Category: Biofuels

Student teams rev their engines for Shell Eco-marathon in Motor City

The Shell Eco-marathon is moving from Houston to Detroit this year, but the Anglo-Dutch oil major gave six Houston-area teams of college and high school students a send off at city hall Wednesday for competitors looking to create the most fuel-efficient vehicles.  More »

Vilsack Q&A: Biofuels have a ‘bright’ future

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees big opportunities for biofuels in foreign markets and fueling airlines — especially if the sector beats back stiff oil industry opposition.  More »

California energy chief calls Jerry Brown’s fuel target a ‘moon shot’

California has been setting the pace for U.S. policy on climate change and greenhouse gases.  More »

Fires out where ethanol tanker cars derailed in Iowa

Fires at the site of an eastern Iowa freight train derailment are out but ethanol is leaking into the Mississippi River and the task turned to monitoring for environmental impact and offloading the fuel from derailed trains to empty cars.  More »

Broad coalition takes aim at renewable fuel mandate

The measure sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., would preserve requirements for advanced cellulosic ethanol made from wood, grasses and other inedible plant material.  More »

Iowa ethanol lobby starts 2016 campaign to regain influence

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, backed by state corn-grower and renewable-fuels associations and the Washington-based biofuels lobby Growth Energy, on Thursday formed America’s Renewable Future, to make the Renewable Fuels Standard an issue in the 2016 race.  More »

KiOR says Miss. seeks to destroy it in court ploy

Bankrupt biofuel maker KiOR and controlling shareholder Vinod Khosla say the state of Mississippi is using legal tactics in an attempt to squeeze money from the company.  More »

Oil could drive down ethanol profits, but industry shielded

Oil prices may have dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009, but ethanol plants across the nation continue to operate at a brisk pace in order to satisfy a domestic and export demand that hasn’t weakened.  More »

Pacific Ethanol buys rival Aventine in $190 million stock deal

The deal announced Wednesday provides new scale for the California company which dominates markets in the West as it picks up Aventine’s infrastructure and networks in the Midwest and East.  More »

Poll: More Americans say they prioritize alternative energy to fossil fuels

Republicans were the only demographic group that had more members who preferred expanding fossil fuels.  More »

Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government’s most contentious programs.  More »

Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.  More »

Ethanol joins U.S. fuels dominating global export market

Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest level since 2011, meeting demand from South Korea to Persian Gulf oil producers.  More »

Obama’s punt on renewable fuel sets up fights in court, congress

The delay, announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, follows months of fighting between refiners and ethanol producers over a proposal by the agency to lower the quotas for ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic fuels.  More »

Jury orders Irish man to pay $2M over ethanol deal

Jurors are ordering a wealthy Irish investor to pay $2 million in damages to an Iowa doctor in a dispute over an ethanol development in eastern Europe.  More »
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