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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe Maryland Energy Administration has announced that 25 organizations will receive $4 million in grants through the EmPOWER Maryland Commercial & Industrial Grant Program. The funding will assist in the development of sustainable energy business and manufacturing building projects in 12 counties throughout Maryland and will leverage an additional $16 million in capital improvements to their buildings. Each project selected includes includes energy efficiency measures aimed at a 20% electricity usage reduction in the structures or areas where they are installed.
  • This is the last week for Early Bird registration and to save up to 14 percent over standard online registration for the 43rd National Solar Conference being held July 6-10, 2014 in San Francisco. Click here for the event agenda and to register.
  • DEINOVE, a cleantech company that designs and develops a new generation of industrial processes based on the exploitation of Deinococcus bacteria, has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with ABENGOA, one of the world’s leading bioethanol producer, with the support of Bpifrance. The agreement is concluded for up to 36 months and focuses on the development with its industrial partner of DEINOVE’s consolidated bioprocess (CBP) using Deinococcus bacterium selected by DEINOVE to digest and convert agricultural residues to ethanol at a competitive cost. Performances obtained with substrates supplied to DEINOVE by ABENGOA will be evaluated in order to set up a process that can be implemented, subject to adequate performance, in full-size factories.
  • According to U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new “Today in Energy,” total U.S. energy production reached 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2013, enough to satisfy 84% of total U.S. energy demand, which totaled 97.5 quads. Natural gas was the largest domestically produced energy resource for the third year in a row and, together with the other fossil fuels (coal, crude oil, and hydrocarbon gas liquids), accounted for more than three quarters of U.S. energy production. In total, the United States consumed 97.5 quads of energy, 82% of which was fossil fuels. Renewable and nuclear energy made up 10% and 8%, respectively, of U.S. energy consumption.
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