Anyone hooked up to the grid in British Columbia can now make good on beef-eating and dairy consumption. The province’s Cowpower program gives people the option to pay a small premium on their utility bill to help pay off a dairy farmer’s investment into an anaerobic digester - so that heat-trapping methane can be used to make power.
Riopaila Castilla, Columbia's largest sugar producer by market share (20%), recently announced that its board of directors approved a proposal that would allow the company to build a 35-megawatt biomass cogeneration plant at a cost of around $48 million.
As many of you know most of the gasoline available in North America today has a biofuel component of between 5 and 10 percent. Newer cars and trucks are E85 compatible, meaning they can operate with up to 85 percent ethanol blended into the gasoline -- which means there is a total growth opportunity of up to 75 percent in the North American biofuel market.
In biofuels circles, especially within the walls of the U.S. ethanol industry, Brazil has long been seen as a competitor for America's corn-based fuel. Industry representatives have gone so far as to label Brazil's ethanol industry as a threat to domestic production and U.S. energy independence. In 2011, however, this couldn't be further from the case: data from the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) shows Brazil actually propelled the United States to record ethanol exports last year.
As the U.S. federal election begins to heat up and the Republican's close in on choosing a presidential candidate, President Obama and his Administration find themselves under the financial microscope again.
Germany's E.ON AG, the world's largest utility by sales, and Enviva LP, a leading manufacturer of processed biomass, said in a statement they have signed a multi-year 240,000 metric ton annual wood pellet supply contract starting in 2013. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture rolled out two new funding programs which it hopes will both increase the production of advanced biofuels and also promote the use of renewable energy to create the biofuel.
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