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DOE Announces $10M in Funding for “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Project
January 18, 2013 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DOE sets goal of 2,500 gallon per acre algae biomass demonstration by 2018.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced a “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Funding Opportunity of up …

If You Have the Stones: The Ethanol Blend Wall, Revisited
January 18, 2013 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ah, that was a time when leaders had the stones to set difficult targets and stick to them, preferring to bet on American know-how than organize the sounding of …

9th Sugar World Asia April 28-30, 2013 Yangon, Burma/Myanmar
January 18, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment
9th Sugar World Asia    April 28-30, 2013  Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

CMT is an active global conference organizer and since 1982 supports business development across Asia, MidEast/Africa and the Americas. Recent political and economic reforms in Myanmar are very encouraging with the country favored as the …

RIN Management and RIN Marketing Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules
January 18, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Hove  (RINAlliance/EcoEngineers)  RINAlliance was established in 2007 to assist petroleum marketers and renewable fuel blenders with EPA blending compliance requirements. Today, RINAlliance serves 130 blenders with EPA reporting and RIN marketing. They currently manage …

Center Awards Funds for Biofuel Advancements
January 17, 2013 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schulman  (   The Biofuels Center of North Carolina awarded $766,256 to 14 entities led by AdvantageWest Economic Development Group to advance biofuels in the region and create jobs, support sustainability, agribusiness, diverse education …

Choice at the Pump E15 Is Currently Cleared for Sale in a Handful of States, with Work Ongoing to Bring It to the Rest of the U.S.
January 17, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 convenience stores, didn’t just open the first E15 retail pump in the nation. Not long after offering 15 percent ethanol at the first station …

U.S. to Become Largest Liquid-Fuels Producer in 2013, BP Says
January 17, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Brian Swint & Lananh Nguyen  (Bloomberg)  The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia this year to become the largest producer of liquid fuels, BP Plc (BP/) said.
Liquids output, which includes oil, natural gas …

The Potential of Di-Methyl Ether (DME) as an Alternative Fuel for Compression-Ignition Engines: A Review
January 17, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Constantine Arcoumanis, Choongsik Bae, Roy Crookes, Eiji Kinoshita (Fuel/Science Direct)  This paper reviews the properties and application of di-methyl ether (DME) as a candidate fuel for compression-ignition engines. DME is produced by the conversion of …

Biodiesel Production from Vegetable Oil Using Heterogenous Acid and Alkali Catalyst
January 17, 2013 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Junhua Zhang, Shangxing Chen, Rui Yang, Yuanyuan Yan (Fuel/Science Direct)  Zanthoxylum bungeanum seed oil (ZSO) with high free fatty acids (FFA) can be used for biodiesel production by ferric sulfate-catalyzed esterification followed by transesterification using calcium …

Simultaneous Determination of Cu and Pb in Fuel Ethanol by Graphite Furnace AAS Using Tungsten Permanent Modifier with Co-Injection of Ir
January 17, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Luana Novaes Santos, José Anchieta Gomes Neto, Naise Mary Caldas (Fuel/Science Direct)  A method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of Cu and Pb in ethanol fuel by GF AAS using a transversely heated …

Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Fuels from Biomass Pyrolysis
January 17, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Diego Iribarren, Jens F. Peters, Javier Dufour  (Fuel/Science Direct)  This article evaluates the environmental performance of a biofuel production system based on the fast pyrolysis of short-rotation poplar biomass using a Life Cycle Assessment …

Acid-Catalyzed Esterification of Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) Oil with High Free Fatty Acids for Biodiesel Production
January 17, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by K.V. Thiruvengadaravi, J. Nandagopal, P. Baskaralingam, V. Sathya Selva Bala, S. Sivanesan (Fuel/Science Direct)  We report the production of a biodiesel fuel by acid-catalyzed esterification of high free fatty acid (FFA) karanja oil (KO). Pretreated …

Transesterification of Soybean Oil to Biodiesel Using CaO as a Solid Base Catalyst
January 17, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(Fuel)  In this study, transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel using CaO as a solid base catalyst was studied. The reaction mechanism was proposed and the separate effects of the molar ratio of methanol to …

Breaking the Oil Monopoly With Renewable Fuel
January 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(AOL Energy/Fuels America Coalition)  The oil industry has taken aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a self-interested bid to retain dominance over America’s transportation fuel sector. Our dependence on oil is stifling consumer …

San Diego Company Adding 19 E85 Pumps at California Stations
January 16, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Count Pearson Fuels, and the state of California for that matter, is among proponents of boosting ethanol content in light-duty vehicle fuel. San Diego-based Person received a $1.35-million grant to add …

American Petroleum Institute: Clean Fuels Standard “Unworkable”; RFA Chief Says “Nuts”.
January 16, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  During a media conference call today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “unworkable” and stated that they would “like to see complete repeal of the …

Clean, Green Options Lacking as Airlines Seek Alternatives to Petroleum
January 16, 2013 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (Environment and Energy Daily/Greenwire)  …It takes a lot of petroleum to get an airplane going, and electrifying the fleet is not an option.
So airlines are scrambling for cleaner, greener and cheaper fuels. “We …

Black Carbon Ranks as Second-Biggest Human Cause of Global Warming
January 16, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Soot ranks as the second-largest human contributor to climate change, exerting twice as much of an impact as previously  thought, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
The four-year, 232-page study …

UPM Scoop Investment for Potential France-Based Biodiesel Facility
January 16, 2013 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy News)  Finland-based bio and forestry business UPM has picked up multi-million investment to aid the construction of a biorefinery in France.  The European Commission has awarded a grant of €170 million ($222 million) as …

Sugar Rush: Sweetwater, Front Range Ink $100M Cellulosic Biofuels Deal
January 16, 2013 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Front Range becomes third ethanol plant in 3 weeks to head for cost reductions, RIN opportunities with advanced feedstocks, technology.
…In New York, Sweetwater Energy announced a 15-year commercial agreement with …

NYC Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup
January 16, 2013 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(BioHeat)  NYC Gets Greener with Bioheat® Fuel to Advance Sustainability
Bioheat says “Thanks” by awarding $30,000 to Charities that also “warm” NYC
In December 2012, New York City launched its mandate for traditional home heating oil to …

Vilsack Ties Farm Bill to Biofuels, Will Serve Again as Ag Secretary
January 16, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the future success of biofuels in this country is also tied to successfully getting a new five-year farm bill passed. Speaking to delegates of the …

Court Rules against Big Oil in Dispute over Ethanol Blend
January 16, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(FuelFix)  Despite protests from the oil industry, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow a challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency decision encouraging more ethanol to be blended into gasoline.
The American Petroleum Institute, …

A.I.M. Releases 2012 Year in Review
January 16, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The year 2012 will go down in history as a turning point for the algae industry. It was the year that algae biofuel became a heated part of the political arena, from …

New Markets Tax Credits Spur Investment
January 15, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  There is a little secret in the renewable energy sector that many don’t know about –New Markets Tax Credits. These tax credits provide incentives for private investors to help fund projects …

Letter to the Editor — RFA Responds to “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices”
January 15, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … In his column, “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices,” (Tulsa World, January 11), Andrew P. Morriss presents his own opinions and his own facts.
Contrary to Mr. Morriss, ethanol …

Aviation Biofuels: “Are You Getting on Board?” Lufthansa Remarks
January 15, 2013 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In his presentation at DOE’s Biomass 2012, Joachin Buse (Vice President Aviation Biofuels, Lufthansa German Airlines) claimed that aviation biofuels have the strongest impact on mitigation of climate change.
He …

Algarve University Develops Bio Ethanol Using Carobs
January 15, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(The Portugal News Online)  Researchers from the University of the Algarve have presented a pioneering research project in which bio ethanol was produced from carobs.
Researcher Maria Emília Costa from the Centre of Marine and Environmental …

Give Ethanol Critics “the Finger”…. Join ACE’s Grassroots Letter Writing Campaign
January 15, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  Want to help fight the misinformation campaign against E15 blends that is being put out there by the American Automobile Association (AAA)?
Do you want to help let people know how E15 …

Biofuels: Between a Rock and a Green Place
January 15, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by  Kylie Schultz (The International)  With the possibility of an oil crisis on the horizon, a scramble for renewable and sustainable energy sources is underway. In recent years, plant-based fuels known as biofuels have emerged as …

Seaweed-Based Ethanol Technology Gets Boost in Vietnam
January 15, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals
Deep in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam a small bio-refinery is converting seaweed into protein, fuel-blendable alcohol, and a bacterial soil product. …

4 Reasons Why Canada Is Becoming a Biofuels Hotspot
January 15, 2013 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Strong biofuels flight results, advances in algae, new commitments in venture capital and revived interest from the Canadian Navy.   Biofuels are off to a fast start in 2013 in …

Canada May Try Biofuels in Navy Ships
January 15, 2013 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(CBC News/The Canadian Press) The federal government is soliciting proposals for how it might use biofuels to replace traditional diesel in Royal Canadian Navy vessels — assuming the price is right.
“Naval vessels and platforms have traditionally …

Five Questions with Tom Brutnell
January 14, 2013 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Tomich (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)  …A local hub for biofuels research is the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur. Much of the biofuels work there is funded by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable …

New Fuel Blend Creates Stir in Industry, Yakima Valley
January 14, 2013 – 8:48 pm | No Comment

by Phil Ferolito  (Yakima Herald-Republic)  A newly approved gasoline blend that contains more ethanol is causing a stir among automakers and fuel retailers, who say the industry isn’t ready for the change.
They fear the new …

ACE Compares AAA’s E15, Low-Octane Fuel Responses
January 14, 2013 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol has reacted to the American Automobile Association’s criticism of E15 by comparing and contrasting the organization’s response to E15 with that of its response …

Vinema Plans $354 Million Brazil Grain-Ethanol Projects
January 14, 2013 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Vinema Biorefinarias do Sul Ltda., a Brazilian biofuel company, plans to spend 720 million reais ($354 million) building the nation’s first six ethanol-fuel mills that use grains as raw material.
…The …

Bill Would Get Rid of Florida’s Ethanol Mandate
January 14, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Troy Kinsey (  …Republican representative Matt Gaetz is filing a bill to do away with Florida’s ethanol mandate.
…“It’s not the final solution to our energy needs, but it certainly can supplement our energy needs.  …

The Market and Mother Nature
January 14, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Friedman (New York Times)  Whenever I hear the word “cliff,” I am reminded of something that President Obama’s science adviser, John Holdren, used to say about how we need to respond to climate …

Environmentalists Urge Obama to Block Keystone XL and Act on Climate Change
January 14, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  After a strategy of ‘climate silence’ during president’s first term, activist groups signal intent to be more vocal in next four years
More than 70 environmental groups called on Barack Obama to take …

Pennsylvanians Angry about Plans to Ship Gas Overseas
January 14, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Alexandra Duszak (  When Pennsylvanians agreed to a massive increase in natural gas drilling in the state, they were told that the economic benefit would outweigh any potential risk to the environment.
The drilling employs …

EU to Revive Debate on Minimum Energy Tax Levels
January 14, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  EU officials are to debate a new set of tax proposals to promote clean fuel and erode fiscal advantages that have made diesel relatively cheap, a document seen by Reuters showed.
…Ahead of a …

Colonialism and the Green Economy: Villagers Defy Pressure to Forfeit Farms for Carbon-Offset
January 14, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel C Marotta and Jennifer Coute-Marotta  (Truthout)  All names are fictitious as sources requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Anonymity and people’s  requests that no pictures be taken were prerequisites for attaining interviews. …

China Set for Renewable Energy Boom
January 14, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

( …In its study entitled, “China Renewable Energy” released this week, it said that there are three key drivers behind the continued interest in renewable energy in China: its increasing demand for electricity; reduction in …

USDA Announces Investments in Bioenergy Research and Development to Spur New Markets, Innovation, and Unlimited Opportunity in Rural America
January 14, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix today, where he announced $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from …

Algae.Tec Gets Green Light for $12.15 million from Australian Government
January 14, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Algae.Tec/PR NewsWire) Algae.Tec today announced approval from the Australian Government for an AU$12.15 million cash refund on Australian and overseas development expenditure for the financial year 30 June 2012 to 30 June 2015.
The terms of …

Could Formula One Racing Cars Influence Family Cars of the Future?
January 13, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(  … It seems unlikely but motorsport engineers and specialists from around the world have been discussing just that at the 2013 Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium.
McLaren and Caterham Formula One racing teams, plus Audi Sport …

Blue Sun Reinvests Biodiesel Tax Credit Revenue into Technology
January 12, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Blue Sun Biodiesel CEO Leigh Freeman said his company will immediately invest payments from credits earned in 2012 to advance its next-generation biofuel technologies.
…Specifically, Blue Sun is investing in a …

Biodiesel Experts Int’l Rolls out New Enzymatic Skid Processors
January 12, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Experts International has unveiled its new, fully automated, skid-mounted enzymatic biodiesel processing system. After two years of development work to hone the process and build the first unit, the …

Renewable Fuels Legislation Crib Sheet
January 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … Legislation can be hard to digest and so the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy created a “crib” sheet, or alert, giving a brief overview of how the Act will …

D.C.’s Clean-Energy Conundrum
January 12, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Paul Dickerson and Thomas Burton  (Reuters/Mintz Levin) …Clean technologies are likely to be the next great industry and economic success story. Whether that happens in the United States or not is up to us.
…Yet there …

Step in Right Direction to Sustainability
January 12, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Ashville Citizen-Times)  Thanks to an innovative program aimed at helping North Carolina become more self-sufficient when it comes to energy, Asheville’s popular Biltmore Estate, that venerable bastion of the region’s travel and tourism industry, soon …

Momentum Builds after Second Annual Civic and Small-Xcale Biofuels Convening
January 12, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center received incredibly positive feedback from its 13 December 2012 event, Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Statewide: A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties. The event, held …

Strengthening and Serving a Growing Biofuels Community February 8, 2013 Oxford, NC
January 12, 2013 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
Strengthening and Serving a Growing Biofuels Community   February 8, 2013   Oxford, NC

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will hold a joint symposium on Friday, 8 February 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. to highlight facilities, services, and …

The Political Implications of America’s Oil & Gas Boom – James Kwak Interview
January 12, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (  … To help us look at these issues and more we managed to speak with the well known economist James Kwak. James is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School …

Record Expansion for Kum & Go
January 12, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Marianne Wilson (Chain Store Age)   … New Kum & Go stores feature an increased focus on sustainability.
“All of our new store prototypes since 2011 are submitted for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design …

U.S. Energy Initiatives to Setup Its First Biodiesel Facility in California
January 12, 2013 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Initiatives)  U.S. Enerby Initiatives Corp announced that is has signed a Letter of Intent to form a Joint Venture that will provide the tools, experience and support to build several small scale biodiesel …

U.S. Biodiesel Producers Gain from Tax Reinstatement

, RIN Integrity Programs
January 11, 2013 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Biofuels Digest)  …Larger producers of biodiesel like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland get a higher price for their RINs than the producers with smaller balance sheets. For producers outside of the largest, …

7 Bleeding-Edge Technologies Unlocking Mighty Value in the First-Gen Ethanol Fleet
January 11, 2013 – 9:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The most popular technologies that are targeting the corn ethanol fleet?
1. Feedstock switching. Sorghum as the new corn? …
2. Advanced extraction and yield technologies. …
3. Advanced enzymes. …
4. Enzymes in …

Investing in Biofuels and Biobased Intermediates
January 11, 2013 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  …What exactly are they? As the name suggests, they are products made from renewable sources that are not sold directly into the end-user market but are, instead, sold to other …

Engineered Bacteria Make Fuel from Sunlight
January 11, 2013 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(University of California-Davis)  Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the …

No End in Sight to Rwanda’s Wait for Biodiesel Plant
January 11, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

By Kabona Esiara (The East African)   A biodiesel project that was seen as one of Rwanda’s solutions to its high energy bill has run into trouble.
The government launched the pilot biodiesel and bioethanol production plant …

Incbio and DC Biofuels Have Signed an Agreement for the Supply of a 7.5 MGY Biodiesel Plant
January 11, 2013 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Incbio)  Incbio, has just secured an agreement to supply DC Biofuels with a 7.5 million gallon per year (28.000 MT/year) Biodiesel plant. It will incorporate Incbio’s ultrasonic reactors, as well as solid catalyst acid esterification …

Up, Up and Away: Aviation Biofuels Players Start Building Capacity
January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now – it’s all about organizing sustainable, affordable feedstock and building capacity. And, airlines providing capital for the first commercial projects — to ensure that capacity building reaches levels in …

ENEnergy Gets Ethanol, Butanol Project Support from Australian Government
January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, ENEnergy Australia (ENA) announced approval has been received from the Australian Government for its first project in Northern Australia under the R&D tax incentive scheme. The project approval …

LSU AgCenter to Open Pilot Biofuels Plant Jan. 25
January 11, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Town Talk)  The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute plans a Jan. 25 opening for a pilot plant designed to produce biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts.
The centerpiece of the AgCenter’s sustainable bioproducts …

The Biggest Biofuels Myths, DeMythtefied
January 11, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When headlines run dire, ask yourself: are they real?   In today’s Digest, we give you a guide to managing the myth minefield — and the roaring trade in disinformation …

Don’t Believe Everything You Read. Fact check on NYT’s Guatemala Corn/Ethanol Story
January 11, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here is a fact check of the January 6th New York Times article “As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs” by Elisabeth Rosenthal:
NYT: In the tiny tortillerias of …

Chisumbanje Ethanol Set for Mandatory Blending
January 11, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Brian Chitemba  (The Independent)   The Chisumbanje Ethanol Project is set to resume production on Monday after the adoption of recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.
…After a series of …

Delayed Flowering Results in up to 50 Percent Increase in Biofuel Crop Yield
January 11, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(  Researchers working on the biofuel crop Miscanthus sacchariflorus, commonly known as Asian Elephant Grass, have shown that delaying flowering in the plant can result in a 50% growth increase.The discovery could have important implications for …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Not Expected to Spread Alternative Fuels in Region
January 11, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Tom MacDonald (  … Norm Woolley of Woolley Fuel Company in the North Jersey suburb of Maplewood has been pumping the alternative fuel for four years.
He says most of the diesel he pumps now …

The Cellulosic Biofuels Tipping Point
January 11, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As cellulosic biofuels reach commercial-scale, is the tipping point for wide deployment near – and will it be based on breakthroughs in capex, opex or yield? Actually, it may be …

E85 Availability Boosted in Nebraska, California
January 11, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nebraska now has about 80 flex-fuel pumps with the addition of two new ones at the Stop N Go in Hartington, Neb., and in California, Pearson Fuels just …

How The Fiscal Cliff Bill Might Void Your Car’s Warranty
January 11, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Pete Bigelow  (AOL Autos)  Legislation could widen use of E15 fuel blend, which automakers say can corrode your engine
Thanks to the fiscal cliff bill signed into law last week, a blend of fuel that …

Maine DEP Working on Plan to Ban Gas Blends with More than 10 Percent Ethanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Stone   (Bangor Daily News)  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to wade into a national debate surrounding gasoline blends made up of more than 10 percent ethanol.
The state agency is …

A Look at DuPont Biofuel’s Work on Cellulosic Ethanol and Butanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report) …DuPont is currently engaged in two major projects to commercialize advanced biofuels.
The first is a 30 million gallon per year corn stover-fed facility in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont  has been working on …

Analysis of 100 Percent Biofuel Tested in Flight by NRC Reveals Reduction in Emissions
January 11, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(National Research Council Canada/  Results from the world’s first civil flight powered by 100 percent biofuel released by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) show that the biofuel used in the flight last October …

Does the Biodiesel Tax Credit Change the Advanced Biofuels Landscape?
January 11, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(FarmDocDaily)  …The RFS for 2013 is expected to require a minimum blending of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel and 2.75 billion gallons of all advanced biofuels. The difference between the minimum biodiesel requirement and the …

A Busy Year for Alt Fuels, Thanks to Congress
January 11, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Anya Litvak (Pittsburgh Business Times) Rick Price is gearing up for a busy year, thanks, in part, to Congressional compromise.
As executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, a group that works to promote alternative transportation fuels, Price’s …

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit
January 11, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to cellulosic sugar
Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for biobased chemical and fuel markets, welcomed …

Lower Nitrogen Losses with Perennial Biofuel Crops
January 11, 2013 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences)    Perennial biofuel crops such as miscanthus, whose high yields have led them to be considered an eventual alternative to corn in producing ethanol, are …

BenchMark Energy Corporation and Energy Partners LLC Launches New Glycerin Logistical Distribution Division
January 11, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!/BenchMark Energy Corporation) BenchMark Energy Corporation through its subsidiary Energy Partners LLC is pleased to announce it has launched a new division named Energy Partners Logistics and Transportation Management.
Mark Bateman, CEO of BenchMark Energy states, “With …

Methane Leaks Erode Green Credentials of Natural Gas
January 7, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Tollefson (Nature)  Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental
Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about …

State Building Changes Ordered to Avert Flood Damage
January 7, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (Baltimore Sun)  Declaring that Maryland’s coastal areas are increasingly at risk from a rising sea level, Gov. Martin O’Malley has ordered state agencies to weigh the growing risks of flooding in deciding …

Biofuels Cause Pollution, Not as Green as Thought – Study
January 7, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a …

Biofuel – The New Wizard of Aus?
January 7, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(  The race to produce a sustainable, scalable form of biofuel has become ‘wacky’ – literally. There are articles printed daily heralding the latest method of producing fuel, be it converting whiskey waste, recycling cooking …

Tax Credits Are a Valuable Tool in the Biofuels Policy Toolbox
January 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  It is not often I disagree or take issue withBiofuels Digest; however, the recent article and analysis on cellulosic tax credits left out some key points. There are a number …

Fungi, the Rodney Dangerfield of Biofuels
January 7, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now, yeast is a fungi, but fungi as a Kingdom is a lot broader than our friend yeast and, like Rodney Dangerfield, it been getting, by and large, no respect, …

Iowa’s Second E15 Retail Station Opens in Fredericksburg
January 7, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Fredericksburg Coop in Fredericksburg, Iowa now offers E15 as a registered fuel to 2001 and newer vehicles, joining Linn Coop Oil …

CARD Analysis Considers Outlook for RINs in 2013, 2014
January 7, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development recently published a policy brief on the outlook for ethanol and conventional biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) through 2014. The …

Greenhouse to Utilize CO2, Waste Heat from Adjacent Ethanol Plant
January 7, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Across the road from Greenfield Ethanol-Chatham, construction on Truly Green greenhouses is ongoing. The innovative project will utilize the waste heat and CO2 from the 195 MMly ethanol plant …

Future of Green Racing in US Unclear after 2013
January 6, 2013 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The future of the American Le Mans GreenX ChallengeTM in particular and Green Racing in general is uncertain past the 2013 racing season. On Friday, January 4th 2013, NASCAR GRAND-AM …

Sustainability Trends to Watch for in 2013
January 4, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Pat Lorentz (Shelton Group)  It’s a new year! So after you’ve headed to the gym, put down your smokes, taken up a new hobby and willed yourself to stick to your resolutions for a …

USDA’s Senior Energy Advisor Explains BCAP after Cliff Deal
January 4, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biomass Crop Assistance Program may have been extended through 2013 with the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, but the program’s usefulness in the coming …

Ethanol Tax Breaks to Help Later than Sooner
January 4, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  The extension of a $1.01 per gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol will  help the fledgling industry later this year or in 2014 when plants now under construction in …

Biofuel Market for Switchgrass Fails to Materialize
January 4, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Larisa Brass (  Van Shaver got into the farming business by planting switchgrass on 90 acres in Loudon County for a brand new biofuels market.
This year’s crop will be fed to his cows.
Four years …

Energy Department Awards $10 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bio-based Products
January 4, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to develop every available source of American energy, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $10 million to five projects in California, …

5 Biofuels Trends for 2013
January 4, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …The Retreat of Oil Majors … Trend: Oil Majors double down on “Golden Age of Gas” while narrowing investments across the advanced biofuel space. …
Mind the Gap … Trend: Although installed …

Sweetwater Energy, Ace Ethanol Sign Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Deal
January 4, 2013 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $4/gallon capex, low opex, $15 million upfront. Existing offtakers. Cellulosic RINs. Expandable. Product diversification. Operating next year.   What’s not to like?
…There’s a side door opening into cellulosic ethanol. Costs you …

Green Star to Build Algae Facilities in China during 2013
January 4, 2013 – 10:11 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  …In October 2012, the Green Star delegation (which included Biotech Research, Inc.) was received by high level local and central government representatives in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. Video of these negotiations …