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The Good News
Miramonte Lake (continued from pg 1)
2013 November
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
¡°We are encouraging anglers to be vigilant and to
report any suspicious activity that could indicate
illegal introductions,¡± DelPiccolo said. ¡°We still
believe that there are good folks out there who
will come forward with information on the illegal
stocking of Miramonte. We are offering a reward.
But more than that, reporting suspicious activ-
ity is the right thing to do. We need to hear from
In addition to increased monitoring of fisher-
ies by Parks and Wildlife law enforcement and
responsible anglers, the agency has worked with
researchers at Colorado State University to de-
velop technology to trace the origins of illegally
introduced fish.
¡°We now have the ability to virtually ¡®fingerprint¡¯
a reservoir, lake or pond. So we know where an
illegally stocked fish comes from,¡± Gardunio
With these new tools Parks and Wildlife can
gather important evidence that will lead to more
thorough investigations of illegal stocking activ-
ity. Individuals caught moving fish between
waters are not only responsible for paying ticket
fines to the state, but they can lose their fishing
privileges and be pursued in civil court for the
costs of expensive reclamation projects.
¡°Rest assured that Colorado Parks and Wildlife
is committed to preventing situations like Mira-
monte from happening in the future,¡± DelPiccolo
To report suspicious or illegal activity regarding
Miramonte or anything to do with wildlife, call
Operation Game Thief at 1.877.265.6648. Informa-
tion can be provided anonymously. Rewards are
possible for informants who provide tips that
lead to convictions.
For more information about fishing in Colorado,
America and are boosting the rural economy as
The Biorefinery Assistance Program was created
through the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered
by USDA Rural Development. It provides loan
guarantees to viable commercial-scale facilities
to develop new and emerging technologies for
advanced biofuels. Eligible entities include Indian
tribes, State or local governments, corporations,
farmer co-ops, agricultural producer associations,
higher education institutions, rural electric co-
ops, public power entities or consortiums of any
of the above.
Sapphire Energy¡¯s ¡°Green Crude Farm¡± in Co-
lumbus, N.M., is an example of how this program
is supporting the development of advanced bio-
fuels. In 2011, USDA provided Sapphire Energy
a $54.5 million loan guarantee to build a refined
algal oil commercial facility. In continuous op-
eration since May 2012, the plant is producing
renewable algal oil that can be further refined to
replace petroleum-derived diesel and jet fuel. Ac-
cording to the company, more than 600 jobs were
created throughout the first phase of construction
at the facility, and 30 full-time employees cur-
rently operate the plant. The company expects to
produce 100 barrels of refined algal oil per day by
2015, and to be at commercial-scale production
by 2018. After receiving additional equity from
private investors, Sapphire was able to repay
the remaining balance on its USDA-backed loan
earlier this year.
In 2011, USDA issued a $12.8 million loan
guarantee to Fremont Community Digester for
construction of an anaerobic digester in Fremont,
Mich. The digester, which began commercial
operations late last year, is the largest commer-
cial-scale anaerobic digester in the United States.
It has the capacity to process more than 100,000
tons of food waste annually to produce biogas
and electricity. Biogas from the digester runs gen-
erators that total 2.85 megawatts in capacity. The
electricity produced is sold to a local utility and is
providing power for about 1,500 local homes.
Applications for biorefinery assistance are due by
January 30, 2014. More information about how to
apply is available in the October 2, 2013 Federal
Register announcement (www.federalregister.
tance-program) or by contacting the USDA Rural
Development National Office.
Since the start of the Obama Administration, the
USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program has pro-
vided approximately $684 million in assistance to
support biofuels projects in eight states.
tandem by Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the
Breckenridge Sol Array and the Breckenridge Ullr
Solar Array are the first and only community solar
facilities in Summit County, Colo., and are the
second and third community-owned projects to
come online in Xcel Energy¡¯s young Solar*Rewards
Community program.
The two 500 kW facilities-which the Town of Breck-
enridge named for Ullr, the Norse god of snow,
and S¨®l, the god of sun-have the capacity to gener-
ate locally-made clean power for up to 200 Summit
County electricity customers. The Ullr Array is
completely sold out.
Residential, commercial, or non-profit customers
can purchase 235-Watt panels in the Sol Array for
$870 each, with a minimum of five panels up to as
many as needed to completely power a home or
business. Thanks to the Town of Breckenridge¡¯s en-
thusiastic support of the program, town residents
and businesses will also receive a $0.10/Watt rebate.
¡°Today, Breckenridge and Summit County resi-
dents have access to affordable clean power and
can feel good about how they¡¯re energy is gen-
erated,¡± said Paul Spencer, CEC¡¯s founder and
Community solar serves utility ratepayers who
want to use renewable energy but face unwork-
able barriers like shady roofs, they are renters, or
lack the financial capability to build a full solar PV
system on site. Members receive all of the same
rebates and incentives of home-sited systems, and
receive credit for the power produced directly on
their monthly utility bills. Community-shared solar
facilities are sited and maintained to produce more
energy for much longer, which delivers a signifi-
cantly faster payback and better overall financial
return than most other renewable energy solutions.
This marks the 12th community-owned solar array
CEC has brought online in Colorado, representing
nearly 5 MW of utility-scale projects. CEC is build-
ing a total of 11 community-owned solar gardens
under the Xcel Solar*Rewards program.
Biorefinery Assistance Program
USDA Announces Availability of Funding
to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
WASHINGTON: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vil-
sack announced on October 21, the availability of
$181 million to develop commercial-scale biore-
fineries or retrofit existing facilities with appro-
priate technology to develop advanced biofuels.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
remains focused on carrying out its mission,
despite a time of significant budget uncertainty.
Today¡¯s announcement is one part of the Depart-
ment¡¯s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
¡°This financing will expand the number of com-
mercial biorefineries in operation in the U.S. that
are producing advanced biofuels from non-food
sources,¡± Vilsack said. ¡°USDA¡¯s Biorefinery
Assistance Program is yet another way USDA is
helping to carry out the Obama Administration¡¯s
¡®all-of-the-above¡¯ energy strategy to develop
every possible source of American-made energy.
But the benefits go beyond reducing our depen-
dence on foreign oil. These biorefineries are also
creating lasting job opportunities in rural
More Solar Gardens Online
Perched at 9,200 feet in the heart of the Rocky
Mountains, two community-shared solar arrays
began producing clean, local power the week
of October 1, for residents and businesses of the
historic ski town of Breckenridge, CO, and sur-
rounding Summit County. Developed in