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Ireland Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
Irish Marine Institute
Date: 2021-07-23
The Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change. Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

In preparation for the research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland.

Download the Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, July , 2021) Contact: Irish Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  


Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
Neste, Fit for 55
Date: 2021-07-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Fit for 55,  


Georgia Power Touts Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2021-07-23
In Atlanta, Georgia Power is offering residential energy efficiency programs aimed at helping customers improve the efficiency of their homes, better manage energy usage and cut energy costs. While some of the programs offer no-cost tools and resources or rebates to any customers, others are tailored to income-qualified customers. Energy efficiency programs for the home include:

  • Conduct a free, online energy checkup -- Take a quick and easy online energy checkup that provides a customized energy usage report and ways to save money. Visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyCheckUp

  • Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) -- The Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) helps Georgia Power customers reduce energy use, save on energy costs and improve the indoor air quality and comfort of their homes. Residential customers can earn rebates from Georgia Power for implementing and installing qualifying energy savings improvements.

  • Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (HEEAP) -- The Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (HEEAP) helps eligible income-qualified customers make free energy efficiency improvements in their single-family home. At no cost to the customer, a program contractor performs the recommended energy efficiency upgrades. Customers can learn more and apply at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HEEAP

  • Lighting Program -- Customers can replace their incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs to use 90% less energy. Each bulb can save an average of $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime.

  • Georgia Power also provides hundreds of easy energy-saving tips for both homeowners and renters at: www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyEfficiency (Source: Georgia Power, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Ivory Coast Refinery Taps Honeywell UOP Technology for Cleaner-Burning Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Honeywell reports the Ivory Coast state-owned refing company Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR) will use Honeywell UOP Distillate Unionfining™ technology to produce diesel that complies with both AFRI 6 and Euro-V emission standards.

    The UOP Unionfining process removes impurities to improve the quality of middle distillate feedstocks such as kerosene, jet fuel, and diesel oils that meet increasingly stringent regulations for fuels such as diesel.The UOP process reduces the sulfur content while maximizing distillate yields and provides flexible solutions to gas oil conversion for ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and kerosene production.

    UOP is the world's leading provider of distillate hydrotreating technology and has licensed more than 370 Unionfining units globally. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, Laura Leonard, VP Honeywell UOP Process Technologies, Tehani Manochio, (973) 216-0684, tehani.manochio@honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com: Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage, info@sir.ci, www.sir.ci

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell UOP,  Biofuel,  


    LM Wind Power Expanding Gaspe Wind Blade Plant (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
    Date: 2021-07-23
    GE Renewable Energy reports is partnering with the governments of Canada and Quebec for the expansion of its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade facility in Gaspe, Quebec, Canada.

    The plant, which was previously expanded in 2017, has manufactured more than 10,000 blades, equivalent to approximately 6,000 MW. since it began production in 2005.

    According to the Canadian Renewable Energy Association , Canada has more than 13,500 MW of installed wind capacity, enough to supply approximately three million homes. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy (Canada, Heather Chalmers, Pres., CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power ,  Wind Blade,  


    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

    TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

    Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  TotalEnergies,  Technip Energies,  LNG,  


    Argonne Awarded $4.15 Mn for Bldg. Efficiency (Funding)
    Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects that will accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies -- ranging from clean energy to building efficiency, energy efficiency and next-generation materials.

    The DOE's Argonne National Laboratory was awarded $4.15 million in federal funds, cost-shared by industry partners in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The awards are supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), which is managed by DOE Office of Technology Transitions.

    Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne is managed by University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; Argonne National Lab, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Topsoe Tech. Tapped for Cdn. Hydrogen Energy Complex (Ind. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe,Air Products
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports Air Products has selected Topsoe's SynCOR™ autothermal reforming technology to capture CO2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas at Air Products' planned facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.

    The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com; Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Hydrogen,  Air Products,  


    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,  


  • Growth Energy Calls for Congressional Biofuel Support (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Growth Energy has launched a new online digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, support low carbon biofuels and strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy. The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Greenalia Planning 670-MWp Texas Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Coruna, Spain-headquartered renewable energy developer Grennalia reports company plans to invest $450 million to develop 670MWp of solar photovoltaic, with 170MW battery storage capacity, all in ready-to-build phase, in Texas, with construction over the next year.

    The company is active in offshore and onshore wind, solar, energy storage and biomass and in plans to pursue other U.S. renewable acquisitions and projects. and opportunities.

    Currently, Greenalia has a 3 GW portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, solar photovoltaic and biomass. (Source: Greenalia, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: GReenalia, Manuel Garcia, CEO, +34 900 81 50 81, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenalia,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    AEP, Opdenergy Ink US Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Opdenergy
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Madrid-headquartered independent offshore wind and solar energy developer Opdenergy reports the closing of a new 15-year Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement (REPA) in the United States with AEP Energy, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP).

    Under the agreement, Opdenergy will develop a solar PV plant with an installed capacity of 63 MWdc in Clarke County , Virginia, and AEP Energy will purchase 100 pct of the project's power production. The project expects to reach RtB in 2023 and grid connection in the first half of 2024. (Source: Opdenergy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Opdenergy, Luis Cid, CEO, +34 914 559 996, www.opdenergy.com/en; www.opdenergy.com; AEP Energy, Ben Buckworth, beduckworth@aepes.com, www aepes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Opdenergy,  AEP Energy,  Solar,  


    Enable Energy Relaunched BayWa r.e. Power Solutions (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e. ,Enable Energy
    Date: 2021-07-23
    BayWa r.e., a leading renewable energy developer and services provider, announced today the formal launch of BayWa r.e. Power Solutions Inc., the new brand identity for the former Enable Energy Inc., which BayWa r.e. acquired in September 2020. BayWa r.e. Power Solutions is one of the leading solar and battery energy storage systems engineering, construction, and procurement (EPC) providers for the U.S. commercial, industrial and utility sectors.

    BayWa r.e. Power Solutions has completed more than 100 MW of solar and 175 MWh of storage -- both standalone and solar-plus-storage installations -- and has a late-stage project pipeline of 600 MW of solar and 1 GWh of storage. Notable active projects include a 47 MW solar/135 MWh storage utility project on the big island of Hawaii, according to the company. (Source: BayWas r.e, PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, Axel Veeser, Managing Director, www.us.baywa-re.com; Brad Ferrell, CEO, www.baywa-re.com/en/energy-solutions

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e. ,  Enable Energy,  Solar+Storage,  Energy STorage,  


    Bloomington Launches Green Home Program (Ind. Report)
    Bloomington
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Illinois, the City of Bloomington is touting the Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program, a partnership between the city's Department of Economic and Sustainable Environment, the not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Friendly Bloomington, and Clean Energy Credit Union -- a low-income designated, federally chartered credit union that offers loans for clean energy projects.

    Under the program, qualified Bloomington homeowners will be eligible for $1,000 rebates and low-interest loans for solar electric system installations, geothermal heat pump systems, energy efficient HVAC , LED lighting and others.

    All eligible Bloomington city residents will be directed to apply directly for a loan from Clean Energy Credit Union at an interest rate reduced by 0.5 pct according to the release. Residents with a household income below $100,000 who verify completion of a green energy project are then eligible for a $1,000 rebate from the city. A federal solar income tax credit of 26 pct is also available for solar or geothermal projects completed in 2021 or 2022. (Source: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Indiana Daily Student, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Brian Payne, Executive Director, www.cdfifriendlybtown.org; Clean Energy Credit Union, www.cleanenergycu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

    According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

    A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture and Storage Association ,  


    Am. Clean Power, US Energy Storage Assoc. Merging (Ind. Report)
    American Clean Power Assoc., US Energy Storage Assoc
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Clean Power Association (ACPA) and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) are reporting their upcoming merge to take effect Jan., 1, 2022.

    The merger aims to combine the membership and team members of ESA with the resources and reach of ACP, and enhance the ACPA's effectiveness in advocating for a clean power economy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage and related industries. (Source: ACPA, PR, July, 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, 202-383-2500, www.cleanpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Clean Power Assoc.,  US Energy Storage Assoc,  


    Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

    The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

    The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

    "Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

    Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Aker Clean Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


    Hydrogen Notable Quote from Royal Dutch Shell
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-07-21
    "Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell news,  Hydrogen news,  


    REC Group Touts New Rooftop Solar Modules (New Prod. & Tech.)
    REC Group
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Singapore-headquartered global solar manufacturer REC Group is touting the launch of the second generation of its premium n-type mono solar panels -- REC N-Peak 2 Series.

    The modules, which can deliver up to 375Wp of power, are based on passivated contact solar cells, which the company describes as the most efficient crystalline cell technology in the industry, capturing more sunlight and generating more power. The 60-cell modules also features the REC 'Twin' cell layout design where the panel is split into two twin sections, which allows for continued energy production when the module is partially shaded. REC's solar cell technology also prevents the loss of power generation capacity experienced by a standard solar panel on its first exposure to light -- Light Induced Degradation -- by preventing the boron and oxygen inside the cells from mixing at any level.

    Production of the new cell is slated for August and shipping in October. (Source: REC Group, Website PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: REC Group, +65 6495 9228, 877 785 8055 – US Office, www2.recgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REC Group,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Enel Green Power Snares WV Utility-Scale Solar Project (M&A)
    Enel Green Power,Dakota Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Italian global renewable energy developer Enel Green Power reports it has purchased 100 pct ownership of a 90-MW solar farm in Raleigh County, West Virginia, from Dakota Renewable Energy for an undisclosed price.

    Enel will construct and operate the facility which will incorporate roughly 250,000 solar panels at an expected cost of approximately $30 million. Operations are expected to begin in 2023.

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks West Virginia 49th in the nation in installed solar energy capacity.(Source: Enel Green Power, PR, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Dakota Renewable Energy, www.dakotapp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Solar,  Dakota Renewable Energy,  


    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,  


  • Argentina Cutting Biodiesel Blend Rates (Int'l. Report)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Argentina, the world's top soy oil exporter, last week lawmakers approved a measure to allow reductions in the amount of soy-based biofuel mixed into domestically consumed petroleum fuels. The new law foresees a minimum use of biodiesel of 5 pct, which could drop to 3 pct in diesel for sale to the public, from the previous 10 percent. (Source: AgCentral News, 21 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend Rate news,  Biodiesel news,  


    Alliant Energy Touts 1,000,000 Tree Planting Plan (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In its recently released 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy noted it will plant 1 million trees across its service area -- Wisconsin and Iowa -- as part of efforts to promote sustainability and transition to clean energy. The utility would be the state's first corporate partner to help Wisconsin fulfill its pledge of planting millions of trees in the next decade to help address climate change.

    Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.

    To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide . (Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Tree Planting,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Siemens, Fluence to Construct German 100MW/200MWh BESS (Int'l.)
    Siemens, Fluence
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure is reporting a letter of intent with Nordostbayern (Future Energy North-East Bayern) for construction of a turnkey 100MW / 200MWh large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the town of Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria, Germany.

    Subject to financing, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, which was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV, will provide the lithium-ion battery system. Siemens will handle project management including the building of medium-voltage switchgear equipment and facilitating connection to the local high-voltage grid.

    Siemens broke ground earlier this month on an 8.75MW green hydrogen electrolyser plant at the Town of Wunsiedel's local "energy park". The plant's proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be connected to a 6MW battery storage system that Siemens supplied and installed in 2017. The green hydrogen project is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2022, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, PR, Energy Storage, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, www.linkedin.com/showcase/siemensinfrastructure, www.new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Fluence,  Energy Storage,  BESS ,  


    New Energy Blue Plans Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Blue,Inbicon
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue LLC reports it plans to construct New Energy Freedom, a biomass refinery near Mason City, Iowa.

    The facility will produce 20 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 95 tpy of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural binder, from 275,000 tpy of locally sourced crop residue -- corn stover and wheat straw.

    New Energy Blue has completed process engineering around several different feedstocks and is now completing a site-specific design for construction next year in Iowa. The company plans to build four more biomass refineries over the next 6 years.

    According to the company release, besides being one of America's first carbon-negative refineries, New Energy Freedom represents the first large-scale use of Inbicon bioconversion technology outside of Denmark. New Energy Blue's team is a spin-off of the technology's development. The company purchased exclusive rights to license and build-out refineries from Orsted in 2019. Freedom's CapEx is about $200 million, about the same amount invested in Inbicon's 15-year development. Orsted built and operated a demonstration refinery for five years, supplying 2G ethanol to Danish petrol stations. (Source: New Energy BlueLLC, PR, Website, 20 July, 2021) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, info@newenergyblue.com, www.newenergyblue.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inbicon,  New Energy Blue,  Biomass,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
    Carbon Removal
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

    The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

    According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  CCS,  DirectAir Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    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,  


    Ottawa Program to Help Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Ottawa. the Canadian Government Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities reports it is making further investments to construct, rehabilitate and expand critical public infrastructure susceptible to failures from natural hazards, extreme weather and climate change.

    To that end, the Ministry has launched a new funding intake for the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) inviting Canada-wide communities to submit projects that will protect and strengthen their communities against environmental impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather events when considering current and potential future climate change impacts.

    The DMAF was launched in 2018 as a $2 billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. Budget 2021 provided the DMAF with an additional $1.375 billion over 12 years. To date, over $1.9 billion has been announced through the DMAF for 69 large-scale infrastructure projects that will help protect communities across the country from the threats of climate change, according to the release. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities , Emelyana Titarenko, 613-960-9251, www.infrastructure.gc.ca; Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund; www.infrastructure.gc.ca/dmaf-faac/index-eng.html

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


    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,  


    Nicor's Illinois RNG Pilot Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Nicor Gas
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Naperville, Illinois-headquartered Nicor Gas is reporting it Renewable Gas Interconnection Pilot has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), paving the way for new renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities to be interconnected.

    With the project, Nicor Gas hopes to determine how RNG could be efficiently integrated into its natural gas distribution system at large and fill out its offerings with cleaner, reliable fuel.

    The project will be promoted with an investment cap of $16 million, setting a tariff for the distribution system to interconnect renewable fuel production systems, theoretically allowing Nicor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its distribution system and create economic benefits for the region, including $78 million in total economic output over a project's 20-year lifespan -- the amount predicted for a single RNG project -- according to the release. (Source: Nicor Gas, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Nicor Gas, John Hudson III, Pres., CEO, www.nicorgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nicor Gas,  RNG,  


    Siemens Gamesa Claims Major Indian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa,ReNew Power
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa reports receipt of a major order for 180 units of its new SG3.4-145 wind turbines from ReNew Power for two projects in Karnataka State, India. Ninety-three units for the Tondehal project in the Koppal district, and 87 units for the 301 MW Hombal project in the Gadag district, for delivery in 2022.

    Siemens Gamesa and ReNew power first partnered in 2012 for a 22 MW wind farm in the state of Maharashtra.Since that time Siemens Gamesa has developed wind farms for ReNew power across five wind-rich states in the country which are powered by turbines ranging from the company's legacy 850 kW turbine to its latest SG 3.4-145 turbine. Today, with over 1 GW of commissioned capacity of wind projects, Siemens Gamesa serves over 30 pct of ReNew's wind portfolio. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, reve, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Navin Dewaji, India CEO, Madhu Kumar, madhukumar.boppana@siemensgamesa.com, +91 443 924 244, www.siemensgamesa.com; ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, +91 124 489 6670/80, info@renewpower.in, www.renewpower.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  ReNew Power,  


    Ameresco Nails Arvada Energy Conservation Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Colorado, the City of Arvada (pop. 118,000) reports completion of an energy conservation and renewable energy project financed by a $4.5 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).

    The city selected Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco to implement various energy savings measures and infrastructure improvements at 15 city facilities. The work included upgrades building envelopes, lighting and plumbing systems, HVAC systems at the City Hall and Center for Performing Arts, as well as the installation of Solar arrays at five city facilities.

    Through the upgrades, the City is expected to realize a 6 pct reduction in annual energy consumption, an 11 pct reduction in electrical demand and a 21 pct reduction in total utility costs. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 19 July, 2021) Contact: City of Arvada, Kim Vagher, Facilities Mgr., (720) 898-7000, www. arvada.org; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


    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,  


    LaGuardia Terminal B Lands LEED v4 Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In the Empire State, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reporting LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B was awarded LEED v4 Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification makes it the first airline terminal in the world to achieve recognition for its sustainability efforts under the more stringent requirements.

    To achieve its LEED v4 Gold certification, the airport recycled nearly 100 pct of debris from the Terminal B Garage demolition for the new construction. Additionally, the terminal is designed to achieve more than 43 pct water savings and an 18 pct cut in energy costs. The building achieved energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions by using reduced window glazing area, installing light-colored aluminum membrane roof to reflect solar heat and reduce summer cooling loads, lower lighting power density, deploying daylight controls to adjust artificial lighting levels in response to sunlight, and utilizing solar water heaters.

    La Guardia was opened in Queens, New York, on the site of an amusement park in 1939 as the New York Municipal Airport. Playing on the amusement park theme, the airport charged a then curious public 10 cents to park and watch airplanes takeoff and land -- yielding over $900,000 in the airport's second year. The airport is presently raked as the 25th busiest, and one of the worst, airports in the world and has 4 terminals -- A-D. (Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PR, Transportation Today, 21 July, 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
    Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

    Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kinetrex,  LNG,  Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  Marine Fuel,  LNG,  


    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,  


    75F Total 'Series A' Funding Tops $28Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    75F
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Minneapolis-based IoT-based building management system specialist 75F reports it has raised $5 million from Siemens AG, bringing the total 'Series A' funding to $28 million.

    Next47, a global venture capital firm backed by Siemens, led the investment on behalf of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, according to the release. Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures is among the company's investors.

    75F designs and manufactures IoT-based Building Management System that leverages IoT, cloud computing and machine learning for data-driven, proactive building intelligence and controls for efficient HVAC and lighting optimization. (Source: 75F, PR, July, 2021) Contact: 75F, Deepinder Singh, CEO, www.75f.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 75F,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Viridi Solar Attracts €100Mn Elkstone Capital Investment (Ind. Report)
    Viridi Energy
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Elkstone Capital, the Dublin-based multi-family investment office, is to commit up to €100 million to California-based Viridi Energy, a new venture that plans to put solar panels on the rooftops of commercial buildings at no cost to the owner or occupier.

    The Viridi will tap Elkstone clients and raise green bonds to finance the installation of the solar panels on company premises or lands. Viridi then plans to sell the electricity generated back to the customer at a discount to prevailing energy prices under a power purchase agreement. (Source: Viridi Energy, PR Sunday Examiner, 18 July, 2021) Contact: Viridi Energy, Ciaran McManus, (214) 272-0289, www.viridienergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridi Energy,  Solar,  


    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,  


    Pinergy Snares Irish Solar+Storage Firm Solar Electric (Int'l.)
    Pinergy, Solar Electric
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Irish renewable energy supplier Pinergy is reporting the acquisition of Solar Electric, an Irish designer and installer of solar renewables and energy storage systems, for an undisclosed sum. According to Pinergy, which delivered revenue of around €45 million in 2020, the acquisition of Solar Electric would help customers make better use of energy from either the grid or via solar generation.

    Solar Electric was established in 2012 and is based in Killanne, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. It reported revenues of around €4 million in 2019 and is projecting close to €10 million over the next three years, according to a company release. (Source: Pinergy, PR, Indendant ie, 18 July, 2021) Contact: Pinergy, Enda Gunnell, CEO, www.pinergy.ie; Solar Electric, Tom Foley, +44 0 53 925 6804, info@solarelectric.ie, www.solarelectric.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinergy,  Solar,  CS Energy,  


    Enchant Seeks Carbon Storage "Pore Space" Clarity (Ind. Report)
    Enchant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In New Mexico, Enchant Energy is calling for state lawmakers to consider legislation to clarify "pore space" ownership and related issues.

    Pore space -- the empty space between grains of rocks underground where the firm hopes to store carbon it would remove while running the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology -- starts just below the surface and can be used to sequester carbon dioxide by injecting the gas thousands of feet underground.

    Enchant Energy has been working with the City of Farmington to retrofit the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology after current operations end next year.

    According to the company, pore space ownership is beneficial to the state by creating jobs, furthering economic development and generating taxes and payments from injection fees as well as defining ownership and conveyance without harming mineral rights. Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming presently have pore space legislation. (Source: Enchant Energy, PR, Farmington Times, 17 July, 2021) Contact: Enchant Energy, Ciny Crane, CEO, 505-436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enchant Energy,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    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,  


    Capstone Supplies Hydrogen Microturbines for Austrian Project (Int'l)
    Capstone Green Energy Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corp. -- reports it will supply two C65 microturbines to Austria-based Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau for use in an ultra-low emissions Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system -- the first hydrogen-fueled microturbine system in Europe.

    The system will initially run on 10 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas, with the amount of hydrogen expected to increase as Capstone approves higher blend levels in the future. The microturbine system is expected to be commissioned in October, this year.

    Capstone provides customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems and comprehensive service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Green Energy,  Capstone Turbone,  Hydrogen,  


    TotalEnergies, Veolia Partner on Microalgae-based Biofuel (Int'l.)
    TotalEnergies, Veolia
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is partnering with French energy services Veolia to develop biofuel solutions using microalgae.

    The project will take place over the next four years, with a test platform to be set up at the La Mede biorefinery investigating the most effective means of growing microalgae. As the plant absorbs CO2 while it grows, it could prove a low-carbon fuel alternative.

    TotalEnergies will bring its knowledge of biofuel production and expertise in carbon capture to the project while Veolia brings its history in water management which will be useful in developing the water-based microalgae. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, July, 2021)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

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


    EPA Year-Round E15 Approval Ruling Overruled (Reg & Leg)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2021-07-19
    On 2nd July In Washington, in the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA case, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2019 EPA rule that lifted restrictions on the year-round sale of a 15 pct ethanol fuel blend.

    Under the June 2019 expansion, E15 could be sold year-round without additional Reid vapor pressure (RVP) control rather than just eight months of the year. The one pound per square inch waiver for RVP was approved by EPA for year-round E10 sales in 1992, but not for E15.

    The Court found that Congress "balanced wide-ranging economic, energy-security and geopolitical implications" and that the law "reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs" and that "Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round." (Source: Various Media, AgriNews, 18 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  


    MAN Energy Solutions Touts World-First LAES Project (Int'l.)
    MAN Energy Solutions,Highview Power
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Augsburg, Germany-based MAN Energy Solutions reports it has contracted to provide its LAES turbomachinery solution to London-headquartered energy-storage solutions specialist Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ 50 MW liquid-air energy-storage (LAES) facility presently under construction in Greater Manchester , UK.

    The LAES plant uses cryogenically liquefied air as a medium for storing energy. Off-peak or excess electrical energy is used to compress ambient air and liquefy it in the charging cycle. The liquefied air is stored at low temperatures in insulated tanks. The system efficiency is increased by using the stored cold and the compression heat. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, +49 821 322-0, www.man-es.com; Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 10, www.highviewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MAN Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  Highview Power,  


    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,  

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