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Wanted or Not: Alternative-Fuel Cars Flood Auto Show

Source: NICK BUNKLEY • New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

In the race to claim ever-higher fuel-economy numbers and keep up with government regulations, automakers are rolling out hybrids and electric cars aplenty at this week’s Detroit auto show. If only buyers were arriving as fast as the cars.

A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

Source: MATTHEW L. WALD • New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.

EIA report shows growth of renewable energy sources

Source: Robert Pore • Grand Island Independent • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

For the first nine months of 2011, renewable energy sources – biomass/biofuels, geothermal, solar, water and wind – provided 11.95 percent of domestic U.S. energy production. That compares to 10.85 percent for the same period in 2010 and 10.33 percent in 2009.

U.S.-Brazil ethanol swap seen in ’12

Source: PHILIP BRASHER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

The ethanol subsidy may be history, but government policies can still produce crazy economics in the biofuel business.

U.S. Gasoline Rises to $3.36 a Gallon, Lundberg Survey Shows

Source: Barbara J. Powell • Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

Prices rose as crude oil surged 8.6 percent and as a government subsidy on ethanol expired Dec. 31. The subsidy, enacted in 1978, gave a 45-cent tax credit to refiners for each gallon of the biofuel blended into gasoline.

Ethanol industry sees a victory in caucus results

Source: PHILIP BRASHER • Des Moins Register • Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

Corn growers and ethanol producers have long counted on the Iowa caucuses to guarantee the industry had political clout in Washington. There was little in the results Tuesday that should be disappointing.

California Files Appeal in Ethanol Ruling

Source: Cindy Zimmerman • Domestic Fuel • Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

As expected, the California Air Resources Board today filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to challenge last week’s ruling that the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Iowa Caucuses Show Ethanol No Longer Sacred to Rural Voters

Source: Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker • Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

Allegiance to ethanol, once required for political success in rural states, has faded in importance as some candidates skeptical about biofuel subsidies fared better than supporters in the Iowa caucuses.

API aims to make energy a key election issue

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The oil and gas industry wants to thrust energy issues to the forefront of this year’s presidential and congressional campaigns.

Georgians on the hook for failed ethanol facility

Source: Dan Chapman • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Range Fuels, the failed wood-to-ethanol factory in southeastern Georgia that cost taxpayers $70 million, was sold Tuesday for pennies on the dollar. Its buyer is a company that is backed by the same man who bankrolled and helped secure government loans for Range Fuels before it went bust last year.