Tag: biofuels

Department of Energy website changing emphasis towards bioproducts away from biofuels

Department of Energy website changing emphasis towards bioproducts away from biofuels

April 24, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative that monitors federal websites says the Department of Energy website has changed its focus to job creation from while reducing climate change rhetoric. For the website of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, the focus is no longer on replacing the whole barrel of oil but instead supporting the […]

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Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

March 29, 2017 |

In Louisiana, a state senator has proposed a bill that would eliminate the current 36% tax break on alternative fuel cars including those for ethanol and biodiesel, claiming the state can’t afford to continue to subsidize cleaner fuels. The program is set to increase to 50% on June 30, 2018. Not surprisingly, the propane gas […]

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Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

March 28, 2017 |

In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for consumers. It also dismissed out of hand Queensland’s claims that ethanol blending creates jobs, pointing the finger at various policy attempts to do so through […]

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South Korea to invest $8.7 million in virtual currency that would pay people to poop for biofuels

South Korea to invest $8.7 million in virtual currency that would pay people to poop for biofuels

March 9, 2017 |

In South Korea, the government will invest $8.7 million to develop a virtual currency that pays people the equivalent of 43 cents every time they use the new waterless toilet developed by the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology that turns human waste directly into biogas. Hope is that by 2020, the value of […]

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Neutral Fuels successfully uses dairy waste to produce biofuels

Neutral Fuels successfully uses dairy waste to produce biofuels

February 22, 2017 |

In the UAE, after two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company to successfully use butter, cream and ghee waste as a feedstock for creating commercial biofuel. Importantly, the new fuel is of the same high quality as the vegetable oil-derived biofuel that Neutral […]

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EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

February 19, 2017 |

In the EU, Emmanuel Desplechin,  Secretary-General, ePure wrote in Politico Europe that “Europe needs more ambition if it wants to decarbonize transport. Europe needs a realistic mix of renewable energy solutions — including low-emission fuels such as sustainably produced and renewable European ethanol — if it wants to achieve its goal of decarbonizing EU transport.” Desplechin adds that “the […]

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Hawaiian islands on track for 100% renewables in part thanks to biofuels

Hawaiian islands on track for 100% renewables in part thanks to biofuels

February 16, 2017 |

In Hawaii, biofuels have a strong role to play in helping the islands achieve their 100% renewable energy goals, with Molokai aiming for 2020, Lanai for 2030 and Maui for 2040, ahead of the state’s 2045 target. Though the islands are integrating solar and wind power into the electrical supply, generators continue to provide a […]

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Vivergo Fuels highlights challenges for EU farmers without biofuels market

Vivergo Fuels highlights challenges for EU farmers without biofuels market

January 23, 2017 |

In the UK, Vivergo Fuels’ managing director published a passionate plea to European policymakers in Politico to take into consideration the impact on farmers should conventional biofuels be phased out. With expected increased competition from US and Canadian ethanol as a result of TTIP and CETA, he argues that farmers need policy support more than […]

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DOE jobs report says biofuels provides about 9% of energy jobs nationally

DOE jobs report says biofuels provides about 9% of energy jobs nationally

January 17, 2017 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy released its annual energy jobs report, showing corn ethanol employment represents about three percent of the nation’s Fuels workforce, accounting for 28,613 jobs while other ethanol and non-woody biomass including biodiesel equates to 23,088 jobs, another 2 percent of the Fuels workforce. Then woody biomass fuel for energy and […]

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Defense secretary nominee not clear if will support military biofuels

Defense secretary nominee not clear if will support military biofuels

January 17, 2017 |

In Washington, president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, has not clarified whether he will support renewable fuels for the ships and aircraft even though he has in the past been a supporter of renewable energy for troops in combat zones. Trump has said that he is against policies that […]

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