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Indonesia Releases INDC Climate Plan

Indonesia released its new climate plan, or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). As the country with the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emissions, Indonesia will play an important role in the COP 21 process in Paris.  Dr. Nirarta Samadhi, Country Director of World Resources Institute Indonesia said: “The government has taken positive steps in the process of developing the INDC, but can be further improved with more details to ensure the plan’s effectiveness.... The commitment to include ecosystem management and landscape restoration could considerably shrink the forested country’s carbon footprint if implemented effectively. The bold pledge to quadruple Indonesia’s share of renewable energy within a decade would be a major achievement, though further investment in coal-fired power would undermine this vision.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015

Veolia Sets Up water technology accelerator

Veolia and The Water Council launched a national competition to advance water entrepreneurship, resiliency and sustainability. The new program is called “Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water” and offers cash prizes, mentoring opportunities, funding for tuition/training expenses and offices for one year. Up to three winners who address one of four challenges will be chosen to enter the program. The four areas include:  smart-data technologies, resilience and sustainable water management, watershed management, and disruptive water innovation. Pow! also has the distinction of being one of the first corporate water technology accelerators.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015

Microalgae Used on Oil Refinery Wastewater

At a Chevron oil refinery in Hawaii, researchers are growing microalgae in a 5,000-liter photobioreactor, flowing wastewater from the refinery through the reactor, and taking advantage of the algae's appetite for chemical nutrients to polish the water, removing noxious chemicals, including 90% of the ammonia-nitrogen and 97% of the phosphorus. The microbes also provide algae-based biomass for producing bioenergy and high-value biobased chemicals, as described in Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal The Chlorella and Scenedesmus algal species are also being tested for algae biomass production from three types of waste wood fro pulp & paper facilities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015

New York Funds $175 million in RE Projects

New York announced $175 million in awards for five large-scale clean energy projects that will help the State meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goals to increase the amount of electricity generation from renewable energy sources. The five projects will add 116 megawatts (MW) of new renewable capacity, which will provide about 356,000 megawatt-hours per year.  The projects are: Ball Hill Wind Farm, Western New York: RES America Developments Inc. will build a 100 MW wind farm in Chautauqua County;Orbit Energy NYC: Orbit will build a 9.6 MW anaerobic digestion biogas-to-electricity facility in Staten Island that will use food waste and other organic materials provided by area restaurants, supermarkets and food manufacturers; Lyons Falls Mill Hydro, North Country: Northbrook Lyons Falls will add 5.2 MW to an existing hydroelectric facility in Lewis County, resulting in a total installed capacity of more than 11 MW; Morgan Stanley Headquarters: Morgan Stanley will install a 790 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell in its Manhattan offices; Fulton Unit 2, Central New York: Erie Boulevard Hydropower, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, will install a new 560 kW minimum flow turbine at a hydroelectric facility in Oswego County.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015

U.S. Coal Production Continues Slide

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013 fell to the lowest level in at least the past 10 years. The addition of 103 mines in 2013 came as 271 mines were idled or closed, resulting in a 14% decline in the total number of producing coal mines from 2012 to 2013. The 2013 total was 397 fewer coal mines than in 2008, when coal production was at its highest.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015

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