Bioenergy News for March 2010

Bioenergy News Archive

Europe could have 100% renewable energy by 2050: study

Europe and North Africa could obtain all of their electricity from renewable energy by 2050, if the concept is supported by a single European power market united with a similar market in North Africa.

Wales can dramatically increase renewable energy capacity by 2025

Wales has the potential to generate twice its electricity demand from renewable energy sources within 15 years, according to environment minister Jane Davidson.

NREL and 3M cooperate on renewable energy research

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M have signed agreements on renewable energy research.

Dragon Power gets RMB28bn loan for biomass in China

The China Construction Bank could provide up to RMB28 billion in loans for the construction of biomass power plants in China over the next five years.

Future Fuels to build biofuel plant in UK

Future Fuels LLP has acquired a site and received planning consent for an industrial scale transport biofuel plant in Grimsby, UK.

Revenue for solar, wind and biofuels reached US$139bn in 2009

Growth in the three renewable energy sectors last year was 11.4% over 2008, and their US$139 billion in aggregate revenue will reach US$326bn by 2019.

Biogas markets on the upswing

The biogas plant market is on the upswing, with Germany to lead production in 2010, according to analyst Frost & Sullivan.

EU on track to meet target from renewable energy

The European Union will surpass its target to consume 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020, according to national forecasts submitted by its member states.

Canadian feed-in tariff approves solar projects

The feed-in tariff in the province of Ontario has approved the first trache of larger solar energy projects.

California funds US$90m clean and renewable energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) says its US$90 million ‘Clean Energy Manufacturing Program’ will strengthen the state’s leadership in clean and renewable energy by providing financing to manufacturers.

Renewable energy in Australia is “largely undeveloped”

The Government of Australia has released its first national Energy Resource Assessment, concluding that wind energy and other renewable energy sources are expected to become increasingly significant.

Europe adopts report on biomass sustainability

The European Commission has adopted a report on sustainability requirements for the use of solid biomass and biogas in electricity, heating and cooling, concluding that more detailed legislation is not necessary at this stage.

Scotland should support off-grid renewable energy

Targets for climate change are ambitious but are achievable if the Scottish Government considers support for green heat and other non-traded energy.

Renewable energy developer juwi expands

The juwi group of Germany is expanding in Germany and the USA – “one of the world’s largest growth markets for renewable energies.”