro Quebec, www.hydroquebec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen news,  Hydro Quebec news,  Thyssenkrupp news,  CF Industries news,  


    First Carbon-Neutral Crypto Asset Fund Announced (Int'l.)
    One River Digital Asset Management
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Greenwich, Conn.-based One River Digital Asset Management (ORDAM), one of the largest institutional crypto fund managers, and Sao Paulo, Brazil-based MOSS, the world's largest carbon credit platform, are reporting plans to launch the world's first carbon-neutral crypto asset fund, enabling climate conscious investors the opportunity to benefit from exposure to Bitcoin and Ethereum while offsetting their carbon footprint.

    Through the provable "burning" of MCO2 tokens (via UNISWAP), ORDAM created the world's first carbon neural crypto asset offering. For every Bitcoin owned, ORDAM will buy and "plants" MCO2 tokens, offsetting carbon emissions.

    ORDAM is the first asset management company to offer carbon offsetting globally. (Source: MOSS, ORDAM, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: MOSS, www.moss.earth/en/home; One River Digital Asset Management, (203) 489-1440 , info@oneriveram.com, www.oneriveram.com/digital-assets-strategies

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    N.D. Passes Clean Sustainable Energy Legislation (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) has signed House Bill 1452 into law. The legislation allocates $25 million from the state's general fund to create a Clean Sustainable Energy Fund and establishes a Clean Sustainable Energy Authority tasked with making recommendations to the North Dakota Industrial Commission for grant awards and loan programs to support promising low-emission technologies.

    The bill repeals the state's existing "25X25" initiative and replaces it with a low-carbon emission technology initiative. It also allows the state's EmPower Commission to make recommendations on low-emission technologies and affordable and sustainable energy policy, requiring the Legislature to consider such recommendations to develop comprehensive energy policy for the state.

    The bill, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support, follows HB 1412 exempting coal-fired power plants from the state's coal conversion facility tax for the next five years. (Source: Office of ND Gov. Doug Burgam, Website, PR, 25 Apr., 2021) Contact: Office of ND Gov. Doug Burgam, 701.328.2200, Fax: 701.328.2205, www.governor.nd.gov

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    Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Raises $190Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Gore Street
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In the UK, Dublin-based energy storage investor Gore Street Energy Storage Fund reports it raised £135 million ($187.89 million) for use in deploying a 1.3GW development pipeline and a potential 80MW acquisition for its portfolio of battery projects.

    The net proceeds of the fund raise is earmarked for previously announced development of its existing portfolio including the expansion of its Republic of Ireland assets from 30MW to 90MW.

    The company notes that its portfolio of operational energy storage assets has doubled to 210 MW across 11 projects in Great Britain and Ireland and that its two 50-MW Northern Ireland energy storage project -- Mullavilly and Drumkee -- were completed on time and within budget and are now generating revenue. (Source: Gore Street Capital, PR, Website, Solar Power Portal, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 (0) 203 826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

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    Prologis Launching LEED v4 Volume Program (Ind. Report)
    Prologis
    Date: 2021-04-26
    San Francisco-headquartered warehouse development powerhouse Prologis Inc. reports launching the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program for the U.S. logistics real estate sector.

    The new version features more rigorous standards than the previous LEED Volume Program, which was established in 2014. Under the LEED v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program, Prologis "will implement measurable strategies for achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality for its projects in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and Italy."

    According to a company release, "The Volume Program streamlines the certification process at a substantially lower cost than would be possible with individual building assessments. Since our initial participation in the 2014 program, we have saved $24 million when compared to the costs for non-Volume certification."

    In 2020, Prologis set a goal that 100 pct of new developments and redevelopments will achieve sustainable building certification each year. As of the end of 2019, Prologis had 143 million square feet of sustainably certified space across 397 projects in 18 countries. (Source: Prologis, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Prologis, 415 394 9000, www.prologis.com

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    Aker, Strathclyde to Collaborate on Wind Blade Recycling (Int'l.)
    Aker Offshore Wind,
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Norway-based Aker Offshore Wind, Aker Horizons and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland are reporting a memorandum of understanding to together develop recovery processes for used glass fibre wind turbine blades. Under the MoU, the parties will scale up and commercialise a University of Strathclyde developed process thermal recovery and post-treatment of glass fibres from used in wind turbine blades.

    In February 2020 the Los Angeles Times reported "The thermoset glass-reinforced polymer composites used in wind turbine blades are extremely hard to breakdown and, since most blades last only 20 to 25 years, disposing of used wind blades in landfills could soon become an enormous landfill issue."

    The University of Strathclyde notes a global increase of wind turbine blade waste from around 400,000 tpy in 2030 could grow to 2,000,000 million tons by 2050. (Source: Aker Offshore Wind, Strathclyde Univ., Splash 274, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; University of Strathclyde, www.strath.ac.uk

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    Barbados Consideing Renewable Energy Options (Int'l. Report)
    Barbados
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In Bridgetown, the Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship reports it is considering various options for the island nation of 287,000 residents to meet its National Energy Policy target of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030. To that end, the Ministry is reviewing a recently completed feasibility study from global energy engineering consultancy and asset management specialist ITPEnergised to identify alternative energy sources for the island.

    ITPEnergised, supported by local and international experts, considered wave energy and other ocean energy options as well fixed offshore, floating offshore wind and ocean thermal energy conversion projects from a technical, environmental and logistical perspective as well local supply chain, connectivity to the electricity grid, tourism impact and various financial and other considerations to determine the practicality of these technologies in Barbados.

    After reviewing 16 possible ocean energy project sits the report concluded wave and ocean energy was not suitable for Barbados due to the level of "commercial-scale un-readiness" and recommended development of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine systems located off the island's north coast. (Source: Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Jamaica leaner, 24 Apr., 2021) Contact: ITPEnergised, +44 (0) 20 7081 2846, info@itpenergised.com, www.itpenergised.com; Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, www.commerce.gov.bb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • NY Utilities Tap CPower for Energy Management, Storage (Ind. Report)
    CPower
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Baltimore-headquartered energy management specialist CPower reports it has been tapped by Con Edison and National Grid subsidiary Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation to provide of Dynamic Load Management (DLM) to their networks -- peak shaving to reduce businesses' use of electricity during periods of high demand.

    Battery storage, charged with power from renewable energy or from the grid at off-peak times of lower demand, can be used to reduce businesses' draw from the grid at peak times and already the ability to use this peak shaving to lower Demand Charges, levied on commercial users of electricity in the US, offers a way to lower electricity costs significantly.

    New York State's climate protection policy aims to deploy 1,500MW of energy storage by 2025 and to meet 70 pct of electricity load through clean and renewable sources by 2030 on the path to 100 pct clean electricity by 2045. (Source: CPower, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: CPower, 844-276-9371, www.cpowerenergymanagement.com

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    Nexii Building Solutions Planning Pittsburgh Plant (Ind. Report)
    Nexii
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Vancouver, British Columbia-based green construction technology specialist Nexii Building Solutions Inc. is reporting plans to construct its sixth plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the second in the United States. The new plant will also be the first built entirely from Nexii's proprietary, sustainable concrete alternative, Nexiite.

    The Nexiite composite results in the creation of sustainable buildings that are cost-efficient, use less energy and are resilient in the face of climate change. Nexii products are precision manufactured off-site and rapidly assembled on-site, reducing build times and construction costs. (Source: Nexii Building Solutions, PR, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Nexii Building Solutions, (778) 926-3944, www.nexii.com

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    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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  • German Bioethanol Production on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    German Bioethanol Industry Association'
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In Berlin, the German Bioethanol Industry Association's (BDBe) recently published 2020 market data on certified sustainable bioethanol reported the overall fuel market and petro and bioethanol sales declined by almost 10 pct from 18.0 million tonnes to roughly 16.2 million tonnes due to the pandemic.

    The amount of ethanol and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) used as an admixture in Super E10, Super Plus and Super E5 petrol fell by 4 pct to just under 1.10 million tonnes from 1.14 million tonnes the previous year. More than 125,000 tonnes of bioethanol were used for ETBE production -- equivalent to 42.8 pct more than the 88,000 tonnes used in 2019. By contrast, bioethanol as an admixture in petrol fell to 971,000 tonnes from 1.1 million tonnes in 2019.

    According to the release, in 2020 the use of bioethanol saved about 3 million tonnes of CO2 in transport

    The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) represents the interests of its member companies and associations, spanning agricultural production of raw materials to industrial production and processing of bioethanol and its co-products (DDGS, CDS, biogenic carbon dioxide, gluten, yeast, biomethane, organic fertiliser). Different types of bioethanol are produced for use as transport fuels or for the beverage and industrial markets from agricultural feedstock, such as grains and sugar beet. Petrol at German filling stations contains between 5 pct and 10 pct certified sustainable bioethanol, the report notes. (Source: German Bioethanol Industry Association, Website, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: German Bioethanol Industry Association, Stefan Walter, MD, Carola Wunderlich, 49 (0)30 301 29 53 13, presse@bdbe.de, www.bdbe.de

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    Environmental Defense Fund Lauds Biden's 50-52 pct GHG Reduction by 2030 Target (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EDF
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Today, the Biden administration announced an ambitious and credible emissions target under the Paris Agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

    "By announcing a bold target of cutting emissions 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, President Biden has met the moment and the urgency that the climate crisis demands. The message from the White House is clear: The U.S. is ready to go all-in to beat the climate crisis. This target aligns with what the science says is necessary to put the world on the path to a safer climate, and vaults the U.S. into the top tier of world leaders on climate ambition. And it's backed up by numerous analyses demonstrating that it can be met through multiple pathways using existing technologies.

    "For four years, the world wondered what's going on with the U.S. Now they're going to have to race to keep up. With this ambitious and credible target, the U.S. has joined the EU and UK at the top of the global league table, recaptured a leadership role on climate -- and positioned itself to push for greater global ambition in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow. Now it's time for other major emitters to follow suit and commit to deeper reductions in their own emissions over this next decisive decade.

    "Going bold on climate will help America create the jobs of the future. By taking swift action to invest in clean industries and technologies, the United States can supercharge its competitiveness in the global clean energy economy. Leading businesses and investors already know this: That's why over 400 of them called on the administration to cut emissions at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "With this target in place, there's not a moment to lose to start achieving it with a whole-of-government approach that leverages action from the White House and Congress. The Biden administration can jump-start progress by putting in place critical clean air and climate protections under existing law and by working with Congress to enact transformative investments in the American Jobs Plan. These measures can support millions of good-paying union jobs and improve air quality for low-income communities and communities of color that have borne and continue to bear a disproportionate share of harmful pollution.

    "Critical near-term actions are available in three sectors: power, transportation, and methane from oil and gas. A key step toward meeting the 2030 target is an enforceable Clean Electricity Standard for the power sector that ensures reductions of 80 pct below 2005 by the end of the decade. With transportation as the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. as well as a significant source of air pollution, electrifying cars, trucks and buses will be essential. And as the administration takes aggressive action to cut carbon emissions, it must also double down on actions to reduce methane -- the most immediate opportunity the world has to reduce warming now. As the world's largest oil and gas producer, the U.S. has both an opportunity and responsibility to take swift action to reduce oil and gas methane pollution here at home and be a leader in catalyzing international action on this global problem.

    "As the administration implements a whole-of-government approach to meet this target, it should ensure that policies expand access to economic opportunity, reduce exposure to harmful air pollution and empower American workers in every community.

    "We look forward to working with the administration, Congress, state and local leaders, businesses and advocates to help turn this bold commitment into strong policy action that delivers." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF Nathaniel Keohane, Senior VP for Climate, www.edf.org

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    Solarize Philly Announces Solar Savings Installations (Ind. Report)
    Solarize Philly, Philadelphia Energy Authority
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the outcomes of City's first program to provide rooftop solar installations for low- and moderate-income homeowners, in celebration of Earth Day 2021.

    The first of 50 Installations are underway through PEA's Solar Savings Grant Program that covers two-thirds of the total solar installation cost, with the remainder provided through a low-cost loan.

    The Solar Savings Grant Program is a part of Solarize Philly, a citywide program to help all Philadelphians go solar. Nearly 6,500 Philadelphia homeowners have expressed interest in the program, over 750 homes have gone solar, and over $12MM has been invested in communities across the city since the program launched in 2017. Solarize Philly is the largest initiative of its kind in the country.

    The Solar Savings Grant Program was made possible with support from Solarize Philly, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Solar States, Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation, the William Penn Foundation, Spark Therapeutics, and the National Energy Improvement Fund. (Source: Solarize Philly, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215.686.4483; Solarize Philly Program, (215) 686-4483, solarize@philaenergy.org, www.solarizephilly.org

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    NASA Nails 2020 Green Bldg Initiative Award (Ind. Report)
    NASA,Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Building 4221 in Huntsville, Alabama has won the 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Award.

    The building was recognized for its innovative sustainability features that include: a customized stormwater management plan, cistern, and bioswales, stormwater capture and infiltration, reflective roof with a 120kW solar array, improved thermal envelope, high-efficiency glazing, and exterior shading. The project also includes a green cleaning program, temperature and humidity sensors to maintain thermal comfort and day-lighting in 94 pct of occupied space. During construction the project diverted 78 pct of on-site generated construction waste from landfills and 23 pct of the total construction materials contain recycled content from local sources and 92 pct of the lumber used in construction came from FSC-Certified forests.

    GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to improving building performance and reducing climate impacts. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification and assessment programs, according to its website. (Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: GBI, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org

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

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

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

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    Sustainable Aviation Fuels Buyers Alliance Launched (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuels Buyers Alliance
    Date: 2021-04-21
    The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the launch of the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by driving investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), catalysing new SAF production and technological innovation and supporting member engagement in policy-making. SABA's founding member companies include Boeing, BCG, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Netflix and Salesforce. Key aspects of SABA's work will include:
  • Education and Policy Support -- SABA will help members navigate the technical aspects of SAF and the SAF market, aviation emissions accounting, and the SAF policy landscape.

  • Technology Innovation -- SABA will assess emerging SAF technologies and work with like-minded organizations to help address barriers to scale and cost reduction.

  • Investment Opportunity -- SABA will establish a rigorous, transparent SAF certificate system enabling air transport customers -- not only aircraft operators -- to invest in high quality SAF to meet their ambitious climate goals.

    According to RMI's managing director of climate intelligence Ned Harvey, "SABA will build on the strong foundation of these global efforts, and develop a system that enables SAF to grow at the same pace and scale that renewable electricity grew over the last decade. The benefits of investing in SAF will go beyond the aviation sector, creating vast new clean energy jobs and new, sustainable revenue sources for farmers and tech innovators." (Source: EDF, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF, www.edf.org

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  • WashREIT Announces $350 Mn of Green Bonds for Eligible Green Bldgs Achieving BREEAM Certification (Ind. Report)
    BREEAM
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, DC, commercial and residential landlord WashREIT has announced an expansion of its $350 million Green Bond Framework for eligible green projects, including eight multifamily assets acquired in 2019. WashREIT intends to achieve BREEAM In-Use Very Good certifications for the majority of its real estate assets. Green Bond proceeds will be allocated to buildings that achieve BREEAM certification to address energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects.

    BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment methodology for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognizes and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction, through performance in operation, to refurbishment. BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset's environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, according to its website.

    WashREIT owns and operates 43 properties includes nearly 7,000 multifamily apartment units and approximately 3.4 million square feet of commercial space in Washington, DC.

    The global green bond market expected to exceed $ 1 trillion by the end of 2021. (Source: WashREIT, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WashREIT, 202.774.3200, www.washreit.com; BREEAM USA, 415-747-5152, breeamusa@bregroup.com www.breeam.com/usa

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    China-US Statement Addresses Climate Crisis (Editorials & Asides)
    China, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    China and the United States have issued a joint statement addressing the climate crisis after talks between China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry from Thursday to Friday in Shanghai. The following is the full text of the statement:

  • China and the United States are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands. This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Both countries recall their historic contribution to the development, adoption, signature, and entry into force of the Paris Agreement through their leadership and collaboration.

  • Moving forward, China and the United States are firmly committed to working together and with other Parties to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement. The two sides recall the Agreement's aim in accordance with Article 2 to hold the global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. In that regard, they are committed to pursuing such efforts, including by taking enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement with the aim of keeping the above temperature limit within reach and cooperating to identify and address related challenges and opportunities.

  • Both countries look forward to the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23. They share the Summit's goal of raising global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support on the road to COP 26 in Glasgow.

  • China and the United States will take other actions in the short term to further contribute to addressing the climate crisis: both countries intend to develop by COP 26 in Glasgow their respective long-term strategies aimed at carbon neutrality/net zero GHG emissions; both countries intend to take appropriate actions to maximize international investment and finance in support of the transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuel based energy to green, low-carbon and renewable energy in developing countries; each county will implement the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

  • China and the United States will continue to discuss, both on the road to COP 26 and beyond, concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach, including: policies, measures, and technologies to decarbonize industry and power, including through circular economy, energy storage and grid reliability, CCUS, and green hydrogen; increased deployment of renewable energy; green and climate resilient agriculture; energy efficient buildings; green, low-carbon transportation; cooperation on addressing emissions of methane and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases; cooperation on addressing emissions from international civil aviation and maritime activities; and; other near-term policies and measures, including with respect to reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas.

  • The two sides will cooperate to promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, aiming to complete the implementation arrangements for the Paris Agreement (e.g., under Article 6 and Article 13) and to significantly advance global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support. They will further cooperate to promote a successful COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, noting the importance of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, including its relevance to climate mitigation and adaptation. (Source: China.org Xinhua, 17 Apr., 2021)

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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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    ACT Aiming for 100 pct Renewables, 250MW Battery Storage (Int'l.)
    Australia
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In the Land Down Under, the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Government reports it aims to add 250MW of battery storage within its boundaries, to help it achieve its 100 pct renewable energy and net zero emissions goals.

    The first stage of the project, for which Act has earmarked $100 million, will begin with a "market sounding" pre-procurement process to understand how a large-scale battery can be incorporated in the territory. The storage capacity will be shared among a variously-sized assets at different locations and provide power to reduce pressure on the grid, reduce electric power prices and generate new revenue opportunities for the territory government.

    The project may deliver several batteries with a variety of capacities through one or many organisations and may include a small number of large-scale batteries (50MW-plus), as well as a larger number of smaller, "precinct-scale" batteries. Batteries could be connected to the ACT's transmission or distribution network, located at government sites such as bus depots or co-located with large-scale renewable generation facilities, according to the release.

    The new battery capacity will be additional to the storage included in the territory's renewable electricity reverse auction last year, where 200MW of new generation will flow from Neoen's Stage 1 Goyder South Wind Farm in South Australia and GPG's Stage 2 Berrybank Wind Farm in Victoria. Neoen and GPG will build large-scale batteries located in Canberra, with the Neoen battery expected to be capable of powering about 15,000 typical homes for an hour in the event of a blackout. (Source: ACT PR, 19 Apr,, 2021) Contact: ACT, Sam Engele, Climate Action Coordinator, www.act.gov.au

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    NextEra Energy Partners Acquiring 400-MW Wind Portfolio (M&A)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Partners, LP is reporting a definitive agreement with Brookfield Renewable, a global owner and operator of renewable power assets, to acquire a 391-MW portfolio of four operating wind assets located in California and New Hampshire for a base purchase price of $733 million, subject to closing adjustments.

    The portfolio includes the Alta Wind VIII, 150-MW wind generating facility; Windstar,120-MW wind generating facility; a nd the Coram, 22-MW wind generating facility, all in California. The Granite, 99-MW wind generating facility in New Hampshire is also included. The acquisition will be completed with a combination of undrawn funds remaining from the 2020 convertible equity portfolio financing and existing debt capacity.

    NextEra Energy Partners acquires, manages and owns contracted clean energy projects with stable, long-term cash flows and owns interests in geographically diverse wind and solar projects in the U.S. as well as natural gas infrastructure assets in Texas and Pennsylvania. (Source: NextEra Energy Partners, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: NextEra Energy Partners, www.NextEraEnergyPartners.com

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    DESRI Completes Financing 79-MW Assembly Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments
    Date: 2021-04-19
    NYC-headquartered D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), a leading provider of cost-effective renewable energy across North America, reports the financial closing of Assembly Solar III, a 79-mw solar project in Lennon, Michigan. DESRI is moving forward with construction after securing both construction debt and tax equity financing for the project.

    The Assembly Solar III project is the third phase of the Assembly Solar project in Michigan to begin construction. The projects were developed by Chicago-based Ranger Power in partnership with DESRI, and are being constructed by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Assembly I began operating in December 2020 and Assembly II is slated to reach commercial operation in the third quarter of 2021. The Assembly Solar cluster will total 239 MW and generate sufficient power for more than 43,000 Michigan homes.

    DESRI and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI's portfolio of contracted renewable energy projects currently includes 75 wind and solar projects across 32 states with 5,372 MWac of aggregate capacity. (Source: D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: DESRI, (212) 478-0000, www.deshaw.com

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    Hydrostor Scores Compressed Air Energy Storage Funding (Funding)
    Hydrostor
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Toronto-headquartered Hydrostor, a long duration energy storage solution provider, is reporting receipt of approximately $4 million funding from Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada to develop a 300-500 MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.

    The funding will be used to complete engineering and planning for the project which will be modeled on Hydrostor's successful commercially operating Goderich, Ontario storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of long duration energy storage. (Source: Hydrostor, Website PR, 15 Apr, 2021) Contact: Hydrostor, (416) 548-7880, www.hydrostor.ca

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    Northland Power Acquires 540 MW Wind, Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Northland Power,Helia Renovables
    Date: 2021-04-16
    In Toronto, Northland Power Inc. is reporting a definitive agreement with Madrid-based venture capital fund Helia Renovables, FCR for the acquisition of a 540-MW operating portfolio of onshore renewable projects in Spain.

    The Portfolio includes 33 operating assets comprised of onshore wind (424 MW), solar PV (66 MW), and concentrated solar (50 MW) located throughout Spain. Total cash consideration to be paid for the Portfolio upon closing will be €345 million (Cdn. $520 million) together with the assumption of debt in the amount of €716 million (Cdn.$1,075 million). The acquisition is expected to close in Q3, 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. (Source: Northland Power, Website PR, 14 Apr., 2021)Contact: Northland Power, Mike Crawley, CEO, Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Helia Renovables, www.dnb.com/business-directory/companyprofiles.helia_renovables_fcr.17923b9d5b34a27511c140416afe2293.html

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    Smart Electric Power Alliance Lauds Con Edison (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance, Con Edison
    Date: 2021-04-16
    NYC-based utility Con Edison reports the not-for-profit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has ranked Con Edison as a "leader among U.S. energy companies for its actions to create a clean, carbon-free energy system."

    SEPA, which envisions a carbon-free electric system by 2050, lauded Con Edison for connecting customers solar panels and other clean, renewable energy resources, its smart meter program and a wide range of actions and strategies. To date, Con Edison customers have completed 37,000 rooftop projects totaling 334 MW of clean, renewable power capacity. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.'s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the U.S. and the seventh-largest worldwide.

    Con Edison is also investing in energy transmission and energy storage and offers energy efficiency programs that incentivize energy-saving upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and other equipment. The utility is seeking to triple its energy efficiency programs by 2025 and to offer 100 pct clean electricity by 2040. (Source: Con Edison of New York, PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: SEPA, Julia Hamm, President and CEO, www.sepapower.org; Con Edison, www.coned.com; www.coned.com/energyefficiency

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    RNG NGV Fuel Use Up 25 pct in 2020 (Alt. Fuel, Ind. Report)
    Natural Gas Vehicles for America,Renewable Natural Gas Coalition,
    Date: 2021-04-16
    According to Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGV America) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Coalition, 53 pct of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2020 was renewable natural gas (RNG) from organic agricultural, wastewater, landfill or food waste.

    RNG use as a transportation fuel grew 25 pct over 2019 volumes, increasing 267 pct over the last five years. NGVAmerica and RNG Coalition report that in 2020 a total of 646 million gallons (GGE) of natural gas were used as motor fuel. Of that, 345 million gallons (GGE) were from renewable sources. RNG use as a motor fuel in 2020 displaced 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), the report notes. There are 157 RNG operating production facilities in the US. Details can be accessed it RNG Coalition website. (Source: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas www.rngcoalition.com; NGVAmerica www.ngvamerica.org

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    Novozymes Notable Quote on Climate Change
    Novozymes
    Date: 2021-04-16
    "As the world's largest industrial biotechnology company, with bio-innovation operations from Copenhagen in Denmark to Milwaukee in the U.S., Novozymes is proud to support the call for at least halving emissions by 2030.

    "We can harness the renewable potential of millions of acres of cropland, sequester GHG emissions, boost yields and increase the production of renewable energy made from farm crops, such as corn or soybeans. With smart policy and smart science, the Biden Administration can raise the bar for nations around the world, but to do that, it is vital that biofuels are core in the U.S. strategy.

    At Novozymes, we specialize in tapping into the power of nature to deliver advanced biology that does everything from boosting crop yields without added fertilizer, to improving laundry detergents to cut energy and water waste. Our (Novozymes) innovation helps biofuel producers get more energy out of every harvest. These technologies have already helped the U.S. replace about 10 pct of liquid fuels with renewable alternatives.

    "The vital importance of these bio-based solutions to address the climate crisis is already recognized, but ideas must be turned into action. Incentives that would allow the entire agricultural supply chain to invest in the future and a fuel market that is open to higher-biofuels blends -- such as E15 -- that allow drivers to save money, while reducing consumption of fossil fuel, are essential. These opportunities would not only drive green economic growth in the U.S., but could also offer a roadmap for other countries." -- Brian Brazeau, North America Novozymes, Apr., 2021)Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

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