Alaska bill proposes low-interest loans for home heat conversions

The Alaska House Finance Committee has approved a bill that would provide low-interest loans to homeowners who wish to convert their homes to biomass, district heating or electric heat, natural gas or propane.
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Mass. DOER report includes biomass thermal

Following a request from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Meister Consultants Group completed a study that evaluates renewable heating and cooling impacts and opportunities in the state.
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Apple to fuel data center with biogas

Apple Inc. has filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 5 MW, 100 percent biogas-powered fuel cell facility in Catawba County, N.C.
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Rocket developer, EERC begin testing solids pump for gasification

The Energy & Environmental Research Center and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. have officially begun the commissioning stage of a commercial-scale dry-solids prototype pump.
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Ga. landfill gas-to-energy facility begins testing phase

A DeKalb County, Ga., renewable energy center located at the Seminole Road Landfill will soon be turning methane gas into cash, according to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
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Funding available for biomass through U.S. DOE

The U.S. DOE has announced a pool of $9 million for up to 50 small business projects designed to improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on oil, and generate electricity from renewable energy sources.
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SMUD co-digestion facility under construction

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District have begun construction of a co-digestion facility at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove, Calif.
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Largest biomass plant in Calif. scores PPA

The community-owned power and water utility in Imperial, Calif., has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Greenleaf Power Inc.'s Desert View Power plant near Mecca, Calif.
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