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EPA Abandons RFS Rulemaking for 2014
November 21, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015.

The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of opposition from renewable fuel groups, who said the proposed rule substantially cutting biofuels targets “pulled the rug” from underneath billions of dollars investment made in reliance upon targets.  READ MORE and MORE (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) and MORE (Environmental Working Group) and MORE (The New York Times) and MORE (The Wall Street Journal) and MORE (Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and MORE (Iowa Biodiesel Board/EIN) and MORE (DTN The Progressive Farmer) and MORE (Biotechnology Industry Organization) and MORE (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)

 

EPA’s statement:  The EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, signed the following document on 11/21/2014, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). While we have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this Internet version of the document, it is not the official version. Please refer to the official version in a forthcoming FR publication, which will appear on the Government Printing Office’s FDSys website (www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/home.action) and on Regulations.gov (www.regulations.gov) in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0479. Once the official version of this document is published in the FR, this version will be removed from the Internet and replaced with a link to the official version.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 80
Notice of Delay in Issuing 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: Today EPA is announcing that it will not be finalizing 2014 applicable percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of 2014. In light of this delay in issuing the 2014 RFS standards, the compliance demonstration deadline for the 2013 RFS standards will take place in 2015. EPA will be making modifications to the EPAModerated Transaction System (EMTS) to ensure that Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) generated in 2012 are valid for demonstrating compliance with the 2013 applicable standards.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia MacAllister, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; Telephone number: (734) 214–4131; Fax number: (734) 214–4816; Email address: macallister.julia@epa.gov.

This document is a prepublication version, signed by EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, on 11/21/2014. We have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this version, but it is not the official version.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 29, 2013, EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish the 2014 RFS standards.1
The proposal has generated significant comment and controversy, particularly about how volumes should be set in light of lower gasoline consumption than had been forecast at the time that the Energy Independence and Security Act was enacted, and whether and on what basis the statutory volumes should be waived. Most notably, commenters expressed concerns regarding the proposal’s ability to ensure continued progress towards achieving the volumes of renewable fuel targeted by the statute.

EPA has been evaluating these issues in light of the purposes of the statute and the Administration’s commitment to the goals of the statute to increase the use of renewable fuels, particularly cellulosic biofuels, which will reduce the greenhouse gases emitted from the consumption of transportation fuels and diversify the nation’s fuel supply.

Finalization of the 2014 standards rule has been significantly delayed. Due to this delay, and given ongoing consideration of the issues presented by the commenters, EPA is not in a position to finalize the 2014 RFS standards rule before the end of the year. Accordingly, we intend to take action on the 2014 standards rule in 2015 prior to or in conjunction with action on the 2015 standards rule.2

EPA intends to modify EMTS to permit the trading and retiring of 2012 vintage RINs beyond December 31, 2014. EPA will incorporate the modifications into EMTS version 4.1, which is scheduled to be deployed by April 1, 2015. From January 1, 2015 until the release of version 4.1, EMTS will not be able to support 2012 RIN transactions. Please note that 2012 RIN holding data stored in EMTS is safe and will be preserved even though it will not be accessible during
the period from January 1, 2015 until the release of version 4.1.

Janet G. McCabe Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation
178 FR 71732, November 29, 2013
2 EPA intends to adjust the schedule for compliance reporting for the 2014 RFS standards in 40 CFR 80.1451(a)(1) to reflect the delay in issuing the final 2014 RFS standards rule. No compliance reporting is necessary absent a final 2014 standards rule.

This document is a prepublication version, signed by EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the
Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, on 11/21/2014. We have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this version, but it is not the official version.

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excerpt from Environmental and Energy Study Institute:  … The good news is today’s announcement to scratch the 2014 proposal signals the Administration’s recognition that the proposed reduction was seriously misguided. The fuel volumes in the proposal were not set based on actual production capacity, but instead, on refineries and the oil industries’ concerns surrounding the E10 ‘blend wall.’ According to EPA, last year’s proposed reduction was warranted due to an unanticipated decrease in gasoline consumption, as well as limitations in the distribution of higher ethanol blends such as E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline). Yet, as obligated parties, refiners and the oil industry are supposed to bring these fuels to market, even if they make up more than 10 percent of the gasoline supply.  Additionally, the tools to utilize higher blends, such as blender pumps for gasoline stations and FlexFuel Vehicles (capable of running on blends up to E85) are readily available compliance strategies.  EPA and DOE have also certified the use of E15 in make and model year vehicles 2001 and newer, which represents at least 80 percent of the passenger vehicles on the road today. Therefore, far greater volumes of biofuels could be utilized in the market.

In previous years, the EPA has retroactively lowered the amount of cellulosic fuels in the mix, to line up with real world production levels.  However, the 2014 proposal sought to cut not only the cellulosic fuels category, but also cut other categories that are already meeting – and exceeding RFS benchmarks, such as biodiesel.  The lowering of biodiesel volumes is particularly curious – since biodiesel does not play a role in the gasoline ‘blend wall,’ and it has been shown that truck drivers and companies are eager for this cheaper, cleaner burning fuel.

Without renewable fuels, we simply return to the status quo — dirty, toxic and expensive petroleum. Vehicles emit at least a third of all carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, smog and haze forming compounds; the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that air pollution is responsible for 7 million premature deaths worldwide. Tailpipe emissions from gasoline vehicles spew toxic substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to an increase in developmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Going forward, biofuels remain critical to greening the transportation sector.    READ MORE

 

excerpt from The Wall Street Journal:  … The future of the biofuels mandate may be driven more by lawsuits, including an announcement Friday by Mr. Drevna’s (Charlie Drevna, president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a trade association representing the nation’s refining industry) group on his intent to sue the EPA for not issuing the 2014 standard.

Though ethanol makers this year have profited thanks to a plentiful supply of cheap corn, a move by the EPA to ease the ethanol mandate could raise longer-term challenges for blenders of the fuel, said Joseph Agnese, analyst for S&P Capital IQ. For ethanol producers, he said, a lower “floor” from the EPA would mean greater uncertainty when overall demand slackens.  READ MORE

 

excerpt from Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization:  EPA should formally withdraw the proposed rule and issue a final rule as soon as possible, fully correcting their misinterpretation of waiver authority and methodology for setting the annual renewable fuel volumes. Setting renewable volume obligations according to the biofuel industry’s ability to produce is not only what Congress intended, but also the only way to encourage companies to make new investments in the growth of advanced and cellulosic biofuels in the United States.

The RFS was designed to increase advanced biofuel production and use – not to preserve the status quo of oil’s domination of the transportation fuel supply. If the volumes are based on gasoline consumption rather than biofuel production, it will fundamentally undermine the RFS’s policy support for advanced biofuel commercialization and put the program on a flat trajectory that only benefits oil refiners.  READ MORE



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EPA Wrong Again on Biofuel Enabling Policies
November 20, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As often and as vigorously as the Obama administration pronounces its support of cleaner forms of energy and efforts to curb global climate change, the failure of EPA in its rule-making process to adopt sensible policies that can make huge strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector is incredibly puzzling.

Last week, in the latest of a string of missteps, EPA finalized guidance to automobile manufacturers, a move that unfortunately reduces by 30 percent the already inadequate federal incentive for automobile manufacturers to scale up production of flex-fuel vehicles (FFV). The fact that it took EPA more than a year to reach a decision further demonstrates the failure of the agency to take even the simplest of steps to accelerate the introduction of less carbon intensive transportation fuels into the marketplace.

The agency’s finalization came only a few days after 25x’25 and various partners, including agricultural, conservation, environmental, public health, alternative fuel and bioenergy value chain partners, wrote to EPA asking the agency to endorse Volkswagen of America’s recent request for regulators to issue a Proposed Guidance Letter concerning the E85 weighting factor (“F factor”) for model year 2016-2025 dual fuel vehicles. The guidance, biofuel advocates say, would be “critical to incentivize the continued production of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) and to support the further advancement and deployment of biofuels into the nation’s liquid transportation fuel pool; fuels which are essential to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhancing air quality.”

Sadly, the agency ignored the request and issued guidance that falls far short of what Volkswagen proposed and was endorsed in the 25x’25 partners FFV sign on letter. Instead, EPA leaves in place a systematic bias against ethanol, evidenced by the generous credits the agency doles out to other “alternative vehicle technologies,” including dual fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), but not E85 FFVs.

Recent analyses estimate that corn ethanol life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions are up to 48 percent lower than conventional gasoline. And research performed by the Life Cycle Associates (LCA) has shown that emerging co-products such as corn stover used as animal feed and cellulosic ethanol from corn stover and corn kernel fiber will further reduce the carbon intensity of corn ethanol. Analyses also show a 100-percent reduction in GHG emissions in ethanol made from forest residue collected as part of sustainable forest management for wildfire protection and thinning of commercial forests.

But for these benefits to be realized, FFVs must continue to be built. Without federal incentives to help offset the extra costs of producing FFVs , expanded and in fact continued production of these vehicles is at great risk.

Does the EPA’s issuance of its guidance last week mean the battle is over? Not at all. The agency’s short-sightedness is very disappointing news. But the action also helps sets the stage for what 25x’25’s close partner, the Energy Future Coalition, says needs to happen next ‑ a high level, White House-led intergovernmental review of EPA’s decision-making around a whole suite of biofuel/bioenergy policy decisions. 25x’25 urges all clean energy advocates to stand behind automobile manufacturers in supporting meaningful vehicle production policies that resolve the lack of parity in federal incentives for FFVs and other alternative-fueled vehicles and allow for the expanded use of lower carbon intensive biofuels.    READ MORE and MORE (Advanced Biofuels USA)



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The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold
November 24, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  …

EPA should formally withdraw the proposed rule and issue a final rule as soon as possible, fully correcting their misinterpretation of waiver authority and methodology for setting the annual renewable fuel volumes. Setting renewable volume obligations according to the biofuel industry’s ability to produce is not only what Congress intended, but also the only way to encourage companies to make new investments in the growth of advanced and cellulosic biofuels in the United States.

The RFS was designed to increase advanced biofuel production and use – not to preserve the status quo of oil’s domination of the transportation fuel supply. If the volumes are based on gasoline consumption rather than biofuel production, it will fundamentally undermine the RFS’s policy support for advanced biofuel commercialization and put the program on a flat trajectory that only benefits oil refiners.

By limiting renewable fuels to 10 percent of gasoline consumption as it proposed a year ago, EPA will force advanced biofuels to compete for market space with conventional biofuels. It seems the refining industry has cried wolf so many times that EPA and OMB may have become confused and lost sight of the intent of the underlying statute.

This year, EPA approved a new cellulosic biofuel pathway for producing compressed or liquefied natural gas. It took an entire year for the rule to be approved, but it immediately opened a floodgate of new cellulosic biofuels. From August to October this year, nearly 17.7 million gallons of cellulosic fuel have been produced under this new pathway.

And yet, more than 30 new advanced and cellulosic pathway petitions are awaiting action from EPA. On average, companies filing these petitions have already waited nearly two full years for EPA to take action – and the agency hasn’t even begun the rulemaking process for these petitions. EPA’s delays are becoming one of the biggest barriers to advanced biofuel commercialization.

Cutting back on use of biofuels this year has meant that the United States is increasing its use of petroleum in the transportation sector, which automatically generates additional carbon emissions – as much as 21 million metric tons this year. It’s the same as putting 4.4 million more cars on the road in one year or opening 5 new coal-fired power plants. It comes close to completely reversing the President’s progress on battling transportation carbon emissions through fuel efficiency standards. If EPA permanently changes the methodology of the RFS, the United States will miss out on nearly 1 billion metric tons of cumulative carbon emission reductions by 2022.

Democratic Governors Jay Inslee of Washington, Jerry Brown of California, and John Kitzhaber of Oregon recently wrote to the White House to point out that undermining the federal RFS collaterally undercuts their states’ low carbon fuel standards.  READ MORE and MORE



EPA Abandons RFS Rulemaking for 2014
November 21, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015.
The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of …

EPA Wrong Again on Biofuel Enabling Policies
November 20, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As often and as vigorously as the Obama administration pronounces its support of cleaner forms of energy and efforts to curb global climate change, the failure of EPA in its rule-making process …

The Challenge of Finding a Legal Vehicle to Enforce Compliance with a Global Aviation Emissions Scheme
November 24, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  By agreeing to develop a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for international civil aviation, ICAO’s 38th Assembly has set the expectation that such a scheme will be adopted in 2016 and that it will be …

France Champions Bioethanol Industry in Europe
November 24, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Euractiv)  The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. …

The Downside of the Boom
November 24, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Sontag and Robert Gebeloff  (The New York Times)   North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.

Blowouts represent the riskiest …

Algae in Aquaculture
November 24, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Marine biologist and fish reproductive endocrinologist Yonathan Zohar, PhD gives a tour of his aquaculture laboratory at the University of Maryland Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Dr. Zohar and his team …

Carbon Fee Bill Would Benefit Algae Industry
November 21, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate includes a provision that would encourage carbon utilization technology. The Algae Biomass Organization has spoken out to applaud the bill, which calls for …

Biomass Industry Triumphs in EPA’s Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 21, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Anne Simet (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency’s updated biogenic emissions framework.
At …

Elemental, My Dear: Audi’s E-Fuels Project Creates Diesel from Air, Water, and Electricity
November 21, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Hard (Digital Trends)  … Now Audi has announced the development of “e-diesel,” a CO2-neutral fuel made from sustainable raw materials like air, water, and electricity.
Like e-gas, e-diesel is created by combining hydrogen and CO2. Using …

Biodiesel Production, Activity Impressive Despite Uncertainty
November 21, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Policy uncertainty has adversely impacted the U.S. biodiesel industry, but media reports would have you believe the sector is teetering on collapse. The facts show otherwise.
There have been numerous reports …

House Passes Bill that Would Impact EPA Rulemaking
November 21, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not …

Brazilian Biofuels Policy Under a Second Rousseff Term
November 21, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine) UNICA is looking forward to working with Brazil’s newly re-elected President Dilma Rouseff on putting the right policies in place for the country’s future, writes Leticia Phillips.
Brazil’s sugarcane ethanol industry has …

Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)
November 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic digesters are adding value to operations and seem to be trending in blueprints.
When ethanol plants …

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants
November 21, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and discouraging. Joule Unlimited, though, appears to be making progress despite the headwinds of skeptical investors …

Analyst: KiOR Columbus Plant May End up Sold as Scrap
November 21, 2014 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jack Weatherly (Mississippi Business Journal)   Finding a buyer for the idled KiOR biofuels plant at Columbus would be a tough sell, according to Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst who had covered Pasadena, Texas-based …

Plant to Create Jobs
November 21, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Doug Carder (The Ottawa Herald)  In Anderson County where agriculture is king — accounting for 72 percent of the county’s economy — a group is preparing to make a $12 million to $16 million …

What the EPA’s Latest Announcement Means?
November 21, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The EPA’s long-awaited announcement on the RFS targets for 2014 were finally announced today. And the announcement? No decision on the 2014 RFS targets would be made in 2014.
But what does this …

Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015 April 13 Washington, D.C
November 21, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015  April 13  Washington, D.C

Good Jobs, Green Jobs is the nation’s leading forum for strategizing and implementing environmental solutions that create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs and ensure the health and safety of our workplaces and communities.
This year’s Conference …

WEBINAR: Using B100 in Our Class-8 Trucking Operations (60 trucks) in Tennessee March 19, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Using B100 in Our Class-8 Trucking Operations (60 trucks) in Tennessee   March 19, 2015   10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: Ethanol Myths & Facts: Engine Experts Talk Ethanol February 3, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Ethanol Myths & Facts: Engine Experts Talk Ethanol    February 3, 2015    10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: Changes in the Biodiesel Specs: Trusting Today’s Spec Biodiesel January 6, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Changes in the Biodiesel Specs: Trusting Today’s Spec Biodiesel    January 6, 2015   10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Frets over Washington Green Fuels Study
November 21, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins (Capitol Press)  A consultant says ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane could help Washington reduce carbon emissions.
Midwest ethanol producers are lobbying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not adopt a low carbon fuels standard.
An …

Biofuels Initiative Shifts Gears
November 21, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins  (Capital Press)  Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is three years into a five-year, $40 million project to produce a green alternative to petroleum fuel.
… Three years into a five-year, $40 million program, a …

Guest Opinion: Ethanol Policy and the Economy
November 21, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Paul Kenney (North Platte Bulletin)  Recent reports from the University of Nebraska clearly document the impressive economic benefits that occur when the corn, cattle and ethanol industries are efficiently integrated. Economists describe the economic …

What Is the White House Policy on Biofuels?
November 21, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Melanie Sloan (The Hill)  Late last year, without warning, the White House did a 180-degree shift on its renewable fuels policy.  But until the spring of this year, no one had any idea why.
In …

EPA November RIN Data Shows Increased Cellulosic Production
November 21, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that more than 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five categories.
Nearly …

To Use Sewage Sludge to Obtain Bioenergy
November 21, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News) Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers.
The Agroenergy Group from …

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI
November 21, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE …

UK’s First Ever Bus to Run on Human and Food Waste Launched
November 21, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Geneco)  The UK’s first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo has taken to the road today which engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport – cutting emissions in …

Beet Ethanol Demonstration Project to Begin Next Month
November 21, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Ben Keller (The Business Journal)  A new source of transportation fuel may soon flow from the Central Valley if a pilot-scale biorefinery wrapping up later this year in Fresno County proves successful in converting …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

Can Algae Be the Next Biofuel?
November 20, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by William Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The lure of the oceans has always had a special appeal for advocates of biofuel. The vast reaches of the deep speak of a promise that unlimited amounts of space …

Close, But No Cigar: Greenspeed Truck Apparent Record-Breaker Doesn’t Count
November 20, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

from a note from Mike Shipman (Blue Planet Photography, LLC) The Greenspeed truck broke their previous El Mirage record of 155mph with a run of 156.182 mph on Sunday, the second day of racing. But …

2 Airlines Are Already Using Biofuels, So Why Aren’t We All Flying Green?
November 20, 2014 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

By Reuben Brewer (The Motley Fool)  In July, Brazilian airline GOL became the first airline to use a new type of biofuel to power a commercial flight. The fuel in question was farnesene, which is …

Scientists Come Together to Use Renewable Energy in Villages
November 20, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Komal Gautham (Times of India)  Eleven scientists from across the country are back in school in Coimbatore — this time to brainstorm, collaborate and come up with ideas to use renewable energy to mitigate climate …

Norwegian Operates Its First Biofuel Flight on November 11
November 20, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(AirSoc.com)  Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) on November 11 operated its first biofuel flight. The airline issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):
Norwegian for the first time operated a flight with biofuel on November 11, 2015. …

Cornstalks Aren’t Just for Scarecrows Anymore
November 20, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Reanna Trudell and Daniel Adams (US Department of Energy) …  Our scientists have identified corn stover, which includes the corn plant’s stalks, husks, cobs, and leaves, as a plentiful and reliable feedstock for producing bioenergy. The …

WEBINAR: Genetically Modified Algae: A Risk-Benefit Assessment
November 20, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) As the algae industry continues to invest in the research and development of genetic modification (GM) to optimize biofuels production, biocontainment systems and regulatory policies will play key roles in avoiding …

Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production
November 20, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development
… Trying to understand the chemistry that …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Issues Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update
November 20, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  This Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) sets forth the goals and structure of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. It identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities the Office will focus on over …

PMO Discusses Clearing Hurdles in Ethanol Blending Programme
November 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(The Economic Times)  Keen to ensure success of ethanol blending in petrol, the Prime Minister’s Office held parleys with the ministries of food and petroleum to clear bottlenecks to ensure adequate supplies so that the …

New Food Safety Rules Mean Big Changes
November 20, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Anderson (Faegre Baker Daniels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Although several new requirements in the FSMA may impact ethanol plants, writes Andrew Anderson of Faegre Baker Daniels, the preventative control rule is likely the one that …

EPA Releases Updated Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 20, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. EPA released a revised framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources. According to a notice published by the EPA, the …

‘Welcome to the Future’
November 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.
Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s …

Celtic Renewables Opts For A Well-Oiled Remedy
November 20, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ann M. Thayer  (Chemical and Engineering News) Scottish startup to make biobased chemicals 
from the leftovers of whisky production
The process for making Scotch whisky uses three ingredients: water, yeast, and a grain, primarily barley. About …

Advocates: Minnesota Needs More Alternative Fuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Logan Wroge  (Twin Cities Daily Planet)   … “A token amount of renewable energy isn’t going to cut it. We need a total transition,” said Simone Childs-Walker, a member of the student group Fossil …

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of …

4 Minutes with…Heather Youngs, Senior Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute and Executive Editor, Bioenergy Connection
November 20, 2014 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Energy Biosciences Institute explores the application of biology to the energy sector. … I would change the perception that the advanced bioeconomy is somehow at odds with conservation and that …

Feed Food Fairness Campaign – Not Big on Transparency
November 20, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (November 18, 2014), the Feed Food Fairness Campaign, backed by members of the livestock and fast food industries, ran a one-sided advertisement in the popular Beltway publication “Politico” inaccurately blaming the …

Study Underway to Select Local Crops for Biofuel Production
November 20, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Jamaica Observer)  A study is underway to select local crops for biofuel production, in an effort to expand Jamaica’s sources of energy supply.   Manager for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Petroleum Corporation …

From Table To Truck: How Food Waste Could Run Your Car
November 20, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (Northwest Public Radio)  … 21-year-old Matt Coffman is a formula drift race car driver. This year, he switched to a new fuel that’s made from fermented food waste. …
“People are just all …

Righteous Heat: 10 Hot Slides from ABLCNext Do the Show-and-Tell on Who’s Got the Magic
November 20, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, The Young Fresh Faces, the Later-Stagers, the Out-of-the-Box Thinkers – who is challenging the status quo and how and why?
Here are new slides from the Advanced Biofuels …

Help the Algae Biomass Organization Illustrate How Far the Industry Has Come.
November 19, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The ABO is looking for new algae technology projects, demonstration facilities and commercial operations to showcase in the next edition of the Algae Industry Project Book.  The Project Book details the diverse …

Tulsa Man Leverages Biodiesel to Change Food Truck Industry Image
November 19, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Tulsa, Okla.-based food truck entrepreneur Wil Braggs, known as The Cheese Guy, is working to change people’s perceptions of the food truck industry by going green.
“There is a reputation among …

Springboard Intro’s Methanol Recovery, Soap-Casting Equipment
November 19, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chico, Calif.-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel recently introduced its GL95/MC12/BD380 trio to recover more than 99 percent of excess methanol mixed in with the glycerin that’s produced when making biodiesel. …

Safety Your Way
November 19, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Producers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing.
A philosophical problem …

Buster Biofuels to Employ Viesel Fuel Enzymatic Biodiesel Process
November 19, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)   A 5 MMgy plant under construction in San Diego, Buster Biofuels, will be producing biodiesel using the latest process technology of enzymatic production.
Buster Halterman, CEO of Buster Biofuels, told …

E15 Now Approved for Use in Two-Thirds of New Cars – Chicago Looks at E15 Again
November 19, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  According to an analysis of vehicle owners manuals for model year 2014 and 2015 cars, conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), two-thirds of new car owners’ manuals approve the use of E15 …

IEA Says Oil Supplies May Not Keep Up With Demand
November 19, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  Despite what appears to be a saturated oil market in 2014, oil producers around the world will struggle to meet rising demand over the next few decades.
In its latest annual World …

Biotech Program Inspires Interest in Science at Splendora ISD
November 19, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Buckner (Cleveland Advocate)  Splendora High School is continuing to stress the importance of career and technical courses by bringing students in on a cutting edge program and innovation in science.
The multifaceted Biotechnology Program, …

GRFA: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Discourage Investment in Renewables
November 19, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency has released its annual World Energy Outlook, revealing that fossil fuel consumption subsidies reached $550 billion in 2013. According to the IEA these subsidies are …

Global Biodiesel Additive Research Roundup
November 19, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A recent report issued by Grand View Research indicates the global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020. Clearly there is money to be …

Oslo to Become 5% Biohub for Lufthansa, SAS & KLM – Powered by SkyNRG Nordic and Avinor
November 19, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG Nordic/Statoil) SkyNRG Nordic, the partnership between SkyNRG and Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation, announced the supply of the first commercial quantities of sustainable bio jet fuel to Avinor’s airport Gardermoen in 2015. Lufthansa has signed …

UBC Research Looks to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy
November 19, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Two new Genome BC-funded projects led by UBC researchers will harness microbial community research to help tackle sustainable development challenges in biofuel and BC shale gas development.
The initiatives, led by UBC microbiologist …

Enerkem, Akzo Nobel to Explore European Market
November 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Enerkem Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.
“Enerkem’s global expansion follows the launch of our waste-to-biofuels …

USDA Looks to Get Ethanol from Kudzu
November 19, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  It might be the scourge of the south, but kudzu could become the next feedstock for biofuels.  “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” says Lewis Ziska with the U.S. …

Let the Facts be the Facts
November 19, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  It is never acceptable to sensationalize the facts to the point where they are no longer facts. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) learned this lesson when …

Knowledge Best Defense for Fire Risks
November 19, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Art Krugler (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel production has no more or less fire hazard than an oil refinery. Plant personnel at all levels need to be vigilant and totally informed, realizing that what they do …

Pricey Ethanol Threatens Late-Year Corn Demand Pick-Up: Maguire
November 19, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Maguire (Reuters)  The final quarter of the calendar year is typically the busiest for U.S. ethanol manufacturers as the large swell in local corn supplies help to lower the cost of their chief …

4 Minutes with…Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers
November 19, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NSP is focused on several items at the moment: successful advanced biofuel RFS2 pathways for grain sorghum oil to biodiesel and sweet sorghum to ethanol, a cellulosic RFS2 pathway …

Harvesting Poplar to Fuel Green Energy
November 19, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Patricia Townsend (Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  Fall is harvest season and kicks off AHB’s first harvest of hybrid poplar for bioenergy.  The Jefferson, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho demonstration sites were both harvested at the end …

California Approves $13.5 Million in Loans for Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Schools
November 19, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(California Energy Commission)  Grants for alternative and renewable fuel projects totaling nearly $8 million also approved
The California Energy Commission approved $13.5 million for energy efficiency measures to 14 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, …

B.C. Company Greasing the Wheels with Biodiesel Push
November 19, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada/CanadianManufacturing.com)  Greasecycle Inc. has found a new deep-fry devotee in the University of British Columbia (UBC).  When the school’s kitchens are busy pumping out French fries and chicken wings to warm bellies this winter, …

In Terms of Revenues, Glycerol Demand Is Set to Hit USD 2.1 Billion by 2018, Growing at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2012 to 2018
November 19, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Digital Journal)  Glycerol Market By Source (Biodiesel, Fatty Acids & Fatty Alcohols), By Applications (Personal Care, Alkyd Resins, Polyether Polyols, Others), Downstream Opportunities (Propylene Glycol, Epichlorohydrin, 1, 3 Propanediol And Others) – Global …

RSB Partners With Elements Traceability Software to Help Keep Track of Biofuel Feedstock Sustainability Data
November 19, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a globally recognised sustainability certification standard for biomaterials, and Elements Software Ltd, a leading web based traceability software provider, are working together to help RSB …

Fuel Standard Good for US Economy
November 18, 2014 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Tim Walz (D-Minn.) (AgWeek)  Imagine a future where America controls its own energy destiny — a future in which we stop spending $1 billion per day on foreign oil and start investing those funds …

Mie University Researchers Convert Discarded Oranges into ‘Juiced-Up’ Biofuel
November 18, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

By Fumiko Takaki (The Asahi Shimbun)  Scientists at Mie University here have developed a biofuel from unmarketable oranges and waste left over after making orange juice that may put the squeeze on existing bioethanol as …

Pure Ethanol Engines Could Pack a Big Punch
November 18, 2014 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Canadian farmer and hot rodder recently talked with me about altering engines for pure ethanol. If E85 were widely available, the work racers are doing in this area …

RFA Pleased with E85 Potential
November 18, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased with a new report that shows the potential for growth in sales of 85% ethanol blends.
“There’s no doubt that E85 sales will double or …

Research Could Revolutionise Biofuel Business
November 18, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Philip Tees (The Copenhagen Post) Roskilde University and Novozymes team publish groundbreaking results.  Researchers at Roskilde University (RUC) and scientists at Novozymes have developed an enzyme with the potential to turn organic waste into …

4 Minutes with…Peter Brown, Founder, FFA Fuels and Euromarketingtools.com
November 18, 2014 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are focussed on installing more diverse renewable energy solutions from methane digesters to biodiesel processors. Working on the idea of an energy farm where several fuels are made from …

New CARD Study on Indirect Land Use Change
November 18, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new analysis of real-world land use data by Iowa State University raises serious concerns about the accuracy of models used by regulatory agencies regarding “indirect land use changes” (ILUC) attributed …

Busted: Enzymes Don’t Need Water
November 18, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(University of Bristol/Laboratory Equipment)  New research by scientists at the Univ. of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology — that enzymes need water to function. The breakthrough could eventually lead to …

4 Minutes With…Han Chen, CEO, Algenetix
November 18, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We have been successful with PhotoSeed now in several crops where we have increased lipids in the vegetative tissue to 8% dry weight. With next generation improvements, Algenetix is …

Grant Given to Arkansas Company Making Compostable Bag
November 18, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(THV11)  A company affiliated with the University of Arkansas that makes a compostable bag as a substitute for plastic bags has been awarded a $741,221 grant by The National Science Foundation.
The grant to cycleWood Solutions …

Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa
November 18, 2014 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Fahnestock (Just Means)  … In fact, traditional cooking methods—open fires of wood and chemically based charcoals—have been deemed “the silent killer.” According to the World Health Organization, more people in the developing world …

Oil Ministry Circulates Cabinet Note on Allowing 5 Per Cent Blending of Environment-Friendly Biofuels
November 18, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Rajeev Jayaswal (Economic Times)  The oil ministry has circulated a Cabinet note for inter-departmental consultation on allowing 5 per cent blending of environment-friendly biofuels in diesel that would be consumed by bulk users such …

4 Minutes with…Robert Fanick, Manager, Southwest Research Institute
November 18, 2014 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The staff blends field experience, engineering and chemistry expertise with design and fabrication capabilities to offer an interdisciplinary approach to fuel-related services.   Our capabilities span the needs of companies at all stages …

Uruguayan Firm Launches Project to Convert Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
November 18, 2014 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  State-owned company Alcoholes de Uruguay (Alur) has launched a pilot project to recycle used cooking oil and convert it into biodiesel.
The head of Alur’s oleaginous products and derivatives unit, Nicolas Ferrari, …

Automakers Approve E15 For Use in Two-Thirds of New Vehicles
November 18, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) analysis of model year (MY) 2015 warranty statements and owner’s manuals reveals that auto manufacturers explicitly approve the use of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) …

“What About That, Er, Cellulosic Feedstock?” Pacific Ag CEO Bill Levy on the Where, When and How
November 18, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock. Now that cellulosic ethanol has reached scale, it has replaced Motherhood and Apple Pie as staple faves for industry chat. Meanwhile, Pacific Ag has been rolling up the acres, …

QMAB Launches BAYA® Microalgal Biofuel
November 17, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  ran-based Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery Co. (QMAB) has launched a biofuel being marketed as BAYA®, produced from a species of Nannochloropsis (strain 6016) isolated from the Persian Gulf, and employing QMAB’s unique process …

10 Must-See Hot Slides from ABLC Next 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 17, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, 10 hot slides explaining where they are, what they’re up to, and where they are going, and when and how and why.
Here are new slides from the Advanced …

Scholarships for National Ethanol Conference
November 14, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com) Students interested in the ethanol industry have a chance to attend the 2015 National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas through a scholarship opportunity offered by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and …

UN Report Outlines Growing Biofuels Role in Developing Economies
November 14, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, …

CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIONS: TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD DEADLINES: December 19 for presentations; January 30 for innovations
November 14, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIONS:  TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD   DEADLINES:  December 19 for presentations; January 30 for innovations

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD
November 14, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
TechConnect World Innovation Conference   June 14-17, 2015   National Harbor, MD

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture March 9-10, 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE
November 14, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture   March 9-10, 2015   Abu Dhabi, UAE

Innovation in agriculture gives us a real chance of feeding nine billion people using less resource and with no environmental damage. It has the potential to offer solutions to combat global warming, provide technologies that can …

4th Starch World January 29-30, 2015 Yangon, Myanmar/Burma
November 14, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
4th Starch World  January 29-30, 2015     Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

“Market forces and supply/demand balance for carbohydrates – potential for Cassava”
“Will starch based sweeteners beat sugar?”
Starch World is recognised as an important event for the industry and generally targeted at companies involved in Plantation,  Agriculture …

Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture: Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits November 19, 2014 Decatur, IL
November 14, 2014 – 3:39 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture: Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits    November 19, 2014    Decatur, IL

Agricultural Watershed Institute, a nonprofit based in Decatur, Illinois, leads a collaborative project to promote perennial crops for bioenergy, forage, clean water and wildlife in the Upper Sangamon Watershed.
Green Lands Blue Waterssupports development of and …