Elections aside, the U.S. government is in the news for reasons wholly related to bioenergy, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to the White House itself. Keep reading for the biggest stories to break in bioenergy news this week!

 

NASA reduces petroleum fuel use in vehicles by 62%

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has replaced two-thirds of its vehicles with those that run on cleaner fuels, enabling the fleet to reduce its petroleum fuel use by 62% since 2005.

 

The NASA fleet consists of 3,138 vehicles. Of these, there are 1,595 flex-fuel vehicles, 257 dedicated electric vehicles, 117 hybrids, 10 plug-in electric vehicles, and four compressed natural gas vehicles.

 

The federal government has tripled its consumption of alternative fuels since 2005, to 15.1 million gallons, surpassing the administration’s fleet alternative-fuel consumption goal by 50%, according to the White House. It further reported that the federal fleet had 4,337 electric vehicles and 22,863 hybrid electric vehicles in 2015.

 

Get more on this story at Government Fleet.

 

White House to review EPA Renewable Fuel Standard mandate

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the final blending mandates for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS).

 

The mandates set quotas for how much renewable fuel must be blended into petroleum-based fuel supplies used for transportation, aviation and heating, and they must be finalized by the end of November under federal statute.

 

The EPA proposed increasing the amount of renewable fuel to 18.8 billion gallons in 2017, including 14.8 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and two billion gallons of biodiesel, from 18.11 billion gallons in 2016. In its proposal, the EPA said blending would rise from 10.10% of U.S. fuel supplies in 2016 to 10.44% in 2017. Learn more at Platts.

 

US grain exports increase across the board in 2015/16

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms in 2015/2016 increased more than 300,000 metric tons from the previous marketing year and the second highest level on record, new trade data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show.

According to 10-year projections by the USDA and the U.S. Grains Council, feed grains in all forms have a positive outlook as exports are expected to increase by 26.5 million metric tons to 127 million metric tons by 2025/2026. These larger exports will come in the forms of corn, ethanol, and meat and poultry.

By 2025/2026, feed grain and products exports are expected to reach almost a third of U.S. production with international markets for U.S. corn as an animal feed, ethanol and meat as the industry’s principal drivers. For more details, visit Biofuels International.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer 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.