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Farm Energy Field Guide

farm field guide

Maine Rural Partners (MRP) offers a wide variety of information about energy use on the farm and its management.

MRP’s Farm Energy Partners network provides a forum for everyone interested in renewable energy production and on-farm energy efficiencies to organize resources around this emerging market.

Web link: Farm Energy Field Guide

For information about a printed copy of individual resources from this Field Guide, please e-mail:

cleanenergy@mainerural.org

Or, phone Maine Rural Partners at: (207) 873-2108

 



NREL publication examines Feed-in Tariffs in promoting renewable energy

nrel feedin tariff pub

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewalbe Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO, published a report in July 2010 on Feed-in tariffs (FITs)—considered to be one of the most widely used policies in the world for accelerating renewable energy (RE) deployment. FITs accounti for a greater share of RE development than either tax incentives or renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies (REN21 2009).

FITs have generated significant RE deployment, helping bring the countries that have implemented them successfully to the forefront of the global RE industry. In the European Union (EU), FIT policies have led to the deployment of more than 15,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power and more than 55,000 MW of wind power between 2000 and the end of 2009 (EPIA 2010, GWEC 2010).

In total, FITs are responsible for approximately 75% of global PV and 45% of global wind deployment (Deutsche Bank 2010). Countries such as Germany, in particular, have demonstrated that FITs can be used as a powerful policy tool to drive RE deployment and help meet combined energy security and emissions reductions objectives (Germany BMU 2007). Download report: A Policymaker's Guide to Feed-in Tariff Policy Design.


New publication examines on-farm energy use

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.

Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used on Your Farm?” (PM 2089A), is available to download from the Extension Online Store, www.extension.iastate.edu/store. The publication offers initial steps that help farmers analyze their farm energy use. Go to "environment" category under topics section. Or, just click on the publication title above to go to the download page.

“It helps to think about how energy is being used,” said Jane Flammang, ISU Extension program coordinator for the new statewide Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative. “You have to consider the crops that are grown, the types of livestock — every enterprise on your farm to really get a handle on your energy use.”

This publication is part of a series of farm energy conservation and efficiency educational materials being developed through the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative, Flammang explained. The purpose is to increase farmers’ awareness of opportunities for improving efficient use of farm energy. The initiative also will help farmers explore alternatives to reduce farm energy demand and to improve their farms’ overall profitability in a rapidly changing energy environment.

Iowa State University Extension received a grant from the Iowa Energy Center to carry out the initiative. Extension and the Iowa Energy Center are cooperating with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Consumers Energy, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, Office of Energy Independence and USDA in the effort.


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

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.


Overview | Food, Conservation & Energy Act of 2008

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, the 2008 Farm Nill) extends and expands many of the renewable energy programs originally authorized in the 2002 farm bill.

The bill also continues the emphasis on the research and development of advanced and cellulosic bioenergy authorized in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (P.L. 110-140).

Here are two brief reports (as pdf downloads):

Renewable Energy Policy in the 2008 Farm Bill
Congressional Research Service | January 2009 (28-pages, 1.7 MB)

The Food, Conservation & Energy Act of 2008 | Title IX | Energy
Prepared by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
May 13, 2008 | (2-page summary)


Fact Sheets

Food and crop waste: a valuable biomass feedstock

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), of Washington, D.C., just released a brief fact sheet about the potential availability of food and crop wastes as feedstocks for biofuels.

While the fact sheet wasn't meant as a comprehensive assessment, the EESI suggests further research is needed to understand and quantify the full potential of unutilized agricultural production and food wastes, particularly in light of the fact that composting firms, feed manufacturers, and other facilities currently use some of this material to produce biofuels.

Download the fact sheet . . .


Publications / White Papers

A Comparative Analysis of the Development of the United States
and European Union Biodiesel Industries

Miguel A. Carriquiry
Briefing Paper 07-BP 51
July 2007
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1070
www.card.iastate.edu

Crop-Based Biofuel Production under Acreage Constraints
and Uncertainty

Mindy L. Baker, Dermot J. Hayes, and Bruce A. Babcock
Working Paper 08-WP 460
February 2008
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1070
www.card.iastate.edu


Dynamics of Change in the US Food Marketing Environment

Smaller niche-market food producers have good reason to be optimistic in today’s marketplace. Increased demand for specialty food products—and consumers’ willingness to visit different retailers to get them—is creating new marketing opportunities for food producers and processors that can offer innovative merchandise designed to meet the specific needs and preferences of particular consumer segments.

A new USDA Economic Research Service publication addresses two major trends changing retail food marketing—a move toward differentiation as a marketing strategy and a simultaneous shift towards vertical integration between food suppliers and buyers. It examines the ramifications of these developments for the smaller scale food supplier and identifies strategies for remaining competitive in this environment.

Dynamics of Change in the US Food Marketing Environment - 1.9 MB pdf file


WISCONSIN WOOD PELLETS
Clean Renewable Energy for Generations

An Environmental and Economic Opportunity
Leading to Energy Independence / Presented by: Indeck Energy Services, Inc.
Copyright 2008 / Web: www.indeckenergy.com

Wisconsin Wood Pellets - 11-page pdf file