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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide to the Obama Administration’s New Energy Policy
March 18, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major push from Obama on energy.  From DOE: “Liquid fuels demand can be sufficiently reduced so that biomass can meet all liquid fuel needs.”  What’s up? 
…“I’m proposing that we take …

Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2012
March 15, 2013 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA’s annual report that tracks the fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States is signaling a significant 1.4 mile per gallon (mpg) increase for 2012 cars and trucks – along …

Funding Bill Amendments Target Military Biofuels
March 15, 2013 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) filed two amendments to a $984 billion government funding bill on Thursday that would gut the military’s alternative fuels program.
The amendments already are drawing criticism …

Camelina on the Move: Global Clean Energy Holdings Acquires Sustainable Oils
March 15, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Global Clean Energy Holdings announced that it has acquired Sustainable Oils, a leader in Camelina genetics and production. The acquisition includes 100% ownership interest of Sustainable Oils and the …

Domtar Inaugurates Commercial Lignin Production
March 14, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Domtar)  Plymouth Mill to produce bio-material with wide range of industrial applications as petro-chemical alternative – the first of its kind in over quarter century
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced that it has successfully …

Positive Results from Long-Term Stability Study
March 14, 2013 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory chemist Earl Christensen presented preliminary results from an ongoing B100 and biodiesel blends stability study at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas Feb. …

Latest NREL Quality Survey Shows 97 Percent on Spec
March 14, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Teresa Alleman, a senior chemist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, shared the latest biodiesel fuel quality survey results at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas Feb. 4-7. NREL …

Overview of Wastewater Regulation for Biodiesel Processing
March 14, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Gary D. Colby (Biodiesel Magazine/Dilworth Paxson LLP)  Preventing discharge of biodiesel processing wastes into the environment contributes significantly to production expenses. Processors incur these costs, rather than discarding waste products more cheaply or easily …

Governors Tell Congress to Support RFS
March 14, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition met in Sioux Falls Wednesday and sent a letter to members of Congress in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The letter from the 30 governors represented by the Coalition, led by …

Heard on the Floor at World Biofuels Markets 2013
March 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Neste Oil confirmed that they are using 65% virgin oils, primarily palm oil, and 35% waste residues, but that they are seeking to increase that percent of waste supplied, Neste’s …

EPA Zeros Out 2012 Cellulosic RVO – Recognizes Phantom Fuels
March 12, 2013 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement following the withdrawal of its Petition for Waiver of the 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements:
“We appreciate the …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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