In the News

2014 August

Our rank: Oregon’s gas prices are third most expensive in the nation for the second week in a row. Only Hawaii ($4.30) and Alaska ($4.06) are more expensive, making Oregon’s prices the most expensive in... Read the article
It doesn’t take an international studies scholar to realize that the chaos level in the world is surging upwards. Sectarian violence in Iraq is on the rise once again. Syria is still mired in a... Read the article
France currently grants new car buyers a credit of 6,300 euros ($8,400) if they purchase an electric vehicle. But if a new bill submitted to Parliament by France’s Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy... Read the article
China is considering a massive government program to build more charging stations for electric vehicles and boost demand for the eco-friendly cars. The policy, which could provide as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion)... Read the article
The Galveston County Economic Alliance announced on Tuesday that Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment Corp. is exploring plans to build a large methanol production and export facility at Shoal Point, Texas City.  ... Read the article
Kansas City is now home to the largest fast-fill compressed natural gas facility in Missouri. +Read the article
Simple-Fill Inc., which is developing technology to allow vehicles running on compressed natural gas to fill up at home, has raised $170,000 through convertible notes offered to three investors, the company disclosed in a Securities and... Read the article
Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft... Read the article
Diesel has long been the fuel of choice for European drivers wishing to reduce their motoring costs. However, recent concerns over the emissions of older diesel vehicles has led to several countries drawing up plans... Read the article
While electric vehicles (EVs) have experienced a marketplace renaissance in the last decade, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) have not. Multiple models of EVs (like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf) and plug-in EVs (like the Chevy... Read the article
On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) sometime in September to help reduce the cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts +Read the article
CNG and LPG vehicles are amongst the most popular alternative energy fuelled vehicles with LPG being more popular and older than any alternative fuel. However, the trend is expected to change in the future and... Read the article

Sustainable Fuel from Carbon Dioxide

World Fishing & Agriculture
Key findings were that it is feasible to convert ships to operate methanol and DME based fuels and these fuels provide significant reduction in emissions compared to traditional marine fuels. +Read the article
The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of... Read the article
The US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period by 60 days for its proposed rule that would force petroleum refiners to implement additional controls on toxic air emissions from their refineries (OGJ... Read the article
In the US, ethanol production averaged 937,000 barrels per day for the week before last, or 39.35 million gallons daily, up 6,000 b/d from the week before. +Read the article
The Southeast Alternative Fuel Conference & Expo is set for Oct. 22-24 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, the event will feature plenary and breakout... Read the article
A massive stream of wastewater tainted with hydrocarbons has been flowing into Utah from oil and gas mining on Colorado’s West Slope. Evaporation ponds used to process the contaminated water in Grand County have released... Read the article
Since 2009, oil prices have enjoyed a prolonged period of remarkable stability characterized by annualized volatility significantly below its long-term average. And though volatility has ticked up markedly in recent months due to the escalating... Read the article
Every once in a while, you see something you’ve never seen before, such as a spiny bandicoot or a Canadian militant. But here’s something you really haven’t seen before: A period of seething Middle Eastern... Read the article
It’s better times for California’s ethanol producers, with investment dollars flowing into technology to make production plants more efficient and diverse in the feedstocks they accept. “We are just about there,” said Paul Koehler, spokesman... Read the article
[Blog] Until recently, the Chevy Volt was the only range-extended electric car available in the U.S. I’ve driven a Volt for almost three years now, and it’s been a splendid car–quiet, smooth, peppy, and amazingly... Read the article
The Chicago Tribune editorial “Repeal renewable fuel standard,” (Aug. 6) was undoubtedly off the mark when it claimed the Renewable Fuel Standard had “flopped” at encouraging the development of advanced biofuels in the United States.... Read the article
The U.S. House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits for natural gas vehicles. Heavier fuel tanks and equipment on natural gas trucks can add as much as 2,000 pounds more... Read the article
PUMP the new documentary about America and oil to be released September 19th. +Read the article
There’s an old saying in the biofuels industry: “You can make anything from lignin except money.” But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage. The study from the Energy Department’s... Read the article
When people talk about waste at a coffee shop, they tend to fixate on the massive pile of disposable cups that ends up in landfills. But the average coffee shop also throws out around 22... Read the article
The report “Biofuel Sustainability Performance Guidelines,” was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and authored by LMI, a not-for-profit government consultancy. It comes as large fuel consumers begin to pivot toward more plant-based... Read the article
The U.K. Green Investment Bank said it’s lending 64 million pounds ($106 million) to an energy-from-waste project in Derby, central England. +Read the article
Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which,... Read the article
I learned from Art Laffer that government is the 800lb gorilla in the economy and that investors can profit from changes in government policies. But a practitioner has to accept the framework – that government... Read the article
The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said... Read the article
If you want to get a special incentive for driving a hybrid, you’re a few years too late; but a tax credit applies to nearly every electric car and plug-in hybrid on the market and... Read the article
Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a co-product of the ethanol industry and have been an affordable source of energy and protein in swine diets for decades. In recent years, ethanol plants have begun... Read the article
In the US Energy Information Administration’s August issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, ethanol production has averaged approximately 940,000 barrels per day over the past three months. +Read the article
Reducing the transportation sector’s dependence on oil has long been a policy goal of governments globally. The sector’s overwhelming dependence on the resource results in major costs that affect energy security, environmental security, and economic... Read the article
Natural gas supplies have increased in many parts of the world during recent years due to new pipelines and hydraulic fracturing. This increase has led to reduced prices for natural gas and the wider geographic... Read the article
Hormel Foods has built the first motorcycle that runs off bio-diesel made from bacon grease. I know what you’re thinking – yes it does smell like breakfast when cruising down the road. Game changer? Definitely.... Read the article
While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon — bionic... Read the article
Ethanol producers in California would benefit if local farmers would grow sorghum as an ethanol feedstock, said Lyle Schlyer, president of Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC. “So much of the feedstock that we consume comes from... Read the article
Scientists searching for the next big energy-producing biofuel, something such as switchgrass that power plants could burn to make electricity and reduce their carbon emissions, have a very fussy wish list.   +Read the article
To understand why hedge fund managers and speculators like biofuels, it is necessary to understand what has always driven the fuel that Henry Ford envisioned would power his first Model T’s. Originally, biofuels were seen as the... Read the article
Cheap natural gas is starting to revolutionize traffic on U.S. roads, cutting bills for some of the country’s heaviest fuel users while reducing carbon emissions and other pollution.     +Read the article
The Oregon Department of State Lands’ denial Monday of Ambre Energy’s proposal to build a dock to help transport up to 8.8 million tons of coal for export dealt a blow to the industry —... Read the article
The vast majority of gasoline pumps in this country offer you three choices: regular gasoline (usually labeled as 87 octane), mid-grade (89 octane), and premium (92 or 93 octane). Lots of people are uncertain about the... Read the article

Energy and nat’l security

One News Now
According to a policy analyst, energy policy plays a part in America’s national security. The issue, he says, is picking which policy is best. Even with the national average price for gasoline being cheaper these... Read the article
A new electric supercar made its debut here Sunday to try to lure a few of the well-heeled away from traditional high-octane machines. It’s called the Renovo Coupe, a sexy rear-wheel-drive supercar powered by batteries... Read the article
While a new Roadster has not been announced, Tesla is reportedly going to offer current owners a nice upgrade later this year with a new battery that will give the electric car a 400-mile driving... Read the article

Competition heats up for Tesla’s gigafactory

San Jose Mercury NEws
Tesla Motors’ plan to build a massive battery manufacturing plant — its “Gigafactory” — has set off fierce competition for the country’s biggest economic development prize in years. As the five states under consideration, including... Read the article
Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Global Demand, Capacity and Prices for Methanol – China to Remain the Dominant Market” research report to their website.   +Read the article
In the US, ethanol production averaged 931,000 barrels per day for the week ending August 8, or 39.10 million gallons daily, up nearly 30,000 b/d from the week before.   +Read the article
The first compressed natural gas, or CNG, capable half-ton pickup truck rolled off of an assembly line in Kansas City last November. It sported a 3.7-liter V6 engine, hardened pistons and valves, a factory-installed gaseous... Read the article
Americans have lived in a world dominated by gasoline-powered vehicles for nearly 100 years. There are robust biofuels programs in place that attempt to lower gasoline consumption, but the nation’s overwhelming dependency on gasoline fuel... Read the article
Tesla is up 73% this year as the Palo Alto-based automaker continues to stoke expectations that they are on their way to becoming a mainstream automaker.   +Read the article
Calling for new-energy buses to account for at least 30% of procurements by 2016 will trigger scramble among automakers, with at least 30 billion yuan (US$4.8 billion) of annual demand.   +Read the article
The United States Department of Agriculture has released a road map detailing the benefits installing 11,000 new anaerobic digestion plants across the U.S. that could be used to produce energy or transport fuels. The biogas-using... Read the article
The safe development of job-creating American natural gas continues to deliver broad-based economic, environmental and national security benefits. From more jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector and for labor building trades, to expanded natural gas... Read the article

ABS chosen to class the world’s first CNG ship

Marine and Offshore Technology
ABS, a leading provider of global marine classification services, has been chosen to class the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned power company Perusahaan... Read the article
With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows the presentations — or the... Read the article
The Finnish government has agreed to foot 30 percent of the bill for a planned biofuel plant in Kajaani. The facility will produce bioethanol from waste sawdust, promising environmental, employment and other benefits for the... Read the article
There may be no romance in its seven-syllable name, yet for corn growers and environmental advocates, corn-based cellulosic ethanol holds the promise of an elixir. Cellulosic ethanol is a fuel made not from corn kernels,... Read the article
Slowly but surely, the use of natural gas as a substitute for gasoline in our cars is climbing. The graph shows a 33% increase over the past seven years. However the trend may be about... Read the article
“When it comes to protecting the environment and addressing climate change, America has a lot of work ahead of it,” former President Jimmy Carter said in Aspen on Tuesday.   +Read the article

Refinery production down – pump prices up

The Daily Ardmoreite
Over the past five days, average retail gasoline prices have risen more than four cents per gallon in Oklahoma and even more dramatically in eight other Heartland states. Since the end of July, pump prices... Read the article
U.S. refiners will refrain from buying more Kurdish crude oil until a long-running dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan is settled, while Washington urges both sides to set aside their differences and helps them tackle... Read the article
Various types of electric cars are gaining popularity all over the world as the next generation of eco-friendly vehicles. The key to the electric car’s commercial success is innovation in battery development, which is why... Read the article
In 2011, several organizers looking to promote electric cars started National Plug-In Day–but apparently one day is no longer enough to contain no longer enough to contain advocates’ enthusiasm for electric cars. National Drive Electric... Read the article

Chicago puts brakes on E15

Energy Global
Chicago City Council’s finance committee took a no vote on a proposed rule that would force city fuel retailers to sell E15 – a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol.   +Read the article

Report forecasts growth in Brazil’s ethanol output

Ethanol Producers Magazine
An annual report on Brazil’s biofuel sector has been filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting Brazilian ethanol production will increase 5 percent next year, reaching a total of 26.9... Read the article
natural gastransportation fuel of the future. Michigan-based Crazy Diamond Performance certainly thinks so, offering one of Chevy’s most popular sedans with an affordable CNG conversion reports Green Fleet Magazine.   +Read the article
In Illinois, ethanol producers are expected to consume about 5.1 billion bushels of corn this year, based on the expectation of 14.1 billion of ethanol production.   +Read the article
California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of fast-growing, drought-resistant sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers.   +Read the article

E85 reaches western Canada

Biofuels International
Vancouver, Canada-based Arcade Station has become the first filling station in the region to sell E85 fuel – an ethanol-petrol blend comprising 85% .ethanol. The site now sells regular and diesel fuel in addition to E85.... Read the article
With the past decade showing various economic activities like government biofuel incentives, soaring oil prices, green and clean venture investments, Middle East turmoil, and emerging technologies, the green sentiment has now become a global concern... Read the article
Millions of African Americans and Latinos in the United States live near the 143 oil refineries operating in 32 states across the United States. Every day, as refinery smoke stacks spew toxin-filled clouds into the... Read the article
The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets that will vault America’s largest municipally-owned utility, which provides service to around 3.9 million... Read the article
It’s a sales pitch that should appeal to all farmers: give us your agricultural waste and we’ll turn it into fuel and money. Crop residues, animal waste, vegetable scraps… you name it, it can be... Read the article
A PPIC report says  “A large majority of Californians (76 percent) favor this requirement [including transportation fuels in cap and trade], but support declines to 39 percent if the result is higher prices at the pump.”  ... Read the article
Electric vehicles have been around longer than gasoline burners, but it has taken over a century for battery technology to make EVs a viable alternative to internal combustion engines. And as the public slowly begins... Read the article
Voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has called for massive use of methanol as a fuel alternative. During the pre-budget meeting it had with the Chief Minister on August 4, SGBG suggested that methanol... Read the article
Mexico’s Congress have given final approval to a far-reaching energy reform bill that will open up the oil and gas sector to private investment for the first time in 75 years. The historic opening, a... Read the article
For months now, Sunni militants from the Islamic State (better known as ISIS) have been seizing control of large swathes of Iraq. ISIS is now threatening a major oil-producing region of Iraq. But it wasn’t... Read the article
Average retail gasoline prices in Fort Wayne have risen 11.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53 a gallon Sunday, Augus t10, 2014 according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in... Read the article
In the US, ethanol production for the week before last averaged 902,000 barrels per day, or 37.88 million gallons daily. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 940,000 b/d for an annualized rate of... Read the article
According to Mark Jacobson of Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. He says California can be oil free by 2050 with a quadruple redundant energy system of thousands of wind turbines, millions of solar panel arrays... Read the article
Toyota Bets Against Tesla With New Hydrogen Car’, blares the headline at fool.com. That is a bad bet. It may even prove to be a major blunder for Toyota, which actually severed its RAV4 partnership... Read the article
California wants 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 — more than 15 times the number now. So the state pays buyers $2,500 per car, on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit,... Read the article
An ethanol plant in Hopkinsville, Ky is leading the way for cleaner, more efficient gasoline. Commonwealth Agri-Energy is ran by Hopkinsville Elevator Company and Kentucky Corn Growers Association.       +Read the article
In 2013, ethanol production contributed more than $44 billion to the Gross Domestic Product and generated more than $4.5 billion in federal tax revenues. And in 2013 alone, the ethanol industry created and supported nearly... Read the article
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Murphy USA has just converted four stations to now offer E15, E85 and biodiesel in Iowa, providing Iowa motorists with more low-cost, cleaner-burning fueling options. The Murphy USA... Read the article

End ban on crude oil exports

Washington Post
The United States is a rising oil exporter. That sentence is amazing when you consider that federal law technically bans crude oil exports. Last week, the BW Zambesi oil tanker left Texas City, Texas, with... Read the article
Oil might not seem like it could be home to, well, anything. We’ve seen what oil spills can do to ecosystems, and it’s hard to imagine that anything would actually live in the black blood... Read the article
Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA ) Model S has been an enormous success. Not only has the all-electric luxury sedan been outselling all comparably priced cars in North America in 2013, but Tesla is expecting sales to... Read the article
What if a clever business model could lower the retail price of a Tesla compact sedan to less than $20,000, or make an extended range option like BMW’s i3 attainable for under $30,000? Could such... Read the article
First the good news: Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in months, according to AAA. Now more good news. Flex-fuel prices have been falling, too, and are about $1 less per gallon than regular... Read the article
A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of “fuel” crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute... Read the article
The world’s oil prices have stayed high since 2010 — bouncing around $100 per barrel— for two basic reasons. Oil demand keeps rising, and production is struggling to keep up. But why is production struggling... Read the article
Even as electric vehicles gain in popularity, we’re told again and again that internal combustion engines aren’t going away. While that may be true, it would still be nice to kick our addiction to gasoline.... Read the article

Car Dealers Not Plugged into the EV Revolution

Union of Concerned Scientists
How do we get information when we want to buy a new car? Often, it’s online with car review websites and automaker’s sites & advertising, and hopefully UCS’s clean vehicle information. But when it comes... Read the article
Power by people; a simple slogan with the hopes of executing the complex task of changing the way people fundamentally think about the ethanol industry. Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition of... Read the article
The 5th Global Ethanol Focus (GEF) 2014 organised by CBI BIZ will be held on September 24-25, 2014 in Hong Kong, amidst significant changes and expansion in the Asian ethanol market. In its fifth year,... Read the article
With rising gas prices, consumers are demanding more fuel efficiency from their vehicles. Over the past few years, car companies have introduced a number of different types of vehicles to meet the growing needs of... Read the article
Report: The market for CNG & LPG vehicles is gaining traction in many countries due to the combined effects of low-cost CNG and LPG and sustained higher prices for gasoline and diesel. The dual fuel options... Read the article
Report: With the growing demand for energy across the globe, the biofuels market is witnessing large amounts of investments to ensure a permanent source of clean energy. There has been a tremendous increase in the demand... Read the article
The U.S. trade deficit shrank unexpectedly in June as American oil production helped to wean the economy off foreign imports.The trade gap narrowed by 7% to $41.5 billion from May’s $44.7 billion, according to a... Read the article
Elon Musk announced that Tesla will deliver 100,000 electric vehicles in 2015. This is a big jump up from the 22,000 vehicles Tesla produced in 2013 and the 34,000 projected for this year.   +Read the article
Tesla has a new competitor, and it’s not from BMW or General Motors. It’s from Australian university students, whose electric Sunswift eVe set a new world record for fastest average speed—more than 60mph—over 500 kilometers... Read the article
Chinese shipyards are seeking to take about $10 billion in orders for new liquefied natural gas tankers over the rest of the decade, part of a plan to restructure the country’s ailing shipbuilding sector and... Read the article
The Renewable Fuels Association will host several Ethanol Safety Seminars this month in Alabama and Kansas.   +Read the article
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capabilities for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at existing travel stops in Ardmore and Webbers... Read the article
The White House is expected to issue goals soon for the country’s use of renewable fuels during 2014 and its coming under pressure from the biofuels industry and some Democratic senators to set higher long-term... Read the article
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its second and final hearing on proposed new standards for oil refinery emissions as part of a 60-day public comment period.   +Read the article
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday created a task force to address oil and gas development in Colorado, in an eleventh-hour attempt to foster compromise over the highly divisive topic before it hits the polls in... Read the article
Crude-oil futures rose Monday, recouping some of their steep losses last week and notching their largest one-day percentage increase in nearly two weeks. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery... Read the article
It seems the thirst for electric cars is growing. Analysis of European Union figures by the Transport & Environment group reveal sales nearly doubled in 2013. 50,000 electric cars were sold last year in Europe,... Read the article
If press coverage is any measure, it appears electric vehicles (EVs) have finally arrived. Tesla’s Model S was named Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, the Nissan Leaf is topping the EV sales ranks and... Read the article
Tesla Motors has been playing a game of economic development poker for its $5 billion Gigafactory with five states — Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Last week, Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk revealed... Read the article

Survey looks at effects of energy boom

observer-reporter.com
Located in the middle of Marcellus Shale development, Washington & Jefferson College appropriately is at the center of an interesting shale study. W&J’s Center for Energy Policy & Management teamed with the Environmental Law Institute... Read the article
Heath Ward wanted Springdale to be first in line — more specifically, he wanted the city’s water utilities department to be first. Ward, the executive director of Springdale Water Utilities, said it was an easy... Read the article
Next month, Tulsa will host a conference called NGVOK, which offers three separate tracks for businesses interested in learning more about compressed natural gas and its benefits. +Read the article

Natural Gas for Severe-Duty Rig

todaystrucking.com
Freightliner Trucks has announced that the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine will be available as a factory-installed option for the 114SD severe-duty truck model in 2015.   +Read the article
As requirements grow for use of cellulosic biofuels to meet the energy needs of the nation, researchers look at potential feedstocks and any effects these alternative sources may have on greenhouse gas emissions.   +Read the article
U.S. natural gas futures edged higher on Monday, though gains were likely to remain limited as short-term weather forecasts kept calling for mild summer temperatures across much of the U.S. On the New York Mercantile... Read the article
Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led... Read the article
Four years after a BP oil rig exploded and flooded the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated 170 million gallons of oil, scientists have discovered further evidence of coral communities affected by this environmental disaster.... Read the article
Biofuels Power Corporation (OTCBB:BFLS) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Africa) (Pty) Ltd (“ThyssenKrupp”) and Liberty GTL, Inc. (“Liberty”) to build a small-scale gas-to-liquid demonstration facility in... Read the article
“Processed ore from mines will enter by railcar on one side and finished battery packs will exit on the other.” That’s Elon Musk writing to the shareholders of Tesla Motors on Thursday in a letter... Read the article
Natural gas as the choice of fuel—in the form of compressed natural gas (or CNG)— for U.S. consumers has increased steadily in the past few years. From 2007–2013, the consumption of natural gas as vehicle... Read the article
Switchgrass is essential to the production of clean energy. If switchgrass could better endure northern United States’ winters, the plant could be an even better clean energy source. To that end, Michigan State University (MSU)... Read the article
A scientific study recently released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis examines how an incremental approach to supplement advanced innovation in biofuels can help California and the nation meet clean fuel and... Read the article
Since its inception, the ethanol industry has had a profoundly positive impact on the U.S. economy. Ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil, lowering prices at the pump, improving the environment with lower emissions, and growing... Read the article
Fuel prices don’t accurately reflect their environmental impact, the international body says in a new report. Rising gas prices may be the bane of most drivers, but the International Monetary Fund says those costs aren’t... Read the article
I agree with and fully support Fuel Freedom’s efforts to foster a new market for natural-gas-based high-ethanol-blend fuel. Such a development would be a clear win for consumers, our economy, our environment and our national... Read the article

2014 July

A surge in Oil Trains hauling North Dakota’s energy bonanza is interfering with grains shipments to Pacific Northwest ports, prompting fears of a chronic crisis in which railcars carrying fossil fuels crowd out other products... Read the article
[VIDEO] Kevin Sara, Chief Executive Officer at Nur Energie, talks with Guy Johnson about the technology behind the challenge of supplying Europe with solar energy gathered in the African desert. He speaks on “The Pulse.”... Read the article
Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years and has played an important role in reducing consumer fuel costs, according to... Read the article
Both CNG and LPG powertrain systems are cheaper and more eco-friendly in cars than diesel or gasoline systems. +Read the article
The rush to make Jacksonville one of the leading players in the natural gas industry took another step Wednesday, when work began on a publicly accessible compressed-natural-gas station.   +Read the article
North Dakota’s thriving oil and gas industry accounts for nearly one in seven private-sector jobs covered by unemployment insurance, according to data that could have a big impact on how tax revenue flows to oil-impacted... Read the article
Yuhuang Chemical Inc, a North American subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co Ltd, is trying to cash in on the low shale gas and energy costs in Louisiana by producing methanol for the growing Chinese... Read the article
Stocks.org CEO Elon Musk stated at the annual shareholder meeting last month that he was confident that Tesla would be able to roll out vehicles that could take the user from the highway entrance to... Read the article
News.Yahoo.com Despite the Keystone XL pipeline still waiting final approval (currently in a review process that won’t be finished until after the 2014 midterm), one thing that is for certain is the North American energy... Read the article
GreenCarReports.com Some vehicles have complex, protracted development histories–and it looks like the Infiniti LE electric luxury sedan may be one of them. Following a period in which its development was suspended by Infiniti’s then-CEO Johan de Nysschen... Read the article
Bloomberg Businessweek Read this article In Late June the Department of Commerce determined that two Texas companes could start exporting an ultralight type of crude called condensate. This constitutes the bigget loosening of the U.S.... Read the article
Read this article (Video) Auto Channel  +Read the article
Read this article PUMP, the latest documentary feature film from Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, will be making its long awaited premiere this September in specially selected theaters around the country. +Read the article
Read this article According to its makers, the documentary “tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can... Read the article
Read this article [VIDEO] Today oil is our only option of transportation fuel at the pump.  +Read the article
Read this article Fuel Freedom Foundation co-founder Eyal Aronoff told IBTimes in June that with a simple software fix, most cars on the road today would be able to run on alcohol fuel… +Read the article

2014 June

Read this article [VIDEO] Utah may boast abundant energy resources such as cool, natural gas and crude oil, but the message Gov. Gary Herbert drilled home… +Read the article
[VIDEO] The governor made the announcement at his annual Utah Energy Development Summit on Wednesday,  before a crowd of about 1,300 people. The technology, a form of “liquid natural gas” could be used to fuel... Read the article
[VIDEO] Utah is one of a three states that will lead the way in the research and development of a cleaner, less expensive liquid fuel for vehicles.Governor Gary Herbert rolled out the details of the... Read the article

2014 May

Will electric, natural-gas or hydrogen vehicles make significant inroads in the car market in the next 10 years? The simple answer: No. President Obama pledged that there would be at least 1,000,000 battery, plug-in electric,... Read the article

2014 February

Read the Article Breaking Energy This question has been dissected in many ways by analysts, politicians, business leaders and countless other stakeholders, with numerous conclusions drawn. Clearly the term “energy independence” can be defined many... Read the article

2013 December

Newport Beach Magazine: Making a Mark

Newport Beach Magazine
With hundreds of businesses, restaurants and nonprofits, Newport Beach is a thriving community filled with people determined to make a difference in our coastal enclave. Whether these men and women work diligently behind the scenes or step forward... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

Newport Beach Magazine: Society

Newport Beach Magazine
Fuel Freedom co-founder Eyal Aronoff opened his Newport Coast home to more than 300 guests for the second annual gala held Sept. 28. Attendees admired sporty vehicles converted to run on natural gas and met members of... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 November

2013 October

The Long Shadow of Saudi Aramco

Dark Reading
Second installment in a series on cyberthreats to the oil and gas industry A mind-set shift is slowly permeating the oil and gas industry that it’s no longer immune to hackers. “Before, we had insecure systems,... Read the article
Is the United States on its way to becoming Energy Independent? +Watch the interview
In a departure from the large-scale infrastructure proposals that dominate international development politics, a thinktank, Fuel Freedom Foundation, funded by tech entrepreneurs Joseph Hollander and Eyal Aronoff, proposes smaller scale investments to leverage local fuel availability,... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 September

Some 30,000 or so hard drives were scrapped and replaced with new ones last year on Saudi Aramco’s internal corporate network after a massive cyberattack destroyed data on the oil and natural gas company’s Windows... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
This is the biggest business opportunity for oil and gas producers in the United States in many years,” says Joseph “Yossie” Hollander, who co-founded Fuel Freedom Foundation with Eyal Aronoff. The economic argument is as... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
A Fuel Freedom Foundation study showed that setting the engine to run at an optimal setting for the higher octane in so-called alcohol fuels can cut the greenhouse gases emitted on average by 17 percent to 20 percent, making... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 August

Natural gas’s potential reduce the U.S.’s dependence on foreign oil for transportation fuel has gained momentum thanks to rising shale production, with a focus on compressed natural gas and LNG as prospective fuels. But the Fuel Freedom... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Even as US crude oil output continues to swell, a growing number of companies – including at least one oil refiner – are maneuvering to grow their presence in an emerging natural gas-derived transportation fuel market.... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 July

A combination of policy and market impediments to diversification of US transportation fuels has prompted the free market-focused Fuel Freedom Foundation to team up with policy-focused environmentalist and former Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope... Read the article
John Hofmeister launched an outreach program during his tenure as president of Houston-based Shell Oil Company to discuss energy challenges with the public. Shortly after leaving the company in 2008, he founded the not-for-profit association... Read the article

2013 June

Former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister founded Citizens for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit group promoting diversity and innovation in U.S. energy supplies, and joined the advisory board of the Irvine, Calif.–based Fuel Freedom Foundation, which has... Read the article
Flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), have become more commonplace on the country’s roads over the past decade. For proponents of an “open fuel standard,” however, the current fleet of FFVs is not flexible enough. Instead, they... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 May

Former Shell president John Hofmeister speaks on behalf of Fuel Freedom, “a non-partisan initiative dedicated to breaking our oil addiction with cheaper, cleaner, American-made replacement fuels by removing barriers to fuel competition.” It’s not often you hear... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Former Shell president John Hofmeister explains that his outreach efforts at Fuel Freedom Foundation, together with Citizens for Affordable Energy, are intended to “make sure something has changed 10 years out. Left to our own devices,... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Former Shell Oil president and Fuel Freedom Foundation advisor John Hofmeister talks to The Wall Street Shuffle about the need to diversify the transportation fuel market  and allow competition to oil. He points to the... Listen to the interview
Former Shell Oil Company President John Hofmeister, who recently joined the advisory board of Fuel Freedom Foundation, addresses the fact that alternative fuels have lost some of their luster in the U.S., lately. Oil production here is booming based on shale... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 April

A “lack of any kind of a coherent plan” or “priority-setting process” from US policymakers has hindered the development of smart grid and alternative fuels, John Hofmeister, CEO of the nonprofit Citizens for Affordable Energy... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company and founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy (CFAE) has joined the fight to open the fuel market to allow alternative fuels such as ethanol, methanol, natural gas and... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Fuel Freedom has announced the launch of its “Fueling the Future” book club and webinar series as part of a national effort to inform the public of the key issues surrounding America’s oil dependency and... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Hofmeister, who retired from Shell in 2008, has founded Citizens for Affordable Energy, and last week joined the Fuel Freedom Foundation advisory board, which is “dedicated to breaking America’s oil addiction by opening the fuel... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, has joined Fuel Freedom Foundation’s advisory board. Hofmeister explains that Fuel Freedom Foundation’s mission of providing alternative fuel choices at the... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Yossie Hollander, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, discusses energy problems and how approaching some of the complicated issues about gas prices (whether it’s natural gas or unleaded/diesel) within a homogeneous construct is not only confusing,... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 March

While speaking on a panel at the Herzliya Conference, Yossie Hollander, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, argued that policies meant to quickly make natural gas available for export to the world market are a waste... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 February

Yossie Hollander, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, tells Newsmax that the issue with oil is not the source, but the price. Hollander notes that in 2012, the U.S. spent $780 billion for oil and oil... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2013 January

Radio host Dennis Prager speaks to Fuel Freedom Foundation cofounder, Yossie Hollander, about how the organization is planning to end America’s addiction to oil by opening the fuel market to American-made replacement fuels that are... Listen to the interview
Michael Fitzsimmons discusses Yossie Hollander’s talk at TEDx Chapman University, which focused on the exorbitant cost of oil and how the current political discussion of solutions is not going to break our dependency on oil.... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Fuel Freedom Foundation’s cofounder, Yossie Hollander, is noted as one of the “post-apocalyptic thinkers” due to his proactive efforts to reduce American dependence on petroleum during a time when doomsayers seem to be the norm.... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2012 December

Yossie Hollander is interviewed by BioFuels Journal editor Jerry Perkins about Fuel Freedom Foundation. Hollander explains Fuel Freedom’s mission and how the organization will effect change in the fuel market. Click below to read more.... Read the article
Breaking our addiction to oil takes more than a single approach. Eyal Aronoff and Ann Norman, from the Fuel Freedom Foundation, discuss the regulatory barriers that exist and how they may be overcome.   +Read the article
Barack Obama is in the market for creative ways of combating climate change, and Eyal Aronoff thinks he has one – involving the U.S.’ beloved motor car. Eyal Aronoff identifies himself on his business card... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Eyal Aronoff and James Woolsey speak about Fuel Freedom Foundation’s mission and the plan for reducing the price of gas to $2 a gallon and providing a choice at the pump. +Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Eyal Aronoff and James Woolsey speak about Fuel Freedom Foundation’s mission and the plan for reducing the price of gas to $2 a gallon and providing a choice at the pump.   +Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

Interview with Eyal Aronoff Part II

Voice of America
Eyal Aronoff, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, is interviewed for “Nightline Africa”, a news magazine show.  The interview focuses on how Fuel Freedom Foundation’s initiative for choice at the pump can have financial and environmental benefits... Listen to the interview

Interview with Eyal Aronoff Part I

Voice of America
Eyal Aronoff, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, is interviewed for “Nightline Africa”, a news magazine show.  The interview focuses on how Fuel Freedom Foundation’s initiative for choice at the pump can have financial and environmental benefits... Listen to the interview
Eyal Aronoff, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, examines the implications of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2012.  Aronoff discusses the report’s findings regarding the world oil supply and demand and the assessment that... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2012 November

Giving readers a glimpse into the inaugural Fuel Freedom Foundation gala, William Tucker interviews Fuel Freedom Foundation cofounders, Eyal Aronoff and Yossie Hollander, about the mission of the organization and how they plan to bring... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2012 October

Fuel Freedom Kicks Off in Newport Coast

Newport Beach Independent
Fuel Freedom Foundation’s inaugural gala is featured in the Newport Beach Independent. +Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Along with a slideshow of event images, Ariana Espiritu reports on the success of Fuel Freedom Foundation’s inaugural gala held in Newport Coast on October 20, 2012. +Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
At Fuel Freedom Foundation’s gala, on October 20, 2012, cofounders Yossie Hollander and Eyal Aronoff discuss the oil addiction facing America and their plan to cure it. +Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

A List for FFF

OC Business Journal
The OC Business Journal highlights Fuel Freedom Foundation’s mission and news of a generous donation in advance of its gala on October 20, 2012. Click below to read more. +Read the article

2012 August

Fuel Freedom Foundation’s CEO, Joseph Cannon, explains how a change in regulations could pave the way for competition at the pump. He also discusses current market for ethanol as an alternative fuel and pending regulations... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Eyal Aronoff, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, discusses the organization’s sponsorship of two cars in 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Aronoff explains that professional drivers have long preferred alternative fuels and that all drivers should... Read the article | Download a PDF of the article
Fuel Freedom Foundation sponsors two methanol-powered cars in the 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Eyal Aronoff explains that the sponsorship is a way to show support for choice at the pump for all drivers. +Read the article | Download a PDF of the article

2012 July

Yossie Hollander, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, gives a speech at Chapman University, explaining how America’s oil addiction will bankrupt us. Hollander goes on to explain how breaking the oil monopoly, allowing flex-fuel cars and... Watch the interview

2012 June

Joe Cannon speaks with Lou Dobbs about the new EPA regulations and how the U.S. can achieve energy independence through use of alternative, American-made fuels. +Watch the interview

Is Methanol the Key to Energy Independence?

Real Clear Energy
Yossie Hollander, cofounder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, is featured in this article discussing the viability of methanol as an alternative fuel and the ways in which Fuel Freedom is working to make this idea a... Read the article