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Report: Wisconsin farmland better suited for solar than ethanol

SOLAR: Wisconsin could produce 100 times more energy by using farmland for solar instead of growing corn for ethanol, according to a state environmental group’s report. (Wisconsin Examiner) ALSO:• A northeastern Indiana city continues work on solar siting regulations that would designate a 6,000-acre area for potential development. (The Star)• North Dakota lawmakers block a […]

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Analysis: Ethanol plants emit twice as much carbon as oil refineries

BIOFUELS: An analysis of federal data shows that ethanol plants produce twice as many carbon emissions per gallon of fuel capacity than oil refineries, in part the result of a history of industry-friendly federal regulation. (Reuters) ALSO:• Though ethanol is only mentioned three times in the new federal climate law, the industry stands to benefit […]

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Corn-based ethanol worse for climate than gasoline, study finds

BIOFUELS: Corn-based ethanol may be worse for the climate than gasoline while also converting grasslands and forests into cropland, according to a new study from a University of Wisconsin researcher. (Inside Climate News) TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin is the latest Midwest state to consider legislation that would give incumbent utilities the right to build long-range transmission projects […]