BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comments on the draft action plan for its RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative. The plan guides EPA’s efforts over the next two years to encourage renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. The agency will solicit comments for 30 days. Comments on the proposed plan are due by Friday, May 30.To submit a comment, please send to cleanenergy@epa.gov.
  • Mars, Incorporated, in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, have announced an agreement on a new 200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars’ U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites, including 37 factories and 25,000 Associates. ‘Mesquite Creek Wind,’ a 118-turbine wind farm was jointly developed by Sumitomo and BNB Renewable Energy and is based near Lamesa, Texas with a footprint of 25,000 acres­ and an annual output of over 800,000 megawatt-hours. The wind farm represents the biggest long-term commitment to renewable energy use of any food manufacturing business in the United States.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pre-qualified a four-company team led by TransGen Energy of Rockville, Maryland to bid for solar projects at U.S. military installations throughout the United States and its territories. The TransGen Energy team was one of 38 entities recently authorized to pursue solar power generation Task Orders under a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).
  • According to UNICA, the cane sugar processed by mills in South-Central region of the country totaled 12.57 million tons in the first half of April 2014, up 62.52% in compared to the value observed in the same fortnight last year (7.73 million tonnes). Since the beginning of the 2014/2015 season until April 16, grinding totaled 16.41 million tonnes – 71.45% higher than in the same period of 2013 (9.57 million tons). At the end of the first fortnight of April this year 153 mills were in operation in the region, compared to 155 recorded in the same period last year.

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