New York (AirGuideBusiness - Energy Watch) Sun, Mar 2, 2014
Congress could increase funding for fuel research Congressional appropriations committees are looking to increase funding for research that seeks to find alternative to 100LL fuel, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Few research programs are set to receive more money than originally budgeted in the omnibus funding bill recently released by Congress. Thu, Feb 27, 2014
Congress OKs extension of wind-energy tax incentive The House of Representatives voted to adopt the Senate's budget plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff," which includes an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit for any project that starts construction in 2014. The American Wind Energy Association said that reflects the 18 to 24 months it can take to construct a project. The measure awaits the signature of President Barack Obama. Tue, Feb 25, 2014
Texas wind turbines set record on Dec. 25, ERCOT says Wind turbines in Texas generated a record 8,638 megawatts on Christmas Day, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Wind capacity in the state is more than twice what it was in early 2008, but expansion is expected to slow in 2014. Tue, Feb 25, 2014
Renewable-fuels group applauds extension of biofuel tax incentives The bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" includes an extension of several tax incentives for the biofuels industry. The measure provides a one-year extension of the special allowance for cellulosic biofuel plant property, the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property and the cellulosic biofuel producer tax credit, and expands the list of cellulosic feedstocks to include algae. "The one year extension of the cellulosic producer tax credit and accelerated depreciation provides some measure of certainty to ensure that 2014 will be a year of growth and milestones for the advanced ethanol industry," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, in a statement. Tue, Feb 25, 2014
Aeroflot, Airbus Aeroflot has taken delivery of a new A320 fitted with Sharklets Aeroflot has taken delivery of a new A320 fitted with state-of-the-art aerodynamic Sharklets wing-tips. The aircraft has been named in honour of Boris Petrovsky, the innovative Soviet surgeon and public figure. Sharklets improve aircraft aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption (up to 4 per cent, according to Airbus). These new wing-tips are 2.4 m high and made of composite materials. All A320 aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot direct from the manufacturer. The A320 Boris Petrovsky is equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy). These aircraft provide services mainly on European and domestic routes. Aeroflot is one of the worldOs leading airlines in terms of operational reliability and actual hours flown per A320 aircraft. A320 airplanes meet the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered one of the best aircraft available for medium-range flights. Today AeroflotOs fleet includes 94 A319/320/321 family aircraft with an average age of five years. - See more at...