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Pacific Ethanol Stockton Plant to Install Innovative Cogeneration Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX), the leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, announced its agreement with Dresser-Rand (NYSE:DRC) to install a 3.5 megawatt cogeneration system with gradual oxidizer at its Stockton, CA plant for approximately $12 million.

MCGA Says Homegrown Ethanol Remains Afforable Option For The Holiday Season

In the coming weeks, Minnesotans will be traveling to spend the holidays with friends and family members throughout the state. Minnesota’s corn farmers would like to encourage holiday travelers to fuel their journey with clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Yes, gas prices have fallen recently, but for flex fuel vehicle owners, higher ethanol blends such as E85 – a mix of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent regular unleaded – continue to offer savings at the pump and a cleaner-burning alternative to regular gasoline.

Falling Oil Prices Present Challenges, Opportunities and Uncertainty in 2015

These companies, by virtue of their stock prices, are clearly suffering in the short-term due to the price of oil. In order for these companies to be in true trouble, it will take oil prices stagnating at these levels for, at least, a few quarters.  The oil drillers are not going to be changing their production models significantly for one quarter of what equates to a market shock. It would take a real prolonged period of prices holding at their current levels to cause much change in the oil drillers’ behavior, lowering production and fomenting consolidation.

Oil Price Drop and Effect Causes | The Energy Collective

World crude oil prices have declined by over 20% since June 2014.  While this level of price volatility is not without historic precedent, prices are projected to possibly decline to much lower levels by year’s end.  Further decline in crude oil market prices will impact most petroleum oil Suppliers and Consumers.  Lower oil prices should directionally benefit Consumers and help struggling economies around the World.  The decline in oil prices, however, can pose economic and other risks to many petroleum oil and alternative fuels Suppliers.  Will declining crude oil

Biologists partner bacterium with nitrogen gas to produce more, cleaner bioethanol

Indiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers. The discovery could save the industry millions of dollars and make cellulosic ethanol -- made from wood, grasses and inedible parts of plants -- more competitive with corn ethanol and gasoline.

Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business

New Orleans, LA – Feb. 2, 2015 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden (USDA) announced more than $18 million in grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.

IEEP - Institute for European Environmental Policy

Finland joins the ranks of countries that have carried out a dedicated assessment of their ecosystem services. A study assessing the value and social significance of ecosystem services in Finland (TEEB for Finland) was launched on the 21 January. The study was financed by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and led by the Finnish Environment Institute in cooperation with IEEP and a number of national research institutes.

U.S. to See More Urban Farming in 2015 as Economics Improve, Consumer Demand Increases and More Incentives are Added

urban farm photoLos Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 10, 2014 – Urban agriculture is expected to maintain strong growth in the United States in 2015 as cities and states provide more incentives, more start-up farmers enter the field, smaller operations improve their profitability and consumer demand for locally grown food remains strong, according to Seedstock.com.

Future agriculture - sustainable provider of food, raw material and energy?

“The growing demand for food, raw materials and energy: opportunities for agriculture, challenges for food security?” was the key topic at the 7th Global Forums for Food and Agriculture, held in Berlin, Germany, in January and attended by more than 70 ministers of agriculture and 1,300 participants representing politics, science and civil society.

101 Global Food Organizations to Watch in 2015

Food Tank has the honor of highlighting organizations across the globe that are working to fight food waste, combat the dual paradoxes of hunger and obesity, recognize the multiple roles of family farmers, increase nutrient density, protect agricultural diversity, and adapt to a changing climate. We hope to amplify their work by showing eaters, farmers, policy makers, scientists, youth, and the funding and donor communities what is possible--and what is needed--to create a food system is safe, just, and economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

Electric Car Comparison Test

 

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Russia's forests overlooked in climate change fight

Russia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.

Russia has 19 percent of world forest reserves by surface area. But experts say the U.N. process drafting the climate change pact, due to be agreed at the end of 2015, has concentrated mainly on tropical forests.

Public comment period opens for five interim forest management plans

Interim plans guiding the management of forest resources on a number of state-owned properties across the state are now available for review and comment through Jan. 23, 2015. The interim plans will guide forest management on the properties until formal master plans are completed.

New Farm Maps Offer In-Depth Picture of Global Agriculture

All farmers on the ground know their land as well as their own wrinkled hands, but totaling up all the world's cropland is a difficult task. Yet the competition for land among developers, growers and other parties makes getting an accurate count of the world's arable acres especially important as the planet's population grows.

Retooling drip irrigation technology

Turning a pivot into a drip irrigation tool includes attaching lines to your system. Dave Thom, vice president of sales, T-L Irrigation, holds up a drip line. At the outer end, those lines can be 60 feet long.

Farm Green to Get in the Black

“Companies like Walmart and McDonald’s are not necessarily known for sustainability,” says Sara Harper. “But they have the most risk, so it’s no accident they’re so involved in sustainability right now. It’s basic risk management.”

There Is Solar, And There Is Solar

There is solar, and there is solar. Centralized solar generation — large fields of solar panels feeding electricity into the grid — must be distinguished from distributed generation, that is, photovoltaics on rooftops. At the public policy level, the distinction between the two options matters, but this, unfortunately, receives insufficient attention.

Professor’s Solar-Powered Passive House a Real-life Physics Lesson

Assistant Professor of Physics Alexi Arango has been telling students in his Renewable Energy class for years about a little house in Maine that’s so energy efficient that it heats itself without a furnace.

Solar Outlook 2015: Still Growing, But No Longer Energy’s Young Kid

The question for 2015 is not IF the booming solar PV market will grow but just how much more marketshare it can gain.

 

As journalists we tend to be on high alert for danger signs. Based on what we write, readers might be under the impression that trouble is brewing for solar. Florida killed its rebate! Wisconsin is taxing solar! The federal investment tax credit is shrinking!

The next frontier in sustainable design

The Performing Arts

Gathering data to change occupant behavior is the next frontier in sustainable design (see LEED's new Dynamic Plaque). Here's why architects who embrace building performance may help their bottom lines.

 

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