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U.S. Army Is Teaming up with a Davis Startup to Turn Trash into Energy
March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Cathie Anderson (Sacramento Bee)  … Essentially, the company uses a blast furnace to heat metals, glass, ash and organic solids to a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperatures at the center of …

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program
February 21, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security
January 20, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the January 12th Pew Project-sponsored conference,” Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases,” the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed …

Military’s Shift Away from Oil Clashes with Trump’s Promises
January 18, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Fayatteville Observer/Associated Press)  … While a growing number of military leaders have declared global warming a national security threat, the strategy clashes with President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to end policies that “undermine” fossil fuel producers. Trump …

REPORT: Navy’s Biofuels Program Is A Huge Step Backwards
January 6, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The U.S. Navy’s biofuels program has “failed to demonstrate any operational or strategic advantages over petroleum and have actually increased costs” for the military, according to a new report …

The Trump Cabinet’s Greener Thumb
December 19, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis may be a rare ray of hope for environmental advocates that the coming administration won’t completely walk away from clean energy initiatives, Pro’s …

‘The Daily Show’ Attempts To Find The ‘Badassery’ In The Navy’s Embrace Of Biofuel
December 8, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Macrae (UPROXX) …  The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj discovered, the U.S. Navy is currently embracing a new green era. … On tonight’s edition of the Comedy Central news program, Minhaj investigated the navy’s shift …

Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus
September 30, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Bill Loveless (USA Today)  … Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships …

Now Boarding: Commercial Planes Take Flight with Biobased Jet Fuel
September 19, 2016 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Melissae Fellet (C&EN)  Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels  —  This year, renewable jet fuel took off, graduating from demonstration and test flights to some regular commercial use. In January, some …

Navy Tests 100-Percent Advanced Biofuel
September 17, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Watters (Naval Aviation News)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G “Green Growler” completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station …

New Biofuel Successfully Powers EA-18 Super-Hornet Surveillance Aircraft
September 17, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  The US Navy successfully tested a new advanced biofuel this month on a Boeing EA-18 “Green Growler” aircraft, a surveillance version of the Super-Hornet, the US Naval Institute reported on Friday.  —  The …

US Air Force to Produce Biofuels for US DoD Applications
September 2, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(airforce-technology.com)  The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Programme Office will focus on producing biofuels for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The plans to home-grow biofuels follow President …

Who Needs Biofuels? Cost-Competitive Renewable Fuels are in Demand
August 30, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male  (U.S. Department of Energy)   A large part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector could be uniquely filled by biofuels and bioproducts. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies …

U.S. Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ to Tap Australian Biofuel Hub
August 17, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Brian Parkin (Bloomberg)  Renewable fuels may provide 50% of U.S. fleet’s power by 2020; Queensland seeks to create export-oriented green-fuel market  —  The U.S. accepted Australia’s offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing …

$26/gallon to $2.05 in 42 months: The Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet
August 1, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest and BioChannel.TV released “Sustainable Fuels on Troubled Waters”, the Inside True Story of the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet — a documentary profile on the US …

Aemetis CEO to Attend RIMPAC Maritime Exercise in Hawaii with US Navy Great Green Fleet
August 1, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) today announced that Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO, accepted an invitation to join top Navy officials and a small group of leading biofuels executives in Hawaii on July 19th to …

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study
August 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report …

Latest US Navy Biofuel Bunkers Are Bad For the Environment, Expensive, Barely Biofuel At All, Says Critic
July 8, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Ship & Bunker)  … As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the U.S. Navy has sought to develop and use drop-in biofuels as part of its energy security goals, having previously set a target of getting …

The Navy Builds Strength by Saving Energy
July 6, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post)  The week of July Fourth is a good moment to salute an unlikely champion of saving energy and switching to alternative fuels — the U.S. Navy. Once a supreme …

Secretary of the Navy Visits USS Mason for Biofuel RAS
June 20, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Janweb B. Lagazo (US Navy, USS Mason)  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Chief of the Italian Navy Adm. Guiseppe …

U.S. Navy ‘Green Fleet’ Fills up with Italian-Made Biofuel
June 17, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Steve Scherer (Reuters)  A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy’s program to use more alternative energy.

The USS Mason was refueled alongside an Italian vessel, …

Two CSGs In Mediterranean; Truman Attacking ISIS, Ike Demonstrating ‘Great Green Fleet’
June 10, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Megan Eckstein (US Naval Institute News)  … For now, the Ike CSG is involved in Great Green Fleet operations, to include a multi-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with units of the Italian Navy’s Flotta Verde, according to …

Renewable Jet Fuel, Competitive Cost, at Scale: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir
May 20, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight …

Can the U.S. Military Afford to Run on Biofuels?
May 16, 2016 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Rich Smith (The Motley Fool)  …  The beef tallow being used today, however, costs just $2.05 per gallon, making it cheaper than the $2.76 per gallon that the Defense Logistics Agency pays for F-76. A …

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program
May 13, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per …

Defense Approps Stops Military from Spending on Low-GHG Fuels
May 11, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico’s Morning Energy 5/12/2016)  Straightening ME out on Section 526: The defense appropriation draft defunds any implementation of Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Section 526, as …

Armed Forces Testing Biofuels to Reduce Costs
May 4, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Vic Schoonover (The Lawton Constitution)  While this isn’t information making Oklahoma oil and gas companies any happier during the downturn in oil and gas prices, the U.S. armed forces, namely the Navy and the Air …

Navy to Require Climate Change Reporting From Vendors (Corrected to reflect Request; not Require)
April 15, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Ellen KNickmeyer (Associated Press/ABC News)  The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the U.S. military — the world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels — to say it will start requiring big …

McGinn: Navy Energy Programs Are ‘All About Warfighting’
April 13, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by John Grady (USNI News)  When asked what happens to the Navy’s energy initiatives when President Barack Obama leaves office in January, the service’s top civilian official overseeing those efforts said, “Nothing”—because the business and …

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.

The recorded version can …

Queensland Greenlights Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Project for Military, Aviation, Marine
March 30, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Queensland, the state premier Anna Palaszczuk, the Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham, and the Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Mark Bailey jointly announced that a AUD $16 million …

Energy Security Drives U.S. Military to Renewables
March 18, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by  Camille von Kaenel (ClimateWire/Scientific American) Reducing emissions is not a priority for the military — … Concerns over energy security are spurring branches of the military to get more electricity from renewable sources, inching the Pentagon …

Zeitgeist at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
February 25, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

 

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You might think that annual conferences feel the same year after year. Not true.  One of the reasons to attend conferences is to get an update on the dynamic …

To Have and Have Not: Energy Security vs Energy Independence in a World Awash in Cheap Oil
February 24, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following slides and comments are excerpted and expanded from remarks by Digest editor & publisher Jim Lane at the Energy Security Breakfast at ABLC 2016, held last week in …

First Indian Biofuel Ship Set for Fleet Review
February 8, 2016 – 11:46 pm | No Comment

by Kalyan Ray Visakhapatnam (Deccan Herald)  When President Pranab Mukherjee will review the naval fleet on Saturday, a small Indian naval vessel with green bands on both sides may emerge as the centre of attraction as …

Launch of the Great Green Fleet
January 22, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $2.05 per gallon for drop-in, non-food advanced biofuels blends. Who would have thought it possible a few years ago.  Well, the Navy for one. Their remarkable vision results in Carrier Strike …

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels
January 20, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional …

Amidst Drop in Oil Prices, U.S. Navy Deploys ‘Great Green Fleet’
January 20, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by David Alexander (Reuters/Yahoo!)  The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called “Great Green Fleet” on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first …

How a Controversial SECNAV Has Transformed the Navy
January 20, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Navy Times)  … The future fleet is poised to operate more on alternative fuels and be less dependent on Middle Eastern oil.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has transformed the services he leads during what has become the longest …

Greening the Military
January 19, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Sara Stefanini (Politico)  Getting fuel into a war zone can be deadly. One soldier is killed on average for every 24 convoys sent across the mountains and deserts of Pakistan to supply foreign troops in …

Great Green Fleet: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Transition to Renewable Fuels
January 8, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Department of the Navy is now buying advanced, drop-in, cost-competitive, next gen renewable fuels. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional …

Navy to Launch Great Green Fleet with 77 Million Gallon Buy of Cost-Competitive, Non-Food Advanced Biofuels Blends
January 8, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation technology.  The Navy’s 7-year quest to diversify its fuel supply without …

Military Takes Clean Energy Seriously, and It’s Not Alone
December 8, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Justin Ford (Las Vegas Sun)  … The U.S. military has long since decided climate change is a “threat multiplier.” Increasing global temperatures mean more dangerous situations around the world — stressing already-fragile states with resource …

Why Veterans Are Pushing for More Clean Energy Back Home
November 12, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Johnson (Grist/Fusion)  Veterans know firsthand the dangerous challenges that come from fossil-fuel dependence, and many are choosing to help the country transition to a clean-energy economy when they return home.

As a veteran, I personally …

Mission Incomplete
November 3, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense has yet to purchase alternative fuels beyond testing and demonstration purposes, but intentions remain.  —  In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report …

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 …

GAO Report Addresses DOD Alternative Fuels Investments
August 17, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  In late July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report focused on U.S. Department of Defense investments in alternative fuels. The report notes that while the DOE has purchased …

DoD Releases Report on Security Implications of Climate Change
August 4, 2015 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Defense)  Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report …

New EU Sanctions against Russia Impact European Biofuel Companies
October 29, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Richard Weiner  (Fredrikson & Byron/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Council of the European Union has recently enacted regulations that require the member states of the European Union to impose sanctions against Russian individuals and companies in response …

Don’t Wait for the Next War by Wesley K. Clark
October 14, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Amazon.com) … War is a poor substitute for strategic vision, and decisions made in the heat of imminent conflict are often limited by the emotions of the moment. In Don’t Wait for the Next War, …

Navy Looks to Biofuels in 2016
July 18, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Matsunaga (U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs/The Lemoore Navy News)  Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won’t even need to know …

Bio-Fueling the Navy
July 2, 2014 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(BIOtechNOW)  …  However, it also takes real marketplace demand—often led by a few significant “early adopters”—to put a new technology to the real-world test. One very large early adopter, which also has a major presence …

Kaine, Rigell, Scott, Wittman Host Sea Level Rise Conference In Norfolk
July 1, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Chris Marston (Page County Dot Net)  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Congressmen Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott, and Rob Wittman, as well as Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms hosted a …

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Outlines A More Self-Sufficient, Efficient Future For The Fleet
May 28, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Harress (International Business Times)  … For Mabus (Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy), who had come to New York for Fleet Week, the real story was taking place on the drawing boards, where …

US Senate Completes Mark-Up on Defense Budget, Supports Continuation of Advanced Biofuels Program
May 27, 2014 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, following mark-up, is reported to not include any attempts to undermine the Defense Production Act’s Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project, …

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
May 14, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

By Coral Davenport (The New York Times)  The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military …

Fuel from the Sea: Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight with Seawater
May 14, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Daniel Parry  (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon …

Navy Plans Action This Year on Two Large Pathways to Alternative Fuel
April 24, 2014 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jared Serbu (Federal News Radio) The Navy says it will create two new acquisition vehicles this year to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels.  The service says the high-tech liquid fuels won’t cost …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available
February 19, 2014 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program …

US Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Energy Push for Cost-Competitive, Drop-In Advanced Military Biofuels Program
January 6, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of Energy delivered four co-signed letters to the heads of key House and Senate committees and subcommittees, in support …

Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with ‘Farm-to-Fleet’
December 11, 2013 – 4:35 pm | One Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Program blends homegrown biofuels with conventional fuels, propelling ships, jets and jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and …

Rep. Enyart Calls for Energy Independence, Growing Agriculture Economy With New Bill
September 19, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL))  Legislation Would Support Research & Development for Biofuels in U.S. Air Force

Surrounded by agriculture leaders at a farm near Scott Air Force Base, Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) today announced a major …

Turning Grass into Gas
August 26, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Barcott  (OnEarth.org)  Imagine a future in which airliners run on cornstalks and Navy ships ply the oceans on tanks of switchgrass. That day may at last be inching closer.

The promise of cellulosic biofuels …

Navy’s Use of Biofuels Could Trigger Private-Sector Adoption
August 19, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  The Navy’s use of advanced biofuels could help spur private-sector investment, said Dennis McGinn, President Obama’s newly confirmed assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment.

“The private-sector benefits …

Despite Fracking Boom, US Military Still Looks to Biofuel over Natural Gas
August 13, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Seth Robson (Stars and Stripes)  The drilling boom created by hydraulic fracking has led to an explosion of natural gas vehicles on U.S. highways, but the U.S. military has been slow to jump on …

Green Water: Can the U.S. Navy Win the Eco-Arms Race?
August 7, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Ray Mabus (Foreign Policy)  With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for …

House Moves to Block DOD Buying Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillen (Politico)  The House late last night approved by voice vote a measure to block the Defense Department from buying most biofuels. The measure was an amendment to the chamber’s defense spending bill …

Gas Price Spikes Have Consumers Wondering, When Will We Be Energy Independent?
July 16, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The United States is beginning a domestic energy boom and could become a net energy exporter within the next two decades. But U.S. consumers don’t expect to see …

New R&D Strategies for a New Era
April 26, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner with contributions from Jacques Beaudry-Losique (Biofuels Digest)  …We believe it is time for bioenergy industry leaders to take the initiative and chalk up a new comprehensive game plan, reflecting the new reality …

Senate Rejects Amendment Gutting Military Biofuels Program by 40-59 Vote
March 21, 2013 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  An amendment to a $984 billion Senate government funding bill that would have stripped funds from the Defense Department’s drop-in biofuels program failed by a 40-59 vote on Wednesday.

Sen. …

Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Comments on Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly Article: Energy Insecurity, The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels
March 18, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Department of Defense)  General Comments
Although the author has done an extensive literature reading in the biofuels area, the paper does not have any analysis of critical issues of energy systems including petroleum …

Funding Bill Amendments Target Military Biofuels
March 15, 2013 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) filed two amendments to a $984 billion government funding bill on Thursday that would gut the military’s alternative fuels program.

The amendments already are drawing criticism …

Is the U.S. Military Fighting Straw Men?
March 4, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)    Are supporters of the oil industry grasping at straws to keep the U.S. military addicted to oil?

…Our reliance on foreign oil has already impacted military readiness, as …

Defending Clean Energy Goals and Policies
March 1, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Renewable energy stakeholders were reminded again in recent weeks that misguided criticism and outright misinformation launched against the nation’s pursuit of a clean energy future must be turned back.

…An example of the …

Inside the Military’s Clean-Energy Revolution
February 28, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Julia Whitty (The Atlantic/Mother Jones)  …To get to the Nimitz, 100 miles off Honolulu, our turboprop is flying a 50-50 blend of biofuel and standard JP-5 shipboard aviation fuel. The biofuel is made from algae …

Pentagon Nominee Hagel Endorses Ban on High-Carbon Defense Fuels
February 2, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, is backing a controversial ban on military purchase of alternative fuels that have higher greenhouse gas emissions than …

Defense Bill Done: Biofuels Survive
December 19, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unofficial reports indicate that biofuels provisions have survived a House-Senate conference over the Defense bill.

According to sources, House and Senate conferees have finished work on their conference report on the …

The Big Military Biofuels Build-Up: Will It Happen, and How, and Why?
December 14, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Will Rogers  (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  The recent debate over the role of the military in investing in renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation programs and alternative biofuels has included many voices that …

“Biofuels Have the Momentum”: US Senate Votes 54-41 to Clear Navy’s Path to Affordable, Advanced Biofuels Capacity
November 30, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Senate voted 54-41 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina to repeal section 2823 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.

Sec. …

US Senate Votes 62-37 to Back Military Aviation Biofuels
November 28, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Senate voted 62-37 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to repeal section 313 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.

Section 313 …

Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense Debate
November 26, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Geof Koss (Roll Call)  More than one-third of the Senate is calling for removal of provisions in the defense authorization bill that would limit military efforts to develop alternative fuels.

In a Nov. 16 letter …

Report: Military Biofuels Programs Poised to Drive Major Economic, Job Growth
November 16, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Entrepreneurs)   Plans in Congress to kill military biofuels programs could also derail $10 billion+ in economic activity; creation of more than 14,000 jobs, study finds

The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuels in planes, …

Obama Wins 2nd Term – What Does It Mean for Biofuels?
November 7, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Positives. Continuity. Obama was by far the most bullish supporter of all things biofuels in the race … Negatives. Hardly a sweeping mandate in the popular vote, and rural voters broke …

Biodico and Navy Sign Renewable Fuel Agreement
October 19, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/PR NewsWire/Herald Online)  Today Biodico announced signing a new agreement with the U.S. Navy for the development and evaluation of advanced biofuels and bioenergy.  The goal is to jointly develop renewable fuel and energy technologies …

U.S. Navy Secretary Says Biofuel Technology Has Arrived
October 16, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Fabey (Aerospace Daily and Defense Report/Aviation Week)  Despite continued opposition from lawmakers like U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the U.S. Navy will continue its efforts to leverage biofuels technology for its ships and …

The U.S. Military’s Great Green Gamble Spurs Biofuel Startups
September 12, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (Forbes Magazine)  …Funded with $85 million from Bill Gates and other investors – plus $104 million in government cash and loan guarantees – the world’s only commercial outdoor algal biorefinery went online this summer …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.

Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

Petroleum Refiners Get out the Old Fear-Mongering Playbook for Attack on Renewable Fuel Standard
August 2, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  Despite oil industry claims of “$10 million in fines for non-existent fuels” – they paid exactly $19,010.16 for cellulosic ethanol waivers in 2010, costing US consumers 14 millionths of one …

Insiders: GOP Won’t Stop Pentagon’s Green-Energy Push
July 27, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Olga Belogolova   (National Journal)  Republicans in both the House and Senate this year have proposed cutting funds for alternative-energy programs in the defense authorization bill. But these efforts won’t gain much traction, National Journal’s Energy …

US Biofuel Advocates Urge Congress to Continue Pentagon Funding
July 26, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by David Alexander   (Reuters)  * Ex-Senator Warner leads veterans in pushing alternative fuels

* Senator Inhofe seeks accounting for Green Fleet demonstration

* Fossil fuel dependence means more conflict, veterans warn

Military veterans and former lawmakers urged …

‘Green Strike Group’ Offers Point of Pride, Not Political Divisiveness
July 23, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As the “green strike group” makes its way through the waters of the Pacific Rim this week, the performance of the advanced biofuels helping power many of those ships is a cause …

Baby vs Bathwater: When Does Budget Prudence Tip over into Energy Shortsightism?
July 23, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest)  …The Navy doesn’t go to war, or even a war simulation, with unproven technology. That sends a message loud and clear to those who hope the Age of Biofuels has not …

Australian Navy Goes Green with New US Biofuel Deal
July 20, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Nicholson (The Australian)  THE Royal Australian Navy has taken a major step towards “greening” its warships and aircraft with a new agreement that will give it access to technology being developed in the …

More Access to Advanced Biofuels Becoming an Issue of National Security
July 20, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(MultiService.com)  Advanced biofuels are gaining popularity throughout the United States thanks to their financial and environmental benefits. Domestic biofuels can especially benefit the Department of Defense, which uses a substantial amount of fuel each year. …

#GreatGreenFleet: SECNAV, CNO Visit Nimitz For Great Green Fleet Demonstration
July 20, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon (USS Nimitz Public Affairs/America’s Navy)  The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the aircraft carrier …

Senators Gird for Fight over U.S. Navy’s ‘Green Fleet’
July 19, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Roberta Rampton and Susan Cornwell (Reuters)  U.S. senators who support the Pentagon’s push to expand its use of biofuels said they have a plan to answer critics who argue the fuel is far too expensive …

Push in Congress to Ban Biofuels in Military Has Big Long-Term Costs
July 19, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Norman Seip (Christian Science Monitor)  The US armed services is working hard to wean itself off of fossil fuels and foreign oil. Yet some in Congress, for short-term savings, want to ban them from …

The Navy’s Green Strike Group Sails on Biofuels Blend: Will It Sail Again?
July 19, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the Pacific-based forces of Can-Do battle the Washington-based forces of Shouldn’t-Try, we look at the 6 Big Myths of Military Biofuels

In Hawaii, the US Navy demonstrated its Green Strike Group as …

RAND Says US Military Cannot Reduce Biofuels Price; Should Exit Development; BIO Disagrees
July 18, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new study by the RAND Corporation says that the US military’s petroleum demand of 340,000 barrels per day, compared to global demand of 87 million barrels per …

Ads Hit GOP Lawmakers for Opposing Navy Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Herb (The Hill/Defcon Hill)  A liberal-leaning national security group has a six-figure ad campaign attacking four Republicans, including potential vice presidential pick Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), …

Pentagon Biofuels Effort Aids Energy Independence
July 17, 2012 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

By Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)  (Politico)  It’s disappointing that Congress may try to second-guess the Pentagon’s attempts to tackle one big problem: our dependence on foreign oil.

Without changes to …

White House Official: Congress ‘Short-Sighted’ on Biofuels
July 17, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman  (The Hill/E2Wire)  Congress “needs to get beyond short-sightism” that is stunting investment in and handcuffing Defense Department use of biofuels, a senior White House energy official said Wednesday at a conference in …

The Obama Plan for Cost-Competitive, Military Biofuels: The 10-Minute Guide
July 3, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Obama Administration has laid out an integrated strategy for commercializing advanced biofuels, with a focus in this phase on military advanced biofuels at cost-competitive prices with conventional fuels.

The vehicle …

Insiders Support Military’s Renewable-Energy Push
June 5, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sara Sorcher (National Journal)  Nearly two-thirds of National Journal’s National Security Insiders agree with the military’s push for renewable energy, siding with the Obama administration over some Republicans in Congress who have charged that the …

Short-Term Politics Stifles Pentagon’s Green Energy Ambitions
May 30, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jen Alic (OilPrice.com)  The US Defense Department consumes more energy than any other department or sector in the country, spending around $20 billion annually by some estimates; but ambitious plans to make it the …

Wait’ll Next Year: Advanced Biofuels and the Military
May 29, 2012 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, heartbreak came early in the season when the Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to nix the purchase of aviation biofuels, should they cost more than conventional fossil …

US Warplanes Can Fly Faster, Carry Additional Weapons Load Using Advanced Fuels and Biofuels: New Data
May 25, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) New tests conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have revealed that US warplanes are capable of flying faster and carry more payload on missions, when flying with synthetic fuels, including …

Groups Ask Senate to Reconsider NDAA Amendments Blocking Military Use of Alternative Energy
May 24, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and the Pew Charitable Trusts today expressed disappointment that the Senate Armed …

Republicans Blowing up Military’s Plans for Alternative Energy; Democrats Fighting Back
May 23, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Troy Hooper  (The Colorado Independent)  …House Republicans passed a pair of provisions Friday that would stymie the military’s efforts to incorporate more renewable fuels into its supplies. The defense authorization bill now heads for …

Increasing Our National Security with New Technology
May 7, 2012 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC, American Security Project  (The Hill/Congress Blog)  The United States military is the single largest purchaser of petroleum fuel in the world, burning through about 325,000 barrels of fuel …

Algal Biomass Organization Briefing on Industry Accomplishments and Policy Needs
March 12, 2012 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) As host of an annual legislative hearing on Capitol Hill, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) used this year’s presentation on March 1st to give a clear outline of where …

Va. Congressman Questions Navy’s Ability to “Go Green” versus High Cost
March 1, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Gooding (WVEC.com)  … Fourth district congressman Randy Forbes is challenging the Navy which is making a priority out of going green.

House Armed Services Committee member Randy Forbes had harsh words for Navy Secretary Ray …

Navy Energy Director Speaks on US Need for Global Biofuels
November 29, 2011 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  The military has been especially active in the push to develop biobased jet fuel, but the U.S. Department of Defense’s interest in biomass-based energy sources is not limited to biofuels. …

Pew Charitable Trusts Releases Report on Department of Defense Renewable and Alternative Energy Programs
September 21, 2011 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Today Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, joined by  John Warner, former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and senior policy adviser to the Pew Project on National Security, …

The Green Strike Group: The Fuels, The Force, The Skinny
September 13, 2011 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …Tactically, a Green Strike Group, powered by renewable diesel-electric engines, nuclear power and aviation biofuels, is able to operate independent of fossil fuel supply line threat or disruption. In …

ABO Responds to USDA/DOE/Navy Biofuels Investment Promise
September 9, 2011 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algal Biomass Organization has voiced its opinion of the US government’s recently announced $510 million biofuels investment commitment over the next three years. Following is their statement: Late last month, three …

Biofuels Propel Blue Angels Over Labor Day Weekend
September 6, 2011 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Leon Kaye  (TriplePundit.com)  …This year, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the long-form name for the Blue Angels, wowed visitors with their pilots’ stunts at the Patuxent Naval Air Station in southern Maryland over the …

The True Cost of the Military’s Oil Addiction
August 22, 2011 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(CNN Money)  Among the many incentives pushing the military to use less oil, reducing the number of casualties it takes to protect vulnerable fuel convoys is one of the most important.

1 in 8 soldiers killed …

Advanced Biofuels USA Is Disappointed in White House Plan for National Security Drop-In Biofuels Investment
August 16, 2011 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As a tie-in to President Obama’s current bus tour promoting his job creation plans, the White House has issued a press release promoting a three-year $510 million dollar …

Energy Concerns Could Make Panetta First Green DOD Chief
July 8, 2011 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Annie Snider  (New York Times/Greenwire)  When Leon Panetta was sworn in this morning as the 23rd secretary of Defense, he inherited a force that is more fuel-dependent than ever — a fact that those …

Led By DoD, Federal Government Hoping To Fund Biorefineries
July 1, 2011 – 8:05 am | No Comment

by Yuliya Chernova   (Wall Street Journal)  The Department of Defense, an emerging market force in biofuels, is working on a new program to finance non-petroleum fuel production, in collaboration with the departments of energy and …

House Armed Services Committee OK’s “Filthy Fuels” in New DOD Budget Bill
May 16, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the House Armed Services Committee OK’d a defense budget bill that exempted the Department of Defense from Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which had since …

USArmy Corps of Engineers Releases Benchmarks to Meet Energy and Sustainability Goals
April 20, 2011 – 7:24 am | No Comment

(US Army Corps of Engineers)  Today, (April 19, 2011) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released, for the first time, its fiscal year 2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance.  Using this scorecard as a …

US Navy Spartan Energy Ethos Means Biofuels (Four Commercial-Scale Biorefineries) and Energy Efficiency for the Fleet and the Country. For How Long? In Perpetuity …
April 14, 2011 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On April 12th at the Navy League’s 2011 Sea-Air-Space Exposition, the leaders of the US Navy’s 50% petroleum reduction by 2020 program honed in on what it means …

The Great Green Fleet
March 23, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by James Marvin (The Virginia Pilot)  …Off the capes of Virginia, a modern Navy swift boat cuts a wake at more than 50 miles per hour on fuel made from algae and petroleum. High over …

Marines Trying to Get Afghan Farmers Hooked on Energy Crops
March 22, 2011 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Annie Snider  (Greenwire/New York Times)   …Nelson, who has already served two tours in Iraq, spent this past winter tinkering with combinations of cottonseed oil and JP-8, the military’s universal fuel, to find a …

Global Realities
March 7, 2011 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by General K. Wesley Clark (Ret.) (Growth Energy/Biofuels Digest)  …(E)very Administration has warned of America’s addiction to foreign oil but none has dealt successfully with it.

And today we are paying the price. We have seen …

INTERVIEW-Mideast Unrest Shows Need for Alternative Fuels-Mabus
February 24, 2011 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Shalal-Esa   (Reuters)   Oil price rises spurred by spreading unrest in the Middle East underscore why the U.S. military should reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, said U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Every $10 increase …

RAND Study Says Advanced Biofuels Offer No Direct Military Benefit
January 26, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We hereby sentence the authors to a one-year subscription to Biofuels Digest.

We continue to sound the alarm on “studies” that are, in essence, reviews of peer-reviewed literature reviews and interviews …