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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will still require refineries to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline for the next two years, but is proposing increases lower than the benchmarks set eight years ago. In 2007, Congress created a renewable fuel standard that set yearly increases of the percentage of biofuel mixed into the U.S. […]

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As rises the popularity of biofuels, so does the need for specific crops to provide the “bio” part of the fuel. With this in mind, NexSteppe announced the launch of its first sorghum hybrid products in the U.S. and in Brazil. NexSteppe’s new Malibu sweet sorghum hybrids and Palo Alto high biomass sorghum hybrids are […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. It was another good month for hybrids, which saw a “take rate” or percentage of total North American sales at 3.38 percent, which follows last […]

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A comprehensive study has revealed that E85 ethanol blended fuel produced from dry mills has a significantly worse environmental impact than does straight petroleum-based gasoline. Conducted by research teams from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Minnesota, and the Technical University of Troyes, France, the study covered 19 American corn-belt states, […]

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So what is all this talk about flex fuel being shoved down our throats, and EVs driving up Xanax sales due to rampant range anxiety? Bloomberg brings us astounding news: “Public charging stations for electric autos outnumber outlets for alternative motor fuels by almost two to one, even though there are hundreds of times more […]

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For years, the biofuels industry has defended itself against a variety of criticisms over the shortcomings of corn-derived ethanol by pointing to a cleaner, better, non-food-based alternative on the horizon: cellulosic ethanol. But despite a federal mandate requiring gasoline refiners to add 500 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol to the national fuel mix by 2012 […]

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This week, the White House and Department of Energy announced a $510 million program in conjunction with the U.S. Navy to build infrastructure capable of producing advanced biofuels. The fuels will be targeted to supply military aircraft, marine vessels and the military’s transportation fleet. Days later, the Energy Department announced a $133.9 million loan to […]

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On Thursday, the Senate voted to bring an end to the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (known widely as the “blender’s credit,”) which effectively pays gasoline refiners to include ethanol in the fuel mixes sold at most stations around the country. Ethanol has long come under fire from its many critics for a decades-long reliance […]

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced a new program to help fund the installation of 10,000 ethanol “blender pumps” within the next 5 years. The pumps are capable of distributing varying gasoline-ethanol mixes, ranging from a newly-approved E15 blend to E85, which is an 85-percent mix usable only in flex-fuel vehicles. Under the terms […]

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In testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee Friday, EPA chief Lisa Jackson said her agency expects to complete the final work necessary to clear the way for E15 blended ethanol to begin hitting pumps nationwide in the next few months. By summer, the 15 percent gasoline-ethanol mix is expected to begin showing up at gas […]

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