Alternative Fuels

International Developments
Policy

Bipartisan Think Tank Proposes U.S. RFS Reforms

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently issued a paper exploring, objectively, how the Renewable Fuel Standard could feasibly be reformed in order to put the federal biofuel program on a stable footing.

Industry & Facility

Renewables Could Cost U.S. Utilities Up to $48 Billion by 2025

Continued growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues by between $18 billion and $48 billion annually in the U.S. and €61 billion (about US$75 billion) per year in Europe by 2025, a recent Accenture report showed.

Prices

Enough D5, D6 RINs Could Roll Over If Proposed RVO Sticks

The rate of Renewable Identification Number generation in the first three quarters of 2014 shows that there will be more than enough advanced biofuel (D5) and conventional renewable-fuel (D6) RINs for rollover into 2015 if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sticks to its proposed reduction in the 2014 renewable volume obligations, a recent analysis by University of Illinois economist Nick Paulson showed.

Technology
International Developments
Industry & Facility
Technology

Toshiba to Develop Solar/CO2-to-Fuel Scheme

Toshiba Corp. recently announced the development of a new technology that uses solar energy to generate carbon compounds from carbon dioxide and water, and deliver a viable chemical feedstock or fuel with potential for use in the industry.

International Developments

Boeing, SAA Launch Tobacco-to-Biojet Effort

Amsterdam-based SkyNRG recently announced that Sunchem SA, Boeing and South African Airways officially launched “Project Solaris,” a joint effort to develop aviation biofuels from the nicotine-free tobacco plant variety.

Industry & Facility