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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFNREL is hosing a free webinar, “Encouraging Solar Development through Green Energy Tariffs for Large Utility Customers,” on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from noon to 1:00 PM MDT. Speakers include Autumn F. Proudlove and Jim Kennerly with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. Several utilities are beginning to create renewable energy tariffs for large customers looking to meet more of their energy needs with renewables. This webinar will provide key considerations for designing these tariffs in order to promote utility-sponsored solar development.
  • Pacific Ethanol, has announced an agreement with Kodiak Carbonic, LLC to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Columbia plant located in Boardman, Oregon. Kodiak plans to construct a liquefaction and dry ice processing plant adjacent to the Columbia facility and expects to purchase up to 200 tons of CO2 per day to sell to food processing and beverage producers.
  • The Resilient Communities for America (RC4A) Campaign has announced the Carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) as the Campaign’s official reporting platform. The cCCR platform will enable participating RC4A communities to share information about their climate resilience and clean energy actions, as well as greenhouse gas emissions baselines, targets, and reductions of cities and counties worldwide. Nearly 100 U.S. cities and counties are already reporting into the Carbonn platform, including 22 communities led by RC4A signatories.
  • Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels restarted Sept. 8th. The plant was idled in 2009, purchased and run briefly in 2012, then purchased out of bankruptcy and renamed. About 35 people are working at the newly restarted plant, which includes a small staff in New Jersey at the offices of current owners, West Ventures LLC. The Buffalo Lake, Minnesota ethanol plant first came online in 1997 as the 9 MMgy Minnesota Energy Cooperative, expanding to 18 MMgy before shutting down in 2009 during the industry downturn. It was restarted in June 2012 by Purified Renewable Energy LLC, with a purchase announced a few months later. Purified filed for bankruptcy in March 2013 and ultimately, the plant was purchased by one of its creditors, West Ventures.
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