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A Green New Deal
Posted October 16, 2008



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Missouri puts clean energy initiative on ballot

Voters in Missouri will have the opportunity to require utilities to begin using more renewable sources of power when they head to the ballot boxes on Nov. 4. If approved, the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative would require the three investor-owned state utilities to generate or purchase 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021.READ MORE

SunMark moves forward with biomass power plant

The Henderson Economic Development Corp. in Henderson, Texas, has approved a $130 million bond issue to help SunMark Energy LLC of Dallas finance the construction of a $160 million, 60-megawatt woody biomass-fed gasification power plant on more than 100 acres of land in Rusk County.READ MORE

Siemens, USDA to improve lignocellulosic conversion

Siemens Energy and Automation Inc., a company that manufactures electrical and electronic products for the industrial and construction markets, along with the USDA Agricultural Research Service have entered into a cooperative research and development agreement to improve the process of converting lignocellulosic biomass into liquid biofuel intermediates, such as bio-oil.READ MORE

Clemson University to build cellulosic pilot plant

The U.S. DOE has awarded a grant to Clemson University in South Carolina to build a pilot-scale facility to research switchgrass, sweet sorghum, trees and other ethanol feedstocks. Clemson will lead the $1.2 million bioethanol research project being conducted by the newly formed South Carolina Bioenergy Research Collaborative.READ MORE

Congress fuels Forest Service waste wood removal

A bill signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush could offer potential benefits to biomass companies working with waste wood. The Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 includes funding for the U.S. Forest Service to remove wood determined to be "hazardous fuel."READ MORE

U.S. extends biomass tax credits

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which was recently passed by Congress and signed by U.S. President George W. Bush, was most widely known as a bailout package designed to stabilize the financial industry. However, the legislation also included tax credits for the biomass industry.READ MORE

Green Energy to utilize hurricane biomass

New York-based Green Energy Resources is working to acquire hurricane wood from southeast Texas. According to the company, FEMA contractors are collecting the storm wood and instead of disposing or burning it, they will sell it to Green Energy Resources.READ MORE

Conference focuses on energy from biomass, waste

The second annual Energy from Biomass and Waste Exposition & Conference kicked off Oct. 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Opening remarks by Ines Freesen, managing director of Freesen & Partner GmbH, and Jerry Hatfield, director of USDA's National Soil Tilth Laboratory, focused on the impact climate change has on agriculture and biomass production.READ MORE