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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.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Complete Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Strain DL-VIII, a Novel Solventogenic Clostridium Species Isolated from Anaerobic Sludge
October 2, 2013 – 8:01 pm | No Comment

Safiyh Taghavi, Javier A. Izquierdo, Daniel van der Lelie (American Society for Microbiology)  We report the genome sequence of Clostridium sp. strain DL-VIII, a novel Gram-positive, endospore-forming, solventogenic bacterium isolated from activated anaerobic sludge of a wastewater treatment …

BIO, Member Companies Urge Congress to Pass Five-Year Farm Bill, Maintain Crucial Language for Renewable Chemicals
October 2, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Biotechnology Industry Organization)   The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and a group of renewable chemical companies and state advocacy organizations today wrote to the chairpersons and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, …

Biofuels, Biomass Projects among Latest Round of REAP Funding
October 2, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for projects in 22 states to help reduce energy consumption and cost, as well as for increasing the use of renewable technologies, including …

Maintain Renewable Fuel Standards
October 2, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Tim Burrack (Chicago Tribune) Letter to Editor:  … As family farmers for more than 40 years, we have had our share of ups and downs. The RFS gave farmers like us a new market for our …

Agricultural Alchemy: Manure + Brewery Waste Could Yield Biofuel
October 2, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by John Herrick (VTDigger.org)  Waste from dairy farms and beer breweries could provide the necessary ingredients to grow algae-based biofuels, leaders of a project designed to research this technology said on Tuesday.
Matt Cota, executive director …

Sen. Harkin Introduces Bill Encouraging Ethanol Pumps
October 2, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced a bill Monday that would create a grant program for ethanol-pump installations, establish a loan-guarantee program for renewable-fuel pipelines and require new Department of Energy regulations to …

FSA – Farm Service Agency : USDA Announces September Feedstock Flexibility Program Results
October 2, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/4-Traders)  September 30, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced the results of the Sept. 18, 2013, Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP) offer. CCC purchased 136,026 short …

Insight: Biofuel Produced from Wood Residue Shows Promising Water Footprint
October 2, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Biofuels could be a promising way to reduce reliance on imported petroleum oil and improve the environment, but the downside is that they can use up considerable natural resources. A new study, …

Biofuel Blending Rules Won’t Raise Gas Prices | Commentary
October 2, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Roll Call/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And will their cost be passed to consumers at the pump?
A simple exercise in following the …

EPA to Be Hit Hard in Shutdown, Could Delay Renewable Fuel Standard
October 1, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance …

Questions Arise on Tier 3 Timing as Automakers Cite Rule Delay
September 27, 2013 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jason Plautz (E&E News/Greenwire)  Questions are rising about when U.S. EPA will release a final rule slashing the amount of sulfur in gasoline, as two key automaker groups say the agency has told them the …

RFS Hasn’t Hurt the Poultry Industry
September 26, 2013 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by Gary Pestoriou (The Hill’s Congress Blog)    I followed with interest the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I became very skeptical of the statements by those representing …

1998 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge: E85 Vehicles Surpass E0 on Dynamometer Tests for Mileage Efficiency
September 26, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory) Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors Corporation, Natural Resources Canada
In the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, college engineering students work together to design, build, and evaluate a state-of-the-art vehicle. …

Renewable Fuels Make a Difference: Opposing View
September 26, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (USA Today)  Big Oil is pushing back to preserve its market share.
… The RFS is one of the most successful energy policies ever. Since it was enacted in 2005, U.S. dependence on …

EPA Expands Heating Oil Definition to Allow RINs
September 26, 2013 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the definition of heating oil as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This means that renewable heating oil, such as bioheat, a …

Grassley Asks EPA if Ethanol Credit Market Is Being Controlled by Wall Street
September 26, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering   (Des Moines Register)  As controversy swells over the cost of special credits tied to ethanol, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the agency charged with overseeing the country’s renewable policy for details …

BIO Urges EPA to Reject Petroleum Industry’s RFS Waiver Petition
September 26, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking her to reject the recent petition from American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers …

Analyzing the Influence of Energy Policy
September 25, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jake Ferris (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The change in stock levels from 2001-’05 accounted for about $1.28 of the $2.49 per bushel increase in corn prices (Table 2)—just over 50 percent. About 18 cents …

Tides of Prosperity, Past and Present
September 25, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Similar to the 1970s period of prosperity, Zulauf (Carl Zulauf, economics professor at Ohio State University) says that in 2012 crop prices increased by roughly 200 percent, which he attributes …

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls on CFTC to Review Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market
September 25, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Greg Akagi    (KansasAgNetwork)  Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodities Future Trading Commission to review recent allegations about possible …

Big News: No More Requirement to Use Ethanol in Gasoline!
September 24, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (The Hill Congress Blog)  … the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 included a prescribed formula for reformulated gasoline that included an oxygen content, which ethanol provides. Oxygenated fuels promote more complete combustion …

ISU study: Investment in E85 Could Be Cheaper than Purchasing Ethanol Credits
September 24, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  A study from Iowa State University said the cost of installing tanks to handle fuel with 85 percent ethanol could be cheaper than purchasing energy credits to avoid blending …

Cal Poly Gets $1.5 Million for Algae Biofuel Research
September 23, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

by Kaytlyn Leslie (The San Luis Obisbo Tribune)  Cal Poly will receive $1.5 million to fund biofuel research, according to a Department of Energy news release.
Cal Poly was one of two universities in the country to …

Illinois Ethanol Workers Write to Protect RFS
September 23, 2013 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The employees of Illinois River Energy and GTL Resources Biorefining sent a letter to their Congressional delegation this week urging support of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“We are the 60 hard working employees of an independently …

California Resolution Calls for Federal Reform of RFS
September 23, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California legislature recently passed Assembly Joint Resolution 21, which urges federal lawmakers and the U.S. EPA to reform the renewable fuels standard (RFS), transitioning away from first-generation biofuels. …

EIA: E85 Fuel Becoming Price-Competitive with Gasoline in US Midwest
September 23, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Conglin Xu (Oil & Gas Journal)  E85 motor fuel—gasoline blended with as much as 85% ethanol and commonly used by flexible-fuel vehicles (FFV) in the US and Europe—is becoming increasingly price-competitive with gasoline in several Midwestern …

ABO Encourages CCR and CCS
September 23, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has just encouraged the EPA to include the carbon capture and reuse (CCR) as an approved strategy for compliance under its New Source Performance Standard, a draft …

Ethanol Blend Wall? What Blend Wall?
September 20, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The oil industry has formally petitioned the EPA to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014, arguing that the ethanol market is saturated. But …

Seminar Focuses on Corn Stover as a Biofuel Feedstock
September 20, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As a precursor to the National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 10-12, the Corn Stover Harvest & Transport Seminar hashed over the technological, logistical and …

Report Recommends Improvements to RFS Monitoring
September 20, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General has released a report recommending ways the agency should improve monitoring activities for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. According to the report, …

Clearing Up A Few Myths About Brazilian Biofuels Trade
September 20, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (The Energy Collective/UNICA) …  Let’s turn to the facts to debunk two leading myths circulating around Washington, D.C. about Brazilian sugarcane ethanol.
Myth #1: Brazil can’t supply sufficient sugarcane ethanol to meet America’s needs.
Reality: …

Biofuel Crop in Need of Insurance Protection, Says University Professor
September 20, 2013 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Claire Everett (Daily Illini)  … Jody Endres, professor in environmental, natural resources and energy law, said while the USDA and other government agencies employ a variety of methods to encourage the growing of miscanthus for biofuel …

ARPA-E Awards $34M in R&D for Advanced Liquid Fuels from Methane
September 20, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced that 15 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $34 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) via the REMOTE program (Reducing …

Webinar: “Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research” October 3, 2013 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
September 19, 2013 – 9:02 pm | No Comment
Webinar: “Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research”  October 3, 2013     2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)  launched a revamped, easier-to-use version of the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF). Initially released in January 2011, the KDF provides researchers, industry, policy makers, and the public with access to …

Rep. Enyart Calls for Energy Independence, Growing Agriculture Economy With New Bill
September 19, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL))  Legislation Would Support Research & Development for Biofuels in U.S. Air Force
Surrounded by agriculture leaders at a farm near Scott Air Force Base, Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) today announced a major …

US Soybean Oil Demand Gets Big Boost from Biodiesel Industry
September 19, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(The United Soybean Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  The biodiesel that fuels semis, farm tractors and bus fleets continues to fuel market potential for U.S. soybean oil and profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.
In order to meet federal …

An NGO Message for the ICAO Assembly: Introduce a Global Market-Based Measure Now
September 19, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  …  On regional measures, where the subtext is aviation’s future in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), any environmental credibility was nullified by US insistence on limiting emissions covered to those within regional …

USDA Solicits Additional Bids Under the Feedstock Flexibility Program
September 19, 2013 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another iteration of the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP). These invitations are subsequent to the first series of …

Graphene Nanochem PLC : PlatClear Receives EPA Approval
September 19, 2013 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(4-Traders.com/Graphene NanoChem plc)   Graphene NanoChem (AIM: GRPH), the performance chemicals and advanced materials company, is pleased to announce that PlatClear, the Group’s waste-based second generation biofuel and the Group’s Senawang chemicals facility (“Senawang”) have both …

$100M Biodiesel Fraud in Indiana? E-Biofuels Ring Nabbed by Feds
September 19, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Indiana, federal officials are saying that a group of biodiesel operators associated with E-Biofuels stole nearly $100 million in a fraud scheme, and seven have been arrested in what …

Summer Volatility Restrictions on E15 End, Fuel Now Available
September 18, 2013 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  E15 is again available after summer volatility restrictions ended Sept. 15.  … E15 is approved for use with vehicles model year 2001 and newer. However, because the U.S. EPA has …

As Miscanthus Crop Matures, Producers Find More Uses
September 18, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Chris Kick (Farm and Dairy)  …At 10 feet tall and higher, (Jon) Griswold’s “giant miscanthus” surpasses even the tallest of corn hybrids and the tallest of farmers. And its dense, wide-reaching foliage makes for a …

‘Blend Wall’ Closes in, and Lobbies Spar over Impact
September 16, 2013 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Javier E. David (CNBC)   …”They act as if they didn’t see this coming,” said Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes North America, a biotechnoloy company that makes enzymes used in biofuel production. Given the …

Running Late, 4FRI Plan Gets New Steward
September 16, 2013 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Raquel Hendrickson (Bugle/Verde Independent)  … The unprecedented project intends to treat and restore ponderosa pine forests in the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests in Arizona. Now, the massive stewardship contract has been transferred …

Washington State University Tri-Cities to Head Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center
September 16, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Anna King (KPLU)  Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes. …WSU will work closely with the FAA, MIT near Boston and the Pacific …

Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike
September 16, 2013 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Gretchen Morgenson and Robert Gebeloff (The New York Times)  …But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street.
…But many people believe that is what happened …

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel
September 13, 2013 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making payments to support the production of advanced biofuel. USDA is making nearly $15.5 million in payments …

Scientific Symposium on the Toxicology of Alternate Fuels
September 13, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)   “Biofuel” has become a global buzzword, with cars and trucks powered by fuel made from corn, corncobs and stalks, switchgrass and even waste oil from cooking french fries, envisioned as a way to stretch …

Follow-up Audit of the Department of Energy’s Financial Assistance for Integrated Biorefinery Projects
September 13, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  …Despite over 7 years of effort and the expenditure of about $603 million, the Department had not yet achieved its biorefinery development and production goals. Specifically, the EPAct mandate 2 to demonstrate the …

8 Billion Gallons of Fuel from Corn Crop Waste: USDA, Iowa State Report Confirms Potential
September 13, 2013 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corn stover. It’s that inedible leftover from the corn crop, and if you’ve ever noted how big a corn plant is in comparison to the size of the ear, you …

A Market in Desperate Need of Transparency
September 12, 2013 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Mike Lux (Huffington Post)  …If the 2009 financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that market manipulation and speculation is a recipe for disaster. Four years later, we don’t seem to have learned our lesson. …

How Big Poultry Sided with Big Oil
September 12, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

By Reid Detchon (The Baltimore Sun)  Our ability to break our dependence on foreign oil is threatened by the effort to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard
Oil is essential to our economic and national security because …

Scenarios to Determine Approximate Cost for E15 Station Readiness
September 12, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)) (from a letter to US Department of Agriculture) … “You asked on August 13 if the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) had any information regarding the average price for installing E15 storage equipment …

Valero Implores Obama Administration to Waive Ethanol Mandate
September 12, 2013 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Fuel Fix)  Valero Energy Corp., the world’s largest independent refining company, called on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target immediately, saying the cost to reach it has skyrocketed.
“We need …

Report: 160 Commercial Advanced Biofuel Plants under Development
September 9, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has released a new report that predicts projected growth in advanced biofuel production capacity will be sufficient to meet both the federal renewable fuels standard (RFS) …

Ethanol Industry on the Offensive after August Recess
September 9, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (Paul) Bertels (vice president of production and utilization for the National Corn Growers Association) said the harvest should bring in about 12.9 billion bushels of corn, the third largest …

EPA Report on Pollutants, Ethanol Is Flawed, White Paper Says
September 9, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Across America has released a new white paper that indicates mid-level ethanol blends offer much greater emission and health benefits than indicated by U.S. EPA models. The three-page …

Targeting Ethanol Mandates Seen Hurting Cellulosic Growth
September 9, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga & Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Efforts to roll back rules that nurtured the corn-based ethanol industry threaten to stunt other promising biofuels, according to a developer working on one of the nation’s first …

Synechocystis 6803 Just Might Be the Do-All Algal Strain
September 9, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tony Fitzpatrick (Washington University/Algae Industry Magazine)    Synechocystis 6803 – a versatile, specialized cyanobacterium – can produce ethanol, hydrogen, butanol, isobutanol and potentially biodiesel. And it’s a natural at converting CO2 to useful chemicals …

Mileage Gains Using Ethanol Seen 20% Higher Than EPA Estimates
September 9, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  A tweak to an automobile’s engine software can improve by as much as 20 percent the estimated fuel efficiency when using gasoline with ethanol or methanol, according to a non-profit …

Renewable Fuel Standard Debate This Week September 12, 2013 11:00 AM ET Online
September 9, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment
Renewable Fuel Standard Debate This Week    September 12, 2013   11:00 AM ET Online

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   Representatives of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will be squaring off to debate on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week in Washington D.C.
AgriTalk and Agri-Pulse will be hosting the debate …

Renewable Fuel Pays off for Some Oil Refiners
September 9, 2013 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Fuel Fix)  … The rising cost of RINs turned out to be good economic news for some oil companies, especially those who are producing biofuels and have blending capacity, so they could …

Berkeley Lab Researcher Applies Graph Theory to Biofuels Search
September 9, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy Office of Science)  Energy scientists hope new plant varieties will yield large amounts of biomaterial, which new types of microbes will quickly and cheaply convert into clean-burning fuel. To achieve these …

Kansas Ethanol Future at Crossroads
September 9, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Seattle PI/Associated Press)  Ethanol producers say they are running up against market and regulatory pressures that are putting a crimp on the industry’s future, despite lower prices for a key commodity to produce the fuel.
The ethanol …

Seeking Delta: Biofuels, Algae, Natgas, CO2 and the Finding of True Value
September 9, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “What you really are in the business of,” Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee reflects, “is capturing the arbitrage between the commodity price of your most expensive feedstock — and the price …

Run, Rufus, Run: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 6, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we look at 2013-14, should Congress elect not to act — but leave the EPA and the markets to govern implementation of the existing law.
2014 Mandate
The EPA will ultimately …

How Big Ethanol Hopes You’re a Dope
September 5, 2013 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by  Alex Fitzsimmons (Institute for Energy Research)  …Millions of gallons of ethanol would be produced and used every year without the Renewable Fuel Standard since refiners would use it as an oxygenate. The problem is not …

Fixing Rufus: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 5, 2013 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Based on our industry sources, here’s an outline for a “change the RFS” outcome – what that might look like.   We see four key elements — ethanol, drop-ins, biodiesel and …

Aemetis Announces EPA Approval as the First Converted Corn Ethanol Plant to Produce D5 Advanced Biofuels Using Sorghum/Biogas/CHP
September 4, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Fort Mill Times)  Aemetis California Plant Approved for Same Low-Carbon Biofuels Category as Brazilian Ethanol
Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has …

Is Ethanol’s Number Up?
September 3, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Steve Everly  (Kansas City Star)  … Ethanol has so far reduced the need for petroleum in gasoline by about 7 percent, which no other alternative fuel has come close to doing.
But a shift is already …

Plane Powered by Biofuels Makes Successful Trip
September 3, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erica Sullivan (AgriNews)  …A faculty-and-student duo piloted the Purdue Embrarer Phenom 100 to the recent Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture, one of the largest international plane shows.
One of the airplane’s engines was filled with typical …

Embracing Open-source Biotech: DNA Freeware May Out-Innovate Patented Genes
September 3, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research)  Corporations will need to integrate open source with traditional patents for biotech innovations in medicine, renewable materials, and nutrition, Lux Research says
With synthetic biology (synbio) rapidly gaining momentum, and a landmark U.S. Supreme …

Bad Ethanol Policy Is a Job Killer
September 3, 2013 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Meehan and Pat Eiding  (The Wall Street Journal)  The price of EPA compliance rose 3,625% since the end of 2012.

As a display of regulatory failure at its finest, current regulations place the compliance obligation …

New Letter Adding Fuel to Ethanol Debate
August 30, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woodward (One News Now)  This week, CEI and ten other free-market organizations wrote Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), urging them to abolish the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is being …

Technology, Biofuel on Agenda for U.S.-Brazil Talks, Moniz Says
August 30, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Jeffris (NASDAQ.com)  Increased biofuel use and the development and application of new energy technologies will be the focus of talks between Brazil and the U.S. in coming months, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz …

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Scientists Look to Nature to Develop Biofuel Catalysts
August 30, 2013 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(Argonne Leadership Computing Facility/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists working at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility are looking to nature’s catalysts, enzymes, for inspiration in their quest to find a more effective means of converting biomass into …

RFS at a Crossroads
August 29, 2013 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (Biodiesel Magazine/National Biodiesel Board)  …Our industry is exceeding its volume requirements and producing enough fuel to fill the vast majority of the advanced biofuel pool. We are an EPA-designated advanced biofuel that’s …

Loyola University Chicago Upgrades Biodiesel Lab
August 29, 2013 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Loyola University Chicago is expanding its biodiesel laboratory with much-needed additional space, and a new processor and analytical instrumentation. Lab manager Zach Waickman says Loyola built the school’s biodiesel program …

Biodiesel’s Quality Evolution
August 29, 2013 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Biodiesel emerged on the U.S. alternative fuels radar in the early 1990s, and for the next decade it slowly gained recognition as a real-world, here-and-now replacement for diesel fuel before …

Improving Access to Capital Markets
August 29, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Joe Leo (Biodiesel Magazine/BrownWinick Law Firm)  Let’s be honest, despite the fact that the biodiesel industry is experiencing arguably its most successful year, it is still difficult for biodiesel producers to raise capital in …

New Bioprospecting Activity: Students Can Collect and Share Data with GLBRC Scientists
August 29, 2013 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioprospecting for Cellulose-Degrading Microbes: Filter Paper Assay Method
Students collect samples that they predict will contain communities of cellulose-degrading microbes and test for the ability of microrganisms in their samples to …

GOP May Attach Ethanol Mandate Reform to Debt Ceiling Package
August 29, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may attach legislation to reform the ethanol mandate to a debt ceiling package, the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) reports.
…“The Majority Leader listed a …

US RINs Prices Continue Slump Despite Looming Blend Wall
August 29, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  US RINs prices continued to slide Wednesday, reflecting a widespread morning market selloff and despite a later bounce after US gasoline stocks data was released.
All current-year RINs assessments fell for the sixth time in …

Cheap Corn Deters Buyers in U.S. Sugar-for-Ethanol Program
August 29, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga and Marvin G. Perez  (Bloomberg)  A glut of corn has damped interest by biofuel makers in a U.S. government program to sell surplus sugar for ethanol, potentially decreasing its effectiveness in propping …

RFA Letter Urges EPA to Deny Big Oil’s Contrived RFS Waiver Petition
August 29, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In a letter sent today (August 28, 2013) to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) urged EPA to reject the petition for a partial waiver of …

Corn Growers Place Policy Priorities On Legislators’ Desks
August 29, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Janell Baum (Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers President Pam Johnson says NCGA membership ready to move forward on the farm bill; reinforces stance on Renewable Fuel Standard
It’s a common refrain at the 2013 Farm …

California, Federal Methods to Push Renewable-Fuel Use Stir Conflict
August 29, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  It’s even possible that conflicting state and federal policies on renewable fuels, both aimed at reducing global warming, could actually make things worse, some scientists say.
California and the federal …

Biodiesel Plant Reaches Capacity in US
August 29, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Diamond Green Biodiesel, a joint venture between Valero Energy and Darling International, has reached capacity during its start-up phase.
The plant, based next to Valero’s St Charles refinery in Louisiana, began operations in June …

New Case Study Shows Rapid Growth of Biodiesel Industry in Calif.
August 28, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund/Biodiesel Magazine)  A case study released today from Environmental Defense Fund and E2 examines the benefits of biodiesel, profiling six companies in California helping to revolutionize the industry. Growing production in the state shows California companies have started …

GRAY: Critics Driving Spurious Campaign against Ethanol
August 28, 2013 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray  (The Washington Times)  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  A media campaign is underway to malign a cleaner, cheaper challenger to gasoline’s virtual monopoly on transportation fuel. If it succeeds, this campaign will deprive American drivers of …

Injection of Fracking Fluids Linked to Ohio Earthquakes
August 27, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  …So let’s take a look at specific regulations which were designed to protect the public from injection wells used to dispose of fracking wastes … but because they weren’t comprehensive, …

Farm Bureau: RFS Bendable, Just Don’t Break It
August 27, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Farm Bureau officials are making the case that the Renewable Fuels Standard has some flexibility… but just don’t break it. In this story on its newsline, American Farm Bureau energy economist Matt …

Ethanol-Free Fuel Will Cost More, May Be Scarce
August 27, 2013 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard Piersol   (Lincoln Journal-Star)  Demand for renewable credits helps change market
Prices of premium and regular grades of gasoline without ethanol are likely to rise in Nebraska and Iowa, and those fuels may become harder …

Refiners, Ethanol, and You. Time to Worry?
August 27, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Maxxwell A.R. Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  To blend or not to blend? That is the question refiners will need to answer in 2014 as they cope with falling gasoline demand and strict ethanol blending mandates …

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
August 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Paul Tullis (The New York Times)  …But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification …

NSF Accepting Grant Applications under BBBE Program
August 26, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Science Foundation recently opened a new funding opportunity under its Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering program. According to the grant notice, the program supports fundamental engineering research …

Ditch Ethanol Mandates. Try a Carbon Tax.
August 26, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Editorial Board (The Washington Post) Washington is seeing a great fight between two extremely powerful lobbies, Big Ethanol and Big Oil. Neither should win.

Ethanol backers are right that it’s firmly in the nation’s interest to …

Obama’s Ethanol Mandate Causes Fuel Prices to Soar
August 26, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Senator Jim Inhofe (The Edmond Sun)  … The worst impact of RFS on the consumer is beginning to be seen at the grocery store. As demand for corn increases because of the government-subsidized ethanol market, …

When Energy Dreams Fall Short
August 26, 2013 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  …Part of the problem for any upstart technology comes from the vast scale and long lifespans of the nation’s energy systems. Even moderately successful technologies such as wind, solar power and …

Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Alcohol for Fuel and the Current Prosperity
August 26, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig (Ohio State University/FarmDocDaily) … Corn processed into alcohol for fuel was not a factor in the 1970 period of farm prosperity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) data series on …