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New Jobs Coming Through Two Lawrence County Businesses
July 31, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Darrah Wilcox  (  … The latest announcement for the Tri-State is a $400 million biodiesel facility at The Point business park, and a medical billing business on County Road 1. The biodiesel facility could bring about …

Einstein Fellows Collaborate with DOE on Bioenergy Social Media Challenge
July 31, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Anne Artz    (Triangle Coalition for STEM Education)  Five Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows (AEF) and a group from the Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) together designed a high school competition …

What’’s So Advanced about Advanced Biofuels? September 3, 2014 Frederick, MD 4:00 for tweens; 6:00 for teens
July 31, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
What’’s So Advanced about Advanced Biofuels?  September 3, 2014   Frederick, MD  4:00 for tweens; 6:00 for teens

What Are Advanced Biofuels? Why Are They Important? What Are They Used For? How Are They Made? Can We Buy Them NOW? Presented by Joanne M. Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA.

Age Group:   tweens

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Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: US Navy, Abengoa, INEOS Bio, LanzaTech in the Newsmix
July 31, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office:   Stay the course. There is always risk, always naysayers. When we moved from sail to coal, coal to oil, oil to …

The 25 Hottest Topics in the Advanced Bioeconomy
July 31, 2014 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. The Hot 50 and Hot 30:  A perennial favorite. This year, Solazyme topped the list while LanzaTech slipped into second place.  …
2. The Top 100 People:  Another perennial. This …

Biodiesel 2014: Fame and Misfortune?
July 30, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by William Woebkenberg (Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America)  In these presentation slides from a July 2014 US Department of Energy EIA conference, Bill Woebkenberg explains Mercedes’ support for world-wide B5 biodiesel/FAME blends and the …

PUMP, Documentary on Oil Monopoly, to Hit Theaters in September
July 28, 2014 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In New York, PUMP, the latest documentary feature film from Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, will be making its long awaited premiere this September in specially selected theaters around the …

Robert Rubin: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy
July 27, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rubin (The Washington Post)  Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change …

14 Concepts that Will Be Obsolete after Catastrophic Climate Change
July 27, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (The Washington Post)  Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science at Harvard University. Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology at the California Institute …

White House Gathers Senate Dems on RFS Proposal
July 25, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  In what could be seen as a sign that an unpopular decision is about to be rendered by the Obama Administration on ethanol and biodiesel, a select group of Senate Democrats …

Spinach Could Lead to Alternative Energy More Powerful than Popeye
July 25, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Gardner (Purdue University)  … Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates used to …

Grains Council Working on Ethanol Exports
July 25, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working on promoting exports of U.S. ethanol through a partnership between USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
“We’ve been working …

24-7 Van Lines Reducing Cost of Los Angeles Cross Country Mover Services With Updated “Green” & More Energy Efficient Fleet of Trucks
July 25, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(24-7 Van Lines/PRWeb)  24-7 Van Lines is pleased to announce that customers and the environment will benefit from their newly enhanced and upgraded fleet of class 4-8 trucks that is powered solely by bio-diesel and …

Rethinking the Future of Biofuels: Leveraging Three Routes Forward
July 25, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Lew Fulton (University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies)   … In a new white paper released this week by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), we measure the incremental changes that …

Montanans Turn Barley into High-Value Feed, Ethanol
July 25, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers in Montana are looking at an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct.
Feed barley has been an important …

Toolkit For Ethanol’s Next Stage
July 24, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Forward-thinking producers will build on technological improvements implemented in recent years.
There are multiple options in the ethanol producer’s toolkit in the ongoing quest to improve efficiency and yield. They …

Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? – Part 1
July 24, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Jenkins (The Energy Collective)  Summary

While a carbon price is every economists’ favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)
In a new paper in Energy Policy, I examine a …

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials
July 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures
The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of …

Biodiesel Statement on Senate RFS Meeting
July 24, 2014 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel Thursday after White House adviser John Podesta briefed a group of Senate Democrats on the pending …

Pain at the Pump: An Illustrated Guide to the War over E85, Gasoline
July 24, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is everyone yakking about E85? FTC investigations. Key Senators on the warpath. Antitrust allegations. In short, all kinds of crazy.  What’s exactly going on?
In today’s Digest, we’ve prepared our illustrated …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.
1. …

Gas Processing Contract in Stockholm Awarded to Schmack Carbotech
July 23, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

( Biogas GmbH)    Schmack Carbotech has been awarded the contract to construct a plant with a processing capacity of 2000 Nm3/h in raw biogas in Sofielund Huddinge, Stockholm. Gas with a methane content of …

The Origin of Sex
July 23, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae researchers think they may have discovered a trigger that establishes gender, and sexual reproduction.   We humans experience asexual cellular division, or mitosis, though we rarely write songs or poetry …

Sugar Rush at Ethanol Plant Fuels fight with Nebraska Corn Farmers
July 22, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it – a small-town dispute that offers an unusual …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

More Energy from a Litre of Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Twente)  Catalyst developed at University of Twente helps achieve European 2020 objective
Oil produced from biomass – such as wood chips or plant residues – seldom has the same quality and energy content as …

The Green Roads Map
July 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Mapping the Companies Driving California’s Clean Transportation Future
EDF’s Green Roads Map, completed with assistance from CALSTART, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), plots the companies demonstrating how clean …

Petrobras Said to Miss 2014 Ethanol Relief on Lack of Supply
July 22, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Mario Sergio Lima (Bloomberg)  Brazil is delaying until at least 2015 an increase in the ethanol portion used to blend with gasoline, a government official with knowledge of the decision said.
The government will take …

Hong Kong to Study Increasing Use of Biodiesel: Christine Loh Kung-wai
July 22, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)   The Hong Kong government will commission a study and consult the biodiesel industry about widening the use of the clean fuel, including its mandatory blending into fossil diesel.
The study …

Ethiopia Continues Jatropha Biodiesel Production
July 22, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Zerihun Getachew (All Africa)  Ethiopia is producing biodiesel from jatropha plant with 56 million birr said Water, Irrigation and Energy Ministry.   According to Public Relations Director with the ministry, Bizuneh Tolcha , the production …

Southern African, EU Negotiators Sign New Trade Pact
July 22, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Negotiators for Southern African states have agreed a new trade pact with the European Union which will give the countries a bigger market for food exports, South Africa’s trade and industry department said.

If ratified …

New Analysis Finds that 10 States Could Provide Abundant Agricultural Byproducts for Low-Carbon Fuel and Electricity
July 22, 2014 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Sustainable practices can turn crop residues and manure into bioenergy without competing with food supplies
U.S. agriculture could provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of …

Low Corn Prices Favor New Type of Ethanol in Brazil
July 22, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Gustavo Bonato and Caroline Stauffer (Reuters)  Low corn prices in Brazil following a bumper crop are worrying farmers but providing favorable margins for an incipient corn-ethanol industry, said the manager of Usimat, the first Brazilian …

Leading the Way in Motorcycle Education
July 22, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The Renewable Fuels Association will once again have a presence at Sturgis, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. The rally, which includes “”Free Fuel Happy Hours,” is a …

Jet Fuel or Liquid Natural Gas: Now Available from a Trash Bin near You, Parts I and II
July 22, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Anyone that has followed the evolution of processes that are used to make fuels out of waste recognizes that the permutations and combinations of processes that can be used has …

Stealthulosic: Many Cellulosic Biofuels Technologies Rate Low in Visibility Survey
July 22, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Digest survey spells “low visibility” for cellulosic biofuels.  Beta Renewables rates “best in class”. Dupont rates “most heard of”.   Belief is big in “commercial eventually” but far less so for …

California Proposes $46.3M for Advanced Biofuels
July 22, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In California, the California Energy Commission recommended awards of $46.6 million to 11 biofuels and biomethane projects.

The winning projects and award amounts are:
Crimson Renewable Energy LP
Bakersfield Biodiesel Production Plant …

$5 Million Waste Biomass Processing Plant Planned in Michigan
July 22, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final …

Legislation Would Require Country-of-Origin Labeling for Fuels
July 22, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the “Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels …

Mascoma Confirms Strategy Shift, Outlines Plans for Technology
July 22, 2014 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Larry Klein and the Sierra Club sued Frontier and the DOE after the DOE issued a finding of “no significant impact” and granted a Frontier funding application which pledged …

Pond Biofuels Launches Bioreactor Pilot project at St Marys Cement Plant
July 21, 2014 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(Global Cement)  Pond Biofuels has set up a bioreactor pilot plant at St Marys cement plant in St Marys, Ontario. The raw smokestack gas from the cement plant is recycled to grow algae in a …

Biodiesel Trial to Clear the Air
July 21, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(PRWire)  The City of Canada Bay is committed to reducing our local impact on the environment and is leading the way with a biodiesel trial says Mayor Angelo Tsirekas.
“Biodiesel, a renewable and clean burning fuel …

Corn Growers Keep Ethanol in Focus
July 21, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were big topics this week as members of the National Corn Growers Association met in Washington DC.

During the Ethanol Committee meeting, staff from the …

OECD-FAO Outlook Report Predicts Growth in Ethanol Production
July 21, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new agricultural outlook report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predicts that the consumption and …

Ethanol-Powered Boats Make Splash in Kansas
July 21, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)   … The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) took to the water in 2011 to help dispel some of the myths associated with boating and ethanol. RFA partnered with the National …

Some Steam in the Summer of Algae 2014
July 21, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Every summer ABO members and supporting organizations make announcements, host events, and tell the story of the algae industry’s exciting growth that is creating new jobs, new sources of domestic fuels, food, feed …

UPM to Become Exclusive Distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice(TM) Lignin in Europe
July 21, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Domtar)  Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) and UPM (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: UPM1V) today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoiceTM lignin in …

Can CO2 Be a Green Chemical? Yes, When Derived from Biofuels and Other Sources
July 21, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd./Biofuels Digest)  … The problem with CO2 sequestration and carbon reduction schemes is the lack of economic return for many purely sequestration projects, unless government funding or subsidies are guaranteed. …

Advanced Biofuels: Suspended in Bureaucratic Animation
July 21, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biofuels Digest)  … But, beyond the RVO numbers, not much has been said about this Administration’s inability to execute on its mandated task to review and approve new pathways under the …

Perea Bill Would Delay California Cap-and-Trade for Gas
July 21, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jeremy B. White  (Sacramento Bee) Democratic fissures over California’s cap-and-trade mandates deepened on Thursday, with a key moderate Democrat introducing a bill to push back a looming rule expected to cause a spike in prices …

Algae Underfunded in Energy Hunt
July 18, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

By Kazuaki Nagata ( The Japan times)…While the technology itself is not new, Japanese scientists say they believe oil from aquatic algae could become an important raw material as biomass technology improves and the world looks …

Ethanol & Corn Production Up, Food & Gas Prices Down
July 18, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Growth Energy is attacking the myth that ethanol production increases food prices.
Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy notes that time and again, Big Oil, big Food and special interests are attacking the ethanol …

Syngenta Donates $108K for Flex Fuel Infrastructure
July 18, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  During the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen taking place at the Iowa Speedway today, Syngenta announced that they are donating $108,000 to the renewable fuels industry to make flex fuels …

2014 Ram 2500 Biodiesel Testing – Final Gear Editorial
July 18, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Jason Gonderman  (Diesel Power Magazine)  … I started my informal biodiesel test with a familiar face, a 2014 Ram 2500, the same truck used for our 1500 vs. 2500 test (“Sibling Rivalry,” March 2014). Why …

Penn State Offers Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy
July 18, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master’s degree might want to check in on Penn State’s program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university launched …

Bioenergy Education Program Comes to SFSC This Fall
July 18, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(South Florida State College)  Beginning this fall, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy.
With a rising interest in green …

Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Ohio Would Benefit Biomass
July 18, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … On July 7, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed Clean Energy Initiative amendment. According to Josh Pulliam, a consultant for Yes for Ohio’s’ Energy Future, …

Navy Looks to Biofuels in 2016
July 18, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Matsunaga (U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs/The Lemoore Navy News)  Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won’t even need to know …

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
July 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels …

Reassessment of Inter-related Biofuel, GHG and FFV Policies Needed
July 18, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Reports out of Washington this week that the Obama administration’s lengthy delay in releasing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending rule due to a White House desire to re-evaluate …

Oil Lobby Turns Focus to EPA in Ethanol Fight
July 18, 2014 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) The American Petroleum Institute (API) is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its fight to reduce the ethanol blending mandate, conceding that there’s little short-term hope in congressional action.
Bob …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

Aviation Industry Publishes Fuelling the Future, Calls for Urgent Review of UK Government Sustainable Aviation Fuels Policy
July 18, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Aviation)  – Potential to reduce UK aviation’s carbon emissions by 1.7 million tonnes per annum by 2030, and by 18% by 2050, through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels, finds independent analysis by sustainable …

Australia Repeals Its Carbon Tax
July 18, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the newly installed Senate, which changed over its membership on July 1st following elections late last year, endorsed a series of bills (already passed in the House of …

Back in My Arms Again: The Supremes Take on Patent Law in the Era of Synthetic Biology
July 18, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key ruling in Gevo, Butamax case links it to the upcoming Teva case, going before the Supreme Court this fall.
In Colorado, Gevo filed a fascinating 8-K this week, relating that a United …

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels
July 18, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (July 17, 2014) $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal …

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains for Cellulosic Biofuels
July 18, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growers reporting increased yields, revenues with stover harvest.  Natural Resources Conservation Service says “By making wise management decisions, removing residue can be done sustainably.”  What are the opportunities and the …

Biobased Companies Take A Closer Look At Sustainability
July 18, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Thanks to the emerging bioeconomy, renewable substances made from plants can now be found in places as varied as car interiors, laundry detergent, and plastic bottles. But as …

Edeniq and Global Bio-Chem to Develop and Commercialize Corn Stover to Industrial Sugars Conversion Technology
July 17, 2014 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/BusinessWire)  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a cellulosic sugar producer, announced it has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited (“Global Bio-chem,” HKG:0809) to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial …

LowCVP News: UK Auto Sector Renaissance Driven by Low Carbon Policy Focus – New
July 17, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership)  A major new report published today (15 July 2014) at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s Annual Conference shows the UK automotive sector has been revitalised by consistently applied policy centred on …

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?
July 17, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious …

What Mad Men Can Teach Us About Renewable Energy
July 17, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Brian F. Keane  (Huffington Post)  I mentioned to a reporter the other day that I suspect the so-called “Climate Deniers” are not so much denying the science of climate change, but rather they are rejecting …

Vietnam Veteran Praises Braley in New Television Ad Broadcast Statewide
July 17, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(  A Vietnam Veteran from Des Moines is featured in a new television ad campaign, today, praising Congressman Bruce Braley’s work to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ad, sponsored by the veterans organization, …

EcoEngineers Publishes Fact Sheet on the Final QAP Rules
July 17, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(EcoEngineers)  On July 2nd, 2014, the EPA released the final rules regarding the QAP program requirements for the RFS2. These rules will go into effect as of January 1st, 2015 and have a number of important …

Syngenta, FFA Collaborate on Fundraising at Iowa Speedway Event
July 14, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Syngenta and lowa FFA chapters will be joining forces to increase awareness of the benefits of American ethanol and to raise money to support flex fuel availability – and the FFA – …

NGFA Proposal to the STB Could Benefit Shippers of Ethanol, DDGS
July 14, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 7, the National Grain and Feed Association announced it submitted an extensive proposal to the Surface Transportation Board, urging the STB to establish new rules and procedures …

ITA Accepting Nominations for Export Advisory committee
July 14, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. …

Why Were This Company’s Computers Attacked Millions of Times This Year? Algae.
July 14, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  About 16 months ago, a Florida-based biofuel company called Algenol noticed that its Internet service was slowing down. In checking that out, Jack Voth, Algenol’s information technology chief, stumbled …

Lignobiotech III October 26-29, 2014 Concepción, Chile
July 11, 2014 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Lignobiotech III   October 26-29, 2014   Concepción, Chile

The Biotechnology Center of the University of Concepción, invites you to participate in the Lignobiotech III Symposium, to be held in October 2014 in Concepción, Chile. The third edition of ‘Lignobiotech’ will examine the biotechnology and …

CanBio Conference and AGM September 10-11, 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
July 11, 2014 – 6:39 pm | No Comment
CanBio Conference and AGM    September 10-11, 2014   Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

Bioeconomy Week Schedule of Events
Monday, 8 Sept. – Community Seminar – Nipissing University Biomass Innovation Centre (BIC)
Tuesday, 9 Sept. – Facilities Tour – CanBio/BIC
Tuesday eveneing – CanBio AGM
Wednesday, 10 Sept – CanBio Conference
Evening – CanBio …

Renewable Fuel Makes Ukraine Less Vulnerable
July 11, 2014 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Perkins (Des Moines Register)  If Ukraine can build a renewable energy sector based on its vast agricultural production, it won’t need Russian energy and could, perhaps, protect its sovereignty to a much greater …

Corn Ethanol Benefits Farmers, Community, Industry
July 11, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Heather Meade (Daily Advocate)  There are seven operational ethanol plants in Ohio, one of which is located just outside of Greenville – The Andersons, Inc., which was opened in conjunction with the Marathon Petroleum …

South Carolina Nets Grants for Transportation Biofuels
July 11, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Crumbo   (GSA Business)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded two grants totaling $150,000 to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance aimed at developing transportation biofuel investments for commercial and military use.
The alliance, which …

WEBINAR A Deep-Dive and How-To Seminar for QAP July 31, 2014 2:00ET
July 11, 2014 – 5:01 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR    A Deep-Dive and How-To Seminar for QAP      July 31, 2014   2:00ET

As a follow on to webinar #3, The QAP Final Rule Frontier, 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, …

WEBINAR The QAP Final Rule Frontier July 17, 2014 2:00ET
July 11, 2014 – 4:58 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR      The QAP Final Rule Frontier    July 17, 2014    2:00ET

The EPA’s QAP Rule Was Finalized on July 2 – Genscape will help you react to compliance changes & understand the latest final rules
The Genscape RIN Webinar Series offers exclusive insights into the EPA QAP …

7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West September 16-17, 2014 San Francisco, CA
July 11, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment
7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West     September 16-17, 2014    San Francisco, CA

REFF-West is the premier West Coast renewable energy finance event, uniting senior financiers, investors, and renewable energy executives from across the country since 2008.
With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., REFF-West …

RSB Southern Africa Day August 4, 2014; RSB Auditor Training Course from 5-7 August, 2014 Johannesburg, South Africa
July 11, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
RSB Southern Africa Day    August 4, 2014;    RSB Auditor Training Course from 5-7 August, 2014   Johannesburg, South Africa

RSB and friends Boeing, South African Airways, Solidaridad and PANGEA invite you to join us for RSB Southern Africa Day in Johannesburg, 4 August.  
This one-day Regional Meeting is open to anyone interested in learning …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 5 Washington, DC DEADLINE: October 5, 2014
July 11, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy     December 5    Washington, DC    DEADLINE: October 5, 2014

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 5 Washington, DC
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Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy     December 5    Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

ACI’s 3rd Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit 2014 October 21-23 Bremen, Germany
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ACI’s 3rd Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit 2014     October 21-23   Bremen, Germany

ACI’s 3rd Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit 2014 will ultimately discover how to turn waste CO2 into profitable, commercially viable opportunities and the best ways to progress from pilot stage to full scale operational businesses. The conference …

8th International Algae Congress December 1-3, 2014 Florence, Italy
July 11, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
8th International Algae Congress    December 1-3, 2014    Florence, Italy

The European Algae Biomass Association and the Directorates General for Energy  and Research & Innovation of the European Commission in collaboration with DLG BENELUX are organising the 1st EABA and EC Algae Contractors’ Conference, and the  8th …

WEBINAR Overview of Biomass Supply Chains and Mobile Technology Applications July 16, 2014 2:00 ET
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WEBINAR    Overview of Biomass Supply Chains and Mobile Technology Applications    July 16, 2014     2:00 ET

Producing alternative fuels that are cost competitive with fossil fuels requires an efficient supply chain. Participants will learn about practices and applied technology under research to improve efficiencies for forest operations as well as making …

WEBINAR New Farm Bill Implications for Renewable Chemicals and Bio-Products July 16, 2014 1:00ET
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WEBINAR   New Farm Bill Implications for Renewable Chemicals and Bio-Products   July 16, 2014    1:00ET

The recently passed 2014 Agricultural Act incorporates a number of sought-after policy and funding changes that will directly boost green and bio-based chemistry, biomass to fuels, and less toxic, more sustainable materials and formulations for …

Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference September 11-12, 2014 Miami, FL
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Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference     September 11-12, 2014    Miami, FL

This event gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of the Kingsman events in Dubai and Asia-Pacific, this is a regional …

International Seagriculture Symposium September 24-25, 2014 Terneuzen, The Netherlands
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International Seagriculture Symposium    September 24-25, 2014   Terneuzen, The Netherlands

At this interactive edition of Seagriculture, professionals from the international seaweed industry give you a clear insight into the potential, technological developments, the economic outlook and the international developments in the field of seaweed.
Seaweed Information Market
An excellent platform where …

Growth Energy Expresses Concern Over Continued Rail Shipment Delays
July 11, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  In response to a recent order by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which called on specific rail providers to resolve backlogs of rail cars for grain orders, but failed to address the substandard …

Embrapa Agroenergia Will Monitor Quality of Biodiesel
July 11, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Channel: The Journal of Bioenergy)  In partnership with several institutions to develop a Agroenergia Embrapa study the proposal to monitor the entire production chain of biodiesel and identify issues that may affect the quality of …

Cobalt, Andritz Sign Exclusive Partnership to Integrate Biobutanol, Pre-Treatment Processes
July 11, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cobalt Technologies signed an exclusive global cooperation and supply agreement with Andritz to integrate Cobalt’s proprietary lignocellulosic process for the production of n-butanol with Andritz’s customized pre-treatment systems.
The primary alcohol, …

Mötley Crue, Poison Alert: INVISTA, BASF, and Genomatica Team for Sustainable Spandex
July 11, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We hear from the whispering winds of Wichita that INVISTA, the redoubtable owner of the Lycra and Stainmaster brands, amongst many others, has introduced the only commercial offering of a …

Gettin’ Yer Benjamins: DOE Finalizes $4B Loan Guarantee Program for Renewables
July 11, 2014 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane and Mark Riedy (Biofuels Digest)  This week in Washington, the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office announced the Final RenewableEnergy and Energy Efficiency Projects Solicitation for its up to $4 billion loan …

American Ethanol Weekend Preview
July 10, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (   American Ethanol is racing into Newton, Iowa for an exciting weekend at the Iowa Speedway. It’s an ethanol-powered packed event for American Ethanol. This weekend features the American Ethanol 200 presented by …

N.C. Funds 6 Cellulosic Biofuel, Bioenergy Research Projects
July 10, 2014 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state’s Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Special …

Maryland Company Looking to Turn Iowa Trash into Fuel
July 10, 2014 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Dar Danielson  (RadioIowa)  A Maryland-based company says it can save more than 100,000 tons of waste material from going into landfills with two facilities it plans to build in Iowa this year.
Fiberight has been …

Drill More, Produce More, Pay More? | Commentary
July 10, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Roll Call/Renewable Fuels Association) In recent months, the petroleum industry has boasted about U.S. crude oil production reaching its highest level in more than a quarter-century. But what they fail to note is …

U.S. Senators Press for Probe of Report that Oil Companies Blocked Ethanol
July 10, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters) Two U.S. farm-state Senators on Wednesday urged federal regulators to investigate allegations raised by a biofuel trade group that the oil industry uses “strong arm tactics” to prevent widespread use of higher …

Optimus Technologies First to Receive EPA Approval on Advanced Biofuel Conversion Solution for Commercial Trucks
July 10, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/MarketWatch)  As an alternative to CNG, creates new opportunities for advanced biofuel providers.
Optimus Technologies today (July 8, 2014) announced two significant milestones that are changing the U.S. commercial truck industry. First, it is the …

Simple Air-and-Water Fuel Soon to Take Off
July 10, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Karin Kloosterman (  An Israeli professor is poised to ramp up production of an exciting alternative to polluting jet fuels and natural gas.
An Israeli research team from Ben-Gurion University has developed something that seems …

Aemetis Announces U.S. EPA Approval and E.U. ISCC Certification for Distilled Biodiesel
July 10, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Aemetis) Company produces high-quality distilled biodiesel at India plant
Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that the company has received EPA approval for the issuance of D4 RINs upon the importation into the U.S. of biodiesel produced from …

Neste’s Renewable Diesel to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Flow Fest
July 10, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil is supporting the environmental goals of this year’s Flow Festival in Helsinki by supplying 100 percent NEXBTL renewable diesel to generate electricity for the event. Thanks to NEXBTL diesel produced …

A Biodiesel Business Is Opening in Plainfield
July 10, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Kathryn Flagg (Seven Days Vermont) … While Vallee’s Red Store sits vacant, Black Bear Biodiesel is gearing up to open its doors — and pump its first gallons of recycled vegetable oil — later this …

Questions and Answers on the Outcome of the Second Call for Proposals under the NER 300 Programme
July 10, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Europa.EU)  … NER 300 is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon energy demonstration projects. The programme aims to successfully demonstrate environmentally safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy (RES) …

Sinopec, Sapphire Energy Project Unveiled in China; Wins US-China EcoPartnerships Nod
July 10, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest has heard from China that Sapphire Energy’s and Sinopec’s algae-derived renewable crude oil project has been selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program, and that the announcement is being …

National Grid: Electricity Prices Could Increase Twofold within 20 Years
July 10, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment

(Energy Market Price)  Electricity prices could double by 2035, while gas prices might increase by 43%, according to forecasts released by the National Grid on Thursday.
The research document entitled “Exploring the future of UK energy” …

Washington State the Center of Climate Change Solutions
July 9, 2014 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Gleen Farley (KING 5 News) In 2011, Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in the country to fly regular passenger carrying flights using bio-fuel.  It replaced 20 percent of the jet fuel with a crystal …

Algenol’s Algae-Based Biofuel: The Next Generation in Renewable Energy
July 9, 2014 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Iacurci (Nature World News) Algenol, an up-and-coming company that specializes in algae-based biofuels, has developed and perfected its revolutionary technology, likely securing its spot as the next generation’s leader in renewable energy.
In collaborating …

Pain at the Pump: Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron & Shell Earn “F” in Consumer Choice Report Card
July 9, 2014 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to …

Platts Webinar – European Road Fuels
July 9, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) Tim Worledge, the Associate Editorial Director of Platts Agriculture relayed some of the history and the status quo of the biofuel industry in Europe during a webinar hosted by …

Algae Biofuel Can Help Meet World Energy Demand, Researchers Say
July 9, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Ann Muffoletto ( Microalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world’s energy demands, say Utah State University researchers. It’s a potential game-changer.
“That’s because microalgae produces much higher yields of …

Algae Offers Green Way to Boost Nutritional Value of Pet and People Foods
July 9, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Steve Dale (My Pet World/Chicago Tribune) Current and future trends in food for pets and people were among topics addressed at the 30th Alltech Annual International Symposium May 18-21 in Lexington, Ky. The theme of …

New TV Ad on Iraq Turmoil, Rising Gas Prices: No Better Reason Why the EPA Must Preserve the RFS
July 9, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Americans United for Change)  With oil prices on the rise in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, Americans United for Change announced a major new ad campaign encouraging the EPA not to turn its …

Montana State University-Led Team Receives $10 million to Pursue Innovative Research in Energy
July 9, 2014 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University) Montana State University is the lead institution on a new $10 million, four-year project to form a research center focused on innovative energy research.
The Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis (BETCy) Energy Frontiers …

Angola’s Biocom Project to Begin Ethanol and Sugar Production in 2014
July 9, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Macauhub) Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom), an Angola-Brazil partnership based in Angola’s Malange province, is due in September of this year to start producing 120 megawatts of electricity, the company said in a statement.
Biocom …

Cellulosic Ethanol Deemed Good Fit in Idaho
July 9, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)   IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — As the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plants open in the U.S. this year, energy experts say Idaho is well positioned to follow the leaders with a small facility that …

In New Twist, RFS Could Boost Electric Vehicles
July 9, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishing/Greenwire)  The federal policy used to build up the nation’s ethanol and advanced biofuel capacity could soon be harnessed to spur the development of electric vehicle infrastructure.
In a final rule issued last …

Saudi Arabia Plans To Raise Fuel Economy–But Not Gas Prices
July 9, 2014 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)   … Now, another country is discussing new regulations that would require both new and imported used vehicles to meet minimum gas mileage standards.
That country is the Kingdom of Saudi …

BP June 2014 Statistical Review of World Energy: 53 Years of Oil Left
July 9, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) BP’s  63rd annual  Statistical Review of World Energy was recently released. Some key findings.
Oil Prices Stay Above $100/Barrel for Third Year

In the face of these disruptions and heightened risks …

Murphy USA Stations Opens First of 7 Planned E15/E85 Additions in Iowa
July 9, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Iowa, Murphy USA is now offering E15 and E85 at its Indianola, Iowa location. The fueling site is the first of seven Murphy USA locations in Iowa to begin …

Pond Biofuels: Algae Eats Cement Plant Pollution
July 9, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by David Dodge and Duncan Kinney (Beacon News) Algae is a pretty important organism. It’s used in food, fertilizer and sewage treatment. Oh, and algae can also eat raw industrial smokestack emissions for breakfast to create …

Report: Jobs Added, Investments Made in County’s Industrial Base
July 9, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Edmunds (The Selma Times-Journal) Dallas County gained 246 new jobs in 2013, according to a recent report released by the governor’s office.
In addition to the new jobs, the 2013 New & Expanding Industries Report …

Students get First-Hand Look at STEM
July 9, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Ashley A. Smith (News-Press) Groups of high school students walked past cylinders of green liquids and watched scientists experiment on algae.
As each of the Algenol Biofuels scientists explained to the students the process of turning …

Aurora Algae Farm Throws Down Green Guantlet in Oil State
July 9, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica) We’ve been following the Aurora Algae company’s progress in Australia for a couple of years, so imagine our surprise when all of a sudden the company popped up deep in the …

Aviation Biofuel Takes Flight
July 9, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

By Zoe Martin (Iowa Farmer Today) After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off.
The requirements to replace jet fuel at 40,000 feet present a challenge, but airplane manufacturers such …

Sustainable Algae Cultivation Making Headway
July 9, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

( Four years after the first optimistic calculations, the experimental cultivation of algae appears to be meeting expectations. Production costs have been more than halved, while the profit made on some crop components already exceeds production …

Chicken Council Targets Renewable Fuel Standard
July 9, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press) As the federal government is set to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard for this year, the National Chicken Council asserts that diverting the corn supply to ethanol has resulted in more than $44 billion …

New Crops Get Green Thumbs Up
July 9, 2014 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(GreenvilleOnline) Officials at Clemson have released 21 new crop varieties that will help meet the needs of farmers growing food, fiber and fuels needed by South Carolina’s economy.
These varieties include four Roundup Ready varieties of soybeans …

Ethanol Industry Asks for Relief from Rail Delays
July 9, 2014 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol industry Monday urged a federal regulator overseeing the nation’s railroads to provide relief for shippers of the renewable fuel who have faced delays.
Growth Energy, which represents ethanol …

ANDRITZ to Deliver Pre-Treatment Technology for Fiberight’s Blairstown Waste-to-Biofuel Project, USA
July 9, 2014 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(ANDRITZ)  International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for Fiberight’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa, USA. Start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2015.


Legendary Investments Rises As Bosques Progresses Jatropha Cultivation
July 9, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Steve McGrath  (LSE/Alliance News)   Legendary Investments PLC saw its shares rise early Monday after it said that Bosques Energeticos EBE S.A. de C.V., one of its portfolio companies, has secured more land on which …

Biofuel Advancement Threatened: How Can We Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?
July 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Renewable Energy World)    Advanced biofuels are no longer a futuristic hope — they are here. This year, three companies including DuPont will turn on commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, the result …

Algae Production Industry News
July 9, 2014 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  The National Algae Association is pleased to announce that one of its algae incubator program companies, Natural Algae Production, LLC of Louisiana, has broken ground on a new 10 acre algae farm. …

Honeywell’s UOP Green Fuels Technology Selected By Petrixo To Produce Renewable Jet Fuel And Diesel
July 9, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Honeywell UOP/MarketWatch)  Facility will be the first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel production facility outside of North America
UOP LLC, a Honeywell HON +0.06% company, announced today that its green fuels process technology has been selected by …

Brazilian Airline GOL to Make First International Commercial Flights With Newly Approved Amyris-Total Aviation Biofuel
July 9, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Amyris/GlobeNewsWire)  International Flights From Florida to Sao Paulo Using Sugarcane-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel Support GOL Environmental Performance Objectives
Amyris (Nasdaq:AMRS) has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL (NYSE:GOL) to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, the …

Injection Wells Blamed in Oklahoma Earthquakes
July 7, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Hand (Science Magazine)  So far in 2014, Oklahoma has seen more earthquakes than California—and seismologists are increasingly blaming them on the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations. A study published online this …

In Silico Optimization for Production of Biomass and Biofuel Feedstocks from Microalgae
July 7, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Philip Kenny, Kevin J. Flynn  (Journal of Applied Phycology) Optimization of the production rate of biomass rich in N (e.g. for protein) or C (e.g. for biofuels) is key to making algae-based technology commercially viable. Creating …

UPM and WWF Finland Enter Versatile Cooperation
July 7, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(UPM) The Biofore Company UPM and the conservation organisation WWF Finland have agreed on versatile cooperation covering promotion of sustainable wood-based biofuels as well as sustainable forest management and sourcing of raw materials in Finland.
“Promoting sustainable forest management and …

Hemp: The Feedstock that Dare Not Speak its Name
July 7, 2014 – 4:01 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We first started tracking hemp back in 2009, when a 43-acre biomass trial launched in California that features hemp as a feedstock. The notoriety of hemp’s cousin, marijuana, has created …

Biotech Feels a Chill from Changing U.S. Patent Rules
July 7, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Servick (Science Magazine)  A year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that human genes cannot be patented, the biotech industry is struggling to adapt to a landscape in which inventions derived from …

The Political Problem behind Our Crumbling Highways
July 7, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul Waldman (The Washington Post)  … The Congressional Budget Office says that starting next year, the fund won’t have enough money to meet its obligations, and keep in mind that means just the projects that are already …

Don’t Turn Your Back on the RFS
July 3, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  With no end in sight on the turmoil in Iraq and oil prices and gas prices on the rise as a result, Americans United for Change (AUFC) have launched a new …

EPA Establishes Quality Assurance for RINS
July 3, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  In addition to the final rule approving crop residue as a cellulosic feedstock, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday established a “voluntary quality assurance program” for renewable identification numbers, or RINs.
The program is designed …