Delek buying biodiesel facility

Texas plant can crank out 12 million gallons per year
Jan 4, 2013 11:44 AM

On the long-term prospects for electric cars

Two quick hits on the current state of and future prospects for electric car adoption: First, Brad Tuttle at Time says the rollout of new models by Chevrolet and Fiat as well as the increased production of batteries should help lower prices and bring more consumers in the market. But, he adds, that won't create a legion of evangelists; too many people are still not looking past the pitfalls of electric-car technology. Secondly, Steve LeVine at Quartz points out that energy giant ExxonMobil is projecting that electric cars will account for a tenth of all sales in 2040.

Dec 14, 2012 7:03 AM

Restaurant sector among those miffed at ethanol mandate

This year's drought-affected corn harvest is expected to be the smallest in six years but the Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to waive the requirement that gasoline marketers blend ethanol into their products — even though that will account for 42 percent of the entire harvest. That has a lot of people miffed because of the possible effects it could have on the prices of other goods. Count large restaurant chains among them.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants said that under the Renewable Fuels Standard, ethanol is forced to “commandeer a shrunken pool of available corn for food and livestock feed.” In an e-mailed statement, Rob Green, the executive director of the the group, said the law “unfairly distorts the market at the expense of chain restaurants, our consumers and everyone else involved in the food supply chain.”

Nov 19, 2012 9:34 AM

Brazilian giant buys most of local ethanol marketer

Companies will have combined biofuel capacity of 2.6B gallons
Nov 6, 2012 12:57 PM

Synthetic fuel producer buys IP, bulks up staff

Thompson Machinery-backed venture snaps up assets from scientific R&D partner
Oct 16, 2012 11:08 AM

Leaf 'increasingly looking like a flop'

There, he said it.

Brad Tuttle at Time says the Nissan Leaf all-electric car is "increasingly looking like a flop" as it becomes clear consumers can't get past the car's limited range. Sales are way off last year's pace and trail those of competitors' high-profile hybrid models. Those trends are unlikely to force Nissan execs to make any drastic moves in the near term — too much pride and public money (in the form of a massive Energy Department loan) is on the line — but the long-term future of the Leaf matters big time to Middle Tennessee, and not just because Nissan Americas is headquartered here.

Starting late this year, the company's Smyrna factory will begin cranking out thousands of Leafs and battery packs — up to 150,000 per year if necessary. Those divisions of the factory complex will employ 1,300 people.

Ironically, shortly after we saw Tuttle's report, we received an email from a Nissan PR rep saying the company is "seeking to fill maintenance technician openings at its vehicle assembly and battery plants in Smyrna, Tenn., and at its vehicle assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn." Interested? Go here.

SEE ALSO: Nissan shuffles Smyrna lineup, plans first ever third shift

Sep 7, 2012 12:01 PM

Energy Source Partners adds director of sustainability

Applegate focused on green practices while earning MBA at Vanderbilt
Aug 8, 2012 6:55 AM

Local firm to help build ethanol terminal outside D.C.

Franklin-based Eco-Energy announced an agreement with NuStar Energy to jointly build an ethanol train and storage facility in Dumfries, Va., south of Washington, D.C. and a few miles north of the Quantico Marine Corps base. The project will have the ability to house 155,000 barrels of ethanol at one time. Construction is expected to start in about a year.

Jul 30, 2012 2:38 PM

Biomass fuel venture wins Memphis-area deal

Covington project will convert 12 tons of waste per day
Jul 19, 2012 2:08 PM

Biofuel marketers renew NY, South Dakota deals

Franklin-based Eco-Energy has renewed its ethanol marketing agreements with ethanol producers in South Dakota and near Buffalo, N.Y. The contract extensions with Redfield Energy and Wester New York are for three years and one year, respectively.

Jul 10, 2012 9:54 AM