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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-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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New Study Shows Novia Scotia Has ‘Strong Potential’ to Produce Advanced Biofuels
February 3, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an advanced biofuels from renewable sources of fibre. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and …

Underdog Industry Rallies for Continued Growth at Annual Event
January 25, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Every drop of biofuels required by RFS to diversify the U.S. transportation fuel supply means the oil industry loses money through lost market share and its responsibilities as an obligated …

How a Biofuels Phase-Out Would Hit Europe’s Struggling Farmers
January 23, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chesworth (Vivergo Fuels/Politico)  Growers in the EU are helping meet climate and energy goals. Don’t abandon them now  —  Biofuels are essential for meeting EU climate and energy goals by helping to decarbonize …

USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, with additional benefits projected through 2022  —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release …

Biorefinery Interest Cracks the Ton
January 5, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(My Sunshine Coast)  A whopping 100 companies have indicated interest in biorefining in Queensland, as the 18 January deadline looms for the Palaszczuk Government’s Biofutures Acceleration Program.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the …

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development
December 29, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by …

Trump Says Energy Regulations Are Hurting Economic Growth. The Evidence Says Otherwise.
December 22, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Vivek Wadhwa and Mark Muro (The Washington Post)  … The assumption they are making is that economic growth depends upon increasing carbon emissions. Trump and Pruitt seem to believe that because energy is essential for economic …

U.S. Senator’s View: Strong Biofuel Industry Builds Economy, Lessens US Dependence
December 19, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Duluth News Tribune)  Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Ever Cat’s biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn. The company, started by a feed-supplement supplier …

Renewable Fuels: Good Policy and Good Politics For Democrats
December 7, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jon Soltz (VoteVets.org)  … (A)s a veteran who has worked to elect progressive leaders from across the country, let me offer one step that Democrats could take immediately to demonstrate their commitment to economic …

The Port of Amsterdam Pursues a Bio-based, Circular Economy
December 6, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by John J. Berger (Renewable Energy World)  … According to its Vision 2030 statement, the port seeks to become “an innovative hub for [an] energy transition [and a] circular and bio-based economy” that will create jobs, new products, …

Food Security Benefits Found in African Biofuels Production
November 18, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in developing countries, concludes a new study.

Irish university research is adding to the body of knowledge …

Derisking: A Strategy for Growing the Biobased Economy
October 28, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Neil A. Belson (LeafPro Bioproducts/Biofuels Digest)  … Despite its potential benefits and some very real achievements, the biobased economy has overall progressed more slowly than many had hoped.  There are several reasons for this slow progress. …

The New World Has Arrived: 16th International Conference Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Promotes the Innovations of the Sector
October 24, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 17-18, 2016, Datagro held its 16th International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once again, this event reunited many great specialists of the sector. Innovations and public policies …

Letters: A Fortune in Biofuels Being Left on the Table
October 12, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by LeRoy Deichman (Herald-Whig)  Existing intellectual property and current production practices hold the promise to enable Missouri’s 5th District to produce enough biofuels to displace all of the gasoline currently purchased by our residents and all …

Commissioners Updated on New Factory Coming to Clearfield
September 30, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Corcino (The Progress)  …  Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Continental Carbonic Products Inc., a producer and distributor of solid and liquid carbon dioxide and dry-ice blasting machines, is establishing a manufacturing …

Advanced Biofuels USA Receives USDA Rural Business Development Grant for Feasibility Study of Eastern Shore Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project
September 7, 2016 – 1:00 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release, September 7, 2016:  Frederick, Maryland — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA, a Maryland based  501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

IFC Invests BRL 150 Million in CerradinhoBio to Support the Growth of Renewable Energy Production in Brazil
August 24, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(The Financial)  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide BRL 150 million  of long-term financing to CerradinhoBio, an ethanol and biomass-based electricity producer operating in the state of Goias, in Brazil.

This investment …

How to Thrive in Emerging Markets: Making Industrial Biotechnology Work away from Home
August 12, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why do hot US agricultural technologies fail to get the explosive growth they deserve? BEE offers a new tech-to-market approach. —  …  Why think about the developing world at all? …

U.S. Commerce Department Invests More Than $4 Million In Maine, Deploys Interagency Team To Help Strengthen State’s Forest Economy
August 5, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Economic Development Administration)  U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest more than $4 million to help diversify and grow …

Recharge Wrap-up: Pikes Peak Tesla Abandoned at Supercharger, Gen. Wesley Clark Champions Ethanol
August 1, 2016 – 10:01 pm | No Comment

by John Beltz Snyder (AutoBlog) …  General Wesley Clark argued in support of ethanol at the Democratic National Convention. While some gas stations advertise the fact that their product contains no ethanol, General Clark – a …

Empowering Farmers through Route of Ethanol
July 19, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Ajay Jha (Indian Cooperative)  Believing that ethanol is a game changer, a group of ministers sat this weekend to deliberate on the production of second generation of ethanol. The meeting was attended by Road …

Letter: Ethanol: Dream big
June 17, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (Argus Leader)  … Let’s revive S.D.’s leadership for big vision, good business policies by putting state-owned non-flex fuel vehicles on E30 and utilize remaining pipeline tax revenues assuring all S.D. auto owners’ access …

Column: Clean Energy Fuels Our Economy
March 25, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (Daily Globe)  …  The United States can’t sit on the sidelines and depend on foreign oil to keep our economy running. America is a powerful nation. We can’t let oil …

Ethanol Industry Contributed $2.1 Billion to Minnesota’s Economy in 2015
March 16, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.13 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, according to a new study by ABF Economics.

The study, commissioned by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, said the industry …

EPA’s RFS Proposal Risks Ending America’s Rural Renaissance
October 23, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse) When President George W. Bush signed the law creating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 to support biofuels production, he explained that “Using ethanol and biodiesel will leave our air cleaner. …

Premier Plugs Business and Biofuels at Economic Forum
October 21, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Emma McBryde (Sunshine Coast Daily)  … A biofuels project aimed at boosting the industry will come under the spotlight when the premier ( Annastacia Palaszczuk) visits Mackay on Thursday.  She will take her cabinet subcommittee to …

Seaweed Farming: An Alternative Livelihood for Coastal Communities
September 10, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Dr Gloria Naa Dzama Addico & Mr Kweku Amoako Atta deGraft-Johnson (Graphic Online)  When one economic activity is on the decline, there is always the natural urge to look for alternatives. That is the situation …

Group Protests Methane Plant in West End
August 25, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Deborah Yetter (Courier-Journal)  A spirited group of protesters marched more than 20 blocks along West Broadway Sunday afternoon to show their opposition to a proposed plant in the area that would produce methane by composting …

USDA, TDA Announce Seed Funding to Ignite Agri-Tech Entrepreneurship
August 21, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Tennessee Department of Agriculture)  The next great business idea just may come from rural Tennessee. USDA Rural Development and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced $220,000 in combined seed funding for a new initiative …

North Set to Be Biofuel Capital
August 17, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Peel (Townsville Bulletin)  Up to 30 mini biofuel plants could be rolled out across North Queensland as part of an ambitious plan to make the region Australia’s renewable fuel capital.

The centrepiece of the project …

RFS Has Positive Impact on Rural Nebraska
August 17, 2015 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Kamler Geneva (The Independent/Journal-Star)  This month marks the 10th anniversary since President George W. Bush signed the Renewable Fuel Standard into law. The RFS has spurred billions of dollars in investments in biofuel …

Ethanol Plant Essential to Michigan’s Thumb
August 17, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfields Ag News)  The general manager of POET’s Michigan based ethanol plant says the Caro facility has offset the demise of the automotive industry.

“If you look at the Thumb of Michigan, it …

POET Drives $13.5B in Economic Impact in 2014: Report
August 17, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, POET released its first-ever economic impact study, and reported that in 2014 the company generated a total of $13.5 billion in sales for U.S. businesses; added $5.4 …

Ricketts: Danish Company’s Interest in Nebraska Expansion Cooled after EPA’s Ethanol Proposal
June 16, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (World-Herald)   Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said on the last day of his European trade mission that federal rulings on ethanol mandates are obstructing the expansion of a growing Danish company with a …

Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of Minnesota
May 8, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

John M. Urbanchuk and Stuart D. Norvell (Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting, LLP/ Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   From the farm to the fuel pump, the ethanol industry is a vital component of Minnesota’s economy. Ethanol plants provide jobs …

4 Minutes with… Lisa Hughes, Industrial Biotechnology Industry Specialist, DEED
May 8, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development(DEED)is the state’s principal economic development agency. … My role as the industry specialist with DEED is to continue to expand Minnesota’s bioindustrial cluster …

New Study Reveals Wide-Ranging Economic Impact of Ethanol Production
February 27, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At this year’s National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a new ABF Economics study titled “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014,” …

Ethanol Industry Looking beyond Incentives
December 3, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Scott Jamieson  (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Executives from Canada’s biofuels industry are looking at efficiencies and diversification as tools to ensure the sector’s continued growth.  That was the main message shared with a packed room …

4 Minutes with…Ben Thorp, Chairman, Bioenergy Deployment Consortium
November 24, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Currently we are evaluating the underlying technologies that are involved in the 85 million annual gallon cellulosic ethanol that will be on-stream in the US this year. We have …

Study Shows Ethanol Impact on Retail AG Service Sales
November 6, 2014 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota Farmers Union/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by the Center …

Midlands Voices: Renewable Fuels Are Homegrown Success
October 29, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by John Hansen (Nebraska Farmers Union/Omaha.com)  … When Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development examined the impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has on a family of four, it found an average in …

Biofuels Help Boost Sustainable Transport and Support Rural Development in Africa: GRFA
October 29, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that …

Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy
October 21, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  A report released a couple of weeks ago by the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, “Why Biobased?,” provides a very positive overview of economic opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. …

Meetings to Examine Biofuel Production
September 16, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(GSA Business) The S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance will host two meetings this week as part of a $150,000 federal grant program aimed at linking economic development officials in Colleton and Clarendon counties with industrial biofuel companies.

The first …

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
August 13, 2014 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and …

The Impact of Ethanol Production on the North Dakota Agricultural Retail Industry
August 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Richard Taylor and Won W. Koo   (Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies North Dakota State University)  … The first immediate impact of ethanol was increased agricultural commodity prices. In 2005, the corn price averaged $2.00 per bushel. …

World Bank: Climate-Smart Development Benefits Lives, Jobs, GDP
August 11, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Advanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new …

UK Aviation Group Calls for Government Backing to Kick-Start Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
August 11, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) The potential to reduce UK aviation’s annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 million tonnes by 2030 through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels can only be realised with government support, says UK industry …

Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Ohio Would Benefit Biomass
July 18, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … On July 7, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed Clean Energy Initiative amendment. According to Josh Pulliam, a consultant for Yes for Ohio’s’ Energy Future, …

Aviation Industry Publishes Fuelling the Future, Calls for Urgent Review of UK Government Sustainable Aviation Fuels Policy
July 18, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Aviation)  – Potential to reduce UK aviation’s carbon emissions by 1.7 million tonnes per annum by 2030, and by 18% by 2050, through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels, finds independent analysis by sustainable …

South Carolina Nets Grants for Transportation Biofuels
July 11, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Crumbo   (GSA Business)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded two grants totaling $150,000 to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance aimed at developing transportation biofuel investments for commercial and military use.

The alliance, which …

After False Start, Biofuels Industry May Yet Impact Highlands County
June 17, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Marc Valero (Highlands Today) SEBRING — Three years ago, Highlands County was on the cusp of a bio boom time with hundreds of jobs looming in construction, agriculture and technology with buzz words such as …

California Council on Science and Technology Releases Report on Expanding Biofuels in California
May 14, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(California Council on Science and Technology)  Advanced biofuels have the potential to provide California with economic opportunities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the state’s climate and clean air policies. However, the state may …

Renewable Fuels Drive Economic Growth
May 9, 2014 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  An economic impact study found far-reaching benefits of renewable fuels for America’s workers and the U.S. economy.

The study, conducted by John Dunham and Associates and released by Fuels America, determined the …

Ethanol is a Win for Illinois, A Win for Agriculture
December 26, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for …

Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment
October 30, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Felix Creutzig, Esteve Corbera, Simon Bolwig and Carol Hunsberger (IOP Science)    Integrated assessment models suggest that the large-scale deployment of bioenergy could contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. However, such a shift would …

Maintain Renewable Fuel Standards
October 2, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Tim Burrack (Chicago Tribune) Letter to Editor:  … As family farmers for more than 40 years, we have had our share of ups and downs. The RFS gave farmers like us a new market for our …

Biofuels Center Deserves a Better Fate
September 26, 2013 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by G.K. Butterfield (The Herald Sun)  Without intervention or significant investment from non-profit organizations or the private sector, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford is due to close for good on October 1, …

Cool Planet to Invest $168M in Louisiana – Stealthy Biotechnology Heads for Scale
August 26, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete Cool Planet story. What is it? Why transformational? What are the next steps?  New venture will convert wood waste to gasoline.

In Louisiana, Cool Planet Energy Systems CEO Howard …

Biofuels Center of North Carolina to Close National Model Due to State Budget Elimination
August 2, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s elimination of its funding in the state budget signed last week by Gov. Pat McCrory, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina has  begun …

Alternative Biofuel Crops to Fuel the Future of the Poor
July 24, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF))   The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have launched the IFAD-ICRAF Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops, an initiative focused on providing clean …

Colorado Needs the Renewable Fuel Standard
May 2, 2013 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Kent Peppler (Denver Post)  …But predictions of more off-the-charts wildfires this summer are a reminder of how fragile it all is and how much we have to lose. Renewable fuels can help us protect …

Big Steps in Biofuels: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum ‘13
February 15, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

By Joshua Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Thinking about the back and forth on EPA’s cellulosic fuel mandates in the last month, the press on the harmful effects of diverting food crops for fuel processing in …

DuPont Breaks Ground on World’s Largest Cellulosic Biorefinery
November 30, 2012 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Iowa, DuPont broke ground today on its $200 million, 30 million gallon cellulosic biofuels facility in Nevada, Iowa. Expected to be completed in mid-2014, the new facility produce cellulosic …

World Energy Outlook: A New Global Energy Landscape Is Emerging
November 16, 2012 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  The 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook was released on 12 November 2012. Drawing on the latest data and policy developments the report presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets …

Minnesota Corn Growers Say Ethanol is Fueling Rural Economies
June 14, 2012 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  From small-town mayors to President Obama, there is one thing on the minds of all elected officials: putting more Americans back to work. And while recent unemployment numbers have been less than encouraging, the …

Contribution of Biofuels to the Global Economy
May 21, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Association/Cardno ENTRIX)  …As is the case with virtually all other emerging and developing countries, biofuels offer the prospects of a new cash crop for farmers, increased employment in rural areas, expanded manufacturing output, reduced …

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota Releases Roadmap for Minnesota’s Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals Industry
March 29, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Enhanced Online News/Live Science Alley)  Today (March 28, 2012), The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota released a comprehensive white paper detailing the extent and impact of the advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals industry and providing a …

The Bio-Based Economy: A Renewed and Renewable Vision for 2012
January 6, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  …To be clear, the bioeconomy is the total economic activity from all sectors of the biotechnology industry – pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture and industrial biotechnology. With biotechnology we can help, …

Georgia Offers Support for Biomass-to-Energy Projects
November 3, 2011 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  The 2011 Southeast Biomass Conference & Tradeshow kicked off in Atlanta today. Nearly 325 professionals and 60 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s event, which has a strong regional …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ethanol Cuts Dependence, Pollution
October 28, 2011 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by John R. Block  (The Washington Times)  As Secretary of Agriculture during the Reagan administration, I helped the American ethanol industry take off. Imagine my surprise to read an editorial in The Washington Times (“Corn-fueled politics,” …