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UK audit questions $28 billion of clean power projects

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The U.K.’s National Audit Office said it’s not convinced the government decision to award 16.6 billion pounds ($28 billion) of contracts to eight clean-energy projects is worth the risk to taxpayers.
Biomass can be used to produce various fuels. (Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Ukraine seeks renewable-energy boost to counter Russia

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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.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Two countries dominate world’s green energy workforce, report says

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About 5.7 million people work in the renewable energy sector globally, with two countries hosting nearly half of the world’s green energy jobs, according to a new research report.
The growth of renewable energy could slow unless the industry gets more certainty about policies surrounding them, the International Energy Agency said in a new report. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany can’t bear hefty green energy costs, minister says

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Germany must focus on the cheapest clean-energy sources as well as efficient fossil-fuel-fired plants to stop spiraling power prices, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

Biofuels producer stops production to make improvements

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Officials with KiOR, which owns the biomass conversion facility in Lowndes County, will use the first quarter of 2014 to focus on improving its operations not producing fuel.
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Texas Solar Outfitters installs solar panels in a newly constructed home located in the Dominion Falls subdivision in Humble, Texas.

Clean energy boosters blast feds’ forecast

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Clean energy enthusiasts on Monday said the government is lowballing the industry’s potential.
Cellulosic ethanol is made from switchgrass and other nonfood products. (AP Photo/Noble Foundation)

Biofuel makers seek to ease mandates to avert congress

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Makers of some renewable fuels are asking the federal government to ease quotas for use of their products in a bid to head off a congressional overhaul of a program that refiners say is driving up costs at the pump.
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Europe should head to the woods for biofuels, report says

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In the European Union’s quest to reach 20 percent renewables by 2020, it should avoid the temptation to latch on to ethanol and other biofuels that drain scarce land and water resources, according to a government report issued Wednesday
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Researchers studying biofuels production with unique fungus

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University researchers have published the first analysis of a genome they say has potential for the cost-effective production of biofuel.
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

Bill would add natural gas-based ethanol to federal biofuels mandate

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To the federal government, ethanol only counts as a conventional biofuel if it is produced from switchgrass, corn starch or other plant materials. But Texas Rep. Pete Olson wants to change that.