Symposium Examines Critical Energy Infrastructure

Joanna Schroeder

The Midwest Energy International Symposium will look at how the U.S. will confront a host of energy environment and infrastructure challenges over the next two years. The event will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center located in Bettendorf, Iowa. Speakers and panelists will provide valuable information and insights regarding energy exports including ethanol, …

advance biofuels, Alternative Vehicles, aviation biofuels, bioenergy, conferences, Renewable Energy

Short Rotation Woody Crops Ideal for Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Research from the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon has found that fast growing, short rotation wood crops (SRWC) are ideal as a biomass source to produce bionergy and biofuels. The research will be featured over the next three months as the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems’ (IBSS) Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour that will feature Auburn …

advance biofuels, bioenergy, biomass, Renewable Energy, Research

USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities for Biomass Deliveries

Joanna Schroeder

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries as part of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Biomass owners who supply these bioenergy facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance beginning July 28, 2014. BCAP was reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. Of the total $25 million per year …

bioenergy, biofuels, biomass

Himark BioGas to Build 3 Anaerobic Digestion Plants

Joanna Schroeder

Himark BioGas International is building three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants for NEO Energy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will be designed and constructed by Himark and will recycle food waste to produce renewable electricity and organic-based fertilizer. As part of the agreement, Himark BioGas will act as a technology licensor and owner’s representative on …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, biodigester, bioenergy, Electricity

Crop Residues, Manure Hold Great Potential for Bioenergy

John Davis

Crop residues and manure hold great potential as bioenergy sources, especially in areas such as the Midwest where row crops and livestock provide all the ingredients. This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says those resources will need some help, though, from the right policies, practices, and investments. UCS analysis finds that by 2030, U.S. farmers could sustainably …

bioenergy, biofuels, biogas, biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Renewable Energy Provides 56% of Electrical Generation

Joanna Schroeder

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7% (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed) of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014. Solar provided 32.1% (1,131 MW) Wind provided 19.8% (699 MW) Biomass provided 2.5% …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, biomass, Geothermal, Hydro, Solar, Wind

DOE & USDA Announce Bioenergy Projects

Joanna Schroeder

Ten projects will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for biofuel production as well as biopower and bio-based power. The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $12.6 million in research grants designed for harnessing nonfood plant biomass to replace fossil fuels and chemicals. The agencies note …

advance biofuels, biochemicals, bioenergy, biomass

Maine Utilities Partner to Improve Grid

Joanna Schroeder

Emera Maine and Central Maine Power (CMP) have agreed to jointly develop electric transmission projects in Maine. The goal of all projects is to improve links between southern New England and northern Maine, where more than 2,100 megawatts of wind power development have been proposed. The agreement between the utilities comes in response to a call by the six New …

bioenergy, Electricity, Smart Grid, Wind

Fight Over Clean Power Plan Gets Dirty

Joanna Schroeder

I’ve written a bit about the Clean Power Plan – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to reduce carbon emissions from utility plants by 30 percent by 2030. The plan has caused hope and consternation and both environmental groups and the utility industry is weighing in. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has cited a new disinformation campaign has …

bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Environment, Video