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Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2017
December 29, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64 countries.

The bulk of mandates continue …

Lux Research: FOG-Based Biodiesel Remains Significant Opportunity
December 28, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Lux Research/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biomass-based diesel and conventional electricity lead the race to meet new emissions reduction goals, and diversified energy companies are well-placed, according to Lux Research.

Traditionally policies to promote greener transportation fuels have focused …

Attacking Carbon Intensity, Energy Intensity: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry
December 27, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Agile BioFoundry project, the National Lab consortium, in partnership with academia and industry, aims to achieve a 40% decrease in the energy intensity of current manufacturing processes.

Plus, a …

Paradigm Shift in Fuels as Carbon Intensity Surpasses Biofuel Volumes as Key Metric
December 6, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Renewable diesel and conventional electricity lead the race to meet new emissions reduction goals, and diversified energy companies are well-placed, says Lux Research   — Traditionally policies to promote greener transportation fuels have …

UrbanX for California Renewable Diesel
October 26, 2016 – 10:45 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch  (Fleets & Fuels)  Facility in Southern California for Fourth Quarter 2017 Expected to Produce Fuel with a CARB CI in the Low Teens  —  UrbanX is applying $5 million in California Energy Commission …

New Pathways for Stover
October 20, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Innovation in stover utilization targets feed, sugars and coproduct credits, building markets beyond cellulosic ethanol use.  —  Building a robust biomass supply chain for the future will require multiple …

Ozinga Installs CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology
September 22, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Cure)  Chicago family business known for quality and service reinforces its commitment to sustainability  —  Known for its iconic red and white striped concrete mixers, the Ozinga name is synonymous with providing the highest …

How Low Can #Ethanol’s Carbon Intensity Go?
September 14, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  …  “Carbon Intensity: Field-to-Wheel How Low Can You Go?” was one of the break-out sessions during the 29th annual Ethanol Conference. During the discussion, panelists walked attendees through the nuts and …

Biofuels versus Gasoline: The Emissions Gap Is Widening
September 3, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Many respected laboratories, agencies, and researchers have used a lifecycle analysis to show that biofuels, particularly advanced biofuels, provide significant carbon benefits compared to gasoline. These benefits have increased in …

Advanced Biorefinery Proposed for Eastern North Dakota
August 25, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel. The North …

Red Trail Energy, EERC Win Funding to Support CCS Study
August 11, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Energy & Environmental Research Center/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Dakota ethanol producer Red Trail Energy LLC and the Energy & Environmental Research Center, a worldwide leader in the development of solutions to energy and environmental challenges, …

Funds Available for #Biomass Powered Biorefineries
August 2, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The USDA is helping biorefineries go even greener. The USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service, a division within the USDA, has allocated funds through the Repowering Assistance Program, to assist renewable fuel facilities …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 16, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)   …  Most ethanol plants have been paid off and can now manage production to meet needs; however, if a plant slows output to match decreased demand, production efficiencies also …

Bloomberg Task Force Should Recommend Companies Be Required to Stress Test Their Business Plans against Risks of Climate Change Actions and Impacts
June 13, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

( London School of Economics and Political Science)  Companies that fail to plan for business scenarios in a low-carbon economy risk decline or even bankruptcy, according to a submission to the Task Force on Climate-Related …

Below50 and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Low Carbon Sustainable Transport Initiatives
June 8, 2016 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a new global initiative called below50 has debuted, backed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All to promote the …

Below50: Coalition of the Willing for Low-Carbon Transport Fuels
June 6, 2016 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Audi, DuPont, DSM, Joule, LanzaTech, Novozymes and Yale University among 20 organizations forming below50.  —  In California, a new global initiative called below50 has debuted, backed by the World Business …

Trestle Energy & Larksen Partner on New Fuel Pathway
June 1, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy AgWired)  Trestle Energy and Larksen are partnering to commercialize a new Fuel Pathway Management Platform using biomass pellets. The platform would enable ethanol producers to reduce their fuel carbon intensity by …

UIA Calls on CARB to Recognize Role of Ethanol in Reducing Carbon
June 1, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In comments recently filed with the California Air Resources Board, the Urban Air Initiative made a compelling case for higher octane, lower carbon fuels like midlevel ethanol blends to help …

Sugarcane Ethanol Carbon Intensity Recertified by California’s ARB
May 17, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol & Power)  Today California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE&P) announced the updated carbon intensity (CI) for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol. On May 9, 2016, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) under …

Feature: Ethanol Producers Say California ‘Carbon Intensity’ Scores Still Too High
May 16, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick  (Platts)  Most “legacy” ethanol producers who sell their product in California are unhappy with updated “carbon intensity” scores, saying the application process was inconsistent and left scores too high to meet the …

RFA Publishes Analysis of California LCFS Data
April 29, 2016 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain-based ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions …

Biofuels Driving Emissions Cuts thru 2030, Says Lux: But Which Feedstocks?
April 27, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lux Research projects that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29% in 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario, with biofuels and natural …

Carbon Intensity Creates Opportunities
April 6, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bernie Hoffman (K-Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The more proactive roles producers take in reducing carbon intensity, the more they will benefit as energy use reduction moves from an incentive to a requirement.  —  … Carbon intensity …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

CA Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Questioned: Study Raises Doubts About Long-Term Viability of Rule
April 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  California’s controversial low-carbon fuel standard may not be able to survive long term unless more biodiesel and corn-based ethanol are allowed into the state’s market quickly, according to a …

Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change
March 15, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont/Biofuels Digest) … (O)ur call is clear: we must act with the utmost urgency as we work toward solutions to help slow man-made climate change. Transportation contributes a quarter of all man-made …

Ensyn Biocrude Receives CARB Approvals for Refinery Coprocessing
February 27, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Ensyn Corp.’s chief technology officer Barry Freel announced the company has been granted key regulatory approvals by California Air Resources Board pursuant to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) on …

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge
February 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.  … After a couple of years in limbo due to challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel …

California Launches New Fuel Policies in 2016
January 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Biodiesel Magazine/ Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP)  California will be the biodiesel market to watch in 2016 as the state implements a diverse portfolio of policies that will directly impact the industry. …

Renewable Hydrogen From Tri-Generation Fuel Cells Included Under California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)
January 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/FuelCell Energy)  Distributed renewable hydrogen solution receives contingent approval for Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Credit Market to sell or trade credits; Using stationary fuel cells to convert biogas from wastewater treatment into renewable hydrogen, …

Tesoro Makes Its Move on Renewable Biocrude
January 22, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Tesoro has unveiled its plan to foster the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil.

And …

CARB Releases FAQ on New LCFS Regulations in Advance of Deadline
January 12, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … CARB has said that those meeting the January deadline will be guaranteed a carbon intensity (CI) rating this year. Ethanol pathways will be processed in the first batch, scheduled …

California Sugarcane Ethanol Pathway Certified by CARB
January 11, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol & Power LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE+P) recently announced the certification of the carbon intensity (CI) pathway for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol by the California’s Air …

California LCFS Presents Opportunities for Ethanol Producers
December 21, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

By John Sens (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CARB readopts standards, and sets time lines and treatment for legacy pathways.  —  In the first three quarters of 2015, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits increased in price …

Hydrogen from Biomethane; Gasoline & Diesel from Tree Residue; Cellulosic Ethanol among New Proposed California LCFS Fuel Pathways
December 18, 2015 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff posted 32 new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications for comments at the LCFS website. Among the multiple applications for different processing pathways of …

DEQ Proposes Last Minute Clean Fuels Tweaks
December 9, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Taylor W. Anderson (The Bulletin)  Environmental panel votes today on break for oil companies through 2018, new ethanol models  —  Top environmental regulators are slated to finish rules today that include big changes for Oregon’s …

Alberta Should Adopt Low-Carbon Fuel Standard: Bennett
December 9, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Business in Vancouver)  With world’s focus on Paris, energy minister challenges other provinces to follow B.C.’s lead  —  … Alberta’s NDP government has pledged to introduce a $30 per tonne carbon tax, phase out coal power …

Biofuel Groups Call for 15% Biofuel in Transportation Fuel
December 7, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The global biofuels and industrial biotechnology sectors have united to call on world leaders attending the COP21 in Paris to support a global commitment to replace at least 15 percent of the …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

UK Study Shows Greater GHG Benefits from Biofuels
November 4, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The conclusions of five years of field research in the UK show that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by the UK’s arable sector are significantly lower than previously thought. …

Better Biofuels Ahead: The Road to Low-Carbon Fuels
November 3, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Cassidy (Environmental Working Group)  Biofuels produced from switchgrass and post-harvest corn waste could significantly reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change, according to an analysis by EWG and University of California biofuels experts.

EWG’s …

RFA: Oregon DEQ Shouldn’t Single out Ethanol
October 22, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuel Association has written the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality a letter expressing displeasure with the state’s proposed amendments for its Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

The association has …

CARB Re-Adopts State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 30, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020.

“Unlike the EPA, California’s …

California Air Regulators Readopt Fuel Standard to Fight Climate Change
September 28, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Tony Barboza (Los Angeles Times)  Clifornia air quality officials on Friday approved updates to a key climate change rule that will force reductions in carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel fuel over the next …

Nation’s Strictest Regulatory Board Affirms Biodiesel as Lowest-Carbon Fuel
September 28, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   In a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California’s Air Resources Board has spent years looking for the cleanest, most efficient ways to cut carbon. Turns out, biodiesel is at the top …

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Law Ignites More Political Wrangling
September 21, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Ian K. Kullgren  (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  … One of the law’s biggest advocates threatened to join forces with opponents this week over proposed changes. A new environmental coalition launched ads attacking proposed ballot measures. Lawsuits …

Delivering Low Carbon Transport Fuels post 2020
August 11, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Institute for European Environmental Policy)  How should EU policy support the transition to low carbon transport fuels post 2020? IEEP’s recent report for the NGO Transport and Environment argues that future policies should be differentiated …

Ethanol Working to Benefit Brazil, America, the World
July 20, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Brazil and the U.S. have a responsibility to collaboratively build a global biofuels market, writes Leticia Phillips of UNICA, following a visit between Brazilian President and President Obama.

In …

Gauging The Carbon Cost Of Fuel From Canadian Oil Sands
July 7, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

By Deirdre Lockwood (Chemical and Engineering News)  Environment: New study finds that greenhouse gas emissions associated with fuel from Alberta oil sands are about 20% greater than those for U.S. crude oil

The oil sands of …

Oregon Lawmakers Look to Swap LCFS for Fuel Tax
June 26, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Oregon governor Kate Brown (D) and a group of eight legislators have negotiated a proposal to kill the state’s new low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in return for a 4¢/USG rise in the gasoline …

Meeting the Energy and Climate Challenge in California: FOCUS: Can Biofuels Save the Day?
June 4, 2015 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Public funding provided over many years to incentivize the purchase of alternatives to diesel for heavy-duty trucks has barely made a small dent in introducing these alternatives into the vehicle population. Yet …

Kansas Plant Maximizes Value of Inputs by Adding Diesel Production
May 14, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … But one Kansas ethanol company, East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC (EKAE), is taking steps to stabilize its business with diversified income streams generated from the same corn source used to make …

The LCFS Re-Adoption and Its Possible Repercussions
April 8, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (Biodiesel Magazine/EcoEngineers)  … Some important items that have resulted from this re-adoption process are:

-Setting compliance curve to meet 10 percent GHG reduction by 2020.

-Cost containment measures, including a price ceiling of $200 per …

California Demo Produces First Low-Carbon, Whole-Beet Ethanol
March 26, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Results from Mendota Bioenergy LLC’s Phase I demonstration plant in Fresno County, California, arrived last week, and were quite favorable, reported project manager, Jim Tischer. “We’ve made the …

California’s Revised LCFS Challenged: Biofuel Industry Questions Standard’s Lack of Real-World Data
February 18, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though real-world data suggest biofuel production has not led to so-called indirect land-use change, the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, continues to see ILUC as a vital part of …

4 Things You Should Know about Oregon’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
February 18, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ian K. Kullgren (The Oregonian/OregonLive)  … The law aims to position Oregon as a leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting an increasingly cleaner standard for gasoline distributors over the next …

CARB Issues First-Of-Its-Kind LCFS Pathway for Sustainable Oils’ Patented Camelina
February 9, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Sustainable Oils, Inc.)  Sustainable Oils Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:GCEH), has been issued a first-of-its-kind feedstock-only pathway by the California Air Resources Board for the production of …

Clean Fuel Availability, for the Pacific Coast
February 6, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the International Council on Clean Transportation and E4Tech released a comprehensive study of clean fuel availability for the Pacific Coast.  The report is available here.

There are four key original findings: (1) …

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
January 20, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and …

White Paper Highlights Corn Ethanol’s Decreasing Carbon Intensity
January 9, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition/Ethanol Across America)  Innovations in conversion technology and energy use at ethanol facilities, coupled with enhanced efficiency fertilizers and corn production management have resulted in corn ethanol being significantly shortchanged in its value …

State Panel OKs Rules for Alternative Motor Vehicle Fuels
January 8, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Steve Law (Portland Tribune)  The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted Wednesday to approve operating rules for the state’s Clean Fuels Program, which mandates an overall 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions from gasoline and …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Frets over Washington Green Fuels Study
November 21, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins (Capitol Press)  A consultant says ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane could help Washington reduce carbon emissions.

Midwest ethanol producers are lobbying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not adopt a low carbon fuels standard.

An …

EU Transport: Emission Savings of Biofuels 80% Better than Thought, New Calculations Show
November 14, 2014 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Ecofys)  European calculation rules substantially underestimate the climate benefit of biofuels in the transport sector. Their greenhouse gas emissions should be compared with the emissions of the fossil fuels that they replace in the market. …

Growth Energy Submits Comments to Washington State on LCFS Draft Report
November 12, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy submitted initial comments to the state of Washington on their draft report regarding the potential implementation of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Growth Energy’s comments outline how an implementation …

Rich Countries Subsidising Oil, Gas and Coal Companies by $88bn a Year
November 11, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(The Guardian) US, UK, Australia giving tax breaks to explore new reserves despite climate advice that fossil fuels should be left buried

Rich countries are subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by about $88bn (£55.4bn) a year …

California Soliciting Comments on LCFS Rule Overhaul
November 10, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) is being overhauled, and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is requesting input during the rulemaking comment period by November 17th. Two …

EU: Reducing the Carbon Content of Transport Fuels
November 3, 2014 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Balkans News)  The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive. Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive obliges suppliers to reduce by 6% …

Capturing the California ‘Golden Gallon’
October 1, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel produced from corn distillers oil (CDO) is assigned an extremely low carbon intensity (CI) score under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, making it a tremendously …

GranBio Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production at 21 Million Gallon Plant in Alagoas, Brazil
September 25, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s largest-known cellulosic ethanol project to date comes online in Brazil in record time.

In Brazil, GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern …

Rethinking the Future of Biofuels: Leveraging Three Routes Forward
July 25, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Lew Fulton (University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies)   … In a new white paper released this week by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), we measure the incremental changes that …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.

Consequently:
1. …

LCFS Developments: Proposal to Simplify Application Process
July 2, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by John Sens (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  On May 31, the California Air Resources Board held a workshop outlining some of its proposed changes to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. Among the changes proposed were …

California Low-Carbon Rule Survives Big Legal Challenge
July 1, 2014 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

By Dale Kasler (Sacramento Bee)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, one of the centerpieces of the state’s fight against global warming, survived a significant legal challenge Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit …

Oil Industry Kills California Assembly Bill to Support Biofuel Expansion
June 12, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Peter Waldman  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The oil industry did some intellectual gymnastics last week over California’s low-carbon fuel standard, a 2007 mandate that gasoline refiners reduce the carbon intensity of their transportation fuels 10 percent …

Biofuels Forum Underscores Increased Emission Benefits from Ethanol
May 23, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Ethanol’s role in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was underscored this week in a forum of biofuel value chain partners, conservation and greenhouse gas experts organized by the 25x’25 Alliance …

21 States Ask Supreme Court to Review California’s LCFS
April 29, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Several states are joining the fight to take a legal dispute over California’s low carbon fuels standard (LCFS) to the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 21, a group of …

Scientists Urge CARB to Revisit LCFS Land Use Change Penalties
March 11, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  According to the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and other media organizations, 14 scientists and researchers submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on March 6 urging the …

California to Expand Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 2030 with More Stringent Targets
February 13, 2014 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang  (Platts)  California plans to expand its first-in-the-nation Low Carbon Fuel Standard with more aggressive emissions-reduction rules through 2030, even as the current program faces a possible US Supreme Court challenge.

In the scoping …

Report Addresses Compliance Costs of California’s LCFS
December 27, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A recent report authored by two University of California, Davis researchers examines the economics of the California low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. According to information released by the UC …

Company Hopes to Tap into Sugar Cane, Sorghum for Fuel-Grade Ethanol
November 27, 2013 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by James Palen (The Daily Transcript/San Diego Source)  … Brawley-based California Ethanol + Power is bringing the matter closer to home.

The company has yet to build its first facility, but by possibly the first quarter of 2014, it …

Big Changes in California LCFS Are Called for in a New Report
November 20, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by John Kingston (Platts)  The University of California-Davis has a new study out about California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Once you get past the standard dry academic writing, much of it is fairly startling.

We care about …

Ninth Circuit Upholds California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 19, 2013 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Dana Hull (San Jose Mercury News)  In a victory for environmentalists, clean energy advocates and state regulators, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California’s clean-fuel standards in a 2-1 decision Wednesday. The fuel …

California, Federal Methods to Push Renewable-Fuel Use Stir Conflict
August 29, 2013 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  It’s even possible that conflicting state and federal policies on renewable fuels, both aimed at reducing global warming, could actually make things worse, some scientists say.

 

California and the federal …

Brazil’s UNICA Welcomes Parts of European Parliament Biofuel Vote, Cautions about Threat to WTO Compliance
July 22, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(UNICA)  The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement on the European Parliament Environment Committee’s vote Thursday on biofuels and the issue of indirect land use change, or ILUC:

“UNICA welcomes European Union policymakers’ …

Court Rules to Uphold California LCFS, but Requires Corrective Action
July 22, 2013 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 15, California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in the lawsuit filed by Poet LLC against the California Air Resources Board. The lawsuit, originally filed …

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

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

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

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mendota Bioenergy’s plan to turn energy beets to ethanol moves to demonstration scale in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The future of advanced biofuels is in beets. At least that’s the thinking …

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 …

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 …

Chromatin Signs Sorghum Supply Deal with Aemetis
February 25, 2013 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(Chromatin/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Chromatin Inc., a leading provider of innovative crop breeding technology, sorghum seed products and feedstocks, and Aemetis Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, have announced that they have entered into …

RFA Urges CARB to Revise Carbon Intensity Values under the LCFS
January 24, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is urging the California Air Resources Board to revise indirect land use change (ILUC) penalties assigned to certain biofuels under the state’s low carbon fuel …

Opis LCFS Workshop December 13-14, 2012 San Francisco, CA
October 3, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment
Opis LCFS Workshop   December 13-14, 2012    San Francisco, CA

California • New England • Quebec • British Columbia • Oregon • Ontario
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard wave is spreading across North America.

Attend this premiere workshop and hear from the leading authorities who are creating …

$1-2/gal Price Hikes, Refinery Closures Seen Under California LCFS
October 3, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Opisnet.com)  While already suffering through the highest pump prices in the continental U.S., Californians could face even higher gasoline and diesel costs when new low carbon fuel regulations gain traction Jan. 1, warn fuel experts. …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard

Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Biofuel Expansion in Central America and the Myth of Vacant Land
July 25, 2012 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(World Watch Institute/Environmental News Network)  …In response to global criticisms that biofuels drive deforestation and threaten food security, Central American governments and interest groups specify that biofuel expansion will occur on “tierras ociosas”�—or vacant, unproductive …

Researchers: LCFS Would Help America
July 20, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  During a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill, researchers from six institutions advocated that adopting a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) would be a positive step for America. Renewable fuels, they …

When, Where and How Wood Is Used Impact Carbon Emissions from Deforestation
May 29, 2012 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions.

The study, published May 13 in the advance online …

CARB Releases 2011 LCFS Review Report
December 23, 2011 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board has completed the first required formal review of the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, a regulatory program that requires stakeholders to reduce the carbon …