On Friday, January 10th, the American Council On Renewable Energy announced that it had chosen a familiar face as its permanent President and CEO: Michael Brower. Michael had spent several months beforehand as ACORE’s Interim President and CEO. At the beginning of his tenure, he sat down with me to answer a few questions. Enjoy!
In a recent poll commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute, Harris Interactive found that 77% of Americans are “concerned” about putting ethanol - particularly E15 - in their vehicles. It’s sad to hear that, considering vehicles made beginning in 2001 have been approved by the EPA for E15 ethanol blends. These blends provide important benefits to American consumers and our environment. But here’s the thing about the API poll: outside the world of skewed polling, you will not find that 77% of Americans are concerned about putting E15 in their vehicles.
By Bill Holmberg and Contributing Authors 10/2/13
America has always been the vanguard for innovation in the automobile industry, particularly in regards to the development of high octane alcohol fuels. Unfortunately, the oil industry has been successfully able to suppress the wider implementation of many of these high octane blends including ethanol dating back to the 19th century.
By Todd Foley 8/06/2013
As we have witnessed over the past decade, the American energy landscape continues to transform. Not so long ago, energy scarcity was a significant concern, especially for transportation fuel as the petroleum supply decreased. As a result, in 2005 our nation wisely chose to diversify our fuel supply with strong bipartisan leadership from American policymakers. At that time, under George W. Bush, we created one of the most successful energy policies ever enacted– the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
If there were any doubts about the global potential for renewable energy, Michael Lewis, COO at E.ON Renewables, quickly put them to rest. Opening up Thursday's keynote at this years RETECH conference in Washington, D.C., Lewis told the audience renewables will continue to expand, with global capacity expected to increase three-fold by 2020. "When people ask me if renewables are just a niche, I show them the data we've put together," he said.
Lewis expects the industry to grow between seven to fourteen percent leading up to 2020. And he thinks investment dollars will follow, citing the seventeen percent year-over-year growth for renewables in 2011. He explained that in spite of the natural gas surplus in the United States, renewables like solar bring predictability to pricing, which reduces volatility in wholesale and retail utility markets.
October 1 -- Congress and the American people have been told a number of stories about the causes of rising prices for Renewable Identification Numbers — the credits oil refiners and importers use to demonstrate compliance with the renewable-fuel standard. What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And will their cost be passed to consumers at the pump? >>View Article
September 30 -- RINs don’t have to be complicated. But it sure helps the opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) if people think they are. Over the past nine months, Big Oil and its apologists have elevated the lowly RIN – an acronym for Renewable Identification Number - to near super-villain status, citing high RIN prices as “proof” that the RFS has to be scrapped. >>View Article
August 21 -- The Aug. 15 commentary “Yes — reconsider that ethanol blend rate” was chock-full of misrepresentations and cherry-picked data to allow the authors to make a case against other American farmers and the ethanol industry. >>View Article
August 16 -- It's a critically important time for the bioenergy industry, and particularly the advanced biofuels producers. I'm a long-time supporter of efforts to diversify our energy supply with clean-burning, homegrown renewable energy. Iowa has been blessed with rich, productive soil and abundant agricultural resources. >>View Article