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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

New Report Destroys Biofuel Claims

Jan 31, 2015 at 11:00 | Andy Tully

Despite their promise over the past decade or so, biofuels have been found to be a very inefficient way to generate energy, are bad for the environment and even contribute…

Ethanol Producers Poised To Gain From Oil Price Drop

Dec 18, 2014 at 17:45 | Andrew Topf

Energy stockholders have been watching in horror as their investments tank and those with a short time frame are considering cutting their losses, as the oil price rout looks certain…

New Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Commercializes Renewable Fuel

Sep 09, 2014 at 16:52 | Nick Cunningham

A new factory that hopes to break oil’s stranglehold over America’s transportation sector has just opened its doors in Iowa.The $275 million factory will churn out ethanol –…

The Global Outlook For Biofuels

Sep 02, 2014 at 15:54 | Robert Rapier

Introduction to the GSRToday I want to take a deep look at the global biofuels picture, drawing mainly from the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report (GSR) that…

Rethink Biofuel Sources, Not Biofuels Subsidies

Aug 26, 2014 at 16:40 | Chris Dalby

The world’s foremost economic authorities are divided as to whether the planting of conventional crops to produce biofuels makes sense. Some say that the amount of money and resources poured…

Why Biodiesel May Not Be The Miracle Fuel You Think

Aug 11, 2014 at 17:45 | Andrew Topf

Nine years ago, U.S. President George W. Bush passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with the goal of lessening America's dependence on foreign oil supplies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Biofuel Industry Presses White House To Strengthen Renewable Fuel Program

Aug 04, 2014 at 15:52 | Andy Tully

The White House is expected to issue goals soon for the country’s use of renewable fuels during 2014 and its coming under pressure from the biofuels industry and some Democratic…

US Restaurants Join Anti-Ethanol Mandate Rally

Jan 31, 2014 at 17:13 | Joao Peixe

The ethanol industry, already reeling from a draft plan for cuts in the ethanol mandate for this year, will now face more pressure as everyone from conservatives and environmental activists…

Producers Panic as Ethanol Mandate Loses Support

Jan 02, 2014 at 13:16 | James Stafford

Ethanol producers are panicking amid speculation that the ethanol mandate could be drastically reduced or scrapped entirely this year as the biofuel loses its allure and bipartisan allies and former…

Algae's Momentum Gaining but it's no Oil Revolution

Dec 11, 2013 at 17:16 | Daniel J. Graeber

A deal between refiner Phillips 66 and Sapphire Energy to develop green crude was lauded by advocates as the dawn and the emergence of a new renewable form of domestic…

European Car Manufacturers and Oil Companies Join to Create a Biofuel Roadmap

Nov 29, 2013 at 16:26 | Energy Post

A consortium of six major car manufacturers and oil companies in Europe – Volkswagen, Daimler, Honda, Neste Oil, OMV and Shell – has today published a “biofuel roadmap” for…

Research Unlocks Algae Biofuel Potential

Nov 25, 2013 at 17:56 | John Daly

Along with camelina and jatropha, marine algae is a front runner in the search for a renewable feedstock for production of commercial quantities of biofuel.While marine algae produce…

Washington Gives in to Pressure and Cuts Biofuel Mandate

Nov 20, 2013 at 17:24 | Joao Peixe

After months of intense lobbying from rival quarters, Washington has proposed cutting the biofuels mandate for 2014 by 16% to 15.21 billion gallons.This would be the first cut…

Brazil Grapples with Biofuel Supply Glut

Nov 08, 2013 at 17:26 | Joao Peixe

Brazil is eyeing a 5% increase in biodiesel requirements in January 2014 and up to a 10% increase in biodiesel requirements for 2020 as the country deals with a supply…

Rocky Mountain Tree-Killers, The New Biomass

Nov 08, 2013 at 17:23 | Charles Kennedy

A variety of beetle that has killed off millions of acres of trees in the Rocky Mountains is now being tapped as a possible new elixir for converting biomass into…

Germany Looks to Straw for Home Heating

Oct 30, 2013 at 17:47 | Charles Kennedy

Researchers from Germany are pushing the use of straw to provide power to as many as 2.8 million homes and heat up to 4.5 million homes, and while they…

EU Kills Bill to Limit Food-Based Biofuels

Oct 24, 2013 at 17:32 | Charles Kennedy

The European Union Parliament’s environment committee has shot down a proposal to limit the use of food-based fuel crops, voting to deny a negotiating mandate to Corinne LePage, the French…

Synthetics Breakthrough to Increase Biofuel Production by 50%

Oct 11, 2013 at 21:55 | Charles Kennedy

Biofuels are hardly worth making these days—but a new breakthrough in synthetics promises to increase biofuels production by 50%.Researchers at the University of California (UCLA) have created…

Big Oil Breaks Out Legal Guns Over Ethanol

Oct 10, 2013 at 17:08 | Charles Kennedy

Big Oil’s American Petroleum Institute (API) is taking on the ethanol mandate with a lawsuit challenging quota’s that the group says is not only bad policy but unrealistic.  

Corn Residue for Biofuels, Everyone’s On Board

Sep 30, 2013 at 16:20 | Joao Peixe

In the struggle to use corn for biofuels without actually using corn for biofuels, US researchers are now paving the way for the use of post-harvest corn residue as a…

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