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Thousands of Emails Detail EPA Head’s Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry
February 23, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
February 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.

What makes it …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

5.0 Magnitude Quake Hits Cushing, Rumbles Central Oklahoma
November 7, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Matt Dinger, & Adam Wilmoth (The Oklahoman)  Oklahoma bridges inspected following Cushing earthquake; Regulators working on new directive following Cushing earthquake; Buildings to be closed Monday in Cushing due to earthquake damage; What are some …

Latest Earthquake Stories: Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma
November 4, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(News9/Associated Press)  A magnitude 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook north-central Oklahoma late Tuesday.  This one occurred at 11:27 p.m.   The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter was near Pawnee, about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. …

Think Small, Tough Times: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Microchannel F/T Technology
October 21, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Oklahoma Quake Prompts Shutdown of Gas-Linked Wells
September 6, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Doug Stranglin (USA Today)  One of the largest earthquakes in Oklahoma rattled the Midwest on Saturday all the way from Nebraska to North Texas.  —  Oklahoma regulators on Saturday shut down 37 wastewater wells connected …

No Need to Panic Says Watertown Auto Expert
September 2, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(KXLG)  There’s no need to panic, says an auto expert, following reports of a recent equipment malfunction at six Magellan pipeline distribution bays in Oklahoma that caused a 30 percent versus 10 percent higher ethanol blend …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Gevo Turns to Marine, Off-Road Markets With Latest Biofuel Deal
June 17, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Carleton English (The Street)  The Colorado biofuels company announced a partnership with Musket Corp. a week after a similar collaboration with Alaska Air.  —  … The Colorado-based biofuels company announced that it partnered with Musket …

OSU Researching Bacteria to Begin Biofuel Production Process
June 6, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Biomass Magazine)  The popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that process on …

Algae Eat up Oilfield Byproducts
April 25, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth (The Oklahoman/Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)  An oil-field waste product that poses environmental challenges and is linked to earthquakes could become a valuable economic resource if the efforts of Oklahoma State University researchers are successful.

Biosystems …

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million
April 11, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output …

The Shale Reckoning Comes to Oklahoma
March 11, 2016 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Asjylyn Loder (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  … The excitement made it easy to ignore one big problem: It was one of the most expensive booms in history. Devon, Chesapeake, SandRidge Energy, and Continental Resources were spending almost …

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 …

Oklahoma Earthquakes Raise Calls for Restrictions on Energy Firms
January 18, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Heide Brandes  (Reuters)  Earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week, including one of the strongest ever recorded in the state, have led to calls for the governor to make changes to oil and gas drilling …

Switchgrass Key to Future Plant Hardiness?
January 13, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Agri-View/Renewable Energy World)  The relationship between a prairie grass such as switchgrass and naturally occurring microbes may help shed light on growing hardier plants for livestock and humans. Understanding how microbes promote prairie grasses to …

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
January 11, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release
December 11, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbette (Texas A&M AgriLife)   …  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, …

Biosensor Technology Will Visualize Movement of Phosphate from Soil Fungi to Plant Roots
December 11, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research/EurekAlert!)  DOE-funded project will track movement of phosphate in real time  —  Professor Maria Harrison has received part of a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to support …

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 …

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. …

Marginal Soil Can Make for Good Biofuel Crops
October 23, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)  Switchgrass, a perennial native to the tallgrass prairie, is one of the most promising bioenergy crops in the United States, with potential to provide high-yield biomass on marginal soils unsuitable for …

Woody Biomass Converted to Gasoline by Five-Company Team
October 22, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Elliot Levine (US Department of Energy)  A five-company team led by Haldor Topsoe, and funded in part by the Energy Department, produced 10,000 gallons of gasoline from woody biomass, which included trees and wood …

INSIGHT-Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment
October 20, 2015 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  … The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines for carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell (Dave) Ulery about a …

A Secret Password for Advanced Biofuels at Scale? Forget “Open Sesame”, Try “Velocys Inside”
October 5, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four new technologies approach scaled operations, all with one element in common – Velocys technology on the back-end.  Why Velocys, why now? The Digest investigates.

In Oklahoma, Southeast Oregon, Eastern Ohio, …

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops
August 21, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins today for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass …

In Defense of Renewable Fuel Standard
July 6, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Barry Blitstein  (Oklahoman)  … Calling the Renewable Fuel Standard a farce is an unfair assessment. It’s true that fracking has impacted the domestic energy picture but it’s only temporary. The IEA projects the Middle East …

Kum & Go to Offer E15 at More than 65 Stores in 7 States
April 28, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than …

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 …

Oklahoma Worries Over Swarm of Earthquakes and Connection to Oil Industry
February 6, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  … What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of …

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 …

Early Slowdown Signs Emerge for U.S. Oil States after Crude Slide
December 15, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Tim Reid (Reuters)  … In Houston, Texas, the first oil industry layoffs have been announced, with realtors there predicting a sharp decline, up to 12 percent, in home sales next year.

Alaska’s 2015 fiscal year …

Tulsa Man Leverages Biodiesel to Change Food Truck Industry Image
November 19, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Tulsa, Okla.-based food truck entrepreneur Wil Braggs, known as The Cheese Guy, is working to change people’s perceptions of the food truck industry by going green.

“There is a reputation among …

Will Ethanol Ride the GOP Wave?
November 6, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)  … Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, another ethanol group, agrees that “biofuels policy is bipartisan and always has been.”  But he also looks for more pressure on ethanol in the …

GTL Joint Venture
August 4, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Velocys plc)  Velocys plc (VLS.L), the technology innovator for smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce that it has entered a joint venture (JV) with Waste Management, NRG Energy (NRG), and Ventech Engineers International …

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

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

Lankford Introduces Bill to Repeal RFS Ethanol Mandates
June 17, 2014 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.))  Provides common-sense solution for American-made energy

Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, today introduced H.R. 4849, the Phantom Fuels Elimination …

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 …

Researcher Wins Grant for Hybrid Conversion Biofuel Process
April 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process.

“The hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation …

Waste Management, Velocys, NRG, Ventech Form Renewables, Natgas-to-Fuels JV
March 25, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  First plant go/no-go expected in 2014; target: Oklahoma.  Future expansion in North America, UK, China.

In Oklahoma, Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International announced a joint venture to …

Levin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Encourage Production and Use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
February 28, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Senator Carl Levin)  Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., today teamed with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., to introduce a bill that would provide regulatory incentives for companies to produce alternative fuel vehicles and establish benefits for consumers …

Oklahoma State University Receives Grant to Investigate Redcedar, Biofuels and Water
February 11, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University) Oklahoma landowners have been hearing for years that removing the eastern redcedar trees from their property is essential for proper land management.

Aside from being an eyesore, the trees are extremely invasive, are an …

Renewable Energy Group Agrees to Acquire Syntroleum Corp.
December 18, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group/Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Syntroleum Corp. announced Dec. 17 that they have entered into an asset purchase agreement pursuant to which REG would acquire substantially all of the assets of Syntroleum …

Senators Could Dethrone King Corn in Ethanol Standards
December 12, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Clare Foran (National Journal)  Senators are working on separate bills to aggressively reduce the amount of corn-based ethanol required under the renewable-fuel standard.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member …

Koehlmoos Reaps Awards from Cellulosic Ethanol Research
November 27, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jean Caspers-Simmet (AgriNews.com)  Eric Koehlmoos’ research on cellulosic ethanol led to national champion honors at the National FFA Science Fair last month in Louisville.

The 17-year-old junior at South O’Brien High School finished first in …

Study: US Spewing 50% More Methane than EPA Says
November 25, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/US News and World Report)  The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. …

EPA Ethanol Decision Pushes Farm Bill toward Finish Line
November 20, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Erik Wasson (The Hill) The Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary decision to reduce renewable fuels blending requirements has increased momentum to get a farm bill done this year, the top House negotiator on the measure said …

Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol A “Killer”
October 31, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) are introducing legislation to eliminate conventional biofuels from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a story first published by Greenwire, the impending bill would …

Scenarios to Determine Approximate Cost for E15 Station Readiness
September 12, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)) (from a letter to US Department of Agriculture) … “You asked on August 13 if the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) had any information regarding the average price for installing E15 storage equipment …

Obama’s Ethanol Mandate Causes Fuel Prices to Soar
August 26, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Senator Jim Inhofe (The Edmond Sun)  … The worst impact of RFS on the consumer is beginning to be seen at the grocery store. As demand for corn increases because of the government-subsidized ethanol market, …

Who Will Buy Syntroleum?
August 21, 2013 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A month ago this week, Syntroleum (owner of a half interest in Dynamic Fuels, the renewable diesel technology) announced that it was “evaluating strategic alternatives” — and just a few …

Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels
July 2, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Following last week’s rollout of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Energy Department today announced four research and development projects to bring next generation biofuels on line faster and …

FAPC Algae Project Ranks No. 1 for OCAST Funding
May 14, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   An algae research proposal from Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) was ranked No. 1 of 28 plant-related research projects, resulting in $100,000 in funding …

Mighty Algae Could Lead to Biofuels Breakthrough
May 14, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth  (News OK)  OSU researcher Gerald Schoenknecht and his team recently completed genome sequencing for an algae that thrives inside active volcanoes. The researchers hope to use their findings to help make tough …

Oklahoma State University Using Sweet Sorghum to Develop Biofuels
January 2, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Sean Hubbard  (EdmondSun.com)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the South Central Sun Grant Program have taken note and funded the majority of the research of Danielle …

Teaching Biofuels in School
December 20, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Shane Robinson, associate professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership wants to teach students math and science through green energy and biofuels. He is partnering with the …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
December 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help …

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy
November 12, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy …

Kum & Go Opens Two New Tulsa Locations
November 8, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Arnold   (Tulsa World)  Each of the new stores has 20 fueling stations that offer diesel and unleaded grades of gasoline, as well as a higher ethanol blend, E-85.  READ MORE

Using Manure To Mend Mine-Damaged Soils
November 1, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(USDA Agricultural Research Service)  From 1850 to 1950, the Tri-State Mining District of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma produced 50 percent of the zinc and 10 percent of the lead in the United …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

Functional Characterization of the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor PvMYB4 for Improvement of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
August 30, 2012 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

Hui Shen, Xianzhi He, Charleson R. Poovaiah, Wegi A. Wuddineh, Junying Ma, David G. J. Mann, Huanzhong Wang,  Lisa Jackson, Yuhong Tang, C. Neal Stewart Jr, Fang Chen, Richard A. Dixon (New Phytologist)

The major obstacle for bioenergy production from switchgrass biomass is the low saccharification efficiency …

Genetic Manipulation of Lignin Reduces Recalcitrance and Improves Ethanol Production from Switchgrass
August 30, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Chunxiang Fu,  Jonathan R. Mielenz, Xirong Xiao, Yaxin Ge, Choo Y. Hamilton,  Miguel Rodriguez, Jr.,  Fang Chen, Marcus Foston,  Arthur Ragauskas, Joseph Bouton, Richard A. Dixon, and Zeng-Yu Wang  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Switchgrass is a leading dedicated bioenergy …

Salicylic Acid Mediates the Reduced Growth of Lignin Down-Regulated Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Luis Escamilla-Trevino,  Lisa A. Jackson, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Down-regulation of the enzyme hydroxycinnamoyl CoA: shikimate hydroxycinnamoyl transferase (HCT) in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leads …

Mutation of WRKY Transcription Factors Initiates Pith Secondary Wall Formation and Increases Stem Biomass in Dicotyledonous Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

Huanzhong Wang,  Utku Avci,  Jin Nakashima,  Michael G. Hahn, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Stems of dicotyledonous plants consist of an outer epidermis, a cortex, a ring of secondarily …

Oklahoma Researchers Look to Refuel Ethanol
August 27, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth (News OK)  The extended drought has reduced the country’s corn supply and driven up corn costs, affecting the price of ethanol and gasoline. Oklahoma researchers are working to solve both problems.

Researchers in …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Producers to Grow Renewable Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels
July 31, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 125 advanced Biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, …

Key Senate Biofuels Critic under Fire over Nat-Gas Fuel Earmarks
July 31, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arch-critic of the cost of military biofuels — Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe — comes under scrutiny over earmarks for natural gas-based military fuels that cost 29 times more than conventional …

National Ad Campaign Takes off Showcasing America’s Advanced Biofuel
July 23, 2012 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …As the U.S. biodiesel industry shows in its just-launched ad campaign, biodiesel is here, now.

This ad campaign is the second time the industry has taken to the airwaves, television screens, Web …

ERDA Hopes to Turn Red Cedar Liability into National Asset
July 18, 2012 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by James Neal (Enid News and Eagle)  Enid Regional Development Alliance is hoping to turn one of Oklahoma’s liabilities into a national asset, and boost the local economy in the process, with an ambitious plan …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

Yecch, Ptooey! The 13 Oddest and Strangest Biofuels Feedstocks
June 4, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Most of the stories we write at the Digest on the subject of biofuels feedstocks fall into the well-established realms of normal. But every once in  a while, a feedstock …

Ethanol Blends Overtaking Gasoline Supply Chain
March 23, 2012 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(OPISNet.com)  It’s been a long time coming, but ethanol now dominates the U.S. gasoline blending landscape. The number of wholesale terminals supplying only conventional clear gasoline for truck loadings has trimmed down to just nine …

Gasoline’s Comeback in the Bio-Based Era: 5 Cleantech Companies Vie for Green Gasoline Breakthroughs
March 20, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But in the past two years, five technologies have emerged that are focused on renewable gasoline (along with some others that have the capability of producing gasoline-like fuels but are …

Production of Castor Beans as a Biofuel Source Would Be Outlawed under Oklahoma Measure
February 9, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael McNutt  (NewsOK)  Oklahoma House panel passes measure that would prohibit growing the ornamental plant commercially as a biofuel crop. The flowering plant still may be grown by nurseries.

Growing castor beans for commercial purposes …

Iowa State University Scientists Part of US-Japan Team Set to Research Gene Chemistry to Enhance Biofuel, Biochemical Technology
December 8, 2011 – 10:08 am | No Comment

(PressZoom/Iowa State University)   An Iowa State University research team is collaborating with scientists at the Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation and also with scientists in Japan to develop an international partnership to help make strides …

Two Oklahoma Lawmakers File Bills to Bar Castor Beans
November 29, 2011 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Randy Krehbiel (Durant Daily Democrat)  …Ricin, which can be extracted from crushed castor beans, is so potent a toxin that a dose equivalent to a few grains of salt induces a slow, agonizing death …

Sundrop Announces $450M Biofuels Project in Louisiana
November 28, 2011 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Sundrop Fuels announced that they have agreed to purchase about 1,200 acres of land near Alexandria, Louisiana to build their first plant.  Using forest waste and hydrogen from natural …

Amtrak: Biodiesel Trial Results Encouraging
November 2, 2011 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Railway Age)  Amtrak says that it found the use of a renewable biodiesel fuel blend to power its daily Heartland Flyer train “resulted in no more wear on the locomotive than traditional diesel fuels and …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Payments to Producers in 41 States to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels
September 28, 2011 – 9:16 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (September 27, 2011) announced that USDA will make payments to more than 160 energy producers in 41 states to support and ensure the production and expansion …

Ford F-250 Super Duty Breaks Two Land Speed Records
August 24, 2011 – 7:03 am | No Comment

by Greg Emmerson (EuroTuner)  Using the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel engine, the truck hit a top speed of 171.123mph setting the new B Production Diesel Truck land speed record.

The Ford truck broke the …

Steaming Ahead to a Better Fuel: Railroad Companies Investigate Benefits of Using Biodiesel-Blended Fuels
August 23, 2011 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The railroad is already considered one of the most environmentally sustainable and efficient ways to transport freight. Although most railways address fuel efficiency in terms of gallons-per-mile rather than miles-per-gallon, …

Vilsack: USDA Will Continue to Push for Blender Pump Expansion
August 22, 2011 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s Aug. 17 announcement of 900 Rural Energy for America Program grants included just 21 awards for blender pumps. USDA officials promise, however, that more funding is on …

BCAP Helps Abengoa Solve Chicken-and-Egg Feedstock Issue
August 15, 2011 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With help from the USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program, Abengoa is on its way to establishing a significantly sized switchgrass plantation in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma surrounding the …

USDA, DOE Award 10 R&D Grants for Advanced Bioenergy Feedstocks
August 12, 2011 – 8:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA and DOE have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research into improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing biofuel and bioenergy …

Oklahoma State Opening $15M Biosciences Center
August 1, 2011 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Latzke (Forbes)  Oklahoma State University is nearing completion of a new $15 million biosciences research center in Ardmore that will serve as a hub for scientists studying alternative fuels.

Vice President for Agricultural Programs …

USDA Awards $45 Million to Four New BCAP Projects
July 29, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in six states to expand the availability of non-food crops to be …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

Algae Included in Fuel Feedstock Freedom Act Introduced to Senate
May 31, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) …The Fuel Feedstock Freedom Act (S. 1085), gives individual states the option not to participate in the corn ethanol portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It also expands the cellulosic biofuel …

Big Food Shifting the Blame Higher Grocery Costs
May 24, 2011 – 6:20 am | No Comment

by Chris Thorne (Growth Energy/NewsOK) letter to editor:  Regarding “Corn ethanol is burning up food budgets” (Point of View, May 13): J. Patrick Boyle, president and CEO of the American Meat Institute, misled readers about the …

Senators Introduce Bill to End Ethanol Subsidies, Import Tariff
May 4, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg)  …Senators Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said the 45-cent credit, which is given to oil refiners for each gallon of ethanol they blend with gasoline, was unjustified …

Q&A with Matt Roberts, Owner of RS Fuels Store Owner Looks to Make Alternative Fuels a Part of Company’s Offerings
April 28, 2011 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jay Marks (NewsOK.com)   Q:  RS Fuel recently opened a convenience store at 3330 W Memorial Road offering compressed natural gas and E85 ethanol. Why did you think it was important to offer those …

OriginOil Signs First Major Distribution Deal with Process Partner
April 15, 2011 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Global distribution plan extends to product integration, manufacturing and mutual marketing

OriginOil, Inc., the developer of breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, today announced …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
April 13, 2011 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research grants awarded to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. …

Harvesting, Storage and Transfer Technology Update
April 11, 2011 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Maynard Herron and Bob Matousek   (Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy)     AGCO (Hesston, KS) received an award for biomass feedstock supply demonstration as a partial match of a $5 million renewable …

Syntroleum Reports $9.6M Loss for 2010, Bullish for 2011
March 18, 2011 – 8:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Syntroleum reported a $9.6 million loss for fiscal 2010 in its 10K SEC form, with revenues having declined $19 million compared to 2009.  In a teleconference to discuss Syntroleum’s report, …

Oklahoma State Professor Turns Soda Waste into Ethanol
March 15, 2011 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Kristi Eaton  (Bloomberg Business Week)   An Oklahoma State University professor says she’s found a way to turn byproducts from the production of soda pop into ethanol.

Biosystems and agricultural engineering associate professor Danielle Bellmer said …

Genetically Modified Prairie Grass Yields Cheaper, More Abundant Ethanol
February 23, 2011 – 9:55 am | No Comment

By Elizabeth Lopatto (Bloomberg)  Switchgrass, the prairie plant that once fueled the buffalo herds of the American Great Plains, may one day fill automobile tanks in a bioengineered form that’s cheaper and yields more ethanol than …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America
January 21, 2011 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the …

Discovery Means More Plants in Less Space
December 30, 2010 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(UPI)  U.S. scientists have uncovered a gene responsible for plants’ key growth characteristics, specifically their density, a finding that could improve agriculture.

Researchers at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma say denser plants have more biomass …

BioWinol Technologies: A Hybrid Green Process for Biofuel Production
September 14, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

Oklahoma State University is a recipient of a $10,000 EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grant for a hybrid green process for biofuel production.

BIOWINol Technologies proposed a unique hybrid technology that uses …

Algae Fuel Effort Grows: Tulsa University Students Researching Alternatives
August 19, 2010 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Rod Walton   (Tulsa World)  …”I got into it because of the potential with algae,” said Geoffrey Price, professor, department chairman and part of the research team. “It’s because they take in sunlight more efficiently …

Fort Worth’s Amtrak Rail Service Beefs Up with Animal-Based Biodiesel
April 22, 2010 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Gordon Dickson  (Star-Telegram)  Where’s the beef? It’s in the belly of that Amtrak locomotive.

Shortly after noon Tuesday, the Amtrak Heartland Flyer pulled into downtown Fort Worth. It looked and smelled like pretty much any …

Biomass Feedstock Harvest from Conservation Reserve Program Land in Northwestern Oklahoma
March 19, 2010 – 7:27 am | No Comment

by B. C. Venuto and J. A. Daniel (Crop Science)  Development of a biofuel industry based on biomass will require large quantities of cellulosic feedstock. Among the proposals for acquiring this feedstock, without impacting other …

‘Sweet’ Biofuels Research Goes Down On The Farm
September 30, 2007 – 3:11 pm | One Comment

(Science Daily)  Oklahoma State University’s sorghum-related biofuels research is taking a localized approach, with the aim of making possible the effective production of ethanol in the farmer’s own field.

Sweet sorghum can be grown throughout temperate …