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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.

-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Innova Announces $31M Close of Ag Innovation Fund IV
May 22, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Innova) Memphis-based Venture Capital Firm Innova Announces Close of Ag Innovation Fund IV to Support AgTech Startup Activity —  Innova Memphis, an early-stage venture capital firm, has announced the close of its latest fund, Innova Ag …

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up
May 22, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production.  —  The number to beat to …

Dinneen: Chinese Ethanol Trade Barriers Compounds Deficit
May 19, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer) Trade barriers in the form of antidumping and countervailing duties imposed by the Chinese on dried distillers grain imports from the United States, are compounding an already large …

Insight into Enzyme’s 3D Structure Could Cut Biofuel Costs
May 19, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory)  Neutron crystallography maps LPMOs that break down fibrous cellulose  —  Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such …

Trump Admin Delays Greenhouse Gas Measurement Rule for Highways
May 19, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Trump administration is delaying enforcement of an Obama administration regulation that would have required state and local officials to measure greenhouse gas emissions related to the use of specific …

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and ABA Books Release New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation
May 19, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the publication of New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, released today by the American Bar Association …

Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate
May 18, 2017 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by John Duff (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  A drastically changed farm economy means the next bill will likely be very different than past ones. …   —  It is hard to believe the current …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

Joel Kurtinitis in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register:  These aren’t just farmers and businessmen, they’re chemists and biologists and engineers, too. There’s an immense amount of research behind ethanol production, fuel blending, …

With the RFS in doubt, Ethanol Pros Need the EPA to Back off
May 18, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Joel Kurtinitis (Des Moines Register)  … The RFS is an oddball issue that sees free-market libertarians allying with big oil corporatists, and liberal Democrats with Corn Belt Republicans — proof of the time-honored adage that politics …

Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms; Public Meetings — June 6, June 13 and June 16, 2017 — Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA; Riverdale, MD
May 18, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms; Public Meetings    —   June 6, June 13 and June 16, 2017   —   Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA; Riverdale, MD

(US Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  A Notice by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on 05/18/2017 
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is hosting a series of public …

Senators Call on SEC, EPA, CFTC to Investigate Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Possible Insider Trading, Market Manipulation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market
May 18, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren)  U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), called on the …

NREL Research Takes Off For International Space Station
May 18, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Hicks (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Experiments bear repeating, especially when they explode on their way to the International Space Station.

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield …

Greenbelt Resources Executes Letter of Intent with the Andrew J. Young Foundation
May 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (the LOI) by the Andrew J. Young (AJY) Foundation to build a …

EPA Approves Fuel Pathway for REG Geismar
May 17, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently posted a notice to its website approving a fuel pathway for Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery. The plant can now generate D5 advanced biofuel …

Senate Republicans Urge Vote on Pro-Ethanol Bill
May 17, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Republican lawmakers from corn-producing states are hoping to get a vote on a pro-ethanol bill as soon as possible after striking a deal ahead of last week’s failed repeal of …

Biofuel Groups Ask EPA to Ease Regulatory Burdens
May 17, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Several biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use.

On Feb 24, …

National Biodiesel Board Submits Comments to Ease the Administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard for Biodiesel Producers
May 17, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Today (May 16, 2017) the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” …

Senate Deregulatory Push Picks Up
May 17, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   After months of the House passing bills taking shots at the regulatory reform process, the Senate today kicks off its own overhaul efforts in earnest with a Homeland Security …

Helping Trump Help Bioenergy
May 17, 2017 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Cleantech Conservative/Biofuels Digest)  … The Trump Administration’s two recent Executive Orders on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” and especially, “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” (March 28 & April 25, …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA
May 12, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural …

RFS Proposal Sent to White House
May 12, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The 2018 proposed renewable volume obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard were sent to the Office of Management and Budget at the White House late Thursday, according to …

Argonne National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Receive Funding to Support the Blending of Gevo’s Isobutanol with Gasoline
May 12, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Funding Being Provided Through Department of Energy’s Small Business Voucher Program —

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that it was selected to collaborate with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of …

Icahn’s Pig in a Poke
May 11, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of the U.S. Senate are questioning whether Carl Icahn’s lobbying to change the Renewable Fuel Standard creates an ethics conflict with his role as advisor in the …

ORNL: Bacterial Boost for Biobased Fuels
May 10, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  “Electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen. The …

NBB Asks for Higher Biodiesel RVO
May 9, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by  Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is working with the Trump Administration to increase the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for biodiesel.

NBB vice president of federal affairs Anne Steckel says the …

RFA Fires Back at Boat Makers over E15 Claims
May 9, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jason Huffman (Politico’s Morning Agriculture)  The Renewable Fuels Association has kicked off an advertising campaign intended to combat lobbying efforts by the National Marine Manufacturers Association against mandated blending rates. NMMA is expected to …

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste
May 9, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum.

Fuel made from plants is much more …

Pruitt Considering Senate-Sought Ethanol Waiver
May 9, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have opened a path for Senate Republicans to appease a small bloc of their caucus seeking a year-round waiver to sell 15 percent ethanol fuel …

US Advances Biodiesel Dumping Case against Imports from Argentina, Indonesia
May 8, 2017 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The US International Trade Commission voted Friday to allow US biodiesel producers’ petition against Argentina and Indonesia to go forward.

The National Biodiesel Board filed the petition in March, seeking antidumping and countervailing …

Ethanol Report on Trade Issues and Trump Administration
May 8, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) … In this episode, we get a Washington update from Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, focusing on recent trade developments and the Trump Administration. Dinneen comments on President …

Perdue Pushes RFS, Beef Exports in Iowa Speech
May 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by  Spencer Chase and Ben Nuelle  (Agri-Pulse)  … Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted the benefits of renewable energy and the need for export markets in a Friday speech to Iowa producers.

The speech was billed as Perdue’s …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030
May 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible …

Biogas to Fuels and Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanotroph R&D
May 4, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can we enable the sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with transportation infrastructure, displace a share of petroleum‐derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, and encourage the …

USDA Seeks Comment On Revision To Information Collection For The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
May 4, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update/Federal Register)  On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service published in the Federal Register a notice that it is requesting approval from the Office of …

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges
May 4, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental …

Renewable Fuels Are Part of an ‘America First’ Energy Plan
May 4, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (The Hill/American Coalition for Ethanol)   … By every measure, increasing the production and use of homegrown renewable fuels has spurred economic growth for U.S. farmers and supported high-skill, high-wage jobs in rural …

Boating Leaders Ask Trump to Change Ethanol Policy
May 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Todd Masson (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)  Boating and fishing industry leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday asking the administration to reexamine the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates how much of the …

Renewable Fuel Grows, Sets Records
May 3, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Agri-View)  Supply and demand of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel are expected to continue their rise this year despite continued challenges and uncertainties. Executives from organizations representing renewable-fuel producers recently provided …

Trump Puts Critic of Renewable Energy in Charge of Renewable Energy Office
May 3, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis  (The Washington Post)  President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee …

The Fuels and Additives Market Adjusts Focus as Ethanol Repair Issues Become Less Prominent
May 2, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Brianna Liestman (Boating Industry)  … Issues related to tank compatibility with E10 have declined in the past years as many older systems and boats are being retired and replaced with new engines, which were built …

Trump Says He’d Consider Increasing the Gas Tax
May 2, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta (The Washington Post)  President Trump on Monday said he was open to raising the federal tax on gasoline and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package, a potentially major policy change as …

DOE Publishes 2017 US Energy and Employment Report
May 2, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over …

Amyris Announces Key Advancements Under DARPA Multi-Year Technology Investment Agreement — Enables Development of Industrial-Scale Fermentation Process For Virtually Any Biological Molecule
May 2, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has successfully expanded its world-class expertise in strain engineering and optimization to 26 key metabolic precursors across multiple organisms, as part of its …

High Octane Fuel: An Opportunity for Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy’s CEO explains the importance of the recent ASTM standard for 100 RON test fuel in helping the ethanol industry achieve its goal of expanding the availability of …

ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates to Participate in EPA Regulatory Reform Comment Period
May 1, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly …

Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Market Barriers and Opportunities Workshop — June 6-7, 2017 — Berkeley, CA
April 28, 2017 – 6:27 pm | No Comment
Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams:  Market Barriers and Opportunities Workshop    —   June 6-7, 2017   —   Berkeley, CA

On June 6–7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will sponsor a workshop to advance the understanding of current market barriers and opportunities for increasing the deployment of biofuels and bioproducts …

Explore Bioeconomy Careers with the Interactive Bioenergy Career Map Published by the U.S. Department of Energy
April 28, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Are you looking to understand how you fit within the changing bioenergy landscape or how to jumpstart your career in bioeconomy? Check out the Bioenergy Career Map—an interactive, educational tool that …

Bioenergy Internship & Fellowship Opportunities
April 28, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages interns and fellows in the sciences, engineering, and liberal arts through a variety of internship and fellowship programs, including …

Energy Department Publishes Educational Resources: Bioenergy in the Classroom including Coloring Book
April 28, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Department of Energy’s Education and Workforce Development resources include:

CLASSROOM RESOURCES

Lesson Plans
Search through the Education Toolbox to find lesson plans and lab activities for use in your classroom. Filter by subject, …

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
April 28, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV …

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
April 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability …

Trump Forms Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity
April 28, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Trump Administration released its “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” — and a report from the Interagency Task Force, something this order …

Consumers and Farmers Burned by EPA Regulations on Renewable Fuel
April 27, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill) As the days grow longer and the mercury rises, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take action to eliminate an irrational summertime regulation that hurts both farmers and millions of Americans …

Workshop on Moving beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals — June 1, 2017 — Denver, CO
April 26, 2017 – 9:20 pm | No Comment
Workshop on Moving beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals   —   June 1, 2017   —   Denver, CO

(U.S. Department of Energy)  In 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report1  listing the most promising chemicals that could be produced from biomass. This report has served as a guiding document for …

One Step Forward
April 26, 2017 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … I can tell you firsthand that for the first time in four years, both House and Senate staff are pushing all stakeholders to come to the table to …

Grant Application Request for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area DEADLINE: June 28, 2017
April 26, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to achieve the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by facilitiating development of regional systems for …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
April 26, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at …

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Meets with Trump on Farm Issues
April 26, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew D. Sullivan (USA TODAY/Des Moines Register)   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey took the opportunity presented at a White House roundtable with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon to talk ethanol and said he …

Argentina to Try to Revive Exports of Biodiesel and Lemons at the Bilateral Meeting between Macri and Trump
April 26, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(telam.com) The meeting between the presidents will be an opportunity for the country to try to recover the market for agroindustrial exports that are paralyzed. Bilateral trade in 2016 reached US $ 10,472 million, with a …

Energy Interests Contributed $7 Million+ to Trump’s Inauguration
April 25, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Yessenia Funes (ColorLines) Since taking office, the president has repealed many regulations impacting the fossil fuel industry. — … A smaller number of renewable energy companies contributed. Green Plains Renewable Energy, which specializes in ethanol …

BETO Launches Interactive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map
April 25, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map, an interactive map depicting all of BETO’s recent projects …

Optimizing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Production
April 25, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria have attracted significant attention as potential biocatalysts for production of clean energy and green chemicals from sunlight and atmospheric CO2. A recent study investigated effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes, which …

Changes to Energy Dept. Websites Downplay Renewables as a Replacement for Fossil Fuels
April 25, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Energy Department is changing its website to cut down on Obama-era language touting renewable energy sources as a climate-friendly replacement for fossil fuels, according to reports from an environmental watchdog …

Judges Give EPA the Side Eye on Waiver Authority
April 25, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA got caught in a cross-fire of skepticism at the D.C. Circuit Monday over its use of general waiver authority to lower RFS volumes for 2016, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports …

Biofuels Supporters, Opponents Spar During EPA Teleconference
April 25, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael Schneider (Oil Price Information Service)  Supporters and opponents of biofuels expressed predictably contrasting viewpoints during a teleconference held today by EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR).

The call was held to solicit input on …

NBB Argues for Higher Advanced-Biofuel Volumes Before the D.C. Court of Appeals
April 24, 2017 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Americans for Clean Energy, et al., v. Environmental Protection Agency  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the …

Science Draws a Crowd
April 24, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  … Hundreds of thousands of people across the country (and internationally) gathered on Earth Day for the March for Science, defending the role of science in policy-making and protesting the Trump …

Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol
April 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory goes that because the light crude produced from fracked shale produces lower-octane gasoline, greater oil …

Ethanol’s Opportunity in the Chemical Market
April 24, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Nebraska-focused tech startup and a Latin American chemical supplier highlight two options for using ethanol as the building block for intermediate chemicals.  —  The future of ethanol for …

Ethanol Consumption Shatters Blend Wall in 2016
April 24, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Neulle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  Gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average for the first time ever. This is according to an analysis of U.S. …

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast–Oil Refiners and Renewable Fuels in the Trump Era
April 24, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon (Platts)  Have refiners’ hopes for a quick rollback of the US biofuel mandate by the Trump administration fizzled out? The industry judged two early appointments as signs of the president’s …

RFA Tells EPA to Keep RFS on Track
April 24, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter today to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on track in 2018.

“The ethanol industry was highly …

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report
April 24, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires …

Air Canada Takes off with Biofuels Tests
April 24, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Air Canada just revealed its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project, a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada …

US VP Pence Celebrates Greenbelt Resources and Jababeka Infrastruktur Waste-to-Resources Project MOU Signing
April 21, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  JababECO is the first U.S.-Indonesia municipal waste-to-bioproducts project  —  United States Vice President Mike Pence participated in a ceremony celebrating the signing of multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in Jakarta today, including …

Center for Climate Strategies Builds Economic Transition Modeling Capacity in Cameroon
April 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  As a part of the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (ALEDS) project, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is supporting local self-determination and global integration by providing training, capacity building, and …

Vertimass to Present at U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) Conference
April 20, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Vertimass, LLC)  One of four advanced biofuels and bioproducts technology companies invited to present  —  Vertimass LLC is proud to announce that it is one of four companies selected to present at the “Pitch for …

A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased Projects around the World
April 19, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what about accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other risks and …

U.S. to Launch Probe into Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel Imports
April 14, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Eric Walsh and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)  The United States said on Thursday it would start an investigation into imports of biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina for possible dumping and subsidization.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is …

EPA Head: Obama Created False Choice ‘Between Jobs and the Environment’
April 14, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Olivia Beavers (The Hill)  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that Americans don’t have to pick between jobs and the environment, accusing the Obama administration of making people believe they had …

ACE Outlines Ethanol Priorities to EPA on Regulatory Reform Agenda
April 14, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(KTIC Radio) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him for establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations …

Automakers Hope to Reach U.S. Deal on 2025 Vehicle Emissions
April 13, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) A trade group for automakers said on Tuesday it hopes to reach a deal with California and the Trump administration over vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

Mitch Bainwol, chief executive of the Alliance of …

EPA Seeks Public Input on Trump’s Regulatory Reform Agenda DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
April 13, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Tim Devaney (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is searching for Obama-era regulations to repeal.
The EPA’s regulatory reform task force, established by President Trump’s Feb. 24 executive order, is seeking public input on …

Tar Sands/Oil Sands Carbon Footprint Underestiated by Nearly 25%
April 13, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Lisa Song (The Energy Mix)  In a finding that should resonate strongly for Canadian decision-makers charged with meeting the country’s climate targets, new research reveals that the carbon footprint of a litre of synthetic …

What’s New? What’s Happening?: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to California’s LCFS, and the RFS
April 13, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways – now we turn to two other key drivers, market access and carbon pricing.

There are two approaches …

Exclusive: Inside Edge – Trump Advisor Icahn’s Big Bet against Biofuels Credits
April 12, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by  Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/KFGO)  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s oil refining company, CVR Energy, made a massive bet in 2016 that prices for U.S. government biofuels credits would fall – just before Icahn …

Perry: Trump Committed to Making Renewables Competitive with Fossil Fuels
April 11, 2017 – 11:12 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that the Trump administration supports making wind and solar energy more competitive with coal and fossil fuels, while simultaneously urging the world to embrace …

The Quest to Capture and Store Carbon – and Slow Climate Change — Just Reached a New Milestone
April 11, 2017 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  A new large-scale technology has launched in Decatur, Illinois that, by combining together corn-based fuels with the burial of carbon dioxide deep underground, could potentially result in the active removal …

RFS: New Revenue Stream for Biomass Facilities?
April 11, 2017 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  … Unbeknownst to many in the biomass power sector, there may be a role for biomass power producers to play in the RFS. Electric vehicles (EVs) represent an increasing …

Trump on Ethanol: Supportive, but Few Comments
April 11, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Anderson (Argus Leader)  President Donald Trump has never tweeted about ethanol.  In the course of tens of thousands of posts on his social media platform of choice, the president has posted about oil …

US-Based Researchers Develop System for Converting Waste Methane to Microbial Biomass
April 11, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  A new paper by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) describes a process that captures methane from natural gas and biogas and that uses photosynthesis to convert it into biomass feedstock.

The …

It’s Not the Tax, It’s the EPA.
April 10, 2017 – 10:46 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (Axios-Axios Generate) Axios’ Amy Harder asked an administration official about the prospects of a carbon tax, given that it has been rumored as a possible policy the White House could embrace. The official …

Oak Ridge Pioneers New Way to See Biomass Pretreatment Impacts
April 10, 2017 – 10:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have reported in Nature a new high resolution approach to visioning the impact of biomass pre-treatment technology. By combining spectroscopy and emerging microscopy …

New Coalition Launches To Fight for US Renewable Fuel Standard
April 10, 2017 – 10:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Main Street Energy Alliance has launched to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to resist the efforts of a small group of special interests including Valero, Monroe Energy …

Nebraska Farmers Make the Case for Higher Blends of Ethanol
April 7, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Steve White (Nebraska.TV) Pres. Trump says he wants to end job–killing regulations on ethanol, and area farmers suggest a good place to start. “Allow E15 to be sold as normal gasoline, moving forward with that is …

Could This Enzyme Help Turn Biofuel Waste into Something Useful?
April 7, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Sarah Yang (Berkeley Lab)  Joint BioEnergy Institute study targets LigM for its role in breaking down aromatic pollutants  —  A protein used by common soil bacteria is providing new clues in the effort to …

First-Gen Fuels under Siege, Hit Back with Hard Data
April 7, 2017 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ethanol supporters in the US and Australia and first-gen fuels advocates of conventional ethanol and biodiesel in the EU are striking out against what they see as misguided reports that …

Fuel Stations Can Submit Ethanol Grant Applications
April 6, 2017 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

(The Herald Tribune)  The Indiana Office of Energy Development and Indiana Corn Marketing Council have announced that publicly-accessible fuel retail stations in Indiana can begin applying for a share of $122,687 through the fourth round …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
April 6, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

Göran Bengtsson, Director of Research and Technology, Future Business, Aeronautics, commenting on the 100% biofuel test flight of a Gripen D single engine fighter: “Gaining independence from imports of oil is important from a defence …

Gripen Completes Test Flights with 100% Biofuel
April 6, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(SAAB)  Gripen has for the first time undergone a series of test flights with 100% biofuel. This demonstrates that the aircraft can be flown with an alternative fuel and gives valuable knowledge for future possible …

Feature: Ethanol RINs Rebound as Prospects Fade of Quick RFS Reform
April 6, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon and Wes Swift (Platts)  RINs bottom out March 2 after four-month slide; EPA may hold 2018 mandate steady, start easing in 2019; Point of obligation debate fades into background  — Refiners’ and petroleum marketers’ hopes …

Foxx: Reducing CAFE Goals Would Be ‘Setback’
April 6, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lynch (The Detroit News)  Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said he believes a rollback of fuel efficiency standards for cars would be a mistake, and that the regulatory framework for self-driving …

Singular Focus … Waiting for EPA
April 6, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Oil companies, gas station operators and other organizers of the just-launched Main Street Energy Alliance wanted to speak with a single voice in the intensifying wonky debate over which types …

The Whole-Soil Carbon Flux in Response to Warming
April 6, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin E. Hicks Pries, C. Castanha, R. C. Porras, M. S. Torn (Science Magazine) Soils contain about twice as much carbon as Earth’s atmosphere, so their response to warming is crucial to understanding carbon fluxes in a changing …

US Forest Service and Biomass: A Symbiotic Partnership
April 5, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  More than 100 million trees across California, many located in the federally managed Sierra, Stanislaus and Sequoia National Forests, are dead, owing to a years-long drought and a nasty …

White House Disavows Two Controversial Tax Ideas Hours after Officials Say They’re under Consideration
April 4, 2017 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta and Max Ehrenfreund (Washington Post)  The White House on Tuesday disavowed two controversial options for their planned overhaul of the tax code, after two Trump administration officials earlier in the day said …

Sizing Them Up
April 4, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  A close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. —  The combined export value of wood …

White House Explores Two New Tax Ideas — A Value-Added Tax and Carbon Tax — As Leading Proposal to Raise Revenue Falters
April 4, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta and Max Ehrenfreund (Washington Post)  … But many economists view a VAT as a tax that disproportionately hurts lower-income workers, who typically benefit from a progressive income-tax system.

A carbon tax would target the …

Biodiesel Plant Manager Launches Petition to Reform US Tax Credit
April 4, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi is doing his part to bring attention to the growing momentum to reinstate the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and to reform the incentive …

FedEx CEO Backed by Generals Tries to Nudge Trump on Fuel Rules
April 4, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Smith leads effort to position standards as security issue; Group calling for electric vehicles, U.S. oil production  —  To get Donald Trump to come around to tougher fuel-economy standards, a corporate titan …

BP and DuPont’s Bio-Isobutanol Joint Venture, Butamax, Acquires Ethanol Facility in Kansas
April 3, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, has announced the acquisition of Nesika Energy and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. Butamax will now start engineering work to add …

Ethanol Advocates Work to Boost Demand
April 3, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Nat Willilams (Iowa Farmer Today)   … (Barry) Frazier (president of Center Ethanol) was among biofuels advocates speaking at a conference of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization here. More than 500 college students …

Biofuels Exec Sees Growth in Exports, E-15
April 3, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Roy Leidahl (Missouri Farmer Today)  … “Science will win,” White (Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association) said in a speech at the Celebration of Agriculture here March 21. “Science …

Ethanol Workforce Big on Military Vets
April 3, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) A new Department of Energy (DOE) study shows that military veterans make up a significant share of America’s ethanol industry workforce which is not only larger than any other energy sector but …

Smoking Gun Found in Biofuels’ Billion Dollar Baby Brawl?
April 3, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But almost nothing about the Billion Dollar Baby Brawl has been standard fare as Aemetis, Edeniq, a string of investors and more lawyers than you can easily chain to …

Big Oil Could Be Ready for a Big Comeback
March 31, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Paul R. La Monica (CNN Money)  Oil prices are down so far this year — and so are energy stocks. But some experts think that won’t last for long. President Trump is clearly a fan of …

UAI Challenges CRC Ethanol Study, Calls Test Procedures Flawed
March 31, 2017 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative is calling the results of a new Coordinating Research Council emissions study “one more example of the biased and flawed testing procedures used to penalize ethanol.”

The ethanol advocacy …

Bioeconomy under the Radar
March 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  —  … Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock enzymes for pharmaceuticals, or John …

Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS
March 30, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of ethanol produced in Iowa and Illinois each and every year. It is more than the …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time
March 30, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA’s president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization’s annual industry outlook handbook in the View from the Hill column  —  …  The handbook dives into …

BETO Publishes Alternative Aviation Fuels Report
March 29, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published a report titled Alternative Aviation Fuels: Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps. This new report provides an overview of the current …

Climate Change: Biofuels ‘Could Limit Jet Contrails’
March 28, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Amos (BBC)  Some close-quarter flying has provided new insights into aircraft pollution.  —  US space agency-led scientists flew small, instrumented, chase planes directly in the exhaust plume of a big jet to measure the …

Readi for 100% Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ARA’s ReadiJet, ReadiDiesel
March 28, 2017 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus rode aboard one of the EA-18G Growler fighter jets testing 100% biofuel flights this month to demonstrate his commitment to getting biofuel mainstream within the …

Senators Press Icahn on White House Influence, Business Conflicts
March 28, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  Several Democratic senators pressed billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Monday to clarify his role as an adviser to President Donald Trump, saying his position in the administration raised “alarming” questions about potential …

U.S. Army Is Teaming up with a Davis Startup to Turn Trash into Energy
March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Cathie Anderson (Sacramento Bee)  … Essentially, the company uses a blast furnace to heat metals, glass, ash and organic solids to a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperatures at the center of …

Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85
March 27, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85 presentation and supplementary report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examine how the spacing of E85 …

New, Safer U.S. Rail Cars Gather Dust even as Ethanol Trains Grow Longer
March 27, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)   … But the incident in Iowa underscores the growing risk of another serious accident along with the increasing volume of the biofuel being moved in unit trains that …

UAI Coalition Challenges Clean Air Act Interpretation
March 27, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For decades, the U.S. EPA has insisted that it gets to decide how much ethanol can be used in gasoline. If ethanol producers want higher ethanol blends …

Fuel Economy Rules: Someone Is Listening
March 27, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

U.S. Oil Refiners Push for Biofuels Overhaul at White House
March 27, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration at the White House last week to argue their position for an overhaul of the nation’s biofuels …

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts
March 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways …

RFA Trains 200th Ethanol Industry Employee on FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Requirements
March 24, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  This month the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) hit a major milestone with its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training program on Preventive Controls for Animal Food. During the latest course, …

U.S. National Biodiesel Board Petitions against ‘Illegal’ Biodiesel Imports
March 23, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Christine Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The National Biodiesel Board said on Thursday it has filed a petition to the U.S. government to investigate imports from Argentina and Indonesia, saying they have violated trade laws …

Maryland Grain Producers Promote E15 across Mid-Atlantic
March 23, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board has launched a four-month ethanol advertising campaign in the Mid-Atlantic. This includes postcards, bus, video, internet and radio advertising designed to highlight …

Trump Loyalty to Rural Votes Under Scrutiny at Confirmation (1)
March 23, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former …

Proteins Interactions Hold Key for Maximizing Oil Production in Plants for Biofuels and Biomaterials
March 23, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Lab Manager)  Findings point to new biochemical strategies for increasing oil yield from crops grown to produce biofuels and biomaterials  —  …  By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group …

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel
March 23, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks …

2017-’18 RVOs Assumed Intact as Regulatory Freeze Deadline Passes
March 22, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  March 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. Among the regulations on hold during the …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

Carbon Tax Talk Exposes White House Factions
March 22, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A friendly meeting at the White House with former secretary of State James Baker and fellow Republicans pushing a carbon tax has underscored the increasingly tense relationship between President …

National Farmers Union Passes Resolution to Support E30 Use
March 20, 2017 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union called for the U.S. EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

Wassup, DOE? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office
March 20, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the DOE? Bioenergy Technologies Office Director Jonathan Male answered the question in this update, given at ABLC 2017 in Washington. In this deck, he looks at milestones …