Anna Austin Original Article Biomass Magazine February 03, 2010
The biofuels and biomass industries received nothing but good news Feb. 3, with the release of the long-awaited renewable fuels standard (RFS2) final rule, the first report generated by President Barack Obama's Biofuel Interagency Working Group, and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program proposed rule.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner participated in a conference call to discuss the energy announcements following a meeting with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and a bipartisan group of governors from across the country.
Hurst Boiler December 01, 2009
For those of you who have not heard, and for those of you have, please mark your calendars to attend the Hurst Boiler/Relay for Life Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m. at Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc.. We will be serving light refreshments along with caroling and a special ceremony for the tree lighting.
Joanna Turpin Engineered Systems Magazine July 30, 2009
"The government wanted to have one central location in the north that doesn't have to supply parts for 20 different kinds of boilers," said Fauteux. "This is a good move for their budget, because they can supply all the hospitals through one warehouse, because all the motors and drives are the same from place to place. There isn't a heavy budget for spare parts in each hospital."
Using the same boiler system at the different locations will also be easier for hospital personnel, who are having to adjust to using a computer to control the equipment. "They had to get used to this new technology. It won't bite. If necessary, all they have to do is shut down the boiler, and then they restart it. It's not that complicated. They really appreciate that now they can shut down the boiler from their home or office, or make corrections without going over there."
Neither hospital has been through a complete season, so a full energy assessment hasn't been made. However, Fauteux believes each facility is saving 40% to 45% in their energy costs, compared to what they were paying previously. And most importantly, the boilers passed the stringent emissions tests conducted by the government.
Original Article American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) July 27, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $54 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Under DOE's State Energy Program, states and territories have proposed statewide plans that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence," said Secretary Chu. "It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spent responsibly."
These states and territories are receiving 40 percent of their total State Energy Program (SEP) funding authorized under the Recovery Act today. They will now have received 50 percent of their total Recovery Act SEP funding. The initial 10 percent of total funding was previously available to states to support planning activities; the remaining 50 percent of funds will be released once they meet reporting, oversight, and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act.
Activities eligible for State Energy Program funding include energy audits, building retrofits, education and training efforts, transportation programs to increase the use of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, and new financing mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.
Original Article BBI International April 01, 2009
Obama administration calls for aggressive biomass spending LAKEWOOD, Colorado — The American economy is in the grip of a crisis unparalleled since the Great Depression. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 presented to Congress, President Obama has included $58 billion to be devoted to energy investments in the coming years — of that, at least $800 million would be directed specifically at biomass-driven energy projects.
The bill in its current form would encourage the production of power derived from closed- and open-loop biomass, landfill gas and waste-to-energy facilities. It would extend the federal production tax credit (PTC) and let producers claim an investment tax credit (ITC) rather than the PTC for certain projects. It would also grant producers the option of receiving federal grants rather than the ITC in some cases.
The bill also provides $850 million in federal support for removal of hazardous fuels and related efforts to prevent wildfires on public lands. A further provision designed to boost weatherization efforts calls for grants promoting the use of upgraded renewable energy generation systems using biomass such as wood pellets.
Joanna Turpin Original Article esmagazine.com March 09, 2009
Tighter air regulations and and abundance of trees have paired up to fuel the move toward hybrid biomass boilers in these Canadian hospitals. Read about the upgraded systems’ differences and the considerations for trading fossil fuels for sawdust, wood chips, and bark.
Think of Canada, and there’s a good chance that what comes to mind is a sparsely populated country with spectacular scenery. Meandering coastlines, dramatic mountain ranges, and pristine lakes are located throughout the provinces, as well as vast expanses of forest, which carpet 402 million hectares — or almost half — of the country.
March 01, 2009
Fuels for Schools was started in Vermont as a statewide initiative to promote and encourage the use of renewable, local natural resources to provide reliable heat for schools. It has since grown into a multistate program, and has recently expanded its scope beyond schools.