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What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion
January 3, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather …

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 …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision
April 25, 2016 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Karen Batra (Biotech Now)  As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, …

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes RNG Project
April 25, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Vermont Public Service Board/Biomass Magazine) The Vermont Public Service Board recently authorized the construction and operation of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will use primarily manure, corn …

A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon
March 21, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Peter Vail and Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future)  As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained low, many states have taken up the mantle. This devolution of climate policy has been …

New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont
February 29, 2016 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(VTDigger.org)  Vermont Law School research commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will help reach biodiesel goals of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan  —  A new report, On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview, …

White Mountain Biodiesel Announces Plans to Expand Plant Capacity and Begin Direct Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Customers
February 29, 2016 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(White Mountain Biodiesel) NBB member White Mountain Biodiesel, LLC announced today that it has begun the expansion of its plant in North Haverhill, NH. The expansion, which will occur over the next two years, will …

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

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

US Wild Bee Numbers Decline as Land Is Converted for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC News)  Wild bees in the US have declined in many farming areas according to the first national effort to map their numbers.  —  The study suggests that between 2008 and 2013, …

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold
December 7, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by the greener cars generate electricity …

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

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

VW Scandal Proves Boon to Biodiesel Seller
November 30, 2015 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Eric Blaisdell (Rutland Herald)   Black Bear Biodiesel recently ended its first season selling environmentally friendly fuel on a high note, thanks to the transgressions of a German automaker, and it could open back up …

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

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

Fuels America Launches TV Campaign to Counter Anti-RFS Letter
November 13, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fuels America is announcing a significant television campaign today calling out Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) for signing on to a Congressional letter that was authored by oil industry lobbyists. The first phase …

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy
November 11, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), a D.C.-based free market …

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England
November 10, 2015 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the small businesses struggling to stay competitive in the global economy? According to a new study …

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate
November 9, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim at the federal corn ethanol mandates and calls on congressional lawmakers to end them.

The 30-second …

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (Daily Yonder)  After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williamson has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income …

After Delays, Biodiesel Business to Open
June 17, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Eric Blaisdell (Times Argus)  After two years of legal battles and obstacles, Black Bear Biodiesel will be open for business Saturday. … Once the ground thawed this spring, he said pumps were installed. Local woodworker …

Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels Fall 2015 — September 18 – December 9, 2015 — Burlington, VT
June 8, 2015 – 12:02 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels Fall 2015 — September 18 – December 9, 2015  — Burlington, VT

Semesters::Fall
Location::UVM campus and throughout Vermont
Register for Varibale Academic Credit: (0 to 4  College Credits for NR 285 – J- 95467  OR TRC 295 – A – 95426
Advanced special topics in natural resource planning beyond the …

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement
April 16, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(vtdigger.org/TH Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI
November 21, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE …

Vermont Sunflowers to Help Provide Power
September 18, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Green Mountain Power)  GMP collaborates on Innovative Farm-to-Energy Biodiesel Test

Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed.  The …

A Biodiesel Business Is Opening in Plainfield
July 10, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Kathryn Flagg (Seven Days Vermont) … While Vallee’s Red Store sits vacant, Black Bear Biodiesel is gearing up to open its doors — and pump its first gallons of recycled vegetable oil — later this …

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Releases Report on Grass Heating Energy Potential in Vermont and the Northeast
June 14, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Vermont Bioenergy Initiative)  A new report evaluating grass biomass energy as a potential heating fuel has been released. Grass Energy in Vermont and the Northeast summarizes current research on the agronomy and usage potential of grass as …

Vermont Tech Announces Gift from Entrepreneur David Blittersdorf to Support Renewable Energy Bachelor’s Degree
May 13, 2014 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Technical College)  Vermont Business Leader Urges State to Keep Momentum on Energy Goals
Vermont Tech announced today that David Blittersdorf, well-known renewable energy entrepreneur and president and Chief Executive Officer of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, has …

Dem Lawmaker Welch Rides Anti-Ethanol Bike
December 6, 2013 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem (The Hill RegWatch)  Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to Washington’s streets on Thursday to push for the reform of a government biofuel program. … On Thursday, he posted a picture of himself on Twitter …

Biomass to Biofuels Spring 2014 Course January 13-April 30, 2014 Burlington, VT
November 22, 2013 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
Biomass to Biofuels Spring 2014 Course    January 13-April 30, 2014   Burlington, VT

The mission of this program is to provide hands-on instruction in all possible bioenergy areas outlined below, support generation of related skilled workforce and stimulate bioenergy production :
* LIQUID BIOFUELS (transportation fuels; home-heating oil; biodiesel …

How Farmers Get from Sunflowers in the Field to Fuel in the Tank (Video)
October 21, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (The Examiner)  …State Line Biofuels operates a 120,000 gallon/year (300 gallon per batch capacity) biodiesel production facility, providing biofuel and livestock meal for on-farm use. The production capacity of State Line Biofuels can additionally serve …

Agricultural Alchemy: Manure + Brewery Waste Could Yield Biofuel
October 2, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by John Herrick (VTDigger.org)  Waste from dairy farms and beer breweries could provide the necessary ingredients to grow algae-based biofuels, leaders of a project designed to research this technology said on Tuesday.

Matt Cota, executive director …

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Launches YouTube Video Series
April 24, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A series of short videos covering five years of Vermont Bioenergy Initiative projects and the farms and people involved are now up and available to watch on YouTube.

The initiative is a project …

Industry Reacts to RFS Reform Act Introduced in House
April 11, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry reacted swiftly to the so-called RFS Reform Act, legislation introduced April 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they said would gut the renewable fuel …

Algae to Biofuel
March 12, 2013 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Bioenergy)  Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel R&D in the Northeast  WATCH VIDEO

New Initiative Equips Farmers to Combat Climate Change and Increase Food Security
February 19, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire) Radio Lifeline, a non-profit based in the US, announces the launch of the Black Earth Project, a new initiative designed to help farmers mitigate the growing effects of climate change. Radio Lifeline’s partner in this project is re:char, a …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

Biomass to Biofuels Course – 2013 Spring Semester, January 25- April 26, 2013 University of Vermont
November 12, 2012 – 4:20 pm | No Comment
Biomass to Biofuels Course – 2013 Spring Semester, January 25- April 26, 2013  University of Vermont

4 Credits, January 25, 2013 to April 26, 2013 (Fridays & Saturdays 1:00PM – 4:30PM; some Saturdays field trips might start AM; no classes during the regular breaks/holidays, plus 2 weeks self-study for the course …

Local Energy Company Makes It Easy for Customers to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
October 24, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(Bourne’s Energy)  Bourne’s Energy announces the grand opening of their local biofuel blending facility that produces cleaner and greener fuel for vehicles and home heating.

Bourne’s Energy is thrilled to announce a new milestone in Vermont’s green energy history …

$10M Grant Will Fund Research into Biofuel-Based Economic Development
October 16, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University)  The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.

That’s the goal of …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Double Gas Prices
March 27, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new study released today by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) indicates that a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states could result in doubling gasoline prices and other negative …

Cenusa Bioenergy Receives $25 Million Grant from USDA
March 26, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Madsen (IowaStateDaily.com)  The Iowa State University-led Cenusa Bioenergy project works to develop a biofuel with both a Midwestern and environmental focus.

Through a five-year, $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National …

Rail Plan to Ship Ethanol Is Decried
March 9, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Katheleen Conti (The Boston Globe)  Eight firefighters are seen dousing a couple of rail cars, as bright flames and a plume of dark smoke engulf parts of the freight train in a still image …

Bernie Sanders Pledges Legislation Ending ‘Absurdity’ of Federal Fossil Fuel Subsidies
January 27, 2012 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Mat McDermott  (TreeHugger)  We just learned, based on IEA calculations, if all fossil fuel subsidies were eliminated it would result in greenhouse gas emission cuts deep enough to get us halfway to preventing dangerous climate change. Indeed, …

Iowa State University-Led Group Awarded $25 Million Grant for Land Use, Biofuel Production Study
January 19, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated production system can address all of these concerns while making profits for producers.

A multi-state, interdisciplinary …

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course March 23 to April 28, 2012 Burlington, VT
November 9, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course   March 23 to April 28, 2012   Burlington, VT

(University of Vermont)  Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse affects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The University of Vermont is actively involved in this area through …

Jobe, Huber Kick off Northeast Bioheat Workshop
October 13, 2011 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  The biodiesel and oilheat industries have a long-standing history working alongside each other respectively serving the home heating needs of their customers, particularly in the Northeast, and delivering clean-burning Bioheat …

Building Out for Bioheat
September 26, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The market for biodiesel-blended heating oil is growing swiftly as oilheat dealers look for ways to green their offerings and supply a product that offers comparable economic benefits to natural …

Energy Independence: On-Farm Biodiesel Production
July 28, 2011 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his farm near Alburgh, Vermont.

…Rainville first got interested in oilseed production when University of Vermont Extension approached him about growing  canola …

University of Vermont’s Biomass to Biofuels Course Brings Real World to Academia and Visa Versa
June 20, 2011 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Whoever thought of inviting “degree and non-degree seeking students, farmers, budding entrepreneurs, teachers (interested in developing curriculum, or projects at school or college levels) and others” to a university …

Vermont Heating Oil to Contain Biodiesel
May 27, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Vermont continues the momentum for clean air policies in the North East by passing a requirement for renewable, cleaner-burning biodiesel to be used in home heating oil throughout the state.

…The broad-based …

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course September 2-October 8, 2011
May 20, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment
University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course   September 2-October 8, 2011

Dates: September 2 to October 8, 2011
Days/Time: Fridays & Saturdays 1:00PM – 4:30PM; 2 of the Saturday field trips from 8:30am to 1:30
Location: UVM campus & throughout Vermont
Lead Instructor: Lead Instructor Anju Dahiya
Register for Academic Credit: …

Saint Michael’s Receives $766,000 NSF Grant as Part of Plant Genome Project
March 24, 2011 – 7:45 am | No Comment

(VermontBiz.com)  Saint Michael’s College biologist Dr Mark Lubkowitz and his students join a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Florida, Purdue University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln, on a five-year project to …

Biomass to Biofuels March 25-April 30 Burlington, VT
March 13, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment
Biomass to Biofuels     March 25-April 30  Burlington, VT

Course Description: Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse affects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The University of Vermont is actively involved in this area through research …