The National Renewable Energy Laboratory biofuels lab.

Corn-based ethanol production is set to peak this year as the Environmental Protection Agency’s advanced biofuels mandate has capped production of conventional ethanol at 15 billion gallons, or about 357 million barrels. Keep reading →

Golden Gate Bridge

Over the next decade, a battle over the next generation of oil will be waged not in a Middle Eastern Gulf, but San Francisco’s Bay. Keep reading →

The federal government is a major player in the renewable energy space through tax credits and other subsidies, but even as those fade it has a vital role to play through the scale of its fuel and energy purchases.

As the advanced biofuels industry prepares for an era of widespread commercialization matched by shrinking subsidies, leading executives from companies like Amyris and Gevo are laying out their priorities and plans for the coming year and beyond. Keep reading →

Economic conditions have not favored cleantech companies intending to launch Initial Public Offerings on Nasdaq this year. But those that have gone public, and those registered but still waiting in the wings, point to uncertainties in the clean energy industry.

An Ernst & Young’s report, Global IPO Trends 2011, showed that there were 150 companies in the US that had filed S1 forms for their initial public offering this year, the highest level since 2007, which would raise around $40 billion. Small high-tech and energy companies were behind this trend, it said. Keep reading →