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Nebraska provides TransCanada with map identifying Sandhills Regions to be avoided in designing alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline

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The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has released a map of the areas that it considers to be Nebraska Sandhills, based on an analysis of a variety of existing data. The Nebraska Sandhills (in yellow).

400 propane school buses ordered for Omaha, Nebraska

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The Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium and Student Transportation, Inc., (STI) STI) are collaborating to deploy more than 400 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses. The contract is the largest transportation agreement in STI’s history and is also the biggest single order to date of propane buses for Blue Bird.

Nebraska Governor approves revised Keystone XL pipeline route through state

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Nebraska Gov. The governor sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, notifying them of the accepted Nebraska route. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s evaluation of the 194.5-mile proposed pipeline reroute determined that: The proposed reroute avoids the Sand Hills but would cross the High Plains Aquifer, including the Ogallala Group. Construction and operation of the pipeline would have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.

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Aventine sends first unit-train shipment of ethanol from Nebraska to Alabama

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a leading producer, marketer and supplier of ethanol, announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. In Aurora, Aventine operates the Aurora West 110-million-gallon Delta T facility and the Nebraska Energy LLC Vogelbusch 45-million-gallon dry mill plant. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.,

University of Nebraska-Lincoln leading $13.5M effort to improve sorghum for biofuel

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5-million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. Funded by the US Department of Energy, this five-year grant takes a comprehensive approach to better understand how plants and microbes interact, and to learn which sorghum germplasm grows better with less water and nitrogen.

TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; alternative Nebraska route not yet determined

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TransCanada Corporation has submitted a new Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State (DOS) for the Keystone XL Pipeline from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. The application includes the already reviewed route in Montana and South Dakota; TransCanada will supplement its new application with an alternative route in Nebraska as soon as that route is selected.

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TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; Trump wants permitting determination in 60 days

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The pipeline would cross the US border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast Area.

Novozymes inaugurates $200M biofuels enzyme plant in US

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Novozymes inaugurated its $200-million enzyme plant in Blair, Nebraska ( earlier post ), which will supply enzymes to some of the first advanced cellulosic biorefineries, as well as to the existing industry. In 2012-13, several advanced biofuel plants will open around the world, including Shengquan in China, Beta Renewables in Italy, GraalBio in Brazil and Fiberight in the United States.

Clean Energy to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas; additional agreements in trucking, transit and refuse markets

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Clean Energy announced that fueling has begun at a new public station in North Platte, Nebraska, which will service vehicles from KALM Transportation, UPS and Schmidt Liquid Transportation. The station, partially funded with a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and in collaboration with STIRK CNG, a regional compressed natural gas (CNG) provider, will offer both LNG and CNG to fleets in the Midwest. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization releases final report on 6-year project

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The CAB-Comm projects were undertaken as collaboration among six academic institutions and two industrial partners: University of California, San Diego; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Rutgers University; University of California, Davis; Johns Hopkins University; Sapphire Energy; and Life Technologies.

US State Department issues Presidential Permit to TransCanada for Keystone XL

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The pipeline will cross the US border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it will connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast Area. Additional state-level approvals are still required in Nebraska, where the pipeline would cross, and from other federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers.

BNL team devises new method to boost oil accumulation in plant leaves; implications for biofuel production

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This research was conducted by Xu in collaboration with Jilian Fan and Chengshi Yan and John Shanklin of Brookhaven''s Biosciences Department, and Rebecca Roston, now at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Urban Air Initiative and partners petition EPA to correct ethanol emissions models

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The Urban Air Initiative (UAI), the Energy Future Coalition and the states of Kansas and Nebraska have petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency to correct what they call the agency’s flawed models that limit the use of higher blends of ethanol.

US State Department to issue Final EIS on Keystone XL pipeline in August; additional meetings in affected states

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During September, the State Department will also host public meetings in the capitals of each of the six states through which the proposed pipeline would pass—Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas—with an additional meeting in the Sand Hills region in Nebraska and along the Gulf Coast near Port Arthur, Texas.

Edeniq and Global Bio-chem to develop and commercialize technology to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for fuels

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Edeniq was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Visalia, California with locations in Omaha, Nebraska and São Paulo State, Brazil. Edeniq, Inc., a cellulosic sugar producer ( earlier post ), has signed a letter of intent with China-based Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited to develop and to commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other bio-based products.

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Abengoa cellulosic ethanol pilot plant targeting 79 gallons/tonne

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Abengoa has a second pilot cellulosic ethanol plant in Nebraska, and is building a commercial-scale biomass ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Since its was launched, Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol pilot production plant in Babilafuente, located in the Biocombustibles de Castilla y León (BCyL) plant in Salamanca, Spain, has completed more than 5,500 hours of operations with a yield of 200 liters (43 gallons US) per tonne of straw, fermenting exclusively from the cellulose.

Aventine installs $2.4M corn-oil separation system at ethanol plant

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has installed a $2.4-million Valicor corn-oil separation system (COSS) at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. High production levels and excess inventories nationally have led to tight margins, particularly in Nebraska. The grind reduction affects the two plants in Aurora, Nebraska, including a 30% reduction at the NELLC facility and a 50% reduction at the Aurora West facility. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.

TransCanada receives final key permit for Gulf Coast Project pipeline; construction set to begin this summer

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The US Department of State is currently reviewing TransCanada’s application for a Presidential Permit to proceed with the 1,179-mile (1,897-km) Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska and is expected to make a decision in the first quarter of 2013. TransCanada also continues to work with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to finalize a route.

Keystone XL Pipeline application denied; Obama says not a judgment on merits of the pipeline

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As a result of the review process of TransCanada’s permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline particularly given the concentration of concerns regarding the proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, the Department announced on 10 November that it could not make a national interest determination regarding the permit application without additional information.

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TransCanada to re-apply for a Keystone XL permit, striving to maintain construction schedule

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TransCanada said it will continue to work collaboratively with Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality on determining the safest route for Keystone XL that avoids the Sandhills. TransCanada Corporation, saying it was “ disappointed ” by the decision on Wednesday to deny the Presidential Permit for Keystone XL ( " src=" ">, also said it remains fully committed to the construction of the pipeline.

Energy Research projects receive financial boost

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High energy permanent magnets for hybrid vehicles and alternative energy: A consortium between the University of Delaware, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northeastern University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ames Laboratory and Electron Energy Corporation hope to develop world record performance permanent magnet materials which are critical components in advanced motors for hybrids and electric vehicles.

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Researchers convert sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, more photosynthetically efficient, oil-producing crop

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The research team includes scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska.

Researchers modify camelina to produce highest levels yet in transgenic plant oil of novel lipid acetyl-TAG; biofuel and industrial use

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Research collaborators include Mike Pollard, John Ohlrogge, Jinjie Liu, Adam Rice, Kathleen McGlew and Vincent Shaw with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University; and Hyunwoo Park and Tom Clemente at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Obama Administration to delay Keystone XL Pipeline decision to sometime in 2013

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The US State Department today said that, “ particularly given the concentration of concerns regarding the environmental sensitivities of the current proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska ”, it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska. The Obama Administration will delay a decision on approving the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada until sometime in 2013—i.e., after the US elections in November 2012.

Study cautions on sole focus on energy crop biomass yield; perennial grasslands deliver greater ecosystems services than corn

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Scientists from the University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, Bard College and Trinity Christian College were part of the research. A study by a team from the DOE’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Center has concluded that focusing on the yield of an energy crop alone can come at the expense of many other environmental benefits.

Crumb rubber from old tires can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance

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Other states that are using asphalt rubber, or are studying its potential, include Texas, Nebraska, South Carolina, New York and New Mexico, according to the agency.

State Department issues Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline: climate change impacts

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The US Department of State (DOS) has released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in response to TransCanada’s May 2012 application for the Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada’s oils sands in Alberta to Nebraska.

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TransCanada to re-apply for Keystone XL cross-border permit; proceeding with Cushing-to-Gulf portion as a discrete project with White House support

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TransCanada Corporation has informed the US Department of State (DOS) that it plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross-border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska.

Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel

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The work was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Washington State University in Pullman, the USDA-ARS in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the University of Missouri, Columbia. Sorghum is a promising feedstock for environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy per area of land than other crops while requiring much less input in terms of fertilizer or chemicals.

State Department providing more time for agency feedback on Keystone XL

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The State Department said that the agencies needed additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state. TransCanada subsequently filed a new application, including proposed new routes through the state of Nebraska.

NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PI: David Sellmyer. To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

EIA: planned capacity additions to US crude oil pipeline infrastructure should relieve Cushing bottleneck

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Phase 1 of the Keystone pipeline from Hardisty to Steele City, Nebraska, and on to Patoka, Illinois, was completed in June 2010.

NRC report concludes hydraulic fracturing poses low risk for causing earthquakes, but risks are higher for wastewater injection wells; CCS impact undetermined

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Schematic diagram of a shale gas well following hydraulic fracture treatment, with the relative depths of local water wells shown for scale. Formation depths and horizontal well length varies; numbers shown are approximate length and depth averages in North America.

EIA: new drilling technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

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The Powder River Basin encompasses more than 43,000 square miles and is located primarily in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana, along with small areas of South Dakota and Nebraska.

State Department releases Keystone XL Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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For the Bakken crude portion of this Scenario, one new rail terminal would be necessary in both Epping, North Dakota, and Stroud, Nebraska. The 2011 Final EIS route traversed a substantial portion of the Sand Hills Region of Nebraska, as identified by the NDEQ.

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Grassley-Conrad bill would extend ethanol tax credits through 2016

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The bill also has the original co-sponsorship of Senators Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Al Franken of Minnesota, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

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

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The greatest percentage increase was in Nebraska at 16.0% (6.6 Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report, State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010. The report shows a significant variation of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions across states on both an absolute and a per capita basis.

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

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Nebraska. 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. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) received applications requesting more than $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available.