12-17-13 *CMU-Water Center News* Las Vegas loses a round in quest for new water supply…

CO Mesa University logo 3Submitted to BARN Media by: Hannah Holm, Coordinator, Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

Las Vegas, the glittering city that dares to spray precious water into the parched desert air from its fabulous fountains, is a symbol of the growing urban water demands that are pushing ever greater supply-demand imbalances in the Colorado River Basin.

Water watchers know, however, that Las Vegas is actually not as lavish with water as it is with just about everything else.  Through strict watering restrictions and generous financial incentives to replace turf with xeric landscaping, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) reports that Southern Nevada’s annual water consumption has actually decreased by 28 billion gallons/ year over the past 10 years, despite adding 400,000 new residents.

According to journalist John Fleck, even the fountains at the Bellagio represent a kind of water savings, since they evaporate less water that was consumed by the golf course they replaced (see http://www.inkstain.net/fleck/).  Las Vegas is also not a particularly large user of Colorado River water, using less than 2% of the river’s allocated flows.

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“Legislation Introduced in House Supports Second Generation Biofuels”

The Renewable Fuels Association is applauding the introduction of the Second Generation Biofuels Extension Act of 2013 by California Representative Scott Peters. The legislation would extend the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and the Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property. RFA President and CEO says Peters understands the need for Americans to have access to a renewable, low-cost alternative to gasoline. He says Peters should be commended for taking a stand and fighting for the future of next generation biofuels. Dinneen says investors need certainty – and extending the tax credits for second generation biofuels will boost investment and innovation in cellulosic and advanced biofuels.

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“RFA Urges Quick Congressional Approval of Biofuel Tax Incentives”

Legislation introduced in the House by California Representative Scott Peters addresses one of the tax incentives the Renewable Fuels Association calls extremely important to the growth and development of the U.S. biofuel industry. RFA President Bob Dinneen wrote the leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees to urge the extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Second Generation Biofuel Plant Depreciation Allowance and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit. According to Dinneen – the U.S. advanced biofuel and cellulosic ethanol industry is at a critical stage. After years of struggle to attract financing – he says the industry is operating commercial-scale second generation plants in several states across the country and has dozens of projects at the final stages of development. Dinneen says many of the facilities coming on line were financed with the expectation the Producer Tax Credit would be available. Losing that credit now – he says – would be a devastating blow. Continue reading