Vegas Vacation, aka National Biodiesel Conference

As well as being an intern this winter at YTCEC, my other hat is as Co-Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. As part of this role I was lucky enough to head down to Las Vegas last week for the 10th annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

The theme of 2013’s conference was ‘Momentum’ – chosen to capture the energy and growth of the industry’s first twenty years and propel it into the next twenty. The industry was celebrating the reinstatement of the $1/gal biodiesel tax credit, as well as the upping of the federal mandate to 1.28 billion gallons a year. No small feat for an industry that started in a small lab in Missouri in the early nineties.

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Guest Post: Natural Gas – The Cleaner Alternative

In his January 9 Guest Shot column, Hugh Owens disparages the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, mainly on the basis of what he claims are inflated estimates of reserves and potential cost-savings to the individual consumer. Both claims seem to me to overlook important realities.  A nation wide conversion from diesel-fueled haulers to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and petroleum passenger vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), offers holistic opportunities for economic growth across all sectors of the country.  Most importantly, natural gas is a significantly cleaner burning alternative to traditional petrol products, particularly as the industry responds to growing awareness of the need for responsible drilling practices.

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Alternative Fuel Options Revealed

Last week The Coalition co-hosted a petroleum reduction seminar with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The seminar took place at the Noble Historic Hotel down town Lander, WY. An interested audience composed of community members, business partners, and a handful of NOLS employees were there to learn more about options for incorporating alternative fuels in to their transportation sector. The all-day event hosted speakers from around the region sharing information and insights about several alternative fuels and petroleum reduction techniques.

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Fuel from Wyoming, Compressed Natural Gas

Last week summer intern Annika Sohlstrom and I had the pleasure of attending a public Compressed Natural Gas Ride and Drive event in Riverton, Wyoming.  A meeting with the Wyoming Natural Gas and Infrastructure Coalition preceded the event.  Often this meeting is a teleconference so it was refreshing and invigorating to actually see everyone and feel the enthusiasm for compressed natural gas in the region.  The event itself took place at The Pit Stop Travel Center, 819 S. Federal Boulevard.  The Pit Stop began offering compressed natural gas in October 2011.

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Diesel Cars: Demand Will Increase, Says

Diesel Cars: Demand Will Increase, Says Diesel Coalition

Would you consider purchasing a diesel vehicle? Why or why not?

Post oil: Glimpses of life after fossil

Post oil: Glimpses of life after fossil fuel – CSMonitor.com http://ow.ly/6ZQqj

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook is now available

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook is now available to help purchasing these advanced technology vehicles http://ow.ly/6Bc9o

The Humvee’s Replacement Could Be A Hybrid

The Humvee’s Replacement Could Be A Hybrid – Forbes http://ow.ly/6Dapm

A shout to the Coalition from the the Big Green Bus

A shout to the Coalition from the the Big Green Bus, post JH visit « http://ow.ly/6yt9u

President Mentions Advanced Biofuels in jobs speech

President Mentions Advanced Biofuels in Jobs Speech – Domestic Fuel http://ow.ly/6s0bz