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7 New York State Clean Energy Projects Receive Financing 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank.


They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency.


The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels.


Parties include Ameresco, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BQ Energy, Citi, Deutsche Bank, First Eastern Investment Group, First Niagara Bank, GreenCity Power, M&T Bank, Renewable Funding, Sustainable Development Capital and Tulum Management.


NY Green Bank was established earlier this year to provide long-term funding certainty and generate private sector capital for clean energy projects.

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Big Utilities Want In On The Residential Solar Industry 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Oct 22 (Reuters) - For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance. If utilities embrace home solar, their deep pockets and access to customers could transform what has been a fast-growing, but niche industry. Solar powers only half a million U.S. homes and businesses, according to solar market research firm GTM Research. But utility-owned rooftop systems represent a change the solar installation companies who dominate the market don't want, and whether the two sides can compromise may determine if residential solar truly goes mainstream. In Arizona, the state's largest utility has proposed putting solar panels on 3,000 customers' homes, promising a $30 monthly break on their power bills. In New York, regulators are weighing allowing utilities to get into the solar leasing business to meet the state's aggressive plan to ...
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Boeing and Chinese firm to turn 'gutter oil' into jet fuel 22.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

Boeing says biofuel will play a key role in supporting growth in the aviation industryUS aircraft maker Boeing has set up a facility with a Chinese firm to transform waste cooking oil -- the source of repeated food safety scandals -- into jet fuel, it said Wednesday.


2 Senate Democrats explore how to protect coal jobs and the environment 22.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other's state.
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Ethanol's upside points to nonfuel side of the product stream 18.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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New Biofuels Faciility Converts Plant Waste To Ethanol, Is 90 Percent Cleaner Than Gasoline 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as stalks and leaves, for production and thus do not compete for food crops. The second-generation ethanol plant operated by Abengoa, a Spanish multinational corporation, began operating in late September and has the capacity to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. Moniz said the biorefinery was built in the spirit of next-generation biofuels, solar and fossil technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions. The facility also includes a $150 million electric generation plant that powers its ethanol operations while still producing up to 10 megawatts excess that is sold to the local power grid. "We work across the entire innovation chain with the idea that we need to push innovation and cost reduction at ...
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Abengoa warns of legal blows to biofuels 17.10.2014 Financial Times: Energy
Chief executive attacks Renewable Fuel Standard retreat for undermining investment in sector
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Nonfood biofuel is new frontier in ethanol 17.10.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
After a decade of research and development, ethanol-maker Poet Inc. and its Dutch partner Royal DSM recently produced the first cellulosic ethanol at a $275 million plant next to a cornfield in a northern Iowa town.
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How DuPont and P&G plan to make detergent from agricultural waste 17.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In what may be an industry first, Procter & Gamble and the chemical giant join forces to use ethanol made from farm waste in laundry detergent.

How DuPont and P&G plan to make detergent from agricultural waste
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Lake Erie Becoming More Vulnerable To Bacteria Blooms, Study Says 16.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Climate change and invasive mussels may have made Lake Erie a more inviting host for toxic bacteria in recent years, suggesting that ambitious goals are needed for reducing phosphorus runoff that feeds large blooms like the one that forced a temporary tap water shutdown in and near Toledo, Ohio, scientists said Wednesday. Ever-larger mats of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, have formed on Erie since the early 2000s. They produce microcystin, a toxin that has killed pets and livestock and causes liver damage in humans. The soupy green glop prompted do-not-drink orders for two days in August that affected about 400,000 residents of northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Experts blame the outbreaks largely on phosphorus that washes into the lake from fertilized farmland and sewage treatment plants. But in a report published online in the journal Water Resources Research, scientists said computer models found that neither rising phosphorus levels nor ...
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Biofuel leaders says EPA has treated industry unfairly 14.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
In Minneapolis, industry officials say the federal government made a mistake in setting such low targets for biofuels delivered at the pump.
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Beyond the corn: The new frontier in ethanol is nonfood biofuel 12.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
As three cellulosic ethanol plants open in the Midwest, wavering U.S. policy and the oil boom leave a promising technology in limbo.
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Tim Murphy, Leader Of Toledo's Water Treatment Plant, Resigns After Less Than 2 Months 8.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The official put in charge of Toledo's troubled water treatment plant after toxins contaminated the city's drinking water has resigned after less than two months on the job. Tim Murphy announced Tuesday that he is resigning, effective next month, to take a job with a private environmental company based in Pittsburgh. He was the city's environmental services commissioner before being tapped to replace the former commissioner in charge of the water plant who resigned in August, about three weeks after an algae-related water emergency in Ohio's fourth-largest city. Murphy told The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/1EtdEQn ) he'll still be working on water resources in a new job as an environmental consultant. Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins has not chosen a replacement for Murphy. The treatment plant has been under close scrutiny since early August when toxins produced by algae in Lake Erie fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the area. The city told resident not to drink the water ...
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Clever clams and algae show how best to harvest light 8.10.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Special cells in clams allow columns of hidden algae to near-perfectly harvest light for photosynthesis, pointing the way for efficient biofuel ...
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Sea Turtles in Hawaii getting tumors and we are the cause 7.10.2014 Environmental News Network
Hawai'i's sea turtles are afflicted with chronic and often lethal tumors caused by consuming non-native algae, "superweeds," along coastlines where nutrient pollution is unchecked. The disease that causes these tumors is considered the leading cause of death in endangered green sea turtles. The new research was just published in the scientific journal PeerJ. Turtles that graze on blooms of invasive seaweeds end up with a diet that is rich in a particular amino acid, arginine, which promotes the virus that creates the tumors. Scientists at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and their NOAA colleague estimate that adult turtles foraging at high-nutrient grazing sites increase their arginine intake 17–26 g daily, up to 14 times the background level.
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Scientists discover a new origin of oxygen on Earth and in space 3.10.2014 LA Times: Science
Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.
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Willamette River Toxic Algae Warning Lifted In Portland, Oregon 3.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore., Oct 2 (Reuters) - The dangerously toxic blue-green algae that for two weeks halted recreation on the Willamette River as it flows through Oregon's largest city has dissipated and a health advisory for the river has been lifted, Oregon public health officials said on Thursday. But swimmers and boaters should still be cautious as they return to the river, as algae could be present in high levels in areas far from where test samples were collected, the Oregon Health Authority said. An oil-slick-like green sheen of algae was first detected on Sept. 16, prompting Oregon health officials to warn river users away from a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette, which bisects Portland and is a hub of industry, housing and recreation. A rowing regatta and the swimming portion of a triathlon were canceled during the advisory, and residents of riverbank homeless encampments were warned to steer clear of the water. Several rowing groups said they would immediately return to ...
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Algal Blooms Threaten Public Health, Great Lakes Mayors Fight Back 3.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a press conference during the Summit on Drinking Water Protection at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. No city can stand alone against Great Lakes water quality issues. This became clear when in August an algal bloom off the coast of Toledo introduced a toxin, called Microcystis, into the city's water supply causing a two-day drinking water ban, sending shockwaves through cities reliant on the Great Lakes basin. In response, last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel convened mayors from four states and two Canadian provinces, connected by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, for a Summit on Drinking Water Protection. Shedd Aquarium hosted the summit focused on discussions around phosphorus pollution, algal blooms and the complex set of regulations and legal frameworks that govern water quality protection on our lakes. Concerns about drinking water pollution were forefront on the agenda, because the Toledo incident demonstrated that we are not adequately prepared to respond to ...
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Ethanol industry pushes back on rail safety improvements 2.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The industry disputes finding that ethanol is more volatile than crude.
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Didymo risk goes beyond green snot in rivers 30.9.2014 TreeHugger
What the public really needs to hear about recent news downgrading the hitchhiker hazards of rock snot
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