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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.

-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show
January 16, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz …

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future — July 11-12, 2017 — Arlington, VA
December 19, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future   —   July 11-12, 2017   —   Arlington, VA

Each year, approximately 600 participants attend the conference, including key stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Congress, national laboratories, academia, and the financial community.   READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-15, 2017 — Reston, VA DEADLINE: February 13, 2017
December 19, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-15, 2017 — Reston, VA    DEADLINE:  February 13, 2017

The overarching theme of the conference in 2017 will be “Making Our Way to a Sustainable Tomorrow.” The conference invites scientists and leaders from all sectors to come together to address critical topics such as …

Winter Is Not Coming: Pushing Back the Frost Wall for More Food, More Fuel, More Money, More Everything
December 6, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, what do you do about the Frost Wall. Generally, you can grow more with the first harvest — that’s yield improvement. Or, you can grow more in the extreme …

Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future — July 11-12, 2017 — Arlington, VA
December 1, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future   —   July 11-12, 2017   —   Arlington, VA

On July 11–12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office will host its tenth annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future. Each year, approximately 600 participants attend the conference, including key …

Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands
November 7, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Roger Real Drouin (Yale Environment 360)  A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to …

Sheetz And The U.S. Department Of Agriculture Bring Cleaner Burning Fuel To Virginia
November 6, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

(Sheetz/PR Newswire)  Through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, Sheetz completes its 10th E85/E15 refueling station in Virginia  —   Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers, celebrated the impact of the USDA (U.S. Department …

Fiberight Breaks Ground on Waste to Biofuel Facility in Face of Legal Battle
November 2, 2016 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  US waste and recycling firm, Fiberight, has broken ground a new facility waste to biofuel facility in Maine.  —  US waste and recycling firm, Fiberight, has broken ground a new facility waste …

$1.87M Grant Lets NCBiotech Lead SE Sorghum Initiative
October 12, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Biotechnology Center)  The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals …

Officials: Solar Takes Farmland, Evades Fair Tax Share
October 10, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Cox (DelmarvaNow.com)  … The measure would bar the energy projects from lands in agricultural zones. That would rob solar developers of their preferred land-use type for building. The recipe for catching rays, after all, …

Editorial: Green Plains Fuels High Hopes for Area’s Ethanol Plant
October 1, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Progress-Index)  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  —  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  Ten months after Green Plains …

Letter to the Editor: Time to Give Ethanol Credit
September 26, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Bushong (Northern Virginia Daily)  I have been following coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to alter the renewable fuel standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation on corn-based ethanol, …

CALL FOR SYMPOSIA: 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 13-15, 2017 — Reston, VA DEADLINE: October 7, 2016
September 19, 2016 – 11:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SYMPOSIA:  21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference    —   June 13-15, 2017   —   Reston, VA    DEADLINE:  October 7, 2016

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 21st annual scientific meeting June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, VA. The Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference Advisory …

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name
September 8, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. …

As Sea Levels Rise, 1.9 Million U.S. Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100
September 5, 2016 – 10:57 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that …

Hopewell Ethanol Plant Celebrates Opening
August 25, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(The Progress-Index)  … Green Plains Inc., a Omaha, Nebraska-based ethanol company, bought the Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell from Future Fuels LLP for $18.25 million on Oct. 23, 2015.

The ethanol facility, which opened in …

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 …

Ethanol Opportunities and Challenges: A State-by-State Look at Higher Blends
August 22, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Gas stations that offer higher blends are currently few and far between, but the ACE’s “Retailer Roadmap” aims to help change the fuels landscape. The Roadmap analyzes …

Letter to Editor: Renewable Resource
August 15, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by John Phillips (Daily Press)  I am deeply concerned about the EPA’s recent decision to alter the original intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation not only because of …

Grant to Result in More Ethanol Refueling Stations
August 15, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Bruce Hotchkiss (The Delmarva Farmer)  A $5 million grant from the USDA is providing the financial foundation for the installation of 30 ethanol refueling stations across Maryland and Virginia.

As originally conceived, the work — …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater.

Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make …

E85 Comes to N. Virginia Mobil
August 1, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Protec Fuel) Performance Auto Community Celebrates Sunday with Car Show  —  Working its way up the seaboard, E85 is now available for the first time on I-95, in Woodbridge, Va. The Potomac Mills Mobil convenience …

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study
August 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report …

Insights About Green Jobs from Bioenergy 2016
July 26, 2016 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Janine Finnell (Advanced Biofuels USA/Leaders in Energy) I attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation” conference held in Washington DC from July 12-14, 2016.  There were 17 breakout …

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-17, 2017 — Reston, VA DEADLINE: October 7, 2016
July 22, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference    —   June 13-17, 2017   —   Reston, VA    DEADLINE:  October 7, 2016

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 21st annual scientific meeting June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, VA. The Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference …

21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference — June 13-15, 2017 — Reston, VA
July 22, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment
21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference    —   June 13-15, 2017   —   Reston, VA

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 21st annual scientific meeting June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, Virginia.  SAVE THE DATE

20th Annual Green Chemistry & …

Fiberight Project Wins State Permits, but Controversy Still Abounds
July 21, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Madeline St. Amour (CentralMaine.com)  The Department of Environmental Protection issued the permits after finding no ‘credible, conflicting technical information’ that merited a public hearing. The Department of Environmental Protection has issued the final permits …

Green Jobs – Strategies for Finding or Creating One — August 18, 2016 — Arlington, VA
July 17, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
Green Jobs – Strategies for Finding or Creating One   —   August 18, 2016   —   Arlington, VA

This is the third year that we will be conducting our highly successful green jobs event. In addition to our speakers, we will highlight 4 Leaders in Energy members who recently landed or created their …

Meet the US Farmers Turning Their Tobacco into Airplane Fuel
July 6, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jodi Helmer (The Guardian)  As the demand for tobacco declines in the US, farmers in Virginia are experimenting with turning the crop into viable biofuel  —  … One two-acre plot stands apart from the rest, …

The Navy Builds Strength by Saving Energy
July 6, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post)  The week of July Fourth is a good moment to salute an unlikely champion of saving energy and switching to alternative fuels — the U.S. Navy. Once a supreme …

Letters to Editor: Clearing the Air on Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Richmond Times-Dispatch)  … Joe Geiger’s recent Business Principles 101 column on business fads contained a number of fundamental inaccuracies related to the U.S. ethanol industry. As the saying goes, people are entitled …

Green Plains Plans Ethanol Export Terminal as Expansion Continues
June 15, 2016 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Green Plains Inc said on Tuesday it plans to build and operate its first export-import fuels terminal in Beaumont, Texas, the latest in a string of expansion moves by the country’s …

Could Biofuels Be Part of the Future for “Delmarva: A Region of Possibilities”?
May 16, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Don’t come to listen, come to act.”  That’s what the invitation from the Rural Maryland Council, USDA Rural Development office and Maryland Broadband Cooperative said.  We were invited to …

4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit — July 12-13, 2016 — Alexandria, VA
May 16, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment
4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit  —   July 12-13, 2016  —   Alexandria, VA

The 4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit will focus on the efforts to advance military mobile power and energy capabilities. It will discuss the methods that have been, or will be put into place in …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Offers Advisory Services
May 9, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB is now offering a range of advisory services to support businesses, investors, development agencies, NGOs, and governments in applying the RSB standard to their operations, projects and policy development. Through …

4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit — July 12-13, 2016 — Alexandria, VA
April 19, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit  —   July 12-13, 2016  —  Alexandria, VA

The 4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit will focus on the efforts to advance military mobile power and energy capabilities. It will discuss the methods that have been, or will be put into place in …

Towns to Vote on Whether to Burn Their Trash or Convert It into Biofuel
April 8, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Andy O’Brien (The Free Press) … With PERC out of the picture, two nonprofits are bitterly competing for thousands of tons of midcoast waste.

In one corner is the Municipal Review Committee, a municipal cooperative serving …

Rivertop Renewables, DTI Blast thru Nameplate at First Commercial
March 31, 2016 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Benchmark tests prove higher volumes than initial forecast; plant receives “Recommended” rating after first customer audit

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based novel chemicals company, announced it exceeded the nameplate capacity …

Biodiesel Company Plans Expansion to Fort Pierce
March 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Keona Gardner  (TCPalm)   … Indian River Bio Diesel is seeking city approval to operate a plant that would process 250,000 gallons of its product a month in the now-vacant Egan packinghouse, 1103 N. Second …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announces Technology Breakthrough, New Method for Turning Plant Oils into Jet Fuel
March 15, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Tyton/Digital Journal)  Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a major technological advancement in the production of sustainable jet fuel. Tyton filed a patent application for a new method and system of converting oil extracted from plant …

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated …

Fuel vs. Food? A New Study from a UVA Environmental Scientist and Colleagues Shows about a Third of the World’s Malnourished Population Could Be Fed by Using Resources Now Used for Biofuel Production.
March 8, 2016 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Fariss Samarrai (University of Virginia)  As strategies for energy security, investment opportunities and energy policies prompt ever-growing production and consumption of biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel, land and water that could otherwise be used …

2016 Resilient Virginia Conference — March 22-23, 2016 — Richmond, VA
March 1, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
2016 Resilient Virginia Conference  —  March 22-23, 2016  —  Richmond, VA

“Activating Communities and Businesses for a More Resilient Future”  The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference will take place March 22–23, 2016 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The first statewide conference on resiliency …

Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Public Meeting — March 8-9, 2016 — Arlington, VA
February 27, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Public Meeting  —  March 8-9, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products.
Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following:
Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities
Update on …

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Executive Director Participates in Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza
February 15, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter, Leaders in Energy, and George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy hosted the Women in Energy and Environmental …

National Energy Conference For Educators — July 17-21, 2016 — Arlington, VA
February 1, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment
National Energy Conference For Educators  —   July 17-21, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

The 2016 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Washington, D.C., the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information …

University of Georgia Scientists Using $5 Million Grant to Combat Invasive Weed Johnsongrass
January 20, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia have received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways of combating …

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 …

Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza — February 5, 2016 — Arlington, VA
January 18, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza   —   February 5, 2016   —  Arlington, VA

Come join us at the February 5th Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza,  sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter and the Leaders in Energy.  The Extravaganza includes:

–a Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership lunch …

Former Hopewell Ethanol Plant Operator Moves into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
December 28, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by John Reid Blackwell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)  The former operator of an ethanol plant in Hopewell is now planning to pay its debts under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after several of its creditors tried to force …

16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus — January 19-21, 2016 — Arlington, VA
December 21, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment
16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment:  The Food-Energy-Water Nexus  —   January 19-21, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

The conference will be an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in this emerging field field of practice with  1,200 other leaders in science, technology, government, business, civil society, and education to create strategies and initiatives …

Climate Change Could Leave Chesapeake Bay Island Uninhabitable in 50 Years
December 14, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Oilver Milman (The Guardian)  Effects of sea level rise hit close to home for Americans as US army corps of engineers report finds that Tangier Island is crumbling into the sea  —  You don’t …

Enviva Launches $5 Million Forest Conservation Fund
December 11, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva Holdings LP, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres …

Volvo Trucks Approves Use of Renewable Diesel Fuel for Proprietary Engines
December 11, 2015 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by John Mies (Volvo Trucks — United States)  Volvo Trucks North America, after concluding truck and engine lab testing, today approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines, offering …

Ten States Impose EV Flat Fees; Georgia Is Highest
December 3, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Washington, Colorado, Virginia And Oregon Also On Growing List  —   These fees were put into place in order to offset the revenue shortfall from more fuel efficient vehicles, electrified powertrains, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Merger Mania: The Digest Looks at Rampant Biofuels Consolidation
October 28, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced this week that it had acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. …

Green Plains Buys Ethanol Plant in Hopewell, Virginia
October 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced that it has acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. Operating at …

Risk Assessment Models Prove Unreliable at Predicting Which Biofuel Crops Are Likely to Become Invasive Weeds
October 23, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Several of the plants grown as biofuel crops have proved to be invaders in some environments – spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems. Scientists at Virginia Tech used two of the best-respected …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership
October 22, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tyton BioEnergy Systems) Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem announced today a research and commercial partnership combining Tyton’s research, development and commercial capabilities with Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety to establish a globally significant alliance to advance …

Watch This Space: Rivertop Renewables Begins Its Roll, Water Treatment Now, More Later
September 15, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Rivertop Renewables is proving that there’s a way to beat low-cost oil prices and do well in renewable chemicals: chase phosphate replacement rather than petroleum replacement.

This week, the focus is …

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 …

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop
September 10, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how?  … If tobacco’s reputation has fallen into disrepute …

Tobacco’s New Road: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Tyton Bio
September 10, 2015 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tyton BioEnergy Systems is manipulating the DNA of standard tobacco to boost its sugar and oil content, allowing the plant to be used as feedstock for both ethanol as well as …

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector
September 9, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Benzinga)  A technological and commercial partnership between Deinove and Tyton BioEnergy Systems, the leader in tobacco technology for green chemicals production  —  T he synergistic technologies are expected to provide techno-economic benefits in the …

Vireol Plant in Hopewell Suspends Ethanol Production
September 1, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by  Shelby Mertens (The Progress-Index)   The Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell will officially suspend ethanol production today for an undetermined amount of time due to the continuing drop of gas prices nationally.

The …

The Key to Water Security Could Be Lurking in a New Mexico Sewage Farm
August 31, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harris (The Guardian)  In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy —  … “Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the …

MSW and the Promise of Biotechnology
August 25, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (MSW Management/Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to its progress in achieving zero waste to landfills, the United States is on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic.  —  On average, the …

Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division and Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announce Research Partnership
August 25, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Smithfield Foods/Globe NewsWire)  Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division, Murphy-Brown, LLC, and Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a research partnership to develop new applications for Tyton’s dedicated, non-smoking tobacco crop and the resulting soil amendment, filtration, …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

Boeing Completes Flight Using 5% US Biodiesel
June 22, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Militsa Mancheva (SeeNews Renewables)   Under the latest stage of its ecoDemonstrator 757 programme, US aerospace group Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) successfully completed on June 17 the first flight with a fuel blend containing US-made green diesel.

The …

How Europe’s Climate Policies Led to More U.S. Trees Being Cut Down
June 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Joby Warrick (The Washington Post)  … Soaring demand for this woody fuel has led to the construction of more than two dozen pellet factories in the Southeast in the past decade, along with special port …

Another Biofuels Production Technology Heads to the Fracking Hills for Development: KmX Chemical Corp Looks to Fracking Industry for Business
May 8, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Another in our series of stories about promising technologies applicable to the development of a robust advanced biofuel economy diverting to fossil fuel use for research, development and deployment.

This …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Alexandria Continues Opposition to Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Operations
March 23, 2015 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(City of Alexandria, Virginia) On March 19, 2015, Norfolk Southern Corporation delivered a letter to the City of Alexandria at a meeting with City staff, advising that the company plans to make changes to its ethanol …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review March 23-27 Alexandria, VA
March 4, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review    March 23-27   Alexandria, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2015 Project Peer Review on March 23–27, 2015, at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Approximately 185 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will …

Ocean Circulation Change: Sea level Spiked for Two Years along Northeastern North America
March 2, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Arizona)  Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed. The unusual spike in sea level caused flooding along the northeast …

Ethanol Groups Not Pleased with Rekindled RFS Reform Act
February 27, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures) Bill to eliminate corn-based ethanol requirement of the Renewable Fuel Standard doesn’t receive warm welcome from ethanol and ag groups.  Calling it a “huge step backward” for energy independence, the National Corn Growers on …

2015 American Energy Summit March 23 – 24, 2015 Arlington, VA
February 13, 2015 – 1:02 pm | No Comment
2015 American Energy Summit March 23 – 24, 2015     Arlington, VA

This is the premier 2015 conference and exhibition on U.S. Government priorities and programs for renewable energy, energy efficiency, critical energy infrastructure protection, and American energy independence.

Join top government officials, energy experts, and industry leaders …

4 Minutes with… Thomas H. Arrington III, Chairman, Tidewater Biodiesel
February 9, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our first goal is to prove to our local government (Mid-Atlantic) that we can achieve what City Council and Planning Commission willingly approved us to do; which is to finalize …

Group Representing 187 Maine Municipalities Inks Development Deal for Hampden Waste Handling Facility
February 6, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Gagnon (Bangor Daily News)  After receiving assurances that the technology is viable, members of the Municipal Review Committee board voted unanimously Wednesday to enter a development agreement with a Maryland-based company that wants …

Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level
February 6, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s a good chance that the electric battery of the future will have biobased aspects to them — or may even be powered by a biofuel. How’s that again? The Digest …

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Bioscience Initiative
January 7, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Augusta Free Press)  Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday announced a Virginia Bioscience Initiative, kicking off the effort with a public and private sector roundtable discussion on the commercialization of university bioscience research at the State …

Biotech Firm Working to Develop Tobacco as Biofuel Crop
January 5, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Ryntjes (CCTV America)  A U.S biotechnology company is pioneering tobacco as a renewable biofuel crop. Unlike most bio-tech firms, Tyton BioEnergy Systems is not working in a science park close to a university. …

Ever-Evolving Biodiesel Technology Developments
December 31, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) … Even so-called conventional chemical processing is riddled with original approaches and unique twists. A cookie-cutter industry biodiesel is not. While too many technologies exist in this field to report on, …

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 …

Rivertop Renewables to Start Commercial-Scale Production in 2015
December 11, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Contract manufacturing agreement with DTI speeds Rivertop’s time to market for its novel performance chemicals

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables announced that it has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at …

2015 Agricultural Outlook “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” February 19-20 Arlington, VA
December 8, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment
2015 Agricultural Outlook  “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century”   February 19-20    Arlington, VA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” to be held from Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, …

Flex Fuel Awareness Campaign Completes Mid-Atlantic Road Show Promiting High Level Ethanol Blends
December 1, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign completed a highly successful tour of several key locations in Maryland and Virginia last week as part of the Mid Atlantic Alternative Fuel Road Show.

The tour featured exhibits and …

Appalachian Biofuels LLC to Invest $3.5 Million in Headquarters and New Biodiesel Production Facility
October 30, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Russell County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2014) that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production …

Fiberight Still Working toward MSW Plant in Iowa
October 29, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite delays, Fiberight’s plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste (MSW) in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a …

UMaine Team Hired to Study whether ‘Trashanol’ Will Work in Maine
October 24, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by By Nok-Noi Ricker (Bangor Daily News)  The organization representing the trash interests of 187 Maine towns is now partnering with the University of Maine to determine if new garbage-to-energy technology from a Maryland company —- …

Military Mobile Power Summit January 13-14, 2015 Alexandria, VA
October 20, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
Military Mobile Power Summit    January 13-14, 2015   Alexandria, VA

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational “Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in …

Virginia Releases New Energy Plan
October 17, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. According to information …

Mike Breen Headlines 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit
October 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Operation Free)  Truman Project Executive Director Mike Breen Highlights Need for Expanded Sources of Renewable Energy

Former U.S. Army Captain and Truman Project Executive Director Mike Breen spoke at the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit. During his …

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, …

Workshop: Waste-to-Energy Roadmapping November 5-6, 2014 Arlington, VA
September 25, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment
Workshop: Waste-to-Energy Roadmapping   November 5-6, 2014   Arlington, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the Department of Energy aims to identify and address key technical barriers to the commercial deployment of liquid transportation fuels from waste feedstocks.  As a part of this effort, …

New NASA Probe Will Study Earth’s Forests in 3-D
September 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Zubritsky (NASA)  A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle.

Called the Global …

Marion Trash-Sorting Facility Delayed
September 16, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Fiberight opening pushed later into 2015

Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in June on a $15 million facility to grab organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol …

Extending Ethanol Into the South: Protec Fuel Introduces E15 to Major Metro Areas, Adds more E85
September 9, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(CSP Daily News/CSPNet.com)  A multiphase rollout of ethanol blends is taking place over the next several months in the South, as ethanol distributor Protec Fuel seeks to bolster the availability of E85 and introduce E15 …

Fighting Va. Flooding Linked to Rising Seas Will Be Complicated, Costly
September 8, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Rex Springston (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Panel assessing rising seas holds first meeting, discusses action plan

Col. Paul B. Olsen, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District, showed a slide of Holland Island.

The once-populated spot in …

E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.
September 8, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Protec Fuel)  Protec Fuel to Bring Dozens of E15, E85 Stations to Metro Areas

The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with …

Biodiesel Training for Diesel Technicians September 11, 2014 Arlington, VA
August 15, 2014 – 8:51 pm | No Comment
Biodiesel Training for Diesel Technicians   September 11, 2014   Arlington, VA

You’re invited to this specialized biodiesel training for diesel mechanics. This course will provide in-depth information on: fuel quality, vehicle maintenance, and engine performance.

Most diesel fuel sold in the U.S. contains 1-5% biodiesel. Do you …

Grant for Ethanol Plant to be Matched
August 14, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Johnson (Progress-Index)  City Council has adopted the Vireol performance agreement, which is a matching funds grant for $250,000 for the firm that has opened a long-delayed ethanol plant in Hopewell.

City Manager Mark Haley …

Water Environment Research Foundation Selects Drexel University to Perform Extraction from Wastewater Research
August 6, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(prweb.com)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has selected Drexel University to perform research that will monitor and quantify the composition of waste greases to improve knowledge about the feasibility of grease-to-biodiesel processes. A key …

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 …

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

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

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

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

Sweet Briar Plants Native Grasses for Biofuels
June 17, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(TimesDispatch.com) LYNCHBURG — Conservation researchers set about killing the grass on about 500 acres of land at Sweet Briar College this spring in preparation for a multiyear study that could have implications for landowners and environmentalists nationwide.

The …

Hoke Refinery to Reopen Using Tobacco to Make Ethanol
June 3, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Burns (WRAL)   A Virginia company plans to reopen an ethanol refinery in Hoke County, using tobacco as its primary feedstock, officials said Monday.  The former Clean Burn Fuels biorefinery in Raeford has been …

Ethanol on the Rails
June 2, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (domesticfuel.com) In the last couple of weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil, one in Virginia on April 30 and one in Colorado on May 9. These incidents …

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
May 14, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

By Coral Davenport (The New York Times)  The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military …

City Trash-To-Biofuel Project Takes Step Ahead for Blairstown, Marion
May 13, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)”First-in-the-nation” plant to convert municipal solid waste and other trash into cellulosic biofuel

No Martians are landing, but loads of steel began arriving on Monday for the takeoff of project to expand …

Vireol Bio Energy Enters Marketing Agreement with Murex
April 28, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Murex/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vireol Bio Energy LLC has selected Murex LLC as its marketing partner for the bioethanol plant in Hopewell, Va. Vireol recently announced their plans to bring the 63 million gallon per year …

NASA Signs Agreement with German, Canadian Partners to Test Alternative Fuels
April 10, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PRNewsWire)   NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions …

Council Considers Ethanol Plant Grant
March 25, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by  Caitlin Davis (The Hopewell News)  A $250,000 grant to aid the Vireol ethanol plant in Hopewell has reached a roadblock. The grant would help facilitate the opening of the plant, which currently has not begun …

Chesapeake Renews Permission for Biodiesel Fuel Plant
March 20, 2014 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Sheler (Virginia Pilot/HamptonRoads.com)  The (Chesapeake) City Council renewed its permission Tuesday for an alternative energy company to make biodiesel fuel in Deep Creek.

Plans call for Tidewater Biodiesel LLC to build a plant in …

Group Proposes $600M Zero-Waste Recycling Plant
March 18, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jared Council   (Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal)   A consortium of businesses looking to build a zero-waste, zero-landfill recycling plant in Chesapeake said they’re securing capital to purchase 67 acres of waterfront property.

Officials …

Upbeat Update on Waste-to-Energy Plan Is Music to Marion’s Ears
March 14, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Keynote speaker Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive officer of waste-to-energy company Fiberight, told a luncheon crowd of 315 here on Wednesday that his company will be able to keep 80 percent …

$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie To Reach Final Four
March 13, 2014 – 11:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland/Yahoo! News)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United States …

The Hunt for Hydrogen and Hydro-Riches
March 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.”   Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced  third party confirmation of their bio-hydrogen expression system following the …

Council Will Consider Fuel Storage Facility
January 6, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Gould (The Free Lance-Star) Fredericksburg City Council will hold six public hearings on Jan. 14, including a request from Lincoln Terminal Co. to convert the Quarles Petroleum site into a storage and distribution facility …

Ethanol Plant Being Prepped to Open
December 26, 2013 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  A plan by Vireol Bio-Industries PLC to open the ethanol plant instead of shipping it overseas was unofficially announced at a meeting of city industrialists, sparsely attended by the public. Larry …

Innovation in Feedstock Transport, Testing
November 5, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In August, Ernest Moniz, secretary for the U.S. DOE, announced more than $22 million in new investments to develop a more efficient feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels, in …

Isobutanol to the Rescue
October 29, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is testing isobutanol gasoline blends in its marine engines.

Since its founding in 1790 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Coast Guard has had a …

New Hope for Ethanol Plant?
October 22, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  Vireol, the British energy company that bought the defunct Appomattox Bio Energy plant earlier this year, is now entertaining the idea of opening the local facility for production, according to a …

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduce RFS Reform Act
October 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Office of Representative Jim Costa (D-CA 16th))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in …

Waste Fat to Biofuels Costs Slashed with New Sugar Based Catalyst
October 21, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a new sugar based catalyst that could cut the cost of producing biodiesel from poor quality waste oil and fats, such as …

North Carolina’s Growing Strengths: The Solar Center’s Clean Transportation Projects
October 17, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Celebrating 25 years at N.C. State University, the N.C. Solar Center continues its commitment to outreach, demonstration, and deployment of technology and policy solutions for a sustainable energy future. One  …

Algae Biofuel Can Cut CO2 Emissions by at Least 50% Petroleum Fuels
September 23, 2013 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(UPI.com)  Algae-derived biofuels can reduce the life cycle of carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50 percent compared to petroleum fuels, a U.S. university study found.

The peer-review study — the first to analyze real-world data …

Marion Approves Deal for Garbage-to-Ethanol Facility
August 26, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith  (The Gazette)  Solid waste recycling facility could divert waste from landfills in the region

… The Marion City Council Thursday unanimously approved a deal with waste-to-energy firm, Fiberight LLC, which gives the Maryland-based …

Oil Industry Begins Running New Ad on Renewable Fuels (video)
August 13, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Fuel Fix)  The American Petroleum Institute on Monday launched a new round of advertising taking aim at an eight-year-old renewable fuels mandate it wants Congress to repeal.

The new television ad features …

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs
August 6, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse …

Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise
July 29, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears   (The Washington Post)  It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer …

Gevo Supplies U.S. Coast Guard With Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline
July 26, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Gevo)  Fuel to be Used for Testing in Marine Engine Applications

Gevo, Inc., has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing.

“Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol-blended …

Rise in Alternative Fuels Prompts Launch of Training Network
June 27, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(AltEnergyMag.com)  Some of the nation’s top alternative fuel experts have joined forces to form the Alternative Fuel Training Network, launched this month on the new website AFVtraining.net.

Thanks to a surge in the rise of alternative …

Norfolk Southern Asks for Ethanol Offloading Increase
May 9, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Leonard  (WestEndAlexandriaPatch)  City Manager Rashad Young is criticizing a request from Norfolk Southern for a permit to increase the number of rail cars containing ethanol that can be offloaded at its Alexandria facility.

In a …

Algae Fertilizer in Development by Old Dominion University and NP
May 2, 2013 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Nutrients PLUS (NP), a company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, Virginia, have applied for a patent on recent discoveries they’ve made related to the use …

NASA Measures Effects of Biofuel on Jet Engines, Environment
April 26, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Brock Vergakis  (Associated Press/The Washington Post) NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.

Scientists …

Researchers Turn Corn Stover into Amylose Starch
April 23, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A team of Virginia Tech researchers have adapted existing technologies to make a new product, transforming cellulose into amylose. One target market for the amylose would be functional foods, said …

Industry Reacts to RFS Reform Act Introduced in House
April 11, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry reacted swiftly to the so-called RFS Reform Act, legislation introduced April 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they said would gut the renewable fuel …