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CBO: Renewable Mandate Will Push Fuel Costs Higher

Kirsten Korosec

The US Renewable Fuel Standard will push gasoline prices up to 9 percent and diesel fuel as much as 14 percent by 2017 if Congress doesn’t repeal the law, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The price of E10, the most commonly used transportation fuel in the United States, would increase by 13 cents   …Continue Reading

Little Hesitation for Green Energy in the UK

William Opalka

Eight major renewable electricity projects, with a significant emphasis on offshore wind, were awarded contracts in the UK, giving a massive boost to green energy growth. By 2020 the projects could add a further 4.5 GW of low-carbon electricity to Britain’s energy mix (about 4 percent of capacity). They include five offshore wind projects totaling   …Continue Reading

Green Power Partnership Drives On-Site Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Green Power Partnership has launched the On-site Renewables Challenge with a goal to double the use of on-site green power by Green Power Partners by the end of 2020. The partnership will track all participants’ annual combined on-site renewable energy use, which will be updated quarterly. The EPA has listed all Green Power Partners   …Continue Reading

Storm-Damaged Wood Powers Biomass Plant

Linda Hardesty

Ameresco’s biomass cogeneration facility located at the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC, is using storm-damaged timber as a result of the major ice storm in the region during February. Ameresco has been working with local officials and collectors to utilize the damaged wood for renewable energy in lieu of it   …Continue Reading

Turkey Farm Installs 179 Biomass Boilers

Linda Hardesty

British turkey producer Bernard Matthews hired Lumicity to roll out 179 biomass boilers at 21 of its turkey farms in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Lincolnshire. The dry heat biomass systems will improve circulation of heat and reduce ventilation requirements. Lumicity identified the sites, designed the project, advised Bernard Matthews through the process of tendering and negotiating,   …Continue Reading

Bioelectrically Enhanced Wastewater Powers Brewery

Linda Hardesty

The Bear Republic Brewery in Cloverdale, Calif., is using a bioelectrically enhanced wastewater-to-energy system from Cambrian Innovation. The EcoVolt system uses electrically active microbes to treat wastewater while simultaneously generating renewable biogas sufficient to generate up to 50 percent of brewery’s electricity needs and greater than 20 percent of the brewery’s heat needs. The technology offers   …Continue Reading

Farmers Should Turn Ag Waste into Energy, Says Professor

Linda Hardesty

University of Missouri scientists recommend that farmers use their agricultural waste to create a bioenergy grid. “Transporting power through power lines to remote, rural areas is very inefficient and can be expensive for farmers and other rural citizens,” said Tom Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU College of   …Continue Reading

GE Invests $1.4B in New Distributed Power Business

Linda Hardesty

GE is spending $1.4 billion over four years to launch a new business – GE Distributed Power – that combines three product lines: Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, Jenbacher Gas Engines and Waukesha Gas Engines. GE says the new business will help meet the world’s growing demand for on-site power systems that are easier to finance, faster   …Continue Reading

Army Awards 20 More Contracts to Renewable Energy Firms

Linda Hardesty

The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded 20 base contracts to companies in three of the four energy-related technologies that are part of the $7 billion capacity, large-scale renewable and alternative energy power production Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).  The 20 contracts are for the following technologies: solar (15), wind (3) and biomass (2).   …Continue Reading

Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

William Opalka

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. The hybrid fuel cell can use a wide variety of biomass sources, including starch, cellulose, lignin – and even switchgrass, powdered wood and algae. The new   …Continue Reading

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