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Natural gas prices have been at record-lows for a while now, but almost three-quarters of respondents to an RBC Capital Markets and Economist Intelligence Unit survey expect those prices will start creeping up in the future.
When frigid conditions hit last month, some Ontario greenhouse operators received service interruption notices from their natural gas suppliers. In most cases the notice meant a switch to alternate energy sources. 
The first dry anaerobic digester utilizing SMARTFERM technology to turn organic waste into electricity and high-quality agricultural compost has launched in the United States.
A pilot project to produce biofuel using agricultural and organic municipal waste has reached levels that make the process commercially viable, researchers say.
The last year has been a rather interesting one in the natural gas market, with pricing dropping to incredible lows and storage hitting new all time highs.
Natural gas investment and production is expected to add nearly $1 trillion to the Canadian economy over the next 24 years, according to a Conference Board of Canada analysis.
A waste management company in the United Kingdom is hoping its £185 million waste incinerator will help local farmers grow greenhouse tomatoes and avoid the pitfalls that have hampered some of the country's other combined heat and power projects in the past.
Bert Mucci, owner of Southshore Greenhouses Inc., monitors energy markets so closely that some days he says he feels more like an energy producer than a fruit and vegetable grower.
When natural gas prices spiked in 2006, many Canadian greenhouse operators looked for alternative heating sources. Kelvin Vanderveen found a local solution for his Carman, Man., greenhouses, using flax shives from Schweitzer-Maudit Canada Inc.’s flax processing operation as feedstock for a new biomass burner.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Nov. 12, outlining some significant changes that they expect to see in global energy production over the next 10 to 20 years.
A pioneering plan to turn Qatar’s desert into lush, profitable land, will mark a major milestone later this month, opening while the world watches the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference in the country’s capital.
Iowa State University’s new greenhouse will feature an algal production facility capable of making 50 to 100 dried kilograms of biomass per year.
Registration is sold out for the ‘Northern Food Security: The Greenhouse Solution’ conference being held November 7th and 8th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The most recent report released by the Energy Information Administration indicates that growth in natural gas production will continue, says 360 Energy's Lisa Brodeur. "Despite a record number of rigs being pulled off-line, production increases are about to catapult the industry to new levels of storage."

A co-gen project in Dallas, Oregon is being planned to include two 4.36 MW natural gas turbines and a hydroponic greenhouse for tomato and cucumber production.

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