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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

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Foxx: Reducing CAFE Goals Would Be ‘Setback’
April 6, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lynch (The Detroit News)  Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said he believes a rollback of fuel efficiency standards for cars would be a mistake, and that the regulatory framework for self-driving …

Fuel Economy Rules: Someone Is Listening
March 27, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex …

Cars Seen Missing U.S. Mileage Targets for First Time Since 2004
March 13, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  Regulator report shows U.S. fleet to fall below mileage target; Results may feed debate over Obama auto-efficiency standards  —  Cars and light trucks from the 2016 model year will be the first …

SUNLIQUID® 20: Fleet Test with Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Proves Fuel Quality
February 6, 2017 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  A plus for the environment: Improves particle count emissions and guarantees significant reductions in CO2 emissions using sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol; Field test confirms: Excellent combustion characteristics without additional consumption  —  Clariant, a leading global specialty …

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working
January 20, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming …

EPA Administrator Signs Final Determination for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards
January 13, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has signed a final determination, finding that the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for Model Years 2022-2025, adopted in 2012, are feasible and appropriate under section 202(a) of the …

Beyond Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
December 5, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO. I think it’s Latin for “I forbid petroleum.” So while presidents have the Veto, technologists have the Beto.

It’s most widely known in its modern variant, as the acronym for the DOE’s Bioenergy …

Why Trump Needs to Embrace Obama’s Fuel Rules to Make America Energy Independent
November 30, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Jason Bordoff (Reuters)  Since the Arab Oil Embargo four decades ago, every president has promised to wean the United States off the need for foreign oil. President-elect Trump is no different, promising in his speeches and …

Renewable Diesel Powers Hamburg Airport’s Heavy-Duty Ground fleet
November 25, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Neste Corp. announced that Hamburg airport in Germany has started using its renewable diesel to reduce the airport’s reliance on fossil fuels and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
Renewable diesel will power heavy-duty …

Path to Improved Fuel Economy Includes Ethanol
October 19, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) director says the auto industry path to improved fuel economy includes higher blends of ethanol.

Randall Doyal, CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel in southeast Minnesota, tells …

#Ethanol Groups Submit CAFE Comments
September 30, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Comments regarding the goals of the CAFE-GHG standards were due yesterday  (September 26, 2016) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ethanol organizations made their voices heard.

Comments submitted by the …

Blog: Ethanol Advantages Outweigh Btu
September 13, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   In looking it up, E100 has 76,100 Btu per gallon, compared to 114,000 Btu per gallon of gasoline. For an E10 blend, with its 111,836 Btu per gallon, the …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

Take Off For Aviation Biofuels: Why, How, and Why?
September 12, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (The Biomass Monitor/Biofuels Digest)  … By the 21st Century, we’ll have many more technological options for limiting and adapting to climate change, but in there here and now, when it comes to aviation, …

With More People Hitting the Road, It’s Time for a Carbon Tax
September 12, 2016 – 9:25 am | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  … Even with current conditions factored in, government experts project that fuel-efficiency standards will put much more downward pressure on gasoline use in coming years, helping to bring consumption well below historical highs …

CAFE Standards: What’s Biomass Got to Do with It?
September 9, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released their Draft Technical Assessment Report …

High-Octane Hopes: Biofuels Want Level Playing Field
September 9, 2016 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries …

Energy Department Studies Show Major Ethanol Benefits
August 31, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  The U.S. Energy Department has released the results of a compilation of several studies that show mid level ethanol blends, E 25 and E 40 could offer significant benefits for the United States. Renewable …

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles
August 16, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Standards address second-largest segment of U.S. transportation in terms of emissions and energy use — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly finalized …

EPA Should Take Note of New DOE High Octane Fuels Research
August 16, 2016 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Tracy King  (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the past several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been quietly researching the benefits of ethanol-based High Octane Fuels (HOF), such as E25, E30 and E40. Now, …

GM, Honda Execs Agree: Higher Octane Gas Needed to Optimize ICE Efficiency
August 7, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Brooke  (SAE International)  Raising the octane level of pump gasoline in the U.S. is integral to optimizing advanced combustion engines now in development, said GM and Hondaexecutives at the 2016 CAR Management Briefing …

Don’t Weaken Obama’s Fuel Economy Standards
July 26, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Varun Sivaram (Politico/Council on Foreign Relations)  When the Obama administration released its ambitious fuel economy rules for new vehicles in 2012, the economic rationale behind the standards was obvious. The price of oil hovered …

Vehicle Rules Will Fall Short on Emissions, Fuel Savings, Agencies Say
July 18, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  U.S. vehicle efficiency rules won’t deliver the carbon reductions or fuel savings President Barack Obama promised in his first term because cheap gasoline has set off a buying spree of …

US EPA, US DOT, California’s Air Resources Board Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) today took the first step in the mid-term evaluation of the National …

EU to Introduce CO2 Emission Limits for Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  The European Commission will propose limits for the first time on CO2 emissions from trucks and will also set new fuel efficiency standards for cars and vans from 2020, according to …

Repeat After Me: High Octane, Low Carbon
July 18, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Governors’ Biofuel Coalition)  The signs are everywhere highlighting our product and how it can find its true value as an octane enhancer while lowering carbon emissions.

Using our research at the Urban Air …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 16, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)   …  Most ethanol plants have been paid off and can now manage production to meet needs; however, if a plant slows output to match decreased demand, production efficiencies also …

Amyris Fuels First Delivery of New Airbus A350-900 Airplane for Cathay Pacific as Part of Two-Year Biojet Agreement
June 13, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/Globe Newswire)  Two Year Committed Jet Fuel Supply Deal Demonstrating Continued Strong Farnesene Demand  —  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that, on May 29, 2016, Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program …

American Cars on Track to Double Fuel Efficiency
May 3, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Camille von Kaenel (ClimateWire/Scientific American) Pickups trucks and SUVs are not keeping pace, however  —  A growing number of vehicles are meeting or surpassing federal fuel economy standards, though improvements to cars outpace those to …

Meet The New ‘Tool’ In Big Oil’s Efforts To Scuttle Ethanol +VIDEO: An Open Letter to George “David” Banks
March 22, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  I just finished reading your article “Renewable Fuel Standard Continues To Devastate,” published in February on the High Plains Leader & Times website. …  In fact, your article looks …

Future for Diesel Passenger Vehicles in U.S. Remains Positive Despite Recent Set Backs
March 18, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  While diesel passenger vehicles sales have decreased in recent months, there are some positive signs that indicate diesel sales will recover and expand in the coming years, according to Allen Schaeffer, the …

How Cheap Oil Is Undermining Obama’s Fuel-Economy Rules
March 14, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plummer (VOX)  … Note that the CAFE standards come up for a midterm review in 2017. Some automakers have been arguing that the rules should be weakened in light of recent low oil prices …

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat
February 26, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.  …   In transportation engine efficiency, there’s nothing more ambitious on the agenda than the US …

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions
December 18, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the health impacts of current octane sources and the need for cleaner, cost-effective octane providers. Octane is necessary for …

Cheap Gas Spurs SUV Sales and Puts U.S. Climate Goals at Risk
December 17, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Paul Lienert (Reuters)  Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on …

Automobile Fuel Economy Standards in a Lower-Oil-Price World: A CFR Discussion Paper
November 3, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Varun Sivaram and Michael A. Levi (Council on Foreign Relations)  Corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, which require automakers to achieve government-mandated targets for the efficiency of the vehicles they sell each year, can …

Volkswagen NOxGate Probe Widens
September 22, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A 6-year Volkswagen scheme to defraud emissions regulators, uncovered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and disclosed publicly in recent days, has caught the eye of other countries and stakeholders …

Aeroplane Efficiency More than a Decade behind Schedule
September 10, 2015 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Edie.net) Despite a 45% reduction in average aircraft fuel burn in the last 40 years, the aviation industry is still around 12 years behind efficiency targets set by the UN’s aviation body.

That’s according to a new …

Reading the Green Like a Pro—Heavy Duty Truck GHG Phase 2 Mandates Can Help You Ace It!
August 27, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Fran Flynn (Biofuels Digest/ Fleet Advantage)  On the putting green, the golfer who putts last has the advantage of watching his predecessor ‘show him the line. … On June 19, 2015 the Secretary of the …

Carmakers Beat U.S. Gas Mileage Target for Second Year
March 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis and Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Automakers exceeded U.S. government targets for improving gas mileage by “a wide margin” for the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

Vehicles sold in the …

Poll: More Americans Say They Prioritize Alternative Energy to Fossil Fuels
December 30, 2014 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Holeywell  (FuelFix)  A new survey shows vastly more Americans think the country should prioritize developing alternative energy sources over expanding fossil fuel production.

Survey respondents favored developing alternative energy sources like wind, solar and …

Saudi Arabia Plans To Raise Fuel Economy–But Not Gas Prices
July 9, 2014 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)   … Now, another country is discussing new regulations that would require both new and imported used vehicles to meet minimum gas mileage standards.

That country is the Kingdom of Saudi …

Local View: Ethanol and Fuel Facts
October 1, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by F. John Hay   (Lincoln Journal Star)  The Local View article (Issues with ethanol, LJS, 9/27) addressed an individual’s opinion on the demerits of use of ethanol as a transportation fuel and the merits …

Ricardo Presents Best-in-Class Ethanol Combustion Efficiency at Brazil Summit
July 9, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Ricardo) Downsizing, boosting and spray guided direct injection were presented as the route to fuel efficiency by Ricardo, Inc. president Thomas Apostolos, speaking at the Ethanol Summit 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In his presentation on …