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Neb. enzyme plant readies to supply biofuel plants

AP • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The leading maker of the enzymes used to produce biofuels says the declining political support for ethanol hasn’t diminished the long-term prospects for the industry making fuel from plants.

Bill Gates says U.S. clean energy spending should equal defense outlay

Source: Lauren Morello, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

The United States should spend as much on clean energy research as it does on health and defense research, Microsoft founder Bill Gates says.
“There really is no other choice,” Gates wrote in an editorial published yesterday in the journalScience. “Carbon-based fuels are prone to wild price gyrations and are causing the planet to overheat.”

Cellulosic ethanol won’t reach first-generation price until 2020 — study

E&E • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

Even with subsidies, ethanol made from crop waste or wood chips won’t be competitive with fuel made from corn until 2020 at the earliest, which is at the tail end of the most optimistic industry predictions, a new study said this week.

Report debunks myths about ethanol

Source: MICHAEL VAUGHAN • Globe and Mail Update • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Conference Board of Canada has produced a report that blows away some of the long-held objections to ethanol.

Stover experiments critical to Iowa’s future in biofuel

Source: Dan Piller • Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2011

If Iowa hopes to remain a leader in the next generation of biofuels beyond corn-based ethanol, it must figure out cost-effective ways to pick up the cornstalks and leaves left behind at harvest.

US Navy tests biofuel to power ship in its largest alternative fuel demonstration to date

Source: Associated Press • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2011

The U.S. Navy launched its largest alternative fuel test to date on Wednesday, pumping 20,000 gallons of algae-based fuel into a destroyer ship that will embark on a 20-hour trip along the California coast.

Natural gas: A threat to biofuels?

Dan Piller • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Beginning next month, the few motorists who own natural gas-powered autos will be able to fuel them at Iowa’s first natural gas pump at the Krueger’s BP on Highway 141 northwest of Des Moines

Ethanol Industry Faces Headwinds

Source: Abby Schultz • Special to CNBC.com • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

The ethanol industry has had a profitable year despite the jump in corn prices , but the industry faces a slew of headwinds, including overcapacity and political pressure to cut generous incentives.

Nebraska Ethanol Board to launch flex-fuel vehicle awareness campaign

Source: Jim Lane • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

In Nebraska, a new grant awarded by USDA will be used to promote flex fuel vehicles, flex fuel pumps, and driver education. The grant was announced at a meeting of the Nebraska Ethanol Board today.

Biofuels, wind power show gains, but hurdles remain

Posted: Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Biofuels and wind power are having the biggest new impact in American power generation, according to a report released today by the U.S. Energy Department. Consumption of biofuels has risen 16-fold since 2000 and wind power use has seen an eight-fold increase during the same period.