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Brazil’s CRA Clears Bill to Boost Biofuel Production at Small Plants
October 30, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(See News)  Brazil’s Commission of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (CRA) approved today the bill 252/11 that seeks to encourage production of biofuels at micro plants, especially those operated by family farmers.
In Brazil, micro biofuel plants are those with a …

Kansas to Receive $1.3M in Federal Matching Funds to Add More Ethanol Pumps for Motorists
October 30, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Republic)  The U.S. Agriculture Department has awarded Kansas $1.3 million in matching funds for a program to increase the availability of ethanol blended fuels for motorists. … The funds will allow a coalition called …

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact
October 30, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” …

Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol for Household Cooking from Waste in Addis Ababa
October 30, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Gaia Association)  Gaia Association contributes to poverty reduction and climate mitigation by enabling access to clean, safe, renewable and locally produced household cooking fuels to displace the traditional use of biomass for cooking in Ethiopian …

Stora Enso Division US Headquarters Move to Raceland, Louisiana
October 30, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine) …The Raceland plant uses technology developed by Virdia and enables cellulosic biomass, such as wood or agricultural waste, to be converted into highly refined sugars. It is located in the vicinity of existing sugar cane plantations and will …

UPM to Field Test Wood-Based Diesel Fuel in Urban Bus Traffic
October 30, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels/Biomass Magazine)  UPM is to start field tests of its novel wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses together with Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) and the VTT Technical Research Centre. The field tests are also …

Biofuel Groups Debate Fate of Renewable Fuel Standard
October 30, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Agreeing to respectfully disagree was one of very few assenting points reached by association heads representing the biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuel groups during a candid debate about the renewable …

Alliance Bioenergy Improves CTS Conversion Rates in October
October 30, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, continues to see …

Public Meeting Scheduled for New Biofuel Plant on Hershey Drive, Smiths Falls
October 30, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Inside Ottawa Valley) Community feedback is being sought in the proposed opening of a 8,073 square feet biofuel facility at 1 Hershey Drive. … The firm, C3 Acquisition Inc.,  has leased the facility space from Tweed Inc …

CLEANCOOK Star Stove Concept Demo
October 30, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(CLEANCOOK) An animated video showing a new clean cooking stove concept for the developing world. Highly automated production, optimized logistics and local assembly will bring proven technologies to the developing world markets at a lower cost …

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
October 30, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, …

Uganda Ethanol Plant to Start Commercial Output in July 2016
October 30, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Fred Ojambo (Bloomberg Business)   Praj Industries of India contracted to build 6,000l/day plant; Uganda to enforce biofuels blending when crude output starts
Kakira Sugar Works Ltd., Uganda’s biggest producer of the sweetener, said it will start commercial …

Punjab to Become Bio-Refinery Leader in Next Two Years
October 30, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Punjab News Express)  The Progressive Punjab Investor Summit 2015 today culmination of yearlong efforts by Bikram Singh Majithia, Renewable Energy Minister Punjab that brought largest ever bio-refinery in the wheat bowl of the country that …

Biotechnology Company Seeks $26 Million in Public Funding
October 30, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Bill Hanna (Mesabi Daily News)  Mountain Iron intended home for Sweetwater Energy project  —  The Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board on Friday will consider authorizing $26 million in public money for a startup …

Ethanol from Corn Stalks: A Cure for Climate Change?
October 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  … “This is one of the core technologies that we need to cut oil use and reduce emissions from transportation,” said Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It …

Sen. Charles Grassley: It’s No Trick: Cellulosic Ethanol a Treat for Iowa Economy
October 30, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)  (Ames Tribune)  … Iowa’s new cellulosic facility also will help dry up the crocodile tears spilled by Big Food that tries to assign blame to corn-based ethanol for rising food prices. …

USDA Spending $3 Million To Add Ethanol Fuel Pumps In Michigan
October 30, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/CBS Radio)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is spending $3 million to add about 130 additional ethanol fuel pumps in Michigan.  U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says Thursday the grant will …

Merging Refinery Tech with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP
October 30, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 30, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

Nevada DuPont Facility Opening on Friday
October 30, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Grayson Schmidt (Ames Tribune)  … According to Plant Operations Manager Terraun Jones, the new facility will not only impact the biofuel industry, but will also boost the local economy by bringing in 90 permanent jobs …

Democratic Presidential Contenders Join Calls To Investigate Exxon
October 30, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Daniel Marans (Huffington Post)  Two Democratic presidential candidates indicated on Friday (October 16, 2015) they support an investigation of oil giant ExxonMobil for concealing research on fossil fuels’ contribution to climate change, following a …

Answers for Your Questions about Low Oil Prices and Renewable Fuels
October 30, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest looks at security and energy security —  …  This week, the head of Russian state intelligence service, Alexander Bortnikov,warned of a potential “invasion of Central Asia”by Taliban or …

What to Consider Before Making the Decision to Offer Biodiesel
October 29, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jon Scharingson (Renewable Energy Group, Inc./Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether or not to sell biodiesel can be a significant decision for a convenience store owner. Convenience store owners need to determine what will work best for …

Everyone’s Favorite Climate Change Fix
October 29, 2015 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Cristina Maza (The Christian Science Monitor)   Economists, officials, and executives across the globe increasingly support carbon pricing to stem the rise of greenhouse-gas emissions. Can it work?  —  … “Pricing carbon obviously adds a cost to …

Govt Mulls over Biofuel Option at the Pumps
October 29, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Tan (Straits Times Singapore) Authorities seeking industry views on feasibility of such plant-based fuels — Singapore is exploring the possibility of introducing biofuels at the pumps. … The National Environment Agency has reached out to the …

Fueling Our Future, from Wood to Wing
October 29, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Pearl (US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. airline carriers collectively used more than 16 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2014. Given growing concerns over energy independence and the environment, commercial airlines are looking for …

Green Chemistry Innovation Portal Is a Free Resource
October 29, 2015 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®have partnered to create a new online platform for green chemistry professionals to share information and collaborate on research and innovative technologies.The Green Chemistry …

WEBINAR: Ask the Innovators Q&A Session: Green Chemistry Innovation Forum — November 10
October 29, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Ask the Innovators Q&A Session: Green Chemistry Innovation Forum  —  November 10

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®have partnered to create a new online platform for green chemistry professionals to share information and collaborate on research and innovative technologies.The Green Chemistry …

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial
October 29, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies that private companies and universities developed through $21 million in 2009 funding from the Bioenergy …

Turn Your Halloween Pumpkins Into Power
October 29, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is working together with industry to develop and test integrated biorefineries—facilities capable of efficiently converting plant and waste material into affordable biofuels, biopower and other products. These projects …

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State
October 29, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about …

New Biofuel Cells Will Retire Toxic Metals
October 29, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Berit Viuf (ScienceNordic)  Natural enzymes can replace the expensive and toxic precious metals used in fuel cells.  —  … Fuel cells are environmentally friendly to use, but their manufacture involves the use of precious metals, like …

Avril Targets France’s Higher Biodiesel Blending Needs with New Plant
October 29, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Avril aims to meet demand from higher French biodiesel blending levels with output from a 100,000-tonne-per-year plant it opened on France’s Mediterranean coast on Wednesday, the chief executive of the European Union’s largest maker …

All Indonesian Airliners Will in 2018 Be Obliged to Use Aviation Biofuel that Can Reduce Air Pollution
October 29, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Leo Jegho (Global Indonesian Voices)  All airline companies operating in Indonesia will be obliged to use aviation biofuel for their aircraft instead of avtur from 2018 onwards, which aims to help reduce air pollution, Minister …

Ten Billion Euros of Investment in Advanced Biofuels
October 29, 2015 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by James Cogan  At a time when carbon emissions should be dropping by 40%-80% EU transport emissions will actually increase by that amount, becoming the number one EU contributor to catastrophic global warming. — Transport emissions …

Not Becoming Toast: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Supply Chain Risk
October 29, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan McCoy (Zurich Energy/Biofuels Digest)  So, you have a great technology, it scales and it works. You have a customer. Supper. But if you don’t have a supply chain, you’re toast. Here’s a recent …

Are White House Insiders With Connections to Big Oil Undermining the President’s Climate Change Agenda?
October 29, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … (H)e must explain his decision to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard and hand Big Oil a decisive political victory. One lingering question is, did high-level White House staffers with …

Carson Shifts Course on Ethanol Policy
October 29, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Brianne Pfannenstiel (Des Moines Register)  Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson appeared to reverse course on ethanol policy Wednesday, backtracking from his earlier idea to help the ethanol industry rather than the oil industry.

In May, Carson said he “would probably …

Oil Lobby Launches New Campaign against Ethanol Mandate
October 29, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  The American Petroleum Institute (API) will run a “multifaceted advocacy campaign” against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the next month ahead of a deadline for the Obama administration to …

Soapbox: Fossil Fuel Is a Bad Investment
October 29, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Danny Kennedy and Jeremy Leggett (California Clean Energy Fund/Carbon Tracker Initiative/Sacramento Bee)  …  Since 2013, the world has been adding more renewable electricity capacity than fossil fuel capacity each year.
Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry …

DOE Report : Ethanol Is Key for Increased Engine Efficiency and Reducing Emissions
October 28, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … According to the DOE’s 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review, the internal combustion engine is one of the most promising and cost-effective approaches to improving fuel economy in the near to mid-term. This, the …

Big Oil’s Not So Smart Campaign
October 28, 2015 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … If Big Oil truly believed its product (oil) was better than ethanol, why not launch a campaign on the greatness that is oil.
Perhaps Big Oil could tell us how oil doesn’t raise …

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School Visits Guardian Energy
October 28, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five high schools students today toured the Guardian Energy ethanol plant to gain a better understanding of renewable fuel production.
The students, from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Secondary School, toured the various processes …

Minnesota to Receive $8M from USDA for 165 Stations
October 28, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota has been awarded an $8 million grant from the USDA to install or retrofit 620 flex fuel pumps in 165 stations in the state.

In a statement today, the Minnesota Department of …

Waste to Wisdom Project Shows Biomass Energy Potential
October 28, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Humboldt State University/Biomass Magazine)  A potential revolution is unfolding on out-of-the-way logging roads. Foresters and researchers are innovating unique ways to make use of forest residues—low quality trees, tree tops, limbs, and chunks that formerly …

Bumper Corn Crop Good for Ethanol Industry and RFS Argument
October 28, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  A near record corn crop in the U.S. and a record crop in Nebraska is good news for the ethanol industry. USDA recently projected U.S. corn yields at 168 bushels per acre, the second …

New Design Reports Published by U.S. Department of Energy
October 28, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) pursues a pathway approach for advancing research and development (R&D) of converting biomass into renewable fuels and products. Following the BETO’s successful demonstration of cost-competitive cellulosic ethanol production technologies—R&D …

Balance Stover Sales with Needed Field Cover: Iowa State Soils Expert
October 28, 2015 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Mahdi Al-Kaisi is not against using corn stover to make cellulosic ethanol products, and he isn’t against baling stubble for use in a livestock operation.
But he wants to make …

Analysis Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Similar for Shale, Crude Oil
October 28, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Tona Kunz  (Argonne National Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory this week released a pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation. The reports show that shale oil …

Supply Chain Sustainability Analyses Completed
October 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This fiscal year, three Supply Chain Sustainability Analysis (SCSA) reports were published through Argonne National Laboratory. The SCSAs use a life-cycle analysis approach to identify energy consumption or environmental issues that …

USDA Seeks Applications for REAP Loans, Grants
October 28, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Biomass Magazine)  USDA under secretary Lisa Mensah recently encouraged rural small businesses to apply for loans and grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
“Helping rural small businesses save money on …

Multifunctional Landscapes: Site Characterization and Field-Scale Design to Incorporate Biomass Production into an Agricultural System
October 28, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Herbert Ssegane, M. Cristina Negri, John Quinn, Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (Biomass and Bioenergy)  Design of a multifunctional landscape by integrating cellulosic biofuel production into an existing agricultural system.  The design does not adversely offset current grain …

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
October 28, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and …

Global Biodiesel Focus 2015 — December 10-11 — Singapore
October 28, 2015 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
Global Biodiesel Focus 2015  —  December 10-11 —  Singapore

From 10-11 December 2015, ENOMRE China will host Global Biodiesel Focus 2015 in Singapore, after successfully held this conference, ENMORE will cover new ways to assess and act on profitable opportunities, create more powerful trading …

More Biofuel, Using Less Land
October 28, 2015 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Éanna Kelly (Science|Business)  The problem: Finding efficient ways of producing ethanol from cellulose plant material such as corn husks or stalks, is a long-term research objective.
The answer: Now scientists at KU Leuven have succeeded in …

New Report on Global Biodiesel Market 2015-2019
October 28, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(PR Buzz)  Research analysts forecast the global biodiesel market to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% over the period 2014-2019.
There has been an unprecedented interest in biofuels over the past decade, primarily due to increase …

Advanced Biofuels USA Featured in Frederick County, Maryland Sustainability Newsletter
October 28, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Frederick County, Maryland, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) featured local nonprofit Advanced Biofuels USA in its Fall 2015 newsletter.   “So many people only know about corn-based ethanol.  And many list …

NC Bioenergy Council Meeting: Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program — December 10, 2015 — Statesville, NC
October 28, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
NC Bioenergy Council Meeting:  Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program  —  December 10, 2015  —  Statesville, NC

This workshop will provide the opportunity for bioenergy industry stakeholders to meet and have a discussion on the current challenges and opportunities that exist in order to develop solutions that encourage growth in this emerging …

Canada Could Slash CO2 Emissions with Existing Technologies, Proven Policies
October 28, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Emily Chung (CBC News) Regulation or pricing of emissions is key, Council of Canadian Academies suggests  —  Canada could drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and meet international climate change commitments using existing commercially available …

USDA Secretary Vilsack in Kissimmee to Make Biofuel Announcement
October 28, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Protec Fuel/PR Newswire)  Citgo Ethanol Station Hosts State, Federal, Investment News  —  Protec Fuel is proud to welcome U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Mid-State Energy’s Kissimmee Citgo E15 and E85 retail station …

Culling Fossil Fuel Subsidies Would Reduce Emissions By 11%
October 28, 2015 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S Hill (Clean Technica)  A new report modelling the removal of fossil fuel subsidies in 20 countries showed such a move would reduce national emissions by an average of 11%.  —  The call …

Soapbox: Obama’s EPA Needs to More Aggressively Support Biodiesel
October 28, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Mortenson (Community Fuels/Sacramento Bee)   California took a major step forward in the fight against climate change recently by adopting an aggressive new low carbon fuel standard that will sharply reduce carbon pollution from …

Kyle Nixon: EPA Biofuels Rule Could Hurt Economy
October 28, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Nixon (Novozymes/  Opinion:  Instead of sending money to overseas oil producers, the biofuels sector has provided financial stability for rural farming communities right here at home.
At the end of November the Environmental Protection …

Council Members, Oil Lobby Square off in Tense Hearing on Biofuel Bills
October 28, 2015 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by David Giambusso (Politico New York)  Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration tacitly endorsed two bills to increase the use of biofuel citywide, but a Monday hearing on them grew heated nonetheless when oil lobby representatives …

Aora Tulip To ‘Grow’ Over Ethiopia For Solar Power
October 28, 2015 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Abigail Klein Leichman (Jewish Business News)  Israeli solar-biogas technology developer Aora Solar will develop renewable energy installations in Ethiopia.  —  … It’s the Aora Tulip, a solar-hybrid modular technology that runs on solar power during …

USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide
October 28, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (October 26, 2015) announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants that will help more than 1,100 rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage …

USDA Provides Funding for more than $1.8 Million Nebraska Renewable Energy Projects
October 28, 2015 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(KTIC Radio)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA has selected Mid America Agri Products/Wheatland, LLC of Madrid, NE to receive $500,000 for ethanol production and Aaron Ross of Columbus, NE to receive $41,250 …

Court Appeal of Onida Ethanol Plant Not Slowing Plans as Construction to Start
October 28, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Stephen Lee (Capital Journal)  An attorney for a handful of Onida residents opposing the siting of a proposed new ethanol plant just outside of Onida argued in court Monday that Sully County leaders improperly …

New Enzyme Boosts Profits, Cuts Chemical Use at Ethanol Plants
October 28, 2015 – 10:04 am | No Comment

(Novozymes)  A typical facility can increase annual returns by up to $2.5 million.  —  Novozymes today (October 27, 2015) announced the launch of Avantec® Amp, an advanced enzyme product that improves yield and throughput in …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Green Plains
October 28, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.0 billion gallons per year with 12 plants located in …

Merger Mania: The Digest Looks at Rampant Biofuels Consolidation
October 28, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced this week that it had acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. …

SugarEx Philippines — May 12-13, 2016 — Negros, Philippines
October 27, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
SugarEx Philippines  —  May 12-13, 2016  —  Negros, Philippines

This unique Sugar exhibition held only once every 2 years and co-located with Philippines International Sugar Technology Conference 2016 is Philippines’ largest specialized sugar and bioethanol technology event that brings together an international congregation of …

Working Paper: Implementing Effective Carbon Pricing
October 27, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by James Rydge (New Climate Economy)  Support for carbon pricing is growing around the world.  Governments, businesses and investors are recognising that nationally-appropriate taxes and trading schemes, as part of a well-aligned package of policies for low-carbon …

Why Oil Is Cheap in October 2015 (Part 1 of 2)
October 27, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Conventional wisdom about declining oil prices, mostly originating from US Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA), says the fall of oil prices over the past fifteen months is …

Third Annual Forest Investment Conference — March 15-16, 2016 — New York, NY
October 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
Third Annual Forest Investment Conference  —  March 15-16, 2016  —  New York, NY

RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and manage timberlands. The Investment conference will …

Startup in Focus — Israeli Startup Harnesses Algae to Treat Wastewater in Developing World
October 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Ruth Schuster and Noah Phillips (  Aquanos’ trick is to use algae to provide oxygen for the germs breaking down our waste to breathe, rather than break the bank pumping in the gas.  —  … That …

Alternative Fuels Symposium — November 5-6, 2015 — Cancun, Mexico
October 27, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Alternative Fuels Symposium —  November 5-6, 2015  —   Cancun, Mexico

The event is ideal for those who need to understand the latest developments in sustainable aviation fuels:

Airlines (fuel procurement and environment/sustainability managers)
Sustainable aviation fuel suppliers (technical and commercial managers)
Conventional fuel producers and suppliers
Fuel handlers
Technology developers
Government agencies

What …

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 6th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy — June 30 to July 03, 2016 — KINTEX, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea DEADLINE: November 30, 2015
October 27, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 6th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy — June 30 to July 03, 2016 — KINTEX, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea     DEADLINE:  November 30, 2015

Leading Bio-economy for Next Decade   —   Bioenergy has a significant impact on societies throughout the world in the past and continues to do so today. Bioenergy 2016 will showcase the bioenergy research in a …

6th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy — June 30 to July 03, 2016 — KINTEX, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
October 27, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment
6th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy  —   June 30 to July 03, 2016  —   KINTEX, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Leading Bio-economy for Next Decade   —   Bioenergy has a significant impact on societies throughout the world in the past and continues to do so today. Bioenergy 2016 will showcase the bioenergy research in a …

Got Corn? Ethanol Is No Longer King In Iowa Among Candidates
October 27, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Clay Masters (National Public Radio)  … But this election cycle, ethanol is not the campaign force it once was. …
“I think, ultimately, we need to get to a point where there aren’t winners or losers …

FAA Partners with Indonesia’s DGCA to Advance Aviation Biofuels
October 27, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Van Wagenen (Avionics Magazine)  The FAA and Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have signed an agreement to promote the development and use of sustainable, alternative aviation fuels, as well as additional …

Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in the World Opens October 30
October 27, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The DuPont cellulosic ethanol facility, opening in Nevada, Iowa, on October 30, will be the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office …

President Obama Is Turning His Back on the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 27, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by former Senator Jim Talent (The Gazette)  I’m old enough to remember when energy first became a national security issue during the original energy crisis in the early 1970s. That was the first time America …

Common Ground: SD Farm Groups Differ on Policy, but Support Ethanol
October 27, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) … Agweek visited with the presidents of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union, the two general farm organizations that aren’t specific to a commodity or a species …

AlgaeTec Cultivation Center Opens in Munich
October 27, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built a one-of-a-kind technical facility for algae cultivation at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn, to the south of Munich, Germany, in cooperation with Airbus …

Students, Prep Your Entries for Planet Forward Storyfest 2016!
October 27, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(George Washington University)  Already dense urban populations are growing. What will tomorrow’s smart cities look like? How can they be sustainable?
By 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population will be in urban areas, according to …

ACE Members Pressure EPA, White House; Promote Octane Benefits of Ethanol
October 27, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/A,merican Coalition for Ethanol)  ACE members will keep working to help the EPA get the RFS on track will also continuing to work on other strategies to increase ethanol use, …

National FFA Convention and Expo — October 28-31, 2015 — Louisville, KY
October 27, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment
National FFA Convention and Expo —  October 28-31, 2015  —  Louisville, KY

As an Expo exhibitor, Growth Energy will have the opportunity to help thousands of young leaders explore career and educational opportunities in the biofuels industry. They will present information in a fun, engaging way and have …

FFA Helps Build Next-Gen Leaders
October 27, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture, and no organization prepares them to rise up and meet the challenges that lie ahead like the National FFA Organization. Not …

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

ICM Aims for Strong Legacy
October 27, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For two decades, ICM has adapted with the changing times, bringing technology solutions to the ethanol industry.  —  In 1995, ICM Inc. got its start with the purchase of …

High-Tech Maintenance at Ethanol Plants
October 27, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol plants tap into vibration, ultrasound, infrared and laser technologies.  …  Along with their impressive capabilities come impressive price tags—anywhere from a little under $2,000 for a single tool …

Volkswagen’s Woes Could Affect Ethanol Plants
October 27, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by James L. Pray (Ethanol Producer Magazine/BrownWinick Law Firm)  … Diesel-powered Volkswagen cars and ethanol plants share more than their common tie to the auto industry.  Both must meet rigorous emission standards: For Volkswagen cars, it …

Green Fuel Says It Lost $10 Million Worth of Ethanol after Zinwa Cut Water Supplies over $7.3 Million Debt
October 27, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(The Insider/The Source)  Green Fuel says it has lost $10 million worth of ethanol and power after the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) cut water supplies to its Chisumbanje ethanol plant for two months over …

LowCVP to Focus on Cutting Emissions from Trucks
October 27, 2015 – 10:31 am | No Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership)  To coincide with its participation in the new Freight in the City event (27 October, Alexandra Palace) the LowCVP is calling on fleet operators, local authorities and others to join forces in …

European Investment Bank May Invest in Biodiesel Plant in Croatia
October 27, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank is evaluating a EUR38 million investment in a EUR50 million biodiesel plant in Croatia that would produce fuel from animal fats and used cooking …

Green Plains Buys Ethanol Plant in Hopewell, Virginia
October 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced that it has acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. Operating at …

Statoil Announces New Biodiesel Based on Offal
October 27, 2015 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Peder Qvale  (TU (Google translation))  Should cost as much as regular diesel.  —  For a few weeks back, the company launched Eco-1 a renewable diesel option that should cost around 11 million liters and …

Advanced Fuels from Farm Trash: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Activities in Biomass
October 27, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

Goin’ Green; County Vehicle Fleet Now Using Biodiesel Fuel
October 27, 2015 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)  Hawaii County’s vehicle fleet is a little bit more green thanks to a local partnership that increases use of biodiesel.  It’s a small step toward a larger goal of reducing …

County Plan May Help University of Arizona with Its Biofuel Research
October 26, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Blake Herzog (Yuma Sun)  The University of Arizona’s expanding research efforts into biofuel at its agricultural center outside Yuma is prompting the county to consider amending its zoning ordinance to allow for increased activity …

Carbon Offset Trading – Managing Risk in a Time of Regulatory Uncertainty
October 26, 2015 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Belcher and David McCullough (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan/Biofuels Digest)  Over the past decade, the market for carbon offsets has waxed and waned with the likelihood of a mandatory greenhouse gas reduction program being …

VIETNAM PRESS-Ethanol project faces problems on low demand, high costs – Vietnam Economic Times
October 26, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Daily Mail/Reuters)  Four of Vietnam’s six ethanol plants have been inactive as a deadline set by the government to switch to biofuels is too far away while high cassava prices also lead to unprofitable operation, …

Biofuels – High-Octane Payoff …
October 26, 2015 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Ethanol’s inherently high octane rating makes it attractive for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas targets and renewable fuel mandates, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory report. Although ethanol has …

8 Wonder Crops & Residues: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to The Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials’s Emerging Feedstock Primer
October 26, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials/Biofuels Digest)  Camelina sativa; Carinata; Pongamia; Macauba palm tree; Gliricidia sepium; Starchy wastewater; Industrial waste gases; Seed tobacco  READ MORE

The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Nova’s Scenarios for Biomass Supply through 2050
October 26, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Piotrowski, Michael Carus and Roland Essel (nova-Institut /Biofuels Digest) How much biomass can be sustainably produced globally by 2050? How much of the demand for food, feed, materials, bioenergy and biofuels can be met …

17 Pyromaniax Changing the Energy Landscape
October 26, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 17 — count them, 17 — different pyrolytic technology centers in the UK  …
Tyre Pyrolysis: 2G BioPOWER
2G BioPOWER is developing a UK pyrolysis project to convert used tyres into partially renewable …

Now on Deck: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Quadrennial Review of Energy R&D
October 26, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  QTR 2015 describes the current energy landscape, the potential for improvement in systems and technologies, and a wide-ranging set of related RDD&D opportunities. Energy technologies are assessed with respect to …

Views from Napa Valley: A Peak at California’s Low Carbon Fuels Program
October 26, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Michele Rubino (Biofuels Digest)  … AB 32 is now implemented covering the entire economy in California. Markets for carbon allowances and offsets are established and in full swing. The law is unmistakably driving change and …

No Rich White Guy Left Behind: The Selling of Electric Cars as Zero Emission Vehicles
October 26, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electric cars and their $1600 cost per ton for CO2 reduction. And, yep, you’re paying for it.  Electric cars have environmental benefits, no doubt about it, and anyone who drives one …

Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production
October 26, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Fredrickson (WSU News)  A researcher at Washington State University has received a three-year $450,000 federal grant to develop computer models for using iron to more efficiently refine bio-oils and make better biofuels.
Jean-Sabin McEwen, …

Biofuel and Electric Buses for Cape Town
October 26, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Bekezela Phakathi  (Business Day Live)  BUSES powered by biofuel and electricity are on the cards for Cape Town.  The City of Cape Town’s transport authority is due to issue a tender for the procurement …

Feedstock Tax Barrier Removed by India Government Allowing Rapid Expansion of Biodiesel
October 26, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced that the Government of India Revenue Department removed an important tax barrier to expanding biodiesel production in India, issuing an exemption on …

Guest Post: The Petrobras Corruption Scandal and Brazil’s Ethanol Sector
October 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Luis Ferreira Alvarez (Council on Foreign Relations)  As Brazil’s Petrobras corruption investigation continues to roil its economy and politics, the ethanol sector is emerging as a clear beneficiary. New government policies are boosting ethanol …

Seeking Better Biofuels
October 26, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —   ..  JBEI researchers are zeroing in on concepts that others have decided are too …

Building Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Portfolios
October 26, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Rajdeep Golecha (Biomass Magazine)  The amount of risk in supply variation a biorefinery is willing to accept will depend on its fundamental business strategy, and the amount of premium they are willing to pay …

High School Students Visit Al-Corn Ethanol Plant
October 26, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by William Morris (Owatonna People’s Press)  A group of Owatonna High School students got an in-depth look at a possible career in agribusiness Friday when their Agriculture Explorations class visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont.
The …

Clean Fuels Program’s Next Threat: Disputed Science
October 26, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Taylor W. Anderson (The Bulletin)  Climate scientist: policies that encourage biofuels must account for indirect emissions  —  Before starting to implement Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard , the state must first deal with some math …

Biomass Supplies, Sri Lanka – First Smallholder Project in Southeast Asia to Earn RSB Certification
October 26, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Biomass Supplies (Pvt) Ltd, a company based in Sri Lanka, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for biomass produced from branches pruned from live fences of Gliricidia trees. The …

Obama’s Carbon Emission Hypocrisy
October 26, 2015 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) (The Hill)  On November 30, President Obama will join leaders from 196 nations in Paris for the COP 21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Ironically, that same day, …

Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study Drought Stress in Plants
October 26, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology)  Jeremy Schmutz, faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how switchgrass plants adapt to drought stress. Schmutz, who co-directs …

Wastewater Treatment Facilities Turning to Anaerobic Digestion for Energy Uses
October 26, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Richard Lowrie (KROHNE/Biofuels Digest)  Many US wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are beginning to use anaerobic digesters to produce biogas that can be used in their combined heat and power plants to generate electricity and …

European Biomass Association Launches Annual Statistical Report
October 26, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) publicly released its annual Statistical Report, with MEPs Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, FI) and Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, HU) hosting. “Statistics confirm that, beyond …

Novozymes Q3 2015 Update: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide
October 26, 2015 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is “the world leader in bioinnovation”. The company’s business is industrial enzymes, microorganisms, and biopharmaceutical ingredients. Novozymes’ biological solutions help companies make more from less, save energy and raw materials, and reduce …

Algenol CEO Exits; Staff Cut by 25%, Investors Re-Up for Two Years, New Direction Tipped
October 26, 2015 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sudden re-focusing and trimming of Algenol by its lead investors leads CEO Paul Woods to resign; new direction focused on carbon capture, fresh water production until oil prices recover.
In Florida, the hammer …

Lootah Biofuels(LBF)Biodiesel Is the Cheapest Diesel in the UAE
October 23, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(MENAFN Press) Lootah Bio Fuel LLC (LBF), a fully owned subsidiary of the S.S. Lootah Group, is one of the leading manufacturers in the waste-to-energy and alternative fuel industry in the UAE. Headquartered in Dubai, …

Poet Biorefining Plant Uses Wood Waste to Power Its Facility
October 23, 2015 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Poet Biorefining in Chancellor, S.D., is currently powering its plant with wood waste from Spencer, Iowa.
“We are a fuel-switching plant where we can switch to the most economical type …

EPA’s RFS Proposal Risks Ending America’s Rural Renaissance
October 23, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse) When President George W. Bush signed the law creating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 to support biofuels production, he explained that “Using ethanol and biodiesel will leave our air cleaner. …

Support, Opposition Grow Over Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit
October 23, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 21, the Advanced Biofuels Association, along with the Petroleum Marketers Association and other retail fuel groups, expressed opposition to changing the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders’ tax credit. …

A Message For EPA: Get Real on Emissions and Clean Fuels!
October 23, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  In the aftermath of revelations of how Volkswagen had their thumb on the scale as they cheated not just the EPA, but all of us who breathe …

Brazil to Allow Voluntary B20 and B30 Blending with an Eye on B100
October 23, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the National Council on Energy Policy CNPE has issued a ruling that opens the door for voluntary biodiesel blending of up to 20% for captive fleets and in …

Hassan’s Bio-Fuel Model May Be a Game-Changer
October 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Dipankar Chakraborty (Bangalore Mirror)  This may reduce country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel to meet energy needs, say experts
With more than one lakh trained farmers and local stakeholders from across 2,039 of the total of …

Viability of Aviation Biofuels Remains Distant, Say Experts
October 23, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Thierry Dubois (AIN Online)  Air France uses 10 percent of biofuel on a weekly Toulouse-Paris flight.  —  Biofuels for aviation continue to face multiple challenges, the most daunting of which centers on ways to …

Risk Assessment Models Prove Unreliable at Predicting Which Biofuel Crops Are Likely to Become Invasive Weeds
October 23, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Several of the plants grown as biofuel crops have proved to be invaders in some environments – spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems. Scientists at Virginia Tech used two of the best-respected …

EPA OIG Plans to Look at RFS Lifecycle Impacts Should Be Good for Biofuels
October 23, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The announcement by EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that it will begin preliminary research on lifecycle impacts of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be good news for the biofuels …

Marginal Soil Can Make for Good Biofuel Crops
October 23, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)  Switchgrass, a perennial native to the tallgrass prairie, is one of the most promising bioenergy crops in the United States, with potential to provide high-yield biomass on marginal soils unsuitable for …

Advanced Biofuels Producers Oppose Grassley Tax Credit Change: Amendment Could Hurt Consumers
October 23, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  During the Senate Finance Committee’s July markup, Senator Charles Grassley offered an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, which would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for two years. However, …

3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge
October 23, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Karissa Rosenfield (Arch Daily)  The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced GreenWave as the winner of its 2015 Fuller Challenge – “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” The non-profit is responsible for designing the world’s first multi-species 3D ocean farms with the …

Biodico Presents Results of Five-Year Biofuel Study to Navy, Energy Commission and Governor’s Office
October 23, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Biodico)  Biodico, a sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company, today announced that the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center presented the results of a five-year joint research and development project with Biodico …

The Birth of New Bioeconomy Supply Chain & Feedstock: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma and Resonance Carinata
October 23, 2015 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is …

How Could Volkswagen’s Top Engineers Not Have Known?
October 23, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by DuneLawrence, Benjamin Elgin, Vernon Silver (Bloomberg Business)  … From February through April 2013, they (researchers from West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions) tested three diesel cars: a Volkswagen Jetta, a Volkswagen Passat, and …

Government Confuses Me
October 23, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The purpose of good government has gotten all tangled up in political posturing and a seemingly single focus on getting re-elected, writes Mike Bryan.
It seems to me that governments …

Exxon Sowed Doubt About Climate Science for Decades by Stressing Uncertainty (Part 6)
October 23, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by David Hasemyer and John H. Cushman Jr.  (Inside Climate News)  Collaborating with the Bush-Cheney White House, Exxon turned ordinary scientific uncertainties into weapons of mass confusion.
… No wonder: in the opening days of the oil-friendly Bush-Cheney …

Highlighting the Allure of Synfuels, Exxon Played Down the Climate Risks (Part 5)
October 23, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by John H. Cushman Jr. (InsideClimate News)  In the 1980s, Exxon lobbied to replace scarce oil with synthetic fossil fuels, but it glossed over the high carbon footprint associated with synfuels.
Early in the 1980s, … Exxon …

Big Electric Shocks Big Oil: California’s New Emissions Law Enlists Utilities to Help Wean Drivers off Gasoline.
October 23, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mark Hertsgaard (Bloomberg Businessweek)  When California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 350 on Oct. 7, it looked like a huge win for the oil industry. The original version of the bill included a mandate …

Exxon’s Business Ambition Collided with Climate Change Under a Distant Sea (Part 4)
October 23, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Neela Banerjee & Lisa Song (Inside Climate News) Throughout the 1980s, the company struggled to solve the carbon problem of one of the biggest gas fields in the world out of concern for climate …

The Digest’s Official Guide to the 2016 US Presidential Elections for the Bio-Curious
October 23, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s for it? Who wants to phase it out? Who wants to end it, not mend it? When it comes to the 18 US presidential candidates in this cycle, the …

WEBINAR: Landfill Methane: Capture for Cash, Compliance & Clean Air — November 10, 2015
October 23, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Landfill Methane: Capture for Cash, Compliance & Clean Air  —  November 10, 2015

The U.S. EPA is tightening up its existing landfill methane regulations. Under its proposals, new, modified and existing landfills will begin collecting and controlling landfill gas at emission levels nearly a third lower than current …

Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982 with In-House Climate Models (Part 3)
October 23, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Lisa Song, Neela Banerjee, David Hasemyer (Inside Climate News)  The company chairman would later mock climate models as unreliable while he campaigned to stop global action to reduce fossil fuel emissions.
Steve Knisely was an intern …

The Rise of Biodiesel: New Alternative Fuel, New Taxation Challenges
October 22, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Avalara)  The growth of the biodiesel market in recent years is largely due to the enactment of the Renewable Fuels Standard in 2005. Both federal and state governments have incentivized the production of biofuels in …