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USNS Henry J. Kaiser Delivers Biofuel for RIMPAC’s Great Green Fleet Demo
July 18, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(The Maritime Executive)  Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), which is currently providing logistical support for U.S. Pacific Fleet’s biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii, will deliver 900,000 gallons …

Old Frog, New Tricks: The Rise of Magnetic Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can the harnessing of the powers of magnetism overcome cost challenges in algal biofuels?  Researchers across the globe pursue the answers.
…For the fossil molecule, its time within a living system …

Modeling Biofuel Fitness for the Sea
July 18, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  With the help of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will develop a tool to characterize the performance of a …

RAND Says US Military Cannot Reduce Biofuels Price; Should Exit Development; BIO Disagrees
July 18, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new study by the RAND Corporation says that the US military’s petroleum demand of 340,000 barrels per day, compared to global demand of 87 million barrels per …

Ads Hit GOP Lawmakers for Opposing Navy Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Herb (The Hill/Defcon Hill)  A liberal-leaning national security group has a six-figure ad campaign attacking four Republicans, including potential vice presidential pick Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), …

Pentagon Biofuels Effort Aids Energy Independence
July 17, 2012 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

By Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)  (Politico)  It’s disappointing that Congress may try to second-guess the Pentagon’s attempts to tackle one big problem: our dependence on foreign oil.
Without changes to …

Danforth Center Part of Biofuel Study
July 17, 2012 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Tim Bryant   (   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among five recipients of a $12.1 million federal grant to develop drought-tolerant grass as a sustainable source of biofuel.
Developing bioenergy grasses with …

Biofuel Groups File Petition in Oil Lawsuit
July 17, 2012 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Six biofuel industry organizations have jointly petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers …

Protabit Wins Award to Advance Biofuels Research
July 17, 2012 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  US-based Protabit, an off-shoot from the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research grant (phase one) for engineering cellulose enzymes.
The computational protein software platform designers will use …

GOP Puts Biofuels on the Chopping Block
July 17, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  The biofuels industry is at loggerheads with House Republicans, who are eyeing its funding for elimination in the farm bill.
Biomass and biofuels groups warn that the loss of $800 million …

White House Official: Congress ‘Short-Sighted’ on Biofuels
July 17, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman  (The Hill/E2Wire)  Congress “needs to get beyond short-sightism” that is stunting investment in and handcuffing Defense Department use of biofuels, a senior White House energy official said Wednesday at a conference in …

REAP Funding Announced for Blender, Flex-Fuel Pump Projects
July 17, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Out of 430 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) awards announced by the USDA June 25, four were for blender pumps or flex fuel pumps. In all, projects in …

Biofuels Patent Marks Milestone for Madison Research Hub
July 17, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

Thomas Content (Journal Sentinel)  C5-6 Technologies of Middleton and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison are celebrating a milestone – the awarding of the first patent from the center’s next-generation biofuels research.
The patent …

EdeniQ Receives $3.9M Grant for Biofuel Research
July 17, 2012 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journal)   EdeniQ, a biofuels technology company based in Visalia, received a $3.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help in its efforts of researching the commercial potential of cellulosic ethanol.
The …

New UMaine Technology Center to Turn Wood Chips and Grass into Fuel and Plastics
July 17, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Nick McCrea  (Bangor Daily News)  A research and technology hub that one day could help wean the United States off foreign oil opened Monday in a former paper products shipping bay on the grounds …

RFA Partners with Talker Likis to Educate about Ethanol
July 17, 2012 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Getting out the facts about ethanol is what the Renewable Fuels Association is all about. That’s why the RFA is partnering with car-talk host Bobby Likis to extend their ethanol educational …

Despite EPA Action, E15 Blend Widely Unavailable
July 17, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Pat Curtis  (RadioIowa)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today (June 15, 2012) gave final approval to retailers to sell gasoline containing up to 15-percent ethanol. However, it may be a while before motorists see …

Hurdle Cleared for Sale of 15% Ethanol Blends
July 17, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Ciindy Zimmerman (  The Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval for the first retailers to sell 15% ethanol blended fuel.
…EPA announced today (June 15, 2012) the approval of the first Misfueling Mitigation Plans (MMPs) for …

Fraud Cases Leave Biodiesel Industry Reeling
July 13, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (The Baltimore Sun)  Biodiesel producers told a congressional panel Wednesday that they’re struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of fraud cases uncovered in Baltimore and Texas, and a spokesman for petroleum …

Rural Energy Programs Cut under House Panel’s Version of Farm Bill
July 6, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(The Hill/E2Wire)Five rural energy programs will end while others will be slimmed down if a draft version of the 2012 farm bill released Thursday becomes law.
The cuts, made by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee, will total …

Blue Sugars Claims First Cellulosic RIN, Extends Petrobras Deal
July 5, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Blue Sugars Corp., formerly KL Energy Corp., can lay claim to a first in the world of cellulosic ethanol technology developers. “It was surprising to us when EPA confirmed [we …

Heat-Loving Bacteria Could Lead to Next-Generation Microbe
July 5, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Key proteins have been identified in a family of bacteria that help the microbes grab onto pieces of plant material in order to better degrade it. This was discovered …

Solazyme Announces Successful Commissioning of Integrated Renewable Oil Production Biorefinery in Peoria, Illinois
July 5, 2012 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Solazyme)   Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today the successful commissioning of its first fully integrated biorefinery (IBR) in Peoria, Illinois, to produce algal oil. Solazyme has been running routine fermentations at …

Hey Kids! Grab Your Scissors and Glue! Fun, Transformative Things to Do with Bacteria!
July 5, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Of all the microbes we know – and, basically, the human body is a boutique hotel for hosting them, with researchers now estimating that for every human cell in a …

Proposed CAFE Standards Could Pose Deadly Threat to Biofuels
July 4, 2012 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A coalition of agriculture and bioenergy groups, led by the 25x’25 organization, filed late comments with the U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 28 to draw attention …

Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report Now Available
July 4, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is committed to developing a fiscally responsible action plan to meet the agency’s goal of making an unleaded fuel available for most of the general aviation fleet …

USDA Partners with GE Aviation for Biojet Fuel
July 4, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has joined forces with jet engine producer General Electric (GE) Aviation, in addition to the Ohio Aerospace Institute, air carriers and producer groups, to produce renewable jet fuel …

Air Force Tests Jet Using Gevo Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden ( Business Journal)  The U.S. Air Force has flown the first successful test flight using a type of biofuel provided by Colorado’s Gevo Inc.
The single-seat, twin-engine Air Force A-10 Thunder Bolt jet …

Ohio State Partner in $5.7M Grant to Develop New Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Mauricio Espinoza (Ohio State University/North Texas d-News) Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will play a key role in the engineering of a novel plant-based fuel, funded by a $5.7 million grant …

Myriant’s Debt Deal: A Light at the End of a Long, Bio-Based Tunnel
July 4, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Myriant closes first bio-based chemicals loan under USDA’s Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program.  Industry’s first private bond placement under innovative structure developed to finance advanced industrial scale-up; Q1 2013 …

The Obama Plan for Cost-Competitive, Military Biofuels: The 10-Minute Guide
July 3, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Obama Administration has laid out an integrated strategy for commercializing advanced biofuels, with a focus in this phase on military advanced biofuels at cost-competitive prices with conventional fuels.
The vehicle …

Congressman Introduces Phantom Fuel Reform Act
July 3, 2012 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(CSP Daily News)  Would eliminate EPA mandates for use of biofuels that do not yet exist
Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced the Phantom Fuel Reform Act (H.R. 6047) to reform an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Energy Outlook: E85, FFV Market Shares to Lead Growth
July 3, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The latest look at long-term projections by the U.S. DOE’s Energy Information Administration shows E85 use growing to a 37 percent share of domestic ethanol production by 2035. The …

Here Comes the Great Green Fleet
July 3, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Galrahn (Information Dissemination)  With the Great Green Fleet putting to sea for the upcoming RIMPAC 2012 exercise, and more specifically now that the USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T AO 187) has 900,000 of super expensive …

Maryland Man Convicted in Biodiesel Scam
June 28, 2012 – 7:13 am | No Comment

by Ann E. Marimow (The Washington Post)  A Maryland man was convicted Monday of selling phony bio­diesel credits in a fraud case that has raised concerns about oversight of a renewable fuels program run by the Environmental …

Continued EPA Delay over Taking Action on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Engines Angers US Environmental Groups
June 27, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A longstanding fight between a coalition of four US environmental groups and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks set to continue after the EPA ruled out any short-term decision on whether greenhouse gas …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Energy Consumption
June 26, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has selected for funding 450 projects nationwide, including 31 in North Carolina, that are focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses …

Official: Future of BCAP Could Impact Future of Energy Crops
June 25, 2012 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The nearly $10 million awarded by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to three energy crop project areas on June 13 will be the only funding distributed through the Biomass …

Gevo v. Butamax: Judge Denies Injunction Request
June 25, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The latest chapter is near closure on the butanol patent dispute between Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. In an opinion filed June 19, U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson denied Butamax’s …

New Kids on the Block: 12 hot bio-based technologies worth watching (Parts 1 and 2)
June 25, 2012 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Yet, even in an era where venture capital has been harder to come by (Why? See these 42 article links under the rubric, “The VC Model is Broken” ) — some great …

New $40 Million Funding Annoucement for Military, Aviation Biofuels from DOE
June 22, 2012 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  n Washington, the DOE released details of a long-awaited funding opportunity announcement for advanced biofuels for aviation and military applications, titled “Innovative Pilot and demonstration-scale production of advanced biofuels.”
According to …

Everett-Based Coast Guard Ship Testing Biofuel
June 22, 2012 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Doug Esser (Seattle Times)  The Coast Guard’s Everett-based buoy tender, Henry Blake, completed its first biofuel-propelled voyage Thursday. The Coast Guard is partnering with the Navy in research of algae-based biofuels for ships, a …

Why the RAND Report on Biofuels and the U.S. Military Has It Wrong
June 22, 2012 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Holland (Consumer Energy Report)  The RAND corporation recently released a report “Promoting International Energy Security” for the U.S. Air Force that, for the most part, contained the conventional wisdom about oil prices and …

E15 Biofuel Officially Approved for Sale in U.S. by Environmental Protection Agency
June 22, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(AutomotiveDiscovery)   While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially approved E15 biofuel for retailers to start selling, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute disagrees and calls E15 “dangerous” and sites that it could “destroy or damage …

Barley’s Biofuel Bang
June 22, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Chris Guy (US Department of Agriculture)  …ARS scientists say that barley leftovers such as straw, hulls, and dried distiller grains (DDGS) can be used to produce an energy-rich product called bio-oil. Bio-oil offers several …

Ag Interests Say Biofuel Production Not “Incentivized”
June 20, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(  Ag interest groups filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Council and others Thursday calling for increased incentives for biofuel use.
A coalition of agricultural interest groups says proposed new corporate average fuel economy …

$4.3 Million to Be Invested in Shrub Willow Growth for Renewable Fuel
June 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Observer-Dispatch)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $4.3 million to ReEnergy and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to encourage growth of shrub willow as a renewable energy fuel, according to a news …

Biofuels Could Bolster National Security, Leaders Say
June 15, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Barrie Barber (Stars and Stripes/Dayton Daily News)  A top British envoy says the U.S. and the U.K. could collaborate more on the development and use of biofuels in the military to boost both nations’ …

2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting
June 14, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Each year at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) hydrogen, fuel cell and advanced vehicle technologies projects funded …

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market
June 14, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee Enterprises’ renewable identification number (RIN) verification program, RIN 9000, into Genscape’s trademarked RIN Integrity Network.
Supported …

EdeniQ, NREL, Aemetis, Kent Bioenergy among Winners of California Clean Energy Grants
June 14, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Energy Commission approved funding of $23,110,015 for projects that will advance the development of green fuels, and the installation of fueling stations.  The awards are provided …

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Frankel (ThinkProgress)   …But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from more sustainable feedstocks.
Here’s a look …

Biofuels: Better for Airplanes, Too?
June 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOLEnergy)  Biofuels could be a “game changer” for both military and commercial aviation, says Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, because they’re proving to have advantages over petroleum-based jet fuels that go beyond …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

USDA Selects Chemtex for $3.9 million BCAP Project
June 13, 2012 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Chemtex International/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Chemtex International announced today (June 13, 2012) that it has been selected by the USDA to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The $3,996,000 award will support establishing and growing over 4,000 acres …

University of Cincinnati Collaboration Leads to Biodiesel Research
June 13, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Feoshia Henderson  (SoapboxMedia)  Fueled by a US EPA grant, University of Cincinnati faculty and students are leading an effort to transform cooking grease into biodiesel on a regional scale.
This project is a collaboration among UC, the …

Amyris is Awarded $8 million DARPA Contract under ‘Living Foundries’ Program
June 12, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris to develop improved DNA assembly and integration across biological platforms
Amyris, Inc. announced today (June 12, 2012)  it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) …

North Carolina on Mission to Build Biofuel Industry, Company Sees Ethanol Coming from Grassy Fields
June 11, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Emery P. Dalesio  (The Republic/AP)  An Italian company’s Wilmington-based subsidiary is geared up to build a factory that can convert grassy plants into fuel for cars and trucks amid Sampson County’s hog and turkey …

DoT Algal Fuel Test Results Show Potential
June 7, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has released its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This research used marine …

The Coalition of the Unwilling and the Doctrine of Underwhelming Force
June 7, 2012 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Terrabon CEO Gary Luce says the biofuels industry must rethink the Renewable Fuel Standard, to create the stability for capital formation and prevail over a coalition of wealthy, entrenched opponents.
…As …

Military Biofuels Ban Moves Forward, Ignites Criticism, Backlash
June 7, 2012 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (Renewable Energy World)  As a proposed ban on military investment and use of biofuels inches closer to fruition in Washington, several groups are speaking out against the bill.

Pentagon Budget Bill, H.R. 4310, …

Expect Brutal Fight for RFS and E15
June 7, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Greg Martin (  …DINEEN: The RFS is under attack in Washington today. I don’t see for a moment that it will be unraveled this year but they will continue to fight next year and …

My Energy Gateway Website Launches, Provides Resources for Those Pursuing an Education in Energy Efficiency
June 6, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Association of Energy Services Professionals)  In launching today (May 8, 2012), the AESP Foundation said the site will provide extensive information on the available training programs, degrees and certifications that focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, green …

Mill, Baby, Mill
June 6, 2012 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In-field bioprocessing? Dramatically higher plant oil production? R&D breakthroughs offer new paths to victory for Millers vs Drillers.
If you haven’t been getting most of your information on the Renewable Fuel …

Scientists Identify Mechanism for Regulating Plant Oil Production
June 6, 2012 – 8:45 am | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Findings suggest ways to increase oil production for biofuels and industrial processes
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified key elements in the biochemical mechanism plants use to …

FBI Raids Park Ridge Renewable Energy Company
June 5, 2012 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley and Linh Tat   (   FBI and local law enforcement officers raided a Montvale home and a Park Ridge building that houses several renewable energy companies Thursday in connection with a probe into fraud in the …

American Ethanol Steps in as Sponsor of Two NASCAR Races
June 5, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR has extended with an official sponsorship of two upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The American Ethanol 200 will be held July 14 …

Insiders Support Military’s Renewable-Energy Push
June 5, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sara Sorcher (National Journal)  Nearly two-thirds of National Journal’s National Security Insiders agree with the military’s push for renewable energy, siding with the Obama administration over some Republicans in Congress who have charged that the …

USDA Deregulates GMO Sugar Beets — Again
June 5, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Mateusz Perkowski   (Capital Press)  The USDA has decide to again fully deregulate genetically engineered sugar beets that are resistant to glyphosate herbicides.
The agency has found that the crop doesn’t pose a plant pest risk …

IDGA’s Future Power Summit October 10-12, 2012 Washington, DC
June 4, 2012 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
IDGA’s Future Power Summit   October 10-12, 2012  Washington, DC

Managing the Military’s Energy Needs with Tomorrow’s Power Sources Concept Technologies and Platforms
The Defense Department is projected to spend close to $4 billion in its utility bill and $25 billion in fuel costs this year; …

New Early Career Awards Support Biofuels Research
June 4, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jill Sakai and Renee Meiller (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A young generation of researchers are seeking biofuels in some unlikely sounding places: toxic algae blooms and cow stomachs.
Two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors are drawing on …

DE-FOA-0000719: Innovative Biosynthetic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels
June 4, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biomass Program has recently developed Critical Technology Goals (CTG) related to a) converting biomass into processable sugars or other fractionation products and b) upgrading those processable sugars or biomass fractions …

Yecch, Ptooey! The 13 Oddest and Strangest Biofuels Feedstocks
June 4, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Most of the stories we write at the Digest on the subject of biofuels feedstocks fall into the well-established realms of normal. But every once in  a while, a feedstock …

University of Hawaii to Receive $6M for Biofuel Development
June 4, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Pacific Business News)  The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will receive a $6 million federal grant to continue its work to convert grass and other biomass into biofuel.
The college will …

The Farm Bill Energy Title Is Working and Must Be Renewed
June 1, 2012 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  Ten years ago, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law a Farm Bill that, for the first time, embraced the vital role American farmers, foresters and rural …

EPA Denies Oil’s Request to Waive Cellulosic RFS, Lawsuit Pending
June 1, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA officially denied the petroleum industry’s request to retroactively waive the 2011 cellulosic biofuel volume requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on May 22, noting that …

Novozymes Built New Enzyme Plant in U.S. Due to Tax Credit
June 1, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Novozymes, a global biotech company, first considered building its newly built enzyme production plant in China but eventually zeroed in on the U.S. One big deciding factor was the …

Environmental Activists Attack Crop Insurance Industry
June 1, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by David Rogers (Politico)  …At issue are government-backed premium discounts designed to make the insurance more affordable to farmers. While not truly cash subsidies, the costs have soared in recent years and fit neatly into …

US Senate Group Starts up “Seed to Wheel” Review of US Renewable Fuel Standard
May 31, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, staff members working for least eight US Senators will join a study group aimed at a “seed-to-wheel examination of the US Renewable Fuel Standard,” the Digest has learned.
The …

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Update on ASTM Approval
May 30, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Power Point presentation with graphics illustrating the steps for new aviation fuel approval, graphic descriptions of anticipated aviation fuels (and progress of various pathways along the process).  Includes alcohol …

Short-Term Politics Stifles Pentagon’s Green Energy Ambitions
May 30, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jen Alic (  The US Defense Department consumes more energy than any other department or sector in the country, spending around $20 billion annually by some estimates; but ambitious plans to make it the …

United Cooperative Fitting Cenex Sites for Flex-Fueling
May 30, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(CSP Daily News)  Installs ethanol blender pumps across southcentral Wisconsin
United Cooperative has been selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps …

Antibiotic Residues in DDGS Pose Little Risk
May 30, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Pork Network)  With recent increased attention by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the use of antibiotics in livestock production, industry experts are turning their attention to potential non-farm sources of antibiotic residues. Could distillers’ dried …

Bacteria Seen as Biofuel Production Key
May 30, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  …Now scientists led by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have discovered how certain bacteria can tolerate those man-made toxic chemicals used in making biofuels.
“Discovering microbes naturally tolerant to salty liquids and understanding …

CBO: Increasing Domestic Oil Doesn’t Help Energy Security Much
May 30, 2012 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian (FuelFix)  Increasing domestic production of oil won’t significantly boost energy security in the United States, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.
The CBO advocated policies that reduce demand for oil, such as …

USDA Projects Record Corn Crop in 2012—What Does it Mean for Ethanol?
May 30, 2012 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  USDA released its first estimate of the 2012 corn crop–and it is a big one.  According to today’s USDA projections, record U.S. corn production of 14.79 billion bushels is …

DOE Offers $5 mln for Work on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
May 30, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday (May 8, 2012) it will make $5 million available in 2012 to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric models.
The Energy …

Texas AgriLife Feeding Algae to Steers
May 30, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Blair Fannin (Texas AgriLife Research/Algae Industry Magazine)  Texas AgriLife Research scientist, Dr. Tryon Wickersham, and graduate student, Merritt Drewery, have been conducting feeding trials of algae leftover products (after oil extraction, in powdered form) …

Sorghum Goes Epic, or Is That EPEC? A Primer on Biofuels’ Underdog Feedstock
May 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up? What’s next? New pathways, plus country-by-country yield data.
Sorghum. It’s a feedstock right out the pages of the old South –  sorghum syrup served with corn bread and Lowcountry …

Wait’ll Next Year: Advanced Biofuels and the Military
May 29, 2012 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, heartbreak came early in the season when the Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to nix the purchase of aviation biofuels, should they cost more than conventional fossil …

Aviation and Clean Technology Leaders Launch Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiatives
May 29, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(MASBI)  Regional Initiative with National Reach Working to Achieve Energy Security
United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust today announced the formation of the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels …

Current and Projected Costs for Biofuels from Algae and Pyrolysis
May 29, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report)   A reader recently called my attention to a new and very interesting presentation from the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program:
Biofuels Design Cases
The presentation explored the question of whether …

Why We Need a Greener Military
May 29, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Fred Kaplan (Slate)  …The rationale for barring the Navy from buying the 450,000 gallons of biofuels necessary for the experiment is economic: These fuels are too expensive—about four times more costly than conventional fuels.
To …

U.S. Military Deploying Advanced Biofuels | Better Fuels Moment
May 29, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

As Capitol Hill works to identify smarter investments in clean energy fuels, the Better Fuels Moment takes a closer look at the robust and effective partnership advanced biofuels has with America’s Armed Services, building better …

United Cooperative Installs Ethanol Flex-Fuel Blender Pumps across South-Central Wisconsin
May 25, 2012 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  United Cooperative was selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 …

US Warplanes Can Fly Faster, Carry Additional Weapons Load Using Advanced Fuels and Biofuels: New Data
May 25, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) New tests conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have revealed that US warplanes are capable of flying faster and carry more payload on missions, when flying with synthetic fuels, including …

Storm Breaks out over E15 Ethanol Engine Test
May 24, 2012 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What engines failed, and when and why. Was this test designed to fail?
In Washington, the Coordinating Research Council, a non-profit research organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and a …

Groups Ask Senate to Reconsider NDAA Amendments Blocking Military Use of Alternative Energy
May 24, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and the Pew Charitable Trusts today expressed disappointment that the Senate Armed …

Summary Report of Stakeholder Responses to USDA’s Regional Biofuel Roadmap
May 24, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  On June 23, 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a strategic biofuels production report, “A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by …

Republicans Blowing up Military’s Plans for Alternative Energy; Democrats Fighting Back
May 23, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Troy Hooper  (The Colorado Independent)  …House Republicans passed a pair of provisions Friday that would stymie the military’s efforts to incorporate more renewable fuels into its supplies. The defense authorization bill now heads for …