December 2007

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This page includes information on News and Events in December 2007. (News and events are archived here at the end of the month.)

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News

  • New Law Gives Ethanol Big Boost, 20 December 2007, by AP, reports that "farmers may rival oil companies in producing motor fuels under a new energy law" in the United States.
    • The "Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007", a 1,038-page collection of diverse measures, was signed by President Bush on 19 December. In addition to provisions raising the fuel efficiency of automobiles (to 35 miles per gallon by 2020) and promoting energy efficiency, the law also calls for increasing usage of ethanol sixfold.
  • San Francisco Fleet is All Biodiesel from the New York Times, 14 December 2007, the mayor announced that the city has completed a year-long project to convert its entire vehicle fleet to biodiesel created from midwestern soy oil.
  • Malaysia May Revoke Biofuel Permits as Palm Oil Rises, 11 December 2007, by Bloomberg: "Malaysia, the second-biggest palm oil producer, may revoke some licenses to produce biofuel from the commodity...as the surging price of the raw material makes the fuel too expensive to make, a minister said." The minister also noted that one of Malaysia's four biodiesel manufacturing plants may close in the face of increased prices for the feedstock, which has risen some 55 percent in the past year. A reduction in output by Malaysia could also make it difficult for The European Union to meet its targets for biodiesel use.[1]
  • Dutch to deny palm subsidies until green levels met, 10 December 2007: "The Netherlands warned...it will not renew subsidies for palm-based biofuel until global producers meet its environmental requirements." The Netherlands reportedly will "mandate stringent criteria to help limit environmental damage" under its green energy subsidy system in 2008. Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer was quoted as saying that "Until the problems are solved, there will be no subsidy for palm oil....It makes no sense to use palm oil for bio-energy purposes while the carbon dioxide produced is more than what we are actually trying to save, particularly when you cut down peatforests."
  • US and China sign biofuels cooperation pact, Biopact, 11 December 2007, The two governments have signed a memorandum of understanding that they will share technology through scientific exchanges. It is hoped that this initiative will help meet both countries' lofty goals for biofuels, and assist farmers in the process.
  • Chinese subsidies for non-food biofueles - 7 December 2007 by Xinhua General News Service. "China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) has drawn up policies to promote the production of non-food sources for biofuels."
  • China fires up biomass plants - 4 December 2007 by Reuters, reports that eight new biomass plants with a combined capacity of 200 megawatts have been launched in China by National Bio Energy Co. (a subsidiary of State Grid Corp.), "in leading grain-producing provinces in hopes of cutting carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation." The facilities "are expected to burn 1.6 million tons of stalks a year." (Keywords: biomass, carbon, China)



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