Joint Economic Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

Before the Senate Banking Committee votes on legislation to lift the oil export ban on Thursday, the panel may consider whether to axe some U.S. biofuel mandates.
Wind farm

Commentary: New technologies push clean energy boundaries

Innovative systems of collecting energy from the environment are pushing the boundaries of the current renewable energy landscape, fueling the growth of the market and overall acceptance of green energy as a form of energy production. From pocket-sized wind turbines to solar-paneled bike paths, the green energy movement is reaching new heights of innovative technologies […]
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

California regulators restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

The rules further strengthen California’s toughest-in-the-nation carbon emissions standards, but oil producers warn the changes could drive up costs for consumers at the gas pump.
A United Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on June 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

United Airlines investing $30 million in biofuels producer

United said Tuesday that the investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. could provide it with up to 180 million gallons of fuel per year.
Erik Jones (54) drives past Regan Smith (7) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

For godfather of ethanol, a bet on Nascar with high stakes

While the sponsorship has raised the profile of ethanol among race fans, it’s done little to quiet a decade-old debate about whether ethanol is a renewable-fuels godsend or a government-subsidized mistake.
Tom Haag checks the progress of this years corn crop which he expects to do well if we avoid September freezes, August 15, 2013, in Eden Valley, Minn. Haag, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association travelled to China with Governor Dayton last year and expects Chinese imports of U.S. grain to increase as more Chinese gain a higher standard of living. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

EPA to hear testimony from hundreds on renewable fuels plan

The 2007 renewable fuels law was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in the overall amount of renewable fuels such as ethanol blended into gasoline over time.
Alan Sadler

Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.
(Screengrab from Fuel America campaign advertisement "EPA's Choice, via Youtube)

Biofuel boosters to EPA: Get aggressive on renewable fuel targets

Biofuel boosters are casting the Obama administration’s decision on renewable fuel quotas as a stark choice between American innovation and oil industry profits.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Koch lobbyist to senators: Don’t reform biofuel mandates. Repeal them.

Philip Ellender, the president of Koch’s government affairs arm, is lobbying the Senate against a plan to reform the nation’s renewable fuel mandates in favor of repealing it altogether.
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

Advanced biofuel group breaks with traditional allies on federal mandates

The makers of advanced biofuels created with algae, animal fat and non-edible plant materials on Wednesday broke with traditional corn-based ethanol producers to call for sweeping changes to the nation’s biofuels mandates.