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  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • Sensenbrenner offers bill that would slow ethanol increases

    02/08/2012 4:26:09 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-7-12 | Rick Barrett
    Efforts to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline were dealt a blow Tuesday by legislation that would block a 15% biofuel blend until more studies are done on whether it harms engines. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) would require a comprehensive review of fuels containing more than 10% ethanol before they're allowed in the marketplace. By a vote of 19-7, the bill was approved by a House committee on science, space and technology. Sensenbrenner chairs the committee. Makers of small engines, especially, have said scores of their products could be ruined if consumers use a...
  • Congress ends corn ethanol subsidy

    12/28/2011 9:29:12 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | December 28, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Interesting timing, especially when some biomass companies are switching from wood chips to corn, because they couldn’t turn a profit on wood chips. Looks like all the wheels are coming off the bus now.To Survive, Some Biofuels Companies Give Up on Biofuels – Technology Review Gevo, a prominent advanced-biofuels company that has received millions in U.S. government funding to develop fuels made from cellulosic sources such as grass and wood chips, is finding that it can’t use these materials if it hopes to survive. Instead, it’s going to use corn, a common source for conventional biofuels. What’s more, most of...
  • Oil refineries sue EPA over ethanol plan

    01/04/2011 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 4, 2011 | Ken Thomas (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A ruling by the Obama administration allowing the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is running into legal hurdles from trade groups opposing the plan. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over the decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing higher blends of corn-based ethanol, the second major group to protest the ruling. The Obama administration said in October that gas stations could start selling the ethanol blend for vehicles built since the 2007 model year, increasing it from the current blend of 10 percent ethanol.
  • 5 ethanol plants cited for pollution

    10/12/2010 7:41:51 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    wahpeton daily news ^ | 10-12-10 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The push to produce more ethanol in Minnesota has come with a cost to the environment. Five ethanol plants in Minnesota have paid nearly $3 million in the past year for violating air and water quality standards. For example, Buffalo Lake Energy in Fairmont was fined for producing ethanol without a wastewater treatment system permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Another plant illegally discharged wastewater into a creek. Several have failed to regularly monitor emissions and discharges.
  • E-85 loses its way; Demand cools as new energy alternatives arrive

    09/12/2010 10:21:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-12-10 | tom webb
    Back in 2004, both a network TV crew and eager motorists were on hand when an E-85 pump opened for business at a busy SuperAmerica station in St. Paul. The excitement didn't last. Today, that pump at the station on Grand Avenue sells only unleaded gasoline, not the 85-percent ethanol blend once touted as leading a revolution in biofuels. That single St. Paul pump mirrors the struggles E-85 has had penetrating the consumer market across the state, especially in urban areas. The volume of E-85 sales has fallen about 25 percent from its 2008 peak, Minnesota statistics show. And the...
  • Sins of Emission(Ethanol Boondoggle:Obama found one that is Bush's fault, but he'll continue anyway)

    10/29/2009 12:11:54 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 14 replies · 876+ views
    Donning FDR's cape, Eisenhower's stripes and JFK's boat shoes, President Obama observed in Florida on Tuesday that his "clean energy economy" will require "mobilization" on the order of fighting World War II, building the interstate highway system and going to the moon. Of course, the only "mobilization" going on at the moment is on behalf of ethanol, whose many political dispensations the biofuels lobby is finding new ways to preserve even as the evidence of its destructiveness piles up. The latest embarrassment arrives via the peer-reviewed journal Science, not known for its right-wing inclinations. A new paper calls attention to...
  • Minnesota’s experience shows thirst for ethanol evaporating

    07/04/2009 7:19:38 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 29 replies · 2,037+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 7-3-2009 | ALEX ROBINSON
    Minnesota has been an unofficial testing ground for using ethanol to fuel vehicles, but after years of steady increases, interest appears to be waning. Despite a push from the governor and an increase in the number of so-called flexible-fuel vehicles on the road — which can run on either gasoline or a mostly ethanol blend — sales of E85 have dipped in recent months, beyond the normal decline in winter months. In February, sales of E85, a cleaner-burning fuel consisting of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, hit their lowest mark since 2006, according to a new report by...
  • Sneak Peek! Ford's "Bobcat" Dual Fuel Engine

    06/08/2009 10:12:18 AM PDT · by taildragger · 52 replies · 3,168+ views
    pickuptrucks.com ^ | June, 8th 2009 | Mike Levine
    A radical twin-fuel engine from Ford, code-named “Bobcat,” that variably blends gasoline and ethanol on demand to realize diesel-like performance continues to make steady progress in its development, according to presentations made by the automaker to the Department of Energy and Society of Automotive Engineers in April. The presentations also provide a first look at the engine’s architecture and make some remarkable claims about “E85-optimized” engine efficiency versus size.
  • Definitive Proof That Government’s Attempts To Regulate Fuel Mileage Is Asinine

    06/05/2009 4:11:05 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 11 replies · 756+ views
    Anyone interested in a car that gets 110 mpg, 400 hp, and 500 tq? Of course you are, but where can you get such an automobile? What if I told you that you just need to get the engine, and put it in your car? Awesome huh? A man has invented an E85 engine that gets all those stats. E85 is known for being very inefficient, but it delivers more horsepower to engines that can run on it while reducing mpg. All we needed was someone to make E85 efficient. Well, now we have.
  • Ford E85 Direct Injection Boosting Study: A Less Expensive Alternative to Diesel

    04/27/2009 5:58:16 AM PDT · by taildragger · 25 replies · 1,683+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | 26 April 2009 | Stein et al
    Using a separate E85 direct injection boosting system combined with gasoline port fuel injection (PFI) makes the engine more efficient in its use of gasoline, and can be viewed as a more cost-effective alternative to a modern diesel, according to a Ford study presented by Robert Stein, currently of AVL, formerly of Ford, at the SAE 2009 World Congress.
  • I was Wrong

    12/01/2008 7:50:04 PM PST · by Chris DeWeese · 56 replies · 1,592+ views
    lifeinkc.com ^ | 12/1/08 | Chris DeWeese
    It's time to start reflecting on the past year, and I want to kick mine off with some admissions on places where I was flat wrong. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - boy, did I get on that train. When I found out that those little bulbs operated at roughly 1/3 the wattage of normal bulbs and they lasted for 5 years, I ran out and outfitted the entire house with them. I'm not some earth-worshiping, tree-hugging, enviro-nazi, by the way. I'm just a guy who loves technology, electronics, and efficiency, and who doesn't like to change light bulbs. One place...
  • EPA denies Texas' waiver request

    08/07/2008 9:29:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies · 140+ views
    Oil and Gas Journal ^ | August 7, 2008 | OGJ Editors
    HOUSTON, Aug. 7 -- The US Environmental Protection Agency has denied a request submitted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry for a 50% waiver from the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) mandate for corn-based ethanol. The RFS, part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, requires increased national production of renewable biofuels to 36 billion gal/year by 2022 from 9 billion gal/year in 2008. Perry blamed increased demand for corn-based ethanol for contributing to escalating corn prices, which he said contributes to higher food prices and also higher costs for livestock feed (OGJ Online, July 22, 2008). EPA said...
  • Study: Ethanol Production Consumes Six Units Of Energy To Produce Just One

    05/27/2008 9:53:19 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 81 replies · 145+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Apr. 1, 2005
    "In terms of renewable fuels, ethanol is the worst solution," Patzek says. "It has the highest energy cost with the least benefit."Ethanol is produced by fermenting renewable crops like corn or sugarcane. It may sound green, Patzek says, but that's because many scientists are not looking at the whole picture. According to his research, more fossil energy is used to produce ethanol than the energy contained within it. Patzek's ethanol critique began during a freshman seminar he taught in which he and his students calculated the energy balance of the biofuel. Taking into account the energy required to grow the...
  • Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

    02/09/2008 10:16:14 PM PST · by vwatto · 10 replies · 55+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Feb 8, 2008 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these “green” fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded.
  • On Point: Let them eat ethanol

    03/07/2007 8:36:15 AM PST · by dynachrome · 36 replies · 693+ views
    www.rockymountainnews.com ^ | 3-7-07 | Vince Carrol
    So what's more important to you: energy independence and this state's "new energy economy," or the fight against hunger?
  • 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...
  • Pelosi: Democrats Will Target 'Big Oil'

    12/27/2006 4:51:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 1,646+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 26, 2006 | Associated Press
    House Democrats in the first weeks of the new Congress plan to establish a dedicated fund to promote renewable energy and conservation, using money from oil companies. That's only one legislative hit the oil industry is expected to take next year as a Congress run by Democrats is likely to show little sympathy to the cash-rich, high-profile business. Whether the issue is rolling tax breaks - some approved by Congress only 18 months ago - pushing for more use of ethanol and other biofuels instead of gasoline, or investigations into shortfalls in royalty payments to the government, oil industry lobbyists...
  • Ethanol industry could have negative side effects [No corn for cows and pigs]

    11/28/2006 5:31:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 74 replies · 5,059+ views
    Country Today ^ | 11-28-06
    If something appears to be too good to be true, it often is. Some people are saying that's the case with ethanol, which has been described by many in agriculture as the best thing to happen to the industry in 50 years. Ethanol promoters are saying the alternative fuel could replace oil purchased from volatile parts of the world and it could provide farmers with added value for the corn they produce on their farms. There's no disputing those points, but the new technology could have some unpleasant side effects. An Iowa State University Extension livestock specialist was quoted in...
  • Corn Is Booming as Ethanol Heats Up

    11/04/2006 11:30:06 AM PST · by thackney · 36 replies · 985+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2006 | SCOTT KILMAN
    The booming ethanol-fuel industry is rewriting the rules of the Midwest economy with big implications for everyone from consumers and food executives to farmers. Over the summer, the corn-to-fuel industry was experiencing windfall profits as the price of oil soared. Those outsize profits have since retreated to more moderate levels, cooling the fever for the stocks of producers such as Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. and snarling some initial public offerings. But the ethanol industry's continuing expansion and its ravenous appetite for corn are helping ignite the biggest bull market for grain since the 1970s, when the former Soviet Union suddenly emerged as...
  • Democrat Governor Candidate In Minnesota Calls Reporter A "Republican Whore"

    11/04/2006 11:53:40 AM PST · by Alex1977 · 22 replies · 1,321+ views
    kxmb.com ^ | Nov. 4
    Earlier a reader blog entry covered a little controversy in the Minnesota Governor’s race. Judi Dutcher, who is the running mate of Democrat Governor Candidate Mike Hatch, was asked a question about E-85 fuel. Dutcher responded by asking what E-85 is. Now this is a pretty major blunder here in the agriculture states. E-85 is a major issue for us, so the fact that Dutcher apparently doesn’t know what it is is significant. Tim Pawlenty’s campaign, the incumbent in the race, responded to the blunder by criticizing Dutcher for being ill informed on the issues. Amazingly, The Hatch/Dutcher campaign responded...
  • GOP jumps on Dutcher's E85 misstep (DFL lieutenant governor candidate 'Blooper')

    11/03/2006 5:47:22 AM PST · by maggief · 40 replies · 828+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 02, 2006 | Warren Wolfe and Dane Smith
    A campaign gaffe by DFL Lt. Gov. candidate Judi Dutcher, who in a TV interview Tuesday appeared not to know what the ethanol fuel E85 is, flared Thursday into a firestorm of political sniping. Answering an Alexandria TV reporter's question about E85 on Tuesday, Dutcher, the running mate of Attorney General Mike Hatch, at first did not hear the question, then said, "E85 -- the JOBZ zone you're talking about? Can't even comment on it, I'm sorry. It's like you've asked me the college quiz bowl question. What is E85?" In Austin on Thursday, Dutcher said she does know about...
  • WNDU E85 flex fuel test (fallacies of e85)

    11/03/2006 6:07:57 AM PST · by hoosierboy · 158 replies · 1,908+ views
    wndu ^ | 11/02/06 | Terry McFadden
    It's called E85 because it's 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Right now, it costs less per gallon than regular unleaded. But if you put it in your tank, will you really be saving money? Just a few months ago, we were paying over $3 for a gallon of gas. And while we are enjoying relatively low prices now, it is a good bet that next summer we will be dealing with that old familiar pain at the pump again. Dr. Frank Incropera is a professor in Notre Dame's Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and an expert in the energy...
  • Judi Dutcher: What is E85? (Minn Governors Race Update!)

    11/02/2006 6:22:50 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 15 replies · 749+ views
    Ethanol is big business in Minnesota. So is E85 fuel, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petroleum. Many official state vehicles now use that fuel and more E85 vehicles are coming on the market all the time. So it was surprising when one candidate for statewide office seemed to have little--if any--knowledge of E85. DFL Lt. Gov. candidate Judi Dutcher campaigned around the state Tuesday. When she got to Alexandria, a local television reporter from KSAX asked her about E85.
  • Brazil To Raise Ethanol Mix In Gasoline To 23% Nov 20

    11/01/2006 12:01:42 PM PST · by thackney · 31 replies · 481+ views
    CattleNetwork.com ^ | 10/31/2006 | Dow Jones
    Brazil To Raise Ethanol Mix In Gasoline To 23% Nov 20 SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--The Brazilian government on Tuesday decided to raise the obligatory ethanol mix in gasoline from 20% to 23% starting Nov. 20, ending weeks of speculation that the government might raise the mix to 25%. "This was a decision that was comfortable to the government," said Angelo Bressan, the head of the sugar and ethanol department at the country's Agricultural Ministry in a phone interview with Dow Jones Newswires. "The idea was not to have prices rise by a lot during the inter-harvest period or fall a...
  • Ethanol Could Corrode Pumps, Testers Say

    10/26/2006 11:17:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 133 replies · 1,825+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 27, 2006 | ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
    CHICAGO, Oct. 26 — The farm-produced fuel that is supposed to help wean America from its oil addiction is under scrutiny for its potentially corrosive qualities. E85, a blend of 85 percent corn-based ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, could be eating away at metal and plastic parts in pumps being used to dispense the fuel at gasoline stations, Underwriters Laboratories, the private product-safety testing group, said this month. BP, the British oil company, said on Thursday that it would delay the expansion of E85 at its American gasoline outlets until the laboratories certified an E85 dispensing system. “BP is tracking...
  • Market Spotlight: Ethanol in a Pinch

    10/19/2006 3:57:44 PM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 345+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 19, 2006 | LAUREN VILLAGRAN
    NEW YORK — Ethanol producers could soon find their margins pinched by weaker prices for their products and a spike in corn costs due to forecasts for a more meager harvest. The spot market price of ethanol _ which is used as additive in gasoline and as a fuel alternative _ is intricately tied to the price of gasoline, and prices at the pump have followed crude oil prices lower of late. Meanwhile, worries about the size of the corn harvest have pushed prices on the cob higher. "We've seen in the past that double squeeze where you have high...
  • Chevron Receives Ethanol Contract

    10/10/2006 9:30:11 PM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies · 640+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 10, 2006 | AP
    SAN RAMON, Calif. — Oil company Chevron Corp. on Tuesday said its alternative energy subsidiary has agreed to prepare a proposal to develop ethanol plants for Ethanex Energy Inc., a publicly traded renewable energy company. Under the agreement with Ethanex, Chevron Energy Solutions will perform engineering studies and design work to prepare a detailed plan to build high-efficiency ethanol plants. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed. The proposal is expected to include details for Chevron to negotiate contracts to engineer and build at least three biofuel plants for Ethanex by 2008. The plants would be located in Missouri,...
  • E85 Stations Exceed 1,000

    10/09/2006 3:47:07 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 52 replies · 769+ views
    e85fuel.com ^ | 10-06-2006 | e85fuel.com
    There are now over 1,000 publicly and privately accessed E85 fueling locations throughout the United States! The Cenex on 320 Street Northwest in Bemidji, Minnesota can proudly be named the thousandth facility. The number of E85 stations has grown significantly in just a short period of time. Below is an approximation of how many E85 outlets were in operation over the past several years: January 2003: 100, January 2004: 150, January 2005: 285, January 2006: 600 In October of 2005, the station count was 438; the number has more than doubled in 12 months! “We are so pleased to achieve...
  • Crude future's benchmark contract at 10-month low ~ fall under $59 on supply glut,...

    10/03/2006 8:46:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 1,053+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | Last Update: 11:37 AM ET Oct 3, 2006 | Myra P. Saefong, MarketWatch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Crude-oil futures dropped as much as 3% to fall below $59 a barrel Tuesday, pulling the benchmark contract to its lowest level in 10 months, with pressure coming from swelling U.S. inventories, a lack of risks to output and doubts that key oil producers will take formal action to reduce supplies and stem the drop in prices. Crude for November delivery was trading down $1.93 at $59.10 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after reaching a low of $58.90 -- a level the contract hasn't seen since November 2005. The contract fell 3% Monday...
  • The world’s first commercially-available electric-solar hybrid, and a sporty one at that

    10/02/2006 4:39:27 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 49 replies · 1,181+ views
    October 2, 2006 It’s not often we get lead stories on consecutive days from the same company (never before in fact) but French transportation futurists Venturi have done it again – this time with the first solar electric hybrid to be commercialised in the world. Named Astrolab (latin astro = star, labe = to take) because it takes its energy from the sun in order to move, the solar commuter is capable of working with very little energy (16 kW engine) and of recharging even when in motion, and does not need to be permanently exposed to the sun in...
  • Honda develops new way to make biofuel that could boost environmentally friendly cars

    09/15/2006 6:46:55 AM PDT · by aculeus · 39 replies · 881+ views
    Technology Review.com ^ | September 14, 2006 | by Associated Press
    TOKYO (AP) -- Honda Motor Co. has developed a way to make ethanol fuel from plant waste matter in a process that has the potential to expand the use of biofuels that fight global warming, the Japanese automaker said Thursday. Existing bio-ethanol production faces supply limits because it uses sugar and starch of sugarcane or from corn, both of which are also utilized as food. By tapping far greater supplies of inedible plant matter, such as stalks, leaves and rice straw, the new fuel takes a step toward making biofuels more practical, Tokyo-based Honda said in release. The breakthrough comes...
  • Going Yellow Going Yellow: Energy Department says ethanol is a an energy winner

    09/11/2006 7:56:28 AM PDT · by ElTiante · 67 replies · 1,389+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Along with automakers, the Bush administration wants to end debate over whether ethanol made from corn yields more energy than does the fuel used to produce it. The Energy Department's verdict: It does. A new department brochure says that 740,000 British thermal units of fossil energy are consumed to make and deliver ethanol that contains 1 million Btu of energy. The latest version of the brochure, issued last month, is part of a broad department defense of ethanol. . . . Critic unbowed "Every argument they make is bogus," says Tad Patzek, one of the leading critics of...
  • Lotus bio-fuels the amazing Exige

    08/29/2006 6:41:41 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 14 replies · 706+ views
    Piston Heads ^ | Thursday 24th August 2006 | Staff
    Lotus has released details about the new bio-ethanol-powered Exige 265E - the most powerful road version of the Lotus Exige ever, which we covered briefly yesterday. And we've driven it -- see links below.The research vehicle is a true Lotus -- it weighs just 930 kg unladen -- and is called the Lotus Exige 265E: 265 indicates the approximate horsepower and is consistent with the naming strategy of other one-off and limited run Lotus variants such as the Lotus Sport Exige 240R. and the E indicates the environmentally favourable bio-ethanol E85 fuel containing 85 per cent ethanol alcohol and 15...
  • Alternative Energy Sources to acquire Flex Fuels

    08/12/2006 9:35:38 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Birmingham Business Journal ^ | Aug 11, 2006 | Birmingham Business Journal
    Alternative Energy Sources Inc. plans to acquire Flex Fuels USA Inc. and its affiliate, ACN Energy Consulting Inc. in a stock-for-stock deal that would give Alternative Energy access to Flex Fuel's proprietary ethanol production technology. Huntsville-based Flex Fuels has developed methods of producing cellulosic ethanol made from biomass and other types of waste rather than corn or sugar, making it less vulnerable to price or supply fluctuations. Kansas City, Mo.-based Alternative Energy Sources (OTC: AENS.OB), has signed a letter of intent to acquire all the company's outstanding capital stock and expects to sign a merger agreement by Sept. 15. "Our...
  • Rapid E85 growth in Minnesota

    07/28/2006 8:23:21 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 11 replies · 347+ views
    soccer_maniac | 7-29-06 | soccer_maniac
    Minnesota has forged ahead by adding more than 60 new E85 fueling sites in just seven months. The North Star State is now home to more than 250 E85 stations with another 20 expected by mid-August.Read more
  • Can Ethanol Solve The Nation's Energy Problems?

    06/17/2006 2:40:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 111 replies · 2,019+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2006 | Lauren Etter
    Ethanol stirred Wall Street last week when the second-largest ethanol producer went public, a sign that the corn-based fuel has become hot as gas prices soar. In its first day of trading, VeraSun Energy Corp.'s stock jumped 30% to $30 a share. Production capacity of ethanol in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1999, and the total number of ethanol plants has nearly doubled as well, to 97, with at least 30 more under construction. In April, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., bought a large stake in Pacific Ethanol Inc., which produces ethanol. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently said...
  • Oil rises above $72 on China demand

    05/30/2006 8:08:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies · 450+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday 30 May 2006 | Alex Lawler
    Oil rose above $72 a barrel on Tuesday, boosted by a jump in demand in energy-hungry China and continued tension between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear programme. The rally came despite an assurance from OPEC, source of more than a third of the world's oil, that it will do all it can to keep consumers well-supplied when oil ministers meet in Caracas on Thursday. "We're still in this bullish mode and people are looking for bullish headlines," said analyst Deborah White of SG CIB Securities in Paris. "Between China and Iran, if you pick and choose, you had...
  • Ethanol Plant "Brews" Grass Into Gas(Great News!)

    05/16/2006 8:36:11 PM PDT · by kellynla · 51 replies · 2,484+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | May 16, 2006 | Taylor Kennedy
    A Canadian company has developed a new, more efficient process to make the alternative fuel ethanol from farm waste. With today's high oil prices, experts hope the new technology could reduce demand on fossil fuels and increase energy security. "In the past, ethanol fuel use has been limited, because the cost of production was too high," said Jim Easterly, a Washington, D.C.-based bioenergy consultant. "Ethanol produced from corn kernels and wheat grain has historically been more expensive than gasoline produced from oil." Producing corn-based ethanol, for example, uses energy from oil and electricity for everything from growing the corn to...
  • ENERGY CRISIS: Florida well placed to lead drive for ethanol [Author: Gov. Jeb Bush]

    05/16/2006 6:46:16 AM PDT · by summer · 18 replies · 377+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 15, 2006 | Jeb Bush
    ENERGY CRISIS Florida well placed to lead drive for ethanol By JEB BUSH www.myflorida.com Increasing ethanol use can benefit our environment, strengthen national security and fuel the economic engine of free trade, creating a win-win-win for the United States. Given the importance of energy to our long-term economic strength, the United States should establish a plan to pump 15 billion gallons of ethanol into the marketplace by 2015 -- twice the amount required by the Energy Act of 2005. To achieve this, the United States should expand ethanol production, create new domestic production and import more international supplies. Florida is...
  • From Moonshine to Cheap Gas: Home Stills Used for Additives

    05/16/2006 10:37:00 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 1,680+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 05.16.2006 | Bill Poovey
    TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — The still — standard equipment of any moonshiner — has a shot at becoming the must-have accessory of penny-pinching motorists. An upstart Tennessee business is marketing stills that can be set up as private distilleries making ethanol — 190 proof grain alcohol — out of fermented starchy crops such as corn, apples or sugar cane. The company claims the still's output can reduce fuel costs by nearly a third from the pump price of gasoline. Buyers of stills need a federal permit to make ethanol on private property. In what amounts to an honor system, they are...
  • A Simple Solution To Pain At The Pump?

    05/08/2006 7:24:18 AM PDT · by khnyny · 165 replies · 3,865+ views
    NBC Dateline ^ | 5/7/06 | Stone Philips
    Pain at the pump is the price of this country’s addiction to oil. Americans are feeling it intensely—outraged over oil company profits, fearful that another hurricane in the gulf, or a terror attack in the Middle East is all it would take to send prices even higher. But what if there was one solution to all of this? Something that could solve America’s energy crisis, strengthen our national security, and help save the planet at the same time? Vinod Khosla: I looked, did my research and found this was brain dead simple to do. Stone Phillips, Dateline anchor: Is it...
  • Chrysler to Introduce Flex-Fuel Jeeps in 2007

    04/25/2006 6:24:44 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 17 replies · 1,881+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | April 25, 2006 | unk.
    Beginning next year, Chrysler will introduce flexible-fuel models of the Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee capable of running on ethanol blends of up to 85% (E85)— the first application of E85 flex-fuel engines to the Jeep brand. All Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee retail and fleet buyers who select the 4.7-liter engine option will automatically receive Flexible-Fuel Vehicles capable of running on E85 fuel. Also available in Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) capability for 2007 are: * Chrysler Sebring sedan and convertible with the 2.7-liter engine. * Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram pickups and Dodge Durango SUV with 4.7-liter...
  • I beleive ethanol has jacked up my truck.

    04/20/2006 10:33:28 AM PDT · by gop4lyf · 212 replies · 5,242+ views
    I filled up my 2003 Chevy at an Albertson's grocery on Tuesday. For those who don't know, Albertson's is a very large grocery chain in Texas, other places as well I suppose. My tank was almost completely empty so I had to completely fill up. As I went to fill up, I noticed that there was a sign on the pump that stated that the gas would contain up to 10% ethanol. I seemed to recall that gas stations were having to go to the ethanol blend and get rid of MTBE, so I didn't really think anything of it....
  • The high cost of summer driving; Ethanol switchover could stoke gasoline prices

    04/18/2006 4:27:22 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 77 replies · 1,848+ views
    MarketWatch.com (by Dow Jones) ^ | 04/18/2006 | Stephanie I. Cohen
    The high cost of summer drivingEthanol switchover could stoke gasoline prices By Stephanie I. Cohen Last Update: 7:00 PM ET Apr 18, 2006 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The drive to produce cleaner-burning fuel could lead to gasoline price spikes in some areas of the country as ethanol markets remain tight throughout the summer, government and industry officials are warning. These hikes would be on top of the 25-cents-a-gallon average increase in prices at the pump already expected this summer compared with last year, according to the Energy Department. Ethanol is a home-grown renewable fuel made primarily from corn feedstock that can...
  • Meijer/GM join forces to bring E85 fuel to gas stations

    04/18/2006 8:46:31 AM PDT · by hoosierboy · 47 replies · 2,630+ views
    wndu ^ | 04/18/06
    Michigan - Meijer and General Motors are joining forces to make ethanol-based fuel available at the discount chain's gas stations. The fuel, known as E85, will be available at about 20 Meijer stores in Michigan. However, NewsCenter 16 does not know at this time, if the store in Benton Township will be one of the selected stores. Meijer, GM and Governor Jennifer Granholm will announce details of the plan Tuesday. E85 is a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent petroleum-based gasoline. About four million vehicles can use E85. However, most owners now use regular gasoline because of the scarcity of...
  • Biofuels are no cure-all for energy needs

    02/25/2006 7:51:26 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 64 replies · 1,125+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-19-06 | Edward Lotterman
    When discussing economic policies it is important to not let rhetoric overpower reality. That happened in a recent, much-reprinted New York Times article that argued "endless fields of corn in the Midwest can be distilled into endless gallons of ethanol … that could end any worldwide oil shortage … and free the United States from dependence on foreign energy." The story went on to discuss how much energy goes into producing ethanol. But it failed to substantiate its lead assertion of "endless gallons of ethanol" that might "free the United States" from oil imports. The United States is an agricultural...
  • How BRazil Beat the US!! Now if we could only follow thier example......

    01/31/2006 5:29:57 AM PST · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 44 replies · 1,534+ views
    CNNMONEY.COM ^ | January 24, 2006 | Adam Lashinsky and Nelson D. Schwartz
    (FORTUNE Magazine) - You probably don't know it, but the answer to America's gasoline addiction could be under the hood of your car. More than five million Tauruses, Explorers, Stratuses, Suburbans, and other vehicles are already equipped with engines that can run on an energy source that costs less than gasoline, produces almost none of the emissions that cause global warming, and comes from the Midwest, not the Middle East. These lucky drivers need never pay for gasoline again--if only they could find this elusive fuel, called ethanol. Chemically, ethanol is identical to the grain alcohol you may have spiked...
  • Ford, GM Make Big Push To Promote 'Flex-Fuel' Vehicles

    01/10/2006 1:57:06 PM PST · by kerryusama04 · 26 replies · 667+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/10/2006 | KAREN LUNDEGAARD
    In November Ford said it will work with Brookings, S.D.-based ethanol producer VeraSun Energy Corp. to convert more existing fuel pumps to E85. GM last week said it would lead a project in California to get the state Department of Transportation to use between 50 and 100 of its flex-fuel Impalas. Chevron Corp. plans to add ethanol pumps at some gas stations near the agency's offices.
  • Fargo: E85 Capital of America [66,000 gallons for Sept 2005] (Alternative fuel post)

    10/21/2005 1:18:47 PM PDT · by kerryusama04 · 116 replies · 1,481+ views
    NEVC email ^ | 10/21/2005 | Phillip Lampert, Executive Director
    Early this week, Tim Gerlach representing the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, celebrated the sale of more than 66,000 gallons of E85 in a one month period of time at one fueling location in Fargo, North Dakota. On hand for the event was North Dakota Governor John Hoven; Jocie Iszler, Executive Director of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association; and Kent Satrang, owner of the Cenex E85 station. North Dakota has adopted incentives to advance the sale of E85 and it is obvious that these incentives have been very well received. Consider the following: This one station sold 66,000 gallons of...