Advanced Biofuels: Why do we want them?
EESI Policy Associate Jessie Stolark spoke at a Third Way presentation on Capitol Hill entitled "Advanced Biofuels: Why We Want Them, How We Get Them" on July 15. Her presentation discussed how the Renewable Fuel Standard categorizes biofuels based on potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, and how these GHG reductions are measured by the Environmental Protection Agency for various fuel types and refining processes—both for current and potential feedstocks. She also touched on the GHG profile of fossil-based transportation fuels and some of the potential health impacts of fossil transportation fuels.
Opportunities through the USDA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program
EESI Policy Associate John-Michael Cross gave a presentation as part of the webinar “Tools for Co-ops to Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewables” hosted by Clean Energy Ambassadors on April 8, 2015. The presentation, entitled "Opportunities through the USDA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program", describes a relatively new USDA loan opportunity for rural utilities looking to reduce energy waste. The presentation goes on to explain how the USDA loans can be used to start on-bill financing programs, in which utilities pay for a customer's home energy upgrades and are then repaid through a monthly charge on the recipient's utility bill.
Policies to support Grid Integration of Renewable Energy: Cases and Renewable-Grid Synergies
EESI Policy Associate Laura Small gave a presentation entitled "Policies to support Grid Integration of Renewable Energy: Cases and Renewable-Grid Synergies," as part of a joint Global America Business Institute (GABI) and Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) workshop on December 16, 2014.
Connecting the Dots: Climate Change, Organics Recycling, Renewable Energy
EESI Executive Director Carol Werner gave a presentation entitled "Connecting the Dots: Climate Change, Organics Recycling, Renewable Energy," at the BioCycle East Coast 2014 Conference, held by BioCycle on October 28, 2014, in Ellicott City, Maryland.
The Value of Biomass in State Renewable Portfolio Standards
EESI Policy Fellow Jessie Stolark gave a presentation at the Midwest Energy Policy Conference, held by the Missouri Energy Initiative from September 30 to October 1, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri.
In her presentation, entitled "The Value of Biomass in State Renewable Portfolio Standards," Jessie Stolark explained that biomass resources, especially waste resources, have an important role to play in state energy planning. Waste resources, like organics and landfill waste, waste water treatment, manure, food industry waste, wood and agricultural wastes can be utilized as both electricity and liquid fuels while also providing valuable co-products such as fiber, compost and fertilizers.
The Future Use of Forest Resources
EESI Executive Director Carol Werner gave a presentation at the SmallWood Conference, “Forest Utilization and Management: From Working Woodlands to City Streets,” held by the Forest Business Network on June 5 in Rochester, Minnesota.
The 40th Anniversary of the Oil Embargo and Climate Change
On October 16, EESI Executive Director Carol Werner, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, and other expert speakers held a webinar on the 40th anniversary of the oil embargo and its significance. The webinar demonstrated the advances made since 1973, and highlighted how renewables and energy efficiency are the competitive, economical and sustainable global building block for the 21st century. Carol's presentation focused on the climate change impacts of our continued dependence on oil.
Midwestern Agricultural Landscapes and Ecosystems Services: Problems and Opportunities
EESI Policy Associate Ned Stowe spoke at the Conference on Enhancing Mississippi Watershed Ecosystems with Perennial Bioenergy Crops on September 23, 2013, in Minneapolis, MN. His presentation focused on federal policy regarding perennial bioenergy crops, and he emphasized that the federal government is at a historic political juncture, with many key programs either on the chopping block, or being squeezed by across-the-board budget cuts.
Presentation: South Carolina Rural Electric Co-ops On-Bill Financing Pilot Program
EESI Policy Associate John-Michael Cross spoke at the Association of Energy Services Professionals Spring Conference on May 1, 2013, in Dallas, TX. His presentation focused on the South Carolina rural electric cooperatives' Help My House pilot program, which finances residential energy efficiency improvements with low-interest loans that are repaid through customers’ electric bills (known as “on-bill financing”). EESI has been involved with the pilot since its inception and wants to share the pilot's process and early successes to encourage other co-ops and public utilities to consider similar programs.
Presentation: Biomass, Bioenergy, and Sustainability
On November 30, 2012, EESI Policy Associate Ned Stowe gave a presentation on biomass, bioenergy, and sustainability to the 11th Annual Great Lakes Environmental Legislators Forum of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators in Chicago, IL. The presentation addressed questions such as: What is the potential for biomass energy in the region? Is it sustainable? Is it climate-friendly? Is it clean?