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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Is the US Awash in Oil? The Data Says ‘No’
July 25, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US domestic oil production cannot bring energy independence alone; renewable transportation fuels are contributing and must increase their contribution in order to achieve that policy goal.
From the pronouncements of …

The US Renewable Fuel Standard and Repeal, Reform: The Digest’s 5 Minute-Guide
July 24, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday in DC, the House Energy & Commerce committee convened a major hearing on the US Renewable Fuel Standard — primarily on the short-term impacts of the ethanol blend wall …

Big Oil Attempt to Mislead Congress, Consumers Knows No Bounds
July 24, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  …“Big Oil is following the old tactic of attempting to repeat something enough that people mistakenly believe it is true,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “In reality, Big Oil constantly …

New Ad Campaign Reminds Congress, Public There Is a Fuel Choice
July 24, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Biodiesel Magazine)  Fuels America coalition members announced the launch of a new ad campaign.
The ads highlight the fact that there is a choice when it comes to our energy future: we do not have …

Vilsack Says Congress Only Works During Crisis
July 24, 2013 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Ames, Iowa this week and while there gave remarks during the Iowa Farm Bureau’s (#IFBF13) 2013 Economic Summit. The standing room only …

Turning Agriculture into Oil, Bio Oil, That Is
July 23, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service) The process dates to ancient Egypt. Now, it’s being studied here by the USDA as a way to fuel farms.  Pour a few handfuls of chopped- up corn stalks …

Ethanol Mandate to be Debated for Two Days Before House Panel
July 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  After a year battling over the airwaves and strategizing behind closed doors, the legions of lobbyists fighting over a federal biofuels mandate will finally get the chance to present their …

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis
July 23, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria.
“The purpose of …

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!
July 23, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Smolker (Huffington Post/BiofuelWatch)  Having spent the past eight years or so of my life fighting back against large-scale commercial and industrial bioenergy, it feels good to finally see the tides turning, albeit slowly, maybe …

For Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs, Mandatory Funding Is Crucial
July 23, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter and Ryan Stroschein  (Agriculture Energy Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  Now that both the U.S. House and Senate are moving toward a conference on the Farm Bill, it’s time to emphasize to both chambers the need …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.
Their technologies? Closed …

Biofuel Groups Swing Back at Oil Industry, Defend Federal Blending Mandate
July 23, 2013 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Zack Colman (The Hill E2Wire)  Biofuel groups are swinging back at oil industry attacks on a federal biofuel-blending mandate with an ad campaign targeting lawmakers and viewers inside the Beltway.
Fuels America, a coalition of …

Biodiesel CEO Highlights Advanced Biofuel Success
July 23, 2013 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Cites Consumer Benefits, Job Creation at House RFS Hearing
National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe told Congress Tuesday that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is helping consumers by stimulating the production of advanced …

Connecticut Innovations Awards $150,000 to AgriFuels
July 22, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Rocky Hill, CT-based Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, has awarded a Connecticut Innovation Challenge grant of $150,000 to AgriFuels LLC …

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares
July 22, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also …

EPA Comment Period Closed on Corn Fiber as Ag Residue, Biobutanol
July 22, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In all, the U.S. EPA received 117 comments on a proposed rule on renewable fuel standard (RFS) pathways, including corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol and issues relating to biobutanol. The comment period ended …

Oil Companies Break with Trade Group on Renewable Fuel Mandate
July 22, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy  (Fuel Fix)  The oil and gas industry’s top trade groups doggedly insist that Congress must completely scrap a federal mandate that forces gasoline makers to blend in ethanol and other renewable …

Corn Ethanol Use in Gasoline under Review
July 22, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Landers  (Dallas News)  …If many refiners had their way, the law would disappear. Ethanol is the primary octane booster for gasoline, but that market is worth only about 4 billion gallons a year.

Heather …

Lawmakers Concerned New Carbon Metric Developed in Secret
July 22, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Jullian Hattem (The Hill Reg Watch)  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried that an Obama administration decision to increase the value used to calculate costs and benefits of carbon emissions was …

Leaf-Cutter Ants May Reveal Secrets to Creating Biofuels
July 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Laaser  (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)
Look at a leaf-cutter ant colony, and it’s a bustle of activity, with ants bringing pieces of leaves in, spreading them around on a honeycomb-like bed of fungus, and …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator
July 20, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin  (The WashingtonPost)   After fielding an unprecedented number of questions and coming under sharp attack from several Republicans, Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy won Senate confirmation to head the agency in a …

House GOP Push Repeal of Government ‘Big Thumb’ Biofuel Program
July 18, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem (The Hill Reg Watch)  A group of House Republicans are urging an end to the federal program that calls for gasoline to be mixed with renewable biofuel like ethanol.

The lawmakers heard from …

Corn Growers Talking RFS in DC
July 18, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …(NCGA President Pam ) Johnson says a gas station in her little community of Floyd, Iowa boasts the lowest price of fuel in the United States right now. “And it’s E85 and …

Running on Corn
July 18, 2013 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Brown (Creston News Advertiser)  E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 10 percent gasoline will be available this fall in Creston, according to Darin Schlapia, Farmers’ Cooperative location manager in Creston.
Farmers Cooperative …

Biodiesel Can Solve the Ethanol Debate, Supporters Say
July 18, 2013 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Zain Shauk (Fuel Fix)  Amid the oil industry’s all-out blitz to kill a government mandate for corn-based ethanol, biodiesel producers say they have a solution that could help everyone involved.
It goes like this: Buy more biodiesel.
That …

American Petroleum Institute Launches New Campaign
July 16, 2013 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a new campaign featuring print and TV ads taking aim at E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ethanol industry responded and Bob Dinneen, …

US Ethanol Credits Soar to Fresh High
July 16, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Gregory Meyer (Financial Times)  …The credits, known as renewable identification numbers, jumped to a record $1.25 per gallon early on Monday, surpassing previous levels reached in March, according to Starfuels, a broker.
US federal law …

Ethanol Groups Comment on RFS Path Forward
July 16, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Both the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week on pathways forward for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The comments highlight …

‘Zero-Gravity’ Fire Experiment To Test How Biofuels Burn With Help Of NASA’s ‘Vomit Comet’
July 16, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Rod Pyle (Huffington Post)  A team of university students is counting down toward the ultimate science ride, a weightless flight aboard a modified NASA jet to see just how certain fires burn in zero …

Refiners Backed Against E10 Blendwall
July 16, 2013 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR NewsWire)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) highlight the testimony of Valero Energy Corporation Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer William R. Klesse who testified before the Senate Committee …

ANALYSIS-New EPA Rules Could Cripple Brazil-U.S. Ethanol Trading
July 15, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters/CNBC)  Importing cheap Brazilian ethanol into the United States could become much less profitable next year if a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand tough documentation and transportation rules to …

U.S. Court Says Biofuel Producers Must Face Carbon Emissions Rules
July 15, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Mica Rosenberg (Reuters)  Biofuel producers will be subject to rules regulating carbon emissions, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday, in a decision hailed by environmental groups.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …

The Farm Bill: Your 2013 5-Minute Guide to $1B in US Agri-Energy Investment
July 15, 2013 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Washington, the House and Senate have now passed their respective versions of the proposed 2013 farm bill, which would take effect for fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018.
Both bills have …

EPA Publishes Notice of Data Availability for Barley Ethanol
July 15, 2013 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice of data availability pertaining to ethanol produced from barley under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Public comments will be accepted for 30 …

As Budgets Tighten, Washington Talks of Shaking Up DOE Labs
July 15, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by David Malakoff  (Science Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s 17 national labs, which spend some $12 billion annually on a wide range of research, are considered a crown jewel of U.S. science. But as federal budgets …

U.S. Ethanol RINs Reach Record Highs on Consumption Targets
July 11, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Renewable Identification Numbers for ethanol rose to record levels on concern the U.S. won’t adjust consumption targets.
RINs, the credits that help the Environmental Protection Agency track whether refiners are meeting federal …

Breaking News: General Solicitation Ban Lifted on Investment Offerings
July 10, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  Renaissance in biobased capital raising expected; register your interest in raising capital or seeing deal flow.
In Washington, SEC Commissioners have voted 4-1 to lift the ban on general solicitation, and to …

Carbo Analytics Awarded Department Of Energy Grant For Measuring Fermentable Sugar Content In Biofuel Raw Materials
July 10, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Carbo Analytics) Carbo Analytics, developers of sugar analysis systems, today announced that it has been awarded a Department of Energy (DoE) grant for the development of a biofuels sugar analysis system.
Selected from over 750 applicants, Carbo …

Ricardo Continues Work on Efficient Engines for Ethanol Blends
July 9, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ricardo Inc. is both strong on ethanol blends and efficient engines.

Earlier in June, an advanced combustion engine research project was announced where Ricardo will partner with the University of …

Federal Agencies Moving Ahead to Reduce Climate Change Risks: Biofuels, Agriculture, and Forestry
July 9, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A number of federal agency initiatives are already underway in the biofuels, agriculture, and forestry sectors to help mitigate climate change and adapt to it.

In a posting July 2, Doug O’Brien, …

Illinois Corn Growers Association Announces Opposition of Congress Splitting the Farm Bill
July 9, 2013 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Lacey Koontz (BrownfieldAgNews)  The Illinois Corn Growers Association is opposed to the current discussion in Congress to split the farm bill.  According to Rodney Weinzierl, the Executive Director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, House conservatives …

Ethanol Critics Rev up Efforts to Repeal Biofuel Rules on Gas
July 9, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Morton (World-Herald bureau/Omaha.com)  The ethanol industry is again under fire from critics who want to eliminate the federal mandate that oil companies blend biofuels into the gasoline supply.

The American Petroleum Institute recently gathered …

Powering the Future: Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?
July 9, 2013 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Chenda Ngak (CBSNews.com)  Professor Juergen Polle is packing up his laboratory on a sweltering morning in New York City, but the beakers and test tubes aren’t going on summer break. The professor of biology at …

RFA Comments on Proposed Tier 3 Rule
July 8, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …Kelly Davis, RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, says they support the timely implementation of the Tier 3 standards especially the proposal to establish E15 as the certification test fuel beginning in …

COLUMN-Biodiesel Could Ease U.S. “Blend Wall”: Wynn
July 8, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  Biodiesel could in future ease so-called ethanol “blend wall” concerns facing the U.S. transportation fuel industry, whose capacity to blend corn ethanol in gasoline is nearing its physical limit.
The biodiesel industry …

Latest Data on Fuel Mileage and GHG Benefits of E30
July 6, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of Ford Motor Company’s comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency docket on proposed Tier 3 regulations regarding higher octane higher ethanol fuels, they provided an up-to-date …

NSF Grant Boosts Promising Biofuels Research
July 5, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(JustMeans.com/Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)  Promising biofuels research at a Wisconsin biotech company and a partner university is getting a boost from a $224,967 National Science Foundation grant.
C5.6 Technologies of Middleton, Wis., and the Wisconsin …

New Novozymes Technology Boosts Biofuels Productivity
July 5, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Leon Kaye (SustainableBrands.com)  Whether one believes corn-based ethanol is a viable long-term solution for the United States’ energy portfolio or not, the reality is that 280 plants across the country will continue to produce …

EPA OK’s Arundo, Napier Grass for Renewable Fuels
July 5, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a supplemental final rule, containing a lifecycle greenhouse gas analysis for renewable fuels made from giant reed (Arundo donax) and napier grass, and a …

Flight Plan: 14 Practical Steps towards Commercial Aviation Biofuels Now
July 5, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every 5% in global shift to aviation biofuels — create 72,000 jobs and avoid 3 million tons of carbon emissions.   How to get from available field to affordable fuel …

Commercial Aviation Biofuels: Translating Green Ambitions into Green Miles
July 5, 2013 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How to get from available field to affordable fuel in 14 steps. The MASBI report is out, and that’s good.

Last week, the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative, led by United …

Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels
July 2, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Following last week’s rollout of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Energy Department today announced four research and development projects to bring next generation biofuels on line faster and …

Pretreated Biomass for Food and Fuel
July 2, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne REtka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bruce Dale urges careful thought about energy and agriculture.
A 1-ton-per-day pilot facility on the campus of Michigan State University geared up this spring to produce pretreated biomass for …

Virent Is Getting Another Federal Grant
July 2, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Judy Newman (Wisconsin State Journal)  Virent, the Madison company working on non-petroleum fuels, will receive up to $4 million for a project designed to improve the efficiency of turning plant material into fuel, the …

US Sugar-for-Ethanol Plan Advances
July 2, 2013 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Business Recorder)  The US government is close to buying surplus sugar to sell to ethanol producers at a loss, in an effort to bolster weak domestic sugar prices and avoid losing hundreds of millions of …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 24-26, 2014 National Harbor, MD
July 1, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 24-26, 2014  National Harbor, MD

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. This unique event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to …

In EPA Tier 3 Comments Advanced Biofuels USA Introduces “E30 Capable” Idea to Bring Higher Octane, Higher Ethanol Gasoline to the Marketplace
July 1, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol gasoline to the marketplace.
However, …

US Department of Energy Issues Request for Information Regarding Waste-to-Energy Technologies
July 1, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding waste- to-energy (WTE) technologies. Waste Applications for Sustainable Technologies for Energy seeks feedback from stakeholders on the state of technology …

Diesel Technology Forum Publishes New White Paper on Renewable Diesel Fuels
July 1, 2013 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Need a quick contrast and compare review of biodiesel and renewable diesel?  READ MORE and MORE (Advanced Biofuels USA)

Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) Findings and Recommendations 2013
June 30, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative)  MASBI found that a coordinated effort by both private and public interests would be one of the most effective ways to move the Midwest biofuels industry forward and take a …

Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy
June 30, 2013 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Center for Clean Energy Innovation)  The National Labs are a tremendous R&D resource, but their operations are still based on a decades-old management model that no longer meets the needs of our modern innovation ecosystem. …

EPA Says Refiners May Exceed Ethanol Blend Limits in 2014
June 27, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Refiners may be forced to exceed 10 percent ethanol in their fuels next year in order to meet congressionally mandated renewable-fuel standards, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

In his testimony today, …

Obama Unveils Climate Change Plan; “Less Coal, for Sure”; International, Executive Actions Highlighted
June 27, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …LCFS = Low Carbon Fuel Standard Less Coal, For Sure    What’s up? What’s the 6-point plan – what does it mean for you, and for biofuels?
…The problems, as the …

Increased Enzyme Binding to Substrate Is Not Necessary for More Efficient Cellulose Hydrolysis
June 27, 2013 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Dahai Gao, Shishir P. S. Chundawat, Anurag Sethi, Venkatesh Balana, S. Gnanakaran, and Bruce E. Dale (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Substrate binding is typically one of the rate-limiting steps preceding enzyme catalytic …

U.S. FTC Said to Open Probe of Oil Price-Fixing After EU
June 25, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Sara Forden (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a formal investigation into how prices of crude oil and petroleum-derived products are set, mirroring a European Union inquiry, two people familiar with the matter …

DINEEN: Natural Gas Is Not Renewable
June 24, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Bay Area Citizen/Renewable Fuels Association)  Natural gas is not renewable, nor is it the future of ethanol.
But let’s start at the beginning. Congressman Pete Olson recently penned an op-ed to Houston Community …

Court Nixes Appeal over Added Ethanol in Gasoline
June 24, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press) The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to Environmental Protection Agency decisions allowing an increase in ethanol content in gasoline.  READ MORE and MORE (The Washington Post) and MORE (Renewable Fuels Association) and MORE (The Hill …

BP Not in Step with Industry on Renewable Fuel Regulations
June 24, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem  (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  As Congress considers scaling back or abolishing U.S. rules that mandate the use of renewable fuels, it has the full-throated support of the petroleum industry — with one major …

Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production June 20–21, 2013 Ithaca, New York
June 15, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment
Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production   June 20–21, 2013    Ithaca, New York

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a conference on expanding commercialization of products incorporating mutualistic microbes in order to increase biomass production. The conference will be held on June 20–21, 2013, …

USDA Accepting Applications for Advanced Biofuel, REAP Programs
June 14, 2013 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 11 the USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service has published a notice of contract proposals in the Federal Register, announcing the availability of $98.6 million for payments under …

U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum July 18, 2013 Washington, DC
June 14, 2013 – 5:05 pm | No Comment
U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum   July 18, 2013   Washington, DC

The Department of Defense has heard the industry’s message about how to effectively deploy renewable energy, but significant challenges remain. As the military transitions from testing and goal setting to deploying active project pipelines, close …

Advanced Biofuels USA Urges Introspection on Climate Change at Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C
June 13, 2013 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) Robert E. Kozak, Advanced Biofuels USA founder and board member began his remarks at the Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C June 12, with …

We Came in Peace: The Renewable Fuel Standard and the Spirit of Innovation
June 7, 2013 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The EPREINC scenario—One chart was prepared by the Energy Policy Research Foundation for its Congressional testimony on the Renewable Fuel Standard yesterday.

EPRINC’s scenario foresees a big shortfall between the production …

Letter to the Editor — Dinneen: E15 is Well-Tested
June 6, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) I’m writing in response to the guest opinion piece that ran on May 18 by Stephen Buck. It was addressed to Congresswoman Bustos and entitled “Stop Using E15 Fuel Until Further …

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets This Summer
June 6, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce targets for U.S. ethanol use in 2013 and 2014 this summer, an EPA official told lawmakers on Wednesday, even as critics of the program …

Biofuels Industry Criticizes Content of House RFS Hearing
June 6, 2013 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 5, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements held a hearing on the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). …

EPA Review of RFS Pathway Petitions (Comments on Illinois Study)
June 6, 2013 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates)  A new study was published last week by two researchers at the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute, James S.N. McCubbins and A. Bryan Endres, regarding the length of time the Environmental Protection Agency …

DOE Publishes Agenda for Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy
May 31, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On July 31–August 1, 2013, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Biofuels USA will co-host the Office’s sixth annual conference, Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy, at …

New Farm Policy Possible Because of Ethanol
May 30, 2013 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … At the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch issues forum on Monday, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen said the dramatic changes in farm programs expected are actually being …

Can Electrofuels and Electrosugars Save the Day?
May 28, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is the ultimate industrial fuel system going to be based on electricity, waste CO2 and brackish water – to return society to the days of energy abundance?  It will take a …

Proposed Rule Defines Corn Fiber Ethanol, Butanol as Advanced
May 28, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new proposed rulemaking from the U.S. EPA includes several possible modifications to the renewable fuel standard program, including categorizing as advanced biofuels ethanol produced from corn fiber and …

Busting Big Oil Myths on the Renewable Fuel Standard: Part I
May 28, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (The Energy Collective/Renewable Fuels Association)   Anyone with even a casual interest in energy policy knows that a full frontal assault has been launched against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Big Oil has …

Renewable Fuels: Where We Should Be
May 28, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Fred Cannon (The Hill’s Congress Blog/KiOR)  More than one-third of the world’s total energy usage relies on liquid fuels – primarily from fossil fuels. In the first quarter of 2013 consumption outpaced production, and …

Ethanol Improving While Oil Gets Worse
May 28, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The House and Energy Commerce Committee has released its third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Environmental Impacts.” Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), …

Bill Aims to Open RFS to Natural Gas-Based Ethanol
May 28, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to meet the volume requirements of the renewable fuel …

Going Green: Nation Equipped to Grow Serious Amounts of Pond Scum for Fuel
May 27, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Tom Rickey  (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)   A new analysis shows that the nation’s land and water resources could likely support the growth of enough algae to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based …

Advanced Biofuels Come of Age
May 27, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Dan Seif (Mother Earth News/Rocky Mountain Institute)  Advanced, non-food biofuels are gaining momentum in 2013 as several new plants have gathered the capital and momentum for large-scale production.

Despite sparse media coverage, significant volumes of …

The Battle of the Beltway: DoD Awards $16M towards Parity-Cost, Drop-In, Non-Food Biofuels
May 27, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DoD goes forward, after internal wrangle, with advanced biofuels program via $16M phase 1 investment.
With industry cost share, project totals $33M: aims for sub-$4, drop-in military biofuels.
In Washington, the DoD …

CBO Report: The Pros and Cons of Carbon Tax
May 27, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy  (The Wall Street Journal)  Instituting a carbon tax could help reduce the deficit and “produce incremental benefits” for the environment, but could also raise the cost of many goods and services, the …

EPA Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards
May 23, 2013 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a proposed rulemaking for modifications to the Renewable Fuel Standard program, E15 misfueling mitigation regulations, ultra low
sulfur diesel survey requirements as well as other technical …

Biofuels Industry Fighting Rising Tide of Skepticism
May 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Sandra I. Erwin  (National Defense Magazine)  …Although the Pentagon consumes just 1.5 percent of the nation’s fuel, biofuel investors and green-energy advocates have looked upon the military as a catalyst for a massive expansion of …

Dr. Ernest Moniz Sworn in as 13th Secretary of Energy
May 22, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the nation’s 13th Secretary of Energy by Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in a ceremony this morning (May 21, 2013) for the Department’s employees, kicking off …

USDA Announces Payments to Advanced Ethanol Producers
May 22, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA has announced $14 million payments to advanced biofuel 162 producers in 38 states under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. The program awards payments to eligible producers …

Obama’s Environment, Energy Team Nears Completion with Votes
May 20, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  President Barack Obama’s energy and environment team took two steps forward on Thursday after the U.S. Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as energy secretary and a committee cleared Gina McCarthy to get a …

Sugar for Food, Fuel and Power: The ISO Datagro Sugar & Ethanol Conference in New York City
May 16, 2013 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What used to be known as “The New York Sugar Conference” has become “The ISO and Datagro Sugar & Ethanol Conference” with a record-setting number of attendees (350 from …

New Advance in Biofuel Production
May 14, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop Enzyme-free Ionic Liquid Pre-treatment
Advanced biofuels – liquid fuels synthesized from the sugars in cellulosic biomass – offer a clean, green and renewable alternative to …

Edeniq DOE-Supported Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Surpasses 1,000 Continuous Operational Hours
May 14, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Yahoo! News)  Visalia Plant Milestone Signifies Greater Commercial Viability for Cellulosic Ethanol and Sugars
Edeniq, a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, today announced the company’s first demonstration plant, located at its Visalia, CA headquarters, has completed …

Algae: Times and Needs Have Changed.
May 14, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Barry Cohen (National Algae Association/PR Log) The DoE has spent $2.5 billion on algae research but to date nothing has been commercialized. Why? Because their mission is to develop technologies. It’s not their problem or …

Biofuels Short Takes: Farm Bill Update
May 13, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, BIO begins the week with applause for Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for including mandatory funding for …

Setting the Record Straight: Gevo and Butamax
May 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels’s Montagues and Capulets were at it again last week — with a flurry of press releases about court decisions and commercial timelines regarding their respective isbutanol technologies.
At the heart …

High Compression Ratios and Ethanol Blends Combine to Make a Super-efficient Car
May 10, 2013 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (Industry Market Trends Green & Clean Journal/ThomasNet.com)  Four years ago, American LeMans kicked off its first green racing season. The program, which requires teams to use alternative fuels such as ethanol blends (E10 or …

Up to $9 Million Available from EPA for 2013 Diesel Emission Reduction Grants
May 9, 2013 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of up to $9 million through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program (DERA) for Fiscal Year 2013 for new projects …

Gevo Provides Update of Luverne Operations
May 9, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. provided updated information on it Luverne, Minn., plant and patent dispute with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC as part of its recent first quarter 2013 financial announcement.
During a …

Obama Choice to Head EPA Vows to Work Closer with Ag Community
May 8, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  President Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, vowed to take a more active role in working with the agriculture community.
During her confirmation hearing before the Senate …

Obama Biofuel Budget Spills Few Details, Still Attacked by House GOP
May 8, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Tim McDonnell  (Mother Jones)  … In mid-March, in a speech at Illinois’ Argonne National Lab, Obama pitched an Energy Security Trust, which would collect $2 billion in additional revenues by 2020 from oil and gas …

The Energy Information Administration Publishes Data on E85-Capable Vehicles
May 8, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published updated data on alternative fuels and vehicles through 2011. The analysis addresses several alternative transportation fuels, including E85, hydrogen, electricity, natural gas …

Johns Hopkins Algae Students Test Wastewater Capabilities
May 8, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A Johns Hopkins University student team is working with a starter grant of $15,000 from the EPA to see if algae can consume nutrients from wastewater and produce clean bio-fuels and fish food. …

Farm Bill Energy Title Introduced in Senate
May 8, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Legislation to reauthorize the Farm Bill energy title was introduced in the Senate Monday. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act to “help farmers, ranchers, and …

Novozymes Adding Staff to Develop Enzymes to Turn Corn Waste to Fuel
May 8, 2013 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Kathy Robertson (Sacramento Business Journal)  Novozymes Inc. is staffing up to support a $2.5 million Department of Energy contract to find new and more efficient enzymes for turning corn leaves and stalks into fuel for …

Gasoline Prices Tied to Ethanol, Energy Information Administration States
May 8, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(UPI) …On a percentage basis, the EIA said the price spread was closer to 17 percent in 2001, and dipped to as low as 6 percent in early 2009. This decline is because of the …

NREL Survey Shows Dramatic Improvement in B100 Biodiesel Quality
May 7, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) “blend stock” samples by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met …

Blend Wall Myth Buster
May 7, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Biofuel opponents are crying wolf, so it would seem, claiming that the blend wall is insurmountable. However, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today has published an infographic that busts the myths surrounding the …

USDA Proposes Simplified Application Process for REAP Funding
May 7, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding. USDA remains …

FEATURE: Biojet Backers See US RINs Eligibility as Vital to Long-Term Viability
May 7, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Matthew Kolhman (Platts)  Aviation biofuel’s newly minted ability to generate tradable US renewables credits, known as RINs, may be key to the industry’s economics, according to market watchers.
“The availability of RINs is …

Ethanol, Corn Prices, Government Payments, and the REAL Reason Meat Groups Oppose the RFS
May 7, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  As part of its ongoing review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy & Commerce Committee recently asked stakeholders to comment on the impact of the RFS on the …

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Biofuels Business
May 7, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Biofuels scientists are asking more complex questions about how molecules spin, bond, and break when enzymes attack plants — all in the name of quickening the process of …

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)
May 7, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels producers find common ground in adapting the Conservation Reserve Program for bioenergy?   Could the US …

Tapping Renewable-Fuel Mandates’ Brakes
May 6, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Ellyn Ferguson  (Roll Call) A House panel’s decision to look back at mandates set in the 2007 renewable-energy law could be a pivotal moment for industries hoping to slow down growth in the ethanol industry.
The …

Squeezing More From Ethanol
May 6, 2013 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  Faced with a crop of lemons — too much ethanol, a population of cars not tuned to burn it effectively and a driving public leery of the …

Michigan State University Bioenergy Research Looks for Food and Fuel Solutions
May 6, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Russ White (MLive)  … Michigan State University leads research of bioenergies and biofuels through AgBioResearch and the Kellogg Biological Station and partnerships with coalitions such as the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Global …

New Yeast Strain Could Lower Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  A new strain of yeast that could help streamline cellulosic ethanol costs and production has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. This …

NREL Researchers Use Enzyme Combination to Break Down Biomass
May 6, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enzymes could break down cell walls faster – leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation – if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research …

EPA Methane Report Further Divides Fracking Camps
May 6, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(National Public Radio/Associated Press)  The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate …

Petroleum Losing Its Luster for Agriculture Sector, Too
May 3, 2013 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (TriplePundit)  Just yesterday, we noted that auto manufacturers are beginning to shed their century-old love affair with petroleum, and now it seems that the agriculture sector is ready to move on, too.
On …

Divisions Appear To Grow Among Biofuels Groups Over EPA Fuels Policies
May 3, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Report)  An initial split between some biofuels groups over EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel standard’s (RFS) production targets appears to be expanding divisions over other agency fuel policies.
Advanced biofuels producers are opposing EPA’s Tier …

Is Any Science Safe?
May 3, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Kenneth Prewitt (Science Magazine) Editorial: This month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will apply two criteria in its review of research proposals: intellectual merit and impact. One discipline, however, will have to meet a further …

Advanced Biofuels USA Supports Proposed Tier 3 Higher Octane Vehicle Fuel and Emissions Regulations, with Recommendations for Implementation
May 3, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA had included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol (E-30) gasoline to …

The Promiscuous, the Selective, and Biofuels
May 3, 2013 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Promiscuous, because a zillion organisms know how to use photosynthesis, under a zillion set of circumstances, to turn simple and abundant molecular compounds — like carbon dioxide and water — …

Biofuel Groups Encourage Lawmakers to Maintain the RFS
May 3, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Several biofuel trade organizations have weighed in on white paper published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) has had on the U.S. …

RFA to House Committee: RFS is Single Most Important Economic Value-Added Market for Agriculture
May 3, 2013 – 1:03 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In seventeen pages of comments, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) answered questions put forth in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Assessment on Agricultural Sector …

Bill Requiring More E15 Study out of Committee, Gets CBO Review
May 3, 2013 – 12:55 am | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bill proposed Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would put E15 on hold for another round of studies was evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office.
…H.R. 875 would require the …

Los Alamos National Lab Improves Biomass-to-Fuel Process
May 3, 2013 – 12:35 am | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Los Alamos scientists and collaborators from The University of Guelph in Canada published an article in the scientific journal Nature Chemistry this week that could offer a big step on the path …

Virent Delivers Plant-Based Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for Testing
May 2, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Produces Drop-In Jet Fuel from 100% Renewable Plant Sugars
In Wisconsin, Virent announced the delivery of 100 gallons of its bio-based jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for …

Renewable Energy Groups in Spat over Imports
May 2, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  An effort by ethanol backers to get the Environmental Protection Agency to scale back the amount of advanced biofuels required in the U.S. gasoline supply this year has opened a rift …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, Part II of II
April 30, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …It used to be that the outskirts of Honolulu had the dual scent of diesel and pineapple processing — but now, all you really smell is the diesel. Sugarcane and …

National Labs Release New Biochemical Biorefinery Sizing Study
April 30, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory have released a joint study on biochemical biorefinery sizing. “Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and …

Bioenergy Benefits across the Supply Chain
April 30, 2013 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On Earth Day and every day, BETO is working to improve the sustainability of the transportation industry in the United States through the development and deployment of commercially viable, high-performance, domestic …

Hyundai Tech Center Expansion to Allow More Emissions Testing
April 29, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Alisa Priddle (Detroit Free Press)  An expansion of Hyundai’s eight-year-old technical center in Superior Township, east of Ann Arbor, will require 50 new jobs and enable more vehicle emission testing.
…The new testing chambers can …

Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
April 29, 2013 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Promising results are a step toward a range of renewable energy strategies fueled by Nature
In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of Energy & Environmental Science (now available online), …

Energy Committee Seeks Stakeholder Comments on the Impacts of the RFS on Agriculture
April 26, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is continuing its assessment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Committee has issued its second white paper focusing on “Agricultural Sector Impacts.” …

NASA Measures Effects of Biofuel on Jet Engines, Environment
April 26, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Brock Vergakis  (Associated Press/The Washington Post) NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.
Scientists …

Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources: Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion
April 26, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(US Senate Finance Committee)  This document is the fourth in a series of papers compiling tax reform options that Finance Committee members may wish to consider as they work towards reforming our nation’s tax system.  This …

New R&D Strategies for a New Era
April 26, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner with contributions from Jacques Beaudry-Losique (Biofuels Digest)  …We believe it is time for bioenergy industry leaders to take the initiative and chalk up a new comprehensive game plan, reflecting the new reality …

Aviation RFJ: Are You Getting on Board? Technical Pathway Development–Expanding Supply and Reducing Cost
April 26, 2013 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Steve Csonka, as director of Enviro Strategy and Ecomagination, GE Aviation, the world-leading provider of jet engines, gave an overview of the importance of renewable jet fuel specifications leading …

Increase My MPG!
April 25, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(The PEW Charitable Trusts) High gas prices may give us pause before taking a long road trip, but we still need to drive to work, the grocery store or school. This Pew Clean Energy Program video …

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review May 20-23 Alexandria, VA
April 25, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review    May 20-23   Alexandria, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Hotel from Monday, May 20, 2013, to Thursday, May 23, 2013. The peer review process will …

Ethanol RINs Market Explodes
April 24, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lack of transparency makes market analysis difficult.
…The ethanol producer’s role in RIN generation is basic: produce the physical gallons and fill in the required information to generate the RINs …

RFS2 VS. 2008 Farm Bill, an Introduction to Policy Driving or Hindering the Biofuels Industry and Updates from Capitol Hill May 8, 2013 Webinar
April 24, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment
RFS2 VS. 2008 Farm Bill, an Introduction to Policy Driving or Hindering the Biofuels Industry and Updates from Capitol Hill    May 8, 2013   Webinar

This webinar (First in this series) will focus on the current and past policies which drive or hinder (as the case may be) the emerging biofuels industry. In this webinar, participants will explore the similarities …

Ten Ways Renewable Fuels are Enviro
April 24, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has unveiled a list of 10 ways the renewable fuels industry is helping to improve the environment. According to IRFA, renewable fuels offer positive impacts …