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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
December 5, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today) Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs with the U.S. Feed Grains Council, reminds us that U.S. ethanol is the cheapest source of octane in the world and that the U.S. even sells ethanol to Saudi Arabia that they use to blend with low octane gasoline.  READ MORE



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Put Price on Carbon, Stop Bad Bets on Fossil Fuels – UN’s Guterres
December 12, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Nearly 200 nations attending climate talks in Germany;  Guterres calls for more carbon pricing, markets;  Says climate action will help, not hinder, economic growth  —  Governments should put a price on carbon emissions to help combat global warming and stop making bad bets on fossil fuels, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday (November 15, 2017) at talks on a climate pact weakened by a U.S. pullout.

Guterres told almost 200 nations in Bonn, where they are working on details of the 2015 Paris climate agreement that aims to end the fossil fuel era this century, that a shift to cleaner energies would boost rather than hamper economic growth.

Guterres urged governments to put a price on carbon to deter emissions and encouraged carbon trading as a way to restrict emissions. Last year, he said carbon pricing initiatives generated $22 billion.

Only 13 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, are subject to a price penalty, a global health study said last month in the Lancet medical journal.

It said the average global price was $8 a tonne, too low to drive changes that will both combat warming and restrict air pollution. Many energy companies and economists say a price of $40 or so would be needed to shift investments.

“For years, many insisted that lowering emissions would stifle growth, and that high emissions were the unavoidable cost of progress,” he said. “Today that dogma is dead.”  READ MORE



QUOTE OF THE WEEK
December 5, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today) Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs with the U.S. Feed Grains Council, reminds us that U.S. ethanol is the cheapest source of octane in the world and that the U.S. even …

California Readies $398-Million Green Truck Incentive Package
December 12, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum) There are about 950,000 commercial trucks registered in California, and the vast majority are powered by diesel engines.
State law says that in 2023 and after, only trucks meeting or exceeding 2011 diesel …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

Driving Ethanol Podcast–Driving Ethanol Home for the Holidays
December 12, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy promotes E15 education for holiday drivers —  Last year, AAA estimated that nearly 100 million Americans took a holiday road trip and we can expect at least that many on the road …

Turning Prawns into Plastic: Schoolgirl Angelina Arora Fights Science Stereotypes
December 12, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Liam Mannix (Sydney Morning Herald)  Angelina Arora was sitting in her local fish and chip shop looking at all the discarded fish waste. Piles of crab shells, prawn tails and fish heads. Kilos and kilos of it, all …

Limited Progress in Calculation of ILUC Effects from Biofuel Production, Study Finds
December 12, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers have carried out systematic analysis of the latest scientific evidence on indirect land use change (ILUC) greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of biofuels and bioliquids.
Experts from the Biomass Department of CENER …

DOE Makes Second Small-Business Research Funding Announcement
December 12, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A second round of funding has been announced for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovations Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for 2018. The funding amounts to about …

Attacks on RFS Intensify
December 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Oil interests are intensifying efforts to force changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  …  “Texas is already blending more than 9.7 percent!  Nationally, we’re blending more than 10 percent.  There’s …

India Looking at 15 Percent Methanol Blend in Petrol
December 12, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Sergius Barretto (Autocar India)  Government set to unveil policy that’ll allow blending of petrol with methanol to reduce costs and curb pollution.  —  With an eye on reducing pollution and fuel costs, Union Minister of Road and …

PA To Increase Acreage Of Industrial Hemp 100-Fold Next Year
December 12, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Boden (WESA)  The number of acres permitted to grow industrial hemp in Pennsylvania is going to increase 100-fold in 2018, from less than 50 to possibly more than 5,000.
This year was the first since …

Defining Decarbonisation Pathway for Shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 study released Defining decarbonisation pathway for shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 Study Released
December 12, 2017 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Lloyd’s Register)  LR and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have today (December 11, 2017) released ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, a new study that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission vessels (ZEVs) – identifying what …

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them
December 12, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers …

Fish, Wildlife & Bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Impacts on Fish and Wildlife Habitats
December 12, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is working with bioenergy industries and leaders to assist them in the sustainable development of bioenergy that includes our fish and wildlife resources, in …

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The Invention of Bioeconomy Risk Insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Leap to Scale
December 12, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. …
Financial investors will tolerate very short-term cases of marginally sub-par returns and they have no tolerance at all of losses.

And risk …

Stelco and Pond Technologies to Build Commercial CO2 Abatement Plant
December 12, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Stelco Algae Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stelco Inc., one of Canada’s leading integrated steel companies, and algal cultivation specialists Pond Technologies Inc., of Markham, Ontario, Canada, have announced their collaboration for …

Whisky Residue to Energy AD Facility Will Lower Scottish Distillery’s Carbon Footprint
December 12, 2017 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK anaerobic digestion specialist Clearfleau has started construction on a new biogas facility at a distillery in Scotland. Part of a £3 million project commissioned by Inver House Distillers, the new facility will generate …

ADBA Chief Executive Talks Pushing Number 10 and Anaerobic Digestion Future
December 12, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Luke Acton (Bioenergy Insight)  With the dearth of subsidies and volatile political environment, Charlotte Morton shared her views on what lay ahead for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry.
Of the ten million tonnes of food …

Aria Energy Partners with BP to Expand RNG Business
December 12, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Novi, Mich.-based Aria Energy has announced it purchased a 50% interest in Mavrix LLC from BP and will work with the global oil and gas company to market and distribute renewable natural gas …

Palmex Thailand 2018 — August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand
December 11, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment
Palmex Thailand 2018   —   August 16-17, 2018   —   Krabi, Thailand

PALMEX Thailand 2018 is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Thailand that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in Krabi, Thailand …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Sugar Conference 2018 — October 17-18, 2018 — Bangkok, Thailand DEADLINE: July 31, 2018
December 11, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Sugar Conference 2018 — October 17-18, 2018 — Bangkok, Thailand   DEADLINE:  July 31, 2018

World Sugar Conference 2018, Thailand held every year is one of the world’s largest specialized sugar and bioethanol technology event that brings together an international congregation of sugar companies and also its supporting industries gathered …

World Sugar Conference 2018 — October 17-18, 2018 — Bangkok, Thailand
December 11, 2017 – 7:51 pm | No Comment
World Sugar Conference 2018   —   October 17-18, 2018   —   Bangkok, Thailand

World Sugar Conference 2018, Thailand held every year is one of the world’s largest specialized sugar and bioethanol technology event that brings together an international congregation of sugar companies and also its supporting industries gathered …

Basse Bullish on Biofuels
December 11, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Even if volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard are mostly stagnant or lower in 2018, agricultural economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company is bullish on growth in the sector next year.
One …

Two-Stage Catalytic Fast Hydropyrolysis of Biomass Produces Biofuel with Heating Value, Aromaticity Close to Gasoline
December 11, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at the University of Connecticut Storrs reports on a two-stage catalytic fast hydropyrolysis process (CFHP) that produces a drop-in biofuel with heating value and aromaticity close to that of gasoline. Their …

24-Year-Old Calgarian Honoured for Innovation that Turns Canola Oil into Biofuel
December 11, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Rieger (CBC News)  Nabaa Alam named an Everyday Political Citizen by Samara Canada  —  … University of Alberta graduate Nabaa Alam was named an Everyday Political Citizen by civic engagement non-profit Samara Canada on Thursday.
When Alam was …

Chinese Ethanol Market Eyes E10 Implementation Warily: Sources
December 11, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Chinese ethanol traders face a lot uncertainty in terms of next year’s domestic demand generated by the E10 nationwide policy, which is due to be implemented by 2020, amid a lack of clarity on the …

Vietnam Fuel Distributors to Shift to Ethanol Blend This Week
December 11, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Mai Nguyen (Reuters)  Vietnam’s biggest fuel distributors said they would complete a shift to an ethanol-blended product by Friday as part of a government programme to promote a more eco-friendly fuel.
State-owned PetroVietnam Oil Corp (PV …

Government Planning to Blend Methanol in Petrol to Reduce Prices and Pollution: Nitin Gadkari
December 11, 2017 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(News 18) … Union Roads Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government will be soon announcing a policy which calls for 15 percent blending of methanol in petrol to make it cheaper and also reduce …

EKAE, Pearson Fuels Announce Exclusive Marketing Agreement
December 11, 2017 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Pearson Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  East Kansas Agri-Energy of Garnett, Kansas, and Pearson Fuels of San Diego, California, announce the signing of an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of renewable diesel from EKAE’s recently …

Agri-Pulse Open Mic Interview–U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
December 11, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  This week’s guest on Open Mic is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. While countless farm groups and members of the agriculture industry have expressed concern with the Trump Administration’s threats to pull out of …

California Looks at Dumping Gas Tax for Per-Mile Fee as Cars Use Less Fuel
December 11, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Tony Bizjak (Sacramento Bee)  Weeks into a new gas tax hike, California transportation officials said Thursday they are studying ways to charge drivers based on how many miles they drove since their last fill-up rather …

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy
December 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. corn belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil refineries, …

Agricultural Relations Council Offers Student Internships
December 11, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Agricultural Relations Council) The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) will again offer member companies the opportunity to host an outstanding student intern in summer 2018 as part of the ARC Internship Program. Organizations wishing to apply …

California’s LCFS: Unlocking Value in Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels
December 11, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Propel)  New study outlines how to make America’s most important low carbon policy more equitable. —  According to new research, low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon …

ArcelorMittal Gets Nod from World Economic Forum for Integrating Circular Economy Principles into Its Business Model
December 11, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(ArcelorMittal)  The world’s most prestigious award programme for the circular economy, The Circulars, has highly commended ArcelorMittal for demonstrating leadership and innovation by applying circular economy principles to its business models.

Partnering with technical and industry leaders …

Timemedia, Goldwater Eye Construction of Cellulosic Ethanol Factory in Bosnia
December 11, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(See News)  Bosnian company Timemedia and Italy’s Goldwater SRL have shown interest towards construction of a biorefinery for cellulosic ethanol in Bosnia’s Serb Republic entity, the entity government said.
The government of the Serb Republic said on …

Bioproducts, USDA and You: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service Partnership
December 11, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and …

Poop to Plastic and Biofuel, Innovators Put Crap to Good Use
December 11, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Faced with two problems – 1) what to do with human waste in space and 2) how to get needed supplies to astronauts in space (especially longer space missions like …

The Ham Trick Campaign and the EduCycle Learning Game Won Acclaim at International Communications and Marketing Awards
December 8, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Neste)  The Ham Trick campaign, a demonstration of circular economy in action, and EduCycle, a learning game that makes use ofaugmented reality, won awards in two prestigious marketing and communications competitions yesterday.
The Ham Trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish) won …

AgTech Startups Offer Hope in Brutal Citrus Greening Fight
December 8, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Emma Cosgrove (AgFunder News)  … Tom Schenck of TerViva, an agtech startup working with citrus growers in Florida, says the disease has changed the face of the sunshine state.

Startups are also looking to provide Florida citrus …

Discussing the Importance of Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Dan Crisler (Watertown Public Opinion)  Glacial Lakes Corn Processors welcomed a strong ethanol advocate in Emily Skor at its annual meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Codington County Extension Complex. Skor, the CEO of Washington, …

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per year (and that doesn’t include various subsidies). EISA was passed because Americans besieged members of Congress, …

Pruitt Discusses Administration of RFS Program during Hearing
December 8, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce to provide testimony the mission of the EPA. The Renewable Fuel Standard was …

Ramping Up Sustainable Biomass Use – Bioenergy’s Role in a Low-Carbon Future
December 8, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … While liquid fuels will dominate the transportation sector for some time, biofuels and electricity can complement each other in the light duty sector, as range extenders or …

Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment
December 8, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)  Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Trump Open to Biofuel Policy Reform, Senators Say after Meeting
December 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country’s biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on …

Indian Researchers Produce Chemicals from Glycerin
December 8, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, researchers from Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division together with colleagues from the National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms Center, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune have developed a method to produce …

Connecting to Value: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and the Global New Fuels Push
December 8, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the …

This Is an Algorithm, That Is Alive: The Rise of Arzeda and Digital Biology
December 8, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The question is being raised all over Silicon Valley — and increasingly around the world — if biotechnology is essentially a branch of information technology. 

Investors, theorists, entrepreneurs are forming a thesis that profound …

Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States
December 8, 2017 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Alyssa Danigelis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector continues to exceed the amount from electricity production in the United States, according to the latest datafrom the US Energy Information …

Gathering Momentum around Soil Carbon Sequestration
December 7, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(CGIAR) Evidence-based science on the mitigation and socio-economic impacts of soil carbon sequestration is needed to support commitments to sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement target.

Soil carbon sequestration, they say, “can have equal or larger …

Take a Glance! Lessons from the RFS
December 7, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) The American Enterprise Institute is out with a report looking at policymaking lessons from the RFS. It argues the biofuels mandate would be better as a rate standard than a …

Scientists Turn Beer into Fuel
December 7, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Bristol)  Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient.

Scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for …

Alberta Launches Giant C$1.4 Billion “Clean Energy” Push Aimed at Oilsands with Pennies for Bioenergy
December 7, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Alberta announced C$63 million of a C$1.4 billion push for “clean energy” will go towards bioenergy projects including biofuels and renewable electricity, while $440 million will go towards oil …

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-Ethanol Tech
December 7, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste — which can be used directly as a fuel or as a precursor to butadiene (a …

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals Story
December 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration  —  … Were trash to acquire a substantial uplift in value, that’s the end to the landfill crisis.
In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech have successfully demonstrated the production of …

Tri Delta Transit Goes All-In with Neste MY Renewable Diesel
December 7, 2017 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News) Tri Delta Transit, which provides public transportation in Eastern Contra Costa County, Calif., has switched its entire fleet of transit buses from operating on petroleum diesel to using only Neste MY …

Global Biofuels Catalysts Market by Manufacturers, Types, Regions and Application Research Report Forecast to 2022
December 6, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(MarketersMedia/SNJ Today)  Global Biofuels Catalysts Industry 2017 Market Research Report provides the details about Industry Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure, Capacity, Growth Rate, Gross Margin, Major Manufacturers, Development Trends and Forecast Analysis.

The Global Biofuels Catalysts Industry 2017 Market …

Big Australia Is Back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL Go Big with a Cellulosic Biofuels Bet
December 6, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support for Ethtec to complete the development and demonstration of its advanced biofuel production …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Key to Low-Carbon Future, Scientist Argues
December 6, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A scientist from the University of Manchester has argued that developing a modern bioenergy and biofuels system “has huge potential for providing sustainable, low-carbon energy facilitating a range of key sustainable development goals.”
Dr Mirijam …

Government of Alberta Establishes New Advanced Biofuel Leadership
December 6, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire) Advanced Biofuels Canada applauds government for new funding to support biofuels in Alberta and expand the province’s lower carbon economy. —  The government of Alberta announced today new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels …

Biodiesel Now Included in Top Tier™ Diesel Fuel
December 6, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Growmark, Inc., a regional agricultural cooperative from Illinois, is providing Top Tier Diesel Fuel blended with biodiesel. Top Tier performance standards are gaining popularity across the country, helping vehicle owners ensure they are purchasing a …

Mail Call! Don’t Turn the Car (Standards) Around
December 6, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) At least 22 Democratic senators, led by Ed Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kamala Harris , are sending Pruitt a letter this morning urging him not to weaken emissions standards …

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040
December 6, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene and Dana Hull (Bloomberg)  Assemblymember Ting says he will introduce proposal next month; Only ‘clean’ cars could be registered by DMV under bill: Ting  —  A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and …

Vivergo Fuels Shutdown in Response to Legislative Uncertainty
December 6, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Virvergo)  “We reluctantly welcomed the Government’s Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences …

Philippines Entrepreneur Distributing His Award Winning Fuel Additive from UCO
December 6, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Philippines, a local entrepreneur has won several awards for the fuel additives he developed from used cooking oil that improves performance by rearranging the molecular structure of diesel, gasoline …

ICM Technology Produces Solutions for Animal Nutrition
December 6, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine) ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, has announced two scientific studies funded by third parties, which were completed by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, …

Accelerating Innovation in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
December 6, 2017 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

ACEA Conference: What Will Power Our Trucks, Vans and Buses in the Future?
December 5, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(Automotive World/European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association)   In line with the objectives of the European Commission’s Mobility Package, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) held an event on Wednesday 29 November to explore the potential of the …

100% Biogas Powered Brewery Developed by Carlsberg
December 5, 2017 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Beer maker Carlsberg’s brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden, is now powered 100% by biogas and green electricity. The move has reduced the brewery’s carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero.

The Carlsberg Sverige brewery …

BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
December 5, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium—a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in research …

Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC Receives EPA Approval for Cellulosic Ethanol Using Edeniq’s Technology
December 5, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Edeniq, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s (MAAPW) registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Neb. …

Growth Energy Educates Drivers about Green Holiday Fuel Choices
December 5, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As drivers across the country hit the road during this busy holiday travel season, Growth Energy is launching a digital advertising campaign in E15 markets to educate drivers about the clean, high-performance …

Renewable Industries Canada Launches ‘Facts Don’t Lie’ Ad Campaign
December 5, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Renewable Industries Canada)  Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) announced today the launch of a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed ‘Facts Don’t Lie’, the campaign is designed to educate …

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation
December 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee, for its part, confirms the need to set a specific …

Brazilian Sugar Cane Could Replace Large Volume of Oil — Study
December 5, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News) Ethanol made from Brazilian sugar cane could replace as much as 13 percent of the world’s crude oil consumption by 2045 — over 5 percent of carbon emissions — if the country …

Renewable Fuel Standards Have Some ‘Leaks’ We Need to Fill
December 5, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Andrew F. Quinlan ( Center for Freedom and Prosperity/The Hill)  … A refiner must earn RIN credits to meet its annual obligation by selling enough gallons of biofuel or by purchasing them — the credits, not the …

Tax Reform Losers from Biofuels to Coal to Get Second Chance
December 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Billions in breaks for energy sought in ‘tax extenders’ bill; Lobbyists are seeking new credits for coal, nuclear plants  — Energy lobbyists, who failed to get a range of expired breaks for biofuels to …

Biofuel Policy Bid
December 5, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Fiji Times)  National Biofuel Policy will be a roadmap to expand biofuel production in Fiji, says David Kolitagane, Ministry of Public Enterprise permanent secretary.
“It must also provide an enabling environment for biofuel investment and program implementation …

Bioreactors for Algae-Based Biofuels Get $900K Grant
December 5, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Anne Ju (Cornell Chronicle)  A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae.
David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and …

Benefits of Ethanol Touted at LATI Event
December 5, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Dan Crisler (The Public Opinion)  Watertown automotive and fuel retailers and technicians got a special visit from one of the most respected automotive reviewers in the country in Marc Rauch.

Rauch, an executive with internet …

US Demand for Renewable Energy to Reach 12.6 Quadrillion Btu in 2021
December 5, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(The Freedonia Group/CISION) US demand for renewable energy is forecast to reach 12.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2021, according to Renewable Energy: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Demand for solar energy …

Letter to the Editor: Ethanol Important to Consumers
December 5, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Tulsa World)  The staggering number of misstatements about ethanol contained in Tulsa World Editorial Pages Editor Wayne Greene’s column would fill a barrel (“Refiners over a barrel … and the …

Commentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank
December 5, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … Another aspect of U.S. agricultural exports that is changing is ethanol and its byproduct DDGs. In the past 3 years, U.S. exports of ethanol have grown significantly. Cary Sifferath, …

EPA to Issue Report on RFS Impacts Next Spring
December 5, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc Heller (E&E Publishing/Greenwire) U.S. EPA will report on the environmental effects of biofuel mandates next spring, four years later than required by Congress, the agency said in documents accompanying its announcement of renewable fuel …

Pruitt Takes a Bow in Iowa: EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump
December 5, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … In a large farm shop with ethanol and biodiesel posters adorning the walls, Pruitt touted his two biofuels announcements in recent weeks. He noted EPA had struggled under …

International Trade Commission Votes 4-0 In Support of the Biodiesel Industry
December 5, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Fair Trade Coalition Filed Cases on Harm from Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia  —  Today the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade …

New Solvent Contributes to Next-Generation Biofuel Production from Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kanazawa University)  Compared to first-generation biofuels produced from food crops, production of second-generation biofuels for daily use is an urgent issue. In this study, researchers developed a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion as a solvent of biomass, …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

BJP Blames Labour Minister Sushant Singh for Delay in Ethanol Plant
December 5, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(New Indian Express)  A day after Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan sought the assistance of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for setting up an ethanol plant in Bargarh district, the State BJP on Sunday targeted Labour Minister …

Tokyo’s Christmas ‘Cherry Blossoms’ Lit by Discarded Cooking Oil
December 5, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Reuters/Channel News Asia)   Tokyo’s park along Meguro river, a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms each spring, has been transformed by pink LED lights hanging from the trees resembling the pretty flowers ahead of the Christmas …

Letter Sent to Dutch Cabinet by 178 Dutch Scientists Urges End to Food-Based Biofuels
December 5, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, an open letter to the Dutch cabinet signed by 178 Dutch scientists called on policy makers to ensure that food crop-based biofuels were not included in the European …

Lo-Carb at Ay Speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
December 5, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are two approaches to encouraging low-carbon fuels  — volumetric mandates and carbon reduction incentives. What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard?
There …

Rot Is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi Cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … When it comes to fungi, their ability to break even the most recalcitrant of hardwoods down is well-documented and anyone who has spent a day in a rainforest knows it. …

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge
December 4, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Christie Smythe (Bloomberg Technology)  (Oliver) Schmidt to be sentenced on Dec. 6 over emissions scandal; ‘Regrettably, I agreed to follow it’; faces 7 years in prison  —  … 
In a letter to the judge last week, …

Take a Pass?
December 4, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from …

In Growing Algae for Biofuels, It Matters Who Used the Water Last
December 4, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Loftus (Nanowerk News/Duke University)  … Although biofuels made from algae provide numerous environmental benefits, they will not win market share until they can compete economically with cheap fossil fuels.
Algae require tremendous volumes of water …

Biodiesel 2016/2017 – Report on Progress and Future Prospects
December 4, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(UFOP)  Excerpt from the UFOP Annual Report  —  The assessment report provides information on the most important aspects of the national and European biofuel policy and the biodiesel markets. It is an excerpt from the UFOP business …

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says
December 4, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paighten Harkins (Salt Lake Tribune)  A Box Elder County biofuel company fined for exploiting federal tax credits by importing fuels they claimed they produced may pay millions to one such importer after the company …

China Airlines Sets New Milestone in Carbon Reduction for Taiwanese Carriers with Adoption of Sustainable Alternative Fuels
December 4, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(China Airlines)  China Airlines is support global carbon reduction initiatives through direct action by participating the biofuel program being jointly developed by Airbus and Air TOTAL. The 10th new A350 aircraft being ferried back to Taiwan …

Welcome to the Protein Revolution: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis
December 4, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of …

Toyota to Produce Its Own Hydrogen to Supply 1,500 Vehicles per Day
December 4, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Toyota Motor North America, Inc. will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen …

What Is Renewable Natural Gas?
December 4, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(RNG Coalition)  Renewable Natural Gas (‘RNG’) is an ultra-clean and ultra low-carbon natural gas alternative. As organic waste breaks down it emits methane gas, called biogas, that can be processed to meet natural gas pipeline quality …

Algae Foundation Gears up Coursework
December 4, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  t the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2018 — Collegeville, MN
December 4, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment
Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —   June 26-28, 2018   —   Collegeville, MN

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom!
PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

Hear from experts and scientists on their …

ACI’s 8th European Algae Industry Summit — April 25-26, 2018 — Vienna, Austria
December 1, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 8th European Algae Industry Summit   —   April 25-26, 2018   —   Vienna, Austria

Following the success of its previous editions, ACI’s 8th European Algae Industry Summit (25-26 April, 2018 – Vienna, Austria) will explore the ongoing developments of the algae industry. With insights from key industry players, the …

Pruitt Reverses Course on Biofuels in 2018 RFS Determination
December 1, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On November 30, the EPA released its final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVOs) proposal, the amount of biofuels it will require to be blended into the U.S. fuel …

Hunter Valley Biofuel Facility to Advance Ethanol Production
December 1, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/Ethanol Produce Magazine)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking advanced biofuel technology.
As part of a …

Trump Plans to Meet Oil Industry Reps on U.S. Biofuel Policy: Sources
December 1, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with representatives of the oil refining industry and their legislative backers to discuss the nation’s biofuels program, according to two sources briefed on …

Government of Ontario Expands Biofuels Support to Tackle Climate Change and Drive Clean Growth
December 1, 2017 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Rony Delucia (Advanced Biofuels Canada) The government of Ontario announced today new initiatives to strengthen the biofuels sector in the province, improve the environmental performance of fuels, and encourage the production of emerging advanced biofuels.
Proposed …

United Ethanol LLC to Install Whitefox ICE™ to Reduce Energy and Boost Production Capacity
December 1, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Enhanced Online News/Whitefox)  The modular bolt-on membrane system will increase production rates, improve energy and operational efficiencies and reduce cooling water load  —  United Ethanol LLC is to install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton, Wisconsin. …

Austrian NGO Slams Aviation Biofuels as “Dangerous” Greenwashing
December 1, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Austria, Finance and Trade Watch argue in their new report that aviation biofuels and other cleaner initiatives by the aviation industry to reduce their environmental footprint is just green washing because they …

A New Study Offers Further Proof That North Texas Earthquakes Are Drilling- and Fracking-Related
December 1, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dan Solomon (Texas Monthly)  In January 2015, there were a dozen little earthquakes in the Dallas–Fort Worth area in less than 48 hours. They weren’t the first, or the last, that would strike the region, …

Biofuels, Electrification, Efficiency: All Necessary in Transport Sector Decarbonization
November 30, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Global leaders will need to decide on and implement deep decarbonization strategies for every major sector – energy, transportation, agriculture and forestry, buildings, and industry.  And the …

Fiat Chrysler and Eni Cooperating on Emissions Reductions
November 30, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  The CEOs of Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SpA and Italian energy giant ENI have agreed to jointly develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles.
The companies signed the agreement Tuesday in Rome …

True “Social Cost Of Carbon” Is More Than Double Earlier Estimates, Study Finds
November 30, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by James Ayre (Clean Technica)  The true “social cost of carbon” is more than double earlier estimates — with even just an updated accounting of the agricultural sector on its own more than doubling earlier estimates …

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Pioneer in Biomethane Fleet
November 30, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas fueling contract for the airport’s vehicle fleet. The contract calls for Clean Energy to provide the airport with its Redeem™ brand …

Livestock Producers From Ecuador Visit CVEC
November 30, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   A delegation of livestock producers from Ecuador visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson yesterday to get a better understanding of dried distiller’s grains (DDGs) production.
During their visit, the livestock …

Heartland Corn Products Host Sibley East High School
November 30, 2017 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-nine students from Sibley East High School in Arlington toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products on Nov 14 to gain a better appreciation and understanding on local renewable fuel production.
The high school students, from …

Fuel Economy Is Going up. Vehicle Prices Are Holding Steady.
November 30, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Eric Junga (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) In responding to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action on vehicle standards, ACEEE found that average vehicle prices have remained essentially flat over the past 15 years, even as average …

Mah: Endorsing Palm Oil Biofuel Ban a Step Backwards for Malaysia-EU Trade Ties
November 30, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Malay Mail Online)  The vote on Nov 28, 2017 by the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Union’s (EU) Parliament  to endorse the ban on palm oil biofuels in Europe, under EU’s Renewable Energy Directive …

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy
November 30, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Issues Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Funding Opportunity Announcement
November 30, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has issued the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) second Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for …

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
November 30, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased …

Should Vancouver Be Betting on Biodiesel? Peter Brown Believes the City Is primed to Produce Biofuel
November 30, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Dameon Pesanti (Columbian)  With the earnestness of a missionary, Peter Brown will proselytize about the eco-friendliness of biodiesel and methane digesters — or extol their virtues with the already converted. In his mind, Vancouver could …

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7 Percent of World’s Crude Oil Consumption
November 30, 2017 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

( São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP/EurekAlert!)  Expansion of sugarcane cultivation for biofuel in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could also reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 5.6%, …

OPEC’s Next Move Is Being Closely Watched by Sugar Traders
November 30, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Agnieszka De Sousa (Bloomberg)  Any oil price move could have knock-on effect in sugar market; That’s because biofuel made from cane competes with gasoline  —  As energy minsters meet in Vienna this week to discuss oil-supply cuts, the sugar …

SCOTUS Watch: Can Tribunals Replace Juries in Nixing Patents?
November 30, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by  Lisa V. Mueller (Michael, Best & Friedrich/Biofuels Digest)  On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Oil States Energy Services LLC. v. Greene’s Energy Group. It’s no “ho-hum” case.
If …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

CRISPR’s Impact on Diesel Is Now
November 30, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science updated the Digest this week and noted that “We designed and then constructed a synthetic metabolic pathway …

Copersucar Partners with BP on Ethanol Complex in Brazil
November 30, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Brazil’s Copersucar, one of the world’s largest ethanol merchants, and BP’s Brazil unit said on Thursday they will form a 50-50 logistics joint venture in the country.
The venture will operate Copersucar’s recently built ethanol storage …

Ethanol Blended Gasoline Saves Motorists Money
November 30, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  An ethanol industry spokesman says the price difference between ethanol and gasoline favors motorists who use ethanol blends.  Renewable Fuels Association vice-president Robert White tells Brownfield a 30-cent to 40-cent …

Ron Paul: Why Trump Must Tackle the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 30, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Paul (Campaign for Liberty/Fox News)  … While I am sure many Republicans would love to see the RFS repealed entirely – myself included – some have proposed a simple compromise that would seemingly benefit …

As 2018 Renewable Fuel Numbers Disappoint, It’s ‘Advanced Biofuels Industry to EPA: More Please, Sir!’
November 30, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations for 2018. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.29 billion gallons , of …

2018 RVOs Keep Conventional Biofuels on Track
November 30, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018. The total renewable fuel volume is 19.29 billion …

Biodiesel Industry Disappointed by Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes
November 30, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB: EPA Missed an Opportunity to Grown American-Made Energy and Jobs  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the required volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and failed …

EPA Finalizes RFS Volumes for 2018 and Biomass Based Diesel Volumes for 2019
November 30, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019.
“Maintaining the renewable …

ASC and MSC Release Joint Seaweed Standard
November 30, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have announced the launch of the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The joint standard marks a first for the two certification programs, bringing …

Talk Climate Institute — March 12-13, 2018 — St. Paul, MN
November 30, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Talk Climate Institute   —   March 12-13, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy for this two day intensive workshop designed to empower people to talk about climate change. Understand the powerful factors that shape opinions, and gain the practical skills needed …

MEPs Raise Ambition on Transport with ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Contrary to the European Commission’s initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using “sustainable” biofuels.

Boost to renewables …

That Unsold Bottle of Merlot Is Probably Winding up in Your Gas Tank
November 29, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by John Capone (Quartz Media)  … It’s where the dregs of every vodka still and every 9-year-old barrel-aged small batch bourbon expire. It’s where all the watery beer that didn’t end up at frat parties does …

U.S. Ethanol Makers Call on Mexico, India to Reduce Biofuel Glut
November 29, 2017 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol producers, looking to relieve a growing domestic glut, are hunting for new international fuel markets to replace China and Brazil after trade disputes slashed exports to those top buyers.

Without new …

Brazil Lower House Passes Bill Aimed at Boosting Biofuels Use
November 29, 2017 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Brazil’s lower house of Congress approved on Tuesday a bill to set up a program to boost the use of biofuels, a move that could sharply change the way fuel distributors operate in the country.

The …

Results of UW-Madison Study on Carbon Emissions Disputed
November 29, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Carol Spaeth-Bauer (Wisconsin State Farmer)  A University of Wisconsin-Madison study released on Nov. 15 has officials in the ethanol industry frustrated, disputing the methodology of the study saying the claims of the study are not supported by fact.   
The …

Four Big Problems with a Carbon Tax
November 29, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) … That’s how I see things with a carbon tax, despite many economists insisting it’s the best, simplest way to combat climate change. There’s four big problems, as I explained at the Brookings InstitutionTuesday:

 

Most Republicans …

EPA Administrator to Host Town Hall in Iowa
November 29, 2017 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Ben Nuelle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to visit Iowa Friday.
Sources say Pruitt will host an “invite only” farmer meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Nevada. A spokespearson at EPA says …

Technology Roadmap: Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy
November 29, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy)  Bioenergy has an essential and major role to play in a low-carbon energy system. For instance, modern bioenergy in final global energy consumption should increase four-fold by 2060 in the International Energy Agency’s 2°C …

The Cost of Ethanol: Bad Faith, Broken Promises and a Plan up in Smoke
November 29, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Joel Wittnebel (The Oshawa Express)  The shroud of secrecy at Oshawa’s waterfront is starting to lift, and it tells a troubling tale of mismanagement, failed investments and poor decisions that not only led to the end …

EU Targets on Renewables and Energy: Progress Slowing Down
November 29, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The European Union (EU) and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress. The share …

Neste Singapore Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
November 29, 2017 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation) Neste, along with Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry), Mrs Jayalekshmi Mohideen, Singapore’s Ambassador to Finland, and Ms. Paula Parviainen, Finnish ambassador to Singapore, and many distinguished guests celebrated the …

USGC: Chinese, US Delegations Discuss Fuel Ethanol during Forum
November 29, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Delegates from U.S. and Chinese government agencies, biofuels companies and research institutes discussed fuel ethanol production, use and policy during the recent Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum in Arlington, Virginia. 
The forum follows …