Category: Biofuels

Navy develops fuel from seawater (video)

Navy researchers say they have turned seawater into fuel that could power military vehicles for less than $6 per gallon.  More »

EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.  More »

Study: Fuels from corn waste worse for climate than gasoline

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.  More »

Ukraine seeks renewable-energy boost to counter Russia

Ukrainian officials say they’ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green. Ukraine is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power industries.  More »

Study touts benefits of wood pellets for energy

Using wood pellets for fuel in southwestern Wisconsin could save millions of dollars a year in energy costs, slash carbon dioxide emissions and create at least 80 jobs, according to a study.  More »

Report: Clean energy investments drop globally

Global investment in clean energy technology fell 11 percent to $254 billion last year, according to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.  More »

Kior dodges default with $25M financing agreement

Kior Inc., the owner of the first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in the U.S., surged the most in six months after billionaire backer Vinod Khosla agreed to provide as much as $25 million in financing, making good on a commitment from last month.  More »

Another clean energy venture faces cloudy future

A Houston-area biofuels company once on the vanguard of clean energy hopes could be headed toward bankruptcy, prompting concerns about the technology it has helped develop.  More »

Oil industry and biofuel boosters scrap over mandates (video)

The fight over the nation’s renewable fuels policy is heating up again, as federal regulators mull where to set final biofuel quotas for 2014, and organizations on both sides of the issue pressure Congress to take up the topic.  More »

Texas biofuel maker’s stock falls after warning of possible bankruptcy

Kior Inc., the operator of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant, fell the most on record after management told regulators they have serious doubts about staying in business.  More »

Missouri rule on track to hike ethanol blend in gasoline

A proposed rule allowing the sale of gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol blend has been on hold since last October when it was temporarily blocked by a Missouri legislative committee.  More »

Texans push feds to change biofuel quotas

From Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro to a Fredericksburg RV enthusiast, Texans are weighing in on the Obama administration’s proposal to slash the amount of biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply.  More »
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