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RFA Comments on Refiners' RFS Arguments Rejection (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2021-07-23
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) issued the following comments on the D.C. Circuit Court's July 16th rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) causes them economic hardship and therefore the EPA should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations." The court ruled on the follow specific points:

  • Severe Economic Harm Waiver -- The court rebuffed the refiners' argument that EPA should have waived the 2019 RFS requirements because East Coast refiners purportedly could not pass through their RFS compliance costs and thus experienced "severe economic harm." According to the Court, "Obligated parties assert that the 'pass-through' theory is flawed and that RFS requirements impose severe economic consequences on refiners in the Eastern United States. We reject this challenge. EPA reasonably concluded that obligated parties had failed to make the strong causal showing required to trigger the waiver. It was reasonable for EPA to conclude that RFS costs alone were not the primary driver of the refineries' economic difficulties", the Court added.

  • Inadequate Domestic Supply Waiver -- The court also shot down the refiners' claim that a waiver of 2019 RFS requirements would have been justified due to an "inadequate domestic supply" of renewable fuels to meet the standards. "EPA adequately explained its refusal to exercise the inadequate domestic supply waiver," the judges wrote.

  • Point of Obligation -- Refiners also argued that EPA should have used the 2019 RFS rule-making to change the point of obligation for RFS compliance from refiners and importers to fuel blenders. The court discarded that argument stating "Refiners have repeatedly but unsuccessfully urged EPA to include blenders in the point of obligation. EPA's decision not to undertake another reassessment in the 2019 rule-making was not an abuse of discretion."

  • Exported Renewable Fuel -- The Court similarly rejected refiner arguments that exported renewable fuels should count toward RFS compliance. "EPA at no point suggested that it was substantively reconsidering its longstanding policy concerning the treatment of exported renewable fuel, and it reasonably refused to consider obligated parties' arguments for changing that policy," the court ruled. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., Website PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  RFS Waiver,  


  • HECO Offers Solar Energy Storage Battery Bonus (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it is accepting applications for its new Battery Bonus program that pays cash incentives for residential and commercial customers on Oahu to add battery energy storage to an existing or new rooftop solar system.

    The program is capped by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) at a total 50 MW supplied from storage among all participants. Incentive payments are:

  • $850 per kW for those accepted for the first 15MW. (For example, 5kW would yield a $4,250 payment.) Hawaiian Electric will confirm by checking battery data that the system is meeting its committed performance in the program for the customer to receive the full amount of incentive.

  • $750 per kW for those accepted for the next 15MW.

  • $500 per kW for those accepted for the last 20MW.

    Homeowners and businesses with an existing solar system enrolled in a customer energy program (such as Net Energy Metering, Customer Grid Supply or others) will continue to receive full benefits from these programs. Up to 5 kW of new panels may be added under existing programs. There is no limit on the size of an individual customer's battery. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com; www.hawaiianelectric.com/batterybonus

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HCO.Energy Storage,  Rooftop Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Solar+Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


  • Climate Change Quote from WMO CEO
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2021-07-21
    "We have always had extreme weather events, but because of climate change, we have started seeing them more often and they are more intense. Without climate change, we wouldn't have observed such high temperatures in western parts of Canada and the US, so that's a clear indication of climate change."

    "Climate change will anyhow continue for the coming decades. If we are successful with climate mitigation, we could stop this negative trend in the 2060s. Until then we will see a growing amount of natural disasters and a growing amount of this kind of weather extremes and also more human losses and more economic losses than before. That means that we have to also adapt to climate change, the most important thing is to mitigate climate change, to stop using fossil fuels and also pay attention to our diet."

    "The key is that we have to start acting now, we cannot wait for the coming decades,." -- Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, Contact: World Meteorological Organization, public.wmo.int/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization,  WMO,  Climate Change,  


    Cubico Nails Greek Onshore Wind Farm Acquisitions (M&A, Int'l.)
    Cubico,Enora
    Date: 2021-07-21
    London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments Holdings Ltd. (Cubico) is reporting completion of its acquisition of Aoliki Panachaikou, the owner of two operational onshore wind farms totaling 48.5 MW in Greece, from Enora. Enora and its sister company Enteka Services will continue to manage the sites, ensuring a smooth transition of ownership.

    Cubico now owns almost 100MW of operational assets in Greece and recently announced the commencement of a 12MW extension to one its sites. The company, which is jointly owned by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and PSP Investments, is actively looking to grow its portfolio in Greece through solar PV and onshore wind opportunities.. (Source: Cubico, PR, ReNews, 21 July, 2021) Contact: Cubico , David Swindin , +44 20 3805 3900, www.cubicoinvest.com; Enora/Enteka, www.enteka.gr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cubico,  Wind,  Enora,  Enteka,  


    IATA Stresses Need for SAF Incentives (Opinions & Asides)
    IATA
    Date: 2021-07-21
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions as outlined in the just released EU 'Fit for 55' proposal is "counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation." According the IATA, EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and air traffic management modernization.

    To achieve aviation decarbonisation IATA pledges to promote the use of SAF which reduce emissions by up to 80 pct compared to traditional jet fuel. IATA noted insufficient supply and high prices have limited airline uptake to only 120 million litres in 2021. (Source: IATA, PR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: IATA, Willie Walsh, Dir. Gen. www.iata.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  IATA,  


    Novozymes Touts Innova Yeast to Boost Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes,Microbiogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is touting "Innova Element", the latest addition to the company's Innova yeast platform. Element specifically targets ethanol plants seeking the highest level of starch and glucose conversion.

    Element is tolerant of high ethanol concentrations, powers through high organic acid and fermentation temperature excursions -- delivering the lowest residual starch. This allows producers to push for new ethanol yield targets while minimizing losses to common stressors such as high temperature and organic acids. Element enables plants to improve throughput by raising solids and improving plant efficiency -- or finish fermentations as needed because of its flexibility in speed, according to the release.

    By leveraging the biological synergies and sustainability of Novozymes' enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms all together, ethanol producers can unlock more of their inputs to generate the highest levels of ethanol, expand diversification, lower input costs and achieve significant process efficiency gains, according to the release. Novozymes' Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Sydney, Australia-based Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com; Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microbiogen,  Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


    Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report))
    Equinor, SSE
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In the UK, energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are reporting plans for one of the world's largest hydrogen storage sites -- the Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility with nine underground salt caverns below coastal East Yorkshire. Conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new caverns could cost as much as £290 million.

    With an initial capacity of at least 320GWh, the Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage facility would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today, according to the release.

    SSE and Equinor are also planning a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership is the UK's first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. (Source: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)Contact: Equinor, Andres Opedal, President and CEO, www.equinor.com; SSE, www.sse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  SSE ,  Hydrogen,  


    Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

    As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


    Am. Airlines Commits to SMTi to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    American Airlines
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Dallas-headquartered American Airlines reports it is committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero emissions by 2050, and align its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degree Celsius, and bring additional accountability to its approach to addressing climate change.

    American is the first airline in North America to begin the validation process with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In doing so, American is committing to develop a 2035 emissions reduction target that will be reviewed by the SBTi to confirm its consistency with the latest climate science.

    By committing to SBTi, the air carrier becomes a signatory to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C campaign and joins the UN-backed Race To Zero to rally support for a zero-carbon economy from businesses, cities, investors and other non-state actors. (Source: American Airlines, PR, AJOT, 16 July, 2021)Contact: American Airlines, www.headquarterscontacts.com/american-airlines; Science Based Targets, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets initiative ,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  


    Ameresco, Republic Services TX RNG Plant Online (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Republic Services
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports its landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant at Republic Services' McCarty Road Landfill in Houston, Texas, is now fully operational. The facility has a gross nameplate in excess of 1.1 million Dekatherms per year and is capable of processing 4,500 scfm of raw landfill gas.

    The fully operational project will result in a reduction of more than 61,000 tons of CO2 -- equivalent to removing 103,000 passenger cars removed from the roads or 146,000 acres of pine forest conserved every year over the project life. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: Ameresco: Leila Dillon, 508.661.2264, www.ameresco.com; Republic Services: Deirdre Edgar, 480.757.9770, www.republicservices.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Services,  Landfill Gas,  RNG,  Ameresco,  


    Doe Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Prod., CCS R&D (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-07-19
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 12 projects to receive approximately $16.5 million in cost-sharing, federal funding aimed at "recalibrating the nation's vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production." The selected projects will develop technologies for the production, transport, storage and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress toward net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize new and advanced technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen to enable the U.S. to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities, low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under the following areas: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production; Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants; Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants; and Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines.

    The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of fossil resources. (Source: NETL, DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, PR July, 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Hydrogen,  Fossil Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Generate Raises $2Bn for Sustainable Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    Generate Capital
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based sustainable infrastructure specialist Generate Capital reports it has raised $2 billion in corporate equity to accelerate the deployment of sustainable infrastructure.

    Generate builds, owns, operates and finances sustainable infrastructure that delivers affordable and reliable resource solutions for companies, governments and communities. Over the last seven years, Generate has built a portfolio of about $2 billion in sustainable infrastructure assets across the energy, waste, water and transport markets, deploying proven solutions that can have an immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resource efficiency.

    Generate offers sustainability project developers and technology companies a comprehensive and flexible range of financial and operational solutions, establishing itself as the only "one-stop-shop" for sustainable infrastructure pioneers. The asset base the company owns, operates and finances includes renewable power, community solar, energy efficiency, microgrids, energy storage, electric mobility, hydrogen, wastewater, and waste management. (Source: Generate Capital, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Generate Capital, Scott Jacobs, CEO, (415) 480-2914, www.generatecapital.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency Sustainability.Microgrid,  


    EQT Acquiring Waste-to-Energy Specialist Covanta for $5.3Bn (M&A)
    Covanta, EQT Group
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Morristown, New Jersey-headquartered Covanta Holding Corporation reports it is to be taken private by Sweden-based investment firm EQT at a total of $5.3 billion including debt.

    The deal, to be completed by EQT Infrastructure Fund V, is expected to aid Covanta's expansion, including outside of the United States, according to separate statements.

    Covanta is the world's leading waste-to-energy provider with more than 40 facilities in North America, Europe and the UK processing roughly 21 million tpy of waste from municipalities and businesses into renewable electricity to power over one million homes, according to the company. (Source: Covanta, Website PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Covanta, EQT Group, www.eqtgroup.com; Covanta, 862-345-5000, www.covanta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covanta,  Waste-to-Energy,  


    Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor, SSE
    Date: 2021-07-15
    Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility could be switched to low carbon fuel as duo forge first end-to-end plans in race to Net-Zero emissions. Energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are developing plans for one of the world’s largest storage sites for the fuel of the future. The two companies co-own Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility, where nine underground salt caverns - each the size of St Paul’s Cathedral - sit below coastal East Yorkshire agricultural land. Commissioned in 2011, at a cost of £290 million, an upgrade could involve conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new ones. Both SSE and Equinor are behind plans for a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership marks the UK’s first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. With an initial expected capacity of at least 320GWh, Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today. (Sopure: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor news,   SSE news,  CCS news,  Hydrogen news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    DOE Addresses Homes, Bldgs. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    DOE Better Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the Secretary of Energy has announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector's energy consumption and contributions to the climate crisis.

    Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:

  • Investing in Buildings' Workforce of the Future -- New investments of up to $30 million for the American workforce will expand DOE's support for organizations -- including unions, trade associations, and educational institutions -- that train and support career pathways for a diverse, qualified, and well-paid workforce that enables high-performance buildings.

  • Advancing Efficiency in Heating and Cooling Systems -- A new national initiative focused on clean and efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings called the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) will advance the research, development, and deployment of clean heating and cooling systems like heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools.

  • Driving Adoption of Smart Building Technologies -- A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings will chart a path to triple the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings within the decade -- worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings -- by implementing 14 practical recommendations that accelerate the ability of buildings to both reduce and change the timing of energy use through smart building operations sensitive to broader grid dynamics.

  • Collaborating with Industry to Decarbonize Buildings -- The Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, a project of the Better Buildings Initiative, will work with commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to set commitments and share pathways to low and no carbon emission buildings.

  • Opening Up Windows for Collaboration -- The Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS) will accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve comfort and reduce building energy use.

    Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices. Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, buildings@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Altus Power, CBRE Announce Business Combination (Ind. Report)
    Altus Power
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Greenwich, Ct.-headquartered Altus Power, Inc. and Dallas-based CBRE Acquisition Holdings, Inc. -- the world's largest commercial real estate firm -- have announced an agreement for a business combination that would result in Altus Power becoming a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol AMPS.

    Altus Power offers locally-sited solar generation, energy storage, and EV-charging stations across the U.S. and has since 2009 constructed or acquired more than 200 distributed generation solar facilities totaling more than 265 MW from Vermont to Hawaii and expects to end 2021 with a solar asset portfolio of more than 400MW.

    Altus Power is currently wholly-owned by its management team and Blackstone Credit, and delivers savings and sustainability benefits to its rapidly growing pool of commercial, public sector, and community solar customers, according to the release. (Source: Altus Power Inc., Website PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Altus Power Inc., Gregg Felton, Co-CEO ,(203) 698 0090, Fax: (203) 661 2797, Gregg.felton@altuspower.com, www.altuspower.com; CBRE Acquisition Holdings, www.cbreacquisitionholdings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Altus Power,  Solar,  


    Bioenergy Devco Completes MD's Largest AD Project (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy Devco
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Bioenergy Devco is reporting completion of the state's newest and largest anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority campus in Jessup, Maryland. The $25 million project received more than $460,000 in grant funding to support construction.

    According to the release, the project represents an important part of building the capacity and infrastructure needed to successfully implement HB264/SB483 (Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion -- Food Residuals) which was passed into law in 2020. The bill will require businesses that generate two tons or more per week of excess food waste to separate and divert food residuals away from final disposal in landfills and incinerators beginning in January 2023. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, 12 July 2021) Contact: Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Devco,  Anaerobic Digester,  


    FutureMetrics White Paper Investigates "Black" Wood Pellet Potential (Ind. Report)
    FutureMetrics
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Bethel, Maine-based wood pellet sector consultancy FutureMetrics LLC is offering a new white paper that discusses the market challenges associated with "black" wood pellets and illustrates how new innovations are enabling fuel pellets to gain market share.

    The white paper is available om the company website . (Source: FutureMetrics, Website, July, 2021) Contact: FutureMetrics, William Strauss, Pres., 207-824-6702 . Fax: 207-824-4816. Info@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Biomass Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    Ardian SAS Considering $2.4Bn Green Hydrogen Fund (Int'l.)
    Ardian SAS
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Paris-headquartered French private-equity firm Ardian SAS is reportedly planning to raise as much as €2 billion ($2.4 billion) for a fund that would invest in "green" hydrogen production, transport and distribution infrastructure such as service and fueling stations.

    Ardian SAS operates as a private equity firm and invests in transport, health care, life science, and technology sectors and is one of Europe's largest private equity funds with roughly $112 billion in assets. (Source: Ardian SAS, PR, BNN, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Ardian SAS, www.ardian.com

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


    DOE Updating Manufactured Home Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US DOEm
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it is considering new energy efficiency standards for "manufactured" -- pre-assembled -- housing and will release a supplemental notice of proposed rule-emaking in August that will be based on the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

    The new manufactured home standards would cover: the building thermal envelope; air sealing; installation of insulation; duct sealing; HVAC; service hot water systems; mechanical ventilation fan efficacy; and heating and cooling equipment sizing.

    Energy conservation portions of current manufactured housing regulations have not been adjusted since 1994. Roughly 7 million manufactured homes are in the U.S, Manufactured homes use 70 pct more energy per square foot than traditional "stick-built" homes, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). (Source: US DOE, ACEEE, 14 July, 2021) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, www2.aceee.org; International Energy Conservation Code, www.iccsafe.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  International Energy Conservation Code,  


    AceOn Mobile Solar Power Storage Scores £1Mn Funding (Int'l.)
    AceOn
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In the UK, Telford-headquartered solar energy and battery energy storage specialist AceOn reports receipt of £1 million in grant funding from Innovate UK to accelerate development work on its mobile solar energy storage unit that will use Sheffield-based Faradion's sodium-ion batteries.

    AceOn will work in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, DZP Technologies, a specialist battery materials development company, and Nigeria-based energy and power company Nevadic Limited to deliver the project.

    AceOn Group specializes in the design and assembly of custom built battery packs and the distribution of industrial and consumer batteries to the UK and worldwide market. (Source: AceOn Group, PR, Shropshire Live, 13 July, 2021) Contact: AceOn Group , Mark Thompson, Managing Dir., + 44 (0) 1952 293 388, info@aceongroup.com, www.aceongroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AceOn,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    EEX Launches Maritime Zero Carbon Freight Index (Int'l. Report)
    European Energy Exchange
    Date: 2021-07-14
    The European Energy Exchange (EEX) reports the launch of its new Zero Carbon Freight Index (ZCFI) that enables players in the Dry Freight market to see how the cost of carbon emissions could affect freight prices.

    The new Index calculates the synthetic price of daily FFA time charter rates for both Capesize and Panamax vessels, which are adjusted for the cost of carbon. Price information is taken from the highly liquid EEX Dry Freight FFA market is then combined with EEX EUA Futures to create a daily "Zero Carbon FFA" rate which reflects a 100 pct carbon reduction. (Source: European Energy Exchange, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: EEX, Steffen Koehler, COO, www.eex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy Exchange.Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    sonnenCommunity N.Y. Solar+Storage Project Launched (Ind. Report)
    sonnen
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Stone Mountain, Georgia-based sonnen, a global market leader in smart residential energy storage today announced the launch of sonnenCommunity New York Virtual Power Plant, a pioneering solar plus battery program for homeowners in New York State.

    sonnen will be the exclusive hardware and software provider for the program, offering locally generated clean energy at a discounted rate to 200 homes in Westchester County, NY in an initial pilot phase. Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit administering Westchester Power Program and the largest community choice aggregator (CCA) in NY, will act as a premier partner for this project, working with sonnen and local solar contractors to build a dispatchable grid asset to provide resilient backup power, carbon-neutral living and generate revenue for participating in the New York energy market. (Source: sonnen, Pr, 14 July, 2021) Contact: sonnen, www.sonnenusa.com/en/NewYork

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  sonnen,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Banks Launch Project Carbon, Carbon Offsets Marketplace (Int'l,)
    Carbon Offset
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Banking majors NatWest, CIBC, ITAU and NAB report they have joined forces to create Project Carbon, a blockchain-based marketplace for the sale and purchase of carbon offsets used as a tool by many businesses to help reduce their environmental impact.

    Launching as a pilot in August, Project Carbon will act as a place where the four banks' corporate customers buy and sell carbon offsets with clear and consistent pricing and standards. More banks are expected to join at a later date. (Source: Finextra, 12 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset news,  Carbon Market news,  


    UK Manufacturing Execs Misunderstand Carbon Footprint, Decarbonization, says Survey (Int'l. Report)
    Vendigital
    Date: 2021-07-12
    A survey of over 150 UK manufacturing executives conducted by management consultancy Vendigital has found a gap in understanding about calculating and reducing emissions in line with climate science and the national net-zero target. The survey investigated executive knowledge on carbon measurement and management, and their business's plans for transitioning to net-zero across their direct (Scope 1 and 2) and indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

    "On a positive note, 98 pct of respondents said that their organisation is investing in decarbonisation initiatives for the 12 months ahead. But the professionals, broadly, seemed keen to invest in initiatives with a low upfront cost and with quick payback times, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The most popular move cited by respondents is joining the UN's Race to Zero Initiative. There was also strong support for making processes more efficient, procuring renewable electricity and investing in emissions management and tracking.

    "Only one-third of respondents worked for organisations with sustainable sourcing strategies, with two-thirds saying they would only align their sourcing strategies with net-zero if there were cost benefits. Similarly, only 35 pct of respondents worked for organisations that have already appointed a head of sustainability or are planning to do so this financial year."

    The survey also revealed a gap in knowledge among members of the C-suites themselves. 74 pct of the respondents admitted that they do not have a complete understanding of their company's absolute carbon footprint and the changes that will need to be made to reduce emissions. (Source: Vendigital, July, PR, 2021) Contact: Vendigital, www.vendigital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Holden Maine Adding 3rd Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Holden Maine Solar,SEIA
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Pine Tree State, the Town of Holden (pop. 3,090 +-) planning board reports it has given the nod for the town's third solar array. The 27-acre, 4.5-MW installation will be developed by Downeast Solar LLC and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

    Holden's two other solar arrays generate a total of 7 MW of power which, when added to the new array, will generate 11.5 MW -- sufficient power for all Holden homes and businesses.

    According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Maine presently has roughly 246 MW of solar capacity , two-thirds of which has been installed since 2019. SEIA ranks Maine 21st in the nation for expected growth in solar over the next five years. (Source: Town of Holden, Bangor Daily News, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Town of Holden , Benjamin Breadmore, Town Manager , www.holdenmaine.com; SEIA, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SEIA,  


    Koch Invests $100Mn in Znyth® Battery Maker Eos (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy , Koch Industries
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Edison, New Jersey-based zinc battery manufacturer Eos Energy Enterprises Inc. is reporting a $100 million investment from Koch Industry subsidiary Koch Investments Group to help build the company's technology.

    Eos's manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh makes long-term energy storage Znyth® batteries that provide storage for renewable energy sources and can be used by utilities, industry and commercial businesses.

    The Znyth® battery is designed to last at least 5,000 cycles, or approximately 15 years, and is safe even in extreme temperatures. The Znyth® battery has a carbon payback time -- the time that it takes to offset GHG footprint -- that is twicew as fast as lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and three times faster than sodium sulfur and vanadium redox, according to the company. (Source: Eos Energy, PR, Pittsburgh Business Times, July, 2021) Contact: Eos Energy, Joe Mastrangelo, CEO, www.eose.com; Koch Industries, Koch Investments, www.kochequity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSmart,  Eos Energy,  Battery Energy Storage,  Koch Industries,  


    Veolia, TotalEnergies Partner on Microalgae for Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    Veolia, TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Paris, TotalEnergies is reporting it is partnering with UK-based Veolia on a four-year research effort at TotalEnergies La Mede biorefinery to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2 for the production of biofuel.

    Through photosynthesis, microalgae use sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes to grow. When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity. As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient microalgae. . (Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Website, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  TotalEnergies,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


    EQT Acquiring Cypress Creek Renewables (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Cypress Creek Renewables
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Stockholm-headquartered EQT reports its EQT Infrastructure V fund has agreed to acquire Cypress Creek Renewables from certain funds managed by HPS Investment Partners, LLC and Temasek.

    The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2021.

    Cypress Creek develops, owns, and operates projects across 25 states, with 1.6GW in operating assets and a proven track record, having commercialized 11GW since inception in 2014. (Source: EQT Infrastructure, PR, 4 July, 2021) Contact: EQT Infrastructure, www.eqtgroup.com; Cypress Creek Renewable, Sarah Slusser, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cypress Creek Renewables,  


    GLIL Invests in UK Energy Storage Firm Flexion (Int'l.)
    Flexion Energy
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In the UK, GLIL Infrastructure, the fund backed by a number of UK local government pension schemes (LGPS), has invested £150 million in London-headquartered utility and energy storage infrastructure specialist Flexion Energy.

    The GLIL investment will enable Flexion to construct and make operational an established UK pipeline of up to 300 MW of grid-connected battery storage systems within the next 24 months. Flexion aims to deliver 1 GW of operational storage systems within five years. (Source: GLIL Infrastructure, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Flexion Energy, Dan Taylor and Hassen Bali, co-founders , info@flexion.energy, www.flexionenergy.com; GLIL Infrastructure, +44 0 161 235 0320, www.glil.co.uk

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


    Brightmark Breaks Ground on Michigan RNG Projects (ind. Report)
    Brightmark,Chevron
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Further to our 19 Feb. coverage, San Francisco-based Brightmark Energy reports construction is underway on three renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in Michigan. The projects are owned by and will be operated through subsidiaries of Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

    Brightmark currently owns and operates 27 RNG projects in 8 states and will operate 6 RNG projects in Michigan upon completion of these 3 projects, which is expected in the first half of 2022. Of this portfolio of RNG projects, 17 are owned by subsidiaries of the joint venture with Chevron.

    As previously reported in October 2020, Brightmark LLC and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. originally announced the formation of the Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC joint venture to own projects across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane RNG. Chevron purchases RNG produced from these projects and markets the volumes for use in compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. (Source: Brightmark, Website, PR, 2021) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark,  RNG,  Biomethane,  CNG,  


    IEA, US Treasury Discuss Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Last week in Washington, the International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol met with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to discuss "how the energy sector can reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and what should be done to unlock more investments for clean energy transitions around the world."

    The meeting, which included representative from both agencies, discussed the findings and implications of two major recent IEA reports -- the IEA's Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and its special report on Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies. The discussions covered on a wide range of topics, including what the US can do to support international climate finance; the future of oil and gas investments on the path to a net-zero world; and how to mobilize financing to speed up the deployment of clean energy technologies.

    Download the IEA Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 HERE . (Source: IEA, PR, 5 July, 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; US Treasury Department, home.treasury.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  


    Ag. Canada Supports extractX Mobile Ethanol Technology (Funding)
    extractX Inc
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food reports funding of up to $1.48 million for Welland, Ontario-based hemp and cannabis-grower extractX Inc. to develop a mobile, ethanol-based extraction lab for biomass processing.

    The project is funded through the original Agricultural Clean Technology Program, a $25-million, three-year (2018-2021) investment to support research, development and adoption of clean technologies.

    The Government of Canada recently launched the new $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program, which provides farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their competitiveness.

    With the funding, extractX completed the final stages of research and development for its proprietary, fully-automated extraction technology that uses ethanol, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to other processes widely used in the industry. As a mobile unit, extractX is able to bring environmentally-efficient processing facilities to producers across Canada and around the world. (Source: Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food , Mirage, July, 2021) Contact: extractX Inc., 800-468-4105, info@extractx.com, www.extractx.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News extractX news,  Ethanol news,  


    Saudi Scientists Test Freezing Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Aramco,Sustainable Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology reports its researchers are testing a technique for freezing greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants at a cost of roughly half the cost of existing carbon capture and storage techniques.

    Within two years, the university research team hopes to capture up to 25 tpd of carbon emissions from a power plant near the new city of Neom, The project will cost roughly $25 million.

    The cryogenic technology was developed by Salt Lake Cit, Utah-based Sustainable Energy Solutions and may cost between $35 and $40 a ton on a large scale, according to the release.

    The Saudi national oil company Aramco is presently capturing and sequestering 40 million standard cubic feet of CO2 a day and is also working on technology that captures carbon emissions from car exhausts and stores it until it can be offloaded at fuel stations. (Source: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Arab News, 1 July, 2021) Contact: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Prof. William Roberts, +966 12 808 0900, www,kaust.edu.sa; Sustainable Energy Solutions, www.sesinnovation.com; Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Aramco,  Sustainable Energy Solutions,  


    Putin Moves to Regulate Russia's Major Carbon Emitters (Int'l.)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Last week in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin inked legislation requiring the country's largest emitters and businesses to report their greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation, which comes into force in January, 2023, is described as "a first step towards carbon regulation to combat climate change."

    Under the Paris Climate Accord, Russia, a major oil and gas producer, committed to cut its emissions to 70 pct of 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: Reuters, 2 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Russia Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Fannie Mae Green Bonds Cut Emissions, Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Fannie Mae
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Washington, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, reports its lending against environmentally friendly/energy efficient apartment and single-family homes has helped deliver environmental benefits and save money for apartment renters and homeowners.

    The energy efficient buildings financed by Fannie Mae in 2020 alone resulted in 1.7 billion btu in annual energy savings -- equivalent to the amount of energy used to power more than 12,000 US homes for one year. They also saved around 800 million gallons of water, and an estimated reduction of 106,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing roughly 23,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

    Fannie Mae is the largest global green bond issuer in the world over the past 10 years, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, having issued over $88 billion in multi-family green mortgage-backed securities since the program began in 2012. (Source: Fannie Mae, 2 July, 2021) Contact: Fannie Mae, Laurel Davis, Snr. VP, www.fanniemae.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Fannie Mae news,  Green Bond news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    W3 Energy to Manage Fu-Gen Wind Farms in Sweden (Int'l. Report)
    W3 Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Stockholm-headquartered W3 Energy reports the inking of a contract with Swiss renewable energy power producer Fu-Gen for the full scope asset management of Fu-Gen's Fjallboheden wind farm and the financial asset management of the Tormoserod wind farm, both of which are under contraction in Sweden and expected to come online in Q1, 2023.

    Fu-Gen invests in greenfield and operating wind and solar projects wih a focus on investments where costs are at grid parity. The company has in-house management and operations teams that bring local knowledge to its projects, according to the company website. (Source: W3 Energy, Website PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: W3 Energy, Par Dunder, CEO, +46 (0) 70-375 00 43, par.dunder@w3e.se, www.w3e.se; Fu-Gen AG, Yaron Feingers, CEO, +41 44.586.1947, y.feingers@fugen-ren.com, www.fugen-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News W3 Energy,  Wind,  Fu-Gen,  


    Delta Biofuel Plans $70Mn La. Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
    Delta Biofuel
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Tasso Renewable Energy subsidiary Delta Biofuel Inc is reportedly evaluating a location in Iberia Parish Louisiana as the site for a new $70 million wood pellet plant. If constructed, the facility would produce make biomass fuel pellets from residual sugarcane bagasse supplied by 4 sugar mills in Iberia, St. Mary, and St. Martin parishes. The company is also seeking multi-year fuel pellet purchase agreements with European and Asian energy production plants.

    Work on the facility is expected to commence this September and reach completion in September, 2022. (Source: Delta Biofuel Inc, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Tasso Renewable Energy , Delta Biofuels Inc., Philip Keating, CEO, www.rocketreach.co/philip-keating-email_6275220

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Biofuel,  Wood Pellet,  Tasso Renewable Energy,  


    Singapore Airlines Launches Voluntary Carbon Offsets (Int'l.)
    Singapore Airlines
    Date: 2021-06-28
    The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme that allows passengers on both Singapore Airlines and Scoot to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated microsites beginning in late July, this year. Passengers will also be able to use "frequent flyer" points to offset emissions, starting in Q4, 2021.

    The offset projects selected include: protecting forests in Indonesia; supporting renewable solar energy projects in India ; and providing efficient, clean burning cook stoves for rural families in Nepal. The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.

    As previously reported, the SIA has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by: increased investments in new-generation aircraft; achieving higher operational efficiency; adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and sourcing high quality carbon offsets.

    SIA is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: Singapore Airlines, Business Traveler, 27 June, 2021) Contact: Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Singapore Airlines,  Carbon Offsets ,  


    NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050:

  • position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • 1366 Tech., Hunt Perovskite Tech. Merge Announced (M&A)
    1366 Technologies,Hunt Perovskite
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Bedford, Mass.-based silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies and Dallas-headquartered Hunt Perovskite Technologies are reporting a merger to form CubicPV, which is reportedly in partnership talks with an as yet unidentified Indian firm.

    Breakthrough Energy Ventures, First Solar, and Hunt Energy Enterprises are the three top shareholders in CubicPV.

    CubicPV reportedly plans establish a 2GW solar wafer and cell manufacturing unit with an investment of around $300-350 million under the Indian central government's production-linked incentive scheme.

    While CubicPV will establish and control the wafer and cell manufacturing, the yet to be determined local partner would handle module assembly from the cells and marketing in India. CubicPV will utilise 1366's trademark Direct Wafer process to produce wafers directly from molten silicon instead of ingots. (Source: 1366 Technologies, Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Hindu Busines Line, 28 June, 2021) Contact: 1366 Technologies, Frank van Mierlo, CEO, Laureen Sanderson, (781) 861-1611 x2204, lsanderson@1366tech.com, www.1366tech.com; Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, info@huntperovskite.com, www.huntperovskite.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1366 Technologies,  Solar,  CubicPV,  Hunt Perovskite ,  


    Rockefeller, Ikea Announce $1Bn Renewable Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
    Rockefeller Foundation
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Geneva, the IKEA Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced plans to launch a $1 billion fund to boost access to renewable energy in developing countries. The funding announcement was made during a series of virtual UN ministerial forums this week when 50 ministers outlined their plans to reduce emissions and ensure that all people have access to electricity and clean cooking fuels, as the world transitions away from fossil fuels, towards renewable energy.

    The commitment by the IKEA and Rockefeller Foundations is the largest single philanthropic commitment ever on this issue.

    Globally, nearly 760 million people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion continue to cook with traditional fuels like wood that not only contribute to carbon emissions but also causes 4 million deaths each year from indoor smoke.

    Rockfeller Foundation assets total roughly $4.1 billion with annual grants of roughly $175 million. In 2019 the Foundation provided $103.8 million for development, according to the OECD. in 2019.(Source: IKEA, Rockefeller Foundations, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Rockeffler Foundation, www.rockefellerfoundation.org; IKEA Foundation, www.ikeafoundation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rockefeller Foundation,  Renewable Energy,  


    Tahoe Touts GHG Reductions Progress (Ind. Report)
    Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
    Date: 2021-06-28
    At Lake Tahoe Calif./Nev., the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has released a comprehensive report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the Tahoe Region and an evaluation of the environmental standards that measure Lake Tahoe's ecological health. Both show substantial improvements, according to the agency.

    The Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report notes the Tahoe Region surpassed the initial target of 15 pct GHG emission reduction by 2020. From 2005 to 2018, overall GHG emissions in Tahoe declined 38.7 pct although emissions from 2015 to 2018 increased by 4 pct, primarily from the transportation sector. Over the full inventory period, natural gas became the top source of GHG emissions in the Tahoe Basin, largely due to the heat inefficiency of older homes and buildings.

    Strategies to reach carbon neutrality in the region also support Lake Tahoe Regional Plan goals for mixed-use, environmentally beneficial redevelopment in town centers. (Source: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, PR, South Tahoe Now, 26 June, 2021) Contact: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Joanne S. Marchetta, Exec. Dir., (775) 588-4547, (775) 588-4527 fax, trpa@trpa.org, www.trpa.gov

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


    DOE Better Buildings Initiative Saves $13.5Bn (Report Attached)
    DOE Better Buildings Initiative
    Date: 2021-06-25
    According to the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report, the DOE Better Buildings Initiative in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners, saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year -- equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

    "Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently. In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," according Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

    Download the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 22 June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Buildings Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Greenbacker Acquires 57.5 MW Calif. Wind Farm Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-25
    New York, New York-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (GREC), an owner and operator of sustainable infrastructure and energy efficiency projects, reports its purchase -- through a subsidiary company -- of the Altamont Winds Project from funds managed by Castlelake, L.P.. The 57.5MW Altamont Winds Project in Alameda County is Greenbacker's second wind asset in California and raises company's total nationwide wind energy capacity to just over 300 MW.

    The Altamont Winds Project, which is in final stages of commissioning, has a long-term PPA with East Bay Community Energy, a community choice aggregator (CCA). CCA allow residents, businesses, and municipalities to procure power from an alternative supplier, while still using the transmission and distribution services of their local electric utility provider.

    With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own approximately 1.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 855.4 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 300.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,(646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneable energy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    Maine Adopts Energy Storage Deployment Target (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-06-25
    In Augusta, the Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) reports the governor has inked bill LD 528 -- an act to advance energy storage in the Pine Tree State.

    The legislation sets a goal for energy storage development of 300MW of installed capacity within Maine by the end of 2025 and 400MW by 31 December 2030 -- lower than existing targets and mandates adopted by most states. At the high end, Virginia has targeted 3.1GW by 2035 and New York 3GW by 2030.

    The Governor's Energy Office will assess the state's energy storage market and review opportunities and challenges to reaching the state's goal and submit its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by the beginning of March 2022. Maine's independent administrator for energy efficiency and emissions reduction, the Efficiency Maine Trust, will also look at he state's energy storage options. (Source: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills, 22 June, 2022) Contact: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills, 207-287-3531, www.maine.gov/governor/mills

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Enviva Finalist for "Best Sustainability Reporting" Award (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva reports it has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 ESG Reporting Awards under the "Energy and Utilities" category. The ESG Reporting Awards program is devoted to assessing and evaluating the best public companies in the areas of sustainability and climate-related reporting.

    Over the last year, Enviva developed and deployed a Track and Trace standard enabling the company to engage a third-party auditor to verify and ensure the company has and will continue to follow T&T procedures and reporting accurately. The company is aiming for net zero in its operations by 2030. (Source: Enviva, PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Enviv, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; ESG Investing Awards, +44 (0)1483 573 150, info@esginvesting.co.uk, www.esginvesting.co.uk/esgreporting-awards-2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Renewable Fuel,  CCS,  


    EnergyLink Projecting 3X Growth in 2021 (Ind. Report)
    EnergyLink
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Columbia, Missouri-based renewable energy developer and energy services provider EnergyLink reports it has secured several multi-year contracts within the traditional commercial, federal government, education, healthcare and municipality markets and expects to realize a 3X growth on the previous year.

    EnergyLink, which offers innovative turn-key financial modelling along with traditional performance-based contracts, is a National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) accredited Energy Efficiency Contractor (EEC) that designs, builds, and funds renewable energy and energy efficiency products for commercial businesses, public institutions, cities, municipalities, and nonprofits. (Source: EnergyLink, PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: EnergyLink, Matthew Frappier Marketing Manager, 573-355-5380, mfrappier@goenergylink.com, www.goenergylink.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyLink,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Neste, LyondellBasell to Develop Renewable Polymers (Int'l. Report)
    Neste, LyondellBasell
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Rotterdam, Netherlands-headquartered LyondellBasell Industries N.V. and Finland-headquartered oil refiner and biofuels producer Neste have recently announced a long-term agreement under which LyondellBasell will source NesteRE feedstock produced with 100 pct bio-based sources like waste and residue oils and fats from Neste. The NesteRE will be converted into polymers at LyondellBasell's Wesseling, Germany plant and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name.

    As previously reported, the companies joined forces in 2019 for the world's first commercial-scale production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based polyethylene.

    LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a multinational chemical company with U.S. operations headquarters in Houston, Texas, and offices in London, UK. The company is the largest licensor of polyethylene and polypropylene technologies, according to its website. (Source: Neste, Zacks, Nasdaq, 21 June, 2021) Contact: LyondellBasell Industries, www.lyondellbasell.com; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  LyondellBasell,  Neste RE,  


    ARENA CCS, Blue Hydrogen Funding Nixed (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Yesterday in Canberra, the Australian Senate rejected a government regulation that would have allowed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest in blue hydrogen projects andcarbon capture and storage (CCS).

    If passed into law, the regulation would have enabled ARENA to support: energy efficiency projects, carbon capture technologies, blue hydrogen from gas using CCS, energy storage technologies to back up renewable energy and technologies that reduce emissions from aluminium and steel, and soil carbon. (Source: ARENA, The Conversation, 22 June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  ARENA,  Blue Hydrogen,  

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