1. Future Fuels: Can Biofuels Make Gasoline Cleaner, Cheaper?


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    Learn more and download slides at http://www.eesi.org/briefings/view/061215biofuels The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Governors' Biofuels Coalition held a briefing examining the current state and potential future of the transportation fuel supply. While combustion engines are more efficient and cleaner than ever, the transportation sector is still responsible for 27 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as half of all toxic emissions in the United States. Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) are conducting coordinated studies to address the opportunities and challenges to deploying a high octane mid-level ethanol blend to the passenger vehicle fleet. They found such fuels, which blend between 25 to 40 percent ethanol and 60 to 75 percent conventional gasoline (instead of the current 10 to 90 percent ratio), could lead to greater fuel efficiencies and lower overall GHG emissions. Speakers: Honorable Tammy Duckworth U.S. Representative, (D-IL) Dr. Robert McCormick Principal Engineer, Fuels Performance Group, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Robert_McCormick_061215.pdf Brian West Deputy Director, Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Brian_West_061215.pdf Caley Johnson Transportation Market Analyst, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Caley_Johnson_061215.pdf Dr. Michael Wang Senior Scientist, Energy Systems, Argonne National Laboratory Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Michael_Wang_061215.pdf The Energy Information Administration predicts the internal combustion engine will be the dominant engine for the next several decades, making both fuel and engine efficiency a critical piece in reducing the GHG intensity of the transportation sector. Research is finding that higher octane fuels can help enable the greater engine efficiencies necessary to lower GHG emissions and improve fuel economy. Today, there are two primary sources of octane: gasoline aromatics, a petroleum refinery product, and ethanol. Ethanol is a renewable fuel sourced from corn as well as other agricultural feedstocks and organic wastes. In 2014, the United States produced 14.4 billion gallons of ethanol, making up approximately 10 percent of retail gasoline by volume. Research from the National Labs finds a mid-level ethanol blend not only increases the octane rating of fuel, it may also enable fuel efficiency improvement of 5 to 10 percent, lower the cost of gasoline, and reduce life-cycle GHG emissions. While mid-level ethanol blends do require some changes to the current gasoline infrastructure, many find the challenges have been overstated. These fuels are immediately compatible with the 17 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road today, and many gas station tanks and infrastructure are already compatible with a mid-level ethanol blend. Going forward, high octane, mid-level ethanol blends will allow for even greater engine efficiencies and advanced engine designs. Automakers are currently working to economically meet Corporate Average Fleet Emissions (CAFE) standards that save fuel and reduce emissions. Mid-level ethanol blends, by providing a better, higher octane fuel formulation for today's and tomorrow’s gasoline vehicles, may help meet multiple policy objectives beyond 2025.

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    • Remarks by Chair of Special COTED on Energy, Hon. Phillip Paulwell of Jamaica


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      Jamaica's Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell addresses the Fifty-Fourth Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Energy at the CARICOM Secretariat on Wednesday 4 February, 2015.

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      • Final version


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        Scottish Renewables believes we should all be proud of the valuable green energy we produce in Scotland. That’s why we decided to create a short animation to present key facts from our 2014 Annual Report, and share the Renewable Story in Scotland so far. Renewables are producing more energy in Scotland than ever before, boosting our economy, helping our environment and providing a multitude of benefits to people across the country. Renewables are delivering for Scotland now, but the future looks even brighter. If you’d like to find out more about Renewables in Scotland, you can visit our website, or read our handy infographic found here: http://bit.ly/1pFH71M

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          The lies of Keystone XL pipeline proponents.

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          • Electric Transmission 301


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            More information at: http://www.eesi.org/061014transmission301 WIRES and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing about the key challenges and opportunities facing electric transmission infrastructure development. Charles Berardesco Senior Vice President and General Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corp. Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Charles-Berardesco-061014.pdf Harry Vidas Vice President, ICF International Energy Advisory & Solutions Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Harry-Vidas-061014.pdf Anne George Vice President of External Affairs, ISO-New England; former Connecticut DPUC Commissioner Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Anne-George-061014.pdf Steven Burtch Senior Vice President of Business Development, AltaLink Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Steven-Burtch-061014.pdf Cary Kottler General Counsel, Clean Line Energy Partners Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Cary-Kottler-061014.pdf James Hoecker Moderator; Husch Blackwell LLP, WIRES Counsel and former Chairman of FERC Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/James-Hoecker-061014.pdf In light of Super Storm Sandy, the attack on the Metcalf Substation in California, and growing cyber threats to the grid, transmission owners, planners, and operators are devising new approaches to ensure high levels of reliability and grid security. Second, the magnitude of the current need to ensure efficient power markets and access to diverse energy resources makes development of robust transmission infrastructure a national priority. The shale gas revolution provides an additional reason to strategically plan the expansion and modernization of the grid while addressing pipeline constraints and access to renewable resources. Finally, these developments are being dealt with in a more competitive bulk power environment, including competition to own, build, and construct important new transmission facilities. New entities and joint ventures are emerging to augment the historical role of incumbent load-serving entities with respect to strengthening the grid regionally and inter-regionally. This program followed our "Transmission 201" in March and was held in conjunction with the forthcoming briefing by EESI and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) on June 18. WIRES is a national non-profit association of investor-, cooperatively-, and publicly-owned companies that promote investment in the high-voltage electric transmission system, to ensure reliable, reasonably priced electricity, access to diverse resources, and competitive markets (www.wiresgroup.com).

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            • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed


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              This film, produced by the Center for Media and Democracy, debunks the claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline regarding jobs, energy security, gas prices, safety, and climate change. More information about this film and research project, "Keystone PipeLIES Exposed," at http://www.pipeliesexposed.org.

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              • Shale Revolution & Chemicals Industry (Ennovance)


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                WWW.ennovance.com We believe that the Shale Revolution presents an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity unique to the United States that will have a profound impact on the chemicals industry. Nearly 100 projects announced as of Q1-2013, $72 billion in potential chemical industry capital investments, $67 billion in additional output by 2020 (with new & permanent federal, state, and local tax revenue of $14 billion from increased chemical industry output by 2020, according to ACC)! ....there is the potential for a raw material cost advantage of up to 60% for products in the ethane-ethylene value chain. Key questions would remain in our ability to manage typical risks for a complex industry, such as environmental, regulatory, specialized credits and equity investment approach, proper tax treatments, infrastructure and access to realize the Shale gas driven potentials.

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                • GAME CHANGER: "Energie ist bestes außenpolitisches Instrument der USA"


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                  Bis heute wurde in der politischen Diskussion über die Produktion von alternativen Brennstoffen und den daraus resultierenden Chancen für die Vereinigten Staaten ein wesentlicher Aspekt übersehen: Die geo-politischen Implikationen und außenpolitischen Vorteile, die diese Brennstoffe für die USA selbst, aber auch ihre Verbündeten und Partner mit sich bringen. Dr. Alexander Mirtchev ist Senior Scholar am Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Er ist außerdem Vizepräsident des Royal United Services Institute für Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), London, gegr. 1831 und Executive Chairman RUSI International. Dr. Mirtchev arbeitet in den Bereichen der globalen Wirtschafts- und Energiesicherheit, Global Governance und Geopolitik. Ein ausführlicher Artikel über die Energie als neues außenpolitisches Instrument kann in englischer Sprache unter folgendem Link abgerufen werden: http://www.emergingmarketsnews.com/archive/Our-Best-New-Foreign-Policy-Tool-Energy

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                  • How We Live


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                    ‘How We Live’ is a 15 minute documentary which travels to the front lines of energy projects across Europe. From a Serbian mine to the boardrooms of Brussels; from Welsh protesters to a Georgian TV studio, the film explores how our emotional and physical geographies are changing from the way we generate power. ’How We Live’ was filmed by Meira Valtonen and edited by Mark Ovenden with a sound design by Andrej Bako. The film was directed by Meghan Horvath, produced by Hugh Hartford of Banyak Films (UK) and was commissioned by Bankwatch with funds from the European Union. 'How We Live' premiered at the CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival in Turin, Italy in June 2013 and has subsequently been screened at the Kinookus Film Festival in Ston, Croatia; the International Environmental Film Festival in Barcelona and the Leeds International Film Festival as well as having been screened as part of the UN’s World Energy Day in New York City. You can visit the film's website as well: howwelivethefilm.com

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                    • Operation Cleantech pt 4: What if climate change was a hoax?


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                      Future360.tv asks Angelenos whether clean air, energy security and saving money are worthy goals, with or without climate change. Visit www.future360.tv to learn more.

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