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Scientific Results Presented at 2013 ASA Annual Meeting Indicated: The Environmental Benefits of Biofuels Are Much More than We Had Thought
December 31, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The substitution of fossil fuels by advanced biofuels per se has a huge impact on the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, consequently mitigating global …

EU Proposal to Unilaterally Regulate International Flights in EU ETS Puts Global Scheme at Risk, Says ‘Shocked’ IATA
December 31, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The proposal by the European Commission to include international aviation in its ETS without any international consultation could re-open the threat of trade wars and distract States from focusing on working together to …

Purti Signs Pact with Praj Industries for Ethanol
December 31, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Ramu Bhagwat (Times of India)  Pune-based Praj Industries which is a pioneer in developing new technology for ethanol production from agricultural waste has signed an agreement with Nitin Gadkari-promoted Purti Sugar to set up a new generation …

Most Automakers on Board with E15
December 31, 2013 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Overcoming the E10 blend wall is priority No. 1 for the ethanol industry, and progress is being made on two fronts. The number of retail stations offering E15 is …

Montana State University Research into Algal Biofuels Keys Larger Study
December 31, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Sepp Jannotta (MSU News Service)  … Robin Gerlach is the MSU professor coordinating research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National …

Beating the Drum for Industrial Beets
December 31, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Forum News Service/Ag Week)  The promoter of an idea to raise sugar beets to be converted into energy and chemicals says 13 communities in central North Dakota could be home to processing …

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic Recognized as One of Top 100 People in the BioEconomy by Biofuels Digest
December 31, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release December 31, 2013—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the fourth year recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top 100 People …

Vilsack; POET, LanzaTech, Beta Renewables, Genomatica, DuPont, Solazyme, KiOR, Raizen, REG Execs Win Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy poll for 2013-14
December 31, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the annual poll, voters reward key fighters on the RFS2 front, companies reaching scale, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. Top 300 recognized.
In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack …

Ethanol Loses Friends and Influence as Reform Movement Grows
December 30, 2013 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Javier E. David  (CNBC)  Ethanol requirements for U.S. gasoline appear to be losing friends and influencing the wrong people, with calls growing to reform or scrap the government mandates altogether.
The Environmental Protection Agency in …

ARB Delays New Biodiesel Rules To Address South Coast NOx Concerns
December 30, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Inside EPA)  State air board officials this week postponed until March the possible adoption of new rules for biodiesel and other “alternative diesel” fuel blends, in order to consider last-minute concerns raised by South Coast …

Cellulose Fibre Chain Initiative Creating a Long-Term Future for SA’s Forestry Industry
December 30, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(South Australia Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy)  Developing higher-value forestry products is the key to creating a sustainable future for the forestry industry.
A new study into developing more sustainable and higher-value products …

Viji Sitther Wins Maryland Innovation Grant for Biofuel Research and Development
December 30, 2013 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Morgan State)  Maryland may soon delve into a new way of sustainable biofuel production, thanks to the research of Morgan State Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Viji Sitther. Last month, Dr. Sitther received a $100,000 Maryland …

Research Aims to Expand Brazil Sugarcane Acres Further South
December 30, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brazil ethanol producers are looking for new areas for future expansion of sugarcane production. Petrobras signed a technical cooperation agreement with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp., to …

GTL Resources, QTI Partner to Develop NextGen Frac Technology
December 30, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(GTL Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  GTL Resources USA Inc., owner of Illinois River Energy LLC, and Quality Technology International Inc., through its subsidiary, QTI-AMG LLC, announced that they have formed a partnership to collaborate on a …

Agriculture Secretary Reports Progress at the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade
December 30, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reported progress on a number of trade issues with China as a result of the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which wrapped …

Solon Wants House to Probe Biofuel Compliance
December 30, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by  Butch Fernandez (Business Mirror)  … A lawmaker has filed a resolution asking the House Committee on Energy to probe the performance and impact assessment of the Biofuels Act of 2006 and the development of alternative sources …

Changes in Land Use Promotes Biodiversity
December 30, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Bern, Switzerland)  If grassland used intensively, biodiversity decreases. Particularly affected are rare species, a new study headed by Berner plant scientists shows. Such negative effects could be reduced if farmers would vary the …

DOE Pulls Funding for Bluefire Mississippi Project over Financing Woes; BFRE to Appeal
December 30, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following notice was filed Friday with the SEC by Bluefire Renewables:  On December 23, 2013, Bluefire Renewables received notice from the Department of Energy indicating that the DOE would …

EPA’s Christmas Gift to the Oil Refiners
December 30, 2013 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The Obama administration appears ready to give the oil refining industry the perfect gift this Christmas. If left unchanged, EPA’s proposed RFS rule for 2014 could result in …

Report Addresses Compliance Costs of California’s LCFS
December 27, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A recent report authored by two University of California, Davis researchers examines the economics of the California low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. According to information released by the UC …

New Study Exposes Flood of Dark Money Feeding Climate Change Denial
December 27, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(EcoNews)  A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever …

Cellulosic Biofuel, Cellulosic Diesel RINs Generated in November
December 27, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month.
According …

YEAR-END WRAP: Exports to Underpin US Refinery Output in 2014
December 27, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Platts)  Infrastructure will remain the watchword as US refiners look to further cement their role as world class product exporters in 2014, improving export capacity and rejigging refineries to increase their output of …

Grass as the New Biofuel
December 27, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Deeney (Agriland)  A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops.
According to the researchers, grass could be used to …

Study Provides Comparison of Biomass Crop Growth in the Midwest
December 27, 2013 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois evaluated woody and grassy biomass feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production at Illinois. Twenty-one species of short-rotation woody biomass …

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive.   In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s …

Algenol Produces “Algae Sex Tape”
December 27, 2013 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … Algenol Biofuels has released its “Algae Sex Tape,” a sensual, pro-alternative energy, take on making ethanol from algae…with a passion.
Using sophisticated graphics, slow motion and provocative angles, the Algenol video exposes the …

Time for Rebranding: We Are Protein Producers!
December 26, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At the yearly F.O.Licht’s World Ethanol Conference, two speakers spoke about ethanol as a coproduct, focusing on front-end separation of high-value protein from the corn, or recovering the yeast to …

NREL Report Counters Big Oil’s False E15 Claim
December 26, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The concept of the blend wall is based on a controversial study that has been called into question, most recently by a National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis that identified …

10-Year Trials Show 10-ton Yields for Miscanthus in Illinois
December 26, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Illinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus, the first plots to be planted in the U.S. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown …

Universities Receive $10M to Study Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Martiin Kidston (Missoulian)  If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce?
Funded by a $10 million …

Start-Up Uses Plant Seeds for a Biofuel
December 26, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (New York Times)  … Hailed about six years ago as the next big thing in biofuels, jatropha attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments, only to fall from favor as the recession …

EIA Updates State Profiles, Adds Data on Renewables
December 26, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and …

Israel’s New Motor Fuels Strategy Leans on Gas
December 26, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Ari Rabinovitch (Reuters)  Israel plans to cut oil use in transportation by 60 percent by 2025, an aggressive target by world standards, and will tap into its newfound natural gas deposits to make it …

Community Fuels Awarded $4.9 Million Grant for Expansion
December 26, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Community Fuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Community Fuels was awarded a grant from the California Energy Commission of more than $4.9 million to support the expansion of Community Fuels’ advanced biorefinery at the Port of Stockton, Calif. The …

Ethanol and Air Quality: Influence of Fuel Ethanol Content on Emissions and Fuel Economy of Flexible Fuel Vehicles
December 26, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Carolyn P. Hubbard , James E. Anderson , and Timothy J. Wallington  (Environmental Science and Technology)  Engine-out and tailpipe emissions of NOx, CO, nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHC), nonmethane organic gases (NMOG), total hydrocarbons (THC), methane, …

Gevo Biofuel Produced in Luverne, Minn., Passes Army Helicopter Test
December 26, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Gevo Inc., which produces an alternative alcohol in a former ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., said Monday that the Army has successfully flown a Black Hawk helicopter using a 50-50 …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.
As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

Study Calls for Changes to Cellulosic Tax Incentives
December 26, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new study published by the International Council on Clean Transportation and researchers from John Hopkins University determined that making minor changes in existing federal tax incentives for cellulosic …

Ethanol is a Win for Illinois, A Win for Agriculture
December 26, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for …

EPA Agrees to ‘Take Another Look’ at Biofuel Blending Rules – Harkin
December 26, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  * 16 farm-state Senators urge agency not to cut biofuel blending quotas; * Despite EPA administrator’s assurances, major changes unlikely – expert; * EPA seeks to put biofuel blending program on “manageable trajectory”
The U.S. …

Company Says Plants Offer New Biofuel Possibilites
December 26, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by  Simon Khoo (The Star)  iNNOVATIVE Green products that can help to address climate change are the way forward as far as Kuantan-based businessman Datuk Seri Tan Hoe Beng is concerned.
Tan said after 10 years of …

Ethanol Plant Being Prepped to Open
December 26, 2013 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  A plan by Vireol Bio-Industries PLC to open the ethanol plant instead of shipping it overseas was unofficially announced at a meeting of city industrialists, sparsely attended by the public. Larry …

KiOR Provides Operational Update on Columbus Facility
December 26, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/KiOR)  KiOR, Inc., provided today (December 23, 2013) an update on the operations at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility.
KiOR expects that, given current and anticipated operations through the remainder of the year, the Columbus facility will …

The Venus Technology: Algae Joins Wood at the Liquefaction and Supercritical Frontier for Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  PNNL develops a project that, using conditions usually found on the planet Venus, produces a continuous stream of drop-in advanced biofuels, from algae, with the potential for dramatically lowered costs. …

Futurist: Algae Is 2013’s 2nd Most Interesting Prediction
December 26, 2013 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Patrick Tucker, and the Futurist magazine, have assembled a list of the 30 most interesting predictions made in 2013, originating from researchers, A-list actors, and industry titans. Among Tucker’s personal favorites, number …

Amyris Meets Funding Milestones and Announces $28 Million Private Placement With Participation From New and Existing Investors
December 26, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  First Purpose-Built Industrial-Scale Plant Completes First Year of Successful Operation in Brazil.   Amyris announced today an agreement to sell senior convertible promissory notes in a private placement for $28 million in cash proceeds.
Under the …

Give the Earth the Gift of a Bio-Based New Year’s Resolution
December 24, 2013 – 10:00 am | One Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) As the old year bows out, we greet the new year with wishes for happiness, good health and renewal.
It’s a time for resolutions to make us better people; to …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/POSTERS: TCS 2014: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products September 2-5, 2014 Denver, CO DEADLINE: March 15, 2014
December 23, 2013 – 7:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/POSTERS:  TCS 2014: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products September 2-5, 2014 Denver, CO   DEADLINE: March 15, 2014

Join us at TCS 2014, a biofuels conference that focuses exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The program will feature speakers discussing recent scientific developments in this rapidly developing field.
This forum …

TCS 2014: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products September 2-5, 2014 Denver, CO
December 23, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment
TCS 2014: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products     September 2-5, 2014   Denver, CO

Join us at TCS 2014, a biofuels conference that focuses exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The program will feature speakers discussing recent scientific developments in this rapidly developing field.
This forum …

Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative’s Sustainable Alternative Fuels Cost Workshop
December 23, 2013 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

On November 27, 2012, CAAFI—in conjunction with FAA and the Department of Energy—hosted a stakeholder workshop to benchmark the cost of producing sustainable bio-based jet-fuel processes. The event was held in advance of the 2012 …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Releases New Information on Aviation Biofuels Initiatives
December 23, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) recently launched a new Web page that houses information about all of the Office’s research and development efforts in aviation biofuels. The page provides highlights about …

A Q&A with JatroDiesel
December 23, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  JatroDiesel’s technology has been selected by Patriot Renewable Fuels for its 4-5 million biodiesel facility under construction next to its ethanol plant in Annawan, Illinois. The biodiesel plant, when it goes into operation in September 2014 …

NCMA Launches Interactive Algae Website and Database
December 23, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  East Boothbay, Maine-based Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has announced the launch of its new website and relational database – ( – designed by Shero Designs for buying algae …

Branstad, Five Other Governors Lobby President for Higher Ethanol Mandate
December 23, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller  (Des Moines Register)  Six Midwestern governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which his administration has proposed scaling back in 2014.
In a letter …

E15 Arrives in Fort Dodge, Iowa
December 23, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent ethanol, has arrived in Fort Dodge, Iowa. STAR Energy is the 14th E15 retailer in the state, offering the blend to drivers of …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Hosts a Biofuel Forum for Republican Senate Candidates
December 23, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On the sixth anniversary of the signing of the expanded federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) into law, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association hosted a renewable fuels forum for Iowa’s …

Bills to Extend Tax Credits Benefiting Biofuels Introduced
December 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 12, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced two bills that would benefit the biofuels industry. One, H.R., 3758, aims to extend the second generation biofuel producer credit and …

CoBank Report Considers Implications of 2014 RFS Proposal
December 23, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving rural American industries, has published a report predicting that the U.S. EPA’s proposed 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements will have little …

Record Season for Ethanol in Brazil Unlikely to Be Repeated
December 23, 2013 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Brazil ethanol industry saw record supplies for the 2013/2014 crush season just being wrapped up, and got a welcome boost from auto executives who said ethanol-powered cars …

ICM, IGPC Ethanol Sign Letter of Intent
December 23, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine) ICM Inc. has announced that IGPC Ethanol Inc. of Ontario, Canada, has signed a letter of intent to be the first Canadian adopter of ICM’s Generation 1.5 technology. Today’s milestone announcement will enable …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture February 3-5, 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE
December 23, 2013 – 1:28 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture    February 3-5, 2014   Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hosted by the City of Abu Dhabi and in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will present the world’s largest collection of sustainable agriculture innovations and …

Sweetwater Energy Gets $2.5M Award from NY State
December 23, 2013 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Democrat & Chronicle) Sweetwater Energy Inc. has won a $2.5 million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to pay for five facilities in New York state to produce sugar from various types of …

Enlisting Cells’ Protein Recycling Machinery to Regulate Plant Products
December 23, 2013 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a new way to regulate the production of phenols, a class of plant products with a wide range of applications for …

Bio-Isobutanol Wins Key Thumbs-up from Underwriters Labs
December 23, 2013 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Underwriters Laboratories announced a joint research program has determined that gasoline fuel storage and dispensing equipment meeting latest UL standards can safely and successfully use blends of up …

False Alarms vs Hard Data: the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Results, and the Critics
December 23, 2013 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  All those worries about the impact of biofuels on food prices, deforestation, Gulf hypoxia? …  RFS2 fuels have been described as “fantasy fuels”, “government fuels”, derided as “farmer fuels”. Biofuels …

Senators Push for Clean Energy Tax Credit Extensions
December 20, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A group of 24 senators, led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., issued a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Finance on Dec. 16 calling for support of …

Iowa City to Negotiate with Trash-to-Ethanol Company
December 20, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Gregg Hennigan ( Iowa City will enter into negotiations with a company that says it could turn most of the city’s garbage into ethanol.
But residents, environmentalists, representatives from the recycling industry and labor union officials …

Powering the Navy’s Energy Future
December 20, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Powering the Navy’s Energy Future

Long committed to strengthening its energy security and independence, the Department of the Navy has set robust goals for reducing demand and increasing alternative energy use.   Dennis McGinn, recently confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of …

Hot Sugar! Sweetwater Energy to Supply Pacific Ethanol with Industrial Sugars for Cellulosic Ethanol
December 20, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Sweetwater Energy and Pacific Ethanol announced a project to supply customized industrial sugars for the production of cellulosic ethanol. The agreement supports the construction of a cellulosic …

IL Sen. Todd Sieben “Retired To” Working for Ethanol
December 20, 2013 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  (Todd) Sieben (Chairman Central Bank and retired state senator) is currently working with the Illinois General Assembly on passing legislation that would incentivize the use of E15 in Illinois. He explained that …

EIA Publishes AEO2014 Reference Case
December 20, 2013 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the early release of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), increasing its projections for biomass energy and other renewables. The analysis also …

Renewable Fuels Association Reflects on Success of the RFS
December 20, 2013 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuel Association showcased the trends and successes of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on the sixth anniversary of the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act …

CRG Researchers Sequence and Analyse For the First Time Sugar Beet Genome
December 20, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Alpha Galileo/Centre for Genomic Regulation)  The study, published in Nature today, describes the sugar beet reference genome sequence generated by researchers both from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG),  the Max Planck Institute for Molecular …

Cassava-Based Ethanol Set to Boom in 2014 Tied to Crop Income Guarantee Scheme
December 20, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  The amount of cassava used in producing ethanol will nearly double to 3 million tonnes next year, driven by Commerce Ministry moves to push up the price of the crop. At present, 38% …

U.S. Invalidates 33.5 Million Renewable Credits After Fraud (1)
December 20, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated 33.5 million renewable-fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce, the fourth time the agency has alleged …

District of Columbia Set to Consider Ban on Diesel Registrations
December 20, 2013 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Legislation pending before the District of Columbia City Council banning diesel-powered cars and trucks will get a hearing on January 8, 2014 before the Transportation and Environment Committee.  The “Sustainable DC Omnibus …

POET-DSM’s Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Plant, in Pictures
December 20, 2013 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As POET-DSM’s folk advise: “The communication to the local, regional and national community is critical as we face challenges to the RFS with grain ethanol.  Our educational efforts, updated construction …

Sen. Baucus Launches Major Senate Energy Tax Reform
December 20, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new, technology-neutral tax credit for the domestic production of clean transportation fuel? Read on.
In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled the latest package in a series …

Engineering Research Center to Develop an Ethanol Engine with Better Performance
December 18, 2013 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Elton Alisson (Agencia)  FAPESP and Peugeot Citroën approved a proposal for the creation of a Research and Engineering Center focused on the development of biofuel-powered combustion engines.
The center will bring together researchers at the …

Toyota to Race Biodiesel SUV in 2014 Dakar Rally
December 18, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Toyota Auto Body Co. has entered a team in the 2014 Dakar Rally, the subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. said.
The team plans to run a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 sport utility vehicle in …

Department of Energy Releases $8 Billion Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
December 18, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department published a solicitation today, making up to $8 billion in loan guarantee authority available to support innovative advanced fossil energy projects …

Madagascar: The Application Decree on Ethanol Fuel Is Expected
December 18, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(  Farmers, economic and other Malagasy researchers operators are waiting for an implementing decree on fuel ethanol. While the text, waited for more than a year, has not yet been enacted, the various actors in the …

BASF, Renmatix Sign Joint Development for Industrial Sugars from Biomass
December 18, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Pennsylvania and Germany, BASF and Renmatix signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement to scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass. …

A Concern with the EPA
December 18, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (Marshall Democrat News) … I am very concerned with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for next year. It would be lowered by almost …

Corn Plummeting Spurs Talk of ’80s U.S. Farmland Bust: Mortgages
December 18, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen M. Howley (Bloomberg)  … Now, as corn prices start to decline, bankers and agricultural economists are predicting a slowdown in farmland prices that could turn into a bust.
“I can see the fear in farmers’ …

54 U.S. Representatives Call for Continued Biodiesel Growth
December 18, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Bipartisan Group Signs Letter Calling for Strong RFS
Fifty-four members of Congress representing 24 states called on the Obama Administration Wednesday to boost its proposal for biodiesel production under the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Algae.Tec Growth System Validated, Enters Nutraceutical Market
December 18, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Algae.Tec/Biodiesel Magazine)  Algae.Tec Ltd. announced receipt of a validation report from Sydney Environmental and Soil Laboratory Pty Ltd., a National Association of Testing Authorities approved company.
Algae.Tec Chairman Roger Stroud is extremely pleased with the results …

Neste Oil Achieves Palm Oil Certification Target Two Years Early
December 18, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has achieved its long-term target of using only certified palm oil as an input for its renewable diesel production process. The original target, set in 2009, was that 100 percent …

IRFA Summit to Address Benefits of Biodiesel Use, Expansion
December 18, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced speakers that will address expansion of the biodiesel market through policy initiatives and broader distribution networks at the 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and …

Renewable Energy Group Agrees to Acquire Syntroleum Corp.
December 18, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group/Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Syntroleum Corp. announced Dec. 17 that they have entered into an asset purchase agreement pursuant to which REG would acquire substantially all of the assets of Syntroleum …

JOil Demonstrates Strong Trend of Improving Yields from Large Scale India Field Trials
December 18, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(JOil) JOil (S) Pte. Ltd., a scientific bioenergy crop developer of a new generation of Jatropha, has achieved an average seed yield of 3.53 metric tonnes per hectare in the third year of its large scale …

Amyris Continues Successful Commercialization
December 17, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/MarketWatch)  Amyris increased to 400 the number of São Paulo city buses running on a blend of Diesel de Cana(TM)
In 2014, Amyris plans to produce its fragrance oil molecule from its own manufacturing facility in …

Algae Production Workshop San Francisco February 28, 2014 Richmond, CA
December 17, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
Algae Production Workshop San Francisco   February 28, 2014   Richmond, CA

Commercial Algae Cultivation, Harvesting, Extraction Technologies and Networking Workshop

When the National Algae Association brings together collaboration between commercially-minded algae researchers and commercial algae producers, water process engineers, students, vets, investors, lenders, IP attorney’s and algaepreneurs good …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Algae Production Workshop San Francisco February 28, 2014 Richmond, CA DEADLINE: January 28, 2014
December 17, 2013 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Algae Production Workshop San Francisco   February 28, 2014   Richmond, CA  DEADLINE: January 28, 2014

Commercial Algae Cultivation, Harvesting, Extraction Technologies and Networking Workshop

When the NAA brings together collaboration between commercially-minded algae researchers and commercial algae producers, water process engineers, students, vets, investors, lenders, IP attorney’s and algaepreneurs good things happen. …

Scientists Help Adapt Brazil Farming to Climate Change
December 17, 2013 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Moises Avila  (Phys.Org)  Hundreds of scientists are helping Brazil’s giant agricultural sector prepare for the effects of climate change and anticipate pests that hit neighboring countries.  Spearheading the effort is the Brazilian Agriculture Research …

Analyst Offers Sobering Ethanol Outlook
December 17, 2013 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  AgResource Company president Dan Basse looked at the year in review for grain markets and gave his outlook for the future at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS 2013 and …

Ethanol Use to Hit Record as Corn Prices Slump, Feds Project
December 17, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Zain Shauk  (FuelFix)  Corn prices have fallen 40 percent in 2013, a drop that inspired refineries to blend a record amount of ethanol into gasoline in August.
The price drop came as the government projected …

USDA Announces Results of December Invitation, Successful Sale of Remaining Sugar Inventory
December 17, 2013 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced the results of the Dec. 3 invitation to sell the remainder of its recently acquired sugar inventory for non-food uses. …

A Numerical Model Investigation for Potential Methane Explosion and Benzene Vapor Intrusion Associated with High-Ethanol Blend Releases
December 17, 2013 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jie Ma , Hong Luo , George E Devaull , William G. Rixey , and Pedro J. J. Alvarez (Environmental Science and Technology)   Ethanol-blended fuel releases usually stimulate methanogenesis in the subsurface, which could pose …

China New Energy Limited Agreement to Provide Specialist 2nd Cellulosic Generation Biofuel Technology
December 17, 2013 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

(China New Energy)  The Board of CNE (AIM:CNEL), the AIM quoted engineering and technology solutions provider to the bioenergy sector, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an contract with Jilin Province New …

The 100 Top People in Bioenergy 2013-14: Voting Opens
December 17, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced the opening of voting for the 2013-14 Top 100 People in Bioenergy.   In all, more than 250 company executives, trade association leaders, policymakers and researchers …

Scale-up and Evaluation of High Solid Ionic Liquid Pretreatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Switchgrass
December 17, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Chenlin Li, Deepti Tanjore, Wei He, Jessica Wong, James L Gardner, Kenneth L Sale, Blake A Simmons and Seema Singh (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  Ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment is receiving significant attention as a potential process …

New Project Explores Using Algae to Produce Speciality Oils
December 16, 2013 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(University College London)  A new UCL project is developing the idea that microalgae could provide more sustainable production of a wide range of useful oils – from omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids to lubricants to next-generation …

Ineos Bio Announces Operational Progress at Florida Plant
December 16, 2013 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Ineos Bio/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “INEOS Bio’s Vero Beach facility has made significant operational progress and we are steadily moving towards stable operations in 2014 with a focus on improving performance metrics throughout next year,” said …

Webinar: RFS RVO EPA Comments December 17, 2014 Noon ET
December 16, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  RFS RVO EPA Comments   December 17, 2014    Noon ET

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  Brian Jennings, executive vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol, said the advocacy group will be hosting a webinar at 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Dec. 17 on how to make …

Murphy USA Opens First Arkansas E15 Station
December 16, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Murphy USA opened the first E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) station in Arkansas on Dec. 11. It is located at 2720 N. West Avenue in El Dorado. The …

$50B a Year in Budget ‘Savings’ Will Come from Expired Tax Breaks
December 16, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

By Jacqueline Klimas  (The Washington Times) … More than 50 tax incentives will expire on New Year’s Eve — ranging from breaks on energy-efficient appliances to biofuel production to investments in businesses that serve low-income communities.
Chuck Marr, director of federal …

USDA and DOE Fund 7 Research Projects to Develop Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy
December 16, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today announced $8 million in research grants to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. The grants are part of …

Oil Seen as Main Driver of Ethanol and Grain Prices in UN Study
December 16, 2013 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg  (Bloomberg)   Oil prices were found to be the main drivers of ethanol and grain prices in a statistical analysis by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization.
Ethanol moves in line with oil …

Taming the Dangerous – Yet Beautiful and Profitable – Castor Bean Plant
December 16, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Burns Jr. (Charlotte Observer)  Novo Synthetix, a small biotechnology company in Research Triangle Park, is marshaling scientific resources statewide to create a nontoxic castor bean, which could provide a significant boost to North …

European Investment Bank Provides Loan for Second Generation Ethanol Project
December 16, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(European Investment Bank/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Investment Bank is providing a €65 million loan to support the research and development projects of Biochemtex, an engineering subsidiary of the Mossi and Ghisolfi Group, a world …

AFAI Initiates 3-Phase Trial Production Run of Jatropha Biodiesel
December 16, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Alternative Fuels Americas Inc. announced it is beginning a three-phase trial production run of jatropha-based biodiesel to verify its processes and procedures. The jatropha oil feedstock for biodiesel production in …

Help, I’ve Fallen and My Enterprise Can’t Get Up: Goldilocks, Right-Sizing and Synth-Bio
December 16, 2013 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The story of Pareto Biotechnologies, RuBisCo, the pesky failures of evolution, and help for those who have fallen and can’t get up, via a right-sized approach.   Not too high a …

More Logging, Deforestation May Better Serve Climate in Some Areas
December 16, 2013 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Dartmouth)  For first time, Dartmouth study puts a dollar value on snow’s reflection of solar energy
Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some …

Iowa Officials Seek Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard Changes
December 16, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by James Q. Lynch (Quad City Times)  Citing national security as well as benefits for clean air, the economy and consumers, Iowa political leaders are urging the Obama administration to travel to Iowa to learn more …

Volunteer Profile: Ritambhara Singh
December 15, 2013 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Doctors are some of the most highly respected people in the world. They help cure the sick and research ways to prevent cancer and disease.
Dr. Ritambhara Singh is …

A Tale of Two Californians
December 13, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Senator Barbara Boxer nixes action on Renewable Fuel Standard reform legislation through the Environment and Public Works committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein co-sponsors a bill to strip corn ethanol out …

Algae Production Certification Course
December 13, 2013 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

NAA is proud to announce its new online Algae Production Certification Course.  NAA was the first association to promote education based on all aspects of commercial algae production, the first to provide an algae production …

Cassava World Africa March 20-21, 2014 Lusaka, Zambia
December 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
Cassava World Africa   March 20-21, 2014    Lusaka, Zambia

“Transforming Cassava in Africa – Enhancing Food Security to Agro-Industrial Products!”

Global starch market outlook & feedstock economics
Cassava projects update in East, West and South Africa
Cassava agronomy/best practices and pest management
Value addition & market prospects
Mechanizing production and processing technology
Infrastructure plans …

RFS Proposals to Increase GHG Emissions?
December 13, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(EnergyGlobal)  In light of the proposed rule for the 2014 RFS, BIO have utilised the GREET 1.2013 model to estimate the changes in petroleum demand and the associated CO2 equivalent emissions from both 2013 and the …

IATA’s Tyler Warns ETS Could Distract From ICAO-Brokered Offsetting Plan
December 13, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jens Flottau  (Aviation Week)  Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is very concerned that the dispute about which flights will be included in the European Union emissions trading …

Renewable Technology Summit May 28-30, 2014 Lombard, IL
December 13, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment
Renewable Technology Summit   May 28-30, 2014   Lombard, IL

The Renewable Technology Summit targets Companies, Government Organizations, Institutions and Utilities across North America interested in the implementation of Renewable Technology initiatives and projects. The Summit provides the opportunity for executives with specific mandates, the …

Elimu’s Algae EMEA Summit 2014 May 20-21 Dubai, UAE
December 13, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
Elimu’s Algae EMEA Summit 2014    May 20-21   Dubai, UAE

Algae EMEA will focus on latest R&D methods and new groundbreaking technologies.The two days conference will highlight latest algae projects within the EMEA region. It will bring together both commercial companies and R&D companies in …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Lead Auditor Training February 19-21, 2014 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
December 13, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Lead Auditor Training   February 19-21, 2014     High Wycombe,  Buckinghamshire, UK

RSB system recently has scored best in two comparative studies for biofuels certification schemes. These studies were conducted by IUCN and WWF. Several positive developments in the RSB, such as the intense and focused effort …

Webinar: A Deep-Dive and How-To Seminar for QAP February 6, 2014 2:00PM ET
December 13, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  A Deep-Dive and How-To Seminar for QAP    February 6, 2014   2:00PM ET

As a follow on to webinar #3, this seminar does a deep dive into the technical aspects of QAP with a how-to approach. This will be for anyone involved in generating, buying or selling QAP …

Webinar: The QAP Final Rule Frontier January 23, 2014 2:00PM ET
December 13, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  The QAP Final Rule Frontier   January 23, 2014   2:00PM ET

With the expectation of the QAP rule being finalized by the end of 2013, Genscape will present expert industry perspective on the content and implications of the final rule on QAP in early 2014.
Questions that …

Webinar: The New RFS2 Heating Oil Rule…Demystified December 18, 2014 2:00PM EDT
December 13, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  The New RFS2 Heating Oil Rule…Demystified   December 18, 2014    2:00PM EDT

Join Genscape’s Susan Olson and The Diamond Group’s Larry Schafer for an information webinar.
Topics will include:

​A run-down of the additional downstream use eligibility for certain RFS2 fuels and exemplify new types of renewable fuels that qualify …

An Enzymatic Route to H2 Storage
December 13, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Inês A. C. Pereira  (Science Magazine)  Electricity is increasingly produced from renewable sources, but it remains difficult to store electric power at a large scale. Hydrogen is a strong candidate for energy storage, but there …

What Role for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Mitigation Policy?
December 13, 2013 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by J. K. Shoemaker, D. P. Schrag, M. J. Molina, V. Ramanathan (Science Magazine)  Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane (CH4), black carbon (BC), tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They are important contributors to anthropogenic climate …

BDI-BioEnergy Int’l Completes French Biodiesel Plant Startup
December 12, 2013 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced that it has completed commissioning of the largest multifeedstock biodiesel plant in France, Estener’s 75,000 ton (22.5 MMgy) plant in Le Havre. The plant processes used …

First Producer Signs up to Biomethane Certification Scheme
December 12, 2013 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(GreenGasTrading)  Future Biogas, an established and experienced builder and operator of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK, is to become the first registered producer to join the Biomethane Certification Scheme (BMCS) run by Green Gas …

Glycerin Refinery Begins Operations in Mount Vernon, Washington
December 12, 2013 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) After two years of development, Bellingham, Wash.-based biodiesel distributor Whole Energy has opened its new glycerin refinery in Mount Vernon, Wash., the Whole Energy Glycerin Distillation Facility.

The new refinery can process …

AIRMALL® at BWI Marshall Partners with Greenlight Biofuels to Implement Waste Cooking Oil Recycling Program
December 12, 2013 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

(Airmall/PR NewsWire)  Sustainable Concessions Practice Creates Eco-Friendly Biodiesel Fuel
AIRMALL® USA, the leading airport concessions developer in North America and operator of the AIRMALL at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), is pleased to announce that it has …

From the Salad Days of Sugar to the Golden Days of Gas
December 12, 2013 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For eight o’clock in the morning on the last day of a long BIO Pac Rim conference, Alan Shaw was looking more chipper than most.
Of course, news that had just …

Senators Could Dethrone King Corn in Ethanol Standards
December 12, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Clare Foran (National Journal)  Senators are working on separate bills to aggressively reduce the amount of corn-based ethanol required under the renewable-fuel standard.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member …

Turning Weeds Into Ethanol – Why Not?
December 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Lauren D. Quinn, Elise C. Scott, A. Bryan Endres, Tom Voigt,  Jody M. Endres (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)
Media coverage of the controversy surrounding the use of certain non-native feedstocks for bioenergy is as pervasive as invasiveness itself.   …

Energy Forecast Paneuropean 2014 Outlook February 5-7 Brussels, Belgium
December 12, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
Energy Forecast Paneuropean 2014 Outlook    February 5-7   Brussels, Belgium

Addressing energy and environment issues requires a very long term view; not just to 2030 but beyond to 2050 and even to the end of the century. How will factors such as demography human capital …

Low Corn Prices Predicted to Push Ethanol Demand
December 12, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  Corn used for ethanol production could exceed the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate this year due to low prices, a University of Purdue economist said.
The department has set a target of 4.9 billion bushels …

Senate Hearing Addresses 2014 RFS Proposal
December 12, 2013 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing Dec. 11 on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2014 volume requirements under the renewable fuel …

“Farm-to-Fleet” Industry Day January 30, 2014 Washington, DC
December 12, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
“Farm-to-Fleet” Industry Day    January 30, 2014   Washington, DC

U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy’s joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military. This incorporates the acquisition of biofuel blends into regular …

2014 CAAFI General Meeting and Expo January 28-29 Washington, DC
December 12, 2013 – 12:35 pm | No Comment
2014 CAAFI General Meeting and Expo   January 28-29  Washington, DC

The 2014 CAAFI General Meeting on January 28 and 29, 2014 will include presentations and white papers covering key issues facing the alternative aviation fuels industry as well as panels providing industry and stakeholder perspectives.
The …

EPA Seeks Environmental Education Grant Applications
December 11, 2013 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting applications for environmental education projects under the agency’s Environmental Education Grant Program. The program works to engage communities across the country through a …

Alternative Fuels Americas Initiates Jatropha Based Biofuel Production Trials
December 11, 2013 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Sacrament Bee)/PR NewsWire)    Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (OTCQB: AFAI) announced today that it has initiated trial production runs of Jatropha based biodiesel to verify the Company’s processes and procedures. The trial production runs will …

Ohio Soybean Council Launches Education Website to Provide Resources, E-learning Courses and Networking
December 11, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Ohio’s Country Journal)  Ohio soybean farmers understand that today’s youth is the future of the soybean industry and all of agriculture. For this reason, the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff have launched a …

AGQM Completes Assessment of Biodiesel for Parking Heaters
December 11, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The German biodiesel quality association, AGQM, and a leading manufacturer of parking heater systems completed a long-term oxidation stability study of biodiesel from rapeseed oil using different additives and storage …

Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with ‘Farm-to-Fleet’
December 11, 2013 – 4:35 pm | One Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Program blends homegrown biofuels with conventional fuels, propelling ships, jets and jobs
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and …

EU Biofuel Supply Chain Associations Reject European Council Proposal
December 11, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Sean Bartlett(Platts)  A European Council proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive will fail to realize EU targets for greenhouse gas-saving emissions, lead to job losses, and reduce competitiveness across the agricultural and biofuels …

Ethanol Makers Looking for Export Boost
December 11, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(St. Louis Post Dispatch/  U.S. ethanol makers will be looking to boost exports of the fuel if the federal government, as expected, scales back the amount mandated for use in the domestic market.
With low corn …

EU Biofuels Investment Development: Impact of an Uncertain Policy Environment
December 11, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Agra CEAS Consulting) This Special Study shows that meaningful investments in biofuels in the EU ceased well prior to 2012. The data thus show that the Renewable Energy Directive itself was empirically not a stimulus for biofuels investments, …