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Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
January 20, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
(White House)  Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil. For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years. Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well. The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long. In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy. Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water. A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.  READ MORE and MORE (The Hill) and MORE / MORE (Utility Dive)   Excerpt from The Hill:  At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.  READ MORE


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 3, 2017 – 10:12 am | No Comment
Family-owned coffee producer Löfbergs is one of the companies that have been committed to Fly Green Fund’s work from the start.  “Previously, we have bought carbon offsets for our flights, but now we take the same amount of money and use it to develop green bio jet fuel for the future,” Eva Eriksson concluded.  Original Post


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Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security
January 20, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the January 12th Pew Project-sponsored conference," Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases," the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed to come up. The conference, held at the Pew Charitable Trust building in Washington D.C., featured short presentations from the Assistant Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy. Each secretary detailed their plans to strengthen energy security at military installations, and briefly addressed the likely future of energy development under the new administration.  The recurrent theme of the event was protecting vulnerable power grids, upon which military bases depend, from physical and cyber-attacks. Although biofuels were not highlighted during the conference, each of the assistant secretaries affirmed the continued importance of biofuels as a method of energy security. According to Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Dennis McGinn, the Navy plans to continue purchasing biofuel for its Great Green Fleet, and he believes the future of biofuel lies in bulk solicitations from private companies. The Army is also invested in biofuels, and has formed a partnership with Hawaii Electric. The Hawaiian firm is currently constructing a 52-megawatt biofuel plant at Scofield Barracks, which it hopes to have operational by 2018. Assistant Secretary of the Army, Katherine Hammack, acknowledged that the decreasing cost of biofuels have made them a “viable alternative.” The Air Force also has a vested interest in continuing to work with biofuels, because as Assistant Secretary Miranda Ballentine asserted, approximately eight billion of the Air Force’s nine-billion-dollar budget goes toward jet fuel. The Air Force has taken steps to certify all its aircraft to operate on several types of fuel, including biofuel blends, and has conducted extensive tests on a variety of biofuels. The conference concluded with a presentation from Chief Scientist of Noblis, Dr. Jeff Marqusee, about current research into energy security measures. Although Dr. Marqusee said that his firm is not currently working on any research or development related to biofuels, he acknowledged their growing potential as an alternative fuel. The primary solution to energy security that he offered in his presentation, was the installation of microgrids as a more resilient alternative to standalone generators. Microgrids are a system of distributed energy resources (which can include any available on-site power source) that can operate independently of the commercial grid. According to Noblis research, diesel microgrids are cheaper and more reliable than standalone generators. Could these diesel microgrids and the military’s current diesel generators eventually be made to run on biodiesel? Dr. Marqusee admitted that it is certainly possible, but will depend heavily on cost, and improving biodiesel’s long-term storage capability.   *Callie Fishburn, an Environmental Science and Policy student at Hood College in Frederick, MD, interned with Advanced Biofuels USA during the winter break preparing educational materials and covering this event.


Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
January 20, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(White House)  Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 3, 2017 – 10:12 am | No Comment

Family-owned coffee producer Löfbergs is one of the companies that have been committed to Fly Green Fund’s work from the start.  “Previously, we have bought carbon offsets for our flights, but now we take the …

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December 20, 2016 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

Due to “updates” by WordPress that are not compatible (yet) with our specialized GoDaddy server and/or the “theme” of our website, the appearance and legibility of the articles posted on this site is terrible. We …

Montana State University Scientist Wins Grant to Improve Camelina Seed Qualities
January 20, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University/Biomass Magazine)  A Montana State University scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient …

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels
January 20, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists …

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working
January 20, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming …

MIT Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils
January 20, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by  Anne Trafton (MIT/Biomass Magazine)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy …

Ghana’s First Ethanol Producer Diversifying and Seeking More Cassava
January 20, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Ghana, the country’s only ethanol producer—Caltech—has produced 150,000 liters of ethanol from cassava since starting up the 3 million liter per year facility in August. The company is also expanding …

Novozymes Cuts Jobs, Says U.S. Policy, Monsanto Deal Pose Risks
January 20, 2017 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Teis Jensen (Reuters)  To cut 198 jobs, invest more in emerging markets; Says could take time to return to past growth rates;  Bayer takeover of Monsanto, US energy policy pose risks;  Q4 earnings beat expectations, …

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 Use: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs
January 20, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, …

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-Elect?
January 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This Administration is a team, so long as you generally understand that there’s one guy with the ball, he’s calling all the plays, and members of the Cabinet can block …

Decoded Microbial Metabolism Explains Biofuel Yield
January 20, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Blaine Friedlander (Phys.Org)  To unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel …

Investigation: INEOS Failed Despite $129 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies
January 20, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Lucas Daprile (TC Palm)  TCPalm examined thousands of government documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and Florida public records requests, to determine what taxpayers got in return for their $129 million investment …

Scaling-up through Contract Manufacturing
January 20, 2017 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations …

Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Below Transportation Sector Emissions
January 20, 2017 – 9:05 am | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the transportation sector reached 1,893 million metric tons (MMmt) from October 2015 through September 2016, exceeding electric power sector CO2 emissions of 1,803 MMmt over …

Notice of Analysis of the GHG Emissions Attributable to the Production and Transport of Sugar Beets for Use in Biofuel Production
January 19, 2017 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On January 18, 2017, EPA issued a notice of opportunity to comment on the Agency’s analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use …

Zimbabwe: Zim Fuel Prices Up
January 19, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Phillimon Mhlanga (All Africa)  Zimbabwe’s major fuel retailers have raised fuel prices by at least US$0,04 a litre due to a serious shortage of anhydrous ethanol in the country and a surge in international petroleum …

BRAG® Biofuels Industry Outlook For 2017
January 19, 2017 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  … Throughout his campaign for President, Trump repeatedly pledged his support for biofuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Indeed, it is this support that helped Trump win in …

EPA Denies Petition to Waive Advanced Biofuels Requirements
January 19, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. environmental regulators have denied a request from oil refiners to waive some of their advanced biofuels use requirements from 2016, in what is likely to be one of the Obama …

Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology
January 19, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Each microbe makes a contribution to your health; some directly, indirectly, it’s an orchestra and they have to be in tune,” says our old friend Jack Oswald, a serial entrepreneur …

FHR Unveils a $50M Gambit to Make Überprotein at Ethanol Plants
January 19, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources will invest more than $50M in its Fairmont, Neb. ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish …

UK-Based Researcher Gains European Grant to Fund Work on Lignin Biomass Production
January 19, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to fund his world-leading …

Donald Trump Taps Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture
January 19, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Kristen Welker, Hallie Jackson, Phil McCausland and Emma Margolin (NBC News)  President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture, senior transition officials tell NBC News.

Perdue, 70, …

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil Renew Algae Biofuels Research Agreement
January 19, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil have announced that they have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels, after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing …

More Pruitt HIghlights
January 19, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  During the second half of more than six hours of questioning for Scott Pruitt, the EPA pick said he saw no reason to review the agency’s 2009 endangerment finding, …

Perry’s Time to Shine Today
January 19, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  PERRY PARTY: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry finally has his day in the spotlight this morning to make his case for running the Energy Department. Given the agency’s mishmash …

U.S. Energy Department Publishes “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future”
January 19, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department published a report titled, “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future.”

Over the next decade, the transportation sector is poised for rapid change, propelled toward a new mobility …

LEAF Opens New Yeast Facility and Launches New Product
January 19, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman (Green Chemicals Blog) Leaf – Lesaffre Advanced Fermentations has inaugurated its the new Lesaffre Yeast Corporation drying facility in Headland, Alabama, last week, which is reportedly the company’s first yeast drying facility …

SUNY Morrisville Leads NY Back To Industrial Hemp Production
January 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Kulikowsky (MyTwinTiers.com)  Morrisville partners with JD Farms in Eaton on industrial hemp pilot program  —  Hemp may not be what you’d think of as the next big cash crop but plenty in New York, …

Ethanol Industry Thanks Trump in New Ad
January 18, 2017 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The renewable fuels industry is thanking incoming President Donald Trump with a new television ad airing this inauguration week. The new ad will be airing during MSNBC’s Morning Joe program and will …

Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque to Start R&D Cooperation on Utilizing Forest Residues in Biofuel Production
January 18, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe NewsWire)  Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started R&D cooperation with the objective of studying the potential of using forest residues as a raw material in biofuel production in La Tuque, Canada. The cooperation …

Military’s Shift Away from Oil Clashes with Trump’s Promises
January 18, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Fayatteville Observer/Associated Press)  … While a growing number of military leaders have declared global warming a national security threat, the strategy clashes with President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to end policies that “undermine” fossil fuel producers. Trump …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-Based Marine Microalgae System
January 18, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a …

Biodiesel 2017: What’s up with Earth’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?
January 18, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Uncertain the future may be, but the immediate past was no bed of thorns for biodiesel and renewable diesel. NBB policy guru Anne Steckel said that the industry produced 2.6B …

Biodiesel Industry Honors Year of Achievements, Industry Growth
January 18, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Clean air champions, policy drivers, fleet influencers highlighted with industry awards  —  The biodiesel industry saw record market growth in 2016 and this year’s National Biodiesel Board industry awards highlight champions …

General Motors Announces 20 for B20 in Its Diesel Vehicle Lineup
January 18, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  GM Expands its B20 Biodiesel Capable Lineup with New Cars, Crossovers, Trucks  —  General Motors is taking bold steps to expand the U.S. diesel vehicle market beyond its traditional stronghold in full-size …

By Their Powers Combined, They Hope to Stop Change to RFS
January 18, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Railroads and truckers are joining the fight to leave refiners as the obligated party under the Renewable Fuel Standard. As ME readers are keenly aware, a few independent refiners, …

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator
January 18, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Chris Kahn (Reuters/Ipsos)  More than 60 percent of Americans would like to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s powers preserved or strengthened under incoming President Donald Trump, and the drilling of oil on public lands …

BIOX Announces Commissioning of 90 Million USG Biodiesel Production Facility in Houston
January 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(BIOX/NewsWire Canada)  BIOX Corporation (“BIOX” or the “Company”) (TSX: BX), a renewable energy company that owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, today announced that World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC (WEBB), a 50/50 joint venture between …

Q&A: Tough EU Battle ahead for Ethanol Says ePURE
January 17, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Recently appointed secretary of the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) Emmanuel Desplechin told Argus the continent’s ethanol industry is facing a crucial battle for survival. He said the EU should reverse European Commission …

DOE Jobs Report Features Data on Bioenergy, Biofuels Employment
January 17, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy released its second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the …

Environmentalists Appeal PBF Ethanol Permit
January 17, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (News Journal/Delaware Online)  A legal fight over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations officially began this week. Two groups filed fundamental challenges Friday to a recently issued state permit that – for …

High Octane Group Vindicated by EPA Ethanol Assessment
January 17, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A USDA report this week showing corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline, came with a silver lining for a Washington, D.C., group that has …

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy
January 17, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, down 1.5 percent from 2015. …

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines Release Aviation Biofuel Infrastructure Findings
January 17, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle) Existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery infrastructure  —  ​The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines today released a first-of-its-kind study …

B10 Biodiesel Is Cleaner, Better for Engines – MPIC
January 17, 2017 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Lee (Paultan.org)  The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has released a statement clarifying the facts regarding the oft-delayed B10 biodiesel. The fuel, which uses a blend of 10% palm methyl ester …

Taking the Financial Step to Scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance
January 17, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with Stern Brothers and managing director John …

Sugar, Sugar: Toray, Mitsui Set out to Build Monster Cellulosic Sugar Plant in Asia
January 17, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills.

The companies will invest up …

Automakers Fuel the U.S. Market With More Biodiesel Capable Diesel Vehicle Models
January 17, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  U.S. auto manufacturers have introduced a record number of new biodiesel capable diesel vehicle options for consumers as the push for increased fuel efficiency, performance, and sustainability in America’s transportation sector grows. …

Fleet Conference and Expo — January 31 – February 2, 2017 — Washington, DC
January 17, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Fleet Conference and Expo   —   January 31 – February 2, 2017   —   Washington, DC

Join GWRCCC and NAFA, Washington Chapter for the  Fleet Conference and Expo at The 2017 Washington Auto Show Tuesday, January 31 – February 2, 2017

Admission is Free Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW | Room 206, Washington, …

CARB Supports EPA’s Final Determination on Emissions Standards
January 17, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (Next-Gen Transportation News)  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced its support for the EPA administrator’s determination that the adopted light-duty vehicle greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission standards for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate.

In …

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy
January 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight’s natural hues. …

WEBINAR: International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series: A Classification System for Biochars Applied to Soils — January 30, 2017
January 17, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series:  A Classification System for Biochars Applied to Soils   —   January 30, 2017

This webinar reviews a biochar classification system aimed at optimizing the sustainable use of biochar in agriculture. This classification system builds upon biochar product definition and testing guidelines developed by IBI and the European Biochar …

Neste Launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel Made 100% from Waste and Residues
January 17, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(CleanTech Finland)  Neste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues. The name of the new 100% renewable fuel is Neste MY Renewable Diesel, and the product enables up to 90% lower …

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show
January 16, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz …

ISO Datagro New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference 2017 — May 10, 2017 — New York, NY
January 16, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment
ISO Datagro New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference 2017   —   May 10, 2017   —   New York, NY

Aiming to discuss the main issues of the global Sugar and Ethanol industries and to bring together representatives of the international community of producers, traders, brokers, investors, and from the financial market in general, the …

BDC Spring Symposium — May 2-3, 2017 — Des Moines, Iowa
January 16, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
BDC Spring Symposium   —   May 2-3, 2017   —   Des Moines, Iowa

The BDC Spring Symposium will be held this year at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on May 2-3, 2017, with travel on Monday, May 1st. This symposium also marks the 10th anniversary …

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams
January 16, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (January 10, 2017) the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and …

Voting Begins for Biofuels Digest’s Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy
January 16, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  It’s time for voting for the Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy together, and as with all Digest rankings and lists, we’d like you to participate.   It’s easy, Just check the ones …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
January 16, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

API and MYBiomass Announce Joint-Development Agreement for the Production of Nanocellulose for Downstream Applications
January 16, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Web/American Process/MYBiomass)  American Process Inc. (API) and MYBiomass Sdn. Bhd. (MYBiomass) will work together to develop technology to produce nanocellulose and cellulosic sugars from oil palm empty fruit-bunches, a lignocellulosic feedstock widely available in …

EU Carbon Targets at Risk from Conventional Biofuels Phase-Out: Experts
January 16, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the EU, energy experts told members of the European Parliament in hearings this week that   the European Commission’s proposed phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030 threatens to remove one …

Hero BX Offers Branded Bioheat Distributor Program
January 16, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Erie, Pennsylvania-based biodiesel producer Hero BX announced a new business enterprise Jan. 12, the Hero BX-branded Bioheat program. Bioheat is a blend of biodiesel and heating oil in varying concentrations. …

Lessons from 102 Years of Licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
January 16, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Walk This Way: NYC Agrees to Run D.M.E. in New Fuels Trial
January 16, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  This week, a company known as Oberon Fuels running a DME technology is coming Straight Outta New York City with the idea that you can make it out of …

Dual-Purpose Biofuel Crops Could Extend Production, Increase Profits
January 13, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, …

U-Turn on Phase-Out of Food-Based Biofuels
January 13, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Food-based biofuels can still be counted towards the EU’s renewable energy target, the European Commission has proposed – in a stunning U-turn on its commitment to phase-out first-generation biofuels that are worse …

PTG to Make Ethanol from Cassava Pulp
January 13, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post) PTG Energy Plc (PTG), a SET-listed oil retailer, and Eiamburapa Co (EBP), a top producer of tapioca products, have teamed up to develop what they say will be the world’s first facility that makes …

From Waste CO2 to Everyday Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquid Light Technology
January 13, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that Avantium has acquired Liquid Light’s assets and will take the technology forward. Liquid Light developed electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant …

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

The Bioeconomy, #1 Catalyst for Rural Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Rural Development
January 13, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. …

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016
January 13, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the …

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies
January 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by …

Northey Recognizes Efforts by Fuel Marketers to Offer and Promote Renewable Fuels
January 13, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Department of Agriculture)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that Charlie Good from Good & Quick in Nevada and Richard Weiner from Cartersville Elevator, Inc. in Nora Springs are the 2017 winners of …

Want to Drain the Swamp? Start with the Renewable Fuel Standard Read more: The Gilmer Mirror – Want to Drain the Swamp Start with the Renewable Fuel Standard
January 13, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by David Williams (The Gilmer Mirror)  Incoming President Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” is getting an early test from one of his closest friends.

Billionaire investor and Trump confidant Carl Icahn is requesting changes …

Scientists Have a New Way to Calculate What Global Warming Costs. Trump’s Team Isn’t Going to Like It.
January 13, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National …

Converting Disposable Nappies into Bio-Fuel and Textiles
January 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Aberystwyth University)  … Now a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution.

Joe has devised a process to turn disposable nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products …

Competitive Enterprises Institute Wants RFS Frozen and Sunsetted
January 13, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Competitive Enterprises Institute has put forth proposals for the next session of Congress including freezing the Renewable Fuel Standard below the blend wall while setting a sunset …

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering
January 13, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to what big ox produces, but city leaders contend that’s where the similarities end. Methane is a …

Queensland Biofuels Company Set to Deliver Employment, Economic Development and Affordable Ethanol for Australia
January 13, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(My Sunshine Coast/Queensland Renewable Fuels Association)   Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd (“RDA”) is fast approaching the delivery of the first of its planned five large scale bio-ethanol farms and production facilities to supply ethanol for the Australian …

Breakthrough in the Corn Belt: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Ethanol and Greenhouse Gas Savings
January 13, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that an explosive new peer-reviewed report from ICF found that greenhouse gas emissions reductions from typical corn-based ethanol production have soared to 43 percent compared to 2005-era …

Glyphosate Paper Claims Liver Disease Link in Rats: Findings Disputed by Monsanto as Using ‘Flawed Data’
January 13, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Matthew Appleby  (Horticulture Week)  The active ingredient in herbicide Roundup has been cited as a cause of liver disease after experiments on rats, but Monsanto has refuted the claims as “bad science”.  —

The study, …

How Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Woes Differ from Massive VW Scandal
January 13, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Brent Snavely and Nathan Bomey (Detroit Free Press)  The U.S. EPA said Thursday it notified Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of Clean Air Act violations for the diesel emissions of 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 …

USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, with additional benefits projected through 2022  —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release …

EPA Administrator Signs Final Determination for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards
January 13, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has signed a final determination, finding that the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for Model Years 2022-2025, adopted in 2012, are feasible and appropriate under section 202(a) of the …

EU Biofuels Seminar — April 26, 2017 — Geneva, Switzerland
January 9, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment
EU Biofuels Seminar   —   April 26, 2017   —   Geneva, Switzerland

Providing the most up-to-the minute news and views on the main issues impacting the European and global biofuels market in this trading heartland.

At a time of increased uncertainty for the sector, this focused event will …

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems
January 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Science News/University of Michigan)  When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a new study. — … …

AFPM Petitions EPA to Waive Portion of 2016 Cellulosic RVO
January 9, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume …

Growing Algae for Food and Biofuel Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions
January 9, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Cultivating algae for food and biofuel could make a serious dent in our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as helping to save freshwater resources and reduce deforestation.

Currently the emissions associated with land-use …

The Algae Fuel Debacle: How Much More Information Does the Department of Energy Really Need?
January 9, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  2016 Algae Year in Review – Nothing has Changed  —  2016 (U.S. Department of Energy) Funding Opportunities: …

• Global Algae Innovations (San Diego, California)— …

• Algenol Biotech LLC (Ft. Myers, Florida)– …

• MicroBio …

Uganda: Kakira Sugar Opens Shs130 Billion Ethanol Plant
January 9, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Isaac Mufumba (All Africa/The Monitor)  Kakira Sugar Limited, a local sugar producer, has started commercial production of ethanol at a $36.6 million (Shs133b) distillery.
The joint managing director, Mr Mayur Madhvani, told Daily Monitor in …

Ethanol Increasingly a Stabilizing Factor for Iowa Farmers’ Income
January 9, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jon Leu (Daily Nonpareil)  At a time when Iowa farmers produced a second consecutive record corn crop amid falling prices for their commodity, the state’s growing ethanol industry remains a stabilizing factor.

National crop production …

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus …

White House Announces Release of Final Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
January 9, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On January 4, 2017, the White House announced the release of the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.  The 2017 Update provides a comprehensive summary of the …

Gearing Up for Farm Bill Season
January 6, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI will take periodic looks at the ongoing debate surrounding the anticipated 2018 Farm Bill. This article is the first in the series.  — …  Amidst a backdrop …

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
January 6, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine)   … We received impassioned requests to give the public …

Greener Diesel Regulation
January 6, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Ontario, Canada government)  Learn about environmentally friendly diesel fuels and the new laws that apply to diesel supply companies in Ontario.

By law, Ontario requires fuel companies to provide more environmentally friendly diesel fuels, known as …

EPA Denies Petition Filed by Biogenic CO2 Coalition
January 6, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has denied a petition for reconsideration of its finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may be reasonably anticipated …

Republicans Can Cancel Some Obama Environment Rules. But They’ll Have to Choose Carefully.
January 6, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … Two bills under consideration in Congress, each expected to go to a swift vote, could help expedite the process of undoing recent regulations — or even make it more difficult …

Electric Vehicles Threaten to Overtake Biofuels
January 6, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jan Rocha (Climate News Network)  A sharp increase in the predicted global number of EVs prompts Brazil to rev up its promotion of low-carbon biofuels.  —  By 2040, the number of electric cars in …

REPORT: Navy’s Biofuels Program Is A Huge Step Backwards
January 6, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The U.S. Navy’s biofuels program has “failed to demonstrate any operational or strategic advantages over petroleum and have actually increased costs” for the military, according to a new report …

Biodiesel Market Trends, Consumption, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape 2027
January 6, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(EIN PressWire/Market Research Future) Market Scenario — Biodiesel is the only form of renewable fuel that can be utilized across all energy segments namely electricity, heat and transportation which is one of the major contributing factors …

Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 6, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is …

Drivers Get Cleaner Air, Added Costs as Taxes, Premium Gas Rise
January 6, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg Markets)  Need high-octane for that BMW? New sulfur curb boosts the cost; Seven U.S states pile on with higher tax rates for 2017  —  A new federal rule cuts the amount of …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

Trump EPA Nominee Won’t Gut Ethanol Law, Grassley, Ernst Say
January 6, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Midwest Republican senators got reassurances from EPA chief nominee Scott Pruitt that he will “follow the law” that requires ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, …

ORNL Researchers Work to Develop Drought-Resistant Crops
January 6, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Bevin Fletcher (Bioscience Technology)  Some semi-arid plants use a specific type of photosynthesis known as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM, to conserve water and flourish in semi-arid climates.  Now scientists at the Department of …

Toray to Make Biofuel Feedstock from Sugar Cane in Thailand
January 6, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese company’s tech can cut costs at planned processing plant  —  Toray Industries looks to tap sugar cane waste in Thailand to produce raw materials for biofuel, a revenue source that fits with …

Innovative Refinery to Turn Municipal Waste into High-Grade Fuel
January 6, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Paul Krajewski  (High River Times)  A waste diversion company is working toward constructing a one-of-a-kind clean refinery near High River to produce renewable diesel from landfill debris.

After years of research and development, Cielo Waste …

American Drivers Surpass 500 Million Miles on E15
January 6, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced today that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, …

The Clean Tech Primer 2017
January 6, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to …

No Playbook on Renewable Fuels in Trump Huddle
January 5, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Midwest Producer)  … No issue  has received more early scrutiny than the Renewable Fuel Standard as pundits speculate how Mr. Trump can honor campaign promises to fully support ethanol while some …

API Wants to ‘Change the Conversation’ under Trump, Pruitt
January 5, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard sees 2017 as a big moment in the life of the energy industry, and he hopes he has allies in the incoming administration.
Speaking at API’s …

EPA Seeks to Ban Genscape from Verifying Renewable Fuel Credits
January 5, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify biofuels compliance credits after regulators say it failed to detect a massive fraud perpetrated by companies …

Potential Biofuel Crops in Hawaii May Successfully Sequester Carbon in Soil
January 5, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/PLOS)  Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by …

Biorefinery Interest Cracks the Ton
January 5, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(My Sunshine Coast)  A whopping 100 companies have indicated interest in biorefining in Queensland, as the 18 January deadline looms for the Palaszczuk Government’s Biofutures Acceleration Program.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the …

Innovative R&D Model: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Total’s Bio-Based Products
January 5, 2017 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported in April that Total is betting on the future of renewables by developing a Gas, Renewables & Power segment as part of its current restructuring process that will be implemented by …

Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2017 Nominations Open DEADLINE: January 8, 2017
January 5, 2017 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We are making our list of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy together, but as with all Digest rankings and lists, we’d like you to participate.  The nominations link is …

Finding the Real Value of Hemp in Kentucky
January 4, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Grace Schneider  (Courier-Journal)  After a recent boost in funding, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville is delving into the science and economics of commercializing industrial hemp.
It’s a new line of …

Biofuels Set to Benefit from Germany’s ‘Climate Protection Rate’
January 4, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  The ‘climate protection rate’ in Germany is set to rise this year from 3.5 to 4% and biofuels is set to benefit from this, according to Germany’s biofuels trade association …

RFA Optimistic about Ethanol in 2017 (and other opinions)
January 4, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “One that comes readily to mind is the disparate treatment of E10 and E15 and other high level blends with respect to evaporative vapor control, RVP. Right now E10 …

Branstad Says Trump Assures EPA Chief Will Be Pro-Ethanol
January 4, 2017 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa’s governor says President-elect Donald Trump has reassured him the Trump Administration will be pro-ethanol. Governor Terry Branstad was concerned initially when he heard Trump asked the attorney general from …

The Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, and EPA to Lead Creation of National Resource Center for Action Against Food Waste
January 4, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  Coalition of 12 organizations set to launch FurtherWithFood.org, an online hub for information and solutions to cut food waste  —  Today, The Rockefeller Foundation announced its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

AFPM Sends US EPA Petition to Request Waiver of 2016 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements
January 4, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Biofuels International)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has sent a petition to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that it waives its 2016 cellulosic biofuels volumes “due to an …

Biofuel Producers Back Renewable Credit Trading Transparency
January 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  Recent criticism of secrecy and alleged manipulation in biofuel credit trading, delivered by a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, is striking a chord among ethanol and other renewable fuel producers.

Those producers …

UAS Researcher Gets Biodiesel Project Financing
January 4, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Millenni um Campus (Google Translation))  …In the Rectors’ Hall of the Central Building, the university leader recognized Ignacio Contreras Andrade, a researcher at the Faculty of Biological Chemistry Sciences, for having obtained the first place …

London Man Says Burners He Invented that Run Mainly on Ethanol Can Help Families and Businesses Cut Energy Costs
January 4, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Hank Daniszewski (The London Free Press)  A London entrepreneur has invented new cooking equipment he says doesn’t fatten your carbon footprint.  Michael George’s cooking burners look like those on a natural gas or propane stove …

New Path to Ethylene via Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technip’s Hummingbird Tech
January 4, 2017 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last June, we reported that Technip completed the acquisition of Hummingbird ethanol to ethylene technology from BP Chemicals Ltd. Utilizing a proprietary catalyst operating under mild operating conditions, the technology converts ethanol to …

Exxon’s 2040 Outlook: Fossil Fuels Aren’t Going Anywhere
January 4, 2017 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Oil & Gas 360/OilPrice.com)  The global energy mix will not look that much different for oil and gas in 2040, according to Exxon Mobil’s (ticker: XOM) recently released 2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to …

2016 Was a “Terrific Year” for #Ethanol
January 3, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  With the presidential campaign getting all the attention this year, it may have gone relatively unnoticed that 2016 was a very good year for the ethanol industry. Actually, Renewable Fuels Association …

Letter: Ethanol Boosts Incomes and Jobs in State
January 3, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Roger Johnson (National Farmers Union/Argus Leader)  … The truth is, the markets created for agriculture have been a tremendous economic boon for our nation’s family farmers and rural America. At the same time, food price inflation …

Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy — September 12-14, 2017 — State College, PA
January 3, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy   —   September 12-14, 2017   —   State College, PA

The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) is proud to present the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomass Conference and Expo, taking place September 12-14, 2017, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.​

This event will bring together attendees …

WEBINAR: Ecosystem Service Payments for Switchgrass Production Could Improve Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay — May 9, 2017
January 3, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Ecosystem Service Payments for Switchgrass Production Could Improve Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay   —   May 9, 2017

Producing perennial bioenergy feedstocks like switchgrass can provide ecosystem service benefits in addition to bioenergy production. If paid for, such services could increase the financial return to growers and increase investments in bioenergy. This is …

WEBINAR: Biomass Harvest and Logistics: Siting and Supply Chain Optimization — March 14, 2017
January 3, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Biomass Harvest and Logistics: Siting and Supply Chain Optimization   —  March 14, 2017

We will discuss the configurations of multiple feedstock supply chains in the Northeast. A modelling process will then be discussed to optimize the mixed feedstock supply chains targeting at reducing the existing biomass harvesting and …

USDA: Incentives Available for Drop-In Biofuel Delivered to Navy
January 3, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.

A notice published …

4-H Renewable Energy Camp — July 24-28, 2017 — East Lansing, MI
January 3, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment
4-H Renewable Energy Camp   —   July 24-28, 2017   —   East Lansing, MI

Explore how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy and what it means to your family, Michigan and the world!

Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is a five-day exploration …

Youth Explore Biofuel as Renewable Energy
January 3, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University Extension)  Youth can explore biofuel at 4-H Renewable Energy Camp and through other 4-H science programs.  —  …You can help youth explore biofuels by guiding them through an activity that shows how …

Ethanol Mandate Comes into Force Today
January 3, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Sydney Morning Herald)  Queensland fuel outlets will be required to meet the state government’s new ethanol mandate from Sunday, as part of a raft of legislative changes taking effect in the new year.  Large fuel …

Biodiesel: The Field Could Save $ 6 Billion
January 3, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Fernando Bertello (La Nacion (Google translation))  The Ministry of Agroindustry of the Nation works in a resolution so that the agricultural producers can make own use of biodiesel by means of a system to …

Change Is in the Air for Food Sustainability
January 3, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Robin Booker (The Western Producer)  There are many innovative products and services available to Canadian crop producers that could help improve sustainability. However, the global food sector is struggling to find ways to reward growers …

New Laws That Take Effect January 2017: Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit
January 3, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(New York State Senate)  Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit: The 2016-17 budget extended the Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit from Jan. 1, 2017 until Jan. 1, 2020. It also requires that beginning in 2017, to …

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion
January 3, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017
January 3, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.

As the …

Milk beyond the Dairy Farm: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Perfect Day Foods
January 3, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Why Animal-Free? We wanted a way to enjoy the dairy products we love – with zero compromise,” says Perfect Day Foods on its website. Bottom line, using biotech they have created milk …

SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund and Swedavia Enable Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights from Stockholm Arlanda Airport
January 3, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

Just before New Year’s Eve, Swedavia received its first sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It marks the start of deliveries of sustainable aviation fuel through the Fly Green Fund and demonstrates Swedavia’s commitment …

Almedalen: Seminar on Fossil Free Aviation
January 3, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Fly Green Fund)  Together with Swedavia, Fly Green Fund arranged a seminar … at ”Aktuell Hållbarhet Arena” entitled ”How do we obtain fossil free aviation?”. Participants on the panel were Maria Fiskerud, MD at Fly Green Fund, …

Iowa Energy Plan Includes Role Ethanol Can Play in State’s Future
January 3, 2017 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has released to the public the Iowa Renewable Energy Plan, which establishes priorities and provides strategic guidance for Iowa’s energy future.   …   “IRFA …

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development
January 2, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock …

Rescuing the Low-Carbon Energy Transition From Magical Thinking
January 2, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by David M. Hart (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation)  …  This paper describes four forms of magical thinking about the energy transition that are prevalent in the United States. “Climate-change denial” wishes away the need …

Major Boost for UK Biojet as Government Proposes to Extend Renewable Transport Fuel Incentives to Aviation
January 2, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The UK aviation industry has welcomed a proposal by the government to extend one of its main policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport to include aviation, which could provide a major …