Posts tagged ‘Alternative Fuels’

October 20, 2011

Ethanol Producer Magazine |

Ethanol Producer Magazine |

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 |

Ethanol Producer Magazine |

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 6, 2011

Biodiesel Magazine | The Army is (Still) Going Green – Bryan Sims

Biodiesel Magazine |

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 24, 2011

Political Notes: Bartlett Supports Alternative Fuel Research -The Frederick News-Post Online – Bethany Rodgers

The Frederick News-Post Online – Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper.

The U.S. congressman who represents the district including Frederick County recently released a statement encouraging support of a bill to increase production of cars that run on non-petroleum fuels.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th, also criticized a U.S. Department of Energy report about federal subsidies of energy sources, saying it should have centered more on transportation than electricity. While the country has many ways of generating electricity, oil prices are pinching the wallets of many Americans, he said.

August 18, 2011

Biodiesel industry producing record volumes, fueling job creation – Biodiesel Magazine |

Biodiesel Magazine | U.S. biodiesel production reached a new monthly high of 81 million gallons in June, according to the latest EPA statistics, marking a third consecutive month of record volumes and continuing a remarkable turnaround in which biodiesel production in the first half of 2011 has already eclipsed production for all of 2010.

Despite the weak economy, the biodiesel industry is on track to produce at least 800 million gallons this year, more than double biodiesel production of 315 million gallons last year, when Congress allowed the biodiesel tax incentive to temporarily lapse. According to a recent economic study, this year’s rejuvenated production will support more than 31,000 U.S. jobs and generate income of nearly $1.7 billion to be circulated throughout the economy. It also is expected to generate an estimated $345 million in federal tax revenue and $283 million in state and local tax revenues.

August 16, 2011

Jigar Shah on the Barriers to Energy Innovation – By Reihan Salam – The Agenda – National Review Online

Jigar Shah on the Barriers to Energy Innovation – By Reihan Salam – The Agenda – National Review Online. Shah isn’t advocating deregulation per se. Rather, he is calling for an approach to regulation that emphasizes openness to alternatives. It’s not obvious that this is the right approach, but it does represent a difference in emphasis from Browner.