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Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

May 14, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Biomass and Fuel Replacement

Natural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility was recently constructed to replace natural gas-fired heating.[read more]

Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

May 11, 2015 by Willem Post
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The renovated City of Montpelier, Vermont district heating plant is a wood chip-fired plant that also has a capacity of 40 million Btu's per hour. The plant heats a total area of 411,000 square feet through the use of a steam loop and a hot water loop.[read more]

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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

UK's Renewable Energy Targets Drive Increases in U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

April 26, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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UK Renewables Target Effects

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for April [VIDEO]

April 15, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News for April

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union environment and climate policy developments on the continent.[read more]

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Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Transportation

April 9, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing short of a global superstar today. But that wasn’t always the case. Like many entrepreneurs, Elon started small, launching an online business directory for newspapers with his brother.[read more]

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Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

Biofuels, Hunger, and Climate: Fixing California's LCFS Analysis

April 6, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Despite their shortcomings, it’s too soon to give up on biofuel LCAs. Lifecycle GHG emission models can help characterize the GHG performance of biofuels in general terms, but only if policymakers at California ARB and other agencies ensure that LCAs steer us toward, rather than away from, our policy objectives.[read more]

U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Decline 36% in 2014

March 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Imports

After reaching record levels in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline.[read more]

Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?

March 23, 2015 by Daniel Posen
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Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires refiners, blenders and importers of transport fuels to meet targets that increase progressively through 2022. Seven years later, and the standard is facing two seemingly opposite stumbling blocks: weak supply (of cellulosic biofuel), and weak demand.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Anaerobic Digestion

March 13, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion is a process by which waste, such as livestock manure, food scraps, and municipal/industrial wastewater, is broken down by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen into a combination of methane and other gases, otherwise known as biogas.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 24, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On 'No Regret' Negative Emissions Technologies

February 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Negative Emissions Technologies

A new report from Oxford University says that the most promising “Negative Emissions Technologies” (NETs) for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the near term are also among the simplest: afforestation, soil carbon improvements and biochar.[read more]

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

February 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Hidden PV Markets

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy. It has some of the best renewables resources in the world.” Perhaps even more important in this context is that the US is deemed to also have “a vibrant culture of innovation."[read more]