New US Legislation will Extend Tax Credits for Bioenergy Investments

New legislation was introduced on 13 August to extend tax credits for investments in qualified renewable energy production.

The bill, named the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalisation Act, was introduced by US Representatives Elise Stefanik and Scott Peters and covers investments in renewable energy production including closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, municipal solid waste, geothermal, qualified hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic. Continue reading “New US Legislation will Extend Tax Credits for Bioenergy Investments”

Canadian Government invests in Indigenous biomass district heating system

The Government of Canada has invested CAD$2.7 million (€1.8 million) in a sustainable forestry project run by the Indigenous Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation in Quebec, which will create jobs, support the economy and displace diesel use.

Announced by Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, the funding will be used to upgrade and expand an existing biomass district heating system.

The renewable energy project, which will also provide a market for local sawmill waste, will encourage local economic development and support better waste management.

The funding was provided through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities programme, which invests in projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuels and encourage energy independence in rural and remote communities. Continue reading “Canadian Government invests in Indigenous biomass district heating system”

Green gas milestone: One million UK homes now supplied with biomethane

There has been a surge in number of UK homes being supplied with gas from farm and food waste, according to latest data from the Green Gas Certification Scheme

One million UK homes are now being supplied with ‘green gas’ energy produced from biodegradable farm and food waste, new estimates released today by the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) have shown.
The latest data produced by the GGCS, which issues renewable gas Guarantees of Origin certificates for biomethane injected to the grid, shows there has been a 13-fold increase in the number of UK customers being supplied with biomethane since 2017, with the market hitting the one million mark for the first time at the start of 2019.

It also said there had been a four-fold increase in green gas production since 2015, estimating that current UK production of biomethane has reached around 2.5TWh.

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One third of the world’s power now comes from renewable energy

After years of hard work and dedication, a third of the power generated around the world is now linked to renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just released new data that shows impressive growth in both wind and solar energy, which has contributed to the changes in energy sources around the globe.

Locations differed in the rate of renewable energy capacity. Asia, for example, witnessed an increase in renewable energy by 11 percent, while Africa’s pace was a little above 8.4 percent. Also contributing the numbers is the fact that two-thirds of the power added last year came from renewable sources, and developing countries are leading the pack. Continue reading “One third of the world’s power now comes from renewable energy”

Forestry: A Success Story in Clean Tech

The Canadian forestry sector has become a leader in clean energy and clean tech, both in industry and communities it serves…

The Canadian forestry sector has become a leader in clean energy and clean tech, both in industry and communities it serves. The industry has already met the 2016 Paris Agreement target of reducing GHG emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Derek Nighbor, head of the Canadian Forest Products Association, tells a Canadian success story.

For more than three decades, the Canadian forest products sector has been a leader in the innovation, development, and utilization of clean technologies—and in doing so, has positioned itself at the fore- front of energy change that benefits
the environment and the economy.

The pulp and paper sector began showing signs of success in reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the 1990s. Throughout the 2000s, some 30 facilities across the country were upgrading their energy systems to produce green electricity from biomass.

Today, enough electricity is produced across the Canadian forest products sector to power the city of Vancouver for an entire year. Over the course of this transformation, the sector has cut its GHGs by approximately 67 per cent. Continue reading “Forestry: A Success Story in Clean Tech”