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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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Japan’s JX to Start Selling ETBE-Blended Gasoline in Northeast from May
April 23, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Takeo Kumagai (Platts)  Japan’s largest refiner JX Nippon Oil & Energy is set to start selling ETBE-blended gasoline from its branded service stations in the northeast of the country, taking the number of outlets at …

Growth in Asia, Climate Change Weigh on Biofuels – US Executive
April 23, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Dang (ICIS)  Population growth in Asia, climate change and shifting geopolitics are all issues that will impact the future of the biotechnology and renewable fuels industry, an executive at a life sciences investment firm …

ICE to Launch D4, D5, D6 RIN Futures Contracts
April 23, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), an operator of global markets and clearing house, has announced the introduction of new North American environmental futures contracts for three categories of renewable energy numbers (RINs), …

EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards
April 23, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings in April on the Tier 3 proposed rulemaking aimed at addressing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public …

A Key to Mass Extinctions Could Boost Food, Biofuel Production
April 23, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Vince Stricherz (University of Washington)  Hydrogen sulfide, the pungent stuff often referred to as sewer gas, is a deadly substance implicated in several mass extinctions, including one at the end of the Permian period …

Could Biofuels Help Power Jets?
April 23, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Charles Q. Choi (TechNewsDaily/LiveScience)   A new synthetic type of biofuel created by mixing and matching bits of DNA from different organisms could one day replace diesel and jet fuel, scientists say.

…The researchers devoted a …

KSC Introduces Biofuel for Cars in Sudan for the First Time
April 23, 2013 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Sudan Tribune)  Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) will launch the first Sudanese project which uses ethanol as a gasoline additive to increase octane and improve vehicle emissions.
The Managing Director of KSC, Mohamed El Mardi El-Tijani, said …

Food, Fuel and Feed: Market Impacts of a Growing Biodiesel Market April 29, 2013 Webinar
April 23, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
Food, Fuel and Feed: Market Impacts of a Growing Biodiesel Market   April 29, 2013   Webinar

Food production and distribution are dependent on energy, and some say renewable forms of energy make food production more sustainable in the long run.  In this webinar, part of a National Biodiesel Board webinar series, we’ll …

Kinder Morgan to Blend Biodiesel in Las Vegas, Phoenix in Early Q2
April 23, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Beth Evans (Platts)  Kinder Morgan expects to begin biodiesel blending at its terminals in Las Vegas and Phoenix “in the early part of the second quarter,” the company said Wednesday.
Recently completed modifications at those …

Cobalt, Mercurius, BioProcess Algae, Frontline Land $17.7M in Military Biofuels Grants
April 23, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $17.7 million in grants to …

Ethanol Recall
April 22, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Ken Root (High Plains Midwest Ag Journal)  …But there were sectors of agriculture that saw a dramatic change in the cost of their feedstock and began to align with each other and any other …

Renewable Fuel Standard Under Attack
April 22, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad appeared together recently defending the Renewable Fuel Standard from recent attacks from people like Robert Bradley Jr. who writes for Forbes. Bradley, an adjunct scholar …

Powers Warns of Possible Lawsuit Following Cancellation of Trash-to-Ethanol Deal
April 22, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times)  Potential lawsuits are brewing in Lake County’s trash-to-ethanol saga, according to a motion by solid waste officials and statements from the developer who had contracted to build and operate …

Bob Dinneen Gives the WSJ a Failing Grade
April 22, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  If the editorial writers of the Wall Street Journal consider themselves students of mine, “An Ethanol Spring,” (April 17), I am saddened to report to you that you’ve failed.  …

U.S., Israel Could Collaborate on Advanced Biofuel Development
April 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation/Biomass Magazine)  After a briefing by senior White House staff on April 17, following their arrival in the U.S., an Israeli delegation of top academic and industrial biofuels research scientists and …

Air Liquide Signs Biofuel Research Contract
April 22, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by  Stuart Radnedge (GasWorld)  Air Liquide has just signed a partnership agreement with the CEA (Commission for atomic energy and alternative energies in France) aiming to develop a second-generation biofuel production pilot unit in France.
As part …

Aemetis Transitions from Corn Ethanol to Advanced Biofuels at Keyes Plant
April 22, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Aemetis announced that its 60 million gallon per year capacity ethanol facility in Keyes, CA has completed maintenance and Advanced Biofuels retrofit, and is now restarting production.
Last December, …

Agronomists and Admirals: Looking back at ABLC 2013
April 22, 2013 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James and Associates/Biofuels Digest)  …There is no question that there have been growing pains along the way, more than we would have hoped, but the industry continues along its trajectory towards scale. We …

Biofuel Exec: Change to Fuel Mandate Would Hurt Iowa Cellulosic Plant
April 22, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  A meaningful change to the country’s renewable fuel mandate would drastically curtail the market opportunity for a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in Emmetsburg by ethanol producer Poet and …

7th ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar Conference May 15, 2013 New York, NY
April 22, 2013 – 8:54 am | No Comment
7th ISO  DATAGRO New York Sugar Conference  May 15, 2013   New York, NY

The International Sugar Organization (ISO), the only world forum designed to exchange different points of view among the main producer and consumer countries at governmental level, in partnership with DATAGRO, one of the chief world …

Car Fuel of the Future: US Dominating Cellulosic Ethanol Market
April 19, 2013 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(Global Data)  Ethanol is the most widely acclaimed alternative or additive for gasoline used for running vehicles, and the US ranked as number one producer of this biofuel using natural waste feedstock, states new analysis …

ABO Launches Map of Algae Research, Companies and Projects
April 19, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) A new map of the algae industry published online by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) shows algae production facilities and research projects stretching from coast to coast, illustrating a nationwide opportunity for a new and growing industry …

Tax Writers Warm to Giving Renewables Parity with Fossil Fuels
April 19, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Nick Juliano (MidWest Energy News)   A proposal to allow renewable energy developers to take advantage of a tax structure that has long been popular among fossil fuel companies is gaining traction among lawmakers tasked …

Turning Grease Into Diesel, Johnny Rockets Recycles Fry Oil Through DAR PRO Solutions
April 19, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Johnny Rockets/Sacramento Bee/PR Newswire) Johnny Rockets partners with DAR PRO Solutions to recycle its restaurants’ used fry oil into renewable diesel fuel.
Each year, Johnny Rockets serves about eight million pounds of American Fries and two million …

ZimmComm Announces Agri-Blogging Internships
April 19, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(AgWired/ZimmComm)  ZimmComm New Media is now taking applications for students in the agricultural communications field to attend and learn how to “agri-blog” some of the most important industry events held every year. It has been …

Leading Democrat Says US May Not Be Able to Meet Biofuel Targets
April 19, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  * Wyden says committee will explore ethanol mandate
* Energy committee to look at gasoline prices this Spring
* Lawmakers introduced bill ending corn ethanol targets
The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural …

Enzymes from Horse Feces Could Hold Secrets to Streamlining Biofuel Production
April 19, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Stepping into unexplored territory in efforts to use corn stalks, grass and other non-food plants to make biofuels, scientists have described the discovery of a potential treasure-trove of candidate enzymes in fungi thriving …

Biofuels to Cost U.K. Motorists $707 Million, Chatham House Says
April 19, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Sally Blakewell (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Biofuels will cost U.K. motorists about 460 million pounds ($707 million) this year as the government increases their use in transport fuel, driving up food prices in poorer countries, Chatham …

Cobalt Signs Strategic Partner and Investor to Commercialize Bio-Based Butadiene Solution
April 19, 2013 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Cobalt/PRNewswire)  Strategic Partnership Opens Pathway to $40 Billion Butadiene Market
Cobalt Technologies, a leading developer of next generation bio-based chemicals, today announced a strategic relationship with two prominent Asian chemical companies for the development of a …

Sugar Shock: Sweetwater, Naturally Scientific Ink $250M Pact for Biobased Sugars
April 19, 2013 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The end-goal? High-value oils. Low-cost sugars become shock troops in the war for sustainability.
In New York, we’ve learned that Sweetwater Energy will announce a project today to provide Naturally Scientific …

Long List of Lobbies Oppose Renewable-Fuels Standard
April 19, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  It’s hard to rival the diversity and sheer number of groups and companies with a vested interest in the renewable-fuels standard, from food and livestock businesses to those in the …

ABLC: Increasing Optimism in Biofuels Financing
April 19, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …“I think the overarching message of the panel was a sign of increasing optimism,” says Chris Groobey, a partner in the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, who spoke during a …

Dinneen to Forbes: Forbes Should Be Advocating For, Not Arguing Against, Increased Competition
April 19, 2013 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) To the Editor:   What’s there about lower prices at the pump, less pollution and reduced reliance on imported oil that Robert Bradley, Jr., doesn’t like (“It’s Time to Repeal the …

AFPM Welcomes EPA Move to Address Biodiesel Fraud but Greater Fix is Needed
April 19, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Journal/The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and American Petroleum Institute (API) filed comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel Quality Assurance Program.
“EPA’s …

Florida Legislature Poised to Pull the Plug on Florida’s Bioenergy Sector
April 19, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Florida Biofuels and Bioenergy Association)  $1 Billion in Investment At Risk
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Florida Legislature will consider HB4001, which repeals the Renewable Fuels Standard set in 2008. With a federal mandate for 10 percent ethanol …

Shell at ABLC: Don’t Blame Big Oil for Blend Wall
April 19, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  One of the great things about the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference is the diverse group of biofuels stakeholders with diverse points of view. Case in point, Shell Oil’s presence at the …

What Investors Got Wrong in Advanced Biofuels
April 19, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Doug Williams (Venture Beat)  … Although I am not an expert in investing, there are a few things I think may need to happen to make the capital and technology risk work:
Strategic investors may need …

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought & Other Harsh Conditions
April 19, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woolston  (Bioenergy Connection)  … If you drove around certain parts of the Midwest this summer, you might have seen patches of energy grass or tall, green sorghum flourishing amid the ruined corn and soybeans. …

Who Killed $2.18 Gasoline?
April 19, 2013 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An explosive report from Bloomberg alleges that a pathway to $2.18 per gallon gasoline was developed at Chevron-Weyerhaeuser owned Catchlight Energy.  Yet, the project was sidelined. Why?   Was the project …

Oil-and-Gas Lobby Talks Biofuel Rule with White House, EPA, Senior Lawmakers
April 18, 2013 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire) The head of a powerful oil industry lobbying group met with top White House officials and senior lawmakers Wednesday about stripping a federal biofuel rule.
“We’re talking about the renewable fuel …

Local View: Renewable Fuel Stand Is Working
April 18, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Tim Scheer (JournalStar.com)  Once again, the Renewable Fuel Standard is the subject of debate and attack in Washington, DC.
In truth, the RFS is one of the most successful pieces of legislation in recent years, …

NexSteppe Launches Purpose-Designed Crops for Biofuels, Biopower and Biobased Products
April 18, 2013 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/NexSteppe)  Malibu and Palo Alto Sorghum Hybrids Provide Scalable, Reliable, and Sustainable Feedstock Options for the Biobased Industries
NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, today announced the …

Biofuels Conference Told to Be Biomass Agnostic
April 18, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …Guido Ghisolfi of the Italian company Beta Renewables told attendees of the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference (ABLC) that they, too, needed to be diverse in their thinking of biomass for biofuels.
“It’s quite important …

International Energy Agency: Need Major Scale Up in Global Biofuels Production
April 18, 2013 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released their Tracking Clean Energy Progress report in New Delhi that details the increased role that biofuels will need to play in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) as …

Hydrogen Production Efficiency Discovery in Green Algae
April 18, 2013 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Anneli Waara (Algae Industry Magazine)   …However, a group of researchers at Sweden’s Uppsala University, led by Senior Lecturer Fikret Mamedov and Professor Stenbjörn Styring, have just announced a discovery that changes the view on …

Monitoring, Diagnostics Tackle Algae Biofuel Pond Crash Problem
April 18, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories/Biodiesel Magazine)  Sandia National Laboratories is developing a suite of complementary technologies to help the emerging algae industry detect and quickly recover from algal pond crashes, an obstacle to large-scale algae cultivation for …

REG Releases White Paper Promoting Food Security Side of Biodiesel
April 18, 2013 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, the Renewable Energy Group has released a white paper called “Food THEN Fuel: American Biodiesel’s Role in Strengthening Food Security” that seeks to demonstrate how biodiesel supports the nation’s …

LS9 Expands Operations in Florida
April 18, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … LS9 CEO Tjerk de Ruiter announced the expansion of its operations at the Company’s Okeechobee, Florida demonstration facility with a successful customer trial.
The Florida facility was initially designed, and has …

BioGasol Delivers First CarboFrac Units to Sweetwater Energy
April 18, 2013 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy announed that BioGasol completed delivery of its first commercial biomass pretreatment system.
The cellulosic sugar producer will use the unit, a Carbofrac 10, in its demonstration facility to produce …

Looking Back at ABLC 2013
April 18, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Perhaps nothing was more on the minds of delegates as the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the impact of the Washington policy debate on investor confidence — and …

Vilsack, LaHood Extend Aviation Biofuels Commitment
April 15, 2013 – 11:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Two members of Pres. Obama’s cabinet today have signed their names to an agreement that will extend the administration’s commitment to the production of biofuels for use in airplanes. Secretary of …

Bashing The Oil Industry at Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference: Offense and Defense in the Game of Whack-a-Mole
April 15, 2013 – 10:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Although conference convener, Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane, insisted that he “discouraged industry bashing,” the first morning of this 3-day conference was replete with unveiled references to The Oil Industry, …

Colorado to Offer $3.1 Million in Tax Credits for Cool Planet HQ
April 12, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Aldo Svaldi (The Denver Post)   Cool Planet Energy Systems took a step closer Friday to a corporate relocation and expansion that could bring nearly 400 jobs to the metro area and place the state …

25x’25 Alliance Offers Adaptation Recommendations to U.S. Agriculture, Forestry
April 12, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  (T)he Adaptation Work Group, a collaboration of agriculture, forestry, business, academic, conservation and government leaders, … issued a report last week that offers recommendations that will enable the U.S. agriculture and forestry …

AFPM, RFA Trade Charges after Verdict in MTBE Case
April 12, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin  (Platts)  …(American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers President Charles T.) Drevna responded Wednesday to a New Hampshire verdict earlier that day in a case where ExxonMobil was found negligent for putting MTBE in gasoline without warning …

Paris Air Show Alternative Aviation Fuels Pavilion (AAFP) June 17-21, 2013 Le Bourget Paris, France
April 12, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
Paris Air Show Alternative Aviation Fuels Pavilion (AAFP)  June 17-21, 2013   Le Bourget  Paris, France

Potential buyers, partners, investors and researchers at the Paris Air Show will be able to find the world’s leading alternative aviation fuels resources in one place: The Alternative Aviation Fuels (AAF) Pavilion. The airshow, arguably the best-known aerospace exhibition …

BIO Comments on EPA’s 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Rules
April 12, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization) The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS).
The comments emphasized that continued stable …

Academic Study on Jatropha in Cooperation with the Leuphana University, Lueneburg
April 12, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(INOCAS)  The production of plant oils based on oil-bearing trees such as Jatropha could provide an alternative pathway to a more sustainable plant oil production in the future. Planting oil-bearing trees can mitigate the effects of …

Ductor a Winner of the Red Herring Europe 100 Award
April 12, 2013 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(XS4Green.com)  Ductor, the Finnish biotechnology company specializing in disruptive algae technology, announce today that Red Herring, a global media company, has named Ductor a winner of the Red Herring Europe 100 awards.
Ductor’s products and business …

Nation First International Development Asia (NFIDAsia) Signs MoU with Hisham Koh & Associates (HKA) to Facilitate Algal Based Farming Products for Rural Myanmar
April 12, 2013 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(PR.com/Nation First International Development Asia)  Nation First International Development Asia (NFIDAsia) has announced today they have signed an MoU with Hisham Koh & Associates (HKA) to facilitate algal based farming products throughout rural Myanmar.
While algae …

Lee Enterprises and ICM Forge Alliance
April 12, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Lee Enterprises Consulting has formed of a strategic alliance with ICM, Inc. Recently, ICM developed a proprietary patent-pending Generation 1.5 Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology for the production of cellulosic ethanol.
ICM’s Director …

Gevo Wins a Judgment in Latest Butamax vs Gevo Dust-Up
April 12, 2013 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware entered a final judgment in favor of Gevo and against Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC (Butamax), a 50/50 joint …

Obama Budget Would End Oil Industry Tax Breaks, Hike Royalites
April 11, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  In unveiling his $3.8 trillion spending plan for the U.S. government on Wednesday, President Barack Obama revived his longstanding attack on oil industry tax breaks and formally launched a plan …

Freeze It – A Proposal for Implementing RFS2 through 2015
April 11, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  …Here, we present a proposal for implementing the RFS2 through 2015 that recognizes the constraints implied by the E10 blend wall and will avert the impact of the …

Industry Reacts to RFS Reform Act Introduced in House
April 11, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry reacted swiftly to the so-called RFS Reform Act, legislation introduced April 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they said would gut the renewable fuel …

The EIA Publishes Data on E85-Capable Vehicles
April 11, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published updated data on alternative fuels and vehicles through 2011. The analysis addresses several alternative transportation fuels, including E85, hydrogen, electricity, natural gas …

Algal Biofuels Pilot Plant Opens in Queensland
April 11, 2013 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Premier of Queensland, Australia, Campbell Newman, has cut the ribbon on an advanced solar biofuels pilot plant designed to develop microalgae-based systems as a source of clean fuel and animal feeds.
The $3.5 …

Double Counting, Half Measures: Advanced Biofuels Will Not Take Off with Existing Support Measures
April 11, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(ePURE)  The European Renewable Ethanol Industry, ePURE, together with Novozymes, find the double counting mechanism proposed by the European Commission is ineffective to kick-start the deployment of innovative advanced biofuels. Increasing the weighting of advanced …

President’s FY2014 Budget Boosts DOE Vehicle Technology Spending 75% to $575M; $282M for Advanced Biofuels
April 11, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(EV-olution.org)  President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal submitted to Congress provides $28.4 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Energy, an 8% increase above the 2012 enacted level. Among the direct transportation-related highlights of the department’s …

Crop-Based Biofuels: A Complex Issue
April 11, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Sam Fenwick (E2B Pulse)  In this article, E2B explores the benefits of crop-based biofuels to the UK, the potential impact of a recent EU proposal and the wider issues associated with their adoption.
In October …

Versalis Invests $20M in Genomatica, Launches JV for Bio-based Butadiene
April 11, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Italy, Versalis and Genomatica announced the establishment of a technology joint venture for bio-based butadiene from non-food biomass. The resulting process will be licensed across Europe, Asia and Africa by …

Neste Oil Uses Tall Oil Pitch; Begins Rainforest Protection Plan
April 10, 2013 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has begun using tall oil pitch as a feedstock for renewable diesel production. Neste Oil successfully tested tall oil pitch in commercial refinery operations in March and April …

Bioheat’s ‘Proud 2B2’ Campaign Awards $30,000 to NYC Charities
April 10, 2013 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(The National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Continuing its trend of warming up New York, the National Biodiesel Board announced the winners of its New York City Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup campaign. To celebrate New York City’s adoption …

Florida Senate Bill Repealing Ethanol Requirement Rewritten with Only ‘Nice Words’
April 10, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Ritchie  (The Florida Current)  A Senate bill that would repeal the 2008 requirement that gasoline in Florida contain about 10 percent ethanol was rewritten on Tuesday to remove the repeal.
Bill supporters say the law …

Biofuels Digest’s 3-Minute Guide to the EIA Energy Outlook
April 10, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eager to understand the bio investor impact from the EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook – but not crazy about reading 46 pages of dense text and graphics?
Our 3-Minute Guide can help.
…We …

G-OIL Helps Lindsey Wilson College To Pioneer “Truly Green Campuses”
April 10, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(G-Oil Green Earth Technologies/PR NewsWire)  Every day is Earth Day at Lindsey Wilson College, a 2,700 student collection of campuses in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Looking to become a pioneer in developing truly …

Biodiesel Use Up 240% in 2011
April 10, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Justin Loiseau (Motley Fool)  Alternative and replacement fuels are making moves, according to the most recent data released by the Energy Information Administration on Monday. From 2007 to 2011, traditional fuel use dropped 7.8% to 171 …

Propel Fuels Brings Biodiesel, E85 to Fresno
April 10, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Propel Fuels has opened another in its chain of transformative Clean Mobility Centers — and the first station in Fresno to offer E85 Flex Fuel and biodiesel, sourced …

Yo, Algae: Take Two and Call Me in the Morning
April 10, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …. And surprisingly, a research team from the University of California, Davis has not only catalogued the impacts of treating microalgae with 83 different compounds. They’ve found that common antioxidants …

Advanced Biofuels USA Co-Hosts DOE’s Biomass 2013
April 10, 2013 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

Advanced Biofuels USA, co-hosting with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, invites you to be a supporter of Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy. This year’s conference will be held July …

Advanced Biofuels USA Teams with Hood College with Panel Discussion of Documentary, ‘FREEDOM’ April 22,2013 Frederick, MD
April 10, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels USA Teams with Hood College with Panel Discussion of Documentary, ‘FREEDOM’    April 22,2013    Frederick, MD

Advanced Biofuels USA and the Hood Environmental Advocacy Team to Host Showing of Documentary Film, ‘FREEDOM,’ followed by Local Expert Panel …

New EPA Fuel, Emission Standards A Benefit for Ethanol
April 9, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers Association says more stringent emissions standards create a place for ethanol’s higher octane levels to shine
…The tier 3 standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated …

CME Plans to Introduce Ethanol RINs Contract by End of May
April 9, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  CME Group Inc. (CME), owner of the world’s largest futures exchange, plans to start a contract for ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers by the end of May amid concern that higher RINs …

Ethanol Industry Seeks Toned-Down Renewable Fuel Goals
April 9, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Ben Goad (The Hill E2Wire)  A key industry group is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ratchet back this year’s volume requirements for biofuel production, arguing the proposed standards are unrealistic.
In formal comments submitted Monday, …

Global Biofuels Production Will Reach Nearly 62 Billion Gallons by 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research
April 9, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!Finance/Navigant Research)  After more than a decade of healthy growth for conventional biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel, the next wave of advanced biofuels is nearing commercialization. The pool of commercially available biomass-derived fuels is expanding …

Effective Fertilizer Use Could Cut Emissions from Biofuel Production
April 9, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(EnvironmentalResearchWeb.org)  Scientists in Brazil have found that nitrous-oxide emissions from sugarcane fields vary depending on the nitrogen source employed as a fertilizer. Ammonium nitrate results in higher nitrous-oxide emissions than urea, they discovered. With around …

Biofuels Given a New Lease on Life
April 9, 2013 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Andre Janse van Vuuren (City Press/Fin24)  Dormant plans to establish a local biofuel sector – earmarked to create up to 50 000 jobs and save the country at least R8.9bn in foreign exchange payments …

USDA Asks White House to Approve Sugar-for-Ethanol Program
April 9, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Charles Abbott (Reuters)  The White House will decide in coming weeks whether to attempt to blunt low prices in the U.S. sugar market by buying hundreds of thousands of tons of surplus sugar and …

Neste Oil Corporation Pledges “No Deforestation”
April 9, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste Oil, which had been criticized for its sourcing of deforestation-based palm oil, has pledged to shift away from palm oil sourced from primary forests, high conservation value and natural …

A Crash of Algae, Bioterrorism and the Future of Biofuels
April 9, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You’ve probably seen it, in some way, for years — a local pond seems suddenly crowded with algae — or there’s news of a “red tide” blooming at sea — …

Fertilizer Production at North Dakota Ethanol Plants Explored
April 8, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Prairie Business) Colorado company Agrebon Inc. and North Dakota partners are in discussions with North Dakota’s two largest ethanol plants in Casselton and Hankinson to build small-scale nitrogen fertilizer factories on their campuses.
…Each …

Biochar Slashes Bioenergy Soil Emissions
April 8, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Marshall (Planet Earth Online)  Adding charcoal to land used to grow bioenergy crops can greatly increase their overall benefit in helping cut our greenhouse-gas emissions, scientists have shown.
Applying so-called ‘biochar’ before planting energy …

World Future Energy Summit January 20-22, 2014 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
April 8, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit   January 20-22, 2014   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu …

2013 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference and Exhibit Show June 5 Sugar Land, TX
April 8, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment
2013 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference and Exhibit Show    June 5   Sugar Land, TX

Early registration is $35.00 per attendee.  Early registration ends Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
Regular registration is $50.00 per attendee.  The deadline for online registration is Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM.
School District registration is $10.00 per attendee.
Onsite registration will …

EPA Tier 3 Rules Lower Sulfur Content, Assume E15 to Replace E10
April 8, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has proposed Tier 3 emission standards for cars and gasoline. The new goals for lower sulfur content got the attention in the first days after …

James Cook University Commercializing Algae Research
April 8, 2013 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Tony Raggatt writes in townsvillebulletin.com that James Cook University, a leading algal research facility located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, has started to commercialize its research by selling their algae as a feedstock …

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Files Comments on EPA’s Unworkable RFS
April 8, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR Newswire)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed formal comments detailing the problems and harmful consequences caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule Regulation of Fuels and Fuel …

DECC: 2012 Was a Record Year for U.K. Ethanol Consumption
April 8, 2013 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change recently released an updated set of statistics on energy trends and prices. According to the release, ethanol accounted for 55 percent …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Consumer Choice Is Key to California Success
April 8, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Matt Horton (Mercury News)  …Yet at the fuel pump, consumers still have no power. We all know our dependence on fossil fuels weakens our economy and security while threatening our environment. We simply feel …

Not Ready for Slime Time: Algae Present Challenges as Fuel Source
April 8, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Emily Pickrell (FuelFix)  On Jan. 1, Congress made algae-based fuel production eligible for a $1.01-per-gallon cellulosic biofuel production federal tax credit.
Cellulosic biofuels typically are made from woody, non-food material such as grasses or wood …

Schneider Looks to Future after Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Plan Runs out of Gas
April 8, 2013 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Napoleon  (Post-Tribune)  Town officials say they remain disappointed after the announcement late last month that the local construction consortium trying to bring a proposed trash-to-ethanol plant had scrapped its plans.
“It’s a sad situation,” …

RFA to House Energy & Commerce Committee: Let RFS Work and Solutions to Blend Wall Will Be Found!
April 8, 2013 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today (April 5, 2013)  responded to the questions posed by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce in a white paper entitled, “Examining ‘Blend …

EPA Informs Court of Plan to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Requirement for 2011
April 8, 2013 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Childers  (Bloomberg BNA)  The Environmental Protection Agency will voluntarily reconsider the cellulosic ethanol blending requirement for 2011, the agency told a federal appellate court in an April 3 motion (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers v. …

University of Texas Researchers Design Synthetic Trees for Producing Water and Energy Efficient Algal Biofuels
April 8, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by David Wogan (Scientific American)  The idea is straightforward: grow algae in large quantities and harvest the energy dense byproducts as an alternative to fossil fuels. Like larger plants, microalgae use solar energy to fix …

Engineering Algae to Make the ‘Wonder Material’ Nanocellulose for Biofuels and More
April 8, 2013 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/American Chemical Society)  Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco have become stars in a project — which scientists today said has reached an advanced stage — …

Abengoa Begins Operating the First Demonstration Plant Using Waste-to-Biofuels Technology
April 8, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(ENP Newswire/Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production)  Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, has started operations at the demonstration plant that uses …

CPF Leads by Example with Renewable Fuel Projects
April 8, 2013 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF), the country’s biggest food maker and exporter, has stepped up efforts to use more renewable energy from waste discharged from chicken, pig and shrimp operations.
Alternative fuel projects consisting …

Governor Awards $200K to Hawaii Isle Biofuels Initiative
April 8, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Star-Advertiser)  The state has invested $200,000 toward a initiative that seeks to develop an economically sustainable zero-waste conversion project in Hilo that will turn unmarketable papaya into biofuel and high-protein animal feed.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie presented …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

ePURE Calls for Modeling European Biofuels Policy after the RFS
April 5, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Renewable Ethanol Association, ePURE, has released results of a study that determined the double counting mechanism proposed by the European Commission to spur production of advanced biofuels …

Big Oil’s Big Effort
April 5, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by  Loretta Sorensen (MidWest Producer) The best way farmers and consumers can weaken the grip of giant oil companies and further reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil is to start asking their fuel retailer to sell …

Cellulosic Technology Must Use Existing Cropland — Study
April 5, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (Governors Biofuel Coalition)  Cellulosic biofuels can become profitable for farmers and help displace oil, but they must use already-available agricultural land, according to a study released by a nonprofit yesterday.
Commissioned by the …

Biofuels Center Boosts Renewable Fuels Industry in Western NC with $600K Investment
April 5, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,058 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards are made through the 2012-2013 targeted biofuels …

Cheap Petrobras Gas Hurts Ethanol Investments: Corporate Brazil
April 5, 2013 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg)  Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the state- run oil company, is boosting money-losing gasoline imports at its fastest pace ever, holding down prices for alternative fuels and hindering investments in ethanol.
…President Dilma …

CHMC Seeks Farmers to Back $20 Million Brazil Corn-Ethanol Plant
April 5, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen  (Bloomberg)  China National Heavy Machinery Corp., the Beijing-based developer of industrial facilities and warehouses, is asking Brazilian farmers to invest 40 million reais ($20 million) in a corn-ethanol plant that will help …

Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program
April 5, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013 for financial assistance as follows: grants, guaranteed …

ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie to Reach Final Four
April 5, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute/PR NewsWire)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United …

Ethanol Blending Margins, RFS2 Compliance, and the Price of Gasoline
April 5, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good  (FarmDocDaily)  …We concluded that the buying and selling of RINs within that supply chain results in something close to a zero-sum game in terms of profitability for the industry. The …

Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market
April 5, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Tech News)  A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel …

USDA Accepting Apps for Blender Pump Grants under REAP Program
April 5, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for federal REAP funds to help gasoline retailers install blender pumps designed to give consumers flexibility and choice in …

DOE Announces Five-Year Renewal of Funding for Bioenergy Research Centers
April 5, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced it would fund its three Bioenergy Research Centers for an additional five-year period, subject to continued congressional appropriations. The three Centers—including the BioEnergy Research Center …

US Department of Energy Gives Michigan State, University of Wisconsin $125 Million to Continue Biofuels Research
April 5, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Brandon Howell (MLive) Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin will continue their partnered research of advanced biofuels thanks to $125 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, …

SG Biofuels Sees Deal in Southeast Asia or Africa in Six Months
April 5, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by  Louise Downing (Bloomberg)  SG Biofuels Inc., the green fuel biotech company working with Airbus SAS, is seeking a partner in Southeast Asia or Africa and expects to complete a cooperation deal within 180 days to expand its …

BioNitrogen Signs Second Supply Agreement with United Suppliers – Is Urea on the Move?
April 5, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  In Florida, BioNitrogen Corp. announced that it has signed a supply agreement with United Suppliers, Inc. for the offtake of urea fertilizer for its planned plants in Pointe Coupee Parish, …

Barcelona Researchers Focus on Dinoflagellate Microalgae
April 5, 2013 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona/Biodiesel Magazine)  Dinoflagellate microalgae could be used as a raw material to obtain biodiesel easily and profitably. This is the conclusion of a study led by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) scientists, …

Energy 101- A Framework For an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Course Teaching the Fundamentals of Energy April 10, 2013 Webinar 2:00PM ET
April 5, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment
Energy 101- A Framework For an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Course Teaching the Fundamentals of Energy   April 10, 2013   Webinar 2:00PM ET

The ‘Energy 101’ project collaborators are hosting a webinar detailing the newly released Energy 101 curricular framework.
This webinar is for educators, administrators, and other interested parties who would like to learn about the Energy 101 …

IEA Says Cellulosic Biofuels Capacity Has Tripled since 2010: New Task 39 Global Report
April 5, 2013 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The International Energy Agency, through its Task 39 group, has published its 207-page report on the “Status of Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Facilities in 2012″.
The report, in its pages, contains detailed …

Growing Forward 2 is Good News for Canadian Biofuels
April 5, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Renewable Fuels Association)  Homegrown renewable fuels drive economic growth in rural Canada and are a key part of our Bio-Economy future
The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) applauds the official launch of the Growing Forward …

Uganda to Get Quality Biodiesel
April 5, 2013 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Eriosi Nantaba (AllAfrica.com)  A private Firm African Power Initiative Limited (API) recently announced its plans and commitment to start mass production of bio diesel in Uganda with a capacity of more than 4000 litres. …

Iowa’s Biodiesel Sales Have Tripled since 2010
April 5, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said the amount of biodiesel blended into diesel in Iowa has more than tripled from 7.4 million gallons in 2010 to 23.3 million gallons in …

7 Steps to Meeting US Renewable Fuels Targets
April 5, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We go through the renewable fuels math — and find that the nattering nabobs of negativism might have crowed too soon.
…Lately, the nattering nabobs appear to have landed at the …

Is Small-Scale, Distributed Ethanol Production for You?
April 5, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  …It’s an idea whose time has come, for sure. The opportunity for small-scale production of alcohol fuels in the 20,000 to 500,000 gallon range — using wastes routinely produced (and …

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine : Bioethanol Production Will Boost the Alcohol and Sugar Industries
April 5, 2013 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(www.4-Traders.com)  This year the Government continues to develop alternative fuel sources, in particular, to increase the production of bioethanol.  It is provided by the State Program of activation of the economic development for 2013-2014. To …

Tilapia Waste Used for Biodiesel at New Brazillian Plant
April 5, 2013 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  Two plants have opened in Jaguaribara and Morada Nova to reduce tilapia waste by converting it into biodiesel.
…Mr Joacir Moreira said that the plants have been set up in order to prevent …

Genuine Bio Fuel Inc.’s Second Chance Program Proves to Be a Model for Successful Hiring in the Biodiesel Industry
April 5, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(PR Web/Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc.)  Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., a privately funded leader in the biodiesel fuel industry, has successfully designed a unique employment program to enrich the Florida’s Indiantown community.
Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., a leading biodiesel producer …

Maine Company Making Biofuel from Spent Grease
April 5, 2013 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(WCSH6.com)  With a few added chemicals and some serious filtration, Maine Standard Biofuels takes leftover cooking oil from restaurants and creates heating oil for home and biodiesel for cars and trucks.
“It can be used in …

Algenetix Raises $2M in Series A Funding Round, Aims to Boost Algae Oil Accumulation
April 5, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Algenetix, an industrial biotech company incubated from the pipeline of Kapyon Ventures has closed $2.0M in Series A-1 funding to further commercialize its PhotoSeed platform.
The groundbreaking technology vastly …

Go Wet, Young Friend
April 5, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …One of the perplexities of our time: why solar systems are so photon-efficient and so troubled in energy storage; conversely, how biomass systems are so photon-inefficient yet have magnificently dense …

Federal Grant Helps Keep Jackson Express’ Ethanol Cause Pumping
April 2, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Diana Johnsen (KCAUTV.com)  …The Jackson Express Gas station in Jackson, Nebraska has what are called ethanol “blender pumps”, which allows drivers to customize how much ethanol goes into their fuel.
And the more ethanol, the …

Ethanol vs. Petroleum – NCGA Adds Facts to the Debate
April 2, 2013 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt  (Hoosier Ag Today)  Ethanol debates are heating up again on Capitol Hill – so the National Corn Growers Association is comparing the environmental impacts from ethanol and petroleum as transportation fuels. Ethanol …

Popke’s in Rock Rapids, IA Joins the E15 Club
April 2, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Popke’s, Inc. in Rock Rapids, Iowa has joined the E15 “club” now joining four other stations in Iowa to sell the 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline fuel blend.
…Retailers interested in installing a …

DOE Study: RFS Boosts US Economy
April 2, 2013 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  As Congress and the country debate the renewable fuel standard (RFS), Big Oil and Big Food are flooding the zone with bought-and-paid-for “studies” seeking to discredit American …

Biofuels Too Basic to Justify Binding EU 2030 Target: Oettinger
April 2, 2013 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Biofuels are not advanced enough yet to justify a specific binding 2030 EU renewable transport target, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said Wednesday.
The EU has a binding 2020 target to source 20% of its …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Not an Answer
April 2, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  As policy makers in Washington DC and across the country confront the costly consequences of mandating renewable fuels, some have suggested a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) as an alternative. …

Pacific Ethanol Says Importing Sorghum to Make Biofuel
April 2, 2013 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Karl Plume (Reuters)  Pacific Ethanol Inc said that it is importing sorghum as well as buying the grain from domestic sources as prices for corn, the primary feedstock for the U.S. ethanol industry, hovered …

The Hydrogen Problem
April 2, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A numbers of readers responding to “Biofuels from a raging fireball” (Friday’s Top Story, on research work with the raging fireball, Pyrococchus furiosus, to make biofuels and renewable chemicals from …

Spatially Explicit Life Cycle Assessment of 5 Sun-to-Wheels Pathways Finds Photovoltaic Electricity and BEVs Offer Land-Efficient and Low-Carbon Transportation
April 2, 2013 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A new spatially-explicit life cycle assessment of five different “sun-to-wheels” conversion pathways—ethanol from corn or switchgrass for internal combustion vehicles (ICVs); electricity from corn or switchgrass for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs); and photovoltaic …

Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels
April 2, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  When blessed with a resource in overwhelming abundance it’s generally a good idea to make valuable use of that resource. Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant organic material …

Renewables Are Now a Major Contributor to UK Energy
April 2, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Robin Whitlock (Renewable Energy Magazine)  …There was a reduction in the consumption of liquid biofuels available for transport, down to 2.6 percent of UK motor fuel and this needs to be addressed in the policy …

USDA, DuPont Pair up on Corn Stover Guidelines
April 2, 2013 – 9:52 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/Quad Cities Times)  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed an agreement Friday with DuPont that will help establish guidelines for how the company will collect corn-plant residue for a new ethanol plant in central …