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Cellulosic ethanol from corn residue worse than Gasoline? NOT…SO…FAST…

April 22, 2014 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Brendan Jordan

A new academic paper on biofuels was released this week, and some media outlets have reached sweeping conclusions. “Fuels from corn waste not better than gas,” claimed the AP. The Daily Caller one-upped them with “Study: Corn Ethanol is Nature’s Enemy”.  A careful reading of the paper doesn’t in any way support these conclusions. Continue reading »

Leaders in Efficiency: ENERGY STAR Buildings in Wisconsin

April 10, 2014 in Reports & Whitepapers

This report is by Kathy Kuntz of Cool Choices and was produced in conjunction with the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and the Great Plains Institute.


ENERGY STAR certified buildings average 35 percent less energy use than typical buildings and cumulatively achieve over $2 billion in annual cost savings. More than 300,000 buildings across the country—over 40 percent of the commercial market—measure and track their energy use with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a tool that helps identify their eligibility for certification. Continue reading »

Bioeconomy Bill Introduced in the Minnesota Legislature

March 5, 2014 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Brendan Jordan
Capitol GraphicSenator Tom Saxhaug, and Representative Jeanne Poppe have introduced a bill in the Minnesota legislature to help establish an advanced biofuel and renewable chemicals industry in Minnesota. The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota, a multi-stakeholder partnership, is strongly supportive and will be working closely with Sen. Saxhaug and Rep. Poppe to advance the bill during the 2014 legislative session.

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