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Move Aside Lithium – Vanadium Is The New Super-Metal

by James Burgess (OilPrice.com)  … That’s vanadium—Element 23. The answer to our issue of scale. “It’s no longer a technological maybe,” says Matt Rhoades, president and CEO of United Battery Metals, a Colorado

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

CARB Action on LCFS Underscores Need for Ethanol-Supported HOLC Fuels

(Solutions from the Land)  Asserting that they are taking the state’s climate fight up a notch, members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) last week adopted amendments to the state’s

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Security: A Bipartisan Issue in a Partisan Year

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What this country — and every country — needs is a bigger vision so that the friends of energy security are not divided by their

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Everything You Need to Know about Wednesday’s Cars CO2 Vote

by Greg Archer (Transport & Environment/EurActiv)  While most of the political attention is – rightly – focused on the headline target for CO2 reduction, the discussion on car emissions has also much

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

California Urges Trump Administration to Abandon Fuel Rule Plan

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  California’s top air regulator urged the Trump administration on Sunday to abandon a plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards through 2026, as automakers urged state and federal

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Electricity and the Renewable Fuel Standard – An Untapped Opportunity?

by John Mosheim (Clean Energy Business Network)  …   Currently, electricity generated from the combustion of cellulosic biogas under the RFS is an approved pathway for RIN generation.[1] In July 2014

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Despite Cleanup Vows, Smartphones and Electric Cars Still Keep Miners Digging by Hand in Congo

by Scott Patterson and Alexandra Wexler (Wall Street Journal)  Apple Inc., Volkswagen AG and about 20 other global manufacturers found themselves on the defense when Amnesty International reported two years ago that

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Electric Vehicles, Green Automobiles to Be Exempted from Permit Requirements, Says Nitin Gadkari

(Business Today India)  Vehicles using electricity or ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, methanol and biofuel need not apply for permits, said Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. — The government has decided to keep

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt to Exempt Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuel-Powered Vehicles from Permit Requirements: Gadkari

(PTI/India TV)  Urging automakers to focus in this direction, the minister said demand for EVs could also be created by mandating cab aggregators like Ola and Uber to induct a certain

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Groups Oppose LCFS Change – Groups Ask Calif. to Draw Back on Proposal That Picks Winners, Losers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a rare moment of unity, biofuels, environmental and other groups are calling on the California Air Resources Board to change a new provision

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

A Reality Check on Clean Mobility

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Two new studies offer a timely reality check on what kind of cars are likely to be on Europe’s roads between now and 2050—and

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Dairy Industry Sustainability Summit Dairy Industry Inaugural Summit Highlights Methane Emission Solutions

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  … One of the best, easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce methane emissions from dairies is to divert manure to lagoon anaerobic digesters, clean the biogas

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Electric Vehicle Revolution Poses Threat to Biofuel

by D’Arce McMillan (Western Producer)  They may seem like a novelty now, but electric vehicles could quickly grow in number and significantly reduce the demand for gasoline and biofuel.  —  … I wonder

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Reverse the Upward Trend of GHG Emissions in California

by Cliff Gladstein (GNA/ACT News)  …  It warrants digging a little deeper into the increase in emissions from the transportation sector. Transportation is the largest single source of GHG emissions

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Lifecycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Corncob Ethanol in China

by Yu Wang, Ming‐Hsun Cheng, Mark Mba Wright (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  Converting corncobs into fuel ethanol is different from converting stover because cobs have higher hemicellulose and lower lignin than stover.

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) RFS Roundup: To Grow Cellulosic Fuel Volumes, Address Low Hanging Fruit in RFS Changes

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On Wednesday July 25, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to educate members on the complexities of the compliance markets

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

High Performance Fuels & Vehicles, Both: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

New Bill Introduced Recognizes Benefits of Natural Gas for Vehicles

(VNG/NGVAmerica/NGV Journal)  On July 23, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) introduced HR-6476 the Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Parity Act of 2018 in the US House of Representatives, a companion to Senate

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Shuster Infrastructure Draft Boosts Gas Tax in Short Term

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster released his long-awaited infrastructure discussion draft on Monday. The Pennsylvania Republican proposes a short-term boost to the gasoline tax

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Croatia Approves 0.1% Advanced Biofuels Mandate

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Croatia, not to be left behind as the European Union moves towards advanced biofuel consumption, the government has approved a 0.1% blending mandate for second generation

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Announces Leadership Succession Plan

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) made an announcement today that marks the beginning of a new era for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association. Executive Vice President Geoff

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

California Is Cutting Greenhouse Gases, but Not from Cars. Can That Change?

by David R. Baker (San Francisco Chronicle)  … Emissions from transportation — cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships — keep rising. And since transportation accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

EVs Could Drive 38% Rise in US Electricity Demand, DOE Lab Finds

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  Rising electricity demand could lead to sustained absolute growth of 80 terawatt-hours per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  — 

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Oil, Utilities Are Lining up for an Electric Vehicle War

by Kelly Gilblom and Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  BP and Shell have bought electric-car charging companies; Power utilities are boosting sales to homes, chargers on roads  —  A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a

July 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Mazda: ‘Well-to-Wheel’ Gives ICE the Advantage over Electric, Manufacturer Claims

by Stephen Briers (Fleet News)  Change the debate to get true global picture on emissions says manufacturer as it continues to examine powertrain technology options. —  At a time when most of

June 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles Could Increase U.S. Transportation Energy Consumption

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Autonomous vehicles are one of the main sources of uncertainty in the future of U.S. transportation energy consumption, as autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to change

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

CARB Lays Out Proposed Innovative Clean Transit Regulation COMMENTS DUE: July 23, 2018

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  On Monday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rolled out a draft proposal of its Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation, which is part of CARB’s strategy to

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Eleven Years After Bill, City Fleets in Washington State are Nowhere Near Abandoning Gas-Powered Vehicles

by Nicholas Deshais (The Spokesman-Review/GovTech)  Seattle has the most alternative-fuel vehicles in its municipal fleet. But its fleet is supposed to be 100 percent alternative.  —  … In 2007, Washington state Gov.

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the strategic plans, progress and future milestones of BASF, a major stakeholder in the Advanced Bioeconomy? In this slide deck, BASF gets into technologies, results, horizons,

June 11, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

An Open Letter to ARB: Don’t Miss Out on California’s Opportunity for the Fastest, Most Cost-Effective Path to Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The following is an open letter from Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, regarding the California Air Resources Board’s scheduled vote on the State’s

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Fuel-Efficient Cars Will Be Worse for Oil Than Electric Vehicles: BNEF

by Heesu Lee (Bloomberg)   Fuel efficient engines to cut oil demand by 7.5m b/d by 2040; Demand from cars to peak in 2022 before falling to 15.9m b/d  —  Oil demand is set

May 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

By the Gallon and Trade Groups: What about EVs?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  While the numbers are still making their way through the regulatory process, sources tell Pro’s Eric Wolff, refiners can expect to blend 500 million

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Report: It’s Time for NYC to Do Away With Diesel and Switch to RNG

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Energy Vision, the New York League of Conservation Voters and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, are calling on New York City to

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Utilities Join with Tesla to Sue EPA over Fuel Standard Rollback

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  A coalition of utilities and electric transportation companies sued the Enviornmental Protection Agency earlier this month over its efforts to roll back automotive fuel efficiency standards

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Ryan Zinke Moves to Protect Critical Minerals from Foreign Threats

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is listing 35 minerals used in aircraft, cellphones, and other important technologies as “vital” to national security in a move to wean

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The Manhattan Institute looked at “zero emission vehicles” and found: Broad-based adoption of ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same

May 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Short Circuit: The High Cost of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

(Manhattan Institute)  Many claim that “zero-emissions vehicles” (ZEVs), especially battery-powered electric vehicles, should replace most, if not all, cars and trucks powered by gasoline-burning internal combustion engines. The primary rationale is

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018:

May 11, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

EVs and Ethanol Mix Well Together

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The future is bright for electric vehicles and ethanol to work together to increase future vehicle energy efficiencies and reduce costs for consumers, according to Renewable Fuels Association

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Wolf Administration Allocates $5 Million to Support Alternative Fuel Transportation Initiatives DEADLINES July 13, 2018 and December 14, 2018

(Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting grant applications for innovative, advanced fuel, and vehicle technology projects that will result in cleaner advanced alternative

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA to Testify at House Hearing on “Sharing the Road: Policy Implications of Electric and Conventional Vehicles in the Years Ahead.”

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At the National Ethanol Conference in February, speakers offered differing views on the potential for electric vehicles in the vehicle marketplace, and the perceived threat to liquid transportation fuels and the

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Metals Shortfall to Crimp Electric-Car Battery Supply, Moody’s Says

by Claudia Assis (Market Watch)  A shortfall in supplies of metals such as cobalt, copper, lithium and nickel is likely to slow down the production of batteries for electric vehicles, Moody’s

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Utilities, Oil Interests Clash over EV Policy at Conservative Policy Summit

by Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)  Utility companies clashed with oil industry interests over electric vehicle and fuel subsidies at a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative political

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

How Trump Will Go after California’s Auto GHG Authority

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration plans to argue that California does not have the authority to enforce stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, despite the Obama administration’s

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC. This time, the response has been to dither on biofuels and to point to reasonably dismal

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Lithium War Is About To Begin

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  It’s the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn’t a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it’s lithium. Lithium, or “white petroleum” as some call

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Vehicle Efficiency Transportation 2050: More EVs, but Conventional Vehicles Will Still Dominate

by Jieyi Lu (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Making Vehicles More Efficient Is Critical to Reduce Emissions  —  … Over the next 30 years, electric vehicles (EVs) will grow and fuel economy

April 20, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Trump’s EPA Argues More People Will Die in Car Accidents unless California Fuel Rules Are Weakened

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated — argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Messages from Brussels: More Biofuels for Transport Are Badly Needed and Can Be Produced Sustainably

(BioFuture Platform)  Several international initiatives and organizations met in Brussels to discuss the need and the ways to scale up low carbon fuels in transport. The international conference, titled “The role

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell Releases Energy Transition Report: Commits to 50% Lower Emissions by 2050, Biofuels to Top Oil by 2100 in “Sky” Scenario

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon

by Francois De Beaupuy and Ania Nussbaum  (Bloomberg)  Global Bioenergies looks to extract fuels from non-food crops; Unlike ethanol, fuel works in any engine in high concentration  —  A German luxury carmaker and a

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Speaking of resilience, Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane described the danger in putting all our eggs into the electric vehicle basket, “Exchanging dependence on one set of scarce materials for another

April 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

“Brexit Is the Impetus to Reinvigorate”: The Advanced Bioeconomy, Resilience, and a New Role for the Commonwealth?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) delegates will hear quite a bit about blockchain, gene editing and about proteins for the food chain and as

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

China’s 2020 Ethanol Blending Target Faces Obstacles

(Argus Media)  China faces several challenges to hit an ambitious 10pc (E10) ethanol blending target in its gasoline fuel mix by 2020, according to participants at the Argus China Ethanol conference

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump to Roll Back Fuel Standards for Cars, Light Trucks — Ford, GM Positions

by Todd Spangler and Eric Lawrence (Detroit Free Press) … General Motors said that, regardless of what standard is ultimately set, it remained committed to “improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and an

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Publishes CAFE Standards Mid-Term Evaluation Final Determination

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  On April 2, 2018, the Administrator signed the Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination which finds that the model year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas standards are not appropriate in light

April 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Europe’s Ethanol CEOs Besieged by RED II and Illusory Truths

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd/Biofuels Digest)  The CEOs of Europe’s big ethanol firms (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies) are under seige.   They are battling imported and sometimes fake

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell — Yes, That Shell — Just Outlined a Radical Scenario for What It Would Take to Halt Climate Change

by Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Royal Dutch Shell on Monday outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

CEC: California EV chargers Will Add 1 GW of Peak Demand by 2025

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  California will need between 229,000 and 279,000 electric vehicle chargers in public locations and

March 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster (EPA, NHTSA, CARB)

by Graham Noyes and Doug Durante (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … While not as entertaining to watch

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Chief Signals Showdown With California on Fuel Emission Standards

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Ryan Beene and John Lippert (Bloomberg Politics)  Pruitt warns California isn’t in driver’s seat on car rules; EPA

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

SoCal Fleet Switches to PHEV, RNG Armored Trucks

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), a provider of zero-emissions hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) drivetrain solutions, has

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Murkowski Says Gasoline Not “Energy Future,” Congress “Very Excited” by Electric Cars

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she believed an electric vehicle revolution was coming and Congress is

March 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Toyota Pursues Petrol but Sees Electric Potential in New Technology

by Naomi Tajitsu  (Reuters)  Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) stuck to its commitment to improving petrol engines on Monday with new powertrain units,

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

EV Bash: Moving Emissions from Tailpipes to Smokestacks

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ME never thought global oil companies would be huge fans of electric vehicles, but the regularity

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Hidden Costs of Cobalt Mining

by Todd C. Frankel and Lena Mucha (photos) (The Washington Post)  In Congo’s sun-scorched and dusty south, thousands of miners scour

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania India Bets Big on Biodiesel, Not Evs – Mr Palskog

(Steele Guru/Auto News)  ETAuto reported that when the auto industry is going gung hu about electric vehicles, Swedish commercial vehicle (CV)

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Hearing Watch

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Rep. John Shimkus’ E&C energy subcommittee will hold a “future of transportation fuels” hearing next week.

March 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Opinions: Why Fossil Fuels Survive

by Robert J. Samuelson (The Washington Post)  … It’s true that the Trump administration has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement, making

March 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Position Paper: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association)  The European Commission presented its Clean Mobility Package on 8 November 2017. Besides a number of legislative

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

BP Forecast: Shared, Autonomous EVs Will Help Drive to Peak Oil Before 2040

by Julia Pyper (GreenTechMedia)  BP’s latest Energy Outlook forecasts a peak in oil demand for the first time—while renewables will grow

February 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Mines Linked to Child Labor Are Thriving in Rush for Car Batteries

by Thomas Wilson and Jack Farchy (Bloomberg)  Output at Congo’s artisanal mines probably rose at least half; Metal vital to many

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Electric Vehicles Key to EU Decarbonisation, Report Claims

(Biofuels International)  A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the EU could double the renewable share in its energy

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Don’t Overlook Ethanol In Clean Car Future

by John Herath (Ag Pro)  As the United States looks to craft a clean fuel future for transportation, biofuels should not be

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Electric Vehicles Have the Attention of the Ethanol Industry

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen says while electric cars are probably ten years

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based

February 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

De-Coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

What If Car Buyers Aren’t Ready for Electric Cars, Even in California?

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  It’s accepted wisdom among electric-car fans and advocates that within a few years, mass-market car

February 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

On Value, and Values: Fairness, the Disadvantaged, and California’s Renewables Policy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The particulars are the subject of a white paper from a team at Propel Fuels

February 6, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to the future of the combustion engine, what are the future developments from

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Europe’s Polarized Transport Future: A Shift in Biofuel Quality

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 22, 2018, the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility titled “Fuels of

January 29, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Big Oil, Biodiesel Join Forces to Combat Electrification

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Even though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on U.S. energy policy,

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

WEBINAR Review: Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 13th, SAE International moderated a webinar clarifying how the energy grid prepares

January 14, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Disconnect Between Consumers’ Stated Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles & Actual Purchases

(Convenience Store News)  … Consumers and Alternative Fuels 2017, the latest installment of the Fuels Institute’s annual measure of American consumers’

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

California Bill Seeks Ban on Fossil-Fueled Vehicles by 2040

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  California would ban the sale of new cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels in 2040 under

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

China, Moving to Cut Emissions, Halts Production of 500 Car Models

by Hiroko Tabuchi (New York Times)The suspensions pointed to Beijing’s growing willingness to test forceful antipollution measures and assume a leading role

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

VW Settlement Should Fund Clean Air Today — Not Years Down the Road

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum/The Hill)  … The Sierra Club’s has offered a one size, all-electrification-fits-all recommendation — that would just be

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

At Last, the Age of the Electric Car Really Arrives

by Jack Stewart (Wired)  For all the hype, electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of global vehicle sales. Like, less

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Will Change the Trucking Industry

by Jason Hall (The Motley Fool)  As countries around the world shift toward cleaner energy sources, the transport industry is ripe for

December 18, 2017 Read Full Article

‘Greenwashed Oil’ Set to Win from Renewable Transport Targets, Biofuel Industry Claims

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv) Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Federal Government Plan Aims to Reduce Carbon Content in Fossil Fuels

by Shawn McCarthy  (Globe and Mail)  The federal government is moving to implement regulations to require all providers of fossil-fuel energy

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Report: Strong Disconnect Between Car Buyers’ Stated Interest and Actual Behavior on Alternative Vehicle Purchases

(Fuels Institute)  A report released today (December 12, 2017) by the Fuels Institute finds a strong disconnect between what potential

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

California Readies $398-Million Green Truck Incentive Package

(Diesel Technology Forum) There are about 950,000 commercial trucks registered in California, and the vast majority are powered by diesel

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

California’s LCFS: Unlocking Value in Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels

(Propel)  New study outlines how to make America’s most important low carbon policy more equitable. —  According to new research, low carbon

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States

by Alyssa Danigelis (Environmental Leader)  The amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector continues to exceed the amount from

December 8, 2017 Read Full Article

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

by Ryan Beene and Dana Hull (Bloomberg)  Assemblymember Ting says he will introduce proposal next month; Only ‘clean’ cars could be registered

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

ACEA Conference: What Will Power Our Trucks, Vans and Buses in the Future?

(Automotive World/European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association)   In line with the objectives of the European Commission’s Mobility Package, the European Automobile Manufacturers’

December 5, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation.

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Electrification, Efficiency: All Necessary in Transport Sector Decarbonization

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Global leaders will need to decide on and implement deep decarbonization strategies

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

DEUTZ Approves Engines for the Use of Alternative Fuels

(DEUTZ)  …   DEUTZ has now approved the engine series TCD 2.9 / 3.6 / 4.1 / 6.1 / 7.8 /

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Governors Announce New Collaboration to Reduce Transportation Emissions

(Union of Concerned Scientistst)  Statement by Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists  —  Leading environmental, health, scientific and business organizations today applauded

November 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Can California Eliminate Gas Cars?

by Anne C. Mulkern, ClimateWire  (Scientific American)  State leaders are discussing banning the sale of cars that run on gasoline or diesel 

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

New England Power Generators Association/Environmental NGO Letter on Regional Transportation Emissions

(New England Power Generators Association)  NEPGA letter – with the Acadia Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Union of

November 7, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Are Electrics a Bridging Technology, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells the Future?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Lexus’ Paul Williamsen told Australia’s CarAdvice team: “Both hybrid and EVs are merely bridging technologies on

November 4, 2017 Read Full Article

We’ll All Be Relying on Congo to Power Our Electric Cars

by Thomas Wilson (Bloomberg)  Congo supplies much of the cobalt needed for electric vehicles Political conflict, disputes, law changes put supply

October 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Study: Utilities Should Get in the Drivers Seat on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  … But a recent study by the global consulting firm Deloitte argues that utilities should embrace electric vehicles

October 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Okla. Supreme Court Rules Electric Vehicle Fee Unconstitutional

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down H.B.1449, a bill that sought to implement an annual fee

October 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Will the Lemonade Stand Era End in Renewable Fuels, Sooner, Later, Ever?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … No, Virginia, there isn’t any green premium in renewable fuels, chemicals or materials. Actually, there isn’t

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050

(Alliance to Save Energy)  Audi’s Scott Keogh and National Grid’s Dean Seavers Lead “50 by 50” Commission  —  Today the Alliance

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Biofuel Push Is Threatened by Too Much Cheap Oil

by Vanessa Dezem and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Technology)  Brazil leading international effort to expand industry; Biofuel investments worldwide are down 25% this

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

The World Must Spend $2.7 Trillion on Charging Stations for Tesla to Fly

By Kana Nishizawa (Bloomberg)  Infrastructure spend is ‘so large,’ it will force innovation; China to account for third of global EV infra

October 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

These Countries Want to Ban Gas and Diesel Cars

by Alanna Petroff (CNN) China, the world’s largest car market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Slovenia to Ban Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars from 2030

(STA)  The Slovenian government adopted on Thursday a strategy on alternative fuels in the transportation sector under which the registration of

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

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In a recent Washington Post column, George Will bemoaned governments’ announcements to “ban, at an undetermined date, sales of vehicles

October 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Dem Introduces Bill to Boost Clean Vehicle Technology

by Melanie Zanona (The Hill)  … Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who has also been leading a House push to pave the

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Paris Plans to Banish All but Electric Cars by 2030

by  Brian Love (Reuters)  Target is 10 years ahead of national deadline;  Goal is to fight smog in host city of 2024

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

If We Want Electric Autonomous Cars They’ll Need A Hell Of A Lot More Juice

by Alanis King (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Surprise, Self-Driving Cars Need A Lot Of ‘Brain’ Power  —  Oh, you want an electric car that

October 11, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

GM’s Barra Skeptical of Electric Car Mandates

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that Chinese officials should consider whether there is

October 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Conference Focuses on Profitable Energy Independence

(Huggins Consulting Group LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Competitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste’s Taking Action on Climate Change Examines Changes in Energy and Transport Markets

(Neste Corporation)  Neste has published a business environment outlook called Taking Action on Climate Change. It discusses key changes taking place in the energy,

October 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels International Conference and Bioenergy Insight Conference Cover Range of Issues

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  The future of bioethanol, advanced biofuel developments and an uncertain policy landscape were some of the hot

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Global Demand for Biofuels Continues to Increase

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The 2017 Renewables outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) is once again projecting continued increased demand for conventional

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

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In responding to a Biofuels Digest article, Union of Concerned Scientists’ Jeremy Martin urges cooperation: “Cutting oil use and transportation

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

IEA’s Latest Renewable Energy Outlook Highlights Continuing Demand Growth for Conventional Biofuels

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  Today (October 5, 2017), Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), reacted to

October 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

EESI Comments on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 5, EESI submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety

October 6, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane analyzes the cost and emissions profile for electric vehicles compared to “gasoline-powered” ones.  The findings? On

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Data Surprise: Biofuels Still Beating Electrics on Cost, Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics are improving on emissions and cost, but not enough to make driving an electric car

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

All-Electric Passenger Aircraft Could Be Flying on Its Short-Haul Routes within a Decade, Claims easyJet

(GreenAir Online)   European low-cost carrier easyJet believes commercial flights using all-electric aircraft could be possible within the next decade, with a further ambitious

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

US Department Of Transportation Reveals $55 Million “Low Or No Emissions” Bus Grant Program

by James Ayre (Clean Technica)  The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has announced a new $55 million grant

September 20, 2017 Read Full Article

China Looks at Plans to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars

(BBC)  China, the world’s biggest car market, plans to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars and

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry

by Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri (OilPrice.com)  Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (August 22, 2017), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

California Dairy Farm Powers Truck with Methane from Cow Manure

(NGV Journal/Straus Family Creamery)  California dairy farmer Albert Straus, a pioneer in organic dairy and sustainable agriculture, announced the launch

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Ninth Annual Green Innovation Index Finds California Clean Economy Thriving but Emissions-Reduction Challenges Loom

(Business Wire/Next 10)  As California’s economy continues to grow, the state’s carbon footprint continues to shrink, albeit at a slower

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Swedish Study Calls for Smaller EV Batteries, Finds Tesla More Polluting than an 8-Year-Old Car

(AutoVista Group)  Swedish researchers have argued that electric vehicle (EV) batteries should not be as large as possible, but as

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Why Gasoline and Diesel Will Be Around for a Long Time to Come

by Norris McDonald (MSN.com/Wheels.ca)  … So, I’ve been reading about how Big Oil will react when everybody starts running out to buy

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand

by Laura Millan Lombrana and Jonathan Gilbert (Bloomberg)  As established players expand, some newcomers seen struggling; New mine teething problems

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Massachusetts regulators released details of a new plan Friday to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

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In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Combustion Engines Are Not Going Anywhere for Quite a While

by Reg Modlin (25 x ’25 Resource)  … Flags have gone up in recent days as a result of articles

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

First Car Powered by Energy from Sewage Was Unveiled in Australia

(NGV Journal)  Queensland Urban Utilities has unveiled the so-called “Poo-powered Car”, which runs on biogas generated from sewage at the

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

New Analysis Shows Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Enhance Auto Industry Financial Prospects

(Ceres)  Financial risks faced by legacy automakers due to evolving marketplace, not fuel economy standards —  As disruption from new

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

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