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End the Ethanol Mandate: Our View
March 31, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(USA Today) … Apart from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, they all supported the mandate, including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, the latest conservative darling, who arrived at his pro-ethanol position thanks to a 180 degree reverse back flip that would have impressed a platform diver.

The parade of supplicants suggests that ending the mandate, which dates to a 2005 law, will not happen any time soon.

Nevertheless, there is some reason for modest optimism. Several bills to phase out ethanol have significant support. The original rationale for the mandate, energy independence, is less of an issue now. And a number of recent events — the surge in domestic energy production, the fall in oil prices and the advent of more efficient cars — have conspired to make the mandate’s demands laughable.  READ MORE /MORE and MORE / MORE (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)


Excerpts from Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association:  For example, it says a “gallon of ethanol is more expensive than a gallon of gasoline ($2.37 vs $1.73 wholesale).”

While the USA Today’s editorial board is separate from its newsroom, they could have at least asked their colleagues in the business section how the commodities market works, especially when theChicago Merchantile Exchange (CME), where all commodities are traded, is publically accessible. Wholesale and spot prices for gasoline and ethanol are dictated by future prices on the exchange.

But we’re prepared to help USA Today’s editorial board out. Today, gasoline futures for delivery in March are being traded at $1.76 per gallon while ethanol is being traded at $1.44 per gallon. Furthermore, D6 RINs for ethanol are 43 cents which means the actual price of ethanol is $1.01 per gallon.

As the Energy Information Administration (EIA) explains, the RIN value reduces the effective price of ethanol. In fact, during the two months when ethanol prices were higher than gasoline, the EIA said RIN values rose in tandem thus keeping ethanol prices lower than gasoline.

Amazingly, USA Today also paints ethanol exports negatively.

“In fact, ethanol makers who once wrapped themselves in the flag are now shipping their product overseas.”

First of all, how is this a bad thing? If more countries use renewable fuels, it means there’s less burning of harmful fossil fuels. But let’s be clear on the ratio of exports to domestic consumption. Last year, production was 14.3 billion gallons of which 13.4 billion gallons was consumed domestically. In fact, if the EPA had stuck to the original renewable volume obligation for 2014 of 14.4 billion gallons, there would have probably have been fewer gallons exported.

Another bit of fiction spouted by USA Today was this : “While a gallon of ethanol emits fewer greenhouse gases than a gallon of gasoline, it is far dirtier after accounting for the energy used to till and fertilize the land used to produce it.”

USA Today doesn’t cite any scientific study to back this claim probably because they would have found that leading scientists such as those from the Argonne National Laboratory have said that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ethanol is, on average, 44 percent lower than gasoline. And this is based on a lifecycle analysis which takes into account emissions from farming all the way to its consumption as a motor fuel.

Even by incorporating land use changes, Argonne National Laboratory said GHG emissions from ethanol is 34 percent lower than gasoline.

USA Today also claims that increasing the ethanol blend in gasoline above 10 percent is something “Detroit says its cars can’t handle.” That’s funny because an analysis done by the RFA last year shows that both GM and Ford approved the use of E15 in all its new vehicles.  READ MORE

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoiation Member Spotlight: Christianson & Associates
March 31, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Christianson & Associates, PLLP (C&A) is a full service Certified Public Accounting firm established over 28 years ago, with offices in Willmar and Litchfield, MN. C&A has deep roots in the agricultural …

4 Minutes with… Bill Topp, Manager, Biotechnology Associates
March 31, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We provide due diligence analyses to the venture capital community of investment opportunities in firms that exploit advanced technologies … Most of our work at the present time is coming out of the Middle …

Industry, Water Advocates Come Together on Bioenergy Bills
March 31, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi  (Midwest Energy News)  Environmentalists and bioeconomy advocates reached an agreement last week to modify a bill moving through the Minnesota legislature that they hope will create a new clean energy and green …

Moonshine, Hogs and Drought Fuel Sorghum Boom Across U.S. Plains
March 31, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Durisin, Jeff Wilson, Lydia Mulvany (Bloomberg)  … A kernel-yielding stalk that’s native to Africa, sorghum has three things going for it right now: it’s cheap to plant; it holds up better in drought-like conditions than …

EPA Awards Student Fellowships in 25 States and Puerto Rico to Support the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists
March 31, 2015 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 34 fellowships for undergraduate students in 25 states and Puerto Rico to pursue environmental science and related fields of study at universities and …

Energy Beets Slow to Catch on in North Dakota
March 31, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Development of energy beets in North Dakota is still nebulous, while projects in California are moving forward.
Attendance was light for a recent series of grower meetings about energy, or industrial, sugar …

Challenge to Manage Farms during Volatile Periods
March 31, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Martha Blum (AgriNews)  The mood in agriculture is cautiously optimistic.  “A few years ago agriculture was going like gangbusters, but now it is in transition,” said David Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied …

Foreign Company Studied Installing Biodiesel Plant in Nicaragua
March 31, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Prensa Latina (Google translation)) The company Plastic Energy presented a project to estimate the feasibility of installing a biodiesel processing plant in Nicaragua, said today the deputy mayor of Managua, Enrique Armas.
Currently, foreign capital enterprise …

Zambia: ZDA Okays U.S.$150 Million Ethanol Plant
March 31, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica/Times of Zambia)  THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has given Sunbird Bio-energy Africa an investment licence to set up a US$150 million ethanol plant in Luena farm bloc in Kawambwa District of Luapula Province.

In a …

Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans
March 31, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

By Nick Cunningham  (  Oil companies continue to get burned by low oil prices, but the pain is bleeding over into the financial industry. Major banks are suffering huge losses from both directly backing some …

Rubber Security
March 31, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though we usually think of diversifying away from petroleum via the fuels for our cars — what about the petroleum in the tires?  Rubber security, as it turns out, offers …

Croda to Manufacture Surfactant from Ethanol, Opening New Market
March 30, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Specialty chemical manufacturer Croda Inc. is planning to break ground in April on a $170 million upgrade to its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. When completed in …

‘Where’s my ethanol?’
March 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The ethanol industry would like nothing better than to have every consumer that wants E85 to have access to it. Unfortunately roll out of E85 stations has been slow, …

Maintenance Managers Meet to Share Experiences, Meet Vendors
March 30, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol maintenance managers met in Des Moines, Iowa, for their semiannual gathering to meet with vendors and learn from each other. In the best attendance yet, nearly 50 …

Hastert Delivers Personal Pitch for Ethanol
March 30, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Alan K. Ota  (Roll Call)  Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert delivered a blunt reminder to farm-state lawmakers about the clout of the ethanol industry with a visit for nearly an hour to the main …

Sustainable Biofuels Highlighted as Key for Future Transport Needs
March 30, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Click Green)  The Transport Energy Task Force has today highlighted the important role sustainable biofuels will play in meeting the UK’s future transport needs, in its concluding report.
The report identified that there is a clear …

Dennis Seid: Enerkem’s Ethanol Plant Still a No-Go
March 30, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Seid (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)  …  In fact, if you visit Enerkem’s website, there’s no mention of Pontotoc. Nothing on its facilities or projects – where Pontotoc once had a prominent location. Nothing …

Value-Addition in Production of Ethanol from Macro Algae
March 30, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by K. S. Rajgopal (The Hindu)  As the quest for alternate sources of energy in the face of global warming due to fossil-fuel usage gains momentum, the focus has turned to macro algae (sea weeds) as …

Growth Energy Supports Senators Paul and Grassley Efforts to Give Consumers Choice at the Pump
March 30, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Following the introduction of S. 889, the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, legislation by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), which contains a provision to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) …

Algae.Tec to Expand Georgia Algae Production Facility
March 30, 2015 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, following successful algae growth trials, Algae.Tec has commenced the expansion of its development and manufacturing facilities in Cumming, Georgia and the building of an initial small scale plant …

White House Science Fair Celebrates Student Research
March 30, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

By Emily Conover (Science Magazine) Sixteen-year-old Sophia Sánchez-Maes is all about algae. The slimy green stuff is an attractive candidate for biofuel production, but Sánchez-Maes wondered why the biofuel startups near her hometown of Las Cruces, …

API, AFPM Sue EPA over RFS Delays
March 30, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 18, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. …

Group of Lawmakers Continues to Seek Ways to Block Biofuels, Through Any Means Possible
March 30, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On March 23, a letter signed by 18 members of Congress to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture asked the subcommittee to include “language to limit continued government support for …

Our Federal Policy on the Use of Ethanol
March 30, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(New York Times)  To the Editor:  Re “End the Ethanol Rip-Off,” by Robert Bryce (Op-Ed, March 10):  The notion that the Renewable Fuel Standard is somehow a hidden tax is a strange assessment for a …

Look, up in the Sky! The Best of the Aviation Biofuels Slides from ABLC 2015
March 30, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Great Scott! New molecules, new feedstocks, new technologies, and reaching scale — the best of the best.  At ABLC 2015, the focus on innovation included a complete program on aviaiton …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS): Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia DEADLINE: open
March 27, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS): Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia   DEADLINE: open

TABBS provides an excellent platform to ensure that the Bioeconomy is recognised as a key opportunity on economic development. Approximately 40% of the world’s population live in the Tropics; and globally, we are experiencing increasing …

The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS): Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia
March 27, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS):  Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia

TABBS provides an excellent platform to ensure that the Bioeconomy is recognised as a key opportunity on economic development. Approximately 40% of the world’s population live in the Tropics; and globally, we are experiencing increasing …

Expanding Horizons — May 7, 2015 — Detroit, MI
March 27, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
Expanding Horizons — May 7, 2015 — Detroit, MI

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses in Detroit, MI on May 7th, the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses learn …

2nd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference — September 10-11, 2015 — Miami, FL
March 27, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
2nd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference  —  September 10-11, 2015  —  Miami, FL

The 2nd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar conference gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of last year’s event, this is a …

5th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — October 21-22, 2015 — Dresden, Germany
March 27, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
5th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — October 21-22, 2015 — Dresden, Germany

If you are looking for a comprehensive progress update on the global CO2 utilisation industry, including a growth outlook and updates on the latest technological advancements, then look no further. ACI`s 5th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation …

4th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers — September 29-30, 2015 — Essen, Germany
March 27, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
4th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers — September 29-30, 2015  — Essen, Germany

For the 4th year in a row, the nova-Institute will organize the conference „Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers” on 29 – 30 September 2015 in the “Haus der Technik” in Essen, Germany. …

UGA Researchers Create Trees that Are Easier to Turn into Fuel
March 27, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, …

Second Generation Biofuels Market Is Expected to Reach $23.9 Billion Globaly by 2020
March 27, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(WhaTech/Big Market Research)  Second generation biofuels yield more energy efficient output than conventional fossil fuels and are environment-friendly as well. Other enabling factors such as favourable environmental regulations & policies, investments/funds provided by the North …

Ethanol Debate Could Come to a Head in Washington This Year
March 27, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol and oil industries have dug in for what could be a pivotal year for the future of the renewable fuel mandate in Washington, with the victor poised to …

EPA Call for Comments Raises Questions over Biofuel Standards Delay
March 27, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request on Tuesday for comments from cellulosic biofuels makers raised speculation among industry analysts of further delays in the release of government-mandated renewable fuels volumes.
The …

An Evolutionary Metabolic Engineering Approach for Enhancing Lipogenesis in Yarrowia lipolytica
March 27, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Leqian Liu, Anny Pan, Caitlin Spofford, Nijia Zhou, Hal S. Alper (Metabolic Engineering)  Lipogenic organisms provide an ideal platform for biodiesel and oleochemical production. Through our previous rational metabolic engineering efforts, lipogenesis titers in Yarrowia …

‘Renewable Super Premium’ Offers Boost to Biofuel Producers, Auto Industry
March 27, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A group of DOE National Laboratory representatives have been in Washington this week making presentations to promote the benefits of what they call “Renewable Super Premium” (RSP) fuels. The researchers have found …

Senator Cruz’s Legislation Promotes Big Oil, Denies Consumer Choice
March 27, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  In response to S. 791, the American Energy Renaissance Act, legislation that was introduced last week by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would seek to further our addiction to fossil fuels and eliminate …

Retailer Takes Ethanol Story to Hill
March 27, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Fuel retailers who have had to fight battles with big oil companies to offer higher ethanol blends were among those joining the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-in on Capitol Hill …

Carmakers Beat U.S. Gas Mileage Target for Second Year
March 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis and Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Automakers exceeded U.S. government targets for improving gas mileage by “a wide margin” for the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Vehicles sold in the …

Pipeline Process Gets Partial Do-Over
March 27, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mary Landers (Savannah Morning News)  Opponents of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline will get a state-conducted public hearing on the project as well as more scrutiny of how much the pipeline would benefit Georgia.
The state Department …

Taxing Natural Gas as a Motor Fuel
March 27, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Avalara)  Natural gas is becoming increasingly popular as a transportation fuel due to its lower costs and less environmental impact. As a result, it’s gaining the attention of state regulators, many of whom are looking …

Appropriations Request Targets Corn Ethanol
March 27, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  A group of Congressional representatives wrote to the House Appropriations leadership this week specifically asking that any funding to help install blender pumps or promote corn ethanol exports be eliminated from …

Motor Club Rep: No Ethanol-Related Claims
March 27, 2015 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  While AAA may be an outspoken critic of ethanol blended gasoline and E15 in particular, some other motor clubs think differently, and one of them was on Capitol Hill this week …

Another Successful ACE Fly-in
March 27, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The seventh annual American Coalition for Ethanol Fly-in, which included an appearance by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), was another success for the organization, according to Executive Vice President Brian Jennings.
“We do this …

Why Taxes Are Not an Option in Addressing International Civil Aviation’s Carbon Footprint
March 27, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  While the aviation sector continues to implement new technological and operational measures to mitigate its carbon footprint, including the development of sustainable alternative fuels, these initiatives by themselves will not be sufficient to offset …

HN: Babiš’s Interests behind Czech Gov’t Biofuel Support
March 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Prague Daily Monitor)  The Czech government’s decision to extend reduced taxation of biofuels seems to be clearly motivated by the fact that Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) wants his oil-seed rape processing plant Preol to …

Biofuels Maker Gevo Boosts Revenue; CEO See Profit within Reach
March 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (Denver Business Journal)  Colorado biofuels company Gevo Inc. reports sharply higher revenue and narrower losses in both the fourth quarter and full-year 2014.
And in an earnings call with analysts late Thursday, Gevo’s CEO, …

New Analysis: Giving Consumers Access to Renewable Fuel Yields Environmental Benefits
March 27, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  A new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental …

4 Minutes with… Kristina Osterman, Consultant, Nickel Institute
March 27, 2015 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are here to support the developing bio-based chemicals industry with NEUTRAL and COMPLIMENTARY TECHNICAL ADVICE regarding the optimal use of STAINLESS STEELS and other CORROSION RESISTANT ALLOYS.

 Biomass feedstocks present …

Lake Weed May Turn into Biofuel
March 27, 2015 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Leaman (Waikato Times)  Invasive weeds choking the region’s waterways could be harvested and turned into valuable biofuel in an idea being floated by Waikato Regional Council.  The health of the river’s hydro-lakes has …

Farmers Urged to Use Biodiesel When Planting
March 27, 2015 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(The Interior Journal/Central Kentucky News)  … Biodiesel in general and soy-based biodiesel in particular are great choices, but unfortunately farmers in many regions of Kentucky have a hard time finding a distributor that sells B20 (20 …

High Flying
March 27, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you make ultra-performing diesel and jet fuels from essential oils found in hemp, a/k/a cannabis sativa, a/k/a marijuana?  Turns out, you can.

Beta caryophyllene — regardless of source — is …

Do Biofuel Policies Seek to Cut Emissions by Cutting Food?
March 27, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Timothy Searchinger, R. Edwards, D. Mulligan, R. Heimlich, R. Plevin (Science Magazine)  Ethanol emits fossil carbon and trace gases through production (A) and biogenic carbon from the crops during fermentation (B) and ethanol combustion (C). …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Pennycress (Thlaspi Arvense) Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
March 26, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  In this Notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Thlaspi arvense (“pennycress”) oil feedstock …

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)
March 26, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2408.03, OMB Control No. 2060–0675) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review …

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Cellulosic Production Volume Projections and Efficient Producer Reporting
March 26, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  : The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Cellulosic Production Volume Projections and Efficient Producer Reporting’’ (EPA ICR No. 2517.01, OMB Control No. 2060–NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …

Innovation Unleashed: Sportscar Racing Takes Next Step toward Driving Technology and Renewable Fuel Development
March 26, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Committee (U.S. Department of Energy) As motorsports enthusiasts know, racing innovation once meant turbine-powered Indy cars and six-wheeled formula cars, but those days are mostly over. Today, Green Racing encourages the use of innovative …

BioenergizeME Social Media Campaign Starts Soon!
March 26, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  We invite you to participate in the upcoming bioenergy social media campaign for BETO’s education and workforce initiative, OPERATION BioenergizeME. Between April 13 and 23, high school-aged teams around the country will be …

Coloring and Activity Book
March 26, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

The Coloring and Activity Book was developed by Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) as part of its OPERATION BioenergizeME initiative.  It is designed for children as a fun learning tool to inform them about bioenergy and …

Five Harvesting Technologies are Making Biofuels More Competitive in the Marketplace
March 26, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It may look like ordinary farm equipment, but take a second look. This innovative machinery was developed with Energy Department funding to help biofuels become more affordable. Looking more closely at …

Middle East Turns to Biofuels Amid Rocky Oil Prices and Environmental Awareness
March 26, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

Imran Khan (Lootah Biofuels/Renewable Energy World)  … Crude oil is refined to produce diesel and petrol and the cost of crude oil is the most crucial factor affecting fuel prices over time. However, with the shortage …

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate
March 26, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(TruckingInfo) A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) …

The Iowa Caucuses Have a Winner: Ethanol
March 26, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Pyle (The Wall Street Journal) Presidential hopefuls love the law mandating biofuel use, but there are encouraging signs in Washington that the business handout is losing favor.

At the Iowa Agriculture Summit earlier this month, …

Hainan – China’s First Cooking Oil Powered Commercial Flight
March 26, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Mila Luleva (The Green Optimist)  Hainan Airlines, China’s biggest private airline company, has completed the first for the country commercial flight, powered by biofuel from restaurant left-over cooking oil.

The company’s Boeing 737 Next Generation, …

Agricultural Waste Could Be Used as Biofuel
March 26, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as …

MEPs Retaliate against EU Countries on Biofuels Draft Law
March 26, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Parliament has resisted pressure from member states to water down the draft law on biofuels after five-hour long negotiations yesterday afternoon (25 March).
A second trilogue meeting between the co-legislators ended without a …

Mie Grad Students Make Biofuel from Unwanted Fruit
March 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of …

4 Minutes with… Mike Glatz, VP Sales & Business Development, Optimus Technologies
March 26, 2015 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Optimus Technologies manufactures the first and only EPA-approved biofuel conversion systems for medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks. Its fuel partners supply B100/B99 and Optimus-grade biofuel to fleets nationwide. Optimus has …

California Demo Produces First Low-Carbon, Whole-Beet Ethanol
March 26, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Results from Mendota Bioenergy LLC’s Phase I demonstration plant in Fresno County, California, arrived last week, and were quite favorable, reported project manager, Jim Tischer. “We’ve made the …

ASTM Releases Specifications for B20 Use in Heating Oil
March 26, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Landmark move expected to accelerate America’s transformation to 21st Century Bioheat® fuel.  The door has opened for building-and-homeowners who want to use higher blends of cleaner burning biodiesel in their heating oil.

Brazilian State-Run Oil Company Producing Biodiesel from Tilapia Waste
March 26, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Villegas (Undercurrent News)  Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras is producing biodiesel from tilapia waste, but it sees a need for further research to develop fish oil usage to make biofuel.
Production of biodiesel from residual fish …

US Military Base in Afghanistan to Make Biodiesel from UCO
March 26, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Springboard Biodiesel/Biodiesel Magazine)  Springboard Biodiesel announced March 25 that it has been selected to provide its turn-key, small-scale biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan.
Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro 380EX and SpringPro …

EPA Issues 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices
March 26, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices, and “a Clarification of the Data Sources Used in the Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation”.

The good news here? …

Revolutionary Road (Materials)
March 26, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The cost of replacing crumbling roads will tumble, with the introduction of an Arizona Chemical additive that enables more low-cost recycled asphalt to be used.   Could a biobased $100 billion …

EPA Report: Automakers Surpassing Light-Duty Greenhouse Gas Standards
March 26, 2015 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  For the second consecutive model year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards by a wide margin. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams/mile …

Algae from Clogged Waterways Could Serve as Biofuels and Fertilizer
March 26, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/Science Daily)  Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists will report today that they are working on a way to clean up …

New Plan Seeks to Turn Chicken Manure to Energy
March 24, 2015 – 7:36 am | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler  (Baltimore Sun)  A New Hampshire-based company has teamed with poultry giant Perdue to propose a $200 million plant on the Eastern Shore to extract energy from chicken manure, offering its plan …

Opportunity: Lab&BenchScale Application of Transformational CO2
March 24, 2015 – 7:15 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This Funding Opportunity Announcement is focused on developing transformational technologies for CO2 capture and purification at the lab-scale, TRL 3-4, through bench-scale, TRL 5, for pulverized-coal and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle …

2015 Algae Industry Survey
March 24, 2015 – 6:54 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization’s 2015 Industry Survey was conducted in January and February, 2015 through an electronic questionnaire sent via email to ABO’s 7,000+ contact list. The survey asked for opinion and …

4 Minutes With…Christophe Schilling, CEO, Genomatica
March 24, 2015 – 6:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Genomatica helps the mainstream chemical industry harness biotechnology to make major chemicals a better way, with better economics and greater sustainability READ MORE

City of Alexandria Continues Opposition to Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Operations
March 23, 2015 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(City of Alexandria, Virginia) On March 19, 2015, Norfolk Southern Corporation delivered a letter to the City of Alexandria at a meeting with City staff, advising that the company plans to make changes to its ethanol …

Peloton Technologies Files Patent for Lignocellulose Technology that Increases Fuel Yields
March 23, 2015 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ohio, Peloton Technologies has announced the filing of a US patent that alleviates problems associated with conversion of lignocellulose-derived sugars to biofuels and chemicals. Notably, inherent microbial inhibitory compounds …

Chromatin Sorghum Hybrids Produce Fivefold Yield Increase in East Africa
March 23, 2015 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

(Chromatin, Inc.)  Chromatin, Inc., an agriculture technology company, announced today that its newly introduced hybrid sorghum seed products have achieved unprecedented yields in East Africa.
Chromatin introduced the new hybrids at a grain sorghum workshop it …

Iowa Sets New E85 Sales Record in 2014
March 23, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Liz Brown (KOEL)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced Iowa motorists purchased 2,930,635 gallons of E85 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a record-setting 11,962,764 million gallons in all of 2014, according …

Leading Biofuels Supplier Greenergy Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
March 23, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Greenergy, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of waste based biodiesel, has earned the RSB sustainability certification for the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil at its facilities in Immingham and …

The New Voices Debuts: The Advanced Bioeconomy Comes to Streamed Video
March 23, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the advanced bioeconomy takes to the airwaves as The New Voices debuts today as a digital streaming experience — the first three episodes of the program are online today …

Reimagine Phoenix: Transforming Trash into Resources–RFP–Deadline April 14, 2015
March 23, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(City of Phoenix)  The city of Phoenix is issuing a Call for Innovators (CFI) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) for entrepreneurs and innovators with market-ready and emerging technologies or manufacturing processes that transform trash …

Advancing from Lab to Industrial Algae Production
March 23, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Computer Science and Engineering Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Vineet Bafna was on the roster of experts who spoke at Green Revolution 2.0. The symposium, March 12-13 in …

EnergyPath 2015 — July 20-24 — Scranton, PA
March 23, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
EnergyPath 2015 —   July 20-24 —  Scranton, PA

Energypath 2015 has something for everyone: Learn about renewable technologies, energy efficiency techniques and start or expand your career in the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy.
Energypath is an ideal place to exhibit …

Unprecedented Video Campaign: Scientists Talk About Why Climate Change Matters to Them Personally
March 23, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Anastasia Pantsios  (EcoWatch)  … We know that 97 percent of scientists agree: climate change is real and it’s driven by human activity. But well-funded climate deniers and their smooth-talking frontmen often manage to get the media to …

Guardian Petition for Fossil Fuel Divestment Receives 60,000 Signatures
March 23, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Emma Howard (The Guardian)  The Keep it in the Ground campaign asks the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to divest their endowments from fossil fuels
In less than 24 hours, more than 60,000 readers have …

Obama to Order Emissions Cuts in Federal Agencies
March 23, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … A White House official said the order is a way for the government to “lead by example” by curbing emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases believed to cause global …

Whitespace Opportunities in Bio-Based Chemicals
March 23, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Nextant)  The bio-based chemicals sector is increasingly moving towards higher value, lower volume applications. As pursuit of these molecules continues, Nexant believes that bio-based investment and technology development will begin to target markets that no …

FEMA to States: No Climate Planning, No Money
March 23, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Governors seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds will have to sign off on plans to mitigate effects of climate change.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher …

Scientists Harness Enzymes to Break Down Tough Cell Walls
March 20, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

( Canadian Light Source/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Emma Master’s team spent the last two years studying plant cell walls, the part of the cell that gives trees and other flora their structural strength. The wall itself …

More Than Simply Numbers
March 20, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) While both numbers and personal stories show the benefits of the ethanol industry many politicians and naysayers are continuing their attacks on the industry, writes Bob Dinneen of …

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil
March 20, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Kretzmann and Matthew Maiorana (Oil Change International/Huffington Post) If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference June 9-10, 2015 New Orleans, LA DEADLINE: open
March 20, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference June 9-10, 2015 New Orleans, LA   DEADLINE: open

ABFC is the gathering point for the top supply chain leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of CEOs and senior executives in business development, R&D, strategic partners, finance, policy and …

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as …