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University of Idaho gets biofuel research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Idaho researcher studying biofuels.


Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump’s nominees …


Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration’s proposed reduction in the …


Plea deal for Pasco alternative energy CEO calls for cooperation, uncertain jail time

Scott C. Johnson, owner and founder of Gen-X Energy Group, may avoid jail time by offering substantial assistance to federal prosecutors probing an alternative energy tax credit scam.


Renewable fuels company CEO expected to plead guilty to federal charges

Scott C. Johnson, the founder of a Pasco-based biofuel company, faces criminal charges after federal investigators say he bilked the IRS out of more than $9.5 million between 2012 and …


Poplars’ potential: Rathdrum Prairie grove part of study on cellulose-based biofuel

Seventy acres of poplars on the Rathdrum Prairie rustled in a hot, summer breeze, flashing silvery-green leaves. Someday, cars and trucks could be running on fuel made from the trees.


Alaska Airlines, WSU to test wood-based biofuel

Next year, Alaska Airlines will undertake a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons of biofuel made from woody debris from Northwest forests. The airline is teaming up with Washington State University, …


Alaska Airlines will test jet fuel made from wood waste

Alaska Airlines says it will fly a demonstration flight next year using 1,000 gallons of a biofuel made from wood waste in Northwest forests.


Feds’ camelina test program falls flat

A federal program to boost camelina crops in Eastern Washington failed to attract any takers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture invited farmers to sign up for a test program that …


Farmers pass on camelina crop test program

A federal program to boost camelina crops in Eastern Washington failed to attract any takers.


WSU gets $40 million for biofuels research

Washington State University is getting a $40 million research grant to produce “green” jet fuel from woody debris in Northwest forests. The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture …


Washington gets $80 million for biofuels research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state’s two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest …


Washington farmers sought for camelina fuel crop

Eastern Washington farmers can line up over the next three weeks for a federal program that pays them to grow camelina, a seed crop that some researchers consider a potentially …


Biofuel project in Spokane County wins $90,000 grant

A Spokane County company has been awarded a $90,000 grant to continue developing a process that converts bluegrass straw into biofuels. Farm Power, based in Rockford, will use the U.S. …


Obama plans to re-energize biofuel strategy

The Obama administration on Wednesday will unveil a revamped strategy to ramp up the nation’s use of biofuel in hopes of fixing a government effort that officials concede has fallen …


Editorial: Weed-based aircraft fuel offers many positives

What if there were jet fuels that delivered better mileage and left a smaller carbon footprint? Fill ’er up!


Flight tests show biofuels slash airplane emissions

WASHINGTON – Initial flight tests have found that jet fuel made partly of camelina, algae or other bio-feed stocks can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes by more than 50 …


Washington falling far short of goal for use of biofuels

OLYMPIA – Washington state won’t reach its goal next month of having biofuels make up at least 20 percent of its fuel use in state vehicles and ferries. The state …


Continental Airlines flight powered with biofuel takes off

HOUSTON – Continental Airlines on Wednesday became the first U.S. commercial carrier to conduct a demonstration flight powered in part by alternative fuels, though large-scale use of such fuel is …


Emerging biofuel will get test flight

BILLINGS – A Japanese commercial airliner is scheduled to take a test flight next month using jet fuel derived in part from camelina – an emerging biofuels crop that has …


Variety of startup woes a drag on biofuels industry

Blowback has hit the biofuels industry just as Northwest plants get their canola together. Or corn. Or restaurant grease. Biofuels have been promoted, from President Bush on down, as one …


Ethanol debate pits farmers against farmers

ST. LOUIS — As a chief advocate for corn farmers around the country, Rob Litterer will be working the halls of Congress this fall to push for increased ethanol production. …


Grass-roots demand catalyst for ethanol

TIFTON, Ga. — The newspaper publisher, the watermelon farmer, the metal fabricator and the housewife gathered about a year ago and decided to take the plunge into the business of …


Boeing looks for greener jet fuel

SEATTLE – Once reluctant to believe that alternative energy made any sense in jet airplanes, Boeing now ponders how to take the biofuels revolution off the ground. The world’s largest …


Biodiesel drives inquisitive retiree

LACLEDE, Idaho – Del Brandon figures it costs him less than a penny a mile to drive his 1984 Volkswagen pickup. About a year ago, the 74-year-old tinkerer, retired heating …


Green power gets a lift

STATELINE, Nev. — Mammoth Mountain urges its visitors to park their cars and take advantage of an extensive bus network. The Vail resorts, including nearby Heavenly at Lake Tahoe, run …


Biofuels may endanger rainforests

WASHINGTON – America’s drive for energy independence and clean air could threaten orangutans, Sumatran tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses and the world’s largest butterflies. All could be hurt as the rainforests of …


Biodiesel plant looks east for raw materials

Washington state’s new biodiesel production facility will be looking over the Cascades for more of its raw materials. The Imperium Renewables refinery in Grays Harbor said Thursday it had signed …


Bert Caldwell: Ethanol excitement isn’t fueled by reality

Excitement over the Bush Administration’s plans for ethanol development lasted less than 24 hours.


Chicken fat may help fuel biodiesel industry

DEXTER, Mo. – Jerry Bagby is typical of the oilmen who are prospecting for a fortune in the Midwestern biofuels boom. He’s convinced there’s oil in these hills – and …