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

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

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

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Rounds Sends Mixed Signals on Ethanol
April 14, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Wicox (Capital Journal)  Recently, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds was a keynote speaker at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF). The ACCF sounds harmless, but …

Cooper: Don’t Reverse Course on Ethanol
April 14, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette)  Alan Guebert’s recent column (“The ethanol trap”) asks, “Where would the nation, its farmers, livestock growers, and rural America be today had ethanol not been given … a role in …

University of Iowa Gets Landmark Air-Quality Deal Enabling More Biofuel Use
April 14, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Miller (The Gazette)  the University of Iowa has reached a first-of-its-kind agreement with state air quality regulators, allowing it to expand its use of biofuels and continue experimenting with environmentally friendly options.

The Iowa …

Environmental Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Award to Pursue Biofuel Research
April 14, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(Tennessee Today)  UT Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Hannah Woo was recently honored as one of ninety students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization …

New SPI Bioplastics Division Report Defines Bioplastics, Explores the Growing Field of Bioplastics and Demonstrates How Material Innovation Can Offer Environmental aAdvantages.
April 14, 2016 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(SPI)  As bioplastics become more popular and an emerging material of choice, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association’s SPI Bioplastics Division released a new report today (April 1, 2016), Bioplastics Simplified: Attributes of Biobased and Biodegradable …

Fund for Environmental Journalism Announces Grant Opportunity DEADLINE: June 15, 2016
April 14, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Fund for Environmental Journalism) SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in top quality public service reporting on environment-related issues, and the journalists who produce it.  FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that …

McGinn: Navy Energy Programs Are ‘All About Warfighting’
April 13, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by John Grady (USNI News)  When asked what happens to the Navy’s energy initiatives when President Barack Obama leaves office in January, the service’s top civilian official overseeing those efforts said, “Nothing”—because the business and …

New Survey: California’s Advanced Energy Industry Up 18 Percent from Last Year
April 13, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Advanced Energy Economy)  Growing at three times the rate of employment overall and accounting for more than 3 percent of the state total, advanced energy supports more jobs in California than agriculture, three times as …

California Wants Back $1.7M From Biofuel Project
April 13, 2016 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Elizabeth Warmerdam (Courthouse News Service)  California sued a bioenergy company, claiming it improperly spent as much as $1.7 million in public money targeted for equipment purchases for a project to refine sugar beets into …

Methanol as a Chemical Platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
April 13, 2016 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers for chemical intermediates, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Enerkem …

Where’s the Algae?
April 13, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced an amendment  that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies that enable the conversion of CO2 into valuable …

U.S. Shale Oil Firms Feel Credit Squeeze as Banks Grow Cautious
April 12, 2016 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Swetha Gopinath and David Henry (Reuters)  Nearly two years into an epic oil rout, U.S. shale drillers that have upended global energy markets are finally feeling a credit squeeze as banks make their biggest …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Planned for Spiritwood
April 12, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Jamestown Sun) Plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway, according to Thomas Corle, founding partner of New Energy Investors, a Pennsylvania …

Implement RFS As Congress Intended
April 12, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The renewable fuel standard (RFS) is the most successful energy policy our nation has seen in the last 40 years.  It has created almost 400,000 jobs and contributed nearly …

Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production
April 12, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (US Department of Energy) … From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities of enzymes, the application of biotechnology is accelerating the development of the advanced biofuel industry.

The …

Major Advance in ‘Synthetic Biochemistry’ Holds Promise for Industrial Products and Biofuels
April 12, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Stuart Wolpert (University of California – Los Angeles)  UCLA biochemists have devised a way to convert sugar into a variety of useful chemical compounds without using cells  —  UCLA biochemists have devised a clever way …

Biodiesel Resource Maximised Using DAF Treatment System
April 12, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Water Online)  Cheshire biofuel plant sources DAF wastewater treatment from WPL; DAF system captures more fats, oils and grease for recycling; Treatment process helps client meet discharge consent

A new energy plant in Cheshire, which processes waste fats, …

Argentina to Order Steep Rise in Ethanol Use in Fuels: Industry
April 12, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Reuters Business Insider)  Argentina will steeply increase the required blend of ethanol used in gasoline from next year, as part of a policy of diversifying away from the use of fossil fuels, an executive from …

Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies
April 12, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and William Quapp (Biofuels Digest)  …  However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies have been less successful.   It is easy to blame lower oil and natural gas prices …

Pivot to Play: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Sugars
April 12, 2016 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of cellulosic sugars, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from industry …

Ethanol: For the Rubber or the Road? New Russian Tech Advances for One-Step Alcohol-to-Butadiene
April 12, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Russia, ETB Catalytic Technologies has received $0.6 million from ZAVKOM and Skolkovo Fund as a series A investment to build a pilot plant for the production of 1,3-butadiene from …

B11 Iowa Average Biodiesel Blend
April 12, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  More Iowa consumers are choosing biodiesel at the pump according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Revenue. The report finds that the average biodiesel blend purchased in the …

Production Test Factory for Fossil Free Fuel Is Built in Bäckhammar
April 12, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Nordic Paper)  RenFuel and Nordic Paper have signed an agreement to build a production test facility in Bäckhammar in the region of Värmland, in order to test manufacture an advanced biofuel based on lignin. The …

Coconut Biodiesel Could Reduce Air Pollution Impacts
April 12, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(The Fifth Estate)  Coconut oil might be about to step off the beaches and out of the kitchen and into the tanks of Australian trucks and cars, with research released today showing that as a …

Coal Companies’ Secret Funding of Climate Science Denial Exposed
April 12, 2016 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Elliott Negin (Union of Concerned Scientists/Huffington Post)  According to recent press reports, Peabody Energy — the nation’s largest investor-owned coal company — is now on the verge of bankruptcy. Among the many consequences: The …

EU Must Increase Ethanol Use to Meet Targets
April 11, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  Renewable energy use in transport in all 28 EU members has been much less than projected in their National Renewable Energy Action Plans, with the gap widening. Actual ethanol …

Ethanol Industry – Challenging Near-Term Conditions
April 11, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Seeking Alpha)  Ethanol producers are battling with narrowing margins and excess supply. The industry faces uncertain regulatory support and relatively mild near-term gasoline demand growth amid increasing supply. This suggests a challenging near-term outlook for the industry.

Despite …

ECO:nomics: Koch Industries’ Ethanol Business
April 11, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Journal)  Koch Industries’ Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Sheryl Corrigan talks about Koch’s involvement in the ethanol business and its’ campaign against some of the subsidies that it benefits from. She speaks …

$85 Crude Oil By Christmas – An Interview With Mike Rothman
April 11, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  Global supply still exceeds demand, but there are solid signs that the overhang is finally starting to ease. Storage levels are high, but are expected to come down.

Where does that leave …

NGOs Set out Their Vision of How a Global Carbon Scheme for Aviation Can Align with Paris Ambitions
April 11, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The International Coalition on Sustainable Aviation (ICSA), an umbrella group of six NGOs, has launched a campaign called FlightPath 1.5 to ensure emissions from international aviation are capped and then reduced in line …

The BioenergizeME Social Media Campaign Begins Today!
April 11, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The 2016 BioenergizeME Social Media Campaign kicks off today with high school students from all over the country sharing their infographics via social media. Check out the infographics on the BioenergizeME Challenge Map starting …

Towards a Sustainable Future
April 11, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Sarthak Saraswat  (The Hindu)  Shell is providing engineering students a platform to design energy-efficient vehicles and reduce carbon emissions. The recent Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Manila saw a clash of the best minds.

The atmosphere …

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions
April 11, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize an overwhelming body of new evidence showing …

Remembering Merle
April 11, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  Back in the early years of the biodiesel industry, Merle Haggard was one of the stars who came out in support of the American-made biofuel.

The country music legend who died last …

Letter: Biodiesel Fuel Part of a Great Life Cycle
April 11, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Lynn (The State Journal-Register)  I farm in Cass County. I am proud my equipment runs on a biodiesel blend. The fuel is home-grown and better for the environment. I just came in from …

Butterfield-Odin Students Visit Heron Lake Bioenergy
April 11, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Butterfield-Odin visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant on April 8 to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy.

During the 90 minute tour, the students were briefed …

CONFERENCE CALL: Food or Fuel? The Ongoing Ethanol “Corn”troversy — April 21, 2016
April 11, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
CONFERENCE CALL: Food or Fuel? The Ongoing Ethanol “Corn”troversy   —   April 21, 2016

Corn ethanol makes up the vast majority of liquid biofuels in the U.S. Industry says corn ethanol comes from an abundant feedstock that can be grown around the nation to help wean us off fossil …

WEBINAR: New Developments in Aviation Biofuel Production and Regulation — April 28, 2016
April 11, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: New Developments in Aviation Biofuel Production and Regulation   —   April 28, 2016

Join this webinar at 16:00 CET to hear about recent and upcoming developments in aviation biofuels production and regulation worldwide and get your questions answered by the experts from RSB, IATA and Amyris!

In this 45 …

Trying to Put a Price on Big Oil’s ‘Climate Obstruction’ Efforts
April 11, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Eric Roston (Bloomberg)  Oil giants and trade groups spend an estimated $115 million per year blocking climate policies — ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, and three oil-industry groups together spend $115 million a year on advocacy designed …

Sanders and Clinton Back Bioenergy, but Activists Say It’s the Wrong Alternative
April 11, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Josh Schlossberg (Truthout)   Climate change is a pillar of the presidential campaigns of both Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who have both made proposals to offer tax subsidies and other financial incentives to …

[Opinion] Advanced Biofuels: Nothing’s Perfect, but There’s a Lot of Good
April 11, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/The Biomass Monitor)  Is the glass half full or half empty? Is a feedstock sustainable or harmful to the environment? Is a conversion technology efficient or too complex? Is a …

Growth Energy to participate in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – The Auto Channel’s Marc Rauch Part of the Presentation Team
April 11, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  This week, Jim Miller, Vice President and Chief Economist of Growth Energy will travel with Steve Bleyl, Executive Vice President of Green Plains Inc., and Doug Berven, Vice President of Corporate Affairs of …

E15 Today, High-Octane E25 Tomorrow
April 11, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  One of the things that makes the American Coalition for Ethanol unique is our work alongside retailers and gas station owners to increase sales of E15 …

Exports Give U.S. Ethanol Producers an Outlet for Surplus
April 11, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Omah.com/Bloomberg)  At the Plymouth Energy plant in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt — where homegrown fuel from grain was supposed to ease American dependence on foreign oil — every drop of ethanol goes …

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million
April 11, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output …

Cool Planet Partners with J.R. Simplot Company to Distribute Innovative Cool Terra® Engineered Biocarbon™ Product to Improve Soil Health
April 11, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(Cool Planet)  Cool Planet is proud to announce a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agricultural companies in the nation. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra …

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons
April 11, 2016 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — …

Could Renewable Diesel’s Boom Be Cut Short by Feedstock Access and Availability?
April 11, 2016 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Renewable diesel demand is booming, booming, booming. We’ve tipped it repeatedly in The Digest, not least with our March Madness webinar last week on “Renewable Diesel’s Boom”. Any doubts may …

Engine Design Trends Lead to Increased Demand for Higher-Octane Gasoline
April 8, 2016 – 10:15 pm | No Comment

(US Energy Information Administration) Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased, reaching 11.3%, the highest share in over a decade, in August and September 2015. While lower gasoline …

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page
April 8, 2016 – 9:43 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & …

Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop — May 24-25, 2016 — San Diego, CA
April 8, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop   —   May 24-25, 2016   —  San Diego, CA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host the Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop on May 24–25, 2016, in San Diego, California. Because biological productivity is a key driver …

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers Increase the Value of Their Products
April 8, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added …

35,000 Students Take Virtual Field Trip
April 8, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Marshall (Precision Ag Wired)  This week students across the nation had to opportunity to visit a farm without ever getting on a school bus.  The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and Discovery Education have put …

Plans Farmers Are Making this Year in Reaction to Lower Commodity Prices.
April 8, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Zimm News)  J.L.Farmakis, Inc has just released a new research study conducted in February by Millennium Research that shows plans farmers are making this year in reaction to lower commodity prices.

Among the findings of the …

Japanese Team Cracks into Biofuel with Crab Shells
April 8, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Takuro Kusashio (Nikke)  Researchers at Kobe University say they have found a possible way to turn bits of crustaceans and insects into ethanol for about the same cost as producing the fuel from corn.

Chitin, …

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success
April 8, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization …

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

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

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

Growth Energy: More than 150 Million Miles Driven on E15
April 8, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An important milestone for higher ethanol fuel blends was reached recently. Major gasoline retailers working with Growth Energy have reported that over the past 12 months, using the U.S. average gas …

New Platforms, New Pathways: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Acids, the Molecules and Markets
April 8, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, Michele Rubino joined us in a March Madness webinar on the molecules and markets for organic acids, and presented the illuminating slides seen here. The main Digest …

Make Haste with Waste
April 8, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be queer, but they are here. Not only available, but reliable, you can count on the …

Putting a Price on Carbon: Ensuring Equity
April 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Noah Kaufman, Michael Obeiter and Eleanor Krause (World Resources Institute)  Putting a Price on Carbon: Ensuring Equity finds that the revenues form a carbon price can be used to address regional disparities and ensure that …

A Heated Mirror for Future Climate
April 8, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Richard B. Alley (Science Magazine)  Climate has always changed naturally, and this is not good news when contemplating a human-forced future. The natural responses have been as large as, or larger than, those simulated by …

Observational Constraints on Mixed-Phase Clouds Imply Higher Climate Sensitivity
April 8, 2016 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ivy Tan, Trude Storelvmo, Mark D. Zelinka (Science Magazine)  How much global average temperature eventually will rise depends on the Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS), which relates atmospheric CO2concentration to atmospheric temperature. For decades, ECS has …

University of Vermont Announces Online Bioenergy Professional Certificate Program Summer Session — June 15-August 3, 2016
April 8, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(University of Vermont)  A new era of clean BioEnergy solutions is beginning to emerge now. Clean sustainable Bioenergy such as Bio-Electricity and Biogas production from Dairy manure and Food Waste streams is becoming a well-known …

OPIC’s Expanding Horizons — May 3, 2016 — Atlanta, GA
April 7, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment
OPIC’s Expanding Horizons   —  May 3, 2016  —  Atlanta, GA

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses in Atlanta, GA on May 3rd, 2016, the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses …

BIO Latin America Conference — October 26-28, 2016 — São Paulo, Brazil
April 7, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
BIO Latin America Conference  —  October 26-28, 2016  — São Paulo, Brazil

BIO Latin America is the ideal venue to explore the innovation and partnering opportunities in Latin America’s rapidly-growing life science industry. Join high level executives, government leaders, academics and investors from around the globe to …

Ethanol & Biofuel Asia — June 29-30,2016 — Singapore
April 7, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
Ethanol & Biofuel Asia  —  June 29-30,2016  — Singapore

We are planning the Ethanol & Biofuel Asia 2016 on June 29-30, Singapore and expecting 80+ delegates attend the event.  READ MORE

RENEXPO® Poland — October 19-20, 2016 — Warsaw, Poland
April 7, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
RENEXPO® Poland   —   October 19-20, 2016  —  Warsaw, Poland

Over the last years, the RENEXPO® Poland has grown into one of the most important renewable energy trade fairs in Poland.  The focus of the international renewable energy trade fair, taking place on October 19 …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) — May 9-10, 2017 — Utrecht, The Netherlands
April 7, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA)   —  May 9-10, 2017  —  Utrecht, The Netherlands

First launched in 2014 in the City of Abu Dhabi, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) is the world’s largest showcase of sustainable agriculture innovations and the most influential series of events for …

5th Biobased World 2016: Chemicals and Plastics — May 9-11, 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
April 7, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
5th Biobased World 2016: Chemicals and Plastics  —  May 9-11, 2016  —  Bangkok, Thailand

With an abundant agriculture biomass feedstock, ready to be value-added to bioplastics and materials, Asia is set to be the ideal production hub to marry technology and feedstock. Against the backdrop of low oil prices, …

9th Annual Dupont Summit 2016 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 2, 2016 — Washington, DC
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9th Annual Dupont Summit 2016 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 2, 2016 — Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 9th Annual Dupont Summit 2016 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 2, 2016 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: September 15, 2016
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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  9th Annual Dupont Summit 2016 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy  —  December 2, 2016   —   Washington, DC   DEADLINE:  September 15, 2016

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

7th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit — October 19-20, 2016 — Lyons, France
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7th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit   —   October 19-20, 2016  —  Lyons, France

ACI’s 7th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit 2016 will explore the ongoing developments of turning waste CO2 into profitable, commercially viable opportunities. With insights from key industry players from pilot stage to full scale entities, the …

WEBINAR: Making Sense of Data: Leveraging the Numbers to Improve Performance — April 28, 2016
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WEBINAR:  Making Sense of Data: Leveraging the Numbers to Improve Performance  —   April 28, 2016

Ethanol plants run by the numbers, collecting millions of bytes of data along the way. Automating data aggregation and getting it into a central, user friendly interface is the first step in making good use …

Circling Opportunity
April 7, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Blue Sphere Corp.’s two-prong business development strategy in the global waste-to-energy industry is proving to be fruitful.  —  … Blue Sphere’s first two stateside anaerobic digestion (AD) projects have reached final …

Ethanol Completes the Puzzle
April 7, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  We have a tremendous opportunity to make the case in the Midterm Review in what EPA says will be a “data driven and transparent process.” We can show …

Branstad Signs Chemical Tax Credit Bill in Ames
April 7, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Austin Harrington (Ames Tribune)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds came to Iowa State University Wednesday to sign a bill into law that will create a $10 million tax credit for companies …

Minnesota Breathes Easier after 10 Years with Biodiesel Standard
April 7, 2016 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(The American Lung Association in Minnesota/Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota’s commitment to biodiesel use has paid off with an important impact on air quality, according to an analysis of the cleaner-burning fuel by the American Lung Association …

BiobasedWorld — February 15-16, 2017 — Cologne, Germany
April 7, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment
BiobasedWorld   —   February 15-16, 2017  —  Cologne, Germany

CANCELLED FOR 2017  See http://www.biobasedworld.de/en/home.html for current information.

BiobasedWorld is all about practical application. Invited keynote speakers give a broad perspective on the most important topics in industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy – exhibitors add their view and …

Nigeria: NNPC Shops for Investors for Ethanol Plant
April 7, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Roseline Okere (AllAfrica)  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is seeking investors for its Renewable Energy Division (RED) to implement Nigeria’s automotive biofuels industry programme through a series of planned Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).
The automotive …

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth
April 7, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The Digest.  The recorded version of …

Grease Is the Word
April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look …

The Problem With Hillary Clinton Isn’t Just Her Corporate Cash. It’s Her Corporate Worldview.
April 7, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Naomi Klein (The Nation) Clinton is uniquely unsuited to the epic task of confronting the fossil-fuel companies that profit from climate change. … The Clinton camp really doesn’t like talking about fossil-fuel money.

The very suggestion that taking …

Seismic Report Links Earthquakes to Fracking
April 7, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Adam Klasfeld (Courthouse News Service)  Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity.
Released …

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol
April 7, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …

Key Enzyme Discovered in Botryococcus braunii
April 7, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying the common green microalga Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal …

WEBINAR: “Train the Trainer” Ethanol Emergency Response — August 31, 2016
April 6, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  “Train the Trainer” Ethanol Emergency Response  —  August 31, 2016

RFA and TRANSCAER®  are hosting a webinar training opportunity titled “Train the Trainer” to members and their emergency response teams. Professional hazmat trainer Richard Miller of the International Association of Fire Chiefs will teach individuals how …

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

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

Push Poll Push Back
April 6, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Petroleum Institute has unveiled yet another anti-biofuel poll. The latest released during a media call today was conducted by Harris Poll. According to the poll, 77 percent of registered …

California Energy Commission Grant: Altex & Unitel Partner to Demonstrate a New Technology for Making Synthetic Gasoline from Biomass
April 6, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire / Unitel Technologies)   -Unitel Technologies announced that Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce 1 BPD of synthetic gasoline from biomass. …

Clean Diesel Delivers Greenhouse Gas Reductions Targets for Maryland
April 6, 2016 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Legislation signed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday will seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 relative to emissions generated in 2006.

“As Governor Hogan signs legislation to cut …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

Brazil’s President Rousseff Signs Biodiesel Increase into Law
April 6, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  At the presidential palace March 23, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law the mandatory percentage increase of biodiesel blended with diesel fuel from the current 7 percent to 8 …

AGQM, FAM Invite Participants in Biodiesel Round Robin Testing
April 6, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  … The analysis of components and the final product forms a major part of the quality assurance of fuels. Therefore, reliable monitoring and testing of the product properties of biodiesel and rapeseed oil …

Austrian Biodiesel Technology Provider Wins Award for BTL Process
April 6, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  BDI-BioEnergy International AG received an innovation award for its biomass-to-liquid technology, called BioCrack, March 29 during Austria’s State Awards Innovation 2016 ceremony held by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research …

Ethanol Plants in Troubles as Vietnam’s Plan to Boost Biofuel Fails
April 6, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Tuoi Tre News)  An ambitious plan by the Vietnamese government to encourage the use of biofuel, or ethanol-mixed petrol, is not working as well as expected, sealing the fate of three multimillion-dollar ethanol plants.

The ethanol …

Second Auction for Rotten Rice Attracts Interest from Private Sector
April 6, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Thai PBS)  The second government auction for low-quality rice stocks has been met with positive feedback yesterday with the private sector making bids for a total of 240,000 tons worth over 1.5 billion baht. Sixteen bidders …

DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA Projects Seek to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Crop Development
April 6, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects …

Carbon Levy Cash to Finance Biodiesel Refinery in Edmonton
April 6, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  Edmonton company promises cheaper, cleaner biodiesel on a commercial level  —  An Edmonton based company plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, …

Up, Up & Away: The Top 10 Magic Moments in Aviation Biofuels in 2016
April 6, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia formed a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel. The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the …

Market Study: Emerging Opportunities for Algae Biofuels to Supplement Fossil Fuels
April 6, 2016 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Emerging opportunities for algal biofuels, particularly in the Persian Gulf region, may propel the success of the industry, a new market study by Future Market Insights finds.

Algae was first discovered as a fuel …

From Near-Dropout to PhD, Berkeley Lab Scientist Now at Forefront of Biofuels Revolution
April 6, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Julie Chao (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab scientist Ee-Been Goh thrives on re-engineering bacteria and mentoring students.  —  … “My mom would say, ‘You used to be the worst in school—why would you want to …

Energy Department Charting New Future for Wastewater Treatment
April 6, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Sarisky-Reed (Department of Energy)  … Unfortunately, the American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card gives the wastewater infrastructure in America a D-grade, and says “capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and stormwater systems …

WEBINAR: How Does Feedstock Type Affect Biofuels Conversion? — April 20, 2016
April 6, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: How Does Feedstock Type Affect Biofuels Conversion?  —  April 20, 2016

In honor of Earth Week, you are invited to join a webinar about the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Field-to-Fleet project and its outcomes to date on Wednesday, April 20, 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time. …

UK Biofuel Use in Transport Drops 17% y/y in 2015
April 6, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Plamena Tisheva  (See News)  UK biofuel consumption in road transport dropped by 17.1% last year compared to 2014, with biodiesel use slumping 30%, government statistics showed today.

Bioethanol consumption recorded a smaller 2.1% decline and as …

Can Biofuel Crops and Cover Crops Coexist?
April 6, 2016 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Young (AgriNews)  Cover crop and row crop biofuels systems can work together. They may have to as the Renewable Fuel Standard spurs increased demand for biofuels while many are calling for more controls …

CA Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Questioned: Study Raises Doubts About Long-Term Viability of Rule
April 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  California’s controversial low-carbon fuel standard may not be able to survive long term unless more biodiesel and corn-based ethanol are allowed into the state’s market quickly, according to a …

Landfill Gas Project Opens in Orange County, California
April 6, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Orange County, CA/Biomass Magazine)  Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer recently joined with government, business and project development officials for a ribbon-cutting to ceremonially open the Bowerman Power Project renewable energy facility.

The landfill gas-to-electricity …

Energy Department Requests Information on Carbon Use and Reuse Technology Opportunities for the U.S. Power Generation Sector
April 6, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  DOE is considering more significant support for Research & Development (R&D) in carbon use. It is surveying technology approaches and seeking up-to-date information on technologies for beneficially using CO2 captured from fossil-fuel …

The Roads to Decoupling: 21 Countries Are Reducing Carbon Emissions While Growing GDP
April 6, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Nate Aden (World Resources Institute)  As countries embark on the transition to a new climate economy, there’s a debate about whether growth can drive, or even coexist with, climate stabilization. On the other side …

China’s Grain Reforms to Boost Depressed Corn Processing Industry
April 6, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Niu Shuping and David Stanway (Reuters/AgWeek)  China’s plan to let the market set corn prices is bad news for international grain exporters, but should boost the country’s struggling corn processors that use the grain …

Ethanol, Biodiesel Added to Rail Report
April 6, 2016 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) As of April 4, the federal government’s Petroleum Supply Monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration includes more frequent data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroads.

The EIA now reports monthly rail …

Sweet Spot: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Acids, the Molecules and Markets
April 6, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, Michele Rubino joined us in a March Madness webinar on the molecules and markets for organic acids, and presented the illuminating slides seen below. For further illumination, …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

Biofuel Trade Associations Ask Congressional Leaders to Extend Advanced Biofuel Incentives
April 5, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Business Wire)  Today, six biofuel trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking Congress for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. The Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass …

Germans Give Thumbs up to Biofuels
April 5, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  More than two thirds of Germans view biofuels in a positive light, a new study suggests.  The representative survey, conducted by market survey analysts TNS Infratest, questioned more than 1,000 German residents and …

Fuel Option that Reduces Emissions Already Exists
April 5, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … A proposal introduced last week by Representative Pat Garofalo would provide rebates of up to $2,500 dollars for those who buy or lease a new electric or plug-in hybrid car. …

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Flammable Liquid Unit Trains Response Curriculum
April 5, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Transportation)  Online Resource Offers Responders a Flexible Approach to Pre-Incident Planning for Rail Incidents — The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced the launch of the …

Iowa Corn Feeds Brazil’s Fuel Tanks as Demand Spurs Import Surge
April 5, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Sao Paolo ethanol now 39% more expensive than fuel from Iowa;
American glut also spurs exports to China, Philippines, India  —

At the Plymouth Energy LLC plant in the heart of the U.S. …

DOE BETO Updates Multi-Year Program Plan
April 5, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and …

Argentina Ups Ethanol Blending Mandate in Gasoline to 12% from 10%
April 5, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  The Argentine government Friday said it has raised the ethanol blending mandate in gasoline to 12% from 10% with immediate effect, according to a decree published in the Official Bulletin, the government’s …

Malawi Ethanol Pricing Policy Still up in the Air a Year Later
April 5, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malawi, the government still hasn’t approved or put forward a proposal of its own for ethanol pricing that would allow higher blends to be sold at the pump. The …

REG’s Rolling Thunder: What Did Not Kill Them (Falling Oil Prices), Made Them Stronger
April 5, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been a couple of years since we visited REG and the difference is palpable. The company has become a little ADM, rather than a big Amyris or TerraVia. You …

Abundant Quantity, Low Cost, Organic Acids: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Rivertop Renewables
April 5, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rivertop has developed a way to make glucaric acid, glucarates and other biodegradable chemicals from renewable resources in abundant quantity and at a low cost. These and other renewable chemicals …

WEBINAR: Learn about New Data on the Rail Transportation of Ethanol and Biodiesel — April 7, 2016
April 5, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: Learn about New Data on the Rail Transportation of Ethanol and Biodiesel  —   April 7, 2016

Starting with the April 4th release of the March 2016 Petroleum Supply Monthly, which has data for January 2016, EIA included new data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroad.

The new data is fully integrated …

BRAG Petition Succeeds: EPA Expands Chemical Data Reporting Exemptions To Biodiesel Products
April 5, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell/BRAG)  On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule amends …

Biotech Breakthrough: Reverse Photosynthesis Could Be the Energy Source of Future
April 5, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(I4U News)  Danish researchers discover a process called reverse photosynthesis that can make chemicals and biofuels. The discovery has a potential to revolutionize industrial production  —  Photosynthesis, as most of us know, is a process …

Air Canada Partners in Biojet Supply Chain Initiative to Introduce Sustainable Aviation Biofuel to a Canadian Airport
April 5, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Air Canada)   Air Canada today announced it will participate in Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into …

12th Annual F.O. Licht’s Sugar & Ethanol Brazil — April 25-27, 2016 — Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 4, 2016 – 7:26 pm | No Comment
12th Annual F.O. Licht’s Sugar & Ethanol Brazil  —  April 25-27, 2016  —  Sao Paulo, Brazil

The latest information for 2016/17 season on sugarcane availability, the sugar/ethanol split and prices
The latest in terms of new investments and new policy developments in Brazil
Increasing capacity by 25% – how Brazil is going to …

China Team Identifies New Thermophilic Bacterium for Direct Production of Ethanol from Brown Algae
April 4, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(GreenCarCongress)  Researchers from the Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified and characterized the first thermophilic bacterium capable (Defluviitalea phaphyphila) of direct …

Johor Ready to Lead Production of Biodiesel Alternative Energy, Says Khaled
April 4, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Bernama/New Straits Times)  Johor is ready to lead the production of biodiesel as an alternative source of fuel energy and become a major global energy generator in the future. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled …

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland
April 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone, a ‘giant’ step towards securing a large-scale biofuels industry in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the …

Biofuel Producers with Poor Soil Should Consider Prairie Cordgrass
April 4, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Salt-affected land is not useful for producing food crops, but biomass producers could take advantage of salt-tolerant perennial grasses to make use of that land. –In a greenhouse …

Ted Cruz on Energy and Climate: Free Market Directions
April 4, 2016 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert Bradley Jr. (Master Resource)  … 1) Do you support ending all energy subsidies, including cleaning up the tax code to treat all types of energy the same?  A: Yes, I support a true all-of-the-above …

Industry Group Drops Low-Carbon Fuel Fight
April 4, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Hillary Borrud (Portland Tribune)  An oil industry group announced Thursday it will abandon a bid to get voters to weaken or repeal Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard. The Oregon Fuels Association had filed three initiatives targeting …

DOE Releases First Annual Energy Employment Report
April 4, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has released its first annual energy employment analysis. The report focuses on how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in the …

After a Decade of Growth, Corn Use for Ethanol Projected to Decline
April 4, 2016 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Ag Professional)  Ethanol production in the United States is based almost entirely on corn as a feedstock. Corn‑based ethanol production is projected to fall over the next 10 years.

This reflects declining overall …

Election Impacts on the US Biofuels Markets
April 4, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Stratas Advisors)  The 2016 elections have raised clouds of questions for many involved in the US biofuels markets. The conflicting and inflated rhetoric surrounding biofuels and climate policy gives the impression that drastic change is …

EEP Southern and East Africa Issues Call for Project Proposals DEADLINE: April 25, 2016
April 4, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In South Africa, the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the …

After New Orleans, “Keep It In the Ground” Movement Gears Up for More Action
April 4, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(350.org)  “Break Free” protests this May will see actions at fossil fuel sites around the world  —  Hundreds of people marched around the Superdome in New Orleans on Wednesday and then headed inside to disrupt …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: The 2016 Visual Guide
April 4, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive specified …

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Collaborating with Comet Biorefining to Develop Agricultural Biomass Supply Chain
April 4, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining)  Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer’s cooperative, confirms that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain …

Enerkem Biofuel Plant, Backed by City of Edmonton, Mired in Legal Controversy
April 4, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Sylvain Bascaron (CBC News)  Lawsuits totalling $7.4 million allege unpaid services and supplies — Already years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, a project to turn the city of Edmonton’s waste …

Making Lignin Pay: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide
April 4, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Making Lignin Pay — Now, Soon, Never?” Here below are the slides presented on the day.  The recorded version can be accessed here.  …

Gevo’s Alcohol to Jet Fuel Clears Key ASTM Hurdle
April 4, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  First commercial test flight with Alaska Airlines comes closer

In Colorado, ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants and Subcommittee D02.J on Aviation Fuel passed a concurrent …

Redefining Renewable Biomass: A Policy Change with Cascading Outcomes
April 4, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Katie E. Moore-Drougas, Daniel T. Schwartz, Laurel James and Jim Durglo (Brookings Institution)  … One solution that has the potential to substantially curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a change in the Energy Independence and Security …

Corvallis Makes Switch to Cleaner, Renewable Fuel
April 4, 2016 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(KEZI)  About 40 city vehicles, including buses, will switch over to renewable diesel this summer –that’s about one third of the city’s vehicle pool.

Renewable diesel burns cleaner and offers more power and better mileage while …

Kinder Morgan Halts Work on $1B Pipeline
April 4, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Longview News Journal)  Kinder Morgan is halting work on the $1 billion Palmetto Pipeline after Georgia lawmakers approved a one-year moratorium on permits for petroleum pipelines in the state.

The Texas-based energy company said in a …

Survival of the Hardest-Working — Cells that Work Hard Stay Alive, Lazy Cells Die
April 4, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Beth Miller (Washington University)  A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis discovered a way to improve production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals, materials and other useful chemicals by capitalizing on the work ethic …