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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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Scientists Make Genetically Engineered Algae That Can Thrive Outdoors
May 5, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  Look out for souped-up algae that can be made into food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.  — … Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energyhave successfully grown a genetically engineered …

Big Equipment and Politics at the International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 5, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Doug Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shredders, chippers, conveying systems, balers, and pellet mills were the highlights of the International Biomass Conference and Expo held recently in Minneapolis.  The big equipment is aimed at the …

Why a Hong Kong Plant Scientist with a Biofuel Research Breakthrough Has to Leave for Greener Pastures
May 5, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Viola Zhou (South China Morning Post)  Lydia Lam Pui-ying will further her study at Kyoto University in Japan  —
Hong Kong and Japanese scientists have discovered a new way to make biofuel from rice straw, …

Growth Energy, RFA, USGC Submit Comments in Response to Paper on Clean Fuel Standard
May 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in submitting comments in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Discussion Paper on a Federal Clean Fuel …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Crooks Are After the Grease From Your French Fries
May 5, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Leslie Patton  (Bloomberg)  Yellow grease prices jump 230% since 2000 as refiners buy more; Black market growing, and more thefts expected in warm weather  —  … Stealing old vegetable oil that’s been used to …

Kelp Farming Project Could Come to Catalina Island
May 5, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Parimal M. Rohit (The Log)  USC’s Wrigley Institute and Marine BioEnergy propose an experimental project to produce a biofuel alternative.  —  Plans to build an experimental kelp cultivation system just off the shore of Catalina …

Praj Commences 2G Smart Bio-Refinery
May 5, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard/Press Trust of India)  Praj Industries, the global process solutions company, today said it has commenced its first integrated second generation technology (2G) smart bio-refinery to produce ethanol from agri-waste in Gujarat.

The 2G demo …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Biofuels – When, Where and How?
May 5, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on cellulosic ethanol, featuring in-demand industry consultants Michele Rubino  and Michael Schultz, on hand to detail the very latest in a wide array of approaches to making …

Hi Octane Fans and Ethanol Haters
May 5, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One of the greatest and most unexpected bonuses of an eastward journey along Highway 26 is that the vehicle mileage unexpectedly improves. Especially if you happen to be piloting an …

CAAFI Publishes New Newsletter Full of Resource Links
May 5, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative)  …  This issue marks the release of our new newsletter format in which we will answer relevant questions related to sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) and periodically feature case studies …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

NREL Finds 6 Billion Gallons of SAJF Per Year Could Enter U.S. Market by 2030
May 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the aviation biofuels report, “Potential Avenues for Significant Biofuels Penetration in the U.S. Aviation Market.” The report finds that it is possible …

CALL FOR PROVOCATEURS: SHIFT — Pathways 2 Sustainability — June 15-16, 2017 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada DEADLINE: May 10, 2017
May 4, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROVOCATEURS:   SHIFT — Pathways 2 Sustainability — June 15-16, 2017 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada     DEADLINE:  May 10, 2017

There is a shift occurring in cities around the world and Calgary is no exception. Calgary is going to feel the effects – is ALREADY feeling the effects of this movement. Smart cities will lead …

4th Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Miami, FL
May 4, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment
4th Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference    —   September 11-13, 2017   —   Miami, FL

The Platts 4th Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of last year’s event, this is …

8th Annual Kingsman Asia Sugar Conference — September 7-8, 2017 — New Delhi, India
May 4, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment
8th Annual Kingsman Asia Sugar Conference   —   September 7-8, 2017   —   New Delhi, India

Join hundreds of millers, traders and refiners from across Asia and the globe to get a deeper understanding of how global sugar markets are evolving in light of new regulations, look beyond the question of …

Biogas to Fuels and Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanotroph R&D
May 4, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can we enable the sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with transportation infrastructure, displace a share of petroleum‐derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, and encourage the …

Algae Industry Growing in Southern Queensland
May 4, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but …

EC Drops Antitrust Investigation into Ethanol Firms
May 4, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) The European Commission (EC) says it has closed an antitrust investigation that involved unannounced inspections of premises of ethanol producers and trading companies in April 2015.

The investigation concerned EU antitrust rules that prohibit …

As Trump Reverses Climate Actions, California Considers a Bold New Step
May 4, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post) … Now, a new proposal, announced Monday, would replace California’s current cap and trade carbon pricing program, its flagship effort to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, …

USDA Seeks Comment On Revision To Information Collection For The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
May 4, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update/Federal Register)  On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service published in the Federal Register a notice that it is requesting approval from the Office of …

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges
May 4, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

New Study Shows Economic Value of RNG in California
May 4, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by RNG Coalition (Biomass Magazine) A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ …

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC, which is partnering with UMaine on a pilot plant at the site.  —  The former …

Renewable Fuels Are Part of an ‘America First’ Energy Plan
May 4, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (The Hill/American Coalition for Ethanol)   … By every measure, increasing the production and use of homegrown renewable fuels has spurred economic growth for U.S. farmers and supported high-skill, high-wage jobs in rural …

Boating Leaders Ask Trump to Change Ethanol Policy
May 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Todd Masson (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)  Boating and fishing industry leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday asking the administration to reexamine the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates how much of the …

Algae Bioenergy State of Technology Review
May 4, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  Even though algae remain an attractive target for bioenergy applications over the longer term because of their high photosynthetic efficiency, the near-term prospects for primary algae-based energy/fuels production are poor due to the …

BioAmber Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Outstanding Achievement Award
May 4, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored BioAmber
with the organization’s Spring 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award for their leadership and commercial
progress in the biorenewable industry, successfully deploying the largest renewable succinic acid plant in …

Miscanthus Offers Missouri Farmers Use for Marginal Land
May 4, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Alex Lindley  (Moberly Monitor) … “What attracted us to it was it a good crop to grow on ground that wasn’t really suitable for hay or for row crops,” said Fleming, who is one of …

Report: North Korea Is Growing Cannabis to Fuel Military Vehicles
May 4, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Emily Gray Brosious  (Extract) North Korea is reportedly producing hemp biofuel for military drones.  North Korean authorities are instructing farmers to grow cannabis, and sources say the state plans to use that cannabis oil to fuel …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Plastics
May 4, 2017 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on biobased plastics, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond and NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, on hand to detail the …

Orchard Waste Could Be a Fruitful Source of Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(IneffableIsland.com)  Waste prunings from orchards, vineyards and olive groves could be a valuable source of biomass energy and help boost rural economies, say EU-funded researchers. The key ingredient is a sustainable supply chain.

As the EU …

TSCA Reform — One Year Later — June 27, 2017 — Washington, DC
May 3, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
TSCA Reform — One Year Later   —   June 27, 2017   —   Washington, DC

Join the Environmental Law Institute and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st …

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) 2017 — October 9-11, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
May 3, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment
European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) 2017   —   October 9-11, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

EFIB is THE market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy.

Industrial Biotechnology is currently worth €23 billion representing just 6% in sales of the overall worldwide chemicals market. However, it is …

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy
May 3, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy.

The bio-economy adresses societal challenges …

CHASSY – New EU Yeast Biotech Project
May 3, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(CHASSY)  … Yeast is already the powerhouse behind many food flavourings, the anti-aging compound Resveratrol, the malaria drug Artemisinin, the grapefruit extract Nootkatone, insulin, bioethanol, bioplastics, and there is potential for many more industrial applications.

To better …

The Commission’s Proposal on the Revision of the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II): Impacts on Bio-Based Materials and CO 2 Use
May 3, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News (Google Translation))  The nova Institute has analyzed the Commission’s new RED II proposal and presented the most important results in one paper.

CO 2 -based fuels are on the up, but the uneven treatment …

Biodiesel Helps UConn Gain Green Rating at All 8 Dining Halls
May 3, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Reitz (UConn Communications/Biodiesel Magazine)  UConn has become one of a select few public universities in the U.S. to achieve green certification for every dining hall on campus, based on practices used at each …

Optimus Technologies Receives Award for B100 Conversion System
May 3, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection presented Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies and 20 other organizations from across the state with the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. According to DEP, their projects “represent the …

Turning Chicken Poop and Weeds into Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop …

Greater Push for Biodiesel in Indonesia, Malaysia
May 3, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Peter Sibon (Borneo Post) … In South East Asia, Indonesia is moving ahead of the rest of the pack to implement B20 – an oil mix which contains 20 per cent of biodiesel derived from …

WEBINAR: Research on Students’ Thinking About Key Climate Change Data and Models — May 8, 2017
May 3, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Research on Students’ Thinking About Key Climate Change Data and Models   —   May 8, 2017

Join us for the next Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) energy education webinar, Research on Students’ Thinking About Key Climate Change Data and Models: Patterns and Implications for Teaching, led by Joyce Parker, …

Renewable Fuel Grows, Sets Records
May 3, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Agri-View)  Supply and demand of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel are expected to continue their rise this year despite continued challenges and uncertainties. Executives from organizations representing renewable-fuel producers recently provided …

Trump Puts Critic of Renewable Energy in Charge of Renewable Energy Office
May 3, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis  (The Washington Post)  President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee …

Methane Rule Repeal Hits Snag in Senate Over Ethanol
May 3, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter (Bloomberg Markets)  Midwest Republicans didn’t get policy change in omnibus; Lawmakers now withholding support for methane rule repeal  —  A top oil industry priority on Capitol Hill may fall …

Bacteria Take a Deadly Risk to Survive
May 3, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by ​Ilse Frederickx. Translated by Katrien Bollen (KU Leuven)  Bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in …

With Waste Sugar, Scientists Produce Fuel for Cars
May 3, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(La Journada (Google Translation)) In order to exploit waste from the confectionery industry and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, which in their production and use are polluting, a group of scientists belonging to the Autonomous …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars
May 3, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest had a well-received webinar on C5 and C6 sugars, featuring in-demand industry consultant David Dodds and Fluid Quip exec Jeffrey Robert — looking at transformative approaches to making sugars and …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN
May 3, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment
Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —    June 26-28, 2017   —    St. Paul, MN

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their research and experience on climate science and climate change solutions
Engage with hands on activities that help bring …

SkyNRG, CAO and EPIC Fuels Supply Singapore Airlines to Operate Its First Sustainable Biofuel Flight
May 3, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  On Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) 70th anniversary, the carrier operated its first flight on sustainable biofuel. The morning flight departed from San Francisco Airport on May 1st and arrived in Singapore the next day. SIA …

Biofuel Plan May Fail as Ethanol Plants Face Production Problems
May 2, 2017 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge)  The plan to make a switch from the popular RON A92 petrol to biofuel E5 by January 1, 2018 may fail as ethanol plants have become bogged down in difficulties.   … The representative …

The Fuels and Additives Market Adjusts Focus as Ethanol Repair Issues Become Less Prominent
May 2, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Brianna Liestman (Boating Industry)  … Issues related to tank compatibility with E10 have declined in the past years as many older systems and boats are being retired and replaced with new engines, which were built …

Biofuels Promoter Faces Federal Fraud Charges
May 2, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  An Iowa biofuels promoter who came to North Dakota in 2012 and sought investments in factories, including a proposed beets-to-ethanol plant Grafton, N.D., has been accused of violating federal wire fraud, …

Kwik Trip to Add E15 to its Pumps
May 2, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  One of Wisconsin’s largest suppliers of gasoline announced plans to add E15 to most of its locations within the next few years. Kwik Trip said once all of the designated pumps are …

Ethanol at Forefront on Earth Day
May 2, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  Renewable fuels have come a long way since the first Earth Day 47 years ago, when gasohol was promoted as a way to reduce petroleum use.

As part of this year’s …

Trump Says He’d Consider Increasing the Gas Tax
May 2, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta (The Washington Post)  President Trump on Monday said he was open to raising the federal tax on gasoline and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package, a potentially major policy change as …

For Ten Years Climate Generation Has Been Building the Climate Literacy and Confidence of Educators through Professional Development Opportunities.
May 2, 2017 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation) Build your comfort, confidence and competence to bring climate change into your educational setting with our virtual and in-person training opportunities!

For ten years Climate Generation has been building the climate literacy and confidence …

Climate Generation Offers a Suite of Grades 3-12 Curriculum Resources in the form of Curriculum Guides, as Well as Online Modules that Can Be Downloaded for Free.
May 2, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Aligned with Minnesota state science, social studies and language arts standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and the climate and energy literacy principles, the curricula has been reviewed by scientists, professional educators, and …

Haryana Government Agrees to Indian Oil’s 2G Ethanol Investment Plan
May 2, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the Haryana state government has approved Indian Oil’s investment proposal for a $93.3 million 100,000 liter per day second-generation ethanol plant using crop waste including 50 acres of …

Nat’l Oilheat Research Alliance Releases Biodiesel Use Survey
May 2, 2017 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

( National Oilheat Research Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Oilheat Research Alliance has recently released the results of a survey on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-received webinar on drop-in renewable fuels, featuring Drop-in Fuels 2020 author and in-demand industry consultant Will Thurmond on hand to detail the very latest in a …

DOE Publishes 2017 US Energy and Employment Report
May 2, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over …

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy
May 2, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, …

Amyris Announces Key Advancements Under DARPA Multi-Year Technology Investment Agreement — Enables Development of Industrial-Scale Fermentation Process For Virtually Any Biological Molecule
May 2, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has successfully expanded its world-class expertise in strain engineering and optimization to 26 key metabolic precursors across multiple organisms, as part of its …

California Drivers Fuel Up for a Dollar as Propel Fuels Launches 105 Octane Tour
May 2, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Propel/Military Technologies) Propel Fuels is launching the „105 Octane Tour” this week in California, offering Flex Fuel E85 for $1.05 per gallon at several retail locations to drive awareness of the fuel’s high octane rating which …

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles
May 2, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of …

Waterloo Stoops to Turn Dog Poop into Energy, Fertilizer
May 2, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Nicole Thompson (Toronto Star/The Canadian Press)  … Waterloo will soon host a pilot program that will turn dog waste into energy, using a process called anaerobic digestion, which happens when organic waste breaks down in …

California Gov. Approves Fuel Tax, Vehicle Fee Transportation Package
May 2, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(NGT News)  California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed into law the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which will raise $52.4 billion over the next decade through an increase in fuel taxes and …

High Octane Fuel: An Opportunity for Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy’s CEO explains the importance of the recent ASTM standard for 100 RON test fuel in helping the ethanol industry achieve its goal of expanding the availability of …

Tight Fuel Ethanol Supplies in Brazil Boost U.S. Exports
May 1, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service) U.S. Fuel Ethanol exports are up sharply in the current marketing year, thanks in part to tighter fuel supplies in Brazil, which are resulting in higher U.S. imports. The change …

Bangladesh Slammed for Plan to Promote Ethanol Fuel
May 1, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(The Rakyat Post)  Bangladesh plans to begin turning some of the grain it produces into ethanol to make its fuel greener – but economists and experts warn the move could hurt food security in a …

Poet Accuses Engineering Company of Failure in Quest for Cellulosic Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader) Ethanol producer Poet is suing an international engineering company that was hired to create a system to help convert biomass into ethanol, underscoring the challenges of creating inexpensive cellulosic ethanol.

Poet Design …

Is Ethanol Worth the Fight?
May 1, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Tim Snyder (Equities.com/Crudefunders)  … With that in mind, we decided to break down the question of, “Is it worth it?” into four parts: price benefits, reduction of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), oxygenate replacement and green fuel alternatives.

Ethanol …

Remove the Ethanol Albatross from around the Necks of U.S. Consumers: Robert W. Chase (Opinion)
May 1, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Rob W. Chase (Cleveland.com)  … Less than 5 percent of all service stations in the United States offer ethanol-free gasoline. Almost all the gasoline sold nationally is E10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline). And some of the …

Vulnerable Nations Call on G20 to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2020
May 1, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Climate Change News)  Ministers from countries on the front line of climate change have urged rich nations to stop pouring money into the coal, oil and gas industries.  The world’s 49 most climate vulnerable countries …

ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates to Participate in EPA Regulatory Reform Comment Period
May 1, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Technology Horizons
May 1, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest had a well-receive webinar on thermochemical technology horizons, featuring former DOE Biomass Program manager and in-demand industry consultant Paul Bryan on hand to detail the very latest in …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 1, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

“Think of it as 100+ acres of energy storage and carbon sequestration,” said Kelly King, Vice President and Co-Founder of Pacific Biodiesel and recently inaugurated member of the Maui County Council. “There are 36,000 acres …

Kings of the Bioeconomy: Pacific Biodiesel Keeps Getting It Done
May 1, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There just isn’t an organization out there like Pacific Biodiesel. Labors on, fighting the good fight, hitting every sustainability grace note, and always surprising the industry with one more innovative …

13th Annual F.O. Licht Sugar & Ethanol: Introducing New Policies for Biofuels in Brazil
May 1, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During three days in São Paulo, F.O. Licht and Informa Group promoted their 13th Annual Conference on Sugar & Ethanol with panels discussing investments, global trade market, updates on …

Toyota Continues To Make Another Big Bet On Hydrogen, Launches Truck Project In California
May 1, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Matt Piotrowski (EnergyFuse.org)  Over the years, Toyota has touted hydrogen as the fuel source for the future, favoring fuel cell vehicles even as many of its competitors went electric. But the company’s ambitions in …

Fast, Low Energy, and Continuous Biofuel Extraction from Microalgae
May 1, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kumamoto University)  … Recently, efforts have been made by researchers in Japan to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is …

Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech
April 30, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

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RED II Dominates Agenda at EU Biofuels Seminar
April 28, 2017 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  … Ruta Baltause, a policy officer at the European Commission, delivered the EU perspective, explaining the reasoning behind proposed comprehensive revisions of the RED which include gradual phase out of conventional crop-based …

Genome Sequence of Fuel-Producing Alga Announced
April 28, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven …

Pushing DDGS
April 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With record ethanol production comes record distillers grains supplies. Combine those big supplies with big declines in exports to two major international buyers, and you have a formula for …

Casey’s General Stores to Offer Higher Ethanol Blends
April 28, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Midwest convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores will begin offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn …

Letter: Auto Owners Would Stand to Benefit Most
April 28, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Kent Frerichs (Argus Leader)  … Why don’t we encourage retailers to convert limited use E85 pumps to E30? Better yet, simply add an inexpensive flex fuel kit to enable dispensing both E85 and ethanol’s super premium …

Explore Bioeconomy Careers with the Interactive Bioenergy Career Map Published by the U.S. Department of Energy
April 28, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Are you looking to understand how you fit within the changing bioenergy landscape or how to jumpstart your career in bioeconomy? Check out the Bioenergy Career Map—an interactive, educational tool that …

Bioenergy Internship & Fellowship Opportunities
April 28, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages interns and fellows in the sciences, engineering, and liberal arts through a variety of internship and fellowship programs, including …

Energy Department Publishes Educational Resources: Bioenergy in the Classroom including Coloring Book
April 28, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Department of Energy’s Education and Workforce Development resources include:

CLASSROOM RESOURCES

Lesson Plans
Search through the Education Toolbox to find lesson plans and lab activities for use in your classroom. Filter by subject, …

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
April 28, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV …

Untold Story of DDGS’ Positive Environmental Impact
April 28, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  DDGS’ environmental benefits include methane reduction in cows, better phosphorus utilization reducing loss to the environment, improved sustainability.   —  The benefits in feeding distillers grains are well known—it’s …

Minneota High School Visits ADM Corn Processing
April 28, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-one students from Minneota High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant here on April 19 to learn more on how Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.

The students, from grades nine to …

Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

Icahn’s Oil Refiner Reports Plunge in Biofuels Bill in First Quarter
April 28, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters)  Biofuels compliance expenses for CVR Energy’s refining unit fell to the lowest level in almost five years during the first quarter, the company said on Thursday, as the …

Letter: Ethanol Is the Best Renewable Energy Source
April 28, 2017 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by  Vernon F. Johnson (Daily Chronicle)  To answer Pat Vary and the Daily Chronicle Editorial Board (“Don’t close door on wind power, page 12, April 14): We don’t need wind turbines as we have a …

Laying a Road Map for States, Liberal Senators Introduce Bill to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Use by 2050
April 28, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation Thursday that calls on the U.S. to transition off fossil fuels by 2050, hoping to …

Brazil Minister Backs Tariff to Curb U.S. Ethanol Imports
April 28, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Boadle and Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi has asked Brazil’s foreign trade council to impose tariffs on ethanol imports following a surge in shipments from the United States, an official said on …

Aviation Carbon 2017 — December 4-5, 2017 — London, UK
April 28, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment
Aviation Carbon 2017   —   December 4-5, 2017  —   London, UK

Aviation Carbon 2017  will take place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December 2017 at London Heathrow Airport!

Our venue will be the Heathrow Marriot Hotel where we held our previous two events and which has since improved …

CORSIA Aviation Carbon Emissions Scheme Must Learn Lessons from UN’s Flawed Offset Mechanism, Says Study
April 28, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  While ICAO deliberates over rules concerning what offsets should be eligible under its carbon scheme for international aviation, a study prepared for the European Commission concludes the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.

“While water and wind …

Dartmouth Energy Plan Could Bring Changes to Power Plant in Center of Hanover
April 28, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Rob Wolfe (Valley News)  …   The current plant, which features a 175-foot brick smokestack, is located to the east of the Hood Museum of Art and burns roughly 3.5 million gallons of fuel oil …

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
April 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability …

Trump Forms Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity
April 28, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Trump Administration released its “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” — and a report from the Interagency Task Force, something this order …

Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop — August 15-17, 2017 — Sacramento, CA
April 27, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment
Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop   —   August 15-17, 2017   —   Sacramento, CA

Significant scientific uncertainty exists about crop residue removal and potential effects on soil carbon.

Advanced biofuels and bioproducts are being made from crop residues in the US and elsewhere; however, the market value and sustainability of …

Consumers and Farmers Burned by EPA Regulations on Renewable Fuel
April 27, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill) As the days grow longer and the mercury rises, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take action to eliminate an irrational summertime regulation that hurts both farmers and millions of Americans …

KiOR – In Hindsight
April 27, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions Pvt Ltd / Biofuels Digest)  … The overall failure of KiOR can essentially be narrowed down to three text-book cases:

I. Utilizing (Incorrect/Underdeveloped) Catalyst Systems for Upgrading Biomass,

II. Disregarding Inherent Oxygen Content …

Consortiapalooza: TWB Points a Way towards the New Industrial Biotech Consortium
April 27, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The evidence is mounting up, and another set of it arrives via the reports from the preindustrial demonstration consortium in France known as Toulouse White Biotechnology.

At TWB, they’ve been rightly …

Uncovering The Gas Roots of Contemporary Ethanol Opposition
April 26, 2017 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … Faced with some actual governmental actions that were detrimental to gasoline/diesel dominance, instead of the virtual carte blanche pro-petroleum fuel policies that they usually receive from the government, …

Group Promotes Carbon Fee to Encourage Use of Renewable Energy Sources in Manufacturing
April 26, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Stephens (CNHI News Indiana/Tribune Star)  …  The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is advocating for a fee to be charged against carbon at the point it enters the U.S. economy. The group’s single mission is …

ACI: Bill Would Permanently End Biofuel Subsidies That Distort Soap Industry Marketplace
April 26, 2017 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(American Cleaning Institute)  ACI praises Rep. Randy Weber’s “Stop Animal Fat Tax Credits Act,” Urges Its Inclusion in Tax Reform Package  —  Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) would permanently put a stop …

Advance to Go! The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Q1 2017 Cap Raises in Industrial Biotechnology
April 26, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that the industrial biotechnology sector raised $1.103B in new capital in the first quarter of 2017, excluding debt and sovereign investments as well as M&A …

Industrial Biotech’s Billion Dollar Quarter: Ventures Raise $1.1B in Q1 from Seed to Commercial-Scale
April 26, 2017 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that the industrial biotechnology sector raised $1.128B in new capital in the first quarter of 2017, excluding debt and sovereign investments as well as M&A …

A New Way to Detect Polluting Raw Vegetable Oil in Biodiesel Blends
April 26, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Brazil have developed a new method for verifying the purity and quality of biodiesel. The pioneering new technique uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, according to spectroscopynow.com.

Biodiesel and biodiesel blended fuels …

Science Careers Virtual Job Fair — May 4, 2017 — Online
April 26, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  Science Careers has teamed up with Research in Germany to offer an exciting job fair focused on career opportunities in Germany. Meet online with representatives of German universities and research and funding organizations …

Crude Volatility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Oil and Gas Price Outlook
April 26, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways and market access – what about market pricing? Specifically, the price of the incumbent that’s oil and …

Petrobras Opposes Brazil Plan to Boost Biofuels after Selloff
April 26, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/NASDAQ) Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA <PETR4.SA> has expressed strong opposition to a government-led program to increase the use of biofuels following its recent decision to completely withdraw from the sector.

In a …

Biobased and Renewable Chemical Conference — May 10-11, 2017 — Wilmington, DE
April 26, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Biobased and Renewable Chemical Conference   —  May 10-11, 2017    —   Wilmington, DE

The Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and ACS GCI Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable (BTLR) are collaborating to offer a new biobased conference this May 10-11, 2017 at the Rockwood Park Carriage House in Wilmington, Delaware. …

One Step Forward
April 26, 2017 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … I can tell you firsthand that for the first time in four years, both House and Senate staff are pushing all stakeholders to come to the table to …

Malaysia, Indonesia to Counter EU Decision to Ban Palm Oil-Based Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia and Indonesia will send a joint mission to Europe next month to counter the European Union (EU) resolution which proposed to curb the use of oil palm-based biofuel by 2020.

Plantation Industries and …

Making Oil from Algae: Towards More Efficient Biofuels
April 26, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Kobe University)  The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. The findings were published on April …

Grant Application Request for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area DEADLINE: June 28, 2017
April 26, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to achieve the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by facilitiating development of regional systems for …

National Biodiesel Board Applauds New Biodiesel Tax Credit Bill
April 26, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Grassley-Cantwell bill would modify the biodiesel tax credit to a production credit  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board applauded the introduction of a bipartisan biodiesel tax credit bill that would convert the …

Proposed Mexico Fuel Rule Seeks More Ethanol Blending
April 26, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by David Alire Garcia (Reuters) A plan to raise the amount of ethanol that can be blended with motor fuels in Mexico, which could power job growth and lower air pollution, was submitted to the country’s …

CCS CEO Identifies Conditions Needed to Achieve Climate Goals
April 26, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  Tom Peterson, President and CEO of Washington-DC based Center for Climate Strategies, joined an expert panel of thought leaders at a Pace University-sponsored policy colloquium to discuss “Foundations and Principles for …

Increasing Number of Americans Are Willing to Drive Farther, Pay More for Ethanol-Free Fuel
April 26, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Ethanol’s rise over the past decade has given birth to an under-the-radar market: Americans who are willing to travel miles out of their way and pay significantly more per …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
April 26, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at …

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Meets with Trump on Farm Issues
April 26, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew D. Sullivan (USA TODAY/Des Moines Register)   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey took the opportunity presented at a White House roundtable with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon to talk ethanol and said he …

Spring Harvested Canola Unlikely to Be Food Quality
April 26, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  Plenty of canola from the 2016crop remains to be harvested but not much will be food worthy, says an analyst.

Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing, believes 1.3 million acres …

High Octane Gas Coming — But You’ll Pay More for It
April 26, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Mark Phelan (Detroit Free Press)  “Ten cents a gallon more is probably palatable. A quarter risks customer acceptance,” said an industry executive who requested anonymity because his company’s plans are secret. —  Automakers and …

Argentina to Try to Revive Exports of Biodiesel and Lemons at the Bilateral Meeting between Macri and Trump
April 26, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(telam.com) The meeting between the presidents will be an opportunity for the country to try to recover the market for agroindustrial exports that are paralyzed. Bilateral trade in 2016 reached US $ 10,472 million, with a …

City Donates Land to Lure Kwik Star Project
April 26, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Tim Jamison (The Courier) The city is donating land and extending sewer in the Martin Road business park to lure a new biodiesel fuel blending facility.

Waterloo City Council members voted unanimously Monday to approve …

Trial of Seaweed Farm under way near Oban
April 26, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms.

Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to …

Green Energy: University of Iowa, Farmers Partner to Grow Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Liora Engel-Smith (Muscatine Journal)  … The university has been burning the grass, known as Miscanthus, in its power plant to reduce its reliance on coal. At first glance, Miscanthus does not look like much. It …

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Butanol and Other 4C Molecules
April 26, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA DEADLINE: June 30, 2017
April 25, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS  Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA       DEADLINE:  June 30, 2017

Top energy experts, trend forecasters, and industry leaders will convene in the heart of renewable energy production to share timely information, best practices, and regulatory overviews. With a thoughtful balance of practical education sessions, profit-focused …

Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA
April 25, 2017 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
Energy Conference   —   September 11-13, 2017   —   Des Moines, IA

Top energy experts, trend forecasters, and industry leaders will convene in the heart of renewable energy production to share timely information, best practices, and regulatory overviews. With a thoughtful balance of practical education sessions, profit-focused …

South Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Projects Use Cutting-Edge Science to Feed and Fuel the Future
April 25, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(Farm Forum)  … Through Senior Capstone Design projects, the senior engineering students partner with innovators in the ag industry using the latest technology. The experience provides an opportunity to work on projects that will impact agriculture …

Energy Interests Contributed $7 Million+ to Trump’s Inauguration
April 25, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Yessenia Funes (ColorLines) Since taking office, the president has repealed many regulations impacting the fossil fuel industry. — … A smaller number of renewable energy companies contributed. Green Plains Renewable Energy, which specializes in ethanol …

Commercializing Biobased Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia
April 25, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

RFA Earns 5th TRANSCAER Award for Ethanol Safety Seminars
April 25, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has received the TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for the fifth year in a row in recognition for a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety …

Renewable Fuels Standard Is Good for Oregon
April 25, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Martin (Capital Press)  As a rancher, we want to leave the land, air and water a little better for our children.  —  Whether it’s for cattle or crops, farmers and ranchers have been on …

Earth Day: Near-Zero Emission Clean Diesel Technology an Environmental & Economic Achievement
April 25, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)  The following is an Earth Day statement from Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit association.

This year, people in more than 190 countries will commemorate …

BETO Launches Interactive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map
April 25, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map, an interactive map depicting all of BETO’s recent projects …

Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18 Application DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
April 25, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(George Washington University)  Lead the conversation by joining the Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18! Correspondents work closely with the Planet Forward team to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas. Pieces are featured on PlanetForward.org and …

With Air Traffic on the Upswing, Global – and Indian – Interest Picks up in Aviation Biofuels
April 25, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Sapna Gopal (The Wire)  Bio-jet fuel is generally two- to seven-times more expensive than conventional fossil-derived jet fuels but can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60-70%.  —  People in this industry are looking for ways …