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    Iowa ethanol group gets Romney's support, but will it be enough?
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    The current and past presidents of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association were able to chat with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday, asking for his endorsement of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and ethanol. IRFA president Brad Albin and past president Walt Wendland approached ...

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    Report: Biodiesel advocates feel respect after feds raise mandate by 28%
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    Brad Albin, president of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, were thrilled to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approve a 28-percent increase in the amount of biodiesel that will be mandated for the nation's diesel engine vehicles in ...

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    Report: How Romney and Obama differ on fossil fuels and the energy debate
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    Last week, Mitt Romney released a comprehensive energy plan. While taking a backseat to the economy and job creation, energy issues have been discussed regularly by presidential candidates Romney and Barack Obama, and their viewpoints diverge widely. In its online magazine, conservative think ...

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    More arrests in biodiesel RIN fraud cases
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    Alternative energy and cleantech have been a platform for political jabs and Congressional hearings in Washington over the past year – the Solyndra scandal, Chevrolet Volt post-crash-test battery fires, and Fisker Automotive's Department of Energy grant loan quickly come to mind. The latest ...

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    Report: Saab majority buyer headed by businessman with biofuels background
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    More good news for Saab enthusiasts big on alt-fuel transportation. The China-based entity slated to be the majority owner of Saab is headed by a tycoon that runs companies in the biofuels industry, the Associated Press reports. Kai Johan Jiang, who once worked for Volvo Trucks, heads a company ...

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    Study: Automaker-backed study sounds the alarm against E15
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    Another day, another opinion on the feasibility of E15. This time, a group called the Coordinating Research Council released a study saying that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to push for allowing gas with a 15-percent ethanol blend (aka E15) to be sold to the general public ...

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    Official: Energy secretary says more alt-fuel options are better than gas-price drop
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    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the federal government will continue to emphasize finding alternative forms of transportation energy sources over merely trying to find ways to cut gas prices, Politico is reporting, citing Chu's comments at a Washington, D.C., House appropriations hearing ...

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    Report: Oil companies pay $6.8 million in fines for not using cellulosic biofuels that don't exist
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    Oil companies will pay $6.8 million in fines for not meeting federal quotas for blending in cellulosic biofuels – those produced from grasses, wood and plants – even though there weren't enough of those biofuels available for use, the New York Times reported. Those fines are likely to ...

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    Official: EPA boosts production goal for advanced, cellulosic biofuels by more than a third
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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boosted its 2012 goals for production of non-corn-based biofuels by about 36 percent, reflecting the federal government's efforts to both cut its dependency on foreign oil and find alternatives to corn- and alcohol-based fuels. The EPA boosted its ...

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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, DOE and U.S. Navy seek input to commercialize advanced drop-in biofuels
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    Advanced, drop-in biofuels seem to be all the rage. Perhaps that's why the United States Departments of Agriculture and Energy, along with the U.S. Navy, have announced the next step in creating a public-private partnership to develop and commercialize them. On August 30, the Secretaries of the ...

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    Worldwide production of biofuels up 17% in 2010
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    Global production of biofuels soared to an all-time high of 105 billion liters (28 billion gallons U.S.) in 2010, according to research conducted by Worldwatch Institute for the website Vital Signs Online. That output represents a 17-percent increase in compared to the estimated 90 billion liters ...

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    Petrobras to invest $400M in advanced biofuel research, development
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    Brazilian energy company Petrobras has set aside nearly $400 million for research and development related to advanced biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol and aviation fuels. According to Petrobras Biocombustível's head of technology management, João Norberto Noschang Neto, the ...

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards $1.5M for human waste-to-biodiesel project
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    Converting human waste into useable fuel is not a breakthrough idea. In fact, it's been done for years. However, here's a new twist: in the capital city of Ghana, Accra, Colombia University professor Kartik Chandran will make biodiesel and methane from human waste using his self-developed ...

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    USDA establishes 50,000-acre project area for Biomass Crop Assistance Program
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced the establishment of a 50,000-acre project area under the USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The project's aim is to promote the production of dedicated feedstocks for bioenergy and to spur the development ...

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    Cobalt Technologies gets $25m to increase biobutanol production
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    When thinking of biofuels, the usual suspects that pop up first are probably ethanol and biodiesel. That's not to say, though, that these two are the only biofuels. There's another non-petroleum fuel that could replace displace gasoline: biobutanol. There are proponents for biobutanol who claim ...

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    IEA: Biofuels could account for 27% of global transportation fuel by 2050
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    By 2050, biofuels could make up to 27 percent of total worldwide transportation fuel, according to a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This, according to the IEA, would represent an increase in biofuel use to more than 750 million tons by 2050, up from 55 million tons ...

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    AAPS: Making more biofuels could kill 200,000 people a year
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    U.S. and European policies, which call for increased production of ethanol and other biofuels to displace fossil fuels and possibly reduce global warming, could result in more deaths and diseases worldwide. Counter-intuitive, no? Well, according to a release from the Association of American ...

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    Biofueled Antartic expedition in Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle more than half-way done
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    On November 26th, explorers from the Moon-Regan Transantarctic Expedition team left Union Glacier, Antarctica. Their mission: to examine the impact of global climate change and to traverse Antarctica in a biofuel-powered vehicle faster than anyone else has done before. So far, their journey has ...

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    DOE awards supercomputing time to research biofuels, climate change
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    The Department of Energy is awarding 1.7 billion processor hours to 57 research projects covering everything from biofuels to climate change. This is the largest award of supercomputing time that has been granted under the INCITE (Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and ...

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