Category: Policy

IEA warns that policy uncertainty is global threat to advance of renewables

From Brussels, the International Energy Agency has released its in its 3rd annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report — and the agency is becoming bearish on the expansion prospects for renewables unless policy constraints are addresses. According to the report, power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, […]

September 1, 2014 More

Iowa awards Champion of Renewable Fuels awards to 16 state legislators

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced the winners of its “Champion of Renewable Fuels” awards for state legislators. The IRFA PAC Board awarded state legislators seeking reelection who maintained a clear voting record supporting renewable fuels and displayed leadership for renewable fuels in the Iowa Legislature. Winners include Senators: Sen. Bill Anderson                  SD […]

September 1, 2014 More

Lobbyists permitted for nomination to Renewable Energy Trade Administration advisory committee

In the US, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will allow federally-registered lobbyists to be nominated for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee, which the group is reestablishing. Members will serve a two-year term to advise the secretary on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of […]

August 28, 2014 More

Chile, US to continue collaboration on Navy biofuels research

In Chile, the US Navy and the Chilean Navy will extend their four-year collaboration for mutual research on advanced alternative fuels. The latest agreement enables both nations to boost energy security and deliver an increased certainty of energy supply and cost; the US Navy aims to have 50% of overall organizational use powered by alternative […]

August 28, 2014 More

Rail safety grants totaling $350,000 awarded to assist with fuel transport

In the US, the Federal Railroad Administration has awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to improve the safety of rail transport of hazardous materials by developing a Short Line Safety Institute. After recent concerns over chemical and oil spillage from trains transporting fuel products, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced legislation in June to authorize […]

August 27, 2014 More

In Nebraska’s race for governor, Keystone XL will be hot issue

In Nebraska, the Keystone XL pipeline will be a key and divisive issue in the gubernatorial race between Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook. Hassebrook, against the pipeline, believes that Nebraska should focus on alternative energy development, such as wind and biofuels, as a response to global warming. Ricketts, a supporter of the pipeline, […]

August 25, 2014 More

Iowa voters support biodiesel in RFS, will vote on the issue

In Iowa, a survey of registered voters asserts that 77% of respondents support expanding the RFS to increase biodiesel in the fuel supply, and 69% said a Congressional candidate’s position on the RFS was “very” or “somewhat” important. The study shows Iowans have a positive opinion about biodiesel in general. Additionally, after a series of […]

August 24, 2014 More

EPA’s delay on RFS hitting biodiesel producers hard

In Washington, with the EPA expected to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014 in September at the earliest, the biodiesel industry is suffering from sinking prices as buyers wait on the sidelines until the mandate is announced. The preliminary rule announced in November saw the 2014 mandate mimic the 2013 mandate of 1.28 billion gallons […]

August 22, 2014 More

Brazilian ethanol industry supporting new socialist presidential candidate

In Brazil, the ethanol industry is standing behind Marina Silva, former environmental minister under former president da Silva and the expected vice-presidential pick from the socialist party’s candidate who was killed Aug. 13 in a plane crash. He had supported better pricing for ethanol and bagasse-based electricity, policies Silva is expected to continue supporting.

August 21, 2014 More

DOE aims new program to cut cost of algal biofuels and bioproducts by up to 50% by 2019

In Washington, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office said that DOE intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts.” DOE said: “BETO’s 2019 projected state of technology for the cost of algal biofuels is modeled at about $7 per gallon gasoline gallon equivalent, without valuable co-products such as animal feed or […]

August 20, 2014 More