House Bill Seeks to Improve Renewable Fuels Standard

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Committee last week introduced a bill to change provisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that are “limiting the potential for clean, homegrown renewable biofuels to meet our nation’s energy needs.” The Renewable Fuel Standard Improvement Act (H.R. 2409) was introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) along with …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Government

Alternative Fuel Projects Win EPA Awards

John Davis

A big rig running on natural gas… a propane-fueled trimmer… gas from a wastewater treatment plant burned to make electricity… these are just some of the projects the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized in its annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. For the ninth year, EPA is honoring 15 recipients from across the United States for their environmental achievements in …

biofuels, Government, Propane

NREL Recipient of Recovery Act Funding

Joanna Schroeder

“The goal is to set America on a course for a secure and sustainable energy future.” DOE Energy Secretary Steven Chu The alternative energy industry is already receiving the monies set aside to help spur the economy and reduce America’s dependence on fossil-fuel based energy sources. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory was the recipient of $110 million in funding, announced …

biofuels, Energy, Government, Legislation, News, Wind

“Super-Organism” Leads to Cellulosic Breakthrough

Joanna Schroeder

The golden dream may have become reality today as Mascoma Corporation announced a major technological breakthrough in the process strategy for production of biofuels from cellulosic biomass known as consolidated bioprocessing, or CBP. The major advantage of CBP is that is significantly reduces the cost to produce cellulosic ethanol by combining several steps into one through the use of a …

biofuels, Cellulosic, Company Announcement, Research

President Clinton to Speak at Ethanol Summit in Brazil

Joanna Schroeder

Lay down the red carpet. Former President Bill Clinton will be a headliner at this year’s Ethanol Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 1-3, 2009. The conference is hosted by UNICA,vthe Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and is touted as one of the most important gatherings focused on biofuels in the world. After eight years in the white house, President …

biofuels, conferences, politics

Agencies Work Together for Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

Three government agencies have been given a presidential directive to aggressively accelerate the investment in and production of biofuels. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, together with the Environmental Protection Agency will make up the the new Biofuels Interagency Working Group. “The president has directed us to create a comprehensive biofuel marketing development program to focus on the infrastructure …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Energy, Ethanol, Government

White House Announces Interagency Biofuels Group

Cindy Zimmerman

The White House will form a working group to be chaired by the heads of three government agencies to speed the sustainable development of biofuels. The action was announced during a press conference this morning with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who will head the new Biofuels Interagency Working Group. They pledged …

biofuels, Energy, Government

Criticisms of Sperling’s Role in the LCFS Heating Up

Joanna Schroeder

Two weeks ago I reviewed, “Two Billion Cars” by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon. I focused on several aspects but I did not tie together this important point: Daniel Sperling vehemently dislikes corn ethanol and he is the lead researcher for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that just passed the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). The LCFS was a …

biofuels, Hydrogen, Opinion

African Nations Join Global Renewable Fuels Group

Cindy Zimmerman

Fourteen southern African nations are now members of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. The Southern African Biofuels Alliance has joined forces alliance to help “promote biofuels friendly policies throughout the world.” Andrew Makenete, President of the Southern African Biofuels Association (SABA) called on other nations to speak out in favour of policies that would promote investment in biofuels particularly in …

biofuels, Ethanol, International, RFA