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NEWS UPDATE April 16, 2012

Subcommittee weighs bill to ease E15 to market

Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 16, 2012

A new bill meant to help companies bring new fuel blends such as E15 to the marketplace will take its first step in Congress this week with a hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill would take a step sought by gas stations and allow new fuel blends to be stored and dispensed with ordinary equipment. It would also spare oil companies, engine manufacturers and fuel retailers from legal liability for any harm that might occur because of the use of E15 — gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol — or another fuel approved for use by U.S. EPA.
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New biofuel could have an edge over ethanol

DAVID SHAFFER, Star Tribune  •    •  Posted April 16, 2012

A biofuel that will be produced commercially in Minnesota is turning out to have major advantages over ethanol, especially for engines that can’t burn that fuel at higher concentrations. Scientists who have studied isobutanol, an alcohol fuel made from corn and soon to be manufactured in Luverne, Minn., say it can be easily blended with gasoline at up to 16 percent, packs more energy than ethanol and doesn’t appear to damage the engines of older cars, boats and lawn equipment. [ read more … ]

Enerkem seeks to join growing list of companies going public

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 16, 2012

Over the past year, approximately 10 biofuels and biochemical companies have filed to go public to finance technologies that are going from demonstration-scale to commercial scale. After Enerkem, the most recent filing was Coskata Inc., which is developing a biorefinery in Alabama to produce cellulosic ethanol. Eight other advanced biofuel and bio-product companies — including KiOR Inc., Solazyme Inc. and Gevo Inc. — have closed deals over the past 18 months. [ read more … ]

Stimulus spending hasn’t delivered on ‘green jobs’

E&E  •    •  Posted April 16, 2012

Three years after President Obama promised that millions of “green jobs” would sprout from $90 billion in stimulus spending earmarked for clean energy, only a small fraction have materialized. Supporters say the administration overpromised on the potential for job creation and worry that backlash could erode support for overall renewable energy policies. [ read more … ]

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