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August 2014

08/27/2014: World's largest private bank pushes investors towards renewables

The Zurich-based UBS bank predicts large-scale power stations in Europe could be redundant in 10-20 years as electric cars, cheaper batteries, and new solar technologies transform the way electricity is generated, stored, and distributed.

08/05/2014: Morgan Stanley backing distributed power

Morgan Stanley released three consecutive reports which suggest increasing viability of consumer solar, paired with advanced battery technology, could disrupt the utilities industry.

July 2014

07/13/2014: Automakers embracing hydrogen fuel cell technology

Automakers have been testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the South Bay area for more than a decade, as state agencies and automakers work to get 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. This said, the CEC has spent $100 million annually on alternative fuel and vehicle technologies.

May 2014

05/16/2014: Siemens plans to store wind power as hydrogen

In the city of Mainz, Germany, Siemens in cooperation with public utilities will convert surplus electricity from wind farms to hydrogen via an electrolyzer provided by Siemens.

05/14/2014: Germany sets record for energy needs met by renewable energy

On Sunday, Germany generated 74% of electricity demand from renewable energy by midday. As solar and wind account for a large portion of the country's power mix, electricity prices dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon.

05/12/2014: Toyota ends Tesla deal

Toyota is allowing a battery supply deal with Tesla to expire this year, announcing the company's focus on hydrogen fuel cell automobiles and development of hydrogen refueling stations to support the technology.

05/10/2014: Energy is the new technology

Citibank sees gas as a "transition-fuel" as renewables are preparing to take over, predicting solar to be cheaper than natural gas after 2020.

April 2014

04/16/2014: Toyota adds muscle with fuel cell launch

Toyota announced drivers in the "green" markets such as California will be able to buy the 2015 FC car for a little above $30,000-$40,000 after government subsidies. Toyota says its hydrogen car should drive 435 miles on a single tank.

04/15/2014: US appeals court upholds EPA rules on power plant emissions

A federal appeals court upheld regulations adopted by the EPA to cut mercury and other emissions from large power plants. The regulations will take effect in April of 2015.

04/04/2014: Toyota's Lentz has bullish approach for fuel cell sedans in US market

Toyota's North American CEO, Jim Lentz, is optimistic about advancements in the company's fuel cell system. Toyota plans to sell the fuel cell model in California in 2015.

March 2014

03/11/2014: Britain's largest turkey producer in multi-million pound boiler deal

Bernard Matthews plans to install 179 biomass boilers in 21 of its farms across the UK in an effort to generate 100% of their energy sustainably by 2016.

03/06/2014: US pellets helping to cut EU GHG emissions

Exports of wood pellets from the southern US are estimated to increase from 1.5 to 5.2 million tonnes between 2012 and 2015. European power plants burning wood pellets imported from the southern US have realized a 50% reduction in GHG emissions compared to electricity generation from fossil fuels.

03/03/2014: EPA set to reveal tough new sulfur emission rule

The EPA plans to decrease sulfur emissions from vehicles by forcing oil refiners to strip out sulfur from American gasoline blends. The new rule will cut American gasoline sulfur content by sixty percent starting in 2017.

February 2014

02/14/2014: UK's waste-fired bioenergy plans expand

Renewable Energy Generation Ltd. and partners plan to build six waste-to-power plants in the UK, with a combined capacity of about 120 MW.

02/06/2014: Bright outlook for biomass in the EU

Aebiom, the European biomass energy association, forecasts the share of total energy from biomass in the EU to climb over 10% by 2020, while the IEA predicts bioenergy use for heating to grow by ~60% worldwide by 2035.

January 2014

01/22/2014: British Colombia's forests fueling European demand

Seven-million tonnes of wood by-product is created from logging in BC, while the mountain beetle epidemic and fires have left nearly 140 million tonnes of standing deadwood trees.

December 2013

12/05/2013: New coconut-fired biomass plant

A new high temperature, high pressure plant will be developed under a deal struck by DP Cleantech and the Mahachai Green Power project in Thailand. The 9.5 MW power station, fueled by coconut waste residues, is expected to be grid-connected within 18 months.

November 2013

​11/18/2013: WTE market to reach $29 billion by 2016

​Stricter legislation and growing MSW volumes have fueled an increase in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) installations in Western Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. 

11/14/2013: Nine partners launch H2TRUST consortium in Europe

​Nine leading associations, universities, and research centers from seven countries have formed a consortium aimed to accelerate the full-scale commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen applications in Europe, under adequate technology regulation.

October 2013

10/18/2013: Shell predicts petroleum-powered cars to be phased out by 2070

Shell predicts a growing hydrogen infrastructure to displace long haul and heavy load oil demand in its New Lense Scenarios report. Further, predicting market domination for electric and hydrogen passenger vehicles by the turn of the century.

10/15/2013: Hydrogen generation from sunlight and wastewater

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz utilize sunlight and wastewater as energy sources to generate hydrogen gas. The technology combines a microbial fuel cell (MFC) and a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) to create hydrogen.

September 2013

09/26/2013: Australian waste-to-energy market expected to gain traction

Municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-energy projects in New South Wales and Western Australia are already in the works, pending approval or funding, due to a New South Wales Energy Protection Agency waste-to-energy policy expected to be finalized shortly.

09/19/2013: California regulators approve $2 billion of funds for clean-vehicle incentives

Assembly Bill 8, which is assumed to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown in the coming weeks, provides a platform to fund fleet purchases of zero-emissions vehicles, as well as establish a network of hydrogen refueling stations.

09/13/2013: USDA Rural Wood to Energy Project Development​ Expands

The USDA is partnering with four non-profit associations, awarding five grants totaling $1.1 million to associations and state agencies backing wood energy projects and pushing for the utilization of biomass generated via the forest health program.

09/13/2013: Good Earth Power Taking over USFS 4FRI Phase I Stewardship Contract

​USFS announced transfer regarding Phase 1 of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) stewardship contract from the original Pioneer Forest Products to Good Earth Power. The company addressed plans to build saw and pellet mills, in addition to investing in the like.

09/11/2013: Hydrogen fuel cells to provide the long-term solution to clean mobility

Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, responsible for research at Daimler and the development of Mercedes-Benz cars, pins the future on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

09/11/2013: WELTEC BIOPOWER and Domaix develop four biogas plants in France

WELTEC BIOPOWER, along with partner Domaix Energie, has announced development of four agricultural anaerobic digestion (AD) combined heat and power (CHP) plants for production of biogas in France.

July 2013

07/25/2013: Court action against ExxonMobil for hydrogen sulfide leak

​Illinois state and county officials file complaint against ExxonMobil for “uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulfide that lasted more than 9 1/2 hours.”

April 2013

04/17/2013: Florida lawmakers weaken sewage outflow policies

The Florida House recently eased municipality sewage discharge restrictrictions, allowing as much as 5 percent of their annual treated sewage flow into the ocean.

November 2010

11/01/2010: Massive factory farms causing toxic hydrogen sulphide pollutants 

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) producing dangerous waste, providing serious concern for nearby suburbia.