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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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Verdezyne: It’s Nylonic, Baby
February 13, 2013 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  … When last we checked in with Verdezyne at length, the company had a transformative cellulosic biofuels fermentation technology and a real foothold en route to bioadipic acid as well …

Gaining Community Support for Biomass Projects
February 13, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Al Maiorino (Public Strategy Group, Inc./Algae Industry Magazine)  Questions are increasingly raised concerning the various environmental, economic, and social issues that surround biomass production and use. But with continuous research and dedication to the advancement …

Colorado Ethanol Producer Begins Shift from Corn to Woody Biomass
February 13, 2013 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steve Raabe (Denver Post)  A Colorado ethanol producer is set to employ a landmark technology that could help resolve the food vs. fuel controversy swirling around corn-based ethanol.
Front Range Energy in Windsor successfully has …

Western Biomass Energy in Chapter 11 Reorganization
February 13, 2013 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Just months after shipping a load of bagasse-based cellulosic ethanol to Brazil, Western Biomass Energy LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Oct. 31. Peter Gross, CEO of Blue …

Webinar – Measure Biofuel Parameters – When And Where You Need To March 5, 2013 16:00 UTC
February 13, 2013 – 11:29 am | No Comment
Webinar – Measure Biofuel Parameters – When And Where You Need To   March 5, 2013  16:00 UTC

The increased growth in the use of biofuels and associated regulations has presented the industry with a unique set of challenges. The breadth of source materials requires careful control of the quality of the end …

USDA: Global Ethanol Production to Grow 40 Percent through 2022
February 13, 2013 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 11 the USDA released a report detailing its agricultural projections for the next 10-year period. According to the paper, titled “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2022,” long-run developments …

The POTUS and His SOTUS: RT@moreofthesame TL;DR
February 13, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The SOTUS contained 18 references to energy — more than enough for the Digest to take a close look at what was said, what was not — and the likelihood of all …

“The Number-One Objective Is to Combat Climate Change”
February 12, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by  Marie-Martine Buckens (Europolitics)  Interview with MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE, France)
French MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE) was named rapporteur, in late 2012, on the controversial issue of biofuels. She prefers to call them agrofuels, in reference to …

Successful Production of Bio-diesel from Catfish Waste
February 12, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  Hiep Thanh Seafood Processing Corporation (HTFood) has successfully produced bio-diesel from catfish fat.
Waste catfish material such as intestine, bone and fat are all used in the process of converting catfish waste material …

Doing More with Less: Biofuels and Rural Economic Development
February 12, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Mary Solecki (California Progress Report)  …And I think that is what’s at the heart of the biofuels movement: doing more with less. How can we deliver our energy needs from domestic sources and still deliver …

Soybeans Could Be Next Chapter of Biofuels Boom
February 12, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Tom Doran  (AgNews) …Under the current Renewable Fuels Standards, continued growth in corn-based ethanol use is uncertain do to several factors, including the 10 percent blend wall, slow implementation of higher blend, declining total …

Biowaste: Driving Fuels
February 12, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mona-Maria Brinker & Roger Coombs (Waste Management World)  Rising prices, continued conflict in producing regions and the spectre of peak oil have highlighted uncertainties about the future of fossil transport fuels in Europe. Mona-Maria Brinker …

4 Big Reasons to Increase Ethanol Blends
February 12, 2013 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by  Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  …Here are four reasons action is desperately needed.
1. Economic catalyst
When the RFS became law in 2005, it was easy for critics to muffle the optimism for a future ethanol industry. Some …

Biofuels from Waste Key to European Energy Ambitions
February 12, 2013 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Ben Messenger  (Waste Management World)   Advanced biofuels produced from waste feedstocks are a key component of EU climate and energy ambitions, and offer a huge opportunity to drive economic growth in Europe, according to the European Biofuels …

Brock University and Niagara College Students Provided Educational Opportunities with Welland Biodiesel Company
February 12, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Great Lakes Biodiesel/BusinessWire)  World Class Niagara-based Educational Institutions Provide Companies Like Great Lakes Biodiesel with Access to Top Notch R&D Facilities and Highly Trained Job Ready Graduates
Great Lakes Biodiesel (GLB) in Welland has partnered with …

FOGFUELS™ Announces Partnership with the City of Atlanta
February 12, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(FOGFUELS)  The City of Atlanta Brings on FOGFUELS to Help Clean Up Sewage and Create a Sustainable Energy Source
FOGFUELS™ announced a new partnership with the City of Atlanta. FOGFUELS will use its patented process to transform …

The Electric Car Mistake
February 12, 2013 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn.
The New York Times’s John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S …

Genomatica and The Art of Big Wave Surfing
February 12, 2013 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In synthetic biology these days, there are the Big Wave surfers too — companies like Amyris, Solazyme, Gevo, Genomatica, Verdezyne, Rivertop Renewables, Myriant, Segetis, BioAmber, Cobalt, Green Biologics, Butamax, LanzaTech, …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels June 27, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada DEADLINE: March 8, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels    June 27, 2013      Montreal, Quebec, Canada  DEADLINE: March 8, 2013

To provide a technical forum to present papers that discuss current phenomena associated with the thermal and oxidative instability of biodiesel blended D975 & D7467 compliant fuels; excluding S5000 grade fuels. This is unique from …

Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels June 27, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 11, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment
Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels    June 27, 2013      Montreal, Quebec, Canada

To provide a technical forum to present papers that discuss current phenomena associated with the thermal and oxidative instability of biodiesel blended D975 & D7467 compliant fuels; excluding S5000 grade fuels. This is unique from …

REQUEST FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD DEADLINE: March 2, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment
REQUEST FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD   DEADLINE: March 2, 2013

The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), held June 18-20, 2013 in the Washington DC area, is an opportunity for you—whether you’re a scientist, decision-maker, student, or advocate—to propel your understanding of green chemistry and …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013 June 19-20 Frankfurt, Germany DEADLINE: unclear
February 11, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013   June 19-20   Frankfurt, Germany   DEADLINE: unclear

Biorenewable chemicals are chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks, which are renewable since they can be seasonally cultivated and exploited, as corn, sugar cane, wheat and cellulose. In most cases, prior to conversion to chemicals, the …

Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013 June 19-20 Frankfurt, Germany
February 11, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013   June 19-20   Frankfurt, Germany

Biorenewable chemicals are chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks, which are renewable since they can be seasonally cultivated and exploited, as corn, sugar cane, wheat and cellulose. In most cases, prior to conversion to chemicals, the …

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit September 25-26, 2013 London, UK DEADLINE unclear
February 11, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit    September 25-26, 2013    London, UK  DEADLINE unclear

The two day conference will bring together key industry stakeholders to discuss ways of advancing biotechnologies for cost-competitive biorefineries  in the face of political & economic uncertainty within the sector.

Lignofuels Production Update – What’s Next?
Sustainable …

ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit September 25-26, 2013 London, UK
February 11, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit    September 25-26, 2013    London, UK

Advanced Biotechnologies for Cost-Competitive Biorefineries
ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit will be taking place in London, UK on 25th & 26th September 2013.  The two day conference will bring together key industry stakeholders to discuss ways …

CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013 October 13-16, 2013 Amherst, MA DEADLINE: March 4, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013  October 13-16, 2013    Amherst, MA  DEADLINE: March 4, 2013

2013 Symposium will be organized into the following Tracks:

Feedstocks and Technology
Benefits of Biochar
Scales, Sales, and Marketing
Policy and Community Engagement

We are pleased to be accepting submissions of abstracts! We look forward to hearing about your work.
Initial …

CALL FOR PAPERS and POSTERS: tcbiomass2013 September 3-6, 2013 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: March 15, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS and POSTERS: tcbiomass2013 September 3-6, 2013 Chicago, IL   DEADLINE:  March 15, 2013

The tcbiomass2013 Technical Program Committee invites you to share your latest breakthroughs, experiences, and innovations with the global bioenergy industry. A broad array of papers will be selected for oral or poster presentation at dedicated …

Platts 2nd Annual Biofuels Conference 2013 June 10-11 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
February 11, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment
Platts 2nd Annual Biofuels Conference 2013   June 10-11    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Building on the success of our inaugural event in 2012, Platts will once again bring together leaders of the Biofuels community to discuss how a stable legal framework can be developed to enable biofuels to …

World Biofuels 2013 May 23-24 Seville, Spain
February 11, 2013 – 5:08 pm | No Comment
World Biofuels 2013    May 23-24     Seville, Spain

Organised by F.O. Licht and Focus-Abengoa, World Biofuels 2013 is one of the most important fixtures in the biofuels calendar.  A dynamic and highlyauthoritative global biofuels conference, the 2 days in Seville are dedicated to giving you …

Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) April 17, 2013 Houston, TX
February 11, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment
Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)  April 17, 2013   Houston, TX

This seminar provides an introduction to Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs). The seminar will explore various aspects of MLPs, including tax issues, financial considerations, how governance of MLPs works, and the process by which MLPs obtain …

European Biodiesel 2013 June 12-13 Lisbon, Portugal
February 11, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment
European Biodiesel 2013  June 12-13    Lisbon, Portugal

Reviewing the Latest Technologies, Policies & Strategies Shaping the Future of First & Advanced Generation Biodiesel & Bio-Oil Derived Jet Fuel in Europe
A unique and highly-focused event, ACI’s 6th annual European Biodiesel conference will comprise two …

Study Indicates Corn Cob Removal Would Not Reduce Soil Quality
February 11, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn crop residues are often left on harvested fields to protect soil quality, but they could become an important raw material in cellulosic …

Murkowski Energy Plan Would Gut the RFS
February 11, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 4, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, released an energy blueprint that calls for a wide variety of …

Scientists Turn Toxic Byproduct into Biofuel Booster
February 11, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes—long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline—have figured out why the natural reaction typically stops after three …

Palm Oil, Paper, Biofuels Production on Peatlands Drive Large GHG Emissions
February 11, 2013 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Mongabay.com)  Degradation of peat swamps for oil palm and timber plantations is a substantially larger source of greenhouse gas emissions than previously believed, finds a new study published in the journalNature.
An international team of researchers …

Why Canada Oil-Sands Industry Wants CO2 Tax Harper Hates: Energy
February 11, 2013 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy van Loon & Andrew Mayeda (Bloomberg)  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has vilified political opponents who support a tax on carbon-dioxide emissions. The oil-sands industry, Canada’s fastest growing CO2 polluter, says he’s out of step.
The contradiction …

The Renewable Fuel Standard Works
February 11, 2013 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin and Jim Collins (Politico) The fuels of the future are here today, and we can thank Congress for enacting the Renewable Fuel Standard. This bedrock policy has brought us to the point where …

Sugar Company Expands to Biofuel and Electricity
February 11, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Tassia Sipahutar (The Jakarta Post)   State-owned sugar and tobacco plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) X is expanding into biofuel production and electricity this year in an effort to offset increasing sugar manufacturing costs.
The firm …

Advanced Biofuels Explore Alternatives to Consumption Crops
February 11, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Dang (ICIS.com)   Exploring a future in advanced biofuels can be one way the US ethanol industry address the “food vs. fuel” debate, a consultant said on Thursday.
“Even though it is a misconception that first-generation …

Europe Hopes Algae Biofuel Grown in Seawater will Reduce Coal Consumption
February 11, 2013 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Joao Peixe (OilPrice.com)  In Europe’s quest for alternative energy sources to reduce its ever growing consumption of coal, a new EU research consortium, known as AccliPhot, has been created. Based at the University of Aberdeen …

Latest Biodiesel Quality Results Show a Record 97 Percent on Spec
February 10, 2013 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Teresa Alleman, a senior chemist with the fuels performance group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., shared the latest biodiesel fuel quality survey results with attendees at …

Local Green Biofuels Getting Foothold in Finland
February 10, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Aalto University School of Chemical Technology, Finland,  organized a biofuel seminar February 2,2013, where Finland’s leading companies in this field introduced their expertise and recent projects.
The EU has set …

GM’s 2014 Chevy Cruze Adds to Growing List of B20-Ready Vehicles
February 10, 2013 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Bloomberg)  As the National Biodiesel Board heads to the 2013 National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers (NADA/ATD) Convention this week in Orlando, the biodiesel industry is celebrating the news that General …

Glencore Director Says Corn Use in Biofuel Questionable
February 10, 2013 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by David Brough (Reuters)  A director of commodity trading giant Glencore on Sunday questioned the conversion of corn into ethanol biofuel, saying it can contribute to higher prices.
Critics of using foodstuffs to make fuel say the …

St1 Is Ready to Begin Production of Bioethanol from Sawdust
February 10, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(St1)  Bioethanol transport fuels produces energy company St1 is planning to Kajaani new production plant, which produces ethanol sawmill by-product of the waste sawdust. Plant in the environmental licensing process takes approximately 9 – 12 …

Kenya: Kisumu Molasses Resumes Operations
February 10, 2013 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Justus Ochieng (AllAfrica)  THE Kisumu molasses plant will outsource for raw materials from Uganda and Tanzania to continue its operations. Insufficient supply of molasses has derailed operations at the company.
The plant had been closed …

Newly Discovered Plant Structure May Lead to Improved Biofuel Processing
February 8, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (University of Georgia)  When Li Tan approached his colleagues at the University of Georgia with some unusual data he had collected, they initially seemed convinced that his experiment had become contaminated; what …

Blue Skies: 7 Steps to Making Money in Aviation Biofuels
February 8, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest) … With aviation demand at 60 billion gallons worldwide, and 50 percent biofuels blends now approved (for HEFA fuels) — there’s no reason to suppose that there’s not 30 billion gallons …

Chevron VP: Forget Cellulosic Biofuel, Build Better Cars
February 8, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by David R. Baker (San Francisco Chronicle)  The oil industry is mounting a concerted push to roll back biofuel mandates, both in Washington and Sacramento.
At the federal level, oil lobbyists have joined with environmentalists and ranchers — a …

The Compression Spread
February 8, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You’ve heard about the crack spread, and the crush spread — as means to value oil refining and crop refining.  Let’s think about biomass densification and compression, and in that …

Arcadia Biosciences and FuturaGene Enter Agreement to Develop Nitrogen Use Efficient and Water Use Efficient Eucalyptus and Poplar
February 8, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Arcadia Biosciences)  New Tree Crops To Increase Productivity While Preserving Natural Resources and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human …

New Poll Shows Strong Support for Renewable Fuels Agenda
February 8, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  For the second year in a row, national polling presented today at the National Ethanol Conference proved Americans, by an overwhelming majority, support the key federal policy driving renewable fuel innovation in …

Despite Major Challenges, Ethanol Industry Created More than 380,000 Jobs and $43 Billion in GDP
February 8, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In a challenging year for America’s farm economy, domestic ethanol production reached an estimated 13.3 billion gallons — the second highest annual production level in history amidst the nation’s worst drought in …

Clean Fuel Backers Seek Oregon Program Extension
February 8, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Christina Williams  (Sustainable Business Oregon)  Proponents of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program cosponsored an event in Salem Wednesday with Drive Oregon that brought a troupe of electric vehicles to the Capitol in Salem.
On the heels …

Biomass for Biofuels, Biochemicals Will More than Triple to 3.7 Billion Tons in 2030
February 8, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research)  Growing demand will place stress on feedstocks, requiring new innovations if more bio-based products are to replace petroleum-based ones, says Lux Research
Driven by aggressive biofuel mandates, rapid growth will cause great strain on biomass by 2030, …

Importance of Ethanol Messaging
February 8, 2013 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  In a poll commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and conducted by American Viewpoint, 64 percent of adults polled said they supported the RFS, while just 25 percent are opposed.
…DiVall came up with …

DOE Aims To Boost Biofuel, Advanced Vehicle Programs With New Office
February 8, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Inside EPS’s Clean Energy Report)  The Department of Energy (DOE) is restructuring its renewable energy program to create an office of transportation, with officials saying the move will help better coordinate and prioritize …

Live from #NEC13: Views on the Future of Ethanol
February 8, 2013 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Bryan McBournie (SmartBlog) … Shell Oil Products’ Downstream Policy and Advocacy Manager John Reese said his company is a big supporter of biofuels, but the RFS needs to be adjusted to avoid problems down the …

Lawmakers Pitch Plan to Tweak Renewable Mandate
February 8, 2013 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(FuelFix)  Lawmakers have unveiled the first major proposal to rewrite a mandate forcing refiners to blend biofuels into gasoline, amid a growing outcry against the eight-year-old requirement.
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, …

EPA Approves New Fueling Configuration for E15
February 8, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 7, the U.S. EPA approved a new blender pump configuration for the sale of E15 and E10. The configuration, submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association, can be …

Alternative Fuel Project Gets $500,000 from U.S. Energy Department
February 8, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Richard Craver (Winston-Salem Journal)  The U.S. Energy Department has made a $500,000 award to the Alternative Fuel Implementation Team for N.C. project, which is led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University.
The …

Automakers Do Not See Big US Demand for Flex-Fuel Vehicles
February 8, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  US consumer demand for flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on high levels of ethanol, is not strong enough for automakers to market them in the country, representatives of several major automakers said Thursday.
“Somebody has …

Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane and Cellulosic Biomass for US Use
February 8, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Michael Wang, Jeongwoo Han, Jennifer B Dunn, Hao Cai and Amgad Elgowainy (US Department of Energy/IOP Science)  corn-based ethanol production occurring mostly in the US and sugarcane-based ethanol production occurring mostly in Brazil. Advances …

Biodiesel Industry Celebrates 20th Birthday in Las Vegas; Lives to Fight Again
February 7, 2013 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The National Biodiesel Board celebrated its 20th anniversary in the wild west of Las Vegas, Nevada, with video and live reflections from the pioneers in the industry.
Awards and Battles
Awards …

Never a Waste; No Longer a Residue—Soy Oil for Biodiesel until Something Better Comes Along
February 7, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Why,” I asked an expert audience at the National Biodiesel Conference in Las Vegas this week, “if you have to take the oil out of soybeans to make your …

Biodiesel Goes High-Stake with Ten Year Vision
February 7, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  It’s Vegas, and the winning bet is on growth for biodiesel, America’s advanced biofuel. American jobs and clean air stand to benefit as the industry pushes towards its new 10-year vision: 10 …

DDGS-to-Cellulosic Ethanol Process Could Commercialize Rapidly
February 7, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   NEAtech, a new energy alternatives company, is searching for financing to further test and commercialize its patented distillers grain-to-cellulosic ethanol process.
The consulting company, which has a joint venture …

Industry Leaders to Support “Second Generation” Biofuels in All EU Transport Sectors
February 7, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  Involvement of policy makers and other industries, R&D programmes, financing, communications programmes for a cost-competitive and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels
The Chief Executive Officers of seven Leading European biofuel producers and …

E2 Launches FuelingGrowth.org Online Web Site, Information Clearinghouse for Advanced Biofuels
February 7, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Environmental Entrepreneurs launched a new Web site at www.fuelinggrowth.org, as a clearinghouse for information on how clean fuel companies are driving economic growth, includes reports that examine the growth and …

University of Minnesota Launches Ensia Environmental Media Platform
February 7, 2013 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  Innovative print and online magazine and event series showcases solutions to Earth’s biggest environmental challenges
In response to a growing demand for trusted, solution-focused communication about environmental topics, the University of Minnesota today …

Battle for the Barrel: Ethanol Strikes Back as Industry Is “Under Siege but Fighting Back.”
February 7, 2013 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a fiery address at the National Ethanol Conference, RFA chief Bob Dinneen rallies his troops.
…He derided industry opponents as “the angry birds at the National Chicken Council, the mad …

EU Launches Clean Fuel Strategy
February 6, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(European Commission)  The European Commission today announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have …

Ethanol Fuel Targeted by Legislators, Administration
February 6, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Brett Whitmarsh  (WLBZ)  The Maine legislature will decide whether to restrict or even eliminate the use of ethanol in gasoline in the state.
A legislator from Turner and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are …

Biodiesel Available from Lone Star Terminal
February 6, 2013 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biodiesel provider Gulf Hydrocarbon Partners has partnered with Akash Energy to resume operations at the Houston, Texas-based Lone Star Terminal, which now offers renewable and biodiesel.
The Lone Star Terminal has a total capacity …

If Polluters Pay, Will Renewables Rise?
February 6, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changes in EU policy and the financing of advanced biofuels have led to a revival of project formation in Europe.
The latest news from Finland is that St1 is proceeding towards …

Analysis: Advanced Biofuel Companies Now In More Than Half Of U.S. States; Clean Fuel Standards Fueling Growth In Top States
February 6, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Yahoo! News)  Top 5 States For Advanced Biofuel Companies: Calif., Ill., Colo., Texas and Iowa; New Web Site at www.FuelingGrowth.org Documents Impact of Growing Industry
California is home to nearly 30 advanced biofuel companies, but dozens of …

A Path Not Yet Trod
February 2, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/BiofuelsDigest)  … That is, the cost of renewed tax breaks for the biofuels industry came at a great cost relative to the benefits gained. Being lumped in with Hollywood filmmakers, rum …

FAME Is Not (necessarily) the Answer
February 2, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Serino (Defense Logistics Agency Energy/Biofuels Digest)  …A mandate in all countries to go to ULSD marine fuel would be my first step to cleaner fuels and lower emissions as many nations still burn …

Brave New Bio Wor(l)d
February 2, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Three dissident voices offer challenges to cherished orthodoxies.
…Though they offer tough love, they are written by friends of the movement. They don’t wish to cast you down to the devil, …

2013 a Pivotal Year for the Renewable Fuel Standard
February 2, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winter (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  Less than a decade ago, the nation’s energy experts projected imports of oil to continue to grow throughout the first third of the century. Both Congress and the President …

Neste Oil Ups Algae Research for Biodiesel
February 2, 2013 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Neste Oil, ranked the world’s fourth most sustainable company on The Global 100 list at the World Economic Forum in Davos, has been investigating the suitability of algae for its renewable fuels …

Growing Palm Oil Trees For Biofuels Could Accelerate Climate Change, Study Finds
February 2, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters/Huffington Post)  Growing palm oil trees to make biofuels could be accelerating the effects of climate change, new research showed on Wednesday, adding further weight to claims the crop is not environmentally sustainable.
In …

WVO Brings DC Biofuels, Tri-State Biodiesel Subsidiary Together
February 2, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(DC Biofuels LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  Two East Coast biodiesel development companies this week announced a strategic partnership agreement to provide the Washington, D.C., metro area with clean-burning biodiesel fuel made from locally collected waste vegetable oil …

Pentagon Nominee Hagel Endorses Ban on High-Carbon Defense Fuels
February 2, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, is backing a controversial ban on military purchase of alternative fuels that have higher greenhouse gas emissions than …

Biofuel Producers Waiting for Pentagon to Show Them the Money
February 2, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Sandra I. Erwin (National Defense Magazine)  The biofuels industry is seeing promising signs from Washington. President Obama in his inauguration speech tied green energy to economic growth. Congress agreed to allow the Pentagon to …

Can Fossil-Fuel Tax Benefits Boost the Renewable Energy Industry?
February 2, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Dan Haugen (Midwest Energy News)  By organizing as a type of partnership instead of a corporation, companies that extract, process or transport “depletable” natural resources have been exempt from corporate income taxes.
That word — …

EPA Proposes Rules for Voluntary RIN Integrity Program
February 2, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   On Jan. 31 the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule that creates a structured process for buyers of renewable identification numbers (RINs) to verify their validity. Under the …

Corncobs Seen as Possible Biofuel Source
February 2, 2013 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  Corn crop residue often left behind on harvested fields to protect soil quality could become an important raw material for biofuels, U.S. researchers say.
A study by scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated …

Iogen Focusing on Biofuels in Brazil After Selling Enzyme Unit
February 2, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Iogen Corp., a closely held biotechnology company, is focusing on producing ethanol from sugar cane waste in Brazil after selling its industrial enzyme business to Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), according to …

Ethanol Industry Turns to Plant Residue, Scraps
February 2, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by David Pitt (Associated Press/ABC News)   Ethanol producers have talked for decades about using plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive, but now companies finally are building full-scale refineries.
About …

RFA Condems UN Biofuels & Food Security Study
February 2, 2013 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Earlier this month, the U.N. Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has released a draft study on biofuels and food security with a public comment period until January 30, 2013. Yesterday, the Renewable Fuels Association …

2012 Food Price Increases Were Second-Lowest in 20 Years
February 2, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Food prices rose just 1.8% in 2012, the second-lowest annual rate in the last 20 years, according to recently released consumer price index (CPI) data. The new data demonstrates …

Biofuels Blend Right In
February 1, 2013 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk.com)  A collaborative study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a bioenergy research center led by Berkeley Lab, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has shown that an ionic liquid …

Stakeholders Must Be Ready to Challenge Attacks on the RFS
February 1, 2013 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … A federal court decision last week that set aside EPA’s volumetric requirement for cellulosic biofuel under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was excessively characterized this week by the oil industry and …

Muscatine Students Win Fuel the Future Contest
February 1, 2013 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The winners of the 3rd Annual High School Renewable Fuels Video Contest hail from Muscatine, Iowa and wow are they clever. Alli Burns, Ana Arzate and Sariah Garrido of Muscatine took …

Doing Corn Better and Doing Better than Corn for Biofuels: Recent Developments in the Field
February 1, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Like it or not, corn and corn ethanol production are large, established industries in the U.S. While they provide significant economic, energy, and environmental benefits for our …

The 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard: Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide
February 1, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane ( Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its proposed 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS2).

The proposal will be open for a 45-day public comment period and EPA will …

“Good Bye to All That” Secretary Chu Leaves Department of Energy (With Apologies to Robert Graves)
February 1, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu announced his resignation today (February 1st) in a 3,700 word “Dear Colleague” address. While this is the time usually reserved for …

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Ignores Biofuels at DC Auto Show and in Resignation Remarks
February 1, 2013 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In yesterday’s address on Policy Day at the Washington, DC Auto Show, Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke passionately about the need for the US to reduce dependence on foreign …

White House Targets Oil-and-Gas Tax Breaks as Part of Plan to Replace Sequester
January 30, 2013 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  The White House took jabs at oil-and-gas subsidies Wednesday, calling for an end to the incentives as part of a deal to avoid automatic spending cuts from sequestration.
“The idea …