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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 7, February 13, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

It's not Recycling OR Conversion, it's careful, economical recycling AND conversion that makes the most sense when we are trying to reach Zero Waste to Landfill. It's not Renewables OR Non-renewables, given our thirst for Energy, it's paying attention to proper Energy Development operations of every sort, and I'll bet we'll still gripe about running short. It's not Anaerobic Digestion OR Thermal Conversion or, or Whatever; it is the proper integration of all our most appropriate tools, used in the best and cleanest way we know how. It isn't a goal of Absolutely No Emissions; it is a question of Clean, compared to What?

We can only do as well as we can at the moment, and make sure that's better than we were doing before. We can, and must, seek Continual Improvement. How can waiting for the Ultimate Good be better than cleaning up our mess a little bit at a time? That certainly applies to how we manage our waste, and what we do with the stuff we can't currently reuse or recycle. Teru Talk is focused on helping everyone notice whenever some technology, some new method DOES work, somewhere, for someone. We can see all the way around this globe nowadays, and there simply isn't a good excuse not to replicate success. And when we CAN see clearly that something works well, let's quit piddling around with bucket-scale trial after trial and put the solution in motion for an entire city, or multiple industrial plants, or landscape-scale chunks of forests. There's Money out there for Waste Conversion, but those that control it are rightfully looking for Big Plays, not the nickel-and-dime pilots. This multiple-order-of-magnitude jump in scale is how we can really make an impact. Grab our best bat, and swing for the far wall.

Hey Rube!

Thirty years ago in 1982, the US put in place the Forest Practices Act, and we have been living with that constraining dictum every since. Well, not any more, the government is in the final stages of a massive do-over on the way our national trust lands are managed, including a new Forest Planning Rule and some serious revision of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For those who would vie for forest-sourced resources, whether Renewable or Not, the Game is changing and at Landscape Scale. This increased access will surely result in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, depending on just what is being sought and how our industries and agencies go about serving it up. Watch this one.

The Week's Extra Reading

Teru has reviewed the proposed Guidelines for Specifications of Biochars developed by the International Biochar Initiative and submitted comments. The comment period closed last Friday.

The Week's News

Final USFS Landscape-Scale Proposal Selected for NEPA Pilot Program

The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) have announced selection of a Forest Service proposal for the fifth and final pilot in a new program designed to increase federal environmental review efficiency and reduce overall assessment and implementation costs. 02/12/2012


WTEC Selected for Kelly Lake Metis Settlement Waste to Energy Installation

Waste to Energy Canada (WTEC) has announced that the company has been selected for installation of waste-fueled gasification systems development by the Kelly Lake Metis Settlement Society (KLMSS). 02/11/2012


German AD Pilot Plant to Focus on Optimizing Conversion of Variable Food Waste Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) has announced the impending start-up of a pilot anaerobic digestion (AD) facility for optimizing conversion of highly-varied types of food waste. 02/11/2012


Bio-Methatech Secures Vermont Dairy Waste to Biogas to Energy Project

Canadian green energy developer Bio-Methatech has signed a contract to install an anaerobic digester processing system for the Riverview Farm in Franklin, Vermont. 02/10/2012


Hershey Integrates Recycling and Conversion for Zero-Waste-to-Landfill

The Hershey Company has announced that three of its main manufacturing facilities have reached "Zero-Waste-to-Landfill" (ZWL) status through the company's sustainability efforts. 02/10/2012


Lignol Awarded $2.06MM Additional SDTC Funding for Biorefinery Technologies  Lignol Innovations, Ltd has received an award of $2.06 million in additional funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). 02/10/2012


Neste Oil & Raisio: Integrating Ag Waste Conversion and Food Production

Two Finnish giants in their own fields have announced a collaborative effort to integrate and optimize all aspects of the biofuel and food industries. 02/09/2012


Celtic Renewables Wins £40,000 Shell Springboard Award

The new Scottish startup Celtic Renewables has just received a £40,000 Shell Springboard award for its advanced biofuels production from Scottish malt whisky industrial wastes. 02/09/2012


Noble Mansfield Renewable Energy Formed to Merge Biofuels Marketing

Hong Kong headquartered Noble Group and Gainesville, Georgia based Mansfield Oil Company have jointly announced the merger of their biofuels marketing divisions, with the launch of Noble Mansfield Renewable Energy. 02/09/2012


PTG Secures $1MM from EIC Ventures for Wastewater to Energy

California based Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) has secured $1 million in support from EIC Ventures, an early-stage venture capital investment fund whose director, David Dubé, is already a PTG Board Member and previous investor in the company. 02/08/2012


Quebec to Invest $27MM in Enerkem, GreenField Ethanol's Waste-to-Fuels Plant  Enerkem and GreenField Ethanol have announced the government of Quebec, Canada's intent to invest $27 million to help develop Quebec's first waste to advanced biofuels and bio-sourced chemicals plant. 02/07/2012


Vermont's Cow Power Program Has Energy Surplus, Calls for New Customers  The Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) helped launch the non-profit Cow Power program in 2005; at the end of last month, the CVPS announced that its supply of farm-based biogas to energy had surpassed the total demand of program participants for the first time. 02/07/2012


Enviva and E.ON Sign Multi-Year Wood Pellet Fuel Supply Agreement

US based biomass fuel supply company Enviva has signed a pellet fuel off-take agreement with E.ON, one of the world's largest investor owned utilities. 02/06/2012


BC Bioenergy Network Awards $1.5MM for "Energy Garden" Project

The British Columbia (BC) Bioenergy Network has invested $1.5 million in Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre, a Harvest Power company, to support diversion of organics from disposal to bioenergy generation. 02/06/2012

The Week's Action Items

Update: Due 02/10/2012: Comments to IBI Biochar Standards

The stakeholder comment period on the proposed collaborative Guidelines for Specifications of Biochars developed by the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) closes February 10, 2012. 02/08/2012


Due 05/03/2012: Initial Concept Proposals for US-Israel Energy Projects

The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program has issued a call for proposals for renewable energy development projects. 02/06/2012


Due 05/18/2012: Conservation Innovation Grant Applications to NRCS California  The California office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS-CA) of the US Department of Agriculture has announced May 18, 2012 as the California region submission deadline for the 2012 Conservation Innovation Grant-California (CIG-CA) funding opportunity (USDA-NRCS-CA-12-003). 02/11/2012


Due 06/01/2012: Applications to USDA for Biofuel / Biorefinery Funding

US Department of Agriculture announced release of Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for two programs last week, each to provide about $25 million in support of biorefinery and advanced biofuel development. 02/07/2012



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