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Oil Price Information Service Publishes “The New Economics of Octane”
June 23, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Oil Price Information Service)  The unexpected run-up in octane’s market value is puzzling to the marketplace. What factors are driving this rise and how will it impact your industry?  —  Written by energy experts with …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The fatal distortion lies in …

What’s My Feedstock Worth? A Primer for Measuring Bio-Value
June 6, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Whether you are owner or seller, you need to know the underlying value of a feedstock in the advanced bioeconomy — and that is not the same thing as its …

$20 Oil? $200 Oil? Does It Matter? Part 1 of the 3-Part Digest series: Carbon 2017
May 10, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the world of renewable fuels — the only significant carbon legislation on the books, it really doesn’t matter what the oil price is. The RFS creates a separate market for …

E15 Infrastructure Bill Would Add $35.9M to Minnesota GDP
April 7, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An infrastructure bill in the Minnesota House and Senate that calls for expanding access to E15 would contribute $35.9 million to the state’s GDP, according to an analysis by ABF …

First-Gen Fuels under Siege, Hit Back with Hard Data
April 7, 2017 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ethanol supporters in the US and Australia and first-gen fuels advocates of conventional ethanol and biodiesel in the EU are striking out against what they see as misguided reports that …

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?
March 22, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There’s a theory going around that biofuels are “government fuels” — and prices are set around a table in Washington, DC. But if you visit the big biodiesel and …

What is Australia’s Biofuel Future?
November 7, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Ecogeneration)  With growing interest in Australia in the production of liquid biofuels, bio-refining experts Geoff Bell, CEO of Australian company Microbiogen, and Ed de Jong, vice-president of development at Dutch renewable chemicals company Avantium, consider …

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? …

Plans Farmers Are Making this Year in Reaction to Lower Commodity Prices.
April 8, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Zimm News)  J.L.Farmakis, Inc has just released a new research study conducted in February by Millennium Research that shows plans farmers are making this year in reaction to lower commodity prices.
Among the findings of the …

The Roads to Decoupling: 21 Countries Are Reducing Carbon Emissions While Growing GDP
April 6, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Nate Aden (World Resources Institute)  As countries embark on the transition to a new climate economy, there’s a debate about whether growth can drive, or even coexist with, climate stabilization. On the other side …

Setting the Record Straight on Heartland Institute’s False RFS Claims
March 24, 2016 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy)  Last week, the Heartland Institute published a blog post claiming  the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has a detrimental impact on American farmers and rural corn producing areas. Growth Energy responded to …

The United States’ Shifting Approach to Ethanol and other Biofuels Is a Case Study in Short-Sighted Decision Making.
March 23, 2016 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Alexis Bateman and Yossi Sheffi (MIT Sloan Management Review)  How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy — … In 2011, a combination of market conditions and government policies in the U.S. …

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 …

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 …

Upside Down Ethanol-Gas Ratio Appears to Be New Normal
January 19, 2016 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After a decade of ethanol mostly being priced lower than gasoline, the ethanol/gasoline price ratio has been above 1.0 for the past four months. “The hefty premium of ethanol …

Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics
January 19, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency)  This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)provides the first quantification of the macroeconomic impact of doubling the global share of renewables in the energy mix by 2030. The study …

Economist: Blend Wall Debate Might Help Sluggish Crop Prices
January 12, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (The Southern News Services)  …The reasons include the Great Recession and falling gasoline prices, among a few other things.
At issue is the federal mandate for ethanol inclusion as a component of motor …

Large-Scale Reaction Screening Study of Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Pathways Finds ethyllevulinate and 2-MTHF Promising Alternatives to Ethanol
January 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at RWTH Aachen University has identified ethyllevulinate and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as promising alternatives to cellulosic bioethanol with respect to cost and environmental impact based on a large-scale reaction screening study.
In addition, …

EU Biodiesel Premiums Hit New Highs as Global Energy Prices Tumble
December 9, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Biodiesel premiums to the underlying ICE gasoil futures in Europe rose steeply Monday, as energy prices tumbled further after Friday’s OPEC meeting, and supported by high feedstock prices.
The RED RME premium Monday hit its …

Indonesia to Boost Biodiesel Output to Meet New Mandates -Industry
November 28, 2015 – 12:16 am | No Comment

by Emily Chow (Reuters)  * Expected to boost biodiesel output capacity by a fifth next year
* It will be enough to support B15 and B20 next year-industry exec
* Automotive Industries Association says confident to process …

Oil Jobs Lost: 250.000 And Counting, Texas Likely To See Massive Layoffs Soon
November 26, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Charles Kennedy (Oilprice.com)  Crude oil just capped off a third straight week of declines, as WTI nears the $40 per barrel threshold. Goldman Sachs is once again raising the possibility of oil dipping into …

Ethanol Industry Making Profits Despite Lower Price of Fuel
November 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/McClatchy-Tribune/Star Tribune)  Low prices at the gas pump have put a persistent squeeze on Midwest ethanol producers, but most are staying profitable.
Of eight Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers tracked by the Star Tribune, all but one made …

Study Shows Potential for Growth in Biofuels from Corn Stover
November 17, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jessica Eise (Phys.Org)  Making biofuel from corn crop residue could become economically viable for farmers with government support and, therefore, lead to a major shift in crop rotation practices favoring more continuous corn plantings, Purdue …

Skyfill: Where the Sky Is a Free Sewer, Are Bioeconomy Thermodynamics Extremely Flawed from the Get Go?
November 17, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As the reader notes, much of the original underlying biomass is not utilized when we make a hydrocarbon fuel, or any fuel. Take the case of corn, for example, and …

Don’t Weaken the RFS
November 10, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (R-N.J.) (The Hill)  … The RFS is Congress’s answer to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. The RFS is the most …

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England
November 10, 2015 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the small businesses struggling to stay competitive in the global economy? According to a new study …

U.S. Oil Refiners Look Abroad for Crude Supplies as North Dakota Boom Fades
November 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Catherine Ngai (Reuters) … North Dakota’s Bakken production peaked at 1.153 million barrels per day in June, and had fallen to 1.13 million barrels per day by August, according to state data.
The …

Guest Post: The Petrobras Corruption Scandal and Brazil’s Ethanol Sector
October 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Luis Ferreira Alvarez (Council on Foreign Relations)  As Brazil’s Petrobras corruption investigation continues to roil its economy and politics, the ethanol sector is emerging as a clear beneficiary. New government policies are boosting ethanol …

New Biodiesel Fuel Will Save Bellevue $25,000 Each Year
October 16, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Bellevue Reporter)  A new fuel mixture in city vehicles will save the City of Bellevue more than $25,000 a year and help reduce emissions over a vehicle’s lifetime, the city announced this week.
“Our new biodiesel …

Biofuel Buses: Transguard UAE Biodiesel Case Study
October 7, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by John Bambridge  (Construction Week Online)  Operating in any sector presents both challenges and opportunities to cut costs. When a large part of your business involves the management of a fleet of vehicles, alternatives to …

The Business of Algae and the Dream of Algae
October 2, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire’s Jamie Levine, Matrix Genetics’ Margaret McCormick, Algal Scientific’s Geoff Horst, Heliae’s Len Smith and USCD’s Steve Mayfield reflect on the commercial progress of algae.  There is the dream of …

Is U.S. Commitment to Renewable Fuels Waning?
September 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by John Sedbrook (Chicago Business)  … The Obama administration has taken laudable strides to reconcile fossil fuel dependence and climate change. In the past few months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new efforts to curb …

8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the Extremes”
August 26, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? — At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the …

Crude Oil Pressures Ethanol / DTN Hypothetical Ethanol Plant Margins Narrow
August 26, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  It has become the question of the day for U.S. ethanol producers: What happens to the industry if crude oil prices continue to tumble? … Donna Funk, certified public accountant …

Michigan-Made Biofuels the Way to Increase Energy Security (Guest column)
July 1, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Drew DuBois  (DuPont Pioneer/MLive)   In a recent guest column in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Michael Miller thanked Congressman Fred Upton for working to allow exports of oil drilled in the United States.
Rather than looking for new …

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?
May 14, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin …

Growers Want Permits to Produce Ethanol from Sugarcane
May 13, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by N. Dinesh Nayak (The Hindu)  The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers Association has urged the Union government to allow sugarcane growers to produce ethanol from sugarcane.
Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, the association president Kurabur Shantha …

Cellulosic Refiners Hamstrung by Chaos in RFS-Credit Market
May 12, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing)  … Refiners aren’t buying cellulosic fuel credits through the renewable fuel standard program for what the company produces. And so Quad County has received as much as $600,000 less than expected for …

The Push Is on for “High Renewable Content Fuels”
May 12, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In the world of gasoline replacement, it is any fuel which has a renewable content higher than the typical E10 ethanol saturation point. It can include drop-in renewable gasoline, …

Is EPA’s Biofuel Policy Eroding the Industry?
May 11, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (The Examiner) The Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to get its flagship renewable fuel program back on track is coming at a price for the biofuel industry it has sought to support.
In the nearly …

Ethanol Industry Looks to Drivers and Exports for Path out of a Slump
May 11, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  After a weak start to 2015, industry sees strong exports, more fuel consumption. Increased driving and gasoline consumption are helping the ethanol industry pull out of a first-quarter slump.  Producers of …

Ethanol Friendly to Hoosier Economy in 2014
May 11, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Cayla McLeland (HoosierAgToday)  The Indiana Corn Marketing Council has released their economic impact study of the ethanol industry  in 2014 and shared their findings at their annual Ethanol Forum yesterday in Indianapolis. Director of …

The Wealth Effect, and Farm Impact on the US Economy
April 7, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though representing just 1.3% of the US GDP, if the farm sector has a major impact on US economic health, it may tie back to what economists call “the wealth …

Do Falling Gasoline Prices Threaten the Competitiveness of Ethanol?
November 14, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good  (FarmDocDaily)  Wholesale (CBOB) gasoline prices in the U.S. have declined by about a dollar per gallon, or one-third, since June (see Figure 1). The CBOB price last week was $2.11 …

Press Release: “Should Corn Land Be Used for Bioenergy/Biomaterial Crops?” Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Thought-Provoking New Approach to Food, Feed, Fuel and Fiber Crop Land Use
October 6, 2014 – 8:00 am | One Comment

October 6, 2014—Columbus, OH —  Robert Kozak of Atlantic Biomass Conversions contributes his thoughtful approach to answering these questions* posed by Biofuels Digests’s Jim Lane: “As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is …

Brazil Study Shows 30 Ethanol Mills Near Bankruptcy, Valor Says
October 1, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem (Bloomberg)  Brazilian policies to cap gasoline prices may lead 30 ethanol and sugar plants to file for bankruptcy, Valor Economico said, citing a report from a research firm.
The mills, with a combined capacity …

VIII Annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference: Report
September 8, 2014 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Rockwell* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It was fitting that the VIII annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference took place in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The …

USDA REAP Sinks $3.4 Billion into Rural Economies
August 28, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in …

Thai Govt to Aim for Rubber Supply Cut to Support Prices
August 12, 2014 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat (Reuters)  Thailand’s military government will encourage farmers in the world’s biggest rubber producer and exporter to cut down more rubber trees in a bid to restrict supply to help shore up prices, …

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels
August 12, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge …

Maginot Line Mentality
February 12, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/Biofuels Digest)  … It does not appear any of the experts are looking at the entire picture of the evolving and increasingly inter-connected agricultural-energy-transportation sector, let alone suggesting a plan with …

Energy Self-Sufficiency in Brazil
December 9, 2013 – 11:30 am | One Comment

by Roberto Coelho* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The global energy demand will rise 35% by 2035 due to population and economic growth, taking into account environmental and countries’ regulations.
Brazil’s part of this forecast growth in energy …

Venter: Biofuels ‘Dead’ without U.S. Aid
November 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes  (North County Times)  Famed genomics researcher J. Craig Venter, who is working to develop biofuels from photosynthetic algae, acknowledged this week that alternate fuels are “dead” unless the federal government mandates …