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The Renewable Fuel Standard: A Path Forward
April 17, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by James H. Stock* (Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  America’s renewable fuels policy is at a crossroads. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is derided by some as an inefficient program that is driving up costs for fuel suppliers and a threat to motorists at the pumps, while others insist it is a valuable tool to reduce US dependence on foreign oil that will also pay future dividends in the fight against climate change. Developed initially in 2005 and expanded in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the RFS seeks to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and US dependence on oil imports by establishing increasing quantities of renewable fuels that must be blended into transportation fuels. In part because of the RFS, the volume of renewable fuels in the US surface transportation fuel supply more than doubled from 2007 to 2013. But even though the twin climate and energy security goals of the RFS remain as valid as when the EISA was enacted, today the RFS is facing multiple challenges.

Because the first-best option of a carbon tax combined with substantial early-stage research and development funding remains politically unlikely, it is important to keep options open by supporting research and investment in a wide range of low-carbon technologies.

This paper examines the economics of the RFS in order to understand the challenges it has faced since 2013 and takes a critical look at the choices currently facing the RFS and US biofuels policy. In brief, the RFS serves as a tax on petroleum fuels and a corrective subsidy to renewable fuels. As a matter of economics, such a system is justified when one of the fuels generates more costs not borne by its users (i.e. externalities) than does the other fuel. That is the case here: renewable fuels both reduce dependence on foreign oil and generate less greenhouse gas emissions than do petroleum fuels. Under the RFS, the subsidy to renewable fuels operates through the market for RFS compliance permits, which are called Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). The fundamental driver of RIN prices is the difference in the price at which a renewable fuel can be produced and the price at which it can be sold, at a given mandated volume of the renewable fuel. Because RINs can be banked, the RIN price depends not only on this fundamental subsidy value in the current year, but on expectations of future fundamental subsidy values. These current and future subsidy values in turn depend on economic factors, such as the price of oil and the cost of producing biofuels, as well as on current and future RFS policy about the volume (or fraction) of renewable fuels in the fuel supply. In summary, the paper finds:

• The current combination of RFS policy uncertainty, the E10 blend wall, high RIN prices, and low investment means that the RFS currently is imposing costs while failing to provide the future benefits associated with domestic, low-greenhouse gas, second-generation advanced biofuels.

• The RFS broadly faces three paths forward. One path is to maintain the status quo, but the status quo is both costly and ineffective. A second path is for EPA to reduce RIN prices by keeping mandated volumes away from the blend wall, using the legal tools provided under the EISA. While this path, if successful and credible, would reduce compliance costs, it would fail to promote the development of second-generation biofuels, which hold the promise of large greenhouse gas reductions. Indeed, current low oil prices will increase the demand for petroleum fuels and make the task of reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector even more challenging and pressing. Just as natural gas is a transitional fuel in reducing carbon emissions in the electricity generation sector, second generation biofuels might play a key transitional role in the transportation sector, but those fuels, technologies, and dispensing infrastructure must first be developed.

• The third  path is for EPA to expand the renewable content of the fuel supply, consistent with the policy goals of the EISA. The challenge for this third path is how it can be achieved while controlling its costs. Because the two main drivers of those costs are policy uncertainty and the blend wall, implementation of this path requires combining policy clarity and commitment with a credible set of steps to expand the ethanol content of the fuel supply.

Given the unlikely prospect of broadly expanding federal research support for low-carbon transportation technologies (or for other first-best climate policy solutions such as a carbon tax), the RFS is the main tool available for supporting development and commercialization of advanced biofuels. But to be successful in promoting advanced biofuels and for it to be viable in the long run, RFS policy must be economically efficient. Perhaps paradoxically, I argue that this third path has the potential to achieve low long-run compliance costs and, of the three, to be the most economically efficient in the long run because it is the most likely to bring forth the investments that will relieve the underlying source of pressure on compliance costs produced by the E10 blend wall.

Potential reforms within the RFS framework

  • Multiyear guidance and a multiyear plan
  • Work to expand E85 consumption beyond simply relying on high D6 RIN prices
  • Expedite the pathways approval process
  • Consider changing the obligated parties

Reforms that likely require congressional action

  • RIN price collar
  • Change RIN generation from energy-equivalent values to GHG-reduction values
  • Lengthen the time between RFS rulemakings
  • Increase support for cellulosic fuels
  • Support higher fractions of flex-fuel vehicles

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*  James H. Stock is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and member of the faculty at Harvard Kennedy School, and a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. He previously served as Chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2006-2009, as Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2009-2012, and as Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014.



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From Food Waste to Fuel, CEAS Does Energy Sustainability Better
April 17, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

By: Ashley Duvelius (University of Cincinnati)  CEAS researchers take aim at reducing the United States’ annual 40 percent of food waste and are now able to convert waste into solid fuels, biodiesel and other products.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that “a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed,” totaling about 1.3 billion tons of waste a year. The United States alone wastes 40% of all food, worth an estimated $165 billion.

This waste decays in landfills and, without oxygen present, emits methane, which is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Consequently, food waste creates an overwhelming 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually and US greenhouse gas emissions account for 19% of the world’s total emissions, second only to China.

This alarming figure led UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) researchers to investigate alternatives to landfilling organic wastes. In October 2013, environmental engineering colleagues from the CEAS Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering, Timothy C. Keener, PhD, and Drew C. McAvoy, PhD—along with fellow faculty members Pablo Campo-Moreno, PhD, San-Mou Jeng, PhD, and George Sorial, PhD—proposed an innovative Smart Cities Project titled “A Pilot Study to Produce Bioenergy and Fertilizer from UC’s Food Waste.”

The proposal to convert food waste into gaseous fuels, solid fuels, biodiesel and other products was accepted and today, the study flourishes under the direction of Keener and McAvoy. In October 2014, the team launched a pilot plant that has diverted 660 pounds of food waste generated from UC’s Center Court Dining Center for research.

The researchers have since developed a breakthrough synergistic technology that uses anaerobic digestion to turn nutrient-rich organic materials into fuel (biogas), fertilizer, or soil conditioner, while using the carbon dioxide fraction of the biogas to grow algae. Simultaneously, lipid oils in the algae are also extracted and converted to biodiesel.

This novel process, which essentially integrates algae production with anaerobic digestion, allows researchers to almost completely utilize the carbon found in food waste in a renewable manner. READ MORE



The Renewable Fuel Standard: A Path Forward
April 17, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by James H. Stock* (Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  America’s renewable fuels policy is at a crossroads. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is derided by some as an inefficient program that is driving up …

Analysis of State Report Shows E15 Could Save Iowans $50 Million Per Year
April 17, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  If Homegrown E15 Were More Widely Available, Iowa Consumers Could’ve Pocketed Millions
In an analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue motor fuel report, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today …

Scientists a Step Closer to Developing Renewable Propane
April 17, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Manchester)  Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a …

“Repeal the RFS – All of It,” Koch Companies Writes to Senators
April 17, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Philip Ellender (Koch Companies Public Sector)  On behalf of Koch companies, I am writing to urge you to oppose S. 577, a bill introduced by Senators Feinstein and Toomey that seeks to reform, not repeal, …

2015 Ethanol RINs Prices Rise to Three-Month High after EPA Announcement
April 17, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin and Wes Swift (Platts)  Corn-based (D6) ethanol RINs for 2015 firmed up to their highest level in more than three months Tuesday as the market continued to show a revival of aggressive bid …

Bill Would Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Roads
April 17, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by  Keith Laing (The Hill)  A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax and index it to inflation to pay for a new transportation bill.  The measure would …

Total La Mede Crude Refining to Cease: Update 3
April 17, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Argus) Total will cease crude refining at its loss-making 160,000 b/d La Mede refinery and convert it into a 500,000 t/yr biofuels facility, the company confirmed today in its French refinery strategy plan.
La Mede will cease …

EU Reshapes Its Biofuels Policy
April 17, 2015 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jettisons indirect land use change for now, citing poor data visibility; caps food-crop biofuels to 7%; limits proposed Directives to 2020.   In Brussels, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee has voted …

Carmakers Worry Higher Biofuel Mix Could Damage Engines
April 17, 2015 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Raras Cahyafitri and Linda Yulismann (The Jakarta Post) … “The usage of biodiesel is good. However, we are still worried about the impacts. There are engines that can accept 15 percent or even 20 percent …

4 Minutes with… Ron Rebenitsch, CEO, Bioenergy Fuels
April 16, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bioenergy Fuels is a project developer, focused on development of biomass-to-liquid projects of mid-size scale (5-10 MGY). We are a start-up, founded by team of seasoned professionals, with decades of experience …

4 Minutes with… Chris Brown, CEO, Environmental Proteomics
April 16, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are biochemists/entrepreneurs making products for basic and applied research into methane production.   …   We want to put our technology in the hands of anyone who takes a rigorous …

Ethanol (ETOH): 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019
April 16, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Blackbird PR News/PR Newswire/ Research and Markets)  Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kksnzc/ethanol_etoh) has announced the addition of the “Ethanol (EtOH): 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019″ report to their offering.

The report covers data on global, regional …

R5 Bln Plant to Convert Canola into Diesel Halted by Laws
April 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Lutho Mtongana (BizNews.com)  PhytoEnergy International Holding AG said it will only proceed with a plan to build a 5 billion rand ($418 million) plant to convert canola into diesel in South Africa if the government …

U.S. Industrial Production Falters as Oil Sector Weighs
April 16, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Eric Morath (The Wall Street Journal)  Quarterly decline is first since end of recession in 2009 — U.S. industrial output fell in March and posted the first quarterly decline since the recession ended, signs that …

TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels
April 16, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group/The Oil Price Information Network)  (The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with BRAG’s Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor with B&C, regarding the application of the Toxic …

Report: PA Dishes out $3.2 Billion in Fossil Fuels Subsidies while State Faces $1.5 Billion Deficit
April 16, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Khan (PublicSource)   A new report out Tuesday says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at …

Liberal Groups Aim to Register a Million Climate Voters
April 16, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia  (Politico)  A coalition of environmental, civil rights and progressive groups aims to register a million climate-conscious voters by Election Day.
The goal, shared first with POLITICO, is the latest indication that liberals view …

Biofuels: What’s Happened and Where Are We Going?
April 16, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Scott Chabina (Fierce Energy)  The transformation of Gen 1.0 to 1.5 and the reality of Gen 2.0.  Advanced, commercially viable biofuel facilities no longer “unicorns on the horizon” … Conventional, or “Gen 1.0″, corn ethanol …

Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant
April 16, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Cascades/PRNewswire) Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company’s investment in a new technology at its Norampac …

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement
April 16, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas …

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries
April 13, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels, they say.

Today …

Iowa Lawmakers Ride-and-Drive on Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Lawmakers in Iowa got the chance to experience the power of biodiesel for themselves. The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB)held its its first ever Ride-and-Drive event at the capitol in Des Moines …

Top of Biofuels Class
April 13, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students.

Mick Miller, president of NuVu Fuels and general manager of DENCO II in Morris, …

Setting The Table For The Big Score
April 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a …

Report: 2,000 People in East Kansas Employed in Biofuels
April 13, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Megan Hart (CJ Online) More than 2,000 people are employed in the biofuel industry in the Congressional district including Topeka, according to a report from Fuels America.
The group is made up of major players in …

Nebraska Corn Representatives Tell Ethanol’s Story on Capitol Hill
April 13, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(NebraskaCorn.org)  Ethanol advocates from across the nation came together in Washington, DC in late March as part of a “Biofuels Beltway March” to share their ethanol stories and communicate the widespread grassroots support for American …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(vtdigger.org/TH Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

US Navy’s 2015-2016 Solicitation for Biofuel Blends Now Posted
April 13, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The US Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-Energy) has posted the Rocky Mountain/West Coast/Offshore (RMW) solicitation (SPE600-15-R-0711) on behalf of the US Navy for fuel deliveries from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. …

Direct Conversion of Plant Biomass to Ethanol by Engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii
April 13, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss, and Janet Westpheling (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The ever-increasing demand for transportation fuels, the decrease in global petroleum reserves, and the negative impact of greenhouse …

University of Rostock Project to Investigate Biodiesel for Stage IV Engines
April 13, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, a project at the University of Rostock is investigating the technical feasibility of using certified sustainable rapeseed oil to produce biodiesel. In order to pave the way for …

4 Minutes with…David Glass, principal, D. Glass Associates
April 13, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My technical training was in molecular biology, and throughout my career I’ve worked to promote the development, government approval and public acceptance of the uses of advanced biotechnologies in agriculture, …

ARF Challenges Confirmed Candidates
April 13, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The America’s Renewable Future campaign is challenging the two confirmed Republican presidential candidates to take a stand for renewable fuels.
In a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has been forthcoming …

WEBINAR: Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber: First Generation Feedstock, Second Generation Fuel — April 30, 2015
April 13, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber: First Generation Feedstock, Second Generation Fuel  —  April 30, 2015

Cellulosic ethanol production isn’t happening in a vacuum. Corn-ethanol producers are already producing advanced biofuel alongside grain-based ethanol and other producers have their sights set on doing the same thing. Join us as we hear …

What If the Water Can’t be Stopped? Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise
April 13, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
What If the Water Can’t be Stopped?  Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing during Earth Week examining the impacts of sea level rise and oil and gas extraction on Native American communities. Across the United States, …

High-Yield Hydrogen Production from Biomass by in vitro Metabolic Engineering: Mixed Sugars Coutilization and Kinetic Modeling
April 13, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

Joseph A. Rollin, Julia Martin del Campo, Suwan Myung, Fangfang Sun, Chun You, Allison Bakovic, Roberto Castro, Sanjeev K. Chandrayan, Chang-Hao Wu, Michael W. W. Adams, Ryan S. Senger, and Y.-H. Percival Zhang (Proceedings of …

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production
April 13, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin)  Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast …

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters by authors at the University of Wisconsin uses error-prone satellite data to suggest that growth in U.S. corn and soybean production …

FFV Fleet Can Serve as Bridge to More Efficient, E30-Burning Vehicles
April 13, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … The latest report, which is from experts at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), describes a study that explores the potential performance benefits of high-octane ethanol blends in the legacy fleet …

EPA to Finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS Rules by November
April 10, 2015 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume …

New Study Raises Possible Link between Gas Drilling and Radon Levels
April 10, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips  (StateImpactNPR.org)  Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, suggesting that hydraulic fracturing has opened up …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

4 Minutes with… Brian Sefton, Founder, Chief Scientist, President, Oakbio
April 9, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oakbio has developed highly versitile microbial platforms and processes for waste carbon conversion. We have fluegas capture microbe, proven fluegas resistant, which producing PHAs and n-butanol. We also have an …

Gina Lewin Explores How Ants Break Down Cellulose
April 9, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … In the summer of 2009, Gina Lewin participated in a National Science Foundation-funded program called Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), which invites college juniors and seniors to join …

Biofuels Research Uncovers Natural Fungicide
April 9, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported today (March 9, 2015) the discovery of a chemical compound called poacic acid that could eventually be …

Enhancing Microbial Lipid Production
April 9, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  By revealing a novel molecular pathway involved in microbial lipid accumulation in the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides, this study could lead to strategies for engineering microbes to increase the production of …

Daniel Amador-Noguez Engineers Better Bacteria for Biofuels
April 9, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

… (Daniel) Amador-Noguez’s lab focuses on understanding metabolism in biofuel-producing bacteria with the goal of engineering microbes that can more efficiently convert plant biomass to energy. It’s exciting research, but it’s also the kind of …

Join Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Energy Institute for Educators
April 9, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  GLBRC is partnering with the Wisconsin Energy Institute to offer the Energy Institute for Educators, August 10-13. This program provides the opportunity for educators to engage with cutting-edge energy research at …

Join Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Bioenergy Institute for Educators
April 9, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

Bioenergy is an exciting area of research and development and can provide excellent opportunities for engaging students. Join us for an intensive 5-day program to learn about the latest developments in bioenergy research and hands-on …

Telling the Biofuels Story to Students: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Teacher Resources
April 9, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Understanding role of biofuels in meeting our energy needs and mitigating global climate change is a complex task. Telling stories is an effective way to help students make sense of …

Transesterification of Jatropha and Karanja Oils by Using Waste Egg Shell Derived Calcium Based Mixed Metal Oxides
April 9, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Girdhar Joshi, Devendra S. Rawat, Bhawna Y. Lamba, Kamal K. Bisht, Pankaj Kumar, Nayan Kumar, Sanjay Kumar (Energy Conversion and Management)  Highlights:

Waste chicken eggshell derived CaO(cesp) based mixed metal oxides were prepared.
Transesterification of high …

Risk and Reward for Boardman Biomass Proposal
April 9, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by George Plaven (Capital Press)  One possible biomass fuel for the coal plant is giant cane, known as Arundo donax, which PGE has spent several years growing in small test plots. … As a potential source …

Aemetis Expands Biodiesel Sales to Travel Bus Operators in Tourism Industry in India
April 9, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced that biodiesel sales activity is accelerating in India with travel bus operators who cater to the tourism industry.
Aemetis has expanded sales activity …

Answers for Your Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Bioproducts and Sustainable Agriculture.
April 9, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Amazing questions get asked at ABLC — and except for attendees, you generally don’t hear them, or the answers. Let’s change that.  With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen …

Top 12 Media Myths On Oil Prices
April 9, 2015 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Dan Doyle (OilPrice.com)  The upstream oil and gas industry is not a black hole. There’s no mystery wrapped in an enigma here. … There is so much hyperbole and unsupported guesswork that investors don’t have …

Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker Database Serves as a Central Resource for current Session State Advanced Energy Legislation and Policy Trend Analysis
April 8, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker)  U.S. states are the laboratories of innovation for advanced energy policy. Tracking national trends in advanced energy therefore requires proficiency in 50 state legislative websites. The AEL Tracker solves this challenge …

Transportation Budget Cuts Alternative Fuel Mandate
April 8, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Karen Kasler (WOSU) The transportation budget signed last week includes a change for the state’s vehicle fleet: The budget cuts out a requirement on alternative fuels that had been in place for most of a …

6 Factions Rand Paul Must Court in Iowa, Activists Say
April 8, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register)  For Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to make inroads in Iowa, here are the factions he’ll need to tend closely, according to Iowa political strategists and activists.
1. LIBERTY MOVEMENT: …

The LCFS Re-Adoption and Its Possible Repercussions
April 8, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (Biodiesel Magazine/EcoEngineers)  … Some important items that have resulted from this re-adoption process are:
-Setting compliance curve to meet 10 percent GHG reduction by 2020.
-Cost containment measures, including a price ceiling of $200 per …

Unique Oakland Biodiesel Project Receives $3.4 Million Grant
April 8, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Viridis Fuels, a state-of-the-art biodiesel project in Oakland, California, is prepared to receive an official notice of award today for a $3.4 million state grant at a California Energy Commission …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2 — Annapolis, MD DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
April 8, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2 — Annapolis, MD  DEADLINE:  July 1, 2015

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) Conference Planning Committee is accepting speaker proposals.  We are especially interested in presentations on best practices, engagement, and/or innovation in these areas:

Agriculture
Broadband implementation and access
Youth Engagement
Workforce and Economic Development
Community Development
Health …

2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2 — Annapolis, MD
April 8, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment
2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2  —  Annapolis, MD

Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2 in the central Maryland area, the 2015 Rural Summit will bring together an estimated 100+ professionals and grass root individuals from throughout Rural Maryland.  Stakeholders include …

The Experiment in Exploitation of Engines Working on Biofuel Has Been Completed in Sweden
April 8, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  Stockholm authorities reckoned up the results of a four-year experiment in testing the trucks with engines using alternative fuel.
Within the framework of the experiment, fifty trucks appeared on the roads of Stockholm, …

UH Researchers Discover N-Type Polymer for Fast Organic Battery
April 8, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Jeannie Kever (University of Houston) New Material Opens the Door to Low-Cost, Environmentally Friendly Energy Use — Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will …

American Ethanol Car to Appear at Nebraska State FFA Convention
April 8, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board)  American Ethanol is proud to announce its partnership with the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. to promote homegrown American Ethanol at this week’s Nebraska State …

Atlantic Biorefinery Conference — May 27-29, 2015 — Edmundston, New Brunswick
April 8, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment
Atlantic Biorefinery Conference — May 27-29, 2015 — Edmundston, New Brunswick

The Atlantic Biorefinery Conference is going into its fourth year. What started out as an idea for a small Atlantic event around current issues in biorefining, has exploded into a 100+ delegate conference that attracts …

54.5-mpg Rules Expected to Stick
April 8, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  A growing number of foreign automakers believes U.S. regulators won’t soften the planned 54.5-mpg fleet-wide average by 2025, and that could make it tougher for truck-heavy U.S. automakers to challenge the …

Residue or Residon’t: Untapped Fuel Yields from the US Corn Production System
April 8, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why not use the materials we don’t need, to produce the fuels we do need? … (R)educe, re-use, recycle. Use what’s already there. And there’s nothing more powerful in the Imperial Department …

Algenol Joins U.S. Mission to China
April 8, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Fort Myers, Florida-based Algenol has joined the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, on a business development mission to China. Other influential companies including …

Billionaire Environmentalist Comes to Sacramento, Clashes with Businesses over Climate Change Bill
April 8, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Allen Young (Sacramento Business Journal)  Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer came to Sacramento on Tuesday to promote a wholesale expansion of air quality regulations promoted by the governor and Senate leader Kevin de León.
Asked point blank …

Ethanol Industry Continues to Evolve as Usage Levels off
April 7, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … Kansas Corn CEO Greg Krissek said there is some slowing of ethanol production on the eastern and western edges of the cornbelt. But ethanol industry leaders are responding to market …

Telling the Story of Energy Through Online Educational Resources
April 7, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched new, free energy-based educational resources online for middle- and high-school educators and volunteers.
Educators will discover the power of energy education and the unique …

Fees, Taxes Increase with Highway Funding Package
April 7, 2015 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Rapid City Journal)  South Dakota drivers will be paying more for that privilege in the very near future.  The 2015 S.D. Legislature, with guidance from an Interim Committee on Highway Needs and Financing, overwhelmingly passed …

4 Minutes with… Douglas O. Cochran, Manager, Rail Projects Creative Rail Solutions
April 7, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Creative Rail Solutions, LLC helps clients who want to secure the efficiency, economy, and environmental friendliness of rail transportation. … My primary role is to meet with the prospect or client, …

4 Minutes with… Keith Brazzell, Chief Operating Officer, Genera Energy
April 7, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …   Leaders looking for cellulose feedstock often first consult with Genera. We then prepare the supply.

I was asked to startup and manage the cellulosic ethanol business in Tennessee that …

4 Minutes with… Richard Palmer, President & CEO, Global Clean Energy Holdings
April 7, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We develop non-food based oil seed crops to be used as a feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. Our crops do not take away from food land and when grown …

4 Minutes with… Ezekiel Oyediji, Managing Director/CEO, Elzek Multilink Services & Investment
April 7, 2015 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Elzek Multilink Services & Investment[E M S I]LTD.is a private limited liability company duly registered in Nigeria.This is a small company that is aspiring to grow big with the co-operation …

In Vietnam, Many Provinces about to Sell Biofuels Following Gov’t Decision
April 7, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Tuoi Tre News)  Authorities in many localities in Vietnam have prepared to widely distribute E5 and E10 biofuels to spur consumption and gradually replace traditional fuels following a roadmap set out by the central government …

Germany: Start-Up of Second Generation Biofuel Production through the Bioliq™ Project
April 7, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide) Conducted in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the bioliq™ pilot plant aims at demonstrating the feasibility of a process to produce high-quality sulfur-free fuel from residual biomass. These “second generation” biofuels …

BioTfuel: A Project to Produce Biofuels via Thermochemical Conversion
April 7, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Total) The BioTfueL project focuses on producing second-generation biodiesel and bio-jet fuel via thermochemical conversion. Total is working with five partners to bring the process to commercial-scale production.
In the BioTfueL project, Total is working with five …

Ceres and Raízen Sign Multi-Year Collaboration to Scale-Up Sweet Sorghum for Ethanol
April 7, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERE), an agricultural biotechnology company, and Brazilian energy company Raízen S.A., today announced that they have signed a multi-year collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet …

Gevo Sells Renewable Jet Fuel to NASA
April 7, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Gevo’s ATJ is …

European Biomethane Roadmap
April 7, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The GreenGasGrids project has reviewed the present market status and has thoroughly looked at the obstacles hindering the broader production and application of biomethane. The Roadmap indicates, that – if the necessary actions will …

Businesses Fight Oregon’s New Rule on Clean Fuels
April 7, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ilene Aleshire (The Register-Guard)   Energy and manufacturing groups file a lawsuit challenging the state’s standard

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Trucking Associations and the Consumer Energy Alliance, whose backers include oil companies …

The Algae Whisperer
April 7, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A new project aims to capture atmospheric CO2, affordably, using traits and techniques known to algae for millenia. … To date, no one has figured out how to get the CO2 out of …

Ethiopia: Ministry to Step Up Bio-Fuel Development Efforts
April 7, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Beyene  (AllAfrica/Ethiopian Herald)  The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy announced that the ongoing efforts in tapping the rich bio-fuel resources in Ethiopia would be stepped up with a view to ensuring domestic …

EPA Opens Comment Period on Cellulosic Waiver Credit Rules
April 7, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 3, the U.S. EPA published its direct final rule and parallel proposed rule on cellulosic waiver credits (CWCs) in the Federal Register, officially opening a 30-day comment …

The Motley Fool Criticizes Ethanol Subsidies That Don’t Exist
April 7, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Denise Robbins  (Media Matters)  The multimedia financial services company The Motley Fool criticized ethanol for allegedly relying on government subsidies — despite the fact that subsidies for corn ethanol, which comprises the vast majority …

US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades
April 7, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Brown (Associated Press/Monterey Herald) Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can’t wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety …

Opinion: Learning about Fusel Oils
April 7, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Back in early February I got an email from a reader searching for ethanol producers that want to sell fusel oil. He was contacting me on behalf of a …

Corn Husks a Promising Source of Renewable Fuel
April 7, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News/Agence France-Presse)  US scientists said Monday they have found a way to use discarded corn husks and stalks to make cheap hydrogen fuel that doesn’t pollute the environment like fossil fuels.
The advances by a …

Prices Giving Positive Ethanol Margins, Negative for Corn Farmers
April 7, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Market conditions in mid-March indicated ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant “shut-down level,” according to an …

Sen. Kaine Visits Hopewell Ethanol Plant
April 7, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Shelby Mertens (Progress-Index)  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine made a stop at the Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell on Monday for the first leg of his five-day spring break tour of Virginia.
Kaine said he …

4 Minutes with… Ulla Pettersson, Director, e for energy Management Consulting
April 7, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I am currently working on a big survey about Staff Motivation Factors in different sources of power generation and would be happy to have more participants in this survey! (email: …

Biodiesel Industry Seeks to Reverse Argentina Import Decision
April 7, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the EPA to stay its recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pending public review …

Grease-to-Biodiesel Truck Startup Raises nearly $1M
April 7, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Katharine Grayson (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)  Revolution Fuels, a startup that mounts equipment for converting grease to biofuel on trucks, has raised nearly $1 million in funding, according to a regulatory filing.  The St. Louis …

Confronting and Solving “Chicken or Egg” Conundrums in Renewable Project Development
April 7, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to turn vicious project financing cycles into virtuous cycles?  This case study in developing a small-scale Bio-LNG plant offers cautionary tales and a way forward.
In July 2014, Biofuels Digest …

Lund Researchers Develop Optimized Two-Phase Enzymatic Process for Production of Biodiesel
April 7, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress) Researchers at Lund University (Sweden) have developed an optimized two-phase enzymatic (lipase) system for the conversion of plant oils to biodiesel. Applied to the solvent-free ethanolysis of rapeseed oil, the system delivered a …

N.J. Man Charged in Biodiesel Scam Accused of Death Threats, Report Says
April 7, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Myles Ma (NJ.com)  Prosecutors say a Bergen County man accused in a $90 million biodiesel trading scam threatened to harm or kill anyone who provides evidence against him, the Star Press of Muncie, Ind., …

4 Minutes with Gerard Goma, Emeritus professor, INSA
April 7, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … My lab is “laboratory of engineering of biosystems and bio process” in Toulouse France .inside a scool of engineer :INSA Our lab is recognized By CNRS and INRA. I built …

Biodegradable Plastics from Potato Waste for High-Tech Applications
April 7, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Bio-on)  Bio-on S.p.A., the leader in eco-sustainable chemical technologies, and Pizzoli S.p.A., Italy’s largest operator in the potato sector, will collaborate to build Italy’s first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato …