Investors are bankrolling plans to manufacture biofuels from energy-efficient crops and agricultural waste such as corn husks, algae and even forest brush.
But manufacturing facilities have been slow to get up and running.
For the past decade, biofuels have been sold as a way to help achieve U. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and spur rural economic development.
However, the industry has fallen short of achieving these goals while spurring numerous unintended consequences and long-term liabilities that have resulted in more harm than good.
Over the next several years, an increasing number of trucks in the U. In addition to Federal regulations, individual states have adopted a wide variety of different measures, both to encourage the use of alternatives and to regulate their environmental impact.
The environmental regulations that apply to Diesel fuel are well-established, but the regulations that will apply to alternative fuels are still being developed.
(Completed in 2015) Virginia Clean Cities was engaged in a two-year, Department of Energy funded grant program called Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth.
Yielding to pressure from oil companies, car manufacturers and even driving enthusiasts, the Obama administration is threatening to put the brakes on one of the federal government's most ambitious efforts to ease the nation's addiction to fossil fuels. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has asked President Obama to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from rolling back a renewable fuel standard, saying to do so would destabilize state efforts to combat climate change and create "loopholes for oil companies."Sen.Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has asked President Obama to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from rolling back a renewable fuel standard, saying to do so would destabilize state efforts to combat climate change and create "loopholes for oil companies." (Allen J.Corn ethanol and advanced biofuels are two primary types of renewable fuels that receive both taxpayer subsidies and a guaranteed market through the RFS.As the industry attempts to move away from food-based feedstocks (primarily corn) toward the next generation of biofuels produced from agricultural residues and waste streams, defining the characteristics of a truly advanced biofuel has become incredibly important.