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Taxing Virtue as Sin: US Tax Rate on E85 Renewable Fuel Soars Past 100%
July 28, 2016 – 10:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US passed a dubious and historic milestone this week. The tax rate on E85 renewable fuels now exceeds 100% in some formulations. By comparison, the tax rate on E10 renewable fuel is running at an estimated 41% and the tax rate on straight gasoline is running at an estimated 35%.

Now, the idea of a carbon tax is that governments are supposed to collect more tax against high-carbon fuels. Yet, policy in practice works the other way. The less carbon you consume, the higher percentage tax you pay.

The amazing news is that E85 fuel is available on a wholesale basis for 55 cents per gallon from The Andersons. Absolute Energy is not far behind, at $0.60 per gallon .On a wholesale mile-for-mile energy cost (BTU) basis, E85 is less expensive now than either straight gasoline or CNG (compressed natural gas), despite the collapse in oil & gas prices over the past 18 months.

In fact, E85 on a wholesale basis is up to 51% less expensive on a mile-for-mile basis, compared to gasoline.

How did a lower-carbon fuel that was 51% cheaper at wholesale become only 5% cheaper at retail?

In a word, taxes.

Your eyes can quickly do the math that there’s something like $0.56 in taxes per gallon, which means that E85 customers pay $0.78 in taxes per gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE). And that means that, as fuel prices drop and the tax component (which is fixed) becomes a bigger part of the cost of fuel, it becomes almost impossible for renewable fuels to beat out gasoline on price, entirely due to tax policy.

The rapacious mark-ups in E85

Boy, are fuel marketers making out like bandits with E85. The mark-up from wholesale to retail, even after subtracting taxes, is 107%. Margins that even high-end brand marketers would be delighted with.

If you concluded that the overall impact of national E85 policy is to disincentive E85 through high taxes, and offer massive margins to the value chain (while denying value to the  corn farmer, the E85 refiner, or the end-user), you would find real support in the hard data.

Solution, anyone?

The solution is not too hard, from a tax POV. Simply do what is done with Compressed Natural Gas and tax everything on a GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) basis.  READ MORE



How it Works- DuPont Process for Converting Biomass to Cellulosic Ethanol
July 27, 2016 – 11:40 pm | No Comment

(Vimeo/DuPont)  The world is requiring more renewable sources of energy to meet its needs. With decades of expertise in feedstock, bioprocessing and biofuel production, DuPont has answered the call with a fully integrated process that …

Biological Wizardry Ferments Carbon Monoxide into Biofuel
July 27, 2016 – 11:32 pm | No Comment

(Cornell University/EurekAlert!)  Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas.
“Instead of having the waste go …

Illinois Tech Scientists Receive Patent for Method to Genetically Engineer Bacteria and Yeast to Increase Bioethanol Production
July 27, 2016 – 11:26 pm | No Comment

(IIT Today)  Scientists from Illinois Institute of Technology received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks …

Bio Ethanol Dung Quat Closed for Unpaid Debts
July 27, 2016 – 11:20 pm | No Comment

(BizHub)  The Bio Ethanol Dung Quat Plant was closed for defaulting on the VND1.3 trillion debt it owed the banks, the State Bank of Viet Nam’s Quang Ngai Province branch said.
The branch confirmed the information …

Carbon Negative Biofuel: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Aljadix
July 27, 2016 – 11:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aljadix is developing carbon negative biofuel from microalgae feedstock.  It has required a substantial re-design of the biofuel process.  Using Sapphire Energy and Algae Systems as models, Aljadix developed an innovative sea-surface …

This Won’t Hurt a Bit, Tell Us All about Cellulosic Sugars, Lignin: DOE’s New RFI
July 27, 2016 – 11:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing capabilities to produce lignocellulosic sugars and lignin …

How Much Wood Could a Woodgrower Grow if a Woodgrower Would Grow Wood? Relaunched Wood2Energy Site Has the Answers.
July 27, 2016 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Carolina, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities relaunched a revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site is the most comprehensive database of its kind …

Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Concept
July 27, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Paul Hudman (Renewable Energy World)  … For many governments, part of this shift involves adopting a circular economy approach, utilising all aspects of ‘waste’ throughout the production chain.
The concept of the biorefinery embraces this standard by …

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering
July 27, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg)  BP says second-quarter refining margins drop to 6-year low; Downstream business was key last year in cushioning cheap oil  —  If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying …

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population
July 26, 2016 – 10:48 pm | No Comment

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and bioenergy, the 2016 GAF achieved its mission to gather producers, companies and academia to discuss …

Insights About Green Jobs from Bioenergy 2016
July 26, 2016 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Janine Finnell (Advanced Biofuels USA/Leaders in Energy) I attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation” conference held in Washington DC from July 12-14, 2016.  There were 17 breakout …

The European CYCLALG Project Will Develop an Algae-Based Biorefinery
July 26, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Elhuyar Fundazioa (EurekAlert!) A consortium of six R&D centres in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre (AIN), Association …

Cellulosic Sugars Heading for Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources
July 26, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. …

Scientists Discover New Way to Make Energy from Garden Grass
July 26, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a …

Panel Recommends Options to Reduce Aviation Carbon Emissions
July 26, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jasen Lee (KSL.com)  Scientists believe that organically produced bio-fuels could be one of the answers to the environmental challenge posed by greenhouse gases emitted around the globe by the commercial aviation industry.
A panel of …

The EU Offers Strong Support for the Realization of the Kemi Biofuel Refinery
July 26, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Kaidi)  The European Commission has decided to grant EUR 88,5 million of NER 300 investment subsidies for the biofuel refinery planned by Kaidi in Ajos, Kemi. . The subsidy, which is directed towards producers of …

Don’t Weaken Obama’s Fuel Economy Standards
July 26, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Varun Sivaram (Politico/Council on Foreign Relations)  When the Obama administration released its ambitious fuel economy rules for new vehicles in 2012, the economic rationale behind the standards was obvious. The price of oil hovered …

#Peanut Oil Could be New Fuel Source
July 26, 2016 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Providing a new jet fuel source could be a new market for the peanut industry, one that is in the process of being evaluated by both USDA and the Navy.

Dr. Lamb …

Democrats Strike ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Policy from Platform
July 26, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Valerie Richardson (The Washington Times)  Say good-bye to the Democratic Party’s long-standing support for “all-of-the-above” energy, and hello to “some of the above.”
The party’s “all-of-the-above” energy commitment was stricken from the Democratic National Committee …

White House Takes Aim at a Fast-Growing Source of Emissions: Airplanes
July 26, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  … The EPA issued a scientific assessment known as an “endangerment finding,” which determined that emissions from certain kinds of plane engines contribute to pollution that fuels climate change and creates health …

ABC: Bill Signals Building Support for Nutrient Recycling, Biogas
July 25, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(American Biogas Council/Biomass Magazine)  Last week, Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Robert, R-Kan., introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (S 3248). This latest bill is a companion to identical House legislation …

DOE to Fund Projects Combining Biofuel and Engine Research
July 25, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.”
According to the DOE, the FOA will support the …

Washington State’s Proposed Clean Air Rule Ignores Biofuels’ Climate Benefits
July 25, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Washington state’s proposed Clean Air Rule (CAR) fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and in fact penalizes their use, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) told the Washington Department of …

A4E Calls on Governments to Support the UN’s Global Scheme to Reduce Airline Carbon Emissions
July 25, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(AviationBenefits.org)  Coinciding with the presentation of the European Commission’s “European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility”, A4E sets out its priorities on environmental policy.
A4E calls on all governments to support the United Nations’ proposed carbon offset scheme …

Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver Land Management Systems
July 25, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  AgSolver agronomic decision service products help increase profits by improving land management decisions, simplifying mandatory compliance and reporting activities, and maximizing returns for agricultural land investments.
AgSolver’s technology uses readily available …

Angling for Ethanol
July 25, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Brian Sowers (Crappie Masters TV/ODU Magazine)  … The truth is that ethanol blends are ideal for watercraft, and companies like Kawasaki, Mercury Marine, OMC, Pleasurecraft, Tigershark, Tracker, Honda, and Yamaha all approve the use of …

CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace Strategies All at Once
July 25, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The initiative aims to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. The simultaneous fuels and vehicles research and development (R&D) is designed to …

Supporting African Jobs, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development through Aviation
July 25, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders)  Aviation is vital to the modern, globalised world, supporting millions of jobs and driving economic growth. But the benefits of connectivity must be protected with appropriate support from governments if the …

All Smoke, No Fire on RFS Reform, Repeal Efforts
July 25, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While Congress will be preoccupied with other legislative issues as it winds down this session, the RFA will continue to be on guard, hitting back at misinformation …

Bioenergy Crop Modeling Predicts Soil Carbon Increases
July 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties in Illinois could see increases in soil organic carbon from crops such as …

Brampton Transit Buses Not So Green These Days
July 22, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by  Peter Criscione (Brampton Guardian) Brampton transit buses, once lauded as the future of clean transportation in Canada, aren’t running so clean these days.  Brampton Transit stopped using bio-diesel fuel in city buses nearly a year ago …

MBA Inks Deal With APEDB On Palm Biodiesel Investment, Export Potential
July 22, 2016 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Bernama)  The Malaysian Biodiesel Association (MBA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to explore palm biodiesel investment and its export potential.
In a statement today, MBA said …

Proposed Plant Gets Local Entity Funds
July 22, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by George Gale (KXORadio.com)  (Funding for new Ethanol Plant)…It was approved by the Imperial Irrigation District Directors Tuesday.
The IID Board was acting as the Local Entity. California Ethanol and Power is planning to build a processing …

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach
July 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.”
Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers …

A $2.7 Billion Missed Opportunity
July 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  For any level of funding, more near-zero NOx technologies may find their way on the road and at work with clean diesel than other technologies.  —  The Volkswagen settlement may be the …

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry
July 22, 2016 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

This annual green chemistry award sponsors the participation of students—from high school through graduate school—to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference, or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component. …

Getting Community College Students into the Lab with Green Chemistry
July 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog)  During the GC&E conference in June, we had a chance to catch up with Rick Glover, a chemistry teacher at Bellevue College in Washington State. In an interview, he discussed …

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-17, 2017 — Reston, VA DEADLINE: October 7, 2016
July 22, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference    —   June 13-17, 2017   —   Reston, VA    DEADLINE:  October 7, 2016

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 21st annual scientific meeting June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, VA. The Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference …

21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-17, 2017 — Reston, VA
July 22, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment
21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference    —   June 13-17, 2017   —   Reston, VA

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 21st annual scientific meeting June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, Virginia.  SAVE THE DATE

20th Annual Green Chemistry & …

The Unintended Consequences of First Generation Biofuels
July 22, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Morteza Soleymannezhad (Forbes)  Biofuel analysts usually tend to focus more on the gasoline-corn price relationship and less on the oil-corn price relationship. In this article I illuminate one of the unintended implications of the …

4 Reasons Why the World Needs Biofuels
July 22, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  1)    Combating climate change …
2) Responding to higher energy consumption …
3) Securing energy supply …
4) Making the most of scarce resources  READ MORE

Collegiate Biobased Network
July 22, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Soybiobased.org)  Collegiate Biobased Network, a no-cost professional development organization.  See what schools and universities are doing with biobased.
The CBN’s mission is to inform college and university students about opportunities with biobased products and to connect …

Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform
July 22, 2016 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Lynn L. Bergeson (Bergeson & Campbell/BRAG) On July 1, 2016, Inside EPA published “Committee Jurisdiction Issues Blocked Green Chemistry From TSCA Reform,” an article discussing the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law and …

GOP Platform, Which Calls Coal ‘Clean’, Would Reverse Decades of U.S. Energy and Climate Policy
July 21, 2016 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The Republican Party platform adopted Monday night would bring a total about-face on U.S. energy and climate policy, declaring that the priority placed on combating climate change under President …

People Want GMO Food Labeled — Which Is Pretty Much All They Know about GMOs
July 21, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  After years of fierce debate involving scientists, food manufacturers, farmers and environmental groups, Congress has passed a bill that would make it mandatory to inform consumers about the GMOs …

2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review
July 21, 2016 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae-based biofuels and bioproducts offer great promise in contributing to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s vision of a thriving and sustainable bioeconomy fueled by innovative technologies. The …

The 4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit — September 18-21, 2016 — East Lake International Conference Center, Wuhan, China
July 21, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment
The 4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit   —   September 18-21, 2016   —   East Lake International Conference Center, Wuhan, China

AOAIS is one of the most influential international conferences in algae biotechnology. Previous Summits attracted scientists, engineers, business representatives, investment bankers and governmental officials from all over the world. With the theme of “Accelerate Research …

Three Algae Companies Awarded $1 Million Each by the Energy Department
July 21, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Mullen (Algae Biomass Organization)  The Energy Department announced that they will be awarding 23 small businesses with $1 million each over the next two years to help the small businesses advance their concepts. …

Carbon Cature and Utilization Act Would Support Algae Technologies
July 21, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and five of his Senate colleagues introduced today the Carbon Capture and Utilization Act of 2016, a bill that will provide provide tax credit support for algae …

Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Intelligence Pack
July 21, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Waste Intelligence) Complete the form and you will receive four 30 minute presentations PLUS audio:

UTILITY CASE STUDY: BUILD, OWN AND OPERATE AD by Jim Lucas, Market Development Manager, SoCal Gas
CLOSING THE LOOP: REALIZING THE …

Key Considerations for E85 and Other Ethanol Blend Infrastructure
July 21, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) What are the key considerations when installing ethanol equipment at a fueling station?  For those new to ethanol fueling, installing the necessary infrastructure may be unchartered territory. From fuel specifications to dispensing …

Certifying Biofuels: Weaknesses in Recognition and Supervision of the System
July 21, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(European Court of Auditors)  Weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court …

Arkansas Midland Railroad Introduces First Ethanol Unit Train Solution for North Little Rock’s Gasoline-Blending Industry
July 21, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Genesee & Wyoming Inc.)   Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR) today (July 20, 2016) announced that beginning this fall, its Arkansas Midland Railroad Company, Inc. (AKMD) subsidiary will offer the first ethanol unit train …

Grassley Says Vilsack’s Better for Ag Agenda as Secretary, not VP
July 21, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer  (Iowa Public Radio)  U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack may be on Hillary Clinton’s short-list for a vice presidential running mate. Several national media outlets have reported that while …

DOE Issues Report on Reducing Commercial Aviation GHG Emissions
July 21, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. DOE’s National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently released a report dedicated to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from commercial aviation, with the focus on large single- and …

Scientists Harness CO2 to Consolidate Biofuel Production Process
July 21, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Yang (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Carbon dioxide has emerged as a new secret ingredient in the recipe for making ethanol, and that addition represents a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process.
The …

International Conference Progress in Biogas IV — March 8-11, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 21, 2016 – 5:14 pm | No Comment
International Conference Progress in Biogas IV   —   March 8-11, 2017   —   Stuttgart, Germany

The conference is organized by the IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas GmbH in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim.
The developments in the fields of production and process engineering, frame conditions and use possibilities will be presented and …

International Biogas Study Tour in Germany with Focus on Various AD-Plant Concepts — September 19-22, 2016 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 21, 2016 – 5:11 pm | No Comment
International Biogas Study Tour in Germany with Focus on Various AD-Plant Concepts   —   September 19-22, 2016   —  Stuttgart, Germany

IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas offers a 4-day study tour starting in Stuttgart and ending in Stuttgart. The tour will lead you to several plant operators and biogas companies in Germany. Programme currently in development and still …

International Biogas Operating & Engineering Course — September 12-16, 2016 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 21, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
International Biogas Operating & Engineering Course  —  September 12-16, 2016   —   Stuttgart, Germany

IBBK tailor made Biogas Training Improved concept – this years course will feature 2 blocks: Basics of the Biogas production and layout/calculation of YOUR plant based on the preconditions with the help of calculation tools.
Have intensive …

Driving Europe’s Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
July 21, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(European Commission)  The Commission today presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. The global low-carbon transition is already underway and gaining momentum, …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products.
“In the biorefinery field, …

Malaysian Government to Discuss B10 Implementation with Automakers
July 21, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The Southeast Asian country’s government wanted to introduce 10% palm oil biodiesel already in June, but the decision was delayed due to “inadequate data”, reports The Sun Daily newspaper.
The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), …

US Senate Introduces Bill to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit, Moves towards Producers’ Credit
July 21, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Senate has introduced a bill to extend the $1/gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and to transform it from a blenders’ credit to a domestic production credit.
The bill mirrors a House …

Forty Senators Call for Higher Biodiesel Targets in RFS
July 21, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Lawmakers Ask EPA to Boost Volumes in Pending Proposal —  Forty U.S. senators from across the country Thursday called on the EPA to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending Renewable Fuel Standard …

Leaf Resources (ASX: LER) Joint Venture to Develop Five Projects with World-Class Project Ceveloper Claeris, LLC
July 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources Ltd (ASX: LER, “Leaf” or “Leaf Resources”) is pleased to announce the signing of binding legal agreements with US-based project developer Claeris, LLC (“Claeris”), to establish a joint venture (JV) entity, Leaf Development, …

Fiberight Project Wins State Permits, but Controversy Still Abounds
July 21, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Madeline St. Amour (CentralMaine.com)  The Department of Environmental Protection issued the permits after finding no ‘credible, conflicting technical information’ that merited a public hearing. The Department of Environmental Protection has issued the final permits …

Biomass Feed Handling: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Case for innovation
July 21, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse …

Bind It or Blend It: Accelerating the Renewable Jet Fuel Market
July 21, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We would like you to consider the proposition that alcohol-to-jet fuels, known as ATJ to the 3-letter acronym enthusiasts, deserve two RINs. and two credits under the California Low Carbon Fuel …

Scientists in US State of Florida Develop Military Grade Aviation Biofuel
July 21, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  A team of scientists at West Palm Beach, Florida-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories have developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel.

The team is reportedly …

UK Policy Uncertainty Stalls £350m Teesside Biofuel Plant
July 20, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Chris Tighe (Financial Times)  … But almost as soon as it was finished, the UK cooled on biofuels, fretting about high carbon emissions, high cost and higher food prices as crops were diverted into fuel …

Indiana Gets More Ethanol Blend Pumps
July 20, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(Agri-News)  Sixteen ethanol blender pumps soon will be available at gas stations in Allen and LaPorte counties thanks in part to funding from Indiana Corn Marketing Council.
ICMC and the Indiana Office of Energy Development announced …

Poll: When It Comes to Ethanol, U.S. Drivers Don’t Really Care
July 20, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. farming and oil lobbies have spent over a decade battling over a government program that requires that renewable fuels are blended with gasoline, but a recent survey showed motorists largely …

SDTC Puts Entrepreneurs’ Needs First: Changes Application Process
July 20, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada/Marketwired)  Today, Leah Lawrence, president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), announced changes to the foundation’s funding model and application process. Effective immediately, SDTC will be discontinuing regularly scheduled calls …

New Documents Reveal Denial Playbook Originated with Big Oil, Not Big Tobacco
July 20, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Center for International Environmental Law)  Industry documents show common playbook is decades older than previously recognized  —  New research by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) not only confirms that the tobacco and fossil …

Pathway to 2050 — August 11, 2016 — Sacramento, CA
July 20, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment
Pathway to 2050   —   August 11, 2016   —   Sacramento, CA

Our annual California energy policy event brings together an influential group of advanced energy business leaders and state policy-makers to discuss opportunities to accelerate California’s economy through the growth of advanced energy. At Pathway to 2050 there …

NNPC to Set Up Energy Renewable Plant In Benue – Official
July 20, 2016 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by NAN (Leadership)  The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says plans are underway to set up an energy renewable plant that will use agro products to generate energy.
Its Group General Manager in charge of Renewable …

Canada and Quebec to Provide C$76.5 Million to AE Côte-Nord Bioenergy Canada
July 20, 2016 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Governments of Canada and Quebec will provide C$76.5 million in funding to AE Côte-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues …

The Huge Unexploited Potential of Generating Biofuels from a Food Processing Residue, Palm Kernel Oil (PKO), with Ghana in Perspective
July 20, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

By Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy is a great determinant in ensuring the growth of the economy of every country. Ghana, as a country, has faced some instability in the supply of energy for …

BIO Submits Comments on Proposed 2017 Renewable Fuel Standards
July 20, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), on behalf of its member companies, … submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017, and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2018. …

Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop — September 14-15, 2016 — Macon, GA
July 20, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment
Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop   —   September 14-15, 2016   —   Macon, GA

The aviation industry faces significant challenges to maintain growth while enhancing environmental sustainability. Alternative energy systems such as batteries, fuel cells, and natural gas are options for on-road, off-road, and marine engine applications, but these …

Latvia’s Biodiesel Production Remains around 60% of Installed Capacity
July 20, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Latvia, the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service said in a recent report that biodiesel production grew 7% in 2015 over the previous year to 85,000 metric tons while no ethanol …

The Front End: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Feedstock R&D Programs
July 20, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to feedstocks? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given at ABLC Feedstocks. In this deck, she looks …

American Refining Group Invests in Novvi to Accelerate Renewable Base Oils, Lubricants
July 20, 2016 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Two options, generally. One is a mandate-led transition, like light bulbs, power and road fuels. The other is a brand-led transition, as happens with plastics, jet fuels and clothing. …

DOE Requests Information on Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities–DE-FOA-0001615
July 20, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing …

RFA: HWRT to Offer Pre-Blended E15 at Wholesale Terminals
July 20, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that HWRT Oil Co. will become the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended E15 at the terminal level. The …

Modeling Predicts which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops
July 19, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Katie Elyce Jones (Phys.Org)  To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Plant Scientists Study Interactions between GMOs and the Environment
July 19, 2016 – 9:42 pm | No Comment

(University of Connecticut)  … The research team is led by professor emerita Carol Auer and supported by a grant from the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grant Program, an initiative of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and …

Higher Ethanol Use Can Lead to 14% GHG Reduction in European Transport by 2030 – New Study
July 19, 2016 – 9:35 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  A new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has found that the higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% GHG emission reduction in European transport, even after …

Mitsubishi Chemical : and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service to Form Tie-up to Produce and Sell Zeolite Membranes
July 19, 2016 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

(4 Traders/Mitsubishi Chemical)  Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service, Inc.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hiroaki Ishizuka) and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service, Inc. …

Algae Production, Efficient and Consistent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
July 19, 2016 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  This week, the DOE made a major award to a group led by GAI, including the University of …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts
July 19, 2016 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects …

The Future of Biofuel Isn’t Corn—It’s Algae
July 19, 2016 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

by Ian Graber-Stiehl (Pacific Standard)  Why water is the future of biofuel.  —  … Algae biofuel frontrunner Algenol, for example, converts plentiful saltwater into biofuel with yields nearly 17 times higher than those of corn, while producing …

Biogas To Fleet Fuel In South San Francisco
July 19, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Nora Goldstein  (BioCycle)  …  SSFSC (South San Francisco Scavenger Company) has converted 27 of the 40 trucks in its fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). It uses Cummins Westport CNG engines. The …

Entrepreneur Makes Hemp-Based Fuel in Costa Rica
July 19, 2016 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Lang (Tico Times)  Transforming hemp into the surfboard beneath your feet or the plane that takes you skyward: That’s the mission of the Canadian company Hempearth, which has made Costa Rica a key …

Empowering Farmers through Route of Ethanol
July 19, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Ajay Jha (Indian Cooperative)  Believing that ethanol is a game changer, a group of ministers sat this weekend to deliberate on the production of second generation of ethanol. The meeting was attended by Road …

Kate Brown to Lawmakers: A Repeal of Oregon’s Low-Carbon Fuels Law Is off Limits in Transportation Talks
July 19, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Hillary Borrud  (The Oregonian/OregonLive)    As a committee of Oregon lawmakers tours the state this summer in an effort to build support for a possible 2017 transportation-funding package, there’s one topic Gov. Kate Brown asked …

UK Government Eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change
July 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Newly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. The functions of the department will be transferred to other government departments, including …

A Paradigm Shift in Microalgal Biotechnology Could Be On The Cards Thanks To A University of Cologne Breakthrough
July 19, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Gaynor Selby  (FoodIngredientsFirst)  A team of scientists and researchers at the University of Cologne believe they have made a breakthrough which could lead to cultivating algae on a commercial scale in a much cheaper …

Battery and Biofuel Research Energized by New State-of-the Art Facility Down Under
July 19, 2016 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Niall Byrne (Renewable Energy World)  Ongoing research at the AINST, which is headquartered at the new AU $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub, could give us energy storage embedded in the walls and roofs of …

Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price in 2016, Minister Says
July 19, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Josh Wingrove (Bloomberg)  Government will publish plan to reduce emissions by the fall; Environment Minister McKenna argues for uniformity in approach  —  Canada will have a national price on carbon emissions by the end of …

LePage’s Executive Order on Ethanol Is Fueled by Myths, and It’s a Win for Foreign Oil
July 19, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

By Rick Santorum (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Bangor Daily News)  … Energy security goes hand in hand with national security, and every barrel of oil we import from the Middle East and Venezuela puts more …

Use of E15 Overwhelmingly Favored in Wisconsin
July 19, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent statewide opinion poll shows that Wisconsin citizens favor the use of ethanol blends in fuel up to 15 percent (E15), by a 2 to 1 margin. The …

PODCAST: How Does the Renewable Fuel Standard Affect Me?
July 19, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(National Association of Convenience Stores)  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has been around for more than a decade. Today, ethanol comprises about 10% of the total fuel sold in the United States, but there are …

Biofuel Governors Tout E30
July 19, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Coalition Sees Opportunity in Higher Fuel Economy Standards  —  Leaders and founders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition see a push for higher fuel-economy standards as the next opportunity to …

CTS Process Continues To Expand Product Pathways With Advancement To Military Grade Jet Fuel JP-8, An Advanced Cellulosic Aviation Biofuel
July 19, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(The Street/Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”) , is pleased to announce that as the scientific and engineering team at subsidiary Ek Laboratories continues to optimize the CTS process for dry distiller’s …

Earth-Friendly American Ethanol: An Important Success Story
July 19, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(NewsUSA/WDRB.com)  There is little question ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil — lowering gasoline prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced.
In …

The Energy and Job Creation Program that Works for People and the Environment
July 19, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Morning Consult)  … Not every lawmaker is sold on the idea of renewables, but it’s hard not to appreciate the billions of dollars of economic activity across the U.S. that has …

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution
July 19, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to the automaker’s sale of diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating software, even after they announced settlements with …

Biodiesel Firm Eyes Expansion
July 19, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Tennessa Wild (The Western Producer)  Processor developing second generation biofuel with opportunity for wider use  —  Growing demand worldwide for renewable diesel fuel has Saskatchewan’s only biodiesel producer looking to expand.
Milligan Biofuels Inc. produces …

Making It Work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Cellulosic Feedstock
July 19, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

Abengoa’s Hugoton Cellulosic Ethanol Project Goes on the Block
July 19, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Ocean Park Advisors has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy to find a strategic partner or to complete a sale of Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant, electricity cogeneration plant and …

GOP Platform Proposes Turning EPA into a Commission
July 19, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff, et al. (Politico Morning Energy)  … The Republican Platform 2016 offers a fresh plan for an old GOP target: it calls for converting the EPA into a bipartisan commission. As Pro’s Alex Guillén …

Why and When You Need a Project Consultant
July 19, 2016 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  Within our group, now numbering over 75 experts, I find that each member has his or her own approach which developed from their personal experience and training. …

Vehicle Rules Will Fall Short on Emissions, Fuel Savings, Agencies Say
July 18, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  U.S. vehicle efficiency rules won’t deliver the carbon reductions or fuel savings President Barack Obama promised in his first term because cheap gasoline has set off a buying spree of …

WEBINARS:Hazardous Chemicals Release Regulations — Aug. 2: Process Hazard Analyses; Aug. 9: Mechanical Integrity Programs; Aug. 23: Management of Change; Sept. 6: Compliance Auditing; Sept. 20: RMP In-depth Overview
July 18, 2016 – 6:41 pm | No Comment
WEBINARS:Hazardous Chemicals Release Regulations   —   Aug. 2: Process Hazard Analyses; Aug. 9: Mechanical Integrity Programs; Aug. 23: Management of Change; Sept. 6: Compliance Auditing; Sept. 20: RMP In-depth Overview

The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, has teamed up with the experts at Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to host a six-part webinar series on complying with regulations that …

UDSA GAIN Reports Address Polish, Lithuanian Ethanol Production
July 18, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Total production of bioethanol in Poland is estimated at 200,000 metric tons, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. The domestic …

Nearly 42,500 Comments Filed on 2017 RFS Proposal
July 18, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, has …

WEBINAR: 2016 Billion-Ton Report Interactive Overview — July 21, 2016
July 18, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  2016 Billion-Ton Report Interactive Overview  —  July 21, 2016

On July 21 at 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for an interactive overview of volume 1 of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing …

US EPA, US DOT, California’s Air Resources Board Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) today took the first step in the mid-term evaluation of the National …

Biofuels Financial Conference — October 17-18, 2016 — Minneapolis, MN
July 18, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment
Biofuels Financial Conference  —   October 17-18, 2016   —   Minneapolis, MN

Produced by Christianson & Associates Organized by BBI International, this year’s Biofuels Financial Conference is focused on the best ways to explore new options in today’s changing ethanol and biodiesel industries. By understanding risks associated …

European Bioenergy Future 2016 — November 16-17, 2016 — Brussels, Belgium
July 18, 2016 – 2:41 pm | No Comment
European Bioenergy Future 2016 —   November 16-17, 2016  —  Brussels, Belgium

Europe is clearly stronger when policy and market are headed in the same direction. This is why European Bioenergy Future 2016 will feature debates and networking opportunities for business players to provide inspirational visions on …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — March 20-21, 2017 — Abu Dhabi, UAE
July 18, 2016 – 2:34 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture   —   March 20-21, 2017   —  Abu Dhabi, UAE

When the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) was launched in 2014 it leveraged partnerships with over 40 influential organisations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, Bill & Melinda Gates …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit — March 28-29, 2016 — San Francisco, CA
July 18, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit —   March 28-29, 2016   —   San Francisco, CA

March 2017 will see the second World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in the US following three highly successful events in London. The summit brings together a unique combination of agenda-setting thought-leaders, drivers of innovation from within the …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit — November 2-3, 2016 — London, UK
July 18, 2016 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit   —   November 2-3, 2016   —   London, UK

In November 2016, the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit returns to London for two days of networking and debate. Global agribusinesses, VC investors and technology start-ups from around the world come together to uncover the most …

Ag Innovation Showcase — September 12 – 14, 2016 — St. Louis, MO
July 18, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
Ag Innovation Showcase   —   September 12 – 14, 2016   —   St. Louis, MO

Seven years ago we saw a need to establish a gathering of innovators, investors, and others in the ag-tech space. We are proud to report that since that time the Ag Innovation Showcase has established …

Retailer to Expand Availability of Ethanol Blends at 20 Stations
July 18, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that the Power Energy Corp. has been awarded a $1.44 million grant from Illinois to offer higher ethanol blends at 20 retail …

Ministry to Meet Carmakers to Discuss Implementation of B10 Biodiesel
July 18, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(The Sun Daily)  The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities will meet car manufacturers tomorrow to discuss the implementation of B10 biodiesel, said its minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

It was reported that various manufacturers …

EU to Introduce CO2 Emission Limits for Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  The European Commission will propose limits for the first time on CO2 emissions from trucks and will also set new fuel efficiency standards for cars and vans from 2020, according to …

Magellan Midstream to Build $335M Marine Terminal in Houston Ship Channel
July 18, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Sibyl Layag (SNL)  Magellan Midstream Partners LP said it plans to build a marine terminal for refined petroleum products along the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas.  …   The project, supported by long-term contracts, would …

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations
July 18, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it’s important to understand the difference between EPA and ASTM treatments of the element.  —  The U.S. EPA’s Tier 3 rules are …

Trump VP Pick Draws Rave Reviews from Agriculture
July 18, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri Pulse)  … On the Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy that Trump supports, Pence voted in favor of the original 2005 legislation that created the program, but voted against the 2007 bill that created the current version …

Biofuels Executive Briefing Available from ADI Analytics
July 18, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ADI Analytics)  There is an increasing level of interest in conventional and advanced biofuels around the globe. Many countries are increasing biofuel mandates for several reasons ranging from stimulating agriculture, energy security, and most notably to …

Understanding Octane Value in North America
July 18, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Tyler Wilson and Uday Turaga (ADI Analytics)  The value of an octane barrel has risen significantly in recent years going from $2.30 in 2010 to $3.58 in 2015. This has surprised industry analysts since the …

Porous Substrate Bioreactors: A Paradigm Shift in Microalgal Biotechnology?
July 18, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Björn Podola, Tong Li, Michael Melkonian  (Cell/Trends in Microbiology)  Many of the demands in the production of microalgae at a technical scale cannot presently be met by state-of-the-art cultivation technologies based on suspensions. Immobilized cultivation …

“Tough Couple of Years, but Survivors Scaling”: DOE’s Bioenergy 2016 Looks Optimistically at Biofuels Future
July 18, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Ed Dodge (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a commercialization panel said that “the biofuels industry has been through a tough couple of years, but the survivors are scaling up and bringing product to market. The …

OPEC Is Winning the Market Share War
July 18, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Summer Said (The Wall Street Journal)  Middle Eastern oil production rose to a record-high of 31.5 million barrels a day in June  —  The Middle East is back as the world’s dominant oil-producing region, …

Repeat After Me: High Octane, Low Carbon
July 18, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Governors’ Biofuel Coalition)  The signs are everywhere highlighting our product and how it can find its true value as an octane enhancer while lowering carbon emissions.
Using our research at the Urban Air …

5 Signs Your Current Good Manufacturing Processes Are Ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act
July 18, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Phil Cleary (Christianson & Associates/Biofuels Digest)  The Food Safety Modernization Act covers the operation of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds animal food for sale in the United States.
Renewable fuels facilities producing feed …

Moving beyond Automotive towards Earth & Resources: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Toyota Tsusho
July 18, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we report that Toyota Tsusho has been identified as a major strategic investor in Anellotech, which is developing a pyrolysis-based technology for making bio-based BTX molecules as an …

Toyota: Let’s Go Places with Anellotech, Bio-Places That Is
July 18, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Toyota Tsusho was identified this week as a multinational strategic equity investor in Anellotech and corporate partner in the renewable aromatic chemicals supply chain. Toyota Tsusho is …

Globalization of Ethanol Impacts US Industry
July 17, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Strickland (Alliance Marketing, Eco-Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The proliferation of international ethanol trade during the past decade has been impressive to watch. The current global market for ethanol stands at 30 billion gallons, with 1.2 billion …

Is India the Next Big Thing in the Asian Ethanol Market?
July 17, 2016 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Wei Zheng (Platts)  Recently, chatter has grown increasingly loud about Indian buying interest for seaborne, imported ethanol. Apart from more business done there, there has also been a flurry of new players hoping to jump …

Proposed ASTM Standard Covers Determination of Metals in Biofuels
July 17, 2016 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

(ASTM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A proposed ASTM standard will provide a means to test and evaluate alternate fuel sources, such as biofuels, for metals. The proposed standard (WK54683 Test Method for Determination of Metals in Biofuels …

Gaz Metro Converts Biomass into Renewable Natural Gas
July 17, 2016 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Gaz Metro/Biomass Magazine)  Gaz Métro is proud to announce that, over the past several months, it has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas. The trials, carried …

Researchers Investigate Impact of Biomass Harvest on Wildlife
July 17, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by  D’Lyn Ford (North Carolina State University/Biomass Magazine)  On loblolly pine plantations in the Southeast, timber harvesting often involves an extra step: gleaning woody debris left behind after clearcutting. Branches, treetops and smaller trees are …

Researchers: Generically Improving Sorghum Could Benefit Biofuels
July 17, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Genetics Society of America/Biomass Magazine)  The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy …

UK Plant Hosts Scientists, Farmers Interested in Miscanthus
July 17, 2016 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(BWSC North Lincs/Biomass Magazine)  This month the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy and support groundbreaking research into …

40-Plus Groups Call on Congress to End Tax Breaks for Big Oil
July 17, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  More than 40 national organizations have called on Congress to end more than a century of tax breaks for the oil industry. In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse …

This Scottish Company Is Turning Whiskey Waste into Fuel
July 17, 2016 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Jonathon Ramsey (The Drive) Enterprising Scots hope to save the world —  with the help of good scotch  —  As though scotch weren’t already the world’s greatest beverage, one Scottish company plans on using it …