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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matthew Douglas-May | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2017

Zero is the Hero: Zero Net Energy Buildings Reach New Communities, Promising Savings, and Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-is-the-hero/

As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city leaders, regulators, and… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2005

Report: The Net Energy of Ethanol Debate Must End

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-net-energy-ethanol-debate-must-end/

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance offers a scathing critique of a 2005 study by biofuels critics, Professors David Pimentel and Tad Patzek. David Morris, ILSR’s vice president and author of the study, The Carbohydrate Economy, Biofuels and the Net Energy Debate, stresses that “A carefully designed biofuels strategy may be the answer not only to our energy problems but to another global dilemma as well: the plight of agriculture.”

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2005

Watch: David Morris Presentation on Biofuels and Energy to the National Press Club

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David Morris, Vice-President of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance gives a presentation on energy and biofuels to the National Press Club on August 23, 2005. Continue reading

filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2005

Report: The Carbohydrate Economy, Biofuels and the Net Energy Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/carbohydrate-economy-biofuels-and-net-energy-debate/

This August 2005 report by David Morris addresses the never-ending question "Doesn’t it take more energy to make ethanol than is contained in the ethanol?" In 1980, the short and empirical answer to this question was yes. In 1990, the answer was, probably not. In 2005 the answer is clearly no. Continue reading

Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 1995

How Much Energy Does It Take To Make A Gallon Of Ethanol?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-much-energy-does-it-take-make-gallon-ethanol/

One of the most controversial issues relating to ethanol is the question of what environmentalists call the “net energy” of ethanol production. Simply put, is more energy used to grow and process the raw material into ethanol than is contained in the ethanol itself? In 1992, ILSR addressed this question. Our report, based on actual energy consumption data from farmers and ethanol plant operators, was widely disseminated and its methodology has been imitated by a number of other researchers. This paper updates the data in that original report and addresses some of the concerns that some reviewers of the original report expressed. Continue reading