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    Read This: Sakti3's 'disruptive' solid state lithium battery tech inches closer
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    It's been quite a while since we've heard anything from Sakti3, the Ann Arbor-based battery company that has been working on next-generation solid state lithium batteries for many years. Heck, even the company's website doesn't have any news that isn't a year old. Thankfully, our friend Jim ...

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    Official: E85 availability increasing across US, especially outside Midwest
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    E85. It's not just for flyover states anymore. That could be the newest slogan of the 85-percent ethanol blend now that the biofuel is proliferating in areas other than the Midwestern corn-growing states. The Midwest's share of E85 stations fell to 36 percent last year, down from 54 percent ...

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    Official: Look Before You Pump warnings popping up at ethanol stations
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    Some of the largest retailers in the US are trying to inject either a little good sense or paranoia into part of their customer base. Lowe's, Walmart and True Value are putting out written warnings about the dangers of filling up non-light-duty-vehicle engines with fuel that contains a higher ...

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    Official: Vets group says EPA should stand up to Big Oil, stand up for US military
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    Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for the US Environmental Protection Agency to issue its final ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 110,000 signatures were collected by the group VoteVets.org (often politically active on energy issues), which delivered its petition with ...

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    SOTU: President Obama promises tougher truck mpg standards, more renewable energy
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    The green car rhetoric of President Obama's State Of The Union speech last night was much, much softer than it was three years ago. That was when he spoke about a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. It was even less vociferous than last year, when Obama said we could take money given ...

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    Read This: Over 11,000 comments filed on EPA's ethanol rules; White House also involved
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    In late 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed – for the first time ever – a slight slacking of the 2014 renewable fuel standard. The reason was that the US is coming up on the 'blend wall,' the overall level of ethanol in the national gasoline supply where adding ...

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    Ford finds flex-fuel engine design plays big role in emissions output
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    How bad is ethanol for your engine? There's been a lot of debate on this issue as the US considers upping the biofuel content in the national gasoline supply from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). The ethanol industry and some scientists say higher ethanol blends show no "meaningful ...

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    Report: This could be the year US says goodbye to ethanol mandate
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    The boxing match between ethanol supporters and opponents is heading into the final round, and it's looking like ethanol could go down pretty hard. The US Environmental Protection Agency's 60-day public comment period for its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) policy changes – which ...

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    Report: For 2014, many automakers already prepared for E15
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    Many automakers are already and quietly ready for E15. 2014 should be – again – an interesting year for the US ethanol industry. The big fight, obviously, continues over E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) and a general increase in the amount of the biofuel ...

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    Study: Higher ethanol blends create health, safety risks, says Big Oil-funded study
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    In the simplest terms, when higher-ethanol blend fuels spill, they can make buildings go boom. And the study that says this was funded, in part, by Chevron and Shell as well as the American Petroleum Institute, while the report was generated by Rice University in Houston. All clear on the ...

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    Report: Biofuel supporters clamor EPA to change course on RFS
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    A public meeting room was packed recently as the US Environmental Protection listened to comments about its recent Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) decision. About 300 people packed the room, and the two sides were clearly marked. Some people were biofuel producers or Iowa farmers wearing "Don't ...

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    Motorsports: Virgin Racing signs on for Formula E
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    Can't hack it in Formula One? That's all right, because the Formula E championship seems eager to accept the rejects. Of the ten teams that will take part in next year's inaugural season of electric racing, series organizers have now announced nine. And like several others, this latest team ...

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    Report: 100th anniversary of first gas station in US gives RFA a chance to tout ethanol
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    December 1st marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first gas station in the US. It's an interesting anniversary, and ethanol advocates are using the occasion to tout the advantages of corn-based fuel, Domestic Fuel reports. The Renewable Fuels Association says Americans can save as ...

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    Report: Ethanol supporters ready to go to bat for biofuel
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    Ethanol supporters say they're digging in their heels and will do whatever they can to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse a recent proposal to reduce the minimum levels of ethanol required in the domestic fuel supply, the Des Moines Register says. Groups such as the ...

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    Report: 3D-printed Urbee 2 ready to cross US on 10 gallons of fuel
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    Two brothers are trying to get their lightweight, 3D-printed car all the way across the country using about the same amount of gas that it takes to get a Hummer across Los Angeles County. With their dog, no less. Brothers Cody and Tyler Kor first showed off a version of their 3D-printed ...

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    Official: EPA eases off ethanol, a bit, for first time ever
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    Forget raising the national ethanol blend in standard gasoline to 15 percent (E15), the Environmental Protection Agency has, for the first time ever, proposed reducing the ethanol requirement in the American gas supply. The reduction (technically, a not-as-big-as-possible increase) was ...

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    Video: Neil Young speech on green performance, Lincvolt coming live from SEMA
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    The story of Neil Young and his Lincvolt has had its ups and downs. From an idea first made public in 2008 to its SEMA debut in 2010, the 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV convertible was shepherded through a lot of engineering work by the Canadian rocker to become an E85-burning plug-in hybrid. ...

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    Official: AAA once again calls on feds to slow down E15 implementation
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    AAA is continuing its assault against higher ethanol use in the transportation energy, speaking out in support of reducing the renewable fuel mandate for 2014. The organization said that renewable-fuel requirements need to be lowered to avoid the so-called "blend wall" that could drive up gas ...

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    Study: NREL says E10, E15 show no 'meaningful differences' in new engines
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    A 50-percent increase in alcohol content may knock even the most seasoned drinker off of his (or her) feet, but a 50-percent jump in ethanol won't throw off a car's engine. That's the short version of a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report, and we expect pro-ethanol advocates to ...

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    Report: Biofuel companies not happy with UN ethanol report
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    Fear not, American ethanol advocates, the world biofuel community is taking a stand. The Renewable Fuels Association, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association are among those crying foul about a recent United Nations report that looks at how biofuels (like ...

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