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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    The project is expected reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by 50 percent sulfur dioxides by more than 85 percent and particulate matter by 90 percent the company said Xcel Energy recently announced that it will submit an application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for its approval of the project If approved the company said it expects the engineering design and construction work to begin in 2010 and the unit could be operational in late 2012 The Bay Front Power Plant has been burning waste wood to generate electricity since 1979 the company said and the plant has burned over 4 million tons of waste wood to generate power during its lifetime The biomass used at Bay Front is primarily waste wood from area forest harvest operations and local independent contractors who secure the waste wood and transport it to the plant According to Xcel Energy the plant currently uses just over 200 000 tons of waste wood each year When the project is complete the plant will use an additional 185 000 to 250 000 tons per year and will be able to generate enough electricity to serve 40 000 homes Through its purchases of waste wood and related services the company said the plant has a 20 million annual economic impact on a six county region around Ashland An April 2007 study with the Energy Center of Wisconsin determined that forests within 50 miles of the plant including those in the Wisconsin counties of Ashland Bayfield Douglas Iron Sawyer and in Gogebic County Mich could support the additional biomass removal without adverse impacts to the local ecosystem According to the report the U S Forest Service North Central Station estimates that about 860 000 tons of harvest residues including 121 000 tons from softwoods and 739 000

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=37 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    Corn Growers Association for showing how much of a difference technology improvements can make We are looking forward to seeing this research publicly released said Steve Ruh chairman of NCGA s ethanol committee It s going to go far in dispelling one of the most persistent and incorrect myths about ethanol But even beyond improved energy efficiency there are many reasons why Americans should be embracing domestic biofuels for increased energy independence The research was conducted under the supervision of Dr Kenneth Cassman of the university s Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research and has been submitted to the Journal of Industrial Ecology one of the top peer reviewed journals for research on lifecycle analysis Recent research conducted at the University of Nebraska clearly shows that estimates for the energy balance of corn based ethanol are much more favorable in fact two to three times more favorable than previous estimates Cassman said That s because most of the published values for energy efficiency of corn ethanol are backward looking in the sense they evaluated older technologies with regard to energy use in corn production the biorefinery and co product utilization Cassman who is also a Heuermann Professor of Agronomy at the university said it is important to understand that ethanol has a substantial net positive direct energy balance that 1 5 to 1 6 more units of energy are derived from ethanol than are used to produce it Using dated information simply doesn t work in a world where the technology and efficiency of corn and ethanol production are rapidly improving over the years he said Moreover if the goal is to reduce dependence on imported oil we estimate that 13 gallons of ethanol are produced for every gallon of petroleum used in the production lifecycle for corn ethanol In

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=36 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    to sales in July 2007 According to figures for the Minnesota Department of Commerce motorists bought 211 982 582 gallons of gasoline in July compared to 233 081 981 gallons last July As gasoline sales declined the amount of ethanol based E85 sold during the same period increased by 16 percent To date E85 sales are approximately 16 greater in 2008 than they were at this time last year Monthly sales of cleaner burning E85 are averaging roughly 2 2 5 million gallons a month E85 is designed for flex fuel vehicles FFVs that can use either E85 or gasoline there are an estimated 200 000 flex fuel vehicles in Minnesota A year ago I don t think anyone would have predicted Minnesota could achieve a trifecta of fuel conservation increased use of mass transit and increased sales of cleaner burning alternative fuels in the middle of what has historically been the peak driving season said Robert Moffitt communications director for the American Lung Association of Minnesota Since vehicle exhaust is the single largest source of air pollution in Minnesota the positive impact of these three elements coming together can t help but improve air quality this summer While flex

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=35 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    involvement in GM certified alternative fuel vehicle dealers The top award honors went to Clean Fuels Ohio with a 10 000 award Chicago Area Clean Cities received 5 000 for the second year in a row and New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Pittsburgh Region and Central Indiana Clean Cities each were funded 3 000 To view a complete listing of all 56 GM awardees visit link at bottom

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=33 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    miles per gallon of fuel compared with 5 to 6 miles per gallon for the standard version The 3 5 ton rated Kenworth joined Mn DOT s fleet in June It s operated by the Electrical Services Section based at Fort Snelling Randy Cameron a supervisor at Central Shop said the truck is the newest addition to Mn DOT s growing stable of hybrid vehicles The fleet now includes three Ford Escapes one Toyota Prius and a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV The truck works much like the lighter gas electric hybrids Its diesel engine stops running just as the smaller hybrids shut down their gas engines when stopped The gas engines restart when the vehicle moves getting a power boost from their electric motors The motors provide large amounts of torque enabling the hybrids to accelerate briskly or pass without using extra fuel John Scharffbillig fleet manager Maintenance said Mn DOT continues to evaluate the hybrids performance to determine their effectiveness Initial findings are promising he said noting the Escape hybrid gets about 35 miles per gallon about 10 more than a standard Escape Two of the Escapes he said are being retrofitted to use plug in batteries Plug in batteries can operate at a higher charge level providing a stronger power assist for longer periods of time Plug in hybrid batteries are charged by plugging them into a standard outlet when the vehicle is not in use The Toyota Prius averages 41 miles per gallon in service as a pool vehicle for Central Shop staff Steve Lund state maintenance engineer said the evaluations are being made under the umbrella of the Governor s Next Generation Energy Initiative Its mandates include cutting gasoline use by 25 percent and diesel fuel consumption by 10 percent by the year 2010 By the year

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=32 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    funding is expanded to include blender pumps pumps that blend ethanol at difference percentages than E 10 or E85 Allows retailers interested in putting in both E 85 and biodiesel at the same location to now receive funding for both as opposed to the current restriction of limiting to just one or the other Increases funding for biodiesel terminals from 50 000 to 100 000 Encourages state and local government fleets to use biodiesel when commercially available Tasks Office of Energy Independence to create a state wide renewable fuels marketing plan and marketing campaign for owners of flex fuel vehicles Builds upon the long standing public private partnership the State of Iowa has had to increase access and usage of renewable fuels Since its inception this program has led to led to leveraging of 17 million in private investment for infrastructure 20 000 more flex fuel vehicles on the market and an additional one million gallons of E 85 sold These new changes will only enhance those efforts and will expand market access to our renewable fuels producers when it is most desperately needed during these difficult economic times due to high input costs Iowa is becoming a national leader

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=31 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    that allows year around operability that those will be incorporated as well The increases are not automatic however explained Neece There is well thought out built in flexibility including an approval process before moving to higher blends This will allow all involved from the legislature state agencies end users consumers and biodiesel producers to gauge the economic supply and environmental impacts before moving to a higher blend The legislation also includes quality assurance by requiring that all biodiesel fuel exceeds federal ASTM specifications and boosts the state s economic benefits by requiring that 50 percent of the biodiesel be produced in Minnesota Implementation of the legislation starting in May of 2009 is timely and workable Neece said Because the supply from the current biodiesel production capacity in Minnesota already exceeds 64 million gallons more than enough to meet the five percent requirement 40 million gallons A number of off ramps are provided in the bill that are intended to mitigate food versus fuel issues operational concerns cost and supply issues and environmental concerns This forward thinking bill is the first to attempt to deal with all of those concerns Neece said The legislation also fosters the use of non traditional feedstocks to fulfill the mandate by requiring that 5 percent of the feedstock come from biological resources other than an agricultural resource traditionally grown or raised in this state including but not limited to algae cultivated for biofuels production waste oils tallow and other animal fat type products as well as other future feedstocks that are already being researched here in the state such as cuphea an oilseed plant that can grow on marginal soils and industrial hazelnuts In addition as members of the National Biodiesel Board Minnesota s biodiesel producers have joined with other biodiesel producers across the US

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=30 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    such as Wisconsin are now the chief targets of some organizations searching for scapegoats It just goes to show how dangerously wrong people can be when armed with only half the facts or less The case against farmers goes something like this First livestock especially all those cows in Wisconsin are chief contributors to global warming because of the methane they emit from one end and the other Second all the corn that American farmers are growing for ethanol leaves less corn available for food As a result of short supplies world food prices have skyrocketed Poorer nations are threatened with starvation It s an alarming scenario until you consider the facts the alarmists overlook Here are six reasons you shouldn t blame farmers 1 In the United States all agricultural sources account for only 7 percent of greenhouse gas emissions In contrast the transportation sector produces 25 percent of greenhouse gases 2 A promising way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is to replace petroleum fuels with biofuels from farm grown sources 3 If you re looking to fix blame for higher food prices check the rising cost of oil which is increasing production and transportation costs 4 Corn prices are considered high 6 a bushel only because farmers have faced low prices for the past 20 years In inflation adjusted terms corn would have to be 6 87 a bushel to equal the price of 1981 and 14 60 a bushel to equal the price of 1974 5 Higher corn prices are saving taxpayers money Improved farm prices overall contributed to savings of 8 billion on agricultural subsidies in 2006 Subsidies will go down further when 2007 figures are available 6 To blame U S farmers for the world shortage of food is to ignore a complex

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=29 (2016-04-29)
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