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Fumes of Terror!
Posted October 20, 2010



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Propel slashes fuel prices on NAFV day

As part of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day, California-based retail fuel marketer Propel Fuels shaved off $1 per gallon from the regular retail price, as low as $1.49 per gallon, on E85 and biodiesel blends at five of its Bay Area fueling stations on Oct. 15. Launched in 2002, National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day is a biennial program run by the University of West Virginia and NAFTC.READ MORE

University program produces, sells biodiesel

Initially tested and built as part of a course, the Loyola University-Chicago Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy's (CUERP) Biodiesel Program has evolved into the first school program in the U.S. to be licensed by state and federal authorities to produce and sell biodiesel. The program received approval by the U.S. EPA, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue and the National Biodiesel Board.READ MORE E3 2010

Pearson Fuels lands grant for in-line blending

With an already venerable track record for setting up E85 blender pumps across the country, San Diego, Calif.-based Pearson Fuels landed a $1.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission to install in-line biodiesel blending at two fuel terminal locations: one in Sacramento owned by InterState Oil and another in El Cajon owned by SoCo Group.READ MORE

Iowa politicians debate biodiesel

A recent political debate between two Iowa congressional candidates has shed light on their respective views of the biodiesel tax credit. During the Oct. 15 event, which was broadcast on Iowa Public Television, incumbent third district Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines) spoke out in support of the tax credit while challenger Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale), a member of the state senate, said he would not support reinstatement of the credit. According to video and a transcript of the debate posted to Iowa Public Television's website, Zaun said that while he thinks the biodiesel industry needs to grow, he does not support reinstatement of the expired tax credit. In response, Boswell argued that Zaun has not connected success in the biofuels industry with a decreased dependence on foreign oil.READ MORE

Illinois college to develop biofuels program

Ina, Ill.-based Rend Lake College has received a $60,835 grant from the USDA to support a three-part biofuels education program, which will include training on farm-based biodiesel production. The program is currently slated to run 18 months. According to Linda Denton, RLC professor of physics and physical science, the first component of the three-part program includes the development of an internet-hybrid class for RLC students.READ MORE

The first 90 days under RFS2 rules

On July 1, the new RFS2 rules took effect requiring registration and new trading methods for biodiesel blenders and retailers hoping to capture Renewable Identification Number credits and maintain trading flows. Ninety days later, after a full quarter of operation, Hart Energy hosted a webinar that highlighted the first driving season under the new rule. Despite the sharp decline in biodiesel production after the expiration of the tax credit, Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing for Renewable Energy Group Inc., said there is enough volume to satisfy prescribed RFS2 requirements. He added that 1.8 billion gallons of capacity are currently registered with the U.S. EPA.READ MORE
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