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  • International firms are investing in biodiesel production in Brazil, a country on the verge of becoming the world's top grower of soybeans, the main source of the biofuel....Biodiesel has matured into a $6 billion per year industry since Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva encouraged family farmers to grow palm and castor plants for fuel a decade ago to spur rural development. 

  •  Federal regulators have approved a settlement between California and NRG Energy Inc. that paves the way for the construction of more than 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the Sunshine State. EVgo, a subsidiary of New Jersey-based NRG Energy, will pay the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) $102.5 million to install the "freedom stations," according to the pact that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved.

  • Facebook’s move to Menlo Park late last year has created a small windfall for one of the richest communities on the Peninsula....East Palo Alto, one of the poorest cities in the region, received $650,000 from Facebook to compensate for increased congestion on its streets.

    Bay Citizen
  • ...The cancellations across the Northeast included 596 today, after 1,612 on Wednesday, according to the flight-tracking company FlightAware.com. But airlines anticipate returning to normal service as the storm lumbers away.

    USA Today
  • Mobile satellite navigation startup Waze launched a global advertising platform on Wednesday, targeting its 30 million users based on their location.

    Chicago Tribune
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    ...Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years.

    UC Berkeley News Center
  • Nora speaks with Daniel Kammen, professor of energy at the University of California Berkeley and a member of the United Nation's Sustainable Energy For All task force. In the wake ofHurricane Sandy, we wanted to talk with him about about access to power.

  • ...Mica, a 10-term incumbent, beat out Democrat Jason H. Kendall, the the district, which covers Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. Mica is also the Chairman of the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 112th Congress.

  • ...Hard partiers, commuters and others who want to avoid car or plane travel can choose between five daily round-trip options. On Fridays and Saturdays, Greyhound will run two additional round-trip selections. The trip will cost $25 to $67.50 each way, though some $1 fares will be available. Southwest currently has some $67 one-way flights available for the same route. 

    LA Times
  • Round-up of local ballot measures (and one mayoral election) that will affect transit projects nationwide. Updated with results 9 AM Wednesday. 1. Alameda County (California) Measure B1: Failed with 65.5% voting in favor (needs 2/3) 

    Transport Politic