High Octane, Low Carb #Biofuels Better for Fuel Economy

Joanna Schroeder

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, is leading an effort to ensure that high octane, low carbon fuels are part of EPA’s midterm evaluation of the progress of federal fuel economy standards. Daschle was the author of the reformulated and oxygenated fuel provisions of the Clean Air Act, and also the lead sponsor of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), …

Alternative Vehicles, automotive, biofuels, Car Makers, Carbon Dioxide, EPA, Ethanol, Legislation

The Climate Trust

Joanna Schroeder

As the new year has kicked off, The Climate Trust has released its prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in 2016. The trends range from climate change playing a larger role in federal decision making to increased carbon market linkage and momentum in conservation finance. “The Trust pays close attention to market signals throughout the year, identifying …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Environment

#COP21 Attendees Travel Carbon Free

Joanna Schroeder

There is an incredible amount of news this week coming from Paris during COP21. Much of the focus this week is getting commitments from 143 countries to significantly reduce their carbon emissions, and many key attendees are practicing what they are preaching – traveling carbon free to and from the events. This week a network of carbon-free trains arrived in …

Alternative energy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Renewable Energy

Study Raises Doubts About Dev of New Fossil Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

A new study is raising doubts about future development of new fossil fuel resources. Published in Global Environmental Change and authored by Richard Heede and Naomi Oreskes, the report looks closely at the potential of global warming emissions that could be unleashed from carbon reserves held by the globe’s largest fossil fuel producers. Some key findings of the study include: …

bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Oil, Research

Joule, Red Rock Biofuels to Merge

John Davis

CO2 liquid fuels pioneer Joule will merge with biofuel refinery maker Red Rock Biofuels. This news release from Joule says the merger will help them create an industry-leading carbon-neutral fuel production platform. In association with this merger, after a year of important service at a critical transition phase for the company, Joule also announced that President and CEO, industry veteran …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide

28 COP21 Countries Using Biofuels for CO2 Reduction

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), 28 countries attending the climate talks in Paris in December have submitted carbon reduction strategies that use biofuels to help meet goals. Not included in this number? The U.S. despite its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFA report found that America’s action plan did not acknowledge the important roles …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

Energy Companies Sign On to Climate Pledge

Joanna Schroeder

Energy company across the U.S. have signed on to support the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a program the White House announced in July 2015. The 81 companies are part of the third round of pledges and have committed to reduce their impact on Earth. Abengoa Bioenergy US, Aemetis, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Biogen, Novozymes, Pacific Ethanol and Tri-Global Energy …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Renewable Energy

Joule Receives EPA Cert for CO2 Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Joule’s fuel grade Sunflow-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial use in E10 and E15 gasoline blends. The fuel is derived from recycled CO2. “We are approaching commercialization with a technology that is first of its kind, able to convert CO2 directly into multiple drop-in fuels. It is critical to prove its readiness …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Renewable Energy, Waste-to-Energy

GREET Model Advances

Joanna Schroeder

When determining how much a fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions as compared to pure gasoline, most use Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET Life-cycle model (Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model). In recent years, the model has seen some advancements and during the recent ACE Ethanol Conference, Dr. Jeongwoo Han, assistant energy system analyst with Argonne National Labs, …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, Audio, Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol

EPA Releases Final Clean Power Plan Rules

Joanna Schroeder

Final rules for the Clean Power Plan have been released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as announced by President Obama. The plan calls for carbon reduction from the power sector (aka utilities) by 32 percent below 2005 levels in 2030. According to the EPA, power plants are the largest drivers of climate change in the U.S. emitting nearly one-third …

Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Environment, EPA