That the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association would come out fighting after the 2013 annus horribilis was to be expected. When Bob Dinneen, a man they’ve come to call the Reverend in these parts because of his full throttle evangelisin’ on the blendstock’s position in the USA, took the stage to deliver the keynote opening address to the 2014 National Ethanol Conference last week, the packed auditorium knew broadly what to expect.
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By Tim Worledge | February 27, 2014 02:49 PM Comments (0)
By Ross McCracken | February 27, 2014 12:01 PM Comments (2)
By John Kingston | January 28, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
A few notes from the world of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard:
By News Desk | December 30, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
When the Environmental Protection Agency released modification in the 2014 application of the renewable fuel standard, it was only the start of the process. The lobbying still goes on, as Herman Wang discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & Environment.
By Peter Maloney | December 26, 2013 03:39 PM Comments (0)
There is a strange silence in the nation’s capital this holiday season.
The usual crescendo of lobbying that occurs every year that the renewable energy production tax credit expires – this is one of those years – is barely a whisper.
The new year is going to be unusual as well. The expiration of the PTC usually brings the development of wind power projects to a screeching halt. This year the development pipeline is going to carry on into 2014 and likely even into 2015.
By Ross McCracken | December 20, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (5)
Whether practical or not, the unstated implication behind current emissions abatement policies is that zero coal-fired generation is the ultimate ambition. However, the reality is that zero coal can only be contemplated from a privileged, developed world perspective, and even then no coal at all may prove to be a sub-optimal solution. Ross McCracken discusses that perspective in this offering taken from the pages of Platts Energy Economist.
By Rodney White | December 10, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (4)
Solar can become competitive internationally with natural gas by 2025, claims a study authored by Lux Research. But there are several caveats to that assertion.
For example, the study said, solar becomes competitive if there is a 39% decline in utility-scale system costs by 2030 and accompanied by barriers to shale gas production, such as anti-fracking policies in Europe and the high cost of capital in South America.
By Ross McCracken | November 22, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (11)
Europe has taken renewable energy generation further and faster than any other region of the world in terms of system penetration, and now appears to be heading into a maelstrom. Where Europe falls, others will follow. Perversely, the impacts of the successful build out of low carbon generation could put at risk the consensus behind climate change mitigation policies. US utilities should take note: never before has the need for international comparison been so pressing. Ross McCracken discusses this issue in a story that appears in this month’s edition of Platts Energy Economist.
There has been talk in the United States of the utility “death spiral,” a process in which environmentally-targeted subsidy support enables consumers to disengage, partially if not wholly, from the electricity grid through demand-side management and distributed generation. Utilities, required to invest to incorporate renewables into a centralized system, are left in an unsustainable situation of higher embedded costs and fewer customers.
By Herman Wang | November 21, 2013 04:20 PM Comments (2)
Much of the rhetoric surrounding the US Renewable Fuel Standard centers around the notion of home-grown fuels enhancing American energy security and independence.
That puts Leticia Phillips in a bit of a delicate situation, as she advocates for Brazilian sugar cane ethanol’s place in the US renewable fuel mix.
Phillips is the North American representative for UNICA, the Brazilian sugar cane industry association. And though lawmakers and the Obama administration have played up their support for domestically produced biofuels, Phillips said Brazilian ethanol has an ace up its sleeve: its lower life-cycle emissions, when compared to US corn-derived ethanol.
By John Kingston | November 19, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (3)
The University of California-Davis has a new study out about California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Once you get past the standard dry academic writing, much of it is fairly startling.
We care about the source of the report because the school’s Institute of Transportation Studies is essentially the intellectual center of the LCFS. And what it calls for in the study, released last month but published on an LCFS-centered Twitter feed just a few days ago would, if implemented, mark a significant change in the way the state’s LCFS is administered.