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Peru eyes US for ethanol exports… perhaps

Greentech Media has a story about sugar cane ethanol from Peru, potentially being exported to the US. I think it is doubtful for a number of reasons…   The delivered cost to a coastal blending plant in the US,would have to be competitive with home grown US ethanol. If it is competitive then the US has […]

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The Global Justice Ecology Project doesn’t like biofuels

The ethanol battle has been joined again now that a new Administration is due to take over the White House. The flurry started late yesterday UK time (for  me at any rate) with an email from The Global Justice Ecology Project with a letter (that’s not on the organisation’s website). The gist of the letter […]

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US DOE updates E85 portal page

The US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center has updated its portal for ethanol. With hints on how to succeed with E85 and Business cases for E85 retailers. 

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US ethanol replaced about 2.6% of gasoline demand

US this year diverted 24.5% of its corn crop into ethanol production and replaced 2.65% of the total US demand for road transportation fuels — assuming that the 2007 figures for fuel use will be around the same as 2006, according to figures from the US Department of Energy which has issued preliminary ethanol production […]

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Biofuels drive up food prices: Bodman and Scafer

There’s been a  definitive piece of work on biofuels and food prices presented to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 11 June chaired by Jeff Bingaman. Two secretaries of state Samuel W. Bodman (energy) and Edward T. Schafer (agriculture) respond to a series of questions from the committee: We would again caution, […]

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Two US associations react to rising food prices

The National Biodiesel Board and the Renewable Fuels Association have issued statements refuting the position of many of the US food sales companies that rising food costs are being caused by rising crop prices. They may have a point in the US which consumes a significant amount of processed food where the input of energy, […]

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Lying biodiesel pumps

By Jimminy, the US Biodiesel business needs to react to this post about lying biodiesel pumps quickly and make sure it can repair the damage.

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US ethanol demand for corn 2008

There was an interesting speech, the other day by Joseph Glauber, the US Department of Agriculture’s cheif economist. The key passage for us is: The U.S. corn market will continue to be dominated by ethanol production in the coming year. Ethanol corn use for 2008/09 is projected to increase 28 percent and account for 31 […]

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The us push for biofuels causes oil to rethink refinery investments

Over on Biopact there is a discussion about how the US push for biofuels is causing the oil industry to rethink refinery investments There might be some merit in the refiners position, but only if the marginal increase in capacity of biofuels was going to be sufficiently large to

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David Fridley pours some cold water on biofuels

Lawrence-Berkeley Lab scientist and energy expert David Fridley talks about the reality of biofuels as an alternative energy fuel. He explains inherent cost and production problems with ethanol and similar biofuels. He also makes some good points about linking the price of food and oil.

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