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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Des Moines Company Keeps Tabs on Biofuel Production, Sales
March 12, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  EcoEngineers tapped by EPA to help audit RFS compliance.
In a small office in the East Village of Des Moines, a handful of engineers and statisticians are hard at work …

ZeaChem Begins Production of Cellulosic Chemicals and Ethanol, Advances Toward Commercialization
March 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/ZeaChem)  Facility will prove biorefining process for commercial-scale production
ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it has produced commercial-grade cellulosic chemicals and ethanol at its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) biorefinery in Boardman, …

For Montana Biofuel, It’s Not Easy Being Green
March 12, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Tom Lutey (Billings Gazette)  When it was first promoted as a biofuel source perfect for the Montana plains, camelina looked to many like a weed. Seven tough years later, its persistence is being tested.
Acres planted …

Kountry Korner in Baxter, IA Offering E15
March 12, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Kountry Korner in Baxter, Iowa has become the third retail location in the state to offer E15 as a registered fuel. E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, has been approved by …

Debate Rages over Who Is to Blame for Rising RIN Prices
March 12, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Prices for renewable fuel credits cracked the $1 barrier Friday and RBOB prices settled sharply higher as the war of words over who is to blame for skyrocketing credits prices also escalated.
…RINs have shown …

Gasoline Quality Greatly Affects Fuel Systems; Not Ethanol Content
March 12, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  EPA’s decision to grant the use of E15 in 2001 and newer automobiles and light duty vehicles was based on multiple-year, multiple-aspect testing of more than 88 vehicles.  The …

Phycal Captures CO2 Funding for Biofuel
March 12, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Debra Fiakas (Alt Energy Stocks)  As part of its program to promote beneficial reuse of carbon dioxide, the Department of Energy awarded a total of $27.2 million ($3.0 million in the first phase and $24.2 …

Renewable Energy Vehicle Club Has Optimistic Goals
March 8, 2013 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Molly Craig (Iowa State Daily)  In the spring of 2012, Tyler Cain had an idea. A year later, his idea has grown into his passion project: the REV club.
REV stands for Renewable Energy Vehicle. …

Group Says U.S. Energy Policy ‘Like an Orchestra without a Conductor’
March 8, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(Midwest Energy News)  To achieve true energy security, the United States badly needs a single federal energy policy and a new White House council to make it happen, retired Marine Corps General Jim Jones said …

Report: Flaws in EPA Drilling Pollution Data
March 7, 2013 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle)  Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the drilling boom, the agency’s …

Bill Introduced in House Would Require Additional Study of E15
March 7, 2013 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to repeal the E15 waiver and require additional testing of the fuel, despite extensive testing by the U.S. DOE.
Rep. …

Transportation & National Defense Forum March 12-13, 2013 San Diego, CA
March 7, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
Transportation & National Defense Forum  March 12-13, 2013  San Diego, CA

Join us in San Diego for a two day discussion about the opportunities and barriers for renewable energy presented by two important sectors in the western region: U.S. military bases and the transportation industry. A …

How to Ensure Biofuel Crops Don’t Become Weeds
March 7, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A Virginia Tech researcher, along with several others, have offered a way to ensure that plants grown for biofuels do not become an invasive weed. According to Jacob Barney, an assistance …

Australian Biofuels Project Another Step Closer
March 7, 2013 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Australian research company Agritechnology has found a location as it further develops a biofuels demonstration plant.
A site for the plant has been chosen in Orange, New South Wales and it will aim to …

Skyrocketing RIN Prices Signal Ethanol Blend Wall Imminent
March 6, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Prices of renewable fuel credits, needed by refiners to comply with the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, have skyrocketed over the past few months, an indication to some that the dreaded “blend wall” is close.
The …

Stoel Rives Publishes White Paper on RIN Program Change Proposal
March 6, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Stoel Rives/Biodiesel Magazine)  Stoel Rives LLP, a national energy and biofuels law firm, has published a white paper that provides a comprehensive overview of proposed regulatory changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, specifically …

Arundo Donax Safe from Noxious Weed Designation in North Carolina
March 6, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(SFN Today)  At the North Carolina Board of Agriculture’s meeting on Tuesday, whether or not to classify Arundo donax as a noxious weed in the state was at the top of the agenda. Vernon Cox, …

Aviation Biofuels: Are you Getting on Board? Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels: An Update on Efforts
March 6, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Nate Brown, Alternative Fuels Project Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration, presented an update on FAA’s efforts at the Biomass 2012 conference.
FAA’s approach is advancing the use of alternative …

Global Economic Effects of US Biofuel Policy and the Potential Contribution from Advanced Biofuels
March 6, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

Gbadebo Oladosu, Keith Kline, Paul Leiby, Rocio Uria-Martinez, Maggie Davis, Mark Downing & Laurence Eaton (Future-Science.com/Biofuels)  Background: This study evaluates the global economic effects of the current US RFS2, and the potential contribution from advanced biofuels. Results …

Project in Tri-Cities Using Ag Waste to Create Biofuel Becoming Commercially Reliable
March 6, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl (Tri-City Herald)  A pilot project to produce biofuel using agricultural and organic municipal waste has reached levels that makes the process commercially viable, researchers say.
The project, paid for by the Department of Energy, …

A National Biomass Lend-Lease Project
March 6, 2013 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The military would like, affordable, domestically-produced, drop-in, renewable fuels.  Drop-in fuel producers would like long-term, stable fuel sale and feedstock purchase contracts.   Why not put those needs together?
According to …

Unleashing the Power of the Bio-Economy
March 6, 2013 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recommendations from the Milken Institute — and a group of industry heavyweights — to accelerate the bioeconomy revolution.
In California this week, the Milken Institute released a good read on the …

Biomass Analysis Tool Is Faster, More Precise
March 5, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)  A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels …

Ethanol Plants Turning toward Grain Sorghum
March 5, 2013 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Star Journal)  …On a much brighter note, the managers of ethanol plants in Trenton and Ravenna are pushing hard to make a crop also known as milo the main ingredient in …

Is Fracking a ‘Bridge’ to a Clean-Energy Future? Ernest Moniz Thinks So.
March 4, 2013 – 11:21 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (The Washington Post)  When it comes to energy, Ernest Moniz seems to be an “all of the above” guy. President Obama’s new nominee for the Energy Department has heaped praise on everything from solar …

Ernest Moniz, MIT Physicist, Nominated as Energy Secretary
March 4, 2013 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  …At MIT, he has directed the school’s Energy Initiative, where he oversaw reports on almost every aspect of energy. And he has been a member of the President’s Council of Advisors …

Obama Filling out Cabinet, Will Nominate New Budget Chief, EPA Director and Energy Secretary
March 4, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  President Barack Obama is announcing his picks for three Cabinet-level jobs — nominees to run the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office.
Obama says energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz is …

NASA Begins Flight Research Campaign Using Alternate Jet Fuel
March 4, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude.
The …

Is the U.S. Military Fighting Straw Men?
March 4, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)    Are supporters of the oil industry grasping at straws to keep the U.S. military addicted to oil?
…Our reliance on foreign oil has already impacted military readiness, as …

Defending Clean Energy Goals and Policies
March 1, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Renewable energy stakeholders were reminded again in recent weeks that misguided criticism and outright misinformation launched against the nation’s pursuit of a clean energy future must be turned back.
…An example of the …

When it Comes to Biofuels Driving the Economy, The Sky is the Limit
March 1, 2013 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(BioTechNow)  Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote a column talking about the unlimited opportunities for biofuels to grow the rural economy. He highlighted what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already done to support …

Inside the Military’s Clean-Energy Revolution
February 28, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Julia Whitty (The Atlantic/Mother Jones)  …To get to the Nimitz, 100 miles off Honolulu, our turboprop is flying a 50-50 blend of biofuel and standard JP-5 shipboard aviation fuel. The biofuel is made from algae …

Can the US Still Meet Its 2022 Biofuels Targets?
February 28, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As cellulosic biofuels technologies start to deploy — critics and friends ask, 36 billion gallons by 2022, can it still be done?   Yep, there’s a pathway.
In Washington, the US Energy …

Live from #EIS13: 3 Leaders on the Importance of Energy Innovation
February 27, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Bryan McBournie (SmartBlog on Leadership)  … DuPont Chairwoman and CEO Ellen Kullman said it is important to ensure that the world’s energy mix is diverse, sustainable and accessible, and adding partners is key to innovation. …

Can E15 Save Ethanol?
February 27, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(1011Now.com)  …Nebraska ethanol and ag leaders believe E15 is key in getting idle ethanol plants back to producing.
Robert White, the director of market development for the Renewable Fuels Association, tells fuel retailers that gasoline demand dropped 6 …

Witnesses Bash E15 During One-Sided House Committee Hearing
February 27, 2013 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Feb. 26 hearing featured testimony of three E15 critics, including a representative of the Coordinating Research Council, which has authored research reports concluding E15 could damage engine valves …

EIA: Cellulosic Biofuels Will Likely Remain Well below EISA Targets
February 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  US Commercial-scale production of cellulosic biofuels reached about 20,000 gallons in late 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA estimates this output could grow to more than 5 million gallons this …

The Battle to Counter Big Oil’s Campaign
February 26, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fuels America is redoubling its efforts to point the finger at the real beneficiaries should the RFS be weakened and E15 smeared and it’s not consumers or the environment.
Fuels …

Solyndra Critics Back U.S. Lab Seeking Biofuel From Germs
February 26, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg)  People attending a Washington event this week may witness something almost unheard of in political circles: Republicans praising a clean-energy program supported by President Barack Obama.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy, …

EPA Issues Final Rule for Additional Qualifying Renewable Fuel Pathways under the RFS Program
February 25, 2013 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to identify additional fuel pathways that the Agency has determined meet the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements for biomass-based diesel, …

Ethanol Industry Responds to Witness List for E15 Hearing
February 25, 2013 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Environment is scheduled to hold a hearing on mid-level ethanol blends on Feb. 26. The hearing …

Technology-to-Market Summer Scholars
February 25, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is devoted exclusively to transformational energy technology research and development. ARPA-E’s mission is to:

Enhance U.S. economic security by identifying technologies with the potential …

Fuel Tax Credit Extensions Frequently Asked Questions
February 25, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Internal Revenue Service)  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-240) retroactively extends certain fuel tax credits that expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The retroactively extended fuel tax credits are the biodiesel mixture …

Team Up for Energy Victory
February 25, 2013 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Col. Bill Holmberg (ret.)  (American Council On Renewable Energy)   “Up with octane, down with aromatics, and embrace the needs of people and nature,” says ACORE’s legendary biomass guru. But less freak-out, more reach-out is …

Researchers Produce High Density Renewable Fuels from Terpenes; Potential Use as Significant Components of Jet, Diesel and Tactical Fuels
February 25, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake have developed a process for the synthesis of high energy density renewable fuels through the selective dimerization of α-pinene, …

Making Superfuels Affordable, via Biofuels: The JP-10 Story
February 25, 2013 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a switch to biofuels make super-dense JP-10 military aviation fuels affordable? Could F18A Super Hornets add payload or extend range?
Currently reserved for tactical missiles because of cost, biofuels could …

Could Algae Biofuel Doom The Keystone XL Pipeline?
February 22, 2013 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  As pressure on the Obama Administration to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline ramps up, algae biofuel is emerging as yet another domestic energy source that undercuts every argument for the …

Montana State University Graduate Launches Biofuels Startup, Partners with University
February 22, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Sepp Jannotta (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)  A Bozeman biofuels startup is partnering with Montana State University to turn a fungus discovered in the highly acidic hot springs of Yellowstone National Park into sustainable energy.
The discovery …

EPA Calls for 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations
February 22, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)   New green chemistry technologies grow markets and save businesses money.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the nominations for the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies and institutions that …

Hard Reality – Biofuels Are a Loser, Despite All the Hope and Hype
February 22, 2013 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Rod Adams (Atomic Insights)  I’ve been spending the past hour or so reading an excellent paper written by a US Naval aviator titled Twenty-First Century Snake Oil: Why the United States Should Reject Biofuels as …

Rodney Hailey Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Selling $9 Million in Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits
February 22, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Owner of “Clean Green Fuel” falsely claimed his company produced 23 million gallons of renewable fuel
U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to …

Industry Groups Appeal High-Ethanol Fuel Case to Supreme Court
February 22, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Ben Goad (The Hill Reg Watch)  A coalition of industry groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider a lower court’s finding in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 decision to …

The USDA’s BioPreferred Program – in Suspended Animation — What Next?
February 21, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  … It is a program that encourages companies to voluntarily register the amount of biobased content in their products — and, for those that pass a minimum content threshold, the …

The Biorefinery Project of the Future — Today
February 21, 2013 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As we highlighted this week in the Digest, Chromatin and Pacific Ethanol announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce, deliver and use locally grown sorghum in …

The Dew Drop Inn — Who’s Dropping in What in Biofuels?
February 19, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  B20, B5, B100, E10, E22, E15, M50, E85, Bu12.5, HEFA 50.  Is your head swimming with acronyms and blend ratios?  Who exactly is making drop-in fuels, and what does that …

Bill Would Limit EPA’s Ability to Increase Cellulosic RFS Volumes
February 19, 2013 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pending legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to limit the ability of the U.S. EPA to increase the cellulosic biofuel requirements its sets each year under the …

If You’re Not Extracting Corn Oil, Why Not?
February 15, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by John Davis and Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Ethanol producers need to squeeze every penny out of their operations. But one expert in the field of corn oil wonders why some refiners aren’t trying to capture …

The Ethanol Blend Wall, Biodiesel Production Capacity, and the RFS…Something Has to Give
February 15, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  …Our focus is on the increasing difficulty of meeting the RFS for both renewable biofuel (domestically produced ethanol) and advanced biofuels in the next 12 to …

Energy Department Announces New Investment to Advance Cost-Competitive Hydrogen Fuel
February 15, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced a $1 million investment to analyze and evaluate potential cost-competitive pathways for producing and transporting hydrogen fuel. The project selected—led by Strategic Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, …

That Darn Devil, Them Dang Details: What’s Really Driving Food Prices?
February 15, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the new USDA long-term forecasts, rising global meat consumption stands out as a driver of rising food prices, exports.
…But you might ask yourself — in a world where you …

DOE Seeks Comment on Efforts to Improve Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy
February 15, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department on February 1 invited public comment on an upcoming solicitation totaling more than $50 million for new research projects that will develop advanced technologies to improve vehicle performance …

Big Steps in Biofuels: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum ‘13
February 15, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

By Joshua Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Thinking about the back and forth on EPA’s cellulosic fuel mandates in the last month, the press on the harmful effects of diverting food crops for fuel processing in …

New DOE Research: RFS a Proven Economic Success with Minimal Impact on Food Prices or Land Use
February 14, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new research article published last month in the academic journal Biofuels concluded that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is producing significant positive economic effects in the United States. According to the paper, authored by researchers …

Bridges to Commercialization
February 14, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased DIgest)  Bringing your biobased technology forward through the Valley of Death may require a bridge over troubled waters.  Here are partners worth knowing.
… Bioenergy commercialization is long, expensive and risky. Derisking …

FAA and Spain Cooperate in Alternative Aviation Fuels
February 14, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to promote the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels in the …

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation
February 14, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released two comprehensive reports today that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests. The reports, entitled Climate Change and Agriculture: …

Iowa Army National Guard Launches E85 Mission
February 14, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(FlexFuelUS)  The Iowa Army National Guard is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the deployment of ethanol. More than half o f its 577
non-tactical vehicles a t Camp Dodge nowrunonE85thankstoaconcerted commitment to meet or …

DoE, Treasury: $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy
February 14, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury have announced the availability of $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the United …

White House Wants $2 billion to Give Cleaner Transport a Boost
February 14, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Patrick Rucker (Reuters)  President Barack Obama wants Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy transportation fund using fees paid by oil and gas producers on federal lands, the White House said Wednesday, expanding a plan announced …

US EPA’s Byron Bunker Deciphers Biodiesel RIN QAP Proposed Rule
February 13, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After U.S. EPA’s much-anticipated renewable identification number (RIN) quality assurance program (QAP) proposed rule was released last week, biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders at the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & …

USDA: Global Ethanol Production to Grow 40 Percent through 2022
February 13, 2013 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 11 the USDA released a report detailing its agricultural projections for the next 10-year period. According to the paper, titled “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2022,” long-run developments …

Soybeans Could Be Next Chapter of Biofuels Boom
February 12, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Tom Doran  (AgNews) …Under the current Renewable Fuels Standards, continued growth in corn-based ethanol use is uncertain do to several factors, including the 10 percent blend wall, slow implementation of higher blend, declining total …

The Electric Car Mistake
February 12, 2013 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn.
The New York Times’s John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S …

Study Indicates Corn Cob Removal Would Not Reduce Soil Quality
February 11, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn crop residues are often left on harvested fields to protect soil quality, but they could become an important raw material in cellulosic …

Murkowski Energy Plan Would Gut the RFS
February 11, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 4, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, released an energy blueprint that calls for a wide variety of …

Scientists Turn Toxic Byproduct into Biofuel Booster
February 11, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes—long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline—have figured out why the natural reaction typically stops after three …

Advanced Biofuels Explore Alternatives to Consumption Crops
February 11, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Dang (ICIS.com)   Exploring a future in advanced biofuels can be one way the US ethanol industry address the “food vs. fuel” debate, a consultant said on Thursday.
“Even though it is a misconception that first-generation …

Latest Biodiesel Quality Results Show a Record 97 Percent on Spec
February 10, 2013 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Teresa Alleman, a senior chemist with the fuels performance group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., shared the latest biodiesel fuel quality survey results with attendees at …

DOE Aims To Boost Biofuel, Advanced Vehicle Programs With New Office
February 8, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Inside EPS’s Clean Energy Report)  The Department of Energy (DOE) is restructuring its renewable energy program to create an office of transportation, with officials saying the move will help better coordinate and prioritize …

Live from #NEC13: Views on the Future of Ethanol
February 8, 2013 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Bryan McBournie (SmartBlog) … Shell Oil Products’ Downstream Policy and Advocacy Manager John Reese said his company is a big supporter of biofuels, but the RFS needs to be adjusted to avoid problems down the …

Lawmakers Pitch Plan to Tweak Renewable Mandate
February 8, 2013 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(FuelFix)  Lawmakers have unveiled the first major proposal to rewrite a mandate forcing refiners to blend biofuels into gasoline, amid a growing outcry against the eight-year-old requirement.
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, …

EPA Approves New Fueling Configuration for E15
February 8, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 7, the U.S. EPA approved a new blender pump configuration for the sale of E15 and E10. The configuration, submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association, can be …

Alternative Fuel Project Gets $500,000 from U.S. Energy Department
February 8, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Richard Craver (Winston-Salem Journal)  The U.S. Energy Department has made a $500,000 award to the Alternative Fuel Implementation Team for N.C. project, which is led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University.
The …

Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane and Cellulosic Biomass for US Use
February 8, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Michael Wang, Jeongwoo Han, Jennifer B Dunn, Hao Cai and Amgad Elgowainy (US Department of Energy/IOP Science)  corn-based ethanol production occurring mostly in the US and sugarcane-based ethanol production occurring mostly in Brazil. Advances …

Ethanol Fuel Targeted by Legislators, Administration
February 6, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Brett Whitmarsh  (WLBZ)  The Maine legislature will decide whether to restrict or even eliminate the use of ethanol in gasoline in the state.
A legislator from Turner and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are …

A Path Not Yet Trod
February 2, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/BiofuelsDigest)  … That is, the cost of renewed tax breaks for the biofuels industry came at a great cost relative to the benefits gained. Being lumped in with Hollywood filmmakers, rum …

FAME Is Not (necessarily) the Answer
February 2, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Serino (Defense Logistics Agency Energy/Biofuels Digest)  …A mandate in all countries to go to ULSD marine fuel would be my first step to cleaner fuels and lower emissions as many nations still burn …

2013 a Pivotal Year for the Renewable Fuel Standard
February 2, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winter (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  Less than a decade ago, the nation’s energy experts projected imports of oil to continue to grow throughout the first third of the century. Both Congress and the President …

Pentagon Nominee Hagel Endorses Ban on High-Carbon Defense Fuels
February 2, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, is backing a controversial ban on military purchase of alternative fuels that have higher greenhouse gas emissions than …

Biofuel Producers Waiting for Pentagon to Show Them the Money
February 2, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Sandra I. Erwin (National Defense Magazine)  The biofuels industry is seeing promising signs from Washington. President Obama in his inauguration speech tied green energy to economic growth. Congress agreed to allow the Pentagon to …

EPA Proposes Rules for Voluntary RIN Integrity Program
February 2, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   On Jan. 31 the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule that creates a structured process for buyers of renewable identification numbers (RINs) to verify their validity. Under the …

2012 Food Price Increases Were Second-Lowest in 20 Years
February 2, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Food prices rose just 1.8% in 2012, the second-lowest annual rate in the last 20 years, according to recently released consumer price index (CPI) data. The new data demonstrates …

Biofuels Blend Right In
February 1, 2013 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk.com)  A collaborative study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a bioenergy research center led by Berkeley Lab, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has shown that an ionic liquid …

Stakeholders Must Be Ready to Challenge Attacks on the RFS
February 1, 2013 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … A federal court decision last week that set aside EPA’s volumetric requirement for cellulosic biofuel under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was excessively characterized this week by the oil industry and …

Doing Corn Better and Doing Better than Corn for Biofuels: Recent Developments in the Field
February 1, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Like it or not, corn and corn ethanol production are large, established industries in the U.S. While they provide significant economic, energy, and environmental benefits for our …

The 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard: Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide
February 1, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane ( Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its proposed 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS2).

The proposal will be open for a 45-day public comment period and EPA will …

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Ignores Biofuels at DC Auto Show and in Resignation Remarks
February 1, 2013 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In yesterday’s address on Policy Day at the Washington, DC Auto Show, Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke passionately about the need for the US to reduce dependence on foreign …

Sandia Scientist Engineers Cyanobacteria for Fuel
January 30, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by Sue Holmes (Sandia News Media/Algae Industry Magazine)  Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels, and has also found that …

That Cotton-pickin’ Varmint Ethanol vs that Bush Whackin’ Cherry-pickin’ API
January 30, 2013 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s right, in the fight of their lives over E15 ethanol blending?  Whose data’s from Toontown, whose from the real-world?
Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute held a press conference in DC …

Distribution Infrastructure—a Hurdle to Overcome
January 30, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Donna Funk (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Kennedy and Coe LLC)   …The current market for E15 is growing, which is an exciting statement. The industry is still facing issues associated with federal regulations restricting the sale of …

The First Lady of E15
January 30, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Kristy Moore recalls her beginnings in the ethanol industry, her fondness for American agriculture and the long road to bringing E15 to market.
The story of the approval of E15 for …

Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill
January 30, 2013 – 3:38 pm | Comments Off on Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency” framed a public discussion of automotive issues for Capitol Hill staff which ranged from fuel efficiency and the new CAFÉ (Corporate Average …

U.S. DOE Allots $6 Million to Biomass Supply Chain Technologies
January 29, 2013 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. DOE has made $6 million available for projects focused on developing and demonstrating supply chain technologies that will enable delivery of commercial-scale lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to U.S. biorefineries.
The …

Insects’ Gut Microbes Hint at Biofuel Breakthrough
January 29, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Li Jiao (SciDev.net)  Deep inside insects’ guts may lie the key to one of the biofuel industry’s great challenges: how to cost-effectively turn tough plant waste into profit-making fuel.
About 50 million tonnes of lignin …

Is Reduction of Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Just Talk?
January 29, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  Is the government’s commitment to alternative fuels being stymied by the American Petroleum Institute, or is the Department of Energy stymying the commitment all by itself?
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the …

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Says Principle Proven on New Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process for Biofuels
January 28, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lawrence Berkeley Lab has developed a new technology that enables the engineering of host microorganisms suitable for biofuel processing using ionic liquid pretreatment. It may also enable fermentation under septic …

Touchstone Testing New Algae Technologies in Ohio
January 27, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  West Virginia-based Touchstone Research Laboratory, is experimenting with three new technologies at their raceway farm testing center built around four 30-by-200-foot ponds in Wooster, Ohio. Funded by close to $7 million in …

Texas Researcher Looks into Biodiesel Production from Lignin
January 25, 2013 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Biodiesel Magazine)  A two-year research project aims to crack the lignin question by engineering a microbe to break down the byproduct into a lipid, or fat, and then into biodiesel. The research …

Study Looks at Environmental Benefits of Ethanol
January 25, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to a new study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn grown using no-till methods may sequester larger amounts of carbon than previously believed. The study was published in …

Court Strikes Down Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate – Finds EPA Exceeded Statutory Authority
January 25, 2013 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!) In a decision that questions the motivation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today vacated EPA’s 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, concluding that its biased forecast was in ‘excess …

High Crop Prices Are Driving Land Use Change in the U.S. at an Increasing Environmental Cost
January 25, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The USDA estimates that farmers in the U.S. will plant nine million more acres in corn in 2013 than they did in 2011, an increase of almost 10 …

RIN Management Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules
January 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Hove (RINAlliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Managing RIN transactions and completing EPA reports has become slightly easier under RFS2 and EMTS rules. RIN marketing, however, has become increasingly difficult in a market that has been rocked …

Iowa Groups Announce Formation of Iowa RFS Coalition, Thank President Obama for Unwavering RFS Support
January 24, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Iowas Renewable Fuels Association)  A group of Iowa businesses and organizations today congratulated President Obama on his Inauguration and announced the formation of the Iowa RFS Coalition.  In a letter to the President, also copied …

Knocking $40 Per Ton out of Biomass Costs, the Green Way
January 24, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Maryland, The Wildlife Society released a Technical Review, “Effects of Bioenergy Production on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat,” to provide answers to questions on bioenergy development and wildlife so that …

Coalition Urges New Farm Bill for Energy
January 23, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm Bill with strong mandatory funding for energy programs.
The coalition notes that programs included in the …

Engineer Gets NSF CAREER Grant to Study Biofuel Process
January 23, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Massachusetts-Amherst NewsWise)  Paul J. Dauenhauer, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program to conduct basic research on the …

LS9: Hail and Farewell
January 23, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ most-celebrated technologies falters; the struggle to raise capital claims a high-profile victim.
…The company had been known for its awesomely promising technology, leisurely pace towards commercialization compared to …

Project in Tri-Cities Using Ag Waste to Create Biofuel Becoming Commercially Reliable
January 22, 2013 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl  (Tri-City Herald)  A pilot project to produce biofuel using agricultural and organic municipal waste has reached levels that makes the process commercially viable, researchers say.
The project, paid for by the Department of …

Stakeholders Must Study Climate Assessment, Contribute to Discussion
January 18, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) U.S. agriculture has always been innovative in meeting the challenges to production posed by changing growing conditions in the various parts of the country. So, farmers, foresters, ranchers and land owners are …

DOE Announces $10M in Funding for “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Project
January 18, 2013 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DOE sets goal of 2,500 gallon per acre algae biomass demonstration by 2018.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced a “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Funding Opportunity of up …

RIN Management and RIN Marketing Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules
January 18, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Hove  (RINAlliance/EcoEngineers)  RINAlliance was established in 2007 to assist petroleum marketers and renewable fuel blenders with EPA blending compliance requirements. Today, RINAlliance serves 130 blenders with EPA reporting and RIN marketing. They currently manage …

Choice at the Pump E15 Is Currently Cleared for Sale in a Handful of States, with Work Ongoing to Bring It to the Rest of the U.S.
January 17, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 convenience stores, didn’t just open the first E15 retail pump in the nation. Not long after offering 15 percent ethanol at the first station …

Breaking the Oil Monopoly With Renewable Fuel
January 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(AOL Energy/Fuels America Coalition)  The oil industry has taken aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a self-interested bid to retain dominance over America’s transportation fuel sector. Our dependence on oil is stifling consumer …

American Petroleum Institute: Clean Fuels Standard “Unworkable”; RFA Chief Says “Nuts”.
January 16, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  During a media conference call today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “unworkable” and stated that they would “like to see complete repeal of the …

Black Carbon Ranks as Second-Biggest Human Cause of Global Warming
January 16, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Soot ranks as the second-largest human contributor to climate change, exerting twice as much of an impact as previously  thought, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
The four-year, 232-page study …

Vilsack Ties Farm Bill to Biofuels, Will Serve Again as Ag Secretary
January 16, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the future success of biofuels in this country is also tied to successfully getting a new five-year farm bill passed. Speaking to delegates of the …

Court Rules against Big Oil in Dispute over Ethanol Blend
January 16, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(FuelFix)  Despite protests from the oil industry, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow a challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency decision encouraging more ethanol to be blended into gasoline.
The American Petroleum Institute, …

New Fuel Blend Creates Stir in Industry, Yakima Valley
January 14, 2013 – 8:48 pm | No Comment

by Phil Ferolito  (Yakima Herald-Republic)  A newly approved gasoline blend that contains more ethanol is causing a stir among automakers and fuel retailers, who say the industry isn’t ready for the change.
They fear the new …

Pennsylvanians Angry about Plans to Ship Gas Overseas
January 14, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Alexandra Duszak (PublicIntegrity.org)  When Pennsylvanians agreed to a massive increase in natural gas drilling in the state, they were told that the economic benefit would outweigh any potential risk to the environment.
The drilling employs …

USDA Announces Investments in Bioenergy Research and Development to Spur New Markets, Innovation, and Unlimited Opportunity in Rural America
January 14, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix today, where he announced $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from …

U.S. Biodiesel Producers Gain from Tax Reinstatement

, RIN Integrity Programs
January 11, 2013 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Biofuels Digest)  …Larger producers of biodiesel like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland get a higher price for their RINs than the producers with smaller balance sheets. For producers outside of the largest, …

LSU AgCenter to Open Pilot Biofuels Plant Jan. 25
January 11, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Town Talk)  The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute plans a Jan. 25 opening for a pilot plant designed to produce biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts.
The centerpiece of the AgCenter’s sustainable bioproducts …

How The Fiscal Cliff Bill Might Void Your Car’s Warranty
January 11, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Pete Bigelow  (AOL Autos)  Legislation could widen use of E15 fuel blend, which automakers say can corrode your engine
Thanks to the fiscal cliff bill signed into law last week, a blend of fuel that …

Maine DEP Working on Plan to Ban Gas Blends with More than 10 Percent Ethanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Stone   (Bangor Daily News)  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to wade into a national debate surrounding gasoline blends made up of more than 10 percent ethanol.
The state agency is …

A Look at DuPont Biofuel’s Work on Cellulosic Ethanol and Butanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report) …DuPont is currently engaged in two major projects to commercialize advanced biofuels.
The first is a 30 million gallon per year corn stover-fed facility in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont  has been working on …

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit
January 11, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to cellulosic sugar
Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for biobased chemical and fuel markets, welcomed …

Methane Leaks Erode Green Credentials of Natural Gas
January 7, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Tollefson (Nature)  Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental
Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about …

Fungi, the Rodney Dangerfield of Biofuels
January 7, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now, yeast is a fungi, but fungi as a Kingdom is a lot broader than our friend yeast and, like Rodney Dangerfield, it been getting, by and large, no respect, …

Iowa’s Second E15 Retail Station Opens in Fredericksburg
January 7, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Fredericksburg Coop in Fredericksburg, Iowa now offers E15 as a registered fuel to 2001 and newer vehicles, joining Linn Coop Oil …

Future of Green Racing in US Unclear after 2013
January 6, 2013 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The future of the American Le Mans GreenX ChallengeTM in particular and Green Racing in general is uncertain past the 2013 racing season. On Friday, January 4th 2013, NASCAR GRAND-AM …

USDA’s Senior Energy Advisor Explains BCAP after Cliff Deal
January 4, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biomass Crop Assistance Program may have been extended through 2013 with the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, but the program’s usefulness in the coming …

Energy Department Awards $10 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bio-based Products
January 4, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to develop every available source of American energy, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $10 million to five projects in California, …

Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States
January 4, 2013 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Bradley Frieze (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera and Dr. Mark Jones of the National Academy of Science Division on Earth and Life Studies gave a public webinar on November 27th, 2012 about the …

Alabama Inventors Patent Algae Extraction Method
January 3, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Streamline Automation, of Huntsville, Alabama, has been assigned a patent (8,303,818) developed by four co-inventors for a “method and apparatus using an active ionic liquid for algae biofuel harvest and extraction.” The …

Driving Algae Sustainability
January 3, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Biomass Magazine)  Just a few weeks ago, the National Research Council released its report on the sustainability of biofuels derived from algae, affirming the potential of our industry to meet global fuel …

The Beltway Biochemist: Valerie Reed
January 3, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  Valerie Reed, acting manager for the U.S. DOE Biomass Program, is leading a federal government initiative of nearly $200 million to expedite the commercialization of next-generation, biomass-based fuels and chemicals. …

Farm Bill Contains No Mandatory Funding for Energy Title Programs
January 3, 2013 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The bad news is, all mandatory funding for energy title programs were stripped from the farm bill at the last moment. “The programs have lived, but they don’t have …

Iowa Gains Second E15 Station
January 3, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News)  …Fredericksburg Coop in Fredericksburg becomes the second station to offer the blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol to owners of 2001 and newer vehicles.
…Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels …

API Mounts Another Attack on RFS, Ethanol Industry Fights Back
January 2, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Less than two weeks after the U.S. EPA denied the request to waive the renewable fuel standard (RFS), the American Petroleum Institute is calling on Congress to repeal it.
During a press call …

UC San Diego Researchers Demonstrate Marine Algae Potential
January 2, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(University of California-San Diego/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biologists at UC San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that marine algae can be just as capable as fresh water algae in producing biofuels.
The scientists genetically engineered marine …