EPA Gives Awards for Turning Trash into Power

EPA Gives Awards for Turning Trash into Power

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight landfill methane capture projects for innovations to reduce their emissions of methane – a potent greenhouse gas — and in the process recover renewable energy. The Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) gives these awards to acknowledge excellence in innovation, successful project development that achieves both environmental and economic benefits.

Local Green Jobs Roundup: Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin

A new wind farm in Missouri will create 2500 green jobs. Duke Energy will be building mini solar plants in North Carolina. Argonne National Laboratory and BASF have established a partnership to build an electric car battery plant in Ohio. The Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps was named as a $550,000 grant recipient at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

SMART GRID ROUNDUP: Grants for National Smart Grid Announced, Hacking the Smart Grid; Wind and Solar Power Drives Need For Smart Grid

Quite a bit is happening in the smart grid sector. In this post I quickly look at the breaking announcement by Vice President Joe Biden of more than $3.3 billion in stimulus funding for grants to drive the rollout of a nationwide electrical smart grid.

I continue to follow the hacking of the grid story and try to give some various perspectives on this issue and what is being done about it.

Finally I post on how the growing adoption of renewable energy like solar and wind will require the grid to evolve into a much smarter, robust system and to incorporate systems for storing transient excess energy.