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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Renewable energy auctions are increasingly becoming the policy tool of choice to support renewable energy deployment, according to a new publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The six-volume guidebook, Renewable Energy Auctions: a Guide to Design, finds more than 60 countries have adopted renewable energy auctions, up from six in 2005, largely due to their ability to attract competition and drive down costs.
  • The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) has announced that André Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address During the Opening Session of the Polyurethanes 2015 Technical Conference on October 5 in Orlando, Fl. Solar Impulse 2 is the only solar-powered aircraft only in the world that can fly day and night with a pilot on board.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have proposed fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty vehicles that would increase fuel economy standards for by 2027. The EPA predicts the proposed rule would cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 1 billion metric tons and save about $170 billion over the lifetime of the vehicles.
  • The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Pennsylvania State University, have announced ASES’ 44th annual event. This year’s conference will be hosted from July 28-30, 2015 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Under the theme “Expanding Horizons: Shaping the New Energy Economy,” SOLAR 2015 will embrace the story of the past, enrich the communities of today, and reveal the trends of the future.
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