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NEWS UPDATE April 28, 2014

Congress returns to tackle efficiency, tax credits, water law and appropriations

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 28, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has also said he wants to use this work period to pass a “tax extenders” bill to renew dozens of expired tax breaks, including the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) and several other energy-related incentives. Enacting such a bill is a top priority for Reid and new Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who has said the breaks should be extended one last time before turning to comprehensive tax reform. [ read more … ]

Judge Throws Wrench In Minn.’s Renewable Energy Push

By Frederick Reese, MintPress News  •    •  Posted April 26, 2014

Last Friday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled that Minnesota does not have the right to demand clean electricity. In her ruling on the lawsuit the state of North Dakota brought against the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission toward striking down the Next Generation Energy Act, District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson found that due to the interconnectivity of the power grid and Minnesota’s role as a primary consumer of North Dakota’s energy, Minnesota’s legislation unduly limits North Dakota’s rights to produce. Such limiting on the part of Minnesota, the judge ruled, is in violation of the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. [ read more … ]

Enzyme giant forecasts bigger U.S. ethanol production using less corn

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted April 28, 2014

Denmark’s Novozymes, the world’s biggest maker of industrial enzymes used in the production of biofuels, forecast yesterday that U.S. ethanol production will rise slightly this year to 13.5 billion gallons after a strong start to the year. The company said its enzyme sales to the bioenergy industry grew by 34 percent in local currencies in the first quarter of the year, when ethanol production increased by 11 percent in the United States according to Energy Information Administration data. [ read more … ]

Making jet fuel out of garbage — a first

Tiffany Stecker and Julia Pyper, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted April 28, 2014

Come 2017, British Airways could be able to fuel flights from London’s City Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on trash. The airline has partnered with Washington, D.C.-based Solena Fuels to make 50,000 metric tons of jet fuel from municipal solid waste per year. It is the first project in the world to attempt to convert trash into a drop-in fuel for airplanes. [ read more … ]

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