U.S. Energy Efficiency Increasing

Joanna Schroeder

Energy efficiency is improving in America. A new report find the country’s energy intensity, the measurement of energy used per dollar of gross domestic product, is down from 12.1 thousand Btus per dollar in 1980 to 6.1 thousand Btus per dollar in 2014. The report, Energy Efficiency in the United States: 35 Years and Counting, was released by the American …

Clean Energy, energy efficiency

Clean Jobs Continue to Rise

Joanna Schroeder

A new report finds that more than 9,800 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the U.S. in the first three months of 2015. This is nearly double the number of jobs announced during the same timeframe in 2014. The report was released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The top three states for the quarter were: Georgia (2,870 jobs), …

Clean Energy, Solar, Wind

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

An upcoming episode of “In America” will cover the topic of water power and dams. The episode will be hosted by famous actor and voice-over specialist, James Earl Jones. The purpose of this episode is to inform viewers about how we obtain electricity from water. It’ll also cover the history of hydro-electric power and the future of associated endeavors. IKEA …

Bioenergy Bytes

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Tom L. Ward, chairman and CEO of Tapstone Energy, has joined the Board of Directors of Nopetro. Ward also completed an equity investment in the company, which is Florida’s leading compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure provider. Ward previously co-founded and served as president and COO of Chesapeake Energy, and as founder, chairman and CEO of SandRidge Energy. Ward’s investment in Nopetro …

Bioenergy Bytes

EFS Offering Hawaii Homeowners Solar Financing

Joanna Schroeder

Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) has partnered with the State of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) Program to help make clean energy improvements accessible to Hawaii utility customers. EFS has developed financing options that make the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic systems simple and affordable for Hawaii residents. “Often, utility customers want to install solar, but the upfront installation …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Solar

Ocean Energy to Play Global Role

Joanna Schroeder

The Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy of the Committee of Regions has endorsed a recent report that focuses on the development of ocean energy to meet growing demand for renewable energy. The report states the ocean energy sector will make an “important contribution….to meeting the future energy needs of the European Union.” In response to the news, Rémi …

Clean Energy, ocean energy, Renewable Energy

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Pattern Energy Group LP has announced the completion of C$393 million in financing of its 180 MW Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia, approximately 33 km north of Tumbler Ridge. Meikle Wind, which is expected to commence commercial operation in late 2016, is the largest wind power project in British Columbia. The Geothermal Energy Association is on the committee, …

Bioenergy Bytes

Williamsburg Students Win BioenergizeME Challenge

Joanna Schroeder

The future looks bright for the bioenergy industry as the next generation is already showing great enthusiasm and talent for sustainable fuels and products. This past spring, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) kicked off a pilot program for high school aged teams (grades 9-12) to use technology and their creative mojo to design bioenergy-based infographics. The BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge …

advance biofuels, algae, bioenergy, BioEnergy Conf, Cellulosic

Golf Course Repurposed to Solar Farm

Joanna Schroeder

The joint venture between Kyocera TCL Solar and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation has birthed a solar farm on an abandoned golf course in Koyto Prefecture, Japan. Once complete, the 23 MW solar power plant will generated an estimated 26,312 megawatt hours per year. In addition to this project, Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing, along with two other companies, are developing …

Clean Energy, International, Renewable Energy, Solar

United Airlines Invests in Fulcrum BioEnergy

Joanna Schroeder

United Airlines has made a $30 million equity investment in U.S.-based waste-to-energy company Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., According to United Airlines, this is the single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels and sets them apart in the aviation industry in the advancement of aviation biofuels and carbon emissions reductions. In addition to the equity investment, United and Fulcrum …

advance biofuels, aviation biofuels, Waste-to-Energy