Wind statistics raise concerns about U.K. renewable policy

The North Sea has been called the Saudi Arabia of wind, and the U.K. government has made a strong push for its use. But following the least windy year, by some accounts since 1894, one can't help but wonder how renewable energy goals might shift.
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SoCalGas, Escondido demonstrate biogas technology

Southern California Gas Co. and the city of Escondido in southern California have begun testing a biogas purification technology at the city's wastewater treatment plant that would allow the gas to be directly injected into a natural gas pipeline.
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Senators to host biomass energy briefing

U.S. Sens. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., Max Baucus, D-Mont., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will host a biomass briefing at the Dirksen Senate Office building on Feb. 17 to discuss opportunities presented by biomass energy.
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Montpelier building biomass district energy system

Vermont's capital city is installing a 41 MMBtu combined-heat-and-power biomass district energy system that will provide heat to the statehouse and about 175 other downtown buildings, and 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity to the grid.
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House committee debates effects of GHG regulations

Job creation, economic impacts and climate change were discussed during a Feb. 9 U.S. House subcommittee hearing to discuss draft legislation that would amend the Clean Air Act to prevent the U.S. EPA from enforcing GHG emissions regulations.
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Alabama sawmill to produce biomass power

The Westervelt Co. recently broke ground on a biomass power generating station at its Hale County, Ala., sawmill operation. The project includes installation of a steam turbine to generate 7 megawatts of electricity from bark and sawdust.
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Oglethorpe suspends biomass power plant projects

Oglethorpe Power recently announced that it is putting its plans to build three 100-megawatt biomass power plants on hold indefinitely due to regulatory uncertainty. Construction was scheduled to begin this year on the first plant in Warren County.
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U.K. reviews feed-in tariff program

A low rate of anaerobic digestion (AD) development since the implementation of a feed-in tariff (FIT) to boost such projects has prompted the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change to review the tariff level, considering changes if need be.
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