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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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Agricultural Robot May Be ‘Game Changer’ for Crop Growers, Breeders
March 7, 2017 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Sharita L Forrest (Phys.Org) A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic …

Camelina, Canola Show Promise as Cool-Season Crops
March 7, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Science Society of America/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  In California, growers usually choose warm-season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project …

Trans Borneo Expedition All Geared up for 860km Road Trip to Promote Biodiesel
March 7, 2017 – 9:09 pm | No Comment

by Daryll Law (Borneo Post)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) will hold the Trans Borneo Expedition aimed at promoting the use of biodiesel fuel from today to …

21 Techs to Watch in 2017 and Other Hot Trends: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy
March 7, 2017 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC 2017 in Washington, the Digest presented its annual State of the Advanced Bioeconomy presentation, including a look at 21 technologies and companies to watch in 2017.

“Opening with our annual industry …

Battle Brewing over Ethanol Program Post 2022
March 7, 2017 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H. Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  Ethanol already supplies over 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline market and the fuel’s share is growing. Yet Congressman Bill Flores, who wants to see ethanol capped at 9.7 percent of the …

Biodiesel Company Makes the Leap into Cosmetics, Parts I and 2
March 7, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by Simon Pitman (CosmeticsDesign.com)  It is not every day that a biodiesel company branches out into the cosmetic ingredients market, but that is exactly what Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel has done.

Pacific Biodiesel made a big jump …

Vega Biofuels to Provide Biochar to Alaska’s Legal Cannabis Industry
March 7, 2017 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

(Vega Biofuels)  Vega Biofuels, Inc. (OTCPink:VGPR) announced today that it has signed a five year Agreement to provide the Company’s Biochar to legal cannabis growers in Alaska.  The state of Alaska is the most recent …

Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?
March 7, 2017 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Robert McNally, the author of the new, critically-acclaimed book, “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices”, believes that global oil markets are entering an epic, structural …

How the County’s Biodiesel-Making Effort in Cathcart Flopped
March 7, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Karen Law (Tribune)  Snohomish County’s gamble on turning canola into biodiesel has turned belly-up, but at least the Spokane Indian Tribe may reap a jackpot this week when the County Council votes on surplussing …

Lawsuit Limits Demolition at Former Great Northern Mill Site
March 7, 2017 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Darren Fishell and Nick Sambides Jr. (Bangor Daily News)  Investors seeking to build a biofuel refinery that they say would employ more than 100 people at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site were …

RNG, Cellulosic Fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 7, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Olson (BioCycle Magazine)  Because of an all-time high waiver credit value paired with strong advanced RIN prices, renewable natural gas could fetch $35/MMBtu in 2017. Since 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated …

Greenbelt Resources Announces “PRECO”: “Paso Robles ECOsystem” Transforms Waste to Bioproducts
March 7, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR NewsWire)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today the Paso Robles ECOsystem, known as PRECO, a waste-to-energy interconnected system (ecosystem) designed to produce half a …

REG Crosses 2B Gallon Biomass-Based Diesel Production Mark, Completes Petrotec Acquisition
March 7, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, REG announced on the sidelines at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference that the company has sold more than two billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel, less than  than 3 years after …

Hydrothermal Processing Bench-Scale Technology Evaluation Project
March 7, 2017 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/WERF (Water Environment and Reuse Foundation))  This project was conducted in order to determine if hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology has potential for treating wastewater solids. In particular, it looked at the Genifuel HTP technology …

Clean Cities: Black Bear Biodiesel
March 7, 2017 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Motor Week)  … Black bear biodiesel takes waste cooking oil from area restaurants and resorts, and recycles it into biodiesel. In 2016, they collected 100,000 gallons of used oil.

Renewable biodiesel can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by …

Argonne National Laboratory Develops New System to Enhance AD Process
March 7, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  US-based science and engineering centre Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion (AD).

According to the organisation, …

Germany’s Environment Minister Says ‘Excessive’ Use of Land for Bioenergy Crops Was a ‘Mistake’
March 7, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  There has been excessive use of land for bioenergy crops in Germany which has led to a loss of species, according to the German environment minister Barbara Hendricks.

Hendricks, speaking to the magazine Mehrwert, …

BP Buys Clean Energy Fuels’ Biomethane Arm
March 7, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  Oil giant BP has announced that it will buy Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s biomethane business for $155 million (€147m).  Clean Energy Fuels is a US provider of natural gas fuel for …

Aviation Biofuels: Won’t Get Fooled Again
March 7, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Carlos Calvo Ambel (Transport & Environment/EurActiv)  … Sustainable feedstocks available for the production of non-land using biofuels, made of waste and residues, are limited and other sectors want to use them as well. Some advanced biofuels, …

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming
March 7, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (New York Times) The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American …

Smith and Loebsack Introduce Bill to Broaden Fuel Choices for Retailers and Consumers
March 7, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Adrian Smith) Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation today to broaden fuel choices for retailers and consumers by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Southern Online Bio Technologies Signs a MoU with Union Enterprise
March 7, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(India Infoline News Service)  Southern Online Bio Technologies, today announced that the company has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with union Enterprise Private Limited. The MoU is for the supply, operation, production, maintenance & …

Youngstown Steam Plant Is World’s First to Use Wood Fuel in New Way
March 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Stan Boney (WKBN) Youngstown Thermal is now burning a more environmentally-friendly fuel  —  Youngstown Thermal supplies the steam used to heat most of the buildings in downtown Youngstown.

Recently, the company made a million dollar investment, now …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 7, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Marika Andersen (Bellona)  Today, Bellona publishes its new report on the potential and challenges of using seaweed biofuels in aviation. The report provides comprehensive recommendations for researchers, public authorities and consumers. By mapping existing …

Knocking on the Golden Door: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
March 7, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported Q4 revenues of $32.2 million, 227% up from Q4 2015. The increase was driven by a 119% increase in product sales, primarily in the company’s personal care segment, …

Amyris and the Great Rate Debate
March 7, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Either there’s a tremendous amount of down-time at the plant. Or, the plant is struggling with rate.

We highlighted production rate in this article on hard times and bright prospects at …

San Diego Fire Engines Go Green
March 7, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Carlos Correa (CW6 San Diego)  The City of San Diego is making the switch in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases. They have now switched the fuel used by all fire engines.

They’re changing from diesel …

Ethanol Co. Says Ex-Employee Gave Its Tech To Competitor
March 7, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Law 360)  Ethanol production conglomerate Poet LLC slapped its competitor Nelson Engineering and an ex-employee with a lawsuit in South Dakota federal court Monday, claiming the employee violated a confidentiality agreement by sharing proprietary fermentation …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

Governors Press Trump: Coalition Asks for Ethanol Policy Changes
March 7, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition on Monday asked President Donald Trump to support a number of changes to federal law to support biofuels production.
In a letter signed by Nebraska …

Heard in the Hallway at ABLC–Science from Scientists, a Teacher Resource
March 6, 2017 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It’s the personal connections you make at conferences that provide that added value that webinars and online learning just can’t beat.  That’s how I found out about Science from …

Biofuels Could Cut Transport Emissions – But Food May Be at Risk
March 6, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Maina Waruru  (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, …

ARPA-E 2017: Optimism Turns to Tension as Sector Prepares to Protect Energy R&D Funding
March 6, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Krysti Shallenberger (Utility Dive)  … At stake is funding for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, more commonly known as ARPA-E. Created in 2007 as a technology incubator under the purview of the Department of Energy, ARPA-E’s …

Switchgrass May Unlock the Future of Biofuel
March 6, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (Phys.Org)  …  Genetically modifying switchgrass could boost crop yields and its commercial viability.

But to close in on realizing that potential requires one small tweak: a genetic sterility switch that prevents the modified grass from …

EIA Data Shows Blend Wall Broken in 2016 with Production at 15.33 Billion Gallons
March 6, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. ethanol production set a new record of 15.33 billion gallons (bg) in 2016, according to data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA data …

White House’s Proposed Cuts to NOAA Will Undermine Science and Weather Forecasting Vital for Businesses, Military and States
March 6, 2017 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)   According to news reports, the Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent budget cut for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the country’s premier scientific institutions, whose research is …

UK Biofuels Industry Faces Shutdown Due to Government Crop Cap
March 6, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(FG Insight)  Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1m tonnes of feed-grade wheat a year into bioethanol, has said it could face closure if the Government ploughs on with plans to restrict crop-based biofuels in petrol.

The UK …

Yale, Penn State Team Receives $1.2M Co-Optima Award to Investigate Sooting Behavior of Biofuels
March 6, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(MoveEnergy)  Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines under to a $1.2 million award from the …

Hood College Receives almost $2 Million Endowment for Biofuels Professor
March 6, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Allen Etzler (Frederick News Post)  A near $2 million endowment will be used to help Hood College continue developing its biology department and build collaborations with the biotech industry.

The college recently received $944,000 under …

ICM to Build Showcase Biorefinery Next to Its Kansas Headquarters
March 6, 2017 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc. will build a new state-of-the-art biorefinery—dubbed ICM Element—next to its headquarters in Colwich, Kansas. The facility will showcase the company’s cutting-edge technologies.

Elements are nature’s building blocks and the world is …

Senate Bill Introduced to Give E15 Year-Round Market Presence
March 6, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced a bill today that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, a move that would give E15 year-round market …

Could Biofuel Save Maine’s Timber Industry?
March 6, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Darren Fishell (Bangor Daily News)  The company EMEP LLC wants to buy the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill to build a biorefinery that it said would be a centerpiece of a larger $240 million …

Biofuel Is Nigeria’s New Economy –Shidok, PPPRA Boss
March 6, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(The Sun) From Uche Usim, Abuja  —  When the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, assumed office in 2015, one of the programmes he highlighted the Muhammadu Buhari administration would face headlong was …

Bugs Delay Z’s Biodiesel
March 6, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Grant Bradley (New Zealand Herald) Z Energy hopes to get its biodiesel plant producing commercial fuel within the next two months after months of delays. The company had hoped to start supplying partners from the plant at …

Letter: Need Clear Picture of Fuel Standards
March 6, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Wichita Eagle)  Kansans deserve a clear picture of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s future, and a recent letter did the RFS a disservice (“Winners, losers in U.S. fuel policy,” Feb. …

Ethanol a Hot Topic at ’17 Classic
March 6, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D) joined Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act last week, a bill that would …

U.S. Ethanol Group Clashes with Icahn over Details of Biofuels Negotiation
March 6, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentis and Jennifer Ablan (Reuters/Yahoo!Finance)  The head of the Renewable Fuels Association says billionaire investor Carl Icahn told him last week President Donald Trump was about to issue an order overhauling the U.S. …

Icahn on Point on RFS
March 6, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Carl Icahn was the administration official who called Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, and told him an executive order changing the Renewable Fuel Standard is on the …

11 Companies Advance in Maine’s Born Global Challenge
March 6, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

At ABLC 2017, Maine’s Born Global Challenge named Core Biofuels, DMC, CRI, D4 Energy Group, Concord Blue, Ark Power Dynamics, NuFuels, Visolis, Phytonix, Renmatix and Sweetwater Energy as the first set of prequalified companies — a second …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2
March 6, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC guests heard Governor Paul LePage from Maine invite all of us to his beautiful Northern state that has many existing and promising biomass projects and even backyard farms …

50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017
March 6, 2017 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, LanzaTech took the #1 spot in the 2017 “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings.

The annual rankings, which recognize innovation and …

Iogen CEO Foody Lands Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement
March 6, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy was presented to Brian Foody at the 2017 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference. The award was presented to Mr. Foody by …

FutureMetrics Has Published a New White Paper: “Alternative Facts” in the Recent Chatham House Study
March 6, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(FutureMetrics)  Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometime outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the term “alternative facts” has recently been coined.

Either way, it is information that is …

Growth Energy Releases New Analysis on Reasons Why Not to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard PO
March 3, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy has released economic analysis that it says “identifies numerous problems” associated with changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation.

The US ethanol trade body strongly supports EPA’s proposed denial to move …

Biofuels May Be the Future of the Aviation Industry
March 3, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Alternative and renewable aviation fuels such as biofuel blends won’t be replacing traditional jet fuels any time soon, but the aviation industry continues to take them very seriously.

On average, the aviation …

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day
March 2, 2017 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences shared their latest work with …

Brian Foody Receives Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement Award
March 2, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Iogen’s Brian Foody receives Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement Award at Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.  Leading Iogen from a 2004 biochemical company to a leading supplier of …

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders
March 2, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all five panelists: publication of the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 and 2018 …

Mexico Tequila Maker Has a Shot at Turning Agave Waste into Fuel
March 2, 2017 – 12:24 am | No Comment

by Sophie Hares (Reuters)  One of Mexico’s most famous tequila companies, Herradura, hopes to turn into fuel the thousands of tonnes of waste it generates each year from the spiky blue agave plants used to …

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Sees Greater Collaboration with DOE Office of Fossil Energy in Its Future
March 1, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This morning at the “Defense Production Act (DPA) Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project Round 2 Industry Roundtable” held at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, Zia Haq, …

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams
February 28, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is …

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
February 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Growing deep-rooted perennial crops, like switchgrass or willow, together with annual crops and livestock in a farming system is starting to gain traction. This is due in large part …

Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas
February 28, 2017 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating …

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles
February 28, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing …

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges
February 28, 2017 – 6:28 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 Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming …

National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program Applications Requested DEADLINE: April 28, 2017
February 28, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist African American farmers, their dependent children and other African American students who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.
The …

The RFS in 2017: A Brave New World
February 28, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  … First, we must finalize the 2017 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rule for the RFS program. Second, we must push for the 2018 mandates to be published before the Nov. 30 …

Biologicals and BMPS: A Modern Digester’s Blueprint for Success
February 28, 2017 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Will Charlton (Biomass Magazine/Digester Doc)  … The anaerobic digestion process, unlike most any other energy-producing process, relies upon a workforce we do not see—microbes that consist of bacteria and methanogens working hand-in-hand to achieve the best …

Commercial Proving Grounds
February 28, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta.  —  …  CWS has been …

Iowa Biodiesel Board to Request Funding to Support Biodiesel Infrastructure Program at Annual Biodiesel Day on The Hill
February 28, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Biodiesel production is expanding in Iowa, and proactive state policies have played a pivotal role in keeping the state’s title as the national leading producer.

In advance of its annual Biodiesel Day on the …

Two-Thirds of Europeans Want More Biofuels
February 28, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(German Bioethanol Industry Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A large majority of Europeans want biofuels production and use to grow, according to the German Bioethanol Industry Association.

A recent Europe-wide opinion poll found that 69 percent of consumers …

State Board Dismisses Appeal of Delaware City Refinery’s Ethanol Project
February 28, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (Delaware Online/The News Journal)  An appeal of DNREC’s decision to approve the Delaware City Refinery’s planned Ethanol Marketing Project failed Monday before it could begin.
The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted 5-1 …

Scottish Farmers Body Calls for Rethink over Distillery Biomass Plants
February 28, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (SFTA) is repeating its warning to the UK government that the “headlong drive to produce renewable energy from by-products of the distilling industry through anaerobic digesters and biomass …

Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Fleet Awards Nominations Open DEADLINE: March 24, 2017
February 28, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Clean Transportation Expo)  The Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Fleet Awards are the ultimate recognition of fleet operators who show true leadership in sustainable transportation—having gone above and beyond to achieve sustanability in their …

UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as ‘Flawed’
February 28, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House. The U.K. counts emissions from the supply chain that …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

Ethanol Brings $2 Billion Per Year to Minnesota’s Economy
February 28, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry continued to boost Minnesota’s economy in 2016, contributing $1.98 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).

A new study released by ABF Economics, which was commissioned by …

The Carinata Kings: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
February 28, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

Ethanol Battle Escalates Amid Rumors of RFA-Icahn Deal
February 28, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  (R)umors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable fuel obligations away from oil refiners, in return for Icahn’s support for a Reid Vapor Pressure …

Nominations Requested for George Washington Carver Award DEADLINE: March 10, 2017
February 27, 2017 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  The George Washington Carver Award was created to recognize significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining and biobased products.  This …

Growing Hemp for Industrial Purposes to Be Allowed in South Australia
February 27, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Novak (The Advertiser/News.com.au)  Growing and manufacturing hemp for industrial purposes, such as cosmetics, clothing or construction materials, will be allowed in South Australia now the State Government has thrown its support behind a Greens …

2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference — October 15-19, 2017 — Nanjing, China
February 27, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference   —   October 15-19, 2017   —   Nanjing, China

The China Soil Microbiome Initiative (CSMI) and Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) are pleased to announce the second Global Soil Biodiversity Conference (GSBC2) will be held from 15-19 October 2017 in Nanjing, China.

GSBC2 is centered …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference–Biochar for Soil Biota and Biodiversity — October 15-19, 2017 — Nanjing, China DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
February 27, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference–Biochar for Soil Biota and Biodiversity   —   October 15-19, 2017   —  Nanjing, China    DEADLINE:  April 1, 2017

Call for abstract submission: Session 15, Biochar for Soil Biota and Biodiversity

Scope and aim: Over the last 5 years, interests in biochar research and technology development as well as production have been growing across policy …

Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report Published
February 27, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report is now online! Read this new report for an overview of industry challenges and opportunities discussed during the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop, which was held on October …

A First-Hand Report: Competing in MIT’S THINK Science Competition
February 27, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Erika Tan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Let me introduce myself – my name is Erika Tan, and I’m a current sophomore attending Freehold High School in New Jersey. If someone had told me at the …

US Drivers to Rely on Internal Combustion for Decades to Come
February 27, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Freedom Foundation/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  By 2050, there will be three billion light-duty vehicles (LDVs) on the road.  Even under the most optimistic forecast, alternative vehicles will account for — at best — 50 percent …

Ethanol Advocates Critical of EPA Proposed RFS Revisions in REGS
February 27, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The comment period for the U.S. EPA’s rule revisions to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) have closed, with 254 comments posted to regulations.gov regarding the Renewables Enhancements and Growth …

IRFA: ‘Merchant Refiners Not Paying for RINs’
February 27, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  The main argument of the petitioners is that they are paying for millions of dollars of RINs to meet their RFS obligations, and that this is somehow unfair …

Government to Formulate Policies on Ethanol, Methanol to Bring Down Crude Import Bill: Nitin Gadkari
February 27, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(PTI/The Financial Express)  The Centre will soon come out with policies on the second-generation ethanol as well as methanol, non-conventional fuel resources, which will bring down the crude import bill by Rs 1 lakh crore, …

Egypt Produces Jet Biofuel from Jatropha
February 27, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(SciDev.Net) Research team produces aviation fuel from jatropha plants grown in desert with sewage water; Aim is to cut aviation emissions, but high cost remains a challenge for use by the end of 2017; Semi-industrial experiments kicked off …

Fueling Comeback of Agriculture: Commitment to Biofuels Can Help Reinvigorate Farm Economy
February 27, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Broin (POET/Journal Gazette)  … Plummeting farm income, falling land values and depressed commodity prices over the last few years threaten to undo the prosperity of the previous decade.

All indicators point to farms in trouble.

• …

CPAC Panel: Ethanol Regs Aren’t Helping Corn Belt Economies
February 27, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett (The Daily Caller News Foundation)  Members of the Conservative Political Action Conference panel “Energy Rationing: The Tragic, Unintended Consequences,” argued the federal ethanol mandate isn’t benefiting the regions of the country it’s …

Attorney: $50M Biofuel Tax Scam Charges Should Be Dismissed
February 27, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Miller (Lehigh Valley Live)  The attorney for a man charged with participating in a $50 million biofuel scam says the charges should be dismissed because his client got bad legal advice.

David Dunham, of Bethlehem, allegedly …

Scripps Research Vessel, ‘Sproul,’ Realizes Biofuel Milestone
February 27, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Judith Garfield (San Diego Community Newspaper Group) … In my first article “Scripps research on biofuels hits close to home Part 1,”readers traveled with me on Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s R/V Sproul as I …

Interview: AFPM President Calls for Biofuels Regulation Reform, End of RFS
February 27, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The US ethanol market is ready to stand without support from government regulations and the Renewable Fuel Standard should be repealed, Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers organization, …

A Global Corporate Market for Low-Carb Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Below50
February 27, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote …

Mind the (Carbon) Gap: With Sustainable Aviation Fuels, What Will It Take, Who’s Gonna Pay?
February 27, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So there’s this gap, say researchers at Utrecht University in their report on aviation biofuels, between the emission goals that airlines have set themselves (call this, carbon-neutral growth), and what …

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

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

European Parliament Votes for Reforms to the EU ETS from 2020 that Would Tighten Aviation Emissions Cap
February 24, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) The European Parliament has voted to increase the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the next phase of the scheme starting in 2021, which includes tightening the emissions cap of …

Government Policy Action Is Key to the Large-Scale Deployment of Aviation Biofuels, Hears ICAO Seminar
February 24, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Although sustainable alternative fuels are key to meeting the aviation sector’s long-term emissions goals, supportive government policies are required to bring these fuels to global deployment. This was a central theme of last …

Expert: Clear Sustainability Framework Needed for Advanced Biofuels
February 24, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  If the EU wants to avoid a U-turn on advanced biofuels, then it has come up with a “clear and robust” sustainability framework that will provide policy certainty and investment security, …

Propel Fuels Serves Largest US E85 Market in California
February 24, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Propel Fuels, the nation’s leading retailer of E85 Flex Fuel, welcomed the 2017 National Ethanol Conference to California, America’s largest E85 market.  Having cracked the code to high volume E85 sales, …

Trump Signals He’s Backing away from Ethanol Mandate
February 24, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner)  … Ethanol mandate champions, such as Obama Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack started worrying aloud in December that Trump might abandon the ethanol mandate.

The letter President Trump …

Sierra Club Threatens to Sue EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations
February 24, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The Sierra Club has filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to conduct the required environmental impact analysis on the Renewable …

Groups Call Food-vs.-Fuel Fight Truce
February 24, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Now, representatives of two ag groups previously at odds over the RFS say they have moved on. The reason, they say, is that the 5 billion bushels of …

California Lawmakers Release Environmental Bills in Attempt to Thwart Trump
February 24, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Rory Carroll (Reuters)  Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them.

The …

Exxon’s New Chief Endorses Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
February 24, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg)  Darren Woods makes first blog post since succeeding Tillerson; Comment mirror’s former CEO’s long-standing position on levy  —  In his first blog post since succeeding Rex Tillerson, the new head of Exxon …

Schmidt Fund Awards Go to Projects with Transformative Potential
February 24, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Zandonella (News at Princeton)  Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.

The projects include …

Sunflowers Could Become Maui’s New Biofuel
February 24, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Brain Perry (Maui Times)  Biofuel crops, including sunflowers, will be grown on 115 acres in Maui’s central valley as part of a demonstration project this month, according to an announcement from Pacific Biodiesel.

The announcement …

Study: U.S. Ethanol Industry Makes “A Significant Contribution to the Economy”
February 24, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016, according to a new study commissioned by ABF Economics. The study, released …

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook
February 24, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to better understand the outlook for the US ethanol industry, but lack the time to wade through the entire 40-page Ethanol Outlook 2017 from RFA (which is right here, …

Shifting the Burden of Proof on High-Ethanol Blends
February 24, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Also appearing this week from the The Urban Air Initiative and several partners were filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that disrupts the agency’s current rationale for …

Trump at the Renewable Pump: Will He Bump, Thump or Dump?
February 24, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the letter behind the headlines.

“Rest assured that your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence. As …

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 …

Potential LCFS for Massachusetts – – Comment Deadline is Tomorrow (Friday, February 24, 2017)
February 23, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  Massachusetts is currently conducting a rulemaking that could provide the basis for a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) type program in Massachusetts.  The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) has been actively …

Pacific Ethanol CEO Honored at National Conference
February 23, 2017 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, cofounder of California’s first ethanol production company, has received the Renewable Fuels Association’s 2017 Industry Award. The award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate …

Ethanol, the Key to Recovery of the Farm Economy
February 23, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  The U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016, according to a just released study. The report suggests …

UNICA Says that Unintended Consequences from EPA Proposal Could Limit US Access to Advanced Biofuel
February 23, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  UNICA, Brazil’s Sugarcane Industry Association, has noted with potential concern that a current EPA proposal that would allow, among other things, biofuel producers to partially process renewable feedstocks at one facility and …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

Gov. Hogan Visits Local Poultry Farm Turning Manure into Energy
February 23, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Dani Bozzini (WMDT)  The governor of Maryland toured the Eastern Shore today and one of his stops was to a farm in Dorchester County with a ground breaking new program, converting animal waste into …

Neutral Fuels Pioneers Dairy Waste As New Biofuel Feedstock
February 23, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Neutral Fuels)  Recycling waste dairy products to help meet Dubai ‘ s Zero Waste target  —
After two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company …

BCPG Close to Renewable Deal
February 23, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Yuthan Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  … At the same time, BCPG’s parent firm state-majority-owned oil refiner BCP is conducting a feasibility study for a new investment project, worth 3 billion baht. President Chaiwat Kovavisarach, said that …

New Biobased Chemical Options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia
February 23, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rennovia, Inc. is a chemical process technology development company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost-advantaged production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks.

Rennovia is developing …

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

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

Reporters Curious About #Ethanol Issues
February 22, 2017 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Reporters covering the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego had questions about a number of topics when given the opportunity to have a press “scrum” with Renewable Fuels Association president and …

Dinneen: ‘Ethanol Lifts Ag’
February 22, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Though there is angst in rural America about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and agriculture trade in particular, the leader of the nation’s largest ethanol interest …

Big Corn Courts Old Foe Big Oil to Combat Electric Car Threat
February 22, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.

The two …

Penn State Forest Economist Helping to Propel African Croton Biofuel Effort
February 22, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem  (Penn State News)  Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson’s blood, and the combination has helped shape …

RFA Statement on Senators’ Letter to EPA on E15 Volatility Regulation
February 22, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renwable Fuels Association) Today (February 17, 2017), five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more …

Ethanol to Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic Ethanol Upgrade Technology
February 22, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in …

Biodiesel Sees the Sea: New Sailing School Vessel Fueled with B20
February 22, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Newport Biodiesel provides 6,000 gallons of B20 for voyage ending in Cuba  —  A one-of-a-kind ship with a special mission is now fueled with 20 percent biodiesel as it begins a voyage …

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements
February 22, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(NATSO/PR Newswire)  Truck Drivers, Railroads, Highway Users, Renewable Fuel Groups and Fuel Retailers Unified in Opposition to Fuel Program Changes  —  As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

Trump Reaffirms RFS Support
February 22, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Trump sent a letter to the National Ethanol Conference Tuesday again reiterating support for renewable fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports. “Rest assured that your …

CALL FOR POSTERS: RRB-13, the 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries — June 7-9, 2017 — Wroclaw, Poland DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
February 21, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS:  RRB-13, the 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries — June 7-9, 2017 — Wroclaw, Poland    DEADLINE:  March 15, 2017

The 13th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Wroclaw, Poland from Wednesday June 7 until Friday June 9, 2017. Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference …

Refinery, DNREC Seek Dismissal of Ethanol Challenges
February 21, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  The legal battle over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations is heating up, days before a state board will hear the case.


On its surface, the dispute …

Ethanol Expansion: Mo. Department of Agriculture to Offer Grants to State Fuel Retailers to Install Biofuel Infrastructure
February 21, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Hannibal Courier-Post)  The Missouri Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2017 Extended Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant program to accelerate the use and availability of higher blends of ethanol fuel as clean burning, …

Canadian Company Envisions Maine as Site for Biorefinery
February 21, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Tex Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  Ensyn Corp., which makes heating oil from wood waste, already supplies Bates College and needs more customers before it can build a plant here.  —  A Canadian company that …

New Enzyme From Novozymes Can Boost Ethanol Yields
February 21, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Novozymes is launching a new line of advanced enzymes to increase ethanol yields by converting sugar that would otherwise be wasted.

The Spirizyme® T Portfolio is an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes …

Dipping a Toe into RFS Reform
February 21, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A bipartisan group of lawmakers have begun discussing how to craft a compromise to update the decade-old rules governing the nation’s biofuel market and hope to draft a bill …

Singapore Budget 2017: 6 Things to Know about the New Carbon Tax, Tweaked Vehicle Emissions Schemes
February 21, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Lydia Lam (Straits Times)  Singapore plans to implement a carbon tax from 2019, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament on Monday (Feb 20) as part of his Budget 2017 speech. Mr Heng also …

Boat and ATV Owners, Others Seek Rollback of E15 Mandates on Fuel
February 21, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Mike Schoonveld (Outdoor News)  … The new administration ran on a plank of rolling back or eliminating federal regulations. It would make sense for the Renewable Fuel Standards’ ethanol mandate to be one of the first …

Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon
February 21, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Europe’s promise to lower greenhouse-gas emissions looked bright a dozen years ago, when its leaders created the first big market for trading carbon permits. Sadly, though, its system has failed to encourage investment in …

Industry Roundtable: Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006 — March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC
February 21, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment
Industry Roundtable:  Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP) Biofuels 2 Solicitation Number: FOA-RQKM-2017-0006   —   March 1, 2017   —   Washington, DC

The United States Department of Navy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy are co-hosting an industry roundtable for the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply chain. The purpose …

$185M Biofuel Agreement Will Mean ‘Major Changes,’ Botwood Mayor Says
February 21, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Chris Ensing (CBC News) Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost that the mayor hopes could bring financial stability to the central Newfoundland town and neighbouring communities for decades to come.   The Newfoundland and Labrador …

The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program
February 21, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

Work Underway on Kenyan Biogas and Drinking Water Plant
February 21, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Waste recycling company Asticom K reports that construction is underway on a biogas plant in Kenya on a five acre plot of land donated by a local housing co-operative.

The plant is being built …

Rocky Road Ahead for Farm Bill’s Energy Title
February 20, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers and small businesses to encourage investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the production of …