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Senate Passes Ag, Energy Appropriations Bills – Increases Over House Package
July 21, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Thursday, July 20, Senate Appropriators reported several spending bills for FY2018 out of committee, including budget proposals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the …

New Biofuel Technology Cuts Production Time Significantly: UBC Okanagan Researcher Helps Develop Cheaper and Faster Bioreactors
July 21, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Skolski (University of British Columbia Okanagan) New research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
“Methane is a …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

A Total of 15 Young Men and Women Will Work alongside Technicians at the Stadium
July 21, 2017 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(The Nassau Guardian)  With a reputation for catering to outdoor events of all types and sizes, Bahamas Waste’s involvement in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) should come as no surprise. As a sponsor of …

What’s In a Number?
July 21, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Plenty of talk circulates around ethanol blends above E10. Clearly, E15 is the next milestone. But as we work to capture ethanol’s octane benefits and its ability …

Ethanol Blog: RFS Public Comment Period Opens Friday
July 21, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will officially open a public comment period on Friday on the latest renewable volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard, with the comment …

Driving the News: Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii Are Introducing a Carbon Tax Bill
July 21, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are introducing a carbon tax bill next Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute. If that sounds familiar, that’s because they did the same …

A Push for Low-Carbon Fuels Pays off in California
July 21, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Long a leader in environmental regulation, California is pushing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automotive fuels. At the center of this effort is the state’s low carbon fuel standard …

Group: Clovis Pick Illegal!
July 21, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adranga (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Union of Concerned Scientists says Trump’s pick of non-scientist (and former campaign co-chair) Sam Clovis to be USDA’s top scientist is illegal, Helena Bottemiller Evich reports. The group argues …

Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation
July 21, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Seema Jayachandran, Joost de Laat, Eric F. Lambin, Charlotte Y. Stanton, Robin Audy, Nancy E. Thomas (Science Magazine)  Trees take up a lot of CO2, so one approach to reducing the rate of increase in …

Unlocking a Key to Maize’s Amazing Success
July 21, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Pennisi (Science Magazine)  Maize grows on every continent save Antarctica and provides food and biofuels for millions of people. Now, researchers studying ancient and modern maize have found a clue to its popularity over …

“Dirty, Difficult, And Dangerous”: Why Millennials Won’t Work In Oil
July 21, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova  (Oilprice.com)   Like many industries today, the oil industry is trying to sell its many job opportunities to the fastest growing portion of the global workforce: Millennials. But unlike any other industry, oil and …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions
July 21, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Impact Assessment Institute)  The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from renewable sources.  The lack of …

New York Green Bank Could Go Nationwide
July 21, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bill Morris (Habitat Magazine)  Bills before Congress would devote $10 billion to clean-energy projects. — The New York Green Bank, which has been financing solar, wind and other sustainable-energy projects statewide since 2014, has proven so …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Discovering Farmland: Teacher Awareness Immersion Program — August 31, 2017 — Sacramento, CA
July 20, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
Discovering Farmland: Teacher Awareness Immersion Program   —   August 31, 2017   —   Sacramento, CA

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Teacher Awareness Immersion Program.
Details:
We will select 20 teachers in the …

Teacher Awareness Immersion Program — August 29, 2017 — Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN
July 20, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
Teacher Awareness Immersion Program   —   August 29, 2017   —   Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Teacher Awareness Immersion Program.
Details:
We will select 20 teachers in the …

Australian Government Announces Support for Biorefinery Project
July 20, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used …

Bill Aims to Establish Tax Credit for Biobased Chemicals
July 20, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced legislation that aims to establish a 15-cent-per-pound production tax credit for renewable chemicals made from biomass.
The bill, known as the Renewable Chemicals Act of …

Greenbelt Resources Greenlighted for Indonesian “Ecolabel” Status for Technology that Helps Address $940 Billion Food Loss Problem
July 20, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)  The Indonesian government’s Technical Committee on Verification of Environmentally Friendly Technology has officially recommended that Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) be awarded “Eco Friendly Technology” registration for its proprietary waste-to-energy systems process “ECOsystem” …

Teachers Offered a Day on the Farm
July 20, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to …

Indigenous Tech for Biofuels May Emerge Soon, Says Dharmendra Pradhan
July 20, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  The government is hopeful that a new model regarding the use of biofuels and developed through indigenous technology would emerge in the coming days, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today.
During the Question Hour …

Domestic Materials for E5 Fuel in Short Supply
July 20, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge)  The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) estimates that from January 1, 2018, when Vietnam shifts from using RON 92 to RON 95 and E5, total E5 consumption volume would be around 5.357 …

Corn Farmers, Biofuels Have More to Offer
July 20, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Mark Sponsler (Colorado Corn/Journal-Advocate)  … Oxygenating gasoline is required under Clean Air Act amendments, and ethanol — with its clean-burning qualities — has long been regarded as the best additive for that. For years, adding …

Will Proposed Cuts Undermine Trump’s Vision of ‘Energy Dominance’?
July 20, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (Washington Post)  … The proposal would mean a 30 percent reduction in staff. “Achieves cost savings by aligning workforce to smaller EERE program,” the slide said blandly.
The next day, about 100 …

EU to Cut Biodiesel Tariffs for Argentina, Indonesia, Following WTO Ruling
July 20, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Poppy Carnell (M Lex Market Insight) EU dumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia will be cut by more than half, after European investigators recalculated the duty rate in line with a ruling by …

Ethanol Still a Significant Challenge, Survey Says
July 20, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Sweet (Boating Industry)  Growing number of readers report ethanol-related problems
Despite efforts to educate boaters about concerns over ethanol in general and E15 in particular, those in the industry are seeing a growing number …

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC Call for Coherence in EU Strategy for Enhancing Soy Production
July 20, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(European Feed Manufacturers Federation)  COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC members rely on the EU production of oilseeds, soy and other oil- and protein-containing crops. We share the objective of an increased production of soy in Europe. …

Ready for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Aviation Biofuels
July 20, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Irish MEP Criticises RED II Biofuel Phase Out
July 20, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  MEP Sean Kelly, the lead negotiator for the largest group in the European Parliament on the Renewable Energy Directive, has heavily criticised the European Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels made from …

18 New Biodiesel Fuelled Trains Coming to the Netherlands
July 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Arriva has been named as the winner of the next contract to operate regional passenger rail services in Groningen and Friesland, the Netherlands. The move will see 18 new biodiesel trains added to …

Major New UK Report Argues Biofuels, Especially Second Generation, Are Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
July 20, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are needed to meet the UK’s commitments to mitigating climate change, according to a new report requested by the county’s government.
Second generation biofuels, made from wastes and by-products of other sectors, will …

Gasoline-to-Ethanol Switch Reduces Number of Tiny, Harmful Particles in the Air
July 20, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  New research claims that the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometres in diameter, which studies have shown to be harmful to human health, increases in the air when …

Finnish Biofuels Plants Left with €200 Million Funding Hole
July 20, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Finnish firm Suomen Bioetanoli is looking for substantial new funding for two new biofuels plants, following the withdrawal of a major investor on the project.
According to yle.fi, a €200 million deal with Chinese investor …

ExxonMobil, University Extend Research for Transportation Biofuels
July 20, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels.
According to ExxonMobil, the research is part of a broad …

Tata Motors Designs, Showcases Bio-Methane Bus Engines
July 20, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  Tata Motors says it has designed and developed bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for light commercial vehicle, intermediate commercial vehicle and multi-axle commercial vehicle buses.
As reported, the commercial vehicle …

NATSO, Trade Groups Applaud Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation
July 20, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Advanced Biofuels Association, National Association of Convenience Stores, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), Petroleum Marketers …

California Legislature Extends Cap-and-Trade, Codifies Low Carbon Fuel Standard
July 20, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The California legislature has voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program by 10 years to 2030 while also codifying the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.
In what was expected …

ChemCatBio Launches 2017 Directed Funding Assistance Opportunity
July 19, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, ChemCatBio announced a new 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia to engage with ChemCatBio to tackle challenges associated with these core research themes, to leverage …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 19, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) commenting on US Department of Energy funding for bioenergy research centers, “However, one caveat. The funding here is for just one year of these BRCs. The Trump budget slashes energy research …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

A New Chloroplast ‘App’ for Making Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  … What we do know is that the precursors for seed oil come from many sources in a plant cell. And Kun (Kenny) Wang and the Benning lab have recently identified a new, potentially significant one.
The …

Political Barriers Hampering Onsite Biodiesel Production
July 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Matt Mace  (edie.net) EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food …

Cassava Potential Can Save FG N800bn If Tapped – Association
July 19, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(PMNewsNigeria.com)  The Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) says the country can save over N800 billion foreign exchange, hitherto used for ethanol importation, by exploiting the potential of cassava.
Pastor Segun Adewumi, the National President of the …

SynSel Energy Inc. to Open Biofuels Plant in Ontonagon
July 19, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jan Tucker (Your Daily Globe)   Ontonagon has been selected as one of two initial sites in the U.S. for the construction of an advanced biofuels plant. SynSel Energy, Inc., is partnering with a U.S.-based financier …

Cellulosics & the Whole Bio-Barrel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
July 19, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

High Added Value Renewable Polymers
July 19, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Biomass-based green polymer and monomer projects, as reported in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemical Engineering Progress in Q1, Q2 2017 are surveyed. The focus here is …

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts
July 19, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last …

St1 to Add Renewable Diesel Production, Continues Ethanol Work
July 19, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(St1/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  St1 announced it is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit, which will be built in St1 refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of planned investments, …

Ethanol Is Good for Environment. Letter Writer Misrepresented Facts
July 19, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Winters (Western New York Energy/Daily Gazette) Ethanol has been used in New York and other Northeastern states for nearly 20 years as the key component in cleaner-burning “reformulated gasoline.” Ethanol-blended gasoline reduces emissions of …

Get Yer Hot Hot E15 Action Here!
July 19, 2017 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Sen. Jim Inhofe will take to the Senate floor to opine on the need for Republicans to work together to support fossil fuels. Sources familiar with Inhofe’s thinking say he’d …

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Proud to Supply Local
July 19, 2017 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) started as a way for one business to make its own sustainable diesel fuel – now they provide clean burning biodiesel for customers all over Western North Carolina.
The …

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with …

Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat
July 12, 2017 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Meeting Paris Agreement Goals Could Spare Many Communities from This Fate  —  More than 90 U.S. communities already face chronic inundation from rising seas caused by climate change, and the number …

EPA Schedules Hearing on RFS Proposal for Aug. 1
July 12, 2017 – 10:59 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the …

Becoming a Carbon Superhero: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
July 12, 2017 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Indian Oil’s Landmark Project for Fuels+, from Refinery Waste CO2: The Partner? It’s LanzaTech
July 12, 2017 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Turkey, at the World Petroleum Congress, India’s flagship national oil company Indian Oil Corporation and carbon recycler LanzaTech unveiled a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery …

Make Lenders Love Your Construction Contract
July 12, 2017 – 7:58 am | No Comment

by Charles G. Loos (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  By the time a developer seeks non-recourse financing for a biomass project, the contracts for construction and major equipment procurement have usually been pre-negotiated and are on hold …

France Plans to End Sales of All Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040
July 11, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Bate Felix and Simon Carraud  (Reuters)  France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a …

2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Awards POET’s Jeff Broin 10th annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
July 10, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  For those in the biofuels industry, the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is a must. This year’s World Congress will feature a 12-session Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms track, covering …

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer
July 7, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from …

Officials: Ethanol Firm Doing Measures to Avoid Pollution
July 7, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Erwin P. Nicavera (SunStar Bacolod)  THE Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) said it is doing measures to ensure that there is no occurrence of pollution from its two plants in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. …

High Gas Prices? No Problem for This Biofuel-Making Destrehan Teen
July 7, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Barry Guillot  (Times-Picayune)  … Dillon Deshotel doesn’t worry about gas prices. Deshotel, a recent Destrehan High graduate, makes his own biodiesel at home. For him, fluctuating gas prices are irrelevant. His fuel is always less …

Bio-Fuel from Waste: Zeolite Catalysts Pave the Road to Decentral Chemical Processes
July 7, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Technical University of Munich)  Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst …

Foreign Investment in U.S. Farmland on the Rise
July 7, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

By Johnathan Hettinger and Robert Holly with additional reporting by Jelter Meers (Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)  In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui received wide public attention when it purchased U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods …

North Dakota Oil Refinery Plans to Co-Process Renewable Diesel
July 7, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction …

NBB Considers Legal Options Regarding Surging Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Since Filing of Trade Petition
July 7, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   New data show that dumped and subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina continue unabated and, in fact, have further surged into the United States. In March of 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) …

Mexico Biofuel Regs Favor US Imports: Industry
July 7, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) Mexico’s recently approved increase in allowable ethanol content in gasoline to 10pc could boost US gasoline imports over domestic ethanol production, some Mexican companies say.
The increase initiated last month in the allowable ethanol blend …

RFA: Buffalo Chip Motorists Can Now Fuel with Ethanol
July 7, 2017 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Motorcycle riders traveling around Sturgis, South Dakota, now have the ability to fuel with 93 octane, 10 percent ethanol. As part of an overall effort to educate motorcyclists on ethanol, …

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Op-Ed: Renewable Fuel Standard Good For Farmers, Consumers, Environment
July 7, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Dale McCall (Rocky Mountain Farmers Union/Brian Allmer Radio Network)  America’s farming communities are facing an economic crisis. Not since the 1980s have farm incomes declined so far so fast. The Wall Street Journal called it the …

Three Charts Revealing Why Oil Companies Really Hate the RFS and E15
July 7, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) …  No, the debate over the RFS and E15 is all about oil companies, those folks extracting petroleum from Mother Earth, losing market share. Period. It’s really that simple.
Thanks in large …

Senior Politicians under Probe for Illegal Ethanol Imports – Nkaissery
July 7, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Kurgat Marindany (The Star, Kenya)  Several senior politicians are being investigated for the illegal importation of ethanol, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has said. Nkaissery said on Saturday that security agencies have profiled several senior politicians alleged …

Shocker in Ames: CEO Change at REG, World’s Biggest Biomass Based Diesel Producer
July 7, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group announced that Dan Oh has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.  The resignation was …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

Steelworkers No Fans of E15
July 7, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The United Steelworkers fear Sen. Deb Fischer’s bill to allow year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol fuel could allow more smog. The union sent a letter Thursday to all 100 …

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?
July 7, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries are mystified as to why it’s getting into that arena, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 7, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer), commenting on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s calls for ethanol-free gasoline (E0):  A gallon of 91-octane gasoline with no ethanol will contain aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. …

Pruitt Raises Idea of Higher Levels of Ethanol-Free Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … (EPA Administrator Scott ) Pruitt also noted that EPA will be “assessing higher levels of ethanol-free gasoline.”
Ethanol-free gasoline translates into higher volumes of aromatic chemicals to raise …

Renewable Energy Group Applauds Illinois Legislature for Extending Biodiesel Incentive
July 7, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group/NASDAQ.com)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) leaders praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive.
Current Illinois law, which expires at the end of 2018, offers retailers a 20 …

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey
July 7, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel.
The fuel – biobutanol – is a …

France to Restrict Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels: Minister
July 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters)  France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot …

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Rumsey and Heidi Hill (U.S. Department of Energy)   Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of …

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Identifies Market Opportunity for Lignin Waste as a Byproduct of Cellulosic Ethanol Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Alliance Bio-Products, Inc./AccessWire)  The Company’s Production of Pure Lignin Provides a Viable Opportunity to Further Reduce the Production Costs of Cellulosic Ethanol While Adding an Additional Revenue Stream  —   Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. (“ABP”), a subsidiary …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels: Production Technologies for Biofuels, Volume 2
July 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Lalit Kumar Singh (Editor), Gaurav Chaudhary (Editor) (Wiley)  Biofuels production is one of the most extensively studied fields in the energy sector that can provide an alternative energy source and bring the energy industry closer …

Brazil Delays Decision on Ethanol Import Tariff
July 7, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. groups say tariffs could have “wide-ranging and long-standing impacts” on industries and global fuel supply.  —  The Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced Wednesday that …

Iowa Ethanol Supporters Push for Expanded E15 Access
July 7, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  Proponents call on Congress to support legislation to remove barriers to make E15 ethanol blend available year-round.  —  The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would change the language in …

Brazil to Speed up Adoption of Biofuel Mandates -Industry Group
July 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by  José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)  The Brazilian government will use a fast-track legislative tool to speed up implementation of a program that aims to boost biofuels use by setting mandates for fuels distributors, an ethanol …

Unfair Polish Low-Priced Biodiesel Exports Continuous Damage to the EU Internal Market of Renewable Fuels Needs to Be Stopped
July 7, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(European Biodiesel Board)  Since more than one year unfair low price biodiesel exports from Poland are causing serious damages to the EU internal market of renewable fuels and to fuels operators in many countries. Notwithstanding …

Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, other Biofuels and Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Rutgers University)  Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University.  They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they …

Hawaiian Airlines Needs To Commit To Renewable Energy
July 7, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Stewart Taggart (Honolulu Civil Beat)  The carrier flies a fuel-efficient aircraft fleet but seems uncommitted to biofuels.  —  … While the state of Hawaii’s committed to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, the commitment excludes …

UNICA Slams EU Industry for False Subsidy Claims
July 7, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, UNICA is hitting back at ePure and the European sugar industry for wild, invalidated claims of $1.8 billion in subsidies to its sugarcane sector and cross-subsidization of its ethanol …

150+: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
July 7, 2017 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the US’  biggest producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, …

Taxing Carbon — Letting Markets Work
July 7, 2017 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World) A new business-based climate advocacy group stepped into the CO2 spotlight this summer. The Climate Leadership Council (CLC) took center stage with op-eds in the nation’s biggest dailies and a full-page ad …

RELEASE: G20 Nations Sending Billions in Finance to Fossil Fuels
July 7, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(Oil Change International/PriceOfOil.com)  New report provides first-ever analysis of public financing for energy projects  —  Each year, G20 countries provide nearly four times more public finance to fossil fuels than to clean energy, according to a …

Neste Biodiesel Reduces Particulate Emissions by ‘up to 60%’
July 6, 2017 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  According to a new study, Neste MY Renewable Diesel usage reduces particulate emissions in working machines by up to 60%.
The study, led by Tampere University of Technology, indicates that the usage of pure …

13 States Now Charge Fees for Electric Vehicles
July 6, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Julian Spector, Julia Pyper (Greentech Media)  States are imposing fees on the small population of EV drivers in a broader push to shore up road repairs.  —  Several states have passed or enacted new …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education Wraps Up
July 6, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for …

Brazilian Ethanol Producer Sees Boost from Plant Waste
July 5, 2017 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Joe Leahy (Folha de S.Paulo/”Financial Times”)  Raízen Energia, Brazil’s largest producer of sugar cane ethanol, is planning to scale up production at a new “second-generation” biofuel plant, in a move that will sharply increase the …

Celebrating Canada’s 150th: A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada
July 5, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

By Gerald Kutney (Sixth Element Sustainable Management/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation arrived on July 1st of this year — it is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers …

AFPM Encouraged by EPA Proposed Changes to Biofuel Mandates
July 5, 2017 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR Newswire) Following the release of the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson released the following statement:

“We are pleased the Environmental Protection …

RFS Proposal Stays the Course By Maintaining Conventional Biofuel Requirement at Statutory Level
July 5, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018. The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 19.24 billion gallons (BG), …

NBB Statement on EPA’s RFS Proposal: This Ignores Reality and the Law
July 5, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Proposed Volume Requirements for Advanced Biofuels Fail to Recognize the Continued Growth of Industry  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal on the …

EPA Announces Proposed Volume Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019
July 5, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On July 5, 2017 EPA issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for calendar year 2018.  EPA also proposed biomass-based diesel volume standards for calendar year …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to United Airlines
July 5, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United …

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels
July 5, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s been the cellulosic wave, then waste — and alongside there has been steady progress in what are known as the electrofuels. These are fuels made directly from CO2, water …

WEBINAR: Bioenergy Australia Webinar – Biorefining and ‘Biohubs’ — July 7, 2017
July 5, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Bioenergy Australia Webinar – Biorefining and ‘Biohubs’   —  July 7, 2017

‘Biohubs – taking biorefining to the next level – Lessons from Canada’  We are delighted to welcome Geoff Bell, CEO of Microbiogen andMurray McLaughlin, advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.
Both speakers are active in the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 – Biorefining in a …

Nano-Scale Encapsulation: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sylvatex
July 4, 2017 – 9:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sylvatex has the potential to be a breakout star. One application of its technology splash blends a fuel additive called MicroX into diesel or biodiesel, at blend rates expected to be …

6 Degrees of Innovation: From the Playboy Mansion to a Hot Renewables Tech in 6 Steps
July 4, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … You see, next week, at the DOE’s annual Bioeconomy conference in the Washington DC area, four companies will pitch their business propositions to a panel of four investors and industry …

UPS Announces New Push for Use of Green Fuels in Its Fleets
July 4, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  … The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40% of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6% in …

Why High-Octane Gas Costs So Much More Than Regular
July 4, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Clifford Atiyeh (Car and Driver) …  As gas prices tumbled over the past three years, the premium-fuel premium skyrocketed from 35 cents per gallon in 2013 to 47 cents in 2015 and reached 50 …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne
July 4, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, …

Shell Goes Carbon Negative, Signs Commercial-Scale Deal with SBI
July 4, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Petroleum fuels emit 94 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Shell’s latest deal with SBI Bioenergy gives it access to a fuel that emits Minus 14.
That means the atmosphere gets less carbon, …

Despite Progress, Algae Diesel Stills Years To Go In Development
July 4, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Tim Pearce (Daily Caller)  ExxonMobil reported in June that scientists had developed a way to double the size of natural algae that could be used as biofuel to take the place of diesel, according …

Chilean Scientists Produce Biodiesel from Microalgae
July 3, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Stauffer (Reuters)  Biodiesel made from microalgae could power buses and trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, Chilean scientists said, possibly curbing pollution in contaminated cities like Santiago.
Experts …

Energy Minister Hails PCJ/UTECH Biofuel Research
July 3, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Chad Bryan (Jamaica Information Service)  Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has hailed the collaboration between the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the University of Technology (UTech) on …