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White House Targets Oil-and-Gas Tax Breaks as Part of Plan to Replace Sequester

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  The White House took jabs at oil-and-gas subsidies Wednesday, calling for an end to the incentives as part of a deal to avoid automatic

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Sandia Scientist Engineers Cyanobacteria for Fuel

by Sue Holmes (Sandia News Media/Algae Industry Magazine)  Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels,

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Releases Proposal on Deploying Alternative Fuel Infrastructure

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recently released European Commission proposal on deploying alternative fuels infrastructure recognizes the importance of biofuels but does not go far enough, said ePURE,

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

That Cotton-pickin’ Varmint Ethanol vs that Bush Whackin’ Cherry-pickin’ API

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s right, in the fight of their lives over E15 ethanol blending?  Whose data’s from Toontown, whose from the real-world? Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Distribution Infrastructure—a Hurdle to Overcome

by Donna Funk (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Kennedy and Coe LLC)   …The current market for E15 is growing, which is an exciting statement. The industry is still facing issues associated with federal

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

The First Lady of E15

by Tim Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Kristy Moore recalls her beginnings in the ethanol industry, her fondness for American agriculture and the long road to bringing E15 to market. The story

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency” framed a public discussion of automotive issues for Capitol Hill staff which ranged from fuel efficiency and

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Are You Ready To Eat Algae? Solazyme Knows You Are

by Kevin Quon (Seeking Alpha)  As a producer of renewable oils, Solazyme (SZYM) is often connotated (seemingly to its own detriment) with the production of biofuels. Yet the company has

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Distillers’ Grain Gaining Importance as Byproduct of Ethanol

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Journal Star)  … Managers of Nebraska’s two dozen ethanol plants are finding livestock and poultry customers in other states and more buyers as far away as

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Global Greenhouse Gas Implications of Land Conversion to Biofuel Crop Cultivation in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands – Lessons Learned from Jatropha

by W.M.J. Achten, A. Trabucco, W.H. Maes, L.V. Verchot, R. Aerts, E. Mathijs, P. Vantomme, V.P. Singh, B. Muys  (ScienceDirect.com/Journal of Arid Environments)  Biofuels are considered as a climate-friendly energy alternative.

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Jatropha Loves to Fly and It Shows

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It is becoming increasingly evident that, in the near-term, acute demand for aviation biofuel is going, one way or another, to result in heavy demand

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

New Evidence of E15 Fuel Damage Confirms Case Against Renewable Fuel Standard

(PR NewsWire/American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  New research released by the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) today found that E15, gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, would damage millions of post-2001

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Swedish Paper Mill Algae Project Gets Funding

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Swedish governmental agency for innovation systems, Vinnova, has decided to invest four million Swedish kronor ($623,000 USD) over three years in a project that uses micro-algae

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Plans

(ABC News)  Tasmania could become home to Australia’s first commercial plant converting trees into the biofuel, ethanol. Timber communities in Dorset and the Huon Valley are in formal talks with

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Allots $6 Million to Biomass Supply Chain Technologies

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. DOE has made $6 million available for projects focused on developing and demonstrating supply chain technologies that will enable delivery of commercial-scale lignocellulosic

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

About Us: Boost to Brewing Biogas: OARDC Receives $6.5 Million Grant to Further Develop New System

(Ohio State University) OARDC has received a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy to test and expand OARDC-developed technology that can

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Insects’ Gut Microbes Hint at Biofuel Breakthrough

by Li Jiao (SciDev.net)  Deep inside insects’ guts may lie the key to one of the biofuel industry’s great challenges: how to cost-effectively turn tough plant waste into profit-making fuel.

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Professor Flunks Ethanol 101

by Bob Dineen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Flint, Mich., is known throughout the world as the birthplace of General Motors. When an economist from Flint gets the facts about motor fuels

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Is Reduction of Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Just Talk?

(National Algae Association)  Is the government’s commitment to alternative fuels being stymied by the American Petroleum Institute, or is the Department of Energy stymying the commitment all by itself? The

January 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation’s Declan Ryan Invests in Irish Algae-Based Fuels Venture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ireland, former Ryanair CEO Declan Ryan has joined investors in backing Aer Sustainable Energy Ltd, better known as Aer Bio. He was a director

January 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Says Principle Proven on New Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lawrence Berkeley Lab has developed a new technology that enables the engineering of host microorganisms suitable for biofuel processing using ionic liquid pretreatment. It may

January 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Sahara Forest Project Aims to Use Algae, Renewable Technologies to Bloom Deserts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The metrics? A commercial scale project of 4,000 hectares would supply enough power for the project and export 325GWh a year in addition to 7,500 tonnes of

January 28, 2013 Read Full Article

DNV: Biofuels Are Key to Meeting Marine Emissions Targets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Volatile costs for fossil fuels and rising concerns over emissions. “A doubling of present CO2 emissions by 2050 if we do nothing.” A share of

January 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Touchstone Testing New Algae Technologies in Ohio

(Algae Industry Magazine)  West Virginia-based Touchstone Research Laboratory, is experimenting with three new technologies at their raceway farm testing center built around four 30-by-200-foot ponds in Wooster, Ohio. Funded by

January 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Students Sell Raffle Tickets to Raise Funds for Biodiesel Center

(Rockwood Summit High School/Biodiesel Magazine)  Students at Rockwood Summit High School in Missouri are asking the community to support their plans to build a renewable fuel education center. Among the

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Texas Researcher Looks into Biodiesel Production from Lignin

by Holly Jessen  (Biodiesel Magazine)  A two-year research project aims to crack the lignin question by engineering a microbe to break down the byproduct into a lipid, or fat, and

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Agri Investment Forum June 26, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Agri Investment Forum    June 26, 2013   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Agri Investment Forum encourages early and emerging companies within the farmland, animal, water, and sustainable energy sectors to apply to present. Presenters will also have the opportunity to secure a corporate

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

6th International Conference on Biodiesel. Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move May 7-8, 2013 Berlin, Germany

  6th International Conference on Biodiesel. Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move  May 7-8, 2013  Berlin, Germany

Biofuels remain a topic that is controversial, and although frequently attacked unjustly, they remain an important component in maintaining our mobility and the fight against climate change. The biofuels of

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Fuel Efficiency Is Bad News For State Governments

(EconMatters/Business Insider)  … But it looks like what may be good for the environment, is actually bad news for the government. You see, for each gallon of gasoline or diesel

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Sneller: Increased Domestic Oil Production Could Limit Growth of Renewable Fuels

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  …According to another speaker at the Agriculture Outlook Conference 2013, David Hightower, president of Hightower Report, ethanol has increased corn demand and added value to corn

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Bills Seek to Reduce or Remove Ethanol from Maine Gas

by Scott Thistle (Maine Sun Journal)  A pair of bills introduced Thursday by state Rep. Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner, could have a significant impact on what goes into the gas tank of

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Looks at Environmental Benefits of Ethanol

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to a new study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn grown using no-till methods may sequester larger amounts of carbon than previously believed.

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Transforming Transportation 2013

By Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Transforming Transportation ’13 conference, held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, proved to be an exciting event for sustainable industry everywhere.

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Court Strikes Down Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate – Finds EPA Exceeded Statutory Authority

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!) In a decision that questions the motivation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today vacated EPA’s 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, concluding that its

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

High Crop Prices Are Driving Land Use Change in the U.S. at an Increasing Environmental Cost

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The USDA estimates that farmers in the U.S. will plant nine million more acres in corn in 2013 than they did in 2011,

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

First Biodiesel Plant in Bali, Indonesia, Undergoes Commissioning

(Green Fuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  The biorefinery manufacturer Green Fuels is in Bali this week commissioning a turnkey biodiesel facility for Caritas Switzerland, an NGO that focuses on socioeconomic development in disadvantaged communities

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Workshop on Sustainable Biomass Production in South-East Africa March 19-21, 2013 Maputo, Mozambique

  Workshop on Sustainable Biomass Production in South-East Africa    March 19-21, 2013    Maputo, Mozambique

The workshop is organised by NL Agency with the support of WIP Renewable Energies. The objective is to discuss and share experiences on current initiatives for the development of sound

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

First E85 Station Opens in Richmond, Virginia

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The first E85 station has opened in Richmond, Virginia. In addition, MAPCO Express, has “re-branded” their retail stores under the “East Coast” brand and the three

January 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

RIN Management Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules

by Jeff Hove (RINAlliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Managing RIN transactions and completing EPA reports has become slightly easier under RFS2 and EMTS rules. RIN marketing, however, has become increasingly difficult in a

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Sugar-Rich Willow Can Boost Biofuels’ Green Credentials

by Mark Kinver (BBC News)  Scientists have identified willow trees that yield five times as much sugar as ordinary varieties, “drastically reducing” the impact of biofuels. UK researchers found that if

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Klobuchar Visits AURI, Talks Food, Energy

by Steve Browne (Marshall Independent)  U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped at the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) facilities at Southwest Minnesota State University on Monday for a tour of the

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Agri Investment Forum June 26, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  Agri Investment Forum    June 26, 2013   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Agri Investment Forum is the only program of events in Canada dedicated to showcasing the highest potential emerging and growth stage agri-businesses. The Forum brings together active institutional and

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Novozymes New CEO Says Biofuels May Supply 90% of Revenue

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg)  Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), the world’s biggest maker of enzymes used in laundry soap, may get 90 percent of its revenue from biofuel makers by 2030 if more

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

You Can’t Change the Climate from Inside Washington

by Theda Skocpol (Foreign Policy)  If Obama wants to make good on his inaugural promise, he’ll need to remember the lessons he learned as a community organizer. …The inside game

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

The Capex-Opex Fallacy, Electric Cars, and Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this week, a new study from researchers at UC Santa Barbara determined photovoltaics to be much more efficient than biomass at turning sunlight into energy to

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Local Ethanol Could Power Cars This Year

(Stabroek News)  The Agriculture Ministry and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) are in talks to use locally produced ethanol to woo investors and sharpen skills that would be put into developing

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum February 5-6, 2013 Washington, DC

  ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum     February 5-6, 2013   Washington, DC

Moving From Politics to Policy: Advancing the Business of Renewable Energy As we move beyond election year politics into 2013, there is general consensus that continued inaction should not be

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

UK Scientists to Mimic Plants to Make Zero-Carbon Fuel

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  British scientists seeking to tap more efficient forms of solar power are exploring how to mimic the way plants transform sunlight into energy and produce hydrogen to

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

“For Sandy, the Scientists of NOAA Were Our First Responders, Our Scientific Heroes.”

Editor’s note:  I think you will agree that this open letter to the people at NOAA from Peter Saundry, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment,

January 24, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

S.J. Farmers Sought for Ethanol Project

(Menafn /The Record/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services)  A seed producer is recruiting area farmers to produce sorghum, a grain crop also known as milo, for use in ethanol production, including at the

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

New Research on Algae-to-Biofuel Schemes Quantifies Uncertainty

(FIS)  A Cornell University team has used the Monte Carlo approach to quantify the role of uncertainty associated with process parameters in life cycle analysis (LCA) of algae-to-biofuel schemes for

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Sun’s Energy to Miles Driven

(Bren School of Environmental Science and Management)  New study shows solar power is not only better in terms of energy efficiency, land use, and greenhouse gas emissions – but is cost

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Iowa Groups Announce Formation of Iowa RFS Coalition, Thank President Obama for Unwavering RFS Support

(Iowas Renewable Fuels Association)  A group of Iowa businesses and organizations today congratulated President Obama on his Inauguration and announced the formation of the Iowa RFS Coalition.  In a letter

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

2013 Could Be a Make or Break Year for Algae Fuel

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Gigaom)  … One of the companies that’s the farthest along is Solazyme, a South San Francisco-based company that went public in the spring of 2011. Solazyme was one of

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Family Express Readies for Construction of New C.P. Gas Station

(Crown Point Community)  …City officials in October approved plans for the 3,300-square-foot brick gas station and convenience store and a free-standing 1,200-square-foot car wash on 1.7 acres at the northwest

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

RFA Urges CARB to Revise Carbon Intensity Values under the LCFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is urging the California Air Resources Board to revise indirect land use change (ILUC) penalties assigned to certain biofuels under

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Knocking $40 Per Ton out of Biomass Costs, the Green Way

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Maryland, The Wildlife Society released a Technical Review, “Effects of Bioenergy Production on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat,” to provide answers to questions on bioenergy

January 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Take-off meeting: Register of Biofuels Origination (RBO Consortium)

(EnAlgae)  Sustainable biofuels are at the heart of present and future EU renewable transport policies. Among them, extra incentivised biofuels – e.g. “double-counting” biofuels (whose contribution to EU targets shall

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Chisumbanje Ethanol Project Set to Restart

(News Day)  The multimillion dollar ethanol project in Chisumbanje is set to re-open after villagers and the company agreed on a wide range of issues meant to avert social disaster

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Powerful Enzymes Create Ethanol from Agricultural Harvest Waste

(Science Daily)  The mainly EU-funded DISCO project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed powerful enzymes, which accelerate plant biomass conversion into sugars and further into products

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Ben Franklin to Invest $354,876 In Regional Economic Development

(Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania) The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

The 8 Upsides of the New Ethanol

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  The technologies out there are five in number. They are all in commercial deployment now,

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Coalition Urges New Farm Bill for Energy

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

American Farm Bureau Supports RFS

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) last week voted overwhelmingly to support continuation of

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels November 4-7, 2013 Munich, Germany

  F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels   November 4-7, 2013   Munich, Germany

Now in its 16th year, F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels is the must attend event for the global ethanol

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013 October 13-16, 2013 Amherst, MA DEADLINE: March 4, 2013

  CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013  October 13-16, 2013    Amherst, MA   DEADLINE:  March 4, 2013

The symposium will be organized into the following tracks: Feedstocks and Technology, chaired by Hugh McLaughlin Benefits of Biochar, chaired by Kathleen Draper Scales,

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Europe Needs Stable Legal Framework for Biofuels to Prosper: Neste

by Sean Bartlett (Platts)  Europe needs a stable legal framework if biofuels research and development is to prosper, Neste Oil’s Executive

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

In Inaugural Address, Obama Makes a Moral Case for Action on Climate Change

by Juliet Eilperin  (The Washington Post)  …But in his remarks Monday after taking the oath of office, Obama chose to make a

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Causing World Hunger

by Rudy Ruitenberb  (BusinessDay/iAfrica.com)  Biofuel output from agricultural commodities has contributed to surging world food prices in the past decade, says

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineer Gets NSF CAREER Grant to Study Biofuel Process

(University of Massachusetts-Amherst NewsWise)  Paul J. Dauenhauer, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year,

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

CME to Require Biofuel Free Diesel for New Heating Oil Spec

(Reuters)  CME Group said on Tuesday that the specification of its heating oil contract from May 2013 will contain no

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

LS9: Hail and Farewell

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ most-celebrated technologies falters; the struggle to raise capital claims a high-profile victim.

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Florida Innovates with Its Eucalyptus and Citrus for Biomass Production

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  By taking full advantage of both its natural subtropical climate and its own citrus resources,

January 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Project in Tri-Cities Using Ag Waste to Create Biofuel Becoming Commercially Reliable

by Kristi Pihl  (Tri-City Herald)  A pilot project to produce biofuel using agricultural and organic municipal waste has reached levels

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Mazda’s Newest Race Cars Are Powered By Chicken Guts

by Joann Muller (Forbes)  When the grueling 2013 Rolex 24 endurance race kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26, the field will

January 21, 2013 Read Full Article

POET Expands Corn Oil Operations

(Inside Indiana Business/POET)  Twenty-five of POET’s network of 27 biorefineries have now installed its patent-pending corn oil technology, bringing its

January 21, 2013 Read Full Article

The Oilcane Boom

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though building capacity globally, Solazyme’s operations in Brazil are getting traction fast – and raised

January 21, 2013 Read Full Article

PalmEx Indonesia 2013 October 2-4 Medan, Indonesia

  PalmEx Indonesia 2013   October 2-4   Medan, Indonesia

The 5th PALMEX Indonesia 2013 is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Asia that brings together an international congregation

January 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy December 8-11, 2013 San Diego, CA

  Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy   December 8-11, 2013   San Diego, CA

Building Innovative Collaborations Across the Pacific The annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is the original conference

January 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Keystone Farm Show: Lessons Learned

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Thanks to Lee Publications, the organizers of farm shows up and down the mid-Atlantic,

January 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Powering the Future

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …As automakers look forward to meet the increasing fuel efficiency standards, one thing

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

End All Trade Barriers

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  …While the U.S. ethanol industry historically only exported a small amount of

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Are US, Brazil Ethanol Industries Ready to Dance?

by Daniel Coelho Barbosa (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For many years, the U.S. ethanol industry saw Brazil primarily as a competitor.

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Direct Connections

by  Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Developing a retail relationship with area fuel stations is a potential perk for ethanol

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Optimistic Bearing: Staying Bullish on Ethanol Even in the Trough of Negative Margins.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol might experience strong headwinds in 2013 but four marketers still see good things

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Awaits Progress on Florida Project

by Carrie Napoleon (Chicago SunTimes/Post-Tribune)  Until the first commercial trash-to-ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Fla., is up and running, plans

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Domestic Biodiesel versus Brazilian Ethanol Revisited

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good  (University of Illinois/Farm Doc Daily)  In a post on January 10, 2013 we examined the relative

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Aemetis Idles California Ethanol Plant, Plans Sorghum Shift

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)  Aemetis Inc., a U.S. ethanol producer, idled production at its plant in Keyes, California, citing “unfavorable

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Key to Economy and Clean Energy Future: GRFA

(Commodities Now) Today (January 16, 2013)  the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance called on the policy development, business and technology sector

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Stakeholders Must Study Climate Assessment, Contribute to Discussion

(25 x ’25) U.S. agriculture has always been innovative in meeting the challenges to production posed by changing growing conditions

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioenergy Production from Marginal Lands in the US Midwest

by Ilya Gelfand, Ritvik Sahajpal, Xuesong Zhang, R. César Izaurralde, Katherine L. Gross & G. Philip Robertson (Nature)  …An alternative

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

‘Eureka Moment’ Gives Home a New Fuel for the Future

by Zarina Khan (The National)  A simple suggestion during a standard orientation presentation led to one student’s discovery of a potential

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Tree Seeds Offer Potential for Sustainable Biofuels

(Phys.Org)  Tree seeds, rather than biomass or fuel crop plants, could represent an abundant source of renewable energy, according to

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Grants Boost Gretna Biofuel Project

by Susan Worley (Star-Tribune)   The Town of Gretna and Piedmont BioProducts LLC learned last week they will benefit from

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

KBR Selected by CRI Catalyst Company LP to Develop Engineering Packages for IH2 Process

(KBR) KBR announced it was selected by CRI Catalyst Company (CRI) as the preferred Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) partner

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $10M in Funding for “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DOE sets goal of 2,500 gallon per acre algae biomass demonstration by 2018. In Washington,

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

If You Have the Stones: The Ethanol Blend Wall, Revisited

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ah, that was a time when leaders had the stones to set difficult targets

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

9th Sugar World Asia April 28-30, 2013 Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

  9th Sugar World Asia    April 28-30, 2013  Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

CMT is an active global conference organizer and since 1982 supports business development across Asia, MidEast/Africa and the Americas. Recent

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

RIN Management and RIN Marketing Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules

by Jeff Hove  (RINAlliance/EcoEngineers)  RINAlliance was established in 2007 to assist petroleum marketers and renewable fuel blenders with EPA blending compliance

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Center Awards Funds for Biofuel Advancements

by Mark Schulman  (BlueRidgeNow.com)   The Biofuels Center of North Carolina awarded $766,256 to 14 entities led by AdvantageWest Economic Development

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Choice at the Pump E15 Is Currently Cleared for Sale in a Handful of States, with Work Ongoing to Bring It to the Rest of the U.S.

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 convenience stores, didn’t just open the first E15 retail

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. to Become Largest Liquid-Fuels Producer in 2013, BP Says

by Brian Swint & Lananh Nguyen  (Bloomberg)  The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia this year to become the

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The Potential of Di-Methyl Ether (DME) as an Alternative Fuel for Compression-Ignition Engines: A Review

by Constantine Arcoumanis, Choongsik Bae, Roy Crookes, Eiji Kinoshita (Fuel/Science Direct)  This paper reviews the properties and application of di-methyl ether

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production from Vegetable Oil Using Heterogenous Acid and Alkali Catalyst

by Junhua Zhang, Shangxing Chen, Rui Yang, Yuanyuan Yan (Fuel/Science Direct)  Zanthoxylum bungeanum seed oil (ZSO) with high free fatty acids (FFA)

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Simultaneous Determination of Cu and Pb in Fuel Ethanol by Graphite Furnace AAS Using Tungsten Permanent Modifier with Co-Injection of Ir

by Luana Novaes Santos, José Anchieta Gomes Neto, Naise Mary Caldas (Fuel/Science Direct)  A method has been developed for the simultaneous

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Fuels from Biomass Pyrolysis

by Diego Iribarren, Jens F. Peters, Javier Dufour  (Fuel/Science Direct)  This article evaluates the environmental performance of a biofuel production

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Acid-Catalyzed Esterification of Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) Oil with High Free Fatty Acids for Biodiesel Production

by K.V. Thiruvengadaravi, J. Nandagopal, P. Baskaralingam, V. Sathya Selva Bala, S. Sivanesan (Fuel/Science Direct)  We report the production of a

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Transesterification of Soybean Oil to Biodiesel Using CaO as a Solid Base Catalyst

(Fuel)  In this study, transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel using CaO as a solid base catalyst was studied. The

January 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Breaking the Oil Monopoly With Renewable Fuel

(AOL Energy/Fuels America Coalition)  The oil industry has taken aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a self-interested bid

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

San Diego Company Adding 19 E85 Pumps at California Stations

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Count Pearson Fuels, and the state of California for that matter, is among proponents of boosting

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

American Petroleum Institute: Clean Fuels Standard “Unworkable”; RFA Chief Says “Nuts”.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  During a media conference call today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) called the Renewable Fuel

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Clean, Green Options Lacking as Airlines Seek Alternatives to Petroleum

by Amanda Peterka (Environment and Energy Daily/Greenwire)  …It takes a lot of petroleum to get an airplane going, and electrifying the

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Black Carbon Ranks as Second-Biggest Human Cause of Global Warming

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Soot ranks as the second-largest human contributor to climate change, exerting twice as much

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

UPM Scoop Investment for Potential France-Based Biodiesel Facility

(Bioenergy News)  Finland-based bio and forestry business UPM has picked up multi-million investment to aid the construction of a biorefinery

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Sugar Rush: Sweetwater, Front Range Ink $100M Cellulosic Biofuels Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Front Range becomes third ethanol plant in 3 weeks to head for cost reductions, RIN

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

NYC Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup

(BioHeat)  NYC Gets Greener with Bioheat® Fuel to Advance Sustainability Bioheat says “Thanks” by awarding $30,000 to Charities that also

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Vilsack Ties Farm Bill to Biofuels, Will Serve Again as Ag Secretary

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the future success of biofuels in this country is also

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Court Rules against Big Oil in Dispute over Ethanol Blend

(FuelFix)  Despite protests from the oil industry, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow a challenge to an

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

A.I.M. Releases 2012 Year in Review

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The year 2012 will go down in history as a turning point for the algae industry. It

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

New Markets Tax Credits Spur Investment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  There is a little secret in the renewable energy sector that many don’t know about –New

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Letter to the Editor — RFA Responds to “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices”

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … In his column, “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices,” (Tulsa World, January 11),

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: “Are You Getting on Board?” Lufthansa Remarks

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In his presentation at DOE’s Biomass 2012, Joachin Buse (Vice President Aviation Biofuels, Lufthansa

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Algarve University Develops Bio Ethanol Using Carobs

(The Portugal News Online)  Researchers from the University of the Algarve have presented a pioneering research project in which bio

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Give Ethanol Critics “the Finger”…. Join ACE’s Grassroots Letter Writing Campaign

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  Want to help fight the misinformation campaign against E15 blends that is being put out there

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels: Between a Rock and a Green Place

by  Kylie Schultz (The International)  With the possibility of an oil crisis on the horizon, a scramble for renewable and sustainable

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Seaweed-Based Ethanol Technology Gets Boost in Vietnam

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals Deep in the Mekong Delta of South

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

4 Reasons Why Canada Is Becoming a Biofuels Hotspot

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Strong biofuels flight results, advances in algae, new commitments in venture capital and revived interest

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Canada May Try Biofuels in Navy Ships

(CBC News/The Canadian Press) The federal government is soliciting proposals for how it might use biofuels to replace traditional diesel in

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Five Questions with Tom Brutnell

by Jeffrey Tomich (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)  …A local hub for biofuels research is the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur.

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

New Fuel Blend Creates Stir in Industry, Yakima Valley

by Phil Ferolito  (Yakima Herald-Republic)  A newly approved gasoline blend that contains more ethanol is causing a stir among automakers

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

ACE Compares AAA’s E15, Low-Octane Fuel Responses

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol has reacted to the American Automobile Association’s criticism of

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Vinema Plans $354 Million Brazil Grain-Ethanol Projects

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Vinema Biorefinarias do Sul Ltda., a Brazilian biofuel company, plans to spend 720 million reais

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Bill Would Get Rid of Florida’s Ethanol Mandate

by Troy Kinsey (BayNews9.com)  …Republican representative Matt Gaetz is filing a bill to do away with Florida’s ethanol mandate. …“It’s

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

The Market and Mother Nature

by Thomas Friedman (New York Times)  Whenever I hear the word “cliff,” I am reminded of something that President Obama’s

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Environmentalists Urge Obama to Block Keystone XL and Act on Climate Change

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  After a strategy of ‘climate silence’ during president’s first term, activist groups signal intent to

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Pennsylvanians Angry about Plans to Ship Gas Overseas

by Alexandra Duszak (PublicIntegrity.org)  When Pennsylvanians agreed to a massive increase in natural gas drilling in the state, they were

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

EU to Revive Debate on Minimum Energy Tax Levels

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  EU officials are to debate a new set of tax proposals to promote clean fuel and erode fiscal

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Colonialism and the Green Economy: Villagers Defy Pressure to Forfeit Farms for Carbon-Offset

by Daniel C Marotta and Jennifer Coute-Marotta  (Truthout)  All names are fictitious as sources requested anonymity out of fear of

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

China Set for Renewable Energy Boom

(Eco-Business.com) …In its study entitled, “China Renewable Energy” released this week, it said that there are three key drivers behind

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Investments in Bioenergy Research and Development to Spur New Markets, Innovation, and Unlimited Opportunity in Rural America

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix today, where he announced $25

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae.Tec Gets Green Light for $12.15 million from Australian Government

(Algae.Tec/PR NewsWire) Algae.Tec today announced approval from the Australian Government for an AU$12.15 million cash refund on Australian and overseas

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Could Formula One Racing Cars Influence Family Cars of the Future?

(Balkans.com)  … It seems unlikely but motorsport engineers and specialists from around the world have been discussing just that at the

January 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Blue Sun Reinvests Biodiesel Tax Credit Revenue into Technology

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Blue Sun Biodiesel CEO Leigh Freeman said his company will immediately invest payments from credits

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Experts Int’l Rolls out New Enzymatic Skid Processors

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Experts International has unveiled its new, fully automated, skid-mounted enzymatic biodiesel processing system. After

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Legislation Crib Sheet

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … Legislation can be hard to digest and so the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

D.C.’s Clean-Energy Conundrum

by Paul Dickerson and Thomas Burton  (Reuters/Mintz Levin) …Clean technologies are likely to be the next great industry and economic success

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Step in Right Direction to Sustainability

(Ashville Citizen-Times)  Thanks to an innovative program aimed at helping North Carolina become more self-sufficient when it comes to energy,

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Momentum Builds after Second Annual Civic and Small-Xcale Biofuels Convening

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center received incredibly positive feedback from its 13 December 2012 event, Civic and Small-scale

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Strengthening and Serving a Growing Biofuels Community February 8, 2013 Oxford, NC

  Strengthening and Serving a Growing Biofuels Community   February 8, 2013   Oxford, NC

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will hold a joint symposium

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The Political Implications of America’s Oil & Gas Boom – James Kwak Interview

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  … To help us look at these issues and more we managed to speak with the well

January 12, 2013 Read Full Article

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