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Virgin’s Branson Invests in Cilion

Richard Branson  invested more than $60 million into Cilion recently, a company that will make bioethanol from corn. Cilion raised a total of $160 million earlier this month. In total, Virgin Fuels, the subsidiary used for the investment, is investing $400 million in several biofuel companies, The Sunday Times reports … Read more »

DaimlerChrysler Begins Diesel-Powered Vehicle Push

DaimlerChrysler will continue to expand its lineup of diesel-powered vehicles in the coming months, at the same time it broadens its programs to educate the American public on the benefits of home-grown biodiesel fuel. “Diesel will be good for America, and biodiesel makes diesel better,” said Loren Beard, Senior Manager … Read more »

Solebury Township Aims for 100% Alternative Energy

Pennsylvania’s Solebury Township is moving forward with a series of studies that would provide direction for outfitting buildings with solar panels, batteries to collect unused solar energy and mechanical systems that rely on natural underground temperatures to heat and cool buildings. The township believes it can produce more energy than … Read more »

Study Gives Canadian City Path to Reduce GHG Emissions

If you’d like some insight into how cities are grappling with alternative energy sources for city vehicles and operations, a recent study concluded that Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000, could reduce GHG emissions by downsizing some of its fleet vehicles and converting to … Read more »

Chinese Ethanol Exports Could Reach 900,000 Tons in 2006

China’s 2006 exports of ethanol, made largely from corn or cassava, are set to exceed 500,000 tons. Some traders even say 900,000 tons is closer to the mark. Most of the ethanol exports – last year China had virtually none – end up in the U.S. But with ethanol plants … Read more »

E85 Drives Poorer Fuel Economy

Consumer Reports has concluded that E85 ethanol will cost consumers more money than gasoline and that there are concerns about whether the government’s support of flexible fuel vehicles can really help the U.S. achieve energy independence. CR’s testing found that: E85 provides fewer miles per gallon, costs more, and is … Read more »

California’s Landmark Greenhouse Gas Bill

The California Legislature agreed on a bill that puts strict limits on the emission of greenhouse gases by 25 percent by 2020. California is the 12th largest carbon emitter in the world . The measure, AB 32, is expected to win passage from California’s  Senate and the Assembly. The bill … Read more »

Michigan Funds 1,000 E85 Pumps

Michigan is setting aside $250,000 in federal funds for service station owners to offer alternative fuels with the goal of  1,000 pumps being installed or converted by 2008. That would increase the number of Michigan pumps now offering E85 by 20 percent. Service station owners will have to pay at … Read more »

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