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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-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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IH2 Deep-Dive: Breakthrough Biofuel Technology Has Commercial-Scale In Sight
January 13, 2016 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Renewable Energy World) …  The IH2 technology is a thermocatalytic conversion route for woody biomass and forest residues feedstock that has been estimated to produce drop-in renewable fuels at around ~$2.25/gallon (in …

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

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

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s 2016 State of the State Address, Renewable Energy Excerpts
January 13, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(compiled by Governors’ Coalition for Biofuels)  … In the 1980’s, Iowa began investing in renewable energies like ethanol, biodiesel and wind.  We were the first state to implement a renewable electric standard which I signed it …

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food
January 13, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.  —  … Fortunately, corn isn’t the only source of ethanol—in particular, there are perennial grasses like …

Rubio: ‘Let’s Be No. 1’ in Renewable Energy
January 13, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told a crowd of voters in New Hampshire Tuesday that he wants the United States to lead the world in renewable energy.

It’s a surprising …

Obama, with No Elections Left to Lose, Drops Mention of Fossil Fuels
January 13, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  President Obama’s final State of the Union address made no mention of an “all of the above” energy policy, nor of natural gas or fracking, and it only mentioned …

Zoning Commission Denies Rehearing Request to Allow Fuel Transfer Station in South Bibb County
January 13, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Linda S. Morris (The Telegraph)  The Macon-Bibb County zoning commission denied a request for the rehearing of an application that would allow a rail terminal and ethanol fuel transfer station.

Houston, Texas-based Epic Midstream received …

Avoiding Common Pitfalls: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA Section 9003 Loan Guarantee
January 13, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Department of Agriculture needs no introduction, but within USDA Rural Development is the Energy Division takes a leading role on biorefinery loan guarantees.

How does the process work, what are the …

Compilation of US State of the Union 2016: Selected Remarks on Energy and Climate Change
January 13, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(compiled by Biofuels Digest) “Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.”  …  We need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources.

Look, if anybody still wants to dispute …

Defour Group and Transportation Fuel Consulting Post Responses to DOE Request Regarding Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
January 12, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Defour Group/Transportation Fuels Consulting)  Dean Drake of the Defour Group LLC (D4) and Gary Herwick of Transportation Fuels Consulting (TFC) have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Request for Information about co-optimization of fuels …

Economist: Blend Wall Debate Might Help Sluggish Crop Prices
January 12, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (The Southern News Services)  …The reasons include the Great Recession and falling gasoline prices, among a few other things.
At issue is the federal mandate for ethanol inclusion as a component of motor …

CARB Releases FAQ on New LCFS Regulations in Advance of Deadline
January 12, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … CARB has said that those meeting the January deadline will be guaranteed a carbon intensity (CI) rating this year. Ethanol pathways will be processed in the first batch, scheduled …

Indiana University Scientists Create ‘Nano-Reactor’ for the Production of Hydrogen Biofuel
January 12, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Indiana University Bloomington) Combining bacterial genes and virus shell creates a highly efficient, renewable material used in generating power from water  —   Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the …

More Ethanol Coming to Selma
January 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(The News and Observer)  Two companies have announced ethanol expansion to Selma in recent months; Both will use rail cars and pipes to transport the fuel; The method is deemed safer and greener

Archer Daniels Midland, a food-processing …

Renewable Fuel Standard Just Makes Sense
January 12, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Erin Torkelson (Des Moines Register, Letter to the Editor)  Question: What bipartisan, commonsense law enacted in 2005 under President George W. Bush is directly responsible for creating more than 73,000 Iowa jobs, providing more than …

Air Force Seeks Public Comments on Environmental Impact of Proposed Red Rock Biofuels Facility
January 12, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) USAF Announces a draft environmental assessment — Red Rock Biofuels LLC, Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise, Lake County OR

This assessment is contained in three files:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

AGENCY: United States Air Force, Air …

Southern Online Bio Technologies Starts Operations at Bio Diesel Unit in Visakhapatnam
January 12, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Business Standard)  Recieves supply order from APSRTC and LoA from Ministry of Railways, IRAOF  —  Southern Online Bio Technologies announced that the Company’s Bio diesel unit at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh which was effected due to …

Biocatalytic Solutions: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Microvi Biotechnologies
January 12, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Microvi is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes biocatalytic solutions in the water, energy and chemical industries. The company’s core discipline is its MicroNiche Engineering platform technology, …

Pushmi-Pullyu: How Do Carbon Prices and Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly? Or, Do They?
January 12, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. The Digest investigates.  —  … For example, a renewable fuel does not qualify …

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?
January 11, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal was to get 1 million plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the road in the …

Consumer Rebate: Legislation Puts Price on Carbon
January 11, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Vergetis Lundin (SmartGridNews.com)  …  “… My Consumers REBATE Act takes the revenue generated from pricing carbon over time and puts it in the hands of consumers to empower individuals to become more efficient in …

ARF Releases Candidate Report Card on RFS Support
January 11, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(America’s Renewable Future/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  America’s Renewable Future recently released its final candidate report card. The report card places each presidential contender into a good or bad category based on their support for the federal …

Bill Aims for Long-Term Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Credits
January 11, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit …

California Sugarcane Ethanol Pathway Certified by CARB
January 11, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol & Power LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE+P) recently announced the certification of the carbon intensity (CI) pathway for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol by the California’s Air …

Ethanol Industry Reacts to API Criticism of RFS
January 11, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen has spoken out to reject (American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack) Gerard’s claims.  “I’m not sure what reality Jack is …

New Funding Opportunity Commissioned by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
January 11, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)) The Programme “Beyond Europe” supports Austrian companies, research and university institutes and other organisations in creating and extending collaborations.

The Call is open for all topics. Funding is available for projects in …

Canadian Bioeconomy Conference: Biofuels to Bioeconomy — November 28 – 30, 2016 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
January 11, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment
Canadian Bioeconomy Conference: Biofuels to Bioeconomy  — November 28 – 30, 2016 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)   is Canada’s leading advocate for the economic and environmental benefits of clean-burning renewable fuels and sustainable products. It represents the full spectrum of the domestic biofuels industry.  READ MORE

Advanced Biofuels Online Course Offered by McGill University and BioFuelNet Canada
January 11, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(BioFuelNet Canada)  BioFuelNet Canada, a national research network hosted by McGill University, is offering an online certificate course on advanced biofuels. BioFuelNet strongly recommends that the network’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) take this course, but anyone …

Trump’s Trump Card in Iowa?
January 11, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Donald Trump is an unabashed backer of federal support for ethanol, a popular issue in Iowa that could provide the GOP front-runner with an effective closing argument against Sen. Ted Cruz …

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions
January 11, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers …

Algae-Derived Biofuels Gain Traction as Commercial Viability Increases
January 11, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Business/Future Market Insights)  Algaculture, the farming of algae for fuel, is gaining traction globally as governments and private players look to leverage on the potential of algae as a biofuel. Concerns about depleting oil resources …

Kolmar Scoops up U.S. Biodiesel Plant as Trader Seeks to Expand
January 11, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Kolmar Group AG’s U.S. unit has bought a small Connecticut biodiesel plant, the Swiss commodities trader’s first ever acquisition of an asset, in a move that may stir hopes of renewed …

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Become 2016 Chairmen of Governors’ Biofuels Coalition
January 11, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Coalition announced today that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will become chairman and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will become vice chairman of Governors’ Biofuels Coalition this year.

“For more than 20 years, the …

Entsorga West Virginia Announces U.S.’s First Resource Recovery Facility to Utilize Mechanical Biological Treatment
January 11, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Entsorga West Virginia)  Groundbreaking Held on January 6, 2016 in Martinsburg, West Virginia — Entsorga West Virginia today announced the groundbreaking of the U.S.’s first resource recovery facility utilizing Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT). The state-of-the-art waste-to-solid …

Only Results Count: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Success with a Section 9003 Loan Guarantee App
January 11, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
Only Results Count: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Success with a Section 9003 Loan Guarantee App

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Purpose of the Feasibility Study? How can I know if my project is feasible? What should I look for in choosing a feasibility study consultant? What does a successful …

Engineers Are from Mars, Business Developers Are from Venus
January 11, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  … In this case, we are substituting engineers and business developers, then focusing on the differences in how they view biotechnology commercialization and the resulting impact on their ability to successfully …

E Pluribus, Unum: LanzaTech, Global Bioenergies Demonstrate The Biotechnology App Store
January 11, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Global Bioenergies, LanzaTech tighten isobutene partnership, the era of “swap-in, swap out” biorefining microbes comes clear, closer  —  In France, Global Bioenergies and LanzaTech signed a new collaboration agreement …

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal
January 11, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis and Kirstin Ridley (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany’s determination to protect its …

Report: Methane a Rising Risk for Both Oil & Gas Sector and Investors
January 11, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A first-of-its-kind report by Environmental Defense Fund shows that leading oil and gas companies are putting themselves and their investors at financial and reputational risk by failing to adequately disclose meaningful information …

UPDATE 1-Groups Kick off Legal Challenge to U.S. Biofuels Standard
January 11, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Jan 8 Seven biofuel and agriculture groups have asked a U.S. court to a review the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to a court filing on …

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

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

Always Something to Learn at the Keystone Farm Show
January 8, 2016 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Beginning the new year with a few days steeped in agriculture proved a great winter tonic, raising optimism that the seemingly ordinary people tromping through the York County Fair …

Bob Kozak Writes about Green Racing Developments from The Roar B4 the Rolex 24 in Daytona
January 8, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Ed note: Here are some initial notes from Bob Kozak, covering green racing developments at the Daytona International Speedway’s Roar before the Rolex 24.  Sounds like we are …

Bacteria Attack Lignin with Enzymatic Tag Team
January 8, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Rice University/Science Daily)  Research shows how nature handles lignin — New research shows how bacterial enzymes team up to attack lignin. The findings could lead to more efficient processes for creating biofuels from wood, grass and …

Gevo to Supply Biofuel for Alaska Airlines Commercial Flight
January 8, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Steve Wilhelm (Denver Business Journal)  Alaska Airlines says it will will partner with Gevo Inc., a leading maker of plant-based jet fuel, as the Seattle-based airline progresses from previous demonstration flights using Gevo’s aviation …

Virent Bio-Jet Provides More than 50% Reduction in Particulate Matter Emissions
January 8, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Rolls-Royce Testing Demonstrates Virent Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) Bio-Jet Fuel Blend Provides Health and Environmental Benefits While Maintaining Engine Performance

Bio-jet emissions testing by Rolls-Royce and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the …

Mack Trucks Green-Lights Renewable Diesel Fuel for Use in Mack Engines
January 8, 2016 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Volvo) Following extensive truck and engine testing, Mack Trucks today (January 7, 2016) signed off on the use of renewable diesel fuel in all Mack® engines. Renewable diesel fuel delivers performance similar to diesel refined from …

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels
January 8, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional …

‘When Ethanol Attacks,’ Starring Ted Cruz
January 8, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by David Weigel (The Washington Post) (Wednesday, January 6, 2016) 11:45 a.m. … “Because of this EPA wall, the market is currently dominated by low-level ethanol blends, such as ‘E10’ (10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline),” …

Navy to Launch Great Green Fleet with 77 Million Gallon Buy of Cost-Competitive, Non-Food Advanced Biofuels Blends
January 8, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation technology.  The Navy’s 7-year quest to diversify its fuel supply without …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 11th Biennial SRWC Operations Working Group Conference — October 11-13, 2016 — Fort Pierce, FL DEADLINE: February 1, 2016
January 4, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 11th Biennial SRWC Operations Working Group Conference — October 11-13, 2016 — Fort Pierce, FL    DEADLINE:  February 1, 2016

SRWC Science and Technology in an Uncertain Marketplace

Short rotation woody crops (SRWC) are being developed as a sustainable supply of woody biomass for the production of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts as well as for traditional …

11th Biennial SRWC Operations Working Group Conference — October 11-13, 2016 — Fort Pierce, FL
January 4, 2016 – 4:35 pm | No Comment
11th Biennial SRWC Operations Working Group Conference  — October 11-13, 2016  —  Fort Pierce, FL

SRWC Science and Technology in an Uncertain Marketplace

Short rotation woody crops (SRWC) are being developed as a sustainable supply of woody biomass for the production of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts as well as for traditional …

Poplar (Populus spp.) Trees for Biofuel Production
January 4, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  If you are looking for a comprehensive article on poplar for biofuel production, this is for you.
Table of Contents

Introduction

Current and Potential Use as a Biofuel

Biology and Adaptation

Production and Agronomic Information 

Harvest
Potential Yields
Production Challenges
Estimated Production Cost
Environmental/Sustainability …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 14-16, 2016 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: February 15, 2016
January 4, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 14-16, 2016 — Portland, OR    DEADLINE:  February 15, 2016

The 2016 GC&E Conference will focus on the theme Advancing Sustainable Solutions by Design. See the 2016 themes and session topics below and submit abstracts by February 15, 2016.

For 20 years, the mission of the American …

Project Aims to Lower Cellulase Cost through Enzyme Recycling
January 4, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Autodisplay Biotech GmbH)  In November, an international consortium led by Autodisplay Biotech GmbH started Pathway EFB, a €1.6 million ($1.75 million) collaborative research and development project to significantly lower cellulase cost in the production of …

Purdue Engineer Receives Top Award from Obama
January 4, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University) Nancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack …

USDA Highlights 2015 Bioeconomy Achievements
January 4, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Several of the achievements listed by the USDA benefited the bioenergy and biofuels sectors. Under the category of climate change achievements, the department highlighted its work with the U.S. …

Dirt Work Begins on Ringneck Energy as Project Details Finalized
January 4, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “Most investors are from South Dakota by far,” he reported, but the project did attract investors from Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. “Generally, from areas where they …

Sustainable Energy Management Teaching Assistantships DEADLINE: January 15, 2016
January 4, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

The SUNY ESF Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM) is seeking qualified students to serve as Teaching Assistants to assist with teaching natural resources policy and law courses. Selected students will be teaching …

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations
January 4, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of …

Indian Firm to Invest in Wheat-Based Ethanol Plant
January 4, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Oasis Group, an India-based technology, engineering and construction company, will build a wheat-based ethanol plant in Punjab.  The facility is worth around £51m (INR 500 crore), according to news agency Press Trust of …

Letter: Building on Ethanol Success Is a Good Way to Reach Renewable Energy Goals
January 4, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Robert Moffitt (American Lung Association in Minnesota/Post Bulletin)  A Dec. 14 letter to the editor described Rochester’s “community responsibility to become energy sustainable.” A key component to achieving this goal is increasing the use of …

IFES 2015: The Outlook for Conventional Biofuels Is Brighter than You Think
January 4, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  This is a presentation summary from the 2015 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 14-18, 2015. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) …

Ethanol Group Picks Its Winners, Losers in Presidential Race
January 4, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  America’s Renewable Future released its final U.S. Presidential candidate report card last week, declaring “good” and “bad” category candidates based on support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Iowa-based ARF says it will publicize …

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

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

Large-Scale Reaction Screening Study of Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Pathways Finds ethyllevulinate and 2-MTHF Promising Alternatives to Ethanol
January 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at RWTH Aachen University has identified ethyllevulinate and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as promising alternatives to cellulosic bioethanol with respect to cost and environmental impact based on a large-scale reaction screening study.

In addition, …

Here’s One Transportation Fuel Ending 2015 on a Positive Note
January 4, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business)  … Spot biodiesel prices have jumped at least 10 percent because of moves in Washington since Nov. 30, when the Obama administration increased consumption targets for the fuel. About three weeks later, …

Griselda Corro, the Scientist Who Won the World Race Biodiesel
January 4, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Serafin Castro (24 Horas Puebla (modified Google Translation))  A Griselda Corro has too many doubts. As a scientist, and her 59 years, the questions had since childhood have not diminished, “on the contrary, they became …

The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices
January 4, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Alternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives.

So what does all this mean for the …

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group Releases Germany Country Profile in Year End Newsletter
January 4, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group released its end of year newsletter, which included a comprehensive  country profile for biofuels activity in Germany, authored by Franziska Müller-Langer (DBFZ and Nicolaus Dahmen …

Garrett County Board Mulls Gas Drilling Restrictions near Deep Creek Lake
January 4, 2016 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Frederick News Post)  The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict drilling for natural gas in the resort area. … The plan was drafted in 2014. It …

Aemetis Shares Jump 52% in One Day
January 4, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, investors were pleasantly shocked when shares in Aemetis traded up 52% last Thursday. What exactly is happening? In a release, Aemetis credited five factors for the jump:

January 1, 2016:  …

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016
January 4, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland.

As the …

Any Alcohol into Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Byogy
January 4, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

Big Oil to Cut Investment again in 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters)  With crude prices at 11-year lows, the world’s biggest oil and gas producers are facing their longest period of investment cuts in decades, but are expected to borrow more …

LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster
January 4, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Maddie Stone (GizMoDo)  One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air …

Researchers to Produce Aviation Fuel from CO2, Waste Biomass
December 31, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Heriot-Watt University/Biomass Magazine)  Heriot-Watt University is to lead a £2 million ($2.98 million) project to develop low carbon aviation fuels from captured CO2 and waste biomass.

The multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research …

Bernie Sanders Unveils Forceful Climate Change Plan, And He’s Going After Big Oil
December 31, 2015 – 8:27 am | No Comment

by Laura Barron-Lopez (The Huffington Post)  He even wants to bar fossil fuel lobbyists from working in the White House.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled a forceful climate change plan Monday …

Restaurant Group Advocates the Use of Biodiesel
December 30, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Notimex/La Journada (Google translation))  Mexico City Mexican Restaurant Corporation (CMR) bet on the care of the environment by launching a project to reduce pollution of its truck fleet, which consists of converting used oil and …

Biofuels as Seen by OPEC: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biofuels in the World Oil Outlook
December 30, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this year’s World Oil Outlook, OPEC writes:  The prospects for first generation biofuels are constrained by factors such as land use changes, excessive water usage, and the impact on …

Obama Signs Spending Bill, Tax Extenders Legislation
December 30, 2015 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that …

Brazil’s Copel Plans 480-kW Biogas Plant in Parana State – Report
December 30, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Lucas Morais  (See News)  Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) is partnering Brazil’s International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas) to develop a 480-kW biogas plant in Parana state.

The project, which will use waste from pig …

ABUTEC Aids In Transformation of Manure into Renewable Energy
December 30, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Penn Energy/Renewable Energy World)  ABUTEC’s combustion technology is once again paving the way for waste-to-energy projects through its partnership with Roeslein Alternative Energy.

With almost two million pigs housed throughout nine facilities, Smithfield Foods Missouri produces …

Global Biorefinery Market is Expected to Grow With 14% CAGR During 2015 – 2020: P&S Market Research
December 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(P&S Market Research/PRNewswire)   The global biorefinery market was valued at $432.4 billion in 2014, and it is expected to grow with a CAGR of 14.0% during 2015 – 2020. The factors driving the growth of …

Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers File Biomass Litigation on CPP
December 30, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council/Biomass Magazine)  American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued the following statements after filing a joint …

How Royal Dutch Shell and Other Companies Are Trying to Make Petroleum Products from Municipal Waste
December 30, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Hari Pulakkat (Times of India/The Economic Times)  …  Among the most advanced of the lot is Royal Dutch Shell, whose R&D centre in Bengaluru is now trying to scale up a process – called …

FTC Finalizes Proposed Labeling Requirements for Ethanol Blends
December 30, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Federal Trade Commission has announced final amendments regarding ethanol blends above E10 to its fuel rating rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on pump labels and …

What $6 Trillion Could Do for Renewable Energy or “The Cost of War”
December 30, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  What if the nearly $6 trillion spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had been spent to generate economic activity for the ethanol industry, asks Mike Bryan. —   …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

More Bioethanol Plants to Rise in 2016 – Martin
December 30, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(The Visayan Daily Star)  More molasses and cane-based bioethanol plants are expected to rise in the country in 2016, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday.

In the first quarter of 2016, two more molasses-based …

Iowa Ethanol Plants Produce Record 4 billion Gallons in 2015
December 30, 2015 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SF Gate)  An Iowa ethanol industry trade group says the state’s refineries produced more than 4 billion gallons of the corn-based fuel additive this year, a new record.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says Iowa …

ANCAP Effect: ALUR Start Selling Biodiesel Abroad
December 30, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Oyhenard  (El Observador (Google Translation))  Just a week after the executive define a brake on the mixture of bioethanol with gasoline and biodiesel with diesel, under the process of reorganization and adjustment costs ANCAP …

REACHing towards Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius
December 30, 2015 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet …

The Looming Octane Shortage?
December 29, 2015 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a time of rising gasoline demand and targets for higher engine efficiencies, the world could use more octane.  What about ethanol, and what about iso-octane itself? The Digest looks at …

University of Delaware Researchers Develop Algae Biofuels
December 28, 2015 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Karen B. Roberts (University of Delaware/Biomass Magazine)   … At the University of Delaware, associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to create sustainable algae-based biofuels that could reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions in the atmosphere.

Many …

Renewable Accounts: Big News for Biodiesel
December 28, 2015 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (North Dakota State University)  The domestic level of biodiesel use is mandated to increase to 2 billion gallons a year by 2017, double the minimum amount required by the original law.

How much …

Branched Ketone Biofuels as Blending Agents for Jet-A1 Aviation Kerosene
December 28, 2015 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Donnelly, Richard Horton, Kesavan Gopalan, Chris D. Bannister, and Christopher J. Chuck (Energy & Fuels) In this investigation a range of ketone biofuels produced from the alkylation of isoamyl alcohol and isobutanol were examined as …

Centre Offers Biofuel to Delhi to Check Pollution
December 28, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The Centre is willing to offer one million litres of bio-diesel a day to the Delhi government to combat the rising menace of pollution, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said …

Students Experiment with Biofuels
December 28, 2015 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Wright (The Herald Independent) What are biofuels? How can they help us meet our future energy needs while minimizing negative environmental impacts?

With support from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison, students …

TAE Seeks Ethanol Factory
December 28, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Thailand, Thai Agro Energy has teamed with Kamphaengphet Bio Power—a major producer and exporter of cassava—to develop a new 200,000 liter per day ethanol plant with an estimated total …

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

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

Record Production Propels Industry in Face of EPA Rule
December 28, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA needs to stop micromanaging the RFS—allow the program to work as intended—and the record-setting ethanol industry will continue to perform for American consumers, writes Bob Dinneeen. …

Striving for Clean, Infection-Free Ethanol Production
December 28, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two producers share stories of how they keep bacteria in check.  —  In the ethanol industry, having a reputation as a clean plant goes far beyond clean floors …

ACE: Restored Tax Credit to Increase Availability of E85
December 28, 2015 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bipartisan congressional approval of recent legislation restoring tax credits for retail fuel station owners who buy equipment to offer alternative fuels could further increase availability of E85 and profitability …

USDA to Request Extension of Residue, Biomass Field Study
December 28, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has published a notice announcing its intention to request a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection for a residue and …

RISC Notice Includes Projected 2017 RFS Rulemaking Timeline
December 28, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A notice published in the Federal Register by the Regulatory Information Service Center includes a projected timeline for the U.S. EPA’s rulemaking for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) …

DuPont Closing Vonore Biorefinery
December 28, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Erickson (The Daily Times)  By the end of the year, DuPont will close its biorefinery in Vonore, a facility that was built as a partnership with the state of Tennessee as part of …

The Bioeconomy’s River Pilot: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA
December 28, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Reed (US Department of Agriculture/Biofuels Digest)   A great government agency is a little like a river pilot — doesn’t run the ship, but steps in as a vital partner  for complex, critical tasks …

14 More Answers for your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, the New Agriculture, and Biobased Products
December 28, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Q. How have the US elections and the regulatory situation in the US impacted development of biofuels for other countries, particularly Latin America? …  Not much impact from the 2014 …

NCCETC Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Continue Air Quality Improvement Efforts
December 28, 2015 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)  Funding now available for transportation-related emission reduction projects —  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) is continuing to support efforts led by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology …

Spanish Company Receives Patents for 2G Biodiesel from Glycerin
December 28, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, the European patents office has approved a Europe-wide patent forInKemia IUCT Group’s production process that creates second-generation biodiesel from glycerin through 2033. The patent was developed as part …

A Familiar Friend in Unfamiliar Times: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Sorghum
December 28, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Bill Rooney (Biofuels Digest/Texas A&M)  Sorghum has been identified by the US Department of Energy as an energy crop of interest. Owing to its high biomass yield, drought tolerance, established production systems, carbon life cycle, genetic resources and potential for further …

Behind the Renewable Energy Curtain in California
December 28, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (Biofuels Digest/California’s BioEnergy Producers Association/Technikon Renewable Energy Solutions)  … With the most aggressive series of carbon emissions reduction benchmarks ever enacted by any government in North America, one would expect a concerted, cooperative effort …

17 Answers for Your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Biomass and More.
December 28, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Q. We’ve heard a lot about carbon capture, but what about carbon capture and conversion (to a more soluble, transportable and storable form), for example conversion to bicarbonate?

A. To date, …

Electrofuels Update: Patent Granted for CO2-to-Gasoline Process
December 28, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,217,161for a process to ferment biomass or gases directly to hydrocarbons like hexane and octane.  The process belongs to …

Lux Research Highlights Top 10 Innovative Companies From 2015
December 28, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Holman (Lux Research)  In 2015, Lux Research analysts profiled 1,189 companies across 20 different emerging technologies. As the year end approaches, we polled the analyst team to select the top 10 companies we …

Viewpoint: US Biodiesel Imports to Grow in 2016
December 28, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Argus)  Imported biodiesel’s share of the US on-road diesel pool is set to double in 2016 as suppliers in Argentina and elsewhere boost volumes after the US government issued clearer rules for blending tax credits …

Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA Loan Guarantee Program
December 28, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by John Kirkwood (Biofuels Digest/Faegre Baker Daniels)  Project financing is the financing of infrastructure and industrial projects and relies primarily on the development of a project and its cash flow for repayment — but for a first commercial …

WEBINAR: Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program — January 5, 2016
December 28, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program  —  January 5, 2016

The Digest will host a free webinar on January 5, 2016 at 12 ET titled “Successfully financing advanced biobased projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program.” Webinar participants include John Kirkwood of Faegre Baker …

Solazyme Chops Roquette (again) in the Great Algae Flour Fight
December 28, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  a judgment for Solazyme and against Roquette, confirming an earlier arbitration award we covered last February in The Great Algae Robbery, here.

Just before Christmas, Robinson (Judge Sue Robinson, Federal …

Biofuels Move From Lab to Frying Pan
December 23, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Solazyme Inc., a company founded 12 years ago to make car and truck fuel from algae, is vigorously pushing a new product. But this time, it is fuel for …

Omnibus Funding and Tax Extenders Legislation Includes Important Extensions for Renewable Energy Projects
December 23, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Riedy and Heather L. Preston (Kilpatrick Townsend)  On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed into law the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” and the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act …

These Customers Love E85, for Very Different Reasons
December 23, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  Becka Burke was in no hurry. Even though two of her carrot-topped children, ages 2 and 4, scrambled about inside her giant GMC Yukon XL, Burke not only filled …

Bio-on: World First Facility for Producing Bioplastic from Biodiesel Co-Product Glycerol
December 23, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/NASDAQ) An agreement signed today by Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri holding, will see Italy’s and world’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from biodiesel production co-products, namely glycerol. …

Algae: The Future of Biofuel?
December 23, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul  (CNBC.com)  Recent advances in technology mean the idea of creating fuel from sources as diverse as coffee and whisky is no longer science fiction.

Another potential source gaining traction is algae. According to …

Report: Coal, Biomass Mix May Be in Military Jet Fuel Future
December 23, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the technical feasibility, commercial viability and environmental compliance of the …

Ha Noi Promotes Use of Biofuel
December 23, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Viet Nam News)  The Ha Noi People’s Committee has said local committees and other city agencies should use only the E5 biofuel, which contains five per cent ethanol, in their official cars.

The committee will stop …

WEBINAR: BioenergizeME Must-Know Tips for the 2016 BioenergizeME Challenege — Jan. 21, 2016
December 23, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: BioenergizeME Must-Know Tips for the 2016 BioenergizeME Challenege  —  Jan. 21, 2016

Wondering what it takes to win the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge? Want to learn pro-tips for creating a quality infographic and refining your team’s social media campaign? Then join us for a BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar …

After Paris Accord, Most U.S. Republicans Back Action on Climate
December 23, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Megan Cassella (Reuters)  A majority of U.S. Republicans who had heard of the international climate deal in Paris said they support working with other countries to curb global warming and were willing to take …

USDA Trade Mission Spurs Record Ethanol Exports to China
December 23, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a significant jump in ethanol exports to China this year, following a USDA-led trade mission to the country last year. Representatives from nine …

Capitalizing on Ethanol’s Strengths
December 23, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jenning (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Each fall the American Coalition for Ethanol brings members together to identify the goals we’ll pursue for the coming year. We did a series of listening …

One Third of London’s Buses to Run on Waste Fats and Oils
December 23, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Transit for London)  Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, resulting in a huge reduction in CO2 emissions of 21,000 tonnes each year which comes …

ADM Announces Agreement to Develop New Ethanol Hub in Selma, North Carolina
December 23, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland Company) Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement with Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) and Bailey Feed Mill to construct a new unit train rail facility and ethanol offloading system in …

E15 Acceptance Hits 70% Mark for 2016 Model Year Vehicles in US: Report
December 23, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an analysis of 2016 model year  warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that auto manufacturers explicitly approve E15 (15 percent ethanol 85 percent gasoline) …

Renewable Light Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of …

The Next Wave of Industrial Biotechnology (with Bicycles, Unicorns & Rainbows)
December 23, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Sam Nejame (Promotum/Biofuels Digest)  … At the same time investors saw the rapid expansion in infrastructure that was the ethanol biofuels rollout. At the pump consumers faced $100+ per barrel oil and nearly $4 gasoline. The …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity
December 23, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and …

We’ve Got a Methane Problem
December 23, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Fred Krupp (GreenBiz/Environmental Defense Fund)  As I write this, a massive methane leak from a ruptured natural gas storage facility in California is causing, every day, as much climate damage over the next 20 years as …

UPS to Power Fleet with Gas from Landfills
December 23, 2015 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Carla Caldwell (Atlanta Business Chronicle)  Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) will supply its fleet in two states with renewable natural gas produced by landfills.
UPS says its fleet in Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, …

BETO Announces Notice of Intent (NOI) to Develop Pathways to Biofuels and Bioproducts
December 22, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announces its intent to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels.” This FOA supports BETO’s …

What About Willow? Willows Could Be Next Big Thing for Conservation, Biofuel Feedstock
December 22, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Claire Vath (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  … “We had something like 200 trespass cows from a nearby land lease,” Willow says. So, they constructed a fence. And while it kept animals out, the damage had already …

Biodiesel Business Academy® Biodiesel Essay Scholarship 2016
December 22, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(AltEnergyMag.com/Biodiesel Business Academy)  The program is open to any youth who may be studying in schools, college or university or in profession. The program is not limited to only those who are related to different …

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam
December 22, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of about $50 million in payments, subsidies and other benefits paid out for purportedly turning cooking …

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality
December 22, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps …

RNG 2016 Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference — December 5-7, 2016 — San Diego, CA
December 22, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
RNG 2016 Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference — December 5-7, 2016  —  San Diego, CA

The RNG industry’s premier annual policy conference and gathering will once again be hosted at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Make plans to attend and commemorate the 5th anniversary of the …

Can PACE Project Drive Algal Biofuels to Marketability?
December 22, 2015 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Dr. Richard Sayre, a scientist in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium, writes in the Santa Fe New Mexican about a new …

TSCA Reform: Detailed Summary of Key Changes in Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as Compared with S. 697 Passed by Senate EPW in June
December 22, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  This analysis reviews the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as passed by the Senate on December 17, 2015, and compares it to the previous version …

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

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