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Why we still need alternative fuels when gas is cheap 11.2.2015 MinnPost
Retail gasoline prices in Minnesota are at their lowest in five years, and for the vast majority of Minnesota motorists, that’s very good news. Now that we are paying less at pump, some are beginning to suggest that we no longer need cleaner alternatives to petroleum, or that Americans will soon return to driving more and purchasing big, inefficient vehicles. But there is still a strong case for using alternative fuels, even as gasoline prices drop.  Here are five reasons Minnesota should stick to alternatives to petroleum: Robert Moffitt 1. The cost of alternative fuels have dropped, too. The price of all fuels varies widely by location and retailer, but generally speaking biofuels such as E85 and E30 have been priced less than regular unleaded in Minnesota. The owners of flex fuel vehicles have responded to these lower prices, keeping sales strong throughout 2014. In November 2014, more than 1.3 million gallons of cleaner-burning E85 were sold in the state, an increase over the same period in 2013. As ...
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Jet Fuel from Algae? 29.1.2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News - ENN
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
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Jet Fuel from Algae? 29.1.2015 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
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Jet Fuel from Algae? 29.1.2015 Alternative Energy and Fuel News - ENN
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
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Jet Fuel from Algae? 29.1.2015 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
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Jet Fuel from Algae? 29.1.2015 Environmental News Network
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
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Business Forum: Confronting some myths about biodiesel 19.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Biofuel innovators look for a breakout 14.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
In a northeast Minneapolis laboratory, veteran chemical engineers think they have found a better way to produce biodiesel from waste grease.
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How 3 biodiesel companies defy the odds in a challenging industry 16.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Biodiesel is good for the environment and the economy, yet it's not getting the love it deserves — starting with regulation.

How 3 biodiesel companies defy the odds in a challenging industry
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Does EPA's Proposal to Cut Biodiesel Portend Administration Caving to Big Coal? 21.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Is a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to cut biodiesel -- an environmentally friendly fuel that burns significantly cleaner than regular diesel made from oil -- a sign that the Obama administration is waving the white flag on reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Just over a year ago, in June 2013, the White House came out with their three-pronged climate change plan. President Obama even said he would use his executive powers to require reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the nation's power plants, which accounts for roughly one-third of all the domestic greenhouse gas pollution in this country. And it was just two months ago when President Obama was saying that he was willing to bypass Congress and use his authority under the Clean Air Act to work to reduce Greenhouse Gasses. But instead of sticking with their "No Bad Emissions" strategy, we recently saw the White House and the EPA bend to Big Oil. Reuters reported that The Caryle Group and Delta Air Lines, who own ...
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Higher blend of biodiesel coming to the pump 30.6.2014 Star Tribune: Business
On Tuesday, Minnesota becomes the first state to require a 10 percent minimum blend of biodiesel fuel sold at the pump.
Farmers vs. truckers over new biodiesel rule 29.6.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Starting on Tuesday, most diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain 10 percent biodiesel, which double is the current portion. The requirement is the latest step in Minnesota's push for more renewable fuels.
Minnesota's 10% biodiesel mandate starts Tuesday 27.6.2014 Twincities.com: Business

After years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel.

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Big Oil and Big Corn Square off: Biodiesel and Democrats Lose 14.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine, if you can, that in this polarized, partisan, divided D.C., there were environmentally friendly standards that were so common sense and on-target that Republicans and Democrats across two administrations could agree to them. Now imagine a government agency scrapping those same standards. Not easy, right? But that's exactly what's happening in Washington right now, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Until 2014, the Obama Administration always supported raising the RFS, which mandates the amount of biofuels blended into our national fuel supply every year. But now the EPA is proposing keeping the 2013 standards through 2015. The big question here is why. There's been no end to the guesses as to why an agency tasked with protecting the environment (after all, it's right there in the name) would, suddenly and without explanation, work against an environmentally sound law that drew support from George W. Bush and the party that brought ...
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Impact of Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economics of Biodiesel Production 11.6.2014 pubs.acs.org

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es405410u
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Records sought on EPA action on biofuels 29.5.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A watchdog group is seeking records from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the agency caved to political pressure when it scaled back its 2014 renewable-fuel mandates.
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Records sought on EPA action on biofuels 29.5.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
A watchdog group is seeking records from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the agency caved to political pressure when it scaled back its 2014 renewable-fuel mandates.
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Innards of this Chevy Malibu are unlike any other 25.5.2014 Seattle Times: Local
University of Washington students have built a unique biodiesel-electric hybrid car for a national collegiate competition.
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Life Cycle GHG Emissions from Microalgal Biodiesel – A CA-GREET Model 19.5.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es403768q
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EPA policy uncertainty upsets Seattle-area biofuel producers 15.5.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to keep the amount of biodiesel that must be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply unchanged for two more years has upset biofuel producers in Seattle and elsewhere who had been counting on increased production.
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