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Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

April 7, 2014 by John Miller
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Ethanol Imports and Emissions

The ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS) requires blending biofuels into motor fuels annually to reduce petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions. Since 2010 RFS compliance has included Brazil sugarcane ethanol imports. Do these imports actually achieve RFS carbon reduction requirements?[read more]

Brazil's first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

May 24, 2012 by Doris de Guzman

Cellulosic biomass technology developer GraalBio is planning to help build Brazil's biorefinery industry with a R$300m ($146m) investment of a new 22m gallons/year cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Alagoas using sugarcane bagasse and straw for initial feedstock.GraalBio is also developing a new type of cost-competitive...[read more]

Energy Lessons from Brazil

January 22, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

I was surprised by a headline I saw this morning: "Brazilians Call for Cut to 20% Ethanol Import Tax." At first I thought this referred to the US duty and tariff on ethanol imports, the repeal of which Brazil's President Lula has suggested to his US counterpart on more than one occasion. Instead, it seems that Brazil has had an ethanol...[read more]

$4/gal. gas makes a lot of sense

August 20, 2008 by John Whitehead
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Via Mankiw via Thoma:From the MIT News Office (via Mark Thoma), econ prof Bob Pindyck is interviewed about the two candidates' energy policies. An excerpt:Q: Would either candidate's energy proposals make much impact on energy costs in the short term? A: Neither of the candidate's plans would have any impact. The one exception would be...[read more]