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8Propel Fuels adding hundreds of biofuel stations soon

Propel Fuels is acquiring $21 million in funding to add more than 200 fuel stations in new and existing markets over the next two years, offering more drivers E85 ethanol and biodiesel blends. The company currently sells fuel out of 31 existing retail stations in California and Washington, sharing gas pumps with gasoline and diesel.

25EPA denies ethanol waiver requested by governors and farm groups

Ten governors and a coalition of farm groups were upset on Friday to see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deny requests that corn production requirements be waived. While corn farmers were likely glad to see the ruling, farmers in the poultry, hog and cattle industries were not. They're seeing big increases in corn-based feed costs in this drought-heavy year as corn is diverted for ethanol used in vehicle fuel. The EPA says that the Renewable Fuel Standard must be enforced and condition

41How this summer's drought might affect your car's gasoline

In 2007, then-president George Bush signed a law that required increased production of ethanol. Swelling ethanol demand for fuel combined with this past summer's drought has driven the price of corn (used to make ethanol) up. In fact, prices have swollen some 400 percent in the last seven years. That's comforting for corn growers, who are dealing with much smaller yields than normal. But it's not comforting for livestock producers, poultry farmers and grocery shoppers.

29EPA requiring 4-gallon minimum purchase at E15 ethanol blender pumps

The battle over E15 – that mix of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline – has apparently taken an unexpected turn.

40Kansas Petroleum Council warns drivers against pumping E15

Here are the facts: currently, E15, the newly approved higher blend of ethanol (15 percent) in gasoline (85 percent), is only on sale at one fuel station in the U.S. That Kansas gas station, as we noted last week, requires buyers to purchase at lease four gallons of the fuel at a time, so as to prevent people filling up things like lawn equipment. Also, E15 has been called "probably the single most studied fuel in the history of EPA waivers," by Bob Dinneen, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Associ

143E15 now available, at one lone gas station in Kansas

A Phillips 66 gas-station in Kansas is the first in the U.S. to offer gas with a 15 percent blend of ethanol – aka E15 – to non-flex fuel vehicles, the New York Times reports.

85EPA officially approves E15 for sale in U.S.

Putting E15 (a mix of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) on sale in the U.S. has been all but official since April, when the Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications to make E15. Now, "all but official" has become official, with the EPA giving approval for retailers to start selling the biofuel. Just because stations can, though, doesn't mean that drivers will be able to get E15 right away. It will take time for the increased biofuel blend, made from corn ethanol,

51EPA officially approves E15 for sale in U.S.

Putting E15 (a mix of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) on sale in the U.S. has been all but official since April, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the first applications to make E15. Now, "all but official" has become official, with the EPA giving approval for retailers to start selling the biofuel. Just because stations can, though, doesn't mean that drivers will be able to get E15 right away. It will take time for the increased biofuel blend, made from corn et

15Automaker-backed study sounds the alarm against E15

Another day, another opinion on the feasibility of E15.

18E15 brings many questions, no consensus on widespread use

For some drivers, ethanol-blended fuels such as E15 and E85 generate the same kind of confusion as stalactites and stalagmites do for high school geography students. Now, E15, which is fuel sold with a 15 percent blend of ethanol, is creating confusion all on its own.

22When it comes to infrastructure, EVs are easier to charge than E85 is to pump

Quick, which is easier to find: a public charging station for an electric vehicle or a station that offers E85? Despite the much larger number of flex-fuel vehicles on the road, it turns out that when you bring the fight down to electricity vs. ethanol, EV drivers have nearly a 2-1 edge.

45Canceling ethanol subsidy likely to raise the price of gas at the pump

That falling ball in Times Square didn't just signal the end of 2011, it was also the death knell for thirty years of ethanol subsidies. That in turn could signal an abrupt rise in prices at the pump.

71U.S. ethanol output dips to lowest level in 2011

Blame it on a harvesting delay, but the fact still remains that U.S. ethanol output slipped by 3.4 percent – to 841,000 barrels a day – in late September, the lowest per-day output in 2011.

5Hold the biofuel: OPEI files legal challenge against EPA-approved E15

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has announced it will legally challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's "Regulation to Mitigate Misfueling" rule. OPEI says this rule – added by the EPA to address concerns of incorrectly using E15 in lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs, boats and older vehicles – won't prevent potential misfueling

10U.S. to beat Brazil as world's leading ethanol exporter

Lagging U.S. sales of E85, lax trade restrictions and Brazil's worst sugarcane harvest of the last decade will allow the United States to overtake the South American nation as the world's leading ethanol exporter during the second half of 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced last week. Okay, officially, the EIA said it was "likely" to happen, but when you put all the pieces together, we think "likely" = "will."

8U.S. ethanol production falls a bit, but is still up compared to 2010 numbers

U.S. ethanol production fell 3.5 percent for the week ending July 8, down 32,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the prior week. Ethanol producers shouldn't worry much, since this is up six percent from the same time frame in 2010 and most biofuel refineries in the U.S. are reporting profitable margins.

57Senate approves amendment to end ethanol subsidies

Just days ago, we reported that the United States Senate rejected an amendment that would have put an end to the the $6 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for producers of corn-based ethanol. Now, we're here to convey the message that the Senate actually approved the amendment. Was our initial report inaccurate? Um, no.

33Report: Senate approves amendment to end ethanol subsidies

Just days ago, we reported that the United States Senate rejected an amendment that would have put an end to the the $6 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for producers of corn-based ethanol. Now, we're here to convey the message that the Senate actually approved the amendment. Was our initial report inaccurate? Um, no. Tuesday's failed amendment was similar, but not identical, to the amendment that passed through the Senate on Thursday.

8Study finds insignificant fuel consumption change between E5, E10

A study conducted by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland indicates that there's only a very slight change in overall fuel consumption between commercial-grade E10 (fuel made up of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline) and E5 (a biofuel with five percent ethanol and 95 percent gasoline) gas sold in Finland.

15RFA says ethanol saved Americans 89 cents at the pump in 2010

In early May, Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin released a study indicating that in 2010, the blending of ethanol with gasoline reduced pump prices by an average of $0.89 per gallon. This is a $0.25 increase in savings thanks to the extra ethanol produced last year. In addition, the study, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), found that in 2010 alone, ethanol reduced the average American household's gasoline bill by more than $800. RFA president, Bob Dinneen, w

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