RFA Comments on Proposed Tier 3 Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week regarding the proposed rule on Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. Kelly Davis, RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, says they support the timely implementation of the Tier 3 standards especially the proposal to establish E15 as the certification test fuel beginning in 2017. …

Audio, Car Makers, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

DF Cast: Algae Backers’ Beef with DOE

John Davis

Backers of algae, especially for biofuel production, say while the Department of Energy provides millions for universities to do research through the DOE Biomass Program, commercial enterprises are being left by the wayside. And they say that isn’t fair, and after 60 years of looking at the green microbes, researchers have developed nothing. In this edition of the Domestic Fuel …

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Open Fuel Standard Introduced in House

Cindy Zimmerman

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) this week introduced the Open Fuel Standard Act (H.R. 2493) in the House, legislation which would require 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016, 50 percent in 2017, and 50 percent in each subsequent year, to operate on non-petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum-based fuels. “This could include …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Genera: Feedstocks, Start Early & Think Big

John Davis

When it comes to biomass feedstocks for biofuels, you need to think ahead. “Start early and think big,” was the advice Bob Randle, VP Sales and Marketing for Genera Energy gave attendees of the recent Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in St. Louis, Mo. “Because there’s a lot of moving parts in providing 250,000 to 700,000 tons of material annually, on …

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POET-DSM Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Ready in ’14

John Davis

The POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant is on track to start in 2014. The announcement for the plant was made at the recent Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in St. Louis, Mo., where Wade Roby from POET took part in a panel discussion. Steve Hartig, General Manager for POET-DSM, talked with Joanna and said Project LIBERTY, currently under …

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DuPont Exec Talks Food and Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Food security was the topic for an address last week to the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum by DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel. “We need a new generation of food visionaries who can see the tremendous opportunity made possible by the simple fact that people have to eat,” Borel told the group of more than …

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Overcoming the Summer Gas Price Rise Blues

John Davis

As we have now officially landed in the summer season (of course, the real summer travel season really started Memorial Day weekend), the question that seems to come up every year remains “Why do gas prices go up during the summer?” Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate with the American Security Project, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and …

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