Tagged Biofuel

The Center for Biological Diversity sues Trump administration for suppressing clean energy grid study results

By Kelsey Misbrener The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release documents about a $1.5 million study that examined how grid improvements can bolster renewable energy access. Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., challenges the Department of Energy’s suppression of information about the Interconnections Seam…

Bioenergy Faces Scrutiny Over Coal Plant Conversions, Forest Loss

By The Energy Mix Bava Alcide57/Wikimedia Commons Bioenergy entered 2020 facing renewed scrutiny over its potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with scientists in Europe and the United States warning that coal-to-biomass power plant conversions could actually fuel the climate crisis.The Guardian describes experts as “horrified at large-scale forest removal to meet wood pellet…

Renewables beat fossil fuels on 137 days in greenest year for UK energy

By Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent Renewable energy up 9% on 2018 but nuclear outages are limiting progress, report warnsEnergy produced by the UK’s renewable sector outpaced fossil fuel plants on a record 137 days in 2019 to help the country’s energy system record its greenest year.The report by the Carbon Brief website found that renewable…

No end in sight for the biofuel wars

By Paul Driessen The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch, ethanol, biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” make about zero energy, economic or environmental sense. They make little political sense either, until you recognize that politics is largely driven by crony-capitalism, campaign contributions and vote hustling. Even now, once again, as you read this,…

Duty of care | SKF Wind News

By Philipp Schmid As many wind turbines reach the end of their service life, large components such as the blades must be disposed of. However, this is no easy task due to these parts being non-biodegradable. The wind energy sector now must find a green method for handling decommissioned turbines to avoid undermining its efforts…

California Seeks to Shift Major Battery Incentive Toward Fire, Blackout Resiliency

By [email protected] Over its 13-year history, California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program has been the state’s primary driver for distributed solar, biomass power systems, fuel cells. and, over the past half-decade or so, behind-the-meter batteries. Now California regulators are proposing a new role for SGIP: giving battery-solar backup systems to those at greatest risk of wildfires and…

Drax aims to become carbon negative by 2030

By Marta Ady Energy firm Drax, which runs the UK’s largest power station on biomass and coal, has outlined plans to become carbon negative by 2030. The company’s ambition will depend on a negative emissions policy and investment framework for new technologies like bioenergy, alongside carbon capture and storage.If Drax reaches its goal, it will…

New Orleans RTA awarded $7.2 million grant for 19 biodiesel buses

By Marta Ady The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in New Orleans has been awarded a $7.2 million (€6.5 million) grant to purchase 19 new buses powered by biodiesel.The grant, awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), forms part of the organisation’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, which makes federal resources available to replace,…

How stakeholders evaluate the green-green dilemma — and what they think about possible solutions #DEU

By National Wind Watch The replacement of fossil and nuclear energy sources for electricity production by renewables such as wind, sun, water and biomass is a cornerstone of Germany’s energy policy. Amongst these, wind energy production is the most important component. However, energy production from wind is not necessarily ecologically sustainable. It requires relatively large…

Biodiversity and wind energy

The location and operation of wind energy plants are often in direct conflict with the legal protection of endangered species. The almost unanimous opinion of experts from local and central government authorities, environmental NGOs and expert offices is that the current mechanisms for the protection of bats in wind power projects are insufficient. Read Full…

Center for Biological Diversity challenges Duke Energy’s use of ratepayer funds to lobby against solar

By Kelsey Misbrener The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a brief to the North Carolina Utilities Commission arguing that utilities cannot use ratepayer funds for trade association dues as it violates customers’ First Amendment rights. Money from ratepayers is frequently channeled into campaigns against rooftop solar. The brief responds to regulations proposed by the commission…

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