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ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules which Impede Advanced Biofuels Development
May 18, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(American Council on Renewable Energy)  ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules — Industry leaders and ACORE members take up issues with co-location requirements under the RFS which impede advanced biofuels development.

Today, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has submitted a white paper to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for clarification of the agency’s interpretation of feedstock material within the definition of facility under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) (see 40 CFR 80.1401). Specifically, the definition of facility requires the production of advanced biofuel, from the delivery of feedstock material to production and final storage of the end product, to be completed at one location, controlled by the same person in order for the fuel to qualify toward meeting the RFS goals. The white paper was co-authored by leaders of the advanced biofuel industry, who pre-process their feedstock away from final refineries and are prohibited from contributing to the goals of the RFS, due to EPA’s interpretation of feedstock material.

Jeramy Shays, ACORE’s Director of Transportation, explained why EPA must clarify its interpretation of feedstock material: “The RFS calls for increasing amounts of renewable, clean, domestic biofuels to be blended into the transportation fuel market to enhance our country’s economic, energy and environmental security.” Shays said. “To fully achieve the goals of the RFS, ACORE encourages EPA to clarify its interpretation of feedstock material under the definition of facility to allow for advanced biofuels, incrementally processed at one or more facilities, to count towards the volumetric goals of the RFS.”

The paper presents multiple case studies from advanced biofuel companies that are currently ineligible to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the RFS due to their use of intermediates or precursors, despite the end product fuel meeting all the other requirements of the RFS. The RFS will not foster sufficient development of advanced biofuels as long as EPA’s definition of facility excludes these advanced biofuels from the RIN market.

“The ability of Algenol to generate RINs from all of our products is critical for us and for our investors, and to support the intent of the Renewable Fuels Standards. We need EPA to expedite resolution of this major impediment to commercial production of our renewable fuels”, said Paul Woods.

As Magnus Nelsson Folkelid, Business Manager, Cortus Energy explained, “Clarifying the interpretation of feedstock material under the definition of facility to allow for the development of intermediate fuels at a separate location will encourage Cortus Energy to bring its biomass innovations to U.S. markets.”

“It is important that EPA clarify its interpretation of feedstock material in the Renewable Fuel Standard definition of facility as any material that arrives at a renewable fuels facility which is processed into the end renewable fuel product for a number of reasons,” said Joanne Ivancic, executive director of Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization. “This will make EPA policy implementation consistent with government investment activities in advanced biofuels development and will harmonize the activities of multiple U.S. agencies to achieve a shared national goal embodied in the Energy Security and Independence Act of 2007, to significantly transition away from fossil fuels toward sustainable, renewable transportation fuels.”

Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Mark Riedy agreed, “Congress enacted the RFS as an incentive to develop and build a clean fuels industry for environmental and national security purposes in the same manner and for many of the same reasons that state legislatures enacted their respective RPS programs. This Administration, in particular, as a proponent of clean energy, must step up and resolve the issues that are impeding the growth of these industries. It is time for this President to take an active leadership role in securing his legacy in clean energy.” Riedy continued, “It is high time to “walk the talk” and deliver on the promises underlying the policies espoused by the Administration in order to advance the ball on clean energy.”

The paper concludes with recommendations, for how the EPA can clarify the understanding of feedstock material within the definition of facility while addressing compliance concerns, in order to remove this obstacle to the growth of advanced biofuels.

In addition to the EPA, this paper was also provided to agency officials at the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

Contributors to the paper included:

• Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels, USA
• Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, Algenol Biofuels
• Wayne Gears, Head of Business Development, Cortus Energy
• Ted Kniesche, Vice President, Business Development, Fulcrum Bioenergy
• Mark Riedy, ACORE Chief Counsel and Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
• Laurel Harmon, Vice President, Government Relations, LanzaTech
• Pernille Hager, Vice President, Business Development, Solena Fuels

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Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity Launches
May 21, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Denmark, Novozymes and partners including the FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM and the UN Foundation announced the launch of a multi-stakeholder coalition to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy. The coalition will act under the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched earlier in the decade by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity (HIO) is a voluntary partnership of likeminded stakeholders that seeks to facilitate the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions to aid SE4ALL in reaching its goals participant universal energy access and doubling the use of renewable energy. All types of bioenergy projects are being promoted including:

1) Renewable biomass for clean cooking solutions;
2) On-farm bioenergy production to boost agricultural yield and reduce post-harvest losses;
3) Distributed electricity production using sustainable biomass from forestry and agriculture co-products;
4) Electricity and fuels from municipal solid waste (MSW);
5) Cellulosic ethanol for clean cooking and transportation; and
6) Sustainable aviation biofuels.

One of the coalition’s key goals is delivering bioenergy options that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable, with a focus on emerging markets and rural communities in developing countries. The effort will be
supported by Novozymes, the world’s largest technology provider to biofuel industries.  FAO and RSB are co-chairing the sustainable bioenergy effort.

The Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity (HIO) will pursue three objectives: (i) Knowledge enhancement and information sharing, (ii) Policy support; and (iii) Deployment support. Specifically, the HIO will seek novel means of financing energy access and renewable fuels projects across the globe.

The Objectives

The partners announced three key objectives:

#1 – KNOWLEDGE ENHANCEMENT AND INFORMATION SHARING.  …

#2 — DEPLOYMENT SUPPORT. …

#3 — POLICY SUPPORT. …

By the time of ABLC Next 2014, we reported that projects have been tough to get going in the developing world – in addition to the usual barriers of feedstock, technology, market risk and policy risk — there’s the whole range of challenges that are summed up in “country risk” — and in steps Sustainable Energy For All movement to get things going from the bottom up to change that equation. The bottom up energy of new technologies and project developers combine with the top-down thrust of the UN and groups like the Asian Development Bank, to blow through the barriers. More on that here.  READ MORE



ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules which Impede Advanced Biofuels Development
May 18, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(American Council on Renewable Energy)  ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules — Industry leaders and ACORE members take up issues with co-location requirements under the RFS which impede advanced biofuels development.
Today, …

San Francisco Gets New Biodiesel-Electric Bus; Many More to Come
May 20, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)  The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), has taken delivery of its first New Flyer Industries electric trolley and …

Road Ministry Issues Notification for Bio-Ethanol Emissions
May 20, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The Road Transport and Highways Ministry today issued notification for mass emission standards for flex-fuel ethanol E85 and ED95, a move aimed at encouraging manufacturers make vehicles running on bio-ethanol.
The Ministry has notified …

4 Minutes with… Dr. Kaspar Evertz, Executive VP, Commercial, Genomatica
May 20, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My team works to bring the benefits of biotech to the mainstream chemical industry. … The chemical industry can take concrete steps to lead a transition to more sustainable products, made …

Agriculture Industry Alliance Warns Ethanol Mandate Would Increase Fuel and Food Prices in Queensland but Grain Growers and Grain Ethanol Producers Disagree
May 20, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(ABC Rural)  The head of Queensland’s only sorghum biorefinery says a mandate on ethanol in fuel is essential for the future of his business.
It comes as the agriculture sector is shaping up for another round …

The Materials Superhighway
May 20, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New physical materials — stronger than steel, stiffer than Kevlar, lightweight, conductive, non-toxic, and highly absorbent.  New liquid fuels and chemicals — strong on performance, price, and emissions.  New edible …

UN Sustainable Energy for All Announces Global Bioenergy Initiative
May 20, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  UN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions …

Gulfstream, World Fuel Sign Renewable Fuels Agreement
May 20, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Gulfstream Aerospace, Corp./Biomass Magazine)  Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services Inc., recently finalized a three-year agreement that provides Gulfstream with a consistent supply of renewable fuels for its daily flight operations …

Ecuador to Roll out Argus-Linked Ethanol
May 19, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa issued a decree that orders the gradual roll out of a 10pc ethanol blend nationwide, using the Argus US Gulf Coast ethanol price as an index. … The Ecopais plan is …

Ethanol Industry Thrives, but Faces Challenges
May 19, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Amie Sites (AgriNews)  Education continues to be a vital part of helping consumers understand the value of ethanol.
Industry leaders in the ethanol sector gathered at the Indiana Ethanol Forum in Indianapolis to highlight the benefits …

Follow the Money
May 19, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After a period of incredible profitability, leaders in the ethanol industry are better positioned for thinner margins.
In an industry ruled by volatility, it’s important for producers to position themselves …

Energy Giant Presses Case for Georgia-to-Jacksonville Pipeline
May 19, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Mary Landers (Florida Times/Union/Jacksonville.com)  Kinder Morgan cites increased highway safety and possibly lower gasoline prices in region — In an 11th-hour effort to show its Palmetto Pipeline is needed in Georgia, energy giant Kinder Morgan …

Site Offers Ethanol Blend Options
May 19, 2015 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(AgriNews) Jasper County residents now have a new option when it comes to purchasing ethanol fuel blends.
Iroquois BioEnergy Co. opened a retail site to offer ethanol blends, including E10, E15, E30 and E85 at its ethanol …

Fischer, Smith Applauded for Support of E15 Legislation
May 19, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  Sen. Deb Fischer and Rep. Adrian Smith are being applauded for their support of a a bill to expand the volatility waiver for blends of American Ethanol up to 15 …

King Bill Establishes Biomass Emissions as Carbon Neutral
May 19, 2015 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, has introduced legislation that aims to ensure emissions generated from sustainably harvested biomass would be considered carbon neutral under the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. …

Biofuels Decision May Signal Big Oil’s Influence in White House | Commentary
May 19, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Anne Weismann (Roll Call/ Campaign for Accountability)  On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release its new plan for implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard. …  When the number finally comes out, the …

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Grant Program to Improve Biomass Innovation
May 19, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Jaclyn Brandt (Fierce Energy)  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been working to increase the use of biomass in his state and the country, and has introduced another bill with the goal of improving technologies …

Waves of Ethanol Misinformation
May 19, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  E10 can be safely used in marine engines and every marine engine manufactured today provides warranty coverage for E10, writes Bob Dinneen. To combat misinformation floating around, …

New Environmental Study Urges “Caution” for Policymakers Considering Replacing Clean Diesel Trucks With Natural Gas Vehicles
May 19, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Uncertainty Over Amount of Methane Emissions & Diesel Technology Efficiency Warrant Further Examination
A new study published today said that switching from diesel to natural gas in heavy-duty trucks could worsen and accelerate …

National Biodiesel Board Launches New Ad Campaign
May 19, 2015 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  America’s advanced biofuel, biodiesel, is an alternative energy success story. It’s powering vehicles from coast to coast and replacing more than 1 billion gallons of petroleum every year. And to celebrate biodiesel’s …

Santorum Talks Ethanol and Helping Working Families
May 19, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Linh Ta (Des Moines Register)  … One of the things that’s helped rural small towns and farmers, particularly in Iowa, is the Renewable Fuel Standard, (former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick) Santorum said.
By using ethanol to create …

PERC Takes Algal Wastewater Remediation to Next Level
May 19, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Dr V Sivasubramanian (Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre/Algae Industry Magazine)  Although removal of nutrients from wastewater by algae is well established in India, Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC) claims to be the first organization in India …

Op-ed: Tell EPA to Support Biofuels
May 19, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by B. Gunner Greene (Lafayette Journal & Courier)  … You might call biofuels in Indiana a growing industry.  Of course, as many farmers and business owners already know, the EPA has a tendency to insert itself …

Fossil Fuels Subsidised by $10m a Minute, Says IMF
May 19, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington  (The Guardian)  ‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments — Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) …

Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Meets in May
May 19, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Meets in May

(Department of Energy/Federal Register) This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act …

4 Minutes with… Mike Lewis, Co-Founder, Pearson Fuels
May 19, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Pearson Fuels develops alternative fuel infrastructure at both the retail and terminal level and then concentrates on maximizing throughput of those assets.
We built the first retail E85 site on …

DLA Adds Biodiesel Quality Requirement to Fuel Contracts
May 19, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Change allows for more high quality Advanced Biofuel in Military Operations — The Defense Logistics Agency took a major step forward in ensuring high quality biodiesel can be used seamlessly in military bases …

Petrojam Ethanol Reluctant To Relocate
May 19, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Avia Collinder (The Gleaner)  The planned expansion of the Petrojam oil refinery will result in the physical displacement of sister company and tenant Petrojam Ethanol Limited (PEL), but the biofuel trader says it is yet …

Finally, Finally…USDA Loan Guarantees Open to Renewable Chemicals
May 19, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Corrine Young and Michele Jalbert (Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem)/Biofuels Digest) … Program changes garnered in the most recent Farm Bill reauthorization have, for the first time, broadened the loan guarantee program to include …

Renewable Isobutanol: It’s Time for a Truce
May 19, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by James Evangelow (Chemical Strategies) & Sam Nejame (Promotum) (Biofuels Digest)  If an advertising professional were writing the copy, renewable isobutanol would be called “The new and improved ethanol”. It overcomes essentially all the major deficiencies of …

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Basic Research for Cellulosic Biofuels in the US
May 19, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This reports on part of a trip to Wisconsin to visit the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), University of Wisconsin (UW), a dairy farm that uses …

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review
May 19, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations …

Nonpetroleum Share of Transportation Energy at Highest Level since 1954
May 18, 2015 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration)  In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its …

A.I.M. Interview: SFCC’s Luke Spangenburg
May 18, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  The vision of developing a community college degree program to train a high technology algae workforce was launched at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in 2009. Charles …

4 Minutes with…Siegfried Knecht, Chairman, Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany
May 18, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … aireg was founded in 2011 as a non-profit association to advance the production and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels. Our goal is to find sustainable substitutes for fossil fuels, …

18 Pilot and Demonstration DOE Bioenergy Projects, Reviewed
May 18, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the latest with such projects such as Frontline BioEnergy, Myriant, POET-DSM, INEOS Bio, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Haldor Topsoe, UOP. ZeaChem, Mercurius, and American Process, among others?
In Washington this June …

Odd Couple Asks EPA for Carbon Tax
May 18, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (Washington Examiner) A riddle: A left-wing environmental organization and a free-market policy group enter the Environmental Protection Agency. What do they want?  A national carbon tax.
That’s what environmental group Friends of the Earth …

Blog: Two Healthcare Groups Shed Fossil-Fuel Investments
May 18, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Bob Herman (Modern Healthcare)  Health Care Without Harm and one of its ancillary groups, Practice Greenhealth, announced Tuesday they will fully divest fossil-fuel stocks from investment assets, becoming the first U.S. healthcare organizations to …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa DEADLINE: June 12, 2015
May 18, 2015 – 10:00 am | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa   DEADLINE:  June 12, 2015

Do you have a game-changing innovation for African agriculture?   We are assembling Africa’s largest collection of game-changing, sustainable innovations that will help address the challenges facing African agriculture. At GFIA Africa, we will focus on …

IndyCar: Grace Autosport Launches All-Female Team for 2016 Indy 500
May 15, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Marshall Pruett (Racer Magazine)  Veteran automotive executive and motorsports director Beth Paretta has announced an ambitious new Verizon IndyCar Series program comprised of an all-female staff for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in …

18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum — July 9, 2015 — Washington, DC
May 15, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment
18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum  —  July 9, 2015 — Washington, DC

The 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will bring together up to 50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every …

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020
May 15, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, question the value of bioenergy, energy sourced from cellulosic and woody material, …

Experts: Bioenergy Industry Has Potential to Bring Jobs to North Carolina
May 15, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Jeffrey  (Triangle Business Journal)  With crude oil prices hovering around $60 per barrel, policymakers may not feel as much pressure to embrace renewable forms of energy.  But bioenergy experts say it would be a …

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps
May 15, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SCOPE) Bioenergy & Sustainability is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries.  The volume is the outcome of an assessment that included a meeting held at UNESCO, Paris, …

Bioenergy Misconceptions and Misinformation
May 15, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Safer Alliance)  What wild accusation have your heard regarding ethanol, biodiesel, biogas or other bioenergy resource?  If you are engaged in research, promotion and advocacy and/or invested in the world of biofuels, you have likely …

New Web-based Tools for Biomass Mapping and Biomass Crop Production Decisions
May 15, 2015 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Southern Bioenergy Network News/SAFER Alliance/University of Tennessee) Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service (IMS)–The Interactive Mapping Service (IMS) allows you to explore the woody resource market in the southeast (currently North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama), …

National Bioenergy Day 2015 — October 21– various national events
May 15, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment
National Bioenergy Day 2015 — October 21– various national events

It is already time to start thinking about National Bioenergy Day 2015, which will be held Wed., October 21 (in the middle of Forest Products Week)! Last year, bioenergy supporters across United States and Canada showcased …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Progress in Biomethane Mobility — October 27-28, 2015 — Schwabish Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany DEADLINE: May 31, 2015
May 15, 2015 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: Progress in Biomethane Mobility — October 27-28, 2015 — Schwabish Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany   DEADLINE:  May 31, 2015

The transport sector must play its part in implementing the German government’s Energy Concept. The lead target for the transport sector is the reduction of final energy consumption by some 10 percent by 2020, and …

Progress in Biomethane Mobility — October 27-28, 2015 — Schwabish Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
May 15, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment
Progress in Biomethane Mobility  —  October 27-28, 2015 — Schwabish Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The transport sector must play its part in implementing the German government’s Energy Concept. The lead target for the transport sector is the reduction of final energy consumption by some 10 percent by 2020, and …

CALL FOR POSTERS: NWBC 2015 – The 6th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference — October 20-22 — Helsinki, Finland DEADLINE: May 31
May 15, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS: NWBC 2015 – The 6th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference — October 20-22 — Helsinki, Finland  DEADLINE:  May 31

The international event, Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), is the leading meeting forum for wood biorefinery professionals. The next event will be held in Helsinki in October, 2015. This conference is jointly organised by VTT …

NWBC 2015 – The 6th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference — October 20-22 — Helsinki, Finland
May 15, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment
NWBC 2015 – The 6th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference  —  October 20-22  —  Helsinki, Finland

The international event, Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), is the leading meeting forum for wood biorefinery professionals. The next event will be held in Helsinki in October, 2015. This conference is jointly organised by VTT …

International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency — September 22-24, 2015 — Warsaw, Poland
May 15, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment
International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency  —  September 22-24, 2015  — Warsaw, Poland

The fifth edition of International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place on 22-24 September in Expocentre EXPO XXI in Warsaw. Includes 4th Biofuels Conference.
Renewable energy and its sources have recently …

Ethanol & Biofuels Aisa 2015 Conference — July 8-9 — Manila, Philippines
May 15, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Ethanol & Biofuels Aisa  2015 Conference — July 8-9 — Manila, Philippines

ASEAN free trade looms as threat to sugar industry. Besides, the tariff on ethanol will drop from to 5%,which would make ethanol imports even more competitive once the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement carry out by the end …

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting — November 8-13 — Salt Lake City, UT
May 15, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment
2015 AIChE Annual Meeting  —  November 8-13 —  Salt Lake City, UT

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and …

Developed after Genetic Enhancing, “Super Sugarcane” Is Intended for Energy
May 15, 2015 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Marcelo Toledo (Riberao Preto/Folha de S.Paulo)   It is huge – it can grow up to six meters -, has the potential to produce 300 tons per hectare and represents a new era in the …

4 Minutes with… Thomas J. Murphy, CEO, SR Energy
May 15, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our vision is to be a cellulosic sugar supplier to the advanced bio-economy industry. …  Collectively, we are moving our integrated technology platform from bench scale to commercial scale …

Green Power CEO to Go to Trial for Fraud
May 15, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl (Tri-City Herald)   A serial fraudster charged with swindling investors in his failed Pasco biofuel company will stand trial after all.  U.S. District Court Judge Sal Mendoza Jr. rejected on Thursday a plea …

Oakbio Announces New Green Biofuel Production Platform
May 15, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Oakbio/Digital Journal)  his ecoli based microbe platform expands the sources of waste materials Oakbio can convert to green, renewable fuels and other chemicals to include agricultural and municipal waste products.
Oakbio announced today (May 14, 2015) …

Low Carbon Transport on the Move: What’s up in Australia?
May 15, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics, fuel cell vehicles, smart cars, biofuels for road and sky, and greening the grid come under the microscope Down Under.  In Sydney this week, a number of US and …

AUB Scientists See Great Potential in Algae Production
May 15, 2015 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Ned Whalley (The Daily Star Lebanon)   Scientists from the American University of Beirut have released the results of a three-year study on the potential commercial uses of Lebanon’s coastal microalgae, citing possible applications in medicine, …

Stepping Up to a Currency Molecule
May 14, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biobased chemicals are two steps closer to the tipping point when the growing demand for sustainable products opens huge global markets for renewables. Last fall, DuPont announced a …

3 Steps to Decarbonizing Development for a Zero-Carbon Future
May 14, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(World Bank) Getting to zero net emissions and stabilizing climate change starts with planning for the long-term future and not stopping at short-term goals. It means getting prices right as part of a broad policy package …

Corn Ethanol Yields Continue to Improve
May 14, 2015 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(US DOE Energy Information Administration)  In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest level ever. The growth in U.S. fuel ethanol production has outpaced growth in corn consumed …

Three Recent Developments in Synthetic Biology You Need to Know
May 14, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Dominic Basulto (The Washington Post)  Using synthetic biology techniques, researchers have created everything from new flavors and fragrances to new types of biofuels and materials. While the innovation potential of combining biology and engineering …

ABO Applauds Senators Manchin and Heitkamp on Introduction of Carbon Utilization Legislation
May 14, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Addition of just 12 words could accelerate pace of large scale, emissions reducing algae projects at fossil fired power plants — The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae …

Senators Show Support for Biodiesel Industry
May 14, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Joining Sen. Heitkamp were Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Al Franken (D-MN), as well as biodiesel producers, who also stressed how the …

BioVerno Diesel Now Available from St1 and ABC Service Stations in Finland
May 14, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  As of May, UPM’s new wood-based BioVerno diesel fuel has been available at St1 and ABC service stations in Finland.
The product, sold as a part of St1’s Diesel Plus and ABC’s Smart Diesel …

Obama Administration Must Uphold Commitment to Biodiesel
May 14, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (The Hill/National Biodiesel Board)  … Specifically, the Energy Independence and Security Act was passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush because they all …

BDI Successfully Completes RetroFit Project in Spain
May 14, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(BDI)  BDI – BioEnergy International AG has successfully completed the expansion of a BioDiesel plant in Spain. Oils and animal fats with very high FFA-content will in the future be converted into second-generation standards-compliant BioDiesel.

Implementation …

WEBINAR: BBI Project Development Webinar Series: Developing a Successful Plan and Attracting Investors to Your Biofuels Project (Part 2) — May 13, 2015 | 2:00 PM CDT
May 14, 2015 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: BBI Project Development Webinar Series:  Developing a Successful Plan and Attracting Investors to Your Biofuels Project (Part 2)   — May 13, 2015 | 2:00 PM CDT

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industries have endured more than their share of tough times, but EPA’s debilitating delays on RFS volumes, an unreliable federal tax credit and low diesel prices have made this …

Aemetis Expands Biodiesel Sales to Truck Operators in Logistics Industry in India
May 14, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Marketwatch/Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. AMTX, -1.03% an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced that biodiesel sales activity is accelerating in India with truck operators in the logistics industry.
Aemetis has expanded sales activity in India …

Terry Anderson: ‘American Ethanol’ to the Rescue in New Campaign
May 14, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Midwest Producer News) … The “American Ethanol” campaign is to make it personal for the public, that the components in gasoline are not healthy, and to have a third party tell the story, …

End the Food vs Fuel Debate
May 14, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Global Renewable Fuels Association) The recent drop in oil prices and global food price index should finally put an end to the food vs. food debate, writes Bliss Baker of GRFA. The price …

Sugar Cane to Branch out to Bio-Ethanol, Electricity
May 14, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Linda Ensor (Business Day Live) … The diversification plans included using sugar cane to produce bio-ethanol and to generate renewable electricity.
This would also improve the long term viability of the industry, chairman of the South …

4 Minutes with… Cory-Ann Wind, Lead Staff Oregon Clean Fuels Program, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
May 14, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  ODEQ is the regulatory agency that oversees the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, Oregon’s version of the low carbon fuel standards. The program’s goal is to reduce the carbon intensity …

Auctions for All Assets of Two Silicon Valley-Based Clean Technology Firms: Biofuel producer, Cobalt Technologies and Flow Cell Energy Storage Company, EnerVault
May 14, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Silicon Valley Disposition/PRNewswire)   Silicon Valley Disposition (http://www.svdisposition.com) announced today that it will simultaneously run online auctions of all of physical assets from the head quarter facilities for Cobalt Technologies located in Mountain View, California …

Biodiesel to Help Power U.S. Leg of Volvo Ocean Race
May 14, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(VolvoOceanRaceNewport.com)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is a supporting sponsor for the Newport Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, providing blends of biodiesel for use on the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats and in all …

Kansas Plant Maximizes Value of Inputs by Adding Diesel Production
May 14, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … But one Kansas ethanol company, East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC (EKAE), is taking steps to stabilize its business with diversified income streams generated from the same corn source used to make …

Dyadic Receives Funding for New Advanced Biofuels Program
May 14, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic/PR Newswire)   Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food and feed industries, …

U.S. Ethanol Now Exported to Many Markets
May 14, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  A recent chart from the U.S. Grains Council illustrates the wide range of markets for U.S. ethanol exports in 2014. This is a change from just four years ago, when more …

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?
May 14, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin …

State Releases Final Fracking Statement
May 14, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Scott Waldman (Capital New York) … The Department of Environmental Conservation released the 2,000-page final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for fracking, which opponents and proponents around the country have been awaiting since Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

Biofuel Trade Groups Discuss RFS Rulemaking, Announce Ad Campaign
May 13, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 12, representatives of two biofuel trade organizations discussed the choice the White House and U.S. EPA face in proposing upcoming renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the …

3 Ways to Turn Waste Grease into Biodiesel
May 13, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Futurity/National University of Singapore)  New techniques are letting researchers make biodiesel entirely from waste grease more cheaply and efficiently. … One method employs whole-cell Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, producing a 97 percent biodiesel conversion yield in 72 hours.
Another …

Catalyst for Green Biodiesel Production from Unrefined Feedstock
May 13, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Research Asia Research News/The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)  Researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a durable catalyst for green biodiesel production from low grade feedstock through one-step catalysis
Biodiesel is a sustainable liquid …

Biofuel Developers Like Neste Oil, Diamond Green Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil
May 13, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/Market Wired)  While alternative fuels like biofuels had obvious appeal when oil prices were well over $100 a barrel, the plummet in oil prices to $50 levels can threaten the cost-competitiveness of alternative fuels. …

Growers Want Permits to Produce Ethanol from Sugarcane
May 13, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by N. Dinesh Nayak (The Hindu)  The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers Association has urged the Union government to allow sugarcane growers to produce ethanol from sugarcane.
Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, the association president Kurabur Shantha …

Global Bioenergies: First Production of Liquid Hydrocarbons from Biological Feedstock Using the Isobutene Process
May 13, 2015 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Global Newswire/Global Bioenergies)  First batch of  “renewable oil”; Ground and air transportation fuels; Perspective of new industrial sectors; Prevention of climate change
Global Bioenergies announces today having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar …

4 Minutes with… Richard McCombs, Managing Director, Asia West
May 13, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Since I retired as CEO of MBA Polymers in 2011, my two partners from MBA and I have been dedicated to helping Western cleantech companies expand into China–including raising Chinese …

Workers and Cane Growers Strike in Zimbabwe as Green Fuel Fails to Pay
May 13, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Zimbabwe, more than 500 workers have gone on strike after going unpaid by Green Fuel for six months. Last week more than 100 cane farmers also went on strike …

With Clean Fuels as Law, Oregon Biofuel Maker Prepares for Major Expansion
May 13, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal)  A Eugene biofuel company that converts used cooking oil into fuel is in expansion mode thanks to Oregon’s Clean Fuels program.  SeQuential Pacific Biofuels expanded its production capacity in …

The Commercialization of Renewable Fuels, Chemicals and Biobased Product: 4 New Views, in Depth
May 13, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New targets, new markets, new tech, new methods, new outcomes.LanzaTech, Genomatica, Amyris and Brazil’s CTBE share in-depth presentations from the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. 100 of …

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow
May 13, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to …

Let’s Talk About It: Biofuels — 2015 Summer Mondays: June 29, July 27 and August 31 — Frederick, MD
May 13, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
Let’s Talk About It: Biofuels —  2015 Summer Mondays: June 29, July 27 and August 31 — Frederick, MD

At the Frederick County Public Library in Frederick, Maryland, Advanced Biofuels USA executive director, Joanne Ivancic, will present a 3-part discussion series about advanced biofuels based on work being done by this internationally recognized educational nonprofit organization …

CNH Industrial Hosts Expert Panel to Raise Awareness on Biogas
May 13, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(CNH Industrial/PR Newswire)  The Company gathered experts from the scientific community, representatives from institutional European associations, public officials and professionals from the powertrain, commerical vehicles and agricultural machinery sectors for a workshop panel entitled “The …

How Much Longer Can The Oil Age Last?
May 13, 2015 – 10:25 am | No Comment

By Gaurav Agnihotri  (OilPrice.com)  History has been so fascinated with oil and its price movements that it is indeed hard to imagine our future without oil. Over the last few months, we have witnessed how …

Saudi Arabia Continues To Turn Screws On U.S. Shale
May 13, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Saudi Arabia continues to ratchet up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers.
According to OPEC’s latest monthly oil report, Saudi Arabia boosted its oil output to 10.31 million barrels …

Cellulosic Refiners Hamstrung by Chaos in RFS-Credit Market
May 12, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing)  … Refiners aren’t buying cellulosic fuel credits through the renewable fuel standard program for what the company produces. And so Quad County has received as much as $600,000 less than expected for …

At the Gas Pump, US Biofuel Lobby Scores a Point against Big Oil
May 12, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Over the past few months, privately held retailers Kum & Go and Sheetz have become the first significant chains to announce plans to start selling E15, a gasoline with 15 percent …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/MSN.com)   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …