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    Official: DOE puts up another $10m for biofuels

    Those keeping score of the pro vs. against biofuel camps can add another point for the advocates since the federal government has agreed to divert more funds towards the expansion of biofuels. Specifically, the US Department of Energy (DOE) will award more than $10 million to five products ...

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    Report: US 'fiscal cliff' deal extends biofuel incentives, includes support for e-scooters

    When the US Senate signed off on a budget agreement to (at least temporarily) avoid the so-called "fiscal clif," it stirred up plenty of debate among Democrats and Republicans. It is doing the same among those eying the biofuel industry. Here's how the green vehicle scene shakes out for now, ...

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    Report: Ethanol producers thinking of using corn for ... food

    A US ethanol glut is causing some biofuels producers to go full circle by diverting their corn from fuel production towards food products such as energy bars and fish food, the Wall Street Journal reports. Companies such as Green Plains Renewable Energy and Poet LLC are diversifying production ...

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    Report: Nobel Prize winner Hartmut Michel reasons biofuels are a bad idea

    It looks like one Nobel Prize winner groups biofuels with another, ahem, organic and somewhat odorous material. Prize winner Hartmut Michel, who's the director of the Molecular Membrane Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, has gone on record criticizing the use of biofuels for ...

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    Official: American Petroleum Institute sues EPA over biodiesel

    In alphabet soup terminology, the API's mad at the EPA, and the RFA thinks it's a bunch of BS. Let us explain. The American Petroleum Institute, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's ratcheting up US biodiesel production mandates, has sued the EPA, calling the regulator's new ...

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    Report: Researchers pressure cook algae into crude oil in one minute

    Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a fast way to turn algae into biocrude oil, a clean substitute for conventional crude oil. Chemical engineering professor Phil Savage and doctoral student Julia Faeth were able to pressure cook microalgae in 1,100-degree-Fahrenheit sand ...

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    Report: Mind The Skid Marks: Toto toilet company unveils poo-powered motorcycle

    Yes, this sounds like something straight out of the The Onion, but it appears to be the real deal. Toto Ltd., a Japanese toilet company has apparently constructed a highly efficient motorcycle that runs on, well, excrement. The project, which has been ongoing since 2009 is called 'Toilet Bike ...

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    Report: Five states ask feds for help with high corn prices, say livestock more imporant than ethanol

    The food vs. fuel debate over ethanol continues, this time through the actions of a handful of U.S. states that are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lift – temporarily, at least – the rules that require a "large share" (to use Reuters' words) of the corn crop in ...

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    Severe drought hurts corn production, turns ethanol into election-year issue. Again

    As it was four years ago during another election year, corn ethanol is once again the focal point for heated exchange in the U.S. The federal government is feeling the vise tighten in the corn ethanol debate, as the issues flip and flop between gasoline prices going up and global food prices ...

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    Official: DOE funds 13 biofuel projects with $41 million

    The U.S. Department of Energy has got its fingers in a lot of alternative-energy pies, from hydrogen vehicles to plug-ins. Today, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the DOE has announced that it will reach a little deeper into 13 biofuel and feedstock improvement projects ...

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    BP's Wayne Helix is fuel dispenser of the future; on display at London Olympics

    BMW may have dibs on being the "Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games," but that doesn't mean there aren't other automotive-related promotional opportunities to be had at the games. Exhibit A: BP's new "Wayne Helix" fuel dispenser. Sounding like something from ...

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    Official: New biofuel process dramatically improves energy recovery

    Don't worry, you won't be tested on this. Michigan State University scientists have found a biofuel production method that the institution says boosts energy from the production process by a factor of 20. Gemma Reguera, a microbiologist at MSU, led an effort that uses – stay with us ...

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    Report: E15 now available, at one lone gas station in Kansas

    A Phillips 66 gas-station in Kansas is the first in the U.S. to offer gas with a 15 percent blend of ethanol – aka E15 – to non-flex fuel vehicles, the New York Times reports. The station will have a formal opening next week. The Phillips 66 is located in Lawrence, KS, about 15 miles ...

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    Official: Novozymes, Shengquan commercializing cellulosic ethanol

    China-based Shengquan Group and the Danish company Novozymes are partnering to make enough cellulosic ethanol for commercialization. Shengquen and Novozymes have reached an agreement in which Shengquen will invest $100 million and Novozymes will provide the "enabling enzyme technology" for ...

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    Report: Democrats battling Republicans over military biofuels

    It looks like Blue's fighting Red over the Green. Democratic members of Congress and some U.S. military leaders are planning to fight the Republican-led effort to quash efforts to expand use of biofuels for the U.S. military, the Colorado Independent reports. Proponents of more biofuel use by ...

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    Report: House Committee votes to end military biofuel programs

    So about those plans for more military biofuel production... A Republican-led group within the House Armed Services Committee recently voted to ban the U.S. Department of Defense from paying more for biofuels used for military vehicles than regular fuels, putting at risk hundreds of millions of ...

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    Report: Ethanol production shaved $1.09 a gallon off of last year's gas prices

    If you thought last year was a bad one at the gas pump, it could've been worse. That's what one report partially funded by ethanol advocate Renewable Fuels Association says. U.S. ethanol production actually cut wholesale gas prices by $1.09 a gallon last year because of relatively lower ethanol ...

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    Official: EPA gives E15 go-ahead despite objections, approves production applications

    As predicted and expected, the Environmental Protection Agency today approved the first applications to make E15, a blend of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol in it. This means that E15 is now a "significant step" closer to production and sale in America. For decades, gasoline in the U.S. has had ...

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    EPA accepts E15 Misfueling Mitigation Plan, opens door to sales

    It may not have the most interesting name – the Misfueling Mitigation Plan for E15 – but it does do something interesting for the fuel supply in the United States. After passing through what Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen calls "rigorous testing ...

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    Report: E15 may be cleared for commercial sales by summer, advocates say

    E15, which is gasoline with a blend of 15 percent ethanol, may be cleared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be sold as commercial gasoline in time for the busy summer driving season, website reports, citing statements by ethanol advocates Renewable Fuels ...


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