RFA: EPA Probe Will Go Nowhere

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an announcement that they would begin preliminary research into the lifecycle impacts of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The work will be conducted within the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development. The OIG’s objectives of the study are to …

biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

NEB Debuts Biofuel Education Videos

Joanna Schroeder Biodiesel, biofuels, Education, Environment, Ethanol

The Nebraska Ethanol Board has debut several biofuel education videos that focus on the economic and environmental benefits of using renewable fuels. The ‘white board-style’ biofuel videos starring gruff military man Colonel Korn and modern couple Andy & Sandy. “The educational messages embodied in the new videos are an excellent means of communicating the benefits of ethanol to students as …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Education, Environment, Ethanol

Ethanol Industry ‘Displeased’ With New RFS Report

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Indirect Land Use, RFA, RFS

The ethanol industry is displeased with a recent report on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that is not favorable to corn-based ethanol. The report, “10-Year Review of the Renewable Fuels Standard: Impacts to the Environment, The Economy, and Advanced Biofuels Development,” was published by the Agricultural & Resources Economics Department at the University of Tennessee. The report was commissioned by …

biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Indirect Land Use, RFA, RFS

Will Steger Wilderness Center Renewable Showcase

Joanna Schroeder Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Solar

Will Steger, a globally renowned climate expert, has announced a major milestone toward the completion of the Will Steger Wilderness Center, that will be used as a leadership retreat center. The facility now features a stand-alone, carbon free power system that will provide electricity to buildings and workshops throughout the site located outside of Ely, Minnesota near the protected Boundary …

Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Solar

WiSER Encourges More Women in Energy

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Climate Change, Education, Environment, Renewable Energy

Many initiatives were launched during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City including the launch of the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable energy (WiSER) Initiative. Founded by Abu Dhabil’s-based Masdar, a renewable energy company, and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the goal is to empower women to be catalysts of innovation and the drivers of solutions to …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Education, Environment, Renewable Energy

Wind Industry Commits to Reducing Bat Fatalities

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Environment, Wind

The U.S. wind energy industry has announced a commitment to reduce bat fatalities caused by wind turbines by 30 percent or more. The news came leading up to National Wildlife Day and is an agreement between the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and 17 member companies. The agreement involves wind operators’ voluntarily limiting the operations of turbines in low-wind speed …

Clean Energy, Environment, Wind

Republican Candidates: ‘We Can Fix America’

Joanna Schroeder Agribusiness, Audio, biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Iowa State Fair, politics, RFS

The battle cry of the presidential Republican candidates is to fix America through debt elimination, military strength and cooperation. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham took the stage during the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox and spoke to thousands of people at the Iowa State Fair. While the crowd is supposed to …

Agribusiness, Audio, biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Iowa State Fair, politics, RFS

The Quest for a Sustainable Highway

Joanna Schroeder advance biofuels, algae, Alternative energy, Biodiesel, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Environment, Solar

The Mission Zero Corridor Project in Troup County West Georgia is trying to build a ‘green highway’. The travel corridor would, according to Innovia Technology, who has been commissioned for the project, rethink the purpose and function of infrastructure to generate social, environmental and economic value. Some of the technologies being looked at for the project include algae biodiesel gas …

advance biofuels, algae, Alternative energy, Biodiesel, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Environment, Solar

Battleground States Support Clean Energy

Joanna Schroeder Americans United for Change, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Environment

According to new poll results in eight battleground states, there is widespread support for the Clean Power Plan. This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final rules. Overall, 58 percent support the plan while 40 percent oppose it after hearing arguments for and against the plan. States polled included Virginia, Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. …

Americans United for Change, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Environment

EPA Releases Final Clean Power Plan Rules

Joanna Schroeder Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Environment, EPA

Final rules for the Clean Power Plan have been released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as announced by President Obama. The plan calls for carbon reduction from the power sector (aka utilities) by 32 percent below 2005 levels in 2030. According to the EPA, power plants are the largest drivers of climate change in the U.S. emitting nearly one-third …

Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Environment, EPA