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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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AP IMPACT: Cars Made in Brazil Are Deadly
May 30, 2013 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Bradley Brooks (Associated Press)  The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry’s biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil’s new middle class. The shiny …

Plenty of Sunshine and Creativity at 25th Annual Supermileage Challenge
May 28, 2013 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Cornerstone)  …Nearly 500 students from 50 schools built more than 80 cars and competed in the 25thannual Supermileage Challenge, which has long been sponsored in part by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Supermileage Challenge is …

Nova Scotia Biodiesel Project Plans 100 Percent Export to Germany
May 28, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biofuel Weiss Inc. is developing a 7 MMgy continuous flow multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Atlantic Canada, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to Ian Weiss, CEO of Weiss Biofuel, the …

The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part III: MEP Vidal-Quadras Scraps ‘Deficient’ ILUC Factors From Commission’s Proposal
May 28, 2013 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(The Oil Palm)  Spanish MEP and Draftsman for the influential Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Alejo Vidal-Quadras, has dismissed the European Commission’s proposal to introduce Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) factors as part of …

Can Electrofuels and Electrosugars Save the Day?
May 28, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is the ultimate industrial fuel system going to be based on electricity, waste CO2 and brackish water – to return society to the days of energy abundance?  It will take a …

Letter to the Editor – Dinneen to Big Oil: Focus on the Facts
May 28, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  In an interview published on May 22, Charles Drevna, President of the American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers, disparaged the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and claimed it negatively effects consumers. He couldn’t …

Proposed Rule Defines Corn Fiber Ethanol, Butanol as Advanced
May 28, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new proposed rulemaking from the U.S. EPA includes several possible modifications to the renewable fuel standard program, including categorizing as advanced biofuels ethanol produced from corn fiber and …

Busting Big Oil Myths on the Renewable Fuel Standard: Part I
May 28, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (The Energy Collective/Renewable Fuels Association)   Anyone with even a casual interest in energy policy knows that a full frontal assault has been launched against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Big Oil has …

SAFER Southern Bioeconomy Case Study Series: Biofuels Center of North Carolina
May 28, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Agriculture & Forest Energy Resources Alliance)   “We’re the nation’s only comprehensive biofuels agency, and I say that more out of surprise than for the purpose of touting North Carolina,” said Steven Burke, President and CEO of the Biofuels Center of North …

Maize Growers Form International Alliance
May 28, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council, along with the National Corn Growers Association, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain and ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers) have signed a …

Scientists Develop ‘Green’ Pretreatment of Miscanthus for Biofuel
May 28, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Two University of Illinois scientists have developed an environmentally friendly and more economical way of pretreating miscanthus in the biofuel production process.
“We pretreat the biomass with switchable butadiene sulfone in the …

Renewable Fuels: Where We Should Be
May 28, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Fred Cannon (The Hill’s Congress Blog/KiOR)  More than one-third of the world’s total energy usage relies on liquid fuels – primarily from fossil fuels. In the first quarter of 2013 consumption outpaced production, and …

Ethanol Backers Propose E15 Tax Breaks
May 28, 2013 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  Ethanol supporters in Illinois want to trade a 20 percent sales tax break on E10 fuel sales in Illinois for a 10 percent break on E15, arguing it would mean …

DDGS Intake Reduces Methane Output of Dairy Cows
May 28, 2013 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Every once in a while, I read something that really catches my attention. A study that found that distillers grains can help reduce methane output and increase milk production …

Ethanol a Target of Big Oil
May 28, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Kenney (KAAPA Ethanol/Kearney Hub) Opinion:  …Ethanol blends are becoming a staple at pumps across the nation, and ethanol accounts for more than 10 percent of the country’s motor fuel supply. It’s a higher-octane alternative …

Ethanol Helps Reduce High Gas Prices of Summer Months
May 28, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As drivers head out for trips over Memorial Day weekend, increasing attention is being focused on gasoline prices. In the meantime, ethanol industry advocates are pointing to the power …

Ethanol Improving While Oil Gets Worse
May 28, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The House and Energy Commerce Committee has released its third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Environmental Impacts.” Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), …

EU Confirms Unannounced Inspections in Oil and Biofuels Sectors
May 28, 2013 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(European Commission/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Commission can confirm that on May 14, 2013, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in and providing services to the crude oil, …

ePURE Suspects Circumvention of Import Duty on Ethanol Imports
May 28, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association, has asked the European Commission to investigate if EU customs legislation is properly applied in Finland. Evidence from several sources indicates that ethanol blended with gasoline …

Enerkem Starts Drop-In Renewable Fuels R&D
May 28, 2013 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Enerkem/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enerkem Inc. announced the launch of a new research project with the government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for the conversion of waste into …

Western Biomass up for Sale; Blue Sugars Files Bankruptcy
May 28, 2013 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Just months after receiving the first cellulosic renewable identification numbers for a shipment of cellulosic ethanol to its Brazil partner Petrobras, Western Biomass Energy LLC filed for bankruptcy …

Bill Aims to Open RFS to Natural Gas-Based Ethanol
May 28, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to meet the volume requirements of the renewable fuel …

Support Growing for Veto of Ethanol Bill
May 28, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(News Press)  A bio-energy company on the Treasure Coast has joined Fort Myers-based Algenol Inc. in calling for Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure that would repeal the state law requiring most gasoline sold …

Scania Offers Bus Solutions Tailored to Any Type of Traffic Demand
May 28, 2013 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(Scania)  Scania also provides highly attractive solutions to bus transport developed in close cooperation with the operators.
Rising welfare inevitably brings about an increased need for transportation of goods as well as passengers. Curbing the constant …

Zambia: Govt Resorts to Ethanol Fuel
May 28, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by  Judith Namutowe (AllAfrica.com)   Government has said it will start importing ethanol from Zimbabwe with a view to lowering the high fuel prices in Zambia.   And Government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with …

Alternative Fuels Americas Successfully Concludes Biodiesel Research Trials, Moves Towards Production
May 28, 2013 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(Alternative Fuels Americas/PR NewsWire)  Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI) announced today (May 22, 2013) that it has successfully completed research trials targeting Jatropha trees as a feedstock source for profitably produced, sustainable biodiesel, and is …

Iowa Takes Aggressive Step to Tear Down Big Oil’s Bogus Blend Wall
May 27, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Passage of Retailer “Bill of Rights” Shows Commitment to Local Retailers and Consumer Fuel Choice
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today applauded the Iowa Legislature’s passage of H.F. 640 as a big …

Going Green: Nation Equipped to Grow Serious Amounts of Pond Scum for Fuel
May 27, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Tom Rickey  (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)   A new analysis shows that the nation’s land and water resources could likely support the growth of enough algae to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based …

Advanced Biofuels Come of Age
May 27, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Dan Seif (Mother Earth News/Rocky Mountain Institute)  Advanced, non-food biofuels are gaining momentum in 2013 as several new plants have gathered the capital and momentum for large-scale production.

Despite sparse media coverage, significant volumes of …

Exxon Refocusing Algae Biofuels Program After $100 Million Spend
May 27, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)  Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), which has invested more than $100 million to develop algae-derived biofuels, is refocusing its research with Synthetic Genomics Inc. after almost four years of work failed to …

Shanghai Sees Biofuel Gold in Recycled Cooking Oil
May 27, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times/India Times)  China’s commercial hub Shanghai plans to turn recycled cooking oil, some of it seized by authorities, into an environmental asset by converting it into fuel for vehicles, state media said Monday.
The country has …

Absolute Energy Launches Direct E85 Distribution to Retailers at $1.93 per Gallon
May 27, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Absolute Energy, a 115 million gallon per year ethanol plant near the Iowa-Minnesota border, is now offering E85, a fuel blend containing 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent …

The Battle of the Beltway: DoD Awards $16M towards Parity-Cost, Drop-In, Non-Food Biofuels
May 27, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DoD goes forward, after internal wrangle, with advanced biofuels program via $16M phase 1 investment.
With industry cost share, project totals $33M: aims for sub-$4, drop-in military biofuels.
In Washington, the DoD …

CBO Report: The Pros and Cons of Carbon Tax
May 27, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy  (The Wall Street Journal)  Instituting a carbon tax could help reduce the deficit and “produce incremental benefits” for the environment, but could also raise the cost of many goods and services, the …

Corn-Based Ethanol: A Win for Public Health and the Economy
May 24, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by William C. Holmberg (Physicians for Social Responsibility)  Asthma, $16 billion.  Premature births, $26 billion.  All cancers, $227 billion.  Autism, $126 billion.  Heart disease, $272 billion.  Obesity, incl. Type 2 diabetes, $190 billion.  These are …

Investors Interested in Fossil Fuel-Free Portfolios
May 24, 2013 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to a recent survey conducted by SRI, 65 percent of retail investors and 53 percent of institutional investors are currently expressing interest in fossil fuel-free portfolios in reaction to climate …

13th International Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol October 21-22, 2013 Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 24, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
13th International Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol   October 21-22, 2013    Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Conference that brings together giants of the industry, authorities and renowned experts is a networking opportunity in one of the largest executive centers of the South Hemisphere – over 700 corporate leaders from more …

EPA Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards
May 23, 2013 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a proposed rulemaking for modifications to the Renewable Fuel Standard program, E15 misfueling mitigation regulations, ultra low
sulfur diesel survey requirements as well as other technical …

The Renewable Chemical Industry Must Speak with One Voice
May 23, 2013 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …Renewable chemicals offer cost-competitiveness with petrochemicals or new properties and features that add value to innovative consumer products. In that way, they’ve captured some market share and created …

Doing it in the Dark: Fuel from Thin Air, and beyond Light
May 23, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beyond biomass, beyond fossil fuels, beyond light itself.   And now, the direct production of drop-in biofuel blendstocks. All available from a microbial “cow”.
This week in California, a research team from …

Energy and Economic Growth: Interview with Mark Thoma
May 23, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  …  Mark Thoma is a macroeconomist and time-series econometrician at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on how monetary policy affects the economy, and he has also worked on political …

Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining Special Issue — Biomass Futures: Estimating the Sustainable Biomass Role for Meeting the 2020 Targets and Beyond
May 23, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has set a general binding target for the European Union to derive 20% of its final energy and 10% of its transport fuels from renewable sources …

Cost of Biofuels No Longer Sky High
May 23, 2013 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Peter Hannam (The Age)  Whether it’s the use of organisms first found in the guts of rabbits in New Zealand or converting the mountains of rubbish disposed of by Londoners, airlines around the world are …

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels November 4-7, 2013 Munich, Germany
May 22, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels   November 4-7, 2013  Munich, Germany

Now in its 16th year, F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels is the must attend event for the global ethanol and biofuels community. Recognised as the best forum for in-depth analysis and as the biggest week of trade …

Biofuels Industry Fighting Rising Tide of Skepticism
May 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Sandra I. Erwin  (National Defense Magazine)  …Although the Pentagon consumes just 1.5 percent of the nation’s fuel, biofuel investors and green-energy advocates have looked upon the military as a catalyst for a massive expansion of …

Dr. Ernest Moniz Sworn in as 13th Secretary of Energy
May 22, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the nation’s 13th Secretary of Energy by Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in a ceremony this morning (May 21, 2013) for the Department’s employees, kicking off …

USDA Announces Payments to Advanced Ethanol Producers
May 22, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA has announced $14 million payments to advanced biofuel 162 producers in 38 states under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. The program awards payments to eligible producers …

2nd Sugar & Ethanol Summit – Brazil Day July 5, 2013 London, UK
May 21, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment
2nd Sugar & Ethanol Summit – Brazil Day    July 5, 2013   London, UK

It is with great satisfaction we welcome you to the 2nd Sugar & Ethanol Summit – Brazil Day, organized jointly by DATAGRO, and the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For the second consecutive year the event brings …

Obama’s Environment, Energy Team Nears Completion with Votes
May 20, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  President Barack Obama’s energy and environment team took two steps forward on Thursday after the U.S. Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as energy secretary and a committee cleared Gina McCarthy to get a …

How Farm Waste May Make Biofuels Matter Again
May 20, 2013 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Javier E. David (CNBC) Imagine a world where leftover corn, wheat and wood chips can be used to power your car.
That’s the aim of cellulosic ethanol, a budding sector of the renewable fuel industry that …

Sugar for Food, Fuel and Power: The ISO Datagro Sugar & Ethanol Conference in New York City
May 16, 2013 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What used to be known as “The New York Sugar Conference” has become “The ISO and Datagro Sugar & Ethanol Conference” with a record-setting number of attendees (350 from …

Community Level Production and Utilization of Jatropha Feedstock in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
May 14, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Enos Shumba, et al (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)  The bio-fuel debate has largely focused on large feedstock plantations that produce products for the export market. It has not acknowledged and seriously considered the …

New Advance in Biofuel Production
May 14, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop Enzyme-free Ionic Liquid Pre-treatment
Advanced biofuels – liquid fuels synthesized from the sugars in cellulosic biomass – offer a clean, green and renewable alternative to …

Study Shows Benefits from Integration of Sweet Sorghum Juice in Corn Mash for Ethanol Production
May 14, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(United Sorghum Checkoff Program)  The Sorghum Checkoff in collaboration with the NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (formerly the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center) is pleased to announce a successful bench-scale evaluation of sweet sorghum juice …

Clean Mobility Stations Selling Locally-Sourced Biofuels on West Coast
May 14, 2013 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Macaluso (Fox News)  …Propel Fuels is launching its Clean Mobility Centers in Fresno. The stations will offer both E85 and biodiesels ranging from B5 to B99 that will be locally-sourced from producers in …

FAPC Algae Project Ranks No. 1 for OCAST Funding
May 14, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   An algae research proposal from Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) was ranked No. 1 of 28 plant-related research projects, resulting in $100,000 in funding …

Edeniq DOE-Supported Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Surpasses 1,000 Continuous Operational Hours
May 14, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Yahoo! News)  Visalia Plant Milestone Signifies Greater Commercial Viability for Cellulosic Ethanol and Sugars
Edeniq, a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, today announced the company’s first demonstration plant, located at its Visalia, CA headquarters, has completed …

Algae: Times and Needs Have Changed.
May 14, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Barry Cohen (National Algae Association/PR Log) The DoE has spent $2.5 billion on algae research but to date nothing has been commercialized. Why? Because their mission is to develop technologies. It’s not their problem or …

Mighty Algae Could Lead to Biofuels Breakthrough
May 14, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth  (News OK)  OSU researcher Gerald Schoenknecht and his team recently completed genome sequencing for an algae that thrives inside active volcanoes. The researchers hope to use their findings to help make tough …

Enerkem Starts “Drop-In” Renewable Fuels R&D Project
May 14, 2013 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR NewsWire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals company, announces the launch of a new research project with the Government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for …

Out of the Shell: Oil Giant’s Big Biofuels Ambitions
May 14, 2013 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In an exclusive Digest interview, Shell’s VP for Alternative Energy, Matthew Tipper, reveals the company’s thinking about RFS2, their increasing re-focus on North America and the EU.   Plus, Shell’s ambition …

Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street June 25-26, 2013 New York, NY
May 13, 2013 – 8:27 pm | No Comment
Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street  June 25-26, 2013   New York, NY

10 years of REFF Wall Street – Join the celebrations and determine the shape of the USA renewable energy market for the next 10 years.
Policy and the development of shale gas continue to create uncertainties …

Investing in Sustainable Palm Oil Production Ex-ante Impact Assessment of Investments in a Palm Oil Mill in Palembang, Indonesia
May 13, 2013 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Yuca Waarts, Kor Zwart (LEI Wageningen UR)  Recycling palm oil mill effluent, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and improving smallholder livelihoods are three important topics in debates on sustainable palm oil production. In Indonesia, Zebra Special Products …

Scientists Alarmed by Rapid Spread of Brown Streak Disease in Cassava
May 13, 2013 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  World’s cassava experts to wage war against cassava viruses; introduction into Nigeria, the largest cassava producer in the world, could result in drastic food shortages in this part of Africa
Cassava experts are reporting new …

Major Montreal Meet-Up on Aviation Biofuels
May 13, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, around 200 delegates from 44 countries are meeting in Montréal today, in a meet-up organized by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), to explore:  the commercialization of aviation …

Feds Launch Project to Convert Oilsands Emissions to Biofuels
May 13, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Heather Loney (Global News)  The federal government is teaming up with two Canadian companies in a pilot project that would use algae to convert greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands into biofuels.
The National Research …

Biofuels Short Takes: Farm Bill Update
May 13, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, BIO begins the week with applause for Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for including mandatory funding for …

Dynamic Fuels’ Renewable Diesel Refinery to Restart in July
May 13, 2013 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  During a call to discuss its first quarter financial results, Syntroleum Corp. announced that Dynamic Fuels LLC’s renewable diesel plant in Geismar, La., is expected to resume operations in July. …

Setting the Record Straight: Gevo and Butamax
May 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels’s Montagues and Capulets were at it again last week — with a flurry of press releases about court decisions and commercial timelines regarding their respective isbutanol technologies.
At the heart …

The Greening of BASF: #1 Chemco Commits to Biobased BDO
May 13, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s #1 chemical company to produce renewable Butanediol using Genomatica’s process.  The Digest has a one-on-one with Genomatica CEO Christophe Schilling to explore the deal in-depth.
In Germany, BASF announced that …

Will Sustainability Become the Feared Equalizer?
May 10, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Tom Kadala (Research Pays) … (T)here is yet another force at play, one that is far more complex than society is prepared to confront today and which will surely cause the price of oil …

Algal Biofuel Technology in the State of Qatar
May 10, 2013 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Landau (Aquatic Biosystems) In 2010, Qatar University initiated an algal biofuel project funded by Qatar Airways, and Qatar Science and Technology Park with a 3-year budget of USD 12 million. Completion of the first …

Biomass and the Military May 29, 2013 Webinar
May 10, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment
Biomass and the Military   May 29, 2013   Webinar

The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled “Biomass and the Military” on Wednesday, May 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (rescheduled from April 25). The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies …

Eccotopia to Sign Joint Venture Agreement
May 10, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(SB Wire/Eccotopia)  Julian Moses, president of Symphony Trade and Investment 57 (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eccotopia Ltd.,http://www.eccotopia.com/, has announced that  Eccotopia and Pacific Tree West are in the process of signing a …

High Compression Ratios and Ethanol Blends Combine to Make a Super-efficient Car
May 10, 2013 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (Industry Market Trends Green & Clean Journal/ThomasNet.com)  Four years ago, American LeMans kicked off its first green racing season. The program, which requires teams to use alternative fuels such as ethanol blends (E10 or …

Low Carbon Fuels Standard Review Drubs Oil Industry Report: Top 10 Quotes
May 10, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Oil refiners have been waging a well-funded war on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires oil companies to reduce the carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel by 10 percent …

Advanced Alternative and Renewable Diesel Fuels: Detailed Characterization of Physical and Chemical Properties
May 10, 2013 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(The Coordinating Research Council, Inc)  This report documents and compares the results of detailed analyses of the physical and chemical properties of ten advanced alternative and renewable diesel fuels and four commercial ultra low sulfur …

KiOR Shipping Cellulosic Biofuels; Releases Q1 Results
May 10, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Building on the first gallons of cellulosic diesel we shipped in March, we continue to make progress with operations at our Columbus facility,” said KiOR CEO Fred Cannon. “The on-stream …

BioAmber Completes IPO
May 10, 2013 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Raises $80M at $10 per share; becomes first new industrial biotech company to complete IPO in more than a year.  What went right and how? Is the IPO window re-opening?

First …

World Bio Markets USA October 29-30, 2013 San Francisco, CA
May 10, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets USA   October 29-30, 2013   San Francisco, CA

We are delighted to announce the return of our leading North American bio-based markets CEO event for the fourth year.  Previously fully focussed on advanced biofuels, World Bio Markets USA 2013 will extend it’s coverage to include …

The Possible Consequences of Expanding Biofuels: Cleaner Energy, Warmer Climate?
May 10, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Vicki Ekstrom (Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change/Renewable Energy World)  …Their study, recently released in Geophysical Research Letters, found that land-use changes caused by a major ramp-up in biofuel crops — enough …

New Database Tracks Energy Legislation
May 9, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has launched an Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker, a database tracking energy-related state legislation pending in all 50 states. Types of energy include solar, …

Public Invited to Bon Secour Farm for Rare Glimpse into the Potentially Sweet Future of Alternative Fuels
May 9, 2013 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Dute (AL.com)  Corporate America does not often invite the public into the research and development process of products that could potentially revolutionize how their vehicles are fueled, how plastics are made and even …

Automakers Warn New Ethanol Mandate Could Damage Vehicles
May 9, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by William La Jeunesse (Fox News)  …”We just feel that it is not safe for the consumer. It’s not safe for their engines,” said Charles Drevna, executive president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

“Look, this is …

G8 under Pressure to Rethink Biofuel Mandates
May 9, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)

Leaders of the EU and their partners in the G8 nations are under mounting pressure to reconsider their support for biofuel targets amid concern that plant oil production competes with food output in poor countries.

Britain, …

DfT: 66% of Biofuels Supplied in the UK Are Sustainable
May 9, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(E2B) According to the Department of Transport, between 15 April 2012 and 14 January 2013, 965 million litres of renewable fuel were supplied, of which 66 per cent have so proven to be sustainable. 18 per …

Norfolk Southern Asks for Ethanol Offloading Increase
May 9, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Leonard  (WestEndAlexandriaPatch)  City Manager Rashad Young is criticizing a request from Norfolk Southern for a permit to increase the number of rail cars containing ethanol that can be offloaded at its Alexandria facility.
In a …

Two Thumbs Up for Solazyme: AkzoNobel Deal, New Technology for Structured Oils
May 9, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The sector’s perennial hottest company strikes again — with “potentially disruptive” new technology to change the positioning and performance of triglyceride oils.
In California, Solazyme and AkzoNobel announced an agreement targeting …

Up to $9 Million Available from EPA for 2013 Diesel Emission Reduction Grants
May 9, 2013 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of up to $9 million through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program (DERA) for Fiscal Year 2013 for new projects …

California Energy Commission Adopts $100M Investment Plan for 2013-2014 for Green Vehicles and Fuels
May 9, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The California Energy Commission unanimously adopted the 2013-2014 Investment Plan Update to support the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The update sets funding priorities for the approximately $100 million in …

Gevo Provides Update of Luverne Operations
May 9, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. provided updated information on it Luverne, Minn., plant and patent dispute with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC as part of its recent first quarter 2013 financial announcement.
During a …

Obama Choice to Head EPA Vows to Work Closer with Ag Community
May 8, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  President Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, vowed to take a more active role in working with the agriculture community.
During her confirmation hearing before the Senate …

Obama Biofuel Budget Spills Few Details, Still Attacked by House GOP
May 8, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Tim McDonnell  (Mother Jones)  … In mid-March, in a speech at Illinois’ Argonne National Lab, Obama pitched an Energy Security Trust, which would collect $2 billion in additional revenues by 2020 from oil and gas …

The Energy Information Administration Publishes Data on E85-Capable Vehicles
May 8, 2013 – 5:09 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 …

International Energy Agency Publishes Global Update of Advanced, Cellulosic Projects
May 8, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39 group recently published a report that outlines progress on more than 100 advanced biofuel projects under development worldwide. The report, titled “Status …

Student Finds Better Ethanol Option
May 8, 2013 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Fritz Bush (The Journal)  A Sibley East High School sophomore earned a spot at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ESEF) in Phoenix next month for his research on the use of anaerobic …

Johns Hopkins Algae Students Test Wastewater Capabilities
May 8, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A Johns Hopkins University student team is working with a starter grant of $15,000 from the EPA to see if algae can consume nutrients from wastewater and produce clean bio-fuels and fish food. …

Cost-Saving Measure to Upgrade Ethanol to Butanol — a Better Alternative to Gasoline
May 8, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  Scientists today reported a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as “the gasoline of …

Renewable Ammonia from Biomass: SynGest, BioNitrogen, Agrebon
May 8, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(NH3 Fuel Association)  Renewable ammonia producer SynGest is now featured on the Fueling Growth website, which aims to show “How clean fuel companies are fueling economic growth in California and beyond.” Fueling Growth is a project of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
SynGest uses a process to …

National Algae Association Presents New Initiatives at Workshop
May 8, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The National Algae Association’s (NAA) Algae Farming Workshop, held in the Houston, Texas, area on April 11-12, focused on NAA’s battle cry of getting algae production out of research and development and …

New Pathways for Land Management Needed to Assure Clean Energy Future
May 8, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  With global demand for food, feed, fiber and energy on the rise, the need for critical ecosystem services like flood control, water filtration, biodiversity and carbon sequestration is even greater. The development …

World’s First Algae House Produces Green Energy at IBA Hamburg
May 8, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Hamburg Business Development Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  The first house in the world to supply its own energy with unique “bioskin” through the cultivation of micro-algae is being presented at the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg in …

Hard Rock’s Willie Nelson Line to Benefit Sustainable Biodiesel
May 8, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Hard Rock International/Biodiesel Magazine)  Willie Nelson and Hard Rock International announced the launch of the limited-edition Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight merchandise program, benefiting the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Animal Welfare Institute. The line, a partnership …

RFA Infographics — Easy to Find and Ready to Print
May 8, 2013 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association’s collection of ethanol infographics is now easier to access than ever before. You can find all the infographics of the RFA and the Fuels America coalition housed in …

Farm Bill Energy Title Introduced in Senate
May 8, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Legislation to reauthorize the Farm Bill energy title was introduced in the Senate Monday. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act to “help farmers, ranchers, and …

Douglas Durante: Florida’s Ethanol Program Needs to Stay the Course
May 8, 2013 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tallahassee.com)  Having spent some time on the ground in Tallahassee and talking with several legislators over the past few years, it is clear the ethanol program the state has developed is not understood and certainly …

Novozymes Adding Staff to Develop Enzymes to Turn Corn Waste to Fuel
May 8, 2013 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Kathy Robertson (Sacramento Business Journal)  Novozymes Inc. is staffing up to support a $2.5 million Department of Energy contract to find new and more efficient enzymes for turning corn leaves and stalks into fuel for …

UC-Davis Publishes Status Update of Calif. LCFS
May 8, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies has published a new status review of the state’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The review is the second in a …

Florida Sunshine Fueling the Growth of Algenol and Its Blue-Green Algae
May 8, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Carlin Rosengarten  (Fueling Growth) Nearly 30 years ago, Paul Woods invented the Direct to Ethanol technology that his company, Algenol Biofuels, utilizes today to produce ethanol from blue-green algae at its state-of-the-art commercial development campus …

The European Parliament Is Making a Bad Biofuels Proposal Worse
May 8, 2013 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  …This conflict is not one between green ambitions and trade rules – it is a conflict between trade rules and a biofuels policy aiming to favour domestically produced biofuels at the expense of foreign …

ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative
May 8, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper)  The Government of Canada is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create high-quality jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment.
To this end, on May …

E15 Now Available in Wisconsin
May 8, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) cheered RFA member Badger State Ethanol and the Wisconsin Ethanol Coalition for their efforts to bring E15 to Wisconsin. As of today, the SmartStation at 1290 Business …

Gasoline Prices Tied to Ethanol, Energy Information Administration States
May 8, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(UPI) …On a percentage basis, the EIA said the price spread was closer to 17 percent in 2001, and dipped to as low as 6 percent in early 2009. This decline is because of the …

SEKAB Welcomes SP’s Engagement in the Biorefinery Demo Plant
May 8, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(SEKAB)  SEKAB E-Technology welcomes SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden’s (SP) engagement in the Biorefinery Demo Plant in Örnsköldsvik, previously known as the Ethanol Pilot. SP and SEKAB have signed an agreement, which ensures continued …

Norway Plans Rise in Taxes on Oil Entities
May 8, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kjetil Malkenes Hovland  (The Wall Street Journal)  Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who faces an election in September, on Sunday laid out plans for a modest tax cut for mainland businesses while increasing taxes …

E85 and Renewable Fuel Standards: The Minnesota Problem
May 7, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark Green (The Energy Collective)  …What we see is that despite an aggressive push with promotions and massive state investment, the state has gone from recorded E85 sales of just under 18 million gallons in …

NREL Survey Shows Dramatic Improvement in B100 Biodiesel Quality
May 7, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) “blend stock” samples by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met …

Energy Beet Juice Can Be Stored for Ethanol Production
May 7, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University Extension/Farm & Ranch Guide)  …At North Dakota State University, the feasibility of using new sugarbeet varieties, known as energy beets, for ethanol production is under study. Energy beets have characteristics very …

880 Biofuels Refineries Profiled in New Global, Online Database
May 7, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington DC, at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, Biofuels Digest announced that it has released its newly expanded SuperData database, profiling 880 biofuels refineries on six continents.
SuperData contains all …

Official Inauguration of Borregaard’s Biorefinery Demonstration Plant
May 7, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Norway, Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen officially inaugurated the Borregaard biorefinery demonstration plant in Sarpsborg, which will produce green chemicals and sugars based on biomass from wood and agricultural …

RSB Becomes Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials; Expanded Scope Prompts Re-Branding
May 7, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is pleased to announce that RSB has a new name. Following a decision during a recent meeting of the RSB Assembly of Delegates, the …

Letter to the Editor — Response to Palm Beach Post Ethanol Editorial
May 7, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, penned the following letter in response to a recent Palm Beach Post ethanol editorial.
Some say “where there is smoke, there is …

Airlines Must Commit to Using Biofuels that Have Been Certified to Internationally Recognised Standards, Says NRDC Report
May 7, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Although the entry of airlines into the biofuel marketplace is a significant step in the right direction, the sustainability of this development is of critical importance, says the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The …

Blend Wall Myth Buster
May 7, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Biofuel opponents are crying wolf, so it would seem, claiming that the blend wall is insurmountable. However, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today has published an infographic that busts the myths surrounding the …

Biofuels Can’t Get Overcome with Negativity Overhang
May 7, 2013 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  There’s some real negativity hanging over the biofuels industry these days. And while any industry has risks, it seems that the setbacks loom larger over the renewable energy sector compared to …

USDA Proposes Simplified Application Process for REAP Funding
May 7, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding. USDA remains …

Webinar: European Traceability Requirements for Yellow Grease and Other Waste Oils May 21, 2013
May 7, 2013 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Webinar: European Traceability Requirements for Yellow Grease and Other Waste Oils    May 21, 2013

In the past six months the European Union has become a significant market opportunity for waste fats and oils, as renewable fuels such as biodiesel are used to meet the renewable fuels obligation requirements under …

FEATURE: Biojet Backers See US RINs Eligibility as Vital to Long-Term Viability
May 7, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Matthew Kolhman (Platts)  Aviation biofuel’s newly minted ability to generate tradable US renewables credits, known as RINs, may be key to the industry’s economics, according to market watchers.
“The availability of RINs is …

Brandt: Order Higher Blends of Biodiesel, Ethanol for Use on the Farm
May 7, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Janet Kubat Willette (Post Bulletin)  It all started last fall when Dan Brandt called his fuel supplier to see if he could get a higher blend of biodiesel delivered in the spring.
His supplier told him …

Ethanol, Corn Prices, Government Payments, and the REAL Reason Meat Groups Oppose the RFS
May 7, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  As part of its ongoing review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy & Commerce Committee recently asked stakeholders to comment on the impact of the RFS on the …

Ranch-Based Biodiesel Production Might Pay Off
May 7, 2013 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Kathy Coatney (Beef Magazine/BeefProducer.com)  Small, automated units can make biodiesel from animal fat, waste oil and oilseed crops.
An Arkansas professor has been experimenting with a farm-sized biodiesel plant that can use animal fat, waste …

Geotalk: Sylvian LeDuc on Why Woody Biofuels Wouldn’t Be the Best Plan for the EU
May 7, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(European Geosciences Union)  …Attention has now turned to second generation biofuels, produced from non-edible sources such as wood or waste plant residual like straw. In the next decade, these biofuels are expected to replace three …

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Biofuels Business
May 7, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Biofuels scientists are asking more complex questions about how molecules spin, bond, and break when enzymes attack plants — all in the name of quickening the process of …

New Report Analyses Current Dutch Biomass Trading
May 7, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation)  A recently published report provides an in-depth overview of the current state of affairs in Dutch biomass trading. “We’re satisfied to report a significant increase in certified …

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)
May 7, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels producers find common ground in adapting the Conservation Reserve Program for bioenergy?   Could the US …

Schools Reaping Rewards of Restaurant Leftovers
May 6, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erica Anderson (WNCT.com)  A local school district is reaping the benefits of restaurant leftovers.   At the start of the academic year, Pitt County Schools partnered with Green Circle N.C. to turn used cooking oil …

US Dominating Cellulosic Ethanol Market
May 6, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(EnergyDigital) In the ethanol fuel market, the US takes the lead. Pilot and demonstration plants to commence in late 2013.
Ethanol is the most widely acclaimed alternative or additive for gasoline used for running vehicles, and …

North Carolina’s Growing Strengths: Triangle Biofuels Industries
May 6, 2013 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Based in Wilson, Triangle Biofuels Industries produces biodiesel derived primarily from waste vegetable oils (WVO) obtained from local sources. Its target markets are agricultural, marine, residential, governmental, and commercial diesel …

Researchers Reveal Increased Efficiencies in Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A study by Steffen Mueller, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, and John Kwik, president of Dominion Energy Services LLC, surveyed ethanol producers …

API Lands Brazil Investment to Commercialize Cellulosic Process
May 6, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With a fresh investment from Brazil’s GranBio, American Process Inc. is poised to develop its first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in both the U.S. and Brazil. API CEO Theodora …

Japanese Sewage Plant Extracting Algal Oil for Fuel
May 6, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Japan News reports that in Miyagino Ward, Sendai, a project has started at a sewage treatment facility to extract a biofuel ingredient from wastewater using algae. This first of its kind …

CALL FOR POSTERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Roundtable Poster Reception June 19, 2013 DEADLINE: May 15
May 6, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS:  17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Roundtable Poster Reception  June 19, 2013   DEADLINE: May 15

Are you involved in research, product development or marketing of greener, industrially relevant alternatives for the pharmaceutical, formulated consumer products, and chemical manufacturing industries?

Present your work at the 3rd Annual ACS GCI Roundtable Poster Reception …

Shell Starts E20 Pump Sales
May 6, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan  (Bangkok Post)  After several years of consideration, Shell Co of Thailand eventually decided to jump into the gasohol E20 fray, as it foresees a steady rise in local demand.
Shell officially began selling …

DOE Set to Issue Order Requiring 10% Ethanol Fuel Blend
May 6, 2013 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Amy R. Remo  (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  The Department of Energy is set to issue a circular that will require the blending of 10-percent ethanol in all gasoline products.   In the same order, the energy …

Tapping Renewable-Fuel Mandates’ Brakes
May 6, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Ellyn Ferguson  (Roll Call) A House panel’s decision to look back at mandates set in the 2007 renewable-energy law could be a pivotal moment for industries hoping to slow down growth in the ethanol industry.
The …

Squeezing More From Ethanol
May 6, 2013 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  Faced with a crop of lemons — too much ethanol, a population of cars not tuned to burn it effectively and a driving public leery of the …

Michigan State University Bioenergy Research Looks for Food and Fuel Solutions
May 6, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Russ White (MLive)  … Michigan State University leads research of bioenergies and biofuels through AgBioResearch and the Kellogg Biological Station and partnerships with coalitions such as the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Global …

Biomass Row Heats up after Green Groups Call for Subsidy Cuts
May 6, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Shankleman (BusinessGreen.com)   …Three campaign groups, backed by 12 organisations in the timber, paper and furniture industries, yesterday warned that a surge in demand for wood as a result of renewable electricity subsidies …

New Yeast Strain Could Lower Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  A new strain of yeast that could help streamline cellulosic ethanol costs and production has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. This …

NREL Researchers Use Enzyme Combination to Break Down Biomass
May 6, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enzymes could break down cell walls faster – leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation – if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research …