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It Is Time to Address RVP
August 23, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by  Mike Lorenz (Sheetz)   Back in 1990, Congress limited the amount of evaporative emissions from vehicle fuel at 9 pounds per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) in the Clean Air Act. While pure ethanol has a 3 psi RVP, when combined with gasoline at low levels, the RVP of the total fuel blend exceeds 9 psi. To accommodate ethanol blends, Congress specified that fuel with 10 percent ethanol would receive a 1 psi RVP waiver, and extended that relief to blends below 10 percent. Unfortunately, EPA has shown no willingness to extend the waiver to blends above 10 percent, which severely restricts the sale of E15 during the summer driving season, June 1 to Sept. 15.

The restrictions placed on E15 due to the statutory RVP limits cause a number of problems for retailers who want to offer consumers a wide variety of choice at the pump. First off, it creates a gray area at our retail locations and leaves us with a menu of unappealing options. We either have to block off the hoses that pump E15, which confuses customers into thinking our facilities are broken, or sell E15 as a flex fuel, which limits the market for the fuel and isn’t explicitly regulated by the EPA. All of those options obviously are problematic and discourage some retailers from offering the fuel altogether simply to avoid having to deal with the hassle of making those costly adjustments in the summer. Having an obscure statute from 1990 preclude retailers from offering such an outstanding product, especially considering E15 actually has a lower RVP profile than E10, seems counterproductive and, frankly, silly.

Now that the summer driving season is coming to a close and Congress is reconvening, we urge you to reach out to your elected officials and ask them to remove this unnecessary barrier. It constricts retailer freedom and inhibits consumer choice. We know that consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever before and, at the end of the day, we want to help them make a positive impact on the environment by filling up with E15, and offer them savings at the pump. Tell your officials to vote yes on bills S. 1239 and H.R. 1736, which would extend the RVP waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent so we can continue to expand the available fuel options for consumers across the country.    READ MORE

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August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress
August 8, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be sure the oil producers will be seeking meetings with their representatives. But August provides a great opportunity for biofuel and renewable chemical producers to seize the day and to invite Members of Congress – as well as other general election candidates – to get a firsthand look at the technology progress and economic impact of our industry and meet the hardworking Americans who are building it. I urge you to reach out now and invite your Congressman and Senators to your facilities and offices for a briefing.

In your invitation to your Congressman, Senator, or candidate, you can let him or her know that you and your employees are among the quarter million U.S. workers employed in the biofuel and renewable chemical industry. Overall, biobased production contributes approximately $50 billion each year to the U.S. economy. That’s a sizeable portion of the $252 billion in annual sales of biobased products worldwide, but there’s still room for rapid growth. Worldwide sales of renewable chemicals and biofuels are projected to increase to $441 billion by 2020, with annual growth of 8 percent over the next several years.

You can also remind Members of Congress and the candidates that federal policies are important to help U.S. industry grow and compete for a share of the worldwide market.

Please also ask your Member of Congress to support bipartisan legislation that will help our industry continue to be competitive. The Renewable Chemicals Act (S.2271) introduced by Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and companion legislation in the House (H.3390) introduced by New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell deserve additional support. …  The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act, introduced by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons and Texas Rep. Ted Poe would provide renewable energy producers access to a tax vehicle currently available only to petroleum companies.

You can find contact information for your Representative or Senator on their website. Offer a day and time when you extend your invitation, but try to be flexible and work with the member’s office to finalize plans. Even if the member is unable to visit your facility this month, he or she may be able to accept the invitation at some future date and will appreciate hearing the concerns of a constituent. READ MORE (emphasis added)

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Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump
August 23, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The American Spectator)  The case for alternative energy done right.  —  … No other policy has so effectively undermined the international oil cartel that seeks to profit from our dependence on oil.

Today, ethanol and other biofuels meet about 10 percent of our transportation fuel needs. Without the RFS, which requires refiners to meet specific blending targets, there is simply no way that our dependence on foreign oil could have fallen by half since 2005. This has occurred not only without increasing the price of automobile fuel, but while decreasing it; a gallon of ethanol sells for about $1.70 per gallon, so ethanol blends hold down the price at the pump. Moreover, the market-based trading system that allows refiners to buy and sell biofuel credits — or RINS — has given the industry broad flexibility to meet the changing needs of the marketplace with minimal cost or inconvenience.

It’s true that the trading system opens up some opportunities for fraud, but the answer to that is not to eliminate the trading system, much less the RFS, but to prosecute the fraud.

The RFS is no give-away program; it simply guarantees market access in a sector where one class of producers — dominated by foreign players — would otherwise have a monopoly over consumer options.

In an unrestricted marketplace, there would be no need for the RFS, but the market for transportation fuels hasn’t fallen into that category for 45 years.

But some OPEC members are already looking forward to phase two, when they pull back on global supplies and drive prices at the pump back to record levels. The American consumer is just a pawn in this game, but it is not a game that can be played against renewable fuels, because of the RFS. The price of ethanol and other renewables is set by competition, not by a cartel.

As a result, billions of dollars have been invested into the domestic biofuels industry. Home-grown options are more affordable than ever, they produce dramatically fewer emissions, and displace toxic gasoline additives linked to cancer and groundwater contamination. Moreover, the industry now supports more than 852,000 American jobs. And if the renewable fuels industry grows enough, it has the potential to break the market power of the international oil cartel.

Just this month, research from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that high-octane ethanol blends can deliver more power and greater mileage than conventional gasoline.

It remains the best path to a free market — the most effective tool to take the levers of power out of the hands of a hostile international cartel and put it into the hands of domestic producers who, through innovation and competition, are lowering the price of fuel and enhancing the energy security of the United States. READ MORE

It Is Time to Address RVP
August 23, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by  Mike Lorenz (Sheetz)   Back in 1990, Congress limited the amount of evaporative emissions from vehicle fuel at 9 pounds per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) in the Clean Air Act. While pure …

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress
August 8, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be …

U.S. Rejects Automakers Request to Extend Fuel Comment Deadline
August 23, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  U.S. regulators late on Monday denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on a key environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through …

Biofuel Firm’s Plans for Grangemouth
August 23, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by  James Trimble (Falkirk Herald)  A company renowned for using residues from the whisky industry to produce biofuel capable of powering cars wants to come to Grangemouth. Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables Ltd has lodged a proposal …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM and ArcelorMittal
August 23, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This season, we are conducting Strategic Intent, our 19 webinar series on major companies and their partnerships, progress and plans in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this edition, we explored Archer Daniels Midland and …

After the Lightning Strikes: The Bioeconomy’s Effort to Learn from Fire
August 23, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lightning strikes often in the Advanced Bioeconomy. The Magic catalyst, the miracle microbe, the super strain, the wonder feedstock, the peerless process.
But it’s after the lightning strikes that we begin …

Libertarian Gary Johnson on 2016: ‘This is the demise of the Republican Party’
August 23, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by John Harwood (CNBC)  …  JOHNSON: I do think that climate change is occurring, that it is man-caused. One of the proposals that I think is a very libertarian proposal, and I’m just open to this, …

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?
August 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, …

Open the Toolbox to Give Fuel Economy Rules a Chance
August 23, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (The Hill/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  … The US Department of Energy just last week released a report that confirms the role of high octane and how it would meet automakers’ needs for high …

Court Upholds Obama’s Social Cost of Carbon Accounting for Federal Regulations
August 23, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive) The Obama Administration has won a significant victory for its use of a social cost metric to determine the impacts of new environmental and efficiency rules, in a unanimous circuit court decision that appeared …

Ag Carbon Credits Go to Market, Just as Cap and Trade Is Questioned
August 23, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Grady (Green Biz)  … Letting the fields temporarily dry has reduced the methane released from that rice field by 50 percent, compared to an adjacent field that was flooded all through the growing season, according …

SIUE, Madison County to Partner on Energy Sector Study
August 23, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Landis (The Telegraph)  A grant from a national non-profit organization will fund a study examining how to develop Madison County’s energy industry, officials announced last week.
Representatives from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville applied for the …

PERC Sues Maine DEP over Fiberight Licensing
August 23, 2016 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Faith DeAmbrose (The Weekly Packet)  Owners of the Orrington-based trash-to-energy facility Penobscot Energy Recovery Company have filed suit in Kennebec County Superior Court against the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, seeking to overturn the …

Aemetis Provides Update on Edeniq, LanzaTech Transactions
August 23, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Regarding the Edeniq acquisition, McAfee indicated Aemetis is in the process of completing the documentation and approvals required to close the transaction. He also said Edeniq is expected to …

Giant King Grass and Its Bioconversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Viaspace
August 23, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Direct Combustion, Anaerobic Digestion, Cellulosic Biofuels, Biochemicals, and Animal Feed: these are just some of the markets envisioned for a fast-growing grass known as Giant King Grass.  With composition like corn stover or …

International Workshop on Moringa Production & Application — September 24-25, 2016 — Jaipur, India
August 23, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
International Workshop on Moringa Production & Application   —   September  24-25, 2016   —   Jaipur, India

Moringa Oleifera, an Indian origin plant has gained its importance due to nutraceutical values and is considered as indispensable plant for health management. It is one of the most incredible plants to the mankind as …

IEA Bioenergy WEBINAR: Cascading of Woody Biomass Definitions, Policies, and Effects on International Trade
August 23, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment
IEA Bioenergy WEBINAR: Cascading of Woody Biomass Definitions, Policies, and Effects on International Trade

IEA Bioenergy invites you to participate in an international webinar entitled, “Cascading of woody biomass definitions, policies, and effects on international trade”.
This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 1st at 10 am Eastern Daylight Time/ 4 pm Central European time, and presented by Olle …

St1 Signs a Letter of Intent with Viken Skog and Treklyngen for a Cellunolix® Ethanol Plant in Norway
August 22, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(St1/Globe Newswire)  St1 Nordic Oy’s Norwegian subsidiary, Smart Fuel AS, has signed a letter of intent with Viken Skog SA and its subsidiary Treklyngen Holding AS to construct a Cellunolix® ethanol plant in Norway.
St1’s aim …

FMN/REG WEBINAR: Growing Your Business with Biodiesel Blended Fuel — September 22, 2016
August 22, 2016 – 7:33 pm | No Comment
FMN/REG WEBINAR: Growing Your Business with Biodiesel Blended Fuel   —   September 22, 2016

How can biodiesel help me? That’s a question fuel marketers have been asking themselves in recent years as they consider the number of alternative fuel options available. Fuel Marketer News and REG invite you to …

The Advanced Bioeconomy and the Pet Wellness Revolution
August 22, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  well, it’s big business, and every day around the world millions of people are lavishing extravagant amounts of care and expense about the health and wellness of their animal …

This Startup Turns CO2 into a Sustainable Replacement for Palm Oil
August 22, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Adele Peters (FastCoExist.com)  … A new Bay Area-based biotech startup called Kiverdi has a different solution: a synthetic palm oil, made from carbon dioxide.
The company uses microbes to transform waste carbon from industry into the …

Neste Renewable Diesel to Power County of Sacramento’s Fleet in California
August 22, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  Neste Renewable Diesel is now being used by the County of Sacramento, California. In moving to Neste Renewable Diesel, the County Sacramento joins California’s cleanest and greenest fleets that include the City of San …

Competitively Priced, ECA Compliant, Sustainable Biofuel Bunkers Will be a Reality in the Near Future
August 22, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Ship & Bunker)  Chuck Red, Vice President at US-based biofuels firm Applied Research Associates (ARA), says the current cost of biofuel bunkers is misunderstood, and that competitively priced sustainable products are not only possible, they …

Ethanol Opportunities and Challenges: A State-by-State Look at Higher Blends
August 22, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Gas stations that offer higher blends are currently few and far between, but the ACE’s “Retailer Roadmap” aims to help change the fuels landscape. The Roadmap analyzes …

Deep Green Biotech Hub Incubator Launched in NSW
August 22, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In Australia, the New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) has been launched as an enabling incubator environment to foster the development of algae as a cost effective and sustainable resource. …

21 Land-Grant Universities Create Animal Feed Database
August 22, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Agriculture is America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Twenty-one land-grant institutions and partner organizations are collaborating to provide researchers, Extension professionals, regulators, feed industries, and producers with up-to-date, research-based information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals. Since …

EPA Commits to Meet Statutory RFS Reporting Requirements
August 22, 2016 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding the EPA’s Office of Research and Development has not complied with a statutory requirements to …

Creating Value from Landfill Gas
August 22, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including …

A Successful Supply Chain Strategy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Equinox
August 22, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In developing a bioconversion project, the steps are numerous, interconnected and complex. Conducting a feasibility study, feedstock supply & market analysis, developing a business plan, funding initial development, choosing process technology, …

A Breakthrough in Algae Harvesting
August 22, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) One of the more perplexing problems of the advanced bioeconomy is getting algae out of the water or the water out of the algae. It simply isn’t a problem in traditional, …

Alliance BioEnergy Enters the Biofuel Industry To Meet the Needs of the U.S. Military
August 22, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy/Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce today that its patented CTS process will be used to demonstrate the viability of advanced Aviation Biofuel and Biodiesels for use in …

Maine Trees Could Fuel Military Jets, but as Long as Oil Costs $40 a Barrel, It’ll Be a While
August 22, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by  Christopher Burns (Bangor Daily News)  … The alternative fuel revolution has so far belonged to corn, but efforts to develop a wood-based biofuel, particularly jet fuel, from Maine’s abundant timberland got a boost last month …

Letter: Writer Doesn’t Understand Biodiesel
August 22, 2016 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Lynn (State Journal-Register) A recent letter to the editor from Don Breiner got biodiesel all wrong. The letter is full of inaccuracies but the main point regarding how much biodiesel can be used in …

Biofuels on Agenda during US Navy Visit
August 22, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Scott Rutherford (Navy Daily) Alternative fuels and energy efficient systems were on everybody’s lips when American ship USS Stethem, arrived alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney, this month.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, welcomed the ship’s company …

Environmentalist Jerry Jung Wants Ethanol Policy Change
August 22, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Dustin Walsh (Crain’s Detroit Business)  Jerry Jung, former owner of Michigan CAT and longtime environmentalist, is using his wealth to take down ethanol production.
Jung, chairman of the Michigan Colleges Alliance, recently launched RethinkEthanol.com — …

Sustainable Biodiesel Conducts National Auditor Search
August 22, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance/Yahoo! Finance)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) announces its search for professional auditors in the United States who can perform sustainable biodiesel certification audits and is requesting CVs from qualified auditors.
Recognizing the …

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference & Expo — October 9-12, 2016 — Baltimore, MD
August 22, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference & Expo   —   October 9-12, 2016   —   Baltimore, MD

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is a membership association of colleges & universities, businesses and nonprofits who are working together to lead the sustainability transformation.
AASHE’s educational program covers the higher …

Green Genome Awards DEADLINE: September 9, 2016
August 22, 2016 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(SEED Center)As part of a national effort to support sustainability practices, programs and training at the nation’s more than 1,100 community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awards cash prizes to exemplary community colleges for …

Letter: E30 Protects All Engines
August 22, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze Wilmot  (Argus Leader)  E30 can prevent up to a $5,000 maintenance problem for especially vulnerable new turbo-charged gas direct injection type engines: But we must first recognize that contrary to oil interests’ fraudulent …

What Is to Be Done? Farm Crisis in the Making?
August 22, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Krause (Storm Lake Times Letter to Editor)  Only 35 years after the 1980s farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last …

The War Against Ethanol, Part 1
August 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  Getting real about ethanol  —  …  But until solar and wind power charge our national fleet of electric and hydrogen vehicles, ethanol is worth discussing. Because all in all, gasoline is …

PTDF to Establish Biofuel Research Institute in Kaduna
August 22, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Owolabi Oluwasegun (The Herald)  The Petroleum Technology Development fund (PTDF) said it would establish a national coordination centre for research on development of biofuel and other attractive resources in Kaduna.
Acting Executive Secretary of the Fund, …

Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock
August 22, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research and Education Foundation) Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model of biofuel production using MSW, this report includes an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with MSW conversion via landfill gas-to-energy, waste-to-energy, and gasification/Fischer-Tropsch. How …

Torrefaction: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungible Biomass Feedstocks
August 22, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Some time back, Digest contributor Tim Sklar wrote that “it is conceivable that Torrified Wood production could match wood pellet production by 2020. But the TW industry will have to overcome many obstacles. …

Cuba Seeks Investors to Boost Clean, Renewable Energy
August 22, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Xinhuanet.com)  Cuba is set to hold its first Energy & Infrastructure Summit in an effort to boost clean and renewable energy sources and cut down on fossil fuels, local media reported on Saturday.
Conrado Moreno, a …

Honeywell Receives Awards For Pioneering Environmentally Preferable Technologies
August 22, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Honeywell/PR Newswire)  Honeywell Solstice® yf mobile air conditioning refrigerant and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ provide alternatives for global transportation  —   Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that two of its research teams were recognized with Heroes …

Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels
August 22, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Renewable biofuel alternatives can help replace conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. — New White House reportoutlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuels.  —  Bioenergy …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

Grants Aim to Expand Ethanol Availability
August 17, 2016 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Alex Brown (Inside Indiana Business) The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council have awarded more than $330,000 in grants as part of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program. New …

Penn State to Help Develop Guidelines for Growing Industrial Hemp
August 17, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by  Sara LaJeunesse (Penn State News)  On July 20, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. …

World Bank Sees Biofuels Losing out Due to Cheaper Oil
August 17, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the World Bank’s most recent Commodities Markets Outlook says lower energy prices have also eased pressures to produce biofuels as an alternative energy source. Biofuels production has been …

NYC Department of Sanitation Fleet Highlighted for Use of Clean Fuel, New Technologies
August 17, 2016 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Cole Rosengren (Waste Dive)  Fleet Owner recently profiled the many advancements of New York’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) fleet. This includes more than 2,000 collection vehicles and a variety of other units such as mechanical brooms, salt …

Big Corn Finds Unlikely Allies in US Biofuels Push: Carmakers and Drivers
August 17, 2016 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Reuters‘ analysis of vehicle sales and government data shows that almost a fifth of the vehicles on US roads can safely handle E-15 fuel, a gasoline with 15% ethanol content, or 50% …

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial
August 17, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with …

CAPRi Blog: Impact of Biofuel Induced Land Corruption on Women; The Case of Chisumbanje Ethanol Project
August 17, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Collective Action and Property Rights)  In this blog, Farai Mutondoro, Mary Jane Ncube, Manase Chiweshe and Derick Hamunakwadi discuss the impact of land corruption, particularly on women. The blog is informed by a case study …

The Top 25 Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year
August 17, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We looked at the past year, and these are the 25 Top Stories of the Year, as measured by the number of readers.
25 The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top …

Intratec Reveals Production Costs of Green Chemicals and Biofuels
August 17, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Intratec Solutions)  New reports evaluate the economic feasibility of chemicals manufacturing through alternative, bio-based routes  —  Intratec Solutions LLC, the leading source for chemical markets data and production cost reports, is pleased to publish new …

Ministry of Economic Affairs of Republic of China : Turn Microalgae Biofuel into Gold Mine, Create Circular Economy of Green Energy
August 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  The Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs (BOE, MOEA), has promoted the research and development of green energy for decades. On 19th July, 2016, BOE commissioned Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to sign …

Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
August 17, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Zaid Jilani and Naomi LaChance (The Intercept)  Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.
Under fire from Bernie …

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect
August 17, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and …

EU Cannot Ignore Ethanol’s High GHG Savings
August 17, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine) At COP21 last year, the EU committed to cutting its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. As part of its climate and energy …

Ethanol Faces a Terminal Challenge
August 17, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) NREL finds more infrastructure is needed for more ethanol and high-octane fuels.  — Changes to existing terminals will need to be made if higher octane fuels are added to the U.S. …

U.S. Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ to Tap Australian Biofuel Hub
August 17, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Brian Parkin (Bloomberg)  Renewable fuels may provide 50% of U.S. fleet’s power by 2020; Queensland seeks to create export-oriented green-fuel market  —  The U.S. accepted Australia’s offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing …

Trump Announces Farm and Rural Advisory Team
August 17, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by  Sara Wyant and Philip Brasher (Agri-Pulse)  Donald Trump’s campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, …

DOE Joint Genome Institute Aims to Boost Use of More Yeasts
August 17, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, so far industry has only harnessed a fraction of the diversity available for biotechnological applications, including biofuel production. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a …

Negotiating and De-Risking Biomass Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecostrat
August 17, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ecostrat advises  companies in the bioenergy, biofuel, and biochemical fields on supply chain risk. They have developed and managed supply chains for more than 5,000,000 tons of fiber over 20 years. Noted …

August 17, 2016 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let me see if we got this right. Donald Trump loves the Renewable Fuel Standard  —   Carl Icahn loves Donald Trump   —   Therefore, Carl Icahn hates the Renewable Fuel Standard
With that, …

CEQ Guidance Addresses Biogenic Emissions from Land Management
August 16, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Council on Environmental Quality, a division of the Executive Office of the President, has issued final guidance on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in National Environmental …

Could Ethanol Power the Future for Electric Cars?
August 16, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Gallas (BBC)  The automotive industry is rushing to produce electric vehicles (EVs) as the world tries to move away from polluting hydrocarbons to greener, cleaner fuels.

But EVs still only account for 1% of …

Ned Bowman: Common Sense Renewable Fuel Legislation Is at the Forefront
August 16, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Ned Bowman (Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association/Florida Politics) …  The RFS was originally intended to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but over time the National Association of Clean Air Agencies discovered that it …

Blog: Simplistic Argument Targets Ethanol, Again
August 16, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent column provides some insight into anti-ethanol stances by making a connection between beef prices, the cow herd expansion and restaurant profits, with rather breath-taking simplification.  —  A …

Reflections on What Could Have Been
August 16, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Urban Air Initiative/Big River Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ah, summertime …, and the livin’ is easy, as the song says. But if not for the U.S. EPA, it could have been even easier.  Easier …

Energia 2016 — October 25-27, 2016 — Tampere, Finland
August 16, 2016 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
Energia 2016   —   October 25-27, 2016   —   Tampere, Finland

The main event for energy production and energy technologies provides a versatile overview of different sources of energy, latest technologies and topical themes. Solutions for the energy sector, industry and real estates.
The great energy event …

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles
August 16, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Standards address second-largest segment of U.S. transportation in terms of emissions and energy use — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly finalized …

National Ethanol Conference — February 20-22, 2017 — San Diego, CA
August 16, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment
National Ethanol Conference   —   February 20-22, 2017   —   San Diego, CA


White House, EPA Honor Environmental Educators and Student Award Winners
August 16, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, recognized 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and …

Andalusian Researchers Create Bricks with Biodiesel Waste
August 16, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(ABC Andalusia (Google Translation))  The element is used to make bricks glycerin, a fatty organic byproduct production companies  —  Researchers of the group ‘ Advanced Materials ‘ Institute of Materials Science of Seville (ICMS-CSIC) and …

Cambodia-Thai Cassava Woes
August 16, 2016 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Sok Chan (Khmer Times) The value of Cambodia’s cassava exports to Thailand is being adversely affected by Thailand’s periodic closing of informal border checkpoints, forcing some farmers to grow alternative cash crops as prices wildly …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
August 16, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

When Amber Means Caution but BioAmber Means Go: Progress, Prospects for the Sarnia’s Sultans of Succinic
August 16, 2016 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For those less familiar with the company, it produces succinic acid from sugar at a first commercial-scale plant which opened recently in Sarnia, Ontario. Succinic acid has a small existing …

New Renewable Energy Research Centre Opens in Denmark
August 16, 2016 – 9:16 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new renewable energy research centre, called VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals, has opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The new centre at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will be headed …

Weltec to Develop AD Plant for Colombian Egg Producer
August 16, 2016 – 9:08 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  German bioenergy developer Weltec Biopower will shortly start building an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant for Colombia‘s largest egg producer.
The 800kW biogas plant is to go live in early 2017. In terms of the …

EPA Should Take Note of New DOE High Octane Fuels Research
August 16, 2016 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Tracy King  (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the past several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been quietly researching the benefits of ethanol-based High Octane Fuels (HOF), such as E25, E30 and E40. Now, …

NASCAR Uses Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility for Race Fuel
August 16, 2016 – 1:04 am | No Comment

(WSYR-TV)  Plant is exclusive supplier of ethanol for NASCAR’s Green E-15  —  The racing series has a number of Central New York connections helping make it run smoothly, but one local business is literally powering …

Better Boater: Are Fuel Additives Worth Your Time and Money?
August 16, 2016 – 12:59 am | No Comment

by Trevor Mason (Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine) … Boat engines are designed to function with fuel that has a maximum of 10 percent ethanol and are in fact prohibited from using fuel that has more than …

Editorial: End Washington’s Corn Addiction
August 16, 2016 – 12:49 am | No Comment

(The Detroit News)  The idea ethanol is the transportation fuel of the future never seems to fall out of fashion among certain members of Congress—including Michigan’s own Debbie Stabenow. But it’s time for this outdated …

Lesyna: Ethanol Is Bad for the Country
August 16, 2016 – 12:03 am | No Comment

by William Lesyna (Roanoke Times)  … Since Gen. Wesley Clark is a board member of an organization of ethanol supporters, it’s not surprising that his May 21 column described the advantages of ethanol as a fuel …

Letter to Editor: Renewable Resource
August 15, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by John Phillips (Daily Press)  I am deeply concerned about the EPA’s recent decision to alter the original intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation not only because of …

Viewpoint: Run on the RINs Bank This Year
August 15, 2016 – 11:38 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The bank of carryover RINs used to comply with US renewable fuel mandates faces a draw of nearly 500mn RINs this year to meet a stiff blend requirement of 10.1pc of the country’s …

[Exclusive] Where Do Environmental Groups Stand on Bioenergy?
August 15, 2016 – 11:11 pm | No Comment

by Josh Schlossberg (The Biomass Monitor)  … The Biomass Monitor contacted representatives for the following organizations (listed alphabetically) to determine their stances on biomass power and heating, liquid biofuels for transportation, and trash incineration: 350*, Center for …

ACE Honors Sheetz for E15 Efforts
August 15, 2016 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol named Sheetz Inc. as the 2016 recipient of the group’s Paul Dana Marketing Vision Award. ACE cited Sheetz for its leadership in introducing E15 …

RFA: Record Corn, Ethanol Production Underscore Need for RFS
August 15, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  America’s farmers are poised to harvest a record corn crop this fall and achieve the highest yield per acre in U.S. history, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released …

Fuelling the Debate – Letters to the ROB Editor
August 15, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Kent (Globe and Mail/Renewable Industries Canada)  Re Zero emissions bio-fuel myth ignores environmental costs of production(July 31): Gwyn Morgan says biofuels aren’t greener than fossil fuels and affect food supplies and prices. Really?
Mr. …

Letter to Editor: Good Policy
August 15, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Mike Chisam (The Hays Daily News)  A recent article in the Hays Daily News, titled “Subsidized madness,” makes erroneous claims about the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol. The article attacks the RFS by using the …

Letter to Editor on RFS
August 15, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Dan Sanders (Windsor Now) … The RFS has been the driving force behind the development and production of new, cleaner and lower cost fuel options at the pump. The RFS has also been instrumental in …

Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices
August 15, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (The Heritage Foundation/The Intelligencer) … President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law and expanded it in 2007. The RFS, which originated with that act, mandates that refiners mix …

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Visit Quad County Corn Processors
August 15, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pilot Tribune)  United States Senator Joni Ernst and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will visit Quad County Corn Processors cellulosic ethanol production facility in Galva on Wednesday, August 31st at 9:15 am.
Senator Ernst and Governor Branstad …

Europe’s Broken Biofuels Policy
August 15, 2016 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  Public policy should be built on firm foundations. Objective analysis, verifiable facts and solid science are good starting points, but that was absent in biofuels policy-making, writes Dick Roche.
The foundations on …

Clean Fuels Law Brings Ethanol to Oregon — But Mostly from the Midwest
August 15, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Hillary Borrud (The Oregonian)  Supporters of Oregon’s controversial low-carbon fuels mandate, newly approved last year, hailed it as a chance to grow a local biofuels industry and reduce drivers’ reliance on imported fuel.
But six …

Japan Industry and Policy News: Practical Use of the Next Generation MicroalgaeDerived Bio-Fuel
August 15, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Manuel Herrador (EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation)  ISUZU MOTORS Co. Ltd. and EUGLENA Co. Ltd. aiming at practical use of the next generation “Midorimushi” microalgae-derived bio-fuel by 2018 with the “DeuSEL” project —  ISUZU …

Call for Proposals: BioFuelNet Canada DEADLINE: September 1, 2016
August 15, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(BioFuelNet Canada)  BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) was first funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program for the period of April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017. The present call for proposals is to …

Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: New Research
August 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a US Navy research team at China Lake led by Ben Harvey reported that 2,3-Butanediol, which has received a significant amount of interest based on the ability to generate …

The New Colossus: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
August 15, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported a Q2 net loss of $13.8M on revenues of $9,6M, up from $7.8M in Q2 2015. Revenues rose 27% from the corresponding period in 2015 primarily …

Amyris: The New Colossus Aims to Unlock Its Golden Door
August 15, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the 7 factors that have the company poised for a revenue transformation in the second half.
1. Gingko. Entered into an Initial Strategic Partnership Agreement with Ginkgo Bioworks …

Grant to Result in More Ethanol Refueling Stations
August 15, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Bruce Hotchkiss (The Delmarva Farmer)  A $5 million grant from the USDA is providing the financial foundation for the installation of 30 ethanol refueling stations across Maryland and Virginia.
As originally conceived, the work — …

#Ethanol Report from 2016 Sturgis
August 15, 2016 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) once again partnered with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 8–14 in Sturgis, South Dakota. RFA Vice President of …

Green Security®, a U.S. Organization, Has Certified Zphere Work’s Sustainable Agriculture & Biofuel Project in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
August 15, 2016 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(PR Web/Zphere Work)  Zphere Work’s “Monarca Project”, a new sustainable Agriculture & Biofuel project in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, has been certified by Green Security®, a forward thinking U.S. organization that is focused on …

Court Backs Obama’s Climate Change Accounting
August 15, 2016 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cana (The Hill)  A federal appeals court is upholding the Obama administration’s accounting of the costs of greenhouse gas emissions as applied to a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation.
In a unanimous decision late …

Biofuel Enzymes Industry Size, Growth and 2021 Forecasts Report
August 15, 2016 – 8:51 am | No Comment

(AB Newswire/ReportsWeb.com) ReportsWeb.com adds Global Biofuel Enzymes Market 2016 Research Report to its vast collection of research database. The report is spread across 157 pages and supported by 14 company leaders, 111 list of tables and …

2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo — April 10-12, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
August 12, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment
2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo   —   April 10-12, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

The International Biomass Conference & Expo unites current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and …

Dabbling in Duckweed: Environmental Uses for a Green Menace
August 12, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Paul Simons  (The Guardian)  Despite its troublesome reputation, the weed blanket smothering ponds and waterways also has its virtues as a biofuel and food  —  … Despite its troublesome reputation, duckweed also has its virtues. …

From Bio-Waste to Bio-Based Products: The Potential for Regional Innovation Development — October 11, 2016 — Brussels, Belgium
August 12, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment
From Bio-Waste to Bio-Based Products: The Potential for Regional Innovation Development   —   October 11, 2016   —   Brussels, Belgium

The KEP Bioeconomy Showcasing Event will outline the optimal use of bio-waste for the production of a wide array of bio-based products.
It will present the European Commission’s research and innovation initiative on this value chain …

Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST 2017) — October 17-19, 2017 — Campos do Jordão, Brazil
August 12, 2016 – 5:54 pm | No Comment
Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST 2017)   —   October 17-19, 2017   —   Campos do Jordão, Brazil

In BBEST 2017 the emphasis, for the first time, will be in the issues related to bioenergy area within the concept of “bioeconomy”. For this reason the central theme of BBEST 2017 will be “Designing …

WEBINAR: Cellulosic Ethanol: More Ethanol from the Same Kernel of Corn — August 17, 2016
August 12, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Cellulosic Ethanol: More Ethanol from the Same Kernel of Corn   —   August 17, 2016

Advances in cellulosic technology are helping to make ethanol even more sustainable and could help producers significantly increase total production by using pre-existing assets. Panelists will discuss the outlook for cellulosic ethanol and how new …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Working as Intended?
August 12, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … With a potential omnibus spending package on the table this fall, the oil industry and some environmental groups have raised again the proposition of RFS reform.  Two major claims made …

NIFA Announces $3.1 Million in Available Funding to Train the Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders
August 12, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $3.1 million to train the next generation of agricultural leaders. This funding is …

Investors Have $100 Billion to Spend on Oil Assets No One Else Wants
August 12, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by David Carey, Laura J Keller, Meenal Vamburkar (Bloomberg)  Buyout firms target soured loans with eye on taking ownership; Drillers unload assets to stay afloat as cash crunch deepens —  … Deals are picking up for a few key reasons. …

Sacramento County Fleet to Run on Renewable Diesel
August 12, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Following the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Carlsbad, Sacramento County is also making the fuel switch from petroleum to renewable diesel for its heavy-duty fleet vehicles.
Sacramento …

Biodiesel Association Seeks VAT Relaxation on Blending of Biodiesel
August 12, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) has sought Value Added Tax (VAT) relaxation on blending of biodiesel from States for promoting green fuel Blending and energy security in the country. —  Currently VAT on …

Automotive Expert & Car-Talk Host Bobby Likis Talks with Robert White, Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association
August 12, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(EIN Presswire)  E10 for engines on two wheels – as well as four – is covered under warranty by every major motorcycle manufacturer in the market —    Bobby Likis, automotive expert and host of …

Manila Setting Ethanol Example
August 12, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A member of the National Corn Growers ethanol committee says the capital city of the Philippines is moving forward with its renewable fuel goals. Jerry Demmer of Clarks Grove, Minnesota …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  … First, environmentalists complained we were paying farmers too much …

Gas and Grass: New Ads with Old Myths
August 12, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(ClimateDenierRoundup/Daily Kos)   … Speaking of bullcrap, the American Petroleum Institute is also launching a new ad blitzas part of their astroturf Vote4Energy campaign, this one opposed to the Renewable Fuel Standard that requires biofuels, like …

EPAct’s 11th Birthday Is Something to Celebrate
August 12, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  On Monday, Aug. 8, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) celebrated its 11th anniversary. Not on a first name basis with acronyms? It’s the law that gave us …

Rounds: Market Ethanol to Boost Octane, Ag Economy
August 12, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Todd Epp (KELO)  Senator Mike Rounds has been traveling all over the state during the summer break. The issues he says he’s hearing most about are low commodity prices and the ag economy. He says one …

Gasoline Additives from Sugar
August 12, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global Bioenergies, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna will soon be producing biobased …

SEAD the Diversification of Raw Material for Biodiesel
August 12, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(Special Secretariat for Family Agriculture and Agrarian Development/Canal Jornal da Bioenergia (Google Translation))  Family farms will gain new market in the National Program for Biodiesel Production and Use (PNPB). In addition to oil supplies, already …

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO
August 12, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (OpisNet.com)  Shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from fuel refiners and importers to blenders would reduce competition at the rack and lead to lower renewable fuel use …

National Biodiesel Foundation Teams with Amazon for Donations via School Supply Purchases
August 12, 2016 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The National Biodiesel Foundation, the foundation arm of the National Biodiesel Board, has linked with Amazon so that 0.5% of eligible items purchases will go towards the NBF to fund …

Jamaica Conducting Study on Castor Oil Industry
August 12, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Jamaica Observer)  Jamaica has undertaken a study on the local castor oil industry as the country moves to take advantage of a global market expected to value an estimated US$1.81 billion by 2020.
The study was commissioned …

What’s DOE Doing about Feedstock Costs? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Feedstock Programs
August 12, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is it just cost that bedevils industrial biotechnology in bringing fuels technologies to scale. Not just, says BETO program director Jonathan Male, who adds that a DOE “Tiger Team” indentified …

How to Thrive in Emerging Markets: Making Industrial Biotechnology Work away from Home
August 12, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why do hot US agricultural technologies fail to get the explosive growth they deserve? BEE offers a new tech-to-market approach. —  …  Why think about the developing world at all? …

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil
August 11, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but also over the last decade according …

API Ads Target RFS: RFS Reform, Repeal Efforts Continue
August 11, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Yet Trump gave an economic speech Monday in Detroit in which he touted boosting domestic oil and gas production and made no references to renewable energy. Trump cited …

RFA Board Member Educates Bikers on #Ethanol
August 11, 2016 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Dana Siefkes-Lewis … is the Chief Administrative Officer for Redfield Energy, an ethanol plant in Redfield, SD. She is also the President of the South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association, board member …

Red Trail Energy, EERC Win Funding to Support CCS Study
August 11, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Energy & Environmental Research Center/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Dakota ethanol producer Red Trail Energy LLC and the Energy & Environmental Research Center, a worldwide leader in the development of solutions to energy and environmental challenges, …

Out Now: CASCADES – Study on the Optimised Cascading Use of Wood
August 11, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  The most comprehensive study on cascading use of wood including material flows, barriers and potential measures  —  Efficient and environmentally responsible biomass use is central to sustainable development and key to delivering an …

SuperBIO: Building and Supporting New Bio-Based Value Chains with SMEs
August 11, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(SuperBIO) The project runs from 1st of June 2016 until 30th of November 2018. Applications can be submitted until 31st of July 2018.  Project background and aim:  SuperBIO is a Horizon2020 innovation project that aims to …

Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) Funding Opportunity Enrollment Open
August 11, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Energy Administration)  The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) is intended to aid in the development of public access, alternative fuel refilling/charging infrastructure in the state of Maryland. As such, MEA anticipates issuing one or …

New Zealand Culture Collection Moves to New Home
August 11, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was recently moved into a new home in Cawthron …

Engineering a Better Biofuel: New Protein Process in E. coli Could Lead to More Efficient Options for ‘Tiniest of Factories’
August 11, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erika Ebsworth-Goold (The Washington University) …  Now, a team from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in …

ACE Unveils Guide on E15, Flex Fuels for Retailers
August 11, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol is releasing a new publication that will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by retailers about E15, E85 and flex fuels.

Organic Acids: Key Facilitators of the Bio-economy
August 11, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee-Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   Recent declines in oil prices and the failure of start-up biofuel processes to meet production cost targets have increased the interest in producing value added chemicals from biomass as coproducts. …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater.
Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make …

Growth Energy Urges US Authorities to Support Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 11, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says.
Growth Energy is urging …

California Congressional Delegation Urges EPA to Drop Distribution Waivers from RFS
August 11, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  The California Congressional delegation has added its voice to the crowd urging the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase its proposed biofuel obligations for 2017.
In an open letter addresses to …

Novozymes on Novozymes: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes’ Q2 results
August 11, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Denmark, Novozymes reported its Q2 earnings and updated its outlook for the rest of 2016. Headlines?  Sales grew by 3% organically in the first half, EBIT was on par, …

Maryland Launches AFV Incentive, Infrastructure Programs
August 11, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(NGT News)  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) says that it is now accepting applications for the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFV) Program, which intends to provide incentives for various alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), over the 2017 …

India Seeks to Expand Biofuels Market to $7.5 Billion by 2022
August 11, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Anindya Upadhyay and Debjit Chakraborty  (Bloomberg)  India’s current biofuels market size is about $1 billion; India to source all raw material for biofuels domestically  —  India is targeting a more than sevenfold expansion in its biofuels …

To Lead Abroad on Climate, Repeal Oil and Gas Tax Breaks at Home
August 11, 2016 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Gilbert E. Metcalf (The Hill/Tufts University)  … Proponents of reform argue that eliminating tax preferences for producers of oil and gas would save $4 billion taxpayer dollars each year and strengthen American leadership on climate change.

In …