Monthly Archives: November 2012

Natural gas shutting down coal plants (with energy price comparison calculator!)

Great article on how the natural gas revolution is influencing electric power in the US, and how coal plants are threatened more by gas than by the EPA.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-demise-of-coal-fired-power-plants/2012/11/21/e7ca1e6e-fdda-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html Some people quoted in this article say that if gas hits $3 – … Continue reading

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geoengineering news roundup

As John mentioned, we are long overdue for an update on geoengineering news. Of course the big story is Russ George dumping iron in the pacific ocean.  It is unclear if this is: A way to generate carbon credits A … Continue reading

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Biofuels mandates around the world

Here is a list of biofuels mandates around the world: http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2012/11/22/biofuels-mandates-around-the-world-2012/ Happy Thanksgiving from the blog group!

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Food and Energy Security

Another one for the list of bioenergy journals: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%292048-3694 First issue came out only 4 months ago.  Methinks it’s going to be a good one… here’s a excerpt from the chief editor’s op-ed in the first issue: I am delighted … Continue reading

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POET and DuPont prepare for commercialization…

On the heels of KiOR’s commercial production startup, POET announces more details about their commercial process, slated to begin in 2013.  They have been buying corn cobs and corn stover from farmers for the past two seasons in preparation for this.. … Continue reading

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next gen biofuel feedstock also a noxious weed?

Sometimes we don’t always think about the weed potential when we are studying potential bioenergy feedstocks and “energy crops”.. Other things that are not mentioned alot are how susceptible to disease and pests these bioenergy crops may be when grown in monocultures.. … Continue reading

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Why governments need to pick energy “winners”

Nice report that challenges our ideas about carbon tax or cap and trade as the solution to both climate change and sustainable energy: http://www.wwf.org.uk/research_centre/?6263 The report argues that although carbon pricing has an important role to play in reducing emissions, … Continue reading

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