Archive for April 27, 2012

Senate ag committee votes to restore energy funding in Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee marked up the 2012 Farm Bill on April 26 and approved a new version by a vote of 16 to 5 that includes an amendment introduced by Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Dick Lugar, R-Ind., to restore funding for the Farm Bill’s energy title programs. Nine other committee members signed on to co-sponsor the Conrad-Lugar proposal, which provides $800 million to fund core energy programs through fiscal year 2017.


EPA, NREL Offering New Tools For Solar Projects On Contaminated Land












The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have launched new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential.

The “decision trees” give local communities and landowners ways to evaluate sites for renewable energy potential without the need for technical expertise, the agencies explain. The EPA estimates that nationwide there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties.

The tools can be used to evaluate individual or multiple sites, such as brownfields, Superfund and other hazardous waste sites, abandoned parcels, landfills, parking lots, and commercial or industrial roofs, depending on the technology.