BP Continues Biofuels Backout

Joanna Schroeder

BP is continuing its biofuels backout with the announcement that it is abandoning its $300 million cellulosic project in Highlands County, Florida. This is the second major announcement of the company moving away from the production of renewable energy. Last December, the company exited the solar business. According to an interview with Matt Hartwig in the Washington Post, the company …

advance biofuels, AEC, Alternative energy, BIO, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

Investors Ask for Wind Tax Credit Extension

Joanna Schroeder

Dozens of investors totaling more than $800 billion in assets have called for an immediate extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for renewable energy, specifically wind power. In a letter delivered to Congressional leaders, investors noted that this critical tax credit creates broad economic benefits, both for wind power producers and their suppliers across the nation. Several of these investors met …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Wind

Cool Planet – 3 Years, 30 Biomass Plants

Joanna Schroeder

Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced a breakthrough in the commercialization and affordability of biofuels from biomass. Using a mechanical process and scaling approach, the company says it can produce high octane gasoline at the cost of $1.50 per gallon without the need for subsidies and also while removing carbon from the air during the course of production. The company, backed by …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, biomass, Carbon Dioxide, Renewable Energy

State Corn Groups Work For Consumer Choice

Joanna Schroeder

State corn associations across the country are working to bring more choice for consumers at the pump through the use of higher blends of ethanol, such as E15. Several programs are in place to help retailers install the infrastructure needed for consumers to take advantage of EPA’s decision to allow E15 to be used in vehicles 2001 and newer. In …

Alternative energy, American Ethanol, blends, E15, E85, Ethanol, NCGA

Citizen’s Guide to Energy

Joanna Schroeder

The presidential election is less than two weeks away and although the candidates have discussed energy, neither has debated over the right strategy for global climate change. Our legislators also typically fail to consider the consequences of actions they endorse. Therefore, according to Public Agenda, if the country hopes to move the needle on important issues, such as energy, voters …

Alternative energy, energy efficiency, global warming, Opinion, Renewable Energy

NRC Releases Algae Sustainability Report

Joanna Schroeder

This week, the National Research Council (NRC) released a new report, “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States.” The report was a result of a request from the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (DOE-EERE) Biomass Program. The purpose of this study was to identify and anticipate potential sustainability concerns associated with a selected number …

advance biofuels, algae, Alternative energy, BIO, Renewable Energy, Research

Boeing, COMAC Kick of Biofuels Project

Joanna Schroeder

Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology, Co., Ltd., (HEET) will conduct the first research project at the newly formed Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center. HEET will focus on ways to convert waste cooking oil into sustainable aviation biofuels. The center was created by Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) and opened in August at COMAC’s new Beijing Aeronautical Science …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, aviation biofuels, Renewable Energy

Free Biodiesel Workshop in Sioux Falls

Joanna Schroeder

The American Lung Association in South Dakota is hosting a free workshop on biodiesel on Friday, Oct. 26th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ramada Inn & Suites at 1301 W Russell Street in Sioux Falls. The event is part of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey (www.AFVDayOdyssey.org), a biennial event to promote the use of alternative fuel …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, Biodiesel

POET-DSM Partners with ANDRITZ

Joanna Schroeder

POET-DSM has signed on the International Technology Group ANDRITZ, to supply a two-step biomass treatment process for the commercial-scale cellulosic bioethanol plant under construction in Emmetsburg, Iowa known as Project LIBERTY. The technology was designed to help draw out available sugar in the collected biomass, in this case corn stover, corn cobs, and husks, so it can be converted into …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, Cellulosic, Ethanol, POET, Renewable Energy

REG Breaks Ground on Plant Expansion

Joanna Schroeder

The country’s largest biodiesel producer, Renewable Energy Group (REG), has broken ground on the expansion to its biodiesel plant in Glenville, Minnesota. A groundbreaking ceremony was held and many biofuel supporters from across the state and the local community were on hand for the event. The upgrade is estimated to cost $20 million. “No matter who we’ve talked to, the …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, Biodiesel, REG, Renewable Energy