Algenol Receives EPA RIN Status

Joanna Schroeder

Algenol’s advanced biofuel has received D-5 classification status under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As such, their bio-crude co-product patented Direct to Ethanol pathway, is now eligible for a Renewable Identification Number (RIN). “The EPA approval is a milestone event for Algenol. The EPA validates that our suite of fuels meet the GHG reduction …

advance biofuels, RFN, RFS

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Joanna Schroeder

SunShare and Mortenson have announced a strategic relationship to develop and build solar gardens in Minnesota.  The announcement comes just a week after Xcel Energy announced its plan to more than double its renewable energy by 2030, including exponential growth in solar from 14 megawatts today to 2,400 megawatts in 2030. Boralex Inc. has announced the acquisition of the equity …

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UMass Researchers Identify Genes to Improve Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, now have a handle on the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. This breakthrough could have a positive impact on developing more efficient production technologies to convert …

advance biofuels, biomass, Research

Report: Renewable Energy Can Increase 27%

Joanna Schroeder

According to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the U.S. can increase its use of renewable energy from 7.5 percent to 27 percent in 2030. “Renewable Energy Prospects: United States of America,” (ReMap 2030) also concludes the U.S. can increase its use of renewable energy in power generation from 14 per cent to almost 50 percent by …

Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy

SunEdison & Omnigrid Bring Solar to India

Joanna Schroeder

SunEdison and Omnigrid Micropower Company Pvt. Ltd. have signed a framework agreement to develop 5,000 rural projects, representing 250 megawatts (MW) of electricity, throughout India over the next three to five years. Nearly 400 million people in India have no access to electricity. For those who do, the options are fossil fuel-based and expensive. To bring more reliable power to …

Electricity, International, Solar

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Joanna Schroeder

BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy’s delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York. Under the agreement, BlueRock Energy is performing load forecasting, scheduling and delivery services from the plant to Fort Drum and other …

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Joanna Schroeder

China Ming Yang Wind Power has announced that its 6.0MW Super Compact Drive wind turbine generator has won the silver award of the Best Offshore Wind Turbines in the Windpower Monthly Turbines of the Year Awards 2014. The South Africa Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a preferred bidder status for a 100 megawatt (MW) Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project …

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ChargePoint Home Debuts in the New Year

Joanna Schroeder

The new year has brought drivers of plug in electric vehicles (EV) a new way to charge at home. ChargePoint Home is now available and according to the company some notable features include its size as well as at its ultra-sleek, durable design – about the size of an average tablet. “ChargePoint has spent years perfecting commercial charging stations, and …

Electric Vehicles

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Joanna Schroeder

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has announced that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will discuss Iowa’s leadership in the production of biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show on January 27, 2015 at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Gevo, Inc. has announced that …

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