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Q&A: Big Data Could Bring Upside to Renewables Investors
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Technology and big data will change how electric grids are organized and water is transported, says Lara Banks.

Biofuels Fight Is Brewing Between US and Brazil Over Ethanol
Friday, November 10, 2017 The US biofuels industry, fresh off a win against Big Oil, is lining up for a fight with Brazil.

What You Need to Know About Converting Plastic Bags into Sustainable Fuel
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Processing used plastic has dual benefits - by reducing waste in landfills and providing alternative sources of fuel.

Peak Oil? Majors Aren't Buying Into The Threat From Renewables
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Leaders of the world's biggest oil firms are not buying the argument that their traditional business faces any imminent threat.

US Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Policy While Trump Adviser
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for information on Carl Icahn's efforts to change biofuel policy.

Exxon Is Spending $1 Billion a Year to Research Green Energy
Friday, November 03, 2017 One of the world's biggest oil companies is pumping more than $1 billion a year into alternative forms of energy.

US Lawmakers Seek 'Well-Rounded Biofuels Policies'
Thursday, November 02, 2017 A bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives has called on the EPA to recognize 'the significant pitfalls and costs' of renewable fuel standards.

US Senators From Refinery States Seek Trump Meeting On Biofuels Policy
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Nine US senators from states that have oil refineries sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging changes to biofuels policy.

How the Farm Belt Pressured Trump and Beat the Oil Industry
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Farm-state interests just conquered Big Oil in a fight over biofuels, proving that in Donald Trump's Washington, King Corn still reigns.

Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel Face US Dumping Penalty
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 The US moved to impose more import duties on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia.

Pennsylvania Gov. Seeks Relief For Local Refiners From Renewable Fuel Rule
Monday, October 23, 2017 Pennsylvania's governor asked US President Donald Trump to ease pressures on oil refiners in his state.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Icahn Reaps $60 Million Windfall as Trump Regulations Adviser
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Icahn's windfall results from potential changes in the George W. Bush-era law known as the Renewable Fuel Standard.

U.S. Democratic Senators Seek Probe into Icahn’s Biofuel Credit Dealings
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Eight Democratic senators asked U.S. regulators on Tuesday to launch an investigation into billionaire Carl Icahn’s activities in the U.S. biofuels blending credit market.

U.S. Trade Panel Affirms Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel Probe
Friday, May 05, 2017 The 5-0 decision followed the initiation of Commerce Department probes in April after U.S. biodiesel producers claimed that soaring imports from Argentina and Indonesia were dumped at prices below production costs.

Why Crooks Are Stealing the Grease From Your French Fries
Friday, May 05, 2017 "It's like crack money," said Sumit Majumdar, president of Buffalo Biodiesel Inc., a Tonawanda, New York-based collector.

Icahn's Oil Refiner Reports Plunge in Biofuels Bill in 1st Qtr
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Biofuels compliance expenses for CVR Energy's refining unit fell to the lowest level in almost five years during the first quarter, the company said on Thursday, as the U.S. government weighs an overhaul of its renewable fuels policy.