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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.

-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS
March 30, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of ethanol produced in Iowa and Illinois each and every year. It is more than the annual gasoline equivalent production of some Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members. ... The RFS has been a critical piece of our domestic energy revolution, offsetting billions of barrels of foreign oil that would otherwise have been imported as our dollars went overseas. This Made in America energy supports tens of thousands of jobs across the country, and has an economic ripple effect throughout farm country, rural communities and the entire nation. ... most recently—attempts to move the so-called “point of obligation,” which currently requires petroleum importers and refiners to meet certain ethanol inclusion goals, away from refiners and onto downstream entities – blenders and retailers. This latest attack is simply another tactic that aims to inject further uncertainty into the program, create a compliance nightmare, and upend the market dynamics that have led to expanded consumer acceptance of renewable fuels. When the EPA structured the RFS program, it placed the point of obligation with the petroleum refiners and importers to keep regulatory complexity to a minimum and to incentivize those parties to provide petroleum blendstock suitable for the inclusion of renewable fuels. Moving the point of obligation downstream to blenders would significantly increase the number of parties obligated to meet the goals from a few hundred to many thousands. This would create a compliance nightmare for both the EPA and the numerous newly-obligated parties, many of whom would be small and mid-sized retailers with no experience in dealing with this level of regulatory compliance. More importantly, shifting the point of obligation downstream would leave the refiners with little incentive to provide the appropriate gasoline blends, hanging the retailers out to dry. ... As Veterans who have fought to defend this nation, we have seen firsthand the price we pay for our dangerous dependence on oil imported from our adversaries.  READ MORE


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 20, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  ... When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal uses the ZEV designation, it should be followed by the phrase “at the tailpipe only.” You have to make the electricity to run electric vehicles and that process emits CO2.  READ MORE


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People’s Climate Movement March — April 29, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 3, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

People’s Climate Movement March   —   April 29, 2017   —   Washington, DC

JUST ANNOUNCED--MARCH ROUTE, MEETING AREAS   Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People's Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements. To change everything, we need everyone.

There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.

This new administration is attacking the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles.  READ MORE / MORE  WATCH (Years of Living Dangerously)   On April 29, 2017: 11:00am: Gather in front of the Capitol Building in contingents that spell out values: justice, truth, democracy, faith and more.  Advanced Biofuels USA group will meet near the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art at 3rd Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue (an easy walk from Judiciary Square or Union Station METRO, Red Line).  We will be holding signs, handing out postcards about advanced biofuels resources and answering questions about truly sustainable renewable fuels. 12:30pm: The march begins up Pennsylvania Avenue. 1:30pm: Marchers will surround the White House on all sides, and take powerful collective action to honor the lives at stake and make a loud sound demanding climate justice and good jobs. 3:00pm: Reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to connect and share the stories that brought marchers to DC. Hear from the front line of the climate crisis and share solutions rooted in marchers' own communities. There will be music and art from around the country that shows local demands and visions. Individual signs will be gathered into one collective message. The Advanced Biofuels USA message goes beyond resistance to planned positive action to work to replace as much fossil-based fuel as possible in the US and around the world.  We will demonstrate our mission of promoting understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels.


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March for Science — April 22, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 3, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

March for Science   —   April 22, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.

We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone. Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.  READ MORE and MORE (American Council on Science and Health) and MORE (The Washington Post) and MORE / MORE (Science Magazine) and MORE (Politico's Morning Energy) and MOREMORE (The Washington Post)   Excerpt from Politico's Morning Energy:  Science marches expanding rapidly: The March for Science, an Earth Day gathering meant to champion the role of science and scientific integrity in the U.S., announced that what started as an online post had expanded to nearly 300 gatherings worldwide and unveiled a first roster of partners that includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science, NextGen Climate America, the Earth Day Network and the Union of Concerned Scientists. "This started as an idea, but it's rapidly actualizing into a global movement," said Valorie Aquino, one of the march's three national co-chairs, said in a statement. "Scientific integrity serves everyone, and we need to speak out for science together."  READ MORE


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Bioeconomy under the Radar
March 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment
by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  --  ... Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock enzymes for pharmaceuticals, or John Deere tractors using soy oil for plastic, supporters of a growing bioeconomy are trying to highlight that renewable chemicals is a more than $252 billion market that could grow to more than $440 billion by 2020. ...

Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO, testified before a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Thursday about some of the economic impact and potential of the bioeconomy and the role of energy programs in the farm bill.

"As we look at it, there is potential for advanced bioproducts to affect rural America as profoundly as ethanol has over the last 20 years," said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association.

Other bioproducts won't have the volume of demand as ethanol, but still have a profound impact because of capital investment and jobs that come from developing those processing facilities. Bode pointed to the example of a $100 million investment to add a fermentation unit to a wet mill.

...

"There are now restaurant chains that are priding themselves on the fact that all of the utensils -- the plastic utensils, packaging, everything they use -- is bio-based," Bode said. "The waste from those restaurants goes into corn-based trash bags and all of the waste goes into composting. None of it goes to landfills."

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Bode said leading scientists said EPA sought to treat biogenic carbon dioxide -- carbon released when a crop is processed -- as the same as carbon released from fossil fuels even though the biogenic carbon has a one-year lifecycle while the fossil-fuel carbon had been sequestered for millions of years.

"It disregards the fact that there is a fundamental difference, and the natural lifecycle of plant growth is part of our environment," Bode said.

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"These are risks that companies are going to evaluate within the emerging bioeconomy," said Rod Snyder, executive director of Field to Market.

Executives at food companies are actually having conversations about topics such as nutrient management, buffer strips and cover crops. "They want to make sure their products are not having an adverse effect on the environment and that they can engage with farmers upstream and help to advance better practices," Snyder said.

Snyder expects that, in the coming years, companies are going to want more transparency about crop sourcing for products in the U.S., so they can talk to consumers and shareholders about agricultural sustainability.

...

The other side of the conversation, however, is that a new level of transparency is just going to be part of doing business in the coming years. Companies will simply want more information about how they are sourcing their raw materials but are not planning to pay more for such information.  READ MORE



Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS
March 30, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of ethanol produced in Iowa and Illinois each and every year. It is more than the …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 20, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  … When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal …

People’s Climate Movement March — April 29, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 3, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
People’s Climate Movement March   —   April 29, 2017   —   Washington, DC

JUST ANNOUNCED–MARCH ROUTE, MEETING AREAS   Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate.

Throughout the first 100 days in office, …

March for Science — April 22, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 3, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
March for Science   —   April 22, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and …

Apologies for Illegibility of Articles
December 20, 2016 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

Due to “updates” by WordPress that are not compatible (yet) with our specialized GoDaddy server and/or the “theme” of our website, the appearance and legibility of the articles posted on this site is terrible. We …

Renewable Diesel Fuel a New Component in the Advancement Of Clean Diesel Technology
March 30, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  With national and international policies moving toward a low-carbon, sustainable future, advanced clean diesel technologies and the emergence of low-emission renewable diesel fuel are leading to the continued growth in diesel’s dominance …

BAA Rejects Productivity Commission Claims
March 30, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Association of Australia) The Biofuels Association of Australia strongly rejects claims by the Federal Productivity Commission that the industry fails to support the agriculture sector or the community.

The NSW and Queensland Governments have not forced …

Early Positive Signs for Qld Biofuels
March 30, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Association of Australia)  There are early signs that the Biofuels mandate in Queensland is driving interest in biofuels.

The industry had been held back by a lack of consumer understanding around the benefits of E10.

With …

US Coachways Celebrates $15,000 in Donations to NBF
March 30, 2017 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Foundation)  US Coachways Challenges Companies to Support Biodiesel Research and Education with donations to the National Biodiesel Foundation  —  US Coachways is a leading transportation company supporting sustainability and cleaner air and is …

Analyzing the Market for Cellulosic Ethanol 2017 – Research and Markets
March 30, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Analyzing the Market for Cellulosic Ethanol 2017” report to their offering.

The report examines the factors supplementing the growth of this industry as …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

Palm Oil Board Refutes Economist’s Claim on Biodiesel
March 30, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Robin Augustin (Free Malaysia Today)  Prominent economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram had said Malaysia’s research and development of biodiesel was ‘too modest’.  —  Malaysia has been actively carrying out research and development activities in palm …

Rare Moment as Louisiana Environmentalists, Businesses Agree on Tax Issue
March 30, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Steve Hardy (The Advocate)  Environmentalists and industrialists find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder as they try to maintain a tax credit for low-emission vehicles.

The tax break encourages buyers to support Louisiana natural gas while …

New Biomass Conversion Idea Could Help Ag Industry
March 30, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Cavanaugh (California Ag Today)  A new biomass process will convert woody ag waste, including almond hulls and shells, into ethanol, which has a demand and makes the conversion possible.

Eric McAfee is Chairman, CEO and …

Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time
March 30, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA’s president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization’s annual industry outlook handbook in the View from the Hill column  —  …  The handbook dives into …

China New Energy Scores $12.5 Million in Contracts to Build Cassava Ethanol Plant in Ghana
March 30, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, China New Energy announced it has won a number of contracts with Supercare Group Limited of Ghana and CNBM General Machinery Co., Ltd in China to construct …

The Hydrogen Spring that Became the Year without a Summer
March 30, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Lux Research in a new report asks “Hyundai, Toyota Lead in Hydrogen Innovation – But Is Anyone Following?” in going pessimistic on the development of the hydrogen economy.

“A …

3rd International Conference on Enzymology & Molecular Biology — March 5-6, 2018 — London, UK
March 30, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
3rd International Conference on Enzymology & Molecular Biology   —   March 5-6, 2018  —   London, UK

Team Enzymology is delighted to invite all the participants across the globe to the prestigious event, 3rd International Conference on Enzymology & Molecular Biology which is going to be held during March 05-06, 2018 at …

BETO Publishes Alternative Aviation Fuels Report
March 29, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published a report titled Alternative Aviation Fuels: Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps. This new report provides an overview of the current …

Scaling Up 2017: Making the Global Bioeconomy Mainstream — November 27-29, 2017 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
March 29, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Scaling Up 2017: Making the Global Bioeconomy Mainstream   —   November 27-29, 2017  —   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

According to the OECD’s Bioeconomy 2030 report,“the Bioeconomy will hit its stride in the 2025 – 2030 period with an estimated world market of between USD 2.6 and 5.8 trillion.”
But what is the exact role …

State of Technology Review – Algae Bioenergy
March 29, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This IEA Bioenergy report provides an international update on the status and prospects for using microalgae and macroalgae as feedstocks for producing biofuels and bioenergy products. The report’s scope covers algae-based options for …

Allendale Wins $6 Million Biomass Investment, 35 New Jobs
March 29, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(South Carolina Promise Zone)  Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, according to news releases. The company is planning to invest $6 million …

The Potential of Biofuels in China
March 29, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) This IEA Bioenergy Task 39 report looks at the potential of biofuels in China. Although climate change and energy security are of concern to China, it is not clear which of these drivers has …

International Intensive Biogas Training — June 20-22, 2017 — Dundee, Scotland
March 29, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment
International Intensive Biogas Training   —   June 20-22, 2017   —   Dundee, Scotland

For the second time the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence (IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas) are delighted to welcome you for a 3-day long (June 19-21, 2017) in-depth Biogas …

International Biogas Study Tour in Germany — May 2-5, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
March 29, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment
International Biogas Study Tour in Germany   —   May 2-5, 2017   —   Stuttgart, Germany

International Biogas Study Tour in Germany with focus on various AD-plant concepts —  IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas offers a 4-day study tour starting in Stuttgart and ending in Stuttgart. This tour will lead you to several …

International Biogas Operating and Engineering Course — April 24-28, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
March 29, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment
International Biogas Operating and Engineering Course —   April 24-28, 2017   —  Stuttgart, Germany

This 5-day intensive biogas training is designed to provide plant operators, decision makers and investors with profound specific operating and engineering knowledge. The anaerobic digestion course is conducted in English.
The registration brochure is now available.
Improved …

Developing Bio-Manufacturing in Gippsland
March 29, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Philip Hopkins (Gippsland Times)  Australian Paper, working with the CSIRO, a European technology leader and Federation University, is forging ahead with plans to create a bio-manufacturing hub in the Latrobe Valley that could generate …

Australia’s Productivity Commission Says Biofuels a Bad Deal All Around
March 29, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for …

8 Biodiesel, 4 Renewable Diesel LCFS Pathways Certified in March
March 29, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. Eighteen …

ASTM Approves New 100 Octane Standard that Could Boost Ethanol Blending
March 28, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, a new ASTM International standard that supports 100 octane fuel could help drive innovation in the auto industry as cars with higher-performance engines are introduced into the global …

Strategic Decisions on EU Aviation Biofuel Deployment Urgently Required to Overcome Cost Obstacle
March 28, 2017 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Despite efficiency improvements and a global agreement to stabilise carbon emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels, due to rapid growth in the sector there is likely to be a gap of 232 million …

ICAO Negotiations on CORSIA Scheme Challenging, European Climate Chief Tells EU Environment Ministers
March 28, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The goal of stabilising rather than reducing emissions from international aviation through the use of international carbon credits fell below EU climate ambitions but the agreement reached at the ICAO Assembly last October …

Climate Change: Biofuels ‘Could Limit Jet Contrails’
March 28, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Amos (BBC)  Some close-quarter flying has provided new insights into aircraft pollution.  —  US space agency-led scientists flew small, instrumented, chase planes directly in the exhaust plume of a big jet to measure the …

Virgin, Air NZ Working to Develop Biofuel
March 28, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Lilly Vitorovich (The Australian)  Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are hopeful aviation biofuel can be produced locally, in a bid to cut carbon emissions and fuel costs.
The airlines have spent the past year …

Five Things You Need to Know about the ‘Food vs Fuel’ Debate
March 28, 2017 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Politico/ePURE)  The European Commission wants to phase out the use of crop-based biofuels in Europe, even though biofuels like renewable ethanol are currently the main driver of EU transport decarbonization. They also …

Court Upholds State Environmental Permits for Controversial Fiberight Waste Plant
March 28, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Madeline St. Amour (CentralMaine.com)  The decision by a Superior Court justice marks the end of the Fiberight project’s last legal battle and one of its major hurdles.  —  A Maine Superior Court justice on …

Readi for 100% Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ARA’s ReadiJet, ReadiDiesel
March 28, 2017 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus rode aboard one of the EA-18G Growler fighter jets testing 100% biofuel flights this month to demonstrate his commitment to getting biofuel mainstream within the …

Malaysia’s Biodiesel Production to Rebound This Year
March 28, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia is expected to produce between 800,000 and 900,000 tonnes of biodiesel in 2017 from 500,000 tonnes last year when the government implements the biodiesel mandate, said the Malaysian Biodiesel Association.

Its president, U.R …

New Plant Will Make Biodiesel from Waste Fats
March 28, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Lambton Shield)   $25-m Sombra operation would take shape on part of plant bought last year  —  A 25-million litre capacity plant that would occupy a small slice of a 24-acre site purchased from Methes Energies last …

Two Percent Bio-Diesel Blending before Year-End
March 28, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The ManicaPost)  Government is targeting two percent blending of bio-diesel extracted from the jatropha plant with imported diesel by year end through its parastatal, the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) as it moves towards easing …

The Wonder from Down Under Goes to Canada: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
March 28, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon.

The …

Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE) — June 26-30, 2017 — Madison, WI DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
March 28, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE)   —   June 26-30, 2017   —   Madison, WI   DEADLINE:  May 1, 2017

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioenergy is an exciting area of research and development and can provide excellent opportunities for engaging students. Join us for an intensive 5-day program to learn about the latest developments …

Aachen Team Develops Framework for Model-Based Formulation of Biofuel Blends with Tailored Properties
March 28, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)   A team at RWTH Aachen University has developed a framework for the model-based formulation of biofuel blends with tailored properties by considering the fuel’s molecular composition as the fundamental design degree of …

Senators Press Icahn on White House Influence, Business Conflicts
March 28, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  Several Democratic senators pressed billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Monday to clarify his role as an adviser to President Donald Trump, saying his position in the administration raised “alarming” questions about potential …

U.S. Army Is Teaming up with a Davis Startup to Turn Trash into Energy
March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Cathie Anderson (Sacramento Bee)  … Essentially, the company uses a blast furnace to heat metals, glass, ash and organic solids to a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperatures at the center of …

Biodiesel Demo Aims to Increase Farmer Use
March 28, 2017 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Wallaces Farmer)  Every farmer should plant with B20 biodiesel this spring, says Iowa co-op.  —  A demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to persuade more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers …

Testing Hybrid Trucks in Sweden
March 28, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(DSV)  Using a combination of biodiesel and electricity to power trucks will reduce unhealthy carbon dioxide emissions.  —  DSV Sweden is currently testing a unique Atego Hybrid truck from Mercedes-Benz in Malmo city distribution. The …

Neste Welcomes the High Ambition Level for Renewable Fuels in Sweden
March 28, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Your Renewable News/Neste)  Neste welcomes the Swedish government’s draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and the continued tax exemption for high-blend biofuels. Long-term perspective and ambitious targets provide a much …

Tech for the Cheap Oil Era: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH Technology
March 28, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet …

The Race for Bionylon Heats up: Rennovia Enters Piloting Stage of Its Key Bio-Based HDO Platform
March 28, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process.

When we say something as obscure as 1.6-hexanediol, think …

Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85
March 27, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85 presentation and supplementary report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examine how the spacing of E85 …

New, Safer U.S. Rail Cars Gather Dust even as Ethanol Trains Grow Longer
March 27, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)   … But the incident in Iowa underscores the growing risk of another serious accident along with the increasing volume of the biofuel being moved in unit trains that …

Survey: Americans Still Confused about Ethanol, Fuel Choices
March 27, 2017 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Boating Industry)  A new nationwide research study of over 2,000 adults 18+ conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has found that Americans seem to remain confused about new …

Inver Grove Plant Would Be First in U.S. to Turn Garbage into Ethanol
March 27, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  … The $200 million biofuels plant would process Dakota County’s garbage into ethanol, to be blended with gasoline for use in cars and trucks.

The plant would be built by …

CARB Proposes LCFS Verification Program
March 27, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers need to watch developments in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard as the rules are updated. —   … Ethanol producers can participate in the California LCFS program, if …

LCFS to Drive New Advanced Biofuel Demand
March 27, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, America’s second-largest driver of biofuels consumption after the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, could soon dramatically increase demand for low-carbon fuels under a proposed statewide decarbonization …

Vancouver Approves Ethanol Terminal Without Crude Oil
March 27, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Molly Solomon (KUOW)  An oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver is off the table. The city approved a plan by the company NuStar that would allow it to ship and store ethanol, under the condition that …

Columnist Misstates the Facts on Corn
March 27, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Troy Knecht (Rapid City Journal)  Columnist Frank Carroll recently took shots at the corn/ethanol industries so I’d like to share some facts. Carroll opines that corn ethanol isn’t environmentally friendly. On the contrary, a …

UAI Coalition Challenges Clean Air Act Interpretation
March 27, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For decades, the U.S. EPA has insisted that it gets to decide how much ethanol can be used in gasoline. If ethanol producers want higher ethanol blends …

Travel Grants for Students to Attend October 29-November 1, 2017 Algae Biomass Summit
March 27, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Foundation has announced that it is offering $500 travel grants for students to attend the 11th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from October 29 through …

GRFA Calls on G20 Leaders to Increase Action on Climate Change in Light of New Report
March 27, 2017 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance) Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), called on G20 leaders to build on the historic international cooperation achieved in 2016 with the ratification of the first binding …

VanEck Joins Climate Bonds Initiative Partners
March 27, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In England, global asset manager VanEck has joined the Climate Bonds Initiative Partnership Program to support the development of green finance markets. VanEck manages $43 billion in assets, and last …

Fuel Economy Rules: Someone Is Listening
March 27, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex …

Industrial Sugars from Waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining
March 27, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, …

Waste-Stream, Slip-Stream, Main-Stream: The Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge Gets Underway
March 27, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are six oddly-named streams in the bioeconomy, and it reminds one of the nomenclature of subatomic quarks. There is upstream, midstream, downstream, main-stream, waste-stream, and slip-stream. But of all …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

Breakthroughs for Biofuel in Aviation and Transport Sectors
March 27, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Edie.net)  SEAT originally partnered with Spanish firm Aqualia to launch the SMART Green Gas project, aimed at creating 100% renewable biofuels to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

The partnership sees wastewater turned into …

From Sake Brewing to Energy Production: How Innovation in Biofuels Is Coming From Unlikely Places
March 27, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Forbes)  … Biofuels are one example of the unique synergy that arises when energy developers think “outside the box”. In shifting the focus to fermentation, researchers find themselves relying on sake brewers to produce …

U.S. Oil Refiners Push for Biofuels Overhaul at White House
March 27, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration at the White House last week to argue their position for an overhaul of the nation’s biofuels …

Introducing Biochar: Climate Change Solution or Greenwash Nightmare?
March 27, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Steve Horn  (DeSmog) After years of investigating biochar, which promoters have touted as a potential climate change fix, DeSmog is releasing its findings on the science, claims, and controversy surrounding this approach to sequestering carbon.

Biochar is the product of …

Food, Face Cream and Jet Fuel: Japanese Firm Finds Many Uses for Algae
March 27, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Sarah Karacs  (CNN Tech)  A tiny organism thinner than a strand of hair could help fuel airplanes in the future.  Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food …

The Zero-Emission Planet: IRENA Says “Affordable, Achieveable”.
March 24, 2017 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, New IRENA Study Finds

Since the election of Donald Trump as US President, we’ve heard a great deal less about “reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” from …

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts
March 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways …

Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy
March 24, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by John Farrell / Nick Stumo-Langer (Institute for Local Self-Reliance/Renewable Energy World)  … Instead, investor-owned utilities (through the Edison Electric Institute trade organization) poured money into communications consultants, and the result of this “Lexicon Project” says volumes …

The Long Road to Cellulosic Ethanol
March 24, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal Foundation/AgWeb)  This blog will present the author’s perspective on a wide range of timely agricultural policy topics, touching on both domestic and international issues.

The long term answer, that ultimately ethanol will …

Algae Biofuel Market Estimates & Trend Analysis by Application (Transportation, Others), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of World), By Country, and Segment Forecasts, 2018 – 2025
March 24, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Reportbuyer/PR Newswire)  The global algae biofuel market is expected to reach USD 10.73 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Depleting fossil fuel resources as well as rising awareness …

State Ag Department Greenlights 16 Promising Industrial Hemp Research Projects
March 24, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)  Projects Mark Return of Hemp to PA following Gov. Wolf’s Signing of Act 92  —  After decades of being gone from the landscape of Pennsylvania, a promising and versatile crop with …

Glencoe Silver Lake Students Tour Heartland Corn Products
March 24, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota BioFuels Association)  Eight students from Glencoe Silver Lake High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to understand how clean renewable Minnesota energy is produced.

The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various process …

Cabinet Approves Closure/Winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil – CREDA Biofuels Ltd. (ICBL)
March 24, 2017 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure/winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel (CHBL) and IndianOil – Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) Biofuels …

Advanced Biorefining Leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
March 24, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable …

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M Cap Raise Is Feeding It
March 24, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round …

RFA Trains 200th Ethanol Industry Employee on FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Requirements
March 24, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  This month the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) hit a major milestone with its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training program on Preventive Controls for Animal Food. During the latest course, …

Ethanol Powering Crappie Masters Boats
March 24, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  When it comes to using ethanol blended fuel in your boat engine it is important to follow manufacturer directions and actually just properly maintain your equipment. That is advice from pro …

Scientists Made a Detailed “Roadmap” for Meeting the Paris Climate Goals. It’s Eye-Opening.
March 24, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox)  … They start with the big picture: To hit the Paris climate goals without geoengineering, the world has to do three broad (and incredibly ambitious) things:
1) Global CO2 emissions from energy and …

Multiple State, Federal Bills Introduced to Stop the Spread of E15
March 24, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Daniel Strohl (Hemmings Daily)  …   The most extreme of those bills, H.R. 1314, which Virginia Representative Robert Goodlatte introduced, calls for the elimination of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the portion of the Clean …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 24, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) When it comes to cutting emissions from transport, shipping and aviation are often considered the elephant in the room: having been excluded from the Paris agreement and being inadequately addressed under existing …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 23, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv) In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

The aviation sector is dependent …

Preem and Vattenfall Collaborate on Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Vattenfall)  Vattenfall aims to provide climate-smart hydrogen gas to large-scale production of biofuel.

Preem and Vattenfall have concluded an agreement to investigate the potential of using climate-smart hydrogen gas in the large scale production of biofuel …

Mustard Seeds without Mustard Flavor: New Robust Oilseed Crop Can Resist Global Warming
March 23, 2017 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Copenhagen)  University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is …

20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum — July 11, 2017 — Washington, DC
March 23, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum   —    July 11, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will bring together 40-50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every state across …

U.S. National Biodiesel Board Petitions against ‘Illegal’ Biodiesel Imports
March 23, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Christine Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The National Biodiesel Board said on Thursday it has filed a petition to the U.S. government to investigate imports from Argentina and Indonesia, saying they have violated trade laws …

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive
March 23, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming, many experts find it at least as damaging to the environment as ordinary fuel. Another …

Be the Buzz of BIO–Nomination DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
March 23, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
Be the Buzz of BIO–Nomination DEADLINE:  March 31, 2017

Are you an innovative biotech company that is R&D-intensive and is developing strategic partnerships within the industry? Nominate your company to be the Buzz of BIO! But hurry! Only 40 nominations will be accepted in …

EnergyPath 2017 — For Our Future: Carbon Reduction — July 24-27, 2017 — Center Valley, PA
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EnergyPath 2017 — For Our Future: Carbon Reduction   —   July 24-27, 2017   —   Center Valley, PA

Energypath is the region’s largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for …

Maryland Grain Producers Promote E15 across Mid-Atlantic
March 23, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board has launched a four-month ethanol advertising campaign in the Mid-Atlantic. This includes postcards, bus, video, internet and radio advertising designed to highlight …

Trump Loyalty to Rural Votes Under Scrutiny at Confirmation (1)
March 23, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former …

Proteins Interactions Hold Key for Maximizing Oil Production in Plants for Biofuels and Biomaterials
March 23, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Lab Manager)  Findings point to new biochemical strategies for increasing oil yield from crops grown to produce biofuels and biomaterials  —  …  By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group …

Problem of Producing Cheap Biofuel from Cassava Solved
March 23, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  New yeast species is key to cutting cost  —  … After 18 months of research and experiments, the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research (TISTR) has found that they can use a species …

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks …

Vopak Americas Awards Matrix Service EPC of Brownfield Expansion Project at Deer Park, Texas Terminal
March 23, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Vopak Americas/Globe Newswire)  Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq:MTRX) announced today that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc. has been awarded the engineering, fabrication, procurement, and construction of 10 new tanks and associated balance of plant work by …

African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) Selects Nine Institutions to Develop Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Research Projects Across the Continent
March 23, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) has the mission of supporting Sub-Saharan countries in scaling-up the adoption of clean technologies for adaptation and mitigation, through activities that include knowledge creation and dissemination, support to …

DC’s Climate Change: Renewables Adapting to Shifting Political Weather
March 23, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Over at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, new lab director Martin Keller told the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association that “renewable energy needs a new story to tell.” The Denver …

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
March 23, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 1, 2017 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
March 22, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy   —   December 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC    DEADLINE:   September 15, 2017

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 1, 2017 — Washington, DC
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10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy   —   December 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, IRENA Study Finds
March 22, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Zawaya)  …  The report also describes how the energy sector transition needs to go beyond the power sector into all end-use sectors. Renewables need to account for the majority of power generation in 2050, based …

As Carbon Tax Increases Costs, Calgary Transit Considers Renewable Diesel
March 22, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Annalise Klingbeil  (Calgary Sun)  With the province’s new carbon tax expected to cost Calgary Transit at least $3.75 million over the next two years, city bureaucrats may soon study if switching buses to renewable …

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day
March 22, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … (Rudolf) Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name, ran early models on peanut oil, and was an ardent believer in vegetable oil-based fuel. That’s why the biodiesel industry …

Biox Explores Renewable Diesel Production in Sombra, Ontario
March 22, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Canada-based biodiesel producer Biox Corp. is exploring co-locating a renewable diesel production facility next to the 50 MMly (13.2 MMgy) biodiesel plant it purchased from Methes Energies last year in …

2017-’18 RVOs Assumed Intact as Regulatory Freeze Deadline Passes
March 22, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  March 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. Among the regulations on hold during the …

Exploring The Symbiotic Relationship of Lichens Could Make For Better Biofuel Production
March 22, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Researchers at John Hopkins University, USA, have created artificial lichens using bacteria and yeast that are capable of producing materials for biofuels directly from sunlight and CO2.

The research is published in the open …

Methane Plant Is the First to Use Nopal
March 22, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Mexico News Daily)  A staple of Mexican landscapes and countless dishes, nopal — also known as prickly pear cactus — is now powering a tortilla plant and two vehicles in Michoacán.

It was 10 years ago that Rogelio Sosa …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

ISO Publishes New Marine Fuel Specs, Paving Way for More Biofuels in Blend
March 22, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Ned Molloy (Platts)  The International Organisation for Standardisation has launched a new class of marine fuel specifications to provide standards for higher quantities of biofuels to be blended into marine distillates, and making reporting of …

Veterans Encourage President to Include Ethanol, RFS in Energy Plan
March 22, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 120 military veterans working and investing in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Trump last week, urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

Ethanol Summit 2017 — June 26-27, 2017 — São Paulo, Brazil
March 22, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Summit 2017   —   June 26-27, 2017   —   São Paulo, Brazil

Launched by the Sugar Cane Industry Union (UNICA) in 2007 and held every two years, the Ethanol Summit is one of the world’s leading renewable energy events, particularly ethanol and sugar cane products -sugar.  

The meeting …

Bioenergy Gets Graphic with New Illustrated Guide to the Subject
March 22, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Manchester)  A new graphic novel which addresses the big questions around bioenergy and climate change is being launched by The University of Manchester ahead of a major conference this week.

In a unique collaboration …

Any Alcohol into Any Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
March 22, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?
March 22, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There’s a theory going around that biofuels are “government fuels” — and prices are set around a table in Washington, DC. But if you visit the big biodiesel and …

Carbon Tax Talk Exposes White House Factions
March 22, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A friendly meeting at the White House with former secretary of State James Baker and fellow Republicans pushing a carbon tax has underscored the increasingly tense relationship between President …

ABLC NEXT 2017 — October 16-18, 2017 — San Francisco, CA
March 21, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
ABLC NEXT 2017  —   October 16-18, 2017   —   San Francisco, CA

SAVE THE DATE!  Place:  Nikko Hotel, San Francisco California

National Farmers Union Passes Resolution to Support E30 Use
March 20, 2017 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union called for the U.S. EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Economists: Octane Premium Offsets Ethanol Energy Penalty
March 20, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol critics bash the fuel for its lower energy value than gasoline, while ethanol supporters point to its octane-boosting properties. University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and …

Greenbelt Resources Commissions First Waste-to-Ethanol System in Australia
March 20, 2017 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)  Important Milestone Demonstrates International Commercial Scale and Viability  —   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today that it has commissioned the first waste-to-ethanol system …

Company Hopes to Make Cellulosic Ethanol at under $1 per Gallon
March 20, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After announcing plans to purchase an aspirant cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has released a bold cost-of-production estimate after researching the economics of its patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

Wassup, DOE? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
March 20, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE? Bioenergy Technologies Office Director Jonathan Male answered the question in this update, given at ABLC 2017 in Washington. In this deck, he looks at milestones …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

Groups Hail Recall of EPA’s Federal Fuel Economy and Emissions Rules
March 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.”

Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said …

Growth Energy Files Comments on Ontario’s Development of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 20, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy recently filed comments and exhibits to Canada’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on the Canadian province of Ontario’s discussion paper, “Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard for Gasoline in …

Louisiana Becomes 29th State to Adopt E15 Ethanol
March 20, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Louisiana is now the 29th state to offer consumers a better choice at the pump – gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol known as E15.

The latest in this market expansion is a RaceTrac …

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
March 20, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand
March 20, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per …

NASA-Led Study Confirms that Aviation Biofuels Can Be a Boon for the Environment
March 16, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Alan Boyle (GeekWire/Yahoo!)  A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate pollution – providing a potential boost for technologies that are being pioneered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The study, …

NREL’s Bioeconomy Industry Partnership Day — April 12, 2017 — Golden, CO
March 14, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment
NREL’s Bioeconomy Industry Partnership Day   —   April 12, 2017   —   Golden, CO

Leveraging private enterprise capital with public funds and NREL infrastructure to accelerate technology commercialization for the bioeconomy.

This invitation-only, full-day event will focus on all things related to the bioeconomy: biomass characterization and conversion, biofuels and …

tcbiomass — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL
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tcbiomass   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL

Since its inaugural event in 2009, tcbiomass has become a hallmark conference in the world of bioenergy. From the beginning, the role of event founder Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a pioneering energy research and development …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS: tcbiomass2017 — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS:  tcbiomass2017   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL    DEADLINE:  April 15, 2017

Researchers and technology developers are invited to share their process innovations and insights to enable the production of clean heat and power, transportation fuels, chemicals, biochar, and other high-value products. Undergraduate and graduate students whose …

The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration — March 23, 2017 — Seattle, WA
March 14, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration —   March 23, 2017   —   Seattle, WA

(also by live webcast)  Please join Stoel Rives attorneys as they provide their insight at The Seminar Group: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration on March 23 in Seattle, Washington.

These topics will be covered:

Priorities of …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture-Europe — May 9-10, 2017 — Utrecht, Netherlands
March 14, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture-Europe   —   May 9-10, 2017   —   Utrecht, Netherlands

From exhibitions and scientific displays to discussion forums and live demonstrations, we have challenged ourselves to offer something of interest to visitors right along the value chain.

When GFIA was launched in 2014 at the invitation …

WEBINAR: Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods — March 27, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods   —   March 27, 2017

The soon to be released “Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods” provides procedures and guidelines to characterize biochar and the background for proposed analytical techniques.

Lead editor, Dr. Balwant Singh, will highlight some of the most useful information …

Education Internships at Idaho National Laboratory
March 14, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Idaho National Laboratory)  As a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced …

Education: NEWBio Teacher Training Workshop DEADLINE:
March 14, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  Spend a week (July 10-14, 2017) at University Park (Penn State) learning about current bioenergy research from nationally recognized faculty.  Renewable Energy alternatives are vital for the health of our planet, and the NEWBio …

Education: Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: March 17, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  The Bioenergy Scholars Program offers summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, …

Education: Graduate Program Bioenergy Scholarships–Graduate Distance Education DEADLINE: March 20, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  The NEWBio graduate distance education program provides scholarship support to students wanting to enroll for one of the following online courses from Penn State World Campus:

Bioenergy
Bioenergy Feedstocks
Bioenergy Harvest and Logistics
Conversion …

New ASTM High-Octane Fuel Standard Published
March 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Last week, ASTM International published an important new high-octane fuel standard, ASTM D8076 – 17, Standard Specification for 100 Research Octane Number Test Fuel for Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines. A major victory for the …

Co-op Aiming to Boost Farmer Biodiesel Use
March 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  An Iowa farm cooperative wants to convince more farmers in the state to use biodiesel by showing just how well it performs.

United Farmers Cooperative of Afton, Iowa compared the performance of …

The Role of Biodiesel in Curbing Pollution
March 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Sandeep Chaturvedi (Biodiesel Association of India/Financial Express)  Rapidly increasing vehicular pollution and complete neglect by the authorities to take pollution-reduction measures over the past few decades have resulted in deterioration of ambient air quality …

Second-Generation Biofuels ‘More Cost-Effective’ than First-Generation Biofuels, New Study Suggests
March 14, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International) Investment in ethanol production from waste biomass could have great economic environmental benefits, according to a new study from researchers from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory.

In this study, the …

Scientists Are Conspicuously Missing from Trump’s Government
March 14, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a …

CBA Event Highlights California’s Thriving Biodiesel Market
March 14, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Celia DuBose (California Biodiesel Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jennifer Case, chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, ended her opening address at the sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference March 1 in Sacramento with one simple message: The world …

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Helped Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by a Staggering 6.7 Million Tons in 2016
March 14, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Neste is the world’s leading company producing renewable diesel from waste and residues. Its low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel refined from renewable raw materials helped its users replace conventional diesel and reduce carbon …

Going Green after St. Patrick’s Day
March 14, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Don’t put away all your green gear after St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll need it again on Saturday to celebrate National Biodiesel Day.  —  Whether it’s energy independence, energy security, greenhouse gas reduction …