cellulosic ethanol

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    As they say, the best compromise is usually the one that leaves all parties equally dissatisfied. When it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable-fuel mandate, it seems regulators have reached equilibrium. The latest skirmish in the long-running battle over the U.S. renewable-fuel standard appears to have been settled, at least for the moment. DON'T MISS: Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters As oil producers pushed for changes to the standard, EPA head Scott Pruitt appears to have caved to pressure from corn-state Republican legislators. Accordingly...

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    Oil company pays $26 million for half-billion-dollar ethanol plant

    The failure of cellulosic ethanol may prove beneficial to oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. Cellulosic ethanol was seen as an important component of mass ethanol adoption because it is made from non-edible plants. But despite the hopes of ethanol advocates and policymakers, cellulosic sources never...

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    Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline

    Anew bill would discard a mandate requiring larger volumes of ethanol be added to the U.S. fuel supply.

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    EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

    For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply. Now, The Detroit News reports that the agency has decided to accept reality: Supplies of that fuel...

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    EPA Quota For Cellulosic Fuels Tossed Out By Court As 'Wish'

    Whatever the merits of ethanol as a fuel or a gasoline additive--and it's taken some hits lately--it's still in the running. The same cannot be said, however, for cellulosic biofuels, those derived from advanced crops or waste products. On Friday, a Federal appeals court ruled that an EPA mandate...

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    E15 Is Coming & AAA Ain't Happy; New Fuel Could Void Warranties

    There's a lot of talk nowadays about renewable energy and energy independence. One product of such chatter is a new blend of gasoline called E15, but not everyone is happy to see it coming down the pipeline. Ethanol is a common additive in gasoline, thanks in large part to the Energy Independence...

  • Ethanol infographic from coalition of livestock and poultry producers (crop)

    This summer's drought across the midwestern U.S. may have an impact in an unexpected place: your gasoline tank. Almost 200 members of Congress, and the governors of eight states, have called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to suspend portions of the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard that mandate production of certain volumes of ethanol for use in gasoline. Their argument is that with lower corn production, those states' poultry and livestock industries will be hurt by diversion of feed corn to ethanol refineries to make mandated volumes of ethanol. According to The Detroit News, the...

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    One Reason To Feel Sorry For Oil Companies...Really

    It's pretty difficult to feel sorry for oil companies. Why should we? They're in control of a resource we all depend upon, one way or another, and can essentially charge whatever they like for it. As a result, they make massive profits every year. Nobody pities the rich guy. But maybe we feel a...

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    Renewable Fuel Standards Fall Far Short Of Non-Corn Ethanol Goal

    The Environmental Protection Agency released its 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards on December 28, a month after they were due and with a drastically lower target for the amount of ethanol derived from non-corn sources than Congress originally called for four years ago. The new renewable fuel standards...

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    Scientists Discover Microbes That Turn Newspaper Into Biofuel

    Tulane University researchers have discovered a strain of bacteria capable of producing butanol directly from cellulose, which could help pave the way towards using trash to produce biofuel.

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    Automakers Sue To Stop E15 Gasoline Over Fears It Harms Cars

    Every major automaker selling cars in the U.S. has signed onto a lawsuit filed Monday aimed at halting the rollout of E15 gasoline, which has a higher proportion of ethanol (15 percent) than today's E10 gasoline. The companies cite fears that the greater concentration of ethanol will damage engines...

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    EPA OKs More Ethanol In Gasoline, Only For 2007 Or Newer Cars

    Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency approved raising the proportion of ethanol in pump gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to as much as 15 percent (E15). It would be the first increase in ethanol percentage since 1978, when the 10-percent blend was approved. Roughly 70 percent of U.S...

  • E-Fuel backyard MicroFueler

    E-Fuel is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective. In the renewable energy sector, customers face a variety of options, like solar and wind. Today at the DEMO conference, E-Fuel is launching a new clean-energy model that allows users to affordably convert their own organic waste into fuel and electricity. Consumers feed organic solids such as wood, paper, plants, and bread into E-Fuel’s MicroFueler module. The...

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    Range Fuels Opens Plant to Commercialize Methanol

    Range Fuels, one of the more successful biofuel startups backed by Khosla Ventures, announced today that it has opened up its first commercial plant to make cellulosic methanol out of non-food feedstocks. Located in Georgia, the facility is expected to pump out 20 million gallons of ethanol and...

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