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Telling Sugarcane Ethanol's Full Sustainability Story

January 23, 2014 by Leticia Phillips

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

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]


Don't Overlook Sugarcane Ethanol In Renewable Fuels Debate

September 3, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

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

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

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]