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Renewables Account for 14.3% of Electrical Generation in US

Linda Hardesty

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, with data through June 30, 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net US electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7 percent while non-hydro renewables provided 7.3 percent. Overall, electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy   …Continue Reading

Scottish Whisky Distillery Gets Heat from $123M CHP Plant

Linda Hardesty

A new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Speyside, Scotland will provide heat in the form of steam for Macallan whisky distillery. The new biomass CHP plant will generate 87.4 GWh per year of electricity and 76.8 GWh per year of heat. The CHP facility will contribute to reducing the cost of energy at   …Continue Reading

Twinwoods Heat & Power Selects Saxlund for 3.4 MW Biomass Power Station

Karen Henry

UK bioenergy and materials handling firm Saxlund International has secured a contract to design, manufacture, install and commission a 3.4 MW waste wood biomass power station for Twinwoods Heat & Power in Bedfordshire. The plant is expected to go live in 2015. The combined heat and power (CHP) plant will produce over 27,000 MWh of electricity   …Continue Reading

NY Offers $250M for Clean Energy Projects

Karen Henry

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $250 million to fund large-scale clean-energy generation projects such as wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and the upgrading of small- to medium-sized hydropower projects. Contracts for these projects will be awarded for terms of up to 20 years. Funding will be provided by the New York   …Continue Reading

New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10B District Heating Market

Karen Henry

Traditionally, buildings are fueled by petroleum, natural gas, electricity and coal, but an opportunity exists to decouple the energy source from the building, through district heating (DH) networks. According to a report from Lux Research titled “Heating for the Future: Identifying Global Hotspots for District Energy,” DH can deliver cost gains of up to 74   …Continue Reading

$27M Spent in NY for Wood Heating Program

Linda Hardesty

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched Renewable Heat NY, a $27 million initiative aimed at building a low-emissions wood heating sector in the state. “The wood-fired heating industry is an important source of energy in Upstate New York, and by launching Renewable Heat NY we are helping to shape this growing sector with a focus   …Continue Reading

EPA Releases National Top 100 Green Power Users

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its National Top 100 Green Power Users with the Green Power Partnership for the second quarter of 2014, and Intel has once again held on to the top spot. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) works with Fortune 500 companies; local, state and federal governments; and colleges and   …Continue Reading

Supermarket Powered by Food Waste Alone

Karen Henry

UK grocery store chain Sainsbury announced that its Cannock store will run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Sainsbury will use waste management company Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link to generate electricity using food waste from Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. The food waste is   …Continue Reading

4 Michigan Farms Help Utility Produce Electricity

Linda Hardesty

Consumers Energy selected the following four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. Beaver Creek Farms, Coopersville Brook View Dairy, Freeport Green Meadow Farms Inc., Elsie Scenic View Dairy, Fennville Consumers Energy developed the new anaerobic digester program along with Michigan State University and the state’s agricultural community. The farms have the opportunity to   …Continue Reading

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

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