The U.S. electricity system is in a period of rapid change, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees. We have a grid in need of significant updates, given the 21st century policy and business demands confronting the electric power industry. Continue reading »
FARGO – A Norwegian delegation including Jostein Mykletun, Consul General of Norway at the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston, Texas, will travel to North Dakota this week to visit the state’s booming oil patch and meet with state and local leaders and higher education officials. The visit will focus on the exchange of information and ideas on energy policy and technology best practices in areas of mutual importance to Norway and North Dakota. Continue reading »
A new mapping tool, called the EISPC EZ Mapping Tool, is assisting planners, policymakers, project developers and others in identifying clean energy resources, policies, and project screening factors that can be used for planning transmission infrastructure in the Eastern Interconnect. Continue reading »
Great Plains Institute, in collaboration with the Midwestern Governors Association, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), and regional NGO’s, has worked on moving the region forward on critical transmission plans and projects which will significantly increase the capability of the region to produce much needed wind energy. Continue reading »
Biogas energy systems have typically been considered a source of renewable electricity and/or combined heat and power, but several projects across the U.S. are demonstrating the suitability of biogas as a transportation fuel. Using biogas as a supply source of lower-carbon, domestic, renewable fuel is an exciting prospect, even in the face of abundant natural gas supplies and low prices. Continue reading »
Great Plains Institute, with the support of the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA), worked with the CapX2020 project team to create a video and other materials highlighting the significant local economic development and jobs impacts of the CapX2020 transmission projects, which total a capital investment of over $2.2 billion dollars. Continue reading »
I am honored to be writing my first column for Biomass Magazine focused on the U.S. biogas sector. I have worked on biogas energy systems for the past decade, and it is exciting to finally be at a point where increased interest in this valuable and underutilized technology is starting to build. But make no mistake, there is far more work to be done to fully take advantage of the enormous potential of biogas. Continue reading »
The United States produces enough organic waste to exceed EPA’s volume requirements for advanced biofuels every year for the next decade. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the use billions of gallons of advanced biofuel every year, from 2.75 billion in 2013 to 21 billion in 2022. The US could potentially produce as much as 29 billion equivalent gallons of biogas made from organic waste each year. This fact sheet uses data from a national assessment of renewable natural gas commissioned by the American Gas Association to document the currently untapped potential of organic waste streatms to supply reneawble energy.