PG&E to Buy Power from SolarReserve CSP Project with Molten Salt Storage
PG&E Corp., the owner of California’s largest utility, received approval from regulators to buy power from a 150-megawatt solar-thermal project in the state’s Sonoran Desert, the first commercial-scale system in the state to include energy-storage capabilities. The project will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight onto a central tower containing molten salt. The salt retains heat and can produce power at night, an advantage over photovoltaic panels.
Appeals Court Rejects EPA Cellulosic Biofuel Regulation
An Environmental Protection Agency rule mandating refiners to produce or purchase advanced biofuels was recently overturned by a federal appeals court in Washington. The American Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas trade association, last year asked the court to overturn the EPA standard setting mandates in 2012 for production and sale of the cellulosic fuels, which can be made from materials including wood chips and agricultural waste. The EPA set a standard for refiners of 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2012, but the three-judge panel has rejected that target and sent it back to the EPA to come up with a new mandate as the actual U.S. production for 2012 were only 20,000 gallons.
French Favour Renewables, but Discern High Cost
According to a survey published in Le Monde’s annual special publication Le Bilan du monde, nine in ten people in France are in favor of using renewable energy, mainly because of their clean and non-polluting image. Moreover, 63 percent of those surveyed said they think that more renewables will be used than traditional fuels within the next half-century. However, only half of those surveyed consider renewable energy to be a cheaper energy alternative and some 68 percent said the biggest hindrance to the development of renewables is their cost.
EcoDual and Clean Vehicle Solutions Announces Distribution Agreement
EcoDual Inc., a leading provider of EPA approved diesel-to-natural-gas dual fuel conversion systems for heavy duty diesel trucks, and Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC (CVS, a leader in the compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle industry, have signed a distribution and servicing agreement to deliver and support the EcoDual product line. EcoDual’s system provides the highest natural-gas-for-diesel substitution rate for dual fuel conversion systems. As a result, fleet operators such as CVS, can achieve both overall fuel cost savings of more than 30% and the shortest return on investment.