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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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Biogas webinar series continues

Categories: Bio Fuels,Events

The second part of The Energy Center of Wisconsin’s three-part webinar series on the next generation of biogas, Biogas: Developing a Statewide Plan for Wisconsin’s Opportunity Fuel will premiere live on October 20 from 1 – 2 p.m. CDT.

The webinar will feature speakers from the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative. WBI Director Troy Runge and Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis Gary Radloff will discuss strategies and potential goals for statewide biogas development and public policy programs to capitalize on biogas opportunities.

The first webinar of the series, presented by Peter Taglia of Clean Wisconsin, was broadcast September 29, 2010.

To catch the newest part of this popular series, register online. If you can’t tune in to the live premiere, don’t worry – registration allows free on-demand access to the first and second presentation.

The final part of the series, Midwest Food Processors Anaerobic Digester Casebook featuring Joe Kramer of the Energy Center of Wisconsin will broadcast November 23, 2010.  For more information on the Energy Center of Wisconsin, visit www.ecw.org or contact Annemarie Newman at anewman@ecw.org

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Biofuels Workshop in Watertown

The Wisconsin Small-Scale Biofuels Producer Program, with the Office of Energy Independence, is holding a small-scale gas and liquid biofuels workshop and expo Friday, June 25. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Watertown Senior Center in the morning and Prairie Dock in the afternoon.

It will include presentations and “hands on” sessions featuring biofuels experts, business and government leaders, educators and equipment manufacturers from Wisconsin. There will also be several small-scale systems demonstrated.

The workshop fee is $40. WSSBPP members receive a discounted rate of $25.

Click here to download a flyer with more information about the event. You may also click here to download the program.

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WI Wins Border Battle

Wisconsin and Minnesota Clean Air Choice teams battled it out this week to see who could pump more E85 in two hours at two locations on the WI and MN border. With Alice in Dairyland’s help pumping E85, Wisconsin won the battle! In total, over 1,000 gallons of E85 were pumped, preventing 4 tons of emissions from entering the air. This friendly competition made a significant impact on ensuring the we all have clean air to breathe – way to go everyone!

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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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Ethanol Advertising Launch Event on Monday

Growth Energy, with the assistance of the WBIA, is launching a national advertising campaign that begins on Monday, April 12.   We hope you can join us Madison at a debut event for the commercials and to discuss the importance of biofuels to Wisconsin and the country.

Monday, April 12
11:00am
Wisconsin State Capitol
Room 400SE

RSVP to Jason Rae at rae@nationconsulting.com if you can attend! Hope to see you there!

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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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WI Small Scale Gas & Liquid Biofuels Workshop & Expo

The Wisconsin Small-Scale Biofuels Producers Program (WSSBPP) from Fox Valley Technical College is presenting a new workshop – the Small Scale Gas & Liquid Biofuels Workshop & Expo – that will give participants an opportunity to visit with local biofuels equipment manufacturers, learn about starting a small-scale biofuels operation and hear about new funding opportunities.

The workshop will include a morning “lecture” session and and afternoon “hands-on” session. Speakers will include biofuels experts, business leaders, state officials and educators from Wisconsin.

The program will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fox Valley Tech College’s Agriculture Center in Appleton.

Registration is required.
Workshop Fee: $25.00*
Registration deadline: 4/5/2010
* WSSBPP members receive a $25.00 discount (cost is free)

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Upcoming Training on Optimizing Fans and Pumps

Categories: Events

The Energy Center of Wisconsin is holding two full-day trainings on optimizing industrial fans and pumps on March 24 in Eau Claire and March 25 in La Crosse.

The event will teach participants how to take a closer look at their motor systems and find ways to improve efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and boost productivity.

Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will run from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $169, which includes breakfast, lunch, and program materials.

For more information, please contact Phil Jahnke Sauer at pjahnkesauer@ecw.org, or visit www.ecw.org.

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