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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1St1 Nordic Oy’s Norwegian subsidiary, Smart Fuel AS, has signed a letter of intent with Viken Skog SA and its subsidiary Treklyngen Holding AS to construct a Cellunolix ethanol plant in Norway. St1’s aim is to construct a Cellunolix ethanol plant in the industrial area of Follum in Hønefoss. The planned production capacity of the plant is 50 million liters of advanced cellulosic bioethanol for transportation, using local forest industry residues as feedstock.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest, just-released “Electric Power Monthly” report, net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro utility-scale renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 17.0% compared to the first half of 2015. Output from conventional hydropower also rose by 11.8%. Combined, generation from all utility-scale renewable sources increased by 14.5% in January-June 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • ScottMadden, Inc. has released its newest edition of The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual report provides bottom-line insights, distills recent events, and helps prepare for emerging trends. FERC, the states, and the EPA are pushing and testing the boundaries of their traditional jurisdictions to pursue their respective policy priorities. Some playing fields for contested jurisdiction include demand response compensation, power generation markets and price formation, and environmental regulation of the power sector. This report provides a summary of the policies under debate, each side’s arguments, and litigation outcomes or potential next steps.
  • The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has released the third paper in a Summer Series on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy. This paper examines historical adoptions and future target dates of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs). By 2026, 29 RPS target dates will have been reached. This paper offers suggestions for mitigating the potential impacts on market certainty associated with expiring RPSs. Paper 4, soon to be released, will focus on integrating corporate renewable energy goals into regulatory planning.
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