Renewable gas pivotal to reaching net-zero GHG in Europe, as it is in North America

If Europe is to reduce it greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by the middle of the century, renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could play an important role, according to a newly published study.

By Bioenergy Insight. 

To comply with the Paris Agreement to keep global warming below 2°C, Europe must meet this net zero GHG goal.

The new study, published by the Gas for Climate initiative, aims to set out a plan to meet this target in a cost-effective way.

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Clean200 report recognizes Republic Services & waste companies for clean energy production

The latest "Clean200" list of publicly traded companies "that are leading the way with solutions for the transition to a clean energy future" includes multiple names from the waste and recycling industry in its Q1 2018 update. This list is compiled by the nonprofit As You Sow and research firm Corporate Knights.

Republic Services ranked 49th, with an estimated market capitalization of $22.25 billion. An estimated $1.6 billion of its revenue was generated from "clean" energy.

By Cole Rosengren, Waste Dive. 

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Connecticut to phase down value of biomass, landfill gas RECs

On Feb. 8, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection finalized its Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which aims to build an energy system that lowers costs for homeowners and businesses while reducing carbon emissions to help achieve the state’s climate change goals.

Regarding bioenergy, the CES includes a phase-down of biomass and landfill gas renewable energy credits (RECs) in Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standard.

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine.

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Arizona Utility Commissioner calls for cost analysis of proposed clean energy plan

  • Arizona utility Commissioner Andy Tobin has called for an audit of the costs and benefits associated with raising the state's clean energy standard, including requiring utilities to get 80% of their electricity from renewables and nuclear by 2050 and deploy 3000 MW of energy storage by 2030.
  • Tobin's Arizona Energy Modernization Plan also calls for reforms in utility planning processes, policies to boost energy efficiency, electric vehicles and biomass, and the deployment of 3 GW of storage by 2030.

  • Tobin wants the Residential Utility Consumer Office to conduct "a full audit and benefit-cost analysis" of the Arizona Energy Modernization Plan, specifically comparing it to costs associated with utilities' current integrated resource plans and 15-year forecasts.

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive. 

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Biofuel Credits Rally As The Latest Congressional Compromise Slows

Senator John Cornyn of Texas is expected this week to reveal a Congressional compromise on the U.S. biofuels mandate after lengthy discussions with stakeholders.

Media reports suggest that opposition to his proposal is strong from two sides that normally don't agree on the mandate: refiners and biofuel producers.

This article looks at the proposal's objectives and discusses what it would mean for both industries.

By Tristan R. Brown, Seeking Alpha. 

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