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  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that an elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has won the annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to obtain the greatest reduction in energy use. Claiborne Elementary School won by cutting its energy use nearly in half.
  • Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and analytics company, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Amicus Solar Cooperative to be its preferred vendor of solar monitoring hardware, software and solar data analytics.
  • OneRoof Energy, Inc., has announced that Valerie Iwinski has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations. She will be charged with overseeing company operations, product development, logistics, customer service, and information technology (IT) systems.
  • Victron Energy has announced the launch of EasySolar, an integrated, smart, total power solution. EasySolar combines an Ultra-fast BlueSolar charge controller (MPPT), an inverter/charger and AC distribution all in one enclosure.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFFarmer owned, Siouxland Energy Livestock Cooperative have announced that the Board of Directors has approved the name change to Siouxland Energy Corporation. Along with the name change, a new logo was developed.  
  • Dr Martin Read CBE has been appointed as Chair of the CFD Counterparty Company by Energy and Climate Change Secretary of State, Edward Davey. The CFD Counterparty Company is a new Government-owned company being established as part of Government’s Electricity Market Reform. Dr Martin Read will be supported in this three year role by Jim Keohane, as the Senior Independent Director (SID). The two appointees will also take on the Chair and SID positions of the Electricity Settlements Company when it is established.
  • The Offshore Wind China Conference & Exhibition, the Wind Farm O&M China Conference & Exhibition and Distributed Generation China will take place concurrently at Shanghai Mart in Shanghai July 2-4, 2014. Registration for all three events is open.
  • Trina Solar Limited has announced two of its PV power plants in the United Kingdom have successfully completed connection to the grid. The company is an investor in and sole project developer for these projects, which have a total capacity of 23.77 MW. The two projects were developed using Trina PC05A 255Wp modules and will receive 1.6 Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs), equivalent to GBP 42.02 per megawatt-hour (MWh). They are expected to generate 24,673MWh electricity annually.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFJim Adams, president of U.S. Operations for Natural Power, has been selected to chair one of the sessions during the upcoming American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) annual conference. The event will take place May 5-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 8th, Adams will chair the morning session in the Wind Resource and Planning track, titled ‘Advancements in Resource Assessment Technology’. This session is expected to discuss new approaches in the estimation of wind energy for assessment purposes, while also maintaining a focus on current methodologies. The panel includes Justin Sharp from Lockheed Martin; Jon Meis, Managing Director at EWC Weather Consult GmbH; and Daran Rife, Global Head of Mesoscale Modeling at DNV GL – Energy.
  • Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. has announced its Chairman and CEO Ki-Joon HONG has retired from the Company. A replacement is expected to be announced by the end of April.
  • According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide sales of hybrid and electric trucks for the commercial market will reach nearly 105,000 by 2020. Despite government support, such as funding under the United States’ economic stimulus efforts, the market for hybrid and electric trucks has struggled to expand beyond a narrow niche. Nevertheless, a significant number of players continue to develop hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and battery electric vehicle (BEV) trucks for a variety of applications, and the market is expected to pick up steam in the coming years.
  • Energy Storage North America (ESNA), has announced the first round of confirmed keynotes for this year’s ESNA 2014 taking place at the San Jose Convention Center from September 30 – October 2, 2014. Early bird registration is open.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFStellar Solar is hosting their annual “Celebration of Solar” Dinner & Open House at their showroom at 4730 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego. The event will feature the latest electric cars, trucks and motorcycles from Electric Car Insider Magazine, Kearny Pearson Ford and San Diego BMW Motorcycles. SunEdison will also be on-hand with the latest in solar technology and solar financing including their popular 1.99% solar loan. County Planning Commissioner and Chairman Peder Norby will give a short presentation on his zero-net-energy home and his electric vehicles that are powered entirely by the sun.
  • Over 110 wind farm owners including Iberdrola, NextEra, EDPR, E.ON, Google, Infigen, NRG Energy and EDF Renewable Energy will gather at next week’s Wind O&M Summit in Dallas, Texas April 14-16, 2014 to devise asset life extension and performance enhancement strategies to meet 2020 renewable energy targets.
  • Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced the commencement of construction of its two ground-mounted PV plants in Hebei Province. The two projects will have a combined capacity of 25 MW and are located in the cities of Baoding and Xingtai of Hebei Province. The projects are expected to be completed and connected to the grid at the beginning of the third quarter of 2014. Once completed, they will generate approximately 28,700 MWh per year, which is equivalent to offsetting the consumption of 9,300 tons of coal and cutting CO2 emissions by more than 28,700 tons over the systems’ 25-year lifetime.
  • San Diego, California Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other solar advocates gathered at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, the first net-zero commercial building in San Diego, to celebrate the City of San Diego’s recognition in being ranked the second largest solar producing city in the nation. The report, “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution” released today by Environment California Research and Policy Center, placed San Diego just behind Los Angeles. The last two consecutive reports by Environment California ranked San Diego as the solar capital of the nation.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFIncBio, a Portuguese engineering company specializing in state of the art fully automated industrial ultrasonic Biodiesel plants, has just secured an agreement to supply a 55,000 MT/year transesterification plant, for an undisclosed client in South America. It will incorporate IncBio’s ultrasonic technology to produce biodiesel from locally produced palm oil, and Ion Exchange resin towers for purification. IncBio expects the plant to be complete by December 2014.
  • Energy efficiency targets implemented in half of U.S. states in 2012 saved enough electricity to power 2 million homes for a year. These are the findings of Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: A New Progress Report on State Experience, a new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, based on the most recently available data. The report also finds that most states met or exceeded their targets and that these targets are making substantial contributions to national energy savings.
  • According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide sales of electric and alternative fuel vehicles will grow from 6.6 million in 2014 to nearly 12.4 million in 2022. Government incentives, consumer desire for more fuel-efficient, cleaner forms of transportation, and fleet managers’ interest in lower-cost operations are all driving growth in electric vehicles (EVs) and alternative fuel vehicles, including ones powered by fuel cells and natural gas.
  • To commemorate the official unveiling of the Solar Impulse 2, Altran is offering viewers the opportunity to discover Bertrand Piccard’s new plane in a special “behind-the-scenes” program to be broadcast on altran.tv on April 10, 2014. This program will be available in replay. At the end of the program Altran will be unveiling the first images from Mission Altran, The Solar Impulse Experience, a large-scale simulation game that will be launched on Facebook.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFClean Energy Pipeline has released its 2014 edition of its Clean Energy Europe Finance Guide, the definitive reference source for European renewable energy and cleantech in 2014. The guide includes detailed league tables of the most active law firms, debt providers and investors in 2013.
  • The Hydropower Development: Europe 2014 Summit will take place in Porto (Portugal), September 17-18, 2014. The event will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities. Speakers will discuss current operational and future planned hydro power plants, energy markets reform, potential barriers and support policies as well as project economics and finance.
  • A discussion on biofuels & American energy being hosted by The Hill, is taking place this Thursday, April 10th from 8-10 am EDT. The Hill will host a gathering of foremost experts, including Members of Congress from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), EPA’s implementation of ethanol mandates, prospects for repealing, reforming or expanding the RFS in 2014, and more. The event will be live streamed here.
  • ET Solar Energy Corp, a leading smart energy solutions provider, has announced that its German EPC subsidiary ET Solutions AG, based in Munich, Germany, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with MEL Solar Energy Corp, a leading project developer from Turkey.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) has become a member of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
  • It’s not too late to register for the Emerging Issues Forum, hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board, taking place in Omaha, Nebraska April 10-11, 2014. Registrants have a chance to win a flex-fuel vehicle. Click here to register and see the full agenda.
  • Genomatica has been named a winner of the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers Award for developing process technologies to produce widely-used chemicals from alternative feedstocks rather than petroleum. Genomatica’s processes are designed to produce the exact same chemicals while delivering better economics and a smaller environmental footprint.
  • Lignol Energy Corporation has announced the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between M Energy Co., Ltd. and LEC establishing the framework by which the two companies will work together to restart LEC’s 140 million litre per year biodiesel plant and incorporate M Energy’s proprietary pre-treatment technology. The Parties have been in discussions regarding an investment structure which, if successful, would provide sufficient capital for the Darwin project and an opportunity for M Energy to become an equity partner in the project.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFConcentrated Solar power markets at $1.3 billion in 2013 are anticipated to reach $53.7 billion by 2020 because the systems are able to be built at utility scale and to provide 24×7 solar renewable energy power according to a new report from ReportsnReports. Campus stationary fuel cell power is mature and available to act as a backup power source for CSP, creating greater capabilities and a better story for justifying the build out of CSP.
  • Four New York non-profits were announced as recipients of a combined $103,000 in solar energy donations from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. In addition to helping the recipients lower their electricity costs and better achieve their organizational goals, these donations include educational information on how solar works to help them promote solar energy in the communities they serve. The 2014 Sun Club award recipients are: Bard College, $35,000; The BLK ProjeK, $12,000; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, $50,000; and Randall’s Island Park Alliance, $6,000.
  • At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), the ATIP Foundation (Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership) has established a public-private partnership to enhance research on sustainable soil health for multiple land uses in agriculture.
  • ReneSola Ltd has announced it has been awarded a “TOP BRAND PV” seal in the union of states of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (“Benelux”) by EuPD Research, the leading market intelligence company in the sustainable business sector and an independent brand management appraiser of module manufacturers in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Benelux, and France.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFMillions of California households will see a Climate Credit averaging $35 dollars on their April utility bill. The California Public Utilities Commission and California Air Resources Board said the Climate Credit is made to households and small businesses to promote a cleaner and more efficient energy California. The goal of the credit is to encourage consumers to save money while fighting climate change.
  • Ocean Electric, Inc. a developer of marine-based alternative energy solutions, received notification from the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office that its application for international patent PCT/ES2013/070911 will be processed. The patent, titled “Power Plant for the Generation of Electrical Energy from Waves,” protects the company’s core innovation: a low-cost, floating platform that converts wave action directly into electricity. The company says this patented technology represents a major clean energy opportunity, decreasing the cost of owning and deploying wave-generated electricity plants and making the ocean a more practical source of renewable electricity.
  • Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists. According to co-author Christian Frankenberg of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., “The paper shows that fluorescence is a much better proxy for agricultural productivity than anything we’ve had before. This can go a long way regarding monitoring – and maybe even predicting – regional crop yields.” The research found that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the U.S. Corn Belt “really stands out”.
  • The City of Lancaster has partnered with Green Charge Networks to install an intelligent energy storage system and an electric vehicle charging station at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History. Funded by a California Energy Commission grant, the system will be installed by private partner Green Charge Networks at no cost to the City. The project will generate an estimated $3,200 annually in cost savings. The energy storage system will be the first installed in the High Desert region of California. The electric vehicle (EV) charging station – specifically, a Nissan DC fast charger – will also be the first of its kind in the High Desert.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFFiberight LLC has moved a step closer to constructing a $15-million facility designed to grab the organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol coined “trashahol,” at the company’s ethanol plant now being renovated in Blairstown, Iowa. The Marion City Council agreed to provide the Maryland-based firm with an economic-development incentive worth up to $850,000 to help it build its 50,000-square-foot facility in Marion’s “eco-industrial” park. The money will come from new property taxes generated from Fiberight’s investment, a common economic-development incentive called tax increment financing or TIF.
  • Canadian Solar Inc. has announced that The Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Company has agreed to provide approximately C$50.5 million in construction and term financing to Canadian Solar for the Company’s Mighty Solar power project located in Ontario, Canada. The Mighty Solar project will be acquired by Concord Green Energy Inc. after Commercial Operation. Bowmont Capital and Advisory acted as the Financial Advisor to Concord. Construction of the 10 MW (AC) Mighty Solar power project commenced and connection is expected in Q2 2014.
  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. has announced the closing of the acquisition of the remaining 40% of the 400 MW wind power portfolio in the United States from Gamesa Wind US, LLC for total consideration of approximately US$115 million.
  • EverStream Energy Capital Management LLC has announced that a group of investors, led by EverStream and Claro y Asociados and including SunEdison, has recently closed on the 50.7 MWp solar power plant (known as “San Andres”) located in the Atacama Region of Chile, near the city of Copiapo. SunEdison developed the San Andres project, which reached commercial operation on March 14th, 2014, and will retain a partial equity position. It is the largest merchant solar power plant in Latin America and one of the largest such plants in the world.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFSave the date for the 10th Annual Biofuel Financial Conference taking place on August 27-28, 2014 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is hosted by Christianson & Associates and registration will open soon.
  • The Environmental Law & Policy Center is hosting a webinar Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT/10:30 AM CDT to reveal the new Farm Energy Success Stories report. The report offers an analysis of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) between 2008-2012 and offers details of 16 projects from across the nation where REAP assisted in advancing biomass, biogas digesters, energy efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, wind, and hydroelectric, technologies. The 2013 Farm Bill contains funding for Energy Title programs. The USDA is now accepting applications for projects.
  • In conjunction with Washington State University Extension, USDA is co-hosting the Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels/Co-Products Conference April 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The goal of the conference is to bring together the community of researchers, business leaders, government agencies, and economic development personnel to share and exchange research findings, ideas, and strategies for the common goal of sustainable development of wood-based bio-refineries for production of biofuels and co-products in the Pacific Northwest.
  • The Global Energy Storage Alliance has been established as an international non-profit organization to bring together many of the world’s leading energy storage and clean energy industry associations to advance education, collaboration, and proven frameworks about the benefits of energy storage. Its co-founders are the U.S. Energy Storage Association, California Energy Storage Alliance, China Energy Storage Alliance, Germany Energy Storage Association, India Energy Storage Alliance and the Alliance for Rural Electrification.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFAmyris, Inc. and Kuraray Co., Ltd. have announced the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene.
  • The 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo is taking place June 9-12, 2014 at the Indiana Convention Center and the conference tracks have been announced: Production and Operations; Leadership and Financial Management; Coproducts and Product Diversification; and Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol.
  • Mission Linen has announced that is has more than quintupled the number of alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet. Recently, the company increased its number of compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG) from six to 32, and has added six new propane vehicles to its fleet of 500.
  • VIASPACE Inc. has announced that the St. Croix government has approved Tibbar Energy’s permit to build a 7-megawatt biogas power plant on the island of St. Croix. The government approved the permit on March 25, 2014 during a meeting at the Virgin Islands Port Authority.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFYingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced that it has supplied 1 MW of solar panels to Grupo Neoenergia, one of Brazil’s largest energy companies and a pioneer in Brazilian solar project development. The panels will deliver clean electricity to Arena Pernambuco, the site of five 2014 FIFA World Cup matches.
  • FICO, a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, has announced that researchers at the California-based Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will include the FICO Xpress Optimization Suite in their work to determine the lowest-cost scheduling of electric power grids. This is part of the Lab’s work on large-scale renewable energy integration.
  • The CPV Consortium, a global industry organization that supports the development and long-term success of the Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) industry, is hosting CPV-10 April 7-9, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The technical conference will focus on the areas of high- and low-concentration PV components, modules, and tracker-based CPV systems. Registration is still open.
  • According to Heliatek GmbH, a global company producing organic solar film, they have reached a new record in the efficiency of transparent solar cells. The latest development allows transparency levels up to 40% with an efficiency of over 7%. The company says it already holds the world record of 12% cell efficiency for opaque (non-transparent) organic solar cells.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFGladstein, Neandross and Associates, organizers of the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, have announced the keynotes and full speaker lineup for the 2014 ACT Expo and co-located 2014 NGV Global event. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, May 5-8, 2014, the conferences will bring together more than 3,500 industry stakeholders.
  • According to a new report from Navigant Research/BTM Consult, worldwide wind power installations reached 36.13 gigawatts (GW) in 2013 – a 20-percent decline from 2012. Driven by government incentives and by falling prices of electricity generated by wind turbines, the global wind industry expanded steadily, and dramatically, from 2004 through 2012. In 2013, however, negative conditions in several key countries, particularly the United States and Spain, were unconducive to the continued growth of the market.
  • Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and its strategic partner Coronal Group have teamed up with Global Investment Renewable to create Coronal Municipal Energy Services. GIR has developed more than 600 Megawatts (MW) of solar projects and has developed a 2 Gigawatt (GW) pipeline of U.S. public power projects. The company model allows public power authorities to procure solar electricity and its associated renewable attributes at prices that are competitive with brown power alternatives.
  • A Bechtel-led team, BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership, has been awarded a contract worth approximately CAN $1.4 billion by Manitoba Hydro to build the Keeyask Generating Station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba, Canada. The Keeyask Generating Station will have a 695-megawatt capacity and produce on average 4,400 gigawatt hours of electricity—enough to power 400,000 homes.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFAccording to a new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more.
  • Representatives from 24 countries will come together with Washington leaders for the GEA International Geothermal Showcase in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 22. The Showcase will examine the outlook for the geothermal market and the policies driving geothermal development. GEA will release the results of its new annual U.S. and International Market Update exclusively to event attendees.
  • SunPower Corporation has announced the sale of more than 70 megawatts (MW) of cell packages to the Huaxia Concentrated Photovoltaic Power Co., Ltd., joint venture (JV) in Inner Mongolia, China. These packages will be used for the first phase of two SunPower C7 Tracker (C7) projects, which includes a 20-MW project in Saihan and a 100-MW project in Wuchuan. Both are located in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia and completion is expected in 2015.
  • Pellet Technology USA (PTUSA) has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) joint development agreement with ICM, Inc. that will see it become the exclusive contractor for PTUSA in the United States and abroad. Recently, PTUSA announced that ICM had been awarded the EPC contract for PTUSA’s a one-of-a-kind R&D facility Commercial Demonstration Facility in Gretna, Nebraska. The facility allows PTUSA to develop, test and modify feedstock inputs, blends and finished products for their industry clients, using PTUSA’s patented technology.