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It’s Time for an Octane Boost
May 18, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Tracey King (Detroit News)  While our automobiles have experienced remarkable changes over the past several decades, the fuels we put in them have not. Specifically, the octane rating of regular gasoline today is the …

Global Cleantech Summit: Business and Strategies 2015, September 8-10, Helsinki, Finland
January 17, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Global Cleantech Summit 2015 concentrated on cleantech strategies and business cooperation. Some venture capitalists have already declared cleantech dead as it has undergone the typical innovation life-cycle and has …

Restaurant Group Advocates the Use of Biodiesel
December 30, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Notimex/La Journada (Google translation))  Mexico City Mexican Restaurant Corporation (CMR) bet on the care of the environment by launching a project to reduce pollution of its truck fleet, which consists of converting used oil and …

Biofuel Offers Solution to Reduce Carbon Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide Emissions
October 21, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post/Bernama)  In the light of the current haze Malaysians are facing, a local company, Biofuel Sdn Bhd, has come out with a solution to reduce carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide emissions.

Its director, P Muguntha, …

China to Revive Corn-Based Ethanol Amid Record High Stocks
October 19, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Niu Shuping and Chen Aizhu (Reuters)  China, the world’s second-largest corn consumer, is set to resume building new corn-based ethanol plants after a nearly decade-long ban, in a move that could help absorb the …

Dozens of Deaths Likely from VW Pollution Dodge
October 5, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/Detroit News)  Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and …

Emissions Testing Is Broken, and Other Lessons from the VW Scandal
October 3, 2015 – 12:10 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  How do you create clean vehicles that consumers want to buy? All of the automakers are currently focused on this question.

The Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Technology Review calls for …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 2, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

UPM BioVerno Diesel Found to Reduce Tailpipe Emissions
October 1, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Wood-based BioVerno diesel by Finland’s UPM has been found to significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions, the company reports.

A number of engine and vehicle tests have been carried out across key research institutes, such …

New Flex-Fuel Pumps Allow Minnesotans to Breathe Easier, Save Money
September 30, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Peterson and Jeffrey Jackson (Owatonna People’s Press)  … We all want to breathe cleaner air and save a few bucks when we put fuel in our vehicles. I am proud to say that Minnesota’s …

How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?
September 29, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz (New York Times)  Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that …

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities to earlier cases and EPA’s role in them.

The 1998 consent decree

In October 1998, the DOJ …

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit
September 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D chiefs, as Audi confirmed that 2.1 million of its vehicles were outfitted with defeat devices, …

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing
September 28, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe and the United States, by installing a piece of software known as a ‘defeat device’ …

R Stands for Renewables, even Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent release of the Clean Power Plan has started to spawn community gatherings and agency presentations. Stakeholders are being called upon to help inform a regulatory process …

Sustainable Marine Fuel Initiative Consortium to Launch 2-Year Testing, Certification, Scaling Effort for Drop-In Marine Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, the Sustainable Marine Fuel initiative will be launched on October 7th by Boskalis, Wärtsilä, and GoodFuels Marine and supported by Carbon War Room, Zero and both the …

West Virginia Engineer Presented VW Emissions Findings a Year Ago
September 23, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Automotive News/Reuters)  Daniel Carder, an unassuming 45-year-old engineer with gray hair and blue jeans, appears an unlikely type to take down one of the world’s most powerful companies.

But he and his small …

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 …

Time to Cap Fossil Fuel Pollution
September 21, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Instead of setting a blend wall for ethanol, why not set a fossil fuel pollution cap, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. — … I have a crazy idea. Instead …

New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary
September 21, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A catalyst being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and …

Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s Diesel Cheating Catastrophe
September 21, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Patrick George (Jalopnik)  Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection Agency that Volkswagen cheated on their emissions tests with nearly half a million TDI diesel …

EPA Says VW Running Massive Clean Air Scam via Jettas, Audis, Passats
September 21, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. alleging that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel …

EPA More Enemy than Ally to Ethanol
August 20, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is a long history of antagonism and sometimes outward hostility by the EPA toward ethanol, writes Mike Bryan. — Most of us find it strange and frustrating that we …

The Limits of Obama’s New Rules on Pollution
August 19, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Editorial: THE OBAMA administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry. The danger, though, is that the rules won’t do enough to achieve the …

Inslee: I’ll Use My Authority to Impose Cap on Emissions
August 3, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Brunner and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  After being stymied on climate policy in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he’s pressing ahead with executive action to impose a cap on carbon emissions.

Frustrated by legislative …

NE Ethanol Board Working to Make Ozone Rules Workable
July 10, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  Nebraska Ethanol Board leaders are working with various city officials in the region to find ways to make EPA’s proposed Ozone regulations more workable. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says there’s a great …

Republican Voters Split on Climate Change Opinions
January 13, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Republican voters are split on many issues surrounding climate change, and more than half want carbon dioxide regulated as a pollutant.

The finding came from an analysis the Yale University Project on …

Pressure Builds on EPA to Back down on Ethanol Emissions, as Society of Automotive Engineers Issues Stunning Rebuke
November 6, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, what has been described within the industry as “The growing movement to call out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ethanol emissions testing procedures” picked up support …

Using Biodiesel in Urban Transit Buses Could Reduce Harmful Emissions
October 29, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News/PR Newswire)   Do transit buses operating on biodiesel emit more or less particulate matter and gases than those using conventional diesel? TheMineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC) has released its latest peer-reviewed study based …

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns
October 1, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (KUOW.org)  A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines.

The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional …

New Study: E15 Would Reduce Smog & Cancer Risk
September 8, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(ClearTheAirChicago.com)  Using E15 gas rather than regular gas will reduce cancer-causing pollutants and smog in Chicago’s air, says a new report that reviews and aggregates the results of independent research by the Department of Energy, …

Clean Diesel and Diesel Electric Hybrids Add Green Cred and Street Cred to the Daily Commute
August 22, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Today 21 percent of all diesel buses in operation are diesel electric hybrids. These buses improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. By allowing for a smaller diesel engine to work alongside a …

EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
August 22, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  … The 2007 Mobile Source Air Toxics rule is projected to reduce toxics emitted from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment, which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health and environmental …

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change
May 30, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 …

Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas
February 18, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(The Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel)  …With more than 50 wells drilled within 2½ miles of their home, the days when the Buehrings could sit on the deck that Shelby …

Levels of Global-Warming Gas Methane Exceed Government Estimates, New Study Contends
February 14, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  The amount of the heat-trapping gas methane in the atmosphere is considerably great­er than government estimates, a problem significantly fueled by leaks from the U.S. natural gas system, according to a study …

Ethanol and Air Quality: Influence of Fuel Ethanol Content on Emissions and Fuel Economy of Flexible Fuel Vehicles
December 26, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Carolyn P. Hubbard , James E. Anderson , and Timothy J. Wallington  (Environmental Science and Technology)  Engine-out and tailpipe emissions of NOx, CO, nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHC), nonmethane organic gases (NMOG), total hydrocarbons (THC), methane, …

“Fueling Our Future” Funds Available to Increase Use of Higher Blends of Ethanol and Biodiesel
December 10, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Department of Agriculture)  Applications due Feb. 7, 2014 for retailers interested in participating

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowa petroleum retailers interested in participating in the “Fueling our …

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling
November 25, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the …

Douglas Durante: Florida’s Ethanol Program Needs to Stay the Course
May 8, 2013 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tallahassee.com)  Having spent some time on the ground in Tallahassee and talking with several legislators over the past few years, it is clear the ethanol program the state has developed is not understood and certainly …

New EPA Fuel, Emission Standards A Benefit for Ethanol
April 9, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers Association says more stringent emissions standards create a place for ethanol’s higher octane levels to shine

…The tier 3 standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated …

EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits
March 29, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent …

California, No Longer the State Where the Future Happens First
October 31, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (Biofuels Digest/BioEnergy Producers Association)  For the past decade, repressive provisions in statute have discouraged developers of conversion technologies from operating in California.

Among its statutory roadblocks, the state has a scientifically inaccurate …

EPA Proposed Rule “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter”: Urban Air Initiative Comments
August 30, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative) From a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, August 30, 2012:  Urban Air Initiative (UAI) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Agency’s proposal to address one of our most …

Biofuels and City Air: A Marginal Effect
April 25, 2012 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service  (Science)  If drivers switch from gasoline to biofuels, will it lessen the air pollution that shrouds cities around the world? Studies of auto emissions have indicated it might. But the first citywide …

Palm Oil Mills Target Zero Emission
March 22, 2012 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

By Meng Yew Choong  (The Star)  Palm oil milling is far from benign, but the industry is frantically conducting research to realise low-emission technologies. The zero-discharge plant is one such bold concept.

THE extraction of palm …

The Bio-Based Economy: A Renewed and Renewable Vision for 2012
January 6, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  …To be clear, the bioeconomy is the total economic activity from all sectors of the biotechnology industry – pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture and industrial biotechnology. With biotechnology we can help, …

Ethanol Plants Add to Pollution
December 27, 2011 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Cody Winchester and Megan Luther  (Argus Leader)  Industry tops in state for toxic emissions

…For the past five years in South Dakota, ethanol plants have been the leading emitters of carcinogens — toxins thought or known …

Amtrak: Biodiesel Trial Results Encouraging
November 2, 2011 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Railway Age)  Amtrak says that it found the use of a renewable biodiesel fuel blend to power its daily Heartland Flyer train “resulted in no more wear on the locomotive than traditional diesel fuels and …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ethanol Cuts Dependence, Pollution
October 28, 2011 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by John R. Block  (The Washington Times)  As Secretary of Agriculture during the Reagan administration, I helped the American ethanol industry take off. Imagine my surprise to read an editorial in The Washington Times (“Corn-fueled politics,” …

Technique Measures Ethanol Isotopes from Vehicle, Plant Emissions
August 9, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science recently developed a technique to measure ethanol isotopes and discovered that the ethanol found in urban …

Holden Seeks US Rules for Flex-Fuel Test
June 14, 2011 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Hammerton (GoAuto)  Canberra to talk on emissions test rules that threaten to leave E85 out in the cold

GM HOLDEN will ask the Australian government to adopt the American cold-start emissions testing regime for …

Biodiesel Leading the Way on Cleaning Up Diesel Exhaust
May 16, 2011 – 7:51 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Renewable, Advanced Biofuel significantly reduces harmful emissions

In advance of a congressional hearing on diesel emissions Thursday (May 12, 2011), the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is highlighting the significant health and air quality …

Lawsuit Opposes Permit for Michigan Ethanol Plant
December 15, 2010 – 7:59 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg/AP)  Environmentalists sued Michigan regulators Tuesday over an air quality permit issued for a planned refinery in the Upper Peninsula that will produce ethanol fuel from wood chips.

The Sierra Club lawsuit contends the Department of Natural …

Advanced Engine-Control System Reduces Biodiesel Fuel Consumption and Emissions
February 9, 2010 – 2:54 pm | One Comment

Researchers from Purdue University and Cummins Inc. have developed an advanced “closed-loop control” approach for preventing diesel engines from emitting greater amounts of smog-causing nitrogen oxides when running on biodiesel fuels.
Operating truck engines on a …