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  • Court Strikes Down EPA Renewable Fuel Rule

    01/29/2013 12:09:58 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 28 January 2013 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Legal fuel. A federal court has struck down portions of a U.S. law mandating the use of cellulosic ethanol, made from woody plants such as this switchgrass grown in Texas. Credit: Warren Gretz/NREL A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate requiring millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into gasoline by petroleum refineries. The ruling is seen as a partial victory for the American Petroleum Institute (API), which challenged the mandate arguing that EPA was requiring refiners to use a fuel that was not commercially available or face...
  • Appeals court to EPA: ... being a little overly optimistic with the biofuels, there?

    01/28/2013 1:37:03 PM PST · by rusty millet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency is getting taken to court left and right for their many overzealous regulations and intrusions into private industry, with varying results– but on Friday, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that, why no, the EPA may not punish the oil industry for their noncompliance with the EPA’s lofty Renewable Fuels Standard mandates in failing to blend a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product, seeing as how those biofuels are not actually available.
  • EPA Fines Oil Refiners for Failing to Use Nonexistent Biofuel

    06/23/2012 5:12:17 AM PDT · by rusty millet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 22, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    Question: Do you fill your car’s tank with gasoline that is part cellulosic ethanol, an environment-friendly distillate of wood chips, corn cobs, and switch grass? Let me answer for you: No, you don’t. You couldn’t if you wanted to. Petroleum products blended with cellulosic ethanol aren’t commercially available, because the technology for mass-producing cellulosic ethanol hasn’t been perfected. None of which has stopped the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing hefty yearly fines on oil refiners. According to the The New York Times, in 2011 automotive fuel producers were assessed $6.8 million in penalties. That amount is expected to climb dramatically...
  • New Enzyme Could Cut Cost of Ethanol Made From Waste

    02/22/2012 9:56:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2012 | DIANE CARDWELL
    It is one of the holy grails of clean energy production: finding a way to make ethanol from the cellulose in biowaste like corn husks and household trash. Although several pilot projects are up and running — with many more in the pipeline — commercial production has remained elusive, with the costs remaining much higher than for producing ethanol from corn, or gasoline. But in what may come as welcome news to oil companies that are paying penalties for failing to use cellulosic ethanol — a biofuel that, commercially speaking, does not yet exist — a big producer of industrial...
  • Searching for the Next Iowa

    01/30/2010 4:55:45 PM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 10 replies · 292+ views
    Ethanol producer magzine ^ | February 2010 Issue | Kris Bevill
    U.S. for two things: corn and ethanol. The state is home to 39 ethanol production facilities and boasts more than 3 billion gallons of annual production capacity, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The most recent data from the Iowa Corn Growers Association shows that in 2008, 2.1 billion bushels of corn—82 percent of the entire U.S. crop—were harvested from Iowa fields. Iowa has earned its reputation for corn and ethanol and the two have served the state well. But while corn yields continue to increase year to year, the number of corn ethanol plants is expected to stabilize....
  • Ethanol's Backers Get Gassed

    02/12/2009 5:13:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,731+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 12, 2009
    <p>Energy: A fortune was spent on ethanol development last year when gas prices were in the stratosphere. Now a lesson has been learned: Worshiping the false god of ethanol carries a high price.</p> <p>A funny thing happened on the way to all the green profits that were supposed to be in the offing thanks to high prices at the gas pump.</p>
  • BP and Shell make fresh biofuel bets

    08/11/2008 5:59:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 104+ views ^ | 11 Aug 2008 | Staff
    Oil giants plough cash into cellulosic ethanol specialists, as race for second generation biofuel breakthrough heats up Staff, BusinessGreen 11 Aug 2008 Oil giant BP has announced it is to invest up to $90m as part of a deal with US cellulosic ethanol specialist Verenium intended to accelerate the development of a commercially viable form of biofuel that does not affect food supplies. Under the terms of the alliance, the two companies will form a 50:50 joint venture that will license intellectual property from both firms and undertake new research into the development of cellulosic ethanol made from waste...
  • Biofuel Researchers See Bright Future

    07/10/2008 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 23 replies · 136+ views
    VOA ^ | 09 July 2008 | Greg Flakus
    The increased use of corn-derived ethanol and other bio-fuels has been blamed for rising food prices worldwide. But defenders of these fuels say their impact on food prices is being exaggerated and that new fuels under development will largely bypass that problem in any case. VOA's Greg Flakus has more on the story from College Station, Texas. American corn, wheat and soybean fields feed much of the world and also provide the material from which alcohol fuels like ethanol are produced. Ethanol has benefited the U.S. heartland by giving farmers more stable prices for their grains and creating jobs at...
  • Range Fuels expands funding for cellulosic ethanol project

    05/13/2008 6:00:32 AM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 26 replies · 90+ views
    Ethanol producer magazine ^ | May 12, 2008 | By Bryan Sims
    Broomfield, Colo.-based cellulosic ethanol producer Range Fuels Inc. announced it has expanded its previously announced Series B funding from $100 million to $166 million after Advanced Equity Inc. and Morgan Stanley joined the financing. As reported previously by Ethanol Producer Magazine, Range Fuels completed its private funding round worth more than $130 million, which will be used towards the first phase of construction on its 100 MMgy commercial cellulosic ethanol plant near Soperton, Ga., which is scheduled for completion in 2009. Range Fuels hasn’t publicly commented on the exact figure but when contacted, said it is comfortable divulging that it...
  • Harnessing Biology, and Avoiding Oil, for Chemical Goods

    04/11/2008 12:16:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 106+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 9, 2008 | YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE
    THE next time you stop at a gas station, wincing at the $3.50-a-gallon price and bemoaning society’s dependence on petroleum, take a step back and look inside your car. Much of what you see in there comes from petroleum, too: the plastic dashboard, the foam in the seats. More than a tenth of the world’s oil is spent not on powering engines but as a feedstock for making chemicals that enrich many goods — from cosmetics to cleaners and fabric to automobile parts. In recent years, this unsettling fact has motivated academic researchers and corporations to find ways to make...
  • Trash today, ethanol tomorrow

    03/11/2008 1:01:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 727+ views
    University of Maryland research that started with bacteria from the Chesapeake Bay has led to a process that may be able to convert large volumes of all kinds of plant products, from leftover brewer’s mash to paper trash, into ethanol and other biofuel alternatives to gasoline. That process, developed by University of Maryland professors Steve Hutcheson and Ron Weiner, is the foundation of their incubator company Zymetis, which was on view today in College Park for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and state and university officials. "The new Zymetis technology is a win for the State of Maryland, for the University...
  • Alternative-Fuels Push May Inspire Some Better Bets

    01/28/2007 11:16:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 491+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2007 | Patrick Barta
    President Bush's State of the Union address, which called for a nearly fivefold increase in the nation's alternative-fuel consumption by 2017, did little to silence critics who contend that new fuels like ethanol and biodiesel aren't likely to play a major role supplying the world's energy needs in the years ahead. They see two key problems. First, the profitability of many alternative fuels -- without sizable subsidies -- is still in question. This is especially true now that the cost of raw ingredients used to produce "biofuel," including corn, has rocketed, squeezing profit margins for producers of those fuels. At...
  • Inside Bush's Energy Proposals

    01/27/2007 12:10:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 390+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 27, 2007 | Wall Street Journal
    President Bush last week called on the nation to invest in new technology to reduce dependence on foreign oil. The president set specific targets for the U.S., calling for a 20% reduction in gasoline use over the next 10 years. He said that a boost in the use of alternative fuels such as ethanol would account for most of that reduction, cutting gasoline use by 15%. Stricter gas-mileage standards for vehicles, he said, should lead to the other 5% reduction. The president also proposed doubling the nation's strategic-petroleum reserves to hedge against oil-supply interruptions. Increased calls for energy independence come...
  • Breeding Soybeans for Ethanol and...........Fiberboard

    12/07/2006 6:41:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies · 484+ views ^ | 11/27/2006 | USDA
    Washington, D.C., November 27, 2006 – Having successfully turned pieces of giant soybean stalks into charcoal briquettes, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemical engineer Justin Barone now believes they would make good fiberboard and other wood-substitute products as well. ARS geneticist Thomas E. Devine took the plants to Barone after noticing they had a rare ability to stand up straight all season, despite their unusual height of up to 7 feet. Soybean plants often lodge—fall down—as they grow taller. Barone is with the ARS Environmental Management and Byproduct Utilization Laboratory, and Devine is with the ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, both...
  • Renewable Fuels May Provide 25% of U.S. Energy by 2025

    11/13/2006 11:59:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 682+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 13, 2006 | John J. Fialka
    WASHINGTON -- A new Rand Corp. study showing the falling costs of ethanol, wind power and other forms of renewable energy predicts such sources could furnish as much as 25% of the U.S.'s conventional energy by 2025 at little or no additional expense. A second renewable-energy report soon to be released by the National Academy of Sciences suggests wood chips may become a plentiful source of ethanol and electricity for industrial nations because their forested areas are expanding, led by the U.S. and China. Because use of renewable fuels to replace oil and cut emissions of carbon dioxide is an...
  • Big Players Join Race to Put Farm Waste Into Your Gas Tank

    07/05/2006 5:58:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 688+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 29, 2006 | John J. Fialka and Scott Kilman
    The effort to make cellulosic ethanol into a full-blown power source to run America's cars is embryonic, and its outcome uncertain. But the fuel has two big things going for it: High oil prices and backing from the Bush administration, which sees it as a potentially important part of future energy supplies and is putting up money to help launch the first "biorefineries" to make it. Adherents think it could reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil, cut emissions that cause global warming and shore up the nation's rural economy. Already, the race is attracting big names, with the likes of...
  • Ethanol aplenty

    06/25/2006 7:16:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies · 1,489+ views ^ | | Steve Hargreaves,
    Cellulosic ethanol, the biofuel that differs from corn-based ethanol in that it can be made from pretty much any organic matter, has made an impression among people who matter. Alan Greenspan, the revered former chairman of the Federal Reserve with a big distaste for irrational exuberance, recently sang its praises before a Congressional hearing on energy security. Greenspan said cellulosic ethanol is the only alternative energy source that could be produced in enough volume to make a dent in gas usage. "You'll get an awful lot of investments [into this technology] coming in, especially if the numbers make sense, which...