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A Time to Take Stock: Advanced Biofuels as a Solution
November 25, 2015 – 1:35 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A time for taking stock and giving thanks; for appreciating the value of creating a truly sustainable renewable energy future.
A recent press release, Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources …

Whole Crop Utilization: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Program
November 24, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse …

In Search of Renewable Butadiene: Genomatica, Braskem Hit Key Milestone
November 24, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Butadiene is beginning to emerge from the Braskem Genomatica collaboration.  But could it be that the real significance lies not in progress with butadiene, but in Big Data itself, the harnessing of …

EPA Review Raises Alarm in Maine over Potential Increase of Ethanol in Gasoline
November 23, 2015 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Whit Richardson (Portland Press Herald)  Critics say the change would cost drivers, farmers, fuel sellers and small-engine equipment owners. …  But that report is clearly politically motivated to sway the EPA’s decision and its …

World’s First Biofuel Facility to Operate Entirely on Renewable Heat and Power to Go Online
November 23, 2015 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

Biodico/Business Wire)  Biodico, a sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company, today announced its Biodico Westside Facility, the world’s first biofuel production facility that operates entirely on renewable heat and power generated on-site, will go online the …

Sequencing Algae’s Genome May Aid Biofuel Production
November 23, 2015 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by James Urton (University of Washington)  … University of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genetic makeup of one of these algae. As they recently reported in the journal PLOS Genetics, it is only the second time …

Banks: Ethanol Is a Bad Deal for Vt.
November 23, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by David Banks ( American Council for Capital Formation/Times Argus)  Not a single gallon of fuel ethanol is produced in Vermont, and almost none of the corn harvested in the state is used for commercial …

Nexant’s Global Petrochemical Industry Course — December 8-10, 2015 — Chicago, IL
November 23, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
Nexant’s Global Petrochemical Industry Course  —   December 8-10, 2015   —   Chicago, IL

The success of Nexant’s Global Petrochemical Industry Course has spawned interest in a follow-up course to help understand the growing bio-renewable sector and how it is increasingly interacting with fossil hydrocarbon-based industry.
Course Objectives
This three-day course …

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”
November 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by …

Biotech Innovation Showcase and Partnering for Growth Forum — March 30-31, 2016 — Ankeny, IO
November 23, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment
Biotech Innovation Showcase and Partnering for Growth Forum —  March 30-31, 2016  —  Ankeny, IO

Partnering for Growth’s Biotech Innovation Showcase will be held on March 30th and is an investor conference that presents early- to mid-stage biotech companies to investors and industry leaders.  Since the mid-1990’s, Iowa has been …

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard Creates Revenue Opportunity
November 23, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Starting January 2016, Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard goes into effect, meaning you can be paid for the clean fuels you produce or build infrastructure for. For example, do you import …

‘Spill’: A Devastating Account of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
November 23, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Nance (The Washington Post)  … What we don’t remember, if we ever knew it in the first place, is that the environmental disaster in the gulf also was a human tragedy that claimed 11 …

Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations
November 23, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/Business Wire)  For many in the California wine region, the 2015 crush was an interesting year due to the drought and other new wine industry developments. One of those developments is the growing …

From Sci-fi to Reality Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Real to Farmers
November 20, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  Five years ago when Nevada, Iowa, farmer Brian Sampson first heard about harvesting corn stover for ethanol, he thought it sounded akin to putting a man on Mars.
As production of …

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain
November 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third …

Pelosi to Obama: Boost U.S. Biofuels Program ahead of Paris Talks
November 20, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and three other lawmakers are pressing President Barack Obama not to back-peddle on the country’s biofuels program just days ahead of global climate change talks …

What a Weakened RFS Program Means for the State of Iowa and this Country
November 20, 2015 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Joe Hrdlicka (Biofuels Digest/Iowa Biotechnology Association)  Iowa’s investment in biofuels, driven by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has brought the state new business and job opportunities. Iowa is home to three of the …

Bio BTX Molecules Coming Your Way: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Anellotech
November 20, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes …

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task
November 20, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat process for scale-up
In New York, Anellotech revealed that it had raised $7M of its current …

Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms Work together on Miscanthus in Missouri
November 20, 2015 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms)  Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms recently announced their long-term partnership agreement in which New Energy Farms will provide Renew Biomass with high-quality Miscanthus planting material.
The supply agreement will …

Virginia and Maryland Awarded Nearly $5 Million in Federal Funds to Install Ethanol Pumps
November 19, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2015) that Virginia, in partnership with Maryland, was selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant totaling nearly $5 million to install ethanol …

UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials
November 19, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has …

Ethanol Distribution Facility Could Come to Maumelle
November 19, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Drew Petrimoulx  (ArkansasMatters.com)  Plans to build a multi-million gallon ethanol distribution facility in central Arkansas have some in the community concerned.  Two companies are proposing a joint ethanol distribution facility in Maumelle. Now it …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016 — February 17-19 — Washington, DC
November 19, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016  —  February 17-19  —  Washington, DC

WHAT’S WORKING NOW IN THE ADVANCED BIOECONOMY?   New fuels, chemicals, and materials are changing our ideas of performance, cost and sustainability.
But time is of the essence — for the companies, people, investors, governments and the …

Rubio’s Sugar Support Draws Corn, Soybean Questions
November 19, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Mackenzie Ryan (Des Moines Register)  …  After Republican rival Ted Cruz took aim at sugar subsidies during last week’s GOP debate, Iowa agriculture and biofuel leaders began questioning how Rubio’s support for that industry compares with his stance …

How Michigan’s New Road Funding Plan Affects Alt-Fuel Vehicles
November 19, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Tony Antonelli (Next Gen Transportation News)  … Notably, three of the bills – H.B.4736, H.B.4738 and H.B.4614 (now P.A.174, P.A.176 and P.A.178, respectively) – directly impact the clean fuels industry.
P.A.174: Sponsored by State Rep. Michael …

Propel Fuels Reports Strong Consumer Adoption of Renewable Diesel as Retail Sales Rise 300 Percent in Southern California
November 18, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/PR Newswire)  Drivers Choose Superior Performance, Better Value and Cleaner Emissions of Diesel HPR  —  Propel Fuels launched Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) across Southern California in August 2015, and consumer adoption of the fuel …

WEBINAR: BioenergizeME Office Hours Webinar: Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th–12th Grade Classroom — December 10, 2015 — 4:00PM to 4:45PM EST
November 18, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  BioenergizeME Office Hours Webinar: Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th–12th Grade Classroom  —  December 10, 2015  —  4:00PM to 4:45PM EST

(US Department of Energy)  Biofuel is the only viable substitute for petroleum-based liquid transportation fuel in the near term. It is, therefore, increasingly relevant to enhance conceptual knowledge of biofuels and other types of bioenergy …

Cellulosic Ethanol Has Finally Arrived
November 18, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by WIlliam Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  … Cellulosic ethanol, capable of recycling crop wastes into fuel, may be here.  On the day before Halloween, the DuPont Chemical Company opened what it claimed to be the world’s …

SD, VA Projects Receive USDA Value-Added Grant Funding
November 18, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Five bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. The …

Renewable Fuel Proponents Speaking up as EPA Decision Draws Near
November 18, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Ohio’s Country Journal)  National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling has urged President Obama to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in the Renewable Fuel Standard’s volume obligation and adhere to the statute …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

The Washington Auto Show® — January 22-31, 2016 — Washington, DC
November 18, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment
The Washington Auto Show® —  January 22-31, 2016  —  Washington, DC

The central address where automotive industry meets public policy, The Washington Auto Show® routinely draws national leaders to its Public Policy Preview events, with keynotes by CEOs of automakers and U.S. Cabinet officials to address …

Roadside Gumweed in Nevada Could Be Used as Jet Fuel for the Military
November 18, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Whip Villarreal (University of Nevada, Reno)  College of Ag, Biotech and Natural Resources leads research project at University of Nevada, Reno  —  Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of …

Large Glycerin Refinery about to Open
November 18, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ new glycerin refinery in Claypool, Indiana, will soon be operational. The company says the new 80-million-pound-per-year plant will be the second-largest in the U.S. producing USP-grade Kosher …

Simple Fuel, Simple Engine, Simple Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
November 18, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas
Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

Hardwood Biofuels Researched Using Poplar Trees
November 17, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Farrell (The Daily Evergreen)  …  A regional consortium for sustainable biofuels is teaming up with multiple companies and universities like Washington State to convert poplar trees into ethanol.   Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) …

Ethanol Industry Making Profits Despite Lower Price of Fuel
November 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/McClatchy-Tribune/Star Tribune)  Low prices at the gas pump have put a persistent squeeze on Midwest ethanol producers, but most are staying profitable.
Of eight Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers tracked by the Star Tribune, all but one made …

What Facts Are Really Facts?
November 17, 2015 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Matt Reese (Ohio’s Country Journal)  …  The heated debate over the RFS really ramped up in recent weeks with dueling ad campaigns in Ohio and Washington, D.C. highlighting very different sets of facts pertaining …

Portland, Oregon Rejects Fossil Fuels in Landmark Resolution
November 17, 2015 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  Yesterday, NY State took a stand against fossil fuels by rejecting a LNG plant, and now Portland, Oregon issued a landmark resolution that prevents new fossil infrastructure.
The city council’s unanimous resolution – the toughest fossil fuel export policy in the US …

Federal Ethanol Mandate Imposes $42 Billion Fuel Tax on California
November 17, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer and other national political figures have sold out California’s economy by supporting the federal government’s corn ethanol mandate. The mandate has already imposed $13.1 billion in …

Study Shows Potential for Growth in Biofuels from Corn Stover
November 17, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jessica Eise (Phys.Org)  Making biofuel from corn crop residue could become economically viable for farmers with government support and, therefore, lead to a major shift in crop rotation practices favoring more continuous corn plantings, Purdue …

Hamrick Engineering Granted Patent for Extracting Sugars and Nanocellulose from Biomass
November 17, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Hamrick Engineering/Your Oil and Gas News)  Hamrick Engineering is pleased to announce the granting of a broad patent for extracting sugars and nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
“This ground-breaking …

Urbanna High School Environmental Science Classes Share Insights about Biofuels
November 16, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Education encompasses a core part of Advanced Biofuels USA’s mission.  We meet this is many ways.  Attending conferences, meeting with Congressional staff, exhibiting at a variety of events from …

The Truth about Ethanol
November 16, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by John Sedbrook (The Hill)  The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry wrote in these pages, in no uncertain terms, that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and fuel ethanol is a “failure.” While one may wonder what …

VIASPACE Reports Progress On Giant King® Grass Animal Feed
November 16, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(VIASPACE/PRNewswire)   VIASPACE Inc. (OTC: VSPC) has been working intensively on growing Giant King®Grass (GKG) in California at the VIASPACE nursery, the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center, and with our partner Almaden …

The Real Price of Natural Gas
November 16, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  A recent farmdoc daily article (August 19, 2015) documented that real (inflation-adjusted) prices of crude of oil and gasoline have recently fallen all the way back to levels prevailing …

Ethanol: The Common Sense Approach
November 16, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Patty Mann (Sidney Daily News)  To the Editor:  Each day we are flooded with advertisements and messages. It’s easy to not know who to trust or what information to believe. But sometimes we need to …

Pigs Can Regulate Sulfur in Distiller Grains
November 16, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(AgriNews)  Distillers dried grains with solubles, a co-product of the ethanol industry, is becoming a more common ingredient in swine diets.  However, DDGS can be high in sulfur, and data is limited on the amount …

Pacific Ag’s National Wheat Straw Harvest Brings Quality, Sustainable and Cost Effective Bio-Material for New Markets
November 16, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ag)  For industries like mushroom composting to erosion technology as well as dairy and cattle feed,
Pacific Ag is creating a supply chain for agricultural residue  —  — Pacific Ag, the nation’s largest crop residue …

Lifting Sustainable Transportation: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
November 16, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NREL develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales.  READ MORE

E85 & Fleets — It’s Not Rocket Science!
November 13, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  RFA works with many fleets each year to assist them with meeting their federal requirements to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and ultimately use the fuel. Each year thousands of …

Anti-Ethanol Ad Sparks Outrage Among Ohio’s Corn, Ethanol Producers
November 13, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio)  Ohio’s corn and ethanol industry is fighting back at ads it says are misleading and funded by big oil. … The ad comes from the American Council for Capital Formation. …

Donald Trump in Iowa: I Love Ethanol
November 13, 2015 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Breitbart)  Billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump met with leaders of POET, an ethanol company here in Iowa, and some of the co-chairs of the American Renewable Fuels group to talk about the importance of ethanol.
The …

BIO Applauds Renewable Chemicals Act Bill
November 13, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Coon (D-DE) and Al Franken have introduced a new bill, S. 2271 the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015. If passed, the legislation would amend the Internal …

Fuels America Launches TV Campaign to Counter Anti-RFS Letter
November 13, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fuels America is announcing a significant television campaign today calling out Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) for signing on to a Congressional letter that was authored by oil industry lobbyists. The first phase …

Preparing For Duonix Biodiesel Plant Start-Up
November 13, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by  Doug Kennedy (KWBE)  A biodiesel plant at the northwest edge of Beatrice is getting ready for the start of operations, by planning to do some testing procedures, soon. … Crews have been retrofitting the former …

The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
November 13, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, …

SAE 2016 Government/Industry Meeting: The Power of Safe Sustainable Mobility — January 20-22, 2016 — Washington, DC
November 12, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
SAE 2016 Government/Industry Meeting:  The Power of Safe Sustainable Mobility  —  January 20-22, 2016  —  Washington, DC

Understanding how technology, regulations and legislation affects the design of light and heavy duty vehicles in terms of safety, environment and energy conservation is essential to vehicle development. This forum provides opportunities for technical authorities …

Bio-Based & Renewable Fuels Forum — January 12, 2016 — San Diego, CA
November 12, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment
Bio-Based & Renewable Fuels Forum  —   January 12, 2016  —   San Diego, CA

The Bio-Based & Renewable Fuels Forum will bring alternative fuel fleet owners, biodiesel, biofuel, ethanol and renewable natural gas stakeholders together with agribusiness, financiers, and government decision makers to get the latest on renewable fuels …

Coming Soon: Story of Installing FlexFuelInternational Software at Advanced Biofuels USA’s 2002 Ford Focus
November 12, 2015 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Bob Kozak, board member, biologist, mobile source air pollution expert and backyard auto mechanic, just installed the FuelFlex International Ethanol Upgrade System in the 2002 Ford Focus we use …

The Digest’s Documentary Series on Industrial Transformation, The New Places, Debuts with a Focus on DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol
November 12, 2015 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Dupont Cellulosic Ethanol project in Nevada, Iowa is the debut subject of The Digest’s online short-subject documentary series, The New Places, which is available for streaming as …

Joule and Red Rock Biofuels Announce Intent to Merge, Creating an Industry-Leading Carbon-Neutral Fuel Production Platform
November 12, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Joule/Red Rock Biofuels/BusinessWire) Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, today announced their intent to merge. Red Rock adds …

Florida Station Promotes Higher #Ethanol Blends
November 11, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The prices for higher ethanol blends at the Citgo Gas Station on John Young Parkway in Kissimmee are low normally, but Friday they were even lower as the retailer continued to …

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy
November 11, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), a D.C.-based free market …

Will Boaters Make Gevo Rock?
November 11, 2015 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite a signature partnership with Praj, Gevo’s short-term future looks strongest at the marina, where blockbuster economics apply.

So, a pretty good deal for both. Gevo potentially gets some new customers …

The President’s Long Game on Fossil Fuels
November 10, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by James P. Lenfestey  (Star Tribune)  …    Keystone would not, as Obama noted, have any noticeable economic benefit to the U.S., and probably would have a negative impact, since it could actually increase domestic …

Don’t Weaken the RFS
November 10, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (R-N.J.) (The Hill)  … The RFS is Congress’s answer to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. The RFS is the most …

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England
November 10, 2015 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the small businesses struggling to stay competitive in the global economy? According to a new study …

ARF Releases Candidate Midterm Report Card
November 10, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(America’s Renewable Future)  Today, America’s Renewable Future (ARF) released a midterm report card placing 2016 presidential candidates into three categories—good, needs work, and bad—based on their support of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The …

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate
November 9, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim at the federal corn ethanol mandates and calls on congressional lawmakers to end them.
The 30-second …

Strong RFS Support Offers Low-Risk Opportunity for Democrats to Connect with Voters They Need to Retake Majority
November 9, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Although relatively obscure by Washington standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) carries a unique level of importance and visibility in many rural states. The fact that the RFS invariably becomes …

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?
November 9, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in …

Gevo Targets Marine Market, Cuts to Isobutanol Production Cost
November 9, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Based on the clarity provided by the resolution of the lawsuits, and based on the most recent results of the isobutanol fermentation campaigns conducted at the company’s production plant in …

Renewable Drop-iIn Fuels at Scale, Construction in 2016: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy
November 9, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct …

Ethanol Pump Grants Encourage Growth to Ethanol Industry
November 6, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Grebner (Brownfield Ag News)  The president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) says the announcement of the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grants will help promote and grow the state’s ethanol industry.
Denny Maple …

Indianapolis Zoo’s Conservation Endeavors Turn to Biofuel Plans
November 6, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Indianapolis Zoo)  … In partnership with Cummins Inc., the Zoo recently took on a biofuel initiative, working to advance its mission of conservation, while implementing new, innovative ways to fuel some of the vehicles throughout grounds.
By …

ORNL Team Discovers Mechanism behind Direct Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion; Implications for Energy Efficiency and Cost of Upgrading
November 6, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons unfolds in a different manner than previously thought.
The research, supported by DOE’s …

Xcel Energy Grants Natural Resources Research Institute $1.9 Million for Bioenergy
November 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund has granted the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute $1.9 million to develop locally produced biofuels that will later be injected into …

New CRS Report: How Corn Ethanol Mandates Have Hurt Ohio’s Environment and Economy
November 6, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  Washington-imposed mandates that have forced increasing volumes of corn ethanol to be added to Ohio’s and our nation’s fuel supply have produced an additional 1.92 million metric tons of CO2 emissions …

Supercritical Biodiesel Plant at Ethanol Refinery Now Operational
November 6, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Nearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in Annawan, Illinois, is now operational. Designed and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., the innovative facility is …

Green Plains, Delek US Partner to Build Ethanol Terminal
November 6, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Green Plains Partners LP)  Green Plains Partners LP and Delek US Holdings, Inc. today announced plans to form a 50:50 joint venture to build an ethanol unit train terminal in Maumelle, Arkansas, on the Union …

Eco-Energy Commences Construction at Selma, NC Ethanol Facility
November 6, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Market Watch/Eco-Energy Distribution Services)  Eco-Energy Distribution Services, a leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce the commencement of construction of its distribution facility located within the terminal complex area in Selma, NC. The …

Profit Path for Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Cellana
November 6, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana made news at ABLC NEXT 2015 with specifics on timing, volumes, and capex. As the slides demonstrate, they plan to be cash-flow positive on the 10-acre expansion in Kona and then to …

Santorum Loves up Ethanol at Galva Stop
November 6, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(The Storm Lake Times)  …  Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, R-Pa., endorsed stronger ethanol investment during visit Friday to the Quad County Corn Processors in Galva.   … “One of the things that’s helped rural small …

DEINOVE Announces a New R&D Project in Animal Nutrition with Flint Hills Resources
November 4, 2015 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(DEINOVE/BusinessWire)  DEINOVE (Paris:ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, today announces an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to develop a process for …

Invest Midwest Venture Capital Forum — March 23-24, 2016 — St. Louis, MO
November 4, 2015 – 5:08 pm | No Comment
Invest Midwest Venture Capital Forum —  March 23-24, 2016  —  St. Louis, MO

InvestMidwest is a venture capital conference that showcases 40-45 companies from throughout the Midwest in the three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy.
The 17th annual InvestMidwest is scheduled for March 23-24, 2016  at …

All Auto Owners Can Choose Premium E30
November 4, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Back in September I brought you a story about Orrie Swayze, an active ethanol advocate, who wants all drivers to use E30 in their cars. At the time, there was a …

EnergyPath 2016 Energy Camp, Conference and Expo — July 24-29 — Penn State/State College, PA
November 4, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment
EnergyPath 2016 Energy Camp, Conference and Expo —  July 24-29  —  Penn State/State College, PA

Emerging Technology and Business Models

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release by AgriLife Research Next Year
November 4, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (AgriLife Today)  Dr. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes …

Genera Energy, Precision Hawk Launch Drone/Analytics Partnership for Sustainable Biomass
November 4, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC NEXT,  PrecisionHawk and Genera Energy announced a partnership to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. The …

U.S. Oil Refiners Look Abroad for Crude Supplies as North Dakota Boom Fades
November 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Catherine Ngai (Reuters) … North Dakota’s Bakken production peaked at 1.153 million barrels per day in June, and had fallen to 1.13 million barrels per day by August, according to state data.
The …

High-Content Ethanol Pumps in Ohio to Get Boost from $3.4 Million Grant
November 3, 2015 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

(Columbus Dispatch)  Ohio received a $3.4 million grant to install more than 100 pumps for ethanol-blended fuels.
The grant was through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and will double the …

Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Leaf Rust (Melampsora) Resistance in Shrub Willow (Salix) Bioenergy Crops
November 3, 2015 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by  Larry Smart and Christine Smart (US Department of Energy Genomics Science Program)  The generation of renewable energy and the manufacture of biobased products can significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and begin to limit …

American Ethanol Front and Center at Texas Motor Speedway November 6-8, 2015
November 3, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  For the third year in a row, Texas Corn Producers is teaming up with American Ethanol at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. On November 6 through 8, American Ethanol …

Biofuels Mobile Education Center Spreads Awareness of Biofuels
November 3, 2015 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Yokley (Brownfield Ag News)  The Biofuels Mobile Education Center (BMEC) is traveling from coast to coast to spread awareness about the benefits of ethanol. One of their recent stops was at the Kansas …

Biofuels Program Meant to Promote Different Blends at Pump
November 3, 2015 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Bakken.com)  The North Dakota Department of Commerce is accepting applications for a program to market biofuels.  The $1.2 million program sponsored through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership offers grants to test …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC DEADLINE: December 18, 2015
November 3, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC    DEADLINE: December 18, 2015

Showcase Your Expertise
Now Accepting Presentation Ideas and Poster Abstracts!
Presentation ideas and poster abstracts will be accepted for the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo through December 18, 2015. Presentation ideas and poster abstracts may be submitted …