Monday, August 31, 2015

[biofuelwatch] Tax probe into "green energy" scheme with celebrity backers





Tax probe into "green energy" scheme with celebrity backers


The taxman is investigating a controversial green energy scheme that attracted backing from a host of celebrity investors.

TV adventurer Bear Grylls, football manager Rafael Benitez and snooker legend Stephen Hendry are among the famous names who invested in the project on the expectation of lucrative returns and tax breaks.

The original idea – given planning consent five years ago – was to build a £200million biofuel refinery in Grimsby that would provide local jobs and boost the economy. But the refinery proposal has since been shelved, and a 'technical centre' promised instead on the site is yet to open.





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Sunday, August 30, 2015

[biofuelwatch] Fire at California’s Biggest Biomass Incinerator





Fire at California's Biggest Biomass Incinerator

- by Anna Rumor, August 28, 2015, Desert Sun

"[F]ire personnel responded to the Colmac Biomass Power Plant at 62-300 Gene Welmas Drive, where the conveyor belt fire had sparked."
--   Editor, The Biomass Monitor  Editor, Energy Justice Now


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Friday, August 28, 2015

[biofuelwatch] Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?





In this piece, an advocate for the biofuels industry speaks openly and honestly about the politics of biofuels. Relevant also to the stances of many environmental groups.

Josh


Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?


- by Douglas L. Faulkner, August 27, 2015, Biofuels Digest

"[C]old political calculations and a willingness by more moderate elected Democratic officeholders to throw a broad net over the "green" label mean the left generally won't publicly attack biofuels and will even occasionally pursue some beneficial policies for the industry in other contexts – – just not too much and too loudly."

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

[Biofuelwatch] Finally! Please tell your MP: NO subsidies for forest-destroying biomass power



Thank you for your patience and persistence. Technical problems fixed, so, finally:

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Please tell your MP: No subsidies for forest-destroying biomass electricity

 
The government is cutting subsidies for genuinely low carbon onshore wind and solar power, yet whilst Drax power station is on track to pocketing nearly £2 million in subsidies every single day for their mammoth coal- and wood-burning power station.

Please write to your MP

The UK burns more wood in power stations than any other country in Europe. Companies like Drax, who lobbied hard for generous subsidies, are importing millions of tonnes of wood pellets, many of them made from whole trees from clear-cut wetland forests in the southern US. Those are forests teeming with plant and animal species, many of them endangered and some of them – such as the Venus flytrap – found nowhere else in the wild.  Cutting down such forest ecosystems fuels climate change, too.  Many peer-reviewed studies, including DECCs own, confirm that burning wood pellets sourced in this way can be even worse for the climate than burning coal.
This industry is unviable without subsidy and would close. 
Please ask your MP to call on the new government change its energy policy.  Support needs to go towards energy efficiency, home insulation and truly climate-friendly renewable such as sustainable wind and solar power – not to dirty, destructive and high-carbon biomass electricity.
Many MP's may not themselves have heard about the impacts of large-scale bioenergy. And if an MP gets more than one letter on an issue it really moves it up the agenda!

[NOTE: Apologies if you already tried, perhaps several times, to take part in this alert, which was first announced in our July Newsletter. It has been beset by technical problems genuinely beyond our control. It is now up and running again. If you have already done it, thank you! If not now's your chance. If you can't remember, go for it. Don't worry, our system won't let multiple letters be sent.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

[Biofuelwatch] Please HOLD on Biofuelwatch MP Alert!



Hold on the MP Alert: Biofuelwatch website down.
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Apologies! Biofuelwatch website is down due to reasons beyond our control. Please HOLD on the Biofuelwatch MP Alert until further notice!


We will resend the alert when the site is up and running again. All these technical problems are genuinely beyond our control. Thanks for your patience and persistence and to so many of you for letting us know so quickly!

Third time lucky!
 
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[biofuelwatch] US Navy seeks Australian cane and grain biofuels to help power its fleet





The US Navy is interested in using Australian sugarcane and grains. A researcher has received a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Government to investigate ways Australian crop waste, specifically bagasse, can be used in this process.  US Navy seeks Australian farm crops to fuel its fleet




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[biofuelwatch] Bioenergy news





Not sure if members of the list follow this

http://paper.li/biomassconsult/1387426275?edition_id=c6b11c60-4a16-11e5-8ab0-0cc47a0d1609

Provides updated news on Biomass/ biofuels.

There are several good twitter feeds as well including





Just FYI, to keep on top of trends...

Glenn

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[Biofuelwatch] Please tell your MP: No subsidies for forest-destroying biomass power



Please tell your MP: NO subsidies for forest-destroying biomass power
Please tell your MP: No subsidies for forest-destroying biomass electricity
View this email in your browser

Please tell your MP: No subsidies for forest-destroying biomass electricity

 
The government is cutting subsidies for genuinely low carbon onshore wind and solar power, yet at the same time, Drax power station is on track to pocketing nearly £2 million in renewable energy subsidies every single day for burning millions of tonnes of wood pellets in addition to coal every year.

Please write to your MP

The UK burns more wood in power stations than any other country in Europe. Companies like Drax, who have been lobbying hard for generous subsidies, are importing millions of tonnes of wood pellets, many of them made from whole trees from clear-cut wetland forests in the southern US. Those are forests teeming with plant and animal species, many of them endangered and some of them – such as the Venus flytrap – found nowhere else in the wild.  Cutting down such forest ecosystems fuels climate change, too.  Many peer-reviewed studies, including DECC's own, confirm that burning wood pellets sourced in this way can be even worse for the climate than burning coal.
This industry is unviable without renewable energy subsidies - subsidies which ought to be reserved for genuinely low carbon and renewable forms of energy. 
Please ask your MP to call on the new government change its energy policy.  Support needs to go towards energy efficiency, home insulation and truly climate-friendly renewable such as sustainable wind and solar power – not to dirty, destructive and high-carbon biomass electricity.
Many MP's may not themselves have heard about the impacts of large-scale bioenergy. And if an MP gets more than one letter on an issue it really moves it up the agenda!

[NOTE: Apologies if you already tried to take part in this alert, which was first announced in our July Newsletter but suffered technical problems. It is now up and running again. If you have already done it, thank you! If not now's your chance. If you can't remember, go for it. Don't worry, our system won't let multiple letters be sent.
Thanks

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