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

$14.5M in Bioenergy, Biomass Funding From USDA

Joanna Schroeder

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has announced up to $14.5 million in funding to two program funding through the 2014 Farm Bill. RD is accepting applications for companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering $2.5 …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, biomaterials, farm bill, Renewable Energy

GENERcoin to Back Renewable Alternative to Coal

Joanna Schroeder

Now this is an interesting concept that I’ve run across – a mix of digital currency with renewable energy. The crypto currency is backed by real Green ENERgy and their product is coined ‘GENERcoin’. The product is being offered through Arterran Renewables and according to the company combines stable value together with economic utility that neither debt-backed or gold-backed currencies …

bioenergy, biomass, Clean Energy, Electricity, Waste-to-Energy

Clean Power Plan Should Give Utility Industry a Boost

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this week the EPA announced a legacy proposal that would reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent below 2005 numbers. While much of the response from organizations was positive, may associations believe the proposed Clean Power Plan regulation will harm rural areas, not help. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the reduction in carbon will lead …

Agribusiness, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Renewable Energy

EPA Officially Releases Clean Power Plan Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

In what could be an unprecedented move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency has released a proposed plan to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan is the first proposed policy that would cut CO2 from existing power plants – the single largest source …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, energy efficiency, Environment