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Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There’s A Biomass Catch
August 22, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Silvio Marcacci (The Energy Collective)  … The report (International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) REmap 2030) lays out a five-step roadmap for scaling renewable energy up to 36% of the world’s total final energy consumption (TFEC), cutting coal use 26% and oil/gas use 15%, and keeping atmospheric CO2 concentrations below 450 parts per million (PPM).

But there’s a catch – IRENA’s recommendations center on expanding power from biomass. It’s arguably the most controversial renewable energy source, and uncertainties about technology and reported volumes could undercut potential of the world’s sustainable energy future.

The First Study of Worldwide Renewable Energy Potential

IRENA touts REmap 2030 as the first study of worldwide renewable energy potential, and it’s nothing if not comprehensive, with in-depth analysis of 26 countries representing 74% of projected global TFEC in 2030.

And REmap2030 wasn’t developed in a vacuum. Beyond the 26-nation analysis, 82 national experts from 42 countries contributed to IRENA’s number crunching, and the report has been presented to several international audiences (including the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties) for feedback.

Renewable Subsidies Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

Even if the entire package of REmap2030 policy recommendations is instituted, the renewable energy sector would require $315 billion per year by 2030, a price tag that pales in comparison to the $544 billion in subsidies fossil fuels received in 2012 according to the International Monetary Fund. The bill looks even like an even better bargain after factoring in up to $740 billion in health and environmental benefits from reduced emissions by 2030.  READ MORE  and MORE (International Renewable Energy Agency)     Download Report

Grants Help Develop Sorghum Feedstock Program in California
August 22, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Now, grant money has been awarded to three California ethanol plants to develop a sorghum feedstock program. Calgren Renewable Fuels, Aemetis Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. each received a $3 million matching grant …

Clean Diesel and Diesel Electric Hybrids Add Green Cred and Street Cred to the Daily Commute
August 22, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Today 21 percent of all diesel buses in operation are diesel electric hybrids. These buses improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. By allowing for a smaller diesel engine to work alongside a …

Biodiesel Growth Complements Clean Diesel Trend
August 22, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Ben Evans  (National Biodiesel Board/Diesel Technology Forum)  The dramatic growth in availability of new technology diesel engines and vehicles for the U.S. market is welcome news for consumers and fleets that want the tremendous …

Alkol Biotech to Develop Sugarcane Research Lab in Europe
August 22, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  … Alkol Biotech, signed an agreement with the council of the city of Motril in the Andalusia region of Spain to develop what could be Europe’s first sugarcane development lab.
The lab will develop …

EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
August 22, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  … The 2007 Mobile Source Air Toxics rule is projected to reduce toxics emitted from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment, which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health and environmental …

MBP Group Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
August 22, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  MBP Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities.
“MBP Group was built on a sustainable background, adding as much …

Renewable Diesel Reduces Carbon Footprint of Major Summer Events
August 21, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel was used to generate electricity at two major events in Finland this summer: the Flow Festival in Helsinki and the Neste Oil Rally Helsinki Battle street …

Biodiesel Push Leads to Big Fall in Indonesia Fuel Import
August 21, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(The Rakyat Post) Previously ranked as Asia’s top diesel importer, now No 3 Indonesia is expected to take a third less of the fuel this year as demand from mining falters and biodiesel use in transport …

OMCs May Have to Raise Price for Ethanol to Be Procured for EBP 2014-15
August 21, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Anindita Dey (Business Standard)  Sugar mills will not be in a position to supply ethanol if they are not offered at least Rs 35-37 per litre this year
The food ministry has assured the sugar mills …

DE-FOA-0001177: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: DE-FOA-0001162, Entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts (TABB)”
August 21, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001162, entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and …

Butamax Opens (Phase 1) Biobutanol Project in Minnesota, with Highwater Ethanol
August 21, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Includes Installation of a Corn Oil Separation Technology with “50% higher than the normal” yields
We’ve learned that Butamax Advanced Biofuels and Highwater Ethanol have completed, successfully commissioned and begun production …

Gevo Boosts Revs in Q2, but Losses Widen; Aims for Break-Even at Luverne by Year End
August 21, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The increase in revenue during 2014 is primarily a result of the production and sale of ethanol and distiller’s grains of $5.5 million following the transition of the Luverne …

EPA Chief: Teach Global Warming in Schools
August 18, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by  Ben Geman and Clare Foran (National Journal)  Gina McCarthy wants children to have an understanding of climate science, but current policy leaves plenty of students without it.
…  Irish America magazine scored an interview with McCarthy, who grew up …

Expanding Horizons 2014 September 23 Trenton, NJ
August 15, 2014 – 9:32 pm | No Comment
Expanding Horizons 2014   September 23   Trenton, NJ

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses- in Trenton, NJ on September 23rd- the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses learn …

World Bio Markets Brazil September 24-26, 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
August 15, 2014 – 9:20 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets Brazil   September 24-26, 2014   Sao Paulo, Brazil

World Bio Markets Brasil provides practical advice to take your company through the next 12 months and beyond. This unmissable event covers the ethanol, bio-diesel, renewable diesel and bio-based chemicals markets in just three days, …

Biofuels to Bioeconomy: Canadian Bioeconomy Conference December 1-3, 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 15, 2014 – 9:03 pm | No Comment
Biofuels to Bioeconomy: Canadian Bioeconomy Conference    December 1-3, 2014   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This December, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) will host its 11th annual conference – which is expanding to become the first national Canadian Bioeconomy Conference.
The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference will continue to include the content …

En Algae Symposium September 18, 2014 Kortrijk, Province West-Flanders, Belgium
August 15, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment
En Algae Symposium   September 18, 2014   Kortrijk, Province West-Flanders, Belgium

We would like to welcome you to our EnAlgae Pilot Symposium on the 18th of September 2014. In the morning, participants will be able to visit the algae pilot reactor of UGent, Campus Kortrijk, located …

MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products Summit October 6-7, 2014 Orlando, FL
August 15, 2014 – 7:58 pm | No Comment
MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products Summit   October 6-7, 2014   Orlando, FL

MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products is the premiere forum for companies with MSW conversion capabilities.  With over 200 attendees expected to attend, a great number of municipalities and 30 + leading industry voices, join us …

RIN Academy September 16, 2014 Des Moines, IA
August 15, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
RIN Academy   September 16, 2014    Des Moines, IA

RIN Academy will bring together key individuals who have developed solutions to the complex knot of issues surrounding the successful launching of a renewable fuel project. RIN Academy is the place to learn how the …

ABLCNext 2014: The Next: Technologies, Feedstocks, Business Models, Products and Markets November 10-12, 2014 San Francisco, CA
August 15, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment
ABLCNext 2014: The Next: Technologies, Feedstocks, Business Models, Products and Markets     November 10-12, 2014   San Francisco, CA

The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Series has become one of the largest gatherings of Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials Operating Company CEOs and senior executives, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers and industry suppliers in …

SXSWEco October 6-8, 2014 Austin, TX
August 15, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
SXSWEco  October 6-8, 2014   Austin, TX

SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens …

2014 Biofuels Financial Conference: Climate of Opportunity August 27-28 Bloomington, MN
August 15, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
2014 Biofuels Financial Conference:  Climate of Opportunity   August 27-28   Bloomington, MN

The biofuels production landscape is changing fast, and the most successful plants are watching for ways to reinvest profits and help their facilities evolve, says John Christianson, CPA and Partner at Christianson & Associates, PLLP, …

ASTech International Conference Green Aviation November 6-7, 2014 Le Bourget, France
August 15, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
ASTech International Conference Green Aviation    November 6-7, 2014  Le Bourget, France

Many conferences focus on the “Use” stage of the aircraft’s life.This conference is about looking at the whole lifecycle – highlighting best practices in each stage and at the same time stimulating further innovation by …

7th Annual Airports Going Green Conference November 3-5, 2014 Chicago, IL
August 15, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment
7th Annual Airports Going Green Conference     November 3-5, 2014   Chicago, IL

The Airports Going Green Conference is the industry’s leading sustainability forum, bringing together aviation sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world. Session topics include airport, tenant, and stakeholder collaboration strategies; innovations in renewable energy and …

Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems: Reducing Aviation’s Impact on the Environment October 21, 2014 London, UK
August 15, 2014 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems: Reducing Aviation’s Impact on the Environment   October 21, 2014   London, UK

Greener by Design was established in 1999 by the Royal Aeronautical Society and bodies representing airports, UK airlines and the aerospace industry, bringing together experts from across the industry together with Government and academia. The …

Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology September 9-10, 2014 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 15, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology    September 9-10, 2014   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This Seminar provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and share information on the latest and most innovative technologies for use in the reduction of aviation emissions. The event will address topics such as next generation aircraft, …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum October 20-22, 2014 Madrid, Spain
August 15, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum   October 20-22, 2014     Madrid, Spain

The projects CORE-JetFuel, FORUM-AE and ITAKA are pleased to announce the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum taking place in Madrid on 20th – 22nd October 2014.
This Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum will focus on recent progress and …

NC Bioenergy Field Day & Tour September 18, 2014 Duplin County, NC
August 15, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment
NC Bioenergy Field Day & Tour September 18, 2014  Duplin County, NC

As part of NC State University’s land grant mission in teaching, research and extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources will join with the NC Bioenergy Research Initiative …

WEBINAR: Dedicated Energy Crop Supply Chains September 10, 2014 2:00PM ET
August 15, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Dedicated Energy Crop Supply Chains   September 10, 2014   2:00PM ET

Part of Transitioning from the Bucket to the Barrel Educational Biofuels Webinar Series  READ MORE

A Carbon Accounting System for the Future
August 15, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Making sure the federal accounting system for biogenic carbon emissions—ensuring that it is an accurate system, and taking into scientific account the unique features of biomass in the carbon cycle is front …

State Scrambles to Save Old Town Pulp Mill, 200 Jobs
August 15, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Susan Sharon (MPBN News)  ”Effective immediately all Old Town mill operations will be indefinitely suspended.” That was the message employees at the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Co. received Wednesday evening. The written statement …

Greens Launch Pro-Republican Push
August 15, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  … The Environmental Defense Action Fund is rolling out a seven-figure ad campaign to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections, part of a longer-term effort to find GOP partners on priorities …

Innovations in PLA Technology: Review of OBIC Webinar
August 15, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a polyester derived from renewable raw materials such as corn, cassava (tapioca) and other plants. Compared to other bio-based polymers (such as PET, PE) PLA …

Cool Planet to Award Contract for $56 Million Biofuels Plant in Alexandria
August 15, 2014 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino ( Times-Picayune )  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a Colorado energy startup that aims to turn woodchips and other organic waste into gasoline as well as a crop-boosting soil enhancer, says it has …

Energy Policy to Be in Place by 2015
August 15, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Pauline Dikuelo  (MmegiOnline)   The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila has revealed that government is currently drafting an energy policy. The policy is expected to map out a successful way forward for …

Gasification of Oil Palm Biomass to Produce Clean Producer Gas for Heat, Power Generation
August 15, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(  … A research team led by Professor Mohamad Asadullah has embarked on a project related to gasification of biomass to produce clean producer gas. This gas mixture can be used as a fuel for internal …

St1 Biofuels: From Sawdust to Transport Fuel – Cellunolix® Ethanol Plant to Be Built in Finland
August 15, 2014 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(North European Oil Trade Oy/St1 Biofuels/BusinessWire)  North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) has made an investment decision concerning the construction of a bioethanol plant on the Renforsin Ranta industrial estate in Kajaani. The raw material …

That Dread US Ethanol Policy that Reduced Foreign Oil, Saved Consumers $800 P.A., and Produced More Food
August 15, 2014 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, USDA released its August World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.   The 2014 corn crop is estimated at 14.032 billion bushels. That is 172 million bushels higher …

European H1 Ethanol Market Weak, Lacking Political Support: Abengoa CEO
August 14, 2014 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Fuel ethanol consumption in Europe in the first half of 2014 was low and the sector lacked the political support to meet Europe’s renewable energy targets, Manuel Sanchez-Ortega, CEO of Spain-based ethanol producer Abengoa, …

Thailand Looking to Produce Ethanol from Rotten Rice Stocks – Officials
August 14, 2014 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat  (Reuters)  Thailand’s military government is studying a plan to use rotten rice from state stocks to produce ethanol, hoping to make use of grains that have gone bad and help reduce losses …

Proposed City of Chicago Ethanol Ordinance Would be a Step in the Right Direction
August 14, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wang and Jennifer Dunn (Huffington Post/Argonne National Laboratory)  … A proposed City of Chicago ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15 fuel – 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline – is …

Grant for Ethanol Plant to be Matched
August 14, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Johnson (Progress-Index)  City Council has adopted the Vireol performance agreement, which is a matching funds grant for $250,000 for the firm that has opened a long-delayed ethanol plant in Hopewell.
City Manager Mark Haley …

Mahtani Group to Build $150m Ethanol Plant
August 14, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Kalonde Nyati(Zambia Daily Mail)  Mahtani Group of Companies has partnered with Sunbird Group of the United Kingdom to develop a US$150 million bio-ethanol plant in Luapula Province.   Mahtani Group of Companies group chairperson Rajan …

We’ll Help You to Make Your Own Biofuel…All at the Flick of a Switch
August 14, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Tom King (Echo News UK)  … LiquidNRG, based on a site by the A127, allows drivers to make their own biodiesel at a fuel tax and VAT-free rate of £1 a litre – compared to …

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts
August 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows …

Keystone Farm Show January 6-8, 2015 York, PA
August 13, 2014 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   January 6-8, 2015    York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Five Environmentally Sustainable Startups Compete for $680,000 Prize
August 13, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Postcode Lottery Green Challenge/  Five eco-friendly startups from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom,France and Vietnam will compete in the finale of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, an annual worldwide competition for startups with environmentally sustainable business plans. One of these …

VIDEO: Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future
August 13, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future is a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals …

Despite Setbacks, Biofuels Industry Hopeful at 2014 DOE Biomass Conference
August 13, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At the Department of Energy’s two-day conference Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, technologies, feedstocks, and innovation in the bioenergy sector were on display.  Attendees celebrated three U.S. advanced cellulosic …

International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics August 10-12, 2015 San Francisco, CA
August 13, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics  August 10-12, 2015  San Francisco, CA

OMICS Group proudly invites all the participants across the globe to its International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Biopastics  going to be held  during August 10-12, 2015 in San Francisco, USA
Theme of the  Conference   Biopolymers …

Bio Revolution America Uses Crowdfunding
August 13, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Crowdfunding is coming to biofuels. On August 3, 2014, Bio Revolution America launched a 45 dayIndiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund its biofuels projects in Appalachia and within one week is reporting reaching 30 percent …

Global Glycerol Market Expected to Reach $2.52 Billion by 2020
August 13, 2014 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Grand View Research Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  The global market for glycerol is expected to reach $2.52 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Biodiesel emerged as the leading source of …

RFS Announcement May Not Come until after November Elections
August 13, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  As the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) rule continues to work its way through the interagency review process in Washington, there are now indications that it may not be …

Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil
August 13, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Bob Tita (Wall Street Journal)  Thousands of Tank Cars Are Likely to Be Scrapped or Redeployed Under Federal Safety Move
… With production capacity for new tank cars about 35,000 cars a year, industry analysts …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers
As scientists around the …

Poet-DSM Plans to Celebrate Opening Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Emmetsburg Sept. 3
August 13, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Poet-DSM plans to celebrate the opening of its Emmetsburg cellulosic ethanol plant, called Project Liberty, Sept. 3.
The $250 million project will use 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk …

RFA Making Inroads in Motorcycle Education
August 13, 2014 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Concluding the sixth year of sponsorship at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the Buffalo Chip Campground, Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) believes they are making some real headway in getting …

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
August 13, 2014 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and …

Nexant Launches Biorenewable Insights
August 13, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemical Online/Businesswire)  Nexant announced today that it has launched Biorenewable Insights—its new subscription program that provides in-depth evaluations and reliable data on the technology, cost competitiveness and industrial developments of biorenewable chemicals and fuels.
“Nexant is the first …

U.S. Trade Rep Tours Biodiesel Leader’s Family Farm, Discusses RFS Threats
August 13, 2014 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Argentine biodiesel imports could reverse domestic energy progress
Hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to …

USDA Funds Bio-Energy Research in Central CT
August 13, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. )  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a non-profit economic development organization based in East Hartford, Conn., was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to work on …

Adding Value to the Raw Glycerin from Biodiesel Plants
August 13, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

( SA) ABATEC SA introduces the BD4-MG system, to manufacture Methanol from raw Glycerol. It is an innovative way for adding value to the glycerol produced in the biodiesel plants. READ MORE

President Carter Calls for Carbon Tax at Aspen Renewable Energy Conference
August 13, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Eli Stokols (  President Jimmy Carter called a tax on carbon emissions “the only reasonable approach” to combating climate change during an appearance here Tuesday, but lamented that even piecemeal actions are unlikely to …

Kansas Ethanol Plant to Co-Locate Renewable Diesel Facility On-Site
August 13, 2014 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC plans to integrate renewable diesel production at its ethanol plant in Garnett, Kan., using distillers corn oil from the ethanol process and other feedstocks, the company announced late …

China, Brazil Consider Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Debate
August 13, 2014 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Natalie Obiko Pearson (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)   China and Brazil are looking for ways to redirect a global climate debate, which they say unfairly accuses developing nations of delaying limits on fossil-fuel pollution.
China wants to …

A Biodiesel Family Affair
August 12, 2014 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Renwicks of South Carolina, owners of Winnsboro-based Midlands Biofuels, persevere through the biodiesel industry’s instability with ingenuity, passion and teamwork. This is their story.
What do an emergency room medical …

New Co-chairs Selected to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel
August 12, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  James Anderson helped work his way through college behind the wheel of a diesel semi-truck, where he became interested in biodiesel. He began to wonder if he could contribute to the body …

Can ISSC PLUS Certification Be Misleading – If the Bio-Based Share Is Not Labelled Too?
August 12, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Michael Carus (nova-Institute/Bio-Based News)  On 23 April 2014 SABIC announced “that it will launch its first portfolio of certified renewable polyolefins, certified under the ISCC Plus certification scheme, which involves strict traceability and requires a …

Thai Govt to Aim for Rubber Supply Cut to Support Prices
August 12, 2014 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat (Reuters)  Thailand’s military government will encourage farmers in the world’s biggest rubber producer and exporter to cut down more rubber trees in a bid to restrict supply to help shore up prices, …

Co-defendent in Bio-Fuel Scam Pleads Guilty
August 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley  (The Record/   … A Ridgewood businesswoman has pleaded guilty to a charge that she took part in a $100 million biofuel fraud as a top executive of two Bergen County alternative-energy …

White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA Honor Student Leaders and Exceptional Teachers with Environmental Education Awards
August 12, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) and President’s …

Geismar Biofuel Plant Getting $15 Million Investment
August 12, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Ted Griggs (The Advocate)   Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company’s Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat.
“Some of that you’d probably consider just …

Diesel Engines Emerging As New Technology For Future of General Aviation Aircraft
August 12, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Manufacturers Cite Increased Range, Fuel Availability & Better Performance at Altitude As Major Benefits of Diesel Engines
With several major aircraft and engine manufacturers recently announcing the development of new diesel aircraft engines, the …

EnAlgae Scientific Papers Are Now Available Online
August 12, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  Anyone wishing to find out more about the results of the EU project EnAlgae can now find all the latest scientific papers relating to the project available online.
EnAlgae, which is a four-year Strategic Initiative …

Virent Receives EPA Registration for BioForm® Gasoline
August 12, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Virent) Registered Fuel Can Now be Used in On-Highway Motor Vehicles
Virent announced it has successfully received fuel registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its BioForm® Gasoline in blends of up to 45%. As a registered …

Message to EPA: Don’t Quit While We’re Ahead | Commentary
August 12, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (Roll Call/Americas for Novozymes)  … Every action we can take to clean the air and protect the environment matters. But the number one contributor to CO2 emissions in the U.S. isn’t coal — …

New Strategy for Clean, High-Octane Ethanol Needed
August 12, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Dave Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM)  The industry must push for change in the way fuels are blended and tested, writes Dave Vander Griend. Growth of the ethanol industry, producers of a clean high-octane fuel, …

Rolling Back the Write Down of the Renewable Mandate for 2014: The RINs Market Rings the Bell Again
August 12, 2014 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (University of Illinois)  The EPA is apparently going to finalize 2014 RFS rules in the near future.  This will at least temporarily bring the tumultuous process to an end that started with …

Who Wins if We Lose America’s Renewable Fuel Standard?
August 12, 2014 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  The Fuels America coalition launched a new campaign featuring one of its largest digital campaigns to date, pointing to actors like the Koch brothers and others who stand to …

Past FEW Scholarship Winner Now Consultant
August 12, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Nick Bowdish, currently an ethanol industry consultant, was one of six scholarship winners in 2006.The students, who came from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri, all attended the event and posed …

Top 10 People That Benefit from a Weakened Renewable Fuel Standard
August 12, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  For months, the EPA has debated the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which sets the amount of affordable, cleaner-burning fuels used in America’s fuel supply. Now — thanks to pressure from oil companies …

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
August 12, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today (July 31, 2014) released a report that, …

Govt Urged to Push for More Use of Biofuel
August 12, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Edi Hardum  (Jakarta Globe)  Experts slammed the government for not being serious in pushing the use of biofuel as an alternative source of energy, with data from the government showing that consumption remained low. …

CRFA Member First to Bring E85 Ethanol to Western Canada
August 12, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Renewable Fuels Association/Marketwired)  Arcade Station Opens as First and Only Gas Station in Western Canada to sell E85 Ethanol Fuel
The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) congratulates Arcade Station, Western Canada’s only gas station selling …

The Impact of Ethanol Production on the North Dakota Agricultural Retail Industry
August 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Richard Taylor and Won W. Koo   (Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies North Dakota State University)  … The first immediate impact of ethanol was increased agricultural commodity prices. In 2005, the corn price averaged $2.00 per bushel. …

Poll Shows Wisconsinites Support Use of Ethanol in Gasoline
August 12, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  Drivers in the Badger State say they favor the use of ethanol in fuel by a 2 to 1 margin. That’s according to the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, which said a recent …

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels
August 12, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge …

Webinar: What Could Corn Projections Mean for Biofuels? August 14, 2014 10:00AM CDT
August 12, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Webinar: What Could Corn Projections Mean for Biofuels?   August 14, 2014   10:00AM CDT

With a massive corn crop on the way and biofuels feedstock prices tumbling, the second half of 2014 could be pivotal for U.S. ethanol market dynamics. As the corn market heads into a new marketing …

GAO Faults Cost Analyses for EPA Regulations
August 12, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Benjamin Goad (The Hill)  A government report made public Monday finds fault with the Environmental Protection Agency’s analyses of the costs and benefits of its regulations.    The Government Accountability Office report concluded that …

Power by People: ACE Discusses the Next Chapter for Ethanol
August 11, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Power by people; a simple slogan with the hopes of executing the complex task of changing the way people fundamentally think about the ethanol industry. Brian Jennings, executive vice …

Ernst Pushes Iowa TV Stations to Pull Renewable Fuels ad, Calling It Deliberately Misleading
August 11, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst defended her support for the renewable fuels standard today and pushed six Iowa TV stations to pull an ad that her campaign claims …

Renewable Fuel Standard Rules Give Boost to Biogas
August 11, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine)   There is little doubt that allowing biogas-based transportation fuel projects to sell either advanced biofuel or cellulosic compliance credits will give a big boost to U.S. projects.
In early July, the …

SIC Officials Hoping to Offer Biofuel Certification
August 11, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Nick Mariano  (The Southern Illinoisan)  A Southern Illinois college is hoping to offer the first national certification in the country for training in biofuels processing, the instructor for the program said Tuesday.
Southeastern Illinois College …

Increasing Ethanol Plant Throughput
August 11, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Syngenta’s Enogen corn trait technology is the first genetically modified output trait in corn specifically for the ethanol industry and in the past two years since it has been released the …

RFS Update from EPA at ACE Meeting
August 11, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Environmental Protection Agency official Paul Machiele visited the American Coalition for Ethanol conference this week in Minneapolis to discuss various issues, including plans for the 2014 volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard …

World Bank: Climate-Smart Development Benefits Lives, Jobs, GDP
August 11, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Advanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new …

EU May Renew US-Biodiesel Tariffs Targeting ADM to Cargill
August 11, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Stearns (Bloomberg)  The European Union threatened to renew tariffs on biodiesel from the U.S. for another five years in a sign of persistent trade tensions over renewable energy.
The EU said it would examine …

Building a Long Term, Sustainable Supply Chain for Cellulosic Biofuels Industry
August 11, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) On Tuesday, July 15 2014, Biofuels Digest hosted a webinar discussing creating sustainable supply chains for cellulosic biofuels – a germane issue that will ultimately determine the commercial viability …

UK Aviation Group Calls for Government Backing to Kick-Start Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
August 11, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) The potential to reduce UK aviation’s annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 million tonnes by 2030 through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels can only be realised with government support, says UK industry …

Japanese Initiative Launched to Develop Next-Generation Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Sector by 2020
August 11, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Japan has become the latest country to launch a government-backed initiative to investigate the potential of developing a domestic sustainable aviation biofuel industry. Over 30 companies and organisations from the aerospace, fuel, engineering, finance …