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The Future of Biofuels in 10 Charts and Maps

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … The good news is that biofuel production can responsibly continue to grow if we switch from corn to biomass as a source material or feedstock. Our recent

March 30, 2013 Read Full Article

University of Cincinnati Student Presents Pioneering Fuel Technology

by Arthur Davies (University of Cincinnati)  Current and future researchers alike are teaming up to focus on one common goal: to lead America’s energy efforts. The next generation of scientists

March 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Better Biofuels

by James Hataway  (UGA Research)  … Li Tan was examining some of the sugars, proteins and polymers that make up plant cell walls, which provide the structural support and protection that allow

March 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme / Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Renewed Interest in Grain Sorghum in Nebraska

by Ken Anderson (Browfield Ag News)  A combination of dry weather and increased demand from the ethanol sector could have grain sorghum poised for a comeback in Nebraska. Grain sorghum plantings

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

E85 Sales Plummet 26 Percent in Minnesota

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As the price spread diminished between the high-ethanol gasoline blend and regular fuel, some drivers of Flex Fuel vehicles stopped pumping it into their tanks.

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Renewables Strongly up Since 2008, Says New EIA Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Maryland, the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through December 31, 2012 is showing that renewable energy sources and natural

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Congress’s Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?

by Bill Chameides (The Green Grok/Duke University)  …As a libation, ethanol’s been around for a long, long time. As a fuel, it dates back to 1826 when it was first used

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

WBA: Enough Land for More Food, Feed, Biofuels

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  There is enough land available to produce more food, more feed and more biofuels, which are not the cause of global malnutrition problems, according to

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

11 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the Biodiesel Industry

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine/MarketWire)  Below is breakdown of the latest, sourced information as to why investment in biodiesel is a sound decision written by Ron Kotrba, Editor of Biodiesel Magazine.

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

A.I.M. Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Founded in 2009 by Pierre Calleja, Fermentalg is a French-based industrial biotechnology company specializing in the bio-production of chemical compounds from microalgae, for use in everyday products.

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

SCS Expands Biofuel Certification Services into Southeast Asia

( SCS Global Services/PR NewsWire)   SCS Global Services has announced the expansion of its biofuel certification services in Southeast Asia. The veteran third-party environmental certification body will now conduct audits under

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

The Cutting Edge of Corn Stover and Switchgrass Supply: A Comprehensive Feedstock Solution

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Supplying high-quality feedstock for use in a broad range of sustainable conversion processes to produce advanced biofuels is a complex, multi-step process. Each step in the

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

European Commission Publishes Progress Report on RED

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 27 the European Commission published its first Renewable Energy Progress Report under the Renewable Energy Directive, showing that the EU as a

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™ Is Accepting Proposals for Funding from February 20th to April 17th, 2013

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  Between research and commercialization lie the critical stages of development and demonstration: the points at which technologies leave the laboratory and undergo conclusive real-world testing. Traditionally,

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

US Refiners May Boost Renewables Spending if RFS Targets Not Lowered: Moody’s

by Beth Evans  (Platts)  Ratings agency Moody’s expects US refiners to increase investments in renewables blending and infrastructure if federal renewables targets are not lowered. “In the absence of any

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Shows RINs Not Factor in Higher Gasoline, Fuel Group Says

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  A surge in the value of Renewable Identification Numbers for ethanol compliance isn’t one of the reasons for higher gasoline retail prices, the Renewable Fuels Association

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EcoEngineers RIN QAP Forum Webinar April 3, 2013 2:00 PM EST

  EcoEngineers RIN QAP Forum Webinar    April 3, 2013    2:00 PM EST

With speculation swirling around EPA rulemaking on quality assurance programs, EcoEngineers has announced that it is offering a free webinar for renewable fuel producers to offer clear direction for successfully

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry Is Reshaping American Energy July 31-August 1 Washington, DC

  Biomass 2013:  How the Advanced Bioindustry Is Reshaping American Energy    July 31-August 1  Washington, DC

On July 31–August 1, 2013, US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Advanced Biofuels USA will co-host the sixth annual biomass conference, Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Webinar: Biomass and the Military April 25, 2013 10:00AM EST

  Webinar: Biomass and the Military  April 25, 2013   10:00AM EST

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EST, Bioenergy Technologies Office staff members will talk about the latest joint efforts between the Department of Energy and the U.S.

March 28, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Computational Studies in Lignocellulose Deconstruction April 15, 2013 12:40 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Webinar

  Computational Studies in Lignocellulose Deconstruction   April 15, 2013 12:40 PM – 2:15 PM EDT  Webinar

On April 15, 2013, from 1–2:15 p.m. ET, Dr. “Gnana” S. Gnanakaran—of Los Alamos National Laboratory—will present a webinar on his team’s molecular research on lignocellulosic biomass. Lignocellulose is a

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Carbon Accounting of Forest Bioenergy: Conclusions and Recommendations from a Critical Literature Review

(European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy and Transport)  In the current European energy policy framework, biogenic CO2 emissions from combustion of forest biomass used for energy and transport

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant Reopens

by Tendai Mugabe (AllAfrica.com)  Green Fuel resumed operations at its ethanol plant here yesterday, raising prospects that the country could soon start the mandatory blending of fuel that has been

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

PTT Plans B7 Biodiesel Trial on Buses

(Bangkok Post)  Oil giant aims to prove quality of green fuel. PTT Plc, the national oil conglomerate, will hold a field trial of B7 biodiesel on public buses in Bangkok

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Consortium Dumps Schneider Trash-to-Ethanol Deal

by Carrie Napoleon (Post-Tribune/Chicago Sun-Times)   The deal to transfer ownership of the long-delayed trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider has been scrapped. SMC LLC, the local construction consortium established to purchase

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuels and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As can be seen in the research by Perrine, Negi, and Sayre — a more optimal light distribution strategy is available to algae but they

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

IMF: Governments Need to End Energy Subsidies

by Howard Schneider (The Washington Post)  Government subsidies of gasoline, electricity and other energy sources amount to about $1.9 trillion a year and should be ended or offset with taxes used to

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

IMF: Want to Fight Climate Change? Get Rid of $1.9 Trillion in Energy Subsidies.

by Brad Plumer (The Washington Post)  What’s the simplest way to tackle global warming? Make sure that fossil fuels are priced properly and not subsidized. That’s the core idea behind

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Destination Green: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change May 14-16, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  Destination Green: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change   May 14-16, 2013   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Every three years, ICAO organizes a major environmental event to share information on the latest developments in the area of aviation and environment with its Members States and other key

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

ATAG’s Aviation & Environment Workshop May 13, 2013 Montreal, Canada

  ATAG’s Aviation & Environment Workshop    May 13, 2013    Montreal, Canada

The only event to be jointly organised in cooperation with the leading industry associations: ACI, CANSO, IATA and ICCAIA. The aviation industry has joined forces like no other industry to

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Finds Technology and Biofuels Will Not Be Enough to Meet Aviation Carbon Targets without Emissions Trading

(GreenAirOnline)  The aviation industry regards market-based measures (MBMs) as a temporary fix in achieving the carbon-neutral growth (CNG) goal from 2020 onwards until the benefits of new technology and operational

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

NASA Project Seeks to Assess Biofuel Environmental Performance at Altitude and Impact on Contrails Formation

(GreenAirOnline)  A team of NASA researchers has begun a programme of flight tests that will compare the environmental impacts from emissions and contrails of a blended fuel containing 50 per

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Nobel Prize-Winning US Economists Urge Obama to Support Carbon Pricing in Global Negotiations on Aviation Emissions

(GreenAirOnline)  A group of 32 leading US economists, including eight Nobel Prize winners, have written an open letter to President Obama urging him to advance proposals at ICAO for a

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

The Algae Biomass Organization Announces Algae Biomass Summit 2013 Student Travel Grants DEADLINE April 17, 2013

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization is pleased to announce that it is offering a minimum of seven $500 travel grant scholarships to attend the 7th Annual Algae Biomass

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Ash from Refuse Could Become Hydrogen Gas

(Lund University)  …The ash is what is left when rubbish has been burnt in thermal power stations. A researcher from Lund University in Sweden has now developed a technique to

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae.Tec Using Shipping Containers to Grow Algae

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …And some, such as the folks at Algae.Tec, are looking to green shipping containers to grow a literal green feedstock. “What we wanted was a significant bulk

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

UC San Diego/Scripps Use Unique DAF Process to Harvest Algae

by Jim McMahon (Biodiesel Digest)  Since 2008, the San Diego Center for Algal Biotechnology (SD-CAB) has been conducting research into algal applications for biofuel. This has been a joint collaboration

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

American University to Celebrate Switch to B20 at April 2 Event

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For biodiesel fans in the Washington, D.C., area, American University is the place to be April 2 as the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

An Animal to Feed Your Eco-Car

by Solrun Dregelid  (University of Bergen) The marine animal tunicate can be used both as biofuel and fish food, according to prize-winning research at UiB and Uni Research. On the

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

BioNitrogen to Conduct Feasibility Study for Fertilizer Plant in Alberta, Canada

(BioNitrogen)  BioNitrogen Corporation, a cleantech company that utilizes proprietary technology to build environmentally-friendly plants that convert biomass into urea fertilizer, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

ACE’s New Infographic Highlights How The RFS Is An American Success Story

(HoosierAgToday)  For the second year in a row the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has created an ‘infographic’ promoting the benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Entitled “An American

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy Department Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

(U. S. Department of Energy)  As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to revitalizing America’s manufacturing sector, today the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new Department initiative

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

University of Georgia Discovery May Allow Scientists to Make Fuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change,

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Launches $20M Project REMOTE – Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Liquid Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ARPA-E aims to drive liquid fuel production from abundant, affordable methane — and sees biobased technology as the path forward. In Washington, ARPA-E released its

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Automakers Ask Supreme Court to Take up Ethanol Challenge

by David Shephardson (Detroit News)  Major automakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to approve a higher blend of ethanol for

March 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change: From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

(Center for Climate and Security)  The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAS, recently released a set of recommendations for President Obama on addressing climate change. The top-line recommendations include:

March 26, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Florida Bill Would Repeal Ethanol Requirement

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A bill has been introduced in the Florida legislature that would repeal the state’s Renewable Fuel Standard Act. Currently, the Florida law requires that all gasoline sold or

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

DOE Gives Southern Research Institute $925,000 for Bio-Oil Work

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  Southern Research Institute won a $925,000 energy award from the U.S. DOE to develop a mild liquefaction process to convert biomass to petroleum refinery-ready bio-oils.

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol RINs Fall to Lowest Level in March on Slowing Demand

(Platts)  Prices for 2012 and 2013 US ethanol renewable credits, also known as RINs, on Monday fell to their lowest levels in March on slowing demand from obligated parties, sources

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

RFS: #1 on Big Oil Hitlist for a Reason

by Brooke Coleman (National Journal/Advanced Ethanol Council)  First, let’s assess what we know to be true … RFS2 is just five years old. We are about one-third of the way

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Ministers Block EU Proposal to Limit Some Biofuels

(EurActiv)  Several European ministers are blocking the EU’s proposal to curb the use of conventional biofuels, while some dispute claims the demand for crop-based oils drives deforestation and food insecurity

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Iowa City Moving Ahead with Trash-to-Biofuel Research

by Gregg Hennigan (The Gazette)  Estimates indicate plan could reduce landfill waste by up to 80 percent Iowa City is moving forward with exploring a project that could divert solid waste

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Biorefinery 2015 – The Shape of Advanced Biofuels to Come – Part II

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today in part II, we look at a new set of technologies coming along that are redefining our ideas about scale and cost. … A

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: Europe, Asia and Australia

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  In two blog entries in 2010, I described the possible regulatory regimes that might affect the use of genetically modified microorganisms or plants in the production

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

BSCS Seeks Teacher-Collaborators for Research Project Funded by the National Science Foundation DEADLINE March 31, 2013

(Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)  Teacher-collaborators will field test a 3-credit, online, graduate-level course designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge and practice related to energy concepts. The course is titled Energy: A Multidisciplinary

March 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

The Bioenergy Farm Game

(Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center)  In this board game, players take on the role of bioenergy crop farmers trying to earn a living while being good environmental stewards. In the

March 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Bioenergy Institute for Educators Now Accepting Applications for 2013! DEADLINE March 31, 2013

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Institute dates: June 24-29, 2013    Application dealdine: March 31, 2013, In this one-week summer program, teams of educators core areas of GLBRC research, get hands-on

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

You Don’t Say?

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The subhead of the article was “The U.S. will be the world’s leading energy producer, if we allow it.” That was a

March 25, 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’s value proposition, as a very cost-effective molecule in the motor gasoline pool, has proven itself over time, and we’re very confident of

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Paper Says 2050 Food, Fuel Needs Can Be Met

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The world will be capable of meeting its needs for food, fuel and

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Senators Ask McCarthy to Outline Response to RIN Price Increase

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have sent a letter to U.S.

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Report More Accurately Compares Renewable, Fossil Resources

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyzed wind and bioenergy resources

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

The RIN Fact Sheet: Understanding the EPA’s Flexible System for Obligated Parties to Meet the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Background:  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was established under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

The Bayou State Will Benefit from a Beefed-up Biofuels Sector

Dr. Mike Strain (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry/25 x ’25) … However, many do not realize that Louisiana’s strong

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Shows Carbon Sequestration from Corn Production Runs Deep

(25 x ’25)  The ethanol industry has some good news to share. And it comes in an arena where the

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Turning Cow Manure Into Brown Gold

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource that

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

California Farmers Team up to Build Bio-Refinery that Will Convert Sugar Beets to Ethanol

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California’s Central Valley, a

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Desperate Times for Big Oil

by Dana Blankenhorn  (TheStreet)  These are desperate times for Big Oil.  Fracking (which involves shooting water and sand into a

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Environmentalists Shouldn’t Side with Big Oil against Biofuels

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  There’s a fight for the future of American motor fuels – renewable fuels versus

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol the Enemy?

(CNBC) …there’s fierce debate that ethanol requirements may be driving up gas prices. from the investor perspective, is there real opportunity inethanol, or is

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Hemp Bill Passes Second Reading in Hawaii Senate

by Thomas H. Clarke (The Daily Chronic)  A bill that would establish a two-year hemp pilot program in Hawaii passed

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Peach Genome Offers Insights into Breeding Strategies for Biofuels Crops

(Science Codex)  Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate “biofuel crops” from which it is expected that cellulosic

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Auburn Researcher Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Study Biofuels

by Jessica Nelson  (Auburn University)  Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Biorefinery 2015 – Transformations in Biofuels Costs, Financing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first wave of cellulosic biofuels projects are now reaching completion.  But what does the

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy Farms: Is the Time Ripe?

by Peter Brown (Biodiesel Magazine/ Euro Marketing Tools)  Biodiesel, ethanol and livestock production, wind turbines and photovoltaic installments situated in close

March 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Zero Waste and Plant Optimization

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  When Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ Big Island Biodiesel refinery came online last year, it was marketed

March 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Growth Opportunities

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A sit-down with Dave Elsenbast, vice president of supply chain management for Renewable Energy Group

March 23, 2013 Read Full Article

How Much More Domestic Corn Ethanol and Imported Sugar Ethanol Should EPA Require in 2013?

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments from stakeholders on the EPA’s proposed Renewable

March 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Maersk Working on Two Biofuel Projects

(Ship & Bunker)  A.P. Møller-Maersk (Maersk) says it is working with partners on two projects designed to develop biomass-based marine

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Response to FT: E10 Blend Wall is Fiction

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) In regard to your recent editorial (“Bloated biofuels,” March 20), you don’t need Bill

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

US Congress Committee Examines RFS, Plans Hearings on Renewable Mandate

(Platts)  A third key congressional committee has entered the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, calling for comment on a

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

First E15 Gas Station Gets Warning from ConocoPhillips, Might Have to Stop Ethanol Sales

by Jon LeSage  (AutoBlogGreen)  Ethanol advocates are continuing to throw down the gauntlet with Big Oil. Jabs have been thrown

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Big Oil, Renewable Fuels Advocates Point Fingers at Each Other for High Gas Prices

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Gasoline prices remain stuck above $3.50 per gallon despite the highest monthly domestic oil

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Facing Challenges in Face of Drought

by Steve Tarter (Journal Star)  …But Ron Miller, the former CEO of Aventine Renewable Energy, the Pekin-based ethanol supplier, and

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Choice: Complain About 70-Cent RINs, or Invest 6 Cents in Modern Infrastructure?

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …Still, all this rhetoric from Big Oil about the economic impacts of RINs and

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels in the US: How Much and How Soon? 2014′s Terrific Ten

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although no commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels facilities are operating in the United States at present, at

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

I Have a Ream: Biofuels Digest’s 60-Second Guide to this Week’s DC Overload

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week in Washington, it has been one for the record books, emailwise and biofuelswise.

March 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol–Does the RFS Matter?

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  …The suggestion to waive the mandate assumes that ethanol production and blending

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Upton, Waxman Launch Debate on Biofuels Mandate

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  …Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and ranking member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., released the

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Senate Rejects Amendment Gutting Military Biofuels Program by 40-59 Vote

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  An amendment to a $984 billion Senate government funding bill that would have stripped

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Gets New Owner

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  The future of the Appomattox Bio Energy Plant is ripe with uncertainties and unexpected turns after

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Pump E-85 for 85 Cents a Gallon

by Brooke Hasch  (ConnectTriStates.com)  … If only for a few hours, Roger Law’s Service Station provided ethanol, or E-85, for

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Big Oil Calls for End of Renewable Fuel Standard

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Major oil companies called on Congress Wednesday to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, the

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Responds to API’s Latest RFS Attack

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. ethanol industry is responding to the oil industry’s latest attack on the

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

New Committee Working to Ensure Canada’s Renewable Fuels Future

(Canadian Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced a new committee and classification of membership

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant to Reopen — Mujuru

(News Day)  Acting President Joice Mujuru has assured villagers and other stakeholders that the closed Chisumbanje ethanol plant will be

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Update: Valero Says Ethanoll Blending Costs to Double or Triple this Year

by Alison Sider (Dow Jones Newswire/Lloyds)  Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said it will have to spend two or even three

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Awards $2.6 Million to Buster Biofuels

(Biofuels Digest)  In California, the state’s Energy Commission approved $5,580,773 for clean-energy transportation projects ranging from producing biofuels to making trucks

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Gevo vs Butamax: Butamax Heads for Appeal after Court Setback

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …To Gevo, Butamax we now attend,  
And their legal record, we now amend. The Federal

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Next-Gen Biofuels Making Slow, Slow, Slow Progress in 2013

by Katie Feherenbacher  (Gigaom)  Companies that are still looking to produce biofuels from plant waste (and not corn) are making

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s 100-Year Incentive Birthday Bash Hosted by…Biofuels?

by Meg Cichon  (Renewable Energy World)  Happy birthday, Big Oil! A group gathered in Washington D.C. this week to celebrate 100

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Idle Ethanol Plants Wait for New Fuel Standards

by Grant Gerlock (KBIA)  Ethanol is an up and down industry, and right now it’s down. Ethanol plants in at

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Are Algae Biofuels a Realistic Alternative to Petroleum?

by Ian Branam (Scientific American)  Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that nearly 14 percent of land

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa Offering E15

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Dave Sovereign from Cresco, Iowa has been busy. Last week he helped to convert the Fast

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS) October 31-November 2, 2013 Kampala, Uganda DEADLINE: August 1

  CALL FOR PAPERS: World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS)   October 31-November 2, 2013    Kampala, Uganda   DEADLINE: August 1

Founded in 2006, Pilot International was the first private sector driven International Organization based in Uganda, whose purpose is to

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World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS) October 31-November 2, 2013 Kampala, Uganda

  World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS)   October 31-November 2, 2013    Kampala, Uganda

Founded in 2006, Pilot International was the first private sector driven International Organization based in Uganda, whose purpose is to

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Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing May 6-10, 2013 Mesa, AZ

  Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing   May 6-10, 2013   Mesa, AZ

This workshop covers the fundamentals of managing microalgae cultures, culturing techniques, measuring biomass, high-value natural products, harvesting and processing technologies,

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Policies: DBFZ Explains, Comments on EC Proposals

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The German Research Center for Biomass (DBFZ) was commissioned by the German oilseed promotional council (UFOP) to explain

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Southern Research Institute Wins $925,000 Dept. of Energy Award to Liquefy Biomass for Production of Transportation Fuels

(Southern Research Institute)  Research could encourage blending of bio-oils into refinery streams for producing renewable diesel and gasoline Durham, North

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

SGB Confirms Genetic Diversity of Jatropha Is Comparable to Corn

(SG Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Through the use of new genetic technologies, SGB’s scientists have revealed that the company’s germplasm collection can

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

The Sustainability of Advanced Biofuels in the EU

(Institute for European Environmental Policy)  This report focuses on the potential sustainability of an advanced biofuel industry relying on mainly

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Colonial Pipeline to Ship Biodiesel on Georgia Line by End-March

(Platts)  Colonial Pipeline will begin shipping biodiesel blends on its pipeline to central and southern Georgia by the end of

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

KiOR Now Shipping World’s First Cellulosic Diesel from Its First Commercial Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, KiOR announced the initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its first commercial-scale facility

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Antitrust Complaint Filed against ConocoPhillips over “Anti-Competitive Activities”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ConocoPhillips unlawfully attempting to limit competition in the fuels marketplace? We’ll find out soon.

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Sapphire Energy Enters Into A Commercial Agreement With Tesoro For Purchase Of Green Crude Oil

(Tucson News/Sapphire Energy)  Sapphire Achieves Major Milestone with Continuous Green Crude Oil Production Sapphire Energy, Inc., a leader in algae-based

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050; Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, and Strong Government Policies Will Be Needed

(National Academies of Science)  A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Researchers Building Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and make

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: North and South America and Africa

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  … The use of genetically modified microorganisms (GMOs) in manufacturing will likely face a fairly straightforward

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy Security Trust Counterproductive Says Advanced Biofuels USA Preferring a True Carbon Tax and Apollo Program Scale Efforts

Advanced Biofuels USA, an internationally respected nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels

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35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 29-May 2, 2013 Portland, OR

  35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals    April 29-May 2, 2013   Portland, OR

Interest in producing greater amounts and a wider array of bio-based fuels and chemicals products from non-traditional renewable feedstocks such

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Operation Deathanol, RINs, and the Selling of the Fossil Fuels Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Read any stories about renewable fuels lately in mainstream media? Bet they’re bad ones.  Here

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Construction on Clinton Biofuel Refinery Could Start as Early as Fall

by John Ramsey (FayObserver.com)  Construction on a $170 million refinery in Clinton to convert 20 million tons of grass into

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Cleantech Open to Expand to South Florida — Expects Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels, BioEnergy and Algae Startups in Its Mix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Cleantech Open, which has helped startups raise $800 million for over 700

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Did Little Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …This past week in Rotterdam, I ran into algae biofuels’ very own “Dr. No”, John

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Biochemical Production of Ethanol and Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters from Switchgrass: A Comparative Analysis of Environmental and Economic Performance

by Scott M. Paapa, Todd H. West, Dawn K. Manley, Eric J. Steen, Harry R. Beller, Jay D. Keasling, Dean

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Lignol Announces Investment and Technology Collaboration with Territory Biofuels Limited

(Lignol)  Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC) (“LEC” or “the Company”), a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Algaetech International Signs R&T Agreement with EADS and AMIC for Wastewater Remediation Using Algae for Jet Fuel Production.

(Algaetech International)  AMIC, Malaysia, and Algaetech International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, announces the signing of a Research & Technology agreement on

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Green Bonds Offer Cheaper Debt for First Advanced Biofuel Plants

by Louise Downing  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Alternative forms of financing such as so-called green bonds may spur companies to build their

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Biotech Corn Offers Siouxland Ethanol Plants Higher Output, Lower Costs

by David Dreeszen  (Sioux City Journal)  …What makes it more valuable? The variety, called Enogen, is genetically engineered to boost

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels on the Rise in Wisconsin

by Josh Lintereur (htrnews.com/Sheboygan Press Media)  …There are now about 250 Wisconsin retailers and other businesses offering alternative fuels, such

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Respond to Market Conditions

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beginning in summer 2012, the prices of ethanol and corn reached levels where production

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Cresco’s Fast Stop Becomes Iowa’s Newest E15 Station

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa, is now offering E15 as a registered fuel, joining

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Comments on Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly Article: Energy Insecurity, The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels

(US Department of Energy/Department of Defense)  General Comments Although the author has done an extensive literature reading in the biofuels

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Another Voice Calls for E85 as a Solution to the RINs Conundrum

by John Kingston  (Platts)  The idea of using E85 as a way out of the blendwall/RINs issue in the US

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Day Puts Spotlight on America’s Advanced Biofuel

(National Biodiesel Board)  From the delivery of food and goods, to city fleets and transit systems, to construction and other

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Clean Edge Report Projects Growth in Global Biofuel Industry

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Regarding biofuels, the report found that wholesale pricing of ethanol and biodiesel reached $95

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  …Now two bills recently introduced into Congress seek to delay or ban altogether the

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Profitable Time to Venture into Biodiesel

by Intan Farhana Zainul (The Star)  …I was given a chance to attend the Palm and Lauric Oils Conference &

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Two New Biofuel Tilapia-Based Plants Built

(FIS)  In late March, the opening of two biofuel tilapia- based plants in the towns Jaguaribara and Morada Nova, in

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Island for biofuel

(Fiji Times)  THE people of Rabi are trying to uphold the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities’ (SPC) dream of replacing

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Surplus May Lift Gas Prices

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times) A glut of ethanol in the gasoline supply is threatening to push up prices

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide to the Obama Administration’s New Energy Policy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major push from Obama on energy.  From DOE: “Liquid fuels demand can be sufficiently reduced

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Sugar Beet Feedstock Use Increases in Germany

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Bundesverband der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft (BDBe), a German ethanol trade organization, has released production

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

ETH Bioenergy, Inbicon Partner on Cellulosic Ethanol in Brazil

(ETH Bioenergy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brazil-based ETH Bioenergy, a company of the Odebrecht Group, which operates in the production of ethanol,

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae from UAE Desert Saltflats Could Be Biofuel of the Future

by Dr. Hector Hernandez (The National)  …One area of particular interest is the energy potential of algae that live in

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Time to Stop Subsidizing Status Quo

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It came as no surprise that the American Petroleum Institute recently called for

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Global Warming: We’d Better Get A Move On!

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ironically, the effort to reduce global warming through the reduction of CO2 is

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Six Sigma Provides Analytical Tool for Ethanol Producers

by  James Frugé and Raul Gamboa (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With corn costs comprising over 87 percent of the cost of ethanol

March 15, 2013 Read Full Article

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