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  • 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 greenercars.org, 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