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2013-10-15 20:39:04

Congress should minimally modify – and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal – the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers. In the study, U. of I. law professor Jay P. Kesan and Timothy A. Slating, a regulatory associate with the Energy Biosciences Institute, argue that RFS mandates merely ought to be adjusted to reflect current and...

Biofuels Have Little Effect On Gasoline Prices
2013-10-11 04:19:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Contrary to popular belief, biofuels like ethanol may not help lower the price at the pump, according to findings reported in The Energy Journal. Over the past couple of years, some people have claimed that the widespread use of ethanol has reduced the wholesale cost of gasoline by $0.89 to $1.09 per gallon. However, Christopher Knittel, an MIT economist and co-author of the new paper, says this claim is unfounded. “The point of...

2013-02-26 14:41:00

Fat worms confirm that researchers from Michigan State University have successfully engineered a plant with oily leaves -- a feat that could enhance biofuel production as well as lead to improved animal feeds. The results, published in the current issue of The Plant Cell, the journal of the American Society of Plant Biologists, show that researchers could use an algae gene involved in oil production to engineer a plant that stores lipids or vegetable oil in its leaves — an uncommon...

Surplus Land Used For Production Of Feedstock For Bioenergy
2012-10-18 10:18:05

An interdisciplinary team of 11 scientists from seven European countries and the USA have discussed the concept to utilize so called surplus land for the production of feedstock for bioenergy. They identified environmental, economic and social constraints but also options for efficient use of surplus land for bioenergy. The study provides a scientific background in support of a reassessment of land available for bioenergy feedstock production Their findings were published in the open access...

2012-04-12 13:19:04

A new study from the University of Illinois concludes that learning-by-doing, stimulated by increased ethanol production, played an important role in inducing technological progress in the corn ethanol industry. It also suggests that biofuel policies, which induced ethanol production beyond the free-market level, served to increase the competitiveness of the industry over time. The study, co-written by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, and...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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