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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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Park Service Withdraws Comments on Fracking Rule
November 27, 2013 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Daly (Associated Press/ABC News)  The National Park Service has withdrawn “inappropriate” comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands.

Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed …

Paper Mill in Maine, US Making Sugars for Biofuel from Wood Waste
November 26, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The paper industry in Old Town, Maine, US has been stuck in gradual decline for some years now. However, one company – Old Town Fuel and Fiber (OTFF) – is said to be …

White House Revisits ‘Social Cost of Carbon’
November 26, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  The White House will seek new public comment on the “social cost of carbon” (SCC), a metric that helps regulators estimate the benefits of rules that cut greenhouse gas …

It Isn’t Only Corn: Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol Worries about Changes in RFS
November 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  Much of the rhetoric surrounding the US Renewable Fuel Standard centers around the notion of home-grown fuels enhancing American energy security and independence.

That puts Leticia Phillips in a bit of a …

Study: US Spewing 50% More Methane than EPA Says
November 25, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/US News and World Report)  The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. …

Iowans Worry about Ethanol’s Lost Political Clout
November 25, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Beaumont (Associated Press)  … Now, Iowa’s senior political leaders are pondering how to shore up political support for the corn-based fuel at a time when its economic and environmental benefits are under attack .

The …

Big Oil Reaps $23 Billion Windfall – In One Day
November 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Americans United for Change)  What a difference a day makes for Big Oil.  The oil industry scored a big victory on Friday, November 15 as the U.S. EPA released a draft rule that – if …

Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome and the EPA Biofuels Debacle
November 25, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So, the EPA hands down cruel cutbacks in renewable fuel targets as the Administration reels under Obamacare pressure.   What happened to biofuels, why is “everyone’s friend” biodiesel getting the shaft, …

And the 2013 Environmental Turkey Goes to …The American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC.
November 25, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University The Green Grok)  OK, folks, Thanksgiving approaches. For most of you it’s the beginning of the holiday season — family, parties, and presents. For us at TheGreenGrok it means it’s time …

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling
November 25, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the …

CBO: Carbon Tax Chops $1 Trillion from Deficit
November 25, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)   The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) floated 103 ways to help cut the deficit Wednesday, and one option takes out a much bigger bite than any other: A carbon tax.

A $25-per-ton tax …

Public Hearing for the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program December 5, 2013 Arlington, VA
November 22, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
Public Hearing for the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program   December 5, 2013  Arlington, VA

(Federal Register) The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, which EPA will publish separately in the Federal Register. The hearing will be …

Examining EPA’s Authority to Reduce RFS Volume Requirements
November 22, 2013 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association held a media teleconference Nov. 21, to address the issue of whether the U.S. EPA has the statutory authority to lower the total renewable fuel …

Many Have Stake in Maintaining RFS Certainty
November 22, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Disappointment, outrage, confusion, “betrayal,” “punch to the gut,” “pulls the rug out,” “huge step backwards” – all are characterizations of the reactions from the renewable energy sector over the administration’s proposal announced …

Can Algae Clean Water, then Feed Livestock?
November 22, 2013 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Can scientists grow algae in polluted water on dairy farms and then safely feed it to livestock? That’s what Shelton Murinda, an associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences, Marcia Ewers of …

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production
November 22, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)  Prospects for economic and sustainable fuel alternative enhanced with discovery

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel …

Missouri University Researchers Make Soybeans Healthier
November 21, 2013 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Angela Pearson (KBIA)  On November 7, the Food and Drug Administration made a preliminary decision. That decision stated trans fats as unsafe in food. Trans fats are found in most processed foods.

A team at the …

New App Helps Drivers Find Alternative Fuel Stations
November 21, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Legere  (NPR/StateImpact)  … The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a resource you can take on the road. A free iPhone app shows the location of more than 15,000 alternative fueling stations throughout the country with …

Ethanol Industry Examines Implications of Record Corn Crop
November 21, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The record corn supply has multiple implications for the ethanol industry. The USDA’s Nov. 8 supply/demand report pegged the 2013 corn crop at 13.989 billion bushels, a new …

CARD Report: Altering RFS Would Have Modest Effect on Corn Prices
November 21, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new paper from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University indicates that if the U.S. EPA does significantly reduce the renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable volume …

32 US Senators Urge Administration to Support Biodiesel Growth
November 21, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. senators from across the country sent a letter Nov. 14 asking the Obama administration to support reasonable growth in the biodiesel industry next year under …

Top Five Things You Should Know About Algae
November 21, 2013 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Christy Sterner (US Department of Energy) Read the blog to find out how algae can be used to create cost-competitive and high-performance biofuels. Discover how it grows, how it is used in biofuel production, and much …

Reshaping American Energy—A Look Back at BETO’s Accomplishments in 2013.
November 21, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a new two-page overview document that highlights significant Office achievements from 2013. One noteworthy success was the demonstration of two cellulosic ethanol production processes at a cost of …

The Biofuels Renewable Fuel Standard at a Crossroads
November 21, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Wallace E. Tyner (PennEnergy/Purdue University)  … So what is behind the differences in both my suggested values and the EPA proposal?  The biggest difference in my original post and EPA is in the level of …

Proposed Rules for 2014 RFS – A Volume of Uncertainty
November 21, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Seth Meyer and Rob Johansson (US Department of Agriculture/FarmDocDaily)  …Alternatively, if the EPA’s estimates of the potential for E85 consumption are too high and the actual blend wall is lower than the estimated13 billion gallons, then …

Editorial, 11/20: Ethanol a Key Part of Energy Mix
November 21, 2013 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Journal Star)  … There’s little doubt  the industry is under attack by a misguided and misinformed alliance of tea party Republicans and erstwhile environmentalists. Better for ethanol supporters to save their energy for the renewed attacks …

Destination China
November 21, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) China has quickly recovered its place as the top importer of U.S. distillers grains after dropping the dumping investigation in May 2012. Through July of this year, the country has …

CLEEN II Industry Day December 3, 2013 Washington, DC
November 21, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment
CLEEN II Industry Day    December 3, 2013    Washington, DC

Federal Aviation Administration will be holding an Industry Day for the CLEEN II solicitation on December 3, 2013 at the Washington DC Convention Center.  Under NextGen, the FAA initiated the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and …

Bio Architecture Lab, EcoShift Make Waves with Seaweed-Based Biofuels
November 21, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Dustin Mulvaney (EcoShift Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … EcoShift Consulting (www.ecoshift.com) recently conducted a GHG intensity analysis of a seaweed-based ethanol product that performs significantly better than gasoline as well as ethanol made from other feedstocks. The …

Continued Biodiesel Growth Jeopardized by EPA’s 2014 RFS Proposal
November 20, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. biodiesel industry has grown significantly this year, but if the U.S. EPA’s final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligation for biomass-based diesel looks anything like its proposal released …

‘Operation Free’ on Renewable Energy
November 20, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability recently hosted guest speaker and Operation Free representative Lt. Gen Norman Seip (USAF, ret) on the topic of sustainability and national security. The event was part of the Sustainable …

DOE Grant Helps Expand Biodiesel Training for Diesel Technicians
November 20, 2013 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Program helps ensure long-term integration of biodiesel into American fuel supply

Some instructors from throughout the Midwest who will train the diesel mechanics of tomorrow now have a thorough knowledge base on biodiesel. …

Veterans Enter Fight for RFS
November 20, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Two new organizations have entered the fight for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) today as concerns about the future of the RFS deepen with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)proposed 2014 renewable …

EPA Ethanol Decision Pushes Farm Bill toward Finish Line
November 20, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Erik Wasson (The Hill) The Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary decision to reduce renewable fuels blending requirements has increased momentum to get a farm bill done this year, the top House negotiator on the measure said …

Grassley: Assault on Ethanol Misses Its Mark
November 20, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (The Daily Nonpareil) … The predictable efforts to smear ethanol’s reputation ignore the renewable fuel’s valuable contributions to clean energy, rural development, job creation and U.S. energy independence. The latest round …

Branstad Launches a New Website to Support Ethanol, Biodiesel Use in Fuel Supply
November 20, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today launched a new website to oppose the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to roll back the amount of renewable fuels …

Vilsack Defends EPA’s Slashing of RFS
November 19, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is defending the Obama Administration’s proposal to cut the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of …

As Pentagon Invests in Green Fuel, Critics Focus on the Cost
November 19, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper   (Los Angeles Times)  On a recent Navy voyage, alternative fuel cost $26 a gallon, and millions are being invested in bioenergy firms. Some experts worry there won’t be sufficient benefits.

When the U.S. Navy sailed …

USDA Solicits New Bids under the Feedstock Flexibility Program
November 19, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is offering to sell its recently acquired sugar inventory for use as a feedstock for bio-energy production using …

Meet Me at the World’s Flare; Methane Gas Flaring, and the Role of Biobased Tech
November 19, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The flares — Dakota fireflies — dot the landscape like pin-lights. They burn natural gas escaping from the unconnected Bakken oil field wells, which are coaxing energy out of 9,000 …

EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards / Proposal Seeks Input to Address “E10 Blend Wall,” Reaffirms Commitment to Biofuels
November 19, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (November 15, 2013) proposed for public comment the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under …

Military Mobile Power Summit January 13-14, 2014 Washington, DC
November 19, 2013 – 10:51 am | No Comment
Military Mobile Power Summit     January 13-14, 2014    Washington, DC

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational ”Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in …

How Electric Cars Can Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 18, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Linn and Virginia McConnell (Resources Magazine)  …The motivation for these policies is that many consider electric vehicles to be essential for achieving the long-term goals of dramatically reducing vehicles’ oil consumption and greenhouse gas …

Strengthening National Laboratory Commercialization December 10, 2013 Washington, DC
November 18, 2013 – 1:17 pm | No Comment
Strengthening National Laboratory Commercialization    December 10, 2013   Washington, DC

The Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are a key driver of energy innovation and represent over $14 billion in annual federally-funded research investment. Yet, as ITIF found in a nonpartisan study with the Heritage Foundation …

Obama Messes with the RFS
November 18, 2013 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA released its 2014 proposed standards and volumes for renewable fuels. The volumes, as widely expected, include substantial reductions from the statutory standards in the original Energy Independence & …

U.S. Ethanol Output Could Reach 14 Billion Gallons in 2014: ADM Chief
November 15, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/The Western Producer)  U.S. ethanol output could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014: ADM chief

U.S. production of corn-based ethanol could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014 because of positive margins for processors and demand from …

CTi’s Application for Biodiesel Production Approved by USPTO
November 15, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(PRWEB/CTi)   Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (“CTi”) (OTCBB: CVAT) (Berlin: Stuttgart: WTC) announced today that the Company’s U.S. Patent Application, entitled ‘Process for Producing Biodiesel through Lower Molecular Weight Alcohol-Targeted Cavitation’, has been approved for patent issuance.

This …

Next Generation of Biofuels Is Still Years Away
November 14, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey (Associated Press)  The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation’s energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel …

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start
November 13, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest maker of ethanol used for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing …

AP Investigation: Obama’s Green Energy Drive Comes with an Unadvertised Environmental Cost
November 12, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

By Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/StarTribune)  The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer …

Sudanese Sugar Company to Begin Exporting Ethanol to the U.S.
November 12, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Grace Wanene (East Africa News)  Sudan’s Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) could soon begin exporting Ethanol to the U.S.  The trade is set to begin once the potential American buyer receives the necessary clearance from the …

Battelle Develops Mobile Technology to Produce Bio-Oil
November 8, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Battelle/Biomass Magazine)  Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit …

INSIGHT-Lord of the RINs? Vitol’s Ethanol Credit Bonanza
November 8, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  Swiss trading company Vitol SA is among the biggest beneficiaries of an opaque U.S.-government-mandated trading scheme established to help boost the share of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, market sources …

E85 Sales Would Soar If Fuel Was Priced On Parity With E10 And Had Full Access To Flex Vehicle Market, According To CARD Economists
November 8, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(The Center For Agricultural And Rural Development/Sacramento Bee)   Meeting demand is key to achieving federal renewable fuel volume mandates

A new paper by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot identifies a bottleneck of too …

EPA Authority to Reduce the RFS
November 8, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (FarmDocDaily)  … The statute provides EPA with the authority to waive a requirement for an individual calendar year by “reducing the national quantity of renewable fuel required.” The RFS is housed in the …

Feds Launch CSU-Run Research into Tapping Forests for Liquid Fuel
November 8, 2013 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (Denver Post)   The federal government is launching a $10 million, five-year project to tap overgrown and beetle-ravaged Western U.S. forests as a new source of non-oil liquid fuel that could power cars, …

DOE’s Most Promising New Tech: Bioenergy
November 8, 2013 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jeff McMahon (Forbes)  Bioenergy has shown the best results of the new energy technologies embraced by the Department of Energy in the last decade, the acting head of DOE’s Office of Science said in …

Reduction to 2014 RVOs Would be a Financial Windfall for Big Oil
November 8, 2013 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Big Oil has developed a laundry list of excuses for failing to break through its self-imposed “blend wall” and refusing to embrace the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Among the …

RIN Market Is Working Well To Enforce Biofuel Mandates, According To CARD Economists
November 7, 2013 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Center For Agricultural And Rural Development/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!Finance)  A new analysis by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot of the EPA’s ethanol market system finds that it works effectively and as intended …

Request for Information: Demonstration and Deployment Strategies
November 7, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office seeks stakeholder feedback regarding bioenergy technology validation to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technologies. BETO is specifically interested in information technologies that are …

Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States
November 7, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Noah Fierer, Joshua Ladau, Jose C. Clemente, Jonathan W. Leff, Sarah M. Owens, Katherine S. Pollard, Rob Knight, Jack A. Gilbert, Rebecca L. McCulley (Science Magazine)  Tallgrass prairie is extinct across much of its …

Iowa Governor Makes Case to Washington on Ethanol Requirements
November 7, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad made an aggressive push last week to defend the country’s ethanol policy during three calls with members of the Obama administration as the White House …

The Four Horsemen of the Financials: Gevo, Solazyme, Amyris Report for Q3
November 7, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In years gone by, it was not too hard to write up a summary of Gevo, Solazyme and Amyris — all aimed at fuels, all in the development stage, all …

Crafting a Better Enzyme Cocktail to Turn Plants into Fuel Faster
November 6, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Tom Rickey (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists looking to create a potent blend of enzymes to transform materials like corn stalks and wood chips into fuels have developed a test that should turbocharge their …

Stakeholders Tell Congressional Leaders To Reauthorize and Fully Fund Farm Bill Energy Title That Supports American Ag, Benefits Entire Nation
November 5, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(25 x’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance has joined more than 130 other national, regional and state stakeholder groups devoted to farm, ranch and forest-based energy solutions in a letter to congressional agricultural leaders urging them to …

Innovation in Feedstock Transport, Testing
November 5, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In August, Ernest Moniz, secretary for the U.S. DOE, announced more than $22 million in new investments to develop a more efficient feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels, in …

Biofuel Groups Seek to Intervene in Latest Legal Challenge to RFS
November 5, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the Biotechnology Industry Organization filed Friday a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the …

Fuel-From-Soy Makers Mount Last-Ditch Lobby Push on EPA
November 5, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Companies that make biofuels from corn husks, soy and other materials are mounting a last-ditch lobbying campaign to prevent a weakening of the U.S. renewable-fuel mandate, saying a lower requirement would set …

10 Time Machines for Making Biofuels and Chemicals
November 5, 2013 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The new technologies that come along have to provide pressure, temperature and feedstock at their own cost. So it’s the cost of those three elements, competing against the cost of …

Why the New Biofuel Feedstocks Deserve Investment, Incentives
November 1, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/National Geographic Magazine)  …Biotechnology companies today are working to develop cyanobacteria, algae, and even municipal waste as feedstocks for advanced biofuels. But these promising abundant non-food sources lack either the …

Only Renewable Fuels Like Ethanol Can Keep U.S. From Oil Dependence | Commentary
November 1, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Roll Call)  … The most recent data shows total U.S. oil consumption at a whopping 18.5 million barrels per day and domestic production at 6.48 million barrels per day. So, even during …

USDA Agroforestry Effort Shows Ag, Forestry Sector Commitment to Sustainability
November 1, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The U.S. agricultural and forestry sectors have drawn some questionable, if not contradictory, criticism for their production of renewable energy feedstocks. In some circles, for example, it is claimed that corn production …

Farm Bill Conferees Urge Energy Funding
November 1, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   The Senate version of the farm bill includes $800 million in mandatory funding for energy programs while the House version contains zero – one of the relatively minor differences in the …

More than 70 Percent of Top Selling Cars Approved for E15 in 2014
November 1, 2013 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 70 percent of the Top 20 best-selling cars as identified by Edmunds/AOL Auto have been explicitly approved by automakers to use E15 in 2014 models. This includes all Ford, GM and Volkswagen …

The DIY Renewable Fuel Standard
November 1, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobutanol, ethanol, renewable diesel, renewable gasoline and biodiesel — five renewable fuels.   By what combination could they meet the titanic US target of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by …

Ethanol, Oil Groups Blitz White House as Biofuel Rule Nears
October 31, 2013 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul  (Reuters) Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk of …

Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol A “Killer”
October 31, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) are introducing legislation to eliminate conventional biofuels from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a story first published by Greenwire, the impending bill would …

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop November 19-20, 2013 Mesa, AZ
October 31, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment
Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop   November 19-20, 2013   Mesa, AZ

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Program  will host two complementary workshops to discuss research and development needed to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable algae-based biofuels. The first …

Safety From the School of Hard Knocks
October 30, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lyle Estill (Piedmont Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  At Piedmont Biofuels we came by our culture of safety the hard way. We’ve been making biodiesel since 2002 and we have lots of “thrills, chills and excitement” to show …

Journey to the Center of the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 30, 2013 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pressure has risen to 30 atmospheres and the temperatures are rising into the hundreds of degrees.  You think: “I’m in a dream, on a journey to the center of …

EPA Announces Funding for Students’ Innovative Green Technologies
October 29, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the 2013 recipients of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants. Forty teams of graduate and undergraduate students from across …

Ethanol Industry Refutes AAA Claims
October 29, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Automobile Association (AAA) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to “lower the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline for 2014″ in order to “protect drivers by preventing …

Isobutanol to the Rescue
October 29, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is testing isobutanol gasoline blends in its marine engines.

Since its founding in 1790 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Coast Guard has had a …

University of Missouri-Kansas City Wins $2M in Grants to Fund Research in Biofuel, Health
October 29, 2013 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Brianne Pfannenstiel (Kansas City Business Journal)  The University of Missouri-Kansas City was awarded two grants totaling more than $2 million this week.

The first is a grant valued at $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute …

Despite Energy Abundance, US Should Curb Oil Dependence: DOE’s Moniz
October 28, 2013 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Gary Gentile  (Platts)  America’s abundance of oil and natural gas should not distract policymakers from the long-term goal of reducing our total dependence on oil, especially in the transportation sector, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz …

New GREET Fuel Cycle Model Released
October 28, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, the Argonne National Laboratory is highlighting a new GREET fuel cycle model release (GREET1 2013) uploaded to the GREET web site.

This release includes the following updates: New marine …

Businesses Flock to White House ahead of Biofuel Rule
October 28, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem  (The Hill Reg Watch) Officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have been busy meeting with chemical and energy companies in recent days, ahead of the expected release of new …

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Helping Bring the Next Generation of Biofuels to Market?
October 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  For many supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a key goal was to stimulate the development and use of low-carbon, next generation biofuels – to help …

Canola Could Be New Biofuel Crop for Central Great Plains
October 25, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Ag Professional/USDA Agricultural Research Service)  Farmers in the semiarid central Great Plains have traditionally used a two-year, no-till, dryland, winter wheat/fallow cropping system, which stretches scarce soil water supplies and minimizes crop failure from water …

Biodiesel Production Tops 1 Billion Gallons
October 24, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry Poised for Record-Breaking Year

New EPA statistics released Thursday show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining.

“This is …

U.S. Farm State Lawmakers Urge CFTC to Examine Volatile RINs Market
October 23, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  Thirteen U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the derivatives market regulator to examine fraud and manipulation in the cash market for ethanol blending credits known as RINs, as political scrutiny of the …

Biomass Organizations Write Support Letter for Bioenergy Programs
October 23, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A group of 30 biomass companies and organizations recently wrote to four congressmen supporting mandatory funding for Farm Bill Energy Title programs.

Addressed to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Sen. Thad …

Scientists Identify Key Genes to Increase Plant Leaf Oil Content
October 23, 2013 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified the key genes required for oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and other vegetative plant tissues. Enhancing expression of these …

US EPA’s 2014 RFS Volume Draft Proposal Misses the Boat
October 23, 2013 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligation proposal is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, according to David Korotney with U.S. EPA. While EPA has …

OPIC Expanding Horizons November 13, 2013 San Jose, CA
October 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment
OPIC Expanding Horizons   November 13, 2013     San Jose, CA

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses- in San Jose, CA on November 13th – the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses …

Webinar: Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research October 24, 2013 2:00PM Eastern
October 22, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research   October 24, 2013   2:00PM Eastern

On September 19, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) launched a redesigned version of the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF), which features a new look, simplified navigation, and enhanced interactivity. To help users learn how to …

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduce RFS Reform Act
October 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Office of Representative Jim Costa (D-CA 16th))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in …

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
October 22, 2013 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Space, the Biobased Frontier: Hot Biotechnologies for the Big Beyond
October 22, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen biofuels technologies may be key to making the International Space Station cost effective — not to mention, other destinations in the NASA agenda.  Which may explain why a high-tech …

Analysis: Brewing U.S. Ethanol Legal Battle Hinges on Meaning of ‘Supply’
October 21, 2013 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul  (Reuters)  The fate of a landmark U.S. requirement to blend increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline pool rests on the meaning of three words tucked into a mammoth law: unless …

It’s Proper Oversight, Not Bullying
October 21, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (The Wall Street Journal) Letter to editor:  In response to you editorial “The Ethanol Enforcers” (Oct. 8): It’s no secret that Big Oil has done nearly everything possible to keep ethanol out of …

Hand Up vs. Hand Out: New Government Programs Target Biofuels for Support in US, Canada
October 21, 2013 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As most know, the US Government in the past few days re-opened for business, and there’s an attractive USDA Loan Guarantee program recently unveiled that aspiring bioeconomy projects definitely will …

Petition to Puerto Rico’s Governor to Participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 18, 2013 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Causes.com)  In Puerto Rico, an online campaign is trying to collect 1,000 signatures to send to the governor urging him to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard before Oct. 31.

Having the federal credits and incentives …

US Biodiesel Production Surpasses Set Target for Second Straight Year
October 18, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(GlobalData)  The US biodiesel industry is on pace to produce more than the 1.28 billion gallons set under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for this year, says a new report from research and consulting firm …

Analyzing the Impacts of Big Oil’s RFS “Dream Scenario”
October 18, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) …Slashing the “renewable fuel” portion of the RFS from 14.4 BG to 13.0 BG could have the following impacts:

1.       Corn Prices Sink and Farm Income Falls

Cutting the requirement by 1.4 …

The Controversy Over Fuels
October 16, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Brian Berk (Convenience Store News)  The most controversial topics in fuels — the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and E15 — took center stage during the NACS Show educational session, “Biofuels: A Look Ahead.”

Scott Zaremba, …

EPA Proposes Slashed Market for America’s Cleanest Fuel as Observers Ask “Why?”
October 16, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For industry observers, there is much that is mystifying in the EPA’s draft 2014 production targets for the US 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard.    But nothing more mystifying than the …

Economist Examines $2 Billion Drop in Total RIN Market
October 15, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   What’s behind the plunge in renewable identification number (RIN) prices? University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin examined the question in another of his ongoing series of FarmDocDaily posts following …

Ethanol Blending Provides Another Proxy for Gasoline Demand
October 15, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Measuring current U.S. gasoline demand can be difficult, as there are 160,000 retail gasoline stations and more than 250 million vehicles in the country. …

Under present market conditions, where …

Corn Prices Pressured by Both Supply and Demand Factors
October 15, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Darrel Good and Scott Irwin  (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  Corn prices continue the long retreat from the peak of September 2012, declining to the lowest level since late August 2010. The most recent price weakness …

Brazil Ethanol Exports to U.S. at Risk if EPA Eases Blend Rule
October 14, 2013 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul and Fabiola Gomes  (Reuters)  U.S. imports of Brazilian sugar cane ethanol could be cut by more than half if a draft proposal to reduce next year’s U.S. biofuel blending mandate is enacted.

While …

Column: Ethanol Mandates Are Working for the Economy
October 14, 2013 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (Gaston Gazette)  The Gazette’s Oct. 4 editorial says the nation’s renewable fuel mandate – called the “RFS” – was “intended to reduce dependence on foreign oil, make emissions cleaner and decrease gasoline …

NREL Analysis Affirms the Soundness of E15 and Exposes the Flaws in the CRC Engine Durability Study
October 14, 2013 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has carefully completed reviewing 43 studies on the effects of E15 on engine durability, emissions, and other factors and issued a report finding …

EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints
October 14, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Lucia Kassai (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend …

Burning Down the Rumor Mill on 2014 RFS Requirements: RVOs Must Reflect Statutory Authority
October 10, 2013 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  EPA’s proposed rule establishing 2014 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is expected to be published soon. Many believe the 2014 RVO will, for the …

King, Loebsack Tout Need for Level Playing Field for Ethanol against Oil Industry
October 10, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  Iowa Rep. Steve King said ending the controversial ethanol mandate would lead to higher gasoline prices for consumers and drive down the price of corn, hurting farmers in rural …

API Challenges 2013 RFS Cellulosic Volume Requirement
October 9, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Petroleum Institute has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s 2013 volume requirement under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which was finalized in August. Representatives of the …

Groups Say Upton Will Wait For EPA’s 2014 RFS Plan Before Moving Bill
October 4, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Inside EPA’s Clean Energy Report)  Biofuel groups that met with Capitol Hill staff last week say House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) is delaying plans to attach legislation reforming the renewable fuel …

DOE Awards University of Arizona-Led Team $8M for Biofuel
October 3, 2013 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Arizona (UA) is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed, or RAFT, partnership, which was recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy …

Energy Department to Award $100 Million for Energy Frontier Research Centers
October 3, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today (September 30, 2013) announced a proposed $100 million in FY2014 funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a …

Rural Energy Efforts Run Low on Fuel as Farm Bill Expires
October 3, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

By Amanda Peterka  (Midwest Energy News/Environment & Energy Daily)    …But USDA’s ability to carry out projects like the installation of solar panels was left to dangle Monday night with the expiration of the farm …

RFA, Growth Energy Speak out against API Poll Results
October 3, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are disputing the results of a new poll released by the American Petroleum Institute, calling the data biased and deceptive. The RFA …

Complete Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Strain DL-VIII, a Novel Solventogenic Clostridium Species Isolated from Anaerobic Sludge
October 2, 2013 – 8:01 pm | No Comment

Safiyh Taghavi, Javier A. Izquierdo, Daniel van der Lelie (American Society for Microbiology)  We report the genome sequence of Clostridium sp. strain DL-VIII, a novel Gram-positive, endospore-forming, solventogenic bacterium isolated from activated anaerobic sludge of a wastewater treatment …

BIO, Member Companies Urge Congress to Pass Five-Year Farm Bill, Maintain Crucial Language for Renewable Chemicals
October 2, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Biotechnology Industry Organization)   The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and a group of renewable chemical companies and state advocacy organizations today wrote to the chairpersons and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, …

Biofuels, Biomass Projects among Latest Round of REAP Funding
October 2, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for projects in 22 states to help reduce energy consumption and cost, as well as for increasing the use of renewable technologies, including …

Maintain Renewable Fuel Standards
October 2, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Tim Burrack (Chicago Tribune) Letter to Editor:  … As family farmers for more than 40 years, we have had our share of ups and downs. The RFS gave farmers like us a new market for our …

Agricultural Alchemy: Manure + Brewery Waste Could Yield Biofuel
October 2, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by John Herrick (VTDigger.org)  Waste from dairy farms and beer breweries could provide the necessary ingredients to grow algae-based biofuels, leaders of a project designed to research this technology said on Tuesday.

Matt Cota, executive director …

Sen. Harkin Introduces Bill Encouraging Ethanol Pumps
October 2, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced a bill Monday that would create a grant program for ethanol-pump installations, establish a loan-guarantee program for renewable-fuel pipelines and require new Department of Energy regulations to …

FSA – Farm Service Agency : USDA Announces September Feedstock Flexibility Program Results
October 2, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/4-Traders)  September 30, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced the results of the Sept. 18, 2013, Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP) offer. CCC purchased 136,026 short …

Insight: Biofuel Produced from Wood Residue Shows Promising Water Footprint
October 2, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Biofuels could be a promising way to reduce reliance on imported petroleum oil and improve the environment, but the downside is that they can use up considerable natural resources. A new study, …

Biofuel Blending Rules Won’t Raise Gas Prices | Commentary
October 2, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Roll Call/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And will their cost be passed to consumers at the pump?

A simple exercise in following the …

EPA to Be Hit Hard in Shutdown, Could Delay Renewable Fuel Standard
October 1, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance …

Questions Arise on Tier 3 Timing as Automakers Cite Rule Delay
September 27, 2013 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jason Plautz (E&E News/Greenwire)  Questions are rising about when U.S. EPA will release a final rule slashing the amount of sulfur in gasoline, as two key automaker groups say the agency has told them the …

RFS Hasn’t Hurt the Poultry Industry
September 26, 2013 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by Gary Pestoriou (The Hill’s Congress Blog)    I followed with interest the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I became very skeptical of the statements by those representing …

1998 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge: E85 Vehicles Surpass E0 on Dynamometer Tests for Mileage Efficiency
September 26, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory) Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors Corporation, Natural Resources Canada

In the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, college engineering students work together to design, build, and evaluate a state-of-the-art vehicle. …

Renewable Fuels Make a Difference: Opposing View
September 26, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (USA Today)  Big Oil is pushing back to preserve its market share.

… The RFS is one of the most successful energy policies ever. Since it was enacted in 2005, U.S. dependence on …

EPA Expands Heating Oil Definition to Allow RINs
September 26, 2013 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the definition of heating oil as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This means that renewable heating oil, such as bioheat, a …

Grassley Asks EPA if Ethanol Credit Market Is Being Controlled by Wall Street
September 26, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering   (Des Moines Register)  As controversy swells over the cost of special credits tied to ethanol, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the agency charged with overseeing the country’s renewable policy for details …

BIO Urges EPA to Reject Petroleum Industry’s RFS Waiver Petition
September 26, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking her to reject the recent petition from American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers …

Analyzing the Influence of Energy Policy
September 25, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jake Ferris (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The change in stock levels from 2001-’05 accounted for about $1.28 of the $2.49 per bushel increase in corn prices (Table 2)—just over 50 percent. About 18 cents …

Tides of Prosperity, Past and Present
September 25, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Similar to the 1970s period of prosperity, Zulauf (Carl Zulauf, economics professor at Ohio State University) says that in 2012 crop prices increased by roughly 200 percent, which he attributes …

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls on CFTC to Review Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market
September 25, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Greg Akagi    (KansasAgNetwork)  Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodities Future Trading Commission to review recent allegations about possible …

Big News: No More Requirement to Use Ethanol in Gasoline!
September 24, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (The Hill Congress Blog)  … the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 included a prescribed formula for reformulated gasoline that included an oxygen content, which ethanol provides. Oxygenated fuels promote more complete combustion …

ISU study: Investment in E85 Could Be Cheaper than Purchasing Ethanol Credits
September 24, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  A study from Iowa State University said the cost of installing tanks to handle fuel with 85 percent ethanol could be cheaper than purchasing energy credits to avoid blending …

Cal Poly Gets $1.5 Million for Algae Biofuel Research
September 23, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

by Kaytlyn Leslie (The San Luis Obisbo Tribune)  Cal Poly will receive $1.5 million to fund biofuel research, according to a Department of Energy news release.

Cal Poly was one of two universities in the country to …

Illinois Ethanol Workers Write to Protect RFS
September 23, 2013 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The employees of Illinois River Energy and GTL Resources Biorefining sent a letter to their Congressional delegation this week urging support of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“We are the 60 hard working employees of an independently …

California Resolution Calls for Federal Reform of RFS
September 23, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California legislature recently passed Assembly Joint Resolution 21, which urges federal lawmakers and the U.S. EPA to reform the renewable fuels standard (RFS), transitioning away from first-generation biofuels. …

EIA: E85 Fuel Becoming Price-Competitive with Gasoline in US Midwest
September 23, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Conglin Xu (Oil & Gas Journal)  E85 motor fuel—gasoline blended with as much as 85% ethanol and commonly used by flexible-fuel vehicles (FFV) in the US and Europe—is becoming increasingly price-competitive with gasoline in several Midwestern …

ABO Encourages CCR and CCS
September 23, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has just encouraged the EPA to include the carbon capture and reuse (CCR) as an approved strategy for compliance under its New Source Performance Standard, a draft …

Ethanol Blend Wall? What Blend Wall?
September 20, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The oil industry has formally petitioned the EPA to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014, arguing that the ethanol market is saturated. But …