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Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”
December 18, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on funding extensions and was facing a deadline that risked another government shutdown. At this writing the bill has been passed that will fund government operations through the remainder of FY2015 and the President is expected to sign it.

The bad news is that some clean energy programs of the Farm Bill were cut, including the mandatory funding in the new Farm Bill approved by the same Congress just this past March.

The following table provides a summary of the funding changes. You can find a summary of 5-year program funding here. Note that “mandatory funding” refers to funding provided in the 2014 Farm Bill unless changed. When mandatory funding is cut, it’s referred to as a “CHIMP” or “Change in Mandatory Programs.” “Discretionary funding” refers to an appropriation made each year by Congressional appropriation committees.

 

Changes to Farm Bill Energy Title Programs in FY2015 “Cromnibus” Bill

All dollars in millions

Section Number and Program Name 2015 Mandatory Funding from Farm Bill Mandatory Funding Enacted
(CHIMP)
Discretionary Funding Total FY2015 Funding
9003 – Biorefinery Assistance $50 $30 $0 $30
9005 – Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels $15 $15 $0 $15
9007 – Rural Energy for America Program $50 $50 $1.35 $51.35
9010 – Biomass Crop Assistance Program $25 $23 $0 $23

 

The additional $1.35 million in discretionary funding for REAP is restricted to only loan guarantees.

People and small businesses interested in seeking project funding from REAP should start gearing up. The FY2014 mandatory funding of $50 million and FY2015 funding will be released together, making for one of the largest funding solicitations in program history. The USDA is accepting applications now, and ELPC will let you know about the next funding notice, expected soon.   READ MORE



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Brazil’s Cosan Sees Brighter Future for Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Reuters America Latina) Cosan SA, Brazil’s biggest producer of sugar and ethanol, said on Wednesday that two potential upsides in 2015 could brighten the outlook for the country’s ethanol sector, which has struggled with government policy in recent years.

Speaking before investors at Cosan Day in Sao Paulo, the president of Raizen, the company’s sugar, ethanol and bioenergy segment, Vasco Dias, said government policy could soon boost company returns.

“There are two potential upsides to the ethanol business that are not even expressed in our guidance,” said Dias.

First is the possible reintroduction of a tax on gasoline known as Cide, which would allow ethanol to regain some of the market share of the light-vehicle fuels market that it has lost in recent years, Dias said.

Additionally, Dias said the government could next year raise the ceiling of the blend range for ethanol in gasoline to 27.5 percent from the current ceiling of 25 percent, and in so doing raise demand for the biofuel.  READ MORE



Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”
December 18, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on …

4 Minutes with…Cindy Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources
December 18, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We specialize in assisting companies with new or emerging technologies that are ready for commercial financing. … I am also interested working with developers in key areas of the world that …

KSG Agro Expert Believes the Production of Biofuels Should Not Disturb the Eco-Balance of Land
December 18, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(KSG Agro)  In the production of biofuels one should take into account the need to maintain soil fertility. This was mentioned by KSG Agro Holding’s CEO Mr. Sergey Mazin during the V Ukrainian Grain Congress, …

Military May Have to Tell Lawmakers Before Filling the Tank
December 18, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Roll Call) … The legislation would allow the Defense Department to continue buying biofuels in bulk but raises the threshold for qualifying purchases. The department has to consider “the fully burdened cost” of the fuels and …

York’s Contribution to International Biofuel Research Is Recognised by Brazil.
December 18, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewables Development Centre)  Brazil’s National Laboratory of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (CTBE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), based in York. Brazil is the world’s largest producer …

From Flushing to Fuel: How Bioenergy Spectrum Solutions Will Change Waste Disposal
December 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(EIN PressWire) … BioEnergy Spectrum Solutions, or BESS, has a plan based on technology developed by Mississippi State University that can take the sludge from waste water facilities and use it to make fuel that can …

Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump
December 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (US Department of Energy)  Going “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” this holiday season could require a significant amount of gasoline if you’re traveling by car. Before you hit …

BETO Releases Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop Summary Report
December 18, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On June 11–12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a workshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to discuss research and development …

The Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) Is Hosting aVirtual Science Fair.
December 18, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) is hosting a national virtual science fair that engages 9th–12th grade students in learning about bioenergy and educating their peers. The students will research a bioenergy …

Students Share Experiences from First Run of BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair
December 18, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Last week concluded the beta run of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair—a high school competition that has students create and share infographics about bioenergy concepts. Student …

U.S, China Making Progress on Biotech Crop talks: USDA’s Vilsack
December 18, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek (Reuters)  The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing’s acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
The countries are “moving toward an …

4 Minutes with… Gernot Trolf, CEO of AATIC
December 18, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Seeking additional funders/investors for our WTE, Algae to Fuel and other renewable energy projects.  READ MORE

Renmatix Acquires Sweden-Based REAC Fuel’s Intellectual Property
December 18, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renmatix Inc., the architect of affordable cellulosic sugars for the global renewable chemicals markets, recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has …

China Biofuels Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2010 – 2017
December 18, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Digital Journal) Transparency Market Research Report Added “China Biofuels Market” to its database.
The research report provides insights into the global and China biofuels market with detailed overview and statistical data. The growing demand …

Raizen, Iogen Commence Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil
December 18, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on the ground? In Brazil, Iogen and Raízen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on …

Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters
December 18, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Katie Valentine (ThinkProgress)   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals announced by the governor’s office this week.
On Tuesday, Inslee …

Biofuels Economic Outlook
December 18, 2014 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Back again by popular demand this year at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo was AgResource Company president Dan Basse giving his economic outlook for the year …

Seeds of Cellulosic Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … During a presentation at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago, John Pieper with Dupont Industrial Biosciences talked about the importance of seed …

Algae Industry Tackling Global Malnutrition
December 17, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  We produce enough food to feed the world.  Malnutrition and acute hunger seen across the globe are not problems of availability, but of access and inequality.
The algae industry has been hard at …

ABO and EABA Agree to Share Member Benefits
December 17, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This week marks a new era in international algae cooperation: the US-based Algae Biomass Organization and the European Algae Biomass Association have agreed to a partnership that extends the member benefits of …

RSB Auditor Training January 21-23, 2015 Viterbo area, Italy
December 17, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
RSB Auditor Training   January 21-23, 2015    Viterbo area, Italy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterils production and processing. Since 2006 the RSB has worked with numerous organizations and individuals …

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York
December 17, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(North Country Public Radio)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard …

IEA International Bioenergy Conference October 26-29, 2015 Berlin, Germany
December 17, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
IEA International Bioenergy Conference   October 26-29, 2015  Berlin, Germany

Realising the world’s sustainable bioenergy potential
Under the auspices of the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, the bioenergy conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will take place from 26 to 29 of October 2015 in Berlin.
The …

Algenol Wins Global Energy Award
December 17, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algenol Biofuels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership in Biofuels, presented by PLATTS Global Energy Awards. PLATTS, a global provider of information for the …

Virent Announces World’s First Demonstration of Full Range of Bio-Aromatics Production
December 17, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Virent) New Systems Enable Samples for Product Validation and Market Trials
Virent announced that it has successfully produced bio-paraxylene, bio-toluene and bio-benzene at demonstration scale and has confirmed that all three chemicals meet typical industry specifications.  Virent hasalso produced …

Global Castor Congress/Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 February 21 & 22, 2015 Jaipur, India
December 17, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
Global Castor Congress/Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015    February 21 & 22, 2015   Jaipur, India

The Advanced Biofuel Center is happy to Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 in India from February 21-22, 2015. CJP has the privilege to provide most authoritative Knowledge platform known as Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training …

The Year That Wasn’t
December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bob Dinneeen writes the Renewable Fuels Association annual in and out list after a year in which the EPA announced it was delaying the publication of the …

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Temporarily Renewing Tax Breaks
December 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters)  Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further …

A Black Hole for Our Best and Brightest: Wall Street Is Expanding, and the Economy Is Worse off for It.
December 17, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Tankersley (The Washington Post)  … Years later, she (Deborah Jackson) would come to see it differently, growing disenchanted with an industry she didn’t think was fixing much anymore.
Economic research suggests she was onto something. …

Rautenbach’s Mwenezi Ethanol Project Gets Nod
December 17, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Godfrey Mtimba (Daily News)  The new Zanu PF provincial executive here has promised to give businessman Billy Rautenbach the green light to continue his multi-million ethanol project in the vast Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi.
Zanu …

Water Environment Research Foundation Increases Research to Further Sustainability
December 17, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Water Environment Research Foundation/PR Web)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is expanding its research with three new projects that examine wastewater as a resource. Two of the projects seek to show that materials in …

4 Minutes with… Srinivas Kilambi, Founder & CEO, Sriya Group
December 17, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Technology Development to convert biomass sugars to high value chemicals like THF, Furfural Acohol Funding and Commercialization of the Pronghorn Technology

Adoption of bio-refinery approach with a mix of fuels and …

Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Receives Regulatory Approval in Brazil
December 17, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Amyris)  Brazil Now Cleared for Flying With Locally-Produced, Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel as Study Indicates That Amyris’s Renewable Fuels Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Fossil Fuels
Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) welcomed the approval of its renewable …

New Waste-to-Energy Facility Proposed in Hampden
December 17, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Terry Stackhouse  (WABI TV)  A group managing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns wants to build a new, multi-million dollar, solid waste processing facility in Hampden.  Developers from the Municipal Review …

A New Three-Legged Platform for the Advanced Bioeconomy? The Castor, Jatropha, Pongamia Strategy.
December 17, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based …

Think Tank Proposes 40 Options to Change Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill)  The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) published a report outlining 40 different options that it said could improve the country’s ethanol mandate.
The BPC said it set out to find a “middle …

SS Lootah Subsidiary to Collaborate on Green Fuel Initiative
December 16, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Khaleej Times)  Lootah biofuels, a fully owned subsidiary of SS Lootah group and Emirates Transguard, a leading security service provider will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable fuel produced from used cooking …

In Denmark We Continue Sustainable Biomass
December 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Denmark Climate, Energy and Building Ministry / google translation)  The Danish energy industry today launches a new voluntary industry agreement on sustainable biomass. The agreement must ensure that we are now applying sustainable biomass in …

USDA Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers
December 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop …

Study: All-Electric Cars May Not Be so Green
December 16, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Fix)  People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

The key …

Falling Oil Prices Will Push Many Cellulosic Fuel Makers into the Red
December 16, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Cellulosic feedstocks can keep bio-based fuels and materials from competing with food, but despite 2.4 billion tons of feedstock available, costs may be too high, says Lux Research
Most bio-based fuels and chemicals …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

The Evolution of Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry Parts 1 and 2
December 16, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Minnesota ethanol industry is evolving even in the face of growth challenges including continued uncertainty around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Since 2007 the industry has improved by leaps and …

OriginOil, Inc. Report to Shareholders: As Oil Falls, Biofuels Take Off
December 16, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil, Inc./PR Web)  A potential bonanza for algae-based fuels and proteins as oil prices slide
OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, …

Abu Dhabi Pushes forward with Second Generation Biofuels Efforts
December 16, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and Tadweer, the Center of Waste Management, have signed a two-year research agreement.
This research will focus …

Feds Leave $321-million Unspent for Green Programs, Overspend on Oil and Gas Research, Ads
December 16, 2014 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Tim Naumetz  (The Hill Times Online)    The federal government failed to spend a total of $321-million Parliament approved for “environmentally responsible” programs last year—nearly one-third of the money that was available for that …

4 Minutes with… Phillip D. McFarran, President, McFarran Group
December 16, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We firmly believe that biofuels combined with the unconventional drilling techniques now being utilized will give the U. S. the option to be totally energy independent. However, when one analyzes …

Does the Oil Glut Spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for Alternative Fuels?
December 16, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does $60 oil impact payback for natgas or hybrid electric vehicles, and cellulosic biofuels?  The going assumption is that low oil prices are bad for alternative fuels — but …

NDSU: New Plastic Disappears When You Want It to
December 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to …

4 Minutes with…Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
December 15, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Time for Teddy Talk
December 15, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, …

Brazil: Scania Biomethane Powered Bus Hits Roads of PTI Area in Paraná
December 15, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Inhabitants of the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI) now have a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. Recently, the bus fleet that offers internal transport services introduced a vehicle driven by the fuel obtained …

Applied CleanTech Transforms Wastewater Into Raw Materials and Generates Revenue For Major Waterboard In The Netherlands
December 15, 2014 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Applied CleanTech) Applied CleanTech (ACT) (www.appliedcleantech.com) had run a successful trial of its Sewage Recycling System (SRS) with the Dutch Waterschap Aa en Maas (WSAM), who just released its exciting report about the great commercial …

Vega Biofuels Named Key Player in Global Biochar Market Industry Analysis
December 15, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Vega Biofuels/Stock News Now/MarketWired)  Biochar Market to Be Valued at $572 Million by 2020.  VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. (OTC PINK: VGPR) announced today that a recent market research analysis named Vega as a “key player” in …

At Climate Talks, UN Calls Fossil Fuels ‘High Risk’ Investment
December 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Falling oil prices show the “high risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Monday at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal …

U.S. Ethanol Makers at Record Rate Despite Rare Gasoline Premium
December 15, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol production is likely to continue at a record rate despite its rare premium to gasoline as cheap corn, high biofuel prices and even cool weather provide ideal conditions and …

Gaz Métro & ANGI for Quebec BioNGVs
December 15, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch (Fleets & Fuels)  Compost Collection Supports Saint-Hyacinth Fleet Vehicles
Canada’s Gaz Métro utility and the compressed natural gas infrastructure provider ANGI Energi have played key roles in the commitment by the Quebec town …

Airbus Signs MOU with Emerging Fuels Technology
December 15, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Airbus/Biomass Magazine) Airbus Group Inc. continues its commitment to promote innovation and advance environmentally-friendly aviation initiatives by supporting development of sustainable fuels with the potential of reducing lifecycle carbon emissions. Airbus Group has signed a …

UPM Advocates for EU Advanced Biofuel Policy
December 15, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(UPM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, an industry coalition to promote advanced biofuels, met on Dec. 4 at the European Parliament with Members of the European Parliament, Commission representatives, and stakeholders in Brussels. LSB, …

ASTM Approves New Standard for Butanol Purity Testing
December 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(ASTM International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With several beneficial attributes that make it a good blending agent in gasoline, butanol continues to hold promise for use as a biofuel. It is compatible with existing vehicles and refueling …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX DEADLINE: uncertain
December 15, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX   DEADLINE:  uncertain

Nearly 200 transportation industry leaders will present throughout the four-day program on the key fueling, equipment, technology, and policy advancements driving the future of sustainable transportation. Are you interested in joining the speaker roster?
Real-world fleet …

Early Slowdown Signs Emerge for U.S. Oil States after Crude Slide
December 15, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Tim Reid (Reuters)  … In Houston, Texas, the first oil industry layoffs have been announced, with realtors there predicting a sharp decline, up to 12 percent, in home sales next year.
Alaska’s 2015 fiscal year …

Fuel4me Consortium Targets 2017
December 15, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … The overall aim of Fuel4me is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. …

CNH Industrial and Evogene Subsidiary Announce Ongoing Collaboration for the Development of a Mechanised Harvesting Solution for Castor Beans
December 15, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(CNH Industrial Latin America Ltda.)   CNH Industrial Latin America Ltda., a subsidiary of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE, MI: CNHI), together with Evogene Ltd. (NYSE, TASE: EVGN), announce the ongoing cooperation between CNH Industrial and Evofuel …

Oman Has Good Prospects for Microalgal Biofuel Production
December 15, 2014 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Santhosh Muthalath (Oman Observer)  The production of liquid fuels from biological material or ‘biomass’ is gaining popularity across the world. Factors such as climate change, rising fuel prices, political instability and depletion of petroleum …

ASTM Approves Spec for Heating Oil with 6 to 20 Percent Biodiesel
December 15, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels and lubricants, has voted to approve performance specifications for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil.
The …

Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, PANGEA, and Senior Editor, The Digest
December 15, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  PANGEA is a leader in the promotion of technology transfer and investment into Africa’s growing bioeconomy, … .  PANGEA in 2015 is breaking out beyond its traditional policy-oriented focus, away …

Poll: Half of Republicans Back Limits on Carbon
December 15, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello   (Associated Press/Seattle pi)    When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Genera Receives Growth Investment from WindSail Capital Group
December 12, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Genera Energy)  Biomass supply company, Genera Energy, receives strategic financing to support business growth
Leading biomass supply company, Genera Energy Inc., has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that …

Indirect Land Use Change: ARB Needs Evidence, Not Theory
December 12, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Steve Shaffer (Capitol Weekly)  …  More than two millennia later, Sacramento has its own version of the Flat Earth Society—the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Only this time, the debate isn’t over the shape …

Bioenergy Solutions Deserve a Major Role in U.S. Emission-Reduction Strategy
December 12, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A broad survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans. The increased yields reflect an upward trend in all of the benefits …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy November 2-5 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 10, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy    November 2-5   Chicago, IL     DEADLINE: April 10, 2015

Join the thermochemical bioenergy community and meet the experts that are shaping the world for tomorrow.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the 4th international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomass2015; an event that gives …

tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy November 2-5 Chicago, IL
December 12, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy    November 2-5   Chicago, IL

Join the thermochemical bioenergy community and meet the experts that are shaping the world for tomorrow.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the 4th international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomass2015; an event that gives …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit March 3-4, 2015 San Francisco, CA
December 12, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit    March 3-4, 2015   San Francisco, CA

March 2015 will see the launch of the acclaimed World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in the US following two highly successful events in London. The summit brings together a unique combination of agenda-setting thought-leaders, drivers of …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: December 23, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE:  December 23, 2014

The 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place April 20-22, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected …

2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo May 4-7 Dallas, TX
December 12, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo   May 4-7    Dallas, TX

North America’s Largest Clean Fleet Show
Join us in Dallas for the 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo. All weight classes and alternative fuel types are represented—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels—providing …

Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: February 1, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO)  The Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program is an exciting summer research experience program for enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in exploring bioenergy utilizing cutting-edge techniques. Check out the list of current topics and locations for …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 15, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 15, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference — “Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use“.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
December 12, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use     February 2-4, 2015    Auburn, AL

On February 2–4, 2015, the Southeastern Sun Grant Center hosts its 2015 Regional Conference, Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use, at the Hotel at Auburn University, AL. The …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA DEADLINE: January 30, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA    DEADLINE: January 30, 2015

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA
December 12, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts      June 7-10, 2015       San Diego, CA

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …

Oleofuels 2015 June 10-11 Frankfurt, Germany
December 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
Oleofuels 2015    June 10-11    Frankfurt, Germany

Current & Future Challenges & Opportunities for Liquid Biofuels from Oils & Fats
Oleofuels 2015 is the progression of ACI’s highly successful European Biodiesel series of events which ran from 2008-2013. The change of name reflects …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 3-5, 2015 York, UK DEADLINE: January 15, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 3-5, 2015 York, UK     DEADLINE:  January 15, 2015

The 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in York, United Kingdom, from Wednesday June 3 until Friday June 5, 2015.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations …

11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 3-5, 2015 York, UK
December 12, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment
11th International Conference on  Renewable Resources & Biorefineries      June 3-5, 2015      York, UK

The 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in York, United Kingdom, from Wednesday June 3 until Friday June 5, 2015.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 27-30, 2015 San Diego, CA DEADLINE: December 7, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 27-30, 2015 San Diego, CA     DEADLINE: December 7, 2014

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. Technical presentations make up the majority …

37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 27-30, 2015 San Diego, CA
December 12, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment
37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals     April 27-30, 2015     San Diego, CA

The meeting format for the 37th SBFC will have a total of 18 oral presentation sessions, 2 evening poster sessions as well as 2 special topics sessions will be convened over three and a half …

WEBINAR with USAID and EcoAgriculture: Integrating Landscape Management into Climate-Smart Agriculture December 17, 2014 9:30AM EST
December 12, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR with USAID and EcoAgriculture: Integrating Landscape Management into Climate-Smart Agriculture    December 17, 2014    9:30AM EST

Agricultural production, land use change and forestry generate about one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions annually. At the same time, products taken off the land—including food—are among those most sensitive to climate change.
The New Climate Economy …

Hemp Produces Viable Biodiesel, UConn Study Finds
December 12, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Christine Buckley  (University of Connecticut) Of all the various uses for Cannabis plants, add another, “green” one to the mix.
Researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties …

Crooked Brothers Sentenced over Huge Waste Cooking Oil for Biofuel Scam in Rhode Islanld
December 12, 2014 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by  Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)    Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced for conspiring to sell and transport used cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to a processing …

Iowa’s Advanced Energy Industry Employs More than 22,000, with the Most Jobs in Energy Efficiency, Advanced Fuels, and Wind Power
December 12, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Advanced Energy Economy)  First-time Survey of Iowa Firms Projects 6 Percent Job Growth in Coming Year
Advanced energy employment in Iowa is more than 22,000 strong and on pace to reach nearly 24,000 jobs in 2015, …

Where’s the Upside in $60 Oil?
December 12, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Boom times for two-product strategies?   Can feed markets offer relief for the challenges on the fuel side? …
A two-product strategy is no guarantee of good times during period of …

Lawmakers Frustrated at EPA over Ethanol Mandate Delay
December 12, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Lawmakers vented their frustration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday over its repeated delays of the annual ethanol mandate.  The Wednesday hearing in the House Oversight Committee’s subpanel on …

Algae Biomass Organization Calls for Robust Renewable Fuel Standard
December 11, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) submitted comments to the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy yesterday calling on Congress to ensure that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) includes timely approval …

9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit & Trade Show January 27, 2015 Altoona, Iowa
December 11, 2014 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit  & Trade Show      January 27, 2015      Altoona, Iowa

The 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show
The Summit is FREE & Open to the Public.
Pre-Registration is Required.
Featuring Retired Four-Star GeneralWesley Clark On American Ethanol & Energy Security
Join us January 27, 2015 at …

As US Cleans up, It’s Exporting More Pollution
December 11, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello (Associated Press)   Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming …

Oil Price Fall a “Golden” Chance to Shift to Clean Energy – IEA
December 11, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Mitra Taj  (Reuters)  World leaders have a “golden opportunity” with plunging oil prices to put a price on carbon emissions since cheaper fuel makes the move less risky politically, the International Energy Agency (IEA) …

BP Said Planning to Close US Cellulosic Operation by End-1Q 2015
December 11, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Sheela Tobben (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  BP Plc (BP/) plans to close down its U.S. cellulosic operation by the end of next year’s first quarter, according to a person familiar with the development.
The business was part of …

E85 Prices Shock EPM Reader
December 11, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Big Oil isn’t above stooping to dirty tricks to mislead consumers into thinking E85 isn’t a good fuel to buy, including by trying to price the fuel right out …