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Bipartisan Policy Center and It’s “Fix the RFS” Recipe, or Lack thereof
December 19, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg.  Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump
December 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (US Department of Energy)  Going “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” this holiday season could require a significant amount of gasoline if you’re traveling by car. Before you hit …

The Year That Wasn’t
December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bob Dinneeen writes the Renewable Fuels Association annual in and out list after a year in which the EPA announced it was delaying the publication of the …

Think Tank Proposes 40 Options to Change Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill)  The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) published a report outlining 40 different options that it said could improve the country’s ethanol mandate.
The BPC said it set out to find a “middle …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Lawmakers Frustrated at EPA over Ethanol Mandate Delay
December 12, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Lawmakers vented their frustration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday over its repeated delays of the annual ethanol mandate.  The Wednesday hearing in the House Oversight Committee’s subpanel on …

Algae Biomass Organization Calls for Robust Renewable Fuel Standard
December 11, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) submitted comments to the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy yesterday calling on Congress to ensure that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) includes timely approval …

EPA Improves Pathway Petition Process for the RFS
December 11, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). In March, the agency said it would take approximately six months to improve …

Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow
December 11, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Biomass Magazine/Algae Biomass Organization)  … To control carbon dioxide (CO2), the agency (Environmental Protection Agency) places a significant emphasis on burying emissions underground (carbon capture and sequestration or CCS), but I believe …

Not Broken, Don’t Fix It: Why Congress Should Refrain from RFS Reform
December 10, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by James C. Greenwood (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other missteps are being misinterpreted or misconstrued as a …

AG Schmidt Challenges EPA Ethanol Emissions Model
December 10, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt)  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states …

Plant Expansions Fueled by Shale Gas Boom to Boost Greenhouse Gas, Toxic Air Emissions
December 10, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Talla Buford (The Center for Public Integrity)  … By 2018, the land (Stacey) Ryan and other holdouts have fought to keep will be consumed by an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids …

Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken
December 9, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The underlying legal constructs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remain in working order, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule and its …

RFA Not Surprised Oil Companies Suing EPA
December 8, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(WNAX.com)  Renewable Fuels Association officials are not surprised oil industry groups are looking at suing EPA over their delay in getting out the 2015 RFS volumes. RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper doesn’t think the …

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training
December 8, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent …

Ethanol Production and Profits Are Through The Roof
December 7, 2014 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Emily Cassidy (Environmental Working Group)  Corn ethanol production has soared to record heights this year, and with large harvests and low corn prices, that means record profits for the industry. …
… Production has soared …

Fossil-fuel Lobbyists, Bolstered by GOP Wins, Work to Curb Environmental Rules
December 7, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Tom Hamburger (The Washington Post)  Oil, gas and coal interests that spent millions of dollars to help elect Republicans this year are moving to take advantage of expanded GOP power in Washington and state …

Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market: Energy
December 5, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets.
Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest …

EPA Puts RFS In Jeopardy
December 2, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Futures)  Actions taken by EPA to help keep RFS alive have actually backfired and brought more attacks in defending Congress’ intent.

Wally Tyner, Purdue University ag economist, said it’s quite ironic that …

Briefing: Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update
December 1, 2014 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) recently held a briefing on the technologies involved in commercial cellulosic ethanol production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from agricultural residues such as …

Impasse over RFS Underscores Need for Biofuel Value Chain and Partner Unity
November 26, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Federal regulators have stumbled again in following the congressionally approved roadmap for expanding and accelerating biofuel development and use, announcing Friday they will not finalize 2014 blending requirements under the Renewable Fuels …

Ethanol Proponents Anticipating a Fight
November 25, 2014 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Bergin (Lincoln Journal Star)  The biofuels industry is gearing up for a fight, a national industry spokesman said Monday.   Doug Durante, executive director of Bethesda, Maryland-based Clean Fuels Development Coalition, predicted lawsuits …

White House Threatens to Put Brakes on Alternative Fuels
November 25, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected …

The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold
November 24, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  …EPA should formally withdraw the proposed rule and issue a final rule as soon as possible, fully correcting their misinterpretation of waiver authority and methodology for setting the …

Biomass Industry Triumphs in EPA’s Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 21, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Anne Simet (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency’s updated biogenic emissions framework.
At …

Biodiesel Production, Activity Impressive Despite Uncertainty
November 21, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Policy uncertainty has adversely impacted the U.S. biodiesel industry, but media reports would have you believe the sector is teetering on collapse. The facts show otherwise.
There have been numerous reports …

House Passes Bill that Would Impact EPA Rulemaking
November 21, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not …

Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)
November 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic digesters are adding value to operations and seem to be trending in blueprints.
When ethanol plants …

What the EPA’s Latest Announcement Means?
November 21, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The EPA’s long-awaited announcement on the RFS targets for 2014 were finally announced today. And the announcement? No decision on the 2014 RFS targets would be made in 2014.
But what does this …

What Is the White House Policy on Biofuels?
November 21, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Melanie Sloan (The Hill)  Late last year, without warning, the White House did a 180-degree shift on its renewable fuels policy.  But until the spring of this year, no one had any idea why.
In …

EPA November RIN Data Shows Increased Cellulosic Production
November 21, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that more than 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five categories.
Nearly …

EPA Abandons RFS Rulemaking for 2014
November 21, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015.
The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

EPA Releases Updated Biogenic Emissions Framework
November 20, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 19, the U.S. EPA released a revised framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources. According to a notice published by the EPA, the …

EPA Wrong Again on Biofuel Enabling Policies
November 20, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As often and as vigorously as the Obama administration pronounces its support of cleaner forms of energy and efforts to curb global climate change, the failure of EPA in its rule-making process …

New CARD Study on Indirect Land Use Change
November 18, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new analysis of real-world land use data by Iowa State University raises serious concerns about the accuracy of models used by regulatory agencies regarding “indirect land use changes” (ILUC) attributed …

Automakers Approve E15 For Use in Two-Thirds of New Vehicles
November 18, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) analysis of model year (MY) 2015 warranty statements and owner’s manuals reveals that auto manufacturers explicitly approve the use of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) …

US RFS Biodiesel Mandate Expected at 1.5 Billion Barrels or Less: Traders
November 13, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The new 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards biodiesel mandate is expected to be far lower than the industry’s production capacity, sources have told Platts.   Traders and brokers polled by Platts estimated that the new 2014 …

EPA Calls for Nominations for 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
November 13, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Program adds award to address climate change and promote energy efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for …

AG Allies Ask President to Rein in EAP on Biofuels Cuts
November 13, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed …

Advanced Biofuels USA Signs on to Letter to EPA Urging the Agency to Adopt Volkswagen of America’s Proposal for Establishing the E85 Weighting Factor (“F factor”) for Model Year 2016-2025 Dual Fuel Vehicles.
November 12, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA signed on to a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to  adopt Volkswagen of America’s proposal for establishing the E85 weighting factor …

Trestle Energy Wins Approval For Innovative, Low-Emissions Biofuel Pathway From British Columbia
November 11, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pollution Online/PR Newswire) BC Designates Trestle Energy as Lowest Emissions Ethanol Producer in U.S.
Today, Trestle Energy – an American startup with facilities in Mason City, Iowa – announced that British Columbia, Canada has officially approved its groundbreaking process for producing …

Bioeconomy Policy for 2015: US Elections, What Happened, What Now?
November 11, 2014 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To open ABLC Next, what we like to call the “heads of the 7 families” — or in this case, the heads of seven key trade associations for the advanced …

ABO Expands Carbon Utilization Campaign
November 11, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), has unveiled a new website —recyclecarbon.org — as part of its ongoing campaign to persuade the EPA to explicitly recognize Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies as …

Ensyn Initiates Generation & Sale of Cellulosic RINs Under the RFS2 Program; Ensyn RINs Are Awarded QAP Status
November 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(MarketWired/Ensyn)  Ensyn is pleased to announce that it has initiated the generation and sale of its first RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and that Ensyn’s D7 cellulosic RINs have …

Building the New Energy Economy
November 6, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Justin Heller (Biodiesel Magazine) Akash Energy’s retail division Root Fuel intends to change America’s relationship with fuel. The company’s objective is to utilize the existing, relatively low-cost cardlock infrastructure to create a new consumer fueling experience.
The …

Pressure Builds on EPA to Back down on Ethanol Emissions, as Society of Automotive Engineers Issues Stunning Rebuke
November 6, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, what has been described within the industry as “The growing movement to call out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ethanol emissions testing procedures” picked up support …

History of U.S. Biofuel Mandate Provides Opening for Legal Challenge
November 5, 2014 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by  Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: …

Carbon Correctness, or Alice in Carbonland
November 3, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Let me get this straight.   The EPA says that emissions from petroleum are bad. Landfilling carbon is really bad. Climate change is really, really bad. Recycling is good. …

Cellulosic Ethanol produced with Cellerate™ Process Technology Receives EPA Certification for Cellulosic Biofuels RINs
October 31, 2014 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) is Quality Assurance Program-certified to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs); Cellerate process technology, enhanced by Enogen® corn enzyme technology, produces cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber; Syngenta to …

History of U.S. Biofuel Mandate Provides Opening for Legal Challenge
October 31, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters Africa)  Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in …

Racing with Relevance: Green Racing Redefines Sustainable Motorsports
October 30, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Sarkar (US Department of Energy)  Green Racing is helping to bring new levels of “Clean, Fast, and Efficient” to motorsports competition and consumer vehicles through the announcement of this season’s Green Challenge Award and …

BRAG® Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products CDR Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products
October 30, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the …

Fiberight Still Working toward MSW Plant in Iowa
October 29, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite delays, Fiberight’s plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste (MSW) in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a …

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 …

Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?
October 29, 2014 – 11:38 am | One Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Biofuels Digest/Advanced Ethanol Council)  … It is doubtful that anyone on the Obama energy team regards themselves as having anything in common with someone like Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who has declared …

Two Organizations Call Out the EPA on Corn Ethanol Emissions Modeling, ‘Seriously Flawed’
October 28, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Turpen (Torque News)  The UAI and the EFC have called the EPA MOVES2014 corn ethanol emissions model “seriously flawed” and are calling for peer review of the emissions estimates in the annual report.

The …

McCarthy and the New Catalytic-Converter-Moment for Energy
October 27, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the event  “The Power of Opinion: How Americans’ Preferences on Energy Point a Way Forward on Climate Change,” held at Georgetown University, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection …

Congressional Budget Office Says RFS Could Result in $6.00 per Gallon Credits for Advanced Biofuels
October 27, 2014 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does the Congressional Budget Office look at biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
How does $3.00-$6.00 advanced biofuels RINs? A $0.26 per gallon hike in gasoline prices? A $1.27 drop …

Prius Pushback: Hybrid Inspires Some Hatred
October 24, 2014 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Julie Wernau (Chicago Tribune)    … It’s (coal rolling) also an apparent response to the Obama administration’s fight to lower carbon emissions. Carmakers must have a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by model …

EPA Supporting Next Generation of Environmental Scientists Through 105 Fellowship Grants
October 23, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today (October 22, 2014), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 105 graduate students across the nation will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: 2014 and Beyond
October 23, 2014 – 1:20 pm | One Comment

(U.S. Congressional Budget Office)  Presentation by Terry Dinan, Senior Advisor in CBO’s Microeconomic Studies Division. With Ron Gecan and David Austin, both of CBO, posted.  READ MORE

CREW Sues EPA for Documents Regarding 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards
October 23, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable …

EPA Moves Goalposts with New Definition for Cellulosic Biofuels
October 21, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Institute for Energy Research)  Congress and President Bush determined that the United States should be producing specified amounts of cellulosic biofuel as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The trouble with …

EPA Honors the Winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/ Winning Technologies Tackle Climate Change and Promote Energy Efficiency
October 16, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.
“From …

REUTERS SUMMIT-U.S. Gas Station Constraints Complicate 2014 Biofuel Mandate -Officials
October 16, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said …

EPA Announces Winning P3 Student Teams for Pioneering Projects to Solve Environmental Problems
October 15, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(US Enviromental Protection Agency)  “Each year, the projects and designs created by the P3 teams surpass expectations,” said Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “These students are creating sustainable …

Biofuel Leaders Says EPA Has Treated Industry Unfairly
October 14, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  In Minneapolis, industry officials say federal government erred in setting low targets for biofuels delivered at the pump.   Leaders of the nation’s biofuels industry on Monday accused the Obama administration …

Letter: Extensive EPA Testing Found New Ethanol Fuel E15 Safe for Commercial Use
October 14, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Roanoke Times) … What about the auto industry? How did it respond to E15? More than 70 percent of new cars sold today are warrantied for E15 use. In fact, …

EPA Unveils Improved RFS Pathway Petition Process
October 10, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
In …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?
Part I of II
There’s a …

Don’t Cut the Line on Biofuels
October 2, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (The Hill)  Ethanol and biodiesel are important to the national economy and U.S. energy independence. It’s frustrating when a powerful agency and top executive branch leaders in Washington, D.C., don’t …

Exclusive Interview With RFA CEO/President Bob Dinneen at RFA Annual Membership Meeting in Des Moines, IA
October 2, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Perkins  (BioFuels Journal)  … RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen outlined the issues facing the Washington, DC-based ethanol advocacy organization which has 172 members, including 50 producer members, 79 associate members, 31 supporting members, and 12 …

EPA Should Uphold Law on Ethanol
October 1, 2014 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew L. Mcleay (Kansas City Star) … Congress led rural America to believe strict volume purchase requirements in RFS for corn ethanol, for example, would keep them safe. The law is clear. RFS is not …

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns
October 1, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (KUOW.org)  A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines.
The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional …

Algae Biomass Organization Launches Petition to Support Approval of CO2 Recycling for Emissions Reduction
October 1, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the Algae Biomass Organization announced a “We the People” petition to the White House aimed at securing US EPA approval of carbon capture and use technologies to meet …

API: EPA Lacks Authority to Change Biodiesel Mandates
September 30, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(American Petroleum Institute)  The Clean Air Act explicitly prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from increasing the biomass-based diesel mandate for the 2014 compliance year, wrote American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Group Director Bob …

Estimated GHG Increase from Obama Administration Inaction on the 2014 RFS
September 25, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  In November 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed waiving a substantial portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandated volumes for 2014 and reducing the use of biofuels in U.S. …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Advocates Demand Answers from Biden
September 18, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register) Renewable fuels advocates want Vice President Joe Biden to tell them if it’s true that he pushed to reverse the Obama administration’s support for a mandate they believe aids Iowa’s …

QAP 2.0: The Final Rule
September 16, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Traversing the maze of U.S. EPA’s proposed RIN Quality Assurance Plan was daunting, but after 16 months, the final rule provides a simpler pathway to getting markets back on track.
After …

Fuels America Debuts USA Today RFS Ad as API Gears up for Media Blitz
September 15, 2014 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Fuels America has debuted their USA Today full-page advertisement which warns that the EPA’s proposal to fundamentally alter the Renewable Fuel Standard would seriously undermine his Administration’s efforts …

Is Algae the Future of Fuel?
September 9, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Chase Ezell (Earth911)  … Currently most of those emissions are being emitted directly into our outdoor environment. Now what if there was a way to capture those emissions, use photosynthesis and turn the byproduct into usable fuels? Still …

The President’s Biggest Enemy
September 9, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  President Obama’s bold vision to transition the nation to a cleaner energy future is about to be derailed by one of his most potent adversaries: himself.
To the great …

EPA ‘Tier III’ Test Change May Complicate Achieving Fuel Economy Goals
September 8, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Lori Nicholson (IWP News)  EPA’s recent decision in its “Tier III” vehicle emissions rule to increase the amount of ethanol in certification fuel used to determine an automobile’s compliance with the standard could complicate …

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 …

Oberon DME Receives EPA’s First Biogas-Based Fuel Approval Under the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 8, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Oberon DME/GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oberon Fuels Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (“DME”) fuel production in North America, announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) …

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY Opens, as Fantasy Becomes Real
September 8, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) POET-DSM’s 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant opens with hoopla, and heartfelt messages about the spirit of innovation, and a time for technology change and policy firmness.
“Once, we all lived …

Iowa Ag Secy Bill Northey On Corn, RFS
August 28, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  There are two big topics during the Farm Progress Show this year: the corn crop and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During the show, I had the opportunity to speak with …

EPA Official Admits RFS Process Taking Longer Than it Should
August 28, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse.com) An official with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) that the renewable fuels standard (RFS) is still important to the agency despite the …

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry
August 26, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Doria Gordon (The Nature Conservancy/Biofuels Digest)   Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the …

EPA’s Final 2014 RVO Delivered to the OMB; Industry Reacts
August 26, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has finalized its 2014 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rule for the renewable fuels standard (RFS) and submitted it to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …

EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
August 22, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  … The 2007 Mobile Source Air Toxics rule is projected to reduce toxics emitted from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment, which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health and environmental …

A Carbon Accounting System for the Future
August 15, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Making sure the federal accounting system for biogenic carbon emissions—ensuring that it is an accurate system, and taking into scientific account the unique features of biomass in the carbon cycle is front …

Despite Setbacks, Biofuels Industry Hopeful at 2014 DOE Biomass Conference
August 13, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At the Department of Energy’s two-day conference Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, technologies, feedstocks, and innovation in the bioenergy sector were on display.  Attendees celebrated three U.S. advanced cellulosic …

RFS Announcement May Not Come until after November Elections
August 13, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  As the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) rule continues to work its way through the interagency review process in Washington, there are now indications that it may not be …

U.S. Trade Rep Tours Biodiesel Leader’s Family Farm, Discusses RFS Threats
August 13, 2014 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Argentine biodiesel imports could reverse domestic energy progress
Hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to …

Co-defendent in Bio-Fuel Scam Pleads Guilty
August 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley  (The Record/NorthJersey.com)   … A Ridgewood businesswoman has pleaded guilty to a charge that she took part in a $100 million biofuel fraud as a top executive of two Bergen County alternative-energy …

White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA Honor Student Leaders and Exceptional Teachers with Environmental Education Awards
August 12, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) and President’s …

Virent Receives EPA Registration for BioForm® Gasoline
August 12, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Virent) Registered Fuel Can Now be Used in On-Highway Motor Vehicles
Virent announced it has successfully received fuel registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its BioForm® Gasoline in blends of up to 45%. As a registered …