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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Face Obstacle – Few Fueling Stations
April 20, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Dee-Ann Durbin (Associated Press)  Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them.

Honda, Toyota and Hyundai …

Use of Renewable Fuel by All Ground Transit Sought by 2045
April 13, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Kathryn Mykleseth (Honolulu Star Advertiser)  A key Senate committee passed a bill Monday that sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045.

The Senate Committee on Ways and …

RFS: New Revenue Stream for Biomass Facilities?
April 11, 2017 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  … Unbeknownst to many in the biomass power sector, there may be a role for biomass power producers to play in the RFS. Electric vehicles (EVs) represent an increasing …

Biofuels Could Cut Transport Emissions – But Food May Be at Risk
March 6, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Maina Waruru  (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, …

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles
February 28, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing …

US Drivers to Rely on Internal Combustion for Decades to Come
February 27, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Freedom Foundation/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  By 2050, there will be three billion light-duty vehicles (LDVs) on the road.  Even under the most optimistic forecast, alternative vehicles will account for — at best — 50 percent …

Propel Fuels Serves Largest US E85 Market in California
February 24, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Propel Fuels, the nation’s leading retailer of E85 Flex Fuel, welcomed the 2017 National Ethanol Conference to California, America’s largest E85 market.  Having cracked the code to high volume E85 sales, …

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free …

Big Corn Courts Old Foe Big Oil to Combat Electric Car Threat
February 22, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.

The two …

ZEVs Don’t Have Zero Emissions: Letter
February 20, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes  (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  In an unpublished letter to the Wall Street Journal, Don Siefkes, Executive Director of the E100 Ethanol Group writes:

Regarding Mike Spector’s Feb. 13 article, “Biggest Driver of Cleaner-Car Rules …

BP Predicts 100 Million EVs on the Road by 2035. But They ‘Won’t Be a Game-Changer’ for Oil Demand
February 13, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Mike Stone (GreenTechMedia.com)  BP’s annual report on the global energy market is notoriously conservative when it comes to alternative technologies—and this year is no different.  —  Despite a massive increase in electric vehicles and …

The $40 Carbon Tax Is Dead as a Doornail, and Here’s Why
February 13, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a group headed by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker proposed dramatically to introduce a $40 per ton carbon tax in order to address …

Green Fuels Key to Low-Carbon Future, UK’s Transport Minister Says
January 25, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by  Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)   Renewable fuels will play a critical role in decarbonising the transport sector, and will complement the role of electric vehicles — Transport Minister John Hayes has said. The UK’s Department for …

U.S. Energy Department Publishes “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future”
January 19, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department published a report titled, “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future.”

Over the next decade, the transportation sector is poised for rapid change, propelled toward a new mobility …

Electric Vehicles Threaten to Overtake Biofuels
January 6, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jan Rocha (Climate News Network)  A sharp increase in the predicted global number of EVs prompts Brazil to rev up its promotion of low-carbon biofuels.  —  By 2040, the number of electric cars in …

The Clean Tech Primer 2017
January 6, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to …

Tossed Aside in the ‘White Gold’ Rush: Indigenous People Are Left Poor as Tech World Takes Lithium from under Their Feet
December 19, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Story by Todd C. Frankel and Peter Whoriskey; Photos and videos by Michael Robinson Chavez; Video editing by Jorge Ribas (The Washington Post)  In the thin air of the salt flats here, nearly 13,000 feet above sea …

BMW Sees Battery Costs Causing Years of ‘Tears’ on E-Cars
December 12, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Elisabeth Behrman (Bloomberg)  With driving ranges limited by current technology, BMW expects it to take about seven years to double the amount of energy stored in a battery.  —  BMW AG (IW 1000/27) sees …

#Biofuels Could Benefit Under Trump
December 8, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS & Seed Expo this week, noted agricultural economist Dan Basse with Ag Resource Company once again provided his global outlook for agriculture, which …

Investors Warn Car Industry over Climate Change
October 18, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Terry Macalister (The Guardian)  Car manufacturers told they must address climate change by switching to low-emission models − or face a sell-off of their shares, reports Climate News Network  —  Major investors have warned …

EPA’s Plan for Electric Vehicles Could Upend RFS Politics
October 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Obama administration’s newest plan to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against …

Hillary Clinton Said America Is Energy Independent. It Is Not
October 11, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC)  Hillary Clinton said during the second presidential debate on Sunday that the United States has achieved energy independence, but the country still imports millions of barrels a day of oil and petroleum …

Jolt of Electricity for RFS
October 10, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Obama administration’s latest effort to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan
October 5, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

In Your Phone, in Their Air: A Trace of Graphite Is in Consumer Tech. In These Chinese Villages, It’s Everywhere.
October 3, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Peter Whoriskey (The Washington Post)  … Smaller and more powerful than their predecessors, lithium batteries power smartphones and laptop computers and appear destined to become even more essential as companies make much larger ones to power …

The Cobalt Pipeline: Tracing the Path from Deadly Hand-Dug Mines in Congo to Consumers’ Phones and Laptops
September 30, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Todd C. Frankel  (The Washington Post)   …  This remote landscape in southern Africa lies at the heart of the world’s mad scramble for cheap cobalt, a mineral essential to the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that …

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles
September 30, 2016 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Peter Stone (The Huffington Post)  … A new group that’s being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies …

Sell Last Gasoline Car by 2035 to Meet Climate Goals, Study Says
September 19, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  The last gasoline-powered car will have to be sold by about 2035 to put the world on track to limit global warming to the most stringent goal set by world leaders last …

Survey Shows Suppliers Support for Existing 2025 Federal Light-duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Regulation
September 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(CALSTART)  First-ever fuel economy survey of auto suppliers:  70 percent don’t want policymakers to change standards  —  Tier 1 suppliers want long-term goals, support 2025 targets

Major automotive suppliers see national fuel economy standards as important for …

Biofuels: Pumped but Facing an Uphill Struggle
September 14, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

(Ecogeneration)  It’s a hard road for the Australian biofuels industry, which turns out bioethanol (or E10 as it’s known at the pump) and biodiesel. Until motorists instinctively reach for the bio-blend pumps the sector has …

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?
August 25, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  … Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. … And yet, despite this skepticism, lithium …

Maryland Launches AFV Incentive, Infrastructure Programs
August 11, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(NGT News)  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) says that it is now accepting applications for the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFV) Program, which intends to provide incentives for various alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), over the 2017 …

Sustainable Transportation Summit–Day 1 Bits and Pieces
July 12, 2016 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it’s called the “inaugral Sustainable Transportation Summit,” you know the organizers anticipate more to come.  Discussed for the past four years or so, the US Department of Transportation’s …

California Ponders Changes to Fuel Rules as Tesla Cries Foul
July 8, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (Bloomberg) … The rapid growth of Tesla Motors Inc. and the increasing range of other electric vehicles have the state contemplating new requirements that anger both Tesla and competitors like Honda Motor Co. …

Renewable Biofuels Are Vital to an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
July 1, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by William Feehery (The Hill/DuPont Industrial Biosciences)   … One of the most vital and immediate tools at our disposal in the campaign for energy independence is renewable fuel. It is the only technology that can …

Volkswagen’s Diesel Settlement Will Fund Range of Clean Air Efforts
June 28, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Joel Schectman (Reuters)  German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay more than $15.3 billion to settle charges that it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests, an agreement that will fund buybacks for …

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Its Integration with the Transportation Sector
June 21, 2016 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest/)  … Some, like Mark Z. Jacobson, assert battery electric vehicles (BEV) are “the key transportation solution”. … Just deploying BEVs does not guarantee they will be clean. The Dutch effort to push …

Electric Cars Are Not Necessarily Clean
May 26, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by David Biello (Scientific American) Your battery-powered vehicle is only as green as your electricity supplier  —  … Tesla has advertised its vehicles as having zero emissions, helping fuel the mania for the fun-driving sedan, but that’s …

Volkswagen Teams with Shell to Convince EU the Way to Decarbonize Transport
April 29, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Volkswagen has teamed with Shell on a new report by Roland Berger promoting a policy path forward towards a European transport market that achieves environmental and GHG goals …

Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double
April 14, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline …

Fuel Option that Reduces Emissions Already Exists
April 5, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … A proposal introduced last week by Representative Pat Garofalo would provide rebates of up to $2,500 dollars for those who buy or lease a new electric or plug-in hybrid car. …

Tesla’s Model 3 Could Destroy Elon Musk’s Company
April 1, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Edward Niedermeyer (The Daily Beast)  It won’t hit the road for two years, it won’t be as cheap as promised, and it will be plagued with problems. Worst of all, the firm may run …

Electric Car Bill Will Do Little to Reduce Emissions
March 31, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Today’s Star Tribune reported of a proposal in the Minnesota legislature that calls for a financial incentive to boost electric or plug-in hybrid sales in the state to reduce emissions.

According to the …

Lab Creates New Biofuels to Expand Alternative Energy Sources
March 29, 2016 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Allison Ong (Daily Bruin)  … UCLA researchers have been using bacteria, microscopic organisms responsible for disease and digestion, to convert living matter into liquid fuel. (Paul) Lin, a chemical engineering graduate student, is one of …

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: What’s Next? Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape Explores a World of Clean Power Plans and Favorable Tax Incentives; Exposes Potential Cracks
March 19, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For a meeting about renewable energy held on St. Patrick’s Day, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, began her address with appropriate …

Commentary: Implementing The Electric RFS
March 18, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lemon and Michael Lemon (BioCycle/Biogas Researchers, Inc.)  Michael Lemon describes steps to move EPA forward on the RFS renewable electricity pathway on Tuesday, April 5 at BioCycle WEST COAST16.

…   Steps to expand deployment of …

Biofuels Are Back on the EU Agenda
March 3, 2016 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Sonja van Renssen (Energy Post)  Biofuels are returning to the political agenda in Europe as EU policymakers start to shape a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport after 2020. Biofuels producers continue …

Is The Electric Vehicle A Crude Oil Killer?
February 26, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) … Petroleum is in an entirely different category. It is used primarily for transportation, and it has held more than 90% of the transportation market for over 60 years.

Biofuels made a push …

Yogi Berra on Bioenergy
February 23, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Faulkner (Biofuels Digest/Leatherstocking)  … In reflecting recently about the state of bioenergy and trends in the transportation industry, I was reminded of one of my favorite sayings of his (Yogi Berra’s): “The future ain’t …

Octane Benefits Highlighted at National Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Held Feb. 15 to 17 in New Orleans, the NEC painted a strong future for the ethanol industry in the speakers addressing the conference theme, “Fueling a High …

Gasoline Keeps Getting Dirtier while Alternatives Keep Getting Cleaner
February 10, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (VOX)  The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a new report that takes a high-level look at three key transportation fuels: gasoline, biofuels, and electricity.

It compares their greenhouse gas emissions, taking into …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Next Step for Volt, Green Car of the Year, Should Be E85 Capability
January 25, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  Don’t let all the accolades go to your head, Chevy Volt. You’re still not a truly green car, despite what it says on your new piece of hardware.

But the …

Why Isn’t The 2016 Chevy Volt A Flex-Fuel Plug-In Hybrid That Can Use E85 Ethanol?
January 25, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  … Michelle Malcho from Chevy’s communications group responded:

The engine was chosen to be the most efficient overall for the entire system. Plus, the goal was to get to regular unleaded gasoline …

Energy Department Announces $58 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies
January 23, 2016 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) …

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?
January 11, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal was to get 1 million plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the road in the …

Centre Offers Biofuel to Delhi to Check Pollution
December 28, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The Centre is willing to offer one million litres of bio-diesel a day to the Delhi government to combat the rising menace of pollution, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said …

West Coast Mayors Form EV Consortium, Pledge Carbon Reductions
December 17, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by  Bengt Halvorson (Clean Car Reports)  … (M)ayors of four large West Coast cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland—met in Portland for a two-day summit and united to reduce carbon emissions on a regional …

Arnold Schwarzenegger Doesn’t Give a Damn if You Don’t Believe in Climate Change
December 8, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by ZOË Schlanger (Newsweek)  … (Arnold) Schwarzenegger, a longtime champion of clean energy, hinged his argument on the health detriments of pollution created from burning fossil fuels.

“First—do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die …

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold
December 7, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by the greener cars generate electricity …

Ten States Impose EV Flat Fees; Georgia Is Highest
December 3, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Washington, Colorado, Virginia And Oregon Also On Growing List  —   These fees were put into place in order to offset the revenue shortfall from more fuel efficient vehicles, electrified powertrains, …

Here’s How the U.S. Can Dump Fossil Fuels for Good
November 24, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by  Joe Uehlein and May Boeve (Grist.org)  The world must go fossil-free — and fast. But the proposals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. and other countries are proposing for the upcoming climate summit …

Electric Cars and the Coal that Runs Them
November 24, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)  Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.  —  …  But …

Energy Security and Reducing GHGs in Transportation: The Vital Role of Biofuels
November 20, 2015 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Bruce E. Dale (Michigan State University/25 x ’25)  U. S. renewable fuel policy has two primary objectives: 1) to reduce petroleum imports and thereby increase energy security and 2) to reduce greenhouse gas …

How Michigan’s New Road Funding Plan Affects Alt-Fuel Vehicles
November 19, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Tony Antonelli (Next Gen Transportation News)  … Notably, three of the bills – H.B.4736, H.B.4738 and H.B.4614 (now P.A.174, P.A.176 and P.A.178, respectively) – directly impact the clean fuels industry.

P.A.174: Sponsored by State Rep. Michael …

New Research Shows Electric Cars 50 Percent Cleaner Compared to Gasoline Over Their Lifetime
November 17, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Do battery electric vehicles really reduce global warming emissions compared to gasoline cars? The answer is a clear yes, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Over their …

No Rich White Guy Left Behind: The Selling of Electric Cars as Zero Emission Vehicles
October 26, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electric cars and their $1600 cost per ton for CO2 reduction. And, yep, you’re paying for it.  Electric cars have environmental benefits, no doubt about it, and anyone who drives one …

Big Electric Shocks Big Oil: California’s New Emissions Law Enlists Utilities to Help Wean Drivers off Gasoline.
October 23, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mark Hertsgaard (Bloomberg Businessweek)  When California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 350 on Oct. 7, it looked like a huge win for the oil industry. The original version of the bill included a mandate …

Zero Emission Vehicles: Not Really
September 21, 2015 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes, Debbie Baron and Eileen Broderick (E100 Ethanol Group, Mendo Alcohol Fuel Group) … California Governor Jerry Brown and other Governors, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and much of the major media …

Survey: Americans Don’t Want to Pay for Neighbor’s EV
September 15, 2015 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(American Energy Alliance)  Today, the American Energy Alliance released a new survey examining voters’ attitudes toward transportation policy, specifically government support for electric vehicles. The results show that Americans are deeply skeptical of government making …

EVs Could Cut Global Gasoline Use By 2040
September 8, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Mike Barnard (Clean Technica)  … The good news is that electric vehicles will reduce gasoline consumption even if no other levers are used related to personal transportation. The bad news is that it will be 15 …

As California Sizzles: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 1, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Propel operates 43 Flex Fuel and 31 Biodiesel retail locations statewide, representing over 50,000 clean fuel transactions per month and 10,000,000 gallons of fuel sold to individual consumers annually. Between 2012 …

Tensions over U.S. Electric Vehicle Mandates Spill into the Open
August 5, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Joseph White (PlanetArk)  A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology.

The heads …

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry …

Increasing U.S. Energy Security and Reducing Greenhouse Gases in the Transportation Sector: Electricity vs. Biofuels
July 15, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(OurEnergyPolicy.org)  The question is: How can U.S. policymakers best support energy security and GHG emission reduction, considering the need for both biofuels and low-carbon electric vehicles? What fraction of transport energy can be supplied by each …

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation
July 10, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere

Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars …

Study: Even with High LDV Electrification, Low-Carbon Biofuels Will Be Necessary to Meet 80% GHG Reduction Target; “Daunting” Policy Implications
July 3, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Michigan State University colleague has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% …

INSIGHT-California’s Push for Cleaner Buses Could Edge out Natural Gas
July 2, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and …

Hybrid, EV Sales Tumble in 2015
July 1, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  Sales of hybrid and electric vehicles fell sharply in the first half of 2015, hurt by low gas prices, fewer incentives and a broader market shift away from cars.

This is …

Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Aggregate Purchasing Models
June 22, 2015 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (June 8, 2015) announced up to $2 million to support aggregate purchasing models for plug-in electric and other alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, subsystems, components, alternative …

Usage of Non-Petroleum Fuels on the Rise, Yet Vehicle Sales Stall
June 17, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Braden Kelner (Power Source)  Non-petroleum fuels are being used for transportation in amounts not seen in 60 years, according to federal data.

Alternative fuels — ethanol, natural gas and electricity — have more than doubled their share of …

The Advanced Bioeconomy, a Leadership Conversation: Where Do We Go from Here?
June 3, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Anna Rath, CEO, NexSteppe; Jim Greenwood, CEO, BIO; and Dario Giordano, CEO, Beta Renewables step onto the stage at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum in Seville to look at what’s …

Low Carbon Transport on the Move: What’s up in Australia?
May 15, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics, fuel cell vehicles, smart cars, biofuels for road and sky, and greening the grid come under the microscope Down Under.  In Sydney this week, a number of US and …

Energy Union Pushes for E-Mobility and Alternative Fuels in Transport
February 27, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Commission plans further steps to decarbonise the transport sector through a shift to alternative fuels and electro-mobility, according to the latest draft of the Energy Union proposal,  …

According to the draft proposal, …

Biofuels vs Hybrids vs Plug-ins vs Gasoline: Who’s the Cost Winner?
February 10, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have low gas prices changed the equation for drivers looking to reduce pain at the pump? Who’s the best on cost?   And, is there surprising news on emissions?

We looked at …

Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies
January 23, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)   Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest …

Study: All-Electric Cars May Not Be so Green
December 16, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Fix)  People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

The key …

Spatially Explicit Life Cycle Assessment of 5 Sun-to-Wheels Pathways Finds Photovoltaic Electricity and BEVs Offer Land-Efficient and Low-Carbon Transportation
April 2, 2013 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A new spatially-explicit life cycle assessment of five different “sun-to-wheels” conversion pathways—ethanol from corn or switchgrass for internal combustion vehicles (ICVs); electricity from corn or switchgrass for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs); and photovoltaic …