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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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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 …

EERE Transportation Energy Futures Study: Deep Reductions in Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions
April 23, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Studies Institute (EESI) and the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) held a briefing on the conclusions of the newly released …

National Algae Testbed Kicks off at Arizona State University
April 23, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) members from across the U.S. gathered at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus April 15-18 for their national kickoff meetings to discuss strategies for advancing research and …

EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards
April 23, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings in April on the Tier 3 proposed rulemaking aimed at addressing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public …

Cobalt, Mercurius, BioProcess Algae, Frontline Land $17.7M in Military Biofuels Grants
April 23, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $17.7 million in grants to …

U.S., Israel Could Collaborate on Advanced Biofuel Development
April 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation/Biomass Magazine)  After a briefing by senior White House staff on April 17, following their arrival in the U.S., an Israeli delegation of top academic and industrial biofuels research scientists and …

Tax Writers Warm to Giving Renewables Parity with Fossil Fuels
April 19, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Nick Juliano (MidWest Energy News)   A proposal to allow renewable energy developers to take advantage of a tax structure that has long been popular among fossil fuel companies is gaining traction among lawmakers tasked …

Long List of Lobbies Oppose Renewable-Fuels Standard
April 19, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  It’s hard to rival the diversity and sheer number of groups and companies with a vested interest in the renewable-fuels standard, from food and livestock businesses to those in the …

Dinneen to Forbes: Forbes Should Be Advocating For, Not Arguing Against, Increased Competition
April 19, 2013 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) To the Editor:   What’s there about lower prices at the pump, less pollution and reduced reliance on imported oil that Robert Bradley, Jr., doesn’t like (“It’s Time to Repeal the …

AFPM Welcomes EPA Move to Address Biodiesel Fraud but Greater Fix is Needed
April 19, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Journal/The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and American Petroleum Institute (API) filed comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel Quality Assurance Program.
“EPA’s …

Oil-and-Gas Lobby Talks Biofuel Rule with White House, EPA, Senior Lawmakers
April 18, 2013 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire) The head of a powerful oil industry lobbying group met with top White House officials and senior lawmakers Wednesday about stripping a federal biofuel rule.
“We’re talking about the renewable fuel …

Monitoring, Diagnostics Tackle Algae Biofuel Pond Crash Problem
April 18, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories/Biodiesel Magazine)  Sandia National Laboratories is developing a suite of complementary technologies to help the emerging algae industry detect and quickly recover from algal pond crashes, an obstacle to large-scale algae cultivation for …

Vilsack, LaHood Extend Aviation Biofuels Commitment
April 15, 2013 – 11:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Two members of Pres. Obama’s cabinet today have signed their names to an agreement that will extend the administration’s commitment to the production of biofuels for use in airplanes. Secretary of …

Bashing The Oil Industry at Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference: Offense and Defense in the Game of Whack-a-Mole
April 15, 2013 – 10:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Although conference convener, Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane, insisted that he “discouraged industry bashing,” the first morning of this 3-day conference was replete with unveiled references to The Oil Industry, …

BIO Comments on EPA’s 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Rules
April 12, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization) The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS).
The comments emphasized that continued stable …

Gevo Wins a Judgment in Latest Butamax vs Gevo Dust-Up
April 12, 2013 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware entered a final judgment in favor of Gevo and against Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC (Butamax), a 50/50 joint …

Freeze It – A Proposal for Implementing RFS2 through 2015
April 11, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  …Here, we present a proposal for implementing the RFS2 through 2015 that recognizes the constraints implied by the E10 blend wall and will avert the impact of the …

The EIA Publishes Data on E85-Capable Vehicles
April 11, 2013 – 12:13 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 …

President’s FY2014 Budget Boosts DOE Vehicle Technology Spending 75% to $575M; $282M for Advanced Biofuels
April 11, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(EV-olution.org)  President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal submitted to Congress provides $28.4 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Energy, an 8% increase above the 2012 enacted level. Among the direct transportation-related highlights of the department’s …

Biofuels Digest’s 3-Minute Guide to the EIA Energy Outlook
April 10, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eager to understand the bio investor impact from the EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook – but not crazy about reading 46 pages of dense text and graphics?
Our 3-Minute Guide can help.
…We …

Biodiesel Use Up 240% in 2011
April 10, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Justin Loiseau (Motley Fool)  Alternative and replacement fuels are making moves, according to the most recent data released by the Energy Information Administration on Monday. From 2007 to 2011, traditional fuel use dropped 7.8% to 171 …

Advanced Biofuels USA Co-Hosts DOE’s Biomass 2013
April 10, 2013 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

Advanced Biofuels USA, co-hosting with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, invites you to be a supporter of Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy. This year’s conference will be held July …

New EPA Fuel, Emission Standards A Benefit for Ethanol
April 9, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers Association says more stringent emissions standards create a place for ethanol’s higher octane levels to shine
…The tier 3 standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated …

CME Plans to Introduce Ethanol RINs Contract by End of May
April 9, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  CME Group Inc. (CME), owner of the world’s largest futures exchange, plans to start a contract for ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers by the end of May amid concern that higher RINs …

Ethanol Industry Seeks Toned-Down Renewable Fuel Goals
April 9, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Ben Goad (The Hill E2Wire)  A key industry group is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ratchet back this year’s volume requirements for biofuel production, arguing the proposed standards are unrealistic.
In formal comments submitted Monday, …

USDA Asks White House to Approve Sugar-for-Ethanol Program
April 9, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Charles Abbott (Reuters)  The White House will decide in coming weeks whether to attempt to blunt low prices in the U.S. sugar market by buying hundreds of thousands of tons of surplus sugar and …

A Crash of Algae, Bioterrorism and the Future of Biofuels
April 9, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You’ve probably seen it, in some way, for years — a local pond seems suddenly crowded with algae — or there’s news of a “red tide” blooming at sea — …

EPA Tier 3 Rules Lower Sulfur Content, Assume E15 to Replace E10
April 8, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has proposed Tier 3 emission standards for cars and gasoline. The new goals for lower sulfur content got the attention in the first days after …

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Files Comments on EPA’s Unworkable RFS
April 8, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR Newswire)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed formal comments detailing the problems and harmful consequences caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule Regulation of Fuels and Fuel …

RFA to House Energy & Commerce Committee: Let RFS Work and Solutions to Blend Wall Will Be Found!
April 8, 2013 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today (April 5, 2013)  responded to the questions posed by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce in a white paper entitled, “Examining ‘Blend …

EPA Informs Court of Plan to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Requirement for 2011
April 8, 2013 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Childers  (Bloomberg BNA)  The Environmental Protection Agency will voluntarily reconsider the cellulosic ethanol blending requirement for 2011, the agency told a federal appellate court in an April 3 motion (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers v. …

Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program
April 5, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013 for financial assistance as follows: grants, guaranteed …

ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie to Reach Final Four
April 5, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute/PR NewsWire)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United …

Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market
April 5, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Tech News)  A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel …

USDA Accepting Apps for Blender Pump Grants under REAP Program
April 5, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for federal REAP funds to help gasoline retailers install blender pumps designed to give consumers flexibility and choice in …

DOE Announces Five-Year Renewal of Funding for Bioenergy Research Centers
April 5, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced it would fund its three Bioenergy Research Centers for an additional five-year period, subject to continued congressional appropriations. The three Centers—including the BioEnergy Research Center …

US Department of Energy Gives Michigan State, University of Wisconsin $125 Million to Continue Biofuels Research
April 5, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Brandon Howell (MLive) Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin will continue their partnered research of advanced biofuels thanks to $125 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, …

7 Steps to Meeting US Renewable Fuels Targets
April 5, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We go through the renewable fuels math — and find that the nattering nabobs of negativism might have crowed too soon.
…Lately, the nattering nabobs appear to have landed at the …

Federal Grant Helps Keep Jackson Express’ Ethanol Cause Pumping
April 2, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Diana Johnsen (KCAUTV.com)  …The Jackson Express Gas station in Jackson, Nebraska has what are called ethanol “blender pumps”, which allows drivers to customize how much ethanol goes into their fuel.
And the more ethanol, the …

DOE Study: RFS Boosts US Economy
April 2, 2013 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  As Congress and the country debate the renewable fuel standard (RFS), Big Oil and Big Food are flooding the zone with bought-and-paid-for “studies” seeking to discredit American …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Not an Answer
April 2, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  As policy makers in Washington DC and across the country confront the costly consequences of mandating renewable fuels, some have suggested a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) as an alternative. …

The Hydrogen Problem
April 2, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A numbers of readers responding to “Biofuels from a raging fireball” (Friday’s Top Story, on research work with the raging fireball, Pyrococchus furiosus, to make biofuels and renewable chemicals from …

Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels
April 2, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  When blessed with a resource in overwhelming abundance it’s generally a good idea to make valuable use of that resource. Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant organic material …

USDA, DuPont Pair up on Corn Stover Guidelines
April 2, 2013 – 9:52 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/Quad Cities Times)  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed an agreement Friday with DuPont that will help establish guidelines for how the company will collect corn-plant residue for a new ethanol plant in central …

The Future of Biofuels in 10 Charts and Maps
March 30, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … The good news is that biofuel production can responsibly continue to grow if we switch from corn to biomass as a source material or feedstock. Our recent analysis confirms that biomass is available …

Better Biofuels
March 30, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by James Hataway  (UGA Research)  … Li Tan was examining some of the sugars, proteins and polymers that make up plant cell walls, which provide the structural support and protection that allow plants to grow. Yet his …

Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme / Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution
March 29, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in …

EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits
March 29, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent …

Biofuels, Renewables Strongly up Since 2008, Says New EIA Report
March 29, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Maryland, the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through December 31, 2012 is showing that renewable energy sources and natural gas expanded rapidly during the …

Congress’s Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?
March 29, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (The Green Grok/Duke University)  …As a libation, ethanol’s been around for a long, long time. As a fuel, it dates back to 1826 when it was first used in an internal combustion engine. …

11 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the Biodiesel Industry
March 29, 2013 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine/MarketWire)  Below is breakdown of the latest, sourced information as to why investment in biodiesel is a sound decision written by Ron Kotrba, Editor of Biodiesel Magazine.
1. Jump in on a growing …

The Cutting Edge of Corn Stover and Switchgrass Supply: A Comprehensive Feedstock Solution
March 28, 2013 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Supplying high-quality feedstock for use in a broad range of sustainable conversion processes to produce advanced biofuels is a complex, multi-step process. Each step in the feedstock supply and logistics chain—from …

US Refiners May Boost Renewables Spending if RFS Targets Not Lowered: Moody’s
March 28, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Beth Evans  (Platts)  Ratings agency Moody’s expects US refiners to increase investments in renewables blending and infrastructure if federal renewables targets are not lowered.
“In the absence of any EPA waivers to meeting the renewable …

Study Shows RINs Not Factor in Higher Gasoline, Fuel Group Says
March 28, 2013 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  A surge in the value of Renewable Identification Numbers for ethanol compliance isn’t one of the reasons for higher gasoline retail prices, the Renewable Fuels Association said, citing a study by …

Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry Is Reshaping American Energy July 31-August 1 Washington, DC
March 28, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
Biomass 2013:  How the Advanced Bioindustry Is Reshaping American Energy    July 31-August 1  Washington, DC

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

Webinar: Biomass and the Military April 25, 2013 10:00AM EST
March 28, 2013 – 2:26 pm | No Comment
Webinar: Biomass and the Military  April 25, 2013   10:00AM EST

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EST, Bioenergy Technologies Office staff members will talk about the latest joint efforts between the Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy to use biopower and …

Computational Studies in Lignocellulose Deconstruction April 15, 2013 12:40 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Webinar
March 28, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
Computational Studies in Lignocellulose Deconstruction   April 15, 2013 12:40 PM – 2:15 PM EDT  Webinar

On April 15, 2013, from 1–2:15 p.m. ET, Dr. “Gnana” S. Gnanakaran—of Los Alamos National Laboratory—will present a webinar on his team’s molecular research on lignocellulosic biomass. Lignocellulose is a promising carbon-neutral source of energy …

Algae Biofuels and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
March 28, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As can be seen in the research by Perrine, Negi, and Sayre — a more optimal light distribution strategy is available to algae but they don’t take it, because they …

NASA Project Seeks to Assess Biofuel Environmental Performance at Altitude and Impact on Contrails Formation
March 27, 2013 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A team of NASA researchers has begun a programme of flight tests that will compare the environmental impacts from emissions and contrails of a blended fuel containing 50 per cent biofuel against those from …

Energy Department Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative
March 27, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(U. S. Department of Energy)  As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to revitalizing America’s manufacturing sector, today the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new Department initiative focused on growing American manufacturing …

University of Georgia Discovery May Allow Scientists to Make Fuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere
March 27, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over …

ARPA-E Launches $20M Project REMOTE – Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Liquid Fuels
March 27, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ARPA-E aims to drive liquid fuel production from abundant, affordable methane — and sees biobased technology as the path forward.
In Washington, ARPA-E released its long-awaited funding opportunity announcement for Project …

Automakers Ask Supreme Court to Take up Ethanol Challenge
March 27, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by David Shephardson (Detroit News)  Major automakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to approve a higher blend of ethanol for vehicles from 2001 and newer.
The …

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change: From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
March 26, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Center for Climate and Security)  The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAS, recently released a set of recommendations for President Obama on addressing climate change. The top-line recommendations include:

Focus on national preparedness for climate …

DOE Gives Southern Research Institute $925,000 for Bio-Oil Work
March 26, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  Southern Research Institute won a $925,000 energy award from the U.S. DOE to develop a mild liquefaction process to convert biomass to petroleum refinery-ready bio-oils.
“We hope the project will advance …

RFS: #1 on Big Oil Hitlist for a Reason
March 26, 2013 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (National Journal/Advanced Ethanol Council)  First, let’s assess what we know to be true …

RFS2 is just five years old. We are about one-third of the way through a 15-year commitment to diversify …

BSCS Seeks Teacher-Collaborators for Research Project Funded by the National Science Foundation DEADLINE March 31, 2013
March 25, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

(Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)  Teacher-collaborators will field test a 3-credit, online, graduate-level course designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge and practice related to energy concepts. The course is titled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Teacher-collaborators and …

Bioenergy Institute for Educators Now Accepting Applications for 2013! DEADLINE March 31, 2013
March 25, 2013 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Institute dates: June 24-29, 2013    Application dealdine: March 31, 2013,
In this one-week summer program, teams of educators core areas of GLBRC research, get hands-on experience with our education materials, and …

You Don’t Say?
March 25, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The subhead of the article was “The U.S. will be the world’s leading energy producer, if we allow it.” That was a remarkably incomplete description.  A more …

Senators Ask McCarthy to Outline Response to RIN Price Increase
March 25, 2013 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have sent a letter to U.S. EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy, asking her to outline “how she will protect American citizens …

Study Shows Carbon Sequestration from Corn Production Runs Deep
March 25, 2013 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The ethanol industry has some good news to share. And it comes in an arena where the domestically produced biofuel has often been challenged – carbon sequestration and the life-cycle assessment of …

Turning Cow Manure Into Brown Gold
March 25, 2013 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource that is in little danger of running low: cow manure, or “brown gold.” Thanks to a …

Peach Genome Offers Insights into Breeding Strategies for Biofuels Crops
March 25, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Science Codex)  Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate “biofuel crops” from which it is expected that cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels can be efficiently extracted. Domesticating these as crops requires …

Auburn Researcher Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Study Biofuels
March 25, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jessica Nelson  (Auburn University)  Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels …

Biorefinery 2015 – Transformations in Biofuels Costs, Financing
March 25, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first wave of cellulosic biofuels projects are now reaching completion.  But what does the next wave look like – from technology to financing? We explore the trends in our …

How Much More Domestic Corn Ethanol and Imported Sugar Ethanol Should EPA Require in 2013?
March 23, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments from stakeholders on the EPA’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2013. The proposed final standards would require the blending of more domestic …

US Congress Committee Examines RFS, Plans Hearings on Renewable Mandate
March 22, 2013 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A third key congressional committee has entered the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, calling for comment on a series of questions and issuing a “white paper” detailing concerns about the biofuels mandate and …

First E15 Gas Station Gets Warning from ConocoPhillips, Might Have to Stop Ethanol Sales
March 22, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage  (AutoBlogGreen)  Ethanol advocates are continuing to throw down the gauntlet with Big Oil. Jabs have been thrown through satire and blogging – now the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is throwing a hook by going after ConocoPhillips, …

I Have a Ream: Biofuels Digest’s 60-Second Guide to this Week’s DC Overload
March 22, 2013 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week in Washington, it has been one for the record books, emailwise and biofuelswise. Reams and reams of emails attest to the seriousness of the stakes — as NGOs, …

Senate Rejects Amendment Gutting Military Biofuels Program by 40-59 Vote
March 21, 2013 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  An amendment to a $984 billion Senate government funding bill that would have stripped funds from the Defense Department’s drop-in biofuels program failed by a 40-59 vote on Wednesday.
Sen. …

Big Oil Calls for End of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 21, 2013 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Major oil companies called on Congress Wednesday to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, the six-year-old federal law mandating biofuels use that is the base of demand for both ethanol …

Update: Valero Says Ethanoll Blending Costs to Double or Triple this Year
March 21, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Alison Sider (Dow Jones Newswire/Lloyds)  Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said it will have to spend two or even three times as much as it did last year to comply with the federal ethanol blending …

Gevo vs Butamax: Butamax Heads for Appeal after Court Setback
March 21, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …To Gevo, Butamax we now attend, 

And their legal record, we now amend.
The Federal judge overseeing the complex patent infringement litigation between Gevo and Butamax has issued a series of pre-trial …

Are Algae Biofuels a Realistic Alternative to Petroleum?
March 20, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Ian Branam (Scientific American)  Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that nearly 14 percent of land in the continental United States, or roughly the combined area of Texas and New Mexico, …

Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa Offering E15
March 20, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Dave Sovereign from Cresco, Iowa has been busy. Last week he helped to convert the Fast Stop station he owns in his hometown to E15. Then he caught an airplane to …

Southern Research Institute Wins $925,000 Dept. of Energy Award to Liquefy Biomass for Production of Transportation Fuels
March 20, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Southern Research Institute)  Research could encourage blending of bio-oils into refinery streams for producing renewable diesel and gasoline
Durham, North Carolina — Southern Research Institute today announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the …

Colonial Pipeline to Ship Biodiesel on Georgia Line by End-March
March 20, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Colonial Pipeline will begin shipping biodiesel blends on its pipeline to central and southern Georgia by the end of the month, the company said Monday, calling it a first for the nation’s largest volume …

Antitrust Complaint Filed against ConocoPhillips over “Anti-Competitive Activities”
March 20, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ConocoPhillips unlawfully attempting to limit competition in the fuels marketplace? We’ll find out soon.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest filed an antitrust violation complaint against ConocoPhillips with the US Department of …

Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050; Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, and Strong Government Policies Will Be Needed
March 19, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Science)  A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles — cars …

35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 29-May 2, 2013 Portland, OR
March 19, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals    April 29-May 2, 2013   Portland, OR

Interest in producing greater amounts and a wider array of bio-based fuels and chemicals products from non-traditional renewable feedstocks such as algal and terrestrial biomass continues to surge, driven by higher prices for traditional commodity …

Operation Deathanol, RINs, and the Selling of the Fossil Fuels Story
March 19, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Read any stories about renewable fuels lately in mainstream media? Bet they’re bad ones.  Here we look at the latest chapter in the “death to all renewables” propaganda war.
If you …

Biochemical Production of Ethanol and Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters from Switchgrass: A Comparative Analysis of Environmental and Economic Performance
March 18, 2013 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Scott M. Paapa, Todd H. West, Dawn K. Manley, Eric J. Steen, Harry R. Beller, Jay D. Keasling, Dean C. Dibble, Shiyan Chang, Blake A. Simmons (Biomass and Bioenergy)  As advances in biotechnology have …

Ethanol Producers Respond to Market Conditions
March 18, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beginning in summer 2012, the prices of ethanol and corn reached levels where production costs at relatively simple ethanol plants exceeded revenue. These simple plants, which are not able …

Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Comments on Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly Article: Energy Insecurity, The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels
March 18, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Department of Defense)  General Comments
Although the author has done an extensive literature reading in the biofuels area, the paper does not have any analysis of critical issues of energy systems including petroleum …

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?
March 18, 2013 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  …Now two bills recently introduced into Congress seek to delay or ban altogether the sale of E15 gasoline, which contains 15 percent ethanol rather than the 10-percent maximum standard …

Ethanol Surplus May Lift Gas Prices
March 18, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times) A glut of ethanol in the gasoline supply is threatening to push up prices at the pump and may have exacerbated the growing cost gap between regular gasoline and …