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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despite sparse media coverage, significant volumes of …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …