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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…But many people believe that is what happened …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Reid Detchon (The Baltimore Sun)  Our ability to break our dependence on foreign oil is threatened by the effort to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

Oil is essential to our economic and national security because …

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

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

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

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

“We need …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AgriTalk and Agri-Pulse will be hosting the debate …

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ethanol …

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

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

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

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

2014 Mandate

The EPA will ultimately …

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

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

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

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

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

(Fort Mill Times)  Aemetis California Plant Approved for Same Low-Carbon Biofuels Category as Brazilian Ethanol

Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has …

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

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

But a shift is already …

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

by Erica Sullivan (AgriNews)  …A faculty-and-student duo piloted the Purdue Embrarer Phenom 100 to the recent Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture, one of the largest international plane shows.

One of the airplane’s engines was filled with typical …

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

(Lux Research)  Corporations will need to integrate open source with traditional patents for biotech innovations in medicine, renewable materials, and nutrition, Lux Research says

With synthetic biology (synbio) rapidly gaining momentum, and a landmark U.S. Supreme …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…“The Majority Leader listed a …

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

(Platts)  US RINs prices continued to slide Wednesday, reflecting a widespread morning market selloff and despite a later bounce after US gasoline stocks data was released.

All current-year RINs assessments fell for the sixth time in …

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

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

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

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

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

by Janell Baum (Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers President Pam Johnson says NCGA membership ready to move forward on the farm bill; reinforces stance on Renewable Fuel Standard

It’s a common refrain at the 2013 Farm …

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

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


California and the federal …

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

(Biofuels International)  Diamond Green Biodiesel, a joint venture between Valero Energy and Darling International, has reached capacity during its start-up phase.

The plant, based next to Valero’s St Charles refinery in Louisiana, began operations in June …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Richard Piersol   (Lincoln Journal-Star)  Demand for renewable credits helps change market

Prices of premium and regular grades of gasoline without ethanol are likely to rise in Nebraska and Iowa, and those fuels may become harder …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turning Grass into Gas
August 26, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Barcott  (OnEarth.org)  Imagine a future in which airliners run on cornstalks and Navy ships ply the oceans on tanks of switchgrass. That day may at last be inching closer.

The promise of cellulosic biofuels …

Marion Approves Deal for Garbage-to-Ethanol Facility
August 26, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith  (The Gazette)  Solid waste recycling facility could divert waste from landfills in the region

… The Marion City Council Thursday unanimously approved a deal with waste-to-energy firm, Fiberight LLC, which gives the Maryland-based …

Utah State University Students Run Dragster with Algal Fuel
August 26, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  After a successful 2012 race season powered with yeast biodiesel, the Aggie A-Salt Streamliner, as the dragster is officially known, topped 73 miles per hour this week during its algae-fueled debut. The …

Rising RINs Price Is Driving Some Companies to Boost Their Ethanol Activities
August 23, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Platts)  …This month PBF Energy and Alon USA both told analysts they had new plans to blend renewables like ethanol and biodiesel with gasoline and petroleum-based diesel as a way to fend off high prices …

Carinata: Valuable Biofuel Potential for Florida Farmers
August 23, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Les Harrison  (SouthEast Farm Press/UF Extension, Wakulla County)  A canola cousin, carinata produces oil seeds that can be used to make an alternative fuel which is virtually indistinguishable from petroleum counterparts.  Researchers at the …

The Texas Whale
August 23, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Too many oil companies bet on risky strategies for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Now, they turn to the US government for a bail-out on their obligations.

Judging that the …

Water + Sunshine = Fuel as Lab in California Chases Dream: Cars
August 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Alan Ohnsman (Bloomberg) …Mimicking the way plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air into energy and oxygen, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology is in a race to …

Ethanol Quotas Pump Money From Your Pocket: Our view
August 22, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(USA Today) Editorial:  When members of Congress decided in 2007 to require that Americans put 36 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels in their gas tanks annually by 2022, they must have thought there was an …

New Frontiers: Now It’s Crude Oil from Algae that Is Being Tested
August 22, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts/The Barrel) It’s hard to get excited over a producer making a scant 2 barrels/day of crude.

But in the case of Sapphire Energy, those barrels represent the beginnings of a potential revolution that …

FTC Examines Allegations That Oil Industry Blocks Greater Ethanol Use
August 22, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Tennille Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  The Federal Trade Commission said it was looking into assertions by some members of Congress that oil companies are using their influence over retail gas stations to block …

Purdue Economist: Realistic Renewable Fuel Standard Attainable
August 21, 2013 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

(LaPorteCountyLife.com/Purdue University)  The nation likely can produce federally mandated levels of biofuels in 2014 if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduces its requirements by 2.3 billion gallons, Purdue University energy policy specialist Wally Tyner says.

Tyner, …

Lawmakers Seek Review Whether Oil Companies Have Stifled Use of Ethanol
August 21, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar asked the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Tuesday to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that may be limiting consumer access …

USDA: Food Prices Rising at Slower Pace than Initially Forecast
August 21, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The U.S. Agriculture Department said food prices won’t increase as much as initially expected in 2013.  Food prices are expected to rise between 1.5 to 2.5 percent, down from …

Agriculture Secretary Announces Projects in 42 States and Two Territories Designed to Improve Farm and Rural Business Energy Efficiency
August 21, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Secretary Says Future Support Depends on Congressional Action on a New Food, Farm and Jobs Bill

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (August 15, 2013) announced funding for 631 projects across the nation …

Pomerantz Law Firm Has Filed a Class Action Against Kior, Inc. and Certain Officers — KIOR
August 20, 2013 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/ Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross)    Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Kior, Inc. (“Kior” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KIOR) and certain of its officers.  The class action, …

Ethanol Mandates Creating an Economic Car-Wreck
August 20, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post) There are two iron laws of energy policy in the United States. Iron Law No. 1: A higher federal excise tax on fuel would efficiently reduce gasoline consumption and its …

GAO to Review How Administration Developed ‘Social Cost’ of Carbon
August 20, 2013 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem (The Hill RegWatch)  The investigative arm of Congress is going to look into how the Obama administration developed its increased monetary estimate for the amount of damage caused by carbon pollution.

The Government Accountability …

New EPA Head Positive on Renewable Fuels
August 20, 2013 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The newly confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Iowa State Fair last week where she spoke to farmers and met with environmentalists.

In an interview with USDA Radio from …

USDA Solicits Bids Under the Feedstock Flexibility Program
August 20, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that purchase invitations have been extended to solicit bids to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the Feedstock …

The Need for the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 19, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)  …The state of Iowa is proving that our farmers can simultaneously produce the food, feed, fuel and fiber that our country needs.

During the past 30 years, we’ve witnessed tremendous growth …

Technology, Biofuel on Agenda for U.S.-Brazil Talks, Moniz Says
August 19, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

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

Navy’s Use of Biofuels Could Trigger Private-Sector Adoption
August 19, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  The Navy’s use of advanced biofuels could help spur private-sector investment, said Dennis McGinn, President Obama’s newly confirmed assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment.

“The private-sector benefits …

Congressional Leadership Moving Towards Position on Renewable Fuel Standard Advocated by the Domestic Fuel Solutions Group
August 19, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Digital Journal/Domestic Fuel Solutions Group)  From Day One the Domestic Fuel Solutions Group (DFSG) has been advocating for reasonable RFS reform.  Congress is taking notice.

At the end of two days of recent House Energy …

NOAA Report Highlights Climate Change Threats to Nation’s Estuaries
August 19, 2013 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA research report from the National Ocean Service.

The national study, Climate Sensitivity …

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity in Rural Areas
August 16, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to help rural businesses create jobs and spur …

Biofuels on the Verge
August 15, 2013 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Herman K. Trabish (GreenTechMedia) A photo tour of the biofuels industry

The Environmental Protection Agency just announced it expects only 6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels to contribute to the 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels mandated …

Strassel: Behind an Ethanol Special Favor
August 15, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

By Kimberley A. Strassel (The Wall Street Journal)  Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual renewable-fuels mandate, telling refineries how much ethanol they must blend into the nation’s gas supply. …

So it was …

Quantum Dots: a New Nanohighway to Renewable Fuels
August 15, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Using just CO2, sunlight and water – and some math right off Einsteins’ blackboard — researchers come up with a potential game-changing technology for making renewable fuels.

The National Science Foundation’s …

New Mexico State University-Led Biofuel Research Gets Federal Funding
August 14, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press)  Research into the potential of algae-based fuel is getting a $5 million boost from the U.S. Department of Energy.

NMSU is working on the project along with Los Alamos, Argonne and Pacific Northwest national …

Florida Biofuels Plant Temporarily Closed, May Not Reopen
August 14, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Mary Wozniak (News Press) The Florida Biofuels plant is temporarily closed, and it’s possible the facility will not reopen, the company’s operation manager said today.

The plant has already been closed for two weeks , Chris Speake, …

Why Sugarcane Ethanol is Essential to RFS
August 14, 2013 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculations, sugarcane ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by at least 61 percent when compared to traditional fuel, i.e. gasoline.

Today, sugarcane ethanol represents 3 percent …

Shimkus: Corn Growers Probably Won’t Be Hurt by Fuel Bill
August 14, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Tom Kacich (News-Gazette)  Corn growers should be OK when renewable-fuel standards are updated by Congress, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, told Champaign County farmers Tuesday.

“It is our corn growers who were promised a ceiling …

Green Plains CEO Challenges Environmentalists on Corn Ethanol
August 14, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Herman K. Trabish (GreenTechMedia) “I invite anyone here, anytime. We’ll show them what we do.”

Attention, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and other environmental advocates: Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) CEO Todd Becker wants you to …

Big Oil Already Pushing for Partial Waiver of 2014 RFS Volumes
August 14, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One week after the U.S. EPA finalized the 2013 volume requirements for the renewable fuels standard (RFS), the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute are already gearing up to …

Oil Industry Begins Running New Ad on Renewable Fuels (video)
August 13, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Fuel Fix)  The American Petroleum Institute on Monday launched a new round of advertising taking aim at an eight-year-old renewable fuels mandate it wants Congress to repeal.

The new television ad features …

Despite Fracking Boom, US Military Still Looks to Biofuel over Natural Gas
August 13, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Seth Robson (Stars and Stripes)  The drilling boom created by hydraulic fracking has led to an explosion of natural gas vehicles on U.S. highways, but the U.S. military has been slow to jump on …

Record Corn Crop Refutes Critics, Ethanol Industry Says
August 13, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …“Following the worst drought in 50 years, USDA is projecting that U.S. farmers will produce a record 13.8 billion bushels of corn this year and the third best …

Pioneers Get the Arrows, Settlers Get the Gold
August 13, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In the years ahead, as cellulose, algae, sweet sorghum and other promising feedstocks emerge, corn will take its rightful place as the pioneer of this industry. As the saying …

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate
August 13, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Freedman (Climate Central)  A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously …

Action Plan for a Sustainable Advanced Biofuel Economy
August 8, 2013 – 7:14 pm | 2 Comments

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Status Quo US Policies Need to Change

Orchestrated, well funded opposition from the non-renewable fuel industry and growing governmental inertia has stalled biofuel R&D innovations and market expansion. Climate Change …

U.S. Refiners, Plagued by RINsanity, See ‘Half Step’ on Biofuels
August 8, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

By Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters)  For U.S. refiners facing a multibillion-dollar bill linked to the soaring cost of renewable fuel credits, a U.S. move toward easing biofuel mandates brought to mind the first step in breaking …

Biomass 2013: How The Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy
August 8, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On July 31 experts on bio-based products from around the world converged on the Washington Convention Center to attend the two day Biomass 2013 Conference hosted by the …

Who’s Blocking ‘Good’ Ethanol?
August 8, 2013 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Craig Giammona  (CNN Money/Fortune)  Ethanol made from corn waste should be commercially available in 2014, but a fight in Congress threatens the market for cellulosic biofuels.

When Royal DSM opens a $250 million facility in …

How E85 Can Break the Blend Wall
August 8, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The “ethanol blend wall” can be overcome and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements can be met in 2014 and beyond through increased use of attractively-priced E85, according to a new …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?

… Just when you start feeling great …

Green Water: Can the U.S. Navy Win the Eco-Arms Race?
August 7, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Ray Mabus (Foreign Policy)  With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for …

ADM Optimistic About Ethanol Ahead of Record Corn Crop
August 7, 2013 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Shruti Date Singh (Bloomberg)  Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), the world’s largest corn processor, sees ethanol demand rising and is “optimistic” about margins for 2014 and 2015 as the coming U.S. harvest increases supplies.

Corn futures in Chicago …

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Invited to Identify Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports to the EU
August 7, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (U.S. International Trade Commission)  The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is preparing a fact-finding study entitled Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union (Inv. …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2014 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 24-26 National Harbor, MD DEADLINE: October 25, 2013
August 7, 2013 – 11:56 am | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2014 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 24-26    National Harbor, MD   DEADLINE: October 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advance Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has hosted the Energy Innovation Summit for the past 4 years. It brings together the nations most innovative minds to team together on potential breakthroughs …

2014 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 24-26 National Harbor, MD
August 7, 2013 – 11:49 am | No Comment
2014 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 24-26    National Harbor, MD

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advance Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has hosted the Energy Innovation Summit for the past 4 years. It brings together the nations most innovative minds to team together on potential breakthroughs …

As Key Partner Departs, Future Dims for Michigan Cellulosic Biofuel Plant
August 7, 2013 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Andy McGlashen (Midwest Energy News)  The exit of its majority owner and operator leaves the future uncertain for a long-delayed project that has attracted at least $120 million in public financing to turn wood from …

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards to Help Promote American Energy Independence, Reduce Carbon Pollution
August 6, 2013 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA also announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs
August 6, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse …

U.S. Sinks $22 Million into New Biofuels Research
August 6, 2013 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(UPI)  The U.S. Energy Department is teaming up with the energy industry and research institutes to help make biofuels competitive with gasoline, its leader said.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the government is looking for ways …

EPA Screens More Than 66,000 Contaminated Sites for Renewable Energy Potential
August 5, 2013 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated …

D.C. Circuit Hinges EPA GHG Power On ‘Tailoring’ Rule Foes Aim To Scrap
July 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental NewsStand Climate Policy Watch)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in two recent rulings has reinforced its position that EPA had adequate Clean Air Act authority for its rule …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels

Projects open …

Rip up the Mortgage: Sapphire Energy Pays off USDA Loan Guarantee in Full
July 30, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire raises new round of equity, pays off USDA Loan Guarantee: “Sapphire Energy is very grateful to the USDA for supporting algae crude oil,” says CEO C.J. Warner.

Reached by telephone, …

Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise
July 29, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears   (The Washington Post)  It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer …

Growing First and Second Generation Renewable Fuels
July 29, 2013 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Anna Rath and Adam Monroe (The Hill Congress Blog)  While there is a lot of back-and-forth in Washington about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), there is just one fundamental choice at the heart of …

Renewable Fuels Debate: Cutting Through the Hype–Conflict on Capitol Hill over the Renewable Fuel Standard
July 26, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jared Anderson (Breaking Energy/GreenTechMedia)   Congressional hearings this week focusing on the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard brought together impassioned speakers representing the U.S. biofuel constituency, traditional fossil fuel interests, major food companies and other stakeholders. With so …

EWG Has No Love for Corn Ethanol
July 26, 2013 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  During the recent Subcommittee on Energy and Power’s hearing to review the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as well as during a recent RFS briefing sponsored by the Advanced Biofuels Association last week in D.C., the Environmental Working …

Refiner Valero Sees Profit Recovery if Discounts Widen
July 26, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Hays (Reuters)   … Rising costs of ethanol credits mandated by the U.S. government also weighed on profits, Valero said. The company warned on July 11 that its second-quarter profit would be lower than …

Washington Heading for Another Round of Devastating Cuts to Energy Innovation
July 26, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Stepp (The Energy Collective)  Both the left and the right use inspiring and lofty rhetoric about elevating U.S. international competitiveness, stimulating economic growth, and spurring innovation. But this messaging often fails to translate …

EPA Tier 3 Proposed Regulations A Common-Sense Change that Could Triple the Market Size for Biomass Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol …

Advanced Biofuels, Climate Change and National Security
July 26, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The direct relationship between Climate Change effects and National Security was recently summarized in testimony at a Congressional hearing:
Competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security …

Corn-Based Ethanol RINs Drop on Speculation Law May Be Adjusted
July 26, 2013 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  The value of certificates that track compliance with a U.S. law to use corn-based ethanol dropped the most since March on speculation Congress will adjust biofuel consumption targets.

Renewable Identification Numbers, or …

House Moves to Block DOD Buying Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillen (Politico)  The House late last night approved by voice vote a measure to block the Defense Department from buying most biofuels. The measure was an amendment to the chamber’s defense spending bill …

Gevo Supplies U.S. Coast Guard With Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline
July 26, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Gevo)  Fuel to be Used for Testing in Marine Engine Applications

Gevo, Inc., has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing.

“Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol-blended …

Ethanol Responsible for This Year’s Expected Record Dead Zone, Researcher Says
July 26, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Sonoran News)  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone will be the biggest ever. According to researchers, corn production in the Midwest is a large reason why.

As if …

$2.86/gal Algal Bofuel Now Possible
July 26, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PRLog)  The National Algae Association congratulates the National Alliance for Advancement of Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts for their research efforts. We are anxiously waiting to see the new Department of Energy Peer review …

What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing
July 25, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Dik (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a …

Is the US Awash in Oil? The Data Says ‘No’
July 25, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US domestic oil production cannot bring energy independence alone; renewable transportation fuels are contributing and must increase their contribution in order to achieve that policy goal.
From the pronouncements of …

The US Renewable Fuel Standard and Repeal, Reform: The Digest’s 5 Minute-Guide
July 24, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday in DC, the House Energy & Commerce committee convened a major hearing on the US Renewable Fuel Standard — primarily on the short-term impacts of the ethanol blend wall …

Big Oil Attempt to Mislead Congress, Consumers Knows No Bounds
July 24, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  …“Big Oil is following the old tactic of attempting to repeat something enough that people mistakenly believe it is true,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “In reality, Big Oil constantly …

New Ad Campaign Reminds Congress, Public There Is a Fuel Choice
July 24, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Biodiesel Magazine)  Fuels America coalition members announced the launch of a new ad campaign.

The ads highlight the fact that there is a choice when it comes to our energy future: we do not have …

Vilsack Says Congress Only Works During Crisis
July 24, 2013 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Ames, Iowa this week and while there gave remarks during the Iowa Farm Bureau’s (#IFBF13) 2013 Economic Summit. The standing room only …

Turning Agriculture into Oil, Bio Oil, That Is
July 23, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service) The process dates to ancient Egypt. Now, it’s being studied here by the USDA as a way to fuel farms.  Pour a few handfuls of chopped- up corn stalks …

Ethanol Mandate to be Debated for Two Days Before House Panel
July 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  After a year battling over the airwaves and strategizing behind closed doors, the legions of lobbyists fighting over a federal biofuels mandate will finally get the chance to present their …

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis
July 23, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria.

“The purpose of …

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!
July 23, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Smolker (Huffington Post/BiofuelWatch)  Having spent the past eight years or so of my life fighting back against large-scale commercial and industrial bioenergy, it feels good to finally see the tides turning, albeit slowly, maybe …

For Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs, Mandatory Funding Is Crucial
July 23, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter and Ryan Stroschein  (Agriculture Energy Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  Now that both the U.S. House and Senate are moving toward a conference on the Farm Bill, it’s time to emphasize to both chambers the need …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.

Their technologies? Closed …

Biofuel Groups Swing Back at Oil Industry, Defend Federal Blending Mandate
July 23, 2013 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Zack Colman (The Hill E2Wire)  Biofuel groups are swinging back at oil industry attacks on a federal biofuel-blending mandate with an ad campaign targeting lawmakers and viewers inside the Beltway.

Fuels America, a coalition of …

Biodiesel CEO Highlights Advanced Biofuel Success
July 23, 2013 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Cites Consumer Benefits, Job Creation at House RFS Hearing

National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe told Congress Tuesday that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is helping consumers by stimulating the production of advanced …

Connecticut Innovations Awards $150,000 to AgriFuels
July 22, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Rocky Hill, CT-based Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, has awarded a Connecticut Innovation Challenge grant of $150,000 to AgriFuels LLC …