Biofuels: Uncertainty, Not ILUC, is Holding Back Biofuels in Europe [VIDEO]

October 9, 2013 by David Thual

Biofuels in Europe

In this latest story for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen looks into the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) policy proposal and its effects on biofuels production in Europe.[read more]

EU Biofuels Policy: ILUC Rapporteur Throws Gauntlet to Member States [VIDEO]

September 25, 2013 by David Thual

EU Biofuels Policy

Energy journalist Sonja van Renssen met Corinne Lepage MEP, Rapporteur on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) proposal in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, to discuss the European Parliament vote on biofuels.[read more]

Energy Risk: Why Seaweed Biofuels Cannot Save the Planet

July 9, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Seaweed Biofuel Problems

A report in the Guardian last week informs that seaweed biofuels can do all kinds of magnificent things. Can biofuels save the planet? No, and this can be demonstrated by some very simple, but powerful calculations.[read more]

Time To Reform US Ethanol Policy

June 21, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

This April, two separate bills were introduced in the US House of Representatives to reform, or repeal, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates how much ethanol and other biofuels must be blended into gasoline.[read more]

E85 and Renewable Fuel Standards: The Minnesota Problem

April 16, 2013 by Mark Green

Despite an aggressive push with promotions and massive state investment, and more stations offering E85 for sale in Minnesota now than a few years ago, significantly less of it is being bought by consumers.[read more]

Energy Price Volatility and the Energy Security Trust

March 29, 2013 by Peter Z. Grossman

All energy markets are volatile at times, sedate at others. If the Energy Security Trust is really about saving the American consumer from price swings, it will fail.[read more]

Ethanol and Biofuels: Just The Facts, Please

March 27, 2013 by Mark Green

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been circulating a video titled “40 Facts about Ethanol.” Unfortunately, this list of “facts” that couldn’t be further from factual.[read more]

ARPA-E: Cleantech Innovation and the Pursuit of Decarbonization

March 26, 2013 by Clifton Yin

testing biofuels on USS Nimitz

Cutting transportation sector emissions is critical to mitigating climate change. New research initiatives signal government recognition of the importance of transportation decarbonization and the need for innovative technologies.[read more]

Ethanol Industry Permits Its Politicians to Allow the Expiration of Its Tax Credit and Tariff

January 4, 2012 by Michael Giberson

The Des Moines Register has one version of the story - the agribusiness industry decided it could do without the subsidy since the renewable fuels mandate seemed securely in place: So established is corn-fed ethanol that the industry allowed the expiration of the 45 cents-per-gallon tax credit for ethanol production, as well as the...[read more]

Biofuel Subsidies Need Reform

December 27, 2011 by Nathanael Greene

Americans want the U.S. to lead the world in renewable energy, but these are screwy times in our nation’s capital. Some people are trying to turn clean, renewable energy into something dirty. The fossil fuel industry and the radical right, including Grover Norquist and politicians looking to score cheap political points, are taking on...[read more]

Grading My Predictions for 2011

December 26, 2011 by Robert Rapier

 In my list of Top 10 Energy Related Stories of 2010, I made three predictions for 2011. Those predictions were:  I believe high oil prices will continue to put a strain on the economies of oil-importing nations. I expect that we will see oil prices once again head above $100 per barrel, although I expect the annual average...[read more]

Range Fuels Bankruptcy Harms Biofuels Industry

December 19, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Recently it was announced that Range Fuels has gone into foreclosure, thus marking the official end of their story. For all practical purposes, the company has been finished since early 2011, but the foreclosure puts an end to the notion that they will yet rise triumphant from the ashes. Last week, Heather Duncan — a reporter for The...[read more]

Why is Sustainable Biodiesel Illegal in the UK?

December 19, 2011 by David Thorpe

  The Government is currently considering the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2011. I have seen a copy, and I can tell you that there is plenty to be concerned about in terms of its inadequacy. But in this column I'm going to concentrate on one particular aspect: an appalling oversight which involves a...[read more]

Has the Navy Set Sail or Aborted the Mission to Use Green Fuels?

December 15, 2011 by A Siegel

In 2008, Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy, then Chief of Naval of Operations, established  Task Force Energy and Task Force Climate (prior to the Obama Administration).  Since then, Task Force Energy has provided a serious focal point for fostering changing Navy thinking and approaches to energy use and...[read more]

Breaking Our Oil Addiction Takes More Than Killing Keystone XL

November 15, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

In an article in today's Washington Post an official of the National Wildlife Federation was quoted linking rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline with breaking our addiction to oil. Even with the administration having delayed its decision on the project until 2013--quite possibly killing it--this point merits further exploration. Just...[read more]