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Wes Clark appointment confirmed

The appointment of General Wes Clark as co-chairman GrowthEnergy, has been confirmed by the organisation. I picked up a blog post that said it was likely to happen yesterday. 

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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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Taking the long view

There’s a piece about algae-based biofuel firm Sapphire Energy on Xeconomy, it’s talking about the way that plunging oil prices require alternative fuel start-ups to take a long view. I guess that more realistic valuations of biofuel companies and a shake out of some of the more highly leveraged and more recent entrants into the […]

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Growth Energy launches today

A new trade association for the US ethanol industry is scheduled to  launch in the next 24 hours. It’s called Growth Energy. Thanks to NathanSchock, who’s at a National Press Club launch today.

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South Africa looks to biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps

South Africa is looking at biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps, according to Engineering News from Creamer Media. According to the report: Dr Titus Mathe, The South African National Energy Research Institute’s (Saneri’s) programme manager,  said that, although the country had arange of alternative fuels available, biodiesel was very comparable topetrol and diesel in terms […]

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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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Clinton backs push to cellulosic ethanol

Bill Cliniton, sometime US president, has been talking at the National Clean Energy Summit, in Las Vegas, last night. According to earth2tech, in 10 Things the US Government should do for clean power he said: We need to accelerate the move from corn-based ethanol to moresustainable biofuels. The conversion ratio is twice as good, but […]

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EU consults on sustainability on using biomass

If you’ve not contributed to the EU consultation on new and renewable energy then you should. Hat tip to GAVE.

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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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Just how much forest waste is there?

Thinking about my response to the earlier post in Huffington post about using food crops to make biofuels, I started looking at the amount of fuel that could be generated from existing forest materials such as brush wood. There’s a paper on Science direct which gives this as the yield from scrub in Galicia (northern […]

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