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The Words that May Not Be Said: Biofuel, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Jetfuel
January 23, 2015 – 4:42 pm | One Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Absent from President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Message and from remarks made by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the DC Auto Show, the words “biofuel,”  “ethanol,” “biodiesel,” “renewable jetfuel” or any variation of those.  Except for a quick obtuse mention in a SOTU list of “the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs — converting sunlight into liquid fuel” (What did listeners think that meant?), the achievements of biofuels replacing 10% of our transportation fossil fuels, sustaining our rural economies through a tough recession and providing new international markets for animal feed and fuel were ignored.

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz reflected in the rear window of a Ford F-150 pick-up, winner of the Green Car of the Year Award for Technology.

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz reflected in the rear window of a Ford F-150 pick-up, winner of the Green Car of the Year Award for Technology.

Secretary Moniz focused instead on the administration’s priority—transitioning to coal/natural gas/nuclear-powered electric personal transportation and hydrogen fuel cells, as if those are the only ways of achieving his stated goals of “increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption.”  Apparently, as far as Secretary Moniz is concerned, all the investment DOE put into biofuels had no effect on either of those goals.

Apparently, the 10% substitution of renewable fuels for fossil fuels and the efficiency gains realized from smaller, more powerful engines enabled by high octane/high ethanol fuels are beneath his notice.

At an SAE-sponsored plenary session also at the DC Auto Show Policy Day, sticking with the practice of avoiding those dangerous words, Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation for the U.S. Dept. of Energy who oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation sector (which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices) spoke of “optimization of fuels and engines,” designing fuels and engines together to achieve greater efficiencies.

SAE Plenary Panel as seated from the left end of the group: Joseph B. White, Reuters’ Transportation Editor;  John Bozzella, President & CEO, Global Automakers; John DeCicco, Research Professor, Energy Institute at the University of Michigan; Anne Ferro, President & CEO, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy; Ravi Shanker, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Research; Dan Smith, Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety, National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration

SAE Plenary Panel as seated from the left end of the group: Joseph B. White, Reuters’ Transportation Editor; John Bozzella, President & CEO, Global Automakers; John DeCicco, Research Professor, Energy Institute at the University of Michigan; Anne Ferro, President & CEO, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy; Ravi Shanker, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Research; Dan Smith, Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety, National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration

This sounded like a wonderful insight; however, when pushed to elaborate, pointing out that the carbon dioxide coming out of a combustion engine was the same regardless of the source, he stuck with the administration’s emphasis on non-renewables, emphasizing that if optimum performance could be gained from petroleum or natural gas molecules as well as renewable ones, that all were equal from an all-of-the-above-ish perspective.

It took another panel member, John DeCicco, Research Professor at the Energy Institute of the University of Michigan, to explain why biofuels might be the better choice if greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide emissions were also at issue.  He introduced to the hundreds in the audience the concept of life cycle analysis and emphasized the need to compare the sources of the carbon in the fuel to understand why the carbon coming out of the tailpipe is not “the same” in some important aspects.  Thank you, Professor DeCicco!

One of these days, maybe the President and those in his Administration in charge of facilitating, encouraging and funding R&D for “the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs — converting sunlight into liquid fuel” will say what they mean—developing and producing biofuels, ethanol, biodiesel; and renewable diesel, jetfuel and heating oil, for the economic health of this country and the environmental health of the planet.

 

All photos by J. Ivancic

*Joanne Ivancic, serves as Executive Director of Advanced Biofuels USA. She also served as a lobbyist promoting advanced biofuels research and production on Capitol Hill and with executive agencies.  She has observed the development of advanced biofuels’ research and financing for more than fifteen years. From 2010 to 2013 she was voted one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy by Biofuels Digest readers and editors.



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Matt Blunt Delivers Message to NBB Attendees
January 24, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  It was good to see former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt on stage today at the National Biodiesel Conference. Matt accomplished great things for the industry during his time in office. He is now the President of the American Automotive Policy Council and lives in Virginia. …

“American ingenuity and perseverance are expanding energy supplies across the board– and biodiesel is no exception. Americans would much rather have American farmers working to fuel our transportation industry than foreign leaders who do not share our values or our commitment to free government.

As both a former governor and a Naval officer I can tell you energy security remains among biofuels’ most important benefits.

Sending billions of dollars every year to nations that do not share the interests of the United States is clearly not an ideal public policy

Growing our own fuel is growing agriculture in Missouri and across the country.”  READ MORE includes audio of speech

 



The Words that May Not Be Said: Biofuel, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Jetfuel
January 23, 2015 – 4:42 pm | One Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Absent from President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Message and from remarks made by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the DC Auto Show, the words “biofuel,”  “ethanol,” “biodiesel,” …

New Campaign to Urge 2016 Caucus Candidates to Support Renewable Fuels
January 23, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Reid Chandler (WHOTV.com)  Governor Terry Branstad announced Thursday a new campaign promoting the Renewable Fuel Standard, aimed at potential presidential nominees visiting Iowa during the caucus season.

The multimillion-dollar campaign, dubbed America’s Renewable Future, will …

Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies
January 23, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)   Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest …

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium Awards Contract to Construct Innovative Agriculture and Energy Pilot Project at Masdar City
January 21, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Masdar Institute)  Research puts UAE at forefront of global movement to create sustainable, alternative fuels that do not compete with food production
Based on ground-breaking research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Sustainable …

Energy Independence Summit 2015 February 22-24 Washington, DC
January 21, 2015 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
Energy Independence Summit 2015     February 22-24    Washington, DC

Join us in Washington, DC for the nation’s premier alternative fuel vehicle policy summit, where the nation’s Clean Cities Coalitions and transportation energy leaders will convene to share best practices and educate federal policy makers …

Biodiesel 2015: The Top 14 Trends for the New Year
January 21, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New technologies, new markets, new research and most of the same policy challenges, as we look at the 14 top trends for 2015. …
1. Falling oil prices – what’s the …

4 Mintues with …. Dr. Nancy Ho, Founder, Green Tech America
January 21, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My company plays an important role in providing our super efficient yeast, named as the Ho-Purdue Yeast … efficiently convert corn mash added 15% cellulosic sugars to produce high concentrations of …

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
January 20, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and …

8th Biofuels International Conference September 22-24, 2015 Porto, Portugal
January 20, 2015 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
8th Biofuels International Conference   September 22-24, 2015    Porto, Portugal

This year’s event is in association with biodiesel production equipment specialist IncBio. The company supplies biodiesel plants across Europe, incorporating some of the most advanced and efficient technologies in the world. On day one of …

Major Gasoline Retailer Sheetz Expands E15 in the Mid-Atlantic
January 20, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, Sheetz — a major retail gas station chain in the Mid-Atlantic — announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer E15 by the spring of 2016. This announcement …

More Ethanol Producers Should Sell Directly to Gas Retailers
January 20, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.
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Although there are other ethanol plants that …

Dangerously in Denial on Climate Change
January 20, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by  Catherine Rampell (The Washington Post) … In recent weeks, West Virginia has snatched national headlines for its attempts to doctor school science standards to discredit climate change. The sixth-grade science curriculum, for example, was amended …

Council Members Push to Bring Greener Fuel to the Staten Island Ferry
January 20, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Vincent Barone (SI Live)  Conversation has begun between city officials and council members on legislation that would increase the amount of biofuel used in city-owned vessels, including the Staten Island Ferry.
Legislation introduced by Queens Councilman …

Life Cycle Analysis Study: Biodiesel from Animal Fat Produces 85% Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions
January 20, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(European Fat Processors and Renderers Association)    Biodiesel made from animal fat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to fossil fuels. This exceptional figure has been confirmed by the findings of a recent study by the …

Declaring “The Truth Matters”, Biodiesel Leaders Say Policy Makers Need to Consider the Facts to Get the Renewable Fuels Standard Back on Track
January 20, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo opens with a fiery speech by the industry’s chief spokesperson.   Arguing that federal policy makers must see through the false attacks by renewable fuels opponents and provide …

4 Minutes with… Jens Sogaard Jacobsen, Group Sales Director, MBP Group
January 20, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We manage their by-products and ensure that this potential waste is brought to optimal use in the bioeconomy

Sustainability: in order to be acceptable in the long run the bioeconomy needs …

Cabinet Also Allows Private Manufacturers of Bio-Diesel to Sell It Directly to Consumers such as the Railways
January 20, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Vidhi Choudhary and Sayantan Bera (Live Mint)  On Friday, the cabinet also decided to allow private manufacturers of bio-diesel to sell it directly to users such as Indian Railways, seeking to reinforce the supply …

Department of Food Directs Sugar Mills to Expedite Ethanol Supply
January 20, 2015 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Anindita Dey  (Business Standard)  The department calls meet to gather information on number of sugar mills supplying ethanol and supply position of ethanol blending programme
The department of food has asked all sugar mills to expedite …

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass
January 20, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX chemicals.
In New York, Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and its subsidiary Axens have announced a strategic …

IEA Task 39 Newsletter #38 Online Focuses on Netherlands
January 20, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This issue features a Biofuels country update from the Netherlands, an update on Task 39’s ongoing work, and a short summary of some of other relevant news in the Biofuels area (such as …

A New Pew Survey Shows Americans Might Finally Be Getting Serious about Global Warming
January 20, 2015 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Roberto A. Ferdman (The Washington Post)  Pew Research Center is out with a new survey and, for the first time in years, it actually bodes well for those hoping climate change will finally become a …

Report: Renewables to Grow Faster than Fossil Fuels in 2015
January 20, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Charlotte Malone (Blue and Green Tomorrow)   Growth in renewable energy consumption is set to significantly outpace the growth seen in fossil fuels this year, according to a report. However, it also warns that non-fossil …

Brown Panel: To Cut CO2 Emissions, Make It Profitable
January 19, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Alex Kuffner (Providence Journal) To get power plants and other large polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change, make it financially attractive to them.  That was the key takeaway …

Beyond Boats To China
January 19, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?
The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import …

Opening Channels For Export
January 19, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is teaming up with Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on a new four-way partnership in ethanol export …

Petroleum Ministry Inaugurates Second Experimental Phase of Ethanol Use
January 19, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Shadia Basheri   (Sudan Vision Daily)  The Ministry of Petroleum has inaugurated today in Khartoum at the station of Nile Company for Petrol the second experimental phase of producing biofuels (Ethanol)  by a smart …

LANXESS Brings New Baynox Antioxidants onto the Market: Highly Concentrated Additives Prolong Shelf Life of Biodiesel
January 19, 2015 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(LANXESS)  Product launch at “Fuels of the Future” trade conference, Berlin, January 19-20, 2015    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is adding the highly concentrated additives Baynox Ultra and Baynox Cargo to its range for stabilizing biodiesel fuels. The …

US Ethanol Race Car Sponsored by Hydro Dynamics Featured on PBS Show
January 19, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Driver Jonathan Olmscheid of the Hydro Dynamics sponsored US Ethanol car discussed benefits of ethanol as a race fuel during an interview on the PBS show “Farm Connections” recorded near the end of …

Carbon Dioxide, an Important By-Product of Fermentation: Food Industry Applications and Usage
January 19, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd., Biofuels Digest)   … Much of the ethanol industry is concentrated in the nation’s regions which are also the regions which are the largest for much of the meat …

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny
January 19, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for acquisition, in part or in whole.  As BP continues to reel from its oil leak …

4 Minutes with….Franck Mode, Business Advisor, CADev
January 19, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Official economic development agency of the Champagne-Ardenne Region … 500M+ was invested in bioprocessing and 300+ jobs were created. As a result, Champagne-Ardenne is producing almost 700 kt/year bioproducts (Ethanol, Biodiesel, …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) July 14-16, 2015 N. Bethesda, MD DEADLINE: March 13, 2015
January 17, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held July 14-16, 2015 in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, …

Algae Around the World Symposium March 19, 2015 University of Cambridge, UK
January 17, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment
Algae Around the World Symposium     March 19, 2015   University of Cambridge, UK

EnAlgae in collaboration with the University of Cambridge is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, through collaborative projects.
Algae are present in every biome of the planet, …

Creative Adaptation: Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
January 17, 2015 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

Lynn Bergeson Lynn, Charles M. Auer, and Oscar Hernandez (Industrial Biotechnology)  READ MORE

National Biodiesel Conference and Expo January 19-22, 2015 Fort Worth, TX
January 17, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment
National Biodiesel Conference and Expo  January 19-22, 2015   Fort Worth, TX

The end of 2014 delivered two powerful shocks to the transportation fuels sector. First, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refused to decrease production to offset reduced demand, leading to the lowest oil …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 4 Washington DC DEADLINE September 15, 2015
January 17, 2015 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

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 …

Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 4 Washington DC
January 17, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy    December 4     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 …

World Congress of Bioenergy September 24-26, 2015 Xi’an, China
January 17, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
World Congress of Bioenergy   September 24-26, 2015     Xi’an, China

As a satellite conference of the Euro-Asia Economic Forum, the conference will set a highly comprehensive platform for academic and enterprises which could exchange and discuss in zero distance and look for the “foreign aid …

6th Annual Argus European Biomass Trading Conference April 14-16, 2015 London, UK
January 17, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment
6th Annual Argus European Biomass Trading Conference   April 14-16, 2015    London, UK

There is no question that the biomass market has evolved over the last twelve months — and is poised for further growth. Prospects for a model built on certainty, in which producers sell to power …

Waste to Biogas & Clean Fuels Finance & Investment Summit March 3-4, 2015 Santa Clara, CA
January 17, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment
Waste to Biogas & Clean Fuels Finance & Investment Summit   March 3-4, 2015   Santa Clara, CA

Infocast’s Waste to Biogas & Clean Fuels F&I Summit will bring together key government decision makers, municipalities, utilities, off-takers, commercial generators and fleet owners with feedstock providers, waste service companies, conversion technology companies, project /infrastructure …

Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference March 31-April 1, 2015 New York, NY
January 17, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference   March 31-April 1, 2015    New York, NY

Once again, RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and managing timberlands.
The Investment conference will …

B7 Biodiesel To Be Sold In Sarawak, Sabah, Labuan From End Of January
January 17, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Bernama)  A total of 366 petrol kiosks in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan will be selling B7 palm oil biodiesel from the end of this month, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas …

Gas Tax Hike Looking More Palatable to Republicans
January 16, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Fawn Johnson (National Journal)  Some lawmakers say there needs to be a rebate for low-income families. Others call it a “user fee.”   Lawmakers may have finally run out of arcane accounting options to …

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study
January 16, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if a global price is slapped on carbon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say in a …

EPA: 2014 Cellulosic RIN Generation Tops 33 Million
January 16, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting that more than 8.53 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. EIA data currently …

RFS Roundup: Senators Feinstein, Toomey Float Amendment to Cut Corn Ethanol from RFS
January 16, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  On January 16, Sens. Feinstein (D-CA) and Toomey (R-PA) floated an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill, the ‘Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015,’ that would remove corn …

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Keith Campbell  (Engineering News)  On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) …

Biodiesel Industry Says RFS Uncertainty a Reason for Lower 2014 Production
January 16, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Janell Thomas  (Farm Futures)  2014 biodiesel production drops from record levels noted in 2013; National Biodiesel Board says Renewable Fuel Standard has impact
Sluggish Renewable Fuel Volume announcements from Washington, D.C. are to blame in …

RFA: Ethanol Producers Meet Statutory 2014 RFS without Final Rule
January 16, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable identification number (RIN) generation data released by the U.S. EPA shows that the statutory 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) requirements established by Congress in 2007 could have easily been …

Report Offers a Framework to Help Policymakers, Researchers, and Other Stakeholders Analyze the Effects of Potential Changes to the U.S. Food System
January 16, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  To aid U.S. policymakers and other stakeholders who make decisions about the nation’s food system, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offers a framework for assessing the health, …

Argonne Model Analyzes Water Footprint of Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Greg Cunningham (Argonne National Laboratory)  A new version of an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of …

4 Minutes with… Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group
January 16, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BRAG tackles regulatory hindrances related to commercialization of biobased products and works to improve public awareness of the benefits of these products.

… BRAG will engage with the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Mississippi Files Fraud Lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR
January 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy  (The Dispatch/Associated Press)  The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.
The plan relies …

Algae Biomass Organization Applauds Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for Supporting Carbon Utilization Technology
January 15, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Senators urge Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to support carbon utilization throughout their programs.
The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse …

Export Incentive Viable Option For Producers
January 15, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Donna Funk   (Ethanol Producer Magazine/K-Coe Isom)  Ethanol producers exporting product may want to look into the Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corp. export incentive, which could qualify them for a 20 percent lower tax …

World-Herald Editorial: Cellulosic Ethanol Enters the Stage
January 15, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Omaha.com)  After years of anticipation, cellulosic ethanol production has taken a major step forward, with Iowa leading the way.
Plants in Iowa in 2014 became the first to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale. Production …

Boeing, Embraer Open Joint Aviation Biofuel Research Center in Brazil
January 15, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Boeing) Collaboration supports Brazil’s role in developing sustainable biofuel, helps meet aviation’s environmental goals.    Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer [BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ] today opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a …

Biodiesel Bus Scheme a Success
January 15, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)  A Yearlong pilot scheme involving more than 100 city buses running on a mixture of diesel fuels has been deemed a success.   “We are planning to use the new …

CPI Work to Transform Food Waste into Graphene and Renewable Hydrogen
January 15, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Centre for Process Innovation)  The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, namely graphene and renewable …

4 Minutes with… Nelson Barton, Vice President R&D, Genomatica
January 15, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Believe in the flexibility and diversity of biology. There is a solution. Your team will find a path forward.  READ MORE

First Biofuels Test Lab in Southeast Open at A-B Tech
January 15, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cronin (Citizen-Times)   The Southeast’s first biofuels testing lab will open Wednesday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Researchers at the lab “will provide convenient, cost-effective testing of biodiesel to assure quality …

Zimbabwe: Govt Okays Ethanol Project
January 15, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The Zanu-PF leadership here has given the Zimbabwe Bio-Energy the green light to set up a US$500 million ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi in a development expected to help the province attain …

Brazilian Ph.D. Candidate Awarded NEC Scholarship
January 15, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce Laís Thomaz* as the winner of a student scholarship that will send her to the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference: Going Global next …

The Chamber of Commerce Conveniently Forgets Its Attacks on Obama
January 15, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)  Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as he gave his annual report on the health of American business Wednesday.

“It seems to be …

Making Indirect Land Use Change Go Away
January 15, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the specter of falling oil prices spooks the sector, here’s good news from the Land of ILUC — a shocker study pointing a way towards mitigating or eliminating that …

Harvard Defies Divestment Campaigners and Invests Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fossil Fuels
January 14, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students over Harvard’s refusal to divest from companies that cause climate change
Harvard has newly invested tens …

Enzyme Could Create Biofuels 14 Times Faster than Current Methods
January 14, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to …

Crop Outlook Reveals Lower Corn Prices, Shrinking Demand from Biofuels
January 14, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  The crop demand outlook for the 2014/15 marketing year is a mixed bag, according to Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
Westhoff gave attendees of the American …

Ag Secretary Stresses Biofuels Support at AFBF
January 14, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Real farmers from around the country had a chance to ask Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack questions during an informal town hall-style meeting at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in …

Senator Vows to Bring the ‘Iowa Way’ to D.C.
January 14, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Daily)  Joni Ernst’s new office is about 1,100 miles from her hometown in rural southwest Iowa, but she’s determined to keep her “Iowa way” in the halls of Congress. …
When it …

Gevo Partners with Brenntag for Bio-Isobutanol Sale
January 14, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman (Green Chemicals Blog)  Gevo announced it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. (Brenntag Canada), a member of the Brenntag group companies for distribution into the solvents, oil & …

Labor Shortage Delays DuPont Plant Completion
January 14, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Aronsen  (Ames Tribune)  A worker shortage has delayed the completion date of DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant outside Nevada, according to the executive director of the Nevada Economic Development Council and an industry market …

TruMarx Intro’s Biodiesel, RINs Transaction Capability on COMET
January 14, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(TruMarx Data Partners Inc.)  TruMarx Data Partners Inc., the creator of COMET, an on-demand platform for custom bilateral OTC transactions, announced the introduction of biodiesel and RINs transaction capability.
COMET now supports direct bilateral transactions for …

Houston Fueling Station Prepares for B100, B50 Dispensing
January 14, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Construction is nearly complete at Root Fuel’s revamped Wallisville Road retail fueling location where Houston area truckers and diesel drivers will soon be able to fill up on B100 and …

China’s New Plastics Ban in Jilin Province Boosts Bioplastics Sector
January 14, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

By Nina Ying Sun (Plastics News)  A new ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and food service items is creating an unprecedented surge for bioplastics manufacturing in China. Unlike China’s nationwide plastic bag ban, which has …

EPA Approves Algenol Fuels for Renewable Fuel Standard
January 14, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algenol)  Algenol announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Fuels produced from Algenol …

Carbon Pricing Coming to Ontario, Strategy to Be Unveiled this Year
January 14, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Adrian Morrow (Globe and Mail)    The Ontario government is closing in on a plan to put a price on carbon emissions after nearly seven years of delays.   The Liberals have promised to make …

New French Biodiesel Limit Could Split EU Fuels Market – Oil, Car Lobbies
January 14, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Michel Rose, Gus Trompiz, Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  France’s increased limit on food-based biofuels in transport fuel could raise logistic and supply costs as it threatens to split the European single market for fuels, lobby groups …

Innovative Research, Applications and Approaches Keep Freudenberg-NOK Ahead of the Competition
January 14, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies/PR NewsWire)  The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit offers visitors an eye-pleasing preview of new cars and trucks. But in addition to amazing design, many of this year’s hottest vehicles …

4 Minutes with… Dr. M. Sugandi-Ratulangi, Director S&A PETROKIMIA
January 14, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … further interest includes domestic ethanol production and infrastructure studies for supply to the Chinese market from the Bitung Sea terminal.

As there is a new President in Indonesia with a “no …

New Farmer Co-Operative to Help Build Ontario Bioeconomy
January 14, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Farmers.com/Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative)  A group of Ontario farmers have a plan to convert crop residue into cellulosic sugar to help fuel the province’s bioeconomy. Based in Sarnia, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) will …

Shale vs OPEC: What’s Going on with Oil Prices? Will the Bleeding Stop, and When?
January 14, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Here’s what’s going on, as illustrated in this EIA chart, which shows the imbalance between increases in demand and the increases in non-OPEC production. In short, non-OPEC oil is being …

Researchers Say the Social Cost of Carbon Will Be 6 Times the Obama Administration’s Estimate
January 14, 2015 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Evan Lehmann (E&E Publishing/ClimateWire)  Climate change could have much larger impacts on the economy than the U.S. government is anticipating, according to an analysis released yesterday that suggests the social cost of carbon should …

Rep. Jared Huffman Introduces New Bill to Replace Gas Tax, Ensure Solvency of Highway Trust Fund, Fight Climate Change
January 14, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA 2nd)) New bill would ensure solvency of Highway Trust Fund, fully-fund public transportation — Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015, new legislation to stabilize …

Large-Scale Biodiesel Plant Set To Open In Cleveland
January 13, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(WTOC 11/Associated Press)  … Commercial production at Center Alternative Energy Co. is expected to begin within two weeks, deriving biodiesel from soybean oil, said John Samsel, the company’s president.
Biodiesel burns cleaner than traditional diesel and …

Colorado’s Red Rock Biofuels Investing $200M in Jet-Fuel Project
January 13, 2015 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal/Denver Business Journal)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, based in Fort Collins, is investing $200 million in a biofuel refinery in the rural southern Oregon community of Lakeview.

The Red Rock project …

Pacific Ethanol to Cut Electricity Costs with Cogeneration at Stockton Plant
January 13, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Mark Anderson (Sacramento Business Journal)  Pacific Ethanol Inc. is installing a $12 million cogeneration system at its Stockton plant that will save the company between $3 million and $4 million annually in electricity costs.
The 3.5 …

Low Oil Prices Hurt Local Ethanol Plants
January 13, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Devin Bartolotta (KTTC) Many of us may be celebrating at the pump, but low gas prices are a sign of potential trouble for local ethanol plants, which are struggling to break even with such low …

Minnesota Boasts Some Pretty Awesome E85 Prices
January 13, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A few weeks ago, a reader question sparked an interesting search for answers. That one comment has led to several stories and blogs at our website.
In mid-December, a reader …

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates.

Avello Bioenergy
Cost: $57.50 per …

Republican Voters Split on Climate Change Opinions
January 13, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Republican voters are split on many issues surrounding climate change, and more than half want carbon dioxide regulated as a pollutant.
The finding came from an analysis the Yale University Project on …

“Faces” to Debut Next Week, a Biofuels Digest Original Series on BioChannel.TV
January 13, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next week, a new Digest chapter begins with the debut of “Faces”, our first original series, one of three we expect to debut this year as part of the all-new …

Z Plant Turns Meat Waste into Diesel
January 13, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Adrien Taylor (3News)  Z Energy has started construction on a south Auckland plant to convert meat waste into biofuel.   The plant will produce 20 million litres of the fuel every year, but Z …

Organic Farming Not Always Best for Environment, Says Government Adviser
January 12, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Fiona Harvey (The Guardian)  Lord Krebs claims that organic farming needs more land than conventional methods to produce the same yield
Organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, one of the …

Energy Department Project Captures and Stores One Million Metric Tons of Carbon
January 12, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Project achieves major milestone by successfully injecting carbon into saline formation
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy announced today that its Illinois Basin-Decatur Project successfully captured …

7th Annual “Biofuels Beltway March” March 24-25, 2015 Washington, DC
January 12, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment
7th Annual “Biofuels Beltway March”    March 24-25, 2015   Washington, DC

American Coalition for Ethanol.  Please join us at this important event!  There is no registration fee to attend and ACE staff will schedule all meetings on your behalf and provide materials and talking points: participants …

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery Is in Commercial Production
January 12, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(GlobeNewsWire/UPM)  The world’s first wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million litres of renewable …

Green Star to Build Algae Facility in Las Vegas
January 12, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Green Star Products, Inc. (GSPI) has signed a contract to build a demonstration facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, to produce commercial quality algae. The Hybrid Algae Production System (HAPS) facility will be …

Improving the Way We Harvest And Deliver Biofuels Crops
January 12, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Breaking Energy)  America is the largest biofuels producer in the world — accounting for 48 percent of global output. To remain the global industry leader, the Energy Department is investing in projects …