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EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals
June 15, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ePURE/EurActiv)  RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in fighting climate change   —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning on a new target for renewables in transport – a deal that clearly recognises the importance of separating bad biofuels like palm oil from good ones like European ethanol. 

The agreement sets a target of 14% renewables in transport by 2030. It would freeze the use of high-ILUC risk biofuels such as palm oil at current levels and phase it out by 2030, while capping crop-based biofuels at Member States’ 2020 levels, with a maximum of 7%. The agreement also sets an ambitious and much needed target for advanced biofuels.  
 
Europe needs all sustainable renewables in the energy transition to achieve Europe’s climate goals and ethanol is critical to transport decarbonisation,” said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association. “Of course, this is not a perfect solution. Allowing Member States to undermine the transport target by lowering the crop cap or relying on artificial multipliers gives the illusion of progress and puts Europe’s commitment to decarbonising transport into question. Capping crop-based biofuels at 2020 levels also unfairly penalizes sustainable biofuels like European renewable ethanol, which if given the chance could drive EU decarbonisation even further – but it is a major improvement over the initial proposal from the Commission.” 
 
Member States should now get on with the work of implementing the 2020 objectives and show that Europe is a place that can provide the policy stability investors need. A solid crop-based ethanol industry is needed to spur investment in advanced ethanol,” Desplechin said.  
 
European renewable ethanol delivers significant greenhouse gas reductions compared to fossil petrol and works at scale in today’s vehicle fleet. Its production – from crops grown by European farmers, as well as from agricultural residues and waste – does not cause adverse indirect impacts. It is also an important domestic source of animal protein at a time when European livestock farmers rely heavily on imports.   
 
new study from Ricardo Energy & Environment confirms that, with a large number of vehicles with internal combustion engines still on the road in coming decades, low-carbon fuels such as renewable ethanol will be crucial to decarbonising transport. READ MORE

Biofuel industry welcomes RED II clarity on palm oil, used cooking oil and advanced targets (Platts)

EU to phase out most harmful biofuels (EU Observer)

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

Africa: New EU Biofuel Rules Not Enough to Help People or the Planet (Oxfam International/AllAfrica)

Activists blast EU for extending deadline to ban palm oil in biofuels (South Africa Today)

 

Excerpts from EU Observer:  “One of the most sensitive issues during the negotiations was biofuels from food and feed crops,” said Dutch Green MEP Bas Eickhout in a press statement.

“The signal that the EU is moving away from the most harmful biofuels, palm oil and soy, is even stronger,” the statement said.

However, a Dutch version of that press release was more carefully worded, saying that by 2030 palm oil and “most probably soy” would be banned.

This indicates that the draft legislation, which still needs formal approval by parliament and council, will leave some details to be determined later by the commission.

One factor that will have to be taken into account is World Trade Organization rules. There could also be concerns about the effect of the measures on relations with Indonesia and Malaysia – the two largest producers of palm oil used in Europe.

In 2030 a 32 percent share of the EU’s energy must be from renewable sources. In 2016 it already reached 17 percent, on track for the 20 percent share target of 2020.

The 32 percent is higher than what EU leaders agreed to in 2014, when they said in a Brussels summit that renewable energy levels should be at “at least 27 percent”.  READ MORE

 

Excerpts from Ethanol Producer Magazine:  An infographic published by AEBIOM explains that for bioenergy to account toward the overall renewable energy targets and gain public financial support, the biomass will need to meet sustainability and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission saving criteria. Exemptions are given to waste and industrial residues, for which only GHG criteria and a few other elements apply. Exemptions are also given to installations below 20 MW for solid biomass fuels and 2 MW for gaseous biomass fuels, unless member states decide otherwise.

The GHG savings criteria for biofuels, biogas and bioliquids begin at 50 percent before 2015, and increase to 60 percent after 2015 and 65 percent after 2021. For electricity, heating and cooling production from biomass fuels, the GHG reduction criteria are set at 70 percent after 2021 and 80 percent after 2026. Percentage reductions are compared to fossil fuels.

For electricity-only installations, energy generated will only be accounted to targets and supports if fossil fuel is not used as the main fuel; if facilities of 50-100 MW meet best available technology associated energy efficiency levels or use biomass carbon capture and storage (CCS); and if facilities above 1000 MW have an electrical efficiency of 36 percent or apply biomass CCS.

A range of sustainability criteria are set for both agricultural biomass and for forestry biomass.

In a statement, AEBIOM said the approach ensures that biomass is produced sustainably, irrespective of geographical origin, without creating unnecessary administrative burden on small installations and countries with a well-established system of forest management.

Novozymes has also spoken out on the provisional deal. Tina Sejersgård Fanø, executive vice president of agriculture and bioenergy at Novozymes, said the compromise on REDII should provide necessary clarity and direction for investment, but criticized the deal for limiting the contribution of sustainable conventional biofuels.

“That is at odds with the international consensus that they are necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement. All good solutions are needed in the energy transition required to achieve Europe’s climate goals—and sustainable biofuels are critical to transport decarbonization,” Sejersgård Fanø said. “We also regret the amount of multipliers that can be used to achieve the transport target; these are misleading European citizens on the real level of ambition—and provide more space for the continuous use of fossil fuels in transport. We believe it is important now that Member States quickly implement the REDII into ambitious, national legislation, with limited use of multipliers, to ensure that investments in renewables are made early on—and for Europe to be on track to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the mid-century.”

Now that a provisional deal on the REDII has been reached, the text of the directive must be formally approved the European Parliament and the Council. Once endorsed by both co-legislators in the coming months, the REDII will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and will enter into force 20 days after publication. Member states will then have to transpose the new elements of the directive into national law 18 months after its entry into force.  READ MORE



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Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit
June 12, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the White House quashed the release of a plan to change the Renewable Fuels Standard amid sharp opposition from ag interests. 

“Mr. Pruitt is planning on being here,”Bill Pracht, CEO of the ethanol plant, told Pro’s Eric Wolff. “I was kind of surprised,” he said, adding that he did not organize the visit. “He was coming to Kansas, doing one other event on a different issue, and the plant is on the way to the airport.” According to a consultant with a communications firm that has been helping to organize the trip, Pruitt is also expected to visit another ethanol plant in South Dakota. Pracht said he plans to give Pruitt a tour of the plant and have the administrator meet with his board and some local agricultural groups. EPA, which typically does not disclose Pruitt’s whereabouts, did not respond to requests for further details.

ME is wondering what kind of reception Pruitt will receives during his visit, since the administrator has drawn the ire of ethanol backers for granting dozens of ethanol compliance waivers to refiners. Ernst, herself a strong supporter of the ethanol industry, said Pruitt lied to her and other senators last year when he promised to uphold the RFS. Earlier this month, Ernst called Pruitt “about as swampy as you get,” while other ethanol groups accuse him of being sympathetic to refiners. “It’s clear that the refiners have the ear of Administrator Pruitt,” Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, recently told Eric. “We feel like Administrator Pruitt is going to stay at it.”   READ MORE

Growth Energy: Top 5 answers Pruitt owes farmers, biofuel workers (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN (Poltico’s Morning Energy)

WILL ETHANOL TIP THE BALANCE? (Politico’s Morning Energy)

E15 gasoline remains crucial to ethanol ‘road map to success’: Growth Energy CEO (Platts)

SOUTH DAKOTA CORN RALLY PUSHES FOR YEAR-ROUND E15 SALES (Brownfield Ag News; includes AUDIO)

EPA ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT TO VISIT NEBRASKA (KNEB)

Trump’s EPA chief was in town. Here’s how local corn growers welcomed him. (Argus Leader)

Pruitt Visits South Dakota Farmers (Energy.AgWired.com; includes AUDIO)

Group Rallies to Protest During EPA Administrator’s Visit to South Dakota (KDLT News; includes VIDEO)

East Kansas Agri-Energy hosts Pruitt for roundtable (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

AgriTalk: What Would You Say To EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt?  (AgriTalk/Farm Journal’s Pork Business; includes AUDIO)

Farmers, Ethanol Industry Say EPA Administrator Is Hurting Industries (KELO Land; includes VIDEO)

Sen. Inhofe Criticizes Scott Pruitt, Wants Face-to-Face Meeting with Embattled EPA Chief (Washington Post)

A right-wing dark money group called on Trump to fire Scott Pruitt– More and more Republicans are growing weary of the EPA administrator’s escalating ethics problems. (Vox)

Why Trump would really, really rather not fire Scott Pruitt — The EPA administrator has given the White House most of the few policy wins it has to date. (Vox)

Ethanol Backers Rally in Sioux Falls (WNAX)

South Dakota’s rural champions rally against EPA’s war on biofuel (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

Farmers and ethanol supporters voice concerns at tractor rally (Hub City Radio; includes AUDIO)

Pruitt says he backs E15; ethanol industry calls for him to be fired (Lincoln Journal Star)

Nebraska Groups Press Pruitt (DTN The Progressive Farmer)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt hears ethanol concerns, but visit stays mostly Nebraska Nice (Omaha World Herald)

Farmers protest Pruitt’s ethanol policies (Associated Press/Post Register)

MINNEAPOLIS | FARMERS IN TRUMP COUNTRY PROTEST PRUITT’S ETHANOL POLICIES (STL News)

Trump learns not to mess with biofuel policy (The Western Producer)

Pruitt faces revolt in Trump country (Politico)

‘CONSERVATIVE’ ATTACK ADS AGAINST PRUITT FUNDED BY ETHANOL-LINKED GROUP [VIDEO] (Daily Caller)

EPA Administrator Gets an Earful from Corn Farmers (Ag News Wire)

 

Excerpt from Ethanol Producer Magazine:  Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor offered up tough questions to greet U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during his expected travel through farm communities in Kansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Pruitt is not expected to appear before the media, but local agricultural stakeholders may be able to question the regulator about the EPA’s efforts to undercut U.S. biofuel consumption, a key source of demand for grain amid the five-year plunge in farm income. As recently as last week, the administrator sought to advance regulatory changes targeting the Renewable Fuel Standard—changes the president rejected. In the spirit of opening a candid dialogue about the concerns of rural communities, Skor suggested the following questions:

1. Administrator Pruitt, President Trump committed to lifting EPA rules against year-round sales of E15, and you told him that you had the authority to make it happen. This change would reduce renewable identification number (RIN) prices, promote rural growth, and lower fuel costs for drivers. Why didn’t the EPA provide relief this summer, leaving consumers without affordable fuel options with gas prices on the rise?

2. Administrator Pruitt, an estimated 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol demand have been destroyed by your EPA’s “small” refinery waivers—including some to the world’s largest oil companies. As required by law, how do you ensure 15 billion gallons of blending despite the incredible increase in waivers granted by your EPA?

3. How will you commit to protecting total biofuel targets from now on, including 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol, against any future waivers that undercut statutory goals that President Trump promised to uphold?

4. Farm income has plunged 52 percent, while refinery profits are surging. How much more income must farmers lose before the EPA acts on the president’s E15 pledge and sets aside other efforts to destroy biofuel demand?

5. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, along with Midwest lawmakers, farm groups, and rural champions across the heartland said your export scheme would destroy demand for billions of gallons of ethanol—dispelling misinformation from refiners. Why did you ignore Secretary Perdue and force the president to kill the proposal?  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Politico’s Morning Energy:  Following his talks Tuesday with Kansas farmers, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel today (June 13, 2018) to a sorghum farm in Reliance, S.D., where corn growers will take to their tractors to protest his moves on biofuels. In particular, the farmers are angry about his proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, and they’re accusing him of siding with oil refiners.

Already, Pruitt faced some heat when he met with farmers and ethanol producers in Kansas on Tuesday. “To be honest, Administrator Pruitt, we’re mad as hell,” Kansas Corn Commissioner Dennis McNinch told Pruitt, according to a KCC press release. “We are under attack once again from the oil industry as they try to unravel the RFS using their latest scare tactic claiming that RINs are about to put them out of business. Big oil is enjoying wide profit margins today. People like Sen. [Ted] Cruz believe that the oil industry needs to be thrown a bone. How many bones do they need?”

From Pruitt’s corner, the administrator called the visit “a candid and productive dialogue” on the RFS in a statement. Statements from farmers indicate Pruitt also said EPA has the authority to reallocate blending requirements from exempted small refiners to large refiners, which farmers say would stabilize biofuel credit prices. Bill Pracht, CEO of the East Kansas Agri-Energy, the ethanol producer Pruitt visited, said in a separate statement he told Pruitt that biofuel credit prices had been so volatile over the last year that the company had idled a brand new biofuel plant.

The administrator tweeted out images from his trip Tuesday. “I strongly believe the most effective way to make decisions is to hear directly from stakeholders,” he wrote. “The Trump Administration is committed to standing up for the American farmer.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Politico’s Morning Energy: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s conservative support is wavering, but it could be his handling of biofuels policy that ends up being his downfall. The scandal-plagued administrator — who most recently came under fire for having one of his aides help his wife in her job search — will continue his trek across red, Trump-backed states today, with a stop in Nebraska. The administrator’s tour this week seems to signal his recognition that he needs to improve his standing with farmers, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports, who are angry over his changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

With stops already in Kansas and South Dakota behind him, Pruitt has faced his fair share of protest from corn-state farmers that have nothing to do with the various ethical and fiscal controversies swirling in Washington. Instead, farmers say Pruitt is taking money out of their pockets by weakening federal rules mandating the use of the biofuels that President Donald Trump promised to support. “Pruitt needs to follow through with what the President promised to Iowans, and if he can’t, then we need to find someone who will,” GOP Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement.

Republicans on the ground say it may be too late for Pruitt to save himself. “My personal opinion is farmers are demanding accountability and I think that Mr. Pruitt probably is a dead man walking,” said Dane Hicks, the GOP chairman in Anderson County, Kansas, where Pruitt stopped on Tuesday. “I can’t imagine he rebounds from this in any way to salvage his position. I would expect his resignation soon.” Read more from Eric here.

WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS TODAY: Pruitt’s trip to Nebraska today puts him in another state where Republicans have criticized him for not doing enough on ethanol. EPA won’t release details on that trip, but sources tell POLITICO he will meet with Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Common Sense Nebraska Coalition to discuss the Waters of the United States rule. According to John Duff of Sorghum Growers, Pruitt told farmers yesterday the new WOTUS rule would go to the White House on Friday. Today’s roundtable discussion will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to a schedule obtained by ME.

That’s not all: On Friday, Pruitt will attend a picnic with farmers and Ricketts on “impaired water de-listing,” according to the schedule. And there could be news on the Renewable Volume Obligations front next week, as well. When asked why biodiesel isn’t promoted more, Pruitt told farmers Wednesday: “Wait until next week. You’ll be very happy,” Duff also tweetedREAD MORE

 

Excerpt from The Western Producer:  Who wins is important to Canadian farmers because that policy is what makes U.S. ethanol production hugely successful, processing 40 percent of America’s giant corn crop.

If that demand were to be severely restricted it would create a huge corn surplus that would sink the corn market and pull down other crop markets with it.

Corn prices that averaged $3.68 per bushel in 2015, would have averaged only $2.75 without the regulations requiring ethanol use, according to a study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Voters in farm states are already frustrated over Trump’s trade battles with China, NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico, and the European Community. They worry the frictions will limit demand for American agricultural products. Republican leaders warned the trade and ethanol issues could cause the party headaches in the midterm elections this fall.

The mandates also help to consume surplus production that would otherwise drive down crop prices, potentially triggering other farm support plans funded by the taxpayer.

Another incentive for countries that don’t have large petroleum resources is that using home-grown biofuel reduces the need to import expensive crude oil, helping to balance trade deficits.  READ MORE



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 8, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

Jenna Bloxom, in a recent Biofuels Digest thought piece on the need “to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels,” pointed to Standing Rock as, “among many things, a prime and missed opportunity for the biofuels industry to send a charismatic voice to the media frontlines to remind an attentive nation that ethanol, alone, prevented more than half a billion barrels of crude oil from flowing through American pipelines….

But rather than directing the dialogue to confirm the vital benefits of U.S. biofuels, we stood silently in the shadows….”  READ MORE



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Making Chemicals From Ethanol
June 15, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … “We’re hoping to provide alternatives to the sale of ethanol into the fuels market,” said Ron Cascone, principal with Nexant, Inc. “The theme of what I’m doing here is to show that there are options for converting ethanol to chemicals and materials that compete with the petroleum based materials.”

Cascone chaired a panel on making chemicals from ethanol during this year’s conference, discussing early chemicals made including ethylene for polyethylene, ethylene oxide, and ethylene glycol, and butadiene. Other options discussed included multiple optional routes to butadiene, acetic acid, and various esters.  READ MORE  include AUDIO



EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals
June 15, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ePURE/EurActiv)  RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in fighting climate change   —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning …

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit
June 12, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 8, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

Jenna Bloxom, in a recent Biofuels Digest thought piece on the need “to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels,” pointed to Standing Rock as, “among many things, a prime and missed opportunity for …

Cenergy Launches Global Biogas Capture and Utilization Program
June 15, 2018 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Cenergy Solutions/NGV Journal)  Cenergy Solutions has a Biogas Capture and Utilization System (BCU System) to help farms and communities around the world economically store and use their biogas instead of venting or flaring it. It is …

Critical Plant Gene Takes Unexpected Detour That Could Boost Biofuel Yields
June 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Sara Shoemaker (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Phys.org)  For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets.
But for Wellington …

Trump Taps Critic of Pro-Renewables Policies to Lead Renewables Office
June 15, 2018 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  President Trump is nominating a Department of Energy (DOE) official who previously fought against policies meant to promote renewable energy to lead the agency’s renewable energy office.
Dan Simmons has been serving …

Mexican Court Overturns Ethanol Blending Injunction
June 15, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  A federal tribunal in Mexico Thursday overturned an injunction blocking ethanol blending from climbing to 10% from 5.8%, two sources connected to the case told S&P Global Platts. 
“Effectively, today the collegiate court …

White House to Meet Automakers, California on Fuel Efficiency Rule
June 15, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  White House officials will have a new round of meetings with an automakers trade group and California’s “clean air” agency next week before unveiling a proposal to reverse rules aimed at increasing …

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels
June 15, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Purdue University Research Foundation News)  Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals.
The buildup of toxic materials during the production process …

NMMA Provides Update on EPA Bio-Isobutanol Approval
June 15, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(National Marine Manufacturers Association)  Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approved the registration of bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association has been a leading voice in the effort to secure …

Scania and Line 132 Will Use Pure Biodiesel
June 15, 2018 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Emiliano Huergo (Clarin Rural)  Claudio Molina, Executive Director of the Argentine Association of Biofuels and Hydrogen (AABH), announced that the line of collectives 132 of the Federal Capital will begin to use pure biodiesel in some …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion
June 15, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corbion is a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. In 2017, the company generated …

The Battle for Yeast Supremacy: DSM, DuPont, Novozymes and More
June 15, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s review the big gambits from the likes of DSM, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Novozymes as they duke it out over market share in an era where corn ethanol gallons …

From Corn to Manure, Here’s Why Biofuels Could Be Important in the Years to Come
June 14, 2018 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado is a hotbed of research and innovation. One field its researchers are looking at is that of biofuels, which can be produced from biomass. Breaking things …

EPA Chief Hints He Could Order More Ethanol in Fuel
June 14, 2018 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A week after the White House suspended its bid to reform the nation’s biofuels policy to aid oil refiners, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday dangled a tantalizing prospect …

Government Wants to Ease Process of Purchasing Ethanol, Says Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
June 14, 2018 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Financial Express/PTI)  Just like crude oil is treated as basic raw material for making petrol and diesel, Pradhan wanted ethanol to be given the same treatment  —  Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has promised to ease the process …

Joint Venture Company Formed for Execution of NRL’s Bio Refinery Project
June 14, 2018 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Numaligarh Refinery Limited)  Numaligarh Refinery Limited has taken a giant step forward by establishing a joint venture, Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt. Limited (ABRPL) with equity participation of  M/s Chempolis Oy of Finland and M/s Fortum 3 B.V. of Netherland …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Archer Daniels Midland
June 14, 2018 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Archer Daniels Midland Company is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. The company sports a …

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy
June 14, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or …

Stubble Burning: Punjab to Manufacture Bio-CNG from Paddy Straw
June 14, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times Energy World)  Seven bio-mass power plants are already underway in the state, but now steps have been taken in the direction of Bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw, the minister said.
… The government is committed to …

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers
June 14, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in …

Request for Information: Forest Industry Technologies DEADLINE: July 20, 2018
June 14, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Biobased Maine/Maine Technology Institute)  The Maine Technology Institute is collecting publicly available information on technologies that could be deployed within Maine’s forest industry. The purpose of this RFI is to encourage technology companies to submit preliminary …

CARB Lays Out Proposed Innovative Clean Transit Regulation COMMENTS DUE: July 23, 2018
June 14, 2018 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  On Monday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rolled out a draft proposal of its Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation, which is part of CARB’s strategy to transition the state’s heavy-duty mobile …

Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding
June 14, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that …

DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations
June 13, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned.

The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House …

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments
June 13, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations were still ongoing as to just which of 186 submitted would get a vote. Here …

Not into Octane
June 13, 2018 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ON THE HILL: GOP Sen. John Cornyn says finding common ground on an overhaul of the RFS is “like trying to come up with peace in the Middle East.” Cornyn …

Unloading Sustainability in the Most Unlikely Places: Germany’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to Realizing Closed Photo-Bioreactor Systems
June 13, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggelston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The excessive water evaporation of open pond photo-bioreactors (PBRs) seriously limits the geographical applicability of algae as a catalyst for bio-based products. As a result, these industries in Europe …

FEW Recognizes Moore, Walker for Contributions to Fuel Ethanol
June 12, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by  Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was …

French Partners to Build Photovoltaic Greenhouses for Microalgae
June 12, 2018 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Global EcoPower (GEP), of Aix-en-Provence, France, has signed a 5-year partnership contract with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). This partnership, launched with the CEA’s technological research department, provides …

Researcher Wins DOE Grant to Study Sustainability of Biofuels
June 12, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Idaho/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Tara Hudiburg was awarded $750,000 to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant, award by the Department of Energy, is part of a $104 million …

Ted Cruz Says Biofuel Policy Overhaul May Be Revived
June 12, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the …

EU Farmers Boss: DG Agri ‘Not Properly Consulted’ in Biofuels Talks
June 12, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  EU farmers are “quite worried” about the fact that the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG Agri) is often disregarded when it comes to policy decisions that have a …

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells
June 12, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Yirka (Phys.org)   A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in …

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel
June 12, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification …

Eleven Years After Bill, City Fleets in Washington State are Nowhere Near Abandoning Gas-Powered Vehicles
June 12, 2018 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Deshais (The Spokesman-Review/GovTech)  Seattle has the most alternative-fuel vehicles in its municipal fleet. But its fleet is supposed to be 100 percent alternative.  —  … In 2007, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law …

Chart of the Week (23) — Argentina Accounts for Almost Two Thirds of EU Biodiesel Imports − Indonesia Is the Largest Palm Oil Exporter to the EU
June 12, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  Biodiesel imports from Argentina have increased considerably over the past several months. In contrast, imports of soybean oil as feedstock from Argentina have been virtually non-existent. The reverse …

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses
June 12, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(SCIAD Newswire/Open Cell)  Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and SynbiCITE to launch a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherd’s …

Thai Policy Helping to Drive Push for More Biogas and Biomass Power Production
June 12, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Thailand, a new research report says the country’s biogas market should grow 10% while its biomass market should grow 4% between 2017 and 2022 for a total installed capacity of 4,750MW. The …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Management
June 12, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada. Today, this includes not just …

WaterKnight, Green Lizard, Solugen, Fero Labs Win at AkzoNobel’s Imagine Chemistry start-up event
June 12, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals named 10 start-ups and chemical researchers as winners of the 2018 edition of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals’ Imagine Chemistry challenge.
To meet its sustainability and growth ambitions, AkzoNobel …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF
June 11, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the strategic plans, progress and future milestones of BASF, a major stakeholder in the Advanced Bioeconomy?
In this slide deck, BASF gets into technologies, results, horizons, timelines, direct investments, partnerships and alliances …

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation
June 11, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting …

California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan Concept Paper
June 8, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board | California Environmental Protection Agency
California Department of Food and Agriculture | California Natural Resources Agency)  This Concept Paper provides a proposed outline for the California Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation …

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions
June 8, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, …

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding
June 8, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. In contrast to the GOP-only bill that has advanced in the House, the bipartisan Senate …

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot
June 8, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to mind?
Is it California? …  Let me make the case for a state that may not have …

EPA to Change How It Considers Costs, Benefits of Regulations COMMENTS DEADLINE: July 13, 2018
June 8, 2018 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers …

Brazilian Sugar Industry Fears More Fuel Market Manipulation on the Horizon
June 8, 2018 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Platts and Valor Economico report that the sugarcane industry is worried further fuel market manipulation could be on the cards following the resignation of Petrobras’ CEO under pressure of the recent …

Mired in Misère: Re-Launching Political Capital and Public Trust for Biofuels; Seven Strategies to Reinstate Our Industry’s Power in Washington, D.C. through Mainstreet, USA
June 8, 2018 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Bloxom (Colorado State University/Biofuels Digest)  … Now is the critical juncture for a unified bioeconomy to re-assert biofuels as a political powerhouse and compelling policy agenda that defies partisan, geographical, and generational divisions.

(T)his industry must …

Higher Yields, Faster Fermentation, Reduced Energy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ XCELIS Platform
June 8, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont XCELIS, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub – designed to increase yields, speed fermentation …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 8, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our current electrical power capacity will …

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold
June 8, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial …

St1 Announces Biofuel Projects in Sweden, Columbia
June 7, 2018 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On May 25, Nordic energy group St1 announced plans for two separate biofuels projects. One aims to produce biofuels from tall oil in Sweden while the other will explore a combined …

New Machine Learning Approach Could Accelerate Bioengineering
June 7, 2018 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel.
Their computer algorithm starts …

Waste Management Opens New RNG Facility in Kentucky
June 7, 2018 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Waste Management has unveiled a $30 million renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Louisville, Ky.
The new Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility processes up to 5,000 standard cubic feet per minute of incoming …

A Green Fleet Does Not Go Unnoticed: Georgia County Wins Top Honors
June 7, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Thanks in part to its “green fleet policy,” DeKalb County, Ga., has been awarded the No. 1 spot in this year’s edition of “The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas.”
Sponsored by …

CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery
June 7, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic …

Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit — October 22-24, 2018 — Napa Valley, CA
June 7, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit   —   October 22-24, 2018   —   Napa Valley, CA

250+ Senior Fuels & Emissions Leaders | 2 Unique Tracks | 2 Full Days of Networking
The Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit is now the Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit! We are expanding our …

Notice for Solicitation of Members for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee DEADLINE: June 30, 2018
June 7, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  … U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).  …  Deadline for Technical …

Gas Mileage With a Punch! 355-Horse 2019 L84 5.3 Chevy V-8 Can Burn E85
June 7, 2018 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by John Gilbert (Super Chevy)  The big draw to E85 for gearheads was its 105 octane rating that’s no longer posted on the pump. It’s been a while since there’s been any mention of E85 connected …

NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass
June 7, 2018 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If there’s an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That’s certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now, requires a two-step process to …

Sen. Tina Smith Tells Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders that Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key to Reviving Lagging Farm Economy
June 7, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tina Smith (D-MN))  Senator Leads Bipartisan Push for Strong Funding and Focus on Energy As Senate Begins Work on Farm Bill in Coming Days  —  As the Senate prepares to begin work on the …

Targray Opens Minnesota Biodiesel Distribution Center in Minneapolis – Saint Paul
June 7, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Targray/Sys-con Media/PR Newswire)  Biodiesel supplier’s new terminal will address growth in demand stemming from state’s B20 mandate  —   Targray, a leading North American supplier of Biodiesel, has announced the opening of its Minnesota Biodiesel distribution center, serving …

Why Nebraska’s Governor Is a Champion of Biofuels
June 7, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently declared May as Renewable Fuels Month to draw attention to clean burning biofuel options. He’s focused on grassroot efforts to educate and expand access of  mid-level blends for …

US Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels To Tune Of $27 Billion
June 7, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S Hill (Clean Technica)  New research has shown that the United States continues to subsidize the production and consumption of fossil fuels to the tune of $27 billion, despite repeated pledges since 2009 to …

In a First, Indian Oil Corporation to Channel Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Production
June 7, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Outlook India)  In a first-of-its-kind venture in the world, Indian Oil Corporation is planning to utilise off-gases (waste gas) from various processing units of its refineries for production of ethanol. The move will reduce the carbon footprint of the …

Kalasin Locals Kick up Stink over Molasses
June 7, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet  (Bangkok Post)  Storage ponds said to be causing pollution  —  Locals yesterday signed a petition to pressure Mitr Phol BioFuel Co Ltd, an affiliated firm of Mitr Phol Group, to scrap the expansion of molasses …

EU Pushes Back against Weakening of Aviation Emissions Deal
June 7, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  European countries are pushing back against any weakening of the rules underpinning a landmark global agreement to cap airline emissions at 2020 levels, especially those related to the types of aviation biofuels that …

Project COCONUT Launched in Quezon
June 7, 2018 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Danny Estacio (Manila Bulletin)  Coconut farmers in Quezon have a brighter future to look forward to following the recent launch of COllaboration for COconut Productivity and NUrturing Farmers’ Trade or Project COCONUT of Pilipinas Shell …

Community Fuels Offers ADF-Compliant, NOx-Neutral Biodiesel
June 7, 2018 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Community Fuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Community Fuels is the first biodiesel marketer within California to offer NOx-neutral biodiesel using the new Best Corp. BC-EC1c additive. Under the California Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation, biodiesel use is subject to seasonal …

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?
June 7, 2018 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and new feedstocks.
#1 Tax & Trade
Free …

UPDATE 1-Brazil Targets 10 pct Cut in Fuel Sector Carbon Emissions
June 6, 2018 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Leonardo Goy, Marcelo Teixeira and José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)   Brazil plans to cut carbon emissions from its fuels sector by 10 percent through 2028, forcing distributors to sell more biofuels, the National Energy Policy Council …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Launches 3 New Ethanol Products
June 6, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont Xcelis, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub—designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce …

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol
June 6, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida) University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply fuel ethanol can be made from inedible plant material – called biomass – using currently available technology.
Their goal is to make this form of ethanol less …

Bill Aims to Increase E15 Labeling Requirements
June 6, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In mid-May, Reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced legislation that aims to introduce more stringent labeling requirements for E15.
The bill, titled the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency …

RFS Changes on Hold
June 6, 2018 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ASSUME DEAL DEAD: Sen. Joni Ernst’s decision to lay into embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over his alleged about-face on ethanol appears to have paid off. Ernst spoke to President Donald Trump …

SLU and Stora Enso in Strategic Partnership
June 6, 2018 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)  The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Stora Enso. Through the agreement SLU and Stora Enso intend to establish a long-term collaboration in research …

RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada Demonstrate Significant Positive Impacts from Clean Fuel Standard
June 6, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the country’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), together representing almost 50 member companies—have released the results of a new study on the economic …

Maximizing Crop Yield: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience
June 6, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global food security. Experts forecast that …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 6th, 2018
June 6, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

The Local School Which Makes Its Own Biofuel
June 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Francis Witsenhuysen  (Northern Star) Learning how to turn sugar cane into biofuel in primary school is one thing, but running the school’s lawnmower with biofuel is quite another.
Yesterday, Empire Vale Public School raised the bar …

Consumers Association against Using Potatoes for Biofuel
June 5, 2018 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Cyprus Mail)  The Consumers Association on Sunday said it rejected the creation of biofuels from agricultural products such as potatoes, kolokassi and other products.
In an open letter sent to the House Energy Committee, the association said …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
June 5, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  A proposal to alter the EU’s overarching renewable energy policy has been announced, which would phase-out palm oil as a biodiesel feedstock by 2021, due to production sustainability concerns.

Malaysia and Indonesia, …

Nestlé Unit Rolls out 10 Biofuel Trucks in Dubai
June 5, 2018 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Neha Bhatia (Construction Week)  A unit of food and drink giant, Nestlé, has rolled out biofuel trucks in Dubai to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations.
The company hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by …

EPA’s New Super Fuel Could Spell Trouble for Ethanol
June 5, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is about to allow a new renewable fuel to be sold at the pump, which could revolutionize the fuel business while eliminating the use of corn ethanol …

Trump’s Support Wavering in Farm Country Over Ethanol, Trade Moves
June 5, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA chief seen as betraying Trump’s promises on biofuels; Trade tensions put demand for agricultural goods at risk — Even as Donald Trump tweets his support for U.S. agriculture, farmer loyalty for the …

Beartooth Basin Will Be First Ski Area to Operate on 100% Biodiesel
June 5, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  One of America’s oldest ski areas, Wyoming’s Beartooth Basin, has announced plans to become the first ski area to operate all lifts on biodiesel starting this season. Accoriding to a press release, the …

Leaders in Advanced Diesel Technology Outline Innovations to Deliver Cargo and Cleaner Air
June 5, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … The other thing you’re looking at with renewable diesel – since it is diesel fuel – you don’t have a lot of logistical handling problems that you have with other alternative fuels …

RFS Deal Coming Soon
June 5, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The White House is expected to release its final proposal on revisions to the Renewable Fuel Standard today. Pro’s Eric Wolff is hearing from two industry sources that the proposal will …

American Researchers Get $1.8 Million from Department of Energy to Solve Biorefinery Blockages
June 5, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A problem facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts …

Researchers Outline Plan for Subsidy-Free Biogas
June 5, 2018 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Scientists from Ghent University in Belgium have found that burning biogas is the least cost-effective way to use the product. Instead, they propose using biogas as the raw material for the production of chemicals.

“Combustion …

Driving Toward Sustainability: How Fleets Benefit from Alternative Fuels
June 5, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(REG/OPIS)  From performance to sustainability, major fleet companies are switching to alternative fuels.  Dive into this white paper, written by REG, and discover:
• Who is putting pressure on fleets to be sustainable.
• Two distinct types of advanced …

Renewable Natural Gas Production Facility Opens in Iowa
June 5, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(GAIN Clean Fuel/NGV Journal)  GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) announced the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The state-of-the-art facility will …

Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo (MABEX) 2018 — September 12-14, 2018 —
June 5, 2018 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo (MABEX) 2018   —   September 12-14, 2018   —

After the success of last year’s event, the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council (MABEC), previously the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association, is bringing back the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo (MABEX)! This year the conference will be in Philadelphia, …

IndyCar’s E85 Fuels Competition, if Not Acceptance
June 5, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Henry Payne (Detroit News)  The IndyCars racing in the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle this weekend will carry the logos of Chevrolet, Honda, Firestone and others. With 100,000 in attendance on the island and nearly 2 million …

Govt Set to Announce Rs8,000 Crore Plan to Bail out Sugarcane Farmers
June 5, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Live Mint)  The move comes close on the heels of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in the Kairana Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh last week where dues to farmers were a major issue  —  In …

Eni Employees in Porto Marghera Begin Collecting Used Cooking Oils for Conversion into Biofuels
June 5, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Eni)  Eni is the first company in the world to have taken a traditional refinery and transformed it into a Bio-Refinery using proprietary technology. As of today, Eni will begin collecting used cooking oils from the …

Total Keeps Biorefinery Launch on Track Despite Farmer Blockade Threat
June 5, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Bate Felix (Reuters)  French oil major Total is continuing talks with farmers opposed to its planned La Mede biodiesel refinery and plans to use 50,000 tonnes of French rapeseed to supply the facility, Chief Executive …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM
June 5, 2018 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and …

On The Front Lines: The Old Battle between Ethanol and Oil Takes Center Stage with the RFS.
June 4, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022.  —  … But leaders in the ethanol industry are quick to point out this fight …

A Blueprint for Keeping Midwest Dollars in the Midwest
June 4, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend says increasing the availability of ethanol blender pumps and higher blends will keep ethanol in the Midwest, pumping millions of dollars into …

Need for Global Adoption of Transport Biofuels Is Pressing
June 4, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Observing these trends, scientists note that, going forward, each new month and year have the potential to be the hottest on record. The data so far …

Commentary: A Success Story Worth Repeating
June 4, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … The ethanol industry could provide a home-grown, energy source that lessened our dependence on foreign imports, replaced a cancer-causing chemical as the octane portion of gasoline, and reduced tail …

Growth Energy: RVP Period to Begin at Highest Fuel Cost to Consumers in Years
June 4, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Tomorrow (June 1, 2018) marks the beginning of the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restriction on E15 sales across most of the country during the summer driving season – June 1 to September 15. The …

Farm and Biofuel Coalition Demands that EPA Account for Lost Volumes Due to Secretive, Retroactive Small Refinery Exemptions
June 4, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Coalition Petitions EPA to Revise the Way It Calculates Annual Renewable Fuel Obligations; EPA Is Failing to Comply with Statutory Mandate  —  Today a coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Growth Energy Announces Rutter’s as Newest E15 Retailer
June 4, 2018 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy and Pennsylvania-based Rutter’s announced that the convenience store chain will begin selling E15 – a fuel with 15 percent biofuel – at seven of its locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West …

Renewable Solvents Derived from Lignin Lowers Waste in Biofuel Production
June 4, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  A closed-loop biorefinery could dramatically lower the cost of biofuels and related products. In this approach, the refinery produces the solvents it needs, rather than “importing” them. Scientists at the Joint BioEnergy …

The West’s Pure-Play Ethanol Kings: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol
June 1, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pacific Ethanol was founded in 2003 as the first pure-play ethanol company and today is a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels with 9 strategically located bio-refineries in the U.S., production …

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Grants Refiners Biofuel Credits to Remedy Obama-Era Waiver Denials
May 31, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of biofuel blending credits for this year to refiners HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil after they argued …

Sustain RFS as Important Tool in GHG-Reduction Strategy
May 31, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Solutions from the Land)  One of the three pillars of climate-smart agriculture is actions that farmers can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and simultaneously improve profitability. A principal means by which the agriculture …

Pruitt’s SAB Story
May 31, 2018 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA’s independent Science Advisory Board will meet today and Friday for the first time since Administrator Scott Pruitt barred scientists on the committee from receiving EPA grants and boosted its …

EU Biofuel Regulation Is Not Sustainable Long-Term
May 31, 2018 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/Lund University)  The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the core issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to a new doctoral thesis from Lund University in …

NE Asia Hydrous Ethanol Discussions Halted by Brazil Concerns
May 31, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Izham Ahmad (ICIS) Import discussions in northeast Asia’s spot hydrous ethanol market have ground to a halt on uncertainty over logistics in Brazil, which is the region’s main supplier.

“No one is willing to give us any kind …

Preem and RenFuel to Create the World’s First Lignin Plant for Biofuels
May 31, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Cision/Rottneros)  Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn. The plant is expected to produce an annual volume …

China’s Longping Sees Brazil Corn Expansion, Targets Seeds Market
May 31, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co, an agricultural firm controlled by China conglomerate CITIC Group Corp [CITIC.UL], sees Brazil expanding corn output up to 5 percent per year in coming years and is investing heavily …

Biodiesel Mandate to Take Effect from 1st September
May 31, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(EU Scoop)   Bulgaria is expected to implement a minimum of 6% biodiesel blend requirement for all transportation fuels from 1st September 2018.
At least 1% of the blend will come from new generation biofuels. The mandate …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group
May 31, 2018 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The company is a major  international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of …

Canada ❤ Bioneers: BioIndustrial Innovation Canada & Ontario Bust Another Move in the Bioeconomy with Comet Biorefining Invest
May 31, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Ontario is investing up to $8 million in Comet Biorefining’s $79.8 million bio-based ingredient project through its Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund. The investment will help …

3 Renewable Fuels That Just Might Replace Gasoline
May 31, 2018 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Katina Hazimihalis (Dumpsters.com)  In the U.S., burning gasoline for transportation is responsible for 30 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. How can we lower that impact when we still need a way to get around? Find realistic alternatives …

UK City’s Largest Transport Operator Buys 21 Scania Biogas Buses
May 30, 2018 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bristol Community Transport has invested in a fleet of 21 Scania biogas buses for its m1 Metrobus route , which will be operated by First West. Metrobus is a new rapid public transport system …

Biomethane Production Project Can Supply 10,000 Vehicles in Spain
May 30, 2018 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(Aqualia/NGV Journal)  Aqualia is developing numerous projects aimed at the production of renewable energy from the use of wastewater. Thanks to the technology developed within the CIEN Smart Green Gas project, Aqualia has managed to produce …

An Open Letter to ARB: Don’t Miss Out on California’s Opportunity for the Fastest, Most Cost-Effective Path to Cleaner Air
May 30, 2018 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The following is an open letter from Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, regarding the California Air Resources Board’s scheduled vote on the State’s spending plans for $423 million …

nova Session on Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) — September 18, 2018 — Cologne, Germany
May 30, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment
nova Session on Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)   —   September 18, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

What makes the utilization of CO2 attractive? Which role will CCU play in the sustainable fuels and chemistry? nova experts discuss possible options of CCU technologies, latest developments and the political framework.

The usage of carbon …

WEBINAR: Yeast, Yield, and Plant Performance: The Real-World Science behind the Innovation — June 5, 2018
May 30, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

Yeast performance dictates how plants operate and how successful they are. But with the relatively recent introduction of new yeast technologies, it can be difficult to know what works best in your plant and what …

RED II: Time’s Running out to Save European Biofuels
May 30, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(European Oilseed Alliance/EurActiv)  As the discussions between the European Parliament and the Council continue on the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the European Oilseed Alliance (EOA) calls on policymakers to support European rapeseed …

Ethanol Report on Biker and Boater Education
May 30, 2018 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A custom-made motorcycle will be the centerpiece of a new educational campaign by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) to inform consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, and other small …

Chinese Ethanol Buyers Turn to Central, South America for Arbitrage Supply
May 30, 2018 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Christina Siantar (Platts)  Chinese ethanol buyers are turning to Central and South America for arbitrage supply, after Beijing’s imposition of additional 15% import tax on US ethanol has priced US cargoes out of the Chinese market.
A Chinese oil …

All Eyes On Ethanol: Brazil’s Ethanol Industry Continues to Grow with the Help of Renewable Fuel Goals and International Partnerships.
May 30, 2018 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 90 percent of all new cars licensed in Brazil each year are flex fuel. Every liter of fuel sold in Brazil includes 27 percent ethanol. Consumers have chosen …

Settled In: Success and Lack of Turnover Have Created a Shortage of Open Positions in the Ethanol Industry.
May 30, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Contrary to many industries in the Midwest, ethanol overall doesn’t have a shortage of employee candidates. Instead, it has somewhat of a shortage of available jobs.

A lack of awareness and …

Ethanol: The Renewable Naphtha
May 30, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Luca Zullo (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Greenyug)  With existing capabilities, chemical coproducts represent a low-hanging fruit for the industry. Ethanol, in fact, is a better feedstock for some chemicals than oil-based sources.

The chemical industry predates the oil …

SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries
May 30, 2018 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(SCG Chemicals) SCG ChemicalsTeams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries to Strengthen Thailand’s Competitiveness towards Sustainable Growth
SCG Chemicals led by Dr. Suracha Udomsak, R&D Director and …

BK Birla Group to Set up Distillery for Rs80 Crore to Revive Its Sugar Business
May 30, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by  Soumonty Kanungo  (Live Mint)  Jay Shree Tea MD D.P. Maheshwari says the BK Birla Group is looking to process molasses, a by-product from sugar-refining, to produce ethanol  —  After several failed attempts to sell its sugar …

Krollen Strukton Rail Now Works on Sustainable Biofuels
May 30, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Good Fuels (Google Translation))  Strukton Rail, together with GoodFuels (supplier of sustainable biofuels) and Hans de Baat Olieprodukten BV (distributor), signs a multi-year cooperation agreement to reduce the CO2 emissions of the rollers (cranes on lorries) by …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May 30th, 2018
May 30, 2018 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For …

EIA and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. Sign Historic MOU Supporting Renewable Energy Sector
May 30, 2018 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Edmonton International Airport)  Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. (NSRE) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to bring forward low-carbon, renewable fuels into the aviation and airport sectors, which will generate jobs, economic …

Gulfstream Waiting for Wider Biofuel Availability
May 30, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Ian Sheppard  (Aviation International News Online)    Gulfstream (Booth T139, SD28) continues to adopt the use of biofuels where possible to reduce its carbon footprint, but laments the lack of availability around the world. Derek Zimmerman, …

Shell Aviation and SkyNRG Agree Strategic Collaboration to Advance Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel
May 30, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Shell Aviation)  Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have today announced a long-term strategic collaboration to promote and develop the use of sustainable fuel in aviation supply chains. The collaboration combines Shell Aviation’s technical and commercial expertise, …

Ethanol, Farm Groups Sue EPA over Refineries’ Biofuels Exemptions
May 30, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A coalition of ethanol and farm groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, challenging its decision to free three refineries, including one owned by billionaire investor Carl …

Supporting the Algae Foundation Now Easier Than Ever With New AmazonSmile Link
May 30, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  … The Algae Academy provided 48 Algae STEM Kits to middle school classes in California, Michigan, and Ohio last year.  In 2018, our goal is to provide 150 kits to middle and high …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Algae Biomass Summit — October 14-17, 2018 — The Woodlands, TX DEADLINE unclear
May 30, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS   Algae Biomass Summit — October 14-17, 2018 — The Woodlands, TX   DEADLINE unclear

The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster presentations at the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in the Woodlands, Texas, October 14-17, 2018.
Submit by March 14, 2018 to receive …

ABO Internships Available for Summer and Fall of 2018
May 30, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Students – Are you interested in doing more for your industry while completing your degree? Help define the algae sector of today and shape the industry of tomorrow as an Algae Biomass Organization …

ABO Secures Unprecedented $136 Million For Algae and Related Projects — Deadlines Approaching
May 30, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO’s ongoing work in Washington, DC, to educate Congress and federal agencies on the importance of robust algae research, development and demonstration has resulted in the release of an unprecedented series of funding …

Bizav Industry Launches Sustainable Fuel Initiative
May 30, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Thierry Dubois  (Aviation Week)  Business aviation’s alphabet groups have launched the “sustainable alternative jet fuel” (SAJF) initiative, an awareness effort to curb the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.
EBAA, NBAA, the International Business Aviation Council, the National …

RFA Announces $1M Fuel Your Knowledge Campaign
May 29, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Memorial Day weekend means the start of boating, biking and lawn mowing season – better known as summer. As the small engines come out of winter hibernation, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is …

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Argentina Raises Biodiesel Export Tax to 15 Percent
May 29, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Caroline Stauffer and Maximilian Heath  (Reuters) Argentina’s government is raising an export tax on biodiesel to 15 percent from 8 percent, effective July 1, according to a decree published in the official Gazette on Monday.
Argentina …

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities
May 29, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he …

Russian Direct Investment Fund : RDIF and JBIC Agree to Collaborate in the Russian Bioenergy Industry
May 29, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Russian Direct Investment Fund/4-Traders)  The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and JBICIG Partners (JBICIG, a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) as part of the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF, launched by RDIF and …

U.S. Biodiesel Lobby Drops Effort to Adjust $1-Per-Gallon Tax Credit
May 29, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tom Polansek and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The biggest U.S. biodiesel lobbying group has dropped its nine-year push to covert a $1-per-gallon tax credit available to blenders of the biofuel into one for producers, the vice president …