Environmental Protection

Energy Efficiency

DOE Awards Conditional $22 M Grant to ClearFuels, Rentech

Companies are planning to construct a biomass gasifier that will work with Rentech's Product Demonstration Unit to produce renewable synthetic fuels from biomass.

Southern California Edison Pays Out $1 M for Education

Power company donates money to 10 California community colleges for green education and job training.

NSF Celebrates World-class Research at Five U.S. Centers

Three of the five Science and Technology Centers have been working in sustainable energy alternatives, water development, and containing pesticides, among other research.

Obama Announces 3 Steps to Boost Biofuels, Clean Coal

EPA and USDA finalize rules on renewables and biomass, respectively, while agencies lay out commercialization strategy in the new report, "Growing America's Fuel."

'Green Budget' Calls for Ending Tax Breaks for Polluters

Conservationists and public interest groups encourage Congress to cut $20 billion in spending and invest in a green economy.

Process to Use Shrimp, Tilapia to Extract Algae Oil for Biofuel

A University of Missouri professor and colleagues have developed a biomass cultivation model for a proposed 50-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Southern California.

Nonprofit Helps Seattle Port Truckers Upgrade with Scrap Credit

Cascade Sierra Solutions says 59 truck owners have turned in pre-1994 trucks for a $5,000 scrap credit and about 85 percent of the trucks are being replaced.

EPA, DOE Create Action Network for Energy Efficiency

Agencies seek to meet National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency goals five years earlier than originally envisioned.

Alfa Laval to Sponsor Great Lakes' Workshop in New York

The March 26 workshop will focus on best practices in water conservation for small- and medium-sized craft brewers and cheese companies.

LMI to Help Feds Set GHG Reduction Targets

Under a DOE contract, LMI will support the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in implementing an order that requires federal agencies to set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and increase energy efficiency.

Booz Allen Provides Sustainability Strategy Vetting Tool for Feds

The company's Green Pulse Check helps federal agencies determine the effectiveness of their strategies and learn best practices.

Vision Industries Class 8 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric truck

Port of Los Angeles Considering Zero-Emission Hybrid Trucks

The trucks are powered by a combination of a hydrogen fuel cell and lithium batteries and have a potential range of up to 400 miles.

Suniva to Expand Solar Cell Facility with Stimulus Tax Credit

The solar manufacturer plans to use $5.7 million in clean energy manufacturing tax credits to accelerate expansion of its Norcross, Ga., plant.

3 Potato Processing Plants Earn Energy Star for Efficiency

Two J.R. Simplot plants and one ConAgra Foods plant have demonstrated superior energy performance, using nearly 20 percent less energy than similar facilities.

$3 M Grant Supports Study on Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

Georgia Institute of Technology and PAX Streamline hope to adapt circulation control technology of turbine blades to make them more efficient.

DOE Picks Eaton and HP for $7.4 M IT Efficiency Grant

The joint project will develop a high voltage and chilled water system that will accept alternative energy power sources.

Exelon Energy Helps Businesses Assess Energy Carbon Footprints

Interactive Web tool allows customers in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania calculate their energy use and find ways to reduce it.

China-based PV Maker Plans U.S. Operation, Gets Tax Credit

Yingli Green Energy received a $4.5 million tax credit for its planned establishment of manufacturing operations for photovoltaic modules in the United States.

Officials to Break Ground on $62 M Wastewater Plant Upgrade

The Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment facility has received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to upgrade it facilities and make it more energy efficient.

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