Badlands NGL to develop $4B plant in North Dakota to convert ethane from Bakken NGLs into polyethylene

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Badlands NGL, LLC, announced the development of a North Dakota manufacturing plant that will convert ethane (C 2 H 6 ), a byproduct of natural gas processing, into polyethylene, which is used to make a wide variety of end-use consumer and industrial plastics. Badlands NGL, LLC, and its partners expect to invest $4 billion to build the polyethylene manufacturing facility in North Dakota.

EIA: rising North Dakota oil production and demand spurs two new small refineries

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One of two new small (20,000 bbl/d each) refineries being built in North Dakota broke ground this week, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted in a brief. The Dakota Prairie facility is scheduled to be built in 20 months. North Dakota currently has one refinery, the Tesoro Mandan refinery located near Bismarck. With a capacity of 58,000 bbl/d, its primary products include diesel fuel, jet fuel, heavy fuel oils, and liquefied petroleum gas.


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EIA: North Dakota oil production reached new high of 770K bpd in 2012; transported by trucks and railroads

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North Dakota crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged an all-time high of 770,000 barrels per day in December 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). North Dakota production in 2012 trailed only Texas and the US Federal Offshore region, and the state accounted for 10% of total US crude oil production. Much of crude oil production in North Dakota is gathered and transported by truck to railcars leaving the state.

Quantum Energy and Bilfinger Westcon partner to develop multiple refineries in the North Dakota-Montana Bakken formation

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Bilfinger Westcon is currently constructing a diesel refinery project in Dickinson, North Dakota expected to be completed around the end of this year. Additionally, each facility will also include a natural gas liquids (NGL) stripping capacity of at least 100,000 barrels per day which will build barrel value, provide the potential for local/regional propane production and provide for significantly reduced crude volatility to facilitate enhanced rail tank car safety.

Why North Dakota Is Like Iran, Iraq, Nigeria & Russia: Wasted Natural Gas

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What does North Dakota have in common with Iran? If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas wasters, according to the World Bank. An editorial in The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead blasted the North Dakota natural-gas industry for wasting valuable resources through flaring

EIA: More than 35% of natural gas produced in North Dakota is flared or otherwise not marketed due to infrastructure limitations

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Natural gas production in North Dakota has more than doubled since 2005, largely due to associated natural gas from the growing oil production in the Bakken shale formation. Gas production averaged more than 485 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) in September 2011, compared to the 2005 average of about 160 MMcfd. North Dakota gas production: marketed, not marketed, and percentage not marketed.

Pitt engineers using membrane distillation to recycle water used in fracking and drilling

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As demand for new energy sources grows, the wastewater co-produced alongside oil and gas (produced water) shows no signs of slowing down: The current volume of wastewater—the result of water forced underground to fracture rock and release the deposits—is estimated at 250 million barrels per day, compared to 80 million barrels per day of oil. The method is already being tested in Texas, North Dakota, and most recently in New Stanton, Pa.

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New USGS oil and gas assessment for Bakken and Three Forks formations boosts estimates of recoverable oil two-fold, natural gas three-fold

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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) released an updated oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken Formation and a new assessment for the Three Forks Formation in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, resulting in a two-fold increase in the estimated technically recoverable oil, and a three-fold increase in estimated natural gas. Natural gas. trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 0.53

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As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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Natural gas. North Dakota. North Dakota. North Dakota. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them. The calculated relative amounts of well-to-wheels emissions of greenhouse gases from eight different energy sources are shown in the table below. The calculations were based on the data developed by the Union of Concerned Scientists.)

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EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

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The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol, a major chemical commodity with worldwide applications in the production of liquid fuels, solvents, resins, and polymers.

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Proposed CA LCFS pathways for corn starch ethanol with carbon capture and sequestration: as low as 37 gCO2e/MJ

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North Dakota-based Red Trail Energy (RTE), which since 2007 has operated an ethanol production facility with annual production of about 60 million gallons per year, is proposing sequestration of CO 2 produced from starch fermentation to lower the overall carbon intensity of the fuel for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The formation extends over southwestern North Dakota, southeastern Montana, and northwestern South Dakota.

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Study finds methane leaks from three large US natural gas fields in line with EPA estimates

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Tens of thousands of pounds of methane leak per hour from equipment in three major natural gas basins that span Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, according to airborne measurements, but the overall leak rate from those basins is only about 1% of gas production there——lower than leak rates measured in other gas fields, and in line with EPA estimates. We are beginning to get a sense of regional variation in methane emissions from natural gas production.

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Mitsubishi Power and DT Midstream partner to advance hydrogen infrastructure across the US

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a premier natural gas pipeline and storage provider, and Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc., The collaboration will employ Mitsubishi Power’s Hydaptive hydrogen package, which integrates renewable power, gas turbines, hydrogen and other energy storage technologies. DT Midstream will provide gas delivery experience and will leverage assets such as interstate and intrastate pipelines, gathering systems and storage systems. DT Midstream, Inc.,

DOE awards $18M to 5 projects to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles & use of other alternative fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $18 million to five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane. Gas Technology Institute will receive $4.9

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Argonne analysis shows greenhouse gas emissions similar for shale, conventional oil

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Shale oil production generates greenhouse gas emissions at levels similar to conventional crude oil production, according to a pair of new studies released by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The research, conducted by Argonne researchers in collaboration with Stanford University and the University of California, Davis, analyzed the Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas and the Bakken play mainly in North Dakota. to Alaska North Slope crude, to 30.98

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APG licenses Trident natural gas liquid process, acquires operating technology; flare-to-fuels

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APG) has signed a license agreement with Trident Resources, LLC for the exclusive worldwide right to commercialize Trident’s proprietary Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) process technology. The new NGL process will be able to produce a premium quality natural gas capable of being used for both stationary and vehicular APG dual fuel applications. We see a very large addressable market in the thousands of heavy-duty trucks supporting the oil and gas production industry.

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USGS boosts assessment of recoverable natural gas in Marcellus Shale by 42x from 2002; now 84 trillion cubic feet

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The Marcellus Shale contains about 84.198 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.379 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids, according to a new geology-based assessment by the US Geological Survey (USGS). billion barrels of natural gas liquids. Overall, INTEK estimated total on-shore recoverable shale gas resources for the lower 48 states at 750 TCF. Natural Gas

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White House: OPEC+ oil production increases “simply not enough”

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The North Dakota Petroleum Council issued the following statement: Feeling pressure from consumers faced with high gas prices and trying to recover from the economic devastation of 2020, the Biden Administration is now urging OPEC+ to increase production to ensure competitive energy markets.

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Study finds air pollution and GHG costs of crude-by-rail nearly 2x pipeline costs; much larger than spill and accidents costs

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have found that the air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of shipping crude by rail are nearly twice as large as those for oil pipelines. Further, their estimates of air pollution and greenhouse gas costs are much larger than estimates of spill and accidents costs—more than twice as big for rail and more than eight times as big for pipelines.

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NDPC study finds Bakken crude similar to other light sweet crudes, no greater rail transport risk

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Bakken crude is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other transportation fuels, according to a study recently completed by Turner, Mason & Company for the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The first compared the quality of the crude as loaded in North Dakota to the quality at discharge, more than 1,500 miles (2,414 km) away.

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DOE to award up to $12.4M to 11 projects focused on shale gas and enhanced oil recovery

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected 11 research projects that will help find ways to extract more energy from unconventional oil and gas resources while reducing environmental risks for awards totalling $12.4 million for eight projects intended to reduce the environmental risks of shale gas development while accelerating the application of new exploration and production technologies; and $2.1 Natural Gas Oil Oil Shale

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EIA: US proved oil reserves up for 5th year in a row; N Dakota proved oil reserves surpass Gulf of Mexico

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billion barrels of proved oil reserves (a 9% increase) according to US Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 , released today by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). US natural gas proved reserves increased 10% in 2013, more than replacing the 7% decline in proved reserves seen in 2012, and raising the US total to a record level of 354 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). Tcf of natural gas proved reserves in 2013 (13.5

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Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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The agreement, which is subject to XTO stockholder approval and regulatory clearance, will enhance ExxonMobil’s position in the development of unconventional natural gas and oil resources. XTO is a US producer engaged in the acquisition, exploitation and development of quality, long-lived oil and natural gas properties in the United States. XTO’s resource base is the equivalent of 45 trillion cubic feet of gas and includes shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane and shale oil.

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Record $86B in 2011 US oil and gas upstream deals, led by unconventional sector with $62B

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United States M&A activity for upstream oil and gas deals set records in 2011 for both deal values and deal counts, according to PLS, Inc., a provider of information, marketing and advisory services for the oil and gas industry. Industry appetite for oil-rich resource plays, particularly the North Dakota Bakken shale, Texas Eagle Ford shale and Ohio Utica shale, drove deal activity in the unconventional sector to a record $62 billion.

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News: 10 Best States To Own an EV

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North Dakota. In contrast, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota and Kansas had no incentives. Calculating the cost of gas compared to the cost of electricity over the length of car ownership, Jerry found Washington, Oregon and Nevada EV owners would save more than $4,800.

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USGS to update Bakken Formation oil assessment based on new geological information; potential for greater recovery

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The US Geological Survey will update its 2008 estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the US portion of the Bakken Formation, an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana. The Administration supports safe and responsible oil and gas production as part of our nation’s comprehensive energy portfolio. The new update effort will be a standard assessment task under the existing USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment.

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BNSF expands Bakken oil rail transport capacity to 1M barrels per day; overcoming shortage of pipeline capacity

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BNSF Railway (BNSF) has increased capacity in 2012 to enable the railroad to haul one million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. Historically, oil and gas producers have used pipelines to transport crude from production to refineries and ultimately on to end users. BNSF connects to 16 of the top 19 oil producing counties in Central and Western North Dakota, and five of the six oil producing counties in Eastern Montana.

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USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump. North Carolina. North Dakota. South Dakota. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the US.

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DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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University of North Dakota. Initial Engineering, Testing, and Design of a Commercial-Scale, Post-Combustion CO 2 Capture System on an Existing Coal-Fired Generating Unit The University of North Dakota will design and determine the cost of installing a post-combustion CO 2 capture system at the Milton R.

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Exclusive: Hey Top Gear, You Have To Fill Up Electric Cars Too, Duh!

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Have you ever been on those roads in North Dakota where you pass a sign that says “No gas for next 80 miles"? Or perhaps you’ve traveled through the frozen wastelands of Northern Canada or Alaska and learned that the gas station you just passed was the last one for more than 100 miles.

DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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The large membrane pilot will be designed to focus on partial capture from a slipstream of flue gas using the MTR Polaris membrane. The Phase I effort will address key systems, such as the flue gas turbo-expander, that require additional development beyond what is commercially available to ensure the FPO technology will achieve maximum efficiency. University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center.

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First application of GE ORegen organic rankine cycle waste heat recovery system at Alliance Pipeline Compressor Station in Alberta

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The first commercial ORegen organic rankine cycle waste heat recovery system, a technology developed by GE Oil & Gas that enables a gas turbine to produce extra power without any additional emissions or fuel consumption and no water use, will be installed at Alliance Pipeline’s (APL) Whitecourt Compressor Station about 200 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. ORegen is applicable on any type of simple-cycle gas turbine.

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US petroleum demand falls 2.3% in February, but gasoline demand rises

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The steep decline in residual fuel demand related to users switching to natural gas. Alaska production was down while North Dakota produced record levels of crude oil at 546 thousand barrels per day in January. The number of oil and gas rigs declined from 2,003 in January to 1,990 in February, according to the latest reports from Baker-Hughes Inc. Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) fell 2.3%

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US DOT issues advance notice of proposed rulemaking on improving safety of oil and hazmat rail tank cars

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The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is seeking public comment to further enhance the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail tank cars, including the DOT 111 tank car, a type of non-pressure tank car commonly used in North America. The area is one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas in the United States, found in North Dakota and Montana, where energy production has doubled in the past three years.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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University of North Dakota. North Carolina State University. Gas Technology Institute. Topic 6: Biopower and Products from Urban and Suburban Wastes: North American Multi-University Partnership for Research and Education. Integrated biochemical and electrochemical technologies (IBET) to convert organic waste to biopower via North American research and educational partnerships.

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Transcanada restarts Keystone oil sands pipeline operations

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The Keystone pipeline is approximately 1,316 miles in length and transports crude oil from the US-Canadian Border in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois and includes an extension running from Jefferson County, Nebraska to Cushing, Oklahoma. The Canadian portion of the pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta east into Manitoba where it turns south and crosses the border into North Dakota. From North Dakota, the pipeline runs south through South Dakota and Nebraska.

EIA: US rail traffic reflects increase in crude oil production, decrease in coal use; coal still dominant

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However, more crude is being moved by rail from areas of the country seeing a boost in oil production, such as North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation, that do not have adequate pipeline infrastructure to transport the oil to refineries. However, those deliveries fell in 2012 because of lower demand from power plant operators, who turned to more price-competitive natural gas as a generating fuel. Electricity generation from natural gas increased from 24.6%

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Opinion: Busting The “Canadian Bakken” Myth

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The financial pages of Canadian newspapers have been full of headlines lately announcing the potential of two large shale oil fields in the Northwest Territories said to contain enough oil to rival the Bakken Formation of North Dakota and Montana. billion barrels of technically recoverable oil (this includes the Three Forks Formation underlying the Williston Basin straddling North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan and Manitoba). by Andrew Topf of

2015 188

DOE Regional Partnership Begins Core Sampling for Large-Volume Carbon Sequestration Test

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The Plains CO 2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, one of seven members of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program, has begun collecting core samples from a new characterization well near Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson natural gas processing plant in British Columbia, Canada. The Fort Nelson project is on track to become one of the first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects in a saline aquifer in North America.

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API: US petroleum demand edges up in May

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North Dakota production in May set a record at 574 thousand barrels per day, eclipsing production from Alaska, which fell 5.0% The number of oil and gas rigs increased from 1,962 in April to 1,977 in May, according to the latest reports from Baker-Hughes Inc. Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) rose half a percent in May over the same month last year to 18.5 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API).

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Cummins Power Generation Provides Generator for Biomass Syngas Demonstration Project at the EERC

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota, in partnership with Cummins Power Generation, Inc., The Cummins generator, which normally runs on natural gas, has been modified to run on synthetic natural gas (syngas) produced by an EERC-developed advanced gasification unit. has begun a project to demonstrate the production of heat and power from high-moisture biomass.

2010 174

EIA releases report on CO2 emissions by state; California led in 2010 with transportation-sector emissions

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tonnes of CO 2 per person), followed by North Dakota (80.4 California consistently imports about 30% of its electricity and natural gas is the dominant fuel for the electricity that it generates internally. In 2010 the top 3 states included: Wyoming (1,886 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), West Virginia (1,767 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), and North Dakota (1,681 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP). Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA.

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DOE Selects Four Advanced Coal or Coal/Biomass Gasification Projects for Up To $5.9M in Funding to Test Membrane Separation Technology

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The projects will test membrane technology to separate hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from coal or coal/biomass-derived synthesis gas (syngas), such as from Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power systems. These projects are intended to move the technology development to the next level, conducting testing using actual coal-derived synthesis gas. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected four advanced coal gasification projects for funding of up to $5.9

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