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Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free …

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —
February 16, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students …

How to Reduce Aviation Emissions, On the Ground and In the Sky
February 13, 2017 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle (Environmental Leader)  The number of commercial airplanes in service is projected to nearly double by 2030. At the same time, international agreements and individual countries’ laws require the aviation industry to …

Sequim Lab Looks to Find the Best Biofuel in Algae
February 13, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SFGate)  Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory are turning algae inside out to find the best biofuel possible. Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher, said algae is a promising clean energy …

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel
February 8, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that microorganisms break down cellulose as communities in the environment.

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

US Man Goes to Prison for Biodiesel Tax Fraud Scheme
February 3, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A Washington man was sentenced this week for laundering more than $39 million for a company that bilked federal programs supporting renewable energy, according to Tri-City Herald.

Richard Estes, 77, was part of a …

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines Release Aviation Biofuel Infrastructure Findings
January 17, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Port of Seattle) Existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery infrastructure  —  ​The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines today released a first-of-its-kind study …

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy
January 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight’s natural hues. …

A New Era Gets Fueled Up
December 30, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Joe Petrie (AviationPros.com)  At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel supply for its commercial jets.   …   Carol Sim, director of environmental affairs for Alaska …

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development
December 29, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by …

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior
December 12, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill  (Climate Central)  U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated …

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels
December 8, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel.

“We were surprised …

Biofuel Made from Human Excrement Has Become Easier to Produce
December 7, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Geuss (Ars Technica)  Wastewater treatment plants rejoice—you may have a hot commodity on your hands.  —  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) have developed a new method for treating human sewage to …

How United Leads the Airline Industry in Reducing Carbon Emissions
December 7, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Ted Reed (The Street)  United Airlines leads the global airline industry in its commitment to biofuel, targeting the use of 900 million gallons over the next 10 years. —  United Airlines (UAL) , which …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research
December 2, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research.

The team has successfully demonstrated a new, …

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale
December 1, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Glenn Roberts Jr.  (Berkeley National Laboratory)  Research team combines X-ray source at Berkeley Lab with other tools  —  Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions …

There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels
November 28, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Mark Elless (U.S. Department of Energy)  Switchgrass, algae, forest trimmings, corn husks and corn stalks you can’t eat these crops, and you would never put them on your table for Thanksgiving; however, together they …

The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing
November 23, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Whether it is partnering with COMAC to research aviation biofuels, launching a biojet program with Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services, or with the Port of Seattle and Alaska …

Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Potential Biorefineries with High-Resolution Decison Support Tools
November 17, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  This talk introduces a web-based decision support tool for biorefinery siting and explores the economic viability of potential biorefinery locations in Chehalis, WA, Dallas, OR, and Hayden,ID.  WATCH VIDEO

Forest-Powered Flight Heads to Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Alaska Airlines/PR Newswire)  First of its kind renewable biofuel made from residual wood used by Alaska Airlines  —  Washington state-based Alaska Airlines today made history flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, …

Alaska Airlines to Fly Today on Gevo’s Cellulosic Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel
November 14, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Gevo’s Fuel to Power Alaska Airlines Flight #4 from Seattle to DCA  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the first commercial flight using Gevo’s cellulosic renewable alcohol to jet fuel (ATJ) is expected to …

Reinventing Enzymes, Molecules by Design: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda
November 14, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production.

CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology …

Wealthy Florida Businessmen Sentenced to 10-Plus Years in Prison for Biofuel Scam
November 9, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Brett Murphy ( Naples Daily News)  A federal judge sentenced two Florida men to 10-plus years in prison for their part in a $46 million scheme that defrauded government agencies and the renewable energy industry …

Snohomish County’s Venture into Biofuels Is a Bust, for Now
November 9, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Noah Haglund (HeraldNet)  Snohomish County is getting out of the biofuels business, after low oil prices and emerging technologies dragged down its decade-long venture.  The county’s investment in heavy machinery was supposed to enlist …

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds
November 7, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in the next couple months.

In November, a study group is expected to provide the Port of …

Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels
November 6, 2016 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The ASCENT Center of Excellence at Washington State University is focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, including reducing noise, improving air quality, …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Fuel from Sewage Is the Future – and It’s Closer than You Think
November 4, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Technology converts human waste into bio-based fuel  —  It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, …

Changing Off-Take to Achieve Take-Off: Sea-Tac, SkyNRG, Carbon War Room Partner to Shake up Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Chain
November 2, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room have signed a partnership to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport …

It Could Be the Nation’s First Carbon Tax. And Environmentalists Are Fighting over It
October 19, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A new initiative slated for the ballot in Washington state next month would create the first-ever carbon tax to be implemented in the United States. But while the initiative promises to fight …

Researchers Make Breakthrough in Biobased Materials
September 30, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced …

Seattle Adopts UCS’s Oil-Saving Plan, Aims to Cut Oil Use in Half
September 26, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The Seattle City Council is expected to pass legislation today (September 19, 2016) that requires staff to develop a plan to cut the city’s oil use in half by 2035. Seattle …

Now Boarding: Commercial Planes Take Flight with Biobased Jet Fuel
September 19, 2016 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Melissae Fellet (C&EN)  Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels  —  This year, renewable jet fuel took off, graduating from demonstration and test flights to some regular commercial use. In January, some …

Why Poplar Is So Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Poplar Bioconversion
September 13, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels, and the launch of Hot 40 and Hot 50 voting —  we were intrigued by this slide …

Weird Science: How to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Renewable Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by David Dittman (Wall Street Daily) … ClimateWire recently reported that scientists have engineered a bacterium that can turn carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel in a single, enzyme-catalyzed metabolic step.

Summarizing a paper published on August 22, …

Changing the Way We Fly: Biofuels Made from Waste Gases Reaching New Heights with Airline Industry
August 30, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Booking a flight soon? You may be leaving on a jet plane powered with renewable fuel. With more than 87,000 flights and approximately 1.56 million barrels of jet …

Advanced Biorefinery Proposed for Eastern North Dakota
August 25, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel. The North …

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?
August 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, …

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 …

Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Gets Thumbs up from Scientists for Biofuels Production
August 4, 2016 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists from the US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered why the cyanobacteria called Synechococcus 7002 can produce high concentrations of biofuels.

“These organisms are the major pathway for capturing solar energy and …

Chelan County PUD Considers Switch to Biofuel for Utility Fleet
August 3, 2016 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(NCWLife.com)  Several months of testing using 20,000 gallons of fuel made from vegetable and animal fats showed no impact on performance and may lead Chelan County PUD to switch its main fuel source for line …

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 …

Washington State’s Proposed Clean Air Rule Ignores Biofuels’ Climate Benefits
July 25, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Washington state’s proposed Clean Air Rule (CAR) fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and in fact penalizes their use, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) told the Washington Department of …

Getting Community College Students into the Lab with Green Chemistry
July 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog)  During the GC&E conference in June, we had a chance to catch up with Rick Glover, a chemistry teacher at Bellevue College in Washington State. In an interview, he discussed …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products.

“In the biorefinery field, …

Algae Production, Efficient and Consistent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
July 19, 2016 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  This week, the DOE made a major award to a group led by GAI, including the University of …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts
July 19, 2016 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects …

Researchers: Generically Improving Sorghum Could Benefit Biofuels
July 17, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Genetics Society of America/Biomass Magazine)  The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy …

New Understanding of One of Nature’s Best Biocatalysts for Biofuels Production
July 15, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science) Producing fuels from plants and other renewable sources requires breaking down the chemical cellulose; a major candidate to drive, or catalyze, this stubborn chemical is a ubiquitous microorganism called Clostridium thermocellum …

US Signs Bio-Energy Research Pact with QUT
July 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  A research partnership between QUT and a US National Laboratory aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new ways of creating bio-energy from plant material.
The biotechnology research partnership will bring …

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

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

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

Connecting the Dots
June 13, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public …

Alaska Airlines Pioneers Use of Corn-Based Biofuel on Two Jet Flights
June 8, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Q13Fox.com)  Alaska airlines made aviation history today, when it flew two planes partially fueled by “biofuel” made from fermented corn. The airline fueled up two jets at Sea-Tac Airport. One headed south, to San Francisco, the other …

How to Heal Broken Bonds, Catalyst Style
June 8, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  While popular catalysts called zeolites could help turn paper manufacturing waste and other biomass into fuel, the catalyst crumbles after just two days in hot water. And that’s a problem because hot water is …

Impact Bioenergy’s Microdigester Testing Waste at Seattle Brewery
June 6, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle this …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
May 27, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, …

Carbon Intensity Creates Opportunities
April 6, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bernie Hoffman (K-Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The more proactive roles producers take in reducing carbon intensity, the more they will benefit as energy use reduction moves from an incentive to a requirement.  —  … Carbon intensity …

A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon
March 21, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Peter Vail and Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future)  As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained low, many states have taken up the mantle. This devolution of climate policy has been …

Using Microbial Consortia May Boost Success of Biotechnologies
March 18, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Around the world, researchers are studying microbes to see if these tiny organisms can be used to solve a host of problems, from cleaning up toxic waste to providing renewable energy. Unfortunately, attempts to …

Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit — April 14-15, 2016 — Seattle, WA
March 16, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit  —   April 14-15, 2016   —   Seattle, WA

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle is a supply chain event that brings together aerospace and defense primes, tier suppliers and contract-manufacturers. Engineering, procurement, supply chain, fabrication, commodity teams, suppliers and service providers will meet …

Washington Lawmakers Consider Putting A Price On Carbon
February 15, 2016 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Ken Christensen (KCTS9/EarthFix)  State lawmakers this week began discussing a measure that could make Washington the first state to tax residents and businesses on their carbon emissions.

More than 350,000 voters signed petitions for Initiative …

Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit — April 14-15, 2016 — Seattle, WA
February 10, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment
Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit  —  April 14-15, 2016  —  Seattle, WA

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle is a supply chain event that brings together aerospace and defense primes, tier suppliers and contract-manufacturers. Engineering, procurement, supply chain, fabrication, commodity teams, suppliers and service providers will meet …

Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS Plan to Reduce Petroleum Use
February 9, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a major report, “Half the Oil”, outlining steps required to achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum use in the US Pacific …

West Coast States Could Cut Petroleum Consumption in Half by 2030
February 9, 2016 – 12:06 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Analysis Finds Extending and Expanding Current Clean Transportation Policies Would Significantly Reduce Oil Use — California, Oregon and Washington could cut their petroleum use by half in the next 15 years through …

Failed Biodiesel Facility Casting Doubt on Longview Oil Refinery
January 28, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Marissa Luck  (The Daily News Online)  Environmental groups are raising more concerns about the background of people proposing a $1.25 billion oil refinery and a propane terminal at the Port of Longview.

Columbia Riverkeeper recently released …

Designer Enzymes and Strains: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Arzeda
January 22, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  100,000+ naturally occurring molecules are known but the biosynthesis is unknown — and cannot be made economically at any scale, today. Meanwhile, millions of synthetic non-natural molecules that could be …

Launch of the Great Green Fleet
January 22, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $2.05 per gallon for drop-in, non-food advanced biofuels blends. Who would have thought it possible a few years ago.  Well, the Navy for one. Their remarkable vision results in Carrier Strike …

Carrier USS John C. Stennis Leaves Kitsap-Bremerton for Great Green Fleet Deployment
January 18, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Sam LaGrone (US Naval Institute News)  Carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash. for a seven-month Western Pacific deployment on Friday, Navy officials told USNI News.

The Stennis Carrier Strike …

Cheap Oil Slows down UW’s Plan for Tree-Based Biofuels
January 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Long  (Seattle Times)  Four years after the University of Washington received a $40 million federal grant to kick-start a biofuels industry in the Northwest, scientists have made great progress, but plans are lagging, …

US Department of Energy Awards $13.5 Million to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center/EurekAlert!)  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum’s productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to …

West Coast Mayors Form EV Consortium, Pledge Carbon Reductions
December 17, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by  Bengt Halvorson (Clean Car Reports)  … (M)ayors of four large West Coast cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland—met in Portland for a two-day summit and united to reduce carbon emissions on a regional …

Oregon Joins Calif., BC in Climate Fight with Clean Fuels Program
December 16, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Dec. 9 the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Commission voted unanimously to finalize the state’s clean fuels program (CFP). Oregon becomes the third jurisdiction on the West Coast—following California and …

Port of Seattle Partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport
December 16, 2015 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines [NYSE: ALK] and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable …

New Catalyst Paves Way for Bio-Based Plastics, Chemicals
December 15, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Tina Hilding (Washington State University News)  Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics …

Carbon Tax Measure Will Make The Washington Ballot, Backers Say
December 4, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Ahearn (KUOW)  A voter initiative that would put a tax on carbon emissions has gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot in 2016.

The measure would impose a tax of $25 for every …

Discovery Advances Biowaste-to-Jet Fuel Research
December 4, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel.

Bin …

BETO-Funded Projects Win at the 2015 R&D 100 Awards
December 3, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Two projects funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) have received awards at this year’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The annual “Oscars of Invention” awards recognize excellence in innovative technologies; BETO …

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, …

Three New Technologies to Make Energy Cleaner, More Efficient
December 3, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Three technologies — a computational tool to improve power grid planning, a process to create biofuel from kelp and a hybrid device that makes hydrogen and stores energy …

Birthplace of Major Technologies: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
November 27, 2015 – 11:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, more than 4,300 are employed at PNNL; the FY14 business volume was $1.02 billion. The Richland campus includes unique laboratories and specialized equipment as well as the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences …

Tribal Partnerships Fuel Sustainable Aviation
November 26, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Pearl (US Department of Agriculture)  Alaska Airlines will conduct a demonstration flight in 2016 using 1,000 gallons of jet fuel made from forest scraps.

The aviation biofuel was derived from twigs and small branches …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

Fueling Our Future, from Wood to Wing
October 29, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Pearl (US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. airline carriers collectively used more than 16 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2014. Given growing concerns over energy independence and the environment, commercial airlines are looking for …

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. …

Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production
October 26, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Fredrickson (WSU News)  A researcher at Washington State University has received a three-year $450,000 federal grant to develop computer models for using iron to more efficiently refine bio-oils and make better biofuels.

Jean-Sabin McEwen, …

Grant to Improve a Sustainable Biofuel Source
October 21, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Lauren Klamm (Source)  Colorado State University is one of 10 institutions in a $13.8 million research grant to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. … Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, …

WEBINAR: Converting hybrid poplar to biofuels and biochemicals: feedstock properties and conversion techniques — October 21, 2015
October 19, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Converting hybrid poplar to biofuels and biochemicals: feedstock properties and conversion techniques  —  October 21, 2015

Week-of-Webinars – National Bioenergy Day 2015   Woody biomass can be converted into a variety of biofuels and biochemical. Researchers at the University of Washington are fine-tuning the process to convert hybrid poplars into acetic acid, …

WEBINAR: Wood to Biofuels Webinar Series — Long-term soil productivity and sustainability of forest harvest residue harvesting — October 30, 2015
October 19, 2015 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Wood to Biofuels Webinar Series —  Long-term soil productivity and sustainability of forest harvest residue harvesting  —  October 30, 2015

Forest harvesting intrinsically removes organic matter and associated nutrients; these exports may impact soil productivity of managed forests. We will examine the effects of removing forest floor and harvest residues on soils and sustainable production …

New Biodiesel Fuel Will Save Bellevue $25,000 Each Year
October 16, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Bellevue Reporter)  A new fuel mixture in city vehicles will save the City of Bellevue more than $25,000 a year and help reduce emissions over a vehicle’s lifetime, the city announced this week.
“Our new biodiesel …

Judge Dismisses Challenge to Oregon Climate Change Program
September 30, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan J. Cooper (Associated Press/MMC News)  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by oil companies challenging an Oregon carbon-reduction mandate.  U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard does …

UNL Leads $13.5 Million Research to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
September 29, 2015 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

by Gillian Klucas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  … The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this …

China! Boeing, Algenol, Inventure Deals Propel Industrial Biotech Momentum
September 28, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As President Xi visits North America, China signs 3 major deals in industrial biotechnology.  The East is Red, it’s been said, and the future looks that way too.  The US …

King County Seattle Biodiesel Water Taxis
September 23, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Two New Cummins-Powered 104-Foot Vessels to Operate on B10 — Seattle-area King County has deployed two new 104-foot water taxis and will operate them on B10 biodiesel from local sources.

“Using homegrown biodiesel, our …

Abu Dhabi Bio Jet Fuel Project Nears Test Stage
September 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Alexander Cornwell (Gulf News Aviation )  Boeing, together with Etihad Airways, Takreer, Masdar and Total, has been working since January 2014 to develop biofuel in emirate —

An initiative to produce environmentally friendly aviation jet fuel …

Test Plots of Poplar Trees May Hold Key to Bio-Fuels Development
September 21, 2015 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Eric Mortenson (Capital Press)  The recent drop in oil prices put the brakes on biofuel production, but industry insiders believe in the long-term promise of the technology. — It’s like leasing ground to the future. On …

Poplar Trees Are Best Bet for Biofuel in UW-Led Research Project
September 8, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (University of Washington Today)  Groves of poplar trees could one day fuel our vehicles and be the source of chemicals that we use in our daily lives.  A five-year, $40 million study …

WSU Tri-Cities Prof Receives Grant to Study High-Energy Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University)  Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and …

Renewable Jet Fuel Is Taking Flight
August 27, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (US Department of Energy)  It’s been one year since we at the Energy Department ramped up our efforts to develop renewable jet fuel for the military and commercial aviation industry. The Department’s …

Alaska Airlines Partners with NARA on Alternative Jet Fuels
August 25, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Sokolow (Frequent Business Traveler)  Alaska Airlines announced a new partnership with Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, or NARA, that is aimed at furthering the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from leftover …

Poplars Considered as New Source of Biofuel
August 18, 2015 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB) Northwest Project is hoping to build the world’s first biorefinery for trees.  Other trees often grown for harvest, such as Douglas fir and red cedar take 50 years …

VIDEO: Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected
August 17, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  “Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary highlighting personal stories and the efforts being made by communities across the United States to develop, produce, and provide bioenergy, while …

WSU: New Course Offers Hands-On Training in Bioproducts
August 10, 2015 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Doctoral student Baran Arslan experienced bioproducts production processes this summer that he formerly had only seen in the lab on the nano scale.

He participated in a new summer …

Why “Less Dry” When You Can “Dry for Less,” Says Forest Concepts with Biomass Drying Research Grant
August 10, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, Forest Concepts has been awarded an SBIR research contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The two-year, $499,997 contract will support …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
August 5, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  A rapid-growing tree, many researchers think poplar is missing its calling as a high-quality cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. — As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen …

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture–ARPA-E Grants
August 5, 2015 – 9:28 am | No Comment

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design …

Inslee: I’ll Use My Authority to Impose Cap on Emissions
August 3, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Brunner and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  After being stymied on climate policy in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he’s pressing ahead with executive action to impose a cap on carbon emissions.

Frustrated by legislative …

As Biobased Diesel Surges, REG Buys Imperium Renewables for $32M and a Back-End Deal
August 3, 2015 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biggest US biodiesel, renewable diesel producer buys the biggest US facility in asset deal.

In Iowa, REG will acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, including a 100-million gallon nameplate capacity …

Rice Is Nice, but Can It Be Less of a Methane-Belching Device? PNNL Says “Yes, If You Take Our Advice”
July 31, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Scientists Hijack Light-Loving Bacteria to Make High-Value Products
July 20, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric acid, than it typically does. The achievement is noteworthy not simply because of the increased …

US and Netherlands Researchers Identify Chemical Transformations in Zeolites
July 15, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemicals-Technology)  Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), UOP and Netherlands-based Utrecht University have found a way to understand chemical transformations occurring within zeolites.

Zeolites are crystalline solid structures made up of …

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

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

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

Clean Fuel Standards Face Political Attacks in Washington, Oregon
July 6, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clean fuel standards under development in Oregon and Washington have been under attack by their respective state legislatures in recent weeks.

The Oregon Clean Fuels Standard continued moving forward in …

Washington State Nixes Low Carbon Fuel Standard via Transport Bill “Poison Pill”
July 6, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, state lawmakers passed a $15B transportation package by a 27-22 vote that includes a provision that “effectively prohibits a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington state,” according to …

Poplars’ Potential: Rathdrum Prairie Grove Part of Study on Cellulose-Based Biofuel
July 2, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Becky Kramer (The Spokesman-Review)  … A $40 million research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is studying poplars’ potential to produce cellulose-based biofuels. The grove north of Hayden is one of four test plots …

Emails Show Inslee Administration Discussions With Energy Company On Columbia River Oil Refinery
June 30, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Conrad Wilson & Tony Schick (Northwest Public Radio)  … A Texas-based energy company wants to site a combined crude oil and biofuel refinery in Longview, Washington. The company’s goal is to capitalize on low carbon …

Here’s How Sea-Tac Airport Plans to Get Airlines to Use More Biofuel
June 25, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Steve Wilhelm (Puget Sound Business Journal)  John Creighton wants Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to be the first in North America to offer biofuels fuels to all airlines. He and other members of the Seattle Port Commission …

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 …

ARPA-E Awards $30M in High-Risk, High-Reward Moonshot Program to Transform Energy Crops
June 19, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Six projects land major multi-year awards for Project TERRA, Tramsportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture

In Washington, ARPA-E announced awards totaling $30 million for projects seeking to accelerate the development of …

Alaska Airlines, WSU Partner to Advance Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 3, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Alaska Airlines/PR Newswire)  Washington state’s hometown airline is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the …

Green Power CEO to Go to Trial for Fraud
May 15, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl (Tri-City Herald)   A serial fraudster charged with swindling investors in his failed Pasco biofuel company will stand trial after all.  U.S. District Court Judge Sal Mendoza Jr. rejected on Thursday a plea …

Why Fungi-Based Biofuels Could Eventually Replace Conventional Jet Fuel
May 11, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Roy Hales (Renewable Energy World) The University of Washington is developing a fungi based aviation biofuel that might be competitive on the open market. Fungi naturally do many of the complicated chemical processes required by …

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

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

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

Propel Fuels Relocates Headquarters to Sacramento
April 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels)  Announces new management and directors, strategic focus and operating milestones.   Propel Fuels, California’s largest retailer of low-carbon liquid fuels, has announced it will move its headquarters from Redwood City to Sacramento. As California’s …

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

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

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

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

Video: Algae and Corn Stover
March 9, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Bellevue University/Algae Industry Magazine) Dr. John Kyndt and his student researchers, Suchita Shrestha and Adam Rawson, discussed their experiments using corn stover and algae to develop biofuel.  WATCH VIDEO

Matrix Breaks through on Genetic Methods for Modifying Spirulina: New Platform for Proteins, Pigments
March 5, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria.  In Washington, we have big news this week that Matrix Genetics announced a technology breakthrough …

4 Minutes with… Orion Lekos PhD, Director of Research, Whole Energy
March 3, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Whole Energy focuses on three areas…
1. Marketing Biofuels such as biodiesel, bio-methane, ethanol and renewable diesel;
2. Engineering services such as credit registration and process engineering; and
3. Refining glycerin to a …

Washington Solicits Comments on Potential Clean Fuel Standard
February 16, 2015 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Washington Department of Ecology recently published a discussion document to jumpstart dialogue on a potential rulemaking for a state clean fuel standard. According to information released by the …

PNNL Awarded for Algal Biofuel Innovation
February 9, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Developing renewable fuel from wet algae is one of the latest innovations Richland, Washington-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has successfully driven to the market with the help of commercial partners. As …

Researchers Produce Two Biofuels from a Single Algae
February 6, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy …

Clean Fuel Availability, for the Pacific Coast
February 6, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the International Council on Clean Transportation and E4Tech released a comprehensive study of clean fuel availability for the Pacific Coast.  The report is available here.

There are four key original findings: (1) …

Council Members Push to Bring Greener Fuel to the Staten Island Ferry
January 20, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Vincent Barone (SI Live)  Conversation has begun between city officials and council members on legislation that would increase the amount of biofuel used in city-owned vessels, including the Staten Island Ferry.

Legislation introduced by Queens Councilman …

Minnesota Boasts Some Pretty Awesome E85 Prices
January 13, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A few weeks ago, a reader question sparked an interesting search for answers. That one comment has led to several stories and blogs at our website.

In mid-December, a reader …

Rising Capacities, Shift to Distributed Models and Policies Are Top Advanced Biofuels Trends, Says E2 Report
January 8, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The E2 report is something of a hybrid — for one, it includes actual biodiesel production, but in the case of other fuels, it reports production capacity rather than production, …

Speeding Cyanobacteria Growth “Brightens” Biofuel’s Future
January 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mary Beckman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/R&D Magazine)  Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host organisms for producing chemicals, biofuels and medicine. Researchers at …

E2 Report: North America’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Produced 800 Million Gallons in 2014
January 7, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

( Environmental Entrepreneurs) Smart clean fuel policies in OR, WA, CA and at federal level could drive additional
job growth, improve air quality, generate more homegrown energy

North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than …

Cantwell Says She’ll Play Defense as Ranking Dem on Senate Energy Panel
December 30, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Kyung M. Song  (Seattle Times)  U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is set to take over her party’s top seat on the Senate Energy Committee. But Cantwell’s pro-environment agenda likely will find little traction under Republican …

Small but Tough: Iridium Nanoparticles Resist Deactivation in Biofuel Production
December 23, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists characterized catalysts to determine ability to convert methane to more valuable fuels

Results: Steam reforming turns methane from biomass into a mixture that can be further converted into transportation fuels. By …

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

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

Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters
December 18, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Katie Valentine (ThinkProgress)   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals announced by the governor’s office this week.

On Tuesday, Inslee …