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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Turning California’s Biggest Liability Into A Biofuel Boom

Jun 30, 2020 at 16:03 | Haley Zaremba

In California, there is a debate heating up over whether dead trees should be cleared and burned for biofuel before they burn where they are in yet another…

Hand Sanitizer Boom Could Save The Ethanol Industry

May 11, 2020 at 15:03 | Alex Kimani

With widespread layoffs and furloughs hitting post-World War II records and a global economy deep in the throes of a recession, the economic devastation wrought…

Trump’s Corn Crisis Is Back

May 08, 2020 at 17:09 | Nick Cunningham

A bipartisan group of two dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to reject the demands of the oil…

Oil Crash Could Destroy Global Biofuels Market

Mar 19, 2020 at 13:32 | Haley Zaremba

This month’s unprecedented oil crash has sent shockwaves through the entire energy industry and beyond. It’s even gotten to industries that, in theory should be dancing on oil’s…

Does Exxon Know Something About Biofuel That Its Peers Don’t?

Jan 28, 2020 at 14:10 | Haley Zaremba

Oilprice has been reporting on the long, drawn-out death of the dream of algal biofuel for years. A field once crowded with startups and hyperbolic promises of industry…

Shell Aims For Dominance In $325 Billion Aviation Fuel Market

Jan 14, 2020 at 12:51 | Jon LeSage

Shell thinks aviation fuel will be one of the critical growth areas to explore, as ground vehicle transportation fuel and other segments are expected to decline over time. One of these…

Why Is The U.S. Military Funding This New Biofuel Breakthrough?

Jan 03, 2020 at 14:23 | Haley Zaremba

Trying to wrest energy from the sea is not a new trend. The science of tidal energy has been around since the 1900s, a new algal biofuel “breakthrough” is announced…

The Uncomfortable Truth About Biofuel

Nov 06, 2019 at 13:10 | Robert Rapier

Earlier this month, France’s constitutional court upheld a law cutting palm oil from the country’s list of approved biofuels and eliminating associated tax exemptions. The court rejected an appeal by French…

Trump’s Big Biofuel Package Has No Teeth

Oct 11, 2019 at 17:38 | Haley Zaremba

Last Friday, the news out of the White House was that Trump administration was about to announce a major biofuel boost to support United States farmers. The move was to…

Big Oil Baffled By Trump’s Flip Flop On Ethanol Policy

Oct 09, 2019 at 11:52 | Nick Cunningham

Facing possible impeachment, President Trump is trying to patch up his badly damaged relationship with American farmers. On Friday, the Trump administration announced its latest proposal that comes as a…

Trump Prepares ‘Apology Package’ For Disgruntled Farmers

Sep 10, 2019 at 12:50 | Nick Cunningham

President Trump will soon unveil his plan for corn and ethanol producers, a kind of apology package after upending the market for ethanol in a recent decision that favored oil…

The Ugly Truth About Biofuels

Aug 30, 2019 at 17:17 | Haley Zaremba

It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that the world needs to stop consuming so many fossil fuels--and to do so in a big hurry--if we are to have any…

Trump Scrambles To Win Back Angry Farmers

Aug 27, 2019 at 16:38 | Nick Cunningham

The Trump administration is scrambling to repair its relationship in farm country, which has long been a faithful political constituency of the President. But after being hit on multiple fronts…

Why The Midwest Should Protect The Ethanol Market

Aug 23, 2019 at 13:46 | Robert Rapier

Today I want to conclude the recent series of articles on ethanol. Previous articles in this series were: Ethanol Industry In Free Fall Since President Trump’s Inauguration

The Fatal Flaw In The Ethanol Industry

Aug 21, 2019 at 14:41 | Robert Rapier

Despite once being included on an “Ethanol Enemies List“, I would like to see a healthy U.S. ethanol industry. I think it’s important for the U.S. to produce as…

Energy Storage Boom Goes Into Overdrive

Aug 02, 2019 at 12:18 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Continuously falling battery costs, and rising capacity and usage of clean energy are set to result in booming global stationary energy storage over the next two decades, which will require…

Is Algal Biofuel A Lost Cause?

Aug 02, 2019 at 11:11 | Haley Zaremba

Last year, forbes denounced seaweed-based biofuel across the board in a strongly titled article called “An Algal Biofuel Obituary”. The article was a send-up of the many biofuel startups…

‘’Biofuels Haven’t Cut Gasoline Prices Or Emissions’’

Jun 07, 2019 at 17:41 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Since its introduction more than a decade ago, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) hasn’t cut gasoline prices outside the Midwest and has even led to a slight rise in pump…

Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuel May Be Right Around The Corner

Apr 24, 2019 at 12:07 | Haley Zaremba

By combining an unorthodox solvent and a genetically engineered bacterium, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts has discovered a groundbreaking method for producing biofuels…

Good News And Bad News For The Ethanol Industry

Mar 25, 2019 at 11:40 | Robert Rapier

Last week the ethanol industry cheered when the EPA proposed a rule that would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year-round. But by the end of the week they…

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