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EPA Abandons Changes To US Biofuel Program After Lawmaker Pressure
Friday, October 20, 2017 The US EPA has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash.

EPA Chief Calls for Ending Wind Tax Credits to Help Coal Survive
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Tax incentives for the wind industry should be eliminated, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt says.

U.S. Trade Dispute Scaring Companies From Buying Solar Power
Thursday, October 05, 2017 A trade dispute over solar imports has stalled clean-energy projects across the U.S.

Senators Object to Plan to Lower US Renewable Fuel Requirements for 2018
Thursday, October 05, 2017 A group of 38 U.S. senators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to abandon plans to lower biofuels requirements for oil refiners in 2018, according to a letter made public by the office of Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

IEA Lifts Five-Year Renewables Forecast After Record 2016
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 The IEA raises its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years.

Statoil Takes First Bite Of Solar Market With Brazilian Joint Venture
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Statoil is taking its first step into the solar sector, partnering up with Oslo-listed renewable energy firm Scatec Solar.

Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the US coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.

Shell Said to Seek Sale of Stake in $1.4 Billion Wind Farm
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Shell and its partners Eneco Holdings NV and Mitsubishi are seeking to sell a stake in two Dutch offshore wind-farm projects.




China Gives Carmakers More Time in Biggest Electric-Vehicle Plan
Thursday, September 28, 2017 The plan gives automakers more time to prepare for the phasing out of fossil-fuel powered vehicles.

Shell Explores Electric Vehicle Charging, Energy Management Businesses
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Shell intends to invest up to $1 billion a year through its New Energies division by the end of the decade.

Total Steps Up Renewables Drive With EREN, GreenFlex Deals
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Total steps up its expansion into renewables with investments in solar and wind energy producer EREN RE and energy efficiency firm GreenFlex.

EU Cuts Duties On Argentine Biodiesel, Challenge To Come
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 The European Union will lower import duties on Argentine biodiesel after the WTO ruled against initial measures.

US Soyoil, Fuel Credits Jump On Duties For Argentina Biodiesel Imports
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 US soyoil prices jumped 1.8% while biomass-based diesel fuel credits also gained on expectations.

Meghan O'Sullivan: Renewables Won't End Geopolitics of Energy
Monday, August 21, 2017 In another sign that the age of fossil fuels is waning, the California State Senate has passed a bill to commit the state to use 100% renewable energy for power by 2045.

Courts: US EPA Erred In Denying Renewable Fuel Hardship Exemption
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 The EPA used too strict of a test when it wrongfully denied Sinclair Oil's request for an exemption from the country's biofuel regulations, a US appeals court rule.

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that that those with the deepest pockets in the industry are casting around for a new strategy.

Minister: India Set To Unveil New Biofuel Policy In Bid To Cut Imports
Thursday, August 10, 2017 India will soon announce a new policy to promote biofuels as part of efforts by the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases to cut imports of fossil fuels.

In Rare Eclipse, Gas Sees Its Future as Solar's Backstop
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 Natural gas is about to get a glimpse of its future role in the US power mix as solar energy's backup.

Trump Might Start Trade War With Brazil Over Ethanol
Monday, August 07, 2017 President Donald Trump's America First rhetoric is doing no favors for US ethanol producers, who are hoping to avoid a trade fight with fuel buyers in Brazil.

Finnish Oil Refiner Neste Reports Lower Profits, Shares Fall
Thursday, August 03, 2017 Neste reports a drop in 2Q earnings due to expiry of a US biofuel tax break plus the impact of maintenance stoppages at its conventional refineries.

Sources: US To Reject Biofuel Program Tweaks In Blow To Refiners
Thursday, August 03, 2017 The EPA will reject a proposal to overhaul the US biofuels program to shift blending responsibility away from refining companies, two sources familiar say.

Refiners Argue EPA Can Cut Biofuel Quota Despite Defeat in Court
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 Refiners told the EPA to cut biofuel quotas for 2018, arguing that a federal court decision against the agency shouldn't prevent it from setting targets below levels enshrined in law.

European Oil Majors Seek To Harness US Offshore Wind
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 Some European oil majors have made inroads into the emerging US offshore wind energy market.

Icahn's Biofuel Bet Faces Significant Headwinds
Monday, July 31, 2017 Billionaire investor Carl Icahn's multimillion-dollar bet against U.S. biofuel prices is looking increasingly risky in the wake of a Friday court ruling.

Trump May Have to Boost Biofuel as Court Deals Blow to Oil
Friday, July 28, 2017 The Trump administration may have to reconsider its proposal from earlier this month to curb biofuel use.

A Solar Eclipse Could Wipe Out 9,000 Megawatts of Power Supplies
Friday, July 14, 2017 The eclipse set to darken skies next month threatens to sideline solar farms and rooftop panels in a wide swath of the U.S., wiping out enough power generation to supply about 7 million homes.

IEA: Electricity Investment Overtakes Oil, Gas for First Time Ever in 2016
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Investments in electricity surpassed those in oil and gas for the first time ever in 2016 on a spending splurge on renewable energy and power grids as the fall in crude prices led to deep cuts, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion a Year on Clean Energy by 2020
Monday, July 10, 2017 Shell plans to spend as much as $1 billion a year on its New Energies division as the transition toward renewable power and electric cars accelerates.

We Grow Fuel Here: Fighting the Oil Slump by Bartering for Grain
Friday, July 07, 2017 YPF SA is expanding into a vibrant local farm industry and gain access to dollar-based export markets for grain.

Driving Under the Influence in Car Powered by Whisky Biofuel
Friday, July 07, 2017 Alcohol and automobiles famously do not mix - but one Scottish scientist has disproved that maxim.

Chilean Scientists Produce Biodiesel From Microalgae
Monday, July 03, 2017 Biodiesel made from microalgae could power buses and trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80%.

Scottish Government Gives Green Light To Vattenfall 170-MW Wind Farm
Monday, July 03, 2017 Vattenfall says the Scottish government has given consent for it to build a 170-megawatt wind farm in southwest Scotland.

Kenya Says Major Wind Power Line to be Ready in Three Months
Thursday, June 29, 2017 A power line linking a 310 megawatt (MW) wind power plant to Kenya's national grid, delayed by landowners' compensation demands among other issues, is expected to be ready in the next three months, the energy minister said.

Wind Power's Big Bet: Turbines Taller Than Skyscrapers
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Wind farm operators are betting on a new generation of colossal turbines, which will dwarf many skyscrapers.

'Bring On More Renewables,' US Regulator Says As Grid Study Looms
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Wind and solar power does not make the US electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator says.

Democratic Lawmakers Raise Pressure On EPA Over Icahn's Biofuels Role
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 US Democratic lawmakers asked EPA head Scott Pruitt to disclose procedures to prevent billionaire Carl Icahn from influencing US biofuels policy.

IEA: Rapid Nuclear Decommissioning Threats Climate Targets
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Decommissioning nuclear plants in Europe and North America from 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless governments build new nuclear plants or expand the use of renewables.

IEA: Carbon Capture Needed In Climate Change Fight
Monday, June 19, 2017 Carbon capture and storage is gradually gaining government attention after being overtaken by investment in wind and solar energy, with the IEA saying the technology will be crucial.

Exxon Says Scientists Boost Lipid Content From Algae In Lab Study
Monday, June 19, 2017 ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics say they had found a way to more than double the amount of lipids produced by algae in a lab.

Sources: EPA Expected To Unveil Renewable Fuel Plan As Soon As This Week
Thursday, June 15, 2017 The US EPA is expected to propose renewable fuel use requirements for 2018 as soon as this week, sources say.

Natural Gas Is King of America's Power Mix, for Now
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Natural gas is the king of the US power market - but that may not last.

European Majors Lead the Way in Renewable Presence Establishment
Monday, June 12, 2017 The European majors are leading the way in shaping strategies to establish a presence in the fast-growing renewables market, according to Wood Mackenzie.

Statoil Eyes Japan, US For Floating Wind Expansion
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Statoil is targeting Japan, California and Hawaii to expand its floating offshore wind turbine business.

France's Avril Sees Improved Outlook For Biodiesel
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Avril said a rebound in oil prices since early last year had improved its industry's outlook.

Australian State Looks To Ease Power Volatility With Gas
Monday, June 05, 2017 Queensland said it would restart a gas-fired energy plant next year to help cap soaring electricity prices and make the grid more stable.

US CFTC Says It Is Not Probing Icahn's Activity In Biofuels Credits
Monday, June 05, 2017 The US CFTC informed 8 senators last month that it is not investigating biofuels credits after the lawmakers had urged it to probe billionaire Carl Icahn's activity in that market.

GE Floating $1.7 Billion Platform in Germany Shows Power of Wind
Friday, June 02, 2017 GE said it's ready to ship a $1.7B offshore wind platform destined for the North Sea, underscoring the industrial giant's commitment to clean power.

National Grid Begins $1.1 Billion Share Buyback After Gas Sale
Friday, June 02, 2017 National Grid will begin a program to spend $1.1B buying back its own shares, after the sale of a majority stake in its UK natural gas distribution business.

Renewable Energy Sector Added Jobs during Downturn
Friday, May 26, 2017 A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency found that despite a tough oil and gas climate, jobs in renewables increased in 2016.

Electric Cars Seen Cheaper Than Gasoline Models Within a Decade
Friday, May 26, 2017 Now research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance indicates that falling battery costs will mean electric vehicles will also be cheaper to buy in the U.S. and Europe as soon as 2025.

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