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    Official: American Petroleum Institute sues EPA over biodiesel
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 DomesticFuel.com reports, citing statements by ethanol advocates Renewable Fuels ...

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    Report: Ethanol company Corn Plus fined $760,000 for lying to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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    Burning ethanol in your car is supposed to be better for the environment, but when the company producing the biofuel falsifies air pollution monitoring data, things may not be as clean as they seem. That's what happened to Corn Plus, an ethanol producer in Minnesota that plead guilty in federal ...

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    Report: Cellulosic ethanol "floodgates" will open in 2013
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    Output of cellulosic ethanol will surge starting in 2013, according to the U.S.' largest corn-based biofuel production firm, Poet LLC. Poet says 2013 marks the start of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production in the U.S. and predicts its lone facility will "open the floodgates" for the ...

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    Study: Biofuels market value to double to $185.3 billion in ten years
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    Will there be enough feedstock to support a massive biofuel boom? It sure seems possible, 'cause Pike Research predicts that the value of the biofuels industry could double in the next ten years, depending on the emergence of advanced feedstocks. Motivated, mainly, by concerns about energy ...

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    USDA: Advanced biofuel payouts will create jobs, jobs and even more jobs
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    Let's create jobs while concurrently expanding the U.S. output of advanced biofuels, says Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Just days ago, the USDA announced that its will fork over some money to more than 160 energy producers in 41 states to support the expansion of advanced ...

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