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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 …

An Alternative View of Biodiesel Production Profits: The Role of Retroactively Reinstated Blender Tax Credits
April 13, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois) Previous farmdoc daily articles (e.g. January 28, 2015; February 11, 2016; March 1, 2017) have documented a “feast or famine” pattern in production profitability of the U.S. biodiesel …

More Iowa Fuel Retailers Carrying Higher Blends of Biodiesel
April 5, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  A new state government report shows more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel in 2016, increasing six percent over 2015. Higher blends are also becoming the norm. Iowa’s proactive …

The $40 Carbon Tax Is Dead as a Doornail, and Here’s Why
February 13, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a group headed by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker proposed dramatically to introduce a $40 per ton carbon tax in order to address …

India Complains against US at WTO over Subsidies
February 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(LiveMint) India has complained against the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for what it calls illegal subsidies and domestic content requirements for the renewable energy sector in eight American states, even as the Donald …

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 …

Nigeria Plans Biofuel Production with Juicy Investment Incentives
December 2, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Offgrid Nigeria)  A draft national policy on biofuel production and distribution likely to be signed into law very soon by Nigeria, has proposed very mouth-watering incentives for investors willing to go into biofuel business in …

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 …

The New World Has Arrived: 16th International Conference Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Promotes the Innovations of the Sector
October 24, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 17-18, 2016, Datagro held its 16th International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once again, this event reunited many great specialists of the sector. Innovations and public policies …

Advanced Biofuels Canada Supports Federal Carbon Pricing
October 3, 2016 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/Yahoo! Finance)  The federal government announced today its intention to place a national price on carbon emissions of $10 per tonne in 2018, rising by $10 per tonne each year to $50 per …

Mexico Looking at Tax Breaks to Boost Biodiesel Consumption
September 30, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Mexico, the government is exploring the potential introduction of tax stimuli to boost consumption of biodiesel in the next 2017 fiscal year. The plan seeks to create an offset …

Biofuels Developments in Australia
September 30, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Bioenergy Australia)  …  While Australia has large energy resources, it is a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. In
2013, net product imports were …

Biofuels International 2016: Industry Experts Outline 2030 EU Biofuels Vision
September 29, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Industry experts have outlined their 2030 biofuels vision at the 9th Biofuels International Conference.  By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come …

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 …

Landmark Report from BIO Charts $770B Renewable Chemicals and Materials Market by 2020
September 9, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released a landmark report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the …

Bill Intro’d in Senate to Reform, Extend Tax Credit through 2019
July 15, 2016 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. …

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 …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

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 …

Governor Says Interest Is Already There for Biochemical Tax Credit
May 6, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (RadioIowa)  Governor Terry Branstad says companies already are expressing interest in the state’s new tax credit for firms that come up with new products made from the starches, sugars and oils left-over …

Big Oil Wins Big on Taxes
April 18, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Today is Tax Day. While many Americans will receive a modest refund, oil producers are raking in the big bucks, $4 billion to $6 billion, through tax incentives dating back more …

Senate Hearing on Ethanol Tax Breaks Stirs Small-Engine Debate
April 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  ….  At issue is a proposal to eliminate a 20 percent per-gallon sales tax break on sales of E10 fuels and create a 10 percent break for E15, which currently …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

Fuel Option that Reduces Emissions Already Exists
April 5, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … A proposal introduced last week by Representative Pat Garofalo would provide rebates of up to $2,500 dollars for those who buy or lease a new electric or plug-in hybrid car. …

Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy
February 29, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … The challenge our industry faces right now is to continue building investment in the biobased economy. That can be accomplished with both policy and non-policy activities.

On the policy …

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 …

Biodiesel Leaders Press Congress on Reformed Tax Credit
November 17, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Critical Incentive Has Remained Expired All Year  —  Nearly 100 biodiesel leaders from across the country will press lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic …

What to Consider Before Making the Decision to Offer Biodiesel
October 29, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jon Scharingson (Renewable Energy Group, Inc./Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether or not to sell biodiesel can be a significant decision for a convenience store owner. Convenience store owners need to determine what will work best for …

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 …

How to Profit from Government Mandates in Biofuels
October 7, 2015 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(The Energy Report/Market Oracle)  New proposed EPA requirements for the renewable fuel standard program, combined with challenging sugarcane harvests in South America, could increase demand for biodiesel, creating opportunity in a struggling energy sector. In …

What Is the Future of Ethanol in Brazil? Perspectives from Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Conference
September 29, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The effect of increased consumption of ethanol due to the reduction of state tax called ICMS (Tax over Merchandise and Services Circulation) has been the reason for celebration …

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 …

Eco System Needed to Make Ethanol Blending Sustainable: Pramod Chaudhari
August 24, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Sanjay Jog (Business Standard)  Interview with CII National Bioenergy Committee chairman and Praj Industries executive chairman — The Union ministry of new and renewable energy last week sought comments on reframing the National Biofuels Policy. The …

WEBINAR: Darling Ingredients Inc. U.S. Biofuels Conference Call — August 31, 2015
August 24, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Darling Ingredients Inc. U.S. Biofuels Conference Call — August 31, 2015

Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) will host a conference call and webcast on Monday, August 31, 2015 to discuss U.S. biofuel industry issues including the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates, biofuel tax policy and the California Low …

Grassley Defends Extending Tax Credits for Renewable Energy
August 3, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by James Q. Lynch (Iowa Farmer Today)  It’s been a big week for renewable fuels, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley after the Senate Finance Committee voted 23-3 to approve extending tax credits for wind energy, …

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited
July 20, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Austin DuVall (Arkansas Business)  Arkansas’ biodiesel industry has failed to live up to its early promise, and Troy Hornbeck says he knows why.

Hornbeck, who with his two brothers, Jon and Jeff, founded Arkansas SoyEnergy …

7 Biofuels Groups Aim to Extend “Critical Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives”
July 20, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a group of biofuel trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) encouraging extension of critical advanced …

Grassley Secures Inclusion of Wind Energy, Biodiesel, Cellulosic Ethanol, Education Provisions in Committee Tax Extenders Package
July 20, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(KIOW Radio)  Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa secured the inclusion of tax incentives for wind energy, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol in the bipartisan tax extenders bill the Finance Committee will consider on Tuesday.  The bill also contains …

Brazil’s Biofuel Industry Finds New Sweetspot
July 1, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Gallas (BBC)  … It is widely available in gas stations across the country. The majority of new cars are able to run on either petrol or sugarcane-based ethanol.  The government played a key role …

Fuel Tax Savings Kicks in for Biodiesel Blends
July 1, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Vinton Newspapers)  Truckers, motorists and biodiesel producers alike will soon benefit from a tax savings in Iowa on one of the state’s most beneficial products. As of July 1, diesel blended with at least 11 …

Finance Minister Calls for End to Tax Support for Biofuel
May 11, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Radio Prague)  In a dramatic about turn, finance minister Andrej Babiš says he now wants to halt tax support for biofuel from July. He has been stung by charges that prolonging support puts him in …

Iowa Leaders Call for Biochemical Tax Credits for Ethanol, Biodiesel
May 11, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal) Durham (Debi Durham, the state’s economic development director), a former Siouxland Chamber of Commerce president, is championing legislation that would set aside up to $15 million in tax credits per year …

VietNam Considers Raising Export Tariff on Cassava, Ethanol to Support E5 Production
May 5, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge) The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning to raise the tariff on cassava and ethanol exports in an effort to retain materials for domestic biofuel production. Cassava and ethanol bear an export tariff …

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 …

Renewable Fuels Association Poll: Over Six in 10 Voters Support the RFS
April 28, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Morning Consult)  Morning Consult conducted a national poll on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The survey of 2,047 registered voters took place from April 5-7, 2015. Results from the full survey have a …

Trash-to-Biofuel Takes New Turn in Marion
April 21, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  No one has claimed that making biofuel out of garbage is as simple as tossing leftovers into the trash.  So it is that Craig Stuart-Paul, president and chief executive officer …

HN: Babiš’s Interests behind Czech Gov’t Biofuel Support
March 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Prague Daily Monitor)  The Czech government’s decision to extend reduced taxation of biofuels seems to be clearly motivated by the fact that Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) wants his oil-seed rape processing plant Preol to …

Find Policies & Incentives by State
March 6, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/US Department of Energy) DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by …

Iowa Road Funding Bill Passes with Reduced Tax Rate for B11
March 4, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Legislature created a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for B11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding legislation passed Feb. 24. This provision is expected to …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

Renewable Fuels Association Chief Lays out Plans for Ethanol’s Future
February 20, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  RFA President Bob Dinneen lists supporting better rail service and creating a level playing field for cellulosic biofuels in 10-point agenda to expand renewables industry

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed …

George W. Bush’s Favorite Green Car Is Making a Comeback
February 6, 2015 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Jason Plautz  (National Journal)  Under President George W. Bush, hydrogen-powered cars were the automotive technology of the future, with the promise of ditching gasoline and driving for miles with only water as exhaust.

But a …

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Temporarily Renewing Tax Breaks
December 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters)  Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further …

Ethanol Industry Looking beyond Incentives
December 3, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Scott Jamieson  (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Executives from Canada’s biofuels industry are looking at efficiencies and diversification as tools to ensure the sector’s continued growth.  That was the main message shared with a packed room …

Biofuels Sector on the Edge
November 25, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Parkinson (Financial Review) Australia’s struggling biofuels industry has had an annus horribilis.   First came the budget decision to scrap the excise-free status the sector believed would be in place until 2021.

“It threw …

IEA: ‘The Cost of Fossil Fuels to an Economy Is Not Reduced by Subsidies; It Is Just Redistributed’
November 14, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Tweed (GreenTechMedia)  Global subsidies for fossil fuels totaled nearly $550 billion in 2013.

Countries around the globe have committed to reducing subsidies for fossil fuels, primarily oil and gas. But that commitment is not …

Manly Plant in Line for $530,000 in State Incentives
November 12, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Molly Montag (Globe Gazette)  Worth County officials on Monday signed off on $530,000 in state incentives for a chemical plant being built in Manly.  The incentive package from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will …

REG Expands Biodiesel Offerings in Northeast, Midwest
November 5, 2014 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is expanding its division that sells heating oil and petroleum diesel along with biodiesel blends by offering additional biofuel blends in New York, Minnesota and Iowa, …

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 …

US Biodiesel Supply Kings
August 5, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine speaks with three leaders in the U.S. biodiesel distribution space about the growth and opportunities in biodiesel distribution, and the challenges that lie ahead.

The marked increase in U.S. …

Biodiesel Producers, Farmers Take to The Hill
June 2, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) Biodiesel producers and farmers who raise the feedstocks for the biodiesel industry took to Capitol Hill this week, joining a group of U.S. Senate Democrats in their calls to end policy uncertainty that …

Nearly 120 Companies Ask Obama to Boost Biodiesel Standard
May 29, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  One hundred seventeen biodiesel companies and affiliated businesses from 41 states called on President Obama Wednesday to stand behind his past support for the U.S. biodiesel industry by continuing sustainable growth under …

Senators and Industry Speak Out In Favor of Biodiesel
May 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  With a final decision in the Renewable Volume Obligates (RVOs) expected in June, the biodiesel industry is getting increasingly vocal about the damage that regulatory uncertainty has …

Biodiesel Producers Hit Hard by Policy Uncertainty: Survey Finds Nearly Six in Ten Have Idled Production
May 14, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Policy setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on the most successful advanced biofuel in the U.S., according to a nationwide survey of biodiesel producers released Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by the National …

US Senate Finance Committee Advances Four Key Biofuels Tax Provisions
April 2, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Ron Wyden, released his “Chairman’s Mark” of the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act of 2014″ (EXPIRE Act).

The Chairman’s Mark extends all expired advanced …

Biofuel Trade Organizations Ask for Extension of Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives
March 24, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  A group of biofuel trade organizations today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives — …

A Tax Boost for Advanced Biofuels
March 17, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest) … Fortunately, the Administration’s budget for 2014 contains a proposal for a nearly 10-year extension of the advanced biofuel tax credit, which was first adopted by Congress in 2007. …

Algae Biomass Organization Hails New Publication that Identifies Most Promising Locations for Commercial Algae Production Projects
March 11, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Analysis can reduce time, cost associated with site development

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today (March 10, 2014) lauded a new publication from the Pacific Northwest …

Biodiesel Manufacturer to Bring $30M Plant to Temple after Incentives Confirmed
March 8, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Robert Grattan (Austin Business Journal)  Thomas Biodiesel LLC has finalized a deal that will bring 31 jobs and a $30 million biodiesel manufacturing plant to Temple, following a decision by Temple City Council to approve $1.5 …

Benjamins for Biofuels in the 2015 Obama Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
March 6, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax credits, loan guarantees and R&D support — but haven’t got the time to read all …

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 …

House Tax Proposal Would Alter Biofuel, Bioenergy Tax Credits
February 28, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” …

Solving the Midwest Ethanol Problem: The E85 Angle
February 20, 2014 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  … Today, nine years after I began writing about energy, we have an ethanol industry that has undergone rapid growth, but it is an industry that still relies heavily …

Senators Introduce Bill to Reinstate Biodiesel Tax Incentive
February 13, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders/National Biodiesel Board)  National Biodiesel Board : Senators Introduce Bill to Reinstate Biodiesel Tax Incentive — Tax Cut Expired Dec. 31 for Third Time in Five Years

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) called on Congress to move …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

Study Calls for Changes to Cellulosic Tax Incentives
December 26, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new study published by the International Council on Clean Transportation and researchers from John Hopkins University determined that making minor changes in existing federal tax incentives for cellulosic …

Bills to Extend Tax Credits Benefiting Biofuels Introduced
December 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 12, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced two bills that would benefit the biofuels industry. One, H.R., 3758, aims to extend the second generation biofuel producer credit and …

Senators Push for Clean Energy Tax Credit Extensions
December 20, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A group of 24 senators, led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., issued a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Finance on Dec. 16 calling for support of …

Sen. Baucus Launches Major Senate Energy Tax Reform
December 20, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new, technology-neutral tax credit for the domestic production of clean transportation fuel? Read on.

In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled the latest package in a series …

$50B a Year in Budget ‘Savings’ Will Come from Expired Tax Breaks
December 16, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

By Jacqueline Klimas  (The Washington Times) … More than 50 tax incentives will expire on New Year’s Eve — ranging from breaks on energy-efficient appliances to biofuel production to investments in businesses that serve low-income communities.

Chuck Marr, director of federal …

Growing Support for Renewable Packaging and Green Chemistry | Commentary
November 19, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Greenwood (Roll Call/Biotechnology Industry Organization)   During a time when partisan politics rule the day, it is sometimes hard for pragmatic bipartisan efforts to cut through the clutter and get the attention they deserve. …

Tri-State Biodiesel’s Triple Play: Fashion, Tribute, Heating
October 30, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Dehran Duckworth, a managing partner at Tri-State Biodiesel, said this was the first year Tri-State Biodiesel won the contract to supply the Aggreko plc generators and temperature control equipment for …

Congressional Efforts Needed to Secure Future
September 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … Two tax provisions are critical to continued development of the U.S. cellulosic industry. First, the tax code currently provides a Second Generation Production Tax Credit that gives ethanol …

Ethanol Backers Propose E15 Tax Breaks
May 28, 2013 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  Ethanol supporters in Illinois want to trade a 20 percent sales tax break on E10 fuel sales in Illinois for a 10 percent break on E15, arguing it would mean …

Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources: Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion
April 26, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(US Senate Finance Committee)  This document is the fourth in a series of papers compiling tax reform options that Finance Committee members may wish to consider as they work towards reforming our nation’s tax system.  This …

Tax Writers Warm to Giving Renewables Parity with Fossil Fuels
April 19, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Nick Juliano (MidWest Energy News)   A proposal to allow renewable energy developers to take advantage of a tax structure that has long been popular among fossil fuel companies is gaining traction among lawmakers tasked …

Not Ready for Slime Time: Algae Present Challenges as Fuel Source
April 8, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Emily Pickrell (FuelFix)  On Jan. 1, Congress made algae-based fuel production eligible for a $1.01-per-gallon cellulosic biofuel production federal tax credit.

Cellulosic biofuels typically are made from woody, non-food material such as grasses or wood …

Weighing Obama’s SOTUS Proposal: More Oil Drilling to Fund Clean Energy?
February 15, 2013 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  President Barack Obama’s proposal to fund clean-energy research with fees paid by oil and gas producers is renewing a debate over whether the promise of innovation tomorrow is worth expanding …

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 …

White House Wants $2 billion to Give Cleaner Transport a Boost
February 14, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Patrick Rucker (Reuters)  President Barack Obama wants Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy transportation fund using fees paid by oil and gas producers on federal lands, the White House said Wednesday, expanding a plan announced …

The Electric Car Mistake
February 12, 2013 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn.

The New York Times’s John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S …

Analysis: Advanced Biofuel Companies Now In More Than Half Of U.S. States; Clean Fuel Standards Fueling Growth In Top States
February 6, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Yahoo! News)  Top 5 States For Advanced Biofuel Companies: Calif., Ill., Colo., Texas and Iowa; New Web Site at www.FuelingGrowth.org Documents Impact of Growing Industry
California is home to nearly 30 advanced biofuel companies, but dozens of …

A Path Not Yet Trod
February 2, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/BiofuelsDigest)  … That is, the cost of renewed tax breaks for the biofuels industry came at a great cost relative to the benefits gained. Being lumped in with Hollywood filmmakers, rum …

Brave New Bio Wor(l)d
February 2, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Three dissident voices offer challenges to cherished orthodoxies.

…Though they offer tough love, they are written by friends of the movement. They don’t wish to cast you down to the devil, …

Can Fossil-Fuel Tax Benefits Boost the Renewable Energy Industry?
February 2, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Dan Haugen (Midwest Energy News)  By organizing as a type of partnership instead of a corporation, companies that extract, process or transport “depletable” natural resources have been exempt from corporate income taxes.

That word — …

Professor Flunks Ethanol 101
January 29, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dineen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Flint, Mich., is known throughout the world as the birthplace of General Motors. When an economist from Flint gets the facts about motor fuels all wrong, it’s time to …

Aemetis Idles California Ethanol Plant, Plans Sorghum Shift
January 18, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)  Aemetis Inc., a U.S. ethanol producer, idled production at its plant in Keyes, California, citing “unfavorable market conditions for corn ethanol” and will upgrade the facility to also produce fuel from …

D.C.’s Clean-Energy Conundrum
January 12, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Paul Dickerson and Thomas Burton  (Reuters/Mintz Levin) …Clean technologies are likely to be the next great industry and economic success story. Whether that happens in the United States or not is up to us.

…Yet there …

U.S. Biodiesel Producers Gain from Tax Reinstatement


, RIN Integrity Programs
January 11, 2013 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Biofuels Digest)  …Larger producers of biodiesel like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland get a higher price for their RINs than the producers with smaller balance sheets. For producers outside of the largest, …

Does the Biodiesel Tax Credit Change the Advanced Biofuels Landscape?
January 11, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(FarmDocDaily)  …The RFS for 2013 is expected to require a minimum blending of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel and 2.75 billion gallons of all advanced biofuels. The difference between the minimum biodiesel requirement and the …

A Busy Year for Alt Fuels, Thanks to Congress
January 11, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Anya Litvak (Pittsburgh Business Times) Rick Price is gearing up for a busy year, thanks, in part, to Congressional compromise.

As executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, a group that works to promote alternative transportation fuels, Price’s …

Tax Credits Are a Valuable Tool in the Biofuels Policy Toolbox
January 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  It is not often I disagree or take issue withBiofuels Digest; however, the recent article and analysis on cellulosic tax credits left out some key points. There are a number …

Ethanol Tax Breaks to Help Later than Sooner
January 4, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  The extension of a $1.01 per gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol will  help the fledgling industry later this year or in 2014 when plants now under construction in …

The Force: The Cellulosic Biofuels Tax Credit Is Back, but Is It Really Needed?
January 3, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Finding it hard to explain to taxpayers why the PTC is needed, for the jump to cellulosic biofuels lightspeed, or to ward off predatory fossil-fuel evildoers?

…So, although the “fiscal cliff” …

NAFA Urges Action To Restore Federal Tax Credits For Biodiesel And Alternative Fuels
December 5, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(NAFA Fleet Management Association/Free-Press-Release-Center)  Uncertainty surrounding a pair of alternative fuel incentives is impacting vehicle purchase decisions and fuel planning by many fleets.

While the country is focused on the so-called “fiscal cliff”, lost in the …

RETECH 2012: Policy and Planes
October 24, 2012 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA)   RETECH 2012, an international conference on the business, policy, and technology of renewable energy, took place this year in DC at the regal Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, …

The Myth of Affordable Energy – Interview with Ed Dolan
October 20, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford  (Oilprice.com)   We were fortunate enough to speak with the well known economist Ed Dolan on various energy and economic issues.

In the interview Ed talks about the following:

•    Why cheap energy is …

Tax Extenders Package; Algae Wins Tax Credit Parity
August 8, 2012 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee marked up the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which included key energy efficiency and biofuels tax credit provisions.  Included in …

US Senate Tax Bill Would Extend Biodiesel, Cellulosic Tax Credits
August 2, 2012 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Platts)  The $1.01/gal federal tax credit for cellulosic fuel production, as well as the $1/gal biodiesel tax credit, would each be extended under a proposal released Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

The cellulosic credit would …

Senators Coons, Moran Introduce Bill to Spark Investment in Renewable Energy Projects
July 18, 2012 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Senator Chris Coons) Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act gives renewable energy projects access to a tax incentive available now only to oil, gas, and coal projects

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced legislation …

Novozymes Built New Enzyme Plant in U.S. Due to Tax Credit
June 1, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Novozymes, a global biotech company, first considered building its newly built enzyme production plant in China but eventually zeroed in on the U.S. One big deciding factor was the …

Ethanol Backers Push Back against Anti-Renewables PAC
May 30, 2012 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  …The executive director of the Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, said AFP should “stop the hypocrisy and to get its facts straight when it comes to ethanol and oil …

Biodiesel Wants Its Tax Break Back
May 2, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller  (Des Moines Register)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Thursday asked Congress to reinstate the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax incentive “to avoid further disruption to an emerging American industry that is creating …

Scott Defies Tea Party on Renewable-Energy Bill
April 16, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Saunders (The News Service of Florida/Orlando Sentinel)  Gov. Rick Scott late Friday disregarded pressure from tea party and conservative groups and a controversial measure including tax breaks for renewable-energy production to become law without his signature.

Scott’s decision …

Compared to What: the Low-Down on Alt Energy Subsidies
April 12, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hybrids, plug-in electrics struggle to pass the consumer’s “compared to what” test – and how much do those tax credits cost, anyway?

…Take, for example, the trouble with hybrids. We saw a …

AEC Urges Support for Extension of Two Critical Tax Incentives
March 27, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

In a letter to Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Ranking Member John Cornyn (R-TX), the Advanced Ethanol Council voiced support for extending key cellulosic ethanol tax …

Stabenow’s Green-Energy Tax Break Plan Falls Short
March 14, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Josiah Ryan and Ben Geman (The Hill)   The Senate on Tuesday rejected plans to extend a host of lapsed or soon-to-expire tax breaks for renewable fuels and power sources.

Lawmakers voted 49-49 for Sen. Debbie …

Obama Calls on Congress to Repeal Federal Subsidies for Oil Industry
March 2, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by David Nakamura (The Washington Post)  President Obama reiterated his call for Congress to repeal federal subsidies to the oil industry Thursday, escalating a political skirmish with Republicans over rising gasoline prices amid evidence that …

Carbon Capture Initiative Could Benefit Ethanol Producers
March 1, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Leaders of the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative  were joined by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill Feb. 28 to unveil a set of recommendations …

Global Leaders in Advanced Biofuels Industry Urge Congressional Leaders to Extend Critical Tax Provisions
February 29, 2012 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire)   Leaders of America’s rapidly emerging advanced biofuels industry urged congressional leaders today to extend two tax provisions that are critical to the commercialization of new biofuel production technologies.

In a letter addressed to …

Redfield Ethanol Plant to Convert to Butanol Plant
February 27, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Dirk Lammers (NewsOK)  A South Dakota corn ethanol plant will soon begin producing a fuel additive with a wider variety of uses.

Tom Hitchcock, chief executive of Redfield Energy, said the 50 million gallon-per-year plant is teaming …

Ethanol’s Future Won’t Wait
February 27, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Before year’s end, Congress should pass a multi-year extension of the Producer Tax Credit for cellulosic ethanol production as well as the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Cellulosic …

Obama Tax Plan Takes Scalpel to Oil Tax Breaks, Boosts Renewables
February 23, 2012 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia (The Hill/E2Wire)The Obama administration outlined a plan Wednesday to eliminate a slew of oil-and-gas industry tax breaks, while extending a key tax credit for renewable energy.

The energy provisions are included in a …

Grow it Here, Make it Here
February 21, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Michigan, US Senator Debbie Stabenow expanded her “Grow it Here, Make it Here” initiative into a $5 billion proposal designed to dramatically expand bio-based manufacturing and job creation, funded through what …

Northwest Producers Unite, Tell Congress to Reinstate Tax Credit
February 16, 2012 – 7:49 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Last week as the National Biodiesel Conference took place in Orlando, a group of biodiesel producers and stakeholders in the Northwest U.S. came together in a joint statement to support …

Advanced Ethanol Leaders Urge Tax Extensions in Farm Bill
February 15, 2012 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Advanced Ethanol Council)  The Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) today urged Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS) to include two key tax extensions for advanced and cellulosic …

Homeowners and Businesses Who Invest in Renewable Energy Could Get a Tax Break under Plan
January 31, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Mary Ellen Klas  (Miami Herald)  Legislators revive the debate over renewable energy in Florida with a Senate bill that promises tax credits for companies and homeowners.

…The bill, SB 7202, would allow for large companies, …

Biofuel, Renewable Chemical Advocates Push Reliable Tax Incentives, S. 1764
December 27, 2011 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jeanne Roberts (Energy Boom)  On Wednesday, December 14, representatives from the nation’s biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products industries provided written testimony to a U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee aimed at insuring the smooth continuation of …

Loss of Federal Incentives Could Hurt Cellulosic Ethanol Development
December 14, 2011 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  …Nebraska’s ethanol industry could be adversely impacted if Congress doesn’t extend key tax incentives, especially those for cellulosic ethanol, a Nebraska Ethanol Board official said.

The incentives that the Advanced Ethanol …

State Incentives Approved for Expanding Companies
December 12, 2011 – 8:08 am | No Comment

by Scott Sloan (Kentucky.com/Herald-Leader)  The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board approved tax incentives Thursday for companies, including Maker’s Mark Distillery, F.B. Purnell Sausage and Hitachi, that are considering new investments in the state. The …

Our View: On VEETC, We Won
December 7, 2011 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Garry Niemeyer   (National Corn Growers Association)  Back in August, the Green Scissors Project identified ways the federal government could shave $380 billion from the federal budget over five years. But their $380 billion in …

Airlines Flying on Clean Fuel Should Pay Less Tax, Branson Says
December 7, 2011 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg)  Governments need to make it “very clear” that jet fuel made from sources such as inedible plants and organic waste aren’t taxed like regular fuel, said Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic …

Indian River Bio-Ethanol Plant Earns Initial Tax Abatement Approval
December 7, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Henry A. Stephens (TCPalm.com)  The nation’s first waste-derived bio-ethanol plant won initial approval Tuesday to avoid paying almost $956,000 in county property taxes during its first 10 years of operation.

In a series of 14-0 …

The Uncertain Tomorrow
October 31, 2011 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Expiring biofuel tax credits and a dysfunctional Congress

…But given Congress subsidizing an obviously profitable oil industry, coupled with subjecting biofuels to stringent GHG emissions reductions while the petroleum industry has …

CEP Markets Biodiesel as Energy Substitute for Coal
October 28, 2011 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Dothan, Ala.-based renewable energy solutions firm Clean Energy Pathways Inc. has introduced a new line of custom-blended biodiesel for use as a Btu-substitute in coal-fired utility and commercial boilers, or for …

Dems Press Supercommittee to Go after Oil subsidies
October 20, 2011 – 9:09 am | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill/E2Wire)  The latest effort came in a Friday letter from 38 members, spearheaded by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), that argues “the United States can no longer afford …

New Fuel Might Mean Higher Gas Prices for Chicago
October 17, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Kathryn Ferrara (Medill News Service/Northwest Indiana)  Chicago area drivers may pay more for gasoline next year if the state Legislature adopts a proposed change in the sales tax.

Most Chicago area drivers are buying what’s …

Richard Branson Calls for Greener Tax Regime
October 12, 2011 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Business Green)  Billionaire warns of “mother of all recessions” unless investment in renewable energy increases

Sir Richard Branson has called on world leaders to drive a green economic recovery, warning that without measures to drive greater …

Memo to Congress and Candidates: American Biofuels Boost Job Creation
October 6, 2011 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill’s Congress Blog)  …Many quintessentially American industries with proven records of job creation hold the promise of exponential job growth if given a chance. American ethanol is one such …

The Subsidy Debate: Oil vs. Ethanol
September 28, 2011 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Kate Bechen and Porter J. Martin (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …But what often is missing in criticisms of ethanol is an acknowledgement that the oil industry significantly benefits from a variety of tax credits, incentives …

Biodiesel Tax Incentive Creates Jobs
September 28, 2011 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The biodiesel tax incentive is helping to create jobs across the country, according to testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee today by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

“While we understand …

The Future of Biorefining Policy
September 27, 2011 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …While some in the industry doubt that a Congress so focused on debt reduction will extend VEETC and the biodiesel tax credit, Greg Jenner, a partner in Stoel Rives LLP’s …

Biodiesel Plants Back from the Brink
September 20, 2011 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer  (Los Angeles Times)   Across the nation, biodiesel plants have been restarting or ramping up production, spurred by a revived federal tax credit and renewable energy mandates.

…At least 52 of the nation’s 170 …

Congress Needs Courage to End Oil, Gas Subsidies
September 19, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Alexander (Taxpayers for Common Sense/Seacoastonline.com)  …For 16 years, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been advocating for the elimination of federal spending that does not deliver a fair return to taxpayers. Topping our list …

Olive Branch in Line for Biofuels Headquarters
September 2, 2011 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Phil West (The Commercial Appeal)  Legislature to consider incentives to land Israeli company’s 800 jobs, $1B operation

Gov. Haley Barbour wants state legislators to approve $100 million worth of financial incentives to help an Israeli …

US Biodiesel Industry Producing Record Volumes
August 29, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

(Farm Business)  US biodiesel production reached a new monthly high of 81 million gallons in June, according to the latest EPA statistics, marking a third consecutive month of record volumes and continuing a remarkable turnaround …