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Whatever Happened to Algae and Biofuels?
April 23, 2012 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A couple of voices expressed caution, prominent among them, algae’s Doctor No, John Benemann of Benemann Associates, who wanted at the time, “if algae looks good [for fuel], we’re all …

Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative May 18, 2012 Washington, DC
April 20, 2012 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative   May 18, 2012   Washington, DC

(U.S. Federal Register)  The United States Department of Navy (DoN) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (DOT FAA), …

Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Fly: Aviation Biofuels Advance, Attract Opponents over Costs
April 19, 2012 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Honeywell and Agrisoma collaborate to pioneer aviation biofuels from a new carinata-based feedstock, critics wonder exactly why the military is paying so much for the biofuels it is utilizing …

Navy Plan Benefits Biomass: Fuel for Carriers, Jets Adds demand for Biofuel Source Other than Corn
April 18, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Cellulosic ethanol could use a break, and it appears that the U.S. military may be riding to the rescue.
A Missouri cooperative called (what else?) ShowMe Energy is building an …

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Process Improves Catalytic Rate of Enzymes by 3,000 percent
April 18, 2012 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Light of specific wavelengths can be used to boost an enzyme’s function by as much as 30 fold, potentially establishing a path to less expensive biofuels, detergents and a host of …

Encourage the EPA to Support Biofuels
April 18, 2012 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A new petition has been launched today (April 11, 1012) to help encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support biofuels development. The petition is sponsored by Frontiers of Freedom, who says …

Community Trap Grease Biodiesel Project Seeks Additional Funding
April 17, 2012 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A research team investigating the possibility converting trap grease collected from Cincinnati sewer systems into biodiesel will be presenting the initial results of its project at the U.S. EPA’s 2012 …

Butamax and Gevo: Bio’s Montagues and Capulets Get It On, and On, and On
April 17, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here’s a 2-Minute Guide to all the Gevo and Butamax hollerin’, and how to separate the alcohol from the folderol.
In case it has escaped your attention, Butamax is suing Gevo …

Steel in the Ground: The Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plants in the World Are Ready to Prove Their Mettle
April 16, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Guido Ghisolfi is a confident man. A chemical engineer by trade, at 55, he’s already spent three decades leading research and development (R&D) activities at Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi …

Why Decades Can Pass Between Idea and ‘Eureka!’
April 16, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  How will the world meet its rising demand for energy? Experience suggests the solutions might already be at hand, although it may be years before they are …

Can Natural Gas Help Stop Global Warming?
April 16, 2012 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Editorial Board (The Washington Post)  Will natural gas hinder the fight against global warming?
…But extracting and transporting all that natural gas, which is mostly methane, also results in fuel leaks. When methane leaks, it …

EBI Network and Pennycress Energy to Explore Alternative Energy Source
April 13, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(City of Galesburg)  Pennycress Energy and the EBI Network are promoting Pennycress as a renewable, alternative energy fuel crop for the Galesburg/West Central Illinois Region. The project, generating interest among growers, will identify possible investors …

Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable May 18, 2012 Washington, DC
April 11, 2012 – 10:59 am | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable    May 18, 2012     Washington, DC

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture – along with the Department of Energy, and the Department of Navy – will co-host an Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable in Washington D.C. on May 18, …

EPA Approves E15 Ethanol Blend Registrations
April 11, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as …

New NSF Research Grants for Bioenergy, Renewable Fuels and Energy, Bio-Based Chemicals and Renewable Chemical Process Technology
April 10, 2012 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, the NSF is calling for proposals for biological and chemical technologies, with a deadline of June 19, 2012.  The proposals must deal with the potential for commercialization of the innovation and how …

USDA Explores Feasibility of Alternative Energy Production at Airports
April 10, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  A recent study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) highlights the potential for alternative energy production at airports. The study …

Mapping Grasslands for Biofuel Potential
April 10, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Geological Survey)  USGS scientists have developed a new method for mapping grasslands that demonstrate high potential for growing biofuel crops with relatively little energy input and environmental impact.
The pioneering investigation used remote sensing data …

U.S. Announces Funding for ‘Bio-Oil’
April 10, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(UPI)   The U.S. Energy Department said up to $15 million is available to help support nearly a dozen so-called bio-oil projects targeted for the transportation sector.
…The Energy Department said the so-called bio-oil precursors could find …

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Seeks Merit Reviewers
April 10, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program is currently seeking qualified individuals to participate in several upcoming merit reviews. Expertise is being sought in the following areas:

Biological conversion of sugars and carbohydrates from biomass (specifically …

US Biofuel Groups Back EPA in Legal Challenge of Renewable Fuels Rule
April 10, 2012 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Six renewable fuel trade associations have filed a motion in federal court to intervene in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which is being sued by a major oil and gas trade group …

National Algae Association Industrial Testing Center
March 30, 2012 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  National Algae Association is pleased to announce the opening of a Testing Center. This first-of-its-kind initiative has been on-going as a part of NAA’s algae production incubator program to assist new algae …

Climate Bonds Move Forward
March 30, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(  Over the past two years, The Climate Bonds Initiative has been creating a new class of bonds that can finance a rapid transition globally to a low-carbon economy.
…Most of the bonds will be bought by institutional investors, …

Is Kansas Ready to Bump to E15 at the Pump?
March 29, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Steve Everly (Kansas City Star)  Ethanol industry pushes for the state to step up from the E10 blend now offered. But automakers warn of engine damage, voided warranties.
…E10 will still be available, and selling …

Malaysia, Indonesia Refute EPA Report on Palm Oil-Based Biofuels
March 29, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Bernama)  Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s largest producers of palm oil, are on a joint mission to correct and update a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that could impact future exports of palm …

When Defending Biofuels, Supporters Point to History
March 28, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by David Ferris  (Forbes)  At a conference today sponsored by the Carbon War Room outside Washington, D.C., a panel of biofuels entrepreneurs, supporters and financiers pointed to disruptive episodes in American history that bear some similarity to the …

Algal Diesel Outperforms Petrodiesel 2-1 in New Study
March 28, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A  team of scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory has published a paper in IOP Science’s Environmental Research Letters comparing the emissions performance of algal biofuels to petroleum fuels. In their qualified …

Central Valley Beet Growers Closer to Massive Bioenergy Plant
March 28, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Harry Cline (Western Farm Press)  Former sugar beet growers on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley are expected to learn next month whether they’ll be able to take the next step in …

RFA Anticipates E15 Roll-Out to Begin Soon
March 27, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Dinneen noted that because ethanol is currently less expensive than gasoline, marketers should be able to offer E15 to consumers for a less expensive price than E10 or any …

Regional Approach to New, Clean Energy Can Improve Our Economy, Security
March 27, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by LtGen John G. Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) (25 x ’25)   …In spite of claims to the contrary, increased domestic drilling and building pipelines to carry Canadian crude south will not result in energy independence or low …

New Synthetic Biology Technique Boosts Microbial Production of Diesel Fuel
March 27, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop Dynamic System for Regulating Metabolic Pathways
Significant boosts in the microbial production of clean, green and renewable biodiesel fuel has been achieved with the …

Virdia, Virent Pioneer New Super-Performing, Parity-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel Pathway
March 27, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Virent, Virdia debut super-performing drop-in aviation biofuels made from drop-in cellulosic pine tree sugars; “passed under conditions where conventional jet fuels would fail,” says Air Force.
In Wisconsin, Virent and Virdia …

Cenusa Bioenergy Receives $25 Million Grant from USDA
March 26, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Madsen (  The Iowa State University-led Cenusa Bioenergy project works to develop a biofuel with both a Midwestern and environmental focus.
Through a five-year, $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National …

Next Generation Engines And Fuels Forum 2012 June 18-20 Washington, DC
March 26, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment
Next Generation Engines And Fuels Forum 2012    June 18-20   Washington, DC

The First Major Event that Brings Together the Auto, Oil and Biofuels Industries to Tackle the Challenges of the New CAFE and Tier 3 Standards

Hear the perspectives of key decision-makers who need to coordinate their …

Four-Star Biofuels: How the Pentagon Is Outpacing Civilians in Gen2 Adoption
March 23, 2012 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In “Four Star Biofuels: How the Pentagon Is Outpacing Civilians in Gen2 Adoption” a special Raymond James look at the military and biofuels demand, Pavel Molchanov writes: “A key differentiator …

NSAC Suggests REAP, BCAP Changes
March 23, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin  (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released its 2012 Farm Bill platform, which provides suggestions to improve some federal bioenergy programs. These include the Repowering Assistance Program …

Fragrant New Biofuel: Researchers Develop a New Candidate for a Cleaner, Greener and Renewable Diesel Fuel
March 23, 2012 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  A class of chemical compounds best known today for fragrance and flavor may one day provide the clean, green and renewable fuel with which truck and auto drivers …

Obama Administration Announces New Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
March 23, 2012 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Research to advance next generation biofuels and renewable energy technologies
Today, as President Obama went to Ohio State University to discuss the Administration’s all-out, all-of-the-above strategy for American energy, the White House …

No Farm Bill, No Tier 3—Not until after the Election; Sundrop Fuels Presents an Alternative
March 23, 2012 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the March 21 Bioenergy Day on Capitol Hill, discussion focused on the need for a continued Renewable Fuels Standard, reviews of the history of biofuels, assessment of current …

Officials Keen to Make Region a Center for Aviation Biofuels
March 22, 2012 – 9:46 pm | No Comment

By Kyung M. Song (Seattle Times)  …Now efforts are under way from Olympia to Congress to help jump-start the nascent industry and to bring prices of jet biofuel down to earth.
The goal is to establish the …

“Match Making” in the Biofuels Value Chain at USDA March 30, 2012 Washington, DC
March 22, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
“Match Making” in the Biofuels Value Chain at USDA  March 30, 2012   Washington, DC

On March 30th, the Department of Agriculture, is hosting a “match making day” at USDA, to promote connections between agricultural producers of energy feedstocks (and their related businesses) with biorefiners seeking to produce biofuels for …

Cobalt and the Naval Air Warfare Center Team Up to Produce a Renewable Jet Fuel From Bio N-Butanol
March 22, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Cobalt Technologies/Sacramento Bee)  Contract Issued to Albemarle to Process First Run of N-Butanol Into Jet Fuel
Today, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake announced a contract award to Albemarle Corporation, a leading specialty chemicals company, to complete its …

To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and Max Out Yields
March 22, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield unlocks value, and especially feedstock yield. What’s the latest? What feedstocks are reporting yields that could support 1000+ gallons per acre for terrestrial crops?
…Yield from the acre, yield from …

Japan, the Pentagon, and the Future of Renewable Energy: Battle Lines Form
March 22, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Andrew DeWitt (The Asia-Pacific Journal)  …The Republicans think they see their chance to throw a wrench in the works. They recently decided to open congressional hearings to try, through focusing on Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, to …

NASA’s Astrobiology Research Sparks ‘GreenTech’ Revolution
March 20, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Ruth Marlaire (NASA)  …A few years ago, Ames Exobiology scientists formed the Algae for Exploration (ALEX) group, which studies various types of lipids produced by different algal species under specific conditions, and started applying …

U.S. Navy Successfully Tests SoladieselHRD-76® During Operational Transit Voyage in USS Ford Frigate
March 20, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Solazyme/BusinessWire)  -Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that the USS Ford, a U.S. Navy Frigate fleet ship, successfully journeyed from its homeport in Everett, WA to San Diego, CA using Soladiesel HRD-76®, …

EPA Approves Misfueling Mitigation Plan
March 20, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On March 15, 2012, EPA informed the Renewable Fuels Association by letter that its Model E15 Misfueling Mitigation Plan would generally be sufficient to satisfy the partial waivers’ requirement for a misfueling mitigation plan. For more …

An All-of-the-Above Approach to Energy in America
March 20, 2012 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Bittleman (USDA/25 x ’25)  America needs and is developing a reliable, sustainable, fuel supply. If we are able to produce more of it here at home – rather than relying on foreign oil – …

National Biodiesel Board Introduces First Phase of RIN Solution
March 14, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The first phase of the National Biodiesel Board’s measures to help restore integrity to the renewable identification number (RIN) credit market was established yesterday after NBB held a town hall …

PEW Group Briefing on Advanced Biofuels Progress in the Public and Private Sectors
March 14, 2012 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Throughout our country’s history, the U.S. Navy and military proper have played a key role in developing and adopting alternative energy sources. They pioneered the switch to coal as …

An Opportunity to Show Ethanol’s Edge
March 14, 2012 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …First, with E15 market ready in many states, the U.S. EPA ought to ensure summer Reid vapor pressure (RVP) limitations do not stand in the …

FDA Has No Jurisdiction Here—Or Does It?
March 14, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Brew and Steve Toeniskoetter (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Faegre Baker Daniels)  Pop quiz time—which federal agencies regulate your plant? Did your answer include the Food and Drug Administration? If your plant produces distillers grains, corn …

USS FORD on Alternative Fuel Blend
March 13, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications (  USS Ford Conducts Operational Transit on Alternative Fuel Blend.
USS Ford (FFG 54) successfully transited from the ship’s homeport in Everett, Wash., to San Diego, March …

Indonesia and Malaysia Launch Palm Oil Offensive against U.S. Ruling
March 13, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(  Indonesia and Malaysia have questioned a U.S. decision  that their palm oil fails to meet regulatory greenhouse gas reduction standards, website reported.
They disagreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling that biofuels from Indonesia …

The Palms Of Controversy
March 13, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia) Palms are said to be a symbol of peace and prosperity, but you can’t prove it by the past few weeks of heated debate over palm biofuel. Last week, we …

Mabus Defends Biofuels during Hearing on Navy Ship
March 13, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Brock Vergakis  (AP/Wisconsin Rapids Tribune)  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the service’s investment on biofuels Monday, saying that it is a “false choice” for critics to suggest the Navy should focus on building more ships instead …

Steven Chu Discusses ‘All of the Above’ U.S. Energy Strategy
March 13, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by David Biello ( American)  The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does that mean in practice? Energy Secretary Steven Chu explains.
…”We’re not going to be able to …

36 Billion Gallons of Biofuels by 2022?
March 13, 2012 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Cory Nealon (Daily Press)  U.S. must “hustle” to reach goal, Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack says
…Vilsack expects the U.S. will eventually produce 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol, a target set by the U.S. Environmental …

US Group Files Suit against Federal Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate
March 13, 2012 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

A US energy industry group on Monday said it has filed suit to challenge the federal government’s mandate for US cellulosic ethanol consumption, charging that it is unrealistic and constitutes an illegitimate tax.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) said that it filed …

Nonfood Crops to Be Used at New Ethanol Site
March 13, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Leslie Brooks Suzukamo  ( Press)  Cellulosic ethanol – ethanol made from nonfood crops – has been an alluring but elusive promise. That promise might finally be taking solid form.
Today, ethanol powerhouse Poet will officially break …

Biofuels Industrials Shift Focus to Waste, Asia as World Biofuels Markets 2012 Opens
March 13, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Nadim Chaudhry  (Biofuels Digest/Greenpower Conferences)  1500 industry leaders expected to gather in Rotterdam as oil prices, aviation dominate thinking on growth, in 100-leader industry survey.
As we gear up for the 2012 World Biofuels Markets event …

Algal Biomass Organization Briefing on Industry Accomplishments and Policy Needs
March 12, 2012 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) As host of an annual legislative hearing on Capitol Hill, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) used this year’s presentation on March 1st to give a clear outline of where …

Butamax(tm) Files Biobutanol Patent Infringement Lawsuit to Stop Gevo’s Use of Butamax KARI Enzyme Technology
March 12, 2012 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Butamax/  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, announced today that the Company filed a new lawsuit against Gevo, Inc. for infringing the recently awarded Butamax™ patent8,129,162.
The patent covers recombinant KARI enzymes which perform …

Ethanol Industry Pioneer Wants Higher Blends
March 12, 2012 – 9:34 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman  (  …At the recent National Ethanol Conference, where ICM, Inc. founder Dave Vander Griend was honored with the Renewable Fuels Association 2012 Membership Award, he talked about how ethanol could replace some of the additives currently found …

E15 Ethanol Blend Clears Another Hurdle
March 12, 2012 – 9:27 am | One Comment

by Rick Barrett (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)   Efforts to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline have cleared another hurdle, meaning a 15% biofuel blend could be available this spring if gasoline stations choose to …

2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo August 13-15 Honolulu, HI
March 9, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo   August 13-15    Honolulu, HI

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of …

Ohio Airmen Help F-16 Go ‘Green’
March 9, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Tech. Sgt. Mareshah Haynes (U.S. Air Force)  In a joint effort by Airmen from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and Airmen from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th …

Forum to Address Energy’s Role in National Security
March 9, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Midwest Energy News)  Military leaders are increasingly connecting the dots between energy, climate and national security issues. We’ve reported here before on the U.S. military’s push to go green with solar, biofuels and other renewable technologies.
Across the pond, …

US Legislation to Prohibit Airlines from Joining EU ETS Moves a Step Closer as Senate Bill Receives Bipartisan Support
March 9, 2012 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)   A bill introduced into the US upper house by Republican Senator John Thune that would prohibit US aircraft operators from participating in the EU ETS has received backing from Senator Claire McCaskill, a …

Cobalt Technologies Completes Demostration Of Advanced Strain Fermentation Process
March 9, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Cobalt)  Confirms 40-60% cost reduction compared to petroleum-derived n-butanol
Cobalt Technologies, a leading developer of next generation technology for the production of n-butanol, announced the successful demonstration of one of its advanced biocatalyst. Partnering with the …

Newt Gingrich Jumps the Shark
March 8, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Ol’ Gramps Gingrich gets feisty and forgetful on the stump, mocking Obama for reviving a Reagan Administration program for algal biofuels. Today, we look at the Gingrich Test.
…Speaker Gingrich jumped …

USPTO Director Issues Final Decision Denying Gevo Reexamination Petition; Second Request for Reexamination Granted in Error
March 7, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Butamax)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the leading biobutanol technology company, commented on two rulings issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in response to Gevo’s repeated requests to reexamine Butamax Patent 7,851,188 …

USDA Offers Farmers More Money to Idle Sensitive Land
March 7, 2012 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek (Reuters)  U.S. officials said on Friday they would offer higher payments to certain owners of environmentally sensitive farm land if they idle it in a conservation program instead of using it to …

How Not to Lose an Energy Policy in 10 Days
March 7, 2012 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  BIO’s industrial biotech czar says that governments should resist attempts to derail the commercialization of advanced biofuels, and not be beguiled by the Solyndra Syndrome
In 2011, consumers spent …

Butamax Expands Robust Isobutanol Patent Portfolio
March 6, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, today announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Butamax Patent Number 8,129,162  which provides Butamax with optimal key capability for the …

EPA Says Not Now, Maybe Later to Camelina, Energy Cane, Napiergrass, and Giant Reed as Biofuels Feedstocks
March 6, 2012 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA withdrew the direct final rule to allow camelina, energy cane, napiergrass, and giant reed to meet the RFS2.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “EPA published a direct final rule …

Petroleum Group Discounts Ethanol’s Role in Gas Prices
March 5, 2012 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a Feb. 22 press call to discuss rising gas prices, the American Petroleum Institute’s chief economist, John Felmy, blamed crude oil prices for high prices at the pump, …

Connecting Classrooms to Cutting-Edge Science
March 5, 2012 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Students in Craig Kohn’s biotechnology classroom are on the hunt for biomass degraders. Scavenging for unique samples in piles of leaves or compost bins, they can use a simple filter …

The U.S. Air Force Dares You to Laugh At Their Biofuel
March 5, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Talking Points Memo)  Republicans recently had themselves a good laugh over President Obama’s enthusiasm for biofuel made from algae, but they might want to stifle that chuckle when it comes to another modest-seeming but …

New Patent Law Aids Algae Innovators
March 5, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Peter A. Jackman and Lori M. Brandes (Algae Industry Magazine)    …On September 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law by President Obama, bringing the most significant changes to U.S. …

EERC to Develop Biofuel for US Military
March 2, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Kari Williamson (Renewable Energy Focus)  The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will develop alternative liquid fuels, including biofuel, for US military applications under a US$906,000 contract from the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology …

Va. Congressman Questions Navy’s Ability to “Go Green” versus High Cost
March 1, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Gooding (  … Fourth district congressman Randy Forbes is challenging the Navy which is making a priority out of going green.
House Armed Services Committee member Randy Forbes had harsh words for Navy Secretary Ray …

Shake It Up, Baby: Rock Stars of Biofuels Unveil Their Latest Hits
March 1, 2012 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Part I – I Want a New Bug   In Part I, today, “I Want a New Bug,” we look at the formation of Lygos, and the magic bugs, coming primarily …

Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s JBEI Spins Out First Company: Lygos
February 29, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

Steven E.F. Brown (San Francisco Business Times)  The Joint BioEnergy Institute of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory    has spun out its first business, a chemical manufacturing company named Lygos.
Emeryville’s JBEI is led by Jay Keasling, who is one of …

RFS May Top Farm Bill in Importance to Corn Growers
February 29, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  …“If you took a poll of our members, and we may well do that at our Commodity Classic next week, I would say that they view the RFS as more important …

US Coast Guard Conducts B100 Trial in 49-Foot BUSL Boat
February 29, 2012 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is exploring the possibility fueling some of its vessels with biodiesel. According to Rich Hansen, branch chief of the USCG’s Research and Development Center surface branch, …

At ARPA-E Summit, FedEx CEO Smith Sounds an Optimistic Note
February 29, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Yoni Cohen (GreenTechMedia)  The United States absolutely, positively has to wean itself off foreign oil.
“Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, activity for activity, it is hard to find a thing the United States has …

Hemingway’s Cats and Tobacco Road
February 29, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New ideas on growing hydrocarbons directly in the field tap ancient ideas of agriculture, and ancient capabilities trapped deep in the genome
…A good part of the work of modern genetics …

Fuel Retailers See Isolated Sales of High-Ethanol Blend for up to a Decade
February 28, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  As fuel makers start registering their high-ethanol gasoline blends with US regulators, petroleum retailers say there are practical and legal barriers that could keep the fuel out of most markets for as long as …

Cost of Producing Biofuels Enzymes Higher than Assumed: Researchers
February 27, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In an update to our story The Enzyme Wars, a group of researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Joint BioEnergy Institute write: “the results from a recently-published paper on …

Obama Touts Algal Biofuels; $14M in New R&D Funding; $2.28 per Gallon Algal Biofuels in Sight?
February 27, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, the Obama Administration outlined a new $14 million round of R&D grants for algal biofuels, as the US President highlighted algal biofuels in a speech at the University of Miami …

Obama’s Green-Car Plan Runs Into Alternative-Fuel Limits
February 27, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Green (Bloomberg)  President Barack Obama’s administration is buying fewer hybrid and electric cars and more vehicles that can consume both ethanol and gasoline to meet 2015 environmental goals, favoring older …

Vilsack Thanks Industry, Outlines Challenge for Energy Title
February 27, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Maintaining the energy programs within the Farm Bill will also be a challenge, with the expectation that there will be deep budgets cuts from the baseline. Vilsack explained that with …

Breaking Oil’s Hold Over America
February 27, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Our nation imagines itself the most free and secure in the world, but the volatility of the global oil market shows how vulnerable we are as a …

Ethanol’s Future Won’t Wait
February 27, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Before year’s end, Congress should pass a multi-year extension of the Producer Tax Credit for cellulosic ethanol production as well as the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Cellulosic …

Thirsty for More: Ethanol’s High Octane Rating May Be the Ticket for Meeting Escalating Fuel Efficiency Standards in Engines
February 27, 2012 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards unveiled by the agencies, which reportedly had the support of major automakers and environmental groups, would …

Target For Transformation: Can Biobutanol Provide Ethanol Producers New Paths towards Diversification?
February 27, 2012 – 8:32 am | No Comment

Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Diversification has been a topic of interest for some time now, but this is the year producers need to move toward incorporating alternative revenue streams into their operations. High on …

Mascoma Gets Favorable FDA Review of Yeast Ethanol Product
February 24, 2012 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Lori Valigra (Mass High Tech)  Renewable fuels company Mascoma Corp. of Lebanon, N.H., said Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has completed its scientific review of the company’s MGT yeast product and …

The 2008 Farm Bill Energy Title: Past, Present, and Future
February 24, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Why is there an energy title in the Farm Bill? Are the Farm Bill energy programs making a difference yet? Are there better ways to advance the …

Automakers Press for Some Changes to Fuel Rules
February 24, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by David Shephardson (Detroit News)  Automakers asked the Obama administration Monday to make modest changes to a proposed boost in fuel efficiency standards for the 2017-2025 model years and to allow the use of some …

President Announces Funding for Algae Biofuel Breakthroughs
February 24, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  President Obama has announced new funding to catalyze breakthrough technologies for biofuels—as part of his all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and provide American families new choices for …