Environment, Grid

Harvest Energy Solutions Testifies before U.S. Senate on Energy Program in the Farm Bill

Appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry yesterday Mark Olinyk, President of Michigan EIBC member company Harvest Energy Solutions, testified in support of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the 2018 Farm Bill. He stated that REAP’s inclusion in the 2014 Farm Bill was critical to his business’s success.

“REAP has been a component of nearly a quarter of our business,” Olinyk stated “Not only is it critical to our bottom line, REAP allows our clients to save electricity, save money, achieve greater efficiencies, and make their operations more stable, less risky, and more profitable.”

REAP grants and loans help farmers and rural businesses invest in renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Olinyk further said that the program helps to grow the clean and efficient energy industry and create jobs in rural America. The reauthorization bill will have to pass out of Committee before being moved to the full Senate, and then the House.

Harvest Energy Solutions designs, sells, and installs solar panels for its agricultural and rural customers.


Environment, Gas

“HI-LIGHT” Solar Thermal Chemical Reactor Wins Grand Prize at Create The Future

Cornell University and Dimensional Energy (Ithaca, NY) have received a  $20k grand prize in the 2017 “Create the Future” Design Contest for their “HI-LIGHT” Solar Thermal Chemical Reactor. One of 1,150 ideas competing for the prize, the application cost-efficiently converts waste CO2 into clean liquid fuel using a process that mimics plant photosynthesis.

Team leader Elvis Cao, a Ph.D. Student at Cornell University, stated “I would like to express our greatest gratitude to the judges for choosing our team as the Grand Prize Winner.”

According to Bernt Nilsson, Senior VP of Marketing of event sponsor COMSOL, Inc.,”Whether it’s a start-up or Fortune 500 company, only bold design innovation can provide an atmosphere where individuals and businesses thrive.”



Environment, Home

Recycling Rates on The Decline in California

California’s Bottle Bill is 30 years old, but the 30th anniversary comes with great concern about the recycling rates in the State.

Former Assembly member Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), the author of the legislation, Assembly Bill 2020, stated “The legislation set a goal of 80 percent beverage container recycling, which we exceeded in 2008, reaching as high as 85 percent in (2013). But as of mid-2017, recycling rates have slid backwards and now are at 77 percent. There’s an easy fix the Legislature can make in the next few weeks to reverse that trend.”

In the last two years more than 560 recycling centers (about 20%) have closed due to a decrease in recycler reimbursement levels. In terms of container quantity, 2.5 million fewer containers are being recycled per day compared to the last reporting period.

A legislation to address the recycling issue has been put forth by Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Phil Ting and is supported by the Brown Administration. However, it was ignored during recent budget negotiations and is likely to die unless taken up by the Legislature before it adjourns in mid-September.