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MichBio Responds to Flawed University of Michigan Research Study on Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
August 26, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(MichBio/BusinessWire)  MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a University of Michigan research study that claims the rising use of biofuels in the U.S. has led to a net increase in carbon dioxide emissions associated with global warming.

Professor DeCicco’s most recent, and flawed, study funded by the oil industry gives an inappropriate unearned carbon storage credit to the petroleum industry. The oil industry may have paid for the study, but they do not pay for carbon storage or carbon recycling. The biofuels industry, by comparison, does create an economic incentive to recycle carbon.

Professor DeCicco’s modeling gives fossil fuels a credit for carbon storage from existing forests and agriculture. This inclusion is wholly inappropriate in a lifecycle model because there is no economic relationship between the fossil fuel industry and agriculture or forestry. Farmers do not plant crops to soak up carbon emissions from oil use; nor do forest owners preserve forests to store carbon emissions from oil use. DeCicco inappropriately argues that all carbon in the atmosphere is the same, so biofuels are the same as or worse than petroleum fuels. But biofuels provide a direct economic incentive to farmers and foresters to manage land and recycle carbon. The oil industry creates no such incentive.

Unfortunately, DeCicco simply built a model that gives him the answer he wants. No competent life cycle assessment assumes that biofuels are carbon neutral, only that the actual carbon content of the fuels came from the atmosphere in the first place and returns to the atmosphere when it is combusted. That much is simple chemistry, and without argument. For the rest of the biofuel life cycle, the question of carbon neutrality is very much a research question, not a decided issue as DeCicco would have one believe.

The independently funded Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has demonstrated that conventional biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34 percent over their lifecycle, while advanced biofuels can reduce emissions by 100 percent or more over conventional gasoline.

“It’s unfortunate when scientists conduct research predicated on assumptions that lead to biased results, rather than conducting a truly independent analysis,” said Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO, MichBio. “Moreover, the Petroleum Institute’s direct funding of the research calls into question any impartiality on the part of the research team and hence the study’s conclusions.”

In sum, this study is an attempt by the oil industry to smear the biofuels industry and stifle competition in the fuels market. It ignores the benefits of Michigan’s homegrown biofuels industry, and if its conclusions were to be valid stands to hinder a potential economic driver for Michigan and the U.S.

MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan’s biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include biosciences companies, academic and research institutions, biosciences service providers, and related organizations. READ MORE and MORE (Renewable Fuels Association) and MORE  / MORE (Michigan Live) and MORE (The Hill) and MORE (Road Show) and MORE (Telegraph) and MORE (AutoBlog)  and MORE (Phys.Org)  and MORE (Biofuels Journal)  and MORE (International Business Times) and MORE (Climate Central) and MORE (The Global Warming Policy Forum)   Abstract (Climate Change)



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

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

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

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

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

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



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Tim Walz Visits Al-Corn to Show Support for Homegrown Biofuels
August 26, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Rep. Tim Walz visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont on Aug 24 to learn more about the plant’s upcoming expansion exercise and reiterate his support for clean Minnesota-produced renewable biofuels.

Walz was briefed on Al-Corn’s $146 million expansion exercise which will provide a significant boost for the economy in Claremont and its surrounding towns.

“Visiting Al-Corn in Claremont is such a wonderful reminder that we can use our American ingenuity to control our own energy destiny and revitalize our economy at the same time. I am proud of the work we do in southern Minnesota to create a new energy future for our nation and the innovation that moves us forward,” he said.

“Over the last 20 years, Al-Corn has supported the economy of Minnesota and our rural communities and we will continue to do so. Once we have completed our modernization and expansion project, we will be able to create additional value for farmers in the region, produce more livestock feed and biodiesel feedstock, and provide Minnesota’s transportation sector with more clean, renewable fuel,” said Randall Doyal, Al-Corn’s CEO.
During the visit, which was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Walz said the huge jump in E15 sales in the first half of the year in the state was proof that Minnesotans want clean homegrown renewable fuels.
In the first half of the year, E15 sales in Minnesota reached 2.77 million gallons, 90 percent of the total amount sold in 2015 (3.09 million gallons). READ MORE


MichBio Responds to Flawed University of Michigan Research Study on Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
August 26, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(MichBio/BusinessWire)  MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a University of Michigan research study that claims the rising use of biofuels in the U.S. has led …

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

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

Chemical Watch WEBINAR Series on “The New TSCA” — September 12, 2016
August 26, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
Chemical Watch WEBINAR Series on “The New TSCA”  —   September 12, 2016

Third in Chemical Watch’s series on TSCA reform, this webinar will focus on changes to the US’s information and reporting requirements under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.

The programme will cover reporting and recordkeeping obligations, confidential business …

California Scores Tremendous Victories on Climate Policy and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
August 26, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) is pleased to announce that the California State Senate and Assembly have approved a pair of ground-breaking climate bills (SB 32 and AB 197). Governor …

How to Tell #Biofuel’s Sustainability Story
August 26, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Sustainability is a key topic in both the biofuels industry as well as among consumers. However, each person seems to have a different definition of what exactly sustainable means. Industry efforts …

Octane Value Takes Center Stage During #ACE2016
August 26, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Higher octane. The automakers want it. Many consumers want it. But how to get it? Ethanol.  —  Many in the ethanol industry have begun to realize that one of the pathways …

Fill up on Ethanol for 85 Cents a Gallon – But You Better Hurry
August 26, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Madans (Orange County Register)  To celebrate its opening, a new E85 gas station in Santa Ana is offering E85 ethanol for 85 cents a gallon.  The deal only lasts until 3 p.m. today …

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Enzymology — March 20-21, 2017 — Rome, Italy DEADLINE: unclear
August 26, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  International Conference on Enzymology — March 20-21, 2017 — Rome, Italy   DEADLINE:  unclear

International Conference on Enzymology, will be organized around the theme “Exemplifying the Prominence of Enzymology among Interdisciplinary Sciences”
Enzymology 2017 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive …

International Conference on Enzymology — March 20-21, 2017 — Rome, Italy
August 26, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment
International Conference on Enzymology   —  March 20-21, 2017  —   Rome, Italy

International Conference on Enzymology, will be organized around the theme “Exemplifying the Prominence of Enzymology among Interdisciplinary Sciences”
Enzymology 2017 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive …

U.N. Aviation Emissions Pact to Let States Opt out in First Phase: Sources
August 26, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by  Allison Lampert and Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  A new global deal on curbing aviation emissions will likely give states the right to opt out of its initial voluntary phases, according to sources familiar with the …

Early-Stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best
August 26, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this report, we are focused on bioenergy and biofuels (and not bioproducts) that are moving from the lab to initial commercial demonstrations and …

Biorenewables Megatrends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the advanced bioeconomy’s progress
August 26, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on Biorenewables Megatrends with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, who gave these incisive slides on the state of commercialization in fuels, chemicals, biomaterials and nutrition. READ …

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?
August 26, 2016 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or iso-butanol or some other compound that would be more compatible with gasoline and the present …

Company Produces Biodiesel for Own Truck Fleet
August 25, 2016 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(National Transport Confederation (Google Translation))  Fuel is produced from used cooking oil. Goal is to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases —  … About two months, Camaqua Distributor installed a biodiesel production plant, to expand …

Boating on Biofuels
August 25, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Chip Bowling (Capital Gazette/National Corn Growers Association) Letter to Editor:  As a boater from Southern Maryland, I read Chris Dollar’s latest column with interest (The Capital, July 17). But he cited some inaccurate claims from …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Jill Stein Calls for ‘Green New Deal’ to Address Climate Change
August 25, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  … Climate change, she (Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein) said during a National Press Club event on Tuesday, is an “emergency expounded by racial disparities. … We call for a joint …

Feature: Could a RINs Market Probe Fuel RFS Reforms?
August 25, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Herman Wang (Platts)  Growing pressure for a federal probe of the opaque market underpinning the Renewable Fuel Standard could bolster efforts to dramatically reform the landmark biofuels policy.
Earlier this month, billionaire investor …

EPA Signals It Will Start Looking at Mandating Higher Octane Gasoline
August 25, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Richard Truett (Automotive News)  Raising the octane in gasoline — seen as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in today’s high-tech turbocharged, direct-injected engines — looks like it will get some …

API-Funded Study Obscures Lifecycle Emission Benefits of Biofuels
August 25, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, University of Michigan Energy Institute researchers, led by longtime biofuels critic Professor John DeCicco, released a study funded by the American Petroleum Institute (API) claiming biofuels do not reduce carbon emissions …

Recycled Tyres Are ‘Overlooked’ as a Biofuel Source
August 25, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Biofuels International)  Oil from recycled tyres has been overlooked as a potential biofuel source, yet it is the most reliable and easiest to refine of all, according to oil expert Tim Rose …

Sustainability in the Market Important to Company Success
August 25, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Donna Funk (K·Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … One way food companies can connect to this new consumer mindset is to expand the role of biofuels in their supply chain and to actively communicate the benefits …

Got octane?
August 25, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to increase demand for our fuel based on its octane value proposition.
The American Coalition for Ethanol …

New Generation Drives Global Economy
August 25, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Given the instability in the world, there never has been a time in the history of the ethanol industry when it has been more important. Important to our national …

King of the Corn Drag Racing Highlighs Ethanol
August 25, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Nationals shines a spotlight on high ethanol blends in inaugural street car race.  —  Larry Larson made history this summer when he won the Ethanol Nationals, the first …

NYC to Test Renewable Diesel
August 25, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Government-Fleet)  New York City plans to test the use of renewable diesel in its fleet across at least four departments and in several hundred vehicles in 2017 to help meet Mayor Bill de Blasio’s aggressive …

Report: Canadian Ethanol Industry Operating at Full Capacity
August 25, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada recently filed annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting the nation’s ethanol industry has consolidated and plants are running at capacity.
The …

Mexico to Ban Gasoline Oxygenated with Ethanol in Three Urban Centers
August 25, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

By Ana Isabel Martinez (Reuters Africa)  Mexico will ban the sale of gasoline oxygenated with ethanol beginning in late October in three major urban centers as part of a push to combat the worst pollution …

Advanced Biorefinery Proposed for Eastern North Dakota
August 25, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel. The North …

Kansas Cellulosic Plant to Sell
August 25, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Draws Wide Interest — … Mark Fisler, managing director of Los Angeles-based Ocean Park Advisers, the company hired by Abengoa to sell the biomass-based ethanol …

Here’s Why We Need to Keep Pressing Ahead on Renewable Fuels
August 25, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by  John M. Urbanchuk (PennLive/ABF Economics LLP)  … Thanks to the RFS, nearly every drop of gasoline sold now contains at least ten percent renewable fuel, like ethanol, made right here in the United States.
Last year, …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Another Billionaire Bailout?
August 25, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Bloomberg/Advanced Biofuels Business Council)  … (Carl) Icahn’s ask is pretty simple. He wants the EPA to change the rules midstream to relieve his petroleum refining assets of their obligations.

The RFS, for its part, …

The Long Winding Road to Algae’s Promised Land
August 25, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgae Industry Magazine contributing editor, emeritus agribusiness professor at Arizona State University, and algae industry icon Mark Edwards is interviewed this month in nutraingredients-usa.com on how and why the algae industry has a …

Biofuels Worse for Climate Change than Gasoline, U-M Study Says
August 25, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Keith Matheny (Detroit Free Press)  The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry — promoted and expanded for over a decade by the federal government — may be built on a false assumption, according to a new University …

California Assembly Approves Climate Change Law
August 25, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Anshu Siripurapu (Sacramento Bee)  After an intense floor debate, a bill extending California’s greenhouse gas emission targets squeaked by in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 32 was seen as a crucial step for reauthorizing the …

Brazilian Car Prototype Covers 300 Km Using Only 1 Liter of Ethanol
August 25, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  It might sound like science fiction but it’s not! Employees of Parana Technological University in Brazil designed a vehicle prototype that can cover a distance of more than 300 kilometers with just one …

Hopewell Ethanol Plant Celebrates Opening
August 25, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(The Progress-Index)  … Green Plains Inc., a Omaha, Nebraska-based ethanol company, bought the Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell from Future Fuels LLP for $18.25 million on Oct. 23, 2015.
The ethanol facility, which opened in …

Strategic Intent: The Digest 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer, Bunge and Monsanto
August 25, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

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

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?
August 25, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  … Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. … And yet, despite this skepticism, lithium …

Greenbelt Resources Announces SEC Filing to Conduct Public Offering
August 25, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  Company Plans to Build Model Waste-to-Energy Ecosystem  —  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today that it plans to raise $16M through a Regulation A+ …

Microbeads. Reviled, Yes. Useful, Yes. What’s the Alternative?
August 25, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The BBC is reporting that although microplastics form only 0.01% to 4.1% of the total plastic waste dumped into the seas, researchers have been especially concerned about microplastics because of …

A Letter to Fans of Green Racing from the Greenspeed Research Team–Back on the Salt
August 24, 2016 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Schenker (Greenspeed Research)  Yes, we have been quiet lately. We’ve been able to work twice as hard now that Dave and Patrick are both graduated. We have been heads down and focused.
It has …

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Program Awards Vouches to Five Bioenergy Companies
August 24, 2016 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awarded $8 million worth of research vouchers to 43 small businesses, of which five were related to bioenergy:
Avatar Sustainable Technologies, …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol Producer, and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
August 24, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.5 billion gallons per year with 17 plants located in …

Abengoa Plants Go to Green Plains: Ethanol’s Jolly Giant Gets Bigger
August 24, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa Bioenergy with combined annual production …

IFC Invests BRL 150 Million in CerradinhoBio to Support the Growth of Renewable Energy Production in Brazil
August 24, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(The Financial)  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide BRL 150 million  of long-term financing to CerradinhoBio, an ethanol and biomass-based electricity producer operating in the state of Goias, in Brazil.
This investment …

Ethanol Credit Spike Divides Gas Stations
August 24, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (FuelFix)  Now gas station owners say they, too, are losing out after the price of RINs –  the credits which refineries must have to prove there is ethanol and other biofuels in …

£1.7m Boost for Biofuel Firm
August 24, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Motherwell Times)  A Newarthill project promoting the use of biodiesels has been awarded £1.7 million in EU funding. Argent Energy will coordinate partners from Austria, France and two from the UK, Perth-based Stagecoach Bus and …

Enerkem’s Facility in Edmonton Becomes the First ISCC Certified Plant in the World to Convert Municipal Solid Waste into Biomethanol
August 24, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, …

Algae for Wastewater Treatment Forum — October 23, 2016 — Phoenix, AZ
August 24, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
Algae for Wastewater Treatment Forum   —   October 23, 2016   —   Phoenix, AZ

Opportunities in Operational Energy Efficiency, Product Recovery and Low Cost Systems  —  State regulators, municipalities and other industrialized jurisdictions are increasingly moving toward tertiary wastewater treatment as a means to mitigate the environmental impacts of …

How Loyola Converts Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel That Fuels Their Buses
August 24, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schipper (DNA info)  Loyola University has the only college-level chemical manufacturing business in the country that is federally licensed to produce and sell biodiesel on the open market.

Loyola’s warehouse-like refining facility, accessed through a …

What Role Can Biofuels Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
August 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by David Suzuki (EcoWatch)  The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner …

Iowa Teen Promotes Ethanol at DNC, RNC
August 23, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  It’s hard to beat this as a summer job for a Des Moines teenager: Two weeks at the Republican and Democratic national conventions as part of an Iowa team promoting ethanol.
Otto …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But EVs still only account for 1% of …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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