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Robert Rubin: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy
July 27, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rubin (The Washington Post)  Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define future climate-change risks with precision, they should be included in economic policy, fiscal and business decisions because of their potential magnitude.

When it comes to the economy, much of the debate about climate change — and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling it — is framed as a trade-off between environmental protection and economic prosperity. Many people argue that moving away from fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions will impede economic growth, hurt business and hamper job creation.

But from an economic perspective, that’s precisely the wrong way to look at it. The real question should be: What is the cost of inaction? In my view — and in the view of a growing group of business people, economists, and other financial and market experts — the cost of inaction over the long term is far greater than the cost of action.

I recently participated in a bipartisan effort to measure the economic risks of unchecked climate change in the United States. We commissioned an independent analysis, led by a highly respected group of economists and climate scientists, and our inaugural report, “Risky Business,” was released in June. The report’s conclusions demonstrated the significant harm that climate change is causing now and that will almost certainly be far more severe in the future — to the agricultural, energy and coastal-property sectors, as well as to public health and labor productivity more generally.

First, future federal spending to deal with climate change is likely to be enormous and should be included in fiscal projections, whether in existing estimates or in additional estimates that include climate change. If nothing is done to prevent climate-related crises, the federal government will be forced to deal with them later — from property losses to public health crises to emergency aid. These huge risks are not currently in official future estimates or federal budget plans.

To cover those costs, we will have to increase the deficit; raise taxes; or significantly cut spending on defense, our social safety net, and public investment including infrastructure, education and basic research.

Second, investors should demand that companies disclose their exposure to climate risks, including the impact that climate change could have on their businesses and assets, the value of their assets that could be stranded by climate change, and the costs they may someday incur to address their carbon emissions.  READ MORE



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PUMP, Documentary on Oil Monopoly, to Hit Theaters in September
July 28, 2014 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In New York, PUMP, the latest documentary feature film from Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, will be making its long awaited premiere this September in specially selected theaters around the country. The initial presentations take place in New York on September 12th.

Narrated by Jason Bateman, PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump.  READ MORE  Watch the PUMP trailer on YouTube, here.



Robert Rubin: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy
July 27, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rubin (The Washington Post)  Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change …

14 Concepts that Will Be Obsolete after Catastrophic Climate Change
July 27, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (The Washington Post)  Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science at Harvard University. Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology at the California Institute …

White House Gathers Senate Dems on RFS Proposal
July 25, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  In what could be seen as a sign that an unpopular decision is about to be rendered by the Obama Administration on ethanol and biodiesel, a select group of Senate Democrats …

Spinach Could Lead to Alternative Energy More Powerful than Popeye
July 25, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Gardner (Purdue University)  … Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates used to …

Grains Council Working on Ethanol Exports
July 25, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working on promoting exports of U.S. ethanol through a partnership between USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
“We’ve been working …

24-7 Van Lines Reducing Cost of Los Angeles Cross Country Mover Services With Updated “Green” & More Energy Efficient Fleet of Trucks
July 25, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(24-7 Van Lines/PRWeb)  24-7 Van Lines is pleased to announce that customers and the environment will benefit from their newly enhanced and upgraded fleet of class 4-8 trucks that is powered solely by bio-diesel and …

Rethinking the Future of Biofuels: Leveraging Three Routes Forward
July 25, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Lew Fulton (University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies)   … In a new white paper released this week by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), we measure the incremental changes that …

Montanans Turn Barley into High-Value Feed, Ethanol
July 25, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers in Montana are looking at an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct.
Feed barley has been an important …

Lesaffre Acquires Butalco: Will the Race for Sustainable Butanol Ever Be the Same?
July 25, 2014 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We look at why yeast giant Lesaffre acquired this development-stage Swiss company and its yeast enhancement technology.   And how that may affect the competitive landscape in the search for cellulosic …

Toolkit For Ethanol’s Next Stage
July 24, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Forward-thinking producers will build on technological improvements implemented in recent years.
There are multiple options in the ethanol producer’s toolkit in the ongoing quest to improve efficiency and yield. They …

Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? – Part 1
July 24, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Jenkins (The Energy Collective)  Summary

While a carbon price is every economists’ favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)
In a new paper in Energy Policy, I examine a …

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials
July 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures
The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of …

Biodiesel Statement on Senate RFS Meeting
July 24, 2014 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel Thursday after White House adviser John Podesta briefed a group of Senate Democrats on the pending …

Pain at the Pump: An Illustrated Guide to the War over E85, Gasoline
July 24, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is everyone yakking about E85? FTC investigations. Key Senators on the warpath. Antitrust allegations. In short, all kinds of crazy.  What’s exactly going on?
In today’s Digest, we’ve prepared our illustrated …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.
Consequently:
1. …

Gas Processing Contract in Stockholm Awarded to Schmack Carbotech
July 23, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(MyNewsDesk.com/Schmack Biogas GmbH)    Schmack Carbotech has been awarded the contract to construct a plant with a processing capacity of 2000 Nm3/h in raw biogas in Sofielund Huddinge, Stockholm. Gas with a methane content of …

The Origin of Sex
July 23, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae researchers think they may have discovered a trigger that establishes gender, and sexual reproduction.   We humans experience asexual cellular division, or mitosis, though we rarely write songs or poetry …

DOE Funds Bioenergy Projects at 4 Universities
July 22, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $100 million to Energy Frontier Research Centers with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs needed by build the 21st-century energy economy. Several of EFRC …

N.Y. Bill Would Incentivize Cellulosic Fuels, Biomass Pellets
July 22, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state’s tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified …

Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Ames Laboratory (phys.org) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.
Ames Laboratory scientists have developed …

Sugar Rush at Ethanol Plant Fuels fight with Nebraska Corn Farmers
July 22, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it – a small-town dispute that offers an unusual …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

More Energy from a Litre of Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Twente)  Catalyst developed at University of Twente helps achieve European 2020 objective
Oil produced from biomass – such as wood chips or plant residues – seldom has the same quality and energy content as …

The Green Roads Map
July 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Mapping the Companies Driving California’s Clean Transportation Future
EDF’s Green Roads Map, completed with assistance from CALSTART, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), plots the companies demonstrating how clean …

Petrobras Said to Miss 2014 Ethanol Relief on Lack of Supply
July 22, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Mario Sergio Lima (Bloomberg)  Brazil is delaying until at least 2015 an increase in the ethanol portion used to blend with gasoline, a government official with knowledge of the decision said.
The government will take …

Hong Kong to Study Increasing Use of Biodiesel: Christine Loh Kung-wai
July 22, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)   The Hong Kong government will commission a study and consult the biodiesel industry about widening the use of the clean fuel, including its mandatory blending into fossil diesel.
The study …

Ethiopia Continues Jatropha Biodiesel Production
July 22, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Zerihun Getachew (All Africa)  Ethiopia is producing biodiesel from jatropha plant with 56 million birr said Water, Irrigation and Energy Ministry.   According to Public Relations Director with the ministry, Bizuneh Tolcha , the production …

Southern African, EU Negotiators Sign New Trade Pact
July 22, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Negotiators for Southern African states have agreed a new trade pact with the European Union which will give the countries a bigger market for food exports, South Africa’s trade and industry department said.

If ratified …

New Analysis Finds that 10 States Could Provide Abundant Agricultural Byproducts for Low-Carbon Fuel and Electricity
July 22, 2014 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Sustainable practices can turn crop residues and manure into bioenergy without competing with food supplies
U.S. agriculture could provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of …

Low Corn Prices Favor New Type of Ethanol in Brazil
July 22, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Gustavo Bonato and Caroline Stauffer (Reuters)  Low corn prices in Brazil following a bumper crop are worrying farmers but providing favorable margins for an incipient corn-ethanol industry, said the manager of Usimat, the first Brazilian …

Leading the Way in Motorcycle Education
July 22, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The Renewable Fuels Association will once again have a presence at Sturgis, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. The rally, which includes “”Free Fuel Happy Hours,” is a …

Jet Fuel or Liquid Natural Gas: Now Available from a Trash Bin near You, Parts I and II
July 22, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Anyone that has followed the evolution of processes that are used to make fuels out of waste recognizes that the permutations and combinations of processes that can be used has …

Stealthulosic: Many Cellulosic Biofuels Technologies Rate Low in Visibility Survey
July 22, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Digest survey spells “low visibility” for cellulosic biofuels.  Beta Renewables rates “best in class”. Dupont rates “most heard of”.   Belief is big in “commercial eventually” but far less so for …

California Proposes $46.3M for Advanced Biofuels
July 22, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In California, the California Energy Commission recommended awards of $46.6 million to 11 biofuels and biomethane projects.

The winning projects and award amounts are:
Crimson Renewable Energy LP
Bakersfield Biodiesel Production Plant …

$5 Million Waste Biomass Processing Plant Planned in Michigan
July 22, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final …

Legislation Would Require Country-of-Origin Labeling for Fuels
July 22, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the “Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels …

Mascoma Confirms Strategy Shift, Outlines Plans for Technology
July 22, 2014 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Larry Klein and the Sierra Club sued Frontier and the DOE after the DOE issued a finding of “no significant impact” and granted a Frontier funding application which pledged …

Pond Biofuels Launches Bioreactor Pilot project at St Marys Cement Plant
July 21, 2014 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(Global Cement)  Pond Biofuels has set up a bioreactor pilot plant at St Marys cement plant in St Marys, Ontario. The raw smokestack gas from the cement plant is recycled to grow algae in a …

Biodiesel Trial to Clear the Air
July 21, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(PRWire)  The City of Canada Bay is committed to reducing our local impact on the environment and is leading the way with a biodiesel trial says Mayor Angelo Tsirekas.
“Biodiesel, a renewable and clean burning fuel …

Corn Growers Keep Ethanol in Focus
July 21, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were big topics this week as members of the National Corn Growers Association met in Washington DC.

During the Ethanol Committee meeting, staff from the …

OECD-FAO Outlook Report Predicts Growth in Ethanol Production
July 21, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new agricultural outlook report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predicts that the consumption and …

Ethanol-Powered Boats Make Splash in Kansas
July 21, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)   … The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) took to the water in 2011 to help dispel some of the myths associated with boating and ethanol. RFA partnered with the National …

Some Steam in the Summer of Algae 2014
July 21, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Every summer ABO members and supporting organizations make announcements, host events, and tell the story of the algae industry’s exciting growth that is creating new jobs, new sources of domestic fuels, food, feed …

UPM to Become Exclusive Distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice(TM) Lignin in Europe
July 21, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Domtar)  Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) and UPM (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: UPM1V) today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoiceTM lignin in …

Can CO2 Be a Green Chemical? Yes, When Derived from Biofuels and Other Sources
July 21, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd./Biofuels Digest)  … The problem with CO2 sequestration and carbon reduction schemes is the lack of economic return for many purely sequestration projects, unless government funding or subsidies are guaranteed. …

Advanced Biofuels: Suspended in Bureaucratic Animation
July 21, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biofuels Digest)  … But, beyond the RVO numbers, not much has been said about this Administration’s inability to execute on its mandated task to review and approve new pathways under the …

Perea Bill Would Delay California Cap-and-Trade for Gas
July 21, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jeremy B. White  (Sacramento Bee) Democratic fissures over California’s cap-and-trade mandates deepened on Thursday, with a key moderate Democrat introducing a bill to push back a looming rule expected to cause a spike in prices …

Report Highlights Economic Impact of The US Bioscience Industry
July 18, 2014 – 9:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) A report recently published by the Biotechnology Industry Organization and Battelle indicates the U.S. bioscience industry demonstrated strong growth from 2011 to 2012, has navigated the economic recession better than most …

Aviation Offers a Way Forward in Biofuels Research
July 18, 2014 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Biomass Magazine) Biofuels researchers are increasingly thinking about how the energy market is changing, which challenges them to balance the basic science of new fuels with a more holistic view of the most commercially …

Lux Research: Lignin-Derived Chemicals to Hit Market in 2021
July 18, 2014 – 8:57 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/Biomass Magazine) Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these …

Bill Aims to Delay California Fuels Sector from Falling under Cap-And-Trade Program
July 18, 2014 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Luhavalja (SNL) California Assembly member Henry Perea, a Democrat, on July 3, introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 69, that would delay placing the fuels industry under the Golden State’s cap-and-trade program for three years.
“The cap-and-trade …

Dong and Novozymes Win $53 Million From EU for Bioethanol Plant
July 18, 2014 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg News) Dong Energy AS and Novozymes AS won 39 million euros ($53 million) from the European Union to build a plant in Denmark that will use straw to produce clean fuel.
The companies …

EU Biofuel Outlook Bad for Rapeseed, Less So Wheat
July 18, 2014 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(agrimoney.com) Use of rapeseed for making biofuels in the European Union is to stagnate at levels 20% below its high four years ago, but consumption of wheat, which has been replaced by corn, may revive thanks …

Biofuel Production to Surpass 50 mil. Gallons by 2019?
July 18, 2014 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass) According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Biofuels Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 – 2019,” biofuels production was 24,326.7 million gallons in 2012 and …

‘Microbe Sniffer’ Could Steer Next-Gen Bio-Refining
July 18, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass/ University of British Columbia)  A new biosensor invented at UBC could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials.
It works by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are …

Algae Underfunded in Energy Hunt
July 18, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

By Kazuaki Nagata ( The Japan times)…While the technology itself is not new, Japanese scientists say they believe oil from aquatic algae could become an important raw material as biomass technology improves and the world looks …

Ethanol & Corn Production Up, Food & Gas Prices Down
July 18, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Growth Energy is attacking the myth that ethanol production increases food prices.
Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy notes that time and again, Big Oil, big Food and special interests are attacking the ethanol …

Syngenta Donates $108K for Flex Fuel Infrastructure
July 18, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  During the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen taking place at the Iowa Speedway today, Syngenta announced that they are donating $108,000 to the renewable fuels industry to make flex fuels …

2014 Ram 2500 Biodiesel Testing – Final Gear Editorial
July 18, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Jason Gonderman  (Diesel Power Magazine)  … I started my informal biodiesel test with a familiar face, a 2014 Ram 2500, the same truck used for our 1500 vs. 2500 test (“Sibling Rivalry,” March 2014). Why …

Penn State Offers Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy
July 18, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master’s degree might want to check in on Penn State’s program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university launched …

Bioenergy Education Program Comes to SFSC This Fall
July 18, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(South Florida State College)  Beginning this fall, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy.
With a rising interest in green …

Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Ohio Would Benefit Biomass
July 18, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … On July 7, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed Clean Energy Initiative amendment. According to Josh Pulliam, a consultant for Yes for Ohio’s’ Energy Future, …

Navy Looks to Biofuels in 2016
July 18, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Matsunaga (U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs/The Lemoore Navy News)  Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won’t even need to know …

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
July 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels …

Reassessment of Inter-related Biofuel, GHG and FFV Policies Needed
July 18, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Reports out of Washington this week that the Obama administration’s lengthy delay in releasing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending rule due to a White House desire to re-evaluate …

Oil Lobby Turns Focus to EPA in Ethanol Fight
July 18, 2014 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) The American Petroleum Institute (API) is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its fight to reduce the ethanol blending mandate, conceding that there’s little short-term hope in congressional action.
Bob …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

Aviation Industry Publishes Fuelling the Future, Calls for Urgent Review of UK Government Sustainable Aviation Fuels Policy
July 18, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Aviation)  - Potential to reduce UK aviation’s carbon emissions by 1.7 million tonnes per annum by 2030, and by 18% by 2050, through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels, finds independent analysis by sustainable …

Australia Repeals Its Carbon Tax
July 18, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the newly installed Senate, which changed over its membership on July 1st following elections late last year, endorsed a series of bills (already passed in the House of …

Back in My Arms Again: The Supremes Take on Patent Law in the Era of Synthetic Biology
July 18, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key ruling in Gevo, Butamax case links it to the upcoming Teva case, going before the Supreme Court this fall.
In Colorado, Gevo filed a fascinating 8-K this week, relating that a United …

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels
July 18, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (July 17, 2014) $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal …

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains for Cellulosic Biofuels
July 18, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growers reporting increased yields, revenues with stover harvest.  Natural Resources Conservation Service says “By making wise management decisions, removing residue can be done sustainably.”  What are the opportunities and the …

Biobased Companies Take A Closer Look At Sustainability
July 18, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Thanks to the emerging bioeconomy, renewable substances made from plants can now be found in places as varied as car interiors, laundry detergent, and plastic bottles. But as …

Congressional Officials Support Speedier Pathway Approvals for Advanced Renewable Fuels
July 18, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(BIOtechNOW) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its rule to identify additional cellulosic biofuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This final …

Edeniq and Global Bio-chem to Develop and Commercialize Corn Stover to Industrial Sugars Conversion Technology
July 17, 2014 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/BusinessWire)  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a cellulosic sugar producer, announced it has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited (“Global Bio-chem,” HKG:0809) to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial …

LowCVP News: UK Auto Sector Renaissance Driven by Low Carbon Policy Focus – New
July 17, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership)  A major new report published today (15 July 2014) at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s Annual Conference shows the UK automotive sector has been revitalised by consistently applied policy centred on …

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?
July 17, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious …

What Mad Men Can Teach Us About Renewable Energy
July 17, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Brian F. Keane  (Huffington Post)  I mentioned to a reporter the other day that I suspect the so-called “Climate Deniers” are not so much denying the science of climate change, but rather they are rejecting …

Vietnam Veteran Praises Braley in New Television Ad Broadcast Statewide
July 17, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(VoteVets.org)  A Vietnam Veteran from Des Moines is featured in a new television ad campaign, today, praising Congressman Bruce Braley’s work to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ad, sponsored by the veterans organization VoteVets.org, …

EcoEngineers Publishes Fact Sheet on the Final QAP Rules
July 17, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(EcoEngineers)  On July 2nd, 2014, the EPA released the final rules regarding the QAP program requirements for the RFS2. These rules will go into effect as of January 1st, 2015 and have a number of important …

E15 Retailers Get Creative
July 17, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Facing roadblocks from big name gasoline suppliers, nimble gas station owners change course to offer customers midlevel blends.
When Charlie Good, mechanic and owner of Good & Quick in Nevada, …

Lower Prices the Selling Point for Gas with Higher Ethanol Content, but Questions Remain
July 17, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  At a U-Stop gas station and convenience store in Lincoln last week, the pumps dispensing gasoline with 15 percent, 30 percent and 85 percent ethanol attracted a steady of stream …

Do We Still Need Alternative Fuels?
July 17, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Amy Myers Jaffe (The Energy Collective)  As the Obama administration struggles to come up with a solution to the dysfunctional renewables fuel standard (RFS), many in the industry are asking the question: do we …

Elevance, Genting to Build Sabah Biorefinery
July 17, 2014 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (TCEToday)  Elevance Renewable Sciences and Genting Plantations have signed a deal to build a 240,000 t/y biorefinery to make renewable chemicals from palm oil in Sabah, Malaysia.
The biorefinery will be constructed in the …

Craft Brewed Biodiesel Independence from Petroleum
July 17, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(IndiGoGo)  Nearly everything is moved by Diesel and Jet Fuel and we can craft it in our own communities!  Granite State BioFuels    Craft Brewed Independence from Petroleum One Community at a Time
Diesel and Jet …

Hitting the Blend Wall: Biofuels Growth Stalled by EU and US Policy Shifts
July 17, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Platts Commodity Pulse)  In this video Tim Worledge, Guilherme Kfouri and Sean Bartlett discuss the challenging legislative environment faced by the global biofuels industry; how the US Renewable Fuel Standard revision of targets for biofuels …

Manure-Fed Biofuels Might Make For New Crop At Dairy Farms
July 17, 2014 – 11:04 am | No Comment

By Peter Hirschfeld  (Vermont Public Radio)  … But it’s also a live demonstration of government-funded research aimed at finding out whether manure and runoff from dairy farms in Vermont could be converted into fuel oil for …

DE-FOA-0000951: Vehicle Technologies Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives Funding Opportunity Announcement
July 16, 2014 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The objective of this FOA is to create and implement high impact and highly innovative approaches to increase the acceptance and deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs).  This will be accomplished in …

10 MegaVitaVegeTrends for Mega-Efficient Biofuels
July 16, 2014 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Are your biotechnologies run down, listless? Do they poop out at pitch meetings? Are they unpopular?   The answer to your problems may well be in this list — in the …

Algae Cultivation Making Headway at Wageningen
July 16, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Four years after the first optimistic calculations, the experimental cultivation of algae at Wageningen University in the Netherlands appears to be meeting expectations. Production costs have been more than halved, while the …

IRENA: Renewables Employ 6.5 Million Globally
July 16, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

By Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the results of a study that determined 6.5 million people were employed by the renewable energy globally last year. The report, titled “Renewable …

Biofuel Research at Core of Purdue-Navy Agreement
July 16, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

By Alex Maragos (WLFI) Purdue University will partner with the U.S. Navy to make new biofuels, including some made entirely from plants. Developing the new fuel is at the center of a statement of cooperation signed May …

Cummins: E85-Fueled Engine Cuts Medium-Duty CO2 Emissions by 50% to 80%
July 16, 2014 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by David Cullen   (FleetOwner) A new engine/powertrain combination developed by Cummins Inc. that’s fueled by E85 (an ethanol/gasoline blend)  cuts carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50% to 80% vs. a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck, according to the manufacturer.
Dubbed the …

West Virginia University Researcher to Study The Genetics of Biomass Accumulation
July 16, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/West Virginia University) …Jennifer Hawkins, assistant professor of biology at West Virginia University, is working with a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University, the University of California—Berkeley, and Brigham Young University to …

US Grain Council China DDGS Situation Update: Impacts in Other Markets
July 16, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/U.S. Grains Council) China’s new inspection and permit regime for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has created increased interest for DDGS in other markets around the world. Contracts continue to be …

Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Advance Cost-Competitive Biofuels
July 16, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass.  …

Hundreds Protest US Plans to Export Fracked Gas
July 14, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Renee Lewis (Aljazeera)  Critics say shipping domestic fuel abroad will raise prices at home, exacerbate climate change
Hundreds of protesters marched Sunday in Washington, D.C., to show their opposition to a planned natural gas export terminal in …

EPA Supporting Small Businesses by Advancing Sustainable and Innovative Products and Research/Twenty-one Businesses Receiving Funding to Strengthen the Economy and the Environment
July 14, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 21 small businesses in 15 states are receiving funding from the EPA to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current …

Syngenta, FFA Collaborate on Fundraising at Iowa Speedway Event
July 14, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Syngenta and lowa FFA chapters will be joining forces to increase awareness of the benefits of American ethanol and to raise money to support flex fuel availability – and the FFA – …

NGFA Proposal to the STB Could Benefit Shippers of Ethanol, DDGS
July 14, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 7, the National Grain and Feed Association announced it submitted an extensive proposal to the Surface Transportation Board, urging the STB to establish new rules and procedures …