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NEWS UPDATE January 17, 2013

Gregoire talks up green achievements in final speech as Wash. governor

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 17, 2013

Outgoing Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire touted myriad accomplishments that would qualify her for several top posts in the Obama administration — including U.S. EPA chief — in her final address yesterday.
The Democrat has been widely rumored to be under consideration for a handful of posts, including EPA and the Interior, Energy and Transportation departments if their current leaders leave (Greenwire, Jan. 8) [ read more … ]

Fight over power plants has parallels to fuel-economy push in Obama’s first term

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 17, 2013

When he entered the Oval Office four years ago, President Obama gave environmentalists something they had long sought: a presidential commitment to much stronger fuel economy standards. The same advocates now hope Obama’s second term will bring a similar fervor for reining in carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s current fleet of power plants, which contribute 40 percent of America’s carbon output. [ read more … ]

Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

by RICHARD HARRIS, All Things Considered, NPR  •    •  Posted January 17, 2013

Millions of acres of marginal farmland in the Midwest — land that isn’t in good enough condition to grow crops — could be used to produce liquid fuels made from plant material, according to a study in Nature. And those biofuels could, in theory, provide about 25 percent of the advanced biofuels required by a 2007 federal law. But there are many ifs and buts about this study — and, in fact, about the future of advanced biofuels. [ read more … ]

Energy companies buckle up in hope of green aviation takeoff

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 17, 2013

The future of aviation fuels is cooking in a bland office park here in the biotech Silicon Valley, about 10 miles south of San Francisco. In vertical tanks similar to those used by brewers, genetically engineered algae are gorging on sugar, converting it to a common type of oil. In only a few days, the microscopic organisms will become bloated, with upward of 75 percent of their body weight made of oil. The algae cook is Solazyme Inc., which has learned to tailor the oil for aviation with properties not unlike petroleum-based fuel. In 2011, United Airlines Inc. flew the first commercial U.S. flight on a 50-50 blend of gasoline and Solazyme’s algae-derived jet fuel. [ read more … ]

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