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“Freedom” rolls out big in DC

“Freedom,” the compelling documentary investigating the repercussions of America’s addiction to foreign oil and a proposed solution for our energy independence will have its red carpet premiere in DC tonight with a slew of special guests.

Preceding the film’s premiere a press conference will take place at 2pm ET. The debate and Q&A hosted by Dennis McGinn, retired Vice Admiral and President of the American Council on Renewable Fuels, will include filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell as well as General Wesley Clark, who ranked at a four-star general and director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chief of Staffs.

“Freedom” covers a wide range on our country’s oil issues ranging from last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, Keystone XL pipeline, and the economic impact of foreign oil on American citizens. The film also highlights a path to long-term sustainable path to domestic fuel.

To learn more about “Freedom,” click here. Or, check out the trailer here.

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Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack at Wisconsin State Fair on biofuels

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Call for unity in the ethanol industry

At the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference this week, ethanol leaders from around the country meet to discuss the future of the industry.

Bob Dinneen, RFA CEO, will give the State of the Industry Address. Dinneen’s column this month, ‘Speaking with One Voice,’ calls for unity and focus.

“It is critically important that, as Congress and the country debate and decide energy policy, the ethanol industry will be speaking with one voice. That’s why the recent announcement that companies developing the next generation of advanced ethanol technologies are working together with the ethanol industry’s trade organization, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), through the formation of the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) is so significant.”

Read more of Dinneen’s column: Speaking with One Voice: RFA chief calls for biofuels unity

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Future of the Bio Industry from Georg Anderl

Following our last WBIA meeting, we asked our speaker Georg Anderl, Vice President of Engineering for DDCE, to talk briefly about the future of the bio industry. Hear what he had to say.

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Learn About the Latest Energy-Efficient Vehicles at the Green Vehicles Workshop & Fair

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) will be holding their seventh annual Green Vehicles Workshop & Fair, “Driving Toward 2020″ this Friday, April 23 at their Downtown Campus. In this popular, interactive workshop, expert presenters discuss and display the latest designs of energy-efficient and diminished-emission vehicles for the present and near future.

MATC will also be holding a free, first-ever green vehicles fair on Saturday, April 23 at their Oak Creek Campus. The event will feature brief informational sessions and a tire pressure check conducted by Milwaukee Hybrid Group members called Pump Your Ride To $avings.

For more information, please click here to download the program for the Green Vehicles Workshop & Fair, or here to download a flyer for both events.

The discounted $15 early-bird registration fee has been extended through Thursday, April 22 if you confirm your registration with event founder George Stone or Francis Vogel, Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities – Southeast Area. George may be reached at stoneg@matc.edu or at (414) 297-7430. Francis may be reached at francis.vogel@we-energies.com or (414) 221-4958.

Payment at the door on Friday will be $25. A special group rate of $10 applies to Milwaukee Hybrid Group members whom identify themselves as such at the door on Friday. The registration fee covers continental breakfast, a box luncheon and all materials. Students at any level may attend free of charge.

Event sponsors include: Milwaukee Area Technical College, We Energies, Milwaukee Hybrid Group, American Lung Association of Wisconsin, Automobile Dealers of Mega Milwaukee and Wisconsin Clean Cities – Southeast Area.

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No Wars Have Ever Been Fought Over Ethanol

Growth Energy launched their $2.5 million television ad campaign today, promoting ethanol’s many benefits as an alternative to fossil fuels.  The spots will air on four cable networks over the next six months: Fox, MSNBC, CNN and HLN. They began airing today at 6 a.m on all four networks.  Each spot focuses on a different benefit of ethanol and promotes it as independent, clean, renewable, peaceful, sensible and economic.

Here is one example, called “America’s Peace Fuel”

To see all of the ads on Growth Energy’s Web site, click here.

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Upcoming Event on Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects

Interested in learning more financial options for renewable energy projects? Check out this event sponsored by Whyte Hirschboeck and Dudek.

Breakfast Seminar – Tax Incentives and Financing Tools for Renewable Energy Projects

Description:  Attorneys Lynda Templen and Joe Pickart will discuss the many financing tools and incentives available for investing in renewable energy business projects including tax incentives, state and federal grant and loan programs, tax-exempt bond financing and angel and venture capital financing opportunities.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2010
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Where: Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202

R.S.V.P. by Thursday, April 15, 2010

Click here for more details.

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WBIA Member Miron Construction Named Contractor for $250 Million Green Diesel Plant

WBIA member Miron Construction and international engineering and project management company AMEC were recently selected to team up as EPC contractor for Flambeau River Biofuel’s $250 biorefinery.  The plant, which will be located at an existing pulp and paper mill in Park Falls, Wisconsin, will be the largest second generation “green diesel” plant in the U.S.

The press release from Miron Construction and Flambeau River Biofuels gives more details about the project:

“The Flambeau River bio-refinery will create permanent, high-skilled operating jobs in the region, long-term logging jobs, and short-term engineering and construction jobs, contributing to the economic stimulus of Park Falls, Wisconsin,” said Butch Johnson, majority owner of Flambeau River Papers and Flambeau River Biofuels.

“The AMEC-Miron team was selected for its experience and innovation in developing green energy and biofuel facilities,” said Johnson.  “When completed, Flambeau will have the first integrated pulp and paper mill in North America to run on fossil-free energy.”

Tim Gelbar, President, AMEC’s Power and Process Americas business said: “The Flambeau program has been a long-term strategic focus of AMEC’s and it will play a key role in our continued development of new bioprocesses and the expansion of clean renewable energy.”

“We have been working with Flambeau for two years developing this project” said David G. Voss, Jr., President, Miron Construction. “The Flambeau BioFuels project is key to developing “green fuel” renewable energy alternatives and will have a significant positive economic impact in Wisconsin.”

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