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U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s biofuels regulation, but would never agree on anything that diminishes the program.

The price of U.S. renewable fuel credits sunk to their lowest levels in two months amid ongoing efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to mediate talks between the rival oil and corn industries over the Renewable Fuels Program.

Representatives of both sides gathered on Wednesday at the White House and it was agreed that Cruz would circulate proposals to corn-state lawmakers in the weeks ahead that could help oil refining companies meet the RFS, according to the offices of Iowa Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.

The meeting on Wednesday included staff from the offices of Cruz and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, both representing the oil-refining industry. On the corn side, staff attended from the offices of Grassley, Ernst and Deb Fischer of Nebraska. Officials from the White House, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also attended.

Prices of renewable fuel (D6) credits were traded at roughly 74 cents on Wednesday, its lowest levels since early October, according to traders and Oil Price Information Service. The credits were trading at 90 cents each at the end of November.  READ MORE

Hill, White House staffers explore solutions to biofuel feud (E&E News)

US: Republicans struggle over ethanol mandate (Biofuels International)

STILL ON HOLD (Politico’s Morning Energy -1)

GRASSLEY TO CRUZ: PUT IT IN WRITING (Politico’s Morning Energy-2)

Shared concerns over credit prices may spur RFS deal (E&E Publishing)

Senate Stand-Off on Ethanol–Ethanol-State Senators Wait for Proposal from Cruz, Who Maintains Hold on USDA Nominee (DTN The Progressive Farmer)

Talks on future of ethanol mandate end with an ultimatum (Washington Examiner)

Excerpts from Politico’s Morning Energy-1:  Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed to ME he still has hold in place on Bill Northey, the nominee to be USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, but touted “real progress towards a productive solution” that balances the needs of ethanol sector with oil refiners struggling with high compliance costs under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

One Senate GOP aide said Cruz’s staff said they want to reduce the price of biofuel credits but did not offer any “win-win” proposals to do so. Cruz is expected to propose a cap on RIN prices, but that’s an idea that RFS defenders say would run afoul of the law’s intent, according to the aide.

A spokesman for RFS champ Grassley after Wednesday’s White House meeting: “The next step is for Sen. Cruz to circulate specific proposals for consideration. The integrity of the RFS is Sen. Grassley’s priority and there was an understanding expressed broadly in the meeting that any outcome can’t undermine the integrity of the RFS.” And Sen. Joni Ernst’s office said: “While we are happy to review any proposals Senator Cruz offers in the time ahead, we remain firm that our top priority in these meetings is ensuring that the spirit and the letter of the RFS is supported as intended by Congress.” READ MORE

 

Excerpts from Politico’s Morning Energy-2:   Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley declined several times to state whether he thought an agreement was possible between pro-ethanol backers and refinery supporters on the Renewable Fuel Standard, insisting he needed to see policy proposals from Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff first. “All I can say is we’re having discussions,” he told reporters. “We were told that there’s a plan where everybody can win and I want to see it on paper.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from DTN The Progressive Farmer:  And, following a meeting Wednesday with staff from several senators at the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building, it seems Cruz doesn’t know what exactly he wants changed with the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“He just keeps moving the goalpost and moving the goalpost,” said a frustrated Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Thursday.

Staff from the offices of Sens. Ernst, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., joined White House staff Wednesday afternoon to discuss options, but staff from Cruz’s office and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., did not have any proposals to offer and were not ready to negotiate.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Washington Examiner:  “There already is a solution to all of the issues being discussed in this meeting,” said Emily Skor, the group’s (Growth Energy’s) CEO.

The solution is called “RVP relief,” she explained, referring to the industry’s call for legislation to be passed changing EPA’s restrictions on Reid Vapor Pressure for 15 percent gasoline-to-ethanol fuel blends that would allow the sale of more ethanol at the pump.

“Blending more ethanol is what lowers RIN [credit] prices,” Skor said. “RVP relief would immediately add another three month’s worth of E15 sales to the market. That’s how the RFS is meant to work.”

“This commonsense solution is a win for consumers, farmers, and refiners,” and President Trump’s “rock solid support for the RFS has helped to turn around three straight years of falling farm income under the previous administration.”

“If Mr. Cruz and his coalition are unwilling to consider this obvious solution, these meetings are nothing more than a charade to get his name in headlines,” she said.  READ MORE



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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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ACE Sends Letter Urging Extension of Cellulosic Biofuel, Biodiesel Tax Credits
December 16, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/KTIC)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter today (December 15, 2017) to Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady and Chairman of the Committee on Finance Orrin Hatch urging the Conference Committee to extend the Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Credit and Biodiesel Tax Credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Excerpts from the letter are below.

“Extension of these provisions is critically important and consistent with the stated purposes of the tax bill of ‘growing our economy, bringing jobs back to our local communities, increasing paychecks
for our workers, and making sure Americans are able to keep more of the money they earn.’”

“The nation’s biofuel sector generates $184.5 billion in annual output, supports 852,000 jobs, pays $46 billion in wages, remits $14.5 billion in taxes, and saves taxpayers about $10 billion per year by reducing the need for farm program payments.”

“One of the most important things the Conference Committee could do to support the existing biofuel sector and help spur its continued growth would be to extend the Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Credit and Biodiesel Tax Credit in the final bill.”  READ MORE



U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

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 …

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
December 15, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly …

Can Lawmakers Find a Middle Way on Fuel Efficiency? House Lawmakers Debate Harmonizing EPA, NHTSA Standards
December 15, 2017 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  On December 12, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing, “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor …

Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
December 15, 2017 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
Biofuels International Conference and Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Now in its 11th year, the acclaimed Biofuels International Conference and Expo will be taking place in Germany for the first time. With regulations and markets constantly evolving, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay informed on …

International Biomass Congress & Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
December 15, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Congress & Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

The International Biomass Congress & Expo aims to bring together leading producers, suppliers, regulators and other engaged organisations over a two day period. High-level speakers, experts in their field, will address a range of topical …

International Biogas Conference & Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
December 15, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
International Biogas Conference & Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Brought to you by Bioenergy Insight, the leading biogas industry publication, this two day conference will bring together leading producers, stakeholders and companies within the biogas sector.
Expert international speakers will address a range of biogas …

Letter: Fuel Choice: A Right of All Auto Owners
December 15, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swazye (Argus Leader)  This is America: Contrary to EPA statements, all auto owners have the self-evident, unalienable constitutional right to save typically several dollars/tank by choosing splash blended 94 octane thus premium half E85/ …

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects –DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018 — Deadline: 2/12/2018
December 15, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and …

Microbes Help Turn Greek Yogurt Waste into Fuel
December 15, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Cell Press)  Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in …

Dar, Chinese Firm Deal to Revitalise Cassava Farming
December 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

Pius Rugonzibwa In Mwanza  (Daily News)  The production of cassava in the country has received a major boost after the government recently signed a deal with a Chinese firm worth over 2.5trl/- aimed at commercialising its …

Sugar Mills May Offer More Ethanol for Blending
December 15, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(The Hindu Business Line) Should the oil marketing companies (OMCs) go for a second round of tender, sugar mills may be able to offer some more quantity of ethanol for fuel blending, said a sugar industry …

Debates on Ethanol as Fuel in Bolivia
December 15, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(Prensa Latina)  The use of ethanol as a fuel to replace the import of gasoline centers the debate of the International Ethanol Forum ”Bolivia Seeding Energy” that today takes place in the department of Santa Cruz.
The …

Creative Financing Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy and Power Projects
December 15, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

GE Aviation Testing 100% Gevo ATJ Fuel
December 14, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Testing Being Performed as Part of FAA’s CLEEN Program to Promote the Use of Bio-Based Jet Fuels  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today (December 11, 2017) that GE Aviation had commenced jet engine combustor component testing …

Minister McKenna Releases Framework to Make Canada’s Fuels Cleaner
December 14, 2017 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Environment and Climate Change Canada) Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of …

Commercialising Aviation Biofuels: A Study of Entrepreneurial Challenges
December 14, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Dodd (University of South Australia)  PhD Thesis Explores How Institutions Help and Hinder the Commercialisation of Eco-Innovations–Particularly Aviation Biofuels, with a focus on Australia, Germany and the United States
Excerpt from Chapter 7, Recommendations:  The high …

EPA Seeks Comment On ICR On RFS Program COMMENTS DUE February 6, 2018
December 14, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update)  On December 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register regarding its plans to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget …

‘Greenwashed Oil’ Set to Win from Renewable Transport Targets, Biofuel Industry Claims
December 14, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv) Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), …

Biofuel R&D for Ethanol, Green Chemical from Crop Waste
December 14, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike Foley (The Land)  A new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant waste into biofuel and green chemical products is being developed with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy …

UF/IFAS-Developed Sorghum Cultivars Can Produce Thousands of Gallons of Ethanol
December 14, 2017 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Newswise)  … Although sorghum is a source for table syrup, scientists see a future in which we convert sorghum to biofuel, rather than relying on fossil fuel. That …

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to Improve Biofuel Production
December 14, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(General Automation Lab Technologies/PR Newswire)  New $1.5 million DOE grant will utilize GALT’s novel high throughput microbiome research platform to improve algal biofuel growth through microbiome engineering  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: February 12, 2018
December 14, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference   —   June 18-20, 2018   —   Portland, OR   DEADLINE: February 12, 2018

The 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, will be held in Portland, Oregon on June 18-20, 2018.
GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over …

Assembly of Delegates and Business Forum Wrap Up: Getting Biojet to Scale
December 14, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  … On Thursday the 16th, our Aviation Business Forum looked at the challenge of getting biojet to scale – with speakers and delegates from across the aviation industry represented. Our expert panels …

TERM 2017: Mixed Progress for Europe’s Transport Sector in Meeting Environment, Climate Goals
December 14, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today (December 5, 2017), which tracks the …

E-fuels Technologies in European Transport’s Future
December 14, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  According to a report by Cerulogy for T&E, e-fuels only have meaningful climate benefits if strict sustainability criteria are observed throughout the production process. Renewable e-fuels can have low greenhouse gas intensities, lower environmental …

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses
December 14, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national …

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with …

Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
December 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by M. Cristina Negri (U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Argonne, Illinois, are examining innovative new agricultural landscapes that incorporate perennial bioenergy crops to provide environmental benefits, such as improved nutrient management and …

What is Renewable Methane?
December 14, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  … Attitudes toward the utility of natural gas as the environmentally preferred fuel began to change when technologies to effectively extract natural gas from local shale formations—a process called hydraulic fracturing, or …

Advanced Clean Transportation Expo — April 30-May 2, 2018 — Long Beach, CA
December 14, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
Advanced Clean Transportation Expo   —   April 30-May 2, 2018   —   Long Beach, CA

2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s leading conference and expo showcasing the real-world application of the latest transportation technologies, drive trains, and clean fuels. ACT Expo combines the best educational content in the …

BP and Copersucar Join up to Operate Major Ethanol Terminal
December 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  BP Biofuels and Copersucar have agreed to a new joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil. According to a statement from BP, the aim of the new terminal …

Gene Editing Could ‘Unleash’ Algae Biofuel’s Potential
December 14, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  An innovative gene editing technique could allow algae to produce ‘vast’ quantities of renewable fuels, new research claims.
The method, developed by scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, could lead to cheap ways …

SoCalGas Model Energy Design Includes RNG Focus
December 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.
The community …

The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) Has Released a New Overview of Financial Instruments Available to Support European Bioeconomy Development.
December 14, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries Consortium)  ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects.
Since BIC’s 2014 …

Federal Government Plan Aims to Reduce Carbon Content in Fossil Fuels
December 14, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Shawn McCarthy  (Globe and Mail)  The federal government is moving to implement regulations to require all providers of fossil-fuel energy to reduce the carbon content of their fuels as part of its effort to meet …

Brazil Senate Passes Bill to Boost Ethanol, Biodiesel Use
December 14, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Shoaib Ur Rehman (Business Recorder/Reuters)   Brazilian senators passed on Tuesday a bill proposing sharp increases in the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in the country in coming years, as a way to help …

$3.9 Million Supports Research to Turn Bacteria into Biofuel Producers
December 14, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Julia Evangelou Strait (The Source Washington University in St. Louis)  Medical, engineering schools team up to create biofuels independent of food crops  —  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant …

Waste to Energy: Production of Biofuel from Waste to Commence in South-West
December 14, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Nigerian Tribune)  … YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE reports that to stop the overdependence on petroleum products, the South-west is set to be the site of a project that is novel to Africa; processing of liquid fuel (biofuel) from …

California Advanced Biofuels Conference — March 1, 2018 — Sacramento, CA
December 14, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment
California Advanced Biofuels Conference   —   March 1, 2018   —   Sacramento, CA

E V O L V E  —  Master the Changes in California’s Dynamic Advanced Biofuels Markets
The group’s annual conference enters its seventh year as the 2018 California Advanced Biofuels Conference. The theme — Evolve — reflects the inclusive …

California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) Becomes California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA)
December 14, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(California Biodiesel Alliance/California Advanced Biofuels Alliance) The board of directors of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) — which has been the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since its founding in 2006 — has voted to broaden …

EPA Sets 2018 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.96
December 13, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, …

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?
December 13, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how the …

Leaders Across the Americas Vow to “Make the Planet Great Again” by Establishing a Price on Carbon
December 13, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Waldo del Bosque (EcoSystem Marketplace)  The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional leaders from across the Americas have vowed to “Make the Planet Great Again” by embracing …

In Historic Move, Hawai’i island Leaders Pledge to Transition Ground Transportation to 100 Percent Renewable by 2045
December 13, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(North American Clean Energy)  Leaders from all four counties in Hawai’i gathered to pledge to transition all ground transportation in their counties off of fossil fuels by 2045, according to Blue Planet Foundation.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard …

VIDEO: Planning Permission for Celtic Renewables’ Whiskey Waste to Biofuel Plant
December 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Celtic Renewables has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will produce over half a million litres of biofuel each year from whiskey wastes.
Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables …

Neste’s Growth Program for Renewable Products Takes a Step Forward
December 13, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  Neste’s Board of Directors has decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design …

Fuels Institute Report: Strong Disconnect Between Car Buyers’ Stated Interest and Actual Behavior on Alternative Vehicle Purchases
December 13, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Fuels Institute)  A report released today (December 12, 2017) by the Fuels Institute finds a strong disconnect between what potential car buyers say they will do and what they actually do when it comes to …

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally
December 13, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018 — August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
December 13, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018   —   August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand   DEADLINE:  April 30, 2018

Now into its 8th successful year, Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018 hosted by the Thai Palm Oil & Oil Palm Association has established itself as the preferred annual meeting point for Palm oil industry players in Thailand and South-East …

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 …

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 AND Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018 — August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand
December 11, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment
Palmex Thailand 2018 AND Asia Palm Oil Conference 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 …