Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

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To those of you who know me best and have been reading Creative Greenius since we started publishing in October 2007 it seems pretty silly that any candidate for elected office would seek my endorsement or think that it would do more good than harm.

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Bills To Kill Renewable Fuel Law, Ban E15 Ethanol Fuel Likely Doomed

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Representative Bob Goodlatte [R-VA] introduced two bills in February that together would eliminate the Renewable Fuels Act passed in 2007 and ban E15 from the nation's gasoline pumps. The addition of ethanol to gasoline has now been a political hot potato in the U.S. for more than a decade. Joined by cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, U.S.

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V2G Test Drive

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Xcel Energy announces six-month test drive of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles DENVER - Six plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) will be on the road by the end of 2007 as part of a demonstration test of vehicle-to-grid ( V2G ) technology by Xcel Energy.

DOE Funds PHEVs

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DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program leads the Department’s efforts to bring PHEVs to market and works with industry to develop advanced transportation technologies that will reduce the nation’s use of imported oil.

Excel PHEV Study

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With Smart Grid, Plug-In Hybrid Cars Could Have System Benefits Physorg Feb 28, 2007 Xcel Energy announced the results of a six-month study related to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and how an increase in their popularity may affect Colorado.

Ethanol and Ozone

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Of our "alternative fuel" options, only electricity can truly be made renewably (wind, solar, geothermal, small hydro), with no carbon or other noxious emissions. Tags: renewable electricity ethanol. There are so many reasons ethanol shouldn't be priority #1 in America's quest for petroleum replacement. I blogged about this previously here. Yet another reason to think again about the ethanol craze in an article in today's LA Times.

EPA proposes volume requirements for Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014-2016

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Adhering to a schedule in a proposed consent decree ( earlier post ), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its long-awaited proposed volume requirements (renewable volume obligations, RVO) ( earlier post ) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2017. Proposed Renewable Fuels Volumes (million gallons). Total renewable fuel.

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Why Not Ethanol? Yet Another Reason

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Tags: ethanol Ronald Minsk tortillas renewable electricity ethanol myth electric cars electric utilities

EPA finalizes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards; cellulosic biofuels category comes in at 0.006%

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). Total renewable fuels (15.2 generate cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

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Senate Strives for Palatable Energy Bill; Plug-in Credits In

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As presently consitituted, the Senate bill drops the requirement of electricity generators to achieve 15% renewable sources, but includes higher CAFE standards and major provisions for plug-ins, including conversions. The Detroit News is reporting on the efforts in the Senate to craft a viable energy bill.

EPA Says No: Dems Get Rolled Again

Plugs and Cars

To get a bill the president would sign, out dropped any challenge to big oil's obscene profits, a national renewable electricity standard, overwhelmingly popular wind and solar tax credits, and plug-in hybrid credits that might truly jumpstart an alternative automotive future. It took less than 12 hours. The Democrats got rolled again.

German Battery, German Electric Car?

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The country has admirably pushed renewable electricity generation, offering subsidies and incentives greater than most any other nation. An Agence France Presse report has produced a small flurry of articles this past week, here and here , for example, that has a German company developing Lithium batteries that would be suitable for electric cars. Li-tec is said to be working in cooperation with Bosch and Volkswagen, which has heightened interest.

Everybody Happy: Bush to Sign Do-little Energy Bill

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The reality, however, is no removal of tax breaks for Big Oil; no 15% renewables standard for utilities; no plug-in hybrid incentives. The opening line of the Detroit News story says all you need to know: The House approved a stripped-down energy bill Tuesday and sent it to President George Bush, who is expected to sign the legislation. The headline is a 35mpg CAFE standard for cars produced 13 years from now. Big whoop.

Sierra Club California Weighs in for Electric Cars at CARB

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H2 is most often produced by cracking natural gas, even if the talk is all about "renewable" hydrogen. And of course the electric infrastructure is already in place and getting cleaner and more renewable. The California Air Resources Board's (CARB) monthly meeting today included the adoption of the State Alternative Fuel Plan. The analysis by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and CARB of the smorgasbord of non-petroleum alternatives was mandated by AB 1007.

Ghosn Suggests Renault City EV

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Seems like further confirmation of my previous Nissan post (cnet), and the rumors of a renewed interest by European automakers in electric city cars. Puregreencars.com reports Renault's (and Nissan's) Carlos Ghosn sees electric city cars in their future. Three to four years away, apparently. The question for us in the USA is whether plans will include cars that meet the peculiar and unique legal requirements which limit the availability of many more fuel-efficient, interesting vehicles.

Ethanol Boom Busting

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The ethanol boom was set off when Congress enacted an energy law in 2005 that included a national mandate for the use of renewable fuel in gasoline.Already, ethanol producers are poised to outpace that mandate.As Check out today's NY Times story Ethanol’s Boom Stalling as Glut Depresses Price.the ethanol market is suddenly plagued by a glut, in part because the means to distribute it have not kept pace.

Trouble in Hydrogen Heaven

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With abundant renewable electricity, if it can't happen there, it can't happen anywhere. The World , a PRI/BBC radio collaboration, has a report on the problems bringing Iceland's hydrogen dream to fruition. Still only one filling station, now without any customers. The hydrogen busses have been retired to a museum. Jori Lewis reports from Reykyavik. Have a listen.

Grist Writer Gets the URGE2 Electrify

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As Roberts' posits, 2007 holds out tremendous promise, the stars are aligned. I hereby propose just such an overarching message, a mere five words long: Use renewably generated electricity, efficiently, or URGE². Putting renewable electricity into plug-in cars would move to the top of any such coherent enviro agenda, and of course ethanol moves down. David Roberts is a staff writer at Grist , an online enviro magazine.

Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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The Good About half our electricity comes from coal, and that will change, at best, slowly as we move to renewables. The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. Extracting it is ruinous of the landscape and burning it has disastrous environmental consequences. It should be perhaps our last fuel of choice regardless of how it's used. But not all use of coal is alike.

EV Briefs, and Black Rock City & EVs

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Their Rechargeit.org campaign really makes the connections between renewable power and plug-in cars. A few items before I head out to Black Rock City for two weeks. Out in the desert as part of Burning Man , our encampment, Snow Koan Solar, is setting up a solar photovoltaic EV Charging Station (at 7:30 and Desert) for electric scooters, golf carts, sofas and barstools. We'll also be taking Burning Man art projects off petroleum generators by switching them to solar electricity.

Plug-in Hybrid Study: Electricity Better

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And the grid is getting cleaner and more renewable every year. The basic question addressed, which appears on the study homepage (epri-reports.org) is this: How would air quality and greenhouse gas emissions be affected if significant numbers of Americans drove cars that were fueled by the power grid?

EPA Proposes To Cut Ethanol Requirement For Gasoline

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In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which includes a Renewable Fuel Standard requiring certain amounts of ethanol to be blended into the national fuel supply. EPA ethanol energy policy transportation policy Renewable Fuel StandardBut over the past few years, the volumes of ethanol called for by the rule have been deemed unrealistic by analysts and critics. And last week, the U.S.

The Reality of AltFuels Under Bush

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President Jimmy Carter established the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the edge of the Rockies, but its always been afterthought of America's energy policy. But one year after the president’s visit, the money flowing into the nation’s primary laboratory for developing renewable fuels is actually less than it was at the beginning of the Bush administration. Maybe he means it this time. Perhaps the 7th SOTU mention will be the charm.

Zero-Carbon Drive to Sacto Anti-Carbon Rally and Back

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And due to all our efforts, the grid is getting even cleaner and more renewable. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) held a rally in Sacramento Thursday outside the lobbying offices of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers to protest their continuing lawsuit against California's greenhouse gas legislation.

Primus Green Energy raises $12 million for renewable gasoline technology

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developer of a proprietary process to produce gasoline and other fuels from biomass and/or natural gas ( earlier post ), has completed its third round of funding with the recent $12-million investment by IC Green Energy Ltd, the renewable energy arm of Israel Corp. This latest investment brings the total of funds raised since 2007 to $40 million.

EPA finds that both biodiesel and renewable diesel from palm oil fail to meet GHG reduction threshold for RFS program

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Consequently, neither palm oil-based biofuel qualifies as meeting the minimum 20% greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction performance threshold required for renewable fuel under the RFS program. amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), CAA.

GM, Carnegie Mellon renew agreement to develop automated vehicle technologies

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General Motors recently renewed its five-year agreement with research partner Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh to continue developing technologies that could allow future production vehicles to drive autonomously. In 2007, Boss navigated 60 miles (97 km) of mixed traffic, intersections and stop signs in less than six hours to win the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, Urban Challenge competition.

New House bill seeks to limit ethanol in gasoline to current usage

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Pretty much since its passage in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has been a controversial piece of legislation. ethanol energy policy congress E10 e15 transportation policy Renewable Fuel StandardEnacted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, it requires increasing amounts of ethanol to be blended with gasoline. But critics call the volumes of ethanol required unrealistic, and implementation has consistently.

Renewable Energy Generation: Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy, a lesson exported from Detroit

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On December 16, 2010 the US DOE Energy Information Agency (EIA) published a report projecting that renewable energy will still only constitute 12 percent of the USA’s energy sources by 2035. In France, renewable energy consumption will be 20 percent by 2020.

Petrixo selects UOP Green Fuels technology for renewable jet and diesel in UAE

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UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Petrixo will use UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process technology to process approximately 500,000 metric tons per year of renewable feedstocks into renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel, also known as Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and Honeywell Green Diesel.

While Fossil Fools Ignore Climate Crisis EcoMedia Acts Aggressively to Protect Environment

Creative Greenius

Faced with this bizzaro world reality I have opted out of futile protests and demonstrations and chosen to do the only thing I can do – increase the amount of renewable energy, energy efficiency, tree plantings and sustainability practices in the most effective way I can.

Is ethanol-free gasoline heading for the end of the road?

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The Renewable Fuel Standard in place since 2007 calls for specific volumes of ethanol, but critics have tried to cap that amount while the EPA has tried to maintain or. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is struggling with Congress and various corporate interests over the amount of ethanol that will be blended into the U.S. fuel supply.

Worldwatch: Fossil fuel subsidies continue to outweigh those for renewable energy; international pledges on reform unfulfilled

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Estimated consumption subsidies, industrial and developing countries, fossil fuels and renewables. Fossil fuel subsidies continue to far outweigh support for renewable energy, according to new research conducted for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online service.

Renewable Energy Group to acquire Imperium Renewables

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Renewable Energy Group, Inc. REG) will acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, Inc., Seattle-based Imperium Renewables began developing proprietary technology and processes in the production of biodiesel in 2004. The Grays Harbor refinery began operation in August 2007 in Hoquiam, Wash. including a 100-million gallon nameplate capacity biomass-based diesel refinery and deepwater port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. Earlier post.).

Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline

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In 2007, Congress approved the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandated increasing amounts of ethanol gradually be blended into the fuel supply. A decade ago, the biofuel ethanol was viewed as one way to reduce the nation''s consumption of oil for transportation fuel. Now, those rules could be struck down. MORE: EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect

State Laws On Ethanol In Gasoline: Only Seven States Require E10 Blend

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Under the Renewable Fuels Standard passed in 2007, the Federal government requires certain volumes of ethanol to be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. However, states have discretion as to how much (or how little) ethanol goes into fuels sold within their borders. And it turns out that relatively few states are doing much to. ethanol energy policy E10 state laws transportation policy

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EPA Proposes Lower Increases For Ethanol In Gasoline

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In 2007, the Federal government created the Renewable Fuels Standard, requiring increased amounts of corn-based ethanol and advanced biofuels to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply. At the time, it seemed like an ideal way to lessen dependence on foreign oil and cut emissions--without forcing drivers to drastically change their habits. Gasoline Biofuels EPA ethanol e85 transportation policy

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EPA proposes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards, 2013 biomass-based diesel volume

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. Total renewable fuels (15.2 renewable diesel could be available to contribute to meeting the 1.0

Could Congress Kill Ethanol Mandate Altogether In 2014?

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Renewable Fuel Standard since the 2007 passage of the Energy Security and Independence Act. Ethanol has been a key component of the U.S. Now, there appears to be a chance that rules requiring minimum volumes of ethanol to be blended into vehicle fuel could be reformed or scrapped altogether in 2014. Political controversy, changes in U.S. energy

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Final 2016 Ethanol Rule: Fuel Blenders, Biofuels Interests Unhappy With EPA Numbers

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Under the Renewable Fuel Standard passed in 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set annual targets for amounts of ethanol to be blended with gasoline. The agency recently released its final ethanol ruling for 2016, and it seems to be drawing criticism from all sides. In recent years, the amounts of ethanol called. Biofuels EPA ethanol transportation policy

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