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Ethanol Trade Undermines U.S. Biofuels Policy
July 9, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Ali Morrow and Alex Plough (Thomas Reuters Foundation) U.S. policy to boost the use of fuel from renewable sources is generating additional greenhouse gas emissions due to rising trade in ethanol between the United States and …

South Korea to Build Biofuel Plant in Aceh
July 9, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(The Jakarta Post)  PT Goca Enc, a subsidiary of a South Korean company, plans to build a biofuel processing plant and a biofuel-fired power plant in Pidie Jaya regency, Aceh.
Goca Enc president director Jang Eun …

INTRATEC Evaluates the Economic Potential of Renewable Ethylene Production
July 9, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Brazil Business Today/EIN NewsWire)   Intratec has released the publication “Green Ethylene from Ethanol” detailing the economics of an ethylene via ethanol dehydration process suggested by BP Chemicals R&D staff
Seeking to reduce the chemical industry’s dependence on …

South Dakota Begins 3rd Round of Grants for Blender Pumps
July 9, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(The Daily Republic)  South Dakota officials say they have started the third round of funding for grants that help gas stations buy pumps that let customers select different blends of gasoline and ethanol.
State Economic Development …

Connecting Deeply to Biofuels Companies, Technologies, Economics, Policies and People
July 9, 2013 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have questions yet unanswered on biofuels economics, process, feedstock, offtake, policy or finance?  Have people to meet, things to accomplish with them?  Hang on, help is on the way.

“Deep Connect” …

Powering the Future: Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?
July 9, 2013 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Chenda Ngak (  Professor Juergen Polle is packing up his laboratory on a sweltering morning in New York City, but the beakers and test tubes aren’t going on summer break. The professor of biology at …

PTT Plans to Commercialise Algae-Based Fuel by 2017
July 8, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Watchiranont Thongtep  (The Nation Thailand)  To reduce fossil-fuel consumption, PTT has set its sights on introducing algae-based energy by 2017 and it is keen on setting up production facilities in Australia in the near …

Brazil Sugar-Cane Use for Fuel Seen by Datagro Above Outlook
July 8, 2013 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Isis Almeida (Bloomberg)  Sugar millers in Brazil’s center south, the main growing region of the largest producer, will use more of this year’s crop to make ethanol than previously forecast because of unseasonal rain, Datagro …

Oregon Senate Rejects ‘Clean Fuels’ Bill, a Top Priority for Environmental Lobby
July 8, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Yuxing Zheng (The Oregonian)    The Senate on Saturday rejected a “clean fuels” bill that was the environmental lobby’s top priority to combat global warming.

Senate Bill 488 would lift a 2015 sunset date for …

RFA Comments on Proposed Tier 3 Rule
July 8, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  …Kelly Davis, RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, says they support the timely implementation of the Tier 3 standards especially the proposal to establish E15 as the certification test fuel beginning in …

COLUMN-Biodiesel Could Ease U.S. “Blend Wall”: Wynn
July 8, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  Biodiesel could in future ease so-called ethanol “blend wall” concerns facing the U.S. transportation fuel industry, whose capacity to blend corn ethanol in gasoline is nearing its physical limit.
The biodiesel industry …

Soaring Soymeal Price Boosts Appeal of DDGs
July 8, 2013 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(  The soaring price of soymeal, which hit a nine-month high this week, has only enhanced the need for dairy and livestock producers to investigate distillers’ grains as an alternative, Rice Dairy said.
Soymeal futures for …

Turning Forest Residues to Biofuel
July 8, 2013 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Thomas Anderson (TG Daily)  According to the new research results of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production of high-quality biofuels for the price of less than one …

Latest Data on Fuel Mileage and GHG Benefits of E30
July 6, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of Ford Motor Company’s comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency docket on proposed Tier 3 regulations regarding higher octane higher ethanol fuels, they provided an up-to-date …

Congress Could Lower Alt-Fuel Requirements in New Open Fuel Standard Act
July 5, 2013 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (AutoBlogGreen)  Congress is considering a revised version of the Open Fuel Standard Act, an Act that was originally introduced two years ago but failed to pass. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan …

NSF Grant Boosts Promising Biofuels Research
July 5, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

( Institute for Sustainable Technology)  Promising biofuels research at a Wisconsin biotech company and a partner university is getting a boost from a $224,967 National Science Foundation grant.
C5.6 Technologies of Middleton, Wis., and the Wisconsin …

Clean-Burning Biofuels Can Give Us True Independence
July 5, 2013 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Chron) …We can provide our motorists and military with stable, domestically produced fuel. Since 2011, American-made ethanol has contributed more to the U.S. fuel supply than gasoline refined from oil …

New Novozymes Technology Boosts Biofuels Productivity
July 5, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Leon Kaye (  Whether one believes corn-based ethanol is a viable long-term solution for the United States’ energy portfolio or not, the reality is that 280 plants across the country will continue to produce …

Spiderweb-Like Tower Would Harvest Air Pollution in London and Turn It into Biofuel
July 5, 2013 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Carl Franzen (The Verge)  …Chang-Yeob Lee of the Royal College of Art wants to radically transform London’s BT Tower at some point in the future, equipping it with exterior carbon fiber and steel rigging, designed …

Palm Oil Climbs as Crude Above $100 Increases Demand for Biofuel
July 5, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Ranjeetha Pakiam  (Bloomberg)  Palm oil gained for the first time in six days after West Texas Intermediate crude surged above $100 a barrel for the first time since September, boosting demand for vegetable oils as …

Portland Biodiesel Company Helps Phish, Other Touring Bands, Go Green
July 5, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Seth Koenig (Bangor Daily News)   Starting this week, when tour buses for bands like Phish travel through Maine, they’ll be able to fill up using environmentally friendly biofuels.
Maine Standard Biofuels, which converts used cooking …

Sustainable Biodiesel Certification Program Officially Launches
July 5, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(GreenCircle Certified LLC/Biodiesel Digest)  GreenCircle and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance are proud to announce that the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program is officially launched. The announcement came at Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday party on June 6 …

The Heretofore Unachievable
July 5, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(W)hat H. J. “Bill” Haynes (at the time the chairman and CEO of the Standard Oil Company of California) described, a generation ago, as the driving force behind the petroleum …

Walking Away from Biofuels Will Not Solve Concerns about Them
July 5, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Carlo Hamelinck  (  …By effectively decreasing the ambition on biofuels, as it is currently debated in the European Parliament and the Council, we walk away from concerns without solving them.
There are a few key …

EPA OK’s Arundo, Napier Grass for Renewable Fuels
July 5, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a supplemental final rule, containing a lifecycle greenhouse gas analysis for renewable fuels made from giant reed (Arundo donax) and napier grass, and a …

CleanTECH San Diego Awarded Grant to Support Region’s Biofuels Industry
July 5, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Glenn Mosier’s Focus on Clean Tech)  … CleanTECH San Diego, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation have been awarded a Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity II (RICO II) …

Abengoa Foundation Opens First Technology Demonstration Plant ‘Waste to Biofuels’ (W2B)
July 5, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(  The production of ethanol from municipal solid waste is a major technological advance in the waste management model. Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), a company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and …

Flight Plan: 14 Practical Steps towards Commercial Aviation Biofuels Now
July 5, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every 5% in global shift to aviation biofuels — create 72,000 jobs and avoid 3 million tons of carbon emissions.   How to get from available field to affordable fuel …

Commercial Aviation Biofuels: Translating Green Ambitions into Green Miles
July 5, 2013 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How to get from available field to affordable fuel in 14 steps. The MASBI report is out, and that’s good.

Last week, the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative, led by United …

Biofuels Could Account For 1% Of All Commercial Jet Fuel By 2015, Says Boeing
July 3, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Graham Warwick (Aviation Week)  Despite the challenges faced in scaling up feedstock and fuel production, commercial aviation could yet achieve the goal of meeting 1% of its jet-fuel needs from sustainable biofuels by 2015, …

Unclean at Any Speed: Electric Cars Don’t Solve the Automobile’s Environmental Problems
July 2, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Ozzie Zehner (IEEE Spectrum)  …Some states offer additional tax incentives. California brings the total credit up to $10 000, and Colorado to $13 500—more than the base price of a brand new Ford Fiesta. …

Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels
July 2, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Following last week’s rollout of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Energy Department today announced four research and development projects to bring next generation biofuels on line faster and …

This is War!
July 2, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There should no longer be any question that Big Oil is out to destroy biofuels. Anyone who thinks otherwise is simply not looking at the facts. This is no …

Finding Business Success in a Changing Ethanol Industry
July 2, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Scott McDermott (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Ascendant Partners Inc.)  …Historically, ethanol processing margins were driven by supply and demand fundamentals in ethanol, energy and corn, plus feed and policy impacts. As more ethanol companies diversify, the …

Going Deep With Enzyme Technology: No Part of the Corn Kernel Goes Unexplored.
July 2, 2013 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

Jack Rogers (Novozymes/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Novozyme’s R&D group has been successful extracting and converting more starch from corn, so we decided to investigate opportunities to increase corn oil yields as well.
Our research started with the …

Pretreated Biomass for Food and Fuel
July 2, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne REtka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bruce Dale urges careful thought about energy and agriculture.
A 1-ton-per-day pilot facility on the campus of Michigan State University geared up this spring to produce pretreated biomass for …

Lowering Ethanol’s Carbon Footprint with Energy Beets
July 2, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mendota Bioenergy’s plan to turn energy beets to ethanol moves to demonstration scale in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
The future of advanced biofuels is in beets. At least that’s the thinking …

Cellulosic Technology— Pulp and Paper Style
July 2, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Process applies forestry products know-how to cellulosic conversion.
Though a relative newcomer to the ethanol world, Georgia-based American Process Inc. is no stranger in the forest products industry. The …

Culture of Compliance
July 2, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Keeping an ethanol plant in compliance with environmental rules and regulations isn’t just a one-person job.
Most ethanol plants employ one or possibly two individuals charged with making sure the …

‘Where Producers Meet’
July 2, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Industry representatives from 26 countries met in St. Louis, June 10-13, for the world’s largest and longest- running ethanol conference.
The 29th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo brought …

Bio-Refinery Closer to Reality for Drayton Valley
July 2, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Courtney Whalen  (  …Mascoma Alberta Drayton Valley is in the process of solidifying the necessary financing to bring the bio-refinery, which would produce cellulosic ethanol and related products, to the community’s Bio-Mile.
The bio-refinery project …

Power Plant’s Waste to Become Fuel
July 2, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!7Finance) Greenhouse gas emissions from one of Australia’s largest coal fired power stations will be used to produce biofuels as its owner attempts to reduce its carbon bill.
Biofuel company Algae.Tec has signed a deal to establish …

July 1st – Independence Day for Iowa Fuel Retailers
July 2, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (   July 1, 2013 has now become “Independence Day” for Iowa fuel retailers as today marks the enactment of a new Iowa law that frees Iowa retailers from some Big Oil restrictions.
“Today, …

Virent Is Getting Another Federal Grant
July 2, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Judy Newman (Wisconsin State Journal)  Virent, the Madison company working on non-petroleum fuels, will receive up to $4 million for a project designed to improve the efficiency of turning plant material into fuel, the …

IEA Predicts Global Growth in Ethanol Production
July 2, 2013 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency has released its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR), predicting that world biofuel production will increase from 1.86 million barrels per day in …

Legislators: Global Partners Will Not Pursue Ethanol Transport by Train
July 2, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Baldissari (Wicked Local Cambridge)   Facing pressure from legislators and residents, representatives from Global Partners LP said they would withdraw their proposal July 1 to ship ethanol by train through some of the region’s most densely …

Ultrasound ‘Making Waves’ For Enhancing Biofuel Production
July 2, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  All chefs know that “you have to break some eggs to make an omelet,” and that includes engineers at Iowa State University who are using high-frequency sound waves to break down plant materials …

Seaweed Biofuels: A Green Alternative that Might Just Save the Planet
July 2, 2013 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Producing biofuels in the sea removes at a stroke many of the serious problems with conventional biofuels
“It’s best to get it out of the water now or it’ll start getting grazed …

EU Debates U-Turn on Biofuels Policy
July 2, 2013 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Richard Van Noorden (Nature)  Key vote could signal withdrawal of support from biodiesel.
The European Union (EU) has spent the past 10 years nurturing a €15-billion (US$20-billion) industry that makes transport fuel from food crops such …

Ethanol Plants Mired in Troubles
July 2, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Saigon Times Online)  The ethanol plants of Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) are facing numerous difficulties due to slow development of the domestic E-5 at home and poor ethanol export prices.
Nguyen Anh Toan, deputy …

McDonald’s UAE Supplier Del Monte Adopts Pioneering Biodiesel Campaign
July 2, 2013 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(  McDonald’s UAE announced that Del Monte, its fresh produce supplier, recently implemented the pioneering biodiesel initiative originally campaigned across the UAE by McDonald’s in 2011 in partnership with Neutral Fuels.
A total of 20 vehicles …

Island’s First Biofuel Blending Station Opens in Cowichan
July 2, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Liz Craig (  … Thursday is the grand-opening of Vancouver Island’s first bio-diesel blending station at the CVRD’s Bings Creek Facility.
Mohammed Rahim, from Cowichan Energy Alternatives, said the blending station will give people more options …

US Sugar-for-Ethanol Plan Advances
July 2, 2013 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Business Recorder)  The US government is close to buying surplus sugar to sell to ethanol producers at a loss, in an effort to bolster weak domestic sugar prices and avoid losing hundreds of millions of …

KiOR Commences Shipments of Cellulosic Gasoline
July 2, 2013 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, KiOR announced that its Columbus, Mississippi facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the first fuel shipment since March, 2013. The company added …

Green Biologics Inks Iowa Demo Plant Deal with Easy Energy Systems
July 2, 2013 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics heads for scale – pilot complete, demo ready in 2014. The race for n-butanol from cellulosic materials is on.    The prize for a transformative breakthrough on n-butanol’s …

$45/bbl Bio Crude Oil Puts New Fuel on Fast Track to Market
July 2, 2013 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  Bio diesel and JetA have moved a giant step ahead in the race to provide renewable, price competitive fuels that drastically cut GHG emissions and the need for imported fuel. At …

Who is the Winner? EVs or Flex-Fuel Vehicles and Biofuel?
July 1, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by  Kon Thueanmunsaen  (J.D. Power Global Auto Blog)  In looking at the future of alternative fuel vehicles—principally electric vehicles (EVs)—in the Thai market, it appears that the only push for promoting EVs is coming from …

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 24-26, 2014 National Harbor, MD DEADLINE October 25, 2013
July 1, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS  ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 24-26, 2014  National Harbor, MD    DEADLINE  October 25, 2013

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. This unique event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 24-26, 2014 National Harbor, MD
July 1, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 24-26, 2014  National Harbor, MD

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. This unique event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to …

Informational Webinar on Proposed Amendments to RFS2 July 10, 2013
July 1, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Informational Webinar on Proposed Amendments to RFS2    July 10, 2013

(EcoEngineers)  The EPA has released a new Notice of Proposed Rule Making: RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards. Some of the proposed changes include:

New penalties for failure to meet certain RFS …

Largest Green Diesel Plant Completed in US, Diamond Green Diesel: Can It Make Money?
July 1, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A now-complete 142 million gallon green diesel monster project will easily deliver big on renewable energy targets and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
But it also offers a material path to profits …

Scottish Startup Thinks Whiskey Can Fuel More than an Epic Bender
July 1, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Signe Brewster (GigaOm/The Washington Post)  That 15-year Macallan you’ve been saving for a special occasion has a dark side: It was extremely inefficient to produce. The Scottish malt whiskey industry currently disposes of 90 percent of the …

In EPA Tier 3 Comments Advanced Biofuels USA Introduces “E30 Capable” Idea to Bring Higher Octane, Higher Ethanol Gasoline to the Marketplace
July 1, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol gasoline to the marketplace.
However, …

US Department of Energy Issues Request for Information Regarding Waste-to-Energy Technologies
July 1, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding waste- to-energy (WTE) technologies. Waste Applications for Sustainable Technologies for Energy seeks feedback from stakeholders on the state of technology …

Diesel Technology Forum Publishes New White Paper on Renewable Diesel Fuels
July 1, 2013 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Need a quick contrast and compare review of biodiesel and renewable diesel?  READ MORE and MORE (Advanced Biofuels USA)

Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) Findings and Recommendations 2013
June 30, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative)  MASBI found that a coordinated effort by both private and public interests would be one of the most effective ways to move the Midwest biofuels industry forward and take a …

Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy
June 30, 2013 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Center for Clean Energy Innovation)  The National Labs are a tremendous R&D resource, but their operations are still based on a decades-old management model that no longer meets the needs of our modern innovation ecosystem. …

EPA Says Refiners May Exceed Ethanol Blend Limits in 2014
June 27, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Refiners may be forced to exceed 10 percent ethanol in their fuels next year in order to meet congressionally mandated renewable-fuel standards, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

In his testimony today, …

EFSA Unable to Conclude Syngenta GM Corn Application
June 27, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Pesticide and Chemical Policy)  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says it has been unable to reach a conclusion on GM corn application by Syngenta due to “insufficient data,” Agra Europe reports
EFSA said Syngenta “failed to provide …

A Slimy Marine Organism Fit for Biofuel and Salmon Feed
June 27, 2013 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(The Research Council of Norway) …The yellowish, slimy growth that many of us have come across on ropes that have lain in seawater is the marine organism known as tunicates.
Tunicates are basically living filter tubes …

The Next Fleet of Automobiles Powered By… Termites?
June 27, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Daily)  …Meet the gribble.
Essentially, gribbles are the termites of the sea. That is, they’re marine pests that feed exclusively on wood. As you can imagine, that doesn’t make them very popular with the …

Turkish Airlines to Study Biodiesel Options with Solena Fuels
June 27, 2013 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Business Times/Reuters) Turkish Airlines has signed a letter of intent with US company Solena Fuels Corporation to evaluate alternatives on production of biodiesel in Turkey. READ MORE

World Cooking Oil Production Seen Exceeding Demand by Oil World
June 27, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Production of vegetable oils and fats will probably exceed demand in 2013-14 on rising output of sunflower-seed oil and soybean oil combined with “sluggish” biodiesel demand, Oil World forecast.
…Unchanged biodiesel mandates …

Government of Canada Encourages Innovative Biofuel Production in Sarnia
June 27, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/FedDev Ontario)  Woodland Biofuels Inc. is receiving a contribution to operate a plant that will produce low-cost biofuel from waste. Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, announced the funding today on behalf of …

ENOGEN® Corn to Present ‘American Ethanol 200’ NASCAR Truck Race at Iowa Speedway
June 27, 2013 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/Iowa Speedway)  Officials at Iowa Speedway announced today (June 24, 2013) that Syngenta and its Enogen brand seed corn will be the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Newton …

RIN Amounts Indicate Positive Trend for Biodiesel
June 27, 2013 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) shows in 2.5 billion 2012 RINs across the biodiesel (D4), advanced (D5), and renewable (D6) categories. Of this total, just over …

Obama Unveils Climate Change Plan; “Less Coal, for Sure”; International, Executive Actions Highlighted
June 27, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …LCFS = Low Carbon Fuel Standard Less Coal, For Sure    What’s up? What’s the 6-point plan – what does it mean for you, and for biofuels?
…The problems, as the …

Increased Enzyme Binding to Substrate Is Not Necessary for More Efficient Cellulose Hydrolysis
June 27, 2013 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Dahai Gao, Shishir P. S. Chundawat, Anurag Sethi, Venkatesh Balana, S. Gnanakaran, and Bruce E. Dale (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Substrate binding is typically one of the rate-limiting steps preceding enzyme catalytic …

Rise in Alternative Fuels Prompts Launch of Training Network
June 27, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(  Some of the nation’s top alternative fuel experts have joined forces to form the Alternative Fuel Training Network, launched this month on the new website
Thanks to a surge in the rise of alternative …

Australian PM Falls in Leadership Tilt; Climate Change Minister, Treasurer Also Resign
June 27, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has resigned, following the defeat of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a leadership ballot for the Federal Labor Party.  … Labor MPs had …

Solazyme Roquette: Le Break-Up en La Boulangerie
June 25, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme and Roquette dissolve their nutritionals JV; Solazyme to accelerate under its own flag; stock plunges.  What’s up? Who said “sorry?” on the way out the door?
It was a terse …

If Sunset Lifts, Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program Could Bring Heavy Investments
June 25, 2013 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Richley (Clean Energy Fuels/Sustainable Business Oregon)   Time is running out for the Oregon Legislature to lift the sunset on the Clean Fuels Program, a practical program that would greatly benefit Oregon consumers’ pocketbooks …

Propelling Alternative Fuels Forward
June 25, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Brian Berk  (Convenience Store News)   …Retailer Propel Fuels Inc. believes in the future of alternative fuels and is devoted to being a better steward to the earth — something it says its E85 and biodiesel offerings can provide. The …

U.S. FTC Said to Open Probe of Oil Price-Fixing After EU
June 25, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Sara Forden (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a formal investigation into how prices of crude oil and petroleum-derived products are set, mirroring a European Union inquiry, two people familiar with the matter …

ACORE Releases New Study Highlighting Key Strategies to Scale-Up U.S. Renewable Energy Investment
June 25, 2013 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  A new study was released today by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), and Climate Policy Initiative at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street where hundreds of leaders …

Biofuel Project in Kenya Ignites Land, Environmental Disputes
June 25, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Robyn Dixon (Los Angeles Times)  Foreign firms seeking land in Africa for biofuel crops run into opposition from communities and environmental activists despite promising jobs and development.
With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic …

National Biodiesel Board Issues Statement on Obama Climate Proposal
June 25, 2013 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …As this plan makes clear, a key part of the equation in addressing climate change is breaking our dependence on fossil fuels. Biodiesel can help do that in a practical, cost-effective …

Conversation with Racing Legend Bobby Rahal at Detroit Grand Prix
June 25, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) While attending the Detroit Grand Prix races earlier this month, we had the opportunity to spend some time with racing legend Bobby Rahal. Bobby is the 1986 Indianapolis 500 …

DINEEN: Natural Gas Is Not Renewable
June 24, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Bay Area Citizen/Renewable Fuels Association)  Natural gas is not renewable, nor is it the future of ethanol.
But let’s start at the beginning. Congressman Pete Olson recently penned an op-ed to Houston Community …

Court Nixes Appeal over Added Ethanol in Gasoline
June 24, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press) The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to Environmental Protection Agency decisions allowing an increase in ethanol content in gasoline.  READ MORE and MORE (The Washington Post) and MORE (Renewable Fuels Association) and MORE (The Hill …

BP Not in Step with Industry on Renewable Fuel Regulations
June 24, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem  (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  As Congress considers scaling back or abolishing U.S. rules that mandate the use of renewable fuels, it has the full-throated support of the petroleum industry — with one major …

Obama to Announce Tuesday He Will Regulate Existing Power Plants as Part of Climate Strategy
June 24, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  … In Saturday’s statement, Obama emphasized the economic opportunities that could come from tackling carbon emissions.
“We’ll need scientists to design new fuels, and farmers to grow them,” he said. “We’ll …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2
June 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session …

Freedom of Choice: E20 Ethanol Blends Take the Value Crown from Gasoline, E10
June 20, 2013 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Freedom of choice, it turns out, drives better value for drivers.  The Digest goes in-depth to look at real-world data — and the power of free markets in fossil and …

Technip Awarded FEED Contract for a New Biomass-to-Liquid Plant in Finland
June 20, 2013 – 10:00 am | No Comment

Technip was awarded by Forest BtL Oy a contract, worth approximately €5 million, for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a new second generation biomass-to-liquid* (BTL) plant to be built on Ajos island, Finland. …

BIO World Congress Cellulosic Ethanol Panel: The Latest on Commercialization Progress
June 18, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  One of the morning sessions at the Tenth Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology put four of the companies in the forefront of commercial development of cellulosic ethanol …

Keystone Farm Show January 7-9, 2014 York, PA
June 15, 2013 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show    January 7-9, 2014   York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

5th Palm Oil Summit August 20-21, 2013 Jakarta, Indonesia
June 15, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
5th Palm Oil Summit   August 20-21, 2013   Jakarta, Indonesia

Themed:”Sustainable Yield Improvement, Maximizing Productivity &Best Management Practices
Key Note Speech:  Cargill’s Journey and Approach Towards Sustainable Palm Oil”
Key topics
·         Increasing Yield and Maximizing Productivity per hectra
·         Clonal Propagation of Oil Palm and potential in Indonesia …

Seagriculture – Exploring the Seaweed Chain: 2nd International Seaweed Conference September 25-26, 2013 Den Helder/Texel, The Netherlands
June 15, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment
Seagriculture – Exploring the Seaweed Chain: 2nd International Seaweed Conference  September 25-26, 2013    Den Helder/Texel, The Netherlands

DLG BENELUX, Wageningen UR (PRI & IMARES) and MCN are happy to announce the 2nd International Seaweed Conference, organised in cooperation with NIOZ, TNO, ECN, Hortimare, ATO, Blueport, Stichting Zeewierboerderij & Provincie Noord-Holland. This international conference will take place in Den Helder/Texel, The Netherlands from …

CALL FOR PAPERS 11 th International Conference on Biofuels: Fuels of the Future 2014 January 20-21 Berlin, Germany DEADLINE June 21
June 15, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS 11 th International Conference on Biofuels: Fuels of the Future 2014 January 20-21 Berlin, Germany   DEADLINE   June 21

The German BioEnergy Association (BBE) and the Union for the Promotion of Oilseeds and Protein Plants (UFOP) cordially invite paper proposals for the 11th International Conference on Biofuels “Fuels of the Future 2014″, which will …