DOE Recognizes First Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Facility

The nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production plant is expected to produce eight million gallons of cellulosic ethanol and generate six megawatts of renewable power annually. On August 1, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida as the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production plant.  The facility,...

Senate Unanimously Approves Hydropower Bills

Two hydropower bills were unanimously passed by the Senate to facilitate streamlined regulatory processes for hydroelectric projects. On August 1, 2013, the Senate unanimously approved two bills  aimed at streamlining the regulatory processes for selected hydropower projects. Both the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (H.R. 267) and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs...