June 12, 2006
More movement on Capital hill for biofuels
the 25/25 idea has taken bill form.
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR 25% RENEWABLES BY 2025 INTRODUCED
With an eye towards further decreasing the U.S. dependence on foreign oil, a handful of mostly Midwest senators and representatives introduced a non-binding, bipartisan resolution calling for 25% of the nations energy to be produced from renewables by 2025.
The concurrent resolution, H ConRes 424 and S ConRes 97, introduced by Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Agriculture Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), stems from ideas previously announced by the Energy Future Coalition, a broad, high-level group of representatives, including former CIA Director James Woolsey, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta and British media mogul Richard Branson.
America for too long has endured tight energy supplies. And, unfortunately Abracadabra wont solve our problems, said Grassley. Thats why the 25 by 25 initiative is so important. Its going to take bold ideas and workable solutions, he said.
Our effort with this concurrent resolution is to signal to Americas farmers, ranchers and forestry industry, that we believe they have the ability and resources to generate 25 percent of our energy needs and that it is in our economic and national security interest to do so, Grassley added.
The resolution does not say how the U.S. would reach the 25 by 25 goal, but supporters of this goal commit to support sensible policies and proper incentives to work toward the goal, Grassley said. This is something we all can support. Its in our economic and national security interest to do so, he added.
However, its unclear as to why the non-binding resolution was introduced, and not a bill, which would have some enforcement behind it.
Several bills have already been introduced in Congress pushing for a higher biofuels requirement than what was passed into law as part of the 2005 energy bill. However, those efforts have received some opposition from oil refiner groups, who feel the biofuels industry doesnt need another mandate.
The topic of biofuels was also discussed yesterday during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on oil dependence and its economic risk. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan testified that while corn-based ethanol can play only a limited role, because its ability to displace gasoline is modest at best, cellulosic ethanol, if it becomes cost competitive, would help wean us of our petroleum dependence.
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Case approves B5 and B20
Europe needs biodiesel not ethanol
This year diesel surpoassed unleaded as the primary on-road fuel. Europe is a net importer of diesel and net exporter of unleaded. Oil exec says Europe needs biodiesel, not ethanol - Autoblog
June 9, 2006
New Imperium Renewables site launches
Read all about our strategy, our refinery roll-out plans and keep up to date on the latest news.
June 8, 2006
Iowa passes significant biodiesel laws, NBB tracking 160 pieces of legislation
The NBB is reporting it is tracking over 160 pieces of state biodiesel legislation. Read the most important here.
June 4, 2006
Mukilteo to change laws to allow biodiesel again
Funny to see that local laws are so backward in relation to anything fuel related: HeraldNet: Mukilteo biodiesel may return. But things are changing as people get educated. Biodiesel is more like salad oil than petroleum. Locals are finally getting it. Removal of these kinds of institutional barriers are essential for the B100 lifestyle, but will take time.
The Olympian notes biodiesel cheaper than diesel
catching up on press
Biodiesel price beats dieselAs fuel costs soar, alternative is more competitive
By John Dodge
At least for now, environmentally friendly biodiesel is cheaper at the pump in South Sound than petroleum-based diesel.
Acme Energy Services, which operates one of the few commercial biodiesel fueling stations in the Puget Sound area, was selling biodiesel for $2.99 a gallon this week, compared with $3.02 for regular diesel fuel.Acme President Tom Allen expects to see a boost in biodiesel sales at the companys card lock station at the intersection of Lilly and Stoll roads in Olympia, if the price gap widens.Weve had a core group of customers whove been willing to pay a premium for biodiesel ever since we started offering it in 2004, he said. But a lot of people shop their pocketbooks.George Bray of Olympia, who fuels his 2003 Volkswagen Jetta with biodiesel at Acmes self-serve station, is encouraged by the cost competitiveness the alternative fuel is showing at the pump. As recently as December, petroleum diesel was more than 50 cents a gallon cheaper than biodiesel at the Acme station.I think its great it will bring more customers into the fold, Bray said. My only concern is: Can biodiesel supply keep up with the demand? Acme purchases its biodiesel from a Midwest supplier that can meet the companys growing demand, Allen said.And a package of legislation approved by the 2006 state Legislature is designed to kick-start biofuel production in Washington with state grants and a requirement that all diesel fuel contain at least 2 percent biodiesel beginning in 2008 and ramping up to 5 percent as biodiesel production statewide increases.Statewide, about 1 million to 1.5 million gallons of biodiesel fuel were purchased by motorists in 2004, according to data supplied at a March 2005 biodiesel roundtable in Olympia. That compares with an overall purchase of 1 billion gallons of diesel fuel in 2004.Biodiesel is made from vegetable oil derived from renewable crops. It is nontoxic, compared with petroleum diesel, which is a finite resource and produces toxic air emissions.Using biodiesel reduces the nations dependence on foreign oil, noted Paul Horton, co-director of Olympia-based Climate Solutions, a conservation group working on global warming issues.As biodiesel production increases, it should become even more cost competitive, Horton said.Were going to see more of this, Horton said. Its a really positive sign.Interviews with several diesel truck owners at the Acme station in Olympia revealed support for biodiesel, as well as a lack of knowledge about the product. Im not sure if I trust it, said Acme customer Rebecca Holte of Tenino. I need more information before I would change.Scott Brannam, a master sergeant in the Army National Guard, said he uses a 50-50 mix of biodiesel and regular diesel.As long as its within 25 cents a gallon of regular diesel, Ive been buying it, he said. The environmental benefits outweigh other things.One of the other things Brannam has noticed is that his truck lugs a little bit pulling a heavy load when it is fueled with pure biodiesel, so he opts for a 50-50 blend.Rick Sholes of Montesano filled up with regular diesel Tuesday, not knowing biodiesel was for sale at the fuel station.Id switch in a heartbeat, he said when told of the price break. I didnt even see it over there.About 4,000 motorists are buying gas and diesel at the Acme station, which requires a card provided for free by Acme. Up to 25 percent of the diesel purchased is either pure biodiesel or a fuel mixture that is 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent regular diesel.
John Dodge is a senior reporter and Sunday columnist with The Olympian. He can be reached at 360-754-5444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.