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Scorching Summer Drives California Innovation and Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  California’s politicians and people are responding to the state’s increasingly dire symptoms of climate change with innovation, resolve, and biofuel policies.

California’s determination to recapture its milder and less fire-prone environment is best reflected by two ambitious climate and energy bills. Senator Fran Pavley, the original architect of AB 32 and esteemed environmental leader, is now advancing SB 32. SB 32 would require California to reduce its greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions 40% below the 1990 level by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Senator pro Tempore Kevin de Leon is pursuing a complementary measure, SB 350. SB 350 would reduce petroleum use in California by 50%, and increase energy efficiency and renewable power in the state by 50%, with all of these changes to be achieved by the year 2030.

As one might expect, some incumbent industries are responding to these measures with stark predictions of economic distress. Yet it is clear that the political landscape has changed drastically from just one year ago. “The oil industry is in deep trouble,” Governor Jerry Brown told reporters Monday at a news conference on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Oil companies “have a product that is highly destructive, while highly valuable at the same time. And we’re trying to work out the right policies,” LA Times.

This session, Assembly Member Perea is working to balance GGRF (California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund) spending to benefit a broader range of Californians, including those living in the Central Valley. He is the sponsor of AB 1176, a bill that if approved will deliver GHG and diesel particulate reduction to communities that are disproportionally impacted by environmental hazards. AB 1176 will achieve these reductions by providing new fueling infrastructure for biomass-based diesel fuels.

The proposed budgets of the Governor, Assembly and Senate all agree that ARB’s annual funding for low carbon transportation should increase from $200M to $350M this year, but it remains unresolved whether low carbon fuel production should receive a portion of these funds.

The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and other stakeholders are actively supporting the designation of a portion of these funds for biofuels, biogas and other low carbon fuels.   READ MORE

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Toxic Gas Emissions Topic of Science Cafe
September 1, 2015 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

( Nebraska Ethanol Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “The fuels combusted on our nation’s roadways are a predominant source of the most dangerous particle-borne toxic emissions,” said (David) Hallberg, an Omaha resident. “Adding toxic carcinogens to gasoline is the way oil companies achieve the octane your engine needs to perform. Using more biofuels is a non-toxic octane enhancer and a proven method of reducing those toxic levels.”

Hallberg has served as legislative director in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and was actively involved in drafting and enactment of much of the ethanol industry’s formative legislation from 1977 to 1981. Hallberg founded and served as president/CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association from 1981-1985. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the G8 Forum on climate change in Shonan Village, Japan, in 2001.

Hallberg is the inventor of three U.S. patents for integrated processes to produce renewable fuels and reduce carbon emissions.  READ MORE

Scorching Summer Drives California Innovation and Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  California’s politicians and people are responding to the state’s increasingly dire symptoms of climate change with innovation, resolve, and biofuel policies.
California’s determination to recapture its milder and …

WSU Tri-Cities Prof Receives Grant to Study High-Energy Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University)  Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and …

Vireol Plant in Hopewell Suspends Ethanol Production
September 1, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by  Shelby Mertens (The Progress-Index)   The Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell will officially suspend ethanol production today for an undetermined amount of time due to the continuing drop of gas prices nationally.

The …

Greenspeed Aims to Debut Biodiesel Trophy Truck at Baja 1000
September 1, 2015 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(KMVT)  A Boise based non–profit called Greenspeed Research is racing to build a biodiesel trophy truck to compete in the Baja 1000.  Greenspeed Research was born out of a student club at Boise State.  They …

$11M Green Energy Project Could Fuel More than 100 New Local Jobs
September 1, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Joe Cogliano (Dayton Business Journal)  … Mason-based Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. is looking to build a biodiesel production facility on a vacant 10-acre site near the end of Business Parkway. The plant — which would …

As California Sizzles: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 1, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Propel operates 43 Flex Fuel and 31 Biodiesel retail locations statewide, representing over 50,000 clean fuel transactions per month and 10,000,000 gallons of fuel sold to individual consumers annually. Between 2012 …

Voting Opens for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 1, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of voting for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy.
Voting Rules
Voting will be open to all registered subscribers of The Digest …

Why I Chose to Buy a Flex-Fuel Vehicle
August 31, 2015 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Steve Riggs (Renewable Fuels Association)  … As I readied to a buy a new car this summer, though, I added two other important items that I think we should all consider: Does it increase our …

GREET Workshop — October 15-16, 2015 — Argonne, IL
August 31, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
GREET Workshop — October 15-16, 2015 —  Argonne, IL

The Argonne GREET team is pleased to announce a two-day GREET users workshop on October 15-16, 2015, at Argonne National Laboratory to help familiarize GREET users with new developments and updates of the GREET 2015 …

An Integrated Approach to Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process
August 31, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, …

Voting Opens for 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy
August 31, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of voting for the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy.
Voting Rules
Voting will be open to all registered subscribers of The …

The Key to Water Security Could Be Lurking in a New Mexico Sewage Farm
August 31, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harris (The Guardian)  In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy —  … “Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the …

Cultural Treatments for Accelerated Growth and Flowering of Panicum virgatum
August 31, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Lisa W. Alexander, Ellen R. Haynes, Jason Burris, Samuel Jackson & C. Neal Stewart Jr (Biofuels)  Exploiting heterosis through hybrid breeding is essential to increase biomass yields of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). However, life cycle timespan …

Outcomes of Chemistry and Biology in Bioenergy Interdisciplinary Workshop
August 31, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  The Chemistry and Biology in Bioenergy Interdisciplinary Workshop for High School Teachers sponsored by IBSS recently took place at the University of Tennessee (July 13-17). The workshop was designed …

Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems Posts Annual Meeting Presentations and Posters
August 31, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  The meeting presentations are now available for download on the IBSS website:
IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Presentations
IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Posters

Moringa Biodiesel Project ROI Updated in 3rd Global Moringa Meet 2015 in India
August 31, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(PR Underground)  Can 100% of Moringa Biodiesel Project be Commercially Viable? Expert Shares Surprising Facts About Moringa Business on 21 & 22 November in Global Moringa Meet 2015 India — Entrepreneurs around the globe are finding …

Global Moringa Meet 2015 — November 21 & 22, 2015 — Jaipur, India
August 31, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment
Global Moringa Meet 2015 — November 21 & 22, 2015 — Jaipur, India

The Advanced Biofuel Center is delighted to announce the (CJP) 2 Day Moringa State of Art International Workshop viz. Global Moringa World – 2015 to be held on 21- 22 November 2015 at Jaipur, India. …

Lauren Fix Takes Ethanol Opposition To New Level Of Stupidity
August 31, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … On an official basis, E15 is approved by the EPA to be used in all gasoline-powered passenger vehicles manufactured in or after 2001. The vast majority of gasoline-powered …

Stepping Up Progress in Algal Biotechnology
August 28, 2015 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Industrial Biotechnology)  Algae, with their ability to consume carbon dioxide and create oxygen, are widely credited with creating the environment for life as we know it on the planet. Today, …

Synthetic Biology Comes in Peace
August 28, 2015 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Mayer  (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)  Scientists Wonder if the Public Is Prepared for Designer Genomes  — Given its current trajectory and rate of approach, synthetic biology is hurtling toward a close encounter with …

Evidence Shows RFS is Critical to Meeting GHG Reduction Goals
August 28, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Given the commitment the Obama administration has long shown to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reversing the changes they are making on our climate, the White House’s deaf ear when it …

Is the Third Time the Charm?
August 28, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … As many of you know, the RFS was created to “reduce dependence on foreign sources of petroleum, increase domestic sources of energy, and help transition to alternatives to …

The Inevitable Battle
August 28, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  … Ours is an industry looking to take market share, often in declining markets, from well-entrenched incumbents who can only be expected to rabidly defend their enviable market position. In nearly …

The Virtuous Cycle of Biomass Supply
August 28, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Bill Levy (Pacific Ag/Biomass Magazine)  There are several main challenges in constructing an effective ag biomass supply chain, and they are influenced by a variety of factors. — As biobased product manufacturers evaluate sites for …

Synthesizing Substrates: Biogas Facilities Taking in a Wide Variety of Mixed Organic Waste Have a Few Extra Steps Involved in Feedstock Prep.
August 28, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  At Bio-En Power’s Elmira, Ontario, biogas plant, it isn’t unusual for odd items including trailer hitches, steel bars, and garbage cans to show up in the waste streams the facility …

India Issues Local Tender to Buy Ethanol for Blending
August 28, 2015 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  India’s state oil retailers have issued a local tender to buy 2.7 billion litres of ethanol to be blended with gasoline, weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for higher use of the sugarcane …

Protec Fuel, Patriot Capital Corporation Join Forces To Offer Zero-Percent Financing Program on Ethanol-Ready Fuel Dispensing Equipment
August 28, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Patriot Capital Corporation)  Partnership creates a hassle-free path to obtaining alternative fuel upgrades — Fuel marketers seeking a competitive edge by offering alternative fuel options, can now quickly and affordably add ethanol-enhanced fuels to their dispensing …

Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar
August 28, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Abbie Fentress Swanson (National Public Radio) … A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel …

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for its Renewable Diesel
August 28, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn/Advanced Biofuels Association)  Dr. Robert Graham, CEO and Chairman of Ensyn Corporation (Ensyn), is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its …

US Firm Developing Plans to Turn Household Waste into Sugar on Teesside
August 28, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kelley Price (Gazette Live)  Fiberight Ltd and CPI launch project to produce sugar from landfill waste through Industrial Biotechnology —  A sweet £1m project to turn household waste into sugar could prove a game-changer …

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud
August 28, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today in U.S. district court for charges related to a scheme …

Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?
August 28, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Most liberals don’t hate biofuels. But most don’t love them either, mainly because of their underlying environmental concerns about first-generation biofuels, corn starch ethanol and soy biodiesel. The left’s deep …

Sustainable, High-Performance Oils & Lubes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Novvi
August 28, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novvi is a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio created to develop, produce, market, and distribute high-performance oils and lubricants from renewable sources. Novvi draws …

Amyris and the Velocity of Renewables
August 28, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What makes Amyris, Amyris? We look at the products, the evolution of the story, the partners, the focus on yield, and deeper into the story of Rate. … Amyris experienced last …

Renewable Jet Fuel Is Taking Flight
August 27, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (US Department of Energy)  It’s been one year since we at the Energy Department ramped up our efforts to develop renewable jet fuel for the military and commercial aviation industry. The Department’s …

Summary of Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop Released
August 27, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a report summarizing the proceedings of the second Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop, held June 24–26, 2014, in Argonne, Illinois. The workshop focused on agricultural landscapes and …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

Oil Industry Needs Half a Trillion Dollars to Endure Price Slump
August 27, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Rakteem Katakey and Luca Casiraghi (Bloomberg)  At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might …

Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement
August 27, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (August 26, 2015) announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based …

Protec Takes Unique E15, E85 Approach
August 27, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Todd Gardner, CEO of Protec Fuel, has more than 30 years in the fuel business. As such, he has been able to launch an interesting model in how they bring more …

In Iowa, Clinton Backs Ethanol as Part of Rural Aid Plan
August 27, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

By Anne Gearan (The Washington Post)  … The Democratic front-runner’s rural aid package contains an endorsement for ethanol, the corn-based fuel additive. Iowa is the world’s largest producer of ethanol, which is at the center of …

EREF Publishes First Two Internal Research Program Reports
August 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

( Environmental Research & Education Foundation)  – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, which are the first to result from EREF’s Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste …

NYK to Participate in the Ownership of Canola Oil Venture in Tsunami Recovery Effort
August 27, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(Hellenic Shipping News)  NYK has concluded a contract with United Green* for partial ownership of a canola flower field along the Sanriku shoreline, an area that suffered extensive damage from the tsunami that accompanied the …

Olleco Completes Successful Acquisition of Convert2Green Ltd
August 27, 2015 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Olleco)  Olleco, the UKs largest converter of used cooking oil and food waste into renewable energy, announced this week the successful acquisition of Convert2Green Ltd.

This acquisition is evidence of Olleco’s continued commitment to achieve its …

Reading the Green Like a Pro—Heavy Duty Truck GHG Phase 2 Mandates Can Help You Ace It!
August 27, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Fran Flynn (Biofuels Digest/ Fleet Advantage)  On the putting green, the golfer who putts last has the advantage of watching his predecessor ‘show him the line. … On June 19, 2015 the Secretary of the …

Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE Algae Program
August 27, 2015 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Algae Program is carrying out a long-term applied research and development (R&D) strategy to increase the yields and lower the costs of algal biofuels by …

Algae Fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock
August 27, 2015 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Earth Room Problem and how is osmotic shock helping us to solve it?
You may have wondered to yourself — at some point between 2009’s Summer of Algae …

NREL Studies E15 Infrastructure
August 26, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been studying current gas retailer’s infrastructure to determine if the equipment is already certified for E15 and flex fuels such as mid-level ethanol blends …

Branstad Praises Siouxland Ethanol Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Lane  (KTIV)  Governor Branstad stopped by one of Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants Tuesday morning.  … Branstad commended Andersons’ focus on E85 which is used for state vehicles.
“It’s renewable,” said Branstad. “It’s produced from corn …

CEC Biofuels Review on September 18
August 26, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  Biofuel And Biomethane ‘Lessons Learned and Pitfalls to Avoid’  —  The California Energy Commission is planning a Technology Merit Review “to highlight key ingredients for successful development of biofuel and biomethane projects.” …

Swedish Biogas: 73% NGV Penetration
August 26, 2015 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Fleet and Fuels)  But Nation Could Do More for NGVs, Says Advocate —  Some 73% of the fuel for natural gas vehicles in Sweden came from biogas during the first six months of 2015, according …

Scotland’s Argent Energy Commissions BDI for Multifeedstock Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced it has been commissioned to implement the next phase of construction—installation of multifeedstock technology—at Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd.’s 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland, …

Teenager Develops Inexpensive Method to Turn Plastic Waste into Million-Dollar Biofuel
August 26, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Darwin Malicdem (International Business Times)  A new inexpensive way to turn plastic trash into fuel has been developed by an Egyptian teenager which could generate millions of dollars every year. The method produces biofuel by …

Reign in the EPA Say Republican Candidates
August 26, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The last batch of Republican presidential candidates took the Soapbox stage during the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) took a different approach and …

Latvian Scientists Make Bioethanol and Furfural from Straw
August 26, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Olga Pavuk  (The Baltic Course)  Production of bioethanol is an alternative energy source of utmost importance in replacing ordinary fuel made from hydrocarbons. Latvian scientists have succeeded in producing bioethanol and furfural from plant …

Farmers Harvest Jet Fuel
August 26, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Holdman  (Bismarck Tribune)  Harvest is underway for North Dakota’s first crop of jet fuel. “Yields are looking pretty good,” said Garret Groves, of Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences. “We’ve had some stuff we’re really happy …

The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 26, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass …

8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the Extremes”
August 26, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? — At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the …

India Proposes National Policy On Biofuels
August 26, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Smiti Mittal (Clean Technica)  Air pollution is finally being recognised as a major environmental problem in India, and transportation has been identified as a major contributor. To address this problem, the Indian government is …

Industrial Aviation And Marine Biofuels Global Market Demands, Analysis To Become Dominant By Future- 2015 Overview
August 26, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Hydrogen Fuel News/  The Global Aviation and Marine Biofuels Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Aviation and Marine Biofuels industry.
The report provides a basic …

White Paper: The Rise of Biodiesel: New Alternative Fuel, New Taxation Challenges
August 26, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Avalara)  … The fuel industry is subject to one of the most complex tax structures in the U.S. and there’s little chance of that changing in the foreseeable future. Federal excise taxes are relatively straightforward. But …

Crude Oil Pressures Ethanol / DTN Hypothetical Ethanol Plant Margins Narrow
August 26, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  It has become the question of the day for U.S. ethanol producers: What happens to the industry if crude oil prices continue to tumble? … Donna Funk, certified public accountant …

Grassley Pressures EPA on Biofuel Targets
August 26, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Jason W. Brooks (Newton Daily News)  … U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley spoke with the Newton Daily News about RFS issues in a recent conference call. Grassley said there are number of ways Congress can attempt …

EPA’s Estimate of the “Social Cost of Methane” Used to Justify New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
August 26, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Wayne J. D’Angelo (Fracking Insider)  On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) under the Clean Air Act covering methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) …

Gabe Corey: EPA Wants to Roll back Biofuel Progress
August 26, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Corey (Battle Creek Enquirer)  Michigan agriculture is driving our economy forward — and ethanol is a major factor in this success.  Ethanol supports more than 22,000 jobs in Michigan, while pumping more than …

SDTC Issues Call for Applications
August 26, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  SDTC is offering the opportunity to get funding for cleantech development projects. The SD Tech Fund™ and the SD Natural Gas Fund™ are open for applications from August 26 to October …

1st Algae-Based Oil Producing Facility in Fukushima Set up in Devastated Region
August 26, 2015 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(The Asahi Shimbun)   An experimental facility to produce oil from algae was constructed on former farmland that was abandoned after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck the region. … The Minami-Soma city …

Alaska Airlines Partners with NARA on Alternative Jet Fuels
August 25, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Sokolow (Frequent Business Traveler)  Alaska Airlines announced a new partnership with Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, or NARA, that is aimed at furthering the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from leftover …

Researchers: All Finnish Energy Could Be Renewable in 35 Years
August 25, 2015 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(yle)  Researchers say that in 35 years, Finland could theoretically get all of its energy needs using only renewable energy sources. Researchers at the Lappeenranta University of Technology say they’ve found ways to make such …

MSW and the Promise of Biotechnology
August 25, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (MSW Management/Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to its progress in achieving zero waste to landfills, the United States is on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic.  —  On average, the …

E85 Available at Lima Station
August 25, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(  Despite industry experts citing little demand, one Lima gas station has begun to sell E85 fuel.  Speedway, at 1875 Harding Highway, installed an E85 pump with two dispensers on May 21, according to an …

Is Cellulosic Biofuel Ready for Prime Time?
August 25, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Rob Nikolewski (  … Brooke Coleman, executive director at the Advanced Ethanol Council, counters by saying the industry is at an inherent disadvantage compared to oil companies and is ready for prime time.
“Once cellulosic biofuel …

World Bio Markets Brasil — November 30-December 1, 2015 — Sao Paulo, Brasil
August 25, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets Brasil — November 30-December 1, 2015 — Sao Paulo, Brasil

The only event uniting Brasil’s sugar mills and biodiesel producers actively looking for biopower and biofuel revenue opportunities
Welcome to World Bio Markets Brasil, the leading event for the biodiesel and biomass power industries in Brasil. …

Busy Year for America’s Renewable Future
August 25, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  It was only eight months ago that America’s Renewable Future (ARF) was launched in Iowa with the goal of educating presidential candidates about agriculture and biofuels in general and the Renewable …

DENSO to Build Large Test Facility for Production of Biofuel from Microalgae
August 25, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(DENSO)   DENSO Corporation today (August 19, 2015) announced that it will build a large 20,000 square meter test facility for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalga patented by DENSO that is used …

Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division and Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announce Research Partnership
August 25, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Smithfield Foods/Globe NewsWire)  Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division, Murphy-Brown, LLC, and Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a research partnership to develop new applications for Tyton’s dedicated, non-smoking tobacco crop and the resulting soil amendment, filtration, …

COP21 Offers Opportunity to Relaunch Biofuels Debate
August 25, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE ) While the EU has put strict sustainability rules on biofuels, little to no discussion has taken place about developing similar rules for fossil fuels, writes Robert Wright. —  It’s …

EPA Cannot Quit on RFS
August 25, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)    I’d like to introduce you to some of the people who are proof that good things come when the U.S. EPA and other policymakers in …

US Biofuels Part of Food, Feed Global Solution
August 25, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cleaner burning, higher performing fuels and their nutritious coproducts are valuable at home and abroad, and have the potential to resolve many issues around the globe, writes Tom …

Florida Energy Summit — October 14-16, 2015 — Jacksonville, FL
August 25, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment
Florida Energy Summit   —  October 14-16, 2015 — Jacksonville, FL

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the JAX Chamber are hosting the 2015 Florida Energy Summit from October 14-16, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida.
As the nation’s third largest consumer of energy, Florida must …

Kyoto Protocol’s Carbon Credit Scheme ‘Increased Emissions by 600m Tonnes’
August 25, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine — A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters …

Algae Biomass Exchange on Linkedin
August 25, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PRLog)  A Place for Qualified Commercial Algae Production and Potential Off-takers — The National Algae Association the first non-profit algae production trade association in the world announces an invitation to all commercial algae production …

Financing Fell Through – Stora Enso and Neste Oil’s Biodiesel Project on Ice
August 25, 2015 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Talloussanomat (Google Translation))  The European Commission dropped today, Neste Oil’s and Stora Enso’s biodiesel project support financial listings basin. Financing following the failure of companies are putting up investment in billion-euro project to require ice, …

Group Protests Methane Plant in West End
August 25, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Deborah Yetter (Courier-Journal)  A spirited group of protesters marched more than 20 blocks along West Broadway Sunday afternoon to show their opposition to a proposed plant in the area that would produce methane by composting …

EPA Schedules Workshop on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Biotechnology Algae
August 24, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a notice in the August 25, 2015, Federal Register announcing a public meeting on September 30, 2015, to receive public input …

E15, E85 at Retail Gas Stations Highlighted at ACE Conference
August 24, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The argument that consumers don’t want E15 because they aren’t asking for it doesn’t ring true with Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol. At …

Butamax, Gevo Settle, Will Work Together on Market Development
August 24, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Butamax/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to …

NMC Set to Launch Ethanol Buses without GB’s Consent
August 24, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Anjaya Anparthi  (The Times of India)  In a controversial move, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will launch the nation’s first ethanol-run bus project without consent from all corporators. The BJP-led ruling alliance ensured that the …

EPA Solicits Comments on Agricultural Science Committee Nominees
August 24, 2015 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is inviting public comments on the list of candidates being considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice to the …

US Navy Seeks Australian Cane and Grain Biofuels to Help Power Its Fleet
August 24, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Marty McCarthy and Arlie Felton-Taylor (ABC Rural)  Could Australian agriculture help to literally fuel the United States Navy’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific? — That is the question a Queensland researcher is trying to answer, as …

Eco System Needed to Make Ethanol Blending Sustainable: Pramod Chaudhari
August 24, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Sanjay Jog (Business Standard)  Interview with CII National Bioenergy Committee chairman and Praj Industries executive chairman — The Union ministry of new and renewable energy last week sought comments on reframing the National Biofuels Policy. The …

WEBINAR: Darling Ingredients Inc. U.S. Biofuels Conference Call — August 31, 2015
August 24, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Darling Ingredients Inc. U.S. Biofuels Conference Call — August 31, 2015

Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) will host a conference call and webcast on Monday, August 31, 2015 to discuss U.S. biofuel industry issues including the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates, biofuel tax policy and the California Low …

New Study: Biofuel Use Saved 589.3 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions Over the Past Decade
August 24, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by …

Christie Supports Fuel Standard
August 24, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Murphy  (WCF Courier)     Multiple protests made for an eventful 20 minutes during Chris Christie’s turn on The Des Moines Register Political Soapbox stage on Saturday at the Iowa State Fair.
Christie, a Republican …

Medical and Biofuel Advances Possible with New Gene Regulation Tool
August 24, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory)  The key is a tunable switch made from a small non-coding RNA molecule that could have value for medical and even biofuel production purposes. — Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of …

These 3 Companies Are Buying Up Biofuels
August 24, 2015 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Motley Fool)  Go green to make green? — Biofuels are no longer limited to hippies and high school science projects. They’re clean, cost-effective, and increasingly important in our energy economy. Here’s how United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), …

Home Heating Oil Industry Using Biodiesel to Revive and Reinvent Itself
August 24, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The heating oil market is well established along the East Coast with approximately 6.2 million homes relying on it during the winter. But progressive states in that region are …

VITO’s Algae Research
August 24, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  VITO is a leading Belgium-based independent research and technology organization in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, and a pioneer regarding research into algae. They focus on the harvesting, medium reuse …

4 Minutes with…Chad Pastor, Business Development Manager, MBI
August 24, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In addition to derisking technologies for clients, MBI is working to commercialize three major biobased technologies; the most revolutionary of these being AFEX biomass pretreatment. … As MBI’s Business Development Manager, …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives
The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …