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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 40, October 1, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

If I remember right, there were around 800 bills that made it as far as the California Governor's desk for his consideration this fall. I don't know what the success rate is for all categories, but this topic of Alternative-Renewable-Sustainable Energy certainly came out ahead. The upheaval this spring caused when the Energy Commission put the kibosh on injection of bio-sourced methane into the common carrier natural gas lines may well have resulted in some legislative sanity, this time with the assurance that there is actual local benefit. Maybe AB 2196 and AB 1900 combined can get that game back above board. The nicest surprise was passage of AB 1122, which separates Renewables competition to let Biomass project developers compete among themselves for a secure set-aside, instead of always getting thrown under the government support bus by the Solar and the Wind guys. Go, Biomass, Go!

Every week, we come across new technology companies with some variation on the theme of waste conversion: whisky slops to biobutanol, methane emissions to biopolymers, hydrogen fuel from, well, just about anything. This industrial exuberance is linked to society's greater recognition that Waste is a Resource (and costs money to throw away), no matter WHAT you turn it into next, or how you accomplish the hat trick. Some of the most prominent international foundations have caught up the theme. Counties like Los Angeles, long-time waste conversion proponents that had to cool their heels like everyone else during this economic crush, are saying, "Now's the Time!"

There's an outside chance that this international attention on Carbon Footprint and Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction is also popularizing the novel concept that it is better to make something out of the stuff that is discarded, than to pay to keep it in a hole in the ground. It's better to remake the resources than go find more. It's better to turn stuff back into market ready materials near the source, than to ship barge loads half way around the world. It's even better perhaps, to turn part of that waste-to-resource into fuel and chemicals to store and use later than into electricity that has to go immediately into the market. Now it's just a matter of taking a fresh look at the laws on the books, especially the regulations stemming from this attention to Climate Change, to see how these dictates can be used to encourage local multi-tech, multi-feedstock reprocessing of the bits and pieces that can be reclaimed from this constant Tsunami of Trash.

Hey Rube!

Do try to respond to the local agencies, to the Governor's office, to the federal rulemakings, and the international standards-setting efforts to impact sane recovery and reprocessing of waste back into usable goods. Sometime these opportunities just slip by; if you spot something Teru Talk missed that needs a bright light, say so. As often as possible, Teru aims that light at the most important policy drivers, the issues that need attention, filing and posting comments as examples to help with Words. Most crucial, however: keep trying to help direct the course, letting the Powers that Be know what is right, timely and needed. And let the Rest of the World know about Milestones, too: get the details published. Use the Internet; update those websites, sent out those press releases. Tell EVERYONE about what this industry is doing! Remember Taj Mahal's advice: "… Many fish bites if ya got good bait…"

The Week's Extra Reading

Teru submitted his comments to CalRecycle in response to their most recent request for stakeholder imput on AB 341 Report Development, specifically on the subject of measurement. Your comments are due by October 5, 2012.

The Week's News

Anaergia's WWTP Biogas to Fuel Cell Project Coming Online in California  

Canadian company Anaergia Inc. has announced that the company's wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) biogas to fuel cell power generation project is coming online in California. 09/28/2012

Verified Carbon Standard to Release Validation and Verification Manual

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) has announced in its September newsletter an anticipated October 4, 2012 release of the VCS Validation and Verification Manual complete with an on-line portal and concurrent with major updates to VCS program documents. 09/28/2012

USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation Secures $35MM in Debt Financing

Ohio based USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation (USASF) has announced receipt of $35 million in debt financing from the Canadian financial house Third Eye Capital, and an additional $11MM in common stock sales to its parent company Global Energy, Inc. 09/28/2012

Mango Materials Wins 2012 Green Challenge for Waste Methane to BioPlastics

The annual Green Challenge winner was announced by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, presenting an award of $630,000 at Tuesday night's New York gala to California-based Mango Materials. 09/27/2012

Celtic Renewables to Convert Tullibardine Whisky Stillage Waste to Biobutanol

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Scottish whisky distillery Tullibardine to produce the advanced biofuel biobutanol from the by-products of whisky production. 09/27/2012

EnviTec Biogas Closes EUR 30MM Loan to Expand AD/Biogas Upgrading Plants

Germany based EnviTec Biogas has announced that the company has placed an unsecured loan of EUR 30 million to expand anaerobic digestion and biogas upgrading plant operations. 09/27/2012

California Governor Signs Key Alternative Energy Legislation

The office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued a Legislative Update today advising of signings and vetoes, and most of the key energy related bills have been approved. 09/27/2012

Maverick Biofuels & Enerjetik Plan Pilot Facility for Products from Solid Waste

North Carolina based Maverick Biofuels has announced entry into a joint development agreement with gasification specialists Enerjetik, LLC. 09/26/2012

Outotec Will Use R&D Loan to Develop Minerals/Metal Recovery Technologies

Finland's multi-sector industrial development company Outotec Oyj has announced receipt of a EUR 45 million research and development (R&D) loan to finance the development of processing technologies for the recovery of minerals and other metals, and as well as industrial water treatment and energy related applications. 09/26/2012

Los Angeles County Seeks Regulatory Reform to Advance Waste Conversion

The Los Angeles (LA) County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced a "Yes" vote by the County's Board of Supervisors, approving the motion by District 4's Supervisor Don Knabe read into record last week in support of innovative waste conversion technologies. 09/26/2012

Clinton Global Initiative Launches Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) opened its 8th Annual Meeting in New York City by announcing of the launch of The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources (FSWR), formed to address the growing health and environmental crisis caused by billions of tons of waste produced worldwide. 09/25/2012

ARiES Energy and Proton Power to Demo CHyP Multi-Fuel Pyrolysis System

The Tennesee-based partnership of ARiES Energy and Proton Power has scheduled a demonstration on October 10, 2012 of Proton's scalable CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) system at their joint Lenoir, Tennessee headquarters. 09/25/2012

Canada's Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program Lauded

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has congratulated the Government of Canada for its successful $1 billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP), and for its continued commitment to the ongoing transformation of the forest products sector. 09/25/2012

York U Scientists Use Plants to Reclaim Rare Metals from Mining Wastes

The United Kingdom's (UK) York University has announced that Dr. James Clark and his researchers will lead an international "phyto-mining" project to use plants to reclaim rare and precious metals from mine tailings. 09/24/2012

The Week's Action Items

Due 10/05/2012: Comments to CalRecycle on AB 341 Reporting, MRF Standards

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) held back-to-back workshops on September 19, 2012 to address different yet closely related elements of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling bill AB 341 and is now requesting public comments. 09/24/2012

Due 10/08/2012: Comments to CEC on Combined Heat and Power Staff Report

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a Request for Public Comments on a staff analysis of the state's potential for combined heat and power (CHP) projects. 09/29/2012


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