BP not in step with industry on renewable fuel regulations

By Mark Drajem

June 23, 2013

As Congress considers scaling back or abolishing U.S. rules that mandate the use of renewable fuels, it has the full-throated support of the petroleum industry — with one major exception.

BP, one of the world’s biggest oil companies by revenue, is part of a joint venture with DuPont that is set to start producing a new alternative fuel by the end of the year. In order to preserve a market for that fuel, its officials are busy in Washington trying to persuade lawmakers that the current system doesn’t need an overhaul.

This Map Shows California’s Potential to Power Itself With Clean Energy

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June 19, 2013

Close-up in the southwestern states’ portion of the Saxum energy map | Image: Saxum

An Oklahoma firm has produced a map showing the regional energy scenes across the United States, and the results are interesting — though some of what’s going on in California doesn’t really show.

The map, drawn to show the available energy resources in different regions across the U.S., reveals that California is relatively rich in renewable energy potential. Foremost among the forms of renewable energy resource covering the state is solar, represented on the map by the light yellow wash across the southern two-thirds of the state.