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DOE Funds Bioenergy Projects at 4 Universities
July 22, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $100 million to Energy Frontier Research Centers with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs needed by build the 21st-century energy economy. Several of EFRC …

N.Y. Bill Would Incentivize Cellulosic Fuels, Biomass Pellets
July 22, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state’s tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified …

Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Ames Laboratory (phys.org) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.
Ames Laboratory scientists have developed …

Sugar Rush at Ethanol Plant Fuels fight with Nebraska Corn Farmers
July 22, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it – a small-town dispute that offers an unusual …

The Green Roads Map
July 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Mapping the Companies Driving California’s Clean Transportation Future
EDF’s Green Roads Map, completed with assistance from CALSTART, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), plots the companies demonstrating how clean …

New Analysis Finds that 10 States Could Provide Abundant Agricultural Byproducts for Low-Carbon Fuel and Electricity
July 22, 2014 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Sustainable practices can turn crop residues and manure into bioenergy without competing with food supplies
U.S. agriculture could provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of …

Leading the Way in Motorcycle Education
July 22, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The Renewable Fuels Association will once again have a presence at Sturgis, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. The rally, which includes “”Free Fuel Happy Hours,” is a …

California Proposes $46.3M for Advanced Biofuels
July 22, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In California, the California Energy Commission recommended awards of $46.6 million to 11 biofuels and biomethane projects.

The winning projects and award amounts are:
Crimson Renewable Energy LP
Bakersfield Biodiesel Production Plant …

$5 Million Waste Biomass Processing Plant Planned in Michigan
July 22, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final …

Mascoma Confirms Strategy Shift, Outlines Plans for Technology
July 22, 2014 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Larry Klein and the Sierra Club sued Frontier and the DOE after the DOE issued a finding of “no significant impact” and granted a Frontier funding application which pledged …

Some Steam in the Summer of Algae 2014
July 21, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Every summer ABO members and supporting organizations make announcements, host events, and tell the story of the algae industry’s exciting growth that is creating new jobs, new sources of domestic fuels, food, feed …

UPM to Become Exclusive Distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice(TM) Lignin in Europe
July 21, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Domtar)  Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) and UPM (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: UPM1V) today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoiceTM lignin in …

Perea Bill Would Delay California Cap-and-Trade for Gas
July 21, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jeremy B. White  (Sacramento Bee) Democratic fissures over California’s cap-and-trade mandates deepened on Thursday, with a key moderate Democrat introducing a bill to push back a looming rule expected to cause a spike in prices …

Aviation Offers a Way Forward in Biofuels Research
July 18, 2014 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Biomass Magazine) Biofuels researchers are increasingly thinking about how the energy market is changing, which challenges them to balance the basic science of new fuels with a more holistic view of the most commercially …

Bill Aims to Delay California Fuels Sector from Falling under Cap-And-Trade Program
July 18, 2014 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Luhavalja (SNL) California Assembly member Henry Perea, a Democrat, on July 3, introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 69, that would delay placing the fuels industry under the Golden State’s cap-and-trade program for three years.
“The cap-and-trade …

Syngenta Donates $108K for Flex Fuel Infrastructure
July 18, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  During the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen taking place at the Iowa Speedway today, Syngenta announced that they are donating $108,000 to the renewable fuels industry to make flex fuels …

2014 Ram 2500 Biodiesel Testing – Final Gear Editorial
July 18, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Jason Gonderman  (Diesel Power Magazine)  … I started my informal biodiesel test with a familiar face, a 2014 Ram 2500, the same truck used for our 1500 vs. 2500 test (“Sibling Rivalry,” March 2014). Why …

Penn State Offers Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy
July 18, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master’s degree might want to check in on Penn State’s program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university launched …

Bioenergy Education Program Comes to SFSC This Fall
July 18, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(South Florida State College)  Beginning this fall, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy.
With a rising interest in green …

Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Ohio Would Benefit Biomass
July 18, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … On July 7, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed Clean Energy Initiative amendment. According to Josh Pulliam, a consultant for Yes for Ohio’s’ Energy Future, …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels
July 18, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (July 17, 2014) $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal …

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains for Cellulosic Biofuels
July 18, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growers reporting increased yields, revenues with stover harvest.  Natural Resources Conservation Service says “By making wise management decisions, removing residue can be done sustainably.”  What are the opportunities and the …

Congressional Officials Support Speedier Pathway Approvals for Advanced Renewable Fuels
July 18, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(BIOtechNOW) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its rule to identify additional cellulosic biofuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This final …

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?
July 17, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious …

Vietnam Veteran Praises Braley in New Television Ad Broadcast Statewide
July 17, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(VoteVets.org)  A Vietnam Veteran from Des Moines is featured in a new television ad campaign, today, praising Congressman Bruce Braley’s work to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ad, sponsored by the veterans organization VoteVets.org, …

E15 Retailers Get Creative
July 17, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Facing roadblocks from big name gasoline suppliers, nimble gas station owners change course to offer customers midlevel blends.
When Charlie Good, mechanic and owner of Good & Quick in Nevada, …

Lower Prices the Selling Point for Gas with Higher Ethanol Content, but Questions Remain
July 17, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  At a U-Stop gas station and convenience store in Lincoln last week, the pumps dispensing gasoline with 15 percent, 30 percent and 85 percent ethanol attracted a steady of stream …

Do We Still Need Alternative Fuels?
July 17, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Amy Myers Jaffe (The Energy Collective)  As the Obama administration struggles to come up with a solution to the dysfunctional renewables fuel standard (RFS), many in the industry are asking the question: do we …

Craft Brewed Biodiesel Independence from Petroleum
July 17, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(IndiGoGo)  Nearly everything is moved by Diesel and Jet Fuel and we can craft it in our own communities!  Granite State BioFuels    Craft Brewed Independence from Petroleum One Community at a Time
Diesel and Jet …

Manure-Fed Biofuels Might Make For New Crop At Dairy Farms
July 17, 2014 – 11:04 am | No Comment

By Peter Hirschfeld  (Vermont Public Radio)  … But it’s also a live demonstration of government-funded research aimed at finding out whether manure and runoff from dairy farms in Vermont could be converted into fuel oil for …

10 MegaVitaVegeTrends for Mega-Efficient Biofuels
July 16, 2014 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Are your biotechnologies run down, listless? Do they poop out at pitch meetings? Are they unpopular?   The answer to your problems may well be in this list — in the …

Biofuel Research at Core of Purdue-Navy Agreement
July 16, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

By Alex Maragos (WLFI) Purdue University will partner with the U.S. Navy to make new biofuels, including some made entirely from plants. Developing the new fuel is at the center of a statement of cooperation signed May …

Cummins: E85-Fueled Engine Cuts Medium-Duty CO2 Emissions by 50% to 80%
July 16, 2014 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by David Cullen   (FleetOwner) A new engine/powertrain combination developed by Cummins Inc. that’s fueled by E85 (an ethanol/gasoline blend)  cuts carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50% to 80% vs. a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck, according to the manufacturer.
Dubbed the …

West Virginia University Researcher to Study The Genetics of Biomass Accumulation
July 16, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/West Virginia University) …Jennifer Hawkins, assistant professor of biology at West Virginia University, is working with a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University, the University of California—Berkeley, and Brigham Young University to …

Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Advance Cost-Competitive Biofuels
July 16, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass.  …

Hundreds Protest US Plans to Export Fracked Gas
July 14, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Renee Lewis (Aljazeera)  Critics say shipping domestic fuel abroad will raise prices at home, exacerbate climate change
Hundreds of protesters marched Sunday in Washington, D.C., to show their opposition to a planned natural gas export terminal in …

EPA Supporting Small Businesses by Advancing Sustainable and Innovative Products and Research/Twenty-one Businesses Receiving Funding to Strengthen the Economy and the Environment
July 14, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 21 small businesses in 15 states are receiving funding from the EPA to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current …

Syngenta, FFA Collaborate on Fundraising at Iowa Speedway Event
July 14, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Syngenta and lowa FFA chapters will be joining forces to increase awareness of the benefits of American ethanol and to raise money to support flex fuel availability – and the FFA – …

Corn Ethanol Benefits Farmers, Community, Industry
July 11, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Heather Meade (Daily Advocate)  There are seven operational ethanol plants in Ohio, one of which is located just outside of Greenville – The Andersons, Inc., which was opened in conjunction with the Marathon Petroleum …

South Carolina Nets Grants for Transportation Biofuels
July 11, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Crumbo   (GSA Business)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded two grants totaling $150,000 to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance aimed at developing transportation biofuel investments for commercial and military use.
The alliance, which …

7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West September 16-17, 2014 San Francisco, CA
July 11, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment
7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West     September 16-17, 2014    San Francisco, CA

REFF-West is the premier West Coast renewable energy finance event, uniting senior financiers, investors, and renewable energy executives from across the country since 2008.
With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., REFF-West …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 5 Washington, DC DEADLINE: October 5, 2014
July 11, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy     December 5    Washington, DC    DEADLINE: October 5, 2014

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 5 Washington, DC
July 11, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy     December 5    Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference September 11-12, 2014 Miami, FL
July 11, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment
Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference     September 11-12, 2014    Miami, FL

This event gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of the Kingsman events in Dubai and Asia-Pacific, this is a regional …

Growth Energy Expresses Concern Over Continued Rail Shipment Delays
July 11, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  In response to a recent order by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which called on specific rail providers to resolve backlogs of rail cars for grain orders, but failed to address the substandard …

Mötley Crue, Poison Alert: INVISTA, BASF, and Genomatica Team for Sustainable Spandex
July 11, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We hear from the whispering winds of Wichita that INVISTA, the redoubtable owner of the Lycra and Stainmaster brands, amongst many others, has introduced the only commercial offering of a …

American Ethanol Weekend Preview
July 10, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)   American Ethanol is racing into Newton, Iowa for an exciting weekend at the Iowa Speedway. It’s an ethanol-powered packed event for American Ethanol. This weekend features the American Ethanol 200 presented by …

N.C. Funds 6 Cellulosic Biofuel, Bioenergy Research Projects
July 10, 2014 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state’s Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Special …

Maryland Company Looking to Turn Iowa Trash into Fuel
July 10, 2014 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Dar Danielson  (RadioIowa)  A Maryland-based company says it can save more than 100,000 tons of waste material from going into landfills with two facilities it plans to build in Iowa this year.
Fiberight has been …

U.S. Senators Press for Probe of Report that Oil Companies Blocked Ethanol
July 10, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters) Two U.S. farm-state Senators on Wednesday urged federal regulators to investigate allegations raised by a biofuel trade group that the oil industry uses “strong arm tactics” to prevent widespread use of higher …

Optimus Technologies First to Receive EPA Approval on Advanced Biofuel Conversion Solution for Commercial Trucks
July 10, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/MarketWatch)  As an alternative to CNG, creates new opportunities for advanced biofuel providers.
Optimus Technologies today (July 8, 2014) announced two significant milestones that are changing the U.S. commercial truck industry. First, it is the …

Aemetis Announces U.S. EPA Approval and E.U. ISCC Certification for Distilled Biodiesel
July 10, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Aemetis) Company produces high-quality distilled biodiesel at India plant
Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that the company has received EPA approval for the issuance of D4 RINs upon the importation into the U.S. of biodiesel produced from …

A Biodiesel Business Is Opening in Plainfield
July 10, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Kathryn Flagg (Seven Days Vermont) … While Vallee’s Red Store sits vacant, Black Bear Biodiesel is gearing up to open its doors — and pump its first gallons of recycled vegetable oil — later this …

Washington State the Center of Climate Change Solutions
July 9, 2014 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Gleen Farley (KING 5 News) In 2011, Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in the country to fly regular passenger carrying flights using bio-fuel.  It replaced 20 percent of the jet fuel with a crystal …

Algenol’s Algae-Based Biofuel: The Next Generation in Renewable Energy
July 9, 2014 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Iacurci (Nature World News) Algenol, an up-and-coming company that specializes in algae-based biofuels, has developed and perfected its revolutionary technology, likely securing its spot as the next generation’s leader in renewable energy.
In collaborating …

Algae Biofuel Can Help Meet World Energy Demand, Researchers Say
July 9, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Ann Muffoletto (Phys.org) Microalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world’s energy demands, say Utah State University researchers. It’s a potential game-changer.
“That’s because microalgae produces much higher yields of …

Algae Offers Green Way to Boost Nutritional Value of Pet and People Foods
July 9, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Steve Dale (My Pet World/Chicago Tribune) Current and future trends in food for pets and people were among topics addressed at the 30th Alltech Annual International Symposium May 18-21 in Lexington, Ky. The theme of …

Montana State University-Led Team Receives $10 million to Pursue Innovative Research in Energy
July 9, 2014 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University) Montana State University is the lead institution on a new $10 million, four-year project to form a research center focused on innovative energy research.
The Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis (BETCy) Energy Frontiers …

Cellulosic Ethanol Deemed Good Fit in Idaho
July 9, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)   IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — As the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plants open in the U.S. this year, energy experts say Idaho is well positioned to follow the leaders with a small facility that …

Murphy USA Stations Opens First of 7 Planned E15/E85 Additions in Iowa
July 9, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Iowa, Murphy USA is now offering E15 and E85 at its Indianola, Iowa location. The fueling site is the first of seven Murphy USA locations in Iowa to begin …

Report: Jobs Added, Investments Made in County’s Industrial Base
July 9, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Edmunds (The Selma Times-Journal) Dallas County gained 246 new jobs in 2013, according to a recent report released by the governor’s office.
In addition to the new jobs, the 2013 New & Expanding Industries Report …

Aurora Algae Farm Throws Down Green Guantlet in Oil State
July 9, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica) We’ve been following the Aurora Algae company’s progress in Australia for a couple of years, so imagine our surprise when all of a sudden the company popped up deep in the …

Aviation Biofuel Takes Flight
July 9, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

By Zoe Martin (Iowa Farmer Today) After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off.
The requirements to replace jet fuel at 40,000 feet present a challenge, but airplane manufacturers such …

New Crops Get Green Thumbs Up
July 9, 2014 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(GreenvilleOnline) Officials at Clemson have released 21 new crop varieties that will help meet the needs of farmers growing food, fiber and fuels needed by South Carolina’s economy.
These varieties include four Roundup Ready varieties of soybeans …

ANDRITZ to Deliver Pre-Treatment Technology for Fiberight’s Blairstown Waste-to-Biofuel Project, USA
July 9, 2014 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(ANDRITZ)  International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for Fiberight’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa, USA. Start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2015.

The ANDRITZ …

Biofuel Advancement Threatened: How Can We Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?
July 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Renewable Energy World)    Advanced biofuels are no longer a futuristic hope — they are here. This year, three companies including DuPont will turn on commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, the result …

Algae Production Industry News
July 9, 2014 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  The National Algae Association is pleased to announce that one of its algae incubator program companies, Natural Algae Production, LLC of Louisiana, has broken ground on a new 10 acre algae farm. …

Brazilian Airline GOL to Make First International Commercial Flights With Newly Approved Amyris-Total Aviation Biofuel
July 9, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Amyris/GlobeNewsWire)  International Flights From Florida to Sao Paulo Using Sugarcane-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel Support GOL Environmental Performance Objectives
Amyris (Nasdaq:AMRS) has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL (NYSE:GOL) to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, the …

Injection Wells Blamed in Oklahoma Earthquakes
July 7, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Hand (Science Magazine)  So far in 2014, Oklahoma has seen more earthquakes than California—and seismologists are increasingly blaming them on the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations. A study published online this …

Hemp: The Feedstock that Dare Not Speak its Name
July 7, 2014 – 4:01 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We first started tracking hemp back in 2009, when a 43-acre biomass trial launched in California that features hemp as a feedstock. The notoriety of hemp’s cousin, marijuana, has created …

World’s Cocoa Crop Could Get a Big Boost from a Simple, Non-Toxic Spray
July 3, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Seth Palmer  (Phys.Org)  Cocoa farmers this year will lose an estimated 30 to 40 percent of their crop to pests and disease, and with chocolate prices having risen globally by roughly two-thirds in the …

Ethanol Sector Wages Outpace Other Nebraska Industries
July 3, 2014 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board)  Over the last decade, wages earned in Nebraska’s ethanol production sector outpaced all other manufacturing groups in state, according to the Nebraska Department of Labor’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program. …

Joule’s Quest for Fuels from CO2, Sunlight and Water
July 3, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … From Massachusetts, word arrived from Joule this week that the EPA has favorably reviewed the company’s Microbial Commercial Activity Notice for Joule’s first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. This clears the catalyst …

How Two Small New York Towns Have Shaken up the National Fight over Fracking
July 3, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in …

RFA Pleased with EPA Approval of Corn Fiber as Cellulosic Feedstock
July 2, 2014 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule approving additional Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways.
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), commented, “We are very …

Duckweed Has Great Potential as Biofuel
July 2, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Sue Pike (seacoastonline.com) Duckweeds are the world’s smallest flowering plants. These tiny plants float on still and slow-moving water the world over. With the warm spring weather you can find duckweed growing along the edges …

LCFS Developments: Proposal to Simplify Application Process
July 2, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  On May 31, the California Air Resources Board held a workshop outlining some of its proposed changes to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. Among the changes proposed were …

Declining Gasoline Prices Still Costing Americans $1.4 Billion Every Day During This Holiday Week Celebrating Independence
July 2, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by John Funk (The Plain Dealer)  … One reason for this year’s decline in prices since May is the price of ethanol.
Ethanol, which is mixed into every gallon of fuel sold at a level of 10 …

Converting Biomass to Fuels
July 2, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Dubrow (National Science Foundation)  Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining …

Court Fight Over Exotic Tree Oil Secrets
July 2, 2014 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Ryan Abbott  (Courthouse News Service)  A biofuel company claims in court that diesel fuel producers stole its method of harvesting vegetable oil from seeds of the African jatropha tree by secretly recording the process …

Bipartisan Letter Calls for President Obama to Continue Growth Under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
July 2, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Congressman Adam Kinzinger)  In a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and 50 Members of Congress urge the President to increase the amount of biodiesel fuels allowed to …

IndyCar Returns to Iowa with 50 More Laps
July 2, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Iowa Corn Growers Association)  Iowa Corn renews title sponsorship of IndyCar Series race in 2014
as the Iowa Corn Indy 300

“If race car drivers can power the elite IndyCar on E85, we want consumers to feel …

Quad County Corn Processor Produces Iowa’s First Cellulosic Biofuels at Scale
July 2, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, the first ever gallons of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol produced in Iowa flowed from Quad County Corn Processor’s distillation unit this week, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. …

The Greensome Foursome: POET, Novozymes, Abengoa, NexSteppe on the Industry Outlook for 2014
July 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As several major cellulosic biofuels ventures head for scale in 2014, we look at the companies, the major barriers (as they see them) for further capacity-building, sources for future investment, …

Bio-Fueling the Navy
July 2, 2014 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(BIOtechNOW)  …  However, it also takes real marketplace demand—often led by a few significant “early adopters”—to put a new technology to the real-world test. One very large early adopter, which also has a major presence …

Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production
July 1, 2014 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Georgia Tech/Biomass Magazine) When making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has been that one can …

Minn. Funds 5 Biofuel and Bioenergy Projects, Thermal RFP Soon
July 1, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has named five in-state bioenergy projects as recipients of NextGen Energy grants.

Grant recipients include:
-Easy Energy Systems, Welcome, Minn. – $500,000
The project builds a showplace biofuel production …

Take a Closer Look: Biofuels Can Support Environmental, Economic and Social Goals
July 1, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Bruce E. Dale,  James E. Anderson, Robert C. Brown, Steven Csonka⊥ Virginia H. Dale, Gary Herwick, Randall D. Jackson,  Nicholas Jordan, Stephen Kaffka, Keith L. Kline, Lee R. Lynd, Carolyn Malmstrom, Rebecca G. Ong, Tom L. Richard, …

CREW Requests Investigation Into Industry Influence on RFS
July 1, 2014 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics/Biomass Magazine) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has requested U.S. EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins investigate whether the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines improperly influenced the EPA’s proposed renewable fuel …

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More
July 1, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.
The results …

Climate Data Initiative: Chesapeake Bay Hackathon August 2-3, 2014 Virginia Beach, VA
July 1, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
Climate Data Initiative:  Chesapeake Bay Hackathon   August 2-3, 2014   Virginia Beach, VA

Despite the creation and distribution of numerous climate related datasets over the last five years, local governments and conservation organizations in the Chesapeake Bay have not made significant steps towards incorporating this new information into …

Kaine, Rigell, Scott, Wittman Host Sea Level Rise Conference In Norfolk
July 1, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Chris Marston (Page County Dot Net)  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Congressmen Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott, and Rob Wittman, as well as Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms hosted a …

California Low-Carbon Rule Survives Big Legal Challenge
July 1, 2014 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

By Dale Kasler (Sacramento Bee)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, one of the centerpieces of the state’s fight against global warming, survived a significant legal challenge Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit …

Water-Cleanup Catalysts Tackle Biomass Upgrading
July 1, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jade Boyd (Rice University)  Rice University researchers register 4th ‘volcano plot’ for palladium-gold catalysts
Rice University chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, …

Heliae Expands Global Footprint With First Joint Venture in Japan
July 1, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Heliae/MarketWired/Digital Journal)  Heliae, a leader in the development of advanced algae production technologies, today announced a partnership with Japan-based Sincere Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a …

Intrexon Makes Farnesene from Methane: Hot Route to Low-Cost Jet Fuels and Diesels?
July 1, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Second Product of Intrexon’s Proprietary Bioconversion Platform Following Isobutanol  Who’s happy, who’s bumming — and how far along is the work, really? The Digest looks at Intrexon’s breakthrough.  Gas-to-Liquids approach …

Energy Path 2014 – Path towards Sustainability
June 30, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) The 2014 edition of the Energy Path convergence which took place at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, delineates the path that we should take for the betterment of the …

Murphy USA Now Offering E15 and E85 in Indianola
June 30, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  First of Seven Murphy USA Stations in Iowa to Begin Offering More Low-Cost, Locally-Produced Ethanol Blends
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced Murphy USA is now offering E15 and E85 at …

Ethanol Boat Races Ride Into Garnett
June 30, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The popular Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout is returning to Garnett, Kan., July 12–13. This National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) competition pits drivers of hydroplanes and roundabouts against each other in a fast-paced …