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Letter: Diversify Michigan Energy
April 25, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (Detroit News)  Regarding “Renewable Fuel Standard has failed, April 16,” Prof. Wolfram has failed to do his homework.

The corn grown to make ethanol is not the same as sweet corn we eat. …

Better Science, Better Fuels
February 27, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Stephen Rapundalo (Morning Consult/MichBio)  The United States Department of Agriculture just dropped a truth bomb. According to the agency’s new landmark report, the carbon benefits associated with homegrown ethanol have far surpassed previous expectations …

PHYCO2, MSU Make Wastewater Reusable through Pure Algae Growth
February 14, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biodiesel Magazine)  PHYCO2 LLC, an emerging algae production, waste water treatment and carbon dioxide sequestration company, announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase …

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

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

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems
January 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Science News/University of Michigan)  When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a new study. — … …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

4-H Renewable Energy Camp — July 24-28, 2017 — East Lansing, MI
January 3, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment
4-H Renewable Energy Camp   —   July 24-28, 2017   —   East Lansing, MI

Explore how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy and what it means to your family, Michigan and the world!

Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is a five-day exploration …

Youth Explore Biofuel as Renewable Energy
January 3, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University Extension)  Youth can explore biofuel at 4-H Renewable Energy Camp and through other 4-H science programs.  —  …You can help youth explore biofuels by guiding them through an activity that shows how …

Harnessing the Biofuel Power of Algae
January 2, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip  (Brownfield Ag News)  New research at Michigan State University has the potential to create a biofuel source produced by algae.

Plant researcher Danny Ducat tells Brownfield certain algae bacteria can capture more solar …

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 29, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization …

Molecular Velcro Boosts Microalgae’s Potential in Biofuel, Industrial Applications
December 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.

The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic …

Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Cooperative Forms for Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks
November 21, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario,  the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre at Lambton College and Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park – collaboration with the OSGA and its partners – completed a techno-economic modelling feasibility study. …

Ethanol in U.S. Gas Tanks Is Backfiring for Climate Change
October 24, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by John Upton (Climate Central)  It may have seemed apparent to members of Congress a decade ago that if a motorist pumped a gallon of fuel made from corn into their gas tank, a gallon …

USGC Hosts Southeast Asian Industry Representatives on an Ethanol Tour
October 13, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of car, fuel, and ethanol industry representatives from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the …

Ethanol Becomes Issue in Senate Race
October 6, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  On Wednesday Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) toured the Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol Plant, highlighting Evan Bayh’s strong support for Indiana’s corn and ethanol industries …

The Car-Emissions Sleuth Who’s Costing Chrysler $5 Billion
September 26, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by John Lippert and Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  … As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality and transportation office, (Chris) Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than …

Biofuels Buy Could Bring Plant to County
September 21, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Van Wert Independent News)  Van Wert County officials are hoping a big biofuels purchase by JetBlue airlines will eventually mean jobs for county residents.

The biofuels purchase by JetBlue is from SG Preston, a company that …

Several Bioenergy Projects Receive SBIR Funding
September 19, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program to support research related to food security, …

Review of John DeCicco et al. Article Titled “Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use”
September 9, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center)  … The authors essentially challenge the accuracy of traditional life cycle analysis with their new model.

The authors argue that “for a biofuel to provide a net …

High-Octane Hopes: Biofuels Want Level Playing Field
September 9, 2016 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries …

BioFuelNet Responds To Study Claiming “ Biofuels Are Worse Than Gasoline”
September 8, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Marie-Joe Costantine (BioFuelNet)  Study stating “ biofuels are worse than gasoline” is fundamentally flawed  —  … In the study, when (John) DeCicco and colleagues calculate the CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere, they consider all parts …

Biofuels versus Gasoline: The Emissions Gap Is Widening
September 3, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Many respected laboratories, agencies, and researchers have used a lifecycle analysis to show that biofuels, particularly advanced biofuels, provide significant carbon benefits compared to gasoline. These benefits have increased in …

Biofuels Are Worse than Gasoline? Creative Accounting Leads to Claim
August 31, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert C. Brown (Des Moines Register)  … The genesis of the latest headlines is frustration among certain biofuels critics that life-cycle analysis no longer supports their criticism of biofuels. The solution, of course, is …

The Case Against Ethanol Opponents: They Are Simply Incorrect +VIDEO
August 30, 2016 – 10:37 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a count and compared it to a calendar, but it seems to me that the American oil industry has …

Do Biofuels Harm the Planet More than Gasoline?
August 30, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

Rowena Lindsay (Christian Science Monitor)  A new study suggests that biofuels can mitigate only 37 percent of the CO2 released by burning the biofuel. —  That’s a flawed premise, argues Daniel Schrag, a geology professor …

MichBio Responds to Flawed University of Michigan Research Study on Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
August 26, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(MichBio/BusinessWire)  MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a University of Michigan research study that claims the rising use of biofuels in the U.S. has led …

EPA Signals It Will Start Looking at Mandating Higher Octane Gasoline
August 25, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Richard Truett (Automotive News)  Raising the octane in gasoline — seen as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in today’s high-tech turbocharged, direct-injected engines — looks like it will get some …

Biofuels Worse for Climate Change than Gasoline, U-M Study Says
August 25, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Keith Matheny (Detroit Free Press)  The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry — promoted and expanded for over a decade by the federal government — may be built on a false assumption, according to a new University …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol Producer, and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
August 24, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.5 billion gallons per year with 17 plants located in …

Environmentalist Jerry Jung Wants Ethanol Policy Change
August 22, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Dustin Walsh (Crain’s Detroit Business)  Jerry Jung, former owner of Michigan CAT and longtime environmentalist, is using his wealth to take down ethanol production.

Jung, chairman of the Michigan Colleges Alliance, recently launched RethinkEthanol.com — …

Editorial: End Washington’s Corn Addiction
August 16, 2016 – 12:49 am | No Comment

(The Detroit News)  The idea ethanol is the transportation fuel of the future never seems to fall out of fashion among certain members of Congress—including Michigan’s own Debbie Stabenow. But it’s time for this outdated …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million for MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels
August 2, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels …

Toxic Algal Blooms of Today Could Become the Biofuels, Fertilizers and Antibiotics of Tomorrow
August 1, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Steve Brachmann (IP Watchdog)  …  Last March, researchers from Western Michigan University (WMU) made a presentation at that year’s national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on how algae could be transformed into …

Better Understanding Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Production of Cellulosic Biofuels
July 1, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Plant cell walls, which constitute the bulk of plant biomass, are diverse, complex, and dynamic in their structural composition and integrity. Cell walls are innately resistant to deconstruction by biological or chemical catalysts. This …

CEO of Former Michigan Biofuels Company Charged with $2 Million Tax Scheme
June 30, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Monacelli (Michigan Live)  The chief executive of a former Southwest Michigan biofuels company has been indicted in what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to defraud the government out of $2 million in …

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.
June 28, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for …

Research Assesses AD’s Ability to Remove Drugs, Germs from Manure
June 10, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Charlotte Hsu (University at Buffalo/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing …

Could Fertilizer Use Negate the Climate Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels?
June 8, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University/AgProfessional.com)  … The study, conducted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, found that using nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops sharply  increases the amount of nitrous oxide emitted. Switchgrass has …

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel
May 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities …

“EA” Biomass Pretreatment Cuts Enzyme Use, Boosts Biofuel Production
May 11, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Less input, more output. That’s the achievement of a new biomass pretreatment method that could help improve the economics of cellulosic biofuels, the second-generation biofuels made from …

DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure
May 11, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State …

Boating and Engine Experts Call on Lawmakers to Boost Biofuel Blends
May 10, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/The Auto Channel)  Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen are briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a …

PHYCO2, MSU Announce Breakthrough in Algae Technology
April 29, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biomass Magazine)  PHYCO2, an emerging algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company, has made a technology breakthrough in Phase I of the multi-year trial with Michigan State University.  The technology partnership set out to capture …

It Is OK to Fuel the Boat with Ethanol
March 31, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  The gasoline used by more than 95 percent of Americans, E10,
contains 10 percent ethanol and is safe to use in marine engines. All current boat engines are warrantied for …

Explosive Growth: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose and Its Applications
March 23, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last year, we reported that  Research & Markets projected the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) to reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between …

PHYCO2 and MSU Make Breakthrough in Clean Air Technology, Growing Pure Algae 24/7 and Without Sunlight
March 21, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2) PHYCO2 -an emerging algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company- has made a technology breakthrough in Phase I of the multi-year trial with Michigan State University (MSU).  The technology partnership set out to capture …

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties
March 21, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at Utah State University suggests RFS also harms the very farmers the ethanol mandate …

MSU, PHYCO2 Collaborate on Algae Growth Demonstration Project
March 21, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2)  PHYCO2, an emerging algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company, and Michigan State University (MSU) have announced a partnership designed to generate sustainable, clean energy sources through a new method to produce algae.

The partnership will demonstrate the …

The Truth Behind Marine Engines & Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  In response to a recent misleading piece in BoatUS, which warned of marine engine damage due to ethanol, Keith Holmes, President and Owner of CK Motorsports, a certified Mercury Marine Engine …

Craft Breweries Bet on Sustainable Technology
March 10, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by John Wiegand (MiBiz)  … The independent family-owned businesses also often take the long view on the investments, worrying less about immediate ROI in favor of finding workable solutions to persistent problems. That’s led to opportunities for …

Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes Auto Industry Vet Tracey King to Staff
February 24, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Auto industry veteran Tracey King has joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as the organization’s new Technical Director. King will serve as the RFA’s top liaison to the automakers, and will focus …

New Ammonia Biomass Pretreatment Process Improves Yield with Lower Enzyme Loading; Improving Cellulosic Biofuel Economics
February 24, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the US, China and India, led by researchers from Michigan State University, has developed a new liquid ammonia biomass pretreatment methodology called Extractive Ammonia (EA). EA-pretreated corn stover delivers …

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth
February 24, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) … Today, scientists are exploring how grasses, and switchgrass in particular, can enrich the nation’s biofuel supply, which is currently dominated by corn, a crop relatively easy to convert to biofuel but also in demand …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Ethanol Expansion May Boost Michigan Basis
January 25, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfield Ag News)  Strong ethanol demand and ample supplies are two of the main reasons the Andersons are doubling ethanol production at their Michigan facility.  Mike Irman, Vice President and General Manager …

US Energy Secretary Expresses Support for Biofuels at DC Auto Show
January 21, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This year, for a change, in the introduction to his remarks at the Washington, DC Auto Show, US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz pointed out …

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters
January 18, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop …

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations
January 4, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of …

The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices
January 4, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Alternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives.

So what does all this mean for the …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

Export Exchange 2016 — October 24-27, 2016 — Detroit, MI
December 16, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment
Export Exchange 2016 — October 24-27, 2016  —   Detroit, MI

Nearly 200 international buyers and end-users are expected to be in Detroit, Michigan from Oct. 24 to 27, 2016  – eager to meet and build relationships with more than 300 domestic suppliers in attendance over three days …

Michigan Corn Growers Disappointed with New Ethanol Limits
December 7, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Andy Balaskovitz (MiBiz)  … “Any reduction in the statutory amount is a roadblock to biofuels like ethanol,” said Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “By failing to set (blend) levels at the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

USDA Spending $3 Million To Add Ethanol Fuel Pumps In Michigan
October 30, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/CBS Radio)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is spending $3 million to add about 130 additional ethanol fuel pumps in Michigan.  U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says Thursday the grant will …

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State
October 29, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Green Plains
October 28, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.0 billion gallons per year with 12 plants located in …

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study Drought Stress in Plants
October 26, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology)  Jeremy Schmutz, faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how switchgrass plants adapt to drought stress. Schmutz, who co-directs …

Lack of Strong RFS Policy Could Put Michigan Jobs at Risk
October 21, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Farmers Advance)  Jeff Sandborn, a Portland farmer and member of the board of the National Corn Growers Association, highlighted a new nationwide study demonstrating the economic impact of ethanol production, noting that ethanol is tied …

SG Preston and IHI E&C Announce Strategic Agreement To Engineer and Construct A Portfolio Of Advanced Renewable Fuels Plants
October 21, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/IHI E&C)  SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, and IHI E&C, a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary of IHI Corporation, today announced a ground-breaking agreement for a Multi-Facility Program that will include …

More Opportunities for Ethanol in Michigan
October 5, 2015 – 11:33 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfield Ag News)  The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan says a grant to increase blender pumps will save consumers money.

Communications Specialist Angel Jenio tells Brownfield the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership awarded grants to …

Senators Push White House on Ethanol Mandate
October 5, 2015 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group of senators is pushing the White House to issue a strong mandate for ethanol fuel.  Fourteen senators — a mix of Republicans and Democrats, many from ethanol-producing Midwestern states …

Michigan State University Partners with ExxonMobile to Advance Biofuel Research
October 2, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.

David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in …

Building a Biofuel-Boosting Swiss Army Knife
September 22, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Phys.org/Michigan State University)  Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from …

PhyCO2, MSU Develop Algae Tech to Capture Power Plant CO2
September 21, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(PhyCO2/Biomass Magazine)  Michigan State University and PHYCO2 have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2’s revolutionary and patented concept that promotes algae growth and sequesters, or captures, carbon dioxide from power plant …

Ending the Pretreatment Crisis? The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to MBI’s AFEX Cellulosic Pretreatment Technology
September 21, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every ton of corn, wheat, and rice harvested today, an equal amount of biomass is left behind on the fields. Within this biomass — of which nearly 2 billion …

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts
September 14, 2015 – 4:44 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive …

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
September 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since …

Grant to Help Increase Biofuels Yield while Limiting Fertilizer Use
September 10, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer …

Gabe Corey: EPA Wants to Roll back Biofuel Progress
August 26, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Corey (Battle Creek Enquirer)  Michigan agriculture is driving our economy forward — and ethanol is a major factor in this success.  Ethanol supports more than 22,000 jobs in Michigan, while pumping more than …

Meet the Companies Trying to Break our Plastic Addiction
August 17, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Phil McKenna (Green Biz)  The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria turn corn syrup into a …

RFA Asks EPA to Provide Relief to Midwest Consumers in Wake of Refinery Outage
August 17, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the BP 240,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which has caused gasoline prices to spike …

Ethanol Plant Essential to Michigan’s Thumb
August 17, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfields Ag News)  The general manager of POET’s Michigan based ethanol plant says the Caro facility has offset the demise of the automotive industry.

“If you look at the Thumb of Michigan, it …

Ethanol Producers Tackle Blend Wall with Direct Sales
August 17, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small number of ethanol producers sell E85 and other ethanol blends directly to consumers with on-site blender pumps or, in a few cases, own retail gas stations.

Mitch Miller, …

Biochemist Studies Oilseed Plants for Biofuel, Industrial Development
August 17, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Kansas State University)  A Kansas State University biochemistry professor has reached a milestone in building a better biofuel: producing high levels of lipids with modified properties in oil seeds.

Timothy Durrett, assistant professor of biochemistry and …

POET Drives $13.5B in Economic Impact in 2014: Report
August 17, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, POET released its first-ever economic impact study, and reported that in 2014 the company generated a total of $13.5 billion in sales for U.S. businesses; added $5.4 …

Alpena Biorefinery Takes a Sabbatical, as American Process Shifts Testing/Demo Ops to Georgia
August 17, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, American Process has completed replication of its GreenPower+ cellulosic technology at its Thomaston, GA Biorefinery, and has shifted customer feedstock performance evaluation operations to Georgia.

With the shift, the …

Michigan’s First Alternative Energy Fueling Station Coming to Ottawa County
August 3, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Harger (MLive)  Michigan’s first alternative energy fueling station is coming to a contaminated site that once held a traditional service station.

Borculo Fuel Services, LLC, an affiliate of Zeeland Farm Services, Inc., will build …

USGC: Unlocking Opportunities for DDGS in Canada
August 3, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of Canadian buyers and end-users of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as a Canadian agriculture journalist recently visited the United States on a learning journey …

Orange is the New Red
August 3, 2015 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab Study Shows Orange Carotenoid Protein Shifts More Than Just Color for Cyanobacterial Photoprotection

“Prior to our work, the assumption was that carotenoids are static, held in place …

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry …

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation
July 10, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere

Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars …

Perennial Biofuel Crops’ Water Consumption Similar to Corn
July 7, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and …

Study: Even with High LDV Electrification, Low-Carbon Biofuels Will Be Necessary to Meet 80% GHG Reduction Target; “Daunting” Policy Implications
July 3, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Michigan State University colleague has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% …

Making the Biofuels Process Safer for Microbes
July 2, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Scott Gordon (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic—literally—for the organisms that do the …

Michigan-Made Biofuels the Way to Increase Energy Security (Guest column)
July 1, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Drew DuBois  (DuPont Pioneer/MLive)   In a recent guest column in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Michael Miller thanked Congressman Fred Upton for working to allow exports of oil drilled in the United States.

Rather than looking for new …

4 Minutes with… Tim Donohue, Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy
June 3, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Great Lakes Bioenergy is a DOE, Office of Science-funded Bioenergy Research Center. Its mission is to develop ways to produce ethanol, advanced biofuels and chemicals from the non-edible, lignocellulosic part …

Getting the Word out about Biofuels and Green Racing
May 30, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  No special Green Racing events at the Detroit Grand Prix this year because most of the cars racing for the DEKRA Green Challenge Award have opted out of this …

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Basic Research for Cellulosic Biofuels in the US
May 19, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This reports on part of a trip to Wisconsin to visit the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), University of Wisconsin (UW), a dairy farm that uses …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Discovery of New Plant Switch Could Boost Crops, Biofuel Production
April 28, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.

Photosynthesis …

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

(AZOCleanTech.com) 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 …

Expanding Horizons — May 7, 2015 — Detroit, MI
March 27, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
Expanding Horizons — May 7, 2015 — Detroit, MI

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses in Detroit, MI on May 7th, the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses learn …

New Analysis: Giving Consumers Access to Renewable Fuel Yields Environmental Benefits
March 27, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  A new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental …

Economic Models Provide Insights into Global Sustainability Challenges
February 27, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a …

South Dakota Driver Wins Renewable Fuels Association’s E85 “Post Your Price” Contest
February 20, 2015 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce Scott LeBrun as the winner of RFA’s E85 “Post Your Price” contest. The contest, which was announced last October and concluded just …

E15’s Big Dance
February 17, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The future is bright as hundreds of E15 stations are in the works with many expected to open, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. It’s still early in …

4 Minutes with… James Wynn, Director Bio-based Technology Derisking, MBI
February 9, 2015 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In addition to derisking technologies for clients, MBI is working to commercialize 3 major bio-based technologies, the most revolutionary of these being the AFEX biomass pretreatment. … MBI is finalizing plans …

Closer Look at Flawed Studies behind Policies Used to Promote ‘Low-Carbon’ Biofuels
February 8, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published …

Risky Business Project Finds Midwest Agriculture, Labor, and Manufacturing Industries Face Economic Risk from Climate Change
February 6, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(The Risky Business Project) Results Show that America’s Heartland Risks Economic Disruptions as Climate Change Advances, Reduces Labor Productivity, and Shifts Agricultural Production Patterns

The Midwestern United States faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous …

Straight from the Ethanol Producer to Your Gas Tank
February 6, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Straight from the Ethanol Producer to Your Gas Tank
January 27, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

More Ethanol Producers Should Sell Directly to Gas Retailers
January 20, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.

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Although there are other ethanol plants that …

Innovative Research, Applications and Approaches Keep Freudenberg-NOK Ahead of the Competition
January 14, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies/PR NewsWire)  The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit offers visitors an eye-pleasing preview of new cars and trucks. But in addition to amazing design, many of this year’s hottest vehicles …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator Celebrates Opening
December 30, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(County of Ottawa, Michigan/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick‐off of the Great Lakes Ag‐Tech Business Incubator.

The incubator, a non‐profit corporation, will specialize in helping …

Yellow Hose Program Brings Price Stability to E85 in Michigan
December 29, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Michigan ethanol plant has had success with its Yellow Hose program, blending E85 and supplying area retailers, as well as sales at an on-site fuel pump.

Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Five Myths about Gas Taxes
December 22, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well. …

E85 Prices Shock EPM Reader
December 11, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Big Oil isn’t above stooping to dirty tricks to mislead consumers into thinking E85 isn’t a good fuel to buy, including by trying to price the fuel right out …

Message to the Masses
December 11, 2014 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The biofuels mobile education center is a 45-foot long trailer filled with interactive touch screen computers, educational displays, movies and more, to educate visitors about ethanol and other biofuels.

Curt …

4 Minutes with…Jeff Lievense, EVP Process Technology, Genomatica
December 5, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our engineering team — numbering 30 and growing — translates biology into 100 kiloton fermentation-based chemical plants that perform. We speak both languages — biology and engineering — fluently.

If you …

4 minutes with…Basil Karampelas, President, American Process
December 3, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We’ve developed 2 proprietary biorefinery technologies producing low-cost cellulosic sugars from non-food based biomass. Our Green Power+ technology produces low-cost cellulosic sugars from the hemicelluloses. AVAP technology produces cellulosic sugars …

Study: Ethanol Use in Michigan Reduces Pollution by Reducing GHGs
November 24, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Michigan Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new study released by Michigan State University researchers Bruce Dale and Seungdo Kim shows ethanol use by Michigan drivers and boaters reduces pollution by cutting down on greenhouse …

Fuels America Debuts Campaign for RFS Supporters Facing Reelection
October 30, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the US, Fuels America has launched a six-figure TV and radio campaign in Minnesota, Michigan, and Nebraska thanking American renewable fuels champions Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. …

Michigan State Discovery Boon for Biofuels and Even Cancer Treatment
October 16, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Michigan, discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

4 Minutes With…Steve Hartig, General Manager Licensing, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s typical Steve (Hartig) — rarely in the limelight, but always in the know…

We are focused on taking the strengths of POET in ethanol and DSM in biotechnology and focusing …

University of Wyoming Researchers Advance Biorenewable Energy Prospects
September 18, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Wyoming)  After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and accounting, Allen Morris decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Wyoming for two primary reasons: the Rocky Mountain …

$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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Michigan State Advances Algae’s Viability as a Biofuel
June 17, 2014 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine) Lab success doesn’t always translate to real-world success. A team of Michigan State University scientists, however, has invented a new technology that increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels cross that gap and come …

Michigan State University Partnership Accelerates Bio-Based Projects
June 12, 2014 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program for the Bio-Economy, launched by MSU and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, announces the first three BioAg projects selected for grants to help make them …

The I-75 Biofuels Corridor: Now, the World’s Longest
June 12, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Complete this summer — this 1786-mile stretch of American interstate highway aims to offer the longest all-biofuels driving experience on the planet.  B20, E85? Here are the need-to-knows.

This week across six US …

Court Upholds Upper Peninsula Ethanol Plant Review but Project Likely Dropped
June 9, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Eric Freedman (Great Lakes Echo) A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to an environmental assessment of a $100 million construction subsidy for an ethanol plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. Department of Energy …

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs
June 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Successful Production of High-Octane Renewable Gasoline from Woody Biomass
June 3, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Gas Technology Institute) In a recently completed project, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) worked with Haldor Topsoe, Inc. on an integrated biorefinery to make renewable “drop-in” gasoline, successfully producing a high-octane transportation fuel. The use of renewable gasoline could reduce lifecycle …

Poplars Designed for Deconstruction: A Major Boon to Biofuels
June 2, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Biomass Magazine)  What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to …

Sixth Circuit Greenlights Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
May 27, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Paul E. Gutermann (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP/Lexology.com)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held this week that the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with its obligations under the National Environmental …

Ethanol Producer Brings Biodiesel to Cambridge
May 13, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Cole Epley (Omaha.com) The Michigan-based parent company of a southwestern Nebraska ethanol plant has opened a new travel center in Cambridge, Neb., adding to the state’s short list of retail locations where consumers can purchase …

Unzipping Poplars’ Biofuel Potential
May 13, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Layne Cameron, Curtis Wilkerson, Krista Eastman and John Ralph (Michigan State University/Renewable Energy World)    What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open …

American Process Sells the First Woody Biomass Cellulosic Ethanol RINS
April 25, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On Friday April 18, 2014, American Process shipped its second commercial ethanol cargo and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs from its Alpena Biorefinery.

These are the first cellulosic ethanol RINs …

MARAD Releases Results of Renewable Diesel Testing
April 4, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The tests compared operational, vibration and air …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.

People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Integrating Perennial Grasses for Sustainable Agricultural Systems to Maximize Farm Profitability
March 27, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(North Central Regional Center for Rural Development) Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development

A free webinar series designed for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn more about university developed technology that may be relevant to your current or future …