U.S. Toyota Makes Cars with ‘Green’ Gas

Joanna Schroeder

Toyota will soon be manufacturing cars with “green” gas. The company announced its efforts to nearly eliminate all CO2 emissions from its factories and vehicles and will achieve this, in part, with electricity produced from methane. The “green” gas, also known in some instances as renewable natural gas, is a byproduct of trash decomposition from the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill. …

automotive, biomethane, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

ARF Releases 2016 Prez Candidate Midterm Report

Joanna Schroeder

America’s Renewable Future (ARF) released a 2016 Presidential Candidate midterm report card today during a press call putting candidates into three categories: good, needs work and bad. Scores were based on the candidates’ support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and ethanol in particular. Candidates who received good grades included Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump (who is visiting an ethanol plant …

ARF, Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Renewable Energy, RFS

Researchers Develop New Offshore Wind Prototype

Joanna Schroeder

Two researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya’s (UPC) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have developed a new model for floating structures designed for offshore wind turbines anchored in deep, deep waters. Climent Molins’ and Alexis Campos’ prototype, WindCrete, is a cylindrical structure with a large float and ballast base that enables the platforms to be self-stabilizing. The researchers …

offshore wind, Renewable Energy

Energy Companies Sign On to Climate Pledge

Joanna Schroeder

Energy company across the U.S. have signed on to support the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a program the White House announced in July 2015. The 81 companies are part of the third round of pledges and have committed to reduce their impact on Earth. Abengoa Bioenergy US, Aemetis, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Biogen, Novozymes, Pacific Ethanol and Tri-Global Energy …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Renewable Energy

U.S. Census Fun Fact: Wind

Joanna Schroeder

Did you know that the first practical wind turbine generator dates back 74 years to 1941? It was then that Palmer Putnamof Vermont demonstrated his device. His 1.5 MW wind turbine had blades 66 feet in length, and in 700 hours of operation, produced nearly 300,000 kilowatt hours. Innovators were working on wind turbines between the World Wars, mostly for …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Video, Wind

DuPont & Quad County Sign Enzyme Contract

Joanna Schroeder

DuPont Industrial Biosciences will continue to supply the enzymes that enable Quad County Corn Processors’ (QCCP) Cellerate process in the production of cellulosic biofuel from corn kernel fiber.  The ethanol plant developed the process and was the first in the country to produce cellulosic ethanol gallons from the corn kernel fiber. QCCP uses DuPont OPTIMASH suite of enzymes from the …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, enzymes, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

NEC to Participate in Int’l Buyer Program

Joanna Schroeder

The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBF). This marks the first time the NEC has been selected, an annual ethanol conference hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The NEC will take place Feb. 15–17, 2016 in New Orleans. The IBF program recruits pre-screened foreign buyer delegations …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, Renewable Energy, RFA

EDF RE Completes 194 MW Wind Farm

Joanna Schroeder

EDF Renewable Energy’s (EDF RE) Spinning Spur 3 Wind Project located in Texas is now in operation. The 194 MW wind farm was completed three months ahead of schedule and the renewable electricity produced will feed into the CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission infrastructure and be sold to Georgetown Utility Systems and Garland Power & Light, two municipal utilities …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Wind

NRDC Report: U.S. Energy Economy Healthy

Joanna Schroeder

America’s energy economy has never been better according to a new report, “A Tectonic Shift in America’s Energy Landscape,” from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One key finding is that innovative energy saving techniques have enabled the country to more than double its economic productivity from oil, natural gas and electricity over the past 40 years. This means, finds …

Climate Change, Electricity, energy efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Michigan Consumers Could Save Millions with Wind

Joanna Schroeder

“A wind vision for new growth in Michigan,” finds Michigan energy consumers could save millions of dollars while Michigan farmers could reap millions in land lease payments by building new wind farms. The new report was released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) who held a roundtable discussion at Macomb Community College …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Wind