Tag: Washington

Senator Duckworth tells Perry how important weaning US off foreign oil is

Senator Duckworth tells Perry how important weaning US off foreign oil is

January 23, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) shared with the nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), Governor Rick Perry, how her military service in Iraq taught her about the danger of our country’s dependence on foreign oil and how increasing production of American-made renewable energy sources like wind makes our […]

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EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

January 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has written a letter to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers denying the group’s request for a waiver on the cellulosic biofuel-blending mandate for 2016 of 230 million gallons. Though data through November shows that less fuel was produced than mandated in 2016 as the AFPM argues, the EPA […]

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Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

January 18, 2017 |

In Washington, during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said that during his tenure as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he would keep to the timetables outlined by Congress for the Renewable Fuel Standard and “honor” its original intent. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the top spot has raised […]

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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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US ethanol exports soar to 353.2 million gallons during Q1

US ethanol exports soar to 353.2 million gallons during Q1

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System said September through November ethanol exports were the best seen in five years with much of the 353.2 million gallons sent to Brazil, Canada and China. Nearly a third of those exports went to Brazil, about 111.6 million gallons, as the market sought to […]

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Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines launch study results showing best biojet strategy for Sea-Tac

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines launch study results showing best biojet strategy for Sea-Tac

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines released a first-of-its-kind study that identifies the best infrastructure options for delivering aviation biofuel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In pursuit of its goal to power every flight at Sea-Tac with sustainable aviation biofuel, Sea-Tac is among the first airports in North America to work […]

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PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, a new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system as part of a new streamlined process to quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for renewable fuels. Discovering which algae species is best suited to make biofuel is no […]

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USDA releases LCA study of corn-based ethanol

USDA releases LCA study of corn-based ethanol

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report studying the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol. The report, A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol, finds that GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol in the United States are about 43 percent lower than gasoline when […]

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Joint funding opportunity announced for biorefineries

Joint funding opportunity announced for biorefineries

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a joint funding opportunity to support Integrated Biorefinery Optimization. DOE has funded biorefinery technology development projects since 2002 to meet […]

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