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  • Cities with the most energy certified buildings named

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shared its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified commercial buildings in the preceding calendar year with Charlotte ranking 21st.

  • Greenbuild diverts over 84 percent of waste

    USGBC and Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate have released the 2015 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last fall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Republic expands Florida CNG fleet

    Republic Services has added 62 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks serving customers in Broward and Dade Counties.

  • Duke Energy to use animal waste in conversion facility

    Duke Energy will buy swine and poultry waste output from a facility planned for eastern North Carolina –using the captured methane gas to generate renewable electricity at four power stations.

  • Blue Sphere to acquire plant in Italy

    Blue Sphere Corporation, a power producer that develops, owns and manages waste-to-energy facilities globally, has signed an exclusive term sheet to acquire a waste-to-energy biogas plant from Agrilandia Societa Agricola a r.l.

  • New York to train military personnel for solar jobs

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets training program, which will provide military personnel stationed at Fort Drum, New York with technical skills to obtain jobs in the growing solar industry after they transition from active service.

  • Caterpillar works with greenhouse

    Caterpillar Inc. and SunSelect Produce, Inc. disclosed a collaboration that will take the waste products of Caterpillar’s combined heat and power cogeneration facility in Mossville, Illinois and put them to productive use in SunSelect hydroponic greenhouses.

  • Weltec erects second biogas plant in South Korea

    The construction work for an anaerobic digestion plant from German manufacturer Weltec Biopower was started in South Korea in 2015.

  • Blue Sphere completes acquisition of biogas facilities in Italy

    Blue Sphere Corp., which develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has completed the acquisition of four operating biogas facilities in Italy.

  • Herbold takes major step in environmental stewardship

    A long-time leader in the development of systems and equipment for the recycling of plastics, Herbold USA is taking steps to make its Rhode Island headquarters more environmentally friendly.

  • Sonoma County School goes solar

    Sonoma Academy in Sonoma County, California, has switched to solar power. Their solar power system will generate enough electricity to power approximately 50 average homes and will avoid production of 6,266 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

  • Manure-to-energy project underway in Missouri

    Roeslein Alternative Energy disclosed that the turnkey facility to create and inject large quantities of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) into the national grid system, created from one of the largest concentrations of finishing hogs in the Midwest, will be operational by mid-2016.

  • SolarCraft completes solar power installation at Martine’s Wines

    Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft completed a 20 kW solar electric system at Martine’s Wines in Novato, California.

  • Duke Energy and Google team up on solar power project

    In one of the largest solar projects undertaken in North Carolina, Google will benefit from Duke Energy Carolinas’ Green Source Rider program – meeting a portion of the power demand from the company’s data center in Lenoir with solar energy.

  • EPA finalizes increases in renewable fuel levels

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disclosed final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass based diesel for 2014 to 2017.

  • WELTEC Group acquires two biomethane refineries

    The WELTEC Group has acquired two biomethane refineries in Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

  • PowerOptions contracts with Solect as solar provider

    PowerOptions, an energy buying consortium, has selected solar provider Solect Energy, a commercial scale solar developer in Massachusetts, to lead its Small Systems Solar program, providing savings for entities with smaller projects.

  • Site of first commercial CTS plant in Georgia chosen by RRDA

    Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., disclosed that its’ licensee RRDA has secured the site for what will be the inaugural commercial CTS plant located in Vidalia, Georgia.

  • Honda to add 120 EV chargers to campus

    In an effort to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles and to prepare for a new generation of plug-in vehicles set to arrive by 2018, Honda is adding 120 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers on the Torrance, California headquarter campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

  • EnergySolutions signs agreement for acquisition

    EnergySolutions, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Valhi, Inc. and operator of a waste disposal facility located in Andrews County, Texas.

    At closing, EnergySolutions will pay $270 million in cash, $20 million face amount in Series A Preferred Stock and will assume approximately $77 million of WCS debt. Additionally, EnergySolutions will assume all financial assurance obligations related to the WCS business. Completion of the sale is subject to certain customary closing conditions outlined in the transaction agreement.

    EnergySolutions and WCS will continue to operate as independent companies until completion of the sale.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic expands CNG-powered fleet in Phoenix

    Republic Services added four compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Phoenix area.

    The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services throughout Arizona to 34.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Duke Energy to reduce emissions from power plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice disclosed a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation to resolve Clean Air Act violations at five coal-fired power plants across North Carolina.

  • Biomass-to-energy production evolves

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    PHG Energy’s (PHGE) downdraft gasification technology may spark a revolution in biomass-to-energy production.

  • Inovateus Solar installs arrays for Hoosier Energy

    Inovateus Solar, a provider of solar energy services, is installing two solar arrays for electric cooperative power supplier Hoosier Energy.

  • As UK winter approaches, government cuts to solar

    In August this year, the Department for the Environment and Climate Change disclosed a reduction in the renewable energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) from January 1, 2016.

  • Alliant Energy’s Solar Power Research Program includes PowerPost charging stations

    Telefonix®Inc., a developer of cord reel technology and manufacturer of PowerPost commercial electric vehicle charging stations (EVSEs), has installed 13 L2 PowerPost EV chargers at Alliant Energy headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin as part of a solar power technology research program.

  • University installs solar PV panels for football facilities

    The Environmental Center of the University of Colorado Boulder will feature a Sustainable Game Day focus at Folsom Field and across the tailgate areas.

  • Littoral Power receives award for hydropower technologies

    Littoral Power Systems Inc. (LPS), a renewable power technology developer based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was selected to receive an award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

  • Party rental company completes solar installation for laundry facility

    Party Rental Ltd., a full service event rental company, has completed a 200 kW solar energy system atop its laundry facility located in Teterboro, New Jersey.

  • TruStar Energy opens CNG fueling station

    TruStar Energy, a developer of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations, has opened a company-owned public CNG fueling station in Lafayette, Louisiana.

  • Inovateus installs solar array

    Indiana based Inovateus Solar was awarded the installation of a 2.5 MW AC, ground-mounted solar array project for Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) an operating unit of American Electric Power (AEP).

  • Wind power brought to Kenya

    As part of president Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, committed $233 million in debt financing to support construction and operation of the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kajiado, Kenya.

  • Partnership to serve electric cooperatives across four states

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a wholesale power supplier owned by 44 member electric cooperatives and public power districts, and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI), executed a 25 year contract to supply the utility with renewable energy from the planned Alta Luna Solar Project to be constructed in Luna County in southwest New Mexico.

  • New York awards grants for clean energy

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo disclosed $175 million in awards for five large scale clean energy projects that will help the state meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goals to increase the amount of electricity generation from renewable energy sources.

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  • Los Angeles district expands Bigbelly recycling system installations

    Bigbelly, Inc. disclosed that the Los Angeles Ninth Council District is significantly expanding its use of the Bigbelly system to help combat the litter problem on city streets and throughout the region’s public areas.

  • Tri-State and juwi sign solar energy purchase agreement

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a wholesale power supplier owned by 44 member electric cooperatives and public power districts, and juwi Inc., a Colorado-based renewable energy company, have signed a 25 year contract to supply the utility with renewable energy from the planned San Isabel Solar Project to be constructed in southern Colorado.

  • Enerkem raises $115 million in capital

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has raised $115 million and initiated the production of biomethanol at their facility in Canada.

  • Republic expands natural gas-powered fleet

    Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area.

  • Green3Power to build renewable energy facility on the St. Lucie County landfill

    Green3Power St. Lucie LLC has executed an agreement to build, own and fund a $175 million renewable energy facility (REF) which will convert approximately 1,000 tons of waste per day into approximately 80,000 gallons per day of ultra-low sulfur synthetic green No. 2 diesel fuel.

  • OPIC to support Jamaican solar energy facility

    The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, signed a financing agreement with Content Solar Ltd., solidifying a $47 million OPIC loan to support a 20 MW grid connected solar photovoltaic facility in Clarendon, Jamaica.

  • Covanta extends Long Beach contract

    Covanta Long Beach Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, entered into an extended agreement with the City of Long Beach, California for the operations and maintenance of the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF).

  • New solar power plant being constructed in Japan

    Kyocera Corporation, Gaia Power, Kyudenko Corporation, and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation disclosed that the companies have made a joint investment in Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar power operating company, to construct and operate a 92 megawatt (MW) solar power plant.

  • Blue Sphere breaks ground on waste-to-energy project

    Blue Sphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, broke ground on their newest waste to energy project in Johnston, Rhode Island.

  • DTE Energy installs Detroit’s first solar energy trash compactors

    DTE Energy will install smart, solar powered trash compactors and recycling units in its downtown Detroit, Michigan neighborhood.

  • Advanced Disposal holds open house for new gas-to-energy plant in Florida

    Advanced Disposal partnered with Sarasota County for a landfill open house and ribbon cutting event for the County’s new gas-to-energy plant.

  • Duke Energy to build two coal ash landfills in North Carolina

    Duke Energy plans to submit permits to construct fully lined on-site landfills at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, North Carolina and the Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • Two electric vehicle world records broken

    The electric vehicle (EV) coast-to-coast world record was unofficially broken by a team of 6 with an elapsed drive and charge time of just 58 hours and 55 minutes.

  • Blue Sphere closes on joint venture for biogas generation facility in Rhode Island

    Blue Sphere Corporation has closed on a joint venture with an affiliate of York Capital Management to develop, construct and operate a 3.2 MW biogas generation facility in Johnston, Rhode Island under the management of Entropy Investment Management.

  • EAWC Technologies builds waste-to-energy plant

    EAWC Technologies has signed an agreement with Tecnologias Verdes SA de CV, a private Mexican Corporation, to build the country’s first waste-to-energy (WtE) plant at the state of Chiapas.

  • Duke plans solar energy farm

    Duke Energy received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to construct a solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina.

  • Washakie Renewable settles with DOJ

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) disclosed a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions opens Canada’s largest natural gas facility

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. officially opened its renewable natural gas facility, the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

  • Bluesphere Corp. breaks ground on North Carolina waste-to-energy project

    Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, broke ground on both its first waste-to-energy project and new U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • CNG station to be built in Kansas

    TruStar Energy has been awarded the contract to design and build a large public access fueling station for CNG Energy LLC, to support Liberal, Kansas and the surrounding area.

  • Drax Biomass appoints Peter Madden as U.S. CEO

    Drax Biomass named Peter Madden as chief executive officer of U.S. operations.

    Madden brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the forestry industry and will play a critical leadership role as Drax’s workforce and investment in the United States grows. Madden will guide the overall strategy and oversee day-to-day operations in the United States.

    Madden most recently served as the vice president of renewable energy and supply chain for Plum Creek Timber Company. Madden began his career in forestry in 1988 as a field technician with the Westvaco Corporation in South Carolina. In 1992, he joined Georgia-Pacific Corporation where he held various positions.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Clean Harbors signs agreement with Nuverra

    Clean Harbors, Inc., a provider of environmental, energy and industrial services, and Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc., a provider of environmental solutions to energy end-markets, disclosed that a definitive agreement has been reached, whereby Clean Harbors will acquire Nuverra’s subsidiary Thermo Fluids Inc. (TFI) for $85 million in an all cash transaction.

    Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, TFI provides environmental services in 21 U.S. states through a network of 36 permitted facilities. The company operates a fleet of trucks and rail cars in servicing more than 20,000 customers.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Desert Sunlight Solar Farm starts photovoltaic power plant operation

    U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell along with about 150 federal, state and local officials, and energy industry leaders, gathered to commission the 550 megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Desert Center, Riverside County, California.

  • PHG Energy acquires Florida waste-to-energy facility

    PHG Energy of Nashville has acquired multiple intellectual property assets and a municipal gasification plant in the bankruptcy of Florida based MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

  • Electric cars gain ground in vehicle rankings

    At, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its 18th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles.

  • NextEra Energy Partners appoints Austin to board

    NextEra Energy Partners, LP has appointed Susan Davenport Austin to the board of directors of its general partner. Austin joins as an independent director and as a member of the board’s audit and conflicts committees.

    Since 2014, Austin has been a senior managing director with Brock Capital Group, focusing on strategic and corporate advisory services. In addition, she continues to serve as vice chairman of Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), where she has served in a leadership capacity since joining the company in 2002 as vice president of strategic planning and treasurer.

    Prior to joining SBC, Austin spent 10 years in investment banking. She was a vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Austin worked for Bear, Stearns & Co. and Salomon Brothers Inc. on multiple financing and merger and acquisition assignments.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Alliance BioEnergy Plus adds to its board

    Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.’s shareholders elected the new board of directors at the annual shareholder meeting.

    Incumbent members Ted Chasanoff, Michael Bilodeau, Daniel de Liege and Mark Koch were reelected to the board of directors while Lt. General Mark Hertling (Ret.) and newly appointed chief executive officer David Matthews were added.

    Second-term board member Ted Chasanoff was elected chairman of the board in a subsequent meeting of the new board of directors.

    Retiring from the US Army in January 2013, Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling is now leading programs for Global Partnering, Physician Leadership and Health Performance Strategy at the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando.

    Chasanoff is the managing director of CBIZ MHM, LLC, based in the New York office. Chasanoff has extensive experience providing accounting, business advisory, and mergers and acquisition services to both public and privately-held companies in various industries. He serves as the technology practice leader for the New York office.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Blue Sphere closes joint venture for biogas facility

    Blue Sphere Corporation closed on a joint venture to develop, construct and operate a 5.2 MW biogas generation facility in Charlotte, North Carolina with affiliates of York Capital Management.

    Under the terms of the joint venture, Blue Sphere owns 25 percent of the project and received an initial payment of $1,250,000 in cash at the closing with a second payment of $1,175,000 to be paid later in 2015 upon the project’s achievement of each of mechanical completion and commercial operation.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • North America’s advanced biofuel industry produced 800 million gallons in 2014

    North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than 800 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to a new market report unveiled by the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

  • Construction starts on gas-to-energy facility in Orange County

    Board chairman and Orange County 3rd district supervisor Todd Spitzer joined with area government and business officials to present details on the environmental and economic benefits to be gained from a renewable green energy plant at a county landfill.

  • Sims adds wind turbine at MRF

    Sims Metal Management (Sims) and its Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR) division unveiled New York City’s first commercial scale wind turbine.

  • Solar energy on landfills and brownfields continues growth

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    Solar energy generation on closed landfills and brownfields has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

  • Emerging opportunities: The growth of industrial waste heat recovery

    The three most common industrial waste heat management options are recycling within the same heating system, recovery of the waste heat to be used in other systems within the same plant and converting the waste heat to power.

  • San Jose celebrates food waste-to-energy conversion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the city of San Jose celebrated the city’s successful food-waste-to-energy program at a tour of the nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by Zero Waste Energy Development Company.

  • Bigbelly Recycling bin useage up

    BigBelly Solar disclosed that the Alliance for Downtown New York recently undertook a major expansion of its use of solar-powered Bigbelly waste and recycling units. The Alliance through a public-private partnership with Vector Media increased the number of high-tech recycling bins from 16 to 174. In making the purchase of the units possible, Vector Media becomes the exclusive partner for the units’ exteriors.

    The Bigbelly stations allow for waste disposal, and recycling of paper or plastic and glass at each specified bin. Solar power drives the units’ compacting capabilities, while remote monitoring via wireless technology notifies staff when units require emptying.

    Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Weltec builds biogas plants in Greece

    German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has built 7 stainless-steel biogas plants with a total capacity of 2.75 MW that Weltec has set up in Greece.

  • Project created for reused EV battery systems

    Satsumasendai City and Sumitomo Corporation have agreed to carry out a joint project on the Koshiki Islands to establish an effective use of reused batteries from electric vehicles (EV) as large scale power storage facilities and to promote renewable energy.

  • Progressive Waste adds natural gas powered trucks

    Progressive Waste Solutions (PWS) opened a natural gas fueling station in Coquitlam that services the largest fleet of natural gas powered waste and recycling collection vehicles in BC and Canada.

  • Republic adds 20 natural gas trucks

    Republic Services has added 20 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Missouri area.

  • Major solar park inaugurated in Kingsey Falls, Quebec

    Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Mario Plourde, president and chief executive officer of Cascades, and Mathieu Chagnon, president of Rackam, inaugurated the Alain-Lemaire Solar Park, which will supply energy to Kingsey Falls.

  • Sunshine produces renewable energy in California

    Sunshine Gas Producers, a joint venture between DTE Biomass Energy and EIF Renewable Energy Holdings through its subsidiary Landfill Energy Systems, has started generating electricity from landfill gas at its recently constructed renewable energy facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar.

  • PWS revs up CNG conversion

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. (PWS) has added about 250 natural gas-powered trucks to its waste and recycling collection fleet since it announced its commitment in May 2013 to increase the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks it purchases.

  • New waste-to-energy businesses in Italy created

    Reservoir Capital Corp. has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Saxa Gres S.r.L. to develop recycling, manufacturing, waste-to-energy and renewable energy businesses in Italy.

  • Software technology reduces fuel costs for refuse trucks

    “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This brainy notion from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures is often quoted by strategic planners to make a foundational point.

  • State of Hawaii funds BioTork ag waste biofuels initiative

    The State of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie presented a $1.6 million check on behalf of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) to the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center’s (DKI-PBARC) zero-waste biofuel and high-protein feed program on Hawaii Island.

  • TruStar Energy to build Kimble Recycling & Disposal fast-fill public CNG fueling station

    TruStar Energy has been contracted to build a public fast-fill CNG fueling station for Kimble Recycling & Disposal, Inc., in Canton, Ohio.

  • Bluesphere to convert emissions from landfills into clean energy

    Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, is pursuing a strategy to work in partnership with landfill owners to convert harmful methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity.

  • Ford’s Oakville assembly plant goes landfill-free in Canada

    The Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste to landfills, an achievement that gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.

  • Lead batteries recycled to manufacture solar cells

    A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

  • SG Preston develops Ohio renewable diesel plant

    SG Preston (SGP), a bioenergy company, has planned development of a 120 million gallon renewable diesel facility in Lawrence County, Ohio. The SGP South Point facility will have total investment of $400 million, create 100 permanent jobs and be the world’s largest purpose-built producer of renewable diesel upon completion, estimated to occur in 2017.

    A key component of the facility’s development is the licensing by SG Preston of advanced process technology which has been successfully proven at commercial scale at other locations. This technology efficiently converts waste feedstock into renewable diesel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no modifications. Moreover, this technology allows SG Preston to customize its biofuel offering by adjusting fuel characteristics to meet various operating environments (extreme cold or heat) of the end user without diluting energy content in the fuel blend. This technologically advanced process also delivers lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

    Other partners in the project include the Lawrence County Economic Development Council, which is investing 62 acres in land and other incentives. The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and JobsOhio were also instrumental in securing the investment and technology to play a role in the future of southern Ohio.

    “For SG Preston, this is an important milestone and part of a larger vision of partnering with leading, global refining technology partners and local communities to develop a portfolio of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refineries targeting 1.2 billion gallons per year, or 20 percent of the federal RFS2 biomass-based mandate for biofuels,” said R. Delbert LeTang, chief executive officer of SG Preston.

    Pre-engineering studies for the facility are expected to begin in September 2014, with commercial operations targeted for 2017.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Jacksonville builds compressed natural gas station in Florida

    Champion Brands, a Florida beer distributor, broke ground on its public-private CNG station with partner Trillium CNG.

  • E-Pellets buys Georgia mill for wood pellet production

    E-Pellets, LLC has acquired the formerly shuttered Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia. The company plans to convert the mill into a wood pellet production facility, producing approximately 450,000 metric tons annually. The wood pellets will be exported to the European Union to be used as an alternative to coal as fuel in power plants.

    E-Pellets has a long-term port agreement with Georgia Kaolin Terminal, Inc., which provides E-Pellets sufficient port capacity to export up to 1.35 million metric tons per year of wood pellets through the port facility in Savannah, Georgia. E-Pellets previously purchased another underperforming production facility in Nahunta, Georgia and is expanding the production volume. All of the wood pellets are contracted to be sent to European power producers.

    Newly appointed chief executive officer Doug Albrecht leads a seasoned management team. Albrecht is the owner and operator of a major pulp, paper and forestry products company in South America. He is supported on the ground by Chief Operating officer Ken Ciarletta, logistic manager Mark Newhart, development by Ben Easterlin and general administration by Keith Hulbert.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Food processors offset energy costs with scraps

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    Food processing facilities are beginning to look like potential early adopters of waste-to-energy recycling.

  • Equipment Spotlight | AUG 2014 Waste-to-Fuel Equipment

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    Awareness of the benefits of waste to fuel conversion continues to grow.

  • Wind power growth still surging where strongly supported

    Double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013. Of today’s 318 gigawatts (GW) total generating capacity, 35 GW was added in 2013 alone.

  • RES Americas notified to proceed with construction of Pleasant Valley wind project

    Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) has received notice to proceed for construction of the Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Mower and Dodge Counties in southeast Minnesota.

    RES Americas is the developer and engineering, procurement and construction contractor of Pleasant Valley. The company successfully developed the project over a number of years in coordination with county and state officials and through the assembly of a landowner stakeholder committee to represent the community. Upon completion, RES Americas will transfer the project to Xcel Energy which will own and operate Pleasant Valley.

    The 200 MW project is comprised of 100 V100-2.0 MW Vestas turbines, 88 of which will be in Mower County and 12 of which will be in Dodge County. During the planning phase, RES Americas selected the turbine locations so as to preserve the site’s wetlands and other biological, natural and cultural resources. Construction of Pleasant Valley began in July 2014, with projected commercial operation in October 2015. The project is expected to employ up to 250 workers during peak construction.

    The project is expected to qualify for the Federal Production Tax Credit, and it is anticipated that it will generate nearly $950,000 in annual local tax revenue that will be split pro rata between the counties and townships.

    Xcel Energy estimates that Pleasant Valley will avoid up to 419,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Vestas V100-2.0 MW turbine, launched in 2013, generates approximately 13 percent more energy than earlier models at medium wind speeds. It is expected that the cost of energy generated by the project will be competitive with or below wholesale power prices in the region.

    “The Pleasant Valley project is 1 of 4 new wind projects under development that will add 750 MW of clean wind energy to our Upper Midwest system,” said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. “These projects will lower our customers’ bills, offer protection from rising fuel costs, and provide significant environmental benefits.”

    RES Americas currently has more than 770 MW of wind and solar power under construction in the United States and Canada. The company recently completed construction on Canada’s largest wind project, the 270 MW South Kent Wind Project in Ontario, and Texas’ largest solar photovoltaic project, the 41 MW Alamo 1 facility in San Antonio.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • SunEdison brings solar power to India’s villagers

    SunEdison, Inc., a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced a new project that will install 159 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in six remote Indian villages, which will bring electricity to, and thereby improve health and education for, 4,875 off-grid people.

  • TMEIC wins Intersolar award for innovation in solar tech

    Every year, Intersolar Europe, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, pays tribute to  the most innovative developments in solar technology.

  • Maine’s two largest utilities to develop transmission projects

    Maine’s two largest utilities have agreed to jointly develop electric transmission projects to enhance the strength and capacity of the state’s bulk power grid and improve access for new generation resources.

  • Inaccess to monitor Panama’s first utility-scale solar power plant

    Inaccess, a global provider of solar monitoring and control systems, has successfully commissioned its solar power plant optimization solution, insolar, at a 2.4 MW solar power plant in Sarigua, a desert region in Panama’s Herrera province.

  • TruStar Energy opens public CNG station for MSD fleet

    TruStar Energy, a designer and builder of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure, and the Muncie Sanitary District (MSD), have opened their first large public fast-fill CNG station.

  • Sungevity utilizes instant solar installation quoting tech

    Sungevity, Inc. has released technology capable of generating residential solar installation quotes instantly based on nothing more than a street address.

  • Astronergy gives PV to children’s hospital

    Astronergy donated 150kW PV panels to a solar system installed on a parking lot of a children’s hospital, Hospitl de las Californias, located in Tijuana, Baja California.

  • EPA names top organizations utilizing renewable energy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership released a list of the top 100 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar power.

  • Casella partners on solar project

    Borrego Solar Systems Inc. has partnered with Soltage Greenwood, a joint venture between Greenwood Energy and Soltage LLC to develop a solar project, launched by Casella Waste Systems on its Coventry, Vermont landfill site.

  • Bluesphere to build new waste-to-energy project

    Bluesphere Corp. (BLSP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a local developer

  • Enerkem launches new facility

    Enerkem officially inaugurated its first full scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

  • Honeywell UOP technology powers largest biofuel facility

    UOP LLC disclosed that its UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process technology is powering the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the U.S., capable of producing more than 130 million gallons of renewable diesel per year.

  • Eisenmann converts waste to compressed natural gas

    The design and engineering phase of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion project is in full swing.

  • Once maligned methane gas now an asset for energy production

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    Today, recycling methane gas is not only a growing source of energy generation, but also an effective means of preventing greenhouse gas from polluting the atmosphere and turning it into a valuable revenue stream.

  • Organics to energy facility opens

    Harvest Power opened the Central Florida Energy Garden, an organics management and renewable energy facility that is the first of its kind in the U.S., converting organic waste into renewable biogas and natural fertilizer.

  • First Wind makes $600,000 community benefit payment

    First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, has made the first payment to the town of Oakfield, Maine in the amount of $600,000 as part of the community benefit agreement.

  • Sunvault Energy acquires half interest in CleanGen Power

    Sunvault Energy, Inc. has acquired, through a share purchase agreement, 50 percent of CleanGen Inc.

  • SunEdison constructs 24 MW Cascade solar power plant

    SunEdison has completed construction of a 24 MW direct current (DC) solar power plant located in the California desert.

  • Crushmaster to expand into North America

    Crushmaster Ltd., a manufacturer of size reduction and processing equipment for the waste to energy and biomass industries, disclosed that it will expand its operation into North America.

    Crushmaster is in the process of opening a facility near Chicago, Illinois which will stock machines and aftermarket parts in addition to a material testing center. The facility will be staffed with personnel knowledgeable in the waste to energy industry.

    Published in the April 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • First Wind surpasses projected growth

    First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, has achieved record growth in 2013 by securing commitments for some 750 MW in new renewable energy projects.

  • Vermont biomass power plant denied approval

    In a final decision reached on the fate of the 35 MW North Springfield Sustainable Energy biomass plant proposed in Vermont, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) denied the plant a certificate of public good

  • CNG fueling station opens for Denver’s garbage fleet

    TruStar Energy has opened Denver’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station