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Trump’s Pitch for U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’ Is Dominated by Misleading Claims
June 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by  Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  The White House has branded this week “energy week,” rolling out a buzzword, “dominance,” and replaying lines from last year’s Trump campaign in an effort to …

Hope Glimmers in the Garbage for Advanced Biofuels
May 23, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  In May 2016, investigators from the Government Accountability Office assembled a panel of 19 experts in Washington to explore what had happened to a program to develop a commercial market …

Governor Branstad Signs Iowa Biofuel Funding, Closing out Challenging Session for Biodiesel
May 15, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants …

Wyden Introduces Clean Energy for America Act
May 8, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (Ore.) and colleagues introduced a clean energy tax reform package that includes a proposal for a technology neutral tax credit designed …

ACI: Bill Would Permanently End Biofuel Subsidies That Distort Soap Industry Marketplace
April 26, 2017 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(American Cleaning Institute)  ACI praises Rep. Randy Weber’s “Stop Animal Fat Tax Credits Act,” Urges Its Inclusion in Tax Reform Package  —  Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) would permanently put a stop …

Bill Would Take Iowa Backwards on Biofuels
April 24, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Carlson (Des Moines Register/Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa)  …Unfortunately, our state Legislature is considering legislation that would take us backwards.
Fuel retailers across the state have made substantial investments in offering and …

Bioeconomy under the Radar
March 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  —  … Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock enzymes for pharmaceuticals, or John …

Rare Moment as Louisiana Environmentalists, Businesses Agree on Tax Issue
March 30, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Steve Hardy (The Advocate)  Environmentalists and industrialists find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder as they try to maintain a tax credit for low-emission vehicles.
The tax break encourages buyers to support Louisiana natural gas while …

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …
Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

Trump Era Biodiesel? What’s Going to Happen?
January 23, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Triangle Biofuels Industries, Inc.) For most, it’s hard to guess what is going to happen for biodiesel under the Trump administration.   On the one hand, President Trump appears to be in favor of conventional petroleum …

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-Elect?
January 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This Administration is a team, so long as you generally understand that there’s one guy with the ball, he’s calling all the plays, and members of the Cabinet can block …

New Laws That Take Effect January 2017: Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit
January 3, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(New York State Senate)  Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit: The 2016-17 budget extended the Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit from Jan. 1, 2017 until Jan. 1, 2020. It also requires that beginning in 2017, to …

Welch Outlines Ethanol Reform Agenda for New Congress
December 14, 2016 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Business Magazine) … Welch (Representative Peter Welch (D-VT))  will reintroduce the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which will reform the corn ethanol mandate while continuing to promote advanced biofuels, as well as …

NBB Urges Congress to Act on Biodiesel Tax Incentive
November 2, 2016 – 10:50 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders urging extension of the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires Dec. 31. The letter was sent on behalf …

M&A Transactions Help Define Current US Biodiesel Era
November 2, 2016 – 10:23 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For better or worse, the U.S. biodiesel industry continues to consolidate. While 2014-’15 has been a rough period in the sector, the fallout has presented undeniable opportunities for key players …

National Biodiesel Board Taps Donnell Rehagen as New CEO
November 2, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board has named Donnell Rehagen as the trade group’s chief executive. Rehagen was named interim CEO in June after serving 12 years as NBB’s chief …

Con: Wind an Even Bigger Boondoggle than Ethanol
October 24, 2016 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Perry  (South Coast Today/American Enterprise Institute)  … No question, there is a lot of hype about wind power being a huge potential source of energy. Its advocates like to point out that 80 million …

Judge and Grassley Face off in Iowa U.S. Senate Debate
October 21, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by  Shelby Shepherd  (KWQC)  An hour before Trump and Clinton battled it out in Las Vegas, Iowa’s U.S. senate candidates battled it out in the western part the state they are fighting for.  Republican Sen. …

BIO Asks Congress to Extend Critical Bioenergy Tax Credits During Lame-Duck
October 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  BIO today (October 18, 2016) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits …

Owners of Biofuel Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
October 13, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The owners of an Indiana biofuel producer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and false statements for participating in a scheme that generated over $60 million in fraudulent tax credits and U.S. …

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with …

What’s Up with RINs Prices?
October 7, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  RINs prices have been making headlines in recent months, with prices at times crossing the psychologically important $1 per gallon mark. Echoing earlier complaints (farmdoc …

Conservatives, 1 Environmental Group Oppose Renewable Energy Tax Credit Extension
October 5, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jack Fitzpatrick (Morning Consult)  Two conservative organizations and an environmental group are opposing the extension of tax credits for certain renewable energy sources that Democrats have supported for months.  Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common …

Americans Deserve Fuel Choices at the Pump
October 3, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Liz Mathis (Marion Times)  Here in Iowa, we encourage gas stations to install flex fuel pumps and other equipment to offer homegrown, renewable ethanol and biodiesel. The Legislature’s investment of $3 million this year …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Positioning Intensifies as Expiration Nears
September 29, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … The U.S. biodiesel industry, through its trade association the National Biodiesel Board, joined a broad coalition of 50-plus industry groups calling for action on tax extenders this year by sending …

Rep Black Intros Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bill
September 22, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Another federal bill has been introduced to extend the biodiesel tax credit. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016” (H.R. 5994). The …

Pacific Ethanol Receives EPA-Approved Registration for Cellulosic Ethanol Production at Stockton Plant
September 12, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globe Newswire)  Now generating valuable D3 cellulosic RINs – Expects to produce over one million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol at Stockton, CA plant — Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of …

Letter to Editor: Good Policy
August 15, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Mike Chisam (The Hays Daily News)  A recent article in the Hays Daily News, titled “Subsidized madness,” makes erroneous claims about the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol. The article attacks the RFS by using the …

Hawaii Gov. Ige Signs Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit
July 15, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Pacific Biodiesel President Robert King attended in early July the formal signing of the Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit by Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a long-awaited incentive for biofuels producers in …

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

Industry CEO Asks Senate to Extend Tax Credits for Biogas
June 22, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Cole Rosengren (Waste Dive)  Steve Miller, CEO of Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems, testified in favor of more tax credits for biogas at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing last week.  Miller advised a five-year energy …

Iowa Biodiesel Board Commends Signing of Bill to Expand IA Biodiesel Incentives
May 26, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  It just makes sense! That’s the sentiment from the Iowa Biodiesel Board and other supporters as Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed SF 2309 into law today, expanding state biodiesel incentives.
The bill includes a …

National Biodiesel Board Commends Proposed Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Tax Incentive Through 2019
May 13, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel after Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced legislation to extend the biodiesel tax …

Inaction in Congress Helping Ethanol Right Now
May 4, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Ethanol also remains stuck in a battle with EPA over vapor pressure with 15% ethanol over the summer months. 10% ethanol, E10, has such a waiver so it …

How to Make $250M in Cellulosic Biofuels with an Investment under $6M
May 3, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Cellulosic fiber makes up approximately 10% of the corn kernel and cannot be converted into ethanol during the typical production process. By utilizing Edeniq’s Pathway technologies, including specialized enzymes …

Where’s the Algae?
April 13, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced an amendment  that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies that enable the conversion of CO2 into valuable …

Branstad Signs Chemical Tax Credit Bill in Ames
April 7, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Austin Harrington (Ames Tribune)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds came to Iowa State University Wednesday to sign a bill into law that will create a $10 million tax credit for companies …

Biofuel Trade Associations Ask Congressional Leaders to Extend Advanced Biofuel Incentives
April 5, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Business Wire)  Today, six biofuel trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking Congress for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. The Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass …

Report Finds Iowa Well Positioned for Biorenewable Chemicals
March 3, 2016 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute)  A new white paper has found that Iowa is better positioned than many domestic competitors to capitalize on the next frontier of bioprocessing in the United States. The report, titled “Biobased Chemicals: …

The Myth about Renewable Energy Subsidies
February 26, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Giles Parkinson (Clean Technica)  Ever hear the story about why renewable energy can’t compete without a subsidy? You hear it all the time from the fossil fuel industry. And the response from renewables? Take …

Olden Days, Golden Days, and Golden Gripes
January 28, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, how fast did petroleum expand production, in comparison to low-carbon renewable fuels? … One thing is clear, renewable fuels are moving fast, by comparison. From 1866 through 1899 (a year …

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 …

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 …

RFA Issues One-Pager to Correct Anti-Ethanol Rhetoric on the Presidential Campaign Trail
January 22, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  In response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media outlets to …

Report Calls for Iowa Biochemical Tax Credit
January 15, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by George C. Ford (The Gazette)  Authors contend state offers ‘discernible advantages’  —  A report released Thursday (January 13, 2016) contends Iowa is better positioned than many other states to capture a large share of …

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 …

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?
January 11, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal was to get 1 million plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the road in the …

Bill Aims for Long-Term Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Credits
January 11, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit …

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 …

Obama Signs Spending Bill, Tax Extenders Legislation
December 30, 2015 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that …

ACE: Restored Tax Credit to Increase Availability of E85
December 28, 2015 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bipartisan congressional approval of recent legislation restoring tax credits for retail fuel station owners who buy equipment to offer alternative fuels could further increase availability of E85 and profitability …

14 More Answers for your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, the New Agriculture, and Biobased Products
December 28, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Q. How have the US elections and the regulatory situation in the US impacted development of biofuels for other countries, particularly Latin America? …  Not much impact from the 2014 …

Budget Deal Oil-for-Renewables Trade Would Substantially Reduce Carbon Emissions
December 21, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Varun Sivaram and Michael Levi (Council on Foreign Relations)  …  In this post we’re going to estimate the climate impact of the renewables tax credit extensions. We focus on 2016-2020 for three reasons: (a) …

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 …

No Rich White Guy Left Behind: The Selling of Electric Cars as Zero Emission Vehicles
October 26, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electric cars and their $1600 cost per ton for CO2 reduction. And, yep, you’re paying for it.  Electric cars have environmental benefits, no doubt about it, and anyone who drives one …

Support, Opposition Grow Over Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit
October 23, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 21, the Advanced Biofuels Association, along with the Petroleum Marketers Association and other retail fuel groups, expressed opposition to changing the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders’ tax credit. …

Advanced Biofuels Producers Oppose Grassley Tax Credit Change: Amendment Could Hurt Consumers
October 23, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  During the Senate Finance Committee’s July markup, Senator Charles Grassley offered an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, which would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for two years. However, …

Turning Garbage Into Profit
September 3, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Olga Grigoryants (Pacific Standard)  Last year, Simi Valley Landfill entered what is becoming a fast­-growing business of transforming fetid odors from decaying trash into fuel, a feat made possible by the miracles of modern chemistry …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/MSN.com)   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Canola Growers Want Province to Push Biodiesel
April 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Blair (Alberta Farmer Express)  Effort would create more demand and help with reductions in greenhouse gases — The new provincial government needs to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — on …

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
September 23, 2014 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career …

White House Proposes Cuts to 2015 USDA Budget
March 5, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The White House proposed Tuesday nearly $24 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Agriculture Department in its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, a decline of close to $2.5 …

US Biodiesel Production Surpasses Set Target for Second Straight Year
October 18, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(GlobalData)  The US biodiesel industry is on pace to produce more than the 1.28 billion gallons set under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for this year, says a new report from research and consulting firm …

DoE, Treasury: $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy
February 14, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury have announced the availability of $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the United …