Repowering Indiana Weekly 11-11-05

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11/11/2005

Published by: Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana
Editor: Dee Hayden
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Local
* NIPSCO Customers to See Decrease in November Bill Compared to October
* Failure to reproduce under study by Indiana
* Study finds Indiana well-positioned for biofuels development
Region
* LNG terminal bill favors just one firm
* OSU team gets clean coal grant
* Coal/gas plant seeks $5M grant
Public Policy
* Trade Agreements Have Left Canada Unable to Manage Energy Sovereignty
* U.S. Government Exceeds Renewable Energy Goal
* Charles calls for US action on climate change
* 126 Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge White House to Fully Fund Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs at Levels Authorized by New Energy Policy Act
Business
* Country Music Legend Willie Nelson Appointed to Board of Directors for Earth Biofuels, Inc.
* Ventures Continues To Invest In Clean Energy Technologies; Follow-On Investment Made in Advent Solar
* Renewable energy investment at record high: report
Climate Change
* A farmer’s perspective on climate change
* Asian Development Bank bankrolling climate change
* IEA Study Forecasts 50% Growth in Energy Use; 52% Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
* United Nations Climate Change Conference
* Climate change to intensify Asia’s misery, says scientist
Solar Energy
* Social Security Administration Solar Array is Largest Federal Installation in Chicago
* SANTA CLARA UTILITY EMBARKS ON NEW SOLAR POWER PROJECT
* Breakthrough on Vapor Deposition Could Improve Solar Cell Production
* Indonesia eyes solar, microhydro power plants
Wind Energy
* Group wants law on power sources
* Energy answers might be blowing in the wind
* FEATURE-U.S. Midwest farmers' latest harvest: wind energy
* Progress made on Forward Wind Energy Center
Biofuels
* Biofuel promoter to power boat using human fat
* British government to require biofuels
* Western schools, helped by Vermont firm, look to forests for fuel
Energy Alternatives
* GE Energy head eyes wind energy to power growth
* Lawmakers look for energy-crisis solutions
* You Don’t Need Oil To Make Fuel
Other Links
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LOCAL

NIPSCO Customers to See Decrease in November Bill Compared to October
11/9/2005
(Indiana) - Your November NIPSCO natural gas bill might just be lower than you expected. NIPSCO announced that natural gas costs for November will decrease more than 11% from last month. That's because it used inventories of gas purchased before prices skyrocketed.
www.wise33.com

Failure to reproduce under study by Indiana
11/6/2005
Causes of the worldwide decline of herp populations are hard to pinpoint. But many of the factors blamed for herp decline -- environmental toxins, habitat destruction, acid rain and climate change -- are big problems in Indiana, an agricultural and industrial state rolled into one. Alarmed by the herp declines in neighboring states, Indiana is studying its own decline.
www.southbendtribune.com

Study finds Indiana well-positioned for biofuels development
11/4/2005
INDIANAPOLIS - A study of Indiana's agriculture industry concludes that it is well-positioned to become a leader in the production of biofuels, particularly corn-based ethanol. The study by the State Department of Agriculture found that Indiana has enough corn to support additional ethanol production at a time when there is growing demand for the corn-based fuel additive, which is made from distilled grain mash.
www.wabashplaindealer.com
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REGION

LNG terminal bill favors just one firm
11/10/2005
A bill that would allow a liquefied natural gas terminal to be built on Outer Brewster Island excludes every company that has proposed building a facility in Massachusetts except the company that first floated the idea: AES Corp. of Arlington, Va.
...The bill also only allows businesses whose parent companies are incorporated in the United States to bid on the lease.
www.boston.com

OSU team gets clean coal grant
11/9/2005
The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority approved a $790,185 grant to help researchers at Ohio State University develop a method to remove pollutants from coal smoke.
...The test's total cost is $2.1 million.
...The method uses a chemical called calcium sorbent to capture carbon and sulfur dioxide, two major byproducts of coal-fired power plants. The method works while the smoke is still hot, whereas conventional methods must cool the smoke before scrubbing it.
columbus.bizjournals.com

Coal/gas plant seeks $5M grant
11/8/2005
Jefferson County facility could save consumers up to $2 billion over 20 years
...Rep. Kurt Granberg, D-Carlyle, said his “landmark legislation” that allows Power Holdings to enter into long-term contracts with utility companies has made the project viable.
“Coal gasification is a tremendous tool to help us accomplish lower energy costs and increase use of this progressive technology,” Granberg said. “Creating green-friendly natural synthetic gas in Illinois will keep energy bills low, relieve shortages and create 1,400 new jobs.”
www.morningsentinel.com

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PUBLIC POLICY

Trade Agreements Have Left Canada Unable to Manage Energy Sovereignty
11/10/2005
...Few of us could have suspected then that the FTA and NAFTA (its expanded version of 1994, the North-American FTA that brought Mexico on-board) would eventually lead us into an economic wasteland.
...Most Canadians still ignore that NAFTA has us locked into a ruinous obligation to sell to the U.S. a fixed percentage (over 60%!) of all our fuel production, as well as all future reserves yet to be discovered, even if that leaves us with a domestic shortage!
www.canadiandemocraticmovement.ca

U.S. Government Exceeds Renewable Energy Goal
11/10/2005
WASHINGTON,- The Department of Energy has announced that the federal government has exceeded its goal of obtaining 2.5% of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by September 30, 2005. The largest energy consumer in the nation, the federal government now uses 2375 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy -- enough to power 225,000 homes or a city the size of El Paso, Texas, for a year.
www.earthvision.net

Charles calls for US action on climate change
11/8/2005
Prince Charles has again called on the United States to take a lead on the "environmental crisis" facing the world.
In a speech to business leaders on the penultimate day of his tour of the country with the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles echoed the comments he had made in a toast at the White House last week.
"We simply cannot go on as we are," he told guests at the De Young Museum in San Francisco Bay.
www.telegraph.co.uk

126 Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge White House to Fully Fund Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs at Levels Authorized by New Energy Policy Act
11/8/2005
Washington DC --- In a letter delivered today to the White House, a bipartisan group of 126 Members of Congress - comprising almost 30 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives - urged President Bush to significantly increase funding for federal energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in the Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) budget request.
renewableenergyaccess.com
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BUSINESS

Country Music Legend Willie Nelson Appointed to Board of Directors for Earth Biofuels, Inc.
11/10/2005
DALLAS--Meadows Springs, Inc. (OTCBB: MDWS), dba Earth Biofuels, Inc., today announced that Country Music star Willie Nelson has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Nelson has been active in marketing his own "BioWillie" biodiesel fuel since January 2005 through the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company.
Earth Biofuels' CEO, Tommy Johnson, said, "Willie Nelson has been a supporter and promoter of biodiesel fuel for some time and is very knowledgeable about the industry. We are fortunate to have his biodiesel marketing experience as a part of our Board."
home.businesswire.com

Ventures Continues To Invest In Clean Energy Technologies; Follow-On Investment Made in Advent Solar
10/10/2005
Advent Solar, a solar cell and module manufacturing company, develops photovoltaic technology to convert sunlight into electricity. With its patented innovations in solar cell design and manufacturing, Advent Solar expects to be able to produce solar cells at a significantly lower cost than today's conventional solar cells. Unlike thin films and organic photovoltaic technologies under development today, Advent Solar's "back-contact" cells will enable streamlined manufacturing and the use of thinner silicon to achieve cost reductions, yet at the same time, to deliver the field-tested reliability and efficiency of traditional silicon solar cells.
homebusinesswire.com

Renewable energy investment at record high: report
11/6/2005
Global investment in renewable energy hit a record $30 billion last year, accounting for 20-25 percent of all investment in the power industry, and with solar power the fastest-growing energy technology, a Worldwatch Institute report released on Sunday said. The Worldwatch Institute, a Washington-based organization working for environmental sustainability, said the renewables sector was growing as a result of government support and increasing private sector investment.
today.reuters.co.uk
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CLIMATE CHANGE

A farmer’s perspective on climate change
11/10/2005
The resource kit, called “Adapting to Climate Change in Eastern New Zealand – a farmer perspective”, uses real-life case studies to highlight ways farmers can alter farm practices to better cope with changes in the climate. It also explores ways in which rural and urban communities might interact for mutual benefit in the face of climate change.
“One of the biggest challenges we have for the future is working together”, says the guide’s author, Dr Gavin Kenny.
www.scoop.co.nz

Asian Development Bank bankrolling climate change
11/8/2005
Manila, Philippines — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is responsible for financing climate change in Asia and its policies are contributing to the displacement of communities and the destruction of ecosystems in the region, Greenpeace said today,
...“It is obscene that plants like these are some of the biggest climate change culprits and yet billions of taxpayer dollars are being used to finance dirty coal power projects like them across Asia,” said Greenpeace international’s Athena Ronquillo.
www.webwire.com

IEA Study Forecasts 50% Growth in Energy Use; 52% Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
11/8/2005
An in depth study conducted by the Paris-based International Energy Agency forecasts a 50 percent rise in energy use between now and 2030. It also predicts a concurrent 52 percent rise in greenhouse gas emissions, principally CO2, by 2030.
...The report predicts that oil and gas imports from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will rise, creating greater dependence for IEA countries and large importers like China and India.
www.insurancejournal.com

United Nations Climate Change Conference
Canada will host the first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Montreal in conjunction with the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention.
Start date: November 28, 2005
End date: December 9, 2005
Cost: Unknown
Location: Montreal, Canada
renewableenergyaccess.com

Climate change to intensify Asia’s misery, says scientist
11/4/2005
Manila, Philippines — An explosive report released today by Greenpeace reveals how climate change will deepen the misery of Filipinos along with other Asians unless measures are taken to drastically cut the use of fossil fuels such as coal.
"Climate change will aggravate the misery of an already over-burdened Filipino community," said Leoncio Amadore PhD, one of the Philippine’s foremost meteorologists and author of the study "Climate Change Impacts in the Philippines: Crisis or Opportunity". The study determined that increasing trends in temperature, sea level rise and extreme climate events in the Philippines are consistent with global trends.
www.webwire.com
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SOLAR ENERGY

Social Security Administration Solar Array is Largest Federal Installation in Chicago
11/9/2005
CHICAGO – Today, Department of Energy (DOE) and Social Security Administration (SSA) officials dedicated the new solar array atop SSA’s downtown Chicago office building at 600 West Madison. SSA contracted with ComEd to complete downtown Chicago’s largest federal solar energy installation, and one of the largest solar electric systems in the Midwest. Since September, this solar array has been powering the SSA building by generating 100kW of clean reliable electricity -- the equivalent energy to power more than 100 homes during the day.
www.earthtoys.com

SANTA CLARA UTILITY EMBARKS ON NEW SOLAR POWER PROJECT
11/9/2005
Silicon Valley Power, Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, is embarking on a new solar project to provide solar power for a renewable energy program. ...As part of the program, the utility announced plans to install 224 new solar panels on the roof of a local industrial machinery shop.
www.cbs5.com

Breakthrough on Vapor Deposition Could Improve Solar Cell Production
11/9/2005
Durham, New Hampshire The University of New Hampshire and GT Solar Technologies were recently awarded a U.S Air Force grant to commercialize a new process with a host of potential applications, including lowering the cost of photovoltaic cells and shielding electronics from interference.
renewableenergyaccess.com

Indonesia eyes solar, microhydro power plants
11/8/2005
The Indonesian government is planning to build thousands of small scale solar power units and microhydro plants on its eastern islands next year to boost power capacity in remote areas. The government will build 15,000 household solar power units, each with a capacity of 100 watts,
..."We hope the (small-scale) power units will meet electricity demand in remote areas in eastern Indonesia," he said.
english.people.com.cn
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WIND ENERGY

Group wants law on power sources
11/11/2005
An environmental group will ask the General Assembly to require that Virginia get at least 15 percent of its electricity from sources such as solar or wind energy by 2015.
..."Switching to some renewable energy will cut energy costs and save consumers money," said Diana Dascalu, the group's Virginia campaign strategist.
www.timesdispatch.com

Energy answers might be blowing in the wind
11/8/2005
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A $4 million Renewable Energy Development Fund has been created to help farmers and farm cooperatives create wind-energy operations.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Monday that funds from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and the Illinois Finance Authority will be targeted at getting "community scale" wind energy projects under way by the end of 2006.
www.whig.com

FEATURE-U.S. Midwest farmers' latest harvest: wind energy
11/6/2005
For 150 years, farmer Dennis Cradduck's family grew corn and soybeans along a ridge. For the past 20 months, he's also been harvesting the wind.
...There are 63 wind turbines on 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of corn and soybean fields that Cradduck and eight other neighboring farmers lease to Minneapolis-based Navitas Energy, the company that built and manages the 2-year-old $70 million project. The farm generates enough electricity to power a town of up to 15,000 homes for a year. The local utility pays each farmer between $1,500 and $2,000 a year for each turbine, depending on how much the wind blows and the amount of energy generated.
www.alertnet.org

Progress made on Forward Wind Energy Center
11/4/2005
Although little progress is visually evident at the site of the planned Forward Wind Energy Center, activity has been in abundance behind the scenes lately.
...“We’re optimizing the entire system in determining the exact sites of the turbines in light of imposed setbacks, efficiency and the landowner’s wishes,” said Forward Energy spokesman Neil Palmer.
...Pre-construction work is continuing despite an attempt by project opponents to block the project by filing a lawsuit in Dodge County Circuit Court.
www.wiseinfo.com

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BIOFUELS

Biofuel promoter to power boat using human fat
11/11/2005
Auckland, New Zealand, adventurer Peter Bethune plans to break the round-the-world powerboat speed record in a boat powered by biodiesel fuel partly manufactured from human fat. The lean Mr. Bethune had about three ounces of fat extracted from his body yesterday in a lipsuction procedure, and he is seeking volunteers to donate more.
...“The amount of energy from fat is relatively low,” says Mr. Bethune. “A large liposuction operation involves removing 10 pounds of fat, which would drive a car about 50 miles once converted.”
calorielab.com

British government to require biofuels
11/7/2005
The British government will reportedly soon require oil companies to blend a fixed proportion of biofuels into the gasoline and diesel fuel they produce. The move requiring a percentage of biofuels in gasoline and diesel fuel is the biggest fuel shift since unleaded gasoline was introduced more than 15 years ago,
www.upi.com

Western schools, helped by Vermont firm, look to forests for fuel
11/5/2005
COUNCIL, Idaho --The tiny Council School District used to pour thousands of dollars into outmoded oil and electric heaters. Nearby, the Forest Service burned brush piles on the mountainsides to keep the brush from fueling forest fires in dry summers. Looking for some savings, Council Superintendent Murray Dalgleish developed Idaho's first public school biomass heating system -- a project that's expected to save Council $1 million on fuel over the next 15 years.
"http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/articles/2005/11/05/western_sch...">www.boston.com
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ENERGY ALTERNATIVES

GE Energy head eyes wind energy to power growth
11/10/2005
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wind power and other energy alternatives present significant growth opportunities for General Electric Co.'s energy unit in the face of high oil and gas prices, the head of GE Energy said on Thursday.
...Krenicki said that given the volatility of energy prices, GE's customers want a broad portfolio of generating assets, including nuclear, natural gas turbines and clean coal units called integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC). "Really our strategy is to be a leader in each one of those," said Krenicki, who sees the Middle East and Africa as huge markets for natural gas turbines.
today.retuers.com

Lawmakers look for energy-crisis solutions
11/8/2005
...House Majority Leader Alice Madden, D-Boulder, said the Legislature’s short-term response to higher electricity and natural gas costs should include “making sure people have the information they need to save money.”
...state lawmakers are seeking energy solutions that will keep Coloradans’ homes warm, keep school buses running and keep the state’s businesses and farms productive.
...But many of the forum’s panelists said the state may need to take a more active role in promoting energy conservation and the use of alternatives to petroleum fuels.
www.longmontfyi.com

You Don’t Need Oil To Make Fuel
11/07/2005
Many things can be converted fuel, including crops, natural gas, waste, manure, and many other carbon-based substances. In Montana, we are encouraging the production of these kinds of alternative fuels in an effort to catalyze the energy future.
...Today, South Africa still produces 150,000 barrels a day of gasoline and 50,000 of diesel each day without a drop of oil, the only mass production of liquid-coal fuels in the world.
www.motherjones.com

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OTHER LINKS

Repowering the Midwest: The Clean Energy Development Plan for the Heartland
Environmental Law & Policy Center, Citizens Action Coalition, et al
www.repowermidwest.org

Renewable Potential Maps – U.S. Census Division - U.S. Department of Energy
www.eia.doe.gov

Energy Issues Index

ELPC Energy Project - Environmental Law & Policy Center
www.elpc.org

Renewable Energy
Union of Concerned Scientists
www.uscusa
Climate
Ark - The Premier Climate Change & Renewable Energy Portalwww.climateark.org

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