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Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to 2013 RFS Standard
April 14, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard …

Can Warplanes Fly Farther, Carry More Weapons, with Advanced Biofuels? More New Data.
April 14, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A China Lake-based research team finds terpene fuels that add 13% to the performance, compared to fossil fuels.   We take a look at the new breed of renewable fuels — …

ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Finds Identity as a Top Democratic Critic of Obama’s Energy Policy
April 14, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Associated Press/The Republic)  … Heitkamp came directly to the Senate from the energy industry, where she worked for 12 years, including as a director of Dakota Gasification Company, a coal and natural …

WEBINAR: Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern
April 11, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications    April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

The rapid development of bioenergy industries have the potential to create a large demand for woody biomass that may exceed the ability of conventional forestry to sustainably supply them. Marginal and degraded lands that are …

Value of Biofuels Goes Beyond Those With Direct Investment
April 11, 2014 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Feedstock, Equipment, Conservation, Farm and Energy Groups Tell EPA Not to Compromise Full Potential of Biofuels
Concerns over the future of biofuels in a future national energy strategy were aired before some pretty …

NASA Signs Agreement with German, Canadian Partners to Test Alternative Fuels
April 10, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PRNewsWire)   NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions …

Advanced Biofuels Create Jobs, Lower Prices at the Pump, Says Senate Ag Chair
April 9, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday held a hearing on the economic benefits of advanced biofuels in creating jobs and lowering gasoline prices.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the …

Changing Water into Wine: Er, Will Jet Fuel Do?
April 9, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrocarbon fuel from seawater and nothing else? Is it possible?  Not only possible, but demonstrated as a process, and tested in a model plane.   How does it rate on the …

McCarthy Addresses RFS, Biogenic Emissions during Hearing
April 9, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s policies with regard to bioenergy were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. During the event, …

Testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations
April 9, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified today (April 9, 2014) before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations at a hearing …

Vilsack: Fuel Trend Should Guide EPA Ethanol Ruling
April 4, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday a recent uptick in gasoline consumption should be considered by the Environmental Protection Agency when it determines how much renewable fuel should be …

No Logic in Blaming Ethanol for High Gas Prices
April 4, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/US News and World Report)  Ethanol is less expensive than gas, and consumers will benefit more if it’s used.
Logic is nowhere to be seen in petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski’s call …

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light
April 4, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com) A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for biodiesel and ethanol. The recently passed and signed Farm Bill contains a provision that would …

MARAD Releases Results of Renewable Diesel Testing
April 4, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The tests compared operational, vibration and air …

First Functional ‘Designer’ Chromosome in Yeast Is Synthesized
April 4, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(NYU Langone Medical Center/Biomass Magazine)   An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the …

Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans
April 4, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today highlighted key improvements to the Department’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Legislative Summit. The …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Veteran Farmer Says EPA RFS Proposal Will Likely Undermine Conservation Efforts
April 4, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Jeffries (25 x ’25)  …  Lower demand for renewable fuels means lower prices for corn, soybeans and other crops. Generally, producers account for lower prices by shifting to more profitable crops and by cutting …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

Obama Administration Proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Industry Organization) If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from the …

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as EPA Considers Cutting Requirement
April 3, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Ehren Goossens  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Royal DSM NV (DSM), the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel …

U.S. EPA Head Defends Proposed Cuts in Biofuel Target for 2014
April 2, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  U.S. energy markets cannot absorb the levels of biofuels required by law to be blended into the fuel supply in 2014, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy said on Thursday, defending a controversial …

Highly Powerful New Biofuel Could Change Rocket Engines Forever
April 2, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(RT.com)  Scientists have scored a breakthrough in high-energy biofuels by producing a bacterium that synthesizes highly-efficient pinene, a hydrocarbon made by trees. It could soon replace existing alternatives and usher in a new era of …

BIO Responds to US EPA Halting Fuel Pathway Petitions for RFS
April 2, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In March, U.S. EPA announced it is making changes to the fuel pathway petition process under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), in order to “enable more timely and efficient decision-making.” …

EPA Seeks Small Entity Participation on Upcoming Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
April 2, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel …

Reps Ask EPA about Renewable Fuel Challenges
April 2, 2014 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill E2Wire)  Four members of the House who want the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to be lowered wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ask what problems the agency has …

Vilsack Outlines 3-Pronged RFS, U.S. Ethanol Strategy
April 2, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  Defend, expand, export. …
“We need to make sure that people understand this entire standard is under attack. Folks in Congress, some folks in Congress, would like to do away totally with the …

World-Herald Editorial: Wait Is Ending for Cellulosic
April 1, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  … The first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol began in 2013, and this year biomass plants in Iowa will be taking the lead in expanding capacity. The facilities will take crop waste and non-edible …

Ethanol Plant CO2 Sequestration Project Reaches New Milestone
April 1, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The $163.9 million Illinois Basin-Decatur Project celebrated as new milestone as its carbon sequestration project stored 750,000 metric tons carbon dioxide from Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s ethanol plant in …

February RIN Data Reveals Continued Cellulosic Production
April 1, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five fuel …

Georgia Tech Students Top Clemson and UMD in DOE $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge Final Four
April 1, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland/PR Newswire)  A team of four students from the Georgia Institute of Technology developing a new electrical power grid technology with an Internet-like control architecture won the third annual ACC Clean Energy Challenge and the Department of …

Biomass Association Leaders Discuss Triumphs, Troubles
April 1, 2014 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … Examples of said policy certainty include renewal of the United Kingdom’s Renewables Obligation, a clearer picture of what meeting sustainability criteria entails, and movement outside of the U.K., in markets …

Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels+Co-Products Conference April 28-30, 2014 Seattle, WA
April 1, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels+Co-Products Conference   April 28-30, 2014    Seattle, WA

In conjunction with Washington State University Extension, USDA is co-hosting the Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels/Co-Products Conference in late April. The conference will be April 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, Wash.
The goal of the conference is to bring together …

Research Summary: Sequestration of Carbon by Shrub Willow Offsets Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 1, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  Grown for biofuel, energy-efficient shrub willow sequesters carbon below-ground, life-cycle assessment shows.  Shrub willow is a short-rotation woody biomass crop that could be an important part of our renewable energy future. By sequestering carbon …

Resistance is Not Futile: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes
April 1, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Lab, have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance …

The Littlest Lobbyist for Ethanol
March 28, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Wearing a tie and sporting a “Don’t Mess with the RFS” button, 10-year-old Ethan Fagen was the youngest of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Biofuels Beltway marchers this week on …

FTC Proposes Changes to Fuel Rating Rule
March 28, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Federal Trade Commission)  The Federal Trade Commission is proposing changes to its Fuel Rating Rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on fuel pump labels, how octane levels are calculated, and helps to inform …

Purdue Researchers Launch Innovative Biomass Renewable Energy Company
March 28, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Phillip Fiorini and Cynthia Sequin (Purdue University)   Purdue University researchers are launching a company focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals.
Spero …

Gevolution 2014: Gevo’s Forward Progress, and Some Side-by-Side
March 28, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Gevo reports its 4Q results and adds back some ethanol production, we look at the short-term gains and the long-term implications.   Why ethanol, why now — what’s the latest …

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Proposed Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard Through 2022
March 26, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson, Matt Carr, and Paul Winters (Industrial Biotechnology)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a significant change to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 and beyond, which will have an …

DNA Analysis Strategy Aids in Study of Biofuel Feedstocks
March 25, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers from Michigan State University, U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort.
“The Great Prairie represents the largest …

USDA Enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan Program
March 21, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The enhanced program includes 23 new categories …

Push Continues for Greater Scrutiny on Petroleum Coke in Detroit and Beyond
March 21, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by David Muller (MLive.com)  U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D – Bloomfield Hills, joined a counterpart in Illinois on Wednesday to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the best methods for storing and transporting …

Unless Manhattan Project for Algae
March 20, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PRWeb)  On August 2, 1939, just before the beginning of World War II, Albert Einstein wrote to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Einstein and several other scientists told Roosevelt of efforts in Nazi …

EPA Announces Plan to Improve RFS Pathway Petition Process
March 19, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing that it is taking action to improve the petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the renewable fuel …

Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments
March 19, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by John Podesta, Dr. John P. Holdren  (White House)  … Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods.
Even …

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand
March 19, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)   A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked 28 Algae Technology Area projects. Dr. Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution of …

USDA FSA-RMA Joint Stakeholder Listening Session on Farm Bill Implementation March 27, 2014 Washington, DC
March 19, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment
USDA FSA-RMA Joint Stakeholder Listening Session on Farm Bill Implementation      March 27, 2014     Washington, DC

You are invited to join representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) for a Stakeholders Listening Session on our preparations to implement the provisions from the Agricultural Act of …

How RINs Really Work, and Why Big Oil Hates Them
March 18, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  The ability for independent fuel marketers to sell renewable fuels at lower prices while improving profit margins by selling RINs, has given independent fuel marketers something …

Moving Toward a Clean and Renewable Future
March 18, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  The success of cellulosic ethanol is critical to the success of all renewables. We will continue fighting to keep the renewable fuel standard at the levels Congress …

California Soil Toxins Worsened by Drought
March 18, 2014 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Pollock (Western Farm Press)  Salinity and scarcity of water were very much in the spotlight at the 2014 California Plant and Soil Conference in Fresno.
Multiple speakers showed pictures of what they labeled “California snow,” …

Newspaper Ad Knocks Ted Cruz for Opposing Renewable Fuel Mandate
March 18, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs  (Des Moines Register)  A pro-veterans political group placed a full-page advertisement in today’s Des Moines Register targeted at potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who visits Iowa today.
The ad centers on the …

National Biodiesel Day Celebrates Growth in America’s Advanced Biofuel
March 18, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Offers Renewable Alternative to Fuel Economy
You wouldn’t be reading this if it weren’t for diesel power. Diesel engines are responsible for moving the majority of goods, including electronics, from manufacturer to …

USDA Wants Ethanol Available Nationwide
March 18, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (AgWeek)   Higher grade levels of ethanol need to be available outside the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help make that possible, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Higher grade levels of ethanol …

EPA Calls for 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations / New Green Chemistry Technologies Promote New Products and Markets
March 18, 2014 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking companies or institutions to nominate their innovative technologies for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. EPA is looking for nominations from companies …

Dually Renewable
March 17, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … Not only is Abengoa Biomass Energy LLC forging the path to commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol, it is taking a new road when it comes to fuel.
Besides cellulosic ethanol, the Hugoton, Kan., …

Vertimass Licenses ORNL Biofuel-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion Technology
March 17, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.
The ORNL technology offers a …

E85 Station Availability Growing, Particularly outside Midwest
March 17, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new U.S. Energy Information Administration brief shows that the number of E85 retail fueling station has grown rapidly since 2007, with the most recent growth in states outside …

Algae in Iowa
March 17, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  This American Land travels to Shenandoah, Iowa, to take a look at BioProcess Algae’s novel technology for recycling CO2 from corn ethanol production into algae production.  WATCH VIDEO  and Duke Power VIDEO

Flotta Verde! The Italian Navy’s Green Fleet Underway: The Story, in Pictures
March 17, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Commander Pasquale Tripodi (Italian Navy/Biofuels Digest)  Italy’s Navy joins the global green fleet movement with its first sea trials and certifications.   Including a dramatic at-sea rescue, powered by alternative fuel blends.   The complete story, in …

IMSA Green Alternative Fuels Lauded by DOE, EPA
March 15, 2014 – 11:53 pm | No Comment

Leaders from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined top executives from the automobile and fuel industries Saturday at Sebring International Raceway to praise the International Motor Sports …

Biomass Indirect Liquefaction (IDL) Workshop March 20-21, 2014 Golden, CO
March 14, 2014 – 11:00 pm | No Comment
Biomass Indirect Liquefaction (IDL) Workshop   March 20-21, 2014   Golden, CO

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Biomass Indirect Liquefaction (IDL) Workshop on March 20–21, 2014, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.
This workshop will discuss and detail the …

Upbeat Update on Waste-to-Energy Plan Is Music to Marion’s Ears
March 14, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Keynote speaker Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive officer of waste-to-energy company Fiberight, told a luncheon crowd of 315 here on Wednesday that his company will be able to keep 80 percent …

Merle Anderson: Government ‘Myths’ Limit Ethanol’s Full Use
March 14, 2014 – 12:03 am | No Comment

by Merle Anderson  (Grand Forks Herald)  Orrie Swayze from Watertown, S.D., and I have traveled many miles together as friends and American Coalition for Ethanol founding board members. We have gained a historical perspective on …

$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie To Reach Final Four
March 13, 2014 – 11:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland/Yahoo! News)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United States …

Cellulosic Ethanol Fights for Life
March 13, 2014 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Nature)  Pioneering biofuel producers hope that US government largesse will ease their way into a tough market.
…Thousands of tonnes of corn stover — the leaves, stalks and husks left over after the maize …

Developers of Project to Convert Sugar Beets into Ethanol Looking for Commitment from Growers
March 12, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Dave Kolpack (Associated Press/Star Tribune)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn a variety of sugar beets into ethanol have preached patience for the last five years. Now they’re looking …

The Sugar Producers
March 12, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar that may give today’s corn ethanol plants a glide path into advanced ethanol production. They’re …

In Response: Ethanol Rule Helps the Environment
March 11, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune)  I disagreed with the Feb. 18 commentary, “Ethanol mandate hurts environment,” by Annette Meeks of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.
How Meeks came to the conclusion that, “Since its inception, the …

U.S. Ethanol Exports Hit 25-Month High; Brazil is Top Customer
March 11, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Ann Lewis (Renewable Fuels Association)  U.S. ethanol shipments in January rocketed to 86.2 million gallons (mg), marking the highest monthly export volume since December 2011, according to government data released last week. Exports were …

Algae Biomass Organization Hails New Publication that Identifies Most Promising Locations for Commercial Algae Production Projects
March 11, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Analysis can reduce time, cost associated with site development
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today (March 10, 2014) lauded a new publication from the Pacific Northwest …

National Transportation Safety Board to Examine the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol by Train April 22-23, 2014 Washington, DC
March 11, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment
National Transportation Safety Board to Examine the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol by Train      April 22-23, 2014     Washington, DC

(National Transportation Safety Board)  The National Transportation Safety Board today (March 6, 2014) announced it will hold a public forum on April 22-23 in Washington that will examine the safety issues associated with the transportation …

USDA Makes Payments to Support Production of Advanced Biofuel
March 11, 2014 – 12:04 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien today announced that USDA is making nearly $60 million in payments to 195 producers to support the production of advanced biofuel.
“These payments represent the Obama …

E85 Fueling Station Availability Is Increasing
March 10, 2014 – 11:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy Energy Information Administration)  The number of retail fueling stations offering motor fuel that can be up to 85% ethanol, known as E85, has grown rapidly since 2007. According to the Alternative Fuels …

Ensyn and Memorial Hospital Sign RFO™ Biofuel Supply Agreement
March 7, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn Fuels/MarketWired)  Ensyn Fuels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corporation (“Ensyn”), has signed a contract with Memorial Hospital of North Conway, New Hampshire (“Memorial”) for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn’s RFO, …

The Hunt for Hydrogen and Hydro-Riches
March 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.”   Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced  third party confirmation of their bio-hydrogen expression system following the …

Hastings, Lexington Facilities Receive Federal Funds for Advanced Biofuel Production
March 7, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Onwiler (Nebraska.tv) Three Nebraska companies, including one located in Hastings and another in Lexington, have received federal funds to support production of advanced biofuels.
Chief Ethanol Fuel, Inc received total payments of more than $4,000. …

Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy July 29-30 Washington, DC
March 7, 2014 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
Biomass 2014:  Growing the Future Bioeconomy     July 29-30     Washington, DC

Agenda with speaker presentations
Breakout Speaker Biographies
Additional Speaker Biographies
Attendee List
Biomass 2014 Promotional Video

Advanced Biofuels USA, co-hosting with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, invites you to  Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy. We are planning …

It’s Not a Sprint: Achieving Biofuel Goals Requires the Effort of a Marathon
March 7, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)   EPA’s release this week of the latest rule governing vehicle emissions and fuel standards is a reminder that while regulations can raise the profile of biofuels, there are no “silver” policy bullets that absolutely …

REQUEST FOR ABSTRACTS: Short Rotation Woody Crop Conference “Woody Crops: Production Alternatives for Multiple Uses” July 17-19, 2014 Seattle, WA DEADLINE: April 1, 2014
March 6, 2014 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
REQUEST FOR ABSTRACTS: Short Rotation Woody Crop Conference “Woody Crops: Production Alternatives for Multiple Uses”      July 17-19, 2014    Seattle, WA     DEADLINE:  April 1, 2014

The 10th Biennial Short Rotation Woody Crop Conference offers an opportunity to communicate practical knowledge on how short rotation woody crop (SRWC) production systems are being used and continually improved to provide economically sustainable feedstocks for …

CALLL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit September 23-25 Ames, IA DEADLINE: March 15, 2014
March 6, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
CALLL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit     September 23-25     Ames, IA     DEADLINE:  March 15, 2014

The 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals …

2014 Extension Energy and Environment Summit September 23-25, 2014 Ames, IA
March 6, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
2014 Extension Energy and Environment Summit        September 23-25, 2014     Ames, IA

The 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals …

Biodiesel’s Added Value: Time to Get Back on Message
March 6, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Michael Devine  (AMERIgreen Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  …As a veteran of biodiesel marketing and distribution over the past decade, my first suggestion for the current state of the biodiesel industry is to “get back on message.”
Looking …

Biodiesel Finds Allies at Commodity Classic
March 6, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …Joe (Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board) is really perplexed at the cut to the share of biodiesel in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) considering how biodiesel is able to make …

Benjamins for Biofuels in the 2015 Obama Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
March 6, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax credits, loan guarantees and R&D support — but haven’t got the time to read all …

Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System April 3, 2014 New Orleans, LA
March 6, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System   April 3, 2014   New Orleans, LA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Workshop on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the resource expansion potential for conventional refineries …

New Catalyst Could Lead to Cleaner Energy
March 6, 2014 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful organic compounds, using a simple metal complex.
More work is needed to understand and optimize the …

2013 Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Peer Review Report Released
March 5, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In 2013, BETO implemented a comprehensive external review of its project portfolio through a Project Peer Review and Program Management Review. Results of this peer review process inform the Office’s strategic …

DE-FOA-0000974: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator
March 5, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator”.
BETO’s mission is to engage in research and …

BETO Announces Launch of the Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library
March 5, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office is pleased to announce the release of a new Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) resource: the Legislative Library. Using this database, site visitors can track federal legislation …

White House Proposes Cuts to 2015 USDA Budget
March 5, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The White House proposed Tuesday nearly $24 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Agriculture Department in its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, a decline of close to $2.5 …

Budget Proposal Extends Biofuel Tax Credit, Cuts Oil Subsidies
March 5, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies.

The …

Mackay Could Be Port of Call to Refuel Australian and US Navy
March 5, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Kim Waters (Daily Mercury)  MACKAY has been flagged as a potential location to supply the Australian and US Navy with biofuel.
Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning’s Lindsay Pears said if an investor jumped …

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research
March 5, 2014 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography)  Department of Energy report rates Scripps Institution of Oceanography lab and UC San Diego consortium as country’s best in algae technology research
A new report issued by the U.S. …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.
There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Endophytics, LLC Announces an Advanced Biofuel and Green Chemicals Technology Platform Utilizing Fungi
March 4, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Virtual-Strategy.com)   Changing the way the world looks at the source of hydrocarbons for biofuels and sustainable green chemicals, Endophytics LLC announces a new technology platform in Bozeman, Montana that is receiving attention from many throughout …

Will the EPA Reverse Itself on the Write Down of the Renewable Mandate for 2014? The Message from the RINs Market
March 4, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  … The purpose of today’s post is to show that the recent behavior of prices in the RINs market suggests the odds of the EPA reversing the proposed write down …

POET-DSM Says Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Running by June
March 4, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  An Iowa ethanol plant that will be one of the first producers of biofuels made from crop waste will be operating by June, a general manager of the plant said in …

Why We Are Producing Biofuels
March 4, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by  Robert C. Brown and Tristan Brown (The Gazette)  In the face of criticism about ethanol, delays in the commercialization of advanced biofuels and the recent development of domestic supplies of fracked gas and petroleum, some …

Obama Signs Farm Bill, Announces Made in Rural America Initiative
March 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Regarding the new Made in Rural American initiative, Obama said the program will help more rural business expand, and hire, and sell more products that are made in the U.S.A. …

Algae Biofuel: A Review of Some Recent Developments
March 4, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Most of the oil that we drill out of the ground was formed by algae and other sea-borne flora that piled up at the bottom of the ocean over …

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae’s Sweet Spot
March 4, 2014 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (Renewable Energy World/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A unique bioreactor at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete …

Team Converts Sugarcane to a Cold-Tolerant, Oil-Producing Crop
March 4, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Diana Yates (University of Illinois)  A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.
These are …

Renewable Carbon Fiber Funding Opportunity Announcement: DE-FOA-0000996
March 3, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the Renewable Carbon Fiber Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which seeks to develop a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from …

Advanced Biofuels USA Sees Conditional Victory for Ethanol in Tier 3 Final Ruling
March 3, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “It’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread; but at least there’s dough in the machine,” said Advanced Biofuels USA’s vehicle emissions expert, Robert Kozak upon reviewing the Environmental …

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands
March 3, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission …

CEO Todd Becker Has Faith in the Future of Ethanol Producer Green Plains
March 3, 2014 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by John Lppert and Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  … Political challenges are piling up, too. Big Oil lists minimum ethanol requirements as its top policy concern for 2014 and wants to eliminate them. Government officials …

Vilsack Renews Endorsement of Ethanol in Phoenix
February 28, 2014 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack left no one in doubt regarding his commitment to the ethanol industry in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 27. The ethanol producers, farmers and …

Combative Oil, Ethanol Industries Find Common Ground over Tank Cars
February 28, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Blake Sobczak and Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishers Energy Wire)  Orlando, Fla., was home to a rare occurrence last week: The oil and ethanol industries, usually at each other’s throats, publicly agreed on something.
Addressing an …

Super-Sized Hogwash: Examining the Chain Restaurants’ Rhetoric about the RFS and Food Prices
February 28, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)   It has been reported that chain restaurant executives and franchise owners are on Capitol Hill this week pushing for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Despite the …

Chromatin Announces Production of Farnesene in Sorghum
February 28, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Chromatin/Biomass Magazine)  Chromatin Inc., an agriculture technology company, has announced that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene.
“We have demonstrated that sorghum can be modified to produce significantly elevated …

Carbon Sequestration Not So Simple in Biomass Crop Production
February 28, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (USDA/Biomass Magazine)  Findings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at the Agricultural Research Service, USDA’s chief …

House Tax Proposal Would Alter Biofuel, Bioenergy Tax Credits
February 28, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” …

Wood-Boring Gribbles Intrigue Researchers
February 27, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon  (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Tiny wood borers known colloquially as gribbles make their own enzymes and use them to eat through docks in harbor towns, earning enmity from fishermen all around the …

Supercomputer Exposes Biofuel Enzyme’s Secrets
February 27, 2014 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Heather Lammers (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World Magazine) Thanks to newer and faster supercomputers, today’s computer simulations are opening hidden vistas to researchers in all areas of science. These powerful machines are used for everything …

‘There Needs to Be a Market’
February 24, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The future of the cellulosic ethanol industry depends on convincing investors that the market for its product will grow.
The EPA has proposed cutting separate requirements for …

Square Pump, Round Fuel
February 24, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Flash-forward to today: the American Petroleum Institute rallies the Panzers to repel the landing of renewable fuels — bringing alternative choices for consumers at affordable prices, via a counter-assault on …

Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad: Don’t Mess with the RFS
February 24, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad (Winona Daily News)  We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don’t agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs …

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program
February 24, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Groobey and Taite McDonald (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) … Since the changes surrounding the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program of Title IX (9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program or the program) are the most substantive and have been …

US EPA to Finalize 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by June 20: Official
February 20, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency will finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard in about four months, a top official said Wednesday.
“Our goal was to finalize [the rule] by spring,” said Chris …

Some Good News for a Change: Why The Farm Bill Is a Big Win for Biofuels and Biorefineries
February 20, 2014 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … The true good news is that the Senate conferees prevailed in getting $881 million in mandatory funding over the next ten years to renewable energy and biofuels initiatives …

Big Oil to Ethanol: Build Your Own Dang Distribution, If You Think E85 Has Blend-Wall Busting Potential
February 20, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reform, repeal or compete: the options laid out for ethanol by Big Oil by Marathon’s Product Supply & Optimization Director in a frank keynote at the National Ethanol Conference.   The …

Highway Agency Moving toward New Alt Fuel Rules
February 20, 2014 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Tim Devaney  (The Hill Reg Watch)  … The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Wednesday it is considering a new rule that would require car manufacturers to indicate which vehicles can operate on alternative fuels …

National Association of Convenience Stores Publishes Latest Assessment of Fuels Market Through 2040
February 20, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(National Journal/National Association of Convenience Stores)   Gasoline will remain the dominant fuel powering light duty vehicles through 2040, but consumption will drop 24% and market share will shrink 14% as fuel efficiency improves and alternative …

Soapbox: Ethanol Reduces Emissions, Reduces Costs
February 19, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Hendrix (The Coloradoan)  … First and foremost, ethanol does not receive federal subsidies. The oil and gas industry receives nearly $17 billion per year in subsidies, which flow from direct and indirect tax preferences …

National Ethanol Conference Panel Affirms 2014 is the Year of Cellulosic Ethanol
February 19, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Chris Standlee, executive vice President at Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, began his remarks on the “Advanced Ethanol: Building Plants, Coming Online” panel at the National Ethanol Conference by stating, …

Ethanol Tariff Induces Debate at NEC
February 19, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It is rare that a conference panel needs to be truly moderated, but the rabble-rousing conversation that ensued between international ethanol industry representatives at the National Ethanol Conference kept …

U.S. to Raise Fuel Efficiency Standards for Larger Trucks
February 19, 2014 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

By Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  President Obama announced Tuesday that the government will tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, part of an ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address …

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available
February 19, 2014 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program …

EPA’s New Ethanol Proposal Could Affect Local Farmers
February 18, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Samantha Jeffreys (WREX)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the amounts of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline could have a big effect on local farmers.

“Locally, it will affect a number of …

RFA Chief Calls on Washington, “Keep Your Word”
February 18, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, addressed more than 1,000 people at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla. In his annual “State of the Industry” speech entitled “Falling Walls, …

American Ingenuity Will Help Meet Climate Goals
February 18, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (Novozymes/The Hill) …In our view, the fuels of the future are biofuels and they are already here.  There’s only one problem: The very institution that set the wheels in motion to create …

Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas
February 18, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(The Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel)  …With more than 50 wells drilled within 2½ miles of their home, the days when the Buehrings could sit on the deck that Shelby …

Biomass Indirect Liquefaction Workshop
February 18, 2014 – 11:20 am | No Comment
Biomass Indirect Liquefaction Workshop

To support research and development (R&D) planning efforts within the thermochemical conversion program, the Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting  Biomass Indirect Liquefaction (IDL) Workshop. This workshop will discuss and detail the R&D needs for biomass …

Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop April 3, 2014 New Orleans, LA
February 18, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop     April 3, 2014   New Orleans, LA

The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop on April 3, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the potential to partner …

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop – Spring Event March 26-27, 2014 Charleston, SC
February 14, 2014 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop – Spring Event   March 26-27, 2014     Charleston, SC

The U.S. Department of Energy will be presenting an Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop in recognition of the progress made across the industry in the five years since the Department convened the National Algal Biofuel Technology …

Levels of Global-Warming Gas Methane Exceed Government Estimates, New Study Contends
February 14, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  The amount of the heat-trapping gas methane in the atmosphere is considerably great­er than government estimates, a problem significantly fueled by leaks from the U.S. natural gas system, according to a study …

Corn Growers Worry about Price Decline if RFS Is Reduced
February 14, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) Crop farmers in the northern corn belt who have benefited from ethanol targets are putting on a push to save the current renewable fuel standard (RFS) from proposed cuts by the Environmental Protection …

Iowa Corn Growers Says Informa Study Backs Higher RFS Volumes
February 14, 2014 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study by Informa Economics shows the original intended RFS level for 2014 blending of 14.4 billion gallons can be reached through increased consumption of E 85 and E 15.   Iowa Corn Growers …

Don’t Go Backward on Biofuels
February 13, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (The Hill)  … Now is not the time to slam the brakes on 21st century alternative, domestic energy breakthroughs that would increase U.S. productivity, opportunity and …

Powerful, Personal, Pro-RFS Comments to EPA
February 13, 2014 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  As of today, approximately 40,000 Americans from all walks of life have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voicing their opposition to the Agency’s proposed cut to the 2014 Renewable …

DuPont: “Future Fuel” Cellulosic Ethanol Here Today
February 13, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by John Davis and Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Cellulosic ethanol is not just a fuel of the future; it’s here today. And at the recent 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit held in Altoona, Iowa, Steve …

Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Utilize and Expand Renewable Fuel Infrastructure
February 13, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) )  Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he introduced legislation that would establish a grant program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to invest in renewable and alternative fuel infrastructure. The …

Senators Introduce Bill to Reinstate Biodiesel Tax Incentive
February 13, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders/National Biodiesel Board)  National Biodiesel Board : Senators Introduce Bill to Reinstate Biodiesel Tax Incentive — Tax Cut Expired Dec. 31 for Third Time in Five Years
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) called on Congress to move …

2013 Pacific Rim Biofuels and Biotechnology Summit Report: the Golden Age of Advanced Biofuels Is Coming
February 13, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Good news for mankind worried about getting a more sustainable world: it is expected that the next few years will be decisive for the future of advanced biofuels …

Farm Bill Biofuel Benefits
February 13, 2014 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … “Renewable chemicals are now defined in the farm bill, an important and long overdue change,” said Matt Carr, BIO Industrial and Environmental Director about that inclusion in the Biorefinery Assistance Program …

Open Letter to 60 Minutes and CBS
February 12, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Khosla Ventures)  To: 60 Minutes and CBS    Attn: Lesley Stahl, Jeff Fager, David Rhodes, Leslie Moonves
On January 5, 2014, CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a segment titled, “The Cleantech Crash” that grossly misrepresented the state …

Iogen Announces New Drop-In Cellulosic Biofuel
February 12, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Iogen)  Iogen Corporation today announced it has developed and patented a new method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations.
The company estimates there is refining capacity in place to incorporate …

The Oil Industry’s Fight to Kill Renewable Fuels—and Why It May Win
February 11, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Douglass (InsideClimate News)  The American oil industry could be on the verge of winning its war on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), as the Obama administration weighs changes that could severely undermine …

Vets Group Says EPA Should Stand up to Big Oil, Stand up for US Military
February 11, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage   (AutoBlogGreen)  Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for the US Environmental Protection Agency to issue its final ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 110,000 signatures were collected by …