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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 …

ZeaChem Signs Contract to Develop “Drop-In” Advanced Biofuels
February 23, 2012 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  ZeaChem Commences USDA-Funded Initiative to Build a Bioenergy Industry in the Pacific Northwest
ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced that it has …

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Requests Industry Comment on Future Funding Solicitations Totaling More than $100 Million
February 23, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)  The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently released three Requests for Information (RFIs) related to more than $100 million in anticipated future funding opportunities. The RFIs encourage …

Plant toughness: Key to Cracking Biofuels?
February 23, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Stanford University)  Along with photosynthesis, the plant cell wall is one of the features that most set plants apart from animals. A structural molecule called cellulose is necessary for the manufacture of these walls. Cellulose …

Retailers Want Liability Protection before Considering E15
February 23, 2012 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Liability issues surrounding the use of E15 remain a major concern for many retailers when considering offering the fuel to customers driving 2001 and newer vehicles. The U.S. EPA …

IN FOCUS: Pricing and Supply Key to Unlocking Large-Scale US Biofuel Use
February 23, 2012 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Lori Ranson (FlightGlobal)  Successful commercial biofuel flights operated by US carriers in late 2011 were underpinned by an understanding that price and supply chain infrastructure remain the big hurdles to creating a viable full-scale …

American Soybean Association Calls for Biodiesel Fuel Education Program Reauthorization
February 22, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) …One of the many energy-related components of the Farm Bill that is up for reauthorization is the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which is a grant program that supports the education …

Grow it Here, Make it Here
February 21, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Michigan, US Senator Debbie Stabenow expanded her “Grow it Here, Make it Here” initiative into a $5 billion proposal designed to dramatically expand bio-based manufacturing and job creation, funded through what …

Policies of Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America in a 2012 Farm Bill
February 21, 2012 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) With a refreshing sense of focus, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, opened the hearing on Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America …

U.S. Will Lead New Effort to Cut Global Warming from Methane, Soot
February 20, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Brian Vastag (The Washington Post)  With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot …

Advanced Ethanol Council Pushes Back on Oil Industry RFS Retroactive Waiver Request
February 20, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Advanced Ethanol Council)  America’s advanced and cellulosic ethanol producers today reiterated their strong belief that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should not grant a retroactive waiver to the oil industry for the …

EPA OKs E15 Ethanol for Health Effects, Opens Door for Fuel Registration
February 20, 2012 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  approved  health effects testing on E15 fuel submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy. Health effects testing is a required step …

Senate Ag Committee Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Energy Programs
February 16, 2012 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a handful of bioenergy stakeholders were given the opportunity to present the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry with their opinions on the …

DOE Increases Funding Request for Biomass, Biorefinery Activities
February 16, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine) …Of the nearly $2.34 billion requested for energy efficiency and renewable energy, a total of $270 million has been specifically requested to support biomass and biorefinery systems development. That is …

US Loses $10.4 Million After Failures in Clean-Energy Research
February 16, 2012 – 8:32 am | No Comment

by Brian Wingfield (Bloomberg)  The United States lost $10.4 million on six clean-energy projects, including biofuel research at Iowa State University, that were suspended for missing performance milestones, according to the Energy Department.
…Iowa State spent about …

Advanced Ethanol Leaders Urge Tax Extensions in Farm Bill
February 15, 2012 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Advanced Ethanol Council)  The Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) today urged Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS) to include two key tax extensions for advanced and cellulosic …

Renewable Energy Growing by Leaps and Bound
February 14, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  While much of the recent Congressional discussion of renewable energy has focused on failed high risk clean energy startups, what’s gone largely unnoticed by federal policy makers is the incredible overall progress …

Now and Never: What’s Working, Will Work, and Won’t Work for Aviation Biofuels
February 14, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New reports from Bloomberg and the USDA focus on 2018 as a critical year for commercial-scale, affordable aviation fuels
In New York, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that jatropha-based fuels were the …

Farmers to Plant Most Acres Since 1984, Prompted by Higher Crop Prices
February 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Wilson and Whitney McFerron (The Washington Post)  …Global food costs are down 11 percent from a peak a year ago as grain output rises from China to Canada, U.N. data show.
…The Agriculture Department affirmed its forecast for …

Genetic Advancement
February 13, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  RNA devices could lead to cheaper advance biofuels
Computer aided design (CAD) tools have long been used by architects, engineers and others to design buildings, circuits and a wide range of …

2013 Administration Proposed Budget: Biofuel/Biomass Impact Analysis — Or — We Read the Fine Print so You Don’t Have To
February 13, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As required by the Constitution, the President submitted to Congress today his proposed budget for the operation of the United States government for the coming year (FY 2013). The …

Consultant Suggests Changes to Energy Department’s Loan Reviews in the Wake of Solyndra
February 13, 2012 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  A White House consultant’s report said Friday that the Energy Department should bolster its ability to assess loan guarantee risks in the wake of the Solyndra bankruptcy, and urged the department …

Controversial Wood-to-Ethanol Plant May Finally Get under Way in Upper Peninsula
February 13, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Katherine Yung (Detroit Free Press)  After a lengthy delay, construction of what could be the nation’s first large-scale wood-to-ethanol plant in the country is to start this year in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
If successful, …

Obama Administration Slows Environmental Rules as It Weighs Political Cost
February 13, 2012 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  …Rules aimed at curbing emissions from cars and light trucks are on hold because the White House has yet to give the Office of Management and Budget the go-ahead …

Request for Information (RFI) on Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000671 for Chemo/electro-autotrophic Synthesis of Liquid Fuels at Scale
February 13, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible development of future chemo/electro-autotrophic fuel production programs.  Information obtained may be used …

Vilsack Says Rules on Biofuels Face Threat
February 13, 2012 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  He says diluting standards could hurt Midwest interests
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack warned an Iowa group Friday in Ankeny that “the Midwest could be damaged” if oil interests …

Bombshell Study: High Methane Emissions Measured Over Gas Field “May Offset Climate Benefits of Natural Gas”
February 13, 2012 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Joe Romm (  Air sampling by NOAA over Colorado Finds 4% Methane Leakage, More Than Double Industry Claims
How much methane leaks during the entire lifecycle of unconventional gas has emerged as a key question in the …

What Do We Do with Rufus? RFS, That Is, the Elephant in the Room
February 13, 2012 – 8:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Around the halls of the Digest, we call him Rufus, the elephant in the room. Elsewhere, RFS, or the Renewable Fuel Standard, is the accepted descriptor.
Under any name, there’s been …

DOE to Fund High-Risk Wind, Other Clean Energy Technologies
February 9, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard Kessler  (  The Energy Department (DOE) expects to award up to $150m in its latest funding round to support high-risk transformational concepts and technologies that can reduce US dependence on fossil fuels and …

House Committee Members, Industry Slam Effort to Delay E15
February 8, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology met Feb. 7 to markup H.R. 3199, a bill introduced last fall by committee Vice Chairman Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would require …

EPA Annnounces Release of Draft Report: Biofuels and the Environment: The First Triennial Report to Congress
February 8, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The Biofuels and the Environment: The First Triennial Report to Congress (External Review Draft) (EPA/600/R-10/183A) report, prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and Development, is …

Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels Workshop (CTAB) Report Out February 9, 2012 Webinar
February 8, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels Workshop (CTAB) Report Out   February 9, 2012   Webinar

On December 6-8, 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass program hosted a workshop at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA to update its existing technology roadmaps to focus on advanced hydrocarbon biofuel production …

US Navy Taps into Queensland University of Technology Biofuel Capabilities
February 8, 2012 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  Biofuel technology being developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers has caught the interest of the US Navy, which is currently in Australia on an alternative fuel fact-finding mission.
The US …

Aviation and Military Biofuels: New Thinking on Finance, Fuels
February 8, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While most of the United States was focused on the 2012 Super Bowl, the CSPAN television network snuck a revealing interview from Brian Lamb with Secretary of the Navy, former …

Piedmont Biofuels Successfully Scales up Commercial Enzyme-Based Biodiesel Production
February 7, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Piedmont Biofuels)  Breakthrough Expedites Transformation of Biodiesel Production
Piedmont Biofuels announced today(February 7, 2012)  that the company has commenced the first commercial scale zero-waste production of biodiesel in the United States using its proprietary approach of …

Oil Refiners and Biofuels: 2012 to Feature Fight over RFS, Cooperation on RIN Fraud
February 7, 2012 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Florida, the National Biodiesel Conference — biodiesel’s grandest show — opened with exuberance over 2011 results, and resolve to meet the industry’s two major issues in 2012, defense of …

Republicans to Investigate EPA Handling of Renewable-Fuel Rules
February 6, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  The House Energy and Commerce Committee said it will investigate the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency in combating fraud in the renewable-fuels program.
The EPA discovered that fuel credits, which can …

LanzaTech Seeks Success Where Another Failed
February 6, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Although the company that purchased a defunct ethanol refinery in Soperton has some of the same financial backers as previous owners who lost the plant to foreclosure, leaders of …

John Lindt: Biofuel Maker to Double Employees
February 6, 2012 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by John Lindt (Visalia Times-Delta)  Edeniq is expanding in the Visalia Industrial Park expecting to turn on its new pilot cellulosic ethanol plant in March, with plans to double employment this year, said Scott Janssen, …

Inaugural Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum Draws US, Australian Biofuels Leadership
February 6, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane/Dr. Susan Pond (Biofuels Digest/Dow Sustainability Program at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre)  In Australia, the inaugural Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum was held this week as part of the Pacific …

USDA Announces Funding for Two Renewable Energy Programs
February 4, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2012 for two key programs to encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels. About …

Senate Energy Outlook Hearing Focuses on Fossils First
February 3, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Witnesses projected strong growth for renewable fuels use in both the power generation and transportation sectors over the next 20 years during a Senate energy committee held Jan. 31, …

North Dakota State University Partner in $1 Million Energy Beet Project
February 3, 2012 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(AgWeek/NDSU Agriculture Communication)  A project that will develop an advanced biofuel from energy beets and provide growers across North Dakota with a new industrial crop is taking another important step forward, fueled by a significant …

When Bio and Solar Converge: 6 Hot Projects at the Bio-Solar-Electric Frontier
February 3, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … When it comes down to it, a living organism such as a plant is an incredibly sophisticated next-gen solar panel, harvesting light as well as CO2, water and nutrients …

Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels
February 3, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Amy Westervelt (Forbes)  …Time and again top military leaders have spoken out against our dependence on oil as a matter of national security. The thing you need to remember about the military, though, is that …

Hundreds of Jobs Planned by New Owner of Range Fuels
February 2, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (  The new owner of a shuttered ethanol plant in Soperton plans to eventually add hundreds of jobs there to produce ethanol and other chemicals, a company official said this week.
That …

Wisconsin Bioenergy Research Center to Open in Madison This Fall
February 2, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefinery Magazine)  The newest of three bioenergy research facilities in the U.S. is slated to come online this fall on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, as construction is progressing on …

Words from the Wise: A Study by a Group of Forest Scientists Confirms Forest-Derived Bioenergy Results in No Net Carbon Release
February 1, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  A recently released study authored by nine scientists from multiple organizations  and universities, including the U.S. Forest Service, may be poised to clear up some confusion. With …

US Forces Give the Nod to Biofuels
February 1, 2012 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

Michael Richardson (Canberra Times)  Don’t laugh! The United States military is dead serious about being able to fly its combat and cargo planes on jet fuel derived from algae and plants, and to power many …

Airlines for America Urges Commercial Development of Biofuels
February 1, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Kate Rice (TravelPulse)   … The Farm to Fly partnership was established in July 2010 to advance a comprehensive and sustainable aviation biofuels rural-development plan. As the lead agency responsible for feedstock development and production …

Making Nature’s Best Better to Produce Biofuels
February 1, 2012 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses supercomputer simulations to explore designer enzymes for renewable fuels

“Cellulose in the biosphere can last for years,” said Gregg Beckham, a scientist in the National Bioenergy Center at …

A Low-Cost, Low-Risk Path to Meeting US Biofuels Targets
February 1, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The challenges?    Well, there have been three grand ones.
First, the development of economically feasible technologies. Second, the financing and construction of new capacity, including any bolt-ons, restarts or retrofits …

Obama Directs Military to Cut Petroleum Consumption 30 Percent
February 1, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(NCTechNews)  …In order to comply with and support these directives, Fort Bragg partnered with the Defense Energy Supply Center and the Army Petroleum Center to construct the Green Biofuel Superstation to serve its flex-fuel fleet …

2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27-29 National Harbor, MD
January 31, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 27-29    National Harbor, MD

The event is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem – researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials – to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of …

Biomass 2012 July 10-11, 2012 Washington, DC
January 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Biomass 2012    July 10-11, 2012   Washington, DC

On July 10–11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program will host its fifth annual conference, with Advanced Biofuels USA as a co-host.   Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to …

Butamax™ Refutes Unfounded Allegations of Infringement
January 30, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax(TM) Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, responded to the latest lawsuit filed by Gevo, Inc. related to isobutanol flash fermentation technology.
“Let us state emphatically, Butamax does not infringe the generic product separation …

EPA Issues Notice of Data Availability Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced from Palm Oil Under the RFS Program
January 27, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) to release its lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of palm oil used as a feedstock to produce biodiesel and …

CAAFI Launches Path to Alternative Jet Fuel Readiness
January 26, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(CAAFI)  The goal of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI®) is to facilitate the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels that offer equivalent levels of safety and performance and compare favorably on cost …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon: Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
January 26, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB …

Cal Poly Partners with California Energy Commission to Launch Algae-Based Wastewater Treatment Plant
January 26, 2012 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(California Polytechnic State University)  Cal Poly faculty and students will demonstrate a new technology that uses algae to treat wastewater and produces biofuel as a byproduct. The system could be used at wastewater treatment facilities …

Lignol Receives Approval of Four New Key Biorefining and Lignin Patent Application
January 25, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Lignol)  Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC), a leading technology company in advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, today announced that it has received confirmation that four new patent applications have been approved, bringing the total number of approved patents …

Retired Army General Calls Biofuels “Ammunition”
January 25, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Like oil in World War II, U.S. Army Ret. General Paul J. Kern believes that biofuels are the “ammunition” for America today. …The main focus of the highly decorated retired army …

Maersk Tests SoladieselRD(R) in 6,500 Nautical Mile Commercial Voyage
January 25, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(MarketWIre/Solazyme)  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that Maersk Line, one of the biggest shipping companies in the world, has completed the testing of Solazyme’s 100% algal derived renewable diesel as …

Gevo Wins Key Patent, Sues Dupont, Butamax
January 25, 2012 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has received a patent on its GIFT separation unit, addressing the separation technology used to produce propanols, butanols, pentanols, and hexanols.  The claims also address how ethanol plants …

2012 Farm Bill Biomass/Biofuel Recommendations
January 24, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Retain Agricultural Land: Agricultural and forest lands are vulnerable to loss due to reduction of the dairy and pulp/paper industries and conversion to residential or commercial development.  They …