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NEWS UPDATE March 14, 2014

Iowa 5th-largest clean energy jobs creator in fourth quarter

By CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

Iowa, which generates a quarter of its electricity by wind, made plans last year to add up to 1,400 clean energy and transportation jobs in the state, according to the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs. In a report released Wednesday, the group said during the fourth quarter alone, Iowa ranked the fifth-largest for job creation, trailing only Texas, Arizona, New York and California. Overall, 260 projects were announced in 2013 in the United States that could create more than 78,600 clean energy and transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs said. Solar power generation was the year’s top sector with more than 21,600 jobs announced. Other strong sectors included building efficiency and public transportation. The Iowa jobs include wind projects at MidAmerican Energy and cellulosic ethanol plants by Poet, DuPont and Fiberight, according to the group. [ read more … ]

80,000 clean energy jobs created in 2013, study estimates

Joshua Learn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

About 80,000 clean energy and transportation jobs were created in 2013, according to a study put out this week by an environmental nonprofit group. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) says the bulk of these were in the solar power sector, which announced more than 21,000 new jobs. But building efficiency and public transportation also had strong showings. The top states were California with more than 15,000 new clean energy jobs announced, followed by Texas, with more than 6,000. Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts were close behind. [ read more … ]

Forum: HEALTH EFFECTS OF FINE PARTICLES FROM VEHICLE EMISSIONS

Energy Future Coalition  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

Numerous scientific studies have linked exposure to particle pollution – especially fine particles – to a variety of serious health problems and premature death. Particle pollution from gasoline use in motor vehicles is caused entirely by the use of aromatic hydrocarbons to boost octane; these compounds comprise roughly 20 percent of every gallon of fuel. How serious is this threat? To address that question, the Energy Future Coalition and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have planned a one-day workshop that will examine recent research on particulate pollution from aromatics in motor fuel. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Production slumps amid rail challenges

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

Ethanol production slumped to its lowest level in two months last week as winter weather created challenges on the rail lines used to transport most of the nation’s alcohol-based fuel. Ethanol production averaged 869,000 barrels, or 36.50 million gallons, a day last week, down 25,000 barrels per day from the previous week and the lowest production in eight weeks, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration. Stocks of ethanol also stood at their lowest level of the year. Ethanol stocks for the week ending March 7 were at 15.9 million barrels, a 2.4 percent decrease from the previous week. [ read more … ]

National Corn Growers CEO to retire after long stint in agriculture

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

The National Corn Growers Association announced the retirement today of CEO Rick Tolman after 37 years in agribusiness. Tolman plans to leave corn’s top trade group at the end of September to spend more time with his family, association President Martin Barbre said in a statement. “Rick has been a tireless advocate for corn farmers and our organization. However, Rick told us — as much as he loves representing our way of life — he is ready to enjoy more time with his wife, Linda, and their five children and eight grandchildren, and other pursuits,” Barbre said. “As he said it, we all put off things until ‘someday,’ and, for him, ‘someday’ has finally come.” [ read more … ]

State policies have achieved greenhouse gas savings — report

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

Federal, state and regional policies to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency and to cut greenhouse gas emissions helped produce a 12 percent decline in U.S. carbon emissions between 2007 and 2012, according to a new study by Environment America. The environmental group said in its 44-page report that state renewable energy standards and other policies have helped wind, solar and other renewable industries to quadruple in that time, leading to 62 million metric tons in avoided CO2 in 2012. Efficiency standards for lighting, building efficiency and other sectors have also contributed. A new rule for fluorescent and incandescent lamps that took effect in 2012 — and that has sometimes been a bone of contention on Capitol Hill — cut greenhouse gases by 3.6 million metric tons in the final six months of that year, the report said. [ read more … ]

News organizations increasingly turn to sponsored discussions as source of revenue

By Paul Farhi, Washington Post  •    •  Posted March 14, 2014

The formula is simple: Take a high-minded topic and a few knowledgeable talking heads, and rent a hall. Then get a sponsor willing to shell out top dollar to splash its name on the ensuing discussion. To give the event an extra sheen of authority and credibility, it helps if the organizer is a prestigious news organization. For the news media, it’s no longer enough to merely report the day’s events. At a time when traditional advertising revenues are under stress, news organizations are developing a lucrative — and sometimes controversial — sideline by orchestrating live discussions about events and ideas in the news. [ read more … ]

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