The Once and Future Carbohydrate Economy

Date: 28 Mar 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The carbohydrate economy could transform agriculture as well as energy, reviving producer co-ops, and giving farmers a hedge against voilatile commodity prices. For the first time in 60 years, the carbohydrate economy is back on the public-policy agenda. It is an exciting historical opportunity, but one we should approach with deliberation and foresight.

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Ethanol Cooperative Installing Biomass Energy System For On-Site Energy Needs

Date: 13 Mar 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Taking an important step towards making ethanol production more reliant on renewable energy, the Central Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative is nearing completion of a biomass-fueled energy system at its ethanol plant near Little Falls, MN.

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Arizona Renewable Energy Standard Requires On-Site Distributed Generation

Date: 2 Mar 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has adopted rules to implement a new renewable energy standard requiring 15 percent renewables by 2025. The ACC voted to require that 30% of the renewable requirement in years 2011 and beyond must be met by local on-site renewable energy projects installed by homes and businesses.

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Update: Clean Renewable Energy Bond Program

Date: 2 Mar 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Audio from the second in a series of national teleconferences on the Clean Renewable Energy Bond (CREB) program is now available. The CREB program authorizes the issuance of up to $800 million in “tax credit” bonds by electric cooperatives, public power authorities, units of state and local government and tribal authorities for financing renewable energy projects.

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PG&E Proposes Voluntary Program To Allow Customers to Be “Climate Neutral”

Date: 9 Feb 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In late January, Pacific Gas & Electric submitted an application to establish a three-year demonstration program termed the Climate Protection Tariff (CPT). The new tariffs would allow PG&E’s customer’s the option of paying a premium to completely negate the climate change impacts associated with their electricity and natural gas consumption.

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DOE Seeking Distributed Generation Success Stories

Date: 31 Jan 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Distributed Energy Program from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is seeking public input for a study of the potential benefits of distributed generation required by section 1817 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

DOE invites interested parties to relate experiences, convey data, communicate results of case studies or analyses, or provide other information pertaining to the planning, installation, commissioning and operation of distributed energy systems.

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Public Power Leads Charge for Plug-in Hybrids

Date: 30 Jan 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, a dozen cities, over 100 public power utilities, businesses and a host of national policy groups kicked off a nationwide campaign to urge automakers to accelerate development of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The “Plug-In Partners” campaign is hoping to demonstrate a large market potential so that automakers will start producing plug-in vehicles.

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MN Bonding Projects Should Be Climate Neutral

Date: 25 Jan 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent column by Democratic Energy’s editor, John Bailey, outlines how potential building projects in the Governor’s $900 million bonding proposal in Minnesota should be constructed so that there are no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

New Minnesota Building Should Not Increase Greenhouse Gases – by John Bailey, published in St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 24,2006

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