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Brazilian Study Explores Multiple Causes of 2007 Mexico Tortilla Crisis
March 2, 2015 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In light of signs of a moderation in the long upward trend in commodity prices, and recurrent assignment of blame for food insecurity and high food prices to the emergence of biofuels markets, particularly markets for ethanol made from corn, it may be useful to remember the remarkable episode in Mexico eight years ago when tortilla prices reached unprecedented levels. A Brazilian study elucidates how the combination of international instability with domestic elements can have dangerous implications for food security of vulnerable populations.  It becomes clear that biofuels, even corn-based ethanol, cannot bear all the blame that has been imposed on them for the 2007’s $20.00 tortillas in Mexico.

Laís Forti Thomaz and Carlos Eduardo Carvalho analyse in their paper, “Tortilla Crisis in Mexico (2007): The Rise of Commodities, Financial Instability and Food Security,” price formation in commodities markets, national policies, local tortilla production characteristics, as well as international trade agreements, and much more. They find that food insecurity is caused more often by nation-specific internal high production prices than commodity supply constraint. And, they find that that this problem coexists with the traditional concern with the occurrence of balance of payments crises in importing countries and the price fluctuations in food exporting countries.  They note that it is too early to evaluate whether we are experiencing the beginning of a prolonged downward shift of food commodity prices. However, recurrent instability in the markets for these products is almost certain, with strong influences from financial factors in price formation.

Thomaz and Carvalho conclude that the crisis of tortillas in Mexico highlighted the risks of the sharp combination of two elements: (1) fluctuation in international prices of agricultural commodities;  (2) structural markets problems. Mexico is simultaneously producer and importer of a product essential to the food security of its population. The possible change of the medium-term trend in commodity prices should not eliminate the instability of markets, linked to the so-called “financialization” of commodities, next to the uncertainties about the supply and demand for these products. In Mexico, there was the influence of subsidy policies to US corn and domestic pricing problems, corn and tortillas, due to peculiar aspects of Mexican domestic markets.

Of  particular interest is their observation that “The price of tortillas jumped from $5.00 per unit in January 2006 to up to $20.00 one year later, when there were popular protests.”  While, ” Corn prices showed a different pattern. According to CEFP, corn jumped from $2.10 dls/bu in May 2000 to $3.52 dls/bu in June 2007, i.e. 67,1% in seven years. From August 2007 to April 2008 the increase was 57,9%, peaking at US$5.48 dls/bu in June 2008, 68% above August 2007 (as in all other markets, there was a sharp decline since mid-2008 and in October corn was back at US$3.99 dls/bu – a fall of 27.2% below the June peak). Thus, the jump in the price of tortillas took place long before the strong increase of corn prices, which remained until mid-2008…”   Download study


Laís Forti Thomaz–PhD student, Graduate Program in International Relations San Tiago Dantas – Unesp, Unicamp, PUC / SP.  And contributing author to Advanced Biofuels USA.

Carlos Eduardo Carvalho–Professor, Department of Economics, PUC / SP and at the Graduate Program in International Relations San Tiago Dantas – Unesp, Unicamp, PUC / SP.

Summarized and updated version of the paper: THOMAZ, LF; CARVALHO, C.E.F. The tortilla crisis in Mexico (2007): the upward trend in commodity prices, financial instability and food security. The Perspective of the World Review, v. 3, p. 81-108, 2011. Home page: []

Brazilian Study Explores Multiple Causes of 2007 Mexico Tortilla Crisis
March 2, 2015 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In light of signs of a moderation in the long upward trend in commodity prices, and recurrent assignment of blame for food insecurity and high food prices to the …

NREL Report Provides Documentation of the Advanced Biorefinery Landscape
March 2, 2015 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report in January 2015 on the status of the non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels industry in the United States. The report, 2013 Survey …

Education: Educator Training Program
March 2, 2015 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

How can you grow your own knowledge and skills to inspire your students? What new opportunities are developing for science-based careers in the region? Learn about this and more at the USDA-sponsored Bioenergy and Bioproducts …

Education: Graduate Program Bioenergy Scholarships
March 2, 2015 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

This program offers scholarships for graduate professional courses in bioenergy – take a look at the bioenergy courses that are available, and envision how you could benefit from taking one of these graduate level, credit-bearing …

WEBINAR: Can cover crops play a role in shrub willow establishment for weed and nutrient management? March 10, 2015
March 2, 2015 – 8:15 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Can cover crops play a role in shrub willow establishment for weed and nutrient management?       March 10, 2015

Speaker:  Eric Fabio, Cornell University:  Controlling weed competition is a critical component of shrub willow establishment due to low planting density and initially poor competitive ability.  Recommendations formed in the US fifteen years ago stress …

Farm Energy IQ Workshop – NJ April 8-10, 2015 Bordentown NJ
March 2, 2015 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
Farm Energy IQ Workshop – NJ   April 8-10, 2015   Bordentown NJ

Join Penn State Extension at this three day workshop that covers the latest developments and opportunities in farm energy. Topics to be covered include:
Day 1: Smart Energy Buying and Use (energy use monitoring, understanding energy …

Farm Energy IQ Workshop – PA March 10-12, 2015 University Park, PA
March 2, 2015 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Farm Energy IQ Workshop – PA    March 10-12, 2015   University Park, PA

Join Penn State Extension at this three day workshop that covers the latest developments and opportunities in farm energy. Topics to be covered include:
Day 1: Smart Energy Buying and Use (energy use monitoring, understanding energy …

E15 Is New to Most Fuel Stations, but Not to NASCAR
March 2, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Fuel with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, has made its way into south Florida recently. E15 has been approved for sale by the U.S. EPA since January 2011 and has been …

Report Provides Overview of European Biobased Economy
March 2, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of …

California GHG Reporting Obligations Extend to Ethanol
March 2, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes.(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP)  California has embarked upon the most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program in the world.  As a result of California’s Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions …

Abengoa Reports Top Year for Biofuel Business
March 2, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abengoa’s biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014, company CEO Manuel Sánchez Ortega reported during the company’s 2014 fiscal year results, which can be largely …

Vilsack Calls for Ethanol Industry Support of Trade Negotiations
March 2, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held …

Greenwire: Midwest Law Center Can Compromise but Doesn’t Fear a Fight
March 2, 2015 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy P. Jacobs (E&E/Greenwire) Ask Chicago environmentalists who’s the Windy City’s best lawyer, and they’re likely to name Howard Learner.  Learner has built his Environmental Law and Policy Center into a Midwest powerhouse over the …

Small Ethanol Plants Struggle for an Edge
March 2, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As production plants have grown larger and more efficient, small, older ethanol plants risk being left behind.

Most vintage ethanol plants, including Buffalo Lake, expanded over the years, but that isn’t …

Ocean Circulation Change: Sea level Spiked for Two Years along Northeastern North America
March 2, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Arizona)  Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed. The unusual spike in sea level caused flooding along the northeast …

Investors Ask Oil Companies to Disclose Refineries’ Risks from Climate Change
March 2, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Siri Srinivas (The Guardian)  Shareholders ask the five largest US oil companies – Valero, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Chevron – to disclose the risks their operations and facilities face from rising sea …

Emergent Technologies Institute Breaks Ground
March 2, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(LEO A DALY) Florida Gulf Cost University (FGCU)officials held groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday for the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), a new research campus thatwill team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology.

The majority of the 6.5-acre …

4 Minutes with… Gregory T. Benz, President, Benz Technology International
March 2, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Such work has enables successful, economical and scalable mixing equipment designs for cellulose hydrolysis reactors, for example. Also source economical major process equipment from developing countries, and aid in licensing …

What Cellulosic Can Learn from Solar and Other Clean-Tech Industries?
March 2, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought Leadership: The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion on the cellulosic ethanol industry.
… If you look at charts of installed capacity since the 1990s for …

Experimental Investigation of Spark-Ignited Combustion with High-Octane Biofuels and EGR. 2. Fuel and EGR Effects on Knock-Limited Load and Speed
March 2, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

Derek A. Splitter and James P. Szybist (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Energy & Fuels)  The present study experimentally investigates spark-ignited combustion with 87 AKI E0 gasoline in its neat form and in midlevel alcohol–gasoline blends with …

The Food Waste Debacle
March 2, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week there was  a Fast Food industry fly-in to DC — arguing for a repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard on the grounds of food price impact. …  It just …

Maverick Announces Its Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant
March 2, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here we highlight an interesting solution to the problem of organic waste.
In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants …

Catsimatidis Trying to Slip Pricey Biofuels Mandate into Budget
March 2, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Fredric U. Dicker (New York Post)  … Senate Republicans, under pressure from maverick supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, are trying to slip a “green biofuels” mandate into Gov. Cuomo’s new budget that could add $150 million a …

The Good News on Ethanol: U.S. a ‘Biofuels Superpower’
March 2, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Dan Morgan (Des Moines Register)  … President Barack Obama didn’t mention ethanol, biofuels, or agriculture in his State of the Union address, even as he boasted that the country was “number one in oil and …

Harper Government Investment Benefits Biofuels Sector
March 1, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Western Economic Diversification Canada/MarketWired)  Biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister …

USDA Increases Ethanol Support
March 1, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (  Speaking to the ethanol lobbying group, Growth Energy, Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday announced more USDA support for bioenergy research and farmer production of biomass but also praised efforts …

The Renewable Fuels Standard Is Antiquated, But Don’t Abandon It
March 1, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Loren Steffy (Forbes) It’s time to start building a smarter energy policy. It’s decades past time, actually, … The Renewable Fuels Standard is a good place to start. …  The RFS was also touted an important …

Build or Conquer? 3 Companies Battling Over the Future of Biofuels
March 1, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  … Yet, to date only three commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facilities have been built in the United States. Why aren’t there more? The technology is more complicated than most think.
The first …

Biofuels For A Greener Dubai
March 1, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Imran Khan (Forbes/Lootah Biofuels) The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has set an ambitious target for 2030: reduce demand for energy by 30% and diversify its renewable energy sources.
Effectively being implemented in the power sector, …

New Wyoming Law Extends Fuels Tax to Alternative Highway Fuels, Including Natural Gas, E85, Biodiesel
February 27, 2015 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press) Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a bill that extends the state fuels tax to include alternative highway fuels, including natural gas, pure ethanol, E85 and biodiesel.
The new law, which Mead signed on …

RIT Prof’s Reputation in Waste Reaches Trump Organization
February 27, 2015 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by James Goodman (Democrat & Chronicle)  Jeffrey Lodge is finding a niche at Rochester Institute of Technology as a go-to guy for finding new uses for waste.
An associate professor of biological sciences, Lodge knows what …

Corn Growers ‘Pump’ for Higher Demand
February 27, 2015 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (AgriNews)  The National Corn Growers Association is going into the gas pump business.  The commodity group is working with service station chains and even manufacturers of pumps in order to expand sales of …

Guatemala Launches Pilot Ethanol Tests
February 27, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(SeeNews Renewables)  Guatemala’s energy ministry presented on Wednesday a pilot plan to test ethanol in 25 vehicles and five motorcycles during four months.  The government will use blends containing 5% and 10% of ethanol, supplied by local …

4 Minutes with… Rod Cummings, President, EUDORA Biomaterial Consulting
February 27, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Aid in building a deeper understanding of biobased products fundamentals across the entire supply chain by connecting agri-processing (1st & 2nd generation) to technology developers to manufacturing to OEM/Brand Owners.

Several …

USDA, DOE Farm and Fuels Funding Updates
February 27, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) USDA and DOE announced a raft of grant and loan opportunities and funded projects, many of them funded through the 2014 Farm Bill. On February 20, the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Energy Union Pushes for E-Mobility and Alternative Fuels in Transport
February 27, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Commission plans further steps to decarbonise the transport sector through a shift to alternative fuels and electro-mobility, according to the latest draft of the Energy Union proposal,  …
According to the draft proposal, …

The Great Algae Robbery
February 27, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property heists in the history of biotechnology, and almost got away with it.  Today, the story …

Rail Issues Panel at #NEC15
February 27, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The last but certainly not least panel at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference dealt with the timely issue of rail transportation and how safety and congestion are impacting the marketplace.
Renewable Fuels …

The Latest Addition to the List of Renewable Fuels – Biopropane – Will Soon Be Available
February 27, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  A new renewable fuel will enter the market when Neste Oil starts the manufacture of biopropane. The investment will be made at the Rotterdam refinery. The market for propane in LPG applications is …

Renewable Fuels even Greener than Electric Cars
February 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  The world needs transportation now and in the future. However, traffic should be handled in a sustainable way. Renewable fuels may provide the answer, since they seem to be an even more environmentally …

Palm Oil Update Indonesia: Subsidies for Biofuel to Lift CPO Prices
February 27, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Indonesia-Investments)  Due to the Indonesian government’s plan to increase biofuel subsidies from IDR 1,500 per liter to IDR 4,000 per liter – in a move to protect the domestic biofuel industry – palm oil futures …

Economic Models Provide Insights into Global Sustainability Challenges
February 27, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a …

New Study Reveals Wide-Ranging Economic Impact of Ethanol Production
February 27, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At this year’s National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a new ABF Economics study titled “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014,” …

Novel Pretreatment Could Cut Biofuel Costs by 30 Percent or More
February 27, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of California-Riverside)  Researchers have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown …

Biofuel Industry Criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS Bill
February 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, …

Ethanol Groups Not Pleased with Rekindled RFS Reform Act
February 27, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures) Bill to eliminate corn-based ethanol requirement of the Renewable Fuel Standard doesn’t receive warm welcome from ethanol and ag groups.  Calling it a “huge step backward” for energy independence, the National Corn Growers on …

Toomey, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Repeal Ethanol Mandate
February 27, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA))  U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working to repeal a law that drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries.
The Toomey-Feinstein Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination …

Mann-Splaining the Global Warming Slowdown
February 27, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Darius Dixon (Morning Energy-Politico)  …A trio of climate scientists has pointed to the Pacific Ocean as a major culprit behind the slowing rate of average global temperature increases over the past decade. Climate skeptics …

European Parliament Votes against First-Gen Biofuels
February 26, 2015 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog) Just 6 Percent of Euro Fuel Supply Can Come From Biofuel by 2020
European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted Tuesday to put a cap on how much of the continent’s fuel supply can come …

World’s First Biofuel from Whisky Residues Aim for Lead in £100m Market
February 26, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  A Scottish company has revived a defunct fermentation technology to create biofuel from the residues of whisky production.  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables said it now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland …

Byogy Renewables and GEN 2 Energy Advance Value Chain to Produce Biofuels Competitive With Today’s Oil Price
February 26, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Byogy/PR Newswire) Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production …

Oberon Fuels Poised for Growth as State of California Approves Dimethyl Ether (DME) for Legal Use as a Vehicle Fuel
February 26, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Oberon Fuels)  Another milestone for the introduction of a new, low carbon fuel in the United States
Oberon Fuels, Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to produce fuel-grade dimethyl ether (“DME”) in North America, announced today that …

RFA Acquires
February 26, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced today that it has acquired, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels — including E15 — from …

ADM Cuts Biodiesel Output as Industry Hit by Weak Margins
February 26, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Rod Nickel and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland , one of the world’s top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable …

Deinove Strengthens Its Position in the United States
February 26, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(AG-IP-News/Deinove)  DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, today announced in a press release that its patent, “High-performance metabolic …

Ethanol Plant to Rise in Zambo Soon
February 26, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by A. Perez Rimando (Manila Standard Today) A P17 billion ethanol gas plant will soon be built by a consortium in the island barangays of Limaong and Tumitus here, first district  Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuno said.
Nuno said …

Amyris Says 132% Increase in Sales to $100M Is in the Cards for 2015
February 26, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first of the “2010-12 IPO kids” completes its transformation to a lively, product-driven commercial company with revenues in fragrances, emollients, solvents and fuels.
In California, Amyris announced Q4 2014 revenues …

Running on Empty: Tackling America’s Infrastructure Crisis March 19, 2015 Washington, DC
February 26, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Running on Empty: Tackling America’s Infrastructure Crisis   March 19, 2015     Washington, DC

The critically important Highway Trust Fund is running on empty and will come to a grinding halt at the end of May, unless Congress finds a way to replenish it. Lawmakers in the nation’s capital …

4 minutes with… Al Kaczanowski, VP Marketing and New Product Development, EP Minerals
February 26, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  EP Minerals is a worldwide leader in diatomaceous earth (DE), clay and perlite. These unique industrial minerals are used as filter aids, absorbents and functional additives for a variety of …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

Middle East OPEC Countries See a Future in Algae
February 25, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Imran Khan (Algae Industry Magazine)  The global demand for fossil fuels is swelling against a tight economic environment and the Middle East is no exception. The domestic consumption of energy in the region is …

A CORN-acopia of Energy Options Coming
February 25, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Jason Spiess (Fargo Business Examiner)  Recently I sat down with Tom Lilja, executive director, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, to chew the fat on a variety of corn-themed energy and agriculture topics. … “I think …

2015 Sun Grant Conference: Academia Jumps One Step Forward and Shows What Will Be the Future of Lignocellulosic Biomass Production and Utilization in the Southeastern USA
February 25, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

Author, Dan Quadros, in Auburn, Alabama.

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After two days (February 2-3, 2015) in “Sweet Home Alabama” at Auburn University, we got overwhelmed with the most recent discoveries of cutting-edge research …

A Policymaker’s Guide to the GMO Controversies
February 23, 2015 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Val Giddings (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation) Crops and foods improved through biotechnology, popularly known as “GMOs” (for “genetically modified organisms”) remain at the center of a maelstrom of conflicting claims and assertions. This is evident …

U.S. EPA to Propose Biofuels Standards This Spring -official
February 23, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to offer a proposal for Renewable Fuels Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 this spring, and will use actual production levels to determine last year’s mandated …

Biofuel Enters Growth Period
February 23, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

By Xiao Er’ya  (China Economic Net)  Automobile exhaust has become a major source of air pollution in Chinese cities, and ethanol gasoline can effectively lessen the smog and reduce carbon emissions. If 2004 and 2005 …

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase …

‘Unrealistic’ Goals for Cellulosic Fuels Render US RFS Road Map ‘Obsolete’
February 20, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Tim Worledge (Platts)  “Unrealistic” expectations around the contribution of cellulosic biofuels to the energy mix are rendering the existing US Renewable Fuel Standard road map “obsolete,” Jeremy Martin of the Union of Concerned Scientists told …

Renewable Fuels Association Chief Lays out Plans for Ethanol’s Future
February 20, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  RFA President Bob Dinneen lists supporting better rail service and creating a level playing field for cellulosic biofuels in 10-point agenda to expand renewables industry
Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed …

Biofuels: Good News and False Solutions
February 20, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Elmar Baumann (Association of German Biofuels Producers (VDB)/Euractiv)   While the discussion hots up, there is good news for all those in favour of biodiesel and bioethanol as more scientific work on iLUC has been published. …

Farmers Look to Legislature for Expansion Paths
February 20, 2015 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Don Davis (Daily Globe)  Minnesota farmers want state leaders to help them expand to new markets. They are ready to enter a new era of producing crops that can be made into products ranging …

South Dakota Driver Wins Renewable Fuels Association’s E85 “Post Your Price” Contest
February 20, 2015 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce Scott LeBrun as the winner of RFA’s E85 “Post Your Price” contest. The contest, which was announced last October and concluded just …

US EPA to Base 2014 RFS on Actual Output; Blend Wall to Factor in 2015/2016 Rule
February 20, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency plans to base its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard on actual biofuels production, an agency official said Thursday at an ethanol conference, reiterating its pledge to issue the …

Hastings Link to Innovative Biodiesel Project in Papua New Guinea
February 18, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Macquarie Port News)  Port Moresby’s first used cooking oil biodiesel plant has links to the Hastings region.  The plant at Papua New Guinea’s largest university, Pacific Adventist University, processes used commercial cooking oil into biodiesel.
Crescent …

California’s Revised LCFS Challenged: Biofuel Industry Questions Standard’s Lack of Real-World Data
February 18, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though real-world data suggest biofuel production has not led to so-called indirect land-use change, the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, continues to see ILUC as a vital part of …

Europe Needs to Introduce Practical Incentives for Best Biofuels
February 18, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (ePURE/Euractiv)  MEPs must move beyond the polarised debate about biofuels and introduce practical measures that will pull Europe’s biofuels policy in the right direction, says Robert Wright.
Later this month, the three-year battle …

8 Ways Obama Sucks on Climate
February 18, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist) … But many of the administration’s moves, including a string of recent actions by federal agencies under Obama’s control, show this conventional wisdom to be false. Here are the president’s top eight …

4 Things You Should Know about Oregon’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
February 18, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ian K. Kullgren (The Oregonian/OregonLive)  … The law aims to position Oregon as a leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting an increasingly cleaner standard for gasoline distributors over the next …

Oregon Senate Approves Clean-Fuels Extension Despite Tie to Cylvia Hayes
February 18, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ian K. Kullgren (The Oregonian/OregonLive) The Senate approved a bill Tuesday to extend the state’s clean-fuel standard, bucking Republican opponents who decried the program’s connection to the scandal involving John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia …

Oregon Proposes Elimination of Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline
February 18, 2015 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(SEMA Action Network)  Legislation (H.B. 2373) to remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives.  Currently, the state …

Business Secretary Announces £20M for UK Industrial Biotechnology
February 18, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills)  Business Secretary Vince Cable has today (17 February) unveiled the winners of a multi-million-pound competition to bring innovative UK biotechnology projects to market.
A total of 23 projects, ranging …

4 Minutes with… Josue F. Zaide, CEO/ President, Econergy Corporation
February 18, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Econergy Corp is a producer of Biodiesel and we supply it to different fuel companies here in the Philippines … It is our goal to become one of the leading biofuel …

Pittsburgh Looks to Add Biofuel Systems to Trucks
February 18, 2015 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Robert Zullo (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)  Pittsburgh is looking to add new fuel systems to 20 trucks in the Department of Public Works that will allow the engines to run on biofuel as well as traditional …

BioBears: Who’s Shorting What in the Advanced Bioeconomy?
February 18, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feeling bullish or bearish on renewables? Before deciding, why not check out the current short interest in sector equities? …
Over the past six months — mostly because of the oil …

Transfer of Subsidy to Biofuel Accelerates Deforestation, Says Walhi
February 18, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Post)  The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) is warning that the government’s policy to shift subsidies from fossil fuels to palm oil-based biofuel will only accelerate deforestation in this country.
“Shifting subsidies to land-based …

Dear EPA, Please Fix Biofuels in 2015
February 17, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (Motley Fool)  Say what you want about renewable fuels, but the policies jointly enacted by Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 and 2008 were wildly successful in creating globally competitive …

Bozeman-Based Group Creating Bio Diesel from Other’s Waste
February 17, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Keele Smith  (KBZK)  Cheap gas prices have been in the headlines recently, but there’s a greener fuel being made in our own back yard.  A Bozeman-based group is using other people’s waste and taking …

Ethanol Contributes to State’s Record Ag Exports
February 17, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  The producers of Wisconsin’s biofuels are taking some of the credit for the state’s new record for total farm exports during 2014. Joshua Morby of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance says export …

Biofuel from Trash Could Create Green Jobs Bonanza, Says Report
February 17, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  Advanced biofuels industry could spur hundreds of thousands of jobs across Europe, says new report, but key European parliament vote next week could throw clean fuel ambitions into disarray
Creating biofuels …

Moran Talks Renewable Fuels, ACA, Change of Power
February 17, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Scott Aust (Garden City Telegram)    As part of his Kansas listening tour, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., stopped in Garden City Monday afternoon to visit with officials of the Conestoga Energy Partner’s Bonanza …

E15’s Big Dance
February 17, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The future is bright as hundreds of E15 stations are in the works with many expected to open, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. It’s still early in …

RecOil Project Team Organizes Round Table on Used Cooking Oil
February 17, 2015 – 4:16 pm | No Comment
RecOil Project Team Organizes Round Table on Used Cooking Oil

(RecOil) The RecOil project team organizes a round table “Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Chain towards 2030” on 3/03/2014 at the headquarter of the European Biomass Industry Association. The event is organised with the support …

“Bionic Leaf” Uses Bacteria to Convert Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
February 17, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Cooney (Harvard Medical School/Wyss Institute)  Harvard scientists have created a system that could speed adoption of solar-generated fuels as a power source

Now scientists from a team spanning Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and …

4 Minutes with… Gookche Jeon, Senior Researcher, KBCH and KRIBB
February 17, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I’m going to make and manage web site about white biotech portal such as biosugar, bioplastic, biorefienry etc. Also, our project team are working on comercializing and developing some biochemicals such …

Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Awards for 2015
February 17, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year, and Cap Raise of the Year — who are the big winners?  Each year, the …

Falling Oil Prices
February 17, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

By Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Falling oil prices is a popular topic amongst conversations spawning all over the U.S.  Many base their opinions on the relief that this price drop has given their wallets. …

A Third Act For Biofuels
February 16, 2015 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Clarke and  James Hyun (  … Our vision for a carbon neutral world is one in which the ultimate goal is replacing petroleum-based energy consumption systems with clean energy production/consumption. However, replacing fossil fuel-derived energy …

Forget Food and Fuel: America’s Corn Is Worth $125 Billion to This Industry
February 16, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (Motley Fool)  While the most arguments typically center on the “food vs. fuel” debate, most corn produced in the United States never actually becomes food. Consider that 44% of last year’s harvest …

Valicor Announces Patent for Ethanol Coproduct Recovery Process
February 16, 2015 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Valicor Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Valicor Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a patent that covers the extraction of protein from corn ethanol stillage and is designed to help ethanol producers maximize …

IRENA Report Highlights Bioenergy Growth Potential in the U.S.
February 16, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building …

UGA Researchers Develop Super Yeast that Turns Pine into Ethanol
February 16, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a “super strain” of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine, one of the most common species of trees in …