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Telling Sugarcane Ethanol's Full Sustainability Story

January 23, 2014 by Leticia Phillips
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Sugarcane and Sustainability

Centering the RFS debate on volume targets for all biofuels has let two key benefits of advanced biofuels slip out of focus: the potential for non-corn ethanol to drastically cut lifecycle emissions compared to gasoline, and the ability of biofuel feedstocks to be sustainably grown without harming the environment.[read more]

EPA’s RFS Proposal is a Step Backwards on Clean Energy Path

December 5, 2013 by Leticia Phillips
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EPA Regulation

Since the beginning of the RFS program, the EPA had been a strong supporter of the role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol plays supplying Americans with sustainable fuel. That's why it came as a shock that the EPA has proposed to drastically reduce the volumes of advanced fuels for the 2014 RFS.[read more]

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Don't Overlook Sugarcane Ethanol In Renewable Fuels Debate

September 3, 2013 by Leticia Phillips
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Brazilian Sugar Cane

During debate over the future of the Renewable Fuels Standards and its ambitious goals of energy security and reduced emissions, one factor may have been overlooked – the modest but important role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol exports play in meeting EPA’s targets.[read more]

Ethanol's Future Without Subsidies

July 12, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
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Given the remarkable longevity of the tax credit for ethanol blended into gasoline, it seems fitting that it would take a problem on the scale of the massive US deficit and $14 trillion federal debt to trigger its demise. Yet despite a widely-publicized Senate vote in June and the announcement of a key compromise among three Senators...[read more]

Sugar electricity in Brazil

January 19, 2010 by Doris de Guzman

General Electric and Brazilian petrochemical company Petrobras announced sugarcane-based ethanol is now, for the first time, being used in a gas turbine system to produce electricity at the Juiz de Fora Power Plant in Minas Gerais state. The natural gas plant has a capacity of 87 megawatts and uses two GE LM6000 gas turbines, one whose...[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]