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Renewable Accounts: Solid Biofuels, Part One
February 3, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics)  When I returned to the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University in 2010, I expected my research to focus on the …

Ethanol Backers Say Higher Blends Would Reduce Air Toxics
February 2, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Renee Schoof (Bloomberg BNA)  A group of farm-state governors and some advocates for clean energy are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to get tougher on toxic air pollution from motor vehicles in a way that …

2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals
February 2, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/re:chem Alliance)  For all of 2015’s turbulence in the renewable chemical sector, in one area – US government policy – the industry saw marked progress.
For the last two …

In the Ethanol Wars, Both Sides Are Wrong
February 1, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa primary has put into play one of the more obscure issues in the political life of the nation — ethanol, of all things. Donald Trump led …

Ted Cruz: I Support an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy; Remove the Ethanol Blend Wall
February 1, 2016 – 8:43 pm | No Comment

(NBC News Meet the Press)  … CHUCK TODD: Let’s talk about two issues here that seem to be potentially tripping you up here in Iowa. One is ethanol. You have come out against these subsidies, you called …

Where Is Sports Car Green Racing in 2016?
January 28, 2016 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This weekend the 49th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona kicks off the American sports car racing season. It promises to be one of the best with the brand …

Failed Biodiesel Facility Casting Doubt on Longview Oil Refinery
January 28, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Marissa Luck  (The Daily News Online)  Environmental groups are raising more concerns about the background of people proposing a $1.25 billion oil refinery and a propane terminal at the Port of Longview.
Columbia Riverkeeper recently released …

Back On Solid Ground
January 27, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After an extended period of policy uncertainty, the final renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule and a two-year retroactive reinstatement of the $1-per-gallon blenders tax credit are expected to bring stability …

Biodiesel Production Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels
January 26, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  U.S. consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing America’s carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to new EPA data released …

Fortune Smiles on Industry, Better Late Than Never
January 26, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … Second, we have both retroactive and forward-facing tax credits. For the first time in years, Congress injected some certainty into the market by extending expired tax provision for …

Betting on Biogas Growth in 2016
January 26, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine/Great Plains Institute) …   In the summer of 2014, the USDA released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap. The release of this roadmap marked the first time that federal agencies made a public commitment …

Trestle Energy Wins Approval for Innovative, Low Carbon Biofuel Pathway from California Air Resources Board
January 26, 2016 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Trestle Energy/PR Newswire)  Trestle Energy LLC – a California company working with ethanol and power producers across the Midwest – announced that California’s Air Resources Board officially approved its groundbreaking ethanol production process under the …

Iowa Congressional Delegation Unanimously Calls for Strong Up-Tick in 2017 Renewable Fuel Volumes
January 25, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Iowa, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the entire Iowa Congressional delegation urged the agency to set the next round of Renewable Fuel Standard volume levels in …

Ethanol: Does EPA’s RFS Ruling Meet Congress’s Intent?
January 25, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (University of Illinois/AgFax) Today’s article completes the discussion of EPA’s final rule for the RFS. The previous articles in this series provided background on the RFS, a general review of the final rule and …

EPA Vehicle Emission Models Unreliable
January 20, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(WNAX Radio)  A new study commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that the vehicle emissions model used by the EPA is unreliable.  RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper says the motor vehicle emissions simulator …

California Gas Leak Exposes Growing Natural-Gas Risks
January 20, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Richard Martin (MIT Technology Review)  As America shifts toward natural gas for energy, decaying pipelines and storage facilities are at risk of leaks and explosions.  —  Since it was first detected on October 23, …

Cellulosic Biofuels Outlook: Abengoa Doubts May Not Affect Biofuels Industry
January 19, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Although the cellulosic ethanol industry has had some challenges, there is hope for the year ahead.  For some Midwest farmers, cellulosic ethanol’s launch in the past two years has allowed …

National Biodiesel Board Challenge to Rules on Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Continues
January 19, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(American Soybean Association)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding their petition for review of EPA rules on Argentinian biodiesel …

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters
January 18, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop …

New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand: Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief
January 18, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Across America)  Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy …

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks
January 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to a report released Monday by a green group.
According to an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analysis, …

Ethanol, RFS Are Points of Contention in Ag States
January 15, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  A pair of volunteers holds up a sign near a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. It says “I’m caucusing for ethanol in 2016.”
The message is clear. Ethanol supporters …

Questioning The Final RFS Rule, Part 2: The Meaning Of The Word ‘Supply’
January 15, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (Farms.com/Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois)  This article looks specifically at EPA’s interpretation of the word ‘supply’ in the waiver provision ‘inadequate domestic supply’ and what Congress intended it to …

The Candidates and Media Are Getting the Iowa Ethanol Debate All Wrong
January 15, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post Fact Checker)  … The Fact Checker will explore an important distinction in the rhetoric over the ethanol mandate that has been mischaracterized by politicians, including Cruz, and even members of …

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Files Motion to Intervene in Ethanol Industry Lawsuit
January 15, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Chet Thompson announces the association’s decision to intervene in the lawsuit brought by the ethanol industry against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use …

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum
January 15, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before …

Anti-Cruz Campaign Could Backfire on Ethanol, Backer Says
January 14, 2016 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Agri-Pulse)  The ethanol industry risks losing its long-standing political clout in presidential elections if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wins the Iowa caucuses despite the industry’s attacks on him, says Iowa Rep. Steve …

CORRECTED: Cruz Still Favors Slashing Ethanol Mandate Every Year for Five Years
January 14, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner)  With some hasty blogging — and exacerbated by an Iowan’s mistaken assertion about the ethanol mandate, Ted Cruz’s shrewd answering, and the ethanol lobby’s odd response — I contributed …

Biodiesel Opportunities Abroad
January 13, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Several U.S. producers, including Genuine Bio-Fuel, Hero BX and the now-defunct Promethean Biofuels, in addition to Miami-based biodiesel exporter and hopeful technology provider Lagosur, sketch out overviews of international developments.

“Taxation, …

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food
January 13, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.  —  … Fortunately, corn isn’t the only source of ethanol—in particular, there are perennial grasses like …

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 …

Pushmi-Pullyu: How Do Carbon Prices and Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly? Or, Do They?
January 12, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. The Digest investigates.  —  … For example, a renewable fuel does not qualify …

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions
January 11, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers …

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal
January 11, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis and Kirstin Ridley (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany’s determination to protect its …

UPDATE 1-Groups Kick off Legal Challenge to U.S. Biofuels Standard
January 11, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Jan 8 Seven biofuel and agriculture groups have asked a U.S. court to a review the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to a court filing on …

‘When Ethanol Attacks,’ Starring Ted Cruz
January 8, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by David Weigel (The Washington Post) (Wednesday, January 6, 2016) 11:45 a.m. … “Because of this EPA wall, the market is currently dominated by low-level ethanol blends, such as ‘E10’ (10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline),” …

USDA Highlights 2015 Bioeconomy Achievements
January 4, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Several of the achievements listed by the USDA benefited the bioenergy and biofuels sectors. Under the category of climate change achievements, the department highlighted its work with the U.S. …

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations
January 4, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of …

IFES 2015: The Outlook for Conventional Biofuels Is Brighter than You Think
January 4, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  This is a presentation summary from the 2015 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 14-18, 2015. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) …

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016
January 4, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland.
As the …

Biofuels as Seen by OPEC: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biofuels in the World Oil Outlook
December 30, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this year’s World Oil Outlook, OPEC writes:  The prospects for first generation biofuels are constrained by factors such as land use changes, excessive water usage, and the impact on …

Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers File Biomass Litigation on CPP
December 30, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council/Biomass Magazine)  American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued the following statements after filing a joint …

Record Production Propels Industry in Face of EPA Rule
December 28, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA needs to stop micromanaging the RFS—allow the program to work as intended—and the record-setting ethanol industry will continue to perform for American consumers, writes Bob Dinneeen. …

RISC Notice Includes Projected 2017 RFS Rulemaking Timeline
December 28, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A notice published in the Federal Register by the Regulatory Information Service Center includes a projected timeline for the U.S. EPA’s rulemaking for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) …

Biofuels Move From Lab to Frying Pan
December 23, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Solazyme Inc., a company founded 12 years ago to make car and truck fuel from algae, is vigorously pushing a new product. But this time, it is fuel for …

E15 Acceptance Hits 70% Mark for 2016 Model Year Vehicles in US: Report
December 23, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an analysis of 2016 model year  warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that auto manufacturers explicitly approve E15 (15 percent ethanol 85 percent gasoline) …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity
December 23, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and …

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam
December 22, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of about $50 million in payments, subsidies and other benefits paid out for purportedly turning cooking …

EPA Stands by Biofuels’ Greenhouse Gas Benefits
December 18, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(OntarioFarmer.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 shows the agency is convinced that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil …

Cheap Gas Spurs SUV Sales and Puts U.S. Climate Goals at Risk
December 17, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Paul Lienert (Reuters)  Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on …

Federal Agencies Release Update on National Biogas Activities
December 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In support of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas …

Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Begins Production of Cellulosic Ethanol at Stockton Facility
December 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, CA facility using Edeniq, Inc.’s Pathway Technology.
Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated, “We are now commercially …

Tyner: Decision on RFS Is Statement on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
December 16, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Farmers’ Advance)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 continues the current policy thrust that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with …

Grassley Expects Challenges to EPA’s RFS Ruling
December 14, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Mike Peterson (KMALand)  The Environmental Protection Agency faces congressional and legal action following its recent decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2016.  That’s according to Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, who is among those …

New Study Finds Oil & Gas Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Almost Twice What Official Estimates Suggest
December 14, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Steven Hamburg  (Environmental Defense Fund)   A new scientific study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, coordinated by EDF, reports findings from the most comprehensive examination of regional methane emissions …

Obama’s Climate Change Hypocrisy
December 11, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  Some commentators have argued President Barack Obama suffers from a failure of leadership. That was evidenced once again last week when he traveled to Paris to demand the world cut …

Corn, Soybean Leaders Differ on RFS Perspectives
December 11, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by  Megan Johnson (Nebraska TV) Lots of agriculture groups are meeting during the time between harvest and planting to talk about things impacting their crops and industries. A topic coming up often: the renewable fuel requirement …

How Much Corn for Ethanol? USDA Takes Cautious Approach to Corn Use in New Ethanol Mandate
December 11, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Alan Brugler (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  USDA on Wednesday increased projected 2015-16 corn use for ethanol by 25 million bushels from its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Was this enough to reflect …

SDFU Delegates Vote to Take Pro-E30 Challenge
December 11, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The South Dakota Farmers Union celebrated its 100th annual meeting by taking another step forward in history by unanimously passing a resolution that dedicates its members to use a 30 percent …

VW Staff Began Working on Cheat in 2005 to Break into U.S. Market
December 11, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by David Rising and Kerstin Sopke (The Washington Post/Associated Press)  A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution …

EPA’s Contradictory Rule Is a Gut Punch to Advanced Biofuels
December 10, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization) After a painful and damaging two-year delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week published Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, the agency finalized a …

EPA Won’t Compel Biofuel Market Changes: Update
December 9, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency expects sales of high-ethanol gasoline blends to climb next year but will not use federal mandates to compel retailers to offer the fuels.
The distinction, laid out in a lengthy …

Why Algae Could Be the Greatest—and Trickiest—Fuel Source of All
December 9, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Lufkin (Gizmodo)  From powering airplanes to replacing nuclear energy, algae has been touted as a green energy miracle. So if our waterways are already filled with the stuff, why isn’t it filling the …

RFA to EPA: New Gasoline Volatility Regulations Needed
December 9, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a letter submitted Dec. 8 to the U.S. EPA, the Renewable Fuels Association urged the agency to take immediate administrative action to eliminate an arcane regulatory barrier that is …

Key United States Cities’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies Rely on New Diesel Technology & Renewable Fuels
December 9, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New York City Joins San Francisco and Oakland In Embracing New Blends
Of Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Fuels —  In light of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced …

RINs Behavior after EPA Rule Shows Ethanol-Biodiesel Relationship
December 9, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The release of the U.S. EPA’s final rulemaking for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) was a shock to the RINs market—the renewable identification numbers used by obligated parties …

Does This Really Make Us More Secure?
December 8, 2015 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (1010WCSI)  … Yet, the biggest indication that the President’s comments were flimflam came from within his own administration. Within hours of Mr. Obama’s remarks in Paris, the EPA announced the final rule on …

Keeping America Fueled by South Dakota
December 8, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Krisit Noem (Argus Leader)  …  Today, about one-third of the petroleum used in the United States is imported from foreign countries, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Most of this petroleum is refined …

Michigan Corn Growers Disappointed with New Ethanol Limits
December 7, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Andy Balaskovitz (MiBiz)  … “Any reduction in the statutory amount is a roadblock to biofuels like ethanol,” said Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “By failing to set (blend) levels at the …

The Petrified Forest, or Who Moved my $80 Oil?
December 7, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are high prices good for renewable fuels? The hard data actually goes the other way. The Digest investigates. …  What we can see from the following chart is confirmation that …

RINs Gone Wild? (round 2)
December 7, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  The EPA released the final rulemaking for 2014-2016 RFS standards on Monday, November 30. This release follows preliminary rulemaking released on May 29 of this year. Figures 1 …

EPA Challenge Aims to Recycle Nutrients from Manure
December 4, 2015 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has opened a competition for technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure on Challenge.gov. The competition is being held in partnership with the USDA. The American Biogas …

Abengoa Shuts Down Hugoton, Colwich, St Louis HQ
December 4, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, Abengoa has decided to suspend production at its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton as well as its corn-based ethanol plant in Colwich as part of the recent …

EPA Rule Recognizes Biogas’s Leading Role in the Advanced Biofuel Industry
December 3, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(American Biogas Council)  Rule falls short of recognizing biogas industry’s full potential.  —  The EPA released its long anticipated final rule for the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the years …

EPA’s Final Renewable Fuel Standard Concerns Iowa Lawmakers
December 3, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Peter Zampa (KFYR TV)  … The RFS program comes up billions of gallons short of the ethanol consumption requirements laid out under the original RFS plan.
“With corn prices being down as they are, with the ag …

RFS Rule Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Reducing GHGs
December 3, 2015 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  It was with some ironic bemusement that biofuel advocates read the headlines from the mainstream media that said the Obama administration “raised’ the biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

The 2016 US Outlook for Ethanol and Biodiesel
December 3, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “In the old days, ethanol was a political commodity,” Informa Economics Senior VP Scott Richman told the crowd assembled at the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference in Vancouver this week, organized by the …

Misleading about Ethanol
December 2, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Advanced Biofuels Business Council/Times Argus)  In “Ethanol is a bad deal for Vt.” (online Nov. 21), a group called the American Council for Capital Formation argues that ethanol is a bad deal for …

Diverse Parties Say Federal Biotech Rules Confusing
December 2, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Pat Rizzuto (BNA)  The federal approach to regulating bioengineered products is a confusing labyrinth, according to companies, trade associations, advocacy groups and scientists.
Companies must follow a maze to identify which agencies may have jurisdiction …

Why Ethanol Makers Are Actually Relieved With New EPA Cuts
December 2, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Robert Hackett (Fortune)  … Farmers and ethanol companies welcomed the change, according to the Wall Street Journal, since the cuts laid out earlier this year were originally more severe. But they were still dissatisfied that …

Jeb Bush Responds to New Ethanol Mandate
December 2, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jason Nobel (Des Moines Register)  Jeb Bush faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to provide “clarity” with the updated ethanol mandate released on Monday, but was generally supportive of the levels prescribed.
The Republican …

Will Congressional Opposition to RFS Rule Lead to Reform?
December 1, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Stecker (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The ink on U.S. EPA’s final rule for the renewable fuel standard is barely dry, but long-standing foes in Congress are already aiming to block the biofuels program.
Yesterday, Rep. …

Obama Dials Back Ethanol Fuel Standard
December 1, 2015 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Tim Devaney (The Hill)  The Obama administration set new standards Monday for ethanol levels in fuel, enraging competing industries that had battled for months to influence the contentious regulations.
The final renewable fuel standard (RFS) unveiled …

EPA Bumps up US Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes for 2015-2016, in Final Ruling
December 1, 2015 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for …

2015: A Missed Opportunity for Biofuels
November 30, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  To say that 2015 was an overall disappointment for the biofuels industry would be an understatement. With the price of oil hovering from the high $30s to the …

Advanced Biofuel Producers Applaud EPA’s Final Rule, Continue Push for RFS Reform
November 30, 2015 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of final renewable volume obligations for 2014 through 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the …

EPA Improves Final RVOs
November 30, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Final rule breaks through so-called blend wall — Growth Energy and its members are pleased to see that the President and the Environmental Protection Agency have recognized the need to move the renewable fuel …

RFA: EPA’s Final RFS Rule Puts Future of Biofuels & Climate Policy in Hands of Oil Industry
November 30, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 that refiners have to meet in blending biofuels with gasoline. …

EPA Finalizes Increases in Renewable Fuel Levels
November 30, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based …

Biodiesel Association Welcomes Renewable Fuels Announcement
November 30, 2015 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) applauded the Obama administration Monday for reducing America’s dependence on high-carbon fossil fuels by raising biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“This decision means we will …

Ethanol Production Hits Record as Distillers Are Flush with Corn
November 28, 2015 – 12:11 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg News/Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) Flush with grain from the third-largest U.S. corn harvest, ethanol distilleries are cranking out unprecedented amounts of the biofuel.
Ethanol production last week reached a record 1 million barrels …

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for Its Renewable Gasoline
November 27, 2015 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn/Biomass Magazine)  Robert Graham, chairman of Ensyn Corp., is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. EPA for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to …

Obama Set to Issue Ethanol Fuel Mandate
November 27, 2015 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  … Pro-ethanol forces say concern over the “blend wall” is overblown and that cars manufactured today are certified to run on higher-blend fuels. In their ads — in Washington and around …

It’s In the Plan: EPA Offers Clues on Woody Biomass Utilization
November 27, 2015 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Over the past several months, biomass stakeholders have expressed frustration at the administration’s failure to label the use of biomass feedstocks as carbon neutral.  The pellet industry and biomass advocates …

EPA Expected to Nudge Higher Biofuels Mandates: Sources
November 26, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is widely expected to increase requirements for biofuels use through 2016 due to higher total fuel demand, when it publishes a final Renewable Fuel Standard …

Low Gas Prices Good for Ethanol Industry and Farmers
November 24, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Agriculture.com)  Americans are back on the road for the first time since 2008, lured, in part, by low gasoline prices expected to persist through the new year. Travel is forecast to exceed 3.1 …

EPA Review Raises Alarm in Maine over Potential Increase of Ethanol in Gasoline
November 23, 2015 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Whit Richardson (Portland Press Herald)  Critics say the change would cost drivers, farmers, fuel sellers and small-engine equipment owners. …  But that report is clearly politically motivated to sway the EPA’s decision and its …

Banks: Ethanol Is a Bad Deal for Vt.
November 23, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by David Banks ( American Council for Capital Formation/Times Argus)  Not a single gallon of fuel ethanol is produced in Vermont, and almost none of the corn harvested in the state is used for commercial …

Algae: 2015, the Year in Review
November 23, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Low oil prices, company mergers or evolving business strategies may be easily spun by the skeptics as reasons to fret, but in the case of our industry they …