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NEWS UPDATE February 24, 2015

Bill Gates and Other Business Leaders Urge U.S. to Increase Energy Research

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report. The American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six executives that includes the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the General Electric chief Jeffrey R. Immelt, urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a strategic national priority. [ read more … ]

New plants, but not ethanol

By LORI POTTER, Kearney Hub Staff Writer  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

The future for ethanol production in Nebraska and other farm states likely won’t include a push to build new processing plants or expand existing ones. Investors now are looking to build companion businesses next to ethanol plants to take advantage of infrastructure, raw product supplies and transportation that fits both. “The innovation going on at these facilities is tremendous,” KAAPA Ethanol CEO Chuck Woodside said. “People are finding ways to get more out of the product … and that spurs co-location of industries.” [ read more … ]

Year ahead holds questions for ethanol

By Lori Potter, Kearney Hub Staff Writer  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

Many ethanol plant balance sheets were repaired in 2014, but predictions for 2015 and beyond by KAAPA Ethanol Chief Executive Officer Chuck Woodside are prefaced with “it depends.” Woodside, who is a past president of the national Renewable Fuels Association, said, “We’re coming off a phenomenal 2014, and the industry as a whole did well.” [ read more … ]

DOE to provide $10M for advanced technology projects 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

The research projects all seek to develop biofuels from plant-based materials that are not used for food. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will administer the awards, according to a statement from the department. “These projects will support BETO’s work to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels from non-food biomass feedstocks by reducing the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies,” DOE said. [ read more … ]

NREL: Biodiesel Leads Biofuels Growth in US

By  John Davis, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

The latest numbers from the federal government shows biodiesel was the leader in growth among biofuels in the United States. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book showed good gains for many of the renewable energy industries, while energy consumption from petroleum actually slumped, despite an overall increase in the amount of energy consumed. [ read more … ]

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming. [ read more … ]

West Coast pact on climate action pulled into former Ore. governor’s scandal 

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 24, 2015

Backers of the Pacific Coast Collaborative said that the group and its goals will withstand the controversy and gubernatorial turnover. “I don’t think that what’s happened in Oregon changes anything around the Pacific Coast Collaborative,” said Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy. “I don’t see that the PCC in any way hinged on Governor Kitzhaber or any governor.” [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.