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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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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Legislation Would Require All Vehicles to Be Flexible Fueled

Date: 17 Nov 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 10th, several Senators from midwestern states introduced the Fuel Security and Consumer Choice Act. The bill would require all U.S. marketed vehicles to be manufactured as Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) within ten years. FFVs can use both regular gasoline and varying blends of renewable fuels like E-85 (motor fuel with 85 percent ethanol content).

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Report: The Net Energy of Ethanol Debate Must End

Date: 12 Sep 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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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Gas Optional Vehicles: Austin Energy Charges Ahead

Date: 7 Jun 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Preferring the term “gas-optional” vehicles rather than plug-in electric hybrids, Austin Energy has adopted a strategy to diversify and grow its electric utility operations and hopes to convince cities nationwide to follow their lead.

Roger Duncan at Austin Energy is traveling the country promoting the idea that the time is ripe for a convergence of municipally owned electrical operations with the transportation sector. The fit becomes natural through the increased use of gas-optional vehicles (GOVs).

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Minnesota Passes 20 Percent Ethanol Mandate

Date: 12 May 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 10th, Minnesota’s Governor signed a bill into law that could result in a requirement that the state’s gasoline supplies contain 20 percent ethanol (E-20). If the rules go into effect, it would double the current 10 percent ethanol blends that are now standard throughout the state.

Under the legislation, a new E-20 mandate would take effect in 2013 unless ethanol has already replaced 20 percent of the state’s motor vehicle fuel by 2010. The rule would expire at the end of 2010 if Minnesota is not granted federal approval to use E-20 gasoline blends.

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Renewable and Efficiency Standards for State Operations In Iowa

Date: 28 Apr 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By executive order Iowa’s Governor has established a renewable portfolio standard for state operations that leans heavily on in-state renewable energy sources. Governor Tom Vilsack’s order directs state agencies to obtain at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010 and to reduce their energy use in buildings by 15 percent by 2010 relative to their energy use in 2000.

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