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A.I.M. Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld
October 29, 2012 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Big algae news in the state of Arizona is the $15 million award by the Department of Energy to Arizona State University to establish a national algae science and …

Biofuels Research Project Aims To Study Sustainable Development
October 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Nino Marchetti (EarthTechling)  One of the major issues facing those growing biofuel crops are finding suitable locations where they can be grown sustainably, avoiding competition with food crops for land resources. A new renewable energy research project being …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 26, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Notice of Public Meeting to Establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E) November 15-16, 2012 Washington, DC
October 26, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
Notice of Public Meeting to Establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E)  November 15-16, 2012  Washington, DC

(Federal Aviation Administration)  SUMMARY: The FAA is forming a COE for AJF&E during FY-13. The COE will be a consortium of the FAA, university partners, and private industry affiliates selected by the FAA Administrator to work …

Large-Scale Production of Biofuels Made from Algae Poses Sustainability Concerns
October 25, 2012 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Scaling up the production of biofuels made from algae to meet at least 5 percent — approximately 39 billion liters — of U.S. transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, …

Biodiesel Demand, Profitability Sink
October 25, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  So much biodiesel has been made and sold this year that the federal mandate for use of the biofuel has largely been met, resulting in a sudden loss of …

Aemetis Granted Fifth U.S. Patent for Cellulosic Biochemical and Biofuel Technology
October 25, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Aemetis/BusinessWire)  Aemetis, Inc. (OTCPK: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that the company was awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) titled “Hydrolytic Enzyme Mixtures For …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have …

The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons
October 24, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by  Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  …Armed with a $200,000 U.S.D.A. two-year research grant, Fernando Resende will start work on a fast pyrolysis mobile reactor next year that could revolutionize how foresters and the timber industry …

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Data-Heavy Project Aims to Move Methane Emissions Research beyond ‘He Said, She Said’
October 24, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and Saqib Rahim (E&E Publishing/Energy Wire)  A team of academics, natural gas companies and environmentalists is hoping to pull a crucial environmental issue from the jaws of polarization and controversy — and start …

The Dandelion Model: Two-Step Biofuels Technologies and the Emergence of Super-Refineries
October 24, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can local communities pyrolize their wastes and residues, to make renewable fuels and chemicals at biobased super-refineries?   Two-step processes could be the ticket to the future, according to an …

RTI International to Build Energy Technology Development Facility to Support Biofuels Projects
October 23, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(RTI)  RTI International began construction last week on a new 3,000-square-foot energy technology development facility on RTI’s main campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The facility will house a biomass pyrolysis reactor to further extend RTI’s biofuels …

Who Is Responsible for Making Biofuels Affordable?
October 23, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Dan Parsons (National Defense Magazine)  … Military leaders, particularly within the Navy, want to find a drop-in alternative fuel that will reduce their dependence on foreign oil, but do not want to pay a premium …

Pentagon, World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel User, Shops for Biofuels
October 23, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Gevo Inc. (GEVO), Syntroleum Corp. and Solazyme Inc. (SZYM) may be among a “small set” of biofuel producers vying for supply contracts from the U.S. Defense Department, the world’s largest consumer of …

Biodico and Navy Sign Renewable Fuel Agreement
October 19, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/PR NewsWire/Herald Online)  Today Biodico announced signing a new agreement with the U.S. Navy for the development and evaluation of advanced biofuels and bioenergy.  The goal is to jointly develop renewable fuel and energy technologies …

$10M Grant Will Fund Research into Biofuel-Based Economic Development
October 16, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University)  The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.
That’s the goal of …

Primus Green Energy Serves as Industry Collaborator in $10 Million USDA-Funded Research and Education Project
October 16, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Primus Green Energy)  New Northeast Consortium Tasked With Developing Perennial Biomass Feedstock Production Systems
As part of its continued effort to drive the commercialization of alternative fuels, Primus Green Energy Inc. an alternative fuel company based …

U.S. Navy Secretary Says Biofuel Technology Has Arrived
October 16, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Fabey (Aerospace Daily and Defense Report/Aviation Week)  Despite continued opposition from lawmakers like U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the U.S. Navy will continue its efforts to leverage biofuels technology for its ships and …

On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener
October 16, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by  Kristofor Husted (KBIA)  In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like …

E-85 Vendor Approved for Crown Point Flex-Fuel Police Cars
October 16, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Susan Erler (Northwest Indiana Times)  A nearly $200,000 federal grant will help cover the cost of alternative fuel for six police squad cars through 2015.  The six E-85 equipped police vehicles will fill up …

RFS Waiver Would Have Minor Effect on Corn Price in Short Term
October 16, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An October report from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute concludes that a reduction in the renewable fuel standard wouldn’t greatly reduce corn prices in the 2012/’13 crop …

Elephant Grass Has Potential as Biofuel Crop in Southern States
October 15, 2012 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A drought tolerant grass known as elephant grass or napiergrass that is fed to cattle in the tropics is being studied as a possible cellulosic ethanol feedstock in …

Standoff at Pump Over New Fuel: Ethanol Lobby vs. Station Owners
October 15, 2012 – 9:03 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  …Since the blend known as E15 first hit the market for regular cars in July, eight fuel stations in Kansas and Iowa have started to sell it, according …

Discovering the Keys to Improved Biofuel Catalysts
October 15, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(The Ames Laboratory)   Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory are learning more about how nano-scale catalytic systems work, and their research could be the key to improved processes for refining …

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond Biomass
October 15, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are they biofuels? We think so – even if they are post-biomass. They do what organisms have done for eons to make biomass in the first place: convert lifeless CO2, …

Study: Waiving RFS Could Increase Feed Costs for Livestock, Poultry Producers
October 15, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2013 could actually result in higher net feeding costs for livestock and poultry producers, according to a new analysis conducted by Cardno-ENTRIX and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association …

Raising Money for the New Biofuels: A Digest Special Report
October 15, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We say that biofuels are “capital-intensive,” mainly to be polite. It’s like saying that Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great or Attila the Hun had “land interests”.
…Put it this way. How much …

Romney: “Biofuels Are Crucial to America’s Energy Future…Maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.”
October 15, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Romney campaign issued a long-awaited white paper on agricultural policy. Among the highlights:
…“He will not only accelerate the development of conventional energy sources, but also advance new technologies …

6 Treacherous Biofuels Crevasses, 6 Guides to Steer You
October 15, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Those momentum killers. Company wreckers. The investor flight-inducing crevasses along the route to the top – that take away a level playing field, remove your access to markets, delay a …

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit
October 15, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who’s got what it takes to be a great Sherpa, providing that feedstock …

Milestones Reached: Cellulosic Ethanol Is Arriving, with Commissioning under Way and More Than 100 MMgy under Construction.
October 14, 2012 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next five years—the often scoffed mantra of cellulosic ethanol developers—is getting whittled down to the next year or two. A milestone was reached this year when Blue Sugars …

Going for the Fiber
October 14, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Quad County Corn Processors is working toward production of both grain-based and cellulosic ethanol from the same feedstock.
Travis Brotherson, plant engineer at the 30 MMgy ethanol plant in Galva, …

The RFS: It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It
October 8, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This summer’s drought in the farm belt raised real fears about food supplies and prices. But some in the livestock, poultry and meat processing industries are using …

Corn Price Decline Less Than 1% With Full RFS Waiver
October 8, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Corn and Soybean Digest)  A full waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) conventional biofuel requirement might reduce corn prices by just 0.5% (4¢/bu.) in 2012-2013, according to a new analysis conducted by the Food and Agriculture …

The Hillary Step: 7 Biofuels Contenders, 7 Routes to Scale, Who’s Near the Summit, Who Will Plant the Flag?
October 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every biofuels contender has its own route to the top – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who is nearing the Summit, what’s their Hillary Step, who’s got Sherpas, who’s …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 3, 2012 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Change the World: Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, Illustrated
October 2, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growing crude oil as a crop – Sapphire Energy and its Green Crude Farm – can it be the sunlight in your universe and change the world?   What does it look …

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis
October 2, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, …

Small Solution for Big Biomass Problem
October 2, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …High moisture feedstocks can muck up the hammer mill system. However, many advanced biofuel producers do not want completely dry feedstocks.
The solution will lie in a technology that works well to …

Are High Grain Prices Good for Anyone?
October 2, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Sounds like a good deal for grain growers and a bad one for livestock producers and consumers, but are such high prices really good for any of us?
• …

Kansas Energy Projects Fuel Economic Promise
October 2, 2012 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Tim Carpenter  (Topeka Capital Journal)  Grants of $20.5 million offer twist to ethanol plant, farm machinery
A $15.9 million investment of federal economic stimulus cash by Gov. Sam Brownback hangs on an Oakley ethanol plant’s …

Ford and GM Okay E15 Blends for New Vehicles
October 2, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Opis.net)  Ford Motor Co. and General Motors have quietly approved gasoline blends with up to 15% ethanol for use in later model cars and light trucks, Oil Express has learned.
Together, the automakers produce more than …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25-27, 2013 National Harbor, MD
October 1, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit    February 25-27, 2013     National Harbor, MD

ARPA-E will hold its fourth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25 – February 27, 2013 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. It brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government …

National Science Foundation Grants of $947,000 Help University of New Hampshire Professor Boost Ethanol Efficiency
September 30, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(University of New Hampshire News)  Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $1 million to improve the efficiency of ethanol …

‘Miracle’ Crop Could Invade Like Kudzu
September 30, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

By John Murawski  (News and Observer/Bradenton.com/Bradenton Herald)  It’s billed as a champion energy crop that yields three times as much ethanol per acre as corn, a fast-growing field grass that’s ideal for making clean auto …

When Will I Be Loved?: Supporters of the US Renewable Fuel Standard Begin to Rally
September 28, 2012 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Fuels America is built around one core idea: renewable fuel is essential to the U.S. economy, our nation’s energy security, our rural communities and the environment,” said former Congressman Jim …

Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses
September 27, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(VTT Technology)  … So far, conventional diesel buses and conventional diesel fuel have dominated the market, with some contribution from natural gas buses. Now we are in a situation in which the technology options are increasing rapidly. …

Industry Launches “Fuels America” Campaign
September 27, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  In the face of increasing calls to waive the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, biofuel industry stakeholders today announced a major new communications campaign to educate consumers and policy makers about the …

International Project Aims to Develop Water-Efficient Biofuel Crops
September 27, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Scientists from the University of Liverpool are part of an international research project to apply the properties of drought-adapted desert plants, like agave, to poplar trees, a recognised biofuel crop.
Dr James Hartwell, from the …

Heard it Through the Grapevine: Useful Facts and Scuttlebutt from the Algae Biomass Summit
September 27, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jobs, global expansion, proteins vs fuels, new R&D funding – all the big issues are under debate both on and off the floor at the Algae Biomass Summit.
…Jobs   Dr. John …

US EPA Direct Final, Proposed Rules Amend Heating Oil Definition
September 26, 2012 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine)  You may or may not have noticed that the U.S. EPA released a direct final rule and proposed rule on Sept.17 modifying the definition of heating oil in the renewable …

New Technique Yields Never-Before-Seen Information Critical to biofuels Research
September 25, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Laura Millsaps (DOE Pulse)  Pioneering mass spectrometry methods developed at DOE’s Ames Laboratory are helping plant biologists get their first glimpses of never-before-seen plant tissue structures.
The new method opens up new realms of study, ones that might …

Air Force Picks Honeywell Unit for Biofuels
September 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Joe Cogliano  (Dayton Business Journal)  A division of Honeywell International Inc. is being tapped by the U.S. Air Force to expand the domestic supply of biofuels.
On Thursday, the Defense Department announced Des Plaines, Ill.-based UOP LLC was …

WUSTL Students Study Biofuels in Brazil
September 24, 2012 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Washington University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Through the International Experience Program at Washington University in St. Louis, undergraduate students gain real-life and classroom experiences focusing on the difficult energy decisions countries must make.
This unique program takes students …

Purdue Gets $5.2 Million to Develop New Biofuel Process
September 24, 2012 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Brian Wallheimer (Purdue University)  If Purdue University researchers have their way, the term “biofuel plant” will take on a whole new meaning.
A team received a $5.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop a …

Reps. Olson, Blackburn Introduce ‘Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012’
September 24, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.S. Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced the Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012 (H.R. 6444) Sept. 20 to shore up weaknesses in the U.S. EPA’s renewable identification …

EPA Biodiesel Mandate Get a Boost From Repurposed Imaging Equipment
September 24, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jason Mick (Daily Tech)  New method could repurpose existing equipment, improve the efficiency of biodiesel extraction
Biodiesel production tends to boil down (no pun intended) to one of two methods –repurposing waste oil to auto-capable fuel or …

Analysis: Brazil Ethanol Returns to US as Biofuel Rules Pave Way
September 21, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Reese Ewing (Reuters)  Brazilian ethanol is rushing back into the United States after a three-year ebb, drawn less by the severe drought that has inflated corn costs than by biofuel regulations that could more …

Requests to Waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Aftermath of the 2012 Heat Wave and Drought
September 21, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) In the wake of the devastating heat wave and drought which covered much of the United States this year, it has become clear that there will be less …

Grow Your Own Energy: A NASA-Backed Experiment Harvests Algae for Oil, Releases Fresh Water
September 19, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Trent (Slate)  …Algae are single-celled organisms that thrive globally in aqueous environments and convert CO2 into carbohydrates, protein, and natural oils. For some species, as much as 70 percent of their dry weight is …

Response To EPRINC Study: “Ethanol’s Lost Promise”
September 19, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  About EPRINC: EPRINC is a non-profit group funded by Big Oil, staffed by former oil company employees, and directed by a board of trustees that is a veritable who’s-who …

Finding the Right Biofuels for the Southeast: A Range of Alternatives
September 19, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …Of the five regions, the Southeast has the greatest natural capacity in the continental United States, with sufficient sunshine, soils, water, and other natural resources to produce more …

Sorghum Eyed as a Southern Bioenergy Crop
September 19, 2012 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as …

EPA OK’s 30% Increase in US Biomass-Based Diesel Mandate as Domestic Production Capacity Expands
September 19, 2012 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What will bigger targets mean for producers, livestock, obligated refiners, and the diesel-using public?
In Washington, the EPA issued its final rule for 2013 establishing 1.28 billion gallons as next year’s …

Ancient Diatoms Could Make Biofuels, Electronics, and Health Food
September 19, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  Diatoms, tiny marine life forms that have been around since the dinosaurs, could finally make biofuel production from algae truly cost-effective – because they can simultaneously produce other valuable products such as …

US-Germany Sign Biofuel Development Accord
September 18, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(FlightGlobal)The future looks green for US-German relations following an alternative aviation fuels development agreement signed at ILA.
German transport minister Peter Ramsauer and US ambassador Philip Murphy signed the pact designed to strengthen co-operation in a …

Ethanol Tankers Have Dangerous Flaw
September 18, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jason Keyser (Associated Press/St. Louis Post Dispatch)  For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation …

Sorghum in Spotlight Due to Drought, Pending EPA Action
September 17, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   For years, National Sorghum Producers have advocated for increasing the use of grain sorghum, or milo, as an ethanol feedstock. Lately, the idea seems to be gaining steam. …

Water-Wise Biofuel Crop Study to Alter Plants Metabolic, Photosynthesis Process
September 17, 2012 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Putting the water-use-efficient and turbo-charged photosynthesis from plants such as agave into woody biomass plants such as poplar can hedge against predicted long-term increases in temperatures and reduced precipitation. It can also provide dedicated …

Insight: U.S. and Brazil – At Last, Friends on Ethanol
September 17, 2012 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Brian Winter (Reuters/Chicago Tribune)  After years at each other’s throats, Brazil and the United States are working together to promote the use of ethanol in a collaboration that could revolutionize global markets and the makeup of …

EPA Sets Bio-based Diesel Volumes for 2013
September 14, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today took action to establish the amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013. Bio-based diesel products are advanced bio-fuels …

Ohio Project Receives $4 Million for Algae Research
September 14, 2012 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jon Strunk reports that over the last two months, University of Toledo (UT) researchers have won $4 million in nationally competitive awards from the federal government to explore ways society can benefit …

Enzymatic Digestibility of Corn Stover Fractions in Response to Fungal Pretreatment
September 14, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Zhifang Cui, Caixia Wan, Jian Shi, Robert W. Sykes, and Yebo Li (Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research)  Corn stover fractions (leaves, cobs, and stalks) were studied for enzymatic digestibility after pretreatment with a white rot fungus, Ceriporiopsis subvermispora. Among the three …

Final CAFE-GHG Rule Impedes Biofuel Development and Use
September 14, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The nearly 2,000-page final rule establishing federal corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for light duty vehicles, beginning with the 2017 model year, are, undoubtedly, ambitious, even historical. A call …

Researchers Win Grant to Assess Impact of Bioenergy Projects
September 13, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of researchers will spend the next five years assessing the social, economic and ecological impacts of bioenergy projects happening in Michigan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Led by …

Arizona State University Lands $15M DOE Grant for Algae Test Bed Project
September 13, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Patrick O’Grady  (Phoenix Business Journal)  Arizona State University will lead a consortium of public and private groups on a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will examine test beds for algae research.
The grant, …

Vilsack, Mabus Highlight Navy Energy Independence in Norfolk, Va.
September 13, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/USDA)  US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Energy for Navy Tom Hicks toured the USS Monterey (CG 61) at the Naval Station Norfolk (Va.) on Saturday, Sept. 8, and …

RFS Waiver Comment Period Extended
September 13, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a 15 day extension of the comment period on the requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), who filed for …

EPA’s Jackson Pressed on Four-Gallon-Minimum Mandate of Ethanol Blend
September 13, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(PJ Tatler)  Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee are going after the EPA’s recent decision to mandate consumers purchase at least four gallons of fuel from blender pumps that dispense both E15 …

Fears of Global Food Price Crisis Recede
September 13, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Nigel Hunt and Veronica Brown (Reuters)    * USDA report paints less severe corn crop picture than feared
* FAO says situation seems comfortable
* Analysts still wary on prices as U.S. corn harvest in early stages
The …

The U.S. Military’s Great Green Gamble Spurs Biofuel Startups
September 12, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (Forbes Magazine)  …Funded with $85 million from Bill Gates and other investors – plus $104 million in government cash and loan guarantees – the world’s only commercial outdoor algal biorefinery went online this summer …

Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners
September 11, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Marlo Lewis (GlobalWarming.org)  The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record …

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Overview Slide Presentation Posted
September 10, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

The US Department of Energy, EERE  Biomass Program posted an updated version of its Program Overview presentation. This presentation is an interactive walk through of the Program’s vision of advancing the biofuels and bioproducts industry, …

Advanced Biofuels Pioneer Terrabon Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: One-off or Trend?
September 10, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Closely-watched green gasoline producer collapses as Waste Management declines next financing round.  What does it mean for companies like Fulcrum Bioenergy, Enerkem, Agilyx, Agnion, Renmatix, Genomatica, and InEnTec? The Digest …

Westborough I-90 Service Plaza Gets E85 Flex Fueling Pump
September 7, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Brian Benson (Metro West Daily News)  Service plazas along Interstate 90 in Westborough and Charlton now feature the first E85 Flex Fueling stations on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the state Department of Transportation announced….
Transportation Secretary and …

Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future
September 7, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
This, farmers across the Cape Fear region keep hearing, is the future of ethanol. The giant miscanthus is …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.
Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds
September 7, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings more clarity to an industry debate over the best way to grow algae.
The San Diego-based …

Immature Switchgrass Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
September 7, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service)  A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard
Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …

Biofuel Development Company Infinite Enzymes Wins Research Grant
September 6, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Michael Sheffield (Memphis Business Journal)  Infinite Enzymes LLC has received a $450,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advance its enzyme development technology.
This is the second Small Business …

Naval Postgraduate School Researchers Evaluate Biofuels for Powering the Fleet
September 5, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Stein (Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System)  …NPS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Brophy, and MAE Professor and Chairman Dr. Knox Millsaps, are working to help the Navy understand …

Warnings Ignored in Range Fuels Debacle
September 5, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Chapman  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)   … In a blistering critique obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (Hosein) Shapouri (a senior economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington) labeled the proposed Range Fuels plant …

Biofuel Groups Intervene to Defend EPA’s Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuel Targets
September 5, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Seven biofuel organizations today filed an intervenors brief in the American Petroleum Institute case against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the 2012 cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.
…The …

Major Changes in the Algae Production Industry
September 4, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PR Log)  Raceway ponds were never meant to be used for industrial algae production.
When the Department of Energy initiated the Aquatic Species Program years ago, there was no other choice. Raceway ponds were …

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels
September 4, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such …

Fly the Bio Skies: 10 Milestones in the Summer of Aviation biofuels
August 31, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …But in many respects, its been a summer about aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects …

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutrophahas a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop …

Functional Characterization of the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor PvMYB4 for Improvement of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
August 30, 2012 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

Hui Shen, Xianzhi He, Charleson R. Poovaiah, Wegi A. Wuddineh, Junying Ma, David G. J. Mann, Huanzhong Wang,  Lisa Jackson, Yuhong Tang, C. Neal Stewart Jr, Fang Chen, Richard A. Dixon (New Phytologist)

The major obstacle for bioenergy production from switchgrass biomass is the low saccharification efficiency …

Genetic Manipulation of Lignin Reduces Recalcitrance and Improves Ethanol Production from Switchgrass
August 30, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Chunxiang Fu,  Jonathan R. Mielenz, Xirong Xiao, Yaxin Ge, Choo Y. Hamilton,  Miguel Rodriguez, Jr.,  Fang Chen, Marcus Foston,  Arthur Ragauskas, Joseph Bouton, Richard A. Dixon, and Zeng-Yu Wang  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Switchgrass is a leading dedicated bioenergy …

Salicylic Acid Mediates the Reduced Growth of Lignin Down-Regulated Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Luis Escamilla-Trevino,  Lisa A. Jackson, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Down-regulation of the enzyme hydroxycinnamoyl CoA: shikimate hydroxycinnamoyl transferase (HCT) in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leads …

Mutation of WRKY Transcription Factors Initiates Pith Secondary Wall Formation and Increases Stem Biomass in Dicotyledonous Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

Huanzhong Wang,  Utku Avci,  Jin Nakashima,  Michael G. Hahn, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Stems of dicotyledonous plants consist of an outer epidermis, a cortex, a ring of secondarily …

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
August 30, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.
During the next …

Michigan Tech Leads International Study of Social, Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production
August 30, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Donovan  (Michigan Tech News)  Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment?  What policies need to be put in place to help that happen?
Nearly …

EPA, DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Rule, Address Biofuel Comments
August 30, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation finalized new fuel efficiency standards on Aug. 28. The new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards will increase fuel economy to …

Discovery of Plant Gene Lays Groundwork for Improved Biofuel Processing
August 30, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (UGA Today)  Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily …

EPA Proposed Rule “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter”: Urban Air Initiative Comments
August 30, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative) From a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, August 30, 2012:  Urban Air Initiative (UAI) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Agency’s proposal to address one of our most …

Obama Fuel-Economy Rule Gives Sweeteners To Honda, Tesla
August 29, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane (Bloomberg)  Honda Motor Co. (7267), which last year complained that a proposed fuel-economy rule was unfair to non- U.S. automakers, got a boost when the final version added extra credits for …

25x’25 Statement on the Obama Administration’s Final 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
August 28, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance’s preliminary review of the final rule outlining 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards reveals that it does not provide …

White House Finalizes 2025 ‘Historic’ Fuel Rules for Automakers
August 28, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by David Shephardson  (Detroit News)   The Obama administration has finalized the landmark 2017-25 fuel economy rules that will nearly double the efficiency of the nation’s cars and trucks over the next 13 years to …

EPA’s 2017-2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use
August 28, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Boyden Gray & Associates (25 x ’25)   While there are a number of obstacles impeding further growth in alternative energy, few are as critical as the joint EPA/NHTSA proposed rules establishing light-duty vehicle …

Ethanol Stays in Gasoline Even If Mandate Ends
August 28, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol, the best-performing energy commodity this year, is cheaper than gasoline, encouraging refiners to use the biofuel even if President Barack Obama’s administration ends a requirement to do so.
A 49 …

Biofuel Research: Possibilities Still Growing at University of Georgia
August 28, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Ledger-Enquirer)  …Researchers at the University of Georgia may be close to finding it. A report by Susan Mittleman on Georgia Public Broadcasting and transcribed on the Public Broadcasting Atlanta website (pba.org) describes a promising new …

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards/ Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025
August 28, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/The White House)  The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with …

In the Year 2025: Cars and Trucks Are Going To Get Great Gas Mileage
August 28, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Josh Vorhees (Slate)  The Obama administration is set today to formally sign off on its latest round of strict new fuel-efficiency standards for the nation’s cars and trucks later.

The expected new fleet-wide average come …

Biofuels Lobby Asks Obama to Keep US Ethanol Mandate Amid Drought
August 28, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight groups representing a cross section of the US biofuels industry asked the White House on Monday to keep the ethanol mandate in place, despite governors’ calls to shrink it in response to a …

A Waiver that Wouldn’t Be Wise
August 27, 2012 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (News Observer)  Last week Gov. Beverly Perdue filed a waiver request for the Renewable Fuel Standard, one of the nation’s most successful energy policies and of critical importance to North Carolina’s economy, …

Can Ethanol Cut Foreign Oil Imports?
August 27, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  …By most standards, the hope that is such first-generation fuel additives are supplanted by next-generation ones, or those produced from cellulose. Worth it?
Such fibers are abundant and could supply 130 million …

Methylation by a Unique α-class N4-Cytosine Methyltransferase Is Required for DNA Transformation of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii DSM6725
August 27, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Joel Farkas, Jennifer R. Huddleston, Estefania Olivar, Janet Westpheling  (PLoS ONE)  Thermophilic microorganisms capable of using complex substrates offer special advantages for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and bioproducts. Members of the Gram-positive bacterial genus Caldicellulosiruptor are …

Biofuels Group: Big Oil Also behind Ethanol Waiver Requests
August 27, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  …Monte Shaw, executive director with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, credits the uptick in gubernatorial and congressional interest to oil groups viewing 2013 as the last chance to nix the …

Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational
August 27, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sapphire Energy)   Initial Phase of World’s First Green Crude Farm Completed On Time and On Budget
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: US and Brazil Bilateral Collaboration on Biofuels
August 27, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

Presentation by Helena Chum (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) US led by its State Department, and Brazil led by Department of Energy of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, have entered into an MOU to advance cooperation …

Issue Brief: Renewable Biomass Can Help Reduce U.S. Petroleum Dependence: Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key
August 26, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Renewable biomass has a significant potential to improve U.S. energy security, advance rural economic development and energy security, protect and restore water quality and other environmental resources, and …

Soybean Quality, Yield Susceptible to Manmade Materials in Soil
August 26, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation/Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials—now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens—may be detrimental to the quality and yield of crops, as reported in a paper in …

Meanwhile, the Next Generation Advanced Biofuels Industry Is Scaling Up
August 25, 2012 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Cleaner, more sustainable, more climate-friendly, more affordable advanced biofuels are closer to reality than many outside the industry seem to think. At least three new, advanced biofuel biorefineries are being …

Farm Bill Now Coalition Pushes for New Farm Bill
August 25, 2012 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(Delta Farm Press)  A coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations has formed in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before …

Aemetis Announces Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuel Technology License Agreement With Chevron Lummus Global
August 24, 2012 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Aemetis)  Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process licensed by Aemetis to produce 100% drop-in renewable jet and diesel fuels from plant oils
Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemical company, announced today that the company signed a …

Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices
August 23, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment

by Bertha Coombs (CNBC)  Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The …

University of Arkansas at Monticello Scientists Receive National Science Foundation Grant; Research May Impact Biofuels Industry
August 23, 2012 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(My Monticello News)  The study of microscopic algae may seem to have little practical application to those unfamiliar with the science, but a current project being conducted by two University of Arkansas at Monticello scientists …

Chemtex Lands $99M USDA Loan Guarantee for North Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels Project
August 23, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Chemtex announced that it has received a $99 million conditional loan guarantee from USDA, under the USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program for the engineering and construction of …

Missouri Organizes for Energy Independence
August 23, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like many states (or countries) that have limited oil reserves or reserves that are economically unfeasible to extract at this time – the path to energy independence lies generally in …

Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 22, 2012 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On August 20, 2012, EPA issued a request for comment on letters seeking a waiver of the volume requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Governors of Arkansas and North Carolina …

Ethanol RINs Slide on Waiver Fears
August 22, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty  (Reuters) Renewable fuel credit prices fell across the board on Tuesday as fears of an ethanol waiver roiled the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market.
Benchmark E12 RINS, referring to RINs created in 2012, …

Berkeley Lab Scientists Develop New Way to Study Inner-Workings of Algae Cells
August 22, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Dan Krotz  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Molecular transporter could advance development of algae-based biofuels, pharmaceuticals
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University have developed a way …

U.S. Army Examines Smaller, Flex-Fuel Generators
August 22, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone  (Defense News)  The U.S. Army is testing new power packs that could run on virtually any fuel, including gasoline, ethanol and diesel.
Developed by INI Power of Morrisville, N.C., the alternative energy power …

Chrysler Helps “Tell the Story” of Ethanol
August 22, 2012 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Chrysler sees great value in ethanol. James Frusti, Chrysler Group manager of Fuels, Energy and Regulatory Affairs, presented the company’s ethanol strategy as part of the auto industry’s greater efforts of collaboration during the 25th Annual …

US EPA Seeks Input on Ethanol Mandate Waiver Requests
August 22, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  * EPA to gather public comment for 30 days
* EPA must make decision on ethanol waivers by November
* Petitioners must show mandate causing severe economic harm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it …

EPA Awards Kuehnle for Innovative Algae Work
August 21, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Kuehnle AgroSystems, a Honolulu, Hawaii-based company that develops algae for use in biofuels, is receiving a clean technology award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has formally …

Drought Sparks Intense Fight over RFS Waiver
August 20, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Talk of a possible renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver request became a reality in mid-August, when the U.S. EPA was officially petitioned. The clock starts on a 90-day deadline …

Court Ruling Paves Way for E15 Gas Use
August 20, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  Higher ethanol blend could be used by nearly two-thirds of vehicles on road
On Friday, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the Environmental …

Advanced Biofuels USA Finds Clean Energy Victory Bonds (HR 6275) Lacking
August 17, 2012 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A bill to establish a US Treasury funding mechanism that would finance “clean energy” projects has been introduced as part of a renewable electrical energy bill (HR 6275) …

Syntroleum Announces Dynamic Fuels Receipt of Renewable Gasoline Registration From EPA
August 17, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Syntroleum)  Syntroleum Corporation,  a renewable and synthetic fuels technology company, today announced that Dynamic Fuels, LLC has been granted Part 79 registration for its Renewable Gasoline Blendstock 10 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). …

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Inviting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants
August 17, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   USDA announces the availability of grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program for Fiscal Year 2012. Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds for FY 2012 is available to …

EPA to Approve Sorghum for Cleaner Ethanol; Experts Say Grain Has Less Impact on Food Prices
August 16, 2012 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post/Associated Press)  The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say could give farmers a …

Mizzou Researchers Win $5.4 Million Biofuel Grant
August 16, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Amir Kurtovic (St. Louis Business Journal)  …A team of University of Missouri researchers has won a $5.4 million grant to study alternative biofuels that do not impact the already strained food supply.
…Shibu Jose and his …

EPA to Propose US Biofuel Fraud Fix by End of 2012
August 16, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (Hydrocarbon Processing)  …The US Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday made its first specific promises to address fraud in the alternative fuels market, a signal that months of negotiations with industry representatives are …

Butamax Granted Biobutanol DHAD Enzyme Patent 8,241,878; Files Additional Lawsuit against Gevo for Patent Infringement
August 15, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Butamax™ Patent Number 8,241,878. This patent provides early protection for high activity enzymes that perform a key …