November 9, 2011
gulfnews : Race to find alternate energy source heats up.
It is a major issue for Western countries too, as a recent report by the CNA military advisory board illustrated recently. The report urges the US to cut oil use by 30 per cent over the next decade to reduce grave national security risks.
The report claims that Washington’s reliance on imported oil is a “weak point in national security,” considering that the closure of the Strait of Hormuz for 60 days, for example, would affect prices and jobs in the US.
October 20, 2011
Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com.
Calling their industries’ relationship a “productive and cordial” one, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen and Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, issued a joint statement from the RFA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., asserting the two groups’ commitments to implementing renewable fuel technologies throughout the U.S. But while some progress has been made in getting the two industries to agree on certain items, the groups remain divided on many important issues.
“Both the automotive and ethanol industries are defined by their constant innovation and evolution,” the pair stated. “We firmly believe that America can secure its energy future and create jobs by investing in new vehicle and fuel technologies that harness the innovative power of American workers to redefine how we power our cars. Despite current differences over how to best increase the amount of ethanol included in America’s fuel supply, automotive and ethanol interests all agree that renewable fuels are a path down which American must head.”
October 20, 2011
Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com.
A coalition of biofuel producers, technology providers, cleantech investors and supporting companies have formed a new lobby campaign focused on convincing lawmakers to open the U.S. fuel market to alternative fuels. The campaign, called FuelChoiceNow, supports the deployment of technologies that will enable all types of alternative fuels the opportunity to compete in the consumer fuel space, including methanol, natural gas, electricity and biofuels.
“The only way to free the American consumer from the vicious cycle of world oil price spikes is to give them a choice at the pump,” Matt Horton, CEO of alternative fuel pump retailer Propel Fuels, says. “There are alternatives, but we need to unleash them.”
September 23, 2011
OPEC’s $1 Trillion Cash Quiets Poor on Longest Ever $100 Oil.
Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia will spend $43 billion on its poorer citizens and religious institutions. Kuwaitis are getting free food for a year. Civil servants in Algeria received a 34 percent pay rise. Desert cities in the United Arab Emirates may soon enjoy uninterrupted electricity.
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries members are poised to earn an unprecedented $1 trillion this year, according to the U.S. Energy Department, as the group’s benchmark oil measure exceeded $100 a barrel for the longest period ever. They are promising to plow record amounts into public and social programs after pro-democracy movements overthrew rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and spread to Yemen and Syria.
September 6, 2011
Biodiesel Magazine | biodieselmagazine.com.
Facetiously, Matt Roberts envisions the day when the U.S. Army might change its current slogan from “An Army of One” to “Be All That You Can Be, And Be Green Doing It.” Roberts, vice president of marketing for Springboard Biodiesel LLC, has reason to boast since his California-based firm sold a 50-gallon BioPro 190 biodiesel processing unit to the Florida Army National Guard’s Camp Blanding Joint Training Center near Starke, Fla., in January 2010.
“The military is just a huge target market for us and we would love to have a BioPro on every military base on the globe,” Roberts tells Biodiesel Magazine. Springboard Biodiesel is responsible for more than 6 million gallons of annual installed capacity spread across 14 countries, Roberts says.
August 31, 2011
Open Fuel Standard: Defeating Al Qaeda: The Energy Offensive.
In the aftermath of the siege and death of Osama bin Laden, counter-terrorism officials prepare for Al-Qaeda’s response. The home front is on alert with heightened awareness for both soft and hard target attacks. There have been numerous false alarms, including the foiled terrorist plot in New York City a couple weeks ago. Intelligence analysts assert that Al-Qaeda is seeking to conduct a large-scale attack, proving to their enemies the group’s resilience and adaptive modus operandi, while rallying support from affiliates.
In the last decade, however, the elimination of key individuals within the terrorist network has left Al Qaeda on the defensive, forcing the remaining operatives into hiding and reducing their effectiveness. Furthermore, intelligence gathering and dissemination has improved tremendously since 9/11. Law enforcement officials have thwarted numerous attacks by radical individuals such as the cases involving Bryant Neal Vinas and Najibullah Zazi, two men who, on separate occasions, traveled from the United States to Pakistan, and underwent weapons and explosives training in Al-Qaeda’s training camps, but were foiled by the FBI before they were able to carry out their missions.
August 30, 2011
Five realities of nuclear energy to reassure public – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.
Less than six months ago, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, combined with an extraordinary tsunami, wreaked havoc on Japan and triggered a series of dramatic events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. While these events were not caused by the operation of the plant, and the facility withstood the earthquake as designed, Americans have understandably asked natural questions about our nuclear plants here in the United States.
Could a similar catastrophe happen here? Are nuclear plants safe? Do we really need nuclear energy? What about the used fuel that becomes nuclear waste? What are industry and government doing to keep us safe?
August 25, 2011
U.N. Secretary-General: Renewables Can End Energy Poverty | Renewable Energy News Article.
New Hampshire, USA — United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made renewable energy and its ability to lift the poorest nations to new levels of prosperity a central theme during his visit to Colorado on Wednesday.
With the Rockies as his backdrop, Ban toured the National Renewable Energy Laborary in Golden, where he inspected the flexible thin-film modules produced by Colorado-based Ascent Solar. The facility, he said, represents innovative approaches that for relatively little cost can connect remote areas to the global network of information and ideas.
August 24, 2011
Ethanol Rises as Report Shows Signs of Increased Blending Demand – Bloomberg.
Ethanol futures rose a seventh day in Chicago, extending the longest winning streak in three months, after a government report showed increased demand for the biofuel.
“The drop in gasoline stocks lent some support to ethanol,” said Matt Janney, a trader at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in Chicago. “Ethanol stocks were off, too. It seems to be getting good support.”
August 22, 2011
Secretary Chu Signs Off on Two New Loan Guarantees to Develop Alternative Energy.
To support the development of two alternative energy projects, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded loan guarantees to both Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc. and SoloPower, Inc. that, combined, amount to nearly $331 million.