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The Long Road to Cellulosic Ethanol
March 24, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal Foundation/AgWeb)  This blog will present the author’s perspective on a wide range of timely agricultural policy topics, touching on both domestic and international issues.

The long term answer, that ultimately ethanol will …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand
March 20, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per …

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …

Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels
February 13, 2017 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, …

A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record
January 23, 2017 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  On BDI-BioEnergy International’s 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company’s beginnings, accomplishments and biodiesel production technology.  —  In September, dozens of biodiesel producers from around the …

Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview
January 23, 2017 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Will Smith (Springhouse Consulting/Biodiesel Magazine)  While the majority of U.S. biodiesel is still produced from soybean and canola oil, the role of alternative feedstock has increased steadily over the past decade. The lower production …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens.

2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement
January 23, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Hulen (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S.’s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business.  —  …  “For the petroleum and …

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
December 2, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the price run-down that began in 2013. Tepid growth replaced explosive growth. The question for the …

Centre to Invest 15 Thousand Crore to Expand Panipat Refinery
October 12, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Times of India)  The Union government will invest Rs 15,000 crore to increase the capacity of Panipat oil refinery in Haryana from existing 15 million tonnes (MT) to 25 MT to raise quality of fuel …

10-Year Anniversary Videos Offer Unique Glimpse inside REG
October 5, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company’s—and the biodiesel industry’s—significant growth and maturation over the past decade. …

The War Against Ethanol, Part II–A History of the Fuel
October 1, 2016 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  “It is “a universal assumption that [ethyl] alcohol in some form will be a constituent of the motor fuel of the future.”  —  So wrote Scientific American. The year was 1920, …

Editorial: Green Plains Fuels High Hopes for Area’s Ethanol Plant
October 1, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Progress-Index)  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  —  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  Ten months after Green Plains …

The War against Ethanol Began in the 1920S
September 30, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Big Oil has been fighting the ethanol industry for a long time. Since the 1920s, to be exact.   —  In a recent feature by Automobile Magazine, the publication traces the roots of …

Breakthrough in Biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice Reaches Commercial-Scale, with Signature Advances in Cost-Reduction, Feedstock Flexibility
September 23, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most important technological advance in biodiesel in recent years has reached commercial-scale in Eastern Nebraska, with the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant, which is and the first …

William Holmberg, Decorated Marine Who Became Renewable Energy Advocate, Dies at 88
September 19, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Bart Barnes (The Washington Post)  William C. Holmberg, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who received the Navy Cross for his actions on a Korean battlefield and later spent decades as an advocate on …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously
September 19, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny.

The methods …

Edeniq: The Billion Dollar Baby Is Torn between Two Lovers
September 14, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is torn between two lovers: its current ownership group, which shuffled together a financing this week; and Aemetis, which is supposed to be acquiring Edeniq this year for $23 …

An Energy Policy Based On Wishful Thinking
September 11, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  … It would have been one thing if Congress had based the mandates on a fuel that existed commercially. However, they essentially attempted to mandate a nonexistent industry into existence.

Unsurprisingly, economic challenges …

The War Against Ethanol, Part 1
August 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  Getting real about ethanol  —  …  But until solar and wind power charge our national fleet of electric and hydrogen vehicles, ethanol is worth discussing. Because all in all, gasoline is …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

Blog: Simplistic Argument Targets Ethanol, Again
August 16, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent column provides some insight into anti-ethanol stances by making a connection between beef prices, the cow herd expansion and restaurant profits, with rather breath-taking simplification.  —  A …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  … First, environmentalists complained we were paying farmers too much …

EPAct’s 11th Birthday Is Something to Celebrate
August 12, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  On Monday, Aug. 8, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) celebrated its 11th anniversary. Not on a first name basis with acronyms? It’s the law that gave us …

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes
August 5, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don’t allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached. — …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 3, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  The politics of green energy have evolved over the …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review
July 21, 2016 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae-based biofuels and bioproducts offer great promise in contributing to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s vision of a thriving and sustainable bioeconomy fueled by innovative technologies. The …

Biofuels Executive Briefing Available from ADI Analytics
July 18, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ADI Analytics)  There is an increasing level of interest in conventional and advanced biofuels around the globe. Many countries are increasing biofuel mandates for several reasons ranging from stimulating agriculture, energy security, and most notably to …

Ford’s “Fuel of the Future” Still Powering America Forward
June 14, 2016 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Findlay (Renewable Fuels Association) This month marks the 120th anniversary of an automotive milestone: Henry Ford’s test drive of his first vehicle, the Quadricycle. The 20-mile-an-hour Quadricycle, which was literally built using two sets of …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
May 27, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2
May 18, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and 2011 were candy for a renewables-hungry world.

A Breakthrough in Catalytic Pyrolysis to make cost-competitive, drop-in …

Now Is Not the Time to Kiss the Biofuels Goodbye
May 9, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to scrap the mandate for the use of biofuels and, in effect, to ‘kiss biofuels goodbye,’ is a catastrophic policy based largely on arguments that have no solid …

New Alternative Jet Fuel Approved
April 15, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has played an integral role in development, testing and recent approval of a new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products …

Remembering Merle
April 11, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  Back in the early years of the biodiesel industry, Merle Haggard was one of the stars who came out in support of the American-made biofuel.

The country music legend who died last …

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page
April 8, 2016 – 9:43 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & …

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol
April 7, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …

REG’s Rolling Thunder: What Did Not Kill Them (Falling Oil Prices), Made Them Stronger
April 5, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been a couple of years since we visited REG and the difference is palpable. The company has become a little ADM, rather than a big Amyris or TerraVia. You …

B&C Professionals Help Tell the Story of EPA’s “Half Century of Progress”
March 23, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  Many Americans today, including many legislators at the federal and state levels, were not yet born when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by President Nixon in 1970, or …

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt
March 23, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol was being touted as a cheap alternative from abundant domestic resources. The U.S. is the …

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel
March 16, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Our exchange began with his comments that government should not decide which fuel is the winner; that fossil fuels dominance over alternative fuels was due to consumer choice; …

Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks?
March 7, 2016 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus, or pongamia, or poplar, or camelina. The list could get really long. For example, try …

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives
March 4, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short …

Corn Ethanol: The Rise and Fall of a Political Force
March 3, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (The Conversation) The 2016 primary race is defying conventional wisdom, with erstwhile fringe candidates competitive in the polls despite their unorthodox policy positions. The Iowa Republican Caucus provided additional material for this storyline …

UW Scientists Team up with Big Oil to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 24, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Content  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  …  In one project among several around the nation, ExxonMobil is working with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on technology to bring down the cost of renewable …

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
February 23, 2016 – 8:15 pm | One Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple: Grow an acre of corn for fuel and it means you have to grow another …

Opinion: South Dakotans Send Ethanol Message
February 23, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (AgWeek)  The idea that shale makes us crude oil independent is an oil industry fantasy that enables us to deny we willfully sacrifice our troops to fight endless Middle East conflicts to support …

Cellulosic Ethanol Falls A Few Billion Gallons Short
February 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Energy Trends Insider) … From zero commercial production in 2006, (Vinod) Khosla foresaw the first 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol hitting the market in 2008 (see Slide 78), ramping rapidly to 2.5 …

Where Is Sports Car Green Racing in 2016?
January 28, 2016 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This weekend the 49th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona kicks off the American sports car racing season. It promises to be one of the best with the brand …

Olden Days, Golden Days, and Golden Gripes
January 28, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, how fast did petroleum expand production, in comparison to low-carbon renewable fuels? … One thing is clear, renewable fuels are moving fast, by comparison. From 1866 through 1899 (a year …

Next-Generation Sugarcane Ethanol a Sweet Alternative to Gasoline
December 11, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Bill Hinchberger (Globe and Mail)  As the world prepares to wean itself from fossil fuels, many eyes are turning to Brazil with its land mass nearly equal that of Canada, plentiful sunshine, history of …

Innovation to Tackle Climate Change and Feed a Growing Population: Commercializing Synthetic Biology
December 2, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Vonnie Estes (Biofuels Digest)  …  But as the land, water, and fossil fuel resources those systems rely on become scarcer, biology is offering new ways to engineer solutions.

Synthetic biology redesigns existing organisms for specific …

Mission Incomplete
November 3, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense has yet to purchase alternative fuels beyond testing and demonstration purposes, but intentions remain.  —  In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report …

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact
October 30, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” …

Are White House Insiders With Connections to Big Oil Undermining the President’s Climate Change Agenda?
October 29, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … (H)e must explain his decision to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard and hand Big Oil a decisive political victory. One lingering question is, did high-level White House staffers with …

ICM Aims for Strong Legacy
October 27, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For two decades, ICM has adapted with the changing times, bringing technology solutions to the ethanol industry.  —  In 1995, ICM Inc. got its start with the purchase of …

New Study: Biofuel Use Saved 589.3 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions Over the Past Decade
August 24, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by …

EPA More Enemy than Ally to Ethanol
August 20, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is a long history of antagonism and sometimes outward hostility by the EPA toward ethanol, writes Mike Bryan. — Most of us find it strange and frustrating that we …

Shedding Light on U.S. Biofuels: The ‘Food versus Fuel’ Debate
August 17, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Mercier (Ag Web)  The U.S. biofuels sector marks its birth back in 1979, when Congress established a blender’s credit for ethanol as the earliest piece of federal biofuel policy as part of the Energy …

Celebrating a Decade of Success: The RFS Turns 10!
August 10, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  This Saturday marks 10 years since the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) containing the original Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The first RFS …

The Need For A New Fuel Paradigm: Transitioning From Legacy Fuels to Modern Efficient Fuels
June 25, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  … This two-part White Paper presents the proposition that we need to transition away from the legacy fuels we use today to modern liquid and gas fuels[1] that: 1) reduce …

A View of Biofuels History in the US from the Mountains of Tennessee: An Interview with Genera Energy’s Dr. Sam Jackson (Part 1)
November 6, 2014 – 9:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In January 2006, President George W. Bush said “switchgrass” in his State of the Union Address as he enthusiastically envisioned a renewable transportation fuels future.1 Within weeks, the price …

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
September 23, 2014 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career …