One-day meeting on Dec. 2, 2010 to focus on anaerobic digestion in the Chesapeake Bay region

Posted on October 19, 2010
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Join AgSTAR and the Penn State Cooperative Extension for a one-day event, Dec. 2, 2010, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA, on biogas recovery opportunities utilizing anaerobic digestion in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Producers will learn about successful digester systems on small to medium operations, as well as important considerations when evaluating the potential for community digesters. The event also will focus on the prospects for revenue from energy generation, nutrient value, fiber recovery, and carbon credits; including examples of these successful ventures on local farms.

Following the presentations, participants have the choice of visiting either Oregon Dairy or Brubaker’s Dairy, Mount Joy, PA, to see how these producers are realizing their digesters’ potentials. Limited opportunities are available for exhibiting at the event. Before leaving, sign-up to receive a free pre-feasibility assessment for a manure digester with biogas recovery at your operation.

For more information, go to: AgSTAR – Penn State Cooperative Extension Anaerobic Digester Workshop

The 4th Annual Energy Efficiency Finance Forum to be held in Chicago, May 20-21, 2010

Posted on March 21, 2010
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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Financial Research Associates (FRA) will be holding a conference, “Financing, Capital, & Deal Sourcing for Energy Efficiency,” May 20-21, 2010, at The Standard Club, Chicago, IL.

If you’re looking for financing, new deal structuring ideas or brand-new investment opportunities in the energy efficiency landscape, this event will offer more information and answer many questions. More info. . .

Tomah, WI Business Receives $200,000 to Develop Small Scale Anaerobic Digesters

Posted on March 21, 2010
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TOMAH, WI (March 19, 2010) — Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) Secretary Rod Nilsestuen commended Tomah, WI-based USEMCO for receiving $200,000 in state agricultural development grants to promote farm-based clean energy technology through the development and demonstration of an anaerobic digester for small farms. Nilsestuen announced the award on behalf of Governor Jim Doyle at a visit to the company’s plant in Monroe County. Read more. . .

Wisconsin Agricultural Biogas Casebook (2009)

Posted on January 11, 2010
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This updated November 2009 report offers excellent and concise overviews (along with some history) of the 21 operating anaerobic digester (AD) systems in Wisconsin (at the time this report was published). The 93-page report offers good background on how these AD systems are working in Wisconsin.

In addition, the digester owners have generously shared experiences, ideas and innovations that may prove invaluable to those evaluating similar options for their farms.

The report was prepared by Joe Kramer, of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, for the Wiscosin Focus on Energy program.

Download the report (2.5 MB)

ACORE-EPRI paper identifies R&D requirements for expansion of renewable energy

Posted on January 2, 2010
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Washington, DC — The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have collaborated to identify research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) requirements that would enable broad expansion of renewable energy.

The paper, titled “Reinventing Renewable Energy: Toward a Technology Strategy for Improving Security, Creating Jobs & Reducing Emissions”, was released in July 2009 and identifies the challenges facing wider use of renewable energy in the U.S. It encompassed wind power, solar energy, bioenergy, geothermal energy , hydropower, tidal, wave and other ocean power, and waste-energy resources across all application sectors including electricity generation, transportation fuels, and heating and cooling applications.

“This paper represents an interim milestone in our continuing programs to bring industry, government, and institutions together to identify the requirements – in this case research and development to advance the technologies – in order to make renewable energy fully cost-competitive compared to legacy generating technologies,” said Michael Eckhart, president of ACORE.

Note: You can download the discussion paper from the Farm Energy News web site’s Publications page.

Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture to be held in Madison, Wis., Feb. 7-9, 2010

Posted on December 12, 2009
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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has extended the early bird registration for the 2010 Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture, February 7-9, 2010, and the Economics of Sustainability and the Dairy Industry, February 10, 2010, Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin.

Early bird registration has been extended for the 2010 Ag Forum and associated events until December 18, 2009.

Simply go to get more information about registering, housing arrangements, and this year’s exciting events. Follow the quick and easy steps to register to get the Early Bird rate of $275. Make your hotel reservations by January 8, 2010 to receive the discounted room rate of $125. A draft of the program is also now available.

The 2010 Ag Forum brings together a diverse group of participants to raise awareness, share information, form new collaborations, and establish new visions regarding energy efficiency in agriculture.

The 2010 Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture will focus on the importance of energy efficiency as a “first fuel” not only on the farm or ranch but also in the wider rural community.

Presentations will discuss issues of climate change, on-farm energy efficiency, the human dimensions of agricultural and rural energy efficiency, and efficiency in the dairy industry among other topics.

As a part of this year’s Ag Forum there will be a one-day conference on Wednesday, February 10th, “The Economics of Sustainability and the Dairy Industry.” This event is hosted by the Madison, Wisconsin-based Dairy Business Innovation Center.

Myriant Technologies LLC Selected for $50 Million Award for Succinic Acid Biorefinery Project

Posted on December 12, 2009
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Quincy, Massachusetts – December 7, 2009 – Myriant Technologies LLC (as successor to BioEnergy International), a leading biotech developer and manufacturer of renewable biochemicals, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive up to $50 million for its planned biobased Succinic Acid facility in Louisiana. Notably, among the 19 integrated biorefinery projects that won funding or loan guarantees, Myriant was the only award focused exclusively on biobased chemicals rather than biofuels. Read more. . .

New Publication Examines On-Farm Energy Use

Posted on December 5, 2009
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AMES, Iowa — Equipment used in modern agriculture reduces labor, but consumes fuel and energy. So how much energy are Iowa’s agricultural producers using? A new Iowa State University Extension publication answers that question.

Click here to link to download page: “Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used on Your Farm?” (PM 2089A). The publication is available to download from the Extension Online Store, The publication offers initial steps that help farmers analyze their farm energy use. Go to “environment” category under main topics section.

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