Archive for April, 2006

Appleton Post-Crescent: Focus on more incentives for alternative energies

Posted on April 28, 2006. Filed under: Energy Policy |


The Appleton Post-Crescent editorialized on April 28:

Many critics of U.S. energy policies have called for a “race to the moon” emphasis on developing alternative energies.

They recall America’s drive in the 1960s to put a man on lunar soil before the Soviet Union could, when President Kennedy’s challenge rallied the nation and its resources to create the technology to do the seemingly impossible.

Today, the challenge is to devote the time, money and attention to winning another race — to find enough alternative energy sources to feed our nation, and the world, before the world’s oil runs out.

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Editorial: A Good Wind Blowing

Posted on April 25, 2006. Filed under: Wind |


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized on April 20 in support of an installation of two turbines on the Mequon campus of the Milwaukee Techncial College:

At a time when the price of fuel is rapidly increasing, questions about alternative energy sources have become much more urgent.
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A partial but encouraging answer to some of these questions has been supplied by Milwaukee Area Technical College, in the form of a wind turbine it proposes to build at its campus in Mequon.

Let’s hope officials in Mequon recognize this good thing for what it is.

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Manitowoc County Kills Wind Turbines

Posted on April 24, 2006. Filed under: Wind |


The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter ran the following guest commentary on April 12 by Jenny Eigenberger, the Electrical Apprenticeship Insructor at Lakeshore Technical College:

Well, it’s over. The Wind Energy Systems Advisory Committee (WESAC) has completed both a small and a large wind ordinance for Manitowoc County. WESAC was formed nearly one year ago – after a moratorium was enacted that halted the installation of wind turbines of any size. The committee met regularly to determine facts, address public concerns and construct appropriate wind energy ordinance language. . . .

The ordinance language can be changed, but it will take intervention at the state level or a lawsuit to make that happen. It’s a timely process that will likely cost the taxpayers of Manitowoc County lots of money. Meanwhile, the County Board of Supervisors is preparing to adopt the second of two wind energy ordinances that may as well state, “No wind turbines shall be permitted in Manitowoc County.”

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Editorial: A good wind blowing

Posted on April 21, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized in support of a wind turbine on the Mequon campus of the Milwaukee Area Technical College:

At a time when the price of fuel is rapidly increasing, questions about alternative energy sources have become much more urgent.

A partial but encouraging answer to some of these questions has been supplied by Milwaukee Area Technical College, in the form of a wind turbine it proposes to build at its campus in Mequon.

Let’s hope officials in Mequon recognize this good thing for what it is.

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Cheesemaker may produce ethanol from whey

Posted on April 20, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Liz Welter reports on Nasonville Dairy in the Marshfield News-Herald:

Nasonville Dairy, one of the area’s largest cheese producers, might build a facility to make an alternative to conventional gasoline.

The alternative is ethanol made from a byproduct of the cheesemaking process — cheese permeate.

Currently, most gasoline sold at the pump already contains some ethanol. But the availability of E85 gasoline — 85 percent ethanol — is growing, as is the number of vehicles being produced that are powered by either E85 or gasoline. The Store, a gas station and convenience store now being built on North Lincoln Avenue in Marshfield, would be the first in the city to sell E85.

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Green energy’s future bright for tech college grads

Posted on April 17, 2006. Filed under: General |


Andrew Hellpap reports in the Wausau Daily Herald:

Technical colleges will play a key role in developing skilled workers to meet the state’s increasing demand for renewable energy, experts said Thursday.

At the two-day Renewable Energy Summit that ended Thursday at the Mid-State Technical College’s Wisconsin Rapids campus, members of the energy industry and academic community gathered to discuss the relationship between this growing sector and the education needed to continue its momentum.

Gov. Jim Doyle has pledged millions of dollars to help develop renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and biomass.

Technical colleges will provide important training to accomplish that goal, but they also will need to work with four-year universities, said Al Javoroski, dean of the technical and industrial division at Mid-State.

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Chopping costs

Posted on April 14, 2006. Filed under: Wood |


The Country Today, the state’s best newspaper for renewable energy coverage, features a story by Heidi Clausen on wood for energy:

BARRON — Soaring natural gas prices have many businesses and other organizations giving alternative fuels such as wood a second look.

But wood energy is nothing new to some Wisconsin schools, including the Barron Area School District.

District administrator Monti Hallberg said heating with a wood boiler has cut their costs in half.

Focus on Energy and others host a workshop on wood as fuel on April 19 at the Northcentral Technical College Wausau.

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Spring newsletter online

Posted on April 13, 2006. Filed under: Energy Finance, Energy Policy, General, Vehicles - Ethanol, Wind |


RENEW’s newsletter, hot off the presses, includes the following articles:

We Energies bulllish on wind energy;
Producer profile: Amy Taivalkoski;
Ethanol mandate runs out of gas;
We Energies updates renewable program;
State renewable grants available;
Calendar.

Click here for the Renewable Quarterly.

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New oil is costly

Posted on April 12, 2006. Filed under: Peak Oil & the End of Cheap Fossil Fuel |


The Anchorage Daily News offers its opinion that Alpine satellite fields are good examples of the North Slope’s future:

As Alaskans debate changes to the state’s oil production taxes, it’s worth looking at just how much it costs to bring new oil online at the North Slope. Good examples are the Alpine satellite fields — Nanuq and Fiord — scheduled to start producing oil late this year.

The two fields will cost close to $600 million for partners Conoco Phillips (78 percent) and Anadarko (22 percent).

That’s an estimated $550 million in development costs, added to the $20 million in exploration costs just to find the oil. The seismic work started six years ago, highlighting the long wait between spending the first dollars in expenses and collecting the first dollars in revenue.

And what do the companies — and the state — get for that much money?

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Doyle orders increased commitment to efficiency and renewables

Posted on April 11, 2006. Filed under: Energy Policy |


From a press release posted on the Governor’s site:

Governor Jim Doyle today issued an Executive Order increasing state government’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and having the state lead by example. The Governor called upon the Department of Administration to coordinate with State Agencies and the UW System to realize these goals. Key provisions of the EO include:

* Setting energy efficiency goals for state facilities and campuses to reduce overall actual energy usage by at least 10% by 2008 and 20% by 2010;

* Ensuring that the state purchases 10% of its energy from renewable
resources as soon as practicable and 20% by 2010;

* Establishing sustainable green building standards for state-owned or leased properties based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and comparable programs;

* Pursuing projects at state facilities demonstrating the use of renewable energy technologies used for generating electricity and providing heating and cooling;

* Proposing that the Building Commission ensure new state buildings are constructed to be 30% more energy efficient than required by
commercial code.

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