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Fate of the Union: 3-Point Plan for biofuels
January 25, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Biofuels Digest)  …While some would choose to ignore reality, the nation can produce more ethanol sustainably using grains like corn, wheat and barley. …The nation can also produce significant volumes …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America
January 21, 2011 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the …

USDA Announces Grants to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy Education
January 21, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced January 18, 2011, two grants that will create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bioenergy and bio-based products.
“Bioenergy and bio-based products hold …

New Issue Brief Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production
January 21, 2011 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Clean Fuels Foundation)   The Ethanol Across America education campaign released the latest in its series of Issue Briefs today on the Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production that illustrates the significant benefits of ethanol production …

Coskata Supported Biorefinery Selected To Receive $250 Million Loan Guarantee From USDA
January 20, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Coskata)  Guarantee will support a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Alabama
Coskata Inc., a developer of technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals, was notified by the USDA of their intent to provide a …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Outlines Progress on Effort to Advance Renewable Energy Production in America
January 20, 2011 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  Expansion of Biofuels Reaches All Regions of the Country
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced January 20, 2011, that biofuels and biomass energy projects across America have been selected for funding to continue the Administration’s support …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces BioPreferred Final Rule
January 20, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  BioPreferredSM Program Designates Eight New Biobased Product Categories; More than 600 additional biobased products now eligible for preferred Federal purchasing
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the designation of eight additional biobased product categories which are …

Enerkem Awarded Loan Guarantee from U.S. Department of Agriculture for Its Mississippi Waste-to-Fuel Biorefinery
January 20, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem)  Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has  obtained a conditional commitment  for an US$  80 million  loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for  the construction of its  landmark waste-to-biofuels …

Report: Range Fuels to Shut Down Plant
January 17, 2011 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Ucilia Wang  (Earth2Tech/Reuters)  The bad news about the layoffs at cellulosic biofuel maker Range Fuels just got worse. The financially-strapped company plans to shut down its plant in Georgia after making just one batch …

Range Fuels Confirms Layoffs, New Funding Drive; Executes Planned Shutdown in GA after First Ethanol Run
January 17, 2011 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Range Fuels confirmed to a variety of media outlets that it had made layoffs in Colorado and Georgia, and will shut down its Soperton, Georgia plant after an …

Finding Common Ground: Stay Halts Destruction of Planted Sugar Beets
January 14, 2011 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(BIO tech NOW)  BIO and government make case for allowing interim planting of genetically biotech beets until APHIS completes its environmental impact statement
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a …

Much-Touted Cellulosic Ethanol Is Late in Making Mandated Appearance
January 12, 2011 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Dina Fine Maron (ClimateWire/New York Times)  …U.S. EPA figures indicate that in the second half of 2010, not a drop of cellulosic ethanol — a much-touted fuel that taps the sugars from farm wastes …

Effort under Way to Restore BCAP Funding in 2011 Appropriations Bill
January 7, 2011 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Sue Sterling  (The Daily Star-Journal) Agricultural and environmental groups hope to convince legislators to restore funding for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program in the Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill that will be considered in March.
The …

The USDA Loan Guarantee Program and the Congressional Deficit-Reducing Drive
January 6, 2011 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …At risk in that budget process is the entire funding for the Section 9003 loan guarantee program – in the omnibus spending bill proposed in December by the outgoing Congress, …

INEOS Bio JV Receives Commitment for $75 Million USDA Loan Guarantee
January 5, 2011 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Funding will create jobs through the construction and completion of advanced commercial facility in Florida
INEOS Bio and its joint venture partner, New Planet Energy, today announced they have received a conditional commitment for …

Disarming the Food to Fuel Conflict Part 2: The Misinformation Campaign
January 5, 2011 – 9:40 am | One Comment

by Christopher Klug (Tiny Green Bubble)  …According to the Renewable Fuels Association data, the United States produced and used approximately 10.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2009, making the US the largest producer of ethanol …

Vilsack Pushes to Turn Waste into Ethanol
January 4, 2011 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by David DeWitte (Sioux City Journal)  USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expects a forthcoming round of federal grants to help start non-corn-based advanced biofuel plants outside the nation’s traditional ethanol heartland boosting support for ethanol.
The government plans …

2011 Miscanthus Acres to Mushroom
December 30, 2010 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Miscanthus will see a giant leap in acreage in 2011, thanks to Soperton, Ga.-based Repreve Renewables LLC. The company currently has 500 acres planted in five locations in …

The 7% Solution: Sustainable US Biofuels without International Indirect Land Use Effects
October 23, 2009 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Looking at some real-world numbers, it becomes clear that the fear raised in Fixing a Critical Climate Accounting Error, Science, October 23, 2009, misses the point. Growing energy …

Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service Announce Value-Added Producer Grant
September 30, 2009 – 9:14 am | No Comment

USDA Rural Development welcomes projects that highlight innovative uses of agricultural products. This may include using existing agricultural products in non-traditional ways and/or merging agricultural products with technology in creative ways. As with all value-added …

Grant: Value-Added Producer Grants for Alternative Uses of Agricultural Products
September 3, 2009 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) help independent producers of agricultural commodities, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures develop strategies to create marketing opportunities and to help develop business plans for …

Fueling the “Balance” A Defense Energy Strategy Primer
August 31, 2009 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jerry Warner and P.W. Singer (Brookings Institution)  … Underlying this effort are two complementary objectives. First, a significant percentage of the overall reduction in baseline energy will come from the department converting from petroleum …

The Rise of Biofuels from Algae
August 30, 2009 – 8:20 am | No Comment

(ClearSkies.com)  Clean Skies News Dipka Bhambhani reports on the rise of biofuels from algae as part of the nation’s energy portfolio.  WATCH VIDEO

Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development
August 28, 2009 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects will …

Resource Documents on Ethanol Importation and Tariffs
August 27, 2009 – 11:49 am | No Comment

Doug Newman, Ethanol Trade Analyst for the US International Trade Commission, has provided tables and a presentation which summarize amounts of ethanol imports to the US by source location and tariffs paid, along with a …

Row Over US Biofuel Rules Intensifies
August 14, 2009 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cath Everett (BusinessGreen.com)  Corn ethanol industry accuses EPA of influencing independent panel to boost support for controversial biofuel carbon life cycle regulations.  An independent peer review of proposed US biofuel regulations has only served …

Growth Energy: GAO Report Clearly Refutes Big Food’s Claim That Ethanol was Behind Higher Food Prices
August 11, 2009 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, evaluated a recent US Government Accountabilty Office report, ““Now it’s the GAO that is saying that farm prices are a fraction of the hike to grocery bills. Whatever is …

Plant Feedstock Genomics Program Awards $1.6 Million for Genetic Studies of Biofuel Crops
July 31, 2009 – 11:31 am | No Comment

CSIRO and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, have been awarded a A$1.6 million grant to increase the understanding of genes responsible for growth and yield in grasses for use as bio-energy and food crops.  The …

USDA Announces Grants for Advanced Biofuel Producers
July 23, 2009 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Agriculture to enter into Contracts to make payments to Eligible Advanced Biofuel Producers to support and ensure an expanding production of Advanced Biofuels. This program is authorized under Title IX, Section 9001, …

USDA Announces Grants for Biorefineries to Use Renewable Biomass for Fuel
July 23, 2009 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

USDA to make payments to eligible biorefineries to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power in the operation of these eligible …

Iowa Plants to Offer Farmers Cash for Corn Cobs
July 21, 2009 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Luke Meredith (AP)   … Poet spokesman Nathan Schock said the company hasn’t yet figured out how much it will pay farmers, but it could be $30 to $60 per ton for corn stover, which …

New Test Helps Identify Biofuels Enzyme
July 17, 2009 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Marcia Wood (USDA, Southeast Farm Press)  High-speed and high-tech, but surprisingly affordable, the sophisticated assay equips scientists with a faster, less expensive way to discover genes that enable microbes to make an enzyme known …

Biofuels are a Long-Term Renewable Solution
July 13, 2009 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Senator John Thune (R-SD)  (Politico)   As Congress, the administration and the private sector look for ways to reduce our consumption of imported oil, we should not overlook the most readily available domestic alternative to …

A Fair Accounting of Greenhouse Gases For All Potential Transportation Fuels
June 24, 2009 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association It is troubling–and, at the same time, sadly amusing–that an enterprising reporter at USA Today has done more homework on the possible indirect effects of increased renewable electricity generation …

Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions on a Collision Course
June 24, 2009 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by  Dr. Robert Wisner,   Biofuels Economist,   Ag Marketing Resource Center,   Iowa State University The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 (1) requires a gradual increase in the volume of various kinds of biofuels to …

“Drama Building for Biofuels in California”: a Biofuels Digest Special Report
June 16, 2009 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

Being a standard-bearer requires heroic endeavors, and perhaps inevitably, epic miscalculations as well.  This is the situation of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) in its recent announcement of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for …

Public Hearings: Environmental Impact Statements for Biomass Crop Assistance Program May-June Various US Locations
May 15, 2009 – 8:38 am | No Comment
Public Hearings: Environmental Impact Statements for Biomass Crop Assistance Program May-June Various US Locations

(US Department o fAgriculture) The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP is a new program authorized by the Food, Conservation, and …

National Biofuels Action Plan
April 6, 2009 – 10:06 am | No Comment

This plan, published in October 2008, was designed by the Biomass Research and Development Board to help industry achieve aggressive national goals enumerated in the “Twenty in Ten” initiative, the Renewable Fuel Standard of the Energy Independence …

Challenges adn Science Needed to escribe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

Jeffrey Steiner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, describes the current circumstances of developing criteria and indicators for sustainable biofuels production as comparable to building a plane and flying at the same time.  He is optimistic that today’s …

USDA Offers Guaranteed Loans for Commercial-Scale Biorefineries
December 7, 2008 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to guarantee loans of up to $250 million for commercial-scale biorefineries that produce biofuels from something other than corn starch. One company that plans to apply for …

Roadmap for Bioenergy and Biobased Products in the United States
October 31, 2007 – 9:00 am | No Comment

The United States has become increasingly dependent in recent decades on imported petroleum to meet its energy needs.  A portfolio of more diverse and domestic feedstocks for our nation’s energy and chemical supply must be …

Advancing Renewable Energy Conference October 2006 St. Louis, MO
October 30, 2006 – 8:12 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   DOE and USDA hosted a conference with focus on Renewable Energy as a response to President Bush’s recent Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI)- an aggressive plan to reduce U.S. dependence on …

Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply
April 28, 2005 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

USDA and DOE put together this study finding that there could be adequate biomass to displace 30% or more of current US annual petroleum consumption.  READ MORE