Energy

European call for an increased use of geothermal energy

In an open letter, European geothermy organizations have called upon the EU to make more use of geothermal energy. The letter reads: "Geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat below the surface of solid earth. The deeper one penetrates the interior of the Earth, the warmer it becomes. It is inexhaustible…

CAN (BC): Langley greenhouses face steep heating bills after pipeline explosion

Some Langley greenhouse owners are getting hammered by sharp increases in natural gas prices caused by the pipeline explosion near Prince George. “It’s brutal,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO of Darvonda Nurseries. In early October, Darvonda was paying about $3.50 per gigajoule of natural gas. But after the Oct. 9 pipeline blast, the supply to…

Germany: Minister of Agriculture visits biogas specialist

Plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower is very satisfied with the results of its participation in the EnergyDecentral/EuroTier 2018 in Hanover, Germany. The German biogas specialist made good use of the specialised trade show to present its concepts for new plants around the globe, the Kumac processing…

Wageningen University & Research:

NL: “Westland greenhouse horticulture energy supply moving towards multiple sources in 2030”

Towards the year 2030, far-reaching changes are foreseen for greenhouse horticulture in the Westland region. Expectations range from pessimistic, to moderate and even optimistic, according to research by Wageningen Economic Research commissioned by Capturam. The biggest change will be in terms of energy…

KenGen profit drops, revenue up

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has recorded a 12.4 per cent drop on its profit for the financial year ended June 30, weighed down by increased expenses amid a drought that hit the country. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) listed company closed the year with a Ksh7.89 billion [76.9 million USD] profit, down from Ksh9.01…

Digital solutions for better support to powergen customers

At the end of October 2018, Rolls-Royce Power Systems opened a new Customer Care Center in Augsburg, Germany, focusing exclusively on customers of natural-gas-powered generator sets. This makes it one of the company’s five new customer service centers that have been in operation since the beginning of…

Government of Canada to support energy efficiency and climate action in Ontario

Canadians are feeling the impacts and costs of climate change first hand. In Ontario extreme weather is being felt in the heatwaves and floods this summer. The federal government has a plan to fight climate change and grow a clean economy and the plan is working. Canada's emissions are down and nearly…

Kenya: Olkaria V geothermal project on course

Plans are at an advanced stage to connect a new geothermal power plant, Olkaria V with an installed capacity of 165.4 MW into the country’s national power grid. Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC, (KenGen) has made considerable progress in the construction of Olkaria V Geothermal Power which is a project spread…

Kenya to enhance, diversify utilization of geothermal resources

Kenya intends to enhance the utilization of geothermal resources for electricity generation and diversify to other innovative direct uses such as recreational, agricultural and industrial applications, among others. The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, revealed this in his remarks to…

Geothermal heat brings power to Kenya

Long celebrated for its natural beauty, Kenya is a country in the throes of industrialization and modernization—and that requires electrification. Today, despite two decades of robust economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most under-electrified region on Earth, with an estimated 600 million…

Kenya: Reforms seek to tap geothermal assets to support regional development

A new Energy Bill – which completed its public consultation phase in February 2018 – may result in a significant shake-up of Kenya’s geothermal segment. Significantly, the draft legislation lays out a royalties schedule. The raft of laws has been passed by the National Assembly but was still awaiting…

North America: New national and regional natural gas indices

S&P Global Platts and Intercontinental Exchange jointly announced the launch of a new suite of North American natural gas indices to better capture dramatically altered supply and demand flows, regional price differentials and increased spot market volatility in the US and Canada. The physical natural gas market…

KenGen explores Internet of Things for geothermal plants

KenGen has commissioned a study on how its geothermal plants can deploy Internet of Things to boost the operational and maintenance of the power plants. Speaking during a status update of the Olkaria V power plant in Naivasha, KenGen Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Miano said the power generator has commissioned a three-year…

UK: Binsted Nursery goes solar

Having seen the benefits of solar on their sister site, Walberton, Binsted Nursery have completed their new solar PV system installation. Kershaw Roofing  installed the system, providing 30kWp, which adds to Binsted Nursery’s environmentally friendly achievements of a clay lined reservoir and rainwater harvesting system. To read…

CAN (BC): Bioenergy request for proposal posted

BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) is looking to make informed decisions about how bioenergy can contribute to realizing the 2030, 2040, and 2050 climate targets for reducing…

Canada: Federal government to provide greenhouse operators relief from carbon pricing

Canadian flower growers are pleased to learn that the federal carbon pricing backstop will provide relief to greenhouse operators for fuels including natural gas and propane.…

One million euros raised for solar projects in emerging markets

Over 1 million Euro has been raised by crowdinvestors to finance solar projects in emerging markets on the ecoligo.investments platform. The milestone demonstrates the potential of individual investors to bridge a well-known finance gap for commercial and industrial (C&I) sector solar projects,…

Kenya: Flower farm fleet goes green with electric cars

Away from the limelight, a flower firm in Naivasha is quietly deploying green energy solutions in its operations, including use of electric cars. Oserian flower farm has deployed 16 electric trucks to ferry flowers on its expansive farm as it seeks to be the industry leader in the use of green technology. Sourced from…

US: Incentives aid greenhouses and nurseries in implementing energy efficiency practices

To help foster the implementation of energy efficiency practices, government agencies and utilities offer incentives to make them more affordable for greenhouse and nursery operations. A brief explanation of each incentive program is as follows: USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) REAP provides…

Energy use in Danish greenhouses down 50% over 15 years

Over the past 15 years, the energy consumption in Danish greenhouse horticulture has been lowered by half. While the total greenhouse surface area was reduced by 23 percent, energy efficiency improved enormously. The fact that the energy consumption in 2017 was still 3.5 percent higher than in 2014, is…

CAN (ON): "Avoid having biomass sent to landfill"

Price volatility is a concern with many greenhouses. Sometimes, a long-term supply contract is the only way to secure financing for a new biomass boiler. Most lenders would like to see a grower have their fuel supply secured in-order for them to qualify for financing. Ecostrat can take away the…

Stephanie Freund, Sundara Energy:

"Energy industry is forever evolving"

After 20 years working in sales management in the beverage alcohol industry as well as the medical field, Stephanie Freund embarked on a new career in the energy industry. She discovered her passion for working in natural gas and power after relocating from Montreal to Vancouver in late 2005 and for nine…


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