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Volume I, Issue 21 -  July 18, 2011 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú") 


Teru's Trash Talk 

We've started the New Fiscal Year (whoopee!) and Agencies everywhere are breaking out their Planning Periscopes, peering over the edge of this crumpled global economy, trying to sound cheerful and positive while not sticking our communal necks out too far. It's the old Mission, Vision, Goals routine: (1) What are we supposed to do? (2) What do we think we can get away with? and (3) Now, how are we gonna do that??


One such planning process is attempting to align California's energy future Mission with the Green Jobs stump speech and SB x1-2 first shot over the bow by new Governor Jerry Brown: Clean energy means Jobs and JOBS IS GOOD so get that clean energy geared up, folks. 'Course, one could inquire: "Clean, compared to what?"  Ahhhh - that's the Vision part: Agencies are figuring out what they can hope to manage, with what control they hope to own. The Sages say that if they don't monitor it, they can't manage it … so this all devolves to a Counting Game.


But speaking of attaining Goals: how are we gonna do that, if we don't know much about the front-end source-stuff nobody wants to count? How can The Communal We of California ever reach those lofty 33% Renewable Energy goals, if we don't count the feedstock California's Clean Energy Future planning process kicked off this month, and we stood in line to take pot shots (see our Comments to Docket).


Hey Rube!


Comments to this first round of the California Clean Energy Future planning process are due July 20 2011, but as said, this is only the first of a series culminating in Reports this coming December. Teru Talk will post a Focus Report this coming week breaking it all down and providing the critical background; stay tuned.


The Week's News 


Green Heat Report Recommends Wood Stove Replacement Incentive

The Alliance for Green Heat (AHG) released a report on their year long assessment of biomass heating in the US, partially funded by USDA-Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). 07/16/2011


Cereplast Expands Presence in European Market for Bioplastics

California based bio-sourced chemical company Cereplast, Inc has signed a distribution agreement with Polimernet Plastik Ltd. to supply their bioplastic resins to the Turkish market. 07/15/2011


DECC Publishes White Paper on Electric Market Reform in UK

United Kingdom's (UK) Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has issued a vision of dramatic energy redevelopment in the white paper, ‘Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity’. 07/15/2011


EPA Proposes Modifications to Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the intent to publish their modification of the 2008 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rulemaking and will seek public comment on the Rule's draft expanded environmental justice (EJ) analysis and peer review. 07/15/2011


Rentech Receives Final Air Permit for Florida Biomass to Energy Project California based gasification company Rentech Inc. announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued the final air permit needed for the company's Port St. Joe Florida Renewable Energy Center (Port St. Joe Project); all significant permits have now been received from the State to allow construction of the planned project to begin. 07/15/2011


Codexis Completes First Scale-up of Cellulase Enzyme for Biomass Conversion Codexis has successfully completed their first scale-up manufacturing of cellulase enzyme for biomass conversion to biofuels and bio-based chemicals at the contract facility of Fermic S.A. de C.V in Mexico City. 07/14/2011


NatureWorks Moves Nebraska Biochemical Production Toward Commercial NatureWorks LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cargill, has increased investment in their Blair, Nebraska facility in preparation for commercial production of their new bio-based polymer-grade lactide, Ingeo M700. 07/14/2011


Pennsylvania Clean Energy Awards Include AD and BioPower Projects The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has awarded $4.22 million in clean energy grants to six counties enabling a total of 10 renewable energy projects, including development of three anaerobic digestion systems and upgrading of one biomass-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) installation. 07/14/2011


Chesapeake Invests $155 Million in Sundrop Fuels for Green Gasoline

Chesapeake NG Ventures Corporation (CNGV) is investing $155 million for a fifty percent equity stake in Sundrop Fuels, Inc, the Colorado based biomass gasification to liquid fuels company. 07/13/2011


EdeniQ and IKA Works Partner for Biomass Milling Technology

California based EdeniQ, Inc and IKA Works, Inc, US subsidiary of the German firm IKA® Werke GmbH Co. KG, have announced their mutually exclusive joint development agreement for manufacturing, sales and further development of biomass mixing and milling technology for the global biofuels and biochemical markets. 07/13/2011


6.5 MM Tonnes/Year of British Food Waste Available for AD Conversion The United Kingdom's Eunomia Research and Consulting has released a report on their year-long study of food waste availability for anaerobic digestion (AD) conversion in Great Britain, indicating that of a total of 8.8 million tonnes available throughout the United Kingdom (UK), 2.2 million tonnes per annum (tpa) is from household sources, 5.2 million tpa commercial and 0.6 million tpa industrial. 07/13/2011


United Kingdom Dairy is Powered by Food Processing Waste

The BV Dairy in Dorset, United Kingdom (UK), now operates on combined heat and power (CHP) generated from anaerobic digestion (AD) of food processing waste for production of biogas, with £1.7m in funding assistance from the AD Demonstration Programme of the UK's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). 07/12/2011


MagneGas to Enter Mexico Market with Plasma Waste to Energy

Florida-based MagneGas Corporation has revised their non-binding memorandum of understanding MOU) with Inmobiliaria Grupo Corporativo S.A. de C.V. (IGC) of Mexico, doing business as Green Planet Aid (GPA), which provides GPA with exclusive distribution rights in Mexico for an initial five-year period. 07/12/2011


New £10m Anaerobic Digestion Loan Fund Announced in England

A new £10m Anaerobic Digestion Loan Fund (ADLF) has just been announced to support new anaerobic digestion (AD) capacity in England, aiming for 300,000 tonnes of annual food waste diversion from landfill by 2015. 07/11/2011


American Renewables Awards 100 MWe Biomass Boiler Contract to Metso Finland-based Metso Corporation has been awarded a contract from American Renewables to supply a 100 megawatt bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) biomass boiler, flue gas cleaning system and the entire power plant automation system for their Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) in Florida. 07/11/2011


The Week's Action Items


Due 07/20/2011: Comments on California Clean Energy Future

California agencies are requesting public comment regarding ways to implement and then measure effectiveness of policies identified by the California Clean Energy Future organization. 07/11/2011


Due 09/30/2011: EOIs to London for Waste Management Support Programme The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has opened a Targeted Waste Infrastructure Programme to meet the criteria of their Business Plan. 07/11/2011


Due 02/17/2012: Energy for Sustainability Proposals to NSF  

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests proposals toward their Energy for Sustainability program to support fundamental research and education in energy production, conversion, and storage. 07/13/2011



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