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White House Targets Oil-and-Gas Tax Breaks as Part of Plan to Replace Sequester
January 30, 2013 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

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 spending cuts from sequestration.
“The idea …

Sandia Scientist Engineers Cyanobacteria for Fuel
January 30, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

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, and has also found that …

EU Releases Proposal on Deploying Alternative Fuel Infrastructure
January 30, 2013 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

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, the European Renewable Ethanol Association.
On …

That Cotton-pickin’ Varmint Ethanol vs that Bush Whackin’ Cherry-pickin’ API
January 30, 2013 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

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 held a press conference in DC …

Distribution Infrastructure—a Hurdle to Overcome
January 30, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

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 regulations restricting the sale of …

The First Lady of E15
January 30, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

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 of the approval of E15 for …

Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill
January 30, 2013 – 3:38 pm | Comments Off on 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 the new CAFÉ (Corporate Average …

Are You Ready To Eat Algae? Solazyme Knows You Are
January 29, 2013 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

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 developed a novel biotechnology platform …

Distillers’ Grain Gaining Importance as Byproduct of Ethanol
January 29, 2013 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

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 Canada, Mexico and China for …

Global Greenhouse Gas Implications of Land Conversion to Biofuel Crop Cultivation in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands – Lessons Learned from Jatropha
January 29, 2013 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by W.M.J. Achten, A. Trabucco, W.H. Maes, L.V. Verchot, R. Aerts, E. Mathijs, P. Vantomme, V.P. Singh, B. Muys  ( of Arid Environments)  Biofuels are considered as a climate-friendly energy alternative. However, their environmental sustainability is …

Jatropha Loves to Fly and It Shows
January 29, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

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 for jatropha and jatropha oil-based …

New Evidence of E15 Fuel Damage Confirms Case Against Renewable Fuel Standard
January 29, 2013 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(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 model year vehicles. The CRC …

Swedish Paper Mill Algae Project Gets Funding
January 29, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(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 to produce bio-oil from the …

Ethanol Plant Plans
January 29, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(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 the developers of technology that allows …

U.S. DOE Allots $6 Million to Biomass Supply Chain Technologies
January 29, 2013 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

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 biomass feedstocks to U.S. biorefineries.
The …

About Us: Boost to Brewing Biogas: OARDC Receives $6.5 Million Grant to Further Develop New System
January 29, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(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 produce biogas from a variety …

Insects’ Gut Microbes Hint at Biofuel Breakthrough
January 29, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Li Jiao (  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.
About 50 million tonnes of lignin …

Professor Flunks Ethanol 101
January 29, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

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 all wrong, it’s time to …

Is Reduction of Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Just Talk?
January 29, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the …

Aviation’s Declan Ryan Invests in Irish Algae-Based Fuels Venture
January 28, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

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 of Ryanair Holdings from August …

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Says Principle Proven on New Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process for Biofuels
January 28, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

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 also enable fermentation under septic …

Sahara Forest Project Aims to Use Algae, Renewable Technologies to Bloom Deserts
January 28, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

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 algae oil, and hundreds of …

DNV: Biofuels Are Key to Meeting Marine Emissions Targets
January 28, 2013 – 10:28 am | No Comment

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 “for at least 10% of …

Touchstone Testing New Algae Technologies in Ohio
January 27, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(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 close to $7 million in …

Students Sell Raffle Tickets to Raise Funds for Biodiesel Center
January 25, 2013 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

(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 fundraising efforts, students are selling …

Texas Researcher Looks into Biodiesel Production from Lignin
January 25, 2013 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

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 then into biodiesel. The research …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Agri Investment Forum June 26, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
January 25, 2013 – 8:16 pm | No Comment
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 display table in the foyer …

6th International Conference on Biodiesel. Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move May 7-8, 2013 Berlin, Germany
January 25, 2013 – 8:03 pm | No Comment
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 the “First Generation” today represent the …

Fuel Efficiency Is Bad News For State Governments
January 25, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(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 we gas up in our cars, …

Sneller: Increased Domestic Oil Production Could Limit Growth of Renewable Fuels
January 25, 2013 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

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 that wasn’t there prior to …

Bills Seek to Reduce or Remove Ethanol from Maine Gas
January 25, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

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 your car, lawnmower or snowblower.
One …

Study Looks at Environmental Benefits of Ethanol
January 25, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  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. The study was published in …

Transforming Transportation 2013
January 25, 2013 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

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. During one of the primary …

Court Strikes Down Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate – Finds EPA Exceeded Statutory Authority
January 25, 2013 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(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 biased forecast was in ‘excess …

High Crop Prices Are Driving Land Use Change in the U.S. at an Increasing Environmental Cost
January 25, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

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, an increase of almost 10 …

First Biodiesel Plant in Bali, Indonesia, Undergoes Commissioning
January 25, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(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 around the world. Green Fuels …

Workshop on Sustainable Biomass Production in South-East Africa March 19-21, 2013 Maputo, Mozambique
January 25, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment
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 frameworks for bioenergy in African …

First E85 Station Opens in Richmond, Virginia
January 25, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  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 new E85 stations, two near …

RIN Management Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules
January 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

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 market that has been rocked …

Sugar-Rich Willow Can Boost Biofuels’ Green Credentials
January 25, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

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 the trees grew at an angle, …

Klobuchar Visits AURI, Talks Food, Energy
January 25, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

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 laboratories.
…AURI is a non-profit corporation …

Agri Investment Forum June 26, 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
January 25, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
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 private investors with leading edge …

Novozymes New CEO Says Biofuels May Supply 90% of Revenue
January 25, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

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 governments start promoting renewable energy, …

You Can’t Change the Climate from Inside Washington
January 25, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

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 has failed in part because climate …

The Capex-Opex Fallacy, Electric Cars, and Biofuels
January 25, 2013 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

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 fuel a car.
“Even the most …

Local Ethanol Could Power Cars This Year
January 24, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(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 the fledgling non-fossil fuel sector.
Guyana …

ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum February 5-6, 2013 Washington, DC
January 24, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment
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 an option for the new Congress. …

UK Scientists to Mimic Plants to Make Zero-Carbon Fuel
January 24, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

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 fuel vehicles.
They will join other …

“For Sandy, the Scientists of NOAA Were Our First Responders, Our Scientific Heroes.”
January 24, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

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, is worth publishing.  At Advanced …

S.J. Farmers Sought for Ethanol Project
January 24, 2013 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(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 Pacific Ethanol Inc. plant in …

New Research on Algae-to-Biofuel Schemes Quantifies Uncertainty
January 24, 2013 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(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 determining metrics such as Energy …

Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Sun’s Energy to Miles Driven
January 24, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(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 competitive, too
…As electric vehicles (EVs) …

Iowa Groups Announce Formation of Iowa RFS Coalition, Thank President Obama for Unwavering RFS Support
January 24, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(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 to the President, also copied …

2013 Could Be a Make or Break Year for Algae Fuel
January 24, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

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 the first firms to focus …

Family Express Readies for Construction of New C.P. Gas Station
January 24, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(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 corner of the intersection.
Six fuel …

RFA Urges CARB to Revise Carbon Intensity Values under the LCFS
January 24, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

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 the state’s low carbon fuel …

Knocking $40 Per Ton out of Biomass Costs, the Green Way
January 24, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

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 development and wildlife so that …

Take-off meeting: Register of Biofuels Origination (RBO Consortium)
January 23, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(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 be considered to be twice …

Chisumbanje Ethanol Project Set to Restart
January 23, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(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 in Chipinge.
Agreed issues include the …

Powerful Enzymes Create Ethanol from Agricultural Harvest Waste
January 23, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(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 such as bioethanol. The project’s …

Ben Franklin to Invest $354,876 In Regional Economic Development
January 23, 2013 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania)
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $354,876 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP’s goal is to help …

The 8 Upsides of the New Ethanol
January 23, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  The technologies out there are five in number. They are all in commercial deployment now, though some are at the capacity-construction stage. Some of them vary the feedstock, some vary …

Coalition Urges New Farm Bill for Energy
January 23, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm Bill with strong mandatory funding for energy programs.
The coalition notes that programs included in the …

American Farm Bureau Supports RFS
January 23, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) last week voted overwhelmingly to support continuation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), despite the fact that membership in the organization includes a …

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels November 4-7, 2013 Munich, Germany
January 23, 2013 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
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 and biofuels community. Recognised as the best forum for in-depth analysis and as the biggest week of trade …

CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013 October 13-16, 2013 Amherst, MA DEADLINE: March 4, 2013
January 23, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment
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, Sales, and Marketing, chaired by Amanda Ravenhill
Policy and Community Engagement, chaired by Erich Knight

We are currently reviewing abstracts for these tracks. We …

Europe Needs Stable Legal Framework for Biofuels to Prosper: Neste
January 23, 2013 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Sean Bartlett (Platts)  Europe needs a stable legal framework if biofuels research and development is to prosper, Neste Oil’s Executive Vice President, Oil Products, Matti Lehmus, said at a conference Monday.
A proposal in October by …

In Inaugural Address, Obama Makes a Moral Case for Action on Climate Change
January 23, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin  (The Washington Post)  …But in his remarks Monday after taking the oath of office, Obama chose to make a moral case — rather than an economic or national security one — for taking action. …

Biofuel Causing World Hunger
January 23, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberb  (BusinessDay/  Biofuel output from agricultural commodities has contributed to surging world food prices in the past decade, says Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.
…Mr Brabeck-Letmathe described making biofuels from food crops as “nonsense”.
The agriculture ministers …

Engineer Gets NSF CAREER Grant to Study Biofuel Process
January 23, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Massachusetts-Amherst NewsWise)  Paul J. Dauenhauer, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program to conduct basic research on the …

CME to Require Biofuel Free Diesel for New Heating Oil Spec
January 23, 2013 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  CME Group said on Tuesday that the specification of its heating oil contract from May 2013 will contain no renewable fuel or biodiesel, matching the “Grade 62” of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) carried on …

LS9: Hail and Farewell
January 23, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ most-celebrated technologies falters; the struggle to raise capital claims a high-profile victim.
…The company had been known for its awesomely promising technology, leisurely pace towards commercialization compared to …

Florida Innovates with Its Eucalyptus and Citrus for Biomass Production
January 22, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  By taking full advantage of both its natural subtropical climate and its own citrus resources, Florida’s fledgling biomass energy sector looks to be finally coming into its own.

Two recent initiatives …

Project in Tri-Cities Using Ag Waste to Create Biofuel Becoming Commercially Reliable
January 22, 2013 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl  (Tri-City Herald)  A pilot project to produce biofuel using agricultural and organic municipal waste has reached levels that makes the process commercially viable, researchers say.
The project, paid for by the Department of …

Mazda’s Newest Race Cars Are Powered By Chicken Guts
January 21, 2013 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

by Joann Muller (Forbes)  When the grueling 2013 Rolex 24 endurance race kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26, the field will include three Mazda6 race cars powered by an unusual type of renewable fuel.
The ultra-clean, synthetic …

POET Expands Corn Oil Operations
January 21, 2013 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Inside Indiana Business/POET)  Twenty-five of POET’s network of 27 biorefineries have now installed its patent-pending corn oil technology, bringing its total capacity to approximately 250,000 tons per year, enough feedstock to produce 68 million gallons …

The Oilcane Boom
January 21, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though building capacity globally, Solazyme’s operations in Brazil are getting traction fast – and raised $235M last week.   How much oil could be produced in Brazil via sugar-munching microalgae? …

PalmEx Indonesia 2013 October 2-4 Medan, Indonesia
January 19, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment
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 of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in …

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy December 8-11, 2013 San Diego, CA
January 19, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment
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 dedicated solely to the growth of the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and …

Keystone Farm Show: Lessons Learned
January 19, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Thanks to Lee Publications, the organizers of farm shows up and down the mid-Atlantic, for donation of booth space at the “farm show for farmers,” Keystone Farm Show 2013.  …

Powering the Future
January 18, 2013 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …As automakers look forward to meet the increasing fuel efficiency standards, one thing is for sure—cars will be very different from the ones that I grew up with. …

End All Trade Barriers
January 18, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  …While the U.S. ethanol industry historically only exported a small amount of its product every year, that all changed in 2009 when improving industry economics led to …

Are US, Brazil Ethanol Industries Ready to Dance?
January 18, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Coelho Barbosa (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For many years, the U.S. ethanol industry saw Brazil primarily as a competitor. In 2012, as ethanol trade barriers disappeared and weather forced market adjustments in both countries, …

Direct Connections
January 18, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by  Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Developing a retail relationship with area fuel stations is a potential perk for ethanol plants, retailers and consumers.
In some areas of the U.S., drivers filling up with ethanol blends …

Optimistic Bearing: Staying Bullish on Ethanol Even in the Trough of Negative Margins.
January 18, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol might experience strong headwinds in 2013 but four marketers still see good things ahead.
…(Josh) Bailey (vice president of marketing and trading for Eco-Energy Inc.) is also bullish on the …

Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Awaits Progress on Florida Project
January 18, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Napoleon (Chicago SunTimes/Post-Tribune)  Until the first commercial trash-to-ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Fla., is up and running, plans by a local construction consortium to take over a similar project here are in a …

Domestic Biodiesel versus Brazilian Ethanol Revisited
January 18, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good  (University of Illinois/Farm Doc Daily)  In a post on January 10, 2013 we examined the relative profitability of meeting the RFS for advanced biofuels with domestically produced biodiesel and imported Brazilian …

Aemetis Idles California Ethanol Plant, Plans Sorghum Shift
January 18, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)  Aemetis Inc., a U.S. ethanol producer, idled production at its plant in Keyes, California, citing “unfavorable market conditions for corn ethanol” and will upgrade the facility to also produce fuel from …

Biofuels Key to Economy and Clean Energy Future: GRFA
January 18, 2013 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

(Commodities Now) Today (January 16, 2013)  the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance called on the policy development, business and technology sector leaders attending the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, to commit to increasing biofuels’ share …

Stakeholders Must Study Climate Assessment, Contribute to Discussion
January 18, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) U.S. agriculture has always been innovative in meeting the challenges to production posed by changing growing conditions in the various parts of the country. So, farmers, foresters, ranchers and land owners are …

Sustainable Bioenergy Production from Marginal Lands in the US Midwest
January 18, 2013 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ilya Gelfand, Ritvik Sahajpal, Xuesong Zhang, R. César Izaurralde, Katherine L. Gross & G. Philip Robertson (Nature)  …An alternative is to grow lignocellulosic (cellulosic) crops on ‘marginal’ lands9. Cellulosic feedstocks can have positive environmental …

‘Eureka Moment’ Gives Home a New Fuel for the Future
January 18, 2013 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Zarina Khan (The National)  A simple suggestion during a standard orientation presentation led to one student’s discovery of a potential alternative energy source available in the open deserts of his home emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“Dr …

Tree Seeds Offer Potential for Sustainable Biofuels
January 18, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Tree seeds, rather than biomass or fuel crop plants, could represent an abundant source of renewable energy, according to research published in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management. The study suggests that …

Grants Boost Gretna Biofuel Project
January 18, 2013 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Susan Worley (Star-Tribune)   The Town of Gretna and Piedmont BioProducts LLC learned last week they will benefit from two Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission grants totaling $5.3 million.
The money will be …

KBR Selected by CRI Catalyst Company LP to Develop Engineering Packages for IH2 Process
January 18, 2013 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(KBR) KBR announced it was selected by CRI Catalyst Company (CRI) as the preferred Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) partner supporting licensed design of IH2 technology commercial scale facilities, having greater than 330-tons/day dry biomass …

DOE Announces $10M in Funding for “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Project
January 18, 2013 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DOE sets goal of 2,500 gallon per acre algae biomass demonstration by 2018.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced a “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Funding Opportunity of up …

If You Have the Stones: The Ethanol Blend Wall, Revisited
January 18, 2013 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ah, that was a time when leaders had the stones to set difficult targets and stick to them, preferring to bet on American know-how than organize the sounding of …

9th Sugar World Asia April 28-30, 2013 Yangon, Burma/Myanmar
January 18, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment
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 political and economic reforms in Myanmar are very encouraging with the country favored as the …

RIN Management and RIN Marketing Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules
January 18, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Hove  (RINAlliance/EcoEngineers)  RINAlliance was established in 2007 to assist petroleum marketers and renewable fuel blenders with EPA blending compliance requirements. Today, RINAlliance serves 130 blenders with EPA reporting and RIN marketing. They currently manage …

Center Awards Funds for Biofuel Advancements
January 17, 2013 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schulman  (   The Biofuels Center of North Carolina awarded $766,256 to 14 entities led by AdvantageWest Economic Development Group to advance biofuels in the region and create jobs, support sustainability, agribusiness, diverse education …

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.
January 17, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 convenience stores, didn’t just open the first E15 retail pump in the nation. Not long after offering 15 percent ethanol at the first station …

U.S. to Become Largest Liquid-Fuels Producer in 2013, BP Says
January 17, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Brian Swint & Lananh Nguyen  (Bloomberg)  The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia this year to become the largest producer of liquid fuels, BP Plc (BP/) said.
Liquids output, which includes oil, natural gas …

The Potential of Di-Methyl Ether (DME) as an Alternative Fuel for Compression-Ignition Engines: A Review
January 17, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Constantine Arcoumanis, Choongsik Bae, Roy Crookes, Eiji Kinoshita (Fuel/Science Direct)  This paper reviews the properties and application of di-methyl ether (DME) as a candidate fuel for compression-ignition engines. DME is produced by the conversion of …

Biodiesel Production from Vegetable Oil Using Heterogenous Acid and Alkali Catalyst
January 17, 2013 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Junhua Zhang, Shangxing Chen, Rui Yang, Yuanyuan Yan (Fuel/Science Direct)  Zanthoxylum bungeanum seed oil (ZSO) with high free fatty acids (FFA) can be used for biodiesel production by ferric sulfate-catalyzed esterification followed by transesterification using calcium …

Simultaneous Determination of Cu and Pb in Fuel Ethanol by Graphite Furnace AAS Using Tungsten Permanent Modifier with Co-Injection of Ir
January 17, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Luana Novaes Santos, José Anchieta Gomes Neto, Naise Mary Caldas (Fuel/Science Direct)  A method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of Cu and Pb in ethanol fuel by GF AAS using a transversely heated …

Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Fuels from Biomass Pyrolysis
January 17, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Diego Iribarren, Jens F. Peters, Javier Dufour  (Fuel/Science Direct)  This article evaluates the environmental performance of a biofuel production system based on the fast pyrolysis of short-rotation poplar biomass using a Life Cycle Assessment …

Acid-Catalyzed Esterification of Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) Oil with High Free Fatty Acids for Biodiesel Production
January 17, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by K.V. Thiruvengadaravi, J. Nandagopal, P. Baskaralingam, V. Sathya Selva Bala, S. Sivanesan (Fuel/Science Direct)  We report the production of a biodiesel fuel by acid-catalyzed esterification of high free fatty acid (FFA) karanja oil (KO). Pretreated …

Transesterification of Soybean Oil to Biodiesel Using CaO as a Solid Base Catalyst
January 17, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(Fuel)  In this study, transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel using CaO as a solid base catalyst was studied. The reaction mechanism was proposed and the separate effects of the molar ratio of methanol to …

Breaking the Oil Monopoly With Renewable Fuel
January 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(AOL Energy/Fuels America Coalition)  The oil industry has taken aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a self-interested bid to retain dominance over America’s transportation fuel sector. Our dependence on oil is stifling consumer …

San Diego Company Adding 19 E85 Pumps at California Stations
January 16, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Count Pearson Fuels, and the state of California for that matter, is among proponents of boosting ethanol content in light-duty vehicle fuel. San Diego-based Person received a $1.35-million grant to add …

American Petroleum Institute: Clean Fuels Standard “Unworkable”; RFA Chief Says “Nuts”.
January 16, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  During a media conference call today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “unworkable” and stated that they would “like to see complete repeal of the …

Clean, Green Options Lacking as Airlines Seek Alternatives to Petroleum
January 16, 2013 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (Environment and Energy Daily/Greenwire)  …It takes a lot of petroleum to get an airplane going, and electrifying the fleet is not an option.
So airlines are scrambling for cleaner, greener and cheaper fuels. “We …

Black Carbon Ranks as Second-Biggest Human Cause of Global Warming
January 16, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Soot ranks as the second-largest human contributor to climate change, exerting twice as much of an impact as previously  thought, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
The four-year, 232-page study …

UPM Scoop Investment for Potential France-Based Biodiesel Facility
January 16, 2013 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy News)  Finland-based bio and forestry business UPM has picked up multi-million investment to aid the construction of a biorefinery in France.  The European Commission has awarded a grant of €170 million ($222 million) as …

Sugar Rush: Sweetwater, Front Range Ink $100M Cellulosic Biofuels Deal
January 16, 2013 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Front Range becomes third ethanol plant in 3 weeks to head for cost reductions, RIN opportunities with advanced feedstocks, technology.
…In New York, Sweetwater Energy announced a 15-year commercial agreement with …

NYC Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup
January 16, 2013 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(BioHeat)  NYC Gets Greener with Bioheat® Fuel to Advance Sustainability
Bioheat says “Thanks” by awarding $30,000 to Charities that also “warm” NYC
In December 2012, New York City launched its mandate for traditional home heating oil to …

Vilsack Ties Farm Bill to Biofuels, Will Serve Again as Ag Secretary
January 16, 2013 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the future success of biofuels in this country is also tied to successfully getting a new five-year farm bill passed. Speaking to delegates of the …

Court Rules against Big Oil in Dispute over Ethanol Blend
January 16, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(FuelFix)  Despite protests from the oil industry, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow a challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency decision encouraging more ethanol to be blended into gasoline.
The American Petroleum Institute, …

A.I.M. Releases 2012 Year in Review
January 16, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The year 2012 will go down in history as a turning point for the algae industry. It was the year that algae biofuel became a heated part of the political arena, from …

New Markets Tax Credits Spur Investment
January 15, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  There is a little secret in the renewable energy sector that many don’t know about –New Markets Tax Credits. These tax credits provide incentives for private investors to help fund projects …

Letter to the Editor — RFA Responds to “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices”
January 15, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … In his column, “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices,” (Tulsa World, January 11), Andrew P. Morriss presents his own opinions and his own facts.
Contrary to Mr. Morriss, ethanol …

Aviation Biofuels: “Are You Getting on Board?” Lufthansa Remarks
January 15, 2013 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In his presentation at DOE’s Biomass 2012, Joachin Buse (Vice President Aviation Biofuels, Lufthansa German Airlines) claimed that aviation biofuels have the strongest impact on mitigation of climate change.
He …

Algarve University Develops Bio Ethanol Using Carobs
January 15, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(The Portugal News Online)  Researchers from the University of the Algarve have presented a pioneering research project in which bio ethanol was produced from carobs.
Researcher Maria Emília Costa from the Centre of Marine and Environmental …

Give Ethanol Critics “the Finger”…. Join ACE’s Grassroots Letter Writing Campaign
January 15, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  Want to help fight the misinformation campaign against E15 blends that is being put out there by the American Automobile Association (AAA)?
Do you want to help let people know how E15 …

Biofuels: Between a Rock and a Green Place
January 15, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by  Kylie Schultz (The International)  With the possibility of an oil crisis on the horizon, a scramble for renewable and sustainable energy sources is underway. In recent years, plant-based fuels known as biofuels have emerged as …

Seaweed-Based Ethanol Technology Gets Boost in Vietnam
January 15, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals
Deep in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam a small bio-refinery is converting seaweed into protein, fuel-blendable alcohol, and a bacterial soil product. …

4 Reasons Why Canada Is Becoming a Biofuels Hotspot
January 15, 2013 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Strong biofuels flight results, advances in algae, new commitments in venture capital and revived interest from the Canadian Navy.   Biofuels are off to a fast start in 2013 in …

Canada May Try Biofuels in Navy Ships
January 15, 2013 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(CBC News/The Canadian Press) The federal government is soliciting proposals for how it might use biofuels to replace traditional diesel in Royal Canadian Navy vessels — assuming the price is right.
“Naval vessels and platforms have traditionally …

Five Questions with Tom Brutnell
January 14, 2013 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Tomich (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)  …A local hub for biofuels research is the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur. Much of the biofuels work there is funded by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable …

New Fuel Blend Creates Stir in Industry, Yakima Valley
January 14, 2013 – 8:48 pm | No Comment

by Phil Ferolito  (Yakima Herald-Republic)  A newly approved gasoline blend that contains more ethanol is causing a stir among automakers and fuel retailers, who say the industry isn’t ready for the change.
They fear the new …

ACE Compares AAA’s E15, Low-Octane Fuel Responses
January 14, 2013 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol has reacted to the American Automobile Association’s criticism of E15 by comparing and contrasting the organization’s response to E15 with that of its response …

Vinema Plans $354 Million Brazil Grain-Ethanol Projects
January 14, 2013 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Vinema Biorefinarias do Sul Ltda., a Brazilian biofuel company, plans to spend 720 million reais ($354 million) building the nation’s first six ethanol-fuel mills that use grains as raw material.
…The …

Bill Would Get Rid of Florida’s Ethanol Mandate
January 14, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Troy Kinsey (  …Republican representative Matt Gaetz is filing a bill to do away with Florida’s ethanol mandate.
…“It’s not the final solution to our energy needs, but it certainly can supplement our energy needs.  …

The Market and Mother Nature
January 14, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Friedman (New York Times)  Whenever I hear the word “cliff,” I am reminded of something that President Obama’s science adviser, John Holdren, used to say about how we need to respond to climate …

Environmentalists Urge Obama to Block Keystone XL and Act on Climate Change
January 14, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  After a strategy of ‘climate silence’ during president’s first term, activist groups signal intent to be more vocal in next four years
More than 70 environmental groups called on Barack Obama to take …

Pennsylvanians Angry about Plans to Ship Gas Overseas
January 14, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Alexandra Duszak (  When Pennsylvanians agreed to a massive increase in natural gas drilling in the state, they were told that the economic benefit would outweigh any potential risk to the environment.
The drilling employs …

EU to Revive Debate on Minimum Energy Tax Levels
January 14, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  EU officials are to debate a new set of tax proposals to promote clean fuel and erode fiscal advantages that have made diesel relatively cheap, a document seen by Reuters showed.
…Ahead of a …

Colonialism and the Green Economy: Villagers Defy Pressure to Forfeit Farms for Carbon-Offset
January 14, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel C Marotta and Jennifer Coute-Marotta  (Truthout)  All names are fictitious as sources requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Anonymity and people’s  requests that no pictures be taken were prerequisites for attaining interviews. …

China Set for Renewable Energy Boom
January 14, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

( …In its study entitled, “China Renewable Energy” released this week, it said that there are three key drivers behind the continued interest in renewable energy in China: its increasing demand for electricity; reduction in …

USDA Announces Investments in Bioenergy Research and Development to Spur New Markets, Innovation, and Unlimited Opportunity in Rural America
January 14, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix today, where he announced $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from …

Algae.Tec Gets Green Light for $12.15 million from Australian Government
January 14, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(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 development expenditure for the financial year 30 June 2012 to 30 June 2015.
The terms of …

Could Formula One Racing Cars Influence Family Cars of the Future?
January 13, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(  … It seems unlikely but motorsport engineers and specialists from around the world have been discussing just that at the 2013 Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium.
McLaren and Caterham Formula One racing teams, plus Audi Sport …

Blue Sun Reinvests Biodiesel Tax Credit Revenue into Technology
January 12, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Blue Sun Biodiesel CEO Leigh Freeman said his company will immediately invest payments from credits earned in 2012 to advance its next-generation biofuel technologies.
…Specifically, Blue Sun is investing in a …

Biodiesel Experts Int’l Rolls out New Enzymatic Skid Processors
January 12, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Experts International has unveiled its new, fully automated, skid-mounted enzymatic biodiesel processing system. After two years of development work to hone the process and build the first unit, the …

Renewable Fuels Legislation Crib Sheet
January 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … Legislation can be hard to digest and so the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy created a “crib” sheet, or alert, giving a brief overview of how the Act will …

D.C.’s Clean-Energy Conundrum
January 12, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Paul Dickerson and Thomas Burton  (Reuters/Mintz Levin) …Clean technologies are likely to be the next great industry and economic success story. Whether that happens in the United States or not is up to us.
…Yet there …

Step in Right Direction to Sustainability
January 12, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Ashville Citizen-Times)  Thanks to an innovative program aimed at helping North Carolina become more self-sufficient when it comes to energy, Asheville’s popular Biltmore Estate, that venerable bastion of the region’s travel and tourism industry, soon …

Momentum Builds after Second Annual Civic and Small-Xcale Biofuels Convening
January 12, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center received incredibly positive feedback from its 13 December 2012 event, Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Statewide: A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties. The event, held …

Strengthening and Serving a Growing Biofuels Community February 8, 2013 Oxford, NC
January 12, 2013 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
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 on Friday, 8 February 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. to highlight facilities, services, and …

The Political Implications of America’s Oil & Gas Boom – James Kwak Interview
January 12, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (  … To help us look at these issues and more we managed to speak with the well known economist James Kwak. James is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School …