Regulation & Legislation

EU Council Inks Ship CO2-Monitoring, Reporting Deal

The Council of the European Union announced Dec. 17 that it has reached political agreement on a regulation setting out new EU-wide rules for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from ships.

Policy

Bipartisan Think Tank Proposes U.S. RFS Reforms

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently issued a paper exploring, objectively, how the Renewable Fuel Standard could feasibly be reformed in order to put the federal biofuel program on a stable footing.

Electric Power

Renewables Could Cost U.S. Utilities Up to $48 Billion by 2025

Continued growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues by between $18 billion and $48 billion annually in the U.S. and €61 billion (about US$75 billion) per year in Europe by 2025, a recent Accenture report showed.

IGCC & SNG
Transportation

Transfennica Adopts Emissions Scrubbing on Nearly Half of Fleet

Amsterdam-based short-sea freight-shipping operator Transfennica announced in early December that it aims to meet upcoming “emission-control area” (ECA) regulations via diesel engine emissions scrubbing in some ships or else a switch to 0.1%-sulfur marine gasoil (MGO) in the other ships.

Margins & Economics

Enough D5, D6 RINs Could Roll Over If Proposed RVO Sticks

The rate of Renewable Identification Number generation in the first three quarters of 2014 shows that there will be more than enough advanced biofuel (D5) and conventional renewable-fuel (D6) RINs for rollover into 2015 if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sticks to its proposed reduction in the 2014 renewable volume obligations, a recent analysis by University of Illinois economist Nick Paulson showed.

Transportation & Logistics

ABB-Led Consortium to Add 100 Fast-Charging Stations in Europe

Swiss power and automation-technologies supplier ABB recently announced that has partnered with Danish mobility operator CLEVER to expand its charging network in Denmark and neighboring countries with 100 ABB multi-standard “Terra 53” DC (direct current) fast-charging stations.