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Report: Best States for Home Solar Are In the East

A report that ranks the 50 states by “friendliness to rooftop solar” finds that, for 2019, the top four are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland, plus Washington, D.C. Solar Power Rocks (SPR), an organization in Portland, Ore., that collects and disseminates information for homeowners about state and national solar policy, incentives, and financial estimates, announced Jan. 16 that its 2019 State Solar Power ...

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Wood Pellet Trade Doubles in Five Years; Driven by Biomass-Fueled Power Generation

  Global trade in pellets has doubled since 2012 with U.S., Canadian and European producers all playing a role, according to the European Pellet Supply and Cost Analysis, a new study from Risi, an information provider for the global forest products industry headquartered in Bedford, Mass. Demand for pellets is rising because they are playing a key role in de-carbonizing ...

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Research Report: Plastic-to-Oil Market Expected to Grow

Diesel production took up the largest share of the plastic-to-oil market in 2015 due to rising demand for diesel in the booming transportation sector in developing economies, according to a study by market intelligence firm Transparency Market Research, Albany, N.Y. Transparency Market Research (TMR) said its study provides detailed analysis of the global recycled plastic and plastic waste-to-oil market. The ...

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Close-up: Specing a Propane Crane Truck

By Stephen Bennett “The biggest mistake fuel oil people make when they go into the propane business is they buy too small a truck with too small a crane,” said Roger Smith of Kurtz Truck Equipment, Marathon, N.Y. A service truck with a crane is needed for installing propane tanks above the hundred-gallon size, Smith said. The cost of a ...

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Propane Exhibit at the National Museum of Industrial History to Open Aug. 2

After several decades of hard work, research, artifact collection and countless hours of volunteer time, a permanent exhibit showcasing the history and contributions of the propane industry will open this August. This display will be part of the Smithsonian-affiliated National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The official ribbon cutting for the museum will take place on Aug. 2 ...

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Congresswoman Watson Coleman to Introduce Legislation Strengthening FERC Oversight of Proposed Pipelines

ReThink Energy NJ and partners announced that Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ D-12) will introduce legislation to toughen Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversight by requiring it to apply more comprehensive procedures to its review of proposed pipeline applications before granting a certificate of public convenience and necessity. Watson Coleman made the announcement during a press conference at Baldpate Mountain in ...

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Crop-Based Biofuels Don’t Harm Food Supplies, New Report Finds

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased with the findings from a recent report that concluded biofuels from crops do not harm food supplies. The report was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank and other groups. “The high-profile expansion of ethanol production in the United States and Brazil, in tandem with a global price spike in food ...

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NPGA: Pipeline Bill Becomes Law; Propane Provision Included

On Wednesday, June 22, President Barack Obama signed S. 2276, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016.  This legislation includes a provision that requires an independent study of the regulations placed on jurisdictional propane systems.  This bill has moved quickly through the legislative process in the last few weeks, and its enactment marks a great ...

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New Propane Markets

Interest in propane mowers continuing to rise By Jeremy Wishart, PERC Editor’s Note: This article previously ran in a FON sister Publication, Landscape and Irrigation. It has been updated for this publication. The preferred alternative fuel for commercial mowers—propane–is continuing its rise in popularity among landscape contractors. In the last decade, and even more so in just the last five ...

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