Tag: biofuel

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

April 20, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the town of Navassa has put forward a proposal to allow biofuel production in heavy industrial areas and conditionally in light industrial areas. An algae-to-methane project is interested in siting a facility in the town, prompting the change to the zoning ordinance, but strict controls on smokestacks, industrial appearance and other aspects […]

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DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the DOE will present a live webinar titled “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to […]

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European Biodiesel Board says biofuels still need policy support to compete

European Biodiesel Board says biofuels still need policy support to compete

April 15, 2015 |

In Switzerland, the head of the European Biodiesel Board says that biofuels need policy support in order to compete with fossil fuels. He also demanded a clear definition for advanced biofuels to help drive development of those fuels to bring them to market. He said the biofuels industry needs to work together with the automotive […]

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EU Parliament committee approves 7% cap on first generation biofuels

EU Parliament committee approves 7% cap on first generation biofuels

April 14, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee has approved the text on biofuels reform negotiated between itself, the European Council and the European Commission. The legislation that seeks to cap first generation biofuel use at 7% will be voted upon during the next plenary session of the Parliament on April 29 in Strasbourg, France.

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European triologue agrees to biofuel text with 7% first-gen cap

European triologue agrees to biofuel text with 7% first-gen cap

April 2, 2015 |

In Belgium, triologue negotiations between the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed on a legal text that would set a cap for first-generation ethanol at 7%. The text does not include a target for advanced biofuels, however. The Parliament’s ENVI committee will have to approve it on April 14 and the Parliament’s […]

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say clearing grassland for biofuels bad

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say clearing grassland for biofuels bad

April 2, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands. The […]

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New Searchinger study says biofuel policies rely on lower food consumption

New Searchinger study says biofuel policies rely on lower food consumption

March 31, 2015 |

In Indiana, a new study by Timothy Searchinger published in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Shrinking the amount of food that people and livestock eat decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that they breathe out or excrete as waste. The reduction in […]

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Czech goverment biofuel support

Czech goverment biofuel support

March 26, 2015 |

In the Czech Republic, the government has recently approved an extension for lower taxes on biofuels that should help boost demand from distributors. The country’s finance minister however owns one of the largest rapeseed processors, which has caused concern regarding conflict of interest considering it was his ministry that prepared the allegedly poorly developed legislation […]

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Minnesota legislature looking to support advanced biofuel production

Minnesota legislature looking to support advanced biofuel production

March 18, 2015 |

In Minnesota, legislation introduced in both houses of the state legislature in early February seeks to support cellulosic ethanol production along with renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The House version of the bill would create an incentive $2.1053 per MMBtu of annual production of cellulosic advanced biofuels with a 20% bonus payment for using perennial […]

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Only 86 biofuel jobs created in California in Q4 2014

Only 86 biofuel jobs created in California in Q4 2014

March 17, 2015 |

In California, only 86 of the 6,746 renewable energy jobs created during fourth quarter of 2014 came from biofuels, all of which came from a single project announcement. The Environmental Entrepreneurs quarterly jobs report saw similar jobs created from two biogas projects and just 8 jobs created from a biomass project. The overwhelming jobs growth […]

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