Podcast: Discussion of State Policy Supporting Biofueled PHEVs

Date: 7 Jul 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hear ILSR vice president David Morris talking to Inside Renewable Energy on the successful campaign for a new law in Minnesota that requires the state to give priority to plug-in hybrid vehicles and to take steps toward establishing a flexible fuel vehicle industry.

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November Ballot Initiative Would Tax Oil and Fund Renewables

Date: 27 Jun 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After supporters gathered more than 1.1 million signatures, California voters will see an interesting measure on the November 7, 2006, ballot. The “Clean Alternative Energy Act Initiative” would assess a 1.5-6.0 percent tax on oil companies operating in California to fund alternative fuels and renewable energy development.

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British Government Aims to Be Climate Neutral By 2012

Date: 21 Jun 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

All UK central government departments and their agencies will be carbon neutral within six years in an attempt to model environmentally sustainable behavior to business and consumers. Once carbon neutrality is reached, the government has set an additional target to reduce carbon emissions from government offices by 30 percent by the year 2020.

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Minnesota Becomes First State to Endorse an Electric-Alcohol Transportation Strategy

Date: 8 Jun 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new law puts Minnesota on the path towards reducing its reliance on oil by embracing a transportation strategy based on flexible-fueled, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed into law H.F. 3718, the nation’s first law promoting plug-in hybrid, flexible-fueled vehicles.

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California Wants Biofuels Production to Be Within the State

Date: 10 May 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With a stroke of the pen, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed an executive order (S-06-06) that establishes in-state production goals for ethanol – from 5 percent today to 75 percent by 2050. The order also requires in-state biomass electricity to meet 20 percent of the state’s renewable energy requirements in the coming years.

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Iowa Passes 25 Percent Renewable Fuels Standard

Date: 14 Apr 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Iowa’s Governor has indicated that he will sign legislation (HF 2754) passed this week calling for Iowa to have renewable fuels – ethanol and biodiesel – meet 25 percent of the state’s motor fuel needs by 2020. The new renewable fuels standard relies on a 10 percent ethanol blends and a rapid expansion of E-85 (85% ethanol) infrastructure to get to the goal.

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The Once and Future Carbohydrate Economy

Date: 28 Mar 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The carbohydrate economy could transform agriculture as well as energy, reviving producer co-ops, and giving farmers a hedge against voilatile commodity prices. For the first time in 60 years, the carbohydrate economy is back on the public-policy agenda. It is an exciting historical opportunity, but one we should approach with deliberation and foresight.

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