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Keystone Farm Show — January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA
April 24, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   —  January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
April 24, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s …

AgEnergy USA, Perdue Farms Partner on Clean Bay Biogas Project
April 24, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) … Anaerobic digester developer AgEnergy USA and Perdue Farms, a major chicken processing company based in Salisbury, Md., recently signed a letter of intent for a project that will use poultry waste …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis
April 24, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine) In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million …

Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute Publish Paper Outlining Efficient Synthetic Biology Methods to Genetically Engineer Microalgae
April 24, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(J. Craig Venter Institute)  Results have important implications in developing algae-based products such as biofuels and chemicals  —  Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published a paper today …

Editorial: Bright Future ahead for Local High School Student
April 24, 2015 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Deming Headlight)  Like other high school seniors, Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Mayfield High is weighing her options as she considers where she will go next. … Sánchez-Maes was a photonics research intern at the University of New …

Scientists Employ Algae as Biofuel, to Mop up Pollutants
April 24, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

By Chukwuma Muanya (The Guardian)  Scientists have expanded the frontiers in the use of micro-organisms such as bacteria and algae for biofuel and in bioremediation with the utilization of wastewater algae.
Scientists, in one of the …

How Scientists Are Engineering Algae To Fuel Your Car And Cure Cancer
April 24, 2015 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

By Jessica Dineen (Forbes)  … Once (UC San Diego’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology Director Steve) Mayfield’s lab created cancer-fighting human antibodies, there was no looking back. “We said, what other products can algae make? Fuel? …

World Bank PSLO’s Annual Energy Sector Program: Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development — May 4-7, 2015 — Washington, DC
April 24, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
World Bank PSLO’s Annual Energy Sector Program:  Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development  —  May 4-7, 2015 — Washington, DC

​The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites you to mark your calendars for an annual joint program focusing on the energy sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions, including The World Bank Group, Inter-American …

Algae Sees Profit Where EPA and Industry See Cost
April 24, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments related to its review of three consolidated cases regarding the EPA’s regulation of toxic emissions from power plants: Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 14-46; Utility …

“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA
April 24, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals”  — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA

Chuck Coe, Department of Chemical Engineering, Villanova University will speak on “Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” at this month’s MAREA meeting at 7:00PM.
Biomass is the only renewable source of organic carbon …

As EPA Finalizes Rule, Klobuchar, Grassley, Durbin, Thune, Franken, and Kirk Lead Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators in Calling for a Strong Renewable Fuel Standard
April 24, 2015 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) The Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize the proposed rule on biofuels volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard; the latest proposal would create uncertainty for biodiesel producers and …

New Studies Link Earthquakes With Oil, Gas Drilling
April 22, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Miguel Bustillo adn Dan Molinski  (The Wall Street Journal)  Scientists say practice of wastewater injection has caused seismic activity in Oklahoma, Texas, other parts of the U.S.
New scientific findings released Tuesday linked earthquakes to …

NexSteppe Takes Biomass Sorghum to Commercial-Scale in Brazil
April 21, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen feedstock developer records 1000% year-on-year growth for its Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum hybrids in Brazil.  Sustainable, available, reliable and affordable? Yes, as the Digest discovers.  In California, NexSteppe announced …

Smith Introduces Legislation to Increase Fuel Options for Consumers
April 21, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE))  Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced legislation today to broaden consumer fuel choice by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Reid vapor pressure of motor …

Fuel What Matters Campaign Drives Clean Transportation Choices
April 21, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/NC Clean Energy Technology Center)  Focus of Air Quality Education Effort are Consumer and Commuter Options  — The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced the start …

Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company Announce Plans to Open 13 E85 Flex Fuel Stations in Southern California in 13 Months
April 21, 2015 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Pearson Fuels)  Pearson Fuels of San Diego, CA and G&M Oil Company of Huntington Beach, CA (held) a grand opening of their newest E85 Flex Fuel location on April 15 at 499 Sandalwood Drive, Calimesa, …

Driving Sustainable Agriculture through Improved Qualities in Eucalyptus and Poplar Trees
April 21, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Intreson/PR NewsWire)    Intrexon and FuturaGene Collaborate to Develop Unique Attributes and Agronomic Properties in Significant Plant Species
Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano …

Sweetwater Energy Raises $10M; Begins Ramp-Up to First Commercial
April 21, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy announced it has closed on a $10 million bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater said that it is now opening its Series B investor round to begin construction …

Truckers Sue to End Biodiesel Mandate
April 21, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Minnesota truckers and other interests sued Minnesota on Friday seeking to end the state’s requirement that diesel sold at the pump contain 10 percent biodiesel.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District …

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Develops Bio-Renewable Rubber to Reduce Carbon Footprint
April 21, 2015 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

( With the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock.
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development …

4 Minutes with Bill Levy, CEO, Pacific Ag
April 21, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We are partnered with more than 600 growers across the country, will harvest more than 450,000 tons of biomass alone in 2015, own the single largest fleet of harvesting equipment, …

Trash-to-Biofuel Takes New Turn in Marion
April 21, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  No one has claimed that making biofuel out of garbage is as simple as tossing leftovers into the trash.  So it is that Craig Stuart-Paul, president and chief executive officer …

Navassa Ordinance Would Allow Biofuel Production
April 21, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynda Van Kuren (StarNews Online) The Navassa Town Council recently tabled a decision on a proposed ordinance that would allow biofuel production in its heavy industrial districts and conditional production in its light industrial district.

The council …

An Economic Case for Ethanol
April 21, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Industry growth is likely to come as higher blends such as E15 and E85 become more widely available and more widely used.
A recent analysis by the Iowa Renewable …

Algae Biomass Summit 2015 Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grants
April 20, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Foundation, ABO’s sister organization, is pleased to announce that it is offering $500 travel grants to attend the 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, DC, USA, from September 29 through …

4th USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 16-17, 2016 — Washington, DC
April 20, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
4th USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 16-17, 2016 — Washington, DC

You can attend the largest celebration of STEM for FREE! On April 16-17, 2016, the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival returns to the nation’s capital along with some of your favorite performers and hands-on …

From Food Waste to Fuel, CEAS Does Energy Sustainability Better
April 17, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

By: Ashley Duvelius (University of Cincinnati)  CEAS researchers take aim at reducing the United States’ annual 40 percent of food waste and are now able to convert waste into solid fuels, biodiesel and other products.
The …

Analysis of State Report Shows E15 Could Save Iowans $50 Million Per Year
April 17, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  If Homegrown E15 Were More Widely Available, Iowa Consumers Could’ve Pocketed Millions
In an analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue motor fuel report, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today …

Report: PA Dishes out $3.2 Billion in Fossil Fuels Subsidies while State Faces $1.5 Billion Deficit
April 16, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Khan (PublicSource)   A new report out Tuesday says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at …

Biofuels: What’s Happened and Where Are We Going?
April 16, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Scott Chabina (Fierce Energy)  The transformation of Gen 1.0 to 1.5 and the reality of Gen 2.0.  Advanced, commercially viable biofuel facilities no longer “unicorns on the horizon” … Conventional, or “Gen 1.0″, corn ethanol …

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement
April 16, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas …

Iowa Lawmakers Ride-and-Drive on Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Lawmakers in Iowa got the chance to experience the power of biodiesel for themselves. The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB)held its its first ever Ride-and-Drive event at the capitol in Des Moines …

Top of Biofuels Class
April 13, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students.

Mick Miller, president of NuVu Fuels and general manager of DENCO II in Morris, …

Report: 2,000 People in East Kansas Employed in Biofuels
April 13, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Megan Hart (CJ Online) More than 2,000 people are employed in the biofuel industry in the Congressional district including Topeka, according to a report from Fuels America.
The group is made up of major players in …

Nebraska Corn Representatives Tell Ethanol’s Story on Capitol Hill
April 13, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(  Ethanol advocates from across the nation came together in Washington, DC in late March as part of a “Biofuels Beltway March” to share their ethanol stories and communicate the widespread grassroots support for American …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

( Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

Direct Conversion of Plant Biomass to Ethanol by Engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii
April 13, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss, and Janet Westpheling (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The ever-increasing demand for transportation fuels, the decrease in global petroleum reserves, and the negative impact of greenhouse …

ARF Challenges Confirmed Candidates
April 13, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The America’s Renewable Future campaign is challenging the two confirmed Republican presidential candidates to take a stand for renewable fuels.
In a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has been forthcoming …

What If the Water Can’t be Stopped? Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise — April 20, 2015 — Washington, DC
April 13, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
What If the Water Can’t be Stopped?  Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise — April 20, 2015 — Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing during Earth Week examining the impacts of sea level rise and oil and gas extraction on Native American communities. Across the United States, …

High-Yield Hydrogen Production from Biomass by in vitro Metabolic Engineering: Mixed Sugars Coutilization and Kinetic Modeling
April 13, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

Joseph A. Rollin, Julia Martin del Campo, Suwan Myung, Fangfang Sun, Chun You, Allison Bakovic, Roberto Castro, Sanjeev K. Chandrayan, Chang-Hao Wu, Michael W. W. Adams, Ryan S. Senger, and Y.-H. Percival Zhang (Proceedings of …

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production
April 13, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin)  Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast …

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters by authors at the University of Wisconsin uses error-prone satellite data to suggest that growth in U.S. corn and soybean production …

New Study Raises Possible Link between Gas Drilling and Radon Levels
April 10, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips  (  Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, suggesting that hydraulic fracturing has opened up …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

Tranforming Energy: Future of Fossil Energy in a Carbon Constrained World — April 30, 2015 — College Park, MD
April 9, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment
Tranforming Energy:  Future of Fossil Energy in a Carbon Constrained World   — April 30, 2015 — College Park, MD

Dr. Julio Friedmann, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Clean Coal and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Fossil Fuels have re-emerged as a critical component of the US and global energy economy, including advances in unconventional oil …

Gina Lewin Explores How Ants Break Down Cellulose
April 9, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … In the summer of 2009, Gina Lewin participated in a National Science Foundation-funded program called Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), which invites college juniors and seniors to join …

Biofuels Research Uncovers Natural Fungicide
April 9, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported today (March 9, 2015) the discovery of a chemical compound called poacic acid that could eventually be …

Enhancing Microbial Lipid Production
April 9, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  By revealing a novel molecular pathway involved in microbial lipid accumulation in the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides, this study could lead to strategies for engineering microbes to increase the production of …

Daniel Amador-Noguez Engineers Better Bacteria for Biofuels
April 9, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

… (Daniel) Amador-Noguez’s lab focuses on understanding metabolism in biofuel-producing bacteria with the goal of engineering microbes that can more efficiently convert plant biomass to energy. It’s exciting research, but it’s also the kind of …

Join Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Energy Institute for Educators
April 9, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  GLBRC is partnering with the Wisconsin Energy Institute to offer the Energy Institute for Educators, August 10-13. This program provides the opportunity for educators to engage with cutting-edge energy research at …

Join Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Bioenergy Institute for Educators
April 9, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

Bioenergy is an exciting area of research and development and can provide excellent opportunities for engaging students. Join us for an intensive 5-day program to learn about the latest developments in bioenergy research and hands-on …

Telling the Biofuels Story to Students: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Teacher Resources
April 9, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Understanding role of biofuels in meeting our energy needs and mitigating global climate change is a complex task. Telling stories is an effective way to help students make sense of …

Risk and Reward for Boardman Biomass Proposal
April 9, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by George Plaven (Capital Press)  One possible biomass fuel for the coal plant is giant cane, known as Arundo donax, which PGE has spent several years growing in small test plots. … As a potential source …

Transportation Budget Cuts Alternative Fuel Mandate
April 8, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Karen Kasler (WOSU) The transportation budget signed last week includes a change for the state’s vehicle fleet: The budget cuts out a requirement on alternative fuels that had been in place for most of a …

6 Factions Rand Paul Must Court in Iowa, Activists Say
April 8, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register)  For Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to make inroads in Iowa, here are the factions he’ll need to tend closely, according to Iowa political strategists and activists.

The LCFS Re-Adoption and Its Possible Repercussions
April 8, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (Biodiesel Magazine/EcoEngineers)  … Some important items that have resulted from this re-adoption process are:
-Setting compliance curve to meet 10 percent GHG reduction by 2020.
-Cost containment measures, including a price ceiling of $200 per …

Unique Oakland Biodiesel Project Receives $3.4 Million Grant
April 8, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Viridis Fuels, a state-of-the-art biodiesel project in Oakland, California, is prepared to receive an official notice of award today for a $3.4 million state grant at a California Energy Commission …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2 — Annapolis, MD DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
April 8, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2 — Annapolis, MD  DEADLINE:  July 1, 2015

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) Conference Planning Committee is accepting speaker proposals.  We are especially interested in presentations on best practices, engagement, and/or innovation in these areas:

Broadband implementation and access
Youth Engagement
Workforce and Economic Development
Community Development
Health …

2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2 — Annapolis, MD
April 8, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment
2015 Rural Summit – “ASPIRE Rural Maryland” — December 1-2  —  Annapolis, MD

Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2 in the central Maryland area, the 2015 Rural Summit will bring together an estimated 100+ professionals and grass root individuals from throughout Rural Maryland.  Stakeholders include …

UH Researchers Discover N-Type Polymer for Fast Organic Battery
April 8, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Jeannie Kever (University of Houston) New Material Opens the Door to Low-Cost, Environmentally Friendly Energy Use — Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will …

American Ethanol Car to Appear at Nebraska State FFA Convention
April 8, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board)  American Ethanol is proud to announce its partnership with the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. to promote homegrown American Ethanol at this week’s Nebraska State …

Billionaire Environmentalist Comes to Sacramento, Clashes with Businesses over Climate Change Bill
April 8, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Allen Young (Sacramento Business Journal)  Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer came to Sacramento on Tuesday to promote a wholesale expansion of air quality regulations promoted by the governor and Senate leader Kevin de León.
Asked point blank …

Ethanol Industry Continues to Evolve as Usage Levels off
April 7, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … Kansas Corn CEO Greg Krissek said there is some slowing of ethanol production on the eastern and western edges of the cornbelt. But ethanol industry leaders are responding to market …

Fees, Taxes Increase with Highway Funding Package
April 7, 2015 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Rapid City Journal)  South Dakota drivers will be paying more for that privilege in the very near future.  The 2015 S.D. Legislature, with guidance from an Interim Committee on Highway Needs and Financing, overwhelmingly passed …

Gevo Sells Renewable Jet Fuel to NASA
April 7, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Gevo’s ATJ is …

Businesses Fight Oregon’s New Rule on Clean Fuels
April 7, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ilene Aleshire (The Register-Guard)   Energy and manufacturing groups file a lawsuit challenging the state’s standard

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Trucking Associations and the Consumer Energy Alliance, whose backers include oil companies …

The Algae Whisperer
April 7, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A new project aims to capture atmospheric CO2, affordably, using traits and techniques known to algae for millenia. … To date, no one has figured out how to get the CO2 out of …

Corn Husks a Promising Source of Renewable Fuel
April 7, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News/Agence France-Presse)  US scientists said Monday they have found a way to use discarded corn husks and stalks to make cheap hydrogen fuel that doesn’t pollute the environment like fossil fuels.
The advances by a …

Prices Giving Positive Ethanol Margins, Negative for Corn Farmers
April 7, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Market conditions in mid-March indicated ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant “shut-down level,” according to an …

Sen. Kaine Visits Hopewell Ethanol Plant
April 7, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Shelby Mertens (Progress-Index)  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine made a stop at the Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell on Monday for the first leg of his five-day spring break tour of Virginia.
Kaine said he …

Grease-to-Biodiesel Truck Startup Raises nearly $1M
April 7, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Katharine Grayson (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)  Revolution Fuels, a startup that mounts equipment for converting grease to biofuel on trucks, has raised nearly $1 million in funding, according to a regulatory filing.  The St. Louis …

Confronting and Solving “Chicken or Egg” Conundrums in Renewable Project Development
April 7, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to turn vicious project financing cycles into virtuous cycles?  This case study in developing a small-scale Bio-LNG plant offers cautionary tales and a way forward.
In July 2014, Biofuels Digest …

N.J. Man Charged in Biodiesel Scam Accused of Death Threats, Report Says
April 7, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Myles Ma (  Prosecutors say a Bergen County man accused in a $90 million biodiesel trading scam threatened to harm or kill anyone who provides evidence against him, the Star Press of Muncie, Ind., …

The Wealth Effect, and Farm Impact on the US Economy
April 7, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though representing just 1.3% of the US GDP, if the farm sector has a major impact on US economic health, it may tie back to what economists call “the wealth …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Prairie & Native Grass International Conference — September 30 – October 2, 2015 — Knoxville, TN DEADLINE: June 30, 2015
April 7, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Prairie & Native Grass International Conference — September 30 – October 2, 2015 — Knoxville, TN   DEADLINE:  June 30, 2015

The conference will bring together scientists and students interested in switchgrass and other prairie grasses to discuss the state of the art of prairie grass research. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet and …

Prairie & Native Grass International Conference — September 30 – October 2, 2015 — Knoxville, TN
April 7, 2015 – 11:07 am | No Comment
Prairie & Native Grass International Conference — September 30 – October 2, 2015 — Knoxville, TN

The conference will bring together scientists and students interested in switchgrass and other prairie grasses to discuss the state of the art of prairie grass research. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet and …

SouthEast Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship Recipients Selected
April 7, 2015 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  As a part of the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) project goals centered on education and job training, the Southeast Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship has selected …

ISU Agronomist Weighs Impacts of Corn Residue Removal
April 6, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from …

Industry Provides Input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
April 6, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late March, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held a public face-to-face meeting to review the agency’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from …

EPA Approves Efficient Producer Pathways for 5 Ethanol Plants
April 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency’s Efficient Producer petition process (EP3), including Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, Minnesota; United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC, …

PureVision to Scale up Biorefining Technology at ZeaChem Site
April 6, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(PureVision Technology Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. The public …

Study Shows: Big Oil Is Chicken Little over Ethanol
April 6, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Koopmans (Des Moines Register) … For the last decade, Big Oil has been running nervously through the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the EPA, screaming — to anyone who will listen — that …

AG Ventures Alliance, Cellulose Sciences Int’l form New JV Stover Ventures
April 6, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative and Cellulose Sciences International/  Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative (AgVA) of Mason City, Iowa, and Cellulose Sciences International (CSI) of Madison, Wis., completed a financing agreement resulting in the formation of a …

California Air Resources Board Holds Workshop on LCFS Re-Adoption
April 6, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Air Resources Board held a workshop on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard re-adoption process. The CARB workshop presentation is now posted online, …
CARB’s revision of indirect land-use change (ILUC) modeling …

Rand Paul Finds Way to Champion Iowa Ethanol
April 6, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register)  It looks like presidential hopeful Rand Paul has found a clever way to champion ethanol, with an issue that’s in harmony with his keep-government-out-of-the-marketplace mentality.  Paul, a Republican U.S. …

Algae from Wastewater Solves Two Problems: Biofuel and Clean-Up
April 3, 2015 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Rice University) In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, scientists found they could grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing …

New Bill Could Add Value To Iowa Biofuel
April 3, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(  … At the Iowa Biotech Association’s Partnering for Growth event on April 1st, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham was a keynote speaker. She talked about using Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel production, and …

Cool Planet Offers Help to California on Water Usage
April 3, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Cool Planet, a California-based company that makes an organic, water-saving soil enhancer, was inspired by the order and is offering to help reach this goal by delivering a truckload of its water-saving CoolTerra …

University of Toledo Gets Nearly $200,000 Grant for Biofuel Project
April 3, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(The Toledo Blade)  The University of Toledo is getting $199,997 for an algae biomass research project.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said in a news release today that the National Science Foundation is awarding the …

4 Minutes with… Warren Nevad, Director, TREEDC
April 3, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … TREEDC is a statewide grassroots organization of 96 Tennessee mayors who work together to create a path to help fast track renewables in Tennessee since 2008. We are now replicating …

The Unrecognized Value of Bio-Energy
April 3, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Chad Smith (Midwest Producer) “We threw a whole bunch of stuff up on the wall to see if anything sticks.” Dave VanderGriend quoted a Kansas state legislator describing House Bill (HB) 2401, a proposal to …

More Gevolution
April 3, 2015 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The results from Gevo’s 4th quarter are in, and a worth a look-see, not only for fans of isobutanol and its prospects.  Also for a look at how this member of …

Plowing Prairies for Grains: Biofuel Crops Replace Grasslands Nationwide, U.S. Study Shows
April 3, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but researchers show that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new …

The Urban Air Initiative’s Comments On EPA’s Proposal to Update the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone Docket ID#: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699
April 2, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(The Urban Air Initiative)   UAI appreciates this opportunity to comment on EPA’s proposal to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone, as set forth on November 25, 2014.  As summarized …

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoiation Member Spotlight: Christianson & Associates
March 31, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Christianson & Associates, PLLP (C&A) is a full service Certified Public Accounting firm established over 28 years ago, with offices in Willmar and Litchfield, MN. C&A has deep roots in the agricultural …

Industry, Water Advocates Come Together on Bioenergy Bills
March 31, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi  (Midwest Energy News)  Environmentalists and bioeconomy advocates reached an agreement last week to modify a bill moving through the Minnesota legislature that they hope will create a new clean energy and green …

Moonshine, Hogs and Drought Fuel Sorghum Boom Across U.S. Plains
March 31, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Durisin, Jeff Wilson, Lydia Mulvany (Bloomberg)  … A kernel-yielding stalk that’s native to Africa, sorghum has three things going for it right now: it’s cheap to plant; it holds up better in drought-like conditions than …

Energy Beets Slow to Catch on in North Dakota
March 31, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Development of energy beets in North Dakota is still nebulous, while projects in California are moving forward.
Attendance was light for a recent series of grower meetings about energy, or industrial, sugar …