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NEWS UPDATE April 19, 2012

China lowers ethanol subsidies

Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 19, 2012

Following the lead of the U.S., China is cutting its subsidies for grain for ethanol production for fear that it will run short of livestock feed, according to a report by Bloomberg News. [ read more … ]

Corporate giants ‘building empires’ in advanced fuels

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 19, 2012

Major corporations — most notably, oil and gas giants — are “building empires” in advanced biofuels as partners for startups that need cash and expertise, according to a market analysis released yesterday. Lux Research Inc. says 79 percent of companies scaling up in alternative fuels are connected to large companies. Serving as hubs for biofuels companies, Lux said: BP PLC, Valero Energy Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, France’s Total SA, Honeywell UOP LLC, General Motors Co., Boeing Co., Chevron Corp., DuPont and Waste Management Inc. [ read more … ]

Clean Technology on the Brink

JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 19, 2012

Clean energy technology has grown robustly and come down in price in recent years, driven by hefty government stimulus spending, expectations of future regulation and substantial private investment. But that technology is going to fall off a cliff unless government steps in quickly to revitalize the solar, wind, nuclear, battery and clean vehicle sectors with new spending and federal policy, according to a new study from three research groups. [ read more … ]

Overhauling subsidies could boost renewables, think tanks say

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 19, 2012

As federal support for clean energy technologies is projected to decline precipitously by 2014, three prominent think tanks are pushing a new pathway that would free renewable energy industries from the boom-and-bust cycle of policy dependence by rejiggering incentives to reward technologies that can compete with traditional fossil fuels absent government support. [ read more … ]

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