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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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The California Drought Equation Stresses Need For Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown( Biofuels Magazine) Except for volume, biofuels and petroleum-derived products have reached parity in production efficiency and availability. What that means is that anything pulled from the earth can now be created from …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.
The study, conducted …

Oil And Gas Sector Biggest Producer Of Greenhouse Gases In Canada
April 15, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Will Campbell (The Canadian Press/Huffington Post)  An environmental analyst says the rise of oil and gas production as Canada’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions adds further weight to calls for the federal government …

Researchers Find Potential to Grow Biofuel Feedstock on PV Farms
April 14, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ker Than (Stanford University/Biomass Magazine)  rowing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according …

The Renewable Fuel Standard and Consumer Food Prices
April 14, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk (ABF Economics, Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting, LLP)  The impact of biofuel production mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on U.S. consumer food prices has once again emerged as an issue in …

Vilsack Talks about USDA Efforts to Further Advanced Biofuels
April 14, 2014 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the …

25x’25 Welcomes IPCC Recognition of Renewables in Mitigating Climate Change
April 14, 2014 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) The 25x’25 Alliance welcomes the recognition by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change work group report released this weekend that renewable energy is a critical element necessary to curb rising global temperatures …

Biofuels and Local Food Security: What Does the Evidence Say?
April 14, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Anna Locke and Giles Henley (Overseas Development Institute) • People worry that using crop-based biofuels to increase the volume of low-carbon fuels could worsen hunger in poor countries by pushing up global food prices and endangering local food …

Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to 2013 RFS Standard
April 14, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard …

CARB’s ILUC Analysis Out of Date, Out of Step with Current Independent ILUC Studies
April 14, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) pertinent to CARB’s draft indirect land use change (ILUC) analysis.
Geoff Cooper, RFA’s senior vice president, notes in his submission …

Can Warplanes Fly Farther, Carry More Weapons, with Advanced Biofuels? More New Data.
April 14, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A China Lake-based research team finds terpene fuels that add 13% to the performance, compared to fossil fuels.   We take a look at the new breed of renewable fuels — …

A Rivertop Runs Through It: Rivertop Renewables lands $26M as Cargill, First Green Partners climb aboard
April 14, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rivertop to accelerate commercialization of novel, sustainable chemicals for consumer products and industrial applications.  How does an early-stager get to the next level? Try a hot anchor product, innovative technology, …

ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Finds Identity as a Top Democratic Critic of Obama’s Energy Policy
April 14, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Associated Press/The Republic)  … Heitkamp came directly to the Senate from the energy industry, where she worked for 12 years, including as a director of Dakota Gasification Company, a coal and natural …

A Question of Trust: 2014 Global Sustainability Standards Conference May 20-22 London, UK
April 11, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment
A Question of Trust: 2014 Global Sustainability Standards Conference      May 20-22   London, UK

The Global Sustainability Standards Conference (formerly the ISEAL Annual Conference) will bring together over 250 leaders from business, government, civil society and sustainability standards to discuss the many dimensions of trust in the sustainability standards …

WEBINAR: Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS) May 13, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern
April 11, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS)     May 13, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Bio-based energies no longer automatically qualify toward renewable energy mandates. Instead, they must prove their environmental and social credentials through verification systems that demonstrate achievement beyond fossil energy baselines. Several private standards have emerged in …

WEBINAR: Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern
April 11, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications    April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

The rapid development of bioenergy industries have the potential to create a large demand for woody biomass that may exceed the ability of conventional forestry to sustainably supply them. Marginal and degraded lands that are …

2nd Oleochemicals Outlook August 26-27, 2014 Jakarta, Indonesia
April 11, 2014 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
2nd Oleochemicals Outlook  August 26-27, 2014      Jakarta, Indonesia

“Asia to drive growth to 2020”
Key Highlights

Global Oleochemicals Market Outlook
Shale gas and its impact on Oleo industry
Alternative Feedstock supply & market trends
MCT and new application possibilities
Analysis of biodiesel and glycerin markets
End user’s perspective on emerging …

6th Palm Oil Asia Summit August 13-14, 2014 – Jakarta, Indonesia
April 11, 2014 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
6th Palm Oil Asia Summit    August 13-14, 2014 –  Jakarta, Indonesia

Themed: “Mounting Pressures on Sustainability & New Challenges for the Palm Oil Industry”

Finding a compromise and common ground for the multiple sustainable standards
Indonesia’s Biofuel Mandate – As dry weather in Asia is threatening to curb …

Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx) November 20-21, 2014 Fajardo, Puerto Rico
April 11, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx)     November 20-21, 2014    Fajardo, Puerto Rico

RELACCX is the premier renewable energy finance and development event for Latin America and the Caribbean. This two-day conference will take an in-depth look at political and financial landscapes, growing markets, and existing infrastructures to provide …

7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy September 30-October 2, 2014 Reims, France
April 11, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment
7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy       September 30-October 2, 2014     Reims, France

Join us in 2014 for the 7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy, for an insight into this exciting and rapidly evolving landscape and be part of the process of building a stronger …

Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 June 10-12 Düsseldorf, Germany
April 11, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014      June 10-12     Düsseldorf, Germany

ACI’s Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 will bring together key industry stakeholders from across the entire value chain, from chemical companies to bio-based producers as well as consultants and financiers to discuss the current market opportunities, advances and trends. …

Finland Rises up from Its Economic Crisis with Bioeconomy
April 11, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Finland is a forerunner in bioeconomy and biotechnology, states Asko Ojaniemi, the executive director of Benet Oy. The bioeconomy seminar held recently in Helsinki, Finland and organized by Benet …

Value of Biofuels Goes Beyond Those With Direct Investment
April 11, 2014 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Feedstock, Equipment, Conservation, Farm and Energy Groups Tell EPA Not to Compromise Full Potential of Biofuels
Concerns over the future of biofuels in a future national energy strategy were aired before some pretty …

NASA Signs Agreement with German, Canadian Partners to Test Alternative Fuels
April 10, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PRNewsWire)   NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions …

Will the Chinese Biofuel Market Follow Solar’s Footsteps?
April 9, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  As China’s demand for biofuels grows, it may follow the same production overcapacity boom and subsequent reality check as the solar industry showed in recent years.
While the Chinese government attempts to address …

Advanced Biofuels Create Jobs, Lower Prices at the Pump, Says Senate Ag Chair
April 9, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday held a hearing on the economic benefits of advanced biofuels in creating jobs and lowering gasoline prices.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the …

Changing Water into Wine: Er, Will Jet Fuel Do?
April 9, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrocarbon fuel from seawater and nothing else? Is it possible?  Not only possible, but demonstrated as a process, and tested in a model plane.   How does it rate on the …

McCarthy Addresses RFS, Biogenic Emissions during Hearing
April 9, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s policies with regard to bioenergy were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. During the event, …

Testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations
April 9, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified today (April 9, 2014) before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations at a hearing …

Vilsack: Fuel Trend Should Guide EPA Ethanol Ruling
April 4, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday a recent uptick in gasoline consumption should be considered by the Environmental Protection Agency when it determines how much renewable fuel should be …

No Logic in Blaming Ethanol for High Gas Prices
April 4, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/US News and World Report)  Ethanol is less expensive than gas, and consumers will benefit more if it’s used.
Logic is nowhere to be seen in petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski’s call …

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light
April 4, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com) A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for biodiesel and ethanol. The recently passed and signed Farm Bill contains a provision that would …

MARAD Releases Results of Renewable Diesel Testing
April 4, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The tests compared operational, vibration and air …

First Functional ‘Designer’ Chromosome in Yeast Is Synthesized
April 4, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(NYU Langone Medical Center/Biomass Magazine)   An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the …

Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans
April 4, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today highlighted key improvements to the Department’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Legislative Summit. The …

Biofuels: When the Quest for ‘Perfect’ Becomes the Enemy of the Good
April 4, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Risk is a word closely associated with the agriculture industry ‑ and rightfully so. Farming and ranching are some of the most risk-prevalent callings on the planet, given the vagaries of weather, …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Veteran Farmer Says EPA RFS Proposal Will Likely Undermine Conservation Efforts
April 4, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Jeffries (25 x ’25)  …  Lower demand for renewable fuels means lower prices for corn, soybeans and other crops. Generally, producers account for lower prices by shifting to more profitable crops and by cutting …

About the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014
April 4, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(StudentsDivest.org)  From April 4th to 6th, 300 students from over 75 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada will gather at San Francisco State University for the 2nd annual student-led Fossil Fuel …

Transgenic Trees Make Easy-Chew Wood for Biofuels
April 4, 2014 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Richard Van Noorden (Science Magazine)  The poplars in the greenhouse near John Ralph’s laboratory show no outward signs of weakness, but they have a secret soft spot. Thanks to genetic engineering, their wood contains an …

Taking the Next Step: The Growing Production of Bio-Based Chemical Intermediates Enables New Opportunities
April 4, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Luxresearch conducted a webinar on March 4th 2014 about new opportunities for downstream producers due to the growing production of bio-based chemical Intermediates. The basic science of bio-based …

Hawaii Lawmakers Give Unanimous Approval To Studying Hemp
April 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Johnny Green (The Weed Blog/The Joint Blog)  Hawaii’s House Committee on Agriculture, and the state’s House Judiciary Committee, have both voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year research program to study …

UAE Scientists Create Biodiesel from Lamb Fat
April 3, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(7DaysInDubai)  Scientists have created a new fuel from the fat wastage of slaughtered lambs.  The boffins, from UAE University, have invented a new way to extract lamb fat and turn it into biodiesel that can …

LCQ8: Used Cooking Oil Recycling
April 3, 2014 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(7thSpace.com)  Following is a question by the Hon Tommy Cheung and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, in the Legislative Council today (March 26):
In March last year, this Council …

Sugar, Not Oil
April 3, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft)  No more oil – renewable raw materials are the future. This motto not only applies to biodiesel, but also to isobutene, a basic product used in the chemical industry. In a pilot plant researchers …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

Scania Further Widens Its Alternative Fuel Range: Unique V8 Engine for Euro 6 and 100 % Biodiesel
April 3, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scania/BusinessWire)  Scania (STO:SCVA)(STO:SCVB) is now adding yet another environmentally oriented alternative to its industry-leading palette with Euro 6 certified truck engines. The Scania 16-litre, 580 hp V8 engine can now be ordered in a configuration …

Biobased Investment Triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the Investment Landscape
April 3, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital in Q1 2014, while 8 biobased ventures raised $128.6 million in Q4 2013. This compares …

Obama Administration Proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Industry Organization) If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from the …

Jon Bruning Tours Chief Ethanol
April 3, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Baumgarten (KHAS TV)  …On Wednesday, Attorney General Jon Bruning toured a facility that seems to be thriving.  Bruning was at Chief Ethanol in Hastings.
He talked about the importance of ethanol to Nebraska’s economy, but also …

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as EPA Considers Cutting Requirement
April 3, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Ehren Goossens  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Royal DSM NV (DSM), the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel …

Old Math Casts Doubt on Accuracy of Oil Reserve Estimates
April 3, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Asjylyn Loder (MSN Money/Bloomberg)  Jan Arps is the most influential oilman you’ve never heard of.  In 1945, Arps, then a 33-year-old petroleum engineer for British-American Oil Producing Co., published a formula to predict how much …

Sapphire Develops NM Bio-Fuels Potential
April 3, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

By Alta LeCompte(Las Cruces Bulletin) On a tour Thursday, Jan. 23, of Sapphire Energy’s research and development facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biodiesel industry …

Midtex Oil Offers E85 in San Marcos, Texas
April 3, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Midtex Oil, L.P. is now offering E85 at its Spirit-branded convenience store located in San Marcos, Texas. Its fifth E85 station in the state, it is located off the interstate at …

Cyprus Developing Mediterranean Algae as Biofuel Source
April 3, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Agricultural Research Institute and Cyprus Energy Agency recently held a seminar to present work based on new micro-algae research and technology development that aims to contribute to the goals of the …

Development of Sustainable Jet Fuels Moves towards Next Phase of New Technology Pathways and Ramping up Supply
April 2, 2014 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The early excitement of demonstration flights and subsequent approvals for the use of some types of biofuel blends on passenger flights has given way to the less headline-grabbing ‘hard yards’ of establishing supply chains …

Norwegian Airport Operator Avinor to Invest up to $16.5 Million to Support National Aviation Biofuel Production
April 2, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Norway’s state-owned airport operator and air navigation services provider Avinor has pledged to contribute up to 100 million Norwegian kroner ($16.5 million) over a ten-year period to help develop an aviation biofuel sector in …

Critical week for the Aviation EU ETS as MEPs Hear Arguments on which Proposal to Support
April 2, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  With a crucial vote in the European Parliament this week, MEPs will be presented with two choices that will likely determine the future of the Aviation EU ETS until at least 2016. As the …

U.S. EPA Head Defends Proposed Cuts in Biofuel Target for 2014
April 2, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  U.S. energy markets cannot absorb the levels of biofuels required by law to be blended into the fuel supply in 2014, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy said on Thursday, defending a controversial …

Rail Bottleneck for Grain, Ethanol Shippers
April 2, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Peter Harriman (Argus Leader)  …But while BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the problem is operational and not systemic, and the bottleneck will be cleared, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek points to …

New Iowa TV Ad Praises both Braley and Branstad
April 2, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register)  As new negative advertising hits Iowa today skewering Democrat Bruce Braley for insulting farmers, a positive ad thanking the U.S. Senate candidate also goes up today.
The pro-veterans political organization …

Highly Powerful New Biofuel Could Change Rocket Engines Forever
April 2, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(RT.com)  Scientists have scored a breakthrough in high-energy biofuels by producing a bacterium that synthesizes highly-efficient pinene, a hydrocarbon made by trees. It could soon replace existing alternatives and usher in a new era of …

Springboard Biodiesel Donates Processor to Nonprofit Organization
April 2, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel has donated a BioPro 380 processing unit to the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming, a Torrance, Calif.-based nonprofit research organization. The BioPro 380 converts a wide variety of …

BIO Responds to US EPA Halting Fuel Pathway Petitions for RFS
April 2, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In March, U.S. EPA announced it is making changes to the fuel pathway petition process under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), in order to “enable more timely and efficient decision-making.” …

UFOP: Making the Case for First-Gen Biofuels in EU Policy Future
April 2, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(UFOP (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. )/Biodiesel Magazine) The European resolution and discussion situation with respect to European Commission proposals for amendments to the Renewable Energies Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive …

EPA Seeks Small Entity Participation on Upcoming Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
April 2, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC DEADLINE: uncertain
April 2, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC   DEADLINE: uncertain

The Collective Biodiesel Conference is geared toward active and open collaboration among participants, including home brewers, grease collectors, multi-million gallon producers, and everyone in between.
This conference is designed to provide sufficient detail for participants to …

Reps Ask EPA about Renewable Fuel Challenges
April 2, 2014 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill E2Wire)  Four members of the House who want the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to be lowered wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ask what problems the agency has …

Vilsack Outlines 3-Pronged RFS, U.S. Ethanol Strategy
April 2, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  Defend, expand, export. …
“We need to make sure that people understand this entire standard is under attack. Folks in Congress, some folks in Congress, would like to do away totally with the …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 10th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 4-6, 2014 Valladolid, Spain DEADLINE: April 30, 2014
April 2, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 10th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 4-6, 2014 Valladolid, Spain  DEADLINE:  April 30, 2014

The 10th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Valladolid, Spain, from Wednesday June 4 until Friday June 6, 2014.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

Sunshine Biofuels Offers Drop-in, “Spill Safe” and Biodegradable Marine Diesel Fuel
April 2, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(Sunshine Biofuels/PR WEB) The company now brings replacement fuel for marine diesel that can save thousands of dollars per week and effectively reduce environmental impact.
Sunshine Biofuels now offers a replacement fuel for marine diesel and fuel …

US Senate Finance Committee Advances Four Key Biofuels Tax Provisions
April 2, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Ron Wyden, released his “Chairman’s Mark” of the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act of 2014″ (EXPIRE Act).
The Chairman’s Mark extends all expired advanced …

X-Crobes: Kuraray Invests in Amyris, What’s Next for Synth-Bio and Performance Molecules?
April 2, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In California, Amyris and Kuraray announced the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene.
Amyris and Kuraray launched the collaboration …

Oil Spills and Car-Stopping Contaminated Gasoline – Open Ethanol Letter Takes on API Ads
April 2, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today’s editions of the New York Times and Politico have published a good-humored, but factual takedown of Big Oil’s false, hypocritical attacks against clean, renewable ethanol.
The full page ad, which is published …

UniVerve Sees HAVP™ System as Key to New Markets
April 2, 2014 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine.com) UniVerve Biofuel, headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel – with a small-scale demonstration site located at nearby Bar-Ilan University – has focused its R&D on developing a highly efficient platform to produce oil …

VIASPACE Signs Giant King Grass Contract for Bio Electricity and Advanced Biofuels In Imperial Valley California
April 2, 2014 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(VIASPACE) VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that the company has signed a contract with Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC to provide Giant King Grass for a biomass power plant and a companion advanced biofuels …

Supercritical Biodiesel Method Creates Less Waste From Fats
April 2, 2014 – 10:15 am | No Comment

By Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Researchers reported on a novel method this week at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, to produce biodiesel from crude animal fats, including waste fat from alligators, using supercritical methanol …

Microbial Synthesis of Pinene
April 1, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

Stephen Sarria , Betty Wong , Hector García Martín , Jay D. Keasling, and Pamela Peralta-Yahya (ACS Synthetic Biology)  The volumetric heating values of today’s biofuels are too low to power energy-intensive aircraft, rockets, and …

American Ethanol on the NASCAR Green® Team
April 1, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  American Ethanol is once again partnering with NASCAR® for the NASCAR Race to Green™ initiative now through April 25 to promote environmentally friendly biofuels.
The goal of the initiative is to highlight the accomplishments of …

Neighbors Bicker in Pa. over Forced Gas Drilling
April 1, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Begos and Marc Levy (Associated Press/Fuel Fix)  An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting …

World-Herald Editorial: Wait Is Ending for Cellulosic
April 1, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  … The first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol began in 2013, and this year biomass plants in Iowa will be taking the lead in expanding capacity. The facilities will take crop waste and non-edible …

BP Sustainability Report Highlights Biofuel Projects
April 1, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BP has released its 2013 sustainability report, announcing that it has fulfilled its 2005 commitment to invest $8 billion in alternative energy by 2015 a full two years early. …

Ethanol Plant CO2 Sequestration Project Reaches New Milestone
April 1, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The $163.9 million Illinois Basin-Decatur Project celebrated as new milestone as its carbon sequestration project stored 750,000 metric tons carbon dioxide from Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s ethanol plant in …

Researcher Wins Grant for Hybrid Conversion Biofuel Process
April 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process.
“The hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation …

February RIN Data Reveals Continued Cellulosic Production
April 1, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five fuel …

Georgia Tech Students Top Clemson and UMD in DOE $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge Final Four
April 1, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland/PR Newswire)  A team of four students from the Georgia Institute of Technology developing a new electrical power grid technology with an Internet-like control architecture won the third annual ACC Clean Energy Challenge and the Department of …

European Report Shows Increased ILUC Levels for Ethanol
April 1, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Commission’s Joint Research Center recently published a new report on indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions from biofuels. The study presents the results of a new run …

25x’25, Energy Future Coalition Commend IPCC Work Group’s Recognition of Bioenergy’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change
April 1, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25 Alliance)  The 25x’25 Alliance and the Energy Future Coalition applaud an International Panel on Climate Change work group for recognizing the valuable role that bioenergy, including biofuels, can play in addressing a …

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Teams Up With KS95
April 1, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) … MBA has embarked on several new campaigns to increase E85 and E15 usage. One of these campaigns is with KS95, one of the top radio stations in the Twin Cities.
We will be running …

Biomass Association Leaders Discuss Triumphs, Troubles
April 1, 2014 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … Examples of said policy certainty include renewal of the United Kingdom’s Renewables Obligation, a clearer picture of what meeting sustainability criteria entails, and movement outside of the U.K., in markets …

EurObserv’ER Annual Report Highlights EU Bioenergy Sector
April 1, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  EurObserv’ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources increased significantly in 2012. The report, titled “The State …

Algae May be a Potential Source of Biofuels and Biochemicals Even in Cool Climate
April 1, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Olli Ernvall  (Technical Research Centre of Finland/Renewable Energy World)   Algae are organisms useful in many ways in the transition towards a bio-economy. Even in a cool climate as in Finland, algae might be used to …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference October 21-24, 2014 St. Simons Island, GA DEADLINE: August 31, 2014
April 1, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference October 21-24, 2014 St. Simons Island, GA    DEADLINE:  August 31, 2014

The steering committee is soliciting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations as part of the conference. Limited space is available for presentations emphasizing the latest developments on transformation of renewable carbon building blocks to …

3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference October 21-24, 2014 St. Simons Island, GA
April 1, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference   October 21-24, 2014     St. Simons Island, GA

The University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, in partnership with the Southeastern Regional Sun Grant Center, is hosting the 3rd International Conference on Chemicals and Products from Renewable Carbon. This meeting is a unique …

2014 International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI) July 20-23 Vancouver, BC, Canada
April 1, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment
2014 International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI)     July 20-23    Vancouver, BC, Canada

Schedule of Events
On Sunday afternoon and evening (20 July, 2014) we welcome participants to UBC for registration and an informal reception.
From Monday (21 July, 2014) through Wednesday (23 July, 2014) we hold our International Poplar …

Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels+Co-Products Conference April 28-30, 2014 Seattle, WA
April 1, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels+Co-Products Conference   April 28-30, 2014    Seattle, WA

In conjunction with Washington State University Extension, USDA is co-hosting the Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels/Co-Products Conference in late April. The conference will be April 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, Wash.
The goal of the conference is to bring together …

Research Summary: Sequestration of Carbon by Shrub Willow Offsets Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 1, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  Grown for biofuel, energy-efficient shrub willow sequesters carbon below-ground, life-cycle assessment shows.  Shrub willow is a short-rotation woody biomass crop that could be an important part of our renewable energy future. By sequestering carbon …

U.S. Said to Import Brazilian Ethanol After Price Rally
April 1, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Lucia Kassai (Bloomberg)  The U.S. is importing ethanol from Brazil after an 81 percent rally in domestic prices this year, according to two people with knowledge of a shipment.
The vessel Chembulk Ulsan is scheduled …

Solving the Industrial Building Mystery
April 1, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Opening up your ethanol plant for public tours is a wonderful educational opportunity that could do wonders for your business and the industry as a whole.

I wonder how many …

Frost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century’s Chief Alternative Energy Source
April 1, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Frost & Sullivan/Digital Journal/PR Newswire)  Countries across the globe are desperately looking for alternate sources of power that are dense enough to accommodate consumption needs, while preserving the global ecosystem. Amongst the contenders for mainstream …