As Colombia ramps up its ethanol production, a new study is revealing some interesting (but not altogether surprising) things about renewable energy consumer preferences in the U.S. These stories and more in your weekly news roundup!

Colombia looks to hit E10 by year’s end

Colombia is looking to boost its ethanol-blending mandate to 10% by year’s end thanks to the 504,000 liter per day additional production that just came online at the El Alcaravan ethanol plant in central Meta, though that rate could eventually go even higher.

Currently, much of the country is at an E6 blend, while central Antioquia is at E8 and three regions bordering Venezuela don’t have blending mandates.

Learn more at Biofuels Digest.

Study: Americans want to know when their energy is renewable

Americans want to know when they’re power is coming from renewable sources, according to a new study from Washington State University (WSU).

The study has been published in the journal Energy Policy. It shows that many Americans would rather power their homes with wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy if given the choice.

234 US consumers were surveyed for the study to determine their interest in two hypothetical apps: one which would lower their monthly bills, and one which would enable them to use more energy generated from renewables. The results showed that the respondents were just as interested in reducing their carbon emissions as they were in saving money. Participants also reported far more positive feelings about a person who’d reduced their carbon emissions than those who’d managed to save money.

Read more about the study at Bioenergy News.

ePURE publishes its annual activity report

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) has released its annual activity report, highlighting their activity on several fronts over the past year as the voice of the renewable ethanol industry in Europe.

The EU’s post-2020 climate and energy policy is at the top of their agenda, driving most of their advocacy and communications efforts in Brussels and across Europe. The proposal by the European Commission to phase out conventional biofuels, announced in November 2016 as part of the Renewable Energy Directive recast, has dominated their efforts over the past year.

View the full report at ePure.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.