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Pennsylvania School District’s Buses Burn Biodiesel – First in State

Pennsylvania’s Great Valley School District ‘s buses will burn B20 biodiesel in its fleet of 70 school buses – the first school district in the state to do so, The Daily Local reports. The 20 percent blend is provided by the Energy Cooperative, a fuel company in Philadelphia. The switch … Read more »

Companies Pay $20 Billion for Pollution Control Equipment

The EPA has obtained commitments from industry, governments and other regulated entities to reduce pollution by nearly 900 million pounds in fiscal year 2006. Today’s report reflects a sustained three-year record of pollution reduction, totaling almost 3 billion pounds, and requiring companies to invest almost $20 billion in pollution control equipment. … Read more »

Retailers Offer Customers ‘Carbonfree’ Shipping Option

Four retailers, BetterWorld.com, Evogear.com, 3r Living, and Alonovo.com, are using a new program from Carbonfree.org and Carnegie Mellon University’s Green Design Institute that offsets shipping-related carbon-dioxide emissions. The company’s aren’t paying for the program themselves, but are providing customers with a Carbonfree shipping option that, presumably, will cost more than traditional shipping. … Read more »

Chicago School Buses Test O2Diesel

Chicago Public Schools have launched a pilot program to replace the traditional diesel fuel used to power school buses with O2Diesel, a blend of ethanol-diesel. The program is initially being tested in 27 school buses owned by Falcon Transportation serving 18 Chicago Public Schools. The pilot is part of the City … Read more »

Boulder’s Municipal Carbon Tax Passes

Ultra-liberal Boulder, Colorado has passed the country’s first municipal carbon tax, MSNBC reports. The Boulder tax will raise average home bills $1.33 per month and businesses will pay an extra $3.80 per month, according to the town. The tax will generate about $1 million for the city annually. Utility Xcel … Read more »

Wal-Mart Evaluates Environmental Efforts

Wal-Mart Evaluates Environmental Efforts

Wal-Mart has reviewed early results of various environmental projects at its experimental stores located in McKinney, Texas, and Aurora, Colorado after one year of operation and is applying some projects to other Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs. “When we conceptualized these two experimental stores, we thought about our environmental opportunities … Read more »

BAE Wins Award to Build Fuel Cell for Hybrid Transit Bus

The FTA has selected BAE Systems to develop advanced hydrogen fuel-cell technology on a hybrid electric transit bus. The $5.35 million FTA award is part of the agency’s National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development Program. WestStart CALSTART, a non-profit organization, will distribute the award.     BAE Systems will lead the … Read more »

NY Power Plant Burns Biofuel Blend

The Charles Poletti Power Project in Queens, NY, an 885 megawatt plant that runs on natural gas or heating oil, ran biofuel from soybeans fuel blended with heating oil at concentrations between 5 percent and 20 percent for two days in late October, Reuters reports.   It was the largest use … Read more »

California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Identified & Measured

The California Energy Commission has released a  report that provides estimates of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared over a 15-year period. The report, Inventory of California Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990 to 2004, provides policy makers and researchers with the sources of emissions that could alter the climate … Read more »

Peterbilt Hybrid Reduces Fuel Use Up To 40%

Peterbilt is planning a hybrid-electric medium duty truck – outfitted with a fully integrated bucket lift body -? for 2007 that it says will result in a 30 to 40 percent reduction in fuel use. The Class 7 Model 335 is meant for municipal and utility applications and features improved fuel economy … Read more »

Post-Election Energy Legislation Predictions

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington D.C.-based energy think tank, has put together a list of efficiency-related items that it thinks could move forward in Congress next year due to Tuesday’s election. 1. A “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard” and an “Energy-Efficiency Resource Standard”: Both are gradually growing … Read more »

IAE Predicts Global Energy Demand Up 53% by 2030

The International Energy Agency  has released The World Energy Outlook 2006,  the latest edition of the IEA’s annual flagship publication. The report’s baseline vision of how energy markets are likely to evolve without new government measures sees global primary energy demand increasing by 53 percent between now and 2030. Over 70 percent of … Read more »

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